Modern Day Charismatic "Revivals"
Part of the Landmark,
A “New Thing” or part of the Warning Prophecy
given by a colleague of Smith Wigglesworth.
I. Part of the Landmark
There are clear landmark principles of revival from the revivalists of old. Here we begin with a summary of those principles with an analysis of the “new thing” scripture so often used by the Contemporary Church.
In ascertaining whether the new charismatic "revivals" like that of Lakeland are of God we study a warning prophecy given through a great friend of Smith Wigglesworth of end time deceptions. Are "revivals" like that of Lakeland a great deception?
Following this is a study in relation to the false prophet. Are apparent "revivalists" like Bentley showing signs akin to scriptural and prophetic warnings or are we dealing with true prophets of God?
The quest continues.
Revival Principles Summary
* Edwin Orr
Spontaneity with leader who involved the audience
Passion to rescue lost souls
Christians being humbled in the presence of God
Use of the term “soundly saved”
The Confessing of faults
Holy Ghost Conviction
Full Surrender Missions Passion
No great wave of emotionalism but peace and joy
Extreme emphasis on Repentance
* Evan Roberts
Confession of all known sin
Dealing with oneself
Obedience to the Holy Ghost instantly
Public Confession of Christ Jesus
Strong emphasis of the revivalist: “Not Me”!
Life in the Community
Not an orgy of emotion – but a fervour that brought the nation to its knees
* Duncan Campbell
Strong emphasis on “Christ within” – the Divine being in the human, manifested through the human, God being glorified in this manifestation.
Emphasis on supernatural cleansing
Exposure of contemporary infiltration of the World into Church
Unction and repentance
Warning of future revival counterfeits & of “God of love” teaching without the need for repentance
Holiness and moral discrimination
Clean heart that has climbed the hill of the Lord
* Jonathan Edwards
Seriousness and decency
Great alteration amongst the youth
Increase of visits to Ministers
No compromise to backsliders
Outcries, faintings, and convulsions
Conviction of sinners and conversions in great numbers
* John Wesley
Change of lifestyle back to the Early Church
Singing over and over again
Recognition that there is perfection
* Norman Grubb
Reference to a “continuous revival”
Self renunciation emphasis
Revitalization of someone gone dead
Plunging into a fountain
Confessing faults showing the Lord’s dealings
Sin, repentance, precious blood, cleansing, joy, witness
Brokenness, Openness, Fellowship and Challenge
* Rees Howells
No transference of Welsh Revival Spirit
Instead – work of Holy Ghost in the particular place
Consistent Preaching and Teaching of the Word
Confession and weeping
II. A “new thing”?
It is often presented by those supporting the “new revivals” that God is doing a “new thing” now, thus leaving the old time principles to history! Isaiah 43 is commonly used as a supporting scripture but can this be used within the context of a “new thing” revival of God? Hardly! God does not change and the “new thing” of Isaiah has nothing to do whatsoever with the “new thing” of the “new revivals”. The “new thing” of Isaiah relates to the coming out of the captivity of Babylon and it is simply not good enough to use a scripture of a “new thing” to dismiss the revival principles of the past. God has not changed and so it is important for any “new revival” to fully embrace all the principles of the Ancient Landmark God has set through the fathers.
The “new thing” philosophy, however, is that God is moving on from the past but is God really moving away his revival techniques away from the old days of blood, conviction and repentance. We examine the scripture so commonly quoted.
Isaiah 43:1-28 (King James Version)
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.
Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.
I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.
Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.
But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.
Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense.
Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.
Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.
The middle verses underlined clearly indicate to remember not the “former things” because God is doing a “new thing” but do the “former things” relate to revivals and does the “new thing” relate to God no longer requiring repentance?
I most certainly do not think so! This is a gross simplification of the passage that has brought serious errors into the Church and doctrines of devils! It has also led to a New World Order Church so alien to that of the Early Church landmark. Today we have specially altered Bibles with Alexandrian origins to bring about the conditions for a multi faith one world religion with the commercial Babylon publishers of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan right at the forefront of this, and so we have a contemporary Church without the blood and conviction thus making it a sitting duck for a counterfeit revival, but is Lakeland counterfeit? We find out! Certainly Thomas Nelson and Zondervan are right at the heart of it!
