1994 Edition - Part Two
Acid Cloud - A Vision of the Toronto Blessing phenomenon
Praised in New Books
Lion King - a review of the Disney film, by Berit Kjos
Warfare Exposed - a review of a new book by Pastor Bill Randles
the Vatican to own Jerusalem?
ACID CLOUD - A VISION (By R.S., Leeds)
vision emerged with an unusually vivid degree of clarity on Thursday morning
the 29th September 1994, just before I was about to go out and do some
a period of pouring out my distressed feelings about the condition of
the Church to Jesus, who is our heavenly Advocate, I saw ahead of me a
large billowing black cloud which carried lots of soot and other pollutants.
Its sulphurous stench revealed that here was no natural cloud, but rather
it was the type of acid cloud which arises from the explosion of some
chemical plant or oil installation.
by its own momentum, the acid cloud was rapidly heading towards a low
waterless desert plain which lay beneath some rocky mountains. Filling
the plain were all types of people, whom I understood represented the
Christian population of England. Most were indigenous white Anglo-Saxons,
but there were members of various ethnic minorities as well. These stood
for the immigrant population in England.
closer inspection, I could see that this vast assembly was divided into
four main groups. The first of these was the one that was nearest to the
cloud and was obviously coming under its influence. This particular group
can be known as the intoxicated. Behind them, closely intermingled together,
were the second and third groups - these can be known as the fearful and
the angry. Still further behind at a little distance was a smaller group
who will be known as the prepared. However, one fact was obvious - the
acid cloud was going to cover all four groups regardless of whether they
wanted it to or not.
was at this point that I perceived that the cloud was blowing in from
a Westerly direction.
response to this cloud, the first group were laughing, dancing and singing.
A few of their members were lying prostrate and making all kinds of animal
noises. Some were so deliriously happy that they actually formed a dance
line, which - while they were dancing the Conga - snaked its way into
the cloud. With a start, I realised their mistake. Already intoxicated
by invisible fumes emanating from the front of the cloud, this group were
wrongly assuming that the polluted cloud was a refreshing rain cloud that
represented God's presence. They failed to see what its true nature was.
second group of Christians saw what the cloud consisted of, but then panicked.
Some ran away and tripped over, knocking themselves out, while others
stood there, frozen to the ground, looking in two directions at once.
Like the first group, they too were swallowed up by the cloud. Their fundamental
mistake was to panic in the face of evil.
this was happening, the third group of Christians (who also saw that the
cloud was a menace) stood before it shaking their fists and making all
kinds of angry noises. Some were kicking at it with their feet. Like the
previous two groups, they were clad in light, flimsy summer clothing.
Their mistake was to try to fight the cloud in their own strength. Consequently,
they too were swallowed up.
as the cloud ate up each of the three previous groups, there was silence,
followed by ear-piercing howls of pain, succeeded by more silence - which
was broken only by the odd intermittent moan or throaty gurgle which very
much reminded me of a First World War gas attack.
However, the fourth group of Christians were getting ready to deal with
the threat posed by this cloud. With urgent haste, they were donning anti-chemical
suits of clothing, clamping on gas masks and putting on strong safety
helmets which had a bright light, like a miner's lamp, attached to it.
Above the lamp (which represented the light of the Holy Spirit) near the
top of the helmet was a bright red spot. At once I discerned that this
symbolised the Blood of Jesus Christ. It was his mark on this group.
to their sides were white first-aid cases with red crosses on them. These
carried a wide assortment of medical aids to help those Christians who
had been burned by the cloud. In their right hands they carried strong
transparent riot shields, while in their left hands they carried various
types of weaponry. These were obviously designed to fight the various
kinds of principalities which inhabit the cloud.
at God's own timing, they formed a line, linked shields and marched at
an orderly pace into the cloud. They were obviously directed by the Lord
to do this. It was also clear that they were called to work very closely
together. (Note; Later, Richard was shown that the strategy of this group
would be to advance at the Lord's command, fight strenuously, rescue and
minister to some of the wounded; then stand their ground awaiting the
next call for advance.)
