Two years ago, if I had told you there would be a world pandemic, you would have called me insane. I knew it was coming long before it arrived. I could feel it in my bones in November 2019 before the word of the Lord came to me. I felt something brewing in my bones again in December 2021, and there are two words for the Church that I need to discuss: false pastors and prophets along with thieves in mega-Churches.

On Wednesday 29 November 2006, I delivered a prophetic word forecasting the fall of the Church clergy and lay staff involved in inapproprate sexual sin that resulted in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. I wrote to many Pastors all around Australia, hoping those involved would repent. I am not their judge, nor should any of us become judgemental ― if we do, we join them in sin. I wrote to Brian Houston and he ignored my letter regarding a number of issues, including comments coming from his Church: “Humble poverty is a thing of the past, greed-is-good, for the church, and its congregation. I follow Brian Houston’s example, he’s become rich from the church, so it must be OK to do that. I trust him”.[1] Based upon this philosophy, should we then trust him considering it is alleged Brian Houston used his position (a real conflict of interest?) within the Assemblies of God to conceal his father’s serial child sexual abuse?[2] As expected, Brian Houston never replied to any of my correspondences. Years later on 5 August 2021, Pastor Brian Houston was charged with the indictable offense, alleging he concealed child sexual abuse by his late father, Pastor Frank Houston. It is alleged Brian failed to raise the issue with Police, where the court documents allege Frank allegedly committed the crime of “indecent assault of a male” from 1 September 1999 to November 2004 occurred just prior to his death on 8 November 2004.[3] I am aware of two other people who also were victims, which will likely come out at trial. Too many of the Pastors stand behind the passage where the angel spoke to John, “Let the one who is doing harm continue to do harm; let the one who is vile continue to be vile” (Revelation 22:11), because the vile will be destroyed, never to be remembered, though they leave out the latter part of the verse: “let the one who is righteous continue to live righteously; let the one who is holy continue to be holy” (Revelation 22:11), which is the great divide between the evil in society and the righteous, who must speak up at the appropriate time and hold those to account. Some things are meant to be seen, but only uttered at the appropriate time. I have learned to hold my tongue on occasions. To date, I have held my tongue on many things, including what I have seen relating to COVID-19. Now the Lord has asked me to reveal these visions and dreams to the world, so all may learn from my experiences and what is to Come.

Prophecy is designed to lead people to repentance and righteousness, so that one’s neshamah (one of three parts breathed into us by Holy Spirit) does not become defiled, and ruin our opportunity to join the Messiah in Marriage Supper of the Lamb.[4] It is also to warn the righteous when judgement has been served, so that the righteous are spared. I forecasted the 2019 fires of Stanthorpe, the 2019-22 pandemic, and the 2020 fires across the east coast of Australia. Many of my friends know I posted advance notice of these events coming, and many of them unconvinced until they saw them in the media. I saw what would happen in November 2019, long before we heard of any COVID-19 outbreak. It was a judgement upon the world, one of many to Come, between now and the arrival of the Son of Man, believed to be anytime between now and nightfall of 16 September 2240 (the Hebrew year 6,000).[5] Though, I personally hold true to Matthew 24:36 where Jesus said, “no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows” referring to when the Son of Man returns.[6]

The fires up the east coast of Australia were accompanied by severe drought over several years. On 6 October 2019, I was given a word to blow the shofar seven times on the eve of 15th  January 2020 and the rain would begin around 16 January 2020. I released a prophetic word after I writhed in pain all night long on 6th October 2019, and I began praying, because I knew God held back the rain, as we pay the price of civic leaders’ sins (2 Sam 24, Psalm 68). I blew the shofar seven times on the eve of 15th January 2020 as commanded, and I prayed God would no longer hold the sins of our leaders against us, but against them personally. I repented on behalf of Australia, and pleaded for an outpouring of Divine grace and mercy to put out the fires and bless His people, who really needed His help. The stirring of the waters began in the Upper World (heavens) long before it rained in the Lower World (on earth). My rain prediction for 2020 issued in October 2019 was: “We will get good rain on or around the beginning of the third week of January, somewhere around 16 January 2020”. On 16 January 2020, the heavens opened, and Storm King Dam filled in two days, after the Council carting water from Warwick for nine months. Nobody believed me, until the day the heavens opened, because they were all too pessimistic, wallowing in self-doubt and despair. I am a man of unwavering faith, because I know when Holy Spirit tells me something, it will happen, without any doubt whatsoever. It may not always happen on the timeline I have in mind, or the way we desire, but it will always come to fruition. Soon after in March 2020, those Councillors (civil leaders) were voted out of office.

