NINE WAYS TO TELL IF A PROPHECY IS WRONG
These people just never go away.
A self described “Christian
numerologist”, David Meade,
predicted major changes in the
world by October 31st, 2017.
Just one thing he got wrong was
a collision between Earth and a
mysterious planet X. Now that
was to happen Sept. 23rd, 2017.
Here we go again ... turned out
to be another wrong prophecy.
Now NASA had told us such a planet doesn't exist. Yes, we're all still here and it didn't happen. Some so-called prophecies sound convincing. Remember Christian radio network owner Harold Camping saying the world was going to end in 2011? Some really fell for that one. So how do we tell if any are right? I'll give you nine ways you can tell if a prophecy is going to be wrong or right.
Bible prophecy is a huge subject. People in Bible times predicted things to happen and they did. Or will. Some said things were to happen for a certain duration and I'll give you examples later. But they never gave specific starting and ending calendar dates. Also, Jesus also made predictions. So we can't dismiss prophecy.
Here's nine ways to see if predictions or a prophecy really come from God:
1. First of all, true predictions often come through continued prayer and even fasting. In Daniel chapters 9 and 10 we see how that prophet wrestled with understanding God's word and will by anguished prayer and fasting.
Now Satan, the devil, can prophesy too. As a super intelligent being he can make predictions come true through his followers. Such predictions give credibility to false religions. In David Meade's interviews, such as in the English newspaper Sun on September 22, 2017, somehow the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt affirms the end of the world. Meade didn't explain that one. God doesn't consult pagans or false religions. He alone is the authority. Also, conspicously absent was Meade saying continued prayer led him to these prophecies.
2. God never uses astronomy or astrology in prophecy. Meade cited the positions of certain stars and constellations for his September 23rd, 2017 prediction of Earth hitting the planet X. True, wise men followed a star to find Jesus' birth place in Matthew 2, but that star was a guide for them only at that one time. It was not to be authority for anyone today. Star worship is rigorously forbidden in Deut. 4:19 and 12:2.
3. Forget astrology to justify prophecy. Astrologers are dismissed as prophets in Isa. 47:13, 14: “You are wearied with your many counsels; let now the astrologers, those who prophesy by the stars, those who predict by the new moons, stand up and save you from what will come upon you. Behold, they are like stubble, fire burns them; ...”
WHY SPECIFIC CALENDAR DATES IN A PROPHECY ARE A PROBLEM
3. Be very, very careful of prophecies
citing things to happen on specific
dates. I clearly remember one pro
life leader in the 90's publicly
saying a certain abortion clinic
would close in 30 days. It did.
I was maybe 25 feet from him
when he said that. That was the only time I have ever seen a legitimate prophecy include a specific date. Overwhelmingly, to my experience, when a specific calendar date is included in the prophecy, it's false. This will often mislead people to make big mistakes in their lives in response to a false prophecy. Some people will sell or give away their homes, retirement, and more in preparing for false predictions.
Biblical prophecy does, however, predict durations of certain things. But they never gave a Hebrew calendar date for exactly when these things were to begin and stop. Time was usually measured then by when certain kings died or began their reign, which could be counted more than one way. We see this in Ezekiel 29:11, when the word of the Lord was spoken through that prophet to say because of a judgment Egypt was not to be inhabited for 40 years.
Other examples: Isa. 16:14 says the kingdom of Moab would cease to exist within three years. Isa 23:15, that the kingdom city of Tyre would cease for 70 years, and Jeremiah 25:11, that Judah would go into exile for 70 years.
4. Avoid numerology in prophecies. It is the study of the occult significance of numbers. Often modern predictions have stretched, twisted, and simply flat out lied about certain numbers to support what they say. Just some examples are the numbers 40, 3, 70, and 12. No Biblical prophet or Jesus ever resorted to numerology.
5. Next, don't confuse Biblical principles with Biblical prophecy. God works in certain ways consistent with His character, which never changes. In Leviticus 26 we see how warning judgments work. These are judgments from God that He makes worse to call us back to Him if previous ones didn't work. A study of God's judgments show that they are intentional, proportional, and calculated. In other other words, if just swatting us on the hand will bring us back to Him rather than a spanking, He'll swat on on the hand.
