False Prophecies – Moon Men

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Didn’t the Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith predict there were inhabitants on the moon?

Where did he get his information?  Was it revealed to him? 

The idea that men were living on the moon goes even farther back than the times of Joseph Smith.  But the 19th century was filled with such speculation, coming from the imaginations of men.  Books like Jules Vernes’ classic “The First Men in The Moon” was published in 1801.  And, there was the “Great Moon Hoax” which refers to a series of six articles that were published in “The Sun,” a New York newspaper in 1835, about the supposed discovery of civilization on the Moon by a best-known astronomer at that time.  It wasn’t true, but many people thought it was real at first. 

Mormons back then probably didn’t think the idea of men on the moon was that odd since they were also taught by their leaders that God had created other planets and worlds with people on them.  So, why not the Moon?

There is no evidence linking Joseph Smith to the Moon-Men statement firsthand.  But his brother Hyrum Smith and later the Prophet Brigham Young both believed the moon was inhabited – as well as the Sun.  Human speculation is one thing, but when those who call themselves prophets jump into the argument, their statements are usually taken with a little more gravity – especially when some of them preach such things from the pulpit.

There were patriarchal blessings given in the 19th century that told of men who were going to preach the gospel on the Moon. 

Can you imagine receiving that kind of promise in your patriarchal blessing?

In 1892 an article appeared in the “Young Women’s Journal” (an official church magazine) Vol. 3 pp. 263, 264.  It’s author, Oliver B. Huntington wrote: “Nearly all the great discoveries of men in the last half century have, in one way or another, either directly or indirectly, contributed to prove Joseph Smith to be a Prophet.  As far back as 1837, I know that he said the moon was inhabited by men and women the same as the earth, and that they lived to a greater age than we do – that they lived generally to near the age of one-thousand years.  He described the men as averaging near six feet in height and dressing quite uniformly in something near the Quaker style.” 

Oliver goes on to say, “In my Patriarchal blessing, given by the father of Joseph the Prophet, in Kirtland, 1837, I was told that I would preach the gospel to the inhabitants upon the islands of the sea, and – to the inhabitants of the moon, even the planet you can now behold with your eyes.”   

Here is an excerpt from the Patriarchal Blessing of Lorenzo Snow (future Prophet of the Church), from the blessing book of Joseph Smith, Sr. on December 15, 1836: “Thou shalt have power to translate thyself from one planet to another – power to go to the moon if thou shalt desire it.” 

Then we have this statement by Brigham Young that he preached over the pulpit as a prophet of God: “Who can tell us of the inhabitants of this little planet that shines of an evening, called the moon?  When we view its face, we may see what is termed ‘the man in the moon,’ and what some philosophers declare are the shadows of mountains.  But these sayings are very vague, amount to nothing; and when you inquire about the inhabitants of that sphere you find that most learned are as ignorant in regard to them as the most ignorant of their fellows.  So, it is with regard to the inhabitants of the sun.  Do you think it is inhabited?  I rather think it is.  Do you think there is life there?  No question of it; it was not made in vain.” 

Mormons will say, well, these are only opinions.  But if you read those quotes in full context, you can see they are not just opinions.  Brigham and others used it to teach principles of the Mormon gospel. 

Also, according to Brigham Young in Journal of Discourses, vol. 13 p. 95, he said: “I have never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not call Scripture.”

But of course, none of these predictions ever happened.  There were no Moon Quakers.  But it is obvious that this teaching originated from none other than Joseph Smith the Mormon prophet.  The story of the Moon-men is just another example of how Joseph gave his followers information that appeared to be revelatory but could not be proven at the time – which many bought into and took to heart as true. 

But even though science began replacing speculation regarding an inhabited moon, Mormons refused to give up on their belief, which they believed was rooted in revelation. 

But over a hundred years later, we have another Mormon prophet Joseph Fielding Smith on May 14, 1961 making this statement: “We will never get a man into space.  This earth is man’s sphere and it was never intended that he should get away from it.”  Then he adds: “The moon is a superior planet to the earth, and it was never intended that man should go there.  You can write it down in your book that this will never happen.” 

Eight years later, in 1969, we watched our televisions as Astronauts walked on the moon.  

Lesson to be learned here by the LDS – don’t risk your salvation on men who make statements and predictions like these.  The Bible specifically warns in the Old and New Testaments about the dangers of listening to false prophets.  

We should only entrust our lives into the hands of Jesus Christ, who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  

 

Jesus is the only living Prophet we can put our trust in.  

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Who is the Living Prophet?

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Let me ask
you, do you believe Jesus is alive or dead right now?

Let’s see
what the writer of Hebrews said about this subject.  Please read Hebrews
1:1-2 

“God,
who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers
by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he
hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.”

In the past,
God spoke to his people through prophets. 
But, in these last days God speaks to us by his Son. 

