REPORT ON THIRD WAVE,
TORONTO BLESSING,
AND PROMISE KEEPERS ACTIVITIES

Complete copy of an article published in the Contra Costa Times on Saturday, June 28, 1997. Set for your information as it contains interesting information that I have not seen before concerning a drop in attendance at Promise Keepers conferences.

 

The Times * Saturday, June 28, 1997 Bay Area * California Promise Keepers try to fill spiritual gap Christian men to ask forgiveness at fall event

 

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service

Washington - Tears form in the eyes of the Rev. Dale Schlafer When he thinks about the possibility of hundreds of thousands of Christian men gathered on the National Mall.  "My heart has been for revival of the church," said Schlafer, a Presbyterian pastor-turned-event organizer. "The church is sick. We need God to change us."

Schlafer is vice president of Promise Keepers' "Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of Men," an event organized by the evangelical men's ministry for Oct. 4 in Washington.  The six-hour afternoon session will feature a profusion of prayers in which the men gathered will seek forgiveness for the wrongs they've committed against other people and God.

Promise Keepers began a conference in Fresno on Friday, which continues today. As many as 53,000 men were expected to attend the event at Bulldog stadium on the Fresno State campus.   Schlafer explained the church's "sickness" to the tens of thousands of men gathered recently at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington for one of the Promise Keepers' regional conferences.  "Four thousand churches close their doors and die every year," he said.

The United States - better known for sending Christian missionaries abroad - today is the "number two missionary - receiving country in the world," said Schalafer.  Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney, addressing the stadium crowd via a Stand in the Gap promotional video, said "The time has come to tell the truth about our failures and once again offer ourselves to God."

The upcoming "sacred assembly" in Washington promises to draw a cross-section of the evangelical men's movement - from members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association to American Indians setting up tepees on the stretch of lawn between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.  

Atheists have vowed to protest from the sidelines.  But Stand in the Gap also presents some financial challenges for Promise Keepers at a time when the organization is coping with a drop in attendance to some of its 19 regional conferences.

As Schlafer sees it, the Denver-based organization has close to a $30-million shortfall, when the $10 million budget for Stand in the Gap is included. Promise Keepers has raised about $3.7 million for the assembly. People think we're a money machine," said Schlafer. "We really aren't. ... We live by revenue from the conferences."

Promise Keeps officials have consistently declined to estimate the number of men they expect to attend Stand in the Gap. but a registration kit for the event estimates between 500,000 and 1 million.  Attendances at Stand in the Gap will be free, but Promise Keepers charges $60 to attend one of its regional conferences. The drop in conference attendance - down by more than a third, as of a couple of weeks ago - has prompted some cost-cutting measures, said Steve Chavis, Promise Keepers national spokesman. He expects the ministry's spending projections of $117 million for this year will be reduced by about $30 million.

Schlafer said a survey of Promise Keepers' constituents indicates that 47 percent of those who chose not to attend a conference this year plan to go to Stand in the Gap instead.  At some of the regional conferences, more than half of the participants have stood when asked if they plan to attend the special assembly, said Schlafer.

In addition, he has received reports of chartered buses, trains, and planes reserved for the event from California, Indiana, and New York.  Many conference participants also have vowed to bring a man of different color or denomination with them to the assembly, acting out the ministry's commitment to racial and denominational reconciliation.   "There's no question we're more racially diverse than we ever have been before," Schlafer said of the conference. "We're making good headway, but relationships take time."

Mel Brown, project manager for Stand in the Gap, said it is incorrect to think that white men are calling black men to the Mall or vice versa. "It's God calling," he said.  Brown, who is black, said that he feels no pressure to meet Promise Keepers' goal of 300,000 people of color at the event. However, he admitted he would be disappointed if blacks --- a great number of whom live in the Washington region-do not show up in substantial numbers.

John Lansa, Promise Keepers' national reconciliation strategic manger for American Indians, estimated that 3,000 American Indians will gather at the Mall.  "I see our Native American people as really leading the charge of reconciliation," said Lansa, a Hopi Indian.  

But along with supporters, detractors are also expected at the Mall.  "The people who are against Jesus are mobilizing their forces to come and disrupt this event," Schlafer told the men at the Washington regional conference, which had 46,000 registrants.  American Atheists' national spokesman Ron Barrier said his organization will "counter-demonstrate" during the Promise Keepers event. "We don't plan to disrupt anything." Barrier said. "Everything we do is peaceful and lawful."

Schlafer predicted that opponents will be "the ones who are going to come to know Jesus" at the event.  Responded Barrier: "Ridiculous."  Although Promise Keepers has attracted mostly evangelical Christians, Schlafer said he is "praying every day" that participants at Stand in the Gap will range from "liberal and fundamental, to mainline and fighting independent."

In addition to their hopes for a wide array of U.S. Christians, Promise Keepers officials have invited representatives from 187 foreign countries to attend Stand in the Gap in keeping with their recent focus on expanding their movement internationally.  While the event is designed for men, there are plans to broadcast the assembly via satellite and cable hookups to interested churches across the country so women, children, and men unable to attend can still see it.

"This sacred assembly could have not just an impact on the men, but could ...   impact the church of Jesus Christ," predicted Schlafer.

