I was reading in Mal. 3 this morning when a peculiar phrase stood out to me in verse 4.
4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
I was actually reading in the Book of Mormon where Christ is recounting the last two books of Malachi to the Nephites for the latter days.
I was pondering what the offering that was made by Judah and Jerusalem could have reference too.
My mind was recalling that during the 2nd Watch Judah had reference the the Latter-Day Saints gathered in from the foreign missions to England and such and how Jerusalem had reference to Kirtland.
It was at that moment that my eyes saw the phrase “and as in former years.”
I was reading this verse as if I was at the end of the 2nd Watch (which I am) and anciently Judah and Jerusalem had offered something pleasant unto the Lord and in former or recent years as well.
This clearly has reference to the 2nd Watch and the LDS Foundation movement that Joseph started.
As for the offering both ancient and in the former years I don’t know what the Lord has reference too.
Could he have reference to the Scapegoat Doctrine, at least for the former years part? I don’t think the Scapegoat that Moses provided counts because Jerusalem wasn’t settled yet and Moses was from the tribe of Levi.
I believe the Atonement offering/scapegoat offering was an interim offering that prolonged the days of modern Israel upon the earth after they broke the covenant of sacrifice (consecration) that they had entered into.
This interim atonement offering was to prolong Israel upon the earth until the 3rd watch when the telestial and terrestrial people who only “begin to believe” but never actually accept the fulness of the gospel, will actually be offered as an offering and sacrifice as their bodies are slain and laying upon the ground (Isaiah 66:16 D&C 58:9-20) and the elect will offer up an offering that will be pleasing unto the Lord. (Isaiah 66:20)
That final offering is spoken of in other places as well.
In Psalms 50 it speaks of the end times when God’s people are gathered who have made a “covenant .. by sacrifice” (Psalm 50:5) When these people call upon God He will “deliver” them. (Psalm 50:15)
A key word search of “covenant” and “sacrifice” links Psalms 50 to D&C 97
“Verily I say unto you, all among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice—yea, every sacrifice which I, the Lord, shall command—they are accepted of me.
For I, the Lord, will cause them to bring forth as a very fruitful tree which is planted in a goodly land, by a pure stream, that yieldeth much precious fruit.
Verily I say unto you, that it is my will that a house should be built unto me in the land of Zion, like unto the pattern which I have given you.
Yea, let it be built speedily, by the tithing (consecration) of my people.
Behold, this is the tithing and the sacrifice which I, the Lord, require at their hands, that there may be a house built unto me for the salvation of Zion— (D&C 97:8-12)
Psalm 51 agrees with Section 59 that the acceptable offering of the saints unto God is a “broken heart and a contrite spirit” (Psalm 51:17) That is the answer to your question right there. The is the offering that is pleasant to the Lord.
“Thou shalt offer a sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in righteousness, even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;
For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;
Nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times;
But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.”
It appears to me that ancient and modern scriptures speak of the acceptable sacrifice by covenant (consecration) made possible by the daily sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit and the outer group ordinance (sacrifice-sacrament) of the Lord’s Supper.
Here is an excerpt from my book that addresses this issue with regard to the prophecies in the book of Daniel:
Prophetic Time Sequence #2
“. . . two thousand and three hundred days” (Daniel 8:14).
“Then I heard one Saint speaking, and another Saint said unto that certain Saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.
Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be” (Daniel 8:13-19).
How long does the daily sacrifice last before it is finally brought to an end by the transgression of desolation?
I would suggest that the above prophecy speaks about a 2,300 day period of time during which the daily sacrifice is made available through the restoration of the gospel and the grace of God’s spirit. Sadly, the daily sacrifice is mired with the transgression that results in the desolation of the sanctuary after it is cleansed. This 2,300 day period begins with the commandment to offer up a specified offering, and it culminates in a vision and the cleansing of the sanctuary. Sadly, during this time, a host of Saints, attempting to redeem the land of Zion, is trodden under foot.
Figure #is a screenshot from an online date calculator showing that there is a time period of 2,300 days between April 3, 1836, and December 16, 1829. April 3, 1836, presents the date when the offering of the daily sacrifice came to an end. I am suggesting that December 16, 1829, represents the date the daily sacrifice was revealed and commanded in a revelation containing the “articles and commandments” of the newly restored Church. Interestingly, the exact date of this revelation cannot be identified by any known historical documentation.
