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Dominion Theology... The Stench And Foul Smell Of Joel’s Army

Section XIV: More Examples of The Dominion Leadership’s Inventive Interpretations of Scripture

Carol Brooks

Index To All Sixteen Sections

Section 1: History, Beliefs and Spread
Section 2: Manifest Sons Of God
Section 3: C Peter Wagner and The New Apostolic Reformation ... The Five-Fold Ministry
Section 4: Genuine New Testament Apostles Or Deluded Con Men
Section 5: Biblical Accountability and Authority
Section 6: Do Miracles Produce Faith
Section 7: Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare (SLSW)
Section 8: Identificational Repentance
Section 9: Portals To Heaven?
Section 10:  Civil War
Section 11:  Phinehas Spirit
Section 12:
Excuses For Gullibility
Section 13:  The Bible Vs. Dominion Theology
You Are Here 001orange Section 14:  More Examples of The Leadership’s Inventive Interpretations of Scripture
Section 15:  A Sinister Twist
Section 16: Fate of Joel’s Army
 

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While it would take a lifetime to document every single instance of the shallow understanding (or even manipulation) of Scriptures to support the beliefs of the Dominionist leadership, several instances have come up, and been refuted, in the various sections of this article. Given below are a few more examples from the writings of Bill Hamon, Francis Frangipane, John Bevere and C Peter Wagner. Also included are Rick Joyner’s miserable excuses for all the false prophecy flying around. Open your Bible FIRST.

Introduction

Bill Hamon
Introduction
1) The “first will be last” a Divine Principal?
2) The Glory of The Latter House!
3) Sheep and Goat Nations
4) “General Martin Luther” / The “Holy” Crusades

Francis Frangipane
Isaiah 60 and the Glory of The Lord

John Bevere
Hosea 6:1-2

C Peter Wagner ..
The Church Will Take The Kingdom By Violence

Rick Joyner
And False Prophecy

Section XV:  A Sinister Twist... Dominion Theology, The New Age, and The Antichrist…
A Harmony of Goals

 


Introduction
I used to believe that, as a general rule, a straightforward contradiction of the truth is not all that difficult for mature Christians to spot. However I now realize that this is far from true.  Satan, the master of deception, using compliant minions in the guise of church leaders, attaches Bible verses to either generous use of out-of-context Scriptures or even complete fabrications. The resulting swill is then swallowed hook, line and sinker by those who judge the contents of a book by the supposed reputation of its author.

Biblical exegesis is a term (or principle) that every Christian on the face of the earth should be familiar with since it is, quite simply, the systematic attempt to discover the meaning of a passage of Scripture.

Good Biblical exegesis is actually commanded in scripture.

    “Study [be diligent] to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

While there are several very basic steps leading to a right understanding of text that is many centuries old, two of the most important are….

    Reading a passage in context. One CANNOT interpret any Scriptural verse except in relation to its immediate context (the verses surrounding it), its wider context (the book it’s found in), and its complete context (the Bible as a whole). One has to pay close attention to the literary context in which the word or phase is found, because words take on their precise meanings in particular literary contexts.

    Assuming a normal, literal meaning. We assume that each word in a passage has a normal, literal meaning, unless there is good reason to view it as a figure of speech. Going out of ones way to spiritualize or allegorize a sentence in Scripture simply leads to spiritual shipwrecks. Words mean what words mean.

 

Bill Hamon

Bill Hamon’s book Apostles, Prophets and the Coming Moves of God: God's End-Time Plans for His Church and Planet Earth, has been glowingly endorsed on the back cover by C Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs and Oral Roberts. So much for discernment.  Anyone reading through page two should have taken the book back to the store and demanded their money back. On second thought, returning the book would mean someone else could have bought that particular copy, so perhaps the better option would have been to burn it.

Bill Hamon manages to, in just one page of his book, break every single commonsense guideline to understanding Biblical text. While it is amazing that a man who seems to be intelligent could be so completely deluded, it is even more amazing that his books are bought by thousands of people all over the country and that he is regarded as a ‘spiritual leader’.

Unfortunately, while a completely irresponsible, dangerous and even stupid interpretation of a passage of Scripture can be made in one short sentence, a careful refutation often take many more words. I have kept it as short as possible.


1) The “first will be last” a Divine Principal?
 In chapter one, page 2 Hamon says.. All Emphasis Added.

    The apostles, along with the other four were given to the Church until it reaches the fullness of Christ’s ministry and maturity. Jesus cannot return to translate His church until it obtains and fulfills all that the prophetic scriptures declare. This will not be accomplished until the last decade of the mortal Church. Apostles play a vital role in this ministry to the Church (Acts 3:19-25).

    The apostle was the first fivefold minister to be placed in the church and the last to be restored with full recognition, acceptance, placement and power. They are being restored according to the divine principle that the “first will be last, the last first (Matt. 19:30, NKJV). [1]

    [Note: On page 52 Hamon says God revealed this “divine principle” to him]

Matthew 19:30 does not demonstrate a “divine principal”, but deals with the very specific issue of wealth in relation to the kingdom of heaven. In this passage an incident with a rich young man triggers a discussion about possessions and the kingdom of heaven. This was obviously considered important enough to warrant inclusion in three Gospels..  Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10: 17-31 and Luke 18:18-30.

The rich young man claimed to be righteous and to have kept all the commandments, but yet wanted to know what “good thing” he had to do to obtain eternal life… He probably hoped that there was some good work that he could do, over and above keeping the commandments, that would ‘put him over the edge’ so to speak, and guarantee him a place in Heaven. Jesus’ response was designed to dig below the surface of merely keeping the law and see how righteous the rich young man actually was. Was he merely staying within the confines of the letter of the law, or was his heart wholly involved with God. The instruction to sell all and follow Christ certainly revealed that the young man treasured his “great wealth” more than anything else. However when push came to shove, he chose his money and possessions over becoming a disciple of Christ.

