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The Mystical World of Bob Jones (Lance of the Basilisk)

A look at his experiences and their hazardous effect on the body of Christ
By Timothy Smith,
Former member of Kansas City Fellowship (aka Kansas City Prophets)

Color Key:

  • Black Indented = Text as it appears in the original description of this vision.
  • Tan = Excerpts from sources such as the Bible, historical works, or other sources.
  • Green = My personal comments, thoughts, and analysis concerning this vision of Basilisk.

Emblazoned on the pages of Charisma Magazine, Christianity Today, and a host of other publications, these men are gaining worldwide recognition.  Who are they?  What is it they are doing that has attracted the eyes and ears of so many?  The place is Kansas City; the time is 1989-1990.  An energetic young man by the name of Mike Bickle is leading a group of people who are in the midst of seeing the apostle and prophet restored to the church.  Prophetic words that reveal secrets of the heart are a regular occurrence at a place known as Kansas City Fellowship.

By far, the most extraordinary individual is Bob Jones (not connected in any way to Bob Jones University).  White-headed, middle-aged and plainspoken, Bob has a gentle, nostalgic persona that endears those he is talking to.  His annual visit with the Lord on the Day of Atonement is probably Bob’s biggest claim to fame.  Throngs of souls wait in anticipation for this event known as The Shepherd’s Rod, when, according to Bob, Jesus turns every believer over to inspect them like a shepherd does his sheep, (see Ezekiel 20:37, RSV).  There is no concern about his lack of theological training, no alarm at his mixture of cultic beliefs with the Christian faith, and absolutely, positively no keeping score of prophecies and visions which turned out to be false!  After all, Mike Bickle has stated that Bob Jones seems to walk with the Lord day and night.  However, no human is perfect, and that is why today’s emerging prophets and seers miss a few here and there.  As they mature God will help them increase in accuracy and power, Mike explains. 

So goes the story of a movement that has ensnared tens of thousands of individuals.  People who are sincere in their devotion, who really do want to serve God and do His will.  But, as I was for my five years at Kansas City Fellowship, they are sincerely wrong.  Danger lurks in places or people who toss discernment out the window in order to be part of the “new thing” God is doing.

Literally hundreds of examples could be used in exposing the mystical, cultic origins of Bob Jones’ visions and dreams.  Why have I chosen this particular vision?  Because it illustrates more than any other the world Bob Jones lives in.  It reveals the supernatural, Gnostic foundation upon which Kansas City Fellowship and the prophetic movement at large is founded upon, more than any other single item I have come across in years of research on this “new breed” of ministry leaders.  The vision of Basilisk is but one instance of what the apostle Paul warned the church at Colosse to be wary of:

“Do not let anyone disqualify you by making you humiliate yourself and worship angels. Such people enter into visions, which fill them with foolish pride because of their human way of thinking. They do not hold tightly to Christ, the head. It is from him that all the parts of the body are cared for and held together. So it grows in the way God wants it to grow.”  -- Colossians 2:18-19, NCV.

During my five-year tenure at Kansas City Fellowship I was an eyewitness to the teachings and experiences of Bob Jones and John Paul Jackson, as well as the lesser known “prophets” and “seers.”

One of the key elements in the early history of Kansas City Fellowship was the comet that appeared in the sky on May 7, 1983.  Of course, none other than Bob Jones predicted this comet. Planets, comets, weather patterns, even visits with angels and trips to heaven are things Bob speaks of as confirmations of his dreams and visions being from the Lord. As you will read later, the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet that bombarded Jupiter in 1994 is used as a confirmation of this vision of Basilisk. 

The purpose of analyzing this vision is not personal attack.  I have nothing against Bob Jones as a person.  What I am concerned about is those who are being led astray by his unscriptural teachings.  Drawing from personal experience and many hours of research, it became clear to me that this vision of Basilisk, and the account thereof, contains numerous inaccuracies, not the least of which is shaping events and scriptures to justify God as the vision’s source.  Thanks for taking the time to read this article.  May God bless and direct you in His will for your life.


