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A VOICE OF WARNING AND 
INSTRUCTION TO ALL 

PEOPLE 



BY 



PARLEY P. PRATT 



itEVIS3,J EDITIO 

Published by tl e 

Reorpa-ized Clrurcn of Jesus Cr.ri 
Of Latter- iJay-Saints 

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PREFACE 

TO THE 

REYISED EDITION, 

We republish this work because it con- 
tains much valuable information concern- 
ing the pure principles of the gospel of 
Christ and the prophecies of the ancient 
prophets, and because it has been instru- 
mental in doing much good, and we hope 
and pray that the Lord will bless our ef- 
fort to disseminate truth by a republican 
tion of it. 

We have carefully revised this work 
and corrected many small en-ors. 



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PREFACE 

TO THE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. 

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During the last nine years the pnblic mind has 
been constantly agitated, through all parts of our 
country, with the cry of "Mormonism, Delusion, 
Imposture, Fanaticism," &c, chiefly through the 
instrumentality of the press. Many of the news- 
papers of the day have been constantly teeming 
with misrepresentations, and slanders, of the. foul- 
est kind, in order to destroy the influence and 
character of an innocent society in its very in- 
fancy; a society of whose real principles many 
of them know nothing at all.' Every species of 
wickedness has been resorted to, and all manner 
of evil has been spoken against them falsely: in- 
somuch, that in many places, houses and ears are 
closed against them, without the possibility of 
being heard for a moment. Were this the only 
evil, we might have less cause of complaint; but 
in consequence of this, we have been assaulted 
by mobs, some of our houses have been torn down 4 
or burned, our goods destroyed, and fields of grain 
laid waste. Yea, more, some of us have been 
stoned, whipped, and shot; our blood" has been 
caused to flow, arid still smokes to heaven, be- 
cause of our religious principles; in this our na- 
tive land, the boasted land of liberty and equal 
laws, while we have sought in vain for redress, 
while officers of State have been deaf to the voice 
of innocerce, imploring at their feet for justice, 
and protection in the enjoyment of their rights 
as American citizens. 



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Under these circumstances, what could be done ? 
How were we to correct the public mind ? We 
were few in number, and our means of giving in- 
formation very limited; the columns of most of 
the papers were closed against us, their popularity 
being at stake the moment our principles were 
admitted. It is true we publish a monthly paper, 
in which our principles are clearly set forth ; but 
its circulation is limited to a few thousands. Un- 
der these circumstances, had we the tongue of an- 
gels, and the zeal of apostles, with our hearts 
expanded wide as eternity, with the intelligence 
of heaven, and the love of God burning in our 
bosoms, and commissioned to bear as joyful ti- 
dings as ever was borne by Michael the Archangel 
from the regions of glory ; yet it would have been 
as impossible for us to have communicated the 
same to the public, as it was for Paul when he 
stood in the midst of Ephesus, to declare the glad 
tidings of a crucified and risen Redeemer; when 
his voice was lost amid the universal cry, of 
\\ great is Diana of the Ephesians." Go lift your 
voice to the tumultuous waves of the ocean, or 
try to reason amid the roar of cannon while the 
tumult of war is gathering thick around, or speak 
to the howling tempest while it pours a deluge 
over the plains; let your voice be heard amid the 
roar of chariots, rushing suddenly over the pave- 
ments ; or what is still more foolish, converse 
with a man who is lost in slumber, or reason with 
a drunkard while he reels to and fro under the 
influence of the intoxicating poison, and these 
acts will convince you of the impossibility of com- 
municating truth to that soul who is willing to 
make up his judgment upon popular rumor; or 



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to be wafted gently down the current of public 
opinion, without stopping for a moment to listen, 
to weigh, to hear both sides of the question, and 
judge for himself. One of the greatest obstacles 
in the way of the spread of truth, in every age, 
is the tide of public opinion. Let one ray of 
light burst upon the world in any age, and it is 
sure to come in contact with the traditions and 
long established usages of men, and their opin- 
ions ; or with some religious craft, so that like 
the Ephesians they counsel together, what shall 
be done; their great goddess will be spoken 
against, her magnificence despised, her temple 
deserted ; or what is still worse, their craft is in 
danger, for by this they have their wealth. Call 
to mind the apostles in contact with the Jewish 
Rabbies, or with Gentile superstitions; in short,, 
at war with every religious establishment on the 
earth. Witness the popular clamor; "If we let 
them thus alone, all men will believe on them, 
and the Romans will come and take away out 
place and nation."- "These men that turn the 
world upside down have come hither also." 
"What new doctrine is this, for thou bringest 
certain strange things to our ears?" "These 
men do exceedingly trouble our city, and teach 
customs which are not lawful for us to receive 
and observe, being Romans." "What will this 
babbler say, he seems to be a setter forth of 
strange gods ?" and many other such like sayings. 
Or, let us for a moment contemplate the events 
©f later date: for instance, the Mother Church 
against the reformers of various ages; see them- 
belied, slandered, degraded, whipped, stoned, 
imprisoned, burned, and destroyed in various 



ways ; while the ignorant multitude were made 
to believe they were the very worst of men. 
Again, think for a moment of the struggles of 
Columbus; an obscure individual, of limited edu- 
cation, but blessed with a largeness of heart, a 
noble genius, a mind which disdained to confine 
itself to the old beaten track. Accustomed to 
think for himself, he burst the chains which, in 
ages past, had held in bondage the nations of the 
earth. He soared aloft, as it were on eagle's 
wings; outstripped and left far behind the boast- 
ed genius of Greece and Rome; penetrated the 
dark mysteries which lay concealed amid the 
western waters. Behold him struggling for eight 
years against the learned ignorance of the courts 
and councils of Europe ; while the sneer of con- 
tempt, the finger of scorn, and the hiss of deris- 
ion, were the solid arguments opposed to his 
theory. But what was the result when, after 
many a fruitless struggle, an expedition was fit- 
ted out, consisting of three small vessels? A 
new world presents itself to the wondering na- 
tions of the East, destined, at no distant period, 
to become the theatre of the most glorious and 
astonishing events of the last days. This- fact 
was no sooner demonstrated, than their philo- 
sophical, geographical, and religious objections 
vanished in a moment; haughty ignorance and 
bigotry, were for once constrained to cast their 
honors in the dust; and bow their reverend heads 
at the feet of real worth; and learn in humble 
silence, that, one fact clearly demonstrated, is 
worth ten thousand theories and opinions of men. 
Having said so much to impress upon the human 
mind the necessity of hearing, and then judging,. 



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I would only add, that the object of this publica- 
tion is to give the public correct information con- 
cerning a religious system, which has penetrated 
every State from Maine to Missouri, as well as 
the Canadas, in the short space of nine years; 
organizing churches and conferences in every re- 
gion, and gathering in its' progress from fifty to 
an hundred thousand disciples ; having, at the 
same time, to sustain the shock of an overwhelm- 
ing religious influence, opposed to it by the com- 
bined powers of every sect in America. What 
but the arm of Omnipotence could have moved it 
forward amid the rage of mobs ? Having to con- 
tend with the prejudice of the ignorant and the 
pen of the learned ; at war with every creed and 
craft in Christendom; while the combined powers 
of earth and hell were hurling a storm of perse- 
cution, unparalleled in the history of our country. 
This work is also intended as a warning voice, 
or proclamation of truth, to all people into whose 
hands it may fall, that they may understand, and 
be prepared for the great day of the Lord. Opin- 
ion and guess work in the things of God, are 
worse than useless; facts well demonstrated, can 
alone be of service to mankind; and as the Holy 
Ghost can alone guide us into all truth, we pray 
God the Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus 
Christ his Son, that the Spirit of truth may in- 
spire our heart in indicting this matter; that we 
may be able to write the truth in demonstration 
of the Spirit and of power; that it may be the 
word of God, the everlasting gospel, the power 
of God unto salvation, to the Gentile first, and 
also to the Jew. 



A VOICE OF WARNING 

AND 

INSTRUCTION TO ALL PEOPLE, 



CHAPTER 1. 

ON PROPHECY ALREADY FULFILLED. 

" We have also a more sure word of 
prophecy ', w hereunto ye do well that ye take 
heed as unto a light that shinet/i in a dark 
place , until the day dawn, and the day 
star arise in your hearts :" \ \ Knowing this 
first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of 
any private interpretation ; for the prophe- 
cy came not in old time by the will of man, 
hut holy men of God spake as they were 
moved upon by the Holy Ghost." — Peter* 



In order to prove any thing from scrip- 
ture, it is highly necessary in the first place 
to lay down some certain, definite, infalli- 
ble rule of interpretation, without which, 
the mind is lost in uncertainty and doubt, 
ever learning, and never able to come to 



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the knowledge of the truth. 

The neglect of such a rule, has thrown 
mankind into the utmost confusion and 
uncertainty, in all their biblical researches. 
Indeed, while mankind are left at liberty 
to transform, spiritualize, or give any un- 
certainty or private interpretation to the 
word of God, all is uncertainty. 

u Whatsoever was written aforetime, 
was written for our profit and learning, 
that we through patience and comfort of 
the scriptures, might have hope." Now 
suppose a friend from a distance should 
write us a letter, making certain promises 
to us on certain conditions, which if w& 
obtained, would be greatly to our profit 
and advantage ; of course it might be said 
the letter was written for our profit and 
learning, that through patience and com- 
fort of the letter, we might have hope to 
obtain the things promised. Now if we 
clearly understood the letter, and knew 
what to expect, then it would afford us 
comfort and hope 5 whereas, if there was 
any doubt or uncertainty on our minds in 
the uuderstandmg of the same, then could 
we derive no certain comfort or hope from 
the things written ; not knowing what to 
hope for; consequently the letter woulA 



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not profit us at all. And so it was With 
the scriptures. ISTo- prophecy or promise 
will profit the reader, or produce patience, 
comfort, or hope in his mind, until clearly 
imderstood, that he may know precisely 
what to hope for. S"ow the predictions of 
the prophets can be clearly understood, as- 
much so as the almanac, when it foretells 
an eclipse; or else the Bible of all books 
is of most doubtful usefulness. Far bet- 
ter would it have been for mankind, if the 
great Author of our existence had reveal- 
ed nothing to His- fallen creatures, than to 
have revealed a book which would leave 
them in doubt and uncertainty, to contend 
with one another, from age to age, respect- 
ing the meaning of its contents-. That 
such uncertainty and contention has exist- 
ed for ages, none will deny. The wise 
and learned have differed, and do still 
widely differ, from each other, in the un- 
derstanding of prophecy. Whence then 
this difference? Either revelation itself 
is deficient, or else the fault is in mankind. 
But to say revelation is deficient, would 
be to charge God foolishly; God forbid, 
the fault must be in man. There are two 
great causes for this blindness, which I 
will now show : 



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Firsts mankind have supposed that di- 
rect inspiration by the Holy Ghost was 
not intended for all ages of the church, 
but that it was confined to primitive times; 
that "the canon of scripture is full;" that 
all necessary things have been revealed, 
and that the Spirit which guides into all 
truth is no longer needed; therefore they 
sought to understand, by their own wis- 
dom, and by their own learning, what 
could never be clearly understood, except 
by I he Spirit of truth: for the things of 
God knoweth no man, except by the Spirit 
of God. 

Secondly, having lost the Spirit of in- 
spiration they began to institute their own 
opinions, traditions, and commandments ; 
giving constructions, and private interpre- 
tations, to the written word, instead of be- 
lieving the things written. And the mo- 
ment they departed from its literal mean- 
ing, one man's opinion or interpretation, 
was just as good as another, all were 
clothed with equal authority, and from 
thence arose all the darkness and misun- 
derstanding on these points; which has 
agitated the world for the last seventeen 
hundred years. 

Among the variety of commodities which 



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attract the attention of mankind, there id 
one thing of more value than all others. 
A principle which, if once possessed, would 
greatly assist in obtaining another things 
worth possessing, whether it were power, 
wealth, riches, honors, thrones ? or domin- 
ions. Comparatively few have possessed 
it, although it ,was within the reach of 
many others, but they were either not 
aware of it, or did not know its value. 
It has worked wonders for those who have 
possessed it. Some it enabled to escape 
from drowning, while every soul who did 
not possess it was lost in the mighty deep. 
Others it saved from famine, while thous- 
ands perished all around them. By it, men 
have often been raised to dignity in the 
State; yea, more, some have been raised 
to the throne of empires. The possession 
of it has sometimes raised men from a 
dungeon to a palace; and there are instan- 
ces in which those that possessed it were 
delivered from the flames, while cities were 
consumed, and every soul, themselves ex- 
cepted, perished. Frequently when a 
famine, or the sword, has destroyed a city 
or nation, they alone who possessed it es- 
caped unhurt. By this time, the reader 
inquires, what can that thing be ? Inform 



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me, and I Will purchase it, even at the sac- 
rifice of all I possess on earth. Well, 
kind reader, this treasure is foreknowl- 
edge! A knowledge of things future! 
Let a book be published, entitled, a knowl- 
edge of the future, and let mankind be 
really convinced that it did give a certain, 
definite knowledge of future events ; so 
that its pages, unfolded the future history 
of the nations, and of many great events, 
as the history of Greece or Rome does 
unfold the past, and a large edition would 
immediately sell at a great sum per copy: 
indeed, they would be above all price. 
Now, kind reader, the books of the proph- 
ets and the Spirit of prophecy were in- 
tended for this very purpose. Well did 
the apostle say, covet earnestly the best 
gifts; but rathe*- that ye prophecy. Hav- 
ing said so much we will now enter into 
the wide. expanded field which lies before 
us, and search out the treasures of wisdom 
and knowledge, which have been shining 
for ages, like a light in a dark place. We 
will explore regions unknown to many; 
we will gaze upon the opening glories 
which present themselves on every sideb- 
and feast our souls with knowledge which 
is calculated in its nature to enlarge the 



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heart, to exalt the mind, and to raise the 
affections above the little, mean, grovelling 
things of the world, and to make one wise 
unto salvation. 

First, let us understand the definite rule 
of interpretation. For this we will not 
depend on any man or commentary, for 
the Holy Ghost has given it by the mouth 
of Peter, who said, u we have also a more 
sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do 
well that ye take heed, as unto a light 
that shineth in a dark place, until the day 
dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts. 
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of 
the Scripture is of any private interpreta- 
tion." 2 Pet. 1: 19, 20. 

There is one grand division to be kept 
constantly in view, in the study of prophe- 
cy ; namely, the distinction between the 
past and the future. The reader should 
be careful to ascertain what portion has 
been fulfilled, and what remains to be ful- 
filled ; always remembering Peter's rule 
of interpretation will apply to both. Now 
if we should find in our researches, that 
every prophecy which has been fulfilled to 
this present year has been literally fulfilled, 
then it follows of necessity, that every 
prophecy which is yet future, will not fail 



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of a literal fulfilment. Let us commence 
with the days of Noah. "And behold, I> 
even I, do bring a flood of waters upon 
the earth, to destroy all flesh wherein is 
the breath of lii^e, from under heaven, and 
every thing that is in the earth shall die." 
Gen.. 6: 17. 

In the verses which follow the above, 
the Lord commands Noah to enter the 
ark, and take with him animals of every 
kind, &c. In the 22d verse it ig written : 
"Thus did Noah, according to all that 
God commanded him, so did he." It was 
well for Noah that he was not well versed 
in the spiritualizing systems of modern di- 
vinity; for under their benighted influ- 
ence, he would never have believed that 
so marvelous a prophecy would have had 
a literal meaning and fulfilment. No, he 
would have been told that the flood meant 
a spiritual flood, and the ark a spiritual 
ark, and the moment he thought otherwise, 
he would have been set down for a fanat- 
ic, knave, or fool ; but it was so, that he 
was just simple enough to believe the 
prophecy literally. Here then is a fair 
sample of fore-knowledge ; for all the 
world who did not possess it perished by 
the flood. 



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The next prediction we will notice is in 
Gen. 15: 13-16. "And he (God,) said 
unto Abram, know of a surety that thy 
seed shall be a stranger in a land that is 
not theirs, and shall serve them, and they 
shall afflict them four hundred years ; and 
also that nation whom they shall serve, 
will I judge; and afterwards shall 'they 
come out with great substance. And thou 
shalt go to thy fathers in peace, thou shall 
be buried in a good old age J bu>t in the 
fourth generation they shall come hither 
again, for the iniquity of the Amorites is 
not yet full." 

The evil entreating of the children of 
Israel, four hundred years, together with 
their coming out with great substance, and 
the judgments of God upon Egypt, as well 
as the death of Abraham, in a good old 
age, are all facts too w T ell known to need 
comment here ; suffice it to say, that it is 
a striking example of the exact fulfillment 
of prophecy ; uttered more than four hut> 
dred years before it had its accomplish- 
ment. From this we gather, that none of 
those ancient men knew any thing of the 
modern system of spiritualizing. Our 
next is^ in Gen. 19: 12, 13. " And the 
men said unto Lot, hast thou here any be- 



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sides ; son-in-law, and thy sons, and thy 
daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the 
city, bring out of this place ; for we will 
destroy this place, because the cry of them 
is waxen great before the face of the Lord, 
and the Lord has sent us to destroy it." 
Now Lot being simple enough.to believe 
the thing, in its literal sense, took as many 
of his family as would follow, and escaped 
for his life, to the great amusement no 
doubt of the Sodomites, who probably 
stood gazing after him, crying delusion, 
delusion ; they thinking all the while, thafc 
the prophecy was only a figure. Here is 
an example of a man escaping from the 
flames, by foreknowledge imparted to 
him, while the whole city perished. O 
what a blessing that Lot had no knowl- 
edge of the modern manner of interpreting 
prophecy ! If it had once entered his 
heart, that he must come out of Sodom 
spiritually, instead of literally, it would 
have cost him his life. 

Let us examine a prophecy of Joseph 
in the land of Egypt. Gen. 41: 29-31. 
"Behold, there come seven years of great 
plenty throughout all the land of Egypt ; 
and there shall arise after them seven years 
of famine ; and all the plenty shall be for- 



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gotten in the land of Egypt; and the fam- 
ine shall consume the land ; and the plenty- 
shall not be known in the land, by reason 
of that famine following, for it shall be 
very grievous." Joseph then proceeds to 
give directions for corn to be laid up in 
great abundance during the seven plente- 
ous years, in order to provide against fam- 
ine. And Pharoah being no better versed 
in the school of modern divinity, than his 
predecessors, never once thought of any 
other interpretation, but the most literal. 
And thus he was the means, together with 
Joseph, in the hand of God, of saving, not 
only their nation, but the house of Israel, 
from famine. This is another striking ex- 
ample of the power of foreknowledge. It 
not only saved from famine, but it exalted 
Joseph from a dungeon to a palace ; from 
the lowest degradation, to the highest hon- 
or ; so that they cried before him, " bow r 
the knee ;" but oh, what death and mourn- 
ing would have followed, had they dream- 
ed only of spiritual famine, and spiritual 
corn. 

Having given a few plain examples of 

early ages, we will lightly touch upon some 

of the most remarkable events of prophecy, 

and its fulfillment, until we come down to 

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$Re Jewish prophets* where the field opens 
wide, touching in its progress the most re- 
markable events of all ages, and termina- 
ting in a full development of the opening* 
glories of the last days. 

One remarkable instance concerning- 
Elijah the prophet, was, that he prophesied 
to Ahab, that it should not rain for three 
years and upwards, which came to pass- 
according to his word. There is also a- 
remarkable instance of Hazael, the Syrian, 
who came to Elisha to enquire of the Lord 
concerning the king of Syria, his master, 
who was sick. The prophet earnestly be- 
holding him, burst into tears : and Hazael 
asked him saying, "Why weepestthou?" 
And he answering, said, " the Lord hath 
shewed me that thou shalt be king over 
Syria." And he then proceeded to unfold 
unto him the cruelties which he would af- 
terwards exercise towards Israel, which 
are too horrible to mention here, lest in so 
doing I might offend the delicate ear. 
But Hazael=, astonished to- hear these 
things predicted concerning himself, which 
at that time filled him with horror, ex- 
claimed with surprise, "Butwhat! is thy 
servant a dog, that he should do this great 
thing?" Yet astonishing to tell, all was 



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afterwards fulfilled to the very letter. 

In 2 Chron. 21c. it Is written, that there 
came a writing to Jehoram, from Elijah, 
which after stating the great wickedness 
of which he had been guilty, in turning to 
idolatry arid also murdering his brethren 
of his father's house, who were better than 
himself, proceeds thns~: " behold, with a 
great plague will the Lord -smite thy peo- 
ple, and thy children, and thy wives, and 
all thy goods ; and thou shalt have great 
sickness by disease of thy bowels, until 
thy bowels fall out, by reason of the sick- 
ness, day by day." In the same chapter 
it is written that the Philistines and Ara- 
bians came against him, and took his 
wives, and childreix, and goods captive^; 
and after all this, the Lord smote him in 
his bowels with an incurable disease, and 
his bowels fell out by reason of his sick- 
ness, so he died of sore disease. 

In Josh. 6 : 26, there is a wonderful pre- 
diction, concerning Jericho : "Cursed be 
the man before the Lord, that riseth up 
.and bttildeth <this city Jericho. He shall 
•lav the foundation thereof, in his first born, 
land in his youngest son, shall he set up the 
gates of it." 

After this curse, the city of Jericho lay 



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Waste for ages ; none daring to rebuild it 
at the expense of their first born, and of 
their youngest son. Until after a long 
succession of judges and kings, when hun- 
dreds of years had passed, Hiel the Bethe- 
lite, who lived in the days of Ahab, prob- 
ably supposed that the Lord had forgotten 
the curse pronounced upon it by Joshua, 
ventured to rebuild the city : but no soon- 
er had he laid the foundation thereof, than 
Abiram, his first born, died ; but still per- 
severing iti the hardness of his heart, he 
set up the gates thereof, with the loss of 
his youngest son, Segub, according to the 
word of the Lord, by Joshua ; see 1 Kings, 
16 : 39. We might fill a volume, with in- 
stances of a similar kind, dispersed through 
the historical part of the scriptures ; but 
we forbear, in order to hasten to a more 
full examination of the books of the Jew- 
ish prophets. We shall trace them in 
their fulfillment upon Jerusalem, Babylon, 
Tyre, Egypt, and numerous other nations. 
Babylon, the most ancient and renown- 
ed city of the world, was pleasantly situa- 
ted on the banks of a majestic river that 
flowed through the plains of Shinar, near 
where the tower of Babel once stood. It 
was laid out four square, and surrounded 



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with a wall upwards of three hundred feet 
high, and sixty miles in circumference; 
having an hundred gates of brass, with 
bars of iron : twenty -five gates on each 
side, which opened to streets, running 
through the city, a distance of fifteen 
miles ; thus forming the whole city into 
exact squares of equal size. In the midst 
of these squares were beautiful gardens, 
adorned with trees and walks, and diver- 
sified with flowers of varied hue ; while 
the houses were built upon the borders of 
the squares, directly fronting on the streets* 
In the midst of this city, sat Nebuchad- 
nezzar, enthroned in royal splendor and 
magnificence, and swaying his sceptre over 
all the kingdoms of the world ; when it 
pleased. God in a vision of the night to 
unveil the dark curtain of the future, and 
to present before him at one view, the 
history of the world, even down to the 
consummation of all things. Behold a great 
image stood before him, whose head was 
of fine gold, his breast and arms of silver ; 
his belly and thighs of brass, his legs of 
iron,lhis feet anobtqes part of iron and part 
of clay. He beheld 3 till a stone was cut 
out without hands, which smote the image 
upon the feet, which were part of iron and 



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.part of claY, and brake them in pieces ; 
then was the iron, the brass, the silver and 
the gold, broken to pieces together ; and 
became as the chaff of the summer thresh- 
ing floor; and the wind carried them away, 
and there was no place found for them.; 
but the stone which smote the image be- 
came a great mountain, and filled the 
whole -earth. Se>e Dan. ?24 31-35. When 
Daniel was brought in before the 'king, to 
tell the dream, and the interpretation, he 
exclaimed, " there is a God in heaven 
that revealeth secrets, and maketh known 
to the king, Nebuchadnezzar, what shall 
be in the latter days." Then, after telling 
the dream he continues thus: — "Thou, Q 
king, art a king of kings ; for the God of 
heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, 
and strength, and glory. And whereso- 
ever the children of men dwell, the beasts 
of the field and the fowls of heaven, hath 
he given into thine hand, and hath made 
-thee ruler over them all. Thou art this 
head of gold. And after thee shall arise 
unother kingdom, inferior to thee, and an- 
other third kingdom of ^brass, which shall 
tear Title over all the earth. And the 
fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron : 
forasmuch as iron breaketh m pieces and 



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subdueth all things : and as iron that 
breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces 
and braise. And whereas thou sawest 
the feel; a*nd toes, part of potters'' clay, 
and part of iron, the kingdom shall be 
divided-: but there shall be in it of the 
strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou saw- 
est the iron mixed with miry clay. And as 
the toes of the feet were part of iron, and 
part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly 
strong, and partly broken. And whereas 
thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, 
they shall mingle*themselves with the seed 
of men: but they shall not cleave one to 
another, even as iron as not) mixed with 
clay. And in the days of these kings shall 
the God of heaven set up a kingdom, 
which shall never be destroyed : and the 
kingdom shall not be -left £o -other people, 
but it shall break in pieces, and consume 
all these kingdoms and it shall stand for- 
ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the 
stone was cut o&t of the mountain witkovvl 
hands, and that it brake m pieces the iron-, 
the brass, the clay, the silver, and the 
gold.; the great God hath made know r n to 
the king, what shall come to pass hereaf- 
ter ; and the dream is certain, and the in- 
terpretation thereof sure." Dan. 2: 37-45. 



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In this great view of the subject, we 
have presented before us in succession ; 
first, the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar ; 
second, the Medes and Persians, who took 
Babylon from Belshazzar, and reigned over 
all the earth ; third, the Greeks under Al- 
exander, who conquered the world, and 
reigned in the midst of Babylon; and the 
fourth, the Roman Empire, which subdued 
all things ; fifth, its division into Eastern 
and Western empires, and its final break- 
ing or subdivision into the various king- 
doms of modern Europe, represented by 
the feet and toes, part of iron and part of 
clay. And lastly, we have presented be- 
fore us an entire new kingdom, organized 
by the God of heaven in, the last days, or 
during the reign of these kings, represent- 
ed by the feet and toes. This last king- 
dom is never to change masters, like all 
the kingdoms which have gone before it. 
It was never to be left to other people. 
It was to break in pieces all these king- 
doms, and stand forever. Many suppose 
that this last kingdom alluded to, was the 
kingdom of God, which was organized in 
the days of Christ, or his apostles. But 
a greater blunder could not exist ; the 
kingdom of God set up in the days of 



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Christ, or his apostles, did not break in 
pieces any of the kingdoms of the world ; 
it was itself warred against and overcome, 
in fulfillment of these words of Daniel : 
(Dan. 7 : 21, 22,) " I beheld, and the same 
horn made war with the saints, and pre- 
vailed against them ; until the ancient of 
days came, and judgment was given to the 
saints of the Most High ; and the time 
came that the saints possessed the king- 
dom ;" also, verse 27th, " And the king- 
dom and dominion, and the greatness of 
the kingdom, under the whole heaven, 
shall be given to the people of the saints 
of the Most High ; whose kingdom, is an 
everlasting kingdom, and all dominions 
shall serve and obey him." 

John records, (Rev. 10: 7,) "And it 
was given unto him to make war with the 
saints, and to overcome them, and power 
was given him over all kindreds, tongues, 
and nations." In fulfillment of these say- 
ings, power has been given to the authori- 
ties of the fea*th, to kill the apostles and 
inspired men ; until if any remained they 
were banished from among men, or forced 
to retire to the desolate islands, or the 
dens and caves of the mountains of the 
earth : being men of whom the world was 



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*iot worthy ; while at the same time, many 
false prophets and teachers were intro- 
duced in their place, whom men heaped to 
themselves, because they would not endure 
sound -doctrine. In this way, the kingdom 
of God became disorganized &xi(\lost from 
among men, and the doctrines and church- 
es of men, instituted in its place. But we 
design to speak more fully on this subject, 
when we come to treaX on the subject of 
the kingdom of -God, Suffice it to say, 
that the kingdom spoken of by Daniel, is 
something to be organized in the last days 
by the God of heaven himself, without the 
aid of human institutions, or the precepts 
of men. And when once organized, it 
will never cease to roll; all the powers of 
earth and heil will not impede its ^progress, 
until at length the Ancient of Days shaU 
sit, and the Lord Jesus will come in the 
clouds of heaven, with power &nd great 
glory, as the King of kings, and Lord of 
lords, a/nd destroy all these kingdoms, and 
give the kingdom and the greatness of the 
kingdom, under the whole heaven, to the 
saints. Then there will be but one Lord, 
and His name one, and he shall be king 
over all the earth. 

We will now return ,to ^ebuxihadaaezzar^ 



whom the Lord,, by the mouth of Jeremf- 
alV, calls " his servant, to execute his« judg- 
ments upon the nations." It seems that 
the Lord exalted this great man, and made 
him a king of kings, and lord of lords, 
arming him with his own sword, and clo- 
thing him with power - and authority, for 
the express purpose of executing his judg- 
ments, and scourging and humbling all the 
nations of the earth. Jeremiah, 25c, says 
that the Lord purposed to bring Nebu- 
chadnezzar and his army against Jerusa- 
lem, and against all the nations round 
about, that he might bring them to deso- 
lation and captivity for seventy years ; and 
after seventy years, he would turn and 
punish the king of Babylon, and that na- 
tion for their iniquity. Now, who can 
trace the history of the fulfillment of these 
great even ts, so exactly pointed out by Jere- 
miah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel, and not be struck 
with astonishment and wonder, at the mar- 
velous gift of prophecy, enabling men in 
those days to read the history of the future, 
as they read the history of the past. In- 
deed, the reader of history in the nine- 
teenth century, holding in his hand the 
history of the Babylonians, Medes and 
Persians, G.reeks, Romans and Egyptians^ 



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together with that of the Jews, w T ill hardly 
render himself more familiar with the 
events which transpired among those na- 
tions, than the prophets were for seventy 
years previous to their accomplishment. 

The Jews were reduced to subjection 
by Nebuchadnezzar, Jerusalem was burn- 
ed, together with their temple; their prin- 
ces, nobles, and people were carried to 
Babylon, together with all their holy 
things. All the particulars of this de- 
struction and captivity were distinctly 
foretold by Jeremiah, and the time of its 
continuance, viz: seventy years. After 
subduing the Jews, the king of Babylon 
marched his army against Tyre, the city 
of merchants, situated at the haven of the 
sea, surrounded not only by the sea, but 
with a strong wall. So strong a hold re- 
quired the utmost skill and perseverance 
of Nebuchadnezzar and his whole army, 
who labored incessantly for a long time, 
and at last they succeeded in taking Tyre 
and bringing it into captivity for seventy 
years ; after which they returned and es- 
tablished their city, for Jeremiah had pre- 
viously foretold the reduction of Tyre ; its 
captivity of seventy years, and its restora- 
tion at the expiration of that time. After 



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the restoration of Tyre, the city flourished 
for a time. But was afterwards reduced 
to an entire desolation. Its ruined frag- 
ments are seen to this day in the bottom 
of the sea ; its site has become a barren 
rock, only occupied by poor fishermen. 
All this desolation, and even its present 
appearance of desolate and perpetual 
waste, were clearly pointed out by the 
prophets. 

But when the king of Babylon had suc- 
ceeded in taking Tyre ; after many a bald 
head and pealed shoulder, caused by the 
hard service of his army in the siege ; the 
Lord, by the mou^h of Ezekiel, promised 
to give the spoils of Egypt unto him, for 
wages for his army, in order to pay him 
for the great service, wherewith he had 
served God against Tyre. Next, witness 
his war in the conquest of Egypt, and 
bringing them into captivity, until the 
seventy years were accomplished. 

