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Times and Seasons: Volume 2, Number 1
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Times and Seasons: Volume 2, Number 1
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- EXTRACT FROM THE PROPHECY OF ENOCH.
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EXTRACT FROM THE PROPHECY OF ENOCH.
And it came to pass that Enoch continued his speech saying, behold our father Adam taught these things, and many have believed and become the sons of God, and many have believed not and perished in their sins, and are looking forth with fear, in torment, for the fiery indignation of the wrath of God to be poured out upon them.-And from that time forth Enoch began to prophecy, saying unto the people, that, as I was journeying and stood upon the place Mahujah, I cried unto the Lord, and there came a voice out of the heavens, saying, turn ye and get ye upon the mount Simeon. And it came to pass that I turned and went upon the mount, and as I stood upon the mount, I beheld the heavens open, and I was clothed upon with glory, and I saw the Lord; he stood before my face, and he talked with me, even as a man talks one with another, face to face: and he said unto me, Look and I will show unto you the world for the space of many generations. And it came to pass that I beheld the valley Shum, and low, a great people which dwelt in tents, which were the people of Shum. And again the Lord said unto me, Look, and I looked towards the north, and I beheld the people of Canaan, which dwelt in tents. And the Lord said unto me, Prophesy, and I prophesied saying, Behold the people of Canaan, which are numerous, shall go forth in battle array against the people of Shum, and shall slay them that they shall utterly be destroyed; and the people of Canaan shall divide themselves in the land, and the land shall be barren and unfruitful, and none other people shall dwell there but the people of Canaan; for behold the Lord shall curse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth forever: And there was blackness come upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people. And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me, Look, and I looked and beheld the land of Sharon, and the land of Enoch, and the land of Omner, and the land of Heni, and the land of Shem, and the land of Haner, and the land of Hannanihah, and all the inhabitants thereof: and the Lord said unto me, go to this people and say unto them, repent, lest I come out and smite them with a curse and they die. And he gave unto me a commandment that I should baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, which is full of grace and truth, and the Holy Spirit, which bears record of the Father and the Son.
And it came to pass that Enoch continued to call upon all the people, save it were the people of Canaan, to repent; And so great was the faith of Enoch that he lead the people of God, and their enemies came to battle against them, and he spake the word of the Lord, and the earth trembled: and the mountains fled, even according to his command; and the rivers of water were turned out of their course; and the roar of the lions was heard out of the wilderness; and all nations feared greatly, so powerful was the word of Enoch, and so great was the power of language, which God had given him. There also came up a land out of the depth of the sea; and so great was the fear of the enemies of the people of God, that they fled and stood afar off, and went upon the land which came up out of the depths of the sea. And the giants of the land, also, stood afar off; and there went forth a curse upon all the people which fought against God; and from that time forth there were wars and bloodsheds among them but the Lord came and dwelt with his people, and they dwelt in righteousness. The fear of the Lord was upon all nations, so great was the glory of the Lord, which was upon his people; And the Lord blessed the land, and they were blessed upon the mountains, and upon the high places, and did flourish. And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them; and Enoch continued his preaching
in righteousness unto the people of God. And it came to pass in his days, that he built a city that was called the city of holiness, even ZION.-And it came to pass that Enoch talked with the Lord, and he said unto the Lord, Surely Zion shall dwell in safety forever: But the Lord said unto Enoch, Zion have I blessed, but the residue of the people have I cursed.-And it came to pass that the Lord showed unto Enoch all the inhabitants of the earth; and he beheld, and lo, Zion, in proscess [process] of time, was taken up into heaven! And the Lord said unto Enoch, Behold my abode forever: and Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam, and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam, save it were the seed of Cain for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them. And after that Zion was taken up into heaven, Enoch beheld and lo, all the nations of the earth were before him! and there came generation upon generation, and Enoch was high and lifted up, even in the bosom of the Father, and the Son of Man; and behold the power of Satan was upon all the face of the earth!-And he saw angels descending out of heaven; and he heard a loud voice, saying, Wo, wo, be unto the inhabitants of the earth! And he beheld Satan, and he had a great chain in his hand, and it veiled the whole face of the earth with darkness, and he looked up and laughed, and his angels rejoiced. And Enoch beheld angels descending out of heaven bearing testimony of the Father and Son: and the Holy Spirit fell on many, and they were caught up by the powers of heaven into Zion: and it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people and he wept, and Enoch bore record of it saying, How is it the heavens weep and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains? And Enoch said unto the Lord, How is it that you can weep, seeing you are holy and from all eternity to all eternity? and were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, and millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of your creations; and your curtains are stretched out still; and yet you are there, and your bosom is there; and also, you are just; you are merciful and kind forever; you have taken Zion to your own bosom from all your creations, from all eternity to all eternity, and nought [naught] but peace, justice and truth is the habitation of your throne; and mercy shall go before your face and have no end: how is it that you can weep? The Lord said unto Enoch, Behold these your brethren: they are the workmanship of my own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the garden of Eden gave I unto man his agency; and also gave commandment, that they should love one another; and that they should choose me their Father; and they hate their own blood; and the fire of my indignation is kindled against them: and in my hot displeasure will I send in the floods upon them, for my fierce anger is kindled against them. Behold I am God; Man of holiness is my name: Man of council is my name, and Endless and Eternal is my name, also. Wherefore, I can stretch forth my hands and hold all the creations which I have made; and my eye can pierce them, also; and among all the workmanship of my hand there has not been so great wickedness, as among your brethren; but behold their sins shall be upon the heads of their fathers: Satan shall be their father, and misery shall be their doom; and the whole heavens shall weep over them, even all the workmanship of my hands: Wherefore, should not the heavens weep, seeing these shall suffer? But behold, these which your eyes are upon, shall perish in the floods; and behold I will shut them up: a prison have I prepared for them:-And that which I have chosen has plead before my face: Wherefore he suffers for their sins, inasmuch as they will repent in the day that my chosen shall return unto me; and until that day, they shall be in torment! wherefore, for this shall the heavens weep; yea, and all the workmanship of my hands.
