Pittsburgh, August 1, 1845.
EXTRACT FROM THE PROPHECY OF ENOCH.
And it came to pass that Enoch continued his speech saying, behold our father Adam taught these things, and
many have believed and become the sons of God, and many have believed not and perished in their sins, and are
looking forth with fear, in torment, for the fiery indignation of the wrath of God to be poured out upon them.
-- And from that time forth Enoch began to prophecy, saying unto the people, that, as I was journeying and
stood upon the place Mahujah, I cried unto the Lord, and there came a voice out of the heavens, saying, turn
ye and get ye upon the mount Simeon. And it came to pass that I turned and went upon the mount, and as I
stood upon the mount, I beheld the heavens open, and I was clothed upon with glory, and I saw the Lord; he
stood before my face, and he talked with me, even as a man talks one with another, face to face: and he said
unto me, Look and I will show unto you the world for the space of many generations. And it came to pass that
I beheld the valley Shum, and low, a great people which dwelt in tents, which were the people of Shum. And
again the Lord said unto me, Look, and I looked towards the north, and I beheld the people of Canaan, which
dwelt in tents. And the Lord said unto me, Prophesy, and I prophesied saying, Behold the people of Canaan,
which are numerous, shall go forth in battle array against the people of Shum, and shall slay them that they
shall utterly be destroyed; and the people of Canaan shall divide themselves in the land, and the land shall
be barren and unfruitful, and none other people shall dwell there but the people of Canaan; for behold the
Lord shall curse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth forever: And there was
blackness come upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people. And it came to pass
that the Lord said unto me, Look, and I looked and beheld the land of Sharon, and the land of Enoch, and the
land of Omner, and the land of Heni, and the land of Shem, and the land of Haner, and the land of Hannanihah,
and all the inhabitants thereof; and the Lord said unto me, go to this people and say unto them, repent, lest
I come out and smite them with a curse and they die. And he gave unto me a commandment that I should baptize
in the name of the Father, and the Son, which is full of grace and truth, and the Holy Spirit, which bears
record of the Father and the Son.
And it came to pass that Enoch continued to call upon all the people, save it were the people of Canaan,
to repent; And so great was the faith of Enoch that he lead the people of God, and their enemies came to
battle against them, and he spake the word of the Lord, and the earth trembled: and the mountains fled,
even according to his command; and the rivers of water were turned out of their course; and the roar of the
lions was heard out of the wilderness; and all nations feared greatly, so powerful was the word of Enoch,
and so great was the power of language, which God had given him. There also came up a land out of the depth
of the sea; and so great was the fear of the enemies of the people of God, that they fled and stood afar off,
and went upon the land which came up out of the depths of the sea. And the giants of the land, also, stood
afar off; and there went forth a curse upon all the people which fought against God; and from that time forth
there were wars and bloodsheds among them but the Lord came and dwelt with his people, and they dwelt in
righteousness. -- The fear of the Lord was upon all nations, so great was the glory of the Lord, which was upon
his people; And the Lord blessed the land, and they were blessed upon the mountains, and upon the high places,
and did flourish. And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt
in righteousness; and there was no poor among them; and Enoch continued his preaching in righteousness unto
the people of God. And it came to pass in his days, that he built a city that was called the city of holiness,
even ZION. -- And it came to pass that Enoch talked with the Lord, and he said unto the Lord, Surely Zion shall
dwell in safety forever: But the Lord said unto Enoch, Zion have I blessed, but the residue of the people
have I cursed. -- And it came to pass that the Lord showed unto Enoch all the inhabitants of the earth; and he
beheld, and lo, Zion, in process of time, was taken up into heaven! And the Lord said unto Enoch, Behold my
abode forever: and Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam, and they were
a mixture of all the seed of Adam, save it were the seed of Cain for the seed of Cain were black, and had
not place among them. And after that Zion was taken up into heaven, Enoch beheld and lo, all the nations of
the earth were before him! and there came generation upon generation, and Enoch was high and lifted up, even
in the bosom of the Father, and the Son of Man; and behold the power of Satan was upon all the face of the
earth! And he saw angels descending out of heaven; and he heard a loud voice, saying, Wo, wo, be unto the
inhabitants of the earth! And he beheld Satan, and he had a great chain in his hand, and it veiled the whole
face of the earth with darkness, and he looked up and laughed, and his angels rejoiced. And Enoch beheld
angels descending out of heaven bearing testimony of the Father and Son: and the Holy Spirit fell on many,
and they were caught up by the powers of heaven into Zion: and it came to pass that the God of heaven looked
upon the residue of the people and he wept, and Enoch bore record of it saying, How is it the heavens weep
and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains? And Enoch said unto the Lord, How is it that you
can weep, seeing you are holy and from all eternity to all eternity? and were it possible that man could
number the particles of the earth, and millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the
number of your creations; and your curtains are stretched out still; and yet you are there, and your bosom
is there; and also, you are just; you are merciful and kind forever; you have taken Zion to your own bosom
from all your creations, from all eternity to all eternity, and nought but peace, justice and truth is the
habitation of your throne; and mercy shall go before your face and have no end: how is it that you can weep?
