Revelation, September 1830–A [D&C 29]

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29th AD 1830
A Revelation to Six of the & three members they understood from Holy Writ that the time had come <​that​> the People of God should see eye to eye & they seeing somewhat different upon the death of Adam (that is his transgression) therefor they made it a subject of Prayer & enquired of the Lord & thus came the word of the Lord through Joseph the <​saying given​> At Seneca County State of New York
Listen to the voice of Jesus christ your Redeemer the great I am whose arm of mercy hath atoned for your sins who will gether his People even as a hen gethereth her Chickens under her wings even as many as will hearken to my voice & humble themselves before me & call upon me in mighty prayer Behold Verily Verily I say unto you at this time your sins are forgiven you Therefore ye Receive these things but remember to sin no more lest perils shall come upon you Verily I say unto you that ye are chosen out of the World to declare my Gospel with the sound of Rejoiceing as with the voice of a Trump lift up your hearts & be glad for I am in your midst & am your advocate with the Father & it is his good will to give you the kingdom & as it is written Watsoever ye shall ask in faith being united in prayer according to my command ye shall receive & ye are called to bring to pass the of mine Elect for mine Elect hear my voice & harden not their hearts wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the father that they shall be gethered in unto one place upon the the face of this land to prepare their [p. 36] Hearts & be prepared in all things against the day of tribulation & desolation is sent forth upon the wicked for the hour is nigh & the day soon at hand when the Earth is ripe & all the proud & they that do wickedly shall be as stuble & I will burn them up that wickedness shall not be upon the Earth for the hour is nigh & the day soon at hand which was spoken by mine Apostles must be fulfilled for as they spoke so shall it come to pass for I will reveal myself from Heaven with Power & great glory with all the hosts thereof & dwell in righteousness with men on Earth a thousand Years & the wicked shall not stand & again Verily Verily I say unto you & it hath gone forth in a firm decree by the will of the father that mine Apostles the twelve which were with me in my ministery at Jerusalem shall stand at my right hand at the day of my comeing in a piller of fire being clothed with robes of righteousness with crowns upon their heads in glory even as I am to Judge the whole House of Israel even as many as have loved me & kept my commandments & none else for a Trump Shall sound both long & loud even as upon mount Sinia [Sinai] & all the Earth shall quake & they shall come forth yea even the dead which died in me to receive a Crown of righteousness & to be Clothed upon even as I am to be with me that we may be one, but, Behold I say unto you that before this great day shall come the Sun shall be darkened & the moon shall be turned into blood & some stars shall fall from Heaven & there shall be greater signs in the Heaven above & in the Earth beneath & there shall be weeping & waileing among the host of men & there shall be be a great hailstorm sent forth to destroy the Crops of the Earth & it shall come to pass because of the wickedness of the World that I will take vengeance upon the Wicked for they will not Repent for the cup of mine indignation is full for Behold my blood shall not cleanse them if they repent not Wherefore I will send <​forth​> flies upon the face of the Earth which shall take hold of the inhabitants thereof & shall eat their flesh & shall cause magots to come in upon them & their tongues shall be stayed that they shall not utter against me & their flesh shall [p. 37] fall from off their Bones & their eyes from their sockets & it shall come to pass that their the Beasts of the forest & the fowls of the air shall devour them up & that great & abominable Church which is the whore of all the Earth shall be cast down by devouring fire according as it was spoken by the mouth of Ezekiel the Prophet which spoke of these things which have not come to pass as yet but shurely must as I live for abominations shall not reign & again Verily Verily I say unto you that when the thousand years are ended & men again begin to deny their god then will I spare the Earth but for a little Season & then the end shall come & the Heaven & the Earth shall be consumed & pass away & there