The warning judgments here, though, are not confined to a certain place, time, or group of people. They are principles, not prophecy. I'll touch on this more a little later in this article. To help us tell the difference we look for certain things. Are things happening now clearly worse than other similar, previous events? Do we see a pattern? If the judgments are getting worse then there's very good reason to believe they're warning judgments. And if they are worse, then the principle of them worsening by Lev. 26 is being demonstrated.
6. Does the prophecy match what we know of God's character as revealed in the Bible?
AND THE TWO BIGGIES PROVING IF A PROPHECY IS TRUE ARE …
7. Does it contradict God's word? Contradictions prove the prophecy false.
8. Most of all, did the prediction come true?
9. Finally, don't believe a prediction depending on supposed secret Bible codes. The only thing remotely near a Bible code is in Daniel chapter 5. Here, Daniel immediately translates a mysterious writing on a wall that was a warning to King Belshazzar. That was a message given only once to one person. It did not apply to anyone else. Again, neither any Biblical prophet nor Jesus used or referred to anything in a code.
WHY WE SHOULD NOT BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE RAPTURE, BUT A RUPTURE ... AND THE 2017 WARNING JUDGMENTS
It's time to look at certain unusual events not as prophecy but as warnings. More specifically, as warning judgments. These are much less debatable, more easily understandable, and more pertinent to us than some far off prophecies.
Here's why. What does God really, really want from us, more than anything? Obedience. In I Sam. 15:22 through the prophet Samuel, God tells the appointed king of Israel, Saul: “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice.” We see the same idea in Deut. 30:1-10 and verses 19-20 and many other places in Scripture.
So God is more concerned about how we live and relate to others now, in this present life on earth, than dwelling on future rewards. It's like God is telling us, “Pay attention! I put you here on earth for a reason. Now fulfill it!” In other words, God's concerned more about us now than us later.
Numerologist David Meade, like most Americans, sees notable disasters and unusual events as Rapture phenomena. The Rapture is the simultaneous, instantaneous, world wide disappearance of Christians as clearly foretold in I Thessalonians. 4:17 (New Testament). It says Christians will be taken up into the sky to meet Jesus in the clouds. Then they will go to heaven with Him. Meade and many others quote Luke 21:25, 26 to link the recent hurricanes, earthquakes, and such disasters as harbingers of the Rapture.
So when such things happen, Rapture focused people seem to say, “Well, get ready to be snatched up into heaven! Just go about your business and hold on if it's tough. Never mind that we're not standing for what is right, because, hey, since Jesus could come back any minute, why, there's no time to get involved in that stuff!”
Therefore we're focused on the Rapture. But God sees a rupture between us and Him. He's focused on how we're living. And He doesn't like it. We've abandoned Him by our constant rebellion. We exalt, for example, homosexuality and abortion, both clearly condemned by God. And we don't want to change. Are you seeing Christians clamoring for us to come back to God? No, you don't. And I just found out about an event called the National Week of Repentance to occur in the last week of September, 2017. We didn't hear about that either, did we? Let's be honest ... America truly repenting is not a priority with the American church.
It's pretty quiet out there in the pews, isn't it? It's business as usual … just like in the days of Noah. Now if we were really concerned about this rupture instead of a Rapture, we'd get really serious about changing our ways. If we seriously dealt with the rupture between us and God, it would please Him. But our Rapture focus pleases us. Because then we don't have to deal with our sin.
THE 2017 DISASTERS -- WARNING JUDGMENTS FROM GOD
Possibly never has America had disasters as unique as in 2017. Look at the 12 days or so from about August 26th – Sept. 6th. One huge event slammed us after another. Seven events pounded us: about 82 wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest, the largest solar flare in 10 years (which could have really hurt telecommunications) reached Earth, three major hurricanes and a tropical storm that became yet another hurricane, and finally, a deadly earthquake in Mexico that was felt up in Texas.
These all came from God and none from
the phony bogey man, climate change.
