Pastor Jeremiah Johnson, a self-described “prophet” who said over the past year that Dr. Anthony Fauci was a “big rat” sent by Satan to thwart Donald Trump and that COVID is a “demonic attack” against Baby Boomers, and that his prophecies were accurate even when they’re not, is shutting down his ministry.
It comes after his biggest lie of all: that Trump would win re-election.
Johnson insisted Trump would win a second term. But two months after the election, he finally conceded and admitted there was a miscommunication somewhere down the line. He suggested he misinterpreted God because there’s no way God was wrong.
My aim in this public apology is twofold. First, I would like to repent for inaccurately prophesying that Donald Trump would win a second term as the President of the United States. I refuse to blame the saints and say, “It didn’t come to pass because they did not pray enough.” Nor will I proclaim, “Donald Trump actually won, so I was right, but now it has been stolen from him.” I believe the first statement seeks to alleviate the prophetic messenger from the responsibility of what he prophesied, and the second statement is filled with potential pride and an unwillingness to humble himself and admit he was wrong.
I want to go on record: “I was wrong, I am deeply sorry, and I ask for your forgiveness.” I specifically want to apologize to any believer in whom I have now caused potential doubt concerning the voice of God and His ability to speak to His people. As a human being, I missed what God was saying; however, rest assured, God Himself is NOT a liar and His written Word should always be the foundation and source of our lives as Christians.
He went on to explain where he may have screwed up:
However, in October of 2020, I believe that I misinterpreted the prophetic dream I had concerning the three events that would happen. The first two parts of the dream obviously came to pass. The LA Dodgers won the World Series and Amy Coney Barrett was installed as a Supreme Court Justice prior to the 2020 elections. Donald J. Trump being re-elected DID NOT happen and I have to own that and repent.
God Himself anointed Donald Trump in 2016 and then removed him from office in 2020 because of his own pride and arrogance. Joe Biden’s becoming the 46th President of the United States is meant to humble not only Donald Trump but all those who worshipped him more than they kept their focus on Jesus Christ.
If that was supposed to make him look better, it failed. And Trump didn’t lose because of his “pride and arrogance” alone — there was also plenty of racism, bigotry, cruelty, and incompetence. Plus, so many Americans wanted to excise a cancer from our collective lives.
Keep in mind that Johnson never just flat-out said the actual truth: that he has no special powers, that God doesn’t speak to him, that he’s lying to people when he claims otherwise, and that prophecies are nothing more than lies Christians tell themselves to feel better.
I suppose you can give him credit for being one of the few “prophets” who made the age-old mistake of admitting his prophecy didn’t pan out — instead of doubling down behind some other interpretation of what he said — but he hasn’t earned that kind of benefit of the doubt. When it comes down to it, he’s just another Christian liar.
Two weeks ago, he announced a suspension of all ministry activity:
Jeremiah Johnson, a self-described prophet who apologized after incorrectly predicting Trump's victory, announced yesterday he is suspending ministry activity and will announce new plans on March 8. pic.twitter.com/sI308xDTjh
— Ruth Graham (@publicroad) February 23, 2021
And now he’s quitting for good:
… After much prayer and the clear direction of the Lord, we are officially terminating, “Jeremiah Johnson Ministries.” All of our social media accounts will be deleted over the next week. We fully understand what a shock this will be to many on numerous levels. However, we are choosing to radically obey Jesus over any other voices in this season. Yes, there will be tremendous financial loss and the removal of influence that has been well established over the last decade. However, we are willing to embrace the power of the Cross into this new season. We are beyond grateful for the love and support that JJM has received from around the world over the years. I am sincerely sorry to anyone that I have hurt along this journey. Thank you for honoring our family and the ministry God has given us.
I am not discouraged nor am I drawing back from my calling. Quite the opposite. I feel God is launching me, my family, and our ministry team further into His purpose for us. In response to God’s gracious correction, refinement, and empowerment, I am choosing to refocus my gaze upon Jesus and the eternal realities of His Kingdom like never before. For many years I offered prophetic commentary on various political and world events. But now I am shifting my attention to the preparation of the Bride for the return of our Bridegroom. I will be turning my attention away from social media in order to focus on what God requires of me…
It takes a lot of guts to trust the same God whose alleged statements caused you to be a national embarrassment…
Emily McFarlan Miller of Religion News Service notes, however, that this is hardly the end of Johnson’s work. He’s leaving his ministry but he’s not giving up on spreading delusions.
His new website outlines plans for a ministry called The Altar Global.
Instead of offering what Johnson called “prophetic commentary” on current events, The Altar Global will “help prepare the Bride of Christ for the return of our glorious Bridegroom King Jesus,” according to the website.
That includes a one-year intensive program called The Altar School of Ministry, based in Concord, North Carolina, where Johnson and others will train students “on the lifestyle of an end-time messenger and the return of the Lord.” It also includes local and national conferences, monthly Zoom calls with supporters and books and other resources.
He’s swapping one obviously incorrect lie for another whose deadline can always be pushed back. He hasn’t learned anything, has he? But that’s the problem with the Christian faith; it requires people to accept an obvious lie and some people will always find work milking believers out of their cash.
(Large portions of this article were published earlier)