What is a False Prophet?

 

False prophet is a label given to a person who is viewed as illegitimately claiming charismatic authority within a religious group . The individual may be seen as one who falsely claims the gift of prophecy , or who uses that gift for demagogy or evil ends.

 

Prophets are particularly important figures in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and to prophesy falsely is seen as one of the worst forms of blasphemy since it falsely claims the speaker is acting with divine authority directly on behalf of God. False prophets may still be spoken of as working miracles, but such powers as they have may be believed to be divine gifts misused, or gifts of satanic origin.

 

The Old Testament defines false prophecy twice, in Deuteronomy 13:1-5, and Deuteronomy 18:20-22. The first reference is to a prophet who works a miracle or makes a true prediction, then advocates the worship of other deities ; such a prophet is a test of faith sent by God, and must be put to death The second passage describes a prophet who speaks in God's name without permission, or speaks in the name of another deity. False prophets of this type are distinguished by their failure to make true predictions. The penalty for this type of false prophecy is also death, but the wording, "shall surely die", is ambiguous as to whether it describes a sentence to be carried out, or predicts the inevitable ordained outcome.

 

The status of Jesus outside of Christianity and of Mohammed outside of Islam is an important and controversial matter. For the most part Judaism does not regard either as a genuine prophet, but while some rabbis condemn them as false prophets, others deny that they prophesied at all, and blame their followers for misrepresenting their careers. Christian theologians hold a similar range of views concerning Mohammed. Conversely, the Koran explicitly accepts Jesus as a teacher and prophet, while portraying the crucifixion and resurrection as a fabrication.

 

False prophets in Judaism

 

Definition

 

There are two types of "false prophet" recognized in the Hebrew Bible ( Tanakh ): the one who claims to be a prophet in the name of idolatry, and the one who claims to be a prophet in the name of the God of Israel, but declares that any word or commandment ( Mitzvah ) which God has said no longer applies, or makes false statements in the name of God. A source for these is Deuteronomy 18:20, which refers to false prophets who claim to speak in the name of God. God's word is true eternally, so one who claims to speak in God's name but in fact diverges in any way from what God himself has said, logically cannot be inspired by divine authority.

 

  • Of the false prophet who describes God and his wishes as different from how they really are, Deuteronomy 13:2-5 states (Hebrew translation)

 

"If there arise in the midst of thee a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and he give thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass, of which he spoke unto thee saying: 'Let us go after other gods [including other ways and beliefs] which thou hast not known, and let us serve them', thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or unto that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God putteth you to proof, to know whether ye do love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. After the Lord your God shall ye walk, and Him shall ye fear, and His commandments shall ye keep, and unto His voice shall ye hearken, and Him shall ye serve, and unto Him shall ye cleave."

 

  • Of the prophet who claims to speak in the name of the God of Israel, Deuteronomy 18:18-22 says

 

"I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee; and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which he shall speak in My name, I will require it of him. But the prophet, that shall speak a word presumptuously in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.' And if thou say in thy heart: 'How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?' 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; the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of him."
  • Changes to the Law - Deuteronomy 13:1 states simply

"All this which I command you, that shall ye observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it."

 

Interpretation

 

Thus at a minimum , the criteria for a person to be considered a prophet or speak for God in Judaism are that they must follow the God of Israel (and no other God), they must not describe God differently than He is known to be from Scripture , they must not advocate change to God's word or state that God has changed his mind and wishes things that contradict His already-stated eternal word, and the things they do speak of must come to pass. It is further understood and expected that a prophet will be a godly person, and speak and act in a manner befitting one transmitting words from the Divine.

 

Examples

 

  • Chapter 22 of the First Book of the Kings relates how the court prophets, driven by a "lying spirit", encouraged King Ahab to go to war with the King of Syria and meet his death at Ramoth-Gilead.

 

  • The prophet Jeremiah 5:30-31 described the prevalence of false prophets in Judea during the period prior to the Babylonian Exile.

 

"A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so : and what will ye do in the end thereof?"

 

False prophets in Christianity

 

False prophets in the New Testament

 

Christians refer to the Hebrew Bible as the Old Testament , and in general revere it as part of the eternal word of God. As such, the definitions and examples given above are accepted by Christians as well. In fact, the stricture not to presume to change God's Law is recognized by Jesus in various passages, such as Matthew 5:17 , " Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. "

 

Throughout the New Testament , there are warnings of both false prophets and false Messiahs , and believers are adjured to be vigilant. The following verses are from the Sermon on the Mount :

 

Matthew 7:15 - 23 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he 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 mighty works in your name? And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you, depart from me you evildoers."

