Maurice Sklar Strikes the Mother Lode In False Prophecy

The wave of false prophets that has swarmed over the internet for the past decade or so has produced some very prolific practitioners, but probably none more so than Dr. Maurice Sklar.

His prophetic  messages pop up everywhere on Christian forums. It would seem at first glance that the Lord speaks to this man very often, on very many topics.  But on a closer look, we can see that its not always, or even mostly, or possibly even at all the Lord who is speaking to him.

Every once in a while, there comes along the pike a false prophecy that is so astounding in its depth of detail and degree of falsehood that it literally takes my breath away. One such prophecy that has made the rounds for the last few years on many forums and websites is the spectacular “Preparation of the Bride” prophecy issued November 24th, 2005, by none other than Dr. Sklar. 

http://www.mauricesklar.com/Teachings/Preparation_of_the_Bride/preparation_of_the_bride.html

Dr. Sklar is an accomplised musician. To get an idea of Dr. Sklar’s prophetic ministry, it is helpful to read a list of crusades and meetings he has ministered at, either musically or otherwise participating.  Among the names that jump out are:

Kenneth Hagin, Jr., Kenneth Copeland, Che Ahn, Benny Hinn, Rod Parsley,…. you get the idea.  A roll call of some of the most apostate of the current apostasy in the church today.

You might remember Che Ahn as the one who made the truly memorable statement to Todd Bentley back in 2008,  during the height of the Lakeland false revival in Florida that year, “I must decrease that you might increase.” Need we say anymore about someone who would quote John the Baptist’s reference to Christ, in referring to Todd Bentley?

Benny Hinn needs no introduction. His truly heretical antics have made a mockery of the faith for decades. Rod Parsley is the one who last year asked his followers to send in one million dollars in donations to “ward off satanic attacks.” Kenneth Copeland is a false teacher who for decades has been using the “word of faith” and “name it and claim it” false prosperity gospel to grow personally rich.

What are some of the “prophetic words” Dr. Sklar has issued over the years? This whopper of a failed prophetic word that we will focus on, issued in 2005, stands out as one of the most fantastic failures of any prophecy I have ever seen, and it will be revealing to dissect this message to learn from it.

Details of the 2005 “Preparation of the Bride” prophecy

Since it is so long, I will take cut it down into pieces and snippets, and from that a big picture will eventually emerge. Here we go, into a wonderland of prophetic mystery, all incredibly ascribed to be the words of the Lord God Almighty Himself:

“New York City will receive 3 major judgments before the end of 2008. Each one will be more devastating than the last. One will shake the entire financial world and cripple the once invincible financial power of America. Millions will lose everything in a moment. It will make the crash of the stock market in 1929 look like a little thing in comparison. America will no longer be the financial leader of the world. Another judgment will destroy a major stadium during a sports event. Yet another explosion will destroy nearly an entire Borough of New York. But for the sake of the Jewish people in New York, I will supernaturally spare them. After this, I will cause the largest aliyah (return) of My people (the Jewish people) from New York (and other regions throughout the developed world to Israel) in all of history. But only after the entire financial system that they are dependant on collapses will they all return to the land that I have promised them.”

Is it just me, or are other people of the Christian faith just as shocked as I am that someone could put these words in the Lord’s mouth, and be totally unrepentant about it afterward?

Enough people repented, so the Lord changed his mind!

This disclaimer is added on somewhere in the middle of the lengthy prophetic word:

This is but a fraction of what is soon to come IF there is not repentance and turning back to Me.

This is the new “out” for the false prophet that is so popular these days. When what the Lord supposedly tells them fails completely to come to pass, it was because of repentance on the part of the people. Did anyone notice a great wave of repentance that swept over New York City between 2005 and 2008?

What Biblical reference point do we have to get an idea of how much repentance is required for God to withhold His hand of judgment? When we look at the story of Jonah and his prophetic warning to the city of Nineveh, we see that every single person in the city, right down to the cattle in the fields, wore sackcloth and ashes.

When God issues a prophecy with conditions attached, it is clearly stated within the prophecy itself. God doesn’t leave us guessing.  The Nineveh warning was issued by God in a clearly conditional manner, with the condition being stated by God Himself. When you see a prophet tack on  a disclaimer, or allow a disclaimer to be tacked on, to his prophecy that “it may not occur if enough people repent”, this is a red flag we should be aware of.

Lets look further into it. Earlier in this same 2005 prophecy, there is this to say about the year 2007:

 There shall be 5 terrorist attacks that will hit America in ever increasing destruction upon the major cities. Before the end of 2007, a nuclear “dirty bomb” will blow up in a major city in the south of America.

The false prophecies continue:

There will follow two more judgments one in a major city of Europe and one in the Arab nations in the middle east before the end of this year.  (2005)

Followed by:

Tokyo, Japan. Hong Kong, China. Johannesburg, South Africa. Calcutta, India. Sidney, Australia. Chicago, Illinois. Los Angeles, California. Paris, France and many other cities will experience major catastrophies in the next five years. (Editor’s note: meaning: by 2010). Millions upon millions will perish.

