Recently, a middle-aged woman and I both studied the Bible at Starbucks, which led us to chat briefly. On her way out, she gave me a seemingly random book she had already read, saying, “I think the Holy Spirit is telling me to give you this.” I replied, “Thank you. God bless you,” but did not know what to make of the cartoonish cover and the author dressed in all white in the photo on the back of the book.
I came home and began reading with the introduction, which spoke of the writer’s calling from and encounter with God. Only Moses in the Bible interacted with God face-to-face, so here I wondered which figure of Him he saw exactly. I tried not to doubt and continued along, and the first couple chapters did seem to make sense with his frequent uses of biblical verses, although some parts still had question marks, and I felt entertained as if reading a fantasy novel more than anything. Then a third of the way through the story began becoming more and more absurd and nonsensical, as he elaborated on his being given a torch and a sword; supposedly the torch strengthened him and whatever he stabbed with the sword came back to life.
Around this chapter, I had trouble focusing and believing his experience to be genuine, prompting me to look him up on the Internet; I repeatedly inadvertently fell into short naps to finish about three sentences, which told me I should stop reading. I generally do not care much for “prophets” constantly coming on television shows and “prophesying” what is to come, as the vast majority of these individuals prophesy lies in His Name. This author on a show spoke of our living in the Last Days, connecting his theory to 2 Peter 3:8: “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”; he spoke as if the term “a thousand years” meant literally 1,000 years, when this verse simply means God’s time and our time may not always match, as Heaven has no space or time. I then read in a YouTube video he made a bizarre statement he ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which confirmed his being a heretic; the same video showed his church ministry gathering countless people dancing and shaking their bodies like the demon-possessed, which the organization called the “Holy Spirit,” at which point I tossed out this junk of a book. His certainly having led astray and continuously leading astray many souls bothered me the most.
I asked God, “Why did you make me read this piece of garbage?” and immediately felt in response I should be aware of heretics like this author who distort the Truth and claim to be “chosen torchbearers” and “new apostles.” I always knew people like this existed, but I never understood until this recent ordeal how smooth and biblical they could appear if the reader is not spiritually awake. I do not doubt the writer actually experienced some of the visions he speaks of, but Satan also imitates God and can give deceiving visions to create his own slaves, evident by this so-called “prophet.” Just read Ezekiel 13.