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If this would only “occur” to other pastors, (or just plain old ‘others’), within the body..
This Indiana pastor’s church got caught up in all the false hoopla with Todd Bentley’s “signs and wonders”, but God shook them out of their dilutions.
WHAT would happen at other churches if there were no more able bodied men standing right behind the people about to be prayed for in the prayer lines? Meditate on that thought for just a moment…
(No pun intended)
“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Matt 24:34
This is how Jesus ended his prophetic discourse on the Mount of Olives. He had given His disciples the signs they had requested, then discussed the coming great tribulation and finally His glorious return in the clouds of heaven. And “all these things” were to be fulfilled before “this generation” would pass away.
So what “generation” would that be? Many commentators have taken it as the Jewish “race,” but that would be redundant, since many other passages had already promised that the nation of Israel would never pass away Jeremiah 31:37-40. Furthermore, the Greek word for “generation” (genea) is never used elsewhere for any meaning but that of a particular age generation. A similar word genos sometimes means “stock” or “kind,” but never genea.
So, the generation which Christ was predicting probably meant the generation that would see the events He had prophesied. “When ye shall see all these things,” He said, “know that it is near, even at the doors” Matt 23:33.
And what are some of “these things”? World wars, accompanied and followed by “earthquakes in divers places,” as well as “famines, and pestilences”, worldwide spread of the gospel witness, many false Christs and false prophets, widespread wickedness and spiritual indifference as in the days of Noah, and the budding of the fig tree, Israel.
The word for “this” in verse 34 is the main demonstrative adjective, so Christ seems to be referring to “that” generation which sees “these things begin to come to pass.” That generation will see all these things fulfilled! To that generation He says: “Lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28
There is so much darkness in this world today. It is as if the entire planet knows that “something” is about to happen. “When ye shall see all these things,” He said, “know that it is near, even at the doors” Matt 23:33. There is no place scripturally that mentions the ‘rapture’, but believers simply ‘know’ within their hearts that the Lord is soon to return. Come Lord Jesus!
Three years ago I spoke with a guy who was an IHOP intern – great guy. He loved the Lord and thought he was making a great decision by pulling up stakes, packing his bags and moving to Kansas City in hopes of becoming that much closer to Jesus. We’ll call him ‘Jesse’. One evening, Jesse’s […]
According to IHOP’s Mike Bickle, if you’re not practicing (occult) Contemplative prayer, then you’re missing his god…
Mike Bickle On Contemplative Prayer
By Jocelyn Andersen
Thank you to Jocelyn Andersen for this post.
“Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” 1 Tim 4:1
This very real warning by the Holy Spirit, spoken “expressly” (or “with special clarity”) for those living in the latter days, predicts an unusual outbreak of seductive demonism–not just in pagan or idol-worshipping cultures, but in “CHRISTIAN” nations, where they can lead many to “depart from the faith” which their forefathers once professed. Christians, therefore, should not be taken by surprise at the explosion of witchcraft, New-Age mysticism (seen at IHOP – Int’l House of Prayer), Eastern occultism (also seen at IHOP – Int’l House of Prayer), altered states of consciousness (also seen at IHOP – Int’l House of Prayer), and even overt Satan-worshipping cults that have suddenly slithered into out society. Behind it all are the “seducing spirits” and “the rulers of the darkness of this world” Eph 6:12.
It should be obvious that Christians must completely avoid all such beliefs and practices.
“I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils” 1 Cor 10:20. “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing” 2 Cor 6:17.
Even “innocent” fun (Halloween parties, Ouija boards, dungeons-and-dragons games, etc.) and well-intentioned exorcism of apparent demon-possession by Christian workers have often led to dangerous demonic influences in the lives of Christian people, as well as in Christians who have sought supernatural experiences or revelations.
At IHOP, experience totally supercedes the Word of God.
In anything that even touches on occultism or demonic influence, the advice of Peter is relevant. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith” 1 Peter 5:8-9
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