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The prophecies of Joseph Smith

Updated on August 18, 2010

Night of the falling stars

There was a day when the prophet Joseph Smith was preaching in Kirtland sometime in the fall of 1833, and there were a large number of people present who did not belong to the Church. Particularly there was one skeptic that made note with pen and paper of a prophecy which Joseph made,saying "Forty days shall not pass, and the stars shall fall from heaven." and the skeptic wrote the words as an evidence to prove Joseph to be a false Prophet. On the thirtyninth day after declaring that prophecy a man named Joseph Hancock, and another brother of the church were out hunting game and got lost, and three of them wound up at the skeptics house.

From the narative: "They wandered around until night, when they found themselves at the house of this unbeliever, who showed them this note of Joseph Smith's prophecy, and asked Brother Hancock what he thought of his Prophet now, that thirty-nine days had passed and the prophecy was not fulfilled. Brother Hancock was unmoved and quietly remarked, ‘There is one night left of the time, and if Joseph said so, the stars will certainly fall tonight. This prophecy will all be fulfilled.’ The matter weighed upon the mind of Brother Hancock, who watched that night, and it proved to be the historical one, known in all the world as ‘the night of the falling of the stars.’ He stayed that night at the house of the skeptical unbeliever, as it was too far from home to return by night, and in the midst of the falling of the stars he went to the door of his host and called him out to witness what he had thought impossible and the most improbable thing that could happen, especially as that was the last night in which Joseph Smith could be saved from the condemnation of ‘a false prophet’. The whole heavens were lit up with the falling meteors, and the countenance of the new spectator was plainly seen and closely watched by Brother Hancock, who said that he turned pale as death, and spoke not a word."

The Civil War Prophecy

On 25 December, 1832, The Lord declares through his Prophet that shortly many wars will come to pass starting with the rebelion of South Carolina, and particularly that the Northern States will be divided against the Southern States. And from that point on slaves will rise up against their masters and many nations would be involved in this conflict.

Still flourishing behind the Rocky Mountains

 in 1832 Joseph Smith prophesied that the Saints would be safe from their enemies behind the veil of the Rocky Mountains. He  gave vivid detail of the events which would transpire, and foresaw the troubles and tribulations which would befall the saints, the loss of life from exposure to disease, and martyrdom, and that some would apostatize. None the less he asserted that the saints would flourish in this area.

Judge Stephen A Douglass

In 1843 Joseph Smith told Stephen A Douglas that he would aspire to the candacy for presidency, but if he turned his hand against the Latterday Saints, that he would loose that presidential aspiration, and "Feel the weight of the hand of the almighty," upon him.

In 1857 Judge Douglas gave a harsh and damming speech against the "Mormon" people describing then as treasonable, disgusting and bestial. He then called for them to be "cut out by the roots and seared over by the red hot iron of stern and unflinching law. "

in 1860Judge Douglas had high hopes for the presidency. "The Little Giant" as he was called, went up against the republican party and had several fierce debates with Abraham Lincoln but lost the race as predicted by the Prophet Joseph.

Josephs Name

Put into context it would be an astonishing thing to think that the name of a 14 year old boy would be known throughout the Earth. Yet it was during this age that Jospeh was visited by the Angel Moroni who told him that his name would be known for both Good and Evil throughout the world. I can't think of too many names that stir as much feeling, empathy, debate, conflict, love, and hatred, as the name of Joseph Smith. his name is known sentimently by millions of Latterday Saints throughout the world, and it is thought by those who would deny his prophetic mission as an evil thing. Truely this prophecy has been and continues to be fufilled.   


There are dozens of accounts of The Prophet Joseph performing the miracle of healing. He healed many people who have their own individual stories, some of which you can read here;

His Death

22,June,1844 Joseph made the following statement: "I told Stephen Markham that if I and Hyrum were ever taken again we should be massacred, or I was not a prophet of God."

Soon after he made this statement he was taken to Carthage Jail. Three days previous to his martyrdom he made this statement "I am going like a lamb to the slaughter, but I am calm as a summer's morning; "I have a conscience void of offence towards God, and towards all men. I shall die innocent, and it shall yet be said of me- He was murdered in cold blood."


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      Chief Apathetic 

      8 years ago

      When I discuss prophecy I also discuss the many Native prophecies of Tribes of this land that were given through the Prophets of Tribes. I write there are stories from within Tribes that Jesus lived in this land with them, and that in Mormon's book they say he lived in this land with Tribes.

      With Jesus's paradoxical name in animal symbology being the Lamb of God, and Lion of Judah because he was born of the Tribe of Judah. That the Spiritual teachings he instructed his disciples when he taught them form Spiritual Circles such as Forgive & you will be forgiven to keep one in the Spiritual Circle of Love & Light of the Kingdom while living in this world.

      Just as the Tribes lived the way of the circle. Things now in this land are lived the way of the Pyramid like the one on the back of the dollar bill with the One Eye about the pyramid that many prophetic researchers consider to be an Occult or Satanic Symbol. A graven image or form of man's Idolatry with Idolatry being an abomination before the God of Israel & of all Creation.

      A person who understands Graven Images of Men, and Idolatry can only reject such symbols Spiritually for themselves so they are not deceived by Graven Images, Idolatry, & are not Spiritually worshiping the Beast & the Image of the Beast.

    • Onusonus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from washington

      This is just a few of his more profound prophecies, though there are many, many, more. Thanks for reading.

    • elayne001 profile image


      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Thanks for your article. I enjoyed learning some things I did not know about and reminded of some I did. Keep up the good works.

    • Onusonus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from washington

      I only recently heard about that one as well. When he wrote about it in his journal he only testified that it was a sign that the second coming of Christ is soon to come.

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      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa


      Thanks for reminding us of these. Also, I didn't know of the one about the stars falling.

      Keep on hubbing!


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