Revelation, 2 January 1831 [D&C 38]

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41st Jan 2nd AD 1831
Received at Seneca County State of New york A Comandment to the in at a they being Commanded to flee to &c
Saying thus saith the Lord God even Jesus Christ the great I am Alph[a] & Omega the begining & the end the same which looked upon the wide expance of eternity & all the Scerifick [seraphic] hosts of Heaven before the world was made the same which k[n]oweth all things for all things are present before mine eyes I am the same which spoke & the world was made & all things came by me I am the same which hath taken the Zion of Enoch into mine own bosom & verily I say even as many as have believed on my name for I am Christ & in mine own name by the [p. 49] Virtue of the blood which I have spilt have I pled before the Father for them but Behold the residue of the wicked have I kept in Chains of darkness untill the Judgement of the great day which shall come at the end of the Earth & even so will I cause the wicked that will not hear my voice but harden their hearts & wo, wo, is their doom But Behold Verily Verily I say unto you that mine eyes are upon you I am in your midst & ye cannot see me but the day soon cometh that ye shall see me & know that I am for the chains <​vails​> of vails of darkness shall soon be rent & he that is not purified shall not abide the day wherefore gird up your loins & be prepared Behold the Kingdom is yours & the enemy shall not overcome Verily I say unto you that ye are clean but not all & there is none else with whoom I am well pleased for all flesh is corruptabl before me & the powers of darkness prevail upon the Earth among the Children of men in the presence of all the host <​of​> Heaven which causeth silence to reign & all eternity is pained & the Angels are waiting the great command to Reap down the Earth to gether the tears [tares] that they may be burned & Behold the enemy is combined & now I shew unto you a Mystery a thing which is had in seecret Chambers to bring to pass even your distruction in process of time & ye knew it not but now I tell it <​unto​> you & ye are blessed not because of your iniquity neither your hearts of unbelief, for Verily <​some of​> ye you are guilty before me Therefore be ye strong from henceforth fear not for the Kingdom is yours & for your Salvation I gave it unto you a commandment for I have heard your prayers & the poor have complained before me & the rich have I made & all flesh is mine & I am no respector to & I persons & I have made the earth rich & Behold it is my footstool Wherefore again I will stand upon it & I hold forth & deign to give unto you greater [p. 50] Riches even a land of promise a land flowing with milk & Honey upon which there shall be no curse & I will give it unto you for the land of your enheritance if you seek it with all your hearts & this shall be my covenant with you ye shall have it for the land of your inheritence & for the inheritance of your Children forever while the Earth shall stand & ye shall Possess it again in eternity no more to pass away But Verily I say unto you that in time ye shall have no King nor Ruler for I will be your King & watch over you Wherefore hear my voice & follow me & ye shall be a free People & ye shall have no laws but my laws for I am your Law giver & who can stay my hand But Verily I say unto you teach one another according to the Office wherewith I have appointed you & let evry man esteem his brother as himself & practice Virtue & Holyness before me & again I say unto you let evry man esteem his Brother as himself for what man among you having twelve sons & is no respector to them & they Serve him obediently & he saith unto the one be thou clothed in Robes & sit thou here & to the other be thou clothed in Raggs & sit thou there & looketh upon his sons & saith I am Just Behold I have given unto you a Parable & it is even as I am I say unto you be one & if ye are not one ye are not mine & again I say unto you that the Enemy in the Seecret Chambers seek<​[e]th​> your lives ye hear of wars in far Countries & you say in your hearts there will soon be great wars in far Countries but ye know not the hearts of they in your own Land I tell you these things because of your prayers Wherefore treasure up Wisdom in your bosoms lest the wickedness of men reveal reveal these things in your unto you by their wicke[d]ness in a manner which shall speak in your ears with a voice louder than that which shall shake the Earth but if ye are prepared ye need not fear & that ye might escape the power of the enemy & be gethered unto me a Righteous people without spot & blameless Wherefore for this cause I gave unto you [p. 51] The that ye should go to the & there I will give unto you my law & there you shall be endowed with power from on high & from thence whomsoever I will shall go forth among all Nations & it shall be told them what they shall do for I have a great work laid up in store for Israel shall be saved & I will lead them whithersoever I will & no power can stay my hand And now I give unto the in these parts a commandment that certain men among them shall be appointed & they shall be appointed by the voice of the Church & they shall look to the poor & the needy & administer to their relief that they shall not suffer & send them forth to the place which I have commanded them & this shall be their Work to govern the affairs of the Church Property of this the Church & they that have farms that cannot be sold let them be left or rented as as seemeth them good see that all things are preserved & when men are endowed with power from on high & are sent forth all these things shall be gethered unto the Bosom of the Church & if ye seek the riches which is the will of the Father to give unto you ye shall be the richest of all People for ye shall have the riches of eternity & it must needs be that the riches of the Earth is mine to give but beware of Pride lest ye become as the of old & again I say unto you I give unto you a commandment that evry man both & & also Member go to with his might with the Labour of his hands to prepare & accomplish these things which I have commanded & let your preaching be the warning voice evry man to his Neighbour in mildness & in meekness & go ye out from among the wicked save yourselves be ye clean that bear the vesels of the Lord even so amen [p. 52]