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'STAND IN THE GAP' MISSION

Promise Keeper officials say they hope to achieve the following mission and goals through their stand in the Gap event from noon to 6 pm Oct. 4 on the National Mall in Washington:

Mission:

To gather a diverse multitude of men in the name of Jesus Christ to confess personal and collective sin so that we may present to the Lord godly men on their knees in humility, then their feet in unity, reconciled and poised for revival and spiritual awakening.

Objectives:

1. To humbly call the church to repent to God and each other for our sin of corporate disunity and move toward biblically based racial reconciliation

2. To exhort and assist the church to call Christian men to personal repentance, revival, growth, and evangelism.

3. To present to the Lord before this nation a diverse and unified group of Christian men to participate in a sacred assembly.

4. To motivate, educate, and equip local churches to significantly influence their world.

5. To encourage and facilitate ongoing relationships among diverse groups of Christian men within the context of the local church.

End

 


Regarding the Farrakhan invitation by Promise Keepers to appear at the coming Washington DC rally...

 


 

Dear Mary Van Nattan,

This is the original article from the Washington Post -- unfortunately without a date but it must have been close to the date I received it. Sarah Leslie, who has researched the PK extensively, did a sidebar on the parallels to Hitler's Third Reich for the April 1995 issue of the Christian Conscience Magazine. This generated enough controversy that she knew she was onto something important. http://www.netins.net/showcase/conscience/pk/pk_unity.htm Sarah believes that PK will follow the exact stages of Hitler's men's movement. Reading The Pink Swastika, which is available on-line, was a real eye-opener for me. http://home.earthlink.net/~lively I wondered how the PK movement could be transformed into the dreadful Joel's Army of the Latter Rain, but reading The Pink Swastika left little doubt. If the rabid homosexual movement infiltrates PK (and they have threatened to seduce our sons "wherever men are with men together") and PK merges with the secular men's movement and Louis Farrakan's movement, we may indeed have a monster like Hitler's S.A. or S.S.

Sarah has also done some excellent research on the secular men's movement which you may wish to read if you haven't already: http://www.netins.net/showcase/conscience/pk/pagan_1.htm http://www.netins.net/showcase/conscience/pk/pagan_2.htm   http://www.netins.net/showcase/conscience/pk/pagan_3.htm

You may already be aware of this information, but I thought I would mention it in case you hadn't. May God bless you and your family in your ministry. I have appreciated your father's information on Peter Ruckman with which I have had to deal in my exposure of the modern Bible versions. I am not surprised that Dr. Ruckman is moving into error concerning major doctrine. Does Steve have more information on his departure from the "eternally begotten" doctrine of Jesus Christ?

 

 

Christian Men's organization plans million-man revival

BY LAURIE GOODSTEIN

Washington Post

WASHINGTON - Promise Keepers, the Christian men's movement that's been packing sports stadiums in rallies across the country, says it plans to bring as many as 1 million men to Washington next October for a massive spiritual revival on the Mall.

Anticipating criticism from detractors who have cast Promise Keepers as the men's auxiliary of the religious right, the movement's leaders insisted the purpose of the Washington gathering will be evangelical, not political. Promise Keepers, organizers said they hope that the image or a million men on their knees on the Mall would catalyze "spiritual awakening" across the country.

"We realize there are going to be a lot of people looking on," Promise Keepers communications director Steve Chavis said in an interview. "Congress will wonder if we're aiming at them...The White House will wonder. And we're just inviting men to come and appear before an audience of one - that is 'One' with a capital '0' - to appear before God."

Chavis said Promise Keepers plans to invite back to Washington the African American Christians who attended the Million Man March led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in October 1995. In a Washington Post survey of more than a thousand of those marchers, 57 percent said they were Christian.

Nearly 1.1 million men attended Promise Keepers events at 22 stadiums around the country this year. Promise Keepers has grown exponentially in the six years since it was founded by Bill McCartney, then the head football coach at the University of Colorado. It now has a full-time staff of 430 at its headquarters in Boulder, Colo., and an annual budget of $97 million.

The headquarters produces videos and a radio show, runs a Web site, publishes books and several newsletters, and keeps in contact with 38 state Promise Keepers offices and a handful of international affiliates. Sixty percent of the budget comes from the men who pay $60 apiece to attend the stadium events, and the rest comes from donations and sales of instructional materials.

The stadium events are part Bible study, part prayer, part therapy - energized with an infusion of Christian rock and muscular preaching. The message is personal piety, family responsibility, racial reconciliation and Christian unity.

The exact date of the Washington event is still being finalized, Chavis said. Since Promise Keepers draws men of many races and denominations, he said, the event cannot be overtly political without undermining the goal of inclusion and the message of repentance.

Some religion scholars who have studied promise Keepers see it as a fundamentalist response to the modern women's movement and the blurring of gender roles.

 


Promise Keepers anticipates that one million men will travel to Washington, D.C. on October 4 for the "Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of Men." The statements coming from the Promise Keepers' organization concerning this Million Man March present a blend of incompatible objectives. What is being billed as a "worship event" and "spiritual revival" for Christian men is also intended to achieve racial reconciliation and unification with and/or evangelistic outreach to other religious faiths. On one hand, the official Promise Keepers Homepage compares this event to the holy convocations of

Israel:

<http://www.promisekeepers.org/manual/97pkconf/standgap2.htm>

"Twelve instances are recorded in the Old Testament of times when Israel was called by God to gather for one or more days of prayer, fasting, confession and repentance of sin because the nation had wandered away spiritually and morally. Since the 1600's and through to this century in Europe and America, sacred assemblies have been called by churches and denominations in time of spiritual crisis."

