Joseph Smith a false prophet because Joseph Smith is a false prophet. Consider
how God defined "false prophet" in the Bible, copied below, and let's see if
Joseph Smith fits God definition of a false prophet:
"But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name,
which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other
gods, that prophet shall die. And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know
the word which the LORD has not spoken?' - when a prophet speaks in the name of
the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which
the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not
be afraid of him." (Deuteronomy 18:21-22) *
According to God, therefore, a false prophet is one whose prophecy doesn’t come true.
In 1843, Joseph Smith prophesied about the second coming of Jesus,
whom the Bible often refers to as the "Son of Man"
(Daniel 7:13, Matthew 9:6, etc):
"I prophesy in the name of the Lord God, and let it be written - the Son of Man
will not come in the clouds of heaven till I am eighty-five years old."(Joseph Smith during his speech
delivered on April 6, 1843 at the [Mormon] General Conference in Nauvoo, Illinois)
Joseph Smith died the next year - in 1844 - at the age of 38, not even close to his prophesied age
of "eighty-five years."
Had he live on, he would have been 85 years old in 1890. Jesus didn't come back then, and over a
century later still has not come back.
Since Joseph Smith's prophecy didn't "come to pass," it
is a false prophecy according to God's Word above, which makes Joseph Smith
a false prophet.
While it isn't easy to have the founder of your belief system
identified as a false prophet, this is what the Bible indicates, so
please ask God to help you see the truth about the
* This passage also applies to all self-proclaimed
Christians who make prophecies. If the prophecy comes true, we need to probe if it wasn’t just a coincidence. But
if the prophecy does not come true, the prophecy was false and whoever uttered it is a false