The rise of self-proclaimed prophets has caused many to find a messenger from God but most Christians are usually found between a hard place and a rock when the message is completely distorted.
The trust in the messenger eventually turns sour when followers realizes that they can no longer trust the messenger and their message.
One such is Jeremiah Johnson, a 33-year-old self-described prophet, who was one of the few evangelical Christians who took Donald J. Trump’s political future seriously back in 2015.
His track record created a loyal audience of hundreds of thousands of people who follow him on social media hanging on his predictions about topics such as the coronavirus pandemic, the makeup of the Supreme Court, and the possibility of spiritual revival in America. The New York Times has reported.
And when it came to presidential election that was recently concluded in the US, they took comfort when Mr. Johnson shared a prophetic dream of Mr. Trump stumbling while running the Boston Marathon, until two frail older women emerged from the crowd to help him over the finish line.
So when Joe Biden was certified as the winner of the election, Mr. Johnson had to admit he had let his followers down.
“I was wrong, I am deeply sorry, and I ask for your forgiveness,” he wrote in a detailed letter he posted online.
“I would like to repent for inaccurately prophesying that Donald Trump would win a second term as the President of the United States.” Johnson stated.
Just like the US, some of the self-proclaimed prophets have emerged in Kenya and have cause their fare share of trust and controversy in equal measure.
Though the Bible warns against those who preach or do God’s work deceitfully or for personal gain, this has not stopped many lying preachers and crooked prophets from posing as Christ’s agents.
One such is the story of Wilis Odhiambo who is on record for admitting how he distorts money from unsuspecting individuals in the name of prophesy.
“The journey to the villages provides us with an opportunity to benefit from those in towns who have various problems,” says Willis Odhiambo, a self-styled village prophet in South Nyanza.
Any problem like unemployment or sickness is an opportunity for Odhiambo to prophesy and bring news of good tidings at a cost. But he says for him it is usually a process to get it ‘right’. First, he prepares the ground by doing a thorough background check on the targeted family or individual.
“I have to know the family well before I go there officially as a messenger of God. I must know their problems by sending someone secretly to gather the information. This will make my divine revelations authentic in their eyes,” Odhiambo revealed to the standard back in 2010.
“For example, if there is a young man in the family who has been jobless for years, this becomes the beginning of my prophecy,” he continues.
For such a family, he says the greatest need is a special prayer that will unlock doors for employment.
Conveniently, a neighbour with the evil eye or a jealous relative is fingered for the calamity that has befallen the family.
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