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Revelation, September 1830–A [D&C 29]

Hearts & be prepared in all things against the day of tribulation & desolation is sent forth upon the wicked4

JS and his associates faced opposition as they preached in Colesville, New York, during the summer of 1830. In late August, JS wrote a letter from Harmony, Pennsylvania, to Newel Knight, in Colesville, in which he drew heavily on biblical passages in describing the apocalyptic justice that would come upon the wicked. (Letter to Newel Knight and the Church in Colesville, 28 Aug. 1830.)  


for the hour is nigh & the day soon at hand when the Earth is ripe & all the proud & they that do wickedly shall be as stuble5

This phrase, beginning at “& all the proud,” is not found in Orson Hyde’s early copy of this revelation. (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [31] [D&C 29:9].)  


& I will burn them up that wickedness shall not be upon the Earth6

See, for example, Malachi 4:1; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 505 [3 Nephi 25:1].  


for the hour is nigh & the which was spoken by mine Apostles must be fulfilled for as they spoke so shall it come to pass for I will reveal myself from Heaven with Power & great glory with all the hosts thereof & dwell in righteousness with men on Earth a thousand Years & the wicked shall not stand7

Among the various contemporaneous ideas about the Millennium, JS’s early views paralleled the position known as “premillennialism” in that he affirmed an imminent, physical return of Christ to inaugurate a glorious earthly millennium. Though the second coming of Christ is proclaimed in a number of New Testament passages, the thousand years are specifically mentioned only in Revelation 20:2–7. (Underwood, Millenarian World of Early Mormonism, 3–9, 24–41.)  


& again Verily Verily I say unto you & it hath gone forth in a firm decree by the will of the father that mine Apostles the twelve which were with me in my ministery at Jerusalem shall stand at my right hand at the day of my comeing in a piller of fire being clothed with robes of righteousness with crowns upon their heads in glory even as I am to Judge the whole House of Israel8

See Matthew 19:28.  


even as many as have loved me & kept my commandments & none else for a Trump Shall sound both long & loud even as upon mount Sinia Sinai & all the Earth shall quake & they shall come forth yea even the dead which died in me to receive a Crown of righteousness & to be Clothed upon even as I am to be with me that we may be one,9

See 1 Corinthians 15:22–23; and 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17.  


but, Behold I say unto you that before this great day shall come the Sun shall be darkened & the moon shall be turned into blood & some stars shall fall from Heaven10

See Joel 2:31. The angel Moroni quoted the prophecy of Joel in his first visit to JS. This prophecy was recapitulated in the New Testament and it reappears in JS’s revelations. (See JS History, vol. A-1, 6; Acts 2:20; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12–13; Revelation, 4 Nov. 1830 [D&C 34:9]; and Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:42].)  


& there shall be greater signs in the Heaven above & in the Earth beneath & there shall be weeping & waileing among the host of men11

This phrase, beginning at “& there shall be weeping,” is not found in Orson Hyde’s early copy of this revelation. The omission is likely a scribal error. (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [32] [D&C 29:15].)  


& there shall be be a great hailstorm sent forth to destroy the Crops of the Earth & it shall come to pass because of the wickedness of the World that I will take vengeance upon the Wicked for they will not Repent for the cup of mine indignation is full for Behold my blood shall not cleanse them if they repent not12

More than a year earlier, a revelation included a related declaration: “For behold, I God have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer, if they would repent, but if they would not repent, they must suffer even as I: Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, both body and spirit.” (Revelation, ca. Summer 1829 [D&C 19:17–18].)  


Wherefore I will send forth flies upon the face of the Earth which shall take hold of the inhabitants thereof & shall eat their flesh & shall cause magots to come in upon them & their tongues shall be stayed that they shall not utter against me & their flesh shall [p. 37]
Hearts & be prepared in all things against the day of tribulation  & desolation is sent forth upon the wicked4

JS and his associates faced opposition as they preached in Colesville, New York, during the summer of 1830. In late August, JS wrote a letter from Harmony, Pennsylvania, to Newel Knight, in Colesville, in which he drew heavily on biblical passages in describing the apocalyptic justice that would come upon the wicked. (Letter to Newel Knight and the Church in Colesville, 28 Aug. 1830.)  


for the hour is nigh  & the day soon at hand when the Earth is ripe & all the proud &  they that do wickedly shall be as stuble5

This phrase, beginning at “& all the proud,” is not found in Orson Hyde’s early copy of this revelation. (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [31] [D&C 29:9].)  


& I will burn them up  that wickedness shall not be upon the Earth6

See, for example, Malachi 4:1; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 505 [3 Nephi 25:1].  


for the hour is nigh &  the day soon at hand which was spoken by mine Apostles  must be fulfilled for as they spoke so shall it come to pass  for I will reveal myself from Heaven with Power & great  glory with all the hosts thereof & dwell in righteousness with  men on Earth a thousand Years & the wicked shall not stand7

Among the various contemporaneous ideas about the Millennium, JS’s early views paralleled the position known as “premillennialism” in that he affirmed an imminent, physical return of Christ to inaugurate a glorious earthly millennium. Though the second coming of Christ is proclaimed in a number of New Testament passages, the thousand years are specifically mentioned only in Revelation 20:2–7. (Underwood, Millenarian World of Early Mormonism, 3–9, 24–41.)  


 & again Verily Verily I say unto you & it hath gone forth in  a firm decree by the will of the father that mine Apostles  the twelve which were with me in my ministery at Jerusalem  shall stand at my right hand at the day of my comeing in  a piller of fire being clothed with robes of righteousness with  crowns upon their heads in glory even as I am to Judge the whole  House of Israel8

See Matthew 19:28.  


even as many as have loved me & kept my  commandments & none else for a Trump Shall sound both long  & loud even as upon mount Sinia [Sinai] & all the Earth shall quake  & they shall come forth yea even the dead which died in me  to receive a Crown of righteousness & to be Clothed upon even  as I am to be with me that we may be one,9

See 1 Corinthians 15:22–23; and 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17.  


but, Behold I  say unto you that before this great day shall come the Sun  shall be darkened & the moon shall be turned into blood &  some stars shall fall from Heaven10

See Joel 2:31. The angel Moroni quoted the prophecy of Joel in his first visit to JS. This prophecy was recapitulated in the New Testament and it reappears in JS’s revelations. (See JS History, vol. A-1, 6; Acts 2:20; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12–13; Revelation, 4 Nov. 1830 [D&C 34:9]; and Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:42].)  


& there shall be greater  signs in the Heaven above & in the Earth beneath & there shall  be weeping & waileing among the host of men11

This phrase, beginning at “& there shall be weeping,” is not found in Orson Hyde’s early copy of this revelation. The omission is likely a scribal error. (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [32] [D&C 29:15].)  


& there shall be  be a great hailstorm sent forth to destroy the Crops of the  Earth & it shall come to pass because of the wickedness of the World  that I will take vengeance upon the Wicked for they will not  Repent for the cup of mine indignation is full for Behold my  blood shall not cleanse them if they repent not12

More than a year earlier, a revelation included a related declaration: “For behold, I God have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer, if they would repent, but if they would not repent, they must suffer even as I: Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, both body and spirit.” (Revelation, ca. Summer 1829 [D&C 19:17–18].)  


Wherefore I will  send <forth> flies upon the face of the Earth which shall take hold of  the inhabitants thereof & shall eat their flesh & shall cause  magots to come in upon them & their tongues shall be  stayed that they shall not utter against me & their flesh shall [p. 37]
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