False Prophecies for 2017
At the beginning of each new year a plethora of prophecies appear from the ranks of the New Apostolic Reformation movement (1). The following is a collection of such prophecies for 2017. Straight away it is interesting to note that all are positive and many involve increase, breakthrough, and revival. More importantly, none of them involve repentance which is quite odd considering that was one of the main messages from the Lord through the prophets in the Bible. Additionally, as we begin the year of 2017, or any year for that matter, we should remember that whether it’s our best or worst year, our situation does not contain our hope. Looking to circumstances can cause discouragement. We must keep our focus on Jesus Christ, remembering He is our Hope (Titus 2:13) and He never leaves us or forsakes us (Heb. 13:5).
While reading through the following prophecies and accompanying scriptures something to keep in mind is that Biblical passages can be either prescriptive or descriptive. Much of the Old Testament is written as type and shadow. We should examine OT characters as types of Christ. Yet, so much of the church world today, especially the NAR adherents, will read themselves into the OT narratives and describe how we are to go and do likewise when we have never been given this instruction!
Just to be clear, when I say the following are all false prophecies, this can mean several things: they are words given by those who have shown they are false prophets; the words they speak have no basis in the Bible; they actually come to pass in some form, but they promote false teachings against God’s Word, and so forth. For each of the prophecies, the main portion has been pulled from the article and placed in quotation marks, but the link to the article is also given so the reader may peruse its entire content. With some of the prophecies I will add comments and/or links to other articles.
"Prophetic Word for 2017: Get Your Hopes Up!" (2) Doug Addison, Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 12, 2017 - “2017 is going to be a time in which many of the least likely people begin to awaken to God's love. A long-awaited start of global awakening and revival will take place. Many of these people have been rejected by the Church, but God is saying, ‘I have not forgotten them and their cries have reached my ears…’ I have observed that the Wind of Change angel from Heaven shows up March through May each year. Expect the Wind of Change to blow heavy this year. It will help remove debris from our lives and uncover new hidden treasures…The Lord spoke to me to go to San Francisco on New Year's Eve 2016 and open a gate in the spirit that will release the strategies for the next coming revival. I tried that night, but it would not open until the next day when I repented on behalf of all the people who have cursed and judged San Francisco.” True believers will recognize that, although many have been prophesying a Third Great Awakening/revival recently, the Bible does not teach this. (3). Then, where in God’s Word do we see the mention of a Wind of Change angel? Additionally, we are not told to repent for the sins of others. The Word of God specifically and directly convicts each person of his or her own sin: Luke 13:1-5; Acts 2 :38; 3:19; 8:22; 17:30; 26:20.
Bonnie Jones: "A Year of God's 'Awakening the Nations' and 'Prophecy by Bob Jones'" (4) Pineville, NC Jan. 13, 2017 - “This year we will begin to see many changes in the Body of Christ. However these changes will coincide with the monumental transformation that's taking place in the nations of the world. There is no mistake on the timing of all this as God's timing is perfect. What we are about to experience is beyond our imagination both in the natural and spiritual. The Lord highlighted several nations this New Year as well as promise for prosperity and return of His glory. 2017 is a turn-around year and a year of His favor. Embrace all that God initiates and discard the rest. Watch this year as the nations of the world come alive in the holiness of the Father, the love of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Watch what happens as the Shekinah glory returns and sparks the spirit of revival around the globe. Watch as salvations increase and the wealth of the wicked are turned over to the righteous.” Again, we see predictions of a false revival. The article Bonnie Jones posted at Elijah List includes several of Bob Jones’ (5) past prophecies as the title indicates. As just one example of his aberrant theology he has provided instruction at Bill Johnson’s Bethel Church on how to take regular trips to heaven. (6)
