I don’t have time to build a case here today. I simply want to get this information out as soon as possible.
At hour 1:34:23 mark of the “FlashPoint LIVE Omaha | Mike Lindell, America & The Church (9/15/22),”https://rumble.com/v1kbltz-flashpoint-live-omaha-mike-lindell-america-and-the-church-91522.html, Hank Kunnamen speaks down about Christians who dare to say that America needs to repent by questioning how many would need to repent “to satisfy what YOU think is enough repentance for God to move.” And he goes on to say that just like Moses, “YOU as a person makes a difference in this country. And I don’t care how many people get up and demand that we repent for the ten thousandth time. THIS MAN IS STANDING BEFORE THE FACE OF GOD AND SAYING YOU WILL REMEMBER YOUR COVENANT AND YOU WILL SAVE AMERICA!!!!”
To this I will respond with Jeremiah 7, “1The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2“Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who enter in at these gates to worship the Lord!’ ” 3Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. 4Do not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these.’” What was going on here? The false prophets had been using the Temple as a sort of good luck charm, and had persuaded the people that God would never destroy His own Temple and thus would never have Jerusalem or the people overthrown. After all, God had to bless the place called by His name. He had made a covenant with them, and He could not and would not dare to break it. And the people believed these lying words.
Jeremiah 14 states, “13Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, the prophets say to them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you [b]assured peace in this place.’ ”14And the Lord said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, [c]divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart. 15Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, whom I did not send, and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not be in this land’—‘By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed! 16And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; they will have no one to bury them—them nor their wives, their sons nor their daughters—for I will pour their wickedness on them.’”
Fore indeed according to Jeremiah 23,
11“For both prophet and priest are profane; Yes, in My house I have found their wickedness,” says the Lord. 12“Therefore their way shall be to them Like slippery ways; In the darkness they shall be driven on And fall in them; For I will bring disaster on them, The year of their punishment,” says the Lord. 13“And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: They prophesied by Baal And caused My people Israel to err. 14Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; They also strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.
15“Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets:
‘Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, And make them drink the water of gall; For from the prophets of Jerusalem [f]Profaneness has gone out into all the land.’ ”
Even so, God Almighty reminds them in Jeremiah 7, “12“But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I set My name at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. 13And now, because you have done all these works,” says the Lord, “and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer, 14therefore I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. 15And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren—the whole posterity of Ephraim. 16“Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you…28“So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth. 29Cut off your hair and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on the desolate heights; for the Lord has rejected and forsaken the generation of His wrath.’”
How dare Kunneman (with those on stage and present in the audience agreeing), how dare he persuade the people that they and the nation need not repent??!! False prophet! He is a FALSE and LYING PROPHET!!!!!! I call you out! I say it like it is! False. You are FALSE!!!
And I warn all Christians everywhere to not listen to this man nor any message that he speaks nor any word of prophecy he may have. Do not take him seriously. He is a false prophet, prophesying lies in God’s name, and God will indeed deal with him.
Wake up Church!!! Wake up, oh Christian!!! Deception is rampant, and seducers are waxing worse and worse, deceiving an being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). Do not follow them! Hold fast to the word of God–the very word of God that washes us clean, that makes us without spot and without wrinkle!!!!! (Ephesians 5:26).
This article is a warning. It is a warning to Christians to begin right now practicing discernment. Don’t just accept something someone says as from the Lord because you agree with it or because it sounds good. We are to test the spirits behind that message to see if they are from God (1 John 4:1).
After finally getting to the beginning of the interview of Barry Wunsch who was supposed to “be discussing fresh revelation regarding Donald Trump, America, Canada, exposure of leaders and more…” according to the website summary, I realized there was something wrong. No, not with what he was saying necessarily. Actually, I cannot remember what he was saying because what he kept “doing” was so pronounced. As he began praying at about the 10 minute and 35 second mark, he made loud, strange outbursts. Immediately following the prayer he started sharing what he said the Lord told him early in the morning of September 22, 2022 at 4:56am. Of course I was trying to listen to what he was saying in order to weigh the words carefully, but was suddenly taken aback by more loud outbursts — lots of them. It was then that I no longer dismissed these outbursts but recognized them for what they are: demonic.
Andrew Strom a few years back exposed them as Hindu “kriyas” that “enlightened” individuals demonstrate involuntarily. This is explained in the youtube video produced by Andrew Strom called “Kundalini Warning” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r5fMUct_co&t=4s. Another short video taken from another of Andrew Strom is one entitled, “Bill Johnson, Bethel and the New Age — Shocking — Kundalini Warning — False Spirits,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wKPjf1mjb8
How does Kundalini manifest? According to https://occultist.net/kundalini-awakening-symptoms/ some of the many symptoms of Kundalini are “Involuntary movement of the body (occurs more often during meditation, during moments of rest or sleep): spasms, tremors, feeling of an inner force that pushes oneself to put oneself in postures or to make movements in unusual ways. (May be the case of a misdiagnosis such as epilepsy or “restless leg syndrome” or ekbom syndrome)” and “Spontaneous vocalizations (including laughter and crying) – as involuntary and uncontrollable as hiccups.”
The website https://www.whenkundaliniawakens.com/kundalini-awakening-symptoms also says that some of the many symptoms of Kundalini are “Constant insights and “downloads”…A sense of something moving inside you, like an electrical current or a bloodstream you can feel. At times it can feel like overflowing water, fire, or wind…Shaking of the entire body or involuntary jerking of different parts of your body known as “Kriyas”. Kriyas can also manifest as the body going into spontaneous Yoga poses – even if you never practiced Yoga before…Vivid dreams and lucid dreams.”
To wrap things up very quickly here, Barry Munsch is under the influence of Kundalini, and to put it in Biblical terms, a demon. No matter what good things he says or how much he says God woke him and spoke directly to him, do not believe a word he says. Kundalini and the Holy Spirit do not mix any more than salt water and fresh water mix. Once the salt water enters the fresh, the fresh is no longer fresh and has been rendered undrinkable. Even so, Barry’s words have been contaminated with a Kundalini manifestation rendering the words contaminated and unacceptable.
God is calling Christians to be holy and set apart, to be separated wholly unto Him. The good news right now is not that America will be made great again or that what is coming will soon pass or that God is not finished with America or that God needs America to spread the gospel. No. The good new and indeed the BEST news that there is is that Jesus is coming back for His Bride that has made herself ready. That in and of itself ought to propel the Bride forward to preach the gospel speedily, live a holy life rooted and grounded in the cleaning word of God, and to get up and lift up her head for her redemption is drawing near!! Let’s quit wasting our time, and instead, redeem the time for the days are evil (Ephesians 5).
It has been said time and again by Church leadership, specifically under the umbrella of the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation, also called Third Wave) that modern prophets are learning, and that even if their prophecies are incorrect this does not make them false prophets. And on top of this, these same leaders predict better days are coming for America. However, what does God say?
In Jeremiah 28 an interesting story unfolds. Before a group of people and priests, a prophet named Hananiah dramatically prophesied that God was going to break the Babylonian yoke of slavery off of the Jews. To make this more vivid, he placed a wooden yoke on Jeremiah, then took it off him and broke it. The prophet Jeremiah agreed, saying, “Amen: the LORD do so: the LORD perform thy words which thou hast prophesied,” (Jeremiah 28:6). However, he also added, “Nevertheless, hear thou now this word…the prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him,” (Jeremiah 28:7a, 9). Jeremiah agreed with him, but gave the disclaimer that everyone would know if the prophecy was true if it came to pass. Thus, he referred them back to Deuteronomy 18:20-22 which states, “And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?” (Deuteronomy 18:21). And God answers that if the prophecy does not come to pass, then the prophet has “spoken presumptuously” and the people are not to respect that person as a prophet. First John 4:1 agrees with this when it says that we are “not to believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Many false prophets. Many.
The story in Jeremiah then takes a twist. God speaks to Jeremiah at home, telling him to go back to Hananiah to tell him the yoke is made of unbreakable iron. “Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now Hananiah, the LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust a lie…this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD. And Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month” (Jeremiah 28:15,16b-17).
So, let’s get this straight. Hananiah had thought he was right. “I am sure this prophetic word was well received by the people. It brought edification and comfort. It promised blessings and restoration. It spoke kindly to those who had suffered loss and assured the fulfillment of God’s promises. Most likely the people were praising God and some even weeping for joy” (John Bevere, “Thus Saith The Lord?” pg. 100). It did not seem even slightly false…………but…….. it was NOT a word from the Lord!
Not only was it NOT a word from the Lord, it taught the people to rebel against what God had said. For in Jeremiah 27, Jeremiah prophesied that the Jews were to serve Babylon and not resist. But they did not want to hear that! That certainly could not be a word from the Lord! After all, why would God say that they were to submit to a tyrant? Why would God want His people enslaved to Babylon? But, when Hananiah spoke, certainly that was the word of the Lord for it promised good and not evil, liberty and not captivity! The Jews were God’s chosen people, not slaves. The Messiah was to come through them, specifically through the line of Judah. God surely must be sending this deliverance and not chains. Thus, Hananiah’s arrogant words led the people to believe a lie and to rebel against what God really had said.
But then, perhaps, Hananiah had not been prophesying long. Couldn’t he have just gotten it wrong and yet not be a false prophet? He meant well, right? Perhaps he and all those dreamers just needed to be a part of a “school of the prophets.”
Here then is the real question. Is prophecy of the Holy Spirit or of man? If it is of man, then error is quite possible. But, if it is truly of the Spirit, then error is out of the question. God does not make mistakes.
It says in 1 Corinthians 12 that prophecy is amanifestation of the Holy Spirit. This means, that it is the Holy Spirit speaking through the person that is prophesying. Can the Holy Spirit get it wrong????? “The Holy Spirit is not in training, and He only speaks the true and the pure. The error comes when we speak when He has not or we are silent when He is speaking…Samuel, when he was only a boy, gave a pure and fully accurate prophecy his first time (1 Samuel 3:11-19). He did not have to “grow in the gift”.” (John Bevere, Thus Saith The Lord? pg 98).
The Holy Spirit DOES NOT EVER GET IT WRONG!
“In the latter days you will understand it clearly. I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied” (Jeremiah 23:20b-21). God goes on to say that He is “against those who prophesy lying dreams…and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them” (Jeremiah 23:32). Truly, “They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word,” Ezekiel 13:6. Wrong prophecy is divination, plain and simple. “Simply put, these prophets speak their own oracles as though they were God’s. Yet the words are not God’s but their own. This is another way of describing the imitation or counterfeit of the true prophetic word of the Lord” (John Bevere, Thus Saith The Lord? pg 90).
The Hananiahs, false prophets of a false hope, are not gone, but are living and well today. And there are many of them. There are modern day Hananiahs who prophesy with great fervor and emotion, and more often than not they are wrong. Dead wrong. Yet they have no fear of death, for they say that God does not judge them based on the O.T. any longer.
But….. God does not change, and He honors His word above His name (Psalm 138:2). Thus, “Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones shake…because of the LORD and because of His holy words. For the land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land mourns, and the pastures of the wilderness are dried up…both prophet and priest are ungodly; even in my house I have found their evil, declares the LORD. Therefore their way shall be to them like slippery paths in the darkness, into which they shall be driven and fall, for I will bring disaster upon them in the year of their punishment, declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:9a,c 10a, 11-12).
And indeed, the nations of the world have rejected God, and His judgment is descending like a tidal wave, even upon America. The rot goes deep. The filth is rampant. The degradation horrific. For it is not merely among the unsaved, but also the saved. But few see it. According to the film “Before the Wrath” only 18% of western Christians believe that Jesus will come back in their lifetime, and only 15% believe in core Christian tenants. The Laodicean church of the west thinks they have need of nothing, that they are safe — but they are not safe and must repent. “17Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” (Revelation 3)
For over 40 years all together the prophet Jeremiah prophesied, warning the people that Babylon would invade, kill, and take them captive, and then continued to prophesy after the invasion, calling the people to live peaceably under Babylonian captivity. But, ever step of the way the Jews rejected God’s word to them — first to repent and then to live blessed lives while in captivity. They firmly believed those who prophesied good things, that Judah would be made great again, that better times were coming, and that God would preserve them because of the Temple (Jeremiah 7:4). They were after all, God’s people. He would not abandon them. But God told them point blank, “…I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh,” (Jeremiah 7:14).
So, what happened to Shiloh? Psalm 78 tells us. “56Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God, And did not keep His testimonies,57But turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers; They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.58For they provoked Him to anger with their high places, And moved Him to jealousy with their carved images.59When God heard this, He was furious, And greatly abhorred Israel,60So that He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh,The tent He had placed among men,61And delivered His strength into captivity,And His glory into the enemy’s hand.62He also gave His people over to the sword,And was furious with His inheritance.63The fire consumed their young men, And their maidens were not given in marriage.64Their priests fell by the sword, And their widows made no lamentation.” And 1 Samuel 4 adds that 30,000 (vs 10) plus 4,000 (vs 2) died that day, including Eli’s sons, and the ark of the covenant was taken by the Philistines (vs 11).
What had God’s people done to warrant this? According to Jeremiah 7, they had oppressed the orphan, stranger, and widow, been unjust to one another, shed innocent blood, burned incense to Baal and followed after other gods, were a den of robbers, murders and adulterers, and felt they were justified in doing so because God’s Temple was in their midst.
Do you think that the Church is any different today? Do you think that idolatry is not rampant simply because we do not have idols made out of wood and covered with gold or silver? Are we not the most litigious society in the history of the world, dragging one another to court constantly? Are not the defenseless and poor oppressed? And what shall we say about the greed of both the poor and the rich, for no one is ever satisfied? Indeed, was not Baal the god of prosperity? And what of adultery? How many have divorced and remarried not taking into account what both Jesus and the Apostle Paul stated regarding this matter? What about sexual immorality, from couples having sex before marriage, to those living together before marriage, pornography, watching movies with sex scenes and/or nudity while excusing it by calling it art or it’s just what Hollywood produces, and the list goes on and on? And are not the blood of the innocent shed daily in our cities and towns, even in the name of scientific research and vaccines — and most of us have had one vaccine or another that has aborted fetal tissue in it? And still others have voted for and elected politicians who defended killing babies without even blinking an eye.
And while the Titanic of America sinks into the frigid, icy ocean, Christians continue planning their vacations and job promotions or retirement, and hopes for tomorrow. Like Judah, they are in denial, and fully persuaded by an indomitable hopefulness that America will be spared God’s judgment, that somehow our grave evil will be overlooked because of the goodness of our past. But Shiloh was not spared. Judah was not spared.
As the darkness deepens, the false prophets of the NAR prophesy a false hope to the cancer ridden, dying nation of America are trusting “…in lying words, that cannot profit,” (Jeremiah 7:8). Just as Jeremiah spoke boldly to a his own dying nation of believers who did not want to hear such hard truth, even so American Christians do not want to hear that this nation once “under God” is falling under His judgment in their lifetime. The Constitution has already fallen, and everything else is about to fall: the economy, the American dream, the glory of America . . . And judgment starts first at the Lord’s sanctuary (Ezekiel 9:6).
Jesus is coming soon. It is time to wake up. It is time to repent. it is time to pray. It is time to be ready.
The Bible recounts that a place by the name of Bethel, meaning “house of God”, had been incredibly special and important. It was the place of Abraham’s communion with God (Genesis 12:8), the location of the heavenly staircase upon which Jacob perceived angels ascending and descending (Genesis 28:10, 19), where the Israelites went to seek God’s council in troubled times (Judges 20:18 Judges 20:31; 21:2), where the ark of the Covenant was protected by Phinehas (Judges 20:26-28), and was one of the places where the prophet Samuel judged the people (1 Samuel 7:16). It was a holy place. It was a blessed place.
But Bethel did not remain pure and holy, for it fell head over heals into idolatry when Jeroboam set up a golden calf in its midst (1 Kings 12:28-13:1) and told Israel that it was their god. And thus the prophet Hosea (Hosea 4:15, 5:8, 10:5, 8) calls it Beth-aven, “house of idols.” No longer was it a place where God dwelt and met with His people. Rather, it became a place wherein evil was welcomed with open arms, the exciting and exotic rites of Occultism were practiced openly, and where the people sought the aide of any god but God while not at all discerning the difference.
In Acts 16:16-24 a story is recounted of Paul, Silas, Luke and other Christians who were being closely and daily followed around by a young woman who was declaring, “These men are servants of the Most High God which show unto us the way of salvation” (vs 17).
Now, what is wrong with this statement? Sounds inspired, doesn’t it? It appears completely sound in doctrine, doesn’t it? So, why then is Paul troubled and thoroughly fatigued (1278) by her? I mean, wasn’t what she was saying making the people listen to Paul? Wasn’t it drawing them to Jesus?