The Lord said unto Enoch, Behold these your brethren: they are the workmanship of my own hands, and I gave
unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the garden of Eden gave I unto man his agency;
and also gave commandment, that they should love one another; and that they should choose me their Father;
and they hate their own blood; and the fire of my indignation is kindled against them: and in my hot
displeasure will I send in the floods upon them, for my fierce anger is kindled against them. Behold I am
God; Man of holiness is my name: Man of council is my name, and Endless and Eternal is my name, also.
Wherefore, I can stretch forth my hands and hold all the creations which I have made; and my eye can pierce
them, also; and among all the workmanship of my hand there has not been so great wickedness, as among your
brethren; but behold their sins shall be upon the heads of their fathers: Satan shall be their father, and
misery shall be their doom; and the whole heavens shall weep over them, even all the workmanship of my hands:
Wherefore, should not the heavens weep, seeing these shall suffer? But behold, these which your eyes are upon,
shall perish in the floods; and behold I will shut them up: a prison have I prepared for them: -- And that
which I have chosen has plead before my face: Wherefore he suffers for their sins, inasmuch as they will
repent in the day that my chosen shall return unto me; and until that day, they shall be in torment!
wherefore, for this shall the heavens weep; yea, and all the workmanship of my hands.
And it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Enoch and told Enoch all the doings of the children of men:
wherefore Enoch knew, and looked upon their wickedness, and their misery, and wept and stretched forth his
arms, and his heart swelled wide as eternity; and his bowels yearned, and all eternity shook. And Enoch saw
Noah, also, and his family, that the posterity of all the sons of Noah should be saved with a temporal
salvation: wherefore he saw that Noah built an ark; and the Lord smiled upon it, and held it in his own hand;
but upon the residue of the wicked came the floods and swallowed them up. And as Enoch saw thus, he had
bitterness of soul and wept over his brethren, and said unto the heavens, I will refuse to be comforted; but
the Lord said unto Enoch, lift up your heart and be glad, and look.-And it came to pass that Enoch looked,
and from Noah, he beheld all the families of the earth; and he cried unto the Lord, saying, When shall the
day of the Lord come? When shall the blood of the righteous be shed, that all they that mourn may be
sanctified, and have eternal life? And the Lord said, It shall be in the meridian of time, in the days of
wickedness and vengeance. And behold, Enoch saw the day of the coming of the Son of man, even in the flesh,
and his soul rejoiced, saying, The righteous is lifted up, and the Lamb is slain from the foundation of the
world; and through faith I am in the bosom of the Father: and behold Zion is with me! And it came to pass
that Enoch looked upon the earth, and he heard a voice from the bowels thereof, saying, Wo, wo is me the
mother of men! I am pained; I am weary because of the wickedness of my children! -- When shall I rest, and be
cleansed from the filthiness which has gone forth out of me? -- When will my Creator sanctify me that I may rest
and righteousness, for a season abide upon my face? And when Enoch heard the earth mourn, he wept, and cried
unto the Lord, saying, O, Lord, will you not have compassion upon the earth? Will you not bless the children
of Noah? And it came to pass that Enoch continued his cry unto the Lord saying, I ask you, O Lord, in the
name of your only Begotten, even Jesus Christ, that you will have mercy upon Noah and his seed, that the
earth might never more be covered by the floods? And the Lord could not withhold: and he covenanted with
Enoch, and swore unto him with an oath, that he would stay the floods; that he would call upon the children
of Noah: `and he sent forth an unalterable decree, that a remnant of his seed should always be found among
all nations, while the earth should stand: and the Lord said, Blessed is him through whose seed Messiah shall
come: for he says, I am Messiah, the King of Zion; the Rock of heaven, which is broad as eternity; whoso comes
in at the gate and climbs up by me shall never fall: wherefore, blessed are they of whom I have spoken, for
they shall come forth with songs of everlasting joy.