Proverbs 22:28 (King James Version)
Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
Malachi 3:5 (King James Version)
And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
Hebrews 13:8 (King James Version)
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Edwin Orr’s “Revival is like Judgment Day” would seem to be a “Former thing” in today’s new Church culture but as we see from the “new thing passage” God is not dismissing his judgment, for without judgment there can be no repentance and without repentance there can be no revival.
The “former things” in the “new thing” passage are the things of Babylon, the things of captivity from which God has redeemed them but is this the case in the contemporary Church with its commercial barrage of books coming out of publishing houses so bent in the occult that indeed they are the forerunners of an Antichrist World devoid of truth and justice?
These “former things” are not to be forgotten as in Israel’s case because unlike Israel the Church at this time has been infected by a pollution that does not allow conviction of sin thus leaving the Church to be under a chain of Babylonian chaos.
God is not doing a “new thing” under the air of unrepented sin, it is from the point of repentance at the Cross that we move on forgetting the former things!
Spurgeon in his examination of Isa. 43 gives a clear indication that there has been a forgiveness of God in this passage, the forgiveness however being a following on from the judgment of God’s people, the judgments being clearly presented in the passage.
Spurgeon identifies the judgments, in verse 22 that the people to receive the forgiveness were a prayerless people, but instead of using the passage as a pre-requisite for declaring a new thing without repentance – Spurgeon goes for the sinner.
If you will turn to your Bibles, you will find who are the persons here spoken of. Look for example at the 22nd verse of the chapter from which our text is taken, and you will see, first, that they were prayerless people: "Thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob." And are there not some prayerless ones sitting or standing here this morning? Might I not walk along these benches, and point my finger to one and another, and say, "Thou art not a praying one?" Or might I not reach out my hand to one and another upon this platform, and say, "Thou hast not been with God in secret, and held heart converse with him?" These prayerless ones may have repeated many a form of prayer, but the breathing desire, the living words, have not come from their lips.
Thou hast lived, sinner, up to this time without sincere prayer, and if an ejaculation has been forced from thy lips from a fear that took hold of thee; if a cry has gone forth from thee when in the sufferings of a sick bed, because the pains of death gat hold upon thee; if it has not been thy habit to pray, the impressions of that trying period have soon been forgotten. Is prayer your constant practice, my hearers? How many of you now before me, ay, and behind me too, must confess that you have not prayed, that it is not your habit to hold communion with God.
Prayerless souls are Christless souls; for you can have no real fellowship with Christ, no communion with the Father, unless you approach his mercy-seat, and be often there; and yet if you are condemning yourselves, and lamenting that this has been your condition, you need not despair, for this mercy is for you: "Thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob;" yet, "I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake."
Spurgeon goes on to point out that these people whom God had taken out of captivity were “despisers of religion”, proof of this being in the reference to the children of Israel being “weary”.
Other references relating these people being useless and thankless are given but Spurgeon draws a distinction between this passage and the Church for the Church can only be redeemed through the blood of Jesus whilst the Israelites were awaiting that day of redemption. How can it be, therefore, that a reference to the newly freed Israelites be associated with Christian revival? Spurgeon had it right for he associated the going forward and forgetting the past to reaching a higher place of redemption linking the passage to coming towards a special goal.
The standards and demands today are if anything higher for now we are followers of the resurrected Christ, rather than Israelites looking forward to that day, these Israelites returning to a physical temple rather that the Body of Christ believer whose very own body is the Temple of the Holy Ghost.
III. Stanley Frodisham’s Prophecy of 1965
It was given in Chicago in 1965 - (five years before he died.)
The purpose of presenting this prophecy here from this great friend of Smith Wigglesworth is in relation to “testing the spirits”. God has not moved away from his revival principles despite of “new thing” attempts to move the Church away from its ancient landmark, our purpose therefore being to ascertain if the principles and operations of Lakeland line up with the ancient landmark beliefs or is Lakeland a part of Frodisham’s prophetic warning?
The new “revivals” of Toronto, Brownsville and now Lakeland seem to be in an atmosphere of the Church emphasizing the Father’s love whereas the old revivals seem to emphasize judgment, conviction and repentance. If this prophecy is true then what has been happening lately in the Western Church is somewhat out of line with the landmark and the following Word from God.
“With great judgements will I plead with the population of this country. Great darkness is coming upon the countries that have heard My gospel but no longer walk in it. My wrath shall come upon them. The darkness shall be so great and the anguish so sore that men shall cry out for death and shall not find it. There shall be a lingering death, famine and great catastrophes.