The Spirit of Python
No. She was possessed by the spirit of puthon. Puthon sometimes called Python, was a serpent that the Greco-Roman god Apollo was said to have slain, but then manifested at a place called Delphi through a young woman for the purpose of prophesying. (https://ehistory.osu.edu/articles/oracle-delphi) And though the instruction was more often than not cryptic and vague, the oracle at Delphi was still considered to be so accurate that commoners and influential people alike from all around would seek to divine their future through her. But puthon was not of God. Puthon was demonic.
In other words, it was not what the young woman said that was wrong. The words she spoke were not wrong. Please, notice that. The average listener would not hear anything amiss. But, the spirit behind the prophetic words was evil, and Paul through discernment, knew this. The spirit wanted to attach itself to the Christian message and become revered by the Christian ministers and all listening, in order to gain the trust of believers and to attain greater prestige. The Gospel was forcefully advancing, and many were coming to Christ, and the spirit of Python wanted to be apart of it in order to draw attention to itself and steal Christ’s glory.
This Present Darkness
It is no different today. For, there is a deep darkness that has descended over the modern day house of God worldwide. The tares are growing up prolifically among the ears of wheat, and great deception is pervading with increasing energy and perseverance. There is a hybridization taking place, a mixing and mingling of Christianity until little of Christ is left except a shell void of the life that once dwelt there. Though many may nod knowingly regarding this apostasy, very few actually regard the specifics and far reaching, tentacled, many headed hydra that has overtaken the Church. A spiritual genetic manipulation has and is in effect taking place, and most are too apathetic or mesmerized or sleepy to notice or care.
But, I must ask, is it at any time acceptable for Christians to use tarot cards or Ouija boards? What about practicing necromancy or divination or any other type of Occultism? Is any of that blessed by God at any time or under any other name? How about being filled with “drunken glory” exemplified by staggering and slurred speech? Would you be comfortable with the belief that there are “precious” treasures of New Age mysticism that we as Christians must reclaim and fully utilize? What about the teaching that Jesus was completely emptied of His godhood while here and thus was only a man? What about the teaching that Jesus was the first one to be born again?
Our God is a holy God, and He commands that we are to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). And this holiness is to pervade every aspect and facet of our daily lives, from what we watch, what we think about, what we listen to, what entertains us, what and who motivates us, and what type of teaching and teacher we heed. Indeed, even as the saying goes “garbage in, garbage out”, so it is with the spiritual food we receive, whether deliberately or inadvertently. That which we take into our spirits, does eventually produce fruit of some kind – good or bad depending on what type of spiritual food we ingest.
We so quickly and easily say that we have the Holy Spirit and that He will not allow us to go astray. And yes, as Christians we do have the Holy Spirit who will lead us into all truth – if we are abiding in His word (John 16:13). For indeed, we are still sheep, and we can still be “drawn away” by the desires (James 1:14) of our hearts that are deceitful above all else (Jeremiah 17:9). We are still called on by the Savior to be diligent and of a sound mind. Thus, James implores his Christian readers saying, “do not be deceived” (James 1:16). For as Peter states in 2 Peter 2, “1But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”
Deception has been around since the snake in the garden, but it grew thick and fast after Jesus’ resurrection and the commencement of the Church age. This deception has not been outside of the Church, but inside. That is why Peter, Paul, John, James, and others in Scripture warned believers to beware and be on guard constantly. Even Matthew 24:1 relates, “3Now as He [Jesus] sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”4And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you…” Again, this is addressed to believers. This is addressed to us.
The Problem of Cognitive Dissonance
Most if not all who read what I’ve just stated above will be nodding their heads quickly in agreement to such a general statement. But, the moment that one gets specific and begins to point out who or what is false and why, people start to stiffen, resist, and disagree. Why? We get uncomfortable as soon as the information hits too close to home, in other words, touches on a ministry or minister that we like. That is the nature of each of our hearts. That is the nature of deception. And that is precisely how Satan preys upon Christians.
Here’s the deal. Do you want the truth? Do you want it even at the expense of losing names and faces that you have looked up to and trusted? Do you want the truth even at the expense of realizing that you were fooled by them and their smooth words? Do you want the truth more than signs and wonders? Do you?
Deception in Plain Sight
Well, there is a specific church, a specific organization, a specific movement, a specific ministry, a specific man that is propagating a now widespread deception in the Church. Yes, they truly do believe that they are “reclaiming” Hindu/New Age teachings as if they at first belonged to Christianity, and are teaching and inspiring other Christians to do so too. This includes the use of Ouija Boards aptly renamed Angel Boards, Tarot Cards aptly renamed Destiny Cards (and now there are Destiny Pants too), Necromancy renamed grave soaking/sucking/mantle grabbing, and Eastern Meditation practices now aptly renamed Contemplative Prayer or Soaking Prayer which leads to Kundalini enlightenment, and people are staggering and stammering about in a so-called “drunken glory”. But of course they do not call it Kundalini (the nine headed serpent power/wisdom of the Hinduism of India, https://icrcanada.org/learn/historicalbasis/kundaliniindia). Rather, they call it the Holy Spirit. And the manifestations of this Kundalini are as follows: “Unholy laughing, uncontrollable laughing, involuntary falling, jerking, roaring, barking, hissing, crying, body contortions, shaking, muscle twitches, spasms, postures or moving one’s body in unusual ways, drunkenness,” (“Lindsey Davis’ Heart Cry for Bethel’s Correction,” pg 29, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jTWy8zJMf4X13maBE2SXRLT2-ACM7MCf/view). And then there is the walk through the “fire tunnel”, wherein Kundalini is imparted and people begin to thrash about like the demon possessed/oppressed because they are, but they believe it to be an encounter with God.
On top of this, the one propagating the above is also a teacher of false doctrine regarding Jesus, for it is taught that Jesus while here was only a man and was completely emptied of His divinity/godhood, and that Jesus was the first one born again. The reasoning presented is that if Jesus had not been merely a man, then we as humans could not hope to do the miracles that he did. But, because Jesus was only a man then we can do what he did. One of those spiritual manifestations is that of prophecy, only one does not need to be 100% accurate. And in this organization’s school of ministry (which is increasingly popular), they will not allow any student to graduate until they have prophesied three times incorrectly.
Does this even sound Christian or doctrinally accurate? What good can come from this?
In spite of these horrors, this organization and its founder are highly venerated among charismatic Christians, and big name Christian leaders visit his church for conferences, worship gatherings and the like. This individual is viewed as a respected leader among Pentecostals and charismatics, and is even included on the Global Council leadership team of Empowered21. Empowered21 states that it “is a global movement which aims to…Promote the empowerment of the Holy Spirit on all believers and the empowerment of the generations to serve God…The vision is for everyone on Earth to have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit… by Pentecost 2033”. (https://digitalshowcase.oru.edu/e21archive/; https://empowered21.com/about/; https://empowered21.com/about/global-leaders/)
First of all there is nothing wrong with this vision. I myself am Pentecostal. There, the cat’s out of the bag on that one! But, at this point it is imperative that you know this. I am not merely charismatic. I am Pentecostal. I believe that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 began then and continues today, and that the manifestation of the Holy Spirit as explained by Paul in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12-14 are still for the edification of the Church today. Thus, the noble goals of Empowered21 are good.
But, the goats have mixed in with the sheep, the tares with the wheat. This man is a counterfeit, and is apart of a much larger, approved of movement that is polluting the Body of Christ with lies garbed in prophetic words, dreams and visions and decorated with flashy promises of good to come and hit or mostly miss emotionally charged prophetic utterances. The deception of this group is far-reaching and deeply entrenched in the Church, poisoning it from the inside out. For, even if it tastes good, looks good, and smells good, it is still poison.
The movement is the New Apostolic Reformation, also referred to as the acroym NAR.
The man’s name is Bill Johnson, and his church’s name is Bethel, also called Bethel Redding or Bethel Church Redding.
Much can be found online regarding Bill Johnson, his links with the NAR, the Toronto Blessing (so-called), Rick Joyner and other NAR apostolic leadership, the Three Rivers/Latter Rain/Dominionism/Manifest Sons of God/Seven Mountains Mandate beliefs, etc., but this article is not for the purpose of summarizing these nor the heresy of this movement. Rather, it is to point out a very overlooked yet overwhelmingly prevalent fact. Jesus stated in Matthew 7:18, “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” There is something that springs from the source of this heretical church and movement, something that grows from its roots, and that is inseparable from this corrupt Bethel tree.
What is this corrupt fruit of Bethel church in Redding, California? Bethel Music and Jesus Culture.
How can such incredible music and such moving lyrics come from such a polluted, cult-like church? How can they sound so Christian, when they are led by the guru-like teaching of Bill Johnson who propagates a false doctrine and advocates Occult and New Age practices?
Lucifer: Worship Leader
Let’s remember this very important fact: Lucifer was a worship leader in heaven. In Ezekiel 28:13 he is said to have been made with timbrels and pipes, and in Isaiah 14:11 it goes on to say that the sound of his stringed instruments and music were silenced in the day he was taken down to Sheol. Thus, it is said that Lucifer was made up of all three types of musical instruments that we use today (percussion, wind, and strings).
But one day, he polluted his sanctuaries by the iniquity of his “trading”. This “trading” or “merchandizing” that Lucifer did, according to Pastor Zev Porat, a Messianic rabbi whose first language is Hebrew, was actually stealthily and secretly keeping back part of what rightfully belonged to God – namely His worship – while making it look like all of the worship had been given to God. (“Satan’s Days are Numbered – Messianic Rabbi Zev Porat Teaches,” November 5, 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNs2adgR4gc).
Really, this is exactly like what Ananias and Sapphira did in Acts 5. They covertly embezzled (nosphizo, 3557), deceptively held something back when they said they given all of it to God. And, does the spirit of this not align with Matthew 4 when it says, “8Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.””
Would Satan, who led in worship in heaven not also be well-versed in what worship ought to sound like, be worded like, even feel like? Wouldn’t he then who is a deceiver also be very excellent at mixing truth with a subtle lie, mingled with powerful music that stirs the soul so that one overlooks the error, lets down their guard, and sings on with the mesmerizing melody? Is Lucifer not adept at appearing as an angel of light? (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Are you shaking your head in disbelief? Are you underestimating the devil, that ancient serpent (Revelation 12:9)?
Now…back to Bethel.
Bethel church, filled with error and heresy, a church endorsing Occult practices, advocating New Age manifestations, a church apart of the New Apostolic Reformation which calls their leadership super apostles and prophets who also back false prophets and false teachers including Bill Johnson, and who advocate all unfiltered, untested supernatural signs as being from God, all while calling themselves Christian, has now given birth to a music revolution.
“From 2009 to 2013, Bethel Music rapidly grew from being a relatively small local church music ministry to becoming a fully-fledged record label and publishing company, featuring songwriters and worship leaders based out of Bethel Church in Redding, California” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethel_Music). “Bethel Music is an American record label and publishing company associated with Bethel Church, led by Bill Johnson’s son Brian Johnson. Its music was among the most played contemporary worship music in American churches in 2019 and its albums have reached the BillBoard 200 multiple times. Bethel Music has many songs with tens of millions of views on Youtube, and two with over 100 million views as of 2019. The live performances of its songs are characterized by extended duration with much repetition and emotion.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethel_Church_(Redding%2C_California) And furthermore, they have mixed and mingled with many well-meaning, godly worship teams worldwide, rubbing shoulders with and sharing platforms and songs, thus presenting themselves as legitimately Christian and legitimately inspired.
Not Just Music
Some may say, it’s just a song. It’s just music. The words sound okay. I feel good when I sing it. It feels like the Holy Spirit to me. It’s not teaching doctrine.
In Acts 17:11 the Berean group of people were praised for being noble minded in their daily research of Scripture to see if what Paul said was true. First of all, think about that. The Apostle Paul was scrutinized. The man of God who was Holy Spirit inspired, had his words investigated by the Bereans to make sure that what he was saying was true. It’s not that they were suspicious of him. They actually really believed and wanted to believe what he said. But, they wanted the whole truth and nothing but the truth more than anything else.
If they did this to trustworthy, Spirit-inspired, Apostle Paul, how much more ought we to do this when it comes to the worship leading and instruction of fallible teachers and worship leaders.
Furthermore, worship songs are not just songs. In Colossians 3:16 we read, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” It is clear from this passage that songs teach the Church. They give instruction. They present doctrine in poetic stanzas, set to stirring music. Songs are not just songs. Music is not just music. They sculpt us, mold us, make us, warn us, reinforce us, and inspire us.
This being the case, it is imperative to know what a song is communicating, who the human author is, and what spirit is behind it.
Python: The spirit behind the music
The spirit behind Bethel church is a false Holy Spirit. The Jesus of Bethel church is a very human Jesus who was not divine while on earth, was the first one born again, and who taught all people how to become christs on earth. Demonic manifestations are attributed to the Holy Spirit, and lying signs and wonders entrance the masses (angel feathers, gold dust, gem stones, fire tunnels, etc.).
The authors of Bethel worship music and Jesus Cultureare attenders of this very same Bethel church, and are disciples of Bill Johnson and followers of the Bethel Jesus, and their music and lyrics flow from this same spirit and influence – even an angel of light.
And so we come back to the spirit of Python and the oracle at Delphi who called out that Paul and his Christian companions were men of God, declaring the way of salvation. She was already considered prophetic. Her utterances were revered. And, her words regarding the apostles were accurate. But, the spirit behind the words was demonic. The spirit of Python was at work seeking to deceive everyone into believing that he and the Holy Spirit were one and the same, that he was on the same team as Christians. Python wanted to blur the lines, to be accepted by Christians and all religions, and thus to steal God’s glory for himself.
But, God does not share His glory (Isaiah 42:8). God does not like mixtures (Exodus 34:12-16; Leviticus 19:19; Numbers 25; Ezra 9:12; Deuteronomy Deuteronomy 7:3-4; 22:9-11; Ezra 10; Nehemiah 10:28-30, 13:23-27). God does not like compromise. God does not like the blurring of very clear lines that have been drawn in the sand. Thus, God is exposing this spirit of deceptive divination yet again, forthe spirit of the NAR prophetic movement and Bethel church Redding and Bethel music is nothing more than the spirit of Python drawing attention to itself, the seething of Lucifer stealing worship from God.
Are we being tested?
While the Lord does not tempt us to sin, could He possibly be constructively testing us? As it says in Exodus 13, 1“If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ 3you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” In other words, it sounded right, but, the spirit behind it was evil. Discerning is not always cut and dry. And believe it or not, God allowed for this in order to test the quality of the hearts of His people, like fire tests metal not for the sake of destruction but to temper it.
The line drawn in the sand by Moses thousands of years ago at the foot of Mount Horeb is still in the sand before us today, and his words still echo loudly and clearly above the beat of drums and strum of guitars saying, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come to me” (Exodus 32:26).
Good fruit cannot come from a bad tree, and a bad fruit cannot come from a good tree. Can we trust anything that comes out of the serpent-inspired rot of Bethel Church in Redding, California or even the NAR movement?
Dealing with Those Steeped in Deception
Now, regarding those more deeply deceived by the entrancing teaching and feel-good prophecies of the NAR and who are lulled by the spell of Bethel, remember the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4, “1I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction.3For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires. 4So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” And finally, the epistle of Jude says, “17But you, beloved, remember what was foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ18when they said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow after their own ungodly desires.” 19These are the ones who cause divisions, who are worldly and devoid of the Spirit. 20But you, beloved, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in the love of God as you await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you eternal life. 22And indeed, have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; and to still others show mercy tempered with fear, hating even the clothing stained by the flesh.”
There are those who have left Bethel and the NAR. There are those who truly loved Christ and His word more than all else, and eventually they saw through the facade. So, please do not give up on praying for those ensnared right now. The Holy Spirit is still working. More will make their exodus. As Jesus said, ““If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” (John 8:32)
O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
But then, what do we do with seemingly sincere, evangelistically minded people like Sean Feucht (who attended Bethel and also ministered there in the past) and Mario Murillo (who is in thick with the NAR)? Neither of them are false prophets, the gospel they preach is Biblically sound, and many are coming to Jesus through their outreaches. However, they do respect and work alongside of false prophets and false teachers and questionable worship leaders. And this goes for Pastor Louie Giglio, worship pastor Kristian Stanfill, singer Keri Jobe, Evangelist Perry Stone, worship leader/song writer Darlene Zschech, the Daystar television network and the Lamb family (who have brought great truth to many concerning the vaccine etc) and others who also lend credence to Bethel. These are brothers and sisters in Christ have obviously been deceived into believing that Bethel and the NAR is genuinely and unquestionably Christian. After all, Bethel and the NAR sing to Jesus; they pray to Jesus; they seem close to God because they have spiritual manifestations; they have visions and dreams and trips to heaven and have eavesdropped on important conversations of God on His throne.
