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Revelation, 6 December 1832 [D&C 86]

to reap down the fields. but the Lord saith unto  them pluck not up the tears while the blade is yet  tender (for verily your faith is weak) least you  distroy the wheat also, therefore let the wheat and  the tears grow together untill the harvest is  fully ripe then ye shall first gather out the  wheat from among the tears and after the gathering  of the wheat, behold and lo the tears are bound  in bund[l]es, and the field remaineth to be burned  therefore thus saith the Lord unto you with  whom the priesthood hath continued through  the lineage of your fathers, for ye are lawful  heirs according to the flesh and have been  hid from the world with christ in God therefore  your life, and the Priesthood hath remained  and must needs remain through you and  your lineage untill the restoration of all things  spoken by the mouth of all the holy Prophets  since the world began, therefore blessed are ye  if ye continue in my goodness, a light unto  the Gentiles and th[r]ough this Priesthood a saviour  unto my people Israel the Lord hath said it
Kirtland December 6th. A[D] 1832 given by  Joseph the seer and writen by Sidney [Rigdon] the  scribe an[d] Councellor, & Transcribed by Frederick [G. Williams]  assistent scribe and counceller—— [p. 32]
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While working on a revision of the Bible, JS dictated a revelation that recast the parable of the wheat and the tares (Matt. 13:24-30) as a history from the days of the apostles to the world’s end. The description of a second sowing in the last days clearly referred to the rise of Mormonism.
The last two paragraphs in the revelation focused on a separate matter altogether—the connection between historic Israel and newly gathered disciples, suggesting that those disciples were not only fulfillers of biblical prophecy but also descendants of the ancient covenant people and heirs to the promised blessings.
Frederick G. Williams recorded this text in Revelation Book 2 between December 1832 and January 1833, identifying it as “A Revelation explaining the parable of the wheat & the Tears.” A notation at the close of the text further elaborates, “Kirtland December 6th. A[D] 1832 given by Joseph the seer and written by Sidney the scribe an[d] Councellor, & Transcribed by Frederick assistent scribe an[d] counceller.” Sidney Gilbert included a copy of the text in his revelation notebook in June 1833. John Whitmer later recorded it in Revelation Book 1, where it is identified as “Revelation given December 6, 1832 Kirtland Ohio explaining the parable of the Wheat & Tears.” The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants included this revelation with a date of 6 December 1832 but no location.

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