Bill Hamon runs a school for the purpose of training people to be Apostles and Prophets. He is also a proponent of the Manifest Son's of God theory, i.e., Christ can't come back until the Church purifies itself. Following is a critique of Hamon's prophecies (some of which have failed miserably). Other critiques of Hamon's prohecies are provided below.
Question: What is worse that a false prophet?
Answer: One who teaches others to be false prophets.
I was told that Bill Hamon was a good prophet so I went searching for data on him and found several prophecies that he has written over the last few years that I have concerns about. I found it interesting that these articles were nowhere to be found on his own web pages but on the pages of his supporters instead (nothing is available on his pages except what you can buy). I have deleted everything except what I wanted to comment on so I have included the URLs of the pages in question above each "prophecy."
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Dr. Bill & Evelyn Hamon's 40 plus years of ministry experience provide a balanced, biblical approach to the restoration of the office of the prophet, in which he has functioned for the last 40 years. His newest book helps usher in the restoration of the office of the apostle. Dr. Bill Hamon is a Prophet-Apostle in the Corporate Body of Christ, the Church. Dr.Bill Hamon, Th.B., Th.M., D.D., is respected by church leaders around the world as a senior leader of the prophetic/apostolic company God is raising up in these last days.
Right here we see that his major focus is not only to promote himself as an apostle/prophet but also to train others to do the same.
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1997 - A PIVOTAL YEAR
Crossing into Canaan. Excerpts from an article by Dr. Bill Hamon God is decreeing in 1997 the present Joshua Generation will have their Jordan miracle, as the older Moses generation had their Red Sea miracle... God rolling back the waters of the Jordan River caused the "ites" of Canaan to have respect and fear of God's Israeli people. When they "heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the children of Israel until Israel had crossed over, that their spirit melted; and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the children of Israel." Josh. 5: 1 God is going to start working such supernatural miracles for his people, that the demons and the worldly people will melt with fear. A wholesome respect for God and His Church is going to start in 1997.
Has anyone seen demons and the world melting with fear at what is going on in the "Church?" No, and neither do we see the world having more respect for the Church either, in fact we see just the opposite, with tighter legislation and curtailment of rights we have enjoyed for eons being stripped away, month after month.
No other generation of the Church, from the day of pentecost till the present, has been challenged to do what this; the last generation of the mortal Church is called to do. We have never functioned as a Church will all fivefold ministers actively fulfilling their ministry. Apostles and prophets are being restored in this generation. The Church is coming to maturity. The last generation of the Church... must become the instruments of Christ that overcomes the last enemy. We must sanctify ourselves for in 1997 God will begin to do signs and wonders among us like we have never seen before.
Where are the signs and wonders that will cause unbelievers to repent and come to Christ in 1977? All we have seen lately are false signs and wonders that do not conform to scripture. Also, please notice he is a proponent of the Manifest Sons of God theology, i.e., WE need to learn to be more powerful so WE can bring the world to it's knees and WE will bring Christ back by OUR efforts if WE repent enough, strive enough, pray enough, fast enough, get holy enough, i.e., manipulate God to do OUR will. See my article No Apostles and Prophets Today.
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The Word of the Lord for 1999
Excerpt from the message delivered by Dr. Bill Hamon on December 31, 1998 The Church Aligned in 1999 To Arise and Shine, In God's Appointed Time.
Cindy Jacobs (of Generals of Intercession in Colorado Springs, CO) and I were talking earlier tonight. What we sense is that we're coming into the Joseph times. When Joseph saw and perceived by the Spirit what was coming to Egypt, he made proper preparation for it. There were seven years of plenty and then there were seven years of famine. We feel like the seven years of plenty will be condensed into 1999 and then the year 2000 will be like the seven years of famine. We sense that as far as Y2K is concerned, there will be some blackouts/brownouts in some areas. There will be shakeups in some areas, especially big cities. But we believe that God is going to show the prophets where, how, and what is going to happen. We feel that it is wise to make some preparation. . . .