Jesus then spoke about the difficulties involved in a rich man actually making it to Heaven [Vs. 23,24] (the reason for which may be because people who have a lot going for them in terms of money, prestige and/or power could find it the hardest to unreservedly trust Jesus for salvation).

Peter then says they have left everything to follow Jesus and asks what would be in store for them, to which Jesus replies that they will “sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” [V. 28], and that “everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields”  for His sake “will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life” [V.29].This is followed by “many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” Jesus is explaining that that the rich and famous in this life may not be the rich and famous in the next.

What Jesus’ teaching does is turns on it’s head the common notion in the church that the rich have actually been blessed by God, while poverty smacks of His disfavor for whatever reason.  Although the Old Testament certainly had it’s fair share of wealthy people who put God first, a rich man on earth is not guaranteed a greater place in the kingdom than a poor one. Perhaps the reason that Jesus said it was very difficult for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven is because people who have a lot going for them in terms of money, prestige and/or power could find it the hardest to unreservedly trust Jesus for salvation.

The Last will be First and the First will be Last is very often how God operates…. God humbles those who exalt themselves and exalts those who humble themselves.


2) The Glory of The Latter House!
Hamon then goes on to say…

    When apostles were active in the first generation Church, a great harvest of souls were brought in. When the apostles are fully restored, there will be the greatest harvest of souls ever. I believe more souls will be saved in the last one hundred years of the Church than have been saved during all the other years of its existence, “The glory of this latter house [last century Church] shall be greater than of the former [first century Church]” (Hag. 2:9) [1]

The problem here is that Haggai was not referring to the yet un-established church, but the actual physical temple of God. I owe much of the following brief outline of Haggai to Eugene H. Merrill’s exposition of the book. [2]

If someone were to take the time to actually read Haggai in it’s entirety, they would find the heart of the book is the prophet’s insistence that the Jews who had returned from captivity get to work rebuilding the temple.

The prophet initially chides the people for putting their own interests ahead of those of the Lord… they ran to their own houses while His lay waste [1:9]. This was the cause of their lack of success… they planted but reaped little, ate but were not filled, drank but were not satisfied, were clothed but not warm [1:6].  Haggai  counseled them to consider their ways, then go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house, in which the Lord would take pleasure [1:7-8]. This stern rebuke apparently had its desired effect for the people immediately resumed working on the temple [1:14], a task that had been set aside for sixteen years.

However, in the seventh month on the seventh day of the feast of tabernacles, came a new message, intended to prevent discouragement. The close of this feast must have brought sadness as they compared both their previous state and the previous temple with their present poverty and a temple that did not (in their eyes) compare to the glory of the first one [2:3]. The Lord encourages them be strong, and work: for He is with them. [2:4] and He will abide by His covenant.

Haggai then, in clearly apocalyptic terms, describes the shaking of the heavens and the earth, after which all the people of the earth will recognize the sovereignty of the Lord, and will render Him homage, part of which will take the form of tribute brought to the temple. It is then that the glory of this eternal temple will far exceed the glory of Solomon’s temple, not only in physical richness but when the Glory of the Lord alights on it. [2:7-9].

This has Biblical precedent.. The Mosaic tabernacle was built and furnished with precious objects including gold and silver (Exodus 25:1-9), and once completed “the glory of Jehovah filled the tabernacle” (Exodus 40:34-35). To be noted is that at least some of this material seems to have come from the Egyptians neighbors whom the Israelites despoiled on their way out of Egypt (Exodus 3:21-22).

The Temple of Solomon was also largely furnished by the tribute of the nations and revenues that king David collected which he dedicated to the Lord (2 Samuel 8:7-8, 10-11). Solomon later “brought in the things which David his father had dedicated, even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, and put them in the treasuries of the house of Jehovah” (See 1 Kings 7:51 and 1 Chronicles 29:3-5) before the Lord came to reside in the temple, filling it with His glory. (See 1 Kings 8:1-11).

Although the nations contributing to the glory of the temple in the Old Testament was not entirely voluntary, it was a type of a glorious age to come when the nations would bring their offerings to Zion. This coming event is also described by Isaiah in chapter 60, verses 4-14, quoted below.

So all the nonsense about the glory of the last century Church being greater than the first century Church is just that… nonsense. Ignoring the contest which deals with literal historical events used as a type of an actual event to come, Hamon has allegorized the verse in question to support his preconceived ideas. He has gone to the Scriptures to find what he has already decided to believe.

    Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: they all gather themselves together, they come to thee; thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be carried in the arms.

    Then thou shalt see and be radiant, and thy heart shall thrill and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned unto thee, the wealth of the nations shall come unto thee.

    The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come; they shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praises of Jehovah.

    All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee; they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar; and I will glorify the house of my glory.

    Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?

    Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, for the name of Jehovah thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.

    And foreigners shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favor have I had mercy on thee.

    Thy gates also shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the wealth of the nations, and their kings led captive.

    For that nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

    The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine, and the box-tree together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

    And the sons of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee The city of Jehovah, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. [Isaiah 60:4-14]


3) Sheep and Goat Nations
Hamon also says… [Emphasis Added]

    The whole world will be affected when the apostles and prophets are fully restored. Their supernatural prophetic and apostolic words will signal the rise and fall of many nations and people.  They will be instrumental in determining goat and sheep nations so that when Jesus Christ comes He can put the sheep nations on His right and the goat nations on His left.

