People do the darndest things in the name of Elijah
Some claim to be the reincarnation of Elijah; many
say they have the spirit and power of Elijah; others
assign his name to their ministries as an endorsement;
and wolves fleece the sheep of their livelihood using
Elijah as their authority. In the book of Malachi we
read: "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
before the coming of the great and dreadful day
of the Lord" (Mal. 4:5). Do you think when Elijah comes
back, the first ones he calls fire down from
heaven upon will be those false prophets who misused
his name? I hope so!
It has become so popular to use the name of Elijah to
name ministries after. One quick check on Google
and you’ll find a bevy of Elijahs. There’s Elijah Ministries,
the Elijah Commission, Elijah House, Elijah's
Mantle, Spirit of Elijah Ministries, The Voice of Elijah
ministry, the Elijah Project, Elijah Cry Ministry, Elijah
Fellowship International and Elijah’s
Mantle Apostolic Covering Ministry (EMAC).
And then there’s the endless list of "Christian" celebrities
and scoundrels who claim to be the embodiment of the
prophesied return of the Prophet Elijah. Here’s a small
sampling: John Alexander Dowie (1847-1907) – Founder
of the City of Zion, an early Pentecostal center. "In 1901
he claimed that he was Elijah the Restorer, and
in 1904 he told his followers to anticipate the full
restoration of apostolic Christianity and revealed that
he had been divinely commissioned as the first apostle
of a renewed end-times church" (Dictionary of
Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, pg. 249).
Herbert W. Armstrong: "a letter in The Journal: News
of the Churches of God, Vol. I No. 10 (21 Nov 1997),
clinging to the fiction somewhat cynically taught by
the Worldwide Church of God ministry that Herbert
Armstrong was Elijah. The brethren were also taught
that Garner Ted Armstrong was Elisha and the mantle
was to be given to him." (From the book, Elijah? (No.
233) ©1997 by Wade Cox http://www.ccg.org/english/s/p233.html
William Branham – "By the 1960's, Branham had
clearly become convinced that he was the end-times
"Elijah" and the true "Messenger of the Covenant"
(The Enigma Of William Branham, Andrew Strom).
[For further information on Branham, see Mike
Oppenheimer’s web site at:
Bernard Jordan – False prophet who prophesies to
anyone at a set price. He renamed himself "Bishop
Elijah Bernard Jordan" tacking on Elijah’s name
since he considers himself the modern-day fulfillment
of the coming of Elijah. He gives credit to Reverend
Ike and Bill Hamon for his coming into his "prophetic gift."
Benny Hinn – On TBN’s Spring, April 1999
Praise-a-Thon, Benny related his dream of being
visited by Elijah who handed him his rod that could turn
rivers into streams of blood. Benny asked fellow guest
Marc Chironna to interpret his dream after proclaiming
Chionna to be a prophet. Chironna confirmed that Benny
Hinn had received "the spirit of Elijah and the essence
of the Elijah ministry." Hinn went on to use the new
authority to get people to send in a double portion to TBN
or they would not survive the coming year. TBN’s Praise-a-
Thons with their cast of creepy cash-collectors have
used Elijah over and over again to put fear of the retribution
of Elijah into those who might use their Social Security
checks to pay the rent instead of handing it off to them.
Remember John Avanzini, the now disfavored TBN
fundraiser? If I had a dollar every time he brought up
that poor old widow woman who made Elijah a cake first,
I would be almost as wealthy as the Crouches.
And remember that certified snake in the grass, Robert
Tilton? He made a fortune off of Elijah’s poor old widow
woman. I hope the other witness in the book of Revelation
that comes back with Elijah is that old widow woman.
She should have a share in the fiery retribution to be
eked out to the false prophets.
And of course, R. W. Schambach has never been outdone
in running Elijah’s memory into the mud. During TBN’s
Spring 2001 Praise-a-Thon, the speakers all laid on top
of the pledges while Schambach began to blow on the
pink slips, claiming he could anoint the pledges like the
prophet Elijah breathed into the mouth of the widow’s
dead son to restore him to life. That way the pledges would
be anointed to receive the hundred-fold return.