My wrath shall be manifested against all ungodliness. It shall come with great intensity. You have known my love but have not experienced My wrath or My severity. My judgements are literal and not a thing to be passed over lightly. Realise the severity of My judgements and My intense anger against the sin in My Household. My judgements shall begin in My House, for I will cleanse My House that it be not a partaker of My wrath against the iniquities of the cities. Before I visit the nations in judgement I will begin at My House. When I do cause My wrath to come upon the cities of the world My people shall be separate. I desire a people without spot or wrinkle and such will be preserved by Me in the time of My wrath, which will be coming upon all iniquity and unrighteousness.
I am going to prepare you for the coming days by a hard path that will cause many to cry out continually unto Me. For when the going is easy men do not seek Me, but rejoice in a temporary blessing. And when that blessing is removed they so often turn this way and that way but do not come to Me. I am showing you these things in order that you may seek Me continually and with great diligence. As you seek Me I will open up truths to you that you have not seen before, and these very truths will be such that will enable you to stand in these last days. As you are persecuted, reviled and rejected by your brethren then you will turn unto Me with all your heart and seek Me for that spiritual life that you need. So that when the tribulation comes you will have that which will enable you to stand. For many will be tossed to and fro, men’s hearts shall fail them because of trouble on every hand. These days shall be very terrible the likes of which have never been seen before.
Coming Glory – and – Deceiving Spirits
When I visit My people in mighty revival power, it is to prepare them for the darkness ahead. With the Glory shall come great darkness, for the Glory is to prepare My people for the darkness. I will enable My people to go through the darkness because of the visitation of My Spirit. Take heed to yourselves lest you be puffed up and think that you have arrived. Many shall be puffed up as in the olden days, for then, many received My message but they did not continue in it. Did I anoint Jehu? Yet the things that I desired were not accomplished in his life. Listen to the messengers, but do not hold men’s persons in admiration or adulation. For many whom I shall anoint mightily with signs and miracles shall become lifted up and shall fall by the wayside. I do not this willingly for I have made provision that they might stand. I call many into this ministry and equip them, but remember that many shall fall. They shall be like bright lights and the people shall delight in them. But they shall be taken over by deceiving spirits and shall lead many of My people astray. Hearken diligently concerning these things, for in the last days shall come seducing spirits. They shall turn many of My anointed ones away, many shall fall through diverse lusts and because of ‘sin abounding’.
But if you will seek Me diligently I will put My Spirit within you so that when one shall turn to the right hand or to the left hand you shall not turn with them, but instead you will keep your eyes fixed wholly on your Lord. The coming days are going to be most dangerous, difficult and dark for there shall be a mighty outpouring of My Spirit in judgement upon many cities and many shall be destroyed. My people must be diligently warned concerning the days ahead. Many shall turn after seducing spirits and already many are seducing My people. It is those who ‘Do Righteousness’ that are righteous. Many cover their sins by great theological words. But I warn you of seducing spirits who instruct my people in an evil way. Many of these I will anoint that they in turn may purify and sift My people, for I will have a holy people. When I come I shall not find faith upon the earth but in a few, for when the time of testing comes many will depart from their Lord.
Many shall come with seducing spirits and hold out lustful enticements. You will find that after I have visited My people again the way will become more and more narrow, and fewer shall walk therein. Be not deceived, the ways of righteousness are My ways. For though Satan come as an angel of light hearken not to him; for those who perform miracles and speak not righteousness are not of Me. I warn you with great intensity that I am going to judge My House and have a church without spot or wrinkle when I come. I desire to open your eyes and give you spiritual understanding, that you may not be deceived but may walk with uprightness of heart before Me, loving righteousness and hating every evil way. Look unto Me and I will make you to perceive with the eyes of the Spirit the things that lurk in darkness, that are not visible to the human eye. Let Me lead you in this way, that you may perceive the powers of darkness and battle against them. It is not a battle against flesh and blood, for if you battle in that way you accomplishnothing. But if you let Me take over and battle against the powers of darkness then they are defeated, and then liberation is brought to My people.
