|Every year around this time we see news features
that look back at the year to size up the events that took place.
In the church world, 2007 seemed somewhat typical – no big
revivals, true or false, to report on. The biggest thing to happen
this year were the killings that took place in Colorado at YWAM
and at Ted Haggard’s former church New Life Church. We also had
the 7-7-7 let-down of Lou Engle’s "The Call" that was hyped up to
be the expectant "shift" in the heavenlies – a big dud! Then two
scandalous marriage break-ups of Juanita Bynum and Paula White.
Nothing earth-shattering there! And 2007 was wrapped up in the
announcement of the televangelist investigation of Senator
Grassley that is ongoing.
But the year’s biggest dud is the prophecy record of the
"Christian" prognosticators. These men and women in the
apostolic/prophetic movement get together at the beginning of
every year and publish their prognostications for the coming year.
They already have their latest
predictions for 2008 on DVD for sale so they can make a quick
buck by selling you "hidden truth" all for $69.00. So-called
prophets Chuck Pierce, Dutch Sheets, Stacey Campbell, Denny Cline,
and Steve Shultz will tell us what God is doing in 2008, as if God
is tied into our calendar! "
But these modern-day soothsayers are not very specific – even
the quatrains of Nostradamus were more to the point and you know
how shadowy they were. You would get clearer information from
astrologers and the National Inquirer’s psychics predictions than
you will get from these spiritual hucksters.
Last year Elijah List published the collective prognostications
of the ACPE (Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders), starring Beth
Alves, Sam Brassfield, Stacey Campbell, Kim Clement, Paul Keith
Davis, Lou Engle, Will Ford, Joseph Garlington, Ernest Gentile,
Mary Glazier, James Goll, Bill S. Hamon, Jane Hamon, Tom Hamon,
Harry Jackson, Mike & Cindy Jacobs, Jim Laffoon, Sek Leang Ong,
Chuck D. Pierce, Rick Ridings, John & Paula Sandford, Michael
Schiffmann, Gwen Shaw, Dutch Sheets, Steve Shultz, Jean Steffenson,
Sharon Stone, Tommy Tenney, C. Peter & Doris Wagner, and Dominic
They prefaced their pontifications with this disclaimer; after
all they don’t want to be labeled false prophets:
1. All prophecy
not contained in Scripture is conditional.
2. The timing of
when the prophecy comes to pass may not occur in a one year time
frame. [Then why do they label them for a
3. It is possible
that the prophetic warnings given will cause either the person or
nation to repent and thus turn away the judgment prophesied.
Biblically, this happened when Jonah prophesied to Nineveh and the
city repented, causing God to relent.
[That’s their loop-hole that they’ve used over and over again
after failed predictions and have never been able to connect to
any repentance by the nations that they have falsely prophesied
And then they go onto to their corporate word for 2007:
1. Finishing of a
building cycle. Time for new building strategies to be released.
[By whom? Roe Messner?]
2. Finishing of
the five-fold ministry restored. Apostolic and Prophetic moving
together. [With themselves at the top, of
anointing for shifting the courts in America. The nation is
hanging in the balance. [I didn’t see any
shifting in the courts this year.]
times of realignment. War against the Jezebel spirit of influence.
[Maybe they don’t like Hilary?]
anointing for the release of miracles. [How
does an anointing get finished?]
anointing for the release of transfer of wealth. Many deals that
are in the balance will be completed. Satan has set up strongholds
that are ancient and must be torn down to shift wealth to the Body
of Christ. [Rather greedy of them, don’t you
And the number one false prophet, Kim Clement, made his own
prognostications all by himself. In November of 2006 while he was
looking through the coming 2007 calendar with the eyes of a seer,
he prophesied very vague things such as the "Spirit" giving the
people a year of Jubilee and taking away debt. The most tangible
prophecy was supposed to have come through this past Christmas:
"This Christmas, I
will bring about changes so massive, that the Church shall no
longer even look like the Church has looked before. I will invade
the marketplace. I will take Texas, and I will honor you. I will
buckle the Bible belt again, and bring honor back to you,’ says
the Lord." [I haven’t seen any sudden change
in the church, even though false teachers are making headway in
stamping out that "old-time religion.]