"Open Doors, Opportunities & Advancement Through God's World War III Weapons" (7) Bill Hamon Santa Rosa Beach, FL Jan 19, 2017 - “The word I am sharing is from Christ's letter to the Philadelphia Church, about us being granted an ‘Open Door’ that no man or demon can shut. It is directed mainly to those who have ears to hear what Christ is saying to His Church, who are walking in all presently restored truth, and have volunteered to be a warrior in God's newly activated, offensive and powerful army called, ‘God's World War III. Psalm 110:3 says, ‘Your people will be volunteers in the day of Your power.’ Or the NIV says, ‘Your troops will be willing on your day of battle.’ Right now, God is searching for soldiers of the Cross who are willing to volunteer for God's WWIII offensive army. Jesus is looking for those who have level-four heart soil (Mt. 13:23), which have been purged from all weed-seed attitudes. They are righteous and fearless, for they have attained to level three of the overcomers—‘They love not their lives unto death’ (Rev. 12:11). God is going to give them His mighty strength (2 Chron. 16:9). Jesus, as Commander-in-Chief of His army, is coming to put His mighty warrior anointing upon them to destroy the powers of darkness and demonstrate God's Kingdom throughout the earth.” I am mainly sharing this prophecy to demonstrate that those in the NAR camp have their own vocabulary and endeavors. All of this action sounds quite enticing to those dissatisfied with resting in the Lord and waiting on Him. After all, preaching the gospel and making disciples can’t possibly be as exciting as receiving the ‘mighty warrior anointing’ and ‘destroying the powers of darkness.’ Sadly, they haven’t quite figured out that it is the responsibility of Jesus and angels to render ineffective the powers of darkness according to Col. 2:15 and Rev. 20:1-3.
"God Says: I Will Turn Things Around! This is a Comeback Year!" (8) Jane Hamon Santa Rosa Beach, FL Jan.18, 2017 - “Each year I, like many other prophetic people, take time to listen to the voice of God specifically to hear what His heart is for a new year, or a new season. At the end of 2014, I heard the Lord say we were entering a three-year period of time where He was going to do incredible miracles and turnarounds. The purpose of this period was going to be, "To restore hope to the Church so that the Church can restore hope to the world." However, people chasing these prophecies need to realize there are no Biblical instructions to attempt to discern what God’s heart is for a new year, or a new season. The Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to write the following in 2 Tim. 4:1-2: “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.” God wants His Word to be preached continually; there are no new plans for each new year.
"ACPE Prophetic Roundtable: 2017 - The Breakthrough Year - Part 1 of 2" (9) ACPE stands for “Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders.” This group has been gathering since 1999. They believe one of their functions is to pray and seek the Lord for a word for each year. The following is just a portion of what they “heard” from the Lord for 2017. For the Lord says, "My people are entering into an overcoming season that will produce great breakthroughs. For the enemy has come in like a flood, but I, the Lord, am releasing great victories. I will stem the tide of violence. I will bring peace to the land. I will bring an awakening! I will release revival!" As has already been mentioned God’s Word does not indicate a coming great revival, but rather a great falling away.
Another excerpt: “One of the things to be planted is what could be called ‘The Love Revolution.’ Just as the Summer of Love in 1967 changed the landscape of a generation, so now, 50 years later, the world will see the face of Christianity in a new light. The admonition in 1 Corinthians 14:1, ‘Let love be your aim’ will be planted in the nations as the Church rises up in a more visible way. The words of the theme song from the Jesus People Movement, ‘They will know that we are Christians by our love’ will have a new resonance as this message of loving God and loving one another is sung in new ways. We will be carriers of God's goodness wherever we go!” Christians will, of course, aim to show love to others, but the most fruitful expression of love is to share the gospel. As the world sinks further into the moral abyss, the message of repentance and forgiveness of sin is desperately needed. Sadly, most of the church world preaches a social gospel of kindness and good works and neglects the true gospel of salvation.
