In the prior chapter we studied the plagues associated with the first four angels of the seventh seal. I noted how these plagues were similar to the plagues of Egypt. As we continue we will note that there are many more similarities between these future events and the Exodus of Egypt. After John witnessed the first four of seven total events he beheld the following:
And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitance of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound![i]
The proclamation of this angel seems to indicate that the intensity of the remaining three events will supersede that of the first four. We can reasonably assume that these events will increase in intensity because the wicked on the earth continue in their hardened and rebellious state. As with devils and men, anything can be rationalized away. Undoubtedly some of the consequences, signs, and wonders surrounding the first four events will be in like manner, rationalized away. After all, the Pharaoh of Egypt was able to find reasons, explanations, and justifications from his magicians and scientists for most of the plagues of Egypt. Why would we expect different from our modern, secular society? Lets therefore, consider the fifth event:
And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.[ii]
The above passage may seem a little ambiguous. In it we learn of the fifth angel, another star coming to earth from heaven, and the key to the bottomless pit. How do we interpret this? There are a couple of possibilities to consider. A common interpretation of this verse is that the star represents Satan, who fell from heaven, and now has great power and authority upon the earth. Superficially this makes sense, however, we have learned that these seven angels and their corresponding events relate to events that are to take place in the beginning of the seventh seal.[iii] Lucifer fell before the foundations of the world, and has enjoyed great power and authority upon the earth since the fall of man, not just in the last days. I do not believe that this star was meant to represent Satan. In the book of Revelations, the typical symbol for Satan is a dragon, with his vassals being symbolized by ferocious horned beasts, and a dreadful antichrist referred to a “a mouth”.
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast [wicked conglomerate of nations] which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon [Satan] gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
And there was given unto him a mouth [the antichrist aka the Little or Stout Horn] speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months [Once driven from America the antichrist continues his persecution elsewhere].
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.[iv]
These three, the Dragon, the Beast, and the Mouth, represent the satanic trinity that will exercise terrible power in the last days. John’s symbolism regarding these three is consistent throughout his work. When John saw this angel arriving to earth on a star, he was not seeing Satan. Therefore, I would like to offer an alternate interpretation.
There are obvious similarities between the star we see descending from heaven to earth in association with the fifth angel, and the burning objects associated with the first four angels that likewise came from heaven to earth. I believe this similarity is meant to demonstrate a relationship between these first five angels. Elsewhere in John’s revelations these five angels are grouped together in both mission and deeds, for example:
And I saw another angel [the fifth angel] ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads [the 144,000].[v]
In these verses, the group of four angels had power to hurt the land and sea; just like the first four angels previously discussed associated with the modern day plagues of Egypt. The fifth rises from the East and apparently has the authority to command the other four. Who then is this fifth angel who hails from the East with such authority? Fortunately we do not need to guess, the Doctrine and Covenants teaches us who the fifth angel from the East is. Consider the following passage:
Question: What are we to understand by the angel ascending from the east, Revelation 7th chapter and 2nd verse?
Answer: We are to understand that the angel ascending from the east is he to whom is given the seal of the living God over the twelve tribes of Israel…And, if you will receive it, this is Elias which was to come to gather together the tribes of Israel and restore all things.[vi]
This should sound very familiar. The fifth angel is described as having the same mission as John. We have ready learned about this latter-day Elias and his mission to gather Israel and restore all things. This Elias is the apostle John.[vii] The four angels that John commands, are also the same four angels that stand on the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds which we have previously associated with the gathering of Israel.[viii] Given what we know about John’s mission, and the symbolism of these four angels, the four corners of the earth, and the four winds, I suggest that these five angels are all associated with the gathering of Israel. In other words, the fifth angel represents John and the four angels represent the lost tribes of Israel – the Remnant of Jacob. The evidences put forth in the prior chapter likewise corroborate this conclusion. With this in mind lets review again the sounding of the fifth angel’s trumpet after the opening of the seventh seal:
And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him [the angel] was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.[ix]
The bottomless pit is an obvious reference to death and the horrors of hell. The key is a symbol of authority to administer those horrors. There is only one person that has authority over hell, and therefore the capability to give the key to another – and it is not Satan. The book of Revelations tells us who this person is.
