Great Harvest Season of Last Days Part 1 The Doctrine & Covenants Lecture 17 by Hyrum Andrus

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Tonight I’d like to discuss with you the great
harvest season of the last days. And in order to do this, we have to go back and just review
a few things that we’ve said. There are different periods of the Church’s existence in the latter-days.
There is the founding era, and that was 1820 to 1844, embracing the life of the Prophet
Joseph Smith. Then there’s a time of growth and consolidation to the level that the Saints
were able to apply those principles. And then we enter into the great harvest season, where
finally the Lord comes down and harvests his Saints and harvests the world. The end result
of the harvest season is the ushering in of the millennial kingdom.
To begin with, there was this founding era, the restoration of the gospel order. This
included the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist, who said he was acting
under the direction of the Apostle Peter and of the other members of that presidency.
Then there was the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood by Peter, James and John. The Prophet
made it clear that as of March 30, 1836, that he had organized the Church and brought all
these things into proper line, and had administered the ordinances that related to that ecclesiastical
order, the first principles of the gospel and the basic sealing powers by which the
individual, as an individual, made his calling and election sure and was sealed unto eternal
life. Then 4 days after that, you had the coming
of Moses and Elias and Elijah, Moses restoring the keys of the gathering and of the leading
of the ten tribes. Elias, or Noah, came and restored the keys of the dispensation of the
gospel of Abraham, those sacred appointments that pertain to the flesh, that pertain to
the doctrine of election, that pertain to Israel’s appointment and Israel’s blessings
and Israel’s responsibilities. Then the fulness of the priesthood restored
by Elijah the Prophet. Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
Last Days – Part 1 2 In this founding period, considering that
John the Baptist was acting under the direction of the Apostle Peter, there were 4 great gospel
angels–Peter, Moses, Elias and Elijah. Those were the 4 great gospel angels by which the
Kingdom of God was established on earth, both the ecclesiastical order, the Church and that
sacred Temple order which we call the Holy Order, by which people can receive a fulness
of priesthood. Now, that is the founding period. And there were 4 great gospel angels who did
that. When we come to the harvest season, we note
that this is a fulfillment of the parable of the wheat and the tares, and we have a
very beautifully inspired statement in Section 86 of the Doctrine and Covenants concerning
the parable of the wheat and the tares. I’d like to just read it through with you. It
has its setting in the days of the Savior. It embraces the Christian apostasy. It comes
on down to the latter-day with the restoration, and then it gets into the harvest season.
It gives you that span of time and events and explains the Lord’s purposes and his program.
It starts out, ‘Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants, concerning the parable
of the wheat and of the tares: Behold, verily I say, the field was the world, and the apostles,’
the ancient Christian apostles, ‘were the sowers of the seed; And after they have fallen
asleep the great persecutor of the church, the apostate, the whore, even Babylon, that
maketh all nations to drink of her cup, in whose hearts the enemy, even Satan, sitteth
to reign–behold he soweth the tares; wherefore, the tares choke the wheat and drive the church
into the wilderness. ‘But behold, in the last days,’ coming down
to our time, ‘even now,’ in Joseph Smith’s day, ‘while the Lord is beginning to bring
forth the word, and the blade is springing up and is yet tender–Behold, verily I say
unto you, the angels are crying unto the Lord day and night, who are ready and waiting to
be sent forth to reap down the fields. But the Lord saith unto them, pluck not up the
tares while the blade is yet tender.’ That’s the early period of this dispensation, and
as the events go on through into the dispensation. ‘…while the blade is yet tender (for verily
your faith is weak), lest you destroy the wheat also.
‘Therefore, let the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest is fully ripe;
then ye shall first,’ and note the sequence of things, ‘first gather out the wheat from
among the tares, and after the gathering of the wheat, behold and lo, the tares are bound
in bundles, and the Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
Last Days – Part 1 3 field remaineth to be burned.’ Now, that’s
the whole scenario of the harvest season. But there’s more to it than that.
In verse 8, the verse begins with the word ‘Therefore,’ and the word means all that he
has said previously in the verses above now relate and pertain to what he is going to
say in verses 8, 9, etc. ‘Therefore, thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood
hath continued through the lineage of your fathers,’ and he is talking now about the
central core of the program by which the gathering of the wheat and the tares will be accomplished,
and the central personalities, can I say it, or bloodlines to which they will be gathered,
into which they will be sealed as the wheat is gathered.
He says, ‘Therefore, thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued
through the lineage of your fathers–For ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh,
and have been hid from the world with Christ in God–Therefore your life and the priesthood
have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration
of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began.’
Note the restoration spoken of in verse 10 was not to take place in Joseph Smith’s day.
It’s something down the road from his day. Speaking to him and those who are with him,
he says, ‘Therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through
you and your lineage,’ generation to generation on down, ‘until the restoration of all things
spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began.
‘Therefore, blessed are ye if ye continue in my goodness, a light unto the Gentiles,
and through this priesthood, a savior unto my people Israel.’
Now, the whole scenario of the wheat and the tares centers around gathering out the wheat,
and the focus around which that is done is the elect lineages of Israel. There is the
lineage of Ephraim with the fulness of priesthood. There is that of Levi. There is that of the
royal power centered in Judah, with the house of David at the center of that program.
Let’s just keep that in mind, and let me now move on and let’s see this harvest season
from the vantage point of some other statements in the scriptures. This is the thing that
Nephi was shown. Nephi writes about it. It’s the basis and the very essence of his message
as Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
Last Days – Part 1 4 he speaks of this great era of warfare in
the latter-days. I have reference specifically to 1 Nephi 14, where he sees that the time
would come when there would be two great alternatives confronting the world. Those alternatives
would be so closely drawn and so distinct, that if the people of the world choose one,
it means life and salvation. If they choose the other, it means that they will be brought
down to judgment and destruction both spiritually and temporally.