A third excerpt: “The Lord spoke to us that next year we would see a new John 17 movement begin where the prayer of Jesus will be answered. Many streams will run together until we see a river of revival flow across the earth. There will be major reconciliations between denominations, nations, and peoples.” Should there be unity among brethren? Of course. However, John 17 is often presented as the basis for believers to unite with any group that calls itself Christian. But, true believers must not unite with any group that adds to, detracts from, or denies the Finished Work of Christ on the Cross or presents another Jesus in any way. The unity Jesus refers to in verse 11 is not a unity of true believers with those who say Jesus is their Savior, but then maintain a list of works which must be performed. Verse 17 of this chapter says, “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.” The unity to which Jesus refers is a unity in truth; only those who keep His Word can be united. Everywhere we turn we see examples of man attempting to achieve unity to save our nation, save the environment, and so forth; whatever the latest cause is which involves the saving of this world’s system by man. Those who quote John 17:21 conveniently forget that in verse 11 Jesus says, “Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are.” This is not a statement directed to men; it is not something they should be striving to achieve. There are many verses which command us to be separate from this world; 2 Cor. 6:17 and Rev. 18:4, for example. We would do well to heed these instructions.
"2017: The Ride of the Reformation Glory Train" (10) Johnny Enlow Santa Clarita, CA Jan. 6, 2017 – Johnny Enlow (11), one of the foremost proponents of the false “Seven Mountain Mandate” teaching of the New Apostolic Reformation, says, “The Church Will Be Highly Favored - Throughout history, the Church has gone back and forth from being in and out of a position of power. This is, of course, different for every nation. For the last 8 years in America, the Church has been more in a disempowered position than one of strong influence. When that is the reality new strategies have to be applied. However, the Church has now been placed in a powerful position of influence.” True believers should ask the question – where in the Bible do we read the Church is supposed to hold a “powerful position of influence?” The church is, rather, referred to as a “little flock” in Luke 12:32. In Matt. 7:14 we read, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” These two scriptures do not describe a group with a position of power or influence. However, there is a pseudo-Christian group which has exercised a great deal of influence since its inception. That group is the Catholic church and according to the English Online site, “The Roman Catholic Church has influenced history more than any other organization.” Since Vatican II, which lasted from 1962-1965, there has been a concerted effort to convince people that Catholicism is another denomination within Christianity. But, it truly is a religion based on the traditions of men. (12)
Another excerpt: “As I have stated before, I believe that Trump will be the most important President since Abraham Lincoln and that our nation will in the future have a "before Trump" and "after Trump" historical perspective. I believe that the United States' great angel named "Union" has been ordered to step in, as he has not been asked to step in since Lincoln's day.” I included this statement just to demonstrate the absurdity of many of the proclamations made by these prophetic-types. Since there is no mention of an angel named “Union” in God’s Word, the source of the angel’s existence and his name must come from extra-biblical sources, and thereby must be rejected. Here is another statement concerning this supposed angel from an article Enlow wrote in 2015: “As I was praying today, I was able to see in the spirit some important things over our nation. I saw what I believe is our nation's great angel named "Union," and he was active, arising, and huge over Washington, D.C. I saw he had the colors of the American flag over his chest, and he was immense – as in he dwarfs sky scrapers. The imagery of size, strength, and power was profound.” (13) We have to wonder who believes this nonsense, but obviously many do or the Elijah List website wouldn’t continue to publish this rubbish.
