Prophets Today?

Joyner, Rick

Dr. Mike Johnston

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1 John 4:1. If we use the Bible as our sole authority- which is incumbent upon those rightly dividing it- there isn’t a man on the face of the earth that fits the Biblical  requirements of a prophet of God! While the Bible has always existed in God’s economy (Psalm 119:89) it has not always been available to us in its present printed format. For some 15 centuries, God dispensed Scripture to His servants the prophets, who were first and foremost stewards of it (Heb. 1:1). [1] Today when we expound from any of the 66 inspired, canonized Books, we are able with confident prophetic authority to say thus saith the Lord because we are reading it, not receiving it; forth-telling vs. foretelling. This is a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts (2 Peter 1:19). Sadly, in a show of either blind stupidity or willful ignorance, far too many Christians have formed their idea of the prophetic office based on what they’ve seen portrayed on “Christian” television rather than from Scripture bringing us face to face with the reality of Jesus’ warning: For there shall arise false Christs [claiming special anointing], and false prophets [predicting lies], and shall shew great signs and wonders [get our tract with this title]; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect [try speaking out against these scurrilous skunks and see how their followers treat you] (Matthew 24:24). In this tract I will- with the Word of God- demonstrate why all of these self anointed prophets are not only false, but that they are deceptive, dangerous, and delusional.

It is my contention they should be exposed and excoriated as the heretical frauds they have proven themselves to be. 

God’s Prophets

I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets (Hosea 12:10). God does all He can to guard us from deception, an end times trick (Matt. 24:24). His prophets were divinely appointed men during a time when there was no completed canon of Scripture, not part of the fellowship of fools seen nightly on TV. You will remember God told Moses to lead His people to the Promised Land. Once there, Israel was confronted with- and often seduced by- occult religious practices, including child sacrifice [with abortion] and sodomy [homosexuality]. Since there was no completed canon of Scripture aside from the Pentateuch during those years, the Lord raised up a select group of prophets to reveal His will and His Word to His people. However, since Canaan also had prophets, God’s men were to be divinely distinguishable by speaking clear messages that did not contradict other known Scripture (including the Pentateuch), and that included short range and long range prophecies that had to be fulfilled with 100% accuracy. [2] Any violation or deviation of any of these things by any prophet resulted in disqualification and death (Deut. 13:5; 18:20). Signs – which included prophecy – confirmed the messenger (Ex. 3:20; 4:8-9; Heb. 2:4; Acts 4:29-31; 14:3; 15:32; 2 Cor. 12:12 etc) so God’s people knew who to trust. It was never to be used to raise money like the carnivals conducted by the merchandisers we see all around us (2 Pet. 2:1-3). Today, “faith cometh by hearing … the Word” (Rom. 10:17. We don’t need a prophet or signs to confirm the Bible, we have to believe it and act upon it. In lieu of that, after Revelation (95 AD) – the final book of the canon – was completed, the prophetic office ceased.

False Prophets

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them (2 Peter 2:1).                 Satan has always been able to raise up false prophets, and a crowd of devotees to follow them. The term is defined by Thayer as “one who, acting the part of a divinely inspired prophet, utters falsehoods under the name of divine prophecies.” Where this is all headed is part of the predicted mystery of iniquity (2 Thess. 2:7) where signs and wonders- that incidentally ceased by mid first century AD- are used as a means of establishing “anointing” credibility which ultimately impugns and subverts trust in the Word of God by adding to it and subtracting from it. [3] Even once fundamental churches are exchanging the immutable Word of God for the emotionally subjective words of knowledge and new revelation, gibberish tongues with interpretations so called, and prophecies that seldom are accurate.

False prophets today have a traceable link to Babylonian mysticism (Rev. 17:5) that goes back to the Garden where the serpent Satan- father of lies- is unveiled as the very first false prophet (Gen. 3:4-5). Pay special attention to this verse because it shows us where these fake- but fiendishly followed- miracle workers are leading everyone: For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty (Revelation 16:14).