 

Jesus predicted the future appearance of false prophets. The following verses are from the Olivet Discourse :

 

Matthew 24:11 - 13 "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." Matthew 24:24 "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."

 

In the Gospel of Luke , chapter 6, Jesus brought out an ethical application for his disciples using the analogy of false prophets in the Old Testament: Verse 26 reads:

 

"Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you ! for so did their fathers to the false prophets."

In chapter 13 of the Acts of the Apostles , Paul and Barnabas encountered a man named Elymas in the island of Cyprus . Verse 6 describes him as a false prophet:

 

"And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus;"

 

The Second Epistle of Peter , chapter two begins with these words:

 

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. "

 

The First Epistle of John , chapter four begins with these words:

 

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world."

 

The most famous of New Testament false prophets, is the Revelation false prophet whose name is recorded three times in the Book of Revelation . Revelation's False Prophet is the inforcer or agent of the Antichrist, also known as the Beast , and he is ultimately cast with the Antichrist into the lake of "fire and brimstone." Who the False Prophet will be is one of the major mysteries in Christian eschatology .

 

False prophets in Islam

 

The history of Islam has seen a number of false prophets, some of them go back to as early as the age of Prophet Muhammad, such as Musaylimah , al-Ansi , Tulayha ibn Khuwaylid and Sajah. In recent history the figure of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad has been the subject of much controversy in this regard. He is considered a false prophet by Main-stream Orthodox Muslims. The followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, though, revere him as a saint and call themselves Ahmadi Muslims. Ahmadis have been been declared non-Muslims by the government of Pakistan , and their beliefs considered heretical and outside of Islam. Ahmaids claim to be within the fold of Islam and deny the allegations leveled against them.

 

Notes & References

 

  1. For example, some theologians who teach the historicist view, do identify the False Prophet with the appearance of Mohammed in the 7th century. One such teacher is Francis Nigel Lee in his article Islam in the Bible .
  2. "Apostasy Campaign Against Musailma", from www.witness-pioneer.org,
  3. "Fatwas and Statements of Islamic Scholars about Ahmadiyya", AboutAhmadiyya.com,
  4. "An Act to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan" [Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part I, 21 September 1974,
  5. "Fatwas of Muslim Scholars and Organizations Regarding the Qadiani (Ahmadiyya) Cult", Central-Mosque.com,
  6. "Accusations Against Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Answered", by Mirza Masum Beg

 

 

Unfulfilled historical predictions by Christian False Prophets

 

This page attempts to list time-specific historical predictions (or prophecy ) by claimed prophets or leaders within various churches and sects who identify themselves as Christian , but whose predictions failed to happen. Biblical prophecy is not included, and is dealt with in separate articles.

 

The "prophets" listed here include anyone who has predicted or prophesied about the future within visible Christian churches (Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox) — even where they were considered heretical , at the time or later. New Religious Movements that have their original basis in the Christian church are also included here. It should also be noted that the vast majority of Christians have never believed in these extra-Biblical prophecies.

 

There is a difference between using reason to try and understand Scriptures, and people claiming to have a prophetic word from God about the future. Many of the failed predictions cited below are examples of false prophesy, while others are examples of misinterpretation or misuse of biblical texts. For example, Chuck Smith, of Calvary Chapel, is not prophesying, but trying to interpret the meaning of Jesus' prophecy given almost 2000 years ago, that "Jerusalem shall be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.," (Luke 21:4). What should be noted in this discussion, is the fulfillment of the prophecy by Jesus that Jerusalem would both be destroyed by Rome, its people sent again into exile, and then, at some time in the future, be restored to Jewish hands, a sign which Jesus himself links to the coming of the Kingdom of God and the return of the Son of Man, (Luke 21:5-36).