    It will not be long until Christians realize the tremendous ways the restoration of prophets and apostles will affect them and the corporate Church. When the truth fully dawns upon them , millions of saints will begin to make a continuous cry to heaven, “God, reactivate Your prophets and apostles into Your Church so that all things can be made ready and a people prepared for Your second coming”. [1]

This reference to nations comes from Matthew 25, in which Jesus says

    But when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all the nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats; and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. [Matthew 25:31-33]

Bill Hamon is not the only one to propagate the fallacy of there being sheep and goat nations. Even a shallow knowledge of Scripture coupled with a whit of common sense should tell us that a person’s individual salvation can not possibly depend on the country one happens to live in. And, if it is, Bill Hamon and all other Americans are just as surely up a creek as any Islamic nation, considering both the level of apostasy in the western church that has been so blatantly exported around the world, and the complete loss of any sort of moral compass in American society.

In fact I do not see even one single “Sheep Nation” in these exceedingly terrible times. 

Since Scripture is very clear that salvation is and always has been a personal decision and the rewards or punishment will be bestowed on the individual, what are we to make of Jesus’ use of the word nations?

The word that has been translated into the English nations is the Greek ethnos, which Strongs Hebrew and Greek lexicon defines as a tribe; specifically a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by implication pagan). It is therefore hardly surprising that Matthew, a first century Jew used this word some fifteen times, almost always in reference to the non-Jewish or Gentile nations as in the following examples…

    For after all these things do the Gentiles (ethnos) seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. [Matthew 6:32]

    These twelve Jesus sent forth, and charged them, saying, Go not into any way of the Gentiles (ethnos), and enter not into any city of the Samaritans: [Matthew 10:5]

    and shall deliver him unto the Gentiles (ethnos) to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify: and the third day he shall be raised up. [Matthew 20:19]

    Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and shall be given to a nation (ethnos) bringing forth the fruits thereof. [Matthew 21:43]

    And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony unto all the nations (ethnos); and then shall the end come. [Matthew 24:14]

    Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations (ethnos), baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:[Matthew 28:19]

At the time of this teaching which took place just before Jesus was arrested, the disciples were under the impression that the Gospel message was directed only to the Jews, and that Jesus was going to restore their nation to their former glory. In fact, although they had had clues to the contrary, they even asked Jesus this very question after His resurrection.

    They therefore, when they were come together, asked him, saying, Lord, dost thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel? [Acts 1:6]

It wasn’t until Peter’s vision on a roof top in Joppa (related in Acts 10:9-16) when they realized that God was going to extend salvation to the Gentiles as well as Jews. In a nutshell Peter saw heaven opened, and a four-cornered sheet come down with various four footed beasts, creeping things and birds in it. God then tells him to “eat” which Peter refuses to do since he had never eaten anything unclean. The voice in the vision says “what God has cleansed should not be considered unclean”. It did not take long for Peter to understand the wider implications of the vision, since it was immediately followed by the appearance of the three men sent by the Roman centurion Cornelius, who was warned by an angel to hear what Peter had to say… which was the Gospel. Peter later made the following observations

    “and he said unto them, Ye yourselves know how it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to join himself or come unto one of another nation; and yet unto me hath God showed that I should not call any man common or unclean: … Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him. [Act 10:28, 34-35]

In Matthew 24 Jesus blew their ideas of just a restored Israel out of the water, vividly portraying something that was so much bigger than any of them could have possibly imagined. This undoubtedly had the disciples scratching their heads and wondering what He was talking about. Jesus described for them a scene of immense grandeur when the Son of man would come in his glory, accompanied by a host of angels and will sit on the throne of his glory and ALL the nations, or ALL Mankind, would gather before Him, and then would start the process of separating the sheep from the goats.

Incidentally no timing is given for the gathering of the nations and the subsequent judgment, which was which was unimportant to the message of the parable, therefore left unspecified. The Bible teaches that the second coming of Christ, The Rapture and the resurrection of the righteous all occur on the same day, with a separate and later (post-millennial) resurrection of non-believers. [See That Earth Shaking Seventh Trumpet]

And as an aside, an interesting point about Peter’s vision in Acts is made by F.F. Bruce… Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester …

    ”the cleansing of food is not wholly parabolic: there is a connection between the abrogation of the levitical food restrictions and the removal of the barrier between believing Jews and Gentiles, for it was in large measure the Gentiles' eating of food which was "unclean" (not kosher) by Jewish law that made association with them a source of "defilement" for Jews (cf. v.. 28)." [3]


4) General Martin Luther / The “Holy” Crusades
Later on in Apostles, Prophets and the Coming Moves of God, Bill Hamon makes two more very misleading statements. He says..

    "God is preparing His Church to become an invincible, unstoppable, unconquerable, overcoming Army of the Lord that subdues everything under Christ's feet.” … The Church has always been God’s “army,” but has gone through stages of “active” and “inactive” cold wars and hot wars. It was a defeated and disbanded army during the Dark Ages, except for the few warrior knights of the holy crusades.

    God’s Great Generals. General Martin Luther led the progressive church members in a war of many battles until they had fully restored and established the truths of the Protestant Movement. [4]

The Crusades: Just for starters I wish people would make up their minds.

On the one hand we have much touted three year “reconciliation walks” for the crusades the purpose of which was to promote better understanding between Christians, Muslims, and Jews and to "purge the corporate sin of Christians during the Crusades". This was organized by none other than YWAM. On the other hand we have a so called Christian leader calling the Crusades “holy”.
[See Section VIII: Identificational Repentance]

Sadly each view is representative of one extreme or the other. The pendulum never seems to stop in the middle where it belongs. In the first place, there is little doubt that aggressive Muslim territorial expansion and persecution of Christians had a great part to play in triggering the First Crusade which was a request for assistance from Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos. However there is no doubt that the Crusaders largely proved themselves a bloodthirsty bunch, exhibiting little compunction in the wholesale slaughter of both Muslims and Jews, a fact that will forever be a blood stained blot on the Catholic conscience. Note that I said “Catholic”, not “Christian”. This is simply because the Crusaders were not even real Christians. [See Section on Catholicism]

What Hamon calls “warrior knights” were nothing but thugs who performed evil actions in the name of Christ but represented the very antithesis of everything Scriptures stands for. But why am I not surprised that Hamon believes bloodthirsty murderers took part in a “holy crusade’. This type of slaughter is exactly what some of the Dominionist leaders are advocating. [See Section IX: Civil War?]

