The Prophecy Business: There’s Money to be Made Lying and Exaggerating God’s Promises

Every January so-called prophets share their prophecies for the New Year, which are then published on the Elijah List, a prophecy news website.

Recently, Charismatic Bible teacher Jan Hamon proclaimed, “I decree this will be my double portion year!”

For 2022, Chuck Pierce prophesied, “I am neutralizing your chromosomes from iniquitous patterns.” Pierce is one of America’s highest paid “prophets” and was compensated $1.2 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, which shows the prophecy business pays its best known practitioners very well.

When media began reporting Russian President Putin’s plan to invade Ukraine, the so-called prophets exploited the news. Pastor Hank Kunneman claimed that God said, “I’ve been speaking to you, Putin, and you are listening.” Hank, did God tell Putin to attack Ukraine?

The Elijah List has a very long track record of publishing false prophecies. In 2005, days after Hurricane Katrina struck south Louisiana, and the Lake Pontchartrain levee broke, the Elijah List published John Mark Pool’s claim to having received a vision from God.

“I saw New Orleans, literally, 20 feet underwater across the main downtown area. At this time of flooding in New Orleans, I saw it as a sewer full of debris, and every form of garbage was floating around and swirling in the flood. The French Quarter will be wiped out in the flood. Bourbon Street will be abandoned. Alligators will be swimming where dens of iniquity once abounded.”

Instead, Bourbon Street survived the disaster. Hurricane Live Net reported, “Bourbon Street, the French Quarter’s most celebrated … was spared the deluge that devastated 80 percent of New Orleans after Katrina overwhelmed the local flood protections.”

Pool also falsely prophesied the Superdome would become the Glory Dome:

“God’s Kingdom Investors will step in and be allowed to bid on properties abandoned by the Sin Investors. Then the superdome will be available to purchase for 1/10th of a cent on the dollar! This will, one day, be called the “Glory Dome,” as a move of God will be based out of it; and a “Healing and Restoration Center” will be made, grabbing worldwide attention.”

While Pool’s false prophecies were mostly ignored, Pat Robertson and Benny Hinn’s prophecies have received critical news media attention. Robertson told his viewers, “If I heard the Lord correctly about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms.”

At a New Year’s Eve service on December, 31, 1989, Hinn spoke a series of prophecies for the 1990s of which not a single one came true.

“The Lord also tells me to tell you, In the mid-90’s–about ’94 or ’95–no later than that, God will destroy the homosexual community of America (applause). 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. ”

Hinn also prophesied that Fidel Castro would die in the 1990s. “The Spirit tells me, Fidel Castro will die in the 90’s. (Ooh 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.”

Did God really tell Hinn to tell his audience those words? Of course not!!

The Bible offers God’s definition for a false prophet. Deuteronomy 18:22 NIV says, “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.”