Thu, Aug 06, 2009 -- We have learned this morning that Ernie Knoll and his wife have changed their minds again. They once again believe the dreams really are from God. A letter from them is circulating which explains their position, shares additional dreams, and indicates that they plan to continue their ministry in an alternate form (now that For His People has rejected them.) We are highly disappointed in this latest turn. Our position at NotAProphet.org remains the same: the dreams are not from God.
Thu, Jul 23, 2009 -- That which we at NotAProphet.org have long believed and reported about Ernie Knoll has finally been acknowledged by Ernie to be true: his prophetic claims are fraudulent.
According to recent developments reported at Ernie Knoll's "4 His People" website and a supporting website bearing a very similar name, about a week ago a short note was released by Ernie and his wife stating that they no longer believe his dreams were from God. However, it was determined shortly thereafter by the Board of his ministry that Ernie had been deceptive on at least two points. Ernie and his wife have now been suspended from his ministry and his dreams and all related materials have been removed from his website, replaced with a heartfelt confession and apology by the Board.
Before I knew that Ernie had been intentionally deceptive, I gave him the benefit of the doubt and presumed he was "sincere, but sincerely wrong." Thus I wrote here. But now that the Truth is known more accurately, I am obliged to revise my words.
I sure am glad that I'm not Ernie right now. Jesus said, "It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones" (Luke 17:1-2). I cannot judge Ernie's motives. As a mortal being, I cannot read the heart clearly. From my perspective, what started out as the appearance of a sincere individual who wanted to follow the Lord, but who was vulnerable to a tremendous Satanic deception regarding the gift of prophecy, has ended in fraud and deception. Did he know all along that his dreams didn't come from God? Or did he begin to suspect it at some point along the way, but lack the courage to confess, and thus was led to hold out for as long as possible until he was exposed? We may never know until the Judgment.
I am ecstatic that Truth has finally prevailed. However, I do feel deeply concerned now for the spirituality of his followers. Some may continue clinging to his prophetic claim, ignoring or rationalizing these developments away. A much greater number will, as it were, swing the pendulum in the other direction and abandon their faith entirely.
This is what fanaticism does. People who are weak in judgment (and which of us isn't weak in one way or another?) come across a set of claims that look plausible, but have far-reaching implications if true. And the majority just doesn't seem to understand it. They determine that those claims are true, and bend all of their energies into following them. And all the while, Satan triumphs that he is luring some of Christ's followers to sail straight toward the rocky coast, not realizing the peril that their faith is in.
Some never realize their error until the ship of their faith is breaking to pieces right around them. Perhaps they pass away to the grave never knowing their error. With others, pride and ego are too all-consuming to humbly confess their wrong and continue with God's people.
The true-hearted, however, come to see their danger, repent, and turn their ships around. Though it may be rough sailing until they are back in safe waters, they determine to make it back, with God's help. And God does help them, for "all that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).
To all those who have believed and followed Ernie's claims, I want to say that I am sorry. I am sorry that you were not able to discern the Truth about Ernie sooner. I am sorry that the Church was not strong enough in the Scriptures to have given you greater spiritual discernment than it did. I am sorry that the leadership of the Church was not strong enough to confront Ernie before his dreams gained any notoriety. I am sorry that Ernie's dreams aren't from God, because the presence of a true Prophet of God is a tremendous blessing to the Church, and something to be hoped for. Indeed, this very thing is prophesied.
It is my sincere hope that those who have followed Ernie will take this as a lesson, humbly confess their wrong, and keep pursuing their Christian walk. Satan may whisper his lies to you in order to discourage you and keep you from your faith. But just as Christ repelled Satan in the wilderness by a "thus saith the Lord", so can you.
For the benefit of those who still believe Ernie's prophetic claim, and for historical purposes, this website will be left intact for now. The original text from this homepage is shown below. I want to express my gratitude to all of those who have supported this little website, sharing the news about it and helping translate it. And I especially want to thank Eugene Prewitt, Steve Wohlberg, and Linda Kirk for their thoughtful articles which make up the main body of text here.Sincerely,
Here is a note from Steve Wohlberg regarding the situation:
"Today (July 22, 2009) I learned that the 4 His People Board has finally determined that the dreams of Ernie Knoll have originated from Satan, and not from Jesus Christ. This is an answer to prayer! As stated by the board, I also want to encourage those who have believed in the dreams not to give up their faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is still in charge. He still loves us all. He is still coming soon to take us home. We still have a "more sure word of prophecy" (2 Peter 1:19). Now we all know a little more about the subtlety of Satan, and hopefully we can profit from this trying experience. May God help us all to remain faithful to our heavenly Master and to discern deception in these last days. Lucifer has not been cast into the lake of fire yet, and there are more delusions to come."Sincerely in Christ,
We, being concerned net-izens and seekers of Bible Truth, present to you this little website with some important information about a gentleman named Ernie Knoll. Since Spring 2005, he has had a series of dreams that he claims are inspired by God. He now has a ministry website called 4HisPeople, where he shares his many dreams. On the surface, these dreams sound true and in harmony with God's true prophets. Many have been convinced that Ernie Knoll's dreams are from God.
However, the Bible says in 1 John 4:1, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." And in Isaiah 8:20, it says, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
Thus, obeying these positive commands from Scripture, we have tried this particular "spirit", and we have firmly concluded that it is not from God. The "Herald" messenger in Ernie's dreams bears a striking resemblance to an evil angel, or perhaps Satan himself, clothed as an "angel of light" (2 Cor 11:14).
As you will see from the articles posted on this wesite, Ernie Knoll has admitted that he is not a very good Bible student. His writings portray that the way a Christian should recognize Truth is by visual cues, dreams, and impressions, not by the first criteria that has always been urged by God's true prophets: a diligent study of the Bible and obedience to God's Word. In fact, according to our sources, Ernie Knoll had had a very nominal relationship with God for decades before his first dream. And on the very night when his first dream occurred, he was cursing God and wishing to die. Furthermore, he has made at least two prophecies that have not come true, and he has plainly contradicted previous revelation on Tithing.
Rather than writing our own extensive documentation of the reasons for our conclusions, we here provide several documents that others have written for public viewing, which serve the same purpose.
Dear friend, if you have believed Ernie Knoll's claims, we beg of you to please examine the evidence presented on this website, and reconsider your position. Truth stands by itself and will bear the closest scrutiny. So, please read this website with prayer and an open mind. We, too, wish Ernie really did meet the tests of a prophet, and indeed many of us are looking for additional Prophetic gifts of the Spirit, and are hoping for the fulfillment of that prophecy in Joel 2:28 that "afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions." However, Satan knows what the Bible says too. Wouldn't he be very anxious to create a false fulfillment of this?
As for Ernie Knoll, the accounts that we have read indicate that he sincerely wants to serve God and to be a Christian. We believe this. However, even though a person may be sincere, this alone does not make their claims valid. We invite Ernie himself to investigate the points we present, prayerfully, and in all honesty and humility which all true Prophets have had in the past. We invite him to earnestly study the Scriptures, especially about the way in which God calls His prophets, their character, and the fruits that are the natural evidence of a genuine Prophet of God, in comparison with his own life and experiences. It is our sincere desire that Ernie will see his error, renounce the dreams and the spirit that is providing them, and take his dreams down from his website and replace them with a public statement of apology.