The Angel "Emma"

One area of major concern is his reference to an angel called Emma. This by many has been associated as being the Japanese god of the underworld living according to Encyclopaedia Mythica as living in the yellow springs under the earth. As this is part of Japanese mythology we have to ask if there is any significance in having Japanese characters as Bentley’s tattoos.

 

Bentley has placed great emphasis on this angel Emma in his ministry:

 

“Now let me talk about an angelic experience with Emma. Twice Bob Jones asked me about this angel that was in Kansas City in 1980: 'Todd, have you ever seen the angel by the name of Emma?' He asked me as if he expected that this angel was appearing to me. Surprised, I said, 'Bob, who is Emma?' He told me that Emma was the angel that helped birth and start the whole prophetic movement in Kansas City in the 1980s. She was a mothering-type angel that helped nurture the prophetic as it broke out. Within a few weeks of Bob asking me about Emma, I was in a service in Beulah, North Dakota. In the middle of the service I was in conversation with Ivan and another person when in walks Emma. As I stared at the angel with open eyes, the Lord said, 'Here’s Emma.' I’m not kidding. She floated a couple of inches off the floor. It was almost like Kathryn Kuhlman in those old videos when she wore a white dress and looked like she was gliding across the platform. Emma appeared beautiful and young-about 22 years old-but she was old at the same time. She seemed to carry the wisdom, virtue and grace of Proverbs 31 on her life.

 

"She glided into the room, emitting brilliant light and colors. Emma carried these bags and began pulling gold out of them. Then, as she walked up and down the aisles of the church, she began putting gold dust. The Lord answered: 'She is releasing the gold, which is both the revelation and the financial breakthrough that I am bringing into this church. I want you to prophecy that Emma showed up in this service-the same angel that appeared in Kansas city-as a sign that I am endorsing and releasing a prophetic spirit in the church' on people. 'God, what is happening?'” I asked. (courtesy of endtimes prophectic words)

 

 A further portion of the quote from Todd Bentley on Emma:

 

 "Within three weeks of that visitation, (from 'Emma') the church had given me the biggest offering I had ever received to that point in my ministry. Thousands of dollars! Thousands!… During this visitation the pastor’s wife (it was an AOG church) got totally whacked by the Holy Ghost - she began running around barking like a dog or squawking like a chicken as a powerful prophetic spirit came on her. Also, as this prophetic anointing came on her, she started getting phone numbers of complete strangers and calling them up on the telephone and prophesying over them… Then angels started showing up in the church.” http://www.unleavenedbreadministries.org/?page=revivalspirits

 

As you see we have arrived at a point with Bentley a million miles away from the revivalists of old. David Eels seems to relate this Emma angel to Catholicism, Eels agreeing that the angel has roots in Eastern religion.

 

Emma or Imma appears to be the mother goddess among eastern spirits in different cultures in the Bible and now.  She was called the Queen of Heaven, Astarte, Asherah, Ashtoreth, Isis, Venus, Aphrodite, and these all lead back to Semarimis, the false virgin who conceived the false son of god, Tammuz, at Babel. These “mothers of god” were all joined in Catholicism’s & Orthodox's Mary. In Kabbalah teachings, Imma, meaning “mother,” appears to be birthing the god consciousness of Kundalini who is called Abba, or father. This god consciousness manifests through the same parts of the body that the fathering Kundalini serpent rises through -- from the navel to the head.

 

Ah! We have mention here by Bentley of Emma, who according to Eels has links to a false virgin, Eels linking the whole thing to kundalini. There certainly is a pattern building up here showing that what Bentley is into is not of God! 

Emma - Mother of God?????

This all relates to Emma being “a mother of god” (remember Bentley’s Catholic Bibles including NIV relate to Jesus as “a son of the gods” rather than the “Son of God” as in the KJV). Bentley refers to Emma as a mothering type angel consistent with the teaching of the Kabbalah. http://www.unleavenedbreadministries.org/?page=revivalspirits

 

Bentley’s references to Emma could well be a spiritual reference to who is seem as “mother of God” in the Catholic Church, there certainly being a Gnostic root here, it being significant that Bentley was led “in the spirit” to John Knox’s grave in Edinburgh, for it certainly seems that with Bentley’s clear lack of discernment that he was being used “in the spirit” to counteract the Reformation.

Eels continues:

 

It is amazing that the emailed experience of the Catholic man came to us at the same time as this article above was sent to us.  God is helping us to see that this false revival phenomenon is already all over the world being described in different terminology to fit the religion. This appears to be one facet of the devil's plan to rebuild a Babel one world order religion, joining the Catholic, Orthodox and Jewish faiths with the "spirit-filled Christian" faiths through the eastern Mariolatry spirits who have worked through the ages. Just as Mary was not the mother of God but the mother of the flesh that Jesus came in, so this Emma/Imma is a mother of flesh for a false Kundalini father to manifest in. The Son of God came from heaven to be manifested in the Son of man born through the real Mary. {Rom.1:3} concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, {4} who was declared [to be] the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. {Jn.3:6} That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. http://www.unleavenedbreadministries.org/?page=revivalspirits

 

We are dealing I believe with a very heavy spirit here that has manifest in the Eastern religions, the Kaballah and now through the “spirit filled” operations of traditional denominations and groupings leaving only a remnant to cry out for the Church to return to God.

Bentley's First Hand Account of Angel "Emma"

with Bob Jones Link!

Bentley: Bentley's firsthand testimony (from http://www.etpv.org/2003/angho.html)

 EMMA, ANGEL OF THE PROPHETIC

 

Now let me talk about an angelic experience with Emma. Twice Bob Jones asked me about this angel that was in Kansas City in 1980: "Todd, have you ever seen the angel by the name of Emma?" He asked me as if he expected that this angel was appearing to me. Surprised, I said, "Bob, who is Emma?" He told me that Emma was the angel that helped birth and start the whole prophetic movement in Kansas City in the 1980s. She was a mothering-type angel that helped nurture the prophetic as it broke out. Within a few weeks of Bob asking me about Emma, I was in a service in Beulah, North Dakota. In the middle of the service I was in conversation with Ivan and another person when in walks Emma. As I stared at the angel with open eyes, the Lord said, "Here's Emma." I'm not kidding. She floated a couple of inches off the floor. It was almost like Kathryn Khulman in those old videos when she wore a white dress and looked like she was gliding across the platform. Emma appeared beautiful and young-about 22 years old-but she was old at the same time. She seemed to carry the wisdom, virtue and grace of Proverbs 31 on her life.

Are Female Angels in the Bible????????

She glided into the room, emitting brilliant light and colors. Emma carried these bags and began pulling gold out of them. Then, as she walked up and down the aisles of the church, she began putting gold dust on people. "God, what is happening?" I asked. The Lord answered: "She is releasing the gold, which is both the revelation and the financial breakthrough that I am bringing into this church. I want you to prophecy that Emma showed up in this service-the same angel that appeared in Kansas city-as a sign that I am endorsing and releasing a prophetic spirit in the church." See, when angels come, they always come for a reason; we need to actually ask God what the purpose is. Within three weeks of that visitation, the church had given me the biggest offering I had ever received to that point in my ministry. Thousands of dollars! Thousands! Even though the entire community consisted of only three thousand people, weeks after I left the church the pastor testified that the church offerings had either doubled or tripled.

 

 During this visitation the pastor's wife (it was an AOG church) got totally whacked by the Holy Ghost- she began running around barking like a dog or squawking like a chicken as a powerful prophetic spirit came on her. Also, as this prophetic anointing came on her, she started getting phone numbers of complete strangers and calling them up on the telephone and prophesying over them. She would tell them that God gave her their telephone number and then would give them words of knowledge. Complete strangers. Then angels started showing up in the church.

Angelic Mentoring and Nurturing!

I believe Emma released a financial and prophetic anointing in that place. That was the first angel that I have ever seen in the form of a woman. Some angels I've seen seemed like they were neither male nor female. However, Emma appeared as a woman who was like a Deborah, like a mother in Zion. When she came, she began to mentor, nurture and opened up a prophetic well. The people in the church began having trances and visions and the pastor began getting words of knowledge and moving in healing. That congregation also saw more financial breakthrough than they had ever seen before.

Kabalah!

The concept of a mothering force is seen in the Kabalah through Imma. This gives the ability to hear and contemplate a truth until it reaches consciousness.  One can believe in this case with Bentley an operation combing the spiritualities of all religions to combine and produce a spiritually that is able to be part of a one world religion, the new Bibles Bentley uses having been changed to be part of this New World Order of One Religion only.

 

http://www.inner.org/worlds/imma.htm

 

To summarise Bentley’s position on angels, I give key points from his own paper entitled Angelic Hosts.

Angelic Hosts

Prays to the Father for his readership to see the angelic hosts. (There does not seem too be any prayer for discerning of spirits amongst the readership, a dangerous position as devils can appear as angels of light.)

 

Focuses teaching on the angelic realm and how one can release angels to fulfil God’s Word. (God’s Word, however, places the emphasis on the Believer having victory by releasing the Sword of the Spirit – that is all that is required – the sword being the Rhema of God.)

 

Says we are in need of reinforcements in the Western Church to neutralize the demonic assignments and the backlash that is causing pastors and leaders to burn out. (This is absolute rubbish – what is required is a return to the Blood – bought Word of God kicking out the commercial Babylon of the “new translations” that has compromised the Word in front of devils.)

 

Talks about being put under the anointing in the spiritual realm without any regard for discernment. This is a serious error leaving readers wide open to receive devils.

 

Prays for greater release of angels in relation to spiritual warfare but does not seem to be any mention of our Sword. Bentley has never mentioned the true Sword in any of my studies on him.