This is one of the most obscure and most difficult prophetic time sequences found in the book of Daniel. I believe the 2,300 day period begins when the “daily sacrifice” is first revealed and it comes to an end on April 3, 1836, when the secret vision, in which the sanctuary was accepted by the Lord and is, thereby, cleansed by his presence, takes place behind the veil. However, as previously noted His appearance brings forth both a blessing and a cursing. The cursing delivers the Saints to the Levitical law, which, according to Joseph Smith, can only bring cursings and the preparatory gospel. This would indicate that the Saints were being transformed over from the grace of gospel law, to the safety net of the law of mercy.
If we back up 2,300 days from April 3, 1836, it brings us to the date that the “daily sacrifice” is first revealed. Did anything of significance happen on that day? Was the daily sacrifice revealed on that day?
There is nothing of significance that historians have noted on that day. That is what I find so remarkable about this prophecy that is thousands of years old. When decoded, it not only leads us to the definition of what the daily sacrifice is, it also identifies the missing date of when a foundational revelation was given.
The Daily Sacrifice
One of the great mysteries that must be unlocked in order to understand the Book of Daniel is the meaning behind the word “Daily,” or what the translators have termed the “Daily Sacrifice.” This mysterious term shows up in five verses contained in three separate chapters in the Book of Daniel. The Book of Daniel informs us that Daniel was commanded to “shut up the words, and seal the book even to the time of the end” (Daniel 12:4).
Perhaps this is why the meaning behind the Daily Sacrifice and other prophetic events and terms within the book has been obscured and misunderstood by prophecy scholars. This is why the wording in these Daniel prophecies seems so convoluted. One is unable to interpret the meaning of these dark sayings based on the obscure narrative alone.
Bible prophecy scholars have guessed at the meaning of the term “daily sacrifice” and have, logically but incorrectly, assumed that perhaps it refers to the animal sacrifices and burnt offerings like the sacrifices that were offered anciently.
I believe we are entering into the time of the end and that God, in his magnificent mercy, is now opening up to us an understanding of mysterious prophetic utterances that previously were shrouded in secrecy and obscurity.
I believe that modern revelation and the related historical events, reveal what the “daily sacrifice” is, and why it came to an end during the amazing secret visitation behind the veil in the Kirtland Temple. I believe the sealing up of the meaning of the term required the event contained in Section 110 of the Doctrine and Covenants to be kept secret for many years, and undecipherable for many years after the account was published.
When it is understood that the daily Sacrifice came to an end during the seven day sequence in the Kirtland Temple, the Book of Daniel becomes a prophetic testimony of the truthfulness of Section 110 and the LDS restoration movement.
Words written in italic in the King James Version of the Bible, were not translated directly from the original text ,rather, they are inserted by the translators to give extra clarity, based on their interpretation of the text. This means that the literal translation of what is now translated as the Daily Sacrifice, was simply “the Daily.” Ellen White, a self-proclaimed prophetess and prophetic competitor to the prophet Joseph Smith, believed that the translators were not inspired to add the word “Sacrifice.” She believed the translation should have been left alone with just “the Daily.”
Apparently, Joseph Smith agreed with the translators with regard to the use of the term “daily sacrifice” because he did not change it or give additional clarity to it in the Inspired Version of the Bible or in any of his discourses.
The three chapters using the term “daily sacrifice” are contained in Chapters 8, 11,and 12 of the book of Daniel.
Obviously, the wording in the prophetic timelines given in the Book of Daniel is somewhat unusual and, therefore, can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. Another interesting thing, when dealing with prophetic timelines, is that there are generally multiple fulfillments of prophecy through religious history, and some may appear to fit the prophetic time sequences.
Nevertheless, the Book of Daniel promises that at the time of the end, the wise will understand the cryptic prophetic meaning of the prophecies and the related timelines contained therein.
One of the great keys to unlocking the meaning in the cryptic narrative throughout the Book of Daniel is in identifying the contextual meaning of the term, “Daily Sacrifice” (also presented as “sacrifice”) which shows up at least six times in the Book of Daniel.
