Let’s Talk More About Mark Taylor Okay?
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As I previously stated in a post about ex-firefighter who became a self-professed prophet Mark Taylor, he firmly believes that God has revealed a message to him concerning the man He has chosen to be the next president of the United States. Taylor believes without equivocation that the man is Donald Trump. He has his reasons which are many and varied. He first received what he calls his revelation in 2011, yet it wasn’t until fairly recently that all the pieces apparently came together allowing him to see what they meant.
A reader wrote to me and shared his belief that he also is confirmed in thinking that Donald Trump is God’s choice to be the next president of the USA. He also sent me a link to another YouTube video featuring yet another guy – Mike Thompson – who also believes that The Donald is the guy chosen by God for the next phase of America’s future.
I did some research on Thompson whose ministry is called “Word of Life World Outreach,” based out of Las Vegas, NV. As I read through their information, it becomes quite clear very quickly that these folks are part of the Charismatic Movement/Pentecostalism. From the ministry’s “About Us” page, we read the following information:
Excerpt From a Third-Heaven Encounter (as recounted by Mike):
…I was standing before Jesus and He continued, “I want you to keep coming upward…
“I’ve called you to preach the word of Grace. This will bring people into intimate relationship with Me and deliver them from religious bondages.
“I will use you to bring restoration to people’s lives, so I can heal them and renew their broken dreams. They will be set free.”
At that point I was thinking, “What do I do with this?” And Jesus said, “Tell the people.”
The Lord continues to take Mike to Third-Heaven, instructing him about Third-Heaven authority.
He has a heavenly assignment to take the message of Third-Heaven authority to the Body of Christ:
To teach others how to see their situation from Heaven’s perspective, and instruct them how to conduct spiritual warfare “from above.”
Jesus personally “mantled” Mike with this anointing, and gave him an assignment: Take this message to the Body of Christ.
Raise up & equip “Third-Heaven people.”
Mr. Thompson refers to himself as a “prophet,” “apostle,” and “pastor.” First of all, who told him he is a prophet or apostle? Secondly, while the term “apostle” can be used generically or in general terms, the truth is that when these guys refer to themselves as apostles, they are essentially claiming to have the same authority as the original apostles. Yet, it is clear from Scripture that only 12 apostles are recognized as true apostles as noted in Revelation 21:14:
And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
The above text is still yet future, not only from John’s perspective but still from ours since it has not happened in our space-time-continuum yet. According to Jesus, there are “the twelve apostles of the Lamb” representing one foundation for each of the 12 foundations of the future physical city of the New Jerusalem. But apparently, Mike Thompson is “another” apostle. He’s also a prophet.
Folks, from my short tenure within the Charismatic Movement of the 1970s, I can tell you that this is normal for people who are involved in that movement or within Pentecostalism. They are constantly seeking signs and wonders, a new “word” from God, or a new direction. They are never disappointed either because if you consider the landscape of the Charismatic Movement and Pentecostalism, there is always something “new” going on but it always peters out and leaves questions and unfulfilled aspirations in its wake. It also tends to make a laughing stock out of the Church as a whole.
In the 1960s, America and some of the world experienced the ministries of people like Kathryn Kuhlman, Oral Roberts, and others. Their emphasis was always on miracles, tongues, signs and wonders.
In the 1970s, we had the Charismatic “renewal” in which people were clamoring after a new, intimate relationship with God, one that we were taught was evidenced by speaking in tongues. Those who didn’t speak in tongues were too often seen as the “inferior” brother or sister because of it.
During this time, people like Jim and Tammy Bakker, Richard Roberts, Demos Shakarian, Pat Roberts, James Robison, Kenneth Copeland, and too many others to list here came to the fore. They also emphasized the signs and wonders they believed evidenced God’s Presence.
Since that time, the world has witnessed the following:
- Toronto Blessing
- Latter Rain
- Holy Laughter
- and more
All of these situations/experiences have come and gone with no real change or substance. But the one thing that each of the above movements or experiences has confirmed is “signs and wonders.” Each of these movements have taught people to chase after the experience even when that experience makes no sense at all and might even go against Scripture. It has taught people to place their intellect on the shelf and determine truth through felt emotion due to the experience itself.
So now, some 50 to 60 years later, we have an entire generation of churchgoers who determine God’s truth not through His Word (because the Canon of Scripture is still being written as far as they’re concerned), but by how things make them feel.
The people who are going ga-ga after Donald Trump – even though conservative and/or Christian – are no different, in my opinion, from those who went ga-ga after Barack Obama. To these people, Trump can do no wrong and now that many are coming to believe he actually has God’s anointing, then anyone who speaks against Trump is essentially speaking against God.
