posting this from Who's Who in Bible Prophecy
which has a well good list
as a guide of which folks to avoid and also to show that false teachings when it comes to end times (as seen with many below) can lead to other kinds of bizarre or outright false teachings
and is also a educational guide. many of these folks btw have been mentioned here before.
Richard F. Ames Television presenter of the Living Church of God (LCG) and co-host of "Tomorrow's World," another so-called end-times TV broadcast and bi-monthly magazine subscription. He is second in command to the organization's head, Roderick C. Meredith.
He has eccentric views of Bible prophecy (i.e., LCG followers are "Philadelphians" and will be protected during the great tribulation for 3 1/2 years), usually found in his numerous publications or published online at
He has a book on prophecy in the Middle East, and teaches that church members should not participate in juries, politics or military service. He rejects orthodox beliefs of heaven and hell, the Trinity, salvation by grace alone and the bodily resurrection of Jesus.
Doug Batchelor Prestigious defender of Seventh-Day Adventism, host of the popular "Amazing Facts" television program. Also hosts "Bible Answers Live" radio show. Many of his prophecy teachings are rejected by mainstream prophecy scholars and teachers. He, and other Adventists use "bait and switch" tactics at highly-publicized prophecy seminars (after many hours of prophetic teaching, participants are eventually told they will receive the "mark of the beast" if they don't convert to a Seventh-Day Adventist).
Many Christians are duped by this tactic due to their lack of Bible prophecy knowledge. These "Revelation seminars" promote doctrines that are required knowledge for membership or baptism in the SDA church.
For example, popular teachings are the "great *****" of Babylon in Revelation 17 & 18 is the Catholic church, and the "daughters of the *****" are Protestant Sunday-keeping churches of today. The origins of SDA doctrine are rooted in date setting, false prophecies and legalism.
Irvin Baxter, Jr. Has unique views of prophecy, says they are "his" theories, and thus has many good and bad ideas. He has a correct view on Israel's role in history, and correctly argues against preterism. He says we are now living in the midst of the sixth trumpet of Revelation 9, and we may soon witness the annihilation of 2 billion people. The fifth trumpet he claims began in 1991 when Saddam Hussein (Saddam means "the destroyer") set Kuwaiti oil fields on fire, and ended with his execution in December 2006. Mainstream scholars consider that absurd.
He hosts the popular radio broadcast, "Politics & Religion," and is founder of Endtime Ministries at
He does not accept the doctrine of the Trinity, and is affiliated with the United Pentecostal Church which claims its methods are the only true way to salvation.
He also rejects a pre-tribulation rapture based on Revelation 20:4-6 which he claims is the "first resurrection." He fails to follow the text which clearly describes this first resurrection as being for the martyrs of the tribulation period after Christ's Second Coming.
Shawn Boonstra Canadian-born director of the Seventh-Day Adventist's "It Is Written" international television program, his teaching is focused on "unlocking" the signs of the end-times.
As with all SDA prophecy teaching, his focus is on the books of Daniel and Revelation. Following the strategies of other popular SDA prophecy teachers, he also produces a graphical instructional series on DVD. His production is called "Signs of the Appearing," which is also sold as a "graduate course," found at
Great artwork isn't great prophecy teaching.
John Bradshaw A Seventh-Day Adventist from New Zealand, he uses clever advertising to attract people for an evening prophecy seminar that is really a week-long indoctrination.
He teaches that Sunday worshippers are the mark of the beast, and those who attend the complete series will be told that the Seventh-day Adventist denomination is the "one true church of Christ."
All other denominations are labeled "Babylon" or the "harlot daughters of Babylon" and called false churches. Those who attend these meetings will be called to "come out of Babylon" into the Seventh-Day Adventist denomination.
Harold Camping President of Family Radio, he teaches that God has done away with the Church, and he maintains that the Holy Spirit has left the Church which has no power to proclaim the gospel.
He calls for his followers to flee churches and form fellowships around his teachings. His allegorical interpretations of Bible prophecy are well known.
He is famous for his failed prophecy concerning the return of Christ in September 6, 1994, and has predicted the rapture will be May 21, 2011, along with the end of the world. He claims that the two witnesses in Revelation 11:3 are the church collectively.
Having written over 30 books and booklets, he is the epitome of a heretic and a false prophet.
Andrew CorbettAustralian pastor who has written extensively on the end-times. He claims to understand what the Bible really says about the future and the rapture.
He's an outspoken "partial preterist" who claims most Bible prophecy has already been fulfilled, though Jesus Christ is yet to return.
