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John Thomas, Prophet

John Thomas was the founder of the Christadelphian church, but he was also a bit of seer on the side…something that’s not really mentioned much in modern Christadelphian circles. Considering his strike rate, it’s not surprising.

Let’s look at a couple of his prophecies….

“The Judgment upon Ireland has been sitting since 1786. That crisis was the beginning of a retribution of seventy-five years. This period is called ‘THE END’ ……… After 1864 Ireland and the rest of the world will enter upon a new era, in which peace, righteousness, and blessedness will reign in the midst of the nations.” (Elpis Israel)

 and how about this one, from ‘Anatolia’….

“My conviction is that the judgment upon Babylon will be announced as about to set; and that the ancient of days and the saints will meet in the air and among the clouds, in the common A.D. 1866, or 1290 years from A.D. 606.” …………… “But in a few years, that is, about 1866, when the 1335 years terminate, he will ‘arise to his inheritance’ in the Kingdom of God”. …………. “How highly important is this exhortation now, seeing that in about a dozen years the resurrection will have transpired, and no further invitation to inherit it be presented to the world. The glory that shall follow is great for the approved (the Christadelphians). The world is theirs, when all nations come and do homage before the Prince of Israel, because His judgments are made manifest. But before they can have ‘power over the nations,’ they must bind the strong that rule them. This is their mission at the end of the 1335 years: ‘To execute vengeance upon the nations, and punishment upon the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written; this honour have all his saints.’ From A.D. 1866 to A.D. 1911, a period of over forty years, they will be engaged in this work and in the organizing the world upon new and better principles.”

Obviously John Thomas got it wrong….but what’s this? Jesus himself seemed to have something to say about false prophets!

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7 15-23

Certainly a bit of digging into the writing of John Thomas shows a man who had a sharp temper, and thought nothing of deceiving people if it furthered his ends. Could there be a clearer example of a ‘false prophet’?

Thanks to John Bedson for his excellent work here –

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  1. Hi Mr B.,Perhaps John Thomas should have been more cautious in what he said at times, but I think that there probably could be a clearer example of a false prophet than him.John Thomas never claimed to be prophesying about the future. What he claimed to be doing was reading things written in the Bible and trying to understand what they were saying. He himself understood that he might have misread what was written in the Bible and, therefore, was prepared for the possibility of the failure of the dates he suggested. Better examples of 'false prophets' would be people who actually claimed to have received prophecies directly from God (not people who claimed to be trying to understand the text of the Bible).

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