Doctrines of Demons: Onwards
and Upwards! (Part 4)
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)
THOSE WHO WANT TO REPRODUCE
Please see the important
message at the bottom of this article
- Transfigured Believers:
- their invulnerability
- their sinlessness
- their supernatural abilities
- their immortality
- their christhood
- The Sequence of Events in the Endtime:
- The Spirit of Elijah
- The Woman Judged
- Birth of the Manchild
- War in heaven
- Rule of The Apostles
- The Wilderness years
- The Wrath poured out
- The Last Enemy, death, defeated
- Jesus returns - finally!
In the previous section of this study,
I looked at another three aspects of "Overshadowing":
- The Glory Cloud returning to the "Ark" of the
- The divine nature as represented by gold, covering the
- The supposed 'rapture' or transfiguration of believers
on earth as they receive their new spiritual bodies.
This final aspect of the overshadowing understandably upsets
many of us who know the true biblical meaning of the Rapture.
There are a number of opinions about this transformation and
what it will entail, and I am going to try to pick out a few
Afterwards, I will move on to some more deeply worrying aspects
of the revival/sonship teachings: the rule of apostles and
prophets, and the judgement they will bring upon all who do
not submit to their rule.
Transformed believers will be irresistible, immune to harm,
invincible, and even (some teach) immortal.
Once a person accepts the revised doctrine of the "transfiguration"
on earth instead of the Rapture, and ceases to believe that
the Church is taken "to be with the Lord", then a
whole new revelation opens before him.
Using the scriptures about the transfiguration of Jesus, the
Resurrection, and the covering of the glory it is possible
to end up with the teaching that believers will become immune
to harm on earth, or even IMMORTAL.
As Francis Frangipane says in his article "Greater Purity,
"The transformation of our souls positions us outside
of the devil's reach. It raises us up spiritually to seat
us in heavenly places".
I believe that FEAR is at the heart of this doctrine, not
faith. It is fear of persecution and suffering that drives
some to invent a whole new doctrine of immunity from harm.
While all the world outside of the Glorious Manchild is doomed
to wrath, they themselves are enjoying an earthly walk in spiritual
bodies immune to sin, sickness or even death. The devil cannot
touch them! Who wouldn't want to believe in this?
Bob Jones: "This canopy of glory will provide shade
from the heat of judgement and a refuge and protection from
the raging storms of persecution and accusation. The Lord
will be the light of that canopy and His Glory will provide
divine insulation." [SHEPHERDS ROD 1999: Visions Given
to Bob Jones. Written by Keith Davis ]
Bill Britton: "But thank God, that High-priestly company
are going past the vail into a realm where there is 'hidden
manna'. This 'hidden manna' is eaten only by the Overcomer
(Revelation 2:17). Whosoever eats of this manna shall never
die. Death will be put under feet. So when the High-priest
company go through the vail they do not have to take the
shewbread of healing. They have divine Life in that realm
of the fulness of God. No death, no sickness can touch them.
[Bill Britton: "Light Out Of Shadows" Chap.5]
1. The Glory Cloud
If you have been following these articles, you will know by
now that those involved in the apostasy believe that the Shekinah
Glory of God must return to the Christian Temple in the Endtimes,
and that this Glory is God Himself in Spirit.
Since the Glory is GOD, and those who partake of the Glory
(so they believe) will partake of the DIVINE NATURE, they will
inherit divine immunity, health, purity, power, invincibility
and immortality as well! In effect, they will have received
their resurrection bodies on the earth.
"We do believe at this time, we are in this church,
and that we are now being overshadowed by the direct ministration
of the Spirit of God to produce in the earth that which all
the saints and prophets of old prophesied about.---
In order to be filled with the "divine nature," we must be
overshadowed by the divine. The effigy of the two cherubim
on the Mercy Seat is a type of the divine overshadowing.
The Song of Solomon speaks of the love between Christ and
the church, and the final act of planting the seed of life
within the soul, the womb of the church. This is God's divine
order of bringing forth life.
Isaiah 51:16, 'And I have put my words in thy mouth, and
I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may
plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth,
and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.'
Since the heavens are of old, and the earth is already founded,
we can only conclude from this scripture that it speaks of
the heaven, or abiding place of God within the soul of man,
and the earth, to mean the physical man, which as the scripture
says will be made immortal.
The covering here is one of protection, an overshadowing
that does not only change man's nature, but protects him
while the change is being made. This idea is carried out
by the scripture as shown below:
'And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that
I will put thee in a cleft of the rock and will cover thee
with my hand while I pass by.' Exodus 33:22." ["The
Pattern" by J. De Cille]
Not all in the revival believe this, or at least, not all
ADMIT to believing it! However, it IS part and parcel of the
doctrine as a whole. There is a logical internal structure
to this heresy that DEMANDS certain things such as immunity
and immortality, and once having accepted the basic creed it
is dishonest of ministers to gloss over the more unacceptable
parts of the teaching!
Glory in the Old Testament
The Glory Cloud is described in the Old Testament, appearing
when God led the Israelites out of Egypt. At that time the
covering of the cloud meant divine protection, guidance and
provision to the chosen of God. (Ps 105:39-44/Exod 14:18-20/Neh
The Glory seen in the Old Testament was prophesied to return
in the latter days, and this prophecy has now been seized upon
to apply to the Church. Thus the Glory Cloud will again - they
say - be seen upon the Christian "Temple" providing
a defense against all evil. This scripture from Isaiah is typical
of the type used to support the doctrine:
When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters
of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from
the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit
of burning. And the LORD will create upon every dwelling
place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and
smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night:
for upon all the glory shall be a defense. And there shall
be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat,
and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and
from rain. (Isa 4:4-6)
I may need to point out that this prophecy of Isaiah speaks
of the time AFTER the rescue and spiritual restoration of natural
Israel, when God in Person (Jesus the Messiah) has returned
to the earth to deliver and purify his ancient people! Only
then will supernatural protection and the divine glory be seen
in this way - NOT before.
