‘Prophecy is history pre-written.’ – Adrian Rogers
D&C 101:17-19; “Zion shall not be moved out of her place, notwithstanding her children are scattered. 18 They that remain, and are pure in heart, shall return, and come to their inheritances, they and their children, with songs of everlasting joy, to build up the waste places of Zion— 19 And all these things that the prophets might be fulfilled.” [emp. mine]
Psalm 125:1; “A Song of degrees. They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.”
There are two things you can always count on with Joseph Smith.
1.None of the material he came up with was his own. Everything he prophesied or ever taught, was a remake of something in history’s past.
2.There isn’t one thing in the Bible Mr. Smith left unmolested. One example is found in our example today!
The Bible’s reference to Mount Zion is very similar to Smith’s unfulfilled prophecy. Psalm 125:1 is a ‘Pilgrim Psalm’ written by King David. You’ll notice the emphasis lies on the object of their faith, which of course is Jehovah, yet Joe’s focus is about fallible man, not the Infallible God of the Bible.
In these three ‘verses’ we found 8 false prophecies. Just as an FYI, there are 101 verses in Doctrine and Covenants section 101, which is obviously where this prophecy is located. One can just imagine the other lies this one section is laden with.
1.Prophets aren’t fulfilled, scripture is fulfilled. More specifically, the words God gave His prophets are fulfilled, not man. See biblical references at end of article.‡
2.Zion is not in Missouri, or Illinois, nor is it in Ohio, or even Utah. Zion is Jerusalem.
3.The LDS in Utah were told they won’t be hoofin’ it back to Missouri.*
4.Contrary to this prophecy, Zion was moved no less than four times.
5.No inheritance is awaiting the LDS in any of the places Smith referred to as Zion.
6.There are no ‘waste places’ in the towns and/or villages, the Saints once called home.**
7.No biblical prophets ever referred to the United States of America, as Zion.
8.This is not the original prophecy for D&C 101. For the original text, see Joseph Smith and Polygamy. The original prophecy was an 1842 declaration published by elders and leading members of the Relief Society, who denied practicing polygamy. Shockingly, most of the RS members were married to Smith at the time they signed their names to the denial.
‡Below are a half dozen references, all from the gospels, with the phrase, ‘till all these things be fulfilled’, or a variation thereof. None of the references use the phrase, ‘the prophets might be fulfilled’.
As one can easily see, all the authors refer to the prophecies –
Matthew 1:22 “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,”
Matthew 24:34 “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”
Matthew 26:54, 56 “But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? 56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled…”
Mark 14:49 “I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.”
Luke 18:31 “Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.”
John 19:36 “For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled…”
* Ensign, ‘Missouri Myths,’ April 1979 ‘…worldwide gatherings of the Saints to Missouri may not be necessary, or desired— …Saints in all lands to be guided by the current prophet, not by rumor or supposition…’