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embrace the same covenant, they will soon be
utterly destroyed from off the face of this land ;
as it is written by Isaiah, " The nation and
kingdom that will not serve thee shall* perish.
Yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted." And
as it is written by the Prophet Nephi, in the
latter part of the ninth, and fore part of the
tenth chapters of his record, in the Book of
Mormon, " And verily I say unto you, I give unto
you a sign, that ye may know the time when these
things shall be about to take place, that I shall
gather in from their long dispersion my people,
O house of Israel, and shall establish again
among them my Zion. And behold, this is the
thing which I wiil give unto you for a sign: for


verily I say unto you, that when these things
which I declare unto you, and which I shall
declare unto you hereafter of myself, and by the
power of the Holy Ghost, which shall be given
unto you of the Father, shall be made known
unto the Gentiles, that they may know concerning
this people, who are a remnant of the house of
Jacob, and concerning this my people who shall
be scattered by them: verily, verily, I say
unto you, when these things shall be made
known unto them of the Father, and shall come
forth of the Father, from them unto you, for it
is wisdom in the Father, that they should be
established in this land, and be set up as a free
people, by the power of the Father, that these
things might come forth from them, unto a
remnant of your seed, that the covenant of the
Father may be fulfilled which he hath covenanted
with his people, house of Israel. Therefore,
when these works, and the works which shall be
wrought among you hereafter, shall come forth
from the Gentiles unto your seed, which shall
dwindle in unbelief because of iniquity: for
thus it behoveth the Father that it should come
forth from the Gentiles, that he may shew forth
his power unto the Gentiles for this cause, that
the Gentiles, if they will not harden their hearts,
may repent and come unto me, and be baptized
in my name, that they may be numbered among my
people, house of Israel ; and when these things
come to pass, that thy seed shall begin to know
these things, it shall be a sign unto them, that


they may know that the work of the Father
hath already commenced, unto the fulfilling of
the covenant which he hath made unto the
people which are of the house of Israel. And
when that day shall come, it shall come to pass
that kings shall shut their mouths: for that which
had not been told them shall they see, and that
which they had not heard shall they consider.
For in that day, for my sake, shall the Father
work a work, which shall be a great and a mar-
vellous work among them ; and there shall be
among them who will not believe it, although a
man shall declare it unto them. But behold, the
life of my servant shall be in my hand ; therefore
they shall not hurt him, although he shall be
marred because of them. Yet I will heal him,
for I will show unto them that my wisdom ia
greater than the cunning of the devil. Therefore
it shall come to pass that whosoever will not
believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which
the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto
the Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that
he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it
shall be done, even as Moses said,) they shall be
cut off from among my people, who are of the
covenant ; and my people, who are a remnant of
Jacob, shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the
midst of them, as a lion among the beasts of the
forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep,
who, if he go through, both treadeth down and
teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Their
hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries,
and all their enemies shall be cut off.


" Yea, woe be unto the Gentiles, except they
repent: for it shall come to pass in that day,
saith the Father, that I will cut off thy horses
out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy
chariots, and I will cut off the cities of thy land,
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 ; and thou shalt no more wor-
ship the works of thy hands ; and I will pluck
up thy groves out of the midst of thee : so will
I destroy thy cities. And it shall come to pass,
that all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings, and
strifes, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, shall be
done away. For it shall come to pass, saith the
Father, that at that day, whosoever will not
repent and come unto my beloved Son, them will
I cut off from among my people, O house of
Israel; and I will execute vengeance and fury
upon them, even as upon the heathen, such as
they have not heard." (Chap. ix. 11, 12.)

" But if they will repent, and hearken unto
my words, and harden not their hearts, I will
establish my Church among them, and they
shall come in unto the covenant, and be
numbered among this the remnant of Jacob,
unto whom I have given this land for
their inheritance ; and they shall assist my
people, the remnant of Jacob ; and also as many
of the house* of Israel as shall come, that they
may build a city, which shall be called the New


Jerusalem : and then shall they assist my people
that they may be gathered in, who are scattered
upon all the face of the land, into the New
Jerusalem. And then shall the power of heaven
come down among them ; and I also will be in
the midst; and then shall the work of the Father
commence at that day, even when this Gospel
shall be preached among the remnant of this
people. Verily, I say unto you, at that day
shall the work of the Father commence among all
the dispersed of my people ; yea, even the tribes
which have been lost, which the Father hath led
away out of Jerusalem. Yea, the work shall
commence among all the dispersed of my people,
with the Father to prepare the way whereby they
may come unto me, that they may call on the
Father in my name ; yea, and then shall the
work commence with the Father, among all
nations, in preparing the way whereby his people
may be gathered home to the land of their in-
heritance. And they shall go out from all nations ;
and they shall not go out in haste, nor go by
flight, for I will go before them, saith the Father,
and I will be their rereward." (Chap. x. 1.)

