Monday, November 28, 2011

New Age and Latter Rain

Two Complementary Eschatologies

"I call upon you to activate the capacities to save the world from self-destruction. I call upon you to undertake a mission comparable to the first disciples of Jesus. They were the first to carry the message of the reality of our potentials to the nations. You are to be the last to carry the message. They lived at the beginning of the change. You live at the 'end times,' when the old shall pass away and the new shall appear....
"You are to become natural Christs. You are to communicate to the world its potential to restore the Earth, free the people, and impregnate the universe with new life. You are to participate in the Instant of Co-operation, the Planetary Birth, the Second Coming.

"You are to bring on the shared contact with me. You are to ascend to the New Jerusalem. You are to overcome physical death. You are to be in touch with your universal brothers and sisters. You are the first sons and daughters of humanity to become the Sons and Daughters of God, as a new norm."
- GUESS who said this?**

Ed. Note: The article below is Part IV of a 1995 6-part series called "The Laughing Phenomenon," by Ed Tarkowski.* It was originally published in The Christian Conscience magazine in the Herescope column. Tarkowski's article was a 6-part series that covered the history of the "laughing revival" at Toronto. The entire series provides a close scrutiny of the busy activities of John Wimber during this era after he had connected with the "Kansas City Prophets" movement (now IHOP and its many offshoots). This article is being run without any links, but for those who are our regular readers, you'll notice the remarkable parallels to current posts we have run the past several years.  

Evolutionary Models

By Ed Tarkowski

New Age and Latter Rain

"Birthing" is becoming a common term in the Laughing movement. In Part II of this series, we discussed prophecies of a fresh new revelation of God's impregnation of the Church, followed by a period of gestation and the birth of "Isaac." In Part III, we pointed out the connection between "Isaac" and the Latter Rain's replacement of Jesus with the Church as the seed of the Abrahamic Covenant. As well as bringing the Covenant "blessings" to the nations through the Toronto Blessing, that seed's celebration of Tabernacles will result in the unity necessary to manifest the Sons of God. In turn, they will establish the Kingdom and cleanse the earth of evil (eliminating the Tribulation period) so Christ can return.

All of this is disturbing, to say the least. By the use of Replacement Theology, Latter Rain sees the Church as the "New" Israel inheriting all of God's promises to Abraham. Israel has no more part to play in the endtime scenario, except as it becomes part of the New Breed, the one New Man to be birthed through the Church: the Manifest Sons of God.

We have already discussed the upcoming unity in the Global Church, but now we must ask, is there another, deeper unity ahead, being sought by spirits not of God? After all, our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers in the regions above (Eph. 6:10-13). Are the "non-church" principalities working in cahoots with the "churchy" ones? We could get a clue by comparing the vocabulary and goals of both. For instance, in documenting the start of the Toronto Blessing, Vineyard's John Wimber writes:

"Seventeen times [the Lord] spoke in the same context and said that this would be a 'SEASON OF NEW BEGINNINGS.' The Lord was saying, 'I'm going to start it all over again. I'm going to pour out my Spirit in your midst LIKE I DID IN THE BEGINNING.'...

"I had brought this MESSAGE OF NEW BEGINNINGS to our AVC National Board and Council meeting in November of 1993 at Palm Springs. Then the Lord confirmed this word in the hearts and minds of our national leadership. . ."(1)

And in New Age leader Barbara Marx Hubbard's book, The Revelation, her "Christ" also promised a season of New Beginnings:

"Those of you who hear these words are to carry on the commandment given to John two thousand years ago. You are not only to prophesy the end, the tribulations, and the New Jerusalem, you are to act it out. You are to discover the blueprint and become co-creators with God. You are to see the first fruits of the NEW BEGINNING."(2)

"Now is the time. More of the Book of the Gods shall be revealed to you, dearly beloved, for the end is coming and the NEW BEGINNING is dawning in your lifetime."(3) 

Godhood Realization

Barbara Marx Hubbard's New Beginnings are based on the evolution of man into godhood, and the newly energized Latter Rain movement is bringing this evolutionary model into the Church. The only differences lie in the outworking of the concept. In the Latter Rain doctrine, man must first receive Christ and then mature to the point where he incarnates Him. In Hubbard's version, man is born a god, and must only come to a realization of the fact. This may seem to be a point of contention, but in the grand scheming of the Deceiver, it's merely an example of his principle that "the end justifies the means." The end is Eden revisited, and the adversary still has the same motive in mind: to get man to believe that "Ye shall be as gods."

