How To Despise Not Prophesyings After Being Burned (Part 1)

"Despise not prophesyings."
(1 Thessalonians 5:20 KJV)

As I type this it is January 2nd, 2021.  Here is the situation in the United States.  For much of the last year, the country has been greatly affected by a thing called the COVID-19 pandemic.  And on November 3rd, citizens voted for the next President.  It's nearly two months later and most of the mainstream media is reporting that Joe Biden has won the election.

But there's a problem.

Several credible prophets (prophets who believe in Jesus Christ and have a good track record of accuracy and integrity) have said that Donald J. Trump would serve two terms as President and/or win the 2020 election.

Here's a list of prominent names and links to their prophecies ...

Kim Clement (now deceased)

Jeremiah Johnson accurately prophesied Donald J. Trump's First Term ...
Jeremiah confirmed that Donald J. Trump would serve a Second Term ...

Charlie Shamp confirmed his prophecy that Donald J. Trump would serve a Second Term ... Twitter Post

Dutch Sheets confirmed that Donald J. Trump "... is going to be put back in office for four years" ... Charisma Magazine online article

With all of these credible believers prophesying a second term, who am I to despise what they have said?  I have no basis for rejecting their prophecies.  In fact, at this moment, I have the word of God for which to stand with them in agreement.

"Despise not prophesyings."
(1 Thessalonians 5:20 KJV)

Now, I have been "burned" in the past.  I became a believer in Christ in 2009 and have been learning along the way.  I don't just follow along with anything that anyone has to say.  However, in and around 2015 and 2016, I was following a prophet online and took notice that this brother appeared to have a powerful and established ministry.  But I also took notice when this prophet spoke that a woman would become President of the United States in 2016.  Obviously, this was not the word of God.  The prophet then chose to tell his listeners after the election that the prayers of the people changed the situation.  This explanation didn't rest well with me. 

So, how did I handle it?  I handled it according to the word of God ...

"When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him."
(Deuteronomy 18:22 KJV)

At no point did I despise the prophesying.  At no point do I despise the prophet that spoke presumptuously.  But I have disconnected the words of this particular brother from the fear of the Lord in my heart.  Why?  Because they didn't agree on this major point.  I will and do continue to remember that situation according to Deuteronomy 18:22.  I maintain my fear of the Lord.  But I am not afraid of this particular man as always touching the word of God.  This man may speak much truth in the future, but his explanation of the 2016 election is, to date, unsatisfactory. I harbor no bitterness toward the man. But I no longer follow along with him in the area of prophecy. He has lost credibility with me.  His words no longer have a significant bearing in the course of my walk with Christ Jesus. But, as a result, I have not stopped believing in prophecy.  I still believe that God speaks to His people according to and in alignment with His written Word.

So where do we go from here?

Well, I don't know about you, but I have decided to stand in agreement with the words of prophecy specially mentioned above that Donald J. Trump will win re-election.  In truth, I know in my heart and I know by the facts of the matter that "It's not over yet."

This is the first and primary reason why I am standing in the place that I am standing ... And will stand all through and beyond January 20th.  The word of God teaches me to stand here ...

"Despise not prophesyings." 
(1 Thessalonians 5:20 KJV)

I'm standing in this place of faith primarily because of the credible prophets who have spoken that Donald J. Trump would win reelection and because of obedience to the word of God.  To simply dismiss these people at this point would be to "despise prophecy.". I am bound by faith in the word of God to believe what they have said until the decision is formalized and settled.  This position that I have taken is completely reasonable and explainable by faith in the name of Jesus Christ. And this is my explanation for anyone who might wonder.

Now, as to the immediate future ...

There are a few key dates upcoming in regard to the 2020 election outcome.  They are as follows ... 
  • January 6-7:  Electoral votes formally counted before a joint session of Congress.
  • January 20: Inauguration Day
  • January 22: The U.S. Supreme Court's deadline for Pennsylvania to respond to the Trump campaign's appeal to overturn the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's rulings.

Specifically now in regard to the 2020 election:  "It's not over yet."

When the word of the prophets is proven true, we rejoice!  

If however, "... the thing follow not, nor come to pass ..."

I will remember and will make any necessary corrections.

I have taken these brothers at their word and have endured significant ridicule because of it.  My credibility is appropriately aligned with theirs. If I am burned on this matter, I am burned, because I believe in and stand on the word of God with my brothers in Christ. I take responsibility for this and am unashamed to do so.

I take comfort today knowing that "the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed."
(Romans 10:11 KJV)

No matter what happens in regard to our present and future walk with Christ Jesus: We shall continue to Watch and Pray and Follow The Word of God!

"Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
(1 Thessalonians 5:14-23 KJV)

Additional references / study ...

Look for part 2 of this article after January 22nd, 2021.  God bless you!

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