Who said that Satan will have dominion over the water?

Posted on July 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm

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Gramps,

I remember in talking about Satan having dominion over the waters, who said this? and someone else saying that in the last days even the airways will will be cursed. Do you know who said this?

Linda, from Iowa

Dear Linda,

On 9 August, 1831, the Prophet Joseph Smith, with ten elders of the Church, began a journey from Independence, Missouri to Kirtland, Ohio. The Prophet recorded the following about this experience in his journal:

“Many of the dangers so common upon the western waters, manifested themselves; and after we had encamped upon the bank of the river, at McIlwaine’s Bend, Brother Phelps, in open vision by daylight, saw the destroyer in his most terrible power, ride upon the face of the waters; others heard the noise, but saw not the vision” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, Vol 1, p. 206.)

Following the recording of this account, on August 12, the prophet received the revelation identified as Section 61 in the Doctrine and Covenants. Part of that revelation refers specifically to the power of the Adversary “upon the waters.”

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. . . . And now I give unto you a commandment that what I say unto one I say unto all, that you shall forewarn your brethren concerning these waters, that they come not in journeying upon them, lest their faith fail and they are caught in snares; I, the Lord, have decreed, and the destroyer rideth upon the face thereof, and I revoke not the decree. Wherefore, let those concerning whom I have spoken, that should take their journey in haste–again I say unto you, let them take their journey in haste. And it mattereth not unto me, after a little, if it so be that they fill their mission, whether they go by water or by land; let this be as it is made known unto them according to their judgments hereafter. (D&C 61:14-22).

That statement about the airways being cursed is a new one on me.

Gramps

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I remember in talking about Satan having dominion over the waters, who said this? and someone else saying that in the last days even the airways will will be cursed. Do you know who said this?

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