Jeremiah Johnson called himself a prophet and so it was with a prophetic voice that he declared former President Donald Trump would win his re-election bid in 2020. But President Joe Biden handily won, and now Johnson has taken the rarest of steps: admitting he was wrong and shutting down Jeremiah Johnson Ministries.
He made the announcement on Facebook, saying the move followed “much prayer and the clear direction of the Lord.” He had been right in the middle of a YouTube series rather bluntly titled “I Was Wrong” before admitting that it wouldn’t be enough to simply own the mistake. He says there should be some consequences.
I believe that it is a tremendous mistake to take the next four years to argue and debate and cause division and grow more prideful talking about how we think the election was taken from Donald Trump. I actually believe we need to take the next four years and humble ourselves.
We need to recognize that God is up to something far greater in the prophetic, charismatic movement that I believe is beyond what many even recognize. We need to stop, we need to take a breather and we need to come back to a place where we can begin to dialogue about these issues rather than be so triggered.
According to the New York Times, Johnson was one of the first evangelicals to support Trump’s original bid for the White House back in 2015 — a once-fringe position that quickly became mainstream. He built a good-sized social media following off this support, most of which has turned on him in recent weeks as he’s admitted Trump did not win the election.
“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,” Johnson said.
There’s no sense in patting someone too hard on the back for doing the obviously right thing, but Johnson’s taking steps very few of his fellow colleagues have been willing to demonstrate, so that’s good. However, shutting down Jeremiah Johnson Ministries is not the same thing as stepping down from ministry altogether. In fact, he’s already starting a new one. The Altar Global is his new venture, which will be more of an end-times outfit that will “help prepare the Bride of Christ for the return of our glorious Bridegroom King Jesus.”
Johnson wrote on Facebook that the Altar Global “is not a name or brand change but rather a complete shift of our ministry’s identity and focus” and wil help teach Christians about “the lifestyle of an end-time messenger and the return of the Lord.”