Revelation, 3 November 1831 [D&C 133]

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<​72 A Revelation Recd. Nov 3, 1831​>
Hearken oh ye People of my —— saith the Lord your <​God​> & hear the word of the Lord concerning you the Lord who shall suddenly come to his temple the Lord who shall come down with a curse to Judgement yea upon all the Nations that forget god & upon all the ungodly amongst you for he shall make bear his holy arm in the eyes of all the Nations & all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of their god wherefore prepare ye prepare ye oh ye my People Sanctify yourselves gether ye together oh ye People of my Church upon the Land of all you that have not been commanded to tarry go ye out from Babylon be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord call your & speak often one to another & let every man call upon the name of the Lord yea verily I say unto you again the time has come when the voice of the Lord is unto you go ye out of Babylon gether ye out from among the nations from the four winds from one end of Heaven to the other send forth the of my Church unto the nations which are afar off unto the ilands of the sea send forth unto foreign lands call upon all nations firstly upon the & then upon the Jews & Behold & Lo this shall be their Cry & the voice of the Lord unto all People go ye forth unto the Land of that the borders of my People may be enlarged & that her may be strengthened that may go forth—unto the regions round about— yea let the cry go forth among all people awake & arise & go forth to meet the Bride-groom Behold & Lo the Bride-groom Cometh— go ye out to meet him prepare yourselves for the great day of the Lord watch therefore for ye know neither the day nor the hour let them therefore which are among the gentiles— flee unto Zion & let they which be of Judah flee unto Jerusalem unto the Mountains of the Lords house go ye out from among the Nations even from Babylon [p. 116] From the midst of wickedness which is spiritual babylon But verily thus saith the Lord let not your flight not be in hste but let all things be prepared before you & he that goeth let him not [look?] back— lest sudden distruction shall come upon him hearken & hear oh ye inhabitants of the Earth & listen ye of my together & hear the voice of the Lord for he calleth upon all men & he comandeth all men every where to repent for behold the Lord God hath sent forth the Angel with the everlasting gospel crying through the midst of Heaven saying prepare ye the way of the Lord & make his paths strait for the hour of his coming is nigh when the Lamb Shall stand upon Mount Zion & with him a hundred & forty four thousand having his fathers name written in their foreheads— wherefore prepare ye for the coming of the Bride-groom go ye g[o] y◊◊ out to meet him for Behold he shall stand upon the Mount of Olivet & upon the mighty Ocean even the great deep & upon the Islands of the Sea & upon the Land of & he shall utter his voice out of Zion & he shall speak from Jerusalem & his voice shall be heard among all people & it shall be as the voice of many waters & as the voice of a great thunder which shall break down the Mountains & the valies shall not be found he shall command the great deep & it shall be driven back into the North countries & the Islands shall become one land & the land of Jerusalem & the Land of Zion shall be turned back into their own place & the earth Shall be like as it was in the days before it was before it was divided & the Lord even the Saviour shall stand in the midst of his people <​& shall reign​> over all the Earth flesh & they which who are in the North countries shall come in rememberanc before the Lord & their Prophets shall hear his voice and shall no longer stay themselves & they shall smite the rocks & the ice shall folow down at their presenc[e] & an high way shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep their enemies shall become a prey unto them & <​in​> the barren deserts there shall come forth pools of living water & the parched ground shall <​no​> longe[r] be a thirsty land & they shall bring forth th[e]ir rich treasures [p. 117] unto the Children of Ephraim my servents & the boundaries of the everlasting hills shall trembl at their presence & these shall thy fall down & be crowned with glory even in by the hands of the Servents of the Lord even the children of Ephraim & they shall be filled with songs of everlasting Joy behold this is the blessing of the everlasting God upon the heads of the tribes of Israel & the richer blessing upon the head of Ephraim & his fellows & they also on [of] the tribe of Judah after their pain shall be Sanctified in holiness before the Lord to dwell in his presenc[e] day & night forever & ever & now verily saith the Lord that these things might be known among you oh inhabitants of the Earth I have sent forth mine Angel flying throug[h] the midst of heaven having the everlasting Gospel who hath appeared unto some & hath committed it unto man who shall appear unto many that dwell on the Earth & this gospel shall be preached unto every Nation & kindred & tongue & People & the Servents of God shall go forth saying with a loud voice fear God & give glory to him for the hour of his Judgement is come & worship him that made Heaven & earth & the Sea & the fountain of waters calling upon the Lord day & night saying oh that thou wouldst rend the heavens that thou wouldest come down that the mountains would flow down at thy presence & it shall be answered upon their heads for the presence of the Lord shall be as the melting fire that burneth & as the fire that causeth the waters to boil oh Lord thou shalt come down to make known thy name to thine advisary & all nations shall trembl at thy presence when thou doeth terabl things things that they look not for yea when thou comest down & the Mountains flow down at thy presenc[e] thou shalt meet him that rejoiceth & worketh righteousness who remember thee in thy ways for sinc[e] the begining of the world have not man heard nor perceived by the Ear neither hath the eye seen O God besides thee how great things thou prepared for him that waiteth for thee & [it] shall be said who is this that cometh [p. 118] down from god in heavn with thy garments yea from the regions that is not known clothed in his gloriou[s] appearl travling in the greatness of his strength & he shall speak I am he in righteousness mighty to save & the Lord shall be read read in his appearl & his garments like him that treadeth in the wine path & so great shall be the glory in his presence that the Sun shall hide his face in shame & the moon shall be blown out & the Stars shall be hurrelled from their sockets & his voice shall be heard I have trodden the wine press alone & have brought Judgement upon all people & none was with me & I have trampelled them in my fury & I did tread upon them in mine anger & their blood have I sprinkled upon my garments & have stained all my raiment for this was the day of vengeance which was in my heart & now the year of my redeemed is come & they shall mention the loveing kindness of their Lord & all that he hath bestowed upon them according to his goodness & according to his loving kindness forever & ever in all their afflictions he was afflicted & the angel of his presenc[e] saved them & in his love & in his pity he redeemed them & did bear them & did carry them all the days of old yea & Enoch also & they which were with him the Prophets which were before him & Noah also & they which were before him & Elijah also & they which were before him & from Elijah to Moses & from Moses to John who were with Christ in his resurrection & the Holy Apostles with Abraham Isaac & Jacob shall be in the presenc[e] of the lamb & the graves of the saints shall be opened & they shall come forth & stand on the right hand of the Lamb when he shall stand upon mount Zion & upon the Holy City the wherefo & they shall sing the Song of the lamb day & night for ever & ever— & for this cause that men might be partakers of the glories which were revealed the Lord sent forth the fullness of the gospel & the [p. 119] reas[o]ning in plainness & simplisity to prepare the weak for those things which are coming upon the earth & for the Lords Errand in the days when the <​weak should confound the wise​> & [illegible] little one become a strong nation & two should put their tens of thousands to flight by the weak things of the Earth the Lord should thresh the Nations of the Earth by the power of his spirit & for this cause these were given they were commanded to be kept from the world in the day <​that​> they were given but now are to go forth unto all flesh & this according to the mind & the will of the Lord who reigneth of over all flesh & unto him that repenteth & sanctifieth himself before the Lord shall be given eternal life & they that harken not to the voice of the Lord shall be fulfilled that which was written by the Prophet Moses & also that they should be cut off from among the people & also that which was written by the Prophet Mlichi for Behold the day cometh that burneth as an Oven & all the proud & they that do yea & all that do wickedly shall be stuble & the day that cometh shall burn them up saith the Lord of hosts that it shall l[e]ave them neither root nor branch wherefore this shall be the answer of the Lord in that day when I come unto my own no man among you received me & ye are driven out when I called again there was none of you to answer yet my arm was not shortened at all that I could not redeem neither my power to deliver Behold at my rebuke I dry up the Sea is I make the rivers a wilderness their fish stinketh & dieth for thirst I Cloth[e] the Heavens with blackness & make sackloth their covering & this shall have at of my hand ye shall lay down with sorrow Behold & Lo there is none to deliver you for ye obeyed not my voice when I called unto you all out of the Heavens ye believed not my Servants & when they were sent unto you ye received them not wherefore they sealed up the testimony & bound up the Law & ye were delivered up unto darkness these shall go away into outer [p. 120] darkness where there is weeping & wailing & gnashing of theeth Behold the Lord your God hath spoken it Amen
Given In Portage Co Ohio
Novembr 3rd. 1831 [p. 121]