NOT EVERY SPIRIT
Somewhat taken aback by the implications of this vision, I then used my
mind to apply 1 Jn 4:1-3. In blunt Yorkshire tones, I said "Do you, the
spirit who has brought this picture so vividly to mind, boldly confess
that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh?" "Yes, I boldly confess that Jesus
Christ is come in the flesh" "Fine, what do you say about the Blood He
shed on the Cross?" "Through the Blood there is forgiveness of sin. It
protects you from evil, as surely as the Lamb's blood on the door lintels
and side posts protected the Israelites from My judgement on the Egyptian
firstborn". "Good. Now let's take counsel together and have some intelligent
discussion. Without repeating all the details that were revealed earlier,
would you please, Abba Father, send your Holy Spirit to complete the interpretation
of this vision?"
Still utterly in control of what was happening, I then slowly took stock
of what the Holy Spirit was saying. While creating a piercing clarity
of mind that served to heighten my intellectual faculties, the Holy Spirit
gave me the following interpretation:
The acid cloud not only represented what is currently known as the Toronto
Phenomenon, it also represents all that will come out of that occurrence.
The Toronto Phenomenon is so to speak only the front edge of the cloud.
It is paving a way for even more extreme manifestations of the evil one.
In short, "Toronto" can be seen as a beginning rather than an end.
Being blown by its own momentum indicates that within the cloud there
is only what can be described as a hostile alien spirit. It is the head
spirit of many other spirits which inhabit the cloud. Moreover, this alien
spirit has been given permission by God to try the loyalties of Christians
in this country. Through a process of sharp division, which will cause
many wounds, it will become really clear who in the Church is standing
by Jesus and who is not. However, some of those who belong to the first
three groups will be given a few further chances to repent. For a little
while, the opportunity to get back into a right relationship with God
The flat waterless desert plain represents English Society which is bereft
of the Holy Spirit. It may also have some bearing on other places within
the British Isles - even though it is England which is primarily represented.
point to mention is that if the Lord's people had been on top of the rocky
mountains, (which represent nearness to God's presence) then they would
have escaped the influence of the acid cloud. Their position on the desert
plain has left them desperately vulnerable to the corrosive effects. In
other words, being in the place where Jesus Christ doesn't want them to
be has stripped the Church of many spiritual defences. Far from putting
on the armour of God, it is wearing loose, light summer clothes.
being in the desert place has caused many Christians to seek to assuage
their thirst from the wrong spiritual sources. That is one reason why
the first group greeted the cloud with such enthusiasm. It seemed to offer
an easy way to meet their needs. As was stated earlier, the people in
the plain were Christians - mainly charismatic/evangelical Christians,
but there were also a fair number of representatives from the established
denominations as well. They were conspicuous for their clerical collars,
long robes and self-important expressions of their faces. It was clear
that this cloud is going to have a very widespread effect.
was clearly seen in the vision itself, the four groups represented four
possible reactions to the acid cloud. Only the last was appropriate to
the situation in hand.
particular, those who stood frozen to the ground looking in two directions,
stood for Christian leaders who were trying to find expedient diplomatic
solutions to what was an impossible situation. Not surprisingly, most
of their supporters were quickly deserting them - leaving them alone to
be swallowed up by the cloud. At this juncture, I believe the Holy Spirit
is clearly saying "beware of man-made expedients in dealing with the Toronto
Phenomenon." What the Church faces here is primarily a spiritual, not
a cultural or psychological problem. Spiritual weapons will be needed
to deal with it.
role of the fourth group, which was the only one really doing God's will,
was two-fold. Firstly, it had to use the spiritual weapons given it to
attack the principalities which were in the cloud. Secondly, it had to
help restore Christians from the previous three groups who had been injured
by it. Regrettably, some Christians they will have to bypass, because
they will either refuse treatment or be in such a wild state that it will
be impossible to deal with them. By no means will all Christians survive
the passing of the cloud. Some will forsake their faith, while others
will suffer from permanent physical and mental breakdowns. A few will
even lose their very lives there.
began to see that the acid cloud was also the cloud of God's judgement,
that will have to pass over the Church until evil is forcibly removed
from it. Only after the acid cloud has done its work will the Church be
pure enough to receive the cloud of God's presence. This cloud will in
turn bring further cleansing and much-needed revival. However, the time
for this second cloud to pass over is not yet. Any hopes of immediate
revival are therefore premature.
