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Stargazers and Monthly Prognosticators

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Synopsis :  Today,   Charismatic “leaders” seek to peer into the future and decode God’s “mysteries” by divination and other occult practices  - 2 Timothy 3:10-13 .  Jongsun Lee on Unsplash Having booted sound scriptural exegesis out of their midst, today's self-anointed "leaders" of what remains of the Charismatic Movement engage in astrological forecasting, numerology, calendrical calculations, and other forms of divination forbidden in the Bible.

Evolving Definitions

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Despite the catastrophic prophetic failures of the past twelve months, the “stargazers” and “monthly prognosticators” are up to their old tricks - those purveyors of occult practices and “doctrines of demons” that masquerade as prophets of God. Apparently, this month’s total lunar eclipse is another “blood moon,” a harbinger of an impending prophetic event, though, what exactly, none can say – ( A 'Super Blood Moon' Is on the Way  - breakingchristiannews ). [ Lunar cycles - Unsplash.com ].

The "About" Revival

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Now that the latest election season is over, the “prophets and apostles” have returned to their old standby – Predicting the promised super “revival” that is always “ about ” to arrive in America (but never quite does!). And why it is always “about” to hit America and not, say, Canada or Zimbabwe, is rather puzzling. I mean, China has five times the population of the U.S.A., so why not start there? - [ Photo by Miikka Luotio on Unsplash ].

Beast Rising

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I have a maxim when it comes to the  Ancient Serpent  — He is a clever and cunning fellow. Put another way, when everyone is singing the same song, it is time to change the tune. - [ Photo by Daniel Cheung on Unsplash ]. T he popular subject of the “ Antichrist ” raises understandable questions. Who is he? When will he appear? How do we recognize him? And so on… But if the Dragon truly is a clever and cunning fellow, will he not do what we least expect?

Revival for America?

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The popular view in many Christian circles is that what the church and society need is “revival.” Amen! A little revival would be great – A lot would be far better. However, always there is a certain twist; always the focus zeroes in on "revival" in the United States. If mentioned, the other nations of the earth are little more than an afterthought. As one minister wrote  - [ Earth - Photo by NASA on Unsplash ]:

Slain Lamb

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Of late, it has become popular to declare Jesus to be the “ Lion of the Tribe of Judah .” Well and good! Amen! Beyond doubt, he is the Messiah of Israel who fulfills that role! However, popular preachers always cite with this declaration a particular passage from the book of Revelation , although the complete passage is almost never quoted, and herein is the problem. - [ Lamb for the slaugher - Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash ].

More Mistaken Prophets

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Of late, the contemporary “prophets” of the Charismatic Movement have become rather bizarre and self-serving in their pronouncements. - [ Photo by Damir Spanic on Unsplash ] I have watched videos of several “apologies” by the “mistaken” prophets, including Jeremiah Johnson and Kris Vallhotton, the latter, a leader from Bethel church of Redding, California. While they admit to their recent “mistake,” they insist they are NOT false prophets – They only made a single “mistake,” so, they continue to practice their “prophetic” ministries, though they have learned to avoid predicting specific items that can be used later to validate or invalidate their “prophetic” ramblings. Ambiguity if the prophet's best friend!

My VIsion

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So, here is my vision – What I hope to see with my own eyes, and soon. A day is coming when an unassuming man will walk into a room or building where Christians have gathered around someone who is gravely ill, perhaps already dead. This gentleman will be properly attired – dress slacks and matching shoes, necktie, sport coat, hair combed, and his dress shirt tucked-in. Nothing fancy or expensive, just appropriate. There will be no preliminaries - No fanfare, no noise or hoopla, no light show. - [ Photo by Bobbie Wallace on Unsplash ].