This year hasn’t been kind to many prophets in the Charismatic movement, especially not in America, where many prophets predicted 2020 to be year of joyful increase but didn’t foresee 'minor' issues such as the coronavirus crisis. But all is not lost. Even when it all seems over, there are many ways to survive a professional mishap. 

I can predict (not prophesy) that these following practical and rhetorical strategies will come into play in 2020.  This is simply because they are well-tested and part of the false prophet’s playbook for when it all goes wrong.

1. Delete your prophecy 

This is where the misfortune that your prophecy didn’t initially get any traction becomes a benefit. If a prophet prophesies in the wilderness and there is no one to hear the sound, did it really happen? This philosophical question remains unanswered, so you are really in the company of great minds when you apply this strategy. A prophet philosopher. Has anyone written a book on that?

If you are lucky enough, you can give your prophecy a mafia funeral and bury it in an unmarked grave. What prophecy? I see no prophecy about that. Remember, the delete button is your friend!

2. Misquote your prophecy 

This technique is based on the fact that most Charismatic Christians never paid much attention to your actual prophecy. So, sometimes it is enough to adjust the wording of your prophecy slightly, and make it look like you in fact got your words right – after all, many Charismatics seem to believe that fact-checking is from the Devil!

3. Release a wave of new prophesies 

Release a mighty wave of new prophecies that will make everyone forget the old ones. Again, most Charismatic believers pay little attention to what you are actually saying. Don't care about the content. Just speak fast. Overwhelm them with new stuff so they will forget the old.

4. Remember another prophecy 

“Remember another old prophecy that you gave earlier, which will now suddenly give a new explanation to the other prophecy that now only looks like it had missed its target. If you add another piece, the jigsaw puzzle suddenly looks different!

5. Re-purpose an old prophecy 

There might be an actual old prophecy that you might be able to re-purpose. It doesn’t matter that at the time it was all supposed to happen in 2007 and not in 2020 – the Charismatics aren’t known for their attention to detail. 

6. Make the concrete spiritual 

If you prophesied that the year 2020 will be the year of financial prosperity, now make that prosperity spiritual and tell that true riches are stored in heaven and not in your bank account. 

7. Make the spiritual concrete 

If your prophesied spiritual warfare for 2020, now make that spiritual concrete – what it really meant was financial difficulties. 

8. Create your own facts 

Blame the news media for bias and create your own facts. It doesn’t really matter if you have any reliable sources or not – facts are there to be bent by your faith. 

9. Create your own reality where other people’s facts don’t matter 

Even better - don't just create your own facts but a whole reality. Release a new conspiracy theory where the lack of any evidence for it is the very evidence that the conspiracy is real. Now your prophecy is wearing a bulletproof vest! 

10. Release a new doctrine

There is nothing more exciting for the Charismatics than a new doctrine. Let them get excited studying that.

11. Blame the Devil 

You were right all the time but the Devil stopped it from happening because the Church didn’t pray enough.  Or if it wasn't the Devil, it must have been Jezebel. Or Moloch. There are many legions of demons, so the opportunities for naming them are endless. 

12. Start a moral campaign 

You were right all the time but now God is judging the society for their sins. Start a moral campaign against something. Now you aren't just a prophet but also a societal reformer!

13Ask everyone else to repent 

You were right but the prophetic fulfilment would have demanded full repentance from the Church. Your failure is not your failure but the very evidence that the Church hasn't repented yet. Become the prophet of repentance.

14Discover an esoteric Bible verse 

There must be a Bible verse that explains it all! The benefit of this strategy is that now you aren’t known only as a prophet but also as a Bible scholar.  

15. Redefine the function of prophecy (but not the office) 

Remind people that the New Testament prophecy is not 100% infallible, but at the same time they must  reminded about the infallible authority of your prophetic office. 

16. Teach about false prophets 

No false prophet would ever teach about false prophecy. Or would they? Launch a new series that teaches the intricacies of how to recognise false prophets.  

