revelation is one of the plainest books
[The Book of Revelation] is one of the plainest books God ever caused to be written—what John saw he saw in heaven.<span class="su-quote-cite">Joseph Smith</span>
Date: 8 April 1843
Source: Joseph Smith Diary by Willard Richards
The Words of Joseph Smith: Page 188

Why I Choose this Quote?

This quote is funny to me because I have read the Book of Revelation several times and I have never found it to be plain, or easy to understand.

Additional Context

Joseph made this statement on the same day he is quoted as saying “we never can comprehend the things of God and of heaven but by revelation.” Perhaps, then, Joseph’s statement assumes one has the spirit of revelation. And if one is in tune with the Spirit of God, then I could see how the Book of Revelation would be plain to understand.

The Book of Mormon prophet Nephi made a similar statement in regards to the Book of Isaiah. He said, “the words of Isaiah …are plain unto all those that are filled with the spirit of prophecy” (2 Nephi 25:4). I find Isaiah even more difficult to comprehend than Revelation, yet somehow I think Joseph Smith would agree with Nephi and say that Isaiah is plain to understand.

Perhaps one day I’ll have the spirit of prophecy and revelation to the extent those men had it so that these scriptures will be plain and easy for me to understand and apply to my life.


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  10. Hi I got while looking at Mr Smiths claim about ‘the book of Revelation being the plainest of books God caused to be written’ and have to agree it is when you read it as it was written to be read and I have to ask if Mr Smith understood it so well why then did he not tell everyone how to read it?

  11. Joseph Smith did explain how to understand the Book of Revelation. The above quote is taken from the tail end of that explanation. the full quote is found in the Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith p289 and p290. If one puts in the time, effort, prayer, and faith these books are very understandable, and it becomes very clear what is taught in it- and in Isaiah. The main key to understanding Revelation is that, as Joseph Smith teaches, John saw nothing of the past. It was all stuff that lie in future from John’s day. Joseph said “There is a grand difference and distinction between the visions and figures spoken of by the ancient prophets, and those spoken of in the revelations of John. The things which John saw had no allusion to the scenes of the days of Adam, Enoch, Abraham or Jesus, only so far as is plainly represented by John, and clearly set forth by him. John saw that only which was lying in futurity and which was shortly to come to pass. See Rev. 1:1-3,7 which is a key to the whole subject:” Because of this we must realize that the seven seals that contain the history of the world in it’s 7 dispensations were not opened at the beginning of each thousand year period, but were opened by Christ after his resurrection during the time of the 5th seal. So the white horseman is not Adam, Enoch, or Christ, etc. There are many more things that Joseph taught about the book of revelations you just gotta look for them. If you really want to understand them start with the LDS institute study manual and the JST of Revelation 12.

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