However, those who see themselves as the Spiritual Israel,
inheritors of all the promises for Israel, claim that THEY
can experience the divine glory right now, and thus will be
immune to all that would harm them on earth.
Unlike those other early Apostles and Prophets who were persecuted,
rejected and killed, the latter-day Apostles and Prophets intend
to be invincible, immune, and irresistible! They will overcome
their enemies with a word, deflect every kind of attack, and
preach their message with such power and anointing that none
can resist it!
Paul Cain: I saw that when they shut up the apostles up
in prison, and they killed all of them, many spiritual saints
also because of their testimony throughout the past centuries,
but this is what God showed me, that this army is INVINCIBLE,
they are never put in prison, they are never delivered into
the hands of their enemies. [Joel's Army message preached
at Kansas City Prophets' Southside meeting.]
Jack Deere: Jesus is coming in power and he's going to have
an army that is powerful, and this is the army that he speaks
of in Joel. No one can stop it, and it will strike terror
into the hearts of everyone. He says in verse 6, nations
are in anguish, every face turns pale. This is just like
Stephen standing and preaching Jesus to the Sanhedrin in
Acts 7, you know. None of them could refute this man, none
of them can refute Stephen. And so their faces are gnarled
in anger and they gnash their teeth at him and they rush
at him and kill him. They're gripped with pain as they stand
before this man. That's what will happen with Joels' Army
with only one difference, one difference, they won't be able
to kill this army. They can't go against this army and suppress
it. They will flee from it in terror... nothing can stand
in its way, nothing can hold you back, if you know that place,
nothing can defeat you, not in this army. In times past,
yes, but not in this army. This army is invincible... [Jack
Deere "Joel's Army" message preached in 1990, tape
sold by Vineyard Ministries International]
John Wimber: So this army has power over men; furthermore
this army has power over nature and principalities...power
over nature, the creation of God...the earth shall quake
before them and the heavens shall tremble, the sun and moon
be dark..now those words "before them" means "at
their direction". (He then likens Joel's Army to the
Two Witnesses in Revelation, and continues)... I don't know
if these are two literal men...all I know that other scriptures
will tell you is that what these men are endowed with is
going to be placed in the BODY. The ARMY will know these
things...'and I will give power to my two witnesses...and
if anyone tries to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths
and devours their enemy.' And I don't know if it means a
literal fire or [not]...[John Wimber, Joel's Army message
preached in England at the Docklands meetings in 1990.]
2. The Glory Cloud
Brings Sinless Perfection:
In a similar way to above, as the Glory Cloud purifies and
sanctifies all that it covers and fills, thus sonship believers
see their ultimate release from the power and presence of sin
in the coming of the Glory. The sort of scripture used to 'prove'
this doctrine is as follows:
"And there I will meet with the children of Israel,
and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory. And I
will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the
altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister
to me in the priest's office. And I will dwell among the
children of Israel, and will be their God. And they shall
know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth
out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I
am the LORD their God." (Exod 29:43-46)
Paul Cain, preaching about the coming Army of the Lord that
is going to purge the earth of its wickedness, says:
"it's coming, it's coming, sweeping this way, sweeping
this way. A mighty revival is sweeping this way. All the
sick are going to be healed, the dead are going to be raised
and nations are going to turn to God in a day, and he will
purge Israel of her sins and iniquity in a day, in a day."
[Paul Cain, "Joel's Army" at Kansas City Prophets'
(Remember that "Israel" means "The Church"
in this new theology.)
3. The Glory Cloud
Brings Power over Sickness and Death:
Dwelling in the Glory Cloud brings power over all sickness,
diseases, and even death, according to the prophets of this
New Order. In tapes of the preaching of Paul Cain and Bob Jones
released by the Vineyard Movement in the 1990's, it was made
clear that the dead will be raised almost automatically during
the ministry of this "army of the Lord", limbs, eyes
and other organs will be restored, diseases banished, cancers
healed and all who suffer sickness will be cured!
Bob Jones: "for I tell you, you're not going to fly
away right away, but you're coming, and going, to raise up
the body of Christ that will inherit, and My Glory will abide
upon thee, and sickness, sin and poverty will not be able
to stand in your presence, you see. And the gods that men
have worshipped will fall down and bow to thee..." [Bob
Jones "The Remnant Seed" poetic 'prophecy' given
at Cross Roads Church, Hamilton, Ontario, March 1998]
Paul Cain: Like the burning bush, the church will again
shine with the glory of the Lord. Though the bush was merely
an inanimate plant impregnated with God's glory, the church
will be a living body that is glorious beyond description.
Like the burning bush, we will be a sign that people will
turn aside to see. The holy radiation of God will drive out
all kinds of illnesses in these last days, and it will be
the number one cure for cancers, AIDS and all kinds of communicable
diseases. [Paul Cain article: "When Heaven Comes To
4. The Glory Cloud
brings Supernatural Abilities:
Just as Jesus after his resurrection was enabled to walk through
doors, go without food, appear in places instantly and rise
up to heaven, so the new apostles and prophets believe transformed
believers will enjoy the same powers over the natural order,
living in resurrection bodies on the earth.