Like most preterists, he incorrectly claims the origins of the rapture began with 16th century Jesuit Francisco Ribera "who is the father of the futurist eschatological system."
He considers a literal view of Bible prophecy as heresy. He also writes against the Left Behind teachings of Tim LaHaye and similar eschatology at
Gary DeMar reformation preterist and historian, he has published several books. He has difficulty with anything labeled "end-times" which he calls "madness," in one of his books, and thus is a sincere prophecy teacher sincerely wrong.
He has had debates with scholars like Dr. Tommy Ice. On a positive note, he is an excellent speaker on religion in government and politics, and is a great defender of the faith. He is editor of Biblical Worldview magazine, and president of American Vision
Scott Dryer He is an international teacher of Bible prophecy, terrorism and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
He has thousands of hours of study devoted to the history of the conflicts in the Middle East from a Biblical perspective, and believes the scriptures point to a Syrian Antichrist and a Persian/Iranian False Prophet.
He wrongly contends the rapture does not occur until the end of the tribulation period, but does correctly argue that Christ will reign a literal 1000 years. He is an author, speaker and founder of
Gerald Flurry Pastor General of the Philadelphia Church of God, founded in 1989 on the doctrines of the late Herbert W. Armstrong. Having served under Armstrong as a minister in the Worldwide Church of God before sweeping doctrinal changes, he never wavered.
His wacky prophecy teaching continues on "The Key of David" television broadcast,
through the monthly magazine, "The Philadelphia Trumpet," and via booklets.
He claims, "God placed me into the office of a prophet," and "I am intimate with God in a way no one else is directly." He also states, "In fact, 'king' and 'counselor' apply to the office I hold." He probably eats manna too.
Charlene Fortsch Raised as a Canadian Seventh-Day Adventist, she wrote a book on understanding the four visions of Daniel. She claims her book reveals the simple and perfect structure of Daniel.
She points out that prophetic rules of interpretation (hermeneutics) are followed very consistently throughout all of Daniel's four visions, and that hermeneutics are developed from the Bible itself, useful in any denomination.
She believes there are many different definitions for the rapture, and considers the pre-tribulation rapture a "wholly unscriptural secret event."
Kenneth Gentry Developed post-millennial preterism, a newer, often confusing view of Bible prophecy. He once stated, "If you're familiar with the Apostles Creed,
it simply says Christ is coming again and doesn't tell us much about it. So that generally was the earliest Church's description of eschatology."
Apparently the apostle John, who wrote the book of Revelation by authority of Jesus Christ, had no input on the subject?
Robert Gundry One of the few ever booted out of the Evangelical Theological Society because of his use of a liberal Reformed approach to the New Testament called "redaction criticism."
A very smart person who has attempted to intellectualize the Scriptures and Bible prophecy, but is not consistent.
For example, once being dispensational and pre-tribulational, he turned against the pre-tribulation rapture view, then developed a new confusing type of post-tribulationism called "dispensational post-tribulationism." Now that's a mouthful.
Hendrik (Hank) Hanegraaff Dutch-born host of the popular "Bible Answer Man" radio broadcast. Chairman of Christian Research Institute International (CRI). Excellent defender of the faith when it comes to cults, evolution and the New Age.
However, he is one of the most outspoken critics of the pre-tribulation rapture, calling it "anti-Semitic" eschatology.
He is a model "partial preterist" who rarely admits it on air, but loves to use deep theological terms when defending his positions. A well known author and speaker, he has written many books.
However, scholars take issue with his eschatology, with some calling it "strange theology."
Sadly, various Christian media have reported his past to be riddled with accusations of misuse of ministry funds, excessive pay to himself and his spouse, poor treatment of employees, and his controversial takeover of CRI.
(billiefan2000 side note: I have some respect for hank when it comes to calling out the false teachings of the word of faith and emergent movements, but I disagree with hank's views on the end times)
Jonathan Hansen Founder and President of World Ministries International (WMI) Produces the radio and television program "Warning" which gives political, religious and economic warnings to the world.
He is a self-proclaimed prophet of God, claims to be 100% accurate (they all do),
and says he has received specific prophecies to more than 30 nations. He states the Church is in need of the true prophetic voice of God (him) for this last hour, and the life of a prophet (him) is of hardship and suffering, loneliness and rejection.
Another doomsday prophet who rejects the pre-tribulation rapture, his radio program might as well be named "Tribulation."