In his new book, Weighed and Found Wanting. . . Putting the Toronto Blessing in Context, Bill Randles makes the point that this "revival" was started primarily to bring Christians into their fullness in Christ (godhood), and not necessarily for the conversion of sinners. According to Latter Rain teachers, attaining this fullness is not through accepting Christ alone, but by growing into a maturity that God will finally accept. Randles writes,

"A major tenet of the 'Latter Rain' teaching is the restoration concept. According to this erroneous view, down through the centuries, the church 'lost' different concepts and experiences in the Lord, like justification by faith, sanctification, divine healing, speaking in tongues, and apostolic ministry. But, gradually, God has restored these things.... But the work of restoration is not over yet, according to Latter Rain thinking. Davidic worship, teaching, ministry, evangelists, and prophets and even apostles in all of their authority are currently being restored. According to a commonly held misconception of Acts 3:21, Jesus can't come back even though He wants to because WE haven't fully 'restored all things.'

"Thus, the 'Latter Rain' Revival centered around the following themes, restoration of the fivefold ministry (Eph. 4), and especially apostles and prophets....

"If you buy the restoration concept, it inevitably sets up for the evolutionary church concept, a deluding, intoxicating idea that makes the current expression of the church feel that she is the ultimate center of God's purposes, over and above all other expressions of the church.

"Think about it. If restoration and Latter Rain is true, that means we are more anointed and equipped and more powerful than any other church in history.

"...The church is the family of God, which is in heaven and on earth at the same time. She is not, nor has ever had to 'progress in maturity.' She has always been 'complete in Christ' and yet on an individual basis, the members of the body have always been at various stages of personal maturity. If you hear a statement like, 'In the Book of Acts, we have the church in her infancy,' you are hearing a form of evolution.... According to Galatians, the Old Testament of Law was infancy and childhood. But, the New Testament faith is mature manhood. The true church has always been complete!....

"An interesting example of the evolutionary model of the church is a little book written in 1951 by George Warnock called The Feast of Tabernacles.... According to Warnock, the feasts of Israel described in Leviticus 23, are a pattern of progress of the church through time."(4)

It is a fact of Scripture that when a person receives Christ, he receives a share in the fullness of Christ which makes him complete, although always short of godhood (Colossians 2:9-10). Each member is vitally united to Christ by the Spirit through faith in Christ's finished work. But Latter Rain teachers say otherwise, calling for much more than just following the Holy Spirit. Theirs is a call to godhood realization, where God fully indwells the Christian and makes him the ongoing incarnation of Christ. It is this state of maturity which will bring about the manifestation of the Sons of God and set creation free from corruption.

Hubbard's teachings say the same things, although they're couched in different words. In the first 3 parts of this series, we've discussed the impregnation, gestation and birth of "Isaac." But what this process does to the Church is place it in the evolutionary model of the New Age. In a like manner, the Church's move through the Feasts of Atonement, Pentecost and into Tabernacles is an evolutionary process. Latter Rain teaches that Christ Jesus comes to the individual at Pentecost only to incorporate him into the unity of the Army of Sons formed in Tabernacles.

The evolutionary model was evident in the 1980s restoration teaching which lead up to this laughing "revival," i.e., the restoration of the apostles and prophets, their "new" revelations, the new wave of signs and wonders, power evangelism, individuals "progressing" into a maturity pleasing to God, men overcoming death in the physical realm, and finally, the Church conquering the world for Christ and reigning as Him on earth. Now the laughing phenomena connected with the Feast of Tabernacles has become the driving force behind the Church's move toward Christification. But the key to Latter Rain realizing its goals is the evolutionary birthing process itself. This is New Age philosophy, Christianized to make it palatable to the Church.