Speaking of Christians who have not yet seen through the “glory cloud” smoke screen of Bethel and the glitz and glamor of dreams of heaven and lying signs and wonders of the NAR, these are still our fellow Christians, and God loves them immensely. Let us remember that just because we can see through the flashy facade, there is something else in our life that we either at one time could not see through but now do, or that we even now are deceived about. How many times have I felt I was immune and years go by, and then one day I see. And when I see, my heart is pierced through with the grievous thought that I had thought I was so right, when in reality, I was so terribly wrong. This does not excuse someone else’s deception. But, it ought to change our attitude and approach of them regarding that deception.
Second Timothy 2:24-25 clearly explains concerning the correction of fellow Christians that “24…a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26and that they may come to their senses andescape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”
O think of God’s great patience in teaching and instructing us! O how gentle He is with each of us, so adept at correcting and disciplining the ones He loves. O how much Jesus loves us! As the voice of Samuel T. Francis’ heartfelt hymn still resounds and reaches the depths of hearts today with the words,
“O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore! How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own; How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hzYKovRsJ8)
This being said, what do we practically do regarding these deceived fellow Christians? Do we follow their ministry? Do we include their songs in our worship lineup in church? Do we go to their conferences, attend their churches, or buy their books and CDs?
Just before the book of Revelation is released upon the world, Jesus inspects each of His seven churches. First of all, each of them is Christian. Each of them is a Church. Each of them is beloved of Christ, so much so that He has John pen the letters to them. After all, He disciplines those whom He loves (Hebrews 12). But, of the seven only 2 are pure, and 5 are called to repent. Repent of what? Imperfect works. What does this mean? They all compromised, and were found wanting. And before the full Revelation of Christ, Jesus calls His churches away from their compromise, away from their mixture, and to repentance.
Even so, the Passion Band along with the Passion City Church, Daystar television, Hillsong, and a host of other well-known names have come alongside Bethel, calling them brother and sisters in Christ, when in reality Bethel’s leadership follows another Jesus — just like Muslims and Mormons.
Some may rightly assert that God is using these bands and evangelists and pastors for His glory anyway. True. But, let us also remember that God used Judas Iscariot, Balaam and Pharaoh and the devil. Interestingly enough Paul said in Philippians 1, “15Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.”
These well-meaning Christians are not who Paul is referring to, nor are they evil. I do not mean to even slightly imply this. Rather, what I do mean is that God so often takes what the enemy means for evil and turns it for good. But that truth does not give any Christian license nor a legitimate excuse to be deceived.
These brothers like Mario Murillo and Sean Feucht appear to be in fellowship with those who serve another Jesus — a New Age, feel good, “drunken glory,” “grave sucking”, mere man who needed to be born again, spouting false prophecies and boasting about trips to heaven and visions and dreams kind of Jesus. It doesn’t look good.
Is this any different than Jenkins’ inability to discern the false Jesus of the Mormons? Is this any different than Warren’s inability to discern the false Jesus of the Muslims?
Second Corinthians 6 says it best, “14Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”
17Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” 18“I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.””
Indeed, are we not to “21Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil,” (1 Thessalonians 5)? Need anything more be said?
I am grieved beyond words over all of this. I do not revel in revealing any of this. My heart is broken. I hate deception and the unholiness and division that it causes. I am sickened that is tainting large numbers of churches and Christians. I especially am deeply troubled over those who are not troubled over this information, but instead defiantly reject the truth. It seems that the knowledge of good and evil is a terribly weighty burden.
Knowing the Genuine
Furthermore, I am not approaching this from the vantage point of someone who is against the manifestations of the Holy Spirit. I grew up a Pentecostal and have experienced the Biblical manifestations from a young age. It is precisely this knowledge and experience of the genuine that has enabled me to recognize the counterfeit. For not everything supernatural is of God.
In conclusion, let us remember the alarming words of Jesus that “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). Please note the word, “many”. These “many” are people who considered themselves Christians. These are people who thought they were operating in the power of the Holy Spirit. And, they were “many”. This word in the Greek polys (4183) means that this is a multitude. This is not a handful of well-meaning people. Rather, this is an exorbitant amount, a very and extremely large number, for the word “emphasizes the quantity involved” (https://biblehub.com/greek/4183.htm).
Please, please understand how important it is to be discerning. After all, if countless numbers who performed and are performing wonders and speaking countless prophetic utterances can be so deceived, couldn’t any of us be too?
This message is beyond humbling, and is a piercing warning to those who will heed it.
It is time, body of Christ, to be grieved like Paul and to discern that the angel of light is at work right now. It is time to quit abiding unholiness of any kind in God’s house. It is time to quit legitimizing it by accepting it as a new normal, even as Christian when it is not. It is time to quit pampering Python and his need to usurp what is God’s. It is time to stop singing along to the mesmerizing pied piper of our day. It is time to be wearied to the point of complete fatigue by it all, and to turn and rebuke it. In a day of hybrids, syncretism, ecumenism, and prolific deception, it is time to rally on the Lord’s side of pure spiritual genetics, to be like zealous Nehemiah as we keep our house of God, even our Bethel, holy and undefiled.
Jesus is coming soon! It is time to be ready!
Holy Light Ministries
Nehemiah 13:14, “Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for its services!”
– This is an excellent video that every Christian should watch. It documents and exposes the New Apostolic Reformation, its leadership, and the Kundalini serpent spirit that works among them in the name of the Holy Spirit.
— Addresses the topics of Militant Christianity, Word Faith, Roman Catholicism, The NAR, Hinduism, Mormonism, and the New Age and their commonly held belief that we are little gods, that Jesus “assumed our nature that he might make men gods”, and that we are going to make the world better in order for “Jesus” to return. Madam Guyon, EW Kenyon, John G. Lake, and William Branham are discussed and their significance in the lives and philosophies of the leadership in the NAR movement.
Kim Ferris is also interviewed intermittently throughout this video as well. At the approximately the 49 minute mark, she explains how the Holy Spirit revealed to her the importance of “testing the spirits” and reminded her that satan comes as “an angel of light.”
Bill Johnson and Bethel Church (in General)
Bill Johnson is a 5th generation pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California. Bethel Church was established in 1952, and became affiliated with the Assemblies of God in 1954. Bill Johnson’s father Earl Johnson had been the pastor just prior to Bill.
In 1995 just before Bill became a part of the pastoral staff of Bethel Church, he attended the Toronto Blessing which was one year into its “holy laughter” movement started by the visit of Randy Clark (who was influenced by Rodney Howard-Browne). In 1996 Bill Johnson became head pastor of Bethel church in Redding, California, and though church leadership unanimously agreed with Bill Johnson’s vision for Bethel, upwards to 2000 members did not and left.
Soon thereafter, they began the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry under the leadership of Chris Vallatton. And though Johnson has tried to distance himself from the NAR, even openly denying being apart of any such thing, rosters of NAR guest speakers at Bethel, pictures of NAR apostles with Johnson gathered for special NAR ceremonies, quotes, publications, and other evidence speak louder than his words. He is very much apart of the New Apostolic Reformation, and in complete agreement with their beliefs of Dominionism, Seven Mountains Mandate, Manifest Sons of God, and so forth based on his own spoken and written words.
Quote: “The predictions alleged to come straight from God’s own mouth say that the three conglomerates, Bill Johnson’s Bethel Church in Redding, California, Mike Bickle’s International House of Prayer (IHOP) empire, and the Toronto church are three rivers that must flow into one.”
– This is an excellent video that every Christian should watch. It documents and exposes the New Apostolic Reformation, its leadership, and the Kundalini serpent spirit that works among them in the name of the Holy Spirit.
Quote: “…NAR, the New Apostolic Reformation. … It is like Grape Nuts – it’s not grapes and it’s not nuts. It’s like Christian Science – it’s not Christian and it’s not scientific. Well, the New Apostolic Reformation isn’t new, it isn’t apostolic, and it isn’t a reformation. But it is a rapidly expanding movement being generated by some of the same old troubling false teachers and false leaders that have been around in Charismania for decades, always dishonoring the Holy Spirit, always dishonoring the Scripture, always claiming miracle signs, wonders, visions, dreams. ~ John MacArthur
Quote: “This term was first used by C. Peter Wagner. According to him, the roles of apostles and prophets, which had been lost after the first century, were restored in 2001.”
Among their core beliefs are of the seven mountains mandate, extra biblical revelations that do not have to align with the word of God, and that of Dominionism to name a few.
Quote: ““Dominionism“: when Jesus came to earth, he brought down the kingdom of heaven with Him and is waiting for Christians to take control (again) over the world, snatching it from Satan’s hands. They have to bring peace and prosperity to the world; only then will Jesus come to be crowned”
Quote: “Many well-known pastors and theologians have come out against Bethel Church’s teachings and practices, one of whom is Pastor Gabriel Hughes of First Southern Baptist Church in Kansas, in which he stated in a 2017 blog post, “Bill Johnson, pastor of Bethel Church, preaches a different gospel. This is a very serious charge, and I’m very serious when I make it.””
– When here Jesus was only fully human, and was completely emptied of His godhood. If Jesus hadn’t been only a man, then we could not ever hope to perform miracles like He did.
Quote: “In his book, When Heaven Invades Earth, Johnson explains,
“He [Jesus] performed miracles, wonders, and signs, as a man in right relationship to God, not as God. If He performed miracles because He was God, then they would be unattainable for us. But if he did them as a man, I am responsible to pursue His lifestyle.””
**The booklet Addresses Kenosis, Jesus emptying Himself.
Quote: “Johnson believes in a teaching called kenosis, an unorthodox heretical belief that the Incarnate Christ laid aside His divine attributes and walked the earth as a completely limited, human man.13 According to Johnson, Christ “performed miracles, wonders, and signs, as a man in right relationship to God . . . not as God. If He performed miracles because He was God, then they would be unobtainable for us. But if He did them as a man, I am responsible to pursue His lifestyle. Recapturing this simple truth changes everything.” (Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles, op. cit., Kindle location: 259)
Quote: “Services may have congregants laughing uncontrollably, lying on the floor, shaking, staggering, screaming, and dancing, which they teach are signs of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Leaders claim to have witnessed angels appearing and “balls of electricity” that throw people into the air. One of the most well-known phenomena is a cloud of what is claimed to be gold dust or gold glitter that has been seen falling from the roof of the auditorium. The church has uploaded videos to its YouTube channel, calling it a “glory cloud”.”
Quote: ““In response to a question about how he cultivates gifts such as prophecy, Johnson replied, “When I taught my boys to ride their bikes I took them to the park where there was a lot of grass so that when they fell, they fell safely. You have to create a context for people to learn the gifts, to operate in the gifts of the spirit. You have to give them permission to not get it right. In fact at our school we actually require our students to fail three times their first year. At least three times or they can’t graduate.” – Bill Johnson
Quote: “In addition to Johnson’s own contribution to the book (one full chapter), his personal assistant, Judy Franklin, is a co-author; and the foreword of The Physics of Heaven is written by Kris Vallotton, Senior Associate leader at Bethel. Vallotton lauds the contributors as “seers.”5 Banning Liebscher, Director of Bethel’s Jesus Culture, adds his praise.6 Bill Johnson’s wife, Beni Johnson, also has a chapter in the book. With all that, The Physics of Heaven undeniably has the approval of Bethel’s leaders.”
Quote: “Ellyn Davis, one of the authors of The Physics of Heaven, says this:
“[The contributors of the book] all agree that the next move of God will cause a shift at the deepest level of who we are—perhaps the very “vibrational level” that the New Age movement has been exploring. They also all agree that there are precious truths hidden in the New Age that belong to us as Christians and need to be extracted from the worthless.”” (The Physics of Heaven, Kindle location, 447)
Quote: “Contributor Jonathan Welton adds:
“I have found throughout Scripture at least 75 examples of things that the New Age has counterfeited, such as having a spirit guide, trances, meditation, auras, power objects, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and more. These actually belong to the church, but they have been stolen and cleverly repackaged.” (The Physics of Heaven, Kindle location, 808)
* New Age/Hindu Meditation/Contemplative/Soaking Prayer
Quote: Speaking of a “Bethel produced book” entitled The Physics of Heaven, “One Bethel leader (Kris Vallotton) says it is “a foretaste of things to come”. The book also states, “It wasn’t that I wanted to become a New Ager. I just wanted to find out if maybe they had discovered some truths the churches hadn’t.”
Quote: “Contemplative adherents, such as Richard Foster, have convinced Christians that Eastern and New Age meditation are actually counterfeits of the real deal (i.e., contemplative prayer). Contemplative prayer is presented as an ancient Christian tradition.
Yet, contemplative prayer is not prayer at all. It is essentially Eastern/New Age meditation thinly coated with Christian terminology. The goal in contemplative prayer is to stop the thinking process and to enter what is known as the silence. This is accomplished by repeating a word or phrase over and over (or focusing on the breath) until the word loses its meaning and the mind becomes void.
In this void—this silence—many wonderful deceptions can occur: spirit guides, ascendant masters, oneness, bliss, false “christs.” The deception that occurs through contemplative prayer destroys doctrinal soundness and ultimately even faith.”
Quote: “To those who are still skeptical, I suggest examining the writings of Philip St. Romain, who wrote a book about his journey into contemplative prayer called Kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality. This title is revealing because kundalini is a Hindu term for the mystical power or force that underlies Hindu spirituality. In Hinduism it is commonly referred to as the serpent power.”
Quote: “…“hypnosis” does not refer only to putting someone into a trance to entertain an audience (a very dangerous practice); it has many forms and techniques (some of which you may recognize). These include deep hypnosis, Eastern meditation, relaxation techniques, induced suggestions, monotonous stimulation, stimulation of the imagination, imagery suggestions, guided imagery, activation of unconscious motives, visualization, regressive therapy, altered states of consciousness, trance phenomena, induced hallucinations, hypnotherapy, autosuggestion, medical hypnosis, shamanic hypnosis, et al. Although the list is quite diverse, the activity is basically the same: the individual becomes receptive to the suggestions of a person or an entity other than himself.
The Bible has its own list of activities related to the practice of hypnosis: sorcery, wizardry, enchantments, “charming,” necromancy, astrology, consulting with familiar spirits, and practicing magic arts. None of these, as we all should be aware, are okay with God. In fact, they are condemned, and all involve deception…
Sozo is one of the latest inner healing practices to enter the church, particularly among those who are into signs and wonders, healing and prosperity, word-faith, and the Latter Rain/New Apostolic Reformation movements. The Sozo website declares that “Sozo is a unique inner healing and deliverance ministry aimed to get to the root of things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. With a healed connection, you can walk in the destiny to which you have been called.” Sozo was developed and is led by two women, Dawna DeSilva and Teresa Liebscher. Another leader, teacher, and mentor in Sozo is Randy Clark, who instigated the bizarre manifestations allegedly of the Holy Spirit at the Toronto Airport Vineyard.”
Later Rain/Dominionism/Manifest Sons of God/Seven Mountains Mandate
Below are a number of articles that explain what this belief is. To summarize, however, this has gone by many different names (Manifest Sons of God, Seven Mountains Mandate, Latter Rain, Joel’s Army, New Breed, Dominionism, etc), but all of them refer to the same thing. In short, they teach that last days Christians are not only reincarnations of Christ but are becoming Christ. They are therefore not awaiting the Second Coming of Christ but the “becoming of Christ.” As those who are becoming christs they must take back each of the seven mountains of society until they take over the world with the greatest revival the world has ever seen. Those who are little christs/little gods will take on immortality and will be an invincible Joel’s army of supermen that will conquer the world for Christ, and Christ will then be released to come down from heaven.Doesn’t this sound familiar — maybe “lo here is Christ, lo there” from Matthew 24?
Quote: “The Seven Mountain Mandate(7MM) was invented by NAR Apostles Bill Bright and Lorren Cunningham. NAR Apostles Lance Wallnau and Johnny Enlow are responsible for repackaging the 7MM and continually pushing this dangerous cult teaching on churches around the world.”
