Tofik Benedictus "Benny" Hinn
Benny Hinn is a self proclaimed "Profit Of God" and faith healer who runs a multi-million dollar religions empire from his headquarters in Dallas, Texas and from his "church" in Allso Viejo, California.
He claims that God annointed him to his ministry and that He affirms his calling by appearing to him on a regular basis. He viciously curses those that oppose him and his empire or question his ministry or teachings.
He claims he can heal on a massive scale. But, like all faith healers before him, he can only heal diseases you cannot see. He has never produced even one verifiable case of a real healing.
He claims that he talks to God personally on a daily basis. He also claims that these messages from God guide his daily life and even guide his sermons. He claims that God tells him of the future, which has been documented. And not one of these nessages about the future have ever come true.
Benny Hinn's False Prophecies:
1) JESUS CHRIST WILL PERSONALLY APPEAR ON THE PLATFORM IN ONE OF BENNY HINN'S CRUSADES
"Ladies and gentleman, Jesus is shaking the world! Now something else is happening that is to me awesome! Absolutely awesome! The Lord is physically appearing in the Muslim world. I'm telling you, Paul, I am hearing it now more and more and more. Since we preachers cannot go there, Jesus is, just going there Himself. Since we preachers are not permitted to go in, He is just showing up Himself. You know the Scriptures says clearly that the Lord did appear, did He not? Ah for forty days, isn't that right? And the Scriptures says He, He, He even, He even appeared to Paul. He's doing the same thing today in the Muslim world. He's appearing, hear this, He is appearing to Muslims, saying I am Jesus of Nazareth! And they're coming to know the Lord!"
"I know deep in my soul something supernatural is going to happen in Nairobi Kenya. Paul and Jan are coming to Nairobi with me, but Paul, we may very well come back with footage of Jesus appearing on the platform. You know that the Lord appeared in Romania recently and there's a video of it, where the Lord appeared in there back of a church and you see Him on video walking down the aisle, Yea. Paul do you remember when I came on TBN years ago I showed you a clip of the Lord appearing in our church in Orlando on the balcony on the wall? Yea you remember that.
"Yea, very well. I saw it."
"That was eighty, something eighty sixty, whatever. You know I always wondered why the Lord, why did He do that , you know why now I look back that was the beginning of the greatest move of God in our church. Because 83, 84, 85 were horrible years for me, horrible years. 86, the blessings of God began but they began with this manifestation of the Lords face on the balcony that stayed for 8 weeks, 8 solid weeks. The Lord has done this in the past but He's about to do it again, now here this. I'm prophesying this. Jesus Christ the Son of God is about to appear physically in some Churches, some meetings and to many of His people. For one reason to tell you He's about to show up, to wake up, Jesus is coming saints."
"She (Ruth Heflin - the woman Benny Hinn claims is a prophetess) just sent me a word through my wife and said the Lord spoke to her audibly and said that He is going to appear physically in one of our crusades in the next few months. "the Lord spoke to her audibly and said, 'Tell Benny I'm going to appear physically on the platform in his meetings.' Lord, do it in Phoenix Arizona in the name of Jesus! And in Kenya too, Lord, please, Lord, in fact, do it in every crusade." Prophecy given: Praise The Lord, TBN, television program, March 29, 2000:
"Ruth Heflin said, the Lord spoke to her recently, and she called my wife and told her to tell me, that Jesus said to her, that He will appear physically on the platform in one of our crusades. She said, 'Tell Benny, that the Lord told me that He is going to appear physically appear physically on the platform, and the crowds will see Him, on the platform.' Dear God my hair is standing up!" It may very well happen in Nashville! She said, thousands will see the Lord, on the platform!"
Prophecy given: Praise The Lord, TBN, television program, April 20, 2000:
"...We are about to see the greatest manifestations of God's presence ever! A prophetess named Ruth Heflin sent me a word recently and told me to get ready, to see, physical manifestations of Christ on the platforms in our crusades, that people will have visions of the Lord in the meetings. Those things have happened in the past, I know. In a Thailagua meeting one time in Africa, the Lord appeared to a, to the whole crowd! It is about to begin happening. I know it too! Expect it to happen also, in your own home!"