 

Seems to have a great security in thought of angels around him. (Whilst one does not want to  discount the role of angels – the Preacher of the True Word has angels all around him – and Bentley will be insecure entering the spiritual realm having taken part in heretical activity and not using the true Sword of God.)

 

Declares angels look like men (even a woman with Emma!)

 

Declares appearances of angels in his Bible

 

Believes there is a “healing angel” that worked with John Knox, William Branham and John G. Lake

 

From his version of Ephesians 6 Bentley describes Principalities as presiding over nations – geographical spirits and the biggest demons. Next = Powers which he thinks could be rulers of cities. Next = rulers of darkness – commanders over troops. Next = hosts of wickedness in heavenly places which he sees as soldiers. (However, it needs to be noted in the field of discernment which Bentley seems to completely ignore that the true Bible does not talk at all of demons but rather devils, a crucial distinction as “demon” is a much weaker word.)

 

Bentley sees the angelic realm as being like the “demonic realm” with angels over nations etc.

 

Relates Biblical realms of angels like Seraphim and Cherubim.

 

Angels joining in worship.

 

Uses the term “trance” in relation to spiritual experiences.

 

Makes an incredible statement that when you honour healing and preach healing you get healing! When you honour salvation and preach salvation, you get salvation. (This is absolutely untrue and a very dangerous doctrine because we honour the Saviour – not the salvation; we honour the Healer not the healing; we honour the Deliverer – not the deliverance. Bentley is very very wrong!)

 

Gives an analysis of what angels do.

 

Talks of partnership with the angels, and releasing angels.

 

Had an angel called Promise talk to him and believes that angels release finances.

 

States that Bob Jones asked him about the angel Emma. (See previous study on Emma.)

This is all about spiritual beings influencing without Biblical backing - Where does this leave ..........

2 Timothy 3:16 King James Version (KJV)

 

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

 

How does Bentley's Angelogy therefore match up with scripture

Following from the incredible statements revealed we see how they match up with the scripture using David Owen’s study What does the Bible say about angels?

 

The purpose of presenting Owen’s study is to counteract with scripture what undoubtedly Bentley is “seeing in the spirit” for without discernment false spirits can lead the unsuspecting “well up the garden path.”

 

II Tim. 3: 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

It is scripture that keeps us on line, the uncorrupted scriptures and it is these that are presented by Owen. It is clear from this study that Bentley has failed to see that Biblical reference is vital in the area of “moving in the Spirit – this Biblical presentation on angels and their activities being somewhat in contrast to the accounts of experiential Bentley!

 

Key Points from the study.

 

States that Gospel Preachers seem to now be naming their angels and speaking of a number of angels like healing angels and revival angels etc. (This is certainly the case with Bentley. Bentley talks of a “healing angel” without any Biblical reference for in the Bible healing has been achieved by the sacrifice of Christ Jesus. No Biblical reference either for “Promise” and “Emma” – the latter appearing to be in Eastern mystical religion. Bentley’s angelology seems to be experience orientated rather than Biblical, there being little on discernment of spirits in Bentley’s work.)

 

States an order of angels in order of rank: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels and angels.

 

States Bible fact that there are created beings good angels – both good and bad. Hebrew word for angel being MALAK that means “agent” or “messenger”; the Greek word ANGELOS also meaning “messenger”

 

Accepts angels minister to the people of God

 

Mark 8:38  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Matthew 13:41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

2Thesalonians 1:7  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

John 1:51  And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

 

Warns of extra-scriptural books ….. (From studying Bentley’s belief system on angels there seems to have been influence on his thinking from the Charismatic world that is so influenced by Catholic mysticism.) David Owen gives the Biblical perspective: 

David Owen: The Archangels

 

Hebrew Tradition states that there are twelve archangels which is the number in ‘Biblical Numerology’ of ‘Divine Government’.  The whole context of Scripture relative to the number twelve would seem to confirm this tradition.  Jesus said that He could have prayed to the Father and immediately been given twelve legions of angels to deliver Him:

 

Matthew 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

 

Although I do not accept ‘Extra Biblical Books’ I want to mention at this stage two passages of extra biblical work, that lists angels names, so we can see that the occult and modern day charismatics get the names from:

 

The Book of Enoch 20:1-7

1These are the names of the angels who watch 2Uriel, one of the holy angels, who presides over clamor and terror 3Raphael, one of the holy angels, who presides over the spirits of men 4Raguel, one of the holy angels, who inflicts punishment on the world and the luminaries 5Michael, one of the holy angels, who, presiding over human virtue, commands the nations 6Sarakiel, one of the holy angels, who presides over the spirits of the children of men that transgress 7Gabriel, one of the holy angels, who presides over Ikisat, over paradise, and over the cherubim

 

The Book of Tobit 12:15

 

I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels, which present the prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the Holy One.

Now I want to say that personally and Biblically I refute this teaching of ‘Extra Biblical Theology’ within the church.  And I do not believe that this is divinely inspired revelation for one minute, but I included the two texts, as part of my research into this subject, to show, how people have become deceived by the use of such materials.

 

Yet the Scriptures, speak of only three names, what are they, and what does the word of God reveal to us about them?  I will take each name individually, and examine them from the Scriptures.

 

After a teaching on Lucifer and fallen angels David Owen gives teaching on Michael who does not seem to be mentioned in Bentley’s doctrine.

 

David Owen: Michael

 

Michael is specifically called an archangel in the Scriptures.  His name means ‘who is like God’ or ‘God like’.  There are four recorded accounts of the ministry of this angel.

 

Daniel 10:21  But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

Daniel 12:1  And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Daniel 12:2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Daniel 12:3  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Daniel 12:4  But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Jude 1:9  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Revelation 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Revelation 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Revelation 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Michael is the chief prince of the Nation of Israel in the Old Testament.  His activities are always seen in connection with satanic warfare, and with the resurrection of the body.   It is also accepted, that he is the angel that will come with the Lord for the translations of the saints:

1Thessalonians 4:16  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:

 

As with Michael this well known Biblical Angel Gabriel seems to be missing from Bentley’s doctrine. (Bentley seems to have resorted to what he sees “in the spirit” rather than what God has revealed to him, the spirit realm being an area of elect and fallen angels, God’s gift of discernment being vital to move in this area, this gift seemingly lacking from Bentley’s teachings)

 

Owen, however continues with the Biblical side:

 

David Owen: Gabriel

 

Gabriel is generally accepted as an archangel.  His name means ‘strength of God’.  There are special occasions where Gabriel is mentioned, and it seems that he comes with a prophetic announcement concerning the Christ of God.

 

Daniel 8:16  And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.

Daniel 8:17  So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.

Daniel 8:18  Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.

Daniel 8:19  And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.

 

You can also read the whole of Daniel chapter 9.

Daniel 10:8  Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.

Daniel 10:9  Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.

Daniel 10:10  And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.

Daniel 10:11  And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.

Luke 1:19  And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

Luke 1:26  And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

 

Gabriel stands in the presence of God with Michael, and never with Lucifer.

 

Owen presents the Biblical Truth of the multitude of angelic hosts, there being elect angels and fallen angels – David Owen declaring that there are two forms to help in discernment, discernment being lacking in Bentley’s teaching.

 

Daniel 7:9  I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

Daniel 7:10  A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

Matthew 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

Luke 2:13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Hebrews 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Revelation 5:11  And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

 

From the Scriptures we are able to go a step further and brake down the ‘Angelic Host’ into two groups, which will aid us in our study.

 

A. Elect Angels – these are the angels which did not follow Lucifer in his rebellion

 

1Timothy 5:21  I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

 

B.  Fallen Angels - there are angels which fell by the sin of self will. 

 

 

2 Peter 2:4  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

Jude 1:6  And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Jude 1:9  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

 

In understanding Bentley’s angelology, it is important to see how scripture sees angels as beings, and Owen gives the scriptures:

 

A. Angels are created beings – Angels were created by the Almighty God for His pleasure.  Because Angels are created beings, they owe their very existence to the Lord that makes them finite.   They are not self existent, though they have eternal life given to them by the Lord.  Scripture does not show us when the angelic hosts were created, but we can assume that it was sometime before the creation, because, ‘the angels sang and shouted for joy at the foundation of the earth’ the Seraphim are seen in Genesis 3, guarding the entrance to the Garden of Eden. 

 

Psalm 148:2  Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

Psalm 148:5  Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.

Colosians 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Job 38:4  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

Job 38:5  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

Job 38:6  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

Job 38:7  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

 

B.  Angels are Spirit beings – God, who is Spirit, created angelic spirit beings.  These angels are ministering spirits, as flames of fire.  Because they are spirit beings, they are not limited to the physical or material realm like man is, but we also have to understand, that they do not possess omnipresence as does God.  At times, angels under the direction of God could assume human form and perform human deeds.

 

 

Hebrews 1:13  But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?

Hebrews 1:14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Hebrews 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Hebrews 12:23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Psalm 104:4  Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

Luke 24:39  Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

Psalm 78:25  Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.

Genesis 19:1  And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

Genesis 19:2  And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

Genesis 19:3  And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

 

C.  Angels are Immortal – God, the creator, is immortal and so are the angels.  They derive their immorality from God.  They are not subject to physical death, as is man, though sometimes permitted to assume human form or appearance.

 

Luke 20:34  And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:

Luke 20:35  But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

Luke 20:36  Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

1Timothy 6:16  Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

 

D. Angels are a company – Angels are a company of beings, not a race.  That is to say, they are not involved in marriage.  Though spoken of throughout scripture in the masculine gender, angels are sexless.  They do not reproduce or propagate their kind, as do the human race.  They were created as individual spirit beings.  The angels which sinned each sinned as individuals, therefore sin is not transmitted to them as it is to the human race through Adam.