Quote:“That teaching can be traced back several centuries, but its recent explosion dates from the Latter Rain, or Manifest Sons of God, movement that began in 1948 in Canada in apparent revival. It was declared to be heresy by the Assemblies of God in 1950. Its relationship to the Word/Faith, positive-confession, prosperity and healing movements (Hagin, Copeland, Capps, Price, et al.) is clearly established. Obviously, if we can get whatever we confess, then we ought to confess healing and immortality and peace and prosperity and salvation for the world. This is, in fact, where the name “Manifest Sons” comes from: the last-days overcomers must manifest total victory over all foes, including death, while in these bodies and without a resurrection…
Many groups are beginning to work together who disagree on some points but join with Gaia (Mother Earth)-worshiping New Agers in their desire to clean up our terra firma and establish the Kingdom. We can expect such cooperative efforts to grow, even involving Christian leaders who are not aware of what they are actually promoting. The Coalition on Revival (COR), for example, included such influential evangelicals as Joseph Aldrich, Pat Robertson, Bill Bright, Jerry Falwell, Armin Gesswein, Josh McDowell and J. I. Packer, who were probably clueless regarding the actual intention of the leaders of COR.”
Quote: “This belief is not held by one particular group but many individuals are influenced by the teaching. It has many names, such as, The Latter Rain Movement, Identity, Joel’s Army, Restoration and Reconstruction. The Manifest Sons of God doctrine has been around in some Pentecostal circles for many years, but it was the ‘Latter Rain Movement’ of 1948 that gave them a wider audience. This movement was thought of as the last great spiritual outpouring that would see the return of Christ. It would result in the Church being perfected and submitting to the restored ministry of apostles and prophets. These ministries would be in charge of restoring truths that were lost to the Church. Scriptures refer to the rains in Israel as the ‘former rain,’ essential for planting and the ‘latter rain,’ needed for the harvest. Manifest Sons see the former rain as Pentecost and the latter rain as a greater outpouring of the Spirit in these last days. There is evidence that much teaching on spiritual warfare today, is largely an extension of this doctrine…
“Jesus is considered the ‘Pattern Son.’ He was the first one to make it as a divine, immortal, sinless Manifest Son of God and this accomplishment will be duplicated by each individual who, following Jesus, become Manifest Sons of God. This Christ Company, now individually Manifest as Sons of God, will execute judgement at the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord…
“Rick Joyner is another teacher for this movement. He believes that the elite ‘overcomers’ will conquer the world. This will lead to the greatest revival of history, where the majority of the world will be won to Christ and the kingdom made ready to be received by Christ.””
“Every man who has been born again is an incarnation and Christianity is a miracle. The believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth.” – Kenneth Hagin, The Incarnation, December 1980, p.13
“Who are you? Come on, who are you? Come on, say it: ‘Sons of God!’ Come on, say it! And what does work inside us, brother, is that manifestation of the expression of all that God is and all that God has. And when we stand up here, brother, you’re not looking at Morris Cerullo; you’re looking at God. You’re looking at Jesus.” – Morris Cerullo, The Endtime Manifestation of the Sons of God, World Evangelism – Tape 1.
Quote: “Sadly today so called “prophets” are spiritualizing this army and interpreting it to be a supernatural breed of people being birthed without the literal presence of Jesus Christ. Scriptures have been taken out of context to imply a super end-time church made up of a “New Breed” of people who will move in the supernatural realm…
The “waves” that break from time to time are referred to as new waves bringing forth new truths hitherto hidden. One of the strongest waves to bit in this century was the “Latter Rain” referred to as ‘”The New Order of the Latter Rain.” Out of this Movement in the late 40’s came the teaching: “Manifest Sons of God”. Other terms that were prevalent are: “Joel’s Army”, “New Breed”, “Elijah Company”, “Manchild” and “Overcomers” etc. Modem day prophets are always quick to deny that they teach Manifest Sons of God teaching, but yet continue to do so. We see from the 1920’s onward, similar thinking emerging from divergent sources…
In 1948, the Assemblies of God were particularly hit by the wave that came out of Canada. The new manifestations coming out of the tide were claimed to be of God. The Assemblies at that time took a strong Stand and officially rejected the new teachings… However today we are seeing a new development – instead of the Assemblies of God rejecting this teaching in its new garb, they are courting it and have been infiltrated to such an extent they have become part of it.
The MANIFESTED SONS believe they are establishing a new and glorious Kingdom – led by a NEW BREED of men of women. The” Joel’s Army” now individually manifest as Sons of God, would be revealed to the world as many “saviours” who would take dominion and execute judgment.”
Quote: “The 7-M movement places upon Christians a mandate to dominate world systems to usher in Jesus’ return. Spiritually, these ideas are closely associated with New Age thoughts that call for a spiritual shift in which humans become co-redeemers of earth.”
Quote: “7 Mountain Mandate simply says, that in order for the church to control the global society, it must take control over every aspect of that particular society and its culture, being 7 cultural mountains. They are; Family, Government, Business, Media, Arts and Entertainment, Education and the church itself. Those who control these cultural gates exercise the greatest influence over the culture and ultimately that society. This is, in a nutshell, the doctrine of Dr. Lance Wallnau and why many are beginning, and have already, been embracing like a strange, intoxicating drink, they (the church) are becoming drunk on this notion that says we shall eradicate evil and overthrow Satan’s kingdom of dominance…
This teaching (7 mountain mandate) is a false teaching simply because it goes against scripture. Jesus gave us (the end time church) a clear picture of the end times just before he returns, and that picture is not one of hope, or victory, but instead, one of which would shake any believer in terrible fear, for he (Jesus) paints a very sobering portrait of what we will see, those who are alive during this particular time, of what the world will look like, as well as resemble, and it is found in Matthew chapter 24, as well as Luke 21:8-28. For your sake I encourage the reader to search those scriptures up and read them repeatedly.”
Quote: “Here is the underlying goal within the Latter Rain message of Bill Hamon.
“The whole creation is waiting for the last generation Church. The earth and all of creation are waiting for the manifestation of God’s last-day apostles and prophets and fully restored Church. “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God” (Romans 8:19 NKJV). When the Church is fully restored, then the saints will receive their final redemption, the immortalization of their mortal bodies. When this happens, then the natural creation of plants and animals will be delivered from their bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” (Apostles, Prophets and the Coming Moves of God: God’s End-Time Plans for His Church and Planet Earth. Destiny Image Publishers (July 1, 1997). p. 235…
Hamon promotes one of the more distorted doctrines that came from the Latter Rain movement, the manifested sons of God doctrine. Their interpretation of this verse is unique in church history. There is no rapture but people will be changed into eternal beings right here on earth to do miraculous works like Jesus to overcome the devil and the world system BEFORE the Lord returns.
Hamon claims in The Eternal Church, ‘Jesus is waiting on the church. All that the fall of man and sin has taken away from humanity, Jesus through His church shall restore.”
Again this can only take place “When the Church realizes its full sonship, its bodily redemption will cause a redemptive chain reaction throughout all of creation.” (Bill Hamon p. 385 The Eternal Church)…
Hamon: “When the church has put under it’s feet all enemies of Christ …then Christ can be released from Heaven to return as the manifested head of His physically resurrected and translated church.” (Prophets and Personal Prophecy, Bill Hamon).”
Quote: “In the 50’s Paul Cain travelled with and ministered alongside William Branham, whom he called “the greatest prophet that ever lived.” Though he disagrees with Branham’s views on the doctrine of theTrinity (which the latter said was inspired by the devil), Cain very much promotes Branham’s Manifest Sons of God teachings. Cain coined the term “New Breed” to refer to that doctrine. Paul Cain was instrumental in founding Kansas City Fellowship (as it was known at the time) – a church based on the teachings of Latter Rain theology. Cain headed the controversial Kansas City Prophets.”
Quote: “ ‘The Manifest Sons of God'(MSOG) movement has many names such as, The Latter Rain Movement, Identity, Joel’s Army, Restoration and Reconstruction. MSOG doctrine has been around in some Pentecostal circles for many years, but it was the ‘Latter Rain Movement’ of 1948 that gave it a wider audience. This movement was thought by its adherents as the last great spiritual outpouring that would see the return of Christ. It would result in the Church being perfected and submitting to the restored ministry of apostles and prophets. These ministries would supposedly be in charge of restoring truths that were lost to the Church. But when we examine the fruit of this movement and see how it’s doctrine compares to the Word of God, it falls woefully short…
‘The Great Tribulation itself is going to be cut short because of the Sons of God…so the Sons of God, through the exercise of their royal priesthood, shall actually shorten the Great Tribulation… As priests, they will be able to present the needs of the people to God, and intercede for them; and as kings they will have the authority of God to dispense life and blessing to such as are in tribulation and distress.’ – George Warnock: The Feast of the Tabernacles, p.79…
‘Who are you?…Come on, say it: ‘Sons of God!’ Come on, say it!…And when we stand up here, brother, you’re not looking at Morris Cerullo; you’re looking at God. You’re looking at Jesus.’ – Morris Cerullo, The Endtime Manifestation of the Sons of God, World Evangelism – Tape 1…
‘Man was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God’s presence without any consciousness of inferiority…Kenneth Copeland, Zoe: The God-Kind of Life, 1989, pp.35-36”
Quote: “Brian Mark Johnson (born March 17, 1978) is an American contemporary worship musician and worship pastor. He is the president and co-founder of Bethel Music, as well as a member of its Artist Collective and is one-half of the husband- and-wife worship duo, Brian & Jenn Johnson. He is also a senior worship pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, California, and a Senior Overseer of WorshipU, an online school of worship under Bethel Music which he co-founded with Jenn Johnson. … As a founding member of Bethel Music, Johnson has been featured on most Bethel Music releases… ”
Quote: “Jennifer Louise Rock Johnson is an American Christian worship singer, songwriter and worship pastor. She is a co-founding member of Bethel Music, and is one-half of the husband-and-wife worship duo, Brian & Jenn Johnson. She is also a senior worship pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, California, and a Senior Overseer of WorshipU, an online school of worship under Bethel Music which she co-founded with Brian Johnson.”
Quote: “She produced her first solo album, Here Is My Song, which was released in February 2008 through the Jesus Culture record label. Walker-Smith is best known as the worship leader for the Jesus Culture Band and Jesus Culture events, and a worship pastor for Bethel Church in Redding.”
Quote: “Kim Walker-Smith a worship pastor for Bethel Church in Redding and worship leader for the Jesus Culture Band has a vision that would more akin to a hallucinogenic trip, it certainly was not God from the Bible no matter how passionate she is in conveying it… To believe Jesus is begging her to ask him this certain question and brings her to heaven where she sees God the Father (which the bible says no man can see). God rips a piece out of himself and forms it into her right on the spot and then gets entertained but putting her in a music box and continues to open it to see her dancing. Saying “Woohoo! And He starts running around in circles.” And she is transferred into the Fathers hand, where he then he puts her into the missing portion of his heart where he says I created you from and commends her.
Really? I mean Really?! This is her view of God by going to Bethel church. Contrary to this, holy men who went to heaven fell down as dead (John) and could not convey what they saw for it was illegal (Paul). John later was allowed so we would have it written to know what is genuine.”
Note: Her words are more New Age than Christian. What she says is disturbing at best. Is this how a worship leader should talk? Is this what King David and psalmist in the Bible would say? Quotes from her interview with the Christian Post are in the article linked above. A link to the full interview is found in this article by Holly Pivec.
Quote: “… Amanda Lindsey Cook also teaches at Bethel Church in Redding, California, home to Bethel Music. Given her unclear and curious responses during the interview, one may wonder how she ever was approved to teach at any church, let alone one as large and influential as Bethel Church.”
Quotes of Amanda Lindsey Cook from her interview:
“Every day I increasingly felt like gravity and the great beyond, called God, was working in my favor.”
“”I love the names that this essence and this divine presence gives itself. In the Old Testament, where God describes themselves as ‘I am,’ also the name Yahweh, ‘the intake and the exhale of breath.'”
“”It’s this common acknowledgment, this communal aspect of living, where we’re all connected, we’re all part of the common thread … to be connected at the source to this divine presence, this Christ consciousness…”
Quote: “In 1999 the youth group pastored by Banning Liebscher at Bethel Church
launched the first Jesus Culture Conference. This gave birth to Jesus Culture and paved the way for what it is today–a global movement awakening hearts to worship and serve God. Through events, worship, resources, and a local church, Jesus Culture has a mandate to mobilize a generation of revivalists and reformers who will shape culture and transform nations.”
Quote: “When you hear the word “gospel” mentioned at Bethel Church, know that it is a different gospel they’re talking about. This filters into all of their ministries. The “Jesus” in the name “Jesus Culture” is not the Jesus of the Bible. When you listen to their worship songs, you might hear all the right Christian words, but you are not praising God with them because they are writing and singing about a different Jesus.”
Quote: “Jesus Culture started as a youth group at Bill Johnson’s church Bethel in Redding California… It must be made clear that Bethel Church and Jesus Culture cannot be separated for their roots are in Bill Johnson…”
Quote: “Now over the last many years it is Bethel under Bill Johnson spearheading a mystical Christianity. He is a man who has less than 0% discernment (in fact they change the meaning of discernment to be “changing the atmosphere.” Bethel has become the sweet spot for every trend tried and some new ones. It is the new Hybrid model for the church, combining new age practices (which they say were once Christian and they are now redeeming them) one of them is yoga. These revivalists are fooling the whole Christian world with their synergism of new age with Christianity using occasional Bible words. It’s time we stand up for the word of God who is Jesus. Its time for the church to be what it was intended to be and not be changed by new age change agents touting their Gnosticism and Mysticism. This is no longer a subtle change but bold and audacious one, and it has gone on far too long through the various false revivals. Only to find a more permanent home at Bethel among the naïve ungrounded youth that are inclined to feel more than to think biblically.”
The NAR Bible Translation of Choice: The Passion Bible
Quote: “Apostle Brian Simmons, of Stairway Ministries, is the lone translator of this “groundbreaking” project…
Simmons’ translation is endorsed by influential NAR leaders…
Simmons claims he undertook this work because he saw a need for a more emotionally passionate translation of the Bible…
Simmons has taken verses of Scripture that have nothing to do with NAR teachings or practices and reworded them so they appear to support those very teachings and practices, such as “prophetic singing,” the “transference of an anointing,” and the issuing of “apostolic decrees.” In other words, despite his claim to unveil the truth of the Bible “unfiltered by religious jargon,” he’s actually exploiting his audience’s ignorance of sound textual criticism to smuggle in a heterodox theology along with a good measure of NAR jargon.”
Quote: “NAR Bible: Like most cults, the NAR have extra-biblical revelations that add, surpass or mangle the bible. Brian Simmons’ ‘The Passion Translation’ (TPT) is the ‘bible’ that NAR leaders preach and teach from. In fact, if you are unsure if your church is part of the NAR or is being influenced by the NAR, if your leaders are using the TPT, that should be a warning sign.”
Quote: The “Reincarnation of Christ” teaching that Christians are “the word made flesh again. We ARE the reincarnation of Jesus Christ…” And this again is in agreement with the teachings of William Branham who said, “I believe that’s Jesus Christ reincarnated in flesh in the human church here on earth a doing signs and wonders. ” (53-1205, The Resurrection, American Legion Hall, West Palm Beach)
“”Forged many years ago while translating the Scriptures among South American tribes, and hammered out on the anvil of decades of personal devotion and apostolic experience, my dear friend Brian Simmons brings to the earth a powerful and refreshing translation of the Scriptures that is fueling and inflaming the hearts of tens of thousands world wide. Like the Living Bible that sprung forth in the days of the Jesus Movement, this translation bursts forth from the womb of this present revival. Read it and get caught up in a God-swirl of spiritual understanding and revelation.”
“The Passion Translation skillfully penned by Dr. Brian Simmons contains deep treasures that can only be discovered through intense scholarly research saturated in Divine Revelation. Dr. Brian Simmons fulfilled both of these criteria so he could present to you this glorious gift. Keys to knowing the heart of God and His deep love for His people will fill you as you read and meditate on the scriptures. I personally cannot get enough of this translation! It is beyond beautiful!”
“During my over four decades of ministry around the world, I have read and preached from various Bible translations in different languages. They are all powerful and anointed, and each has its particular strengths. The Passion Translation is one that speaks with particular poetic imagination in a style that is deeply moving and easily accessible. I have found it truly refreshing in personal devotion. It has been a steadfast help and comfort in the midst of many storms”
Banning Liebscher (founder of Jesus Culture)
“In a world that is constantly shaking, The Passion Translation is making Scripture accessible to a generation whose lives long to be established on the truth of God’s Word. Young and old are experiencing the inevitable freedom that comes when you encounter the power found in God’s Word, and are being ignited with a passion for Jesus that will not be extinguished. My own personal devotion and study has been deeply impacted by The Passion Translation and I am grateful for what this work is adding to the body of Christ.”
“I believe The Passion Translation will be the Bible of choice for the next Jesus people movement.”
