Another End-Time Sign that Undermine the True Prophetic by Charles Pretlow 6-25-2020
Jesus and the Apostles warned and warned about end-time false prophets leading many astray.
We are now entering the end-of-this-age persecution towards Christians. Jesus said this was part of the birth pangs that would lead directly into the Great Tribulation and God’s vetting process to clean the body of Christ from the insincere and false Christian: “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:9-14).
Then, at the end of the coming persecution towards Christians, it is those believers who endure to the end who will be ready to be used by God to proclaim the only good news. The only good news for God’s people and His lost sheep is the soon to come physical kingdom of God. Then you can expect the antichrist and the mark of the beast to come during what is known as the Great Tribulation period and final harvest of souls.
Two Extremes of False Prophecies and False Teachings
As this pandemic continues to stress the world and this nation, and as riots and lawlessness rage on, you will see two false prophet camps grow, causing many to fall further away from the truth about the end-of-this-age.
False prophets are now gaining audience by either arrogantly proclaiming America will be restored, or false predictions of terrible events coming on a certain day to certain cities and predicting the day and time of Christ’s return.
Of recent, the Nashville Tennessean newspaper printed an advertisement paid for by Future for America, a supposed prophetic ministry based in Arkansas. This large add ran twice before it was cancelled by the editors. This ad warned that President Trump would be the last elected President of the United States and to quote further: “We are under conviction to not only tell you but to provide evidence that July 18, 2020, Islam is going to detonate a nuclear device in Nashville, Tennessee.” The authors of this ad are followers of Ellen White, who was one of the co-founders of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
This incident along with many other false alarms have come and gone, and you expect more. False prophets are about to crawl out of the woodwork, with scary predictions. On the other hand, for some time now, and even more so, false prophets and false teachers have pronounced false peace assurances that America will be saved by the next great awakening.
Unfortunately, most of God’s people have cancelled any true prophetic warnings as they gleefully play church, taking their ease.
These two extremes of false prophesies and false teachings has created a wide spectrum of extreme confusion, where at one end of the spectrum there will arise false prophesies that cause mass hysteria and at the other end, blithering complacency, and indifference.
When the false prophecies of destruction fail, they leave the deceived even more confused and turned off to the true warnings found in Scripture. And the “all is well” prophesies, declaring that these troubles are temporary and are allowed by God to bring a true revival to America and the world keeps Christians spellbound. These false pillow prophets will continue to leave a multitude of Christians asleep to the signs Christ warned us to watch for. Few Christians study and embrace the true words of Christ concerning the end of this age.
All these deceptions are designed by the evil one to cause confusion and try to nullify the warnings from true prophetic ministries that rightly expound on Christ’s words concerning how the end will come.
You Think it’s Bad Now, brace for what Takes Place During the Great Tribulation
Read Christ’s warning about the deceptions occurring during the Great Tribulation: “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it” (Matthew 24:24-26).
Jesus has warned us before hand concerning the last days deceptions by false Christian leaders and pastor who entice the weak and unprepared Christian away from following and obeying the true Christ. The Apostles in their writings explain the reasons for these coming deceptions. The following passages highlight why:
Today, Most Christians Avoid Sound Doctrine: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
Most Christians do not Desire to Live a Godly Life in fear of Persecution: “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:12-13).
False Teachers and False Prophets Promise Lies for Money: “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep” (2 Peter 2:1-3).
Most False Prophets and False Teachers are Empowered by Counterfeiting Demons: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth” (1 Timothy 4:1-3).
If you are Deceived, it is you own Fault
Know the True Christ, His Words, Know His Voice and Obey Him
Few Christians submit their lives to Christ and surrender to His discipline and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Instead, they let others who elevate themselves into leadership do their thinking and reasoning for them. The deceived and weak believer accumulates for themselves false teachers and false teachings to suit their carnal lifestyle and pleasures on earth. These are those who the false prophet preys upon.
Christ described two kinds of believers, those who know and obey Him, and those who hear of Christ but follow at a distance. Jesus explained: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it” (Matthew 7:24-27).
Now the end-time rain, floods and winds are rising to test each follower of Christ. These storms are coming in the form of persecution and calamities that will shake all those in the world.
If you have sought the true Christ diligently, then the following is your promise: “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
However, for Christians who have taken their ease and stay in love with this age, they will have no excuse when they hear these heart wrenching words from Christ at the end: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:21-23).
True Prophetic Ministries Attacked
God does have true prophetic voices occasionally speaking out in this hour. Most have been hidden from the limelight for their own protection and discipline. The spiritual powers of the false, along with their sycophant followers are often harnessed by Satan to prayerfully attack a true prophetic ministry through carnal prayers and curses.
