In honor of the first anniversary of the exploded prophecies of the MAGA cult, here’s a little piece on the legion of MAGA cranks who falsely prophecied the inauguration and ever-moving goalposts of the restoration of Donald Trump to the presidency in 2021:
Die-hard prophets began shifting their timelines backward. After President Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20, some prophets said that Trump would be restored in March. Robin Bullock, a pastor from Birmingham, Alabama, resorted to Shakespeare to prophesy that Biden would be out by the “ides of March.” Others said that the military was going to remove Biden by the end of April, at the latest, or that Trump was still president in an alternate spiritual reality taking place in heaven.
A year later, most of the prophets who made these predictions have not apologized.
Rather, they have dug down and are fighting to protect their relevance despite the massive failure of their movement to predict who would get inaugurated as the 46th president. They thrive in a political climate where nearly 1 in five Republicans believe (as of polling last month) that Trump would be reinstated in 2021.
It would be lovely for me as a Catholic to be able sit back and chuckle at yet another example of Protestant nuttery gone wrong. But exactly the same false prophetic nonsense is there in spades with MAGA Catholic antichrist worshippers, such as when Fr. Frank Pavone foretold that Trump would certainly be inaugurated–after he lost the election.
And that’s the thing. For all their zeal for getting “back to the Bible” or “getting back to Tradition”, the one thing you can be absolutely certain about with MAGA prophets who have been so wrong about so much so many times for so long is that they are not keen on this passage:
“But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)
Understand. I am neither a fundamentalist nor a Francis-hating Trad and don’t think false prophets should be killed because I believe in the development of doctrine and agree with the Church’s opposition to the death penalty.
But the MAGA antichrist cult of false prophets love the death penalty because they love killing the poor and brown and are eager to visit violent judgment on a host of victims. So they constantly appeal to Select Scriptures to call for the death of those they hate while accusing the pope of “perverting biblical tradition” when he teaches that if you don’t absolutely have to kill somebody, then don’t.
Except here, when they are demonstrably false prophets declaring lies like God’s reinstatement of Donald Trump and getting it dead wrong.
Then, suddenly, they do not volunteer to be stoned to death as the false prophets they plainly are.
It’s almost as if they are People of the Lie and not real prophets at all!
Who could have predicted it?