  As originally posted on Carpenter’s Home Church Prophetic Ministries Website


The Holy Spirit is now revealing to us that we have a common enemy who has set himself against the purposes of God in the earth --<Hmmm, I thought Jesus revealed him as mentioned in John 10:10>... Graciously, the Lord continues to assist us in much the same way that he did Israel by sending prophets to not only reveal the plans of heaven but also disclose the intent of the enemy....
By the witness of two prophets, the Holy Spirit, through divine revelation, has outlined a portion of the plans of the enemy in his effort to disrupt this nation causing considerable hardship and death. In addition, He has also revealed His divine strategy for defeating this foe in His prescribed manner. The enemy we speak of is called Basilisk.
On July 23, 1996 and again on July 23, 1997, Bob was given visions from the Lord displaying this powerful demonic spirit He is desiring that we understand and oppose ... This evil spirit is identified as Basilisk.
On January 22, 1999, Nita Johnson was also given a panorama of Basilisk and his hostile plans. In her vision she observed Basilisk now arrayed in full battle attire with an evil host prepared for battle...Clearly, he is anticipating war. In the vision, the Lord expressed to Nita His desire to communicate this great enemy’s aspirations against our nation and ultimately Israel...
In the second vision given to Bob in 1997, this spirit was multiplied hundreds of times larger than the previous year. Nita saw him now arrayed in a knight’s armor positioned for battle. This demonstrates a progressive increase in authority presently given to this spirit. Apparently, during certain cyclical seasons, a tremendous increase in power is given to this spirit to cause death and destruction. Additionally, in 1997, this spirit was shown brooding over a nest of eggs desiring to periodically birth wrath and misery in the earth...


Here are two descriptions of this mythological creature:

“Bestiaries:  Collections of animals, usually legendary; a vogue in the Middle Ages...Most deadly was the Cockatrice, also known as the Basilisk, a small serpent, scarcely six inches long.  So venomous was its breath that the wretched creature dwelt in a self-created desert...”[1]

 “The early, pre-Canaanite Phoenicians had a serpent god which was called the Basilisk. This has been considered an early phallic god, common in ancient religions. An interesting note is that the word basilisk is where we got the later word for a temple of the phallic god, and eventually a type of church, the basilica…”

“The basilisk, though usually considered a serpent, does not always have clearly defined anatomical features. To look directly at a basilisk is to die, so it is impossible to picture them accurately. It is almost always an icon of fear. This ability to kill with a glance is shared by the gorgons of Greek mythology, who may be the ancestors of the basilisk. The only way to kill a basilisk was the way Perseus slew Medusa, by use of a mirror-like object in which the reflection could be viewed.”

“The Roman historian, Pliny the Elder, writes of the basilisk; ‘the basilisk serpent has the same power, to kill with its gaze. It is a native of Cyrenaica, not more than 12 inches long. It routs all snakes with its hiss, and moves its body forward in manifold coils like other snakes’".

In the Middle Ages, the basilisk became identified with the cockatrice, a serpent mentioned occasionally in Isaiah and other Hebrew scriptures. When we enter the modern period, and Medusa becomes an innocuous decorative motif, the basilisk immigrates to the United States and becomes identified with different American snakes, most especially the rattlesnake. One of the first rattle snakes seen by European explorers, a tropical variety known as the "Mexican West Coast rattlesnake" was given the scientific name "crotalus basiliscus", or basilisk snake.”[2]

The word Basilisk is derived from basiliskos meaning "kinglet" or "king" signifying a mythical reptile hatched by a serpent from a cock’s egg. In Scripture Basilisk is sometimes translated cockatrice or adder. The Hebrew word for Basilisk occurs in Psalms 91:13, Isaiah 14:29, Isaiah 11:8, Isaiah 59:5, Proverbs 23:32, Jeremiah 8:17...

”Do not rejoice, all you Philistines, that the rod that struck you is broken; from the root of that snake will spring up a viper, its fruit will be a darting, venomous serpent.” –Isaiah 14:29, NIV.

Rather than referring to an evil spirit, many bible scholars believe this is a reference to the Assyrians who had, and would soon again, dominate the Philistine people.

“The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.”  --Isaiah 11:8, NIV.