“General Martin Luther”: While there is little question that God used the actions of Luther to start a very big movement we have, as usual, taken a very skewed look at what actually happened and what Luther believed. The passage of time, and a populace that can not get enough of heroes, has elevated Martin Luther to a status that anyone who actually reads his works, is not inclined to do. For example, in his Small Catechism of 1529, Luther clearly denies grace alone and faith alone in favor of adding baptism and the sacraments to salvation. Luther altered the Ten Commandments, believed that baptism “gives the forgiveness of sins, redeems from death and the Devil, gives eternal salvation to all who believe this”. He was a Mary devotee whom he believed to be “entirely without sin” and the “Mother of God”

Luther maliciously slandered anyone he disagreed with, wrote a violent polemic against the Jews, and encouraged true Christians to murder Catholic bishops and destroy their property.

We wouldn't tolerate such things from the common man in the pew -- why do we tolerate Luther? [Further Reading on Martin Luther]


Francis Frangipane

Isaiah 60 and The Glory of The Lord
Francis Frangipane’s book The Days of His Presence, of which Joy Dawson of YWAM says

    "The Days of His Presence is one of the most pertinent and powerful words of the Lord to the Body of Christ today. This book is at the top of my recommended reading list!" [4b]

Incidentally “Joy Dawson and her husband Jim are unsalaried missionaries with Youth With A Mission, an interdenominational missionary organization operating in 173 countries, and are elders of The Church On The Way, in Van Nuys, California”. [5]. The Church On The Way is a Foursquare church with a congregation of over 8,000 members and is pastored by Jack Hayford who co-authored a book with Ted Haggard called Loving Your City Into the Kingdom. Hayford also glowingly endorses the Cleansing Stream …his testimonial appears in the literature and videos supplied to participants. [See Cleansing Stream].

In Frangipane’s words...

    “The Word of God states plainly-no, it commands those at the end of the era to be fearless in the face of darkness! Speaking through the prophet Isaiah, the Spirit of the Lord orders His people’

      Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but Jehovah will arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And nations shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. [Isaiah 60:1-3]

    Traditionally, because the second half of Isaiah 60 contains references to the millennium, some have placed the fulfillment of this entire chapter in the age to come. But let me ask; Will “darkness…cover the earth” in the millennium? During the glorious reign of Christ when death, sin and sorrow are banished, will “deep darkness” still rest on “the peoples”? The fact is, while Isaiah’s prophecy does conclude in the millennium, it begins during the last hours of this age.”  [6]

Francis Frangipane endeavors to tell an unsuspecting audience that the Lord’s glory which nations and kings will be attracted to, is the glory that will arise on the End time Apostles and Prophets (the Manifested Sons of God, a concept which doesn’t even exist in Scripture).

However the prophets in general and the book of Isaiah in particular do not lend themselves to a shallow or cursory reading. The book’s significance, sheer eloquence and depth of vision cannot possibly be overstated, sweeping as it does from the sufferings and resurrection of the promised Messiah through the terrors of the tribulation and the peace and prosperity of the millennium, eventually lighting on God’s eternal kingdom on earth. Isaiah (who’s very name means salvation of Yahweh) more than any other author of the Old Testament, focuses on the salvation that will come through the Messiah, His suffering for sin and His kingdom on earth. The word salvation is found some 37 times in the writing of the prophets, of which 26 instances occur in Isaiah. He is quoted in the New Testament more than all the other prophets combined.

Isaiah’s prophecy in chapter 60 does not begin with “the last hours of this age”. It begins with the Messiah. But, remembering that there were no chapter and verse divisions in the original writings it is necessary to step back a few paces to establish context.

Isaiah wrote at the time when northern kingdom of Israel had already been carried into captivity by the Assyrians (722 B.C.), and the southern kingdom of Judah was in spiritual decline, slowly plummeting towards collapse. Babylon was gaining strength very rapidly and was poised to replace Assyria as the dominant power and therefore become the biggest threat to Judah. Not only did God reveal to Isaiah that Babylon would take Judea into captivity, but that Cyrus, a Persian king, would allow them to return.

The book of Isaiah is largely split into two parts, the first written to Judah in the time of the Assyrians (the judgment of God, while the second was written to the nation during the exile in Babylon and after their return (the comfort and salvation of God). The two sections are divided by a historical interlude when King Hezekiah foolishly allowed the ambassadors from Babylon to see all the treasures of the kingdom. This causes Isaiah to foretell the Babylonian captivity, which was yet about a century away. In the second half of the book Isaiah looks ahead to that bleak time and writes a message of hope to the exiles. He describes for them the coming of the Messiah, salvation and the rebuilding of a devastated Jerusalem which finds it fulfillment in the new heaven and earth in the world to come. Which bring us to the disputed chapter and verse…

Isaiah 60 is refers to the post-exilic period during the leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah and reflects the situation that Israel found herself in following the return from Babylonian exile in 538 BC.

 In the words of Dennis Bratcher in his commentary on Isaiah…

    In spite of the promises of the prophets and the urging of the priests, there was no mass exodus back to Israel. Many exiles had grown comfortable in Babylon and were unwilling to leave. Even the handful that did return faced a ravaged land, a city and temple in ruins, and hostile neighbors (Ezra 4). The glorious promises of a new future had not immediately translated into blessing and prosperity.