means that taken as a whole, the Toronto Phenomenon does not represent
a time of refreshing, rather it represents what is perhaps the first instalment
of a VERY severe judgement on the churches in this country.
a very real sense, the mass of God's people are being handed over to satan
for the destruction of the flesh. Only those who are faithful to the Lord
in all things will be exempt from this judgement - even though they may
be distressed by its consequences. For members of the fourth group, there
is the challenge to stand together and not act as a group of disparate
individuals. In closing, I believe the Holy Spirit is challenging you
who read this document to decide which groups you belong to - is it to
be the intoxicated, the fearful, the angry or the prepared? Great evil
is coming upon many churches in this country - there exists only a little
time to make this decision.
Berit Kjos, with additonal material by Tricia Tillin
latest box-office hit, The Lion King, seems full of Biblical parallels.
It has colourful characters and personal struggles that help us identify
with a loveable lion made in the image of man. But watch out! Behind the
spectacular scenery and noble sentiments hides the timeless earth-centred
view of reality that has always lured God's people from truth to myths.
also puts into an attractive and acceptable format the age-old satanic
lies about the role of Lucifer as god of this planet, and his desire to
recapture his inheritance through his followers and through their king,
the son of perdition (Antichrist).
this story, endlessly recycled by films like Star Wars, Dune, 2001 and
Dark Crystal, Lucifer and Jesus are seen as brothers of the Most High
God; they are locked in an eternal struggle of good and evil. Lucifer
and his priests are portrayed as the beneficent and rightful rulers of
this planet, but they have been deposed by Yahweh's evil son, who has
forbidden the use of mankind's innate psychic powers and thus brought
all the world's population into barrenness
on the other hand, seeks to restore godhood and psychic power (magic)
to mankind and thus - in his version - to restore the planet to creativity
and life. (The vital missing item is often portrayed symbolically in films
as a crystal. It has tremendous power which, when released, heals the
use of magic and inner powers is therefore encouraged by modern cartoons.
While the older fairy-tale cartoons like Snow White linked sorcery to
the evil characters, The Lion King uses tribal magic for "good."
children in the seventies knew enough truth to place divination in the
forbidden realm of the occult, but today's children - who often feel more
comfortable with occult games than biblical truth - see nothing wrong
with pagan practices. They have been successfully indoctrinated by cartoons
like the Lion King.
new Disney story opens with a spectacular celebration in honour of Simba,
the new-born prince. The animals of the land flock to Pride Rock, where
the mystical baboon Rafiki cracks open an egg-like gourd, dips his finger
into the dark liquid, and anoints the little lion with a mark on his forehead.
[The children of satan are initiated and marked with the powers of darkness.]
Pride Nation worships its royal heir, Simba's devious uncle Scar [Jesus,
in the occultist's view] plans to kill Simba and take the throne for himself.
As soon as the infant king grows to cubhood, he becomes a target for Scar's
cruel schemes. The first plot fails, but the next assault kills King Mufasa.
[So, Lucifer's punishment is portrayed as a great mistake, leading to
tragedy for all mankind!]
convinces Simba that he is to blame for his father's death, sends the
heartbroken cub into the wilderness, and tells three savage hyenas to
finish the execution. [Christian opposition to the devil and his followers].
escapes through a web of thorns and collapses under the hot African sun.
A warthog and a meercat find the little prince, revive his exhausted body,
and teach him a new philosophy: No worries! Hakuna matata!
in Pride Lands, Scar and his hyenas [Jesus and his followers] reign. The
land lies dry and barren.
day, Rafiki [the shaman/new-ager] looks into his magic gourd and sees
Simba's living image. He sets out to find the reluctant heir to the throne,
then demonstrates a worldwide pagan tradition: reliance on help from ever-present
ancestral spirits. "I know your father," says Rafiki. "My father is dead,"
answers Simba. "Nope! He's alive. I'll show him to you." The shamanic
baboon leads Simba to a pool of clear water. "Look down there."
Simba sees his own reflection, then the face of his father. "You see,
he lives in you!" says Rafiki. Simba hears a familiar voice call his name.
