Friday, February 15, 2013

Lets do some empirical testing of prophecy.

Its not often we get the chance to really examine prophecy, but a well known Christian prophet called Sharon Stone has issued some predictions for 2013, the full text of which can be found here.

I am going to revisit this post in January 2014 to see how much of it has come true. Fortunately for Sharon, a lot of it is very vague or things that happen every year, but there are a few very specific things listed (my comments are in square brackets):

Significant media personalities and business leaders who are household names will find true radical conversion. They will not be silent but will use their notoriety to proclaim Jesus name boldly.  This will stir many Christians out of fear and apathy, into a boldness that they have lacked.
Solar storms will disrupt electronics on earth and satellites this season. [we should ignore this prophecy as this happens every year]. 
Earthquakes and eruptions will continue [which is rather like saying there will be a hurricane this year] and they will continue to change the axis of the earth. [the earth’s axis wobbles already, lets see if we get a noticeable shift that would make this prophecy worthwhile] 
Grain reserves will hit historic lows because of heat and droughts in US, Russia and Eastern Europe. [should be easy to measure this]

She also says:
The dollar is falling [actually it isn’t, it has been broadly stable for a few years - see this chart]
Given that she can't read the past history of the US exchange rate I doubt if she is going to be able to predict the future accurately, but we will see in 2014.

In a similar vein God TV is predicting a major revival to take place in Plymouth in October/November 2013. They are setting up a new church there from which this will happen and it seems they might try and resurrect Todd Bentley for that purpose. Bentley was recently refused entry to the UK.

The Home Office said:
We can confirm that Mr Bentley has been excluded from the UK. The government makes no apologies for refusing people access to the UK if we believe they are not conducive to the public good. Coming here is a privilege that we refuse to extend to those who might seek to undermine our society.
Of course this all depends on how you define revival. if you mean, holding meetings attended by a few thousand people where they are induced into an altered state of consciousness and then persuaded their diseases are healed, confirm that on camera and are then never followed up then its probably easier to achieve than a revival where people repent of their evil ways and go out and serve the poor.

I will believe all of this when i see it.