|There is a
new kind of seeker today – not a seeker of truth, but a seeker of
power. Churches are encouraged to be "seeker-sensitive" to those who
are looking for something supernatural and there is a plethora of
false teachers who are quite willing to give them what their itching
ears want to hear and what their scaly eyes want to see.
Just the other day, a co-worker
walked into my office holding an old book in his hand. When I asked
him what he was reading he proudly showed off a book on Magik by
Aleister Crowley. When I tried to warn him from going in that
direction, the young college-aged man responded cynically to me that
he has "tried the church thing" and didn’t find what he was looking
for. He said he was seeking power and might be able to find it through
Crowley’s magik. I warned him about trafficking with deceiving spirits
and he said he only listened to the ones that claimed to be of
"Christ." My boss walking in interrupted our conversation and he left,
taking his evil spirits with him.
Many of today’s so-called prophets
see this seeker’s attitude as something healthy that the church needs
to rise up to satisfy their longing for the supernatural. Ten years
ago, on 7/7/97 (Coincidence? See last week’s Reflection,
Kingdom-Now "Prophets" Unite on 07/07/07), TBN regulars Kim
Clement and Tommy Tenney were guests on Praise-the-Lord. Clement
articulated their attitude – one they shared with their hosts, Matt
and Laurie Crouch. Clement said:
"The spirit of the Lord spoke to my
heart and said to me, 'Today the millions upon millions that are
running to the psychics, to the seers of this day, for triviality, for
stupidity, for stuff that is insignificant and unimportant, they will
go to them but end up at the prophet. They will end up in the house of
the Lord . . . They're going to end up right in the house of the Lord,
listening to the prophet of God, to the people of God that will
predict to them, and tell them what their destiny is.' You see that's
what people are after, after all. They want to know what their destiny
is . . . God says they're going to press a little bit further and
they're going to ask for the prophets to come and tell them: What do
we have to do? Where are we going to go? What is our future?'"
Like my co-worker, today’s generation
of magic-seekers are dissatisfied with a God they cannot see, feel, or
touch. Some things never change – this same attitude was seen in the
children of Israel while Moses was up on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten
Commandments. As long as God was doing miraculous things such as
parting the Red Sea, they were willing to go along with Him. But while
He was writing out His Word on tablets of stone, they were building a
golden calf and claiming it was the god who led them out of Egypt.
False prophet Clement has a word for
those dissatisfied power seekers. In his February 2007 newsletter, he
wrote (again in 1st person as if God were speaking):
"Let the wind blow, let the wind blow
indeed! For surely this will be a sign. I am speaking of the elements.
For it shall be days, and they shall ask, ‘When will this stop?’ But
the wind shall be a sign; may I send you a sign?…this will be a sign
of the wind that shall com upon the houses, and upon the people that
have called upon My name, and have said, ‘Lord we are dissatisfied.’
But I say that your dissatisfaction shall be turned into satisfaction.
Your mourning shall be turned into joy and dancing. I will pay off
properties in a nine-month period; I will pay them off Myself. I will
pay them off because this is the hour to be debt free!…You are going
to see the manifestation of miracles, creative miracles, and signs and
wonders, as a result of this wind that shall come, things that will
astound you even in the political realm. I will fill this house with
politicians that they may hear the Word of the Lord, and speak it out,
so that this country may be changed by My power.’"
But will these politicians he is
referring to be hearing God’s Word, the Bible? Not according to
Clement. In his April 2007 newsletter he revealed what the Word of God
is today: it is his very own voice and those who listen to the
"prophetic" winds. He wrote:
"The word has to become flesh. It has
to become through this flesh. When God gives you a word, it becomes
your portion for life, and screams out at Him. God responds only to
Himself, His own image…When you become the voice of God, you see with
a divine perspective. Seeing prophetically is seeing from a divine
perspective…what you see, YOU BE (emphasis his). When you
become the voice of God, you change the way you see…The word, when it
becomes the voice, has the power to stop anything in its way. You have
to have the faith and energy to become the word; this is the
promise that is already rooted deep within you."
