Revelation, circa 7 March 1831 [D&C 45]

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47 A prophecy March 7th. 1831
given to Joseph the seer at geauga County Ohio
Saying hearken O ye people of my to whom the Kingdom was has been given hearken ye & give ere [ear] to him who laid the foundation of the Earth who made the Heavens & all the hosts thereof & by whom all things were made which live & move & have a being & again I say hearken unto my voice lest death shall overtake you in an hour when ye think not the Summer shall be past & the harvest ended & your souls not saved listen to him who is the advocate with the Father who is pleading your case before him saying Father behold the sufferings & death of him who did no sin in whom thou wast well pleased Behold the Blood of thy son which was shed the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified wherefore Father spare these my Brethren that Believe on my name that they may come unto me And have everlasting life Hearken O ye people of my Church & ye listen together & hear my voice whilest it is called to day & harden not your hearts For verily I say unto you that I am Alpha & Omega the Begining & the end the light & the life of the world a light that shineth in darkness & the darkness comprehendeth it not I came unto my own & my own Received me not but unto as many as received me gave I power to do many Miricles & to become the Sons of God & even unto them that believed on my name gave I power to obtain eternal life & even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant unto the World to be a light to the world & to be a standerd for my people & for the to seek to it And to be a mesinger before my face to prepare the way before me [p. 71]
Wherefore come ye unto it With him that cometh I will reason as with men of old in days of old And I will shew unto you my strong reasoning Wherefore hearken ye together & let me shew it unto you even my wisdom the wisdom of him whom ye say is the God of Enoch & his Brethren who were seperated from the Earth & were reserved unto myself a City reserved untill a day of righteousness shall come a day which was sought for by all Holy men & they found it not Because of wickedness & abominations & confessed that they were strangers & pilgrims on the Earth but obtained a promise that they should find it & see it in their flesh wherefore hearken & I will reason with you & I will speak unto you & prophecy as unto men in days of old & I will shew it plainly as I shewed it unto my Deciples as I stood before them in the flesh & spake unto them saying <​as​> ye have asked of me concerning these signs of my coming in the day when I shall come in my glory in the clouds of Heaven to fulfill the promises that I have made unto your fathers for as you have looked upon the long absence of your spirits from your bodies to be a bondage I will shew unto you how the day of redemption shall come & also the restoration of the scattered Israel & now ye behold this temple which is in Jerusalem which ye call the House of God & your enemies say that this House shall never fall but verily I say unto you that desolation shall come upon this generation as a thief in the night And this people shall be destroyed & scattered among all Nations & this Temple which ye now see shall be thrown down that there shall not be left an stone upon another & it shall come to pass that this generation of Jews shall not pass away [until every] desolation which I have told you concerning them shall come to pass ye say that ye know that the end of the World cometh ye say also that ye know that the Heavens & the Earth shall pass away [p. 72] And in this ye say truly for so it is But these things which I have told you shall not pass away but all shall be fulfilled & this I have told you concerning Jerusalum & when that day shall come shall a remnant shall a be scattered among all Nations but they shall be again but they shall remain untill the times of the be fulfelled & in that day shall be heard of wars & rumours of wars & the whole Earth shall be in commotion & mens hearts shall fail them & & shall say that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the world & the love of men shall wax cold & inequity shall abound & when the times of the gentiles shall be is come in And a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness & it shall be the fulness of my Gospel but they receive it not for they perceive not the light & they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men & in that generation shall the times of the gentiles be fulfilled & there shall be men standing in that generation that shall not pass untill they shall see an overflowing scourge for a desolating sicknes shall cover the land & shall not be moved but my Deciples shall stand in Holy places & shall not be moved but among the wicked men shall lift up their voices & curse God & die & there shall be earthqakes also in diverse places & many desolations yet men will harden their hearts against me & they will take up the sword one against another & they will kill one another And now when I the Lord had spoken these words unto my Deciples they were troubled for when all these things shall come & I said unto them be not troubled for when all these things shall come to pass ye may know that the promises which have been made unto you shall be fulfilled & when the light shall begin to break forth