Why does some preacher pick a verse and point it to themselves implying that the verse is referring to them?
Example: The verse below:
“Look, I am sending Elijah the prophet to you, before the great and terrifying day of the LORD arrives. Turn the hearts of the parents to the children and the hearts of the children to their parents. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse.” Malachi 4:5-6 CEB
One preacher who claimed that the verse is pointing to him was Jim Jones who was responsible for mass suicide.
In the Philippines, the verse also is being used to point it to some preachers, few of them are:
1.) Felix Y Manalo
2.) Eli Soriano
The idea of this is to solidify the supposed authority given to them so that, since the verse is pointing to them, what they preach is impossible to be wrong.
The problem is, these men who claim that the verse is pointing to them are still human, they are corruptible. When people already believe that the verse really is pointing to them, they will find their words to be always true because to their believers, it’s impossible for them to make mistake since they are the one being referred in the verse hence, the Jim Jones case whereby the followers really follow him to a remote place and commit mass suicide there.
The bible warned us to not trust men who perish or subject to death.
“Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?”Isaiah 2:22 NIV
Set your trust to Jesus only because to date, He lives.
“And again: “I will put My trust in Him.” And again: “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”Hebrews 2:13 NKJV
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