And finally, trace him, executing the 
Lord's vengeance and anger against TTz, 
upon the kings of the Philistines, and As- 
kelon, Azaiah, and Ekron, Edom, Moab, 
Amnion, and Dedan, Tema, and Buz, and 
the kings of Arabia, and of Zimri, and of 
Elam, and of all the kings of the Medes, 



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and all the kings of the north far and near; 
and finally upon all the kingdoms of th<e 
world, who were to be drunken, ami spew, 
and fall to rise no more, because of the 
sword which he would send among them. 
But y when the Lord had accomplished all 
his mind on these nations, he purposed, in 
turn, to punish this great monarch, and 
those who succeeded him, and the city and 
nation over which he reigned, and finally 
to make it perpetual desolations. And all 
this for their pride and haughtiness. The 
Lord exclaims, " shall the ax boas* itself, 
against him that heweth therewith, or shall 
the saw boast itself against him that sha- 
keth it ?" &c. But in order to trace the 
events of the return of the Jews, and the 
other nations, from their seventy years-' 
captivity and bondage and the punishment 
of Babylon ; another and very different 
character from that of Nebuchadnezzar is 
introduced by the prophets: one who is in 
scripture, termed the Lord's Anointed. 
He may be considered one of the most ex- 
traordinary characters that ever the heath- 
en world produced; his mildness, his cour- 
age, his perseverance, his success, and 
above all, his strict obedience to the com- 
mand of that God, which neither he nor 



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his fathers had known ; all go to prove 
that Isaiah was not mistaken, when he 
called him by name, as the Lord's Anoint- 
ed to deliver the nations from bondage, to 
scourge and subdue the greatest city and 
monarchy that has at any time existed on 
the earth; and to restore the Jews, and 
rebuild their city and temple. Indeed, he 
was one of those few, which the world 
never produces except for extraordinary 
purposes. But let us hear the prophet's 
own description of him: (Isa. 45: 1. — 
" Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to 
Cyrus, whose right hand I have ho!den > 
to subdue nations before him: and I will 
loose the loins of kings, to open before 
him the two-leaved gates, and the gates 
shall not be shut. I will go before thee, 
and make the crooked places straight : I 
will break in pieces the gates of brass, and 
cut in sunder the bars of Iron. And I 
will give thee the treasures of darkness, 
and hidden riches of secret places, that 
thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which 
call thee by thy name, am the God of Is- 
rael. For Jacob my servant's sake, and 
mine elect, I have even called thee by thy 
name : I have surnamed thee, though thou 
hast not known me. I am the Lord, and 

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there is hone else, there is no God besicte 
me.: I. girded thee, though thou hast not 
known me : that they may know from the 
rising of the sun, and from the west, that 
there is none beside me." In the 13th 
verse, he says, "I have raised him up in 
righteousness, , and I will direct all his 
ways: he shall build my city, and he shall 
let go my captives, not for price nor re- 
Avard saith the Lord of hosts." The reader 
will bear in mind, that Isaiah .lived about 
one hundred years before the Jewish cap- 
tivity, .and one. hundred and seventy years 
before Cyrus caused their return. 
' Here I would pause and enquire what 
power, but the power. of the great God, 
could enable one man to call another by 
name, a century before his birth, and also 
to' foretell the history of his life? What 
must have been his wonder and astonish- 
ment, when after many years of wars and 
commotions, during which he marched 
forth conquering and to conquer, gather- 
ing as a nest the riches of the nations, he 
at last pitched his camp near the walls of 
the strongest hold in all the earth ? ' He 
gazed upon its walls of upwards of three 
hundred feet in height, with its gates of 
brass and bars'of iron : the people within 



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feeling perfectly safe, with provisions 
enough to last the inhabitants of the city 
for several years. How could he think of 
taking that city ? Who would not have 
shrunk from such an undertaking unless 
inspired by the Great Jehovah ? But, 
turning the river Euphrates from its course, 
and marching under the walls of the city, 
in the dry bed of the river, he found him- 
self in possession- of the city without any 
difficulty, for Belshazsar, the king, was 
drinking himself drunk, with his nobles 
and concubines, and that too from the ves- 
sels of the house of the Lord which his 
father had taken from Jerusalem, and his 
knees had already smote together, with 
horror, from the hand -writing on the wall, 
which Daniel had just been called in to 
interpret, giving his kingdom to theMedes 
and Persians. Having subdued this great 
monarchy, he seated himself upon the 
throne of kingdoms ; and becoming famil- 
iar with Daniel, lie was no doubt intoduc- 
ed to an acquaintance with the Jewish 
.records, and then the mystery was unfold- 
ed'. He could then see that God had called 
him by name, that the Almighty hand 
; girded him fbr the battle, and directed all 
his work ; he could then understand why 
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the treasures of the earth poured them- 
selves into his bosom, and why the loins 
of the kings had been unloosed before 
him, and why the gates of brass had been 
opened, and the bars of iron burst asun- 
der. It was that he might know that there 
was a God in Israel, and none else, and 
that all idols were as nothing; that he 
might also restore the Jews, and rebuild 
their city and temple, and fulfil God's pur- 
poses upon Babylon. He accordingly is- 
sued his proclamation to the Jews to re- 
turn, and for the nations to assist them in 
rebuilding. For, said he, God hath com- 
manded me to build him an house at Jeru- 
salem. Ezra 1 : 2, 3, says, " Thus saith 
Cyrus, king of Persia : the Lord God of 
heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of 
the earth ; he hath charged me to build him 
an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judea. 
Who is there among all his people ; his 
God be with him, and let him go up to Je- 
rusalem, which is in Judea, and build the 
house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is 
the God) which is in Jerusalem." 

What powerful argument, what mighty 
influence was it, which caused Cyrus to be 
convinced that it was the God of heaven 
(who dwelt at Jerusalem, Avho alone was 



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God,) who had done all these things? He 
had not been traditioned in the belief of 
the true God, nor of the holy scriptures. 
Nay, he had ever been very zealous in the 
worship of idols ; it was to idols he looked 
for assistance in the former part of his life. 
I reply, it was the power of God, made 
manifest by prophecy, and its fulfillment ; 
not in a spiritualized sense, not in some 
obscure, uncertain, or dark mysterious way, 
which was difficult to be understood ; but 
in positive, literal, plain demonstrations, 
which none could gainsay or resist. Isa^ 
iah says, that this was the object the Lord 
had in view, when he revealed such plain- 
ress. And Cyrus manifested, that it had 
the desired effect. I would here remark, 
that when we come to treat of that part 
of prophecy which yet remains to be ful- 
filled, we shall bring positive proof, that 
the heathen nations of the latter days, are 
to be convinced in the same way that Cy- 
rus was; that is, there are certain events 
plainly predicted in unfulfilled prophecies, 
which when fulfilled, will convince all the 
heathen nations of the true God, and they 
shall know that he hath spoken and per- 
formed it. And all the great and learned 
men of Christendom, and all societies, 

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who have put any other than a literal con- 
struction to the word of prophecy, shall 
stand confounded, and be constrained to 
acknowledge that all has come to pass, 
even as it is written. 

But to return to our research of prophe- 
cy and its fulfillment The prophets had 
not only predicted the reduction of Baby- 
lon by Cyrus, but they had denounced its 
fate through all ages, until reduced to en- 
tire desolation, never to be inhabited, not 
even as a temporary residence for the 
w r andering Arab, "and the Arabian shall 
not pitch tent there." ' Isa. 13: 20-22. 

Mr. Joseph Wolfe, the celebrated Jew- 
ish Missionary, while travelling in Chal- 
dea, enquired of the Arabs whether they 
pitched their tents among the ruins of 
Babylon, to which they replied in the nega- 
tive, declaring their fears that should they 
do so, Nimrod's ghost would haunt them. 
Thus all the predictions of the prophets 
concerning that mighty city have been ful- 
filled. Edom, also, presents a striking ful- 
fillment of plain and pointed predictions of 
the prophets. These predictions were 
pronounced upon Edom at a time when 
its soil was very productive and well cul- 
tivated : and every where abounding in 



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flourishing towns and cities. But now its 
cities have become heaps of desolate ru- 
ins, only inhabited by the cormorant, bit- 
tern, and by wild beasts, serpents, etc/, 
and its soil has become barren,; the Lord 
has cast upon it the line of contusion, and 
the atones of emptiness, and it has been 
waste from generation to .generation, in 
express fulfilltnen't of the word of [prophecy. 
We will now give a passing notice of 
the vision of Daniel, concerning the ram 
and the goat, in Dan. 8c. The reader 
would do well to turn and read the whole 
chapter, but we will more particularly no- 
tice the interpretation, as it was given him 
by Gabriel, as recorded from the 19th to 
the 25th verses. " And he said, behold, 
I will make thee know what shall be in 
the last end of the indignation, for at the 
time appointed the end shall be. The ram 
which thou sa west, having two horns, ate 
the kings of Media and Persia ; and the 
rough goat is the king of Grecia; and the 
great horn that is between his eyes is the 
first king. Now that being broken, where- 
as four stood up. for it, four kingdoms shall 
stand up out ot the nation, but not in his 
power. And in the latter time of their 
kingdom, when the transgressors are come 

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to the full, a king of fierce countenance, 
and understanding dark sentences, shall 
stand up ; and his power shall be mighty, 
but not by his own power, and he shall 
destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and 
practice, and shall destroy the mighty and 
the holy people ; and through his policy 
also, he shall cause craft to prosper In his 
hand, and he shall magnify himself in his 
heart, and by peace shall destroy many ; 
he shall also stand up against the Prince 
of princes ; but he shall be broken with- 
out hand." In this vision, we have first 
presented theMedes and Persians, as they 
"were to exist, until they were conquered 
by Alexander the Great. Now it is a fact, 
well known, that this empire waxed ex- 
ceedingly great for some time after the 
death of Daniel, pushing its conquests 
westward, northward, and southward, so 
that none could stand before it ; until Al- 
exander, the king of Grecia, came from 
the west, with a small army of chosen men, 
and attacked the Persians upon the bank 
of the river, plunging his horse in, and his 
army following, they crossed and attacked 
the Persians, who stood to oppose them 
on the bank, with many times their num- 
ber; but notwithstanding their number, 



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and their advantage of the ground, they 
were totally routed ; and the Greciaus pro- 
ceeded to overrun, and subdue the coun- 
try, beating the Persians in a number of 
pitched battles, until they were entirely 
subdued. It is also well known that Al- 
exander, king of Greece, went forth from 
nation to nation, subduing the world be- 
fore him, until having conquered the world, 
he died at Babylon, at the age of thirty- 
two years. And thus when he had waxed 
strong, the great horn was broken, and 
for it came up four notable ones toward 
the four winds of heaven. His kingdom 
was divided among four of his generals, 
who never attained unto his power. Now 
in the latter time of their kingdom, when 
the transgression of the Jewish nation was 
come to the full, the Roman power de- 
stroyed the Jewish nation, took Jerusalem, 
caused the daily sacrifice to cease : and 
not only that, but afterwards destroyed 
the mighty and holy people, that is, the 
apostles and primitive christians, who 
were slain by the authorities of Rome. 

Now let me enquire ; does the history 
of these United States give a plainer ac- 
count of past events, than Daniel's wisdom 
did of events which were then future; 



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and some of them reaching down the 
stream of time, for several hundred years ; 
unfolding events which no human sagacity- 
could possibly have foreseen? Man, by 
his own sagacity, may accomplish many 
things ; he may plow the trackless ocean, 
without wind or tide in his favor; he may 
soar aloft amid the clouds without the aid 
of wings ; he may traverse the land with 
astonishing velocity without the aid of 
beasts ; or he may convey his thoughts to 
his fellow by the aid of letters. But there 
is a principle he can never attain ; no, not 
even by the wisdom of ages combined ; 
money will not purchase it ; it comes from 
God only, and is bestowed upon man as a 
free gift. Says the prophet to the idols, 
tell us what shall be^ that we may know 
that ye are gods. 

We will now proceed to show how ex- 
actly the prophecies were literally fulfilled 
in relation to Jesus Christ. Behold, said 
the prophet, " a virgin shall conceive and 
bear a son." Again, Bethlehem should 
be the place of his birth; and Egypt, 
where he sojourned with his parents, the 
place out of which he was to be called. 
He turned aside to Nazareth, for it was 
written, he shall be called a Nazarene, 



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He rode into Jerusalem upon a colt, the 
foal of an ass, because the prophet had 
saidy u behold thy King cotneth, meek and 
lowly, riding upon a colt." And again, 
saith the prophet, he shall- be afflicted 
and despised ; he shall be a man of sor- 
rows, and acquainted with grief; he shall 
be led as a lamb to the slaughter, and like 
a sheep dumb before his shearers ; so he 
opened not his mouth; in his humiliation 
his judgment was taken away; and who 
shall declare his generation, for his life is 
taken from the earth. He was wounded 
for our transgressions, and by his stripes 
we are healed ; he was numbered with the 
transgressors ; he made his grave with the 
rich. Not a bone of him is broken ; they 
divide his raiment ; cast lots for his ves- 
ture ; give him gall and vinegar to drink; 
betray him for thirty pieces of silver ; and 
finally, when it was finished, he rested in 
the tomb until the third clay, and then 
rose triumphant without seeing corruption. 
Now, kind reader, had you walked up and 
down with our dear Redeemer during his 
whole sojourn in the fiesh, and had you 
taken pains to record the particular cir- 
cumstances of his life and death, as they 
occurred from time to time, your history 



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would not be a plainer one, than the proph- 
ets gave of him, hundreds of years before 
he was born. There is one thing we t^liild 
do well to notice, concerning the manner 
in which the apostles interpreted prophe- 
cy, and that is this : they simply quoted 
it, and recorded its literal fulfillment. By 
pursuing this course, they were enabled to 
bring it home to the hearts of the people 
in the Jewish synagogues, with such con- 
vincing proof, that they were constrained 
to believe the supposed imposter whom 
they had crucified was the Messiah. But 
had they once dreamed of rendering a 
spiritualizing or uncertain application, like 
the teachers of the present day, all would 
have been uncertainty and doubt, and 
demonstration would have vanished from 
the earth. 

Having taken a view of the Old Testa- 
ment prophets, concerning prophecy and 
its fulfillment, and having shown clearly, 
that nothing but a literal fulfillment was 
intended, the objector may inquire, wheth- 
er the same mode will apply to the predic- 
tions contained in the New Testament ? 
We will therefore bring a few important 
instances of prophecy, and its fulfillment, 
from the New Testament, after which we 






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shall be prepared to examine the numer- 
ous prophecies which are still unfulfilled. 
One of the most remarkable prophecies in 
sacred writ, is recorded by Luke, 21 : 20- 
24. " And when ye shall see Jerusalem 
compassed with armies, then know that 
the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let 
them which are in Judeaflee to the raoun 
tains, and let them which are in the midst 
of it depart out ; and let not them that 
are in the countries enter thereinto ; for 
these be the days of vengeance, that all 
things that are w r ritten may be fulfilled. 
But wo unto them that are with child, and 
to them that give suck in those days ; for 
there shall be great distress in the land, 
and wrath upon this people;- and they 
shall fall by the edge of the sword, and 
shall be led away captive into all nations; 
and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of 
the Gentiles, until the times of the Gen- 
tiles be fulfilled." This prophecy involves 
the fate of Jerusalem and the temple, and 
the whole Jewish nation for at least eigh- 
teen hundred years. About the year sev- 
enty, the Roman army compassed Jerusa- 
lem. The disciples remembered the warn- 
ing which had been given them by their 
Lord and Master, forty years before, and 



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fled to the mountains. The city of Jeru- 
salem was taken, after a long and tedious 
siege, in which the Jews suffered the ex- 
treme of famine, pestilence, and the sword ; 
filling houses with the dead, for the want 
of a place to bury them. While women 
ate their own children for the want of all 
things. In this struggle there perished in 
Jerusalem near one million and a half of 
Jews, besides those taken captive. Their 
city laid waste, their temple destroyed, 
and the miserable remnant dispersed 
abroad into all the nations of the earth; 
in which situation they have continued 
ever since, being driven from one nation 
to another, often falsely accused of the 
worst of crimes, for which they were ban- 
ished, and their goods confiscated. In- 
deed, they have been mostly accounted as 
outlaws among the various nations ; the 
sole of their feet has found no rest, and 
they have been a hiss and a by- word ; and 
the people have said, " these are the peo- 
ple of the Lord, and are gone forth out of 
his land." 

- During all this time the Gentiles have 
possessed the land of Canaan, and trodden 
under foot the holy city, where their fore- 
fathers worshipped the Lord. Now, in 



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this long captivity, the Jews have never 
lost sight of the promises respecting their 
return. Their eyes have watched and 
failed with longing for the day when they 
might possess again that blessed inheri- 
tance, bequeathed to their forefathers; 
when they might again rear their city and 
temple and re-establish their priesthood, 
and worship as in days of old. Indeed, 
they have made several attempts to re- 
turn, but were always frustrated in all their 
attempts, for it was an unalterable decree, 
that Jerusalem should be trodden down of 
the Gentiles, until the times of the Gen- 
tiles should be fulfilled. On the subject 
of this long dispersion, Moses and the 
prophets have written very plain ; indeed, 
Moses even mentioned the particulars of 
their eating their children secretly in the 
siege, and in the straitness where witli their 
enemies should besiege them in all their 
gatesJ Whoever will read Deut. 28c, 
will read the history of what has befallen 
the Jews, which was foretold by Moses. 
with all the clearness that characterizes 
the history of past events, and all these 
thousands of years before its accomplish 
ment. 

A prophet nanied Agabus, " took Paul's 



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girdle and bound his own hands and feet, 
and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So 
shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man 
that ovvneth this girdle, and shall deliver 
him into the hands of the Gentiles." Acts 
21 : 10, 11. The fulfillment of this pre- 
diction is too well known to need any de- 
scription. We therefore proceed to notice 
a prophecy of Paul, recorded in 2 Tim. 
4 : 3, 4. " For the time will come, when 
they will not endure sound doctrine, but 
after their own lusts shall they heap to 
themselves teachers, having itching ears ; 
and they shall turn away their ears from 
the truth, and they shall be turned unto 
fables." This prophecy has been fulfilled 
to the very letter ; for it applies to every 
religious teacher, who has arisen from that 
day unto the present, except those com- 
missioned by direct revelation, and inspir- 
ed by the Holy Ghost. But to convince 
the reader of its full accomplishment, we 
need only to point to the numberless priests 
of the day who preach for hire, and divine 
lor money, and who receive their authority 
from their fellow man ; and as to the fa- 
bles to which they are turned, we need 
only to mention the spiritualizings and pri- 
vate interpretations, which salute our ears, 



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from almost every religions press and pul- 
pit. But there is another prophecy of 
Paul well worth our attention, as illustra- 
tive of the times in which we live ; it. is 
found in 2 Tim. 3:1-5. "This know also, 
that in the last days perilous times shall 
come; for men shall be lovers of their own 
selves, covetous, boasters, proud blasphe- 
mers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, 
unholy, without natural affection, truce 
breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, 
despisers of those that are good, traitors, 
heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure 
more than lovers of God, having a: form of 
godliness, but denying the .power thereof: 
from such turn away." From the last 
verse of this quotation, we learn to our 
astonishment, that this sum of awful wick- 
edness, applies to professors of religion; 
ONLY; that is, this would be the char- 
acter of the (so called) Christian part of 
community, in the last days. Do- not star- 
tle, kind reader, we do not make the ap- 
plication without positive proof to the 
point : for remember non-professors have: 
no form of godliness, but those ungodly 
characters spoken of, were to have a form 
of godliness, denying the power thereof. 
Butf if you doubt Paul's, testimony on the 

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subject, look around you, examine for 
yourselves. " By their fruits you shall 
know them." My heart is pained while I 
write. Alas, has it come to this; has the 
Spirit of truth removed the veil of obscu- 
rity from the last days, only to present us 
with a vision of a fallen people; an apos- 
tate church, full of all manner of abomina- 
tions, and even despising those who are 
good ; while they themselves, have noth- 
ing left but the form of godliness, denying 
the power of God, that is, setting aside 
the direct inspiration, and supernatural 
gifts of the Spirit, which always constitute 
the church of Christ? Was it for this 
only, that the Holy Spirit opened to the 
view of holy men, the events of unborn 
time, enabling them to gaze upon the open- 
ing glories of the latter days ? O ! ye 
prophets and apostles, ye holy men of old, 
what have you done, if you stop here ; if 
your prophetic vision only extended down 
the stream of time, to the present year ? 
Alas ! you have filled our minds with sor- 
row and despair: the Jews you have left 
wandering in sorrow and darkness, far 
from all their hearts hold most dear on 
earth ; their land a desolation, and their 
city aad temples in ruins, and they with- 



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out the knowledge of the true Messiah* 
The Gentiles, after partaking of the root 
and fatness of the tame olive tree, having 
fallen, after the same example of unbelief, 
are left without fruit, dead, plucked up by 
the roots, with naught but a form of god- 
liness ; while the powers that character- 
ized the ancient church, have fled from 
among men. Is this the consummation of 
all your labors ? Was it for this you 
searched, toiled, bled, and died ? I pause 
for a reply: if you have a word of com- 
fort yet in store, concerning the future, let 
it quickly speak, lest our souls should lin- 
ger in the dark valley of sorrow and de- 
spair. 

o 

CHAPTER II. 

ON THE FULFILLMENT OF UNFULFILLED 
PROPHECIES. 

o 

What is Prophecy but History reversed? 

Having made the discovery, and pro- 
duced sufficient proof, that the Prophecies, 
thus far, have been literally fulfilled to 
the very letter, we hope the reader will 
never lose sight of the same rule w T ith re- 
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gard to those which are unfulfilled. And 
while we stand upon the threshold of fu- 
turity with the wonders of unborn time 
about to open upon our view, presenting 
before our astonished vision the most 
mighty and majestic scenes, the most as- 
tonishing revolutions, the most extraordi- 
nary destructions, as well as the most mi- 
raculous displays of the power and majes- 
ty of Jehovah, in his great restoration of 
his long dispersed covenant people, from 
the four quarters of the earth; I say, as 
these scenes are about to open to our 
view, let us bow before the great I AM, in 
the name of Jesus, and pray in faith for 
his Spirit to enlarge our hearts, and en- 
lighten our minds, that we may understand 
and believe all that is written, however 
miraculous it may be. But (), kind read- 
er, whoever you are, if you are not pre- 
pared for persecution, if you are unpre- 
pared to have your name cast out as evil, 
if you cannot bear to be called a knave, 
an imposter, or madman, or one that hath 
a devil ; or if you are bound by the creeds 
of men, to believe just so much and no 
more, you had bettei\stop here ; for if you 
were to believe the things written in the 
Bible, that are yet to transpire, you will 



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be under the necessity of believing mira- 
cles, signs, and wonders, revelations, and 
manifestations of the power of God, even 
be} r ond any thing that any former genera- 
tion has witnessed ; yes, you will believe 
that the waters will be divided, and Israel 
go through dry-shod, as they journey to 
their own land, as they did in the days of 
Moses ; for no man ever yet believed the 
Bible, without believing and expecting 
such glorious events in the latter days. 
And I will now venture to say, that a be- 
liever in the Bible, would be a person that 
very few men, comparatively, have ever 
seen in this generation, with all its boast- 
ed religion. For there is a great differ- 
ence in believing the book to be true when 
shut, and believing the things therein writ- 
ten. It is now considered in christendonn 
a great disgrace not to believe the Bible 
when shut : but whosoever tries the ex- 
periment, will find that it is held to be a 
.greater disgrace to believe that the things 
therein written will surely come to pass-. 
Indeed, it is our firm belief in, and careful 
teaching of the things written in the Bible, 
which has been one great cause of the per- 
secution we sulfer. For let the prophecies 
be understood by the people, and let them 



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roll on in their fulfillment, and it will blow 
to the four winds every religious craft in 
Christendom, and cause the kingdom of 
Christ to arise upon their ruins, while the 
actual Jcnowledge of the truth, will cover 
the earth as the waters do the sea. 

Having said so much by way of caution ; 
if there are any of my readers so bold, and 
regardless of consequences, as to dare 
with me, to gaze upon the future, we will 
commence with Isaiah 11: 13, 12, 15, 16. 

"And it shall come to pass in that day, 
the Lord shall set his band again, the sec- 
ond time to recover the. remnant of his 
people, which shall be left, from Assyria, 
and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and 
from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shi- 
nar, and from Hamath, and from the Is- 
lands of the sea. And he shall set up an 
ensign for the nations, and shall assemble 
the outcasts of Israel, and gather together 
the dispersed of Juclah from the four cor- 
ners of the earth. And the Lord shall ut- 
terly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian 
Sea; and with his mighty wind shall he 
shake his hand over the river, and shall 
smite it in the seven streams, and make 
men go over dry shod. And there shall 
be an highway for the^remnant of his peo- 



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pie, which shall be left, from Assyria ; like 
as it was to Israel, in the day that he came 
up out of the land of Egypt." 

Here you behold an ensign to be reared 
for the nations ; not only for the dispersed 
of Judah, but the outcasts of Israel. The 
Jews are called dispersed because they are 
scattered among the nations ; but the ten 
tribes are called outcasts, because they 
are past out from the knowledge of the 
nations, in a land by themselves. Now 
the reader will bear in mind, that the ten 
tribes have not dwelt in the land of Ca- 
naan, since they were led captive by ShaJ- 
maneser, king of Assyria. We have also 
presented before us in the 15th verse the 
marvellous power of God, which w T ill be 
displayed in the destruction of a small 
branch of the Red Sea, called the tongue 
of the Egyptian Sea; and also the divid- 
ing of the seven streams of some river; 
and causing men to go over dry shod: 
and lest any should not understand it lit- 
erally, the 15th verse says, "there shall 
be an highway for the remnant of his peo- 
ple, which shall be left, from Assyria, like 
as it io as to Israel, in the day that he came 
up out of the land of Egypt ." Now we 
have only to ask whether in the days of 
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Moses, the Reel Sea was literally divided, 
■or whether it was only a figure ? For as 
it was then, so it shall be again. And yet 
we are told by modern divines, that the 
days of miracles have gone forever: and 
those who believe in miracles in our clay, 
are counted as imposters, or at least poor 
ignorant fanatics^ and the public are warn- 
ed against them, as false teachers, who 
would if possible deceive the very elect. 
On the subject of this restoration, the 
prophets have spoken so fully and so re- 
peatedly, that we can only notice a few of 
the most striking instances, which will go 
to show the particular circumstances and 
incidents attending it, and the manner and 
means of its accomplishment. Jer. 16: 
14-16 says, "Therefore, behold (he days 
come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more 
be said the Lord liveth that brought up 
the children of Israel out of the land of 
Egypt ; but the Lord liveth that brought 
up the children of Israel from the land of 
the north, and from all the lands whither 
he had driven them ; and I will bring them 
again into their land that I gave unto their 
fathers. Behold, I will send for many 
fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish 
them, and after, will I send for manyhun- 



hi 



ters, and they shall hunt them from every 
mountain, and from every hill, and out of 
the holes of the rocks. " 

Now it has ever been the case with Is- 
rael, when they wished to express the 
-greatness of their God, to say, the Lord 
liveth, which brought up our fathers out 
of the land of Egypt. This saying at once 
called to mind the power and miracles of 
that memorable event; and associated 
with it, all that was great, and grand, and 
calculated to strike the mind with awe, 
under a lively sense of the power of Isra- 
el's God. But to our astonishment, some- 
thing is yet to transpire which will cast 
into momentary forgetfulness, all the great 
events of that day, and the children of Is- 
rael shall know that their God liveth, by 
casting their minds upon events of recent 
date which shall have transpired, still 
more glorious and wonderful than their 
coming out of Egypt; they will exclaim, 
•the Lord liveth which recently brought the 
children of Israel from the north and from 
all lands whither he had driven them ; and 
hath planted them in the land of Canaan 
which he gave our fathers. With this 
idea will be associated every display of 
grandeur and sublimity, of wonder and 



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amazement, while they call to mind the 
revelations, the manifestations, the mira- 
cles, and mercies displayed in bringing 
about this great event, in the eyes of all 
the nations. 

In view of this, Jeremiah exclaims in 
the last verse of this chapter : " Therefore 
behold, I will this once cause them to know, 
I will cause them to know my hand and 
my might ; and they shall know that my 
name is the Lord." 

But the means made use of to bring 
about this glorious event, are not only the 
raising of a standard, the lifting up of an 
ensign, so that we may know when the 
time is fulfilled, but fishers and hunters 
are to be employed to fish and hunt them 
from every mountain, from every hill, and 
out of the holes of the rocks. Let the 
reader mark here ; men were not to send 
missionaries, (who were not inspired) to 
go and teach Israel several hundred dif- 
ferent doctrines, and opinions of men, and 
to tell them they suppose the time has 
about arrived, for them to gather. But 
the God of heaven is to call men by actu- 
al revelation, direct from heaven, and to 
tell them who Israel is ; who the Indians 
of America are, if they should be of Isra- 



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el, and also where the ten tribes are, and 
all the scattered remnants of that long lost 
people. He it is who is to give them their 
errand and mission, and to clothe them 
with power from on high to execute the 
great work, m defiance of opposing ele- 
ments, and all the opposition of earth and 
hell combined ; but do you ask, why is the 
Lord to commission men by actual revela- 
tion ? I reply, because Pie has no other 
way of sending men in any age. "No 
man (says the apostle,) taketh this honor 
upon himself, but he that is called of God, 
as was Aaron. 1 ' Now we all acknowledge 
that Aaron was called by revelation. 

Now the Great Jehovah never has, nor 
never will acknowledge the priesthood or 
•ministry of any man, who is not called by 
revelation, and inspired, as in days of old. 
But, O, says the reader, you startle me, 
for the whole train of modern divines pro- 
fess no revelation, later than the Bible, 
and no direct inspiration, or supernatural 
gift of the Spirit. Do you cast them all 
off, and say that they have no authority? 
I reply, yes, for the Bible does it, and I 
only humbly acquiesce in the decision ; as 
they are no where known in scripture, ex- 
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heaped to themselves, (the word " heap " 
does not nu an a few, but many.) But to 
prove more fully that God will give reve- 
lations in order to bring about this glori- 
ous work, we will refer you to Ezek. 20: 
33-38, it reads: 

"As I live, saith the Lord God, surely 
with a mighty hand, and a stretched out 
arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule 
over you : and I will bring you out from 
the people, and will gather you out of the 
countries wherein ye are scattered, with a 
mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, 
and with fury poured out. And I will 
bring you into the wildernes of the people, 
and there will I plead with you face to 
face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers 
in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so 
.will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. 
And I will cause you to pass under the 
rod, and I will bring you into the bond of 
the covenant; and I will purge out from 
among you the rebels, and them that trans- 
gress against me : I will bring them forth 
out of the country where they sojourn, and 
they shall not enter into the land of Israel : 
and ye shall know that I am the Lord." 

You discover, that this promise begins 
with a double assurance ; first, with an 



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oath, as I live ; second with an assurance, 
surely, with a mighty hand, &e. And in 
the close of the same chapter, lest the ped- 
ple should possibly misunderstand him he 
exclaims : " O Lord, they say of me, doth 
he not speak in parables!" Here we have 
the children of Israel, brought from among 
all nations, with a mighty hand, and a 
stretched out arm, and with fury poured 
out, (O ye nations who oppose these things, 
beware, remember Pharaoh, and learn 
wisdom,) we see them brought into the 
wilderness of the people ; and there the 
Lord is to plead with them, face to face, 
just as he did with their fathers, in the 
wilderness of Egypt. This pleading face 
to face can never be done, without revela- 
tion, and a personal manifestation, as much 
&o as in old times. Now I ask, was all His 
manifestations to Israel in the wilderness, 
a mere fable, not to be understood literally? 
If so, this will be so too; for one will be' 
precisely like the other, no parable, but a 
glorious reality. He will cause thern to 
pass under the rod, and bring them into 
the bond of the covenant. This brings to 
mind the new covenant, so often promised 
in the scriptures, to be made with the 
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Judah, just in time to gather them from 
their long dispersion. Some may suppose 
that the new covenant which was to gather 
Israel, made its appearance in the days of 
Christ and his apostles, but Paul tells us, it 
was yet future in his day. So in his xL 
chap, to the Romans, he says, " that blind- 
ness in part is happened to Israel, until 
the fulness of the Gentiles be come in, and 
so all Israel shall be saved ; as it is written, 
' there shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, 
and shall turn away ungodliness from Ja- 
cob, for this is my covenant unto them 
when I shall take away their sins.' " From 
this we learn, that Paul placed that cove- 
nant in the future, even down to the res- 
toration of Israel in the last days, when 
the times of the Gentiles should be fulfilled. 
Then there should come a •deliverer for 
Israel, and not before, seeing that they 
had rejected the first coming of that De- 
liverer. And He himself said to the Jews, 
" Behold, your house is left unto you deso- 
late : from henceforth you shall not see me, 
until you shall say, blessed is he that 
cometh in the name of the Lord." Then, 
and not until then, will the covenant be 
renewed with Israel. And even when the 
apostles inquired, saying, " Wilt thou at 



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this time restore again the kingdom to 
Israel"; the Savior said :i that it was not 
for them to know the times and seasons, 
which the Father had put in his own pow- 
er ; but they were to receive power, and 
bear witness of him, &c; as much as to 
say, "that work is not for you, mine apos- 
tles to accomplish, but it shall be done in 
the Lord's own time, by whom he will ; 
but go ye, and do the work I have com- 
manded you." Isa. 61: 8, 9, in speaking 
of this covenant, tells us, that it should 
make their seed known among the Gen- 
tiles, and their offspring among the peo- 
ple ; and cause all that see them, to ac- 
knowledge them, that they are the seed 
that the Lord hath blessed. 

Now w T e know that it is a question which 
can only be decided by revelation, wheth- 
er the aborigines of America are the seed 
of Jacob or not ; and there has been much 
controversy concerning the location of the 
ten tribes, and who they are ; but the new 
covenant will reveal these things, and will 
leave the matter no longer in suspense ; 
we shall then know their seed among the 
Gentiles, and their offspring among the 
people. But O, how different was the ef- 
fect of the covenant made eighteen hun- 



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dred years ago in its effects upon Israel ; 
it cast them off in unbelief, and caused all 
that have seen them or heard of them ever 
since to acknowledge, that they are the 
seed that the Lord hath cursed. When 
the covenant is renewed in the last days, 
the Lord will bring them into the bond of • 
the covenant by manifesting himself to 
them face to face. . Let me inquire, how 
does God make a covenant with the peo- 
ple in any age? The answer is by com- 
municating His will to them by actual 
revelation ; for without this, it would be 
impossible to make a covenant between i 
two parties. In order to illustrate this 
subject, let us bring an example. We see 
how we make covenants with each other. 
For instance, a young man wishes to enter 
into a covenant of matrimony with a young 
lady ; but deprive him of the privilege of 
revealing his mind to her, cut off all di- 
rect communication between them, and a i 
covenant could never be made; and so it 
is with the Almighty. He never did en- 
ter into a covenant with his creatures, 
without revelations; and he never can do 
it. In shorl, w r henever he made a cove- 
nant with the people, where a whole peo-{ 
pie were concerned, he included in the 



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covenant the priesthood, offices, and au- 
thorities, together with the ordinances and 
blessings which pertain to his covenant ; 
and so will he do at this time. Whenever 
the Hew covenant is established, it will or- 
ganize the kingdom of God with all its 
offices, ordinances, gifts and blessings, as 
in days of old ; but more of this w r hen we 
come to treat of the kingdom of God* 
But, says the inquirer, what need have we 
of the renewal of a covenant which has 
never been broken? If the Lord made a 
covenant in the days of the apostles, call- 
ed a new covenant, why should that cov 
enant still be renewed again, seeing it is 
in full force, until it is broken by one par- 
ty or the other ? This is an important in- 
quiry, involving the fate of all Christen- 
dom in its decision ; we must therefore be 
very careful to make the decision perfect- 
ly plain, and the proof easy to be under- 
stood. That there was a new covenant 
made between God and the people, in the 
days of Christ and His apostles, none will 
attempt to deny • and if that covenant 
never has been broken, it must be in force 
till the present day, and consequently there 
is no need of a new one. It therefore 
remains for us to prove, that that cove- 

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nanthas been broken — completely broken, 
so that it is not in force, either among 
Jews or Gentiles, having lost its offices, ! 
authorities, powers, and blessings, inas- 
much that they are no where 1 to be found 
among men. In order to do this, we must 
examine, what were its offices, authorities, 
powers and blessings, and then see wheth- 
er they are still known among men. 

