Revelation, 16–17 December 1833 [D&C 101]

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  • Historical Introduction

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Verily I say unto you concerning your brethren who have been afflicted and persecuted and cast out from the Land of their I the Lord have suffered the affliction to come upon them wherewith they have been afflicted in consequence of their transgressions yet I will own them and they shall be mine in that day when I shall come to make up my jewels Therefore they must needs be chastened and tried even as Abraham who was commanded to offer up his only son for all those who will not endure chastening but deny me cannot be sanctified Behold I say unto you there were jar[r]ings and contentions envyings and strifes and lustful and covetous desires among them Therefore by these things they poluted their inheritances they were also slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God Therefore the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers to answer them in the day of their trouble In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my council but in the day of their trouble of necessity they feel after me Verely I say unto you notwithstanding their sins my bowels are filled with compassion towards them I will not utterly cast them off and in the day of wrath I will remember mercy I have sworn and the decree hath gone forth by a former commandment which I have given unto you that I would let fall the sword of mine indignation in the behalf of my people and even as I have said [p. 73] it shall come to pass mine indignation is soon to be poured without measure upon all nations and this will I do when the cup of their eniquity is full and in that day all who are found upon the watch tower or in other words all mine Israel shall be saved and they that have been scattered shall be gathered and all they who have mourned shall be comforted and all they who have given their lives for my name shall be crowned Therefore let your hearts be comforted concerning for all flesh is in mine hands be still and know that that I am God Zion shall not be moved out of her place notwithstanding her children are scattered they that remain and are pure in heart shall return and come to their they and their children with songs of everlasting joy to build up the waste places of Zion and all these things that the prophets might might be fulfilled and behold there [is] none other place appointed than that which I have appointed neither shall there be any other place appointd that [than] that which I have appointed for the work of the of my saints until the day cometh when there is found no more room for them and they shall be called for the curtains of Zion or strength of Zion
Behold it is my will that all they who call on my name and [p. 74] worship me according to mine everlasting gospel should to gether and stand in holy places and prepare for the revelation which is to come when the veil of the covering of my temple in my tabernacle which hideth the earth shall be taken off and all flesh shall see me together and evry coruptable thing both of man or of of the beasts of the field or of the fowls of heaven or of the fish of the sea that dwell upon all the face of of the earth shall be consumed And also that of element shall melt with fervant heat and all things shall become new that my knowledge and glory may dwell upon all the earth and in that day the enmity of man and the enmity of beasts yea the enmity of all flesh shall cease from before my face And in that day whatsoever any man ask shall ask it shall be given unto him and in that day shall satan shall not have power to tempt any man and there shall be no sorrow because there is no death In that day an infant shall not [die] until he is old and his life shall be as the age of a tree and when he dies he shall not sleep that is to say in the earth but shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye and shall be caught up and his rest shall be glorious yea verely I say unto you in that day when the Lord shall come he shall reveal all things things which have passed and hidden things which no man know [p. 75] things of the earth by which it was made and the purpose and the end thereof things most precious things that are above and things that are benieth things that are in the earth and upon the earth and in heaven All they that suffer persecution for my name and endure in faith though they are called to lay down their lives for my sake yet shall they partake of all this glory wherefore fear not even unto death for in this world your joy is not full but in me your joy is full therefore care not for the body neither for the Life of the body but care for the soul and for the Life of the soul and seek the face of the Lord always that in patience ye may possess your souls and ye shall have eternal life when men are called unto mine everlasting gospel and covenant with an everlasting covenant they are accounted as the salt of the earth and the savor of men they are called to be the savor of men there fore if that salt of the earth hath Lost its savor behold it is thenceforth good for nothing only to be cast out and troden under the feet of men Behold here is wisdom concerning the children of