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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. 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

To confirm or solemnize. In the early 1830s, revelations often adopted biblical usage of the term seal; for example, “sealed up the testimony” referred to proselytizing and testifying of the gospel as a warning of the approaching end time. JS explained in...

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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 angel 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 Elias which was to come to gether

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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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].)  


Q What time are things spoken of in this chapter to be accomplished?
[p. 142]
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

To confirm or solemnize. In the early 1830s, revelations often adopted biblical usage of the term seal; for example, “sealed up the testimony” referred to proselytizing and testifying of the gospel as a warning of the approaching end time. JS explained in...

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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

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

View Glossary
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].)  


Q What time are things spoken of in this chapter  to be accomplished?
[p. 142]
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Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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, 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

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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