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Cindy Jacobs’ ‘Prophecy for Philippines’ Goes Viral

News organizations–including the Christian Post, Charisma News, and the International Business Times–reported that a prophecy about the Philippines given by prophet Cindy Jacobs has gone viral since Typhoon Haiyan–with commenters debating whether Jacobs’ prophecy was fulfilled by the devastating typhoon.

See the video here:

Jacobs–a leading prophet in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement–delivered her prophecy about the Philippines in 2009 on Pat Robertson’s “700 Club” television program. Here is an excerpt:

“I want you to pray. The next two years, the Lord is showing me, are going to be extremely significant for the Philippines. Either you’re going to go into greatness, it’s going to be that transformed nation, or, I see that there’s going to be some troubled times.”

And Next Media Animation, a Taiwanese news company known for its portrayal of Tiger Woods’ public fallout with his wife in 2009, created a spoof video, mocking Jacob’s extremely vague prophecy about the Philippines. See the video here:

First, I want to point out that Jacobs–to my knowledge–has not claimed the recent typhoon was a fulfillment of her prediction–though many of her followers, apparently, believe it was.

Nevertheless, Next Media Animation was right to point out that Jacob’s prophecy is absolutely ridiculous.

Consider how her prophecy measures up with a real prophecy recorded in the Bible.

The Prophet Elisha vs. Cindy Jacobs

Let’s start with a prophecy given by the prophet Elisha. As you read it, notice how detailed and specific it is.

But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord: thus says the Lord, Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel,and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, “If the Lord himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” But he said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” (2 Kings 7:1-2).

At the time Elisha gave this prophecy, the city of Samaria was under siege and, as a result, there was a great famine. But Elisha prophesied that the city would experience an overnight economic recovery.

Notice three things about Elisha’s prophecy.

  • Elisha gave a definite timeline for its fulfillment–and it was a small window. He said his prophecy would be fulfilled the very next day.
  • Elisha’s prediction was about a very unlikely circumstance–that is, that Samaria would experience an economic recovery in one day. In fact, his prediction was about events that were so unlikely to occur that the king’s captain did not believe they could happen.
  • Elisha gave concrete criteria for his prophecy’s fulfillment. That is, he didn’t just say that the famine would end. He also predicted the exact prices that flour and barley would be sold for, and the fact that the captain would not “eat of it.”

And all happened just as Elisha predicted, including even the detail that the king’s captain would not benefit from the end of the famine. The captain was trampled to death at the gate of Samaria where people were buying flour and barley for the exact prices Elisha said they would be sold for (2 Kings 7:16-20).

In contrast to Elisha’s prophecy, notice three things about Jacob’s prophecy.

  • Jacobs gave a wide, two-year time frame for her prophecy’s fulfillment. (The typhoon didn’t occur within that two-year time frame.)
  • Jacob’s prediction was not about events that were unlikely to occur since it was so vague that virtually any event could be said to be a fulfillment of her prediction. She pretty much covered the entire gamut of what could happen in any nation–from A to Z–all the way from experiencing “greatness” to experiencing “some troubled times.”
  • Jacobs gave no concrete criteria for her prophecy’s fulfillment.

Obviously, there is a sharp contrast between Elisha’s and Jacob’s prophecies.

In light of the contrast, I believe the Taiwanese video makers said it best in the introductory notes to their video posted on YouTube:

Granted, the tragic events surrounding the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, which has left more than 2200 people dead, have understandably prompted some serious soul-searching, but folks should be turning to more trustworthy outlets than a false prophet like Cindy Jacobs.

To this, I say a hearty, “Amen.”

(See my article about the vague prophecies regularly given by NAR leaders, titled Fortune Cookie Prophecies)

— Holly Pivec

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10 Responses to “Cindy Jacobs’ ‘Prophecy for Philippines’ Goes Viral”

  1. Ang Says:

    Holly,  Thank you for your diligence in speaking truth!  

    Cindy Jacobs gave this word to the c-hurch that started the c-hurch I left after nine years of never hearing about the New Apostolic Reformation being associated with it while I was there.  Why the secrets?  


  2. Holly Says:


    Thanks for sharing the prophetic word from Cindy Jacobs and for your encouraging words.


  3. Doug Evans Says:

    Predicting trouble in the Philippians is like predicting snow in Buffalo. You’re eventually going to be right, whether you were inspired by God or not.

  4. David Says:

    Read Deut. 13.  A false prophet can give prophecies that COME TRUE.  A false prophet is said to be one that uses their prophecy — whether they come true or not — to further a false god and a false gospel.  Thus, it doesn’t matter if everyone of her predictions come true.  She is a false prophet and a false teacher.

  5. Coco Says:

    Ang @ They all are shrowed in secrecy, i experienced that myself for years. God is light and there is no darkness in Him…….No secrets, the true gospel is transparent and full of light

  6. Rich Kelley Says:

    Viral, now that is funny.  Who is worse, Ms Jacobs or the “christian” news that repeats this stuff.  Gossip is gossip.  Most people that attend main stream church have never heard of Ms Jacobs.  I’m sure if you could find the money trail, it would lead to some insite.

  7. Ang Says:

    Rich, truth is not gossip.  Those who have not heard of Cindy Jacobs need to know about her so when they do cross paths with her, they will know to run the opposite way.  I wish someone had warned me about the NAR before I had invested nine years of my life and finances into a false system of c-hurch and people.  

    Yes, you are right Coco, they all are shrowed in secrecy.  
    If they were legit, they would not have to be hiding their affiliations such as this.
    Tim was one of the ‘something’ at the church I attended for nine years.  He was employed by FCCM (one of the church’s ‘apostles’
    501© organization where they get money and don’t have to pay taxes on it
    , and he states: Negotiated with IRS to remove thousands of dollars in penalties due to employee embezzlement. 

    I have seen it explained on several times that the New Apostolic Reformation works like a pyramid scheme where each level (c-hurch) has to pass a percentage of their tithes up the line to the head hauncho, or top guru, as he has been referred to.

  8. Jack Swager Says:

    As others have pointed out, Cindy’s prophecies are vague and have a broad time span. One year she said that October would be a pivotal month for the US economy. I don’t think October of any recently past year has been note worthy. True prophecies are more specific and usually have a clearer Godly purpose. Jacobs and others prayed laying hands on the Wall Street Bull for financial turn around about 6 years ago. The reason the US is so ungodly is because of our wealth and materialism. We need to repent, and before that, we Christians need to cry out to God to cleanse us and our religious institutions so that we could be a light to this darkened nation and lead them out of the darkness which regrettably we are engulfed in now.

  9. David Says:

    Many self-style Prophets ( or Profit) to me are Christian fortune teller.  As a pastor from Assembly of God, I can go all the ways to prove many a false, including Peter Wagner.

    It’s easy for me to pretend to be a prophet, during service, to claim, “someone here has a headache!”  Simple logic will tell you even a congregation of 100 is sure to have one migraine and head.

  10. Edwin Says:

    What can you say now that the prophesy has come to pass (elected leader from southern Philippines)?

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