The Lord’s promise that became the theme and the key declared revelation to the June WWLB dates back to the days when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints had just began. To Latter-Day Saints, the collection of revelations given to modern-day prophets as far as 1978 belongs to scriptural canon, and exists for the primary purpose to instruct modern era Christians personally what are the Lord’s expectations for His children in our time frame. This collection is referred to in study as Doctrine and Covenants.
In Doctrine and Covenants, the promise appears in Section 88, verse 73. The fact that it belongs in Section 88 is a huge indicator of its importance. Allow me to explain.
Section 88 was complied from a large amount of spiritual experiences and instruction given to Joseph Smith by the Lord on the 27th of December, 1832. On this day, a conference of ten high priests (a function in the leadership of the church) including the Prophet, met in Kirtland (during this time-frame, Kirtland was the church headquarters) to find out the Lord’s will concerning the building of Zion and the duty of the elders of the church.
It is recorded the purpose of the conference stemmed from a desire to know what the Church should do “in view of the critical times that had been predicted.” (This makes a lot of sense, since the preceding revelation was received in relation to the wars in the latter-days)
The conference lasted two days, and during the conference the Prophet instructed the 9 other priesthood holders on how to receive the blessings of heaven and the mind of the Lord. The Lord was pleased with their desires and their questions (88:2) and in response, His spirit was poured out upon them, and most of the section was received throughout the course of the two days.
In a letter that was written to William W. Phelps, the Prophet called the revelation the “olive leaf which we have plucked from the Tree of Paradise, the Lord’s message of peace to us”
The olive tree is a well-known scriptural and religious symbol of peace and the revelation in section 88 contains numerous keys for achieving that spiritual peace in times of distress.
Now think about this. A promise made to hasten the work of salvation, contained in a revelation that is meant for spiritual peace during disasters and wars…a promise declared in June to be in current fulfillment?
What does that mean?
To Be Continued…
– Jeremy Unitt