Prophecies about Donald Trump and the US 2020 Elections: A Biblical Perspective
Raise your hand if you have been glued to your television set, tablet or phone since November 3 watching every instance of the US elections unfold. The twists, turns and drama surrounding this year’s elections has certainly caught the attention of the world. One interesting phenomenon that has emerged out of these elections – as if the charge of massive fraud, protests and counter protests, recounts, and a litany of litigations by Donald Trump’s lawyers is not captivating enough – is the chorus of a considerable number of evangelical prophets who claim that God has declared Donald Trump, not Joe Biden, the winner of the US 2020 presidential elections.
Before the Election: Trump Victory Prophesied
In the months leading up to the elections, the prophecies were explicit and unequivocal: God had declared through them (His prophets) that Donald Trump will win the 2020 presidential elections, because he was placed in the White House for such a time as this. According to the prophets, God is not yet finished with His plans for the country which He is enacting through His servant, Donald Trump. Therefore, God has extended Trump’s time in the office for four more years until his God-given task is accomplished.
One prophet testifies that God revealed His prediction to him at 4:45am. The timing was significant because, as God explained to him, it meant 4 more years for the 45th president, namely, Donald Trump. He also quoted 2 Chronicles 20:20:
They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.”
2 Chronicles 20:20 (NASB)
This prophet alleges that the story bears significance to the US 2020 elections in that, like God fought for Jehoshaphat and Israel, so also God will fight for Donald Trump and America in this year’s elections. Christians only need to behold and celebrate God’s victory. As well, the particular chapter and verse also bears significance: 20:20 signifies the year 2020.
2 Chronicles 20:20 serves a second purpose, says this prophet. It is evidence that God commands Christians put their trust in His prophets and in their declarations. Alternate scripture verses used by him and other prophets as proof of their authority in the prophetic office is Amos 3:7:
Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets.
Amos 3:7 (NASB)
As well as Ezekiel 7:26:
Disaster will come upon disaster and rumor will be added to rumor; then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but the law will be lost from the priest and counsel from the elders.
Ezekiel 7:26 (NASB)
These folks maintain that, God reveals His plans only to His prophets, namely them. Therefore, if Christians want to know what God’s plans are for the Church and for the world, they must inquire of them, for it is to them only that God divulges such information. It is not surprising then, that the Church is not privy to Donald Trump’s election victory, because God made it known only to them, His prophets, and it is their duty to declare it to the Church.
I suggest that, those who cite these scripture passages to prove their prophetic authority misrepresent them. Contrary to what they purport, the primary role of biblical prophets is not as conduits of God’s “special” revelation. But rather, it is to remind God’s people of His laws and to preach a message of repentance when His people stray in disobedience. This idea of a “special” esoteric message which God reveals exclusively to “His prophets” is not accurate to Scripture, especially for us New Testament believers. In John 16:13 Jesus declares to His disciples, and ultimately to us, regarding the Holy Spirit that:
… when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
John 16:13 (NASB)
Biblical prophetic authority lies in the fact that God uniquely authorizes some men and women to pronounce His judgment upon an unrepentant people. These proclamations may include predictions and signs, but the main objective is to preach a message of repentance. It is not so with some prophets today who ascribe their authority to the so-called “special” knowledge that God discloses to them. And it is based on this supposed “authority” that they declared God’s “special” message regarding this year’s elections beforehand. They predicted that, Donald Trump was God’s chosen candidate to win the 2020 presidential election. “It is a done deal”, they touted. God had confirmed and reconfirmed it to them. Christians only needed to celebrate as they watched for its fulfillment.
After the Elections: A Chink in the Armour?
After the elections, however, a curious thing has begun to occur. There have arisen several caveats to God’s declaration. Major amendments have begun to be introduced by the prophets regarding Trump’s election prophecy. They maintain that God still intends to give Trump the victory, but now they say, “with God’s prophecies there are always conditions.” Oddly enough, there were no such conditions uttered before the elections. One prophet, in a sermon, classified these conditions into three groups:
“Condition” #1: Faith
According to this prophet, “prophecy must be mixed with faith” and “man must do their part”. Christians must release their faith through prayer and fasting in order for the Trump election prophecy to be fulfilled. He quotes Hebrews 4:2 as proof:
For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
Hebrews 4:2 (NKJV)
Incidentally, this verse speaks of the gospel message; it is not about prophecy. When the gospel is preached, it must indeed be received in faith, not so with the predictive prophecies of God. When God announces that an event will take place in the future, it is accomplished by its very utterance. The recipients of such predictions have no influence over it. When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, God’s prediction regarding the freedom of Israel from Egypt was met with unbelief on Moses’ part, but it did not alter the events that followed. When Jesus predicted His resurrection after three days in the grave, it happened with no faith input from the disciples.
