by Stephen Whitney

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A True Prophet (3 of 3)
Series: Advent
Stephen Whitney
John 1:1-5, 14

One of the best known American astrologers and psychics of the 20th century was Jeane Dixon, due t her syndicated newspaper astrology column, some well-publicized predictions and her best-selling biography.

She is best known for allegedly predicting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In the May 13, 1956 issue of Parade Magazine she wrote that the 1960 presidential election would be won by a Democrate who would ''be assassinated or die in office.''

It is not generally remembered that she also said the death would not necessarily be in his first term.'' She later admitted, ''During the 1960 election, I saw Richard Nixon as the winner.''

She gained public awareness through the biographical volume, A Gift of Prophecy which was published in 1965 and sold more than 3 million copies. As a devout Roman Catholic, she attributed her prophetic ability to God.

She became so well known that John Paulos, a mathematician at Temple University, coined what he called the ''Jeane Dixon effect'' in which people loudly tout a few correct predictions and overlook false predictions.

Many of her forecasts proved false, such as her prediction that WW III would begin in 1958 over the offshore Chinese islands of Quemoy and Matsu or that labor leader Walter Reuther would run for presiden in 1964 and that the Soviets would land the first man on the moon.

People believed her because some of her prophecies came true and people are always wanted to know what will happen in the future. God warned his people Israel about believing every prophet that happened to come along. While we tend to think of a prophet as someone who predicts the future most of the time prophets called the people back to the Lord. In Hebrew, the word traditionally translated as prophet means proclaimer - one who told others what God said.

It is best described in Deut. 18:18 where God said, ''I will put my words in hi ...

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