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Revelation, 27–28 December 1832 [D&C 88:1–126]

made glad, with the light of this countenance, of his lord, and then he withdrew, from the first, that he might visit the seccond also, and the third, and the fourth, and so on, unto the twelveth, and they all received, the light of the countinance, of their Lord, every man, in his hour, and in his time, and in his season, begining at the first, and so on unto the last, and from the last unto the first, and from the first, unto the Last, evry man in his own order, untill his hour was finished, even according, as his lord, had commanded him, that his Lord might be glorified in him,19

Copies made by John Whitmer in Revelation Book 1 and by Sidney Gilbert in a book of revelations he was keeping both add at this point: “& he in him that they all might be glorified.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 161, in JSP, MRB:299; Gilbert, Notebook, [91].)  


therefore unto this parable, will I liken all those kingdoms; and the inhabitants thereof, evry kingdom, in its hour, and in its time, and in its season, even according to the decree, which God, hath made; and again; and now verily I say unto you, my friends, I leave these sayings, with you, for to ponder in your hearts; with this commandment

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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, which I give unto you, that ye shall call upon me, while I am near,20

See Isaiah 55:6.  


draw near unto me, and I will draw near unto you,21

See James 4:8; and Zechariah 1:3.  


seek me dilligently, and ye shall find me,22

See Proverbs 8:17.  


ask, and ye shall receive, knock, and it shall be opened unto you;23

See Matthew 7:7; and Luke 11:9.  


whatsoever ye ask the father, in my name, it shall be given unto you,24

See James 1:5.  


that is expedient for you, and if ye ask any thing, that is not, expedient for you, it shall turn unto your own condemption condemnation, behold, that which you hear, is as the voice, of one crying in the wilderness,25

See John 1:23.  


In the wilderness, because you cannot see him; my voice, because my voice is spirit,26

Sidney Gilbert’s copy of the revelation reads: “is as the voice of one crying in the wilderness because you cannot see my voice because my voice is Spirit.” (Gilbert, Notebook, [92].)  


my spirit is truth, truth abideth, and hath no end, and if it be in you, it shall abound, and if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies, shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you,27

See Matthew 6:22–23. In the spring of 1831, JS revised the passage in Matthew to read, “If therefore if thine eye be single to the glory of God thy whole body shall be full of light.” (New Testament Revision 1, p. 13 [Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 6:22]; see also Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 64–65.)  


and that body, which is filled with light comprehendeth all things; therefore sanctify yourselves that your minds [p. 39]
made glad, with the light of this countenance, of his  lord, and then he withdrew, from the first, that he  might visit the seccond also, and the third, and the fourth,  and so on, unto the twelveth, and they all received, the light of the  countinance, of their Lord, every man, in his hour, and in his  time, and in his season, begining at the first, and so  on unto the last, and from the last unto the first,  and from the first, unto the Last, evry man in his own  order, untill his hour was finished, even according, as his  lord, had commanded him, that his Lord might be glor[i]fied  in him,19

Copies made by John Whitmer in Revelation Book 1 and by Sidney Gilbert in a book of revelations he was keeping both add at this point: “& he in him that they all might be glorified.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 161, in JSP, MRB:299; Gilbert, Notebook, [91].)  


therefore unto this parable, will I liken all those  kingdoms; and the inhabitants thereof, evry kingdom, in  its hour, and in its time, and in its season, even  according to the decree, which God, hath made; and  again; and now verily I say unto you, my friends, I I  leave these sayings, with you, for to ponder in your  hearts; with this commandment

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

View Glossary
, which I give unto you,  that ye shall call upon me, while I am near,20

See Isaiah 55:6.  


draw near  unto me, and I will draw near unto you,21

See James 4:8; and Zechariah 1:3.  


seek me dilligen tly, and ye shall find me,22

See Proverbs 8:17.  


ask, and ye shall receive,  knock, and it shall be opened unto you;23

See Matthew 7:7; and Luke 11:9.  


whatsoever ye  ask the father, in my name, it shall be given unto  you,24

See James 1:5.  


that is expedient for you, and if ye ask any  thing, that is not, expedient for you, it shall turn  unto your own condemption [condemnation], but behold, that which  you hear, is as the voice, of one crying in the wilderness,25

See John 1:23.  


 In the wilderness, because you cannot see him; my  voice, because my voice is spirit,26

Sidney Gilbert’s copy of the revelation reads: “is as the voice of one crying in the wilderness because you cannot see my voice because my voice is Spirit.” (Gilbert, Notebook, [92].)  


my spirit is  truth, truth abideth, and hath no end, and if it  be in you, it shall abound, and if your eye be  single to my glory, your whole bodies, shall be filled  with light, and there shall be no darkness in you,27

See Matthew 6:22–23. In the spring of 1831, JS revised the passage in Matthew to read, “If therefore if thine eye be single to the glory of God thy whole body shall be full of light.” (New Testament Revision 1, p. 13 [Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 6:22]; see also Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 64–65.)  


 and that body, which is filled with light comprehendeth  all things; therefore sanctify yourselves that your minds [p. 39]
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