 

Luke 20:34  And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:

Luke 20:35  But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

Matthew 22:30  For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

Hebrews 2:16  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

 

E.  Angels are innumerable – The angelic host are innumerable, as far as man is concerned.  They are as myriad as the stars of light.  Only God knows their number.  Jesus spoke of legions of angels.

 

Daniel 7:9  I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

Daniel 7:10  A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

Luke 2:13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Psalm 148:2  Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

Psalm 148:3  Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

Psalm 148:4  Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

Psalm 148:5  Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.

Psalm 148:6  He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.

2Kings 6:17  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

Matthew 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

We can not even begin to grasp, these kind of statistics.

 

F.   Angels are Higher than Man – In the order of created beings, angels are the first before man.  The Scriptures show that man was made lower than the angels.  Man is a triune being consisting of spirit, soul and body, whereas the angels are spirit beings, thus of a higher order.  However angels are not heirs of God as believers are.  God is their creator, but not their Father, as He is of believers.  Angels are superior to man, but inferior to Christ who created them. 

Psalm 8:1  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Psalm 8:2  Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Psalm 8:3  When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

Psalm 8:4  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Psalm 103:20  Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Hebrews 2:6  But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Hebrews 2:7  Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:

Hebrews 2:5  For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.

 

A. Angels are a free will creation – Angels as men, were created with a free will, having the power of choice.  The very fact that some angels sinned shows they all had the power of choice and could either chose to do God’s will, or to follow satanic self will.

 

Isaiah 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isaiah 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isaiah 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

2Peter 2:4  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

Jude 1:6  And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Jud 1:9  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

 

B.  Angels are personalities – As God is a person having all the attributes and qualities of personality so are angels.   They are not mere good or evil influences, but are real personalities, having intelligence and will.  Though they have their own character they are not glorified human beings.  Redeemed sinners will never become angels, only like them.

 

Matthew 18:10  Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

Psalm 103:20  Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Psalm 103:21  Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

Revelation 4:8  And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Matthew 22:30  For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

 

C.  Angels are invisible – As spirit beings, angels are also invisible, though at times they will become visible to the human eyes.  Once the redeemed of the Lord are glorified, the angelic realm will be completely visible.

 

Colosians 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

 

In addition Owen gives the scriptures relating to the character of angels.

 

1.   Their Worship – Elect and Holy Angels never accept worship of man, though fallen angels seek to be worshiped.  Elect angels direct all worship towards the Lord Jesus Christ, they are worshipers themselves.

 

Psalm 103:20  Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Psalm 103:21  Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

Nehemiah 9:6  Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

Psalm 29:1  Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

Psalm 29:2  Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

Hebrews 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Hebrews 12:23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Hebrews 12:24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

 

2.   They are obedient – the obedience of the elect angels is immediate and unquestioningly perfect.

 

 

Matthew 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Matthew 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

1Peter 3:22  Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

 

3.   Their wisdom – Angels are wise, but not all wise as God alone is the all wise One.  Their wisdom has increased over the ages of time as they have beheld the dealings of the all wise God.

 

Ephesians 3:9  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

Ephesians 3:10  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

 

Note the principalities and powers here in Ephesians 3:10, can be taken to be both Elect and fallen angels, for they are both principalities and powers in heavenly places.

 

Matthew 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

 

4.   They have knowledge – their knowledge, like their wisdom, is what they have come to learn over the ages. Although, they have this knowledge and wisdom, they are no omniscient that is attributed to God alone.

 

Mark 13:32  But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

 

1Peter 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

 

5.   Angels are meek – Angels bear in their character the meekness of Almighty God, fallen angels rose up in pride, elect angels have meekness and humility.

 

2 Peter 2:11  Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

Jude 1:9  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

 

6.   Angels are strong – the following scriptures give examples of the strength and power (which of course is God given, we must not forget that), of the angelic host.  We must never forget that angels are not omnipotent (all powerful) that is an attribute of the Eternal Godhead.

 

2 Kings 19:35  And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

Revelation 18:1  And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Revelation 18:2  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

2Thessalonians 1:7  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

 

7.   Angels are holy -  Angels possess the attribute of derived holiness.

 

Revelation 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Mark 8:38  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

 

8.   Angels are patient -  The angels have the quality of patience, as they wait before God to do His bidding.

 

Consider the narrative of Ballam and the Ass, and the way the Lord used His angel there.

 

Numbers 22:23  And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.

Numbers 22:24  But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.

Numbers 22:25  And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her again.

Numbers 22:26  And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.

Numbers 22:27  And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.

Numbers 22:30  And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.

Numbers 22:35  And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

Matthew 18:10  Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

 

9.   Angels are modest – angels are reserved and decent in their behaviour before Almighty God, and those who are heirs of salvation.

 

1Corinthians 11:10  For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

 

10.            Angels have ability – Angels, when sent by God to various persons on earth can speak the language needed to communicate the message.

 

1Corinthians 13:1  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 

11.   Angels are joyous creatures – angels rejoiced at the creation of the earth.  They also rejoice over the repentant sinner.

 

Luke 15:10  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

1Corinthians 4:9  For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

Job 38:7  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

 

12.   The clothing of Angels – angels are generally spoken of as being clothed in white raiment, or raiment that is bright as light.  No darkness is in them.  They are clear and transparent before a Holy God.

 

Revelation 15:1  And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

Revelation 15:2  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

Revelation 15:3  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Revelation 15:4  Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

Revelation 15:5  And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

Revelation 15:6  And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

Revelation 15:7  And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

Revelation 15:8  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

 

Scripture also gives titles to angels as  Owen has discovered:

 

1.   Watchers – Angels, behold this earth as a theatre they are ever awake.

 

1 Corinthians  4:9  For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

 

2.   God’s – This Hebrew word ‘Elohim’ is used of angels as of God, because they are like God [they are spirit beings].  The same word is also used of man.

 

Psalm 8:5  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels [Elohim Strongs 430], and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Psalm 29:1 Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

Psalm 29:2  Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

Psalm 97:7  Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods [Elohim Strongs 430].

Psalm 82:6  I have said, Ye are gods [Elohim Strongs 430]; and all of you are children of the most High.

John 10:33  The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

John 10:34  Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods [Theos Strongs 2316]?

 

3.   Hosts of God – Significant of the armies of God

 

Psalm 33:6  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Luke 2:13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

1Kings 22:19  And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.

Deuteronomy 17:3  And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;

 

4.   Saints – Saint’s means ‘Holy Ones’.  It is used both of angels and men.

 

Angels

Deuteronomy 33:2  And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.

Mankind

Zecheriah14:5  And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

 

5.   Ministering Spirits – They are servants of the creator.  Angels, though intermediaries, are not mediators.  There is only one mediator between God and Man, the Man Christ Jesus. Angels are ministering spirits, servants of the Most High God.

 

Hebrews 1:13  But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?

Hebrews 1:14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Psalm 103:21  Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

1Timothy 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

 

6.   Flames of Fire – significant of the holiness of God upon them.  Fire is the symbol in Scripture of Divine Holiness and burning against sin.

 

Psalm 104:4  Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

Hebrews 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire.

 

7.   The Elect – The angels who refused to follow satan are known as the elect angels, Christ and the saints are also called the elect of God. The fallen angels are not the elect.

 

Good Angels

 

1Timothy 5:21  I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

 

Redeemed Man

 

Luke 18:7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

Fallen Angels

2Peter 2:4  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

 

8.   Sons of God – it is generally believed that is angels that are here referred to as ‘sons of God’.  They are created ‘sons of God’ not begotten ‘sons of God’, as are born again believers.

 

Job 1:6  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

Job 2:1  Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

Job 38:7  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

 

9.   Morning Stars – Angels are seen as stars of light.  Lucifer was the ‘Day Star’ before he rebelled against God.  God likens both angels and born again believers as stars.

 

Job 38:7  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Isaiah 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isaiah14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, that didst lay low the nations! [American Standard Version]

Revelation 1:20  The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

 

10.                 Sons of the Mighty – The angel’s are spoken of as Mighty Ones.

 

Psalm 89:6  For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?

Psalm 29:1 Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

Isaiah 13:3  I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.

 

11.                 Angels – the word simply means ‘messenger or agent’ Angels are God’s messengers.

 

Hebrews 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Psalm 103:20  Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

 

12.                 Princes – Angels are designated as princes over various nations.  Satan is spoken of as the ‘prince of the power of the air’.

 

 

Now there are many references at this point, and to save space, I would like to just  mention them rather than quote them in full. I do suggest that you study these out for yourself as well. 

 

The references are in purple Daniel 10:13,20,21; 12:1; John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11, Ephesians 2:2, Colossians 1:16, 2:10,15; Ephesians 1:21, 31:10, 6:12, 1 Peter 3:22.

 

13.                 Thrones – Thrones are symbolic of the ruler-ship of certain angels in God’s Divine order.

 

 

Colossians 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Romans 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 

14.                 Dominions – dominions speak of lordship or spheres of influence as under the Lord of angels, Jesus Christ

 

Colossians 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

 

15.                 Powers – powers speaks of authorities and administrations which God has given to various angels.

 

Colossians 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

 

Additional Note:

The word ‘angel’ is used in Scripture of various groupings of persons, and only the immediate context will determine who the ‘angel-messenger’ referred to may be.  The references fall into three main areas:

First – The Lord Jesus Christ is revealed as the Angel of the Lord

 

Exodus 3:2  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

Exodus 3:3  And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

Exodus 3:4  And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

Exodus 3:14  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

Exodus 3:15  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

 

Second – Ministers of the Churches or God’s prophets are also spoken of as being ‘angels’:

 

Revelation 2:1  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

 

Haggai was God’s Prophet for a specific time

 

Haggai 1:13  Then spake Haggai the LORD'S messenger in the LORD'S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.