The Ways of Deceivers
I warn you to search the Scriptures diligently concerning these last days. For the things that are written shall indeed be made manifest. There shall come deceivers among My people in increasing numbers, who shall speak forth the truth and shall gain the favour of the people. For the people shall examine the Scriptures and say, ‘What these men say is true’. Then when they have gained the hearts of the people, then and then only shall they bring out their wrong doctrines. Therefore I say that you should not give your hearts to men, nor hold people’s persons in admiration or adulation. For by these very persons Satan shall gain entry into My people. Watch for seducers! Do you think a seducer will brandish a heresy and flaunt it before the people? He will speak words of righteousness and truth and will appear as a minister of light, declaring the Word. The people’s hearts shall be won. Then when the hearts are won, they will bring out their doctrines and the people shall be deceived. The people shall say ‘Did he not speak thus and thus’? ‘And did we not examine it from the Word’? ‘Therefore he is a minister of righteousness. This that he has now spoken we do not see in the Word but it must be right, for the other things he spoke were true’.
Be not deceived. For the deceiver will first work to gain the hearts of many, and then shall bring forth his insidious doctrines. You can not discern those who are of Me and those who are not of Me when they start to preach. But seek Me constantly, and when these doctrines are brought out you shall have a witness in your heart that these are not of Me. Fear not, for I have warned you. It is possible that the very elect may be deceived. But it is not possible if you walk in holiness and uprightness before the Lord, for then your eyes shall be open and the Lord will protect you. If you will constantly look unto the Lord you will know when the doctrine changes, and will not be brought into it. If your heart is right I will keep you, if you will look constantly to Me, I will uphold you.
The minister of righteousness shall be on this wise --- his life shall agree with the word, and his lips shall give forth that which is wholly true, there will be no mixture. When the mixture appears then you will know he is not a minister of righteousness. The deceivers speak first the truth and then error, to cover their own sins which they love. Therefore I exhort and command you to study the Scriptures relative to seducing spirits, for this is one of
the great dangers of these last days.
I desire you to be firmly established in My word and not in the personalities of men, that you will not be moved as so many shall be moved. I would keep you in the paths of righteousness. Take heed to yourselves and follow not the seducing spirits that are already manifesting themselves. Diligently inquire of Me when you hear something that you have not seen in the word, and do not hold people’s persons in admiration, for it is by this very method that Satan will hold many of My people.
The Way of Triumph
I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly, that you may triumph where I triumphed. On the cross I triumphed over all the powers of Satan and I have called you to walk in the same path. It is when your life is on the cross that you shall know the victory that I have experienced. As you are on the cross, seated in Me, then you shall know the power of the resurrection. When I come in My Glory the principalities and powers in the heavenly places shall be utterly broken. Fear not, for I have given you the power whereby you may tread down the powers of darkness, and come forth victorious through every trial. As you are on the cross then you are victorious. It was on the cross that I triumphed over all the powers of the enemy. My life shall flow through as you enter into these precious truths. Look unto Me and appropriate My life. As your eyes and desires are toward Me and you know what it is to be crucified with Me, then you shall live and your anointing shall increase. It was not in My life as I walked upon the earth but rather it was in My life as I hung upon the cross that I openly spoiled principalities and powers.
I am showing you truth that shall cause you to overcome, to have power over the wicked one, this is the truth that will liberate you and those around you. You shall know also the fellowship of My sufferings. There is no other way whereby you may partake of this heavenly glory and to reign with Me. My word says that If we suffer with Him we shall reign with Him. I desire to make these truths real within you. As you keep them before you, you will in turn liberate many who are in bondage. You will have revelation of those who are in darkness and will have the keys to liberate the captives. Many seek to liberate but do not have the keys. Upon the cross continually you will know the power of My resurrection.
If you will indeed judge yourself you shall not be judged. As you seek My face and desire to be cleansed by Me in all truth and sincerity of heart, I will judge you in the secret place, and the things that are in the secret place of your heart shall not be made manifest to others. I will do it in the secret place and no man will know it. The shame that will be seen on many faces shal l not be seen on your face. Therefore in mercy and love I am instructing you in order that you may partake of My Glory. As you are willing to walk with Me and rejoice in your sufferings, you shall in turn partake of My Glory. Look unto Me for you have need of power to overcome the wicked one and the bondages in other’s lives.
I said that if a man will judge himself he shall not be judged. It is not My good pleasure that the shame of My people be seen by all. How can I judge the world if I judge not first My own house? Hearken unto these things that I am telling you, for if you will not hearken unto Me thy shame shall be evident to all.
