Revelation, 24 February 1834 [D&C 103]

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Verily I say unto you my Friends behold, I will give unto you a revelation & , that you may know how to act in the discharge of your duties concerning the salvation & redemption of your brethren who have been scattered from the land of : being driven & smitten by ther hands of mine enemies on whom I will pour out of my wrath without measure in mine own time; for I have suffered them thus far. that they might fill up the measure of their iniquities that their cup might be full, & that those who call themselves after my name might be chastened for a little season, with a sore & grievous [p. [7]] chastisement; because they did not hearken all together unto the precepts & which I gave unto them. But verily I say unto you, that I have decreed a decree which my people shall realize inasmuch as they hearken from this hour unto the counsel which <​I​> the Lord their God shall give unto them. Behold, they shall, for I have decreed it, begin to prevail against mine enemies; from this verry hour, & by hearkening to observe all the words which I the Lord their God shall speak unto them, they shall never cease to prevail untill the kingdoms of the world, are subdued under my feet, [p. [8]] & the earth is given unto the saints to possess it forever, & ever. But inasmuch as they keep not my & hearken not to observe all my words, the kingdoms of the world shall prevail against them; for they were set to be a light unto the world, & to be the Saviours of men: & a inasmuch as they are not the Saviours of men they are as salt that has lost its its savor, & is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out & to be trodden under the feet of men. But verily, I say unto you, I have decreed that your brethren who have been scattered [p. [9]] shall return to the lands of their & build up the waste places of ; for after much tribulation, as I have said unto you in a former , commeth the blessing: behold this is the blessing which I promised after your tribulations, & the tribulations, of your brethren; your redemption & the redemption of your brethren, even their restoration to the land of , to be established no more to be thrown down. Nevertheless if they shall pollute their inheritances they shall be thrown down; for I will not [p. [10]] spare them if they shall pollute their . Behold I say unto you, that the redemtion of must needs come by power; therefore, I will raise up unto my people a man who shall lead them like as Moses led the children of Israel; for ye are the children of Israel, & & of the seed of Abraham; & ye must needs be led out of bondage by power, & with a stretched out arm. And as your Fathers were led at the first even so shall the redemtion of Zion be. Therefore let not your hearts be faint; for I say not unto you as I said [p. [11]] unto your fathers, mine Angel shall go up before you, but not my presence; but I say unto you, mine Angel shall go up before you, & also my presence. And in time ye shall possess the goodly land. verily, verily, I say unto you, that my servant Joseph is the man to whom I likened the servant to whom the Lord of the vinyard spake in the parable which I have given unto you. Therefore, let my servant Joseph, say unto the strength of my house, my young men, & the middle aged, Gather ye together unto the land of [p. [12]] , upon the lands which I have bought with moneys that have been unto me; a & let all the send up wise men with their moneys & purchase lands, even as I have them. And inasmuch as mine enemies come against you to drive you from my goodly land which I have consecrated to be the land of ; even from your own lands after these testimonies which ye have brought before me against them, ye shall curse them; & whomsoever ye curse I will curse, And ye shall avenge me of mine enemies; and my [p. [13]] presence shall be with you even in avenging me of mine enemies, unto the third & fourth generation of them that hate me. Let no man be afraid to lay down his life for my sake; for whoso layeth down his life for my my sake sake shall find it again; & whoso is not willing to lay down his life for my sake is not my dissiple. It is my will that my servant should lift up his voice in the congregations in the eastern countries in preparing the to keep the which [p. [14]] I have given unto them concerning the restoration & redemption of , It is my will that my servant , & my servant should not return to the land of their brethren until they have obtained companies to go up unto the land of , by tens, or by twenties or by fifties, or by <​a​> hundred, until they have obtained unto the number of five hundred of the strength of my house. Behold, this is my will; ask & ye shall receive; but men do not always do my will; therefore [p. [15]] if ye cannot obtain five hundred, seek diligently, that peradventure ye may obtain three; & if ye cannot obtain three hundred, seek diligently that peradventure ye may obtain one hundred: But verily I say unto you, a I give unto you that you shall not go up unto the Land of until you have obtained a hundred of the strength of my house, to go up with you unto the land of . Therefore as I said unto you, ask & you shall receive; pray earnestly, that peradventure my [p. [16]] servant Joseph may go up with you & preside in the midst of my people & organize my kingdom upon the land, & establish the children of upon the laws & which have been given & which shall be given unto you. All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness, & prayers of faith. Let my Servant journey with my servant Joseph; let my servant Journey with my servant : let my servant [p. [17]] journey with my servant : let my servant journey with my servant , whithersoever my servant Joseph shall counsel them in obtaining the fulfillment of these which I have given unto you, & leave the residue in in my hands; even so, Amen. [p. [18]]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    For a contemporary, published account of the expulsion of church members from Jackson County in 1833, see Parley P. Pratt et al., “‘The Mormons’ So Called,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Extra, Feb. 1834, [1]–[2].  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  2. 2

    See Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:9].  