Key To The New Beginnings

John Wimber's revelation of the "season of new beginnings" was vitally connected to a word of new life he'd received:

"Last fall (1993),... [in] my spirit, I felt like Abraham might have felt when he was waiting for the fulfillment of God's promises. The New Testament credits Abraham with not wavering in his faith. He had faith that God was going to do it, but I'm sure Abraham and Sarah had a few moments when they wondered how it was going to come together. (That's how Ishmael came about.) Anyway, I was looking at my age-59, going on 90....

"But I looked at myself, and I'm out of energy. In my spirit I was just murmuring 'Oh God, oh God.' And at that point (mid January) the Lord gave me a word. I heard myself say: Shall I have this pleasure in my old age? The very words that Sarah laughingly said to herself when she overheard the LORD say she was going to have a son from her 90-year-old womb by her 100-year-old husband. (Gen. 18:10). This was a word of life from the Lord, and it touched me deeply."(5)

Wimber felt like Abraham awaiting the fulfillment of God's promise through the birth of Sarah's child. But this also reflects Barbara Marx Hubbard's New Age revelations. In another of her books, a section entitled The Lineage of Founders of a New Order of the Future has one of her sources of the "New Beginning" also pointing to Abraham and Sarah:

"We were present when Abraham and Sara understood that their relationship with God was a partnership for the transformation of the world."(6)

I'd never read much of Hubbard before researching this article, but I was intrigued by her statements on birth as a new beginning, and dug a little deeper. Her work is overwhelmingly based on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, whom she considers to be a "life-saver" because of his theory that the human race will one day reach the place of Christification. Look at a sample of Teilhard's writing:

"As the centuries go by it seems like a comprehensive plan is indeed being slowly carried out around us. A process is at work in the universe, an issue is at stake, which can best be compared to the process of gestation and birth; the birth of that spiritual reality which is formed by souls and by such material reality as their existence involves. Laboriously, through and thanks to the activity of mankind, the new earth is being formed and purified and is taking on definition and clarity."(7)

What is this "spiritual reality . . . formed by souls" through the "process of gestation and birth"? Is it the same as Judson Cornwall's "truth"? He'd told Pat Robertson that God is "now impregnating some of my mature, older ministers with truth. . . . to carry that truth to full gestation."(8)

In Hubbard's search for answers, she'd asked herself, "What in our age is comparable to the birth of Christ?"(9) Then, after coming out of a dreamlike state, she said she heard these inner words clearly:

"Our story is a birth. It is the birth of humankind as one body. What Christ and all great beings came to Earth to reveal is true. We are one body, born into this universe."(10)

But Hubbard says that being born as one humanity is not the end of the road for man. The Christ, she said, had revealed to her that

"This tiny band, this brave congregation, of souls attracted to the future of the world are my avant garde - the New Order of the Future.

"These are self-selected souls who have come to Earth to carry the miracle of resurrection into action as the transformation of humanity from Homo Sapiens to Homo Universalis."

We've already described how Cornwall's "truth . . . carried to full gestation" and "raised up" after delivery, will become the corporate Christ of Christianity, the endtime Joel's Army.(12) Now the New Age prophetess Barbara Marx Hubbard gives us her version of the same objective, the endtime "Homo Universalis." Hubbard's Christ exhorted her:

"I call upon you to activate the capacities to save the world from self-destruction. I call upon you to undertake a mission comparable to the first disciples of Jesus. They were the first to carry the message of the reality of our potentials to the nations. You are to be the last to carry the message.
"They lived at the beginning of the change. You live at the "end times," when the old shall pass away and the new shall appear....

"You are to become natural Christs. You are to communicate to the world its potential to restore the Earth, free the people, and impregnate the universe with new life. You are to participate in the Instant of Co-operation, the Planetary Birth, the Second Coming.

