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Know the difference between a prophecy and a commandment.

Most of the "false prophecies" that critics attribute to Joseph Smith
are not prophecies at all, but commandments that were not obeyed either because the Latter-day Saints were not faithful or because their enemies prevented them from doing so. For example, though the Lord commanded the Saints to build a temple in Independence, they were expelled from Jackson County and later from the state of Missouri. After the Saints had settled at Nauvoo, Illinois, the Lord told the prophet Joseph Smith:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, that when I give a commandment to any of the
sons of men to do a work unto my name, and those sons of men go with all their
might and with all they have to perform that work, and cease not their diligence,
and their enemies come upon them and hinder them from performing that work,
behold, it behooveth me to require that work no more at the hands of those sons
of men, but to accept of their offerings. (D&C 124:49-?*)

There are similar statements in the Bible. For example, the prophet Isaiah
told King Hezekiah, "Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live" (2 Kings 20:1). But after the king pleaded with the Lord, the prophet delivered a new message, saying that 15 years would be added to his life. The Lord told Moses that he would destroy the Israelites and make of Moses a greater nation than they. When Moses protested that this would be wrong, the Lord changed his mind (Numbers 14:11-20).

The Civil War prophecy.
 
 
 
Joseph Smith's revelation of 1832 concerning the Civil War is seen by anit-Mormons as problematic, while Jesus' prophecy on the Mount of Olives was not. Many anti-Mormons like to point out that Joseph Smith's prophecy in December 1832 concerning the outbreak of war starting in South Carolina is described as resting merely upon common knowledge due to the nullification controversy at the time. Which it indeed was. However, only few anti-Mormons mention in passing that the revelation was published in Liverpool, England, in 1851. That was well before the Civil War and was actually at a time of relative peace between the North and South before the war.

Also, according to anti-Mormons, the revelation did not come to pass because war was not poured out upon all nations during or after the war. Nor has there been an end to all nations. Apparently, they are unaware of the fact that the Confederate States of America did indeed ask for aid from Great Britain, which seriously considered openly supporting them. Also, between 1861 and 1961 the Italian struggles for unification took place (1866-71), as did the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71); the Ashanti War in Africa (ended in 1874); the Russian-Turkish War (1877-78); the Zulu War (1879); the Chinese-Japanese War (1893-95); the Spanish-American War (1898); the Boer War (1899-1902); the Russo-Japanese War (1904-5); the Turkish-Italian War (1911); the Chinese revolution (1911); World War I (1914-18); the Spanish Civil War (1931-39); World War II (1939-45); the Korean conflict (1950-53); Israeli conflicts (1955-56); and the Cuban Revolution (1959), not to mention the numerous little revolutions, coups d'état, and border skirmishes.

When Jesus Christ prophesied of events that would occur, he apparently spoke of a great span of time. First, he promised that Jerusalem would be "compassed with armies" and that the people would

fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. (Luke 21:24-27)

Even to the novice Bible student, it is obvious that the destruction of Jerusalem and subsequent scattering of the Jews occurred around A.D. 70. Even more obvious is the fact that not only has the Savior not come in glory, but the signs in the skies have not appeared. In keeping with many anti-Mormons faulty reasoning, the prophecy of Jesus Christ should be discarded because a part of it has not yet happened. Sadly enough, anti-Mormons apparently have forgotten that many biblical prophecies followed a format of mixing present, near future, and distant future into the same revelation

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