even many but not all they were found transgressors therefore they must needs be chastened he that exalteth himself shall be abased and he that abaseth himself shall be exalted And now I will shew unto you a parable that you may know my will concerning the redemption of Zion A certain noblemen had a spot of Land very choice and he [p. 76] said unto his servants go ye into my vineyard even upon this very choice piecce of land and plant twelve olive trees and set watchmen round about them and build a tower that one may overlook the Land round about to be a watchman upon the tower that mine olive trees may not be broken down when the enemy shall come to spoil and take unto themselves the fruit of my vineyard Now the servants of this nobleman went and did as their Lord commanded them and planted the olive trees and built a hedge round about and set watchmen and began to build the tower and while they were yet Laying the foundation thereof they began to say among themselves and what need hath my Lord of this tower and consulted for a Long time saying among themselves what need hath my Lord of this tower seeing this is a time of peace might not this money be given to the exchangers for there is no need of these things and while they were at varience one with another they become very slothful and they harkened not unto the commandment of their Lord and the enemy came by night and broke down the hedge and and the servants of the nobleman arose and were affrighted and fled and the enemy distroyed their works and broke down the Olive trees
Now behold the nobleman the Lord of the [p. 77] vineyard called upon his servants and said unto them why what is the cause of this great evil ought ye not to have done even as I commanded you and after you had planted the vineyard and built the hedge round about and set watchmen upon the walls thereof built the tower also and set a watchman upon the tower and watched for my vineyard and not have fallen asleep lest the enemy should come upon you And behold the watchman upon the tower would have seen the enemy while he was yet afar off and then ye could have made ready and kept the enemy from breaking down the hedge thereof and saved my vineyard from the hands of the distroyer And the Lord of the vineyard said unto one of his servants, go and gather togethe[r] the residue of my servants and take all the strength of mine house which are my wariors my young men and they that are of middle age also among all my servants who are the strength of mine house save th◊◊ only whom I have appointed to tarry and go ye straitway unto the Land of my vineyard and redeem my vineyard for it is mine I have bought it with money therefore get ye straitway unto my Land break down the walls of mine enemies th[r]ow down their tower and scatte[r] their watchmen and inasmuch as they gather to gether against you avenge me [p. 78] of mine enemies that by and by I may come with the residue of mine house and possess the Land And the servant said unto his Lord when shall these things be And he said unto his servant when I will go ye strait way and do all things whatsoever I have commanded you and and this shall be my seal and blessing upon you a faithful and wise in the midst of mine house a ruler in my kingdom— And his servant went straitway and done all things whatsoever his Lord commanded him and afte[r] many days all things were fulfilled
And again verely I say unto you I will shew unto you wisdom in me concerning all the in asmuch as they are willing to be guided in a right and proper way for their salvation that the work of the to gether of my saints may continue that I may build them up unto my name upon holy places for the time of harvist is come and my word must needs be fulfilled therefore I must gather to gether my people according to the parable of the wheat and the tares that the wheat may be secured in the garner to possess eternal life and be crowned with when I come in the Kingdom of my fathe[r] to reward evry man according as his work shall be whilst the tares shall be bound in bundles and their bands made strong that they may be burned with unquenchable fire, therefore [p. 79] a I give unto all the that they shall continue to to gether into the places which I have appointed, nevertheless as I have said unto you in a former commandment let not your gathering be in haste nor by flight but let all things be prepared before you and in order that all things be prepared before you observe the commandments which I have given concerning these things which saith or teacheth to purchace all the Land by mony which can be purchaced for mony in the regions round about the Land which I have appointed to be the Land of for the begining of the gathering of my saints all the Land which can be purchaced in and the counties round about and leave the residue in mine hand Now verily I say unto you let all the churches gather to gether all their monies let these things be done in their time lo not in haste and observe to have all things prepared before you and let honorable men be appointed even wise men and send them to purchace the lands and every church in the eastern countries when they are built up if they will harken unto the council they may buy Lands and gather together upon them and in this way they may