ÆÆ WAS JOSEPH SMITH A PROPHET OF GOD?
If Joseph Smith was a true prophet then everyone should
follow his teachings. If, however, Joseph was a false prophet,
then he should be exposed as such.
There are at least twenty three references in the Bible
dealing with false prophets. Some of these references are
specific tests to determine if the prophet is a true prophet of
God. We will apply just two of these tests to Joseph Smith.
Deuteronomy 13:1-5 is the first scripture in the Bible
dealing with false prophets. The issue in these verses is whether
the prophet leads the people after another god.
What does it mean if Joseph Smith is a false prophet? What
will happen to the people who follow a false prophet's
teachings? Isaiah 9:16 says the following: "For the leaders of
this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are
destroyed." Matthew 7:15-20 says to beware of false prophets. It
goes on to say that the fate of a false prophet is that he will
be "...hewn down, and cast into the fire." The Holy Bible
declares that the fate of those who follow a false prophet is
that they will go right into the Lake of Fire with the false
prophet. Please check it out for yourself.
The god of Mormonism was born as a baby on another world. He
grew up, got baptized by one holding the proper authority, got
married in the temple for time and all eternity (probably to more
than one wife), had many children, was obedient to all of the
laws and ordinances of the gospel and eventually died. Because of
his obedience and faithfulness and by the Law of Eternal
Progression he was Exalted and became god.
If you know anything about Mormon doctrine you know that
this is the god of Mormonism. His name is Eloheim (or Ahman) and
he lives on a planet (or star) nearest the planet Kolob. He is a
glorified, resurrected, exalted man having a tangible body of
flesh and bones. (see Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R.McConkie, page
Certain basic questions should be asked about each prophecy
or revelation. First, it must be determined that the prophetic
utterance really came from Joseph Smith. Secondly it must be
determined that the prophecy purportedly came from God. Third, ÜfÜĆyou have to determine if the prophecy came to pass exactly as
outlined. Lastly, you have to determine if the prophecy can yet
come to pass.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 1 ... September 21, 1823. PEARL OF GREAT
PRICE. Joseph Smith 2:40-47.
Joseph Smith claimed that the angel Moroni told him that the
prophecies in Isaiah, chapter 11 were about to be fulfilled and
that the prophecies in Joel, Chapter 2:28-32 were soon to be
158 years have now gone by since this was received and the
prophecies that Joseph Smith referred to have not been fulfilled.
We know that these prophecies will be fulfilled in the future,
but not in Joseph Smith's (or Moroni's) timing.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 2 ... July 1828. DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS,
Section 3, verse 3.
"Remember, remember that it is not the work of God that is
frustrated, but the work of men;"
This particular verse is going to come back time after time
and haunt Joseph Smith. This verse is accepted as scripture by
Mormons thus all we have to show is that if whatever is promised
or prophesied by Joseph Smith is frustrated, then it is the work
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 3 ... Winter 1829-1830. An ADDRESS TO ALL
BELIEVERS IN CHRIST, David Whitmer, pages 30-31.
Joseph Smith sent Hiram Page and Oliver Cowdery to Toronto,
Canada to sell the copyright of the Book of Mormon in response to
a revelation that he claimed to have received from God.
The mission and the revelation was a total failure as
recorded by David Whitmer. When Joseph Smith was asked why the
revelation had failed he answered that he did not know how it
was. David Whitmer records that Joseph Smith "...enquired of the
Lord about it, and behold the following revelation came through
the stone: 'Some revelations are of God: some revelation are of
man: and some revelations are of the devil.' So we see that the
revelation to go to Toronto and sell the copyright was not of ÜfÜĆGod, but was of the devil or the heart of man."
Mormon Historian and Apostle B.H. Roberts records the
following regarding this Toronto revelation. "...May this Toronto
incident and the Prophet's explanations be accepted and faith
still be maintained in him as an inspired man, a Prophet of God?
I answer unhesitatingly in the affirmative. The revelation
respecting the Toronto journey was not of God, surely; else it
would not have failed; but the Prophet, overwrought in his deep
anxiety for the progress of the work, saw reflected in the 'Seer
Stone' his own thought, or that suggested to him by his brother
Hyrum, rather than the thought of God...in this instance of the
Toronto journey, Joseph was evidently not directed by the
inspiration of the Lord." (A COMPREHENSIVE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH,
Remember, Deuteronomy 18:22 records that all you need is one
false prophecy to have a false prophet.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 4 ... September, 1830. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, Section 29:10-11.