shall be a New Heaven & a New Earth for all old things shall pass away & all things shall become New even the Heaven & the Earth & all the fulness thereof both men & beasts the fowls of the air & the fishes of the Sea & not one hair neither moat [mote] shall be lost for it is the workmanship of mine hand But Verily I say unto you before the Earth shall pass away Michael mine Archangel shall sound his trump & then shall all the dead awake for their graves shall be opened & they shall come forth yea even all & the righteous shall be gethered on my right hand unto eternal life & the wicked on my left hand will I be ashamed to own before the father Wherefore I will say unto them depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil & his Angels & now Behold I say unto you never at any time have I declared from mine own mouth that they should return for where I am they cannot come for they have no power but remember that all my Judgements are not given unto men & as the words have gone forth out of my mouth even so shall they be fulfilled that the first shall be last & that the last shall be first in all things Whatsoever I have created by the word of my Power which is the Power of my spirit for by the Power of my Spirit created I them yea all things both [p. 38] Spiritual & Temperally firstly spiritual secondly temporally which is the Begining of my work & again firstly temporal & secondly spiritual which is the last of my work speaking unto you that ye may naturally understand but unto myself my work hath no end neither begining But it is given unto you that ye may understand because ye have asked it of me & are agreed Wherefore Verily I say unto you that all things unto me are Spiritual & not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal neither any man nor the childern of men Neither Adam your father whom I created Behold I give <​gave​> unto him that he should be an agent unto himself & I gave unto him a commandment but no temporal Commandment gave I unto him for my commandments are spiritual they are not Natural nor temporal neither carnal nor sensual & it came to pass that Adam being tempted of the Devil for Behold the Devil was before Adam for he rebelled against me saying give me thine honour which is my Power & also a third part of the host of Heaven turned he away from me Because of their agency & they were thrust down & thus came the Devil & his Angels & Behold a place prepared for them which place is Hell & it came to pass Must needs be that the Devil should tempt the children of men or they could not be agents unto themselves for if they never should have bitter they could not k[n]ow the Sweet Wherefore it came to pass that the Devil tempted Adam & he partook of the forbiden fruit & transgressed the commandment wherein he became subject to the will of the Devil Because he yielded unto temptation Wherefore I the Lord God caused that he should be cast out from the Garden of Edan from my presence because of his transgression Wherein he became spiritually dead which death is the first death even that same death which is the last death which is spiritual which shall be pronounced upon the wicked which shall be when I shall say depart ye Cursed But Behold I say unto you that I the Lord God gave unto Adam & unto his seed that they should not [p. 39] Die as to the temporal death untill I the Lord God should send forth Angels to declare unto them Repentance & redemption through faith on the name of mine only begotten Son & thus did I the Lord God appoint unto man the days of his probation that by his natural death he might be raised in immortality unto eternal life even as many as would believe on my name & they that believe not unto eternal damnation for they cannot be redeemed from their spiritual fall Because they repent not for they love darkness more than light & their deeds are evil & they receive their wages of whom they list to obey But Behold I say unto you that little children are redeemed from the foundation of the word world through mine only begotten Wherefore they cannot sin for power is not given to Satan to tempt little children until they begin to be accountable before me for it is given unto them even as I will according to mine own will pleasure that great things may be required at the hand of their fathers & again I say unto you that whoso having knowledge have not I commanded to Repent & he that hath no understanding it remaineth in me to do according as it is written & now behold I declare no more unto you at this time amen [p. 40]