 

 

Lutheran Church

 

The founder of the Lutheran Church was the reformer, Martin Luther ( 1483 - 1546 A.D.). According to one authority, Luther stated: "For my part, I am sure that the day of judgment is just around the corner. It doesn't matter that we don't know the precise day... perhaps someone else can figure it out. But it is certain that time is now at an end." ( Reformation Principles and Practice: Essays in Honor of Arthur Geoffrey Dickens , p 169). This would not be a failed prophesy, because on the larger scale of time, "near" can be centuries in God's eyes. The reason for Martin Luther to say that the time is near, is to urge all people to examine themselves and ask themselves if they are sure they would be saved if the World were to end at any moment. Another work says: "In all of his [Luther's] work there was a sense of urgency for the time was short... the world was heading for Armageddon in the war with the Turk." ( Luther's View of Church History , John M. Headley, Yale University Press, 1963 , pp 13,14) Even after his death in 1546, Lutheran leaders kept up the claim of the nearness of the end. About the year 1584 , A zealous Lutheran named Adam Nachenmoser wrote a large volume entitled Prognosticum Theologicum in which he predicted: "In 1590 the Gospel would be preached to all nations and a wonderful unity would be achieved. The last days would then be close at hand. Nachenmoser offered numerous conjectures about the date; 1635 seemed most likely." ( Prophecy and Gnosis—Apocalypticism in the Wake of the Lutheran Reformation , Robin Bruce Barnes, p 64) Other date predictions followed but all failed.

 

Roman Catholic Church

 

The Roman Catholic Church also has a history of failed predictions about the "time of the end." For example, Gregory I who was pope from 590 - 604 A.D predicted that the end of the world was near in a letter that he wrote to Ethelbert , a European monarch. He advised: "Further, we also wish Your Majesty to know, as we have learned from the words of Almighty God in Holy Scriptures, that the end of the present world is already near and that the unending Kingdom of the Saints is approaching. As this same end of the world is drawing nigh, many unusual things will happen—climatic changes, terrors from heaven... All these things are not to come in our own days, but they will follow upon our times." ( Visions of the End—Apocalypticism in the Wake of the Lutheran Reformation , Bernard McGinn, p 64). Cardinal Nicholas de Cusa ( 1401 - 1464 A.D.) was " a cardinal of great learning...At the age of 23 Nicholas became a doctor of law, but when he lost his first lawsuit he left the profession of law for the study of theology . Possessing a thorough knowledge of the Greek, Latin and Hebrew languages, and a rare degree of eloquence, soon attracted attention... was made a cardinal ( 1449 A.D.)" ( Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature by McClintock and Strong, Volume II, p. 611). Cardinal de Cusa later held that the end of the world would come in the year 1700 A.D. Another Catholic scholar, Arnald of Villanova predicted that the Antichrist would appear in 1378 A.D. ( Visions of The End , McGinn, p. 147)

 

Baptist Church

 

The Baptist Church also has a history of date and time predictions that have failed. In the early 1900s, the well-known Dr. Isaac M. Haldeman, pastor of the First Baptist Church in New York City, predicted that before the Jews returned to Palestine to establish a Jewish State--an event that happened in 1948--that the Antichrist would appear. Haldelman explained: 'The Scriptures teach that this man (the Antichrist) will be the prime factore in bringing the Jews back, as a body into their own land; that he will be the power that shall make Zionism a success; that through him the nationalism of the Jews shall be accomplished." There is still a group of believers that continue to believe that Haldeman was correct; and that in truth, Adolf Hitler was the antichrist predicted in the Bible (or perhaps one antichrist of many). They offer as "proof" the fact that the end result of WWII and the holocaust drove many Jews out of Europe to their new Israel. The fact that Hitler's Holocaust killed millions of Jewish believers (called "saints" in many Old Testiment prophectic passages) would correlate positively with several Bible predictions that antichrist will seek to murder multitudes of "saints." ( The Signs of the Times , Isaac Massey Haldeman, pages 452, 453).

 

Anabaptist Church

 

The Anabaptists of the early Sixteenth Century believed that the Millennium would occur in 1533." ( When Prophecy Fails, Festinger , Riecken and Schaeter, page 7) Another source reports: "When the prophecy failed, the Anabaptists became more zealous and claimed that two witnesses (Enoch and Elijah) HAD come in the form of Jan Matthys and Jan Bockelson ; they would set up the New Jerusalem in Munster. Munster became a frightening dictatorship under Bockelson's control. Although all Lutherans and Catholics were expelled from that city, the millennium never came." ( Soothsayers Of The Second Advent , William Alnor, page 57.)

