Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Todd Bentley, Female Angels and Florida Revival

Todd Bentley is an evangelist conducting a revival in Central Florida who claims to have a female angel named Emma as a spirit guide. Below is an excerpt from the book REDEMPTION: BIBLE PROPHECY SIMPLIFIED that should prove to be of interest to those who are researching what is currently happening in Florida.

The Bible says God will allow a great delusion to overcome all who love not the truth. This is a specific reference to an end-time apostasy/ defection from the true faith. This is taking place even now in alarming numbers (Luke 12:54-56, 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 10-11).

It is a dangerous thing, particularly in these last days, when the great falling away is predicted, to reject the truth (which is contained in its entirety within the pages of God’s Written Word—the Bible). Any so-called truth that does not line up with what has already been written is no truth at all, but rather a lie. And the Written Word of God warns that those who love the lie will be given over to it (Isaiah 8:20, 2 Thessalonians 2:11).

Not only will those individuals who trade their birthright for a bowl of pottage be left behind when the rapture occurs, they will be given no opportunity to repent afterwards. Hebrews 6:4-6 is clear that once a person falls away, renewal into repentance becomes an impossibility (Hebrews 12:16-17, Genesis 25:30-34, 27:34-38).

There are those who claim the falling away, spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, took place during the 2nd or 3rd centuries. They maintain that “truth” was lost to the church very shortly after the apostles died. The scriptures do not bear that out. Get away, quickly, from anyone who teaches such heresy. That interpretation of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is in direct opposition to Psalm 100:5, which assures us that not one single generation will ever be lost because they have been deprived of God’s truth. “His Truth endures to every generation (most modern English Bibles contain a corrupted version of this verse).”

The falling away predicted in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 7-8,10-12 is a direct reference to an end-time apostasy, and it will happen shortly before the Man of Sin is revealed. The scriptures say the rapture must take place before the identity of the Man of Sin can be revealed.

This will be a deliberate defection from known, revealed, truth due to rebellion against the truth, not a result of truth being lost.

**This is worth repeating: The defection will be so overtly rebellious and contrary to the written Word of God that the Lord will give the defectors over to the lie they are whoring after. They will not only be left behind when Jesus comes to raise the dead and catch up the living, but they will be given no chance to repent during The Great Tribulation. They will lose all chance of obtaining eternal life.

This is not the time to blindly follow those who encourage the use of unscriptural, subjective spiritual experiences and eastern forms of meditation such as centering prayer, soaking prayer, contemplative prayer and other spiritual “disciplines” that replace the Written Word of God in discerning the true from the false. This is not the time to place our trust in those who claim their unbiblical message is validated by experiences, signs or wonders. These who foster such practices imperil souls. Below are quotes from the sort of teaching and teachers that should be avoided:

  • God is a lot bigger than doctrine
  • The church is so hung up on Bible study they don’t know Jesus!
  • It doesn’t matter that the Hindus, Buddhists and New Agers use this kind of prayer and meditation in their religion. As long as our goal is to glorify God, we can adopt their methods. It is the motive—not the method—that matters.
  • If we keep recruiting people to evacuate the earth, then every person who gets saved is taken out of the action….

All of the above statements defy scripture. The first two fly in the face of every verse which commands and encourages the study of the Bible and the acquisition of sound doctrine. Doctrine is not a dirty word! And how do we resolve the third with the clear scriptural command not to imitate unbelievers and to learn none of their ways (Jeremiah 10:2)?

Those who attack the pursuit of sound doctrine via Bible study do not know Jesus. It is as simple as that. Doctrine is derived from Bible study and we are admonished in the scriptures to pay close attention to doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2).

Jesus warned us about following false prophets or teachers in Matthew chapter seven. They will stand before him at the Judgment of the Nations woefully crying, “Lord, Lord! Didn’t we do many miraculous works in your name?” The Lord will assure them that they are workers of iniquity, that he never knew them, and will proceed to condemn them to hell (Matthew 7:22-23).

Do not allow spiritual experiences, miracles, signs (Jeremiah 10:2) or wonders to be a basis for deciding whether someone or something is or is not from God.

The Bible clearly warns that those who are given over to believing the lie will be deceived by means of lying wonders. That could conceivably include the experiences described by those who meditate using unscriptural meditation aids that include but are not limited to vain repetitions of the names of Christ, etc.. This is a form of mantra meditation and Jesus clearly commands his people not to engage in any such activity (Matthew 6:7).

The Bible also reveals that just before Christ returns, spirits of devils working miracles will be very prevalent. And by means of miracles will deceive the people of the earth (2 Thessalonians 2:9, Revelation 13:14, 16:14).

In Zechariah 5:2-3 the angel calls the prophet’s attention to a strange sight. Zechariah was told to look and see what was going forth. Something was happening. The winds of change were blowing. Something was moving forward. And the thing he was told to be looking at was an ephah (a basket).