"You are to bring on the shared contact with me. You are to ascend to the New Jerusalem. You are to overcome physical death. You are to be in touch with your universal brothers and sisters. You are the first sons and daughters of humanity to become the Sons and Daughters of God, as a new norm."

As I read this Christ's words, I realized this was Manifest Sons doctrine in New Age terms, the same doctrine coming through the church's global "move of God." Or was it vice-versa? I couldn't tell. The "avant-garde" of the New Age Christ was no different than the Manifest Sons of God of the Latter Rain movement. The joy, the fire, the glory, the transformation to Christ incarnate, the overcoming of death, taking the message to the nations of the world "to bring on the shared contact" with "the Christ;" Hubbard was preaching the Manifest Sons doctrine! Or was Latter Rain based on New Age doctrines like Hubbard's? The terminology and processes were different, but the outcomes were the same:

Latter Rain's global move of God teaches:

"The completion of the incarnation of God in the world must be in His church. . . Jesus Christ is the firstfruits, but without the ongoing harvest, the incarnation will never be complete."(14)

The goal of the Latter Rain appears to be the the bringing about of a global community that is God's. This seems rather apparent, since, under this doctrine, God will cleanse the earth of all that refuse to follow His ways. That this is the goal of the the New Age is shown in Hubbard's words:

"Who is this child? This child is the Christ-child within who has emerged victorious, fully born, incarnated as every member of the human race who evolves."(15) 

Other likenesses between the new "global move of God" and Hubbard's revelation quickly came to light:

  • LATTER RAIN GLOBAL MOVE OF GOD: "Prophetically, the child Isaac, which means 'Laughter,' is being released in nation after nation as the new wine is being passed."(16)
  • HUBBARD: "It was a planetary smile - like the smile of a new born baby. . . Now for the first time, we were seeing it together. Ecstatic joy rippled through the planetary body - and through me as one of its billions of members."(17)
If one equates "Laughter" being released in nation after nation with the New Age planetary body being filled with ecstatic joy, then this aspect of both moves are the same.

  • LATTER RAIN GLOBAL MOVE OF GOD: "[God said,] The Day of Atonement is over and Tabernacles is coming, and I'm getting ready to laugh and I'm getting ready to roar, and I tell you this whole world is going to feel the shaking of that laughter and the power of that roar."(18)
  • HUBBARD: "An uncontrollable joy will ripple through the thinking layer of Earth. The co-creative systems, which are lying psychologically dormant in humanity, will be activated. From within, all sensitive persons will feel the joy of the force, flooding their systems with love and attraction."(19) 
  • HUBBARD: "Joy is essential right now. Lightness of heart will help you overcome the heaviness of life during the tribulations to come."(20)
Ecstatic and uncontrollable joy - An irresistable force flooding people's systems - Billions of members - Was this Toronto and the global laughing phenomena based on Latter Rain? Or was it Hubbard and the New Age Christ? It was obvious; it was both - it was the same.

