True prophecy is never given in retrospect. Each time a true prophecy was made; it would be succinct and clear for all to see ahead of time.
LAST week UFIC leader, Emmanuel Makandiwa, shocked all and sundry when he uncharacteristically waded into politics, stating that he had predicted the fallout between President Robert Mugabe and former vice-president Joice Mujuru six months before the 2014 Zanu PF congress that sealed the latter’s ouster from both the ruling party and government.
Makandiwa made the startling claim last Sunday as he sought to remind his congregation about some of his prophecies that have come to pass. Naturally, the man has been under pressure to deliver an accurate prophecy since he has been incredibly off the mark in most of his prophecies.
Among the many prophecies that have not come to pass are the claims he made late last year that he had seen some very prominent person dying in an airplane and that the country had massive oil reserves underneath , a claim that brought him stinging criticism from many sections.
He had previously indicated in the previous year that Zimbabweans were set for economic boom and that gold would be picked from the ground. Largely he has prophesied a never-coming prosperity for Zimbabwe. All these predictions have dismally failed.
It would appear the emergence of younger and more enterprising prophets has put the old guard in an unenviable position where they have to prove their mettle.
There has been a whirlwind of incredulous prophecies and acts from self-styled prophets like Paul Sanyangore who recently claimed to have walked on water. Another self-anointed prophet, Tapiwa Freddy, claims to have powers to help spouses track their cheating partners through what he terms ‘miracle spectacles’ and has won quite a following.
This is not to mention the one prophet Shame who made a killing through selling anointed pens last October. These emerging prophets have stolen the hearts of the gullible and suffering Zimbabweans with their crude gospel of self-enrichment.
So stiff is the prophets competition that some have taken to radio and television advertising. One prophet actually put an inscription in a local weekly, “The only prophet who can accurately predict your identity number.”
The young prophets often dressed in shiny suits, pointed shoes and permed hair won’t cease in their quest to attract attention of followers.
In Makandiwa’s case, he used a family set up, with the man frustrating the wife, and told his church the situation referred to the Mugabe-Mujuru fall out.
“This also applies to the national situation. I see this woman being frustrated and packing her bags and she leaves for a moment and when she comes back, she challenges the husband,” Makandiwa is reported to have said then.
Makandiwa told his followers that the prophecy pointed to Mujuru who was hounded out of Zanu PF and has now returned into politics launching her political party Zimbabwe People First (Zim PF) set to challenge Mugabe in the 2018 presidential elections.
Now, it must be clear, as the Bible states in the book of Deuteronomy (18:22) that there is absolutely no margin for error in prophecy. True prophecy is never given in retrospect.
When a true prophecy is made it would and it should be clear for all to see ahead of time. Like one University of Zimbabwe professor of Biblical studies noted, “When you see yourself stating a prophecy in retrospect then that is clearly not a prophecy.”
A true prophecy is disarmingly true and incontestable; there would be no need to try and give a prophecy legs to stand on as is the case.
However, we continue to witness the common trend where the alleged prophets play back back-dated videos in attempts to authenticate the so-called prophesies.
Again, in 2010 Makandiwa cited that he prophesied the late Retired General Mujuru’s death when he spoke of two prominent ants in a book and when he looked at the other page, the other ant had died.
The UFIC leader said the prophecy foretold the general’s death in an inferno at his Beatrice farm five years ago.
True prophecy needs no reminder
An example of true prophecy would be the incident in which Jesus told the deserting disciple Peter that he would reject him at his time of suffering.
Jesus told Peter clearly that, “Three times before the cock crows you shall deny me.” At the appointed time the words came to pass without anyone needing to be reminded; it is clearly spelt out.
The very fact that a prophecy has to be reiterated is ample proof that it is a work of conjecture. The Bible in the book of Matthew in the 24th chapter makes an end time prophesy that there would be a sudden rise in false prophets towards the last days.
This is one prophecy which needs no reminder.
The ever-mushrooming prophets are fulfilling biblical prophecy and it is even stated that multitudes will flock to them.
It remains crucial for the flock to take heed for, the bible states that spirits should be tried whether or not they are from God.
- New Zimbabwe