Remember that this entire prophecy will be taking place during a time of worldwide judgment, which, by process of elimination must be referring to the time of The Great Tribulation. So we know this prophecy must be for those who will be living during that time or very close to it—possibly in the time known as The Beginning of Sorrows (Zechariah 5:6, Matthew 24:1-8, 21).
Jesus said the time of the Great Tribulation would be so horrendous that this world has never seen anything like it before nor ever would again. Considering the horrors this world has already seen—that’s pretty bad. The scriptures reveal that up to 75 to 80% of the world’s human population will die during that time. The Jewish population will be so reduced that Isaiah predicted even a child could write them. No wonder God said to tremble at the very thought of it—to be horribly afraid… (Isaiah 10:17-21, Joel 2)

Look, see, pay close attention to what is happening—right now. This prophecy is for the very near future and gives important details as to how the Man of Sin will come to power and where he will be operating from after he comes to power.

But what possible significance could an ephah (not just any measuring basket—but specifically an ephah) have concerning a judgment that will go forth over the whole earth?

Notice the order of events: first we see a curse (a judgment) moving forward. Then we see an ephah moving forward (Zechariah 5:3, 6).

An ephah was a basket. It was the largest measure in use among the Jewish people of Zechariah’s time, and was commonly used as a symbol of commerce (much like the “basket” is used today in connection to the **Euro).

** Euro: The name for the composite monetary unit that has replaced national currencies in several European countries. The Euro was introduced on January 1st, 1999 and went into general circulation on January 1st, 2002 (the specific amounts of euro in the valuation basket…).

ECU: (European Currency Unit). A composite monetary unit consisting of a basket of European Community currencies that served as the predecessor to the Euro.

The ephah (basket) Zechariah saw moving forward symbolized currency and commerce—both in his time and now, again, in ours as well.

The angel elaborated further and said the ephah was disguising something. The resemblance (the outward appearance) of it looked good. It looked like commerce was getting a well-needed boost and was moving forward. The angel said the resemblance (the outward appearance of a commercial boost) would deceive the whole earth.

It is crucial, at this point, to have a King James Bible. Most other versions corrupt this passage—especially verse 6—obscuring the entire purpose of the passage, which is to expose the game plan of the enemy (Zechariah 5:6).

The ephah, in Zechariah’s vision had a lid made of 100 lbs of lead. This lid effectively hides the contents of the basket. What we see can be very deceptive. But what exactly will be hidden in this ephah (Zechariah 5:7)?

The scriptures tell us a woman will be hidden in the container. The angel introduced the woman by saying, “This is Wickedness.” A more literal rendering of the angel’s words are, “her name is Wickedness” (Zechariah 5:7-8).

Why would a female be used to represent wickedness? Is it because women are inherently more wicked than men? As far as the commonly accepted perceptions of mankind go, history would validate that idea. Both men and women have participated in, and perpetuated, discrimination against females. But the answer is, “No,” all mankind is inherently wicked, not just the females of the species (Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10).

Could it be that a female is used to represent this wickedness because it will quickly multiply and infect the whole earth? After all it is females who are fertile, conceive and give birth.

Or is it possible this might represent a female who will be a major player in end-time events? Only time will tell.

At any rate, the scriptures reveal it is a woman whose name is wickedness that is hidden in the basket, and the ephah represents a commercial boost, or at the very least, the promise of one.

Zechariah watched as the lid was lifted, and the woman stood up (or was lifted up by the angel). She was momentarily exposed, but the angel immediately cast her back into the container and replaced the lid in order to keep her hidden (Zechariah 5:8).

**It is important to note here, that it is always God who is in control of the times and the seasons—even the horrendous season of The Great Tribulation. It is God allowing the woman whose name is wickedness to remain hidden (although it/she will be temporarily exposed to those who are alert).

God knows those who are alert and love the truth will not be motivated by ungodly lusts to deviate from the simplicity found in Jesus Christ. But those who love not the truth, who rebel against the simplicity of Christ, who are greedy for personal power and gain, and who seek after spiritual experiences, signs and wonders, will be deceived and will ultimately be destroyed by whoring after these things. These things will not come looking overtly sinful and evil. They will come well disguised behind a seductive veneer of spirituality and godliness. Many who will lose their souls in the last days apostasy, will do so believing they are truly following Christ (Matthew 7:22-23, 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11, 1 Timothy 6:9, 2 Timothy 4:3).

Zechariah looked again and saw two women with wings. They had wings like a stork, and he saw that the wind was in their wings. The two women with wings picked up the basket containing the woman (Zechariah 5:9).

These women are spiritual beings. They are not angels. They have wings like a stork, which according to scripture, is an unclean bird. Thus they are identified as being unclean spiritual beings. The wind is in their wings which means they can fly very fast. When they pick up the basket containing the woman, they will get it/her to its final destination with amazing speed.

**Note – These are the only women with wings found in the entire Bible. Women with wings are not angels. Images of women with wings do not represent angels (regardless of the intention of the artist). Although wings are seen in scripture as a symbol of God’s protective covering (Psalm 91:4), they are also depicted as an abominable covering (Daniel 9:27). The women with wings in Zechariah Chapter five have the wings of an unclean bird. This reveals that any covering they might represent will be an unclean spiritual covering—i.e., an unclean false religious covering (Psalm 91:4, Revelation 12:14, Zechariah 5:9, Isaiah 30:1).

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

you have got to be joking?