In verse 7, ‘For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and
a marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either
on the one hand or on the other–either to the convincing of them unto peace and life
eternal, or unto the deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts and the blindness
of their minds unto their being brought down into captivity, and also into destruction,
both temporally and spiritually….’ Now, those are the alternatives. Then he is shown
that the time will come when the influences in the world for evil will be such that there
will be a separation of the righteous and the wicked in respect to the hearts of people,
and there will be basically two camps as you classify the peoples of the earth.
He says, as the angel reveals this to him in verse 10: ‘And he said unto me: Behold
there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the
other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb
of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is
the whore of all the earth.’ Now, this is the parable of the wheat and the tares down
here in this era of the harvest season. He notes two churches, one is the church of
the Lamb and the other is the church of the devil. And the latter is not any single ecclesiastical
organization. It merely consists of all those who do not belong to the church of the Lamb.
The sentiment against the church will be so polarized and so distinct that there will
be two camps, and you belong to one or you belong to the other.
Then he sees that the church of the devil prevails on all the face of the land, and
he also sees that the church of the Lamb of God is international in its organizational
program, that there are stakes and wards, etc., in foreign lands and temples, etc.,
and then he sees this great era of warfare against Zion. It is in the midst of this era
of warfare against Zion that the harvest takes place. This is the setting for the latter-day
harvest. Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
Last Days – Part 1 5 He says, ‘And it came pass that I beheld that
the great mother of abominations did gather together multitudes upon the face of all the
earth, among all the nations of the Gentiles, to fight against the Lamb of God.’ Now, that’s
the era of warfare against Zion that is spoken of by every major prophet of the Book of Mormon.
It is dealt with at length by Jesus in his statements of the prophetic picture of the
latter- day. He says, ‘And it came to pass that I, Nephi,
beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church
of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the
face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in
great glory.’ These are the circumstances under which the
Church will arise to be the ensign and the standard that it is destined that she be.
A real standard is not just a body of people in a given place. The real standard is Zion
established upon her Mount, upon the ordinances of the gospel and the sacred covenants of
the House of the Lord, including the sealing powers and the endowment of the Spirit, the
endowment of glory. Nephi sees that they begin to get the endowment of glory–under what
circumstances? Under the opposition that comes against them. And it’s then that the Lord
has something to work with, that he can make bare his arm in the eyes of all nations. In
making bare his arm in the eyes of all nations he will bring about his great purpose in this
harvest season; he will gather the righteous and the wicked will be bound in bundles ready
to be burned. The burning finally ends up with the great gathering of the wicked to
Jerusalem to be destroyed, while prior to that the righteous have been gathered into
the church of the Firstborn, sanctified and prepared for the coming of the Lord.
This, then, is the parable of the wheat and the tares, and it’s also the essence of Nephi’s
vision and of the warfare against Zion. Nephi, having seen this, is told that when the Gentiles
make war against Zion, the Lord would give them something to do besides having such entertainment.
He says, 1 Nephi 14:15, ‘And it came to pass that I beheld that the wrath of God was poured
out upon the great and abominable church, insomuch that there were wars and rumors of
wars among all the nations and kindreds of the earth.’ So they turn one against the other
and they have something to do besides badgering the Saints.
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Then Nephi gives us this clarification in verse 17, or the angel does. And this is the
point of reference of the greatest significance. He says, ‘When the day cometh,’ and that’s
a point of reference, ‘that the wrath of God is poured out upon the mother of harlots,
which is the great and abominable church of all the earth, whose foundation is the devil,
then, at that day,’ that’s a point of reference, when that time comes when that situation prevails,
‘then at that day the work of the Father shall commence, in preparing the way,’ and you need
to underscore ‘preparing the way,’ because it is a preparatory act rather than an act
in which the work is done, ‘in preparing the way for the fulfilling of his covenants, which
he hath made to his people who are of the house of Israel.’
The great covenant that the Lord has made with Israel is that he would gather them to
Mount Zion. That’s the covenant! That he would gather them to Mount Zion, to the temple,
to the Holy of Holies, to the endowment of glory, to himself, bring them up to where
he can be their God and they can be his people. That’s the great covenant of the Lord with
Israel. And if you are going to prepare the way for the fulfilling of that covenant and
you realize that the New Jerusalem and the program of the gathering of the Saints must
be established on this land, then two basic things are important and are necessary.
Number one, you’ve got to cleanse the land, because you can’t build the New Jerusalem
in the midst of a sewer system. You just can’t do that. And the Lord has decreed that this
land will be cleansed and that all lyings and deceivings and envyings and priestcrafts
and whoredoms will be done away. This tide of corruption that is inundating us is going
to come to an end, and it will come to an end by severe judgment. The boots of enemy
soldiers will trample on this land and turmoil and chaos will prevail, till all lyings and
deceivings and priestcrafts and whoredoms shall be done away. Now, that’s what the Lord
is saying! The second thing that needs to be done, is
that the Saints themselves need to be awakened, and they need to be cleansed and purified
and refined. It isn’t just the inactives that need to be awakened and that are refined,
those people who love the Lord the most need to be refined. Why? Because you can’t raise
them from the spiritual level that they are at now except through the refiner’s fire.
The Prophet Joseph Smith says that men must suffer if they come to Mount Zion. And Malachi
says that Christ is a ‘refiner’s fire’ and that
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he will purify the sons of Levi as gold and silver and purge them, that they may offer
unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. So when he says, ‘When that day comes that
the wrath of God is poured out,’ this will be a day when preparatory actions will be
done. One of those preparatory actions in the midst of this era of warfare will be the
judgments that come to this land. And this in the Lord’s view of things will be a preparation
for the fulfilling of his covenant, which covenant is that he is going to gather Israel
in to the New Jerusalem, to the temple, to the Holy of Holies, to the endowment of glory,
and make them his people and come and dwell with them, and be their Lord and their God.
