Saturday, April 12, 2014

The 2nd Coming of the “Presence”

Part 5 
The PASSION of the PRESENCE & the Purpose of the Passion 

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We’ll have the power to raise people from the dead,
that even death won’t stand before the power of the Church.

—Mike Bickle[1]

I don’t know what the Second Coming is to you, …but let me tell you he’s coming to you, he’s coming to his church, he’s coming to abide in you, to take up his abode in you…. I want you to know he’s coming to the Church before he comes for the Church. He’s gonna perfect the Church so the Church can be the Image, be Him, and be his representation.
—Paul Cain[2]

God spoke to the children of Israel to build Him a tabernacle because He wanted to come and dwell with them. If you don't build it He won't come and stay. You won't have a habitation without it. We are talking about creating an atmosphere so He can dwell and linger, a sanctuary, a place reserved. A place where the heavens open and we keep going back to keep it open.
—Todd Bentley[3]

Now, in this age, there are people being transformed
from natural earthly spirit beings into supernatural spiritual sons of God –
literally becoming as Christ
is in this world today.

—Ron McGatlin[4]

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) teaches the same basic doctrines as the IHOP movement. This is because they both have the same historical roots that track directly back the old Manifest Son of God/Latter Rain cult. There is a noticeable difference, however. Mike Bickle invented his own unique verbiage in his “Bridal Paradigm” in order to update the old Latter Rain doctrines with the prophetic visions of his group of “Kansas City Prophets.” It takes some in-depth indoctrination to grasp the gist of Bickle’s message. But it is somewhat easier to figure out what the NAR is teaching. Both groups rely upon the old George Warnock “Feast of Tabernacles” allegory[5] for their eschatology. And both are eagerly anticipating a “Second Pentecost” experience of a coming “Presence.”

A Second Pentecost? 
Charisma magazine recently published an article about this titled “Spirit-Empowered Believers Praying for Second Pentecostal Outpouring.” The article reveals a meeting of a group calling itself “Empowered 21” (E21),[6] featuring Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson, Oral Roberts University’s President Billy Wilson, and top-ranking NAR “apostle” Cindy Jacobs. These leaders met together to plan their long-anticipated “Second Pentecost,” a key component of their Latter Rain endtime beliefs. Charisma reported:

Could the world experience a second Pentecost? That's the hope of a global movement called Empowered 21, with organizers setting their sights on Jerusalem, where the first Pentecost took place.[7][bold added] 

Billy Wilson stated E21’s vision of a secondary Pentecost in terms of this coming “Presence”:

“And the big vision is that every person on earth will have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit by Pentecost 2033….” [8][bold added] 

Not only are these leaders planning and working on a “Second Pentecost,” but they have set a date, a deadline of 2033 to accomplish this event. One might ask how it is possible that man, through his own planning and endeavors, can orchestrate a Second Pentecost. The first Pentecost was a sovereign act of the Triune God! There is no need for a second! The biblical truth of the matter is that the Holy Spirit already indwells those who believe in Jesus Christ—

"If a man love Me he will keep My words: and my Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him" (John 14: 23). This promise was fulfilled at Pentecost, and the first two Persons of the Godhead now hold residence in the church through the Third. The Holy Spirit during the present time is in office on earth; and all spiritual presence and divine communion of the Trinity with men are through him…. The Holy Spirit, in a mystical but very real sense, became embodied in the church on the day of Pentecost.[9]

However, Bill Johnson, on the planning committee for E21’s “Second Pentecost” made the claim that “God has raised up” leaders “to partner with the goal,”[10] thus admitting that this is an initiative arranged by man. It sounds very much like the New Age philosophy, “If you build it, he will come.”[11]

The Charisma article contains an audio report HERE. This E21 project is founded upon the faulty belief that man can “shape the future of the Global Spirit-empowered movement.”[12] E21 will be using “an outcome based model.”[13] An outcome-based Second Pentecost?! How will an “encounter” with the “Presence” be assessed? How can these leaders claim that “every person on earth” will have an “encounter” with this “Presence”? Are they asserting that every single person will be born again? Is this about compulsion? Revelation 1:7 does mention one event that every human on earth will experience in common: “Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” But this isn’t what these leaders are talking about.

The Latter Rain’s “Second Pentecost” 
The “Second Pentecost” is an old Latter Rain/Manifest Sons of God (MSOG) eschatological allegory. It was based on the following:

The “latter rain” was contrasted to the “early rain” that fell on Pentecost when the Church was born. Thus, all of the gifts and ministries of the “early rain” would be restored during the “latter rain,” giving Biblical justification to their new revelations and interpretations of Scripture.[14]

Dr. Orrel Steinkamp, an expert on the history and theology of the Latter Rain, summarized their aberrant theology in its full context:

 …[A] second and final Pentecost was… bringing the church into a new and final dispensation. This second Pentecost would bring a final world revival…. 

To Latter Rain teachers it seemed obvious that if there was to be a repeated apostolic Pentecost that Apostles and Prophets must be restored as well…. The endtime body of Christ must go on to maturity and restore the apostles and prophets and these restored ministries must lead the church to a new and final dimension of power and authority not only bringing in the final harvest but establishing the Kingdom of God upon the earth…. 

This dominion mentality is conceived as a gigantic end-time revival that will sweep the whole earth in its wake…. An elite company of overcomers from out of the larger church will subdue all things and will be so endued with supernatural power that the first church apostles will be envious of the latter day apostles…. 

…[N]ow the only remaining feast is that of [an allegorical Feast of] Tabernacles to be fulfilled in the last days church. [This will be] a second Pentecost with restored apostles and prophets. This endtime spiritual army will put all God's enemies under its feet, yes even the last enemy death itself.[15][bold added]

Thus the purpose of this expected “Second Pentecost” is wrapped up in Dominionist beliefs.[16] The “Second Pentecost” is believed to be the key event that will equip “Joel’s Army” with supernatural power to rule and subdue the earth.[17]

“Presence,” “glory” and “spirit” are carefully selected words that describe this much-anticipated eschatological event. These code words refer to a descent of a spirit that returns IN people, to fill them with a “Presence” that will “glorify” (indwell, transform) them to rule and reign on the earth (dominion). This isn’t about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. And it isn’t about the Holy Spirit of the Trinity. The old Latter Rain doctrine teaches a separate coming and filling by a “Presence” spirit to equip the body to do great signs and wonders (i.e., experience a “Second Pentecost”).

One of the key teachings that submerges and then re-emerges throughout Latter Rain history is their belief that this event will endue them with both immortality and divinity.[18] One critic observed how this began when they over-identified with Christ:

…[T]he Latter Rain identified with “manifestation” direction with the Second Coming of Christ, the “transfigured” saints themselves actually becoming inseparably identified with Jesus Christ Himself, there being no distinction between the two…. [including] the idea of a literal “transfiguration” this side of the First Resurrection.[19]

From this fundamental error, George Warnock then leaped to a new revelation:

...that Christ is the Body—the whole Body, and not just the Head…. The Son of man in Heaven is not complete without the fulness of the Son of Man on earth, even the Body…. [20][emphasis in original]

Earl Paulk also wrote much of the early doctrine about this belief they could attain immortality and divinity:

We have been foreordained of God to become that people who will be so glorified that we can bring Christ back to the earth. This glorified Church must make the earth God’s footstool before Jesus can come again…. 