Failed Predictions from False Prophets

But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die . . . How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him (Deuteronomy 18:20-22).We are living in a day where the unbiblical and untoward are not only accepted, they are applauded- just as long as they sport the “Jesus” name tag. Since space is limited and I have dealt with the flipping, flopping, barking, and bellowing (in the spirit) in previous publications, along with the Copeland, Hinn, Crouch, etc blasphemies [Jesus had to be born again in Hell; we’re gods]; and the Bob Jones-Todd Bentley angelic meetings and heavenly restaurant excursions [Latter Rain Manifest Sons of God Heresy- Dr. Mike’s booklet], I’ll stick to listing some of the failed prophecies and false prophets making them.

[NOTE: I’m including some of the more well known “prophets” because of their ubiquitous presence on TV and the internet while huckstering for your money. Suffice it to say, there are more of them out there than you have time to read. A quick google search will reveal as many as you have the stomach for]

T0dd Bentley:

A “charismatic” Canadian who appeared on a stage in Florida wowing his audience by screaming, punching, and kicking those who ultimately fell on the floor around him. News of the Lakeland “revival” quickly spread as thousands of proponents desperate to justify their theology raced to embrace him even after he was unmasked as a drunken, lying fornicator who deserted his family, married his “mistress,” and opened up a web-based “ministry” where he solicits students for his signs and wonders school under the “watchful” eye of false prophet Rick Joyner. The question here is obvious: How do well meaning Christian people become so deluded that a holy huckster like Bentley can actually convince them that Jesus sent him? I believe there are two reasons for this:

First, they’ve been wrongly taught end times revival, so they constantly search for them. [2] What their teachers either don’t know or willfully cover up is that falling away (Greek: apostasia2 Thess. 2:3)not revival, is what God’s Holy Word predicts for the last days. Many OT prophets predicted spiritual darkness in the end times (Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc). Paul warned that evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Tim. 3:13). Peter called them false prophets and teachers bringing damnable heresies (2 Pet. 2:1; see also 3:3); Jude labeled them ungodly fornicators and sodomites; filthy dreamers, brute beasts, murmurers, complainers, and mockers. If that’s not enough to convince you, the Lord Jesus wondered if He would find any faith whatsoever upon His return to earth (Luke 18:8). Now in all honesty, does this sound like revival?

Second, they’ve been wrongly taught that miracle workers will lead these end times revivals. Listen please. Scripture nowhere indicates either end times revivals or that miracle working Christians will be leading them. In fact, aside from the two Jewish tribulation prophets (Rev. 11:3-12) just the opposite is true: For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles . . . (Rev. 16:14). These deceivers will use signs and wonders in a well orchestrated campaign to lead the world away from God’s truth: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils (1 Tim. 4:1) . . . so do these also resist the truth: [3] men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith . . . But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Tim. 3:8-9, 13). Do these sound like teachers you want to follow?

[1] Bentley received his “impartation” from a well known sexual deviate and former Kansas City Prophet named Bob Jones. Both of these misfits claim to take regular excursions to heaven and share the company of a “teaching spirit” named Emma. You think demonism isn’t in the church?

[2] Anything with Jesus’ name on it today is passed off as Christian. Read Matt. 7 and 24 again!

[3] There is the spirit of truth and the spirit of error and we must be able to discern between them (1 John 4:1-6). While truth sets us free (John 8:32), rejecting it invites deception and ultimate bondage to Antichrist (2 Thess. 2:10-11).

Rick Joyner: He’s the featured face in this article and much has been exposed about his shenanigans. Here’s info from the Berean Call: htps://www.thebereancall.org/content/september-2012-extra-expanded-content  

Kim Clement: prophesied a cure for AIDS by the year 2002 (12/26/2000 edition of Praise the Lord on TBN).