In light of that, as we’ve said, two things are necessary. The land has to be cleansed
and the Saints have to be refined and purified. It is my feeling, and I have a very strong
conviction and witness of the Spirit that this is true, that President Benson’s administration
and the emphasis that he has made on the Church becoming alive spiritually and getting to
the Book of Mormon, and his clarification concerning our situation with the Lord, that
this is the beginning step in the direction that we need to go. And it will be something like Heber
J. Grant establishing the welfare program clear back in 1936. That was a great and necessary temporal program for the
salvation of the Saints. And it was built upon and developed until we have some kind
of stability temporally. That thing that President Benson has started
will be built upon. And if we neglect building upon it, we will do it at the jeopardy of
our salvation. But it’ll be built upon, and the time will come where with this kind of
emphasis from a living prophet and from others that Zion will finally awaken. And when the
affliction comes and the warfare against Zion comes, there will be those who have awakened
sufficiently so that the power of God in great glory can begin to rest upon them. That’s
the general setting. When Nephi sees this, the angel turns his
attention to a future personality who would be raised up in Jerusalem. He says, ‘And it
came to pass that the angel spake unto me, saying: Look! And I looked and beheld a man,
and he was dressed in a white robe. And the angel said unto me: Behold one of the twelve
apostles of the Lamb. Behold, he shall see and write the remainder of these things; yea,
and also many things which have been. And he shall also write concerning the end of
the world. Wherefore, the things which he Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
Last Days – Part 1 8 shall write are just and true; and behold
they are written in the book which thou beheld proceeding out of the mouth of the Jew; and
at the time they proceeded out of the mouth of the Jew, or, at the time the book proceeded
out of the mouth of the Jew, the things which were written were plain and pure, and most
precious and easy to the understanding of all men.
‘And behold, the things which this apostle of the Lamb shall write are many things which
thou hast seen; and behold, the remainder shalt thou see. But the things which thou
shalt see hereafter thou shalt not write; for the Lord God hath ordained the apostle
of the Lamb of God that he should write them. And also others,’ etc. So Nephi is restricted
in his writing, but he sees the full vision, and then he tells us that the Apostle John
will write those. When we come to the harvest season, then to
see it correctly you read Nephi’s prophecies–it’s very, very helpful if you want some private
study to read also the Isaiah prophecies in the Book of Mormon. Why? Because since Nephi
can’t write the full thing himself, he helps us to see and understand what he saw by quoting
Isaiah. And as difficult as it may be for us to understand Isaiah, all those chapters
of the book of Isaiah, all of them with the exception of chapter 53, which Abinadi quotes
as the great prophetic biography of Christ, all the other chapters, all the 18 other chapters
of the Book of Mormon concern the warfare against Zion and concern the Lord’s revelations
to us as a people concerning these great latter-day events. And most of us, as we read the Book
of Isaiah passages, what do we do? Well, we either exercise our integrity and get our
eyeballs across the page, and then we’ve said we’ve read it. Or else we become a little
realistic and we kind of skip over it and get to something that we can understand.
The Book of Mormon is a sealed book. There are two sealed records. One of them is the
sealed records that we don’t yet have. The other is the Book of Mormon because we don’t
understand the great era of warfare against Zion as revealed to us through the words of
Isaiah the prophet. These are some of the greatest revelations and disclosures that
have been written in holy writ. And we read them and don’t understand them.
Now, in order to see this picture–that’s just my tirade for the day to kind of badger
you on and give you courage, and I want you to know that I love you as you wrestle with
the thing, but it can be understood. Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
Last Days – Part 1 9 In order to see this thing, we need also to
see the prophetic picture as the Lord has outlined it in other sources. Before we get
to this real harvest season picture, as John the Revelator discloses it to us, then we
need to build a foundation so that when we get to it, it can be more easily and readily
understood. So let me turn to Section 87, and this is
that great revelation that we call ‘the prophecy on war’. Often I’ve heard the idea that the
prophecy on war is just a prophecy about the Civil War. But if you will read the Prophet’s
statement here in Section 130, you will find his orientation and his insight and understanding
concerning the prophecy. He says in verse 12, ‘I prophesy, in the name of the Lord God,
that the commencement of the difficulties which will cause much bloodshed previous to
the coming of the Son of Man will be in South Carolina.’
Now, what’s the prophecy on war about? It’s a statement of the prophetic picture of judgments
that are incident to the latter-days. And when do the latter-day judgments begin? 1861,
with the rebellion at South Carolina. And they go on through with one major event after
another until, as the prophecy says, ‘the consumption decreed hath made a full end of
all nations.’ What does the prophecy on war say? And where
are we today in relation to this prophetic outline of events? Where are we? Let’s first
of all see what it says, Section 87. ‘Verily, thus saith the Lord concerning the wars,’
and the word ‘wars’ is plural. It’s not just the Civil War, but the wars, ‘that will shortly
come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina, which will eventually terminate
in the death and misery of many souls, And the time will come that war will be poured
out upon all nations, beginning at this place.’ Historians have no issue about the question
that the American Civil War is the beginning of an era of what is called ‘total war’ and
also ‘mechanized war’. Eli Whitney not only invented the cotton gin, he also invented
the principle of mass production by which a nation puts together articles, in this case
for war, and they placed the total industrial power behind the war effort. That’s what the
North did, and on that basis the North won the Civil War.
It was also a part of the idea of total war that you don’t just shoot at combatants. Instead,
you aim your guns at the civilian population and the women and children, and when we had
that march across Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
Last Days – Part 1 10 Georgia, Sherman’s march across Georgia, a
60 mile swath, they just literally devastated everything that was in sight. The reason for
it was to demoralize the Southern soldiers, and they came home in droves. Then you have
the Merrimac and the Monitor, iron-clad ships, and you have the Civil War, the beginning
of modern total war in many different ways. That’s what he is saying.
But it doesn’t stop there. He says, ‘For behold, the Southern States shall be divided against
the Northern States, and the Southern States will call on other nations, even the nation
of Great Britain, as it is called.’ The Southern States did that, and Great Britain became
involved in our internal affairs in support of the South. As a result of that, in the
Geneva Convention of 1870, after the war was terminated, it cost Great Britain $15,500,000.00
to pay reparations for their intervening activities. So Great Britain became involved.
Now the scene shifts, and if I had my way and druthers about it, I’d put a new paragraph
right there, after ‘Great Britain, as it is called.’ I’d start a new paragraph there.