The glorified Church will be a mature Church…. 

The last enemy to be conquered is death. Who will conquer it? A mature Church…. When the Church becomes so mature that as a Body we achieve the unity of faith, God will find her pleasing and say, “She is mature enough now. She doesn’t have to die….” [21] [all emphasis added] 

The late John Wimber of the Vineyard movement, who was closely associated with both C. Peter Wagner (NAR) and Mike Bickle (“Kansas City Prophets,” now IHOP), taught this Latter Rain doctrine. Using similar language of the commonly understood “Rapture”—but meaning something entirely different—he spoke of a separate filling or “anointing.” Note how cleverly he changes doctrine by secret hidden revelation that he claims has just been unearthed:

There will be a time where… the Lord came and with an anointing beyond anything; that has ever been given to man before. Something so astounding, something so marvelous, that God has kept it as a mystery, as it were, behind His back; and He is about to reveal it to the ages. He is about to reveal it. With the judgment of all mankind will come this incredible incarnational enduement of God’s Spirit and we will see the Elijahs… This Endtime Army will be made up of the Elijahs of the Lord…. Suddenly, immediately right-away a change—in a moment—without notice—the twinkling of an eye the Lord will fill His temple and the anointing of God, the power of God will come.[22][emphasis added] 

In sum, there is now an entire block of the church world, NAR and IHOP especially, expectantly awaiting a “Second Pentecost” that will be an infilling of a “Presence” spirit to equip them to rule and reign. There are fundamental flaws with these beliefs that significantly alter doctrine of Christ, the Holy Spirit, God’s sovereignty, and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. These teachings also ignore what Scripture says about man and his sin nature. Their belief that man can be an “overcomer,” and even conquer death itself, is contrary to basic doctrine found in such Scriptures as Romans 5:

“Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world,
and death by sin;
and so death passed upon all men,
for that all have sinned:” 
(Romans 5:12) 


A Second Infilling? 
A “breakthrough” is imminently expected. In recent months the NAR has been escalating its proclamations about being on the verge of this Second Pentecost/Feast of Tabernacles event. Ron McGatlin of OpenHeaven, an NAR-connected apostolic group that boldly teaches Latter Rain theology, recently issued a “Special Edition” of his OpenHeaven Digest newsletter to announce that the “glory of God is arising”:

This is the most significant change from heaven on earth since Pentecost. It is the time of Tabernacles as God is now dwelling with man individually one on one with us and in our small separate gatherings and in occasional large unified gatherings with other just ones made perfect in God along with the corporate manifest presence of God in Christ by the Holy Spirit and multitudes of holy ministering spirits, holy angels and ministers as a flame of fire.[23] [emphasis added] 

This secondary Pentecost is equated with the “time of Tabernacles,” an allusion to George Warnock’s allegorical “Feast of Tabernacles.” In the same OpenHeaven Digest it was also announced:

This weekend we truly had a Holy Spirit Invasion as we gathered to seek His face and His heart. We were so blessed as He revealed His Manifest Presence in our midst to lead us, guide us, equip us, direct us, and just be GOD![24][all emphasis added] 

The last phrase above is a brazen reference to the Latter Rain expectation that man can achieve godhood. Part of this pending “Second Pentecost” experience is the imagined divinization of believers.[25]

TheElijahList, chief purveyor of New Apostolic Reformation events, prophecies and doctrines, has also been pumping up the rhetoric. In a recent advertisement for an upcoming conference, leading NAR “apostle” Barbara Yoder stated:

One prominent ongoing occurrence this year will be the increasing release of realms of glory. And glory is directly connected to the intensity of God's presence with us. And God's presence is linked with worship. Glory releases the supernatural realm in our midst where healing, deliverance, miracles, signs and wonders break out…. 

Don't miss this door to the glory that is exploding open over us. It is the door of Heaven, releasing God's Kingdom on earth…. [26][emphasis added] 


Another NAR “apostle” has just announced the arrival of a “Glory Revival Awakening”—“ a revival break out from the presence and power of the Lord.”[27] And yet another “apostle” has heralded a “Third Reformation” where “the tabernacle of God is bringing God's presence fully into man.”[27] He continued:

Right now, the Church is experiencing a great reformation, and worship is being reformed as well. Understanding the Tabernacle of God, from Revelation 21:3, is the key to discovering that next dimension as well as the result of the reformation itself. The Tabernacle of David is the framework from which we will discover this next dimension, and God is calling forth a new army of worshipers who are willing to join Him in this season of discovery.[29][emphasis in original] 

The implication of these statements is that the indwelling Holy Spirit promised to all believers upon salvation is insufficient or inadequate. A secondary infilling event is deemed necessary. An elite level of spirituality is foretold—that there will be a “great reformation” when this “Presence” comes. This promise of a great revival is how the NAR ingratiates itself to mainstream evangelicaldom, desperate for a revival that does not require repentance.[30] But peel back the veneer and the Latter Rain doctrines are discovered, embedded in the very fabric of this much-touted coming “revival.” With roots like these, what sort of fruit will be produced?

“Worship Violently”
George Warnock’s book, The Feast of Tabernacles, laid the groundwork for the Latter Rain cult allegory of a Second Coming in the saints. One historical scholar has observed how Warnock's teaching connected with the “Presence” heresy:

There was widespread agreement that the “latter rain” was, in fact, the spiritual parousia of Jesus in His saints (i.e., a spiritual Second Coming)—a first stage of His Second Coming, followed by the second stage, the physical return of Christ. This parousia in His saints would bring forth the “manifestation of the sons of God”… also associated with the Manchild of Revelation… and the Elijah-Moses ministry….. This End Time Army of God would be “the fullness of God in the midst of His people, to do away with the old and to establish the new.” While it is not exactly made crystal clear by Warnock, it is strongly suggested that the “manifestation of the sons of God” implied a literal appropriation of the resurrection body in this age, this side of the First Resurrection, if, in fact, it is not meant to be the first stage of the First Resurrections….[31][italics in original, bold added]

This “parousia in His saints” event would be a “’transfiguration’ this side of the First Resurrection”[32] which, according to George Warnock, believed that “Christ is the Body ”and vice versa.[33][italics in original]

From this the IHOP and NAR glean their teaching that the Body here on earth must “manifest” Christ and “fulfill” Him during the church age, even throughout the book of Revelation. Thus the hope of Christ’s literal and real Second Coming takes a back seat to the vaunted Second Pentecost. And they believe that man’s efforts will induce it, especially via frenzied worship that can create an altered state of consciousness.[34]


Chief NAR “apostle,” Chuck Pierce, has written how “violent praise” worship is an integral component of interacting with this impending “Presence”:

How will His Presence move in the earth in this hour in history? How will we move with His Presence? How will leaders lead?... 

