Moved The Goalposts:
A "Mainstream" Report
for Spring 1993
Cain teaches the Ishmael/Isaac Concept
September 1st edition of "The Morning Star", (Rick Joyner's
newsletter) was headlined "The Post-Charismatic Era". There,
Paul Cain, the well-known Vineyard "prophet" informed us that "the charismatic renewal is now over but God is going to move
again and speak again, even to the very ones who rejected Him in the last
Cain goes on to confess that "some foolishness" has accompanied
this movement that "requires humility for us to press beyond".
Some of this foolishness was mere human folly, he claims and an unnecessary
stumbling block to sincere seekers. However, "The Lord is going
to give us another opportunity to do it right. We will again, very soon,
see multitudes being converted and being empowered wth the Holy Spint".
quite something to see leading charismatics admitting that there have
been mistakes in the movement. Often, the problems have been passed off
as minor aberrations instead of characteristics of the movement as a whole.
Objections have been brushed aside. Critics have been accused of "quenching
the Spirit" and "opposing the work of God". Now it seems
they had some ground for their objections, but the answer proposed is
not to control the excesses but write off the movement as an "lshmael",
and look for the "Isaac" to come.
new era, the post-charismatic new man, was preached at a Conference
in London in October 1992. A group of churches in north-west London organised "The Word and the Spirit" meeting at the Wembley Conference
Centre. It consisted of seminars in the morning and leaders' meetings
in the afternoon, followed by an open meeting in the evening. The two
main speakers were Dr. R.T. Kendall and Paul Cain, who has recently
joined Westminster Chapel in London.
title of the Conference - "The Word and The Spirit" - was explained
by the speakers' remarks that they aimed to combine these two elements,
theology and power. Dr. Kendall said that he had told Paul Cain, "Paul,
you need my theology and I need your power".
early Pentecostal pioneer, Smith Wigglesworth, long ago predicted a revival
in the latter days involving both the Bible and the power of the Holy
Spirit. Can it be that Paul Cain, moving in the supernatural realm, and
R.T. Kendall, a renowned Bible scholar from the Reformed tradition, see
themselves as the springboard for just such a revival?
brings into focus an entirely new picture - that of the Reformed and Independent
Evangelical traditions, previously so opposed to the charismatic movement,
dropping their obobjections in a new and more forceful drive to unite
all Christians under one banner.
Cain's article in "Morning Star" seems to confirm this. He says "we are nearing a Second Harvest that is about to sweep some of the
most dry and barren institutional churches and empower them with the Spirit
of God". Mainstream has for some time been warning that the next
deception will be a false revival, with a drawing power and persuasion
that is almost impossible to resist. Only a love of the truth of scripture
will keep Christians from going astray. Note: please remember this
was written in early 1993! Subsequent events have proven this to be an
accurate assessment of the situation.]
a moment we will go on to see how the prophecy teachers predict judgement
from God on all those who refuse to accept this new "post-charismatic"
the London meeting, the present charismatic movement was likened to Ishmael.
Taking Genesis 17 as his text, Dr Kendall pointed out that, while God
affirmed Hagar [but see Gal 4:30] nevertheless Ishmael was not the promised
child. Now, the barren old Church (Sarah) is about to conceive and bring
forth the Isaac, and this child - the post-Charismatic movement - will
be far superior to Ishmael, in four ways:
it will defy all natural explanation.
it will be totally vindicated by signs, wonders and miracles on a large
and dramatic scale
it will drive us back to the Word
it will bring a sense of awe, as we see the marriage of Word and power.
It is impossible to explain how glorious this new era will be.
result of this Isaac revival is that "the glory of the Lord will
cover the earth as the waters cover the sea".
It is relevant that the name "Isaac" means LAUGHTER. At the
time of Cain's prediction, the Laughter Revival had already begun in a
few unnoticed fellowships in the States and overseas. It came to public
notice around the end of 1993.]
Paul Cain spoke, his main concern was that God would clear His name, and
He is going to do it through a "last-days" ministry of such
power and might that none will dispute it, Cain claimed. Dr Kendall in
an earlier message had sought to show that the Name of God was synonymous
with miracle-working power.
power present in the new movement would be far greater than in the old,
he said. "when we consider how God has blessed the Church through
the charismatic and pentecostal movements, how many wonderful end thrilling
things have come... what will Isaac be like?" ~ Indeed, we do
outlined some of the results of the new era, including governments and
people in highest places coming on bended knee to the Church, children
used as "sovereign vessels" of power, ordinary Christians equipped
with prophetic gifts and all places - even those hitherto untouched -
being reached with the message. (Many of these prophecies were also spoken
by Paul Cain in his "Joel's Army" teachings, but the Ishmael/Isaac
idea is said to have originated with Mike Bickle, another Kansas City
said that a number of people in the audience would put Jonathan Edwards,
George Whitfield and John Wesley in the shade in the new wave of revival.
