"The New Thing"
(Global Revival as the Key Element In Deception in Twentieth Century Pentecostalism)
The world and much of the Church is heading straight into the antichrist delusion. God wants you to survive. He does not want you to fall - that is why he appoints watchmen to sound the trumpet of alarm, and also why he offers you the tools for understanding the danger.
There are so many different aspects of this deception that we can only focus on one or two at a time. But in this four-part by Tricia Tillin an attempt is made to clarify the foundational errors that lead to all these things.
The topics of the four sections, together with the appendix, and PDF version for download, are found on the CONTENTS page. Alternatively, each section is briefly linked below:
Part ThreeA - The Ezekiel 47 Model
Part ThreeB - Onwards to Glory
Contents - of all sections
- AN INTRIGUING LETTER
- A VIRGIN PREGNANT WITH THE SEED
- WHEN THE THIRD DAY DAWNS
- DOCTRINE OF THE ENTRANCE INTO GLORY
- THE COMING OF THE GLORY
- THE RAPTURE = TRANSFORMATION OF MAN
- YOU ARE THE ANTICHRIST
- SIMILARITIES TO THE REIGN OF ANTICHRIST?
An Intriguing Letter
My interest in the concept of the "third age" was further aroused when I had a letter from a supporter. She told me about something she didn't understand; something that had happened to her that did not make sense. It may not have meant much to this lady, but BOY did it interest me!
She wrote that a Christian minister of her acquaintance had been out to Israel to learn about Israel's feasts and special holydays, and he'd come back preaching - "it was Jesus' 2000th birthday on May 14th 1994 (1) and that date began the third year". What did it mean, she said.
This confused lady said her pastor had come back from Israel teaching something about John chapter two, [the wedding at Cana, when Jesus turned the water into wine], and now he says that is what the Spirit is doing, and the Spirit will be poured out on all flesh alike, whether believer or non-believer.
This was all nonsensical to her, but my antennae were twitching, I can tell you! Here we are, centuries away from Joachim's theory of the Third Age of the Spirit, and suddenly it's being taught by followers of the Toronto renewal movement. There is a consistency in false teaching throughout the ages.
The Third Day in Scripture
I did understand what this pastor had been saying because I'd been studying the concept of the Third Day. If you treat scripture allegorically (as they do) it's possible to work up a whole theology surrounding the Third Day that relates to the coming forth of the new age of spiritual transformation. Here are some instances of the third day (or period of time) in scripture. There is a TRUE understanding of this concept and a FALSE understanding which is prevalent in the revival movement.Below are some scriptures associated with the third-day/third-period teaching. As you read them, you can perhaps imagine what a latter-rain symbolic interpretation would make of them!
On the third day of creation, God commanded the earth to bring forth seed-bearing fruit. Jesus, the "Seed" was also brought forth unto glory "on the third day". Thus on the third "day" of the world, God will command the "seed", the New Man to appear.
Joseph put his brothers in prison for three days, and on the third day he revealed himself to them. Verses 18-19 say "And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God: If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses" Thus, in allegory, the Church is confined in ignorance and tribulation three "days" but on the "third day" Jesus (Joseph) will reveal himself to the Church and command that "corn" (teaching) be carried forth to the world to end the famine.
"In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai." Then, God commanded three days of preparation, and on the third day God descended to man, and Moses "went up to God".
And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up. (Exod 19:11/16-20)
This is a VERY useful passage for the Latter-Rain teaching on the Third Day, because it describes so perfectly the descending glory of God on the third day, and the ascent of the specially-prepared elders of Israel. It also mirrors the description of the Rapture in 1Thes 4:15-17. (Notice that the "people" did not share this honour! So, the teaching is that only specially chosen elders will be raised up to glory in order to rule the world church.)
He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days. He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean. Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
The "dead body" is taken as an allegory of the unrenewed Church. Whoever does not cleanse himself of this dead Body on the third day, will not survive the seven-year Tribulation. He will be judged and cast out.
After Moses (typical of the Law) died, Joshua (typical of Jesus Christ) led the people over the Jordan into the Promised Land, to "possess the land". This took place, again, after three days of preparation. (see verse 11) It is therefore taught that the people of God must rise up to "possess the land" which is spiritually their inheritance of resurrection and new life, and physically the ownership of all the lands of the world. This will happen "on the third day".
I King 18:1
The drought in Israel ended in the third year, when Elijah called down the fire from Heaven onto the prepared sacrifice. Here we have the ideas again of the three years of trial and preparation followed by the climax of the fire (glory) descending from heaven.
Jonah was confined until the third day in the belly of the great fish, but was "resurrected" unto new life on the third day, and preached to the fallen world. "For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."This is also applied to the Church.
On the third day of preparation, Esther put on "royal apparel" and entered the king's House; and obtained favour in his sight, so that the golden sceptre (of rule) was extended to her. Another allegory of the prepared Bride being raised to glory and rulership on the third day.
"Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth."Taken allegorically, this means that the Church will be renewed and raised to life on the third day, and this is specifically linked with the latter and former rains falling on the earth.