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


fathers, which have been hidden from you for a
long time, because of unbelief. Behold ! they
are about to be restored to you again, then shall
you rejoice : for you shall know that it is a bless-
ing from the hand of God ; and the scales of
darkness shall begin to fall from your eyes ; and
the Gentiles shall not again have power over
you ; but you shall be gathered by them, and be
built up, and again become a delightsome people.
And the time has come ; yea, the work has al-
ready commenced ; for we have seen you gather-
ing together, from all parts of the land, unto the
place which God has appointed for the Gentiles
to gather you ; therefore, lay down your weapons
of war, cease to oppose the Gentiles in the
gathering of your various tribes, for the hand of
your great God is in all this, and it was all fore-
told by your forefathers ten thousand moons
ago. Therefore, suffer them peaceably to fulfil
this last act of kindness, as a kind reward for
the injuries you have received from them.

It is with mingled feelings of joy and sorrow
that I reflect upon these things. Sorrow, when
I think how you have been smitten ; joy, when
I reflect upon the happy change that now awaits
you ; and sorrow again, when I turn my thoughts
to the awful destruction that awaits the Gentiles,
except they repent. But the eternal purposes of
Jehovah must roll on, until all his promises are
fulfilled, and none can hinder; therefore, O God,
thy will be done. But while I still linger upon
this subject, with feelings that are easier felt than


described, methinks I can almost hear the Indian's
mournful chant resounding through his native
woods. It whispers thus

Great Spirit of our fathers, lend an ear ;

Pity the red man, to his cries give ear;

Long hast thou scourged him, with thy chastening

sore ;

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

Forbid, great Spirit I make thy mercy known ;
Keveal thy truth ; thy wand'ring captives own ;
Make bare thine arm of power for our release,
And o'er the earth extend the reign of peace.




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

IN this text we learn, first, that all nations are
made of one blood ; secondly, they are designed
to dwell on all the face of the earth (America
not excepted) ; thirdly, that the Lord hath deter-
mined the bounds of their habitation, that is, He
has divided the earth among His children, giving
each nation that portion which seemed Him good
for instance, the land of Canaan to Israel;
Mount Seir to Esau ; Arabia to Ishmael ; America
to the remnant of Joseph, &c , as a father parcels
off a large tr&ct of land to his several children ;
and fourthly, He has granted unto all the nations
of the earth the privilege of feeling after Him
and finding Him: since he is not so very far
from every one of them, whether they be in Asia,
Africa, Europe, or America, or even upon the
islands of the sea. Now, if any nation, in any
age of the world, or in any part of the earth,
should happen to live up to their privilege, what
would they obtain ? I answer, revelation, for the
best of reasons, because no people ever found


God in any other way, nor ever will. Therefore,
if they found God, they found Him by revelation,
direct from Himself, He revealing His will to
them ; and if they did not find Him in this way,
they never knew Him. And if they did obtain
revelation, it was their privilege to write it, and
make a record of the same, and teach it to their
children; and this record would be sacred, because
it would contain the word of God ; and thus it
would be a HOLY BIBLE, no matter whether it
wag written by the Jews, the Ten Tribes, the
Nephites, or the Gentiles. I would just as soon
have the Gospel written by Nephi, Mormon,
Moroni, or Alma, as the Gospel written by
Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. Again, I would
just as soon believe a revelation given in America,
as believe a revelation given in Asia; for if ever a
nation failed to get a revelation, it was because
they did not attain unto that which was their
privilege. But why, then, was any nation ever
left in darkness, from age to age, without the
light of revelation to guide them? I answer,
because their forefathers, in some age of the
world, rejected revelation, cast out and killed the
Prophets, and turned a deaf ear to the things of
God, until God took away that which they enjoyed,
and committed it to some other people, and left
them from generation to generation to grow up
in ignorance, until he should see fit again to send
His light and truth to that nation ; but those who
reject no light are under no condemnation, and
the mercy of God hath claim upon them, through


the blood of Christ, which atoneth for the sins of
the world. The heathen who never had the light
of revelation will be saved by the blood of Christ;
while their forefathers who rejected the light are
condemned, for this is their condemnation, that
when light came they rejected it.

