Sunday, 13 September 2020

WHO DO YOU TRUST IN? - OVER THE NEXT HILL WE'LL BE HOME!

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."
(Psalm 121:1-2)


In these crazy, crazy times which we now find ourselves living, where and who are we looking to for help to see us safely through? Friends, are you trusting in man and the things of man, or are you holding fast to God and the things of God? Do you cling to the Word which is life eternal, or to the world which is about to crash and burn horribly? These are questions of the most fundamental importance! As it is indelibly written, "Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD." (Jeremiah 17:5). There is but One solid Rock, all else is utterly unstable sand, and the tide is coming in so, so fast.

Are you trusting to "science falsely so called" which the Apostle Paul urged Timothy to avoid? (1 Tim. 6:20). Is your hope in a vaccine, which if or when it comes will certainly be insufficiently tested for its safeness, its long-term effects completely unknown, and potentially cause more harm than good? A vaccine which would in all likelihood involve some form of "immunity passport," without which someone would not be allowed any freedom of movement, and be denied access to places of work, shops or health services, etc.? This would in effect be the direct precursor to the implementation of the mark of the beast itself, without which no-one may buy or sell. And in tandem with the massive push globally for a vaccine, runs the drive to phase out hard currency and replace it - eventually completely - with card transactions and cryptocurrency. It's all about having control over every aspect of people's lives. 

Social conditioning for what is to come is well under way. Enforced mask-wearing is all part of this prepping of the populace to unquestioningly comply with governmental directives and conform to "the new normal," and is in itself a notable forerunner of the soon coming mark, which will be hyped to a grateful, completely duped public as being for their own good, their health and safety and that of everyone else - and with similar success! Satan has ever been the subtlest beast of the field. Under the guise of what is in all our best interests, basic human rights are rapidly counting for nothing, and are being removed almost completely unchallenged; totalitarianism such as is hitherto unknown in the West is coming about and being meekly accepted - even welcomed! - at breathtaking speed. The writing is on the wall, but who can, or will, read it? We who believe have to cleave to the Lord, depend on His strength and mercies, and trust to His promises as never before. The hour is late, I think much later than we might dare to consider.

And where is the Church in all this, we have to ask? Well, to all intents and purposes it's capitulating without question or pause to secular demands and expectations; what was already a mostly apostate body is just becoming increasingly so, as it swallows hook line and sinker the official narrative concerning COVID-19. The Church which has so very largely replaced Biblical Truth and objectivity with fleshly, experiential lies and subjectivity - whereby "truth" is held to be whatever you want it to be, and if it feels good then it is good - is not standing apart from the world and warning it of the Great Tribulation to come, but is completely in step with the world and its God-rejecting ways. The Church has now made itself not answerable to and faithful to God, but answerable to and faithful to the secular State alone.

This is a time of separation; the sheep will go one way and the goats will go another; institutional Christianity, if we might call it that, is now essentially all but dead in the water. I've long believed that it will be at the end as it was at the beginning, an underground Church meeting in each other's homes, in Spirit and in Truth; it will comprise of that Remnant of faithful believers who have not bowed the knee to Baal, and have come out of Babylonian structured religiosity as Scripture commands. (Revelation 18:4). Their declaration and their determination will be:

"As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
(Joshua 24:15)

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OVER THE NEXT HILL WE'LL BE HOME!

Jesus told us that when we began to see the onset of the things that He told us to watch for, to look up, and lift up our heads, for our redemption was drawing near. (Luke 21:28). In my humble opinion, we are well past the beginning of such things, and the signs of the times are getting ever more severe and closer together. 

In the context of our great hope in Him, amidst so much hopelessness in this world in which we are just sojourning, I'd like here to encourage the Remnant with this little video, made for and uploaded to my YouTube channel some years ago. May this most apposite and uplifting Johnny Cash gospel song bless you as much as it has blessed me!

https://youtu.be/4B4hNy7S8rA


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Saturday, 29 August 2020

'VICTORY OUTREACH UK' - MATTERS OF MONEY AND MORALITY.

"For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed;
neither hid, that shall not be known."
(Luke 12:2)


That there are pertinent and indeed most serious questions to be asked of the 'Victory Outreach UK' organization based in Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent, Wales, and the regime that runs it, has been the case for several years now. Concerns have not diminished with the passage of time; if anything they have only intensified.

Two completely independent communications received by myself in recent weeks have served to trigger the publishing of this article. The first contact prompted me to look afresh at Victory Outreach UK's accounts, and make the notes and observations that appear below. The second contact was disturbing in the extreme, referencing the very recent death of a resident; this decided me that unanswered questions about this charity's operations most urgently need to be posed, and just some of these - focusing upon VOUK's finances - are openly given voice to here.


THE 'VICTORY OUTREACH UK' ACCOUNTS

To quote from the accounts, under the heading 'Objectives and activities' -

The objects of the charity, as contained in the Declaration of The Trust, are:
To provide a secure Christian home for ex-offenders and those excluded by social disadvantage.
To offer rehabilitation.
To offer holistic treatment through both practical and spiritual programmes.
To help prepare clients back into society.
To alleviate poverty.

Its charitable status requires that a Board of Trustees is charged with responsibility for the maintenance and integrity of the charity, any financial information appearing on its website, and preparing the Trustees Report and financial statements that are submitted to the Charity Commission and duly published by them and available for public scrutiny. ALL THE INFORMATION COLLATED HERE HAS BEEN GLEANED FROM SAID TRUSTEES REPORTS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, AND CAN BE VERIFIED BY VIEWING THEM HERE:
https://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityWithPartB.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=291611&SubsidiaryNumber=0

The Trustees appoint the Director, but responsibility for all appointments (and attendant salaries) below this position is delegated to that Director, who is one Andrew Parsons. This is more than interesting, as it means that Mr. Parsons can appoint someone of his exclusive choosing to a salaried position in the Charity, and can determine their wage for doing that job. As it happens, his wife Susan is on that payroll as Victory Outreach UK's Finance Manager no less, one of only four people named on the most recent annual accounts as Key Management Personnel. The other three are Mr. Parsons himself, naturally, Mr. Lee Garland the General Manager and Mr. Robert Hart, who we'll come back to shortly. 