establish there is even now already enough in store a sufficient yea even abundence to redeem Zion [p. 80] and establish her waste places no more to be thrown down were the who call themselves after my name willing to hear harken to my voice and again I say unto you those who have been scattered by their enemies it is my will that they should continue to importune for redress and redemption by the hand of those who are placed as rulers and are in authority over you according to the Law and constitution of the people which I have suffered to be established and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh according to just and holy principles, that evry man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity according to the moral agency which I have given unto them that evry man may be accountable for his own sin in sins [in] the day of judgment therefor it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another and for this purpose have I established the constitution of this Land by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose and redeemed the Land by the shedding of blood, Now unto what shall I liken the children of I will liken them to unto the parable of the woman and the unjust judge (for men ought always to pray and not faint) which saith there was in a city a judge which feared not God neither regarded man and there was a widow in that city and she came unto him saying [p. 81] avenge me of mine adver[s]ary and he would not for a while but afterward he said within himself though I fear not God nor regard man yet because this widow troubleth me I will avenge her lest by her continual coming she weary me thus will I liken the children of let them impertune at the feet of the judge and if he heed them not let them impertune at the feet of the and if the heed them not let them importune at the feet of the President and if the President heed them not then will the Lord arise and come forth out of his <​hiding​> place & in his fury vex the nation and in his hot displeasure and in his fierce ander [anger] in his time will cut off these wicked unfaithful and unjust stewards and appoint them their portion among hypocrits and unbelievers even in outer darkness where there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth pray ye therefore that their ears may be opened to unto your cries that I may be merciful unto them that these things come not upon them what I have said unto you must needs be that all men may be left without excuse that wise men and rulers may hear and know that which I <​they​> have never considered that I may procede to bring to pass my act my strange act and perform my work my strange work that men [p. 82] may desern between the righteous and the wicked saith your God and again I say unto you it is conterary to my and my will that my servant should sell my store house which I have appointed unto my people unto <​into​> the hands of mine enemies let not that which I have appointed be poluted by mine enemies by the consent of those who call themselves afte[r] my name for this is a very soar and grievous sin against me and against my people in consequence of those things which I have decreed and are soon to <​be​>fall the nations therefore it is my will that my people should claim and hold claim upon that which I have appointed unto them though they should not be permited to dwell thereon nevertheless I do not say they shall not dwell thereon for in as much as they bring forth fruit and works meet for my kingdom they shall dwell thereon they shall build and anothe[r] shall not inherit it they shall plant vineyards and they shall eat the fruit thereof even so amen [p. 83]


  1. 1 TEXT: This revelation bears punctuation marks that have not been transcribed because they appear to be later redactions. However, the punctuation may have been inserted at the time of original inscription.  
  2. 2 A July 1831 revelation stated that land in Missouri was to be purchased “for an everlasting inheritance” and instructed Edward Partridge, in his role as bishop, to divide the land among church members for their inheritances. (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:5, 7].)  
  3. 3 See Malachi 3:17; and Revelation, 8 Aug. 1831 [D&C 60:4].  
  4. 4 In August 1833, JS told William W. Phelps, John Whitmer, Edward Partridge, Isaac Morley, John Corrill, and Sidney Gilbert that “the affliction of my Brotheren reminds me of Abraham offering up Isaac his only son but my Brotheen [brethren] have have been called to give up even more than this their wives and their children yea and their own life also.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833.)  
  5. 5 For more information on these difficulties, see Letter to William W. Phelps, 11 Jan. 1833; Letter to Edward Partridge et al., 14 Jan. 1833; and Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 10 Aug. 1833.  
  6. 6 A September 1832 revelation also chastised church members because they had “treated lightly the things [they] have received which vanity and unbelief hath brought the whole church under condemnation.” (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:54–55].)  
  7. 7 See Acts 17:27.  
  8. 8 See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 186–187, 489 [Mosiah 15:9; 3 Nephi 17:6].  