And it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Enoch and told Enoch all the doings of the children of men: wherefore Enoch knew, and looked upon their wickedness, and their misery, and wept and stretched forth his
arms, and his heart swelled wide as eternity; and his bowels yearned, and all eternity shook. And Enoch saw Noah, also, and his family, that the posterity of all the sons of Noah should be saved with a temporal salvation: wherefore he saw that Noah built an ark; and the Lord smiled upon it, and held it in his own hand; but upon the residue of the wicked came the floods and swallowed them up. And as Enoch saw thus, he had bitterness of soul and wept over his brethren, and said unto the heavens, I will refuse to be comforted; but the Lord said unto Enoch, lift up your heart and be glad, and look.-And it came to pass that Enoch looked, and from Noah, he beheld all the families of the earth; and he cried unto the Lord, saying, When shall the day of the Lord come? When shall the blood of the righteous be shed, that all they that mourn may be sanctified, and have eternal life? And the Lord said, It shall be in the meridian of time, in the days of wickedness and vengeance. And behold, Enoch saw the day of the coming of the Son of man, even in the flesh, and his soul rejoiced, saying, The righteous is lifted up, and the Lamb is slain from the foundation of the world; and through faith I am in the bosom of the Father: and behold Zion is with me! And it came to pass that Enoch looked upon the earth, and he heard a voice from the bowels thereof, saying, Wo, wo is me the mother of men! I am pained; I am weary because of the wickedness of my children! When shall I rest, and be cleansed from the filthiness which has gone forth out of me? When will my Creator sanctify me that I may rest and righteousnes [righteousness], for a season abide upon my face? And when Enoch heard the earth mourn, he wept, and cried unto the Lord, saying, O, Lord, will you not have compassion upon the earth? Will you not bless the children of Noah? And it came to pass that Enoch continued his cry unto the Lord saying, I ask you, O Lord, in the name of your only Begotten, even Jesus Christ, that you will have mercy upon Noah and his seed, that the earth might never more be covered by the floods? And the Lord could not withhold: and he covenanted with Enoch, and swore unto him with an oath, that he would stay the floods; that he would call upon the children of Noah: `and he sent forth an unalterable decree, that a remnant of his seed should always be found among all nations, while the earth should stand: and the Lord said, Blessed is him through whose seed Messiah shall come: for he says, I am Messiah, the King of Zion; the Rock of heaven, which is broad as eternity; whoso comes in at the gate and climbs up by me shall never fall: wherefore, blessed are they of whom I have spoken, for they shall come forth with songs of everlasting joy.
And it came to pass, that Enoch cried unto the Lord, saying, when the Son of man comes in the flesh, shall the earth rest? I pray you show me these things. And the Lord said unto Enoch, Look, and he looked and beheld the Son of man lifted npon [upon] the cross, after the manner of men; and he heard a loud voice; and the heavens were veiled; and all the creation of God mourned; and the earth groaned; and the rocks were rent; and the saints arose and were crowned at the right hand of the Son of man, with crowns of glory; and as many of the spirits as were in prison, came forth and stood on the right hand of God; and the remainder were reserved in chains of darkness until the judgement [judgment] of the great day.-And again, Enoch wept and cried unto the Lord, saying, When shall the earth rest? And Enoch beheld the Son of man ascend up unto the Father and he called unto the Lord, saying, Will you not come again upon the earth, for inasmuch as you are God, and I know you, and you have sworn unto me and commanded me that I should ask in the name of your only Begotten, you have made me, and given unto me a right to your throne, and not of myself but through your own grace: wherefore, I ask you if you will not come again on the earth? And the Lord said unto Enoch, as I live, even so will I come in the last days, in the days of wickedness and vengeance, to fulfill the oath which I have made unto you, concerning the children of Noah: and the day shall come that the earth shall rest, but before that day the heavens shall be darkened and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth;
and great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but my people will I preserve; and righteousness will I send out of heaven: and truth will I send forth out of the earth to bear testimony of my Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men: and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out my own elect from the four quarters of the earth unto a place which I shall prepare; a holy city, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called ZION, a New Jerusalem. And the Lord said unto Enoch, then shall you and all your city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us, and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other, and there shall be my abode, and it shall be Zion which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made; and for the space of a thousand years shall the earth rest. And it came to pass that Enoch saw the days of the coming of the Son of man, in the last days, to dwell on the earth in righteousness, for the space of a thousand years: but before that day he saw great tribulations among the wicked; and he also saw the sea that it was troubled, and men's hearts failing them looking forth with fear for the judgments of the Almighty God, which should come upon the wicked. And the Lord showed Enoch all things, even unto the end of the world; and he saw the day of the righteous, the hour of their redemption, and received a fulness [fullness] of joy: and all the days of Zion in the days of Enoch, were three hundred and sixty five years: and Enoch and all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion: and it came to pass that Zion was not, for God received it up into his own bosom; and from thence went forth the saying, Zion is fled.
GOSPEL No. 1.
Whatever difference may exist in the world about the scheme of eternal life, and the duties enjoined upon the human family to prepare them for its enjoyment, all, we believe, who acknowledge the truth of the bible, agree in this, that the ancient apostles, commissioned by the Savior, were fully authorized to proclaim the gospel, and to make known the will of God to man; and that the things which were taught by them were correct; and the gospel which they preached was God's only scheme of life; and that adding to it or taking from it, deprived mankind of the benefits resulting therefrom, and tended to disarm the plan of eternal life of its powers.
We believe that it is universally admitted by all believers in revelation, that no persons could receive into their hearts, the things taught by these men, and practice the duties they required, without obtaining the promises made by them; for if this were not the case, it would be worse than folly to hold them up to view as messengers sent of God to bless the nations.
