There's plenty of talk about the end-times but we haven't seen a date-setter for a while. Harold Camping was the last high-profile figure to claim he knew when the end of the world would happen—and he finally repented before he went home to be with the Lord.
My good friend Ricky Scaparo from EndTimeHeadlines.org sent me a video titled, "Why the World Will End Surely on 31 October 2016? Shocking Facts" Produced by End Time Prophecies. The video runs 17 minutes and has plenty of advertisements along the way.
"If you want to know when will be the end times, the end of the world, end of days, end of humanity and who is the Antichrist, you're in the right place by reading Daniel," they declare. "In fact the recorded prophecies tell the history of mankind from the days of the great Babylonian Empire. All the evidence tells us that the end of the world, end of days and the end of time on 31 October 2016."
I can't guarantee you the world won't end on Halloween, but I can guarantee you no man knows the day or the hour, not even the angels in heaven (Matt. 24:36). And I can almost guarantee you these false prophets will not repent if they miss it.
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I still have to wonder, why do some in the prophetic ministry keep rehashing prophecies that have fallen to the ground with a new twist and a new date? Why do we make excuses for these prophets? Why is there no repentance? No apology? No accountability? Where are the apostolic fathers who will jerk a knot in the tails of erroneous prophetic voices releasing dreadful messages of fear with no redemptive value, messages that clearly did not emanate from the heart of the Father?
I love the prophetic ministry and anyone can miss it. None of us is perfect. Prophetic ministry is vital in this hour; perhaps more vital than in any hour of history. Perhaps that's why Jezebel is working so hard to pervert prophetic voices with platforms large and small. Some thrive on the honor of men and announce peace when there is no peace. Others have bitter spirits and pronounce curses and ruthless judgment with no escape. Many are asking, "What is the truth?"
I feel the Holy Spirit's grief over how some prophetic ministries have turned away from the Word and are tapping into spirits of divination, familiar spirits and the soulish realm. One reason this happens is because the body of Christ is so hungry for personal prophecy that prophets feel pressured to release a word even when it's not a due season.
In other words, prophets who have built a reputation on their gift rise and fall on the operation of the gift. As I've said before, some prophets just need to keep their mouths shut. If God is not speaking, we have nothing to say—and we need to have more fear of the Lord than to release fearful prophecies willy-nilly.
Jennifer LeClaire is senior leader of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, founder of the Ignite Network and founder of the Awakening Blaze prayer movement. She is author of over 25 books. Find her online at jenniferleclaire.org or email her at email@example.com.
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