it shall be with them like unto a Parable which I will shew you ye look & behold the figgtrees & ye see them with your eyes & ye say when they begin to shoot forth & th◊◊◊ [their] leaves are yet tender ye say that summer [p. 73] is now nigh at hand even so it shall be in that day when they shall see all these things then shall they know that the hour is nigh & it shall come to pass that he that feareth me shall be looking for the great day of the lord to come even for the signs of the coming of the son of man & they shall see signs & wonders for they shall be shewn forth in the heavens above & in the Earth beneath & they shall behold blood & fires & vapors of smoke & before the day of the lord come the sun shall be darkened & the moon be turned into blood & some stars shall fall from Heaven & the remnant shall be gethered unto this place & then they shall look for me & Behold I will come & they shall see me in the clouds of heaven clothed with power & great glory with all the holy Angels & he that watches not for me shall be cut off But before the arm of the Lord shall fall & the Angel shall sound his Trump & the saints that have slept shall come forth to meet me in the cloud wherefore if ye have slept in peace blessed are you for as you now Behold me & know that I am even so shall ye come unto me & your souls shall live And your redemption shall be perfected And the saints shall come forth from the four quarters of the Earth then shall the arm of the Lord fall upon the Nations & then shall the lord set his foot upon this mount & it shall cleave in twain & the Earth shall tremble & reel to & fro & the Heavens also shall shake & the Lord shall utter his voice & all the ends of the Earth shall hear it & the Nations of the Earth shall mourn & they that have laughed shall see their folly & calamity shall cease the mocker & the scorner shall be consumed & they that have watched for iniquity shall be cut off hewn down & cast into the fire & then shall the Jews look upon me & say what are these wounds in thine hands & in thy feet then shall they know that I am the Lord for I will say unto them these wounds are the wounds [p. 74] With which I was wounded in the house of my friends I am he that was lifted up I am Jesus which was crusified I am the Son of God & then shall they weep because of their iniquities then shall they lament because they persecuted their King & then shall the heathen Nations be redeemed & they which knew no law shall have part in the first resurrection & it shall be tolerable for them & Satan shall be bound that he shall have no place in the hearts of the children of men & at that day when I shall come in my glory, Shall the palable [parable] be fulfilled of which I spoke concerning the ten virgins for he that is wise & hath received the truth & has taken the Holy Spirit for their guide & have not been deceived Verily I say unto you they shall not be hewn down & cast into the fire but shall abide the day & the Earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance & they shall multiply & wax strong & their children shall g◊◊◊ [grow] up without Sin unto salvation for the Lord shall be in their midst & his glory shall be upon them & he shall be their King & their law giver & now behold I say unto you it shall not be given unto you to know any farther then this until the New Testament be translated & it in it all things shall be made known Wherefore I give unto you that ye may now it that ye may be prepared for the things to come for Verily I say unto you that great things await you ye hear of wars in foreign lands but behold I say unto you they are nigh even unto your doors & not many years hence ye Shall hear of wars in your own lands wherefore I the Lord have said gether ye out from the Eastern lands assemble ye yourselves together ye of my ge [go] ye forth into the western countries call upon the inhabitants to repent & in as much as they do repent build up Churches unto me & with one heart & with one mind gether up your riches that you may purchase an inheritance which shall hereafter be appointed you & it shall be called the a land of peace a City of refuge a place of safety for the saints of [p. 75] The most high God & the glory of the Lord shall be there & the terer of the Lord also shall be there insomuch that the wicked will not come unto it & it shall be called & it shall come to pass among the wicked that evry man that will not take his sword against his Neighbour must needs flee unto Zion for safety & there shall be getherd unto it out of evry Nation under Heaven & it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another & it shall be said among the wicked let us not go up to battle against Zion for the inhabitants of Zion are terible wherefore we cannot stand & it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gethered out from among all Nations & shall come to Zion singing with songs of everlasting Joy & now I say unto you keep these things from going abroad unto the world that ye may accomplish this work in the eyes of the people & in the eyes of your enemies that they may not know your works untill ye have accomplished the thing which I have commanded you that when they shall know it it may be terible unto them that fear may sieze upon them & they shall stand afar off & tremble & all nations shall be afraid because of the teror of the lord & the power of his might even so amen [p. 76]

