2477609

Revelation, 6 December 1832 [D&C 86]

A Revelation explaining the parable of the wheet & the Tears [tares]
Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servants concerning the parable of the wheat and of the tears, Behold verily I say that the field was the world and the Apostles

A title indicating one sent forth to preach; later designated as a specific ecclesiastical and priesthood office. By 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery were designated as apostles. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church explained that an “apostle is an elder...

View Glossary
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 sitteth to reign, behold he soweth the tears, wherefore the tears choke the wheet and drive the church in to the wilderness, 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]
Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servants  concerning the parable of the wheat and of the  tears, Behold verily I say that the field was the world  and the Apostles

A title indicating one sent forth to preach; later designated as a specific ecclesiastical and priesthood office. By 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery were designated as apostles. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church explained that an “apostle is an elder...

View Glossary
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 sitteth to reign, behold he soweth  the tears, wherefore the tears choke the wheet and drive  the church in to the wilderness, 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]
Next
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

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...

View Full Bio
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

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...

More Info
December 6th. A[D] 1832 given by Joseph the seer and written by Sidney

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

View Full Bio
the scribe an[d] Councellor, & Transcribed by Frederick

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...

View Full Bio
assistent scribe an[d] counceller.” Sidney Gilbert

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

View Full Bio
included a copy of the text in his revelation notebook in June 1833. 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...

View Full Bio
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.

Facts