In keeping with this stated objective, local churches are announcing this conference as a "worship event." One [July 13] Sunday bulletin stated: "Our Men's Ministry ... invites you to join hundreds of thousands of men from across the country who will be gathering to worship God on October 4th, at the Mall in Washington, DC."

However, the PK Homepage states that another major objective of the Sacred Assembly is to bring men of all races and religions together in unity. To accomplish this goal, black and white, Jewish and Gentile, Protestant and Catholic men are encouraged to form bonds of unity based on "the content of their character" rather than the color of their skin or the bond of fellowship in Jesus Christ.

Stand In The Gap Contents

Reach Across Racial Lines

"It was in Washington, D.C. that Martin Luther King, Jr. expressed the dream that Black and White, Jew and Gentile, Protestant and Catholic would one day hold hands in a spirit of reconciliation and unity, and see each other based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. We're praying that October 4, 1997 will be that day. That's why we're encouraging every man to invite his friends and brothers of all races to attend the Sacred Assembly with him."

Then, last December, a Washington Post article, having stated the objectives of the march to be "spiritual revival" and "worship," also referred to Promise Keepers' invitation to the Christian men of Louis Farrakhan's Million Man march. For those having difficulty conceiving of Christian men joining the Nation of Islam march, a survey by the Post assures us that 57% were Christian men.

 

WASHINGTON - Promise Keepers, the Christian men's movement that's been packing sports stadiums in rallies across the country, says it plans to bring as many as 1 million men to Washington next October for a massive spiritual revival on the Mall.

Anticipating criticism from detractors who have cast Promise Keepers as the men's auxiliary of the religious right, the movement's leaders insisted the purpose of the Washington gathering will be evangelical, not political.  Promise Keepers, organizers said they hope that the image or a million men on their knees on the Mall would catalyze "spiritual awakening" across the country.

"We realize there are going to be a lot of people looking on," Promise Keepers communications director Steve Chavis said in an interview. "Congress will wonder if we're aiming at them...The White House will wonder. And we're just inviting men to come and appear before an audience of one - that is 'One' with a capital '0' - to appear before God."

Chavis said Promise Keepers plans to invite back to Washington the African American Christians who attended the Million Man March led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in October 1995. In a Washington Post survey of more than a thousand of those marchers, 57 percent said they were Christian.

When a rumor circulated that Louis Farrakhan was also invited, Promise Keepers officially stated that only the men of the Nation of Islam were welcome, indicating that the march would be not only a worship service, spiritual revival, racial and religious unifier, but also an evangelistic outreach:"With regard to the rumor that Promise Keepers has invited Louis Farrakhan to take part in our upcoming Stand in the Gap, A Sacred Assembly of Men, as with many rumors, this is simply not the case. The leadership of Promise Keepers has chosen as a matter of policy not to issue special invitations to any public figures.

"Please be assured that we certainly do not endorse nor are in any way affiliated with the Nation of Islam. The beliefs of the Muslim faith are inconsistent with historic Christianity and the Promise Keepers Statement of Faith. Any and all reports of Promise Keepers being affiliated with Louis Farrakhan or other members of the Nation of Islam are completely unfounded.

"As a Christ-centered ministry, we desire to share what Jesus Christ can do in a person¹s life with ALL men. Obviously we cannot share this with a person if that person is shut out of our events due to his church affiliation. Because of this, we do welcome Muslims to be in attendance at our conferences."

To dispel any semblance of agreement with Farrakhan, Promise Keepers stated:

There is no direct comparison with the 1995 gathering convened by Louis Farrakhan. 'Stand in the Gap'" is:

* a religious worship event for the Church of Jesus Christ;

* a gathering of Christian men from all races and ethnicities;

* free of an admission fee; no offering at the event will be received;

* a demonstration of spiritual poverty and profound sorrow for personal and corporate sin;

* about personal repentance and corporate confession to God through Jesus Christ, who alone can atone for sin;

* about direct reconciliation between races and denominations;

* a presentation from the Church to Almighty God, in the presence of the world's media;

* without a political agenda.

 

The original intent has now become confused with multiple other seemingly contradictory objectives. However, there is a clue provided as to the anomaly of men of various faiths worshipping together. Since ecumenicists prefer to focus on those things which unite rather than narrow doctrines that divide, PK communications director Steve Chavis has very subtly implied to the Washington Post that no one would be excluded from worship in the Sacred Assembly:

"...we're just inviting men to come and appear before an audience of one - that is 'One' with a capital '0' - to appear before God."

The Nation of Islam will recognize "The One" as Allah, for the Koran, the holy book of Islam, states:

"There is no deity save Allah. He is the One, the only One; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten, and there is no deity save Him."

Muslims offer praise to Allah by saying, "Praise be to Allah, The One and Only."