‘And they,’ and the word ‘they’ is Great Britain, ‘And they shall also call upon other nations,
in order to defend themselves against other nations.’ Now, after the Civil War, the next
major war of Europe was the Franco-Prussian War. And in the Franco-Prussian War, the Germans
united and the end result was that they literally beat the sox off the French, who were the
dominant nation in Europe. Then the Germans developed a militaristic school of thought
called the Prussian school of thought, the saber-rattling policy that they associated
with their diplomatic and international affairs. As a result of this and the shift of things,
Europe was divided into two camps by and through secret treaties and secret agreements, to
the effect that if one nation was attacked by another, another nation would come in.
And eventually the whole thing was divided in that way, so that all you had to do was
just like pushing over a row of dominoes, just push the first one over and then one
nation after another is drawn into it. What the prophecy on war says, then, is that
‘They,’ Great Britain, ‘shall also call upon other nations, in order to defend themselves
against other nations.’ In calling on other nations, they formed the ‘Allied’ and associate
powers. And they did this against the central powers of Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, etc.,
and you had Europe polarized in two camps, with secret treaties all underlying the
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background picture. Then when you had that incident in the summer
of 1914, people thought it was just a general kind of squabble. But we had one of the good
brethren among the Latter-day Saints by the name of B. H. Roberts in the summer of 1914,
who wrote an article on the prophecy on war. And while everyone was saying this was just
a little local squabble and we’ll get it all settled, B. H. Roberts says Great Britain
has called upon other nations to defend herself against other nations and there is a coalition
now. And these events will continue to develop until we have World War. That’s what B. H.
Roberts said in 1914. And we ran Wilson for the presidency years later than that on the
issue that he kept us out of the War, which he finally didn’t do.
The Lord says, ‘Great Britain shall call upon other nations in order to defend themselves
against other nations, and then war shall be poured out upon all nations.’ That’s where
these developments that began with the American Civil War now become international.
The prophecy goes on and says, ‘And it shall come to pass after many days, slaves shall
rise up against their masters, who shall be marshaled and disciplined for war.’ Now, ‘many
days’ after what? The answer to that is many days after Great Britain calls upon other
nations to defend herself against other nations. And what does it mean that slaves shall rise
up against their masters, and their masters are characterized as being marshaled and disciplined
for war. In the last year, we’ve seen some rather interesting
things, haven’t we? We’ve seen in the last year or so essentially the overthrow of at
least the Communist philosophy and ideology, and we’ve seen Eastern European nations break
away from that kind of thing. We’ve seen those who were enslaved and in bondage now rising
against their masters. But let me suggest to you that there is more than one fulfillment,
or more than one time of fulfillment of this. The more accurate view of the prophetic picture
suggests that this rising of slaves against their masters in its full meaning and full
fulfillment is still ahead of us. It involves a situation, ties in with a situation
where America, subject to judgments of God, when they make war against the Saints, as
Isaiah says, and this goes back to the Isaiah prophecies of the Book of Mormon, and they
are all there just as clearly as you can read Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
Last Days – Part 1 12 them, if you know what you’re reading. But
it indicates that when warfare is poured out against Zion, etc., that this era of warfare
will be intercepted by the coming to America of what Isaiah calls the ‘great Assyrian power’.
Let me read you what he says. We’re talking of Isaiah, chapter 10, as quoted
in the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 20. In this it says, ‘O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger,
and the staff in their hand is their indignation. I will send him against a hypocritical nation,
and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge to take the spoil, and to
take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.’ And if you don’t
know who the ‘hypocritical nation’ is, I’m not going to reveal it to you. But you’re
living in it. In the midst of this period, the Lord speaks
to Zion, and he says, ‘Therefore, thus saith the Lord God of Hosts [v. 24]; O my people
that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian; he shall smite thee with a rod,
and shall lift up his staff against thee after the manner of Egypt.’ That is, like Pharaoh
did the ancient Israelites in Egypt. ‘For yet a very little while, and the indignation
shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction. And the Lord of Hosts shall stir up a scourge
for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb.’ You need to read the
Old Testament on that. ‘And as his rod was upon the sea so shall
he lift it up after the manner of Egypt. And it shall come to pass in that day that his,’
that is, the Assyrian, ‘burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from
off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.’ Now, the anointing
is a Temple thing. It’s when the Saints finally in this period of cleansing get to the point
where they can have a little power like Elijah had and like Enoch had, and this with slaves
rising against their masters will be the thing that will finally rid America of those oppressive
powers. As I see it, we’ve seen some mighty changes
in Russia and in the Eastern countries. But while they are shucking off the unworkable
program of Communism, the military and the dictatorial power is still there. In fact,
the power of the Russian presidency has been concentrated and increased. And when that
shift takes place, I personally look for the pendulum to swing back a ways and for those
nations who are seeking for liberty–they really don’t have the spiritual and moral
basis for it. They really don’t have it. The spirit of liberty comes from Christ. And it’s
one thing to resent oppression and it’s Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
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unity and respect that comes from a true Christian people by which you build a true democracy.
And as I see it, they just don’t have that which is necessary. And we’re going to see
this thing vacillating and eventually we’re going to see the iron shackle of power swing
back. This will be followed by judgments in America.
The warfare against Zion will tip this thing, will begin it, and then in the midst of it–and
this is also the Isaiah passages–read Isaiah 7 through 10 in the Book of Mormon, in 1 Nephi.
It describes this whole picture. As this happens, then, you’ll have the coming of the Assyrian
to this land, and we will be subjected to great judgments, and we will be in bondage
to him, just like Section 103 says, when it says, ‘Zion must be redeemed out of bondage
with power and with the pouring out of great power and spiritual judgments,’ and the leading
of Zion out of bondage finally back to Jackson County.
When that takes place, slaves will rise against their masters. Those people who have a taste
of this liberty will rise, and as a result of it, those military forces that come to
America will find it advisable to pull out and go home and take care of their own interests.