Please notice the "shakeups in . . . big cities" and his preparation for the worst. If he is a true prophet of God then why didn't he see the real outcome of Y2K? In fact if all these prophets are true prophets then where is the prophet that was NOT proclaiming doom and Gloom? Anyone know of one? And if there was no prophet proclaiming no harm due to Y2K, does this mean there are not prophets at all? And here we are most of the way through the year 2,000 and still no famine as Bill Hamon has claimed. Another false prophecy by Bill Hamon.
1999 is God's appointed time for the Church to be more perfectly defined. There is going to be a redefinition of what the Church really is. We're going to be refined, purified, and aligned with God's divine design.
The Church is certainly being more clearly defined but what Hamon thinks of when he says "Church" and what I think of when I see the word "Church" are two entirely different things. He is seeing these signs and wonders as proof that his ministry (the church) is progressing as planned. I see it as a sign that the Church is going down the tubes. Please also notice the word purified. The Church has already been declared pure in God's eyes because of the shed blood of Christ on our behalf--the one TRUE Church that is:
"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be had not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as He is pure." (1 John 3:1-3)From those two verses we can see that once a person believes they are declared pure and will not face condemnation. Please notice that Hamon did not provide a scripture to support this theory. In fact there doesn't appear to be any scripture references in any of his "prophecies" quoted here.
"Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only son." (John 3:19).
It's going to be like God told Moses. See that you make all things according to the pattern and to the fashion given to you in the mount. Apostles and prophets are supposed to build upon the foundation of Christ Jesus.
Is that what Eph. 2:20 says? It says that Christ is the cornerstone and the Apostles and prophets are the foundation. If you study the Greek of the verbs in question you will find this was an action in the past completed at that time. It is not an ongoing event. Therefore the claim that the Apostles and Prophets have continued to this day is bogus. Hamon has taken this scripture out of context and turned it around to suit his own ends.
Paul said no other foundation can any man lay. We are going to see great apostolic and prophetic insight that is going to really change a lot about the Church. We keep saying we won't recognize the 21st century church. That means a lot of change is going to take place quickly. It won't destroy the foundations, but it will put us in a proper design and proper pattern.
Do you see the plan here? Hamon is claiming the Church has NEVER been in a proper "design" nor "pattern" in all of its 2000 year history. This means that 2,000 years worth of Christians are doomed because they didn't understand. Hamon, this great Apostle/Prophet is about to redefine the word "Church" for us, i.e., "thus sayeth the Lord."
What did Paul instruct Timothy about Bible Doctrine:
"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:14-15).Is this scripture saying we should look for new revelation elsewhere? No. It says the Scriptures they had at that time were plenty adequate to make them "wise for salvation."
More prophetic and apostolic revelation will bring an enabling application for the Church to become a Kingdom of God demonstration to every nation.
Does scripture say that the Church will bring the world to it's knees? I haven't seen such a verse.
In 1999 prophets and apostles are going to begin to reveal and demonstrate to the saints how to tap into God's supernatural supply line.
Manifested Gold dust most likely.
Arise and Shine - Like Queen Vashti, those who will not respond to God's call to arise and shine and show forth God's glory will be replaced by those who will. They will become God's queenly Esther Generation.
Is Hamon referring to unbelievers here or those of us who are believers but don't buy into these signs and wonders?
The alignment of nations is going to keep taking place. God is going to keep shifting nations because when Jesus returns every nation will be either a sheep nation or a goat nation. When He comes He's going to put the goat nations on his left and the sheep nations on his right. I used to think that referred to people but it doesn't. It says nations. I don't understand all the implications, but whole nations are going to go into God's protection and preservation and into His Kingdom blessings. And whole nations are going to go into God's judgment. As the prophets go to these different nations, how the nations respond to God's Word through His prophets will determine whether they become goat or sheep nations.
What does scripture say about a person's salvation? Does it depend on the heart of our leaders or our own hearts? Is Bill Hamon therefore telling the truth about this scripture in Matt 25:31-46 speaking about whole nations being condemned? Jesus says it is those who reject his brethren, the Jews, who will be condemned, i.e., all those buying into Replacement Theology and promoting anti-semitism. And furthermore, the Sheep and Goat's judgment occurs AFTER Christ returns. There is no scriptural basis for what Bill Hamon has claimed above.
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Prophets in Today's Church.