John the Baptist was spoken of as the ‘Messenger of the Lord’

Malachi 2:7  For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

Isaiah  40:3  The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Matthew 3:3  For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

 

Jesus Christ Himself, is spoken of as the messenger of the ‘Covenant’

 

Mal 3:1  Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

 

Thirdly – Angelic beings are also God’s messengers:

 

Psalm 68:17  The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.

Psalm 104:4  Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

 

Therefore, only the context of the verses within the narrative will help us to distinguish, the meaning of the word angel.   We have to be very much aware of this, otherwise, there is the possibility of error.

 

Next, I would like to include just a brief comment on ‘Seraphim’.  Now there is only one place within the Scriptures, that mentions the ‘Seraphim’, therefore, we need to look carefully at what is said, so we can add this section into our picture and study on the Angelic Realm.

 

The Seraphim

 

Isaiah 6:1  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Isaiah 6:2  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

Isaiah 6:3  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Isaiah 6:4  And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

Isaiah 6:5  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

Isaiah 6:6  Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

Isaiah 6:7  And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

 

This is the only Scripture in the Bible that refers to ‘Seraphim’.  The title interpreted means ‘The Burning Ones’.  They are especially seen in relation to the throne and the Holiness of God.  The Seraphim have six wings, two to cover their feet (Significant of service), two to cover their face (significant of awe and reverence) and two to fly with (significant of their obedience to God’s will).  Their constant cry is the holiness of the Godhead ‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory’.

 

Psalm 24:1  The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Psalm 72:19  And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

 

The ‘Seraphim’ also ministered the coal of cleansing from the alter to the lips of the Prophet Isaiah.  Jesus said that the vision that Isaiah saw, was the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

 

John 12:37  But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:

John 12:38  That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?

John 12:39  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

John 12:40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

John 12:41  These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

 

Then we move naturally from the ‘Seraphim’ to the ‘Cherubim’.  The Bible has more to say about this particular created realm of Angels.

 

 

The Cherubim

Though different, the revelation of the ‘Cherubim’, seems to be linked with that of the ‘Seraphim’.  The revelation of the ‘Cherubim’ is much fuller than that of the ‘Seraphim’, and the scriptures concerning them seem to fall into three main streams of thought.

 

Firstly – The cherubim are angelic beings, most Bible teachers would agree, and comment that they are similar to the ‘Seraphim’, yet they are different.

Secondly – The Cherubim and the Godhead.  I want to spend a little bit of time, looking at this particular aspect of the teaching.

 

Herbert Lockyer in his book ‘The Unseen Army’ (Page 25) makes the following comment.

“the cherubim are representative or symbolic of the blessed Godhead with the human nature, taken into the divine essence”.

 

This seems to be consistent with the full revelation of the Cherubim in Scripture.  They generally seem to be symbolic of the Father and the Holy Spirit in association of the Son of God, relative to the plan of redemption.

 

1.   The Cherubim were associated with the Tabernacle in Eden and the flaming sword.

 

Genesis 3:24  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

 

2.   The Cherubim were inwrought in the veil of the Tabernacle of Moses

 

Exodus 26:1  Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them.

Exodus 36:8  And every wise hearted man among them that wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work made he them.

Hebrews 9:5  And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

 

3.    The Cherubim were a part of the Golden Mercy Seat on the Ark of the Covenant in which the Shekinah Glory of God dwelt.

 

Exodus 25:17  And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

Exodus 25:18  And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.

Exodus 25:19  And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

Exodus 25:20  And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.

Exodus 25:21  And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

Exodus 25:22  And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

Psalm 99:1  The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

1Samuel 4:4  So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

2Samuel 6:2  And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.

 

4.   The two great olive Cherubim overshadowed the Ark of the Covenant in Solomon’s Temple

 

1Kings 6:23  And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree, each ten cubits high.

1Kings 6:24  And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing unto the uttermost part of the other were ten cubits.

1Kings 6:25  And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were of one measure and one size.

1Kings 6:26  The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it of the other cherub.

1Kings 6:27  And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house.

1Kings 6:28  And he overlaid the cherubims with gold.

2Chronicles 5:7  And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims:

2Chronicles 5:8  For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.

 

The central one is identified as the ‘Son of God’.  He is the flaming sword, the inwrought veil, the Ark of the Covenant, the Blood-Stained Mercy Seat, and the Father and the Spirit are always seen in association with the Son in the work of redemption.  The Cherubim are generally seen in association with the eternal Son of God:

 

Numbers 7:89  And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him.

Psalm 80:1  Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.

Psalm 99:1  The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

2Kings 19:15  And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.

2Samuel 6:2  And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.

 

Though the angels desire to look into the mystery of salvation they are not an integral part of redemptions work. (This is in contrast to Bentley’s perspective who seems to place a high emphasis on angelic activity in relation to redemption)

 

1Peter 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

 

Owen continues to give the two-fold ministry and function of angels:

 

Revelation 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Heb 1:13  But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?

Hebrews 1:14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.  

 

The elect angels minister to those who are heirs of salvation (that’s all who have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb).

 

Psalm 103:20  Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Psalm 103:21  Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 

How Different is David Owen's Biblical Study

on angels to that of Bentley's Experiences?

It is important always in ministry to have the Biblical perspective and this ministry – the Bible College of Wales Continuing – checks all activity with the Authorised Version – a Bible sadly missing from Bentley’s ministry thus leaving him and his followers wide open to the controls and manipulations of the devil.

 

V  Why tattoos and piercings?

 

Many find it extraordinary that an apparent Christian Minister should take upon his body tattoos and piercings, an action so alien to orthodox Christianity.

 

Lev. 19:28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

 

The scripture quoted is likely to be rebuffed by modern day Charismatics as being part of the law.

 

Romans 3: 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

 

In reply to that, it is obvious that Christ Jesus is the fulfilment of the law rather than the abolisher, the believers’ body being the Temple of the Holy Ghost so how can devilish marking on a body fit in with Old and New Testament scripture? It can’t!

 

II Cor. 6: 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

 

We shall prove in our analysis of the tattoos that we are dealing with an idol or marks of an idol.

Tattoo 1 – An apparent depiction of Christ with subliminal monkey etched in the beard.

 

One has to ask why Bentley would want to have a depiction of the dead Christ on his body for JESUS is alive. There are many questions being asked by observers like Pat Holliday in relation to a subliminal monkey etched into his beard, a possible link to the Hindu deity Hanuman who according to the Ramayana led a team of monkeys to defeat the demon King Ramana. Holliday goes further seeing an upside down Jesus as being an old Satanish wish.

 

What we ask is whether there is a further link to Hinduism here by depicting an image on a body, in such a way that has obviously moved the activities of what is supposed to be a Christian ministry from orthodoxy.

 

http://d.scribd.com/docs/193bm3rgjd5lh6gglhvx.pdf

Tattoo 2 – Japanese Kanji Symbols with meanings like his unbiblical angels names like “Healing” & “Emma-O” – 

the Oni Buddhist guardian devil of hell.

 

The symbol Bentley is pointing to looks like the same symbol of Blair Witch used in the Blair Witch project, a film of which the producer used the symbol as a warning.

The film shows the symbol built with wood, it being described as a “stick-man” http://www.castleofspirits.com/blairwitch3.html

 

What does it mean? Well it is clearly occultic and as such is a symbol of death. A Christian website gives the answer:

 

BLAIR WITCH: A five-pointed compound symbol with a center triangle pointing down. The five lines resemble the microcosmic man with arms and legs outstretched inside a circle (with a pentagram in the background)-- a magic symbol or charm among medieval alchemists and wizards. http://www.crossroad.to/Books/symbols1.html

David Owen discovered the following about this tattoo:

 

 

Here in the picture on the right we have yet another one of Todd’s devlish tattoos.  This time it is the ‘Oni Devil’.  You will notice that the ‘Oni devil’ here is in the centre of a rose with the title ‘to die is gain’, this is tattooed onto Todd’s throat and chest.

 

The Oni Devil, or two horned devil is a popular image in the Japanese tattoo artwork of today.  They are probably the most common of the ghostly beings in Japanese cosmology, and are typically depicted as rampaging, violent and cruel.  Almost always shown with horns, their faces can be quite varied, similar to Noh masks, and are typically pink, red or blue-grey.

Tattoo 4 – Greek Goddess: Medusa

 

An impression of Medusa with the snakes in the hair is situated on Bentley’s leg. Medusa is also a name given to a type of body piercing and of course Bentley has submitted his body to such depravity too.

 

www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/body_piercing_information/location_types/oral_medusa.cfm

Medusa, one of the three Gorgons, daughter of Phorcys and Ceto. She was the only one of the Gorgons who was subject to mortality. She is celebrated for her personal charms and the beauty of her locks. Neptune became enamoured of her, and obtained her favours in the temple of Minerva. This violation of the sanctity of the temple provoked Minerva, and she changed the beautiful locks of Medusa, which had inspired Neptune’s love to serpents. According to Apollodorus, Medusa and her sisters came into the world with snakes on their heads, instead of hair, with yellow wings and brazen hands. Their bodies were also covered with impenetrable scales, and their very looks had the power of killing or turning to stones. Perseus rendered his name immortal by his conquest of Medusa. He cut off her head, and the blood that dropped from the wound produced the innumerable serpents that infest Africa. The conqueror placed Medusa's head on the shield of Minerva, which he had used in his expedition. The head still retained the same petrifying power as before, as it was fatally known in the court of Cepheus. . . . Some suppose that the Gorgons were a nation of women, whom Perseus conquered.

From Lempriére’s Classical Dictionary of Proper names mentioned in Ancient Authors Writ Large. Ed. J. Lempriére and F.A. Wright. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_f/bogan/medusamyth.htm

Cultural Norm in USA?

Bentley may argue that tattooing has become a cultural norm in America where the “Lakeland Revival” is situated. Statistics from National Geographic Magazine show that 15% of all Americans are tattooed, a figure of 39 million people. In the younger generations Details Magazine has showed that 22% of all 18-25 year olds have at least one tattoo, 60% of this group being women.

