13
Sep
09

An apocalyptic vision shown to the presiding apostle John Taylor, weeks after the demise of Brigham the Man of Sin

That Brigham Young — who was poisoned unto his untimely demise, but not via John Taylor whom he had unjustly detested and mocked and persecuted, for the Lord has said that the wicked shall slay the wicked — that Brigham Young is “that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” as prophesied by Paul in II. Thessalonians 2:3, this truth I did obtain of the Holy Ghost during the week of December 19, 2010 — thus I testify in the name of Messiah who is Christ the Saviour of Samuel H. Smith, amen.

THE VISION OF JOHN TAYLOR

Salt Lake City, Utah

I retired to bed about half past nine. That evening I had been
reading a revelation contained in the Doctrine and Covenants and
my mind was calmer if possible than usual. I could not sleep. I felt
a dreamy feeling coming over me, and soon I became partially
unconscious as to where I was.

Presently I discovered that I was in the Ogden Tabernacle sitting on
a back seat to avoid being called upon to speak. After the second hymn
was sung, I was called to the stand. I arose and said that I did not
know that I had anything special to say further than to bear my
testimony as to the truthfulness of the Gospel.

Then I seemed to be lifted, as it were, out of myself and said,
“Yes, I have something to say which is this: Some of the brethren
have been asking me concerning coming events, and I will now tell you
some of the things which will shortly come to pass.”

I then found myself wandering about the streets of Salt Lake City and
noticed on the doors of every house, including my own, badges of
mourning, and said to myself, can it be possible that I am dead?
Just then I heard a voice say, “No, you will live through it all.”
No one seemed to be passing along the streets and everything was
as still as death, except the prayers of the people that could be
heard in the houses. I saw no funerals, and the scourge or
whatever it was, seemed to be under control.

I then looked over the country; in every direction as far as I could
see, a similar condition prevailed. I then passed eastward above
the earth and looking down saw many people coming west, mostly women
who were carrying small bundles on their backs, and I thought it
strange that there were so few men among them. They were on their way
to the mountains, and I wondered how they could get there as the
railroads were abandoned and the rails were in bad condition.

I continued on my way passing through Omaha, Council Bluffs, and Iowa,
and saw many women moving about in an excited manner. Sickness and
death prevailed on all sides. The inhabitants of Illinois and Missouri
were in dreadful condition, the men and women killing each other
in the most brutal manner.

Next I visited the City of Washington, D.C., and found the place
deserted and in ruins. From there I went to Baltimore and on the
square, where stands the monument of 1812, dead bodies of the
inhabitants of the place were piled in heaps. While there I saw
mothers cut the throats of their own children and drink the blood in
order to quench their thirst. The waters of the Chesapeake
Bay were so befouled from the effect of dead bodies that the water
could not be used. Sickness and death prevailed throughout the city
and the stench was something awful.

I thought surely that this must be the end of suffering, but
when I visited the City of Philadelphia, I found the place in ruins
and the smell from dead bodies was beyond anything one could imagine.

In New York I saw men crawl out of cellars, ravish beautiful women,
kill them and rob them of their jewels. I saw parents eating the flesh
of their own offspring and then roll over and die. Looking back while
on my way to Central Park, I saw fire break out and a heavy wind
carried the flames over the city, and all the buildings, wharfs and
ships in the harbor were burned. The stench from the burning bodies
was carried by the wind across the Hudson River spreading death and
destruction wherever it went. The sights that met my view on all sides
were so horrible to look upon that it would be impossible for me
to describe them.

After these scenes had passed, I found myself standing on the left
bank of the Missouri River, just opposite to where stood the City of
Independence and soon discovered that the states of Illinois,
Missouri, and part of Iowa had been swept clean of its inhabitants and
the surrounding country was a complete wilderness.

A short distance across the river, I beheld twelve men dressed in
their temple robes standing in a square with their hands raised, and
it was made known to me that they represented the twelve gates of the
new Jerusalem. They then consecrated the grounds and laid the
cornerstones of the city and temple; and while they were doing so, I
saw myriads of heavenly angels hovering over them. I heard the most
beautiful music and singing that I ever listened to and these were
the words they repeated: “Now is established the Kingdom of
our God and His Christ which shall no more be thrown down or given
to another people.”

<A few minutes before 1 am, on Oct. 30, 2008, the angels’ words
quoted immediately above were witnessed to me by the power
of the Holy Ghost.>

I then saw a multitude of people coming from various directions
to take part in the upbuilding of the city and temple and even
the angels were on hand to assist in the glorious work. A great cloud
arose above them and many of the saints were clothed in their temple
robes.

All of a sudden I found myself standing at the pulpit of the Ogden
Tabernacle, yet I could see the building of the city of Zion and
temple going on and the cloud that hovered above the place.

