It’s estimated that less than 15% of those who voted for President Trump actually believe he lost the election. That’s nearly 60 million Americans. One out of every five of our neighbors.
In the aftermath of the failed reelection of Donald Trump hundreds of ministries around the nation are scrambling for an explanation to the universal failure of a flurry of prophecies about his winning a second term. Articles, tweets and emergency prayer vigils, YouTube videos, convocations and news conferences are coming from all corners of the American evangelical world. Millions are feverishly attempting to rescue the election for their prophecies and their President who poisoned the well on election night (shortly after the polls closed on the east coast) claiming that he was the victim of massive election fraud. Family of God, we’re swiftly moving from being out of kilter with Biblical fealty to being wholly out of touch with reality, thus profoundly infecting our gospel witness with “fables” and “myths” (Titus 1;14; 1 Timothy 1:4; 1 Timothy 4:7)
“For we did not follow cleverly concocted fables when we made known to you the power and return of our Lord Jesus Christ; no, we were eyewitnesses of His grandeur. For He received honor and glory from God the Father, when that voice was conveyed to Him by the Majestic Glory: “This is my dear Son, in Whom I am delighted.” When this voice was conveyed from heaven, we ourselves heard it, for we were with Him on the holy mountain. Moreover, we possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing.” (2 Peter 1:16-19)
What follows here is a raw chronology of some of the storylines, prophetic words and initiatives being spun in evangelical circles, initially emanating from President Trump, himself.
Leading up to the election President Trump repeatedly warned of the Democrats attempting to “steal the election”.
Months prior to the election his son, Donald Jr. had been recruiting a “militia” to fight for his dad’s reelection, knowing Trump was losing to challenger Joseph Biden by double-digits in national polls, and believing many of his supporters were more than zealous enough to run to the battle lines.
On election night, shortly after the polls closed on the east coast, with no evidence in hand, President Trump made his first claim that the election was being stolen from him – merely based on the fact that he was trailing in a number of “must-have” battle-ground states.
Fueled by these angry, demeaning charges, millions of Trump-supporters vehemently believe the election was stolen from their President; many of them, evangelical Christians.
Weeks later, billed as “The Most Important Speech He Ever Made” President Trump released a private YouTube video in which he spends 45 minutes fomenting spurious falsified election allegations.
Three weeks after the election failed to show a clear victory for Trump thousands of his defiant devotees picketed state houses around the country at “Stop the Steal” rallies, protesting what many now claim the most elaborate plot in our nation’s history to steal the US Presidency.
One of President Trump’s (unofficial) attorney’s Sidney Powell invites Christians to Washington to bring down the walls of deception so the true winner of the election can emerge.
A prominent charismatic prayer leader sends daily urgent prayer communique to hundreds of thousands of followers: “We must keep the atmosphere opened up!” In his daily YouTube message he urges intercessors to clear the heavens over America of evil spiritual entities who are attempting to cloud the reality that Donald Trump won the Presidential election. He “shares candidly regarding the contested presidential election. Should we give up and move on or is it worth the fight? He deals with the questions we are facing and shares from his heart.” https://bit.ly/3qdsHuB
This same prophetic intercessor gathered tens of thousands online between the midnight hour and 3am to pray from “Independence Hall and the large clock tower located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.” In the dream, an angel came and stood on top of the clock tower and shouted, ‘When the clock strikes 3 a.m., Valkyrie will fall and will not sing, if the sons of the kingdom will pray!’ Sheets said. “I then saw fervent prayer taking place in the night and through the night, and it caused the witchcraft and curse to bounce back to the sender!” Also in the dream, another group of warriors awakened, clothed in battle array. They were surrounded and led by a host of angels. One of the angels declared repeatedly, “The commander’s judgments are supreme!” This energized the warriors, and they joined in with the declaration. At the end of the dream, the scales of justice tipped and became perfectly balanced.
Mario Murillo We’re at the Red Sea. And some Christians are saying, ‘Well, let’s just side with Biden and let this go. And let’s not investigate.’ We’re looking bad to the world, because they don’t have a clue what’s at stake. They’re saying, ‘Oh, well, you know, in four years, Trump could run again.’ Well, right now we’re having the weasel guard the chicken coop. And the fact is, we don’t know what we’re going to look like in four years—if there’ll be anything for Trump to save. “So the point is, it’s now or never,” Murrillo says. “Now is when the church has to find its moral spine, stand up with one voice and say, ‘Let’s get to the bottom of these votes. Let’s get to the bottom of the corruption. Let’s expose and find out whether or not Joe Biden—who in no version of reality is an American president—should be exposed, the whole thing, now. And the church that doesn’t have a heart for this has to at least get out of the way.” Murillo says the church’s laissez-faire attitude is at fault.