Now, VOUK is a Christian organization, run by honest Christians for honest Christian purposes is it not? So we may safely assume, may we not, that all is totally above board and there's nothing untoward going on in the way of - perish the thought! - worldly things like nepotism and playing the system that one is a very powerful part of for personal advancement and gain. No, of course there's not. God-fearing Christians just wouldn't do such things, now would they? Curious though, that of their four highlighted risks to the charity, one of their fears is of all things litigation! How could any such worthy institution possibly be at risk of being sued? How could those worthy individuals who run it worry that "objectors to the work of the charity can involve litigation from a number of sources and can impact the charity's work and finance." Money could only be lost, of course, if any legal challenge was upheld in the Courts, but there can't be any real risk of such an unthinkable thing happening, can there now! Can there? What grounds could there ever possibly be for a lawsuit, and a successful one at that? Yes, quite unthinkable!

Are there real financial concerns? How healthy are the finances of VOUK, we might well ask. Is the charity stumbling along on the verge of collapse? Breaking even? Well, actually it's doing rather well, as we'll see if we look at the latest accounts, one might even say very well indeed considering its dependence upon the benefits contributions of the homes' residents. Income was over half a million pounds, with an expenditure of only 73% of that sum, the surplus 27% of that being "retained for future use." This operating surplus allowed the "free reserves" - these being monies not ring-fenced for anything - to swell to no less than £242,856. The reason for having such reserves is explained as allowing the charity to continue its current activities in the event of a significant drop in funding. Of course the cynic might suggest that having nearly a quarter of a million tucked away to one side would rather comfortably safeguard the positions and salaries of the key management personnel given a downward spiral in income. But we must bear in mind that their Christian ethics would always cause them to put the residents' interests first...

What sort of salaries are we talking about, anyway? Well, the accounts inform us that  the total amount paid to the charity's key management personnel for that financial year was £127,319 (a figure including costs relating to external staff fees, whatever that might mean). The only key management personnel as noted above are Mr. and Mrs. Parsons, Mr. Garland and Mr. Hart; the last named is Chair of the Board of Trustees and receives no payment for this role. Individual salaries are not listed, though interestingly the statement is made that "there were no employees whose annual remuneration was £60,000 or more." With the ceiling thus being set at this figure, obviously the Director cannot be earning more than £59,999 per annum (a few pence shy of five grand a month), but no-one knows the exact amount, apart from a tiny number of people at the top of the tree and presumably the Inland Revenue. With their actual remuneration not being a matter of public record, all we can reasonably deduce from the supplied figures is that Mr. and Mrs. Parsons are in no way being expected to be taking home the minimum wage, but - being the good Christian overseers that they are - are being well blessed and prospering as a couple for their services to a charity whose stated objectives includes "to alleviate poverty." (Prospering enough, apparently, to reportedly run a Porsche and a BMW; no doubt such little things as these help alleviate the stresses of working to improve the lives of some of the most struggling members of society, whose State benefits very largely go towards the unpublicized salaries of the key management personnel).

Trustees of VOUK currently number just three, the least amount allowed. These are Mr. Robert Hart (Chair), Mr. David Ceriboto and Mr. John Williams, the last-named only serving from 19/9/18, some halfway through the last documented financial year. No Trustee receives payment for their acting in that capacity, but as the official records clearly show, a Trustee can receive payment for other services provided to the Charity. This proviso certainly applies in the case of the Chair, Mr. Hart, who between 2014 and 2018 received over £70,000 in "consultancy fees!" Oddly enough, after his obviously extremely important consultations, valued at £15,000+ (averaging £1,250+ a month) for each of the 4 successive years 2014-2017 (dropping to a mere £9,006 in 2018), he was not apparently required to be consulted at all during 2019 as his payments were entered as nil! Must be some good reason for that, naturally.

Another interesting note that raises a little eyebrow can be found in the 2019 accounts appertaining to the Trusteeship. That year, the charity advanced a loan of £2,000 (at 15% interest) to Mr. David Ceriboto. Since when, the cynic might ask, do the aims of the charity include providing personal loans to members of the Board, loans authorized by that same Board? No reasons are given... Ah, but perhaps it was to alleviate poverty?

SO, MY FRIENDS, THESE ARE SOME OF MY NOTES AND THOUGHTS CONCERNING MATTERS OF MONEY AND MORALITY AT THE 'VICTORY OUTREACH UK' CHARITY. YOU MAY DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS...


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On this (or any other matter of concern) anyone may contact me confidentially at: watchman4wales@yahoo.co.uk



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Addendum: Lee Garland, the Manager at the time of the accounts as quoted above, died October 4 2019, I understand to be succeeded in this position by Mr. Ian Reid.

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Wednesday, 5 August 2020

HOW CAN YOU ESCAPE THE DAMNATION OF HELL? (Matt. 23:33)

"Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers,
how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"
(Matthew 23:33)



For no obvious reason, this quirky little poem I'd written a good many years ago now, popped into my head. I'd been waiting for a "prompt" as to what I should put out next on the blog, and this somehow seemed to be it. Didn't make any sense at first as to what possible purpose some humorous ode might have in trying to wake people up to reality, which is what this site has always been all about. But then the context in which it was to be presented dawned, and it made perfect sense - well, to me at least! I can only hope that what follows makes similar sense to you too, my friends...

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This man from Bedlinog, not right in the head,
Had solemnly sworn to return from the dead;
Convinced he was destined for Hell he made plans
To dig an escape tunnel well in advance.

Not knowing how long till the date of his death,
He thought he'd best start while he still had the breath;
So swinging his pick this fanatical fella
Began the descent into Hell from his cellar.

And digging for victory day after day,
He shoveled his way through the soil and the clay;
He drove through the darkness for all he was worth,
Down into the fathomless depths of the Earth.

He knew he was nearing Hell when, below him,
He heard muffled noises of to-ing and fro-ing.
"The damned are so restless!" he whispered with dread,
"Thank goodness I won't have to stay when I'm dead!"

Then - bingo! - the bottom dropped out of his world,
And into this passage he found himself hurled.
"Well, well, I'm in Hell!" he thought, "And I'm not late!"
Then, looking around him, he saw an old mate.