It takes one’s breath away to ponder how anyone with any fear of the Lord at all, even at the most basic level, could still be issuing prophetic words today, after such a colossal failure. Its seems as if he doesn’t even break stride, failure after failure, not even considering the consequences of dishonoring the word of the Lord in this manner. We have been clearly warned in scripture against doing this.

The prophetic words keep coming, all of this indicated to occur within the 2005 to 2009 time frame:

I will shake California in a warning, and then there shall finally come the earthquake that I have mercifully withheld for so many years. Millions shall perish in the ensuing floods and the west coast of America shall be removed and fall into the ocean.

Note: Dr. Sklar continues to this day to base his ministry in Victorville, California, the same West Coast area God supposedly told him would fall into the ocean.

And this:

Boston shall experience a major attack upon a great school that once preached My gospel in ages past but has left the faith of their fathers never to return again. It will never be rebuilt again.

And still more rings out:

The aids epidemic will devastate the population in Africa to half of its’ present size in the next 4 years.

Wait a minute here. African population cut in half by 2009?

And this:

North Korea will launch a sudden nuclear attack and then be completely destroyed. Only the prayers of South Korea can stop it.

Note: The North Korea nuclear attack didn’t occur. So in order to support this prophecy the theory that South Korea repented sufficiently needs to be quickly called onto the playing field to plug this leak in the prophecy.

The “Taking Billy Graham home”  Story Line

But for me, the real sucker punch in this whole prophecy was the assertion that God was revealing to the seer that He was going “to take Billy Graham and Oral Roberts home.”  Well, lets see, Oral Roberts did die four years after the prophecy, at the age of 91. Can we call this a prophecy that someone 87 would die within 4 years?

And about Billy Graham. Lets have a closer look at what Dr. Sklar has been passing on to us, supposedly from God, about Rev. Graham’s fate, in the time since this 2005 word. This is where the tale takes a definite turn for the worse, if that is even possible. In my research, I began to see that Dr. Sklar has been prophetically declaring the imminent passing of Reverand Graham for many, many years.

In recent times, Dr. Sklar has claimed God told him he is “taking Billy Graham home” on the following occasions, with the title and date of the prophetic word in bold:

November 24, 2005 “Preparation of the Bride” as noted above.

June 4, 2009 The Coming Threats To the United States of America http://www.mauricesklar.com/Teachings/The_Coming_Threats/the_coming_threats.html

July 13, 2010  The Restrainer http://www.mauricesklar.com/Teachings/The_Retrainer/the_retrainer.html

December 1, 2011 “The Lord Says

http://www.mauricesklar.com/Teachings/Prophecy/prophecy.html

“The Lord Says” prophecy was released a day after Billy Graham was admitted to hospital in serious condition with pneumonia. Here the Lord is clearly quoted as telling Dr. Sklar that Rev. Graham’s passing will occur SOON.

August 16, 2012  The Red Horse of War http://www.injesus.com/messages/content/414964

The Red Horse of War prophecy was released 3 days after Billy Graham was admitted to hospital with bronchitis.

So you see, basically every year, Dr. Sklar issues a prophetic word saying God told him Billy Graham will pass away, or at least to “watch” for his passing. In the case of two of these prophetic utterances, Reverend Graham had been admitted to hospital just before the issuance of the prophecy.

But when I looked a little further into this prophecy, I found this “death of Oral Roberts and Billy Graham” prophecy was not new. It actually originated from the mouth of none other than Benny Hinn. In an old broadcast recently reshown on TBN, Hinn stated:

“The Lord said to me in ’89…sorry, yeah, ’89. He said when Oral Roberts and Billy Graham go home will be the key—it will be the sign—of the beginning of the greatest revival on earth. Oral is home. Billy is about to go home. And when he does, I am telling the whole church, get ready.”

So when one checks further back to what he actually said in 1989, it was the following, in a string of New Years Eve prophecies Benny Hinn recorded at his Florida church, Orlando Christian Center:

The Lord also says that, Two of his great giants will die in the mid-90′s. They’ve held the torch of revival for the last forty years, these two. One of them has been to this church, and the other has not. One will die suddenly while asleep. And the other will die of sickness. And as both giants die, which will be in the mid-90′s, I will shake this world with a last revival. Their death will be the closing pages of this move.

I think a few things are clear here:

(1) God knows exactly when Billy Graham will pass from his mortal body.

(2) While God works in mysterious ways, He doesn’t work in confusing or incongruous ways. For God to reveal to Dr. Sklar, or Benny Hinn, anything about the mortal passing of Rev. Graham would be surprising enough, but to be confusing about the timing seems even more out of character for the Almighty God we know about through His Word.

(3) Neither Dr. Sklar, nor Benny Hinn years before him, were actually receiving heavenly bulletins about the medical condition of Rev.Graham. Billy Graham continues to live. God is the only one who knows the timing of his, or anyone else’s, passing.

How can any thinking, scripturally knowledgeable, and God fearing Christian come to any other conclusion than that this is an abomination to claim to fellow Christians that God speaks to them in this manner?