The experience of heat and fire to the point of even taking off some clothing is common in the Laughing move of God:
  • LATTER RAIN GLOBAL MOVE OF GOD: Reported by an observer of three of the four nights at the Seattle "Fire and Reign" conference (February 14-17, 1995): "They were 'midwifing', and 'birthing the baby' there. The most incredible scenario I have ever witnessed. . . . Reports I've heard from other Fire conferences lead me to believe they are all going that far once they get the 'fire' started. Wes [Campbell] had the people divide into groups the second and third nights. He called the groups 'nests.' They were to pray and wait for the fire to 'spark' in someone, and when they saw the spark, they were to 'fan' it into life. They blew on people, fanned them, in the most extraordinary gestures, and repetitive (as in shamanistic) ritualistic, ways. It was completely bizarre. Others were in states of 'labor,' I think."(21)
Feeling the fire was part of Rodney Howard-Browne's experience of God that empowered him for this "move of God." And his brother experienced this heat for six hours during one service while being unable to move, pinned to the floor. But so has Barbara Marx Hubbard:
  • HUBBARD: "The purpose of our new powers is to give birth to universal life.... Deep empathy arose between me and the audience. I was not simply telling about the future. We were experiencing ourselves as universal beings at the next stage of evolution, now. These evenings had a profound effect on my biological system.... After each performance, I would notice a strange phenomenon. My body heated up. I was filled with inner radiation.... These affirmations were evolving now."(22)
Notice in these quotes the description of an internal source of "living water" that rejuvenates and renews and brings life to the nations:
  • LATTER RAIN GLOBAL MOVE OF GOD: "Then one more thing . . . [ISRAEL] did was this. They... were also recognizing that God was the source of supernatural water. They also went further to call out on God that they might drink of this living water, and that finally, by drinking of the living water, they might become rivers of life to the nations."(23)
  • HUBBARD: "The 'living fountains of water,' the source of ever-evolving life in each of you, is waiting to be turned on. It is the mechanism for rejuvenation and renewal."(24)
E. "IT"
In both moves, the Holy Spirit is spoken of as an impersonal force called 'IT", a dead give-away that the Spirit of God is not in operation:
  • LATTER RAIN GLOBAL MOVE OF GOD: "There IT is! Take IT! Take IT! Take IT!" The use of the word "IT" when referring to the Holy Spirit is common in the laughing phenomena meetings.(25)
  • HUBBARD: "Then I heard the inner words, which seemed to flow from the heart of the cosmos directly into my heart: 'Thank you, Barbara.' I felt ecstasy, joy, beatitude. The pain that I had felt since my mother's death healed in that instant. Instead I felt warmth, mother's love, yet at a far different scale. There is a relationship between me and IT. I am not alone. I am not abandoned, I am part of this cosmos. My desire is its expression. Its expression is my desire. I and It are connected! ...The aching void was, at least in that moment, filled. This was the 'good news' that my restless mind had so desperately sought."(26)

PHILOSOPHY: A Comparison

Beginning this year [1995], the dual agendas will begin to be implemented, so the Church must prepare itself in order to warn others who are taking their stand for our Lord Jesus Christ. Below are the distinctive doctrines of the Latter Rain (see fuller doctrine in Part II), each followed by excerpts from Barbara Marx Hubbard's book, The Revelation: Our Crisis Is A Birth. Familiarize yourself with this doctrine so you can recognize it and share it with others. The New Age and Latter Rain scenarios will soon be meshing, as the apostate Church continues on its way to destruction.

Remember that the terminology of the teachings may differ, but the end result is the same. For example, Latter Rain calls the incarnated person a Manifest Son of God, while the New Age says he is Christed, the Universal Human, or Homo Universalis.

The same idea is true regarding "immortality." In the Latter Rain, there is a "fresh" receiving of the "Holy Spirit" and then maturing into Christ until one becomes immortal. But in the New Age, the seed of immortality is said to be already present at birth and must only be realized. These are two different means to immortality, but the adversary's desired result is the same: "godhood." The end, therefore, justifies the means. The devil has always changed the names and ways of his deceptions, but the goals and purposes he set for himself in the Garden continue.