We read that its offices consisted of 
apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, 
and teachers, all inspired, and set in thet 
church by the Lord himself, for the edify- 
ing of the saints, for the work of the min- 
istry, &c. And they were to continue in 
the church, wherever it was found until 
they all come to the unity of the faith, and 
unto the measure of the stature of a man 
in Christ. 

Secondly, the gifts of the Spirit, which 
some call supernatural, were Xhe powers 
and blessings which pertained to that cov 
enant, wherever it existed, among the? 
Jews or Gentiles, so long as the covenant 
was of force. Now, I would ask the 
world of Christendom, or either of its 
sects or parties, if they have apostles^ 
prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teach- 
ers, inspired from on high, together with 



0? 



all the gifts and blessings of the Holy 
Spirit, which pertained to the gospel cov- 
enant? If not, then the offices and pow- 
ers of that covenant have been lost. And 
it must be through the breaking of that 
covenant,- that they were lost: for in this 
way the Jews lost these privileges, when 
they were handed to the Gentiles. And 
Paul told the Gentiles, in his 11th chapter" 
to the Romans, that if they did not abide 
in his goodness, they w r ould fall, as the 
Jews had clone before them. But in or- 
der to prove by further demonstration, 
that the gospel covenant has been broken, 
by Jew and Gentile, and all people, so as 
to be no longer in force, I shall quote Isa. 
24 : 1-6. " Behold, the Lord maketh the 
earth empty, and maketh it waste, and 
turneth it upside down, and scattereth 
abroad the inhabitants thereof. Arid it 
shall be, as with the people, so with the 
priest; as with the servant, so with his 
master ; as with the maid, so with her 
mistress ; as with the buyer, So with the 
seller ; as with the lender, so with the 
borrower ; as with the taker of usury, so> 
with the giver of usury to him. The land 
shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoil- 
ed : for the Lord hath spoken this word, 

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*The earth mourneth and fadeth away, fhei 
world languisheth and fadeth away, the 
haughty people of the earth do languish; 
The earth also is defiled under the inhabit 
iants thereof; because they have trans- 

GRESSED THE LAWS, CHANGED THE ORDI- 
NANCE, BROKEN THE EVERLASTING COVE- 
NANT. Therefore hath the curse devour- 
ed the earth, and they that dwell therein 
are desolate ; therefore the inhabitants of 
the earth are burned, aiid few men left." 
In these few verses, we discover a like 
Calamity awaiting priests and people, rich 
and poor, bond and free, insomuch that 
they are all to be burned up but a few, 
and the complaint is that the earth is de- 
filed under the inhabitants thereof, be- 
cause they have transgressed the laws,, 
changed the ordinances^ and broken the 
everlasting covenant. Now, this could 
not be speaking of any other than the 
covenant, ordinances, and laws of the gos- 
pel, made with the people in the days of 
the apostles ; because, however any for- 
mer covenant may have been broken, yet 
the inhabitants of the earth were never 
destroyed by fire, (all but a few) for hav- 
ing broken any previous covenant; but 
this destruction is to come by fire as liter- 



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ally as the flood in the days of Noah ; and 
it will consume both priests and people 
from the earth., and that too for having 
broken the covenant of the gospel, with 
its laws and its ordinances; or else we 
must get a new edition of the Bible, leav- 
ing out the 24th of Isaiah. 

Now, having settled this question, I 
trust the reader will see the need of anew 
covenant, in order to save the few that 
are not to be burned. We will therefore 
dismiss this subject for the present, and 
turn again to the subject of the gathering 
of Israel ; you will please turn and read 
Ezek, 36-39c, In the 36th chap, you will 
discover a promise that Israel is to return 
from all the nations where they have been 
scattered, and to be brought again to the 
land which he gave to their fathers ; Jer 
rusalem is to be filled with men, and the 
desolate cities of Julea are to be rebuilt, 
fenced, and inhabited ; the land is to be 
fenced, tilled, and sown, insomuch, that 
tlfey should say, this land that was deso- 
late, is become like the garden of Eden, 
*f I the Lord build the ruined places, and 
plant that, that was desolate, I the Lord 
have spoken it, and I will do it." 36v. — • 
K As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusa? 
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10 

i#m in her solemn feasts ; so shall the 
waste cities be filled with flocks of men : 
and they shall know that I am the Lord." 
In the 37th chap, you will find, after the 
vision of the resurrection of the dead, the 
prophet goes on to speak of the two na- 
tions, becoming one nation upon the moun- 
tains of Israel, and one king being king 
to them all ; and when this takes place, 
they are no more to be divided into two 
kingdoms. Moreover, the Lord's taber- 
nacle is to be with them, and his sanctua- 
ry in the midst of them forevermorc ; he 
will forever be their God, and they shall 
be his people, f* And the heathen shall 
know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, 
when my sanctuary shall be in the midst 
of them forevermore." Now, it is a fact 
well known, that Judah and the ten tribes 
have never been one nation upon the 
mountains of Israel, sineo the day they 
were first divided into two nations. 

But, when this does take place, even 
the very heathen are to know r it, antVlire 
to be convinced of the true God, as was 
the case with Cyrus. Now, if the mission- 
aries should convert the world, before the 
Lord does this great work, then it will 
Bave the Lord the trouble of doing it in 



n 

I his own way, and it will save the trouble 
of fulfilling the prophecies, and the word 
of the Lord will fail, and all the world lay- 
hold on infidelity. Well did the Lord say, 
" my ways are not as your ways, nor my 
thoughts as your thoughts." Chapters 38 
and 39 present us with a view of many na- 
tions, united under one great head, whom 
the Lord is pleased to call Gog; and being 
mounted on horseback, and ai*med with 
all sorts of armor, they come up against 
the mountains of Israel, as a cloud to cov- 
er the land ; their object is to take a prey, 
to take away silver and gold, and cattle, 
and goods in great abundance. 

And this is an event which is to trans- 
pire after the return of the Jews, and the 
rebuilding of Jerusalem; while the towns 
of the land of Judea are without walls, 
having neither bars nor gates. But while 
ihoy are at the point to swallow up the 
Jews, and lay waste their countiy, behold 
the Lord's fury comes up in his face, a 
mighty earthquake is the result, insomuch 
that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of 
the air, and all the creeping things, and 
all men upon the face of the earth, shall 
shake at his presence, and every wall shall 
fall to the ground, and every man's sword 
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shall be turned against his neighbor in 
this army, and the Lord shall rain upon 
him, and upon his bands, and upon the 
many people that are with him, an over- 
flowing rain, great hail-stones, fire and 
brimstone. And thus he will magnify 
himself, and sanctify himself, in the eyes 
of many nations, and they shall know that 
he is the Lord ; thus they shall fall upon 
the open field, upon the mountains of Isr 
rael, even Gog and all his army, horses 
and horsemen ; and the Jews shall go 
forth and gather the weapons of war, such 
as hand staves, spears,' shields, and bows 
and arrows 5 and these weapons shall last 
the cities of Israel seven years for fuel, sq 
that they shall cut no wood out of the forr 
est, for they shall burn the weapons with 
the lire ; and they shall spoil those that 
spoiled them, and rob those that robbed 
them, and they shall gather gold and silver, 
and apparel, in great abundance. At this 
time, the ftnvls of the air, and the beasts 
of the field, shall have a great feast; yea, 
they are to eat fat until they be full, and 
drink blood until they be drunken. They 
are to eat the flesh of captains, and kings, 
and mighty men, and all men of war. But 
the Jews will have a very serious duty tq 






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perform, which will take no less than seven 
months ; namely, the burying of their ene? 
mies. They will select a place on the east 
side of the sea, called the Valley of the 
Passengers; and there shall they bury 
Gog, and all his multitude, and they shall 
pall it the Valley of Hamon Gog. And 
the scent shall go forth, insomuch that it 
shall stop the noses of the passengers: thus 
shall they cleanse the land. " And I will 
set my glory among the heathen, and all 
the heathen shall see my judgment that I 
have executed, and my hand that I have 
laid upon them ; so the house of Israel 
shall know thaic I am the Lord their God, 
from that day forward. And the heathen 
shall know that the house of Israel went 
into eaptivity for their iniquity, because 
they trespassed against me ; therefore hid 
I my face from them, and gave them into 
the hand of their enemies, so fell they all 
by the sword. 

According to their uncleanness, and acr 
cording to all their transgressions, have I 
done unto them, and hid my face from 
them ; therefore thus saith the Lord God, 
now will I bring again the captivity of 
Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole 
house of Israel, and \fill be jealous for my 



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holy name ; after that they have borne 
their shame, and all their trespasses, 
whereby they have trespassed against me, 
when they dwelt safely in their land, and 
none made them afraid. When I have 
brought them again from the people, and 
gathered them out of their enemies lands, 
and am sanctified in them, in the eyes of 
many nations ; then shall they know that 
I am the Lord their God, who caused them 
to be led into captivity among the heathen; 
but I have gathered them into their own 
land, and have left none of them any more 
there ; neither will I hide my face any 
more from them, for I have poured out 
my Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith 
the Lord God." Ezek. 39 : 21-29. 

In the foregoing, quotation Ave discover 
that the heathen are to know, that tl e 
house of Israel went into captivity for their 
iniquity, and are gathered again by the 
hand of God, after having borne their 
shame for all their trespasses, and the 
house of Israel will know that it was the 
Lord their God who caused them to be 
led into captivity among the heathen, and 
that he it was, that gathered and defend- 
ed them, and He will hide his face no more 
from them, but will pour out his Spirit up- 
on them. 



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O, ye blind, ye stiff-necked, ye hard- 
hearted, generation, with the Bible circu- 
lated among all nations. Will whole nations 
be so blind as to fulfil this prophecy, and 
not know it, until it brings destruction up- 
on their own head ? Why all this blind- 
ness ? Alas ! it is because of false teachers, 
who will tell them the Bible must be spir- 
itualized. Others declare (hat these pro- 
phecies can never be understood, until 
they are fulfilled. If this be the case, then 
we can never escape the judgments pre- 
dicted in them, but must continue the 
children of darkness, until they come up- 
on us unawares, and sweep us from the 
earth. Then where will be the consola- 
tion of looking back and seeing them ful- 
filled? But blessed be God, he has told us 
by the mouth of Daniel, that many shall 
run to and fro, and knowledge shall be in- 
creased, and that the wise shall under- 
stand, but none of the wicked shall under- 
stand. And now, I would ask, who are 
more wicked than the wilfully blind lead- 
ers of the blind, who tell us we cannot 
understand the scriptures? 

Zechariah, in his 14th chapter, has told 
us much concerning the great battle and 
overthrow' of the nations who fight against 



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Jerusalem, and he has said in plain words, 
that the Lord should come at the very 
time of the overthrow of that army ; yes, 
in fact even while they are in the act of 
taking Jerusalem, and have already suc- 
ceeded in taking one hall of the city and 
spoiling their houses, and ravishing their 
women. Then behold their long expected 
Messiah, suddenly standing His feet upon 
the Mount of Olives, a little east of Jeru- 
salem, to fight against those nations, and 
deliver the Jews. Zechariah says, the 
Mount of Olives shall cleave in twain, from 
east to west, and one halt of the mountain 
shall remove to the north, while the other 
half falls off to the south ; suddenly form- 
ing a very great valley, into which the 
Jews shall flee for protection from their 
enemies, like they lied from the earthquake 
in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah ; 
while the Lord cometh with all the saints 
with Him. Then will the Jews behold 
that long, long expected .Messiah, coming 
in power to their deliverance, as they al- 
ways looked tor him. He will destroy 
their enemies, and deliver them from 
trouble at the very time when they will be 
in the utmost consternation, and about to 
be swallowed up by their enemies. But 



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what will be their astonishment, when they 
see their Deliverer, and acknowledge him 
as their Messiah, they discover the wounds 
which' once pierced His hands and feet 
and side, and on inquiry at once recognize 
Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews* 
the man so long rejected. Well did the 
prophet say, they shall mourn and weep* 
every family apart, and their wives apart* 
But, thank heaven, there w T ill be an end to 
their mourning ; for he will forgive their 
iniquities, and cleanse them from all un- 
cleanness. Jerusalem shall be a holy city 
from that time forth ; and all the land shall 
be turned as a plain from Geba to Rim^ 
mon, and shall be lifted up and inhabited 
in her place, and men shall dwell there, 
and there shall be no more utter destruc- 
tion of Jerusalem ; " and in that day there 
shall be one Lord, and his name one, and 
he shall be King over all the earth." John* 
in Rev. lie, gives us many more particu- 
lars concerning this same event; He in- 
forms us that after the city and temple are 
rebuilt by the Jews, the Gentiles w r ill tread 
it under foot, forty and two months, du- 
ring which time there shall be two proph- 
ets continually prophesying, and working 
mighty miracles. And it seems that the 



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Gentile army will be hindered from utter- 
ly destroying and overthrowing the city, 
while these two prophets continue. But 
after a struggle of three years and a half, 
they at length will succeed in destroying 
these two prophets, and then they will 
overrun much of the city. They will send 
gifts to each other, because of the death 
of the two prophets, and in the mean time 
they will not allow their dead bodies to be 
put in graves, but will suffer them to lie in! 
the streets of Jerusalem, three days and # 
half: d urine; which time the armies of the 
Gentiles, consisting of many kindreds, 
tongues, and nations, (passing through the 
city, plundering the Jews,) will see their 
dead bodies lying in the street. But after* 
three days and a half, (suddenly) the Spirit 
of life, from God will enter them, and they 
will arise and stand upon their feet, and 
great fear will fall upon them that see 
them. And then they will hear a voice 
from heaven, saying, u come up hither," 
and they will ascend up to heaven in a 
cloud, and their enemies will behold them. 
Then will come the shaking spoken of by 
Ezekiel ; and the rending of the Mount of 
Olives, spoken of by Zechariah. John 
says, u the same hour there was a great 



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earthquake, and the tenth part of the city 
fell ; and in the earthquake were slain of 
men seven thousand." And then one of 
the next scenes which will follow, will be 
the sound of voices, saying, " the king- 
doms of this world are become the king- 
doms of oitr Lord and His Christ, and He 
shall reign for ever and ever." 

Now having described the great events 
spoken of by these prophets ; I would just 
remark, that there is no difficulty in un- 
derstanding them all to be perfectly plain, 
and literal in their fulfillment. 

Suffice it to say, the Jews will gather' 
home, and rebuild Jerusalem. The na- 
tions will gather against them to battle. 
Their armies will compass the city, and 
have power over it for three years and a; 
half. Two Jewish prophets, by theif 
mighty miracles, will keep them from ut- 
terly overcoming the Jews, until at length 
they will be slain ; and the city will be 
left in a great measure to the pillage of 
their enemies for three days and a half; 
the two prophets will then rise from the' 
dead, and ascend up into heaven. The 
Messiah will come, convulse the earth, 
overthrow the armies of the Gentiles, de- 
liver the Jews, cleanse Jerusalem, cut off 



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all wickedness from the earth, raise the 
saints from the dead, bring them with him, 
and commence his reign of a thousand 
years ; during which time his Spirit will 
fee poured otit Upon all flesh ; men and 
beasts, birds and serpents, will be perfect- 
ly harmless^ and the knowledge and glory 
of God will cover the earth as the waters 
cover the sea. And the kingdom and the 
greatness of the kingdom under the whole 
heaven, will be given to the saints of the 
Most High. 

During this thousand years, Satan will 
be bound, and have no power to tempt the 
children of men. And the earth itself will 
be delivered from the curse which came 
by reason of the fall. The rough places 
will become smooth; the barren deserts 
fruitful ; the mountains levelled ; the val- 
leys exalted ; the thorn and thistle shall 
no more be found, but all the earth shall 
yield her increase in abundance for the 
saints of God. But after the thousand 
years are endedj then shall Satan be loos- 
ed, and go out to deceive the nations which 
dwell in the four quarters of the earth, to 
gather them to battlej and to bring them 
up to battle against the camp of the saints* 
Then the great and last struggle will take 



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place between God and Satan, for the em- 
pire of the earth. Satan and his army 
will be overthrown. And after these great 
events, the end of the earth ; the resurrec- 
tion of the wicked, and the last judgment 
will come. And there shall be a new 
earth, and a new heaven, for the former 
earth and the former heaven will pass 
away, that is, they will be changed from 
temporal to eternal, and made tit for the 
abode of immortals. Then cometh Jeru 
salem down from God out of heaven, hav- 
ing been renewed, as well as the heavens 
and the earth. For said he, " behold I 
make all things new." This new citv 
placed upon the new earth, with the Lord 
God and the Lamb in the midst, is man's 
eternal abode, so after all our longings for 
a place "beyond the bounds of time and 
space," (as saith the poet) we are at last 
brought to our common senses, and given 
to understand, that man is destined for 
ever to inherit the same planet, upon which 
he was first created ; after it is redeemed, 
sanctified, renewed, purified and prepared 
as an eternal inheritance of immortal 
saints, with the Holy City for the capital, 
the throne of God in the midst for the seat 
of Government; and watered with a stream 



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clear as crystal, called the Waters of Life, 
which will issue from the throne of Jeho- 
vah ; while either side will be adorned 
with trees of never fading beauty. " Bles- 
sed are they that do his commandments, 
that they may have a right to the tree of 
life, and may enter in through the gates 
into the city." Rev. 22: 14. By this time 
we begin to understand the words of the 
Savior : " Blessed are the meek, for they 
shall inherit the earth," and the song which 
John heard in heaven, which ended thus: 
" w r e shall reign on the earth." 

We gather from the field of prophecy, 
through which we have passed, first, that 
that glorious day will be ushered in by the 
personal coming of Christ, and the resur- 
rection of all the saints. Second, we learn 
that all the wicked will be destroyed from 
the earth, by overwhelming judgments of 
God, and by fire at the time of his corn- 
ing, insomuch that the earth will be cleans- 
ed by fire from its wicked inhabitants, as 
it once was by water ; and that burning 
will include priests as well as people : all 
but a few shall be burned. This burning 
more especially applies to the fallen church, 
than to the heathen or Jews, whom they 
are now- trying to convert. Woe unto 



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you, Gentiles, who call yourselves the peo- 
ple of the Lord, but have made void the 
law of God by your traditions; for in vain 
do you call, Lord, Lord, and do not the 
things which Jesus commands; in vain do 
ye worship him, teaching for doctrines, 
the commandments of men. Behold the 
sword of vengeance hangs over you, and 
except you repent, it will soon fall upon 
you, and it will be more tolerable in that 
day for the Jews and heathen, than for 
you. Behold ye flatter yourselves that 
the glorious day spoken of by the proph- 
ets, will be ushered in by your modern in- 
ventions and pecuniary plans, which are 
got up in order to convert the Jews and 
heathen, to the various sectarian creeds 
now existing among yourselves, and you 
expect when this is done, to behold a Mil- 
lenium, after your own hearts. But the 
Jews and heathen never will be converted 
as a people to any other plan than that 
laid down in the Bible, for the great res- 
toration of Israel. And you yourselves 
are laboring under a broken covenant, and 
ripening for the fire as fast as possible. 
But do not count me your enemy because 
I tell you the truth, for God is my witness 
that I love your souls too well, to keep 
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back any truth from yon, 'however severe 
it may seem. The wounds of a friend are 
better than the kisses of an enemy. Now 
concerning the signs of the times, the in- 
quiry often arises, when shall these things 
be, and what sign shall there be when 
these things shall come to pass? lam 
often asked the question whether it is near 
at hand ; I will therefore tell you all, 
whereby you may know for yourselves, 
(and not be dependent on the knowledge 
of others) when it is nigh, even at the doors. 
Now you behold the apple tree, and all 
the trees, when they begin to shoot forth 
their leaves, ye know of your own selves 
that summer is nigh at hand ; and so like- 
wise when ye shall see great earthquakes, 
famines, pestilence, and plagues of every 
kind ; the sea brealdng beyond its bounds, 
and all things in commotion ; the nations 
distressed with perplexity ; men's hearts 
failing them for tear, and for looking for 
the things which are coming on the earth 
— when you see signs in the heaven above, 
and in the earth beneath, blood, and fire, 
and vapor of smoke ; the sun turned to 
darkness, the moon to blood, and stars 
hurled from their courses — when you see 
the Jews gathering to Jerusalem, and the 



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armies of the nations gathering against 
them to battle — you may know with a per- 
fect knowledge, that His coming is near, 
even at the doors. " Verily, verily, I say 
unto you, this generation shall not pass 
awav till all be fulfilled. Heaven and 
earth shall p^ss away, but my words shall 
not pass away." Matt. 24 : 34, 35. Who- 
soever will believe the words of the proph- 
ets, and the sayings of Jesus Christ, on 
this subject, will be convinced that all the 
signs of which I have spoken, are clearly 
pointed out as the signs of His coming. 
But, notwithstanding all these tilings are 
written, His coming will overtake the 
world unawares, as the flood did the peo- 
ple, in the days of Noah. The reason is, 
they will not understand the prophets. 
They will not endure sound doctrine; their 
ears are turned away from the truth, and 
turned to fables, because of false teachers 
and the precepts of men ; and what is still 
worse, when God sends men with the new 
and everlasting covenant, and clothes them 
with boldness to testify the truth, they 
will be treated as the servants of God have 
been before them by the fallen churches. 
Every church will cleave to their own 
way, and will unite in saying " there is no 

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need of those new things, the good old 
way is right ;" while at the same time 
they are walking in as many different ways 
as there are sects, and only agreed in per- 
secuting and speaking all manner of evil 
against the fishers and hunters^ whom God 
shall send. But, thank heaven, there are 
individuals in every sect who are humbly 
seeking the truth, and who will know the 
voice of truth, and be gathered out and 
planted in the new and everlasting cove- 
nant, and they will be adopted into the 
family of Israel, and will be gathered with 
them, and be partakers of the same cove- 
nant of promise. Yea, as Jeremiah says, 
in the 16th chapter of his prophecies, u the 
Gentiles shall come unto thee from the 
ends of the earth, and shall gay, 'surely 
our fathers have inherited lies, vanities, 
and things wherein there is no prophet.' " 
But as the Jews overlooked His first com- 
ings by not understanding the prophets, 
and concentrating their minds exclusively 
on His glorious coming in the last days to 
restore the kingdom to Israel, and avenge 
tbern of their enemies ; and by this mistake 
were broken and scattered : so the Gen- 
tiles will overlook the prophecies concern- 
ing His second coming, by confounding 



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thorn with, the last judgment, which is to 
take place more than a thousand years af- 
terward. But this fatal mistake, instead 
of causing the Gentiles to be broken and 
scattered, will cause them to be ground to 
powder. 

O ! my brethren aceording to the flesh, 
my soul mourns over you ; and had I a 
voice like a trumpet, I would cry, awake, 
awake, and arouse from your slumbers, for 
the time is fulfilled, your destruction is at 
the door ; " for I have heard from the Lord 
God of hosts, a consumption* even deter- 
mined upon the whole earth." Prepare 
to meet your God ! And again, awake, O! 
house of Israel, and lift up your heads, for 
your redemption drawetfa nigh : yea, De- 
part ye, Depart ye, go ye out frcm hence, 
gather home from your long dispersion ; 
rebuild your cities ; yea, go ye out from 
the nations, from one end of heaven to the 
other | but let not your flight be in haste, 
for the Lord shall go before you, and the 
God of Israel shall be your rearward. 
And finally, I would say to all* both Jews 
and Gentiles, repent ye, repent ye, for the 
great day of the Lord is at hand : for if I, 
who am a man,, do lift up my voice, and 
call upon you to repent, and ye hate ine. 
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what will ye say when the day cometh, 
when the thunders shall utter their voices 
to the ends of the earth, speaking to the 
ears of all that live, saying, " Repent, and 
prepare for the great day of the Lord." 
Yea, again, when the lightnings shall 
streak forth from the east unto the west f 
and shall utter forth their voices unto all 
that live, and make the ears of all that 
hear to tingle, saying these words, " re- 
pent ye, for the great day of the Lord iff 
come." And again, the Lord shall utter 
his voice out of heaven, saying, " hearken, 
O ye nations of the earth, and hear the 
wards- of that God who made you: O ye 
nations of the earth, how often woxtM I 
have gathered you together as a hen gath- 
ereth her chickens under her wings, but 
ye would not." "How often have I call- 
ed upon you by the mouth of my servants, 
and by the ministering of angels, and by 
mine own voice, and by the voice of thun- 
derings, and by the voice of lightnings, 
and by the voice of tempests, and by the 
voice of earthquakes and great hail-storms, 
and by the voice of famine, and pestilences 
of every kind, and by the great sound of a 
trumpet, and by the voice of judgements, 
and by the voice of mercy, all the day long. 



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and by the voice of glory and honor, and 
the riches of eternal life ; and would have 
saved you with an everlasting salvation, 
but you would not." "Behold the day 
has come, when the cup of the wrath of 



mine indignation is full ,: 



CHAPTER. Ill, 

THE KINGDOM OF GOD, 



" Seek first the Jcingdom of God." This 
was, the command of the Savor while he 
was on the earth, teaching the children of 
men. 

Having taken a general view of the ful- 
filled and unfulfilled prophecies, we will 
now proceed to fulfil this command, and 
search out the kingdom of God. But be- 
fore we proceed, I would again caution 
the reader not to proceed with me in this 
research, unless he is prepared to sacrifice 
every thing, even to his good name, and 
his life itself, if necessary, as a sacrifice 
for the truth ; for if he should once get a 
view of the kingdom of God, he will be 
so delighted that he never will rest satis- 
fled without becoming g, citizen of the 



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same. And yet it will be so unlike every 
other system of religion now on earth, that 
he will be astonished that any person with 
the Bible id his hand 3 should ever have 
mistaken any of the systems of men. for 
the kingdom of God. Now there are cer- 
tain powers, privileges, and blessings, per- 
taining to the kingdom of God, which are 
found in no other kingdom, nor enjoyed by 
any other people. By these things it was 
always distinguished from all other king- 
doms and systems, insomuch that the in- 
quirer who is seeking the kingdom of God, 
being once acquainted with these peculi- 
arities concerning it> need never mistake, 
or be at a loss to know when he has found 
it. But before we proceed any farther in 
our research, let us agree upon the mean- 
ing of the term, or the sense in which we 
will use it ; for some apply this term to the 
kingdom of glory above, and some to the 
individual enjoyments of their own souls, 
while others apply it to his organized gov- 
ernment on the earth. Now when w T e 
speak of the kingdom of God, we wish to 
be understood as speaking of his organiz- 
ed government on the earth. 

Now reader, we launch forth into the 
wide field before us, in search of a king- 



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dom. But stop, let us consider : what is a 
kingdom ? I reply, that four things are re- 
quired in order to constitute any kingdom, 
in heaven or on earth: namely 4 first, a 
king; secondly, commissioned officers duly 
qualified to execute his ordinances and 
laws 3 thirdly, a code of laws, by which the 
citizens are governed ; and fourthly, sub- 
jects who are governed. Now,* where 
these exist in their proper order and regu- 
lar authority 5 there is a kingdom : but 
where either of these cease to exist, there 
is a disorganization of the kingdom, con- 
sequently an end of the kingdom, until it 
is reorganized after the same manner as 
before. Now in this respect, the kingdom 
of God is like all other kingdoms ; where?- 
soever we find officers duly commissioned 
and qualified by the Lord Jesus, together 
with his ordinances and laws existing in 
purity, unmixed with any precepts or com- 
mandments of men; there the kingdom of 
God exists, and there his power is mani- 
fest, and his blessings enjoyed as in days 
of old, 

We shall now take a view of the setting 
up of the kingdom of God In the days of 
the ancient apostles. The first intimation 
of its near approach was by an angel to 



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Zechariah, promising him a son, who 
should go before the king to prepare his 
way. The next manifestation was to Mary, 
and then to Joseph, by an holy angel, pro- 
mising the birth of the Messiah ; while at 
the same time the Holy Ghost manifested 
unto Simeon that he should not die until 
he had seen the Savior. Thus, all these, 
together with the shepherds and the wise 
men from the east, began to rejoice with 
a joy unspeakable and full of glory, while 
the world around them knew not the oc- 
casion of their joy. After these things, all 
seemed to rest in silent expectation, until 
John had grown to manhood. " In those 
day came John the Baptist, preaching in 
the wilderness of Judea and saying, repent 
ye for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." 
He baptized unto repentance, telling them 
plainly that their king was already stand- 
ing among them on the point of setting up 
his kingdom. And while he yet minister- 
ed, the Messiah came, and was baptized 
and sealed with the Spirit of God, which 
rested upon Him in the form of a dove ; 
and soon after he began the same procla- 
'mation as John, saying " repent ye for the 
kingdom of heaven is at hand." Soon af- 
ter he chose twelve disciples, sent them 



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forth into all the cities of Judea, with the 
same proclamation : "the kingdom of 
heaven is at hand ;" and after them he 
sent seventy, and still another seventy, 
with the same news, so that all might be 
w T ell warned and prepared for a kingdom, 
which was soon to be organized amongst 
them. But when these things had pro- 
duced the desired effect, in causing a gen- 
eral expectation, more especially in the 
hearts of his disciples, who daily expected 
to triumph ever their persecutors, by the 
coronation of this glorious personage, 
while they themselves were hoping for a 
reward of all their toil and sacrifices for 
his sake, by being exalted to dignity near 
His person, what must have been their 
disappointment, when they saw their king 
taken and crucified, being mocked, derid- 
ed, ridiculed, and finally overcome and tri- 
umphed over both by Jew and Gentile? 
They would gladly have died in battle, to 
have placed him upon the throne; but 
tamely to submit without a struggle, to 
give up all their expectations, and sink in 
despair, from the highest pitch of enthusi- 
asm to the lowest degradation, was more 
than they could well endure. They shrunk 
back in sorrow, and turned every man un- 



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to his net, or to their several occupations, 
supposing that all was lost; probably with 
reflections like these : " is this the result 
of all our labors? Was it for this we for- 
sook all worldly objects, our friends, our 
houses, and lands, suffering persecution, 
hunger, fatigue, and disgrace? We trusted 
that it would have been he, who would 
have delivered Israel; but alas, they have 
killed him, and all is lost. For three years 
we have awakened a general expectation 
through all Judea, by telling them thet 
kingdom of heaven was at hand, but now 
our king is dead, how shall we dare to look 
the people in the face?" With these re- 
flections, each, pursuing his own course, 
all was again turned to silence, and the 
voice had ceased to be heard in Judea, 
crying, "repent ye, for the kingdom of 
heaven is at hand." Jesus slept in the 
arms of death ; a great stone with the seal 
of State secured the tomb where He lay, 
while the Roman guard stood in watchful 
silence, to see that all was kept secure, 
when suddenly from the regions of glory, 
a mighty angel descended, at whose pres- 
ence the soldiers fell back as dead men, 
while he rolled the stone from the door 
of the sepulchre, and the Son of God 



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awoke from His slumbers, burst the bands 
of death, and soon after appearing to 
Mary, He sent her to the disciples with 
the joyful news of His resurrection, and 
appointed a place to meet them. After 
seeing Him, all their sorrow was turned 
into joy, and all their former hopes were 
suddenly revived. They had no longer to 
cry, "the kingdom of heaven is at hand," 
but were to tarry at Jerusalem, until the 
kingdom was established, and until they 
were prepared to unlock the door of the 
kingdom, and to adopt strangers and for- 
eigners into it as legal citizens, by admin- 
istering certain laws and ordinances, which 
were invariably the laws of adoption ; 
without which no man could ever become 
a citizen. Having ascended up on high, 
and having been crowned with all power 
in heaven and on earth, He came again to 
His disciples and gave them their authori- 
ty, saying unto them : " Go ye into all the 
world, and preach the gospel to every 
creature. He that believeth and is bap- 
tized shall be saved, but he that believeth 
not shall be damned : and these signs shall 
follow them that believe: in my name 
shall they cast out devils ; they shall speak 
with new tongues ; they shall take up ser- 



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pents ; and if they clrink any deadly thing, 
it shall not hurt them ; they shall lay hands 
on the sick and they shall recover." Mark 
16 : 15-18. Now, I wish the reader would 
never forget this commission, until he un- 
derstands it, because, when he understands- 
it, he never need mistake the kingdom off 
God, but will at once discover those pecu- 
liarities, which were forever to distinguish 
it from all other kingdoms or religious 
systems on earth ; and lest he should mis- 
understand it, we will analyze it, and look 
at each part carefully in its own proper 
light. First, they were to preach the gos- 
pel, (or in other words, the glad tidings 
of a crucified and risen Redeemer) to all 
the world. Secondly, he that believeth,, 
and is baptized, shall be saved. Thirdly,, 
he that did not believe what they preach- 
ed should be damned ; and fourthly, these) 
signs should follow them that believe:: 
first, they are to cast out devils ; second, , 
to speak with new tongues; third, to take 
up serpents; fourth, if they drink any 
deadly thing, it shall not hurt them ; fifth, 
they were to lay hands on the sick, and 
they should recover. 

