Shepherding & Charismatic Movements
Joel's Global Police Force ?
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Joel's Global Police Force ?
The Messiah '99 Conference, venue of Rick Joyner's most recent Prophecy was
sponsored by the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) and the Young Messianic Jewish Alliance (YMJA).
In A History of the 20th Century
Movement in America of "Jewish Believers" in "Yeshua Ha
Mashiach" , Dr. William Green identifies the origin of the MJAA and
YMJA as the revolutionary Jesus Movement of the 1960s and 70s, after which the
YMJA surpassed the MJAA in numbers and enthusiasm.
"In 1966, under
the auspices of the [Hebrew Christian Alliance of America, est.1903], the Young
Hebrew Christian Youth Organization (YHCYO) was begun; in 1967, it became the
Young Hebrew Christian Alliance (YHCA). . .(in 1975, the YHCA was renamed the
Young Messianic Jewish Alliance of America [YMJA]), and began to surpass the
parent organization in membership and enthusiasm. Many of today's leaders
of the Messianic Jewish movement have come from the YHCA, energized by the
'Jesus movement' of the late 1960s and early 1970s. An obvious 'generation gap'
grew between the older 'denominational' Hebrew Christians and these younger
'Messianic Jews.' The upcoming generation wanted to change the styles of
worship and evangelism to a more Jewish context. It was also at this time that
'Jews for Jesus' began."
The trend toward
youth culture-friendly churches is accelerating as extremes like the trendy
coffee house-style churches are promoted by the hyper-charismatic Open Church
Ministries. Various self-styled "discernment" groups, who were once
involved in the Jesus Movement are calling for another "Jesus
teachings of the Vineyard, Pentecostal, Charismatic and Calvary Chapel groups support
variations on the theme of the perfection of saints through the elevation and
teachings of latter-day prophets and apostles. Restorationist, Kingdom
Now and Joel's Army theologies teach that, under select leaders, those who
achieve a certain level of holiness will be able to defeat all enemies and will
eventually become immortal. These gnostic doctrines taught by modern prophets
such as Bob Jones and Rick Joyner, both once associated with the late Vineyard
founder, John Wimber, are elaborated upon in reports, Taking the Mark of the
churches were once affiliated with the Costa Mesa Calvary Chapel, which was
founded by a small group led by Chuck Smith and grew under the leadership of
the late hippie and "evangelist" Lonnie Frisbee. Frisbee, who was
youth pastor of Chuck Smith's church from 1968 until late 1971, was integral in
launching the Vineyard's signs and wonders movement alongside John Wimber.
Chuck Smith and Lonnie Frisbee believed that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
of Joel's prophecy was a precursor to Christ's return. Frisbee and many others
in the 'Jesus movement’ contended that Joel's prophecy placed youth "on the
vanguard of the spiritual revolution," which he [Frisbee] believed was
being fulfilled by the Jesus People of the 60's and 70's." 1
"The Book of Joel
had prophesied the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which
would take the form of much witnessing and a highly
intensified devotion on the part of believers in Christ. Joel's
prophecy placed youth in the vanguard of the spiritual
revolution, which, Lonnie Frisbee contends, is being
fulfilled now by the Jesus People." 2.
According to the authors of 'The Jesus Movement', most involved in the Jesus People aligned with the
Joel's Prophecy teaching despite what the apostle Peter said in
"When Israel . . .
regained its lost territory in the 1967 war God supposedly
set in motion the prophecy of Joel that young people would
spearhead the great evangelistic effort of the last days. The
Jesus People see themselves as the fulfillment of that
prophecy. The Christian Foundation sees itself as Joel's Army.
Most other Jesus People see themselves in terms of that same
prophecy. The prophecy, which is one of the most important
passages in the Jesus People canon, is found in Joel 2:28-32."
"In his sermon on
the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted that prophecy and prefaced
it with the remark: "But this is that which was spoken
by the prophet Joel" (Acts 2:16). But since the Jesus
People collapse all history between the Book of Acts and the
present moment, they see themselves as the
continuing fulfillment of Joel's words. As the church in the
Book of Acts represented "the former rain" that
brought the first fruits, the Jesus People adhere to standard Pentecostalist view that they are "the latter rain"
referred to by the prophets and that they will bring in the
last fruits of the great harvest which will immediately
precede the second coming . . . " 3
Since the Jesus People are no longer youth
and Christ hasn't returned, it is unclear how their beliefs have
been affected. It would appear they merely have passed the 'sword'
onto the young people swelling their ranks, although some have
taken the role of being the "elevated prophets and apostles."
