Signs & Wonders- Third Wave Introduction
I am back from a wonderful holiday break and now it is time to continue my series on the church.
I am going to focus now on the “Signs & Wonders” movement and modern day revivals. Also included in this movement are Joel’s Army, the Manifest Sons of God, prayer movements and Apostolic/prophetic movements. It is very difficult to write about this because I have been somewhat involved in this for almost 10 years. I believe that true moves of God are everywhere and even in this area. These movements have very passionate and dedicated people serving God in them and have gotten the heart of God and Christianity in a number of ways. It is Sad that some of the biggest movements in this area have very corrupt leadership at the top and have been misleading these honest people with many false ideas and trapping them in cultish communities. I am enraged that these honest, passionate people end up wasting so much effort with so little results because of this misguided passion.
What I am going to expose is how the devil has sent his agents into these movements to diffuse any really big legitimate revivals from taking place. I believe that this is the group he fears most, these spirit lead people that will believe God for anything. If it were not for these agents of his corrupting and diffusing I believe we would see massive revival sweep across North America.
The whole move of the spirit and modern day Pentecostalism was birthed out of the Whales revival of 1904. What set it a flame in North America was the Azusa street revival lead by William J. Seymour. This I believe was a genuine move of the spirit breaking people free from the work of the enemy of the past; the dead stale denominations of old. An interesting point that I am going to make is how a man named Charles Parham tried to curb this move of the Holy Spirit. Seymour was a student of Parham who originally had the idea of a Pentecostal baptism. Parham who maybe was on to some good things in his younger days really went astray after the revival broke out. Parham’s racist roots evidently grew after Seymour (a black man) was having the success he wanted to have with revival. Parham wanted to be known as the founder of the movement but when he was not allowed certain honors, he turned viciously against it denying it was from God. To further that he had allegations of being a homosexual and was even put in prison for the charges. It was also rumored that in 1910 he became a member of the KKK.
I’m bringing attention to this because this man tried to put himself at the very top of the leadership of this movement but was denied. It is men like Parham, and worse men than he, that are there at every move of God to try and get in at the top and control the movement. Parham may have been doing it for personal fame, but others today do it to further an agenda of the NWO. The point I’m trying to highlight is the Genuine VS the Counterfeit.
An out pouring of the Spirit has many manifestations and opens people up to a whole new spiritual realm that people don’t fully understand. It is very easy to get off track if the movements are not grounded in the truth. In covering some of the movements and leaders, some I believe started genuine and just got caught up in the deception, and others (who I will clearly identify) are deceivers, wolves in sheep’s clothing.
True revival like Azusa street has had the following characteristics;
#1. True repentance & Salvation
#2. Out pouring of the spirit through evidence of speaking in tongues
#3. It was based on the WORD and people read the word and valued the word
#4. Prayer and Intercession
#5. Genuine Healing’s
#6.*** Not always and not essential to revival were physical manifestations of the spirit such as falling down, trembling and signs and wonders. Music was not always essential to revival as well.
Remember this list as we examine some of the modern revivals.
Before I continue I want to restate that I do believe in the gifts of the spirit, signs and wonders, healing’s, the prophetic and I even believe that God is “restoring” the offices of the Apostle and the Prophetic. I also believe that all these great things of God have been hijacked and abused by the enemy to further the plan of a one world religion. I will expose the apostate and counterfeit and give examples of the genuine that exists.
Let’s look at a bit of History first:
After Azuza street around 1960 came the Charismatic movement and also the word faith movement. This is also is known as the Second Wave. The Third Wave also known as the Latter Rain, happened during the 1980’s. John Wimber and the Vineyard were instrumental in this movement. These “revivals” defiantly had some positive impact and spiritual awakening, but at the same time they are majorly corrupted and have steered the church way off course, becoming the vehicle for the apostate movement. It seems that many in this movement start off with a sincere passion in their heart to serve God but then get caught up in this stream of deception and start veering way off the path.
It is impossible for me to research and talk about every corrupt person or legit person in this movement so I will trace the steps of the major players. There are two angles of deception in this arena and both are connected. The first is the spiritual deception and the second theological and political deception.
