ARCHIVE NUMBER SEVEN
The End of an Era?
may have noticed that this website, like others in the same field, has
been slowing in pace and is updated much less frequently. You may have
noticed that news reports are now shorter and contain less; and that
articles cover ground that has been covered before.
personally, I have been busy on other projects, but even so there's
been a slow-down, a lull in events, and now many discernment ministries
are just dotting the i's and crossing the t's on what has gone before.
Nothing really new has come along that needs explaining; everywhere
it's the same old same old, and it's getting tiresome going round in
circles like this, saying the same things in different ways.
who were once very active in exposing error on a daily basis are now
asking themselves "Why don't I get the same urge to research
and share these things any more? Why am I so fed up with all this now?
Am I missing God or is He saying something else?"
work of God can ONLY be done in the leading of the Holy Spirit. If God
does not initiate a work, then it is of the flesh and will bring forth
little fruit. Conversely, when the inspiration dries up there is no
point trying to continue in the flesh, even out of a misguided desire
to stay on top of heresy or "help people". In fact, only GOD
can truly help people and it's plain arrogance to think we can do in
the flesh what God will not do by His Spirit.
God's promptings are changing direction into something different now.
There is a time and a season for everything, (Eccl 3:7 a time to
tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak)
and the season for this kind of discernment presentation is drawing
to a close. Indeed, it's been winding down for some time now.
The Way Forward
intention is, over the coming months (if I can find the time), to give
this site a complete makeover, moving most of the older material to
an archive site, and redesigning this site so that I can concentrate
on new work.
the moment I am feeling my way forward (please pray for me) and can't
give you any clear idea of the kinds of articles I will be writing in
the future, except that I have a longing to lead people into spiritual
maturity and holiness, and to help them weather the storms to come.
Whether or not that is my role or whether it's possible to do through
a website remains to be seen.
that mean I won't be exposing error any more? NO! If there are pertinent
subjects to cover, and if God leads me that way, I certainly will be
covering deception subjects in the future. However, there is a two-fold
call associated with this ministry. The foundational scriptures on which
this ministry was launched (see the ministry history file HERE)
comes from Isaiah Chapter 62. They are:
Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people;
cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard
[banner] for the people. Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto
the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation
cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
you see, there is a two-fold work here, that of gathering out the "stones",
the stumbling blocks that hinder the believers' progress to Zion, and
secondly the lifting up of God's standard to rally all under His banner,
with a proclamation of the soon-coming Lord Jesus and the need to make
see this two-fold message also in the ministry of John Baptist:
And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism
of repentance for the remission of sins, as it is written in the book
of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The voice of one
crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths
straight. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill
brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough
ways smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'
there has been such emphasis on the gathering out of stones and making
the paths straight (needful though that is) that we have all lost sight
of the need for repentance, holiness and sanctification which is just
as much a preparation for the Lord's coming as pure doctrine.
God's Own Planting
to quote here another ministry that was once (in the UK) prominent in
exposing deceptions. I hasten to add that this is not a ministry of
which I particularly approve, and I consider much of their activities
and teachings to be off-base, in particular their Hebraic Roots work
and social work. Also, the emphasis of this ministry is a Reformation
A-Millennial one to which I do not hold. Nonetheless, I quote their
words as an illustration:
dear praying friends,
You must be wondering why you have not heard from PWM for a while. A
great deal has happened recently...the major development is that (we)
have been receiving from the Lord advance warnings of a CHANGE OF DIRECTION
in the ministry. We did not wish to say anything about this until it
was thoroughly confirmed and tested.... throughout the years we have
blown the trumpet of warning as watchmen of the Lord...we have warned
of the consequences of the nation turning away from the word of God
and embracing all kinds of experiential teachings and practises...but
... the warnings have been either ignored or rejected by leaders in
the church and in the nation and we are now in a PERIOD OF JUDGEMENT.