For a discussion on Joel's prophecy, consider: Regarding
Joel's Prophecy: Some Thoughts
Bob Jones [not to be confused with Bob Jones III, [CNP] president of Bob Jones
University] was one of the Kansas City Prophets before becoming involved in an
indiscretion, after which John Wimber forgave Jones, allowed him to continue
ministry and took the Kansas City Church into the Vineyard. Bob Jones
taught that God was preparing a "special breed" -- an army of
"dread champions" which is comprised of young people. It is
believed among those who support the Joel's Army teaching that this elite group
will be comprised of youth up to the age of thirty. Clifford Hill wrote
in Blessing the Church?--
that the generation of children born since 1973 would form the final generation
of believers whom God was preparing as the Bride of Christ to take control of
the world and present the kingdom to Christ on his return. He [Jones]
continued, 'I do believe what he's beginning to do is a restoration of his very
nature down here. Your children will come behind you and they'll start on your
level of righteousness and holiness and they'll take off from there.'"4
John Wimber incorporated Jones' concept of
'the dread champions' into his Vineyard teachings." Hill writes that this
was evidenced in the brochure for an October 1990 meeting where
John Wimber wrote,
"God has given us
a vision to see the body of Christ move from being an
inactive audience to a Spirit-filled army . . . God is about
to unloose a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit of an
unprecedented magnitude . . . He is looking for individuals
who will be 'dread champions" for his cause." 5
According to Hill, just months prior to
that vision, Paul Cain was in Anaheim with John Wimber and also
taught about these "dreadful champions". Cain
sought to introduce Latter Rain doctrines to the Assemblies of God in the
" God's strange
act is going to bring a new order of things and bring a new
breed in and bring a transformation." . . . . "Little
children are going to lay their hands on the sick and heal
multitudes . . . We are going to be just like the Lord . . .
They're going to say, "Here comes that dreadful, fearful
army of champions. Here comes those with a word of knowledge,
the word of wisdom, the working of miracles, with a healing
ministry, with the power to heal the sick and raise the dead,
with the power to know what's going on behind the Iron
Curtain.' You're really going to be a fearsome group before
this thing's all over . . . "
" . . . Cain used
prophecy to confirm the Latter rain teaching that world
evangelisation would result from the supernatural power which
was going to be given to believers. This teaching was central
to Wimber's message. " 6
We know that this teaching is in total
conflict with the apostasy foretold in 2 Thessalonians 2:3
"Let no man
deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away first, and that man
of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"
Paul states in 2 Corinthians 11: 3-4
"But I fear, lest
by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the
simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth
another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive
another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel,
which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him."
Charles Fox Parham,
revered by many as the "father of the Pentecostal movement," also
taught this false theology. His wife, Sarah, wrote a book in which she
quotes Parham explaining that those whom "the Christ" will choose to use as
"material" for the "Christed church" will have been
liberated from the present "Babylon churches":
"The people who
are to compose the glorious church without spot or wrinkle will be the truly
spiritual who will be drawn out of all these Babylon churches and movements
into a free and independent Christian living, thus permitting the Christ of God
to assemble this material into the glorious Church."
"In spite of all our prejudices, divisions, schisms, creeds, doctrines and
teachings that now separate the true people of God, that day is soon coming
when purged from sectarianism, self exaltation, etc, all the true people of God
are going to be brought into blessed unity, fellowship and love, (see eye to eye,
have the same mind and same judgment) and then, and not until then will the
mighty work of Christ and the apostles again be seen on earth."
"When fair as the sun, clear as the moon, terrible as an army with
banners, the Christed Church will go to the ends of the earth in the last
evangelistic war of the age raising the dead, casting out devils, cleansing the
lepers, healing the sick and causing multitudes to flow into the hill of the
dominionist proponents believe that, as Joel's Army, they will conquer the
nations before Christ returns, dispensing judgment on the ungodly and those who
reject their leadership. John Wimber and Paul Cain taught their followers to
expect that they will 'police' the nations:
"It is also
interesting to see how Cain used prophecy to confirm the Latter Rain teaching
that evangelization would result from the supernatural power which was
going to be given to believers. This teaching was central to Wimber's message.
In the same speech Paul Cain prophesied that the new breed would possess power
to overcome the enemies of the gospel and strike terror into them, 'There's
going to be an awesome, reverential fear and respect for the church because the
church is going to regain her power, lose her restrictions, lose her weakness .
. . you're going to be called upon by presidents and kings of nations, heads of
state. . . God is going to have his army and they are going to be a fearful
bunch and they are going to go to every place on the face of the earth. . ."