He looks up. His father's ghostlike image appears among the stars. "Look
inside yourself..." says the apparition. "You must take your place in
the circle of life. Remember who you are..." The vision fades.
believes. He sees that the dead are not separated from the living, nor
earth from the realm of spirits. Everything is connected. Empowered by
a new sense of identity, he races back to Pride Lands to challenge his
uncle, win the throne, and restore the land. [This is the present challenge
to Christianity by new-agers and occultists]
Pride Nation celebrates the birth of the next lion prince, the son of
Simba and his cubhood friend Nala. [The antichrist is brought forth].
Again, Rafiki lifts a royal infant for all to worship. All the world worships
the Antichrist, the Lion King! The New Age begins. The cycle of life continues.
the following concerns:
SPIRITISM AND ANCESTRAL GUIDES: King Mufasa tells his son, "Look at
the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars.
They will always be there to guide you... and so will I." The Bible tells
us to shun all such expressions of paganism. (Deut. 4:19; 18:9-13)
INTER- CONNECTEDNESS AND MYSTICAL HARMONY OF LIFE: "Simba, everything
you see exists together in a delicate balance," explains Mufasa. "As king,
you will need to understand that balance and respect all creatures because
we are all connected in the great circle of life." God's Word tells us
that nature-worship and oneness with pagan cultures bring destruction
both to land and people. (Deut. 11, 28; Rom. 1:18-32)
GUIDES: To "look inside" for wisdom and guidance usually implies that
anyone - Christian or not - can tap into an inner source of uncorrupted
wisdom, because all are one with some sort of pantheistic deity or cosmic
SHIFT TO A GLOBAL WORLDVIEW: The Lion King matches the new earth-centred
paradigm or world view that is transforming children's view of reality.
While God told us to communicate impartial, objective truth to our children
when we "sit... walk...lie down and... get up," (Deut. 6:7) the "new"
mental framework distorts truth, stretches the meaning of familiar words,
and promotes spiritual "insights" that are incompatible with Christianity.
Packaged as entertainment, this message usually bypasses rational resistance,
desensitises opened minds, and fuels general acceptance of pagan spirituality.
the less, The Lion King can be used as a tool to expose darkness and to
reinforce God's truths. Understood in its correct light, the cartoon can
be used to illustrate today's campaign towards pagan spirituality and
Kjos is Authoress of "Under the Spell of Mother Earth" and "Your Child
and the New Age" (Victor Books).
PRAISED IN NEW BOOKS
a fanfare of publisher's trumpets, four books exploring the "current move
of God" landed on (UK) bookstore shelves this month. Three of the books
are British and the fourth, "Catch The Fire", is by the American writer
Guy Chevreau. Now a member of the Team at the Airport Vineyard, Chevreau
has done more than anyone to link the manifestations such as laughing,
shaking and falling over, to the ministry of Jonathan Edwards during the
Great Awakening. At the Toronto Vineyard, Chevreau has regular sessions
to teach on Edwards and give readings from his books, in rather the same
way that some churches have Bible readings.
three British books are:
Toronto Blessing" by Dave Roberts, editor of the Christian magazine
Breath Of Fresh Air" by Mike Fearon, an evangelical Christian journalist
with an interest in Indian religions.
of Revival" by Dr Patrick Dixon who has previously written on AIDS
uses the same material (often uncritically) for the history and background
of the Toronto events and recycles the same tired old justifications for
the manifestations. The British books add details about the UK charismatic
four writers each give a personal account of their own Toronto experience,
and none has any reservations about it being "of God". Dave Roberts in
particular kept up a relentless pro-Toronto stance, and his chapter on
criticism wrote off the opposition without bothering to examine any of
it. He clearly approves of the wide dissemination of Toronto literature
and teaching, while at the same time proposing impossibly restrictive
restraints on anyone who objects to it!
Fearon comes closest to presenting an opposing position, but never allows
this to shake his "one hundred percent conviction" that Toronto is all
of God. He points to experiences during psychological counselling and
drug-abuse that match those found at Toronto. He also gives examples of
identical manifestations found in Hindu ceremonies.
most disturbing aspect of both "A Breath Of Fresh Air" and "Signs of Revival"
are their comments on the Toronto manifestations. Both authors see these
- indeed, all the gifts of the Spirit - as psychic phenomena.