Clearly, there is no point continuing to issue warnings when the judgement
is already upon us.
will never stop reaching out to rescue people from heresy and apostasy,
and wherever there are those who look to Him for truth, they will find
it. However, at the same time, God will not plough the same ground for
ever; there must come an end to warnings and working over the same ground:
For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim, he will be angry as in
the Valley of Gibeon-- that He may do His work, His awesome work, and
bring to pass His act, His unusual act.
Now therefore, do not be mockers, lest your bonds be made strong; for
I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts, a destruction determined even
upon the whole earth.
Give ear and hear my voice, listen and hear my speech. Does the plowman
keep plowing all day to sow? Does he keep turning his soil and breaking
the clods? When he has leveled its surface, does he not sow the black
cummin and scatter the cummin, plant the wheat in rows, the barley
in the appointed place, and the spelt in its place? For He instructs
him in right judgment, his God teaches him.
For the black cummin is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is
a cartwheel rolled over the cummin; but the black cummin is beaten out
with a stick, and the cummin with a rod. Bread flour must be ground;
therefore he does not thresh it forever, break it with his cartwheel,
or crush it with his horsemen.
This also comes from the LORD of hosts, who is wonderful in counsel
and excellent in guidance.
has been at work in His Church, like the Farmer. He's been preparing
the ground with His warnings and rebukes in order to arrange everything
properly for the last days. He's been arranging people into their "appointed
places" just like those rows of seedlings where He knows they will
be most efficient - and safest!
also pays heed to the cries of His children and He knows that many people
are lonely, weary, downtrodden, confused and almost at breaking point
with all the troubles they have endured. It is not his intention to
completely crush the grain, even though we have to have our husks removed.
is a good farmer and knows when to stop threshing the grain. He will
upbuild and restore those who truly love him, answering their prayers
and shielding them from harm.
Abuse of Discernment
are, of course, some people who (miraculously!) don't seem to have heard
of the false revival or have come into it fresh, looking for information.
For the sake of the few, the information has to be there. But I think
I can speak for many when I say that "we've heard it all before".
the supposedly new things happening in the churches are just variations
on a theme; how many times and in how many different ways do people
need to be told that it's wrong?
there's the question of how effective mere information is in achieving
the result God wants.
have spoken on this theme before but it was aptly put in a newsletter
sent to me (extracts below) as a result of reading my previous news
report. This pointed out a phenomenon that I'd been familiar with for
many months: that our real ministry to God - that of bringing
people to a deep, personal, solid and lasting relationship with God
that will stand the test - is not being achieved (and may even be
harmed) by a mere presentation of the facts of the apostasy.
writer of the newsletter, Anton Bosch of Plumbline,
a South African Ministry, points out that some have jumped on the discernment
bandwagon through a desire to be popular or just to criticise other
people out of a sense of bigotry. A Phariseeical spirit of nit-picking
against any little doctrine that a fellow-Christian seems to have, is
penetrating the discernment community and bringing it into disrepute.
Oftentimes a person's supposed doctrine is "exposed" and their
reputation dragged through the mud on the basis of one chance comment
taken out of context, or a series of vague links to other people.
this site, as you know, I have stood for sound doctrine and the desire
to expose what is obvious and blatant heresy. I believe in exposing
deception; but this kind of rumour-mongering and innuendo is NOT what
discernment ministry is all about!
my main point is to talk about the change of direction that many of
us are feeling at this time. What we are seeing are but symptoms of
that change, and are part of God's pointers to it.
are some short extracts of anton's newsletter. Read the entire newsletter
on the site indicated below.
for the truth, or against error?
Those who appear to stand for the truth but dont.
group is made up of those who create an impression that they are committed
to the truth but in fact are not prepared to pay the price and make
a clean break with the Charismatic errors.
Those who stand against error.
is by far a greater problem than the first. These are they who on the
surface stand for the truth by standing against error. I always thought
these two concepts were synonymous. Sadly, they are not. When asked
what they believe, they will define themselves in negatives. We are
We do not believe
They do not know the Truth other
than in terms of what it is not. Often these teachers collect quite
a following because their hearers leave the meetings feeling very good
about themselves, thanking God that they are not like those poor heretics
down the road. They have forgotten that the Word is to equip believers
for every good work, not as a tool for self-justification. Over
the past few years the number and frequency of major new errors has
declined. (This is a temporary lull before the storm, I believe). This
has meant that these folk have been running out of things to preach
against. This has resulted in them taking one of two divergent directions.
