Doctrines of Demons: The
Descent of the Glory (Part 3)
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter
times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving
spirits and doctrines [taught by] demons... (1 Tim 4:1 NKJ)
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- Overshadowing and its relation to
- The Ark, The Shekinah and the Temple
- God's Presence in the Cloud
- The Second Pentecost
- The Coming of Christ in the Clouds
- The Gold Covering of the Divine Nature
- Overcoming as the Rapture or Transfiguration
In Part Two(a), I started to explore the
various doctrines of the "overshadowing". The three
aspects covered in that section were:
- the birth of a divine manchild,
- control by a spiritual force of some kind, and
- the receiving of a new mind.
Now in Part Three we will move on to examine other aspects
of this "overshadowing" - although all that we discuss
is really part and parcel of the same experience.
- OVERSHADOWING as the Glory Cloud indwelling the Temple
- OVERSHADOWING as the GOLD covering of the Divine Nature
- OVERSHADOWING as the Transfiguration, or Rapture
The "overshadowing" doctrine can be understood in
many ways. It may help to bear in mind throughout that the
basic idea is of a SHADOW falling OVER, and COVERING a person.
Thus a person comes under the influence of another. Or, it
is a CLOUD covering over and enveloping a person or persons.
1. The first aspect, of conception, the planting
of seed, and the birth of a child is to do with a man "covering"
his wife - the divine overshadowing of the glory cloud is therefore
a mystic marriage.
2. The second aspect, of control by an avatar,
spirit-being or god (or in the case of the churches, supposedly
the Holy Spirit) comes from the shadow of an insubstantial
spirit falling upon a human being. A spirit is called a "shade"
or a "shadow" in occult literature. The shadow/cloud
that is or contains the supernatural influence comes over and
mingles with the person.
3. The third aspect, of the new mind, is
produced by the co-mingling (overshadowing) of the spirit's
mind and that of the human being, producing a new way of thinking
that is directly influenced by the spirit realm.
Now we move on to other aspects of this
overshadowing that are being taught, each one supposedly "proven"
by allegorical scriptures as follows:
4.The glory cloud or shekinah covering the
Christian "temple" both individually and corporately,
as the very Presence of God indwelling man on the earth. (Exod
40:35/ IKing 8:10-11)
5. The gold "covering" of the mercy-seat,
vessels of Temple service and everything to do with the Temple.
This is supposed to typify the divine nature of God literally
overshadowing and transforming his earthly vessels. (Exod 25:11)
6.The cloud that covered over and transfigured
Jesus Christ on the mountain and affirmed Him as a divine Son
of God. This in allegory speaks of the glory cloud that is
supposed to overshadow believers in the latter days and transfigure
(or "rapture") them, on earth, changing their mortal
nature into that of the spiritual resurrection body. (Luke
9:34-35) See also Moses on the Mount - Exod 24:16-18
And of course, we must not leave out the ultimate descent
of the Glory Cloud - that of the Return of Christ. (Mark 14:62
/Rev 1:7) This is increasingly proposed as being IN HIS SAINTS
and not a visible, actual, literal return.
Overshadowing and Atonement
It is important at this point to grasp the doctrinal importance
of a covering over, or overshadowing.
The doctrine of the "covering" of man is central
to our salvation. There is a genuine and biblical divine "covering"
that atones for man's sins, and indeed the Hebrew verb TO COVER
[kapar] is exactly the same as TO ATONE for sins. In the Bible
we see this typified:
- in the skins with which God covered Adam and Eve after
their Fall. (Gen 3:21)
- in the covering of Noah's ark. (Gen 6:14 KJV = pitch)
- in the covering of Ruth by the cloak of Boaz (Ruth 3:9)
- in the garments of the priests (2 Chr 6:41)
- in God's parable of the covering of his Bride (Ezek 16:10-14)
- in the peril of spiritual nakedness, ie. no covering (Rev
There's also a strong connection between the presence of God,
and the covering. As we all know, the Temple contained the
Ark of God, which was the Seat of his Presence. This Ark was
covered over with a slab of gold that rested on top of the
ark of the covenant, supporting the images of two cherubims
with outstretched wings.
This gold slab is variously translated as "mercy seat" (KJV,
RSV); "cover" (NEB); "lid" (TEV); "throne of mercy" (JB); and
"throne" (Knox). The Hebrew word used is KAPPORET, the noun
form of KAPAR, to cover/atone. It was the focal point of God's
Presence and the most holy place of the entire Tabernacle,
in effect, it was the earthly Throne of God.
(This allows the revivalists to teach that certain "headship
believers" will be transformed into the "throne"
of God upon the earth, thus becoming God's seat of Government
In the New Testament of course, we see the ultimate covering
for sin, the Blood of Jesus. Who could be so foolish as to
denigrate or seek to replace this precious blood covering of
atonement? Who could be so rash as to propose ANOTHER COVERING?
Yet God says that some will try to outdo Him:
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: (Isa 30:1)
To propose "another covering" is to offer to bring
mankind under the wings of another saviour, or under the covering
of another redemptive system that supplies protection and safety.
As you will see, that is PRECISELY what the sonship/latter-rain/revival
doctrines do! They urge the "covering" of apostles
and prophets and Church Government as a purer form of relationship
with God, rather than our direct one-to-one personal relationship
with Jesus Christ! They look for the pillar of cloud and fire,
the Holy Spirit of God, in the leadership of the CHURCH! This
is man's arrogant scheme, man's glory, not the Glory of God!
OVERSHADOWING AS THE
GLORY CLOUD INDWELLING THE 'TEMPLE'
Tabernacles is come, for I desire to fill My temple with
My glory... I desire to manifest My fullness in My chosen
who ARE My temple. Many look to a temple built with hands
that I may establish My reign, but I tell you I am building
MY temple even NOW! Were not the children of Israel instructed
to dwell in booths during the Feast?... and is this not a
reminder of the temporary nature of your bodily tabernacle
and the natural realm? I am calling for those who will enter
into the Feast, earnestly desiring to be clothed with the
tabernacle prepared in the heavens, which is My manifest
tabernacled presence, My glory rising upon My chosen... from
THIS temple shall I reign!