Other Prophetic Visions From Dr. Sklar

You might think, well, the prophet was just having a bad day when he issued this message. I don’t think the Lord was having a hard time getting through to him, or was unclear. So perhaps his prophetic radar in some way wasn’t functioning that day. Thus to be fair, lets take a look at some of the other teachings this person has issued over the years. Some examples are the following:

The Vision of Heaven (Aug. 4th, 2010)

http://www.mauricesklar.com/Teachings/A_Vision_of_Heaven/a_vision_of_heaven.html

On Wednesday, August 4th, 2010, at about 10:30 AM, an angel came into my bedroom, I had just awakened. He said to me, “I am sent from the Lord to bring you to heaven. You must now come with me. Take my hand.” So I did. Suddenly, I was in the spirit realm. We ascended out through the ceiling of my home and shot up into the air like a rocket.

What follows is a vividly detailed description of heaven itself.

Soon I saw a large white tent “city” of sorts………It had twelve tent pavilions; each with a white cone that went up at
least ten stories high. On top of each “cone” was a flag that the
angel said was a flag for each of the twelve tribes of Israel……….As we entered into the tent of Benjamin, I saw many tables that were at least a hundred feet long. Each was lavishly set with gold cutlery, crystal goblets and plates that looked like they were made out of mother-of-pearl.

He then goes on to describe entering a heavenly concert hall:

The angel quietly spoke in my ear. This is a concert in your honor.
The composer, Gustav Mahler is here in heaven. He has composed a symphony for you. Then the Lord came out on stage and conducted! ……Then, when the music started, I went into a realm of ecstasy that I cannot describe in words…… But the music was like a living movie or a vision…… I listened and I saw many good things that I had done to love people on earth.

There is some biblical precedent for people getting glimpses of heaven. Elijah and Enoch were both taken up to heaven directly without tasting death. But they never returned to tell anyone what it was like. Lazarus never spoke much later on about what he had seen in the four days before he was resurrected.

The detail of Dr. Sklar’s visit to heaven is stunning in comparison with the scarce information we get from Scripture of what heaven is like. John the Apostle was the only one in the Bible who provided anything close to the kind of detail about heaven provided by Dr. Sklar, and that detail comes through visions related in the book of Revelation.  It seems that Dr. Sklar has the advantage over John, in that his imagery comes from an actual visitation, not a dream or vision.

(…….at about 10:30 AM, an angel came into my bedroom, I had just awakened.)

Fishing With William Branham 

http://www.mauricesklar.com/Teachings/Recent_Vision/recent_vision.html

A remarkable vision Dr. Sklar says he was given to release to us is this tale of a fishing trip where he encountered the deceased William Branham. Branham appeared beside him in a small fishing boat. He asked Maurice to release 25 of his “lost sermons” that contained an important message for the present times. This vision really has to be read to do it justice.

William Branham was a man who lived about half a century ago, who was kind of a forerunner for numerous false doctrines that took firm grip on the church in later years. His teaching was a bizarre combination of Word Faith, Manifest Sons of God, and Serpent Seed, all rolled into one. He denied basic Christian doctrine such as the Trinity.

Branham explained, “…not one place in the Bible is trinity ever mentioned…It’s Catholic error and you Protestants bow to it” (Conduct, Order, Doctrine, Q and A, p. 182).

See http://letusreason.org/Latrain4.htm for a complete discussion of the errors of William Branham.

Dr. Sklar’s Defense of the failed “Preparation of the Bride” Prophecy

 Years later, Dr. Sklar issued the following statement concerning the complete and abject failure of the 2005 prophecy:

http://www.mauricesklar.com/Teachings/Coming_Shakings_/coming_shakings_.html

Well, much to my surprise, it went all around the world. Many thousands of intercessors began to pray, and I am now convinced that God held these calamities back in His mercy so that we would have more time to get the Gospel out to the nations (especially here in America!).

Here he invokes the “repentance clause” we came across above. These internet prophets convince us it wasn’t their failure, it was God changing His mind. According to this logic, there are no failed prophecies, just a whole lot of cases where God withholds the judgment spoken of. And even more amazingly, Christians who should be exercising more discernment just accept it.  

Then he pauses, to add that he “could have just missed it”, only to quickly revert back to :

I am now more and more convinced that I really DID have a genuine visitation from the Holy Spirit and God’s mercy did indeed intervene and held these calamities back, praise His Holy Name

Is he talking about a message from God here or is this a debate he is having in his own mind about whether it was God speaking? If you are not crystal clear on whether it is God speaking or not, you are not getting revelation from God. The word of God is never ambiguous. The Lord will never experience problems making things clear to us. Obviously, prophecy was never intended to be a “hit or miss”proposition. 

This is so typical of the modern day internet prophets. They think its OK if they “win a few, lose a few.” Even if they “win” none, and “lose” them all, its all good to them. It shows you how they bring a “game” mentality to something as deadly serious as revelation from the Lord Almighty. It all sells, it all attracts popularity and attention to their ministries, which is what its all about for them.

Evaluation of the 2005 “Preparation of the Bride” prophecy.