"And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee" This event is often referred to by the leadership because it seems to predict a symbolic renewal on the third day where the common "water" is transformed into mystical "wine", and the event at which this takes place is a marriage - symbolic on the union of Christ with His Body.
The miracle of provision (seven loaves and three fishes) took place on the third day, when Jesus had compassion on the crowds following him, for they had not eaten for three days (famine ended after three days.)Matt 17:23
Jesus was resurrected on the third day. In Luke 13:32-33 Jesus refers to this as being "perfected" on the third day. "Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected". If his words are applied symbolically to the Body of Christ, then they predict the "perfection" of the prepared Body on the third day.
Jesus spoke symbolically of the Temple, his Body being raised up in three days:"Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. But he spake of the temple of his body."This is taken to mean the Body, the Church, raised up on the third day.
The Spirit fell onto the prepared disciples "as fire" during the Feast of Pentecost, at the third hour.Acts 9:9-11
Paul was three days without sight, and "and neither did eat nor drink" but on the third day his sight was restored and he was baptised in the Spirit.
After the first three and a half days of the Tribulation, the Woman gives birth to the Manchild. This is said to be the Woman of the worldwide Church giving birth to the prepared overcomers who are immediately raised up to rulership (God's Throne).
The Two Witnesses of Revelation are killed, but raised to life in the sight of their enemies after three and a half days."And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them." This passage is not read literally by the leadership, but yet again is presented as an allegory of the raising up, or transformation, of the Overcomers of the church.
The Genuine Third Day
What is the true, biblical "third day?" Remember I said that there was both a true and a false understanding to the above scriptures. Actually, there IS a symbolic meaning (a midrashic interpretation) to these passages, but it is far from teaching about the glorification of the Body of Christ on earth.
The Jews and the Early Church believed in the "days of the world" doctrine, that there would be seven thousand-year "days" to complete the present cycle of human history under God. 2Peter 3:8 says that a day with the Lord is as a thousand years. These "days" began with the creation of Adam, and will end with a final thousand-year reign of Christ on earth in power and glory (the "Day of the Lord"). Thereafter, eternity will be restored.
- Day One, from 4000BC Creation to Noah
- Day Two, from 3000BC Noah to Abraham
- Day Three, from 2000BC Abraham to David
- Day Four from 1000BC David to Christ
- Day Five from 1AD Church Era (1) [Church under bondage to dominion]
- Day Six from 1000AD Church Era (2) [Restoration begins]
- Day Seven from 2000AD Coming of the Lord, Millennial Rule
Jewish history, rather than human history, started with the Promise to Abraham, and his entry into the Promised Land (Canaan). This took place around 2000BC. (2) Thus there have been two "days" for the Jews, (2000BC to 1AD) in which they were in various kinds of bondage, and these two days ended with the birth of Christ. Hosea 6 promises to the Jews that "after two days he shall revive us". Jesus brought eternal life at that time "On the third day he shall raise us up", so within that third "day" the life was offered to the Jews and the Church was formed out of repentant Jews, the Remnant who carried the life to the world.
However, God's full purpose was not complete, for the majority of the nation of Israel rejected their king-messiah and in God's mercy a further fulfilment is planned. Another two "days" have nearly passed and once again Israel is to be offered new life and restoration in the Lord Jesus.
Just as before, after two "days" of Church history (two thousand years more or less, but only God can calculate this precisely for only He knows the exact dates involved) he will come again as king-Messiah to deliver his Remnant, whether Jewish or Gentile. And on the third day (the beginning of the thousand-year reign of peace and righteousness) he will raise the dead and they will LIVE and reign with Christ, just as the Bible promised. So the sequence will have repeated itself, to bring it to a final end.
So what the Toronto teachers and others are saying is actually a perversion of this precious biblical truth. Instead of supporting and teaching the mercy of God on Israel, and the coming deliverance in the Messiah for all who love Him, they teach that an elite company alone will experience spiritual transformation and be set up as world rulers over the remainder of mankind.
A Virgin Pregnant with the SeedWe have seen how the passage in John Chapter Two, the marriage at Cana, is twisted to mean a spiritual marriage of God and the Church. Here's a quote from the Destiny Image magazine on this spiritual marriage, the descent of the ray of glory into the Bride, the spiritual penetration that brings forth the Seed:
Two women are described in the Book of Revelation. One is a harlot and the other is a Bride. One is called Babylon and the other is the City of God. She is married to One who has overshadowed her with His Glory and has placed a royal diadem on her head - she has been endowed in her mind with the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God. This woman, the true church, is pregnant. Her lover will produce in her His Seed. This Woman is dressed in readiness for she knows that the Bridegroom has come forth out of his chambers to be joined to her, the power of the Most High overshadowing her - this virgin is in travail and labour, and is about to give birth, for the holy seed within her is the Son of God - her seed is destined to rule the nations, and when this seed is brought forth, all powers must bow down and worship him." [Destiny Image, September/October 1994 Mark Chironna, pastor of Higher Call Christian Centre in North Carolina.]