The point of light in which these apostles are held up to view in the scriptures is, that the gospel which they preached was the only gospel, acknowledged of God, and the proclamation which they proclaimed, the only one that men were authorized to receive, and the promises which they made, were to be as certainly enjoyed, as ever men put themselves in a situation to receive them, by obeying the instructions which they gave them. For though religion in some form was prevailing in every part of the civilized world in the days of the Savior and his apostles, still they presented themselves to the world as the only persons who were capable of enlightening the minds of men, and of bringing them into an acquaintance with the true faith, and of introducing them into the family of the Most High, having (as they said) authority from God to do this work, and that a dispensation of the gospel was committed to them for this purpose.
The professed object of their apostolic mission was, that men might be saved: this their commission clearly sets forth. "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be damned!"-From this it is plain, that whatever might have been the amount of religion in their day, there was not a sufficiency of rightousness [righteousness] on earth to save one
man, only as it was restored to the world through the Savior and his apostles, nor was it possible for one single creature in all the world to be saved unless they put themselves under their guidance; for they were to go into all the world, and preached the gospel to every creature; so that every creature in all the world, had to be taught by them, and receive the gospel which they preached, or else they must be damned; for they who believed not should be damned. This was certainly placing their commission in an important point of light: and their own teachings were in perfect consistency with their commission.
Paul says, when writing to the Galatians, first chapter, 8 and 9 verses.-"But though we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." In all their teachings they held themselves up to view as the only teachers of righousness [righteousness] which were approved of God in the world, and that their mission was not necessary only for the salvation of a part of the world, but all of it; yea every creature in it. It mattered not what progress the world had made in the knowledge of other things: in the knowledge of the science of salvation, they had retrograded, until there were none doing good, no not one. And unless God had sent the apostles, or others authorized as they were, the world must have perished: every creature in it must have been damned: for they were to go into all the world, and he, (that is, every creature) that believed and was baptized, should be saved; but he, (that is, every creature) that believed not, should be damned. Had there been one creature in all the world who was in a state of salvation, or could have attained that state without the apostles, this commission would not have been correct, that is, that every creature in all the world who did not believe them and be baptized by their direction should be damned.
Nothing can make the apostles' commission true, but the fact that no creature in all the world could be saved without their being brought into favor with God through their ministry.
The Savior, through the whole course of his mimistry [ministry] in the flesh, made it one of the principal items of teachings to make it clearly manifest to the religious Jews, that they had departed from the principles delivered unto them through the messengers whom God had inspired to make known his will to men. He did not reprove the Jews for adhering to the law, but because they had corrupted it, and made it void by their traditions. For neither the law nor the prophets, made hypocrites, blind guides, a generation of vipers: but a corruption of one, and a perversion of the other did-they made both. Neither was the law nor the prophets a hindrance to any person coming into the kingdom of God; but a perversion and a corruption of them were against the promises of God, and a barrier to men entering into the kingdom of heaven.
The Jews were not to blame for adhering to both the law and the prophets, but for corrupting one and perverting the other, through which corruption and perversion, they ceased to believe either Moses or the prophets; for had they believed them they would have believed the Savior also; for they wrote of him. Had the leaders of the Jews never corrupted the law nor perverted the prophets, they would never have been overthrown: for they would have received their Mesiah [Messiah] when he came, and have escaped "the wrath to come." But in consequence of their having corrupted the law, and perverted the prophets, they would neither enter the kingdom of God themselves nor let those who were entering go in; for which the Savior upbraids them. Not that they worshiped [worshipped] God according to the law, but according to their own traditions, by which they had made void the law, and rendered it of none effect: teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Mark 7th chap. from the 5th to the 15th verse. Matthew, 15th chap. from the 2nd to the 10th verse.
Every person in every degree acquainted with the Jewish history, as written in the scriptures, knows, that God, previous to the days of the Savior's
coming in the flesh, was withdrawing from that people, and that he continued to do so until they were abandoned to destruction.
But God never withdraws from a people for adhering to the order of things he established among them; for while they all adhere to him he cleaves to them. Had the Jews, in truth and verity, continued to observe the law as God delivered it unto them, and to have believed the prophets who were sent unto them, God would have continued with them, and they would have known their Mesiah [Messiah] when he came, and have entered into his kingdom and have found rest, and continued the people of God, even the favorites of heaven, until this day. But instead of their doing so, they changed their temple from being a house of prayer, to be a house of merchandise, and a den of thieves. Matthew, 21st chap. 12th and 13th verses. Mark 11th chap. 15th 16th and 17th verses. Luke 19th chap. 45th and 46th verses. They made void the law by their traditions; and stoned the prophets that were sent unto them. Matthew 23d chap. 37th verse. Whatever was saving in their institutions they rejected, and defiled, until destruction came on them to the very uttermost. This was their situation when the Savior came among them, and such their condition when he commissioned the appostles [apostles] to go and preach the gospel to them; and not to them only, but to every creature in all the word [world] aleo [also].
The apostle Paul in the epistle to the Romans, gives us a minute description of both the Gentiles and the Jews in his day; in the 1st chap. commencing with the 20 verse, he thus describes the state of the Gentiles, "Because when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became, vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleaness [uncleanness], through the lust of their own hearts to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped [worshipped] and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen." The apostle continues his description of the Gentiles to the close of the chapter, which the reader may examine at his leisure, and he will see that the picture is one of no very pleasing character.
From the description here given of the Gentiles, we learn this fact, that the Gentiles had previously known God; for when they knew God, says the apostle, they worshiped [worshipped] him not as God, &c. This is evidence positive, that the Gentiles had turned away from the knowledge of God, and were apostates from the truth.