Continuing with Enlow’s prophetic words for 2017: “Heaven is in a very interventionist mode with America at this time, and it is going to take some getting used to for many who don't understand America's assigned role among the nations. The United States was formed and fashioned with a foundation of freedom and liberty as a gift to the nations. The nations of the world were hopelessly stuck in dead-end cycles of tyranny, war, and devastation. America was and still is the interruption into those cycles, and the call extends well beyond anything we have so far seen.” I understand this type of thinking has been taught in American public schools and most of the population believes America is the apple of God’s eye. However, I wonder why people would think God is smiling on us considering America is the number one exporter of porn and we have murdered an average of one million unborn babies a year since 1974. In addition, most of our history has a Jesuit/Masonic influence of which most are unaware. (14) (15)
"America, It's a Time to Celebrate! Out of the Oval Office a President and Vice-President Shall Join Their Hands and Pray Together! This is My Promise to You!" (16) Hank Kunneman Omaha, NE Jan 19, 2017 -"’Can you hear the sound of celebration?’ says the Spirit of the Living God, ‘for this is the announcement of Heaven from the lips of the Father and the Lord of the Church, and upon the lips of the Hosts for even their trumpets are declaring 'celebration' upon the earth—for great things shall begin to unfold in this next season. Enough of the conspiracy theories that bring men to fear, enough of the speaking of Martial Law in your land, America, for this is the season to celebrate. Why should you celebrate? Because if you could see your future, if you could see the things that I have planned—this is why there has been such a great battle and continues to be a great battle to try to confuse, and to try to bring this nation into conflict. But I tell you—this nation shall be united as in the name that you bear, the United States. And here is why—for there shall be a wind that blows across this land again, for it shall be windy and the winds shall blow in very unusual places and in a very unusual way; and this again, the sign of the wind, shall be upon your streets and upon your cities and in your nation. This wind will not go away for a season, but this is a sign unto this land that the wind of the Holy Spirit is blowing afresh upon America. And here is what it shall accomplish,’ for God says, ‘Do you understand that even upon the place of the Oval Office, a Vice-President and a President shall join their hands and pray together? This is My promise to you and this is not just hope, this shall happen!’" Now, many on the political “Christian” right will be quite excited about this prophecy because they feel most of the country’s problems have been caused by the lack of a Christian leader in the Oval Office these past eight years. However, what most cannot see is Satan is working hard to present a united Christian front which will include members from all groups who merely name the name of Jesus. Part of this prophecy has already come to pass as can be seen in the picture below. However, since the man at the right front is a Catholic priest named Fr. Scalia (17), true believers recognize this gathering is an ecumenical activity and is not of God.
"The Year of the Elijah-Elisha Revolution!" (18) Dr. Sandie Freed, Bedford, TX Dec. 27, 2016 - “I heard the Lord say very clearly that, "The Elishas are rising up in this next season and will receive a double portion anointing as well as demonstrate it. It will be a season of revolution! The Elisha's will arise and move with great power and then they will become like Elijah—the one who mentors others to become Elishas!...May I just point out that in order to completely overthrow the plans of the enemy that we need an Elijah-Elisha revolution today? There needs to be an overthrow of evil and corruption that is established upon the Earth. And, when we think about all that Elijah and Elisha accomplished, it should pale in the demonstration of power we witness today. We, after all, have been given the keys of the Kingdom to bind the enemy. That power with the anointing upon the Church should cause every enemy to flee! ” This is NAR-speak at its finest, unfortunately. The truth is the enemy is a defeated foe. We have victory due to what Jesus accomplished on the cross. Is Satan the prince of the power of the air at this time? Yes, but all the binding, loosing, and declaring we may engage in will not change God’s prophetic timetable. According to Rev. 20:2 Satan will be bound 1000 years at the beginning of the Millennium, but until then we are instructed to deal with evil spirits in the manner described in these scriptures - Luke 10:17, James 4:7-8, 2 Cor. 10:3-5 and Ephesians 6:10-18. Remember, in 1 John 4:4 we’re told, “Greater is the One who is in you, than the one who is in the world”.
"A Time for Increase! Shekinah Glory Released as We Step Into 2017" (19) Angela Greenig Auburn, WA Jan. 9, 2017 - “This year is one of new dimensions; unprecedented Shekinah Glory that is releasing angelic portals all over the world. As the Shekinah Glory represents the dwelling or settling of the divine presence of God, these portals will create direct access points to Heaven. As these portals are opened up, we will see God's sons and daughters from all over the world step into an acceleration of faith and belief for miracles and uncommon favor! There will be a greater understanding of prophetic revelation with no doubting. Dreams that were long-forgotten will be awakened in hearts once again. It is time for increase. The seeds that you have sown will bear their harvest, and the time of harvest is now. You will see God cause affluence in your life. The promises of God's resurrection glory shall cause an influx of abundant rain which will bring forth an outpouring of His glory in your life.” This could be asked about many of these statements, but I wonder what Christians suffering great persecution in other countries are to make of such prophecies? Why so much prophesying of increase and affluence when John 16:33 says concerning Christians, “In the world ye shall have tribulation?”
