Friday, September 15, 2023

Monthly Prognosticators

At the start of every month and year, the “Monthly Prognosticators” of the Charismatic World issue pronouncements about the next period and what God intends to do in it. It seems we are constantly entering one new “season” or another in which God does something new that, apparently, He did not do in any previous month or year.

Did not Jesus command us to discern the “times and seasons”? Unless we know what God intends in the coming year, month, week, or day we will fail to live in “alignment” with His ever-changing plans. Apparently, the Almighty Creator of all things works on the human clock.

Tarot Cards - Photo by Viva Luna Studios on Unsplash
[Photo by Viva Luna Studios on Unsplash]

Where does the New Testament instruct the Church to divine the future from the Hebrew calendar, letters, or numbers, or from natural and easily predictable lunar cycles? Is there a passage that describes Jesus or Paul gaining spiritual insights from year numbers or month names? Is there any evidence in the Hebrew Bible that Moses, Samuel, or Elijah used the calendar or the annual Levitical feasts as tools of divination?

The prophet Isaiah did comment on this very practice, and quite sarcastically so, when he pronounced the downfall of Babylon and chided her for relying on the Dark Arts:

  • (Isaiah 47:1-13) - “Down and sit in the dust, O virgin Daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground, throneless Daughter of the Chaldeans; for you will no more be called Tender and Dainty… Take your stand, I pray you, with your spells, and with the throng of your incantations wherein you have wearied yourself from your youth. Peradventure you may be able to profit, peradventure you may strike me with terror. You have worn yourself out with the mass of your consultations. Let them take their stand that they may save you, the dividers of the heavens, the gazers at the stars, the MONTHLY PROGNOSTICATORS, some of the things which shall come upon you.


The clause translated as “monthly prognosticator” in Isaiah more correctly reads, “make known by new moons.” It translates the Hebrew words for “moon” and “know,” and here refers to SOOTHSAYERS and mystics who claimed to have future insights based on the appearance and timing of the new moon at the start of each month.

The Apostle Paul certainly did address questions about calendrical observations when he warned the Galatians that reverting to such things meant returning to enslavement under the “elemental spirits” of the present fallen age. “You narrowly observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid of you, lest by any means I have bestowed labor upon you in vain.”

As for the constantly changing prophetic “seasons,” in the same passage, the Apostle declared that God sent His Son in the “FULLNESS of time.” With his Death and Resurrection, History’s final phase commenced. Ever since all the forms of this age have been in the process of “PASSING AWAY.” The “ends of the ages” have come upon the Body of Christ. This leaves little room for new and greater “seasons” to emerge every month and year.

As for knowing “times and seasons,” when Paul used that phrase in 1 Thessalonians, he stated that he had NO need to write the Thessalonians concerning “times and seasonsBECAUSE they “knew accurately that the Day of the Lord would come like a thief in the night.” Its timing was and remains unknowable, a fact his audience understood.

Unfortunately, far too many Christians today have yet to grasp this basic principle of New Testament eschatology.

When the disciples asked Jesus about the timing of the Kingdom, he cut them short and declared, “It is NOT for you to know TIMES AND SEASONS, which the Father has in His own authority.” Instead of worrying about prophetic timetables, his followers must receive the Holy Spirit and take the Gospel throughout the Earth. THAT was and remains their priority and mission.

Psychic - Photo by Wyron A on Unsplash
[Photo by Wyron A on Unsplash]

Not only does this popular practice have no basis in Scripture, it is a form of
DIVINATION, an occult practice appropriate for gypsy fortune tellers, mystics, and would-be Kabbalists, but not for the disciples of Jesus who are no longer under bondage to the “elementary spirits” of this world.

There is nothing prophetic or biblical in attempting to peer into the future or gain insights into God’s mysteries from the calendar or solar and lunar cycles. Doing so is a pagan and demonic substitute for the genuine Gift of Prophecy, and it certainly is no replacement for the study of and reliance on the Scriptures, the written Word of God.

  • Mistaken Prophets? - (In the last days, mockers will come with mockery, saying, Where is the promise of his coming?)
  • Prophetic Blunders - (Time and again, popular preaching on end-time prophecy has propagated predictions and expectations that have not come to pass)
  • Serpents in the Assembly - (The Spirit of Antichrist works to destroy the Body of Christ from within, especially through deceivers and false teachers)