Adapted from PROPHETS and PERSONAL PROPHECY, By Dr. Bill Hamon. Prophets have been active in the Church during its nearly twenty centuries of existence, but after the Church fell into apostasy, they ceased to be recognized as such, especially by the generation to whom they ministered.
It would be interesting to see what he considers as the apostasy that the Church, the TRUE Church fell into. I would bet it is all those who oppose the office of Prophet and Apostle.
I believe the time has come when Christ Jesus is determined to bring recognition to His latter day prophets. All five fold ministries must be restored to the Church before it can be ready for Christ's return (Acts 3:21).
Please notice that here again we see that Christ can't return without their help.
The prophets are especially anointed to perceive what is next on God's agenda for restoration.
Has the church been promised restoration or apostasy during the endtimes?
Jesus warned us:
"Watch out that no one deceives you [lots of deception] . . . many false prophets will appear and deceive many people . . . false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the electif that were possible" (Matthew 24:4-24).
Three times in that one short passage Jesus warned about false teachers/prophets and deception during the endtimes.
Paul also warned us about the endtimes:
"That day will not come until the rebellion [apostasy] occurs . . . The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved" (2 Thess 2:3-10).
"For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. " (2 Tim 4:4).
Jesus said of faith in the last days:
"At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other . . ."(Matt 24:10) ". . . when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8)
With apostasy comes darkness. Jesus also said re the endtimes:"Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold."(Matthew 24:12).
Is Hamon promoting darkness or light? Is he showing love for his fellow brethren or hatred? (if you're not sure then check out his comments above re Queen Vashti.)
Then they lift their voices like trumpets to alert, enlighten, and charge the Church to conquer that part of the truth to be restored at that time. The prophets are the eyes of the body of Christ, the trumpeters in the army of the Lord to give a clear sound revealing the desires of the Commander-in-Chief.
The question is--has Hamon been relaying the true desires of the Commander-in-Chief or the ruler of this fallen world? It appears much more likely that Hamon's trumpet is out of tune.
The ministry of the prophet in the Church is not a gift of the Holy Spirit, but a gift - extension of Christ Himself as the Prophet. The office of the prophet is designed and endowed to function in a higher realm of ministry than the Holy Spirit's gift of prophecy.
Ahhhhh. Now we see that they intend to even outshine the Holy Spirit himself.
Church prophets function in all the ministries of the Old Testament prophets, as well as the New Testament gift of the prophet standing in the role of Christ, the Prophet.
Ok, now we've gone up another notch. This new and improved office of Prophet is going to stand in the place of Christ himself. They really don't need Christ to come back you see. They can do it without him.
Prophets then, are more than pastors speaking with the fit of prophecy.
"Fit" of prophecy is a very apt description of what we are seeing here (typo was in the original).
Paul tells us that the ministries of apostles and prophets are foundational to the building of Christ's Church (Ephesians 2:20-22). They are a direct extension of the "Cornerstone," Jesus, to give alignment and proper structure to God's building, the Church. So any local church which is established without an apostle or prophet ministry will not have a proper foundation for maximum growth.
Now he has switched the word "Church" from referring to the Church of Christ as a body of believers, to a church building. Is this what the scripture is saying? He is also saying that any church "building" without an apostle or prophet is not a true church of God. If you study the Greek verbs in Eph. 2:20-22 you will see that the foundation of the church was an act completed in the past. We don't need a prophet (one who speaks forth new revelations from God) because we already have the Word of God in it's entirety. We don't need apostles to establish the Church because the Church was established long ago. And furthermore we don't need another false prophet distorting scripture to his own ends.
Are all the errors that have been exposed above an example of one who is the mouthpiece of God?
Lord have Mercy on the sheep who are being led astray by Hamon's message.
© February 21, 2000.
Updated September 30, 2000.
Other Critiques of Hamon's failed Prophecies and False TeachingsA critique of Hamon's failed prophecy re the NT Terrorist Attack Wake Up Call to America and the Church
Bill Hamon prophesying and making a "divine" decreee that from this day forward (May 19-20, 1997) there will be no more evil in Florida. Maybe he dosen't get the same newspaper we do where we have seen that the terrorists who attacked the NY twin towers lived in florida and that is also where the recent anthrax outbreak occurred--the same terrorist attack that he supposedly prophesied above.