Robert C. Harris Founder of Midnight Ministries, Inc. , he wrote a book to correct a majority of Bible prophecy experts on the subject of what he calls the "at-once" (pre-tribulation) rapture.
Entitled "Midnight's Cry," he claims there are plenty of books detailing the rapture or the Second Coming, but only one tells the complete truth (his, of course). A preview of the book sheds light on his theology; a little New Age and a lot of ego. He has more than 50 "thought" questions for readers to ponder, and suggests that anyone who believes in a pre-trib rapture doesn't truly know the Lord. Finally someone has figured it out.
Stan Johnson Head of The Prophecy Club, one of the most error prone prophetic ministries today, complete with a mix charismania, sensationalism and speculation replacing Biblical truth.
Featured speakers make bizarre claims and predictions, and some have falsely predicted the start of the tribulation.
Typical for these types of ministries, the basis is fear-mongering and manipulation, similar to cults.
He calls himself an apostle, and his wife, Leslie, is a prophetess. He is also a self-proclaimed prophet, and has produced an anti-rapture book. Not surprising.
James Lloyd Founder of the prophecy-based Christian Media ministry where he calls pre-trib rapture teachers "rapture cult" liars. He comes from an entertainment industry family that worked in television production writing commercials and scripts.
He founded a Christian record label and produced records for contemporary Christian music. He wrote several books on Christian music, and after 20 years of studying Bible prophecy, he started writing prophecy books. He has written dozens of articles, and has a daily Bible prophecy broadcast called "The Apocalypse Chronicles." He is the epitome of a pre-trib rapture basher.
He blames pre-tribulation rapture theology as the basis for the present-day "rapture cult" following. He states, "As an individual with the gift of prophecy, I truly believe the Lord has showed me many things concerning the 'hows' and 'whys' of the end of the age."
Since 1992 he's been regularly predicting the imminent destruction of America. He now claims the opening of the sixth seal in Revelation has occurred, and the sealing of the remnant is now underway. His critics suggest it helps his book sales.
Dave McPherson His claim to fame was being the very first person to purchase a Disneyland ticket at the age of 22 in July of 1955.
He celebrated Disney's 50th anniversary in 2005 with that honorable mention.
He began to vigorously attack the pre-tribulation rapture in the early 1970s, claiming his historical research showed that a teenage Scottish girl named Margaret Macdonald came up with the idea in the 1830.
This happened when she was a member of the Catholic Apostolic Church. He claims all writings on the pre-tribulation rapture are full of revisions, cover-ups, altercations, deceptions and confusions. Summed up, it's a conspiracy. His books, riddled with errors, have been discredited with lacking historical method. Being an anti-pretribulationist has become his life's crusade.
Texe Marrs President of Power of Prophecy Ministries, he is a leading conspiracy guru. Very intelligent, he has written dozens of books, and was an assistant professor of aerospace studies.
His books are full of conspiracy theories, as he attempts to wrap Bible prophecy around conspiracies in every world event. Tabloid prophecy at its finest.
Lonnie MelashEnko Another prominent Seventh-Day Adventist, considered an "elder," he is director of "The Voice of Prophecy" radio, Bible school, evangelistic ministry and vop.com. He was involved with "It Is Written" telecasts and directed prophecy seminars.
He and his four brothers present gospel music concerts throughout North America and are known as the Melashenko Family Singers.
He calls the pre-tribulation rapture the "secret rapture," and says the idea is a "real newcomer" in Christian theology, and doesn't have much of a history or "pedigree." This is a typical deception taught by Seventh-Day Adventists. Gospel singer, yes. Prophecy teacher, no.
Roderick Meredith He founded the Global Church of God (GCG) in 1992 which he claimed was the "true church." He was eventually dismissed over authority issues, and then established the Living Church of God (LCG) in 1998.
He was one of the first five evangelists ordained in 1952 by Herbert W. Armstrong. Meredith believes God chose him to "re-establish the true church" and that his members are the "spiritual heirs of the original Jerusalem Church of New Testament time."
He denies the doctrine of the Trinity and he follows Armstrong's prophecy teachings. Members must keep Old Testament laws as part of their salvation. He co-hosts the TV program "Tomorrow's World," and publishes a magazine by the same name. Both are used in recruiting potential members for LCG.
Arnold Murray He is pastor of Shepherd's Chapel in Gravette, Arkansas, with over 200 television stations carrying his teaching program.
He claims to have no affiliation with any religious group or denomination. He denies the doctrine of the Trinity, denies the existence of hell, and says that 95% of churches teaching the rapture will accept the Antichrist as savior. He states that Eve had sexual relations with Satan.