In the final analysis, for the 2005 “Preparation of the Bride” prophecy of Maurice Sklar to be considered seriously as a genuine word from the Lord, so much of our Biblical understanding of the Lord and His ways would have to be suspended or done away with altogether. It is impossible to draw any other conclusion  than that the words are from a human mind, and represented as words from God.

Maurice Sklar sees nothing wrong in piggybacking on a prophecy by Benny Hinn which has failed for 23 consecutive years, and hardwiring it into a mishmash of failed utterances in 2005, only to see it fail for another 7 straight years. He pridefully puts the name of God on all this, and without even a moment’s hesitation, continues to issue prophetic utterances today.

This is actually a very sad story of a man, who in every other way appears to be a very decent, likable, and well-meaning individual. He has for some unknown reason decided to elevate himself to an office of spokesman for God without God’s calling to do so. He is forsaking all of the numerous biblical warnings against doing this, as if  he believes he has received some special permission to bypass God’s written instructions. What is the result? The false glorification and uplifting of his own ego in terms of his person, his ministry, and his career, through counterfeiting the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Could the Bible be any clearer about how seriously this grieves the Lord?

And what harm does this do when people falsely speak for God? The New Testament, as well as the Old Testament, speak clearly about the danger of false prophecy. When people in the church become focused on what a false prophet is claiming God said, they are diverted from the real truth contained in the Bible.

I recall last year when many of the false prophets of the internet spun tales about how comet Elenin was going to be a spectacular, monumental event with great significance for all Christians. Many thousands of believers were totally enraptured for months, caught up in discussions, forum posts, tweets, and blogs with daily updates of the progress of this comet. How much could have been done to further the commission of spreading the Gospel if the same number of man-hours of effort had instead gone into evangelization and bringing Christ to the lost, or simply soaking in the glory of God’s word?

All these internet seers, watchmen, prophets, or whatever they insist on being called, are charming, and tell an interesting tale. They are personable, and know how to keep their audiences interested. But whatever takes our focus off of Christ and puts it onto the things of the world and the things of men, is of the darkness. Remember that scripture tells us that the spirit of darkness comes dressed as an angel of light. It is our job as ambassadors of Christ to have the discernment to know when Satan is using someone to deceive us and take us away from the light of the world that is Jesus Christ.

The word of God Almighty is the most precious thing imaginable. It is worth more than all our gold and every material thing. We in the body of Christ should not allow it to be trampled on and belittled. We wouldn’t allow anyone to edit or change our Bible. Why should this kind of brazen misrepresentation of God’s revelation to us be excused?

All blessings in Christ,

JD Ellis

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75 Responses to Maurice Sklar Strikes the Mother Lode In False Prophecy

  1. Eric says:

    JD Ellis the Kingdom of God is at hand to warn you, Repent.
    Your are clearly the one deluded here and the Holy Spirit did not inspire you to write this erroneous work against the body. He who does not have the Holy Spirit as guide is not on the side of Heaven. You need to seek God on this matter and stop pressing on assumptively. You are getting close to if you already haven’t blasphemed the Holy Spirit like the men that accused Christ of doing miracles by the enemy’s power. Ninevah’s judgement was delayed 40 years because enough people repented and prayed. So you are in grave error when you claim that God can’t stay or delay prophecies when enough people repent, you clearly don’t understand how prophecies work, some are conditional, some are warnings of God’s plan of action if people dont repent or change from a course that will provoke God to some sort of response. Case in point, Prophet Efrain Rodriguez of Puerto Rico http://youtu.be/EWhCZgID6tY was shown that a meteor will strike in the atlantic and devastate Puerto Rico and the U.S. with a coast killing tsunami and nation splitting earth quake if the U.S. dares to cause the Israeli’s to divide their Holy covenant land with the Palestinians, so the prophets having been calling for people to fast and pray that John Kerry doesn’t get an Palestinian State formed this year which would divide the Holy covenant land, John Kerry wants to have this established by april, so we are set to pray against that God provoking offence. You need to be very careful of your words against prophets of God because the bible clearly warns about touching the Lord’s annointed or His prophets. If a prophet does his Job the people are warned and they repent then the judgement doesn’t have to come, some of Jeremiah’s prophecies haven’t come to pass, would you dare call him a false prophet? The only Prophecies that are set in stone are the ones like the return of Christ at the end of the tribulation and New Jerusalem being set up on earth, these will happen no matter what. Please get on your face in prayer and seek God’s face and ask Him who his real workmen and prophets are so that you can stop accusing the brethren and stirring up strife in the body. Consider this an open rebuke and correction.
    God bless you.

    • Yes, some prophecies haven’t happened yet. That’s because they are about future events, not because God delayed them. Or because God was hazy and uncertain about whether he was going to allow them to happen or not. Yes, God can delay some judgments. No, he doesn’t delay ALL judgments given in prophecies, like the false prophets want you to believe. Since NOTHING they claim God told them EVER comes to pass, they have to get you to believe God delays ALL judgments.