In these two verses Joseph Smith prophesied that the "..hour
is nigh..." for Christ to return.
151 years have gone by since Joseph Smith stated that the
hour was nigh. Only by performing mental gymnastics can this
prophecy be accepted as one that can be fulfilled.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 5 ... March, 1831. DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS,
(9) "Wherefore, I say unto you that I have sent unto mine
everlasting covenant, even that which was from the beginning.
(10) And that which I have promised I have so fulfilled, and the
nations of the earth shall bow to it; and, if not of themselves,
thy shall come down, for that which is now exalted of itself
shall be laid low of power."
Mormon Apostle Bruce. McConkie on pages 529 and 530 of his
book MORMON DOCTRINE makes it quite clear that the "everlasting
covenant" is the gospel that has been given thru the Mormon
Church. The gospel according to Mormonism is composed of all of
the laws and ordinances and commandments that God has given to
man. ÜfÜĆ According to verse 10 above "....the nations of the earth
shall bow to it" (The Mormon Gospel). 150 years have now gone by
since this revelation was received and no nation has bowed down
to the Mormon gospel, or been laid low of power for not bowing
down to it.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 6 ... July, 1831. DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS,
Independence, Missouri is named as the center place of Zion.
Independence is appointed and consecrated for the gathering of
the saints. Independence is indicated to be the Land of promise.
This is a very important revelation because it names the
location of the city of Zion.
This revelation is false by virtue of the fact that Section
3, verse 3 has declared that any work that is frustrated is not
from God but from men. There is no question that the gathering of
the saints in Zion (Independence) has been frustrated. They tried
to gather in Independence and were physically driven out.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 7 ... August 13, 1831. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, Section 62:1, 6 & 9.
Joseph Smith declares in this revelation that God told him
that "..the faithful among you should be preserved and rejoice
together in the land of Missouri, I, the Lord, promise the
faithful and cannot lie..." Verse 9 says "Behold, the kingdom is
yours. And behold, and lo, I am with the faithful always. Even
The facts are these: (1) The faithful were not preserved.
(2) The faithful did not rejoice together in the land of
Missouri. (3) The kingdom was not theirs - they were driven out.
All you have to do is read some of the history regarding the
Mormons between 1831 and 1847 and you will see that this
revelation and prophecy was, and is a total failure. If you can
say that the prophecy was frustrated then you indicate that it
was not from God. (Section 3, verse 3)
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 8 ... September 11, 1831. SCRAP BOOK OF
MORMON LITERATURE, by Rich, Vol. 2, p. 259.
"For behold, I say unto you that Zion shall flourish, and
the glory of the Lord shall be upon her, and she shall be an ÜfÜĆensign unto the people, and there shall come unto her out of
every nation under heaven."
The above revelation (or prophecy) is reported by Rich to be
a revelation from God that was given to Joseph Smith. Being as it
is reported by a Mormon (Rich) we can assume that it is an
undisputed statement of Joseph Smith.
If Zion (Independence, Missouri) has flourished, the glory
of the Lord is upon it, it is an ensign unto the people, and
people from every nation under heaven have come to Independence,
it most certainly is not because of anything that the Mormons
have done. As far as Mormons are concerned Independence has not
flourished, the glory of the Lord Is not upon it, it is not an
ensign to the people and people from every nation have not gone
to Independence. The least that can be said about this revelation
(prophecy) is that it has been frustrated, therefore, it cannot
be from God. (Section 3, verse 3)
Of course the Mormons could say that this prophecy will
still come to pass. Only by performing mental gymnastics can this
prophecy come to pass. Remember, all that has to be shown is that
it was frustrated, and it certainly was frustrated.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 9 ... November 1, 1831. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, Section 1:35 & 37.
(35) For I am no respecter of persons, and will that all men
shall know that the day speedily cometh; the hour is not yet, but
is nigh at hand, when peace shall be taken from the earth, and
the devil shall have power over his dominion.
If God is no respecter of persons according to Joseph Smith
then why did he record the following in the PEARL OF GREAT PRICE,
Moses 5:20 & 21? (20) And Abel he also brought of the firstlings
of his flock, and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect
unto Abel, and to his offering; (21) But unto Cain, and to his
offering, he had not respect. Now Satan knew this, and it pleased
him. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
The book of Moses directly contradicts the DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS. Joseph Smith further contradicted himself when he had
recorded in the DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS, Section 124:102 the ÜfÜĆfollowing: (102) Behold, I Say unto you, I have a mission in
store for my servant William and my servant Hyrum, and for them
Why not Brigham or Parley or Orson? If this is not enough
then let us look at verse 37 in Section 1. (37) Search these
commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies
and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.