And it came to pass, that Enoch cried unto the Lord, saying, when the Son of man comes in the flesh, shall
the earth rest? I pray you show me these things. And the Lord said unto Enoch, Look, and he looked and beheld
the Son of man lifted upon the cross, after the manner of men; and he heard a loud voice; and the heavens
were veiled; and all the creation of God mourned; and the earth groaned; and the rocks were rent; and the
saints arose and were crowned at the right hand of the Son of man, with crowns of glory; and as many of the
spirits as were in prison, came forth and stood on the right hand of God; and the remainder were reserved in
chains of darkness until the judgment of the great day. And again, Enoch wept and cried unto the Lord, saying,
When shall the earth rest? And Enoch beheld the Son of man ascend up unto the Father and he called unto the
Lord, saying, Will you not come again upon the earth, for inasmuch as you are God, and I know you, and you
have sworn unto me and commanded me that I should ask in the name of your only Begotten, you have made me,
and given unto me a right to your throne, and not of myself but through your own grace: wherefore, I ask you
if you will not come again on the earth? And the Lord said unto Enoch, as I live, even so will I come in the
last days, in the days of wickedness and vengeance, to fulfill the oath which I have made unto you, concerning
the children of Noah: and the day shall come that the earth shall rest, but before that day the heavens shall
be darkened and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth;
and great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but my people will I preserve; and righteousness
will I send out of heaven: and truth will I send forth out of the earth to bear testimony of my Only Begotten;
his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men: and righteousness and truth will
I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out my own elect from the four quarters of the earth
unto a place which I shall prepare; a holy city, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth
for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called ZION, a New Jerusalem.
And the Lord said unto Enoch, then shall you and all your city meet them there, and we will receive them into
our bosom, and they shall see us, and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and
we will kiss each other, and there shall be my abode, and it shall be Zion which shall come forth out of all
the creations which I have made; and for the space of a thousand years shall the earth rest. And it came to
pass that Enoch saw the days of the coming of the Son of man, in the last days, to dwell on the earth in
righteousness, for the space of a thousand years: but before that day he saw great tribulations among the
wicked; and he also saw the sea that it was troubled, and men's hearts failing them looking forth with fear
for the judgments of the Almighty God, which should come upon the wicked. And the Lord showed Enoch all
things, even unto the end of the world; and he saw the day of the righteous, the hour of their redemption,
and received a fulness of joy: and all the days of Zion in the days of Enoch, were three hundred and sixty
five years: and Enoch and all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion: and it came to
pass that Zion was not, for God received it up into his own bosom; and from thence went forth the saying,
Zion is fled.
THE PROPHECY OF ENOCH.
On the first page of this number, will be found an extract from the prophecy of Encoh, was was received by
revelation, some years since. As it is a relic, too precious to be lost, we extract it for the benefit of the
readers of the Messenger. It gives us a specimen of the power Enoch obtained with God, by faith, for we are
told "that by faith Enoch walked with God, and was not, for God took him."We trust it will prove a stimulus
to the saints, to action, when they read of the great blessings enjoyed by the ancients, and consider that
they were men of like passions with ourselves, subject to all the evils and temptations with which we are
surrounded, and that the same God, who conferred upon them such great privileges, "is the same yesterday
today and forever," and is "no respector of persons," consequently is just as willing to hear and answer the
prayers, and bestow as great blessings upon his children now, as in days gone by; therefore, beloved brethren,
let us gird up our loins and be faithful; knowing that the days draw near, and the time is at hand, when
the just shall stand by faith.
THE BOOK OF MORMON. -- There is no book with which we
are acquainted, better calculated to incite the saints to action, in righteousness. than the Book of Mormon.
Nesides containing the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and a history of a once noble and mighty people,
it also gives us, in plainess, simplicity, and truth, the principles of action by which we should be
governed from day to day. An observance of which, will prepare us for usefulness in this life; and will also
secure unto us an abundant admittance into that rest which remains for the people of God.
