Beyond Coincidence: The Testimony of Prophecy

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It is hard to understand how the man could condemn Joseph Smith as a false prophet and yet continue to accept Joel, who uttered the same prophecy two and a half millennia ago.


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If this prophecy makes Joseph Smith a false prophet, then what of Jesus and Peter, who paraphrased Joel , ; ? What of Joel himself, or of Isaiah, who used similar wording when he spoke of the coming attack on Babylon which occurred in B. Christ said that there were some living in his day who would not die before the fulfillment of the prophecy. Peter said that it was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. To John, however Revelation , the event was yet future.

This passage has been highly criticized because the temple has yet to be built. But the words are the same as those used by Jesus nearly 2, years ago concerning events that have not yet occurred. The double standard of the critics allows them to accept biblical statements without question, while denouncing Joseph Smith as a false prophet.

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The subjective nature of such a determination makes this procedure unacceptable. Ezekiel had prophesied that king Zedekiah would go to Babylon but never see it Ezekiel , while his contemporary Jeremiah prophesied that Hezekiah would be taken captive to Babylon Jeremiah But, in the end, both prophets proved true, for Zedekiah indeed went captive into Babylon, but did not see the city, for he had been blinded 2 Kings Joseph Smith deserves at least the same kind of consideration.

When it comes to written revelations, the question of language becomes paramount. One could argue either case without clear resolution. Thus, each prophet of the Old Testament wrote in his own dialect. Some of the later ones even used Aramaic or Persian words then being borrowed by the Hebrew language.

For a reason that eludes us, some critics have proclaimed Joseph Smith to be a false prophet because he cites earlier biblical prophets. Surely, this is not the sign of a false prophet. In the Bible, prophets quote other prophets, even when placing the words in the mouth of God. For example, Isaiah is also found in Micah , with no credit line indicating that it is a quote.

Since not all Latter-day Saints who keep the Word of Wisdom are endowed with such perfect health, this is taken as evidence of a false prophecy. But the same could be said of the Jews to whom the words were originally addressed in Isaiah and Proverbs , whence these promises are drawn. The passage is actually a quote from Isaiah cited in 3 Nephi Either Isaiah uttered a false prophecy, or he had reference to the latter end of Judah. I believe they would have treated him as a false prophet, just as they treat Joseph Smith.

Why should we apply different standards to Joseph Smith than those applied to Isaiah and other biblical prophets? Prophets are, after all, human beings.

Joseph Smith as Found in Ancient Manuscripts

The fact that they speak for God on occasion does not remove their free agency. Like all of us, prophets have opinions. Sometimes, these opinions are clearly set off, as Paul did in his first epistle to the Corinthians 1 Corinthians , 12, 25, It makes no difference what is written or what anyone has said, if what has been said is in conflict with what the Lord has revealed, we can set it aside.

My words, and the teachings of any other member of the Church, high or low, if they do not square with the revelations, we need not accept them.

Let us have this matter clear. You cannot accept the books written by the authorities of the Church as standards in doctrine, only in so far as they accord with the revealed word in the standard works. If anyone, regardless of his position in the Church, were to advance a doctrine that is not substantiated by the standard Church works, meaning the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price, you may know that his statement is merely his private opinion.

The only one authorized to bring forth any new doctrine is the President of the Church, who, when he does, will declare it as revelation from God, and it will be so accepted by the Council of the Twelve and sustained by the body of the Church. And if any man speak a doctrine which contradicts what is in the standard Church works, you may know by that same token that it is false and you are not bound to accept it as truth.

Indeed, many of his generation held the same opinion, and all were surprised-but delighted-when proven wrong. Incorrect opinions do not make false prophets. God overruled these opinions and sent them on their way.

