Brother Stair tells us of perhaps his first prophecy when he spoke at a meeting he was having that the place would be FILLED at that evening’s service.
Brother Stair tells that he said, “If this place is not filled tonight, then I’m a false prophet.”
Brother Stair testifies that is was not filled or even close. But went on to justify himself saying that it was filled with angels. Later, Brother Stair said that saying it was filled with angels would be an easy way out, so he said rather it was because he said “IF” that was the reason why his prophecy failed. To imply that he should have been more determined and clear in his declaration and it would have come to pass. Like some magic formula.
Declaring that his prophecy failed because he shouldn’t have said: “if”.
Brother Stair’s fault lies not in the word “if” but in that, he spoke presumptuously.
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. -Deuteronomy 18:22
This being an early prophecy of Brother Stair means that all following prophecies are not to be regarded or feared.