- “Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away.”(Daniel 8:11)
- “And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression.”(Daniel 8:12)
- “How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation”(Daniel 8:13)
- “. . . in the midst of the week he shall cause the [daily ]sacrifice and the oblation to cease.”(Daniel 9:27)
- “. . . they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.”(Daniel 11:31)
- “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.”(Daniel 12:11)
A Broken Heart and Contrite Spirit
This term has befuddled prophecy scholars for centuries. Those who do not accept the revelations brought forth by the prophet Joseph Smith eliminate their chances of identifying the correct definition of the term. A simple keyword search of the word “sacrifice” in modern revelation quickly leads one to the explanation of what the ongoing, continuous sacrifice is that the Lord requires of his Saints who receive the fulness of the Gospel in the latter-days:
“Thou shalt offer a sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in righteousness, even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day; For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High; Nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times; But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.” (D&C 59:8-12)
The end times sacrifice, when the fulness of the Gospel is on the earth, that is to be offered up on the Lord’s Day, as well as on an ongoing day to day basis, on all days and at all times ,is a broken heart and a contrite spirit. I believe that passage in modern revelation reveals that the “daily sacrifice” of a “broken heart and a contrite spirit” is the “daily sacrifice” of which the Book of Daniel speaks .
Interestingly, the Old Testament had already provided commentary which provides a second witness, but it can only be appreciated once modern revelation points to and defines the term as the daily sacrifice. Notice how David’s Psalm identifies the broken heart and contrite spirit as being the sacrifices to be offered up at the time of Zion:
“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me .Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit .Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise .For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar” (Psalms 51:1-19).
The Book of Mormon has numerous references to this term as well. In 2 Nephi 2:7 we are informed that it is only those who offer up this daily sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit that will have the “ends of the law” answered in their behalf by the Lord sacrifice:
“Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered” (2 Nephi 2:6-7).
Perhaps one of the most astonishing references to the broken heart and contrite spirit is in Ether 4:10 where we are informed that one of the great signs that the final work of the Father has begun is that people will once again manifest a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
Again, one thing that makes this prophetic sequence unique from the other eight we are reviewing is that one of the dated events is missing.In this mathematical sequence the prophecy in the Book of Daniel would be revealing an obscure date that even LDS historians do not know!
If we back up exactly 2,300 days from April 3, 1836, it takes us to December 16, 1829. If we do a keyword search to find out which revelations, and particularly the first revelation in which the term “broken heart and contrite spirit” is introduced, it amazingly shows up in Section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants! This Section was known as the articles and covenants of the church and was introduced at the formal organization of the church in April of 1830.
“And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism—All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church” (D&C 20:37).
This is absolutely incredible. Our search for the definition of “daily sacrifice” first led us to the commandment given in Zion, explaining what the term meant and the command to ceremonially offer the sacrifice each Sabbath. It also informs us that the broken heart and contrite spirit is to be offered continuously, even daily.
From there, our search to find the originating commandment in relation to this last great sacrifice of man, led us to the first foundational revelation which provides the protocols and saving ordinances of the restored church.
Embedded within the baptismal covenant protocol, are the requirements to come forth with a broken heart and a contrite spirit and make a public confession before the church that one has repented of all of their sins, are willing to take upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ, and have received the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins.
Interestingly, it is unknown when the original date of Section 20 is. The Joseph Smith Papers project site has this to say about the date of the revelation:
“The dating of the first completed draft of Articles and Covenants is uncertain . . .”
If, in fact, this prophetic time sequence in the book of Daniel is referring to the original declaration that the Saints are to offer up a daily sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then we have recovered a previously unknown historical date by studying the ancient prophecies in the Book of Daniel!
Satan is Cast Down from Heaven
Before leaving the topic of this particular prophetic time sequence, it is interesting to note that Chapter 8 of Daniel provides a narrative of Satan being cast down to the earth to overcome the Saints of the latter-days and cause them to transgress and stop the daily sacrifice from being made. Let us revisit the passage in Daniel 8 with a few of the preceding Verses:
“And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant l and.And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered. Then I heard one Saint speaking, and another Saint said unto that certain Saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” (Daniel 8:9-14).
It may seem spectacular and undocumented to suggest that the casting of Satan out of heaven took place at the time of the LDS restoration but let me remind you about a very significant event that is often forgotten.
