Fortune Cookie Prophecies

fortune cookie 2New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) leaders give many prophecies that are unfalsifiable. That is to say, their predictions of future events are generally so vaguely worded—and left open-ended as to the time of their fulfillment—that the predictions could never be shown to be false.

An example of a vaguely worded prediction is the following from the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders’ “Word for the Lord” for 2011:

Expect the unexpected in this coming year.

This prediction is so vague that it is rendered meaningless—much like the words of a fortune cookie. Anything unexpected that occurred in 2011 could be seen as its fulfillment. Such “fortune cookie prophecies” are common from NAR prophets.

An example of a prediction that is left open-ended as to the time of its fulfillment is the following—-also from the ACPE’s “Word of the Lord” for 2011:

Dreams and visions will increase, even among very young children.

But how could anyone ever know if dreams and visions had increased in 2011? They couldn’t. And even if it could somehow be shown that dreams and visions did not increase in 2011, it wouldn’t matter because the ACPE prefaced their 2011 predictions with the following disclaimer:

While we are calling this a prophecy for 2011, it is to be understood that the time frames for the fulfillment of prophecies cannot only be confined to a calendar year period, thus this constitutes more of a seasonal prophetic word.

So, if this prophecy doesn’t have to be fulfilled in 2011, then when does it have to be fulfilled? In 2012? In a decade? In a century? By calling their revelation a “Word of the Lord” for 2011, the ACPE is implying that the predictions will be fulfilled in 2011. Yet, by not specifying a time period, they have given themselves a convenient out.

By resorting to such tactics, the NAR prophets have put a large distance between themselves and the biblical prophets, who made detailed predictions and gave precise times for their fulfillment.

An example is the prediction made by an unnamed biblical prophet who foretold the rise of a king named Josiah (1 Kings 13:2). The prophet not only revealed the rise of this future king—including even the king’s name—but he also predicted that King Josiah would sacrifice idolatrous priests on an altar and burn human bones on that altar. Though the fulfillment of the prophet’s prediction took nearly 300 years, every detail of the prophecy was fulfilled to the letter (2 Kings 23:15-20).


Holly Pivec is the co-author of A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement and God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement. She has a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University.

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6 Responses to “Fortune Cookie Prophecies”

  1. David Says:

    The fact that the prophecies are so vague, and carefully worded so as to never be able to be exposed as false — this is evidence that the people issuing them know exactly what they are doing.  They know what they are saying is not of God.  That is why they are protecting themselves.

  2. Mark Says:

    Most of what I read is imaginative garbabge yes vague and no authority. I have occasionally read whats on that site and its a disgrace to apply or credit it to the LORD. All I have to say is Woe unto them who by offences come…

  3. Mary Ann Says:

    “Fortune Cookie Prophecies” described them perfectly.  Good job, Holly!

  4. kadri liisa Says:

    Well one thing, why those acpe words are so rich of words etc, is that it is made with team in intercession and then it is put together…..i got such prophetic work shop experience recently when i was in one apostolic prophetic conference in nirway where every delegate should pray for their countries. as i was alone i got four ladies to pray with me for estonia and baltic countries…later it was declared out in the front of camera and i translated it into estonian. it was interesting….and no they did not got date related for my country at least….

  5. Nick Says:

    When I was an eager youth pastor I met apostle Jamie Dickson at a pastors conference. He cut through the room to prophecy over me, identified immediately that I was a musician and he saw a new guitar coming down from Heaven to me, like no other guitar. Then he spoke of my destiny. I thought it was from God. Later I did get a unique carbon fiber acoustic guitar, from my folks and not coming down on a cloud. I left it at the church for another worship leader to use and someone stole it. They wouldn’t replace it. 

    So many prophetic words of destiny I foolishly cherished in my heart. These manipulative false prophecies can seriously derail your life and it’s such a distraction from obedience that you keep hanging around the prophetic words waiting for them to come true when you should have let the dead bury their dead.

  6. Nick Says:

    Here is another crazy prophetic word my pastor gave me: if I left the church and went back to my parents’ then a spirit of suicide would enter me and I would kill myself.

    But I thought “there is no negativity in the Holy Spirit?”

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