This is the blog of JD Ellis.
I am a born again Christian. I was raised a Catholic, became disillusioned and strayed away from the faith for much of my life, before accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. My guide is the Bible, which I believe is the complete, inspired word of God. I use this blog as a reminder to myself, and others, that we are never to elevate the words of men to the same stage of truth as God’s word.
I was fooled myself for a short time by the false prophets of the internet. I was never fooled by their prophecies, because I believe the Bible is the full and total revelation by God to us in these days. But I found myself listening to all the doom and gloom messages, and I knew something was amiss. God doesn’t take pleasure in spreading fear. The news of the gospel is good news, it is not about fear and panic.
I became determined to sound the alarm so that others may not be harmed by the false doctrine.
All blessings in Christ,
This is one of Rick Wiles’ doom and gloom programs from 2015 where he’s interviewing false prophetess Mena Lee Grebin. For years Wiles predicted imminent economic collapse and war. It was always right around the corner. It never came. Now that Trump is elected Wiles is singing a different tune. Happy Days Are Here Again. Everything’s turning up roses.
My advice? If Rick Wiles ever predicts economic collapse again, take every penny you own and invest it into the Stock Market. Pick the riskiest stocks out there and sink everything you have in them. You’ll reap a Bonanza.
But don’t do that now. Now Wiles is predicting fair skys and sunny days ahead for America. With his track record this almost terrifies me. Personally if I had money in stocks I would sell them all yesterday. I would get out of debt, stock up on supplys, move to the country and raise chickens.
If Wrong Way Wiles predicts a hurricane plan for a picnic. Now that he’s predicting sunny days head, grab your umbrella and head for the high country.
Please allow me to add some words in support of your previous response.
As you say, there are no afterthoughts, postscripts, or addenda needed to complete the Word of God. John not only makes this explicitly clear at the end of Chapter 22 in the Book of Revelation, he warns away those who would attempt to do so.
Consequently, a red flag should be raised whenever anyone comes along with with a new dream, vision, or prophecy. That person has an extremely high bar to get over with respect to the closing words of Revelation. So — this is the first test one must use to determine whether or not a person is a false prophet: is the the prophet, dreamer, or visionary adding to or subtracting from what has been revealed in the Gospel.
A second way to help determine the validity and authenticity of such a person’s claims is to measure what he or she says with the actual words and meaning of the of the Gospel itself.
One should be especially on guard for the tendency of modern day “prophets” to take words and verses out of context and then to transmute them into bizarre, idiosyncratic speculations. These speculations, aside from being contradictory and often nonsensical, are really occult ideas covered with a veneer of Christian terminology and supported by the most unsound kind of biblical exegesis. The occult nature of these fantasies relates to the fact that they are almost always based on extra-biblical sources — both ancient and modern.
A third way to help determine the validity of prophecy, dream or vision is to test it against reality: Did he event spoken of occur as stated; and by that I mean, did it occur exactly as originally stated. If not, listen for double talk of the following variety: “The Lord heard our prayers and decided to wait before He acted.” Or, “The Lord changed his plans based on such and such…”
Another kind of double talk — the “prophet” knows that very few people will remember exactly what was said so he or she will just state, “Yes, what happened was exactly in line with my prediction.” This kind of double talk is very common on Internet-based broadcasts that host a steady stream of prognosticators. This makes it extremely difficult to keep track of who said what. Thus, its impossible to compare the specific prophecy with the actual outcome.
Or, lastly, another variation on the theme of double talk— the “prophet” who says something to the effect of, “Oh, yes! For those who know me this is something that I predicted 10, 15, 20 years ago.” Really? I think those who don’t know you have the right and obligation to be skeptical.
BTW, just a reminder, the word,” prophecy,” does not always pertain to predictions about the future. The word is often used to denote teachings. In either case, I agree they are not to be despised but must be proved so that we can indeed hold fast to that which is good.
Thanks in advance for giving me the space to post a message.
Hi James! Thanks for your comments. I’ve always been amazed at how one person could be so wrong about so many things as Rick Wiles. One day I saw a book he wrote back in 1999 called “Judgment Day 2000” on sale for one cent on Amazon. This book was amazing in that it contained predictions and/or “prophecies” from cover to cover. Not one single thing out of literally dozens mentioned in the book even remotely came close to coming true. The main premise was of course the “Y2K” bug which all the so-called prophets at the time were claiming God told them would bring disaster and untold devastation to the entire world. This is in fact how Rick Wiles began his ministry: by travelling the country speaking at seminars and churches telling everyone how God spoke to him about these coming dire events related to worldwide computer failure because of Y2K.
The rest is history. He now has a big following with his ministry, which still is largely based on prophetic words from God, or “new” revelation. He succeeds because his followers are so undiscerning that they never call for any accountability. He is given free pass after free pass to continue declaring one error after the other, all the while declaring or strongly implying that God is the source of this information.
You are right: we are truly in perilous times if Mr. Wiles is calling for clear skies and smooth sailing in our immediate future. Batten down the hatches.
All blessings in Christ,
Hello Rebecca. Thanks for your kind comments. These sorts of people written about here have all been documented to be false prophets, yet amazingly most of them continue having a big following. I experienced the same thing you did in trying to reach these people: if I posted anything I was blocked, or blocked and barred from future participation. They know they stand on shaky ground, so they must stifle any legitimate attempt to hold them accountable or even to explain their past failings. They just want cheerleaders who applaud their every move, and unfortunately they have many of these followers who fail to exercise discernment.