The context of this chapter is about Jesus, the one who would spring up from the family line of Jesse, King David’s father.  As the Prince of Peace, Jesus will make it possible, in the coming age, for a child to play near a cobra, and for the lion to lay down beside a lamb, as this passage also mentions.

”They hatch cockatrice eggs, and weave the spider’s web:  he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.”  --Isaiah 59:5, KJV.

In it’s proper context this verse refers to the iniquities of Israel as a nation, not to a demonic power.

“Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!  In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.”  --Proverbs 23:31-32, NIV

The meaning of this text is self-evident.  Excessive drinking is as dangerous as the venom from a deadly snake.  Nothing in this portion of scripture has anything to do with a demonic spirit!

“For behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the Lord.”  --Jeremiah 8:17, KJV

Again, the subject here is judgment on rebellious Israel, not an evil power in the spirit realm.  Symbolism is the common thread woven through the above scriptures.  God is using metaphors to describe rebellion and the plan for redemption.  Even today, in books or movies, it is this use of word pictures that make a story interesting while communicating an underlying principle such as good versus evil.

In each of Bob’s visions, the Holy Spirit gave Psalms 91:13 as a defense against this evil opposition. In Nita’s vision, the Lord is calling for the fervent repentance of our sins and those of our forefathers in accordance with Daniel 9:3-10. In so doing, our sanctified hearts would then be prepared for the release of the Divine authority necessary to defeat this enemy...

”You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.”  --Psalm 91:13, NIV

“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition…we have turned away from your commands and laws.  We have not listened to your servants the prophets…The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; we have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets…”  --Daniel 9:3-10, NIV.

During my time at Kansas City Fellowship it was blind obedience to the word of the prophets that was required.  Questioning the validity or accuracy of words from the Lord was considered rebellious.  When something bad would happen it was supposedly because that individual had not listened to or acted on the prophetic word given to them.  How convenient it is for Nita and Bob that this passage of scripture was used to confirm her vision!

One of these great church Patriarchs was Irenaeus, an anointed messenger to the 2nd century church who died a martyr’s death. His words provide valuable insight on this subject.

"For this end did He put enmity between the serpent and the woman and her seed, they keeping it up mutually: He, the sole of whose foot should be bitten, having power also to tread upon the enemy’s head; but the other biting, killing, and impeding the steps of man, until the seed did come appointed to tread down his head,-which was born of Mary, of whom the prophet speaks: "Thou shalt tread upon the asp and the basilisk; thou shalt trample down the lion and the dragon; " -indicating that sin, which was set up and spread out against man, and which rendered him subject to death, should be deprived of its power, along with death, which rules [over men]; and that the lion, that is, antichrist, rampant against mankind in the latter days, should be trampled down by Him; and that He should bind "the dragon, that old serpent" and subject him to the power of man, who had been conquered so that all his might should be trodden down."

Irenaeus was and is held in high regard for his many contributions in defining the Christian faith and its doctrines.  He was one of the first to work on establishing the canon of the New Testament, as mentioned below:

“Leading theologian and polemicist whose arguments against Gnostic sects helped establish the doctrinal standards of Catholic Christianity: creed, canon of scripture & apostolic succession of bishops. A native Greek from Smyrna (Asia Minor), Irenaeus came to prominence after migrating to the Latin west. In 177 CE he was appointed bishop of Lugdunum, Gaul (Lyons, France) where he soon published his five volume Refutation & Overthrow of what is wrongly called 'Knowledge' (commonly referred to simply as Against Heresies). His defense of four canonical gospels became the standard orthodox view of their authorship, sequence & circumstances of composition.”[3]

There is no conclusive evidence of Ireneaus dying a martyr’s death.  Some hold to his martyrdom by way of tradition, while others point to various sources that seem to document it.  Even those writings admit that it is not known exactly how or when Ireneaus died.  The Catholic Encyclopedia comments on this dispute:

“Nothing is known of the date of his death, which must have occurred at the end of the second or the beginning of the third century. In spite of some isolated and later testimony to that effect, it is not very probable that he ended his career with martyrdom.”[4]

The great theologian and writer Tertullian spoke of Basilisk in this regard: "Who is He that shall bestow ‘the power of treading on serpents and scorpions?  Shall it be He who is the Lord of all living creatures or he who is not god over a single lizard? Happily the Creator has promised by Isaiah to give this power even to little children, of putting their hand in the cockatrice den and on the hole of the young asps without at all receiving hurt.”