Know ye not that the Most High dwelleth not in temples made
with hands, for heaven is My throne and I am building MY
temple with `living stones', a spiritual house of which CHRIST
is the cornerstone. THIS is the house that I shall fill with
My glorious presence for ALL to see!...and the glory of THIS
latter house shall be greater than the glory of the former
house. Have I not said that `...nations shall come to THY
light and kings to the brightness of THY rising...'? Do not
be satisfied with the `BOOTHS' of the in-part (we know in
part and we prophesy in part) gifts of My Spirit, rather
seek towards the `building up' of My TEMPLE of `living stones'
that I may dwell in My FULLNESS. Enter into the Feast!...
for THIS is the appointed time! [Doug Fortune, Trumpet Call
This first aspect of Part Three is central to the sonship/LR
doctrines, and is now becoming a major part of the revival,
too. Longing for "The Glory" has overtaken almost
every other aspect of the revival. Prophecies of the coming
glory are rife throughout the Internet.
As we saw above, various scriptures are wrenched out of context
and applied as prophetic parables, as allegories, as symbols,
instead of literal truths. In this way, the Shekinah Presence
of God that filled the Temple of the Old Testament is expected
to descend in some mystical way to indwell - permanently and
literally - the New Testament "temple" of the CHURCH.
I am not denying that the Spirit of God inhabits the "temple"
of the Body of Christ. This is a present reality. However,
the current belief is that this Presence must increase in power
and might until God moves His Throne out of Heaven and comes
to earth to set up the Mercy Seat once more in the Church.
"The church today can sit and around and smile and
say that we know what revival is, but the truth is that we
don't have a clue. What God wants to do is so big until it
is beyond our ability to conceptually think about it. He
said that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all
that we can ask or even think. I thank God for what He has
done. I bless Pensacola. I bless Toronto. I thank God for
all of these moves of God, but I am going to tell you something,
we have not yet seen what happens when the glory of God falls
in a city.
---I want to tell you the truth. I have had enough anointed
preaching. I have had enough anointed singing. I have had
enough to last me a life time. It is good and it makes you
feel good, but I want to tell you something, the anointing
in and of and by itself is not going to get the job done.
What we have got to have in the church today, we must have
the manifest presence of God on display for the world.
We have all been in services where we have had visitations
of God. I have had enough visitations. Something has to change
so that we can have habitations. We must shift from momentary
visitations to places of habitation where there is an indwelling
glory of God in our midst and on our people.--- I want to
prophesy something, the church that gains the ability to
build a mercy seat, when He comes, He will stay. And you
have never seen the likes of revival, we don't have a word
for it, as when the glory of God shows up in a place like
that. But we have got to learn to build a mercy seat. If
we build it, then He will come."
--- and when the beaten wings of worshippers touch over the
pure gold seat, God says, the next time He visits, He says,
now I can stay. If we build a mercy seat, the bible says
that He is enthroned in our worship, and in our praise. What
happens is that God literally moves His throne from heaven.
When this happens the church is building a chair, a seat,
a place for God to come. We can stand and beg for Him to
come all that we want, but until there is a place for Him
to come to, He will visit, but He can't stay.--- No wonder
that He said that foxes have holes and birds have their nests,
but the Son of Man does not have a place to lay His head.
When is the church going to arise and build a mercy seat
according to the pattern of heaven? And He will literally
set up His throne, and you will have a throne zone in the
midst of the church. ---
They will tell you in Toronto and Pensacola, that is not
revival yet, we have yet to see it. But some church somewhere,
if the glory of God is going to cover the earth like the
waters cover the sea. It has got to start somewhere, someplace,
some group somewhere is going to build a seat for the glory
of God, and the water that flows from that place will eventually
cover the earth. The fountains of the deep are going to be
open, and the glory of God will cover the earth. And when
the glory of God comes, man doesn't get any glory from it,
only God. The next wave of revival is not going to be like
anything that you have ever seen. There will be nothing of
man on it or God won't come sit. He is tired of breaking
chairs that we have built for Him. He is demanding now that
we build a mercy seat."
[Rivermail Archives: March-April 1999 -The Glory Of God -
a Tommy Tenny message transcribed by Constance L Sharlow
Thu, 28 Jan 1999: Tommy Tenny has been instrumental in the
move of God that has been going on in Baltimore at Rock Church
for the last 16 months.]
This not only makes the Church the dwelling place of God on
earth, but by the inhabiting of God endows it with divine power
- The Church that claims to possess the Glory/Shekinah of
God becomes the kingdom and no salvation is possible outside
of that Church.
- The "throne" or mercy-seat of God is relocated
on the earth IN the Church, and that throne represents the
law, authority, power and presence of God.
- The Government structure of that Church suddenly becomes
the only means by which God's wisdom is imparted or God's
presence is made known to mankind. Disobey their priests
and you are disobeying God!
- Most terrifyingly, that Church becomes the INSTRUMENT OF
GOD'S JUDGEMENT ON EARTH.
All these aspects will be covered in due course as (God willing)
I continue to explore all of the sonship/revival agenda.
God's Presence in the Clouds of Glory
From scripture it is easy to show that the presence of God
resides in or upon the CLOUDS, and that the Shekinah Glory
of God seen entering or leaving the literal Temple was perceived
as a cloud. This much we know. (Exod 40:34 / Ezek 10:4)
Now, however, Christians claim that the clouds seen in revival
meetings are this very same Shekinah Presence of God, and that
God Himself is visiting his people. Furthermore, this cloud
is coming with greater and greater frequency and power, until
one day it is going to remain on earth!
(Here's a practical way to help out. There's a bible study
here that somebody should do. Can it be shown from scripture
that the cloud and fire appearances of God in the Old Testament
were the insubstantial form of the Son of God, before His incarnation?
Does the genuine glory of God appear as a cloud after the incarnation?
If Jesus is now in a body, and will remain that way for the
rest of eternity, should we consider any appearance of the
"glory cloud" as demonic. Or can it be proven that
the Holy Spirit appears in this form? Please, somebody, report
back to me on that as it has a bearing on this subject, and
I have no time to pursue it.)