We fnd in its sacred pages, many blessings promised to the upright; to the virtuous; to the poor in spirit,
who trust in the Lord; to the meek; to those who hunger and thirst after righteousness; to the merciful; to
the peace maker, and to the pure in heart. But on the other hand, not a blessing, not a promise is recorded
within its pages for the liar, the thief, the drunkard, the adulterer, the murderer, or for any worker of
iniquity, except through repentance and an obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ....
G. M. HINKLE TO W. W. PHELPS.
To W. W. Phelps, Esq., Nauvoo, Ill.
My dear Sir, -- After so long a time, I take my pen to address a few lines to you,
and thus break that perfect silence which has existed between us ever since we parted in Far West, Missouri,
in the Fall of 1838. Then you and I were both dissenters from the church of 'Latter Day Saints;' though
we do not dissent upon exactly the same principles -- for I only dissented from the unwise, unhallowed
management of the heads or authorities of the church, and not from any true points of doctrine which I
ever had believed. But you said to me that you dissented from the whole Mormon system.
Since then I have been told by good authority, such as Hyrum Smith and others, that you have returned to the bosom of the church, and have been received again to fellowship, and all seems to be well with you -- if you are happy in the course you are now taking, all I have now to say to you is, at the tribunal of heaven you will have to answer for all your deeds done in the body.
But Sir, there is one point upon which I wish to address the Latter Day Saints through you, in order that the honest hearted and ignorant minded may be corrected, and the malicious hearted slanderers put to shame. It has been the theme of many ever since I left Missouri, to calumniate and vilify me for the course which I, as the acting Colonel of the Militia of Caldwell, pursued in the surrender of the citizens of Far West, Caldwell, &c., to the authorities of Missouri. Those vilifiers have stated it, and vociferated its repetition throughout the length and breadth of our happy land -- and the newspapers of the day have thrown it upon the wings of the wind, and no doubt it has gone to the old world, and there been listened to and credited -- especially by those of your faith -- that I, as a base wretch, after having the confidence of the church -- yet in that critical moment of their perils in Missouri, when they in and or Far West were besieged by between three and four thousand men -- the story is, that I, there and then, betrayed 'the Heads of the Church' into the hands of the Military authorities of Missouri, and that too, for a large sum of money! And then, as if they intended to heap disgrace upon me, after insult and injury, they say that I turned State's evidence against them: -- also, that I informed on many of the citizens of Far West, had them arrested and delivered up to the court of inquiry, to be punished. And many such like reports have been put in circulation by my enemies to do me injury; all of which, before God, I do declare to be as false as Satan himself.
Now Sir, you are the man who knows more about it than any other man belonging to your church. You know
that you, John Corrill, A. Morrison, and myself, were appointed by Joseph Smith to go and confer with the
commanding officers of the Missouri Militia, and effect a treaty if possible, on any terms short of a
battle. You know that we went and risked our lives with a white flag, when only a few hours previous, the bearer of one (Charles Rich) had been fires at on the same field, and we did this to obey the order or request of Joseph Smith. Our object was (at least I felt so,) to prevent the effusion of blood, which we all saw must inevitably soon take place, unless something could be immediately done. Were you not present, Sir, at that trying scene? when the eyes of our enemies seemed almost to flash fire when we approached, and I received from the hand of Major General Lucas that unhallowed paper narrating to us the terms upon which the lives of our families and friends could be saved -- viz.: "Give up your leaders -- your principal men, as hostages to be tried by civil law. Give up all your arms of defence, and ALL leave the State forthwith." He also read to us that generous -- no -- that execrable order of Governor Boggs, authorizing him to exterminate us, or drive us from the State. -- Now Sir, I appeal to your candor: did I, at this critical moment, say to General Lucas, or to any of those with him, Give me a sum of money, Judas like, and I will comply? If you answer in the affirmative, then query, were you and the others of the delegation to go partners with me in such an unhallowed speculation? What! thus betray our friends -- our brethren into the hands of their implacable enemies in the hour of peril -- and that too for Missouri gold!!! Or, if I did, as has been reported by men in high authority among you, winked at by all, and not contradicted by any -- at least so far as I know -- did I take the price and snugly lodge it all in my own pocket, without dividing with any of you? You know I did not make that treaty alone. Nay, you well remember that yourself and others with us, by authority, or request of Joseph Smith himself, agreed to the disgraceful terms. We then urged all to submit. But did I not then and there oppose that part of the order requiring us to give up our arms and immediately leave the State, urging that if any had