May 12, 2007

Kingdom-Now "Prophets" Unite on 07/07/07

This week the Elijah List, an umbrella group of today’s prominent false prophets, sent out a notice of a coming event this summer:

"About The Call -- On 07.07.07, we believe the largest prayer gathering in the history of this state will be held at LP Field, The Titans' Stadium in Nashville. Believers from around the country will converge on this city for a national, solemn assembly of biblical proportions. The mandate the Lord has given us comes from Joel 2:12 - 27: ‘Call a sacred assembly... gather the elders... 40 years after the start of the Jesus Movement and 40 years after the rebellion of the Summer of Love, it’s time for a new generation to step forward and return to the Lord and to renew our covenant vows of love with Him.’"

Lou Engle, Founder of TheCall and Justice House of Prayer, who is sponsoring the event, believes that this gathering of prayer warriors will be more effective than his last seven such events that began in Washington D.C. in 2000. This one is different, he surmises, because of the prophetic words it has received and because of the significance of the 07-07-07 date. He writes:

"In 1993, Bob Jones prophesied, ‘The Houston Oilers would move to Nashville, and Nashville would build God a stadium. And 100,000 people, particularly youth, would gather for a great mobilization of the army of God.’ With this prophecy in effect, I was praying about holding The Call in Titan Stadium in Nashville on 07-07-07."

The Bob Jones who Engle quoted is the same Bob Jones who was one of the infamous Kansas City Prophets who was scandalized for using his so-called prophetic gift as a ruse to get women to disrobe for his amusement. Another one of the Kansas City Prophets, Paul Cain, was exposed for homosexual behavior and that was the final straw that pushed all of them into the background for the past decade. Now it seems as though, under the leadership of the late John Wimber’s former associate C. Peter Wagner, they have all reassociated together still hoping for the manifestation of what they call the "New Breed" of prophets that are to be the long awaited "Joel’s Army" who will take the nation for Christ and rule and reign without the need for His visible return. 

The same "Joel’s Army" rhetoric is resurfacing as one reads through the promotional material about TheCall on their website and the Elijah List website as well as in Charisma magazine (see last week’s Reflection). That comes at no surprise since not only do they quote scandalized false prophets such as Bob Jones, but former Kansas City Prophets Mike Bickle and Rick Joyner are listed as serving on TheCall’s Board. (Other Board members include Wesley and Stacey Campbell {the shaking prophetess}, Bill Hamon {"the apostle of all prophets"}, and Bob Weiner {former leader of Maranatha Campus Ministries that was considered by many to be a cult in the 1980s.}

Engle says he received his confirmation of Bob Jones’ prophecy from a female seer. He wrote in the promo material:

"While in a prophets gathering, I received a profound confirmation. Sharon Stone, a prophetic voice from England, who knew nothing that was on my heart, stood and began to speak forth this word over me, ‘There is coming a fresh recruitment on 07-07-07. I heard the day very clearly, and on that day, a stand will be taken, and it will bring forth a great shift.’ Could it be that The Call in Nashville is that day of recruitment and that day of shifting?"

They love using military terms such as "recruitment" for the Joel’s Army vision that puts these "prophets" in authority over the western church as they claim this nation as their dominion. They give themselves titles of authority such as "the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders" that was recently convened by C. Peter Wagner and Cindy Jacobs, leaders in the New Apostolic Reformation. They reject the Bible’s prophecies of the church ruling and reigning with Christ during His literal 1,000-year Kingdom in exchange for their own time of prominence and interpret all prophecies of the former as applying to Christ ruling indirectly through them. They’re looking for a kingdom without Christ, with them in charge, as God is said to have lowered His scepter to them. And they cannot come into that season without a critical mass of the energies of thousands of participants.

In the current issue of Charisma Magazine (May 2007), the cover story is on Dutch Sheets and Chuck Pierce, two so-called prophets. Dutch Sheets is on the Board of TheCall. Their idea of the "coming revival" reveals the wrong view of prayer and spiritual warfare they are engaging in. Pierce, president of Glory of Zion Int’l in Denton, Texas, said, "I believe the Lord is trying to increase our sphere of authority in prayer." The two men have been traveling all over America together for the past 18 months teaching on prayer – not as petitioning God – but as taking authority over the spirit realm and prophesying over each state. They claim to be mobilizing an "army of intercessors" to pray for the nation. They say that they hope to ignite a revival similar to Azusa Street, and TheCall has that same vision. After visiting all 50 states, they were excited at the response they received – except they didn’t like the state of Arizona, that they say is spiritually cold. They said they were "blindsided" by that and Sheets reported, "We couldn’t tap into anything, as far as discerning and anointing" in that state." (Charisma May 2007, page 40).

Another Board member of TheCall, James Goll (author of the books, The Seer, Dream Language, and The Prophetic Intercessor), wrote in the same issue of Charisma that the upcoming 7-7-7 Nashville Call will result in "a new breed of radical, fierce, yet humble intercessors… emerging on the scene" (Pg. 14). He points out that "in every generation God raises up forerunners… like John the Baptist…to prepare the way." What he doesn’t understand is that the spirit of antichrist does the same thing in the use of his forerunner the false prophet. And since they do not acknowledge a Premillennial return of Christ Jesus, what are they forerunning?

Whereas TheCall and Charisma Magazine say they are anticipating a revival like Azusa Street, they seem to have opposition by certified false prophet Kim Clement. In the current issue of Elijah List’s magazine Elijah Rain (May, 2007) which features a full-page ad for TheCall, "prophet" Clement prophesied first person as if from God:

"The four years that I have dictated are now coming close to an end and a swift change in the churches – in My house – for suddenly that which happened on the day of Pentecost will suddenly begin to happen again…and they shall say, ‘Is this a revisitation of Azusa Street?’ No, no, there shall be a revisitation of nothing, for you shall not recapture the past anymore. You will capture the future and you will bring it into existence."

So Clement’s supposed word from God contradicted the "prophets" of Elijah List and TheCall. In fact, according to Clement, rather than a revival in the church, he is predicting an imminent revival in the homosexual community, though he says absolutely nothing about homosexuals repenting and being delivered out of their sin. His prophecy concluded: 

"One of the greatest revivals shall take place in San Francisco with the gay people (how nice that God uses politically correct terms). Many cried out against My servant, Haggard. Yes, My servant Haggard, who fell…and I ran after him…I put My Spirit upon him as a small child. Ted Haggard, I will raise you up to be a voice to the gay community, and you will be an evangelist that shall raise them up to speak the Word; for I will restore, says the Lord.’" (pp. 22-23).

Wrong concepts of prayer, wrong concepts of the Kingdom of God, wrong concepts of revival, wrong concepts of authority, wrong attitudes toward human government and our own citizenship -- all equal a gathering of confusion. If anything is spawned by the Nashville event of 7-7-07, it won’t be anything holy – that’s for sure!

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"Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are drunk, but not with wine; They stagger, but not with intoxicating drink. For the Lord has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, And has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets; And He has covered your heads, namely, the seers. The whole vision has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, ‘Read this, please.’ And he says, ‘I cannot, for it is sealed.’ Then the book is delivered to one who is illiterate, saying, ‘Read this, please.’ And he says, ‘I am not literate.’ Therefore the Lord said: ‘Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work Among this people, A marvelous work and a wonder; For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.’" -- Isaiah 29:9-14

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