This is stating that all of the prophecies and promises that
are in the DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS are going to be fulfilled. If
ever Joseph Smith uttered a false prophecy this is it. We have
already listed a number of prophecies and promises that have not
been fulfilled. An additional list of considerable number are
described below. It does not take a theologian to see the simple
truth that Joseph Smith has failed the test of a prophet
according to Deuteronomy 18:22.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 10 ... November 3, 1831. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, Section 133:17, 26-30.
(17) For behold, the Lord God hath sent forth the angel
crying through the midst of heaven saying: Prepare ye the way of
the Lord, and make his paths straight, for the hour of his coming
is nigh ---- (26) And they who are in the north countries shall
come in remembrance before the Lord; and their prophets shall
hear his voice, and shall smite the rocks, and the ice shall flow
down at their presence. (27) And a highway shall be cast up in
the midst of the great deep. (28) Their enemies shall become a
prey unto them. (29) And in the barren deserts there shall come
forth pools of living water; and the parched ground shall no
longer be a thirsty land. (30) And they shall bring forth their
rich treasures unto the children of Ephraim, my servants.
150 years have gone by and Christ has not returned. Another
prophecy that has been frustrated.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 11 ... December 1, 1831. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, Section 71:6-10.
(6) For unto him that receiveth it shall be given more
abundantly, even power. (7) Wherefore confound your enemies; call
upon them to meet you both in public and in private and inasmuch
as ye are faithful their shame shall be more manifest. (8) ÜfÜĆWherefore let them bring forth their strong reasons against the
Lord. (9) Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you--there is no
weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; (10) And if any
man lift his voice against you he shall be confounded in mine own
To begin with, the Mormons are disobeying the commandment
given in verse 7. We do not know of any person that is involved
in the ministry to the Mormons that has been put to shame by any
All you have to do is read a little church history (Mormon)
to see that the weapons used against the Mormons did prosper.
They were driven from one city to the next and finally to Salt
Lake City. Certainly the guns that were used to murder Joseph
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 12 ... September 22 and 23, 1982. DOCTRINE
AND COVENANTS, Section 84:2-5, 31, 114-115.
(2) Yea, the work of the Lord concerning his church,
established in the last days for the restoration of his people,
as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets, and for the
gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be
the city of New Jerusalem. (3) Which city shall be built,
beginning at the the temple lot, which is appointed by the finger
of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri,
and dedicated by the hand of Joseph Smith, Jr., and others with
whom the Lord was well pleased. (4) Verily this is the word of
the Lord, that the city New Jerusalem shall be built by the
gathering of the saints, beginning at this place, even the place
of the temple, which temple shall be reared in this generation.
(5) For verily this generation shall not all pass away until an
house shall be built unto the Lord, and a cloud shall rest upon
it, which cloud shall be even the glory of the Lord, which shall
fill the house. (31) Therefore, as I said concerning the sons of
Moses --- for the sons of Moses and also the sons of Aaron shall
offer an acceptable offering and sacrifice in the house of the
Lord which house shall be built unto the Lord in this generation,
upon the consecrated spot as I have appointed --. (114) Never- ÜfÜĆthe-less, let the bishops go unto the city of New York, also to
the city of Albany, and also to the city of Boston, and warn the
people of those cities with the sound of the gospel, with a loud
voice, of the desolation and utter abolishment which await them
if they do reject these things. (115) For if they do reject these
things the hour of their judgement is nigh, and their house shall
be left unto them desolate.
History records that Independence was built, but not by the
Mormons. History also records that Joseph Smith dedicated the
temple lot, however, it is interesting to note that the
dedication ceremony was held on August 3, 1831 more that one year
previous to receiving this revelation.
Verse 4 has some real problems in it, it states that the
city New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints.
Whatever was built by the Mormons was built prior to the winter
of 1831-1832 because the Mormons were driven out of Independence
at that time. The last few words of verse 4 present the greatest
problem. It states that the temple would be reared (built) in the
generation then living. Verse 5 expands on this by stating that
"...this generation shall not all pass away until a house shall
be built unto the Lord..." And finally verse 31 repeats the fact
that the temple would be built in the generation then living.
