Dozens of scamvangelicals prophesied that Donald Trump would win a second term. The video below shows a select dozen.
Phrases such as “I had a vision,” “I had a dream,” “The Lord told me” freely flowed from their mouths. They claimed prophetic authority, and they were wrong. These prophets had a 50/50 chance of predicting correctly but chose Trump because that’s what Evangelicals wanted to hear. As always, when false prophecies fail, there are a few standard responses.
Response 1: Change the date.
OK, Trump didn’t win on November 3rd, but he will by December when states certify votes. Wait, he didn’t win still? I meant January 6th, when the vice president would overturn the election. Wait a minute; God is going to perform a last-minute miracle on January 20th, inauguration day. Rapture predictors have perfected this date changing dodge to an art form. Unfortunately for political predictions, the possible time frame is much narrower.
Response 2: Reinterpret the prophecy.
Although Lindsey Graham isn’t a prophet, he predicts that Trump will run a shadow government. In effect, he will be “president,” running things from behind the scenes. I’m guessing that several “prophets” will reinterpret their prophecies to a secret Trump government to keep the Kool-Aid crowd happy and keep the dollars flowing. The few Qanon faithful will believe it is “All part of the plan.”
Response 3: Blame everyone but the prophet.
Christianity Today put out an article called When Political Prophecies Don’t Come to Pass. The article claims that there are false prophets, but there are also true prophets whose words turn out to be false. Their arguments include “conditional prophecies.” That God often told nations that if they repent, what was prophesied would not happen.
This claim is supported in the Bible. Jeremiah 18:7-10 says,
If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.
The purpose and function of prophecy have never been to predict the future. It is always a call to repentance. The prophet lays out a choice, either repentance or discipline. If people repent, this doesn’t mean the prophecy was false; it means the prophet did his job.
However, how does this relate to predicting presidents? Did the United States repent, and God stopped Donald Trump like he would stop a plague of locust? Prophesying a Trump victory isn’t even a real prophecy. It’s predicting the future, not calling people to God.
The Christianity Today article also says that God often tells us the What but not the When. That sometimes, prophecies are delayed. That would be standard false prophecy Response 1, change the date. This begs the question; how many tries do they get before we label them false prophets?
Christianity Today also suggests that people may have misinterpreted the prophecy. This response sounds like Response 2 with a twist. It wasn’t the prophet’s fault; you misunderstood it.
Some of those who have now failed in their predictions claim that people didn’t pray hard enough and didn’t have enough faith. Robert Henderson uses this excuse as he redefines what prophecy is. According to him, just because something is prophesied doesn’t mean that it will happen. Prophecy only sets events in motion; it has to be prayed into reality.
Henderson redefines prophecy as a “Word of Faith” exercise. If you want Donald Trump to win, you need to decree it and then pray it to reality prophetically. If it doesn’t happen, the prediction wasn’t false because it wasn’t a prediction; it was a reality dependent on your faith. When it doesn’t come true, it’s your fault; you didn’t have enough faith, or you didn’t pray enough.
Prophets don’t predict election outcomes. Prophecy isn’t about the future—prophecy functions as a critique of God’s people and a call to repentance. Prophecy offers choices: Repent and return to a faithful relationship with God or experience discipline as you suffer chaos and destruction. This chaos and destruction are often self-inflicted because when you serve the Kingdoms of this World instead of God’s Kingdom, that is the natural result.
Christians, it is time to put an end to these hucksters. They tell people what their fleshly nature wants to hear and then sell them books, DVDs, and prophecy manuals. They fundraise to spread their false prophecies and enrich themselves on the proceeds. As I have pointed out before, these are not prophets; they are profiteers.
You may say to yourself, “How can we recognize a word that the Lord has not spoken?” If a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord but the thing does not take place or prove true, it is a word that the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; do not be frightened by it. Deuteronomy 18:21-22
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