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Revelation, 25 December 1832 [D&C 87]

behold the southern states shall be divided against the Northern States, and the Southern States will call on other Nations even the Nation of Great Britian as it is called4

In the wake of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, the United States continued to view Britain as both a political and economic rival in the Western Hemisphere. (Haynes, Unfinished Revolution, 8–9.)  


and they shall also call upon other Nations in order to defend themselves against other Nations and thus war shall be poured out upon all Nations and it shall come to pass after many days Slaves shall rise up against there Masters5

Brigham Young, who was not present when the revelation was dictated, claimed in 1860 that the revelation was the result of “serious reflections” by “the brethren” about “African slavery on this continent” and “the slavery of children [of] men throughout the world.” “After much deliberation and reflection etc. and being tolerably well acquainted with the customs of the north and south,” he continued, “the Lord gave a revelation concerning slavery.” In August 1831, a slave named Nat Turner led a rebellion in southeastern Virginia that resulted in the deaths of approximately sixty white people and the execution of twenty-one black people (including Turner). Many white Virginians and other white Southerners feared that further rebellions would follow. (Brigham Young, Discourse, 20 May 1860, in George D. Watt, Discourse Shorthand Notes, 20 May 1860, George D. Watt, Papers, as transcribed by LaJean Purcell Carruth, copy in editors’ possession; Oates, Fires of Jubilee, 125–126.)  


who shall be Martialed and disaplined for war and it shall come to pass also that the remnants who are left of the land will martial themselves also and shall become exceding angry and shall vex the Gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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with a soar vexation6

“Remnants” refers to the scattered descendants of ancient Israelites still found on the earth. The Book of Mormon uses the singular “remnant” to refer specifically to descendants of the family of Lehi but the plural “remnants” when discussing all descendants of Israel scattered throughout the world. A letter from JS to N. C. Saxton, editor of the American Revivalist, and Rochester Observer, written just ten days after this revelation, used “remnants” in a similar way. In that letter, JS declared that God would “recover the remnants of his people which have been left from Assyria, and from Egypt and from Pathros &.c. and from the Islands of the sea.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 31, 117, 23, 496–497 [1 Nephi 13:34; 2 Nephi 30:3; 1 Nephi 10:14; 3 Nephi 20:10–23]; Letter to N. C. Saxton, 4 Jan. 1833; see also Ashurst-McGee, “Zion Rising,” 263–264.)  


and thus with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn and with famine and plague, and Earthquake and the thunder of heaven and the fierce and vivid lightning also shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath and indignation and chastning hand of an Almighty God untill the consumption decreed7

See Isaiah 10:22; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 97 [2 Nephi 20:22].  


hath made a full end of all Nations8

See Jeremiah 30:11; 46:28. Earlier revelations described similar apocalyptic events. (See, for example, Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45]; Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831 [D&C 133]; and Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84].)  


that the cry of the saints and of blood of the saints shall cease to come up into the ears of the Lord of Saboath9

“Sabaoth” is Hebrew for “hosts” or “armies.” “Lord of Sabaoth” is a militaristic title for God used in Romans 9:29 and James 5:4.  


from the earth to be avenged of their enimies,10

This theme from the book of Revelation also appears in the Book of Mormon. (See, for example, Revelation 6:10; 16:1–6; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 106, 473, 534 [2 Nephi 26:3; 3 Nephi 9:11; Mormon 8:27].)  


wherefore stand ye in holy places and be not moved untill the day of the Lord come,11

A March 1831 revelation discussed similar millenarian episodes and instructed “my Deciples” to “stand in Holy places” and “not be moved.” These “holy places” were apparently the Mormon communities in Jackson County, Missouri, and Geauga County, Ohio. JS’s revelations particularly designated Zion, in Missouri, as a “holy land” and as a refuge from the wars of nations. (Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:26–32, 63–69]; Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:59]; Revelation, 13 Aug. 1831 [D&C 62:6]; Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63:32–37].)  


for be hold it cometh quickly saith the Lord. Amen
Given by Joseph the Seer

The Book of Mormon identified a seer as a “revelator, and a prophet also,” specifying, however, that a seer was “greater than a prophet.” A seer could “know of things which has past, and also of things which is to come.” The work of a seer included translation...

