by Rev. Anthony.
Credentialed Minister of the Gospel for the Assemblies of God. Owner and founder of 828 ministries. Vice President for Goodwill Industries. Always remember that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him
“Apostle” and “Prophet” David E. Taylor said that the Holy Spirit confirmed for him that the Broncos would win the Super Bowl…oops. But what was on his website was more disturbing.
Here’s a link to see David Taylor’s Super Bowl “prophecy” video.
“ Let these false prophets tell their dreams, but let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word. There is a difference between straw and grain! – Jeremiah 23: 28 (NLT)
I have to admit it. When I first watched the video from someone claiming to be “Apostle” David E. Taylor prophesying the winner of last week’s Super Bowl I chuckled because of the sheer lunacy of it all. Even though the false apostle appeared to be very sincere in sharing that the upcoming game was going to be a Denver victory. He was detailed in claiming that this vision came to someone close to him in a dream from God and that the Holy Spirit confirmed it in his own spirit. He wasn’t sure about the score, saying another person he knew dreamed the final as 24-21 but that the “spirit” hadn’t confirmed the score for him. Despite that uncertainty however, he was certain that God wanted to show His ability to forecast by imparting the immovable fact that the Denver Broncos were going to be Super Bowl Champions.
Then the Seattle Seahawks won the game. Oh, and it wasn’t even close. Wait a minute…yep the “spirit” has just confirmed in me that the Seahawks won the game 43-8. Seems the “apostle” must have been confused. God didn’t want to show off His ability to forecast as much as He wanted to show off His ability to expose false prophets for what they are. Normally that would be the end of this amusing yet sad tale but then I decided to visit the “apostle’s” website. It seems making a fool of himself is not all Mr. Taylor has been up to.
That’s right folks. The wannabe apostle and false prophet apparently runs a large fake healing ministry. How can I be so sure that it is fake? Well despite the fact that he proudly proclaims to be following in the footsteps of renowned fake healers such as Benny Hinn; I watched the Super Bowl. God does not use people like this beloved. The prophets of God speak from God and God is never wrong. In fact, God seems to take these matters very seriously:
But any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die.’ – Deuteronomy 18: 20 (NLT)
Now I know this flies in the face of the modern false prophets from Kansas City and Bill Johnson out in California. To hear scam artists like Rick Joyner or Cindy Jacobs tell it, 65% accuracy is respectful for a “prophet” of God. Despite the utter stupidity of that notion these charlatans make quite a living pretending to be speaking for God. Digging further into the website however reveals that Mr. Taylor has authored a book claiming that he can ensure that Jesus Christ visits you personally!
On this page Taylor actually claims that Jesus told him in a visitation that anyone who hears this message or reads his book will receive a visitation from Jesus as well. That’s right, who needs a marketing representative when you have the Almighty as your agent? If you buy his book, he assures you that somewhere within the next 3-4 months Jesus will visit you too. Considering one of his heroes is Benny Hinn, who once falsely prophesied that Jesus would physically appear at one of his meetings, this blasphemy is hardly surprising. What is more surprising however is that his follow up book, entitled “My Trip to Heaven” further compounds the blasphemy. In this book, Taylor doubles down on his heresy to claim that Jesus took him to the throne room in the third heaven where he met Father God face to face. I guess the “apostle” never read the Old Testament:
The Lord replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh,before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.” – Exodus 33: 19-20 (NLT)
This apparently is just one of his many visits to heaven but at least he saved the most blasphemous for his book. His promises for us who read this book include but are not limited to:
1) Experiencing Jesus coming to you face to face personally
2) Being taken by the Lord personally on a tour to see Heaven
3) Meet God the Father in person
Wow, that is some publishing deal he got from God! He actually has the nerve to put this on his page that sells his book! But then again snake oil salesmen do not care about the brashness of their claims. They have no fear of God. Our key verse today come from the Lord through the Prophet Jeremiah, who for the record would have known the Seahawks were going to win the Super Bowl. True messengers who can move in the prophetic gift of God are still at work in the Kingdom. Unfortunately it is people like this false prophet who give credence to the arguments of cessationism. But God spells it out for us clearly here through Jeremiah. False messengers tell their own dreams as if God caused it but in the end it is nothing but straw to us. We cannot eat it. It cannot sustain us. It cannot build us up. True messengers faithfully proclaim the Word of God and that will be like grain to us. It can be eaten. It can sustain us. It will build us up. Beloved there is a difference between straw and grain. One can give us life and is from the Lord. The other however may look more sparkly. It may sound more ostentatious. But at the end of the day it is like straw in our mouths.
Don’t tell me the dreams of man when I have the Word of God. Don’t try and sell me your demonic visitations as a move of of the Lord when I have His Holy Spirit inside of me. Lastly, don’t tell me the Broncos are going to win the Super Bowl. Everyone knew the Seahawks had a much better defense and defense wins championships. There is nothing prophetic about that.
When a false prophet apologizes for his false prophecy, we can continue to see the falseness underlying the problem.