“Condition” #2: Choice
The second “condition” for God’s prophecy is choice, claims this prophet. “Man’s choice is always involved” with all of God’s prophecies, he says. Therefore, if Christians want to see the fulfillment of Trump’s election prophecy, they must choose it. It is in fact true that humans ought to engage God’s Words with their choice. In Numbers 14 (the passage he cites), God had brought the Israelites to the edge of the Promised Land, but with the exception of Joshua and Caleb, the people refused to enter the land. God’s prediction had failed, it seems. However, when we read on, we learn that His promise was eventually fulfilled, even if it happened with a future generation. The difference between that story and the current prophecy about Trump’s election victory is that with the latter there’s a specific terminus: the 2020 election. Even if there is unbelief or refusal on the part of Christians, just like God’s prophecy regarding the Promised Land, he will assuredly bring it to pass – if he has in fact declared it. His predictions never fail. They always come to pass!
“Condition” #3: Conditions
“God’s prophecies are always conditional” declares this prophet (a sentiment that is echoed by the other pro-Trump prophets). With that he quotes Deut 18:20-22 to illustrate his point. God says here concerning prophets:
‘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.
Deut 18:20-22 (NKJV)
This verse seems pretty cut and dry. However, the prophet suggests that there is somehow a condition to be observed. According to him, the word “presume” means the prophet has to have a “purposeful, rebellious intention to decieve”. In other words, if the prophet means well by his/her prophecy and does not intend to willfully deceive his/her listeners, then the stipulations in the verse do not apply. That prophet must not be stoned. This is false! The Hebrew word here is זִיד It means “to behave insolently, become hot with anger, act proudly, boil, or seethe”. There is nothing about this word that suggests “a calculated deception”. What it means is that the prophet is haughty enough to presume that God is in agreement with what he/she proclaims. The crime here is not “the prophet’s intention to deceive” but the prophet’s proud assumption to know God’s Mind. God states clearly here that if a prophet makes a prediction in His Name and it does not come to pass, then He (God) has not said it. There is no ambiguity or condition here!
Another supposed condition regarding God’s prophecies, says this prophet, is that sometimes, “prophets miss it”. By this, he means that at times prophets declare a word from God that is eventually not fulfilled. He cites Isaiah (2 Kgs 20:1-6), Jonah (1:1; ch. 3) and Elijah (1 Kgs 21:17-29) to illustrate his point. He labels these stories as “false prophecies” because they were “proclamations with no conditions that did not come to pass”. Moreover, he says, these prophets proclaimed false messages but were not stoned (presumably harkening back to Deut 18:20-22). This is a gross misinterpretation of these passages! Upon close inspection, one thing becomes clear. These prophecies are different from the type described in Deut 18:20-22. In all three instances:
- All the prophecies are noted as originating from God.
- All the prophecies were warnings (not predictions). These types of prophecies differ from predictions. Their primary objective is to warn the recipients in order to convict them of sin and to cause them to turn to God in repentance.
- All the prophecies “did not come to pass” because of God’s mercy. The warnings had their intended effect and all of the recipients repented.
How are these prophecies different from the Trump election prophecy? Unlike the prophetic warnings of Isaiah and Jonah and Elijah, the Trump prophecy is not a warning but a prediction. Therefore Deut 18:20-22 applies here. The Trump prophecy is not meant to engender repentance, rather the opposite. It is professed to bring life and blessing to America. Therefore, if the Trump prophecy does not come to pass, then in keeping with Deut 18:20-22, IT’S A FALSE PROPHECY, regardless of the supposed “conditions”.
The pro-Trump evangelical prophets have misinterpreted and misrepresented Scripture to suit their idea of the prophetic office. Biblical prophets were God’s mouthpiece of judgment and repentance. These prophets, however, see themselves as conduits of God’s Mind. Their primary role, as they see it, is to simply disclose God’s “special word of knowledge” to the Church. The rest of the work must then be taken up by the recipients, the Church. According to them, it is the responsibility of Christians to have faith in the declared word, and to pray it into existence. Therefore, if for some unforeseen reason the Trump prophecy is not fulfilled, then by their estimations, the prophets should not be blamed or reprimanded, because their declarations were not meant to willfully deceive God’s people. Besides, as per their rationale, even heavy weight prophets like Isaiah, Jonah and Elijah missed it sometimes.