How To Despise Not Prophesyings After Being Burned (Part 3) - After Action Reports - Failed Election Prophecies

In part one and in part two, I explained the primary reason why I came to believe that Donald J. Trump would win the 2020 election and I apologized for being wrong about it.  The apology was necessary because of the situation.

A major factor in my error was to believe in and to agree with the word of one Christian prophet and then another, and then others who appeared to be speaking the same Word of God on the matter. After initially getting off the path, I fell into the trap of confirmation bias. As a result, I couldn't see a way off the wrong path until the results of the election were made official through the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20th, 2021.

Ultimately, I failed to properly test (prove) the prophecies of these men and began to believe things that God had not spoken.  My error is confirmed now that the timeframe for these specific prophecies has passed and many of the things that these men said would happen did not happen.  Some of these prophets have apologized for speaking in error.  A couple of these apologies are linked in part two. However, others have not apologized. And others continue to extend timeframes and imagine new scenarios, holding on to the hope that somehow their man will win an election that is already officially concluded.  Additionally, I have learned that others are now prophetically speaking things such as the idea that Donald J. Trump actually won the election and is the rightful president and that the election results will soon be overturned miraculously in his favor.  I do not agree with the word of these prophets.  And below, I explain why.

From what I have learned through the experience explained in part one and in part two, I now know that it is an error to continue down the path of the political prophets.  It is an error to make politics the center of the Gospel message.  It is an error to allow politics and political outcomes to become the core of your faith.

The core of the Christian faith is Jesus Christ.

"For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified."
(1 Corinthians 2:2 KJV)

The situation with this election has caused much havoc in the body of Christ.  Thankfully, however, we are learning and growing wiser as a result.

Brother David Wills explains his excursion off of the narrow path in a Facebook post dated January 21 at 11:45 AM ...

After Action Report 

Much of my time leading up to the election was wasted. I sought out prophecies, listened to videos by people who had a neighbor whose brother worked for DOD, and he said...and dozens of people who had dreams "that God gave them", so they know...but I don't know. Almost every prediction they made didn't happen. 

This is the kind of deception Jesus warned about. I swallowed the bait, but now I have dislodged the 7:14 hook, spit out the bait and I repent of being such a fool. I don't need the "It's Supernatural" Christianity or the shifting "700 Club" prophecies. I am narrowing my focus to what's written, and will probably not share much of whatever God shows me about the near future. I don't want to be one of Those Great Men of God. 

Have you thought about what you still need to do to make things work for your situation and kept to it? I spent money on things that I really don't need, and read and studied about things that don't matter. 

I listened to foolish teachers and got distracted from the more important tasks, dissipating my energies and resources. I'm now resolved not to do that anymore.

As the hard reality of this expresses itself, I glanced back and realized I had wasted a lot of time tracking the political options at the top, without considering that they have more information at the top than I will ever know, and the sources of information at my disposal were just trying to make some kind of name for themselves, while delivering false prophecies and bad information. 

So by listening to these "men of God" as they jostled to be the Real Deal, I missed things God was trying to say to me.

Now my prayer is, "Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening. Amen."
Revelation 22:20

My experience is very similar to David's.  

The following explains where and how I went wrong according to the word of God.

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

"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
(1 Thessalonians 5:21 KJV)

I had no major problem with verse twenty but failed miserably at verse twenty-one.

You may notice in this article, liberal use of "I" and "my". This is intentional. I want to take responsibility for what I believe in and for what I share. I want to stop blaming the church and others for my shortcomings.

This after-action / lessons learned report is meant to be an honest and deep reflection to get to the root cause of my errors and to correct them.

Over the past few days of prayer and reflection on this matter (the matter of the "failed" election prophecies), I have discovered the following.

I chose (traded) wishful thinking and confirmation bias over (and gave up) honest and pure communion with the Lord.

"Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord."
(Jeremiah 17:5 KJV)

I trusted in the word of man over the word of God. I was led by the flesh and not by the Holy Spirit on this matter.

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would."
(Galatians 5:16-17 KJV)

My error began when I started walking by sight (the eyes of the flesh) and not by faith (the eyes of the Holy Spirit).

For more on that topic see:  The Importance of Spiritual Sight 

Believers in Christ are supposed to walk by faith and not by sight.  (Ref. 2 Corinthians 5:7)

I had the situation backward even before Donald Trump was first elected.  And then, as time passed, I couldn't get off of the wrong path because I thought that I was walking in faith.  In fact, I was walking in faith, but not the true faith of Jesus Christ.  In this case, I was walking in the faith of the American dream.  In a later article, I plan to write about the American dream and how it is good, but also how it always falls short when compared to the council of our Creator God which is revealed to us through His written Word.

