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    How To Be A Prophecy Expert

    What does it take to master the field?

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    How does one come to be an authority on prophecy? Letís plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out.

    I often get amazed when I go on YouTube or into a Christian bookstore and see the craziness that is prophecy interpretation. These are normally some of the most popular books in the bookstores. It doesnít matter that these people keep getting things wrong and keep changing their views and using the exact same hermeneutic. They are still experts. How does this happen? Letís have some fun and look at the making of a prophecy expert.

    Step One ó Declare yourself to be a prophecy expert.

    This might sound like a small step, but itís a necessary one. You see, the world will need to know that youíre a prophecy expert. ďBut I havenít gone to Bible college and I have no degrees or credentials!Ē That can help, but itís not necessary. You can set up a channel on YouTube and get instant notoriety that way. Of course, if you have any credentials, that could land you a bigger audience, but we all have to start somewhere.

    Step Two ó Watch the news first.

    It would be really difficult to write a book in 2003 about how Trump will be elected president in 2016 and claim to find that in prophecy. A far better route is to start with what is already happening and then go back and see how that was truly prophesied in Scripture. Then, go and extrapolate from that what you think will happen. This is when you go to the Bible. You go there and look and see if you can find anything in there that will back up your claim. That brings us to our next point.

    Step Three ó Avoid context of Scripture.

    One cannot be picky about what the author intended or what a historical or social situation was at the time of writing. Caring about the real message the author wanted to get will cause us to miss the meaning we want to find. Feel free by all means to play a kind of hopscotch where you just jump around from place to place and find whatever you mean and make it a vague reference. Whatís that? Your audience might actually look up the passages and see what youíre talking about? Ridiculous. Wonít happen. Donít worry about such nonsense.

    Step Four ó Like Prego, itís in there.

    Rest assured also that every event you want to talk about is in the Scriptures. Every president has been prophesied and every Pope has been prophesied and every war and new law has been prophesied. Itís in there. You just have to look hard enough. For my fellow Americans, rest assured God loves us and we are obviously His favorite country so naturally, weíre all over the Bible.

    Step Five ó Ignore it when you are wrong.

    We all make mistakes. The important thing is to act like they never happened. Thatís right. Got your blood moon prediction wrong? Donít admit it. Did the Harbinger not come through? Donít admit it? Obama really wasnít the antichrist? Say nothing about that! The Pope really wasnít the man of sin? Be silent!

    You see, if you donít acknowledge your mistakes, odds are your audience wonít either. What? You think people really will care about your mistakes? You can be sure that this isnít the case because so many prophecy experts have gone before you and this has never held them back. They keep going on and on.

    Step Six ó Repeat the cycle.

    Okay. So the time has come. You made your mistake. Itís out there for all to see. What do you do now? Go back to step one. Repeat the whole process once more. Past failures donít matter. Amazingly, as someone who has been proven wrong over and over and thus have no right to be called an expert, you will still be called an expert. Now go out there and start writing your next book and making your next video or blog post for the world again.

    Or, you could avoid all of this and just study the Scripture faithfully and not make predictions about what will happen trusting that God is in control and work on other things that well, they might not seem as important, but they could be. You could work on understanding and living out your faith. You could work on taking care of the needy in your area. You could work on building up your marriage and home life. Of course, most of these wonít lead to the status youíll get as a prophecy expert, but thatís the price you pay.

    If youíre also someone who really doesnít care about being this prophecy expert, be on the watch for those who do and donít give them credibility once theyíre shown to be wrong over and over again. The Scriptures are too sacred an item to treat so lightly. I look forward to the day when these fad prophecy books are not out on display immediately in Christian bookstores.

    In Christ,
    Nick Peters

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    Even when there was a Christian bookstore in the local mall (it closed a couple years ago), the lack of depth in the material generally proffered kept me away.
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    I prophesy the end of the world last Tuesday at noon.

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    I prophesy that no-one will notice the occurrences of the next ten world endings, and every-one will continue on just as though nothing had happened.
    1 Cor 15:34 εκνηψατε δικαιως και μη αμαρτανετε αγνωσιαν γαρ θεου τινες εχουσιν προς εντροπην υμιν λεγω

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    I predict Jesus will return on a day of the week ending in "y". And the current universe will be turned into the new universe in less than a billion years. Unless humanity somehow ends up leaving Earth to live somewhere else, but that's unlikely.
    If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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