We have entered a season when the sound of violent praise must fill the earth…. [bold added, italitc in original] 

Celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles! 
This is a prophetic Feast for God's people in every nation. This is how the sheep and goats will be determined in the future. The Feast of Tabernacles is filled with feasting and celebration. We must begin with Praise, move into Presence and then end with JOY and celebration! [35][all emphasis in original] 

Pierce evidently is claiming that “His Presence” can “move” in present time and place, and the church must “move with His Presence.” How? Via “violent praise.” Pierce said there is a heavenly “blueprint” that must be followed. Note that one of the stated purposes of this Tabernacle event is to separate the “sheep and goats.”[36] It can be supposed that those who don’t experience the separate “infilling” of this “Presence” spirit might be considered to be the goats.

What does this have to do with normal Christianity and the Gospel of Salvation? Sadly, very little. This teaching demotes Jesus Christ, Who died on the cross for our sins, and Who was resurrected and now sits on the throne at the right hand of the Father, to an incomplete and unfinished work. Jesus didn’t get the job done; they believe that the Church must finish the task. Thus their “glorified” church claims to be “literally Christ on earth.”[37]

Chuck Pierce also wrote a piece for TheElijahList titled “This is NOT a Time to be Passive but to Go to War and Worship Violently!” In this article he stated his belief that the “restoration of David's Tabernacle is advancing in the earth realm in this generation,” explaining the new theology:

…we, as God's army in the earth, will co-labor with the Host of Heaven to express a Holy God's overcoming power throughout the nations of the earth. This will unlock a global harvest. Your violent praise is preparing a storehouse for Kingdom harvest…. 

Do not resist the major shift that is re-creating the way we worship and acknowledge God corporately.[38][bold in original] 

Don’t miss the significance of Pierce’s next claim. In an eschatological twist, he believes that he can “sit next” to Jesus in the heavenlies right now, and that we will “walk” the earth “clothed in His glory” for “dominion.”

Then, from our seated position, we can walk in the earth clothed in His glory and dispel darkness. He came to overcome the works of the devil, and we can do this as we remain in Him…. 

…what you are really contending over is your Garden or Promised Land dominion. [39][bold in original, underline added] 

Below is yet another example of how the NAR believes that “radical praise” can invoke the “Presence”:

 …the Kingdom of God in the earth realm becomes covered by prayer, causing an overshadowing of the Holy Spirit's presence. The overshadowing… is being released by prayer all over the world…. The manifestation of spiritual gifts are exploding on the earth…. 

Yet, a new realm is merging with this one. It is the passionate power of radical praise that shakes the Heavens and enthrones the King, a place of habitation for Him to dwell in

A tangible presence of God Almighty will be known.[40][all emphasis added] 

Many others have also taught this, fervently believing that there will be an “overshadowing of the Holy Spirit’s presence” when the earth “becomes covered by prayer” like a canopy. They claim that this “overshadowing” is actually being “released by prayer all over the world.” They believe that “the passionate power of radical praise” will shake the heavens and “enthrones the King.”[41] Since we know from Scripture that Jesus is already sitting on the throne on the right hand of God the Father, what is their teaching really saying? It refers back to their idea of the church becoming a “habitation for Him to dwell in.”[42] Once again, this is evidence that Latter Rain teachers are awaiting a return of a spiritual “tangible presence” to dwell in (inhabit) the church – not the literal physical return of Jesus. For example, here is one such “prophecy”:

Yet, a new realm is merging with this one. It is the passionate power of radical praise that shakes the Heavens and enthrones the King, a place of habitation for Him to dwell in. Places of manifestations will emerge as saints radically join in the celestial praise of God's own throne room—crying in unison with the redeemed, the elders, the moving Holy Spirit from dimension to dimension. …[P]raise… will transform any ordinary service into a radical out-of-the-box worship. A tangible presence of God's own Glory will be seen, smelled, felt, heard and tasted. It will change the hearts of men forever! The lost will run to this place of habitation…. 

The land will shake and the people will breakout in radical praise…. A tangible presence of God Almighty will be known….[43] [all emphases in original] 

These examples above evidence the obvious parallels to the IHOP 24/7 model of “violent” prayer discussed earlier in this article series.[44]




The Handicapped Spirit 
The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) sincerely believes they are on the threshold of a great endtime revival in which there will be a huge outpouring of supernatural power.[45] They also believe that the Holy Spirit has, until now, been handicapped or “limited.” In their view, the Holy Spirit is a spiritual “force” that has been bound up by man, but will soon become unrestrained. For example, some believe He is an anthropomorphic spirit that hasn’t been “powerful” enough in the past:

The latter rain is historically known as the belief that latter-day or end-time Believers will have a greater release/outpouring of God's Holy Spirit on the earth…. [bold added] 

He [the Holy Spirit] started to prance around in a fun, graceful manner and, with His arms outstretched, He would literally shower people with Himself. He was so happy and free, because He could finally pour Himself on mankind like He had always wanted to. And I heard Him joyously singing as He did, "The latter rain, the latter rain, the latter rain!"[bold in original] 

Holy Spirit was so happy and relieved to finally be releasing His latter rain on the earth, because He has endured much alongside of us through the centuries. Of course, He's simply overjoyed to have finally come to the time in man's history when He can unleash everything He's been anticipating….[bold added] 

He will get to shower you with the power necessary for you to become the Kingdom Bride that Jesus' prophesied you would become. He will finally be able to zap our unbelief, destroy strongholds with His powerful truth, and raise up the Bride that Christ is anticipating….[bold in original] 

For centuries, Holy Spirit has been so limited, not because He wasn't powerful, but because we were limited in our experience/knowledge of Him. With the new release of the LATTER RAIN, He will finally get to act on our behalf! [46] [bold added] 

How does this sort of errant teaching mangle the doctrine of the Holy Spirit? The truth from Scripture is plain—

When in turn Christ had completed his redemption-work by dying on the cross for our sins, and rising again from the dead for our justification, and had taken his place at God's right hand for perpetual intercession, then the Holy Ghost came down to communicate and realize to the church the finished work of Christ. In a word, as God the Son fulfills to men the work of God the Father, so God the Holy Ghost realizes to human hearts the work of God the Son.[47]

Yet this finished work of Christ doctrine is murky to those caught up in Latter Rain (IHOP and NAR) heresy. Plain truth becomes confused and garbled when mixed with their revelatory errors. They see everything through the lens of their own imminent “glorification,” to be experienced here on earth, in order to rule and subdue the planet. They anticipate this secondary spiritual empowerment to enable them to perform powerful signs and wonders, even achieve divinity and immortality. How can they justify this new doctrine? Because they believe they are receiving “new revelations and interpretations of Scripture” during this “latter rain” period.[48]

In an ElijahList article titled “Entering a New Season,” Wade Taylor presented classic Latter Rain/MSOG eschatology that Jesus will come again secretly “within,” with his “presence” to empower. This is stated quite explicitly:

This speaks of a present increase in the Lord's manifested presence and glory in the Body of Christ…. 

Before Jesus comes to appear "outwardly," He must first come "within" us so His glory can radiate out from us to affect the nations…. 

