When a nation rebels against God, particularly one that has been as blessed as ours, God responds with remedial judgments like weather disasters and economic calamities. He also raises up prophetic voices to call the nation to repentance. I have discussed this process in detail in my book, America the Beautiful? The United States in Bible Prophecy.
Our nation is in rebellion against God today. We are literally shaking our collective fist at Him, mocking and blaspheming both Him and His Word. He has repeatedly sent remedial judgments like Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 attacks, but we have refused to repent. He has also raised up powerful prophetic voices to confront us with our national sins and to call us to repentance.
The interesting thing to me is that nearly all the prophetic voices the Lord has anointed thus far have been pastors like David Wilkerson, Jonathan Cahn and Robert Jeffress — all of whom we have highlighted in this magazine. The reason I find this interesting is because I have always found that pastors tend to avoid highly controversial subjects for fear that they will offend people in their congregations. Yet, these pastors are speaking out boldly and fearlessly.
Another thing interesting about the phenomenon of prophetic pastors is that God's anointing is falling on them and not on Bible prophecy experts. It seems that the experts are more concerned about debating the timing of Ezekiel's war of Gog and Magog, or the identity of the Antichrist or the meaning of the fig tree parable in Matthew 24.
There are some among the Bible prophecy experts who have spoken out — people like Terry James. But, I'm sad to say that many of the prophecy experts have spent their time taking potshots at the prophetic pastors because of the way they have used a particular prophetic passage.
Take, for example, the attacks on Jonathan Cahn for his supposed "misuse" of Isaiah 9:10. The "experts" have ripped him to pieces while ignoring the fact that his writings are biblically based and are right on target in identifying the sins of America and our nation's desperate need to repent. So the "experts" end up quibbling over whether or not the verse in Isaiah was meant only for Israel while ignoring Cahn's anointed message for America.
And then there are those like John MacArthur who believe the gift of prophecy died with the death of the last apostle. They too spend their time attacking the prophetic voices God has anointed today. They often just dismiss people like David Wilkerson by claiming they are nothing but "off-the-wall Charismatics or Pentecostals."
But God has anointed a Southern Baptist like Robert Jeffress and conservative Evangelicals like Erwin Lutzer and David Jeremiah.
We need to stop nit-picking these prophetic voices and start listening to them. Better yet, we need to start encouraging them. They have a message our nation desperately needs to hear, for God's sword of final judgment is hanging over our heads.