At the Morley Farm the priesthood brethren experienced some remarkable endowments of the spirit. Some of them even had the heavens parted and saw the Father and the Son. However, they also became oppressed and afflicted by Satan and his minions. Several people became possessed. Finally, Satan himself was literally cast down into the midst of these brethren .Note the following testimony:
“During the meeting the power of the darkness were made manifest in a remarkable degree . . . Joseph .Rebuked the spirit . . . from the house upon which the spirit left . . . and went outside, among the crowd of men standing near the door and made a swath among them several feet wide, throwing them violently to the ground. Joseph said this was the fulfillment of the scriptures where it says the man of sin should be revealed . . .”
Joseph was declaring that the Saints of the restored church had just witnessed the literal fulfillment of the prophecy in 2 Thessalonians 2:
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand .Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2Thessalonians 2:1-3).
Directly following the special conference, within just a few days after this amazing event, the Lord gave a revelation in which he said:
“And again, I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations.” (D&C 52:14)
The Lord acknowledges that the casting down of Satan at the Morley Farm was quite literal and that Satan’s literal entry into this world was not a temporary event. He had truly been cast out of heaven and gone forth from the Morley Farm, deceiving the nations. End times prophecy was taking place.
The significance and literalness of the fulfillment of the above prophecy cannot be overstated. Satan was cast to the earth during the special conference at the Morley Farm. The vivid description provided above indicates that Satan literally created a “swath among them several feet wide, throwing them violently to the ground” as he stormed through a crowd of physical bodies, physically throwing them to the ground as he ventured into the earth to deceive the nations. Satan’s spiritual power upon the physical world as he cut the swath, violently throwing men to the ground, is consistent with the fact that, at the same event, a two hundred pound man was thrown across the room.
Years later, when the church was experiencing great turmoil in Nauvoo, Joseph would reminisce about the experience at the Morley Farm and exclaim:
“I have reason to think that the Church is being purged. I saw Satan fall from heaven . . . All these are wonders and marvels in our eyes in these last days. So long as men are under the law of God, they have no fears.”
God’s promise, from 1829, that he would deliver the Saints over to Satan, was literally linked to and being fulfilled by the casting of Satan out of heaven, down to the earth. Sadly, the Saints were no longer under the law of the gospel for they had broken it.
The prophecy given by John the Revelator in Chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation provides commentary about what had just begun at the Morley Farm:
“And there was a war in heaven Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:7-9).
The remainder of that prophecy is covered in detail in Chapter 10 and it explains in vivid detail what happens after the event. Mormon’s have been conditioned to believe that Satan was cast out of heaven in the pre-existence but that interpretation does not square with scriptures. Of course, it is possible that during the course of this mortal probation and the ongoing war with Satan, that he has been cast out of heaven multiple times.Indeed the New Testament verifies tht he was lurking around in this world at that time. It also informs us that Satan is the God of this world.
Regarding the timing of when Satan would “encompass the Saints round about” in conjunction with his fall from heaven, compare the wording between the text in Section 76 and the text in Joseph Smith’s poem about Section 76:
|D&C Section 76 25-29||Joseph Smith’s Poem about Section 76|
|“And this we saw also, and bear record, that an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God, who rebelled against the Only Begotten Son whom the Father loved and who was in the bosom of the Father, was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son,
“And was called Perdition, for the heavens wept over him—he was Lucifer, a son of the morning. And we beheld, and lo, he is fallen!is fallen, even a son of the morning!
“And while we were yet in the Spirit, the Lord commanded us that we should write the vision; for we beheld Satan, that old serpent, even the devil, who rebelled against God, and sought to take the kingdom of our God and his Christ—“Wherefore, he maketh war with the Saints of God, and encompasseth them round about.”
|“And I saw and bear record of warfare in heaven;For an angel of light, in authority great, Rebell’d against Jesus and sought for his power, But was thrust down to woe from his glorified state.“And the heavens all wept, and the tears dropp’d like dew,
“That Lucifer, son of the morning, had fell!
“Yea, is fallen! is fallen and become, oh, alas!
“The son of perdition, the devil of hell!