Major Global Apparition?
A major, permanent visitation is on the way, so they claim.
Will this be a visible event that will deceive millions? It
is difficult to be precise, but it's certain that great signs
and wonders WILL appear to deceive even the very elect, if
that were possible.
For many years, Roman Catholic visionaries have been prophesying,
as from the Virgin Mary, that a series of world-shaking events
will precede the Great Judgement in earth. The same sequence
of events has been given by different apparitions of 'Mary'
around the world. We consider these revelations to be demonic
in origin. From Ron W. on a Catholic site, http://www.yellowstoneinfo.com/endtimes.htm
they are listed as:
- the Warning: causing a profound change in the conscience
of man. (the overshadowing of the spirit of love??) shortly
afterwards will follow...
- the Miracle: "some form of manifestation of God on
earth, something like the Shekinah Glory of the Old Testament.
This manifestation will present itself to mankind at numerous
authentic Marian Apparition sites. You will be able to see
it, film it but not touch it." Then...
- the Chastisement: with the New World Order and the Anti-Christ
persecuting mankind. Followed by...
- the Three Days of Darkness: when all the Demons of Hell
will be permitted to come directly upon the earth. God will
send his Angels to battle Satan and his cohorts will be ultimately
defeated. Similar to Passover, it would be better to close
and lock all doors and cover all windows. Those that remain
outside will perish instantly.
Now, from this we can see how carefully satan is preparing
people to accept the appearance of The Glory Cloud over the
earth in a major manifestation.
Overshadowing of "love"
The mental preparation heralding the above so-called "Miracle"
is said to be some kind of awakening in men's hearts which
makes them regret their behaviour. Receptive people will be
softened up and readied to desire a new path for themselves
and the earth.
Lest we suppose that this is implausible, here is a short
passage from the book "Cosmic Consciousness". After
a discussion with his friends, Wordsworth, Shelly, Keats, Browning,
and Whitman, author Richard M. Bucke was returning home in
deep contemplation when he had this experience: “All at once
without warning of any kind, he found himself wrapped around,
as it were, by a flame colored cloud. For an instant he thought
of fire - some sudden conflagration in the great city. The
next (instant) he knew that the light was within himself. Directly
after, there came upon him a sense of exultation, of immense
joyousness, accompanied or immediately followed by an intellectual
illumination quite impossible to describe.”
Mr. Bucke interpreted his spiritual experience in terms of
the Hindu God Braham being revealed unto him. He said: “Into
his brain streamed one momentary lightning flash of the Brahmic
Splendor [glory] which ever since lightened his life.”
On a global scale, could this be the very same event spoken
of in the Protestant churches as the "revival" and
in the New Age world as the "overshadowing" when
mankind changes overnight to receive the spirit of goodwill?
People of all religions, as you see, are able to accept this
experience and to be profoundly altered in their thinking by
it. And in one day "the nations will be changed":
"I will bring forth a prophetic enactment of
the river of life that the anointing should go forth without
limit, without limit, without limit, without limit saith God.
--- Know this, the anointing of the golden oil is My love.
It is My love, it is a river of life that flows forth in My
love saith God. --- and it shall come forth in the power and
unction of My Spirit. Yea, you shall see the nations change.
You shall see the heavenlies change. My love shall reach out
and touch one another's feet. Yea, in a day, saith the Lord,
My love shall come. " [James Garrison prophesying at the
"Where Eagles Gather" Prophetic Conf. August 1999
hosted by Faith Tabernacle.]
It cannot be denied that clouds have been seen in many revival
meetings. One man even claims that the Glory Cloud follows
"in Jakarta, Indonesia in January of this year
(1999) the Glory cloud came into the car and followed me....
In Orlando I was shocked again with the appearance of the Glory
Cloud. But when I left Orlando on the airplane I was even more
shocked as a bolt of purple lightening with gold in it streaked
across the aisle about 20 ft in front of me. Then it continued
to flash as it moved toward me and popped over my head. This
continued for almost 40 minutes. Then all the lightening went
into a 4 ft. round spinning fire wheel of Gold and right next
to me. I could watch it for only 3-5 seconds at a time because
of the brightness of the Glory and the presence of Jesus. Upon
returning home I continued to see the glory of God with it
resulting in me spending 5 days in bed recuperating just feeling
weak from being in the Glory. Then again the Glory cloud appeared
three times in one day. When I asked John Arnott what was happening
to me his response really helped me get a good perspective.
He said, Darrel I think it is all about the closeness of the
return of the Lord. Now the Glory has led us all into the miracles
of healing, gold dust, oil and gold fillings. And they are
all pointing to Jesus and His soon return. [From "Revive-All
Ministry" - NB: link to this site now misdirected.]
Whatever these clouds are, they are being claimed as the literal
presence of God, returning to possess and overshadow the Church.
This parallels the entrance of the glory cloud of the Shekinah
into the newly-built Temple of Solomon. (1 King 8:10-13)
Obviously, we have already had the event we know as Pentecost
when the Spirit came to indwell his people, but this is not
enough for the sonship/revivalists. They teach a "Second
Pentecost" which is another endtimes descent of the Spirit
(supposedly) this time in fulness, unlimited and on a global
scale. (They would use the prophecies of Joel about the endtimes
outpouring of the Spirit to support this teaching.)
This entire revival was launched on the idea of a Second Pentecost.
It has no real meaning outside of the sonship doctrines, and
I defy anyone to explain the manifestations and doctrines and
prophecies apart from the Restoration/Sonship scenario.
The doctrine of a SECOND Pentecost can only mean one thing:
that there is to be a SECOND descent of the Holy Spirit (as
the cloud of Glory) into and upon the Body of Christ and that
this will result in the completion and fulness of the work
begun in the first century of the Church. Even some within
the revival objected to this, notably John Wimber of the Association
of Vineyard Churches.