Footnotes

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    See Acts 17:24, 28.  

  3. 3

    See Jeremiah 8:20. Partridge’s copy has “your souls are not saved.” (Revelations Collection, CHL [D&C 45:2].)  

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

  4. 4

    Instead of “the,” the Partridge and McLellin copies have “your.” (Revelations Collection, CHL; McLellin, Copies of Revelations, [1] [D&C 45:3].)  

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

    McLellin, William E. Copies of Revelations, early Nov. 1831. In “W. E. Mc.Lellan Jan— 1877,” 1877, William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1878. CHL. MS 13538, box 1, fd. 7.

  5. 5

    The Partridge and McLellin copies have “cause.” (Revelations Collection, CHL; McLellin, Copies of Revelations, [1] [D&C 45:3].)  

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

    McLellin, William E. Copies of Revelations, early Nov. 1831. In “W. E. Mc.Lellan Jan— 1877,” 1877, William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1878. CHL. MS 13538, box 1, fd. 7.

  6. 6

    See 1 John 2:1–2. In January, another revelation similarly declared, “By the Virtue of the blood which I have spilt have I pled before the Father for them.” (Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:4]; see also Revelation, ca. Summer 1829 [D&C 19:16].)  

  7. 7

    See Revelation 1:8; John 1:5, 11–12; 8:12; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 473–474 [3 Nephi 9:18].  

  8. 8

    The Partridge and McLellin copies have “into.” (Revelations Collection, CHL; McLellin, Copies of Revelations, [2] [D&C 45:9].)  

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

    McLellin, William E. Copies of Revelations, early Nov. 1831. In “W. E. Mc.Lellan Jan— 1877,” 1877, William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1878. CHL. MS 13538, box 1, fd. 7.

  9. 9

    Instead of “my,” the Partridge and McLellin copies have “the.” (Revelations Collection, CHL; McLellin, Copies of Revelations, [2] [D&C 45:9].)  

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

    McLellin, William E. Copies of Revelations, early Nov. 1831. In “W. E. Mc.Lellan Jan— 1877,” 1877, William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1878. CHL. MS 13538, box 1, fd. 7.

  10. 10

    JS’s revision of the book of Genesis in December 1830 declared that the city of Enoch, called Zion, “in process of time was taken up into heaven” but that during the Millennium its inhabitants would return to earth and unite with the citizens of the latter-day Zion, the New Jerusalem, who would “fall upon our necks and we will kiss each other and there shall be mine abode . . . and for the space of a thousand years shall the earth [res]t.” (Old Testament Revision 1, pp. 16, 19 [Moses 7:21, 63–64].)  

  11. 11

    See Hebrews 11:13.  

  12. 12

    TEXT: Or “spoke”.  

  13. 13

    Several of the statements that follow are similar to those found in the discourse given by Jesus to his apostles in Matthew 24.  

  14. 14

    See 1 Thessalonians 5:2; and 2 Peter 3:10.  

  15. 15

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 56–57, 84, 104 [1 Nephi 22:3, 5; 2 Nephi 10:6; 25:15]; Zechariah 7:14; and Joel 3:2.  

  16. 16

    See Matthew 24:2; Luke 21:6; and Mark 13:2.  

  17. 17

    Omitted words supplied based on Partridge’s copy. (Revelations Collection, CHL [D&C 45:21].)  