In the 3d chap. of this same epistle, he gives a description of the Jews also, commencing with the 9th verse to the close of the 18th, we have the following description. "What then? are we better than they? No in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin, as it is written. There is none rightous [righteous], no, not one. There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre [sepulcher]; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood. Destruction and misery are in their ways: and the way of peace have they not known.-There is no fear of God before their eyes." In the 10th verse he says, "Now we know, that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God." In so saying the apostle gives his readers to understand that the preceeding [preceding] quotations, taken from the Psalms, were applicable to the Jews and to the Jews only; for they were the persons to whom the law was given, and they, and they only were under the law, "Now what things soever the law saith, it saith to them that are under the law." So the apostles make a direct application of what he here said to the Jews, as they were the people, and the only people, who were under the law.
Such is the light in which God viewed the world, both Jew and Gentile, when he sent the apostles among them to bring them back to the principles of rightousness [righteousness], from whence they had strayed; for God considered them all, not only under sin, but in a state of apostacy [apostasy] also.
Let the world have made what advances it might in literature, science or philosophy, in relation to eternal life-their case was deplorable; for instead of their being in a situation to be saved, they were in a situation to be destroyed: instead of being redeemed, they were in a situation to be condemned: for so far had the whole world, both Jew and Gentile, apostatized from the living God, that there was not a sufficiency of rightousness [righteousness] to save one creature in all the world.
Whatever improvement, therefore, the Jews or the Gentiles might have made in worldly matters, they were in a situation in which they could make no advances towards eternal life, only by receiving the apostles, and submiting [submitting] themselves to their guidance and direction. However humiliating this might have been to them. But so it was, that to the fishermen of Galilee they must come, and to them they must submit, or else they must be damned.
So closely does the God of heaven adhere to his plan of saving men, that nothing will be admited [admitted] as a substitute for his ordinances and institutions, no services but those of his own appointment will tend in the least degree to save men. The Jews might lay heavy burdens on each other's shoulders, subject themselves to many privations, make many prayers, and pay tithes of all they possessed, but when done, it would leave them short of eternal life!-to the fishermen of Galilee they must go, or be saved they could not. The Gentiles might lacerate their bodies, offer their children in sacrifice, or subject themselves to the severest scourgings, buffetings, or burnings; they might form books of morals, codes of laws, systems of government, or modes of worship, but all in vain, it would not give them eternal life, nor could they by any means obtain the salvation of God, only through and by the fisherman of Galilee: for their commission was to every creature in all the world, and he who did not believe them, should be damned; for there was no other gospel; no other scheme of things, nor no other form of worship, that had eternal life as their reward, but the gospel proclaimed by the apostles and the forms of worship taught by them.
These apostles, however, did not pretend that God never had, at any former period of the world, any messengers who had been authorized to bring men into a state of salvation, and to proclaim the gospel to the world; but on the contrary, Paul says in 3d chapter of the epistle to the Galatians and 9th verse, that the gospel had been preached unto Abraham. He says thus:-"And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith preached before the gospel unto Abraham. But in the 1st chap. of the epistle to the Ephesians, the apostle shows that the gospel was of a much earlier date than the days of Abraham: that it was before time, being devised in eternity, before the foundation of the world.-See the 3d, 4th, 5th, and 6th verses.-"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavly [heavenly] places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated [predestined] us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ in himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved."
In the 11th verse he says: "in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated [predestined] according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the council of his own will."
We learn the following things from the above saying of the apostle. That the scheme of things by which he and the Saints at Ephesus were saved was devised in eternity before the foundation of the world. "According as he hath chosen us in him [Christ] before the foundation of the world."
2nd. That they were to be the children
of God, through adoption by Jesus Christ. "Having predestinated [predestined] us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself."
3d. And all this according to his own purpose or scheme of things, (for what is a man's purpose but his scheme of things,) by which he works all things after the council of his own will?-That is the same as to say, that the plan of life and salvation which is called in the scriptures the gospel, was heaven's own scheme or purpose, and that scheme was before the world was; and that before God created man he purposed in himself that mankind should become his sons through adoption, by Jesus Christ, and in no other way.
If the apostle, in the foregoing sayings, teaches any thing, it is, that the gospel, or scheme of life and salvation which is the same, was from before the begining [beginning], and that from the creation of the world, God had but the one way of saving men; and that all who were saved, were to be saved in the same way; and this God had decreed, purposed, and predestinated [predestined] , and by this eternal scheme of things were accomplished according to the will of God, and this decree, will, and purpose, was before the foundation of the world.
Now let the truth of what the apostle here says be admitted and the result is, that that same scheme of things by which the Ephesians were saved, was the same by which all others who are to be redeemed, were saved. And if the same scheme of things, then the same ordinances were obeyed by all: for if Paul administered ordinances, that were not administered to all who are to be redeemed, then they were not saved by the same plan of salvation; for where there is a difference it matters not how small the difference is, the things thus differing are not the same, and it follows of necessity that if Paul baptized for the remission of sins, all others who are saved must have been baptized also for the same purpose, or else, they were not all saved by the same gospel or plan of salvation: and if the plan of salvation taught by Paul required men to be born of the water, and the spirit in order that they might enter into the kingdom of heaven, so the same must have been required of all since the foundation of the world, or the plan of salvation has not been the same, and if so, Paul's testimony is not true.
[To be continued.]
Copy of a Letter written by O. Cowdery, on the restoration of the Priesthood.
Norton, Medina co. Ohio, Sabbath evening, September 7, 1834
Before leaving home, I promised, if I tarried long, to write; and while a few moments are now allowed me for reflection, aside from the cares and common conversation of my friends in this place, I have thought that were I to communicate them to you, might, perhaps, if they should not prove especially beneficial to yourself, by confirming you in the faith of the gospel, at least be interesting, since it has pleased our heavenly Father to call us both to rejoice in the same hope of eternal life. And by giving them publicly, some thousands who have embraced the same covenant, may learn something more particular upon the rise of this church. in this last time. And while the gray evening is fast changing into a settled darkness, my heart responds with the happy millions who are in the presence of the Lamb, and are past the power of temptation, in rendering thanks, though feebly, to the same Parent.
