With summer 2019 just a day away now, it is time again to call on Pastor David Gates, and those who believed him, to repent of disobeying God’s words, and to repent for lying and believing lies, and to come back to the faith of our forefathers in the Three Angels’ Messages.
Last year, probably the second biggest ripple in the Adventist pond (after church entities rebelling against General Conference authority on the women’s ordination issue) was Pr. Gates’ video sermon “Even at the Doors”. That video on his channel alone got over a 1/4 million views, and probably nearly the same amount on other peoples’ channels who copied it. And this is just on Youtube, no doubt more on other venues. It caused such a bruha, that Pastor Mark Finley, special assistant to President Ted Wilson, made a video just to refute it. And that video got over 100,000 views on Youtube, showing how much interest there was in this issue.
Now Pr. Gates has made outlandish predictions before, especially after he was spectacularly right on the financial crisis of September 2008. He said America was “bankrupt”, that it “owned nothing”, that the banks “have no cash”, that “the dollar is worthless”, that “gas prices can only go up” etc. etc. He based that on the 7 fat years of Pharoah’s dream happening again for some reason on September 11, 2001. Why he believed that Pharaoh’s dream has another fulfillment, and why a terrorist attack would be signal to start that fulfillment, is a huge mystery. Anyway, that would have made the “fat” years end in the fall of 2008. So 2 years after the 7 lean years got started in 2008, supposedly the money was going to be worthless in the fall of 2010. Of course in the background of his sermons at that time, was that 2015 was going to be……… Well, of course that all went and left and passed away, and the economy grew much stronger, America grew much richer, the dollar went up, and gas prices went down. He seemed to be contrite, and his sermons after that fiasco were much more Christ-centered. I didn’t hear any more predictions from him after that until this “Even at the Doors” prediction-filled sermon in 2018.
His basis for this prediction, was that the pope gave a speech to Congress in the capital of America – Washington D.C. in 2015, supposedly on the Day of Atonement for that year (Sep 23), (but actually he got the day wrong – it was Oct 23). He imagined that something about the pope giving a speech in the Capital building fulfilled Daniel’s “Abomination of Desolation” prophecy, which Jesus said we should study. Of course there was no in-depth study showing how this fulfilled any of that prophecy, but it sounded plausible to surface students of the Holy Bible, and they ran with it. Three and half years after that would land exactly on March 23 2019, but showing sloppy studying of the prophecies again, he just said that the prophecy would be fulfilled in “Spring 2019”.
Specifically, he showed on the screen of his sermon video at 42:10 that Rome would attack America in Spring 2019, and that the SDA Church would start persecuting members in Spring 2019. At 43:42 he says clearly: “It is my conviction that something is about to happen, and that it will happen in the Spring of 2019. The second attack of Rome will begin, and this time it’s in serious and this time it’s going to involve legislation, destruction, and it’s going to involve the loss of life.”
It didn’t happen.
It is false prophecy.
Ellen White wrote in the 1888 Materials: “The times and the seasons God has put in his own power, and why
has not God given us this knowledge?–Because we would not make a right use of it if he did. A condition of things would result from this knowledge among our people that would greatly retard the work of God in preparing a people to stand in the great day that is to come. We are not to live upon time excitement. We are not to be engrossed with speculations in regard to the times and the seasons which God has not revealed. Jesus has told his disciples to “watch,” but not for definite time.”
I made a video refuting Pr. Gates’ prophecies, and strangely, many of the commenters were denouncing me as being asleep, just drifting with the world, and a false judge of Pr. Gates. Look, I understand the desire to see SOMETHING happen, and to see God’s power and of course Jesus’ coming. But how is supporting false prophecies going to do that? Instead, won’t they “greatly retard the work of God” just as the Holy Spirit told us thru Ellen White? Was Ellen White mistaken? Just because a pastor is trying to wake people up, doesn’t mean he is speaking the truth. Satan is more pleased with fanatic holders of error than he is with sleepy Laodiceans, as the fanatics can keep out some of those who are sincerely looking for truth, and make them disgusted with the failed prophecies and those who support them.
Tomorrow is the start of Summer 2019. Pastor David Gates’ prophecies failed. Let’s flee all failed prophecies, and immerse ourselves in the words of God so that we too don’t get carried away in the current of error and miss out on our glorious heavenly home that Jesus is preparing for all those who are faithful unto the end.