So how are these politicians going to
be reached with this voice/word of "god"? It’s going to take a
collective boost of energy from an atmosphere these "prophets" are
trying to harness by bringing together the energies of masses of young
people. Clement's god says "I will raise up a children’s network, a
prophetic network." And so the other "prophets" have taken Clement’s
word and are trying to bring it into being. TheCall is their political
power siege collective effort; while other efforts to harness the
energies of young people are being attempted at such conferences as
The biggest promoter of the false
prophets and their business of making money by satisfying a hunger for
power is Elijah List's publisher, Steve Shultz:. His May 18, 2007
E-letter's subject line read: "WHAT is BOB JONES SAYING will HAPPEN
JUNE 6th?" To find out, of course, it would cost the power-seeker
money to get "the two teaching sets." He wrote this teaser:
"This present window of time is absolutely amazing! God is saying much
about this season -- specifically June 6th and also July 7th."
It's interesting that besides the
July 7th date (7-7-7), Jones is pointing to a 6-6 date. But, as
it seems to always be the case, these enticing words come at a price.
And when the dates comes and go and nothing happens, they take some
time off to regroup until they can lay hold of their next "word" from
God. It reminds me of the
June 9th prophecy from several years ago, when an audible voice
spoke to the pastor of Christ Church in Los Angeles saying that God
was going to rip evil out of the world on that date. (The new date in
June is close to that date but with the number turned upside-down.)
When nothing happened, it was explained away as something taking place
invisible in the heavenlies. If nothing great happens on these new
dates, the rhetoric is already in place to say the same thing. The
promoters say they are looking for a "shift" in the heavens on that
date and are anticipating a great latter rain outpouring, but when it
does not occur, it will be another invisible sign which is really no
sign at all, unless of course, they pull off something in the demonic
power realm and get their sought-after manifestations.
Leading up to this date, Bob Jones is
having a special conference. Here is a portion of their promo:
"SPECIAL IMPARTATION CONFERENCE
with BOB JONES:
June 1-3, 2007; Birmingham, AL"
SUNDAY MORNING MEETING $20
(food not included)
Bob Jones is one of the most
respected prophetic fathers of our nation. His unique
approach to the prophetic ministry ignites faith, releasing people
to a new level of anointing in their prophetic gift. He
seems to walk with the Lord both day and night, and the
supernatural is an everyday occurrence to Bob. As Bob begins
to minister prophetically to an individual, the Lord moves through
Bob, touching on their past wounds, present circumstances, and
future dreams that they may be made whole. "I just tell them what
the Lord reveals to me," Bob says. The greatest strengths of Bob's
ministry today are in the areas of revelation, power over
the enemy, and creative miracles.
Kathie Walters ministers in
the seer anointing. She believes that the
realm of the spirit, the supernatural realm, the angels,
Heavenly visitations, the chariots of God, etc. are
meant to be a normal part of our lives. Kathie travels all
over the world, teaching and imparting a prophet/seer anointing.
SPECIAL IMPARTATION MEETINGS WITH
BOB AND BONNIE JONES AND KATHIE WALTERS
KATHIE WALTERS - Getting Free from Religious Mindsets
- You will never be the same!
- Increase of signs and wonders in your ministry!
- Release of finances for your ministry!
"The demonstrations of God's power must increase in your ministry.
There are things to do, places to go, and finances have to be released
to enable God's people to go where He is telling them to go and do
what He is telling them to do."
Notice the same emphasis
on power, signs and money and the lure of having the same power
imparted to the participants (aka: the transference of spirits).
Just this week on TBN, the "prophets" promoting TheCall showed up on
the Praise set. Bob Jones wasn't among them. Even though
they pay heed to him, it seems like he is an embarrassment to them.
Steve Hill, former pastor of Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola,
hosted the program. He brought out the "prophets" one by one to give
their word on what's coming this summer.