The Apostle Paul wrote: “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ” (Ephesian 4:11-13).[7] He did not say we have Pastors, and everyone is to submit to the autocratic rule of these money-hungry pastors. Paul also said, “A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church” (1 Corinthians 14:4).[8] It is time for the apostles, prophets, evangelists and teachers to rise within the Church, because when a Tree becomes unbalanced with too many pastors and not enough prophets, there is looming disaster (it will come whether we are ready or not), and you won’t know it is coming, and the Tree could be at risk of being uprooted (Job 19:10). We must always remember the word of the Lord through the prophet Amos: “Indeed, אדני יהוה (Adonai YHVH, Sovereign LORD) never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).[9]

COVID-19 was a time for testing, like the threshing floor, where pressure was applied to every apostle, pastor, prophet, evangelist, and teacher. Some passed with flying colours, protecting their flocks, and others deserted their flocks, only desiring to protect themselves. This is the word of the Lord to these people given on 19 December 2021:

This year is the beginning of judgement of the false pastors, prophets and false prophesies. “Even the priests and prophets are ungodly, wicked men. I have seen their despicable acts right here in my own Temple,” says YHVH (Jeremiah 23:11). “Instead of caring for my flock and leading them to safety, you have deserted them and driven them to destruction” (Jeremiah 23:2). You will see the false prophets fall on their own swords, and be caught in their own nets. “They will be chased through the dark, and there they will fall. For I will bring disaster upon them at the time fixed for their punishment. I, YHVH, have spoken!” (Jeremiah 23:12). Does not my word burn like a fire? All of them will come asunder. They cannot hide from Me.[10]

The Lord is reprimanding those pastors who are supposed to protect their people, feed them, care for them in times of trouble, yet they closed the doors in fear and hid themselves away, even bashing their congregation to support them. To the pastors who have served him faithfully, you will see your reward. There are false prophets out there claiming that the training ground for all of the prophets of old was in the wilderness, and they are calling you out to the wilderness, because this is “the place where our talk has to line up with our walk” as if it is all about “walking the talk” (an old Church expression). The wilderness is known as a place of temptations of Satan (Mark 1:12-13). The wilderness experience has a great capacity to do good or evil, exhibited by the Book of Numbers. Jesus retreated into the wilderness when the Pharisees plotted to kill him, to a rural village of Ephraim, about 13km northeast of Jerusalem (John 11:45-54). I believe the answer lies in the verse: “You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act” (Matthew 7:16),[11] meaning the fruit must bring love, acceptance, repentance, and holiness, not more collection plates and building of assets. To some, their fruit is more and more greed, collection plate or now you can donate monthly online with Paypal, or another vice is the never-ending cycle of conferences, and they won’t miss the chance of another collection plate there too… The Lord says to these:

It is judgement time in the house of the Lord. First came the paedophiles, and I gave them opportunity to repent in 2006 long before I delivered them up to the courts. They refused to repent, hiding in secret, hoping their sins would never be discovered. Now in 2022, I call to repentance all those mega-Church leaders who rob from the poor in My Name. You collect with music, strong words of prosperity as if I had said it, yet I said to the Apostles, “Come follow me” (Mark 1:17). Jesus’ example for the world was to feed the hungry, heal the sick, protect the women mistreated (Matthew 10:5-15), and you have turned my Church into a den of Robbers (Matthew 21:13). You are thieves in the House of the Lord. What did you do with the collections? Yes, I know the answer, says the Lord. You bought a new car, a new house, a nice boat, and the sickness of greed set in. You are vile. I would spew you out of my mouth, says the Lord (Leviticus 20:22; Isaiah 57:14-17; 2 Peter 2:3, 14; Revelation 3:14-22). Repent and you might escape the coming judgement. I the Lord have spoken.[12]

In the USA, more than $10 billion were given to religious organisations in aid to keep themselves afloat by the USA government in the 2020 financial year, and that number could quite possibly have doubled by now.[13] The Catholic Church has Caritas asking us to donate to “help vulnerable people facing COVID-19, hunger and poverty” while the Anglicans have a Worldwide COVID-19 Appeal, and the Baptists followed with COVID-19 Global Emergency Appeal asking for donations of $100, $200, and $1,000 at a time.[14] Hillsong have mastered the collection with their own Giving App, Direct Deposit, pay online every week, all the way through to annual payments, like having your own bank, with a click of a few buttons, reinforcing why we give: “We believe in the Biblical principle of tithing. In Malachi 3:10 (NLT) the Bible talks about bringing the first 10% (tithe) of your income into the storehouse (church)”.[15]