The Vineyard churches warmly embraced the revival manifestations
at the beginning, only later pulling back as criticism reached
John Wimber (now deceased.) [NB: I know that Vineyard still
supports the Revival.] In 1995 the Vineyard organisation removed
the Toronto Airport church from its roll of membership and
amongst other things questioned this very belief in a sonship-style
Second Pentecost. Thus we have testimony from within the very
revival itself that the Toronto revival has a sonship foundational
"We are concerned that among some of the TAV
leadership there is an emerging "prophetic theology" centered
on the rise of a new kind of ecstatic prophecy which would
herald the advent of a second Pentecost, a second book of Acts
and the last days revival." (AVC notice to Vineyard Pastors
dated December 13, 1995: Todd Hunter for John Wimber and the
The Christian Temple has been, according to the Restoration
doctrines (which are, in essence, sonship doctrines), undergoing
rebuilding and restoration for centuries, and now in the latter
days has reached the verge of fulness. Therefore the glory
of God is coming to be the capstone of the temple. God supposedly
tells the Church...
"I send you forth to rebuild My temple. I ask
you a question. Is it not written that the glory of the latter
temple shall be greater even than Solomon's temple? If it is
written, you can have it. You can be that temple of glory that
walks forth in righteousness. You can be that temple of fire
that comes forth under the anointing of the Holy One. You can
be the temple where the Shekinah glory dwells. You can be where
I am in manifestation, where I dwell over the mercy seat of
your heart, and extend salvation to those that come your way."
[Prophetic Utterance through Bill Burns July 24, 1999]
Preston Eby, a key sonship teacher, has much to say on the
subject of the Glory Cloud. He explains (correctly) that the
cloud in scripture is the Presence of God. He then says that
in the latter day that Glory is now to be shared by and imparted
to a vast company of sons of God. Thus the endtimes cloud will
consist of God and man UNITED:
"The glory is shared, so the CLOUD which represents
that glory IS SHARED. Each elect son becomes a manifestation
of the glory - of the CLOUD - of the shekinah! Each son becomes
the expression and revelation of the Person of Deity. There
is still only one Person of God, but He shall eternally indwell
a many-membered body of like ones unto Himself, the extension
and projection of His own Being. --- He says, "I will dwell
IN THEM, and walk IN THEM... and ye shall be My sons and
daughters.." (II Cor. 6:16-18). What, then, are those clouds
with which, and in which, the Christ comes again? Why, bless
your heart, WE ARE!" (his emphasis in capitals) [Preston
Eby "Coming With Clouds"]
Randy Gingrich reports on the preaching of Pastor Dutch Sheets
(Jay Gary's pastor) at his church, City Church, Colorado Springs
where Sheets made this statement about the Corporate Christ:
"no single church can influence or change a city. It
must be done by a corporate expression of the Body of Christ.
No single person or church can fully express Jesus Christ
- only when the Body comes together do we possess the potential
of expressing the Fulness of Jesus Christ to our city."
And as we see, that corporate expression in fulness is expected
to manifest when the Shekinah Glory comes upon the global Body
Since the Church is worldwide and not a physical building
in one location, it suggests that the descent of the glory
cloud is to be a global event. Although some would perhaps
propose an invisible "spiritual" glorification for
the Church, I think the present visible manifestations of clouds
say otherwise. This "prophecy" also suggests the
"The glory of the King will so rest upon His
latter days' temple that a visible presence of the shekinah
glory of Almighty God will be upon His Sons of Glory, and the
world itself will witness the Kingdom of God in manifestation.
Come now, let us return to the Lord; let us be found under
His cloud, for it is indeed moving. Arise, you Sons of Glory,
for the light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen
upon you! Now is the time of the restoration of all things.
Now is the hour of His visitation. Even so, come Lord Jesus!"
[Faith Tabernacle Trumpet Prophecies, Nov 98]
God-Man on the Earth
I can't figure out how a global manifestation could work in
terms of individual believers and churches. The literal and
personal return of Jesus Christ is to a location - Israel -
but the return of a global christ as a glory cloud, uniting
with his worldwide Church in many different locations at one
and the same time, seems unworkable to me - unless it is an
inward and spiritual overshadowing of the New-Age kind.
Clearly the leadership have this figured out, because certain
locations have already been mentioned as representing the limbs
or organs of the God-man on earth. Bob Jones and Rick Joyner
gave a "prophetic word" during a New Year's Eve service
on December 31, 1997. In the later transcripts of this message
there was a missing portion. This missing portion speaks of
the God-man stretched out over parts of America:
"I see Charlotte as the head of a great man--a god man.
I see Moravian Falls as the heart. The heart and the head.
And I believe you're gonna see much to come to the head here.
I've seen that god-man lay down in many places and I believe
that Atlanta and other places are like the chest so you're
gonna see greater things happenin' there. --- One of the
hands I saw is going to go all the way into Fla. to Orlando.
The other one's going to Canada. One of the feet specially
are going to go to Nashville very shortly. The right feet
and you're going to hear praise that will bring forth awesome
faith---and bring forth an awesome evangelistic army. And
I believe this is only the beginning of you stretching out
-- to where you begin to stretch out to all the world.".
["Words For The Coming Times by Bob Jones & Rick Joyner"
prepared and transcribed from the "Prophetic tape of the
month" by Josiah Friberg, and then shortened by Robert I.
Another exchange, posted to an Apostolic Bulletin Board, gives
the supposed interpretation of a dream of a baby doll's head
being found. This baby is seen by the interpreter as prophetic
of the Corporate Christ being born on the earth:
From: Tommy Thompson
Date: Wednesday 7 July, 1999
Subject: The Dream (Apostolic Center and other revelations)
Hi Bob, I don't know if you found the dream that I sent to
you at all interesting but I thought I would share with you
a part of my reply. I believe that we have been having birth
pains since 1987 and then we moved into labor pains in 1997
and we will begin to see the unveiling of Christ as the Head
of the Corporate Child begins to to be seen on 9-9-1999.
Those nines will roll over staring a New Day and a New Year
on 9-11-1999 which is the Jewish New Year and the Feast of
(My comments following)
Hi Joan, ...
