This post is a look at the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and some of his false prophecies. In addition this post finds parallels between Joseph Smith and Kris Vallotton of Bethel. Both are false prophets. Smith made false prophecies about the Mormon faith and American history. Vallotton meanwhile made a major false prophecy claiming that Donald Trump will be re-elected in 2020. Then he backtracks, makes an apology and then back tracks again. In the view of this blog if you are going to get involved with Bethel, you might as well get involved in Mormonism.
“Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool.“
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
Galatians 1:6-9 NIV
Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith
The founder of what would become the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was born in Sharon, Vermont in 1805. Eventually as a teenager he moved to Western New York by 1817. It was during this time in American history that you had the Second Great Awakening. Joseph Smith claimed that he received a vision from the Lord in 1820. He then stated he had another vision in which an angel named Moroni told him where to find a buried book of golden plates. This was the story of the Nephites who left Israel and migrated to South America where they allegedly built a massive civilization. The Book of Mormon is the story of the Nephites and the Lamanites. Joseph Smith then translated the golden plates into the Book of Mormon which was published in 1830. That same year he brought back the Christian church from apostasy.
Joseph Smith lived a very controversial and troubled life. He and the Mormons moved to Kirtland, Ohio and then to Independence, Missouri before settling in Nauvoo, Illinois. Smith would die in 1844 after being arrested and the jail he was held in would be overran. Smith would be shot multiple times.
Joseph Smith’s Failed Prophecies
Smith was a deeply controversial figure. The Mormon Church paints him as a martyr for the LDS faith. This blog would look at him as a nineteenth century David Koresh figure. But in Smith’s history he made a number of prophecies that never materialized or were in-correct. Below are some of the many failed prophecies of Joseph Smith as recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants which is also Mormon scripture.
- D & C 84 the Mormons would build a temple in Independence, Missouri and gather as well. The temple was not built was predicted. The LDS church actually built one in 1990 and dedicated it in 1994. But it was not with the time frame of Smith’s prophecy.
- D & C 97:19 Joseph Smith claimed that Independence can not fall. The Mormons were driven out and taken to Nauvou in 1849 by Brigham Young.
- D & C 87 Smith claimed that the Civil War would become a global conflict with the Great Britain entering the war. Great Britain did not directly become involved in the American Civil War.
- D & C 111 In another prophecy it was claimed that Mormons would find money hidden in Salem, Massachusetts that would be used to pay of LDS Church debt. No money was ever found.
- D & C 114Smith prophesized that Mormon Apostle Chris Patten would go on a mission in 1839. Instead he was shot to death in 1838 thus making any mission impossible for obvious reasons.
If you want to read more I would suggest reading about Smith’s failed prophecies at the Utah Lighthouse Ministry.
Bethel’s Kris Vallotton Prophecy on Donald Trump Being Re-Elected
This blog wrote about Kris Vallotton in regards to a COVID-19 outbreak of Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry. You can read about this in, “Large COVID-19 Outbreak at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Northern California.” Kris made other news recently when he prophesied that Donald Trump would be re-elected. On November 8, 2020 he released a video which you can see below in which he apologized for the false prophecy. He admitted there was a credibility gap. Here is some of what he said.
“I was completely wrong,” the pastor admitted. “I take full responsibility for being wrong. There is no excuse for it. I think it doesn’t make me a false prophet but it does create a credibility gap…a lot of people trust me and trust my ministry. I want to say that I am very sorry for everyone who put their trust in me and that there was this major, major mistake.”
“I want to say I’m sorry and I want to look into the reasons why there is a disconnection there and what I heard. I have always believed that when you make a public declaration…that if you get it wrong, you have to make a public apology.”
Watch the video below.
Then the next day he took the video down form his Facebook page and claimed that the election was not over and that the ballots were still being counted. Valotton bought into the claim apparently that the election was being stolen and held off commenting further. Here is what he said on Facebook.
Kris Vallotton is No Different Than Joseph Smith
I heard about what happened and the first thing that popped in my mind was the issues with Joseph Smith and failed prophecy. To get a prophecy like that wrong is pretty heinous in the view of this blog. To then retract an apology you make and what appears to be doubling down while talking about humility only contributes to the problem. Let’s be frank…Bethel is a cult. Kris Vallotton is a cult leader. To make prophecy like this and be wrong, why would anyone think that Vallotton would have credibility at all? Why listen to his teaching? Why boy his material on prophecy? You can say “But he was right in 2016 about Trump!” Well even a watch with a dead battery will be correct twice a day.
And you know what will be even more sad? The Kool Aid drinkers who went all in at Bethel who will defend Vallotton. Their behavior will mimic the Mormons who will explain why The issues with Joseph Smith’s failed prophecy. And when I studied this on Facebook that is exactly what I was seeing. People defending and sticking by him. In the view of this blog Kris Vallotton is no different than Joseph Smith. For those in the United States and even the globe who migrate to go to Bethel, in the view of this blog you might as well become a Mormon. If you are going to go across country to listen to a discredited prophet then join the LDS faith and become a missionary for them. Attend General Conference in Salt Lake City. This blog would put both Bethel and the LDS faith in the same camp. To those out there who find this blog post while looking at Bethel material. Consider this your warning. You have been told now what are you going to do with that information? That is up to you.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone Need to Write a Broadway Musical About Bethel
In 2011 the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone staged a Broadway musical about Mormonism called The Book of Mormon. It became a smash hit at the Eugene O’Neil Theater on Broadway playing to sold out houses for almost a decade.
In the view of this blog its time that Parker and Stone do a musical full of satire about Bethel. Can you imagine it? Songs like “Joseph Smith 2.0” a musical number with Ben Platt playing Kris Vallotton, joking about his prophecy. Then you can have “Face Masks! Face Masks!” about Beni Johnson. You can have someone like Patti LuPone wearing a tin hat and singing about how she rejects science and face masks and how wonderful the dark ages were. Then you can have another song called, “Olive Heiligenthal” where every night on stage they try and raise Olive Heiligenthal back from the dead.” When COVID-19 is over I plan to see Book of Mormon in New York City. I can always dream but man I hope one day Bethel can be turned into a similar satirical musical. Well in winding this post down I am going to leave you with a different take on a classic Mormon hymn.