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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]

Revelation Explained1

That is, the book of Revelation. It is unclear whether this title appeared in the original manuscript.  


What is the Sea of Glass spoken of by John 4 Chap. and sixth verse of revelations?2

The sea of glass described in Revelation 4:6 lay before a throne in heaven on which sat a being—apparently God—and from which “proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices.” (Revelation 4:5.)  


AnsIt is the Earth in its sanctified immortal and eternal state
QWhat are we to understand by the four beasts spoken of by John in the 4 Chapt. & 6 verse of Revelations?3

The four beasts were “in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne.” The beasts were “full of eyes before and behind.” The first one was described as “like a lion,” the second as “like a calf,” the third as having “a face as a man,” and the fourth as “like a flying eagle.” Each beast had six wings. (Revelation 4:6–8.)  


AThey are figurative Expressions used by the revelator John in disscribing heaven the paradise of God the hapiness of men and of beasts and of creeping things and of the fowls of the air that which is spiritual being in the likeness of that which is temporal and that which is temporal in the likeness of that which is spiritual4

In JS’s revision of the Bible, the two creation accounts in Genesis 1–2 are cast as an initial “spiritual” creation in heaven followed by a “natural” creation on earth. An 1830 revelation explained that God created “all things both Spiritual & Temperal firstly spiritual secondly temporal which is the Begining of my work & again firstly temporal & secondly spiritual which is the last of my work.” (Old Testament Revision 1, pp. 3–5 [Moses chap. 2; 3:5, 9]; Revelation, Sept. 1830–A [D&C 29:31–32].)  


the Spirit of man in the likeness of his person as also the spirit of the beast and every other creature which God has created
QAre the four beasts limited to individual Beasts or do they represent classes or orders?
AnsThey are limited to four individual beasts which were shewn to John to represent the glory of the classes of beings in their destined order or sphere of creation in the enjoyment of their eternal felicity.
QWhat are we to understand the Eyes and wings which the beasts had?5

See Revelation 4:8.  


A Their eyes are a representation of light and knowledge that is they are full of knowledge and their wings are a representation of power to move to act &c.
QWhat are we to understand by the four and twenty Elders spoken of by John?6

The twenty-four elders sat on seats “round about the throne.” They wore white clothing and had gold crowns on their heads. (Revelation 4:4, 10–11.)  


AWe are to understand that these Elders whom John saw were Elders who had been faithful in the work of the ministry and were dead who belonged to the Seven Churches7

See Revelation 1:4.  


and were then in the paradise of God.
QWhat are we to understand by the Book which John saw which was sealed on the back with seven Seals8

The book was “in the right hand of him that sat on the throne.” (Revelation 5:1.)  


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Revelation Explained1

That is, the book of Revelation. It is unclear whether this title appeared in the original manuscript.  


What is the Sea of Glass spoken of by John 4 Chap. and  sixth verse of revelations?2

The sea of glass described in Revelation 4:6 lay before a throne in heaven on which sat a being—apparently God—and from which “proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices.” (Revelation 4:5.)  


AnsIt is the Earth in its sanctified immortal and eternal  state
QWhat are we to understand by the four beasts spoken of  by John in the 4 Chapt. & 6 verse of Revelations?3

The four beasts were “in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne.” The beasts were “full of eyes before and behind.” The first one was described as “like a lion,” the second as “like a calf,” the third as having “a face as a man,” and the fourth as “like a flying eagle.” Each beast had six wings. (Revelation 4:6–8.)  


AThey are figurative Expressions used by the revelator  John in disscribing heaven the paradise of God the  hapiness of men and of beasts and of creeping things  and of the fowls of the air that which is spiritual being  in the likeness of that which is temporal and that  which is temporal in the likeness of that which is spirit ual4

In JS’s revision of the Bible, the two creation accounts in Genesis 1–2 are cast as an initial “spiritual” creation in heaven followed by a “natural” creation on earth. An 1830 revelation explained that God created “all things both Spiritual & Temperal firstly spiritual secondly temporal which is the Begining of my work & again firstly temporal & secondly spiritual which is the last of my work.” (Old Testament Revision 1, pp. 3–5 [Moses chap. 2; 3:5, 9]; Revelation, Sept. 1830–A [D&C 29:31–32].)  


the Spirit of man in the likeness of his person  as also the spirit of the beast and every other creature  which God has created
QAre the four beasts limited to individual Beasts or do  they represent classes or orders?
AnsThey are limited to four individual beasts which were  shewn to John to represent the glory of the classes of  beings in their destined order or sphere of creation in the  enjoyment of their eternal felicity.
QWhat are we to understand the Eyes and wings which the  beasts had?5

See Revelation 4:8.  


AThey Their eyes are a representation of light and knowledge  that is they are full of knowledge and their wings are a  representation of power to move to act &c.
QWhat are we to understand by the four and twenty Elders  spoken of by John?6

The twenty-four elders sat on seats “round about the throne.” They wore white clothing and had gold crowns on their heads. (Revelation 4:4, 10–11.)  


AWe are to understand that these Elders whom John saw  were Elders who had been faithful in the work of the mini stry and were dead who belonged to the Seven Churches7

See Revelation 1:4.  


 and were then in the paradise of God.
QWhat are we to understand by the Book which John saw  which was sealed <on the back> with seven Seals8

The book was “in the right hand of him that sat on the throne.” (Revelation 5:1.)  


which John?
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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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