DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, March 1832. HC 1: 253–255. The Prophet wrote, “In connection with the translation of the Scriptures, I received the following explanation of the Revelation of St. John
, Beasts have spirits and shall dwell in eternal felicity on an immortal earth; 5–7
, This earth has a temporal existence of 7,000 years; 8–10
, Various angels restore the gospel and minister on earth; 11
, The sealing of the 144,000; 12–14
, Christ will come in the beginning of the seventh thousand years; 15
, The two prophets who are to be slain in Jerusalem.
Q. What is the asea
of glass spoken of by John, 4th chapter, and 6th verse of the Revelation?
A. It is the bearth
, in its csanctified
, and eeternal
Q. What are we to understand by the four beasts, spoken of in the same verse?
A. They are afigurative
expressions, used by the Revelator, John, in describing bheaven
, the cparadise
of God, the dhappiness
of man, and of beasts, and of creeping things, and of the fowls of the air; that which is spiritual being in the likeness of that which is temporal; and that which is temporal in the likeness of that which is spiritual; the espirit
of man in the likeness of his person, as also the spirit of the fbeast
, and every other creature which God has created.
Q. Are the four beasts limited to individual beasts, or do they represent classes or aorders
A. They are limited to four individual beasts, which were shown to John, to represent the glory of the classes of beings in their destined border
of creation, in the enjoyment of their deternal efelicity
Q. What are we to understand by the aeyes
, which the beasts had?
A. Their eyes are a representation of light and knowledge, that is, they are full of cknowledge
; and their wings are a drepresentation
, to move, to act, etc.
Q. What are we to understand by the four and twenty aelders
, spoken of by John?
A. We are to understand that these elders whom John saw, were elders who had been bfaithful
in the work of the ministry and were dead; who belonged to the cseven
churches, and were then in the paradise of God.
Q. What are we to understand by the book which John saw, which was asealed
on the back with seven seals?
A. We are to understand that it contains the revealed will, bmysteries
, and the works of God; the hidden things of his economy concerning this cearth
during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence.
Q. What are we to understand by the seven aseals
with which it was sealed?
A. We are to understand that the first seal contains the things of the bfirst
thousand years, and the csecond
also of the second thousand years, and so on until the seventh.
Q. What are we to understand by the four aangels
, spoken of in the 7th chapter and 1st verse of Revelation?
A. We are to understand that they are four angels sent forth from God, to whom is given power over the four parts of the earth, to save life and to destroy; these are they who have the beverlasting
gospel to commit to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people; having power to cshut
up the heavens, to seal up unto life, or to cast down to the dregions
Q. What are we to understand by the angel aascending
from the east, Revelation 7th chapter and 2nd verse?
A. We are to understand that the angel ascending from the east is he to whom is given the seal of the living God over the twelve tribes of bIsrael
; wherefore, he crieth unto the four angels having the everlasting gospel, saying: Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their cforeheads
. And, if you will receive it, this is dElias
which was to come to gather together the tribes of Israel and erestore
Q. What time are the things spoken of in this chapter to be accomplished?
A. They are to be accomplished in the asixth
thousand years, or the opening of the sixth seal.
Q. What are we to understand by sealing the one ahundred
and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel—twelve thousand out of every tribe?
A. We are to understand that those who are sealed are bhigh
priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel; for they are they who are ordained out of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, by the angels to whom is given power over the nations of the earth, to bring as many as will come to the church of the cFirstborn
Q. What are we to understand by the sounding of the atrumpets
, mentioned in the 8th chapter of Revelation?
A. We are to understand that as God bmade
the world in six days, and on the seventh day he finished his work, and csanctified
it, and also formed man out of the ddust
of the earth, even so, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years will the Lord God esanctify
the earth, and complete the salvation of man, and fjudge
all things, and shall gredeem
all things, except that which he hath not put into his power, when he shall have sealed all things, unto the end of all things; and the sounding of the trumpets of the seven angels are the preparing and finishing of his work, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years—the hpreparing
of the way before the time of his coming.
Q. When are the things to be accomplished, which are written in the 9th chapter of Revelation?
A. They are to be accomplished after the aopening
of the seventh seal, bbefore
the coming of Christ.
Q. What are we to understand by the little book which was aeaten
by John, as mentioned in the 10th chapter of Revelation?
A. We are to understand that it was a mission, and an ordinance, for him to bgather
the tribes of Israel; behold, this is Elias, who, as it is written, must come and crestore
Q. What is to be understood by the two awitnesses
, in the eleventh chapter of Revelation?
A. They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the bJewish
nation in the last days, at the time of the crestoration
, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the dland
of their fathers.