Since this was 149 years ago this revelation fails. Joseph
Fielding Smith (who became the 10th president of the Mormon
church) answered the generation question by stating that "it is
reasonable to believe that no soul living in 1832, is still
living in mortality on the earth." (ANSWERS TO GOSPEL QUESTIONS,
A further problem remains regarding the building of the
temple. The lot is no longer owned by the Mormons. It is now
owned by the church of Jesus Christ, Temple Lot, and they plan on
building their own temple. Another point of failure.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 13 ... December 25, 1832. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, Section 87:1-8.
(1) Verily, thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that
will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South ÜfÜĆCarolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery
of many souls; (2) And the time will come that war will be poured
out upon all nations, beginning at this place. (3) For behold,
the Southern States shall be divided against the Northern States,
and the Southern States will call on other nations, even the
nation of Great Britain, as it is called, and they shall also
call on other nations, in order to defend themselves against
other nations; and then war shall be poured out upon all nations.
(4) And it shall come to pass after many days, slaves shall rise
up against their masters, who shall be marshalled and disciplined
for war. (5) And it shall come to pass also that the remnants who
are left of the land will marshal themselves, and shall become
exceedingly angry and shall vex the gentiles with a sore
vexation. (6) And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the
inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and
plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce
and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be
made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and chastening hand of
an Almighty God until the consumption decreed hath made a full
end of all nations. (7) That the cry of the saints, and of the
blood of the saints, shall cease to come up into the ears of the
Lord of Sabaoth, from the earth to be avenged of their enemies.
(8) Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until
the day of the Lord come; for behold it cometh quickly, saith the
Joseph Smith received the above revelation on Christmas day,
1832. History records that the State of South Carolina was
already in a state of rebellion at that time. It's not much to
prophesy about something that is already happening.
Mormons usually refer to the "Civil War" as one of the
prophecies that has been fulfilled, however, upon close
examination it becomes very clear that it is a failure. There are
20 different elements of this prophecy. All 20 elements would
have to come to pass in order for this prophecy to be fulfilled.
If all 20 elements of the prophecy were to come to pass it would
truly be remarkable. The probability of this happening would be 1 ÜfÜĆin 1,048,576, which means ONLY a prophet BACKED by GOD could
accomplish it! The statistics prove that the calling of PROPHET
was NOT given to Joseph Smith.
History records that the Civil War did not start until April
12, 1861, when Southern artillery shelled Fort Sumter in the
harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. It ended four years later
on April 9, 1865. The Civil War did not result in war being
poured out upon all nations (verse 3). It also did not bring
about "...a full end of all nations."
It is also interesting to note that the Civil War prophecy
was not published during Joseph Smith's lifetime. It was not
printed until 1851 (19 years after Joseph Smith received it).
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 14 ... December 27, 1832. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, Section 88:87.
(87) For not many days hence and the earth then shall
tremble and reel to and fro as a drunken man; and the sun shall
hide his face and shall refuse o give light; and the moon shall
be bathed in blood; and the stars shall become exeedingly angry,
and shall cast themselves down as a fig that falleth from off a
As of October 10, 1981 more than 54,326 days have come and
gone and the moon has not been bathed in blood, the sun has not
refused to give light and the stars have not become exceedingly
angry and cast themselves down. We believe that there is not any
way that this prophecy can be made to come true in Joseph Smith's
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 15 ... January 4, 1833. HISTORY OF THE
CHURCH, vol. 1, p. 315-316.
"And now I am prepared to say by the authority of Jesus
Christ that not many years shall pass away before the United
States shall present such a scene of bloodshed as has not a
parallel in the history of our nation; pestilence, hail, famine,
and earthquake will sweep the wicked of this generation from off
the face of the land to open and prepare the way for the return
of the lost tribes of Israel from the north country. The people
of the Lord. Those who have complied with the requirements of the
new covenant, have already commenced gathering together in Zion
which is in the state of Missouri; therefore I declare unto you
the warning which the Lord has commanded to declare unto this
generation, remembering that the eyes of My Maker are upon me, ÜfÜĆand that to him I am accountable for every word I say, wishing
nothing worse to my fellowman than their eternal salvation;
therefore, 'Fear God, and give glory to Him for the hour of His
judgement is come.' Repent ye, repent ye, and embrace the
everlasting covenant and flee to Zion, before the overflowing
scourge overtake you, for there are those now living upon the
earth whose eyes shall not be closed in death until they see all
these things which I have spoken, fulfilled."