Now it is wilful blindness, or ignorance 
of the English language, that has ever 



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caused any misunderstanding here. For 
some do tell us that those signs were only 
to follow the apostles ; and others tell us 
that they were only to follow believers of 
that age. But Christ places the preach- 
ing, the believing, the salvation, and the 
signs that were to follow, all on an equal 
fooling. Where one was limited the other 
rriust be ; where one ceased, the other did. 
If the language limits these signs to the 
apostles, it limits faith and salvation also 
to them. If no others were to have these 
signs follow them, then no others were to 
believe, and no others were to be saved. 
If this commission limits these signs to 
the first age or ages of Christianity, then 
it limits salvation to the first ages of Chris- 
tianity; for one is precisely as much limit- 
ed as the other ; and where one is in force^ 
the other is, and where one ends the other 
must stop. And as well might we say 
preaching of the gospel is no longer need- 
ed ; faith is no longer needed ; salvation is 
no longer needed ; they were only given 
at first to establish the gospel : as to say 
these signs are no longer necessary, they 
were only given at first to establish the 
gospel. But says the astonished reader^ 
have not these signs ceased from among 



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men ? I reply, prove that they have ceased^ 
and it will prove that the gospel has ceased 
to be preached, and that men have ceased 
to believe and be saved, and that the world 
is without the kingdom of God ; or else it 
will prove that Jesus Christ was an impos- 
tor, and his- promises of no elect. 

Now,« having analyzed and understood 
this commission, let us still pursue the sub- 
ject of the organization of the kingdom of 
God, in the days of the apostles. The 
Savior having given them their authority,, 
commands them to tarry, and not under- 
take their mission, until they were endow- 
ed with power irom on high. But why 
this delay? because no man was ever qual- 
ified., or ever will be, to preach that gospel,, 
and teach all things whatsoever Jesus 
commanded them, without the Holy Ghost * f 
and a very different Holy Ghost too, from 
the one now enjoyed by men who are not 
inspired: for the Holy Ghost of which 
Jesus spake would guide into all truth, . 
bring all things to remembrance, whatso- 
ever he had said unto them, and show them 
things to come y and enable them to speak 
in all the languages of the earth. Now a 
man who preaches, needs that Holy Ghost 
very much ; first, to guide into all truth, 



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that lie may know what to teach; second? 
to strengthen his memory, lest he might 
neglect to teach some ok the things which 
weie commanded them;- and third, he 
needs it to know things to come, (and that 
would constitute him a prophet,) that he 
might forewarn his hearers of approach- 
ing danger. From this, the reader may 
see how careful Jesus was, that none should 
preach his gospel without the Holy Ghost. 
He may also learn how different the Spirit 
of truth is, from the spirits now abroad in 
the earth, deceiving the. world, under the 
name of the Holy Ghost. If the churches 
of the present clay have the Holy Ghost? 
why are they so much at a loss to under- 
stand truth? Why do they walk in so 
many different ways and doctrines? Why 
do they need whole libraries of sermons^ 
tracts, divinities, debates, arguments and 
opinions^all written by the wisdom of men^ 
without even professing to be inspired ? 
Well doth the Lord complain, saying, 
cc their fear toward me is taught by the' 
precept of men." 

But to return, the apostles tarried at Je- 
rusalem, until endowed w:tn power, and 
then they commenced to proclaim the 
gospel, We have found that there is in 

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the kingdom of God, first, a king, crown-' 
ed at the right hand of God $ to whom \$ 
committed all power in heaven and on 
earth: Second, commissioned officers, duly- 
appointed to administer the affairs of Gov- 
ernment: Third, the laws by which they 
were to be governed, which are all 

THINGS WHATSOEVER JESTJS HAD COMMAND- 
ED HIS DISCIPLES TO TEaCH TIIEit. 

. And now if we can find how T men be- 
came citizens of that kingdom, in that age.- 
We shall be very much dissatisfied with 
every thing in our age, which is represent- 
ed to be the kingdom of God, and which 
is not according to the pattern. 

There were no natural born subjects 
Of the kingdom of God, except infants.- 
Jesus said, 4i suffer little children to come 
unto me and forbid them not for of such is 
the kingdom of heaven." When they ar- 
rive to years of accountability they lose 
their citizenship in the kingdom, unless 
they are born of water and of the Spirit. 
Except infants, both Jews and Gentiles are 
included in sin and unbelief; and none can 
be citizens" without the law of adoption^ 
and all that believed on the name of the 
king, could be adopted : but there was but 
one invariable rule or plan by which they 



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were adopted; and all that undertook to 
claim citizenship in any oilier way what-* 
fever, were counted thieves and rubbers, 
and could never obtain the seal of adop? 
tion. This rule was laid down in the Sa- 
vior's teaching to Nicodemus, namely, 
"except a man be born of water (that is, 
baptized in water) and of the Spirit (that 
is, baptized with the Spirit,) he cannot em 
Jer into the kingdom of God." 

'Now to Peter James and John were 
given the keys of the kingdom, therefore 
it was their duty to open the kingdom to 
the Jews, and to the Gentiles. We will 
therefore carefully examine the manner in 
which Peter did adopt the Jews into the 
kingdom, at the day of Pentecost. 

Now when the multitude came running 
together on the day of Pentecost, the apos- 
tle Peter reasoned with them from the 
Scriptures, testifying of Jesus Christ, and 
his resurrection and ascension upon high, 
Insomuch that many became convinced of 
the truth, and inquired what they should 
do. These were not Christians, but they 
were people who were that moment com 
vinced that Jesus was the Christ, and be- 
cause they were convinced of this fact, 
thev inquired, "what shall we do?" Then 



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Peter said unto them, " repent and be 
baptized, every one of yon, in the name of 
Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and 
you shall receive the gift of the Holy 
•Ghost; for the promise is unto you and 
your children, and to all that are afar off, 
even as many as the Lord our God shall 
call." My reader, do you understand this 
-proclamation ? If you do, you will see that 
this gospel is not generally preached in 
modern times. Let us therefore analyze 
and examine it sentence by sentence. You 
recollect they already believed, and the 
next thing was for them to repent : first, 
faith ; second, repentance ; third, baptism ; 
-fourth, remission of sins ; and fifth the 
Holy Ghost. This was the order of the 
•gospel. Faith gave the power to become 
sons, or citizens; repentance and baptism 
in his name, was the obedience through 
which they were adopted : and the Holy 
Spirit of promise was the seal of their 
adoption, and this they were sure to re- 
ceive if they would obey. Now, reader^ 
where do you hear such preaching in our 
day ? Who teaches that those who believe 
and repent, should be baptized, and none 
others ? Perhaps the reader may say the 
.J3aptists do ; but do they call upon men tQ 



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be baptized as soon as they believe and 
repent? And moreover, do they promise 
the remission of sins, with the gift of the 
Holy Ghost? Recollect now, what effect 
the Holy Ghost has upon people who re- 
ceive it. It will guide them into all truth, 
strengthen the memory, and show them 
things to come. And Joel has said, it 
would cause them to dream dreams, to see 
visions, and to prophecy. O ! my reader, 
where do you find a gospel like this preach- 
ed among ni^n? Would men go mourning 
for weeks npon weeks, without the for- 
giveness of sins, or the comfort of the 
Holy Spirit, if Peter stood among us, to 
tell us precisely how to get such blessings ? 
Now what would you think of a camp 
meeting, where three thousand men should 
eome forward to be prayed for, and one 
of the ministers should (Peter like,) com- 
mand them every one to repent and be 
baptized for the remission of sins, promis- 
ing that all who obeyed, should receive 
the remission of sms, and the gift of the 
Holy Ghost, which should cause them to 
dream dreams and prophesy; and then 
should arise with his brethren of the same 
calling, and the same hour commence 
baptizing, and continue until they had 
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baptized them all; and the Holy Ghost 
should fall upon them, and they begin to 
see visions, speak in other tongues and 
prophesy ? Would not the news go abroad 
far and wide, that a new doctrine had 
made its appearance, quite different from 
any thing now practiced among men ? O 
yes, says the reader, this to be sure would 
be something new, and very strange to all 
of us. Well, strange as it may seem, it is 
the gospel, which was preached by Peter 
on the day of Pentecost, and Paul declares 
that he preached the same gospel that Pe- 
ter did, and he has also said, " though we 
or an angel from heaven, preach any other 
gospel, let him be accursed." Now the 
reader need no longer be astonished to see 
that these signs do not follow them that 
believe another gospel, or doctrine, dif- 
ferent from that preached by the apostles. 
But now let us return to the kingdom of 
God organized in the days of the apostles. 
You discover that three thousand persons 
were adopted into the kingdom on the first 
day that the door was opened. These, 
together with the numerous additions 
which were after wards made, were the 
subjects of this kingdom ; which being fitly 
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in the Lord. Thus we have cleared away 
the rubbish of sectarian tradition, and su- 
perstition, which arose in heaps around us ; 
and having searched carefully, we have at 
length discovered the kingdom of God, as 
it existed at its first orgapization, in the 
days of the apostles; and we have seen 
that it differs widely from all modern sys- 
tems of religion, both in its offices, ordir 
nances, powers, and privileges, insomuch 
that no man need ever mistake the one for 
the -other. 

Having made this discovery, we shal} 
proceed to examine the progress of that 
kingdom, among Jews and Gentiles ; and 
what were its fruits, and what were the 
gifts and blessings which were enjoyed by 
its citizens. 

Soon after the organization of the kingr 
dorn of God at Jerusalem, Philip came to 
Samaria, and there preached the gospel 5 
and when they believed Philip, they were 
baptized, both men and women, ami had 
great joy. And afterwards, Peter and 
John came from Jerusalem, and prayed 
and laid their hands on them, and they re- 
ceived the Holy Ghost. Mark here, they 
first believed, and then were baptized, 
having great joy, and yet had not received 



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the Holy Ghost. But that was given af- 
terwards, by the laying on of hands and 
prayer, in the name of Jesus. O, how dif- 
ferent from the systems of men ! ' 

Witness Paul's conversion while on his 
journey to Damascus. The Lord Jesus 
appeared to him in the way, but instead 
of telling him that his sins were forgiven, 
and pouring the Holy Ghost upon him, he 
sent him to Damascus, telling him, that it 
should there be told him what he should 
do, and coming to Damascus, Ananias 
being sent, commanded him not to tarry, 
but to " arise and be baptized, and wash 
away his sins, calling on the name of the 
LorcL" Then he arose and was baptized, 
and was even filled with the Holy Ghost, 
and straightway preached that Jesus was 
the Christ. 

Witness Peter going to Cornelius, a 
Gentile of great piety, whose prayers were 
heard, and whose alms were remembered, 
and who had even attained to the minis- 
tering of an angel ; yet with all his piety, 
and the Holy Ghost poured out upon him 
•a-ncl his friends before they were baptized, 
they must be baptized, or they could not 
be saved. Why ? because the Lord had 
£onniaanded the apostles to preach to 



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-every creature, and every creature who 
would not believe and be baptized, should 
be damned, without one exception. Wit- 
ness the words of the angel to Cornelius : 
P he (Peter) shall tell you words, whereby 
thou and all thy house shall be saved." 
Now query, could Cornelius have been 
saved without obeying the words of Peter ? 
If so, the angel's errand was in A^ain. 

Now, perhaps a minister, who should 
find a man as good as Cornelius was, 
would say to him, go on brother, you can 
be saved, you have experienced religion, 
you may indeed be baptized to answer a 
good conscience, if you feel that it is your 
duty, or if not, it makes no difference, for 
a new heart is all that is really necessary 
to salvation, &c. As much as to say, that 
the commandments of Jesus are not abso- 
lutely necessary to salvation ; a man may 
call him Lord, Lord, and be saved, just as 
well as by keeping his commandments. O 
vain and foolish doctrine ! O ye children 
of men, how have you perverted the gos- 
pel ! In vain do ye call him Lord, Lord^ 
and do not obey his commandments. 

Next we call to mind the jailer and hit; 
household, who were baptized in the same 
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the day, and Lydia and her household, 1 .! 
who attended to the ordinance, the. first 
sermon they heard on the subject. 

Also, Philip and the Eunuch, who stoprj 
ped the chariot, at the first water they 
jsarne to, in order to attend to the ordi- 
nance, and they had only heard of Jesus a 
few minutes before. Now, I gather from, 
all those examples of ancient days, and 
from the precepts laid d«»wn in them, that 
baptism was the initiating ordinance, by 
which all those who believed and repented 
were received and adopted into the church 
or kingdom of God, so as to be entitled to 
the remission of sins, and the blessings of 
the Holy Ghost. Indeed it was the ordi* 
nance through which thev became sons 
and daughters; and been use they werei; 
sons, the Lord shed forth the Spirit of his 
Son into their hearts, crying abba, Father. 
It is true that, the Lord poured out thp 
Holy Ghost upon Cornelius and his friends, 
before they were baptized, but it seemed 
necessary in order to convince the believ- 
ing Jews, that the Gentiles also had part 
in this salvation. After the apostles com? 
menced to preach, I believe, this is tho 
only instance in the whole record, of peo- 
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first obeying the laws of adoption. But 
mark! Obeying the laws of adoption; 
would not constitute a man an heir of the 
kingdom, — a citizen entitled to the bles- 
sings and gifts of the Spirit, unless these 
laws and ordinances, were administered 
by one who had proper authority, and was 
duly commissioned from the king; and a 
Commission given to one individual could 
never authorize another to act in his stead. 
This is one of the most important points, 
and it should be understood, ior it brings 
to the test every minister in Christendom 5 
and shows the illegality of the organiza- 
tion of every church on earth, and all that 
[lave existed since direct inspiration ceased. 
Now in order to Understand this subject 
In plainness; let us examine the constitu- 
tions of earthly governments, in regard to 
the authority and laws of adoption. We' 
will say for instance^ the king or chief ru- 
ler of a nation- writes a commission to A, 
B., duly authorizing him to act in some 
office in the government, and during his 
administration, two gentlemen from an- 
other nation, come to reside in that nation^ 
and being strangers and foreigners, to' 
become citizens, they go before A. B. and 
he administers the oath of allegiance in 



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clue form, and certifies the same, and this 
constitutes them legal citizens, entitled to 
all privileges of natural born citizens, or 
subjects. 

After these things A, B. dies, and C. D.- 
in looking over his papers, happens to find 
the commission given to A. B., and apply- 
ing it to his own use, assumes the vacant 
office. Then two foreigners arrive and 
apply for citizenship, and being informed 
by persons ignorant of the affairs of gov- 
ernment, that C. D. could administer the 
laws of adoption, they submit to be ad- 
ministered unto by C. D., without once 
examining his authority ; C. D. certifies of 
their citizenship^ and they suppose they 
have been legally adopted, the same as 
the others, and are entitled to all the priv- 
ileges of citizenship. But by and byy- 
their citizenship is called in question, and 
they produce the certificate of G. D. The 
king or chief ruler inquires, " who is C* 
D., I never gave him a commission to act- 
in any office, I know him not, and you are 
strangers and foreigners to the common* 
wealth, until you go before the legally ap* 
pointed successor of A. B., or some other 
of like authority, who has a commission; 
from me, direct in my own name. 75 In %h& 



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mean time, C. D. is taken and punished 
according, to law, for practising imposi- 
tion, and usurping authority, which was 
never conferred upon him. And so it is 
with the kingdom of God. The Lord au- 
thorized the apostles and others by direct 
revelation, and by the spirit of prophecy ; 
to preach and baptize^ and build up his 
church and kingdom ; but after a while 
they died, and a long time passed away, 
and men reading over their commission, 
where it says to the eleven apostles, " go 
ye into all the world and preach the gos- 
pel to every creature," &c, they have had 
the presumption to apply these sayings as 
their authority, and without any other 
commission have gone forth professing to 
preach the gospel, and baptize, and build 
up the church and kingdom of God - f but 
those whom they baptize^ never receive 
the same blessings and gifts, which char- 
acterized a saint or citizen of the kingdom^ 
in the days of the apostles. Why ? Be- 
cause they are yet foreigners and stran- 
gers, for the commission given to the apos- 
tles, never commissioned any other man 
to act in their stead. This was a preroga- 
tive the Lord reserved unto himself. No 
man has a right to take this ministry upoa 



himself, but he that is failed by revelation, 
and duly qualified to act in his calling, by 
the Holy Ghost; But the reader enquires 
with astonishment, " what! is none of all 
the ministers of the present day called to 
the ministry, and legally commissioned ?" 
Well, my reader, I will tell you how you 
iriay ascertain from their own mouths, and 
that will be far better than for me to an- 
swer. Go to the clergy, and ask them if 
God has given any direct revelation since 
the New Testament was finished ; inquire 
of them whether the gift of prophecy ceas- 
ed with the early age of the church ; and 
in short, ask them if revelations, prophets, 
the ministering of angels, &c, are needed 
or expected in these days, or whether they 
believe that these things are done away^ 
no more to return to the earth ? And 
their answer will be, that the Bible con- 
tains sufficient, and since the canon of 
scripture was filled, revelation has ceased j 
the Spirit of prophecy has ceased, and the 
ministering of angels has ceased, because 
it is no longer needed. In short, they 
will denounce every man as an imposter 
who pretends to any such thing ; and when 
you have obtained this answer, ask them, 
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commissioned to preach the gospel, and 
they will be at a loss to answer you, and 
will finally tell you the Bible commission 
ed them: saying, go ye into all the world, 
&c. Thus you see, all who have no direct 
revelation from the king of heaven to thenir 
selves, neither by angels, nor the voice of 
God, nor by the Spirit of prophecy : are 
acting under authority which was given, 
to others, who are dead, and their com- 
mission stolen, and their authority usurp- 
ed : and the king will say, " Peter I know, 
and Paul I know, I commissioned them, 
but who are you ? I know you not, I 
never spoke to you in your life, indeed you 
believed it was not necessary for me to 
speak in your day. Therefor you never 
sought in faith for any revelation, and I 
never gave you any, and even when I 
spake to others, you mocked them, and 
called them imposters, and persecuted 
them, because they testified of the things 
I had said unto them : therefore depart 
from me ye cursed, into everlasting fire 
prepared for the devil and his angels, for 
I was an hungered and ye fed me not, I 
was naked, and ye clothed me not, I was 
a stranger, and ye took me not in, sick and 
in prison, and ye visited me not." " Ah ! 



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Lord, when did we fail in an) r of these 
things V" M Inasmuch as you have not 
done it unto the least of these, my breth- 
ren, (taking them for imposters, because 
they testified of the things which I have 
revealed unto them,) ye have not done it 
unto me." 

Having examined the kingdom of God, 
as to its offices and ordinances, and hav- 
ing discovered the only means of being : 
adopted into it, let us examine more fully, 
what are the blessings, privileges, and en- 
joyments of its citizens. You have al- 
ready seen, that they were to cast outs 
devils, speak with new tongues, heal the 
sick by the laying on of hands in the name 
of Jesus, as well as to see visions, dream 
dreams, prophesy, &c. 

But let us look at the kingdom in its or- 
ganized state, and see whether these prom- 
ises were verified to Jews and Gentiles, 
wheresoever the kingdom of God was 
found in all ages of the world. 

Paul wrote, first, " to the Church of 
God at Corinth ;" second, & to them that 
are sanctified in Christ Jesus;" third, " to 
them who are called to be saints ;" and 
fourth, " to all that in every place call on 
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said to them all, in 1 Cor. 12: 1, "now, 
concerning spiritual gifts, brethren I would 
not have you ignorant." And then con- 
tinuing his instructions a few verses fur- 
ther on, he says, "but the manifestation 
of the Spirit is given to every man to 
profit withal. For to one is given by the 
Spirit the word of wisdom ; to another, 
the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 
to another, faith by the same Spirit ; to 
another, the gift of healing by the same 
Spirit; to another, the working of mira- 
cles ; to another, prophecy ; to another, 
discerning of spirits ; to another, divers 
kinds of tongues ; to another, the inter- 
pretation of tongues ; but all these work- 
eth that one and the self- same Spirit, di- 
viding to every man severally as He 
{Christ) will. For as the body is one, 
and hath many members, and all the mem- 
bers of that one body, being many, are 
one body : so also is Christ. For by one 
Spirit are we all baptized into one body, 
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether 
we be bond or free ; and have been all 
made to drink into one Spirit. For the 
body is not one member, but many. If 
the foot shall say because I am not the 
hand, I am not of the body ; is it there- 
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fore not of the body? And if the ear 
shall say, because I am not the eye, I ami 
not of the body ; is it therefore not of the 
body? If the whole body were an eye, 
wherg were the smelling ? But now hath 
God set the members every one of them 
in the body, as it hath pleased him. And 
if they were all one member, where- were 
the body?" I reply, it would not exist. 
"But now are they many members, yet 
but one body. And the eye cannot say 
unto the hand, I have no need of thee ; 
nor again, the head to the feet, I have no 
need of you. Nay, much more those 
members of the body, which seem to bo 
more feeble, are necessary : and those 
members of the body, which we think to 
be less honorable, upon these we bestow 
more abundant honor ; and our uncomely 
parts have more abundant comeliness. 
For our comely parts have no need: but 
God hath tempered the body together, 
having given more abundant honor to that 
part which lacketh : that there should be 
no schism in the body ; but that the mem- 
bers should have the same care one for 
another. And whether one member suf- 
fer, all the members suffer with it; or one 
member be honored, all the members re- 



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joice with it. Now ye are the body of 
Christ, and members in particular. And 
God hath set some in the church, first 
apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly 
teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of 
healing, helps ; governments, diversities of 
tongues. Are all apostles, are all proph- 
ets, are all teachers, are all workers of 
miracles, have all the gifts of healing, do 
all speak with tongues, do all interpret. 
But covet earnestly the best gifts : and 
yet shew I unto you a more excellent way." 
From the 13th verse of the above chapter, 
we learn that the apostle is still speaking 
to the whole church in all ages, whether 
Jews or Gentiles, bond or free, even all 
who should ever compose the body of 
Christ, and showing that Christ's body 
consisted of many members, baptized by 
one Spirit into one body, possessing all 
these different gifts, some one gift and 
some another ; and then he expressly says, 
that one member possessing one gift, should 
not say to another member, possessing an- 
other gift, we have no need of thee. And 
having shown that apostles, prophets, 
evangelists, pastors, and teachers; togeth- 
er with the gifts of prophecy, miracles, 
healing and ail other gifts, to compose the 
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fchurch. or body of Christ, in any age, both 
among Jews and Gentiles, bond and free ; 
and having utterly forbidden any of the 
members ever to say, of any of these gifts ; 
we have no need of thee ; he declares that 
the body never could be perfected without 
all of them, and that if they were done 
away, there would be no body, that is, no 
Church of Christ in existence. Having 
shown all these things, clearly, he exhorts 
them to covet earnestly the best gifts* 
And in the 13th chapter he exhorts them 
to have faith, hope and charity, without 
which all these gifts would avail them 
nothing: and in the 14th chapter repeats 
the exhortation, " follow after charity, and 
desire spiritual gifts ; but rather that ye 
prophesy." In Eph. 1 : 17> Paul prays 
that the Lord would give unto the church 
the Spirit of wisdom, and of eevelation, 
in the knowledge of God. In Eph. 4j 
he tells them, there is one body, and one 
Lord, one Spirit, one faith and one bap- 
tism ; and that Christ ascended up on 
high, led captivity captive, and gave gifts 
to men, and he gave some apostles, and. 
some prophets, and some evangelists, and 
some pastors and teachers, and if the read- 
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for, let him read v. 12 : " for the perfect- 
ing of the saints for the work of the min- 
istry, for the edifying of the body of 
Christ;" To show how long these were 
to continue, v. 13 says, u till we all come 
in the unity of the faith, and of the knowl- 
edge of the Son of God, unto a perfect 
man, unto the measure, of the stature of 
the fulness of Christ." And if he still in- 
quires what further object Christ had in 
giving these gifts, let him read verse 14th, 
K that we henceforth be no more children, 
tossed to and fro, and carried about with 
every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of 
men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they 
lie in wait to deceive." 

Now, without these gifts and offices, 
first, the saints cannot be perfected ; sec- 
ond, the work of the ministry cannot pro- 
ceed i third, the body of Christ cannot be 
edified ; and fourth, there is nothing to 
prevent them from being carried about 
with every wind of doctrine. Now, I 
boldly declare that the reason for all the 
division, confusion, jars, discords and ani- 
mosities ; and the reason of so many faiths, 
lords, baptisms, and spirits ; yea, the rea- 
son that their understanding is darkened, 
and that they are alienated from the life 
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of God, through the ignorance that is in 
them, because of the blindness of their 
hearts; is all because they have no apos- 
tles and prophets, and other gifts, inspired 
from on high, to whom they give heed ; 
for if they had such gifts and would give 
heed unto them, they would be built up in 
one body, in the pure doctrine of Christ, 
having one Lord, one faith, and one bap- 
tism, one hope of their calling; yea, they 
would be edified, built up unto Christ in 
all things, in whom the whole body fitly 
joined together, would grow into an holy 
temple in the Lord. 

But so long as men, by their cunning' 
craftiness can persuade them that they 
have no need of these things, so long they 
can toss them about, with every wind of 
doctrine, just as they please. 

Now^ reader, I have done our examina- 
tion of the kingdom of God, as it existed 
in the apostles' days ; and we cannot look 
at it in any 'sub sequent age, until it was 
renewed again in the last days, for it nev- 
er did, and never will exist, without apos- 
tles and prophets, and all other gifts of 
the Spirit. 

Were we to take a view of the churches, 
from the days that inspiration ceased, un- 



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til now, we should see nothing like the 
kingdom which we have been viewing 
with such admiration and delight. But 
Instead of apostles and prophets, we would 
see false teachers whom men had heaped 
to themselves, and instead of the gifts of 
the Spirit, we should see the wisdom, of 
men; and instead of the Holy Ghosc, 
many false spirits; instead of the ordinan- 
ces of God, commandments of men ; in- 
stead of knowledge, opinion; guess work, 
instead of revelation ; division, instead of 
anion ; doubt, instead of faith ; despair, 
instead of hope ; hatred, instead of chari- 
y ; a physician, instead of the laying on of 
bands for the healing of the sick ; fables, in 
stead of truth ; evil, instead of good ; dark- 
ness, instead of light ; and in a w r ord, Anti- 
Christ instead of Christ ; the powers of 
sarth, having made war with the saints, and 
Dvercome them, until the words of God 
should be fulfilled. O my God, shut up the 
vision ! for my heart sickens while I gaze ; 
and let the day hasten on when the earth 
shall be cleansed by fire, from such awful 
pollutions: but, first, let thy promise be 
fulfilled, which thou didst make bv the 
mouth of thy prophet Jeremiah, concern- 
ing "thy people, the remnant of Israel," 



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Saying, " behold, I will bring them from 
the north country, and gather them from 
the coasts of the earth. * * * They shall 
come and sing in the hight of Zion$ and 
shall flow together to the goodness of the 
Lord, tor wheat, and for wine, and for oil* 
and for the young of the flock and the 
herd : and their soul shall be as a watered 
garden ; and they shall not sorrow any 
more at all." Je'r. 31 : 8, 12. 



CHAPTER. IV* 



BOOK OF MORMON— ORIGIN OF THE AMERI^- 
CAN INDIANS, &g. 

Ye gloomy scenes ! far hence, intrude no more I 
Sublimer themes, invite the muse to soar 
In loftier strains, while scenes both strange and new, 
Burst on the sight, and open to the view. 

Lo ! from the opening heavens in bright arra) r , 
An angel comes — to earth he bends his way ; 
Reveals to man, in power, as at the first, 
The fulness of the Gospel long since lost* 

See earth obedient, from its bosom yield. 
The sacred truth, it faithfully concealed, 
The wise confounded, startled at the sight, 
The proud and haughty tremble with af right* 

The hireling priests against the truth engage, 
While hell beneath, stands trembling, tilled with rags ; 



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talse are their hopes, and all their struggles Taitij 
Their craft must fall, and with it, all their gain ; 
The deaf must hear, the meek their joy increase; 
The poor be glad, and their oppressions cease; 

While darkness covered the earth, and 
gross darkness the people, every man 
walking in his own way, and looking for 
his gain from his quarter ; the Lord hav- 
ing for a long time holden his peace, and 
the people fondly flattering themselves* 
that the voice of inspiration would never 
again sound in the ears of mortals* to dis- 
turb or molest them in their sinful career \ 
while a few were looking for the consola- 
lion of Israel, and crying to God, for the 
ushering in of that long expected day* 
when an angel should rly through the 
midst of heaven, having the everlasting 
gospel to preach unto them that dwell on 
the earth. Suddenly a voice is heard 
from the wilderness, a Cry salutes the ears 
of mortals, a testimony is. heard among 
them, piercing to the inmost recesses of 
their hearts, when all at once the heathen 
begin to rage, and the people to imagine 
a vain thing ; the clergy lift a warning 
voice, crying, im poster, false prophets, be* 
ware, of delusion, &c; while the professor 
of religion, the drunkard, the swearer, the 



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learned, and the ignorant soon catch the 
sound and reiterate it, again and again. 
Thus it re-echoes from one end of our 
country to the other for a long time, and| 
if any one should be so fortunate as to re-l 
tain his sober senses, and should candidly;! 1 
inquire, what is the matter? the reply is,ji 
we hardly know anything about it; but, 
suffice it to say, some fellows have made 
their appearance, Paul like, who testify 
something about the ministering of angels, j 
or some revelation or inspiration ; just as j 
though the religion of ancient days, and 
the faith once delivered to the saints was 
returning to the earth in this enlightened 
age, so that not only this our craft is in 
danger ; but our modern systems of reli- 
gion, built upon the wisdom and learning ; 
of men without direct inspiration, are like 
to be spoken against, and her great mag- 
nificence despised whom all the world 
worship. And then all again cry with a 
loud voice, saying, great is the wisdom of 
man, great are the systems of modern di- 
vinity, great is the wisdom of uninspired 
priests who come unto us, with excellency 
of speech, and with man's wisdom, deter- 
mined to know nothing among us,»sa\e 
the opinions and creeds of their own, and 



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their speech, and their preaching, is with 
enticing words of man's wisdom, not in 
demonstration of the Spirit, and of power, 
for that is done away, that our faith should 
not stand in the power of God, bat in the 
wisdom of men. 

In the midst of the noise and clamour, 
and prejudice of an opposing world, it is 
difficult to get the people to understand 
the facts of the case, in relation to one of 
the most important subjects ever presented 
to the consideration of mankind. 

The Book of Mormon has perhaps been 
less understood and more misrepresented 
by the world at large, than any other pub- 
lication which ever appeared. America 
and England have, as it were, been flood- 
ed with publications against the said book, 
and many of them were written by those 
who had never seen the book, or -by those 
who had only read one or two pages in it, 
or slightly looked it through with a biased 
mind, and a determination to find fault, 
By some of these it has been represented 
as a romance. By others as a new Bible, 
calculated to displace or do away with the 
Bible. Some have pronounced it as a 
" silly mess of stuff," not worth the peru- 
sal ; and others as the most ingenious lite- 



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rary work ever put together. Some have 
found fault with it for being so much like 
the Bible, and agreeing with it, and oth- 
ers have condemned it as being not enough 
like the Bible, and disagreeing with it. 
Some have denounced it as notoriously 
corrupt, immoral and blasphemous in its 
principles ; and others have condemned it 
for being so exceedingly pure and moral 
in its principles as to be just calculated to 
deceive. One clergyman in particular, in 
a tract of sixty pages on this book, con- 
demns it for being " a strange mixture of 
faith and works of the mercy of God and 
the obedience of the creature" Some lit- 
erary persons have pronounced it as alto- 
gether ancient in its style, language, and 
subjects, and as bearing great internal evi- 
dence of its own antiquity, while others 
have condemned it as bearing every mark 
of being a modern production. Some 
have said that there were no definite pre. 
dictions of the future contained in it, by 
the fulfillment or failure of which its pro- 
phetic merits might be tested ; and others 
have quoted largely from its most plain 
and pointed predictions which relate to cir- 
cumstances about to be fulfilled, and have 
condemned it on account of itft plainness. 



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In the midst of all these jarring state- 
ments, it now becomes our duty to show 
as far as possible what the Book of Mor- 
mon really is. 

When the Lord confounded the lan- 
guages at Babel, He led forth a colony 
from thence to the western continent, 
which is now called America. This colo- 
ny after crossing the ocean in eight ves- 
sels, and landing in this country, became 
in process of time a great nation. They 
inhabited America for some fifteen hun- 
dred years. They were at length de- 
stroyed for their wickedness, about six 
hundred years before Christ. A prophet 
by the name of Ether wrote their history, 
and an account of their destruction. 
Ether lived to witness their entire de- 
struction, and deposited his record where 
it was afterwards found by a colony of 
Israelites, who came from Jerusalem, six 
hundred years before Christ, and re-peo- 
pled America. This last colony were de- 
scendants of the tribe of Joseph. They 
grew and multiplied, and finally became 
two mighty nations. One of these na- 
tions was called Nephites • Nephi being 
their founder ; the other were called La- 
manites, after a leader of the name of 



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Laman. The Lamanites became a dark 
and benighted people, of whom the Amer- 
ican Indians are still a remnant. The 'Ne- 
phites were an enlightened and civilized 
people, and a people highly favored of the 
Lordj who had visions, angels, and the 
gift of prophecy among them from age to: 
&ge, and finally, they were blessed with ai 
personal appearance of Jesus Christ afteri 
His resurrection : from whose mouth thev* 
received the doctrine of tlie gospel, and a 
knowledge of the future, down through all 
succeed in or acres. But after all the bles- 
sings and privileges were conferred upon 
them, they fell into great wickedness in 
the third and fourth centuries of the Chris- 
tian era, and finally were destroyed by the: 1 
hands of the Lamanites. This destruc- •; 
tion took place about four hundred years- 
after Christ. 