    So following the return from Babylon, the people faced a new crisis. With no city walls, marauding bands of outlaws threatened them. With no central government, there was little leadership and little means of enforcing laws. With no temple, religious life ebbed low. Apathy, indifference and cynicism grew until the people began to lose sight of who they were as God’s people. They began to be careless how they lived out being God’s people. They began to doubt the future that God had promised. [7]

Judgment: Starting with 59:1 the prophet tells the people that they themselves are responsible for their intolerable present situation. The Lord can save, but their sins have caused Him to hide His face from them. The people are violent, unrighteous, trust in vanity, speak lies; conceive mischief and shed innocent blood [Vs. 1-8]

Concession of Guilt: From verses59: 9-15a the people concede that they are indeed guilty as charged and were suffering not unjustly on account of their sins. They say they “look for light, but, behold, darkness; for brightness, but we walk in obscurity” [V.9]

Salvation: However from verse 59:15B the chapter again begins to speak from God’s point of view. The prophet says that God wonders that there was no man to intercede with God to turn away his wrath. Even in this dark moment of history, hope springs forth from God Himself, who takes matters into His own hands. What needed to be done on the earth, has to be done by God Himself who dresses for battle, with “righteousness as His breastplate” and “the helmet of salvation on His head”.  His purpose is to deliver those that repent of their sins [59: 15b-17a], but to those that remain sinners “He will deal wrath to His enemies and retribution to His foes,” [59:17b-19]. The final outcome will be not just a new people, but a new city and a new universe (65:17-19). Even the Gentiles will come into His light, and all nations will be blessed through the Messiah.

Note that verse 20 is quoted by Paul in Romans 11:26, and applied to the Messiah…

    And a Redeemer will come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith Jehovah. [Isaiah 59:20]

    and so all Israel shall be saved: even as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer; He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: [Romans 11:26] 

Is it any wonder that Isaiah 60 opens with the magnificent words..

    Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee.

And what is this light that Isaiah speaks of? None other than the Christ…

    The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. [John 1:5]

    This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. [John 3:19]

The darkness that Isaiah speaks of in Isaiah 60:2-3 was not found in Zion alone, but covered the whole world which was enveloped in a cloud of ignorance and sin so dense and obscure that no light could penetrate it.

    For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but Jehovah will arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And nations shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. [Isa 60:2-3]

But the Messiah would come as a light that would attract the distant nations, who would come and participate in the blessings of the gospel. This is echoed in Isaiah 9 which also ties the light to the Messiah

    The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined … For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this. [Isaiah 9:2, 6-7]

Isaiah 60 starts with the glory of the Lord risen upon Jerusalem but thereafter can not be pinned down to one short and precise time frame. Chapter 60 and beyond is an amazing multi-dimensional prophecy that covers the light of the gospel extended to the nations, then sweeps across the centuries to the  millennium of Jesus’ reign, after which, with unsurpassed eloquence, speaks of the everlasting glorious new world to come… a future reign of God on a cosmic scale.

    But through this dazzling journey of centuries Isaiah stays focused on the Messiah.

For example when Isaiah says “the wealth of the nations shall come unto thee”, he was talking of the eternal kingdom when Jerusalem will once again reflect the glory of the Lord. Yet the gifts of gold and frankincense mentioned in verse 6 foreshadows the gifts brought by the magi (also attracted by the light) to pay homage to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:10-11).

In the early part of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He identified himself as the Messiah by going into the temple in Luke 4 and reading verses 1-2 from Isaiah 61.

    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because he anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor: He hath sent me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty them that are bruised, To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord… To-day hath this scripture been fulfilled in your ears. [Luke 4:18-19,21]

In summary, The darkness that covered the earth spoken of in Isaiah 60:2-3 existed prior to the coming of the Messiah, who was the Glory of the Lord that was seen on the nation of Israel. Jesus Christ was the light that nations and kings came to.

Far from glory, there will be nothing but condemnation on the so called latter day Sons of God.


John Bevere and Hosea 6:1-2

In his book The Fear of the Lord, Bevere says

“Hear the words of Hosea;

    "Come, let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; and on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight." Hosea 6:1-2

    This passage is a prophetic Scripture describing God's refinement of His church in preparation for His glory. He has torn but He will heal. A day with the Lord is a thousand years (2 Peter 3:8). It has been two full days (two thousand years) since the resurrection of the Lord. We are on the verge of God's reviving and restoring His glory to His temple. The third day speaks of the thousand year reign of Christ when He will live and reign in our sight. Hosea gives further instruction about how to live and what to pursue as we prepare for His glory

      "Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning: He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth." Hosea 6:3. [42]

Hosea’s plea in verses 1 and 2 are built upon the language of the preceding section. In 5:13 the Assyrian king is said to be unable to heal them or cure them of their wound. And in 5:14 Hosea depicts God as a lion ‘tearing’ its prey and carrying it off. However repentance brings restoration and the great physician will also heal and bind.

The third day was a significant element in the Scriptures, and therefore would have been familiar to Jewish readers. Author Richard Patterson notes that “the number three or its compounds occurs hundreds of times”…certainly too many to be listed here. However what is significant in light of Hosea’s prophecy is the fact that

    “The third day has a ceremonial significance as well … The meat left from sacrifices was to be destroyed on the third day (Leviticus 7:17-18; 19:6-7).”47 Thus nothing spoiled or impure was to mar the spiritual nature of the sacrifice and the third day itself was to be kept holy and pure. In keeping with this were the later regulations concerning purifications by water on the third day as well as the seven days after contamination by touching a dead body (Numbers 19:11-12, 19; 31:19). Hezekiah asked for a sign that the Lord would heal him so that he could “go up to the temple of the LORD on the third day” (2 Kings 20:8). The idea of healing thus is attached to the motif of the third day here. Once again not only is the purity of the day emphasized, but the day is one of healing and spiritual activity.

    It is not surprising, then, that when the prophet Hosea urges the sinning people of the Northern Kingdom to return to the Lord so as to experience His forgiveness, and their healing and restoration, that he employs the motif of the third day: Come, let us return to the LORD. [Richard Patterson. The Use Of Three In The Bible. Read Article].

