By Sam Caldwell
“It is scary to think that there will be more believable false prophets than this man who will come. If the people are so trusting of this simple man, what will they do when greater false prophets arise with signs and wonders? Scripture will be fulfilled and many will be led astray.” –K.H.
If you have become worried by Dana Covertone’s prophecy, I want to give you 16 reasons to stop fearing, based on the Word of God. I want to encourage you to look to Jesus Christ in His Word for comfort in these difficult days.
I want to encourage you to consider that Dana Coverstone’s prophetic dream may not be all it is cracked up to be. He sounds like a very pleasant and thoughtful man, but that is not enough reason to take his prophecy and run with it. Isaiah warns us that there will be false prophets who “conceive and utter from the heart words of falsehood” (Isaiah 59:13). That means that false prophets may sound entirely sincere and pleasant.
If you have come to believe Coverstone’s prophecy, please ask yourself if you have also been doing what Christ commands of us at all times. Have you been attending church, reading your Bible, and praying during this time? Have you been sharing the gospel? Have you been caring for the needy and loving your enemies? What’s more, have you been evaluating Coverstone’s prophecy with Scripture? Or have you just accepted it as…probably true?
Here are some things to consider:
1) As a biblical Christian, you should not even begin to fear or believe Dana Coverstone’s prophetic dreams until you have evaluated them using the biblical tests of prophecy. You can find these tests in Deuteronomy 13 and 18:15–22, Isaiah 8:11–22, Jeremiah 14:13–22 and 23, 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, 1 Thessalonians 5:12–28, 2 Peter 2:1–3, and 1 John 4:1–6. Have you studied these passages?
2) In his now viral video, Dana Coverstone begins by reporting a dream 7 months after the fact. He claims to have had a dream predicting much of the outbreak of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter protests. This dream then “came true,” but he is only reporting it now. We have no way of confirming that he had the original dream. Coverstone tells us that we can ask the men in his church for confirmation. Has anyone asked the men in his church?
3) Coverstone now comes to us reporting new dreams “with that in mind,” meaning, with his past dream in mind. He claims the older (but unconfirmed) dream came to pass. That means that he is calling upon his past dream as his authority. The “truth” of that past dream is undoubtedly one of the reasons people listen past two minutes of his video.
He also calls on being a pastor, a husband, and a patriot as his authority. He mentions that he is well read and well travelled. While these are all admirable qualities, true prophets have no authority but the Word of God.
4) The lifeblood of the true prophet is the phrase “Thus says the Lord.” Dana Coverstone’s repeated phrase is “I saw.”
Coverstone uses the personal pronoun “I” over 110 times in the video. He mentions the name of Christ once.
5) Coverstone admits that he is “not a prophet” but then says that his dreams may have a “prophetic edge.” That gives him license to say crazy things that will scare people, without needing to take much responsibility for it. (See Todd Friel’s response which addresses this problem here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ga68SAfEbc)
6) Coverstone is giving us a conspiracy theory, not a prophecy. Conspiracy theories are when people claim to give hidden information about evil occurring in the world.
The Christian doesn’t need conspiracy theories. If you are a Christian, you are taught of God. You know that the world is full of evil, and you know that Christ is coming back in judgment. You do not need to waste time hearing the speculations of men on the state of the world. You know things are bad, and you know Christ is the answer.
Read the following Scriptures which instruct us to steer clear of conspiracy theories:
Isaiah tells us not to follow the fabricated fears that surround us, but rather to fear the Lord: “For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, ‘Do not say, “A conspiracy,” concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. The LORD of hosts, Him shall you hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread’” (Isaiah 8:11–13).
David tells us that God keeps his people from the plots and conspiracies of men. In light of this great promise, the people of God should not waste one moment worrying about what Dana Coverstone believes he has uncovered: “You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues” (Psalm 31:20).
7) The evaluation of prophecy and prophetic dreams should take place within the context of the local church (see 1 Corinthians 14:26–40). It is nearly impossible to evaluate prophecy from afar like this. That is because it takes a church body to evaluate prophecy (see 1 Corinthians 14:29–33). Coverstone instead evaluates his own prophecy as he is sharing it with the internet – with phrases like, “so to me it was emphasis.”
Sharing a terrifying prophecy like this can only serve to create confusion and to hurt the weakest among us. But “God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints” (1 Corinthians 14:33).
8) If Coverstone’s words were more closely based on Scripture, or on prophetic patterns in Scripture, it would be more feasible to evaluate this prophecy from afar.
Compare the studies of David Wilkerson. While we may not agree with everything he said, Wilkerson always sought to ground his messages in Scripture. Wilkerson is clear on the fact that he is not a prophet, but he sought to apply biblical prophecy to our day.
