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

Wherefore come ye unto it With him that cometh  I will reason as with men of old in days of old And  I will shew unto you my strong reasoning Wherefore hearken  ye together & let me shew it unto you even my wisdom  the wisdom of him whom ye say is the God of Enoch &  his Brethren who were seperated from the Earth & were  reserved unto myself a City reserved untill a day of  righteousness shall come a day which was sought for by  all Holy men & they found it not Because of wickedness  & abominations & confessed that they were strangers &  pilgrims on the Earth but obtained a promise that  they should find it & see it in their flesh wherefore  hearken & I will reason with you & I will speak  unto you & prophecy as unto men in days of old & I  will shew it plainly as I shewed it unto my Deciples  as I stood before them in the flesh & spake unto them  saying <as> ye have asked of me concerning these signs of my  coming in the day when I shall come in my glory  in the clouds of Heaven to fulfill the promises that  I have made unto your fathers for as you have  looked upon the long absence of your spirits from  your bodies to be a bondage I will shew unto  you how the day of redemption shall come & also  the restoration of the scattered Israel & now ye behold  this temple which is in Jerusalem which ye call the  House of God & your enemies say that this House shall  never fall but verily I say unto you that desolation  shall come upon this generation as a thief in the night  And this people shall be destroyed & scattered among all  Nations & this Temple which ye now see shall be thrown  down that there shall not be left an stone upon another  & it shall come to pass that this generation of Jews  shall not pass away [until every] desolation which I have told you  concerning them shall come to pass ye say that ye  know that the end of the World cometh ye say also  that ye know that the Heavens & the Earth shall pass away [p. 72]
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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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