Chuck Pierce: "This is
going to be a window of opportunity...June is the pivotal month."
"Western people are afraid--we need to get vertical -- that's the
key to miracles. (He spoke on the importance of singing and
Che Ahn: "Another wave
is hitting...we will see another Jesus Movement."
Lou Engle: "We will no
longer call him Baal, we will call him our husband."...We could be
in a moment of global transformation...We need to raise up a
"Everything's going to happen suddenly...A seasonal shift in the
spirit...the shift of the season is going to change. It is going to
be a regular occurrence...This is a sovereign dimension...The Lord
is restoring the 5-fold ministry...It is one river, not three
separate movements (he heard these things from an audible voice.)
Steve Hill is sponsoring
his own effort to harness teen power in an event called: "Collision
2007" on July 16-19th -- his promo reads:
"We are living in the greatest days of
church history. There is a hunger for revival and a deep longing
for God to do something unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
I’m especially seeing this among today’s youth. The Lord is raising up
a generation of young people who are willing to take a stand for
Jesus, regardless the cost. I sense within my spirit a deep urgency to
do everything possible to fan this flame. Being parents of teenagers,
Jeri and I are dedicated to making sure young people have every
opportunity to “collide” with the presence and power of God. It
is for this reason we will be hosting our first youth conference,
appropriately named Collision. We’re inviting youth from across
the nation to come join with us this summer as we seek one thing, a
“collision” with the King of Kings."
Collision Conference 2007
is a man familiar with the power and presence of God. It was
Fathers Day 1995 when God visited a church in Pensacola Florida so
powerfully, that a one day meeting with Steve turned into a five
year revival that was visited by more than 4 million people from
around the world. Steve has seen first hand how the power of God
can transform any life. He has preached to millions, seen hundreds
of thousands won into the kingdom of God, and now has a heart to
see a new generation come into a life-changing encounter with God.
Wilkerson, international speaker, evangelist, and
award-winning film producer, has focused his ministry on
teenagers. Known for his insight and ability to communicate
effectively with high school students, Greg has addressed tens of
thousands of teens at youth conferences and festivals throughout
the world. He is currently working on new film projects and
continues to speak occasionally at New York City’s Times Square
Church where he developed his passion for youth while working
closely with his father, David Wilkerson, pastor,
best-selling author, and founder of Teen Challenge
As you can see, one of
the speakers of this event is the son of David Wilkerson who initially
had taken a stand against the Holy Laughter/Drunkenness craze, only to
back down from his stand several years later. Could his son's
involvement with the key players of the movement have something to do
with David Wilkerson's reversal? (For background, see
The Joash Syndrome by J. Jacob Prasch.)
For any discerning
believer, certain things are evident from the rhetoric coming out of
this camp in the professing church. These prophets do not lift
up the Bible; they appeal to those seeking occult experience;
everything is shrouded in mystery; they think they have to compete
with psychics on the same level; they see themselves as little gods;
and they need to involve masses of humanity in order to harness
energies for tapping into the Force. And when this collective
army arrives, they will be the generals in charge.
As these evil spirits
are brought into the church, they cross-pollinate with the rest of the
visible church leading up to the final product of what John in the
Book of Revelation identified as "The Great Harlot." We know who
the one is who is behind all of these deceptions, but God will not
allow him to succeed until God's timing is right -- and only then will
he have the power over the Harlot and the peoples of the earth and
that for a short time. True lovers of the Bridegroom must heed
this warning to flee this devilish trap.
"When you come
into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not
learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall
not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass
through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or
one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures
spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For
all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of
these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.
You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these
nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and
diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for
"But there was a
certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city
and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone
great, to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest,
saying, "This man is the great power of God." And they heeded
him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long
time... And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles'
hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, "Give
me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the
Holy Spirit." But Peter said to him, "Your money perish with
you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with
money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for
your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this
your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may
be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness
and bound by iniquity."