He made a false prophecy in the 1970's when he predicted the Antichrist would appear before 1981.
He subscribes to the false doctrine of Anglo-Israelism (or British-Israelism) which is the belief that the British, Americans and Canadians are the true descendants of the so-called lost 10 tribes of ancient Israel.
He claims to have a doctorate, but refuses to publicly state where he earned his degree. He claims his credentials are his ability to teach God's Word, which means interpreting verses in light of his pre-conceived ideas.
Anyone who disagrees with him is called a false teacher.
David Pack Pastor General of the Restored Church of God (RCG) which he founded after the Global Church of God (GCG) "disfellowshipped" him.
He claims to stand for "precision of doctrine" and claims to know what the "true church" is today.
Another offshoot of Herbert Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God, he is another "founder" of a growing number of so-called "true churches" in America.
He states that the two witnesses of Revelation will come out of his church,½, wilk will come under his supervision, and that he will train them for their 3½ year mission on earth. He broadcasts the television program "The World to Come" and offers "The Real Truth" magazine at thercg.org.
Garrett Parrish Reformed thinker and writer, he is a preterist to the core.
His eccentric theology and eschatology are examples of "I think therefore I'm right" syndrome, and the ailment "I know the truth because I read the Scriptures correctly." He claims to have "rightly divided the Word of God," a similar tactic used by Mormons and Seventh-Day Adventists.
He says the pre-tribulation rapture position is "man-pleasing," and therefore he is a God-pleaser because he teaches against it.
He tries to disguise his acceptance of preterism (or replacement theology-the Church replaced Israel) by calling it "expansionist theology." He touts we are not living in the last days according to Isaiah 9:7 and Heb. 13:20 which state "the increase of His government will have no end, and is an everlasting covenant."
He believes the tribes of Israel are no longer with us based on Rev. 1:7 (a verse about the Second Coming).
Thus, later descriptions of the twelve tribes in Revelation 7 and 14 are meaningless, since Revelation is a past event in his theology. Apparently those living in Israel today just made up their nationality. He hosts the radio program "Bible Prophecy Fulfilled,"
Richard H. Perry He is a staunch defender and debater of the rapture taking place at the end of the tribulation period. His teachings are similar to those of Irvin Baxter, applying major events of today to the seals of Revelation. He claims the first seal of Revelation was opened on September 11, 2001.
He says the Lord told him to write the book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Last Days," which he claims is one of the best books ever written on Bible prophecy.
John Rittenbaugh Head of the Church of the Great God (CGG), another breakaway group that formed as a result the disintegration of the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) following the death of Herbert Armstrong.
The CGG identifies itself as "non-Trinitarian" and "Sabbath-keeping" as do other WCG splinter groups.
His organization publishes "Forerunner" magazine
He focuses on bringing "the true gospel" to the world as God's divine government is shortly going to be established on earth. Like all of the WCG splinter organizations, the CGG makes several claims of having "truth" along with delusional interpretations of end-times events
this next name is a familiar one many may have heard of before
Noted for numerous false predictions, he claims that God gave him a mission, not to be a religious leader but to be an educator who would influence the center of our culture "from God's perspective." Has also claimed that God chose him "to usher in the coming of My Son." In 1982 and again in 1984 he predicted the tribulation period would begin in those years. On his 700 Club program he stated, "Anything coming through man is contaminated to some extent. Therefore, since the Bible came through man, there must be errors in it. So, we must never equate the Bible with the perfect Jesus." Scripturally confused, prophetically baffled, not sound in doctrine.
(bf2000 side note: Pat has on his show many NAR and WOF teachers also.
Michael Rood Noted for his ordination in The Way International in the 1970s, he is a doomsday prophet who denies the deity of Jesus Christ.
He also claims Jesus is not "legally obligated" to rapture Christians before the tribulation period, as the Church is "fully deceived" at this time.
He once predicted that a seventh millennium of earth's existence would begin on September 11, 1999, initiating "intermediate events" that amounted to a seven year tribulation.
These events were to include the collapse of the world economy, the appearance of the Antichrist, the establishment of a global government, an attack on Israel, and more.
Though he was wrong, he still claims to be correct on the end-times. He hosts a television program called "Rood Awakening" where he is dressed in Middle Eastern garb, wears a long beard, and sometimes has a staff.
A self-proclaimed Messianic preacher, he claims that he alone teaches accurately and that following him and his teachings are the way out of deception.