“Curt Landry and Janet Porter agree God is giving this election to Donald Trump, but we need mountain-moving prayer.”
In this article Landry (a minister from Oklahoma) declares: “God is “completely in control and He is going to give Donald Trump this election. I prophesied in 2015 that Trump would be a two-term president. The word from the Lord for 2020 is from 2 Chronicles 20:20 “Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be supported. Believe His prophets, and you will succeed.” The Lord is saying that if you believe in the Word of God, you will be established. I’ve been operating as a prophet for 30 years, and I have never in my experience as a prophet seen every prophet I know and respect—and some I respect and don’t know—all on the same sheet of music. They are all saying Donald Trump is going to serve two terms... The prophets were right. If everything would have been stopped legally on election night, November 3, like it was supposed to be, Donald Trump technically would have won and Republicans would have won the House, too. Now, you have all this corruption taking place.”
This has now become the bonafide narrative for the vast majority of evangelicals. Never-mind the fact that these baseless accusations and conspiracy theories are being laughed out of courtroom after courtroom, around the nation – most often by life-time conservative judges, and even Trump appointed magistrates.
But as fast as each “kraken” fails to appear, the prophets and nationalists are feverishly setting up new theories in new jurisdictions, ready to “reveal all” in the next epic court battle. Case after case the accusations fail to meet the most basic standards of evidentiary burden. One fizzle after another. You’d think that seeing how much more popular President Trump is than his opponent, some judge, some legislator in one of the handful of battle-ground states would find compelling evidence to proceed with some thread leading to the unraveling of the greatest crime in all American history.
One pastor encourages the body of Christ that the configuration of demons assaulting Donald Trump have changed and intercessors need to employ a new strategy to pray protection around our President.
Dr. Michael Brown, a Messianic apologist observes: “It’s becoming increasingly clear that for some Trump loyalists, voting for him is not enough. Supporting his agenda is not enough. Defending him against his critics is not enough. You must pledge unswerving loyalty to his cause no matter what, otherwise you are a leftist. Scary…It is no hyperbole when I say that things are worse than I imagined.”
One major Christian magazine has turned itself into supernatural election-fraud central, publishing no less than a dozen articles on how the election was stolen, and touting new prophetic words to inspire the “faithful” to help God overturn our election-results. Here are some of the headlines:
“Prophetic Word: Nothing Will Remain Hidden“
“Prominent Lawyer Fights Election Fraud with Supernatural Discernment“
“Trump Win Will Be the Third of My Recent Prophecies to Be Fulfilled, Prophet Jeremiah Johnson Says“
“Prophetic Word: It’s Time to Sound the Alarm to Fight“
“What Happens When Someone Crowns Himself King“
“Prophecy: It’s Time to Checkmate the Enemy“
“Prophecy: Hold the Line, God Wins“
R. Loren Sandford Calls Nation to Prayer in the Midst of Contested Election
Prophecy: Now Is a Time of Great Testing for America
Author Ken Timmerman says he wrote The Election Heist as information and warning
Damaging Testimony About Dominion Voting System – Used in US Election – Revealed
Johnny Enlow’s Prophetic Word for Believers in This New Era: Hold the Line, Contend for the Truth
Suspicious, Potentially Unlawful Georgia and Nevada Votes Revealed
Dutch Sheets Says Dreams Revealed Prayer Strategy for Destroying Satanic Plot to Take Over America
President Trump Calls for Election Correction in Georgia, Campaigns for Senators
Evidence Reveals Some Voter Spikes Are Statistically Impossible
The Global Elite’s Plan for Your Future: The Great Reset
The hostile spirit that articles such as these foment within the hearts of millions is aptly identified by columnist, Jim Gerghaty:
When those with prominent platforms and positions of responsibility begin to characterize presidential elections — a normal quadrennial step in changing or maintaining leaders in a constitutional republic — in life-and-death terms, and compare the loss of a preferred candidate to mass murder — say, comparing it to the terrorists in the cockpit of Flight 93 — no one should be surprised when certain folks out there take those words literally and start to see the outcome of an election as a life-or-death struggle that justifies violence. “The Post Election Madness Gets Worse” Jim Gerghaty, National Review, December 3, 2020
One of Trump’s legal team, and a member of the Falkirk Center (an evangelical political think-tank) intones “Jesus is Lord” in one breath, and in the next maliciously mocks Trump’s adversary…
Another of Trump’s lawyers, Lin Wood: “‘We the People’ will not let them steal our vote,” he said. “We will not allow them to steal our freedom. Every lie will be exposed.” Then, as if the Holy Spirit had downloaded a prophetic word to him, Wood launched into a faith-filled declaration, “And on Jan. 20, 2021, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as president of the United States of America.”