  1. 1

    John Whitmer assigned this number to the revelation after recording it in Revelation Book 1.  

  2. 2

    See Malachi 3:1; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 503 [3 Nephi 24:1]; and Revelation, 9 Dec. 1830 [D&C 36:8].  

  3. 3

    See Isaiah 34:5.  

  4. 4

    See Isaiah 52:10; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 182, 188, 488, 498 [Mosiah 12:24; 15:31; 3 Nephi 16:20; 20:35].  

  5. 5

    Although earlier revelations indicated that JS would have the ability “to descern by the spirit those who shall go up unto the land of Zion & those of my Desiples that shall tarry,” and that some would have to wait for “many years” before they could gather, the instructions here seem to direct all who had not specifically been commanded to tarry to go to the land of Zion. (Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63:41]; Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:44]; see also Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:21–22].)  

  6. 6

    See Isaiah 52:11; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 498 [3 Nephi 20:41]; and Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:42].  

  7. 7

    The phrase “solemn assembly” appears a number of times in the Old Testament, usually referring to a gathering of elders in a spirit of fasting and prayer. (See, for example, Joel 1:14; 2:15.)  

  8. 8

    See Malachi 3:16.  

  9. 9

    See Matthew 24:31; Mark 13:27; Zechariah 2:6; and New Testament Revision 1, p. 56b [Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 1:37].  

    New Testament Revision 1 / “A Translation of the New Testament Translated by the Power of God,” 1831. 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), 153–228.

  10. 10

    See Isaiah 54:2; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 587 [Moroni 10:31].  

  11. 11

    See Matthew 25:6, 13.  