The first sub-group has fallen into error themselves. ...They had never
formed their own theology based on a study of the Scriptures, but rather,
their doctrine was being formed by a reaction to what is wrong. ...This
has lead to a rejection of the Gifts and ministries. The second sub-group,
because they had to find a new enemy against which to unite their followers,
began to turn on their friends.
should we be doing?
the foregone, you may well get the impression that I have gone soft
on error. By no means! By preaching against various errors, we may
well equip people to see that specific error, but they still do not
know the truth, and may well fall for the next error, which has
not been defined. We
must equip folk to know the truth. If they know the truth, they will
recognise error in every disguise, when it comes. More than this
we must bring them into a relationship with The Truth Jesus Christ.
And The Truth (Jesus Christ) will set them free. It is no good collecting
various truths, if we do not have The Truth.
The Word is powerful! And if only we will in humility, with clean hands
break it and share with the folk, many will be set free and come into
true fellowship with the Father and the Son. True ministry can only
come from a broken vessel. When we handle the Word in arrogance and
self-righteousness, we make it weak.
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Randy Clark leaves the Vineyard
has sent an open letter to fellow Pastors within the Vineyard Movement
to tender his resignation, which is effective September 2001. Randy
Clark joined the Vineyard in September 1984 and leaves after 18 years
and cites past hurts as a reason for his resignation.
author of Catch the Fire, initiated the Global
Awakening Apostolic Missions Network comprising a network
of Assemblies of God, Methodists, Four Square and independent denominations.
He visited the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church with a small
team on 20 January 1994 and initiated the infamous Toronto Blessing,
which was a false anointing.
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is the ending of an Era. The "Toronto Blessing" did not actually
begin in Toronto, but it shot into the news and into public consciousness
at the beginning of 1994. (The events at the Toronto Airport Fellowship
began in late 1993 .)
Now I want
to digress slightly at this point and refer to work that I hope to present
on this website in the future. There is a correlation between events
in the Church and events in Israel - and in the world as a whole. There's
a spiritual parallel to world events.
time that the Church entered into a false revival and anointing, Israel
(and other nations) entered into a False Peace, a so-called ceasefire.
Both events were a delusion but appeared to promise hope for a glorious
at least two dramatic events took place that set the stage of the Endtimes.
In December 1993, full diplomatic relations were established between
Israel and the Vatican, ending centuries of hostility. Religious leaders
hailed this as a triumph of peace and harmony. Coincidentally (?) also
in December of that year the European Parliament established its first
direct links with the PLO.
event that awed the world in September 1993 was that handshake on the
White House lawn between Arafat and Rabin, then Israel's Prime Minister.
Supposedly this started a "new era" of peace and cooperation
between the two warring nations. From September 1993 to September 2000
that shaky peace kept the worst violence in check.
Another New Era
after exactly seven years, almost to the day, the peace process
broke down and Israel was launched back into full-scale violence as
the "intafada" began again. It was sparked off by a small
incident (a visit to the Temple Mount by Ariel Sharon) but in spiritual
terms this was the spark that lit the fuse of another "new era"
of hatred and bloodshed that has continued to this day. History had
Church, things also were changing, but more imperceptibly. After the
launch of the Toronto Blessing around the same time as the Israel-Palestinian
peace accord, there were prophecies of a lasting and dramatic revival
and the salvation of all nations.
of unity - division! Instead of harmony - anger and spite! Instead of
revival - impurity and greed and selfishness! Just as in Israel, the
talk of peace and unity were a sham masking the same old enmity and
strife as before only giving it more scope for advance.
years later the Blessing is regarded as old hat, many churches are tired
of manifestations, attendances at the revival centres have fallen off,
and despite repeated prophecies the "glory" has not descended
and all the birthing has brought forth nothing!
