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The End of an Era?

You 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.

What's happening?

Speaking 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.

Those 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?"

The 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.

Seeking The Way Forward

My 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.

At 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.

Does 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:

Isa 62:10-11
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.

As 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 ready.

We see this two-fold message also in the ministry of John Baptist:

Luke 3:3-18
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.'

I feel 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

I want 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:

Our 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.

God 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:

Isa 28:21-29
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.

God 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!

God 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.

God 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.

The Abuse of Discernment

There 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".

All 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?

Then, there's the question of how effective mere information is in achieving the result God wants.

I 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.

The 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.

On 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!

However, 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.

Here are some short extracts of anton's newsletter. Read the entire newsletter on the site indicated below.

Standing for the truth, or against error?

1. Those who appear to stand for the truth but don’t.

This 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.

2. Those who stand against error.

This 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 not … 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.

What should we be doing?

By 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.

This Newsletter

This newsletter is supplied free of charge. Additional copies are available. If you are not on our mailing list and wish to be, or wish to be removed, please contact us. The newsletter is also available on the internet at: ww.abcd.co.za/plumbline. Should you wish to receive this newsletter electronically, then please e-mail me at anton@abcd.co.za Plumbline Ministries serves Christians and churches with an emphasis on renewal and a return to Biblical principles. Plumbline’s teaching emphasises practical, relevant and Biblical Christianity and church life. We also assist those who come from abusive churches, sects and cults along the road of healing and restoration to the body of Christ. Our staff is in submission to a local church – Word of Truth Church in Pietermaritzburg. Word of Truth Church is autonomous yet in relationship with more than 20 other autonomous churches in South Africa.

Anton Bosch
PO Box 3410

VINEYARD NEWS: Randy Clark leaves the Vineyard

Randy Clark 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.

Randy Clark, 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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Here again 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.

At the 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 future.

In 1993 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.

But the 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

However 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 changed direction.

In the 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.

Instead 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.

Now seven 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!

Isa 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 true meaning.

So, this 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.

Chuck 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:

"I 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 Harvest Website)

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")

Clearly, 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) but tells us that earthly glory and rulership during this present era is NOT God's plan for the Church.

But another 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:

"Prophets 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."

The devil 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.

Rev 2:25-26
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 nations...

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!

Rev 3:11
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.

2 Tim 2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

1 Pet 5:4
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.

Heb 4:14-16
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.