Question: Paul Crouch and others on TBN have referred several times to a mysterious event which is to occur June 9, 1994, when all evil will be removed from earth. What are they talking about?
Response: According to a “Voice” which spoke “so loud and clear” to a pastor John Hinkle “that it sounded like a great bell” being rung in his ear, “Evil will be ripped from the earth” on June 9, 1994. Though this “Voice” was obviously not of God because it contradicted His Word, Paul Crouch excitedly promotes the idea and is praying for “further revelation.” The revelation has already been given in the Bible. Crouch’s attempt to correlate this “prophecy” with Matthew:13:24-43 betrays the astonishing credulity which characterizes those who are more enamored of “new revelation” than of Scripture. If Crouch would stop damning those whom he angrily labels “heresy hunters” and pay more attention to sound doctrine, he might come to see the importance of identifying heresy and even eliminate it from his network.
Christ’s explicit explanation of what He meant left no excuse for believing this “voice.” “The harvest” (v 30) is “the end of the world” (v 39) and only then will His angels “gather out of his kingdom…them which do iniquity” (v 41). Clearly, evildoers remain on earth until the end of the Millennium. That 1,000-year period ends with millions following Satan in his final attempt to take over the world and to destroy Christ (Rv 20:7-9), who has been ruling from David’s throne in Jerusalem (Zec:14:9, 16; Lk 1:32-33; Rv 20:4-6). We may be certain on the basis of God’s Word that 1994 will not see evil “ripped from the earth” and any “voice” that says so denies the Word of God.
Will Satan, in order to deceive, engineer some counterfeit removal of evil next June? Not unless that’s how he explains the Rapture. Whatever his ploy, Satan easily deceives those who follow the latest “prophecy” rather than God’s Word. It is so sad to see an international TV network used so often to promulgate false doctrine and to promote numerous false prophets who repeatedly and unrepentedly pronounce “in the name of the Lord” that which contradicts His Word and doesn’t come to pass.