When The Third Day Dawns
What do those who believe in a symbolic third-day scenario expect to happen at the dawning of that day, or the third age? What events will then take place?
If you think of the three sections of the Tabernacle, then the third, innermost, chamber is of course the Holiest, where the Ark (Presence of God) dwelt. Between the second and third chambers was a covering veil. Therefore, passing into the third age, on the third "day" will entail (they say) passing through that Veil into the full manifestation of God.
They believe they have to come into the Manifest Presence of God and worship him in the Shekinah Glory. Attempts are therefore being made to manifest "the glory" and reports are being circulated of meetings where the "glory cloud" actually managed to materialise. These are heralded as the first signs that the Shekinah Glory of God is coming to dwell permanently with His People.
A series of meetings to achieve this aim was arranged at the Whistler Mountain Resort, British Columbia. The first meeting was entitled "Gathering of the Nations In His Holy Presence" (3) and was supposed to " kick-off the second stage of the awakening". They write "The Scripture God gave for this gathering is Isa. 66:18 - The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall see my glory"
From the brochure we learn that the purpose was: "that the Holy Spirit will remove the veil from our minds so that: "We all with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord" (II Cor. 3:18)"
Astute Bible-loving believers will realise that the verse above has been shortened to avoid giving the biblical context, [which see below]. Further statements from the brochure emphasise this belief in passing through the spiritual veil to encounter the glory, and thus experience transformation:
Afterwards, it was reported that:
"While we don't know what God is going to do, there is a very strong prophetic sense that He is going to reveal His glory; that He will fulfil Isa. 25:6,7 - 'The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain...On this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples, even the veil which is stretched over all nations.'"
"Whistler was also a time for the body of Christ to draw together to bless the Lord - to honour Him - to establish Him on the throne - to come into His presence - to pass through the outer courts and to see Him face to face. There was a strong sense of a new thing happening, a new day. Bob Jones has said that 'this will be a gathering of the eagles in the Kingdom'"
Bill Britton's Veil TeachingThe Latter Rain has been teaching this "removal of the veil" for decades. Bill Britton writes of the event in his book "Eagle Saints Arise", linking it to the emergence of the "spiritual" man:
Note, this is referring here to transformation of the body, on earth, NOT to death or Heaven!!
"The Image of the heavenly - the first man is earthly, but the second man is spiritual - the second man bears the heavenly image (1 Cor 15) and "We all with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed (transformed, transfigured) into the same image "2 Cor 3:17-18 [Note: Britton is using the same scripture used for the Whistler Gathering].
From these scriptures we can readily see that our calling is a heavenly calling notice the place in the heavenlies which we are to inherit is now occupied by demons, principalities and powers, a place they usurped from Adam but God has purposed to bring forth a people that will ascend or be caught up to this place and cast satan and his army down Notice that these heavenly places where we are to dwell are not in some geological location a few billion miles from earth the powers of darkness are right here on earth " (4)
So just what is being preached here?What is this veil that we are told must be removed? One thing is for sure - it can't be the veil of blindness that hides the truth from unbelievers, for that is removed when we are saved. The scripture is quite plain on that:
"... their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."(2 Cor 3:14-18)
According to the above scripture, the veil of blindness IS ALREADY REMOVED! We do not need a conference, a worship session, a cloud of glory or any other endtime manifestation to remove something that the Bible tells us is already removed in Christ Jesus.
The physical type of the veil separating man and God was the curtain that hung across the Temple between the holy Place, and the Holiest of Holies, making the passage to God's presence covert and forbidden. Under Jewish Law, only one specially chosen individual passed through this veil, once a year. However, at the death of Jesus on the Cross, that veil was torn from top to bottom, and a new and living Way was opened up for man to know and have fellowship with the Father.
To suggest that we need to cut through or remove yet another "veil" is both contrary to scripture and damaging to the faith of Christians. It would put born-again believers back into bondage.
However, the plain truth of the Bible does not seem to stop the leaders preaching about the need to pass through, or remove, the veil. The same scriptures are given different meanings. Today the implication is that Christians have to pass some kind of initiation into the new revelation, get the gnosis, have some kind of experience, or spiritual mystical encounter that enables them to see the glory, to see God face to face. Plain faith in the Lord Jesus is not enough for these guys! They have to climb the spiritual mountain to find a higher revelation of Truth, that will allow them to fellowship with the Divine.This is Manifested Sons doctrine, pure and simple!