      Your eschatology is very erroneous. You remind me of the guy who wrote a whole book on how storms and hurricanes would strike America within days of any comments made by the president that were even remotely not 100% pro-Israeli government. You need to read some of the books by Stephen Sizer on God and the land, to get some perspective, instead of just reading the dispensationalist views.

      Do you believe Maurice Sklar was brought up to heaven for God to honor him with a symphony conducted in his honor, and to admiringly show Maurice all the “loving things” he had done in his life? And to show him his name was written in heaven in gold letters? Please answer yes, or no.

      If not, then why do you cast down the fires of hell upon me for saying he is a false prophet? Or do you believe God gives his true prophets a “quota”, i.e., they are allowed to tell a certain number of lies in God’s name, and it will be tolerated, as long as they don’t go over their allotted quota? I wonder what Maurice Sklar’s “quota” for permitted false prophecies is. It would have to be in the hundreds, or he would have exceeded it by now.

      Please answer my question. If you have God on “your side” as you put it, you will have a answer for how a “true” prophet can say that God brought him to heaven and honored him for his deeds in this life. (Here’s a hint: the biblical answer is that ALL of men’s deeds are as filthy rags to God. He acknowledges only the blood of Christ. You have to deny the Bible to believe Sklar was telling the truth.) I’ll be waiting for your answer. And, no, I won’t be a bit surprised if you side with Sklar over scripture.


      “Case in point, Prophet Efrain Rodriguez of Puerto Rico was shown that a meteor will strike in the atlantic and devastate Puerto Rico and the U.S. with a coast killing tsunami and nation splitting earth quake if the U.S. dares to cause the Israeli’s to divide their Holy covenant land with the Palestinians,”

      Its incredibly undiscerning to just take this quote from a man and lift it up as truth, equal or higher in authority to scripture. That’s why I called this blog EndtimeDelusion. People will become so enamored with falsehoods and reject the truth of scripture that God sends them a strong delusion. God says in effect “OK, you insist on your lies, here you have your delusion.” 2 Thess. 2:10-11 The result is the entire world being engulfed and swept up in this huge pack of lies that you are buying into.

      May God bless you by opening up your eyes to biblical truth.

      JD Ellis

    • Trev says:

      Eric, you are the one mislead..Efrain Rodriguez’s prophecy never mentioned the asteroid as a judgment for splitting Israel or dividing it….this false information came from the prophecy club which Efrain Rodriguez himself stated that people are twisting the very words of his prophecy; I am not endorsing Efrain Rodriguez on this prophecy for many reasons but that is a whole different story…case in point is this….you are referring to prophecies as evidence that is incorrect in itself….if you think all these prophets are true, then where are their evidence and signs as Moses produces before pharoa?…what prophecy have any of these false prophets stated that did come true in the short term so that others can believe in their prophecy of long term?….and lastly, why do these false prophet always stand alone?… they are the only one with direct contact and understanding of the prophecy and have sole power to interpret it…whatever happened to bringing at least two witnesses to validate their prophecy?….think about it

  2. Armin says:

    Thanks for your work Mr.Ellis,been tracking this stuff since the early eighties,used to treat cancer and lost a patient due to a false prophecy given by Kim Clement, who told the patient to fore go the treatment and she subsequently died,blaming herself for her lack of faith.I must confess
    though, I am guilty of listening to these guys out of boredom.Your ministry
    really helps put things in the proper perspective.Keep the faith my brother.
    Armin

    • Thank you Armin. Praise God that at least some are able to see through the haze of this false prophetic age in the church today. I also started listening to these guys years ago, and I soon realized all they want to do is get us hooked on one storyline after another, one “vision” after another, and how quickly these become our idols! The visions and the dreams have become the golden calf of the modern day church.

      My heart and soul are troubled by how many are willing to forsake all to support false visions. In the process of uplifting the false prophets, they denigrate the holy name of our Lord, and make him appear to non-believers and believers alike to be a kind of bumbling fool who simply cannot make up his mind and actually allow a SINGLE DREAM OR VISION TO ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE, out of literally tens of thousands supposedly being issued by the thousands of “prophets” all across the world today.

      I understand the argument that God “can” delay or stay a judgment. But zero out of tens of thousands actually HAPPEN? ZERO fulfillment? That is mocking God, and God will not be mocked. I get warnings all the time, that I am attacking God’s “anointed.” Honestly, it is a wicked “anointing” to just sit at a computer and start typing whatever nonsense comes into your head, and then tack on God’s name at the end. And to do the same thing over, and over, and over again for thirty years. The Bible tells us that the worst of God’s judgments is sure to come to the ones who do this. God has always from the time of creation been extremely zealous in protecting the sanctity and integrity of his holy Word. Those who play fast and loose with this holy Word of God will suffer unimaginable torment for all eternity.

      2 Cor. 11:15 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

      And Kim Clement is without any shadow of a doubt, a horrendously wicked false prophet. Your testimony about the death he caused by falsely invoking God’s name is chilling. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Perhaps some of the supporters of the false prophets will take notice when they see people are actually dying because of false doctrine and false testimony in the Lord’s name.

