There’s a divine filtering system at work and that’s why true disciples of Christ today are sounding the alarm on the witchcraft cults of Bethel and IHOP who are sending forth a myriad of deceivers. Bethel and IHOP etc are part of the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) movement.
The warlocks of this modern church movement include wolves like Bill Johnson, C. Peter Wagner, Bob Jones, Todd White, Chuck Pierce, Lance Wallnau, Rick Joyner, Kenneth Hagin, Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, Joseph Prince, and Todd Bentley.
This company, this campaign, this battalion of warlocks and witches is the redemptive withdrawal mechanism and snare laid out to snare those who do not love the LORD and therefore are not “valiant for the truth.” (Jeremiah 9:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
“For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.” 1 Corinthians 11:19
There is a division between the wheat and the tares in our midst, all of which claim they are God’s people. God has a system to snare and eliminate, to filter out all who do not truly love and therefore seek Him.
WHEN the LORD gives a word, it’s always going to include the cross, repentance, and holiness. This excludes 95% of the “words” we see circulating. Beware saints. Discern.
ATTN: This post is not from a cessationist dupe! Pentecost is real and an essential part of New Testament Christianity …. yet not the witchcraft of the charismatic, bethel cult…. We are in deep need of true repentance – the denial of self, dying to self, the cross – the crucified life, brokenness, holiness, and the holy fear of God …..you are never going to hear these things, the essential cross, in the NAR cult.
Many seek to capitalize on your desire to discern, know, and follow God’s will. Beware.
God’s Word says “despise not prophesyings” and yet in the very next sentence it also warns us to “prove (test) all things.” (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21) I don’t even read most “prophecies,” prophetic words, dreams, visions, etc. that circulate these days. Most of these “words” are coming from un-grounded novices, or flagrant flakes who don’t simply “Preach the word” but rather keep the circus wheels of their “ministry” spinning by their continual words (2 Timothy 4:2-4). Not that I despise them and yet the Word of God is inherently prophetic and the primary way God leads and guides His New Testament church (Isaiah 46:9-10; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21, etc.).
“Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove (test against the written Word) all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21
Does God remove His hand of protection over someone who chooses to commit the sin of idolatry, spiritual adultery – by looking elsewhere, somewhere other than to Him? Yes. The LORD made it plain that He will not be in the life of any idolater which is anyone who doesn’t seek His face, wisdom, and will but rather goes elsewhere, anywhere else.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
Today, there are evil warlocks posing as Christ’s representatives and those who go to them and/or yoke with them commit spiritual adultery. They depart from the LORD instead of seeking Him for fellowship, wisdom, truth, and their needs. For this they receive a “snare.” God turns them over to the lying spirits which operate through the self-appointed false prophets and false apostles of our day. This is called redemptive withdrawal – where God removes His hand of protection over the rebel.
“Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite. 12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare (Heb. noose, hook in the nose) in the midst of thee: 13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: 14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:” Exodus 34:11-14
Remember the Gold Calf?
When God’s people chose to look to a golden calf of their own making, the LORD killed 3,000 of them (Exodus 32). He then called the remnant of them to sanctify themselves to Him (Exodus 32:29).
Even the beginner student of Scripture knows that idolatry brings out justified divine fury like nothing else.
Seeking the LORD is all important and essential to all who are His.
“Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11
Seeking the face of the LORD is essential to sustaining an abiding life with Him (John 15). When we look elsewhere, and most insidiously to those claiming to be speaking for God, we impugn and sin against the LORD who made us. The history of Israel witnessed throughout Scripture clearly proves that this vile sin will be severely punished. God sees all and will reward evil to those who disobey Him – His just commands.
“be sure your sin will find you out.” Exodus 32:23
Lying Spirits and “Strong Delusion”
IF you’re looking for a word, a dream, a vision, or anything but God’s written Word, it’s because you aren’t known of God but rather are a tare, a counterfeit! Repent and believe on the LORD Jesus Christ now before it’s too late. Self-Appointed and Greedy Prophetic Pimps (Radio) [podcast]
What happens is that when people to choose to love and obey God, HE, YES GOD, sends them “strong delusion” so they are turned over to lies and believe them. They made the choice! God judged (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).