Another day has passed, into that, to us, boundless ocean, ETERNITY! where nearly six thousand years have gone before; and what flits across the mind like an electric shock is, that it will never return! Whether it has been well improved or not; whether the principles emanated from HIM who "hallowed" it, have been observed; or whether, like the common mass of time, it has been heedlessly spent, is not for me to say-one thing I can say-It can never be recalled!-it has rolled in to assist in filling up the grand space decreed in the mind of its Author, till nature shall have ceased her work, and time its accustomed revolutions-when its Lord shall have completed the gathering of his elect, and with them enjoy that Sabbath which shall never end!
On Friday, the 5th, in company with our brother Joseph Smith jr. I left Kirtland for this place (New Portage,) to attend the conference previously appointed. To be permitted, once more, to travel with this brother, occasions reflections of no ordinary kind. Many have been the fatigues and privations which have fallen to my lot to endure, for the gospel's sake, since 1828, with this brother. Our road has frequently been spread with the "fowler's snare," and our persons sought with eagerness, of the Savage's ferocity, for innocent blood, by men, either heated to desperation by the insinuations of those who professed to be "guides and waymarks" to the kingdom of glory, or the individuals themselves! This I confess, is a dark picture to spread before our patrons, but they will pardon my plainness when I assure them of the truth. In fact, God has so ordered, that the reflections which I am permitted to cast upon my past life, relative to a knowledge of the way of salvation, are rendered double endearing."-Not only have I been graciously preserved from wicked and unreasonable men, with this our brother, but I have seen the fruit of perseverance in proclaiming the everlasting gospel, immediately after it was declared to the world in these last days, in a manner not to be forgotten while heaven gives my common intellect. And what serves to render the reflection past expression on this point is, that from his hand I received baptism, by the direction of the angel of God-the first received into this church, in this day.
Near the time of the setting of the Sun, Sabdath [Sabbath] evening, April 5th, 1829, my natural eyes, for the first time beheld this brother. He then resided in Harmony, Susquehanna county Penn. On Monday the 6th, I assisted him in arranging some business of a temporal nature, and on Tuesday the 7th, commenced to write the book of Mormon. These were days never to be forgotten-to sit under the sound of a voice dictated by the inspiration of heaven, awakened the utmost gratitude of this bosom! Day after day I continued, uninterrupted, to write from his mouth, as he translated, with the Urim and Thummim, or, as the Nephites would have said, "Interpreters," the history, or record, called "The book of Mormon."
To notice, in even few words, the interesting account given by Mormon, and his faithful son Moroni, of a people once beloved and favored by heaven, would supercede [supersede] my present design: I shall therefore defer this to a future period, and as I said in the introduction, pass more directly to some few incidents immediately connected with the rise of this church, which may be entertaining to some thousands who have stepped forward, amid the frowns of bigots and the calumny of hypocrites, and embraced the gospel of Christ.
No men in their sober senses, could translate and write the directions given to the Nephites, from the mouth of the Savior, of the precise manner in which men should build up his church, and especially, when corruption had spread an uncertainty over all forms and systems practiced among men, without desiring a privilege of showing the willingness of the heart, by being buried in the liquid grave, to answer a "good conscience by the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
After writing the account given of the Savior's ministry to the remnant of the seed of Jacob, upon this continent, it was easily to be seen, as the prophet said would be, that darkness covered the earth and gross darkness the minds of the people. On reflecting further, it was as easily to be seen, that amid the great strife and noise concerning religion, none had authority from God to administer the ordinances of the gospel. For, the question might be asked, have men authority to administer in the name of Christ, who deny revelations? when his testimony is no less than the spirit of prophecy? and his religion based, built, and sustained by immediate revelations in all ages of the world, when he has had a people on earth? If these facts were buried, and carefully concealed by men whose craft would have been in danger, if once permitted to shine in the faces of men, they were no longer to us; and we only waited for the commandment to be given, "Arise and be baptized."
This was not long desired before it was realized. The Lord, who is rich in mercy, and ever willing to answer the consistent prayer of the humble, after
we had called upon him in a fervent manner, aside from the abodes of men, condescended to manifest to us his will. On a sudden, as from the midst of eternity, the voice of the Redeemer spake peace to us, while the vail was parted and the angel of God came down clothed with glory, and delivered the anxiously looked for message, and the keys of the gospel of repentance!-What joy! what wonder! what amazement! While the world was racked and distracted-while millions were groping as the blind for the wall, and while all men were resting upon uncertainty, as a general mass, our eyes beheld-our ears heard. As in the "blaze of days;" yes, more-above the glitter of the May Sun beam, which then shed its brilliancy over the face of nature! Then his voice, though mild, pierced to the center, and his words, "I am thy fellow-servant," dispelled every fear. We listened-we gazed--we admired! 'Twas the voice of an angel from glory-'twas a message from the Most High! and as we heard we rejoiced, while his love enkindled upon our souls, and we were wrapt [wrapped] in the vision of the Almighty! Where was room for doubt? No where: uncertainty had fled, doubt had sunk, no more to rise, while fiction and deception had fled forever!
But, dear brother think, further think for a moment, what joy filled our hearts and with what surprise we must have bowed, (for who would not have bowed the knee for such a blessing?) when we received under his hand the holy priesthood, as he said; "upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer this priesthood and this authority, which shall remain upon earth, that the sons of Levi may yet offer an offering unto the Lord in rightousness [righteousness]!"