"I 'ad no idea, Dai, that you was dead!
Our Megan a widow - there's awful!" he said.
Dai blinked and exclaimed, "Man, you gimme a fit!
What you doin' down here... in Taff Merthyr pit?"

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PLEASE 
HEAR, MY 
FRIENDS: 
HELL HAS 
NO NEON-
LIT 'FIRE EXIT' SIGNS. THE CONFLAGRATION 
IAS REAL AS IT IS ETERNAL! THERE'S ONLY 
ONE, EXTREMELY NARROW WAY TO AVOID IT.
THAT WAY IS 
THE LORD 
JESUS 
CHRIST:
THE REAL 
JESUS 
FOUND IN 
THE BIBLE,
NOT THE 
FAKE ONE
 NOW FOUND
 IN MOST 
CHURCHES.

"If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved...
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
(Romans 10:9 and 13)

"Neither is there salvation in any other:
for there is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved."
(Acts 4:12)

"For there is one God,
and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus."
(1 Timothy 2:5)

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Saturday, 16 May 2020

'THE BLESSING' SONG, BORN IN THE WORD OF FAITH AND RAISED IN ECUMENISM - ADORED ANTHEM OF APOSTASY!

"Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; 
for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
But let judgment run down as waters,
and righteousness as a mighty stream."
(Amos 5:23-24)




THE UK TODAY

The UK today. A nation so far removed from the fear of God and the upholding of His ways that it kills its unborn children en masse, delights in uniting homosexuals in a mockery of God-ordained marriage and regards perversion as progress. A nation so determinedly self-drenched in sin as to make depravity a cherished right and ideal, that perhaps even Sodom would have shuddered and Gomorrah groaned to gaze upon it. A nation akin to Jerusalem in Jeremiah's day, when through His faithful prophet the Lord God declared: "As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds." (Jer. 6:7). Friends, look around with unblinkered eyes and, if there's but half an ounce of honesty within you, you'd have to agree that this is a nation that surely only Satan and his hench-demons could smile upon with happy satisfaction at its shockingly degenerate state.

Yes, the UK today. A nation where the Church has been Hell-bent - and I use the term advisedly - on NOT being salt and light to it. When all is said and done, how can she be, when the salt has everywhere lost its savour, and the "light" that is supposedly in her is on all fronts actually darkness? "Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness!" warns Luke 11:35, but this urgent plea that echoes down the ages has fallen on deliberately deaf ears. God has been so, so patient, but that patience is fast evaporating like morning mist, and on the heels of unrepentant iniquity and wilful unfaithfulness comes His inevitable righteous judgment.

Once, the banners uncompromisingly proclaimed, 'The wages of sin is death!' / 'After death the judgment!' / 'Prepare to meet thy God!' - but no more. The Church is not interested in preaching pure doctrine and preparing people for what is to come, only in partying in the here and now. She has been laughing, as Toronto demonically taught her to, when she should have been weeping with breast-beating sorrow. In her headlong departure from Truth and her dereliction of duty, the Church cannot stand apart from the world to witness against it and to warn it, because she has become an integral part of it. Have no doubt my friends that she will face the dire consequences of her brazen betrayal of the Bridegroom! Judgment begins at the house of God...


"How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, 
so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, 
I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow." 
(Revelation 18:7)


'THE BLESSING'

Is not the serpent the subtlest of all beasts? Has he not cunningly deceived from the beginning, this silver-tongued salesman of spiritual strychnine who is the father of falsehood? How have we so forgotten this? We sow the wind of such forgetfulness, and we much reap the whirlwind of mindlessness, ending up blessing that which cannot be blessed.

Which brings me to 'The Blessing,' a song that has gone viral on the internet with many millions of views, and "likes" and glowing comments by the thousand, serving only to show how so, so many want only to have their itching ears satisfyingly tickled by what they WANT to hear, not painfully pinched by what they NEED to hear. It's such a heartbreaking case of "Tell us lies, pretty lies, and we'll jump for joy; tell us the Truth, tell us like it really is, and we'll put our hands very firmly over our ears!" 

THE SONG IS ALL ABOUT PRONOUNCING GOD'S BLESSING UPON A NATION THAT HAS REMOVED ITSELF FAR FROM IT, FROM THE AVOWED ATHEISTS TO THE TRUTH-TRAMPLING PEW-POLISHERS, WITH EVERY SHADE OF GOD-REJECTING REBELLION IN BETWEEN. BLESSING IS CONDITIONAL UPON BEING IN A RIGHT PLACE WITH THE CREATOR, WHICH ASSUREDLY NEITHER SOCIETY AT LARGE NOR THE PROFESSING CHURCH IS IN!

'The UK Blessing - Churches Sing The Blessing Over The UK' which can be found at https://youtu.be/PUtll3mNj5U, premiered on YouTube on 3 May, and as I write this it has had over two and a half million hits and has been showered with adulation. This sadly speaks volumes for the extent of the Falling Away here in the UK, that such a plethora of professing believers are totally unable to see the wood for the multitude of trees. They take delight in their abject denial of raw reality rather than admit to it, soberly stand on the Word of God and tell the people in no uncertain terms that they are not blessed but hopelessly lost, and things are not going to get better in any real, lasting sense, but only get progressively worse and worse as the end of the age bears down upon us like a runaway train.

The song has been eagerly imported into Britain from the USA, as of course have so many things which have spelt such bad news for the upholding of unadulterated Truth in these Islands. The original video recording, live from Elevation Ballantyne can be found at https://youtu.be/Zp6aygmvzM4 (over twelve and a half million views and still counting), and confirms that the song was written by Steven Furtick, Chris Brown, Kari Jobe and her husband Cody Carnes, and includes the Elevation Worship band in the credits. The significance of this information cannot be understated. Elevation Worship is the musical face of Furtick's Elevation Church, which very much echoes the Bethel Church/Bethel Music/Jesus Culture setup of one of the foremost heretics in the world today, Bill Johnson, and also that of Brian Houston's Australia-based Hillsong church-and-music "prosperity gospel" empire.