Bob Jones recently told those gathered in Hamilton, Ontario
that the endtimes saints of the Remnant will have astounding
"For this is the inheritance of the saints you see,
To not be defeated in the last day ... because they are victorious
in every way, and put on all of my nature .... For I am calling
forth my body of Christ, to walk upon the earth where the
very earth itself does tremble at their footsteps. And to
where the heathen does tremble at their words. Because they
will have power over life and death, over storm and fire,
and all the things of nature, and by their word, by their
word, that they speak as they mature in me, will there be
life or death as they do say, 'rain or drought'. That's what
will happen as they learn to literally loose my prayers in
a brand new way." [The Remnant Seed: Bob Jones]
Another writer in the sonship camp makes this statement:
"Obedient one...God will make you bullet proof! Those
that walk in the kingdom will not die until its God's time,
and on God's terms. .... The realm of the human spirit, that
is under the possession of the Holy Ghost, causes men and
women to soar like eagles, full of keen discernment. Like
Astronauts in space, we will find ourselves free from the
encumbering influences of this Luciferean gravity. Gravity
is quickly replaced with joy unspeakable and full of glory!"
am I? (An Introduction)" Nov 13, 1998]
We have already seen, in earlier parts of this series, how
Franklin Hall (a major contributor to the Latter-Rain movement
of the 1940's and 50's) predicted freedom from gravity as a
result of the outpouring of the endtimes glory. Paul Cain has
also predicted that transformed believers will levitate and
Paul Cain describes the coming days of glory in great detail
on his tape about Joels' Army. He describes how these transformed
believers will perform astounding miracles way beyond anything
known in the New Testament. They will have open visions of
heaven and commune face to face with God; they will walk with
angels; they will levitate, preach for days without any food
or water, and appear in places instantly without having gone
there in the flesh.
Paul Cain describes this people as a "great Army of Spirit-led,
Spirit-empowered people...and no demon, no man-system, no enemy
will stop them or hinder them or resist them." He continues:
"...all of the stadiums and all of the ballparks are
filled with hundreds and thousands of people. They have hearses
lined up, they have hundreds of stretcher cases and all that,
and there are men standing there in the pulpit, there are
women standing there, that haven't had a change of raiment
in three days, they haven't had a drink of water, they haven't
had any food and they are preaching under the mighty power.
Why, did you see that man levitate? Did you see all those
preachers just levitated? Did you see that fixed pose? They
stood there for 24 hours in a fixed pose worshipping and
praising God and hundreds of thousands came by and fell on
their faces and nobody pushed them and nobody shoved them.
They fell under the power of God, and everybody everywhere
is crying "Oh this is God and Jesus is Lord". It
seems like the whole world is turning to God."
The Kansas City
Prophets as they were known in the early 1990's (notably
Bob Jones, Paul Cain and John Paul Jackson with the assistance
of Mike Bickle and others) worked closely with the Vineyard
churches and John Wimber at that time, seeding the sonship-latter-rain
doctrines into the heart of that community. It is no surprise
that the Toronto Blessing emerged out of the Vineyard Movement.
Despite many failed prophecies and proven abuses, Bob Jones
and Paul Cain and others from the KCP group continue to be
hailed as mentors and grandfathers in the faith, and their
doctrine is considered central to the ongoing revival. We need
only look at the literature and tapes of the KCP group to see
revealed in all their arrogance and heresy the doctrines now
being held up as "new revelations" for the revival!
5. The Glory Cloud
Not everyone, even in sonship circles, believes that the manifested
sons of the endtime will be immortal. However, according to
their doctrine, the "manifested sons" are the Manchild
of the woman, who is "caught up to God's Throne".
This in itself identifies them as having been immortalised,
without even touching on all the other proofs brought forward
to support the doctrine. I cannot personally see how the doctrine
of immortality can be avoided once a minister accepts all the
other aspects on sonship, because it is a logical progression
of the sonship creed - and always has been!
Almost all the sonship groups that emerged from the Latter
Rain Revival of the 1940's taught immortality for the "raptured"
It cannot be denied that immortality has been taught as integral
to this doctrine from the very beginning - indeed, LONG BEFORE
the popularisation of latter-rain or sonship teachings we see
millennialists like Jane Leade firmly convinced that the latter-day
anointed believers will have progressed so far in their spiritual
walk that they will be immortal. Later, the founders of the
LR movement like Franklin Hall, George Warnock and George Hawtin
all taught the same! For example:
"Enoch did it, so did Elijah. And so shall the sons
of God. The Word of Faith shall grip the hearts, and they
shall reach out and appropriate the Resurrection and the
life, even now in this life. If they do not, Christ will
never return to the earth. For God hath said 'Sit thou at
my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool' (Ps
110:1) And the last enemy is DEATH. [George Warnock "Feast
of Tabernacles" ]
Here Jane Leade writes about the Manifested Sons of God in
"A Message to the Philadelphian Society" which was
her sixth published Prophetic Work, made available in 1696.
This manuscript from the 17th century was out of print for
a very long time, but has now been redistributed by Apostolic
groups on the Internet. (There's a good treatment of Jane Leade's
works and the revival of the Mystics to be found at The
Now It was further Queried in me, since the several Societies
and Assemblies link’d together at this Day in separated Bodies,
have been all rejected and excepted against by Christ, what
will be the Signs, Tokens and Characters, by which this Pure
Virgin Church shall be certainly known, and distinguished
from all other?
Answer. The first and main sign and Character hereof must
be, that as this is to be a Pure and Spotless Church, so
must it be brought forth from the Virgin Womb of Eternal
Wisdom, and so grow to all the Degrees of Perfection, under
a strict Law and Discipline, which extends it self so far
as to abolish the Law of Sin.
Another Sign is, that as it is conceive’d by the Holy Ghost,
it will grow up to such a Manifestation, as is to give absolute
Power according to the Resurrection Life of Christ; for that
this Church must be agreeable to himself, perfected in the
Beauty and Strength of Holiness: who will not own any that
shall be found in any Disparity to him. Therefore her Adorning
must be with Purity, Power, and Spiritual Gifts; to do and
act those worthy things, which he did and acted upon the
Earth, as representing the New Jerusalem State.
For Spirits that are thus purely begotten, and born of God,
can ascend to the Jerusalem Above, where their Head in his
great Power and Majesty doth reign; and thereby receive such
mission, to empower these to bring down its Glory upon this
Earth, having such an Oneness with God and Christ, that will
open through the Tri-Unity the Wonders of Time, that will
be acted forth by certain High and Principal Instruments,
dignified hereunto; and make out that their Redemption is
perfectly completed. [i.e. they have their resurrection bodies].
