“Apocalyptic scenarios sell. No wonder there is a temptation to enhance Scripture with extrabiblical and alternative future scenarios. Postmodern teachers are rapidly leaving Sola Scripture to add in mystical components, and the prophecy circuit teachers are no exception.”
The intro paragraph above was written by researcher Sarah Leslie in 2013. The image is from a promotional conference happening this summer. What do you see?
A friend of mine asked me to check out a prophecy website tonight, Prophecy Watchers. Having not heard of the site, I decided to give it a look. It took me one whiff – two seconds – to become extremely concerned.
Was it the combination of known false teachers with their extra biblical sources and books for sale? I’m not going to spend time warning you about the New Apostolic Reformation implications of individual members of this group, other than to point you to our Dominionism/NAR white paper, which is a must-read if you follow any of these gentlemen or their teachings.
No, I am simply going to list the names of their upcoming Prophecy Conference presenters and let you draw your own conclusions. Here are the people who have linked hands together in spiritual unity:
Gary Stearman, Tom Horn, Chuck Missler, L.A. Marzulli, Randall Price, Bill Koenig, Avi Lipkin, Aaron Lipkin, Cris Putnam, Tim Mahoney, Joseph Farah, Paul McGuire, Derek Gilbert, Bill Salus, Stan Deyo, Bob Maginnis, Carl Teichrib, Joel Richardson, Michael Lake, Josh Peck, Doc Marquis, Douglas Stauffer, Tom Hughes, Ken Johnson, Jeff Kinley and Brent Miller.
Gary Stearman and Bill Salus started Prophecy Watchers a few years ago, roping in folks like Jonathan Cahn, Chuck Missler, Tom Horn, WND’s Joe Farah, and Avi Lipkin, a non-Messianic Jew who rejects Christ as Messiah. Their books are all for sale on the Prophecy Watchers site, along with books about aliens, UFOs and Nephilim.
Maybe you have some “good ones” you follow on this list. If that’s the case, you may want to get on the horn and ask some questions about whom they are joining hands with. (Not that Matthew 18 applies to public teaching or partnerships – it would be a nice thing to do for them and for their sheep.)
Bill Salus has been teaching the sheep from Scripture his dreams and visions he calls the Now Prophecies:
Do you believe the Lord still works through dreams and visions? Bill Salus does. A few months ago Bill awoke in the middle of the night after hearing these words in a dream—The Now Prophecies. Bill was convinced it was a message straight from God. As the thought of going back to sleep crossed his mind, his cell phone rang. It was a call from somewhere in Africa and they didn’t speak a word of English! Wide awake now, Bill took it as a sign and he began writing like he never had before—in complete seclusion for 4 straight months! As things come to a head in the Middle East, the nations of the world seem poised once again for battle. Israel, Russia, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the USA . . . are we about to see World War 3? Is this the season? Are Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38, Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49 about to be fulfilled in rapid fire succession? These are most certainly the NOW Prophecies.
This isn’t your grandpa’s pre-trib, premillennialism
Remember when prophecy simply meant focusing on Old Testamnet prophetic writings pointing to Jesus’ incarnation and return, and telling our loved ones and strangers about the hope we have in Christ? As Sarah Leslie reports in her THE RISE OF APOCALYPTIC PAGANISM IN THE CHURCH: BIBLE PROPHECY IN CRISIS article, many prominent evangelical prophecy teachers still profess a basic Premillennial view, BUT there’s been a morphing going on in some circles that mixes New Age and mythology:
“The eschatological teachings of the postmodern evangelical church are in a state of revision and flux. It is no longer possible to categorize endtime teachings according to the old standard recognizable Postmillennialism, Amillennialism and Premillennialism. There are emerging permutations in these teachings, hybrid eschatologies that blend in New Ageevolutionary progression, quantum physics (including quantum spirituality), “incarnating” Christ, “Forerunner Eschatology,”science fiction, UFO lore, secret codes, and ancient pagan mythology, astrology and apocryphal writings. The result is a prophecy mish-mash. These strange new configurations of eschatology are apocalyptic in nature and go far beyond the descriptions found in Scripture alone. Postmodern endtime prophecy no longer reflects the humble Gospel message of salvation, nor does it find hope in the soon return of Jesus Christ. Source
If you read the above link, you’ll find Leslie points to several teachers doing this, including several members and founders of The Prophecy Watchers.
Hat tip: Laurie Mandeville