"A New Expectation: He Will Do Exceedingly, Abundantly Above All We Can Ask Or Think" (20) Kathy Watson Rocklin, CA Jan. 3, 2017 - “Expect! Expect! Don't expect the worst, expect the best! The best is yet to come. The best wine is saved for the last day. Don't wait for the other shoe to fall. But get up on your feet and put on your new shoes of the Gospel of peace that your feet are covered in. Expect a miracle, expect answers to your prayers, and expect the best in you and see the best in others. Expect the fullness of the promises of the Word of God to come into full view in this new season. Expect the words that He has spoken over your life to come true. For God is the Faithful One. Become pregnant with His vision and birth it in this new season...push! Expect the new birth in this new season that is upon you. I've heard these words stirring in my spirit: Expectation, exceedingly and abundantly.” Kathy Watson might as well say, “Expect a perfect life!” These types of statements set people up for disappointment when they have trials and tribulations as we know will come in this life. This is the same type of “your best life now” nonsensical preaching Joel Osteen spouts and more Christians believe this than will admit.
“2017 Claiming Blessings, Breakthroughs, and Better” Downtown Mary Brown - After speaking of blessings and breakthroughs we hear the following at the 1:52 mark of the video (21): “Get your plan for 2017 of how you’re going to praise Him; how you’re going to worship Him; how you’re going to serve Him. You do that and God will do the rest. You hear me? He will do the rest.” While Christians who love the Lord will praise, worship, and serve Him, we do not do these things with an expectation of blessing in return for our actions.
"Seventeen Years of Grace Beginning in 2017" (22) Victoria Boyson Montgomery, TX Jan. 21, 2017 - "I have reserved for her My hidden prophets. They have been held in secret places under the strength of My hand. I have prepared them for this hour. I have trained them and refined them and they will truly prepare My Bride. They will teach My Bride the things I've taught them in secret, causing My Bride to become the most radiant and powerful she has ever been. All creatures of Heaven and earth have awaited this hour; it is the hour of My grace. I have given you SEVENTEEN YEARS OF GRACE starting in the year 2017! During this time, I will prepare My Bride and cause her to become one with Me. She will be My heart to the world and then they will know I am really God and their true Creator. They will love Me because of My Bride and they will know Me because she knows Me.” Many in the NAR falsely believe the Church will not have the influence on earth God intends until the church world accepts the leadership of the apostles and prophets (of the NAR) across the board. (23)
"This is Your Hour! This is Your Season! Can You Take NOW for an Answer?" (24) Russ and Kitty Walden Branson, MO Jan. 7, 2017 - “The Father says, "That 2017 is a year of refreshing, generalship and mustering out the troops of God…This year is the year of being a confronter. To confront illegitimate authority. To cast down the lies of the enemy. To establish your jurisdiction in the Blood bought authority of the Lamb that makes you a king and a priest unto your God…Apostles and Prophets are about to see an upgrade in their anointing and an increase of angelic activity around them. You are not left out. You are not being marginalized. This is your opportunity to step in and step out for My army is amassing and your place is held ready for you to come alongside.” This is classic Dominion Theology, specifically the Joel’s Army (25) aspect, with its emphasis on troops and armies. Additionally, Revelation 5:10 shows that saints becoming kings and priests is for a future time period.
