Beware of False Prophets
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves," (Matthew
You will never meet anyone who will say, "I am a false prophet,
follow me." He will present himself as a true prophet,
and he will appear to be true. But, you must search
deeper and examine his "fruit," that is, his prophecies
and teachings. The best method of discerning the truth is by
a critical examination, because the truth will stand
the strongest test, but error will be exposed.
This thought was expressed by Joseph Fielding Smith in Doctrines
of Salvation, Vol. 1, page 188. He said, "Mormonism, as
it is called, must stand or fall on the story of Joseph Smith.
He was either a prophet of God, divinely called, properly appointed
and commissioned, or he was one of the biggest frauds this
world has ever seen. There is no middle ground.
"If Joseph Smith was a deceiver, who willfully attempted
to mislead the people, then he should be refuted, and his doctrines
shown to be false, for the doctrines of an impostor cannot
be made to harmonize in all particulars with divine truth.
If his claims and declarations were built upon fraud and deceit,
there would appear many errors and contradictions, which would
be easy to detect. The doctrines of false teachers will not
stand the test when tried buy the accepted standards of measurement,
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone
out into the world," (1 John 4:1).
Have These Prophecies Come To Pass?
Doctrine and Covenants 84:1-5, 31: The prophecy, given Sept. 1832, says a temple would be built
on the temple lot in Jackson County, Missouri "in this
generation." A century and a half has passed and yet no
temple has been built. Compare the prophecy with comments about it in these Journal
of Discourses volumes; Vol. 10, page 344; Vol. 11, page 269;
Vol. 13, page 138 and 362; and Vol. 17, page 111.
Doctrine and Covenants 87:1-6: This prophecy was given Christmas Day, 1832, and proclaimed
that a civil war would break out between the Northern and Southern
states and that war would be "poured out upon all nations." However, war was not poured out upon all nations. Six months prior to this prophecy President Andrew Jackson
expected hostilities to break out over South Carolina's rejection
of a tariff act by Congress. The President even put the army
on alert. A good history book will establish the facts.
Doctrine and Covenants 97:19: The prophecy says that "Zion cannot fall, neither be
moved out of her place...." But, Zion was moved
from Jackson County, Missouri. D&C 101:17-21 says "...there
is none other place appointed than that which I have appointed;..."
Salt Lake City cannot be Zion.
Doctrine and Covenants 114:1: This prophecy, given in 1838 by Joseph Smith, says that David
W. Patten, one of the twelve apostles, was to perform a mission
in the Spring of 1839. However, the History of the Church,
Vol. 3, Page 175, tell us that David W. Patten died in October
of 1838! His mission could not be performed in the spirit world,
as some Mormons say, because the prophecy states that he will
accompany the eleven other apostles "...into all the world."
Doctrine and Covenants 117:12: The prophecy says that the name of Oliver Granger would be held
"in sacred remem brance from generation to generation,
forever and ever, saith the Lord." But, who is Oliver Granger?
Why have most Mormons never heard of him?
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 5, page 219: Heber C. Kimball said on September 6, 1856, that, "The Church
and kingdom to which we belong will become the kingdom of our
God and his Christ, and brother Brigham Young will become
President of the United States... and I am Vice-President,
and brother Wells is the Secretary of the Interior -- yes,
and of all the armies in the flesh... You may think I am joking;
but I am perfectly willing that brother Long should write every
word of it; for I can see it just as naturally as I can see
the earth and the productions thereof."
History of the Church, Vol. 2, page 182: Joseph Smith said in 1835, "...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 fifty-six years
should wind up the scene." Jesus did not come in 1891!
"IF THE THING FOLLOW NOT, NOR COME TO PASS, THAT IS THE
THING WHICH THE LORD HATH NOT SPOKEN." (Deut. 18:20-21).