Although Tertullian was a Christian writer and theologian, he was not regarded as a leader in the early church.  A few years later Tertullian left the traditional church in order to join the “new wave of the Spirit” proclaimed by the Montanists.  Through the centuries Tertullian has been held in low regard by Christian leaders, some even considered him to be a heretic.  Here are a few references concerning the life and teachings of this second century scholar:

“Tertullian was converted to Christianity, then several years later left the faith to become a Montanist for the remainder of his life.  “The doctrine of Montanus (about 156 AD), called ‘Motanism’, is a form of gnosticism based on absolute purism and on the expectation of a new revelation of the Holy Spirit…   <Sound familiar?>  …One of the most powerful minds of the times, Tertullian of Carthage, became ”[5]

“John calls the Holy Spirit the ‘Paraclete’ (14:16, 26), the Greek word for ‘helper.’ The church so little understood the role of the Paraclete that in the middle of the second century a Christian prophet named Montanus in central Turkey claimed to be the Paraclete in person and founded a movement known to its members as ‘The New Prophecy’ (denigrated by outsiders as ‘Montanism’).”

“Montanus lived in the Phrygian area of Asia Minor at the back end of the 2nd Century AD. He declared that the Holy Spirit was giving new revelations to the church, and named himself and two women, Priscilla and Maximilla, as prophets, although there were others. This was referred to as the New Prophecy…”

“It seems also possible that Montanism in its homeland may have been heretical, but that it masked a genuine move of the Holy Spirit which in other places was entirely orthodox, and would today be regarded as pentecostal. In reality, it is very difficult to tell from the surviving remains, which include some wild rumours of the sort that circulate, albeit in good faith, where there is little real information and no means to check what is going on.”

“In Africa there was a lot of interest in the New Prophecy, and Tertullian came to believe that it was genuine, accordingly mentioning it and defending it in his later works.”[7]

“It is said that Tertullian was much too highly educated a man not to see the usefulness of many philosophical doctrines. His harsh and intolerant character kept him in a state of nervous irritation; and his choleric and impetuous nature led him to leave the Christian Church.”

“A born fighter, Tertullian always opposed and was eager to conquer the pagan religion, the pagan governors, the Gnostics and finally, the Christian Church itself, because in 205 he left Christianity to join the Montanists.”

“He felt himself attracted by the moral austerity of the Montanists and their view on ecclesiastic prophecy, which insisted on the necessity of progressive revelation. The Montanists sect is characterized by its emphasis on spontaneous ecstatic enthusiasm, eccentric ascetism and various millenarian beliefs.”[8]

This demon is also described in Deuteronomy 32:24, according to the rabbinical writings.  They shall be wasted with hunger, devoured by pestilence and bitter destruction; I will also send against them the teeth of beasts, with the poison of serpents of the dust. (Deuteronomy 32:24) The early rabbis taught that this passage could accurately be rendered "and I will fight against them with flaming demons". The "flaming demons" would be a reference to the spirit that the Lord is desiring that we understand...
Throughout history this spirit has sponsored plagues at various times causing great numbers of people to experience death. During those periods of time in history, especially the dark ages, man attempted various superstitions and fables in his attempt to combat this evil spirit and the death that it brought, rather than applying the blood of Christ and accepting the victory through His revealed Word. This spirit promotes religious superstition in place of faith. This resulted in Christians praying out of their superstitious imagination rather than the Holy Spirit anointed Promises of God.

Boy, if that’s not like the kettle calling the pot black—Christians praying out of superstitious imaginations…or out of wildly vivid dreams and visions, too?  Pardon me while I laugh out loud…

It was revealed in the vision and confirmed through Jewish literature that this evil spirit prevails during a certain season of the year. This season is called Bein Ha’m’tarim by the Jewish writers. This term means "between the straits" or "dire straits".

Hey, does this mean the rock group Dire Straits was prophetically inspired? One of their albums was titled “Brothers in Arms,” what a confirmation!