So, who did
you say the church’s “living” prophet was again?

Latter-Day
Saints believe they need a spokesman on earth as the voice of the Lord who is
directing the affairs of the church.

Isn’t that
the responsibility of the Holy Spirit to inspire, reveal, and guide us as
members of the body of Christ? 

As we read
in Hebrews 3:1, Jesus is our Apostle, and High
Priest.   Going on to the next chapter,
let’s read Hebrews 4:14-16

“Seeing
then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus
the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not an high priest which cannot
be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted
like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us
therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and
find grace to help in time of need.”

He is our
only high priest.  We do not need any
intermediaries.  We can go directly to
Him.  There is no need of mortal men in
brick and mortar institutions to get in the way between us and God.  No need for bishops, pastors, priests, or
so-called prophets. 

The New
Testament is clear on this issue.  I know
you’re familiar with this missionary scripture. 
1 Timothy 2:5

“For
there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

And that “one mediator” is Jesus!  He is the living Prophet.  He is our only Prophet.  He is our everything!

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Did Joseph Smith Write Himself into Scripture?

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2 Nephi 3:14-15

“And thus prophesied Joseph, saying: Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise, which I have obtained of the Lord, of the fruit of my loins, shall be fulfilled.  Behold, I am sure of the fulfilling of this promise; And his name shall be called after me; and it shall be after the name of his father.  And he shall be like unto me; for the thing, which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand, by the power of the Lord shall bring my people unto salvation.”

 

Who is that prophesy referring to?

Latter-Day Saints believe it was speaking into the future of Joseph Smith.

This passage is from the Book of Mormon for which we know there are no ancient documents or records to verify. 

And what’s the correlation?

You’ll need to read from the Joseph Smith Translation Genesis 50:33

“And that seer will I bless, and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise I given unto you; for I will remember you from generation to generation; and his name shall be called Joseph, and it shall be after the name of his father; and he shall be like unto you; for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand shall bring my people unto salvation.”

Do you notice the similarities?

That reference to Joseph and his father is obviously, Joseph Smith Jr. and Joseph Smith Sr. 

Those corrections that Joseph Smith made do not appear in any of the numerous ancient Old Testament manuscripts.

So, what’s your point?

It’s apparent to me that both scriptural passages came through one man.  And it’s the same man who is the object of those prophecies – Joseph Smith. 

Doesn’t that seem self-serving and arrogant of Joseph Smith to write himself into the narrative of what is called Mormon scripture?


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Is There a Need for a Prophet?

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The Latter-day Saints will say that God calls prophets to lead his church today.

But are prophets really necessary anymore?

Latter-day Saints will argue that Amos 3:7 shows us a need for a prophet:

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, until He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”

The Mormons have a man at the head of their church who they call a “prophet.” They believe he actually talks with God and that if God wants to say anything to his people, he’ll say it through the prophet. 

But is there a need for a modern day prophet?

Let’s read what comes before Amos 3:7 in verses 1 and 2:

“Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O children of Israel against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt saying.  You only have I known of all the families of the earth.  Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.”

This means that God is bringing judgment against His people because of their sins.  But He will warn them first.  That’s all.  He’s not saying that He has to reveal to a prophet everything He’s ever going to do before it happens.  God is not bound that way.

When you ask an Latter-day Saint if they believe that anyone who claims to be a prophet, like Mohammed or the Mormon fundamentalist Warren Jeffs, was a prophet? They will likely react by stating that they believe that a true prophet would only represent the one true God.

How do you know a true prophet from a false one?

Jesus said by their fruits we will know them.

There’s a foolproof test.  In Deuteronomy 18:22: “When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen, or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken.”

Can you tell me any prophecies made by Joseph Smith or any other Mormon prophet that were fulfilled?  Because I can tell you several that weren’t.

A prophecy doesn’t affirm a moral principle. A prophecy is a prediction about a future event that is fulfilled at the exact prophesied time. So…what prophecies by any Mormon prophet have been fulfilled?

NONE!

Jesus warned us about men who would claim to be prophets.  In Matthew 24, He said: “Many false prophets will rise, and will deceive many.  For there will arise false Christs, and false prophets, and show great signs and wonders…”

And the Bible also teaches that there is no more need for any man to be called as a prophet.  Do you know why?

In Luke 16:16 it says: “The law and the prophets were until John,” speaking of John the Baptist.  John was the last prophet necessary because when Jesus came He became our Everlasting, Eternal prophet.  Look at Hebrews 1:1-2 “God who…spoke in times past…by the prophets…has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.”  Jesus is the only prophet who leads God’s church today.  The Bible makes that very clear.  He speaks to each one of us through His written word and through the Holy Spirit.  Why would we want anyone other than Jesus to be our prophet and who would be arrogant enough to stand between us and the Lord?

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