God’s Part and Our Part
I would have you consider My life on earth --- the anointing upon Me was great and yet the temptations were great on every side; they came in one form and then in another, offering Me first the glory of the kingdoms of the earth and then in the form of reviling and persecution. There will be great glory given to My people but also the temptations will be intensified on every side. Think not that with the glory there shall be no temptations or persecutions. The glory to My church shall be great and so also the temptations from the enemy to turn My people from My paths. I warn you again that when the glory shall be manifested the temptations shall be great until very few that started shall finish the course. First of all they shall be offered great worldly possessions and then will come great revilings and unbelief.
Consider your Lord, that as He walked so it shall be for you. There shall be need of great intensity of purpose. At times it will seem that everyone is rising up against you, trying to turn you from the course that I have set for you. It is written of Me that I set my face as flint to go in the direction that My Father had prescribed for Me. If you will finish the course the Lord has laid down for you, you too will have to set your face as a flint. With great determination you must walk in the course laid down for you. Many of your loved ones and those who follow with you will seek to persuade you and try to turn you from the course. With many words that seem right in the natural they will speak to you. Did not Christ rebuke Peter who would turn Him from the course God had prescribed?
Understand these two things and meditate upon them solemnly --- the persecution and the darkness shall be as great as the glory in order to try to turn the elect and the anointed ones from the path the Lord has laid down for them. Many shall start but few shall be able to finish because of the greatness of grace that shall be needed to be able to endure unto the end. The temptation and the persecution of your Lord was continuous. He was tempted by Satan in many forms throughout His entire life and even to the cross where the ungodly cried out ‘if thou be the Christ come down from the cross’. Think not that there will be a time of no persecution, for it shall be from the time of your anointing until the end. Difficulties and great persecution will go on to the end. The Lord must prepare you to be an overcomer in all things, that you may be able to finish the course. The persecution shall increase even as the anointing shall increase.
In paths of judgement and righteousness shall the Lord God lead His people and bring them into that place which He has chosen for them. The Lord has chosen a place for His people, a place of righteousness and holiness where He shall encamp around them. All who will be led of the Lord will be brought into this holy place. For the Lord delights to dwell in His people and to manifest Himself through His people. The holiness of the Lord will be
manifested through His people. Let the Lord lead you and He will lead you in the difficult places. He led His people of old through a place where no man dwelt, where no man passed through, in a place of great danger and in the shadow of death. The Lord will indeed lead His people again through such places, and at the same time will bring them out into a place of great glory. Understand that the way toward the glory is fraught with great danger and many shall fall to the right or the left, many shall camp on lesser ground. But the Lord has a place of holiness and no unclean thing shall dwell among His people.
Put your trust in Him and He will bring you into a place of holiness. He desires to bring His people into a great glory --- the likes of which has never been seen, for this is what the Lord will do for those who put their trust in Him. It is a place of darkness and great danger and it will separate His people into the place where He would have them walk. He will protect them from the voices that would turn them from His path. He will bring them through the dark places and treacherous paths and lead them out into the light of His glory. He will rejoice greatly over His beloved and cause them to be filled with joy unspeakable. He seeks to lead His people into a new place of grace and glory where He will indeed encamp among them. Put your trust in Him and He will surely bring you into this new place.
Fear not the days to come, but fear this only --- that you shall walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord. In this time I am ordering and setting up My church and it shall indeed be pure, without spot or wrinkle. I will do a work in My beloved that has not been seen since the foundation of the world. I have shown you these things that you may seekthe Lord diligently with all your heart, and that you may be a preserver of His people.
Run not to this one or that one for the Lord has so ordained that salvation is in Him and in Him alone. You shall not turn to this shepherd or to that one, for there shall be a great scattering upon the earth. Therefore look unto Him for He will indeed make these things clear to you. You shall not look here or there, for His Wells shall increase your strength and your faith as He prepares you forthe times that are coming.
The truths that I have revealed to you must become a part of you --- not just an experience, but a part of your very nature. Is it not written that I demand truth in the inward parts? It is the truth of the Lord expressed in your very being that shall hold you. Many shall experience the truth but the truth must become a part of you, your very life. As men and women look upon you they will hear not only the voice but see the expression of the truth. Many shall be overcome because they are not constant in My ways and because they have not permitted the truths to become a part of them. I am showing you these things that you may be prepared, and having done all, to stand.”