 

It is reported that even in the Christian community in U.S.A. tattooing is being embraced encouraged by the Christian Rock Music community. http://www.biblebelievers.com/watkins_tattoos/intro.html

 

It is a fact that the act of tattooing is an act of blood letting with origins deep in the occult and bluntly no Christian should submit him or herself to this pagan ritual.

 

Leviticus 19: 28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

 

Pro tattoo reference books clearly refer to blood being let. This is the proof:

 

"Early people cut open their skin and rubbed soot into the wounds to mark themselves. They punctured their skin with the bones and teeth of animals."
(Jean-Chris Miller, The Body Art Book : A Complete, Illustrated Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Body Modifications, p. 28)

 

"You’ll see little drops of blood emerge from the freshly tattooed spot. . . How much you bleed has a lot to do with your personal physiology as well as outside factors (like the presence of alcohol in your bloodstream, which can make you bleed like a stuck pig). Usually your blood will coagulate within a few minutes, clotting up the tiny punctures that have been made. . .


When your tattoo is finished, the artist will clean it gently with an alcohol/water solution. Once that dries and little blood bubbles have ceased rising to the surface, the artist may want to snap a few photos of your piece."


(Jean-Chris Miller, The Body Art Book : A Complete, Illustrated Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Body Modifications, pp. 97,98,99)

 

"The tattooist guides the tattoo machine over the skin. He or she stops the needle every minute or so to wipe the blood and ink clean. The amounts of bleeding and pain in the tattoo process differ according to each person. . . After the first two hours, remove the bandage and wash away any collected or dried blood."


(Bonnie B. Graves, Tattooing and body piercing, p. 22, 24)

 

"As soon as he stops working with the needle, the sailor’s skin send up its blood beads. . . the eagle’s eye reddens but there is now no telling blood from ink. . . Carmey floods the flesh behind the eagle with red and the finished eagle poises on a red sky, born and baptized in the blood of it’s owner."
(Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 19)

 

"The reasons why puncturing the skin should be regarded with some degree of awe are not far to seek, for in the first place, there is the drawing of blood, which to the savage world over is full of significance as a rejuvenating and immortalizing factor. There is in addition the opening of numerous inlets for evil to enter."


([Hambly Wilfrid D. 1925. The History of Tattooing and its Significance, p. 233] (Gilbert, Steve, Tattoo History: A Source Book, p. 162)

Rolling Stone magazine gives a first-hand description of the blood-letting tattoo procedure:


"Evan Seinfeld, the bassist for Biohazrd, sits in the chair, offers his hand and waits for the bleeding to began. . . The instrument whirs to life, humming across Seinfeld's hand, creating a vibrating pool of blood and ink."
(Rolling Stone, March 28, 2002, p. 40)

 

In addition to current sources like the above, pro-tattoo historians show clearly the occultic background of the practice.

Occultic Background!

Dr. W. D. Hambly according to Steve Gilbert quoting The History of Tattooing And It's Significance, writes Hambly concluded that historically tattooing had originated in connection with ancient rites of scarification and bloodletting. Gilbert goes onto to point out that in history tattooing is associated with religious practices designed to put the human soul in harmony with supernatural forces ensuring continuity between this life and the next. Steve Gilbert, Tattoo History: A Source Book p. 158. How could Bentley as a Christian Minister be truly led of the Lord to submit himself to such an act of blood letting? The prophets of Baal cut themselves before Elijah. It is a mark of being on the other side.

 

I Kings 18: 28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

Steve Gilbert gives further evidence of bloodletting in tattoo history:

 

"In northwest Alaska, traditional practices of tattoo and ritually induced bleeding were often related and may have even overlapped to some extent. Around Bering Strait, shamans commonly performed bloodletting to relieve aching or inflamed parts of the body. Nelson watched a shaman ‘lancing the scalp of his little girl’s head, the long, thin iron point of the instrument being thrust twelve to fifteen times between the scalp and skull [which is the identical technique for tattooing] . . It is plausible that the release of blood functioned to appease various ills and spiritual manifestations. For instance, several St. Lawrence Islanders explained to me the importance of licking the blood that was released during tattoo ‘operations’."
(Gilbert, Steve, Tattoo History: A Source Book, p. 181)

 

http://www.biblebelievers.com/watkins_tattoos/blood.html

 

It would seem that Bentley’s choice in being tattooed may be a reaction to his already reported troubled background, studies having shown this to be the case.

 

"Evidence indicates that it is the mere presence of the tattoo, not its artistic content, that correlates with certain diagnoses. Thus, any tattoo can be viewed as a warning sign that should alert the practicing physician to look for underlying psychiatric conditions."


(Raspa, Robert F. and John Cusack 1990, Psychiatric Implications of Tattoos, American Family Physician. 41: p. 1483)

". . . studies suggests that people with personality disorders frequently have multiple small tattoos. . ."
(Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 115)

Research clearly indicates ". . . the presence of tattooing was often indicative of a deprived and troubled background,. . ."
(Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 117)

http://www.biblebelievers.com/watkins_tattoos/rebel.html

Landmark of Death

One can hear the cry that this is all old, it’s not like this today! Sadly it is, and just as Christians are called not to remove the ancient landmark, the occult in its guise as a counterfeit observes the same command – its landmark being one of death rather than life!

 

A very comprehensive study and analysis of tattoos, was recently published in April, 2001. The study was performed by Dr. Timothy Roberts, a pediatrician at the University of Rochester Children’s Hospital. The detailed analysis was taken from a study of 6072 young people, ages 11 to 21. From all over the United States. From all different ethnic groups. From all economic and social backgrounds. In other words, very thorough and reliable data models were constructed for the study. In fact, this study is probably the most comprehensive and conclusive analysis of tattoos ever conducted.

 

According to the study, today’s tattooed young people:

  Are nearly four times more likely to engage in sexual intercourse

  Over two times more likely to experience alcohol related problems

  Nearly two times more likely to use illegal drugs

  Over two times more likely to express violent behavior

  Over two times more likely to drop out of high school

Dr. Roberts writes, that the results of the study reveal:

 

"Tattooing in adolescents was significantly associated with sexual intercourse, substance use, violence and school problems in bivariate analyses and in logistic regressions adjusting for sociodemographic factors and peer substance use."


(Timothy A. Roberts, M.D. and Sheryl A. Ryan, M.D., Tattooing and High-Risk Behavior in Adolescents, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Strong Children’s Research Center, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY)

 

Dr. Roberts, writes in the "conclusion" of the study that tattoos "have strong associations with high-risk behaviors in adolescents"

"Conclusion: Permanent tattoos have strong associations with high-risk behaviors in adolescents. The presence of a tattoo during examination of an adolescent should prompt in-depth assessment for high-risk behaviors."


(Timothy A. Roberts, M.D. and Sheryl A. Ryan, M.D., Tattooing and High-Risk Behavior in Adolescents, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Strong Children’s Research Center, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY)

It is worth mentioning, Dr. Roberts, himself has a tattoo. And before the study, Dr. Roberts admittedly believed that people with tattoos were unfairly stereotyped. One of his purposes of the study was to prove that point. After the overwhelming results, Dr Roberts, admitted, "I was more than a little surprised at the result."

 

After evaluating the data, Dr. Roberts says, "A tattoo is a sign that doctors, parents, teachers ought to be asking about the teenager’s behaviour."

http://www.biblebelievers.com/watkins_tattoos/rebel.html  

Example to Young People

Even if it can be argued that Bentley is now a mature adult, the example he is giving to young people to copy him surely must mean that the behaviours outlined by Dr. Roberts are going to be the fruits of his ministry among young people. This is very serious indeed.

 

In addition to this behavioural example, Bentley with his clear endorsement of tattooing is encouraging a practice that as well as being steeped in the occult, as well as factually being a sign of psychological disturbance may also medically be the biggest carrier of Hepatitis C.

 

Dr. Bob Haley and Dr. Paul Fischer of University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas uncovered that the "innocent" commercial tattoo may be the number one distributor of hepatitisC.The study was published in the journal Medicine (Haley RW, Fischer RP, Commercial tattooing as a potentially source of hepatitis C infection, Medicine, March 2000;80:134-151). Dr. Haley, a preventative medicine specialist and a former Center for Disease Control (CDC) infection control official, is exceptionally knowledgeable to prepare the study. Dr. Haley concludes, "We found that commercially acquired tattoos accounted for more than twice as many hepatitis C infections as injection-drug use. This means it may have been the largest single contributor to the nationwide epidemic of this form of hepatitis." Statistically in U.S.A. this strain kills 10,000 a year and here we have Bentley talking of miracles and advocating a practice bringing death and destruction to America. 

A tattooing machine can  puncture the skin 3000 times a minute

The Bible Believers website gives a warning. God does not support a practice that brings death whatever Bentley may advertise on his T. shirts and the following warning should be given to all followers of this new Bentley cult.

 

A tattooing machine can puncture the skin 3,000 times a minute. And every one of those thousands of punctures creates a hole 1/64 to 1/16th of an inch into the dermis that literally invites infection and disease. Every single puncture of the tattoo needle opens up the real possibility of AIDS, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, tetanus, tuberculosis and about any other blood-borne disease. With the average tattoo taking about 60 minutes that equals 180,000 tiny "Russian Roulette" puncture wounds providing a potential path to a very deadly infectious disease.

http://www.biblebelievers.com/watkins_tattoos/health.html

The apparent obsession with tattoos was part of the

Lakeland Revival thus bringing revival to

an extreme point of difference from the landmark revivals. 