Doctrine of the Entrance Into Glory
Here is an explanation of the teaching from a Gnostic believer, Lionel Cabral:
We have a new twist on scripture here. He's saying that the way to God is by releasing the spirit within each man from its prison of the flesh. Instead of Jesus being the Living Way, through the veil of his flesh, now the way is by releasing the spirit. He continues:
Prior to the crucifixion death of Jesus Christ, only the High Priest himself, a type of Jesus Christ, entered into the Most Holy Place. After the death of Jesus Christ, ALL children of God, priests and congregation, may enter into not only the Holy Place, but also the Most Holy Place. [so far so good! But now read on ] Entry has been made possible into the One Place of God through the prophetic rending, or "dividing asunder" (Heb 4:12), of the veil of flesh from the spirit; in effect, revealing the spirit, by freeing the spirit from an earthy prison (5)
At the conclusion of this second advent of our Lord Christ Jesus, we shall be made completely dead to the fleshly soulical self, completely rendered, separated soulical flesh from Spirit, that the revealed spirit may return to God who gave it, above the ark of the covenant. Praise God.
Faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ has been abandoned here, in favour of a life-long process of "releasing the spirit" from its bondage to the flesh. Those who teach such things "deny the Lord who bought them".
Lionel Cabral, again, teaches that believers are to enter into the full anointing, at the symbolic Feast of Tabernacles, and thus be transformed:
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of." 2 Pet 2:1-2
The Feast of Tabernacles is the seventh feast, ushering in the 1000 year millennium. The Feast of Tabernacles celebrates the beginning of man's reinstatement into the paradise of the garden of Eden. The natural soulical beast man reigns in this present world order.[Note: compare this with Joachim of Fiore's scheme].
However, a change is coming. His name is Jesus. This change is happening now and soon shall become a completed transformation, a completed transfiguration. During the 1000 year millennial Kingdom of Heaven on this earth, the spiritual man shall reign.Jesus was initially born with an earnest of the Holy Spirit, and received the fullness of the holy spirit when He was born again. [???] We too are growing into and shall receive this fullness that He received, at the crest of the next stage of our evolution. The corporate body of Christ must inexorably follow the Head to which it is connected.
The Anointing that Christs a Man
Lest you think that Lionel Cabral is such an off-the-wall rank outsider to the Church that his teaching will never receive popular acceptance, I will now compare it with the teaching of the Word-of-Faith Movement, which has a huge following.
Ken Copeland, famous Word-of-Faith preacher, has long taught that Jesus was born a (divine) mortal who needed to receive the Holy Spirit at Baptism in order to do His miracles. (Just as above.) He also teaches, like Cabral, that we are growing into a fuller anointing - and Copeland says this anointing is the same "christing" that Jesus the Lord received.
One of his latest and most pernicious ideas is that the word "Christ" in the New Testament simply means "anointed" and thus can be applied both to Jesus and to believers, regardless. He teaches his followers to replace the word "Christ" with "anointed" in the Bible and thus see themselves in the place of Jesus Christ, having his power and authority. The Toronto Blessing is seen as a handy source for receiving this "anointing", and Copeland expects things to escalate until the glory "covers the earth".
Copeland: the Christ is the Anointing
"Jesus isn't the only one anointed anymore! It was never God's intention to simply anoint Jesus with his power and leave it at that. God on one man was not enough!- that's why he sent Jesus to the cross and then raised him from the dead. He wanted to open the way for us to get born again and become a whole race of anointed men and women. He sent Jesus to be the anointed head over an anointed body of people who would take God's devil-busting, yoke-annihilating power to every corner of the earth.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of the Anointing: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of the anointing(verses 7, 11-13).
According to this scripture, we're headed toward a time when we'll be walking in the anointing to its fullest expression! I want to see that, don't you? I want to see the whole Body of Christ flowing in the anointing so powerfully that the whole earth is filled with God's glory. I believe with all my heart, we're the generation who will see that! But before we do, we must lay aside the things that block that anointing. We must rid ourselves of religious traditions that cause us to take offense at the idea that ordinary believers like us, or the fellow across the street, or the pastor of our little church can operate in the anointing of Almighty God.
We may consider such teaching as a mere aberration that we can safely ignore. However, there are serious implications. In the word of God we see that the apostles "preached Christ" to the unbelievers, and when they "received Christ" they were saved. If we replace this word, as Copeland suggests, then salvation becomes a matter of "preaching the anointing", and getting people to "receive the anointing" or in other words, offering people the Toronto Blessing.
The Coming of the Glory
Things have undergone a change. Once the goal of salvation was being taken to be with the Lord in Heaven. Once the expectation and hope of the Church was the physical Coming of Jesus in power and glory. Now, however, the goal of believers is mystical enlightenment and supernatural empowerment that will transport them into an altered state of consciousness beyond this mortal world. And, likewise, the physical coming is now overshadowed (or even replaced) by the spiritual coming of "the glory" - when the Church enters into "fulness" and God in spirit inhabits his earthly Temple, the Church.
The Scripture says: "The Spirit and the Bride say, Come Lord Jesus" but the Church is now saying "Come Holy Spirit". Jesus is perceived as a Spirit, is coming spiritually, and they believe he will eventually come in fulness to incarnate into his Bride.