Most of the conferences and large gatherings will be in Portland
and Seattle but Castle Rock will be another insignificant
Bethlehem who will be one of several places that will be
used to begin the birthing of the Corporate Christ Child.
The Apostles and Prophets will not begin to gather in Castle
Rock until the Summer of 2000 but in 9-9-1999 there will
be some Apostles and Prophets who will begin operating from
an open heaven. This will begin the shaking of the second
heaven and the earth and the head of the child will begin
to be seen."
OVERSHADOWING AS THE
GOLD COVERING OF THE DIVINE NATURE
A sign that we are surely nearing the greatest deception known
to man is the undeniable appearance of gold (as well as clouds,
and bright lights) in revival meetings.
It is one thing to speak metaphorically of gold as the divine
nature given to man, (as did the latter-rain teachers of old)
but quite another to SEE gold appearing in the mouths and on
the bodies of those in meetings. The very fact that satan is
allowed to confirm the deluded doctrines of man is a sign that
the "restrainer" had begun to withdraw!
Should we not be concerned when the teachers at the very heart
of the satanic conspiracy have doctrines that are near, or
identical, to the doctrines of the revival churches? Years
before Toronto and Brownsville, Alice Bailey was teaching that
divinity is represented by showers of GOLD;
"Purification: Let the fires of divinity burn out all
dross. Let the pure gold emerge. Give me the gold of living
love to shower upon the sons of men." [From Alice Bailey's
"Discipleship in the New Age; Vol I - Instructions to Disciples"]
Notice how the revival themes are linked here - purification,
the divine nature, love poured out and gold.
I will now give ample demonstration that the gold miracles
are not just a mysterious happening that is outside the understanding
of the revival leadership, as they would have you believe.
It is an INTEGRAL PART of the sonship deception!
In these articles I have drawn quotes from many sources, and
not all are by well-known revival leaders. Many are from "apostolic/prophetic"
sonship sites. Some may object that such quotes are unrepresentative
of the revival movement. However, the only real difference
at the moment is in emphasis. Sonship sites preach openly what
revival leaders teach in secret. But eventually the two will
What many fail to realise is the extensive networking happening
between the revival churches and the sonship churches. In any
case, because of the infiltration of latter-rain sonship (restoration)
believers into conventional charismatic churches over the past
50 years, the doctrines had already been seeded into those
churches well before the revival broke out. Now it is only
a matter of time before full convergence between the two takes
As I stated before, the revival manifestations and prophecies
cannot be explained outside of the sonship agenda. Thus the
connections are proven by the facts.
One major manifestation that illustrates my point is the GOLD
now appearing at meetings. This has thrown some into confusion.
They can find few supporting scriptures and are at a loss to
explain what is happening. David Pytches, for one, openly states
that he "does not understand" why it is happening.
All is revealed when we examine the sonship literature! The
gold is a visible sign of the divine nature that they believe
is right now being showered upon his people, in preparation
for the transfiguration into the latter-day God-man/Corporate
Christ. Far from being an unexpected, inexplicable sign, the
gold has long been explained as symbolic of the overshadowing
of human nature by the divinity of God. Bill Britton, a classic
sonship writer says this:
"We find the description of the Golden Altar in chapter
30 of Exodus. ... Notice in verse one that the altar is made
of wood, overlaid with pure gold. In the Bible, wood is symbolic
of the human nature, while gold is a type of the purity of
God. So here in the Golden Altar we find a meeting of God
and man, with God so overshadowing man, that the nature of
man is nowhere to be seen. [Bill Britton "Light From
This is plain enough for anyone to follow! Can we believe
the revivalists do not know these things? Or are they well
aware of the true meaning of the gold, and knowing what a storm
of controversy this would cause, they are being economical
with the truth?
Faith Tabernacle (Bill Burns) at least seems to have no reticence
in explaining the true meaning of the gold. On their website
"The Lord is bringing forth a spiritual body, of covenant
bread anointed with the golden oil of His Spirit. In the
Holy Place everything is made of gold. Signs of gold and
oil have been given--gold fillings in teeth, gold dust falling
in meetings, and oil appearing in the hands of His people.
These are the signs in the natural of that which the Lord
is doing spiritually. ... He will baptize you with the Holy
Spirit and fire, and the veil has been rent, and open is
the way into the Holy of Holies.
Those who enter into the Holy of Holies will be brought into
the resurrection power of third-day ministry. ... It is during
the third-day ministry that the manifest presence of the
sons of glory, those who have entered into the Holy of Holies,
will be in evidence upon this earth. The Father's glory will
be visible on His sons and daughters, the fire and cloud
of His glory will be found upon those who have been brought
to the ark of the covenant.
...The golden pot of manna--fresh manna, revelation knowledge,
will be given to those who feast daily at His table....Aaron's
Rod--priestly authority will be given and great power will
be demonstrated by the sons of His glory. The princes of
darkness will fall before them, the captives will be set
free, and the final harvest will be brought into the Master's
barn." [Faith Tabernacle]
Although many of the rank and file are content to accept the
gold teeth and gold dust as inexplicable blessings from God,
others do examine the real meaning of this supernatural sign.
Richard Riss made a collection of explanations and posted them
to his mailing list. Here are just a few:
"There is a realm in the Spirit that is beginning to
be unveiled... a realm filled with the 'RICHES' of My glory.
I am sending a sign in the natural to point to the spiritual
reality... in the natural, what is the symbol of riches?...
GOLD. ... And what are the RICHES I speak of but My manifest
presence as I TABERNACLE among you! ... according to the
feast, ATONEMENT is manifesting as I cleanse My bride making
her spotless and holy... and according to the feast, TABERNACLES
is soon to manifest as My glory arises upon My chosen! ...
I shall come and FILL My temple with My indwelt, tabernacled
manifest presence!... are YOU not My temple?... are you not
the place I long to inhabit?... have I said '...lo, here
is the kingdom or there is the kingdom...'? NO, I have said
the kingdom is WITHIN you... and what is a kingdom without
a King indwelling? ...This sign I am sending in the form
of gold is to point you to the greater reality of the RICHES
of My glory, My tabernacled manifest presence... (his emphasis
in capitals) [Trumpet Call Bulletin. Doug Fortune, Prophetic
"As I was sitting here this afternoon and meditating
on the Lord, I feel like the Lord showed me, possibly, a
couple of things that this sign (and wonder!) points to.
