November 7, 2009

Kingdom Violence

Headlines in the news this past week were an ugly reminder that violence is on the increase all over America. TV viewers cringed as images of the dead and wounded being rushed into ambulances in Fort Hood, Texas and Orlando, Florida interrupted regular programming. Collective tears were shed for the hysterical parents desperately trying to find out if their young people were among the victims.

The week before, the Bay Area reeled over the news of a 15-year-old girl who had been gang-raped, robbed, beaten and left for dead outside the Richmond High School dance she attended with her friends. Reportedly ten young men, some of them minors, took part in the brutal assault, taking turns at her. Many dance-goers stood around and watched, laughed, took pictures and egged the deviates on. None of the onlookers came to her assistance or even bothered to call the police. Finally, a student heard second hand that a naked girl was laying unconscious in the dark by the dumpster and called 911. Those who told her about it said they didn’t want to be snitches and so wouldn’t call for help for fear of retaliation. The victim survived but no doubt is scarred for life.

With all the talk in the liberal press about hate crimes, the local news was totally silent over the fact that the victim was a white “church-goer” and all the attackers were Latino in a region where illegal immigration is protected under the “safe haven, sanctuary” laws. If it were the other way around or if the victim were gay, they would have been all over it.

Kingdom of Heaven

The parallels of this story with the condition of the visible church in America are easy to see. Jesus lamented in Matthew 11:12:

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."

Most commentaries interpret this verse as some sort of metaphor for zealous faith. I could never read that into the passage. Zealous faith would not cause the kingdom of heaven to suffer, which is obviously something not good. A Baptist Bible teacher named David Reagan (not the prophecy teacher of that name) really hit the nail on the head with his exegesis: 

“First, we need to understand the meaning of "the kingdom of heaven." It is often used in reference to God's visible work on earth.  In some passages, it even includes professing but unredeemed members (as in the parable of the wheat and the tares). It is called the kingdom of ‘heaven’ to indicate the origin of the work. It is God's heavenly work on earth.

“Second, who are the violent who take it by force? ...I could find no one who is called violent in a good sense in scripture...the violent are always evil...However, if the kingdom of heaven is God's visible working of His kingdom on earth, then it is capable of suffering violence. 

“Now, who are the violent? The violent are Herod and those who worked with him to imprison John (Luke 3:19-20) and will soon behead him. They are attacking the kingdom of heaven by attacking the forerunner of the King and the first preacher who proclaimed that the kingdom of God was at hand. They took John ‘by force’ and they will soon take the King (Jesus Christ) by force as well. The devil and the world will not win, but the kingdom of heaven will suffer much violence through their attacks. The minions of Satan are still attacking the work of God on this earth and will do so until the King comes back in power and great glory.”

And that was just the beginning of the violent trying to take the Kingdom by force. The Apostle Paul wept over this threat, telling the Ephesian elders:

“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” - Acts 20:29-31

It didn’t take long for violent men to push their way into leadership, eventually joining church with state and creating the hodgepodge entity, the Roman Catholic Church. Violent and evil men took the visible kingdom of heaven by force and ruled over men with an iron fist, forcing even true believers into captivity.

The idea of violent men taking the Kingdom by force is also noted by Jesus in the parable of the mustard seed. Jesus said:

"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches."-- Matthew 13:31-32

Modern-Day Buzzards

The birds of the air are synonymous with buzzards who are mentioned in Revelation 19 as gathering to eat the flesh of kings at Armageddon.

So you might be asking yourself, what does all this have to do with the girl that was gang-raped?   When I think about the violence she suffered and look around at the violence the bride of Christ is suffering, as a member of that corporate bride I suffer from that violence. When one member suffers, all members suffer. (see 1 Corinthians 12:26)

This past week the Praise-a-Thon aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). I peeked in on them every day to see if their abusive fund-raising strategies had changed. Not at all. I actually felt anguish as each and every speaker twisted Scripture in order to lay guilt trips on their donors into giving beyond what they were able. One by one, violent men and women stood up violating the viewers, calling themselves “prophets” that must be obeyed, thus robbing and pillaging the sheep who do not know enough to test their false claims. Once again, the kingdom of heaven is being hijacked by those who have taken by force the airwaves, holding the keys to the kingdom in order to get rich off it. Buzzards in the branches.