Dixon's chapter "Medical Perspectives on Manifestations" says that what
is going on in some charismatic worship is an "altered state of consciousness".
This he considers a "normal part of charismatic faith" and "the key to
making sense of Christian experience" and "vital to dynamic Christian
the Toronto manifestations from a physical angle has led him to believe
that Christians are slipping into ecstatic states or hypnotic reveries
during meetings. He is probably right! However, far from warning against
this, he commends it. He sees the experience as neutral, the only difference
between charismatic worship and a voodoo ceremony being the setting and
the intent! Mike Fearon does the same thing. His contacts with the Kansas
City Prophets, much promoted by the Vineyard at one time, have swayed
him to believe, as they do, that prophetic gifts are psychic in origin.
quotes Tom Houston (City Temple, International Director of the Lausanne
Committee for World Evangelisation) as saying: "My basic view of the gifts
of the Spirit is that they are programmed into us from birth...the gifts,
whatever they are...can be used neutrally, evilly (as in sorcery and witchcraft)
or spiritually." In the context of Toronto, with its outbreak of physical
manifestations, coupled with the invitation to "drink" deeply of spiritual
power; these benign references to altered states and psychic gifts are
Pytches in his book about the Kansas City Prophets, "Some Said It Thundered",
describes the human spirit as a channel which can pick up transmissions
either from God or from the powers of darkness and "these are reflected
on the screen of the psyche, the soul...the responsibility for the subject
matter lies not in the channel itself but in the source of the transmission,
or the choice of the person tuning the channel."
(David) Yonggi Cho teaches the same thing. In "The Fourth Dimension" he
tells of his frustration that Buddhist monks and yogic healers could perform
miracles. Then the Holy Spirit supposedly revealed to him that the fourth
dimension, the spirit realm, is available to all whether Christian or
not, for it contains both good and evil powers. "So men, by exploring
their spiritual sphere of the fourth dimension of visions and dreams in
their imaginations, can brood over and incubate the third dimension (the
material world) influencing it and changing it". This applies to all men
alike. Because God gave man dominion over the earth, says Cho, unbelievers
can "develop their inner spiritual being" and change the material world.
Thus Christ-ians also have the responsibility to "realise their inner
potential" and manipulate the fourth dimension for good.
trend is away from God towards the will of man and his innate abilities.
Whatever happened to dependence on the Holy Spirit, and the will of God?
SPIRITUAL WARFARE EXPOSED
A new book by Pastor Bill Randles
the past few months, "Mainstream" has been reporting on current concepts
of spiritual warfare. Now American Pastor Bill Randles, who is personally
acqainted with some of the men involved in spiritual warfare, has written
a book to tell us precisely what they are teaching, and why it is wrong.
warfare has been adopted almost universally in the charismatic churches.
It generally means coming against the principalities and powers, pulling
down heavenly strongholds and "taking your cities for God". This teaching
is now so closely woven into the beliefs of the charismatic churches that
it joins seamlessly with all the other triumphalistic jargon to present
a Church at full-scale war with satan for the rule of this earth.
a concept is foreign to everything Christianity stands for. The New Testament
is above all a testament to the victory of Jesus Christ over the powers
of evil. 1 Jn 3:8 For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that
he might destroy the works of the devil. The battle is won, the devil
is a defeated foe, and Christians whose lives are "hid in God" already
share Christ's reign in the heavenlies. 1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to
God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
only biblical spiritual warfare is the Christian's personal struggle against
the wiles of the devil. However, judging by the interest in modern-day
spiritual warfare, many Christians are confused on this subject. Now we
have available a book which presents a readable and thoroughly scriptural
view. "Making War In The Heavenlies" obtainable direct from the
author at 3336 Prairie Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, IOWA 52402, USA
TO OWN JERUSALEM?
HAVE MADE A COVENANT WITH DEATH, AND WITH HELL WE ARE AT AGREEMENT.
headlong dash into peace continues in the Middle East. Having surrendered
Jericho and much of Gaza to the PLO, Yitzhak Rabin is entering into negotiations
for Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and even parts of Jerusalem.
