Shawn Bolz is a leader associated with the notorious cult, Bethel ‘Church,’ in Redding, California. In the latest video of Bolz promoted by flagship charismatic media outlet, Charisma News, he claims that any prophecy of judgment is not from God. Bolz’ reasoning is that no prophecy of impending judgment can be true because all the wrath of God for humanity has already been poured out on Christ. You can watch the video below, with brief commentary to follow.
In a sense (and only one sense) is Bolz right. No new prophecy today is from God, because Hebrews 1:1-2 teaches that God spoke to us through prophets previously, but now speaks through his Word. However, that’s not what Bolz means. What he is arguing is that only negative prophecy, or that prophecy relating to God’s judgment against man, is false. Only good prophecy of hope, sunshine, blessings and skittles is from God, apparently.
The reason for Bolz’ claim that no prophecy of judgment is from God is well off-the-mark. Jesus Christ propitiated the wrath of God on behalf of those who would believe in Christ. Jesus did not die for the sins of every individual, but only for those who would believe in Jesus Christ and be given eternal life. The rest of the world is most definitely under the wrath and judgment of God.
Concerning his claim that all prophecies of coming judgment after Jesus are false, we leave you the words from the Revelation of Jesus Christ to John the Disciple:
And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-14)
We can assure you, that judgment prophecy is from God. For more on Shawn Bolz, click here.