Years ago, Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in California said there should be a "consumer advocate," or a "David Horowitz" for Christianity. What he meant was there should be those that actively are calling out false teachers, false doctrines and false prophets in the Christian community. Boy, do we need that in America! It is in that vein that I present to you a man by the name of Steven Fletcher.
I had no idea who Steven Fletcher was until he contacted me via a message to the Freedom Outpost Facebook page claiming to know the day of the "rapture" and Christ's coming. He pegged it as January 7, 2014 at 5am PST. Yes, Fletcher learned nothing from false prophet Harold Camping or the myriad of false prophets who came before him.
Fletcher presented a bizarre account of getting a "sign from the Lord" regarding comet Ison and then identified that with the coming of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Steven contacted me on January 3 writing, "WANNA EXPOSE ME? THEN SHARE THIS EVERYWHERE SO IF NOTHING HAPPENS BY MID JANUARY THE WHOLE WORLD WILL KNOW I WAS A FALSE PROPHET! I WILL BE SILENCED FOREVER!!!"
My response was simple one. "Steven, you're a false prophet."
Now, Steven, acting in a childish fashion, "dared" me to share his article and then called me a chicken for not doing it. I simply told him that Scripture commands me not to give a platform to people like him and that I would expose him when his false prophecy didn't come true. I'm making good on my word, so that others who may come in contact with Steven would not be deceived by his rhetoric.
Deuteronomy 13 and 18 are clear about such men. In Deuteronomy 13, the death penalty was enacted against such men (Israel had a rock party with the imposter). In Deuteronomy 18, which points to Chris being the prophet referenced, Moses writes:
"I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.
And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.
But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die."
And if you say in your heart, 'How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?' —
"When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him."
Following the demonstration that Fletcher is a false prophet, he issued an apology. An apology? What for, you ask? Apparently because he got his date wrong. However, the punch line is that he is pinning it on God.
Fletcher's apology begins, "Last year on Hanukkah, 12/12/12, I received a Sign from the Lord. Before the sign came I knew the Lord had revealed to me the week, the date, and the hour... of something. He said that was "strike one."
"Then in June I shared another rapture scenario with the world," he continued. "Although it was presented as a Hypothesis, many called me out as a false prophet when it didn't occur." This was "strike two," according to Fletcher.
Then he made this statement, which he said was "strike three": "THE SIGN WILL REAPPEAR ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 5. THE WHOLE WORLD WILL SEE IT AND THERE WILL BE NO DOUBT OF WHAT I SAY. I AM NOT SAYING THAT RAPTURE WILL HAPPEN ON THESE DATES, BUT THE SIGN WILL APPEAR. IF IT DOES NOT HAPPEN, I WILL OFFICIALLY APOLOGIZE AND CEASE FROM MAKING ANY NEW PROPHECIES. The Sign did not appear visible to the world on Hanukkah."
While he claims to be "sorry for misspeaking and for wrongly predicting certain events" and claims to "make no more new predictions," Fletcher adds that he stands by everything he wrote! Incredible!
In fact, he says not to take his word for it but pray and examine the Scriptures! Again, he pins the blame on the Bible and on God. After all, his appeal is to Scripture and to the sign, which he blames the Lord for.
I believe the snatching away Paul refers to in 1 Thessalonians 4 happens on the Last Day, when Christ comes to judge the living and the dead. I don't need a secret rapture to push me to holy living or proclaim all that Christ commanded. That is something the Spirit of God does in me and He should be doing it in you, if you are a believer.
However, though Fletcher claims that his words were to get people to purify themselves, I would have to ask, do any of us know when we will die? Knowing that we could face God at any moment (apart from a "rapture" or the Second Coming), should we not be purifying ourselves, abandoning sin and seeking to live godly lives based merely on the mercy, love and grace that God has shown us in Christ Jesus? For those hung up on the rapture and have so abandoned the fight in our culture to win it for Christ and glorify Him in all areas, including government, let me ask you to read Bradlee Dean's excellent article here on that subject.
Some may think my statements are harsh. They are not. God tells us that when such a man is placed in our midst, "the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul." How many listen to men like Steve Fletcher, but fail to listen and to love God?
As a final warning: Beware of those that claim to know the day and time of Christ's return. Rest assured, they do not.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.