First, gold represents God's holiness, glory, and deity.
Only those pieces of furniture, implements, and places the
Lord could use and rest (coming into direct contact with
His manifest presence) had to be made of pure gold. Gold
is symbolic of those things that are prepared as a place
for His manifest presence to rest and abide." [Apr 1999
Mike McClung. Lionheart Fellowship in Maryville, TN ]
"It seems to me to mean that something is about to
happen and/or is already happening that is of tremendous
importance to the church. I do know that gold is representative
of the divine nature. I also know that, according to Scripture,
we will be partakers of the divine nature. So this phenomenon
could be a physical representation of the spiritual truth
that we are becoming partakers of His divine nature."
Richard M Riss, Awakening Mailing List
Is not the golden ark the picture of My people and the
mercy seat the picture of My Son? Is it not My intent that
My glory and My nature be manifested and reflected upon My
chosen in this final hour? Why then do you think it strange
that I should manifest natural gold as I prepare to manifest
spiritual gold, which is the reflection of My glory?
Did I not say that My glory would '...arise upon thee, and
My glory be seen upon thee...' ? And where better to manifest
natural gold than in thy MOUTH, HEAD, and HANDS as a sign
of that which I am beginning to release in the spiritual,
My divine nature and reflected glory... as with thy MOUTH
the proclamation of My purposes and plans go forth!... thy
HEAD as I restore apostolic authority!... and thy HANDS to
reach forth in signs and wonders! First the natural, then
the spiritual... did I not say there would be 'signs' in
the heaven and the earth below? ... for some, these 'signs'
will be an offense which the natural mind will not reconcile...
for others, these signs will point the way to the outpouring
of My glory and authority upon My chosen. [Doug Fortune-
"I personally have felt from the Lord that it [gold]
is a representation of His glory coming on the face of the
earth" [Christine Tracey]
"The Lord is calling for something different now...NOW
the call is to a life and ministry originating from the Holy
of Holies where every bit of 'self' (as symbolised by the
contents of the Ark) is covered over with GOLD (the divine
nature of God) and ONE with the Mercyseat (Christ) manifesting
the tabernacled Presence of the Fulness of God..." ["The
Journey Upward" Apostolic/Prophetic Bulletin]
To finalise this section, here is a report of the teaching
of Mahesh Chavda ("Watch of the Lord" headquartered
in Charlotte, NC.) It was given in April 1999.
"Pastors Mahesh & Bonnie Chavda Pastor Mahesh shared
that once you’ve tasted the glory, you become addicted to
it. If you want to experience the glory, don’t be sophisticated--be
like a child. He will fill this temple with His glory. Haggai
2:7-9, 'And I will shake all nations, and they shall come
to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple
with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine,
and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The glory
of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’
says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’
says the Lord of hosts.'
We are seeing amazing things. I don’t understand it, I don’t
have an explanation--He is doing it. I saw green gold, red
gold, and silver, and its origin was not of this earth. We
saw gold teeth and gold fillings. The answer doesn’t lie
in the intellect, the answer lies in "Blessed is He who comes
in the name of the Lord." Welcome, Holy Spirit; come in your
waves of glory. I bow to the Alpha and the Omega; I bow to
the Father, the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
A watchman shared the following: "As you were reading Haggai
2:9, ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than
the former,’ I had a flash vision of everything in this room
covered with a layer of gold--even the walls and the floors.
The Lord reminded me of Solomon’s temple--the former temple.
I Kings 6:21, ‘So Solomon overlaid the inside of the temple
with pure gold. He stretched gold chains across the front
of the inner sanctuary; and he overlaid it with gold. The
whole temple he overlaid with gold until he finished all
the temple; also he overlaid with gold the entire altar that
was by the inner sanctuary.’ The Lord is overlaying us with
gold--inside and out!" "I will fill My temple with glory."
The glory transforms us; the glory heals us; the glory brings
us peace. You will feel love that is hard to describe. Innermost
sobs will come out of you." [April 23, 1999 "God Will
Wipe Away Our Tears" ]
OVERSHADOWING AS THE
RAPTURE OR TRANSFIGURATION INTO THE DIVINE NATURE
When the Glory cloud entered the Old Testament Tabernacle
and Temple, man knew his place, and fell down in the fear of
God, in awe and wonder. Not so, today.
This time, the men and women of the latter-day Second Pentecost
expect to be incorporated INTO the Glory cloud, and become
ONE with God to the extent that they BECOME DIVINE.
This event has been identified as THE RAPTURE by some within
the prophetic movement!
The word "caught up" means, in the carnal understanding,
just a lifting up in the air, and many teachers teach that
we will be taken away from this earth to another planet.
There is no scriptural basis for this. Paul was caught up,
but he was still here in body. Truly, there were men who
were caught up and lived no more among men, although they
have been seen here on occasions. The Manchild, however,
when he is caught up, will be immediately given a place of
rulership on earth. The word "caught up," therefore, must
be a lifting up from the human realm to a higher realm, where
he will be living in immortality, and yet in humanity, even
as Jesus Christ after His resurrection. Whether "caught up
to meet Him in the air" means a physical catching away or
a spiritual one, IT IS AN OCCURRENCE WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE
IN THIS ATMOSPHERE. It definitely will not be taking men
away to another planet. The scripture speaks of "the air."
The Greek word is "aera," meaning atmosphere. 1st Thessalonians
4:17". (capitals in original) [From "The Pattern", A
Sonship book written by J. du Cille.]
And thus the Coming of Christ is not at first a physical,
"His coming is in two stages. ...First of all, he said
'looking for the blessed hope'. Let us see what the blessed
hope is. Turn to Colossians 1:27. "... which is Christ in
you, the hope of glory:" Where is this hope? It is in us!!
... IT IS CHRIST IN US! ..."Looking for that blessed hope..."
