175 years ago today - 175 years ago - Apr 2, 1843

Joseph Smith believed that William Miller's predicted day of advent was set for April 3, 1843. On the preceding day, therefore, April 2, Joseph recorded his well-known revelation that Christ would not come until December 23, 1890 ... [see D&C 130:14-15]

[Source: Grunder, Rick, Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source]


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  2. Totally mis-read! As usual, Keep reading 15-17 for the full story.

  3. [Joseph Smith Diary, Apr 6, 1843] ... If I had not actually got into this work and been called of God, I would back out. But I cannot back out. I have no doubt of the truth. Were I going to prophecy I would prophecy the end will not come in 1844 or 5 or 6 or 40 years more.
    "There are those of the rising generation who shall not taste death till Christ comes. I was once praying earnestly upon this subject and a voice said unto me, 'My son, if thou livest till thou art 85 years of age, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man.' I was left to draw my own conclusions concerning this and I took the liberty to conclude that if I did live till that time Jesus /he/ would make his appearance but I do not say whether he will make his appearance or I shall go where he is. I prophecy in the name of the Lord God, and let it be written, that the Son of Man will not come in the heavens till I am 85 years old, 48 years hence or about 1890."
    /Then read/ 14 Rev[elation] 6 verse another Angel fly[ing] in the midst of heaven for the hour of his judgement is come to [begin] extermination from the commencement commence[d] when the angel commences preaching this gospel. /1 day [equals] 1,000 years/ 1,000 years as 1 day. 41 years, 8 months only 6 years from the voice saying, "If thou live till thou art 85 years old."
    Hosea 6th chapter after 2 days &c. 2,520 years which brings it to 1890. Taylor says 45 years according to Bible reckoning. The coming of the Son of Man never will be, never can be, till the judgments spoken of for this /hour/ are poured out, which judgments are commenced. ...


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