I feel blessed that my blog is still reaching a few souls like yourself that truly want to follow the word of God over the word of man. My God greatly bless you and your family.
Awesome job. Great insight. Thank you. Very helpful. Most appreciative.
Great post on false prophets and your article on doctrines was a tribute to the many who have come before us speaking the Word of God in service to Christ and truth. Thanks for the encouragement to preserve the searching the scriptures
Thanks Thomas and God bless you.
Thanks for visiting the blog Diane and God bless you.
It sounds like you have been listening to the sound preachig of the late Martyn Lloyd Jones formerly of Westminster Chapel London UK. His recorded sermons are an inspiration and can be found on MLJ Trust and the Monergism site
God bless from Australia
Thank you for publushing this. I had been following Nathan Leal for years until yesterday, when he joined the Flat Earth cult.
He will not accept even friendly disagreement. He does not like to have his ability to use discernment questioned. It is finally clear to me how he sets himself above others.
Thanks Leslie. If ever there was a classic demonstration of what a false prophecy is all about, it is the ministry of Nathan Leal. He is an egomaniac who, just as you put it, has no intention of engaging in honest dialogue with anyone.
I remember years ago when he was with his first wife Donna they used to attack me viciously if I ever dared to contradict any of their teachings on the Watchmans Cry forum. All we can do is pray for these false prophets because they are aligning themselves with a very harsh judgment on the Last Day, and one can only feel pity for them.
The book of Jeremiah chapter 23 tells us how much God truly hates people who speak falsehood and put His name on the lies, which actually emanate from their corrupt hearts rather than from the Lord himself.
All blessings in Christ,
I’ve had Nathan Leal on my friend list for years. I’ve never given him much thought or watched his sermons until January of 2022. Initially, I thought that Nathan was legit because so many seemingly solid believers on my FB friend list followed and even endorsed him.
As I started watching his sermons in January, he claimed that the audience needed to throw out everything that we had previously learned about eschatology because we’ve all been taught wrong. Nathan received new revelations from God about the end times. There will be no peace treaty and the AC will NOT sit on a throne in the 3rd Temple in Jerusalem and declare himself to be God, as taught in scripture.
Nathan continues to claim that the AC was already here. We all missed it. Only Nathan has the wisdom to discern that Donald Trump was the Antichrist. Nathan goes onto to allude that the COVID-19 vaccination was in fact, the MOB. He claims the first horse riding in with a crown on his head was symbolic of the virus and this was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit. He also claimed that as warned of in the book of Revelation, 1/4 of the world’s population would be destroyed but this will be as a result of taking the vaccination.
I was highly skeptical of Nathan’s claims but I continued to interact with him on Facebook and tried to keep an open mind. Alarm bells started going off when the war between Russia and Ukraine broke out. Nathan intentionally misquoted Bible verses about fear using them as a reason to justify pushing fear onto his audience. Nathan outright said that we should be in fear of the things that are coming, including this war. When others tried to correct Nathan, reminding him that Jesus commands us to NOT fear these things that are coming to pass, Nathan would scold people.
Secondly, instead of encouraging people to repent, Nathan was encouraging people to panic and buy nuclear fall out pills. He was focusing on preserving the physical body when God has told us to fear not him who can kill the body but to fear Him that can kill both the body and the soul.
I soon noticed a pattern with Nathan. Everyday on his wall, there was continuous fighting, contention and strife. Nathan would reward those who’d sing his praises and flatter him while cruelly belittling, abusing and berating those who’d disagree with him. No matter how respectfully one would disagree, Nathan was defensive. He is unreachable and uncorrectable, putting himself on a pedestal. If one dared to use scripture to correct him, he’d insult them and call them “super spiritual Christian’s”.
It soon became apparent that Nathan was firing off his opinions which were rarely supported with substantial biblical proof. Nathan often severely twists scripture and takes it out of context. He pushes his personal convictions on others. For example, Nathan has been vocally supportive of Ukraine and has posted US media propaganda on his wall daily to support his biases. Nathan instructed his followers that God was testing our hearts and if we sided with Russia, we’ve failed the test and our hearts have grown cold. This was too outlandish for me. God does not need us to pick a side for He alone is in control and our geopolitical views will not mean anything on Judgement Day. I was swiftly blocked from Nathan’s FB page when I made a comment stating that God’s Word takes authority over Nathan’s opinion.
Throughout all of this, Nathan has been setting himself up to be some kind of savior to his audience. He outright says that most Christians are stupid, naive, foolish and too lazy to study or do research so he believes that it is job to “help” us understand the truth and point out oncoming danger. It was clear at this point that he was an egomaniac. I doubted my discernment and even felt guilty about having these thoughts but then I decided to do some research and came across this blog. You articulated so clearly my observations about Leal.
I’d hate to falsely accuse anyone but it is apparent that Nathan has been falsely prophesying for at least 15 years without any sign of repentance and he’s lacking the fruits of patience, meekness, humility, kindness and patience. He shows every sign of potentially being a wolf.
You pointed out that it was a possibility that Nathan was intentionally fleecing the flock for financial gain. In his most recent video, he tells the audience that we can trust him because he’s been doing this for years. He’s not like the other prophets who are copying each other but he is giving us fresh revelations so he strongly encouraged us to donate. I’m happy to support true ministries doing God’s will but this felt wrong. God’s revelations should not be peddled for money.
I need to pray to the Lord and repent for falling for the false gospel of doom and gloom. Praise Jesus for opening our eyes. Thank-you for being obedient to the Gospel.