Many people I know respect Jeremiah Johnson and I even have mutual friends so I have not said anything but I am convinced that Jeremiah Johnson is either making up some of the dreams he has, they are soulish dreams or they are lying dreams from the enemy.
Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God. (Solomon)
We are warned by the King known for wisdom about much dream and many words being meaningless. The volume of prophetic words and dreams coming from Jeremiah Johnson is alarming at best.
Many are concerned about the failed words about the elections but there has been several failed “prophetic dreams” before this. There are has also been times that he spoke about things that he did not have authority to speak about. (Example would be concerning Paul Cain.) Authority flows out of relationship.
Many of the political “prophetic dreams” from Jeremiah Johnson and others are from the soul. They are what they want to see happen in the emotional realm and their will; not the word of the Lord. Soulish prophecies are very much a problem in the Charismatic movement as well as the Pentecostal movement. Dana Coverstone is another example.
How can Jeremiah Johnson give words?
In Ezekiel 14, we read a prophetic word that should rock us to our being. The leaders of the nation had come to the prophetic voice and asked what the Lord would have them do,
When any of the Israelites set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet, I the Lord will answer them myself in keeping with their great idolatry. (Ez. 14:4)
The Lord will allow prophets to be led astray because of what the Lord calls “wicked stumbling blocks” in the life of the prophet? Those who live, sleep, pray and give prophetic words about politics; the Lord will let them be lead astray by their soul’s desire. This is the first step to becoming a false prophet.
Jesus is not as concerned about the political parties or issues as we think He is. Abortion, as wrong as it is, does not change the mission of the Father. Gay marriage does not rock the throne room. Does the sin of men anger the Lord? Without question. However, our “hot topics” in the political realm are not the major sins from the Lord’s perspective.
‘When any of the Israelites or any foreigner residing in Israel separate themselves from me and set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet to inquire of me, I the Lord will answer them myself. I will set my face against them and make them an example and a byword. I will remove them from my people. Then you will know that I am the Lord. (Ez. 14:7-8)
Because of Jeremiah’s passion for politics and getting what he believes in “Christian” leadership, the Lord has made an example out of him why being a prophet is not being a Fox News anchor for a reason.
Theological Challenges of prophets
There is a growing concerns among prophetic voices that is theological in nature. Jeremiah Johnson is a surprise in this area, being a graduate of Southeastern University of the Assemblies of God. However, just getting solid doctrine does not mean you are solid in your own doctrine. I know people who I went to bible college that preach all types of theological nonsense today.
Kingdom Now and its evil twin sister, Partial Perterism is becoming very popular among the prophetic people. The Kingdom Now teaching requires the blood bought Church must “occupy” and take dominion over the earth before the Lord can return. This is known as the “Seven Mountains of influence” among the prophetic movement.
The truth is that Kingdom Now was a false doctrine in the 1980’s. Oddly, Pentecostals are are normally following the teaching of Jacobus Arminius believe in a doctrine that can traced to John Calvin. There is nothing Pentecostal about Kingdom Now theology or the Seven Mountains of Influence.
Out of this false teaching comes a rejection of Premillennialism. While I believe there is room for discussion about the timing of “the rapture,” I do not believe one can be truly Pentecostal and reject the imminent “catching up of the saints.” Partial Perterism rejects that we will seized by the Lord or snatch away (Greek word is harpazó).
Many of these false prophetic dreams flow from this doctrine of demons.
Is Jeremiah Johnson a false prophet?
I am not comfortable taking it that far. When he preaches holiness, righteous, and repentance; he reminds me of an old Pentecostal preacher that fears no one but God and was moved by the Spirit alone. When he has heard from the Lord, it is powerful and many people encounter a true faith in Jesus. This is why I am not at ease throwing him under the bus as a false prophet at this point.
God does use him powerfully but he needs to seriously check his emotions and his own desires before saying “The Lord says to you.” Speaking for the Lord when it is your own desires and passions is sinful and wrong. It is important to make sure you know that you know that you know you have heard the Holy Spirit.
I do believe that if he does not check his soul before giving prophetic words or dreams that he could become a false prophet and that is a serious concern. This is not something to take lightly. The Lord is far more concern with how we deal with our soulish behavior than he is how many people come to the next conference.
I am more grieved than anything of what I have seen from Jeremiah Johnson over the last year. It is alarming and it seems that he is going down a road of being loved by people and not known in heaven.