Revelation, 15 June 1831 [D&C 56]

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59th. June 15th. 1831
was desirous to know what he should do as the Lord had commanded him & to take their Journey to the land of but could not get ready as he said soon as wanted that he should & these are the words of the Lord as follows
Hearken O ye people which Profess my name saith the lord your God for Behold mine anger is kindeled against the rebelious & they shall know mine arm & mine indignation in the day of visitation & of wrath upon the Nations & he that will not take up his cross & follow me & keep my commandments the same shall not be saved behold I the Lord commandeth & he that will not obey shall be cut off in mine own due time [p. 91] And after that I have commanded & the commandment is broken Wherefore I the lord command & revoke as it seemeth me good & all this to be answered upon the heads of the rebelious saith the Lord Wherefore I revoke the commandment which was given unto my servent & & give a new commandment unto my Servent that he shall take up his Journey speedily to the land of & my servent shall also go with him for behold I revoke the commandment which was given to my servents & in consequence of the stiffneckedness of my people which are in & their rebelions Wherefore let my servent remain with them & as many as will go may go that are contrite before me & be led by him to the land which I have appointed & again verily I say unto you that my servent must repent of his pride & his selfishness & obey the former commandment which I have given him concerning the place upon which he lives & if he will do this as there shall no divisions be <​be​> made upon the land he shall be appointed still to go to the land of otherwise he shall receive the money which he has paid & shall leave the place & shall be cut off out of my Church saith the Lord god of host & though the Heavens & the Earth pass away these words shall not pass away but shall be fulfilled & if my servent Joseph must needs pay the money Behold I the Lord will pay <​it​> unto him again in the land of that those of whom he shall receive may be rewarded again according to that which they do they shall receive even in lands for their in heritance Behold thus saith the lord unto my people you have many things to do & to repent of for behold your sins have come up unto me & are not pardoned because you seek to council in your own ways & your hearts are not satisfied & y obey not the truth but have pleasure in unrighteousness wo! unto you rich men that will not give your substance to the poor for your riches will kanker your souls And this shall be your lamentation in the day of visitation & of Judgement & of indignation the Harvest is past the summer is ended & my soul is not saved wo! unto you poor men whose hearts are not broken whose spirits are not contrite & whose bellys are not satisfied & whose hands are not stayed from laying hold upon other mens goods whose eyes are full of greediness whos will not labour with their own hands [p. 92] But blessed are the poor <​who are pure in heart whose hearts are broken &​> whose spirits are contrite for they shall see the Kingdom of God coming with power & great glory unto their deliverance for the fatness of the Earth shall be theirs for Behold the lord shall come & his recompence shall be with him & he shall reward every man & the poor shall rejoice & their generations shall inherit the Earth from generation to generation for ever & ever & now I make an end of speaking unto you even So amen [p. 93]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    John Whitmer likely created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1.  

  2. 2

    See Revelation, 6 June 1831 [D&C 52:22].  

  3. 3

    See Revelation, 6 June 1831 [D&C 52:32].  

  4. 4

    Another early copy of this revelation has “if he will not do this,” apparently a scribal error. (Revelations Collection, CHL [D&C 56:9].)  

    Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583.

  5. 5

    Another early copy of this revelation has “& those of whome he shal receive may be rewarded again in the land of according to that which they do for according to that which they do they shal receive.” The published versions of the revelation also use this wording. (Revelations Collection, CHL; Book of Commandments 58:14; Doctrine and Covenants 69:4, 1835 ed. [D&C 56:13].)  

    Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583.

  6. 6

    See 2 Thessalonians 2:12.  

  7. 7

    An earlier revelation used the same imagery and language. (Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:2].)  

  8. 8

    The revealed law for the Church of Christ, recorded in February, had warned, “Thou Shalt not be Idle for he that is Idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garment of the labourer.” (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:42].)  

  9. 9

    See Matthew 24:30.  

  10. 10

    See Genesis 27:28, 39.  

  11. 11

    Another early copy of this revelation has “reword [reward].” (Revelations Collection, CHL [D&C 56:19].)  

    Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583.

  12. 12

    See Matthew 5:5.