Saturday, June 11, 2005

The Rod of Iron

"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne." Revelation 12:5 (KJV)

"Some believe that the second coming of Jesus is to be “in the Church,” before he comes for the Church. That the Church, his body will actually become Christ on earth, glorious and triumphant. They will go Conquer the land and then rule the nations with a rod of iron." link

Rather than try to explain what this militant end-times church will look like, let me quote some of its proponents, or articles illustrating these points. They will speak for themselves.

We all have a problem when Mike Bickle promotes an “elected seed generation” theology for his “Movement” that is so wild and so preposterous that it could only have come out of visions from his “prophets.” For example:

Their literal children, those born since 1973, are the “elected seed,” hand-selected by Jesus and the angels from “billions of little round yellow things” up in heaven to be born into the families of the “Movement.” The “little yellow things” are seeds from actual bloodlines, and they are the “best of every bloodline that’s ever been--Paul, David, Peter, James and John--the best of their seed unto this generation,” predestined and hand-picked to be part of the “end-time Omega generation.” They are described as the “chosen generation of all history” who will “possess the Spirit without measure.” This specific generation is the “bride of Christ...the man-child of Revelation 12...the ministry of perfection...the Melchizedek priesthood...the manifested sons of God--Romans 8:19-23...the 144,000 servants--Revelation 7:4...Joel’s army,” etc.
link (large file)

Joyner's Bloody civil war in the church

His (Rick Joyner's) end-time scenario is that just as in the American Civil war there will be a war in the church - between the blues (federals) and the greys (confederates). In the prophecy a Grand Ball is held where both sides mix and dance until war breaks out and the blues and greys once again fight to the death. The blues fight to free the church from slavery against the 'grey' confederates, who defend slavery. What Joyner means by slavery is slavery to God's Word (the Bible) What he and his side will effectively be fighting is those opposed to 'freedom 'in the spirit'.

Joyner declares that 'the party' that God is currently 'throwing' (the alleged global revival) will presently give way to a bloody civil war in the church when those who war with the 'blues' will 'either be converted or removed from their place of influence in the church.' Joyner believes that the 'grays' - effectively those who refuse to move from their belief in the Scriptures as the Word of God - will thus be eliminated from the church, by force.

Full text of Joyner's Vision scroll down 1 page.

Here is an interesting response to Joyner from a Charismatic:

If there is a Civil War in the church, I am convinced that those who participate in it will have no part whatsoever in the coming move of God. Surely it makes sense that God would give all these visions of the coming Civil War as a WARNING, not as some kind of invitation to participate in it!?link

Latter Rain gives all the above names and possibly more for the same elite group within the Church. They will be Christ incarnated on earth and are considered equal to Christ as his body on earth, Jesus being the head. Their teaching is that Christ must first come within the church before he can come for the church. This teaching envisions a civil war within the church in which there will be a dismantling of denominations and traditional organizations and judgment on those who will not buy into this revival, even to the point of bloodshed (Phineas Priesthood). They will take over the world for Christ and most of the world will come under the domination of the church.

J. Preston Eby, who had some contact with the 1948 Latter Rain, has lived to be a contemporary Latter Rain teacher. He sums up their mission by characterizing their movement as “a people being prepared for the coming third outpouring . . . this third great work of the Spirit shall usher a people into full redemption—free from the curse, sin, sickness, death and carnality.”

In Joel chapter 2, by an allegorical interpretation, the locusts are figured to be the church militant (Joel’s Army); in Revelation 12, the woman is the church who gives birth to the elite “Man-child” company who rules the nations with a rod of iron. The Church and Jesus are equal as parts of the “Christ.” All the Old Testament prophecies concerning Israel are applied to the church. Many of the Messianic prophecies concerning the reign of Christ are applied to the church.

We are the man-child, we are the fulfillment of the prophecy that have just been birthed. Who are we? The true prophets of the last days bear witness to the truth that the five-fold ministry of apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists will march in rank bringing the last days message to the world and that we are clothed with the sun and Jesus has placed the crown of apostolic order upon the woman's head with us as her jewels. This many membered man-child in the beauty of holiness with the fullness of the spirit will rule the nations according to His promise and joined with Jesus as our Lord. The proclamation of this truth will bring forth the restoration of all things and the latter rain outpouring unto all the earth, reconciling man and God in preparation of the harvest before the great and terrible Day of the Lord. This royal priesthood will come forth with the anointing and power to bring the church into the holy of holies and fulfill the prayer of Jesus that we should all be one. The enemy seeks to devour the child, take courage. link

The proponents of the Latter Rain / Manifested Sons of God theology belive that the church is "Joel's Army," that is, the "horde of locusts" spoken of in the book of Joel. This theology is a violent theology, one that pits believer agains believer, and one that advocates bloodshed. In this scheme of things, this is necessary for the Church to rise up and take its rightful place in rule and authority.

In my discussions about the Joseph Company I allude to these militant overtones. To some it may seem a bit "over the top." If this article has raised red-flags in your mind, please take it upon yourself to study the resources in the right-hand column, especially those specifically on the Latter Rain movement and the Manifested Sons of God. It is a lot of study but it is extremely important to understand exacly what is behind the third-wave movement today.

Originally posted June 11, 2005

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