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Sunday, June 18, 2017

"Upon my house shall it begin"

Today I was led to investigate the following passage:

23 Verily, verily, I say unto you, darkness covereth the earth, and gross darkness the minds of the people, and all flesh has become corrupt before my face.
24 Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord.
25 And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord;
26 First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord. (D&C 112)

I was curious as to how the Lord would fulfill this prophecy.

I inquired of the Lord, and he answered me.

"Upon my house shall it begin" does not refer to a future event. The judgment described in verse 24 began shortly after this revelation was given. Verse 26 describes that it would be fulfilled upon "you"--the followers of Joseph Smith in Kirtland in 1837 when this revelation was received, who had professed to know the Lord's name but not known him, and who had blasphemed against him in the midst of his house--the Kirtland temple, the only completed temple in modern times that the Lord has ever acknowledged as his.

A reading of the history of Kirtland and the conditions under which Joseph Smith and a few of his loyalists were expelled will illustrate the degree of loss endured by the people after this revelation was received, as well as the degree to which they denied the doctrines revealed to them.

The "day" of wrath, burning, desolation, etc. has not ceased since then, and will continue to intensify until it culminates with the return of the Lord to this earth.