Revelation, 30 August 1831, excerpt [D&C 63:1–64]
GIVEN, AUGUST 30, 1831.
HEARKEN O ye people, and open
your hearts, and give ear from afar: and
listen, you that call yourselves the people of
the Lord, and hear the word of the Lord,
and his will concerning you:
Yea, verily I say, hear the word of him
whose anger is kindled against the wick ed,
and rebellious; who willeth to take even
them whom he will take; and preserv eth in
life them whom he will preserve:
Who buildeth up at his own will and
pleasure, and destroyeth when he please;
and is able to cast the soul down to hell.
Behold I the Lord uttereth my voice, and
it shall be obeyed.
Wherefore verily I say, let the wicked
take heed: and let the rebellious fear, and
And let the unbelieving hold their lips,
for the day of wrath shall come upon them
as a whirlwind, and all flesh shall know
that I am God.
And he that seeketh signs shall see
signs, but not unto salvation.
Verily I say unto you, there are those
among you, who seeketh signs; and there has
been such even from the beginning.
But behold, faith cometh not by signs,
but signs follow those that believe.
Yea, signs cometh by faith, not by the
will of men, nor as they please, but by the
will of God.
Yea, signs cometh by faith, unto mighty
works, for without faith no man pleas eth
God: and with whom God is angry, he is
not well pleased: wherefore, unto such he
sheweth no signs, only in wrath unto their
Wherefore I the Lord am not pleased
with those among you, who have sought
after signs and wonders for faith, and not
for the good of men unto my glory:— nevertheless,
I gave and many
have turned away from my com ma[n]dments,
and have not kept them.
There were among you adulterers and
adulteresses; some of whom have turned
away from you, and others remain with
you, that hereafter shall be revealed.
Let such beware and repent speedily,
lest judgments shall come upon them as a
snare, and their folly shall be made manifest,
and their works shall follow them in
the eyes of the people.
And verily I say unto you, as I have
said before, he that looketh on a woman to
lust after her, or if any shall commit adultery in their hearts, they shall not have the
Spirit, but shall deny the faith and shall
Wherefore I the Lord have said that the
fearful and the unbelieving, and all liars,
and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie,
and the whoremonger, and the sor cerer,
should have their part in that lake which
burneth with fire and brimstone, which is
the second death.
Verily I say, that they shall not have
part in the first resurrection.
And now behold, I the Lord saith unto
you, that ye are not justified because these
things are among you, nevertheless, he that
endureth in faith and doeth my will, the
same shall overcome, and shall receive an
upon the earth, when the day
of transfiguration shall come; when the
earth shall be transfigured, even according
to the pattern which was shown unto mine
apostles upon the mount: of which account
the fulness ye have not yet received.
And now, verily I say unto you, that as
I said that I would make known my will
unto you, behold I will make it known
unto you, not by the way of command ment,
for there are many who observe not to keep
my commandments, but unto him that
keepeth my commandments, I will give the
mysteries of my kingdom, and the same
shall be in him a well of living water, springing
up unto everlasting life.
And now, behold this is the will of the
Lord your God concerning his saints, that
they should assemble themselves together
unto the land of , not in haste, lest
there should be confusion, which bringeth
Behold the land of Zion, I the Lord
holdeth it in mine own hands: nevertheless,
I the Lord rendereth unto Caesar the
things which are Caesar’s:
Wherefore I the Lord willeth, that you should purchase the lands, that you may
have advantage of the world, that you may
have claim on the world, that they may not
be stirred up unto anger:
For putteth it into their hearts to
anger against you, and to the shedding of
Wherefore the land of Zion shall not
be obtained but by purchase, or by blood,
otherwise there is none inheritance for
And if by purchase behold you are
blessed; and if by blood, as you are for bidden
to shed blood, lo, your enemies are
upon you, and ye shall be scourged from
city to city, and from synagogue to synagogue,
and but few shall stand to receive
I the Lord am angry with the wicked; I
am holding my Spirit from the inhabi tants
of the earth.
I have sworn in my wrath and decreed
wars upon the face of the earth, and the
wicked shall slay the wicked, and fear shall
come upon every man and the saints also
shall hardly escape:
Nevertheless, I the Lord am with them,
and will come down in heaven from the
presence of God, and consume the
wicked with unquenchable fire.
And behold this is not yet, but by and
Wherefore seeing that I the Lord have
decreed all these things upon the face of
the earth, I willeth that my saints should
be assembled upon the land of Zion and
that every man should take righteousness
in his hands, and faithfulness upon his
loins and lift a warning voice unto the
inhabitants of the earth; and declare both
by word and by flight, that desolation shall
come upon the wicked. [p. ]