Revelation, 23 July 1837 [D&C 112]

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  • Historical Introduction

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A Revelation given July 23rd. 1837.
The word of the Lord unto concerning the of the Lamb.
Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servant , I have heard thy prayers and thine alms have come up as a memorial before me in behalf of those thy brethren who were chosen to bear testimony of my name and to send it abroad among all nations, kindreds, tongues and people and through the instrumentality of my servants.
Verily I say unto you there have been some few things in thine heart and with thee, with which I the Lord was not well pleased; nevertheless inasmuch as thou hast abased thyself thou shalt be exalted: therefore all thy sins are forgiven thee. Let thy heart be of good cheer before my face, and thou shalt bear record of my name, not only unto the , but also unto the Jews; and thou shalt send forth my word unto the ends of the earth.
Contend thou therefore morning by morning, and day after day let thy warning voice go forth; and when the night cometh let not the inhabitants of the earth slumber because of thy speech. Let thy habitation be known in , and remove not thy house, for I the Lord have a great work for you <​thee​> to do, in publishing my name among the children of men, therefore gird up your loins for the work. Let your feet be shod also for thou art chosen, and thy path lyeth among the mountains and among many nations, and by thy word many high ones shall be brought low; and by thy word many low ones shall be exalted, thy voice shall be a rebuke unto the transgressor, and at thy rebuke let the tongue of the slanderer cease its perverseness. Be thou humble and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand and give thee an answer to thy prayers, I know thy heart and have heard thy prayers concerning thy brethren. Be not partial towards them in love above many others, but let your love be for them as for yourself, and let your love abound unto all men and unto all who love my name. And pray for your brethren of the twelve. Admonish them sharply for my name’s sake, and let them be admonished for all their sins, and be ye faithful before me unto my name; and after their temptations and much tribulation behold I the Lord will feel after them, and if they harden not their hearts and stiffen not their necks against me they shall be converted and I will heal them.
Now I say unto you, and what I say [p. 72] unto you, I say unto all the . Arise and gird up your loins, take up your cross, follow me, and feed my sheep. Exalt not yourselves; rebel not against my servant Joseph for Verily I say unto you I am with him and my hand shall be over him; and the which I have given him, and also to youward shall not be taken from him untill I come.
Verily I say unto you my servant , thou art the man whom I have chosen to hold the keys of my kingdom (as pertaining to the twelve) abroad among all nations, that thou mayest be thy my servant to unlock the door of the kingdom in all places where my servant Joseph, and my servant , and my servant , cannot come, for on them have I laid the burden of all the Churches for a little season: wherefore whithersoever they shall send you, go ye, and I will be with you and in whatsoever place ye shall proclaim my name an effectual door shall be opened unto you that they may receive my word. Whosoever receiveth my word receiveth me, and whosoever receiveth me receiveth those (the ) whom I have sent, whom I have made counsellors for my name’s sake unto you. And again I say unto you, that whosoever ye shall send in my name, by the voice of your brethren the twelve, duly recommended and authorized by you, shall have power to open the door of my kingdom unto any nation whithersoever ye shall send them, inasmuch as they shall humble themselves before me and abide in my word, and hearken to the voice of my spirit.
Verily verily! I say unto you, darkness covereth the earth and gross darkness the people minds of the people, and all flesh has become corrupt before my face! Behold vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth. A day of wrath! A day of burning! A day of desolation! Of weeping! Of mourning and of lamentation! And as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth saith the Lord. And upon my house shall it begin and from my house shall it go forth saith the Lord. First among those among you saith the Lord; who have professed to know my name and have not known me and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house saith the Lord
Therefore see to it that you trouble not yourselves concerning the affairs of my in this place saith the Lord, but purify your hearts before me, and then go ye into all the world and preach my gospel unto every creature who have not received it and he that believeth and is shall be saved, and he that believeth not, and is not baptized [p. 73] shall be damned. For unto you (the ) and those (the ) who are appointed with you to be your counsellors and your leaders, is the power of this given for the last days and for the last time, in the which is the of the fulness of times: which power you hold in connection with all those who have received a dispensation at any time from the beginning of the creation, for verily I say unto you the of the dispensation which ye have received have came down from the fathers; and last of all being sent down from heaven unto you. Verily I say unto you, Behold how great is your calling.
Cleanse your hearts and your garments, lest the blood of this generation be required at your hands. Be faithful untill I come for I come quickly and my reward is with me to recompense every man according as his work shall be! I am Alpha and Omega. Amen. [p. 74]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    Neither Frederick G. Williams’s copy nor the Community of Christ copy includes the clause “Apostles of the Lamb.” (Revelation, 23 July 1837, Revelations Collection, CHL [D&C 112]; “Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio July 23 1837 the word of the lord,” CCLA.)  

    The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Carefully Selected from the Revelations of God. Compiled by Joseph Smith. 2nd ed. Nauvoo, IL: John Taylor, 1844. Selections also available in Robin Scott Jensen, Richard E. Turley Jr., Riley M. Lorimer, eds., Revelations and Translations, Volume 2: Published Revelations. Vol. 2 of the Revelations and Translations series of The Joseph Smith Papers, edited by Dean C. Jessee, Ronald K. Esplin, and Richard Lyman Bushman (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2011).Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583.

    Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio July 23 1837 the word of the lord unto Thomas B. Marsh concerning the Twelve.” CCLA.

  2. 2

    See Acts 10:4.  

