Let’s fast forward to the year 2000.
I still did not follow politics, but I kept up with most of the prophetic words spoken by leaders in the Prophetic Movement. Bob Jones spoke a prophecy which grabbed my attention: “A burning bush will come out of Texas and be elected president of the United States.”
Jones prophesied these words before George W. Bush had even entered the presidential race as a Republican candidate.
I began paying more attention to politics when Bush became the Republican nominee for president.
The contentious presidential election ended up being decided by the U. S. Supreme Court when it declared George W. Bush the winner of Florida. Interestingly enough, Bob Jones had prophesied that Florida would be the pivotal state with the difference being a scant number of votes.
Like Paul Cain’s prophecy in 1992, Bob Jones gave specific reasons why the Lord was electing George W. Bush to the presidency. The Church needed to pray for President Bush and his administration for these divine reasons to be fulfilled.
The 2000 presidential election hooked me into following politics again. I listened to conservative talk radio when I rode in our vehicles, watched Fox News, read conservative websites, and followed the Prophetic Movement leaders.
The 2004 presidential race did not sneak up on me this time. I followed the primaries, debates, and the election as closely as possible. Many prophetic voices stated the importance of Bush winning the election was so he could fulfill his destiny as the “burning bush from Texas.”
President George W. Bush won reelection on November 2, 2004.
The years between President Bush’s election in 2000 and the 2008 presidential election helped set me up for my prophetic fiasco.
In the spring of 2008, I had a prophetic dream in which I saw the Lord’s hand on Senator Barack Obama. I felt the Lord would use Obama to help reveal sin to our nation’s inner cities. This revelation of sin would help set the inner cities free of four hundred years of spiritual abuse from demonic principalities.
But somehow I twisted this revelation into believing the presidential battle would be mainly over abortion, which is the number one killer of African-Americans. I prophesied on my Larry Who blog that Senator Obama and Senator Joe Biden, both pro-abortion candidates, would lose to Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin, both pro-life candidates, because God heard our prayers on abortion and was moving against the sin.
Everything seemed to be turning out as I prophesied until September 15, 2008. This was the day Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. The following day, the Federal Reserve authorized the $85 billion bailout loan to AIG.
Financial news then swirled out of control. The headlines pushed McCain/Palin to the background and the Democratic Party to the forefront, with the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 being enacted. This act established the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP.
McCain/Palin wilted on the campaign trail and Obama/Biden won in a landslide on November 4, 2008.
(The above is an excerpt from my memoir, The Hunt for Larry Who, Amazon eBook, © 2014 by Larry Nevenhoven)
(Continued in Part 14…if you are interested, the full series, which was written in 2014, may be seen here.)