False Prophet Hall of Shame: Irvin Baxter, Jr. and Shawn Boonstra
Disclaimer: Though there are many good prophecy teachers, some should be avoided. With that in mind, remember that we are commanded to pray for those whom we take issue with. Please don’t confuse this list with those who claim to be prophets or those with prophetic revelations, dreams, visions or other so-called inspired prophecies. (source: http://bit.ly/9TdBNs)
Irvin Baxter, Jr.
Founder and President of Endtime Ministries
Oneness Pentecostal minister
Has unique views of prophecy, says they are “his” theories, and thus has many good and bad ideas. He has a correct view on Israel’s role in history, and correctly argues against preterism. He does not believe the book of Revelation is chronological, which leads him to some fanciful interpretations. For example, he says we are now living in the midst of the sixth trumpet of Revelation 9, and we may soon witness the annihilation of 2 billion people. The fifth trumpet he claims began in 1991 when Saddam Hussein (Saddam means “the destroyer”) set Kuwaiti oil fields on fire, and ended with his execution in December 2006. Mainstream scholars consider that absurd. Even so, he still says the 7-year tribulation period is yet future. He hosts the popular radio broadcast, “Politics & Religion,” and is founder of Endtime Ministries at endtime.com. He does not accept the doctrine of the Trinity, and is affiliated with the United Pentecostal Church which claims its methods are the only true way to salvation. He also rejects a pre-tribulation rapture based on Revelation 20:4-6 which he claims is the “first resurrection.” He fails to follow the text which clearly describes this first resurrection as being for the martyrs of the tribulation period after Christ’s Second Coming. He also believes the two witness of Revelation chapter 11 are now here on earth, and mistakenly thought they might be revealed in Israel during the summer of 2011.
Canadian-born director of the Seventh-Day Adventist’s “It Is Written” international television program, his teaching is focused on “unlocking” the signs of the end-times. As with all SDA prophecy teaching, his focus is on the books of Daniel and Revelation. Following the strategies of other popular SDA prophecy teachers, he also produces a graphical instructional series on DVD. His production is called “Signs of the Appearing,” which is also sold as a “graduate course,” found at unlockthesigns.com. Great artwork isn’t great prophecy teaching.