…as a part of His second coming, there will be a powerful manifestation of His glory through a corporate Body….[bold and italics added] 

There is a present urgency and need to present ourselves as being available to become a "place of habitation" for the presence and glory of the Lord, beyond anything that has previously been experienced or seen. This manifestation of His glory will impact the nations.[49] [bold in original, underlining added] 

 NAR “apostle” James Goll has written quite a bit about the coming “Presence.” Below is an example. Clearly this is not speaking about the indwelling Holy Spirit that is promised to all believers. This is talking about a separate “Presence”:

This I know – He wants us to cherish and care for His Presence. Pray for His presence. Love His presence. Nurture His presence. After all, isn't this what you have longed for all your life? Isn't this what you were made and created for – to be a carrier of the most brilliant presence?!... 

Let His presence come forth! [50] [emphasis in original] 

The NAR differentiates between God’s abiding presence—the Holy Spirit promised to all believers upon salvation—and something they call “His manifest presence,” which is experiential. This is the “presence” which they are expecting. They look for signs and wonders or, as in the case below, evidence of a sensory (even olfactory) experience:

When He manifests His presence, there is absolutely no doubt that we are experiencing Him at a higher level. During divine visitations we can hear Him speak, witness His glory and sometimes even smell His fragrance…. I have been in meetings before when the fragrance of myrrh filled the room…. 

His manifest presence… We will sense it and have knowledge of Him. Remember that our senses involve touching, smelling, hearing, seeing and feeling. Isn't it great to know He really desires that we "feel" His presence?[51][bold added] 

This explains much of the Toronto and Brownsville “revival” phenomena of the past few decades, where there were many reports of strange signs and wonders such as “gold dust” falling upon people (a clear allusion to the “health and wealth” promises that usually accompany these endtime teachings). The examples are too numerous to enumerate, but all of these incidents were viewed as a manifestation of the soon appearing “Presence.”

“Rodeo Angels” & “Circuit Riders”
This “Presence” may manifest as an apparition. It is often preceded by bizarre-sounding angelic visitations. Bill Yount recounted a vision on TheElijahList of a “Rodeo Angel” who promised to “Shake My People onto the Field of Their Dreams!” Younts’ “Rodeo Angel”

proclaimed, "It's time to grab the bull by the horns...It's time to get back on your bull that threw you off!" Many who had been thrown off course of their God-given dreams and visions by wild, furious circumstances and situations stomping on them were now seeing and sensing the presence of "rodeo" angels now with them, strengthening them to do all things through Christ... even riding broncos and bulls![52][emphasis in original]

The late “Kansas City Prophet” Bob Jones reported that he had seen a vision of “circuit-riding angels,” which he interpreted as an electrical circuit to equip the church with supernatural power:

As Bob and I discussed the circuit riders revelation, it was quickened to us that a circuit is an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow. We believe these circuit riders are being released with power. That was like the line coming out of Heaven. It's the breaker anointing being released with the power of the Word. And it was like a direct power line coming straight out of Heaven…. Get ready to see the power of God revealed![53] [emphasis in original]

Jones connected this with the idea that God will be “welcomed into His temple now,” meaning the indwelling of this “Presence,” especially because of the foundation that has been laid by NAR’s “apostles and prophets.” Note that he says the “purpose” is for “cohabitation” with God!

The purpose is for cohabitation with our Father. That temple is coming into place now with living stones. It's a round temple that no wind can get hold of to harm in any way. There the Father will cohabitate with us in the spirit. Get ready now for the living stones to be built into a living temple of relationships and intimacy joining together the Body of Christ in a common purpose.[54][emphasis in original]

It is outside the scope of this article to review the extent to which the NAR has built its empire of downline networking apostles and prophets, as part of the fulfillment of the Latter Rain/MSOG mandate to “restore” these offices in the church.[55] We have examined this issue in detail previously. Suffice it to say that since the NAR has built its global network that they believe that now is the time for the promised “Presence” to “manifest.” They had a timeline and it is on target.[56]


An “open portal to Heaven” 
During this “Presence” experience, many believe that heaven and earth will meet together, “as above, so below.” They believe that they can touch heaven, and that heaven can touch earth. So one leader prays as follows:

Father, I pray for these precious readers today and ask that You empower each one with zeal and determination to seek Your presence. I am confident that each of them desires to witness Your manifest presence in their lives. We want to touch Heaven and see Your glory! [58][italics in original, bold added] 

Julia Loren wrote on TheElijahList about generating passion and intimacy, so that “His presence” could equip her with supernatural gifts to “release the realm of Heaven on earth.” She claims that passion creates an “open portal” between heaven and earth so that “God infuses us with His presence”:

Recently, the Lord revealed to me that we are entering into a season of sweetness and awe. He showed me how we can position our hearts to become an open portal to Heaven – where God infuses us with His presence and revelation abounds – flowing to us and through us in naturally, supernatural ways…. [emphases in original]

…I changed the language of my prayers, calling Jesus "My Love". Immediately, I felt His presence drawing nearer…. 

Let your heart become an open portal of His love. It won't be long before the awe of His power thunders around you and you find yourself walking IN THE FULLNESS of Him, not just alongside of Him; carrying His authority to release the realm of Heaven on earth. [59][bold added]

Pastor Larry DeBruyn has critiqued this “as above, so below” worldview, which perhaps not coincidentally means the same thing as “open heaven.” This is a New Age worldview. He wrote:

The things of earth lie within our ability to observe and understand. But heaven lies beyond our ability to observe and comprehend. While some things on earth below might be considered the shadow of things in heaven above, the one is not the replicate of the other (See Hebrews 8:5.). The reality of earth may infer the reality of heaven, but the realities are separate, not “one.” 

New Age spiritualists reject this understanding of the two realities. They suppose that reality is one unified sphere (as above, so below), that “here-is-there” and that “there-is-here.” In their view, two different realities do not comprise the universe. The cosmos is but a divinized “One.” Science and spirituality are viewed to be but two aspects of the same cosmic One. This humanistic holism ends up believing that whether in a pantheistic or panentheistic sense, nature is God.[60]

THE TRUTH: 
Jesus Christ Himself warned that in the last days there would be a marked increase in “signs and wonders.” Especially because these current Latter Rain teachers believe they will become divinized as Christ, the following verses seem appropriate to cite:

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets,
and shall shew great signs and wonders;
insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” 
(Matthew 24:24. See also Mark 13:22) 

 Professor Johan Malan has recently issued a paper warning about aberrant endtime eschatologies. His comments are relevant to the issue at hand:

When biblical prophecies are shrouded by denying their primary meaning, the way has been opened to also degrade and undermine other biblical principles. In this way, man takes the liberty to enforce his own ideas on the Bible in order to avoid unpleasant realities, invent an easier way of salvation, adopt a more tolerant approach to sin, thereby effectively deviating from the narrow way of the Lord and joining the broad way of sin. In this manner, self-justifying man establishes his own kingdom and does not look forward to the future kingdom of Christ which will be revealed after His second coming…. 