Cain also predicted mass healings, empty hospital wards and countless
numbers of people seeking after God, including "millions of islams" (sic) with whole nations turning to God in one day
kind of stirring prediction sets an audience on fire. At the Wembley meeting,
when Paul Cain's finale was to announce that "Jesus Christ has
just stepped into this room", the gullible crowd roared, whistled
and applauded, according to the recent report in "Sword and Trowel",
What kind of discernment is in operation when statements such as these
are accepted without a thought?
does seem altogether likely, considering the low regard for the Word of
God these days, that even former opponents of the charismatic/restoration
movement will be swayed in their judgement by signs and wonders on a large
scale. If they are not persuaded to join, "severe discipline"
will follow, according to Paul Cain and others like him.
church is in a precarious place, he says, and must not rebel against God's
work. "WE are the ones who will choose if the next move of God
will be a day of salvation or a day of judgement - for those who reject
it... they will have a more severe judgement... This next wave (of the
Spirit) will not be stopped, and the opponents will soon be forgotten...the
past no longer exists and those who try to live in it will cease to be
a part of what God is doing today".
this sort of threat hanging over them, who could blame wavering Christians
for deciding to support the new wave. However, if they do, what will they
lose in terms of scriptural purity and a true understanding of the endtimes
worse, might they be persuaded to abandon the scriptural belief in the
personal Return of Jesus? Might they forget that Jesus will not return
until after a period of Tribulation and the reign of the Beast?
Might they be swayed into accepting the revival and what follows it as
the establishment of the kingdom of God on earth?
is too high a price to pay for any new revelation, and especially for
one as suspect as the 'post-charismatic era'.
Networking: A Global Vision
Many years ago,
the Lord showed me a picture of the earth as seen from space, and it was being
enclosed in a net. The net was growing stronger and thicker all the time.
understood that each time true believers prayed in the will of God and took
action against demonic deception, a piece of this net was broken - so satan
had to waste time mending it. Believers could not completely halt the formation of the global
network, but they could delay and disrupt it.
made little sense at the time. Gradually, however, pieces of the overall puzzle fell into place. One clue was this verse:
“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover
with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have
not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh,
and to trust in the shadow of Egypt”. Is 30, verses 1-2
In Hebrew, that phrase "Cover with a covering" is literally weave a web. They are making a net, a network,
but not of God. Not of the Holy
[Isn't it interesting that the shepherding/restoration movement was once known as the Covering Movement!]
Graham Kendrick, in his book "Shine Jesus Shine" also describes a picture of the earth. He says that during a meeting of worship
leaders from different cultures and denominations, he had a vision,
"I saw the earth as if viewed from space,
...hundreds of threads, each a different colour, appeared from out of the
nations, converging above the earth. As
they met, they criss-crossed and wove in and out of each other over the globe
until I could see that something was being created there. A gigantic banner had been formed that hung
over the earth, overshadowing it -
on the underside of it was the face of
Jesus - these threads were praise and worship arising from the
Graham Kendrick explains that God spoke to him and said:
"You are the needles
carrying the threads in the weaving process, as you let the Holy Spirit weave
you in and out of one another in relationships and worship, so the banner will
be formed and Jesus will be
Is this how Jesus will reveal Himself to the world - to fallen men and women, to pagan
nations and to unbelievers everywhere? WILL Jesus indeed be revealed to unbelievers, except as Messiah and
Judge at His second coming?
said when he went back to Heaven -"The world will see me no
more, but you (believers) will see me"(Jn 14:19) and he told his disciples
that "no one knows the Son but the Father, and no-one
knows the Father but the Son, and he to whom the Son wills to reveal him".
There will NOT be an open
revelation to the whole world in the way that Kendrick describes. He speaks of Jesus appearing to all men as
a result of praise and worship, and this Jesus overshadows the
Kendrick calls this image: “the face of Jesus, drawing
all eyes, the face that magnetises the millions of hearts into one adoring
is the singer/song-writer who writes the music for the March for Jesus. He is
in effect saying that the type of songs used on the marches carries a power to attract people to the one they are
his book, Kendrick uses proof texts such as Psalm 22 which says,
“All the ends
of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the
nations shall worship before you, for the kingdom is the Lord's and he rules
over the nations”
Although this scripture is really a prophecy of the millennial reign of Jesus, Kendrick
uses it to imply that the ground-swell of praise generated in the praise
marches will eventually cause all nations to worship God before the return of
the Lord Jesus.
- Kendrick, "Shine, Jesus, Shine" P. 243
- Kendrick, Ibid, P. 245
- Kendrick, Ibid P. 248
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