While not everyone believes that Hosea’s prophecy was to do with Christ’s death and resurrection, certainly mankind’s salvation and spiritual healing is associated with the motif of the third day

    And he said unto them, Go and say to that fox, Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures to-day and to-morrow, and the third day I am perfected. [Luke 13:32]

    Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. [John 2:19] 

    and as they were affrighted and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying that the Son of man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. [Luke 24:5-7]

It is entirely possible that Paul refers to these words of Hosea when he said “Christ rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures;” [1Corinthians 15:4]. It is also quite probable that Hosea’s words are a shadow or “type” of events in progress and yet to come. The two days would be a type of the two thousand years that have passed since the resurrection of the Lord. The third day a type of the thousand year reign of Christ, which is preceded by the resurrection of the dead when our actual physical bodies will be raised and changed into a body that conforms with Jesus’ body after He was resurrected.

[ See What and Where is Heaven?   and   Understanding Prophecy and Typology]

However, Bevere is basing his argument not on typology, but on the statement found in 2Peter 3:8, which seems to be a quote from Psalm 90:4. [Emphasis Added]

    But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. [2Peter 3:8]

    For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. [Psalm 90:4. NIV]

Carefully examining the context and the overall argument that Peter was making throws a tremendous light on this much misunderstood issue. The key word to note in Peter’s words is the word “as”. What Peter was not doing was establishing a formula (1 day = 1000 years) to convert God's time into man's time and visa versa.

Peter was writing to believers who had come under attack by mockers who were questioning the promised return of the Lord. The context indicates that these believers were expecting the coming of the Lord in their generation. At the time when Peter wrote this epistle, the time period of "this generation" was slowly but surely nearing its end. As the years passed and more and more people of ‘that generation’ died, the doubts about the promised return of the Lord probably began to crop up more and more often.

Certainly the questions and jeers of the mockers, who had reached the conclusion that since there was no evidence of His return His promises could not be trusted, had to pose a real danger

    knowing this first, that in the last days mockers shall come with mockery, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 2 Peter 3:3-4 

Peter exposes these mockers in verses 3-7 then, beginning at verse 8, turns his attention to his readers. He reminds them of the truths of the Scriptures in which the very existence of the mockers is confirmation that we are living in the last days (Jude 11:18 says there would be “mockers in the last time).  Peter then challenges the believers to whom he was writing to look at these same facts from God’s perspective, not their limited vantage point. God is eternal with no beginning and no end, therefore time does not mean the same to Him as it does to us. In other words, one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and vice versa. Our timing can not be used to cast doubt on His promises.

However in none of this is there absolutely any indication that these words of Hosea describes “God's refinement of His church in preparation for His glory”. Read the text.


C Peter Wagner ..
The Church Will Take The Kingdom By Violence

C Peter Wagner says “The Church is expected to war” [Emphasis Added]

    Cosmic powers of evil have been assigned to thwart the Kingdom of God on earth, but they can be confronted and defeated. Apostles are designated to lead the Church into war because it takes a government to overthrow a government. Jesus invaded the kingdom of Satan when He came to earth, and He said that that kingdom will be taken by violence. Some Christian leaders have promulgated an unfortunate antiwar movement, but the dangers of this need to be exposed. For society to be transformed, bondages related to the land must be identified and broken through informed intercession. In war the victors plunder the enemy's camp, and God will cause this to happen as never before. [8]

Wagner’s words that “kingdom will be taken by violence” are from Matthew 11:12.  when Jesus said

    “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and men of violence take it by force”.

There are three distinct sections in verses 1-19 of the eleventh chapter of Mathew. The first section deals with J John the Baptist’s question and Jesus’ reply. The second with Jesus’ comments about John, and in the third section Jesus’ comments on the fickle generation that He likened to children sitting in the marketplace.

Although our interest rests in the second section, a brief glance at the first is perhaps in order.

In those days most people expected a Messiah who would rid the land of the Gentile oppressors and establish a kingdom of righteousness and peace. John the Baptist was certainly familiar with the Scriptures that spoke of the Messiah coming in power to subdue His enemies, judge the wicked and establish His kingdom [See Psalm 2 for example], He himself said the Messiah would “clean out his threshing floor”  and burn up the chaff with inextinguishable fire (Matthew 3:11-12].

Most prophets could only see a small piece of the puzzle and John, not being omniscient, was no exception. He had no way to tell that the prophecies spoke of two different comings. The first when Jesus was rejected by men and put to death to pay the penalty for sin [Psalm 22, Isaiah 52:13—53:12]. And the second when He came in glory to subdue His enemies and establish His kingdom [Psalm 2, Malachi 3:1-3]. So, since things so far things had not been going according to expectations, John asked Jesus if He were indeed the Messiah.

In reply to John, Jesus simply listed a number of works that the prophet Isaiah had said would be done by Messiah [See Isaiah 35 and 61]. However, probably because John was a prisoner at the time, Jesus did leave out Isaiah’s words that Messiah would set the prisoner free. He ended with the words that the one who did not “stumble” over Jesus was blessed.

As John’s disciples departed to convey Jesus’ words back to John, Jesus turned His attention to the crowd who, undoubtedly had overheard the exchange. This brings us to the passage in question, which is one of the more difficult passages in the New Testament.

    And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. [Matthew 11: 8-11]

    And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence (Gr. biazō) and the violent (Gr. biastēs) take it by force (Gr. Harpazo). For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. [Matthew 11:12-15]

What Jesus asks the crowd is what exactly they went out in the wilderness expecting to see…  A wishy-washy fellow whose views are blown about by the wind of every new fad or political fluctuation? Or did they go out to see a prophet? And, if they did, they saw more than a prophet. They saw and heard the greatest man ever born to a woman… the messenger who prepared the way for none other than the Messiah Himself. John was the last of the Old Testament prophets and stood on the threshold of the kingdom, which was yet future during his ministry.

