Mishandling the Prophetic

I believe the clips of the false prophets shown in this video show that they are not merely mistaken, not merely speaking according to the flesh – there is a clear, dark spiritual influence behind them and their ‘prophecies’.

It’s a long video, but really worth watching.

Far too many people will have their faith undermined by these false prophets. Not only have their prophecies failed – their prophecies were leading people to follow a false agenda, one of Nationalism – based on a mythical covenant between God and America; and to follow a false saviour, a false ‘son of God’ – in the form of Donald Trump.

“Watch out that no one deceives you. “

“Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” (Jesus, Matt 24)

… and the Ugly (November in review part 2)

The Ugly: This covers most of November and relates to the US election, but isn’t referring to the denial tantrums of Donald Trump.

The ugliest aspect of the election outcome is the response from a number of popular “prophets” who predicted a Trump win – and are doggedly digging in to get their loyal followers to pray and fast for a reversal of the democratic result. They are promoting Trump as a kind if saviour figure, anointed by God.

Most of these prophets are putting out frequent videos on YouTube, maintaining the rage against ‘evil’ Joe Biden and the ‘Demonrat Party’ (labels used by their devoted followers, if not the ‘prophets’ themselves).

The commentary given under the videos, from followers of those prophets and devotees to Trump, are often hate-filled, conspiracy-laden, and truth denying.

They are convinced that God is going to overturn the result and install Trump as His anointed servant to rule over America, ridding the nation of abortion, and instigating national and ultimately world wide revival.

The whole scenario they’ve been led to believe is delusional, and displays total disregard of, and disobedience to, Jesus’ warning regarding the time of the end.

“Watch out that no one deceives you.”

He also warned of the very thing these people are falling for:

“Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.”

I could easily list several names of these false prophets, but what would be the point? They are SO obvious to anyone with a gram of discernment. So far I’ve seen one who seems close to being repentant. The others, I suggest, are priming an escape clause by putting responsibility on the Christian community to pray for and to proclaim into existence what they claim is God’s will. Should the predicted Trump victory not occur, then of course the church will be blamed for not believing “God’s prophesied word”.

I’ve seen it happen before.

“A horrible and shocking thing
has happened in the land:
The prophets prophesy lies,
the priests rule by their own authority,
and my people love it this way.
But what will you do in the end?

(Jer 5:30-31)

In a recent post I mentioned two types of false prophet.

1) They prophesy something that doesn’t happen.

2) They Prophesy something that DOES happen, but lead people to worship or trust in someone or something other than God.

This current crop of prophets are currently fulfilling 11/2 of those conditions. Their prophecies have failed, and their prophecies are leading others to worship and trust in someone other than God.

If by some nefarious means Trump is able to destroy the democratic process and retain the presidency, those ‘prophets’ would still be false according to the second of those conditions and would retain the 1/2 point because a second Trump presidency will NOT lead to the glorious national and worldwide revival they also predict to arise from it.

Today’s Prophets of Baal

Today I started reading Jeremiah again and chapter 2 verse 8 seemed significant to the vain, post-election tantrums of the outgoing US president and the pronouncements of many revered ‘prophets:

Only two days earlier, during my prayer time, I had written down the phrase: “the prophets of Baal are speaking”.

Then only half an hour after reading Jeremiah, I listened to a short Facebook talk in which a brother mentioned the prophets of Baal jumping up and down and screaming, after the election.

He also added Elijah is yet going to speak. Those two brief statements were the only references he made to the election in that talk.

After a week of seeing/hearing the false prophets backing Trump’s fraudulent claims about election rigging, it is refreshing to start to increasingly find confirmation of the truth behind these ‘prophets’; and to find like-minded people who also see through the Trump worship and false prophecies.

All these ‘prophets’ are achieving is to expose their falseness – but sadly the people continue to love it, no matter how often their prophecies have failed, and continue to fail.

Let no one deceive you.

Everyone has experienced change this year. The whole world and its systems have been disrupted by COVID-19 and the differing political responses to it. No one has been left unaffected. But as I wrote in an earlier post, I believe greater change is coming and the church and the majority of Christians aren’t ready for it.

In Matthew 24 Jesus gave a warning about something that potentially affects all of us. The danger is already here today, and many have fallen victim to it. But in a changing uncertain world it is certain to increase.

“Watch out that no one deceives you”.

The seriousness of this warning is highlighted by the number of times Jesus mentions it in various ways throughout Matthew 24. Yet in the current times those warnings are possibly overlooked (or even ignored) more than any other part of His prophetic teaching. He includes references to false Christs (anointed ones), false prophets, false claims that Jesus has already returned, and misleading “great” signs and wonders.

Despite the frequency of deception being mentioned as one of the primary signs, it seems to be the sign most ignored by end-time prophecy enthusiasts. Their eager hunger to recognise how close the Lord’s return must be seems to lead to a neglect of discernment and they keenly accept information from potentially questionable sources.

How often have claims been made about the likely identity of the Antichrist? I think most of the recent US Presidents have been named at one time or another. A few decades ago Henry Kissinger was a favoured contender. Recently Bill Gates’ name comes up.

Then there is the mark of the beast:

Barcodes tattooed on the skin.

Tiny computer chip implants.

Sunday worship.

These are just three of the many ideas which range from the possible to the bizarrely unlikely. Even the wearing of masks due to COVID has been linked to the mark “because there is only one letter difference between ‘mask’ and ‘mark’ (!?!).

