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Revelation, 6 December 1832 [D&C 86]

A Revelation explaining the parable of the wheet & the Tears tares1

This heading may have been part of the original inscription. John Whitmer’s copy of the revelation in Revelation Book 1 contains a similar heading: “Revelation given December 6, 1832 Kirtland Ohio explaining the parable of the Wheat & Tears.” (Revelation, 6 Dec. 1832, in Revelation Book 1, p. 117 [D&C 86].)  


Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servants concerning the parable of the wheat and of the tears,2

See Matthew 13:36–43.  


Behold verily I say that the field was the world and the Apostles were the sowers of the seed and after they have fallen asleep the great persecutor of the Church the apostate, the whore, even Babylon, that maketh all nations to drink of her cup, in whose hearts the enemy even Satan

A fallen angel, or son of God, known by many names, including Lucifer, the devil, the father of lies, the prince of darkness, perdition, and the adversary. In the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and JS’s Bible revisions, Satan was described as a tempter of men...

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sitteth to reign,3

See Revelation 17:1–6; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 28–29, 33 [1 Nephi 13:5–9; 14:10].  


behold he soweth the tears, wherefore the tears choke the wheet4

See Matthew 13:7, 22; Mark 4:7, 19; and Luke 8:7, 14.  


and drive the church in to the wilderness,5

Revelation 12:1–6 recounts John’s vision of a woman crowned with twelve stars who “fled into the wilderness” because she was persecuted by the dragon. JS’s revision of that passage stated that “the woman . . . was the church of God.” An October 1830 revelation used the same imagery of the church being in the wilderness. (New Testament Revision 2, part 2, p. 152 [Joseph Smith Translation, Revelation 12:7]; Revelation, Oct. 1830–B [D&C 33:5].)  


but behold in the last days, even now while the Lord is begining to bring forth the word, and the blade is springing up and is yet tender, behold verily I say unto you the angels are crying unto the Lord, day and night who are ready, and waiting to be sent forth [p. 31]
A Revelation explaining the parable of the wheet & <the> Tears [tares]1

This heading may have been part of the original inscription. John Whitmer’s copy of the revelation in Revelation Book 1 contains a similar heading: “Revelation given December 6, 1832 Kirtland Ohio explaining the parable of the Wheat & Tears.” (Revelation, 6 Dec. 1832, in Revelation Book 1, p. 117 [D&C 86].)  


Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servants  concerning the parable of the wheat and of the  tears,2

See Matthew 13:36–43.  


Behold verily I say that the field was the world  and the Apostles were the sowers of the seed and after  they have fallen asleep the great persecutor of the Church  the apostate, the whore, even Babylon, that maketh  all nations <to> drunk drink of her cup, in whose hearts the  enemy even Satan

A fallen angel, or son of God, known by many names, including Lucifer, the devil, the father of lies, the prince of darkness, perdition, and the adversary. In the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and JS’s Bible revisions, Satan was described as a tempter of men...

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sitteth to reign,3

See Revelation 17:1–6; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 28–29, 33 [1 Nephi 13:5–9; 14:10].  


behold he soweth  the tears, wherefore the tears choke the wheet4

See Matthew 13:7, 22; Mark 4:7, 19; and Luke 8:7, 14.  


and drive  the church in to the wilderness,5

Revelation 12:1–6 recounts John’s vision of a woman crowned with twelve stars who “fled into the wilderness” because she was persecuted by the dragon. JS’s revision of that passage stated that “the woman . . . was the church of God.” An October 1830 revelation used the same imagery of the church being in the wilderness. (New Testament Revision 2, part 2, p. 152 [Joseph Smith Translation, Revelation 12:7]; Revelation, Oct. 1830–B [D&C 33:5].)  


but behold in the  last days, even now while the Lord is begining to  bring forth his <the> word, and the blade is springing  up and is yet tender, behold verily I say unto  you the angels are crying unto the Lord, day and  night who are ready, and waiting to be sent forth [p. 31]
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Revelation, Kirtland Township

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, OH, 6 Dec. 1832. Featured version, titled “A Revelation explaining the parable of the wheet & the Tears,” copied [between 22 Jan. and ca. 27 Feb. 1833] in Revelation Book 2, pp. 31–32; 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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; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 2.

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