But now, Jesus says John has ushered in a new era… the Kingdom has arrived. The change is particularly emphasized by Jesus’ words that as great as John was, the least in the Kingdom is greater than him.

Luke makes this clear in 16:16…

    The law and the prophets were until John: from that time the gospel of the kingdom of God is preached, and every man entereth violently (Gr. biazō) into it.

However what is meant by Matthew’s “the violent (Gr. biastēs) take it by force”, or Luke’s “every man entereth violently” (Gr. biazō)

A word study of the words translated violent and violence doesn’t really help, as these words are not used elsewhere in the New Testament. In today’s English violence is behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something. However Strong’s Hebrew and Greek lexicon does not give the impression that these words are used in this sense, but in the sense of pushing or crowding one’s self into something or seizing it. …

    Violence: Greek biazo. To force, that is, (reflexively) to crowd oneself (into), or (passively) to be seized: - press, suffer violence.

    Violent: Greek biastē. s A derivitave of biazō. a forcer, that is, (figuratively) energetic: - violent.

In other words, to force yourself into something… In this case the Kingdom. To reach out and ‘seize’ the Kingdom. Youngs Literal Translation [YLT] says "every one doth press into it (the Kingdom)".

This is reinforced by the third word used by Matthew in 11:12, when he says “the violent take it by force”. The word translated force is the Greek harpazo, which Strongs defines  as… To seize (in various applications): - catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force).

Luckily we have 13 instances of this word used in the New Testament, none of which implies bodily harm. In fact, in Acts 23:10 the captain was afraid that Jesus would be harmed by the Pharisees or Sadducees, and commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force (harpazo) from among them, and bring him into the castle. The captains intention was to save Jesus not harm Him.

Another outstanding example of force without physical harm is found in the verse that most Christians are very familiar with…In this case harpazo has been translated caught up.

     then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  [1 Thessalonians 4:17]

The others are…

    When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the evil one, and snatcheth away that which hath been sown in his heart. This is he that was sown by the way side.   [Matthew 13:19]

    Jesus therefore perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force, to make him king, withdrew again into the mountain himself alone. [John 6:15]

    He that is a hireling, and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, beholdeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth, and the wolf snatcheth them, and scattereth them: [John 10:12]

    and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who hath given them unto me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. [John 10:28-29]

    And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing [Acts 8:39]

     And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should be torn in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the castle. [Acts 23:10 ]

    I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago [whether in the body, I know not; or whether out of the body, I know not; God knoweth), such a one caught up even to the third heaven... how that he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. [2 Corinthians 12:2, 4]

    and some save, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. [Jude 1:23]

    And she was delivered of a son, a man child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and unto his throne [Revelation 12:5 ]

The violence and force in Matthew 11:12-15 and Luke 16:16 has absolutely nothing to do with the delusion that God’s end time army, being instruments of God’s judgment, is going to subdue the world by force if necessary… spilling a little (or a lot) blood along the way.

Using these verses in an effort to prove that the church will go into war led by end time apostles shows nothing but a very very shallow reading and understanding of Scripture, which was never meant to be read as one reads the daily newspaper, but requires a little more diligent, and a little less biased study than has been done by Wagner.
 

Rick Joyner and False Prophecy

In 1999 Rick Joyner blatantly announced to the world what ‘God told him’. Yet even after his ‘god’ was proved wrong, hundreds of thousands still buy his books, attend his conferences and read his drivel. Has it ever occurred to any of these camp followers that either Rick Joyner is a liar or his god is a fool? But wait! There is a third and worse possibility. … Joyner’s ‘god’ is a very very deceptive, manipulative, scheming, being, with a diabolically intelligent scheme in the making.

In the late 1990s, Joyner jumped onto the Y2K bandwagon as he claimed that the Lord ''finally did begin to speak'' about the issue. According to Joyner, God supposedly revealed that,

    ''The most severe difficulties will come from the panic generated by the situation'' and …

    ''The Lord told me to observe the problems that Y2K will cause in the natural world as a reflection of the problems we have in the body of Christ.'' [9]

Y2K was a non event.


The Final Quest:
Joyner is author of close to thirty books, including The Final Quest which is the account he gives of a vision he experienced over the course of a year in which he claims to have viewed the unfolding of the last battle between light and darkness, claiming to have been transported to heaven and to have had extended conversations with Jesus as well as with past Saints.

    (Author’s Note: This sixteen section article has taken close to six months to complete. It is impossible, at the moment to tackle Joyner’s work of fiction. Maybe in the near future this will be possible)

Joyner claims to have received the Revelations for The Final Quest when in a "trance level" two levels higher than the level of inspiration the apostles had when they wrote the New Testament. According to him this level is comparable to what the prophet “Ezekiel experienced rather frequently” and “what John probably experienced when he had the visions recorded in the book of Revelation”.

Joyner emphasizes that he does not believe “that any kind of prophetic revelation is for the purpose of establishing doctrine” since “We have the Scriptures for that”. However “there are two basic uses for the prophetic” .. The first reveals “the present or future will of the Lord in certain matters” and “for illuminating doctrine that is taught in Scripture but is not clearly seen”. An example he gives of the second purpose is Peter’s vision that made it clear that the Gospel was to be offered to the Gentiles, a fact which had not until then been understood by the church.

However Joyner goes on to say that

    “The visions on this book do contain some strategic revelations, and they also illuminated some biblical doctrines that I had not honestly seen before, but now see quite clearly.” [10]

And therein lies the problem.. The reason Rick Joyner had not seen those doctrines before is simply because they did not exist. However after visions which clearly contradict the Word of God, he finds that he sees things in the Bible that he had not seen before. The question that comes to mind is why does it take visions to understand the Scriptures?

In the case of Peter, his vision took place very early on, when the New Testament hadn’t even been yet written. Peter and the other early apostles had nothing to go on except direct teachings (in all the forms it took) by the Lord Himself. The guidance the Lord gave the New Testament apostles and prophets and the experiences they had of the Holy Spirit shaped their doctrine and beliefs, which was then put in written form, giving us the second part of the Bible… the New Testament.