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

  18. 18

    See Matthew 24:35; Luke 21:33; and Mark 13:31.  

  19. 19

    See Luke 21:24.  

  20. 20

    See Luke 21:9.  

  21. 21

    See Matthew 24:12.  

  22. 22

    See Isaiah 58:8.  

  23. 23

    See Isaiah 29:13.  

  24. 24

    See Matthew 24:7; Luke 21:11; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 534 [Mormon 8:30].  

  25. 25

    An earlier JS revelation also referenced this parable of the fig tree found in Matthew 24. (Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:16]; Matthew 24:32–33.)  

  26. 26

    See Joel 2:31; and Acts 2:20.  

  27. 27

    See Matthew 24:29; and Mark 13:25.  

  28. 28

    See Matthew 25:31.  

  29. 29

    Several previous revelations similarly proclaimed the premillennial resurrection of the righteous. (See Revelation, Sept. 1830–A [D&C 29:13]; and Revelation, Feb. 1831–A [D&C 43:18].)  

  30. 30

    While the phrase “four quarters of the earth” appears only once in the Bible, the Book of Mormon uses it several times. (Revelation 20:8; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 52, 59, 464–465, 487 [1 Nephi 19:16; 22:25; 3 Nephi 5:24–26; 16:5].)  

  31. 31

    See Zechariah 14:4.  

  32. 32

    The Partridge and McLellin copies have “calamity shall cover the mockers.” (Revelations Collection, CHL; McLellin, Copies of Revelations, 5 [D&C 45:50].)  

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

    McLellin, William E. Copies of Revelations, early Nov. 1831. In “W. E. Mc.Lellan Jan— 1877,” 1877, William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1878. CHL. MS 13538, box 1, fd. 7.

  33. 33

    See Zechariah 13:6.  

  34. 34

    The Partridge and McLellin copies have “& they which knew no law[.] they shall . . .” (Revelations Collection, CHL; McLellin, Copies of Revelations, 5 [D&C 45:54].)  

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

    McLellin, William E. Copies of Revelations, early Nov. 1831. In “W. E. Mc.Lellan Jan— 1877,” 1877, William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1878. CHL. MS 13538, box 1, fd. 7.

  35. 35

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 582 [Moroni 8:22].  

  36. 36

    See Revelation, Feb. 1831–A [D&C 43:31].  

  37. 37

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 70 [2 Nephi 4:28].  

  38. 38

    See Matthew 25:1–13.  

  39. 39

    TEXT: Deletion on facing page created an ink blot over this word. Text supplied based on Partridge’s copy.  

  40. 40

    See Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:22].  

  41. 41

    Almost immediately, on 8 March 1831, JS stopped working on the Old Testament and turned to the New Testament. His scribe, Sidney Rigdon, wrote this heading on the manuscript: “A Translation of the New Testament translated by the power of God.” (New Testament Revision 1, p. 1.)  

    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.

  42. 42

    A January 1831 revelation stated, “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.” (Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:29].)  

  43. 43

    See Revelation, 30 Dec. 1830 [D&C 37:3]; Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:31–32]; and Revelation, Sept. 1830–A [D&C 29:8].  

  44. 44

    See Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:8]; and Revelation, Feb. 1831–B [D&C 44:4].  

  45. 45

    See Old Testament Revision 1, p. 16 [Moses 7:18].  

  46. 46

    The recently revealed “Laws of the Church of Christ” called for members to consecrate their property to the church, in part for “the purpose of purchaseing Land & building up of the New Jerusalem which is here after to be revealed.” (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:35].)  

  47. 47

    See Revelation, Sept. 1830–A [D&C 29:7–8].  

  48. 48

    See Old Testament Revision 1, p. 16 [Moses 7:14–18].  

  49. 49

    See Isaiah 35:10; 51:11.  

  50. 50

    See 2 Corinthians 5:11.