The fifth and most important foundation of the Christian faith is the Rock, Jesus Christ, with full recognition of biblical facts on His virgin birth, deity, atoning death, bodily resurrection, and ascension. He is the incarnated Word – God who became flesh and dwelt among us. When the Bible is no longer recognised as the inspired Word of God it stands to reason that Jesus Christ will also not be regarded as the perfect God-man. Consequently, Christianity will no longer be perceived as unique and will be relegated to a position of equality with the other world religions. 

It is important to determine how far the rejection of the biblical Jesus has already taken place within backslidden churches, and how members react to these views. It undeniably amounts to treason against the true Christ if confessing members remain within a church in which these serious errors are condoned and accepted without protest. The Lord Jesus says that if we deny Him He will also deny us: “But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 10:33). 

Nobody will get away with spiritual treason of this nature without incurring eternal damage to his soul, while at the same time deceiving many other people. When people turn away from the true Jesus, “another Jesus” is proclaimed to them under the guidance of the spirit of error (2 Cor. 11:2-4), and in this way people are conditioned to accept the Antichrist instead of the true Christ. The warning of Jesus in Matthew 24:4-5 refers to the seriousness of this form of deception….. 

The time is now ripe for the appearance of the false christ of all faiths, as the world is in such an advanced stage of delusion that the vast majority of people will follow him in amazement and also worship him (Rev. 13:3-4, 8). 

However, before that will happen, the true Christ will secretly come as the heavenly Bridegroom to catch away His bride to heaven (1 Thess. 4:16-18). These believers were not involved with the destruction of the foundations of the Christian faith, and for that reason Christ will say to them: “You have kept My word, and have not denied My name” (Rev. 3:8). Because they have accepted the Lord Jesus with the full recognition of His divine attributes and the great significance of His crucifixion, and have honoured the Bible as the inerrant and inspired Word of God, they have seriously regarded the command to be born again and also trusted the Lord for the further work of grace to be filled with His holy Spirit. In this spiritual state they eagerly look forward to the second coming of Christ. This is a sanctifying hope, as “everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:3).[61]

Endnotes:
1. Mike Bickle, Kansas City Fellowship, School of Prophecy, Session 7, Vineyard Ministries, 1989. Discernment Ministries has the original tape and transcript. Emphasis added. This is quoted in the booklet Joel’s Army http://www.discernment-ministries.org/JoelsArmy.pdf 
2. Paul Cain, in a Grace Ministries (“Kansas City Prophets,” precursor to IHOP) tape, November 1988, titled “My Father’s House. This is cited by Ed Tarkowski in the article “The Signifiance of Filled Stadiums,” http://www.discernment-ministries.org/Articles/FilledStadiums.pdf. Emphasis added. Mike Bickle has a longtime association with C. Peter Wagner of the NAR. See, e.g., http://www.discernment-ministries.org/Newsletters/NL1998NovDec.pdf 
3. Advertisement on TheElijahList for Todd Bentley’s CD “Preparing for Habitation: Secrets to Having God’s Presence in Your Life Continuously,” April 23, 2008. Emphasis added.
4. Ron McGatlin, “Partaking of the Divine Nature,” OpenHeaven Digest, July 26, 2012. Emphasis added.
5. For more background, see: HTTP://HERESCOPE.BLOGSPOT.COM/2011/11/FIELD-OF-DREAMS.HTML and http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/orrel11.html and http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/secondpentecost.html and http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/11/3/211943/087 and http://www.intotruth.org/res/NewChurch.html 
6. For the history of this group, see this E21 webpage: http://empowered21.com/about/. For a revealing list of “partners” see: http://empowered21.com/about/partners/ Alternate site for video to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX-24OnXriM 
7. Chris Mitchell, “Spirit-Empowered Believers Praying for Second Pentecostal Outpouring,” Charisma, 4/1/14, http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/revival/20088-spirit-empowered-believers-praying-for-second-pentecostal-outpouring 
8. “Second Pentecostal Outpouring,” Ibid. The “Vision Statement” is also posted at the E21 webpage: http://empowered21.com/about/vision-statement/ 
9. A.J. Gordon, D.D. “The Ministry of the Spirit,” http://www.pbministries.org/Eschatology/aj_gordon/Ministry-Spirit/spirit-chap2.htm 
10. Charisma, Ibid. 
11. This well-known phrase comes from the esoteric movie, Field of Dreams, which ostensibly had to do with baseball players, but also promoted a New Age eschatology. Dr. Orrel Steinkamp even wrote an article about the similarities in doctrine: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/orrel50.pdf and also: HTTP://HERESCOPE.BLOGSPOT.COM/2011/11/FIELD-OF-DREAMS.HTML 
12. “Mission Statement” webpage of The Commission on Spirit-Empowered Discipleship in the 21st Century (E21), http://empowered21.com/about/global-vision-statements/ 
13. “Discipleship Commission” webpage of The Commission on Spirit-Empowered Discipleship in the 21st Century (E21), http://empowered21.com/about/discipleship-commission/ 
14. Woodrow Nichols, The Walk of John Robert Stevens: The History, Beliefs, and Spiritual Dynamics of a Christian Cult, 1980, unpublished manuscript, p. 31, footnote 6. 
15. Dr, Orrel Steinkamp, “Assessing Current Teachings, Issues, 
And Events With Scripture: A Second Pentecost?” http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/secondpentecost.html 
16. See articles on Herescope: IHOP Enters Dominion/Christian Right Politics: IHOP is starting to feel its Dominion oats, IHOP: International House of Political Action: IHOP Enters Dominion/Christian Right Politics, IHOP & the NAR: The Formation of a Revolution, IHOP's New Breed Leaders, Prayer Warfare Evangelism: The New Order Prayer Cover and also: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2011/09/apostolic-dominionism.html 
17. See, for example, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2011/11/dominion-entering-into-new-season.html and http://herescope.blogspot.com/2011/09/who-invented-dominionism.html 
18. For more evidence on this, see: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/deification.html 
19. Woodrow Nichols, Ibid, p. 39. 
20. Woodrow Nichols, Ibid, p. 39 citing George Warnock’s The Feast of Tabernacles, p. 38. 
21. Earl Paulk, The Wounded Body of Christ, Dimension Publishers, 1985, as quoted in the booklet Joel’s Army, http://www.discernment-ministries.org/JoelsArmy.pdf 
22. John Wimber, Docklands. This is quoted in the booklet Joel’s Army http://www.discernment-ministries.org/JoelsArmy.pdf 
23. Ron McGatlin, “A New Day,” OpenHeaven Digest, OpenHeaven.com, April 7, 2014. 
24. Henry Falcone, “This Weekend We Truly Had a Holy Spirit Invasion,” OpenHeaven Digest, OpenHeaven.com, April 7, 2014. 
25. See Pastor Larry DeBruyn’s article “On Theosis, Or Divinization,” Herescope, February 25, 2011, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-theosis-or-divinization.html 
26. Barbara Yoder, “Releasing the Glory,” TheElijahList, advertisement, April 8, 2014. 
27. Keith Miller, “Stirred Up: An Awakening To The Glory,” TheElijahList, April 3, 2014, http://www.elijahlist.com/words/html/textonly-040314-Miller.html 
28. Dean Michum, “Discovering The Next Dimension of Worship,” TheElijahList, April 2, 2014, http://www.elijahlist.com/words/html/textonly-040214-Mitchum.html Bold and italic emphasis added. 
29. Dean Mitchum, Ibid. 
30. See “How can there be revival without repentance?” http://www.discernment-ministries.org/Newsletters/NL2001SepOct.pdf 
31. Woodrow Nichols, Ibid, p. 37. 
32. Woodrow Nichols, Ibid, p. 39 
33. Woodrow Nichols, Ibid, quoting The Feast of Tabernacles by George Warnock, pp. 48-49. 
34. See “Altered States: A Different Gate,” http://herescope.blogspot.com/2011/04/altered-states-different-gate.html and also read the earlier articles in this series.
35. Chuck Pierce, “Join us for THE ARK IS MOVING! (Sept 30 - Oct 2, Jacksonville, FL),” letter from Global Harvest dated August 20, 2010. Graphic illustration accompanied this letter. 
36. Chuck Pierce, Ibid. 
37. Woodrow Nichols, Ibid, p. 40. Emphasis in original. 
38. Chuck Pierce, “This is NOT a Time to be Passive but to Go to War and Worship Violently!” TheElijahList, August 7, 2010, http://www.elijahlist.com/words/html/textonly-080710-Pierce.html 
39. Chuck Pierce, “NOT,” Ibid. 
40. Theresa Phillips, “The Merging of Three Kingdoms is at Hand,” TheElijahList, February 8, 2010 http://www.elijahlist.com/words/html/textonly-020810-Phillips.html 
41. Theresa Phillips, Ibid. 
42. Theresa Phillips, Ibid. Emphasis added. 
43. Theresa Phillips, Ibid. 
44. Especially in Part 3, “Bridal Eschatology,” http://herescope.blogspot.com/2014/03/bridal-eschatology.html 
45. Take the quiz here to see how much of this doctrine you have already embraced: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/HOW2.HTM 
46. Victoria Boyson, “The Latter Rain: Holy Spirit’s Release – A Vision,” TheElijahList, March 1, 2014. 
47. A.J. Gordon, Ibid. 
48. Woodrow Nichols, Ibid., p. 31. 
49. Wade E. Taylor, “Entering a New Season,” TheElijahList, August 26, 2012 http://www.elijahlist.com/words/html/textonly-082612-Taylor.html 
50. James W. Goll, “The Brilliance of His Great Presence!” TheElijahList, July 29, 2012, http://www.elijahlist.com/words/html/textonly-072912-Goll.html 
51. Sandie Freed, “We Need His Manifest Presence,” TheElijahList, June 19, 2010 http://www.elijahlist.com/words/html/textonly-061910-Freed.html 
52. Bill Young, “Rodeo Angels are Being Released...'Tis the Season to Ride Broncos and Bulls ,” TheElijahList, August 25, 2011, http://www.elijahlist.com/words/html/textonly-082511-Yount.html 
53. Bob and Bonnie Jones, “The Circuit Riders and the Lost Coin,” TheElijahList, Sept. 6, 2013, http://www.elijahlist.com/words/html/textonly-090613-Jones.html 
54. “Circuit Riders,” Ibid. 
55. See, for example, the many articles at Deception In The Church, especially: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/ditc88.html 
56. See, for example, the 2001 prophecies: http://www.discernment-ministries.org/Newsletters/NL2001JulAug.pdf 
57. This is a New Age worldview. See Herescope articles, such as: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/01/canaanization-of-church.html and http://herescope.blogspot.com/2010/11/quantum-consciousness.html and http://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/05/quantum-mysticism-in-church.html 
58. “We Need His Manifest Presence,” Ibid. 
59. Julie Loren, “The Season of ‘Sweetness and Awe” is Upon Us,” TheElijahList, August 15, 2012, http://www.elijahlist.com/words/html/textonly-081512-Loren.html 
60. Pastor Larry DeBruyn, “Quantum Consciousness: Part 5: FROM COSMOS, TO CHAOS, TO CONSCIOUSNESS,” Herescope, Nov. 1, 2010, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2010/11/quantum-consciousness.html. See also his article at the beginning of this article series, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-present-of-his-presence.html 
61. Professor Johan Malan, “Spiritual Foundations are being Destroyed,” Mossel Bay, South Africa (April 2014), http://www.bibleguidance.co.za/Engarticles/FoundationsFall.htm