Now, on this subject let us examine the history
of various ages. In the morn of creation men
had light by direct revelation, for Adam, Cain,
and Abel talked with the Lord. . In the next
age men had light by revelation, for Enoch
walked with the Lord, and not only saw the first
coming of Christ, but his second coming also, and
he exclaimed, " Behold, the Lord cometh with
ten thousand of his saints, to take vengeance on
the ungodly," &c., as it is written in Jude. From
which it appears that Enoch knew and prophesied
concerning the Messiah with all the plainness of
an Apostle. Again, in Noah's day, there was
positive revelation. And all these were Gentiles,
or rather the word Israel had not yet been named
upon Jacob by the angel. Now, if it was the
privilege of so many Gentiles to get the word of
the Lord, and to have the knowledge of the true
God by revelation, it was the privilege of all
the rest ; and if any ran into darkness and wor-
shipped idols, until God gave them over to work
all uncleanness with greediness, and finally took
khe oracles of God from them, and confined them
more particularly to Abraham, it was because
they had for a long time rejected them, and
.rendered themselves unworthy of them ; so that


from the clays of Israel the oracles of God seemed
to pertain more particularly to the chosen seed,
chosen for that very purpose, namely, that to
them might be committed the oracles of God, the
Priesthood, the service of God, and the promises
which had been in existence from the beginning
among the Gentiles, who had long rendered
themselves unworthy of such blessings.

But in process of time Israel had rendered
themselves unworthy of a continuance of such
blessings, by stoning and killing the Prophets,
nnd rejecting the Messiah, and all those that God
sent unto them, until at length the Lord took the
kingdom from them as a nation, and gave it
au r ;iin to the Gentiles; in the meantime winking
at all the ignorance through which the Gentiles
had passed, from the time the kingdom had been
taken from them until restored again. But as
soon as the kingdom of God was restored again
to the Gentiles, He commanded them all every-
where to repent, and then if they did not do it
they were under condemnation, but not before.
But no sooner was the kingdom taken from the
Jews, than the fruits of it disappeared from among
them, and they were dispersed into all the nations
of the earth, where they have never again heard
the voice of inspiration commanding them to re-
pent. And if any Gentile has commanded them
to repent and be baptized (in the name of th<?
Lord), without being inspired and commanded to
do it, it was an imposition practised upon them-
Not that repentance was any harm, but the im-


position consisted in professing to be sent with a
message when they were not ; for when God com-
mands men to repent, He sends somebody with
the command, in order that they may teach it to
those for whom He designs it ; and when He
does not command them to do a thing, He does
not require it at their hand. Any man who says
that the Jews, as a nation, have been commanded
to repent and be baptized, for the last seventeen
hundred years, says that which he cannot prove,
unless he can prove that there has been a new
revelation within that time, commissioning some
man to go to them with such an errand ; neither
will any generation of Jews, which have existed
since inspiration ceased, be condemned for reject-
ing any message from God, for he has sent no
message to them, consequently they have rejected
none; but their forefathers, who did reject the
things of God, are under condemnation.

Again, when men were sent with the Gospel
to the Gentiles, they were commanded to repent;
and this command was in force, whenever men
came preaching, who were sent by proper autho-
rity, and inspired by the Holy Ghost ; but when
they had killed the Apostles and inspired men,
and abused their privileges, untilGod took them
away, and left them without inspiration, then the
sin was answered upon that generation ; and
those who have since come upon the stage of
action have never been commanded to repent and
be baptized (except by some new revelation), and
any man who says that God has commanded a


Gentile to repent and obey the Gospel since the
days that inspiration ceased, or since the days
that Apostles and Prophets ceased from among
men, says that which he will not be able to prove,
unless he proves that some revelation has been
given since that time, again commissioning men
to go to the Gentiles with such an errand.
\ The fact is, God requires nothing more of a
generation than to do those things which He com
mands them ; a generation to whom He reveals
nothing, or to whom He does not send men with
a message from Him, have no message to obey,
and none to reject, and consequently nothing is
binding on them, except the moral principles of
right and wrong, which are equaDy binding on
all ages of the world, according to the knowledge
people have of moral rectitude.

