Mormonism? Freemasons? No, this movement is known as the "24/7 Prayer Movement" whose adherents are called "Forerunners." They are best known as the "International House of Prayer" (IHOP) and the leader is Mike Bickle.
The foundational document is something they call the "Blueprint Prophecy."
In Bickle's world it is a given that all prophesies must be tested and judged. However, Bickle to this day, has not released a complete, full version of the prophecy which was given to him in writing. Assuming that other leaders in the movement may have had access to the complete document, the parallels to Mormonism and Freemasonry are stunning. In movements such as these, certain elements of their teachings are revealed only to those who have earned trust.
Looking for the earliest extant version of the Blueprint Prophecy has been like looking for the Dead Sea Scrolls. Or the golden tablets. According to Mike Bickle, the original Blueprint prophecy was received on March 26, 1984. Bickle also states that the Blueprint was not made "public" until 2002, although portions have been withheld. This have been independantly confirmed by notes posted by IHOP staffer Greg Burnett, who states the decision to release an edited version was made November 7, 2002. Burnett also did a cut and paste from the 2002 version to his website in 2003(1).
The 2006 version of the Blueprint Prophecy(2) is identified as an edited version and is dated March 26, 1984. However, this version was created on MS Word (not available in 1984) by Jack Hill and the meta-data tag is August 15, 2006. The 2006 version varies little from the 2002 version.
The 2009 version(3) , which was posted on the IHOP website in support for a special 10 year anniversary celebration which featured talks on the history of the movement by Mike Bickle.(4) It was prepared by Stephen Jordan (on a Mac OS X 10) on September 28, 2009. The document states that it was edited on September 19, 2009 by Misty Edwards. Interestingly enough, some changes that were made in 2006 were reverted in 2009.
Bickle has stated that this document is a "comprehensive prophetic word." The unidentified prophet stated "the Lord gave me the blueprints for your movement."(5) While Bickle has not ascribed to the blueprint the weight of scripture, it is clearly identified as a prophetic word from the Lord. A case could be made from Bickle's teachings that Bickle looks at all scripture though the lens of the Blueprint Prophecy. Nonetheless, Bickle's own movement teaches the importance of judging prophetic words.
Somehow, the Blueprint Prophecy gets a "free pass." Bickle has stated that portions were removed by him, things that, in his words fell into the category of "I don't know what that means,"(7) so he did not want them in print (circulation).
Mike Bickle, in 1982, received a prophetic word that said "I (the Lord) will change the understanding and expression of Christianity in one generation."(8) If Bickle's movement is indeed this significant in the history of the church then, like scripture, the dispensation of this message should not be left up to "private interpretation." (c.f. 2 Peter 1:20)
Even more disturbing is the changing nature of this pivotal document. In response to accusations of aberrant doctrine and practice, Bickle's organization released a statement of "Affirmations and Denials" in 2008.(9) The document addresses issues such as the "Latter Rain" and the "Joel's Army." Bickle says his prophetic movement is all about "standing boldly in faith for what the Spirit is saying."(10) Could it be the "spirit" keeps changing his mind? Or is the "spirit" saying things for which we cannot "boldly stand?"
Dozens of changes have been made and will no doubt be discussed by others. For the purpose of brevity, I would like to highlight just a few typical revisions. The first has to do with the "Latter Rain."
In Affirmations, Bickle attempts to distance himself from the label "Latter Rain," a doctrinal aberration espoused by the entire apostolic/prophetic movement. (11) In their most recent edit of the foundational document, supernaturally delivered and confirmed, Bickle conveniently removed the phrase Latter Rain. Is this one of those things which Bickle does not "know what it means?" Surely someone has explained this to him at some point in time.
Bickle, as with most large para-church organizations, has not been immune to criticism regarding money. Bickle's organization of "Treasure Bringers"(12) ("Ministers of Finance" in the blueprint) seeks men who will behave like an "unrighteous steward." One leader within his organization has stated “The Treasure Bringers are those with an anointing from God to facilitate this massive wealth-transfer.” “They are spiritual ‘Robin Hoods.’ Their greatest joy is plundering the wealth of the world for their Lord.”(13) Perhaps editing the prophecy could tone this down a bit.
Note that the phrase about "checks and money," although deleted in this portion of the 2009 word, reappears later on in the prophecy where the phrase "I will be your purse bearer" occurs again. The "purse bearer" phrase is seen twice in 2006, but only once in 2009. So here we see a shift in location and frequency of certain critical statements, perhaps changing the emphasis of those statements.