“And while I was yet in the spirit of truth,
The commandment was–Write ye the vision all out,
For Satan, old serpent, the devil’s for war,
And yet will encompass the Saints round about.”
One of the more profound clarifications in the poem is the fact that, after being cast down from heaven, Satan would make war with the Saints and encompass them ‘round about. According to the poem, that event of being encompassed about by Satan, was still a future event as of February 16, 1832, when Section 76 was given.
We have documented in this work that the event took place shortly thereafter. Truly, we are encompassed about by Satan and his minions to this very day and should be crying out mightily for deliverance. Those of us whoare watching and ready to receive the fulness when it is ushered inare in the same situation that the Saints were in at the beginning of the LDS restoration movement:
“And there are none that doeth good except those who are ready to receive the fulness of my gospel, which I have sent forth unto this generation” (D&C 35:12).
Indeed, the Saints must once again be gathered by the servants of the Lord and have the fulness of the Gospel restored to them and to offering up the daily sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit before the Lord will once again appear to them in secret while the rest of the earth wallows in confusion and chaos.
 The “Articles and Commandments,” also known as Section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants was used by the early missionaries to do prosylatizing. Lyndon Cook notes:Section 20 was considered, by the early missionaries, a very important document. Many of them recorded the revelation in its entirety in their diaries to be quoted in their preaching. Additionally, priesthood certificates stated that the bearer had been ordained “according to the Articles and Covenants of the Church.” When Lincoln Haskin desired to preach the gospel in 1832, a revelation stipulated that he should “be ordained and receive the articles and covenants which I have given unto you and some of the commandments that he may go forth and proclaim my gospel” (“Kirtland Revelation Book,” p. 10).[RJS, 31 n2.]
 “The priesthood of Levi consisted of cursings and blessing carnal commandments and not of blessings and if the preisthood of this generation has no more power than that of Levi or Aron or of a bishhoprick it administers no blessings but cursings. . .” (http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/1843/27Aug43.html).
 One of the leaders of the early Seventh Day Adventist movement
 Some prophecy scholars change the word days to years, etc., to arrive at the prophetic paradigms that they propose. My contention is that all of the time related words in prophecy are meant to be interpreted literally with the exception of any changes made by the inspired revison of the Bible done by Joseph Smith.
See also Psalm 34.
 “Come unto me, O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief. Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you how great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation of the world; and it hath not come unto you, because of unbelief. Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the great and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation of the world from you—yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel. And then shall my revelations which I have caused to be written by my servant John be unfolded in the eyes of all the people. Remember, when ye see these things, ye shall know that the time is at hand that they shall be made manifest in very deed. Therefore, when ye shall receive this record ye may know that the work of the Father has commenced upon all the face of the land. Therefore, repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and believe in my gospel, and be baptized in my name; for he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned; and signs shall follow them that believe in my name. And blessed is he that is found faithful unto my name at the last day, for he shall be lifted up to dwell in the kingdom prepared for him from the foundation of the world. And behold it is I that hath spoken it. Amen” (Ether 4:13-19).
Give or take a day, depending on whichcalendaring parameters you use.
“Articles and Covenants, circa April 1830 [D&C 20].” The Joseph Smith Papers (website). Retrieved from http://josephsmithpapers.org/paperSummary/articles-and-covenants-circa-april-1830-dc-20
 The Savior in Kirtland by Anderson, pg.76.
 Testimony of Zebedee Coltrin http://www.todayinmormonhistory.com/2013_02_01_archive.html
This observation by Joseph Smithparalled the Christ’s. He made the following observation during his earthly ministry, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Luke 10:18 this supports the supposition that Satan has fallen from heaven more than once and that those occasions accompany the preaching of the gospel(http://www.boap.org/LDS/Joseph-Smith/Teachings/T6.html).
 There is reason to believe that Satan must be lurking around the earth decieving the nations whenever the greater light is on the earth but not necessarily litereally here when it is not.
 2 Corinthians 4:4.
Joseph Smith, J. (n.d.). “The Vision.” Dictated to W.W. Phelps, Esq. Retrieved from http://mldb.byu.edu/jsmith1.htm. One can gain great benefit by studying Joseph Smith’s poem side by side with Section 76. See: https://faculty.cs.byu.edu/~clement/rel325/vision-poem.pdf