Mormon lived in that age of the world, 
and was a Nephite, and a prophet of the 
Lord. He, by the commandment of the 
Lord, made an abridgment of the sacred 
records which contained the history of his 
forefathers, and the prophecies and gospel 
which had been revealed among them ; to 
which he added a sketch of the history of 
his own time, and the destruction of his- 



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mtion. Previous to his death the abridg- 
ed records fell into the hands of his son, 
Moroni, who continued them down to A. 
3. 420, at which time he deposited them 
carefully in the earth, oh a hill which was 
hen called Cumor^h, which is situated in 
Ontario Co., township of Manchester, and 
State of New York, North America. This 
le did in order to preserve them from the 
jamanites, who overrun the country and 
loiight to destroy them, and ail the rec- 
>rds pertaining to the Nephites. This 
•ecord has lain concealed, or sealed up 
rom A. D. 420, to September 22nd, 1827. 
It which time it was found by Mr. Joseph 
Smith, jun., he being directed by an angel 
)f the Lord to go, and obtain them. 

The following account of the discovery 
ind translation of this record is extracted 
rom a tract by Elder Orson Pratt, pub^ 
ished at Edinburgh, 1840, entitled, "Re- 
narkable Visions," &c, to which our read- 
ers are referred for further particulars : 

" How far below the surface these rec- 
>rds were (anciently) placed, I am unable 
)0 say ; but from the fact, that they had 
)een some fourteen hundred years buried, 
md that, too, on the side of a hill so steep, 
)ne is ready to conclude, that they were 

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some feet below, as the earth would natu- 
rally wear, more or less, in that length oi 
time. But they, being placed toward the 
top of the hill, the ground would not re- 
move as much as at two-thirds, perhaps. 
Another circumstance "would prevent the 
wearing of the earth : in all probability, 
as soon as timber had time to grow, the 
bill was covered, and the roots of the same 
would hold the surface. Howe\er, on this 
point, I shall leave every man to draw his 
own conclusion, and form his own specu- 
lation. But, suffice to say, a hole of suffi- 
cient depth was dug. At the bottom oi 
this was laid a stone of suitable size, the 
tipper surface being smooth. At each edge 
was placed a large quantity of cement, and 
into this cement, at the four edges of this 
stone, were placed erect four others ; their 
bottom edges resting in the cement, at the 
outer edges of the first stone. The fours 
last named, when placed erect, formed a 1 
box : the corners, or where the edges of 
the four came in contact, were also ce- 
mented so firmly, that the moisture from 
without was prevented from entering. It 
is to be observed, also, that the inner sur- 
faces of the four erect or side stones, were! 
smooth. This box was sufficiently larga* 



l$l 



6 admit a breast-plate, such as was usee! 
>y the ancients, to defend the chest, &c. f 
roni the arrows and weapons of their ene° 
ny. From the bottom of the box, or from 
he breast-plate^ arose three small pillars^ 
'omposed of the same description of ce- 
dent used on the edges ; and upon these 
hree pillars were placed the records. 
fhis box containing the records, was cov- 
red with another stoile, the bottom sur- 
ace being ilat, and the upper crowning, 
Vhen it was first visited by Mr. Smith, on 
he morning of the 22nd of September? 
823, a part of the crowning stone was 
isible above the surface, while the edges 
rere concealed by the soil and grass.- 
horn which circumstance, it may be seen, 
hat however deep this box might have 
reen placed at first, the time had been suf- 
teient to wear the earth, so that it was ea- 
ily discovered, when onee directed, and 
r et, not enough to make a perceivable dif- 
ference to the passer by. After arriving' 
it the repository, a little exertion in re mo- 
r ing the soil from the edges of the top of 
he box, and a light pry, brought to his 
latural vision its contents. While view- 
ng and contemplating this sacred treasure 
Ifith wonder and astonishment, behold I 
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the Angel of the Lord, who had previous- 
ly visited him, again stood in his presence, 
and his soul was again enlightened as it 
was the evening before, and he was filled 
with the Holy Spirit, and the heavens 
were opened, and the glory of the Lord 
shone round about and rested upon him 
While he thus stood gazing and admiring 
the Angel said, 'Look!' And as he thiu 
spake, he behold the Prince of Darkness 
surrounded by his innumerable train <x 
associates. All this passed before him 
and the heavenly messenger said, ' Al 
this is shown, the good and evil, the hoi} 
and the impure, the glory of God, and the 
power of darkness, that you may know 
hereafter the two powers, and never bf 
influenced or overcome by that wicked one, 
Behold, whatsoever enticeth and leadetr. 
to good, and to do good is of God, and 
whatsoever doth not. is of that wicked 
one. It is he that fiftieth the hearts of mer 
with evil, to walk in darkness and blas- 
pheme God; and you may learn from 
henceforth, that his ways are to destruc- 
tion, but the w r ay of holiness is peace and 
rest. You cannot at this time obtain this 
record, for the commandment of Gocl is 
strict, and if ever these sacred things arc 



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fctained, they must be by prayer and 
aithfulness in obeying the Lord. They 
,re not deposited here for the sake of ac- 
Emulating gain and wealth for the glory 
f this world ; they were sealed by the 
jrayer of faith, and because of the knowl- 
dge which they contain, they are of no 
forth among the children of men, only for 
heir knowledge. On them is contained 
he fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, 
s it was given to his people on this land ; 
nd when it shall be brought forth by the 
bwer of God, it shall be carried to the 
Jen tiles, of whom many will receive it, 
nd after will the seed of Israel be brought 
ito the fold of their Redeemer by obeying 
5 also. Those who kept the command- 
lents of the Lord on this land, desired 
bis at his hand, and through the prayer 
f faith obtained the promise, that if their 
escendants should -transgress and fall 
way, a record should be kept, and in the 
ist days come to their children. These 
lings are sacred, and must be kept so, 
|'r the promise of the Lord concerning 
hem must be fulfilled. No man can ob* 
*in them if his heart is impure, because 
bey contain that which is sacred. * * * 
>y them will the Lord work a great and 

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13 i 

marvelous work ; the wisdom of the wise 
shall become as nought, and the under- 
standing of the prudent shall be hid, and 
because the power of God shall be dis- 
played, those who profess to know the 
truth, but walk in deceit, shall tremble 
with anger; but with signs and with won- 
ders, with gifts and with healings, with 
the manifestations of the power of God, 
and with the Holy Ghost, shall the hearts 
of the faithful be comforted. You have 
now beheld the power of God manifested, 
and the power of Satan ; you see that 
there is nothing desirable in the works of 
darkness; that they cannot bring happi- 
ness; that those who are overcome there- 
with are miserable; while, on the other 
hand, the righteous are blessed with a place 
in the kingdom of God, where joy un- 
speakable surrounds them. There they 
rest beyond the power of the enemy of 
truth, where no evil can disturb them. 
The glory of God crowns them, and they 
continually feast upon his goodness, and. 
enjoy his smiles. Behold, notwithstanding 
you have seen this great display of power, 
by which you may ever be able to detect the 
evil one, yet I give unto you another sign, 
and when it comes to pass, then know that 



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the Lord is God, and that he will fulfil his 
purposes, and that the knowledge which 
this record contains, will go to every na- 
tion, and kindred, and tongue, and people 
under the whole heaven. This is the sign: 
when these things begin to be known, that 
is, when it is known that the Lord has 
shown you these things, the workers of in- 
iquity will seek your overthrow. They 
will circulate falsehoods to destroy your 
reputation ; and also will seek to take your 
life ; but remember this, if you are faith- 
ful, and shall hereafter continue to keep 
the commandments of the Lord, you shall 
be preserved to bring these things forth ; 
for in due time he will give you a com- 
mandment to come and take them. When 
they are interpreted, the Lord will give 
the holy priesthood to some, and they shall 
begin to proclaim this gospel and baptize 
by water, and after that, they shall have 
power to give the Holy Ghost by the lay- 
ling on of hands. Then will persecution 
rage more aud more ; for the iniquities of 
men shall be revealed, and those who are 
not built upon the Rock will seek to over- 
throw the church ; but it will increase the 
more opposed, and spread farther and far- 
ther, increasing in knowledge till they 

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is« 



shall be sanctified, and receive an inheri- 
tance where the glory of God will rest 
upon them ; and when this takes place, 
and all things are prepared, the ten tribes 
of Israel will be revealed in the north 
country, whither they have been for along 
season; and when this is fulfilled will be 
brought to pass that saying of the prophet, 
'And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, 
and unto them that turn from transgres- 
sion in Jacob, saith the Lord.' Jut, not^ 
withstanding the workers of iniquity shall 
seek your destruction, the arm of the Lord 
will be extended, and you will be borne 
off conqueror if you keep all his com- 
mandments. Your name shall be known 
among the nations, for the work which the 
Lord will perform by your hands shall 
cause the righteous to rejoice and the 
wicked to r?ge; with the one it shall be 
had in honor, and with the other in re- 
proach; yet, with these it shall be a ter- 
ror, because of the great and marvellous 
work which shall follow the coming forth 
of this fulness of the gospel. Now, go thy 
way, remembering what the Lord has 
done for thee, and be diligent in keeping 
his commandments, and he will deliver 
thee from temptations and all the arts and 



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devices of the wicked one. Forget not to 
pray, that thy mind may become strong, 
that when he shall manifest unto thee, thou 
mayest have power to escape the evil, and 
obtain these precious things.' " 

We here remark, that the above quota- 
tion is partly an extract from a letter writ- 
ten by Elder Oliver Cowdery, which was 
published in one of the numbers of the 
Jj.'JD.-S.^ Messenger and Advocate. 

Although many more instructions were 
given by the mouth of the angel to Mr. 
Smith, which we do not write in this book, 
yej, the most important items are contain- 
ed in the foregoing relation. During the 
period of the four following years, he fre- 
quently received instruction from the mouth 
of the heavenly messenger. And on the 
morning of the 22nd of September, A f D. 
1827, the angel of the Lord delivered the 
records into his hands. 

These records were engraved on plates, 
w T hich had tjie appearance of gold. Each 
plate was not far from seven by eight in- 
ches in width and length, being not quite 
as thick as common tin. They were filled 
on both sides with engravings, in Reform- 
ed Egyptian characters, and bound to- 
gether in a volume, as the leaves of a book. 



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and fastened at one edge with three rings 
running through the whole. This volume 
was something near six inches in thick- 
ness, a part of which was sealed. The 
characters or letters upon the unsealed 
part were small, and beautifully engraved. 
The whole book exhibited many marks of 
antiquity in its construction, as well as 
much skill in the art of engraving. With 
the records w r as found " a curious instru- 
ment, called by the ancients, the Urim and 
Thummim, w T hich consisted of two trans- 
parent stones, clear as crystal, set in two 
rims of a bow. This w r as in use in ancient 
times by persons called seers. It was Tin 
instrument, by the use of which, they re- 
ceived revelation of things distant, or of 
things past or future." 

In the mean time, the inhabitants of that 
vicinity, having been informed that Mr. 
Smith had seen heavenly visions, and that 
he had discovered sacred records, began 
to ridicule and mock at these things. And 
after he had obtained these sacred things, 
while proceeding home through the wil- 
derness and fields, he w r as waylaid by two 
ruffians, who had secreted themselves for 
the purpose of robbing him of the records. 
One of them struck him with a club before 



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he perceived them ; but being a strong 
man, and large in stature, with great ex- 
ertion he cleared himself from them, and 
ran towards home, being closely pursued 
until he came near his father's house, when 
his pursuers, for fear of being detected, 
turned and fled the other way. 

Soon the news of his discoveries spread 
abroad throughout all those parts. False 
reports, misrepresentations, and base slan- 
ders, flew as if upon the wings of the wind 
in every direction. The house was fre- 
puently beset by mobs and evil designing 
persons. Several times he was shot at, 
and very narrowly escaped. Every de- 
vice was used to get the plates away from 
him. And being continually in danger of 
his life, from a gang of abandoned wretch- 
es, he at length concluded to leave the 
place, and go to Pennsylvania; and, ac- 
cordingly packed up his goods, putting the 
plates into a barrel of beans, and proceed- 
ed upon his journey. He had not gone 
far, before he was overtaken by an ofticer 
with a search-warrant, who flattered him- 
self with the idea that he should surely 
obtain the plates; after searching very 
diligently, he was sadly disappointed at 
not finding them. Mr. Smith then drove 



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on ; but before lie got to his journey's end, 
he was again overtaken by an officer on 
the same business, and after ransacking 
the wagon very carefully, he went his way, 
as much chagrined as the first, at not be- 
ing able to discover the object of his search. 
Without any further molestation, he pur- 
sued his journey until he came into the 
northern part of Pennsylvania, near the 
Susquehannah river, in which part his 
father-in-law resided. 

Havingprovided himself with a home, he 
commenced translating the record, by the 
gift and power of God, through the means 
of the TTrim and Thummim ; and being a 
poor writer, he was under the necessity of 
employing a scribe, to write the transla- 
tion as it came from his mouth. 

In the mean time, a few of the original 
characters were accurately transcribed and 
translated by Mr. Smith, which, with the 
translation, were taken by a gentleman by 
the name of Martin Harris, to the city of 
New York, where they were presented to 
a learned gentleman by the name of An- 
thon, who professed to be extensively ac- 
quainted with many languages, both an- 
cient and modern. 

" Professor Anthon stated that the trans* 



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lation was correct, more so than any he 
had before seen translated from the Egyp- 
tian. I then showed him those which 
were not yet translated, and he said that 
they were Egyptian, Chakleac, Assyriac, 
and Arabac, and lie said that they were 
the true characters. He gave me a cer- 
tificate certifying to the people of Palmy- 
ra that they were tine characters, and that 
the translation of such of them as had 
been translated was also correct. I took 
the certificate and put it into my pocket, 
and was just leaving the house, when Mr. 
Anthon called me back, and asked me how 
the young man found out that there were 
gold plates iri the place where he found 
them. I answered that an angel of God 
had revealed it unto him. He then said 
to me, let me see that certificate, I ac- 
cordingly took it out of my pocket and 
gave it to him, w^hen he took it and tore it 
to pieces, saying that there was no such 
thing now as ministering of angels, and 
that if I would bring the plates to him, he 
would translate them. I informed him 
that part of the plates were sealed, and 
that 1 was forbidden to bring them, he re- 
plied 'I cannot read a sealed book.' I 
left him and went to Dr. Mitchel, who 



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sanctioned what Professor Anthon hact 
Said respecting both the characters and 
the translation."—? 7 . <h &ft. 113. 

Mr. Smith continued the work of trans-* 
lation as his pecuniary circumstances would 
permit, until he finished the unsealed part 
of the records. The part translated is en- 
titled the " Book of Mormon,' 7 which con- 
tains nearly as much reading as the Old 
Testament. 

Well says the objector, "if it were not 
for the marvelous, the book would be con- 
sidered one of the greatest discoveries 
which the world ever witnessed. Had 
Mr. Smith been ploughing, or digging a 
well or cellar, and accidentally dug up a 
record containing some account of the an-* 
eient history of this continent, and its or- 
iginal inhabitants, together with the origin 
of the Indian tribes who now inhabit it— * 
had this record nothing to do with God, 
or angels, or inspiration, it would have 
been hailed by all the learned of America 
and Europe, as one of the greatest and 
most important discoveries of modern 
times ; which unfolded a mystery which 
had until then bid defiance to all the re- 
searches of the learned world. Every 
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the glad tidings, while its contents would 
have poured in upon the world, a flood of 
light on subjects before concealed in the 
labyrinth of uncertainty and doubt. It is 
repugnant to the people of this age, who 
boast of their enlightenment, religion and 
wisdom, to acknowledge that there is any 
necessity for the ministering of angels of 
for inspiration. They say, "this is too 
much ; away with such things, for they 
come in contact with the wisdom and pop- 
ularity of this enlightened age." The Lord 
knew what they would say in reference to 
this work, and it has come forth just as 
the prophets foretold that it would. The 
Lord always takes a different course from 
that which is marked out for Him by the 
wisdom of the world, that He may con- 
found the wise and bring to nought the 
Understanding of the prudent. He choos- 
es men of low degree, even the simple and 
the unlearned, and those who are despised, 
to do his work and to bring about his pur- 
poses, that no flesh shall glory in his pres- 
ence. O ye wise, and ye learned, who de« 
spise the wisdom that comes from above ! 
Know ye not that it was impossible for the 
world by wisdom, to find out God ? Know 
ye not, that all your wisdom is foolishness- 



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with God ? Know ye not, that ye must 
become as a little child, and be willing to 
learn wisdom from the least of His ser- 
vants, or you will perish in your ignorance ? 

But what are the evidences which we 
gather from Scripture, concerning the 
comihg ; forth of this glorious work? We 
shall attempt to prove, first, that America 
is a promised land to the seed of Joseph ; 
second, that the Lord promised to reveal 
to them His truth as well as to the Jews ; 
and third, that their record was to come 
forth and be united with the record of the 
Jews, in time for the restoration of Israel 
in the last clays. 

First, Jacob, while blessing the two sons 
of Joseph, says, " let them grow into a 
multitude in the midst of the earth." Gen. 
48 : 16. In the same blessing it is said of 
Ephraim,his seed shall become a multitude 
of nations. Now put the sense of these 
sayings together, and it shows that Ephraim 
was to be a multitude of nations in the 
midst of the earth. In Gen. 49 : 22, it was 
prophesied concerning Joseph, (while Ja- 
cob was blessing him) that he should be a 
fruitful bough by a well, whose branches 
run over the wall, the archers have sorely 
grieved him, and shot at hira, and hated 



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him, yet his bow abode in strength. Again 
he further says, "the blessings of thy fa- 
ther have prevailed above the blessings of 
my progenitors, unto the utmost bounds of 
the everlasting hills ; they shall be on the 
head of Joseph, and on the crown of the 
head of bim that was separate from his 
brethren." Now I ask, who was Jacob's 
progenitors, and what was the blessing 
they conferred upon him? Abraham and 
Isaac were his progenitors, and the land 
of Canaan was the blessing they conferred 
upon him, or that God promised them he 
should possess. Recollect that Jacob con- 
fers on Joseph a much greater land than 
that of Canaan; even greater than his 
fathers had conferred upon him, for Jo- 
seph's blessing was to extend to the ut- 
most bounds of the everlasting hills. Now 
reader, stand in Egypt, where Jacob then 
stood, and measure to the utmost bounds 
of the everlasting hills, and you will land 
somewhere in the central part of America. 
Again, one of the prophets says, in speak- 
ing of Ephraim, \' when the Lord shall 
roar, the children of Ephraim shall trem- 
ble from the west." Now let us sum up 
these sayings, and what have we gained ? 
First, that Ephraim was to grow into a 
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multitude of nations in the midst of the 
earth ; second, that Joseph was to be 
greatly blessed in a large inheritance, as 
far off as America; third, that this was to 
be on the west of Egypt or Jerusalem. 

Now let the world search from pole to 
pole, and they will not find a multitude of 
nations in the midst of the earth, who can 
possibly have sprung from Ephraim, unless; 
they find them in America ; for the midst 
of all other parts of the earth is inhabited 
by mixed races, who have sprung from 
various sources ; while here an almost 
boundless country was secluded from the 
rest of the world, and inhabited by a race 
of men, evidently of the same origin, al- 
though as evidently divided into many na- 
tions. Now the Scriptures cannot be bro- 
ken, therefore, these scriptures must apply; 
to America, for the plainest of reasons—^ 
because they can apply to no where else.- 

Now secondly, we are to prove that God 
revealed himself to the seed of Joseph or 
Ephraim, (as Ave have already proved). 
d welling in America. For this, we quote: 
Hosea 8:12, speaking of Ephraim, he says 
by the spirit of prophecy, " I have writ- 
ten unto him the great things of my law, 
but they were counted as a strange thing.' 5 






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This is proof positive and needs no com- 
ment, that the great truths of heaven were 
revealed unto Ephraim, and were counted 
as a strange tiling. 

Third, these writings were to come forth 
just previous to the gathering of Israel. 
The word of the Lord came unto Ezekiel 
saying, " Moreover, thou son of man, take 
thee one stick, and write upon it, 'for Ju- 
dah, and for the children of Israel, his 
companions :' then take another stick, and 
write upon it, c for Joseph, the stick of 
Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, 
his companions :' and join them one to 
another into one stick ; and they shall be- 
come one in thine hand. And when the 
children of thy people shall speak unto 
thee, saying, f wilt thou not shew us what 
thou meanest by these ?' Say unto them; 
'thus saith the Lord God; 'behold, I will 
take the stick of Joseph, which is in the 
hand of Ephraim. and the tribes of Israel 
his fellows, and will put them with him, 
even with the stick of Judah, and make 
them one stick, and they shall be one in 
mine hand. And the sticks whereon thou 
writest shall be in thine hand before their 
eyes. 7 ' And say unto them, 'thus saith 
the Lord God; 'behold, I will take the 

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children of Israel from among the heathen, 
whither they be gone, and will gather them 
on every side, and bring them into their 
own land : and I will make them one na- 
tion in the land upon the mountains of Is- 
rael ; and one king shall be king to them 
all : and they shall be no more two na- 
tions, neither shall they be divided into 
two kingdoms any more at all : neither 
shall they defile themselves anymore with 
their idols, nor with their detestable things, 
nor with any of their transgressions : but 
I will save them out of all their dwelling- 
places, wherein they have sinned, and will 
cleanse them : so shall they be my people, 
and I will be their God.' " 

There is presented two writings: one 
to Ephraim, and one to Juclah: that of 
Ephraim was to be brought forth by the 
Lord, and put with that of Judah, and they 
were to become one in their testimony, and 
grow together in this manner, in order to 
bring about the gathering of Israel. Psalm 
85 is very plain on the subject : speaking 
of the restoration of Israel to their own 
land, it says, " mercy and truth are met 
together ; righteousness and peace have 
kissed each other. Truth shall spring out 
of the earthy and righteousness shall look 



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down from heaven. Yea, the Lord shall 
give that which is good, and our land shall 
yield her increase. Righteousness shall go 
before him, and shall set us in the way of 
his steps." Now the Savior while pray- 
ing for his disciples, said, " sanctify them 
through thy truth, thy word is truth" 
From these passages we learn that his 
word was to spring out of the earth, while 
righteousness was to look down from heav- 
en. Then Israel was to be set in the way 
of His steps, and partake of the fruit of 
their own land. The Lord, by Jeremiah, 
said, "I will bring it (Jerusalem) health 
and cure, and will cure them, and icill re- 
veal unto them the abundance of peace and 
truth. And I will cause the captivity of 
Israel and the captivity of Judah to re- 
turn, and will build them as at the first." 
Jer. 33 : 6, 7. And Isaiah speaking of 
the everlasting covenant which should 
gather them, makes this extraordinary and 
very remarkable expression: " their seed 
shall be known amongst the Gentiles, and 
their offspring among the people." ' Now, 
reader, let me ask, can any one tell wheth- 
er the Indians of America are of Israel, 
unless by revelation from God? There- 
fore this was a hidden mystery, which it 

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was necessary to reveal in time for their 
gathering. 

So much then we have produced from 
the scriptures, in proof of a work like the 
Book of Mormon, making its appearance 
in these days ; to say nothing of Isaiah 
29. But says one, what is the use of the 
Book of Mormon, even if it be true ? I 
answer, first, it brings to light an import- 
ant history before unknown to man. Sec- 
ond, it reveals the origin of the American 
Indians, which was before a mystery. 
Third, it contains important prophecies, 
yet to be fulfilled, which immediately con- 
cern the present generation. Fourth, it 
contains much plainness in regard to points 
of doctrine, insomuch that all may under- 
stand, and see eye to eye, if they take 
pains to read it. But what are its proofs, 
as to chosen witnesses who testify to its 
translation by inspiration ? For this tes- 
timony I refer the reader to the testimony 
of the witnesses in the last page of the 
Book of Mormon, lie will there find as pos- 
itive testimony as has ever been found in 
the other scriptures, concerning any truth 
which God ever revealed. Men there tes- 
tify, not only that they have seen and han- 
dled the plates, but that an angel of God 



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came down from heaven, and presented 
the plates before them, while the glory of 
God shone round about them; and the 
voice of God spoke from heaven, and told 
them that these things were true, and had 

.been translated by the gift and power of 
God, and commanded them to bear record 
Of the same to all people. Blessed be the 
Lord God of our fathers, he has visited 
his people, and the dayspring from on high 
has dawned upon our benighted world 
once more ; for no sooner had the book 
been translated, and men began to bear 
record of the same, than the. angel of the 
Lord came down from heaven again, and 
commissioned men to preach the gospel to 
every creature, and to baptize with water 
for the remission of sins. No sooner did 
the people begin to believe their testimony 

-and be baptized, than the Holy Ghost fell 
on them, through the laying on of hands 

.in the name of Jesus; and the heavens 
were opened, and while some had the min- 
istering of angels, others began to speak 
in other tongues, and prophesy. From 
that time forth many of them were healed 
by the laying on of hands, in the name of 
Jesus; and thus mightily grew the word 
of God, and prevailed; and thus thous- 

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ands have been raised up to testify that 
they do know for themselves, and are not 
dependent on the testimony of any man, 
for the truth of these things, for these 
signs follow them that believe : and when 
a man believes the truth through the tes- 
timony of God's witnesses, and then these 
signs follow not only them, bat himself 
also: if he has the ministering of angels, 
if he has been healed, or heals others, by 
the laying on of hands in Jesus's name, or 
if lie speaks in other tongues, or prophe- 
sies, he knows it for himself; and thus is 
fulfilled the saying of scripture : " if any 
man do my will he shall know of the doc- 
trine whether it be of God," thus faith 
comes by hearing, and knowledge by obey- 
ing ; but hearing comes by preaching, and 
preaching comes by sending ; as it is writ- 
ten, "how shall they preach except they 
be sent?" But there be many which say, 
show us a sign and we will believe. Re- 
member that faith comes not by signs; 
but signs come by faith. Gifts were not 
given to make men believe ; but what 
saith the scripture ? " gifts are for the edi- 
fying of the church." If otherwise, why- 
was it not written, that faith comes by 
miracles ? But it is written, " faith comes 



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by hearing." I always take it for granted 
that a man or woman who comes demand- 
ing a sign in order to make them believe, 
belongs to a wicked and adulterous gene- 
ration at least, to say no worse ; for any 
person who will go to Jesus, with a pure 
heart, desiring and praying in faith that 
they may know the truth concerning these 
things, the Lord will reveal it to them, and 
they shall know, and shall bear testimony; 
for by the Spirit of God, they shall know 
truth from error; as it is written, "my 
sheep hear my voice." And he that will 
not come unto Jesus in faith, shall never 
know the truth, until too late, he finds the 
harvest is over, and the summer is ended, 
and his soul not saved. 

Thus the religion of Jesus, unlike all 
other religious systems, bears its own 
weight, and brings certainty and knowl- 
edge, leaving no room for imposition. 
And now I say again unto all people, come 
unto the Father in the name of Jesus ; 
doubt not, but be believing, as in days of 
old, and ask in faith for whatsoever you 
stand in need, ask not that you may con- 
sume it on your lusts ; but ask with a firm- 
ness not to be shaken. Yield to no temp- 
tation, but keep His commandments, as 



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fast as He makes them manifest unto you$ 
and if ye do this, and He reveals to you, 
that He has sent us with a new and ever- 
lasting covenant, and commanded us to 
preach, and baptize^ and build up His 
church as in days of old, then come for- 
ward and obey the truth ; but if you do 
not know, or are not satisfied that He has 
sent us, then do not embrace the doctrine 
we preach. Thus to your own master you 
shall stand or fall ; and one day, you shall 
know, yea, in that great day, when every 
knee shall bow, then shall you know that 
God has sent us with the truth, to prune 
His vineyard for the last time, with a 
mighty pruning. 

We shall now introduce much circum- 
stantial evidence from American antiqui- 
ties, and from the traditions of the na- 
tives, &c. 

Mr. Boudinot says, u It is said among 
their principal or beloved men, that they 
have it handed down from ancestors that 
such a book as the white people have, was 
once theirs; that while they had it they 
prospered exceedingly, &c. They also 
say, that their fathers were possessed of 
an extraordinary Divine Spirit, by which 
they foretold future events, and controlled 



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the common course of nature; and this 
they transmitted to their offspring, on con- 
dition of their obeying the sacred laws ; 
that they did by these means bring down 
showers of blessings upon their beloved 
people ; but that this power for a long time 
past had entirely ceased." Col. James 
Smith, in his journal, while a prisoner 
among the natives, says, u They have a 
tradition, that in the beginning of this con- 
tinent, the angels, or heavenly inhabitants, 
as they, call them, frequently visited the 
people, and talked with their forefathers, 
and gave directions how to pray." 

Mr. Boudinot, in his able work, remarks 
concerning their language: "Their lan- 
guage in its roots, idiom, and particular 
construction, appears to have the Avhole 
genius of the Hebrew, and what is very 
remarkable, and well worthy of serious at- 
tention, has most of the peculiarities of the 
language, especially those in which it dif- 
fers from most other languages. There is 
a tradition related by an aged Indian, of 
the Stockbridge tribe, that their fathers 
were once in possession of a ' Sacred Book' 
which was handed doicn from generation 
to generation, and at last hid in the earth, 
since which time they had been under the 



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feet of their enemies. But those oracles 
were to be restored to them again, and 
then they would triumph over their ene- 
mies and regain their ancient country, to- 
gether with their rights and privileges." 
Mr. Boudinot, after recording many tra- 
ditions similar to the above, at length re- 
marks : " Can any man read this short ac- 
count of Indian traditions, drawn from 
the tribes of various nations, from the west 
to the east, and from the south to the north, 
wholly separated from each other, written 
by different authors of the best characters 
both for knowledge and integrity, posses- 
sing the best means of information, at va- 
rious and distant times, without any pos- 
sible communication with each other, and 
yet suppose that all this is the effect of 
chance, accident or design, from a love of 
the marvelous, or a premeditated intention 
of deceiving, and thereby ruining their 
well established reputation ?" 

"Joseph Merrick, Esq., a highly re- 
spectable character in Fittsfieid, Mass., 
gave the following account : That in 1815, 
he was levelling some ground under and 
near an old woodshed standing on a place 
of his, situatecVon Indian Hill. Be plough- 
ed and conveyed away old chips and earth, 



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to some depth. After the work was done, 
walking over the place, he discovered, near 
where the earth had been dug the deepest, 
a black strap as it appeared, about six in- 
ches in length, and one and a half in 
breadth, and about the thickness of a leath- 
er trace to a harness. He perceived it 
had, at each end, a loop, of some hard 
substance, probably for the purpose of car- 
rying it. He conveyed it to his house, and 
threw it into an old tool box. He after- 
wards found it thrown out at the door, and 
again conveyed it to the box. After some 
time, he thought he would examine it, but 
in attempting to cut it, found it as hard as 
bone ; he succeeded however in getting it 
open, and found it was formed of two pie- 
ces of thick rawhide, sewed and made 
water tight with the sinews of some ani- 
mal, and gummed over ; and in the fold 
was contained four folded pieces of parch- 
ment. They were of a dark yellow hue, 
and contained some kind of writing. The 
neighbors coming in to see the strange dis- 
covery, tore one of the pieces to atoms, in 
the true Hun and Vandal style. The oth- 
er three pieces Mr. Merrick saved, and 
sent them to Cambridge, where they were 
examined, and discovered to have been 



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written with a pen, in Hebrew, plain and 
legible. The writing on the three remain- 
ing pieces of parchment, was quotations 
from the Old Testament. See Deut. c. 6, 
from 4th to 9th v., inclusive; also, c. 11. > 
v. 13 to 21, inclusive ; and Exodus, c. 13, 
v. 11 to 16 inclusive, to which the reader 
can refer, if he has the curiosity to read 
this most interesting discovery. ... 

On the hanks of White river, in Ar- 
kansas Territory, have been found the re* 
mains of an enlightened population of the 
most extraordinary character, on account 
of their dimensions, and the materials of 
which they were erected. One of these 
works is a wall of earth, which encloses an 
area of six hundred and forty acres* equal 
to a mile square, and having in its centre 
the foundation of a large circular building, 
or temple. Another, yet more strange, 
and more extended, consists of the foun- 
dations of a great city, whose streets, cros- 
sing each other at right angles, are easily 
traced through the mighty forest. And 
besides them are found the foundations of 
houses, made of burnt bricks like the bricks 
of the present times. These have been 
traced to the extent of a mile." 

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American Antiquities, and from the same 
work we extract the following, page 246. 

" Ruins of the City of Otolum, disco y- 
ered in North America. — In a letter of C. 
S. Rafinesque, whom we have before quo- 
ted, to a correspondent in Europe, we find 
the following ; ' Some years ago the So- 
ciety of Geography, in Paris, offered a 
large premium for a voyage to Guatemala, 
and for a new survey of the antiquities of 
Yucatan and Chiapa, chiefly those fifteen 
miles from Palanque.' 

"I have, says this author, c restored to 
them the true name of Otolum, which is 
yet thejname of the stream running through 
the ruins. They were surveyed by Cap- 
tain Del Rio, in 1787, an account of which 
was published in English in 1822. This 
account describes partly the ruins of a 
stone city, of no less dimensions than sev- 
enty-five miles in circuit ; length thirty- 
two, and breadth twelve miles, full of pal- 
aces, monuments, statues, and inscriptions; 
one of the earliest seats of American civi- 
lization, about equal to Thebes of ancient 
Egypt.'" 

It is stated in the Familv Magazine, 
No. 34, p. 266, for 183:5, as follows : "Pub- 
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speeting the ruins of an ancient city found 
in Guatemala. It would seem that these 
ruins are now being explored, and much 
curious and valuable matter in a literary 
and historical point of view is anticipated. 
We deem the present a most auspicious 
moment, now that the public attention is 
turned to the subject, to spread its con- 
tents before our readers, as an introduc- 
tion to future discoveries during the re- 
searches now in progress." 

