Jeremiah Johnson is calling out people in the charismatic movement for building a modern-day Tower of Babel out of “prophets and politics.” He believes there is a “rogue” and “rebellious spirit in the charismatic prophetic movement,” a spirit that God has revealed by preventing Donald Trump from being re-elected.
“I believe that parts of the charismatic movement are deeply sick,” said Johnson in Part 1 of a three-part series released in February entitled, “I Was Wrong.” “I want to go on record again by saying I absolutely believe that that is a true statement. I believe that this election cycle has revealed how desperately we need reformation in the prophetic movement…We need an absolute overhaul.”
“In this last election cycle…God has graciously intervened and exposed the idolatry of modern-day prophetic ministry,” said Johnson, who sees this intervention as an opportunity for repentance. But he warned, “I have serious concerns for the charismatic prophetic world that if we do not wake up, if we do not actually humble ourselves, there is greater judgment that is going to come.”
Jeremiah Johnson: We Have Built a Tower of Babel
Jeremiah Johnson is the founder of Heart of the Father Ministry and is an “end time messenger” at Jeremiah Johnson Ministries. Johnson is also one of several Christian leaders who incorrectly predicted that Donald Trump would win the 2020 presidential election.
“My vision, my passion for this new series is to invite the body of Christ into my personal process, my journey, concerning Donald Trump and so much of what has happened in recent days,” said Johnson in Part 1 of the series. He spent the bulk of his first video explaining in detail the prophetic words God gave him throughout Donald Trump’s two campaigns for presidential office. In 2015, Johnson received a “word” that Trump would win the 2016 presidential election. He believes that God then gave him several prophetic warnings about Trump’s pride and his other character flaws.
On Oct. 20, 2020, Johnson made three predictions, one of which was that Trump would win re-election. He apologized for this prediction on Jan. 7 and was totally unprepared for the vitriol that would follow. The ministry leader had expected people to be upset that his prophecy had turned out to be wrong. But he found that his apology was what outraged people the most. “I was honestly stunned by this reaction in the body of Christ,” said Johnson.
Shortly after he published his apology, Jeremiah Johnson wrote on Facebook, “Over the last 72 hours, I have received multiple death threats and thousands upon thousands of emails from Christians saying the nastiest and most vulgar things I have ever heard toward my family and ministry…I truthfully never realized how absolutely triggered and ballistic thousands and thousands of saints get about Donald Trump. It’s terrifying! It’s full of idolatry!”
It was in Part 2 of the “I Was Wrong” series that Johnson issued his strongest challenges to the charismatic movement. First, however, he spent some time explaining a key difference between Old Testament and New Testament prophecy. This difference is crucial, said Johnson, because approaching modern-day prophecy through an Old Testament framework actually leads to some of the idolatry he has been observing.
In the Old Testament, a prophet was a “go-between” between God and humanity, said Johnson. People sought out individual prophets to hear the very words of God from their mouths. But under the New Covenant, Jesus is the only person who has the role of mediating directly between God and humanity. “Prophets should never be put into the position that only Jesus Christ deserves,” said Johnson.
The role of prophecy in the New Testament is significantly different from prophecy in the Old Testament, which is something that Johnson elaborated on in Part 3 of his series. In the New Testament, people prophesy within the context of the body of Christ, which provides accountability for those prophecies. And while prediction is still an element of New Testament prophecy, prophecy has other functions as well.
According to Johnson, the goals of prophecy in the New Testament are to direct people to Jesus, correct those who are in error—and make predictions. But making predictions is not the same as fortune-telling, he said. The purpose of the predictions is always to prepare the body of Christ for a future event. Therefore, the predictive aspects of modern-day prophecy should always be “on the back burner.”