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The Prophecies of Joseph Smith

   Jesus warns us to BEWARE of false prophets.  This is not an exhaustive list, but merely some that are easier to access in order to verify.

1.  Sept. 21, 1823  Pearl of Great Price,  Joseph Smith 2:40-31   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 of Joel, Chapter 2:28-32 were soon to be fulfilled.

2-4  September 1830, Doctrine and Covenants Section 29:10-11,  Joseph Smith prophesied that the "hour is nigh"  for Christ to return. See also DC 106:4 and 110:16

5.  July, 1831  D & C Section 57:1-3  Independence, Missouri is named as the center place of Zion. 

6.  August 13, 1831, DC 62:1-9  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  (failed),  I the Lord promise the faithful and cannot lie...Behold the kingdom is yours, and behold and lo, I am with the faithful always."  The Mormons were NOT preserved in Missouri, but driven out. 

7. Nov. 1931 D & C 7:35-37  "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.

8. Dec. 25, 1832  D & C 87:1-8 speaks of a war that would shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina (S. Carolina was in the news at the time as already being in rebellion), it was 29 years later when the civil war did occur, and it ended 4 years later.  The prophecy said  war would be poured out on all nations (failed) and it would bring about a "full end of all nations."  (failed)

9. Dec. 27, 1832  DC 88:87  "For not many days hence and the earth shall tremble and reel to and fro as a drunken man; and the sun shall hide his face and shall refuse to give light; and the moon shall be bathed in blood; and the stars shall become exceedingly angry, and shall cast themselves down as a fig that faileth from off the fig tree."  Not many days?

10-11. Oct. 1833 DC 100:13-15  Zion shall be redeemed although she is chastened for a little season (ref. to Independence Missouri as Zion)  A little season?  See also 101:17-20... same false idea given.

12.  DC 103:1-25  Promised restoration to their land.  (Vs. 24) "And inasmuch as mine enemies come against you to drive you from my goodly land, which I have consecrated to be the land of Zion, even from your own lands after these testimonies, which ye have brought before me against them, ye shall curse them; and whomsoever ye curse, I will curse, and ye shall avenge me of mine enemies.

    This is a reference to Zion's Camp - a group of Mormons organized to march to Missouri and rescue the Mormons there...but history records that the effort was a dismal failure. 

13.  April 23, 1834 DC 104:1 establishes an EVERLASTING order for the benefit of the church. The united order (a sort of communal system) failed.

14.  A failed prophecy of a temple to be built in Independence Missouri was given by Smith in D&C 84:2-5 and 31 The prophecy was  re-echoed by MANY other LDS leaders in the Journal of Discourses  even up to 1900 (Lorenzo Snow). 

15-20. This is specific to 6 people.   Jan. 21:1836  Church History, Vol. 2, pages 380-381 Joseph Smith said:

    "The heavens were opened upon us and I beheld the celestial kingdom of God, and the glory thereof...I saw the twelve apostles of the Lamb, who are now upon the earth, who hold the keys of this last ministry, in foreign lands, standing together in a circle... and finally, I saw the twelve in the celestial kingdom of God.

     Of the twelve Smith referred to, SIX apostatized...namely  Lyman Johnson (excommunicated), Luke Johnson, William M'Lellin, John Boynton,  William Smith, and Thomas Marsh. 

This is a partial list of Smith's false prophecies.  Former Mormon, Dick Baer, wrote a booklet listing 55 false prophecies of Joseph Smith.  While a few on his list could be dismissed, the majority of them STAND. 

OBJECTIONS?  Mormons might argue that the Bible also speaks of Christ's return as "nigh", but the net effect of all of these prophecies, taken by loyal followers to mean JUST what they said, was devastating.   They paid in bankruptcy, banishment, some in bloodshed, and in broken hearts (polygamy) because of the visions, revelations and prophecies of Joseph Smith.   Someone also suggested that without a "thus saith the Lord" we can't call these true prophecies.  I thought inclusion in the Doctrine and Covenants elevated these to "inspired" status.  They can't have it both ways.

I wish to acknowledge that Joseph Smith DID write one true prophecy as follows:

   "For although a man may have many revelations and have power to do many mighty works, yet if he boasts in his own strength and sets at naught the counself of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him,"  D & C 3:4 

   Joseph Smith DID boast in his own strength - that he had done more than even Jesus Christ (D.H.C. 6:408-409).  This boast was made in May of 1844.  In June of 1844 Joseph Smith DID fall (dead), not as a martyr, but in a gun battle in which he killed two and wounded one (Comprehensive History of the Church, pp. 284-285).  He died not as a sheep going to the slaughter, but as a wolf in sheep's clothing.