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2010 Todd Bentley Update and IHOP a New Move?

You have probably heard recent reports from the USA that a “new move of God” has started centring around IHOP’s meetings, promoted on the God Channel, and Todd Bentleys return to ministry, promoted on Rick Joyner’s online T.V station, (Bentley is the man who was found to be having an adulterous affair during his 2008 “revival” and failed to produce any evidence to support his claims that over 30 people had been raised from the dead during those three months). I felt led to compile some of the background facts surrounding this “new move” to enable others to quickly locate the relevant information online so they can test this for themselves. This can otherwise take a lot of time. I have also included this link to a prophecy by David Noakes which may be relevant.

I Thess 5; 21“test all things”.

Introduction: Briefly, all the ministries involved so far, i.e. Mike Bickle of IHOP, Todd Bentley and Rick Joyner have all been influenced by the strange spirituality of Bob Jones Jones who claims that he goes to heaven "three times every day as part of his rapture exercises”, as well as the ministry of William Branham who whilst alive claimed that the zodiac and pyramids had as much spiritual authority as the bible. We therefore need to urgently test this latest “move of God”, its leaders and its spirituality, with discernment and against scripture.

1 Jn 4; 1 “do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God”.

Todd Bentleys return to ministry: His promoter, Rick Joyner, has claimed that Bentley has received a new more powerful anointing with signs following, after being prayed for by Bob Jones. Jones claimed he was led to do this during a powerful encounter with God. However Bentley has failed to provide any evidence to support his claims that over thirty people had been raised from the dead as coffins were placed in front of TV sets screening his meetings live through the God Channel in 2008. Just before Bentley’s adultery was about to be publically exposed then he told his online audience that God wanted them to donate $1 MILL to him. Then instead of repenting right away he abandoned his ministry and ran off to live with his mistress until he was able to divorce his wife and remarry. So is God really using him to lead a “revival move” just seventeen months later? If not then what are these reports of spiritual manifestations; could Bentley have been deceived into moving in another spirit? Link to video. As Satan can also anoint surely we must consider all eventualities including the possible relevance of verses such as this occurring;

2 Thess 2; 9 - 11 “the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception… strong delusion”

Bob Jones is now the main Kansas City Prophet. He had the prophecy that led to IHOP being set up as well as the prayer behind Bentleys return to ministry. However both Jones and Bentley claim to go to the third heaven, at will, whenever they want, (view video). Bentley’s promoter, Rick Joyner, also claims to visit heaven often too. They also call upon the spirits of the dead to return to earth to minister to them. But is this not spiritualism? In the early 1990’s, Jones was forced to step down from public ministry after he admitted using his spiritual gifts to solicit sexual favours from women in his congregation. So why would God anoint them more than other Christians, and does this scriptures apply, Matt 7; 16 “You will know them by their fruits”?

Advancing Branham’s beliefs: Is Rick Joyner promoting Bentley because he advances the same strange spiritual beliefs as himself? Joyner, Bentley, Bob Jones, Paul Cain and Mike Bickle, (leader of IHOP and the Kansas City Prophets group), have all been greatly influenced by the ministry of William Brahman and his strange belief in being led by angels etc. From the 1930’s to 60s Branham claimed his miracles came through “his angel” whilst all the other well known healing evangelists operated directly from Gods Holy Spirit. Similarly, in an online video, Todd Bentley claimed that God had told him to focus his preaching on “the angel” instead of on Jesus. And in “The Final Quest” Rick Joyner is constantly referring to angels without mentioning the Holy Spirit or testing his experiences against scripture at all. Branham himself had little regard for scripture and said that "God wrote three Bibles, the zodiac, the great pyramid and the Holy Bible, which all had equal spiritual authority”.

Branham even suggested that he was himself the angel sent to the end time’s church spoken of in the Book of Revelation. After Branham died his family refused to bury him for four months because they had been led to believe that he would be raised from the dead, which suggests he had some sort of messianic complex. So was Branham really moving in Gods Spirit, just confused, ill, or one of the false prophets the bible warns us about? And why are these other ministers so drawn to angels?

Col 2.18, “Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions”. v. 19, He has lost connection with the head”.

The God Channel: Although well intentioned the Alecs have displayed an unwillingness to take responsibility for their reporting errors and lack of discernment concerning Bentley in 2008. I believe this “turning a blind eye” leaves them even more open to deception in the future and that the God Channel has become an “Achilles heel” for the church, an organisation that Satan can now use to advance the most deceived ministries. They appear to have neglected seeking after and testing things against scripture and with the gift of “discerning of spirits” (1 Cor 12; 10).