I recommend readers to view Justin Peters' warning concerning Bethel Music, Hillsong and Elevation Music here: https://youtu.be/Y0uFSYHVSRk

Let's look a little at said Steven Furtick, the founder and pastor of the Elevation megachurch in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is a man who not only considers Joel Osteen to be a great man of God, but hails T.D. Jakes as being the greatest preacher of our time, and names him his own favourite preacher in the world. Are you starting to get the picture here? No? Well, how about his buddying up to that other great Word of Faith, fleece-wearing wolf Rod Parsley, speaking at his Dominion Camp in both 2017 and 2018? Or perhaps his very close link to Hillsong, repeatedly guesting at their conferences worldwide? Or maybe his partnering with the Bethel circus's ringmasters Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton for their 'Heaven Come' conferences in L.A in 2018 and 2019? If that doesn't clinch it, nothing will! Friends, I'm going to say it as it is: Steven Furtick is about as sound as a plastic pound.

What about the other co-writers of this song? Well, Furtick's long-time musical collaborator Chris Brown is lead songwriter for Elevation Worship; the band tours with the likes of Bethel Music and Hillsong Music, which speaks - or more accurately shouts - of its very comfortable correlation with the apostate Johnson and Houston camps. OK, what about Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes? Well, they are husband-and-wife worship leaders currently based at The Belonging Co, a church in Nashville which they migrated to after first rising to prominence at Robert Morris's Gateway Church in Dallas. Morris is another of those "Tithe, tithe, tithe and more besides," dollar-signs-in-the-eyes millionaire preachers, and unsurprisingly a darling of one of the prosperity gospel's main TV mouthpieces, Daystar. In 2018, online magazine 'The Christian Beat' asked Jobe to name some of her biggest musical influences; of her top three, two were Bethel Music (with whom she has recorded) and Hillsong. COVID-19 permitting, of course, Jobe and Carnes are scheduled to tour this summer with, surprise, surprise, Hillsong Worship. Kari Jobe is also shown to be on the same page as Bethel by her support of last December's (abortive, need I say!) days-long attempt by this sham "church" (and the specially flown in she-wolf Heidi Baker) to raise a little girl from the dead. 'Nuff said?

BETHEL, HILLSONG AND ELEVATION ARE, TO USE AN APPROPRIATELY MUSICAL ANALOGY, THREE COMPLEMENTARY NOTES THAT COMBINE TO FORM A MOST POWERFUL CHORD. WE WOULD DO WELL TO RECALL THAT THE ENEMY OF OUR SOULS WAS CREATED AS A MUSICAL BEING (see Ezek. 28:13), AND KNOWS EXACTLY HOW TO USE MUSIC TO VERY GREAT EFFECT TO STEER US OFF THE NARROW WAY AND ONTO THE BROAD.

NOTE, AND NOTE WELL, 'THE BLESSING' WAS AS SURELY BORN IN THE DOCTRINE-DEBASING, DOLLAR-CHASING WORD OF FAITH CAMP AS IT IS NOW BEING RAISED - AS THE UK VIDEO VERSION SO CLEARLY SHOWS - IN THE ANTICHRIST HOUSEHOLD OF ECUMENISM. IF THIS IS UNDERSTOOD, IT BECOMES THAT MUCH CLEARER HOW IT HAS BEEN MASSIVELY TAKEN UP AS AN ADORED GLOBAL ANTHEM OF APOSTASY.

Throughout this hopelessly misguided song, which countless people are wildly applauding, we hear the mantra, 'He is FOR you, He is FOR you, He is FOR you...' Really? He is FOR a nation as evil as this? He is FOR a Church gone so astray as to call the actual occultism it practices the work of the Holy Spirit, and where fear of the One they call Lord is so conspicuous by its very absence? What does His Word say about those who steadfastly depart from His ways in their unholy fearlessness and unfaithfulness, but the exact opposite? He is not FOR them, but AGAINST them:


"And I will come near to you to JUDGMENT; 
and I will be a swift witness AGAINST the sorcerers, 
and AGAINST the adulterers, and AGAINST false swearers, 
and AGAINST those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, 
and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, 
AND FEAR NOT ME, saith the LORD of hosts." 
(Malachi 3:5; my capitalization for emphasis)

TO ALL THE CHURCHES, GROUPINGS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SO WRETCHEDLY PARTICIPATED IN 'THE BLESSING,' PROUDLY PARTNERING IN THIS DESPERATELY SKEWED ECUMENICAL EXTRAVAGANZA, AND ALSO TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE SO LACKING IN SPIRITUAL ACUMEN AS TO HAVE BACKED IT TO THE HILT, I SAY THIS TO YOU:

JUST WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS!!!??? HOW ARE YOU SO FAR REMOVED FROM UNDERSTANDING THAT THIS IS NOT A TIME FOR PRONOUNCING BLESSING OVER A NATION SOLD OUT TO SIN AND STANDING IN OPPOSITION TO GOD, BUT A TIME FOR WARNING LOUDLY AND CLEARLY OF HIS JUDGMENT OVER IT, A TIME FOR SACKCLOTH AND ASHES, NOT SACCHARINE SONGS AND CANDYFLOSS?


WHEN THE ALARM BELLS ARE RINGING SO LOUDLY AS TO THREATEN TO BRING BLOOD FROM YOUR EARDRUMS, YOU STILL REFUSE TO WAKE UP! RISE NOW TO REALITY, AND WHILE IN THE GRACE OF GOD THERE IS YET A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO, URGENTLY GET SOME OIL FOR YOUR EMPTY LAODICEAN LAMPS!


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Some key sources of information used in compiling this account:
http://apprising.org/2009/09/14/steven-furtick-calls-joel-osteen-great-man-of-god-2/
http://apprising.org/2012/01/23/steven-furtick-t-d-jakes-is-my-favorite-preacher-in-the-world/
https://www.thechristianbeat.org/index.php/interviews/4586-tcb-exclusive-kari-jobe-talks-about-miracles-seen-on-tour
https://www.karijobe.com/music
https://youtu.be/GMxuw8eAxmg

Monday, 4 May 2020

THE FALLING AWAY: APOSTASY, NOT RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH!