Kenneth Copeland: [4]claimed America would be fully led by leaders following the Holy Ghost [5] during the Clinton presidency. Enough said. Copeland also predicted in a dedication service on 12/02/01 for the new 2000 seat Word of Life church auditorium in Honolulu, that one billion Muslims would be saved in the next few months.

Kenneth Hagin: (the late) lied that he received his teaching, not from any man, but directly from God. Yet, years later it was discovered to be plagiarized word for word in some places E.W. Kenyon.[6]

Benny Hinn: appears often on TBN claiming wonderful things the Lord is showing him: Fidel Castro would die in 1990s, and that God would destroy the homosexual community of America. [7] On a TBN praise-a-thon April 2, 2000, Hinn brashly stated the Lord told him He would begin appearing physically on the platform of his crusades. [Hinn who was still married to the woman divorcing him was caught emerging from a hotel room with Paula White].

Rod Parsley: Parsley, the hokey handkerchief handler claimed in an April 1999 [8] mailing God spoke through him to the distraught mother of a drug addicted, AIDs infested, homosexual son she hadn’t seen in over 12 years- (Parsley’s speaking for God) “Anything you ask Me today, I will grant it.” She asked for her son to be saved, healed, and restored to his family. Parsley claimed in his newsletter that 3 months later the miracle was confirmed when the son called with the exciting news that her prayers were answered. Inner City Christian Discernment Ministry (ICCDM) became suspicious and requested verification NINE YEARS ago. Still nothing! What is Parsley hiding? Why won’t he provide this info, unless of course it is . . . mythical.

Oral Roberts: In 1977 Roberts said he had received a vision from God telling him to build the City of Faith. He later claimed to have seen a 900 foot tall Jesus who told him that the vision would soon be realized and that the hospital would be a success. The City of Faith opened in 1981. He later closed it down for financial reasons. All of this info is in my booklet The New Age Charismatic Seed of Corruption.

Pat Robertson: Last but certainly not least.[9] He and his staff he have consistently practiced divination (word of knowledge) on the 700 Club in the same manner as occultist William Branham [you may order our tract on this deceiver]. In 1982 and again in 1984, Robertson predicted the Tribulation would take place in those years. [10] January 2007 he predicted a terrorist attack on the US causing death and destruction equivalent to that of a nuclear war by the end of the year 2007 (CNN.com).

Dear friend, I’ve provided evidence for everything I’ve written and all the charges I’ve made here. What I find alarming is that the charismatic community has virtually remained silent about these blasphemous lies and liars. It’s time Christians stood up for God’s truth. I’d love to hear from you if you will join us in contending for the faith against the mounting heresy and growing number of heretics (Jude 1:3).     Will you?

[1] Today we are stewards of what they brought to us in the 66 inerrant Books. Praise the Lord!

[2] HERE’S MY CHALLENGE: I have never found one of the bogus blowhards on television that can meet these qualifications. However, if you think you have one, send me his name and I’ll research his accuracy and report back to you. Please know that I’ve already researched EVERY well known prophet on the scene today and found everyone to have made false predications in God’s Name!

[3] Another method is by introducing all the new translations removing thousands of words found in the King James Bible.

[4] For further study, you may order our tract: The Damnable Heresies of Kenneth Copeland.

[5] August 18, 1996 at a Word of life Church service.

[6] Copied from http://www.ondoctrine.com/conversa/3word004.htm

[7] Orlando Christian Center, Dec. 31st, 1989.

[8] From: http://www.discernment.org.

[9] I am appalled by the way he has sold out our Lord on so many occasions. When running for president in 1988 he swore publicly he was not an evangelist. In 2008 election he gave the wholehearted endorsement of known pro-abortion, adulterous Rudy Giuliani for president.

[10] From the following website:  http://www.moriel.org/articles/discernment/ church_issues/ pat_robertson_false_prophet_again.htm

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