      This is what Maurice Sklar and his pal Benny Hinn do: they place their “hands of healing” over the person, and then when the person is not healed, they just blame the victim for not having “enough faith.” If people would just take the time to put down the books of the false prophets long enough to consult their Bibles, they would clearly see that having “enough faith” is not, and was NEVER, a requirement for healing to take place. Healing is ALWAYS entirely in the hands of God, and never in the hands of the patient or the human “healer.” Many times people completely lacking faith were healed in the scriptures.

      All blessings in Christ,
      JD Ellis

  3. Robert H. Sengstacke says:

    Hmm, well this has turned into a Christian love fest of sorts. Let me first say that while I do appreciate your heart in wanting to keep saints from being deceived, and it is necessary and biblical to judge prophecy I do not believe that Maurice is himself a false prophet as I’ve stated before, but at the same time I do not believe you are a false brother either and that we are all brothers in Christ. I love Maurice, I’ve known him for several years, going back to 2002. I used to live in Maurice’s basement and help out with his ministry. He is far from being perfect, but aren’t we all? Lol. Maurice has prophesied things over me that were the Lord and other times were just flat out wrong to be honest. I would say of Maurice, he needs to use a little more humility and love both with how he delivers prophetic words to people, both to individuals and to the body as a whole. I dont think it reflects the love of God which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit to say the kinds of things he’s said in this post to you and to that I would say he should repent and apologize to you my brother. I’ll say this both as someone who is a Calvinist which I believe you are, and am also a charismatic, if I may speak, if I’m wrong please correct me, but I am led to believe that you are someone who believes gifts and miracles of the Spirit have ceased and no longer operate in the church? I can understand if this has not been your background in church and are skeptical about people who claim to prophesy in the Name of the Lord and heal the sick, etc. I can honestly say I have done all of these things, and there is abuse in charismatic circles, but at the same time I dont believe abuse should legislate disuse and forbidding gifts of the Spirit either, since scripture clearly commands against that as well. As John Wimbur told Mike Bickle “Prophets need to own up to their failed prophecies.” I love your Barean spirit and I’ll be honest it is something that is lacking in some charismatic circles for sure, but I don’t think we should abandon Paul’s charge to earnestly covet and desire spiritual gifts, to not despise prophesyings, but at the same time judge prophecy. I hope and pray for both you and Maurice Sklar, as I do believe you are both sincere believers in Jesus, and that I do believe there needs to be correction in love for him and for you, but only in not going to the extreme of treating eachother as false brethren and enemies of the same faith you both believe. It is possible for prophetic people under the New covenant to miss it, Wayne Gruedem has an excellent paper on this issue, I recommend it to everyone. I hope all is well with you and Ill be keeping you and Maurice in my prayers and thoughts.

    • Thanks for the comments Robert. A very balanced response and greatly appreciated.

      I believe in the gifts of the spirit. It is one of the most common things I hear about Calvinists – that we think the Holy Spirit doesn’t give us gifts in this age. Serving, Teaching, Encouraging, Giving, Leadership, Mercy, Helps, are all gifts of the Spirit which are active today and everyone in the church will have at least one if not more of these gifts.

      I think you have to look at the intention God had for giving us a certain gift to understand if that gift is still active today. For example, in respect to the gift of prophecy, I think that was for the time before the completing of the Canon. We now have the full revelation of God in scripture so we needn’t look elsewhere than our Bibles to know what God is speaking today. Another way to say this would be to say that any prophecy today would be a direct reflection of what has already been given us in scripture. I think its pretty clear from so many verses that the Bible is sufficient for all works we are to engage in as Christians. I still think this gives room for one to feel that God is leading them to give a word to a friend or neighbor. I just don’t think there is revelation for the entire church being given by God.

      All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim. 3:15-17

      So my first question to one who believes God is still giving revelation today, wouldn’t that contradict his Word telling us the scripture is sufficient for every good work? Does it make sense that God would now be changing his mind about his Holy Word, and saying, in effect, well, “my scriptures are pretty comprehensive, but there’s just a lot more stuff you need to know because the world has changed a lot, and I’m going to reveal this now through the mouths of men. You will just have to be sure you listen to the right men.” Poof! There goes any sense of security we had when we thought scripture was going to be enough to get us to heaven!

      I have studied Wayne Grudem and have his Systematic Theology, a classic in the field. The only thing in the whole book I disagree with is his take on “modern day prophecy.” He thinks that prophets are for today, and that they can be “wrong sometimes.” I don’t think that fallible prophecy is God’s will, and I don’t believe in it. I think God’s plan from the beginning was to leave us a book, and its up to us whether we use it as his sole revelation, or look elsewhere. But the warnings are clear if we choose to look elsewhere: as scripture comes to a close, we are given what to me is a very ominous warning:


      18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. Rev. 22 18-19

      This is why it is so necessary to point out those who would lead us off of scripture and onto their human dreams and visions. It is a deadly serious matter, with souls at stake. One cannot simply just start writing things down and claiming they are from God. And then think that its enough to simply say, “well, I missed that one,” when its proven wrong. Its absolutely incredible to me how so many just ignore the clear warnings NOT to do exactly what people like this do regularly. I’ll bet you Sklar is working on his next “prophetic vision” as we speak. And no, I won’t be quiet then, either. “Hit or miss” is a deadly strategy for a Christian to follow, and there is so little biblical discernment today, that thousands will follow him off to the abyss.