VI  Other peoples accounts and whether what is going on matches up with the Word of God

The Apostasy Alert website gives some disturbing testimonies of seeing those “drunk in the spirit” which are completely out of line with the Biblical perspective outlined in Acts 2 where Peter was quite able to speak to the crowd, early 20th. century Pentecostals being able to use the power for great mission.

Serious Questions .........

On this account being accurate there are clearly serious questions having to be raised about the “revival” at Lakeland.

 

"These are the effects that I have witnessed on people who have attended this movement and either have had hands laid on them or claim to have been imparted with 'the spirit': -They come back with this kind of childlike drunken stupor. -Descriptions of a burning sensation either in their veins, heads or stomachs. -Descriptions of being washed back and forth like the waves in the ocean;-Dancing about like drunk...-Inappropriate yelling and screaming like they're at a football game;-Young men whistling over and over and holding their heads and claiming that they 'feel the Holy Spirit about to split them in two'; -One young man's back two teeth turned completely to some metallic finish.-People with their eyes rolled in the back of their heads and weaving around like they're lost.-Women just gyrating and pulsating like they're being ravaged from behind from some unseen force. -Drunken uncontrollable laughter in the middle of a solemn prayer time…-People being 'slain in the spirit'... just falling down and being unable to move (like something's holding them down)." http://www.apostasyalert.org/REFLECTIONS/bentley.htm

 

Another phenomena expressed on the Apostasy Alert site is the site of individuals bent up and talking in a strange way, this phenomena being witnessed by myself recently in Stoke on Tent where a man expressed his determination whilst in Lakeland to be “knee-ed in the belly” by Bentley. His testimony was incomprehensible to the degree that his words were difficult to comprehend due to his doubling up position, clearly not the case with Peter at Pentecost.

 

Another perspective is given by J. Conrad Lampan who cancelled his ministry engagements in Wales prompted and I quote “by the Holy Spirit to come to Lakeland and the command included a loud NOW!”

 

Lampan states his case in the form of a prophecy, the scripture giving clear instruction when it comes to prophecy.

 

I Cor. 14: 29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Not of the Lord!

With this heart therefore I have to say I cannot find Lampan’s presentation as being of the Lord. He states that Lakeland is “far more than revival, with people who have cried out over the years for God to “rend the heavens” coming to Lakeland.

 

I refer Lampan to the “Acid Cloud Vision” that clearly states this would happen as a way of escape, Christians being drawn into a cloud of mysticism without Biblical foundations.

 

I believe also that this is a case of even “the elect being deceived” for what is being seen in Lakeland is what is of experience rather than the Word.

Lampan states that Lakeland is the network of revival flames coming together seemingly saying that Lakeland is the source of revival fire. We discover through the teachings of Patricia King that the flames being referred to are far from being of Biblical root.

 

Lampan:  Lakeland means revival in the world…. It is supernatural power released as never before into the network of revival that the Holy Spirit knitted together.

Lakeland is not the source of true revival fire. God is and

HIS WORD MUST BE RESTORED TO its RIGHTFUL PLACE ABOVE THE EXPERIENCE.

Somewhat Different Account

Gary Osborne’s account is somewhat different to that of Lampan’s! Osborne is a Pentecostal disturbed as we are at the farcical way meetings are being conducted in the new Pentecostal-Charismatic arena. His first hand accounts are graphic and realistic telling us all to return to the true landmark of Pentecost.

 

The first night I personally attended was Thursday, May 8th.  Mr. Bentley and his crew were now holding services in the Lakeland Civic Center, which can seat approximately 7,000 people.  The doors opened at 6:00 PM to the blowing of a shofar from people waiting to get in.  The first thing I noticed as I took a seat in the very back of the auditorium was that the music being played was the loudest I have ever encountered in any “Christian” service I have ever attended.  It was blaring loud as the worship team practiced a few songs in anticipation of the 7:00 PM Service.  I was immediately struck by how many people had banners or flags waving, and how many were jumping up and down like Mexican jumping beans.

Revival with "Warm -Up" Men!!!!!!!

There was a lot of “cheerleading” from the stage as microphone checks were being done.  Another thing that really stood out were certain buzz words that were used repeatedly.  The phrase “stir yourselves up” was used repeatedly, as was the concept of a “transferable anointing.”  A woman led in prayer for the service and said, “sound waves carry your [God] presence and anointing” and then told the people to “roar like a lion!”  At that request, people everywhere shouted at the top of their lungs and blew the shofars.  This same lady was jerking and twitching in a similar way to what has happened in meetings in Toronto and Brownsville in the past.  She went on to tell the people to look at one another and say, “You are pregnant – with the Holy Spirit and fire!”  There was also much talk of “birthing” and “signs and wonders.” 

"Going Live"

The “MC” (that’s the best word to describe him) for the meetings then came up and told the audience to get ready because we were going live on God TV in just a couple of minutes.  He had a young man stand behind him and gave the audience instructions to look at this man as he held up his hands for a countdown.  Everyone was to make as much noise as possible when the services went live, and believe me they did.  It was very orchestrated.  There was also talk of being “drunk in the Spirit” during this lead up time to going live on TV.

Loud Rock Music

The service began with loud, loud rock style music.  By the way, I am not an old fuddy-dud who doesn’t like up-tempo music.  I’m a Pentecostal and don’t at all mind exuberant worship.  So my comments are not coming from some prejudice in that vein.  I love to praise the Lord, and to do so with a full heart.  I clap, shout, and have even been known to jump up and down every now and then.  But what I saw and heard at the beginning of this service was unlike anything I had ever witnessed in a Christian service before (and I’ve attended my fair share of “off the wall” services in the past).  This was different.  It had a secular, rock concert feel to it.  People were swaying and dancing to the music constantly.  The worship leader, if you could call him that, sang a song whose lyrics include the following:

 

         “I am Free to Run, I am Free to Run”

         “I am Free to Dance, I am Free to Dance”

 

And boy how the people responded to that.  There were people dancing everywhere.  And by dancing I’m talking some of the same stuff you’d see at a secular concert.  Even some men and women dancing together!

Sensual Spirit

There was a very sensual spirit in the meeting.  Much inappropriate dress as well.  And everyone was caught up in their own euphoria.  After nearly 45 minutes of upbeat music, things finally slowed down.  People were still standing everywhere, but the music was now slower and more hypnotic.  The same songs were being played over and over and over.  People seemed to be in a trance all around me.  If the worship leader said, “raise your hands” everyone did so immediately.  If he said, “drop to your knees” they did so immediately.  In my humble opinion what I observed that night was nothing more than mass hypnotism.  The music had the people mesmerized.  Oh, and I didn’t know one song they sang the entire night.  Not one!

"Enough for the first night ......"

At about 8:30 PM, with music still being played and Todd Bentley still standing with the other leaders on stage, the music leader says, “I’m feeling drunk.”  He then tells the people to say to God, “Intoxicate me, Lord” – “Inebriate me, Lord.”  I am disgusted at this point.  We will deal with the so-called “drunk in the Spirit” phenomenon later in the article.  The music continues and picks up again.  Now the people are getting truly wild and the leader says, “Scream!!!” and the people let out a yell that shakes the entire building.  Finally the worship leader falls to the floor himself, but the back up singers continue.  This continued until nearly 9:00 PM and I had seen enough for my first night.  I left amidst the shouts of thousands.

http://www.biblical-pentecostals.org/Recycled%20Revival.htm

Former Hypnotist!

Further to Osborne’s report of hypnotic states, a former hypnotist from U.K. Peter Watkins – now saved with past activities “under the blood” contacted me with methods to produce mass hypnotic states. We ask if these techniques are being used at Lakeland. Looking at the background and Osborne’s account it would seem likely that they are.

 

Hypnosis is the art of submitting a client into gradual deeper levels of a trance through a series of commands and actions.  Some people are more open to suggestion and hence hypnotism than others.  Members of the armed forces, for example, are usually very open because they are used to obeying a command immediately without question.  Everyone can be hypnotised.  You may think you are exempt, but this is not true.  There are various techniques that can be used even if you attempt to fight it.

 

If I find myself in a situation where hypnosis or mass hypnotism is being used I am aware of the techniques and get out of there.  I always asked for protection from the Heavenly Father and thank him for the power of his blood over my life.

 

It must be remembered that brain washing is a form of hypnotism.  This is extensively used by cults to control the people.

 

What I am going to do now is just write a list of the techniques used and let you judge whether they are being used on you.  I will just mention that the first time I became aware of mass hypnosis was in a Mormon Temple.  I was invited to visit one once before I was saved.

 

See if these methods apply or have been applied to you:

 

1.  Told in advance that things are going to happen and to come expecting. Therefore people are preconditioned psychologically

2. Singing or chanting the same words over and over again especially as part of a crowd. To maintain a mystical atmosphere a lot of mention is made to the Holy Spirit instead of doctrine.

3. Staying in a closed environment with no contact with any other group of people for prolonged periods of time. 4. Sometimes singing goes on for up to 4 hours at a time.  This is deliberate to create the right atmosphere.  Also a morphine like drug is naturally released into the body through prolonged singing of this type, creating trance like states.

5. Being pre-warned that something next is going to happen with phrases such as:  Here it comes, can you feel it?  The power is increasing. There is fire up here.

6. As explained before a few people are easily hypnotised.  A hypnotist would see the signs of hypnosis then call the most vulnerable forward first.

7. Getting people to stand in given positions.  If they are in one position moving them to another.  This is part of the control process.

8. Getting people to stand behind therefore creating expectancy to fall.

9.The use of putting a hand on the top of the head and causing people to fall backwards is actually a known technique taught, to produce a trance, in hypnosis.

 

Further brain washing additions:

 

1. Being warned that any criticisms would produce a curse or lose a blessing

2. Told that you can only prophecy in a certain way

3. Having to have permission to make major decisions

Osborne's Second Service

Osborne gives a further account – his visit to his second service!

