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Revelation, circa 7 March 1831 [D&C 45]

47 A prophecy March 7th. 1831
given to Joseph the seer at Kirtland geauga  County Ohio
Saying hearken O ye people of my Church to whom  the Kingdom was has been given hearken ye & give ere [ear] to him  who laid the foundation of the Earth who made the Heavens  & all the hosts thereof & by whom all things were made  which live & move & have a being & again I say hearken  unto my voice lest death shall overtake you in an hour  when ye think not the Summer shall be past & the harvest  ended & your souls not saved listen to him who is the  advocate with the Father who is pleading your case before  him saying Father behold the sufferings & death of him  who did no sin in whom thou wast well pleased Behold  the Blood of thy son which was shed the blood of him whom  thou gavest that thyself might be glorified wherefore Father  spare these my Brethren that Believe on my name that they  may come unto me And have everlasting life Hearken  O ye people of my Church & ye Elders listen together & hear  my voice whilest it is called to day & harden not your hearts  For verily I say unto you that I am Alpha & Omega the  Begining & the end the light & the life of the world a light  that shineth in darkness & the darkness comprehendeth it not  I came unto my own & my own Received me not but unto  as many as received me gave I power to do many Miricles  & to become the Sons of God & even unto them that  believed on my name gave I power to obtain eternal  life & even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant unto the  World to be a light to the world & to be a standerd for  my people & for the gentiles to seek to it And to be a  mesinger before my face to prepare the way before me [p. 71]
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This prophecy, with its thematic focus on “the great day of the Lord” and its depiction of the future glory of the New Jerusalem, was received with joy by the early Saints. It can be seen as shedding additional light on the meaning of Matthew 24. The text offers a solution to the longstanding controversy over how to interpret that chapter by suggesting that some of the predicted events took place in the first century and that others would not occur until the end of time.
John Whitmer copied this text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “A Prophecy March 7th 1831,” sometime between March and June 1831. Edward Partridge and William E. McLellin also made copies in 1831. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates this revelation to March 1831 at Kirtland, Ohio, while the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants gives the date as 7 March 1831 without giving a location.

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