The wicked politicians, their money people, along with the help of false news outlets make it a top priority to suppress the truth and rewrite history. We see their deceived followers leap into action, rebelling and raising hell. Like the walking dead, they attack those who truthfully confront issues in the public square. God’s wrath will come upon these people, just as the Apostle Paul predicted: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18).
This same type of truth suppression operates in Christianity, where demonically glorified false leaders control the information gates and media avenues to the Christian masses. Often, if confronted by a true prophetic ministry, a spiritual war breaks out. If the true prophet is not fully equipped, prepared, and obedient he or she can expect a brutal spiritual attack that can often result in physical harm or even death.
David Wilkerson was a true prophet, He brought forth (from the Lord) a very poignant and accurate vision in 1973 concerning the near future of America and Christians in America. David published this warning in a book entitled The Vision. Most who read this prophesy back then thought all that David saw would come to pass within ten to fifteen years.
If you read David’s vision now, it all fits very accurately, but it took over forty years to be fulfilled. David and his family were attacked, ridiculed, ignored, and even condemned by most Christian ministries. Yet, through the ensuing years, David Wilkerson still spoke out against the false ministries he watched form over the years since his vision.
As a warning for those who speak out against false prophets, I have taken an excerpt from a book I wrote in 2013 titled Discernment, ISBN 978-0-9801768-4-1, Wilderness Voice Publishing. This excerpt deals with false teachers and false prophets walking in, as Christ put it, “great signs and wonders.” These are false prophets, but their signs and wonders seem very real and powerful:
Benny Hinn’s Bolts of Supernatural Plasma
Many believe that the slain-in-the-Spirit phenomenon is just a massive hypnotic spell that Hinn and others like him cast upon those who attend their meetings. In Hinn’s case, hundreds standing in the audience will fall back in their seats or fall on each other when Benny Hinn waves his arm and hand as if casting some kind of invisible ball of power.
Physical healings have been accredited to his ministry; however, there is much controversy because most cannot be substantiated. Again, we must remind ourselves that Christ and the Apostles warned that the signs and wonders would not determine the authenticity of a ministry, but rather the fruit of their character and the doctrine that they preach. Again, Apostle Paul warned back then: “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert” (Acts 20:29-31)—last-days wolves are fierce and very cunning.
Of course, God is in control; however, he does allow the power of the devil to be channeled through a false teacher or false prophet to test his people—again, see Deuteronomy 13:1-5. Many with itching ears and out-of-control passion, clamor after these sensuous manifestations, as the late David Wilkerson put it, they are committing spiritual fornication. The following is an excerpt from a message Wilkerson delivered around 2001 that addressed these counterfeit-sensuous manifestations and the over-the-top statements that Benny Hinn made in one of his meetings in Denver in 1999:
“But when a man stands and tells the whole United States in one of his meetings “I curse a man or preacher who stands against my ministry, I curse him.” That a man stands before the people on television and says, “Jesus Christ has told me, that one day he is personally going to attend and be in one of my meetings.” That’s blasphemy! That is the doctrine of demons. And yet you sit there and you say this sounds good, it looks good, looks like people are being healed, and you are being fornicated with. You’re into fornication. Spiritual fornication because you don’t have the discernment!”
The following is the exact quote from Benny Hinn during the meeting that Wilkerson decried:
“I place a curse on every man and every woman that will stretch his hand against this anointing. I curse that man who dares to speak a word against this ministry.”
This next quote from Benny Hinn was on a TBN televised interview where he proclaimed that Christ would physically be seen in one of his meetings:
“I’m expecting to see, I’m telling you that, I feel it’s going to happen. I know deep in my soul something supernatural is going to happen in Nairobi Kenya. I may very well come back; we may very well come back with footage of Jesus on the platform.”
Source: (YouTube clip search “The late David Wilkerson exposes false prophet Benny Hinn”)
Epilogue to this case with David Wilkerson exposing Benny Hinn: In April 2011, in an unexplainable tragedy, David Wilkerson died at the scene of a horrific head on collision with a semi-tractor trailer in Texas. Mysteriously, David, while driving his car wandered into the oncoming lane as he crossed a bridge. The truck driver had no way to avoid the collision. David was not wearing his seat belt and he died at the scene; however, his wife Gwen was wearing her restraint and she survived the accident. END OF EXCERPT.
God has many true prophetic ministries hidden out and will release them when the timing is right. Discernment in the coming days is paramount to survive the darkness that is ever mounting, which only comes to the sincere believer who is disciplined and strengthen in the Lord.
Most Christians live on the milk of the word, few embrace the harder and deeper Scriptures, as the author of Hebrews states: “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14).
It is not too late to allow Christ to grow you up. Take courage and in faith give Him permission to show you and train you in His discipline through life’s trials and challenges. To get started drop the false teachers in your life and turn to the words of Christ and ask God to lead you to work with true ministries. They may be hard to find, but today you can be partners remotely via the Internet.
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