Why then, when the Bible is all 99.9% of Christians have, are not these supposed doctrines clearly laid out in black and white? How does this tie in with the fact that the Bible itself says it is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction that the man of God may be complete?

    Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work. [2Timothy 3:16-17] 

Doesn’t “complete” suggest that there is nothing else needed.. at least on the spiritual level.


 In his book A Prophetic Vision For The 21st Century, Rick Joyner sets forth supposed Biblical grounds for trusting any and all extra-Biblical revelation that comes along. He endeavors to prove that people even in ancient Israel were required to listen ‘to the voice of the Lord’, which apparently was supplementary to what was recorded in Scripture. He says…

    “It is typical of our Western mind-set to want a clear formula for how to get to know the voice of the Lord. There must at least be an obvious ‘how to’ in the Scriptures, we think. Many have attempted to wrestle one out of the Word, but it is not there. The only way we can come to know the voice of the Lord is the same way that the sheep came to know their shepherd’s voice — through time spent in His presence.” [11]

Also See God’s Voice Vs. God’s Word?

Apparently the sheep are not spending enough time in His presence since, as Joyner himself admits, the general level of prophetic revelation in the church is not very high [Emphasis Added]

    “Bob Jones was told that the general level of prophetic revelation in the church was about 65% accurate at this time. Some are only about 10% accurate, a very few of the most mature prophets are approaching 85% to 95% accuracy. Prophecy is increasing in purity, but there is a still a long way to go for those who walk in this ministry. This is actually grace for the church now, because 100% accuracy in this ministry would bring a level of accountability to the church which she is too immature to bear at this time. It would result in too many Annaniases and Sapphiras” [12].

Mike Bickle actually once said.. [Emphasis Added]

    “And so, though we want to grow in prophecy, we don’t believe everything that’s said. We’ve been given 10,000 prophecies, and I believe there’s only a small number that I’ve really cherished in my heart as from the Lord.” [13]

I wonder if Mike Bickle has even considered the implications of this statement. He says he believes that only a small number of the 10,000 prophecies that they have been given are from the Lord. The logical question here is ...who or what is the source of the other prophecies?

And exactly how does Mike Bickle know which of God’s supposed revelation falls into the 10-65% accurate category, and which do not. What criteria does he, or anyone else, use to separate the “small number” of accurate prophecies from the larger number of inaccurate ones? (Why do I suspect that they judge certain prophecies accurate because they ‘feel right’).

And, how in the world are we supposed to know beyond all shadow of a doubt which of the prophecies or pronouncements by this supposed voice of God is accurate?

Or does it make more sense to believe that that these prophets/apostles are not 100% right because they are not speaking for God who is always 100% right?

Willing listeners who have given these false prophets credence are under an equally severe judgment as those who done the actual prophesying, since the Lord made it an extremely simple matter to distinguish a false prophets from a real one, and He did so FOR OUR PROTECTION. The listeners are not excused because false prophets told them lies, for they have given credit to these fabrications. Jeremiah tells us [All Emphasis Added]

    An astonishing and horrible thing is come to pass in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? [Jeremiah 5:30-31]

And warns

    Therefore thus saith Jehovah concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land: By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them-them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them. [Jeremiah 14:15-16]

    for I have not sent them," declares the LORD, "but they prophesy falsely in My name, in order that I may drive you out and that you may perish, you and the prophets who prophesy to you." [Jeremiah 27:15]

See False Prophets

So the question that comes to mind is why? Why all the twisting of Scripture, why the fairy stories, why the trumped up scenarios?

Unfortunately the answer to those questions is anything but palatable and pointedly reminds us of the very treacherous days we live in. Unquestioningly accepting every dream, vision, miracle and extra Biblical revelation, makes the champions of the Manifest Sons of God ideas very dangerous modern day wolves that are no different from the New Age/Occult Leaders, with whom they share more than gullibility bordering on the asinine. Whether they know it or not.. They share a common goal.

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End Notes
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[1] Bill Hamon.  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) Pg. 2

[2] Haggai By Eugene H. Merrill. http://bible.org/seriespage/haggai

[3] F.F. Bruce, The Book of Acts (New International Commentary on the New Testament) (Hardcover) Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; Rev Sub edition (June 30, 1988). Page 206

[4] Bill Hamon. Apostles, Prophets and the Coming Moves of God: Destiny Image Publishers (July 1, 1997). Pages 251-252.

[4b] Book Review on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Days-His-Presence-Francis-Frangipane/dp/1883906458

[5] http://www.joydawson.com/

[6] Francis Frangipane. The Days of His Presence. Winds of Fire (June 2000) Pgs. 20-21

[7] Dennis Bratcher. Where Is God? Verse Commentary on Isaiah 59:1-9, 12-13, 15b-21. http://www.crivoice.org/isa59.html

[8] C Peter Wagner.  Dominion!: How Kingdom Action Can Change the World. Chosen (February 1, 2008)  Pgs. 6-7

[9] Rick Joyner. A Prophetic Vision For The 21st Century: Thomas Nelson (October 25, 1999).  Pg. 49 and 52

[10] Rick Joyner. The Final Quest (Paperback) Whitaker House; illustrated edition (March 1997). Introduction by Rick Joyner. Pgs. 11-13

[11] Rick Joyner. A Prophetic Vision for the 21st Century. Nelson Publishers, 1999, pg. 75.

[12] Rick Joyner. The Prophetic Ministry. Morningstar Prophetic Newsletter. Vol. 3, No. 2, p. 2

[13] Mike Bickle, As quoted on Pastor Ernie Gruen’s initial 200 page report on the misdeeds of the so called Kansas city prophets. http://www.intotruth.org/kcp/Abberent%20Practises.pdf

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