Revelation, circa August 1835 [D&C 27]

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SECTION L.
Revelation given September, 1830.
1 Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Lord, your God and your Redeemer, whose word is quick and powerful. For [p. 179] behold I say unto you, that it mattereth not what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, when ye partake of the , if it so be that ye do it with an eye single to my glory; remembering unto the Father my body which was laid down for you, and my blood which was shed for the remission of your sins: wherefore a I give unto you, that you shall not purchase wine, neither strong drink of your enemies: wherefore you shall partake of none, except it is made new among you, yea, in this my Father’s kingdom which shall be built up on the earth.
2 Behold this is wisdom in me: wherefore marvel not for the hour cometh that I will drink of the fruit of the vine with you on the earth, and with Moroni, whom I have sent unto you to reveal the book of Mormon, containing the fulness of my everlasting gospel; to whom I have committed the of the record of the stick of Ephraim; and also with Elias, to whom I have committed the keys of bringing to pass the restoration of all things, or the restorer of all things spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began, concerning the last days: and also John the son of Zacharias, which Zacharias he (Elias) visited and gave promise that he should have a son, and his name should be John, and he should be filled with the spirit of Elias; which John I have sent unto you, my servants, Joseph Smith, jr. and , to you unto this which you have received, that you might be called and ordained even as Aaron: and also Elijah, unto whom I have committed the keys of the power of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers, that the whole earth may not be smitten with a curse: and also, with Joseph, and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham your fathers; by whom the promises remain; and also with Michael, or Adam, the father of all, the prince of all, the ancient of days:
3 And also with Peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be and especial witnesses of my name, and bear the keys of your ministry: and of the same things which I revealed unto them: unto whom I have committed the keys of my kingdom, and a of the gospel for the last times; and for the fulness of times, in the which I will together in one all things both which are in heaven and which are on earth: and also with all those whom my Father hath given me out of the world: wherefore lift up your hearts and rejoice, and gird up your loins, and take upon you my whole armor, that ye may be able to withstand the evil day, having done all ye may be able to stand. Stand, therefore, having [p. 180] your loins girt about with truth; having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace which I have sent mine angels to commit unto you, taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of my Spirit, which I will pour out upon you, and my word which I reveal unto you, and be agreed as touching all things whatsoever ye ask of me, and be faithful until I come, and ye shall be caught up that where I am ye shall be also. Amen. [p. 181]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    There is some uncertainty in the dating of this revelation. Revelation Book 1 offers only “AD 1830,” though JS’s manuscript history dates it to August 1830. In the 1833 version published in The Evening and the Morning Star and the Book of Commandments, the date was amended to 4 September 1830. It is possible that JS finished recording or dictating the revelation on 4 September 1830. (Revelation, ca. Aug. 1830, in Revelation Book 1, p. 35 [D&C 27]; JS History, vol. A-1, 51; “A Commandment Given, September 4, 1830,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Mar. 1833, [6]; Revelation, ca. Aug. 1830, in Book of Commandments 28 [D&C 27:1–5].)  

    JS History / Smith, Joseph, et al. History, 1838–1856. Vols. A-1–F-1 (original), A-2–E-2 (fair copy). Historian’s Office, History of the Church, 1839–ca. 1882. CHL. CR 100 102, boxes 1–7. The history for the period after 5 Aug. 1838 was composed after the death of Joseph Smith.

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  2. 2

    See Matthew 26:26–28.  

  3. 3

    It is difficult to ascertain how closely this prohibition on purchased wine was followed. Wine continued to be used for the sacrament for years, and existing records indicate the Saints both made it and purchased it. (Murdock, Autobiography, 34; JS History, vol. B-1, addenda, 4nM.)  

    Murdock, John. Autobiography, ca. 1859–1867. John Murdock, Journal and Autobiography, ca. 1830–1867. CHL. MS 1194, fd. 4.

    JS History / Smith, Joseph, et al. History, 1838–1856. Vols. A-1–F-1 (original), A-2–E-2 (fair copy). Historian’s Office, History of the Church, 1839–ca. 1882. CHL. CR 100 102, boxes 1–7. The history for the period after 5 Aug. 1838 was composed after the death of Joseph Smith.