17. Lie, and lie more for the sake of ministry (and forget who the father of lies is) 

If you repeat lies often enough someone will believe them. Even you might. And you can always suffocate your subconscious scream with a shot of vodka. And now, few more shots. 

18Never say sorry 

Saying sorry is so unprofessional. Never get caught saying sorry. Jesus never said sorry. And He never advised us to say sorry. Or did He? If He did, He would reveal that to you personally in a dream or vision. There is no point in opening that Book to find out. He will always talk to you directly. You never need to read the Book for yourself, only to teach others.

You can doubt God and His omnipotence. But never doubt yourself!

19. Do something good publicly 

Now it is time to do something good publicly. Help the homeless, whatever, the important thing is that everyone sees how good you are. A prophet is known by their fruit, isn't he?

20. Sacrifice a friend

If all else fails, now is the time for the ultimate sacrifice. Go through your Filofax and see who is the most expendable.  Launch a personal attack against someone because of their false prophecies. Sometimes the herd must sacrifice the weakest member. (If you don't know what Filofax is, you are already vulnerable yourself, as you haven't been in business long enough. And your name will be in someone else's Filofax.)

21. Hope for the best when you get to Heaven 

Jesus was known for His pragmatism when it came to the business side of things. He always put His livelihood first, didn’t He? On arrival, make sure that Jesus will understand that the motivation of your heart was always to further the best interest of the Church.  It was never money or fame. 

Exitus acta probat – the outcome justifies the deed – wasn't it Jesus who said that? 

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In the last two months, I have seen the fulfilment of two life-defining dreams and visions. The first one was for me personally, and it was given to me twenty-five years ago through a vision, and it was confirmed by another vision twenty-four years ago  although it is not until now that I have come to realise that these two visions foretold the same event that has just passed.

What I was shocked about was that in the moment of perhaps one of the most important encounters in my life God didn't give me anything new, but He only activated the memory of one of the prophetic visions I had seen decades earlier  and not even the one that was clearer. Then He waited to see what I would do with it. Would I obey? Would I disregard it? 

Another one was a prophetic dream that was given to me to pass on to someone else. After some time, this dream was fulfilled precisely, but there was an element in the dream that I hadn’t paid much notice of that turned out to be the most decisive element of it all. And unfortunately, the person I gave the dream to also missed that element, and that led to a poor choice. The consequences of that poor choice were clearly displayed in the dream, but  they could only be fully understood retrospectively. 

In the first scenario – which I have described in an earlier post, the fulfilment was entirely based on me recognising an opportunity to love and deciding to respond with love. The prophetic riddle became explainable only through obedient action, and it was only loving action that was able to fulfil the prophetic vision. Had I not chosen loving action, I wouldn't have even know that I had just missed one of the most significant developments in my life!

In the second case, the instructions on how to act were there but it would have taken prayer and reflection to dig them up. The dream was 100% true, but it would have taken some patience to begin to understand its true meaning. 

Why does God do that? How can He take the risk of us missing something genuinely important that has significant consequences to our lives? 

I have reflected on this a lot and come to the conclusion that when God wants us to get deeper in Him, He often speaks to us through riddles because of His mercy, as otherwise we would come under judgement if we disobeyed a clear command. 

Matthew 13:10-15 says,  
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’ 
Those who truly desire to understand the mysteries of heaven are the followers of Jesus. They will be willing to give up everything to find the treasures of heaven. They will labour to find the meaning of the prophetic parables. They will pray until they will understand them, because they understand that they need to be obeyed. 

Whereas this generation largely wants the prophetic because they want to have something to talk about. They want to make an impression on others. They are much more interested in the glory than in obedience. And hence they often share the prophetic riddles even before they have taken time to understand them, often making fools of themselves. 

In Luke 10:10-16 Jesus says, 
"But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades. He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.” 
So, we can see that when the message of God is clear, the judgement for disobedience is always harsher. But when the message is a riddle, it takes us some effort to discover the meaning, and if we don’t look for it, we are only guilty of spiritual laziness rather than wilful disobedience. 

