Another piece of evidence that proves that Joseph Smith was prophesied of by biblical prophets and expected of the Jews, is in the first chapter of the Gospel according to St. John.
The Jews approach John the Baptist and ask if he is Elijah or the Christ.
He says that he is not the Christ, but confesses, and denies not. He confesses that he is not THE Christ, but denies not that he is a christ (annointed).
They ask if he’s Elijah – he says he isn’t. Then they ask if he’s “that prophet”… And he answers no to that as well.
Is “that prophet” Elijah? I do not believe so.
I believe the Jews are asking three things:
Are you the Christ?
Are you Elijah?
Are you that prophet?
I believe “that prophet” is no other than Joseph Smith!
Please read John 1 and think that through for yourself. I believe that exchange of dialogue is talking about three individuals. Read it for yourself and decide. Also check the JST on it.
In Deuteronomy 18 we read the beautiful prophecy about Jesus Christ. What most people don’t realize is that there is ANOTHER prophecy two verses ahead that are speaking about the prophet Joseph.
15 ¶The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
The Book of Mormon says the exact same thing in Nephi 22:
20 And the Lord will surely prepare a way for his people, unto the fulfilling of the words of Moses, which he spake, saying: A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that all those who will not hear that prophet shall be cut off from among the people.
21 And now I, Nephi, declare unto you, that this prophet of whom Moses spake was the Holy One of Israel; wherefore, he shall execute judgment in righteousness.
This is the Holy One of Israel, Jesus Christ, that Moses spoke of in Deuteronomy 18:15
He is RAISED UP in the midst of Israel, though he himself is not one of the brethren of mankind.
A couple verses later, Moses strangely reiterates what he’s just said, except with some significant changes in wording:
18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
Why did Moses seem to repeat himself?
And why did he repeat himself with distinct changes in wording…
Because he is not speaking of Jesus Christ anymore, he is speaking of Joseph Smith.
Here is the difference between the Christ, and “that prophet”:
–among the brethren (human!)
–words put in his mouth (receives revelation)
The Christ in verse 15 does not have God’s words PUT into his mouth. We are told to simply hearken to EVERYTHING that the Christ says. It is “that prophet” who is given words from God to say.
If you’re not convinced, let’s continue to learn more about “that prophet” who is among the Jews…
19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
Now all you need to do is read the King Follet Sermon and see what happened to Joseph Smith a month later.
Joseph Smith was a prophet who spoke the words of God– the words PUT in his mouth– but when he stopped receiving revelation post-1841, he began to speak presumptuously, speaking after other gods than the one true God of heaven and earth.
Once that happened… “even that prophet shall die”