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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 fulfilled & 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  again but they shall remain untill the times of the  gentiles be fulfelled & in that day shall be heard of  wars & rumours of wars & the whole Earth shall be in  commotion & 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  abound & when the times of the gentiles shall be is come  in And a light shall break forth 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 men & 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 places & 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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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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