God hides many treasures of His kingdom in His mercy, so that when we get to Heaven we would get at least some sort of reward. 

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Recently, I was in a situation where God began to minister to a person from a vision that I had seen decades ago. It was a moment of recognition.
Or, perhaps it would be more rightful to say that God began to minister to me, as this led to my heart being fully broken! It also led to a series of actions that I felt were nearly pre-programmed those decades ago, as I was compelled to obey the presence of God and direction I had received decades earlier.
What I was shocked about was that in the moment of perhaps one of the most important encounters in my life God didn't give me anything new, but He only activated the memory of the prophetic vision I had seen decades earlier. Then He waited to see what I would do with it. Would I obey? Would I disregard it? 
I could have missed it all so easily!

A similar situation led to King Saul's failure. In 1 Samuel 13 King Saul makes a sacrifice rather than waiting for the prophet Samuel to arrive.  But many years earlier God has asked through Samuel for King Saul to wait when this particular moment would arrive. This leads to the kingship to be taken away from Saul. 
Just because God's instruction has arrived years or decades earlier, it doesn't mean it has expired. In fact, God often gives the instruction early, so that we will have the confidence to act, because we know that we had no way to orchestrate or manipulate this situation into happening. We know that we aren't driven by the situation or by our current emotion. Often those emotions were exhausted years earlier. This gives us confidence because we know that we are in the perfect will of God.
In my free time I am doing doctoral research which is very much focused on time and temporality in media, and I have come across a concept called future memory which means in essence that today we live our present in expectation that the moments we live today will be our memories in future. So, for example, we take digital pictures of everything in expectation that in future these pictures will help us remember those special moments. Sometimes we take so many pictures that we actually forget to live that moment.
But God has a completely different concept of future memory. He does all that in the opposite direction! He lets us experience a moment today prophetically that will only happen decades later in reality! And I have come to realise that in many ways I have been directed by God's future memories all my life since I became the follower of Jesus.
In essence, when we receive a prophecy or a vision, we often have a very strong emotional experience at the time of revelation. We might experience deep joy or sorrow.  What happens is that we are living the joy or the sorrow of the future moment well in advance - before it even happens. But when the prophetic moment actually comes to pass, we sort of recognise the moment instinctively because we have already lived the moment prophetically in the past. This strong emotion is often linked to practical guidance that is just enough and adequate for us to make the right decision at the moment of recognition that  this is what God was talking to us about earlier.
We can see these strong prophetic emotions in the life of Jesus:
In Luke 19:41-44 Jesus weeps over Jerusalem: "Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, 'If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.  For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,  and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.'”
Much of the ministry of the Old Testament prophets consisted of weeping over the future destruction of Jerusalem and Israel. 
Psalm 139:17-18 says, "How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You."
Many of God's thoughts concern us personally, and many of them concern our future. Some of them concern people around us and others concern people that we are yet to meet.
Ephesians 1:4 says, "Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love".
You see, God has been thinking about us before the foundation of the world, and He still keeps on thinking about us. In His imagination many things that will happen to you in future have already happened. And His imagination is really strong, unlike our imagination, which can amount to mere fantasies. So, in God's Kingdom the future memories are really God's will in future.
As God keeps on talking to us, He will inevitably talk to us about future. And His thoughts about our future - and the future of others - have an immense power that will affect our emotions. 
In the last few days I have been heartbroken about things that God has shown will happen in future. To me, these things are already etched to my mind as if they had already taken place. It might be a strange thing to cry and weep for what will happen in future. It might be a strange thing to rejoice for what will happen in distant future. 
But that's what the Old Testament prophets did. That's what Jesus did. And that's what the disciples do. After all, we rejoice for an eternal Kingdom that is yet to come. We rejoice because one day we expect to see Jesus face to face. And we can already live that joy now. 
Don't ignore your future memories, as they often reveal God's plan for you. But this demands a great sensitivity and life in the continual presence of God.
Often, a prophecy is a true future memory imagined by God.
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