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Revelation, 6 December 1832 [D&C 86]

A Revelation explaining the parable of the wheet & <the> Tears [tares]
Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servants  concerning the parable of the wheat and of the  tears, Behold verily I say that the field was the world  and the Apostles were the sowers of the seed and after  they have fallen asleep the great persecutor of the Church  the apostate, the whore, even Babylon, that maketh  all nations <to> drunk drink of her cup, in whose hearts the  enemy even Satan sitteth to reign, behold he soweth  the tears, wherefore the tears choke the wheet and drive  the church in to the wilderness, but behold in the  last days, even now while the Lord is begining to  bring forth his <the> word, and the blade is springing  up and is yet tender, behold verily I say unto  you the angels are crying unto the Lord, day and  night who are ready, and waiting to be sent forth [p. 31]
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While working on a revision of the Bible, JS dictated a revelation that recast the parable of the wheat and the tares (Matt. 13:24-30) as a history from the days of the apostles to the world’s end. The description of a second sowing in the last days clearly referred to the rise of Mormonism.
The last two paragraphs in the revelation focused on a separate matter altogether—the connection between historic Israel and newly gathered disciples, suggesting that those disciples were not only fulfillers of biblical prophecy but also descendants of the ancient covenant people and heirs to the promised blessings.
Frederick G. Williams recorded this text in Revelation Book 2 between December 1832 and January 1833, identifying it as “A Revelation explaining the parable of the wheat & the Tears.” A notation at the close of the text further elaborates, “Kirtland December 6th. A[D] 1832 given by Joseph the seer and written by Sidney the scribe an[d] Councellor, & Transcribed by Frederick assistent scribe an[d] counceller.” Sidney Gilbert included a copy of the text in his revelation notebook in June 1833. John Whitmer later recorded it in Revelation Book 1, where it is identified as “Revelation given December 6, 1832 Kirtland Ohio explaining the parable of the Wheat & Tears.” The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants included this revelation with a date of 6 December 1832 but no location.

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