That is the inward coming. That is Christ coming in us. Phase
2, His literal coming, cannot happen until phase 1, His inward
coming, takes place. .... He is coming in us. ... He will
not only come out there, in the air, but He will also come
within us. There will be a people, who will conform to His
image and to His likeness. Once that happens, Jesus will
Glory that makes us One" Internet article]
Some point to the prophesies that Jesus will be "coming
in the clouds", to support their beliefs. This "coming"
or revelation of Jesus to mankind will be THROUGH and IN his
church, they say. The cloud of the (spiritual) Coming of Jesus
consists of individual believers transfigured and glorified
"He is coming in clouds -- we are those clouds, and
He is coming with the clouds...A cloud took Him out of their
sight, and a cloud will bring Him back. ...He is first of
all coming in clouds.
Revelation 1:7, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every
eye shall see him (how this is going to happen, only God
knows)" He is coming with clouds. What kind of clouds are
they? ... He is coming in heavenly clouds, not rain clouds.
Clouds represent His glory. They represent angelic hosts.
They represent the saints of God. They represent His witnesses.
We are compassed about by a great cloud of witnesses, the
Bible says. Those who have died cannot be made perfect without
us. He is perfecting a people in heaven, as well as here
on this earth. ......
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with
a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump
of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first." The dead
in Christ can be those that have actually died, but Colossians
3:3 talks about those who are dead, and who are walking around
on their feet. We are dead to sin, self, the world and flesh."
[Tommy Cook "Behold,
He Cometh With Clouds"]
When the overshadowing cloud comes to inhabit his people,
the two entities, human and divine, will merge into one. It
will be a spiritual marriage. What will be created by this
union, they say, is a God-man, a corporate Christ, a many-membered
Christ walking the earth.
In a Roman Catholic Renewal newsletter, way back in 1978 Gerry
Rauch was already preaching the Corporate Christ, the many-membered
god-man. Here is what he said:
The revelation of Jesus - his words, his actions - is not
just a bunch of separate fragments cast out for the winds
to carry wherever chance leads them. There is a plan to this
revelation; it builds up to something. God is not manifesting
himself in a random or chaotic way with no ultimate purpose.
... St. Paul gives the most direct statement of God's ultimate
goal: "He has made known to us ... the mystery of his will,
according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as
a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him,
things in heaven and things on earth... that he might create
in himself one new man". (Eph. 1: 10,2: 15, RSV). ...God's
purpose in manifesting Himself to mankind is to create a
Corporate reality made up of Christians in union with Christ.
The Word of Life made manifest is ultimately, then, this
single corporate reality, the One New Man.
... Corporate ways of thinking are unfamiliar to us, and
we tend to overlook them. We perhaps think that this unity
is reserved for heaven. But the Lord himself prayed that
we would experience unity now: That they may all be one ...
so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me" (John
17: 21). God wants to manifest Himself in the world, and
the ultimate focus of His Revelation is the One, United New
... Even in the charismatic renewal, the heritage of individual
Christianity that we have received can make us stop at the
level of the Presence and power of God in the Baptism of
the Holy Spirit and the spiritual gifts. We can fail to see
the necessity of their focussing on the FULL MANIFESTATION
of the Body of Christ.
... To put it another way: Without the end product in mind,
the manifestation of the spiritual gifts will be misguided.
A Museum or a Temple? One of the New Testament images for
God's people is the New Temple. "You are fellow citizens
with the saints ... joined together ... into a temple in
the Lord" (Eph. 2: 19, 21). This is a strong corporate image,
but we have a hard time understanding it.... we see individual
Christians more than the new corporate reality that God wants
to make of them .... From its inception, the Charismatic
Renewal has been about the manifestation of the Lord and
his life, about a God who makes a difference in the world.
For the renewal to mature, it has to advance towards that
ultimate plan of God, the unity of everything in the One
New Man, Jesus Christ."
["The Good News newsletter" No.15 Jan/Feb 1995
- "The New Temple". This article appeared in the
Newsletter for Catholic Renewal, published by the National
Service Committee in England. The newsletter is called "Good
News", and the issue in which the article appeared was Number
115, for January, February 1995. Bold text indicates my emphasis
throughout. This article originally appeared in the March
April 1978 edition of the ICO newsletter, and New Covenant.
200 No. I Plaza, Huntington, Indiana 46750.]
The Divine God-Man on Earth
What is expected is not just a Corporate Christ, (also called
the God-Man, the One New Man, and the Many-Membered Body) but
a DIVINE God-man on the earth. By the union of God and Man
in the glory-cloud, they teach that we will see...
- the divinity of believers,
- the glorification of earthly saints,
- the "resurrection bodies" being received right
here on earth.
- the "rapture" as a TRANSFIGURATION on earth of
- the immunity and invincibility of such transformed believers,
- some even teach that these believers will become IMMORTAL.
As you know, the teaching in Restoration and Revival churches
has increasingly focused on earthly victory rather than a heavenly
hope, a "possessing the land" rather than the "upward
call". So the biblical teaching on the Rapture has to
be perverted or lost.
As "prophet" Kim Clement so astutely comments: Jesus
told us to pray "Thy Kingdom COME". Why would he
tell us to pray for it to "come" to us if in fact
we are going to it?
Paul Cain has also preached at length about the subject of
the Rapture and our heavenly hope. In an audio tape message
he relocated Heaven to earth, in our present experience and
said we were not GOING to be with God, but that God was COMING
IN the Body.
Revival Leadership Affirms Loss of the Rapture
Those who reported on a major gathering of the revival leadership
in Colorado Springs the last weekend of January 1999 noted
the themes of the Conference. One major theme was this:
"Quit looking for the rapture, start looking for the
Kingdom, 'on earth as it is in heaven'. Then Christ will
come. Our Eschatology is certain victory. We shall inherit
The report was posted on the MorningStar Newsgroup. Conference
speakers included: C. Peter Wagner, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce,
Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, Dutch Sheets, Rick Joyner, Kingsley
Fletcher, Mike Bickle, Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble and Ted
Kelly Varner has been a major sonship leader for many years.