The concept of deity as "The One" also appears in the pantheon of other religions. Theosophist Annie Besant explained in her occult work, Esoteric Christianity the theory on which the Mystery Religions of Egypt, Babylon, Greece, etc. were based:

"There is One, prior to all beings, immovable, abiding in the solitude of his own unity. From that arises the Supreme God. the Self-begotten, the Good, the Source of all things, the Root, the God of Gods, the First Cause, unfolding Himself into Light." (Theosophical Pub. House, 1901, p. 15)

In her occult work, The Secret Doctrine, founder of Theosophy Madame Blavatsky, expounded the evolution of mankind toward ultimate union with "the One."

"No ancient philosopher, not even the Jewish Kabbalists, ever dissociated Spirit from matter or vice versa. Everything originated in the ONE, and, proceeding from the one, must finally return to the One."

Alice Bailey succeeded Mme. Blavatsky and Besant as leaders of the Theosophical Society, the principal organization to lay a solid foundation for the modern New Age Movement. Bailey wrote The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, as it was channeled through her spirit guide, Djwhal Khul. Of great importance was a prayer which would invite the appearance of the Spiritual Masters and specifically, "The One." The closing portion of this prayer, called The Great Invocation, reads:

"Come forth, O Mighty One.

The hour of service of the Saving Force has now arrived.

Let it be spread abroad, O Mighty One.

Let Light and Love and Power and Death

Fulfill the purpose of the Coming One."

 

Avowed lesbian and feminist New Ager leader, Virginia Mollenkott, who also served as an editor on the NIV translation committee, wrote in her book, Sensuous Spirituality:

"The One must move from the avant-garde fringe to the very heart and mind of society. The whole society must be brought into harmony with the One as the New Consciousness produces the New Age."

To facilitate this transition within the church, modern bible translations frequently change masculine words referring to God to the neuter "One." The new "Politically Correct" bible calls God, "Father-Mother", and Christ, "the human one". The NIV, which is the official version of Promise Keepers, has changed many references to God and Jesus Christ to "the One."

John 7:18 -- his glory (KJV) -- the honor of the one (NIV)

John 6:69 -- Christ, the Son of God (KJV) -- the Holy One (NIV)

Revelation 1:18 -- he that liveth (KJV) -- the Living One (NIV)

John 12:45 -- him that sent me (KJV) -- the One who sent me (NIV)

Matthew 13:37 -- He that soweth (KJV) -- The one who sowed (NIV)

It remains to be seen if the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be clearly presented to the mixed multitude which gathers on the Washington Mall in October. Scripture records that God required His people to leave Egypt, the House of Bondage, if they would begin their journey to the Promised Land. Will the Jewish, Mormon, Catholic, Islamic and men of other faiths be also advised to leave their various houses of idolatry? Although II Corinthians 6 calls for separation from non-believers, such separation has hitherto been excluded from and even disparaged in the Promise Keepers' message.

It is even within the realm of possibility that Nation of Islam Million Man March and Promise Keepers' Million Man March will have more elements in common than distinguish the two men's movements. The following are excerpts from Louis Farrakhan's speech to the Nation of Islam Million Man March, in which the radical Muslim leader expresses the identical objectives which are found in the mission of the Promise Keepers organization: racial reconciliation, spiritual awakening, religious unity and the moral transformation of America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpts from Louis Farrakhan's speech Monday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol

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"There's still two Americas, one black, one white, separate and unequal."

"We're not here to tear down America; America is tearing itself down. We are here to rebuild the wasted cities."

"We, as a people who have been fractured, divided and destroyed because of our division, now must move toward a perfect union. We got them all here today. And why did we come? We came because we want to move toward a more perfect union."

"We're talking about moving toward a perfect union. Well, pointing out fault, pointing out our wrongs is the first step. The second step is to acknowledge.

"Oh, thank you. Oh, man, I'm wrong."'

"In the last 10 years America has experienced more calamities than at any other time period in American history. Why, America? God is angry."

"Here's the carcass, the remains of a once-mighty people, dry bones in the valley, a people slain from the foundation of the world. But God hath sent the winds to blow on the bones. One of those winds is named Gingrich, and the companion wind is named Dole. And the other is called Supreme Court decisions. The other is fratricidal conflict, drugs and dope and violence and crime. But we've had enough now. This is why you're in Washington today..."

"Now the president spoke today, and he wanted to heal the Great Divide. But I respectfully suggest to the president: You did not dig deep enough at the malady that divides black and white, in order to effect a solution to the problem."

"Well, some of us are here because it's history-making. Some of us are here because it's a march through which we can express anger and rage with America for what she has and is doing to us. So we're here for many reasons. But the basic reason that this was called was for atonement and reconciliation."

"We cannot continue the destruction of our lives and the destruction of our community. But that change can't come until we feel sorry."

"But, President Clinton, America is also wounded, and there's hostility now in the great divide between the people. Socially, the fabric of America is being torn apart, and it's black against black, black against white, white against white, white against black, yellow against brown, brown against yellow."

"America. America the beautiful. There's no country like this on the Earth. And certainly if I lived in another country, I might never have had the opportunity to speak as I speak today."

"And if God were to answer us today, He would say to black people, "Yes, I allowed this to happen, and I know you suffered.' But Martin King, my servant, said undeserved suffering is redemptive."