And many of the recent COVID protocols have been claimed as conditioning us for the mark, from hand sanitising to non-contact temperature checks…

Do I need to mention vaccines being administered along with a surreptitiously implanted chip?

Or vaccines that alter our DNA?

Or vaccines that kill off the so-called ‘God gene’ that facilitates the ability to believe in God? …

(Anti-vaxxers must be having a field day).

It’s quite disturbing just listing these things, knowing that I’ve come across professing Christians who actually believe them. Let’s take a little time to cleanse the spiritual palate by looking at what scripture says. What does Jesus warn us about regarding one source of deception?

MANY FALSE PROPHETS will appear and deceive MANY people.

And why would He mention this in an exposition of end time signs intended to prepare His followers not to be deceived (vs 4), and to endure to the end (vs 13). Could false prophets compromise a believer’s ability to endure and to avoid deception?

Only if their false claims are accepted as truth.

And who might some of those false prophets be? How about those who have made, and are still making claims about the identity of Antichrist, or those identifying this or that as the mark of the beast? What about those who cause alarm by making these claims? Causing fear of mask wearing, of having temperatures taken, of administering certain medications…?

What were the actual commands Jesus gave within His revelation of the signs leading up to His return?

  1. Let no one deceive you. (vs 4)
  2. Don’t be alarmed. (vs 6)

A serious problem among believers is that we can be all too willing to put the Bible aside and look elsewhere, if we think someone else has more understanding than we’ve been able to glean for ourselves from scripture. With end time prophecy, there is an abundance of extra-biblical opinion, interpreting very simple scriptural statements into complex detailed timetables identifying this present day event with that statement in scripture.

Would it be possible to step aside for a moment and consider that some of the information that tickles our desire to be in-the-know, is at best wild speculation, or at worst, could actually be false prophecy – something Jesus specifically warned we should watch out for, and not be deceived by?

This is an area that ensures many believers will be unprepared for great change. We need to guard ourselves against the many deceptions that could potentially lead us away from the truth (reality) and into false doctrine, false prophetic expectations and even wild occultic conspiracy scenarios.

To avoid being misled we need to desire, seek and accept a love of the truth (2 Thess 2:10); and build our understanding on the firm foundation of God’s word. This is particularly necessary regarding end time prophetic events. Out there is an abundance of opinion and interpretation mixed with political ideology and even occultism all muddying the prophetic waters to lead the unwary (and often gullible) Christian astray.

Let no one deceive you.

The MAGA Church (A message to US ‘evangelicals’.)

The name of God is blasphemed … because of you. (Rom 2:24)

I believe that Donald Trump IS God’s current choice as president of the USA – but not for the reason his ‘evangelical’ supporters think.

God has no desire or intention to Make America Great ‘Again’.

He who exalts his gate seeks destruction. (Prov 17: 9)

God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5)

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverse mouth I hate
. (Prov 8: 13)

When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom. (Prov 11:2)

By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom (Prov 13:10)

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. (Prov 16:8)

A proud and haughty man—“Scoffer” is his name; He acts with arrogant pride. (Prov 21: 24)

I have no interest in who America selects as the next president. But I am concerned by the way US evangelicals have embraced and continue to embrace Donald Trump as a saviour figure. From the very beginning this has brought the gospel and Jesus into disrepute -because of evangelical devotion to Trump and his very blatant disregard for truth or morality.

Recently I’ve seen prominent “Christians” proclaiming that a true Christian would have to vote for Trump and not Biden. I find it ironic that in my eyes, Trump’s major achievement has been to bring unity to the extreme charismatic prophets who proclaimed Trump to be a modern day Cyrus, and the extreme cessationists who usually denounce everything associated with those ‘prophets’.

I’m not writing this to promote any politician or political ideology. I write it as a cry to promote JESUS not politicians. To seek and serve the Kingdom of God not worldly kingdoms. And to avoid the idolatry of patriotism.

So many are getting caught up in worldly politics – as if any side of the political spectrum is able or willing to legislate godliness. Christians should be promoting JESUS not any worldly politician or politician ideology. I find this devotion to politics and nationalism (patriotic idolatry) is one of Satan’s strongest holds on the church today.

By Their Fruit You Will Know Them.

Onesimus, you’re a coward… you’re also a liar… crazy… moron ……foolish … You can’t even quote the bible properly let alone understand it. That makes you “common”. I’m done with casting pearl before swine. You’re stuck in your own world of hypocrisy. You’re as sounding brass. Loud and noisy and can’t edify anyone with truth. You’re a liar, a fraud and a coward before God and against someone that explained all things…

Just a few of the choice insults and accusations made against me in a single comment posted on YouTube by a man who claims to have been a bible teacher for decades. A cessationist who didn’t like the fact that I didn’t accept to his explanation of scripture in which he claimed to show that only the apostles were given authority to heal, and confirm the gospel they preached with other signs and therefore such things ceased with the last of the apostles.

A few days later another man on the same site also called me a moron as well as, “a little demon” and that I was accursed. I thought my own comment had agreed with what he had previously said, but clearly he didn’t see things that way.

Ironically he signed his abusive diatribe, identifying himself as a “prophet”.

We should make sure we are familiar with what Jesus said, not only to assess where others stand, but to be sure of our own position:

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.