And in the midst of that, you’ll have the Latter-day Saints helping them along, and
you’ll have the powers of the Spirit as a factor in there, because they will be turned
back by the power of the Holy Anointing. There are several things there–I don’t have
time to get more than just a general picture of it. But let’s come back to Section 87 and
pick up this general theme. We’ve got the beginning of warfare in America and then the
spread of war throughout the world with World War 1. Then we’ve got, after many days, a
long period of time, then we have slaves rise against their masters, and that preliminary
program is underway now. But there will be a swinging of the pendulum back, if I can
suggest that. Then in the midst of that, we’re going to
have to fight the battle to save the Constitution and the warfare against Zion, and it’s going
to be a difficult time, very difficult. But as that takes place, and as the boots of enemy
soldiers come to this land, then those people who have been re-enslaved, shall ‘rise against
their masters who shall be marshaled and disciplined for war.’
Following this episode and the withdrawal of the forces of iniquity from America, then
another scenario will open up. ‘And it shall come
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to pass also,’ the revelation says, ‘that the remnants who are left of the land will
marshal themselves, and shall become exceedingly angry, and shall vex the Gentiles with a sore
vexation.’ Who are the remnants who are ‘left of the land’? Well, they are the Indian people.
This is where they go through among the Gentiles like a lion among the beasts of the forest
and a young lion among the flocks of sheep. When I was writing my doctoral dissertation
back in Syracuse under the direction of an old cynical professor, who was the head of
the History Department, but who was an honest man and who wasn’t afraid to call a spade
a spade, and who turned a kind of direction on me so that any slightest thing out of order
got cleaned up in my dissertation before I ever had to go and defend it, so it was a
good clean, wholesome document before I got there. But in the course of that writing I
had to say something about Joseph Smith’s view of the prophetic picture, and about the
Indians rising against the Gentiles and going through like a lion among the beasts of
the forest. I’ve still got the old document,
I wrote it on this side of the page, you know, and over here you have a clean sheet. And
he, with a big red pencil, wrote the word, ‘BOSH’!!, underlined, underlined, underlined!
‘How do you expect that these Indians are going to do anything against America?’
Well, I had to appreciate how he was looking at it, because all you have to do is to call
the Marines out and then you’ve had it. But the prophetic picture is what? And you get
this from 3 Nephi. In 3 Nephi 21, Jesus quotes a whole section of the words of Micah, from
Micah, chapter 5. Let me give them to you so you’ll get the picture. He says, verse
14, ‘Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that
day,’ and this is the day the Indians go through, or the remnants go through, ‘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 the cities of thy land,’ talking about America, ‘and throw down all
thy strongholds; 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.’ This comes right out of the 5th chapter of Micah.
But what you need to know is that Micah is talking about the latter- day judgments, and
following this in the 5th chapter he talks about the remnant of Jacob. So the remnant
of Jacob go through, not in today’s world, they go through after these great judgments
have Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
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what Micah 5 tells us–it’s talking about the latter-day Assyrian. It indicates that
after the latter- day Assyrian does his devastating work, then the Indian people, or the remnant
of Jacob as it uses it, will go through among them.
Well, the gist of this whole thing is that the prophecy on war outlines the events of
the last days. It outlines these events. Then, having gotten us up to the point where the
remnant of Jacob go through, then it says, ‘And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed
the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague, and earthquake,
and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants
of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and chastening hand of an Almighty
God.’ But leading up to that point, there are basic
things that have happened. One, the American scene, and war goes forth from the American
scene. Two, Great Britain is involved. Three, slaves rise against their masters. So there
are masters and there are slaves. Four, there is the remnant of Jacob. That picture is important,
particularly the American picture, the masters, the slaves, and the remnant. That’s what Revelation
6 is all about. You’ve all heard of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, haven’t you? The
white horse, the red horse, the black horse, the pale horse–that is what the four horses
of the apocalypse is all about. Let me just get to that so that we can see
it, if we can. The Prophet Joseph Smith makes clear some very interesting things in regard
to the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation is that prophetic statement of the harvest
season; it’s the unfolding of Nephi’s vision. You have to read Nephi’s vision before you
read the book of Revelation, because Nephi sees it, puts on the introduction to it, gives
you the context, gives you the Isaiah prophecies in relation to it, and then says John is going
to write the actual statement. That’s the situation there in Nephi’s vision. So when
you take a look at the book of Revelation, read it in context. When you read something
in context, it begins to unfold. Joseph Smith said, by the way, ‘The book of
Revelation is one of the plainest books God ever caused to be written.’ [Teachings, p.
290] He must have had some reason for saying it. He must have felt that he could understand
it, and that it can be understood. But you can’t see something unless you’re standing
in the right position. You’ve got to Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
Last Days – Part 1 16 view things from the proper perspective, and
that proper perspective has been given to us by the Book of Mormon. It’s the key to
the understanding of the book of Revelation. And the book of Revelation is the great prophetic
picture of the harvest, the latter-day harvest. Let’s turn to Section 77 just for a minute,
and we’ll come back. I want to tie these things in that we’ve talked about. In Section 77,
the Lord speaking, the question is asked, verse 1, ‘What is the sea of glass spoken
of by John, 4th chapter, and 6th verse of the Revelation?’ Why do we bring this up?
Because one of the first things John sees is the goal, the great objective of this harvest
season. If you’ll turn to the 4th chapter and 6th verse of the book of Revelation, then
you’ll get the picture directly as John writes it. Let me turn over there rather hurriedly
and see if we can pick it up. He says, ‘And before the throne there was
a sea of glass like unto crystal; and in the midst of the throne were the four and twenty
elders; and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.’ Now,
that’s enough to scare anyone off right there! But don’t be fearful. The Prophet’s answer:
‘It is
the earth, in its sanctified, immortal, and eternal state.’ So John is shown first of
all, what? The earth, the celestialized earth–that’s the goal! We’re going to get it cleaned up!
There’s going to be a harvest season. And he sees that goal.
He comes back to that same goal in the 15th chapter of Revelation, verse 2. The question
of the statement there, ‘And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire; and them
that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and
over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.’ Now,
what’s the sea of glass? It’s the celestial earth. The Prophet Joseph Smith in Section
130 makes this clarification: He says, ‘This earth,’ verse 9, ‘in its sanctified and immortal
state, will be made like unto crystal and will be a Urim and Thummim to the inhabitants
who dwell thereon, whereby all things pertaining to an inferior kingdom, or all kingdoms of
a lower order, will be manifest to those who dwell on it.’
