With several polls suggesting that Joe Biden may become the next President of the United States on Nov. 3, 2020 or whenever the US election is finally decided, there have also been several people prophesying that Donald Trump will win the next election.
This past Sunday, both Donald Trump and Joe Biden attended church, but at a service that Trump attended in Las Vegas, the Senior Pastor of International Church, Denise Goulet, prophesied:
“At 4:30, the Lord said to me, ‘I am going to give your president a second win. The Lord said, ‘he is ready for the next four years.'”
Then Pat Robertson, the chairman of CBN, gave a similar word stating that God had told him Donald Trump would win the presidency of the US but it would be followed by an intense time of rioting.
“I want to say without question, Trump is going to win the election. The election that’s coming up in just a few weeks at which time, according to what I believe the Lord told me, the president is going to be reelected.” […]
“But it’s going to lead to civil unrest of great proportion.” […]
“After Trump is sworn in [in January 2021], we’re going to see civic disobedience in our America that will just be mind-boggling. The country will be torn apart.”
I certainly have to give these people credit for stepping out in the face of the general perception that Trump will lose and delivering what are essentially prophetic words.
But it leads to a bigger discussion on prophecy. What happens if these people are wrong? I am not saying they are, I am just saying “what if.” How are we to respond?
I believe there are two levels of prophecy in the Bible and along with this two levels of prophetic authority and anointing.
The first is the gift of prophecy mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11. It is one of the nine spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to believers.
The gift of prophecy is the lowest level of the prophetic unction and because of this people are limited in what they can say because they are vulnerable to making mistakes. There should be no directional or condemning words.
3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. (1 Corinthians 14:3 NIV)
But as we read the Bible, we see prophets confronting and exposing sin, issuing judgments against people and nations, and giving very directional words.
They are certainly not fulfilling Paul’s admonition to speak encouraging and comforting words. These individuals have gone to the next level and are functioning in the office of the Prophet. This is one of the five-fold ministry gifts mentioned in Ephesians 4:11.
And even within the office of the prophet, I have sometimes wondered if there are different levels of anointing. In Jeremiah 1:5, the prophet described himself as a prophet to the nations. Does this suggest that there are prophets who don’t have an international authority? There were prophets such as Nathan who had the authority to prophesy to Israel’s kings, but we don’t see him prophesying beyond that (2 Samuel 12:1-8).
But if you move into the office of the prophet or claim to be a prophet (versus the gift of prophecy) you are subject to a higher standard. You are not allowed to make a mistake:
22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him. (Deuteronomy 18:22 ESV)
And when a prophet delivers a word that doesn’t come to pass, the Bible says that we don’t have to listen to him or her.
Now does this make the person a false prophet? Not necessarily because motives determine if a person is a false prophet or true. I believe a false prophet is one who purposefully tries to lead people astray as compared to one who made a mistake. There could be other motivations that result in them being classified as false prophets. Balaam was considered a false prophet because of his desire for money (Jude 11).
In this passage in Deuteronomy, God says that when their words don’t come to pass, they have spoken presumptuously. I suspect at times this happens when people with a gift of prophecy start thinking they are a prophet and speak beyond their prophetic authority and anointing.
This doesn’t mean they don’t have the gift of prophecy, but they are definitely not functioning in the office of prophet despite what their business card says. When a person delivers a wrong prophetic word of this magnitude, he or she needs to reevaluate their gifting and question if they have stepped beyond their prophetic calling?
It is also possible they prophesied beyond their prophetic maturity or training. By this I mean, they may be called to be a prophet, but haven’t been able to consistently separate God’s prophetic word from their own thinking. Jeremiah warned about people who were prophesying from their hearts (Jeremiah 14:14). They are wishful thinking prophets.
In both cases, these individuals need to pull back and start functioning at the gift of prophecy level that Paul cited in 1 Corinthians 14:3.
And this is why Paul encourages the church to test the prophets and unfortunately this has been sadly lacking in the church. We are not judging or testing prophecy and as a result, everyone feels that they can call themselves a prophet.
But one thing that I have seen emerging in churches are schools of the prophets. In the Old Testament, there were several schools of the prophets led by senior prophets (1 Samuel 19: 18-24). In these safe settings people could practice and explore their gifts. At the same time, their prophecies could also be judged and through that process perfect their gift.
Kim Clement’s prophetic word from 2007
And of course, there are the prophecies given in 2007, by Kim Clement, now deceased, that many believe speaks of Donald Trump winning the presidency of the US for two terms. The prophecy did not specifically say that Donald Trump would be president, it only said “Trump shall be a Trumpet.”
Writing for Charisma News, Stephen Strang reports on some odd features of these prophecies that suggests it may be referring to Trump. One that caught my attention is that he would have “hot blood” and build walls of protection allowing the economy to rapidly grow.
One of the most talked about prophecies on YouTube, viewed by more than 1.2 million people (yet virtually ignored by the media) is by the late Kim Clement. In 2007, he prophesied in a service in Redding, California, that “Trump shall be a Trumpet,” (13.:07) and even more startling: “God says, I will put at your helm for two terms a president that will pray” (14:50).
In Redding in 2007, Clement also prophesied: “There will be a praying president, not a religious one. For I will fool the people, says the Lord. I will fool the people. Yes, I will. God says. The One that is chosen shall go in, and they shall say, ‘He has hot blood.’ For the Spirit of God says, yes, he may have hot blood, but he will bring the walls of protection on this country in a greater way and the economy of this country shall change rapidly, says the Lord of hosts.”
READ: Trump attends Las Vegas church, pastor prophesies second win AND Pat Robertson says God told him Trump ‘is going to win,’ but ‘mind-boggling’ civil unrest will follow AND 2007 Kim Clement Prophecy: ‘I Will Put at Your Helm for Two Terms a President That Will Pray’
A false prophet is a person who spreads false teachings or messages while claiming to speak the Word of God. In the Bible, false prophets also spoke on behalf of false gods. False prophets functioned in their prophetic role illegitimately or for the purpose of deception. The Bible denounces false prophets for leading people astray.