 

I came back the following Thursday, May 15th, which was the 44th day of the revival, determined to stay and hear Todd Bentley (if the music leader would allow).  This time I entered the Civic Center and noticed that people were much more subdued.  Why?  Because the band was not practicing and instead much softer music was being played on a CD throughout the auditorium.  There was only one person with a flag/banner raised this time, as opposed to the 10 or more I saw the first night.  Things stayed calm until the MC came out and once again pumped up the audience with a countdown to going live on TV.  As soon as that happened the people were the same as before – shouting, jumping, dancing, etc.

Two men, one looking like the bearded guy from ZZ Top, give each other a high-five near the back of the auditorium and both “fall under the power” immediately.  The music is going fast and furious and the same emotions and actions that were in the first meeting are in this one as well.  There also continues to be much talk of angels in the songs.

"Jesus gave me my tattoos"

After almost an hour and a half of singing the MC comes back to the center of the stage and declares, “I feel the ‘sauce’ tonight.”  He then introduces Todd Bentley who comes out wearing a t-shirt that reads, “Jesus Gave Me My Tattoos.”  He tells everyone that he “felt like the Holy Spirit was massaging his body” tonight.  He then talks about the transferable anointing that comes in like a mist.  He claims that God told him he could “feel the anointing just like Moses did” in the book of Exodus!  Of course God never told Moses that he could “feel” the anointing.  God did say He would “show” Moses His glory, but He never mentioned “feeling” the glory.  Yet Bentley continues to emphasize feelings.  This is a huge part of his entire teaching.  He talks of not only seeing a mist but says that in some of his previous meetings he has been able to smell incense, concluding that this is the glory of God manifest.  He then invites people to come to the altar and screams, “Fire, Fire, Fire, Fire, Fire”, which is a trademark signature of his.  

Lack of Peace

There’s a real restlessness in the arena.  In fact, I’ve never seen more people coming and going, moving from seat to seat to seat, than I have at these meetings in Lakeland.  There’s a tremendous lack of peace amongst the people.  No one seems to be able to settle in, and people are walking the aisles and moving constantly. 

 

Suddenly, Bentley says there is “great authority” in the building tonight and he says that people can decree whatever they want, but to be careful what they ask for.  It’s obvious that he’s heavily influenced by “Word of Faith” teaching and believes that God has abdicated His throne and given us authority to do anything we want, or better yet have anything we pronounce.  In fact, he himself says “I speak creation.  I speak new hearts, new livers into existence tonight.”  Speaking to the audience in general he tells people to take off their oxygen and he commands tumors to fall off bodies and for cripples to get out of wheelchairs.  He continues to declare all types of healings.  I watch as several people gather around one wheel-chair bound woman and pray for her.  They exhort her to rise, but she cannot.  

Testimonies of Healing

People now begin to come forward to share their testimonies of healing.  Everything is carried out just as it would be in a Benny Hinn or Earnest Angley type service.  There are claims of everything from headaches cured to resurrections from the dead, but everything is carefully shared on a first name only basis.  I imagine Todd and his crew could claim this is done so that the media or other curious people would not harass the individuals giving the testimonies.  But what this effectively does is keep anyone from verifying any of the claims.  One severely handicapped girl (physically and mentally) was brought forward in a wheelchair and was lifted out of the wheelchair by Todd and another man and dragged several feet before Todd let her go so she could be “slain in the Spirit.”  It was a travesty, in my opinion.

Paul Cain Prophesied This ......

Bentley then claims that this revival was prophesied in 1977 and again in 1989 by none other than Paul Cain, of the Kansas City prophets.

http://www.biblical-pentecostals.org/Recycled%20Revival.htm

Osborne's Third Account

On reading Osborne’s third account one realises he is talking about a purpose driven revival, a revival that God is not orchestrating but is coming out of the frustration of men.

 

Many other events could be documented, but space limits me from going into more detail concerning the two nights I attended.  However, there was one other service that I caught on TV, and fortunately taped, that must be mentioned here.  On Saturday, May 17th, a service took place unlike any other I have seen yet.  During the testimony time some extreme manifestations took place.  One young eleven year old girl was brought up and Todd asked her if she would like to feel the “manifest presence of Jesus” and she sheepishly said yes (clearly not understanding what he was talking about).  He took her by the hand and blew on her.  Nothing happened.  He then told her to close her eyes and repeat after him.  “Jesus, fill me with your presence” he said.  He placed his hand on her head and was clearly exerting some pressure in an attempt to make her fall down.  She still didn’t collapse so he focused his attention on her cousin (who he wrongly called her mother – so much for his prophet status) and blew on her.  She went straight down as the little girl watched.  He then blew on her one more time but she never went down so he turned away.  

Deep Laugh

As Todd went over to the other side of the stage he began to laugh in a deep, scary way.  There is no other word I can think of to describe this laughter.  After speaking with that person, who was very hyped, he laid hands on her and gave his trademark yell, “Bam!”  She went right down. From there he began to laugh more, and the audience went right along with him.  He talked about drinking from the river.  He instructed everyone to put their head back and open their mouth and drink.  More scary laughter occurs as he blows down another 9-year-old girl.  He then tells the girl’s mother that he is “drunk in the Holy Ghost” and as his head is shaking strangely he mentions that “it’s [meaning the anointing] leaking out of my eyes.”  More laughter and more “bams” occur as he sweeps his hand over the audience and rows of people react.

Shouts "Fire"

Todd then shouts “Fire” and tells the people to say, “Come Holy Ghost, get me.”  This continues for several minutes.  He tells Jesus to “get them all.”  Others on stage are laughing uncontrollably and staggering around, not even able to talk without slurring their words.  The laughter from Todd is very much like Rodney Howard-Browne.  As he continues to shake Todd asks the people to stand and make a barrel.  So they clasp their hands together and act like they are holding a huge rain barrel in their arms.  Then he shouts for them to tip this imaginary barrel up as their head is tipped back and “Drink!!!!”  He shouts it again, “Drink!!!!”  This is some of the most insane stuff I personally have ever seen in my life.  I have been in many of these types of meetings, including meetings conducted by Rodney Howard-Browne and John Kilpatrick.  Yet I’ve never seen anything as extreme as this.

Laughter continues ......

The next man up to be interviewed is Pontus and he’s clearly led a rough life.  His arms are filled with tattoos and to be honest he speaks as if he’s drunk.  Todd comments on one of his nice tattoos and shows the man a similar one on his arm.  This man is eventually “slain” as well.  Todd continues to laugh in an almost demonic way.  He continues to exhort the people to receive the anointing.  Another lady is brought forward and the man holding the microphone for her says she’s been “bellied up to the bar here drinking quite a bit tonight.”  She is of course an easy mark for being slain.  Her husband then receives a “big fat drink of the Holy Ghost” as well.  Todd goes on to say he’s “feeling drunk” and then he begins to shake his head to the left and right violently and shouts “ohhhhhhhhhh...”  It’s a truly frightening moment as he seems to be controlled by a spirit and my mind immediately went to the story in Mark’s Gospel of the young boy who was often tossed about by demonic spirits attempting to kill him (Mark 9:22).

Todd then asks God to fill everyone with that “drunken, drunken holy glory” that he supposedly is experiencing.  He tells people not to get to close to the edge of the stage lest they fall off.  More “bams” and laughter occur.  Then Todd asks for a “release of the wine.”  I could go on and on about the silliness that occurred that night.  People were staggering around, not able to speak correctly, and basically acting like drunken sailors.  It was one of the saddest things I’ve ever witnessed.

http://www.biblical-pentecostals.org/Recycled%20Revival.htm  

We invite you to compare these accounts of revival from Lakeland to that of the principles given through J Edwin Orr

VII Summary & Conclusion

 

With all of my heart I can say that what we are witnessing at Lakeland is a fulfilment of prophecy! Prophecy not however of the Kansas City Prophets who for years have been so affected by their double life of spirituality and sexuality with membership of secret societies combined. What is sad is that the Church has been taken in by this all over the World, these societies having so infiltrated the Church throughout the World with their false doctrines and pathetic Bible versions that denigrate Jesus to be a “son of the gods” in line with Blue Flame Christianity-Witchcraft and the pagan inspired NIV.

Revival is like Judgment Day!

One knows, however, that the Remnant in Jesus Name have the victory and so the prophecies of Frodisham and Smith are important – the key element of all this being judgment. Edwin Orr declared that “revival is like Judgment Day” and so he is right. I fully accept the prophetic utterance that came through Richard Smith that God is going to turn all this around for good using Satan to bring about the destruction of the flesh in the Church. It is for this reason that I genuinely believe there will be an “end time” revival but it will be one of the old kind like we discovered in Part 1.

 

I Cor. 5: 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

 

This is God’s way and so I am not disheartened by Lakeland, I am encouraged as it has given us all the impetus to seek God as to whether we are ready to be part of the “Prepared” group who will go in, led of the Lord with Christ Jesus blood upon us to rescue those who have fallen into the “acid cloud” of false revival.

Will you be part of this rescue plan?

We need to restore the great revival principles. Edwin Orr talked of days in the Church where members could open up one to another without fear of being pounced on by some Jezebel who would kindly place one into all kinds of manipulative deliverance procedures. 

"Soundly Saved"

The term “soundly saved” needs a restoration too with believers having a passion to study the Word and come to seminars and meetings long in length to hunger and thirst after the righteousness of God. Time after time people have told me to make our newsletters short and easy for today’s degenerate generation that considers the things of this World more important than the things of God. Well I have news for you – God is calling me to make them longer – more full of His Word which I adore and which God longs for his Church to adore.

 

II Tim. 4: 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

"Not of me!