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writtn by Frederick G Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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behold the southern states shall be divided against the  Northern States, and the Southern States will call on other  [Nations]3

TEXT: “Nations” was inserted by Frederick G. Williams at some point, possibly when he was copying the revelation into Revelation Book 2. All other early manuscript versions have “nations” here, suggesting that “Nations” was likely part of the original inscription. (See, for example, Gilbert, Notebook, [109].)  


even the Nation of Great Britian as it is called4

In the wake of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, the United States continued to view Britain as both a political and economic rival in the Western Hemisphere. (Haynes, Unfinished Revolution, 8–9.)  


 and they shall also call upon other Nations in order  to defend themselves against other Nations and thus  war shall be poured out upon all Nations and it shall  come to pass after many days Slaves shall rise up  against there Masters5

Brigham Young, who was not present when the revelation was dictated, claimed in 1860 that the revelation was the result of “serious reflections” by “the brethren” about “African slavery on this continent” and “the slavery of children [of] men throughout the world.” “After much deliberation and reflection etc. and being tolerably well acquainted with the customs of the north and south,” he continued, “the Lord gave a revelation concerning slavery.” In August 1831, a slave named Nat Turner led a rebellion in southeastern Virginia that resulted in the deaths of approximately sixty white people and the execution of twenty-one black people (including Turner). Many white Virginians and other white Southerners feared that further rebellions would follow. (Brigham Young, Discourse, 20 May 1860, in George D. Watt, Discourse Shorthand Notes, 20 May 1860, George D. Watt, Papers, as transcribed by LaJean Purcell Carruth, copy in editors’ possession; Oates, Fires of Jubilee, 125–126.)  


who shall be Martialed and  disaplined for war and it shall come to pass also  that the remnants who are left of the land will  martial themselves also and shall become exceding  angry and shall vex the Gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

View Glossary
with a soar vexation6

“Remnants” refers to the scattered descendants of ancient Israelites still found on the earth. The Book of Mormon uses the singular “remnant” to refer specifically to descendants of the family of Lehi but the plural “remnants” when discussing all descendants of Israel scattered throughout the world. A letter from JS to N. C. Saxton, editor of the American Revivalist, and Rochester Observer, written just ten days after this revelation, used “remnants” in a similar way. In that letter, JS declared that God would “recover the remnants of his people which have been left from Assyria, and from Egypt and from Pathros &.c. and from the Islands of the sea.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 31, 117, 23, 496–497 [1 Nephi 13:34; 2 Nephi 30:3; 1 Nephi 10:14; 3 Nephi 20:10–23]; Letter to N. C. Saxton, 4 Jan. 1833; see also Ashurst-McGee, “Zion Rising,” 263–264.)  


 and thus with the sword and by bloodshed the  inhabitants of the earth shall mourn and with  famine and plague, and Earthquake and the  thunder of heaven and the fierce and vivid light ning also shall the inhabitants of the earth be  made to feel the wrath and indignation and  chastning hand of an Almighty God untill the  consumption decribed decreed7

See Isaiah 10:22; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 97 [2 Nephi 20:22].  


hath made a full  end of all Nations8

See Jeremiah 30:11; 46:28. Earlier revelations described similar apocalyptic events. (See, for example, Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45]; Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831 [D&C 133]; and Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84].)  


that the cry of the saints and  of blood of the saints shall cease to come up  into the ears of the Lord of Saboath9

“Sabaoth” is Hebrew for “hosts” or “armies.” “Lord of Sabaoth” is a militaristic title for God used in Romans 9:29 and James 5:4.  


from the  earth to be avenged of their enimies,10

This theme from the book of Revelation also appears in the Book of Mormon. (See, for example, Revelation 6:10; 16:1–6; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 106, 473, 534 [2 Nephi 26:3; 3 Nephi 9:11; Mormon 8:27].)  


wherefore  stand ye in holy places and be not moved  untill the day of the Lord come,11

A March 1831 revelation discussed similar millenarian episodes and instructed “my Deciples” to “stand in Holy places” and “not be moved.” These “holy places” were apparently the Mormon communities in Jackson County, Missouri, and Geauga County, Ohio. JS’s revelations particularly designated Zion, in Missouri, as a “holy land” and as a refuge from the wars of nations. (Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:26–32, 63–69]; Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:59]; Revelation, 13 Aug. 1831 [D&C 62:6]; Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63:32–37].)  


for be hold  it cometh quickly saith the Lord. Amen
Given by Joseph the Seer

The Book of Mormon identified a seer as a “revelator, and a prophet also,” specifying, however, that a seer was “greater than a prophet.” A seer could “know of things which has past, and also of things which is to come.” The work of a seer included translation...

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writtn by F[rederick] G Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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, OH], 25 Dec. 1832. Featured version, titled “A Prophecy given Decm. 25th 1832,” copied [between 22 Jan. and ca. 27 Feb. 1833] in Revelation Book 2, pp. 32–33; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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