The following are some of the particu- 
lars, as related by Captain Del Rio, who 
partially examined them, as above related, 
in 1787 : "From Falanque, the last town 
northward in the province of Ciudad Real 
de Chiapa^ taking a southwesterly direc- 
tion, and ascending a ridge of highland 
that divides the kingdom of Guatemala 
from Yucatan, at the distance of six miles, 
is the little rarer Micol whose waters flow 
in a westerly direction, and unite with the 
great river Tulyah, which bends its course 
towards the province of Tobasco. Hav- 
ing passed Micol, the ascent begins, and 
at half a league, or a mile and a half, the 
traveller crosses a little stream called Oto- 
lum ; from this point heaps of stone ruins 
are discovered, which render the roads 



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very difficult for another half league, when 
you gain the height whereon the stone 
houses are situated, being still fourteen in 
number in one place, some more dilapida- 
ted than others, yet still having many of 
their apartments perfectly discernible. 

" A rectangular area, three hundred 
yards in breadth by four hundred and fifty 
in length, which is a fraction over fifty-six 
rods wide, and eighty-four rods long, be- 
ing, in the whole circuit, two hundred and 
eighty rods, which is three-fourths of a 
mile, and a trifle over. This area presents 
a plain at the base of the highest mountain 
forming the ridge, In the centre of the 
plain is situated the largest of the struc- 
tures which has been as yet discovered 
among these ruins. It stands on a mound 
or pyramid twenty yards high, which is 
sixty feet, or nearly four rods in perpen- 
dicular altitude, which gives it a lofty and 
beautiful majesty, as if it were a temple 
suspended in the sky. This is surrounded 
by other edifices, namely : five to the north- 
ward, four to the southward, one to tho 
south-west, and three to the eastward, — 
fourteen in all In all directions, the frag- 
ments of other fallen buildings are seen 
extending along the mountain that stretch- 



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G8 east and west either way from these 
buildings, as if it were the great temple of 
worship, or their government house, around 
which they built their city, and where dwelt 
their kings and officers of state. At this 
place was found a subterranean stone aque- 
duct, of great solidity and durability^ 
which in its course passes beneath the lar- 
gest building. 

Let it be understood, this city of Oto- 
lum, the ruins of which are so immense,, 
is in North, not South America, in the 
same latitude with the island of Jamaica, 
which is about 18 degrees north of the 
equator, being on the highest ground be- 
tween the northern end of the Caribbean 
Sea, and the Pacific Ocean, where the con- 
tinent narrows towards the Isthmus of Da- 
rien, and is about 800 miles south of New 
Orleans. 

The discovery of these ruins, and also of 
many others, equally wonderful in the same 
country, are just commencing to arouse the 
attention of the schools of Europe, who 
hitherto have denied that America could 
boast of her antiquities. But these im- 
mense ruins are now being explored under 
the direction of scientific persons, a history 
of which, in detail, will be forthcoming, 



ies 

doubtless, in due time ; two volumes of 
which, in manuscript, we are informed, 
have already been written, and cannot but 
be received with enthusiasm by Americans. 

A gentleman who was living near the 
town of Cincinnati, in 1826, on the upper 
level, had occasion to sink a well for his 
accommodation, who persevered in dig- 
ging to the depth of eighty feet without 
Ending water, but still persisting in the at- 
tempt, Iris workmen found themselves ob- 
structed by a substance, which resisted 
their labor, though evidently not stone. 
They cleared the surface and sides from: 
the earth bedded around it, when there ap- 
peared the stump of a tree, three feet in 
diameter, and two feet high, which had 
been cut down with an axe. The blows 
of the axe were yet visible. It was nearly 
of the color and apparent character of coal,- 
but had not the friable and fusible quality 
of that substance. Ten feet below, the 
water sprang up, and the avcII is now in 
constant supply and high repute." 

In Morse's Universal Geography, first 
volume, page 142, the discovery of two 
stumns is described as follows : " In die:- 
King a well in Cincinnati, the stump of a 
tree was found in a sound state, ninety feet 
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below the surface ; and in digging another 
well, at the same place, another stump was 
found, at ninety-four feet below the sur- 
face* which had evident marks of the axe ; 
and on the top there appeared as if some 
iron tool had been consumed by rust." 

We might fill a volume with accounts of 
American Antiquities, all going to show 
that this country has been peopled with a 
people, who possessed a knowledge of the 
arts and sciences ; who built cities, culti- 
vated the earth, and who were in posses- 
sion of a written language. But the things 
which we have here introduced, are abund^ 
antly sufficient for our purpose. If a few 
characters in Hebrew, have been found in 
the earth in America, written on parch* 
nient, then it is just as easy to admit that 
a whole volume lias been found in the 
earth in America, written on plates, in 
Egyptian characters. The astonishing fact 
of the stumps found 80 or 90 feet under 
ground at Cincinnati, and similar discove- 
ries in many other parts of North and 
South America, such as buried cities, and 
other antiquities, all go to prove that there 
has been a mighty convulsion and revolu- 
tion, not only of nations, but of nature ; 
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go reasonably accounted for as in the fol- 
lowing extraordinary and wonderful ac- 
count of events, which transpired in this 
country during the crucifixion of Messiah, 
which we extract from the Book of Mor- 
mon, commencing page 496. 

" And it came to pass in the thirty and 
fourth year, in the first month, in the fourth 
day of the month, there arose a great 
storm, such an one as never had been 
known in all the land ; and there was also 
a great and terrible tempest; and there 
was terrible thunder, insomuch that it did 
shake the whole earth as if it was about to 
divide asunder: and there was exceeding 
sharp lightnings, such as never had been 
known in all the land. And the city of 
Zarahemla, did take fire; and the city of 
Moroni did sink into the depths of the sea, 
and the inhabitants thereof were drowned ; 
and the earth was carried upon the city of 
Moronihah, that in the place of the city 
thereof, there became a great mountain ; 
and there was a great and terrible destruc- 
tion in the land southward. But behold, 
there was a more great and terrible de- 
struction in the land northward ; for be- 
hold, the whole face of the land was chang- 
ed, because of the tempest, and the whirl- 

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winds, and the thunderings, and the light- 
nings, and the exceeding great quaking of 
the whole earth ; and the highways were 
broken up, and the level roads were spoil- 
ed, and many smooth places became rough, 
and many great and notable cities were 
sunk, and many were burnt, and many 
■were shook till the buildings thereof had 
fallen to the earth, and the inhabitants 
thereof were slain, and the places were left 
desolate; and there were some cities which 
remained ; but the damage thereof was ex- 
ceeding great, and there were many in 
them who were slain ; and there were 
some who were carried away in the whirl- 
wind; and whither they went, no man 
knoweth, save they know that they were 
carried away; and thus the face of the 
whole earth became deformed, because of 
the tempests, and the thunderings, and the 
lightnings and the quaking of- the earth. 
And behold the rocks were rent in twain ; 
they were broken up upon the face of the 
whole earth, insomuch that they were found 
in broken fragments, and in seams, and in 
cracks, upon all the face of the land. 

And it came to pass that when the thun- 
derings, and the lightnings, and the storm, 
and the tempest, and the quakings of the 



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earth did cease — for behold, they did last 
for about the space of three hours ; and it 
was said by some that the time was great- 
er; nevertheless, all these great and terri- 
ble things were done in about the space of 
three hours ; and then behold, there was 
darkness upon the face of the land. 

And it came to pass that there was thick 
darkness upon all the face of the land, in- 
somuch that the inhabitants thereof who 
had not fallen, could feel the vapor of dark- 
ness ; and there could be no light, because 
of the darkness, neither candles, neither 
torches ; neither could there be fire kin- 
dled with their fine and exceeding dry 
wood, so lhat there could not be any light 
at all; and there was not any light seen, 
neither fire nor glimmer, neither the sun, 
nor the moon, nor the stars, for so great 
were the mists of darkness which were 
upon the face of the land. 

And it came to pass that it did last for 
the space of three days, and there was ao 
light seen ; and there was great mourning, 
and howling, and weeping among all the 
people continually ; yea, great were the 
groanings of the people, because of the 
great destruction which had come upon 
them. And in one place they were heard 

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to cry, saying, * O that We had repented 
before this great and terrible day, and then 
would our brethren have been spared, and 
they would not have been burned in that 
great city Zarahemla.' And in another 
place they were heard to cry and mourn, 
saying, ' O that we had repented before 
this great and terrible day, and had not 
killed and stoned the prophets, and cast 
them out ; then would our mothers and 
our fair daughters, and our children have 
been spared, and not have been buried up 
in that great city Moronihah. 5 And thus 
were the howlings of the people great and 
terrible. 

And it came to pass that there was a 
voice heard among all the inhabitants of 
the earth upon all the face of the land, 
crying, ' woe, woe, woe unto this people ; 
woe unto the inhabitants of the whole earth, 
except they shall repent, for the devil 
laugheth, and his angels rejoice, because 
of the slain of the fair sons and daughters 
of my people ; and it is because of their 
iniquity and abominations that they are 
fallen. Behold, that great city Zarahem- 
la have I burned with fire, and the inhabi- 
tants thereof. And behold that great city 
Moroni have I caused to be sunk in the 



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depths of the sea, and the inhabitants 
thereof to bo drowned. And behold, that 
great city Moronihah have I covered with 
earth, and the inhabitants thereof, to hide 
their iniquities and their abominations 
from before my face, that the blood of the 
prophets and the saints shall not come up 
any more unto me against them. And be- 
hold, the city of Gilgal have I caused to be 
sunk, and the inhabitants thereof to be 
buried up in the depths of the earth : yea, 
and the city of Onihah and the inhabitants 
thereof, and the city of Mocum, and the 
inhabitants thereof, and the city of Jeru- 
salem and the inhabitants thereof, and wa- 
ters have I caused to come up in the stead 
thereof, to hide their wickedness and 
abominations from before my face, that 
the blood of the prophets and the saints 
shall not come up any more unto me 
against them. And behold, the city of 
Gadiandi, and the city of Gadiomnah, and 
the city of Jacob, and the city of Gimgim- 
no, all these have I caused to be sunk, and 
made hills and valleys in the places there- 
of, and the inhabitants thereof have I bur- 
ied up in the depths of the earth, to hide 
their wickedness and abominations from 
before my face, that the blood of the proph- 



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ets and the saints shall not come up any 
more unto me against them. And behold 
that great city Jaeobugath, which was in- 
habited by the people of the king of Jacob, 
have I caused to be burned with fire, be- 
cause of their sins and their wickedness, 
which was above all the wickedness of the 
whole earth, because of their secret mur- 
ders and combinations ; for it was they 
that did destroy the peace of my people 
and the government of the land : therefore 
I did cause them to be burned, to destroy 
them from before my face, that the blood 
of the prophets and the saints should not 
come up any more unto me against them. 
And behold, the city of Laman, and the 
city of Gad, and the city of Kishkumen, 
have I caused to be burned with fire, and 
the inhabitants thereof, because of their 
wickedness in casting out the prophets, 
and stoning those whom I did send to de- 
clare unto them concerning; their wicked- 
ness and their abominations ; and because 
they cast them all out, th&t there were 
none righteous among them, I did send 
down fire and destroy them, that their 
wickedness and abominations miirhtbe hid 
from before my face, that the blood of the 
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them might not cry unto me from the 
ground against them; and many great de- 
structions have I caused to come upon this 
land and upon this people, because of their 
wickedness and abominations. 

O all ye that are spared, because ye 
were more righteous than they, will ye not 
now return unto me, and repent of your 
sins, and be converted, that I may heal 
you ? Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye 
will come unto me, ye shall have eternal 
life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is ex- 
tended towards you, and whosoever will 
come, him will I receive ; and blessed are 
those who come unto me. Behold I am 
Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I created 
the heavens and the earth, and all things 
that in them are. I was with the Father 
from the beginning. I am in the Father, 
and the Father in me ; and in me hath the 
Father glorified his name. I came unto 
my own, and my own received me not. 
And the scriptures concerning my coming, 
are fulfilled. And as many as have re- 
ceived me, to them have I given to be- 
come the sons of God ; and even so will I 
to as many as shall believe on my name, 
for behold, by%ie redemption cometh, and 
in me is the law of Moses fulfilled. I am 



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the light and the life of the world. I am 
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the 
end. And ye shall offer up unto me no 
more shedding of blood ; yea, your sacri- 
fices and your burnt offering shall be done 
away, for I will accept none of your sac- 
rifices and your burnt offerings ; and ye 
shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken 
heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso 
cometh unto me with a broken heart and 
contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire 
and with the Holy Ghost, even as the La- 
manites, because of their faith in me, at the 
time of their conversion, were baptized 
with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and 
they knew it not. Behold I have come 
unto the world to bring redemption unto 
the world, to save the world from sin : 
therefore whoso repenteth and cometh an. 
to me as a little child, him will I receive ; 
for of such is the kingdom of God. Be- 
hold, for such I have laid down my life, 
and have taken it up again ; therefore re- 
pent, and come unto me ye ends of the 
earth, and be saved.' 

And now behold it came to pass that all 
the people of the land did hear these say- 
ings ; and did witness it. ! And after these 
sayings there was silence in the land for 






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tho space of many hours : for so great was 
tbe astonishment of the people that they 
did cease lamenting and howling for the 
loss of their kindred which had been slain ; 
therefore there was silence in all the land 
for the space of many hours. 

And it came to pass that there came a 
voice again unto the people, and all the 
people did hear, and did witness of it> say- 
ing, ' O ye people of these great cities 
which have fallen, who are descendants of 
Jacob ; yea, who are of the house Israel, 
how oft have I gathered you as a hen gath- 
ereth her chickens under her wings, and 
have nourished you. And again, how oft 
would I have gathered you, as a hen gath- 
ereth her chickens under her wings ; yea, 
O ye people of the house of Israel, who 
have fallen ; yea, O ye people of the house 
of Israel; ye that dwell at Jerusalem, as 
ye that have fallen : yea, how oft would I 
have gathered you as a hen gathereth her 
chickens, and ye would not. O ye house 
of Israel, whom I have spared, how oft 
will I gather you as a hen gathereth her 
chickens under her wings, if ye will repent 
and return unto me with full purpose of 
heart. But if not, O house of Israel, the 
places of your dwellings shall become des- 



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olate, until the time of the fulfilling of the 
eo ven ant of your fathers.' 

And now it came to pass that after the 
people had heard these words, behold they 
began to weep and howl again, because of 
the loss of their kindred and friends. And 
it came to pass that thus did the three days 
pass away. And it was in the mornings 
and darkness dispersed from off the face 
of the land, and the earth did cease to 
tremble, and the rocks did cease to rend, 
and the dreadful groanings did cease, and 
all the tumultuous noises did pass away, 
and the earth did cleave together again, 
that it stood, and the mourning, and the 
weeping, and the wailing of the people 
who were spared alive did cease, and their 
mourning was turned into joy, and their 
lamentations into the praise and thanks- 
giving unto the Lord Jesus Christ their 
Redeemer. And thus far were the scrip- 
tures fulfilled; which had been spoken by 
the Prophets." 

Here then is an account which shows 
clearly and definitely how and when the 
American Antiquities became buried ; how 
the stumps of trees were placed eighty or 
ninety feet under ground ; how cities were 
sunk, and -overwhelmed ; how mountain? 



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fell and valleys rose; how the rocks were 
rent, and how the whole face of the con- 
tinent became altered and deformed. Wo 
now close this subject by saying to all peo- 
ple, that if they wish information on the 
Antiquities of America; if they wish his- 
torical, prophetical, or doctrinal informa- 
tion of the highest importance, let them 
carefully read the Book of Mormon. 

o ■ 

CII AFTETC V. 

THE RESURRECTION OFTHE SAINTS, AND 
TOE RESTORATION OF ALL TDIN6S SPO- 
KEN RY THE PROPHETS. 

This is one of the most important sub- 
jects upon which the human mind can con- 
template ; and one perhaps as little under- 
stood in the present age, as any other now 
lying over the face of prophecy. But how- 
ever neglected at the present time, it was 
once the ground work of the faith, hope, 
and joy of the saints. It was a correct 
understanding of, and firm belief in this 
subject , that influenced all their move- 
men Is. Their minds once fastening upon 
it, they could not be shaken from their pur- 



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pose; their faith was firm, their joy coil- , 
stant, and tlieir hope like an anchor to the j 
soul, both sure and steadfast, reaching to j 
that within the veil. It was this that en- j 
abled them to rejoice in the midst of trib- | 
ulation, persecution^ sword and flame : and 
in view of this, they took joyfully, the 
spoiling of their goods, and gladly wan- \ 
dered as strangers, and pilgrims on the 
earth. For they sought a country, a city, i 
and an inheritance, that none but a saint 
ever thought of, understood, or even hoped 
for. Now we can never understand pre- 
cisely what is meant by restoration ; un- 
less we understand what is lost or taken 
away ; for instance, when we offer to re- 
store any thing to a man, it is as much as 
to say he once possessed it, but had lost 
it ; and we propose to replace, or put him 
in possession of that which he once had, 
therefore when a prophet speaks of the res- 
toration of all things, he means that all- 
things have undergone a change, and are 
to be again restored to their primitive or- 
der, in which they first existed. 

First, then it becomes necessary for us 
to take a view of creation, as it rolled in 
purity from the hand of its Creator; and 
if we can discover the true state in which 



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it then existed, and understand the chang- 
es that have taken place since, then we 
shall be able to understand what is to be 
restored, and thus our minds being pre- 
pared, we; shall be looking for the very- 
things which will come, and shall be in no 
danger of lifting our puny arm in igno- 
rance, to oppose the things of God. 

First then we will take a view of the 
earth, as to its surface, local situation, and 
its productions. 

When God had created the heavens and 
the earth, and separated the light from the 
darkness ; His next great command was 
to the waters: " and God said, 'let the 
waters under the heaven be gathered to- 
gether into one place, and let the dry land 
appear :' and it was so." Gen. 1 : 3. From 
this we learn a marvelous fact, which very- 
few have ever realized or believed in this 
benighted age. We learn that the waters 
"which are now divided into oceans, seas, 
and lakes, were then all gathered together 
into one vast ocean; and consequently 
that the land which is now torn asunder, 
and divided into continents and islands, 
almost innumerable, was then one vast 
continent, or body, not separated as it 
now is. 

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Second, we hear the Lord God pro- 
nounce the earth, as well as every thing 
else, very good. From this we learn that 
there were no deserts, nor barren places ; 
no stagnant swamps, no rough broken 
rugged hills, no vast mountains covered 
with eternal snow, and no part of it was 
located in the frigid zone, so as to render 
its climate dreary and unproductive, sub- 
ject to eternal frost or everlasting chains 
of ice, 

Where no sweet flowers, the dreary landscape cheer, 
Nor plenteous harvests, crown the passing year : 

but the whole earth was probably one vast 
plain, or interspersed with gently rising 
hills, and sloping vales, well calculated for 
cultivation ; while its climate was delight- 
fully varied, without any extremely hot, 
cold, wet or dry weather, which only tend- 
ed to crown the varied year with a greater 
variety of productions : all for the good of 
man, or animals, fowls or creeping things ; 
whilefrom the flowery plain, or spicy grove, 
sweet odors were wafted on every breeze ; 
and ail the vast creation of animated be- 
ings, breathed nought but health, and 
peace, and joy. 

Next we'learn from Gen. 1 : 29, 30, that 



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"God said, ' behold I have given you every 
herb bearing seed, which is upon the face 
of all the earth ; and every tree, in which 
is the fruit of a tree, yielding seed ; to you 
it shall be for meat ; and to every beast of 
the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and 
to every thing that creepeth upon the 
earth, wherein there is life; I have given 
every green herb for meat :' and it was so." 
From these verses we learn that the earth 
yielded no nauseous weeds, no poisonous 
plants, no useless thorns or thistles ; in- 
deed every thing that grew, was just cal- 
culated for the food of man or beast, fowl 
or creeping thing ; and their food was all 
vegetable : and rlesh and blood was never 
sacrificed, to glut their souls, or gratify 
their appetites: the beasts of the earth, 
were all in perfect harmony with each 
other ; the lion ate straw like the ox, the 
wolf dwelt with the lamb, the leopard laid 
down with the kid, the cow and bear fed 
together in the same pasture, while their 
young ones reposed in perfect security, 
under the shade of the same trees ; all was 
peace and harmony, and nothing to hurt 
nor disturb, in all the holy mountain. 
, And to crown the whole, man was crea- 
ted in the image of God, and exalted iu 

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dignity and power, having dominion over 
all the vast creation of animated beings 
which swarmed through the earth, while 
at the same time he inhabited a beautiful 
and well watered garden, in the midst of 
which stood the tree of life, to which he 
had free access ; while he stood in the 
presence of his Maker; conversed with 
Him face to face, and gazed upon His glo- 
ry without a dimming veil between. O 
reader, contemplate for a moment this 
beautiful creation, clothed with peace and 
plenty ; the earth teeming with harmless 
animals, rejoicing over all the plain ; the 
air swarming with delightful birds, whose 
never ceasing notes filled the air with va- 
ried melody, and all in subjection to their 
rightful Sovereign, who rejoiced over 
them ; while a delightful garden stood as 
the capitol of creation, and man seated on 
the throne of this vast empire, swaying his 
sceptre over all the earth with undisputed 
right ; while legions of angels encamped 
round about him, and joined their glad 
voices, in grateful songs of praise, and 
shouts of joy ; while not a sigh nor groan 
was heard throughout the vast expanse ; 
no death, no sorrow, no tears, no weeping, 
no pain nor sickness 5 no contentions, wars 



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nor bloodshed; but peace crowned the 
seasons as they rolled, and life, joy and 
love, reigned over all His works. But, O ! 
how changed is the scene. 

It now becomes my painful duty, to 
trace some of the important changes which 
have taken place, and the causes which 
have conspired to reduce the earth and its 
inhabitants to their present state. 

First, man, by giving heed to tempta- 
tion, fell from his standing before God ; 
and this fall effected the whole creation, 
as well as man, and caused various chan- 
ges to take place, Man was banished from 
the presence of his Creator, and a veil was 
drawn between them, and he was banish- 
ed from the garden of Eden, to till the 
earth, (which was then cursed for man's 
sake, and begun to bring forth thorns and 
thistles,) and with the sweat of his face, 
and in sorrow, he was to eat of it all the 
davs of his life, and flnallv return to dust. 
But as to Eve, her curse was a great mul- 
tiplicity of sorrow and conception ; and as 
to her seed, and the seed of the serpent, 
there was to be a constant enmity; it 
should bruise the serpent's head; and the 
serpent should bruise his heel. 

Now reader, contemplate the change* 
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This scene, which had until then been so 
beautiful, had now become the abode of 
sorrow and toil, of death and mourning. 
The earth groaned with its production, of 
accursed thorns and thistles, and man and 
beast were at enmity: the serpent slyly 
crept away, fearing lest his head should 
get the deadly bruise; and man startled 
amid the thorny path, in fear lest the ser- 
pent's fangs should pierce his heel; whilei 
the lamb yielded his blood upon the smo- 
king altar, and soon man began to perse- 
cute, hate and murder his fellow; until at 
length the earth was filled with violence ; 
all flesh became corrupt, the powers of 
darkness prevailed, and it repented Noah! 
that God had macle man, and it grieved 
him at his heart, for the Lord came out im 
vengeance, and cleansed the earth by wa- 
ter. But how far the flood may have con- 
tributed to produce the various changes, 
as to the division of the earth into broken 
fragments, islands, and continents, moun- 
tains and valleys, we have not been in- 
formed ; the change must have been con- 
siderable. But after the flood, in the days 
of Peleg, the earth was divided. See Gen. 
10 : 25. It is a short history to be sure, oi 
so great an event, but still it will account 



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for the mighty revolution, which rolled the 
sea from its own place in the north, and 
brought it to interpose between different 
portions of the earth, which were parted 
asunder, and moved into something near 
their present form : this, together, with the 
earthquakes, revolutions and commotions, 
which have since taken place, have all con- 
tributed to reduce the face of the earth to 
its present state, while the great curses, 
which have fallen upon different portions 
because of the wickedness of men, will ac- 
count for the stagnant swamps, the sunken 
lakes, the dead seas, and great deserts. 
Witness for instance, the denunciations of 
the prophets upon Babylon, how it was to 
become perpetual desolations, a den of 
wild beasts, a dwelling of unclean and 
hateful birds, a place for owls; and should 
never be inhabited but should lay desolate, 
from generation to generation. Witness 
also the plains of Sodom, filled with towns, 
cities, and flourishing gardens, well water- 
ed. Witness the land of Palestine, in the 
days of Solomon, it was capable of sus- 
taining millions of people, besides a sur- 
plus of wheat, and other productions, which 
were exchanged with the neighboring na- 
tions 5 but it has been desolate ever since 



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the Jews were driven from that land until 
recently. Now its former fertility is re- 
stored. And when I cast mine eyes over 
our own land, and see the numerous 
■swamps, lakes, and ponds of stagnant wa- 
ters, together with the vase mountains and 
innumerable i*ough places, while rocks 
have been rent, and torn asunder, from 
centre to circumference, I exclaim, whence 
all this ! But when I read the Book of 
Mormon, it informs me that while Christ 
was crucified among the Jews, this whole 
American continent was shaken to its foun- 
dation, that many cities were sunk, and 
waters came up in their places ; that the 
rocks were all rent in twain ; that moun- 
tains were thrown up to an exceeding 
height, and other mountains became val- 
leys, the level roads spoiled, and the whole 
face of the land changed. I then exclaim, 
these things are no longer a mystery ; I 
have now learned to account for the many 
wonders which I every where behold 
throughout our whole country ; when I am 
passing a ledge of rocks, and see that they 
have all been rent and torn asunder ; while 
some huge fragments are found deeply im- 
becled in the earth, some rods from whence 
they were torn, I exclaim with astonish- 



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ment, these were the groans, the convul- 
sive throes of agonizing nature, while the 
Son of God suffered upon the cross ! But 
men have degenerated, and greatly chang- 
ed, as well as the earth. The sins, the 
abominations, and the many evil habits of 
the latter ages have added to the miseries, 
toils, and sufferings of human life. The 
idleness, extravagance, pride, covetous- 
ness, drunkenness, and other abominations, 
which are characteristics of the latter 
times, have all combined to sink mankind 
to the lowest stage of wretchedness and 
degredation ; while priestcraft and false 
doctrines have greatly tended to lull man- 
Kind to sleep, and to cause them to rest, 
infinitely short of the powers and attain- 
ments, which the ancients did enjoy, and 
which are alone calculated to exait the in- 
tellectual powers of the human mind; to 
establish noble and generous sentiments ; 
to enlarge the heart, and to expand the 
soul to the utmost extent of its capacity. 
Many of the ancient saints conversed with 
the Great Jehovah, learned lessons from 
the angels, and received instruction by the 
Holy Ghost, in dreams by night, and vis- 
ions by day, until at length the veil was 
taken off', and they were permitted to gaze 



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with wonder and admiration upon things 
past and future ; yea, even to soar aloft 
amid unnumbered worlds; while the vast 
expanse of eternity stood open before them, 
and they contemplated the mighty works 
of the Great I AM, until they know as they 
are known, and see as they are seen. 

Compare this intelligence with the low 
smatterings of education and worldly wis- 
dom, which seem to satisfy the narrow 
mind of man in our generation ; yea 3 be* 
hold the narrow minded, calculating, tra- 
ding, over-reaching, penurious sycophant 
of the nineteenth century, who dreams of 
nothing here, but how to increase his goods, 
or take advantage of his neighbor ; ancl 
whose only religious exercises or duties 
consist of going to meeting, r^aying the 
priest his hire, or praying to his God with- 
out expecting to be heard or answ r ered ; 
supposing that God has been deaf or dumb 
for many centuries, or altogether stupid 
and indifferent like himself. And having 
seen the two contrasted, you will be able 
to form some idea of the vast elevation 
from which man has fallen; you will also 
learn how infinitely beneath his former 
glory and dignity he is now living, and 
your heart will mourn, and be exceedingly 



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sorrowful, when you contemplate him in 
his low estate and think he is your brother. 
And you will be ready to exclaim with 
wonder and astonishment, O man ! how 
art thou fallen ! Once thou wast the fa- 
vorite of Heaven ; thy Maker delighted to 
converse with thee, and angels, and the 
spirits of just men made perfect were thy 
companions; but now thou art degraded and 
brought down on a level with the beasts ; 
yea, far beneath them ; for they look with 
horror and affright at your vain amuse- 
ments, your sports, and your drunkenness, 
and thus often set an example worthy of 
your imitation. Well did the apostle Pe- 
ter say of you, that you know nothing only 
what you know naturally, as brute beasts 
made to be taken and destroyed, and thus 
you perish, from generation to generation, 
while all creation groans under its pollu- 
tion, and death and sorrow, mourning and 
weeping, fill up the measure of the days of 
man. But O my soul, dwell no longer on 
this awful scene ; let it suffice to have dis- 
covered in some degree what is lost. And 
let us turn our attention to that which the 
prophets have said should be restored. 

The apostle Peter while preaching to the 
Jews, said, " and He shall send Jesus 



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Christ, which before was preached unto 
you, whom the heavens must receive, until 
the times of restitution (restoration) of all 
things which God hath spoken, by the 
mouth of all the holy prophets, since the 
world began." It appears from the above, 
that all the holy prophets from Adam and 
those that follow after, have had their eyes 
upon a certain time, when all things should 
be restored to their primitive beauty and 
excellence. And we also learn, that the 
time of restitution was to be at or near the 
time of Christ's second coming, for the 
heavens are to receive Him until the times 
of the restitution, and then the Father shall 
send Him again to the earth. 

We will now proceed to notice Isaiah 
40 : 1-5, " Comfort ye my people, saith 
your God. Speak ye comfortably to Je- 
rusalem, and cry unto her, that her war- 
fare is accomplished, that her iniquity is 
pardoned : for she hath received of the 
Lord's hand double for all her sins. The 
voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, 
prepare ye the way of the Lord, make 
straight in the desert a highway for our 
God. Every valley shall be exalted, and 
every mountain and hill shall be made low : 
and the rough places plain : and the glory 



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of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh 
shall see it together : for the mouth of the 
Lord hath spoken it." 

From these verses we learn, first, that 
the voice of one shall be heard in the wil- 
derness, to prepare the way of the Lord, 
just at the time when Jerusalem has been 
trodden down of the Gentiles long enough, 
to have received at the Lord's hand double 
for all her sins, yea, when the warfare of 
Jerusalem is accomplished, and her iniqui- 
ties pardoned ; then shall this proclama- 
tion be made as it was before by John, yea, 
a second proclamation, to prepare the way 
of the Lord for His second coming ; and 
about that time every valley shall be ex- 
alted, and every mountain and hill shall be 
made low, and the crooked shall be made 
straight, and rough places plain, and then 
the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and 
all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth 
of the Lord hath spoken it. 

Thus you see, every mountain being laid 
low, and every valley exalted,: and the 
rough places made plain, and the crooked 
places straight; these mighty revolutions 
will begin to restore the face of the earth 
to its former beauty. 

In Isaiah 35c. we read of the Lord's sec- 



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ond coming, and of the mighty works 
which will attend it. The barren desert 
will abound with pools and springs of liv- 
ing water, and produce grass, with flowers 
blooming and blossoming as the rose, and 
that too about the time of the coming of 
their God with vengeance and recompense, 
which must allude to his second coming ; 
and Israel is to come at the time to Zion 
with songs of everlasting joy, and sorrow 
and sighing shall flee away. Thus the 
curse will be taken off from the deserts and 
they will become a fruitful, well watered 
country. 

We will now inquire whether the islands 
will return again to the continents, from 
which they were once separated. For this 
subject we refer you to Revelations 6:14, 
" and every mountain and island were 
moved out of their places." From this we 
learn that they will move some where, and 
as it wiU be the time of restoring what had 
been lost, they will accordingly return and 
join themselves to the land from whence 
they came. 

In Isaiah 13 : 13, 14, we read that, " the 
earth shall move out of her place, and be 
like a chased roe which no man taketh up." 
Isaiah 62 ; 4, reads thus: "Thou shalt no 



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more be termed forsaken ; neither shall 
thy land any more be termed desolate ; 
but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and 
thy land Beulah : for the Lord delighteth 
in thee, and thy land shall be married." 

In the first instance we have the earth 
on a move like a chased roe, and in the 
second place we have it married. And 
from the whole and various scriptures we 
learn that the continents and islands shall 
be united in one, as they were in the morn 
of creation, and the sea shall retire and be 
gathered to its own place where it was in 
that day; and all these scenes shall take 
place during the mighty convulsion of na- 
ture, abcftit the time of the coming of the 
Lord, 

Behold ! the Mount of Olives rend in twain ; 
While on its top, He sets His feet again, 
The islands at his word, obedient flee ; 
While to the North, He rolls the mighty sea; 
Restores the earth in one, as at the first; 
With all its blessings, and removes the curse. 

Thus the earth will be restored to the 
same glorious state in which it first exist- 
ed ; levelling the mountains, exalting the 
valleys, smoothing the rough places, ma- 
king the deserts fruitful, and bringing all 
the continents, and islands together, cans- 



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ing the curse to be taken off, that it shall 
no longer produce noxious weeds, and 
thorns, and thistles. The next thing is to 
regulate and restore the brute creation to 
their former state of peace and glory; caus- 
ing all enmity to cease from* off the earth. 
But this will never be done until there is a 
general destruction poured out upon man, 
which will entirely cleanse the earth, and 
sweep all wickedness from its face. This 
will be done by the rod of His mouth, and 
by the breath of His lips, or in other words 
by fire as universal as the flood. Isaiah 
said, "With righteousness shall He judge 
the poor, and reprove with equity for the 
meek ol the earth, and He shall^jmite the 
earth, with the rod of His mouth, and with 
the breath of His lips shall He slay the 
wicked. The wolf shall dwell with the 
lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with 
the kid, and the calf, and the young lion, 
and the fatling together, and a little child 
lead them, and the cow and bear shall feed, 
their young ones shall lie down together, 
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and 
the sucking child shall play on the hole of 
the asp, and the weaned child shall put hia 
hand on the Cockatrice's den. They shall 
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tain, for the earth shall be full of the 
knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cov- 
er the sea." Isa. 11 : 4-9. 

