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January 20-22, 2021

 

So, Now What

 

so, you have prophesied

said things unbelievable

convinced others your lies

were the words of God

proclaimed great victory

beneath skies of silent steel

 

and now, after all is done

events have disproved you

you would simply hit delete

make your words disappear

does one little key-press

make untruth go away

even now, as your beliefs

on which rest your words

are not changed and

remain unchanged

 

and now, after all is done

events have disproved you

you claim His faithless people

caused your words to fail

that another's fruitless prayer

made your words of no effect

even now, as your beliefs

on which rest your words

are not changed and

remain unchanged

 

and now, after all is done

events have disproved you

you say you knew but the part

of God's overwhelming word

that your knowledge incomplete

cannot be held to account

even now, as your beliefs

on which rest your words

are not changed and

remain unchanged

 

I dont get that, a prophet

should own all their words

should stand beside them

should they stand or fall

 

you cant just delete your words

pretend as though they never were

when God has proved you wrong

 

you cant just ignore your failure

pretend as though it never was

when God has proved you wrong

 

you cant just say God spoke false

pretend as though His word could fail

when God has proved you wrong

 

once uttered, forever spoken

dont become even more the fool

and protest an innocence feigned

 

life doesnt work like that

what weve said stays always said

can only be forgiven

 

afterward, looking at you

I wonder, Now what?

What will you do now?

Biblically you should stop

yet historically you have not

your lies continued deception

mislead who know even less

than that which you profess

 


 

Inspired by (but not just) the recent spate of ‘prophesies’ proclaiming an ultimate electoral victory of Donald Trump over Joe Biden which, unsurprisingly, turned out to be no more than wishful thinking on the part of the ‘prophet’. Some of these ‘prophetic’ claims were astounding in their magnificence and many of those that I have seen have since been removed or replaced by other ‘prophecies’.

 

It must take some incredible nerve to be so often wrong and yet continue to claim to speak for God.

 


 

You may say in your heart, How will 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 come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

 

Deuteronomy 18:21-22

 


So, Now What
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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