A. REPLACEMENT: Latter Rain teaches that the Church replaces Israel. In Latter Rain, it is the Church that inherits the blessings of Abraham and, instead of Christ, takes that blessing to the nations. But Hubbard's Christ also replaces Israel with another body of people as heirs of God apart from Christ:
  • HUBBARD'S CHRIST - "It is not as biological Jews, nor as biological Christians, that you will be selected."(27)
  • HUBBARD'S CHRIST - "Who do you suppose those 'children of Israel' are, dearly beloved? They are you who love God above all else, your neighbor as yourself, and yourself as me. You are sealed in your foreheads. . . . "O Israel, awaken to the reality of your potential to be heirs of God!"(28)
B. FORMER, LATTER RAINS: Latter Rain teaches that the New Testament Pentecost was the "former rain," leaving the "latter rain," the Feast of Tabernacles, yet to come. As in the Latter Rain there is a joining of individuals into a corporate body of great rejoicing:
  • HUBBARD - "There shall be a great rejoicing among Jews and Gentiles as we approach the Quantum Transformation.... They will join as individuals [as at Pentecost] who are attracted to the potential of humanity for universal life as heirs of God [as at Tabernacles]."(29)
C. TABERNACLES: The celebration of this feast fulfills these phases:
  1. unity,
  2. the "latter rain" revival,
  3. harvest of joy and gladness,
  4. the invisible and spiritual coming of Christ to indwell His corporate Body (Joel's Army),
  5. defeat of the Church's adversaries,
  6. establishment of the Kingdom. 
  • HUBBARD "...A time will come when the elect from all nations will be gathered together and consciously coordinated so the perfect alignment of aspiration occurs.... This unity of the elect is the key to the transformation from Adam to Christ, from Homo sapiens to Homo universalis, from creature to co-creator, from self-centered to whole centered beings."(30)
As in Latter Rain, there is a gathering together that unites everyone into one corporate body. In Latter Rain, Christ is the Pattern Son, and Hubbard's Christ is a model. The "millions of members" spoken of below by Hubbard is complimentary to the Latter Rain revival, which leads to the incarnation of Christ in humanity. And, as does Latter rain, Hubbard's philosophy based on a Cosmic Christ also says now is the time for the harvesting of the earth.
  • HUBBARD - "During the transition, millions of members of the body awaken to their power to be natural Christs, full humans in the model of the first person to manifest the next stage in the development of humanity...."(31) 
  • HUBBARD'S CHRIST - "Now, this has been tried by my disciples for two thousand years, and it has not worked - yet. Why? Because it was not yet the fullness of time. The idea was not wrong; it was premature. The vines of the Earth were not ripe to be harvested. Now they are."(32) 
  • HUBBARD - "All is silent to see if a second miracle can occur comparable to the birth of Christ. That miracle is the gentle second coming of Christ through the rapid evolution of enough humans linked up by the planetary nervous system, so that the social body will flood with empathy, healings will abound, and the world will smile with joy. The people will know they are whole, they are good, they are capable, they are loved, they are needed."(33)
We have shown the similarities of the birthing process in both the New Age and Latter Rain movements, leading to the birth of a corporate body that will transform the earth.
  • HUBBARD - "The power of the self-centered human has become a universal aberration, a dragon that can destroy the natural Christ and prevent the birth of the future human.... The dragon is the misuse of the powers of the intellect and individuality at the conclusion of the phase of self-centeredness from which we are soon to emerge. The dragon is the instrument of evil - Satan - God's selection process, which will weed out the self-centered from the God-centered. It is up to us how long the dragon of selfish power is permitted to prevail. In the end it will surely be defeated, for God's will shall be done on Earth as it is in Heaven [the Kingdom]."(34)
This is an interesting quote because the word from Toronto about a coming Civil War in the Church attributes those opposing the move to relying on their "intellect and individuality." These are the "grays." It is through this Civil War that the grays will be eliminated and the Blues selected as the ones to establish the Kingdom after this War. There is little or no difference between this and what Hubbard's Christ stated in the last quote.

D. RESTORATION: The restoration of the offices of Apostles and Prophets. These would bring about the perfection of the saints.
Both movements are prophesying a birth on a global basis, a joining together being brought about by the prophets of both moves.
  • HUBBARD - "All of you who are now awakening to your own evolution are to gather. Find one another. Join spiritually... You will be guided from within as to the design of the Planetary Birth and your roles in it. From every race, nation and religion you will prophesy that the transition from Homo sapiens to Homo universalis is now occurring. Your prophecy will call people to experience in your life time the Planetary Birth."(35)
E. REVELATIONS: The new, progressive or evolutionary revelations of the Latter Rain Apostles and Prophets.
  • HUBBARD - "The text of the New Order of the Future is the Story of Creation. The first chapter is revealed in the religions of the world, especially the Judeo-Christian which foresaw the future most clearly. Its vision as stated by Paul is true. Behold I show you a mystery: we shall not all sleep; but we shall all be changed.' Revelation shall be unfolded in evolution through the marriage of faith and knowledge in each of you."(36)
"The text" referred to here is Hubbard's book, The Revelation, which is the second part of a work entitled, The Book Co-Creation. It in itself is about 350 pages of new revelations from a spirit who says he is Christ, revelations being given to humanity through the New Age prophets. Faith and knowledge undergird both moves, but it is a faith and revelatory knowledge that denies the truth of Scripture.