Prophecy given: Praise The Lord, TBN, television program, May 2, 2000:
Benny Hinn repeats the prophecy of a "prophetess", Ruth Heflin, that Jesus Christ will physically appear in one, or more, of Benny Hinn's crusade meetings, and will actually be on the platform with Benny Hinn. This is remarkable. Benny Hinn must be a very important person for that to happen, very important indeed.
Apparently, the Lord had a difficult time getting through to Benny Hinn, because he was very busy with important matters, so He couldn't give him the revelation directly. Instead, God had to go through Ruth Heflin, and Ruth Heflin had to go through Benny Hinn's wife who then delivered the message to Benny Hinn. So much for the ability of God to give direct revelation. It's hard to understand why God speaks to Benny Hinn, seemingly on an almost daily basis, but he couldn't deliver the most important message in Benny Hinn's career to him directly.
Now, that difficulty should cause some questions. Perhaps Benny Hinn is using Ruth Heflin as the patsy in the whole deal. If the prophecy doesn't come true, he can say it was Ruth Heflin's prophecy and not his. He should have stuck to that course of action, but he got too enthusiastic and overstepped the plan when he stated, "I'm prophesying this. Jesus Christ the Son of God is about to appear physically in some Churches, some meetings and to many of His people. For one reason to tell you He's about to show up, to wake up, Jesus is coming saints." And later he said, "It is about to begin happening. I know it too!"
It has been four years since Benny Hinn and Ruth Heflin gave their prophecies and Ruth Heflin has since died. Not much has been said recently about those prophecies by Benny Hinn. Perhaps his silence is due to the fact that Jesus Christ did not appear in his meeting in Nairobi, or in his meeting in Nashville or in any other meeting since. Perhaps God gave the revelation too early. More likely, Ruth Heflin made a mistake or Benny Hinn made a mistake, or both made a mistake. The reality is, both Ruth Heflin and Benny Hinn made two great mistakes by claiming that they were, and are, prophets, when they are both false prophets. Neither one received a prophetic message from God. By stating that they were speaking the words of God, they placed themselves under the condemnation of God. To continue stating that they are prophets and speak for God, without repenting of that untruth, indicates that they persist in living a life of untruth, and reveal the fact that their faith is in question and their claim to salvation may be as contrived as their prophecies.
Benny Hinn claims to be a spokesman for Jesus Christ. But he ignores or is ignorant of the words already spoken by Jesus Christ, and in proclaiming his alleged "prophecy" he directly contradicts what Jesus Christ has already said. In point of fact, his "prophecy", if it was accepted as true, would make Jesus Christ to be a liar based on what He has revealed in the Scripture.
No mention is made in the New Testament regarding appearances by Jesus Christ prior to His coming again, especially in meetings with Benny Hinn. In fact, the Scripture warns against those who would claim that Jesus Christ will appear, has appeared or is appearing, prior to His second coming.
"Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told you in advance. So if they say to you, 'Behold, He is in the wilderness,' do not go out, or, 'Behold, He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them. For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashed even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be."
Matthew 24:23-27 (NAS)
Benny Hinn hasn't reached the position of success that is indicated by the above verses, as applying to those false prophets and false Christs. They are successful in their delusions and in their healings. Benny Hinn is an amateur in relation to them, but he is no less a false prophet, because he has prophesied falsely.
Benny Hinn also ignores the fact that Jesus does not know the time in which He will return, and therefore, He could not be appearing to announce that He is returning. He is returning again someday, but the words of Benny Hinn lead a person to believe that Jesus is going to announce His imminent return, which He cannot know and indicates such by His own words.
"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone."
Matthew 24:36 (NAS) cf Mark 13:32
2) GOD WILL DESTROY THE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNITY
"The Lord also tells me to tell you, in mid 90s, about '94 or '95, no later than that, God will destroy the homosexual community of America. But He will not destroy it with what many minds have thought Him to be. He will destroy it with fire. And many will turn and be saved, and many will rebel and be destroyed."
