Answers to Questions, between circa 4 and circa 20 March 1832 [D&C 77]

Answers to Questions, between circa 4 and circa 20 March 1832 [D&C 77]

Ans.We are to understand that it contains the revealed  will. mystery mysteries and works of God. the hidden things  of his economy concerning this Earth during the  seven thousand years of its continuance or its  temporal existence.
QWhat are we to understand by the Seven Seals with  which it was sealed?
AWe are to understand that the first seal contains  the things of the first thousand years and the second  also of the second thousand years and so on until  the seventh.
QWhat are we to understand by the four Angels  spoken of by John 7 Chap & first verse of Rev.9

The four angels stood “on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.” These four angels had it “given” to them “to hurt the earth and the sea.” (Revelation 7:1–2.)  

AWe are to understand that they are four angels sent  forth from God to whom is given power over  the four parts of the Earth to save life and to  destroy[.] these are they who have the everlasting  Gospel to commit to every Nation kindred tongue  and people having power to shut up the heavens  to seal up unto life, or to cast down to the  regions of darkness.10

See Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:12]; and Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63:53–54].  

QWhat are we to understand by the angels ascending  from the east Rev 7. Chap. & 2 verse?11

This angel had “the seal of the living God.” (Revelation 7:2.)  

AWe are to understand that the angel ascended from  the east is he to whom is given the seal of the  living God over the tweleve tribes of Israel  wherefore he crieth unto the four angels having  the everlasting Gospel to preach saying hurt not  the earth neither the Sea nor the trees till we have  sealed the Servants of our God in their foreheads  and if you will receive it this is the Elias which  was to come to gether to gether the tribes of Israel  and restore all things.12

See Matthew 11:14; 17:11. JS’s Bible revision changed the explanation of Elias’s identity in Matthew 17:13 from “Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist” to “Then the Deciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist, & also of another which should come & restore all things, as it is written by the Prophets.” (New Testament Revision 2, part 1, p. 32 [Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 17:13].)
Comprehensive Works Cited



New Testament Revision 2, part 1 / New Testament Revision Manuscript 2, part 1, 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), 235–298.

Q What time are things spoken of in this chapter  to be accomplished?
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Answers to Questions, [Hiram Township, OH, ca. Mar. 1832]. Featured version, titled “Revelation Explained,” copied [between 26 Apr. and ca. Aug. 1832] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 141–144; handwriting of John Whitmer; CHL. Includes redactions.