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Monday, March 31, 2014

FLOOD WARS

The Gospel of Salvation Lost at Sea 
NOAH THE MOVIE: A Review

By Gaylene Goodroad 

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
(2 Tim. 4:1-4)

Exhibit A: Russell Crowe as Noah 

GIVE US A BIBLE MOVIE!” 
 It was in the days of ancient Israel that the people became discontent with God and demanded an earthly king—one they could see with their eyes. They ended up with Saul (See 1 Sam. 8-15). Likewise today, mankind (Christians included) has become bored with what they say are the worn out messages in the Holy Scriptures (that were written by God Himself). They instead crave an action film that they can see, hear, and almost feel—a visual massage to activate the senses and stimulate the imagination. In the Internet age, the Bible simply cannot deliver what the culture demands: entertainment, not truth. The movie Noah is what we end up with.

Not since Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ has there been such a media buzz about a so-called biblical movie—this time an action-packed, PG-13 rated thriller, with a stellar Hollywood cast. Darren Aronofsky’s Noah stars Russell Crowe (The Gladiator) as our ancient forefather Noah; Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) as Methuselah, Noah’s grandfather; Emma Watson (Harry Potter) as Noah’s stepdaughter-turned-daughter-in-law, and Nick Nolte (Lorenzo’s Oil) as the voice of Samyaza, the Watcher (fallen angel) king.

In case the reader is already detecting some abrupt detours from the biblical text, let’s briefly review what the Scripture actually says about the man Noah and his famous flood before we continue. According to Genesis 6 and 7:
  • The wickedness (sin) was so great on the earth that God planned to judge the world by flooding it with water 
  • But Noah was a blameless and righteous man who walked with God 
  • God commanded Noah to build an ark so that Noah, his family, and the animals would survive the flood in order to re-populate the earth after the flood 
  • Noah did all that God commanded him to do, to God’s specifications 
  • Noah entered the ark with his wife (not named), his three sons and their wives, and all the birds, animals, and creeping things by twos; male and female, clean and unclean 
  • God sent the rain for 40 days and nights, as promised, and the ancient world was judged by water 
  • Every living thing that was not on the ark perished 
  • After the flood, God told Noah and his family to fruitfully multiply children—which they did 
  • The ark is a foreshadowing of God’s salvation for those who would believe upon Him and walk with Him—a picture of the Savior—the Lord Jesus Christ who purchased our salvation at the Cross to rescue us from our sin 

The man Noah in the movie is unrecognizable to Bible students. The movie's Noah is a primeval sort of Jedi knight who relies on the Dark Force to guide and protect him on the foreign planet earth. Rather than the upright and blameless man from Scripture, this Noah is portrayed as a super hero environmentalist on a mission from “the Creator” (the word “God” is never uttered in the movie) to rid the planet of human life—including his own grandchildren.