Prophecy given: Orlando Christian Center, December 31, 1989
Apparently God gave a revelation to Benny Hinn about which He was not too sure Himself. He had not decided whether the date was to be 1994 or 1995. Benny Hinn must have gotten the whole revelation wrong or perhaps the century was wrong. Perhaps, instead of 1994 or 1995, it should have been 2094 or 2095. That would certainly be an excuse that he could use, but in any case, the prophecy was false and so Benny Hinn is once again revealed as a false prophet.
3) AN EARTHQUAKE WILL HIT THE EAST COAST
"The Spirit of God tells me, an earthquake will hit the East Coast of America and destroy much in the 90's. Not one place will be safe from earthquakes in the 90's. These who have known earthquakes will know it. People I feel the Spirit all over me [speaks in 'tongues']"
Prophecy given: Orlando Christian Center, December 31, 1989
Just like in the prophecy about the homosexual community, Benny Hinn must have gotten the century wrong. Perhaps in the 2090's and not the 1990's? Once again, Benny Hinn is revealed as a false prophet.
4) FIDEL CASTRO WILL DIE IN THE 1990'S
"The Spirit tells me, Fidel Castro will die in the 90's. Oh my. Some will try to kill him and they will not succeed. But there will come a change in his physical health, and he will not stay in power. And Cuba will be visited of God. I will visit Cuba. Oh. Oh. Holy Spirit do you mean he'll die physically? What do you mean, Holy Spirit? Tell me please. My. Oh. Holy Spirit just said to me, it could be worse than any death you can imagine. There's some question in my spirit on what kind of death the Lord means. I'm not sure. I see him. Uh. I see Cas, I, I see Castro bent over behind bars. I don't know what that means."
Prophecy given: Orlando Christian Center, December 31, 1989
Fidel Castro will eventually die, but the decade of the 1990's has come and gone, and Fidel survived every year. Once again, Benny Hinn is revealed as a false prophet.
How many false prophecies does it take to reveal and prove that an individual is a false prophet? Benny Hinn's career as a prophet has been chronicled as one of failure. He is unable to prophesy, because he is not a prophet and not anointed by God. Yet, he continues to go on in his "ministry", never apologizing for his errors or repenting to God for claiming what God did not give to him. Those who continue to support Benny Hinn, when confronted by his numerous false prophecies, only deceive themselves and place themselves in a position to be judged by God for their own actions in support of a false prophet.
False Teachings Of Benny Hinn
"When you say I am a Christian, you are saying I am a messiah in Hebrew."
Benny Hinn makes a huge grammatical error by making this statement. Christian is an adjective, from the Greek word christianos, meaning a follower of or believer in the person of Christ or the teachings of Christ or being a representative of Christ or His beliefs and teachings. The words Christian, or christianos, are descriptive words referring to the possession of the qualities, character or beliefs of the noun Christ or christos. Christos is the Greek term referring to the Hebrew term mashiah, meaning anointed. The description, Christian or chritianos, is not the same as being the Christ, christos or mashiah. Benny Hinn should have consulted a basic dictionary before making such outrageous and false claims.
"God the Father, ladies and gentleman, is a person and He is a triune being by Himself, separate from the Son and the Holy Ghost. See, God the Father is a person, God the Son is a person, God the Holy Ghost is a person; but each one of them is a triune being by himself. If I can shock you and maybe I should, there's nine of them! What did you say? Let me explain. God the Father, ladies and gentlemen, is a person with his own personal spirit, with his own personal soul and his own personal spirit body. You say, I never heard that! Well, you think you are in church to hear things you heard for the last fifty years?"
In this statement, Benny Hinn embraces Mormon doctrine which states that God was once a man and attained to godhood by following the beliefs of the Mormon religion. Since God was once a man, he has a body and is the same size as an average human man. By embracing that view, Benny Hinn denies the direct and specific teaching in the Bible that God is a spirit as is the Holy Spirit. God does not have a spirit, He is a spirit. The Holy Spirit does not have a body, because, by definition, He is the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is a spirit who has taken on the nature of humanity and now possesses a transformed and glorified heavenly body about which we know nothing. While on earth as a man, Christ voluntarily set aside the characteristics of his place in the Godhead, but on His resurrection He took those characteristics back and is fully God in His original position. Benny Hinn, in stating there are nine persons in the Godhead, teaches a grave and heretical error.