  9. 9 See Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:14]; see also Revelation, 25 Dec. 1832 [D&C 87:6–7].  
  10. 10 See Revelation, Feb. 1831–A [D&C 43:26].  
  11. 11 See Romans 11:26; Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:25]; and Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:33].  
  12. 12 Those who were appointed to gather to Missouri were previously told that those “that die shall rest from all their labours” and “receive a crown in the mansions of my Father.” (Revelation, 7 Aug. 1831 [D&C 59:2].)  
  13. 13 See Old Testament Revision 1, p. 12 [Moses 6:32]; and Revelation, 12 Aug. 1831 [D&C 61:6].  
  14. 14 See Psalm 46:10. In his 10 December 1833 letter to Edward Partridge, JS explained that when he inquired of the Lord concerning when and how Zion would be redeemed, “the voice of the Lord is, Be still, and know that I am God!” (Letter to Edward Partridge et al., 10 Dec. 1833.)  
  15. 15 See Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:37]; and Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–A [D&C 97:20].  
  16. 16 An August 1833 revelation declared that Zion was “the pure in heart.” (Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–A [D&C 97:21].)  
  17. 17 See Isaiah 35:10; Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:71]; and Revelation, 29 Oct. 1831 [D&C 66:11].  
  18. 18 See Isaiah 51:3.  
  19. 19 All other early versions of this revelation have “is” here, a word that Frederick G. Williams later inserted in this Revelation Book 2 copy. (See Revelation Book 2, p. 74; Revelation Book 1, p. 184; Verily, I Say unto You, concerning Your Brethren Who Have Been Afflicted [Kirtland, OH: ca. Jan. 1834], copy at CHL; and Burket, Journal, [4] [D&C 101:20].)  
  20. 20 Frederick G. Williams later changed “that” to “then”. (See Revelation Book 2, p. 74 [D&C 101:20].)  
  21. 21 The copy of this revelation in Revelation Book 1, the published broadside, and the copy made by George Burket in his journal here add: “and then I have other places which I will appoint unto them.” Oliver Cowdery later added this phrase to the Revelation Book 2 copy. (See Revelation Book 1, p. 184; Verily, I Say unto You, concerning Your Brethren Who Have Been Afflicted [Kirtland, OH: ca. Jan. 1834], copy at CHL; Burket, Journal, [5]; Revelation Book 2, p. 74 [D&C 101:21].)  
  22. 22 See Isaiah 54:2; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 587 [Moroni 10:31]. Kirtland was designated a stake of Zion in April 1832. (Revelation, 26 Apr. 1832 [D&C 82:13–14].)  
  23. 23 See Psalm 24:3; 2 Chronicles 35:5; Matthew 24:15; Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:32]; and Revelation, 25 Dec. 1832 [D&C 87:8].  
  24. 24 TEXT: Possibly “of<​f​>”.  
  25. 25 See Isaiah 40:5. JS had counseled those attending a conference held in October 1831 that if they came “together with one heart and one mind in perfect faith the vail might as well be rent to day as next week or any other time.” A revelation dictated at another conference a week later similarly promised that “the veil shall be wrent & [the elders] shall see me & know that I am” if they would “strip [themselves] from Jealesies & fears & humble [themselves] before me.” (Minutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831; Revelation, ca. 2 Nov. 1831 [D&C 67:10].)  
  26. 26 See Hosea 4:3; and Zephaniah 1:3.  
  27. 27 See 2 Peter 3:12. Sometime in February or March 1832, as he was working on his Bible revisions, JS changed this passage in 2 Peter to read: “Looking unto, and preparing for the day of the coming of the Lord, wherein the corruptable things of the heavens being on fire shall be desolved, and the mountains shall melt with fervent heat?” (New Testament Revision 2, p. 146 [second numbering] [Joseph Smith Translation, 2 Peter 3:12].)  