“This movement is not of me” declared Evan Roberts, Duncan Campbell moving onto declare that Christianity is about having Christ at the centre of our lives. This is a far cry from Lakeland where the experiential undiscerned spirit is the taskmaster. Osborne discerned a lack of peace at Lakeland, a showman’s revival, Campbell quoting Hudson Taylor who emphasised the importance of obeying God. This demands a change of lifestyle, a commitment, a destruction of the flesh that God is now imposing on the Church.

Shaking the Gates of Hell

The Great Awakening in America brought about a great reverence for God in the community, John Wesley joining in the fight on sin saying that those who love God with all their hearts and hate sin with all their hearts will “shake the gates of hell.” Oh! for the Church to grasp the key to revival. Norman Grubb saw revival as “the revitalizing of someone gone dead”, an aspect that seems a million miles from Lakeland and its “me, me, me” mentality.

 

Revival does not come through transference – a vital aspect missing from the teaching of Lakeland. Rees Howells was asked to transfer the revival of Wales to a tribal community in South Africa. “It does not come that way”, Rees Howells declared moving into the Word from which he preached for six weeks with the chorus “let it begin in me” being cried from the hearts of the tribal people. Let it begin in me! It cannot be transferred. It is a work of the Holy Ghost in the heart of an individual.

Commercially driven songs of Egypt

The commercially driven false songs of Egypt crying out from Lakeland shout about being free to do this or that – but we are not free! We are chained to the Gospel. Paul declared himself to be a prisoner. The Lakeland “Revival” talks of freedom – but we are in bonds to Jesus Christ and him alone. We are not our own – we were bought with a price and we are chained and chained to this magnificent Gospel – the way to salvation only through the shed blood of Christ Jesus!

 

Eph. 3: 1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

I Cor. 6: 15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Eph. 6: 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Deceivers are at work now!

Frodisham’s prophecy talks of times of great judgment in Part 2 of this work warning of seducing spirits and deceivers. These deceivers are at work now. We see them backing Lakeland in their money changing temple yard of destruction which is what the love of money is. They commercially sell their rotten to the core “praise songs” books and “Bibles” leaving people wide open to destruction.

 

We are seeing at Lakeland exactly what Frodisham said – a gaining of the hearts – then the false doctrines. This is happening. We have provided proof to show it!

 

As regards to Bentley – I see him as a victim under the control of many. He has to pay allegiance to the money grabbers of the false translations. He has to pay allegiance to the immoral false prophets and apostles he is under with Commercial Babylon controlling his every move – this is a man to have pity on!

The Tattoos

How could this be if led of God? A true Minister of God does not lower his standards to embrace other gods in wrecking his skin with an occultic practice going back centuries! Tattooing is evil and is of the devil. We have proven that. Jesus does not love his tattoos unless we are talking about a spirit who is “like the most high.” We clearly showed how that operates through the pathetic “new translations” of commercially driven enterprise.

Bentley admits taking the wafer of transubstantiation – a far cry from the days of the Protestant Reformers of whom John Knox seems to come in Bentley’s testimony. Frankly he would have blown the “revival” apart as a sham of Catholic indulgences and he would have been right!

A Disgrace

What a disgrace too for Peter Wagner to embrace all of this and to see Rory and Wendy Alec whom we thought were a great couple of God now falling into the traps of commercially driven “Bibles” and “revivals”. Oh! for a return to the innocent days of Christian Channel Europe where we saw a couple untainted by this wicked wicked infiltration known as the false prophets of whom they seem to now take notice.

 

As for Joyner – an admitted member of the Knights of Malta – what can I say but it is all coming out now and this organization has persuaded once great movements to sway away from their ancient landmarks into areas where they should be a million miles away from. Even the once great Apostolic Church in South Wales is embracing this garbage now – even putting on a rave with trance music in the Rhondda Valley. How pathetic, how sad!

 

We have mentioned other of these so called prophets but the one whom would seem to have had most affect on Bentley is Patricia King whose blue flame is more akin to visualisation witchcraft than to the foundation doctrines of the faith. We have shown clearly how this new age form of Christianity links beautifully with their new age Bibles, their Jesus being just one of the messengers – our Jesus being “the son of God” and not “a son” as in Bentley’s NIV!

Owen Gives Biblical Perspective

We saw how mystical religions of the East have come into all of this moving onto very strange doctrines in relation to Angels one turning up by the name of Emma, these crazy beliefs being counteracted in this work by Owen who has given us an excellent Biblical study of the subject – a study a million miles away from Bentley’s mystical world.

 

Testimonies conclude our presentation, Osborne giving us clear insight of the “revival” he saw telling me that this event was more akin to a rock concert of old than the ancient landmark the Bible sets forth – a landmark never to be changed for as Orr stated – revival is like judgment day – that principle will always be the case ….

 

But you say – well this is “healing revival” – well healing is conditional on obedience and obedience is to the call of God. This always follows a true revival – holiness and mission being always the fruits of a genuine move of God.

The issue of transference was dealt with firmly by Rees Howells, why is it so many therefore travel

so far to receive the modern revival anointing?

VIII  Solutions

 

I believe God would bring the Church to a deep repentance taking out the commercial Babylon that Jesus removed from the courts of the Temple.

 

It cannot be right for hymn-writers to copyright their material and present it in the same manner rock stars would present their apparent music. There is something very different about a praise song or hymn that God has inspired it, the profits being used for his purposes rather than material gain for big companies and shareholders. The same applies to book writers. We need to get back to the basis of revival which is a broken man rather than a push-push commercial World.

 

STEP 1:  Remove Commercial Copyright from the Church.

 

STEP 2:  Remove the commercially driven “Bibles” that tells lies about God – removing Jesus of his deity.

The following examples show the absolute lies from these “translations” from pagan Egyptian codices undermining the scriptures and giving tolerance for phoney revivals like that of Bentley’s.

 

IN JEHOVAH’S WITNESS NWT JESUS IS NOT EQUAL WITH THE FATHER and “a god”!

NWT: Phil.2: 6 who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God.

John 1:1  In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god

John 8:58 Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to YOU, Before Abraham came into existence, I have been.”

 

IN NIV JESUS IS NOT EQUAL WITH THE FATHER and “a god”!

NIV Phil. 2:6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

John 3:16  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Daniel 3:25   He said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods."

 

IN NASB JESUS IS NOT EQUAL WITH THE FATHER and “a god”!

NASB  Phil. 2:6 who, although He (A)existed in the (B)form of God, (C)did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped

Daniel 3:25  He said, "Look! I see four men loosed and (A)walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the (B)gods!"

IN AMPLIFIED JESUS IS NOT EQUAL WITH THE FATHER and “a god”!

AMPLIFIED Phil. 2:6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [c]or retained,

Daniel 3:25 He answered, Behold, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt! And the form of the fourth is like a son of the gods!(A)

 

IN NLT JESUS IS NOT EQUAL WITH THE FATHER and “a god”!

NLT   Phil. 2:6 Though he was God,[a] he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.

 John 3: 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

 Daniel 3:25 “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god[a]!”

 

IN ESV JESUS IS NOT EQUAL WITH THE FATHER and “a god”!

ESV Phil 2: 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

John 3:16"For(A) God so loved(B) the world,[a](C) that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not(D) perish but have eternal life.

Daniel 3:25 He answered and said, "But I see four men unbound,(A) walking in the midst of the fire, and they(B) are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like(C) a son of the gods.

 

And in NKJV “hell” is removed and so what is there to be saved from??????

Matthew 16:18  And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

By removing “hell” this gives the access for the “gates of hell” to prevail – NKJV “Church” is a very dangerous place to be for “hell” has legal access

IN THE TRUE SCRIPTURES

 

There is a co-existent, co-equal Godhead, Jesus being begotten (same substance) of the Father, as true deity (unlike “new translations”) Jesus is presented as having always been in existence and is always presented as THE SON OF GOD rather than “a god”!

 

ALSO – IT IS THE GATES OF HELL (not the gates of Hades – a very different place) THAT DO NOT PREVAIL AGAINST THE CHURCH ……

 

1) In the true Authorized Version JESUS IS FULLY EQUAL WITH THE FATHER.

A.V. Phil. 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

 

2) In the true Authorized Version JESUS IS THE WORD – FULLY GOD!

John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

3) In the true Authorized Version JESUS IS FULLY BEGOTTEN (same substance) OF THE FATHER.

John 3: 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

4) In the true Authorized Version JESUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN EXISTENCE.

John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Micah 5: 2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

 

5) In the true Authorized Version JESUS IS TRULY THE SON OF GOD!

Daniel 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

 

6) In the true Authorized Version THE GATES OF HELL DO NOT PREVAIL!

Matthew 16: 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

STEP 3:  Network the Remnant and be in the “Prepared” Group

So many have fallen for the deception that it is time to network God’s powerful remnant to be today’s Gideon Army taking on the Midianite infiltration.

 

STEP 4: Have Bentley renounce and set free in Jesus Name those who have received the “impartation”:

 

1)  THE CATHOLIC MASS HE ADMITS TAKING ON MONDAYS

 

2)  THE OTHER GODS ON HIS TATTOOS AND ALL OF HIS TATTOOS

 

3)  RENOUNCE MURDOCH'S AND NELSON’S FALSE BIBLES HE HAS EMBRACED

 

4)  RENOUNCE THE CATHOLIC BIBLE (likely NJB) that seems to have got him his spiritual experiences.

 

STEP 5:  Teach sound doctrine from the blood bought Authorised Version to prevent millions being conned again. Embrace the Rhema of God as our Sword.

 

STEP 6:  A Real Revival: Have an old time revival of conviction, judgment and repentance – followed by obedience, holiness and Great Commission Mission – obedience bringing healing Ex. 15:26; Deut. 28 – the obedience always relating to Christ’s “Go ye”

We invite you to discuss the differences between the commercial “Bibles” of the new revivals to that of the true scriptures

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