Last year, there were several prophecies that Donald Trump would win re-election as President of the US in 2020. And I have to confess I was sucked into this prophecy vortex. (For the record, I believe in prophecy and I have received some very specific prophecies that came to pass.)
But then an incredible thing happened. After Trump lost the election, some doubled down on their prophecies stating that Trump was still going to win despite his electoral loss. And even though we are only a few days away from Biden’s inauguration, several are continuing to prophesy that Trump is going to win.
For the record. I believe that Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the President of the US. In other words, these prophecies were wrong.
While some are doubling down, others who prophesied Trump’s victory are now apologizing and admitting they had made a mistake. Now I am not going to get into why they are wrong only to suggest that sometimes we fall into the trap of turning wishful thinking into prophecies.
But there is one thing that concerns me and that relates to what happened to Jeremiah Johnson after he publicly admitted that his prophecy about Trump’s victory was wrong and apologized.
According to a statement on his Facebook page, Johnson actually received death threats after he issued his apology:
“Over the last 72 hours, I have received multiple death threats and thousands upon thousands of emails from Christians saying the nastiest and most vulgar things I have ever heard toward my family and ministry. I have been labeled a coward, sellout, a traitor to the Holy Spirit, and cussed out at least 500 times. We have lost ministry partners every hour and counting.”
“After publicly repenting on January 7th, I fully expected to be called a false prophet etc in some circles but I could have never dreamed in my wildest imagination that so much satanic attack and witchcraft would come from charismatic/prophetic people. I have been flabbergasted at the barrage of continued conspiracy theories being sent every minute our way and the pure hatred being unleashed.
“To my great heartache, I’m convinced parts of the prophetic/charismatic movement are far SICKER than I could have ever dreamed of. I truthfully never realized how absolutely triggered and ballistic thousands and thousands of saints get about Donald Trump. It’s terrifying! It’s full of idolatry! If I helped to prop up this ideology concerning him, I will need to repent again and stir up even more hell.”
People are so enraged that Johnson has repented on his prophecy it appears that even believers are sending death threats. It is incredible to think this is happening, but it points to another serious problem.
A while back I listened to a statement that Chuck Pierce, who some believe is a true prophet, made regarding the Trump prophecies.
First Pierce prophesied before the 2016 US election that Donald Trump would win the election, which against all odds he did. But Pierce never gave a prophetic word about the 2020 federal election and when asked Pierce simply said God had not given him a word on who was going to win, so he said nothing.
But Pierce did mention an odd thing. He said prior to the 2008 election, that he was criticized after he prophesied that Obama would beat McCain in the US Federal election, which Obama did.
And this has an odd connection to what I see happening with Jeremiah Johnson.
Let me explain this connection. I love football and several years back I was on my team’s fan forum and there was a poster who was regularly reporting on the team’s training camp and he particularly noticed one outstanding rookie wide receiver who was clearly a threat to knock off one of the team’s veteran players.
I was shocked by the outrage over this report. Person after person criticized this post and some became very personal in their attacks. Finally, I couldn’t take it any longer and asked one of the more vile commenters what the problem was. All this fellow did was report what he saw. I asked the person if he preferred that this training camp reporter lie and say that this rookie was horrible and dropped every pass?
Simply, did the person prefer hearing a lie over hearing the truth?
Here is my concern, when people prefer lies over the truth, they immediately open themselves up to believing other lies. We make ourselves vulnerable to delusion and satanic deception.
When people got angry that Pierce prophesied that Obama would beat McCain were they preferring a lie over truth? When people threatened Jeremiah Johnson after he apologized for his inaccurate prophecy, would they rather hear a lie, over the truth?
In the end times, Paul wrote that God was going to send a spirit of delusion upon the world:
For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:11-13)
My concern is if we prefer lies over the truth, that believers may become vulnerable to this deluding spirit and other forms of deception as well. Twice in his warning about the end times in Matthew 24, Jesus warned about being deceived.
It starts with first not deceiving ourselves.