So John is shown the great hope, the great celestial orb, the great celestial sphere.
He also sees a book that has seals on it, seven seals on this book. To get the picture
here, let’s turn over again to Section 77, verse 6. The Prophet makes this statement:
‘What are we to understand by the book which John saw, which was sealed on
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the back with seven seals? We are to understand that it contains the revealed will, mysteries,
and the works of God; the hidden things of his economy concerning this earth during the
seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence.’ So what does this
book contain? It’s a revelatory book, it’s a copy of the
record of heaven for this earth from the days of Adam clear on down through, recording the
events of men in each thousand year picture. He says, ‘What are we to understand by the
seven seals with which it was sealed? We are to understand that the first seal contains
the things of the first thousand years, and the second also for the second thousand years,
and so on until the seventh.’ Now, we need to note a clarification. That
is that while these seals on this book are opened before the Millennium, the contents
are not revealed until after Christ comes. For example, over here in Section 88, verse
108, speaking of the blowing of the trumps of angels after Christ’s coming in glory,
after he makes his appearance in glory, ‘Then shall the first angel again sound his trump
in the ears of all living, and reveal the secret acts of men, and the mighty works of
God in the first thousand years. And then shall the second angel sound his trump, and
reveal the secret acts of men, and the thoughts and intents of their hearts, and the mighty
works of God in the second thousand years–And so on…’ Now, this knowledge will not be
revealed until after the second coming. And then there will be a purpose for it. What
is that purpose? Well, it’s the destiny of the Saints to judge
the world. And once God’s Kingdom is established, the millennial Kingdom, one of the great tasks
of the Saints will be to judge the world. And how do you judge something you don’t know
anything about? I’ll let you in on a little secret–the Lord has made a video of the whole
thing! And he has put it in a book with seven seals. So after the millennium is opened and
the Saints sit to judge the world, then they’ll say, ‘O.K., cut loose on the first thousand
years,’ and you’ll have in vivid, graphic color the events of the first thousand years
put out there on the big screen. And on that basis, the Saints will judge the world.
Now a point of clarification. The opening of the seals is one thing, and the revelation
of the contents is another. The opening of the seals signal prophetic events that correspond
with the outline of events in Section 87. That’s the key to it. You open the first seal,
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and yes, the contents are there but you don’t read those contents until after the second
coming. But the opening of the seal signals a prophetic act, or a prophetic event that’s
going to take place. So under these circumstances you will have the opening of the seals portray
those things that will take place in the latter day.
With that, and with the added comment that the 6th chapter of the book of Revelation
is an overview, a kind of overview of this whole harvest season. It runs things on down
through from the beginning of the events portrayed down through to the second coming. Let me
read with you what it says. ‘And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, one of the
four beasts, and I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder, saying, Come and see. And
I saw, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given
unto him; and he went forth conquering; and to conquer.’
These things the Prophet Joseph Smith makes clear, are to take place in the latter-day,
preceding the coming of Christ. Let me read the Prophet’s comment on it in Teachings,
page 290, in a great discourse he gave on the book of Revelation: ‘And I saw when the
Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the
four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and beheld a white horse: and he that sat
on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to
conquer.’ The point the Prophet is making is that these events, while the contents of
the first seal deal with the first thousand years clear back there before the flood, nevertheless,
he says, ‘Now, I make this declaration, that those things which John saw in heaven had
no allusion to anything that had been on the earth previous to that time, because they
were the representation of `things which must shortly come to pass.’
John saw beasts, then, that would perform destructive works. Then he quotes the opening
of the first seal, and then the second seal where they would take peace from the earth.
So the point I want to make is the contents of these seals are not revealed until after
the Millennium. But when the seals themselves are opened, they depict prophetic events in
the last days. The first thing that is depicted is a white horse, and ‘he that sat upon him
had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.’
Then, reading in Revelation 6 verse 3, ‘And when he had opened the second seal, I hear
the second beast say, Come and see. And there Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
Last Days – Part 1 19 went out another horse that was red: and power
was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth.’ The action here is
involved with finally taking peace from the earth to where there is no more peace left,
taking peace from the earth ‘that they should kill one another; and there was given unto
him a great sword.’ This was a military power, a tremendous military force.
Then he says, ‘And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come
and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances
in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat
for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and hurt not thou the oil and
the wine.’ Now, this horse has to do with the desire for earthly sustenance and for
justice and equity. There is a balance, and they are interested in getting the basic things
of the earth and the basic sustenance necessary for life.
Then when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and
see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was Death, and
Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth,
to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.’
Then he sees the fifth seal. ‘I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain
for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held; And they cried with a loud
voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood
on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and
it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow
servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.’
In other words, wait till the rest of the martyrs come here.
In the meantime, they are given white robes, which indicates a blessing that is given to
them there. Then the sixth seal. ‘And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal,’ and I
want to read this one from the Inspired Revision if I can, because there are some clarifications
the Prophet Joseph Smith made here. You can read along in the scriptures you have on it,
but let me turn to the book of Revelation, chapter 6, in the Inspired Revision, and let’s
pick the story up from there. Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
Last Days – Part 1 20 We’re talking here about verse 12: ‘And I
beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and
the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars
of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is
shaken of a mighty wind. And the heavens opened,’ and here we get into a little difference,
‘as a scroll is opened when it is rolled together; and every mountain, and island, was moved
out of its place. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the
chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves
in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall
on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath
of the Lamb; For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?’
The opening of these six seals give an overview of the last days in the era of warfare against
Zion, consummating in the coming of Christ, which is ordained under the 6th seal, and
this is important, but fulfilled under the 7th. So it’s an overview. He sees a white
horse, and the guy riding on him has a crown and a bow, and he lets loose and strikes something
at a distance from him. Then he sees a red horse, and the red horse
has a huge sword and is a great military power. It’s going to take peace from the earth. Then
he sees a black horse, and the black horse is interested in social justice and in the
basic things that sustain life. Then he sees a pale horse, and this pale horse has a rider.