Rick Joyner, who
works with Cain and has shared platforms with Bob Jones, expressed a similar
elitism in " The Harvest." With this 'army' and 'the harvest' comes
the removal of any who refuse their teachings and those labeled as stumbling
blocks. According to Joyner, "very young Christians [who] will be
pastoring large bodies of believers" will also "remove the stumbling
". . .Some
pastors and leaders who continue to resist this tide of unity will be removed
from their place. Some will become so hardened they will become opposers and
resist God to the end. Most will be changed and will repent of their
resistance. . . . There will be many "stumbling blocks" circulating
in the Church that will cause confusion and some destruction from time to time.
They will perceive themselves as prophets sent to judge and deliver. Those
serving in leadership must trust their discernment and remove the stumbling
"To be distinguished from the 'stumbling blocks,' a great company of
prophets, teachers, pastors and apostles will be raised up with the spirit of
Phinehas. Just as the son of Eleazar could not tolerate iniquity in the camp of
the Lord, this 'ministry of Phinehas' will save congregations, and at times
even whole nations from the plagues that will be sweeping the earth. They will
be moved by the jealousy of the Lord for the purity of His people. They will be
sent to save and preserve the work of the Lord, not tear down, as the stumbling
blocks do. . . Huge masses of people will be streaming to the Lord, the inflow
so great in places that very young Christians will be pastoring large bodies of
believers. Arenas and stadiums will overflow nightly as the believers come
together to hear the apostles and teachers.
". . .Extraordinary miracles will be common while those considered great
today will be performed almost without notice by young believers. Angelic
appearances will be common to the saints and a visible glory of the Lord will
appear upon some for extended periods of time as power flows through them. . .
.Those in leadership will be the most humble of all. When anyone presumes
leadership without calling, it will be apparent to all. . . .
"This harvest will be so great that no one will look back at the early
Church as a standard; all will be saying that the Lord has certainly saved His
best wine for last. The early Church was a firstfruits offering; truly this
will be a harvest! It was said of the Apostle Paul that he was turning the
world upside down; it will be said of the apostles soon to be anointed that
they have turned an upside down world right side up. Nations will tremble at
the mention of their name. . ." 9
In 1991, Joyner
predicted the same revolution in the Church which he prophesied more recently
at the Messiah '99 Conference:
"What is about
to come upon the earth is not just a revival, or another awakening; it is a
veritable revolution. The vision was given in order to begin to awaken those
who are destined to radically change the course, and even the very definition
of Christianity. The dismantling of organizations and disbanding of some works
will be a positive and exhilarating experience for the Lord's faithful
servants. A great company of prophets, teachers, pastors and apostles will be
raised up with the spirit of Phineas." 10
If these are indeed the last days as many
believe, we know that it is not Christians who will be in power,
according to many Scriptures such as:
"For God hath put
in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give
their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be
According to some, anyone who does not
uphold these various leadership or teachings will be viewed as an
enemy of God. That will have to include people who uphold
obedience to the Word of God. The "dreaded champions"
belief might be an indication of the type of spirituality
required to wage war against God's people and yet believe one was
actually working for God.
"They shall put
you out of the synagogues: yea, the time will cometh, that
whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God a service."
Those who claim to belong to Jesus Christ
and promote Biblical disobedience are described in verses like:
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
" And for this
cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should
believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believe not
the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
Next Section: The Call D.C.
Robert Weiner & Maranatha
Enroth, Ronald M., Edward E. Ericson, Jr., and C. Breckenridge
Peters; The Jesus People: Old Time
2 Ibid., p.12
3. Ibid., p. 184
Religion in the Age of Aquarius; p.12, p.178; Grand Rapids,
MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1972.
Hill, Clifford and Peter Fenwick, David Forbes, David Noakes;
Blessing the Church?; Eagle; p. 130.
Ibid., p. 130-131.
Ibid., p. 132.
THE LIFE OF CHARLES F PARHAM: Founder of the Apostolic Faith
Movement; Sarah E. Parham; p.179; Garland Publishing, Inc.; New York &
London, 1985; original in 1930.
Hill, Clifford and Peter Fenwick, David Forbes, David Noakes; Blessing
the Church?; Eagle; p.p134.
The Harvest; Rick Joyner; 12/89 www.forerunner.com/forerunner/x0569_Joyner_-_The_Harvest.html
"Prophecy Today," Vol. 7, No. 1 Eng., as cited in
"Joel's Army," 1991, Jewel van der Merwe, Discernment Min.
12. op cit., Hill, p. 134
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