  12. 12

    See Isaiah 2:2–3; Micah 4:1–2; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 86 [2 Nephi 12:2–3].  

  13. 13

    See Isaiah 52:12. The “Elders of the Church” in conferences were also supposed to supervise “the work of the gethering” as they obtained “knoweledge” from “the Bishop or the agent of the Church” about “the priveliges of the lands.” (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:55–56]; Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63].)  

  14. 14

    See Acts 17:30; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 81, 478 [2 Nephi 9:23; 3 Nephi 11:32].  

  15. 15

    See Revelation 14:6–7; Matthew 3:3; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 22 [1 Nephi 10:8]; and Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65:1].  

  16. 16

    See Revelation 7:3–4; 14:1, 3.  

  17. 17

    See Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65:3].  

  18. 18

    Both the Sidney Rigdon copy and the version published in The Evening and the Morning Star have “ye” here. (Appendix 1: Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831, [2]; “Revelations,” The Evening and the Morning Star, May 1833, [1].)  

    Revelation Book 1 / “A Book of Commandments and Revelations of the Lord Given to Joseph the Seer and Others by the Inspiration of God and Gift and Power of the Holy Ghost Which Beareth Re[c]ord of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost Which Is One God Infinite and Eternal World without End Amen,” 1831–1835. CHL.

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

  19. 19

    See Zechariah 14:4. An earlier revelation explained some of what would occur when Jesus Christ stepped on the mount. (Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:48–53].)  

  20. 20

    See Genesis 10:25.  

  21. 21

    Speaking about the inhabitants of Zion, a September 1831 revelation proclaimed that “the rebelious are not of the blood of Ephraim” and would not “inherit the Land.” An October 1831 revelation stated that the revelation was “given to Wm. E. McLelin a true decendant from Joseph who was sold into Egypt down through the loins of Ephraim his son.” (Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:35–36]; Revelation, 29 Oct. 1831 [D&C 66].)  

  22. 22

    See Genesis 49:26.  

  23. 23

    See Isaiah 35:10; Old Testament Revision 1, p. 18[Moses 7:53]; Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:71]; and Revelation, 29 Oct. 1831 [D&C 66:11].  

  24. 24

    See Deuteronomy 33:15–17.  

  25. 25

    John the Revelator prophesied that in the last days an angel would “fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth.” An article reprinted in the Painesville Telegraph in December 1830 recounted that church members believed that “an Angel of light” had given JS the “new Gospel”—identified as the gold plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. (Revelation 14:6; “Beware of Impostors,” Painesville [OH] Telegraph, 14 Dec. 1830, [2].)  

    Painesville Telegraph. Painesville, OH. 1822–1986.

  26. 26

    See Revelation 14:6–7.  

  27. 27

    See Isaiah 64:1–5.  

  28. 28

    See Isaiah 63:1–2.  

  29. 29

    See Isaiah 63:3–4.  

  30. 30

    See Isaiah 63:7.  

  31. 31

    See Isaiah 63:9.  

  32. 32

    See Revelation 15:3.  

  33. 33

    See Revelation, 29 Oct. 1831 [D&C 66:2].  

  34. 34

    Both the Sidney Rigdon copy and the version published in The Evening and the Morning Star have “the” here. (Appendix 1: Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831, [4]; “Revelations,” The Evening and the Morning Star, May 1833, [2].)  

    Revelation Book 1 / “A Book of Commandments and Revelations of the Lord Given to Joseph the Seer and Others by the Inspiration of God and Gift and Power of the Holy Ghost Which Beareth Re[c]ord of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost Which Is One God Infinite and Eternal World without End Amen,” 1831–1835. CHL.

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

  35. 35

    See Deuteronomy 32:30; Isaiah 60:22; and 1 Corinthians 1:27.  

  36. 36

    TEXT: “s” possibly inserted.  

  37. 37

    See Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:18–23]; and Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:13].  

  38. 38

    For examples of prohibitions against sharing the revelations, see Revelation, ca. Summer 1829 [D&C 19:21]; and Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:72].  

  39. 39

    Fifty years after the conference approving the publication of the revelations, David Whitmer claimed that he had opposed publication because he believed “that it was not the will of the Lord that the revelations should be published.” (Whitmer, Address to All Believers in Christ, 54–55.)  

    Whitmer, David. An Address to All Believers in Christ. Richmond, MO: By the author, 1887.

  40. 40

    See Deuteronomy 18:15, 18–19; Acts 3:22–23; and Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:14].  

  41. 41

    TEXT: Final “◊” possibly “,” or “s”.  

  42. 42

    See Malachi 4:1; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 505 [3 Nephi 25:1].  

  43. 43

    See Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:8].  

  44. 44

    TEXT: Possibly “in”.  

  45. 45

    See Isaiah 50:2–3; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 76 [2 Nephi 7:2–3].  

  46. 46

    See Isaiah 50:11; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 76 [2 Nephi 7:11].  

  47. 47

    See Isaiah 8:16; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 94 [2 Nephi 18:16].  

  48. 48

    See Matthew 8:12; 22:13; 25:30; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 334–335 [Alma 40:13].