“I have devoured The Passion Translation! There is a fragrance of God’s Spirit that emanates from the powerful expressions that Brian Simmons has brought forth in this translation. Not only have I used The Passion Translation for teaching, but I have picked up certain books of the Bible and read them like a living novel. I love this translation!”
Deception is rampant. Have you noticed? If you haven’t, then it is time to step back, take a moment, take a deep breath, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the discernment you need. The days are growing increasingly more dark and evil, and deception’s web is thicker and stronger now than ever before. The Bible warns us of this in 2 Timothy 3:13 where it says, “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” This means that maliciously wicked and miserable (4190) people and sorcerers who pretend to use the supernatural to attain money, prestige and power (1114) will in the future cut a path, advance, progress forward (4298) with more severity, leading astray (4105) and being led astray (4105).
Thus, in Matthew 24, the disciples asked Jesus “what is the sign of the end of the age?” Now you think He might respond with something like “earthquakes” or “war”, but Jesus did not respond with signs such as social injustice, political unrest or world hunger. Jesus’ response may have actually shocked His disciples, and the wording in the Greek definitely reflects the fact that He did intend to shake them up. Jesus’ immediate response was, “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4). And just as a reminder to us, Jesus was warning believers not unbelievers. That is chilling. Believers are to “take heed”, pay attention, stop and listen, for great deception is the biggest sign of the end of the age, and it is out to get Christians – It is out to get you!
It goes on to say in Matthew 24, “5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.25 Behold, I have told you before.26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.”
In Matthew 7, Jesus had already touched on the topic of false prophets, saying, “21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
The Great Deluge of False Prophets
It may seem odd to discuss false prophets. After all, what have they to do with us? What have we to do with them? Are there really prophets still today? Is the gift still in operation? The long and the short of it is, Jesus warned us that at the end of the age – and we are there in the last of the Last Days – there would be false prophetic activity. Now there are some churches that believe that prophecy has ceased. But, according to Jesus in this passage, prophecy would not have ceased but would still be active at the very tail end of the age just before His return.
Prophecy Then & Now
And so, Matthew 24 states clearly, “11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” And many means just that. There will be a great number of false prophets just before Jesus comes back. Now, that is beyond alarming if you ask me! That’s downright scary!
Before we get into what false prophecy is unfolding today and how to handle it, let’s take a look at the Old Testament to see what God has to say about both godly prophets and false prophets. God never leaves His people in the dark. He always lets us know what He’s thinking and what’s on His heart. As Jesus said even in Matthew 24:25, “Behold I have told you before.” With God we don’t ever have to guess. All we have to do is read the Bible for what it says and take it seriously.
Numbers 11 gives us God’s heart about prophets and prophecy, “24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!”
And this very desire of God took place on the Day of Pentecost in the Upper Room as related to us in the New Testament book of Acts 2. “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy…”
The Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 14 explains the important role of the prophetic in church services. We don’t often see this gift in operation in our western churches today, but this does not mean it is unimportant nor that it is not happening in churches elsewhere throughout the world. Actually, according to Paul, ““1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy…” God’s heart is that true, godly prophecy would be normative in the Church body, for according to I Corinthians 14:3, it builds the Church into a holy temple wherein a holy God might dwell, for God only dwells and is worshiped in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 29:2; 96:9); it aligns us with God and His word, and it comforts our hearts with the open revelation of the mystery of the gospel.
In other words, in the Last Days, there will be a plethora of false prophets, but God will also be pouring out His Spirit in prophecy upon His people.
The Most Misunderstood
Though God’s heart is prophecy, for indeed, the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). And He has promised that prophecy will be prolific in the last days, it is also the most misunderstood manifestation/gift of the Holy Spirit.
So, let’s take a look at this gift according to Scripture. To begin with, in the Greek it is composed of two words pro (4253) meaning “before, forth,” and phemi (5346) “to tell.” It’s definition is “to tell beforehand” and includes “the foretelling [of] future events or the exhorting, reproving and threatening of individuals or nations as the ambassador of God…hence the prophet spoke not his own thoughts but what he received from God…” (The Complete Word Study Dictionary, New Testament, pg 1244). Though there are some who view this gift as lacking in empathy, it is anything but that. Prophecy is God lovingly correcting His people through the voice of a prophet or prophecy, in order to steer His people away from their sin and back into covenant relationship with Him. First Corinthians 14:3 it states, “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” It is edifying (3619) because it calls one back to God’s word and thus builds up and strengthens us in His truth; it is exhorting (3874) because it helps us grow up in the faith even through rebuking, correcting and instruction (2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Hebrews 12:5-11), and it is comforting (3889) for it is God speaking tenderly to us as a Father, and thus is done in love for our good and His glory.
Prophecy is a “direct message” of God to believers and sometimes unbelievers that is spoken “in God’s name.” (The Complete Word Study Dictionary, New Testament, pg 1244). The one prophesying is not speaking their own mind or heart, but rather, God’s words (Deuteronomy 18:18; Isaiah 1; Jeremiah 1; Ezekiel 2). And as can be seen over and over again in the Old Testament, it is often a message of repentance.
Prophecy is not merely dutifully loving and studying the Bible, nor is it teaching the Bible, as some have attempted to define it, for God clearly calls that gift “teaching”. It is not merely exhortation, although it is exhortational, for God calls that specific gift exhortation. It is not pastoring nor the shepherding of the sheep, for God calls that specific gift pastoring. Rather prophecy is a Holy Spirit inspired utterance that often foretells an event and pierces the heart with conviction, as it says in Jeremiah 20:9, “9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” The inspired utterance of prophecy also calls the hearer of that word to holiness as it says in Isaiah 1:18, “16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” And furthermore, true, godly prophecy turns one back to perfect alignment with God’s word and gospel, for the “testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10). It calls one into account. It never contradicts Scripture. And though it is not always about future prognostication, when the prophecy actually does predict something, it always comes to pass, for the Holy Spirit is never wrong.
False vs. True: How Can We Tell?
So, how then can we tell if a prophet or prophecy is false or true? Sometimes it is quite obvious, but at other times, it is not so obvious.
First of all, there are always a host of false prophets up against a handful of true prophets. In I Kings 18 we see the prophet Elijah up against 450 prophets of the god Baal and 400 prophets of the goddess Asherah. First Kings 22 also relates a story associated with this this same dynamic.
Godly prophets though well-known will also nearly always be looked down upon as judgmental, narrow-minded, and negative, while false prophets will be popular and praised for their optimistic message of “peace, peace” though there is no peace and flattering things (Isaiah 30:10; 1 Thessalonians 5).
Deuteronomy 18 prophecies first of Jesus as “the Prophet” who will speak God’s words, and then ends with a message of warning about false prophets who “presume” to speak God’s word thus disrespectfully overstepping boundaries with insolent boldness and defiance. “18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?22 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.”
A Stern Warning
Deuteronomy 13 covers a more complex issue regarding false prophets, that of stealthy deception. “1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.” In other words, the false prophet gets their prognostication right but that same false prophet then teaches a doctrine contrary to God’s word. So, you have this dynamic of people in awe of a prediction proven true, and they more readily believe that person who made the prediction. Thus, their guard comes down, and they are more receptive to whatever that person may do or teach. However, God states that in this circumstance, He is actually testing His people to see if they know His word, if they believe His word, if they respect His word above any sign or wonder. God allows for that prophecy of the false prophet to come to pass in order to see whose heart is right before Him. This is powerful. This is challenging. This is a warning for those called by His name to be awake, alert, prayerful, sober, and vigilant. This message was important back then, but now in this day of mesmerizing deception, it is all the more prevalent. Deception was bad back then and caused the downfall of God’s nation, God’s people of Israel, but deception is on steroids now and has surpassed all generations before, and how much more it is causing the downfall of God’s people today.
In Matthew 7 Jesus says, “13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them…21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
Modern Day Prophets and False Prophets
I must admit, I cannot name many genuine prophets. Although there are prophetic utterances mildly active in some churches such as Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart’s church Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, there are few actual prophets to list by name here. The one true prophet that I can think of right off the top of my head is David Wilkerson of Times Square Church and Teen Challenge.
However, the list of false prophets is growing so long it would prove difficult to list them all here. And by false, I mean according to the definition of Scripture as I related above. So, in short, it means that either their prognostications are not 100% accurate, and/or they are leading people astray into unbiblical doctrine and teaching.
According to the article on this website entitled “Thus Saith the Lord?”, “Kim Clement (now deceased), Mark Taylor, Pat Robertson, Lance Wallnau, Kat Kerr, Jeremiah Johnson, Andrew Wommack, Hank Kunneman, Pastors Paul and Denise Goulet, Kenneth Copeland, Curt Landry and Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj — and there are likely a host of others — all prophesied Trump’s win,” of him having “a second term. And many social media sites are rife with numerous people in shock over what is happening when they banked on what these prophets had said.” All of these, Kerr, Wallnau, Johnson, Wommack, Kunneman, Goulet, Landry, Selvaraj, Taylor, and Robertson were all wrong!!! (for more on this topic, please refer to this link: https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2021/01/22/thus-saith-the-lord/ ) And this is just one of the things that they have prophesied boldly, proudly, loudly, and very incorrectly.
And then there is Rick Joyner of Morning Star Ministries who declares himself to be a prophet and apostle. He in one breath sounds doctrinally sound and patriotically astute in the next breath says that he spoke with the Apostle Paul in heaven and in so doing advocates the unbiblical, Occult practice of necromancy (speaking with the dead). And if there were not enough, he appears to be more of a shaman with lying signs and wonders flourishing in his church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T8W7rbzLAo
And then there is Bill Johnson of Bethel Church Redding, California who believes that Jesus had to be born again while advocating Ouija Boards renamed Angel Boards, Tarot Cards renamed Destiny Cards, Fire Tunnels and other demonic manifestations in his widely popular church. And then there is the book that both Bill and his wife contributed chapters to entitled Physics of Heaven which is beyond boldly New Age. “A clear warning against the book was posted in a recent Amazon review:“This book was so obviously New Age syncretism with Christianity it is hard to know where to start. Are there vibrations in the supernatural that we need to tap into? No! Does God play games with people? No! does he hide himself in sound and light? No! Does God speak to people through “hints” of other things like sound? No! Does God speak through sound, light, energy, frequencies, vibrations, and quantum physics? No! Unfortunately this book espouses all of these ideas, and takes all of the scriptures out of context and applies meanings to them that the original scriptural authors did not intend. If you want a smorgasbord of New Apostolic Reformation teaching and leaders this is your book. The forward is by Kris Vallatton and chapters by the late Bob Jones (admitted sexual abuser), Bill Johnson Apostle and leader of Bethel church, Redding, CA, and Bill’s wife Beni.”” (https://churchwatchcentral.com/2019/08/06/physics-of-heaven-incorporating-new-age-mysticism-spirit-guides-auras-angels-revival-healing-energy/).
Most recently in mid-September there was an “Open Heavens” conference in Iowa hosted by Hank Kunneman’s ministry in which General Mike Flynn led those present in an unbiblical prayer. Thousands of Christians repeated the prayer after him. To begin with, anyone hearing or attempting to repeat the prayer ought to have wondered at its wording, especially when the word “legions” as well as the opening line that states that the one repeating the prayer is an instrument of the “seven fold rays and all of your archangels”. But no one seemed to flinch as the repeated prayer resounded loudly around the packed building. Here is the prayer in full:
“We are your instrument of those sevenfold rays and all your archangels, all of them. We will not retreat, we will not retreat. We will stand our ground. We will not fear to speak. We will be the instrument of your will, whatever it is. In your name and the name of your legions. We are freeborn, and we shall remain freeborn. And we shall not be enslaved by any foe within and without, so help me God.”
It was later found out that this was actually a prayer to Archangel Michael which was written and prayed by an Occult leader named Elizabeth Claire Prophet, Theosophist and I Am movement leader of the 1980s.
And there are still so many more false prophets who could be listed here, most of whom are associated with the New Apostolic Reformation which has spread its bombastic and blasphemous tentacles far and wide, being led astray and leading other Christians astray, but this article is already too long.
The point is this, Jesus guaranteed that deception would be the pervading sign of the end of the age just before His coming and He warned His Church. He did not warn the world. He did not speak to unbelievers. He spoke to believers, admonishing them to not be deceived. This is serious business, and something that needs to be taken seriously by the Body of Christ.
Second Thessalonians 2 gives a strong warning when it says, “9The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the working of Satan, with every kind of power, sign, and false wonder, 10and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. 11For this reason God will send them a powerful delusion so that they believe the lie, 12in order that judgment may come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness.”
Not every sign or wonder is from God. I want to repeat that. Not every sign or wonder, no matter who amazing or awesome, is from God. Just because there is a miracle, does not mean that God has performed it. Yes, miracles still happen. Yes, there are signs and wonders today. Yes, there is prophecy. Yes, there are manifestations of the Holy Spirit. But, Satan and the demonic world are brilliant counterfeiters who like to mimic God. Thus, it is imperative to be discerning and to be in God’s word regularly. As 1 John 4 states clearly and unequivocally, “1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2By this you will know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and which is already in the world at this time.”
Importantly, Hebrews 5:12-14 says, “12Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to reteach you the basic principles of God’s word.c You need milk, not solid food! 13For everyone who lives on milk is still an infant, inexperienced in the message of righteousness. 14But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained their senses to distinguish good from evil.” This means that we must be in the Word in order to be able to discern good and evil. Without the Word, there is no discernment. And without the Spirit of God there is not understanding of Scripture, for even the Word is spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Be on your toes, Body of Christ! Satan is busy. Evil is more bold now than ever before. Deception is everywhere. This is not the time to get back to playing church.
Jesus is coming SOON. Let’s be ready!
The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament, by Spiros Zodhiates
The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament, by Warren Baker and Eugene Carpenter
Quote: “Johnson teaches about a different Jesus than the Jesus of the Bible. He and many other word-of-faith charismatic preachers believe that when the Bible says Jesus left His throne in heaven and “emptied Himself” (Philippians 2:7), He actually gave up being divine. The incarnate Christ was fully man but not at all God. When Jesus lived a life of sinless perfection, it wasn’t as our substitute but as a model. Any one of us are capable of the same perfection. Jesus didn’t do miracles because He was God. He did miracles to show us that we can do them, too, if we just believe that we can.”
Quote: “In Pastor Bob DeWaay’s analysis, you will discover that Bill Johnson first rejects the study of the Bible in order to then be able to teach his non-biblical theology. He believes in a great end-time awakening with over a billion of new converts. An elite consisting of Christians gifted with superior anointing will lead this movement.These Christians will perform greater things that Jesus, because Jesus, when he was on earth, was only a man who had a relationship with God (that is, he wasn’t both God and man); thus, Christians are on the same level as Jesus and can do the same things he did and more (erroneous interpretation of John 14:12).”
Quote: “I do not believe that you must be born again to obtain salvation…….you cannot and will not make a disciple out of a sinner who has been introduced to Jesus Christ on the basis of their sinful inheritance only…Clement also said “When you’re born again the Bible doesn’t say that you are saved. The Bible says that when you are born again you see the kingdom it doesn’t say that you are saved even though salvation takes place and rebirth causes you to see the kingdom of God.” (The prophetic ministry of Kim Clement, Aug. 13, 2002 TBN)…
Quote: “There is so much false prophecy in the NAR that it I could do an entire web site devoted to that issue alone. If you want to see the daily parade of false prophecies emanating from the NAR, subscribe to the Elijah List. It means nothing to these false apostles and false prophets to say things in the name of the Lord that not only do not come to pass, but would never come to pass because they are unbiblical and ridiculous. False prophesy can be judged either on the basis that it is a prediction made, claiming to be from the Lord, that does not come true, or that it is unbiblical to begin with, or both. The Bible is clear that we must admonish heretics, those who lay error alongside truth and falsely prophesy, and if they are unrepentant we are to reject them (Titus 3:10). We must never forget that lies do not come from the Holy Spirit, but from the sinful minds of men, from the spirit of this age, the spirit of the air, the evil one. Those who lie and say “Thus saith the Lord” are just as much false prophets today as their kind has been through history. False prophecies are not mistakes, they are lies. Let’s look at some of these lies from the National School of the Prophets conference in 2002.”
Quote: “Last-days Christians must submit to modern-day prophets to have victory in the final battle (pages 58-59). They should be dependent on the prophets like children are dependent on their parents, according to Joyner (page 60).Yet, the Bible doesn’t teach that Christians must submit to modern-day apostles and prophets. In fact, the apostle Paul warns the Galatian Christians about false teachers who want other Christians to seek after them (Galatians 4:17).”