Going into the first election of Donald Trump, I was aware of a few "prophetic" voices who were claiming that Donald Trump would win. Additionally, I was carrying some baggage from being burned by prophecy before (as briefly described in part one).  I was looking for at least one prophet that I could trust.  And when I SAW WITH MY EYES that it appeared that Jeremiah Johnson correctly prophesied Donald Trump's first term, I was hooked and didn't realize it.  

I began to believe that Jeremiah was specially connected to God on this matter (the matter of Presidential Elections).  I began to believe this way because I was looking for it.  I was looking for men to follow in the faith.  I was looking for discipleship in the area of prophecy.  As a result of this desire, I began to blindly trust in the word of man over the word of God.  I took the man (Jeremiah Johnson) at his word (and received all of his future words) because it appeared that he had gotten one right when it seemed that very few others saw it coming. I later stopped testing Jeremiah's words according to the word of God, or possibly never really started.  I just saw that he got one right and went with it.  I also looked for others who were in agreement on the matter and lumped them all together as a group assuming that they were all strongly connected to God. I also assumed that their connection to God was stronger than God's connection to me.

Why did I do that? Because of lack of faith (doubt - sin) in regard to who I am as a believer in Christ.

Beware: Identity issues can lead to pride and laziness (lack of diligence) and many sorts of errors. Not believing what God's word says about you is doubt. And doubt is sin.

"... whatsoever is not of faith is sin."
(Romans 14:23 KJV)

In the case of the prophetic, I didn't realize (or was too lazy and/or immature to realize) that EVERY WORD needed to be tested. Yes. I was lazy in prayer. I was lazy in communion with God. I wanted and expected someone else to do that for me. It seemed easier and better just to let someone else labor in prayer and fasting for me. It seemed easier and better for me to have them commune with God on the matter and for me to just support them, stick up for them, and believe in what they had to say ... As long as it seemed to follow along with the Bible.

Also then, if these men were wrong, I could just throw stones and judge them as "false prophets" and go in search of a new batch of men to follow. All this was in my subconscious, when in fact, it was my laziness, my sin, and my ignorance, and my immaturity that was to blame. It was my error for not proving (testing) what was being said. And this error sprung up from unbelief (sin) in what the word of God has to say about who I am as a believer in Christ.

For more on that, see The I AM List.

Additionally helpful is this article from Active Christianity: 24 Bible verses to deal a blow against laziness

One thing I must stop doing immediately: Blindly believing the word of others without having it truly confirmed through prayer and through the written word.

What did Jesus say when He was tempted by falsehoods?

Jesus said: "It is written." (Ref. Matthew 4:1-11)

Jesus is our Lord and our example. The written word of God is greater than any falsehood.

"In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established."
(2 Corinthians 13:1 KJV)

The word of God is true witness.

The word of God is true testimony.

The word of God is the very establishment and foundation of truth in this world.

In regard to presumption ...

Consider the word of God carefully in the context of proving the word of others. Consider how the word of one man in the weakness of flesh can become a rumor among "the prophets", among "the prophetic", among "the prominent leaders" of the church, and throughout the entire body of Christ.

"Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?"
(1 Corinthians 5:6 KJV)

If any word of man is not proven to be in agreement with the written word of God, then it stands alone. And if the word of man stands alone, there are not enough true witnesses present for it to be a guaranteed establishment of God. Remember, two or three are required.

"In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established."
(2 Corinthians 13:1 KJV)

Those who have ears to hear, consider Jeremiah 23 very carefully.

Additionally consider carefully how Jeremiah 23 can connect with Matthew 16:1-12, 1 Corinthians 5:6, and Galatians 5:9 in the circumstances of today.

Beware: ".... false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough!"
(Galatians 5:9 NLT)

PRAYER: God, thank you for continuing to reveal and correct my errors. Thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for continuing and continuing to teach me Your ways. God purify me so that I can see You clearly and hear You clearly. God, remove sin and sickness far from me. God, I choose to seek you first. (Ref. Matthew 6:33) God, I ask for Your wisdom. I ask to move forward with You and to serve Your purposes well. (Ref. Matthew 7:7, James 1:5, 2 Chronicles 1:11, and 1 Kings 3:11) In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Further study: Romans 3:4

"... let God be true, but every man a liar ..."
(Romans 3:4 KJV)

In part four of this series, if The Lord is willing, will be a study on Christian prophecy and how the church should go about properly proving (testing) the words of the Christian prophets.

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
(2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)

God bless you.

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