Christian Friends of Israel newsletter says: Of particular concern to
us is the future of Jerusalem. We have learned of the following matters:
Arafat, during his Johannesburg speech, revealed the existence of a letter
from Shimon Peres to the Norwegian Foreign Minister, sent in October 1993,
committing Israel to respect PLO governing institutions in Jerusalem.
Peres denied the existence of such a letter, which the government later
admitted had actually been sent.
the text was finally released, it proved more damaging than expected.
Referring to the annexed part of the city as a separate entity - "East
Jerusalem" - Peres promised not only "not to hamper the activity of all
the Palestinian institutions" in it, but to encourage the fulfilment of
their "important mission".
close friend of Peres, the French intellectual Mark Halter, told the weekly
Shishi that in May he delivered a letter from Peres to the Pope in which,
according to Halter, "Peres offered to hand over sovereignty of Jerusalem's
Old City to the Pope." In this plan, Jerusalem would be administered by
the Vatican. The city would have an Israeli mayor and a Palestinian mayor,
both under orders from the Holy See.
Vaticanisation plan was originally submitted (so Halter reported) to the
Vatican by Peres two years ago, just before the Oslo talks began. Arafat
agreed not to oppose the plan during the Oslo talks.
plan was first published on 10th September 1993 by the Italian newspaper
La Stampa, three days before Rabin met Arafat in Washington. At that time
Peres ordered the Foreign Ministry to deny that such a programme existed.
Now they are privately confirming the existence of the plan.
details of the plan call for Jerusalem to become the second Vatican of
the world with all three major religions represented but under the authority
of the Vatican. A Foreign Ministry source believed that the plan was a
good one as Israel's ties with the Catholic world would lead to trade,
tourism and prosperity.
a tape recording acquired by the Israeli state radio, PLO leader Arafat
was heard to call on all Muslims, in an emotional address in English,
to "come and fight a jihad to liberate Jerusalem, your precious shrine."
Listeners heard him claim to have seen a secret letter from Israeli Prime
Minister Rabin, in which he had pledged that Jerusalem would be on the
agenda of negotiations for the final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. Later, on a visit to Norway in honour of the country's secret
role in brokering the Israeli-PLO peace accord, Arafat admitted he had
called for a jihad to free Jerusalem - but he insisted he had meant it
as a peaceful crusade. (European 5.2.94, page 1, as reported in CAI, Natal.)
is the road along which we may view the placing of the set pieces on the
final stage of prophetic fulfilment. This will continue until the hour
which Daniel witnessed: "Until the Ancient Of days came, and Judgement
was given to the saints of the most High, and the time came that the saints
possessed the kingdom': (Daniel 7: 22).
greatest patience has been required of the saints in this respect. Habakkuk
knew this time would come when it would be difficult to "endure to the
end". So the prophet writes: "For the vision is yet for an appointed time,
but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for
it, because it will surely come, it will not tarry." (2: 3).
of these "set pieces" on the final prophetic stage before the return of
Christ will be the reappearance of the Temple on its original site. But
where is the "site"? The Dome of the Rock has occupied the traditional
site since the end of the seventh century. The Islamic veneration of this
site is based on a quotation from the Koran, known as the Nocturnal Journey
of Mohammed from Mecca to Jerusalem, from whence he ascended to heaven.
that there is likely to be a peace pact between Jordan and Israel, this
historic event may be the road which enables the problem of the site to
be overcome. Two weeks ago, a retired physicist, Professor Asher Kaufman
has proposed a solution to this problem which some describe as "the heart
of the Israel-Arab conflict - The Temple Mount".
twenty years' research he has a proposal which would leave aside the question
of ownership of the Mount. In 1974, while reading the Ezekiel account
of the Temple worship and researching aerial photographs and archaeological
remains he identified the original site of the Temple.
he has followed up his findings by measuring "the angles of wall fragments
to see how they might fit into a single building complex". He has produced
a sketch showing how the site could be divided into a Jewish section and
a Moslem section without touching the "Dome" or the Al-Aksa Mosque but
leaving free what Kaufman believes to be the original Temple area.
think he's given us reason to re-examine this question" says archaeologist
Ze'ev Yeivin who has examined the Mount on behalf of the Israel Antiquities
Authority. (Jerusalem JCC, "Patmos" October 1994)
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