I shall not attempt to paint to you the feelings of this heart, nor the majestic beauty and glory which surrounded us on this occasion: but you will believe me when I say, that earth, nor men, with the eloquence of time, cannot begin to clothe language in as interesting and sublime a manner as this holy personage. No; nor has this earth power to give the joy, to bestow the peace, or comprehend the wisdom which was contained in each sentence as they were delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit! Man may deceive his fellow man; deception may follow deception, and the children of the wicked one may have power to seduce the foolish and untaught, till nought [naught] but fiction feeds the many, and the fruit of falsehood carries in its current the giddy to the grave; but one touch with the finger of his love, yes, one ray of glory from the upper world, or one word from the mouth of the Savior, from the bosom of eternity, strikes it all into insignificance, and blots it forever from the mind!-The assurance that we were in the presence of an angel, the certainty that we heard the voice of Jesus, and the truth unsullied as it flowed from a pure personage, dictated by the will of God is to me, past description, and I shall ever look upon this expression of the Savior's goodness with wonder and thanksgiving while I am permitted to tarry, and in those mansions where perfection dwells and sin never comes, I hope to adore in that DAY which shall never cease!
Nauvoo, Oct. 7th, 1840
BROTHER, ROBINSON AND SMITH. I improve a few leisure moments to inform you of my travels and labours [labors] in the vineyard of the Lord this season; for I have not been altogether idle, as some might suppose. On examining my Journal, I find that I have traveled something over one thousand miles, and held twenty nine or thirty public meetings, and baptized seven persons. Although I have introduced but few into the Gospel kingdom, yet others have believed, and not having sufficient time (as they say,) to investigate the principles of the gospel, refused to obey. While scores were constrained to acknowledge the truth of the arguments I advanced; and hundreds heard with astonishment, but were not able to shake off or remove the mist of darkness thrown over their minds by tradition, superstition, and bigotry, the legitimate offspring of the mother of harlots, and abominations of the earth. But I trust the seed of rightousness [righteousness] is sown in the hearts of many and will bring forth good fruit to the honor and glory of God.
I spent most of my time, while laboring, in Tippecanoe, Montgomery, Fountain and Warren counties, Ia. in the latter, I baptized five in the south part, near the river.
Elders traveling that way will please call and instruct them in the ways of the Lord more perfectly.
Yours &c. L. A. SHIRTLIFF.
TIMES AND SEASONS
NAUVOO, ILL. NOV. 1, 1840
We wish to say for the benefit of our readers, that having accomplished our business in Cincinnati, and returned home, we now feel justified in assuring our friends, that hereafter the paper shall be issued from our office by the times specified. The delays which have occurred heretofore, are not altogether our fault; as we have ascertained that several times, after the packages have been lodged in the Post office, it has been several days, and some times, weeks, before they were forwarded; and in many instances, after they were forwarded, they never arrived to the places of destination. For these delays we can not be accountable; but situated as we are, (being publishers,) if there is any delay, we have to bear the blame of it; as it is most generally supposed, if a number is not received in season, that it was not issued as soon as it should have been; which we have to acknowledge, has been the case in some instances, during the publishing of the past volume: occasioned by circumstances to us unavoidable. But as the sickly season is past, and we have made large additions to our establishment, also, having obtained a great supply of paper, sufficient for six or eight months, we mean that no pains shall be spared on our part to have the paper printed regularly in future.
THE PROPHECY OF ENOCH.
In this number will be found an extract from the prophecy of Enoch, which was received by revelation, soon after the organization of the church, and first published in the "Evening and Morning Star." As it is a relic, too precious to be lost, we extract it for the benefit of the readers of the Times and Seasons. It gives us a specimen of the power Enoch obtained with God, by faith, for we are told "that by faith Enoch walked with God, and was not, for God took him." We trust that it will prove a stimulus, to the saints, to action, when they read of the great blessings enjoyed by the ancients and consider that they were men of like passions with ourselves, subject to all the evils and temptations with which we are surrounded; and that the same God, who conferred upon them such great privileges, "is the same yesterday to day and forever," and is "no respecter of persons," consequently is just as willing to hear and answer the prayers, and bestow as great blessings upon his children now as in days gone by: therefore, beloved brethren, let us gird up our loins and be faithful, knowing that the days draw near, and the time is at hand, when the just shall stand by faith.
As the greater portion of our readers, are those who have not had the priviledge[privilege] of being conversant with the former publications of this church, we
therefore, deem it proper to extract some articles from them. We have commenced, in this number a series of letters written by O. Cowdery, in 1834, on the subject of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, the rise of the church, and the restoration of the Priesthood; these three subjects excite more curiosity, create more enquiry [inquiry], and cause more labor to answer, than any others of our faith. Therefore, that all who wish, may have the desired intelligence, we shall publish them from the pen of a living witness.
LOOK OUT FOR THIEVES!!
This place has been infested of late with a gang of thieves, insomuch that property of almost all kinds, has been unsafe unless secured with bolts and bars; cattle and hogs have been made a free booty. The community are awake to ferret them out, and have already made some inroads among them; the measures that are taking, have created a general alarm among the midnight pilagers, and they are making tracks as fast as possible. As it is very possible that some may escape JUSTICE, and palm themselves upon an unsuspecting community, we give this notice as a timely warning, that all may be on the look out. We sincerely hope that all those who escape justice here, will soon be overtaken in their wickedness-ALTON is a suitable place for all such characters.
Having just returned from Cincinnati Ohio, with paper and other materials for publishing a new selection of Hymns which have so long been desired by the saints, we contemplate commenceing [commencing] the work immediately; and feeling desirous to have an extensive, and valuable book; it is requested that all those who have been endowed with a poetical genius, whose muse has not been altogether idle, will feel enough interest in a work of this kind, to immediately forward all choice, newly composed or revised hymns. In designating those who are endowed with a Poetical genius, we do not intend to exclude others; we mean all who have good hymns that will cheer the heart of the righteous man, to send them as soon as practicable, directed to Mrs. Emma Smith, Nauvoo, Ill. Post Paid. Elder David Holman, left this place a few days since, under rather suspicious circumstances; he is therefore, requested by his friends to return and show himself approved, a "workman that needeth not to be ashamed:" If he does not comply, he will not have the fellowship of the Saints.