In this dark epic, Noah is on the side of the evil Storm Trooper characters (Watchers), emissaries of the Death Star that are commissioned by “the Creator” (who sounds more like evil Emperor Palpatine) to build a boat big enough to save all the animals from the great flood that is coming to destroy humanity.

Troubled about his mission in this apocalyptic disaster, Noah seeks wisdom—not from God—but from his grandfather Methuselah. Methuselah, a wrinkled sage bearing a striking resemblance to grandmaster Yoda, is found by Noah and his son Shem in a misty mountain cave, just like Luke Skywalker finds Yoda in a swampy cave on the planet Dagobah, where Yoda trains Luke to master The Force. In Noah, Methuselah wields his own wizardry to assist his grandson in experiencing his prophetic visions of doom. To the chagrin of Noah, he even heals the barrenness of Noah’s adopted daughter who later marries Shem.

Exhibit B: Skywalker with Yoda on Dagobah 

The writers and producers of the movie not only take excessive creative license with regard to the Bible account—they rewrite the entire narrative—by adding in heavy doses of the erroneous Apocrypha, Eastern mysticism, and other extra-biblical ideas—thus totally destroying the meaning, the veracity, and the message of the Book of Genesis. The Scripture is thoroughly ravaged, as I will demonstrate below.

The grace of God is not seen in this ungodly film, nor is His plan to send a Redeemer who would come from Noah’s lineage to save sinners from eternal damnation.

NOAH THE MOVIE: A SYNOPSIS 
Granted, the few chapters in the Bible that mention Noah could hardly fill a movie script, but perhaps God intended it that way. The writers for Noah took this humble narrative to dark, brooding, and unseemly places never devised nor sanctioned by God.

Here’s a painful recap:

From the opening of the film the audience is informed that “In the beginning…the Watchers were a band of fallen angels who helped Cain’s descendants.” Later we’re introduced to these hellish creatures: 14-foot tall nonhuman giants with six rock-like appendages and glowing unsymmetrical eyes—entities that look like an extremely crude version of the Hollywood Transformers (or in keeping with the Star Wars theme, exotic creatures from another star system, perhaps Tatooine).

Young Noah is shown with his father Lamech taking part in a rite of passage ritual as a band of dried snakeskin is wrapped around his arm by his father. Minutes later, Noah watches in horror (from behind a large boulder) as his father is brutally murdered by the treacherous Tubal-Cain in a botched attempt to kill off the line of Seth.

The scene flashes forward several years with Noah and his two young sons together on a rocky mountainside; baby Japheth still back at the tent with his mother. Just then a single raindrop falls to the earth and immediately sprouts into a delicate white flower—a mystical foreshadowing of things yet to come in Noah’s life.

Just then a wounded fox-like creature with scales runs toward Noah and his sons and collapses on the ground before them. Noah removes an arrow from the dead animal, then burns the carcass with his two older sons in hand, warning them about the sinful, wanton killing of animal life (but Noah’s sons are never taught about the sin of shedding human blood taking place all around them at an alarming rate). Before the fire is extinguished, a band of armed marauders approach them in ominous fashion. Like a scene out of Return of the Jedi, Noah finds a wooden martial arts staff–akin to young Skywalker wielding his light saber against Vader’s forces—and engages the blood-thirsty men in armed combat.

Exhibit C: Luke Skywalker with his light saber 

Just then Noah has a dark vision: he looks down to find his feet stuck in a bloody sludge, when suddenly he is engulfed in water and swept into the murky deep with human flotsam and jetsam floating around his head as he treads the polluted water. He will have this vision again.

Instead of crying out to God because of the horrors he’s seen, Noah calls out to Methuselah.

Noah then travels with his young family to find refuge in this foreboding, forsaken, and frightening world. They come across an encampment recently massacred by ruthless invaders—and are forced to step over dozens of dead bodies littering the barren landscape as they pass through. But in the midst of the carnage, they rescue a young girl, named Ila, who had been savagely wounded during the bloody siege that killed her family. Noah and his wife, Naameh, adopt Ila, and will sadly learn that her injuries have made her barren and not a good marriage candidate.

Flash! All of a sudden, Noah is temporarily struck down by Samyaza, the Watcher king, and dragged to safety. Samyaza vows to protect Noah’s family while Noah travels up the mountain to look for his wise grandfather.

At this point the audience is given more information about these Watcher creatures. According to Crowe’s narration, the Watchers were formed on the second day of creation. Their assignment was to watch over Adam and Eve and to teach mankind about creation. Oh yes, and Methuselah was the only man who had the ability to protect them (through his mystical abilities of course).

Exhibit D: Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah 

Noah and Shem find Methuselah, a mystical wizard-like character in a murky mountainous cave. Methuselah puts Shem in a trance so that he and Noah can discuss the troubling matters at hand. He also slips a potion into Noah’s tea that invokes yet another vision of the pending deluge for Noah.

Before returning home, Methuselah gives Noah a magic seed pod from the Garden of Eden (yep, the same garden that Adam and Eve sinned in, that the Bible says is no longer accessible to man [Gen. 3:24]) and tells him to plant it in the earth when he gets home. Noah does as he is told.

Noah isn’t home long before a disgruntled Watcher (unnamed) attempts to kill him. Just then water gushes up from the earth where Noah had just planted Methuselah’s magic seed pod, and the rocky, barren, and desolate earth sprouts into a lush forest in mere moments. “This is our ark,” says Noah. The once unfriendly Watcher then says to his Watcher band, “We will help this man.” And they do. With Noah as the building foreman, a veritable army of Watchers proceed to construct an ark, stripping the newborn forest of its trees with their multiple stony limbs and machine-like strength. Noah warns, “It begins.” (But “it” is NOT what you’re thinking).

First the birds come, not two by two, but in massive, menacing swarms. Noah’s wife concocts an incense to put the birds to sleep (presumably for the entire boat ride).

Next come the snakes and creeping reptiles that cover the earth like hungry locusts in a cucumber field (by the way, the snakes out-number the rest of the crawling creatures).

Last come the wild animals, en masse, as they stampede into the ark; Noah’s family standing by with smoking censors in hand to knock them out with Naameh’s special anesthesia.

Meanwhile, Shem and his stepsister Ila fall deeply in love but… alas, she is barren. Will they marry?

To appease his wife’s wishes, Noah then sets out to find a wife for Ham among the wicked and riotous throngs (Japheth remains a young boy for the duration of the film), but has a drastic change of heart after seeing an image of himself amidst the crowd (Skywalker had a similar vision in Yoda’s cave). He suffers yet another vision, this time it is one of a global, fiery judgment. “There will be no wives. The wickedness is in all of us. I’ve seen it,” bemoans Noah. “We will work, complete the task, and then we will die.” Remember, “the Creator’s” plan all along was to save only the animals….

Naameh becomes angry with Noah for depriving their sons of wives…and children, so she treks up the mountain to find Methuselah in hopes that he will intervene in the matter. He does.