For such Invincible Powers will go forth as shall draw to
them the scattered Flocks, and gather them into one Fold,
out of all Nations and Languages and Kindreds; whose Worship
shall consist in nothing but in pure Light, Life, and Spirit,
without any degree of Mixture, whereby all outward Formalities
must fly away, when God shall thus come to pitch his Tabernacle
in Man: And the Ark of his Testimony will so open it self,
that Dagon must fall before it.
Nothing but the pure Fire and Air from the Holy Ghost, shall
be the Organs through which God will speak forth his Mind;
whereby all shall be taught of God, as being only filled
with God: Which Word of his Speaking through them, will beget
a New and Heavenly Generation, that will multiply it self
over the Face of the whole Earth; and make the old hereby
to vanish and sink away.
This is the Bridal Church that Christ will make ready for
his Appearance: and until this be accomplish’d and effected,
he cannot come down in his Visible and Personal Glory, for
the Solemnizing of this Eternal Marriage, which will be the
Joy and Praise not only of the Earth, but also of the Heavens:
which shall both be united as into One, and the Militant
Church and the Triumphant be no longer twain.
In order to this the Angel-Messengers are gone forth to proclaim,
That this Day is upon the World dawning, and that the Virgin
Wisdom hath her Representatives upon the Earth that do travail
in the greatness of the Godhead strength, for the bringing
forth these mighty Births, that shall rule and subdue all
Nations under them; that so the Kingdoms of this World may
become one all-pure and powerful Kingdom, in which Christ
with his Bride shall rule and reign, in the Father’s Glory
To this Richard Riss agrees. (Riss is often quoted as a theologian
of the revival and a man who maintains a wide mailing list
for revival supporters.) In his article "Preparing for
the Second Coming of Christ" he says this:
"Jesus has reconciled us through His death to present
us before Him at His coming holy and blameless and beyond
reproach, provided that we continue wholeheartedly in the
faith, never allowing ourselves to be distracted from the
hope of the gospel, which is that we will be filled with
His fullness at His coming, and that this fullness of His
Spirit will quicken, or make alive, our mortal bodies, causing
us to become immortal and therefore indestructible, when
the wrath of God is poured out upon the earth. The promises
of God are conditional. We must cooperate with the operation
of God's grace in our lives. If we do not, and if we continue
to resist Him, then we will not be among the elect."
Please remember that the revivalist's catchphrase is that
"the Lord is coming TO his people before he comes FOR
his people" and that he is coming IN his Body before he
returns to the earth in person, visibly and literally. Therefore
what we understand about the Rapture and Second Coming is NOT
what Richard Riss teaches here. Indeed, he specifically denies
that the biblical Rapture is a catching away of the saints
from the earth, as we have seen earlier.
Another book that explicitly explains the doctrine of immortality
is "The Pattern" by J. De Cille. Correcting our "erroneous"
understanding of the Rapture it says:
"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."
The verses in the book of Revelation that give the sonship
and revival believers such great ammunition for their theories
are found in Chapter 12, where the woman gives birth to the
Manchild, who is then "caught up unto God and to His Throne".
The Throne is of course the seat of God's power and ruling
This, in the allegorical interpretation of the sonship believers
means that the prepared remnant who are ready to be glorified
are transfigured in the Glory Cloud and elevated to a NEW SPIRITUAL
DIMENSION while yet on the earth. There they RECEIVE AUTHORITY
so that they seat themselves on the THRONE OF GOVERNMENT over
the earth. (Note: Compare this to 2 Thess 2:4)
"Look to the many-membered 'Man-child' and decree his
coming forth in prophetic proclamation, for the dragon is
poised even now desiring to devour him with pride, but know
that My hand of protection is upon him in your proclamation.
Yes, he shall humble himself under My mighty hand and I shall
exalt him in Kingdom authority to rule the nations. Know
that the time of manifestation of the 'Man-child' is come,
and speak forth My purposes over him that he be joined in
oneness with Me, 'caught up' as it were into Me and My throne
that My resurrection power flow through him to the nations."
["BIRTH OF THE "MAN-CHILD" Prophecy from Trumpet
This is a very serious matter indeed. They believe that they
will be divinely endowed with the Government and Authority
over the earth, taking the place of the fallen powers in the
heavenlies (whom they cast out!) and thus rule the nations
with a rod of iron, destroying all that opposes God.
We will shortly see how they view their role during that time,
and what it will mean for people like us.
6. The Glory brings
Finally, the outpouring and overshadowing of the Glory, they
teach, will endow the "manchild" with divine abilities
and properties, so that he partakes of the divine nature itself!
"This is my description of the Sons of Glory: Those
who have become honored by God... and the Holy Spirit has
weighed them down with the mantle of His anointing until
they have become adorned (clothed) in the illumination of
His glorious splendor. At this point these Sons of Glory
have beautified themselves with His likeness (divine nature)
and are bringing forth the golden oil, which is allowing
the fullness of the Holy Spirit to illuminate the risen Christ,
our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory!" [Faith
Just as Jesus Christ in his human body was both man and God,
so this many-membered 'christ' will be God in human form!
They are not ashamed to call themselves gods, and they pay
no heed to the lessons learned by Adam and Eve in the Garden
of Eden. They have moved on to perfection and therefore have
qualified (in their own eyes) to receive the ultimate prize
If the file is still there, take a look at "I
Am Christ", which is admittedly not the normal style
of revival writing, but what some state openly and proudly,
others hide underneath clever theological statements and out-of-context
scriptures, trying to defend the indefensible by couching it
in acceptable 'christianese'. Since the leaders have bought
the whole package, they may as well come out into the open
and proclaim their christhood, for they do believe themselves
to be Christ on earth!
From that article I quote:
"I am Christ. How can you or I say that - isn't that
blasphemy?...Here is what Jesus said [he then quotes scriptures
about the kingdom coming "within you" - which in
fact is a mistranslation of that verse!]...right now you
may be ninety-nine percent human and only one percent Christ.
This is because the evil world has given you a false identity.