"Let no man deceive you by any means:
for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first,
and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition."
(2 Thessalonians 2:3)



INTRODUCTION

Yesterday, I watched two video presentations which, in quite different and yet interlinked ways, caused me great consternation, as both will be seen by very many people who I fear will be gravely misled by strong assertions made therein, assertions which I accordingly find myself having the unpleasant but unfortunately necessary duty to address and refute.


VIDEO 1 - THE DOWNPLAYING OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS

I'll deal first with Grace To You's video entitled 'Thinking Biblically about the COVID-19 Pandemic: an Interview with John MacArthur' uploaded on 24 April. (200K+ views at time of writing). In this talk, he completely dismisses any consideration that the current global Coronavirus crisis has eschatological significance, or that there is any aspect of God's judgment to what is happening. He flatly declares that "this doesn't connect with anything in the Bible," even throwing out any idea that it might be at least a harbinger of what is to come upon the Earth.

To dismiss the pandemic as being really no big deal at all in the great scheme of things, in either a worldly or a spiritual context, but just an influenza essentially like any other, I consider to be extreme folly on the part of any Christian leader, and particularly one who through the internet has the ear of thousands if not millions who will hear this determined downplaying, and be encouraged to similarly completely gloss over this unprecedented crisis as having zero spiritual significance. They will not see "that now it is high time to awake out of sleep" (Romans 13:11), and like John MacArthur sadly fail to recognize the fact that in church doors being everywhere closed, which is something that has NEVER happened before, judgment has indeed begun - as the Word tells us that it must (1 Peter 4:17) - at the house of God. 

Furthermore, in continued contented slumber, such folks will not take careful and prayerful note of the "new normal" - which everyone is even now being conditioned to accept - which is so clearly and irreversibly arising out of the whole COVID-19 situation. They will not perceive that it is a truly massive milestone on the road to establishing a NEW World Order; the OLD world order, as we knew it such an incredibly short time ago, is to all intents and purposes now dead in the water. Let us clearly understand that said New World Order, when it arrives in all its eventual tyrannical fullness, will be the kingdom of Antichrist. Jesus told us to watch, but John MacArthur is essentially saying there's no need for such vigilance in these present circumstances. Common sense, however, never mind spiritual wisdom and discernment, tells us that there's a most pressing need for exercising MUCH vigilance in all of this!


VIDEO 2 - THE 'FALLING AWAY' RADICALLY RE-DEFINED

Which brings me to the second video of concern, uploaded by J.D. Farag, entitled 'Bible Prophecy Update - May 3rd, 2020' which has already had over 80K views. Now, I've long warmed to this man's personality and have often listened to his 'Prophecy Updates' and found them to be helpful and informative, so it very greatly saddens me to have to warn people about this latest offering of his, the focus of which is a most alarmingly erroneous teaching on the Scripture which heads this article, namely 2 Thessalonians 2:3.

His teaching (and he is regrettably far from being the first to hold to it) is that the falling away spoken of in this verse is the rapture of the Church. We needs must go to the original Greek, where falling away appears as the single word apostasia, from which we get our English word apostasy:

Strong's concordance No. 646 - apostasia: defection from truth, apostasy, falling away, forsake.

The meaning is clear. The falling away is the falling away from Truth, the apostasy of those who would claim to be God's people but have in reality forsaken the True Way, and defected to a different way which is NOT truth. Apostasia appears in just one other place in the Greek NT text, viz Acts 21:21: "And they are informed of thee (i.e. Paul), that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake (apostasia) Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs." Obviously, apostasia in this instance also is referencing an apostasy, here denoting a departure from the Jewish faith while 2 Thessalonians 2:3 references a departure from the Christian faith. J.D. Farag, amongst others, teaches that apostasia means just departure, not departure from Faith, and extends this misunderstanding to pronounce that this alleged departure is the rapture, thus compounding and worsening the basic error of defining the falling away mistakenly. It is simply not rightly dividing the Word of God.

If Paul had meant to say departure, he would surely have used the Greek word for departure that he did in 2 Timothy 4:6, analusis (Strong's No. 359) to inform of his imminent departure from this world, going home to Heaven following his martyrdom: "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure (analusis) is at hand." Most tellingly, just as he declined to use analusis here, neither did he use harpazo (Strong's No. 726) which he carefully selected to describe the rapture event in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (and also his being personally caught up to Heaven in 2 Corinthians 12:2 & 12:4).

Friends, this is not just an issue of incidental semantics, but a matter of the greatest importance. Firstly, because erroneous exegesis is always a no-go, secondly because the fundamentally flawed exegesis in this case is a false argument for the Pre-Tribulation rapture position (whereas there are quite legitimate reasons for believing in this timing), and thirdly because it takes our eyes off the Great Apostasy and its huge eschatological significance as occurring just prior to the emergence of Antichrist. Let us well remember that in the Olivet Discourse, Jesus's Number One priority was to warn of deception. It is, of course, deception that has caused the apostasia, the prophesied falling away from the Faith that was once and for all time delivered unto the saints that we are witnessing all around us today. It is in this wilful desertion of Truth that the professing Church has so wretchedly failed to be salt and light to a stricken Hell-bound world, thus inevitably causing Godly judgment to be executed upon it.


CONCLUSION 

As I stated in the opening to this article, these way off-beam teachings of John MacArthur and J.D. Farag though quite different in focus are nevertheless interlinked. How so? In that each of these teachings sidesteps the critically relevant apostasy of the contemporary Church and its resultant righteous judgment, and at the very time that it should be highlighted as needing to be an absolutely essential part of our spiritual awareness. Friends, at such a critical juncture in history, when the hands of God's timepiece are inexorably moving ever that much closer to midnight, let us not have our eyes taken off the ball!



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Other related reading:

Coronavirus and closed churches:
https://watchman4wales.blogspot.com/2020/04/coronavirus-and-closed-churches-let-us.html

The Rapture:
https://watchman4wales.blogspot.com/2015/10/pre-trib-or-mid-trib-or-post-trib-or.html

Judgment on the Church:
https://watchman4wales.blogspot.com/2016/07/judgment-must-begin-at-house-of-god.html


Wednesday, 1 April 2020

CORONAVIRUS AND CLOSED CHURCHES - LET US REMEMBER AT THIS MOST CRITICAL POINT IN TIME WHERE JUDGMENT BEGINS!

