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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Who Gave Joseph Smith His Vision?

Who Gave Joseph Smith His Vision?
By Sean Killackey
January 17th, 2016

“Jehovah then said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or commanded them or spoken to them. A lying vision and a worthless divination and the deceit of their own heart is what they are prophesying to you.” – Jeremiah 14:14 NWT

In the spring of 1820, Joseph Smith reportedly received a vision from God the Father and Jesus Christ. The content of the vision began a religious movement that is, not only extant, but growing – Mormonism. The revelations given to him over his lifetime are too great to examine in this essay, however, we do well to consider who he claims gave him the vision. If the ones who appeared to him in Sacred Grove are not real, that is, if the Mormon “God the Father” and “Jesus Christ” are unscriptural, we can know that his visions are worthless and toxic.
At first glance, the persons who gave him the vision seem perfectly scriptural; the terminology so far used is correct. However, as shown in previous essays (here, here and here), Joseph Smith taught that Jesus is Jehovah. His claim really amounts to saying that he saw a vision from Jehovah and the Father, which is unscriptural as those same essays show. Therefore, he did not receive a vision from the True God. How can its contents be trustworthy? How can the church he founded be pleasing in God’s eyes?
This matter is of serious concern to Mormons who claim that “the Lord directed him to organize the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.” If Jehovah, the only Almighty God, did not give him this direction, how can the “keys, rights and authority necessary to lead the Church,” given to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles be valid? If it is not valid, how can any authorized successor of Joseph Smith, such as Brigham Young or the modern-day Thomas Monson, exercise any real power? How can they, if they are prophets, be true prophets? If they do not speak from God, by whom do they speak by?

There is no way for them to actually be able to “trace their priesthood[’s] authority back to Jesus Christ” if their founder did not receive a vision from God. The God whom they say gave Joseph Smith his vision, “Heavenly Father,” is not Jehovah to them. As such, the Bible shows him to be non-existant; “Heavenly Father” is a corruption of Jehovah, an imposter and what is no God. (Jeremiah 5:7) That being the case, we are told to flee from such teachings.

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