 

Presbyterian Church

 

Thomas Brightman who lived from 1562 to 1607 has been called "one of the fathers of Presbyterianism in England." This well educated and esteemed fellow predicted that "between 1650 and 1695 [we] would see the conversion of the many Jews and a revival of their nation in Palestine...the destruction of the Papacy...the marriage of the Lamb and his wife." ( A Great Expectation--Eschatological Thought in English Protestantism to 1660 by Bryan W. Ball and E.J. Brill, page 117). This did not happen.

 

Christopher Love who lived from 1618-1651 was a bright graduate of Oxford and a strong Presbyterian. Love predicted that: (1) Babylon would fall in 1758 (2) God's anger against the wicked would be demonstrated in 1759 and (3) in 1763 there would occur a great earthquake all over the world. ( The Logic of Millennial Thought by James West Davidson, page 200). None of this occurred.

 

Assemblies of God Church

 

The Assemblies of God Church has made an indelible impression because of its active, evangelical work. Like other popular groups, this community has a rich history of failed predictions. One definitive study of predictions made within this church was published by an Assemblies of God scholar and pastor, Professor Dwight Wilson. The book was entitled Armageddon Now! On the jacket of his book is this caveat: "The author cautions his fellow Premillenarians that they will lose their credibility if they continue to see in each political crisis a sure fulfillment of Biblical prophecy--despite their obvious errors concerning earlier crises."

 

During World War I , The Weekly Evangel , an official publication of the Assemblies of God, carried this prediction: "We are not yet in the Armageddon struggle proper, but at its commencement, and it may be, if students of prophecy read the signs aright, that Christ will come before the present war closes, and before Armageddon...The war preliminary to Armageddon, it seems, has commenced." (April 10, 1917 edtion, page 3). Other editions speculated that the end would come no later than 1934 or 1935 (May 13, 1916 pp 6-9 etc). These predictions proved to be false.

 

The Anglican Church (Episcopal Church)

 

In volume II of The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers , author Leroy Edwin Froom tells us about a prominent Anglican prelate who made a relevant prediction: " Edwin Sandys (1519-1588), Archbishop of York and Primate of England was born in Lancastershire... Sandys says, 'Now, as we know not the day and time, so let us be assured that this coming of the Lord is near. He is not slack, as we do count slackness. That it is at hand, it may be probably gathered out of the Scriptures in divers places. The signs mentioned by Christ in the Gospel which should be the foreshewers of this terrible day, are almost all fulfilled." ( The Prophetic Faith of our Fathers , pages 417, 419.)

 

Calvary Chapel

 

The founder of the Calvary Chapel system is the charismatic Pastor Chuck Smith. Some years ago, he published a book entitled End Times . On the jacket of his book, Smith is called a "well known Bible scholar and prophecy teacher." In this book he wrote: "As we look at the world scene today, it would appear that the coming of the Lord is very, very, close. Yet, we do not know when it will be. It could be that the Lord will wait for a time longer. If I understand Scripture correctly, Jesus taught us that the generation which sees the 'budding of the fig tree', the birth of the nation Israel, will be the generation that sees the Lord's return; I believe that the generation of 1948 is the last generation. Since a generation of judgment is forty years and the tribulation lasts seven years, I believe the Lord could come back for his church anytime before the tribulation starts, which would mean anytime before 1981. (1948 + 40 - 7 = 1981) However, it is possible that Jesus is dating the beginning of the generation from 1967, when Jerusalem was again under Israeli control for the first time since 587 B.C. We don't know for sure which year actually marks the beginning of the last generation." (pages 35, 36). This same viewpoint was published by the popular Pastor Hal Lindsey in his widely published book entitled The Late Great Planet Earth (see page 43).

 

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 

The Mormon church like other churches has its share of official predictions that were unfulfilled. Indeed, the founder of this institution, Joseph Smith , made a number of predictions that failed. In 1835, Joseph Smith predicted that within 56 years the world would see its end. We read: "President Smith then stated...it was the will of God that those who went to Zion, with a determination to lay down their lives, if necessary, should be ordained to the ministry, and go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time, or the coming of the Lord, which was nigh-even fifty-six years should wind up the scene."- See volume 2, page 182 of the History of The Church. Joseph added that the voice of the Lord told him the following: "' My son, if thou liveth until thou art eighty-five years of age, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man,' I was left to draw my own conclusions concerning this; and I took liberty to conclude that if I did live to that time, He would make his appearance, But I do not say whether He will make his appearance or I shall go where He is... There are those of the rising generation who shall not taste death until Christ comes." See History of the Church, Volume 5, page 336. One writer notes that: "in 1890 there was a widespread belief among church members that Joseph Smith's prediction of 1835, that fifty-six years would 'wind up the scene,' would be fulfilled." (See Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought , Klaus J. Hansen, page 76). One must, however, bear in mind that Smith made this prediction based on what he said he heard the Lord tell him. Joseph Smith was assassinated in 1844 at the age of 38, a possibility he had allowed for, and he did not himself give the date of 1890.