The primary message Wood communicated at the Willis Park press conference was “We’re going to fight for our liberty.” He directed these words at the governor of Georgia, whom he insists should call a special session of the state legislature to fix the problems with the election. Wood also named China and George Soros in his address. “We’re not going to let you take our country over,” shouted Wood into the microphone, adding that the message is going to go all the way to Beijing, China. “Never going to happen on our watch. This is America. You’ve picked a fight with the wrong people.” As chants of “USA. USA. USA.” reverberated across the crowd, Wood declared with a fighter’s tone.” (“Lin Wood Invites Holy Spirit to Press Event: ‘This Is 1776 in America Again.” Reported by A.B. Petrucci, Charismanews.com 12/3/2020)
Lin Wood is often also advocating for martial law until the election dust settles and President Trump is handed the election.
One prominent evangelical author and radio-talk-show host has asserted: Jesus once told his followers that the greatest love of all is to lay down your life for your friends. Christian radio talk show host and author Eric Metaxas offered to do just that for President Donald J. Trump during an interview with the president Monday. “I’d be happy to die in this fight,” Metaxas told Trump during a discussion about the president’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election. “This is a fight for everything. God is with us.”
When the administration’s own Cybersecurity Chief declared that the 2020 election system was “more secure than any in history”, and was then summarily fired by the President, Trump’s lawyer, Joe diGenova blasted Krebs: “That guy is a Class A moron.He should be drawn and quartered, taken out at dawn and shot.” Krebs crime? Publicly disagreeing with the President.
Another pastor Rick Wiles, senior pastor of Flowing Streams Church in Vero Beach, Florida is publicly advocating for the mass execution of those conspiring against Donald Trump. Yes. This is where idolatrous behavior goes.
Beloved, the frenzied rhetoric attached to each new allegation of voter fraud, and the many prophetic words doubling and tripling down about the Lord reversing the election reads like the story of the desperate prophets of baal in 1 Kings 18:20-39. The feverish seizing of every new suspicious allegation and conspiracy yarn is a severe corruption of our Christian witness. The spirit of these arguments, rallies and prophecies also has all the earmarks of the May 14th dream where evangelical nationalist lashed themselves to the Washington Monument in the middle of a thunderstorm moments before the edifice was struck by lightning. The May 2020 Vision: God’s Judgement Against Evangelical Nationalism
What then are we to do?
The poison is in our body. It taints our culture and our status-quo way of thinking and reacting. Removing the toxins from our system is not a “once-and-done” fix. It requires a movement of repentance and works that keep with the movement of repentance. Here’s a three-fold start:
1. We must come before the Lord in the spirit of Psalm 2:11-12 repentance, exaltation, fear and faith-building.
2. We must understand the Lord’s serious intent to judge His own people and remove the idolatry that’s corrupted our relationship with Him.
3. We must exercise redemptive discipline over the purveyors of false teaching and false prophecy, detaching ourselves from paradigms that pervert the way of the Kingdom.
1. OFFERING THE LORD A PSALM 2 RESPONSE
The Lord is calling His people to respond to Him from Psalm 2: 11-12
“Exalt, rejoice and repent with trembling. Blessed is everyone who takes refuge in the Lord.”
Exalt Me. Do not exalt a man, or the glory of a nation.
Take refuge in Me. Do not take refuge in political power.
Tremble before Me. Do not tremble before evil and conspiracies.
Repent of your idolatry.
Rejoice in Me. Do not rejoice in pride and lies.
2. ENGAGING THE LORD’S ZEAL TO PURGE HIS PEOPLE FROM IDOLATRY
This is a link to more than 20 Old and New Testament examples of how God seriously addresses idolatry among His people. This is prayer material. These holy texts are meant to be brought before the Lord, where we may “inquire in His temple” (Psalm 27:4) about the degree to which these unrighteous ways may be found within us. Take up these words and let the Holy Spirit speak sobriety to your heart, that we may be without spot, blemish or wrinkle; unfettered unto wholehearted love for His Son.
3. DISCIPLINING OURSELVES FROM FALSE PROPHETS
The false prophets that Peter warns about in 2 Peter 2 were within the Church – not outside the Church. Where the American Church is currently going in “doubling-down” in our idolatrous nationalism, malice and self-saving will soon bring God’s holy and swift wrath upon us.
2 Peter 2 is a vital portion of scripture for the body of Christ to understand in this hour. Open it. Study it. Inquire of the Lord about it. Let Him apply every verse to our life together.
2 PETER 2
1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;
3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;
5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter;
7 and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men
8 (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds),
9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,
10 and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,
11 whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord.
12 But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,
13 suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you,
14 having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children;
15 forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
16 but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.
17 These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved.
18 For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,
19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.
20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.
In this hour, we want to walk in purity. We want to see God, clearly. We want to engage Him in Holy Spirit truth and wholehearted love.
JSB • December 2020