Fulfilled Prophecies

Updated: May 25, 2020

These are prophecies that were given to us to know that we are in the last days. These fulfilled prophecies are put loosely into a semblance of order,thus not to be taken as fulfilled in order.

Resources Used:

"The Coming of the Lord" by Gerald N. Lund (Bishop, Stake Pres, Mission Pres, Quorum of the 70)

"65 Signs of the Times" by David J. Ridges (CES, BYU CEW, Bishop, Patriarch)

Scriptures, History, Modern Revelation


1. The Discovery of America and the Establishment of America

Nephi, a prominent Prophet of the Book of Mormon, prophesied the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus and the ensuing colonization by the pilgrims and the colonists that followed. This is found in 1 Nephi 13:12-19, 1 Nephi 22:7, 3 Nephi 21:4

2. A Land Choice Above All Others

As early as several thousand years before the birth of Christ, America was designated as a land to be preferred above all others. The lord promised it both to the Jaredites at the time of the Tower of Babel, then much later, to the Nephites. Christ promised that all who lived there in the "promised land," would have an abundance of wealth, food, knowledge, and be kept safe from other nations. But Christ also warned that if those in the promised land ever grew wicked, that they would lose the privilege of living there and be destroyed.

Both the Jaredites and the Nephite peoples over many hundreds of years grew so wicked that they were both completely and utterly destroyed with war and civil war. This is also a parallelism for our day. America will also be destroyed by civil war and by other nations.

3. The Name of Joseph Smith Will be Spoken of for Good and Evil in all Nations

Joseph of Egypt prophesied that in the last days, a "seer" would be raised up by the Lord to restore the gospel. He also prophesied that his name would also be "Joseph" and he that his father would also be named "Joseph."

When the angel Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith, he told Joseph that "his name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people." JSH 1:33.

Remember that Joseph Smith was an obscure, New York, backwoods farm boy of 17 years old. Nevertheless, to this modern day and time, 200 years later, Joseph Smith continues to be both praised and vilified throughout the world at an ever increasing frequency.

4. The Restoration of the True Church of Jesus Christ

The Apostle Paul spoke of the great apostasy that would come before Christ would return again, in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3. Later, the Apostle Peter prophesied that the restoration of the true church of Jesus Christ would happen in the last days before the Second Coming, in Acts 3:19-21.

5. The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon

This event was pivotal in signaling the dispensation of the fullness of times. This event started the 4 Harvests as signs of the last days. Ezekiel referred to the Bible as the "stick of Judah" and the Book of Mormon as the "stick of Joseph." In Ezekiel 37:15-19 he says that in the last days, these two sticks will and put them together "and they shall be one in mine hand."

In 1830 The Book of Mormon was officially published. Now we have our "quad" scriptures which is one large book that combines both the Bible and the Book of Mormon together in one hand, as well as the Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrine and Covenants.

6. The Wickedness of This Generation

Presidents Joseph Smith, John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff all prophesied that the latter-day generations would be so wicked that they would be destroyed in the last days. Joseph Smith said this about that future generation, "This generation is as corrupt as the generation of the Jews that crucified Christ; and if He were here today, and should preach the same doctrine He did then, they would put Him to death."

John Taylor said, "the wickedness committed today in the Christian world in 24-hours is greater than would have been committed in a 100 years at the ratio of 50 years ago." This quote is now 149 years old!

7. The Civil War Prophecy

In December of 1832, Joseph Smith prophesied the coming of the Civil War. It's very long but he said:

"Verily, thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls;

And the time will come that war will be poured out upon all nations, beginning at this place. For behold, the Southern States shall be divided against the Northern States, and the Southern States will call on other nations, even the nation of Great Britain, as it is called, and they shall also call upon other nations, in order to defend themselves against other nations; and then war shall be poured out upon all nations.

And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and chastening hand of and Almighty God, until the consumption decreed hath made a full end of all nations."

Everything he said came to pass. It started with South Carolina, which rebelled and fired against Fort Sumter. The Civil War, still today, has the most casualties out of any war America has ever seen. The Terms of Surrender was signed by the Confederate General, Robert E. Lee on April 9, 1865. This decree effectively ended the war.

8. Judge Stephen A. Douglass, No Presidency

President Benson said in a talk about Joseph Smith, "In another prophecy, one of the most remarkable pronounced on the head of one man, Joseph Smith said to a young judge named Stephen A. Douglas, in the presence of several others:

“Judge, you will aspire to the presidency of the United States; and if ever you turn your hand against me or the Latter-day Saints, you will feel the weight of the hand of Almighty upon you; and you will live to see and know that I have testified the truth to you; for the conversation of this day will stick to you through life.” History of the Church, 5:394.