Saturday, December 11, 2004

Spirit Travel

"Prepare to have your view of 'The Church' changed forever, and I mean it!"

Steve Shultz of the Elijah List proclaims it, and I echo his comments. Just not in the way he was expressing it. As the prophetic church moves further into delusion (2 Thes 2:11), my view of it is changing. Shultz goes on to say:

"Experience first hand this amazing account as Jesus, the Lion of Judah, transports a lonely hospital-bound woman from her place of infirmity into a nearly worldwide trip to finally see the Church, and many outside the Church -- through the eyes of Jesus Himself."

Ahh, Spirit Travel, yes, I've heard of that. I don't want to seem unkind towards this lonely woman, but make no mistake, the account in this book is NOT talking about a dream or vision, it is not allegory, it is not C.S. Lewis fiction. It talks of Spirit Travel, aka Being Transported, and more specifically in the book it states that she rode on the Lion of Judah's back.

Shultz goes on to say:

"And still today, hundreds, if not thousands, of God's people are continuing to have 'caught up' experiences where God shows them marvelous revelation for the Church. Anne Elmer never saw it coming. But before she knew it, the Lord was transporting her all over the earth, in multiple experiences, to see God's people from many different groups, and in many countries -- but no longer from her perspective."

In recent months the Prophetic Church has aggressively moved forward with the doctrine of reclaimation: Astrology was originally from God and was corrupted by the devil, now they reclaim it. Fortune telling / "getting a reading" was originally from God, now they reclaim it. Voodoo dancing was originally from God, now they reclaim it. Now the church is "reclaiming" eastern-esque "spirit travel," as an ordinary means of transportation, from the cults? God help us!

Citing examples of Paul, John the Revelator and Phillip, we are now told that these exceptional occurrances (such that they were recorded in scripture) are now being experienced by perhaps thousands. And they use the term "caught up" (harpazo/rapere/raptured) to describe it.

In spite of all this posturing, the scriptures are void of any implication that Jesus will return/be revealed to any individuals (doctrine of "selective" or "limited rapture") in these last days before He returns for his church. When we are caught up "all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory." Matthew 24:30

Plan and Simple: He will not be sneaking back to earth to usher people from here to there. His return will be literal and in the clouds, just as it was when He left.

"Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." Acts 1:11

Looking again at Matthew 24, we can see why Jesus has proclaimed that He will come back in the manner described in Acts 1:11. In verse 4 of Matthew 24 Jesus warns us:

"For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many."

and in verses 24 and 25:

"For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time."

I see little difference between calling yourself "Christ" or "Lion of Judah".

Not unexpectedly, this false Christ described in this book contradicts His Holy Word when he states: "But Christian if you had come with me, we could have flown together, and you could have sown your seeds from a great height and the Holy Spirit would have carried them and planted them in good soil, in ground that I have already prepared." Matthew 13 tells us (for those that have "ears to hear") that not all seed will fall on good soil.

But perhaps this is in line with Wimber-esque theology which states that "God is not limited by His Word."

God's word, of course, has a better explanation:

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
2 Timothy 4:3-4

Note that books like these (promoted on Elijah List) would not sell if there wasn't a market for them. I guess the Bible just isn't interesting enough.


Originally posted December 12, 2004

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