PROPHECIES LEADING TO ZION
Revelation Received Sunday, July 17, 1831
(LDS Archives, Joseph Smith Collection)
Near Jackson County, Missouri
Verily, verily saith the LORD your Redeemer, even Jesus Christ, the Light and the Life of the world;
Ye cannot discern with your natural eyes the design and the purpose of your LORD and your God in bringing you thus far into the wilderness, for a trial of your faith-- and to be especial witnesses to bear testimony of this land, upon which the Zion of God shall be built up in the last days, when it is redeemed.
Verily, inasmuch as ye are united in calling upon My name to know My will concerning who shall preach to the inhabitants that shall assemble this day to learn what new doctrine you have to teach them, you have done wisely-- for so did the ancient prophets, even Enoch, and Abraham, and others.
And therefore, it is My will that My servant Oliver Cowdery should open the meeting with prayer; that My servant William W. Phelps should preach the discourse; and that My servants Joseph Coe and Ziba Peterson should bear testimony as they shall be moved by the Holy Spirit.
This will be pleasing in the sight of your LORD.
Verily I say unto you, ye are laying the foundation of a great work, for the salvation of as many as will believe and repent and obey the ordinances of the gospel-- and continue faithful to the end.
For as I live, saith the LORD, so shall they live.
Verily I say unto you, that the wisdom of man in his fallen state knoweth not the purposes and the privileges of My holy priesthood, but ye shall know when ye receive a fullness, by reason of the anointing.
For it is My will, that in time ye should take unto you wives of the Lamanites and Nephites, that their posterity may become white, delightsome and just; for even now their females are more virtuous than the Gentiles.
Gird up your loins and be prepared for the mighty work of the LORD-- to prepare the world for My second coming, to meet the tribes of Israel according to the predictions of all the holy prophets since the beginning, and for the final desolation and decrees upon Babylon.
For as the everlasting gospel is carried from this land, in love for peace, to gather Mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, for Zion-- even so shall rebellion follow after, speedily, with hatred for war, until the consumption decreed hath made a full end of all the kingdoms and nations that strive to govern themselves by the laws, and precepts, and force, and powers of men, under the curse of sin in all the world.
Verily I say unto you, that the day of vexation and vengeance is nigh at the doors of this nation, when wicked, ungodly, and daring men will rise up in wrath and might, and go forth in anger, like as the dust is driven by a terrible wind; and they will be the means of the destruction of the government, and cause the death and misery of many souls;
But the faithful among My people shall be preserved in holy places during all these tribulations.
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Be patient therefore, possessing your souls in peace and love, and keep the faith that is now delivered unto you for the gathering of scattered Israel-- and lo I am with you, though you cannot see Me, till I come.
Even so, Amen.