F. IMMORTALITY: Latter Rain teaches death is overcome by the Manifest Sons, who attain immortality by incarnating Christ before His return. It is important when considering this Hubbard quote to remember the End-Justifies-The-Means principle we spoke of earlier.
  • HUBBARD - "The memory of immortality is in every cell in your body. It dates back to the first self-replicating cell that divided to reproduce and did not die. The memory of immortality was activated in the creature/human and will be acted upon by the co-creative, Christlike human in the fullness of time."(37)

G. UNIFICATION: Church unity on a global basis is absolutely essential to Latter Rain doctrine, because Christ cannot incarnate in a divided body. It is also essential Hubbard's move toward world unity. See earlier quotes.

The changing of the physical body, which brings immortality to the adherents of both Latter Rain and the New Age philosophy, is key to both movements. Incarnation of Christ in the person is said to bring about the revelation of the corporate Christ. As in Latter Rain, a kingdom is established which is ruled over by a humanity which has reached its purpose: godhood.
In Latter Rain doctrine,
  1. Jesus cannot return until after He incarnates in the Church,
  2. the Church replaces the evil heavenly powers,
  3. the earth is made a footstool for His feet. Latter Rain discounts the classic understanding of the Second Coming and its events.
  • HUBBARD'S CHRIST - "The 'church' is the congregation of believers in their power to be me. I cannot consummate my union with you until you become like me. I cannot join my body to your body until your body becomes comparable to mine."(38)
  • 2) HUBBARD - "The devil, Satan, will be overcome.... He will be released from his anger and reunited to God.... The consciousness defect of the illusion of separation will be corrected once and for all. You will never go back again."(39)
  • 3) HUBBARD'S CHRIST - "If the positive scenario comes true, if those sealed with the seal of the living God do their work in time, I shall be enabled to come not to you, but with and through you to empower the people of the world to rule themselves. My message is: you are King of Kings, you are Lord of Lords. I have no desire to return to earth in the role of ruler over you. That is a failure. That is treating you as a regressive child."(40)
I. RELIGIOSITY: The religious "Old Generation" will either be destroyed by the Manifest Sons or "converted" by the prophets.
  • HUBBARD - "Dearly beloved of the existing churches, do not reject the saviors of the world, the natural Christs who are springing up among you, as well as among peoples who, though they have not been institutionalized as Christians, yet hold God consciousness in their attention at all times."(41)
  • HUBBARD - "First you may have to decide to save the child by destroying those elements which are unhealthy. If you are a surgeon delivering a child whose umbilical cord is wrapped around his neck, you must operate quickly, or the child will be strangled by the cord that connects him to the past. The operation to save humanity is also painful. You do not want to kill bodies but to change minds, yet the 'good' will also suffer as you eliminate self-centeredness that would destroy the whole body."(42)


We've already explained the evolutionary model above, but would add this discussion on George Warnock's The Feast of Tabernacles from Bill Randles:

"This book is a virtual primer of Latter Rain, Manifested Sons of God teaching, . . . a pattern for the progress of the church through time. Starting at Passover, which is Calvary, the church has been passing through the different feasts over the years, to Pentecost. Warnock writes that we, the church, still have got to go through the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Trumpets, and come into the Feast of Tabernacles, which to him represents God's consummate purposes for us, the Last Days Church. When we come into Tabernacles, which was a tremendous time of celebration for Israel, God will finally dwell within His people."(43)

So according to Warnock, God's ultimate indwelling of His people in the midst of Celebration is His "consummate purpose for us"; the corporate Child of the Latter Rain will be born. This global birth will be possible by the Latter Rain's seed of Abraham taking the Holy Spirit to the nations which destroys seprateness and ushers all nations into the Kingdom of God. Once established, Christ will return to an established kingdom. But as it is with Latter Rain, so it is with the New Age philosophy. Barbara Marx Hubbard's Christ calls this shared contact the Instant of Co-operation, or the Planetary Pentecost:

"The Instant of Co-operation begins, empathy floods the feelings of the whole body of Earth, separateness is overcome, and I appear to all of you at once. I appear to you from within as a voice, and as a vision of yourself as an evolving being. I appear to you from beyond as the light being that I now am. Your electronic media will pulse with light - the same light your mystics see.