26:18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were
brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth;
neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
(See - "Three
Years and Still No Revival" on the Moriel site)
And - as
in Israel - September 2000 brought a change in direction for believers,
a new strategy, and a new call. Some kind of watershed has taken place.
Winds of Change
As so often,
the false prophets of the revival take a genuine spiritual situation
and turn it to their advantage, giving events a spin to pervert their
change in direction that many perceive is now being prophesied as a
SHIFT or a TRANSITION into a "new paradigm" [all new-age terminology!],
and into a new governmental order of apostolic leadership.
Pierce, one of the leading "apostles" of the New Order in
the churches (for more information see HERE
- and search for his name in other articles using the Search
Tool) says that "The Church is in a major shift of methods
from one methodology to another". (The former methods of Church
growth - bible teaching and preaching, evangelism, church worship - are
giving way to supernatural experiences and revelations, spiritual mapping,
musical prophecy and suchlike, and the leadership of supposedly anointed
apostles and prophets.) Pierce says:
believe this historical shift began in October 1996 and MATURED IN SEPTEMBER
2000. I see the next two years as defining the role of the Church of
the future in the earth realm. My new book "Future War of the Church"
explains much of this shift in detail." (Global
In May 2000,
Bob Jones (another high-ranking false prophet) received a "vivid
vision" and a visitation in which a huge angel called "Winds
of Change" appeared to him saying that he had now been released to
bring the winds of change to the Church, aiding it in the transition imminently
ahead. These winds will fill the sails of the Church to aid her on her
spiritual journey and the restoration of her great heritage. ("Spirit
of the Nicolaitans")
such teaching is at odds with scripture which not only identifies Jesus
as the only one worthy of inheriting the kingdom (Heb 1:1-2/Gal 3:16)
us that earthly glory and rulership during this present era is NOT God's
plan for the Church.
false prophecy of the "Winds of Change" given in 1995 by Don
Franklin prepared the way and shows us what the teaching behind this
concept really means:
will take their positions in the Body of Christ! Apostles will come forth
to lead! There will be governmental changes in the House of God! I will
have my way, saith the Lord. Change is upon you...the Winds of change
are coming...the order of submission of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit
is going to dominate churches. The Holy Spirit is going to assume control.
He's going to wrest it from some; He's going to take it from others; He's
going to remove those who resist Him. DEATH will come. REMOVAL will happen.
It's the power of God coming back to the churches in a form and manner
like you have never seen........it will sweep over you as a tidal wave
and you will not be able to resist the all-consuming, all-flowing power
of God as it comes."
is desperately trying to make capital out of what is happening, with
boastful visions and words that pander to man's pride. Despite that,
God will have His way. This is God's world, God's kingdom and God's
plan for the Endtimes. We are in HIS hand, no matter what!
To those who are starting to feel "I've lost it" - you never
"had it" in the first place! God's calling and unction for
service are given according to HIS decree and in line with HIS strategies.
If you are still committed to God, then He will go on using you - maybe
differently, but still in His service.
But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh,
and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the
To those who have hung on so long that they can't keep going any longer
- God sees your plight! There is nothing that you are being asked to
endure that is outside the scope of His provision and protection - trust
in Him to bring it all right in the end. There IS a reason - wait on
God. Don't give up!
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man
take thy crown.
To those who are lonely and without fellowship - God has required this
of you to loosen the hold of man's teachings in your mind and to enable
you to stand without direction from other people. As soon as you have
come through the wilderness with God, faithfully following him and not
turning back to "egypt" then you will not only become strong
in faith, but find the fellowship you need - not to depend on it any more,
but to become a minister yourself.
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown
of glory that fadeth not away.
To those who have lost friends and family to the revival and are despised
and rejected - Jesus knew rejection, too. He understands. They spat in
His lovely face - remember that, and remember that He said it is enough
for the disciple to be like his master. There is a reward and recompense
at the end of the day. Meanwhile, make HIM your friend and develop such
a relationship with God that you no longer feel alone.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into
the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling
of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet
without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.