  4. 4

    See Matthew 26:29. The first insertion begins here and continues unbroken a third of the way into the third paragraph.  

  5. 5

    Moroni is the last prophet featured in the Book of Mormon. JS stated that an angelic Moroni appeared to him in 1823 and later directed him to the location where the Book of Mormon records and artifacts were buried. For different accounts of Moroni’s visitations to JS, see JS, Journal, 9–11 Nov. 1835; JS History, 1834–1836, 121–122; JS History, vol. A-1, 4–7; JS, “Church History,” Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1842, 3:707; and JS, “Latter Day Saints,” in Rupp, He Pasa Ekklesia, 405.  

    JS History, 1834–1836 / Smith, Joseph, et al. History, 1834–1836. In Joseph Smith et al., History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, back of book (earliest numbering), 9–20, 46–187. Historian's Office, History of the Church, 1839–ca. 1882. CHL. CR 100 102, box 1, vol. 1.

    JS History / Smith, Joseph, et al. History, 1838–1856. Vols. A-1–F-1 (original), A-2–E-2 (fair copy). Historian’s Office, History of the Church, 1839–ca. 1882. CHL. CR 100 102, boxes 1–7. The history for the period after 5 Aug. 1838 was composed after the death of Joseph Smith.

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

    Rupp, Israel Daniel, ed. He Pasa Ekklesia [The Whole Church]: An Original History of the Religious Denominations at Present Existing in the United States, Contains Authentic Accounts of Their Rise, Progress, Statistics and Doctrines. Written Expressly for the Work by Eminent Theological Professors, Ministers, and Lay-Members, of the Respective Denominations. Projected, Compiled and Arranged by I. Daniel Rupp, of Lancaster, Pa. Philadelphia: J. Y. Humphreys; Harrisburg: Clyde and Williams, 1844.

  6. 6

    Early Saints understood a biblical prophecy concerning “the stick of Ephraim” to be a reference to the Book of Mormon. This wording comes from Ezekiel 37:16–17, which is referred to in 2 Nephi, chapter 3, in the Book of Mormon. (See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 66–68 [2 Nephi chap. 3]; and “The Book of Mormon,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Jan. 1833, [1].)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  7. 7

    In a later history, JS recorded that John the Baptist ordained him and Cowdery to the Aaronic Priesthood on 15 May 1829. (JS History, vol. A-1, 17–18.)  

    JS History / Smith, Joseph, et al. History, 1838–1856. Vols. A-1–F-1 (original), A-2–E-2 (fair copy). Historian’s Office, History of the Church, 1839–ca. 1882. CHL. CR 100 102, boxes 1–7. The history for the period after 5 Aug. 1838 was composed after the death of Joseph Smith.

  8. 8

    See Leviticus chap. 8.  

  9. 9

    See Malachi 4:5–6.  

  10. 10

    See, for example, Genesis chap. 17; 22:15–18; chap. 24; 26:1–4; 28:14; 35:9–13; 48:34; Psalm 105:9; Galatians 3:16; and “The Book of Abraham,” Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1842, 3:705–706 [Abraham 2:6–11].  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

  11. 11

    The Instruction on Priesthood, prepared by JS and probably Oliver Cowdery in early 1835, explained that apostles were “special witnesses of the name of Christ, in all the world: thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling.” (Instruction on Priesthood, between ca. 1 Mar. and ca. 4 May 1835 [D&C 107:23].)  

  12. 12

    See Account of John, Apr. 1829–C, in Doctrine and Covenants 33:2, 1835 ed. [D&C 7:7]. Beginning with the version of this revelation in the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, a phrase was added indicating that Peter, James, and John were given the “power and the keys of this ministry until” Christ came again. The original iterations of this account, as recorded in Revelation Book 1 (1831) and the Book of Commandments (1833), do not contain the statement about keys. (Account of John, Apr. 1829–C [D&C 7]; Account of John, Apr. 1829–C, in Book of Commandments 6 [D&C 7].)  

  13. 13

    The first insertion ends here.  

  14. 14

    The second insertion begins here and continues through the phrase “as touching all things whatsoever ye ask of me, and.”  

  15. 15

    See Ephesians 6:11–17.  

  16. 16

    The third insertion begins here and continues to the end of the sentence.