Songs that once looked forward to the glorious day when Jesus would return bodily in power to overthrow all his enemies, now focus on a fulness of anointing that will release the glory over the earth. Here is one Vineyard song as an example:
"raise up a generation that will march through the land. All of creation is longing for your unveiling of power; [Rom 8:19-23] Would yourelease your anointing, Oh God let this be the hour....Ruler of the nations the world has yet to see: the full release of your promise, the Church in victory....Let your kingdom come...let us see on earth the Glory of your Son."
The Unveiling of Christ as the GloryFrancis Frangipane, writing in River of Life ministry newsletter about Signs and Wonders (August 1995) says:
...then he quotes another verse: John 14:23
"the most awesome unfolding of glory yet awaits the church...the name and the word are preparing the church to reveal the glory of Jesus (John 17:22).
In the advert for this book by Frangipane, it says.
" - my father will love him and we will come to him and make our abode with him". I am just completing a book entitled 'The Days of His Presence' which chronicles what I believe will be the greatest manifestation of all,the unveiling of Christ, the Word THROUGH HIS PEOPLE.
Now I ask a simple question, because I think simply. How can Jesus return as a spirit? When he returned to heaven, he was a man of flesh and bones that you could feel, touch. He had a body. He sits at the right hand of the Father as a glorified man in a resurrection body. He and the Father sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in those who believed in him (the true meaning of John 14:23) so he did come and make his abode in them that loved him. But what then can Jesus do to return spiritually, as a glory, as a power?.
"Prior to Jesus Christ's physical return, his living presence will companion the Church in ever-increasing power. During this time, the visible glory of the Lord will rise and appear upon God's people. This unique event will be known as the Days of His Presence."
Does that not suggest to you that behind the latter rain idea of the spiritual return of Jesus, the glory cloud that transforms the church, there is the old gnostic belief that Christ is a Spirit, an anointing, that he did not have a body of flesh, but that he was A SPIRIT.
So now, instead of "Come Lord Jesus", we have "Come Holy Spirit" Some believe the two are synonymous and let me tell you, they are not. If you invoke a spirit who is not present in and within his church, a spiritual power outside of your salvation experience, you will get just that - a spirit, a power, but not of God!
The Rapture: Transformation of Man
Another change has taken place. Now, instead of believers being taken up in the Rapture to be with the Lord, the Rapture is an experience of transformation whereby Christians become glorified and receive resurrection bodies right here on earth! In the Rapture, they say, believers do not GO anywhere, but they are simply transferred into a spiritual third dimension.
Bill Britton describes the Rapture using biblical types like John of Revelation and Paul caught up to the third heaven. He argues from these that the bodies remained on earth, but that they had a spiritual experience. He says therefore, heaven is not somewhere you go, but a transformation into a spiritual realm, on earth.
Richard Riss - author of book on Latter Rain and avid Toronto supporter - in answering questions on the Vineyard new Wine Bulletin Board reiterates the same belief:
"For those who are prepared for His coming, it will be a time of unmitigated joy. He has given us a foretaste of this heavenly bliss in those moments when He has visited us with His presence during times of "revival" or spiritual awakening. If you have ever experienced the presence of God, or an infilling of His Spirit, then you have been given a hint, or intimation, of the ecstasy awaiting those who eagerly await His appearing.
"As far as the rapture is concerned, throughout the history of the church, there has been a wide spectrum of views concerning the events at the end of the age, but as far as I know, few, if any of them taught a bodily removal of the saints until 1830, when John Nelson Darby started promulgating views of this kind.
"To be caught up in the clouds of glory to meet the Lord in this atmosphere of spiritual authority does not necessarily entail a literal bodily removal from the earth. In fact, if it did entail our removal from the earth, it would be a permanent removal: "and thus we shall always be with the Lord" (I Thess. 4:17). But the entire thrust of Scripture is that we will have a resurrected body on earth, and that the heavens and the earth will both be regenerated, or renewed (Acts 3:21, Matt. 19:28). If there is to be a bodily removal of the saints at all, it can only be temporary.
"The statement "and thus we shall always be with the Lord" tends to suggest, at least to me, that we will always be in the "caught up" state, i.e., we will be in heavenly places with Him from this point onward, and forever more. To my way of thinking, we can be in heavenly places while we're still on the earth."
The Return of the GlorySummarising two separate messages, "The Divine Unveiling of the Church" by Rob Wheeler of Aukland, New Zealand, and "Old Testament Promises" by Bill Britton, we can see clearly that the expectation is for the Shekinah Glory of God to return to its spiritual "ark" in the Living Temple of the Church in the last days.
The latter-rain sequence has the return of the Shekinah to the Temple (Church) producing the Corporate Christ which then harvests the world by a signs and wonder revival, while simultaneously bringing judgement on the Harlot (disobedient Christians).
"In Ezekiel 44 we read of the Sons of Zadok who ministered in the Most Holy Place. So shall it be for those who inherit the promises; they shall see God face to face and be the habitation of the living God."
In II Cor 6:16 we read, "For we are the temple of the living God; just as God has said, "I will dwell in them and walk among them and I shall be their God and they shall be my people.