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:
and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that 
obey not the gospel of God?"
(1 Peter 4:17)


Coronavirus, COVID-19, is a sure sign of the times. A birth pang of such incredibly great and global suddenness and severity. It is, if you will, a very large-lettered writing on the wall, but in the contemporary Church where Biblical literacy has become as rare as an iceberg in the Sahara, I fear it will mostly go unread and unheeded. 

Nothing, absolutely nothing, can happen without the Creator either causing it, or stepping back and allowing it. His Sovereignty is absolute. It's the same with this pandemic as with everything else: there is His judgment, and there is His escape. His will is that men should seek and find Him, and crises and catastrophes can be a very real means to that end. He can and He will use any and every possibility to bring about a person's reconciliation to Himself, and He labours long and hard towards achieving that outcome. But it is critically important to understand that His patience is not infinite; as it is indelibly written, "My spirit shall not always strive with man." (Genesis 6:3). And as much as He is a God of love, He is also a God of righteous wrath and of judgment; those who determinedly reject Him, He will in turn Himself determinedly reject. With this sobering fact very firmly in mind, let us at this most critical and unprecedented point in time remember where it is that God's inevitable judgment begins...

The church doors that were wide open to welcome in all manner of false teachers and unclean spirits are now closed to all and sundry. Is this not indeed a divine judgment upon a salt that has so utterly lost its savour and become good for nothing, fit only to be cast out and trodden underfoot? (Matthew 5:13). No itchy-eared, sign-seeking follower of a counterfeit Christ is now sitting at the feet of a fable-monger in a sullied pulpit, and those disquieted few whose spirit groaned within them at the wholesale abandonment of Truth, but who had not yet found the resolve to leave of their own volition have had the decision made for them.

Nobody knows when - or even if - the church doors will open again. Laodicea is in indefinite lockdown. Who knows whether this may be the final opportunity for those who would claim to be God's people to get right with Him in reality and not in mere illusion? Claiming to be His and truly being His are entirely different things, for of a truth "the heart is deceitful above all things." (Jeremiah 17:9). Who knows if this could be the last throw of the Lord's lifeline to those drowning in the sea of delusion that the Church has become? One thing is certain, it's well past time to wake up and smell the coffee, to stop trusting in sandcastle churches and self-serving hirelings with their make-believe "Jesus," and instead find an uncompromised fullness of genuine faith in the True and eternally unchangeable Triune God. He alone is worthy, He alone able in His immeasurable grace to save us from ourselves!

THERE'S JUST ONE PLACE THAT EVERYONE SHOULD SPEEDILY HEAD TO NOW, AND THAT'S THE PURE PAGES OF THE UNADULTERATED WORD OF GOD!

"For as a snare shall it come on all them 
that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted 
worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, 
and to stand before the Son of man."
(Luke 21:35-36)


Monday, 9 March 2020

BRITISH ISLES COUNCIL OF PROPHETS: THE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION MARCHES FORWARD IN THE UK AND IRELAND!

"Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name:
I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them:
they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, 
and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart."
(Jeremiah 14:14)




INTRODUCTION

As in Jeremiah's day, so in ours also. Then, the people were going into captivity in physical Babylon; now, the people are going into captivity in Mystery Babylon (Rev. 17:5), the antichrist final religious system of the Last Days. And at the very forefront of the great apostasy causing this bondage is the global Apostolic/Prophetic movement, a core tenet of which is the taking over and running of all aspects of human activity on the planet - all prior to the Lord's return - which is frequently referred to as 'The Seven Mountain Mandate.' (The mountains being: Business, Government, Family, Religion, Media, Education and Entertainment).

An overview and summing up of these self-appointed Apostles and Prophets and their supposed God-given Mandate, which this article essentially follows on from and fleshes out, formed last month's piece; please see:
https://watchman4wales.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-new-apostolic-reformation-and-seven.html



A BRIEF HISTORY OF "CHRISTIAN DOMINIONISM"

Christian Dominionism/'Kingdom Now' theology is a major and most grievous heresy that came to the fore in the 'Latter Rain Revival' in Canada in 1948, the year that most significantly also saw the re-birth of the State of Israel. 'Latter Rain' adherents pioneered the concept of God restoring the Offices of Apostle and Prophet to the Church and the triumphalist worldview that the Church, having been perfected - with praise and worship ushering in the presence of God - would be victorious over the world and bring in the Kingdom of God on Earth. Jesus's proclamation that "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36) had no place in their utterly unBiblical theology and eschatology. A central plank of their rotten walkway was the teaching of 'The Manifest(ed) Sons of God,' the emergence of an elite corps of super-saints who would be sinless and immortal, becoming as Christ Himself! This great End-Time 'Joel's Army' would defeat the forces of darkness, wielding all the authority and power of the Lord Himself, whose return and reign would have to wait until all things had first been subjugated to THEM!

This aberrant worldview with no divide at all between the spiritual and the secular, receiving right and proper condemnation from a Church which back then could still largely demonstrate Biblical literacy, wisdom, discernment and an orthodox eschatology, went somewhat into hibernation. Never dead, unfortunately, it re-emerged with church growth guru C. Peter Wagner's hand on the helm, alongside John Wimber's 'Power Evangelism' movement - "doin' the stuff" as he called it - which found its particular expression and springboard in his Vineyard churches. From the 1980s, when Wagner and Wimber had joined forces to teach on "Signs and Wonders" at the Fuller Seminary, Dominionism and "Signs and Wonders" were to be pretty much inseparable bedfellows. Subjective experience was IN, objective (and sound!) Biblical doctrine was OUT, and testing the spirits was something akin to a jar of tastebud-troubling jam, to be put at the back of the highest shelf to gather ever thickening dust.