This season is a three-week cycle beginning on the 17th of Tammuz extending until the 9th of Av in the Judaic calendar.  It is a time when this spirit is prevalent even predominant when unchallenged by the authority of Christ given to the church through His shed blood.

Perhaps the reason Basilisk is unchallenged is because it coincides with the Shepherd’s Rod—when all the Christians are on their backsides while their bellies are inspected?  If so, I think Bob Jones should warn Jesus about this scheduling conflict during next year’s visit.

At the time that the subsequent vision was revealed to Bob in 1997, hurricane Danny entered Mobile Bay, AL, in an area that perfectly fits the description "between the bridges". According to biblical definitions, Dan means, "to judge" once again pointing to the coming justice of God.
Uncharacteristically, Hurricane Danny brooded over Mobile Bay for twelve hours dumping a reported 40 inches of rain combined with high winds seemingly verifying in the natural the spiritual truths of this revelation.

Earlier in this article Bob Jones is said to have had the vision for the second time on July 23, 1997.  In order to have been a confirmation in the natural, Hurricane Danny would have to make landfall after the vision, not before it as weather service records indicate:

“Hurricane Danny made its first landfall near the towns of Empire and Buras in Louisiana early on July 18th.  The center moved back over the open water of the Gulf of Mexico after crossing the mouth of the Mississippi.  It wobbled slowly eastward and east-northeast.

It strengthened a little more, reaching its peak strength of 80 mph with a minimum pressure of 984 mb as the eye reached the mouth of Mobile Bay near Ft. Morgan, Alabama, on July 18th.  Moving very slowly, the center finally reached the southeastern shore of Mobile Bay about noon on July 19th.”[9]

Hurricane Danny left its mark on Mobile Bay four to five days before Bob had a recurrence of this vision of Basilisk!  Either Hurricane Danny or the Lord was off in his timing since the two did not occur at the same time.  I suspect it was neither.  More likely, this is yet another attempt to use current events as confirmation of a supernatural experience.

The effects of Basilisk are not exclusively demonstrated during this season; rather it is during that specific span that the authority of Basilisk operates at its peak. The Lord expressly revealed to Nita that Basilisk will begin his siege in April and extend until August, including the three-week season already mentioned. This timing is applicable to both 1999 and 2000. The Bein Ha’m’tarim season is July 1– July 22, 1999 & July 20–August 10, 2000.
1. Moses smashed the tablets of the Torah at Mt. Sinai.
2. Daily sacrifices ceased.
3. A Torah scroll was burned in the Temple by "Apostomos".
4. An idol was erected in the Temple.
5. The city wall was finally breached.
1200 B.C.    Israel told by God in the wilderness that generation would not enter The land of promise.
586 B.C. –   The Babylonian army destroyed the Holy Temple.
 70 C.E. –   Titus and the Roman army destroyed the Holy Temple
135 C.E.     "Bethar" the stronghold of Bar Kochba, fell ending the last trial for Jewish Independence. Rome began to erect the pagan city on site of the Temple dedication.
1096         The first crusades began.
1290         The Jews were expelled from England.
1306         The Jews were expelled from France.
King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella signed expulsion.  By July, on the 9th of AV, all Jews had to be out of Spain.
1648         Chmelnicky massacred tens of thousands of Polish Jews.
1914         Declarations for World War I began.
Plans for the annihilation of Jews were drafted initiating World War II. 

Pick up a history book and you will find that World War II began in 1939!  Hitler’s hatred for the Jewish race was evident long before the war began.  He and his cohorts were making plans for their demise long before 1942.

Historically, the twenty-one days extending from the 17th of Tammuz until the 9th of AV represented a notable time of bitterness and destruction for the Jews. According to the Rabbis, the demon that prevails during this time is also called "ketev" meaning destruction/bitterness...
According to these Rabbis, the heat of the noonday from 12:00 until 3:00 was a time of extreme activity for this evil Spirit. Even a review of recent years will reveal that this season of time has produced considerable destruction through storms, droughts, floods, extreme heat and famine...