      We need so much more from people who set themselves up in ministry today. They do a tremendous disservice and elevate only themselves and their ministries, and much worse, they endanger all who come in contact with their ministry..

      All blessings in Christ,
      JD Ellis

  4. Elena Nevado says:

    Dear Endtimedelusions,
    I am a Swedish woman born and grownup in Sweden that I would say is the country that belongs to one of the most unbelieving countries in God and Jesus Christ on Earth. In Sweden people mostly think you are mentally ill if you talk about God or pray to God. In other words: our ancestors the Vikings had very strong believes especially in Thor, their thunder god. But the modern Swedish people have no faith no more. Yes we have churches…and some old people still go there. But I am talking about the generations since 1940. So what I am trying to say is that I´m not coming from a religious background and personally I did not start to believe in God until I came to California for the first time in 1994. But I have been ” lukewarm” like most up until last year.
    Yesterday I came across Maurice´s prophesy about ” the big wave hitting and destroying Florida, the mark of the beast and the earthquake that will divide US etc”. And I was devastated. Because I am moving to Florida since I got married there last year to my husband who lives there.

    But I have a very important question: Can anybody tell me how it actually FEELS when they have been suddenly given the Holy Spirit that reveals visions or voices or Angels or dreams from God?

    One day suddenly something ” hit me” or ” came into my body “. I can only describe the feeling like if I suddenly was made of ” electricity “?
    It felt very powerful and like I ” suddenly knew a lot more than any normal human being “.
    And I stopped eating and sleeping completely during that week and I did not want to eat or sleep that week because ” I did not need it ” and the feeling I had was that ” I can not die”.
    And during this week I had several visions and ” instructions ” ( within my head…not really a voice ) and I could hear things and I was also ” told ” that we can communicate with animals telepathically. ……………………………(message edited by endtimedelusion for it was impossibly long to reprint here – i.e. thousands of words.)

    God Bless You
    Elena

    • Elena: Sorry for cutting your message short, but it was way too long.

      if you just read the articles at the blog you will see that I believe the Bible is God’s revelation to us, not men, and certainly not animals. I highly recommend you turn to the great wisdom in this book. Please continue to seek expert medical attention for the medications you require to keep stable and balanced. What Maurice Sklar or anyone else tells you about their supposedly Godly visions is strictly a call for attention from these men, and we needn’t give them this attention they crave.

      My prayers are with you, and may God bless you richly,
      JD Ellis

  5. Charles Folkart says:

    Your concern with the accuracy of prophetic messages is indeed commendable. As the Bible declares, there are false prophets and false teachers and false shepherds. (Note that the existence of the false or counterfeit indicates that there are real, true prophets, teachers, and shepherds (see 1 Corinthians 12:28-31). The enemy only counterfeits things that have real value.) We are commanded by dear Holy Spirit speaking through the Apostle Paul to judge prophetic utterances.

    1 Corinthians 14:29-32 (KJV): 29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

    So then, how are we to judge prophecy? The standard of judgment of prophecy is always two-fold: the Word of Truth (Scripture) and the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit operating in us through the gifts of the Holy Spirit as enumerated in 1 Corinthians 12). The Spirit of Truth and the Word of Truth are always in total accord. God’s Word is Spirit, it is Life, and it is Truth (John 3:34; 6:63; 14:6).

    You claim that Maurice Sklar’s prophecies are false because: “Enough people repented, so the Lord changed his mind! This disclaimer is added on somewhere in the middle of the lengthy prophetic word: This is but a fraction of what is soon to come IF there is not repentance and turning back to Me. This is the new “out” for the false prophet that is so popular these days. When what the Lord supposedly tells them fails completely to come to pass, it was because of repentance on the part of the people.”

    Your standard of judgment quoted above contradicts the Inspiration of dear Holy Spirit through the Prophet Jeremiah:

    Jeremiah 18:1-11 (KJV): 1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. 7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; 8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. 9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; 10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them. 11 Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.

    True prophetic utterance does not stem from the exercise of the intellect of the natural self-life of man. God even spoke to Balaam through his donkey, so, hopefully, some of us today can attain the same level of yieldedness to God that Balaam’s jackass had. If so, then God can still speak through us today. True prophetic utterance comes as dear Holy Spirit moves upon a man who yields his natural self-life so that the Holy Spirit can speak through him without interference from the natural intellect.

    That yielding is especially hard for those of us who are accustomed to controlling our lives and circumstances and those around us through our intellects. Such carnal christians insist on being in control instead of submitting fully in yielded obedience to the control of the Spirit of God. Carnal christians still exalt the intellect of their natural self-life above yieldedness to the Spirit of God and above obedience to the Word of God and above obedience to the Divine Super Life and Super Nature of the Resurrected Christ resident within them (Matthew 7:21; Luke 6:46).

