Joseph Smith’s Prophecies

Checking out some of Joseph Smith’s prophecies

By Jacob Howard

The Bible is soundly backed up with prophecies that can accurately tell the life of Jesus before He was even born through amazing prophecies. The Book of Mormon, however, has no such makeup. In fact, most of Joseph Smith’s prophecies that he made (because he was the greatest prophet according to Mormon belief) never came to pass. I know, I said “most”.

What about the others? Well, the others were about subjects that could be controlled or lucky guesses. Let’s examine those first, shall we?JS

1. Joseph Smith claimed that any man who boasts of his own strength, he shall have the wrath of God on him. Joseph Smith, 30 days before his murder, boasted of being greater than Jesus. I guess his murder was the wrath of God.

2. Joseph Smith told his bodyguard that he would not die by bullet or blade if he remained loyal and never cut his hair. The bodyguard died, 35 years later, from a hard night of drinking, his hair never cut.

3. In 1844 Joseph Smith predicted the coming of Christ would not be that year or the next forty years. 1884 passed by and 1885. Smith got it right!

4. Joseph Smith predicted his name would be spoken of with evil and good. Well, surely, his name has had good things said about it and evil things.

5. Joseph Smith said the Inspired Version of the New Testament should not be published in newspapers. Instead he said the Inspired Version of the New Testament and the Book of Mormon would be published together. In 1892-93 the two books were printed together by the RLDS (Reorganized Latter-Day Saints).

I believe prophecy no. 1 was God’s way of incurring His wrath on Joseph Smith. He had claimed he had accomplished more than Christ! That is almost the highest blasphemy!

No. 2 could have been a lucky guess, but nothing more. As would No. 3.

No. 4 is so easy to predict just about any person I know could predict it.

And no. 5 can be fulfilled by man. If one’s prophecies can be fulfilled by man reading it and fulfilling it . . . what proof does that have? I could say the window in my bedroom will be opened in 50 years on January 12th. If somebody read that they could go open the window, fulfill my prophecy and claim me as a prophet.

God, in Deuteronomy 18:22, said:

“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.”

The Bible remarks several times that if a prophet claims to be from God, then all his prophecies that he gives will become true. And, when you look at the selection of biblical prophets you will notice that every prophecy they gave (except for the ones that predict the last days) came to pass.However, when we look at other religions and their prophets we see something terribly wrong. They were wrong. They gave prophecy after prophecy and only a few came true. And the ones that did come to pass were ones that could be an easy guess or a prophecy that could be fulfilled by other people wishing to do it. One of the most failed prophets in these religions would have to be the founder of Mormonism: Joseph Smith Jr.

Of 64 prophecies given only 6 became true. I documented the ones that were fulfilled (except for the sixth one which I can’t find). So, out of all his prophecies, Smith only had 10% of them actually get fulfilled. Last time I checked, that verse above said a single (“thing” is singular not plural) thing that did not come to pass, that was prophesied by a “prophet”, meant the prophet was a liar and not from God!

In Deuteronomy 13:5 it commands people to put to death the false prophet! Below I have documented a few of Smith’s errant prophecies:


Lost the House

In D&C 124:56-60 Smith prophesied that the Nauvoo House would stay in his family forever. It left his family’s possession later and does not belong to them today. That makes one bad prophecy.

No Tea

In D&C 89 it tells Mormons not to drink liquor, tea, etc. Then, in D&C 89:18-21 it says:

And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in the navel and marrow to their bones; and shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; and shall run and not be weary and shall walk and not faint, 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.

— D&C 89:18-21

Unfortunately, for the Mormons who observe this commandment, they are still dying and experiencing bone diseases. And, last time I checked, Mormons will become weary after running.

Oliver Who?

In D&C 117:12-15 it says:

And again, I say unto you, I remember my servant Oliver Granger; behold, verily I say unto him that his name shall be had in sacred remembrance from generation to generation, forever and ever, saith the Lord. Therefore, let him contend earnestly for the redemption of the First Presidency of my Church, saith the Lord; and when he falls he shall rise again, for his sacrifice shall be more sacred unto me than his increase, saith the Lord. Therefore, let him come up hither speedily, unto the land of Zion; and in the due time he shall be made a merchant unto my name, saith the Lord, for the benefit of my people. Therefore let no man despise my servant Oliver Granger, but let the blessings of my people be on him forever and ever.

— D&C 117:12-15

However, if you ask 100 Mormons if they have heard of Granger 99 of them would answer no and you might get a “maybe” or “yes”. Actually, if you are a Mormon or not, you know more about him now then many Mormons do. This prophecy definitely was not fulfilled. The only remembrance he seems to get is from those who critique Smith’s prophecies. And, believe me, this is not a “sacred remembrance”.


The following prophecy was given about a certain Thomas Marsh, who was leader of the 12 apostles in the LDS church. It says in D&C 112;3-12:

. . . thou [Marsh] shall bear record of my name, not only unto the gentiles, but also unto the Jew; and thou shalt send forth my word unto the ends of the earth…for I, the Lord, have a great work for thee to do, in publishing my name among the children of men . . . thou art chosen, and thy path lieth among the mountains, and among many nations. And by thy word many high ones shall be brought low, and by thy word, many low ones shall be exalted. Thy voice shall be a rebuke unto the transgressor; and at thy rebuke let the tongue of the slanderer cease its perverseness. Be thou humble, and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers. I know thy heart, and have heard thy prayers concerning thy brethren…pray for thy brethren of the Twelve. Admonish them sharply for my name’s sake, and let them be admonished for all their sins, and be ye faithful before me unto my name . . .

— D&C 112:3-12

Marsh was excommunicated from the church two years after the prophecy made. He never did any of the above prophecies given about him. Even when he came back to the church after 20 years he never did any of it. I guess Smith didn’t see that coming!

I have many more prophecies I could show but, I wouldn’t want to be excused of elephant hurling (overbearing someone with a bunch of information so they don’t even have opportunity to think or respond).

Joseph Smith claimed he was prophet and the LDS church claims Smith was a prophet. What do the facts say? He wasn’t for he violates many commands in the people as well as common sense. If someone who claims he is a prophet is wrong even 1% percent of the time then he is a liar. However, Smith was wrong 90% of the time! Common sense and the Bible tells us he is a liar and for that he should not be trusted or followed!

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