Thus having cleansed the earth and glo- 
rified it with the knowledge of God as the 
waters cover the sea, and having poured 
out His Spirit upon all flesh, both men and 
beasts will become perfectly harmless, as 
they were in the beginning, and they will 
feed on vegetable food only, while nothing 
is left to hurt or destroy in all the vast 
creation; the prophets then proceed to 
give us many glorious descriptions of the 
enjoyments of its inhabitants : "They shall 
build houses and inhabit them; they shall 
plant vineyards and drink the wine of 
them ; they shall plant gardens and eat the 
fruit of them ; they shall not build and an- 
other inhabit ; they shall not plant and au- 
other eat ; for as the days of a tree, are the 
days of my people ; and mine elect shall 
long enjoy the work of their hands. They 
shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth in 
trouble ; for they are the seed of the bless- 
ed of the Lord, and their offspring with 
them; and it shall come to pass that be- 
fore they call, I will answer, and while they 
are yet speaking I will hear." Isa. 65 : 
21-24. In this happy state of existence, 

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it seems that all people will live to the full 
age of a tree, and this too without pain or 
sorrow, and whatsoever they ask will be 
immediately answered, and even all their 
wants will be anticipated. Of course then, 
none of them will sleep in the dust, for 
they will prefer to be translated ; that is, 
changed in the twinkling of an eye, from 
mortality to immortality ; after which they 
will continue to reign with Jesus on the 
earth. 
Thus we have traced the prophets through 
the varying scenes which conspire to re- 
store the earth, and its inhabitants to that i 
state of perfection, in which they first ex- 
isted ; and in which they will exist during 
the sabbath of creation. Having seen all 
things restored among the living, we will , 
now enquire after those who sleep in the 
dust ; but in order to understand precisely 
the nature of their restoration, we must as- 
certain the particulars concerning the res- 
urrection of Jesus, for He was an exact 
pattern after which all His saints will be 
raised. We recollect first, that He was. 
clothed upon with flesh and blood, and 
bones, like another man, and every way 
subject to hunger, thirst, pain, weariness, 
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with this difference, that He was capable 
of enduring more than any other human 
body. Second, this same body was hung 
upon the cross, torn with nails, which were 
driven through His hands and feet, and 
His side pierced with a spear, from which 
there came out blood and water. Third, 
this same body being perfectly lifeless, like 
any other corpse, was taken, without a bone 
being broken, and carefully wrapped in 
linen and laid in the tomb, where it con- 
tinued until the third day; when early in 
the morning the women came to the sep- 
ulchre, and His disciples also, and found 
the linen clothes lying useless, and the nap- 
kin which was about His head, carefully 
folded, and laid by itself; but the body 
which had lain there was gone. From all 
these circumstances we discover that the 
same flesh and bones, which were laid in 
the tomb, were actually reanimated, and 
did arise and lay aside the linen which was 
no longer needed. And Jesus Christ came 
forth triumphant from the mansions of the 
dead, possessing the same body which had 
been born of a woman, which was cruci- 
fied ; but no blood flowed in His veins, for 
blood was the natural life in which were 
the principles of mortality ; and a man re- 
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Stored to flesh and blood would be mortal; 
and consequently again subject unto death, 
which was not the case with our Savior, 
although He had flesh and bones after He 
rose : for when He appeared to His disci- 
ples, and they were afraid, supposing it 
was only a spirit, in order to show them 
their mistake, He said, " handle me and 
see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones as 
you see me have." Luke 24: 39. And 
calling for something to eat, He was pro- 
vided with a piece of broiled fish and an 
honey comb, which He did eat. And even 
afterwards Thomas was invited to put his 
finger into the prints of the nails in His 
hands and feet ; and to thrust his hand into 
His side, from which it was evident that 
He not only possessed the same body, but 
also the same wounds continued to show 
themselves for a witness, and will contin- 
ue until He comes again, when the Jews 
will look upon Him whom they have pierc- 
ed, and enquire : what are the wounds in 
His hands and in His feet ? O ye hard 
hearted, ye ungodly children of men ; your 
eyes will very soon behold Him who was 
crucified for your sins ; then shall ye see 
that the resurrection of the dead is a reali- 
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is not a land of shades, nor a world of 
phantoms, as some suppose. Jesus, after 
the resurrection, was found in the humble 
work of broiling fish, and calling His dis- 
ciples to come and dine. O what simplic- 
ity, what love, what condescension! won- 
der O heavens ! be astonished O earth! be- 
hold the Redeemer, clothed upon with im- 
mortality, and yet seated by a fire of coals, 
in the open air with His brethren, humbly 
partaking of a meal of fish, actually pre- 
pared by His own hands. O ye great and 
noble of the earth, who roll in luxury and 
refinement; O ye priests, who are loaded 
with the honors, titles, dignities, riches, 
and splendor of the world, here is a lesson 
for you, which will make you blush; boast 
no more of being followers of the meek and 
lowly Jesus. 

But to return to the subject of the res- 
urrection ; having proved to a demonstra- 
tion, that our Savior rose from the dead 
with the same body which was crucified, 
possessing flesh and bones, eating and 
drinking with His disciples, this puts the 
matter for ever at rest respecting the res- 
urrection of the saints. But if more proof 
were wanting, we have it in the prophecy 
of Job, before quoted in this work, where 



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he declares that his Redeemer will stand 
in the latter day upon the earth, and he 
should see him in the flesh, though worms 
should destroy the body which he then had. 
The fact is, the saints will again receive 
their bodies, every joint in its proper and 
perfect frame, being clothed upon with 
flesh, sinews, and skin ; like as we now 
are, the whole be coming immortal, no more 
to see corruption, being clothed with a 
white robe of fine linen, suitable for im- 
mortality to wear. Well did the apostle 
say, u in heaven we have a more enduring 
substance" (not shadow.) But in order to 
illustrate this subject still further, we will 
carefully examine Ezek. 37 c, which we 
have touched upon before. In this vision 
the prophet is carried away in the spirit, 
and a valley of dry bones is presented be- 
fore him, and they are very numerous and 
very dry; and while he stands musing and 
contemplating the awful scene, a very won- 
derful question is proposed to him : " Son 
of man, can these dry bones live?" and he 
answered, " O Lord God thou knowest." 
And the Lord said, " son of man prophesy 
upon these bones, and say, O ye dry bones 
hear the word of the Lord." So he proph- 
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prophesied, there was a noise, and behold 
a shaking, and the bones came together, 
bone to his bone, and the sinews and the 
flesh came upon them, and the skin cover- 
ed them. And again he prophesied to the 
winds, saying, " come from the four winds, 
O breath, and breathe upon these slain 
that they may live," and the breath enter- 
ed into them, and they lived and stood up- 
on their feet, an exceeding great army. 
We have heard many comments upon this 
vision, some compare it to sinners being 
converted, and some to the body of Christ, 
the church when dead as to the spiritual 
gifts: but the church becoming dead, can 
no longer be said to be the body of Christ, 
for when she abides in the true vine, she 
lives and bears fruit, and is not dead, and 
where she does not abide in Him, she is 
cut off as a branch, withered and burned, 
instead of rising again. But did you ever 
hear the Lord's own explanation of this 
vision, in the same chapter ? It so far sur- 
passes all other comments, I am inclined 
to believe it, I will therefore write it in 
preference to any other, and run the risk 
of becoming unpopular by so doing. The 
Lord says, " Son of man, these bones are 
the whole house of Israel ; behold they say 
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our bones are dried, our hope is lost, we 
are cut off from our parts ; therefore say 
unto them, thus saith the Lord God, be- 
hold O my people, I will open your graves, 
and cause you to come up out of your 
graves, and bring you into the land of Is- 
rael ; and ye shall know that I am the Lord, 
when I have opened your graves, O my 
people, and brought you up out of your 
graves, and shall put my Spirit in you, and 
you shall live, and I shall place you in 
your own hind. Then shall ye know that 
I the Lord have spoken it and performed 
it, saith the Lord.' 3 Thus you have the 
whole vision unfolded plainly; if the Lord's 
authority can once be allowed, which is 
seldom the case in this age of wisdom and 
learning. The fact is, all the seed of Is- 
rael are raised from the dead, and are to 
be brought into the land of Israel, which 
was given to them for an everlasting in- 
heritance And in order to do this, their 
old dry bones are to be brought together, 
bone to his bone, and every part of their 
bodies are to be reinstated each to its 
place, and they will make a great noise and 
a wonderful shaking when they come to- 
gether ; and surely when they stand upon 
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great army> Jesus, the King of kings and 
Lord of Lords will reign in mount Zion, 
and in Jerusalem, and before His ancients 
gloriously. 

glorious day ! blessed hope ! 
My soul leaps forward at the thought; 
When in that happy, happy land, 
We'll take the ancients by the hand> 
In love and union, hail our friends; 
And death, and sorrow have an end. 

. I now no longer marvel, when I call to 
mind, that Abraham counted himself a 
stranger, and pilgrim, seeking a better 
country, and a city; w T hose builder and 
maker is God. We have now discovered 
the great secret, which none but the saints 
have understood ; and which was well un- 
derstood by them iivall ages of the world ; 
which is this, that man is to dwell in the 
flesh, upon the earth with the whole house 
of Israel ; and with all the saints of the 
Most High, not only one thousand years, 
but for ever and ever. There the Ancient 
of Days whose hair is white like the pure 
wool, will sit enthroned in dignity, as the 
great Patriarch, the mighty prince; while 
thousands of thousands stand before him, 
and ten thousand times ten thousand min- 
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dren who died in the faith of the Messiah, 
while Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Job, 
and Daniel, with all the prophets and apos- 
tles, and all the saints of God of all ages, 
hail each other in the flesh ; while Jesus 
the great Messiah will stand in the midst; 
and to crown the whole, He will gird him- 
self, and administer bread and wine to the 
whole multitude, while He will partake of 
the same with them on the earth, while all 
are clothed in fine linen, clean and white. 
This is the marriage supper of the Lamb. 
Blessed are they who partake thereof. 

Having traced the great restoration of 
the earth and its inhabitants, until we find 
them in the full enjoyment of the promises 
made to their fathers ; and having learned 
that a future state is not a state of shad- 
ows, and fables; but a reality, even a 
more enduring substance ; we shall now 
take a view of the division of their land, 
and the laying out of their city, even the 
holy city, where the tabernacle of God and 
His sanctuarv shall be for ever more, for 
of course this was the city sought for, by 
Abraham and others, who found it not. 
This view is given in the last chapter of 
Ezekiel, where he divides the land, by lot, 
to the whole twelve tribes ; and lays off 



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the city, and sanctuary in the midst, with 
its twelve gates, three on each side, the 
whole lying four square. Buf in his 47th 
chapter, we have a description of a beau- 
tiful river, which will issue forth from the 
eastern front of the temple, from under the 
sanctuary, and run eastward into the Dead 
sea, healing the waters, and causing a veiy 
great multitude of fishes ; so that from 
Engedi to Eneglaim, the fishers spread 
forth their nets ; while the miry places 
should not be healed ; but shall be given 
to salt. And on either side shall grow all 
trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, 
nor shall the fruit thereof be consumed ; it 
shall bring forth new fruit according to its 
months ; because, their waters they issued 
out of the sanctuary ; and the fruit shall be 
for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine. 
There will be also a city which is called 
Zion, which will be beautified as follows : 
" thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not com- 
forted ! behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, 
and lay thy foundation with sapphires. And I will 
make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of car- 
buncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And 
all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and 
great shall be the peace of thy children. In righte- 
ousness shalt thou be established : thou shalt be far 
from oppression ; for thou shalt not fear : and from 
terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, 



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they shall surely gather together, but not by me : 
whosoever shall gather together against thee shall 
fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith 
that bio we th the coals in the fire, and that bringeth 
forth an instrument for his work ; and I have crea- 
ted the waster to destroy. Is'o weapon that is form- 
ed against thee shall prosper ; and every tongue that 
shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt con- 
demn. This is the heritage of the servants of the 
Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord." 
Isa. 54: 11-17. 

From these verses we learn something 
of the beauty of this city, and of the mate- 
rials of which it is composed ; their stones 
of fair colors, their foundations of sap- 
phires, their windows of agates and their 
gates of carbuncles, and all their borders 
of pleasant stones ; well calculated to beau- 
tify the place of His sanctuary, and to make 
the place of His feet glorious, as well as to 
give a lustre and magnificence to the whole 
city, of which the Gentiles, with all their 
boasted wealth and grandeur, can form but 
a faint idea ; and then to mark in the same 
description, the knowledge, as well as the 
peace and security of all the inhabitants, 
while they who gather together against 
them to battle, are sure to"~fall for their 
sake : surely this is the heritage of the ser- 
vants of the Lord ; surely, this is a delight- 
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Abraham's. But in order to form a still 
more striking idea of the prosperity, wealth 
beauty, and magnificence of Zion, we will 
quote Isa. 60 : 

" Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory 
of the Lord is risen upon thee. For behold, the 
darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness 
the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and 
His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles 
shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness 
of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and 
see: all they gather themselves together, they come 
to thee : thy sons shall come from far, and thy daugh- 
ters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, 
and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be 
enlarged ; because the abundance of the sea shall be 
converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles, shall 
come unto thee. The multitude of camels shall cover 
thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah ; all they 
from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and 
incense ; and they shall shew forth the praises of the 
Lord. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered 
together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall min- 
ister unto thee : they shall come up with acceptance 
on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my 
glory. Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the 
doves to their windows ? Surely the isles shall wait 
for rne, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy 
sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, 
unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy 
One of Israel, because He hath glorified thee. And 
the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and 
their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath 
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thee. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually j 
they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may 
bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that 
their kings may be brought. For the nation and 
kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish ; yea, 
those nations shall be utterly wasted. The glory of 
Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine* 
tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of 
my sanctuary ; and I will make the place of my feet 
glorious. The sons also of them that afflicted thee 
shall come bending unto thee: and all they that de- 
spise thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of 
thy feet ; and they shall call thee 'the city of the 
Lord, the Zion of the Iiolv One of Israel.' Whereas 
thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man 
went through thee ) I will make thee an eternal ex- 
cellency, a joy of many generations. Thou shait also* 
suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the 
breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord 
am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of 
Jacob .For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I 
will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones 
iron : I will also make thy officers peace, and thine 
exactors righteousness. Violence shall no more be 
heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy 
borders ; but thou shalt call thy walls salvation, and 
thy gates praise. The sun shall be no more thy light 
by day: neither for brightness shall the moon give 
light unto thee : but the Lord shall be unto thee an 
everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun 
shall no more go down ; neither shall thy moon with- 
draw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting 
light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. 
Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall in- 
herit the land forever, the branch of my planting, the 



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work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little 
one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong 
nation : I the Lord will hasten it in His time." 

In this chapter, we learn, first, that there 
is a city to be built in the last days, unto 
which not only Israel, but all the nations 
of the Gentiles are to flow, and the nation 
and kingdom that will not serve that city 
shall perish, and be utterly wasted. Sec- 
ond, we learn that the name of that city is 
Zion, the city of the Lord. Third, we 
learn that it is called the place of His sanc- 
tuary, and the place of His feet. Fourth, 
that the best of lumber, consisting of fir, 
pine, and box wood, is to be brought in 
great plenty to beautify the place of His 
sanctuary, and make the place of His feet 
glorious. Fifth, the precious metals are 
to abound in such plenty, that gold is to 
be in the room of brass, silver in the room 
of iron, brass in the room of wood, iron in 
the room of stones, while their officers are 
to be peace officers, and their exactors 
righteous exactors, violence is no more to 
be heard in the land, wasting nor destruc- 
tion within their borders, their walls are to 
be salvation, and their gates praise, while 
the glory of God in the midst of the city 
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mourning will be ended ; their people all 
righteous, and inherit the land for ever, 
being the branch of the Lord's planting, 
that He may be glorified. A small one 
shall become a strong nation, and the Lord 
will hasten it in its time. 

The Psalmist David, has told us con- 
cerning the time of the building of this 
city, as follows: 

" Thou shalt arise, and have mercy on Zion, for 
the time to favor her, yea, the set time is come; for 
thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favor 
the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name 
of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. 
When the Lord shall build up Zion, He shall appear 
in His glory. He will regard the prayer of the des- 
titute, and not despise their prayer. This shall be 
written, for the generation to come, and the people 
which shall be created shall praise the Lord, for He 
hath looked down from the height of His sanctuary, 
from heaven did the Lord behold the earth, to hear 
the groaning of the prisoner, to loose those that are 
appointed to death, to declare the name of the Lord 
in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem. When the 
people are gathered together, and the kingdoms to 
serve the Lord." Ps. 102 : 13-22. 

From this prophecy we learn . first, that 
there is a set time to build up Zion, or the 
city of which Isaiah speaks; namely, just 
before the second coming of Christ, and 
that when this city is built, the Lord will 
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from this we affirm, that, if such a city is 
never built, then the Lord will never come. 
Second, we learn that the people and king- 
doms are to be gathered together, to serve 
the Lord both in Zion, and Jerusalem. 
Third, we learn that this Psalm was writ- 
ten expressly for the generation to come, 
and the people which shall be created shall 
praise the Lord, (when they read it and 
see it fulfilled.) 

I will now call the attention of the read- 
er to a part of the Book of Ether, 6 c, con- 
tained in the Book of Mormon : 

" He (Ether) truly told them of all things, from the 
beginning of man; and that after the waters had re- 
ceded from off the face, of this land, it became a 
choice land above all other lands, a chosen land of 
the Lord ; wherefore the Lord would have that all 
men should serve Him, who dwell upon the face there- 
of; and that it was the place of the New Jerusalem, 
which should come down out of heaven, and the holy 
sanctuary of the Lord. Behold, Ether saw the days 
of Christ, and He spake concerning a New Jerusa- 
lem upon this land, and He spake also concerning 
the house of Israel, and the Jerusalem from whence 
Lehi should come; after it should be destroyed, it 
should be built up again a holy city unto the Lord ; 
wherefore it could not be a New Jerusalem, for it 
had been in a time of old, but it should be built up 
again, and become a holy city of the Lord ; and it 
should be built up unto the house of Israel ; and that 
a New Jerusalem should be built up upon this land, 

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unto the remnant of the seed of Joseph, for which 
things there has been a type ; ibr as Joseph brought 
his father down into the land of Egypt, even so he 
died there ; wherefore the Lord brought a remnant 
of the seed of Joseph out of the land of Jerusalem, 
that He might be merciful unto the seed of Joseph, 
that they should perish not, even as He was merciful 
unto the father of Joseph, that he should perish not ; 
wherefore the remnant of the house of Joseph shall 
be built upon this land ; and it shall be a land of their 
inheritance ; and they shall build up a holy city unto 
the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem of old ; and they 
shall no more be confounded, until the end come, 
when the earth shall pass away. And there shall be 
a new heaven and a new earth; and they shall be 
like unto the old, save the old have passed away, and 
all things have become new. And then cometh the 
New Jerusalem ; and blessed are they who dwell 
therein, for it is they whose garments are white 
through the blood of the Lamb ; and they are they 
who are numbered among the remnant of the seed of 
Joseph, who were of the house of Israel. And then 
also cometh the Jerusalem of old ; and the inhabi- 
tants thereof, blessed are they, for they have been 
washed in the blood of the Lamb ; and they are they 
who were scattered and gathered in from the four 
quarters of the earth, and from the north countries, 
and are partakers of the fulfilling of the covenant 
which God made with their father Abraham. And 
when these things come, bringeth to pass the scrip* 
ture which saith, there are they who were first, who 
shall be last; and there are they who were last who 
shall be first." 

From this prophecy we learn, First, that 
America is a chosen land of the Lord, 



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above every other land. Second, that it 
is the place of the New Jerusalem, which 
shall come down from God out of heaven, 
upon the earth when it is renewed. Third, 
that a New Jerusalem, is to be built in 
America, to the remnant of Joseph like 
unto, or after a similar pattern to the old 
Jerusalem in the land ot Canaan: and that 
the old Jerusalem shall be rebuilt at the 
same time ; and this being done, both 
cities will continue in prosperity on the 
earth, unlil the great and last change when 
the heavens and the earth are to be renew- 
ed. Fourth, we learn that when this 
change takes place, the two cities are 
caught up into heaven, together with the 
inhabitants thereof, and being changed and 
made new, they descend on the new earth, 
and fifth, we learn that the inhabitants of 
these two cities are the same that gather- 
ed together and first builded them. The 
remnant of Joseph and they who will be 
numbered among them inherit the new Je- 
rusalem. And the remainder of all the 
tribes of Israel, gathered from the north 
countries, and from the four quarters of the 
earth, inhabit the other, and thus all things 
being made new, we find those who were 
once strangers aud pilgrims on the earth, 
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in possession of that better country, and 
that city, for which they sought. 

We will now turn to John's Revelations 
and examine the city after it is made new, 
and see if it is anything like the pattern 
which it exhibited previous to its final 
change. Rev. 21 c. and Rev. 22 : 1-7, reads 
as follows: 

" And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for 
the first heaven and the first earth were passed 
away ; and there was no more sea. And I John 
saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down 
from G od out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorn- 
ed for her husband. And I heard a great voice 
out of heaven, saying, ' behold, the tabernacle of 
God is with men, and He will dwell with them, 
and they shall be His people, and God himself 
shall be with them, and be their God. And God 
shall wipe away all tears from their eyes ; and 
there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor 
crying, neither shall there be any more pain : for 
the former things are passed away.' And He that 
sat upon the throne said, ' behold, I make all things 
new.' And He said unto me, 'write; for these 
words are true and faithful.' And He said unto 
me, 'It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the be- 
ginning and the end. I will give unto him that is 
athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and 
I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But 
the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, 
and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, 
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in the lake which burnetii with fire and brimstone : 
Which is the second death.' And there came un- 
to me one of the seven angels, which had the seven 
vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked 
w r ith me, saying, < come hither, I will show thee 
the bride, the Lamb's wife.' And he carried me 
away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, 
and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusa- 
lem, descending out of heaven from God. Having 
the glory of God : and her light was like unto a 
stone most precious, even like a jasper-stone, clear 
as crystal ; and had a wall great and high, and 
had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, 
and names written thereon, which are the names 
of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. On 
the east, three gates ; on the north, three gates ; 
on the south, three gates ; and on the west, three 
gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foun- 
dations, and in them the names of the twelve apos- 
tles of the Lamb. And he that talked with me, 
had a golden reed to measure the city, and the 
gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city 
lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the 
breadth : and he measured the city with the reed, 
twelve thousand furlongs. The length, and the 
breadth, and the height of it are equal. And he 
measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty 
and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, 
that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall 
of it was of jasper : and the city was pure gold, 
like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the 
wall of the city were garnished with all manner 
of precious stones. The first foundation was jas- 
per; the second, sapphire ; the third, a chalcedo- 
ny ; the fourth, an emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; 
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%he sixth, sardius ; the seventh, crysolite ; the 
eighth, beryl ; the ninth, a topaz ; the tenth, a 
chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; thetwelfth, 
an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve 
pearls ; every several gate was of one pearl ; and 
the street of the city was pure gold, as it were 
transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein : 
for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the 
temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, 
neither of the moon, to shine in it; for the glory 
of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light 
thereof. And the nations of them which are saved 
shall walk in the light of it : and the kings of the 
earth do bring their glory and honor into it. And 
the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day : for 
there shall be no night there. And they shall bring 
the glory and honor of the nations into it. And 
there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that 
defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, 
or maketh a lie ; but they which are written in the 
Lamb's book of life. 

' 'And he shewed me a pure river of water of 
life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne 
of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the 
street of it, and on either side of the river, was 
there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner 
of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month : and 
the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the 
nations. And there shall be no more curse : but 
the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; 
and His servants shall serve Him: and they shall 
see His face; and His name shall be in their fore- 
heads. And there shall be no night there; and 
they need no candle, neither light of the sun ; for 
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reign for ever and ever. And He said unto me, 
* These sayings are faithful and true. And the 
Lord God of the, holy prophets sent His angel to 
shew unto His servants the things which must 
shortly be done. Behold I come quickly: blesse.d 
is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of 
this book.' " 

From this beautiful description, we learii 
first, that on this new earth there will be 
no sea, but during the thousand years 
which we have described there will be a 
sea, for after the thousand years are ended, 
the sea will give up the dead which will be 
in it. Secondly, we learn that in this new 
earth there will be no temple, but in the 
Millenium, they who "have washed their 
robes and made them white in the blood 
of the Lamb," will " serve Him day and 
night in His temple." Rev. 7:14, 15. 

Now of the things of which we have 
spoken, this is the sum: Isaiah and other 
prophets have given a description of Zion 
and Jerusalem, as they will be built up in 
the last days, and as they will continue 
during the Millenium, and John has given 
a description of them as they will be, after 
their final change, when they have come 
down from God out of heaven and rest 
upon the new earth. But Ether has given 
us a sketch of them, as they are to be both 

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in their temporal, and in their eternal state : 
and he has told us plainly, concerning their 
first location, namely : the New Jerusalem 
in America, inhabited by the remnant of 
Joseph, and those gathered with them, 
who have washed their robes, and made 
them white, in the blood of the Lamb : and 
the other Jerusalem, in its former place, 
inhabited by the house of Israel, gathered 
from the north countries, and from all coun- 
tries where they have been scattered, hav- 
ing washed their robes and made them 
white in the blood of the Lamb. And here 
is the end of the matter. I would only 
add, that the Government of the United 
States, has been engaged in gathering the 
remnant of Joseph near to the place where 
they will finally build the New Jerusalem, 
the city of Zion. God will gather them 
from all the face of the land, and this gath- 
ering is clearly predicted in the Book of 
Mormon, and other revelations, at the place 
before appointed, and at the time set for 
its fulfillment : and except the Gentiles re- 
pent of all their v abominations, and embrace 
the same covenant, they will soon be ut- 
terly destroyed from off the face of this 
land: as it is written by Isaiah, " the na- 
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shall perish. Yea, those nations shall be 
utterly wasted.". In the Book of Mormon 
(B. of Nephi-0 and 10 c.) it is recorded 
that Jesus said : 

" Verily I say unto you, I give unto you a sign, 
that ye may know the time when these things shall 
be about to take place, that I shall gather in from 
their long dispersion, my people, house of Isra- 
el, and shall establish again among them my Zion. 
And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto 
you for a sign, for verily I say unto you, that 
when these things which I declare unto you, and 
which I shall declare unto you hereafter of my- 
self, and by the power of the Holy Ghost, which 
shall be given unto you of the Father, shall be 
made known unto the Gentiles, that they may 
know concerning this people who are a remnant 
of the house of Jacob, and concerning this my peo- 
ple who shall be scattered by them ; verily, veri- 
ly, I say unto you, when these things shall be 
made known unto them of the Father, and shall 
come forth of the Father, from them unto you, 
for it is wisdom in the Father that they should be 
established in this land, and be set up as a free 
people by the power of the Father, that these 
things might come forth from them unto a rem- 
nant of your seed, that the covenant of the Father 
may be fulfilled which He hath covenanted with 
His people, house of Israel ; therefore, when 
these works, and the works which shall be wrought 
among you hereafter, shall come forth from the 
Gentiles unto your seed, which shall dwindle in 
unbelief because of iniquity ; for thus it behoov- 
eth the Father that it should come forth from the 



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Gentiles, that He may shew forth His power unto 
the Gentiles, for this cause, that the Gentiles, if 
they will not harden their hearts, that they may 
repent and come unto me, and be baptized in my 
name, aiid know of the true points of my doctrine* 
that they may be numbered among my people, 
house of Israel : and when these things come to 
pass, that thy seed shall begin to know these things, 
it shall be a sign unto them, that they may know 
that the work of the Father hath already com- 
menced unto the fulfilling of the covenant which 
He hath made unto the people who are of the house 
of Israel. And when that day shall come, it shall 
come to pass that kings shall shut their mouths ; 
for that which had not been told them shall they 
see : and that which they had not heard shall they 
consider. For in that day, for my sake shall the 
Father work a work, which shall be a great and 
a marvelous work among them ; and there shall 
be among them those who will not believe it, al- 
though a man shall declare it unto them. But 
behold, the life of my servant shall be in my hand ; 
therefore they shall not hurt him, although he 
shall be marred because of them. Yet I will heal 
him, for I will shew unto them that my wisdom 
is greater than the cunning of the devil. There- 
fore it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not 
believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, whom 
the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto the 
Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that he 
shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall 
be done even as Moses said,) they shall be cut oif 
from among my people who are of the covenant ; 
and my people who are a remnant of Jacob, shall 
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as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young 
lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go 
through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, 
and none can deliver. Their hand shall be lifted 
up upon their adversaries, and all their enemies 
shall be cut off, Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles, 
except they repent, for it shall come to pass in 
that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off thy 
horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy 
chariots ; and I will cut off tlie cities of thy land, and 
throw down all thy strong holds ; and I will cut 
off witchcrafts out of thy land, and thou shalt 
have no more soothsayers: thy graven images I 
will also cut off, and thy standing images out of 
the midst of thee ; and thou shalt no more wor- 
ship the works of thy hands ; and I will pluck up 
thy groves out of the midst of thee ; so will I de- 
stroy thy cities. And it shall come to pass that 
all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings, and 
strifes, and priestcrafts and whoredoms, shall be 
done away. For it shall come to pass saith the 
Father, that at that day, whosoever will not re- 
pent and come unto my beloved Son, them will I 
cut off from among my people, house of Israel ; 
and I will execute vengeance and fury upon them, 
even as upon the heathen, such as they have not 
heard. 

" But if they will repent, and hearken unto 
my words, and harden not their hearts, I will es- 
tablish my church among them, and they shall 
come in unto the covenant, and be numbered 
among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I 
have given this land for their inheritance, and 
they shall assist my people, the remnant of Jacob ; 
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dome, that they may build a city, which shall be 
called the New Jerusalem; and then shail they 
assist my people that they may be gathered in, 
who are scattered upon all the face of the land, 
in unto the New Jerusalem. And then shall thev 
power of heaven come down among them ; and I 
also will be in the midst, and then shall the work 
of the Father commence, at that day even when 
this gospel shall be preached among the remnant 
of this people. Verily, I say unto you, at that 
day shall the work of the Father commence among 
all the dispersed of my people ; yea, even the 
tribes which have been lost, which the Father hath 
led away out of Jerusalem. Yea, the work shall 
commence among all the dispersed of my people, 
with the Father, to prepare the way whereby they 
may come unto me, that they may call on the 
Father in my name ; yea, and then shall the work 
commence, with the Father, among all nations, in 
preparing the way whereby His people may be 
gathered home to the land of their inheritance. 
And they shall go out from all nations : and they 
shall not go out in haste, nor go by flight ; for I 
will go before them; saith the Father, and I will 
be their rearward." 

O, ye remnant of Joseph, your secret is 
revealed, ye who are despised, smitten, 
scattered, and driven by the Gentiles, from 
place to place, until you are left few in 
number. " O thou afflicted, tossed with 
tempest and not comforted," lift up your 
heads and rejoice, for your redemption 
draweth nigh: yea ? we have found your 



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record ; the Oracles of God which were 
committed to your forefathers and which 
have been hidden from you for a long time, 
because of unbelief. Behold, they will be 
restored to you again : then shall you re- 
joice ; for you shall know that it is a bles- 
sing from the hand of God ; and the scales 
of darkness shall begin to fall from your 
eyes, and the Gentiles shall not again have 
power over you ; but you shall be gather- 
ed together and be built up, and again be- 
come a delightsome people, and the time 
has come ; yea, the work has already com- 
menced ; for we have seen you gathering 
together, from all parts of our land, unto 
the place which God has appointed for the 
Gentiles to gather you. The hand of your 
Great God is in all this; and it was all 
foretold bv vour forefathers. 

It is with mingled feelings of joy and 
sorrow that I reflect upon these things — 
sorrow,- when I think how you have been 
smitten ; joy when I reflect upon the hap- 
py change that now awaits you ; and sor- 
row again when I turn my thoughts to the 
awful destruction that awaits the Gentiles, 
except they repent. But the eternal pur- 
poses of Jehovah must roll on until all 
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binder: therefore, O God, thy will be done. 
But while I still linger upon this subject, 
with feelings that are easier felt than de- 
scribed ; methinks, I can almost hear the 
poor Indian's mournful chaunt resounding 
thi'ough his native woods. It whispers thus : 

Great Spirit of our Fathers lend an ear ; 

Pity the red man, to his cries give ear, 

Long hast thou scourged him with thy chastening 

sore ; 
When wilt thy vengeance cease,, thy wrath be o'er 
When will the white man's dire ambition cease, 
And let our scattered remnants dwell in peace ? 
Or shall we (driven to western shore) 
Become extinct, and fall to rise no more ? 

Forbid Great Spirit; make thy mercy known, 
Reveal thy truth, thy wandering captives own, 
Make bare thine arm of power for our release, 
And o'er the earth extend the reign of peace. 



CHAPTER VI. 

THE DEALINGS OF GOD WITH ALL NA- 
TIONS IN REGARD TO REVELATION, 

"And hath made of one blood all nations of men, to 
dtvell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined 
the times before appointed, and the bounds of their hob' 
itation ; that they should seek the Lord if happily they 
might feel after him, and find him; though he be not far 
from every one of us ; for in him ue live, and move, 
and have 'our being." Acts 17. 26, 21, 28. 