Wilkerson’s often helpful and edifying thoughts tended to follow this pattern: 1) he would discern a pattern in biblical events, 2) he would see that pattern being repeated in current world events, 3) he would point out the similarity, and 4) he would point out the inevitability that God’s dealings with parallel events will be very similar, because God never changes. (See, for example, the clip “America’s Sins Just like Nineveh” for an example of this way of thinking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDcnuQzC018&t=130s.)
9) The words Coverstone claims to hear from God are “Brace yourself.” These words need to be tested against Scripture – as the Bereans do with Paul’s words in Acts 17.
How does the phrase “Brace yourself” sound against these words of Jesus: “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1), “Fear not for I am with you, even until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20), “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34)?
How does “brace yourself” compare to Paul’s command, “Be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6)?
We should detect nothing of the voice of God in Coverstone’s phrase “brace yourself.”
10) Or is the phrase “brace yourself” a call to “gird up the loins of your mind” and brace ourselves in the sense of being “strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might”? The application of the prophecy that Coverstone gives reveals that he is not – at least in the first instance – calling for people to “brace themselves” in the sense of being strong in the Lord. He is instead calling for them to “take up arms,” “store up food,” and “obtain different types of currency.” So there again, “brace yourself” does not have biblical weight.
Instead of taking up arms, God’s people are in fact commanded to “put the sword back in its place” because “if we live by the sword, we will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). Jesus says that His kingdom is “not of this world,” and He says, “If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight” (John 18:36). Different Christians have different interpretations of these passages, but all Christians would be better served by preparing to die for Christ, rather than preparing to fight for Christ with fleshly weapons. Compare 2 Corinthians 10:4.
11) When evaluating prophecy or prophetic dreams, we ought to ask if such utterances build up the church. “Edification” or “the building up” of the church is the purpose of prophecy. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:3, “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men” (see also 14:12).
Coverstone’s prophecies are terrifying and are not serving to build up the church. If one is terrified by Coverstone’s prophecies, he or she should instead be directed to the strong words of consolation and endurance given in Scripture, for example: 1 Peter 4:7; Revelation 13:10; Matthew 24:9–13; 1 Thessalonians 5:8–10; and 2 Timothy 3:14 (these references thanks to D.E.).
12) It is not hard to predict more national chaos from September to November of 2020. Coverstone’s “fist punch” on November conveniently coincides with the November presidential election in the USA. It is not difficult to predict that there will be chaos over what occurs in that month. If Trump is reelected, that could cause much chaos. If Trump is not reelected, that could also cause much chaos. We may call the November part of Coverstone’s prophetic dream nothing but a bit of common sense (although he is sure to add “vultures like gargoyles” to terrify the weak among us).
13) Coverstone is blatantly American in his concerns and approach. The first set of “solutions” he presents in his video are American rather than biblical. For example, he suggests storing up food, getting your guns ready, and obtaining alternate forms of currency. That is the language of a militant American, not a Christian. It is a blessed thing to live in America, but Coverstone reveals his preference for red-white-and-blue over Calvary red.
True prophets are nationally impartial. The authority and approach of the true prophet comes from their eternal and almighty God, not from their national traditions and focuses. The way Coverstone mixes Christian and American advice should be a tell-tale sign that he is a false prophet (see Deuteronomy 13 and 18).
14) Following Coverstone’s prophetic dream is not a good use of time. It is the opposite of “redeeming the time,” which we are commanded to do in Ephesians 5:16.
Think about it this way: What if Coverstone’s dream is true? Will you be most prepared by worrying about it, or by being obedient to Jesus?
Watch Coverstone’s video, but then fly to Christ for better answers. Fly to Christ in prayer, in fasting, in repentance, in Scripture meditation. Go share the gospel with the lost! Go help the poor! Go befriend your neighbor! Go love your enemy! The Christian is not called to waste time on vain speculation. We have our marching orders. We should follow our Master’s clear commands – pray, read Scripture, share the good news, love God and love our neighbors.
15) Listen very carefully to what Dana Coverstone says at time marker 13:30 and following.
He says, “Make sure you endure to the end. Why? Because people ‘won’t endure sound doctrine.’ They’re going to…Some of you will hear me and say, ‘O man, he is on drugs or something.’”
Here he quotes 2 Timothy 4:3, which reads: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers.” Coverstone is equating his dreams with sound doctrine.
Be very clear here: there is a gulf of difference between this man’s dreams and the “sound doctrine” of God’s holy, perfect Word that Paul is speaking of. The very fact that this man equates his prophecy with “sound doctrine” proves that his prophecy is worth nothing.
16) It is far more likely that Jesus will return tonight than that anything Dana Coverstone predicted will happen. It would be far more helpful for Christians and non-Christians alike to think on the fact of Christ’s coming at any moment, rather than entertaining such empty, misleading, and selfish predictions.
“But of that day and hour no one knows…” Matthew 24:36