  3. 3

    This refers to the Quorum of the Twelve and their calling to “travel from nation to nation.” (Minute Book 1, 21 Feb. 1835.)  

  4. 4

    See Matthew 23:12; and Luke 14:11.  

  5. 5

    See Matthew 9:2; and John 16:33.  

  6. 6

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 563 [Ether 12:3].  

  7. 7

    See Ephesians 6:15; and Revelation, ca. Aug. 1835 [D&C 27:16].  

  8. 8

    See Ezekiel 17:24; Matthew 23:12; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 98 [2 Nephi 20:33].  

  9. 9

    See 2 Timothy 4:2.  

  10. 10

    See Isaiah 57:18.  

  11. 11

    See Matthew 5:43–48.  

  12. 12

    See Romans 15:14.  

  13. 13

    The Community of Christ copy has a canceled “sharpely” after “admonished.”  

  14. 14

    See John 16:33; Revelation 7:14; and Revelation, 24 Feb. 1834 [D&C 103:12].  

  15. 15

    See John 12:40.  

  16. 16

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 481 [3 Nephi 12:30]; and Revelation, Apr. 1830–E [D&C 23:6–7].  

  17. 17

    See John 21:16–17.  

  18. 18

    See Revelation, Sept. 1830 [D&C 28]; Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65:2]; and Revelation, between ca. 8 and ca. 24 Mar. 1832.  

  19. 19

    See 1 Corinthians 16:9.  

  20. 20

    The Community of Christ copy and the Vilate Kimball copy do not include “shall.” (“Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio July 23 1837 the word of the lord,” CCLA; V. M. Kimball to H. C. Kimball, 6 Sept. 1837.)  

    Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio July 23 1837 the word of the lord unto Thomas B. Marsh concerning the Twelve.” CCLA.

    Kimball, Heber C. Correspondence, 1837–1864. Private possession. Copy at CHL.

  21. 21

    See Isaiah 60:2.  

  22. 22

    See Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:5–8].  

  23. 23

    Both the Community of Christ copy and the Vilate Kimball copy have “upon” in place of “among.” The William W. Phelps copy has “among” crossed out and “upon” inserted. (“Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio July 23 1837 the word of the lord,” CCLA; V. M. Kimball to H. C. Kimball, 6 Sept. 1837; Revelation, 23 July 1837, Revelations Collection, CHL [D&C 112].)  

    Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio July 23 1837 the word of the lord unto Thomas B. Marsh concerning the Twelve.” CCLA.

    Kimball, Heber C. Correspondence, 1837–1864. Private possession. Copy at CHL.

    The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Carefully Selected from the Revelations of God. Compiled by Joseph Smith. 2nd ed. Nauvoo, IL: John Taylor, 1844. Selections also available in Robin Scott Jensen, Richard E. Turley Jr., Riley M. Lorimer, eds., Revelations and Translations, Volume 2: Published Revelations. Vol. 2 of the Revelations and Translations series of The Joseph Smith Papers, edited by Dean C. Jessee, Ronald K. Esplin, and Richard Lyman Bushman (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2011).Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583.

  24. 24

    See Revelation, 4 Feb. 1831 [D&C 41:1].  

  25. 25

    This may be a reference to dissenters, such as Warren Parrish, who spoke against JS in the House of the Lord in mid-June 1837. (See Woodruff, Journal, 28 May 1837; and Historical Introduction to Letter from Abel Lamb and Others, ca. 28 May 1837.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

  26. 26

    In the Community of Christ copy the word “forth” was canceled and “ye into” written over it. (“Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio July 23 1837 the word of the lord,” CCLA.)  

    Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio July 23 1837 the word of the lord unto Thomas B. Marsh concerning the Twelve.” CCLA.

  27. 27

    The Community of Christ copy does not include this “not” (presumably a scribal error). (“Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio July 23 1837 the word of the lord,” CCLA.)  

    Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio July 23 1837 the word of the lord unto Thomas B. Marsh concerning the Twelve.” CCLA.

  28. 28

    See Mark 16:15.  

  29. 29

    The copies written by Willard Richards and William W. Phelps replace “leaders” with “teacher.” (Richards, “Pocket Companion,” 4–9; Revelation, 23 July 1837, Revelations Collection, CHL [D&C 112].)  

    Richards, Willard. “Willard Richards Pocket Companion Written in England,” ca. 1838–1840. Willard Richards, Papers, 1821–1854. CHL. MS 1490, box 2, fd. 6.

    The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Carefully Selected from the Revelations of God. Compiled by Joseph Smith. 2nd ed. Nauvoo, IL: John Taylor, 1844. Selections also available in Robin Scott Jensen, Richard E. Turley Jr., Riley M. Lorimer, eds., Revelations and Translations, Volume 2: Published Revelations. Vol. 2 of the Revelations and Translations series of The Joseph Smith Papers, edited by Dean C. Jessee, Ronald K. Esplin, and Richard Lyman Bushman (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2011).Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583.

  30. 30

    The Community of Christ copy has “prayer” in place of “power.” (“Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio July 23 1837 the word of the lord,” CCLA.)  

    Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio July 23 1837 the word of the lord unto Thomas B. Marsh concerning the Twelve.” CCLA.

  31. 31

    See Ephesians 1:10; and Revelation, ca. Aug. 1835 [D&C 27:13].  

  32. 32

    See Abraham 1:3.  

  33. 33

    See Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:75, 85].  

  34. 34

    See Revelation 22:12; and Revelation, 10 June 1831 [D&C 54:10].