While crawling on the ground to find wild berries, Methuselah stands up to see a burdened Ila in his path. She stops to share her predicament with him. As Methuselah blesses Ila, he touches her womb with his hand, causing Ila to wince in pain. It is a confirmation of Methuselah’s other abilities: healing touch. He had just opened Ila’s womb (again, Methuselah, wearing his scruffy hood, bears an uncanny resemblance to Obi Wan Kenobi played by Sir Alec Guiness in Star Wars).

Exhibit E: Emma Watson as Ila with a Yoda-like Methuselah 

Meanwhile, the plot thickens. King Tubal-Cain has been reinforcing his army with forged weapons and war rhetoric. They prepare to slay the giants (Watchers), kill Noah and his family, and pirate the ark. The only thing that this movie has in common with the Scripture account is the violence (Gen. 6:11,13).

With the drumbeats of the looming battle off in the distance, Ham leaves the safety of the ark to search for a wife. He finds a promising candidate in a grave trench filled with rotting corpses. The rain drops begin to fall as Ham encourages the young woman to flee to the ark with him. She agrees to follow him. As the two are running back to the ark, the rainfall becomes heavier. Tubal-Cain’s army is following at their heels as the young woman steps into an animal trap and falls to a heap in the mud screaming in agony. The teeth of the trap cinches her ankle, crushing the bone and preventing her from running any further. Just then, Noah grabs Ham by the nape of the neck and leaves the young woman to be trampled to death by Tubal-Cain’s raiding army. So much for Ham’s romance.

Exhibit F: Ray Winstone as Tubal-Cain 

As Noah and Ham approach the ark, the Watchers have locked their clunky, stony appendages together to form a barrier to the encroaching army—protecting Noah’s family and the ark from certain destruction. Then, as the rain increases and the fountains of the deep are unleashed, a bloody war ensues in front of the ark. The battle is so intense that even a few of the Watchers are neutralized by Tubal-Cain’s men (I can’t explain it either).

Noah, dagger in hand, engages in arm-to-arm combat—killing many of Tubal-Cain’s warriors before ever entering the ark. By the time his exhausted body falls into the ark doorway, Noah is a bloody mess.

In contrast to the messy carnage near the door of the ark, a smiling Methuselah stands in front of the ark with his arms outstretched to embrace the violent gushes of water as they burst forth from the earth to carry him away in death (this incident reminded me of that iconic scene in Star Wars when Obi Wan surrenders to Vader’s final light saber blow and is instantly removed from the physical plane as his robe and weapon fall to the ground without him—a tactical move that actually makes Kenobi immortal in the spirit realm to later coach Skywalker).

In the heat of battle, while the bodies of men and even Watchers are piling up, Tubal-Cain climbs up the scaffolding encircling the ark and makes his way into an open passage in the ark (what a plot twist!). The unscriptural stowaway hides in the stable compartment among the sleeping animals quietly waiting for an opportunity to slay Noah.

By now Ham is brooding by himself on the ark, having been sentenced to a wifeless/childless life by his heartless father. He finds and cautiously befriends Tubal-Cain, promising to keep his presence on the ark a secret from the others. Now they both have a common foe: Noah.

Meanwhile things have steamed up for Shem and Ila. Noah becomes incensed when he discovers that Ila is pregnant, vowing to kill her child when it is born (yes, Noah is plotting infanticide). This revelation estranges Noah from the rest of his family, especially Naameh. “The rains have stopped because of your child,” warns Noah. “The Creator does not smile.” Remember, “the Creator” didn’t want humans to survive the flood. In fact, He is so angry about this pregnancy that he temporarily shuts up the sky until the problem is fixed!

Shem and Ila make plans to escape to safety on a raft, but Noah sets it ablaze before they can embark, condemning their twins to a cruel and ghastly fate.

Tubal-Cain then entices Ham to kill his father. While plotting the murder, he bites the head off of one of the small sleeping reptiles and feasts on it raw, explaining to Ham that the animals should be used to strengthen and restore man. He also slays one of the larger animals to show Ham that man’s place is to have dominion over them.

Months pass with the murder of Noah and the rain itself on hiatus; Ila goes into labor. It is anything but a happy occasion. Shem stands guard outside of the birth tent with a dagger in hand as Naameh delivers her infant granddaughters—twins!

Meanwhile Tubal-Cain and Ham finally have the opportunity to ambush Noah as he discovers their hideaway. Another violent, bloody scene ensues on the ark (without rousing the animals)! After seeing his newborns in Ila’s arms, Shem makes his way into the battle chamber and joins Tubal-Cain and Ham in their murderous undertaking. Shem attacks his father with an iron weapon, but Noah rebounds. Just as Tubal-Cain prepares to deliver the fatal blow to Noah, Ham has a change of heart and kills Tubal-Cain with the weapon meant for his father.

Noah, beaten and bloody once again, crawls his way back to the upper deck with a murderous plan of his own. His grandchild (he doesn’t yet know they are twin girls) must be slain to fulfill “the Creator’s” plan. He finds Ila on the top deck overlooking the water, tearfully pleading for her daughters’ lives. Finally surrendering her will to Noah, she asks to sing them to sleep before the dirty deed is accomplished. Noah relents as Ila sings a tearful lullaby. He then (very dramatically) lifts the crude dagger above his head, ready to plunge the weapon into the first infant’s head, but like Ham, Noah has a sudden change of heart and instead kisses the baby girl on the forehead.

This fateful decision reconciles Noah with his family, but apparently not between Noah and “the Creator.”

The flood ends, the ark rests on dry land, and the family disembarks. Noah brings out the snakeskin once again to perform the rite of passage ritual that he learned from his father Lamech who had met his end so brutally. This time Noah wraps the band of snakeskin around Shem’s arm.

But all does not end happily ever after.

Ham packs a bag and sets off by himself to wander alone on the unpopulated earth.

Ironically, the final voiceover of the film has Noah saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.” In light of the unbiblical amendments made to the actual biblical account, this would have been quite a task indeed, with Ham out of the picture and Japheth still a young boy. (Thus all this contradicts the 1 Peter 3:20 account of 8 souls that were saved by water.)

The staggering implications to this fraudulent retelling are legion and not within the scope of this brief review.

THE TRUTH: 
There you have it. This Hollywood fiasco has not only besmirched the real Noah, maligned the Word of truth, and upturned the foundation of the Gospel, but it has also blasphemed the true Creator and His Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Save yourself the $22 (which includes the soda and popcorn) to see this outrageous film and read the Book instead. The rewards will be life changing and eternal.

Genesis 6:1-22: 
“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 

These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 

The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 

And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. 

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. 

Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” 

Genesis 7:1-24: 
And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. 

And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, there went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 

In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. 

And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills that were under the whole heaven were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. 

And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.” 


Gaylene Goodroad is author of My Life in "The Way," downloadable here: http://mylifeintheway.blogspot.com. She has also authored numerous articles on Herescope about the rise of Endtime Paganism, Eastern Mysticism, and the New Age. See, for example, her series "Doomsday Datesetters 2012," and "Militant Prayer."