"Prophecy: It's Time to Leave Your Past in the Dust" (26) Jennifer LeClaire Ft. Lauderdale, FL Jan. 2, 2017- “There were tremendous breakthroughs (in 2016), but there was also tremendous warfare. There were many new Kingdom relationships formed, but some were also lost to spiritual combat. There were many new doors of opportunity, but there was also tremendous pressure! I've learned we do more spiritual growing during the hard times than we do during the easy times—and God is faithful. Every year at this time I look back on the last 12 months. I take account of the good times and the bad times—I thank God. And then I declare that the coming year is going to be my year!” Here we see the false Word of Faith teaching concerning decreeing and declaring. (27)
"Fresh Oil and Dynamic Upgrades for 2017!" (28) Ryan LeStrange, Abingdon, VA - “Two of the themes that the Lord has brought before me for this year is the flow of Fresh Oil, bringing us through the door of purpose, and the Dynamic Upgrades that are available to the people of God! The upgrades are an invitation to step into a higher level of function, revelation, alignment, and living. The Lord is upgrading His people on a corporate level as well as individual levels. We must realize that God is enlarging us internally before He expands us externally. There is a deep work happening on the inside!” As is true concerning many of these prophecies, there isn’t one word about preaching the gospel and calling people to repentance. These prophecies, instead, exalt man and promise increase in many areas. We hear nothing about being content with our circumstances or about being humble.
"The Third Great Awakening: A New Level of Extreme Victory!" (29) John Mark Pool Baton Rouge, LA Dec. 26, 2016 - “We are now experiencing a major national victory, mostly because God's elect joined together as one to win the Presidential election of Donald Trump. He will be a type of "Cyrus" who will make decrees to save God's people in our nation, for sure Israel, and the nations. With this season of abundant blessings, turnaround, and great awakening we must understand that certainly God has blessed our participation with His Kingdom plan. It's essential now that every Believer act during this window of great mercy, grace and favor to spiritually give their "due diligence." Giving their ‘due diligence’ will assure the next eight years are everything God wants for our nation. I heard the Lord say, ‘If you obey in the next eight years, I will give you 16 years of abundance.’ I decree that after eight years with Donald Trump as our President, we will have Vice-president Elect Mike Pence for the following eight years. It's time to be extremely bold in our faith and actions to assure God's will be done in America as it is in Heaven! Please keep praying for what God has begun, assuring no weapon of the enemy can alter what we are now experiencing! We have just entered the beginning of major spiritual fulfillment in the season of the Third Great Awakening! We have prayed, we have decreed and now we must participate in this season of 2017—our year of extreme victory!” Again, all this decreeing and declaring is not Biblical, but rather is straight out of the Word of Faith camp. It’s just amazing how many have declared Donald Trump to be a type of “Cyrus.” First of all, this nation is not Judah. The account of Judah being taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (completed in 586 BC), and then released from captivity by Cyrus of Persia, is a historical one from which we can learn principles, but we cannot replicate the experience. Christians have a new and better covenant (Heb. 8:6) and God is not dealing with entire nations at this time, but rather with individuals. The prophetic camp of the NAR uses most of the scriptures from the Old Testament which apply to the coming Millennial period and applies them to the Church today. Additionally, it is always interesting to note that people want to claim the favorable parts of Biblical accounts, but not the negative ones. For the Cyrus reference to even play out, the United States would have already experienced a period of captivity under a foreign ruler. Then, she would have exhibited sorrow as did those held captive in Babylon as related in Psalm 137. Also, as many others have done, John Mark Pool declares the arrival of a Third Great Awakening which is nowhere prophesied in God’s Word.
Considering the over-the-top positivism expressed in these prophecies we can conclude these “prophets” have been unduly influenced by those who would speak Isa. 30:10 to them: “Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.” When we search the scriptures for the truth we must consider such passages as 2 Tim. 3:1 and 13 which tell us perilous times and evil men and seducers waxing worse and worse are what we should expect and actually provide a true picture of the days in which we live.
In closing, do you want a word from the Lord for this new year and every year? Then read your Bible!