Mike Bickle has been quoted to say THE CHURCH brings on the great tribulation:
BICKLE: “We’re not absent for the great tribulation, now listen carefully, the church causes the great tribulation. What I mean by that – it’s the church, it’s the praying church under Jesus’ leadership that’s loosing the judgment in the great tribulation in the way that Moses stretched forth his rod and prayed and loosed the judgments upon Pharaoh. The church in the tribulation is in the position that Moses was before Pharaoh but it won’t be a Pharaoh and Egypt, it’ll be the great end time Pharaoh called the antichrist and the book of Revelation is a book about the judgments of God on the antichrist loosed by the praying church.”
This all sounds great! Except for one problem – WHY isn’t this mentioned anywhere in scripture?
Even worse, Bickle proposes that it’s an elite end-time church defeats God’s enemies, and Jesus is “held in the heavens” until it happens.
BICKLE: “Right now the prayer movement is growing fast….really fast! But when I say it’s growing fast instead of one percent of the Body of Christ taking hold of it, maybe 10 percent. It’s….you know it’s like 10 times bigger than it was a generation ago, but beloved as fast as the prayer movement is growing, where people are getting hold of it, still for 90 percent of the Body of Christ it’s not even on their mind. Jesus is not coming until the Body of Christ globally is crying out “Come Lord Jesus, Come Lord Jesus, Come Lord Jesus” and they don’t just say “come and forgive me” they are crying out in the understanding of who they are as the one that is cherished by Jesus in the bridal identity.”
Why is it that I cannot find this anywhere in my Bible? What are we told instead? We are told to watch. As with the parable of the wise and foolish virgins we note that all of them had fallen asleep. Is your lamp filled or are you under the assumption that you’re ready?
One thing you must be careful not to do is to live a Christian life that is focused on the manifestation of Sign Gifts. Too many Christians are doing this, and thinking, for example, that the fact that they “speak in tongues” or “receive prophecies” regularly is proof that they are living Spirit-filled lives. Christians with that attitude should take a close look at Matthew 7:21 – 23. You are probably familiar with this passage, which is part of the Sermon on the Mount. As in the Parables of Matthew 25, Jesus is talking about Judgment Day, and some “Christians” get a nasty surprise:
21. “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.
22. “Many will say unto Me in that Day, ‘Lord, did we not prophesy in Thy Name, and in Thy Name cast out demons? And in Thy Name work many wonders?’
23. “But I shall say unto them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity.’ “
There is a clear message here: Sign gifts are no substitute for true obedience. The “Christians” who get rejected obviously think they are obedient. You can be living a life in which you are frequently speaking in and/or interpreting tongues, giving “prophetic” utterances, think you are healing the sick, and even actually believe you are casting out demons, without really being obedient otherwise. I have seen Christians of this type who were very proud and obnoxious about it. Also, a Christian who was so rebellious and disorderly that he was frequently kicked out of Churches. Christians who are like that don’t know it, but they are in big, big trouble, spiritually.
Which type are you? Are you looking for proof – right here, right now or is your faith, faith in Christ upholding you?
I’M NOT EVEN TOUCHING ON THE NEW AGE ASPECTS OF IHOP. That’s another post – but this is a good question for starters.