Quote: “The conversation should raise several red flags, which I will point out below.But, first, I need to point out that Christians should view conversations with dead people with suspicion since the Bible forbids “necromancy” (the practice of communicating with dead people). Deuteronomy 18:10-11 and Isaiah 8:19-20 So, the very premise of Joyner’s book — which records his conversations with several dead Christians — should raise a legitimate question of whether he is guilty of practicing necromancy or not.”
(For your convenience, all sources are listed below this article)
And so…. a new American president has been inaugurated and sworn into office, president #46.
Before proceeding, what I am about to write is not a “fun” topic, but it is a necessary one. It is necessary because the exuberant promises of many are still resounding around America on Youtube and television programs, and “thus saith the Lord” is still resonating unashamedly on the airwaves of the world and ringing in people’s ears. It has taken me a while to write this. My heart is heavy concerning it. There is probably more that could be added to this article, but I feel I must publish this as it is for now in order for others to gain clarity concerning this troubling, up-to-date topic.
Of what am I speaking? The prophets and their promises of Trump’s second term. That’s right. The “prophets” have been trying to talk their way our of this one, spinning the present presidential election news by passing the blame on the opposing political party and desperately seeking for any excuse in order to explain away the fact that their predictions have not come to pass. Yes, there was a legal case that should have gone before the Supreme Court (and many cases in the past 8+ years actually). That aside, God does not and never has been wrong no matter what cases are dismissed or heard.
Kim Clement (now deceased), Mark Taylor, Pat Robertson, Lance Wallnau, Kat Kerr, Jeremiah Johnson, Andrew Wommack, Hank Kunneman, Pastors Paul and Denise Goulet, Kenneth Copeland, Curt Landry and Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj — and there are likely a host of others — all prophesied Trump’s win in this election (sources listed below) and of him having a second term. And many social media sites are rife with numerous people in shock over what is happening when they banked on what these prophets had said.
Let’s take a brief look at what some of these prophets said.
In an article dated October 9, 2020, Lance Wallnau is quoted as saying that the archangel Michael along with other archangels would lead the Trump team to victory in the presidential election. Wallnau goes on to say, “I believe on election day there will be a surge … I really believe God’s grace on America, God’s mercy on America, isn’t finished yet and boy, it would be finished if there weren’t a Trump sitting in that seat.’’ Even though Lance Wallnau did not out and out say Trump will win a second term, he still sounds like the other false prophets who have predicted that the archangel Michael will be involved in this election. “According to Christian preacher and occasional prophet Dr. Lance Wallnau, the Almighty has tapped Archangel Saint Michael, who is referred to in the Bible’s Book of Daniel, to lead a team of fellow archangels to descend from heaven to achieve the victory.”
Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj says that “God’s will is that Mr. Trump should be, should serve another term.” This is the same Selvaraj who speaks with dead saints as if it is absolutely normal and acceptable, and no one seems to question this behavior even though it is clearly NECROMANCY. Succinctly put, necromancy is communication with the dead. This is seen in the story of King Saul in 1 Samuel 28 when the king sought out a medium in order to get instruction from the dead prophet Samuel. God had rejected Saul as king of Israel and would not instruct him regarding war, because Saul’s heart was not right before the Lord and his disobedience proved this (1 Samuel 15). Thus, already disobedient, Saul went on to reject God’s commandment against communicating with the dead. Deuteronomy 18:11 is clear regarding God’s heart on this topic. Necromancy is an abomination to be avoided at all costs. In the Hebrew language the term refers to one who consults a familiar spirit, a medium who acts as an empty bottle for the communication of the demonic entity, one who seeks, inquires of or consults the dead. According to the Britannica, “Necromancy, communication with the dead, usually in order to obtain insight into the future or to accomplish some otherwise impossible task. Such activity was current in ancient times among the Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Etruscans; in medieval Europe it came to be associated with black (i.e., harmful, or antisocial) magic and was condemned by the church.” The Merriam-Webster dictionary agrees that it is usually about predicting the future. Furthermore, it is considered “Black Magic” that can be practiced using elaborated services or merely through a vision, sought or otherwise — like Selvaraj’s vision.
Kat Kerr, known as an author and prophetess, while speaking to the Elijah List, boldly proclaimed that “Trump will be president. No matter what you hear…Trump will win. He will be president of the United States. He will sit in that office for four more years and God will have His way in this country.” She reiterated this January 6th when she said that God took her into the future and showed her that Trump wins.
Jeremiah Johnson, also recognized as a prophet, said in the last few months, “Either a lying spirit has filled the mouths of numerous trusted, prophetic voices in America, or Donald J. Trump really has won the presidency, and we are witnessing a diabolical, evil plan unfold to steal the election.” On November 11, 2020, Jeremiah Johnson said, “As someone who is in touch with all the prophets in America who have prophesied that Donald Trump would win a second term, they’re not giving an inch. They’re not willing to budge. They’re not willing to repent. All of US are unanimous, believing the word that God spoke to us that Trump indeed would win a reelection, and that what’s happening right now is the false prophets of the media are literally cutting themselves, they’re dancing in the street, and they’re shouting. Meanwhile there are much larger issues on our hands than just a presidency. I’ve told people this — listen — if he doesn’t end up getting reelected I will openly repent to the body of Christ. I don’t believe that just because you miss a prophecy makes you a false prophet.” (emphasis added mine).
On November 4th, Curt Landry stated in his live youtube broadcast that Michael the archangel needed to be released in order to help and that Mr. Landry needed the help of Jonathan Hammel (the so-called “gate keeper” and “Apostolic Watchman” of D.C.).
Furthermore, Landry states that Trump will still win; it’s just taking more time in the spirit realm to win the battle, and he reminds his listeners that it took 21 days for Gabriel to get to Daniel because of the many layers of warfare. Furthermore, he states (at the 21.5 minutes mark of the video link below) that the sheep must become lions, to learn to roar, to learn to take dominion and quit wanting to be taken care of by the Shepherd. And he concludes with a prayer that shifts to “prophesying” that god says (at about the 35.5 minute mark of the video link below), “son of man do you think that I am going to allow my prophets who prophesied Trump’s second term, and prophesied all this goodness coming to this nation to be mocked by a mass media manipulation? The Lord says, “No I shall not! For my name’s sake I shall protect my word! I shall protect my people! I shall protect my prophets from this evil destruction! For I shall pull back the veil, and I shall reveal that which is done in darkness…son of man prophesy unto Wisconsin that it will go red for Trump; prophesy unto Michigan that it will go red for Trump; prophesy unto Pennsylvania that it will go red for Trump; prophesy unto North Carolina that it goes red for Trump; prophesy unto Georgia that it goes red for Trump; prophesy unto Nevada that it goes red for Trump; prophesy for recounts…” and on and on. But, I guess Michael had not yet been freed, for 21 days later nothing happened to reverse the present course.
Meanwhile, Pastor Dana Coverstone, whose dreams have been coming to pass, has had several dreams wherein the Oval Office is vacant of a leader, the Statue of Liberty being forcefully murdered, our rule of law based on the Bible is unjustly declared guilty and hung, and America declared by God to no longer be a Republic; there will be a collapsed economy, great chaos, earthquakes, fires and explosions ensuing, the destruction of free speech and internet censoring, and the UN being called upon to host this nation. Furthermore, and in agreement, a man named Jeremy, an ex-32nd Degree Freemason, via various Freemason sources, has warned that there will be a possible staged assassination, chaos, and a collapse of the American economy. Both of these, unbeknownst to each other, have predicted via dreams (Coverstone) and sources (Jeremy) that America is about to collapse and the presidential seat will be vacant for a time (which it was through December, for no one appeared to know what was going on nor knew who had really been elected).
So then…where do we stand now? Who do we believe? Who speaks for the Lord?
Let’s start at the beginning and take a look at what God has to say regarding His mode of communication. Isaiah 6:8 recounts Isaiah’s experience before the throne of God, “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Amos 3:7 states, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but He revealeth his secret unto His servants the prophets.” Acts 2 also states, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy…” And in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 prophesying among Christians gathered together is perceived as normal and a blessing if done in an orderly and respectful manner and with great discernment based on the Word of God — even Jesus the Word made flesh. After all, “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10). For truly, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds…” (Hebrews 1:1-2).
Thus, God has communicated through His Son, and His Son asked the Father to baptize believers in the Holy Spirit that they might be empowered as witnesses and to prophesy. God is very clear about what prophesying is to look like, namely, the one prophesying is to speak God’s exact words. Because it is God’s Spirit inspiring any prophetic utterance, the words are God’s and will NEVER — I repeat “never” — be wrong. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost,” (2 Peter 1:20).
This leads us to Deuteronomy 18:20-22 states, “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?22 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.” This passage is cut and dry. If what is said does not come to pass, then the one who prophesied it is false.
Now Deuteronomy 13 tackles a more complicated prophecy by saying, “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.” In other words, if one prophesies something that comes to pass and even performs miracles to prove it but is visiting with the dead in visions or preaching that Jesus was the first one who needed to be born again, or that Jesus was tormented in hell, then they are false prophets and not of God. God allows for situations like this to happen in order to test His people, to see if they know and honor His word ABOVE all else.
Even as we think on these passages of Scripture and are considering all that is happening at present, let us also remember something else. Our present America that these prophets have prophesied good things over, is so riddled with sin that if it were a body with cancer it would be well-beyond fourth stage at this point. Here are just a few reasons why. California just passed a law that children can opt for sex changes and another law that lowers penalties for pedophiles. Washington state just passed a sex ed law that is beyond perverse, which teaches 3rd graders sexual positions etc. The blood of murdered babies cries out from sea to shining sea on the altar of the god of convenience. Injustice rules in our courtrooms. Christians are persecuted simply for meeting at church and are faced with fines, threats of bulldozing their church buildings, and jail time, while other Christians have lost their businesses because they took a stand for biblical principles and against perversion. And then there are the false prophets who prophesy good things, and who excuse their prophetic inaccuracies, saying they are “learning” when it is clear from Scripture that a prophet must 100% of the time be 100% accurate! (Deuteronomy 13 and 18). And these are just the tip of the iceberg. How can thissin-riddled America be great? Why would God bless this unrepentant America?
Where does it say in Scripture that prophets learn by trial and error? Where does it say that God blesses nations that are full of blood guilt and perversion? Where does it say that prophets can still be considered prophets when they have prophesied incorrectly? Where does it state that Michael the archangel needs us to get him released? Where does it say in Scripture that we as Christians are to ditch being sheep who are dependent on the Shepherd and to take on the role of lions learning to roar??? No where!
When it comes to prophetic accuracy, 1 Samuel 3:19 says it best, “The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord”.
If these are indeed prophets of the Lord, then we would have seen their words come to pass regarding Trump. But, their words did not come to pass. Their words have fallen to the ground and God has through their very outspoken, loud decrees revealed what they truly are: False! Thus, it appears that God has turned these prophets on their heads and the carpet has been pulled out from beneath them just as Coverstone was told in his October dream (the link of which is listed below). Kunneman called it “the year of the tongue” and indeed, God is dealing with the lying tongues of these prophets this year.
In answer to Jeremiah Johnson’s question stated above: Yes. It is yes on both counts and not an either or. Yes a lying spirit filled the mouths of the prophets, and yes there is a diabolical plot.
Yes, a lying spirit has filled the mouths of all these so-called prophets of the Lord, just as they did in 1 Kings 22, and just as then, the lying spirit prevailed in the mouths of all 400 prophets. Let us not forget that throughout the Bible there were always HUGE numbers of false prophets prophesying good things, smooth things, feel good things, peace and prosperity, and a very small, minuscule number of true prophets who called the people to repentance and holiness. Furthermore, the majority always attempts to drown out the call to broken repentance and warnings of judgment. As Isaiah 30:9-10 states, “…this is a rebellious people, Lying children, Children who will not hear the law of the Lord; 10 Who say to the seers, “Do not see,” And to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us right things; Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.” Indeed, is this not so today? Have not modern prophets prophesied peace and good things to come to a divided Church full of sin and a demented nation full of pride? “2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape,” (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3).
And yes, there is a diabolical, evil plan in play at the moment, BUT the unseating of Trump was not its aim. Indeed, the diabolic, evil plot goes a whole lot farther back than this election and even encompasses Trump himself. The goal has been and is the formation of a one world, new world government. After all, look at what has already encompassed the world and how all are in lock step with the plan. The goal has also been the formation of a one world economy after collapsing all economies of the world. And indeed, this can be seen worldwide as well. And the goal has been the formation of a one world religion and the destruction of Christianity. Even so, persecution is intensifying worldwide. And ultimately their aim, their agenda, their goal is to dethrone God.
But God is not surprised by any of this. From the perspective of God, ALL–including all nations that rage and the people who plot a vain thing (Psalm 2)–is still under His control as He brings the unholy portion of His Church to her knees in repentance, uses the false prophets for His purpose, and leads an unrepentant, defiant America –and the world– to judgment via the revealing and unveiling of the book of Revelation.
As the day of the Lord draws near, the Bible is quite clear that things will get worse not better. Yes, God will move among His people and is moving, and He is sending out workers into His harvest field regardless of who is president, king, prince, prime minister, queen, etc. It has never matter to God who is ruling. What has always mattered is the state of the hearts of His people. Thus, He is at this time calling His Church to recognize sin as sin, for brokenness for their own sin, for repentance of that sin, and for a return to holiness without which no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). Is He knocking at your door? (Revelation 3:14-22).
“Five in Ten, 11/5/20: Mark Taylor – Election Drama…” (Taylor prophesied that Trump would win a 2nd term, and still asserts that he will win and the Deep State will be exposed in court), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aWcIy_VKQs
“What is Going On?…” (at about the 12 minute mark says God called Curt Landry to agree in prayer with Jonathan Hammel concerning the release of Michael the archangel; at the 14.5 minute mark Landry states that God said that Trump would win, even if it takes 21 days of waiting like Daniel had to wait for Gabriel to appear after Michael the archangel helped him, after all, “the spirit realm needs some time…”),
Pastor Dana Coverstone has had countless dreams over the last few months. They all are quite dark, dismal, and extremely intense. Like an epic film on the theater screen, they unfold with action and great drama. Nearly every time he relates the scenes of his dreams, he appears very saddened and almost apologetic for the darkness of his dreams. Though they are not sinister in any way, they do contain a great deal of weighty information that is beyond potent for both the dreamer and the one hearing about the dream. He does not attempt to interpret; he merely lays out what was presented. Truly, a lot of what he dreams does not need interpretation, for it appears quite self-explanatory.
That being said, I have found myself very tentative about the near future because of his dreams. After all, they either have or are coming to pass. And though I hope that the Lord will take His bride home soon—for is that not our blessed hope?–He may also allow His bride to go through some tumultuous times. I felt suddenly very uncertain. Not fearful. Actually, yes. Fearful. I get so sick and tired of people saying they are not afraid when everything they say and do means they are indeed afraid. So, yes, I was almost panicked at first. But that transitioned to uncertainty and being deeply troubled.
However, I must share that TODAY God shed His light over Pastor Coverstone’s dreams, and when He did so, I saw them very and incredibly differently. Things became clearer, and color flooded the black and white picture I’d seen before the light. What did I see? Here it is as succinctly as I can put it: Psalm 9.
“(To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.) I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.7 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.11 Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.13 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.19 Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.20 Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.”
God has prepared His throne for judgment. What is about to take place in America is God’s judgment. The enemy may think he’s in charge of this, and his puppet secret societies may think they are pulling their own strings, but God is sovereign over all. And via Pastor Coverstone’s dreams, He has revealed that He is “sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat” (Lyrics from “the Battle Hymn of the Republic”). He is remembering the blood of the unborn that has been crying out like the blood of Abel. And those reprobates who think they are invincible and that God has not seen their grave sin, are about to sink into the very pit that they dug for others and are about to fall prey to the trap that they set for the innocent and unsuspecting. They will be snared by the work of their own hands.
This is about to happen to the Democrat party that is drenched in the blood of the unborn, stained by the sex slave trade and pedophilia, and drenched in the foul debauchery of unjust scales, to the violent, godless BLM that does not care at all about the African American community but instead has been all about murder and mayhem and destruction for years, to those leaders who are legally and financially persecuting the churches in America right now, to ministers who have shamed the body of Christ through false doctrine and false prophecies and have blasphemed the name of Christ through word and action. It is these who will soon be judged according to Pastor Coverstone’s dreams. It is these who will fall into their own traps, sink into their own pits, and fall prey to their own schemes.
Does this sound harsh? Please, re-read Psalm 9. For that matter, re-read Psalm 18, Psalm 96, Psalm 98 and Psalm 27, and how about Malachi and Jeremiah and Daniel and Jude and Revelation. Let’s make sure we keep all of this in perspective – A Biblical perspective – God’s perspective.