Wagner it was who coined the phrase New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) as an overarching appellation for the Apostolic/Prophetic movement which he would lead, which was to steadily and stealthily become what is probably the most powerful, the most deluded and the most dangerous sector in what passes for the Church in the USA today. And contemporary culture and spirituality dictates that what happens in America today, the rest of the world will be following suit tomorrow. The NAR epitomizes the great Falling Away from Truth which the Scriptures foretold would occur, and is right now happening before our very eyes. As the Word warns in no uncertain terms:


"And they shall turn away their ears from the truth,
and shall be turned unto fables."
(2 Timothy 4:4)

It should be noted, however, that although the USA was and is a world (mis)leader in the field of the supposed restoration of the Offices of Apostle and Prophet to the Church, as the highest tiers of a fully reactivated Fivefold Ministry, the UK also witnessed the birthing in the 1970s of its own counterpart of the emerging American NAR. Originally widely referred to simply as Restorationism, the various groups that constitute the Apostolic/Prophetic movement on this side of the Atlantic are now collectively known as The British New Church Movement, with an emphasis on the role of the Apostle in their strict pyramid structure of governance. (E.g. in a Welsh context, Keri Jones is the recognized covering "Apostle" of 'All Nations' in Cardiff, 'LifePoint Church' in Swansea and 'Nationchangers' in Merthyr Tydfil, which operate under the banner of 'Ministries Without Borders.')

The British New Church Movement has down the years had what amounts to an elitist, separatist mindset; their focus is on teaching, shepherding and following only their own; one might say that they see themselves as the Premiership, and other Christian churches are playing in a lesser league. But, as the American "big boys" gained ever greater ground globally, it was perhaps inevitable that folks of a similar Dominionist persuasion here in the UK would become increasingly attracted to and influenced by the American way of doing things. Whilst British New Church members continue, for the present at least, in their own way and style, outside of their ranks there has been a groundswell of Dominionist activity, seeing the emergence onto the scene of men and women who proclaim themselves and each other to be Prophets appointed and anointed by God. These are now determinedly organizing themselves along American NAR lines, formulating a power base from which to launch a major offensive here in the British Isles.

The turn of the millennium had witnessed an unprecedented consolidation and careful organization of Apostles and Prophets taking place, centred in the USA, with the creation in 1999 of two select bodies to massively further their aims. One was the International Coalition of Apostles, of which C. Peter Wagner was Presiding Apostle. (This group is now known as ICAL: the International Coalition of Prophetic Leaders). The other was ACPE, the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders, chaired by Cindy Jacobs, of which Wagner was also unsurprisingly a key member. Structures were now in place to push the Dominionist agenda forward as never before, with their influence just two decades on now reaching across entire continents and even into the highest Office in the land, with Paula White being appointed to the White House staff as President Trump's Spiritual Adviser.


THE BRITISH ISLES COUNCIL OF PROPHETS 

What I wish to particularly draw attention to here, my friends, is that many previously largely independently-operating "Prophets" on this side of the Pond have now banded themselves together in a way that mimics the American NAR model. They have very recently established the 'British Isles Council of Prophets' in a collective effort to promote themselves and their supposed "prophecies" specifically here in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. So, whereas to date there has been a reliance on visiting, already well hyped and well connected "Prophets" to most powerfully further the NAR cause in these Islands, the mechanisms are now being put into place to market home-brewed Dominionist apostasy, and on an industrial scale!

Below is listed the full crew of the 'British Isles Council of Prophets' (henceforth referred to as BICP). These spiritual buccaneers - some three dozen names at the time of writing! - have all firmly nailed their colours to the mast of the NAR pirate ship:

Core Leaders:
Simon Braker                           Louise Reid                           Emma Stark
Rebecca King                           Adele Richards                     David Stark                     

Council members:
Tomi Arayomi                           Dylis Chi                               Moses Rankin
Helen Azer                                Jarrod Cooper                      Sam Robertson
Simon Baddeley                       Rachel Harris                       Marj Rossol
Sarah-Jane Biggart                  Claire Harrison                     Rose Sambrook
Mark Birch-Machin                   Barbara Jenkinson              Phil Sanderson
Rebecca Briggs                        Preethy Kurian                     Sue Sinclair
Melanie Brooks                        Christine Larkin                    Veronika West
Hellie Brunt                              Jennie Pitt                              Liz Wright
Rob Cates        

Advisory council:

Julie Anderson                         Revd. Canon John McGinley
Tim Eldridge                             Dr. Sharon Stone
Rachel Hickson

(Source: https://www.prophets.org.uk/council-members/ )

You'll note Sharon Stone's name above; we should not underestimate the relevance of her being on the BICP Advisory Council, as Dr. Stone is a member of the NAR's Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders and thus forms a bridge between them. I have previously been much moved to write about Sharon Stone and her fellow false prophets of ACPE; you'll find the account here:
https://watchman4wales.blogspot.com/2018/05/apostolic-prophet-to-nations-dr-sharon.html

It is not my intention here to go into detail about each of these 36 individuals, as this would make the article unnecessarily lengthy and off-putting to read. Friends, please research them yourselves, as the Spirit leads. Suffice to say that the NAR buzz-words and links are all there in abundance on the BICP bios and their individual sites: Apostolic/Prophetic Hubs/Centres, Prophetic Networks/Schools/Training/Summits/Conferences, Bethel Redding, Catch The Fire (Toronto Blessing), IHOP (Mike Bickle), Wagner Leadership Institute, Harvest International Ministries (Che Ahn), Apostolic and Prophetic anointing, 'Christian International' (Bill Hamon), pulling Heaven to Earth, spiritual mapping, dismantling demonic structures, apostolic fathers ("Call no man your father!" - Matt. 23:9), destiny, pioneering, igniting, releasing, living in the supernatural, dreams, prophetic art, equipping, impartation, transformation, Fivefold ministry, empowerment, activation, voice to the nations, reformation (of Church and society), new Kingdom paradigms, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera...

IMPORTANT. All these names are published here with the express warning that each of these individuals should be studiously avoided as being Bible-DISbelieving, Narrow Way bypass-builders. It should also go without saying that the churches they MISlead and the groups with which they are associated should similarly be given a very wide berth. If any are guest speakers invited to your own gathering, the leadership should be alerted as to what it is that they really stand for. If this should fall on deaf ears, do not under any circumstances support that meeting out of a misguided sense of loyalty. We are to follow the real Jesus and Him alone, not the different "Jesus" who these people represent.

It should be clearly understood that, true to type, this group do not in any way see themselves as operating apart from the other supposedly restored Fivefold Ministries, particularly Apostles; on their website you'll find the following significant statement:


"The BICP leadership will be proactive in relating to apostles and apostolic councils so that these foundational fivefold graces can better partner to build the church."

