Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Prophetic History of IHOP

With Mike Bickle and IHOP-KC, "prophetic history" is everything.  They love to tell these stories over and over, and what a rich history they have. Did you know that the present day IHOP 24/7 prayer movement traces itself back to the 1980s? Did you know that studies at Mike Bickle's bible college (IHOPU) include a section on the "prophetic history" of IHOP?

In the coming sessions we would like to discuss some of the prophetic history of IHOP, including some of the things that are seldom, if ever, mentioned today. And what a colorful history it is!

You are to tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’      -Exodus 13:9

Like the Passover Seder, the folks at IHOP like to periodically review their history. Occasionally they will host a marathon telling of their history - most recently in 2009.

Over the last 25 plus years, the Lord has graciously given us about 25 powerful prophetic experiences that provide insight into what will happen in the days ahead in Kansas City, the USA, and other nations. These supernatural experiences were given to several prophetic people in the 1970s and 1980s. They include times when various believers saw the Lord, heard God's audible voice, saw an angel, or had prophetic dreams that were dramatically confirmed.   (mikebickle.org website)
You can review the current telling of the prophetic history here:

http://mikebickle.org/resources/series/38

In our current series we intend to look at some of these "25 powerful prophetic experiences" and perhaps a few that did not make the cut.  I think it will be worthwhile for IHOP proponents and opponents alike.



The storytelling tradition actually began back in the late 80's. Mike Bickle would appear on stage with foundational prophet Bob Jones and would interview Bob, prodding him on to tell his fascinating tales. Bob (the "hillbilly prophet") can really spin a yarn, and the 1988 sessions are among the best.  If you would like to listen to the 1988 sessions, you may download them here:

https://archive.org/details/VisionsAndRevelations-MikeBickleWithBobJon
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Other resources that you may wish to have on hand during these studies are the following books:

Passion for Jesus by Mike Bickle. 

Some Said It Thundered by David Pytches (the 1990 Hodder and Stoughton UK version before the domestic edits in 1991 is the best version).

Behind the story of IHOP are figures like Bob Jones, Augustine Alcala, Paul Cain, Pat Bickle, Howard Pittman, and many others. Some of these may be unknown to the current generation now enrolled at IHOPU. I believe with these stories there are lessons to be learned.

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