I had become so animated by this time that I called upon the
congregation to listen to the sweet music and singing of the angels
that seemed to fill the house. Then I heard a voice say, “Now has come
to pass that which was spoken by the mouth of Isaiah the Prophet,
where he declares that ‘Seven women shall take hold of one man saying,
We will eat our own bread and wear our own apparel, only let us be
called by thy name to take away our reproach.’ “

By this time I was so exhausted that I staggered backwards, and
Brother Franklin D. Richards and some of the other brethren caught me
before I fell. I then asked Brother Richards to apologize for me
stopping so abruptly in my remarks, and to tell them that I had
not fainted, but was overcome from exhaustion. I then rolled over
in bed and the clock in the City and County Building struck twelve.

-Visions of the Latter Days (1983, Pioneer Press in Utah), compiled by Ogden Kraut

John Taylor, Journal of Discourses 20:318-319 (10/06/1879)
Need we be surprised that people should feel inimical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ? No. Need we be surprised that men, as the scriptures say, “should wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived?” No. We have preached it–I have preached it upwards of forty years in this nation and in other nations. Need we be surprised that they should trample under foot the Constitution of the United States? No; Joseph Smith told us that they would do it. Many around me here knew long ago that they would do this thing and further knew that the last people that should be found to rally around that sacred instrument and save it from the grasp of unrighteous men would be the Elders of Israel! When, therefore, we see these things progressing need we be astonished? I do not think we need be. Some of our people you know, who are a little shaky and get how? Why a little astride of the fence, and say “good Lord and good devil,” not knowing into whose hands they will fall; when they see some of these things transpiring they are filled with amazement; but men who understand themselves, and who are in possession of the gift of the Holy Ghost and the Spirit of the living God, are looking for such things and they are not at all surprised. Were we surprised when the last terrible war took place here in the United States? No; good Latter-day Saints were not, for they had been told about it. Joseph Smith had told them where it would start, that it should be a terrible time of bloodshed and that it should start in South Carolina. But I tell you today the end is not yet. You will see worse things than that, for God will lay his hand upon this nation, and they will feel it more terribly than ever they have done before; there will be more bloodshed, more ruin, more devastation than never they have seen before. Write it down! You will see it come to pass; it is only just starting in. And would you feel to rejoice? No; I would feel sorry. I knew very well myself when this last war was commencing, and could have wept and did weep, over this nation; but there is yet to come a sound of war, trouble and distress, in which brother will be arrayed against brother, father against son, son against father, a scene of desolation and destruction that will permeate our land until it will be a vexation to hear the report thereof. Would you help to bring it about? No, I would not; I would stop it if I could. I would pour in the oil and the wine and balm and try to lead people in the right path that will be governed by it, but they won’t.

56 And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins.

57 For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.

58 And the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation.

59 For the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver.

-Doctrine and Covenants 45:56-59 (received by the Prophet Joseph)

John Taylor, JD 20:255 (August 3, 1879)
woe to those men who fight against Israel. In the name of Israel’s God, they shall be wasted away, and you may write it down and see whether it comes to pass or not. And let all Israel say Amen.

John Taylor, JD 21:8 (August 31, 1879)
And then the day is not far distant when this nation will be shaken from centre to circumference. And now, you may write it down, any of you, and I will prophesy it in the name of God. And then will be fulfilled that prediction to be found in one of the revelations given through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Those who will not take up their sword to fight against their neighbor must needs flee to Zion for safety. And they will come, saying, we do not know anything of the principles of your religion, but we perceive that you are an honest community; you administer justice and righteousness, and we want to live with you and receive the protection of your laws, but as for your religion we will talk about that some other time. Will we protect such people? Yes, all honorable men.

John Taylor, JD 20:318-9 (October 6, 1879)
Were we surprised when the last terrible war took place here in the United States? No; good Latter-day Saints were not, for they had been told about it. Joseph Smith had told them where it would start, that it should be a terrible time of bloodshed and that it should start in South Carolina. But I tell you today the end is not yet. You will see worse things than that, for God will lay his hand upon this nation, and they will feel it more terribly
than ever they have done before; there will be more bloodshed, more ruin, more devastation than never they have seen before. Write it down! You will see it come to pass; it is only just starting in.

114 Nevertheless, let the bishop go unto the city of New York, also to the city of Albany, and also to the city of Boston, and warn the people of those cities with the sound of the gospel, with a loud voice, of the desolation and utter abolishment which await them if they do reject these things.

115 For if they do reject these things the hour of their judgment is nigh, and their house shall be left unto them desolate.

116 Let him trust in me and he shall not be confounded; and a hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed.

117 And verily I say unto you, the rest of my servants, go ye forth as your circumstances shall permit, in your several callings, unto the great and notable cities and villages, reproving the world in righteousness of all their unrighteous and ungodly deeds, setting forth clearly and understandingly the desolation of abomination in the last days.

118 For, with you saith the Lord Almighty, I will rend their kingdoms; I will not only shake the earth, but the starry heavens shall tremble.

119 For I, the Lord, have put forth my hand to exert the powers of heaven; ye cannot see it now, yet a little while and ye shall see it, and know that I am, and that I will come and reign with my people.

120 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Amen.

-Doctrine and Covenants 84:114-120 (Sept. 22-23, 1832)

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