" Thus, we have the promise that God will dwell in us, and the Holy Spirit is given us as the pledge, or firstfruits of that fulness. It is Christ in you that is the hope of glory (Col. 1:25-27). We are approaching the climax--the time at which God will dwell in us that we might be the vehicle of His manifest presence.
The Glory, in their understanding, is the visible manifestation of the Spirit. Now, in light of the satanic nature of this deception, it is not surprising that deceived Christians are being led to expect a manifested SPIRIT and not the visible return of the Lord Jesus.
Bible translations that encourage the wrong interpretation
Unfortunately, modern translations of the Bible help in this deception. The Authorised Version has the blessed hope as the appearing of our great God in glory. Many other translations have the return OF THE GLORY!!
KING JAMES: Titus 2:13 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (KJV)
NEW ENGLISH BIBLE: Looking forward to the happy fulfilment of our hopes when the splendour of our great God and saviour Christ Jesus will appear...
REVISED STANDARD VERSION: Awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ....
JERUSALEM BIBLE: while we are waiting in hope for the blessing which will come with the appearing of the glory of our great God and saviour Jesus Christ....
GOOD NEWS BIBLE: as we wait for the blessed day we hope for, whenthe glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ will appear....
Is it any wonder that new Christians are confused on this issue, when the very scriptures they read seem to confirm that we are awaiting the "return of the glory" instead of the return of the Lord Jesus in a physical Body.
False Prophecy of the Return of the Glory
When Richard Riss wrote to explain his views on the Rapture (an earthly spiritual transformation) Bill Benninghoff replied to comment: (6)
"The Glory of God, my Glory, says the Lord, after a sacrifice had been prepared and offered up, shook the very foundations of Hell as I defeated Death, Hell, and the Grave, I shall bring my Glory once again back into my dwelling place, the heart of a sinless man. Such as this you have become...Haven't I said If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, a new type of man who has never before existed? And this existence, says the Lord, is as my dwelling place and my home. For the Glory of God, my Glory, says the Lord, the Heavy Presence that shook the very foundations of the earth as I proclaimed Goodness and Mercy, has come once again to dwell in a tabernacle of flesh...
"You are temples, you are vessels, you are receptacles, you are containers of the very Fires of Heaven, measured into you as you will receive it. Some taking much, moving from Glory to Glory, changed by the nearness of my Glory, ever growing, ever changing, ever allowing Me more of you.
"Do not be afraid of my Glory, of my Heavy Presence says God, the God of Glory, for a time when I could not allow you to come near Me has passed. No longer must I hide you in the parting of the Rock as Moses was hidden, but today I bring you face to face with my Glory... For the Glory of God, my Glory says the Lord, is soon to come in His fullness, and where once men were shielded as I proclaimed Mercy and Grace, finally I will proclaim righteous judgement.
"Wait..... do you say `rejoice'? NO NO NO...weep and cry out, for then the souls of all who would not hear Me will be devastated, their lives destroyed, for every mans life, every mans work shall be judged by Fire, and only what has been straked and splattered by the Blood of Redemption will stand as a testimony to my Righteousness, and what is wicked, what is sinful, yes, even all that is not of Faith will burn in the very presence of my Glory in you, in you, in you, in you, in you, in you, IN YOU! [Carl Killingsworth on the Vineyard's New Wine BBS.January 1995:]
"So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. I believe that this refers to the church, the Israel of God (Galatians 6) which will be purified by the Lord and indwellt by the Glory and Presence of Jesus....The Lord will dwell in His church in a marked and noticeable way as a result of the great outpouring of the Spirit, and the nations will know that Jesus Christ is God Almighty!
The feast of Passover is experienced by the believer at the moment he or she is born again. The individual is brought out of Egypt (the world) and into the Kingdom of God and into covenant relationship with God through Christ. The feast of unleavened bread and the feast of firstfruits are also fulfilled at this time as the new Christian is cleansed of all his/her sins. The feast of Pentecost is experienced by the believer when they are baptized into the power of the Holy Spirit.
The feast of Tabernacles (which actually has three parts: trumpets, day of atonement and tabernacles) is something that to my knowledge has not yet been experienced by individual believers or by the church corporately. Some leaders in the Body of Christ have taught that trumpets will be experienced by the church as the rapture, the day of atonement is the pouring out of God's wrath on the earth while the church is in heaven and that tabernacles represents the return of the church with the Lord to earth to begin the Millenium. I don't believe that the Scriptures teach this at all I believe that the feast of trumpets represents the prophetic flow of God among His people. This is something that the church really began to walk in as a result of the 1948 latter rain revival
The Day of Atonement was a time in which the sins of the covenant nation were cleansed and in which in the year of Jubilee (every 50th year) debts were cancelled, slaves were set free and land was returned to its original owners. It seems that this present move of God is one in which men and women who are already members of the covenant nation of God are being delivered from their sins, healed of their woundings and strengthened by the Spirit of the Lord. It seems to be a time of corporate cleansing and restoration in the Body of Christ.
