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Revelation, September 1830–A [D&C 29]

fall from off their Bones & their eyes from their sockets  & it shall come to pass that their the Beasts of the forest  & the fowls of the air shall devour them up & that great  & abominable Church which is the whore of all the Earth  shall be cast down by devouring fire according as it was  spoken by the mouth of Ezekiel the Prophet which spoke  of these things which have not come to pass as yet but  shurely must as I live for abominations shall not reign  & again Verily Verily I say unto you that when the thousand  years are ended & men again begin to deny their god then  will I spare the Earth but for a little Season & then the  end shall come & the Heaven & the Earth shall be consumed  & pass away & there shall be a New Heaven & a New Earth  for all old things shall pass away & all things shall  become New even the Heaven & the Earth & all the  fulness thereof both men & beasts the fowls of the air  & the fishes of the Sea & not one hair neither moat [mote]  shall be lost for it is the workmanship of mine hand  But Verily I say unto you before the Earth shall pass  away Michael mine Archangel shall sound his trump  & then shall all the dead awake for their graves shall  be opened & they shall come forth yea even all & the  righteous shall be gethered on my right hand unto eternal  life & the wicked on my left hand will I be ashamed to  own before the father Wherefore I will say unto them  depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared  for the devil & his Angels & now Behold I say unto you  never at any time have I declared from mine own mouth  that they should return for where I am they cannot come  for they have no power but remember that all my Judgem ents are not given unto men & as the words have gone  forth out of my mouth even so shall they be fulfilled  that the first shall be last & that the last shall be first  in all things Whatsoever I have created by the word of  my Power which is the Power of my spirit for by the  Power of my Spirit created I them yea all things both [p. 38]
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This revelation added an American setting to the concept of a literal gathering of Israel. (The Book of Mormon had already indicated that a New Jerusalem was to be built somewhere on the American continent.) Much of this revelation focuses on the implications of a “gathering” in regard to the end of the world and Jesus’ second coming. Disagreements among some church members over the nature of Adam’s fall apparently precipitated the revelation.
John Whitmer copied this text into Revelation Book 1 as “29th Commandment AD 1830” sometime between March and June 1831. Subsequently, Oliver Cowdery added “September” to the date. The 1833 Book of Commandments assigns the date of September 1830, as does the1835 Doctrine and Covenants. Orson Hyde also recorded a copy into his notebook of revelations, perhaps in early 1832.

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