offended by breaking the law we were willing and even anxious that such should be punished to the extent of justice, or the magnitude of the crime -- but to give up our arms and leave the State, would be virtually throwing away our most sacred rites as citizens of a republican state; and that we would about as soon give up our lives? Did he not become enraged and say that Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Lyman Wight, P. P. Pratt, and G. W. Robinson must be given up; and no other terms would do? Did he not give us half an hour to consult our friends? When the facts were laid before Joseph, did he not say, "I will go:" and did not the others go with him, and that too voluntarily, so far as you and I were concerned? My understanding was, that those men were to be taken and kept till next morning as hostages. And if they did not, upon reflection and consultation with the officers in the camp of the enemy, during the night, conclude to accept of the terms proposed to us, but chose to fight, then they were to be kept safely, and returned to us in the city next morning, unharmed: and time given us to prepare for an attack by the Militia. During this whole interview and transaction, were not thousands of troops drawn up near the city, ready to fall upon us, provided those demanded as hostages refused to go? And when Smith and the others had given up, without any compulsory measures from us, did not General Lucas demand our arms; but on reflection he agreed to let us retain them till next day, insomuch as it was then about sunset? Were we not advised next day, by word sent expressly from Joseph Smith to us, to surrender? -- When that intelligence was received, did I not draw up the forces under my command, and explain to them the nature of the whole affair, and then request all who were in favor of surrendering, to make it known by marching three faces forward? They made a very slow start, but finally all came forward. We then marched out with slow and solemn step, into a partial hollow square of the enemy, faced inward, grounded arms, and marched away and left them. The town was laid under Martial law and guarded. Then the authorities commenced taking others as prisoners, and kept them under guard to be tried, as they said, by civil law.
No man ever knew me to complain of, or inform on any one. Uniformly when questioned by those seeking victims, I told them that all I knew to be guilty of breaking the law, had fled from the city the night before the surrender. When the Court of Enquiry held its session in Richmond, I did not turn State's evidence, but was legally subpoenaed, as you know.
Therefore, as to my course of conduct there, even under trying circumstances, while retrospecting it, I have no cause of regret. And during the time I was a member of that Church, before God and all men, I have a clear conscience; and am willing to give an account of my course at any time.
While I lived in that church I tried to live in peace; and when I left it, I did not leave in order to persecute it, but to get from under the priestly influences of those men who bore down upon those who opposed their views, with an iron rule; with a yoke too intolerable for a high minded man, or an humble christian spirit to bear. Past experience had already shown me, that as soon as any one, but especially those of note among them, would leave them, he must suffer all kinds of abuse. -- The motto was "His character must be ruined, or he will injure us." And in return, the Dissenters have said, "Down with the heads of the church; down with the church." And I know that they have sometimes used base means, and published many falsehoods, and brought much persecution on you. This has been my course. I despise the course which both parties have pursued. I am for peace and for truth, and truth only on all subjects. -- Notwithstanding the many slanders that have been set afloat about me, in order to injure and ruin me, this is the first scrap that I have ever published on the subject: and I have written and published this out of mere necessity, in self-defence. I have hitherto been determined, let them say what they would or could, I would bear it, and leave the event with God. Almost six years have rolled away since I withdrew my labors and influence from among that people; and notwithstanding my reserve, some of them still continue to roll down their satanic falsehoods upon me. -- I have been informed that one of your number is now in adjoining neighborhood to this, asserting that I sold the heads of the church, in Missouri, for $700.00. Now Sir, as you are the man who was engaged in the whole affair with me, I request that you write a letter for publication, and either put it in the 'Times and Seasons,' or send it to me; and in it exempt me from those charges, and correct the minds of that people and the public on this subject -- for you know that they are as base as the blackness of darkness, and as false as Satan himself. If I felt to retaliate, or to do as other dissenters have done, I might publish much, and do it in truth, about the wickedness of that people; and it might add to the already exasperated state of feelings now existing against them: but, Sir, that is not my purpose. I feel, and always have, to leave them in the hands of God, and to mind my own business; -- and I assure you I find enough to do to attend strictly to my own duty: -- therefore, write and exhort your brethren "to go and do likewise."
Very respectfully, your friend and well wisher, G. M. HINKLE.