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Donald Trump’s Presidency and False Prophecy

[4] Mark Galli. “Much Ado About Trump and His Supporters,” The Galli Report, Dec 27, 2019. [Editor’s note: See also, Mark Galli, “Why I Believe Mr. Trump’s Caustic Speech Is Not Mere Bad Manners“ (January 10, 2020).]

[5] What is often overlooked is that Trump’s support among African-American Evangelicals and Pentecostals is quite low.

[6] Steven Strang, God and Donald Trump (np: Frontline, 2017). And, The Trump Aftershock (np: Frontline, 2018). [Editor’s note: The same day that William De Arteaga’s article was published, Steven Strang released God, Trump, and the 2020 Election (Charisma House, January 14, 2020).]

[7] Demos Shakarion, The Happiest People on Earth (Old Tappen: Chosen, 1975), 19-22.

[8] William De Arteaga, “Prophecy in the Church: Pathway to RevivalPneuma Review (February 18, 2016).

[9] ibid.

[10] For a balanced and sympathetic view of Montanism, see the work by R. A Knox, Enthusiasm: A Chapter in the History of Religion (New York: Oxford University Press, 1950), chapter 3. The Wikipedia article on the Montanists is also balanced and excellent.

[11] John Calvin, Calvin’s Commentaries: The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans and to the Thessalonians (Tr. Ross Mackenzie; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1960), p. 376f.

[12] Hans von Campenhausen, Ecclesiastical Authority and Spiritual Power in the Church in the First Three Centuries. Trans. J.A. Baker, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1969) chapter 8 “Prophets and Teachers in the Second Century.” Dr. William Spencer of Gordon-Cornwall Seminary believes that already by the end of the 3rd Century the gifts of the Spirit were waning. See his article, “The Chaining of the Church, Christian History #17 “Women in the Early Church” posted 1/1/88.

[13] The crown jewel of Catholic spiritual direction and discernment literature is Augustine Poulain’s, The Graces of Interior Prayer (St. louis, B. Herder, 1910). Still in print in various editions.

[14] In particular, Edwards’ classic, Distinguishing Marks of the Spirit of God. I treat this issue in my work, Quenching the Spirit: Discover the Real Spirit behind the Charismatic Controversy (Lake Mary: Creation House, 1996), chapter 3.

[15] On the rise and fall of this revival see: Barry W. Hamilton, “The Corsicana Enthusiasts: A Pre-Pentecostal Millennial Sect,” Wesleyan Theological Journal, 39 #1 (Spring, 2004) 173-193.

[16] Old Tappen: Spire Books, 1963.

[17] David Wilkerson, The Vision (New York: Pyramid, 1974).

[18] David Wilkerson, “The Coming Persecution,” Tape #DW-8, Springs of Living Water tape library. In author’s possession.

[19] Ibid.

[20] “Persecution for Charismatic Catholics?” New Covenant, (Jan. 1974) 13.

[21] Karl Rhaner, “Visions and Prophesies,” in Inquiries (New York: Herder and Herder, 1964).

[22] Mark Taylor, and Mary Colbert, The Trump Prophecies (Crane: Defender, 2017

[23] Ibid 132.

[24] Taylor, Trump, 149

[25] Ibid. 165.

[26] William De Arteaga, “The Sinfulness and Destructiveness of Conspiracy theories,” Pneuma Review, June 29, 2015. In this article, I take special effort to deconstruct this ridiculous conspiracy theory precisely.

[27] Here is just one of many examples that could be cited: Robert FarleyAnother Dubious Trump Attack on ‘Fake News’” Fact, posted 12 Dec, 2019.


[29] I treat the spiritual negativity of the Republican Party to its slow and steady adoption of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, “Objectivism” and its specifically anti-Christian morality, as in her famous novels Atlas Shrugged, etc. See my article, “The Spiritual Decline and Fall of the Republican Party.”

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About the Author: William L. De Arteaga, Ph.D., is known internationally as a Christian historian and expert on revivals and the rebirth and renewal of the Christian healing movement. His major works include, Quenching the Spirit (Creation House, 1992, 1996), Forgotten Power: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper in Revival (Zondervan, 2002), and Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal (Wipf & Stock, 2015). Bill pastored two Hispanic Anglican congregations in the Marietta, Georgia area, and is semi-retired. He and his wife Carolyn continue in their healing, teaching and writing ministries. He is the state chaplain of the Order of St. Luke, encouraging the ministry of healing in all Christian denominations. Facebook

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