The Bible tells us that God places and deposes leaders of nations (Daniel 2:21). In context, that applies directly to Israel and the nations that God allowed or raised up during the Times of the Gentiles to exercise control over Israel for their rebelliousness. However, as a general rule, that is also applicable to all leaders of all nations. Yet, clearly, not all leaders are what we would consider good, are they? Yet, they are allowed to be rulers/leaders, just as President Obama has been allowed to be so.
Why is this? Why has God seemingly allowed things to get worse in America instead of better, in spite of the fact that so many believers have been praying and many even working to bring what they believe is His will to bear on the situation?
The only answer that is plausible is the fact that God is allowing rulers/leaders who are even evil and/or corrupt to be leaders at this juncture because of where this entire world needs to get to and that ultimately means the coming Tribulation.
This idea that Donald Trump is going to bring America back from the point of destruction is patently absurd. If Trump is elected, he will simply do what Obama (and many presidents before him) has done. No one gets into the Oval Office without the Elite’s approval because God has been allowing Satan to do everything he can to bring his promises of Isaiah 14 to fruition. This ultimately involves Satan creating a Counterfeit Trinity with Satan as the “Father,” the Antichrist as the “Son,” and the False Prophet as the “Holy Spirit.” Satan will do all he can to work through his spiritual son Antichrist in order to “be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14).
But Satan doesn’t want people to see that truth so he works very hard to create complex “prophecies” that are designed to pull the wool over the eyes of people who cannot see beyond themselves. The more complex the so-called prophecy, the better because it keeps people’s eyes off the clarity of Scripture and onto something exceedingly convoluted. Because it is so convoluted, people have to pay a great deal of attention and because it sounds so “deep,” people are in awe.
Check the first 22 seconds of this video out to see what I’m talking about. Feel free to watch all of it – it’s only 17 minutes total – but for now, listen to the first 22 seconds.
As soon as Thompson says that God revealed to him “the two primary political agents in the United States that were trying to capture…the government was the spirit of Jezebel and Pharisaism.” What is very interesting is how people react immediately to his words. There is total agreement and awe.
Folks, I’ve seen the same thing happen when someone channeled a familiar spirit or demon with the crowd ooing and awing. Thompson then goes onto make several statements that he never backs up with fact. He says the spirit of Jezebel is from Europe and it is antichrist, anti-God, very liberal, etc. Okay, but in reality, the spirit of Jezebel is from hell itself. anti-God, antichrist, liberalism itself is from hell, spawned by Satan.
Thompson is speaking to a crowd of people who are already in full agreement with him and even though they appear amazed, he’s not telling anyone anything new that does not already exist. He’s simply couching things in biblical or spiritual terms, which gives him a greater sense of authority. Remember, he’s also an “apostle” though I have no idea who appointed him one.
He then talks about Pharisaism, which is correctly defined as legalism. However, he doesn’t go far enough there either because it is religious legalism, not simply generalized legalism.
The most troubling thing about videos like this one and from the Mark Taylors of the world is that they all imply one very sad thing without saying it. They imply that God is not in control at all and if the Church remains silent or fails to take up her mantle of responsibility, then God cannot be victorious. This is clear when he says that “our job is to not let them” in referencing the spirits of Jezebel and Pharisaism that are attempting to control society.
In short, like Mark Taylor, Thompson believes that Donald Trump is God’s choice for the next president of the USA. What I find fascinating is that it appears as though God needs our help. Without our prayers, without our efforts, without our ability to recognize lies and ignore them, Donald Trump just might not win. What does that say about what these men are teaching about God?
There are people on YouTube who also call themselves prophets and believe that Donald Trump won’t be president. Who’s right? I think God has already decided who will be America’s next president and I don’t think He needs to let anyone know ahead of time by bringing them up to the “third heaven” where they can speak with angels to learn about it.
Here’s what we know. Jesus told us that we essentially have one job to do as Christians. That job is the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:16-20. That is our job, our commission. It is not to worry about this political leader or that one. It is to evangelize the lost. This is how we glorify God in Christ. It is not through politics. While we can and should vote, our job given to us by Jesus Himself, is to evangelize the lost.
Instead, too many Christians are worried about the “destruction” of America. The 150,000 people who die daily? No worries, but let’s be sure to enter into spiritual prayer warfare about the next president.
Christians need to have their heads on straight and wrapped around God’s Word, not some self-proclaimed prophet or apostle who has no clue and speaks from his vain imaginings.
The lost and dying need Christ. Who will tell them if Christians are too busy involved in politics?