    The process of allowing God to transform us from being children of the devil is lengthy. Jesus called it “the narrow way” (Matthew 7:13-14). Jesus told the Jews who believed into Him that if they continued in His Word they would know the truth and the truth would set them free (John 8:31-32). Free from what? Free from the idolatry of exalting the intellect of the natural self-life above the Spirit of God and above the Word of God and above the Divine Super Life and Super Nature of the Resurrected Christ resident within them.

    My prayer for you is that you may receive God’s Grace to study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

    • To Charles Folkart:

      Your quote:

      “My prayer for you is that you may receive God’s Grace to study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15)”

      I need not feel “ashamed” already, even before you utter your prayers for me. Ashamed? For warning my fellow Christians about demonic wolves who prey on the flock? Forget about it, Charles. Not even a slight twinge of shame. None at all. Its very much in alignment with scripture for me to exercise discernment and urge other Christians to do so as well.

      Your quote:

      “God even spoke to Balaam through his donkey, so, hopefully, some of us today can attain the same level of yieldedness to God that Balaam’s jackass had. If so, then God can still speak through us today. True prophetic utterance comes as dear Holy Spirit moves upon a man who yields his natural self-life so that the Holy Spirit can speak through him without interference from the natural intellect.”

      So you think that it is a biblical indication of how advanced spiritually we are as Christians if we can attain the level of “yieldedness’ as Balaam’s jackass? Discernment is not about “yielding” at all. Satan would love it if all of us would just “yield” to the false teachers and false prophets. We yield to God’s word in the Holy Scriptures. In those scriptures there is the command, not the suggestion, that we TEST THE SPIRITS of every utterance. We are endangering our own souls and those of others if we “yield” to false teaching.

      So we need to co-operate with God by “yielding” or else the Spirit cannot do his work? The Holy Spirit can speak through us whether we “yield” or not. God works out his will as he pleases, and no co-operation at all is necessary on our part. Prophets do not “become” prophets because they “hold up their end of the bargain” with God by “yielding”. That is works-based thinking.

      I too send my prayers, that you can see the darkness and evil that Satan works through false teachers, and that you will come to repent of defending these workers of iniquity. You demonstrate a brazen lack of concern for the eternal consequences for the thousands of souls soaking in the dangerous and heretical teachings of these people.

      JD Ellis

  6. Rudy Wallace says:

    I am getting a bit annoyed at the people who have dreams and visions, etc., and are very specific in what they saw/heard and when their “predictions” do not come to pass they say that people prayed for God to delay the judgment and He did. Now that’s an easy out, isn’t it? If God does give you a word, it will happen. Otherwise the so called prophet just had a string of his own thoughts and ideas and was shown to be someone to be avoided as far as end times prophecy is concerned.

    • So many people are engaging in putting thoughts and words into God’s mouth. They have no fear of the Lord. Scripture makes it clear that God zealously guards and protects his Word. The best test for “prophecy” is “did what the prophet speak of come to pass?” The fulfillment is always zero, so then to save face they have to say it was because enough people repented.

      The scary thing is that in the endtimes some of the false prophets will prophesy things which will actually happen. God allows them to have this power because he is testing us to see if we follow the “prophecies” or if we truly follow Him and His Word. (Deut. 13:1-3) This is why we need to use discernment now. If we can’t see the falsehood in blatant obvious false prophets like Maurice Sklar, Rick wiles, and Nathan Leal, we will be overwhelmed when the falsehood becomes truly deceptive.

      Blessings and thanks for commenting, Rudy.
      JD Ellis

  7. Trev says:

    JD Ellis, I am in agreement with you. I too believe in testing the spirit, the prophecy or whatever else they preach or say that sounds contrary to the very word of God. I feel many are scared to question these false prophets because they have not really read the word of God for themselves. if we just took the time to stop listening to tv evangelist and buying tapes and reading books about the word of God and simply read it in its entirety for what it says, then maybe some can hear and see the difference when they hear a false prophet speak…what prophet in his right mind states ” if you don’t believe me go ask the Holy Spirit in prayer” why? I am asking you the prophet directly but you cast judgment on me for questioning you directly and accuse me of blasphemy against God….that sounds like the Pharisees….what I don’t understand even more is how and why many Christians are remaining quiet when false prophecies are stated? Take the prophecy of Efrain Rodriguez for Puerto Rico….not one church or pastor has stood up and declared to tested the prophecy of this one individual in the island of Puerto Rico. Either they know its false and just ignore it or fear in going against it…my simple question to his site was ” who is Efrain Rodriguez and what prophecy has he stated publically that has come true for me to know that he is a prophet of God?” their reply was simply to delete my questions and statements that I found contrary to the word of God….well, I guess I have my answer from them…May the Lord make more of us like the Bereans and search everything thru the scripture to see if it’s true…be blessed

    • Another false prophet. Christ said that “many” were in the world, and that was 2,000 years ago, so just imagine how many are around today, sucking the life out of undiscerning Christians. It is tragic. But we can know that their day of reckoning will come at the last day. And their punishment will be horrific, for leading the children of God astray. Their ends will match their deeds.

      all blessings in Christ,
      JD Ellis

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