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July 25, 2016

False Prophet (Part 2)

Filed under: Politics/Current Events — jbwatson @ 8:23 pm
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On May I posted False Prophet. Since then, that post has been viewed far more times than I would have imagined. It has also generated a few–not many, but a few–comments from individuals who felt that my comments on Mark Taylor’s so-called prophecy were off-base and full of examples of me misquoting him. I am human and I am certainly capable of making mistakes, so I took the time to listen again to the entire hour-long program on TRUNEWS in which Taylor discusses his prophecy. Having done that, and reviewed my May blog post, I do not find any examples of my having misquoted Taylor at all.

One of the comments was made by an individual identified as GHiles, who said that Taylor never said Trump would lead the church to anything. I said in my post that Taylor said Trump was going to restore the church in America. This is the closest thing to an inaccuracy I can find in my post. Taylor did not use the words “restore the church” but he did state that God was using Trump to hold off the forces of Islam and “bolster the voice of Christianity.” That is the only correction or clarification to my original post I feel is warranted.

Taylor also said, by the way, that God is using Trump “to literally split hell wide open,” and He is doing so because the church is not doing its job. The church no doubt has neglected its role in many ways. And while the Bible contains many references to God using unbelievers to judge His people for not doing what they are supposed to do (i.e., obey God) I am not familiar with any instance of God using unbelievers to battle Satan and the forces of hell because the church was not doing its job.

GHiles also stated that he has found America in the Bible. Since no specifics were provided I cannot comment specifically but to say that I disagree; I see no mention of the United States in end-times prophecies nor do I know of any Bible scholar whom I respect who suggests that America is found in the Bible.

Patsy Bates suggested that my post was full of misquotes but she failed to provide examples and, as I said above, I did not find any with the possible exception of the one I have described here. Patsy also suggested I am off balance. I am not quote sure what she means by that or why she said it, so I will have to let that go without response.

Someone identified as Woot Queen said my post was “stupid,” that is misrepresents Taylor and that my logic was nonsensical. I cannot argue intelligently with someone whose best rebuttal is call my thoughts “stupid” so I will let that go, too. I find that “stupid” is usually used as a catch-all condemnation for ideas, thoughts and opinions with which someone does not agree. If Woot Queen disagrees with me that’s fine. She did provide one specific, which is that no one, including Taylor, is claiming that Trump is a child of God let alone a prophet. Well, I did not claim he was a prophet either. And I have heard several people claim he is a believer, but since I did not say so in my original post I see no need to address that here either.

Pat Anderson said Woot Queen was right on with her comments.Pat also said later that I need to be at the altar getting my act together. I am not sure what that means or how to respond to it. The implication, to me, would be that I somehow sinned in my post, since that is the only reason I can think of for needing to go to the altar. However, I am aware of no sin in my post nor do I feel the need to seek forgiveness for anything I wrote. Pat does not want eight more years of Obama, and on that we can agree; neither do I.

Someone named Douglas said that my post “wreaks of a sour grapes Cruz supporter.” That is technically true, but not in the way Douglas intended. I was a sour grapes Cruz supporter. My grapes were sour, though, because I had to support Cruz. Due to where I live and the date of our primary there were only three candidates on the ballot from which I could choose–Trump, Cruz and Kasich. There was not even a write-in option. Of those three, I had to choose Cruz. All of the candidates I would have preferred over Cruz were out of the race before I had a chance to ever vote–and there were at least five running at one time or another whom I would have preferred over Cruz.

Douglas also asserted that everyone who has opposed Trump has suffered personal loss, but I have no way of verifying that and therefore cannot knowledgeably comment.

The most recent comment, as I write this, is from a ggerim, who questioned who I am. I answer that question in the About section of this site. I do not claim to speak for God, though, as ggerim suggests. I was speaking as clearly and truthfully as I know how based on my understanding of God’s Word, but I do not claim to speak for God. Ggerim also charges me with putting God in a little box. Far from it. I believe God is awesome in the truest sense of the word and He can do anything. I do not believe, though, that He has given this prophecy to Mark Taylor. I am, therefore, putting Mark Taylor in a little box, I suppose, but there is a real difference between saying God could not have given Taylor this prophecy (which I did not say) and saying that I do not believe Taylor (which I did say, and still say). I should perhaps clarify that, too. I could accept that Taylor may really believe God gave him this prophecy; I am not suggesting he made it up. I do not believe, however, that God still provides prophecy of this nature and even if I did believe that there are several statements made by Taylor that would cause me question the validity of this one. See my original post for those reasons.

So, to those who have commented, I thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts and even to provide comments. I have read your words and they have prompted me to carefully evaluate whether or not I may have made any errors in my May 5 post, but having done so I have concluded that no, I did not. I stand by my original rebuttal of Taylor’s prophecy.

5 Comments »

  1. So far everything Taylor has said has happened. I am just watching and waiting to see if it’s true. I’m usually very skeptical of modern day prophecies, but the Bible does say that there will be prophecies in the end times. Maybe this is one of them. I am willing to wait and see.

    Comment by bd233 — August 9, 2016 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

  2. Donald Trump is President Elect and so far Mark Taylor is 100% right.

    Comment by bd233 — November 22, 2016 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

    • Yeah. Condemning is more the “thing to do” nowadays. I don’t think we should walk blindly behind anyone in the flesh, but you can’t deny his results so far. 100% for him. Not so much for others, yet they keep trashing this one. Hmmm…

      Comment by Tmquesada — December 23, 2016 @ 1:56 am | Reply

  3. Here is a quote from your first article, “God does not reveal prophecy with divine authority anymore. Those gifts have ceased, because we have the entire revealed scripture.” Those are concrete statements with no room for deviation. You may not have meant to say it quite that way, but that is what you said. That is what the commenter meant by you putting God in a box. Now in this article you say that “you do not believe, however, that God still provides prophecy of this nature…”. This is an entirely different statement than the first one and does not put God in a box. Your first statement is written as though it is a fact, the second statement is written to express your opinion, big difference.
    Now I would like to ask you why you believe that prophecy has ceased? On what do you base this belief on? Surely it is not based on what the scriptures say, for the scriptures are filled with evidence to the contrary, that prophecy and the other gifts of the Spirit are for the Church of Jesus Christ and will continue until the end.

    Comment by Charlie — January 18, 2017 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for your comment Charlie. I am what is often called a cessationist in that i believe sign gifts described in the Bible–such as prophecy and speaking in tongues–were specific gifts for a specific time and that that time has passed. Scripture makes it clear that we have received the entire revelation of God, which means that there is no more prophecy given now. Some, such as John Piper, have suggested that there is still room for modern day prophecy but not of the kind that carries the weight of the Word of God. I have not thought enough about that possibility or investigated the Scriptures deeply enough to know if I agree with that possibility.

      Comment by jbwatson — January 18, 2017 @ 9:15 pm | Reply


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