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

is now nigh at hand even so it shall be in that day  when they shall see all these things then shall they  know that the hour is nigh & it shall come to pass that  he that feareth me shall be looking for the great  day of the lord to come even for the signs of the coming  of the son of man & they shall see signs & wonders  for they shall be shewn forth in the heavens above  & in the Earth beneath & they shall behold blood &  fires & vapors of smoke & before the day of the  lord come the sun shall be darkened & the moon  be turned into blood & some stars shall fall from  Heaven & the remnant shall be gethered unto this  place & then they shall look for me & Behold I  will come & they shall see me in the clouds of heaven  clothed with power & great glory with all the holy  Angels & he that watches not for me shall be cut off  But before the arm of the Lord shall fall & the Angel  shall sound his Trump & the saints that have slept shall  come forth to meet me in the cloud wherefore if ye  have slept in peace blessed are you for as you now  Behold me & know that I am even so shall ye come unto  me & your souls shall live And your redemption shall  be perfected And the saints shall come forth from the  four quarters of the Earth then shall the arm of the Lord  fall upon the Nations & then shall the lord set his foot  upon this mount & it shall cleave in twain & the Earth  shall tremble & reel to & fro & the Heavens also shall  shake & the Lord shall utter his voice & all the ends of the  Earth shall hear it & the Nations of the Earth shall mourn  & they that have laughed shall see their folly & calamity  shall cease the mocker & the scorner shall be consumed &  they that have watched for iniquity shall be cut off hewn  down & cast into the fire & then shall the Jews look upon  me & say what are these wounds in thine hands & in  thy feet then shall they know that I am the Lord  for I will say unto them these wounds are the wounds [p. 74]
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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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