Back in May we did an article entitled “The Problem with Modern Day Prophets” where we noted a prediction made by televangelist Pat Robertson. We were getting ready to head into the hurricane season and scientists were pretty certain that this season was supposed to be worse than the last (which was the season of Hurricane Katrina). Well, we are now at the end of that season and scientists have proven once again, they cannot predict the weather.
Pat Robertson also made an attempt to predict the weather, but claimed his prediction was something that God had told him. Since Pat Robertson claims to be speaking for God when he gets “words of knowledge” and predictions such as his one from last May, we think it is essential that we test his statements against God's Word and determine once and for all if this man is or is not speaking on behalf of God. Let us look again at what Pat Robertson said:
"If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms," Robertson said May 8. Wednesday, he added, "there well may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest." (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,195931,00.html)
As we mentioned in our first article, you will not see ANY examples of prophets in the Bible prefacing their prediction with “If I heard the Lord right.” That phrase alone should send red flags as to whether or not this man should be trusted. When a person has a true message from God he knows it. He declares boldly “Thus saith the Lord.” In fact the phrase “The Lord said” appears 301 times in the NIV. No where does it ever say “If I heard the Lord right.” IF the Lord is speaking you WILL know it. Besides, how do you misunderstand this phrase? America will or will not be lashed with storms and there will or will not be a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest. These are pretty specific details. The question is not whether he heard it, it is whether or not it was God who said it to him (unless of course he simply made it up).
Now we must look at what he thought the Lord said; “...about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms...there well may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest.” Well, this obviously did NOT happen in 2006! So, what does the Bible say about someone who makes a prediction that does not come true?
Deut 18:21 You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?" 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.
Did what Pat Robertson predict take place or come true? No, so we know that Pat Robertson has spoken presumptuously and that He has not spoken for the Lord. Pat Robertson is a false prophet. Look at what the this passage says about a man who speaks false prophecy.
Deut 18:20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death."
God had no toleration for false prophets, he wanted them killed according to OT law. Why do we think that he is suddenly more tolerant of false witnesses today? For some reason the church is awfully forgiving of such false statements and believe that it is possible to misinterpret God. That is not the teaching we find in Scripture.
2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them — bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
Continue reading this chapter, God has no tolerance for false teachers. They will face condemnation and ultimately destruction from the hands of God.
Note also the first statement of this verse:
"But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you."
Why WERE there false prophets then but now there are only false teachers? Because prophesy has ended. There are no longer prophets of God, today God speaks through His Son and through the Word that he left which was written by the prophets.
Heb 1:1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son , whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.
Prophecy is a thing of the past and the fact that a person even professes to prophesy for God is proof enough that they are false prophets. God no longer speaks through prophets. Today we have the message of the prophets made more certain.
2 Peter 1:19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
We have something better than the prophets, we have God's written Word. That Word tells us that God no longer speaks to us through prophets so we know we need not fear or follow anyone professing to be one. Pat Robertson has proven once again, that he is a false prophet, yet so many “Christians” follow and adore this man. We pray that the true church will wake up and stop following men whom are bringing destruction upon themselves. Let them not deceive you any longer. Beware of such men.
2 Cor 11:13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.