But remember, your true identity is Christ...Jesus attained
the 100 percent level...He came...as a pattern son...[that
is, a prototype for us to model ourselves on]... accept the
grace of your heavenly Father by your confession of the true
God-given self, which is Christ."
Or how about this statement from another sonship believer:
"The 'journey inward' has to do with who I am in Adam...
the 'journey upward' has to do with the Second Adam, CHRIST
IN ME... for in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead
bodily, and I am complete IN HIM... WE are Christ in His
BODY in the earth today!... I am NOT speaking metaphorically,
WE are Christ in His BODY in the earth today! WE are the
corporate, many membered man CHRIST of whom Jesus is the
HEAD! ...I cannot 'arrive' at perfection as an individual,
but ONLY as the many membered corporate Man." [Trumpet
Call Apostolic/Prophetic Site]
Although teachings vary from group to group, the main events
remain the same. The differences occur in the timing. From
what I am reading, it seems that the timetable for coming events
is something like this:
- Elijah comes to purge the woman, the religious, tradition-bound
old order church.
- The Woman is thus brought into "labour pangs"
to birth the Manchild
- The Manchild corporate-christ emerges from the old order
and is revealed as Christ Incarnate to the Church and Nations
- War breaks out in the heavenlies with satan defeated and
the kingdom established under the authority of the Manchild
- Apostolic authority is wielded by the new order leadership
to govern and cleanse the church and the world
- The old-order religious people are either destroyed or
reconciled in submission to the Manchild. All non-believers
are brought under God's laws.
- Whatever remains of wickedness and rebellion on the earth
is destroyed by the wrath of God, some say directly, others
say this happens by the mouth of the prophets.
- The "last enemy" death in ultimately eradicated
- Jesus can now return in person to take the reins of his
I am going to deal with each concept in more detail, but firstly
read the "order of events" as envisaged by one sonship
believer. I must stress that not all groups agree on the details,
but the overall concepts remain the same. (For example, some
believe in the personal Antichrist, while others see this as
a general principle of rebellion against God.)
The Order of Events: (Impartations 97)
- It will start with "Elijah." ... (he continues in another
- First is the judgment of the institutional and apostate
- Then, the new overcoming church is given as a light to
unbelievers and a covenant to the church. The hypocritical
in the church are publicly revealed.
- Jesus is recognized in His corporate manifestation as
The Branch, the Manchild, etc.
- The remnant is exhorted during the time of the fall of
the institutional church. The new apostles are miraculously
- The overcoming church operates spiritually in heaven and
physically on earth.
- The restored church walks corporately the same path as
previously walked individually by Jesus.
- The transition is complete.
- God’s servants are sealed in their foreheads.
- The Trumpet judgments are at hand.
The Events in Detail
1. The 'spirit of Elijah' - before the new
christ, the Manchild, can be 'born' into the earth, a new messenger,
a new corporate John The Baptist must come to prepare the way.
A company of prophets emerges "in the spirit of Elijah".
They have a powerful prophetic ministry and proclamation, according
to the sonship doctrines, that will cleanse the Temple of those
who oppose his coming, and proclaim the "new thing"
that is to come.
"The Old Testament deals with today’s end-time Christian
Church. Many things in the Old Testament were given by God
as a pattern (types) for today. It was Elijah who was sent
to fight idolatry in the apostate church. Elijah must return
again in the very end times (Mal. 4:5), coming once more
against idolatry in the church.
... Elijah eradicated an entire order of false prophets that
had been set up by one who manipulated the leadership of
the church.These scriptures paint a picture of a prophetically
driven transition in the church, targeted on idolatry, and
causing a corporate redemption of unwise church leadership.
The prophets first come against the apostate church that
the institutional leaders have allowed to be set up. Then
the second part of the prophetic transition comes against
the institutional leaders, themselves. After the leadership
transition, the new leaders operate from the overcoming remnant
church." (Bar Jona: Impartations 97)
Clayt Sonmore in a sonship manual called "Beyond Pentecost"
puts it this way: "Elijah's ministry was one of confrontation
to force the people to stop being neutral between conflicting
loyalties and to choose one of them exclusively."
This next quote is incredible in its attitude:
"We have entered into a period where the Lord is restoring
and gathering the Five Fold Ministry. These restored leaders
will operate in the spirit of Elijah gathering and bringing
to maturity those who are willing to pay the price and go
on with the Lord....No one will come to maturity independent
from the restored Five Fold Ministers. God is establishing
order and the river of God's grace is being diverted and
will flow from the head through the restored Five Fold Ministry
to the body. Those that are on their own will not receive
the abundance of grace that will be available to bring them
to maturity and will even experience less grace in their
lives than they have had in the past. Their lamps will be
low on oil, they will have almost no discernment and they
will be open to deception. These will be foolish virgins.
The Princes that answered the First Trumpet Call (first fruits
of wheat) will be the food for the rest of the church. They
will operate in the spirit of Elisha and will use the church
that was rejected by the Lord to work with Jesus to build
himself a permanent habitation. Solomon's Temple is a type
of this permanent habitation. The Lord will finally have
a place to lay his head a place not just to visit but a place
he can call his own.
Those who answer the First Trumpet (Gideon's Army) will be
fighting battles for the whole church. At times they will
be fighting against much of the church to win battles for
her. David ruled over Judah for 7 1/2 years. He fought against
the house and spirit of Saul and gradually increased his
rule and eventually ruled over the whole house of Israel.
His battle was not to destroy Israel but to destroy the bondage
and control of Saul.
"The Apostle Paul grieved that most of the Jews would
not receive what he was preaching and only a remnant would
receive their Messiah and Deliverer. Jesus wept over Jerusalem
that they were about to miss their Hour of Visitation. Once
again most of the church is about to miss their Hour of Visitation.
Those that are supposed to come in are not. All are invited
but only a few will answer the call.
We have been in the dispensation of grace for the last two
thousand years. As we come to the end of this age and prepare
to move into the kingdom age we are preparing for major change.