IHOP, (the international House of Prayer), is being promoted extensively by the God Channel which also promoted Todd Bentley’s “Florida Outpouring” in 2008. It is run by Mike Bickle who is also leader of the controversial “Kansas City Prophets”. IHOP was set up after a specific prophecy from Bob Jones, (now the leading Kansas City prophet). Before this Augustine Alcala, (often spelt Acolla online), had a general prophecy for Bickle predicting that he would be used to raise up a mighty work in the earth. Others have raised questions about Alcala’s sexual morality and prophetic gifting. It appears likely that Bickle’s church, the Kansas City Prophets group and IHOP, (which all have very suspect roots), are all founded on false prophecies. Originally Bickle even thought Jones was moving in the power of a demon but later allowed this activity in his own church. Later both Jones and Bickle claimed that they had been visited by the Arch Angel Gabriel at the same time. In mid Nov 2009 Bickle claimed that IHOP had moved into revival but I could see no evidence of this myself. Since being promoted on the God Channel though people have been flocking to IHOP just as they did to Bentley in 08. Most know very little about IHOP’s roots. Former members have complained about excessive control and cult like practices. Would God start a revival within a group so open to deception and strange unscriptural ministries?

Matt 24; 24 warns us that Satan will “deceive, if possible, even the elect”.

Mike Bickle is being presented on the God Channel as a conventional bible teacher and does appear to have more respect for scripture than the others, I actually agree with many of his end time’s views. However he has some very strange interpretations of what happens after the return of Christ (see his 2nd Coming and Armageddon transcripts on mikebickle.org). He teaches that Jesus will engage in a carnal style war against Israel’s enemies, literally fighting as King David did, getting drenched in the blood of those He kills, and that this is why His robes will be coloured crimson and dipped in blood. But the bible tells us that God would not allow King David to build Him a temple because he had killed people in war. Bickle’s view of Jesus seems nothing like the Jesus described in the gospels. I also wonder where his willingness to create new doctrine could lead him in the future. Whilst claiming to test everything against scripture he can’t be doing this concerning the spiritual experiences of those in his Kansas City Prophets group or he would realise their spiritual experiences differ massively to those of the Apostles in the N/T. Should we be watching out for the following;

2 Cor 11:4 “if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit… or a different gospel…”

Rick Joyner claims that one day he will be given authority to command spirits into warfare to force all other Christians to accept his own unusual beliefs and spiritual practices which he describes as liberating them from their present shame* and describes how angels bow to him when he visits heaven*. He also claims to have had a long conversation with the Apostle Paul. During one of his heavenly visitations in which “St Paul” told him that none of the scriptures could be trusted for foundational teaching except the gospels alone*. Despite this the God Channel regularly promotes Joyner as a reliable bible teacher and expert on the end times but have they considered this possibility?

2 Cor 11; 13; “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ”.

The God Channel’s history of such errors: The Alec’s are nice well intentioned people but they surely lack discernment, so can we trust them in 2010? Before believing Bentleys claims in 2008 Wendy Alec chose Paul Cain (then the leading Kansas City Prophet) as her spiritual adviser and even had him write the introduction to her own book of prophecies. It later emerged that Cain had been living a secret active life of active homosexuality, using narcotics and was an alcoholic during that time. The Alecs now have very close links with Joyner and Bickle and in 2009 said they would be moving their base to Kansas USA where Bickle’s fellowship, his IHOP group and the Kansas City Prophets, including Bob Jones, are all based – is this a coincidence?

1 Tim 4; 1 warns us that many will start “giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons",

Angels or Fallen Angels: Reports of strange angelic encounters are already on the increase but why would this be centred on the lukewarm church of the western world? If Satan can appear as an angel of light could other fallen angels be doing the same in order to deceive? The angelic experiences of the above mentioned ministries appear nothing like those described in the bible. I feel led to also warn of Patricia King who seems particularly gullible and open to promote many suspect angelic encounters as well as other odd unscriptural spiritual manifestations such as jewels and gold dust appearing. Are these all con tricks or is a New Age spirit sometimes causing such things to occur?

2 Cor 11; 14, “Satan... transforms himself into an angel of light”

Summary: Are all these proclaimed “prophets”, Bob Jones, Todd Bentley, Mike Bickle, Rick Joyner and Patricia King really moving in Gods Spirit or another spirit by mistake? Are the related groups of IHOP and God Channel going to promote what could become a counterfeit revival based on another spirit? The God Channel is often saying that we are heading into the end times, very likely true, but if so they are failing to warn people that these would be times of great deception when;

Matt 24; 24, “false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect”.

So is Satan promoting the most deceived ministries in advance of a wave of deception of the type David Noakes’ prophecy warns us about? And if so how are we to view these ministries as anyone of us can get deceived. The saying “but for the grace of God go I” should surely be borne in mind.

May God bless you as you endeavour to weigh up and test these things.

*From pages 35, 56 and 131–136 of the 1996 edition of “The Final Quest” by Rick Joyner.

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