Just how, for example, can a hurricane
trigger an earthquake miles below the
surface? None were man made disasters
such as jetliner crashes, ferry sinkings
and the like. But note there was a unique
quiet, a lull, before the August events
exploded on us. As reported in the Nov. 12th, 2016 climatedepot.com, NOAA tornado data said 2016 was “one of the quietest years since records began in 1954 … (and that the) U.S. has had no Category 3 or larger hurricane make landfall since 2005 – the longest spell since the Civil War.” God kept big storms from happening for longer than usual and then released several at once. He made them stand out. This reminds us who's in charge.
Deuteronomy 28 in the Old Testament is the longest and most detailed chapter in the Bible about warning judgments. Because He's just, God always warns first. In that chapter we see many ways God will warn us. But three particular ways stand out and they are often in the news. They are unusual weather, violence, (such as we see today in terrorism and frequent mass shootings) and foreign domination. We see that domination by the loss of millions of jobs and even factories to overseas. And we're utterly dependent on Japan and China subsidizing our federal budget spending by buying Treasury notes. If they didn't buy these investments in us we'd collapse in a heartbeat. But our deficit is so big we can't pay them back. So we have become slaves to those and other countries.
Remember the warning judgments of Leviticus 26? How they keep getting worse? Notice that in many news stories of the 2017 disasters you kept hearing this one thing. That these were the worst ever of their kind of events or the worst in many years. In other words, the judgments were being ramped up. Like more logs thrown onto the fire to make it hotter. So the news told us that not since 1893 have we had 10 hurricanes in a row. That the California wildfires happened much later than usual, had the strongest winds ever (gusts up to 88 mph.) and during the lowest humidity every recorded in southern California. Also, what was not widely reported in the wildfire news was the 4.0 earthquake centered near Julian, a town in southern California. That's too much for coincidence, people!
Notice Lev. 28:18 – “If also after these things you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.” The next level, in vs.24: “... then I will act with hostility against you; and I, even I, will strike you seven times for your sins.” Had enough? If not, then verse 28: “... then I will act with wrathful hostility against you, and I, even I, will punish you seven times for your sins.” Pretty clear, isn't it? Don't we want to avoid those worse judgments?
BEFORE THE RAPTURE HAPPENS, GET READY FOR THE REFINING.
Back to the Rapture for a moment. What kind of church and its members does God want to take up into heaven? An obedient church. People who fear Him. Who love Him enough to obey Him. Then they get His protection and rewards. But people fixated on the Rapture, who are letting our society sink into a cesspool because we aren't bringing – and living – the light and power of the gospel, forget the implications of a Scripture passage they often quote. It's I Timothy 4:1 – “But the Spirit explicitly says that in the later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the doctrines of demons, ...”
Isn't it clear the American church has fallen away from the faith? If you don't believe that, why isn't your church making a difference? You don't know of a single church, not even just one, standing for righteousness within 100 miles. They don't think they should! And And never mind the Biblical commands to do so! Standing for reighteousness isn't an annual sermon on a certain topic and slapping a bumper sticker on our car. It's going out into the real world, taking an unpopular stand, getting slandered in the news, being sued, and maybe going to jail. Now that's when God and His power show up! When we obey!
Who did God take out of Egypt and into the promised land -- a large crowd of surly, rebellious Hebrews? Or a humbled, smaller group refined by 40 years of purging in the wilderness? Who did God bring back from captivity in Babylon? The whole nation of Judah who couldn't for the life of them understand why their exile happened, or a smaller, repentant group refined by the fire of 70 years of captivity?
So God uses judgments to refine. Before the Rapture happens, get ready for the refining. Refining gives God an obedient church, a purified church, and a church that has suffered. That's who gets raptured. So yes, for this and other reasons American Christians, we are going through what is called the Great Tribulation.
It's undeniable unbelievably horrible stuff is coming. Especially the Great Tribulation. Only a refined church will be holy like Him. Don't claim events as excuses to escape the world. It's time to engage it. That's what God expects! So let's focus now on how we got here rather than tomorrow. Warning judgments call us to deal with how we got here. When nations come back to God they discover His real power. And to be worthy of His favor and reward. God would always, always prefer to forgive, or to bless, than judge. He is still, and will always be, a loving God.