THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 86

Kirtland, Ohio, December 6, 1832

The parable of the tares (in reverse order)
Absurdity Intolerance Prophecy 86:1-11

1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants, concerning the parable of the wheat and of the tares:

2 Behold, verily I say, the field was the world, and the apostles were the sowers of the seed;

This is what the Lord says about the parable of the wheat and tares. [1]

3 And after they have fallen asleep the great persecutor of the church, the apostate, the whore, even Babylon, that maketh all nations to drink of her cup, in whose hearts the enemy, even Satan, sitteth to reign - behold he soweth the tares; wherefore, the tares choke the wheat and drive the church into the wilderness.

The apostate, whore, Babylon [2], that makes everyone drink from her cup - even Satan, who sowed the weed seeds.

4 But behold, in the last days, even now while the Lord is beginning to bring forth the word, and the blade is springing up and is yet tender -

But now, in the last days,

5 Behold, verily I say unto you, the angels are crying unto the Lord day and night, who are ready and waiting to be sent forth to breap down the fields;

the angels are crying, day and night, begging God to let them harvest the fields.

6 But the Lord saith unto them, pluck not up the tares while the blade is yet tender (for verily your faith is weak), lest you destroy the wheat also.

But the Lord says to them,

Your faith is weak.

7 Therefore, let the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest is fully ripe; then ye shall first gather out the wheat from among the tares, and after the gathering of the wheat, behold and lo, the tares are bound in bundles, and the field remaineth to be burned.

8 Therefore, thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued through the lineage of your fathers -

9 For ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the world with Christ in God -

10 Therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began.

Wait until the wheat is ripe, then gather the wheat.

After gathering the wheat put the tares in bundles to be burned. [3]

11 Therefore, blessed are ye if ye continue in my goodness, a light unto the Gentiles, and through this priesthood, a savior unto my people Israel. The Lord hath said it. Amen.

Amen.