Orson Hyde – Vision of the Last Days

Revelation given through Apostle Orson Hyde at Nauvoo, Illinois, in early March, 1840.  The Lord speaks of the final gathering of the House of Israel, and of the calamities to come upon the earth.  See Temples of the Most High, pages 236-237.

1    In the early part of March last, I retired to my bed one evening as usual;

2    And while contemplating and inquiring out, in my own mind, the field of my ministerial labors for the then coming season, the vision of the Lord, like clouds of light, burst upon my view.

3    The cities of London, Amsterdam, Constantinople, and Jerusalem all appeared in succession before me;

4    And the Spirit said unto me:

5    Here are many of the children of Abraham whom I will gather to the land that I gave to their fathers, and here also is the field of your labors.

6    A strict observance of the movements of the Jews, and a careful examination of their faith relative to their expected Messiah—the setting up of his kingdom among them, and the overthrow of the present kingdoms and governments of the Gentiles, will serve to open the eyes of many of the uncircumcised, when faithfully laid before them, that the great day of the Lord comes not upon them unawares as a thief.

7    Take therefore proper credentials from my people, your brethren, and also from the Governor of your state, with the seal of authority thereon, and go ye forth to the cities which have been shown unto you, and declare these words unto Judah, and say:

8    Blow ye the trumpet in the land; cry, gather together; and say, assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defended cities.

9    Let the standard be reared towards Zion.

10  Retire!  Stay not; for I will bring evil from the north and a great destruction.

11  The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way,

12  He is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate, and thy cities shall be laid waste without inhabitant.

13  “Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”  (Isaiah 40:2)

14  Let your warning voice be heard among the Gentiles as you pass;

15  And call ye upon them in my name for aid and for assistance.

16  With you it mattereth not whether it be little or much; but to Me it belongeth to show favor unto them who show favor unto you.

17  Murmur not, therefore neither be ye sorrowful that the people are slow to hear your petition; but do as has been told you.

18  All things shall work together for your good if you are humble and keep my commandments;

19  For it must needs be that all men be left without excuse, that a righteous retribution may be awarded to all.

20  The vision continued open for about six hours, that I did not close my eyes in sleep.

21  In this time many things were shown unto me which I have never written;

22  Neither shall I write them until they are fulfilled in Jerusalem.

Orson Hyde