When confronted with the heretical teaching, Benny Hinn recanted the belief. But there is still the troubling problem of Benny Hinn claiming to be a prophet and teaching what God tells him to teach, which turns out to be error.
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.
John 4:24 (NAS)
"I've known moments when I've felt the presence of God, I've smelled the presence of God. I did this morning right here. And those around me smelled the frankincense. In Detroit, Michigan, so great was the presence of God, the whole building began to fill up with a mist and we began to breath it and smell it, frankincense. I've seen the presence of God. I not only have smelled it, I've seen it with my own eyes. Moses saw a cloud. Peter, James and John saw a cloud. As Christ walked into that cloud, and the voice of God spoke and said, 'This is my beloved Son, hear Him.' Many times, in our own meetings, many times I will see a mist over people. I can actually see like a mist over the people's heads. Elisha said, 'Open his eyes, Lord. Open the eyes of my servant so he might see.'"
Apparently, Benny Hinn has a very educated nose that can sniff out God no matter where He is hiding. He also has magical eyes that can see the presence of God when it is not visible to anyone else. The earthly fragrance of frankincense is somehow equated with the presence of God. Since there is no reason for frankincense to be growing in heaven, it is unknown why God should appear accompanied by that fragrance. No where in the Bible is the appearance of God ever connected with an accompanying fragrance.
Perhaps Benny Hinn should check the air conditioning and heating systems of the auditoriums in which he preaches before claiming that the "mist" he sees is the presence of God. Large crowds of people emit large quantities of water vapor that can hang in the air, giving an auditorium a very heavy feeling, even to the point of there being a mist if the air is not being circulated properly.
The reference to Elisha and the eyes of his servant being opened, 2 Kings 6:17, is totally inappropriate in relation to the situation to which he is referring. If he is using the verse in the sense that he wishes his eyes to be opened to see the heavenly host, like Elisha's servant, then he must be wishing to see the presence of God. However, no man has seen God at any time, according to the scripture and Benny Hinn will be no exception.
"It's closer to you than the air you breath. I've walked in that world. I've seen things you would never be able to understand. Paul, do you believe that I am a man of God? Do you? How long have you known me? Am I crazy? Can I tell you something? I've never shared this. Never! I was in prayer one day and a man appeared in front of me. For two days in a row, twice, one day and the next day. I saw this man in my room. It frightened me at first. When you enter into this world of prayer it starts with the mind where you're so accustomed to the things around you, then you enter into a spiritual thickness and wealth where nothing bothers you, nothing frightens you. Angels don't surprise you anymore with their appearance because you've been already tasting and been feeling and you been living in an atmosphere. Do you understand that? You are not shocked by anything. There appeared to me a man. He was about six feet two. Old man, white beard. His face was somewhat thin, but very bold. Eyes, crystal blue. He had on a white garment. On his head was like a shawl. He looked like a priest. But every part of Him glistened like crystal. And I spoke out and I said, Lord, who is this man I see? I know you might think I lost my mind, but the Lord said, Elijah the prophet! Do you know when that happened? That happened days before the anointing on my life doubled. Literally! The ministries' anointing doubled after that."
Honolulu Hawaii, Feb. 28, 1997
Benny Hinn can make any claim that he might wish, but the proof is whether what he speaks is Scriptural or not. The problem is not in the vision itself, which can neither be proved or disproved, but in the reference to the double anointing. Where is there any reference in the Bible that supports the concept of a double anointing? How does Benny Hinn determine what is a double anointing? In other words, how does he measure what he considers to be a double anointing? Benny Hinn not only is teaching a doctrine that he created himself, he is arrogantly placing himself above everyone around him by claiming that everyone else is anointed, but he is doubly anointed. He is greater, superior and more important spiritually in his position with God, than anyone else. Not only is he greater and more important, he claims to be twice as great and twice as important.
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