And right now, God is calling His people to pray for the harvest, for the body of Christ to have a backbone, and for corruption in government and corruption in the Church to be exposed. He wants us to pray in agreement with Him. He does not want us confused; He does not want us questioning what is happening. He wants us informed, empowered and in agreement with what He is about to do. He wants our lights burning and for us to have extra oil so that they do not go out.
Is Jesus coming soon? Yes.
Is His return immanent? Yes.
Will we be going through what Pastor Coverstone saw in his dreams through January? I have no idea!
But again, in keeping our perspective Biblical, if we are here for the unveiling of those dreams, then we will get to stand back and see the judgment of the Lord poured out on putrid, blood-guilty politicians, lying false prophets, deceptive false teachers, and demonically-inspired protestors.
So, let’s not be disheartened at the details of these dreams, for they reveal the judgment and power of God against unrighteousness in various groups of people. He has let us in on His plan just as He always does (Amos 3:7). Therefore, we as Christians are not to be afraid. He is not coming to judge Christians nor will He abandon them. He is the Christian’s refuge! However, through these dreams He is stirring Christians to be prepared. No, not with food and water, although that is not a bad thing to do. I mean to be prepared spiritually, prayerfully, in all holiness and godliness, that we might shine forth like stars to this godless and crooked generation (Philippians 2:15) and that we might be ready for the trumpet of the Lord to sound! (1 Thessalonians 4-5).
I will close with these verses of Psalm 9, “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High…8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.11 Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.”
Rest in this, and keep on singing. And just like Peter when he walked upon the water, as long as he looked at Jesus he was fine (Matthew 14:23-33). As soon as he looked down at the waves tossed about by hostile winds he began to sink. Those waves were there when he wasn’t looking; they are very real waves, very scary waves, very choppy waves, and the wind was very contrary. The same holds true for the dreams of Coverstone; they are real; they are dark and dismal; they have come and are coming to pass. But, when Peter kept his eyes on Jesus all was well. This was not denial. This was all about Peter keeping his eyes on the Ruler of the wind and waves, the very Maker of the sea, on the only One who mattered. And indeed, the same holds true for us now regarding what is coming. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, our coming King, and all will be well. These bad things will not go away, just like the waves didn’t, but Jesus is still the only One who matters, the One who provides for our every need, the One who is our strength, the One who will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5). And when God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31). Truly, our God reigns! His Kingdom come! His will be done on earth as it is in heaven! So be it! Come quickly, Lord Jesus! The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!”
Amos 3:7, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”
Have you been jaded through the multiplicity of false prophecies of false prophets? How about all those “feel good” words from the Lord that never came to pass? There are MANY false prophets out there, most of whom are under the auspice of the New Apostolic Reformation. For them a prophet is “learning” and it does not matter if they are 100% accurate in their prediction. Here is an excellent article on this topic: “When a Prophet Speaks and His Words Do Not Come to Pass,” http://www.letusreason.org/latrain23.htm. However and in spite of the NAR’s excuses (even through the deft misuse of Scripture), God’s word says otherwise. For more info on the “Kundalini” spirit behind this and the evil that is being called good, please tune into Andrew Strom’s “Kundalini Warning,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXolizIy6_g
However, there is such thing as a real prophet. And Pastor Coverstone appears to be one of those (though he NEVER calls himself one), for one after one of his dreams are coming to pass. I will continue to observe and keep this post updated…
This brief article is to point out that Pastor Coverstone’s dreams appear to have come to pass and appear to be coming to pass. According to Deuteronomy 18, this is one of the ways to know if a dream or word is from the Lord. The other way to know is found in Deuteronomy 13. It is there that things get more tricky because God is testing His people. Basically, if the dream or vision or word comes to pass, but the dreamer of that dream then encourages people to follow after other gods, false doctrine, or anything that leads them away from the truth, then the man dreaming it is a false prophet.
Upon examination thus far, Pastor Coverstone is not such a false prophet. And though Pastor Coverstone does not deem himself to be a prophet in any way, God appears to have made him one on behalf of Himself to this nation. After all, through these visions and dreams God’s message of warning and repentance is resounding across America. Indeed, Pastor Coverstone does appear to be God’s prophet to America, and the word of the Lord through Him does appear to be coming to pass. For God does not bring anything upon a nation until He first warns them. Amos 3:7, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” Through Pastor Coverstone God appears to be doing this.
More than anything, however, I encourage everyone to get back to the Word of God. No matter how real a dream, no matter how incredible the fulfillment, everything must align with God’s Word. How will you know if a dream or vision or prophecy aligns with God’s Word unless you are in the Word constantly and hold it in highest honor? There is a lot of double speak out there. There are a lot of false prophets who quote scripture and then dream something contrary to scripture. But, how will you know this unless you are rooted and grounded in God’s Word.
Do you think reading and understanding God’s Word is rocket science? It’s not! But, it is spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14). In other words, only Christians can understand it as the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth (John 16:13). For it is only the Spirit that knows the mind of God. So, you do your part: read. And let the Spirit do His part: lead you into all truth.
NOW, here are some of the ways that Pastor Coverstone’s dreams have come to pass so far. To begin with, the dream he had back in December of 2019 came to pass regarding the hospitals, people on ventilators, people wearing masks, fearful people, angry protestors, barriers in cities, courthouses surrounded, burning cities, absolute chaos. To view this dream connect with this link:
Yet another dream, which is mentioned at about the 4 minute and 50 second mark of the same above video, is also coming to pass. In that dream, called Part 2, Pastor Coverstone saw the calendar again, this time flipped to September, then October, and then November. A fist then hit November, and chaos ensued. Businesses were shuttered; there was armed fighting in the streets; the evaporation of monetary wealth, Washington D.C. burning, politicians making backroom deals, and schools were completely closed to the point of cobwebs hanging in the classrooms. Interestingly enough, all of this already happening. Schools are closed. Businesses have been shuttered. And of course politicians are always making deals, the demonically inspired BLM is about to explode, and anyone paying attention to the economy right now knows that something odd is brewing and all is on the verge of collapse.
And then there’s the dream of the wolves who sit in the pews, stir up the sleeping people, and then surround the preaching pastors. Basically, it is about attacks on the pastors who are told by the courts and those even in their congregations to be quiet about moral issues etc. There will be threats; there will be intimidation; there will be protests against the churches. It is a sinister and dark dream, and it is coming to pass as well. Here is the link to the dream.
Here is yet another dream Pastor Coverstone posted on Facebook July 26th. To view this dream, please connect with this link:
(Even if you are not on Facebook you should be able to view this). In summary, this dream was about how in the month of August a demonic war will be waged against Christian ministers sexually, including lust and pornography; divorces among pastoral staff will rise, and such sin will be exposed. He goes on to say that there are a type of “demonic sleeper cells” working against the ministers and through the ministers and against Christian marriages via sexual oppression, depression, suicide, and drug overdoses. The main thrust of the dream had to do with Christian ministers coming under attack, and Pastor Dana emphasized praying for the pastors. Furthermore, in the dream he mentions United States Postal Service cutbacks (at about the 3.5 minute mark), unemployment being up to 50%, and the coming violent outcry against our government.
In confirmation of this dream, a friend of mine had a dream before ever hearing Coverstone’s dream, and in my friend’s dream their pastor divorced his wife. My friend was shocked upon awakening from such a dream! And then my friend opened their phone to my message about Coverstone’s dream, and proceeded to watch it. My friend was beyond stymied!
Well, in a few ways at least this dream is finding fulfillment.
“Thanks to the new lockdowns that are being instituted all over the country, the number of Americans that are filing for unemployment benefits is starting to rise again…”The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks.The Labor Department’s report Wednesday said jobless claims climbed from 748,000 the week before. Before the virus struck hard in mid-March, weekly claims typically amounted to roughly 225,000.” Overall, more than 70 million new claims for unemployment benefits have been filed in 2020. As I discussed yesterday, we have never seen anything like this before in all of U.S. history.”
Below are several more dreams regarding America for the months of September, October, November and December of 2020 as well as January 2021. There are also additional dreams which will continue to be added as Coverstone shares them.
This September dream was FULFILLED. The Church rallied, repented and prayed up a storm. The fires of persecution are on the rise all across America, and the fires of revival have been popping up all over the nation as well, from California, to Texas, to Kentucky, to D.C., from events such as The Return, Prayer March 2020, and “Let Us Worship” rallies led by Sean Feucht being held in many cities across America. And even now, Evangelist Mario Murillo is answering God’s call to hold a tent crusade in Fresno, CA. in spite of restrictions and whatever might be leveled against him. Before his group even set up the tent, they have been going through the city, and people are coming to Jesus left and right, black and white. God is on the move!!!
The dream of October has glimpses of voter suppression, false prophets being exposed, leaders ready to explode, etc. Here are a few links regarding this exact issue, and thus, is a partial fulfillment of this dream.
The firecracker leadership portion of the dream definitely appears to be coming to pass right now. And anyone can look it up to see it. The state governors are having power truly go to their heads. Oregon’s governor is threatening people with arrest and telling police to disregard calls about drugs and to instead check on people’s Thanksgiving gatherings. Portland can burn down at the hands of protestors, but law abiding families cannot meet for Thanksgiving or else they’ll be charged with a misdemeanor. California’s governor has called for Californians to cease traveling and limit Thanksgiving gatherings to no more than 3 families outdoors, while he recently was caught dining indoors with a group of unrelated people at the French Laundry restaurant and proceeded to fly to Hawaii for the holiday. In Maine a local restaurant is under severe legal fire by the local state government after the owner appeared on FOX news. Pennsylvania’s government is restricting the sale of alcohol the day before Thanksgiving. Thus alcohol is non-essential. New Mexico’s governor just ordered a lot of the state’s grocery stores to be closed for two weeks, and those allowed to remain open have heavy restrictions on how many can enter at a time. This is causing many to stand in line for hours just to get necessities. Thus, food is non-essential. In Los Angeles (this is the only county in California doing this) all restaurants have been ordered to stop serving outdoors by the LA County Department of Health even though they have none of their own county data to prove the necessity of this decision, and the one who officially declared this does not even have a medical degree nor is she elected. Nevertheless, power has gone to these leader’s heads, and they are ready to blow.
Quote from the article below: “In addition, the Governor has reduced the capacity of the stores that remain open to the point that many in New Mexico are being forced to wait in line for hours just to get food and supplies.”
“Lobbyists, Govt Officials Gather in Hawaii Despite Lockdowns,”(Quote: “About 100 lobbyists and government officials, including nearly 20 lawmakers from California, Texas, and Washington, are gathering at the Fairmont Kea Lani on the island of Maui in Hawaii this week despite restrictions in their home states barring large gatherings because of new outbreaks of the novel coronavirus.”), November 16, 2020, https://www.newsmax.com/politics/maui-covid-lawmakers-resort/2020/11/16/id/997330/
Other false and mixed signal “prophetic” predictions can be found at the Elijah List website. It is imperative to note, that all of these so-called prophets and prophetesses not only back Trump, but see him as Cyrus the great, the superhero of heaven, savior of the U.S., and that if one does not vote for him then they are in the wrong boat. If this is really what God wants, time will tell.
Here are a few sources regarding why the NAR are false prophets and false teachers:
NAR pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Bill Johnson, who has a popular school of ministry and is the source of the popular music group Jesus Culture, teaches that Jesus had to be “born again”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIpVvz63IAg
“In response to a question about how he cultivates gifts such as prophecy, Johnson replied, “When I taught my boys to ride their bikes I took them to the park where there was a lot of grass so that when they fell, they fell safely. You have to create a context for people to learn the gifts, to operate in the gifts of the spirit. You have to give them permission to not get it right. In fact at our school we actually require our students to fail three times their first year. At least three times or they can’t graduate.” – Bill Johnson from the article, “True Prophecies by False Prophets,” https://midwestoutreach.org/2020/03/19/true-prophecies-by-false-prophets/
This does appear to be unfolding right in front of us, for right now the “obvious winner” of the presidential election is “not so obvious” as Trump takes voter fraud claims to court and ballots are recounted. And right now, just like in the dream, the democrat candidate is racing toward the White House. There are also protests around the country. I will post links below this video regarding some of these things. I await the further fulfillment of this dream in the days ahead, but it has begun.
This video of November 11th by End Times Productions presents the trap that has been set for Americans. Blue helmets were mentioned both in this November dream of Coverstone and in his first dream as well (in the orange shirt near the top of this article). There are at least two scenarios that could lead to those helmets in America.
“The United States proudly remains the largest and most reliable supporter of the UN and its founding principles. It is in that spirit that we call on all nations to join the United States in working to ensure the UN continues to live up to its noble ideals of liberty, prosperity, and the pursuit of world peace.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 24, 2020, as United Nations Day. I urge the Governors of the 50 States, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the officials of all other areas under the flag of the United States, to observe United Nations Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
“Election 2020 legal battles under way as judges weigh in on Trump lawsuits,” in key battleground stateshttps://www.foxnews.com/politics/election-2020-legal-battles-trump-campaign-lawsuits-battleground-states
In this dream of December and January, blackouts are predicted in the Southwestern U.S. even up into Canada in spots. This video by Christopher Green covers the fact that upwards to 200,000 Californians are about to have their power purposefully shut off for several days by PG&E. No one can figure out why they are about to do this. Makes no sense. Here is the AMTV link with this breaking news story (in the video, Christopher Green documents the sources regarding this): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0BMEjAainQ To be continued….
This vision was recounted on September 22nd (even without a facebook account you should be able to connect and watch this link). We need to “be able to run, so stick to the instructions…Stay braced and occupy until I come.”
September 14 dream plus a more recent dream: posted November 3rd
Dream of September 14th and Vision of September 15th: From Spirit to Flesh (posted October 9th)
This also recounts the vision of the Renewal of the Bride which was shared in the link above from the 22nd. The man in that vision of the Renewal is also the “lumberjack” in the dream that Coverstone talks about in this video. The lumberjack dream is about the death of a tree in a field of trees (Maple?) which have come to life from the top down. The large significant tree in the field of trees that is tapped by the lumberjack likely is symbolic of something demonic, for trees do not bleed nor do they grow from the top down. Usually in the Bible trees are symbolic of angelic entities/principalities or a nation or a human leader, like in Ezekiel 17 and 31 and also Daniel 4. So, something demonic is going on, and this year has been important regarding this.
Dream of September 26th: Ready or Not
This dream portrays an epic battle scene akin to The Lord of the Rings, and either Christians will be ready for the ensuing spiritual battle….or….they will not be ready. There is no in between. This reminds me of Coverstone’s dream of November, wherein the white spirit says that those who have not prepared will be found wanting in the end. So, which are you? Ready? Or, not?
October 20th: Death of a Candidate
Along with a presidential candidate lying in state on December 17th, this dream also addresses the destruction of liberty from the west to the east and a possible shut down of the grid/internet. Pastor Dana does not give an interpretation, but these are my initial thoughts regarding the symbolism in this dream.
Dream posted October 28th: Hold Your Breath
Dream of Americans doing normal things that are suddenly taken off guard by rising waters, but how Christians are braced and ready and unafraid. In the end Christians are encouraged to remain braced and to hold our breath a while longer.
Dreams published November 3rd: The Quaking of America: “Now It’s Up To You Church,” and the Prayer Wall.
One of these dreams is from September 14th and the other is more recent.
My heart is incredibly grieved today. I tell you the hits just keep coming. Last evening via a LONG comment in the comment section of a Lynn Leahz program with Tony Koretz (of the youtube channel AMinuteToMidnite) from September 25, 2018 leaped off the page (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgsWfIOsO28). It propelled me to dig deeper, and in so doing, I uncovered a pocket of putrid filth.
If this is not disturbing enough, did you know that there is a FEMA Clergy Response Team? These volunteer clergy are upwards to 100,000 strong now, and are all about quoting Romans 13 as a reason to obey the government in the time of a national emergency. These clergy have taken FEMA classes online and in person, and accompany FEMA workers, etc on their missions in order to comfort and persuade those who do not want to leave their homes, who do not want to be relocated, who do not want to give up their farms, their guns, their kids, their crops, their animals; in other words, they do not want to comply.
This is what I am really writing about today: the FEMA Clergy Response Team. I am beyond grieved –grieved does not even touch how I feel– regarding this issue. This team has been dubbed, “Judas Goats” because they, in effect, lure the flock to their demise, but they are supposedly spared.
Have you been wondering why the churches of the United States caved so quickly? This just may be one of the main reasons why. Either their pastor or one of their leadership or someone at the top of their denomination (for most denominations are involved in this) quite possibly influenced the unprecedented closing of the church doors.