So I turned to the God Channel and watched even worse violent men gang-raping the body of Christ, leaving her naked and wounded. Men like Rick Joyner and Mike Bickle - leftovers from the violent gang known as the Kansas City Prophets who, back in the 1980s, plundered many Christians and shipwrecked their faith. Today they are hell-bent on completing their vision of total control of the younger generation in fulfillment of their many false prophecies of taking dominion over the battered, beaten, bloodied bride of Christ. The only way to get to the youth is to conquer and eliminate the wisdom of the elders.

Sound a bit melodramatic? Well consider this. In the Fall,1989 edition of “Grace City Report,” the monthly newspaper of the Kansas City Fellowship, was an article by Rick Joyner called, “A Vision of the Harvest.” Mike Bickle was the publisher. In that article Joyner laid out the coming takeover of the kingdom by the violent men that included homosexual Paul Cain, adulterer Bob Jones, false prophet John Paul Jackson and enabler John Wimber. The net they laid out for the bride used unity and spiritual experience as its bait and sound doctrine and teaching would be taken away as the spoil. In Joyner’s own words from that article, he wrote in part:

“For the coming harvest, the Lord is preparing a great spiritual fishnet that will be able to hold the catch that is coming. This net will be formed by the linking together of His people...He {God} is beginning this breakdown of barriers with the leadership...As ‘the walls come down, the entire body will begin to flow together. If leaders resist this move, the Lord will continue it through their congregations. These groups will begin to relate to other members of the body of Christ and their bonds will grow stronger, regardless of the resistance or warnings of their pastors. Some pastors and leaders who continue to resist this tide of unity will be removed. Some will be so hardened they will become opposers and resist God to the end...

“Some that were used greatly of God in the past have become too rigid in doctrinal emphasis, or are too entangled with spiritual ‘Ishmaels,’ to participate...Those who are linked together by doctrine or who gather around personalities will quickly be torn away...This harvest will be so great that no one will look back at the early church as a standard; all will be saying that the Lord has certainly saved His best wine for last. The early church was a firstfruits offering, truly this will be a harvest! It was said of the Apostle Paul that he was turning the world upside down; it will be said of the apostles soon to be anointed that they have turned an upside down world right side up. Nations will tremble at the mention of their name...

“Individual truths or works, will come under unrelenting discipline from the Lord and will soon be understood as a ‘strange fire.’ Those who continue to offer it will perish from the ministry with such demonstration that a pure and holy fear of the Lord will sweep the body of Christ. This will help the Church to move into true spiritual worship and a unity that is based on that worship...Do not resist the Lord in this work.“

Spiritual Child Abuse

If the apostle Paul turned the world upside-down and the new apostles turn it the other way around, isn't that an undoing of the work of the true apostles? Also, notice Joyner’s emphasis on worship. Have you ever seen a worship service at his church, MorningStar? It’s very tribal - even demonic. Here are some clips of this “worship” Joyner is referring to: [not for the squeamish.]

  Worship I  

  Worship II  

 

A woman wrote a testimony on Joyner’s forum testifying to what she and her family experienced while streaming Joyner’s Heritage program. She wrote:

“A couple weeks ago I was web streaming the meeting and my kids were up stairs getting ready for bed, when all of a sudden my 17 yr. old son came down stairs and said to me, "Look at me , mom!" I looked at him and said, "What?" Then he repeated himself, saying, "LOOK at me!" I looked at him again, and said, "What is it?" He said, "I'm covered with gold dust!" His whole torso was covered with gold dust! He asked what was going on, I told him I was web streaming Heritage!! Then the Lord opened an opportunity for my husband and I to come to Heritage last weekend. 4 days after we came home, I was web streaming again and saw an open eye vision of the fire. We know fire as a thing, but this fire of the Lord is Alive!! It was about 3 feet wide and had EYES!!! The eyes were blinking!!! It is ALIVE!!!”

