Where is Joseph Smith in the Bible? I’ll Show You

-On my mission in the bible belt, one of the questions we were often asked was “if Joseph Smith is so important, which bible prophets prophesied of his coming and the work he would do?” This document helps answer that question, though it is far from exhaustive. There are many parallels and symbols in the bible which can be applied to Joseph Smith, the great prophet of the latter-day!

-as Jesus Christ wasn’t mentioned in Old Testament but is figure of the New, so is Joseph Smith not mentioned in the New, but is figure of the latter-day. How do God fearing people know that Jesus Christ is the Messiah? Because they read the Old Testament, and read the New Testament, and God told them that both were true. Christ himself said that no one can believe in Him without revelation from the Father (remember that he told Peter ‘flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven). So how does someone know if Joseph Smith is the prophet to lead Christ’s church today? They read the Old Testament, read the New Testament, read the Book of Mormon, and ask if each is true. The Father will indeed reveal that each is true. The saints of God must step by step follow him, and be willing to receive more when He is ready to give! Several scripture passages condemn those who are not willing to receive more of God’s word. Some say ‘I won’t read it so that I won’t be held accountable for what it says’; but those are guilty of the sin of not being willing to learn. There are 2 sins: not being willing to learn, and the second is not be willing to obey what you have learned. So those hiding from learning to try and not be accountable for further light and truth are already condemned.

-bibles one in hand prophecy of Ezekiel now fulfilled

-Rev. 11 2 prophets fulfilled by Joseph & Hyrum Smith

-Ezek. David rule under Jehovah

-Joseph in Egypt a type of JS in millennium

-Gen 49 the seed of Joseph shall go over the wall, meaning come to the new world over the ocean; this is where the Book of Mormon takes place; also George Washington put his hand here when he swore into office, which suggests that he, like many others, believed that they were a remnant of Israel in a new promised land.

-Lehi reads in 2 Ne. 2 of a deleted bible passage written by Joseph in Egypt which speaks of a coming JS and JS Jr.

-the bible speaks of a marvelous work and a wonder, this is the gathering which Joseph Smith and his predecessors are executing

-Isaiah speaks of a servant, this is another possible fulfillment, in addition to the Messianic fulfillment

-Jacob 5 teaches a lost bible doctrine of vineyard, the servant potentially being Joseph Smith

-though some of these could be considered to not refer to JS, the way of the Lord is often to give hints and leave the rest to those filled with the spirit of God to discern and prophecy.

-You find no Old Testament mention of Paul the Apostle, despite the epic influence he had on the church from his doctrinal messages. Yet there stands Paul, great testator of Christ!

-Similarly, to how Jews reject scriptural symbols alluding to Christ, so do Protestants and Catholics reject scriptures which allude to Joseph Smith!

-time of restoration of all things

-Amos 3:7

-gave some prophets perfecting the saints Eph.

-Stephen saw the father and the son just as Joseph Smith saw both the Father and the Son.

-the man shall say I cannot read a sealed book

-Rev 14 another angel

-the lion Judah and the unicorn Ephraim being joined

-out of Zion shall go forth the law

-dispensation of the fullness of times spoken of in Ephesians is now being fulfilled by Joseph Smith and his predecessors. These things must be fulfilled, and it is up to us to discern how and by whom. The bible doesn’t’ can’t and shouldn’t spell out every little detail for us.

-deleted bible parts such as the book of Joseph in Egypt, part of which is found in the Book of Mormon, refer to Joseph Smith; a man called after the name of Joseph, who would also be a son of Joseph. Indeed Joseph Smith’s father was also named Joseph.

-show how doctrines in the bible are taught by JS which are not taught by others, this shows that JS is of the bible. Ie. Polygamy, 12 apostles, deacons, priests, seventies, high priests, Aaronic priesthood, Melchizedic priesthood, temples, body a temple

-book of Mormon speaks of biblical doctrines of faith in Christ, baptism, reception of the Holy Ghost, and calls for continued faithfulness for salvation.

-an Elias to prepare the way of the Lord

-a falling away first; that fulfilled

-Moses angels shall declare it 4 corners of the earth – the LDS missionary fleet unmatched in all the world

-rev. the woman chased into the wilderness

-2 witnesses prophecy 1260 days Rev. 11; same time from when JS and HS joint prophets issued call to gather to Zion up to the day of their death

-a king David in the last days could be fulfilled by Joseph Smith

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