In this text we learn first, that all na- 
tions are made of one blood ; secondly, 
they are designed to dwell on all the face 
of the earth, (America not excepted;) 
third, that the Lord has determined the 
bounds of their habitation, that is, He has 
divided the earth among his children, giv- 
ing each nation that portion which seemed 
good to Him, for inst ance the land of Cana- 
an to Israel; Mount Seir, to Esau; Arabia, 
to Ishmael ; America, to the remnant of 
Joseph, &c. like a father parcels off a large 
tract of land to his several children. And 
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tions of the earth the privilege of feeling 
after him and finding him ; he, not being 
very far from every one of them ; whether 
they were in Asia, Africa, Europe or 
America; or even upon the islands of the 
sea. Now, if any riation, in any age of the 
world, or in any part of the earth should 
happen to live up to their privilege; what 
would they obtain? I answer, revelation, 
for the best of reasons, because no people 
ever found God in any other way, nor 
ever will; therefore if they found God, 
they found him by revelation direct from 
himself; revealing his will to them ; and if 
they did not find him in this way, they 
never knew him ; and if they did obtain 
revelation it was their privilege to write 
it ; and make a record of the same, and 
teach it to their children ; and this record 
would be sacred ; because it would contain 
the word of God ; and thus it would be a 
Holy Bible ; no matter whether it was 
written by the Jews, the ten tribes, the 
Nephites, or the Gentiles. I would just 
as soon have the gospel written by Nephi, 
Mormon, Moroni, or Alma, as to have the 
gospel written by Mathew, Mark, Luke, 
or John. Again, I would just as soon 
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to believe a revelation given in Asia ; for 
if ever a nation failed to get a revelation, 
it was because they did not attain unto 
that which was their privilege. But why 
then was any nation ever left in darkness, 
from age to age, without the light of reve- 
lation to guide them ? I answer, because 
their forefathers in some age of the worlds 
rejected revelation, cast out and killed 
the prophets, and turned a deaf ear to the 
things of God, until God took away that 
which they enjoyed, and committed it to 
some other people, and left them front 
generation to generation to grow up in 
ignorance, until he should see fit again to 
send his light and truth to that nation J 
but those who reject no light are under" 
no condemnation; and the mercy of God 
hath claim upon them, through the blood 
of Christ which atoneth for the sins of the 
world. The heathen, who never had the 
light of revelation, will be saved by the 
blood of Christ; while their forefathers 
who rejected the light are condemned ; for 
this is their condemnation, that when light 
comes men reject it. 

Now- on this subject, let us examine the 
history of various ages. In the morn of 
creation, men had light by direct revela- 

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tion, for Adam, Cain, and Abel talked with 
the Lord. In the next age men had light 
by revelation, for Enoch walked with the 
Lord, and not only saw the first coming of 
Christ, but His second coming also, and 
he exclaimed, " behold the Lord cometh 
with ten thousand of His saints, to take 
vengeance on the ungodly," &c, as it is 
written in Jude. From which it appears 
that Enoch knew and prophesied concern- 
ing the Messiah, with all the plainness of 
an apostle. Again, in Noah's day there 
were positive revelations. From the days 
of Israel the oracles of God seemed to per- 
tain more particularly to them, and they 
were chosen for that very purpose, name- 
ly that to them might be committed the 
oracles of God, the Priesthood the service 
of God, and the promises. But in process 
of time, Israel rendered Ihemselves un- 
worthy of a continuance of such blessings, 
by stoning and killing the prophets, and 
rejecting the Messiah, and all those that 
God sent unto them, until at length the 
Lord took the kingdom from them as a na- 
tion, and gave it to the Gentiles, in the 
mean time winking at all the ignorance 
through which the Gentiles had passed. 
But as soon as the kingdom of God was 



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given to the Gentiles, He then command- 
ed them all everywhere to repent, and then 
if they did not do it they were under con- 
demnation, but not before. But as soon 
as the kingdom was taken from the Jews, 
the fruits of it disappeared from among 
them, and they were dispersed into all the 
nations of the earth, where they have not 
heard the voice of inspiration-^ where they 
did not hear the voices of living prophets 
any more, because they rejected^ persecu- 
ted and slew those who were sent unto 
them in their own land* That generation 
of Jews who were guilty of these sins were 
under condemnation, and therefore they 
were scattered into all nations, but subse- 
quent generations were not under this con- 
demnation, because no prophets were sent 
unto them. The Savior said, " if I had 
not come and spoken unto them, they had 
not had sin : but now they have no cloak 
for their sin." John 15 : 22. He also said, 
" this is the condemnation, that light is 
come into the world, and men loved dark- 
ness rather than light, because their deeds 
were evil." John 3:19. When Jesus and 
His co-laborers brought light and truth 
into the world, they were under condem- 
nation who rejected it, but if these inspir- 

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ed messengers had not come, they would 
iiot have been under this condemnation^ 
otherwise the words of the man who re- 
ceived only one talent would be true, when 
he said, " Lord, I knew thee that thou art 
an hard man, reaping where thou hast not 
sown, and gathering where thou hast not 
strewed." Mat. 25 : 24. This is not the 
manner of God's dealing with the children 
of men, for Jesus said, "that servant^whicli 
knew his Lord's will, and prepared not 
himself, neither did according to His will$ 
shall be beaten with many stripes, But 
he that knew not, and did commit things 
worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few 
stripes. For unto whomsoever much is 
given, of him shall be much required : and 
to whom men have committed much, of 
him they will ask the more." Luke 12 : 47$ 
48. Paul also said, "the times of this ig- 
norance God winked at, but now com- 
mandeth all men every where to repent." 
Acts 17 : 30. Thus we discover that the 
generations which have passed away with* 
out being visited by prophets and messa- 
ges from God, were not under condemna- 
tion for rejecting prophets and messages^ 
and if the Spirit of God wrought upon any 
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passed away since their fathers rejected 
the messages which God sent unto them 
by Christ arjd His apostles, they will only 
be accountable for their attention to just 
as much light as thev have received, and 
no more. The Spirit of God wrought upon 
Columbus, and by it he discovered Ameri- 
ca. • It wrought upon other Gentiles, and 
they went forth out of captivity, upon the 
many waters." Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 
3 c. Nephi prophesied concerning the 
Gentiles who came to this land, and he 
gaid, " I beheld the Spirit of the Lord, 
that it was upon the Gentiles, and they did 
prosper, and obtain the land for their in- 
heritance. * * * I, Nephi, beheld that 
the Gentiles who had gone forth out of 
captivity, did humble themselves before 
the Lord ; and the power of the Lord was 
with them, and I beheld that their mother 
Gentiles were gathered together upon the 
waters, and upon the land also, to battle 
against them ; and I beheld that the pow- 
er of God was with them; and also that 
the wrath of God was upon all those that 
were gathered together against them to 
battle. And I, Nephi, beheld that the 
Gentiles that had gone out of captivity, 
were delivered by the power of God, out 

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of the hands of all other nations." Thus 
the Spirit of God operated upon their 
minds by impressions when they had not 
sufficient faith to obtain the gift of prophe- 
cy. But in this age God has again spoken 
from the heavens, and commissioned men 
to go, first to the Gentiles : commanding 
them everywhere to repent, and obey the 
gospel ; and then He has commanded them 
to go to the Jews also, and command them 
to repent, and obey, the gospel ; thus re- 
storing again that which has been so long 
lost from the earth, and wherever their 
voices shall be heard, issuing this procla- 
mation in the name of Jesus, according as 
He has commanded them ; then and there 
the people are under obligation to repent, 
and be baptized, and he that repents and 
is baptized shall be saved, and he that 
does not believe their testimony, and re- 
pent, and be baptized, shall be damned ; 
for this plain reason, because God has sent 
them, by revelation, with this message, to 
this generation ; and he that rejects the 
least of God's ambassadors, rejects him 
that sent him ; and therefore they are un- 
der condemnation, from that time forth; 
but the message which God has sent these 
men with, is binding only on the generation 



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to whom it is sent; and is not binding at all 
upon those who are dead and gone before 
it came. Neither is it binding on any 
generation, which shall come after, unless 
God should raise up men and send unto 
them, with the same gospel, and then that 
generation to whom he sends them will be 
saved or damned, according as they re- 
ceive, or reject their testimony. 

People frequently ask this question, say- 
ing, " if God has sent men with certain 
truths which are binding on the people, 
and without which they cannot be saved ; 
what will become of the good people who 
have died before this message came ?" I 
answer, if they obeyed the message which 
God sent to their own generation, they 
will be saved : but if not, they will bo 
damned. But, if God sent no message to 
that generation, then they have rejected 
none, and consequently, are under no 
condemnation, and they will rise up in 
judgment against this generation, and con- 
demn it, for if they had received the same 
blessings which are now offered to us, they 
would no doubt have received them gladly. 
The principle of condemnation in all ages 
of the world, is no other than rejecting the 
very message which God sends to them ; 

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while they pretend to cleave closely to 
that which He has sent in former ages. 

" Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, 
hypocrites ! because ye build the tombs of 
the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres 
of the righteous, and say, ' If we had 
been in the days of our fathers, we would 
not have been partakers with them in the 
blood of the prophets.' Wherefore ye be 
witnesses linto yourselves, that ye are the 
children of them which killed the proph- 
ets." Mat. 23 : 29-31. This was the tes- 
timony of the Savior to the Jews, who 
were pretending to stand stiffly, for their 
former prophets ; and at the same time re- 
jected Jesus, and His apostles. And so it 
is now in the nineteenth century. You 
Christians, (so called) garnish the tombs 
of the Messiah, and His former apostles, 
and even build fine chapels to their memo- 
ry, entitling them, Saint Paul's church, 
Saint Peter's church, Saint John's church, 
&c; and you say if we had lived in the 
days of the apostles, we would not have 
Stoned and killed them. But ye yourselves 
are witnesses, that ye allow the deeds of 
those who killed Christ and the apostles ; 
and you build chapels in honor of them ; 
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an apostle comes among you, you forth- 
with shut your houses against him : as 
soon as he testifies of what God has sent 
him to testify ; for you say there is to bo 
no more prophets, or apostles on the earth, 
and you forthwith pronounce him a false 
prophet ; and if a mob rises and kills him, 
or burns his house, or destroys his goods, 
you will either rejoice, or sit in silence, and 
give countenance to the deed, and perhaps 
cry, false prophets ; while your presses, 
and pulpits, teem with all manner of lies 
concerning him. 

Wo unto you priests, Pharisees, hypo- 
crites; but fill ye up the measure of the 
aneient priests and Pharisees ; for as they 
did, so do ye, But vengeance belongs to 
God who will speedily avenge his elect, 
wdio cry unto him day and night. But to 
return to the subject of revelation, a there 
is nothing secret that shall not be reveal- 
ed : neither hid that shall not be known :" 
this was a maxim of the Savior. And 
again, the knowledge of the Lord is to 
cover the earth, as the waters cover the 
gea. Now, I ask, how this great overturn 
is to be brought about? And I know no 
better way to answer this question, than 
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Book of Mormon, 2 ISTephi, 12: 8-10: 
" For I command all men, both in the east, and in 
the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in 
the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words 
which I speak unto them : for out of the books which 
shall be written, I will judge the world, every man 
according to their works, according to that which is 
written. For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews, 
and they shall write it : and I shall also speak unto 
the Nephites, and they shall write it ; and I shall also 
speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, 
which I have led away, and they shall write it ; and 
I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth, and 
they shall write it. 

And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have 
the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall 
have the words of the Jews : and the Nephites and 
the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of 
Israel : and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the 
words of the Nephites and the Jews. 

And it shall come to pass that my people which 
are of the house of Israel, shall be gathered home 
unto the lands of their possessions ; and my word 
also shall be gathered in one. And I will show unto 
them that fight against my word and against my peo- 
ple, who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, 
and that I covenanted with Abraham, that I would 
remember his seed forever." 



CHAPTER VII, 



A CONTRAST BETWEEN THE DOCTRINE 

OF CHRIST AND THE FALSE DOCTRINES 

OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, 



11 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the 
doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in 
the doctrine of Christy he hath both the Father and the 
Son: y —Z John, 9 v. 



DOCTRINE OF CHRIST. 

versus. 
DOCTRINES OF MEN. 

D. of C. — "These signs shall follow 
them that believe." Mark 16: 17. 

D. of M. — These signs shall not fol- 
low them that believe, for they are done 
away and no longer needed. 

D. of C. — " In my name shall they cast 
out devils." 17 v. 

D. of M. — In His name they shall not 
cast out devils. 

D. of C. — " They shall speak with new 
tongues." I7v, 



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' D. of M. — The gift of tongues is no 
longer needed. 

I), of C. — " They shall take up ser* 
pents, and if they drink any deadly tiling, it 
shall not hurt them. They shall lay hands 
on the sick, and they shall recover." 18v. 

D. of M. — If they take up serpents they 
will bite them. If they drink any deadly 
thing, it will kill them. They shall not 
lay hands on the sick and they recover; 
for these things are done away. 

D. of C. — " He that believeth on me, 
the works that I do shall he do also, and 
greater works than these shall he do, be* 
cause I go to the Father." John 14: 12. 

D. of M. — He that believeth on Christ, 
shall not do any of the miracles and mighty 
works that He did, for such things have 
ceased. 

D. of C. — "There is nothing secret, 
that shall not be revealed, neither hid that 
shall not be known." Luke 8: 17. 

D. of M. — There is to be no more rev* 
elation, for all things necessary are already 
revealed. 

D. of C. — " He shall send His angels, 
and they shall gather His elect from the 
four winds," &o. Mat, 24: 31. 

D. of M. — There is to be no more ruin* 



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istering of angels, for such things are done 
away. 

D. of C. — " I saw an angel flying irl 
the midst of heaven, having the everlast^ 
ing gospel to preach to them that dwell oil 
the earth." Rev. 14: 6. 

D. of M* — Angels do not appear in 
this enlightened age^ because they are no 
longer needed. 

D. of C.--" When He, the Spirit of 
truth is come, He will guide you into all 
truth, * * * and He will shew you things 
to come." John 16 : 13. 

D. of M. — Inspiration is no longer 
needed in this age of learning and refine- 
ment. Again, it shall not show you things 
to come, for then you would be a prophet^ 
and there is to be no prophets in these days. 

D. of C. — " If ye abide in me and my 
w r ords abide in you, ye shall ask what ye 
will, and it shall be done unto y<W." John 
15 : 17. " If ye shall ask any thing in my 
name I will do it." John 14: 14. 

D. of M. — It is not so in these days. 
We must not expect to heal the sick, and 
work miracles, consequently we must not 
expect to receive what we ask for. 
' D. of C. — " Neither pray I for these 
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Heve on ine through their word : that they 
all may be one ; as thou, Father, art in 
me, and I in thee, that they also may be 
one in us : that the world may believe that 
thou hast sent me." John 17 : 20, 21. 

D. of M. — We are all good Christians, 
and we all believe on Him through the 
apostles' words, although we are divided 
into several hundred different sects. 

D. of C. — " One Lord, one faith, one 
baptism." Eph. 4 : 5. 

D. of M. — Many lords, many faiths, 
and three or four kinds of baptism. 

D. of C. — " By one Spirit are ye all 
baptized into one body." 1 Cor. 12: 13. 

D. of M. — By many spirits are we all 
torn asunder into different bodies. 

D. of C. — "He (Christ) gave some 
apostles and some prophets, and some 
evangelists, and some pastors, and some 
teachers,- for the perfecting of the saints, 
for the work of the ministry, for the edify* 
ing of the body of Christ,"' Eph. 4:11. 

D. of M. — There is to be no more apos- 
tles, and no more prophets. But the work 
of the ministry, the perfecting of the saints, 
and the edifying of the different bodies of 
Christ, can all be done very well without 
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enough to educate and employ the wisdom 
of men. 

D. of C. — These gifts and offices were 
to continue " till we all come in the unity 
of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the 
measure of the stature of the fulness of 
Christ." 13v. 

D. of M. — Apostles, miracles, and gifts, 
were to continue during the first age of 
Christianity, and then they were to cease, 
because no longer needed, having accom- 
plished their purpose. 

D. of C. — These gifts and offices w T ere 
given " that we henceforth be no more 
children, tossed to and fro, and carried 
about with every wind of doctrine, by the 
sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, 
whereby they lay in wait to deceive." 14v. 

D. of M. — Tracts, creeds, sermons and 
commentaries of uninspired men, together 
with a hireling priesthood, are now neces- 
sary in order to keep men from being car- 
ried about with every wind of doctrine, &c. 

D. of C. — " No man taketh this honor 
unto himself, but he that is called of God, 
as was Aaron." Heb. 5 : 4. 

D. of M. — No man taketh this honor 
unto himself but he who has been educa- 



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cated for the purpose and commissioned 
by men. 

D. of C. — " Plow shall they preach ex- 
cept they be sent," (of God.) Rom. 10 1 14. 

D. of M. — How shall they preach ex- 
cept they be well educated for the purpose, 
and sent (by the board of officers.) 

D. of C. — " Is any sick among you ? 
let him call for the elders of the church \ 
and let them pray over him, anointing him 
with oil in the name of the Lord : and the 
prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the 
Lord shall raise him up ; and if he have 
committed sins, they shall be forgiven 
him." James 5 : 14, 15. 

D. of M. — If any are sick among yotl 
do not send for the elders of the church, 
or if the elders come, do not let them lay 
hands on them, neither let them anoint 
them in the name of the Lord, for this ig 
all a Mormon delusion, but send for a good 
physician, and perhaps you may get well. 

D. of C. — " Repent, and be baptized 
every one of you in the name of Jesus 
Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye 
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 
For the promise is unto you, and to your 
children, and to all that are afar off, even 
as many as the Lord our God shall call. 
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D. of M. — Repent and come to the anx- 
ious seat, (penitent form) every one of you 
and cry Lord, Lord, and you will get for- 
giveness of sins, but you may be baptized 
or not, but if you are baptized, you will not 
get the Holy Ghost as they did anciently, 
for such things are done away. 

D. of C. — " It shall come to pass in the 
last days, saith God, I will pour out of my 
Spirit upon all flesh : and your sons and 
your daughters shall prophesy, and your 
young men shall see visions, and your old 
men shall dream dreams." I7v. 

D. of M. — In these last days the Lord 
will not pour out of His Spirit, so as to 
cause our sons and daughters to prophesy ; 
our old men to dream dreams, and our 
young men to see visions, for such things 
are no longer needed, and it is a delusion, 
and none but the ignorant believe such 
things. 

D. of C. — " Follow after charity, and 
desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye 
may prophesy." 1 Cor. 14: 1. 

D. of M. — Do not covet any of the su- 
pernatural gifts, but especially beware of 
prophesying, for such things are done away, 

D. of C. — " Covet to prophecy, and 
forbid not to speak with tongues," 38v. 



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D. of M. — Do not prophesy, and it is 
entirely a delusion to speak in tongues. 

D. of C. — u In vain they do worship 
me, teaching for doctriues the command- 
ments of men." Mat. IS : 9. 

D. of M. — It matters not what kind of 
doctrine, or what system a man embraces, 
if he is only sincere, and worships Jesus 
Phrist. 

D. of C— "I thank thee, O Father, 
Lord of heaven and earth, because thou 
hast hid these things from the wise and 
prudent, and hast revealed them unto 
babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed 
good in thy sight." Mat. 11 : 25, 26. 

D. of Jl— We thank God that He has 
revealed frothing to any person, wise or 
simple, for many hundred years, but that 
pur wise and learned men have been able 
to know God without revelation, and that 
we shall never be favored with any more. 

D. of C t — "No man knoweth the Son 
but the Father, neither knoweth any man 
the Father save the Son, and he to whom- 
soever the Son will reveal Him." 27v. 

D. of M. — We all know God in this en- 
lightened age, and yet neither the Father 
nor the Son has revealed any thing to any 
of us, for we do not believe revelations are 
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D. of C— "This is life eternal, that 
they might know thee the only true God, 
and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." 
John 17 : 3. 

D. of M. — We cannot know for our- 
selves, by any positive manifestation in 
these days, but must depend on the wis- 
dom and learning of men. 

D. of C. — " I thank my God always on 
your behalf, for the grace of God which is 
given you by Jesus Christ, that in every 
thing ye are enriched by Him in all utter- 
ance, and in all knowledge, even as the 
testimony of Christ (the Spirit of prophe- 
cy) was confirmed in you, so that ye come 
behind in no gift, waiting for +he coming 
of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Lor. 1 : 4-7. 

D. of M. — We thank the Lord always 
in behalf of the church in these days, that 
she has no supernatural gifts given unto 
her, and that she is not enriched by Christ, 
neither in the gift of utterance, nor in the 
gift of knowledge, neither has she the tes- 
timony of Jesus (the Spirit of prophecy) 
confirmed in her, and she comes behind in 
all the gifts ; nor is she waiting lor, nor ex- 
pecting the coming of the Lord, for He has 
come once, and never will come again till 
the great and last day, the end of the earth. 
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D. op C— " The foolishness of God is 
wiser than men, and the weakness of God 
is stronger than men. For ye see your 
calling brethren, how that not many wise 
men after the flesh, not many mighty, not 
many noble are called : but God haih cho- 
sen the foolish things of the world, to con- 
found the wise, and God hath chosen the 
weak things of the world, to confound the 
things which are mighty ; and base things 
of the world, and things which are despis- 
ed, hath God chosen ; yea, and things 
which are not, to bring to nought things 
that are ; that no flesh should glory in His 
presence." 1 Cor. 1 : 25-29. 

D. op M. — The wisdom of men, and the 
learning of men is better than the inspira- 
tion of the Almighty, for that is not need- 
ed any longer; for you see your calling 
brethren, how that the wise and learned, 
and noble and the mighty, are called in 
these days, for we have chosen such to con- 
found the foolish, the unlearned, and the 
ignorant, yea, to confound the base things 
of the world which are despised, that flesh 
might glory in His presence. 

D. op C. — " I brethren when I came to 
you, came not with excellency of speech, 
or of wisdom, declaring unto you the tee- 



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timony of God ; for I determined not to 
know any thing among you, save Jesus 
Christ, and Him crucified ; and I was with 
you in weakness, and in fear, and in much 
trembling ; and my speech and my preach- 
ing was not with enticing words of man's 
wisdom ; but in demonstration of the Spir- 
it, and of power; that your faith should 
not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the 
power of God." 1 Cor. 2 : 1-5. 

D. of M. — We, brethren, when we 
came unto you, came with excellency of 
speech, and with the wisdom and learning 
of man, and our speech, and our preaching 
was with enticing words of man's wisdom, 
not in demonstration of the Spirit, and 
power, for this is done away, that your 
faith should not stand in the power of God, 
but in the wisdom of man. 

D. of C. — " But we speak the wisdom 
of God in a mystery, even the hidden wis- 
dom, which God ordained before the world 
unto our glory ; which none of the princes 
of this world knew, for had they known it, 
they would not have crucified the Lord of 
glory." 7, 8v. 

D. of M. — We speak the wisdom of 
men, in a mysteiy, even the hidden wis- 
dom which none but the learned know, for 

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had others known it, they would nevef 
have been under the necessity of employ- 
ing us, to tell it to them. 

D. of C. — "But God hath revealed them 
unto us by His Spirit; for the Spirit search- 
eth all things, yea the deep things of 
God." lOv. 

D. of M. — But God hath revealed noth- 
ing unto us by His Spirit; for tbe wisdom 
and learning of men search eth all things ; 
yea, all the deep things which are neces- 
sary for us to know. 

D. of C. — " For what man knoweth the 
things of man, save the spirit of man which 
is in him ? Even so the things of God know- 
eth no man but the Spirit of God." 1 lv< 
D. of M. — For what man knoweth the 
things of man, save the spirit of man which 
is in him ; even so the things of God know- 
eth no man by the Spirit of God, in these 
days, for it id done away, and it reveals 
nothing. 

D. of C. — " Now we have received not 
the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which 
is of God ; that we might know the things 
that are freely given to us of God." 12V, 
D. of M. — Now we have not received 
the Spirit of God, but the spirit of the 
world, that we might know for a certain- 



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ty, but that we might guess at or give our 
opinion of the things of God. 

D. of G. — "Which things also we speak, 
not in the words which man's wisdom 
teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teaoh- 
eth, comparing spiritual things with spiri- 
tual." 13v. 

D. of M. — Which things also we speak 
not in the words which the Holy Ghost 
teacheth, but which man's wisdom teach- 
eth, for the inspiration of the Holy Ghost 
is done away. 

D. of C. — " But the natural man reeeiv- 
elh not the things of the Spirit of God, for 
they are foolishness unto Him ; neither can 
He know them because they are spirittt* 
ally discerned." 14v. 

Di of Mi — But the learned man may re- 
ceive and understand the things of God, 
by his own wisdom, without the inspira- 
tion of the Spirit, for who will be so fool- 
ish as to believe in visions and revelations 
in this religious age. 

D. of C. — " Let no man deceive him- 
self. If any man among you seemeth to 
be w T ise in this world, let him become a 
fool that he may be wise." 1 Cor. 3 : 18. 

D. of M. — Let no man deceive himself. 
If any man among you seems to be wise in 
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the things of God, let him get the wisdom 
of men, that he may be wise. 

D. of C. — " For the wisdom of this 
world is foolishness with God, for it is 
written, ' lie taketh the wise in their own 
craftiness ;' and again, ' the Lord knoweth 
the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.* 
Therefore let no man glory in men." 19-21v. 

D. of M. — For the wisdom of God is 
foolishness with the world, for it is written, 
let us educate young men for the ministry, 
and let no man preach who has not been 
educated for the purpose, and we will re- 
ceive no man who professes to be inspired* 

D. of C. — "Now concerning spiritual 
gifts, brethren, I would not have you igno- 
rant " 1 Cor. 12: 1. 

D. of M. — Now concerning spiritual 
gifts, brethren, we would have you entire- 
ly ignorant, for they are not needed at all 
in this generation. 

D. of C. — " For the manifestation of the 
Spirit, is given to every man to profit 
withal." 1v. 

D. of M. — For the manifestation of the 
Spirit is given to no man to profit at all. 

D. of C. — "For to one is given by the 
Spirit the word of wisdom ; to another the 
word of knowledge by the same Spirit." 8 v. 



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D. of M. — But to one is given by the 
learning of men, the word of wisdom ; and 
to another the word of knowledge by hu- 
man learning. 

D. of C— " To another, faith by the 
same Spirit ; and to another, the gift of 
healing by the same Spirit." 9v. 

D. of M. — God gives to another faith, 
by the same Spirit, but to none the gift of 
healing by the same Spirit. 

D. of C. — " To another, the working of 
miracles, to another, prophecy ; to anoth- 
er, discerning of spirits ; to another, divers 
kinds of tongues : to another, the interpre- 
tation of tongues." 10 v. 

D. of M. — God gives to none the work- 
ing of miracles, and to none to prophesy, 
and to none discerning of spirits, and to 
none to speak with divers kinds of tongues, 
and to none to interpret tongues. 

D. of C. — " For as the body is one, and 
hath many members, and all the members 
of that one body being many, are one body, 
so also is Christ. 12v. 

D. of M. —For as the body is composed 
of many sects and parties who are oppos- 
ed to each other, and have no gifts, and 
being many sects, are but one body, so 
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D. op C. — "For by one Spirit are we 
all baptized into one body, whether we be 
Jews or Gentiles; whether we be bond or 
free, and have been all made to drink into 
one Spirit," 13 v. 

D. of M. — By many spirits we are all 
baptized into many bodies, whether we be 
Catholics or Protestants, Presbyterians or 
Methodists, but have all drank into one 
ppirit, (even the spirit of tUe world.) 

D. of C— "For the body is nut one 
member j but many." 14v. 

D. of M.— The body is not one sect, 
but many. 

D of C. — " But now hath God set the 
members every one of them in the body, 
as it hath pleased Him." 18 v. 

D. of M.— Now hath the $od (of this 
world) set the sects and parties in the body 
(of Antichrist) as it hath pleased him. 

D. of C. — " And if they were all one 
member, where were the body?" 19 v. 

D. of M. — If they were ail one sect 
where were the body ? 

D, of C. — " But now are they many 
members, yet one body." 20v. 

D. of M. — Now are they many sects, 
yet but one body (even Babylon.) 

D. of C. — "Now ye are the body of 



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Christ, and members in particular." 27v. 

D. of M. — Now ye are the bodies of 
Christ (Antichrist,) and members in par- 
ticular. 

D. of C. — "And God hath set some 
in the Church, first, apostles ; secondarily* 
prophets; thirdly, teachers; after that 
miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, gov- 
ernments, diversities of tongues." 28v. 

D. of M. — Man hath set some in the 
Church ; first a hireling priest ; second a 
board of officers; thirdly, tracts ; then com- 
mentaries, creeds^ diversities of opinions, 
societies, and wondrous helps. 

D. of C. — - u Blessed are ye when men 
shall revile you, and persecute, you, and 
shall say all manner of evil against you 
falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be ex- 
ceedingly glad, for great is your reward 
in heaven; for so persecuted they the 
prophets which were before you." Mat. 
5: 11, 12. 

D. of M.-^Woe unto you when men 
revile you, and persecute you, and say all 
manner of evil against you falsely, for 
Christ's sake. Lament ye, and be exceed- 
ingly sorrowful in that hour, for little is 
your reward among men, for so they do 
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D. of C. — " Give to him that asketh 
thee, and from him that would borrow of 
thee, turn thou not away." 42v. 

D. of M. — Give to him that asketh of 
thee, if he be able to make thee a similar 
present, and from him that would borrow 
of thee, turn thou not away if he be able 
to pay thee again with interest. 

D. of C. — " Be ye therefore perfect, 
even as your Father who is in heaven is 
perfect." 48v. 

D. of M. — Do not think to be perfect, 
for it is impossible to live without sin. 

D. of C. — "Take heed that you do not 
your alms before men, to be seen of them, 
otherwise you have no reward of your 
Father who is in heaven.,' Mat. 6': 1. 

D. of M. — Take heed that you do your 
alms before men, to be seen of them ; oth- 
erwise you have no reward, nor praise 
from the children of men. 

D. of C. — "Therefore when thou doest 
thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before 
thee as the hypocrites do, in the syna- 
gogues, and in the streets, that they may 
have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, 
they shall have their reward." 2v. 

D. of M. — When thou doest thine 
alms, publish it in the Missionary Herald, 



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or some other paper, that you raay get 
praise of the world. Verily I say unto you, 
you shall have your reward. 

D. of C. — u And when thou prayest 
thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are, for 
they love to pray standing in the syna- 
gogues, and in the corners of the streets, 
that they raay be seen of men." 5 v. 

D. of M. — When thou prayest, be like 
the hypocrites in days of old ; go before 
the public and cry mightily, not expecting 
to be heard and answered, for that would 
be miraculous, and miracles have ceased. 

D. of C. — " Moreover, when ye fast, be 
not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance, 
for they disfigure their faces, that thev may 
appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto 
you, they have their reward." 16 v. 

D. of M. — Moreover when ye fast, be 
like the hypocrites, of a sad countenance, 
that they may appear unto men to fast; so 
that you may get your reward. 

D. of C. — " Lay not up for yourselves 
treasures upou earth, where moth and rust 
doth corrupt, and where thieves break 
through and steal, but lay up for yourselves 
treasures in heaven, where neither moth 
nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves 
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your treasure is, there will your heart be 

also." 19-21v. 

D. of M. — Lay up for yourselves a- 

bundance of treasures on the earth, where 

moth and rust doth corrupt, and where 

thieves break through and steal, for if your 

heart is only in heaven, it is no matter how 

rich you are in this world ; for now it is 

come to pass that ye can serve God and 

Mammon. 

D. of C. — " Therefore all things what- 

» — 

soever ye would that men should do to you, 
do ye even so to them ; for this is the law 
and the prophets." Mat. 1 ; 12. 

D. of M. — Therefore all things what- 
soever men do to you do ye even so to 
them, for this is the law and the practice. 

D. of C. — "Enter ye in at the 6traifc 
gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the 
way, that leadeth to destruction, and many 
there be which go in thereat." 13v. 

D. of M. — Enter ye in at the wide gate 
where the multitude go; for it can not be 
that all our great and learned men are 
wrong, and nobody right but a few obscure 
individuals. 

D. of C. — "Because, strait is the gate, 
and narrow is the way that leadeth unto 
life, and few there be that find it," 14v. 



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D. of M. — For the narrow way is not 
only altogether too strait, but only a very 
few travel in it. 

D- of C— "Beware of false prophets, 
which come to you in sheep's clothing, but 
inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye 
shall know them by their fruits. Do men 
gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles ?" 
15, 16v. 

D. of M. — Beware of prophets who 
come to you with the word of God, you 
may know at once they are false without 
bearing them or examining their fruits for 
popular opinion is against them, whereas 
if they were men of God, the people would 
speak well of them. 

D. of C.^-By their fruits ye shall know 
them. Not every one that saith unto me 
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom 
of heaven, but he that doth the will of my 
Father who is in heaven." 20, 2tv 

D. of M.— If we are only sure that we 
have experienced religion, and if we pray 
often, we shall be saved, whether we do 
the Lord's will or not, for it mattereth not 
what system we embrace, whether it is 
right or wrong, if we are only sincere. 

D. of C. — " And it came to pass when 
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were astonished at his doctrine, for he 
taught them as one having authority, and 
not as the scribes." 28, 29v, 

D. of M — And it came to pass when 
men had ended all these sayings, the peo- 
ple were pleased with their doctrines, for 
they taught them not as one having au- 
thority but as the scribes. 



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RETURNING TO ZION. 

Daughter of Zion, from the dust, 

Exalt thy fallen head ; 
Again in thy Redeemer trust, 

He calls thee from the dead. 

Awake, awake, put on thy strength, 

Thy beautiful array ; 
The day of freedom dawns at length — 

The Lord's appointed day. 

Rebuild thy walls, thy bounds enlarge, 

And send thy heralds forth, 
Say to the south, "give up thy charge, 

And keep not back, north." 

They come: they come: thine exiled band's 

Where'er they rest or roam, 
They've heard thy voice in distant lands, 

And hasten to their home. 

Thus though the present world shall burn, 

And God His works destroy, 
With songs His ransom'd shall return, 

With everlasting joy. 



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