First, let’s take a historical look at the date mentioned on the Jewish calendar:

“Jewish tradition associates each of these fasts with an event connected with the siege and fall of Jerusalem under Nebuchadnezzar… b) the fast of the fourth month—on the seventeenth of Tammuz, commemorates the first breach in the wall of the city; c) The fast of the fifth month—on the ninth of Av, commemorates the destruction of the temple; …It is clear, however, that this scheme rest on something less substantial than historical fact.  In the first place, no Biblical source dates the destruction of the temple on the ninth of Av.  Jeremiah says (52:12) that the Babylonians did not even enter the city until the tenth of the month, while the author of Second Kings (25:8-9) relates that they stormed in on the seventh and burned the House of the Lord and all the principal mansions.  Secondly, there is no Scriptural authority for the statement the first breach in the walls took place on the seventeenth of Tammuz.”

“In view of these discrepancies, it is far more probable that the feasts really go back to popular ‘pagan’ observances which the Jews picked up during the period of the Exile and which they attempted to justify by carefully connecting them with events in their own history.”[10]

On July 16, 1994, which is the 9th of Av on the Hebrew Calendar, the twenty-one pieces of Shoemaker-Levi comet began its bombardment on the planet Jupiter. Jupiter is commonly recognized as a symbol of idolatry and paganism. One of the most devastating events in the history of Israel occurred when the image of Jupiter was placed in the Temple of God. We continue to observe the feast of Hanukkah as a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees in removing this pagan god from the temple and re-instituting temple worship.

“From July 16 through July 22, 1994, fragments of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter, with dramatic effect. This was the first collision of two solar system bodies ever to be observed. Shoemaker-Levy 9 consists of 20 discernable fragments with diameters estimated at up to 2 kilometers, which impacted the planet at 60 km/s. The impacts resulted in plumes many thousands of kilometers high, hot "bubbles" of gas in the atmosphere, and large dark "scars" on the atmosphere, which have lifetimes at least on the order of weeks. Smaller bits and dust continue to impact the planet. Shoemaker-Levy 9 is gone, but as the Earth- and space-based images show, it did not go quietly…”

“All 20 major impacts occurred at approximately the same position on Jupiter relative to the center of the planet, but because the planet is rotating the impacts occurred at different points in the atmosphere…”[11]

My point here is not to nitpick about how many pieces there were – 20 or 21.  I would suggest that the proponents of this vision about Basilisk needed it to be 21 pieces.  Otherwise, the SL9 comet would not have been a confirmation of the above-mentioned three-week period.  Perhaps it was an oversight, like referring to the second name as Levi (a biblical name) rather than Levy.

“Let no one be found among you who…practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens…” - Deuteronomy 18:9-12, NIV.  Isn’t this what is being done when the planet Jupiter is said to be symbolic of idolatry?  Doesn’t using comets, planets, and dates on the calendar to confirm this vision of Basilisk constitute interpreting omens?

Nita’s prophetic experience displayed a map of the United States and two documents that profiled the fourfold plan of Basilisk. Specifically, the map featured the southeastern portion of our country. This included North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Florida.
Following the preview of the map, she was shown the first document descending from Heaven containing Divine insight. The document had the appearance of an official government instrument entitled "National Security". Though it contained much information, she was only allowed to read a small portion necessary for the initial stages of the coming battle. The scripture provided for her as a reference was Joel 2.

Of course! This agrees with the teaching of Paul Cain on Joel’s Army!

She was then shown the second document entitled "Gross National Product".  The scripture reference for this document was Joel 1. Like the first, this document contained considerable inscriptions also providing valuable insight and instruction for our preparation, yet Nita was only allowed to retain a small percentage of the total amount of the inscription...
The reason she was first shown the document entitled "national security" is because the initial phase of this spirit’s plan is to further weaken our national security in preparation for the second phase involving our gross national product, in other words, our economy...The third phase of his plan is to destroy a major source of food supply in this country through these nine states that he desires to plummet with his calamities.
These nine states provide a considerable portion of this nation’s food products. The state of Louisiana was specifically highlighted as a strategic area involving these issues because of the unique food products provided by this state. Some of the goods supplied by Louisiana and these other states are as follows: corn, grain, silage, wheat, barley, soybeans, oil, meal, tofu, sorghum, beans, oats, alfalfa, potatoes, sweet potatoes, (potatoes are especially important during times of war) pecans, peanuts, cucumbers, cabbage, bell peppers, muscadines, peaches, tomatoes, watermelons, honey, citrus fruits, and a variety of other vegetables. The Lord specifically pointed out the essential nature of herbs and spices, which are sometimes overlooked in their importance especially during times of crisis.