(So today is the time of the Day of Atonement) I believe that all seven feasts must be experienced by the church on earth before the work is completed and the Lord returns for His bride. He will not return for her until she has completed her mission to become the expression of the Glory of God in the earth and until disciples have been made of all the nations.
YOU are the Antichrist!
I promised to reveal a dangerous aspect to the teaching of Ken Copeland, that the "christ" is the "anointing" upon all believers. This leads him to the belief that all who rebel against the anointing, or the anointed ones, are THE ANTI-CHRIST!Scripture identifies the antichrist as those who deny that Christ "is come in the flesh". If an anointing, or a glory cloud, is believed to be the coming of Christ into a Body of Flesh (his church) then anyone who denies the reality of such a thing could be labelled, scripturally, an antichrist.
Because we deny that Christ has come invisibly into this Body of people - thus we are the antichrist and we must be destroyed. Far-fetched? Unlikely ever to be applied to us? Well, this reasoning has already been applied:Earl Paulk writes in "The Wounded Body of Christ"
"Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard was coming and is now already in the world. (1 John 4:3) When John dealt with identifying the antichrist, he said the spirit of antichrist was already at work. This spirit was identifiable by the fact that it...does not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is the area in which we must test the spirits. The greatest test of the antichrist is its attitude towards the church - Jesus Christ himself is not a threat to any community unless there is a living thriving church in that community. Therefore, the spirit of antichrist refuses to recognise that GOD IS HERE IN THE FLESH. Attacking such figures as Oral Roberts, Jim Bakker and Kenneth Copeland are attacking the Church of Jesus Christ - such mockery and criticism are the means by which the spirit of antichrist operates."
Ken Copeland makes the same application. He goes to great lengths to try to prove that the word christ means anointing, so every time you come to the word christ in the Bible you should retranslate it, the anointing. Jesus was a man who was christed, he had the anointing. Now that same anointing is coming upon the Church, and if you oppose it you are anti-anointing, and that makes you an anti-christ!
"Once you start re-translating the word christ, as anointing you'll realize how the message of the anointing permeates the entire new testament. Even in those early days, the devil sent people in to steal that message,-------- people with the spirit of anti-christ (anti-anointing). For if you reTranslate the word anti-christ you'll realize it's referring to someone who is opposed to the anointing."(7)
Similarities to the Reign of Antichrist
If this were just another heresy it would be doomed to wither and die, like all the others. BUT, this is more than just a heresy by a few isolated groups. It is so widespread that almost every large group and ministry today has been infected by at least a part of the latter rain teachings,We cannot deny that we DO have an outpouring at the moment - this is not just fantasy but fact. So whatever the human thoughts and beliefs behind this, there is a spiritual power that fuels it - a power so great that it is able to influence the entire Church and bring about signs and wonders.
I want you to consider the latter rain teachings in the light of the book of revelation. You will notice some similarities.
1. THE WHITE HORSE: (Rev 6:2)
That the White Horse is the victorious church going out to conquer the world, at the beginning of the renewal, the beginning of the latter rain revival. (Bob Jones claims he saw a vision of a white horse in 1982, ready to ride - he believed this was the start of the revival.)
The white horse is clearly no Jesus Christ, but the spirit of antichrist! It closely resembles the Lord Jesus, but the Lord Jesus doesn't come at the start of the seven years, but at the end! The white horse is one of the four judgements sent out by God - it is the great apostasy that must come before the end.
THUS THEY HAIL THE ANTICHRIST APOSTASY AS THE VICTORIOUS CHURCH.
2. THE RETURN OF THE GLORY TO THE TEMPLE
that the Spirit of Christ will incarnate into a Body - his church (and maybe one representative of that church, its new head - see Appendix and this is seen as the entrance of the christ spirit into the Temple. And it is also seen as the spiritual marriage of the Bridegroom and his perfected bride.
Antichrist comes to a Temple, as God! "he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God".(2 Thess 2:4)He will also have a counterfeit bride - the Harlot, Mystery Babylon.
THUS THE CHURCH IS BEING PREPARED TO ACCEPT ANTICHRIST AS HER LORD AND CHRIST
The second half of the last seven years will be the reign of the manchild as the corporate christ, ruling over the rest of the Church and the world. It will be a time of purging for the Church and the world of anyone who refuses to bow and worship the glorious Manchild, the corporate christ. They say God will be cleansing out the tares from his church! AND WHILE THIS IS HAPPENING, the manchild company will be ruling over the world, meting out God's judgement, immune to all this suffering and disaster, using their powers to produce signs and wonders to bring the world to christ.
On the contrary the last three and a half-years are the reign of antichrist - not of Christ. The Tribulation is a result of satan and his demons coming down to earth, and the Tribulation is not primarily God at work removing wickedness, it is satan at work removing those who are righteous. Anyone who refuses to worship satan will be killed. And his False Prophet will be producing lying signs and wonders to deceive if possible even the very elect.
THUS THE CHURCH IS BEING PREPARED TO WORK ALONGSIDE ANTICHRIST IN SLAUGHTERING THE RIGHTEOUS.
