Approximately 90 days from now, (June, July, and August) there will be a supernatural release from Heaven. It will be a 90-day "rush" of Holy Spirit power similar to the original Day of Pentecost. This "mighty, RUSHING wind" will release upon the worldwide church a sizzling 90-day period of...
•Unprecedented Worldwide Healings!
•Unprecedented Worldwide Signs!
•Unprecedented Worldwide Wonders!
•Miracles, Miracles, and More Miracles!
But even greater than this outpouring of healings, signs, and wonders will be an unprecedented worldwide release of miracles--90 days of genuine miracles of all kinds, miracles of all shapes, and miracles of all sizes. [This summer] will be a season of sizzling worldwide miracles that are unprecedented, unparalleled, and unmatched:
•Unprecedented Worldwide Miracles are Coming!
•Unparalleled Worldwide Miracles are Coming!
•Unmatched Worldwide Miracles are Coming!
The Lord would say, "There will be an unprecedented worldwide release of miracles. All nations shall know that I am God!"
OK, I'm setting you up. This is not coming this summer, but supposedly happened in the Summer of 2006. This was an actual "prophetic word" from Elijahlist.com. And very typical of words from the so-called apostolic/prophetic movement today.
Did it happen? No.
Let's look at another "prophetic word."
Verily thus saith the Lord: It is wisdom in my servant David W. Patten, that he settle up all his business as soon as he possibly can, and make a disposition of his merchandise, that he may perform a mission unto me next spring, in company with others, even twelve including himself, to testify of my name and bear glad tidings unto all the world.
Well, that was pretty specific. And also testable. This word was recorded in Joseph Smith's "Doctrine and Covenants" (D&C 114:1).
Did it happen? No.
In fact, Patten died at the Battle of Crooked River in the Fall of that Year. So he did not go on his "mission" in the next spring.
The typical Mormon excuses offered are:
•That he did his "mission" in the spirit world, following his death. But that is not what the passage states.
•Patten was disobedient to the Lord in the battle, that he turned and ran (he didn't). Patten was shot in the chest as he was chasing the enemy. He died in good standing with the Mormon Church.
Those who deal with Mormon apolgetics will always stress the test of a prophet given in Deuteronomy 13. See also Deuteronomy 18:20-22. It's simple really- a true prophet is one who prophesies truth.
Ezekial 13 speaks on the same subject:
Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, "Because you have spoken falsehood and seen a lie, therefore behold, I am against you," declares the Lord GOD. "So My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations..."
Just as the Mormons offer lame excuses for beloved prophet Joseph Smith, so too do those in the prophetic/apostolic movement.
"Bob Jones was told that the general level of prophetic revelation in the church was about 65% accurate at this time. Some are only about 10% accurate, a very few of the most mature prophets are approaching 85% to 95% accuracy. Prophecy is increasing in purity, but there is a still a long way to go for those who walk in this ministry. This is actually grace for the church now, because 100% accuracy in this ministry would bring a level of accountability to the church which she is too immature to bear at this time."According to Jones, God told him that we shouldn't worry about inaccurate prophesies, for God told him that prophets are like guns and prophecies are like bullets and inaccurate prophecies are like blanks. And he also says that God told him, "I'm loading the guns, I'm putting the blanks in!" In Jones' world, God says "You can't handle the truth."
To further illustrate the fairy-tale-that-is-Mormonism one might cite the failed temple prophecy.
"A revelation of Jesus Christ unto his servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and six elders, as they united their hearts and lifted their voices on high. Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the restoration of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets, and for the gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem. Which city shall be built, beginning at the temple lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri, and dedicated by the hand of Joseph Smith, Jun., and others with whom the Lord was well pleased. Verily this is the word of the Lord, that the city New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints, beginning at this place, even the place of the temple, which temple shall be reared in this generation. For verily this generation shall not all pass away until an house shall be built unto the Lord, and a cloud shall rest upon it, which cloud shall be even the glory of the Lord, which shall fill the house."To be clear, there is NO TEMPLE at the Missouri temple lot, not has there ever been one. And many generations have passed. Seem's pretty conclusive, doesn't it?
-Doctrine and Covenants 84:1-5
Do we give the prophetic/apostolic movement a free pass while condemning Joseph Smith to Hell?
Here's another Smith prophesy:
"The coming of the Lord, which was nigh - even fifty-six years should wind up
-Joseph Smith, Jr., in History of the Church, vl. 2, p. 182. (1835)
Did it happen? No.
Ok, back to the original "word" in this article. There may have been some "signs and wonders" back in 2006, but was the "summer of 2006...a season of sizzling worldwide miracles that are unprecedented, unparalleled, and unmatched?"
To be clear, this did not happen. Seem's pretty conclusive, doesn't it?
Steve Shultz, the editor of the Elijah List, thinks that we simply need the so-called "Issachar anointing."
"If one has this Issachar anointing, it makes for a very accurate prophet, especially as it relates to timing. Timing is the hardest thing for most prophets and prophetic people to get right."
Perhaps if people speaking on behalf of God would only speak when God has spoken, they would get it right (Ezekial 13). Or better yet, speak something that God has already said, but still needs to be said.
Here, I'll say something "prophetic"; it involves "timing," and - I've got it "right."
It is time for the so-called prophets of God to stop speaking from thier own imaginations. It is time to stop speaking pleasing words to itching ears. Your very soul depends on it. This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you, declares the Sovereign LORD.I'll offer no excuses. Test this word and see if it is true.
My hope is that, some day, we can hold Christians to the same prophetic standards that we would like to hold Mormons to. To be fair, if I am going to apply the perjorative term "fairy-tale" to Mormonism, I must apply it to those in the Aplostolic/Prophetic who prophesy from thier own imaginations. In the meantime, the Mormons have great allies in Steve Shultz, Rick Joyner and Bob Jones. Perhaps they too should pray for the "Issachar anointing."