... Learning the Fear of God is the wisest response to these
testings. Stubbornness will make the trip a nightmare. Those
most likely to experience hell on earth will be the those
who keep repeating to themselves, " I know I am right!" Stubbornness
is as the sin of witchcraft." ["The
Two Trumpets" By Tommy Thompson]
2. The 'woman' brought into 'tribulation' -
this can mean different things to different groups, but in
essence it means that a purging and exposure of the old 'religious'
order must come to pass BEFORE the manchild can be revealed
to the world.
Here is a quote that speaks of the 'troubling of Israel'
by Elijah as ESSENTIAL in order to birth the manchild:
"In order for the explosive superlative personal and
corporate prophecies spoken concerning the Church to be fulfilled,
it is absolutely essential that the world and the Church
be catapulted together into a sudden tumultuous traumatic
historic upheaval---the Tribulation. It is the "last-days"
anointing that we need most of all. It will be a sudden outpouring,
not a gradual increase... The outpouring which turns upside
down the physical realm must coincide with a massive manifestation
in the spiritual realm called the Spirit of Elijah."
[Cathedral of Praise Apostolic Website]
"A 'John The Baptist' (spirit of Elijah) type remnant
is going to be birthed that are going to go forth with the
anointing to prepare the way for the coming of our Lord.
... The Lord is going to send forth an east wind to scatter
and wash away all the wickedness in the church and a north
wind to destroy all that is not of Him. [Words
in Due Season: (Sponsored by Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
CO.) - Karen Palermo August 30, 1999]
2. The 'birth of the Manchild' - this has
been covered elsewhere but basically means the emergence and
revelation to the world of a divine many-membered Son of God
as the new World Ruler. The "coming" of Christ is
interpreted to mean his "revealing" in the Body.
He will be revealed to the world as a Corporate Redeemer, endued
with Glory of his Father. Since Christ is the Head, these will
be "headship" believers, apostles and other leaders,
who are destined to RULE the nations. They takes their place
on the Throne as God's Government over the earth. This happens
as the Glory covers the Manchild and lifts him up from humiliation
and 'death' in the world.
"Is not the 'woman' ready to give birth to the 'Man-child'
even now? For she is clothed with the sun and I have placed
the crown of Apostolic order upon her 'head', and her travail
is turning to proclamation... all of creation groans in travail
with the woman that the manifestation of her 'Seed' come
forth quickly. Indeed, this One, this 'Man-child', this 'perfect
Man' of many members SHALL rule the nations as I have purposed
and according to My promise. For he shall be joined unto
Me, I in him and he in Me, and he shall issue forth judgment
as I command... for he shall not judge after the sight of
his eyes or the hearing of his ears, but with righteousness
shall he judge as My seat of authority, My throne.
As he has borne the image of the man of dust, even so shall
he bear My image as mortality puts on immortality and death
is swallowed up of life. I shall clothe this many-membered
'Man-child' with My glory and My nature and kings shall come
to the brightness of his rising. Yes, nations shall come
to the 'Man-Christ' and submit themselves as the kingdoms
of this world are become the kingdom of the Lord and HIS
Rejoice and sing, O Zion, for the redemption that all creation
has groaned for is nigh... indeed, the 'woman' SHALL, through
Apostolic order bring forth the 'Man', the fullness of the
stature of Christ, and the kingdoms of this world SHALL be
the Kingdom of the Lord and HIS CHRIST, the 'Man-child'."
["BIRTH OF THE "MAN-CHILD" Prophecy from Trumpet
3. War breaks out in "heaven" -
As Jack Deere said on his audio tape message, "Joel's
Army": "When this army comes, angelic powers are
going to tremble...when this army comes on the scene, when
it appears suddenly, angelic powers will fall.
The revivalists understand 'heaven' to be a spiritual realm
in parallel with this earth. Since they have now received bodies
and minds that can enter into this alternative realm, they
are empowered to do battle with the fallen powers that have,
up to this point, been ruling mankind. They cast out these
fallen powers, grasp their inheritance (the meek shall inherit
the earth) and take over as rulers in place of these principalities
"You have heard what the Spirit has spoken; now watch!
As I turned my eyes toward heaven, this is what I saw: The
Glorious One with the hundred, forty-four and the thousands
mounted up on the wings of eagles, and they flew into the
heavenlies to wage war against spiritual hosts of wickedness
in heavenly places."["A vision of eagles"
- Prophecy by Bill Burns, Faith Tabernacle.]
(The above is a visionary depiction of the event. Believers
are not going to physically fly. Remember that they consider
the heavenlies to be a parallel spiritual dimension and that
they are freely functioning in both spiritual and material
realms, having been transfigured by the Glory of God. Therefore
they do not physically 'GO' anywhere to battle the principalities
and powers, but are enabled to defeat these fallen entities
while still in human bodies on the earth. As I understand things,
it will be achieved by intercession, proclamation and spiritual
warfare, although accounts do vary.)
"Immediately there is war in heaven. That's because
the sons of God have entered into a realm in the heavenlies
from whence Satan has for so long ruled. ... This is the
time when he (Satan), of whom Pharaoh was but the type, is
confronted by Christ's representatives on earth in order
to bring out of hard servitude the chosen seed of God....To
this end the great Prince, Michael, will stand for the children
of God. ... The great dragon was cast out, who had from thence
deceived the whole world. That's the good news. When the
sons are caught up to the realm of governing authority. NOW
is come salvation! NOW is come strength! NOW is come THE
KINGDOM OF OUR GOD AND OF HIS CHRIST!....In other words,
this child caught up to become identified with governing
authority is the blossoming root, known as the Manchild company,
who will, by virtue of the mighty-acting power of the Holy
Spirit upon it, make war with the dragon and his angels and
overcome them. This is God's heavenly militia which He has
enrolled to go against Satan and his angels in the might
and power of spiritual arms." [Larry and Betty Hodges,
'Shofar Letters', Sigler Ministries, Linwood NC.]
