Saturday, July 21, 2012
IHOP - Levitical Priests / Temple Guards
In our last installment, we discussed the "direct revelation" that Billy Humphrey and many of his disciples at IHOP-Atlanta are to function as "gatekeepers." Among other things, the role of these "modern day Gatekeepers" includes having charge over the "chambers and treasuries of the house of God."
Aside from the standard IHOP elitism, which denotes as "forerunners" those whom God has chosen to be free from other duties and spend their time as "prayer missionaries" with special access to God, Humphrey says that these "gatekeepers" have special powers- such that God will "recoil" as they pray.
Many have warned in the past about the logical end of teachings which involve Kingdom Now, dominionism, and especially MSoG (Manifested Sons of God). When you couple such teachings with the zeal of youth, strange things are bound to happen. And so it is at this IHOP "missions base" in Atlanta.
A lifestyle study on the new covenant priesthood as it operates today under Yeshua the High Priest. This class is intended to impart a deeper revelation of your identity as a priest. Some subjects covered will be: the covenant with Levi; the call to priestliness; the heritage of the priesthood; the charge of service; the warrior priest; keeping charge of the sanctuary; the priestly blessing; and the purposes of song, playing instruments, lifting hands, dance, and other arts of worship.
As we have stated before, there is no New Testament Levitical priesthood. What does it mean when Chad Swift talks about the "Warrior Priest" who keeps "charge of the sanctuary?"
IHOP-Atlanta (Gatekeepers International, Inc.) may be unique among IHOP missions bases, but note that this is NOT a rogue outfit operating apart from other IHOPs. It is one of the two major "mission bases" for IHOP, and speakers from other IHOP frequently visit Atlanta. It may however be unique in taking things this far:
At IHOP-Atlanta, the general concept taught by Chad Swift, Billy Humphrey, and others is that these elite gatekeepers (forerunners) will one day become temple guards. Or, as stated in their class description, these "warrior priests" will functin as those who keep charge of the sanctuary. Sort of "uber-ushers."
You heard me right - they are training to be Levitical Priests in the function of temple guards. The training goes right down to the grade schoolers at the Daniel Academy meeting at the IHOP compound.
But it is not limited to the youth. Nor is this to be viewed as a form of physical education. Indeed many churches host exercise classes, weight watchers, or zumba classes, but I suspect few host martial arts classes with the explicit connection to a martial Levitical Priesthood.
To make it clear: these are pictures taken of classes at the IHOP-Atlanta compound on Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville, Georgia, adjacent to the 24-7 prayer room. Mike Bickle speaks of "changing the understanding and expression of Christianity in one generation." Is this the new face of Christianity?
Tags: IHOP, Solemn Assembly, Prayer Room, IHOP-Atlanta, Billy Humphrey, Mike Bickle, Chad Swift, gatekeepers, Harp & Bowl
Further reading: Mike Oppenheimer "The Cleansing of the Kingdom".