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For a brief overview of D&C 133 in historical relation to the rest of the Doctrine & Covenants, see Historical Overview of the Restoration Scriptures. For lengthier discussions of the historical setting, see Historical Context of the Doctrine & Covenants, chapter 9 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 10.
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- D&C 133:8-11, 17-19: The bridegroom. Regarding the symbolism of the coming of the bridegroom, see the discussion of the bride and bridegroom and the marriage supper of the Lamb in connection with Matt 25:1-13 (Parable of the Ten Virgins).
- D&C 133:51: Those who are trampled. In verse 51 the Lord tells us that he "tramples them" in his fury on the day of vengeance. "Them" here seems to refer to "all people" in the previous verse. It may mean all people who are his enemies. Earlier verses 42-44 makes a distinction between what will happen to those who work righteousness versus the Lord's adversaries. To the Lord's adversaries the Lord will do "terrible things" (v. 43) but those who work righteousness shall rejoice and be met by the Lord (v 44).
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- D&C 133:51. Can anyone help with my question? I'd like to understand better whether Christ treading the wine press alone refers only to the atonement or what Christ does at the second coming, or both. If just the former, why does it seem to keep coming up prophecies about the second coming (see my commentary on D&C 76:107). If both, what does treading the wine press alone have to do with the second coming? It makes sense to think understand Jesus on the cross treading alone Matt 27:46. But it is harder to understand what this means related to the second coming.
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- D&C 133:51. It is interesting that the imagery used for verse 51, which seems to refer to part of the second coming, seems related to the imagery often used for the atonement. What is the relation between the atonement and the Lord's vengeance? Notice that the sacrament also represents both the atonement and the bridegroom's supper at the Second Coming.
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