  28. 28 See Isaiah 11:9.  
  29. 29 See Isaiah 11:6–7.  
  30. 30 See Revelation 20:2–3; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 512 [3 Nephi 28:39].  
  31. 31 See Revelation 21:4.  
  32. 32 All other early versions of this revelation have “die” here, a word that was later inserted in this Revelation Book 2 copy. (See Revelation Book 1, p. 184; Verily, I Say unto You, concerning Your Brethren Who Have Been Afflicted [Kirtland, OH: ca. Jan. 1834], copy at CHL; Burket, Journal, [7]; Revelation Book 2, p. 75 [D&C 101:30].)  
  33. 33 See Isaiah 65:20.  
  34. 34 See 1 Corinthians 15:52.  
  35. 35 See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 118 [2 Nephi 30:18].  
  36. 36 An August 1833 revelation declared, “And whoso layeth down his life in my cause for my name sake shall find it again even life eternal therefore be not afraid of your enemies.” (Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:13–14].)  
  37. 37 See Luke 21:19.  
  38. 38 See Matthew 5:13; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 480 [3 Nephi 12:13].  
  39. 39 Several letters and revelations from earlier in the year explained that Zion was “chasened for a little season.” (See Revelation, 12 Oct. 1833 [D&C 100:13]; Letter to Edward Partridge et al., 14 Jan. 1833; Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:36]; and Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 10 Aug. 1833.)  
  40. 40 See, for example, Matthew 23:12; and Luke 14:11; 18:14.  
  41. 41 The allegory of a watchman warning against enemies is used in several places in the Bible. (See, for example, Ezekiel 33:2–9; Isaiah 21:6; and Jeremiah 51:12.)  
  42. 42 TEXT: Possibly “commandment<​s​>”.  
  43. 43 A February 1834 revelation identified JS as the servant to whom the Lord of the vineyard spoke. (Revelation, 24 Feb. 1834 [D&C 103:21].)  
  44. 44 TEXT: Possibly “them”, “those”, or “those them”. All other early copies have “those” here. (See Revelation Book 1, p. 186; Verily, I Say unto You, concerning Your Brethren Who Have Been Afflicted, [Kirtland, OH: ca. Jan. 1834], copy at CHL; and Burket, Journal, [12]–[13] [D&C 101:55].)  
  45. 45 A February 1834 revelation directed JS to call “the strength of my house, my young men, & the middle aged” to go to Missouri and “avenge” the Lord “of mine enemies.” (Revelation, 24 Feb. 1834 [D&C 103:22, 25].)  
  46. 46 See Jeremiah 51:33; and Revelation 14:15.  
  47. 47 See Matthew 13:25–30; and Revelation, 6 Dec. 1832 [D&C 86:1–7].  
  48. 48 See Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:4–5].  
  49. 49 See Matthew 3:12; and Luke 3:17.  
  50. 50 See Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:56]; Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63:24]; and Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831 [D&C 133:15].  
  51. 51 See Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:4–6]; Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:49–53]; and Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63:24–31].  
  52. 52 Nearly a year later, members of the church in Essex County, New York, sent “wise men” to Kirtland with $848.40 in cash and property “for the purpose of purchasing land in Jackson County or counties, round about, for the inheritance of the church.” (Minute Book 1, 28 Nov. 1834.)  
  53. 53 An August 1833 revelation explained that the Lord’s people were to obey “that Law of the land which is constitutonal suporting the principles of freedom in maintaning rights and privealiges belonging to all mankind.” JS also told Edward Partridge on 5 December 1833 that “it is your privelege to use every lawful means in your power to seek redress for your grievances of your enemies and prosecute them to the extent of the Law.” (Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:5]; Letter to Edward Partridge, 5 Dec. 1833.)  
  54. 54 The Book of Mormon taught that individuals were “free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great mediation of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the Devil.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 65 [2 Nephi 2:27].)  