The rider on him is Death, and Hell follows after Death. Then he sees he has dominion
over a fourth part of the earth. Those are the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Then you see the fifth seal and the martyrs and they are quieted and calmed and told,
‘Hey, there are going to be some more guys join you.’ And under the sixth seal as it
is opened, he sees the great drama of the second coming of Christ, and the Heavens open
like a scroll and men seeking to hide themselves from his coming and his glory.
A point of clarification: There are two times in America in the latter- days when warfare
begins in America and extends throughout the world. One time is in the American Civil War,
and we’ve read about that in the prophecy on war. War began at South Carolina and then
eventually developed, and ‘war was poured out upon all flesh.’
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The second time this takes place is spoken of in Section 112, and let me read it with
you, verse 23: ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, darkness covereth the earth, and gross
darkness the minds of the people, and all flesh has become corrupt before my face. Behold,
vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning,
a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it
shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord.’
Now, note this: ‘And upon my house shall it begin.’ That’s where it’s going to start,
this devastation that sweeps the whole earth. ‘And from my house shall it go forth, saith
the Lord; First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name
and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith
the Lord.’ Now, let me suggest to you that the white
horse is America. It has a crown, representing the sacred principles on which our land is
built. And it deals with this era of time, the warfare against Zion. And the white horse
has a rider, and he has a bow. He cuts loose with that bow in this period of beginning
developments for the warfare against Zion. And as you see that bow figure, you are not
seeing an organized military power that just gears the whole nation like we did in the
Civil War or in World War I or World War II. You are seeing America sitting back and zipping
a bow over here to Granada, to Libya, to the Persian Gulf, and to other things. And she
is going forth conquering and to conquer, which suggests that we have had the opening
of the first seal. Let me suggest to you that the second seal
is this military power that the prophecy on war designates as the ‘masters’–this Assyrian,
this militant power that Joel speaks of as the great ‘northern army’ in Joel 2, that
is going to come into this land and is going to trample, and who the Lord is going to have
to turn back. And when the red horse, which is the Assyrian, and it’s not communist Russia,
because the communist system is passed away. It’s also the ‘little horn’ mentioned in Daniel
7 and 8, for those of you who want to do a little extra study on it. It’s the little
horn. And the little horn is a very progressive power. It’s not latent with the communist
system of economics. The little horn is a progressive power that is dictatorial. It’s
something like, as I see it, what happened in Germany, leading on into World War II.
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The German people went through the depression like we did. And there arose a fellow by the
name of Hitler, and he talked them into giving him dictatorial power. He began to develop
the economy of Germany. I remember as a boy that we had a member of our Ward go to Germany
on a mission. When he came home and gave his missionary report, he couldn’t say anything
good enough about Hitler, because Hitler had gotten things moving economically. They were
building roads, they were building manufacturing programs, they got the Volkswagen going and
everyone had something to ride in, and they got things moving. And it was a dictatorial
power that was progressive. We’re right in the stages of the formation of the ‘little
horn,’ of the Assyrian. We are shucking off in Russia the powers of the communist system,
the old broken and inadequate communist program. And we’re applying new technology–but we
haven’t changed! In fact, we’ve consolidated over there, they have the central power of
the system. And when that system finally gets consolidated and worked out–and we’re helping
it–when that system finally gets worked out, it’s going to rise and it’s going to be the
little horn. It’s going to be the second great power that fights against Zion.
Over here in the book of Revelation, chapter 13, John sees that there are two powers in
the latter-day that rise against Zion. One of them is Babylon. Babylon is apostate Christendom.
Babylon is perverted western civilization. And the other power is this northern army,
the Assyrian, the little horn. You read about them all through–read the book of Daniel,
chapter 7. He sees in the portrayals that he sees, the latter-day system of Babylon,
the form of the 4th beast with ten heads and horns, etc., and then he sees the coming up
of the little horn that is separate from it. That little horn isn’t little in the sense
of power, it immediately trounces the socks off of three of the horns of Babylon. And
that may be what Joseph Smith was talking about when he says, ‘When the Russian bear
lays his paw upon the British lion, the winding-up scene isn’t very far off.’
But the little horn proceeds to trounce three of the powers of Babylon. That’s part of the
scenario; that’s a part of that general picture. But when we talk about the red horse, then
we’re talking about a power that is capable of taking peace from the earth, and there
was given him a great seal. I would equate that with the masters. Then he says, ‘When
he opened the third seal, I heard a beast say, Come ye and I will show you a black horse.’
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And their interest is in social justice, in liberty, in the proper balance of things.
‘He heard a voice in the midst of the fourth beast say, A measure of wheat for a penny,
and three measures of barley.’ The fourth beast is the pale horse, or the
fourth seal brings forth the pale horse. The pale horse is ridden by Death. When the remnant
of Lehi goes through the land and they vex the Gentiles with a sore vexation, and they
go to work on the ‘pale faces,’ if I can put it that way, when they begin to do that, and
those who are destroyed, what will happen to them? Will they go to the paradise of God?
The answer is no. They are corrupt, and when Death rides on the pale horse and these people
are destroyed by those devastations, Death will follow and Hell will follow after Death.
And they will have power given them over one-fourth of the earth. The American continents, north
and south, constitute one-fourth of the earth’s land mass.
So you see that general picture, and that is an overview, if I can suggest that. It’s
an overview. From there you turn to several special scenes, prophetic scenes. Having given
that overview of events in the last days, bringing it down to the 6th seal which portrays
the second coming of Christ–the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th–then John sees a special
scene. He sees the calling of the 144,000 and the work that they do. Then he sees the
opening of the 7th seal. He sees silence in Heaven for the space of half an hour of the
Lord’s time. Following that half-hour, then you have the judgments of God poured out upon
the people unto their destruction as portrayed in chapters 8 and 9.