Wait a minute, cut, stop the tape!---do the words “Idaho potato” ring a bell?  Also, the phrase “breadbasket of the world” applies to Midwestern states such as Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and so forth.  Citrus fruits and peaches, probably; but, really, does anyone connect wheat with Florida, or corn with Alabama?  Perhaps Bob and his company of seers should read a recent copy of Old Farmer’s Almanac to better understand agriculture?

1999 United States Crop Totals -- Percentage of national harvest from nine-state region:

Barley 1/10 of 1%
Corn 2/10 of 1%
Oats 14%
Potatoes 3%
Soybeans 8%
Wheat-all types  6%

Included in the combined production totals are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.[12]

In this year’s "Shepherd’s Rod", the Lord instructed Bob that 1999 would see a shaking in the oil industries. That has already begun to take shape with the greatly diminished oil prices causing vast hardship in this industry and the related support businesses.
Our Lord in His grace has given us this insight into the plans of the enemy for the purpose of equipping us with the blueprint for success in defeating this adversary...Foremost in our preparation for this battle is sincere repentance for our sins and the sins of our "fathers"...
City and regional repentance is especially crucial in the Southeastern US, the target zone for Basilisk.  Sincere repentance will touch the heart of the Father releasing the spiritual "ammunition" to defeat Basilisk.
Psalms 91 has been given to us as a scripture of protection and instrument of war against this evil Spirit...Like the sons of Isachar, we must be equipped with the knowledge of the times and seasons of the Spirit, dedicated to the Lord’s plans and strategy. As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.

I am not inquiring about their personal salvation, for that is something only God can judge.  My question is, which spirit are Bob Jones and his cohorts being led by?

The Lord is calling for repentance and corporate intercession against the specific plans of the enemy here outlined.

  --Posted on Carpenters Home Church website with permission from

So what’s the big deal about visions and dreams and whether confirmations of them are historically correct or accurate?  It is vital that we base our experiences and beliefs on God’s Word!  More often than not, in today’s prophetic movement, God’s Word is conformed to the progressive revelation of prophets and seers.  Let me say this as clearly as I can:  While the gifts of the Spirit can be used to edify the body of Christ, there is not any “new revelation,” no “additional knowledge” that can be added to the Bible.  The canon is closed and no other writing or revelation should ever take precedence or have equal footing with the books of the Old and New Testament. 

Greek mythology, mysticism, signs in the heavens, multiple references to dates, times and seasons on the Jewish calendar are all used as confirmation and reliable sources in this vision of Basilisk, as well as in many other prophetic utterances and writings.  Such a paradigm as this deceptively ignores the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.  As stated in the verse below the shadow becomes the substance, and the New Testament era is pushed into the background:

These things were like a shadow of what was to come. But what is true and real has come and is found in Christ.” –Colossians 2:17, NCV.

 “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets many times and in many different ways.  But now in these last days God has spoken to us through his Son. God has chosen his Son to own all things, and through him he made the world.” –Hebrews 1:1-2, NCV.

Before Jesus came, God had to speak through prophets.  Everyone was required to keep the law and the priests had to make sacrifices for their sins and the sins of the people.  Now, in the New Testament era, Jesus IS the sacrifice.  The Holy Spirit is in us as believers and each person can know God personally.  Therefore, it is my humble opinion that while the gift of prophecy is in operation today; the office of the prophet no longer exists because it was once and for all fulfilled in the ministry of Jesus during his life on Earth.  The extensive use of new age, cultic, and mystic beliefs and practices employed by most of today’s so-called prophets and seers seems to suggest that, although they may have personally received salvation, the source of inspiration in their dreams, visions, and teachings is not coming from the Spirit of Truth.  

 “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds.”  --Jeremiah 14:14, NASB.

Compilation of research excerpts, historical notes, and commentary – Copyright 2003 by Timothy Smith.


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