Not only do these overcomers enter into spiritual battle and
defeat the spiritual powers of wickedness in the heavenlies,
they also cast them out and replace them, as the new rulers
of the earth. They become the spiritual rulers in the heavens!
"The mark of YAH our Righteousness is the seal of God
as seen in the foreheads of the saints, effective at the
close of human probation. They are declared overcomers, firstfruits
unto God, and are worthy to share Christs throne. The 144,000
- being the combination of humanity and divinity, are those
who replace the fallen angels in the Government of YAH. They
are perfected in character and fully reflect the King-Redeemer
in thought word and deed." [The
Mark of Yah is our Righteousness"]
"Prophet" Tommy Thompson says the same thing:
"This army will have the support of Michael the Archangel
and the legions of angels under his command who will take
back the second heaven which was stolen from Adam about 6000
years ago. Satan and his angels will be cast down to earth.
I believe this will be completed by the Feast of Pentecost
in 2001. This will begin the tribulation..." ["The
Unveiling Of Christ" by Tommy Thompson - July 1999]
4. Rule with a Rod of Iron - Now they must
extend "God's kingdom rule" over the entire earth.
A tight pyramid structure of government is set up in which
all must submit to their superiors, from Joe Public in the
pew right up to the apostles on the top level (and presumably
the "head" apostle as the capstone?). They establish
God's laws for mankind and destroy any who disobey, purging
the earth of 'wickedness and rebellion' until only the obedient
"The 'age of the Kingdom' is beginning to dawn even
as I am raising up apostolic authority and order in My church...
for she IS the 'seat of authority' in the earth and the heavenly
realm that directly interacts with the earth, and as My authority
and apostolic order is imparted to her, dramatic changes
are beginning to occur. Where there is a kingdom, there is
a kingdom order and authority and THIS is what I am restoring
as I call forth apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors
and teachers... Kingdom order that I may rule from My 'seat
of authority' in the earth. And what is My 'seat of authority'
in the earth?... MAN, submitted to Me and My Kingdom order.
Your Place in the Apostolic Vision" February, 1999]
"How is God going to bring judgement on the Church,
and then judgement upon the land after his church? He's going
to do it with a large and mighty army --- it's so mighty
that there's never been anything like it before. Not even
Moses, not even David, not even Paul. What's going to happen
now will transcend what Paul did, what David did, what Moses
did, even though Moses parted the Red Sea (he then says this
army is the 144 thousand mentioned in Revelation)
...See 144,000 is a multiple of 12. What is 12? Twelve is
the number of the APOSTLES, APOSTOLIC GOVERNMENT. And he
says that before them a fire devours...what is this fire
that devours. Exod 24:17 says this...(glory cloud) His glory
was a consuming fire Deut 4:24 Zeph 3:8 Here is Yahweh speaking
about his coming...The whole world will be consumed by the
fire of my jealous anger...The Lord says I am getting ready
to come, and I'm going to consume the whole world by the
fire of my jealous anger.
Now what is he jealous for when he comes? He is jealous for
his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And he's coming to the church
right now and anything that is opposed to his SON, anything
that tried to take the glory from his son, anything that
beats up on his children, that beats up on his sheep, that
robs or steals or rapes them, anything that does that, he
is coming as a consuming fire and he is going to destroy
them." [Jack Deere, audio tape: "Joel's Army"
from Vineyard Ministries International 1990]
5. Woman in the wilderness - the non-aligned,
dissenting, members of the former world Church are thrust into
a spiritual wilderness. Those who look to the "son"
for forgiveness and guidance are welcomed back into the fold.
All others perish. (The spiritual marriage of the woman and
the 'christ' is said to be this reconciliation of the penitents.)
"There will be several million people involved in this
move of God and many who truly love the Lord will be involved
in the birthing process (Woman) but they will not be ready
to completely die to self. These believers will be protected
in the wilderness by God and will be fed and covered by the
144,000 First of the Firstfruits of Wheat (the Manchild).
[The Unveiling Of
Christ by Tommy Thompson, 30 July 1999]
[There are differences of opinion as to who the Woman is -
some teach that the sun-clothed woman is the overcoming church
and her manchild is the 'headship' of that church; others teach
that the woman is the religious old order which must be brought
6. The Wrath - while the Manchild and all
who obey him are immune to all harm (having received the seal
of God upon their foreheads), the rest of the world comes under
the wrath of God and is consumed by the "fire" of
his word. (Some say this is literal fire, some say it is the
words of the prophets.)
"When He has finished preparing this many-membered man,
He is going to purge the earth of every other man by His
Judgment Day, and there will come in a new age, and a new
earth, with a new man living in a new order, where every
member is so dead to self that he lives unto the rest of
the Body, and that Order shall perpetuate eternal life."
[Sam Fife, a father of the Manifested Sons Movement in his
book, 'One Corporate Man,']
"There is a terrific operation of the Spirit going
on today to bring the Sons of God into an absolute confinement
to the perfect will of God ... This is His battle axe and
weapons of war with which He shall subdue kingdoms and overcome
all His enemies. This is His mighty and strong One to whom
He shall commit the work of judging this world. This is His
Overcomer, His great army with which He shall bring the nations
into submission." [Bill Britton:"The Harness of
the Lord" - Government of the Church.]
7. The Last Enemy - finally, with the earth
renewed to a place of complete holiness to the Lord and obedience
to his laws, death itself is overthrown by the word of the
divine 'son'. "The last generation of the Church will
overcome the last enemy (death)" So says "prophet"
Bill Hamon in his "Word For 1999".
Much-respected father of the movement, Earl Paulk, has often
stated his belief that the last enemy, death itself, will be
destroyed - and not by God, but by the "overcoming Church"
of the endtimes.