With peoples hunger for a move of God and the supernatural, these movements can easily get out of hand unless they are grounded in Jesus and his WORD. Unfortunately people in their drive for spiritual attainment get deceived by demons offering counterfeit experiences. William Branham was one of those people. It was him that has heavily influenced the Third Wave:
William Branham was born in Berksville, Kentucky, in dire poverty. At the age of 5, he heard “a voice” who directed him to abstain from coffee, smoking and alcohol. This disembodied voice was later given credit for his unusual healing powers by William himself. William Branham was fascinated with the Zodiac and Egyptian occultism as his mentor was occultist Franklin Hall. Branham’s obsession with the occult is evident even in his death: his grave is marked by a Masonic occult pyramid atop his grave.
He taught his “Serpent Seed” doctrines in the 1950’s, of how Eve had intercourse with the Serpent, and all the seed from Cain are predestined for hell. He even called the handsome serpent the missing link between man and monkey. Branham later declared himself the angel of Rev. 3:13 and 10:7 and prophesied that in 1977, all denominations would be consumed by the Roman Catholics, the rapture would take place and the world would end. Before his death in 1965, his occult healing spirit was transferred to hundreds by the laying on of hands. These people include almost all the major names who operated as “healing” evangelists during that time, and who are still at work today. They took Branham’s mantle through the period known as the Latter Rain, endued by the power of his demonic occult entity. William lived his life in fear and acted under a compulsive-type behavior associated with his life-long demonic oppression.
William Branham is an important figure in modern day charismatic, Pentecostal, and emerging church circles. The reason is that not just his latter rain theology, but also his “spirit”, and (allegedly) his ministering “angels” have been passed onto a new generation of prophets. A “badge” of elitism and favor in the new prophetic movement are those who can boast of having met or seen Branham’s angel. Testimonies to these angelic encounters are included on Todd Bentley’s website. Paul Cain, closely linked with William Branham, as well as claiming he works directly with Branham’s angels in a similar manner to Branham. It is he who passed the power onto John Wimber and his Vineyard with the prophetic spirit which in turn infected the multi denominational wider church through the Toronto Blessing.
It was Branahm and other people such as Maria Woodworth Etter that had these questionable visitations from angels and strange spiritual manifestations that imparted even by the laying on of hands into what we know as the Third Wave & Latter Rain movement modern day Pentecostalism. Joseph Smith founder of the Mormon church (which we know is Satanic) had similar angelic spirits visit him and give him revelation. The bible commands us to test the spirits because they can be from God or Satan. Branham defiantly went way off mixing the occult and funky doctrine and today these charismatic leaders still claim he was a great man of God.
John Wimber is the founder of the Vineyard church who appeared to start off genuine before he got caught up in the counterfeit revival taught by Branham. Wimber also later teamed up with Peter Wagner at the Fuller Institute which is the Christian “Yale”. This is the marriage of the 2 movements, spiritual with doctrine and politics. Rodney Howard Brown and Randy Clark both were major players in this coming from the same movement as Wimber and it is these men that have influenced most of the movements we have today. It wasn’t until Randy Clark came to Toronto that the crazy manifestations exploded. This counterfeit revival has infected what was a genuine move of God and now we are left with a bunch of movements and organizations that are far from what true revival is really about. Some of the major ones I am going to be exposing is the Kansas City Prophets, The Elijah list, Toronto Blessing, Lakeland, IHOP, Joels Army, Manifest Sons of God, Bethel & Jesus Culture, Patricia King, John Crowder and others. All these groups are linked with the Theological/Poltical side through Peter Wagner and his International Coalition of Apostles (ICA) and the New Apostolic Refromation (NAR).
Again keep in mind that I’m trying to highlight the major players and there are many more people caught up in this. Some are deceivers and some have just got caught up in it and think they are doing God’s will. Also I have to admit that this deception is so big that it is part of God’s end time plan and he knows honest Christians will get caught up in it and even directs people underneath it. For example God directed me under the TACF for 4 years even though it is part of this apostate network I still learned a few things there that God wanted me to learn and met a few people that helped me start my ministry. But now with the knowledge of the truth of what is going on God is calling people out of the apostate church.