But in these last days God has again spoken
from the heavens, and commissioned men to go
first to the Gentiles, commanding them every-
where to repent and obey the Gospel ; and then
he has commanded them to go to the Jews also,
and command them to repent and obey the Gos-
pel ; thus restoring again that which has been so
long lost from the earth. And whenever their
voices shall be heard issuing this proclamation,
in the name of Jesus, according as he has com-
manded them, then and there the people are
under obligation to repent and be baptized. And
he that repents and is baptized shall be saved ;
and he that does not believe their testimony, and
repent and be bautized. shall be damned, for this


plain reason, because God has sent them, by
revelation, with this very errand, to this very
generation, and he that rejects the least of God's
ambassadors rejects Him that sent him, and there-
fore they are under condemnation from that time
forth. But the message which God has sent
these men with, is binding only on the genera-
tion to whom it is sent, and is not binding at all
upon those who are dead and gone before it
came ; neither will it be binding on any generation
which shall come after, unless God should raise
up men and send unto them with the same Gospel,
and then that generation to whom he sends them
will be saved or damned, according as they re-
ceive or reject their testimony.

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


sends to them, while they pretend to cleave
closely to that which He has sent in former ages
Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypo-
crites, ye garnish the sepulchres of the Prophets,
and say, "If we had lived in the days of our
fathers, we would not have stoned and killed the
Prophets as they did." But ye yourselves are
witnesses, that you allow the deeds of your
fathers; for they killed the Prophets, and you
build their sepulchres. This was the testimony
of the Saviour to the Jews, who were pretending
to stand stiffly to their former Prophets, and at
the same time rejecting Jesus and his Apostles.
And so it is now in the nineteenth entury. You
Christians (so called) garnish the tombs of the
Messiah and his former Apostles, and even build
fine chapels to their memory, entitling them
Saint Peter's Church, Saint Paul's Church, Saint
John's Church, <fec. ; and you say, " If we had
lived in the days of the Apostles, we would not
have stoned and killed them." But ye yourselves
are witnesses that ye allow the deeds of your
fathers; for they killed the Apostles, and you
build chapels in honour of them ; while at the
same time, if a Prophet or an Apostle comes
among you, you will forthwith shut your houses
against him, as soon as he testifies of what God
has sent him to testify ; for you say there are to
be no more Prophets or Apostles on the earth,
and you forthwith pronounce him a false Pro-
phet ; and if a mob rise and kill him, or burn his
house, or destroy his goods, you will either re-


joice, or sit in silence and give countenance to
the deed, and perhaps cry, " False Prophets ! "
while your presses and pulpits teem with all man-
ner of lies concerning him. Woe unto you, priests,
pharisees, hypocrites ; but fill ye up the measure
of your fathers, for as they did, so do ye. Ven-
geance belongs to God. He will speedily avenge
His elect, who cry unto Him day and night.

But to return to the subject of Revelation.
" There is nothing secret that shall not be
revealed : neither hid that shall not be known ; "
this was a maxim of the Saviour. And again,
'* The knowledge of the Lord is to cover the
earth, as the waters do the sea." Now, I ask
how this great overturn is to be brought about ?
and I know no better way to answer this question
than to quote the prophecy of Nephi, Book of
Mormon, 2 Nephi xii. 8-10, "For I command
all men, both in the east, and in the west, and in
the north, and in the south, and in the islands of
the sea, that they shall write the words which I
speak unto them; for out of the books which
ghall be written I will judge the world, every
man according to their works, according to that
which is written. For behold, I shall speak unto
the Jews, and they shall write it. And I shall
also speak unto the Nephites, and they shall
write it. And I shall also speak unto the other
tribes of the house of Israel which I have led
away, and they shall write it. And I shall also
speak unto all the nations of the earth, and they
shall write it. And it shall come to pass that


the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites,
and the Nephites shall have the words of the
Jews ; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have
tiie words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the
lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the
Nephites and the Jews. And it shall come to
pass, that my people, which are of the house of
Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of
their possessions; and my word also shall be
gathered in one. And I will show unto them
that fight against my word, and against my people
who are of the house of Israel, that I am God,
and that I covenanted with Abraham, that I
would remember his seed for ever."





" Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine
of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of
Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 2 John, verse 9.


And these signs shall
follow them that believe.

In my name shall they
cast out devils.

They shall speak with
new tongues.

They shall take up ser-
pents, and if they drink
any deadly thing, it shall
not hurt them ; they shall
lay hands on the sick, and
they shall recover.

He that believeth on
me, the works that I do
shall he do also ; and
greater works than these
shall he do ; because I go
to the Father.

And these signs shall
not follow them that be-
lieve, for they are done
away and no longer

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