  3. 3

    See Revelation, 12 Oct. 1833 [D&C 100:13].  

  4. 4

    A December 1833 revelation stated that the Lord had allowed church members to be expelled from Jackson County because “there were jar[r]ings and contentions envyings and strifes and lustful and covetous desires” among them. It also said that because church members were “slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God,” God was “slow to hearken unto their prayers to answer them in the day of their trouble.” (Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:6–7].)  

  5. 5

    See Isaiah 42:13.  

  6. 6

    See Psalm 47:3; Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:22]; and Vision, 16 Feb. 1832 [D&C 76:61, 106].  

  7. 7

    A December 1832 revelation explained that ultimately the earth would be sanctified and inherited by the righteous. (Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:25–26].)  

  8. 8

    See Matthew 5:13; and Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:39–40].  

  9. 9

    See Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:17–18].  

  10. 10

    See Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:4].  

  11. 11

    See Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:75].  

  12. 12

    See Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:6].  

  13. 13

    Earlier revelations also designated JS as one “like unto Moses.” (See Revelation, 11 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 107:91]; and Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28:2].)  

  14. 14

    A September 1832 revelation explained that those who obtain the greater and lesser priesthoods and magnify their calling “are sanctified by the spir[i]t unto the renewing of there bodies that they become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham.” (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:33–34]; see also Galatians 3:29.)  

  15. 15

    Several passages in the Old Testament explain that the children of Israel were brought out of bondage in Egypt through God’s power and his “stretched out arm.” (See, for example, Exodus 6:6; Deuteronomy 9:29; and 2 Kings 17:36.)  

  16. 16

    See Exodus 33:1–3.  

  17. 17

    See Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:55].  

  18. 18

    See Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:55–56, 72–74]. Acting on the counsel given here, church members in Lewis, New York, sent John Tippets and Joseph Tippets to Kirtland in November 1834 as “Wise men appointed by the voice of the church.” They came with cash and property totaling nearly $850 “for the purpose of purchasing land in Jackson County or counties, round about, for the inheritance of the church.” (Minute Book 1, 28 Nov. 1834.)  

  19. 19

    See Isaiah 1:24; and Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:58].  

  20. 20

    An August 1833 revelation stated that, after church members made three overtures for peace, if their enemies persisted in their aggression, the Lord would “fight their battles and their childrens battles and their children[’s] children[’s] until they had avenged themselves upon all their enemies unto the third and forth generation.” (Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:37].)  

  21. 21

    See Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:35]. Sometime in the fall of 1831, JS, as part of his Bible revision project, changed the passage in Mark 8:35 that read, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it” to “For whosoever will save his life, shall loose it; or whosoever will save his life, shall be willing to lay it down for my sake; & if he is not willing to lay it down for my sake, he shall loose it; but whosoever shall be willing to loose his life for my sake, & the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” (New Testament Revision 2, p. 24 [second numbering] [Joseph Smith Translation, Mark 8:35].)  

    New Testament Revision 2 / New Testament Revision Manuscript 2, 1831–1832. CCLA. Also available in Scott H. Faulring, Kent P. Jackson, and Robert J. Matthews, eds., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible: Original Manuscripts (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2004), 235–581.

  22. 22

    In addition to attending the March 1834 church conference in Avon, New York, to recruit volunteers, Rigdon spoke at an April 1834 conference in Norton, Ohio, about “the revelation given, requiring the saints to go up for the deliverance of those who had been driven from their inheritances, and urged the importance of an obedience to the same by those who could go, & those who could not go, should help those who are going to means for their expenses.” (Minutes, 17 Mar. 1834; Minute Book 1, 21 Apr. 1834.)  

  23. 23

    As late as April 1834, JS remained concerned that he would not be able to go to Missouri because of pressing debts. (JS et al., Kirtland, OH, to Orson Hyde, 7 Apr. 1834, in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 82–84.)  

  24. 24

    A March 1833 revelation explained that God had called JS “to preside over Zion in mine own due time.” In August 1833, JS told Missouri church leaders that God would allow him “to settle on an inhe[r]itance on the land of Zion in due time but when I do not know.” What he did know, JS continued, was that he had “been keept from going up as yet for your sa[k]es.” (Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:32]; Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833.)