“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.” II Timothy 4:3-4
When the International House of Prayer (IHOP) movement began, it’s roots were based in a prophetic document that founder, Mike Bickle, refers to as the “prophetic foundation of IHOP.” This is called the Blueprint Prophecy and as I mentioned in my previous blog, it has been altered many times and is a far, far cry from any type of sound doctrine.
Where did the Blueprint Prophecy come from? Mike’s answer: a mystery prophet
Who validated its authenticity? Mike’s answer: another prophet and a personal dream he had which involved an angel and a demon.
So, to better understand the very foundation of this movement, I think it relevant to look into the prophets with which Mike surrounded himself as he began the IHOP movement.
Mike Bickle nationally promoted Bob Jones, calling him a “true prophet of God.” Now, I’m going to skip over the dark side of Bob Jone’s personal life because I believe God can free anyone from addictions and sin and that person can walk in his redemption and serve the Lord. If you want to know his past, google Bob Jones. I will, however, touch on the points I find concerning.
· While in a mental institution Bob Jones claims to have heard the audible voice of Jesus telling him to either kill twelve particular people in his life or forgive them.
Let’s pause there for a moment. First, if you read the New Testament, you will never find an account where Jesus tells someone to murder people. It is inconsistent with who Jesus Christ is. Second, if Bob Jones was in a mental institution, can we assume we are dealing with someone who is not of sound mind? Let me be clear. Bob wasn’t taking anti-depressants or just under the care of a psychiatrist. He was committed to a mental institution. This is a red flag for me and probably not someone upon whose words I would build the foundation of my prayer movement.
· Both Bob Jones and Mike Bickle estimated that (and I quote Mike’s words) “Bob gets 5 to 10 visions a night, maybe sees angels 10 to 15 times a week, and has done so since 1974.”
I’m not a mathematician, but I grabbed my calculator and this totals 1825 to 3650 visions per year and 520 to 780 angelic visitations per year. This is more than all the supernatural encounters documented in the Bible in over a two thousand year span. One must wonder, how many of these “visions” and “angelic visitors” were mere fabrications of a medically documented mentally disturbed man.
Here is the most terrifying statement of all: “There’s nobody in the natural that had a more integral role in establishing our foundations in that kind of prophetic way, than Bob Jones.” This was said by Mike Bickle in several interviews.
Now, I have to ask the question, if Mike Bickle is basing everything on the words of this self-proclaimed prophet of God, surely his prophesies must be accurate, right? Wrong.
There are hundreds of examples, but I want to mention a couple of them here:
Example One: In May of 1993 Bob Jones predicted a 3-month drought which would end on August 23rd with what he called a “drought-breaker.”
Mike Bickle preached and said, “we watched it day by day….June, no rain…then August 23, three to four inches of rain!” Bickle also said this was portrayed as “God’s confirmation of their movement.”
This sounds impressive until you check with the National Weather Bureau and the daily archived newspaper accounts for that time period. These were the actual readings:
· Readings from the former Richards Gebaur Air Force base (which was only a few minutes from Mike’s church, Kansas City Fellowship) show over seven inches of rain in June, which was well above normal.
· Of the twelve days it rained in June, six of those days produced rainfalls that were heavier than the so-called “drought breaker” on August 23rd; which produced less than one-third of an inch.
From the beginning this should have never been considered a true prophecy, and yet, Mike Bickle stood at the pulpit and proclaimed it to be “divinely approved.” Did God make a mistake or is Mike Bickle a liar?
Example Two: We are all aware of the stock market plunge in October of 1987, but what you might not know is that Bob Jones prophesized this in February of 1988: “Another thing that will be this year is financial collapse. I don’t know how soon. I really expect it right away. The stock market will eventually come down to 400 points…”
· The fact is there was nothing that even resembled a financial collapse in 1988. The market low for that year was 1879.14, not even close to the predicted 400 points; and the year closed at 2168.50 which was higher than it began.
The prophecy was inaccurate. So, I ask you, was God wrong again? OR was Bob Jones a liar?
Now, after Bob Jones was discovered forcing women to stand naked before him while he prophesied over them, Mike Bickle separated himself from the man. Despite this and all Bob Jone’s inaccurate prophesies, the Blueprint Prophecy has remained Bickle’s foundational belief system for IHOP, as have the words of Bob Jones.
This is only one of the many disturbing foundational elements of the IHOP movement. Don’t trust me, research it yourself. Here are some places to start: Bob Jones, Paul Cain, John Paul Jackson, Dominus,