"Demonstrate your gift, not your breast. Demonstrate your gift, not what is between your legs. Clean up, black man, and the world will respect and honor you. But you have fallen down like the prodigal son and you're husking corn and feeding swine."

"We're not putting you down, brothers. We want to pick you up, so with your rap you can pick up the world, with your song you can pick up the world, with your dance, with your music you can pick up the world."

"Black man, you don't have to bash white people. All we've got to do is go back home and turn our communities into productive places."

"Every time we drive-by shooting, every time we car-jack, every time we use foul, filthy language, every time we produce culturally degenerate films and tapes, putting a string in our women's backside and parading them before the world, every time we do things like this we are feeding the degenerate mind of white supremacy."

"We must become a totally organized people, and the only way we can do that is to become a part of some organization that is working for the uplift of our people. Now, brothers, moral and spiritual renewal is a necessity. Every one of you must go back home and join some church, synagogue, temple, or mosque that is teaching spiritual and moral uplift."

 


[Morris Cerulo Rides the Beast]

Subject: Knesset Legislation

A reader has informed me of an error in the July 11 report on the status of  the Knesset Legislation in Israel. I mistakenly identified Baruch Maoz as: "a Messianic Jewish pastor who is trying to import the Toronto Blessing / Latter Rain Revival to Israel: http://rampages.onramp.net/~maoz/dec.htm#target7." This is the Home Page of Ari Sorko-Ram's Maoz newsletter which I thought to be the ministry of Baruch Maoz. I was very glad to receive the following message which I hope will set the record straight.

I was intrigued to read that you consider Baruch Maoz a Messianic Jewish pastor who is trying to import the Toronto Blessing / Latter Rain revival to Israel. If so he must have had a very radical change of heart since I last met him. Baruch is in fact anti-charismatic and leads a fellowship which is very much in the tradition of 'Reformed theology.' You may be confusing him with Arie Sorko Ram who is trying to import TB and allied plagues into Israel and produces a newsletter entitled Maoz (Hebrew word meaning 'strength').

-- End of Quote --

It is interesting that the catalyst for this drastic legislation in Israel was the distribution of a book by Manifest Sons of God prophet, Morris Cerullo, to every Jewish home in Israel. I am including the "Global Satellite Network" report of 6/24/97 which provides information on the databanking enterprise of an immense global network commanded by Cerullo, Peter Wagner, Benny Hinn and others. It seems that, among other ventures, the Latter Rain / MSOG / Toronto Blessing proponents are attempting to transport the occult revival to Israel in the name of Yeshua. The orthodox Jews in Israel may discerning that the Latter Rain "Christ" is not the genuine Messiah and, in the process of rejecting a counterfeit gospel, prohibit the preaching of the true Gospel. Whether or not the anti-missionary legislation is passed, it is unfortunate that our Lord Jesus Christ is brought into reproach by the prophets of a false Messiah.

Recently we attended a Jewish Bar Mitzvah and were impressed with the dignity of the ceremony and knowledge of the Hebrew Torah required for the Jewish youth's "rite of passage" to manhood. During this time, I was researching the initiation rites proposed in the Promise Keepers' / Robert Hicks publication, Masculine Journey which was based on Robert Bly's New Age book, Iron John. I could not help note the contrast between the solemnity and reverence of the Jewish tradition and the irrational and profane nature of the pseudo-Christian "initiation rites" I had been reading about in the PK and New Age literature. It was difficult to resist the suspicion that the unsaved Jews have more spiritual discernment than Latter Rain believers.

The Maoz web site mentioned that Ari Sorko-Ram's ministry was being investigated by the police for bringing Jewish youth into their revival meetings. In researching the Toronto and Latter Rain movements, one notices that there is a concerted attempt within this "revival" to impart "The Anointing" to children and teenagers. Recall that one of the blessings of the Pensacola Outpouring is that believers' children are being sent home from public schools with uncontrollable jerking conditions. Perhaps the Jewish Knesset has valid reasons to prohibit such "evangelism." From Ari Sorko-Ram's Maoz March newsletter we read: http://rampages.onramp.net/~maoz/mar97.htm

"We ourselves are still under police investigation because of the Israeli Messianic Youth Conference we held a year ago this March. As most of you know, an Israeli newspaper reported the Conference in a vicious four-page spread, accusing us of bringing children to this conference without their parents' knowledge. It described us as a cultish group, offering bribes and even hinted that the organizers tolerated drugs. At the end of the article was an interview with a Children's Welfare authority. Having only the information written in the newspaper article, he declared that he was going after us, because, he said, Israel cannot allow charlatans to operate in the country among Israel's youth. Thus the police investigation."

 

 

Revival Is No Longer Coming - It Is Here!

