The Return of Christ in Smith’s Generation
Among the number, my father presented himself, but before I washed his feet, I asked of him a father’s blessing, which he granted by laying his hands upon my head, in the name of Jesus Christ, and declaring that I should continue in the Priest’s office until Christ comes. Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume 1, Page 323, January 23, 1833
I prophesy in the name of the Lord God, and let it be written—the Son of Man will not come in the clouds of heaven till I am eighty five years old. Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume 5, Page 336, February 14, 1835
President Smith then stated that the meeting had been called, because God had commanded it; and it was made known to him by vision and by the Holy Spirit. . . . Go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time, or the coming of the Lord, which was nigh—even fifty-six years should wind up the scene. Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume 2, Page 182, February 14, 1835
On the 14th of Feb.1835, Joseph Smith said that God had revealed to him that the coming of Christ would be within 56 years, which added to 1835 shows that before 1891 and the 14th of Feb. the Savior of the world would make his appearance again upon the earth and the winding up scene take place. Oliver B. Huntington, Journal of Oliver B. Huntington, Volume 2, Pages 128-129
The Spirit of the Lord fell upon Joseph in the usual manner . . . . After he had prophesied he laid his hands upon Lyman Wight and ordained him to the High Priesthood [i.e. ordained him a High Priest ], after the holy order of God. And the Spirit fell on upon Lyman, and he prophesied concerning the coming of Christ. He said that there were some in the congregation that should live until the Savior should descend from heaven with a shout, with all the holy angels with Him. John Witmer, History of the Church, Volume 1, Page 176, June 1831
I prophesy and bear record this morning that all the combined powers of earth and hell shall not and cannot ever overthrow or overcome this boy, for I have a promise from the eternal God. Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume 5, Page 554, August 27, 1843 (Joseph Smith was killed less than a year later on June 27, 1844).
I defy all the world to destroy the work of God; and I prophesy they never will have power to kill me till my work is accomplished, and I am ready to die. Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume 6, Page 58, October 15, 1843 (Joseph Smith was killed less than a year later on June 27, 1844).
I cannot lie down until all my work is finished. Joseph Smith, Journal of Discourses, Volume 6, Page 11, 1844
And now I am prepared to say by the authority of Jesus Christ, that not many years shall pass away before the United States shall present such a scene of bloodshed as has not a parallel in the history of our nation; pestilence, hail, famine, and earthquake will sweep the wicked of this generation from off the face of the land, to open and prepare the way for the return of the lost tribes of Israel from the north country. . . . Therefore I declare unto you the warning which the Lord has commanded to declare unto this generation, remembering that the eyes of my Maker are upon me, and that to him I am accountable for every word I say. Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume 1, Page 315, January 4, 1833
I prophesy in the name of the Lord God of Israel, anguish and wrath and tribulation and the withdrawing of the Spirit of God from the earth await this generation, until they are visited with utter desolation. Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume 6, Page 58, October 15, 1843
I prophesy in the name of the Lord God of Israel, unless the United States redress the wrongs committed upon the Saints in the state of Missouri and punish the crimes committed by her officers that in a few years the government will be utterly overthrown and wasted, and there will not be so much as a potsherd left . . . Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume 5, Page 394, May 18, 1843
Verily this is the word of the Lord, that the city of New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints, beginning at this place, even the place of the temple, which temple shall be reared in this generation. For verily this generation shall not all pass away until an house shall be built unto the Lord, and a cloud shall rest upon it, which cloud shall be even the glory of the Lord, which shall fill the house. Joseph Smith, Doctrine and Covenants 84:4-5, September 1832
To be in readiness to move into Jackson county in two years from the eleventh of September next, which is the appointed time for the redemption of Zion. Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume 2, Page 145, August 16, 1834
Verily thus saith the Lord: It is wisdom in my servant David W. Patten, that he settle up all his business as soon as he possibly can, and make a disposition of his merchandise, that he may perform a mission unto me next spring, in the company with others, even twelve including himself, to testify of my name and bear glad tidings unto all the world. Joseph Smith, Doctrine and Covenants 114:1, April 17, 1838 (David W. Patten died well before “next spring.” He was killed only six months after this prophecy was made. He died on October, 25, 1838 in the Battle of Crooked River).
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. Joseph Smith, Doctrine and Covenants 117:12, July 8, 1838. (Oliver who?)
DefCon will now take this opportunity to be a good Berean and see what the Scriptures say about a prophet who speaks falsely. For it is written:
But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. You may say in your heart, “How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?” When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.