"The 5th function of the Church is to conquer the last
enemy, death, and to bring redemption to the Body of Christ...Jesus
Christ Himself overcame death individually, and when the
Church becomes so conformed to His image that those who die
do not pass through the grave, but become instead gloriously
changed in the twinkling of an eye, it will be that church
which will bring the Kingdom of God to pass in the earth
[Paulk then quotes Romans 8:18,22-23, and Ephesians 1:13-14]
"We have received the earnest of the EXPECTATION through
the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but we must move on to the
POSSESSION, which is overcoming the last enemy, death. Sometimes
the interpretation has been made that Jesus Christ conquered
death, but if that were so, why would Paul's epistle to the
Corinthians, written at least ninety years later, say that
the last enemy that SHALL be destroyed is death (I Corinthians
15:26)? Jesus Christ conquered death individually, but it
is left to the Church to conquer death on a corporate basis...
"Is it possible that there will be a people who so possess
the authority of Almighty God, as Elijah did, that they,
as a group, will say to death, hell, and the spirit of Satan,
'We will NOT die. We will stay here and be changed, and we
will call Jesus Christ to return to this earth as King of
Kings and Lords of Lords'? Yes, that is what I believe the
church must do! But it will not be easy, because GOD IS LOOKING
FOR THE MANIFESTATION OF A MATURE CHURCH WHO CAN SPEAK WITH
THE AUTHORITY JESUS HAD WHEN HE STILLED THE WINDS AND CALLED
LAZARUS FORTH FROM THE GRAVE. "An exciting prospect? Oh,
yes! We are God's people, called to do the will of God in
the world today and to see the King of Glory return to establish
His Kingdom on earth! Jesus Christ had the authority to say
'No' to death on earth, and He is waiting for us to come
to that same authority He had so we can say, 'The last enemy
- death - has been conquered!'
[Paulk then quotes I Corinthians 15:20-26.] Jesus Christ,
as the firstfruit of the Kingdom, began the work of conquering
death on an individual basis, but we, as His church will
be the ones to complete the task. Jesus said (Matthew 28:18),
'All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth,' and
the church today has that same power. Death will not be conquered
by Jesus returning to the earth. It will be conquered when
the church stands up boldly and says, 'We have dominion over
the earth!' How else will God be able to show Satan a people
for whom death holds no fear, over whom death no longer has
any power? When God can do that, Satan's hold on us will
be broken forever!" [Earl Paulk, "The Proper Function of
the Church", p.13.]
8. Jesus Can Now Return - only now, with
the last enemy destroyed, and the kingdom established on earth,
can Jesus return in person, physically and literally to take
the reins of his kingdom and be the visible head of the new
It is often a shock when Christians discover that, according
to this doctrine, Jesus Christ the Lord CANNOT return to earth
until all His enemies have been destroyed. He must be "held
in the heavens" until this Restoration is complete. One
scripture used to prove the doctrine is Psalm 110 which says
a number of things useful to the Movement:
- The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand,
until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
- The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion:
rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
- Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in
the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou
hast the dew of thy youth.
- The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest
for ever after the order of Melchizedek. [We will later be
taking a look at the Melchisadek Priesthood of the New Church.]
- The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings
in the day of his wrath.
- He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places
with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many
Thus, it is taught that Jesus must sit waiting patiently until
the CHURCH destroys all the enemies of Jesus and cleanses the
earth of evil.
"I am now even upgrading the intensity of power that
I am giving you with which to fight the enemy. My plan from
the beginning has been to defeat My enemy, and I have chosen
to do it through My people. [Prophecy of Jean Rodman, February
1999 (Cathedral of Praise)]
However, the Psalmist specifies who will do the work - God
himself: "Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine
enemies thy footstool." Then the Psalm goes on to specify
when and under what circumstances this will take place - viz,
the Lord returns to Mount Zion to take his throne of rulership
in the "day of his power" and in the "day of
his wrath" when the LORD shall "strike through kings,
judge among the heathen and fill the places with dead bodies..."
(compare Jer 33:4-8/Rev 14:19-20
It is clear to me, also looking at similar scriptures, that
the Day of the Lord and the Day of his Wrath are nothing to
do with the CHURCH, or "anointed apostles and prophets"
or "overcomers" at all. This will be a Day when the
Lord comes to slay the wicked with the sword coming from his
mouth. (Rev 19:15-21)
Did he find a man to help him in this task? NO - for "I
looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there
was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation
unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. And I will tread down the
people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I
will bring down their strength to the earth." (Isa 63:5-6)
I hope to look briefly at all these events, seen through the
eyes of the revival/manifested sons followers. I will be limited
only by the length of this file and your patience in reading
the myriad of quotes that could be brought forward to support
The most worrying part is the plan to purge the present-day
churches of all who oppose these doctrines; they also intend
to set up a Global church headed by the latter-day Apostles
and prophets. Read on to the next in the series...
CONTINUE TO THE NEXT PART OF THE SERIES
(Part Five) HERE
(c) Tricia Tillin 1999
It is not my intention to hinder anyone
who has a LEGITIMATE use for this material. Indeed, this material
is so important that I want it to reach everyone who needs
However, this article and all it contains is my intellectual
property and copyrighted material and therefore you are NOT
to assume that you may freely use it on your web site or reprint
it in your magazine, or whatever, in disregard of my provisos
written here. This is to protect me from the abuse/distortion
of the material and to prevent my name and article becoming
linked to sites of which I would not approve. Therefore, please
abide by these conditions:
- You are permitted to download a copy or two of this material
for your own research use or to show to interested friends.
- You are NOT permitted to reproduce this material without
my written permission on websites, in newsletters or by any
other medium. If you want to tell others about this information,
please LINK to the articles from your site. Make sure you
get the link correct. It is http://www.banner.org.uk/res/theglory.html
- Alternatively, if you have a legitimate use for reproducing
this material (as described below) please e-mail
me describing your intended use and I will consider your
- This article and those that follow it are produced for
the specific purpose of informing and supporting genuine
believers in their fight against the current apostasy. This
information is therefore not aimed at those already committed
to the Revival, whether leaders or ordinary members of the