Joseph Smith was going to fall from his position as prophet and president of the church.
This was known from the very start of the second watch.
D&C 28:7 “For I have given him the keys of the mysteries, and the revelations which are sealed, until I shall appoint unto them another in his stead.”
Combine that scripture with D&C 43:
3 And this ye shall know assuredly—that there is none other appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations until he be taken, if he abide in me.
4 But verily, verily, I say unto you, that none else shall be appointed unto this gift except it be through him; for if it be taken from him he shall not have power except to appoint another in his stead.
Didn’t Section 28 say that God was eventually going to appoint the revelations to someone in place of Joseph?
Section 43 says the only reason that would happen was if Joseph stops abiding in the Lord.
Therefore, God KNEW this would be the case.
The D&C cryptically proves that Joseph was foreknown by God to fall from his calling. It was part of God’s plan.
God knew it was going to happen. He even told Joseph in 1830, “if thou art not aware, thou wilt fall.” D&C 3:9
He was telling him to be AWARE. Pay attention. You’re going to fall. When that happens do the right thing—
Joseph tried telling the Saints he was no longer a prophet. He told the Saints to heed Hyrum. He even gave this curious announcement: “I’d rather be a fallen true prophet than a false one.”
That’s because he knew he’d fallen from his position!!
He returned to the darkness of his past. Back to witchcraft, (Jupiter Talisman anyone?), joined a secret combination (masonry!), and worst of all, he COMITTED ADULTERY.
Malachi 2: “My covenant was with him… they should seek the law at his mouth [law of the gospel, section 42], for he is the messenger of the Lord of Hosts…
The Lord hath been a witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou has dealt treacherously.”
Joseph Smith may have been a bit of a rascal with his masonic and occult hobbies, but cheating on the wife of your youth is kind of a big deal.
How did Joseph sink so low??? Christ explains:
43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
When Joseph Smith lost the Spirit, he was under the influence of evil spirits x7.
Some people have been indoctrinated to think prophets are perfect.
Read Section 3:
4 For although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at naught the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him.
Combine that with the prophecy spoken of by Nathan the prophet in 2 Samuel 7:
13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son… [when] he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
Like I said in the first part of this series, by those stripes we are healed.
Joseph Smith did not atone for our sins… obviously…
But his atonement allowed us to have a chance at receiving the fulness, which sanctifies and heals us.
In the next part of this series I will explain why the suffering servant is Joseph Smith, not our Lord Jesus Christ, and what that means for us and the rest of the world.