Matthew's Use of the Old Testament: A Preliminary Analysis

One opinion held by Joseph Smith, frequently cited by critics, is that the Lord would come in e. That this was, in fact, his feeling, is clearly indicated by the number of references he made to it. Moreover, Joseph was not told that the Lord would return in glory in , only that he would see him at that time if he was yet alive. The question is mooted by a similar situation in the Bible.

Ahaz reigned in Judah from to B. Sixty-five years later would be B. In actual fact, however, Israel was taken captive in B. Joseph made an assumption based on what the Lord told him, but it was only an assumption, and it was unwarranted. But this assumption guided some of his other declarations. This does not make him a false prophet, only a mortal who—like the rest of us—often let preconceived notions govern his thoughts. He was perfectly willing and able to change direction when the Lord contradicted any of his preconceptions. But Joseph Smith himself admitted publicly on several occasions that he had faults.

Once, he wrote of receiving a visitor from the east:. After hearing my name, he remarked that I was nothing but a man, indicating by this expression, that he had supposed that a person to whom the Lord should see fit to reveal his will, must be something more than a man. He seemed to have forgotten the saying that fell from the lips of Saint James [], that Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, yet he had such power with God, that He, in answer to his prayers, shut the heavens.

History of the Church 2. Joseph Smith was well aware of his limitations. For some critics, the ultimate proof that Joseph Smith was a false prophet lies in the fact that he supposedly killed two of the men who stormed the Carthage Jail on June 27, As the mob rushed up the stairs to kill Joseph and Hyrum Smith, both men fired through the door, while Willard Richards knocked down the rifle barrels of the attackers. Do the critics really expect that the prophet should meekly sit down with his hands up, waiting for some men to burst into the room and riddle him, his beloved brother, and two of his closest friends with bullets?

Does the fact that he fought for his life make him less a prophet? If so, then Elijah, too, was a false prophet, for he twice called down fire from heaven to destroy groups of 50 men sent by the king to arrest him 2 Kings ! Elijah slew a hundred; Joseph Smith may or may not have slain two men.

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Moses also slew a man he caught harming another Exodus , yet God chose him to be a prophet. Another biblical prophet, Elisha, angered because young people were taunting him because of his bald head, called she-bears out of the woods to devour them 2 Kings The defensive actions of Joseph Smith and his companions at the Carthage jail parallel what happened when envoys from the chief priests came to arrest Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. Joseph admitted having faults, but denied any gross sins Joseph Smith-History Peter, chief of the apostles, through whom the Lord revealed his will Matthew ; Acts , lied at least three times when he denied knowing Jesus Matthew And in 1 Kings 13, we have the story of a prophet who lied to another prophet, by means of a false revelation, and thereby caused his death.

Biblical prophets were guilty of other sins as well. Noah became drunk Genesis , but had nevertheless received instructions directly from God Genesis f. Joseph Smith was no worse than any of these ancient prophets, and far better than some. A few critics have claimed that Joseph Smith cannot be a true prophet because of the many enemies he made and because he spent time in prison. He was brought to trial, tarred and feathered, chased out of town, imprisoned, and so enraged some people that a mob finally killed him.

Even some of his closest associates turned against him. But Joseph was in good company. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Indeed, the earlier prophets had been persecuted.

Jeremiah was placed in the stocks Jeremiah , arrested and brought to trial Jeremiah , later imprisoned Jeremiah ; ; , and even placed in a miry dungeon to die Jeremiah The apostles Peter and John were thrice arrested, once imprisoned, and once beaten Acts ; , Another apostle, James, was executed Acts , after which Peter was again arrested and imprisoned Acts The apostle Paul was similarly mistreated by the populace and by government officials. Once, he was stoned by a mob and left for dead Acts He and Silas were both whipped and imprisoned Acts He wrote that he had been beaten five times by the Jews, thrice beaten with rods, and once stoned 2 Corinthians Then you are ready, select from the "Overlays" list on the right side of the map , the box beside " Fire Perimeter Estimate " and the box beside " Fire M3 Hotspots ", and wait for them to load.

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