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last… I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.[x]
From the above verse we learn that as Christ alone won victory over death and hell, he alone has the keys to the bottomless pit. Therefore this key to hell is symbolic of John receiving the keys to complete his mission from the Savior. As we noted in the previous chapters, John is literally ancient of days. He is the only mortal still alive who literally received the priesthood and keys to the kingdom from the hand of the Savior, “unto you three [Peter, James, and John] I will give this power and the keys of this ministry until I come.”[xi]
Now it is important to spend some time discussing the manner in which John returned. The passage associates his return with a star falling from heaven. Stars falling from heaven is an oft stated sign to precede the coming of the Lord, but what does this mean? There is a fascinating question that was asked by Joseph Fielding to Parley P. Pratt that was subsequently published in Millennial Star Vol 1, No 10, p. 258, Feb 1841, Questions, 7. The question was asked in the form of a letter written by Elder Joseph Fielding to Parley P. Pratt, Preston from England in January 1841. An extract of the letter is as follows:
“Dear Brother Pratt, – Having a desire to know the truth of all things that are revealed from God to man, and knowing in part the importance of teaching them to mankind, I take the liberty to ask you certain questions, which if you think proper, you may answer in the Star, as I ask not for my own information alone, but for all who desire and seek after truth.”
Question 7: (Fielding) “How can the stars fall from heaven to earth, when they (as far as we know) are much larger than the earth?”
Answer: (Pratt) “We are nowhere given to understand that all the stars will fall or even many of them: but only “as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs when she is shaken with a mighty wind”. The stars which fall to the earth are fragments, which have been broken off from the earth from time to time…These all must be restored again at the “times of restitution of all things. This will restore the ten tribes to Israel; and also bring again Zion, even Enoch’s city.”
Therefore, according to Parley P. Pratt, the stars that fall from the sky are associated with the restoration of the House of Israel, and other inhabitants that have been miraculously removed from the earth in times past. It is therefore important to realize that when John arrives to earth on this “star-like” object, he is not alone,he is accompanied by a vast host represented by the smoke of the bottomless pit.
And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.[xii]
This reference to smoke is a reference to the returning Remnant of Jacob. Isaiah saw the same host return and used similar vernacular to describe them. Consider Isaiah’s description:
Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved; for there shall come from the North a smoke…[xiii]
In Isaiah’s description, the smoke comes from the direction of the North, which is the direction associated with the Lost Ten Tribes.[xiv] They come to dissolve the enemies of Israel. This symbolic reference to smoke and the bottomless pit is a reference to the Remnant of Jacob destroying the wicked with fire.
With regards to this star-like object that brings the dissolving smoke from the north, there have been other similar accounts. We reviewed this passage before, but given its relevance to the present topic, I will present it again. This is the description of Ezekiel of another star-like object descending from heaven with the hosts of Israel.
And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.
As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle [the four faces are symbolic of the four standards of the armies of Israel].
Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the color of a beryl [amber]: and [the four wheels] had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four. And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.
And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.[xv]
I think that the similarity between these two accounts is very interesting and worthy of the reader’s personal deep, thoughtful consideration. I believe that this host – symbolically portrayed in both accounts, represents the hosts of Israel being restored from the far reaches of heaven.
They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, yea, the Lord, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.[xvi]
As we continue in our analysis, there will be more correlations between this host and the mighty Remnant of Jacob. John continues where we left off – elaborating upon the smoke:
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.[xvii]
In this description, locusts again tie this host back to the symbolism of the plagues of Egypt. The Lord sent a plague of locusts among the Egyptian to soften their hearts, and get the Pharaoh to harken to the voice of the Lord. Most of the ten plagues of Egypt were designed to torment rather than to kill. Plagues of locusts, lice, files, frogs, boils etc., were not life threatening, although many of the Egyptians at the time probably wished that they were dead. John foresaw that at least initially it would be the same with the arrival of the smoke from the North.
Further symbolism here is that the brunt of the Egyptian plagues were focused on the wicked, the Hebrews were not impacted by the plagues to the same degree as were the Egyptians. Similarly John notes that the locusts from this smoke did not torment the righteous, only those that had not the seal of God in their foreheads. This is reminiscent of the words of Nephi, which he spoke after seeing the events of that day.
Wherefore, he will preserve the righteous by his power, even if it so be that the fullness of his wrath must come, and the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire. Wherefore, the righteous need not fear; for thus saith the prophet, they shall be saved, even if it so be as by fire.[xviii]
Another similarity to the Egyptian plagues is the timing of these events. Five months, is consistent with the timeframe of the plagues of Egypt. A detailed analysis of the timetable of the plagues puts a reasonable timeframe for their duration at twenty weeks (taking into account timing differences between crop destructions, plague durations etc.). The Lord gave the Egyptians approximately five months to repent and harken to his command before he sent the destroyer among them to kill the first born. As the Lord provided the Egyptians a way to escape destruction, so will this latter-day host provide a similar opportunity. Consider the words of Peter:
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.[xix]
Note that Peter says the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, meaning the Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord, rather than the Lord himself. The signs preceding the Lord’s coming will be far more obvious than those preceding the Great and Terrible Day. Furthermore, the Lord of the vineyard will do all that He can for His vineyard before it is destroyed. He wants the wicked to repent. John does not say it, but I believe that this five month period might represent the time period for the final laborers to go forth into the vineyard one last time.
Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.[xx]
The righteous will be gathered to the Lord’s vineyard. Hunters will be sent forth one last time to gather any who will come to the safety of Zion.
And it shall come to pass among the wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto Zion for safety. And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another.[xxi]
Next, John provides a description of the hosts of the Remnant of Jacob. Consider the following:
And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; [note that cavalry and chariots represented the apex of war technology and might in John’s day] and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.[xxii]
John’s description of this host closely matches the description of the Remnant of Jacob provided by Joel.[xxiii] You will remember that Moroni referred to Joel’s account in his message to Joseph Smith. Consider a brief comparison of the similarities in Joel’s account:
Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.
That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten… For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.[xxiv]
The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.[xxv]
In both accounts, the arrival of the host is described as being extraordinary, something that has never before happened. A host of men coming to earth on a star-like object from the ends of heaven is without precedent. Both accounts describe the host as locusts, and as horsemen. In both accounts the host is described as having the teeth of a lion, and chariots emitting thunderous noises. And both hosts are associated with fire.
John next gives us additional information regarding this host, specifically regarding the leader, or the fifth angel who now holds the keys to the bottomless pit.
And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.[xxvi]
Both Abaddon and Apollyon can be translated as the destroyer or the devourer. The reference to both, the devourer and the bottomless pit, are not meant to infer that this leader is wicked. Rather that this angel has the keys of the bottomless pit, and the authority to destroy the wicked with the fire. Beyond this, we learn the symbolic keys of the bottomless pit enable this angel to bind the wicked in Hell. Consider another verse describing this angel who holds these keys:
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.[xxvii]
There can be no doubt that in the passage above, the angel with the keys to the pit is righteous. Satan has no authority in Hell, he is bound and locked in the pit by the work of this angel, once bound, Satan cannot escape.
Some people associate the title of this angel – The Destroyer – with wickedness. This is a term often associated with Satan, for he too is a destroyer, a devourer of righteousness. But are all destroyers wicked? Was the destroying angel from the Passover evil? Consider the flowing account of the Destroying angel of Egypt.
And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.[xxviii]
In this passage there can be no doubt that the Lord associates Himself with the destroyer. Let us not forget the identity of this angel – John the Beloved. While John loves the Lord, the mission that the Lord gave him was bitter in his belly.[xxix] John does not relish in the destruction of the Lord’s children. However, both destruction and the destroyer are associated with John and his mission, and he is sent on the Lord’s errand to prepare the way for His Second Coming. Consider the following verse from the Doctrine and Covenants:
Therefore it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season, for the redemption of Zion. For behold, I do not require at their hands to fight the battles of Zion; for, as I said in a former commandment, even so will I fulfil—I will fight your battles. Behold, the destroyer I have sent forth to destroy and lay waste mine enemies; and not many years hence they shall not be left to pollute mine heritage, and to blaspheme my name upon the lands which I have consecrated for the gathering together of my saints.[xxx]
In the passage above, the Lord clearly states that He will send the destroyer to destroy His enemies and purge these lands of the wicked. It is therefore evident that this destroyer is not Satan, but rather the servant of the Lord. This Destroyer is John – the latter-day forerunner. For further assurance of this fact, reconsider the following verse:
Behold, I, the Lord, in the beginning blessed the waters; but in the last days, by the mouth of my servant John, I cursed the waters. Wherefore, the days will come that no flesh shall be safe upon the waters. And it shall be said in days to come that none is able to go up to the land of Zion upon the waters, but he that is upright in heart.
I, the Lord, have decreed, and the destroyer rideth upon the face thereof, and I revoke not the decree. Nevertheless, unto whom is given power to command the waters, unto him it is given by the Spirit to know all his ways.[xxxi]
This destroyer is linked to John and the protection of Zion. Just as the destroyer of the Exodus did not slay the Hebrews because of the blood of the lamb, so will this destroyer provide safe passage to Zion for the upright in heart, and prohibit the wicked from obtaining America’s then sanctified shores. Remember, both Jesus Christ and Isaiah used the following verses in discussing the returning Remnant of Jacob:
Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall revile against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.[xxxii]
Therefore, despite having the titles of Destroyer and Devourer, it is the Lord who has called him and given him power for the deed. Oh, that each of us would likewise use the power the Lord has given us to fulfill His purposes! Based on the context of these and other accounts, I believe the evidence supports that the angel who receives the keys to the bottomless pit and oversees this mighty host will be a man of God. This is Elias, come to both prepare and sanctify the earth for the Second Coming.