His web site displays the statement of belief of his ministry,
Tabernacle Ministries" . Amongst other interesting
statements we read this:
"The meek shall inherit the earth. As kings and priests,
we shall reign on the earth. Heaven is the realm of God,
and God is omnipresent Spirit; heaven is nearer than we think.
Therefore, we believe in the coming of the Lord, not the
going of the saints; in the appearing of the Lord, not the
disappearing of the saints. Throughout scripture, God comes
to dwell with man. Jesus is coming now, in Spirit, to be
glorified "in" the saints. He will come, literally,
"with" the saints once his enemies are made his
This concise statement sums up much of the present teaching
on the Rapture. Charismatic churches have not been very eager
to ditch the doctrine of the Rapture, yet at the same time
they are taking on board the doctrines of the transfiguration.
Sooner or later something has to give! There is no biblical
way to teach the two doctrines simultaneously. (Richard Riss
gets around this problem by saying that the biblical Rapture
refers to "the removal of the wicked" from the earth,
One highly respected teacher in the Revival, Bobby Conner,
says that the New Agers have got it right when they teach that
we will become "as God". He continues:
I am asking the New Age people to let us speak at their
conferences now. I’m very serious. They are looking for God
and I know where he's at! Do you know where He is? He’s in
Christ. The fullness of God dwells in Him. ... I want to
say something to us again. Jesus has another body to make
an invisible God known to the world. Guess who that is? US.
(You and I.) That’s exactly who we are. ...'It doth not yet
appear what we shall be like, but we know this, that when
He shall appear we shall see Him as He is and we shall be
like Him'. When Hebrews says, "like Him," it means exactly
like Him. We’ll be like Him, act like Him and have authority
like Him. Isn’t that amazing? And listen, I feel so sorry
for these guys waiting on the bus for the rapture. Listen,
I know there will be one, but not nearly like you think.
He’s coming to us before He comes for us. I know that! Ohhh,
this old escape mentality. That’s not going to happen folks
- we’re going to rise up in power." ["Revolution
In The Church" by Bobby Conner - from a video tape made
during a meeting near Cincinnati, OH 5/29/99 http://www.BobbyConner.Org/revolution_church.htm]
Instead of the classic Rapture, we have a spiritual transformation,
a transition from the earthly to the "heavenly" walk,
a transfiguration into the glorious resurrection body, and
thus a move into the literal authority, power and judgement
of God on earth.
Richard Riss, in "Preparing For the Coming of the Lord"
(New Wine Archive, Aug 1994) says:
It is stated that the Son of Man will be seen "coming in
clouds with great power and glory" (Mark 13:26). These clouds
are almost certainly a reference to the clouds of the glory
of God to which we have already alluded in our discussion
of the ark of the covenant. Several of the above quotations
intimate that we, also, will be partakers in the glory that
is to be revealed at Christ's coming... In Ephesians 2:2,
Satan, or the "spirit that is now working in the sons of
disobedience," is called "the prince of the power of the
air." The "air" in this context is a place, or atmosphere,
of spiritual authority. At the time of Christ's coming, we
will be caught up into this place of spiritual authority...
To be "caught up" in the "air" [raptured]
in the clouds of glory to meet the Lord in this atmosphere
of spiritual authority does not necessarily entail a literal
bodily removal from the earth. ... But the entire thrust
of Scripture is that we will have a resurrected body on earth,
and that the heavens and the earth will both be regenerated,
or renewed (Acts 3:21, Matt. 19:28).
There are many aspects of this Transformation that I could
cover, but it would take too long to explain it ALL. Instead
I will pick out one or two aspects that may strike us as particularly
Firstly, that believers thus transformed will be immune
to harm, invincible and even (some teach) immortal.
Secondly, that the transfigured believers will have the
task of "spiritual warfare" in their new realm
of the "heavenlies" in order to cast out all corrupt
spiritual powers and take their place as earth's new spiritual
Thirdly, that God's own authority and power will be upon
this glorified New Man, so that he becomes not only the Government
of the worldwide Church, but also ultimately of the entire
earth, and is empowered to JUDGE and EXPEL all that opposes
God until the earth is purged of all evil, conformed to the
Laws of God, and made into a "footstool" for God.
This MUST be done, they say, or else Jesus Christ CANNOT
return bodily in Person.
These aspects will be covered in the next portion of this
ongoing series. (I am having to curtail each file at a point
where it is still a reasonably small download.)
- The "Kingdom of God" brought in and manifested
by the New Order global Church
- The Kingdom is the reign of the King. Consider how
today's revival leaders will rule "with a rod of
iron" when they believe they have established the
Kingdom and that THEY, indwelt by God, are the corporate
- The new-breed Apostles and Prophets who will be "God's
- Apostolic authority is the new buzz word, for the New
Church is "builded upon the foundation of the Apostles
and Prophets" - but NOT the Lord's Apostles, nor the
Old Testament Prophets...the new endtimes Temple has as
its priesthood the leadership of the Revival! These guys
will be ruling over you soon, so you'd better find out
what they are planning.
- Revelation knowledge
- The written commands of God are for the old order,
they say. Now we need the law given direct by divine
inspiration, and new revelations by the mouth of the
"prophets" to establish this Third Day Church.
- The judgement - the sword wielded by the Revival Leadership
- "We must becomes more militant" says Bobby
Conner... and seemingly all the others agree, for they
want to purge the rebels who won't submit to their Plan.
Start worrying now (to save time later....)!
- An irresistible new sound that causes all mankind to worship
- The role of music and "praise and worship"
sessions in birthing the Glorified New Man. A new sound
has been discovered that, they say, has unique powers.
TIME IS GETTING SHORT! The revival is moving
into "transition" so they believe. The new wave is
coming. Leaders are growing aggressive and aching to begin
cleansing the earth in preparation for the New Order Church.
Keep reading and learning as the information in this series
gives you the hands-on knowledge and expertise to spot the
heresies before they happen, and to avoid falling into the
snare of the "doctrtine of demons".
CONTINUE TO THE NEXT PART OF THE SERIES
(Part Four) HERE
(c) Tricia Tillin 1999
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