Despite the fact that the Bible says the written Word of the God is all we need in our walk with Christ, many Christians are turning their attention to a movement that offers additive experiences in order to enhance their level of faith. This is not new. This movement has gone by several names over the years: the Latter Rain Movement in 1949, the New Charismatic Renewal in the 1960’s, the Kansas City Prophets in the 1980’s, the Third Wave in the 1990’s, and currently it is known as the Prophetic Movement and the International House of Prayer movement.
If you trace this movement from the 1940’s to present day, you will find that while the titles have changed, the underlying message and many of the leaders have stayed the same, as if it is being channeled from the grave.
It began with Earl G. Paulk’s Latter Rain, of which William Branham carried the torch, adding to it the Serpent’s Seed philosophy and the Manifest Sons of God. After Branham died in 1965, many leaders stepped up in an attempt to rebirth a revival ministry that would “usher in the Kingdom of God to Earth,” which is the key element of the Manifest Sons of God teaching.
Some of these men are: Rick Joyner of Morningstar Fellowship Church in Charlotte; Lou Engle, founder of The Call and leader in IHOP; Self-proclaimed Prophet Bob Jones; Evangelist, Todd Bentley; Self-proclaimed Prophet, Paul Cain; Self-Proclaimed Prophet, John Paul Jackson; Director and Founder of IHOP, Mike Bickle.
My previous blogs have given information on Bob Jones and Paul Cain and Lou Engle, so I won’t repeat that information here, but I will cover some interesting facts about Todd Bentley and Rick Joyner.
One of the most recent and larger revivals was in 2008 when Canadian evangelist Todd Bentley claims to have frequent visits from an angel named Emma, supposedly the same angel that guided the ministry of William Branham, burst onto the scene in Lakeland proclaiming thousands of healings and more than 30 resurrections from the dead. Nightline’s June 28,2008 broadcast announced that they were unable to verify any healings or resurrections from the dead. The revival came to a screeching halt when it was revealed that Bentley had an affair with a staff member and was getting drunk every night of the revival. Despite these infractions, which should have demanded his repentance and suspended his pulic ministry, Bentley was quickly restored in his ministry by Rick Joyner.
I have to stop here and ask myself why would Rick Joyner press hard to quickly restore the ministry of Todd Bentley? The answer is simple: to cover his own ass. Read on, this gets good.
If you’ll think back to June 23, 2008, Rick Joyner attended the Lakeland Revival with others from the NAR to align Todd Bentley with C. Peter Wagner (founder of NAR) and bring him under the so-called apostolic covering of the NAR. If you are unfamiliar with the NAR (National Apostolic Reformation) Google it. It will give you quite a fright.
At 6:35pm that night Rick Joyner took the microphone and prophesied over Bentley. This is what he said:
“Todd, your ministry is very appropriately named ’Fresh Fire,’ and uh, you’ve certainly been bringing fresh fire and even when you were going through the dark night of the soul, I thought you had more fire on you than, than uh, many… I’ll just say. But, uh, you know, the worse state we could ever fall into is lukewarmness, and God has sent you as an antidote for that lukewarm spirit. And, uh, the fire has been birthed here, it’s been released here, you’ve unstopped a well, you have other wells to unstop in other cities, in other places. This is just the beginning, and, uh, there is longevity too. There is increase, but there is also longevity coming. There are many wells, but they’re also oil wells, and they catch on fire when you unstop them.”
Joyner prophesied longevity for Bentley. Now, if he had been a true prophet of God and if the prophesy really came from God, you would expect Bentley to stick around a while, right? Rick Joyner uttered that prophecy on June 23, 2008 and Todd Bentley announced on July 21, 2008 (less than one month later) that he was leaving the Lakeland Revival in disgrace as it had been revealed that he had an adulterous affair and had been getting drunk during the revival.
This presented a big problem for Joyner, who had prophesied Bentley’s longevity. If Bentley crashed and burned, Joyner would be proven a false prophet. It became necessary to get Bentley re-instated as a minister to save his prophetic credibility. Biblical truth didn’t matter, folks. Repentance didn’t matter. This was all about power and reputation.
The latest revival/awakening movement is the International House of Prayer (IHOP) founded by Mike Bickle and based on the prophetic visions of discredited self-proclaimed prophets, Bob Jones and Rick Joyner, discredited self-proclaimed prophets Paul Cain and John Paul Jackson. This awakening is said to be the fulfillment of a prophecy by Bob Jones leading up to the official establishment of an apostolic and prophetic government that is to rule over the Christian faith starting in 2012. It is believed to bring us one step closer to manifesting the Kingdom of God on Earth.
Folks, this is old dogs trying new tricks, yet again. Joyner, Cain, Jones, Bickle and John Paul Jackson made up the Kansas City Prophets, which was discredited as based in false prophesy. These are the same men, with the same Manifest Sons of God, Latter Rain message and a brand new shiny title for it. They call it IHOP.
The International House of Prayer University in Kansas City, Missouri has become a very fertile ground for recruiting young believers. There have been more than a few reports of members who have been required to cut off contact with their families, people who have been spiritually manipulated and threatened, and warnings circulating about demonic activity, anti-Scriptural doctrine, hypnotic hysteria and psychological harassment.
Cult expert Rick Ross has documented that he has received hundreds of calls from IHOP members asking for help to get out of a situation of spiritual abuse. Other members have reported being assigned specific seers and prophets to guide them into their ministry, which makes sense because IHOP is based on the visions of self-proclaimed prophet Bob Jones who claimed to visit the Third Heaven on a daily basis and promised to teach others how to go there. It is also led by Mike Bickle who claims to have been in the Throne Room of God on two occasions, has been visited by an angel named Dominus and has seen countless visions and endured countless attacks by demons. There are complaints of forced fasting and forced isolation from families.
Each time this movement takes on a new form, it grows more dangerous.
The root of the problem within these past movements and the current IHOP movement is the continuous denigration of the Word of God. After many years of unsuccessfully trying to justify their movement in accordance with the Word of God, the movement has now deemphasized the importance of the Word of God.
Bob Jones prophesied that a new “sword of the Spirit” would be coming which would bring a paradigm shift to Christianity like none before. This is scary because in the Bible the only thing referred to as the “sword of the Spirit” is the Word of God itself. What Bob Jones is saying is that a new foundation is coming that will replace the Word of God.
This feeds into Mike Bickle’s teaching that what people need to enhance their walk with Christ is a new and fresh revelation; and this revelation is found in manifestations of the Holy Spirit, not in the Word of God.
Can you see how dangerous these teachings have become?