 

Jehovah's Witnesses

 

Charles Taze Russell , the first president of what is now the Watchtower Society , predicted that Armageddon would break out in 1914. World War One , which broke out in this year, was referred to colloquially as "Armageddon", at least until World War Two .

 

Joseph Franklin Rutherford , the second president of the Watchtower Society, predicted that in 1918, God would destroy churches and millions of its members He also predicted that in 1920 , the world would descend into total chaos , and that in 1925 , the Millennium would begin, with Biblical figures such as Abraham , Isaac , Jacob and David coming back to life.

 

Mennonite Church

 

Like the Baptists, the Mennonites have a common connection to the Anabaptists. It is said that the first Mennonite congregation was formed in Zurich, Switzerland in 1525. Menno Simons (1496- 1561 ca) a converted Roman Catholic priest gave the movement its name. Similar to others of his time, Menno believed that the return of Christ was imminent. In a letter to his sister-in-law, he wrote: "We daily expect Christ Jesus." Later, in the 19th century, Russian Mennonite leader Claas Epp, Jr. predicted that Christ would return on March 8, 1889.

 

Catholic Apostolic Church

 

The well known Scottish cleric, Edward Irving , is the founder of the Catholic Apostolic Church and a forerunner of the Pentecostal movement. In 1828 he wrote a work headed The Last Days: A Discourse on the Evil Character of These Our Times, Proving Them to be the 'Perilous Times' and the 'Last Days' on pages 10-22 we find some telling information which includes the following: " I conclude, therefore, that the last days... will begin to run from the time of God's appearing for his ancient people, and gathering them together to the work of destroying all Antichristian nations, of evangelising the world, and of governing it during the Millennium... The times and fulness of the times, so often mentioned in the New Testament, I consider as referring to the great period numbered by times...Now if this reasoning be correct,as there can be little doubt that the one thousand two hundred and sixty days concluded in the year 1792, and the thirty additional days in the year 1823, we are already entered upon the last days, and the ordinary life of a man will carry many of us to the end of them. If this be so, it gives to the subject with which we have introduced this year's ministry a very great importance indeed." No more needs to be said about this prediction.

 

Third century

 

  • Christ returns and sets up the New Jerusalem in the small town of Pepuza in Phrygia. ( Montanus )

 

Fifteenth century

 

 

  • 1420 Christ returns and every city on earth is destroyed by fire. ( Taborites )

 

 

Sixteenth century

 

  • 1533 July 15 : Henry VIII dies after disobeying God's will and marrying Anne Boleyn . ( Elizabeth Barton )
    • Return of Christ in Strasbourg ( Melchior Hoffman )
  • 1534 April 15 : Johann Matthys , a new Gideon , sallies forth from the town of Münster with 30 men and defeats the evil forces of Francis of Waldeck, the town's expelled Bishop .

 

Nineteenth century

 

  • 1843 William Miller , founder of what would become the Seventh-day Adventist Church , used the Book of Daniel to predict the Second Coming , and said it would be between March 21 , 1843 and March 21 , 1844 .
  • 1844
    • October 22 : William Miller revised the Return of Christ to this date, which is known as the Great Disappointment . (Members of the Bahá'í Faith believe that Christ did return on May 23 1844 as the Báb (the Gate), the forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh (Glory of God)
  • 1873 or 1874
    • May 21 : Charles Taze Russell , founder of what became many religions, including Jehovah's Witnesses , reinterpreted Miller's teachings.
  • 1878
    • April: Nelson H. Barbour predicted believers would go to Heaven during April 1878 .