By Ed Tarkowski

Part 1: Mission To All The World 2000

. . . THE "ANOINTING" preached by Benny Hinn, Toronto leaders, Brownsville headship - you know them all - IS ABOUT TO BE TAKEN TO THE WORLD AND THE MEANS TO DO THAT IS THROUGH A VAST GLOBAL HOOKUP OF SATELLITES FROM MAJOR MINISTRIES THAT ARE NOW LINKING UP IN THOUGHT AND PURPOSE AND ACTION. The flood of the end time apostasy is about to hit the entire world to such a degree that it really is unfathomable. The revival will now moving from the "local setting" to the Global setting. This, I believe, is the next wave: global inundation with "the Anointing." What this does to the expectation of revival is that it changes the view of what is happening from "Revival is coming" to "Revival is here," and it is now truly global in nature. On his TV program last Sunday, D. James Kennedy said that revival HAS NOW COME to America, and on Trinity Music City, Dwight Thompson he said he is sick of hearing revival IS COMING, and that it ISN'T COMING anymore - IT IS HERE!

What is now happening wars totally against the true second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How will that affect us, the ones who are opposing the distortion of the word of God through what is happening? It is the equivalent of what happened to the children in the movie, "Honey! I Shrunk The Kids!" This move, in effect, will seem to shrink us. Thus the title of this series: "Honey, I Shrunk The Church!" We will feel smaller and more scattered than ever before. Billy Graham's Global telecasts will be nothing compared to what is about to happen. He, at least, preached the gospel, but this new effort is to SPREAD "THE ANOINTING" THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD QUICKLY! If you have been appalled at watching a video of one church service where "the Anointing" is manifesting, multiply that by 10,000 or more to get a feel of what I am speaking of. I cannot warn you strongly enough.

The Lord has never been afraid to lay me low for His purposes. Being in bed, I have had time to watch TBN constantly, and as I watched, I sensed something very antigod, very spiritual, very evil and captivating, and very, very powerful coming over the airwaves. As you know, I have sent out a few quick reports concerning TBN and Pat Robertson. I want to summarize those reports, add to them, and bring in some other aspects of global communications. I have watched TBN and kept asking the Lord Jesus, "Where is it all going? What are they aiming at?" The answer came back: The World. I have tried to warn that TBN's Trinity Music City is on fire and is emanating a heat that, in other terms, would melt a car in an instant. It is a blazing, flaming, furnace of revival that has such an evil, spiritual power behind it, it is breaking at the seams to explode. This is crucial because TBN is now the largest television network in the world.

The Reason I Am Doing This Report

It all started a few days ago with the following e-mail I received from another independent researcher:

(Begin...)

For your information...

I recently received a mailing from Harvest Ministries (C. Peter Wagner), advising that the AD2000 and Beyond United Prayer Track was excited to announce that "Brother Morris Cerullo" had a vision from the Lord, AD 2000 and Beyond leadership was in agreement, and I would soon be receiving a packet in the mail outlining their next "thrust"....

Soon the Morris Cerullo "MISSION TO ALL THE WORLD 2000" prayer initiative information came. What is important to note first of all is that this tie between the AD2000 and Beyond Prayer Track is the first major prayer "thrust" that has been overtly linked to the "healing revivalists" [Ed Note: Benny Hinn as well]....they have all been networked in the past, but flamboyant personalities such as Cerullo have been kept minimized in the US at least.

Secondly the nature of the initiative is startling! In a nutshell it is: They have divided the globe into ten regions. Each region has a link-up city under that city is a network of gateway cities. Each of the regions will be linking by satellite for the purpose of global prayer that will "cover" the entire earth with "strategic warfare prayer" that is the "call" for Jesus to return".  

The satellite network is the first of it's kind in that they will be conducting GLOBAL SATELLITE TRAINING SESSIONS to "impart" the end-times anointing and each of the centers is a "hub" where the teaching will be specifically networked, the entire globe as one.  The network called Global Prayer Strike Force will have over 1 million "Global Strike Force Command Centers" in homes, businesses, schools, and more....read this sentence again <G> - this cannot be ignored.I do not have time right now to give a thorough report, suffice it to say, in the past I would have completely ignored anything coming from Morris Cerullo's ministry, but this networked, TRAINING, prayer strike force is highly financed, technically cutting-edge, and extremely well advanced in it's "leadership" from regional to national to county- city and even down to the block you live in. It is directly tied to the global databasing network I have been warning about, and for that reason, cannot be ignored.  I know I send a lot of documents your way, but the global satellite networking, down to each home authority structure is extremely sophisticated, (despite the fact they are "hiding" behind Cerullo, whom they certainly know many of us would completely disregard), and while I can't explain it all now, the local "strike force command center" in a home near yours is where your "resistance" to this movement is being recorded, and databanked through "strategic" warfare "prayer-walking" and "spiritual mapping". Our "hostility" to their agenda, is being duly noted, and will soon, according to their theology and eschatology, "unfortunately" need to be "dealt" with.

I strongly suspect that this initiative is a push to finalize and "test-run the integrated" network that we all dread, and they are publicly ascribing it to Cerullo, so that if there is any "backlash" Cerullo, and his organization can be sacrificed without jeopardizing the entire AD2000 and beyond Movement.... There's a whole lot more going on here than Morris Cerullo having a vision... Wish I were exaggerating, am not.