Almost 149 years have gone by and the wicked are still on
the earth. The lost tribes have not returned.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 16 ... February 27, 1833. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, Section 89:18-21.
(18) And all saints who remember to keep and do these
sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive
health in their navel and marrow to their bones; (19) And shall
find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden
treasures; (20) And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk
and not faint. (21) And I, the Lord give unto them a promise,
that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of
Israel, and not slay them. Amen.
The above prophecy was part of the revelation on The Word of
Wisdom. The promise is given that if the Mormons will obey the
Word of Wisdom (no coffee tea, tobacco etc.) that they would
obtain all of the promises in verses 18 - 21. The facts are that
there are many Mormons that obey the Word of Wisdom to the letter
and they have not found great treasures of knowledge or hidden
treasures. They run and get weary. They walk and sometimes faint.
And most certainly the destroying angel does not pass them by.
Mormons die just like any other group of people.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 17 ... August 2, l833. Parley P. Pratt
Biography, p. 100. Also D & C 97:19.
"Surely Zion is the City of our God, and surely Zion cannot
fail, neither be moved out of her place; for God is there and He
has sworn by the power of His might to be her.
Zion did fail and Zion was moved out of her place. Zion is
independence, Missouri. (see #5 above) The Mormons were driven ÜfÜĆout of Independence in the winter of 1838-1839. Another false
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 18 ... October 12, 1833. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, Section 100:13 & 15.
(13) And now I give unto you a word concerning Zion. Zion
shall be redeemed although she is chastened for a little season.
(15) Therefore, let your hearts be comforted; for all things
shall work together for good to them that walk uprightly, and to
the sanctification of the church.
148 years have gone by since this revelation was received.
Can this be considered "a little season"?
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 19 ... December 10, 1833. HISTORY OF THE
CHURCH, Vol. 1, p. 455.
"Therefore this not my counsel, that you retain your lands,
even unto the utmost, and employ every lawful means to seek
redress of your enemies; and pray to God day and night to return
you in peace and safety to the lands of your inheritance; and
when the judge fail you, appeal to the executive; and when the
executive fail you; appeal to the president; and when the
president fail you, and all things also fail you but God alone,
and you continue to weary Him with your importunings as the poor
woman did the unjust judge. He will not fail you to execute
judgment upon your enemies, and to avenge His own elect that cry
unto Him day and night. Behold, He will not fail you. He will
come with ten thousand of His Saints, and all His adversaries
shall be destroyed with the breath of His lips."
The facts are these: (1) The Mormons did not retain their
lands. (in Missouri) (2) They did seek redress from their enemies
and were turned down by everyone. (3) The Mormon god apparently
did fail them because their enemies were not destroyed. (4) The
enemies of the Mormon church drove them out of Missouri. (5) The
above is a false prophecy.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 20 ... December 16, 1833. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS. Section 1, 101:17-20.
(17) Zion shall not be moved out of her place, not-with-
standing her children are scattered. (18) They that remain, and ÜfÜĆare pure in heart, shall return, and come to their inheritances,
they and their children, with songs of everlasting joy, to build
up the waste place of Zion -- (19) And all these things that the
prophets might be fulfilled. (20) And, behold, there is none
other place appointed than that which I have appointed; neither
shall there be any other places appointed than that which I have
appointed, for the work of the gathering of my saints--
This is almost exactly like number 16 above. The facts are
that the Mormons were driven out of Zion. They were moved out of
her place. This is sufficient in God's way to prove this is a
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 21 ... February 24, 1834. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, Section 103:5-7.
(5) But verily I say unto you, that I have decreed a decree
which my people shall realize, inasmuch as they harken from this
very hour unto the counsel which I, the Lord their God, shall
give unto them. (6) Behold they shall, for I decreed it, begin to
prevail against mine enemies from this very hour. (7) And by
harkening to observe all the words which I, the Lord their God,
shall speak unto them, they shall never cease to prevail until
the kingdoms of the world are subdued under my feet, and the
earth is given to the saints, to possess it forever and ever.
Mormons will say that this prophecy is a conditional
prophecy. That the people were to harken unto the counsel of God
and observe all the words that God shall speak to them. With that
condition in mind, the Mormons will never prevail, or prove
superior in strength, power, or influence.
