Diminishing Revelation After 1834

Years ago I did a youtube series on the secret history of Mormonism .

In it I showed how the revelatory sweet spot of Joseph Smiths Ministry took place in the early Kirtland years leading up to 1834. It was at that time that Joseph Smith received a revelation from the Lord declaring that the whole church including the leaders were under CONDEMNATION and needed to REPENT and REFORM in ALL THINGS.

“Verily,  condemnation resteth upon you, who are appointed to lead my Chu[r]ch,  and to be saviors of men: and also upon the church: And there must needs be a  repentance and a refor[m]ation among you, in all things..” (Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5-6 December 1834 )

After that, revelation to the church through the prophet Joseph Smith greatly diminished and the heavens began to close until valid revelations from the Lord completely came to an end during the Nauvoo years prior to Joseph’s death.

general timeline 2 horizontal

The fellow that writes the Measuring Doctrine Blog has recently posted a remarkable, much more detailed analysis on this topic of diminishing revelation.

It can be found at the link below-

Data mining the Doctrine and Covenants


It is a very interesting read.


2 Responses to Diminishing Revelation After 1834

  1. Andy says:

    I was reading 2N13-15 (which is Isaiah 3-5) in an old 1830 replica BOM and I noticed something that really stood out. First, the old Chapter has Isaiah 2-5 as one major chapter.

    This is important because the end of Isaiah 4 is all about Zion and ends by having the tabernacle (the temple) and Gods protection.

    But the next verse is changed in the BOM and it standouts out in the 1830 edition because there’s no verse nor chapter brakes.

    Here’s what it looked like:

    4:6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and a covert from storm and from rain.

    AND THEN will I sing to my well-beloved a song of my beloved, touching his vineyard. My well-beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill. And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a wine-press therein; and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.

    Nephi is telling us, hey, God’s going to set up his Zion, his temple and then because of transgression, he’s going to destroy the hedge of protection etc and pretty much abandon it.

    Compare that to Kirtland and the temple and what happened a few years later.

    Chapter 15 also talks about dirty land dealings (the bit about building house to house) and verse 22 talking about being drunk which ties into Isaiah 28 and the drunkards of Ephraim.

    • that is an amazing find.

      I have actually blogged about those early Isaiah chapters speaking prophetically about the restoration saints in Kirtland, but now we have a prophetic insertion that provide more clarity and testimony to that fact.

      Thank you for sharing!.

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