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting! It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones (children, little lambs) to fall into sin. So watch yourselves! If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive” (Luke 17:1-4).[16] These prophecies are about increasing our faith, building the Bride of Christ, in the hope that those concerned will repent before it is too late, and they have the opportunity to see the World to Come. It is my hope that we will not become a ragged bunch hiding in a cave eating tribulation food, nor on the other side of the spectrum, sitting on our laurels thinking He won’t come for another thousand years, so we can do whatever we like. Time is of the essence, and we must “equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13).[17] The prophet Hosea told us, “O foolish people! You refuse to understand, so you will be destroyed” (Hosea 4:14), because the charge is against the priests: “There is no faithfulness, no kindness, no knowledge of God in your land. You make vows and break them; you kill and steal and commit adultery. There is violence everywhere—one murder after another” (Hosea 4:1-2), and everyone passes the buck, but the Lord said: “Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame! My complaint, you priests, is with you” (Hosea 4:4).[18] “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17).[19] “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds” (Revelation 22:12).[20]

The word of the Lord in 2006 was ignored. I pray this one will be received and acted upon.

Selah.

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© Copyright 2006-22 Rev Dr Peter D Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

[1] Dr Peter D Matthews, The Reformation of Australia? (Stanthorpe, Australia: Dr Peter D Matthews, 2010), 93.

[2] 60 Minutes Australia, ‘Victim of Hillsong Church Founder’s Father Says Childhood Was Destroyed by Sexual Abuse’, 19 November 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g2FgAu1NYw.

[3] Elias Visontay, ‘Hillsong Founder Brian Houston to Plead Not Guilty to Concealing Sexual Abuse Charge’, The Guadian, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/05/hillsong-founder-brian-houston-pleads-not-guilty-to-concealing-sexual-abuse-charge.

[4] Dr Peter D Matthews, A Comprehensive Commentary of SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (Tome 1 of 3), vol. 1 (Stanthorpe, Australia: Bassano Publishing House, 2020), 14.

[5] Matthews, 1:39.

[6] Matthew 24:36, NLT.

[7] Bible: New Living Translation, Biblehub (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2004), Ephesian 4:11-13, https://biblehub.com/.

[8] Bible: New Living Translation, 1 Corinthians 14:4.

[9] Bible: New Living Translation, Amos 3:7.

[10] Dr Peter D Matthews, ‘The Prophecies of Peter D Matthews from 2021-2240AD Before the Return of Christ’ (Stanthorpe, Australia, 2021), 19 December 2021.

[11] Bible: New Living Translation, Biblehub (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2004), Matthew 7:16, https://biblehub.com/.

[12] Matthews, Mega-Churches 16 January 2022.

[13] Warren Cole Smith, ‘Churches and Religious Non-Profits Received $6-10 Billion In COVID Relief Funds’, Ministry Watch, 7 July 2020, https://ministrywatch.com/churches-and-religious-non-profits-received-6-10-billion-in-covid-relief-funds/; Emily Holden, ‘Televangelists Take a Slice as Churches Accept Billions in US Coronavirus Aid’, The Guardian, 9 July 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/09/televangelists-churches-us-coronavirus-aid-billions.

[14] Anglican Aid, ‘Worldwide COVID-19 Appeal’, Anglican Aid (blog), 2021, https://anglicanaid.org.au/covid-19-relief-appeal/; Baptist World Aid Australia, ‘COVID-19 Global Emergency Appeal’, 2022, https://baptistworldaid.org.au/appeals/covid-19-global-emergency/.

[15] Hillsong, ‘Giving – Hillson Australia’, 2021, https://hillsong.com/australia/give/.

[16] Bible: New Living Translation, Luke 17:1-4, Isaiah 40:11.

[17] Bible: New International Version, BibleHub (New York: Biblica Inc, 1973), Ephesians 4:12-13, https://biblehub.com/.

[18] Bible: New Living Translation, Hosea 4:1-2, 4.

[19] Bible: English Standard Version, Biblehub (La Habra, California: Crossways Bibles, 2016), 1 Peter 4:17, https://biblehub.com/.

[20] Bible: New Living Translation, Revelation 22:12.s