Mormons will never achieve anything until they are righteous
and that will NEVER happen. Isaiah made it very clear why Mormons
will never obtain the blessings that Joseph Smith promised them
when he presented one of God's eternal truth as it relates to
man. "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our
righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf;
and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (ISAIAH
This prophecy can never be fulfilled because the Mormons ÜfÜĆwill never become righteous. The only way that anyone can become
righteous is to receive the real Jesus Christ into his/her heart
and repent of the abominations of following a false god and a
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 22 ... April 23, 1834. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, Section 104:1.
(1) Verily I say unto you, my friends, I give unto you
counsel, and a commandment, concerning all the properties which
belong to the order which I commanded to be organized and
established, to be a united order, and an everlasting order for
the benefit of my church, and for the salvation of men until I
History records that the United Order failed. (The United
Order was a communal type of order where everyone worked
according to his ability, gave everything that he produced or
earned to the Bishop's Storehouse and received from the Bishop's
Storehouse according to his needs.)
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 23 ... June 22, 1834. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, Section 105:13-15.
(13) Therefore it is expedient in me that mine elders should
wait for a little season, for the redemption of Zion. (14) For
behold, I do not require at their hands to fight the battles of
Zion; for, as I said in a former commandment, even so will I
fulfill--I will fight your battles. (15) Behold, the destroyer I
have sent forth to destroy and lay waste mine enemies; and not
many years hence they shall not be left to pollute mine heritage,
and to blaspheme my name upon the lands which I have consecrated
for the gathering together of my saints.
History records that the enemies of the Mormons were not
laid waste in spite of the fact that the destroyer had been sent
forth. There is ample evidence to suggest that the destroyer was
in fact a man named Porter Rockwell. He was not out to destroy
those who were frustrating the Mormons. This is another prophecy
that was frustrated because the Mormons continued to be
persecuted. In fact it was just 4-1/2 years later that the
Mormons were driven out of Zion. (Independence, Missouri) ÜfÜĆ
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 24 ... August 16, l834, History of the
Church, vol. 2, page 145.
"DEAR BRETHREN ... I shall now proceed to give you such
counsel as the Spirit of the Lord may dictate .... use every
effort to gather to those regions and locate themselves, to be in
readiness to move into Jackson country in two years from the
eleventh of September next, which is the appointed time for the
redemption of Zion....."
By September 11, l836 the Mormons should have all been
gathered in Independence, Missouri. (Zion) If all of the other
prophecies regarding Zion were to come true (which they didn't),
lived the United Order (which failed), built the temple (which
was never built), etc. etc. etc.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 25 ... November 25, 1834. DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, Section 106:4.
(4) And again, verily I say unto you, the coming of the Lord
draweth nigh, and it overtaketh the world as a thief in the night
147 years have gone by since this prophecy was given and the
Lord has not returned. Does nigh really mean more than 147 years?
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 26 ... February 14, 1835. History of the
Church, vol. 2, page 182.
"President Smith then stated that the meeting had been
called, because God had commanded it; and it was made known to
him by vision* and by the Holy Spirit. He then gave a revelation
of some of the circumstances attending us while journeying to
Zion -- our trials, sufferings: and said God had not designed all
this for nothing, but He had it in remembrance yet; and it was
the will of God that those who went to Zion, with a determination
to lay down their lives, if necessary, should be ordained to the
ministry, and go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time,
or the coming of the Lord, which was nigh -- even thirty-six
years should wind up the scene."
ÜfÜĆ Jesus Christ should have returned by February 14, 1891. He
didn't. Another false prophecy.
It is interesting to note that Matthew 24:36 says that the
exact date of Christ's coming is unknown. "But of that day and
hour knoweth no man, no not the angels of heaven, but my Father
only." See also Mark 13:34 and Acts1:7.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 27 ... February 14, 1835. As reported in
PROPHECIES OF JOSEPH SMITH AND THEIR FULFILLMENT, Nephi Morris,
Deseret Book Co., 1926, page 261.
"In due time thou shalt go to Jerusalem, the land of thy
father, and be a watchmen unto the house of Israel; and by the
hands shall the Most High do a great work, which shall prepare
the way and greatly facilitate the gathering of that people."
This was a prophecy given to Orson Hyde, one of the twelve
apostles that Joseph Smith had chosen.
History records that Orson Hyde did go to Jerusalem.
