“Believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” (2 Chronicles 20:20 NKJV)
Over the past few months, there have been dozens of prophecies proclaiming Donald Trump’s reelection as the President of the US. But along with these prophetic words, many have also cited a verse from Chronicles exhorting us to believe the prophets. In this article, I want to discuss why I believe this verse is being misused.
Unfortunately, these Trump prophecies, that also included visions and dreams, are starting to become an issue among Charismatic Christians as these prophecies, given by respected ministers, did not come to pass on election day.
When Joe Biden won the November 2020 election, some prophesied that those results would be overturned as early as late November or December. And now with Biden’s inauguration only a few days away, several recently buckled down again and are prophesying a miraculous turn of events that will result in Trump becoming president.
I actually watched one individual telling people that God is keeping a list of everyone who is not believing these prophecies about Trump (including hers obviously).
Well, she can add me to her list, because, I don’t believe Donald Trump will be the President of the United State. In other words I think these prophecies are false, but that doesn’t mean the people declaring them are false prophets. And already some, like Jeremiah Johnson, have apologized for giving an inaccurate word.
Now if you believe these prophecies are legit, that is fine. I am just telling you my opinion. I could be wrong.
But some have asked why I didn’t wait until the January, 20, 2021 inauguration before writing about my concerns and that’s a legitimate question. I did this because I believe we need to come to grips with what is happening in order to prepare for what I believe will take place later this month. I have noticed that some are adjusting their prophecies again and stating we now won’t know until March.
But there were some major prophetic voices who did not prophesy that Trump would win. God gave Chuck Pierce a prophetic word that Donald Trump would win the 2016 election but since he received no indication either way on what would happen in 2020, Pierce said nothing. In his letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul exhorts us to judge prophecy after two or three words had been given them (1 Corinthians 14:29). We have had dozens about Trump, so maybe it’s time we took a closer look.
And along this vein, I want to discuss 2 Chronicles 20:20, that has been bandied about over the last few months telling us that we need to believe the prophets and these Trump prophecies.
And I personally know of people/intercessors who said that they felt guilty when they struggled believing and praying for these prophetic words.
Before I discuss the verse in 2 Chronicles, we need to understand a fundamental principle that governs many in today’s prophetic movement. Most believe that New Testament prophets can make mistakes or prophesy inaccurately and still be considered a prophet.
Back in 2018, a popular prophetic website released a video of a prophetic word of how the Republican party would sweep the Senate and the House of Representatives in the 2018 mid-term election. When it didn’t happen, the website reinterviewed the prophet about his failed prophecy. To his credit, he agreed and admitted he had been wrong, but then added he felt his timing was off and believed the prophecy was intended for 2020.
But at the end of the interview, the host told the young man to just “keep on prophesying,” even though he had made a major prophetic blunder on the national stage. Why did he say that? I believe it was due to a fundamental belief that New Testament prophets are allowed to make false prophecies. And the young man did continue prophesying predicting Trump would be re-elected in 2020.
But things were very different for the Old Testament prophets. In 1 Samuel 3:19, we read that the Lord was with Samuel and God let none of his prophecies “fall to the ground.”
And this is where the conflict begins with the verse in 2 Chronicles 20.
The backstory of this passage involves a warning King Jehoshaphat received that Moab, Ammon and Meunites were planning to attack Judah.
Jehoshaphat immediately turned to prayer and a prophet by the name of Jahaziel delivered a prophetic word that the upcoming battle was God’s, not Judah’s (2 Chronicle 20:14-15).
In response to this prophetic word, Jehoshaphat told Judah to “Believe the prophets and you will prosper” and then sent his praise and worshippers into the conflict ahead of the army.
In the battle that followed, Judah’s army never lifted a sword as the Lord sent ambushments against the three enemy armies, who ended up fighting each other.
But does this verse apply to any New Testament prophets who believe they can make mistakes?
The prophets in the Old Testament had an incredible burden to bear. They had to be 100% correct. They could not make a mistake. One mistake and they were done (Deuteronomy 18:22) and if the Jews thought they were a false prophet, intentionally leading people astray with misleading words, they were stoned.
With every prophetic word he delivered, Jahaziel’s ministry and reputation was on the line. He was only as good as his last prophecy. But he had a proven track record and learned through experience to deliver only accurate words. If he had any questions on the legitimacy of a word, like other prophets of the time, I am sure he just didn’t give it.
And this is why I have a problem with modern prophets citing this verse while believing they can make mistakes. They are not being held to the same standard as Jahaziel, but are claiming the same authority and anointing.
They are essentially riding on Jahaziel’s coat tales. When they cite this verse, they are using his reputation as a 100% accurate prophet to prop up their prophetic ministry.
God tells us to believe the prophets. The verse does not tell us to believe false prophecies, nor does it tell us to believe the false prophets. Nor does it tell us to believe prophets who are right eight times out of ten because there would always be this lingering doubt on whether their latest prophecy was accurate or not.
Perhaps, what we see unfolding today will bring a much needed shake up to today’s modern prophetic movement and added clarity to who are true prophets.
There is a difference between the office of a prophet and a person with the gift of prophecy, both in accuracy and authority.