[Also see Appendix]
4. SPIRITUAL WARFARE
that the manchild company have to cleanse the heavens - they have to be raised spiritually so they can war with the evil heavenly powers and cast them out, so they can take their place and rule over the earth territorially. All this teaching about territorial spirits is leading to that moment, which they call the war in heaven (Rev 12:7)
that the war in heaven is not conducted by the saints, but by the Archangel Michael and his angelic hosts. And the result is that satan and his fallen angels are cast out onto the earth to create havok there - Notice also they say the spiritual elite, the manchild company will be transformed into spiritual beings with resurrection bodies. So I do wonder if some of these people will so open themselves to the demonic before the end that the fallen angels actually possess them, as in the days of Noah - and you will have spirit beings walking the earth again.
My intention in writing these articles is not to criticise individuals associated with Toronto or the false revival - for they answer to God. Nor do I intend to tar everyone with the same brush, for many people get involved because they have a zeal for God - they want to see the world and the church changed and improved. They have no idea where these teachings are coming from. (Yet they fail to respond when they are told it is not biblical.
)We do have a responsibility to alert believers to the true nature of these teachings. If God chooses to reveal to us the roots of heresy and the possible outcome of deception, we have the task of exposing these things in order to SAVE PEOPLE FROM A HORRIBLE FATE.
If you saw a kitten about to stumble blindly across a busy main road, would you stand by and do nothing, telling people that it would be unloving to scare the kitten into fleeing to safety? Or would you turn aside, hoping somebody else would go to its rescue? If you would have compassion on a kitten in danger, how much more so should we seek to "rescue the perishing" - in this case, those who are at risk of perishing from the antichrist deception now running rampant in the Church and world.
A Little Leaven Leavens the Lump
Once you accept part of the teaching, the rest becomes necessary and inevitable. If this is an antichrist doctrine, it is the doctrine of demons and we should have nothing to do with it. We MUST remain true to the light of scripture - to the basics:
- SALVATION BY FAITH
- THE SACRIFICE OF JESUS ON THE CROSS FOR OUR REDEMPTION
- INDIVIDUAL CONVERSION AND SALVATION
- THE GREAT COMMISSION TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY MAN
- THE EVENTS OF THE END - THE APOSTASY, THE TRIBULATION THE RAPTURE, HEAVEN AS A LOCATION, HELL AS JUDGEMENT FOR THE WICKED
- THE KINGDOM AS THE LITERAL RETURN OF JESUS TO ESTABLISH RIGHTEOUSNESS;
- THE ROLE OF ISRAEL AS A NATION
- THE MILLENNIAL RULE OF CHRIST, NOT THE CHURCH
- THE CHURCH AS THE BODY OF CHRIST, ALREADY UNITED, ONE WITH CHRIST, TO WITNESS, TO ENDURE AND IF NECESSARY TO SUFFER AND DIE - ALWAYS HATED AND REJECTED AND ULTIMATELY TRIUMPHANT IN HER ALLEGIANCE TO CHRIST.
- THE CHRISTIAN HOPE IS THE RETURN OF JESUS PERSONALLY IN GLORY AND OUR INHERITANCE IN HIM ALONE.
We must call on anyone involved in these teachings to abandon them and repent of them.
We must remain open, patient, kind, helpful and forgiving - not become hateful, proud and elitist.
We must remember that we can all be deceived - by all means save some; if they will not hear you, move on.
2 Tim 4:2 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word, be instant in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine - for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."
FOOTNOTES(1) The dates of these predictions change all the time. False teachers adjust their prophetic clock to suit events. The teaching on the beginning of the third age and the time for the "next wave" of global revival has been dated to 1994, 95, 96, 97, 98 and so forth, as the predicted "revival" fails to occur. Now some teachers are warning people "do not date the revival" as it is becoming an embarrassment to the whole movement.
(2) See Gal 3 where Paul argues that the promise of redemption was made before the Law, to Abraham, and therefore pre-dates and transcends the legal requirements of Judaism.
(3) The Whistler Gathering brochure states: It is safeguarded by four spiritual "fathers" - Pastor Bob Birch, Pastor Jim Watt, Dr. John White, and Peter Jordan of YWAM. The leadership of this gathering includes Dr. Mohsen Demian and Pastor Gideon Chiu, and worship leaders David Garrett, David Ruis and Brian Doerksen. Others involved include Bob Jones, Reuven Doren, Andy and Melody Green Severight, Alistair Petrie and John Dawson. There are 1,700 registered participants, over 1,000 have been turned down due to space limitations. This gathering is truly multi-national and multi-cultural. At a leadership pre-gathering in February, there were representatives from Canada, USA, Africa, China, Australia, South America, and others I probably don't know about.
(4) Britton "Eagle Saints Arise" Pp8-9(5) from a message on the Religion forum of Compuserve.
(6) from an Internet report on the Shekinah Ministers Conference, Jun 94(7) Ken Copeland, writing in Voice of Victory: Vol 2ULo 4, April1995
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