  55. 55 See Luke 18:1–8. In his 10 December 1833 letter, JS counseled church leaders in Missouri to “weary” God with their “importunings, as the poor woman the unjust Judge.” (Letter to Edward Partridge et al., 10 Dec. 1833.)  
  56. 56 See Luke 18:1; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 121 [2 Nephi 32:9]; Revelation, 25 Jan. 1832–A [D&C 75:11]; and Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:126].  
  57. 57 For more information on church members’ previous efforts to seek aid through the legal system, see Historical Introduction to Letter, 30 Oct. 1833. A hearing was not held until February 1834. (Letter from William W. Phelps, 27 Feb. 1834.)  
  58. 58 For more information on the Mormons’ requests for gubernatorial assistance, see Historical Introduction to Letter, 30 Oct. 1833. In January 1834, church leaders in Kirtland, Ohio, sent another petition to Governor Daniel Dunklin, signed by about sixty men, with a copy of this revelation enclosed. (Letter to the Church in Clay Co., MO, 22 Jan. 1834; see also William W. Phelps et al., Petition to Daniel Dunklin, 6 Dec. 1833, copy, William W. Phelps, Collection of Missouri Documents, CHL.)  
  59. 59 In April 1834, the Missouri Saints sent a petition to United States president Andrew Jackson and stated that they sent it “according to the direction of the Lord.” They also sent this same petition to United States senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri. The petition requested the help of federal troops to regain the Mormons’ lands in Jackson County and then asked that troops maintain peace after their reinstatement. Secretary of War Lewis Cass responded to the petition sent to Jackson, stating that the president did not have the right to send troops into Missouri to aid in the enforcement of state laws. (Letter to the Church in Clay Co., MO, 22 Jan. 1834; Edward Partridge et al., Petition to Andrew Jackson, 10 Apr. 1834, copy; William W. Phelps, Liberty, MO, to Thomas H. Benton, 10 Apr. 1834; Lewis Cass, Washington DC, to Sidney Gilbert et al., Liberty, MO, 2 May 1834, William W. Phelps, Collection of Missouri Documents, CHL.)  
  60. 60 See Psalms 6:1; 38:1; Deuteronomy 9:19; and Old Testament Revision 1, p. 17 [Moses 7:34].  
  61. 61 All other early copies have “anger” here. Oliver Cowdery later changed “ander” to “anger” in this Revelation Book 2 copy. (See Revelation Book 1, p. 186; Verily, I Say unto You, concerning Your Brethren Who Have Been Afflicted [Kirtland, OH: ca. Jan. 1834], copy at CHL; Burket, Journal, [21]; and Revelation Book 2, p. 82 [D&C 101:90].)  
  62. 62 TEXT: Possibly “portions”.  
  63. 63 See Matthew 24:45–51.  
  64. 64 See Isaiah 28:21; and Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95:4].  
  65. 65 A July 1831 revelation instructed Sidney Gilbert to establish a store in Missouri. He did so in 1832, first in an addition to the former log courthouse in Independence and then, after November 1832, in a building on the northwest corner of the intersection between Lexington and Liberty streets in Independence. On 1 November 1833, Jackson County assailants broke into the store and scattered its goods in the street. They also tore down part of Gilbert’s residence. (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:8]; Jackson Co., MO, Deed Records, 1827–1909, vol. B, pp. 32–33, 20 Feb. 1832, microfilm 1,017,978, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; Berrett, Sacred Places, 4:47–48, 58; Parley P. Pratt et al., “‘The Mormons’ So Called,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Extra, Feb. 1834, [1]–[2].)  
  66. 66 TEXT: Possibly “these”.  
  67. 67 Several earlier revelations discussed calamities that God was preparing to unleash on the earth in the last days. (See, for example, Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:15–42]; Revelation, 25 Dec. 1832 [D&C 87]; and Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:87–95].)  
  68. 68 See Isaiah 65:21–22.