“And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. 23 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.” 1 Kings 22:22-23
God putting a lying spirit in the mouth of of the false prophets is directly connected to, paramount to God Himself sending a “strong delusion” to those who do not truly know and love Him and therefore don’t seek Him, His written Word (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).
Those who look for “a word” do so because they refuse to get into THE Word which the LORD gave us to lead His New Testament church (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalms 119:105).
By looking for someone to give them “a word,” counterfeits openly reveal that they do not love the LORD or His Word and so God uses this to send them “strong delusion” so that they actually believe the lies they are hearing as words.
God sends evils spirits to lie to people who do not truly love and therefore seeking Him in HIS counsel, the written Word. Such was the case with the wicked Ahab:
“And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner. 20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? 21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the LORD said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so. 22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil against thee.” 2 Chronicles 18:19-22
Would God himself sent people “strong delusion”? Yes. Would God allow lying spirits to mislead people? Yes. Who would God allow to be deceived? New Testament witness:
“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
It’s clear that the LORD takes it personal when a person doesn’t love Him enough to consult Him directly by studying His Word. This is the sin of spiritual adultery. So much so that He helps their process of being deceived, sent on a downward spiral toward damnation.
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Matthew 24:11
What is a true prophet of God as opposed to the “MANY false prophets” Jesus and His apostles warned would “deceive MANY”? (Matthew 7:15; 24:11, etc.)
First off, a true prophet will ground you in THE Word of God, the “MORE sure word of prophecy” and not in his own supposed word from God (2 Peter 1:12-21). Read Jeremiah 23.
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.” Jeremiah 23:16
“How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;” Jeremiah 23:26
False prophets perpetrate their own “words”, their own “visions” and “dreams” they claim are from God and expect their prey to believe them. Yet, they simultaneously discredit and denigrate the divine authority of God’s written Word. Now that friends, is Satan at work! Beware saints!
Peter the apostle of Christ told us what final authority is and where we should be seeking a word. God’s written Word is the “MORE sure word of prophecy.” (2 Peter 1:19-21)
“People want a word from God instead of the Word OF God.” Warren Smith
To hear the voice of God, simply read HIS Word – the Bible (KJB). So many today in the false flake “prophetic” movement talk about “hearing the voice of God” repeatedly and yet the WORD is never mentioned! Delusion! Run!
Someone may say: “Oh but brother but we need to be led by the Spirit.” True, now listen to what the Holy Spirit stated in the context of comparing the audible voice of the Father speaking and the written Word (oracles) of God:
“We have also A MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:19-21
The Holy Ghost would never lead anyone contrary to the written Word He gave us.
“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. 9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:8-9
Notice in the above passage that God is speaking of giving us His prophecies in the same context as not allowing His people to look any other place but to Him. Yet what does the LORD do when someone looks away from Him and to another?
God hates the sin of idolatry and promised that no idolater would be with Him in glory but will rather be slammed into the lake of fire.
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and IDOLATERS, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
“Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God.” 1 Chronicles 22:19
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ and confess right here and now that I have sinned against You and it’s all my fault. LORD, I have not sought Your holy face with a whole heart and in that vacuum have looked elsewhere for a word, wisdom, virtue, and direction. Here and now I confess this as vile sin against You and I turn back to You now with my whole heart. In the name of and by the blood Jesus shed for me on that cross Father, I ask You to forgive my sins and cleanse me. This moment, if never before, I lay my life in Your holy hands. I return to You LORD with my whole heart. I love You Jesus and thank You for dying for my sins. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Che Ahn, John and Carol Arnott, Heidi (and Roland) Baker, Mike Bickle of IHOP in Kansas City, Stacey Campbell, Randy Clark, James Goll, Cindy Jacobs, Rick Joyner of Morningstar in South Carolina, Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton of the Bethel Church in Redding, California, Patricia King, Chuck D. Pierce, Dutch and Tim Sheets, and Brian Simmons