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The Y2K Problem - Article

The Y2K Problem
By Andrew Wommack
Published January 1999
(Written December 1998)

I'm sticking my neck out. I've never done anything like this before, but I feel I must say something about the Y2K problem. My strength is not prophecy, but 30 years of seeking the Lord and studying the Word has produced a relationship with the Lord that I think at the very least, makes my opinion valid, and one to consider.

I don't believe the year 2000 computer bug is going to have a big impact. There are three main reasons why I believe this. First, I don't bear witness with it in my spirit. Our hearts can become hardened and insensitive to what the Lord is trying to say, but I don't believe that is the case with me. I've never been closer to the Lord and I don't have any feelings of apprehension or disaster over the computer problems that could arise.

On the contrary, I feel an excitement about the future and I sense the Lord is leading me to reach out as never before. That would be inappropriate if a major crash was coming on January 1, 2000, that would bring radio, television, commerce and life as we know it to a halt. If something as major as some predict was going to happen, the Lord would be showing it to His people and I'm not picking up on that.

Someone might say, "God is speaking to you through His prophets. Everyone is predicting serious problems." That leads me to the second reason why I don't believe the Y2K problem is going to be a major event. Those who are sounding the alarm are using fear tactics to sway people to their position. That certainly isn't true of everyone who has voiced a concern about this issue, but those who are making the most noise are causing fear and panic in those who receive their message. That's not the fruit of God's Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 1:7).

I was on a talk show in Dallas where the host of the show confronted me on this Y2K computer issue. He tried to justify using fear as a motivation by quoting Hebrews 11:7. That verse says, "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with FEAR, prepared an ark to the saving of his house . . . ." This verse does not say that Noah was motivated by fear or terror of the impending flood. This was a godly fear or reverence for the Lord. Noah did what he did out of respect and reverence for the Lord and the Word He had given him.

Jesus said you could determine the tree by the fruit it produces (Mt. 7:15-19). The fruit that is being produced by those who believe the Y2K scare, is panic and fear. That's not good fruit. When Joseph predicted the famine that was coming on the land of Egypt and instructed Pharaoh to prepare by storing food, there wasn't any panic. The message was actually delivered in a positive, uplifting way (Gen. 41:14-36). Joseph said God was giving Pharaoh a message of peace (Gen. 41:16). That's not the way the modern day messengers are presenting the Y2K problem. That makes me doubt that the Lord is the source of these predictions. In Joseph's time, God's people didn't make provision for themselves. God raised up Joseph and provided for the people through him. The household of Jacob or Israel wasn't aware of any impending famine. There was no panic.

The third reason I don't subscribe to the Y2K panic is because of the repercussions of the suggested courses of action. People are being told to stockpile food and water; to get generators and use wells; to withdraw their money from the banks and have everything in cash or gold. That's ludicrous. What's going to happen if you are the only person on your block with money, lights, food and water? I can guarantee that your neighbors aren't going to starve or freeze quietly. They will come after what you have. If the situation gets as bleak as some predict, you couldn't provide for everyone in your town, not even for a brief period of time. What are your options? Will you kill people in the name of the Lord to protect yourself and your family? I hope not.

If all the dire predictions did come to pass, I would just as soon be in the same boat as everyone else rather than kill or fight in the name of the Lord. What kind of witness is that? I don't see any precedent in God's Word for that type of action. That's not what Jesus would do. Hoarding is not the way to prepare anyway. "Give and it shall be given unto you" (Lk. 6:38).

Some people are saying that if the Y2K problems turn out to be minor, then no harm has been done. Just give away the stored food and get back into the swing of life, but that's not so. Great harm could be done to individuals and to the corporate witness of the body of Christ.

The secular world isn't sounding the alarm the way many people in the body of Christ are. I just talked to a Christian man with good credentials. He helped the Reagan administration produce the U.S. budget. He has been doing consulting with a firm that is dealing with the Y2K bug and they are saying there will be minor inconveniences at the worst. Christians are predominately the ones who are panicking. That doesn't sound right, does it? If all the predictions of global chaos are wrong, then Christians will look like fools and extremists. The world will see us as false prophets and that will further discredit us and our witness. That is not going to help bring people to the Lord.

I predict that if there are any big problems it will be caused by the panic of those who have believed the Y2K hoax. That could be serious. Financial markets could be hurt through panic selling. Food supplies and other things could be in short supply because of hoarding and panic buying in December of 1999. Mass hysteria has the potential of causing worse problems than the Y2K bug. That's what we need to be concerned about.

I'm not saying it's wrong to make simple, wise, preparations. I live in a rural area where the electricity goes off often. We have candles and wood burners and a stock of canned food in case we get snowed in, but we already have those things. There wouldn't be anything wrong with preparing for small emergencies whether there was a computer bug or not.

I heard on the news today of a strike that shut down the U.P.S. offices nationwide for eight hours. Last week there was a minor earthquake in San Francisco that shut off power to most of the city. There have been satellites that failed and disrupted communications for a while. There were major brownouts and blackouts in the last few years across America. These things happen whether it's the year 2000 or not. None of these things ushered in the end of the world and neither will the Y2K issue.

My banker just told me that our bank is Y2K compliant. Our electric company has notified us that it is compliant, as well as our credit card companies. Our ministry corrected this problem two years ago. It wasn't a big deal. If we could handle it, it seems like these big companies and the government can handle it.

I've been a Christian for 41 years and I've seen many predictions come and go. There was the "Jupiter Effect" in the early 90's that was going to destroy our communications and cause major problems. There was NO effect. There were the 88 reasons why Jesus would return in 1988. That didn't happen. The Soviet Union was the Gog and Magog that would attack Israel. That didn't happen. All the prophets missed predicting the end of the Soviet block and the Cold War. California hasn't fallen off into the Pacific Ocean (yet) and Florida was not destroyed because of Disney World.

We the church, need to stick to preaching the Gospel and touching people's lives with the love of God. We aren't going to scare people into the kingdom.

I'm not judging the motives of anyone who is preaching severe problems associated with the Y2K bug. I am saying that I think they are wrong. We will all know January 1, 2000. If I'm wrong, I'll say so. I wonder if those who are predicting disaster will apologize if they are wrong?

I've thought long and hard about whether to even mention these issues. It would be my preference to ignore it, but we've been getting inquires from people who are genuinely concerned and want some answers. Also, I've kept quiet in the past, and then when nothing came of the false prophecies, I tried to use that as an example to make a point, but no one was interested after the crisis had passed. So, I've gone on the record in advance.

It is time that the body of Christ grow up and get to the place that they aren't tossed to and fro with every doctrine that comes down the pike. We've got a job to do and have the greatest opportunities for spreading the Gospel, of any generation of believers that have ever lived on the earth. We don't need to be sidetracked with other issues that drain our energies and make us look like religious weirdos to the world.

Jamie and I are excited about this coming year. We aren't digging a fox hole and trying to hold our position. We are making an assault on the devil's position in the hearts of people. We are making a difference and we plan to make an even bigger difference.

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