Burlington co. N. J. Sept. 28, 1840.
I left Elder Page at Cincinnati the latter part of August, and came on up the Ohio river as far as Wellsburgh, Va. I stopped with father James, who received and entertained me with great kindness and hospitality. He and his daughter, a very fine amiable young lady, were keeping house together; and very pleasantly situated on the delightful banks of the beautiful Ohio. Here I preached twice and baptized three persons.-Had a very pleasant visit with a brother of Elder S. Rigdon's; came on by stage and Steam Boats to Pittsburgh: from thence took the canal to Leechburgh, where I stopped and preached to a small number of saints, raised up by the instrumentality of father Nickerson-all in good spirits. As I left this place, about 9 o'clock in the morning, the most remarkable phenomenon occurred in the heavens that I ever witnessed. There appeared two bright and luminous bodies, one on the north, and the other on the south side of the sun: in length about ten yards, inclining to a circle resembling a Rainbow, about fifty yards distant from the sun; apparently east of the sun, about twenty-five yards, was a body of light as briliant [brilliant], almost, as the sun itself; and on the west, a great distance from the sun, appeared a white simi-circle [semi-circle] passing half way round the horizon, and another crossing it at right angles, exhibiting a scenery of the sublimest kind. It was a great wonder to the passengers on board the boat. Put this with the fact that the Jews are gathering
home, and also, that all Europe is in commotion and on the eve of breaking out in open hostilities; and also, the tree of liberty which has long flourished in the Republican soil of America, has been girdled, and her green foliage which has shielded and protected the sons of oppression from the scorching rays of despotic power, already begins to wither like the accursed fig-tree. What language do these speak to the saints? "Lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth near."
I came on and met with the saints in Chester county, Pa. and labored there about one week with brother Barnes, where we added six to their number.-Br. Barnes is a kind hearted, faithful laborer in the vineyard, his blessings are great. As the evening Sunbeams tinge the distant landscapes with a golden hue, so his name shall reflect honor upon those with whom he may be connected in the bonds of the covenant. Br. Snow is a good yoke-fellow with him. I preached about one week in Philadelphia and baptized twelve.-Came on to this place with brothers Snow and Barnes and held a two days meeting at which sixteen were baptized, baptism administered by brother Snow. There is truly a great prospect here.-If three or four elders, like unto Br. Samuel James, could be sent here, great good would undoubtedly be done. Br. James would be welcomed by hundreds to this country again, will he not come? It requires good faithful and able men here, and every where else. Br. Ivins will give you more particulars about the people in this country. I shall return to Philadelphia in a few days where I expect to meet brother Page, and then, if the Lord will, after holding a few meetings in this country, we shall proceed on to New York, there take ship and sail over the seas. We were in hopes of sailing earlier: but it has been impossible to get away from the people any sooner. I have a great desire that some able defenders of the faith, should be sent into this country. There are many populous towns and cities here, and we want men who are able to stand up and declare the whole counsel of God.
I have preached this day to a large audience in the woods. At our meeting was an old gentleman who accused me of lying in my preaching, and interrupted the discourse. He was so badly intoxicated that he could not tell a lie from a bottle of rum. He was soon taken off the ground by the civil authority. Here we had a fair specimen of the depravity of that spirit and heart that oppose the work of God. The minister in the pulpit, the profane person, the thief, the liar, and the drunkard wallowing in filth and mire, all join to put down the truth and accuse the servants of the Lord of lying, etc. What an honorable, worth and pious company, they, all actuated by one spirit, serving one Master, traveling the same road, and going to the same hell!! If ever there was a time when the trump of repentance ought to be sounded in the ears of sectarian priests and drunkards, it is now. But the day is at hand when these agents of the "lower house" will be called in, and the truth of Heaven roll forth in glory and fill the whole earth. Roll on thy kingdom, O Lord! Hasten thou the day when truth shall triumph in the earth. Brethren, God bless you all, pray for us and we will do the same for you. Farewell. ORSON HYDE.
We are sorry to learn that the gentleman whose name stands at the head of this article, Gov. Carlin, has taken umbrage at an article recently published in this paper; for certainly, nothing was more foreign from our hearts than to wound the feelings of one of our best friends. When we as a people were heavily bowed down under severe persecution, and were destitute of the common comforts of life-Governor Carlin freely gave us his protection, extended to us the warm hand of friendship, bestowed liberally from his purse to supply our numerous wants, and, in fact, was one of our principal temporal saviors; and shall we now be ungrateful? God forbid! We will never, no never, NO NEVER, forsake so good a friend until he first forsakes us.
We commend to our readers the following article from the pen of "JOAB, General in Israel."-Ed.
It is with unfeigned regret and astonishment that I learn that an erroneous impression has obtained in regard to the relative position of the Mormons and the State Government; and, particularly, in relation to our worthy Chief Magistrate, Governor
Carlin. It is well known that the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" have long, very long, grievously suffered unhallowed oppression, unjust persecution, and unprovoked robbery, at the hands of the "Uncircumcised Philistines of Missouri-they have asked for a redress of grievances, and are determined that their grievances shall be redressed-they have given the case contemplative consideration from the aggression to the finale, but there is no prophylactic; for the words of the Apostle Paul are truly applicable to the Mormons when he says-"Put on the whole armour [armor] of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THE WORLD, against spiritual wickedness in high places;" and those of Isaiah to the people of Missouri, when he says-"Wo unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him; for the reward of his hands shall be given him." Missouri has been to the saints like the Bohon Upas to the weary pilgrim, and though my hands be bound, my feet fettered, and my tongue palzied [palsied], yet will I defend this people by the power of the great God, until they shall shine in rightousness [righteousness] amongst the nations of the earth like a glittering gem sparkling upon a maiden's brow, and be envied only for their good works. Amidst this persecution, and during the pendency of Boggs' requisition for the heads of the church, the holy indignation of the saints was aroused to the highest pitch-not against GOV. CARLIN, and our State Government-for works of supererogation, as wily politicians would gladly have accredited; but against Gov. Boggs, and the State Government of Missouri.