Do not treat prophecies with contempt – 1Thessalonians 5: 20 (NIV)
As we noted earlier in the week there was a false prophet named David E. Taylor who made a video proclaiming the spirit had confirmed for him a prophecy that the Denver Broncos were going to win the Super Bowl. As prophecies go, this was a pretty safe bet. At best it is a 50-50 proposition. The conventional wisdom all had Peyton Manning winning the game for the Broncos. One of the things I love about God is He uses unconventional wisdom as man sees it to expose what is false. So the Broncos did not win the Super Bowl. In fact they were obliterated 43-8. It was as if God wanted to make a point about following false prophecies and people claiming to be “apostles.”
Taylor however now faced a problem because he makes his living off of selling the notion that he is a prophet and a fake healer. So he was forced to apologize for his false prophecy regarding the Super Bowl. Let’s take a look:
“ Again for the record and sincerely to some of those who are having a hard time embracing my first statement, I humbly admit that I missed it and apologize to the entire Christian community and my precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving a word of prophecy about the Superbowl that did not come true. Obviously, I was wrong and the word I gave was inaccurate. “
Missed it? Is that how low we have set the bar now for prophecy? Beloved this is the end result of the false prophets movement we see in Kansas City, Bethel Church in California, and the new apostolic reformation. People like Rick Joyner, Mike Bickle, Bill Johnson, Cindy Jacobs and their ilk have all stated that prophets no longer need to be correct. We all know the Old Testament says that a false prophet must be put to death for one false prophecy but Joyner has said a 65% accuracy record is pretty good. Do we even understand what prophecy is? It is receiving a word from God! Is God wrong 35% of the time? Let’s take it even further though. The Old Testament system needed a Prophet because there was no established Word of God to turn to. There was no mass reproduction of Scripture. Thus God would provide a Prophet so he can tell the people what the Lord sayeth. Today we have the Word of God and all the prophecy we need is contained within it. Is there still a gift of prophecy? Yes according to the Bible but that gift is to re-emphasize the Word of God – not predict who is going to win a meaningless football game. What we see today as prophecy is nothing more than spiritualism, divination and clairvoyance. Remember there are other spirits in this world. Not all psychics are fake. Many operate within the evil spirits and principalities that surround us. I have no doubt that this false prophet felt the outcome was confirmed for him but it was not the Spirit of God that was confirming. Back to the apology:
“ What greatly disturbs me is that I shared this word trusting and believing with all my heart that I was hearing from the Lord. I am heartbroken because I understand fully well that the gift of prophecy is not something to toy around with or treat irresponsibly. “
Therein lies the problem. The Bible tells us that the heart is wickedly deceitful above all else, who can trust it? Apparently wannabe prophets can. We do this all the time as new age mysticism continues to infiltrate the modern church with such heresies as contemplative prayer. We seek the will of God until we think something “feels right” when we are supposed to measuring it up to the Word of God. This man actually states that he knows the gift of prophecy is not something to toy around with in explaining why his super bowl prophecy failed! You cannot make this stuff up. Taylor would continue:
“ In moving forward I realize that God allowed it to happen. He knew I was going to mess up and He didn’t stop me. God also knew that this experience of messing up was going to drive me into a season of learning wisdom and into deep prayer and consecration. I’ve been in ministry long enough to know that whenever I make a mistake I should run to the Lord’s presence. Never run from Him. “
Yes! God did allow this to happen. He knew you were “messing up” and didn’t stop you. But hear me well false prophet Taylor – that presence you are running toward is not the Lord. It is apparent that you are either a liar completely or you cannot discern the difference between demonic visitation and a move of the Holy Spirit. Going deeper into prayer without understanding what happened is not going to be productive, as we learn in the conclusion of his apology:
“ I feel the right thing for me to do is make a another public apology, so I’m doing it. I repent for being wrong. As I prepare to go into a private time of prayer I am asking for your forgiveness and your prayers. Join me as I seek the face of The Lord. Thank you soo much. “
Repent for being wrong? As if the Broncos had won the game, he would have been correct in pretending God said they were going to? As we noted in the first devotional this week about this snake oil salesman, he has written a book claiming Jesus Christ will personally visit anyone who reads it within 3-4 months of their reading. He has claimed to have visited heaven multiple times and had Jesus take him to the third heaven where he met Father God face to face, despite Scripture saying that he would die if that were true. He further promises that if you read his latest book that Jesus will take you on a personal tour of heaven as well and let you meet the Father too!. Yet despite all of this ridiculous blasphemy, he thinks that he needs to repent because the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos?
No. David E, Taylor needs to repent for being a false prophet. As the key verse today teaches – he has treated prophecy with contempt. He needs to repent for claiming falsely that he is an “apostle.” He needs to repent for selling trips to the third heaven and lying about meeting God the Father face to face. He needs to repent for fake healing crusades and lifting up other known charlatans like Benny Hinn. God is trying to get his attention for sure and those that would follow him. He claimed that God told him that the Denver Broncos were going to win the Super Bowl and then they lost 43-8. God allowed him to make a fool of himself and now after his “apology” it appears he cannot even see why.