Note: Apostles and Prophets are at the top of the tree; the other three of the "fivefold ministries" (perched, it must be said, on much lower branches and very much subordinate to the higher echelons) are Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. NAR Apostles are thought of as having equal, if not greater authority than the actual N.T. Apostles, despite the fact that in order to be an Apostle in the first place and to accordingly have any Apostolic authority, then he must have been an eyewitness of the resurrected Lord.


"PROPHETIC RESPONSIBILITY" - THEIR WORDS, AND THE REALITY BEHIND THEM!

BICP pronounces as one of its core values that there are at least five prophetic responsibilities for a nation, which are as follows: 

1) To speak to the destiny of that nation - calling its heavenly future to be established.

Truth of the matter? A NATION does not have a heavenly future; only truly saved INDIVIDUALS have a heavenly future. 
"Take heed that no man deceive you!" (Matt. 24:4)

2) To raise up an army to pray, fight and engage - calling the people into place.

Truth of the matter? We are not called to raise up an army of any description, least of all a 'Joel's Army' of 'Latter Rain' infamy. "Calling the people into place" is actually the bringing of the people into subjugation to their supposed authority.
"Take heed that no man deceive you!" (Matt. 24:4)

3) To open the gates of a nation, that the reign of Jesus Christ may come in - welcoming what God wants now (explaining the present).

Truth of the matter? "The reign of Jesus Christ" actually means that THEY will rule as His anointed and appointed agents on Earth (as they imagine themselves to be). The gates will not be opened to the Lord, but rather for unclean spirits to enter and be welcomed. (As at Toronto, Brownsville, Lakeland, etc.)
"Take heed that no man deceive you!" (Matt. 24:4)

4) To identify and confront spiritual strongholds - setting the nation free of its past.

Truth of the matter? We are not called to confront anything that might be seen as a spiritual stronghold, not to wage spiritual warfare but to preach the Gospel. "Setting the nation free of its past" will include wrenching it away from any residual uncompromising Biblical Truth that it once held to be sacrosanct, in order for it to blindly and passively accept Dominionist overlordship.
"Take heed that no man deceive you!" (Matt.24:4)

5) To expose hidden demonic strategies - setting the nation free in its future.

Truth of the matter? This is so ironic, as BICP is itself a demonic strategy, hidden in plain sight! "Setting the nation free in its future" = conquering the Seven Mountains and planting their flag atop each one. Their concept of freedom is that no opposition to their rule - especially from Christians holding to the fundamental doctrine of Sola Scriptura - will be tolerated. In other words - well, just one word actually - totalitarianism!
"Take heed that no man deceive you!" (Matt. 24:4)

(Source: https://www.prophets.org.uk/2019/09/core-value-4-prophetic-responsibility/ )


THE FIRST "PROPHETIC WORD" ISSUED BY BICP

On 1 February 2020, BICP released their first joint "prophetic word." It is in essence a triumphalist Dominionist manifesto, shot through with deepest delusion which completely flies in the face of Biblical eschatology. It speaks to itching ears, and in itself epitomizes the great Falling Away from Truth which will actually characterize the Last Days, rather than the great and glorious End Time harvest that they promise, with miracles an everyday occurrence and the visitation of angels frequent. 

BICP's NAR worldview and agenda is evidenced and encapsulated in the statement that speaks of unlocking, redeeming and reviving the mountains of influence, but their lengthy "word" makes outrageous claims throughout, which of course readers are expected to accept unquestioningly as being from God because THEY, His appointed prophets, have declared it! Just one example is the assertion that three angels i.e. 'The Angel of Awakening' and 'The Angel of Harvest' and 'The Angel of Deliverance' have been sent into the Earth expressly for this "season of the wrestle and glory," a season when the Church has to start operating at "a higher level of the apostolic and the prophetic," with the restored Offices carrying "a higher level of anointing!" (Now, isn't that a surprise - BICP's "prophets" are to be even more favoured and blessed!) Need it be pointed out that none of these supposed angels is ever mentioned in the Bible, the closed Canon of Scripture? But then, extra-Biblical revelation is of course only to be expected of those with such "a higher level of anointing" that they can freely add to - and just as freely take away from - the Word of God... and be applauded for so doing!

Very interestingly, while Jesus (the real One that is, not the BICP's bogus one) told us to "take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself" (Matthew 6:34), these Scripture re-writing renegades are busily proclaiming what is to happen for the rest of the decade! And while the Word of God tells us that things in the world will get worse and worse and darker and darker, these profitless prophets with lying spirits in their mouths flatly contradict Him, and would have us believe that (under their influence and authority, naturally) things will get better and better and lighter and lighter. Theirs is, quite simply, a doctrine of devils. (1 Timothy 4:1).


CONCLUSION

It is today as it was in Micaiah's day, when the 400 prophets with a lying spirit in their mouths prophesied great victory against the Syrians at Ramoth-gilead, while what actually happened was an unmitigated disaster, with - as Micaiah alone had correctly foretold - "all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd." (2 Chronicles 18:16)I'd very much encourage you to read the BICP's "word" for yourselves, and personally see how it runs completely against what the truly Holy Spirit-inspired prophets of the Bible had to declare about the close of the age, things that are for all time unchangeable:
https://www.prophets.org.uk/2020/02/prophetic-word-feb-2020

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:
because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
(1 John 4:1)

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Some further reading that might help your understanding:

Latter Rain: https://www.gotquestions.org/latter-rain-movement.html

Manifest(ed) Sons Of God: https://reachouttrust.org/manifest-sons-of-god/

Joel's Army: https://www.gotquestions.org/Joels-Army.html

C. Peter Wagner: http://apprising.org/2011/10/09/c-peter-wagner-and-his-dominion-mandate/ 

John Wimber/PowerEvangelism: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/wimber.html  

British New Church Movement: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_New_Church_Movement

Fivefold Ministries: https://www.gotquestions.org/five-fold-ministry.html

NAR, Seven Mountain Mandate, Dominionism; please see the links posted under:
https://watchman4wales.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-new-apostolic-reformation-and-seven.html