  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    An account of Enoch’s community, called Zion, was recorded around December 1830 as part of JS’s ongoing revision of the Bible: “Enock and all his people walked with God and he dwellt in the midst of Zion and it came to pass that Zion was not[,] for God received it up into his own bosom and from thence went forth the saying Zion is fled.” (Old Testament Revision 1, p. 19 [Moses 7:69].)  

  3. 3

    See Old Testament Revision 1, p. 18 [Moses 7:57].  

  4. 4

    A revelation dated December 1830 declared that the elect “shall abide the day of my coming for they shall be purified even as I am pure.” (Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:21].)  

  5. 5

    See John 13:10.  

  6. 6

    The revelation that first directed JS and Sidney Rigdon to go to Ohio stated that they were to do so “because of the enemy & for your sakes.” (Revelation, 30 Dec. 1830 [D&C 37:1].)  

  7. 7

    At this time, JS apparently viewed Ohio as the land for his followers’ inheritance; in February 1831, he directed that all elders “who can be spared will come here [Kirtland] without delay if possable this by Commandment of the Lord as he has a great work for them all in this our inheritence.” (Letter to Martin Harris, 22 Feb. 1831.)  

  8. 8

    An account of Enoch from JS’s Bible revision provided this description of Enoch’s Zion: “They were of one heart and of one mind and dwelt in righteousness and there was no poor among them.” (Old Testament Revision 1, p. 16 [Moses 7:18].)  

  9. 9

    Four months earlier, a revelation declared that God’s “Elect” would be “gethered in unto one place upon the the face of this land to prepare their Hearts & be prepared in all things against the day of tribulation.” (Revelation, Sept. 1830–A [D&C 29:7–8].)  

  10. 10

    A series of revelations recorded the following month came to be known in the church as “the Law.” (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:1–72]; Revelation, 23 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:74–93]; see also, for example, Hyde, Journal, 15 Nov. 1832.)  

    Hyde, Orson. Journal, Feb. 1832–Mar. 1833. CHL. MS 1386.

  11. 11

    See Luke 24:49; and Acts 1:8; 2:1–4.  

  12. 12

    Newel Knight directed the migration of church members from Colesville, New York, to Ohio. Martin Harris led those in the Palmyra, New York, area, and Lucy Mack Smith and Thomas B. Marsh led those living near Fayette, New York. (Porter, “Ye Shall Go to the Ohio,” 19.)  

    Porter, Larry C. “‘Ye Shall Go to the Ohio’: Exodus of the New York Saints to Ohio, 1831.” In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: Ohio, edited by Milton V. Backman Jr., 1–25. Provo, UT: Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, 1990.

  13. 13

    Each congregation in New York made plans to leave for Ohio as a group. With several properties coming on the market at the same time in a given locality, land prices dropped considerably. Newel Knight later recorded, “As might be expected we wer obliged to make great sacrifices of our property.” (See Knight, Autobiography and Journal, 28.)  

    Knight, Newel. Autobiography and Journal, ca. 1846. CHL. MS 767.

  14. 14

    A passage in the Book of Mormon reads, “The pride of this nation, or the people of the Nephites, hath proved their destruction.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 583 [Moroni 8:27].)  

  15. 15

    See Isaiah 52:11.