History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​September 10​> whenever God was about to bring a judgment upon the world or accomplish any great work, the first thing he did was to raise up a Prophet, and reveal unto him the secret, and send him to warn the people so that they may be left without excuse. This was the case in the days of Noah, and Lot: God was about to bring judgments upon the people, and he raised up those prophets who warned the people of it; yet they gave no heed to them, but rejected their testimony; and the judgments came upon the people so that they were destroyed, while the prophets were saved by pursuing the course marked out by the Lord. Jesus Christ testified to the Jews of the things that awaited them as a nation— the fall of Jerusalem, and their dispersion among the Gentile world; but they did not believe it. Yet the secrets of all these things were was revealed to the Prophets and Apostles; they believed it, and looked for its fulfilment; and it came to pass as it was predicted, though contrary to the expectation of the Jewish nation. In like manner do we look for the certain fulfilment of those tremendous events upon the heads of the Gentile world, which have been spoken of, and pointed out by all the Holy Prophets and Apostles since the world began, they having spoken as they were moved upon by the power of God and the gift of the Holy Ghost:— events which more deeply [HC 6:23] concern the Gentile world, than the overthrow of Jerusalem and the dispersion of the Jews did the Jewish nation; for while they stumbled at the Stone they were broken, but when it falls upon the heads of the gentile world it will grind them to powder. The full set time is come for the Lord to set his hand to accomplish these mighty events, and as he has done in other ages, so has he done now— he has raised up a prophet, and is revealing unto him his secrets; through that prophet he has brought to light the fulness of the everlasting Gospel to the present generation, and is again once more for the last time establishing his Church upon the foundation of the ancient Apostles and prophets, <​which is revelation,​> Jesus Christ being the chief corner stone. In the Church is now found Judges as at the first, and Councillors as at the beginning; also Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers, with gifts and graces, for the perfecting of the Saints, the work of the ministry, and the edifying of the body of Christ. The Lord has raised up his servants, and sent them into the vineyard to prune it once more for the last time— to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to warn the nations that they may be left without excuse in the day of their visitation; also to gather the honest in heart, and the meek of the earth, that Zion may be built up, and the sayings of the prophets fulfilled.
One of the secrets that God has revealed unto his prophet in these days is the book of Mormon; and it was a secret to the whole world until it was revealed unto Joseph Smith, whom God has raised up as a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, unto his people. This record contains an account of the Ancient inhabitants of this continent, and of the cities with which they overspread this land from sea to sea, the ruins of which still remain as standing monuments of the arts, science, power and greatness of their founders. It also points out [p. 1727]
September 10 whenever God was about to bring a judgment upon the world or accomplish any great work, the first thing he did was to raise up a Prophet, and reveal unto him the secret, and send him to warn the people so that they may be left without excuse. This was the case in the days of Noah, and Lot: God was about to bring judgments upon the people, and he raised up those prophets who warned the people of it; yet they gave no heed to them, but rejected their testimony; and the judgments came upon the people so that they were destroyed, while the prophets were saved by pursuing the course marked out by the Lord. Jesus Christ testified to the Jews of the things that awaited them as a nation— the fall of Jerusalem, and their dispersion among the Gentile world; but they did not believe it. Yet the secret of all these things was revealed to the Prophets and Apostles; they believed it, and looked for its fulfilment; and it came to pass as it was predicted, though contrary to the expectation of the Jewish nation. In like manner do we look for the certain fulfilment of those tremendous events upon the heads of the Gentile world, which have been spoken of, and pointed out by all the Holy Prophets and Apostles since the world began, they having spoken as they were moved upon by the power of God and the gift of the Holy Ghost:— events which more deeply [HC 6:23] concern the Gentile world, than the overthrow of Jerusalem and the dispersion of the Jews did the Jewish nation; for while they stumbled at the Stone they were broken, but when it falls upon the heads of the gentile world it will grind them to powder. The full set time is come for the Lord to set his hand to accomplish these mighty events, and as he has done in other ages, so has he done now— he has raised up a prophet, and is revealing unto him his secrets; through that prophet he has brought to light the fulness of the everlasting Gospel to the present generation, and is again once more for the last time establishing his Church upon the foundation of the ancient Apostles and prophets, which is revelation, Jesus Christ being the chief corner stone. In the Church is now found Judges as at the first, and Councillors as at the beginning; also Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers, with gifts and graces, for the perfecting of the Saints, the work of the ministry, and the edifying of the body of Christ. The Lord has raised up his servants, and sent them into the vineyard to prune it once more for the last time— to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to warn the nations that they may be left without excuse in the day of their visitation; also to gather the honest in heart, and the meek of the earth, that Zion may be built up, and the sayings of the prophets fulfilled.
One of the secrets that God has revealed unto his prophet in these days is the book of Mormon; and it was a secret to the whole world until it was revealed unto Joseph Smith, whom God has raised up as a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, unto his people. This record contains an account of the Ancient inhabitants of this continent, and of the cities with which they overspread this land from sea to sea, the ruins of which still remain as standing monuments of the arts, science, power and greatness of their founders. It also points out [p. 1727]
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