However, for those Mormons that feel that he did a great work and
greatly facilitated the gathering of the Jews they are sadly
mistaken. Orson Hyde dedicated Jerusalem on October 24, 1841. It
took 107 years for the Jews to return. We are convinced and are
safe to state that when the Jews returned in 1948 there was not
one single Jew who had ever heard of Orson Hyde.
FALSE PROPHESY NUMBER 28 ... January 21, 1836. CHURCH HISTORY,
vol.2, pages 380,381.
"The heavens were opened upon us, and I beheld the celestial
kingdom of God, and the glory thereof, whether in the body or out
I cannot tell ..... I saw the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb, who
are now upon the earth, who hold the keys of the last ministry,
in foreign lands, standing together in a circle, much fatigued,
with their clothes tattered and feet swollen, with their eyes
cast downward, and Jesus standing in their midst, and they did
not behold Him. The Saviour looked upon them and wept.
I also beheld Elder M'Lellin in the south, standing upon a
hill, surrounded by a vast multitude, preaching to them, and a
lame man standing before him supported by his crutches; he threw
them down at his word and leaped as a hart, by the mighty power
of God. Also, I saw Elder Brigham Young standing in a strange
land, in the far south and west, in a desert place, upon a rock
in the midst of about a dozen men of color, who appeared hostile.
He was preaching to them in their own tongue, and the angel of
God standing above his head, with a drawn sword in his hand, ÜfÜĆprotecting him. But he did not see it. And I finally saw the
Twelve in the celestial kingdom of God. I also beheld the
redemption of Zion, and many things which the tongue of man
cannot describe in full."
History does not record any of the above things ever
happening. The part regarding Elder M'Lellin is suspect because
he was excommunicated on May 11, 1838. He became one of the
bitterest enemies the Mormon church ever had, why wasn't he
destroyed as promised by the god of Mormonism?
Joseph Smith recorded that he saw the Twelve in the
celestial kingdom of God. How is that possible when 5 of the
apostles were either excommunicated or apostatized, never to
return to the church? According to Mormon doctrine this would not
be possible (for apostates and excommunicated individuals to
reach the celestial kingdom).
1. Lyman Johnson ... Excommunicated April 13, 1838, Church
2. Brigham Young ... O.K.
3. Heber C. Kimball ... O.K.
4. Orson Hyde ... Disfellowshipped August 4, 1835 Priesthood
restored June 27,1839. Restored as apostle at conference of
October 6,7 & 8, 1839.
5. David W. Patten ... O.K.
6. Luke S. Johnson ... Apostatized December 1837, Church History,
7. William E. M'lellin ... Excommunicated May 11, 1838, Church
History, vol. 3:31
8. John F. Boynton ... Apostatized December, 1837, Church
History, vol. 2:528.
9. Orson Pratt ... Rebaptized & Ordained January 20, 1843.
Restored As apostle, Church History, vol. 5:255. (What happened
10. William Smith ... Excommunicated October 19, 1845, Church
History, vol. 7:483.
11. Thomas B. Marsh ... Excommunicated March 17, 1839, Church
History, vol. 3:284.
12. Parley P. Pratt ... O.K. ÜfÜĆ
It should be noted that Thomas B. Marsh was rebaptized in
1857 and died in Utah a member of the Church, though never again
a member of the Twelve.
It is interesting to note that the first part of the above
vision was accepted as scripture on April 3, 1976. The last part
of the vision (listed above) was not accepted as scripture. Is it
possible that the reason that the Mormon leaders did not present
the entire vision to be accepted as scripture is that it was
clear that the last part could not happen? If this is so then it
would make the Mormon leaders wilful deceivers.
It is also interesting to note that the vision has been
altered by Mormon leaders. The vision was recorded in Joseph
Smith's diary under the date of January 21, 1836. In Joseph
Smith's diary the beginning of the revelation read as follows;
"The heavens were opened upon us and I beheld the celestial
Kingdom of God, I saw father Adam, and Abraham and Michael and my
father and mother, my brother Alvin..." (Joseph Smith's Diary,
January 21, 1836; original in LDS historical department).
Now, what is wrong with the above part? The problem is that
in Mormon theology Adam is Michael. Thus if Adam is Michael then
Joseph Smith could not have seen "both" of them in the celestial
kingdom. Because of this problem the Mormon leaders deleted the
words "and Michael" from the revelation.
We pray that each of you take the time to check into the
thousands and thousands of changes that have been made in Mormon
scriptures including the most recent one regarding the Indians
(number 2 above).
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