The recent phenomena known as the Lakeland revival has caused quite a storm and has raised many questions in my mind some of which I will endeavour to elaborate on here. Some of the issues have become quite clear over the course of the last few days while others remain a little more obscure.
There is no doubt at all that The Lakeland revival contains many elements that are not of God. I will not go into the specifics here because many of them are covered in previous blog posts on this site but absence of Biblical foundations and spirit guides called Emma are enough proof in themselves.
That being said, I believe that many visitors to the healing meetings, go with an earnest desire to meet with God and that He will reward their faith accordingly.
In this respect I would regard the phenomena as a mixture of blessings.
The extent of this so called revival is quite staggering. Not only do the people who attend the meetings, experience the supernatural, but those watching on God T.V also receive an impartation of some kind. There are even reports of people being healed while buying plane tickets to Florida. Awesome!
Who are what is causing people to be healed is up for debate. It is certainly quite probable that many are experiencing “Satan masquerading as an angel of light” and finding a release from afflictions which in reality are caused by demons in the first place. I would expect that those healings will be short lived will probably return accompanied by depression and a loss of appetite for prayer and bible study.
I am bewildered as to why do so many Pastors travel to Lakeland to receive an impartation when God want to visit Holy Spirit power and anointing upon the churches, right there where they are. This also leads me to consider why our anointed leaders do not recognise this movement for what it really is. Where has the gift of discernment gone?
The sad fact is that this event in Florida reveals a dangerous departure from biblical truth within some sections of the Charismatic/Pentecostal/Evangelical movement.
The weight of evidence has stacked up against Todd Bentley. He is closely associated with men connected with previous revival movements and it is worth taking the time to examine exactly what these past prophets and preachers believed in.
Todd Bentley freely accepts that he has a “Branham anointing”. This is confirmed by the fact that the angel that brought about this present revival is the very same angel that appeared to William Branham, the founder of the post war faith healing movement.
Branham was well known for his belief that doctrine of the Holy Trinity was the doctrine of demons. He was an occultist who studied pyramidology and stated that the gospel was revealed though the zodiac. Apart from these little clues about his spiritual alignment, he also declared himself to be Elijah the prophet.
The supernatural manifestations which can be witnessed at Lakeland appear strikingly similar to those seen in Toronto and Brownsville. Even the Azusa St revival which catapulted the Pentecostal movement into orbit displayed the same healings accompanied by twitching, howling, jerking, the appearance of drunkenness and worshippers slipping into a trance-like state.
Ultimately the charismatic movement has been subject to infiltration by occultists for years. Just as the catholic and protestant churches before it, Freemasons and Rosicrucians have influenced this movement since the days of Edward Irving and Henry Drummond.
The result of successive generations of false prophets and evangelists with skewed theology has brought us to the present day debacle at Lakeland.
The apostate Charismatic church is looking increasingly as though it may be the religion of the new age and the rate at which this revival is spreading suggests that we may be seeing the fulfilment of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2
The Man of Lawlessness
“Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness[a] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness”.
The Lord Jesus bless you.