In the past, protestant denominations have made a lot of bones about false prophets. They could use this talking point as a reason and a way of proselytizing people away from the communities connected to these individuals. Modern day, extreme examples of false prophets are guys like Jim Jones, L. Ron Hubbard, Sun Myung Moon, and David Koresh. Right at the pinnacle, the sweet spot of my religious tenure, I found myself on the receiving end of this exact kind of judgemental finger-pointing by way of my association with the church I was a member of; it was a Mormon affiliated church. The Mormon faith was begun by Joseph Smith Jr. and many members of that church believe him to be a latter day prophet. On the other side of that coin, many Protestants and Catholics don’t believe he is; what’s more they think him to be a false prophet! The claims put forth by these denominational theologians have been typically based on the 22nd chapter of Revelations…
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. [Rev 22: 18-19 NIV]
After this they would feel they were on solid ground in their determination that Joseph Smith Jr. was and IS a false prophet. There were so many holes in their response (some of which I might blog about at another time); today, however I would like to ask these false prophet specialists why their spiritual Geiger counters aren’t going bananas with Donald Trump?! Especially, now that Trump is donning his photo ops with the bible!? Donald Trump, the Twitter prophet. The false prophecy I’m going to cite didn’t come over the Twitter wire however, it was given on national, or rather international TV…
Feb. 26: 58 confirmed cases in U.S.
The 15 cases in U.S. “within a couple days is going to be down close to zero”
- “I want you to understand something that shocked me when I saw it that — and I spoke with Dr. Fauci on this, and I was really amazed, and I think most people are amazed to hear it: The flu, in our country, kills from 25,000 people to 69,000 people a year. That was shocking to me. And, so far, if you look at what we have with the 15 people and their recovery, one is — one is pretty sick but hopefully will recover, but the others are in great shape. But think of that: 25,000 to 69,000. … “And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done,” the president said during a Coronavirus Task Force Press briefing at the White House.
“…And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero in a couple of days this number will be pretty close to zero…” this sounds like somebody prophesying what the future is going to be. He’s making a prediction of how the numbers are trending in the coronavirus pandemic. In this prediction he is presuming to wear the hat (or perhaps the robe) of a prophet? Prophet-in-chief?! He’s attempting to predict the future, of course but to what end? To affect the beliefs and behavior of people listening and waiting for him to speak and share his wisdom and direction.
In the case of Joseph Smith Jr., he was claiming specific things that were only important to participants and members involved in their own system of beliefs. Everybody else was free to disassociate themselves from anything he was putting out. Not so with Donald Trump. He’s shaping the facts and reality itself, as he rolls them up into one big ball of silly putty to make it sound like and look like whatever he wants it to. The sad part is, there are so many Americans who seem to be embedded way down deep inside this conservative echo chamber who can’t ignore Trump’s misshaped reality. And people, other people, innocent people—who aren’t even part of the aforementioned echo-reality are paying a dire price as a result of having this false prophet/liar as their leader.