I speak advisedly, I speak KNOWINGLY, I speak by AUTHORITY, when I say that JOSEPH SMITH, and the heads of the Church, and the Church BODILY, entertain the most kind and friendly feelings toward GOVERNOR CARLIN, and the STATE Government, and ever have. Let this, then, prove a QUIETUS to the matter for all past acts. It is to be hoped, I will add in conclusion, that the new Governor of Missouri, Governor Reynolds, will, in this matter, espouse the cause of humanity; and I am happy to say that his friend and relative, our worthy United States' Senator, JUDGE YOUNG, assures me that he will, and that peace and happiness will hereafter attend us as a people.
JOAB, General in Israel
At a conference of elders and members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, held at West Nantmeal Seminary, in the Brandywine branch of the church, Chester Co. Pa. on the 18th of July, A. D. 1840, held agreeable to previous appointment.
Lorenzo Barnes, was called upon to preside over the conference, and James Whitesides to be Clerk.
The meeting was then opened by calling upon the Throne of Grace by Elder Barnes.
There was present 10 elders, 4 Priests, 1 Teacher.
Elder Elijah Malen, was called upon to represent the branch of the church in Chester co. (Brandywine branch,) who reported the number of members to be 107 in good standing.
Elder Elisah H. Davis, represented the branch in Lancaster co. Pa. consisting of 53 members in good standing; and the prospect of many others uniting soon.
Elder Wm. Wharton from Philadelphia, represented that branch in good standing, and in a flourishing condition, consisting of 207 members exclusive of those removed to the west.
Alfred Wilson, represented one branch of the church in N. J. at Cream Ridge, numbering 64 members; another branch at Thoms river, numbering 20 members in tolerable standing.
Elder McClenathan gave an account of his travels through different States.
Elder Lewis James gave an account of his travels, and stated that the church in Leechburgh, Armstrong county Pa. consisting between 30 and 40 members in good standing; also that a number of saints still reside on Clear Ridge, Bedford co. Pa.
After obtaining the voice of the church, Elder L. Barnes and E. H. Davis, proceeded to ordain Joseph Shaper, Daniel Deice and Wm. Moore, to the office of an Elder, and John Forges to the office of a Priest.
Elder Barnes then delivered an appropriate address relative to the duties of young elders and Priests in a most solem [solemn] and impressive manner.
After which it was agreed that a general conference should be held on the 3d Saturday in Oct. next, in Philadelphia.
A hymn was then sung, and the conference closed with a blessing from the president
LORENZO BARNES, Prest. JAMES WHITESIDES, Clerk.
Nauvoo Nov. 1st, 1840.
TO THE SAINTS SCATTERED ABROAD.
Be it known that Elder Josiah Butterfield, (one of the Presidents of the Quorum of Seventies,) was arraigned before the Quorum on the 4th of Oct. last and tried for a number of criminal charges. But the Quorum are happy, publicly to announce, that after a patient and candid investigation, the charges were unsustained, and Pres't Butterfield stands acquited [acquitted] by the counsel and Quorum.
Z. PULCIPHER, Chair. A. P. Rockwood, Clerk.
FOR THE TIMES AND SEASONS.
SONG OF THE EXILED SAINTS.
[Tune Sweet Home.]
We are far, far away from the land of our Home, Thus the former-Day Saints, who were driven away,
And like strangers in exile we're destined to roam; And like deer in the fosest [forest] were destined to stray
While our foes were exulting to drive us abroad, Clad in sheep-skins and goat-skins, have wander'd around,
Our faith was unshaken-our hope was in God, Or in "caves and in dens", a lone residence found;
Tho' far from Home, And should they roam,
For we journey'd away from our country and Home. And the Latter Day Saints, rest in quiet at Home.
We were houseless and homeless, in tempest and storm, Now the saints who are faithful, and trust in the Lord,
Yet God was our father-we lean'd on his arm; Where'er they are scattered, go "preaching the word",
And beneath his protection, our lives were secure, And the honest in heart, the glad tidings believe,
And we smil'd at the hardships we had to endure, And with joy and rejoicing the gospel receive
While journeying on, And seek a Home,
To a country of strangers-a land not our Home. With the just of all ages, when Jesus shall Come.
O then, then we remember'd the House of the Lord, And we long for the promis'd redemption to come,
Where the saints met so often, to feast on the word, When the faithful in Jesus, will all gather home,
Pour'd forth in the Spirit, sent down from on high, From the north, from the south from the east and the west,
And our thoughts fondly linger'd on seasons gone by; To partake with the ancients, the great promis'd rest
When at our Home, And Shiloh come,
We enjoy'd with the saints, the rich blessings of Home. And crown with his presence, Mount Zion our Home.
But all those, who the kingdom celestial would gain;
Need not parley with danger, with trouble of pain;
For if Christ was made perfect thro; suffering, shall we
E'er expect in his presence to reign gloriously,
Unless we come
"Up thro' great tribulation", to Zion our Home.
E. R. Snow
DIED-In this place, Oct. 15th, Fanny, consort of Graham Coltrin, aged 45 years. Sister Coltrin was formerly of Clermont, cheshire co. N. H. She embraced the gospel in Oswagatchee, St. Lawrence co. N. Y. in 1836, and has always lived agreeable to her profession: she was a worthy Saint; she died in the triumph of faith with an assurance of a glorious resurrection and eternal life.
In the Marriage notice of Benjamin Johnson, published in the last No. It should have read Joseph E. Johnson to Miss Harriet Snider.
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