In the 7th chapter, the sealing of the 144,000, and what’s their mission? It’s the mission
of the wheat and the tares parable. It’s the gathering of the wheat into the church of
the Firstborn and bringing them into a program preparatory for the second coming of Christ.
Then when the wheat has been gathered, what happens to the tares? They are bound in bundles
and they are ready to be burned. And then the great judgments and the great plagues
of the book of Revelation are poured out. And it’s under the 6th judgment or the 6th
plague that the wicked are finally gathered to Jerusalem. It’s that scene.
Then John sees a special scene in regard to John the Revelator himself. He sees that he
is given a little book, and the Prophet Joseph makes clear that that little book is a mission
to gather Israel Lecture 17 The Great Harvest Season Of The
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in this whole thing in the last days, and that’s why he is a translated being, because
he is involved in this great work. Then after that he sees, chapter 11, a special
focus on the Jews and the Jewish scenario. He sees two prophets raised up in Jerusalem.
Then he sees their ministry as the heathen and Gentile hordes gather against Jerusalem.
Then in chapter 12 he sees a special scene. He sees the war in Heaven clear back there
in pre-earth life. He sees that it is a type and a shadow, a portrayal, a representation
of the warfare against Zion in the latter-days, and that just as the warfare took place and
they finally threw the rascal out, so in the warfare against Zion which finally turns to
Jerusalem and the Lord’s coming to the Jews in Jerusalem, that whole scenario, you finally
throw the rascal out. You bind Satan and you usher in the Millennial period.
Then in chapter 13, it deals with just the vision of the two powers– Babylon and the
little horn, or Babylon and the Assyrian, or Babylon and the northern army. When you
treat the Jerusalem scene and the coming of Christ to Jerusalem, you read Ezekiel 38 and
39. There Ezekiel talks about a northern power and calls it ‘Gog and Magog’. These people
come from the north against Jerusalem. In the meantime, from the nations of the earth
and particularly from the corrupt nations of the Gentiles, they come. So you have two
powers that converge against the Jews as the ‘abomination of desolation’ gets underway.
One power comes from the north and is called Gog and Magog, and it’s the little horn and
it’s the northern army in that period of time. The other is the corrupt nations of Babylon,
and they go against Jerusalem. That scene is portrayed in Revelation 11.
Then in Revelation 12, it is shown that that whole scenario took place in pre-earth life.
I want to talk about that a little with you. We are re- playing it on the screen, as it
were, in mortality. Then chapter 14 is an interesting chapter.
Chapter 14 is the one in which we have that famous statement that, ‘I saw another angel
flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that
dwell on the earth.’ We all know that one, don’t we? Let me ask you a question. Why did
John wait clear down to Revelation 14 to talk about the restoration of the gospel? Why did
he do that? Note what he has talked about before. He has talked about
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the warfare against Zion. He has talked about the 144,000– Revelation 7. He has talked
about the last plagues, Revelation 8 and 9. He has talked about the ‘little book’ or the
mission of John, Revelation 10. He’s talked about the two prophets over there in Israel–that’s
clear down the way. He’s talked about this warfare. Now, why does he wait clear till
then to talk about the restoration of the gospel?
You think about that. There is an answer. The answer is found in the Book of Mormon.
For example, Nephi sees that the time will come when there will be a great division between
the people, a great and a major division. He sees that that division is brought about
by the development of the gospel, it’s restoration and its development. As the gospel plan develops,
then so also does this division develop. The book of Revelation, chapter 14, is John’s
version of that great division. Verse 1, he ways, ‘And I looked, and, lo,
a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand.’ Then he
describes them. Then as he sees that righteous group, he tells us how that came about. It
came about by the restoration of the gospel. So he says, ‘And I saw another angel fly in
the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the
earth.’ And that gospel restored by the angel is the means by which that great program that
he sees is finally brought to the point where the Lamb of God stands upon Mount Zion, and
with him 144,000. Then having shown that, he talks about the
other division, the other phase of it. That other phase of it is the coming of another
angel who says, ‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations
drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ Then the last verses of Revelation 14 tell
us about the cleansing of the earth. This is what the book of Revelation is about.
Our time has gone by, but I hope maybe we’ve kind of laid a little of the foundation, because
I want to start with Revelation 7. Let me just take the time, and I think we need to
just–I’ve kind of–it’s like the old formula, you tell them and then you tell them what
you’ve told them. Let me see if I can just in summation say
a few things. We’ve talked about the harvest season. We’ve said that there are four angels
that restored the gospel–and I want to get to that, because that’s very,
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very important. The four angels–who were those four angels? Peter, Moses, Noah or Elias,
and Elijah. They are the ones who restored the keys of the great gospel program in the
latter-day. And they’ve got something to do about the harvest season, because there are
four angels there. And those four angels are the same four angels.
So we’ve said there is the laying of the foundation. We’ve said also that this is the parable of
the wheat and the tares, that the wheat is gathered first and then the tares. We’ve said
also that we’re concerned now with the prophecy on war, because the prophecy on war gives
us the sequence of things. It talks about America and it talks about the masters and
it talks about the slaves and about the remnant. These are the focal things around which the
latter-day scene unfolds. And America, the white horse, and as of now and the scene that
it relates, it’s doing a few things militarily, but not in the sense of open war. It’s shooting
an arrow here and there. It’s letting loose. And then when the time comes that the second
seal is opened and the red horse comes forth, then peace will be taken from the earth. He’ll
have a great sword, and correlate this with Joel 2. When this northern army takes place
like we discussed yesterday, then afterward there is deliverance in 3 places–Mount Zion,
Jerusalem and in the remnant. That correlates and ties in.
Then the third seal is opened, and the black horse, and these are the slaves. The fourth
seal, the pale horse, and these are the events that relate there. Then you come on down through
to the sixth seal, where the second coming of Christ is portrayed.
With that overview, then, John begins with Revelation 7 and begins to develop the specific
prophetic scenes that lead to the second coming of Christ and to the completion of the harvest
season. Let me suggest that we hold the questions
for the present, can we? And take just maybe about five minutes or less, and we’ll get
on the boat–I want to begin with Revelation 7.

 

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