For your very own information packet on the "Global Prayer Strike Force" write:

Mission To The Whole World 2000

P.O. Box 85277

San Diego, CA 92186-5277

 

[End of the e-mail]

Morris Cerullo is a Manifest Son and I quickly quote here from my report on the Laughing Phenomena:

[Begin excerpt]

We now want to look at some like-references that show a definite progression, similar to the progressive conception and birth of a child. The first is a PROPHECY PROMISING IMPREGNATION, delivered by Morris Cerullo in a promotional letter for his 1994 London School of Ministry:

". . . . God has revealed to me revelations . . . of His Spirit, of His endtime, so sacred . . . . You ever heard this word preached anywhere. It is Hot, it is sacred, it is Deep! . . .Come away to this place where I poured out My Holy Spirit . . . . I will make you pregnant with My reality. . . The Holy Spirit is the part of God that will manifest the pregnancy in your being. Something great is about to happen to you."

Cerullo said God instructed him to teach that He "will MAKE YOU PREGNANT with [HIS] REALITY. . . ." through "sacred . . . revelations . . . never heard preached anywhere."(4) But the Church already has the Spirit indwelling it forever. We don't need God to impregnate us with His reality. And the simple gospel was once delivered to the saints; we don't need any new revelations that are Hot, Sacred and Deep, revelations that we never heard before.

[End of excerpt]

I did a search on the Internet, and here is the information from Morris Cerullo's Home Page concerning his Mission To The Whole World 2000 at http://iago.inetworld.net/~mcweis/textonly/mtaw.html which is being called "the most important announcement in the 2000-year history of the Church of Jesus Christ":

[Begin Cerullo text]

Morris Cerullo makes the most important announcement in the history of his ministry!

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.(Mark 16:15)

For two thousand years, the Church has been trying to fulfill the command of Jesus to take the Gospel to the entire world. For two thousand years, the Church consistently has used the latest technology, the latest methods of transportation, the most efficient methods known to man to preach the Gospel to as many people as possible.But not until now-the final years of the 20th century since Christ- has the goal of reaching the world for Christ been attainable.  Not until now has the technology existed along with an all-consuming desire to sacrifice all to reach the world.

Morris Cerullo now is making the most important announcement in the 2000-year history of the Church of Jesus Christ. In the midst of the greatest move of God in the history of the 45-year ministry of Morris Cerullo, God spoke to His servant and revealed a plan to reach the world before the close of this century.  With nearly six billion people inhabiting this world, this is the most ambitious plan ever announced in the history of the world-a plan to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the most remote places on earth...a plan to literally blanket the world with prayer and with the Gospel...a plan to commission millions of prayer command centers all over the world. Truly, the launching of this end time outreach signals another prophetic event leading to the return of Jesus. First, in 1984, God called Morris Cerullo to reach one million souls. It was called the Million Soul Crusade. Then, in 1989, God called Morris Cerullo to reach one billion souls before the end of the year 2,000. Current statistics indicate that goal will be met...praise the Lord.

"His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things..." (Matthew 25:21)

Now God has given Morris Cerullo a Mission to Reach All the World before the close of the century.

When God gave Brother Cerullo the mission to reach one million souls, only by faith could anyone believe it would be accomplished, but it was achieved.  When God gave Brother Cerullo the mission to reach one billion souls, it seemed impossible to doubters, but partner, because of your faithfulness God's servant's faithfulness that goal also is being accomplished by the grace of God. Now God has given Brother Cerullo the most incredible mission yet: Reach all the world!

Brother Cerullo has rolled up his sleeves and prayerfully begun planning this

unbelievable outreach of end time destiny. The plan is this: God has inspired

Brother Cerullo to target the ten largest population centers on earth to hold major crusades.  During these ten crusades, powerful satellites will broadcast to a huge area surrounding the location of the crusade for thousands of miles.  Using these ten strategically-placed crusades with the accompanying satellite coverage, Brother Cerullo can encompass the globe with the Gospel in three years.

As Oral Roberts has said, "No man on earth has personally told more people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ than Morris Cerullo."  Now Brother Cerullo is intensifying the incredible evangelistic drive God called him to 50 years ago. The man who already has told more people about Jesus and built God an incredible army of Nationals now is treading even more boldly into the devil's territory and bringing the power of the resurrected Christ with him.

God already has begun unleashing the incredible wave of His power it will take to reach the world.  Just this year, Brother Cerullo has felt a stronger anointing than ever before. An enormous revival already has started.  In meetings from Chicago to Holland, from Brazil to West Africa, God has been moving in power-healing the sick, delivering the oppressed, strengthening the weak and saving the lost as Brother Cerullo obeys the incredible call of God on his life.

This wave of Holy Ghost power will crescendo and build in intensity over the next three years as wave after wave of God's power is unleashed on the world in the fulfillment of the awesome command of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all the world. This is much more than a campaign or an outreach. This is greater in vision...greater in challenge...greater in impact than anything undertaken by the Church in history. This is not the ministry of a man, it is the ministry of the Holy Ghost.

Even now, teams of Holy Ghost-inspired Christians are meeting together to analyze the ten most populous areas of the world.  They are looking at populations, satellite locations, ministry venues (such as stadiums) and ascertaining in prayer the specific needs of the people in the area so they can define the ten areas of spiritual war.