 

Twentieth century

 

  • 1974 January 11 - January 21 : Colossal doomsday event in USA heralded by comet Kohoutek ( David Berg )
  • 1975 Drought causes population of America to fall by one-third. ( Herbert W. Armstrong )
  • 1977 World Council of Churches takes over all Christian denominations . ( William M. Branham )
  • 1980s A United States of Europe forms with its own central government and is in control of its own military and political structures. ( Hal Lindsey )
  • 1981 Acting on the commands of a 900-foot-tall Jesus, Oral Roberts builds the City of Faith Medical Center .
  • 1983 Tens of thousands of people are converted in Britain. The faces of all Christians shine God's glory and unbelievers fall down in front of them in supermarkets. ( Kenneth Copeland ) Cure for Cancer discovered 'in the next few decades'. (Oral Roberts)
  • 1988 September 11 - September 13 : Return of Christ. ( Edgar C. Whisenant , in the book 88 Reasons Why the Rapture is in 1988)
    • Ronald Reagan dies in office and a nuclear war breaks out between the USA and Soviet Union ( Brother Stair )
  • 1989 A short man appears within a "few" years who will rule the world as the Antichrist . ( Benny Hinn )
    • The East Coast of America is badly damaged by earthquakes in the next ten years. (Benny Hinn)
    • Fidel Castro dies "within ten years". (Benny Hinn) America's first female President will be appointed "in the next few years". Unfortunately, she ends up destroying the nation. (Benny Hinn) Armies of perverts invade churches world-wide and engage in sexual activity. ( Rick Joyner ) Televangelist Jim Bakker is put on trial for fraud but is found completely innocent. (Oral Roberts)
  • 1991 March 31 : Return of Christ, who then comes into Sydney Harbour
    • Rapture posters such as this one were spread across New England based on the prophesy of a South Korean cult. Made of latex or a like material, many of the posters continue to last after more than a decade.

  • 1992 October 28 : Return of Christ Rapture ( Lee Jan Rim)
  • 1993 President Bill Clinton goes through a "Damascus Road" experience and is given by God to give blessing to America and to rescue them from the New World Order . ( Paul Cain ) Christ returns ( David Berg - Children of God)

 

  • 1994 Massive world-wide revival. (Paul Cain) The island of Guam is sunk after being hit by a tidal wave from an Earthquake in Japan and a subsequent volcanic eruption. ( William Kann )
    • June 9 :Evil is ripped off the face of the earth (John Hinkle) Second Coming of Christ occurs September 6 (Harold Camping , in the book 1994? )
  • 1995 God destroys America's Homosexual community. (Benny Hinn)
  • 1996 Canadian Civil War (William Kann)
  • 1997 Los Angeles California, New York City, Mimam Florida and Rome Italy destroyed on July 4, 1998 by biological and nuclear war. Global marshal law established. Pope John Paul II to become False Prophet predicted in book of Revelation, Boutros Boutros Ghali to become the 8th leader of the UN and will rule the world as the Antichrist, Bob Dole to go blind in one eye and rule a "post apocalyptic America". (James Lloyd doing business as Christian Media)

 

  • 1998 Los Angeles destroyed by a combination of earthquakes and Nuclear Weapons. (Rick Joyner).

 

  • 2000 Battle of Armageddon (Hal Lindsey)
    • October: Jesus returns and defeats HRH The Prince of Wales , who is the Antichrist ( Jim Searcy )

 

Twenty-first century

 

  • 2002 Rogue planet causes global catastrophy. (James Lloyd doing business as Christian Media), ("Alien Channeller" Nancy Leider)
    • Detroit and San Francisco become terrorist targets.( Pat Robertson )
  • 2003 Los Angeles California, New York City, Mimam Florida and Rome Italy again to be destroyed on July 4, 1998 by biological and nuclear war. Global marshal law established. (James Lloyd doing business as Christian Media) August 11 : Liberian President Charles Taylor , a "Christian, Baptist president" with links to al-Qaeda , was forced into exile after a civil war. Pat Robertson predicted the nation would be plunged into chaos because of the nation's lack of Christian leadership.In fact, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was democratically elected President after a transitional government. Taylor, known as Africa 's most renowned warlord, was arrested in Nigeria in March 2006 on charges of crimes against humanity. He is wanted by a UN criminal tribunal in Sierra Leone.

 

  • 2004 Novemer 2 : George W. Bush narrowly wins the US Presidential election . Pat Robertson had predicted in January 2004 that Bush would win in a "blowout".

 

See also, Bonehead Predictions in Christian History