The problem with prophets, even the Trump repenters
Jeremiah Johnson, the self proclaimed prophet who was one of the first to prophecy that Trump would be president (he got it right in 2016, wrong in 2020), has repented about the second prediction..
“I believe what has happened in this last election cycle is that God has graciously intervened and exposed the idolatry of modern-day prophetic ministry,” Johnson says in a recent video. “There is mass repentance and humility that God wants to take place among prophets and even saints who have placed men and women in a position of authority that only Jesus Christ should ever be in.”
After Johnson repented in January he was attacked – from the right with charismatic Christians who have strongly supported Trump thinking of him as a sell-out. He has said he has received death threats.
Johnson’s gone further writing on Facebook that he’s taking time off from prophecy. ““I was recently visited by the Lord in a very significant way while seeking Him about the future of the prophetic ministry he has given me,” he writes. “With influence comes great responsibility and I now recognise more than at any other time in my life just how much my decisions are impacting the global body of Christ both negatively and positively….”
“After much prayer and careful consideration, I have decided to suspend all our online ministry activities for the next two weeks as I meet with our nine staff members and begin to unpack the radical shift that God is asking for in this next season,”
He promises a final decision on March 8th.
While many other prophets are sticking with their Trump predictions, prophesying that somehow the 45th president will be back in 2021 (not 2024), Jeremiah Johnson is facing up to having given a false prophesy.
“Joe Biden’s becoming the 46th President of the United States is meant to humble not only Donald Trump but all those who worshipped him more than they kept their focus on Jesus Christ, Johnson said in a first apology on January 6. “For the record, if I myself inadvertently persuaded anyone to do this by sharing my prophetic dreams and interpretations with the world, I repent and ask for your forgiveness. I have stated all along, “Political figures can never solve spiritual issues.” Regardless of who sits in the oval office, we have a sin problem in America that the One who sits above the circle of the earth is calling us to give an account for.”
He is 27, still a young man compared to the prophecy line up you see on Victory Channel. He was described as the wunderkind of the prophetic movement after predicting Trump in 2016. Yet he deserves credit for acknowledging his false prophecy. But the dilemma is can he claim God is telling him to go quiet now? Can we trust him on that? Or should he get out of the prediction business?
My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD. (Ezekiel 13:9)
But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death. (Deuteronomy 18:20)
Perhaps a New Testament result is for this sort of prophet to be silent.