Having now seen the leader of this mighty host, whose numbers have been liked unto a swarm of locusts, John continues his explanation of his vision:
One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.[xxxiii]
This eludes to the ending of the symbolic five months of torment, now comes the tenth plague of Egypt, death by the hand of the Destroyer! In actuality, this time period will take as long as required for the Lord to gather the righteous from among the wicked. The Lord is mighty, and none shall stay His hand. However, once all of the wheat has been safely gathered in from among the tares, the tares will be burned. Now has come the time for the great and terrible destruction of the Remnant of Jacob. John’s vision continues:
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the bottomless pit. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.[xxxiv]
Here John makes a symbolic reference to the Ark of the Covenant with its four horns. It was around this ark that the armies of Israel were camped. In times of old it was these four camps/armies of Israel that purged the promise land of Israel so that the children of the Lord could inherit the vineyard. These four angels, bound in the bottomless pit, represent those armies of Israel. Up to this point in time, bounds have been set upon the actions of the mighty Remnant of Jacob. They, like the first nine plagues of Egypt, were limited to harassing and tormenting men. These restraints are the bounds to which the sixth angel refers. These bounds were placed upon them by the order of John, their prophet, as follows:
And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.[xxxv]
Once the last great harvest is over, and all the righteous have been gathered in to Zion, then comes the equivalent of the tenth plague of Egypt – Death. With this limitation lifted, the hell-fire literally begins to reign down upon the wicked and devours them. The numbers of dead foreseen by John are truly staggering. With today’s global population, this represents over TWO BILLION THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE! Nothing can stand before the presence of the Lord’s army. The wicked fall like ashes under the feet of this unstoppable force.
It is this powerful force that drives the Stout Horn from America, and puts both the Dragon and the Beast on the run as foreseen by Isaiah. From these events, and the awful war that has been perpetuated upon the Saints, Zion is purified, and the wicked are driven from our lands in preparation for the return of the King. John continues with the following awe-inspiring description of this host.
And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.[xxxvi]
Joel’s version of these events provides great insight into the Lord’s methods in the latter-days. Consider the following:
And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.[xxxvii]
According to Joel, just as the Lord would not have slain the Egyptians if they had repented, so if these had repented they would not have been destroyed. However, sadly this is not the first time that the world has descended into such horrible wickedness. At another time and age, when the sons of God glorified violence and lust, the world was destroyed by water. In our day, society’s wickedness mirrors that of the days of Noah, so the world will be destroyed again, this time with fire. The next thing John sees attests to the unyielding wickedness of the world in our generation.
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.[xxxviii]
After the Destroyer ravaged Egypt with plagues and ultimately death, Israel was made free. However, as Pharaoh stewed upon his throne, he gave in to festering rage. He was furious with the Lord, and what he perceived the Lord had done to him and his people. He looked up to heaven and shook his fist at God and vowed to destroy His people. So will it be in the latter-days. The Stout Horn will flee from America for his life.After the unstoppable Remnant of Jacob has ravished the nations of the earth, and liberated America from the oppressive and corrupt rule of the Stout Horn and his cohorts, they will become incensed with rage. Rather than repenting, they too will look heavenward and curse the God of Israel and rally to destroy the only host of Israel within their reach – the Jews.
[i] Revelations 8:13
[ii] Revelations 9:1-2
[iii] D&C 77:12
[iv] Revelations 13:1-7
[v] Revelations 7:2-3
[vi] D&C 77:9
[vii] D&C 77:14
[viii] Revelations 7:1-3
[ix] Revelations 9:1-2
[x] Revelations 1:10,11 & 18
[xi] D&C 7:7
[xii] Revelations 9:2
[xiii] 2 Nephi:24:31
[xiv] D&C 133:26-28
[xv] Ezekiel 1:4-5, 10, 15-16, 14, 18-19
[xvi] 2 Nephi 23:5
[xvii] Revelations 9:3-6
[xviii] 1 Nephi 22:17
[xix] 2 Peter 3:9-10
[xx] Jeremiah 16:16
[xxi] D&C 45:68-69
[xxii] Revelations 9:7-9
[xxiii] Joel 1 & 2
[xxiv] Joel 1:2-6
[xxv] Joel 2:4-5
[xxvi] Revelations 9:11
[xxvii] Revelations 20:1-3
[xxviii] Exodus 12:22-23
[xxix] Revelations 10:9-11
[xxx] D&C 105:13-15
[xxxi] D&C 61:14-16;19;27
[xxxii] 3 Nephi 22:16-17
[xxxiii] Revelations 9:12
[xxxiv] Revelations 9:13-16
[xxxv] Revelations 7:2-3
[xxxvi] Revelations 9:17-19
[xxxvii] Joel 2:11-13
[xxxviii] Revelations 9:20-21