History of The Church 2:188-189; “The blessing of Brigham Young was that he should be strong in body, that he might go forth and gather the elect, preparatory to the great day of the coming of the Lord; and that he might be strong and mighty, declaring the tidings to nations that know not God; that he may add ten talents; that he may come to Zion with many sheaves. He shall go forth from land and from sea to sea; and shall behold heavenly messengers going forth; and his life shall be prolonged; and the Holy Priesthood is conferred on him, that he may do wonders in the name of Jesus; that he may cast out devils, heal the sick, raise the dead, open the eyes of the blind, go forth from land to land and from sea to sea; and that heathen nations shall even call him God himself, if he do not rebuke them.”
Judges 10:6; “And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not him.”
The list of false gods in our bible verse today reflects all the mayhem Joseph Smith introduced into Mormonism. They’ve gone so far as to name their cities and towns after them.
Brigham Young, the 2nd prophet of Mormonism, was not only an eccentric fella, but a demanding one at that. Rules he doled out to followers were meant for everyone but himself, and as time rolled on, the more rules he imposed, the more prominent his status became.
Mormons would argue Smith’s ‘prophetic’ blessings on Brigham actually came to pass, but with every false prophet the necessity of false prophecies must ensue, and thus it is with this example.
We counted seven false prophecies in the blessing we’re looking at today. First, and foremost, we’re asking again for you to pray for these dear people! Their blindness to truth doesn’t exempt them from what’s needed most, and that of course is Jesus.
Thanks and God bless!
Blue font indicates Smith’s words.
1.“The blessing of Brigham Young was that he should be strong in body, that he might go forth and gather the elect, preparatory to the great day of the coming of the Lord…”
As noted earlier, Mormons would argue Young fulfilled this role, however, our position is that he did not. Biblically speaking, Mormons are not included in the elect; Christians are.
2.“…that he might be strong and mighty, declaring the tidings to nations that know not God…”
Brigham Young traveled outside the US for missions to Canada, and England. Neither of those countries were ignorant of God, making this a false prophecy.
3.“…that he may add ten talents; that he may come to Zion with many sheaves.”
We’re not sure what this means as the text isn’t clear, but the true Zion is in Israel, not Utah and Brigham didn’t show up in Israel with any true believers, aka, sheaves.
4.“He shall go forth from land and from sea to sea; and shall behold heavenly messengers going forth…”
We know he crossed the Atlantic, but there’s no evidence he crossed any other sea. Besides, what heavenly messengers did he behold?
5.“…and his life shall be prolonged; and the Holy Priesthood is conferred on him, that he may do wonders in the name of Jesus…”
Well, Brigham was 76 years old when he died. Not sure if that qualifies for a ‘prolonged life’. The main problem with this part of his promise is the priesthood issue. Biblically speaking, he as unqualified because Jesus is the only priesthood holder.
6.“…that he may cast out devils, heal the sick, raise the dead, open the eyes of the blind, go forth from land to land and from sea to sea…”
We’ve not heard of people being raised from the dead through the prayers of ol’ Brigham, so that means this is a false prophecy. We’ve already addressed Mr. Young’s travel itinerary and already know this is false as well.
7.“…heathen nations shall even call him God himself, if he do not rebuke them…”
Ironically, this was fulfilled by none other than Brigham and another Mormon apostle (Heber C. Kimball), when it was announced he (Brigham) was the god of the Mormons.
The Rocky Mountain Saints, 1873, 1904 edition, pg 294; “[Heber C. Kimball] declared to the people that Brigham Young was his God, and their God, and the only God they would ever see if they did not obey him: ‘Joseph Smith was God to the inhabitants of the earth when he was amongst us, and Brigham is God now.’ This strain was caught up and reiterated by many of the elders, from Orson Hyde, the president of the twelve apostles, down to the most ignorant teacher, and to question it openly was to be put under the ban.” – T. B. H. Stenhouse