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False Prophets of the Charismatic Movement – Benny Hinn

This is a article that I wrote many years ago, but I thought that I will post it here for you to see.

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The bible warns us about false prophets. It is spelled out as clear as day in these following verses to name a few:

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolvesMatthew 7:15

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:11

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24

Benny Hinn has made false prophecies. Just take a look at the following:

Orlando Christian Center, Dec. 31st, 1989.
“The Spirit tells me – Fidel Castro will die – in the 90’s. Oooh my! Some will try to kill him and they will not succeed. But there will come a change in his physical health, and he will not stay in power, and Cuba will be visited of God.”

Orlando Christian Center, Dec. 31st, 1989.
“The Lord also tells me to tell you in the mid 90’s, about ’94-’95, no later than that, God will destroy the homosexual community of America. [audience applauds] But He will not destroy it – with what many minds have thought Him to be, He will destroy it with fire. And many will turn and be saved, and many will rebel and be destroyed.”

Benny Hinn claims that the Lord revealed the above prophecies to him, yet none came to pass. I don’t know about you but I believe God is without fail, and if the Lord did give him these words, then God was wrong. It is a case of Benny lied, or the Lord was wrong. The answer should be clear to any Christian.

Jer 14:14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

Ezek 13:2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are now prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: ‘Hear the word of the LORD!

Ezek 13:3 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!

Ezek 13:4 Your prophets, O Israel, are like jackals among ruins.

Ezek 13:5 You have not gone up to the breaks in the wall to repair it for the house of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the LORD.

Ezek 13:6 Their visions are false and their divinations a lie. They say, “The LORD declares,” when the LORD has not sent them; yet they expect their words to be fulfilled.

Ezek 13:7 Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The LORD declares,” though I have not spoken?

Ezek 13:8 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you, declares the Sovereign LORD.

Ezek 13:9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.

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The Prophecy Series – What is a false Prophet

Defining a false prophet:

What is a false prophet, and how hard are they to recognize? The bible is full of examples that help us see these people as who they really are. Let’s start by defining what a false prophet is.

The scriptures say that they will appear Christian (Mat 7:15) and that they will even be convinced that they are Christian (Mat 7:22).

They will be successful, introducing heresy into the church. These heresies will be destructive even to the point of denying the Lord (2 Pet 2:1)

Many will follow them, as they spread heresy (2 Pet 2:2) they are greedy, and will make up lies to try and convince you that they are correct. (2 Pet 2:3).

As Christians we are to test these spirits whether they are of God, because there are many of them (1 John 4:1)

They will be convincing, because they will perform great wonders and even Christians will be mislead (Mat 24:24, Mark 13:22, Rev 13:13, Rev 13:14, Rev 19:20).

People will defend the false prophet because of their own desires (2 Tim 4:3)

These people will believe falsehood over truth (2 Tim 4:4)

When the day of judgement comes they will be rejected by God (Mat 7:21, Mat 7:23) because of their wickedness.

Summary:

So, this is what a false prophet is, and the scriptures tell us that they are around. So next time when someone’s prophecy does not come to pass, are we to forgive them, and keep our fellowship with them intact.
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, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him (Deuteronomy 18:22).