After these analyzes are complete, prayer teams around the world will begin crying out to the Lord for these areas and the people there who will be hearing the Gospel for the first time. "This is an awesome thing God has asked us to do," Brother Cerullo said. "In the next three years to reach the world through ten major population centers...it's incredible."  Brother Cerullo already is feverishly working to accomplish this incredible goal. He is assembling a team of ministers, meeting with key pastors and preachers and gathering a prayer army who all will agree together with him to achieve the goal of reaching the world for Jesus before the close of the century. This plan will be a major theme at the First-Ever Morris Cerullo Voice of the Prophets 26th Annual World Conference in Anaheim, California January 2-6, 1997.

This plan is what God is prophetically speaking to His prophets in these last days.  Morris Cerullo's plan is to seize the moment...He is not looking over past accomplishments. Many who had accomplished half of what this humble servant has accomplish might be tempted to rest and relive past glories, but Morris Cerullo is a man driven by divine call-a man who has abandoned all for the sake of the call of God...

"For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise...from another place...and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)

Morris Cerullo firmly believes he has been redeemed by the Messiah and brought into the Kingdom of God for such a time as this.

Jesus said, "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:25-28)

Many signs of the Savior's return are happening now! Great wars, tribulations, trials, ecological catastrophes are all happening.  But there is one more prophecy to be fulfilled before Jesus will return:

"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matthew 24:14)

"God has shown me that many are neglecting one thing in prayer," Brother Cerullo said. "They are neglecting to pray for Jesus to return. Now it's time for us to begin praying this end time prayer until ...the Spirit and the bride say, Come.'" (Revelation 22:17)

John the Apostle's last words in the Bible before the final end were a prayer for the return of Jesus: "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus." (Revelation 22:20) Now the Church of Jesus Christ is faced with not only the opportunity to pray for the return of Jesus, but also an opportunity to take an active part in the fulfillment of the prophetic events He predicted would happen before He would return.

Never before has the Church had an opportunity to actually preach the Gospel in all nations as Jesus predicted. Never before has a Gospel sweep of this magnitude been attempted. God has revealed clearly to Brother Cerullo that the actual structure of the Church will dynamically change in the last days. "God has been teaching us that when He gave birth to this Church 2,000 years ago, He never intended for His Church to know one limit," he explained. "He gave us that unique characteristic-that genuine divine capability to see that the Church did not know any limits."

God has commissioned Brother Cerullo to very quickly write a book on the Church moving into its end time destiny as a part of this incredible head-on offensive into the devil's territory. Brother Cerullo said: "The structure of the Church is going to change. What shape it will take I don't know...God has not revealed that to me, but it won't be the same. It won't be going to church, getting fed, listening to the choir-I don't have a problem with all that, but the structure as we know it now is going to change.  

"God never intended the Church to know limits, and He never intended to use our natural abilities. When He gave birth to the Church, he depended upon supplying us with an incredible characteristic...

"Paul said, And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.' (1 Corinthians 2:4-5) "God intended us to experience the power and demonstrate the power of the Spirit. This Church is unique among all the world's religions because it was born by the demonstration of the power of God, not the wisdom of man.

"When Jesus snatched the keys of hell and death away from the enemy He came up from the grave to teach His disciples. And right before He ascended into heaven to be with His Father, He gave a promise: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.' (Acts 1:8)

"Ye shall receive POWER! That power was intended to be UNLIMITED! Too often we stop at the point of blessing, but God intended for us to press on past the point of blessing into the place of the Unlimited Power of the Pentecostal Experience!  "That power was given so we could reach the world!"

Morris Cerullo believes that power is being unleashed upon the Church even now, just as the day of Pentecost, to enable the Church to "turn the world upside down" (Acts 17:6).

In 1962, God stopped Brother Cerullo on a platform in front of 50,000 people and drove him to his knees in his hotel room. At that time God commissioned him: "Son, build me an army." It was here that God showed Brother Cerullo that the only way this world could be reached was by building Him a massive army of Nationals...Africans to reach Africa, Asians to reach Asia, South Americans to reach South America. Now this vision has matured for 34 years.

At least 850,000 Nationals have been trained for one week face to face with Dr. Cerullo. This is the Billion Soul Crusade! Partner, this is your ministry of destiny!

Those Nationals have gone from those week-long meetings and reached literally hundreds of millions of people in their own countries.

From this incredible foundation, Dr. Cerullo is moving to the forefront of cutting-edge ministry at the end of the twentieth century-he is harnessing the latest technology and moving in the Unlimited Power of Pentecost to literally snatch billions of souls worldwide from the grip of the devil to "...open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me." (Acts 26:18)

This is by far the largest and most ambitious outreach ever attempted by this ministry. But partner, this is also the largest and most ambitious outreach attempted by ANY ministry...EVER! Brother Cerullo has committed his ministry, every financial resource of the ministry-indeed, his life to the fulfillment of this incredible appointment with end time destiny, not only for the church but for the entire world.

Partner, you are a major part of this incredible prophetic fulfillment. This outreach will require a nearly unbelievable amount of finances. It is simply the largest ministry outreach EVER attempted anywhere. Stadiums must be rented, television equipment must be purchased and transported. Satellite time must be purchased. Locations for mass viewing of satellite broadcasts must be secured. Prayer command centers must be set up. A massive worldwide effort must be planned and coordinated.

This incredible outreach is much like a war-the logistics of getting it accomplished are overwhelming. But partner, the effort will be worth it when we see the souls we have reached together in glory.

[End Cerullo Text]

 

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