Just as the King James and the NIV bibles are translated in different manners, so it is with the Blueprint Prophecy. In the case of the Blueprint, we cannot go back to the original Greek. We can't even go back to the original English!
Here it appears that Bickle was either attempting to modernise some archaic language (archaic in 1983, too) or he wanted to avoid the implication that he would have both male and female mates, thus distancing him from Ted Haggard and many other fallen figures in the Charismatic movement. Personally, I think its a credible change, but this does not represent an edit, but rather a translation.
This however, is a distraction. Note the real purpose of this paragraph is to state that Bickle is the new Moses. Perhaps other portions of this prophecy are even more grandiose which could be another explanation as to why they remain secret. Bickle states that some secret things in the prophecy were "too big" for him to wrap his brain around. No problem with the Moses thing, though.
Bickle also corrects what could lead to blatant theological error in removing "You shall" from the phrase "You shall consecrate." This makes sense, but the question as to the original text, the "prophetic word," remains.
This section features a few simple edits which seem benign enough. The emphasis supplied in the 2009 version seems to be a justification of the cult-like atmosphere seen at the Kansas City compound ("City of Habitation").
More importantly is the tacit approval of the teachings of Mike Bickle seen in the statement "Your doctrine shall be my doctrine - by My Spirit." This is not unlike the standard charismatic validation of a prophetic word: "The Lord says - hear the word of my prophet, for I have given him my word." The use of the phrase "by My Spirit" in the 2006 version plausibly implies that God has a work to do in Mike Bickle, and that He is going to align Bickle's doctrine with His. The 2009 version implies that God will adopt Mike Bickle's doctrine.
And it is this sort of grandiose elevation of Mike Bickle above mere mortals that causes alarm. Simply put, if what was delivered in the original prophecy was so significant, should not the body of Christ know? Or is Mike Bickle the benevolent Pope whom God entrusts, but others cannot handle this divine revelation. Martin Luther, where are you now?
Indeed, in the Blueprint Prophecy (unabridged), Mike Bickle has been established as the one who will "anoint with the Holy Oil" the accepted ones in the last days church - the bride that prepares for the soon coming Lord. And as previously noted, Bickle is the one who "shall consecrate" this people.
If you would like to examine the several versions of the Blueprint Propehcy along with a complete parallel comparison of the 2006 and 2009 versions, please download this booklet which expands greatly on the work contained in the article. parallelblueprint.pdf
I don't think further commentary is necessary. I am nailing this article to the door of the internet. If you have followed Mike Bickle blindly, accepting everything he has said, and believing that he has kept things secret to protect you, or because you could not possibly understand it, I am calling you to repent. It is wrong to accept unjudged prophecy and let it govern your life.
By their own admission the Blueprint Prophecy is foundational. Mike Bickle has chosen to keep secret certain portions of that written word which was once delivered to him, and to revise other portions which seem offensive. Mike, it is time to show us your cards.
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(1)Blueprint Prophecy 2002 Version pdf document Revision 2002 as per Greg Burnett
(2) Blueprint Prophecy 2006 Version pdf document Revision August 15, 2006, Jack Hill.
(3) Blueprint Prophecy 2009 Version pdf document Revision September 19, 2009, Misty Edwards.
(4) Tenth Year Anniversary of IHOP website.
(5) Prophetic History Session 8, Mike BickleVideo Time Stamp 06:43.
(6) Affirmations and Denials Web Article.
(7) Prophetic History Session 8, Mike BickleVideo Time Stamp 07:17.
(8) Session 1, the Early Days, Mike Bickle MS Word Revision September 1, 2004, Jack Hill. Page 2.
(9) Affirmations and Denials Web Article.
(10) Session 1, the Early Days, Mike Bickle MS Word Revision September 1, 2004, Jack Hill. Page 2.
(11) For information about the Latter Rain see: Anointing or Apostasy - The Latter Rain Heresy by Charles Graves pdf document
(12) Joseph Company Vision Statement web archive
(13) Six Kingdom Callings of Marketplace Christians by Bob Fraser web archive copy
"We believe that the subjectivity of the prophetic ministry
must be vigorously tested against the inspired and infallible Scriptures that
God gave for doctrine, reproof, correction and for instruction in
righteousness." Affirmations and Denials (6)
"Now these were more noble-minded than those in
Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the
Scriptures daily (to see) whether these things were so."
(NASB) Acts 17:11.
"Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should
weigh carefully what is said." (NASB) 1 Corinthians 14:29