Revelation, 6 December 1832 [D&C 86]

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  • Historical Introduction

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A Revelation explaining the parable of the wheet & <​the​> Tears [tares]
Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servants concerning the parable of the wheat and of the tears, Behold verily I say that the field was the world and the Apostles were the sowers of the seed and after they have fallen asleep the great persecutor of the Church the apostate, the whore, even Babylon, that maketh all nations <​to​> drunk drink of her cup, in whose hearts the enemy even sitteth to reign, behold he soweth the tears, wherefore the tears choke the wheet and drive the church in to the wilderness, but behold in the last days, even now while the Lord is begining to bring forth his <​the​> word, and the blade is springing up and is yet tender, behold verily I say unto you the angels are crying unto the Lord, day and night who are ready, and waiting to be sent forth [p. 31] to reap down the fields. but the Lord saith unto them pluck not up the tears while the blade is yet tender (for verily your faith is weak) least you distroy the wheat also, therefore let the wheat and the tears grow together untill the harvest is fully ripe then ye shall first gather out the wheat from among the tears and after the gathering of the wheat, behold and lo the tears are bound in bund[l]es, and the field remaineth to be burned therefore thus saith the Lord unto you with whom the hath continued through the lineage of your fathers, for ye are lawful heirs according to the flesh and have been hid from the world with christ in God therefore your life, and the Priesthood hath remained and must needs remain through you and your lineage untill the restoration of all things spoken by the mouth of all the holy Prophets since the world began, therefore blessed are ye if ye continue in my goodness, a light unto the and th[r]ough this Priesthood a saviour unto my people Israel the Lord hath said it
December 6th. A[D] 1832 given by Joseph the and writen by the scribe an[d] Councellor, & Transcribed by assistent scribe and counceller—— [p. 32]


  1. 1

    This heading may have been part of the original inscription. John Whitmer’s copy of the revelation in Revelation Book 1 contains a similar heading: “Revelation given December 6, 1832 Kirtland Ohio explaining the parable of the Wheat & Tears.” (Revelation, 6 Dec. 1832, in Revelation Book 1, p. 117 [D&C 86].)  

  2. 2

    See Matthew 13:36–43.  

  3. 3

    See Revelation 17:1–6; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 28–29, 33 [1 Nephi 13:5–9; 14:10].  

  4. 4

    See Matthew 13:7, 22; Mark 4:7, 19; and Luke 8:7, 14.  

  5. 5

    Revelation 12:1–6 recounts John’s vision of a woman crowned with twelve stars who “fled into the wilderness” because she was persecuted by the dragon. JS’s revision of that passage stated that “the woman . . . was the church of God.” An October 1830 revelation used the same imagery of the church being in the wilderness. (New Testament Revision 2, p. 152 [second numbering] [Joseph Smith Translation, Revelation 12:7]; Revelation, Oct. 1830–B [D&C 33:5].)  

  6. 6

    See Revelation 14:15–20. In 1830, JS explained that this passage meant that “the wicked must soon be destroyed from off the face of the earth, for the Lord hath spoken it.” Similarly, a January 1831 revelation warned that “the Angels are waiting the great command to Reap down the Earth to gether the tears [tares] that they may be burned.” (Letter to Newel Knight and the Church in Colesville, 28 Aug. 1830; Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:12].)  

  7. 7

    Speaking of the time when Christ would return to the earth, JS’s 30 August 1831 revelation explained that “at that hour cometh an entire separation of the righteous & the wicked & in that day will I send mine angels & pluck out the wicked & cast into unquenchable fire.” (Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63:54].)  

  8. 8

    The revelation of 22–23 September 1832 explained that anciently the priesthood had been transmitted from individual to individual “through the linage of thare fathers.” This same revelation also declared that those who were “faithful unto the attaining” of the priesthood became “the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham.” (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:14–15, 31–34].)  

  9. 9

    See Colossians 3:3.  

  10. 10

    See Acts 3:21.  

  11. 11

    See Acts 13:47.  

  12. 12

    In the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, “saviour” reads “savor.” (Doctrine and Covenants 6:4, 1835 ed.)  

  13. 13

    JS appointed Rigdon as one of his counselors on 8 March 1832. Rigdon had been serving as a scribe since late 1830. John Whitmer referred to Rigdon as “Sidney the Scribe.” (Note, 8 Mar. 1832; see Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 63; and Whitmer, History, 37.)  

    Faulring, Scott H., Kent P. Jackson, and Robert J. Matthews, eds. Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible: Original Manuscripts. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2004.