Joyner is now the proud owner of what used to be Heritage USA, the former Jim and Tammy Bakker theme park. Joyner has restored the grounds and the hotel and holds his services there in Charlotte, North Carolina. Young people flock to his meetings seeking this spiritual fire and fired up “worship.” Jim Bakker now has his own resort called Morningside in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and is in partnership with Joyner. When Joyner was a guest on Bakker’s TV program he introduced Joyner thus:

 “I really look at you as my spiritual father...though I’m older than you...Rich Joyner is a prophet, I believe...And he’s training young people to hear from God and to speak it out. The beat of my heart for the last several decades has been to see this younger generation...rise up, stepping up to play.”

As horrifying as this music is, it is not isolated. The same sort of music-driven divination is seen at John Arnott’s church, the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship and at other churches that are connected with what is known as the “New Apostolic Reformation.” 

Most of the so-called prophets that interface with the former Kansas City prophets are highlighted on the networking PR group known as the “Elijah List,” headed up by media person Steve Shultz. On a recent news release Shultz was promoting a new cd by false prophet Kim Clement. Shultz’s September 8, 2009 promo started with this headline in big red letters: “ 

"THE VIOLENT TAKE THE KINGDOM---BY FORCE!--Just listen to some of Kim Clement's Prophetic music to 'hear' Kingdom Violence"

He went on to say:

“Kim Clement is a VIOLENT worshipper. It's odd. There have been times when I've felt so over-stimulated with life and the problems of the day, that I needed to just find a quiet place and BE QUIET myself. Yet strangely enough, in the past few years, it's been during just such times, that I was able to bear the "Spiritual Violence" coming through Prophet and Minstrel, Kim Clement--at just those same times... it's all VIOLENT in a VERY VERY GOOD way.”

The song is called “Kingdom by Force” with a chorus that repeats the words over and over again, “There’s nothing that can stop me now, I’m gonna take the kingdom by force.” (see link)

 

Joyner’s history of a love for violence can be seen also in his efforts to “restore” Todd Bentley to power. Bentley was the instrument of the Lakeland Revival in which the tattooed preacher boasted of the use of violence in his working of wonders in which he would boast of kicking little old ladies in the face with his biker boot as a point of contact for healing. Joyner has now taken Bentley under his wing after he was disgraced for committing adultery, divorcing his wife, and marrying his mistress. I call that violence - the kingdom suffered a whole lotta violence over that one.

Many Pronged Attack

The assault of violence against the bride of Christ (true believers) by the buzzards (infiltrating pretenders) is certainly causing suffering in the visible kingdom of heaven here on earth. Just like the young men lining up to get his turn assaulting that precious 15-year-old girl, the kingdom of heaven has been hijacked and raped by various wolves lining up for a piece of the prize. There are “emergent” wolves, “Christian” television wolves, false prophets/apostles wolves, liberal wolves -- wolves of every sort doing damage to the tree.

And then there’s the onlookers - laughing at the crime in progress and not intervening to come to the rescue. Those consist of solid ministries that undergird the wolves by buying airtime on their TV stations. They also include “pastors” who do not warn the sheeple about the dangers on their televisions. 

And the unsympathetic press that failed to report details of the assault since it wasn’t politically correct in a corrupt liberal area to do so have their “Christian” counterpart in the “Christian” media that gives these wolves good press. Just like criminals have infiltrated America to take it over by sheer numbers, wicked men have infiltrated the kingdom of heaven to do a hostile takeover by the majority rule.

The bride of Christ is now almost unconscious - beaten up and taken over. May the few sane voices in the body take a stand against this intrusion before it’s too late!

♥♥♥

Woe to those who devise iniquity, And work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it, Because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields and take them by violence, Also houses, and seize them. So they oppress a man and his house, A man and his inheritance. Therefore thus says the LORD: "Behold, against this family I am devising disaster, From which you cannot remove your necks; Nor shall you walk haughtily, For this is an evil time.” 

--(Micah 2:1-3)

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