[quote=tkdnick]My friend gave me Ezekial 37:15-17 as proof of the BoM. I can “rebute” her proof in a very general sense, however, I could use some more in-depth evidence. I’m emailing her back tomorrow (Monday)…
“The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.”
That interpretation has no basis at all in the OT text - it is simply a justification, after the event, of a fact for which it would be convenient to find a Biblical prophecy: namely, the supposed prophetic ministry of a certain 19th-century American.
I could do the same, and say that I’m foretold in the Book pf Daniel and in Revelation 12. (That is two references to one :)) So could Abraham Lincoln, or anyone else with a name in the Bible. Saying it is so, doesn’t make it so. Where is the proof that Ezekiel meant any such thing ?
It’s like the proof that Joseph Smith is prophesied of in Genesis 49 - both are an unsupported assertions, which are unecessary, because the texts can be explained without resorting to such ideas.
It’s no different from the Muslim idea that Mohammad is foretold in the Bible. ##