But the worst of the worst misuse of Elijah’s name and
reputation is the "Elijah List" operated by a bald-headed
businessman Steve Shultz who peddles the wares of
today’s worst and wickedest false prophets. His throng of
prognosticators include John Arnott, Bill Hamon,
C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, Todd Bentley, Wes &
Stacey Campell, John & Paula Sandford, Kim Clement,
Rick Joyner, Mike Bickle, Dutch Sheets, Chuck Pierce, Jill
Austin, Che Ahn, Mahesh Chvada, Bob Jones, and
anyone else who hears voices in their heads. Whatever
conference they’re involved in, Shultz advertises them
to his "Elijah List" and sells the conference tapes afterwards.
In the context of the last days, Jesus warned us: "Then
many false prophets will rise up and deceive many"
The false prophecies and false teachings that have come
out of these prognosticators are just too lengthy to list
here. But their excuses for their failures are getting more
and more clever. When what they proclaim as coming from
so-called revelation-knowledge turns out to be proven as
wrong, they won’t admit that God is not speaking to them
– just that they heard wrong.
Benny Hinn deals with it like this: "Man, I remember when
God would give me words of knowledge back when I began
in this ministry. I missed nine out of ten. Nobody knew it
except me. 'Well, Benny Hinn', I thought, 'when the
Holy Ghost' - saints, the Holy Ghost is using an imperfect
vessel. Are you listening? We're not infallible. Or when you
give a prophecy sometimes you can be way off, you have to
be open enough to say I blew it. ‘ooo! He blew it; he's a false
prophet!’ No, he just blew it. Just because you blow it -
men of God blow it all the time. Paul blew it; Moses blew
it; even Elijah blew it,- even Elisha blew it! They all blew it.
Maybe not with prophecies, but they blew it in all kinds of
things…When the gift begins it begins rough, but then as
you keep going with it you just get better and better and
cleaner and purer with it. So today with the word of
knowledge - I'm just being open with - I rarely miss
anymore. Why? Because I recognize how to operate in it."
The "Word of the Lord For 2006" gathering of false
prophets called "the Apostolic Council of Prophetic
Elders" or the "ACPE Roundtable" released an out for
false teachers to supply them with a ready-made
excuse for issuing false prophecies. The summary
from the Roundtable was written and complied
by false prophetess Cindy Jacobs on January 9, 2006.
"This is the word given through a compilation of the
prophetic releases and consensus of the ACPE. There
are differing variables that can affect the timing and/
or coming to pass of these words:
1) All prophecy not contained in scripture is conditional.
2) The timing that the prophecy comes to pass may not
occur in a one year time-frame.
3) It is possible that the prophetic warnings given
may cause the person or corporate nation to repent and
thus turn away the judgment prophesied. Biblically, this
happened when Jonah prophesied to Nineveh, and the
city repented causing God to relent."
So when anyone’s prophecies do not come to pass, they
cannot be recognized as the false prophets they are since
they can always say that God changed His mind. They see
themselves at the top of the heap in their Kingdom-Now
hierarchy and the link between the average pew-warmer
and God. They also pronounced that "2006 will be a year
of great shifting for the Body of Christ. He wants to shift
us into new wine for new moves of God. This shift will
require us to re-think, re-structure, and seek the Lord's
face as to how He wants us to function in the coming
visitations of God."
If the "new moves of God" are anything like the past
so-called new wine these false leaders have immersed
their people into, get ready for more of the same
magician’s tricks. How are they going to top gold teeth,
feathers flying in their meetings, oil manifesting on
people’s hands, being drunk "in the spirit," or any
other pointless expressions of power? What illusions
are they cooking up to distract believers from following
Jesus? We’ll have to wait and see. But it might not
happen this year – remember, just because they say this
will happen in 2006, doesn’t necessarily mean it will.
We need to keep in mind that these empty things being
promised by these "prophets" are designed to elevate
themselves over the people who depend on them to dish
out the spiritual highs. A good rule of thumb when the
"prophets" boast of their "new wine" is: "If anything is
contrary to Scripture, it is wrong. If anything is the
same as Scripture, it is not needed. If anything goes
beyond Scripture, it has no authority."
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Thursday, February 01, 2007
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