Saints commanded to prepare for Second Coming

Section 133 was received at Hiram, Ohio, on Nov. 3, 1831. This revelation was given just two days after the revelation recorded as Section 1, or "the Preface," was given at Hiram during a special conference of elders of the Church on Nov. 1.

Originally, Section 133 was "called `The Appendix' because it was received after the revelation approving the selection of revelations to be published, and has occupied the position near the end of the volume in all editions and out of its chronological order," Joseph Fielding Smith explained in Church History and Modern Revelation 1:263. "The tenor of this section is very similar to that of Section One, in fact, is largely a continuation of the same theme."Prefacing the revelation [Section 133], Joseph Smith wrote: "At this time there were many things which the Elders desired to know relative to preaching the Gospel to the inhabitants of the earth, and concerning the gathering; and in order to walk by the true light, and be instructed from on high, on the 3rd of November, 1831, I inquired of the Lord and received the following important revelation."

In this revelation, the saints are commanded to prepare for the Second coming.

Verses 46-48 speak of how "the Lord shall be red in his apparel" at His second coming. In A Companion to Your Study of the Doctrine and Covenants, Daniel H. Ludlow writes: "In ancient times in some parts of the world, people used to squeeze the juice out of the grapes by placing the grapes in a wine vat and then stomping on them. Naturally, the clothes of those persons who treadeth in the wine-vat' were soon stained with the grape juice and became the same color. When the Savior appears in the last days, His garments will be redlike him that treadeth in the wine-vat.' (D&C 133:50.)

" `Isaiah has pictured this great day when the Lord shall come with His garments, or apparel, red and glorious, to take vengence on the ungodly. (Isa. 64:1-6.) This will be a day of mourning to the wicked but a day of gladness to all who have kept His commandments. Do not let anyone think that this is merely figurative language, it is literal, and as surely as we live that day of wrath will come when the cup of iniquity is full. We have received a great many warnings. The great day of the Millennium will come in; the wicked will be consumed and peace and righteous will dwell upon all the face of the earth for one thousand years.' " (Joseph Fielding Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation 1:91-92.)

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