  1. 1

    Oliver Cowdery later inserted the word “September” here.  

  2. 2

    See Exodus 3:14; and Visions of Moses, June 1830 [Moses 1:3].  

  3. 3

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 497 [3 Nephi 20:16–18].  

  4. 4

    JS and his associates faced opposition as they preached in Colesville, New York, during the summer of 1830. In late August, JS wrote a letter from Harmony, Pennsylvania, to Newel Knight, in Colesville, in which he drew heavily on biblical passages in describing the apocalyptic justice that would come upon the wicked. (Letter to Newel Knight and the Church in Colesville, 28 Aug. 1830.)  

  5. 5

    This phrase, beginning at “& all the proud,” is not found in Orson Hyde’s early copy of this revelation. (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [31] [D&C 29:9].)  

    Hyde, Orson, and Samuel Smith. Notebook of Revelations and Missionary Memoranda, ca. Oct. 1831–ca. Jan. 1832. Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583, box 1, fd. 2.

  6. 6

    See, for example, Malachi 4:1; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 505 [3 Nephi 25:1].  

  7. 7

    Among the various contemporaneous ideas about the Millennium, JS’s early views paralleled the position known as “premillennialism” in that he affirmed an imminent, physical return of Christ to inaugurate a glorious earthly millennium. Though the second coming of Christ is proclaimed in a number of New Testament passages, the thousand years are specifically mentioned only in Revelation 20:2–7. (Underwood, Millenarian World of Early Mormonism, 3–9, 24–41.)  

    Underwood, Grant. The Millenarian World of Early Mormonism. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993.

  8. 8

    See Matthew 19:28.  

  9. 9

    See 1 Corinthians 15:22–23; and 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17.  

  10. 10

    See Joel 2:31. The angel Moroni quoted the prophecy of Joel in his first visit to JS. This prophecy was recapitulated in the New Testament and it reappears in JS’s revelations. (See JS History, vol. A-1, 6; Acts 2:20; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12–13; Revelation, 4 Nov. 1830 [D&C 34:9]; and Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:42].)  

  11. 11

    This phrase, beginning at “& there shall be weeping,” is not found in Orson Hyde’s early copy of this revelation. The omission is likely a scribal error. (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [32] [D&C 29:15].)  

    Hyde, Orson, and Samuel Smith. Notebook of Revelations and Missionary Memoranda, ca. Oct. 1831–ca. Jan. 1832. Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583, box 1, fd. 2.

  12. 12

    More than a year earlier, a revelation included a related declaration: “For behold, I God have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer, if they would repent, but if they would not repent, they must suffer even as I: Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, both body and spirit.” (Revelation, ca. Summer 1829 [D&C 19:17–18].)  

  13. 13

    The foregoing prophecies about the fate of the wicked do not match any known text from Ezekiel.  

  14. 14

    See Revelation 20:5.  

  15. 15

    See Revelation 20:12–15; and Matthew 25:31–46.  

  16. 16

    See Matthew 19:30.  

  17. 17

    At about the time of this revelation, while working on his Bible revision, JS made the following revision to Genesis 2:5: “I the Lord God made . . . every plant of the field before it was in the Earth & every herb of the field before it grew for I the Lord God created all things of which I have spoken spiritually before they were naturally upon the face of the Earth for I the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the face of the earth & I the Lord God had created all the children of men & not yet a man to till the ground for in Heaven created I them & there was not yet flesh upon the Earth neither in the water neither in the air.” (Old Testament Revision 1, p. 5 [Moses 3:4–5].)  

  18. 18

    See 1 Corinthians 15:44, 46.  

  19. 19

    In Orson Hyde’s early copy of this revelation, the preceding passage reads, “neither adam your father whom I have created behold I gave unto him but no carnal commandments for my commandments are spiritual.” (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [35] [D&C 29:34–35].)  

    Hyde, Orson, and Samuel Smith. Notebook of Revelations and Missionary Memoranda, ca. Oct. 1831–ca. Jan. 1832. Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583, box 1, fd. 2.

  20. 20

    See Old Testament Revision 1, p. 6 [Moses 4:1–4].  

  21. 21

    See Revelation 12:4, 7–9.  

  22. 22

    The Book of Mormon articulated the need for “an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter; wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man, that he should act for himself. Wherefore, man could not act for himself, save it should be that he were enticed by the one or the other.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 64 [2 Nephi 2:15–16].)  

  23. 23

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 338, 446 [Alma 42:9; Helaman 14:18–19].  

  24. 24

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 65 [2 Nephi 2:21]. Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines probation as “Moral trial; the state of man in the present life, in which he has the opportunity of proving his character and being qualified for a happier state.” (“Probation,” in American Dictionary.)  

    An American Dictionary of the English Language: Intended to Exhibit, I. the Origin, Affinities and Primary Signification of English Words, as far as They Have Been Ascertained. . . . Edited by Noah Webster. New York: S. Converse, 1828.

  25. 25

    Orson Hyde’s early copy of this revelation does not include “on my name.” (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [37] [D&C 29:43].)  

    Hyde, Orson, and Samuel Smith. Notebook of Revelations and Missionary Memoranda, ca. Oct. 1831–ca. Jan. 1832. Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583, box 1, fd. 2.

  26. 26

    The Book of Mormon also strongly condemned infant baptism, teaching that young children are incapable of committing sin and that Christ’s atonement redeems them all. (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 581–582 [Moroni 8:9–12].)  

  27. 27

    Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 582 [Moroni 8:22].