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D&C 1:14-16

14 And the arm of the Lord shall be revealed; and the day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of his servants, neither give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles, shall be cut off from among the people;
15 For they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant;
16 They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall.

Notes:

  1. "the day cometh" - This is going to be in the future. Some time after 1831.
  2. "the who will not hear the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of the servants", "they have strayed from mine ordinances and have broken mine everlasting covenant" - Who is "they"?  The revelation lists the following characteristics:
    1. they have the ordinances and the everlasting covenant
    2. they have strayed "from mine ordinances and have broken mine everlasting covenant"
    3. they "who will not hear the voice of the Lord"
    4. they will not hear the "voice of the servants"
    5. they will not "give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles."
    6. they "walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god", "whose substance is that of an idol"
  3. the servants are NOT one the "prophets and apostles" for they are mentioned separately.
  4. It speaks of the voice of the Lord and the voice of the servants, but the words of the prophets and apostles.
Could this coming day be talking about our day? Could it be talking about the state of the Latter-day Saints in the 21st century. The Latter-day Saints are the only ones that would have the "everlasting covenant" and could therefore break that covenant. Have we broken that everlasting covenant? Have we strayed from the His ordinances?

Who are the "servants" that we are ignoring? Since they are not one of the "prophets and apostles" where do we expect to find their voice?

Are the "prophets and apostles" different from those sustained as "prophets seers and revelators" in the LDS church? These future people refuse to give heed to these prophets and apostles.

What is the idol that we worship today? What is the "image or [our] own god"? Is it possible that we have altered the restored gospel to be acceptable to Babylon? Are we more comfortable in Babylon than in Zion?

The servants are angels and they speak the same as if they Lord were speaking and that it why it talks about the voice of the Lord and the voice of the servants. They are the same. That leads us to a very misquoted scripture:

D&C 1:38


38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.

Here again we have the voice of the Lord and the voice of the servants, but no mention of prophets and apostles. We can't assume that the Lord means "prophets and apostles" when he says servants in this same revelation. In verse 14, servants were different than prophets and I believe that we can conclude that they are different here as well.