Pat Robertson outdid all of the above "prophets" and really put
his reputation on the line with his "prophecy" of nuclear
holocaust in America at the hands of terrorists in the second-half
of 2007. He said on his 700 Club broadcast of January 2,
"I felt that evil
men; evil people, are going to try to do evil things
to us and to
others during the last part of this year. I don't know whether
it'll be in the fall or September or later on, but it'll be the
second half, somehow, of 2007. There will be some very serious
terrorist attacks. The evil people will come after this
"And there's a
possibility that--not a possibly--a definite certainty that
chaos is going to rule, and the Lord said that the politicians
will not have any solutions for it. There's just going to be
"It's going to
happen. And I'm not saying necessarily nuclear. The Lord didn't
say "nuclear," but I do believe it'll be something like that
that'll be a mass killing, possibly millions of people, and major
"So I believe
that it's going to be--these first few months, I'm looking forward
to it. It's going to be an extraordinary time, and we should
expect miracles beyond our wildest fantasies in the first six
months. And after then--chaotic." [Egg
on his face again!]
Camping, the author of the failed book "1994" projects further
than the coming year – he dogmatically says that the rapture is
going to take place on May 21, 2011 and the coming of Christ on
October 20, 2011. But his record is worse than the Watchtower
Society. Even the secular soothsayers have a more impressive
record. We already know this is false and we don’t have to wait
until May 22, 2011 to proclaim int.
I wonder if Camping’s 1994 prediction of the return of Christ
influenced other impressionable false teachers. Others were
pointing to that same year as something significant and held it
over the heads of donors to hurry up and finance the final harvest
of souls. Paul Crouch wrote in the April 1994 issue of the TBN
"By the Holy
Spirit, we see this day fast approaching [reference to 2 Pet.
3:10]. As I said earlier, men and women of God who move in
prophetic utterance are warning that something "BIG" is going to
occur even this year of 1994! Something which will shake America
and even the World to its very foundation…many of God’s messengers
and prophets are seeing things in the Spirit that boggle the mind!
Hospitals – emptied by the healing power of Christ! Instead of us
crying out the witness of Christ to the Lost, they will come
running to us seeking salvation and refuge from the awesome events
coming upon the earth!…But here is where it really gets exciting.
Even as God begins to shake heaven and earth, even as the awesome
events predicted begin to unfold – God still needs us – HIS
WITNESSES – to bring in the final harvest of Souls!…If you aven’t
already called or mailed your pledge, do it TODAY! Let’s send a
message to Heaven and Hell that TBN is ON THE OFFENSIVE!
Satan—BEWARE – TBN is ON THE MARCH AGAIN!"
[Emphasis in original.]
I don’t recall 1994 having any real significance – had they
predicted 2001 perhaps then we could think of 9/11. So many
"prophets" have come and gone who have predicted they would be
alive at the second coming of Christ who are now deceased –
Kenneth Hagin, Lester Sumrall, and Dr. Richard Eby, to name a few.
These newer "prophets" on the scene have learned from the
failures of their predecessors to be vague and shadowy. Camping,
Robertson, and Clement are bolder than the others cited in that
they put their reputations on the line by giving some specifics.
Too bad they don’t all learn a big lesson and stop calling
themselves and one another "prophets" because if they are
prophets, they are false ones. If they think God is telling them
something, they should play it smart and share it as something the
Lord "might" be showing them and not be so dogmatic about their
hunches. Then if nothing happens no big deal – and if something
does materialized they can hold their heads up as people with keen
insights that others can take more seriously.
It is comforting to know that when the Lord returns and sets up
His earthly Kingdom, He will first clean up the influences of
these "prophets" and the counterfeit spirit:
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Zechariah 13:2 - "It will come about in
that day," declares the LORD of hosts, "that I will cut off the
names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be
remembered; and I will also remove the prophets and the unclean
spirit from the land."