Key Points from the Prophecy
* Judgement upon apostate nations
* Wrath (not love) against all ungodliness
* Anger against sin in the Church first
* Separated people without spot or wrinkle (perfection)
* Strong emphasis on reliance on God
* Revelation to prepare for hard times – detailed warning given
* Warning about pride
* Warning against holding men in admiration and adulation
* Many who have been anointed with signs and miracles become lifted up and fall
* Same persons who have been bright lights with the people delighting in them are taken over by deceiving spirits and lead many people astray.
* Last day warning of seducing spirits
* Many of God’s anointed ones turned away by all this – many falling through diverse lusts – sin abounds
* Holy Spirit within emphasis and being led of the Spirit
* The mighty outpouring will be one of judgment (the counterfeit has been one of Jezebel love) upon many cities – many being destroyed – many turning to seducing spirits
* Doers of the Word emphasized – the action saints!
* Theological words used to cover sin
* Purification and sifting of the people of God – only a few (remnant) having faith when Jesus comes – such is the testing!
* Few walking the narrow way (there are courses like Alpha that have made the narrow way wide!)
* Satan comes as Angel of Light – those who perform miracles and speak not righteousness = NOT OF GOD!
* Further emphasis on JUDGEMENT!
* Spiritual – not physical battleground!
* Encouragement to search the scriptures in relation to the last days. Things written shall be manifest.
* Deceivers amongst God’s people in increasing numbers who speak forth the truth and gain favour of the people – people see what they say is consistent with the scriptures – one accepted by the people – only then do they bring forth wrong doctrines.
* False Ministers will appear as the “Truth”
* Inner Witness will warn of a Minister not of God
* Warning that even the elect shall be deceived but not those in holiness and uprightness
* Those who look to the Lord will know when the doctrine changes.
* Ministers of righteousness – their own lives will agree with the Word.
* Deceivers speak truth first – then error!
* Desire of God for his Saints to be established in the Word – not in the personalities of men.
* Emphasis on the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
* Being crucified with Him – anointing increase
* Knowing the fellowship of Christ Jesus suffering – no other way to partake of heavenly glory
* Those who keep God’s truths before them will liberate many in bondage.
* Man to judge himself – not be judged
* Temptations will be intensified – Glory will be great alongside – keep on track!
* Place of Holiness
* Running not after this one or that one but looking unto the Lord.
Is the Prophecy in Line with the Word of God?
Most certainly! False prophets with signs and wonders are talked about throughout the whole of scripture. Wonders have been used by supernatural agencies over thousands of years to lead people away from doctrinal truth, the miracle becoming the evidence of a revival being correct!
Deuteronomy 13:1-5 (King James Version)
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
A call to going after “other gods” followed the sign and wonder that came to pass, and so in the case of Lakeland it is not good enough to simply accept the miracle, we have to test the spirits and check for sound doctrine, one of the translations embraced by Bentley declaring its “Jesus” to be “a son of the gods”. The warning needs to be heeded both in the Word and the Prophecy, the Prophecy being consistent with the Word.
The New Testament too gives warnings:
Matthew 7: 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 24: 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
II Peter 2: 1 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.
I John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
I believe that what we are dealing with today is a New World Order taking over the Church and states. This order is Roman Catholic in origin, its background coming out of the mire of the Gnostics theologians of Alexandria, Egypt. In our study of the “revival” of Lakeland I can guarantee that there is a strong Roman Catholic influence, to what extent, I encourage you to find out. Click here for Part 1.
Mark of the False Prophet
Whatever the result of our Lakeland enquiry one can say categorically that this is a time during which the False Prophet will have manifested or is about to do so.
Revelation 13:13-17 (King James Version)
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Revelation 16:13 (King James Version)
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
Revelation 19:20 (King James Version)
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
What we need to look out for, therefore, when testing the spirits in these last days when dealing with signs and wonders prophets is as follows:
* Great wonders
* Maketh fire come down from heaven upon the earth (Is there significance in the name of Bentley’s ministry?)
* Deceiveth them on earth with miracles
* Make an image to the Beast – can a tattoo be an image – Does Bentley have an image of a devil on his body? See Part 3 remembering he had tattoos done after being in ministry.
* Marks on right hands and foreheads
* Manifesting unclean spirits
* Both the Beast and the False Prophets performed miracles – Is therefore the emphasis at the “Lakeland Revival” on miracles, what has come down from heaven or the old time revival landmark of conviction, commitment and repentance?
* Lake of fire and brimstone end.