Quotes on Prophecy

See also: 2 Kings 6:24-7:2

On a dark and winter day in 1849, in the old tabernacle, when the people were hungry and cold, Brigham Young said that the day would come when this would become the great highway of the nations and people from over the earth would visit us here [Salt Lake City].  We are witnessing that day and the fulfillment of that remarkable prophecy. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand a Little Taller, p. 41. This book was written in 2001, the year prior to the 2002 Olympic Games held in Salt Lake City, and is his message for February 8, the opening day of the Olympics

I love the prophecies of Isaiah.  It seems to me that he almost lived more in our day than when he was actually upon the earth.  He saw so much of what would transpire in our day.  He saw us settled here in these valleys of the mountains.  He saw this desert, where we were once a thousand miles from transportation and supplies, made to blossom as a rose (see Isaiah 35:1).  He saw the rivers flow in the desert where we have built these great irrigation canals (see Isaiah 43:19).  He saw the water flow down from the high places where we have reservoired it in these mountain fastnesses for summer’s use (see Isaiah 41:18).  He saw the redeemed of the Lord come up and sing in the heights of Zion (see Isaiah 51:11).  And where do you find anything in the world to fulfill that like the singing of the Tabernacle Choir for over fifty years without a break? — Elder LeGrand Richards, Ensign, Nov. 1980, p. 64

God, has foreknowledge of all calamities (see vv. 2–6), but He never sends a calamity unless He first notifies His prophet of it (see v. 7; see also 2 Nephi 30:17; Jacob 4:8).  Prophecy comes by direct revelation.  God has knowledge of all His children and their doings and justly warns and threatens with His judgments.  The fact that the prophets prophesy correctly is an indication that they are in communion with God and that they do indeed walk together.

Amos 3:7 is a clear statement concerning the role of prophets.  President N. Eldon Tanner said:  “There are many scriptures which assure us that God is as interested in us today as he has been in all his children from the beginning, and thus we believe in continuous revelation from God through his prophets to guide us in these latter days.  The Prophet Amos said, ‘Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.’” (In Conference Report, Apr. 1975, p. 52.) Old Testament Student Manual, 1 Kings – Malachi, p. 91

At one time, putting his hand on his heart, he remarked that unless a man knew that Jesus was the Christ, he could not stand in this Church.

He said that the Lord would allow all manner of abominations to come to Zion, in order to purify His people.  This was in 1856.

He said that this government would dissolve pretty much all the laws passed by our legislature, and that the time would come when the government would stop the Saints from holding meetings.  When this was done the Lord would pour out His judgments.   [Story shared by Col. Robert Smith, a friend of President Kimball’s.] — Elder Orson F. Whitney, The Life of Heber C. Kimball, pp. 441-42

Heavenly Father, when thy people shall not have the opportunity of entering this holy house to offer their supplications unto thee, and they are oppressed and in trouble, surrounded by difficulties or assailed by temptation, and shall turn their faces towards this thy holy house and ask thee for deliverance, for help, for thy power to be extended in their behalf, we beseech thee to look down from thy holy habitation in mercy and tender compassion upon them, and listen to their cries. — President Wilford Woodruff in the Salt Lake Temple dedicatory prayer, House of the Lord, p. 142