Just recently, 2,700 Evangelicals signed on to support the government and science being propagated in the media. (“2700 Evangelicals Warn Against Politicizing Coronavirus, Urge Christians to Take Vaccine,” August 20, 2020, https://www.christianpost.com/news/2700-evangelicals-warn-against-politicizing-coronavirus-urge-christians-to-take-vaccine.html). Though I am not sure if this is linked to the FEMA clergy thing, it can still be added in to an already very thick stew of intrigue and evil amidst God’s people. Second Timothy 3:13 says, “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” This is the case here.
Furthermore, the NAR has for years glorified the Republican party and the current president, stating that he is a man appointed by God, a Cyrus, and a friend of Israel. They have published books on their dreams, been invited on television programs, and spoken at conferences, etc. Thus, they too have built everyone up to believe this president and Republicans regarding everything and anything because God is behind it. Again, though I am not clear on if this is directly linked to the FEMA Clergy Response Team, they do appear to have worked in tandem to prepare the response of the sheep.
If you’ve not heard of this, please check out these sources:
““They’re not using the term ‘quarantine’ – this is the term they’re going to be using – it’s called ‘social distancing’ don’t you like that one,” said the Pastor. He also highlighted how detention camps had been renamed to give them a friendly warm veneer. “Three months ago it was quarantine and relocation centers and now it’s ‘community centers’ and these are going to be activated at the local schools,” he said. Pastor Revere outlined the plan to carry out mass vaccination and enforced drugging programs in times of crisis such as a bird flu outbreak. “In the event of an outbreak or a bio-terrorist attack, there’d be a mass vaccination….they have a program nationwide ‘Pills in People’s Palm In 48 Hours’,” said the Pastor who was told that Walmart had been designated as the central outlet of this procedure… In another twilight zone Nazi-like spectacle, Pastors were asked to make a pledge or an affirmation during the meeting to fulfill the roles ascribed to them by FEMA. They were given assurances that they would be covered by full compensation in the event of resisters injuring them during property seizures and round-ups.”
“”TV Station Reporter Jeff Ferrell on KSLA – Shreveport, LA said “these clergy response teams had already been used when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.” Emergency Preparedness Director Sandy Davis explained to KSLA that the Clergy would already be known to people in the neighborhoods and they could explain the need to follow orders. Durell Tuberville, Chaplain of the Shreveport Fire Department said that when the government orders people to abandon homes, turn over guns, leave livestock behind, or whatever…(it) would be easier to accept if a minister is with the FEMA worker. Tuberville said “One of the biggest tools the clergy members would use would be the Bible itself, specifically Romans 13, the Bible states the government’s established by the Lord, you know. And, that’s what we believe in the Christian faith. That’s what’s stated in the scripture.””
“The Teams are alive and well. Thousands of Pastors have attended training over the years. Now that we’re in a lock down, keep your eyes & ears open. In my radio interviews in 2006-7 and again 2014 til now, I emphasized that FEMA would use the term “Social Distancing” instead of “Quarantine” as it’s more acceptable to the public. Well, here we are, with politicians, the media, and citizens using the term as if it’s cool or the right thing to do.”
While the world and most of the Church celebrate the ancient holiday of Halloween, a Satanic and high holy day of Samhain (lord of death), by dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, going to harvest festivals, or are participating in dark, demonic practices, a true, holy holiday of remembrance remains mostly forgotten.
Nearly 500 years ago on October 31st of 1517, in the midst of colorful leaves and the fragrances of autumn, 34 year old Martin Luther placed his 95 Theses onto the door of the Wittenberg Castle church in Germany. Indeed, it was the nail and hammer not only heard round the world but that shook the powers of darkness and all of their Halloween evil.
For hundreds of years (approximately 500-1600 A.D.) through the Roman Catholic Church, Satan had had a strangle hold on the people. Little groups here and individuals there had sought the truth of Scripture, but were persecuted and martyred by those who wanted to keep them in tangible darkness. People like John Hus, John Wycliffe and Jerome Savonarola spoke out against the immorality and unbiblical practices of the Roman Catholic church, and because of this many like them (thousands and thousands) were pressured unsuccessfully to recant and then without trial mercilessly killed.
Let us remember some of those specifically now.
Jerome Savonarola (1452-1498)
(46 years old)
Savonarola was part of Dominican monastery. At the age of 38 he went to the city of Florence. He began to preach and lecture and drew large crowds.
He attacked the evil lives and immoral behaviour of many of the people at that time. In particular he exposed the corruption within the clergy and the laity. But he preached a message of repentance from sin and Florence became a centre of a great revival.
He tried to make the city a model of a Christian community. The Pope at that time was Alexander Borgia and was one of the most wicked men who ever occupied the papacy. He tried to ‘buy’ Savonarola by offering to make him a cardinal.
Savonarola refused this and the Pope used other tactics. He got the monks to speak out against Savonarola and then excommunicated him and arrested him. He was tortured and put to death by burning. Savonarola refused to renounce his beliefs unto death.
Martin Luther regarded Savonarola as a pioneer of the Reformation because of his work to reform public morals.
Huss was the most important of the forerunners of the Reformation within Europe. He was born of peasant stock but he was a gifted scholar and received a good education and became the Rector of Prague University when he was 34 years old.
But Huss was stirred by his knowledge of the Bible. He read the works of John Wycliffe and he started preaching in a chapel in Prague. This chapel was established to allow people to hear the Bible in their own tongue (very few people, even within the clergy, knew Latin which was the only language that the Roman church allowed the Word of God to be heard in).”*
The preaching and reading of God’s Word in the language of the common people was unprecedented!!!
Furthermore, in both writing and by word of mouth he defended the doctrine of the Trinity, and boldly exposed the sinfulness and immorality of the pope, cardinals and clergy.
In November of 1414, John Hus was summoned to appear before a Council where he was accused and called on to recant, was arrested, and imprisoned for months. Instead of a hearing, Huss was eventually hauled before authorities in chains and asked merely to recant his views.*
“Accordingly, the bishops appointed by the Council stripped him of his priestly garments, degraded him, put a paper miter on his head, on which was painted devils, with this inscription, “A ringleader of heretics.” Which when he saw, he said: “My Lord Jesus Christ, for my sake, did wear a crown of thorns; why should not I then, for His sake, again wear this light crown, be it ever so ignominious? Truly I will do it, and that willingly.” When it was set upon his head, the bishop said: “Now we commit thy soul to the devil.” “But I,” said John Huss, lifting his eyes up towards heaven, “do commend into Thy hands, O Lord Jesus Christ! my spirit which Though hast redeemed.”
“When a chain was put about him at the stake, he with a smiling countenance, “My Lord Jesus Christ was bound with a harder chain than this for my sake, and why then should I be ashamed of this rusty one?”
“When the fagots were piled up to his very neck, the duke of Bavaria was so officious as to desire him to abjure [recant]. “No, (said Huss;) I never preached any doctrine of an evil tendency; and what I taught with my lips I now seal with my blood.” He then said to the executioner, “You are now going to burn a goose, (Huss signifying goose in the Bohemian language:) but in a century you will have a swan which you can neither roast or boil.” If he were prophetic [and it sounds like he was] he must have meant Martin Luther, who shone about a hundred years after, and who had a swan for his [coat of] arms.
The flames were now applied to the fagots, when our martyr sung a hymn with so loud a cheerful a voice that he was heard through all the cracklings and combustibles, and the noise of the multitude. At length his voice was interrupted by the severity of the flames, which soon closed his existence.”**
And these are just two such martyrs to be remembered, but the list could go on indefinitely concerning those who spilled their blood for the sake of Christ, the denouncing of sin and the Word of God in their own language.
Then, on October 31, 1517, David (Martin Luther) met Goliath (the Roman Catholic) on the great battlefield already covered with the blood of martyrs who had come before. But, this bloody battle of Martin Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli, and Calvin did not end with their struggle, but continued on into the Netherlands wherein a protestants in great number including one named Wendelinuta were cruelly killed, in Ireland where thousands were killed en masse, and in England wherein Thomas Cranmer, Lady Jane Grey, William Hunter and a multitude of others, including one of my own ancestors (Edward Wightman) died by the sword and flame and being buried alive simply because they did not want to partake of Mass or simply because they owned a Bible in their own language.
“The light of the Gospel having successfully spread over the Netherlands, the pope instigated the emperor to commence a persecution against the Protestants; when many thousand fell martyrs to superstitious malice and barbarous bigotry, among whom the most remarkable were the following:
Wendelinuta, a pious Protestant widow, was apprehended on account of her religion, when several monks, unsuccessfully, endeavored to persuade her to recant. As they could not prevail, a Roman Catholic lady of her acquaintance, desired to be admitted to the dungeon in which she was confined, and promised to exert herself strenuously towards inducing the prisoner to abjure [recant] the reformed religion. When she was admitted to the dungeon, she did utmost to perform the task she had undertaken; but finding her endeavors ineffectual, she said, “Dear Wendelinuta, if you will not embrace our faith, at least keep the things which you profess secret within your own bosom, and strive to prolong your life.” To which the widow replied, “Madam, you know not what you say; for with the heart we believe to righteousness, but with the tongue confession is made unto salvation.” As she positively refused to recant, her goods were confiscated, and she was condemned to be burnt. At the place of execution a monk held a cross to her, and bade her kiss and worship God. To which she answered, “I worship no wooden god, but the eternal God who is in heaven.” She was then executed, but through the before-mentioned Roman Catholic lady, the favor was granted that she should be strangled before the fire was put to the fagots.”**
**(From Fox’s Book of Martyrs, page 172-173)
The persecution spread even to England as perceived most sadly in the stories of two youths. One 19, and the other merely 16. Though so very young, these two teenagers put modern Christianity to shame! For they knew God’s Word and loved it even unto death. How many Christian teens know God’s word today? How many would die for it? Here are the stories of those two godly, English young people: Lady Jane Grey and William Hunter.
Lady Jane Grey
(16 years old)
When King Edward VI, son of King Henry VIII, died at the young age of 16, he named Lady Jane Grey to the throne of England. “Lady Jane Grey (July 1536 – February 12, 1554), a granddaughter of Henry VII and a grandniece of Henry VIII of England, reigned as uncrowned Queen Regnant of the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Ireland for nine days in July 1553, and for that reason is called “The Nine Days Queen”.”*** Though Mary was by law the rightful successor to the throne, King Henry VIII had declared her to be illegitimate and so forfeited her right, and because of King Edward VI’s wishes to keep England under Protestant leadership, Lady Jane in July of 1553 ascended to the throne.
“Lady Jane had a reputation as one of the most learned women of her day. She was also renowned for her beauty…[and] at 15, she had little choice but to comply with the wishes of those who advised her. Her execution attracted considerable sympathy, especially among Protestants. She has the distinction of being the first regnant Queen of England, despite the brevity of her reign (the shortest in English history).”**** She was a godly young Protestant woman who would not cave to the persuasions of Roman Catholics.
According to Fox’s Book of Martyrs, page 207, “The next victim was the amiable Lady Jane Gray, who, by her acceptance of the crown at the earnest solicitations of her friends, incurred the implacable resentment of the bloody Mary. When she first mounted the scaffold, she spoke to the spectators in this manner: “Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same. The fact against the queen’s highness was unlawful, and the consenting thereunto by me: but, touching the procurement and desire thereof by me, or on my behalf, I do wash my hands thereof in innocency before God, and the face of you, good Christian people this day:” and therewith she wrong her hands, wherein she had a book. Then said she, “I pray you all, good Christian people, to bear me witness, that I die a good Christian woman, and that I do look to be saved by no other mean, but only by the mercy of God in the blood of His only Son Jesus Christ: and I confess that when I did know the Word of God, I neglected the same, loved myself and the world, and therefore this plague and punishment is happily and worthily happened unto me for my sins; and yet I thank God, that oof His goodness He hath thus given me a time and a respite to repent. And now, good people, while I am alive, I pray you assist me with your prayers.”” **
Then after she quoted the Psalm Miserere mei Deus and after the executioner asked her forgiveness and she gave it, she was blindfolded and guided to the chopping block where she knelt, “laid her head upon the block, and then stretched forth her body, and said, “Lord, into Thy hands I commend my spirit;” and so finished her life, in the year of our Lord 1554, the twelfth day of February, about the seventeenth year of her age. Thus died Lady Jane…” **
“William was an apprentice silk weaver in London and he was a Protestant when Mary Tudor took the English throne. England had broken away from the Catholic Church under King Henry VIII. Edward VI had then become king but he died at a young age allowing his Catholic half-sister Mary to become queen. She was determined to return England to the Catholic Church and a period of persecution of the Protestant believers began.
William was singled out by the authorities because he refused to attend mass despite an order having been made that everyone in the City of London had to attend the Catholic mass. By refusing to obey, William lost his job and he returned to Brentwood.
It wasn’t long before William was found reading the Bible for himself. The local priest became involved and soon established that William had a basic protestant belief which totally contradicted the Catholic doctrine. William was soon arrested and sent to be interrogated by the Bishop of London.”*
He was put into stocks for two days, and refused to eat. Still refusing to recant after two days, the bishop had him thrown into prison where he was laid up in as many irons as he could bear, and continued in prison for 9 months.
Again William refused to deny his faith in Jesus. By his actions he was denying the validity of the teachings of the Catholic Church. Because he had refused to partake of mass and because of reading the Word of God in his own language, young William was condemned to die.
After reading the 51st Psalm, he handed his Psalter to his brother who encouraged thus, “William, think on the holy passion of Christ, and be not afraid of death!” To which William answered his brother, “Behold, I am not afraid!” Then, “he lifted up his hands to heaven, and siad, “Lord, Lord, Lord, receive my spirit:” and casting down his head again into the smothering smoke, he yielded up his life for the truth, sealing it with his blood to the praise of God.”**
William was burnt at the stake because of his beliefs and because he refused to deny his beliefs. It would also seem that the authorities were incensed by the spiritual maturity of someone so young. There is a monument to William Hunter in Brentwood with the following inscription:-
WILLIAM HUNTER. MARTYR. Committed to the Flames March 26th MDLV.*
In spite of the fact that after 500 years the Lutheran Church has recently found common ground with the Roman Catholic church and believe in the words of Tony Palmer that “the protest is over” the echoing of the hammer and nail of Martin Luther resounds still today. Though more and more Protestant church leadership is being mesmerized by the siren call of the Roman Catholic church, as one by one Protestants and Catholics seek ecumenical unity, the truth for which Luther stood and for which so many mercilessly were tortured and died, still stands, and those who believe it still stand for it.
Let us not not forget what the protest was about and is still about:
Purgatory, Papal Infallibility, salvation by works, prayers to and worship of dead saints and angels, the sale of indulgences, the grave and disgusting immorality of the church leadership, and the veneration of relics to name a few things being protested then and still ought to be protested now with addition of the elevation of Mary to that of equality with and even superiority to Jesus.
Let us not forget that following Luther’s 95 Theses the militant Jesuit order was established by Roman Catholic Igntius Loyola, and with the blessing of the Pope, tormented, tortured, bribed, and murdered countless Protestants and Catholics who dared to questioned Catholic doctrine. But, the tactics of the Roman church did not stop with violence against human life, but turned to violence against the Word of God itself which is felt more deeply today than most know. For, most translations of the Bible come from a polluted Greek text written in 1881 by Westcott and Hort, and seminaries are full of Jesuit professors who teach students to question Scriptural authority. And now the modern ecumenical movement focused on the unity of Protestants and Rome is relentlessly striving to peacefully tear down all that Luther and the Reformers fought and died for.
But the hammer and nail still is pounding in the hearts of those who believe in sola scriptura (Scripture alone) and sola fide (faith alone).
As we REMEMBER the Reformation on Reformation Day, October 31st, let us also recommit to stand for the truth of the Reformation such as Scripture being our only source of authority, and faith in Jesus as the ONLY way to heaven. And may we say with Martin Luther,
“as to the article of faith, if I gave way in the least, I should be denying Jesus Christ. On this head, therefore, I will not and cannot yield; by the grace of God, I never will”
“I am not frightened at any of their threats. I am not to be led away by their promises.”
“My resolution is taken. I despise Rome’s fury, and I despise her favour. No more reconciliation, no more communication with her forever! Let her condemn and burn my writings. I, in my turn, will condemn and publicly burn the Pontifical Law, that nest of all heresies. The moderation I have shown, to this hour, has been useless; I renounce it!”
In these words and in the hearts of true believers the Protestant Reformation lives on, the hammer of Luther still resounds, and God’s Word will never fail! Indeed, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but the Word of God will never pass away!”
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