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

And in this ye say truly for so it is But these things which I have told you shall not pass away but all shall be fulfilled18

See Matthew 24:35; Luke 21:33; and Mark 13:31.  


& this I have told you concerning Jerusalum & when that day shall come shall a remnant be scattered among all Nations but they shall be gethered

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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again but they shall remain untill the times of the gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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be fulfelled19

See Luke 21:24.  


& in that day shall be heard of wars & rumours of wars & the whole Earth shall be in commotion20

See Luke 21:9.  


& mens hearts shall fail them & shall say that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the world & the love of men shall wax cold & inequity shall abound21

See Matthew 24:12.  


& when the times of the gentiles is come in a light shall break forth22

See Isaiah 58:8.  


among them that sit in darkness & it shall be the fulness of my Gospel but they receive it not for they perceive not the light & they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men23

See Isaiah 29:13.  


& in that generation shall the times of the gentiles be fulfilled & there shall be men standing in that generation that shall not pass untill they shall see an overflowing scourge for a desolating sicknes shall cover the land but my Deciples shall stand in Holy places & shall not be moved but among the wicked men shall lift up their voices & curse God & die & there shall be earthqakes also in diverse places24

See Matthew 24:7; Luke 21:11; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 534 [Mormon 8:30].  


& many desolations yet men will harden their hearts against me & they will take up the sword one against another & they will kill one another And now when I the Lord had spoken these words unto my Deciples they were troubled & I said unto them be not troubled for when all these things shall come to pass ye may know that the promises which have been made unto you shall be fulfilled & when the light shall begin to break forth it shall be with them like unto a Parable which I will shew you ye look & behold the figgtrees & ye see them with your eyes & ye say when they begin to shoot forth & th their leaves are yet tender ye say that summer [p. 73]
And in this ye say truly for so it is But these things  which I have told you shall not pass away but all shall  be fulfilled18

See Matthew 24:35; Luke 21:33; and Mark 13:31.  


& this I have told you concerning Jerusalum  & when that day shall come shall a remnant shall a be  scattered among all Nations but they shall be gethered

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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 again but they shall remain untill the times of the  gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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be fulfelled19

See Luke 21:24.  


& in that day shall be heard of  wars & rumours of wars & the whole Earth shall be in  commotion20

See Luke 21:9.  


& mens hearts shall fail them & & shall say  that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the  world & the love of men shall wax cold & inequity shall  abound21

See Matthew 24:12.  


& when the times of the gentiles shall be is come  in And a light shall break forth22

See Isaiah 58:8.  


among them that sit in  darkness & it shall be the fulness of my Gospel but they  receive it not for they perceive not the light & they turn their  hearts from me because of the precepts of men23

See Isaiah 29:13.  


& in that  generation shall the times of the gentiles be fulfilled &  there shall be men standing in that generation that shall  not pass untill they shall see an overflowing scourge  for a desolating sicknes shall cover the land & shall not be  moved but my Deciples shall stand in Holy places & shall  not be moved but among the wicked men shall lift  up their voices & curse God & die & there shall be earthq akes also in diverse places24

See Matthew 24:7; Luke 21:11; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 534 [Mormon 8:30].  


& many desolations yet men  will harden their hearts against me & they will take  up the sword one against another & they will kill one  another And now when I the Lord had spoken these words  unto my Deciples they were troubled for when all these  things shall come & I said unto them be not troubled for  when all these things shall come to pass ye may know  that the promises which have been made unto you shall  be fulfilled & when the light shall begin to break  forth it shall be with them like unto a Parable which  I will shew you ye look & behold the figgtrees & ye see  them with your eyes & ye say when they begin to shoot  forth & th◊◊◊ [their] leaves are yet tender ye say that summer [p. 73]
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JS dictated this revelation, which Revelation Book 1 titles a “prophecy,” sometime around 7 March 1831,1

John Whitmer copied the text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “A prophecy March 7th. 1831.” Edward Partridge and William E. McLellin also made copies in 1831, but they assigned the date of 6 March 1831. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates this revelation to March 1831 and locates it at Kirtland, Ohio, while the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants specifies the date as 7 March but gives no location. (Revelations Collection, CHL; McLellin, Copies of Revelations, [1]–7; Book of Commandments 48; Doctrine and Covenants 15, 1835 ed.)  


during a period when, according to JS’s history, “many false reports, lies, and fo[o]lish stories were published in the newspapers, and circulated in every direction, to prevent people from investigating the work, or embracing the faith.” JS’s history reported that the revelation was the “joy of the saints who had to struggle against every thing that prejudice and wickedness could invent.”2

JS History, vol. A-1, 104.  


The revelation describes the New Jerusalem

The Book of Mormon indicated that, in preparation for Jesus Christ’s second coming, a city should be built on the American continent and called the New Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon further explained that the remnant of the seed of Joseph (understood to be...

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and Christ’s second coming, both of which had been prophesied in JS’s translation

To produce a text from one written in another language; in JS’s usage, most often through divine means. JS considered the ability to translate to be a gift of the spirit, like the gift of interpreting tongues. He recounted that he translated “reformed Egyptian...

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of the Book of Mormon, his previous revelations, and his revision of the Old Testament.3

See, for example, Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 501 [3 Nephi 21:23–25]; and Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:9, 35, 62, 67]; see also Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 566 [Ether 13:3–5]. One revelation foretold the destruction to come and urged the gathering of “mine Elect” to a designated place of safety. Another indicated that the sacred city was to be built “among the Lamanites,” or the American Indians. Two months later, in December 1830, JS dictated a passage that described the founding of the city of Zion by the patriarch Enoch and prophesied that there would be another Zion. In that text, God declared that he would “gether out mine own elect from the four quarters of the earth unto a place which I shall prepare an holy City that my people may gird up their loins and be looking fourth for the time of my coming for there shall be my tabernicle and it shall be called Zion a New Jerusalem.” (Revelation, Sept. 1830–A [D&C 29:7]; Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28:9]; Old Testament Revision 1, p. 19 [Moses 7:62].)  


In particular, it connects the text of Matthew 24, in which Jesus prophesied concerning the last days and the Second Coming, with JS’s 9 February 1831 revelation about the New Jerusalem;4

Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:8–9].  


as the revelation featured here states, “I will shew it plainly as I shewed it unto my Deciples as I stood before them in the flesh.” The revelation also uses Jesus’s New Testament prophecies to explain and reinforce the command to gather to Ohio

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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: “Not many years hence ye Shall hear of wars in your own lands wherefore I the Lord have said gether ye out from the Eastern lands [and] assemble ye yourselves together.”5

Compare Matthew 24:6.  


Parts of this text also found in Matthew 24 were among those included in JS’s later work of revising the New Testament, a project that began the day after JS dictated this revelation. Though JS’s inspired Bible revision had focused only on the Old Testament before this time, the revelation instructed him to shift his immediate efforts to the New Testament: “Now behold I say unto you it shall not be given unto you to know any farther then this until the New Testament be translated

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& in it all things shall be made known Wherefore I give unto you that ye may now Translate it that ye may be prepared for the things to come.”
Three early copies of this revelation are extant. The version in Revelation Book 1 (featured here) and a copy in Edward Partridge

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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’s handwriting were created around the same time, likely in spring 1831, and there are no significant differences to indicate which is earlier.6

Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831, in Revelations Collection, CHL.  


An additional copy created by William E. McLellin

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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later in 1831 largely corresponds with the other two versions.7

McLellin, Copies of Revelations, [1]–7.  


Differences between all three versions are noted in the footnotes.

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