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

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  Zion & 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]
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This prophecy, with its thematic focus on “the great day of the Lord” and its depiction of the future glory of the New Jerusalem, was received with joy by the early Saints. It can be seen as shedding additional light on the meaning of Matthew 24. The text offers a solution to the longstanding controversy over how to interpret that chapter by suggesting that some of the predicted events took place in the first century and that others would not occur until the end of time.
John Whitmer copied this text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “A Prophecy March 7th 1831,” sometime between March and June 1831. Edward Partridge and William E. McLellin also made copies in 1831. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates this revelation to March 1831 at Kirtland, Ohio, while the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants gives the date as 7 March 1831 without giving a location.

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