2 Timothy 3:13-14; “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them”.
False Prophecy #1 – Definition of Satan
Mormon Doctrine, p. 461; “Lucifer; See DEVIL. This name of Satan means literally lightbearer or shining one. It is thus intended to convey a realization of his high status of prominence and authority in pre-existence before his rebellion and fall. (D. & C. 76:25-27; Isa. 14:12-20; Luke 10:18; 2 Ne. 2:17-18.)” – Bruce R. McConkie
Isaiah 14:12-14; “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Smith has clearly pronounced more than one false prophecy in his definitions of Lucifer, and Satan.
- Lucifer is not Satan.
- Isaiah’s prophecy was in reference to the fall of the Babylonian Empire and its kings, not Lucifer’s ‘fall from heaven’.
- The word ‘light-bearer’, is the transliteration for the Hebrew word ‘Lucifer’, not Satan.
- Definition of Satan –
Satan is śāṭān in Hebrew. It means ‘the archenemy of good, opponent, adversary’.
Satan is Satanas in Greek. It means ‘the accuser, the Devil’.
For more in-depth info on the Lucifer, Satan, and Isaiah passage, we recommend the article from GotQuestions.org on the ‘fall of Satan’.
False Prophecy #2 – Joseph Smith saw Satan fall from heaven –
Messages of the First Presidency 1:229; “I want you to pay particular attention to what I am saying. Jesus said that the Father wrought precisely in the same way as His Father had done before Him. As the Father had done before. He laid down His life, and took it up the same as His Father had done before. He did as He was sent, to lay down His life and take it up again; and then was committed unto Him the keys, &c. I know it is good reasoning. I have reason to think that the Church is being purged. I saw Satan fall from heaven, and the way they ran was a caution. All these are wonders and marvels in our eyes in these last days. So long as men are under the law of God, they have no fears-they do not scare themselves.” – June 16, 1844
Luke 10:17-20; “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
It should be a huge red flag that Smith’s ‘prophecy’ is a lie. 1 Corinthians 15:44-47 tells us men were first from the earth, and then spiritual; meaning there is no pre-existence for mankind.
Secondly, there is no such thing as godhood for mankind.
Smith couched his lie about seeing Satan fall from earth into his other big lie about the Bible teaching there are millions of gods.
There seems to be no end to the extent of what he tried to pull off!
Transcripts from The Messages of the First Presidency can be read in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, as well as Church History. Both are listed below for further study.
Footnotes in the online version of the Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 373, references Luke 10:18. It seems they did this as a deterrent from Smith’s false prophecy, and to retroactively cover his lie.
No reference listed in previous editions indicates they’ve implied Smith saw Satan fall from heaven, not just Jesus.
Furthermore, History of the Church 6:477 clearly declares Joe Smith saw Satan fall from heaven.