Are we still reeling from the election day hangover?
So here is what we know: Congress is under divided leadership. While Republicans have maintained control of the Senate, Democrats have regained control of the House.
For weeks, politicos have been predicting this very thing, so for some, this is no shock. We’ve had time to prepare.
Nancy Pelosi will likely regain her former position as Speaker of the House. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, she was given the support of President Trump, who said she was deserving of the honor.
That’s probably a bit jarring for those partisan warriors of the MAGA tribe, who have, for so very long, deemed Pelosi one of the worst of the worst Democrat boogeymen.
In the overall, there was no “blue wave.” With that said, could this be counted as a victory for Republicans?
They broke even, at best.
So with all that said, let’s turn to the self-proclaimed Trump “prophets,” who eschew actual Biblical teachings, in favor of politics as a religion.
One of the most loathsome of these fakes and frauds is Mark Taylor, the subject of the so-called “Trump Prophecy,” which Liberty University’s media department helped make into a major motion picture.
Taylor, for those who need a refresher, is the retired firefighter who claims that God spoke to him in 2011 and told him Donald Trump would be the next president.
Taylor, who has said he doesn’t attend church, because 99 percent of America’s churches are satanic, in his view, has a website full of insane words of “prophecy.”
Most of them are variations on the rhetoric you find in the bowels of the internet, like Illuminati conspiracies, Trump initiating mass arrests of corrupt politicians, etc…
Who knew 4chan was full of prophets?
Still, Taylor has a following among some American evangelicals who don’t really require a Biblical foundation to their prophets, so much as they’re willing to settle for the right political views.
Those would be your characters like Jim Bakker, who often has Taylor on to discuss his nonsense.
Then there’s CBN, which recently spoke to Taylor, in order to get his latest word, as it pertained to the 2018 midterm election.
It was a doozy, of course.
“Go back to 2016 to the presidential election – all the fake news, the pundits, the polls were all wrong as we found out,” Taylor said. “It was just the exact opposite of what they were saying. So the same thing’s going to happen here.”
“There will be no ‘Blue Wave.’ A lot of people are talking about a ‘Red Wave,’ but it’s actually going to be a ‘Red Tsunami’ is what the Lord is showing me,” he continued.
“Because you’re seeing things right now; you’re seeing the resignations; you’re seeing the highest amount of resignations ever,” Taylor said. “You’re seeing people resign; people like Paul Ryan are saying they’re not running again.”
“So you’re gonna see this ‘Red Tsunami’ really take effect all the way across the country at state, local and federal levels,” he continued.
Not a “red wave,” but something as devastating as a tsunami?
That “wow,” by the way, is for just how wrong Taylor was. Again.
So what are we to think? The reality is here, and there is no blue wave, certainly, but there most definitely is no “red tsunami.”
Was the Lord wrong?
Hang on to that thought. Taylor was not alone.
Another “prophet,” Charlie Shamp, shared his own version of a prophetic word on his ministry website, Destiny Encounters International.
According to Shamp, in a piece he titled “I saw a Tsunami hit the United States,” he offered:
“I again looked and saw a massive red tsunami wave coming to America. Suddenly, it crashed against the shores and covered the nation. I thought, ‘No. Does this mean a disaster will come?’ I heard the Lord say, ‘I will come to America with another wave of revival. This will be the third wave and will crash against the shores so intensely that the nation will awaken to righteousness again. I will cover this nation with my blood; cities will experience the salvation of my hand. I will empower my church to preach the message of the Cross and multitudes will run to altars on street corners and stadiums as I cover the nation with the blood of my Son from sea to shining sea.”“The Lord spoke to me again, ‘As a sure sign of these things coming to pass there will be a wave of conservatives elected during the midterm election in November 2018; it will be breaking news. They will carry the House and the Senate, and I will uproot, replant and rebuild the nation. I will tie the three branches of government together, for a person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. I will no longer allow your president to stand on his own. Even now I have called others to come along side and help bring the nation back from the dead, and they will take their seats in the coming days.'”
So electing Republicans is a sign of revival?
He closed his piece with:
I saw the House of Representatives stay in the hands of the Republicans and will move much more to a conservative position. I could see into the Senate and saw the Republicans gain 9 seats, those that took their place were considerably more conservative then those who had previously been there. I heard the Lord say, “Yes, nine will be a sign; a sign that righteousness has been birthed in the nation and earth.” I saw three constitutional conservatives were appointed to the Supreme Court by President before 2020.
I was so stirred in my heart at the sight of the nation, it was no longer surviving; it was thriving. Waves of outpouring, renewal and revival were all around. I saw tangible glory clouds coming down. God will have his way in the coming days, but we must stand and continue to pray.
Let me point out several things.
First of all, as it stands currently, the Senate is far from gaining 9 Republican seats. They held on with 51 seats. Democrats actually lost 4 seats.
Secondly, the very curious matter of the closeness of Shamp’s “prophecy” to that of Taylor’s might be explained with the date.
Shamp’s failed prophecy was written and posted to his website on June 7, 2018 – exactly 5 months ago, today.
Taylor’s similar “prophecy” came more recently. As in, the last couple of days.
I wonder if Taylor bounces around the internet and reads the words of other “prophets”?
Yeah. I’m just thinking out loud, but go ahead. Color me a skeptic.
Taylor is a true MAGA warrior, and he advised in the CBN interview for Christians to turn away from the news media and only listen to Trump, directly.
That would be the Trump who said he did not need God’s forgiveness, because he had never done anything requiring forgiveness, and who displays some of the worst character to ever inhabit the White House.
Here’s the thing about prophets – if they declare it, it happens. Actual prophets hear the voice of God and speak only what He tells them to speak.
I know some who believe there are no more prophets in this day. I’m not one of those people, because I believe to declare that is to put limits on the Holy Spirit.
That being said, I also believe true prophets to be few and far between, and if what someone who claims the mantle of “prophet” says does not come to be, then they are not a prophet. They are a fraud.
We were warned to be wary of such men (and women).
1 John 4:1 (AMP) – “4 Beloved, do not believe every spirit [speaking through a self-proclaimed prophet]; instead test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets and teachers have gone out into the world.”
All we need to do to test this particular spirit is to look at the election results today.
Christians need to reject this false prophet, who has attempted to take hold of believers by destructive and corrupt words, assigning those words to our God, all for his personal gain.
I have no doubt that without repentance on their part, God will deal with Taylor and Shamp, in His own time. There will be a price to pay for so publicly telling people things He did not give them to say.
What happens to those evangelical Christians so eager to chase these falsehoods, simply because it was convenient to their politics, however?
The hope is that they wake up.