“And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him” (Deu. 18:21,22)
BOOK OF MORMON
Prophecy: “And behold, he shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem…” (Alma 7:10)
Analysis: NT states the Messiah was born in Bethlehem (Luke 2). Mormon apologists try to reason Bethlehem was a tiny suburb of Jerusalem (but is 5 miles away!). They claim those in New World knew little about Old World geography. Prophecy must be specific to be reliable – it is what separated false prophets and true prophets. The prophecy in the Bible DID refer to the geographical details. “Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” (Joh 7:42) [where David was born]. Bethlehem specifically mentioned in 1 Samuel 16:1-4. No excuse for not knowing the specific location.
Prophecy: Joseph Fielding Smith (LDS President) claimed Ezekiel 37:15-22 was a prediction of the BOM with its reference to the two sticks and Joseph. The Lord commanded the prophet to take two sticks and join them in his hand, one stick for Judah and his fellows and the other for Joseph and his fellows. According to Smith – a stick as used in these passages meant “writings” or “scrolls.”
Analysis: This analogy is flawed – Eze. 37 gives its own interpretation. Israel was divided into two groups at the time. When the people asked for an interpretation of the joined stick (37:18), it was explained to them how the Lord declared that the northern and southern kingdoms would be joined into one nation. Has nothing to do with a written record – it is a promise from the Lord relating to the restoration of Israel. Additionally the Book of Mormon was supposed to have been written on gold plates and not a scroll which contradicts this theory altogether.
DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
Prophecy: Smith said the Civil War would be so intense that it would affect all nations (D&C 87:1-3).
Analysis: It did not affect all nations.
Prophecy: A Mormon Temple would be built in Independence, MO (D&C 57:1-3).
Analysis: No temple to this day.
Prophecy: God’s blessing to Lyman E. Johnson was “that he shall live until the gathering is accomplished, according to the holy prophets; and he shall be like unto Enoch; and his faith shall be like unto his…and he shall see the Saviour come and stand upon the earth with power and great glory” (History of the Church, v. 2, p. 188) Spoken in Feb., 1835.
Analysis: Johnson was excommunicated in 1837 and drowned in 1856.
Prophecy: Regarding God’s blessing to William E. M’Lellin: “His life shall be spared in the midst of pestilence and destruction, and in the midst of his enemies. He shall be a prince and savior to God’s people. The tempter shall not overcome him…and his days may be prolonged until the coming of the Son of Man” (History of the Church, v. 2, pp. 190-191) Also spoken in Feb., 1835.
Analysis: M’Lellin was excommunicated during that same year.
Prophecy: Joseph Smith taught that there are inhabitants on the moon. These “moonmen” were approximately six feet tall and dressed in quaker-style clothing. They lived to be 100 years old (Journal of Oliver B. Huntington, v. 3, p. 166) Found in Utah State Historical Society.
Analysis: At that time, no one could disprove it.
Every prophecy or no prophecy must justify Scripture. 100% of prophecy contained within the Bible was fulfilled exactly as it was prophesied. The failed prophecies in Mormonism indicate its fallacy and unreliability