"The promise I made is of a personal future in a transformed body. This means that you will also have what I have now. I am real. I am tangible. I am alive. I can speak to each of you through your inner ear if you listen. I can appear to each of you through your inner eye if you look.

"At the moment of cosmic contact, I will appear to you both through inner experience and through external communication on your mass media - the nervous system of the world.

"You will all feel, hear and see my presence at one instant in time, each in your own way.

"...The planetary celebration will begin for the birth of humankind in the universe, a blessed Cosmic Child eagerly awaited by the evolved beings through the universe without end. Hallelujah. Amen."

Though the New Age was virtually unheard of when Warnock published his book in 1951, this evolutionary model is now the norm among the New Age futurists who believe, along with the Latter Rain and its rejoicing, celebrating followers, that the human race as a whole is birthing the next stage of man's evolution: Godhood.

The Truth:
Be aware of the depth inherent in the words of the Church's true Savior and Lord, the true Shepherd, Who emphatically warned:  

"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before"
(Matthew 24:23-25).

(1) John Wimber, "Seasons of New Beginnings," File NEWBEG.TXT, 23879 Bytes, Compuserve, CIN-4, Lib 2. Originally published in the May/June 1994 edition of Vineyard Reflections newsletter published by Association of Vineyard Churches. John Wimber, Publisher; Bill Henderson, editor.
(2) Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Book of Co-Creation: The Revelation - Our Crisis Is A Birth, "The Christ" comments on Rev. 10:8-11 (Novato, CA: Nataraj Publishing, 1993), p. 158.
(3) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on Rev. 10:1-4, p. 150.
(4) Pastor Bill Randles, Weighed and Found Wanting . . . Putting the Toronto Blessing in Context, 1995, pp. 57-59.
(5) Wimber.
(6) Barbara Marx Hubbard, Teachings From The Inner Christ for Founders of a New World Order of the Future (A Work In Progress) - A Complement to The Book of Co-Creation, "The Lineage of Founders of a New Order of the Future" (Greenbrae, CA: Foundation for Conscious Evolution, 1994), p. v.
(7) Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hymn of the Universe, (London: William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., and NY: Harper & Row, Publishers, Harper Torch Books, 1965), p. 93.
(8) Pat Robertson interview with Judson Cornwall, 700 Club, Family Channel, June 9, 1994.
(9) Hubbard, The Revelation, "Planetary Birth Experience," p. 37.
(10) Ibid., p. 39.
(11) Ibid., Prologue, "The Christ" comments, pp. 13-14.
(12) See Part II, prophecy segment on the birth of the corporate child.
(13) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on Rev. 22:6, p. 290-291.
(14) Randles, p. 65 citing Earl Paulk commenting on the incarnation on Morris Cerullo Video, 1991, "Manifested Sons Of God."
(15) Hubbard, The Revelation, "The Christ" comments on Rev. 21:4, p. 253.
(16) Master Potter, Prophetic Insights For The '90's: Quarterly Perspectives from Jill Austin, "The Great Intruder" Passion & Fire Conferences, Summer '94.
(17) Hubbard, The Revelation, describing what she saw while in a dreamlike state, p. 39.
(18) Cassette tape of Alan Vincent service, 1994. Location unknown.
(19) Hubbard, The Revelation, "The Christ" revealing the aspects of the soon-coming Planetary Birth, p. 234-235.
(20) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on Rev. 7:9-17, p. 141.
(21) Nancy Flint, personal eyewitness testimony, Seattle Fire & Reign Conference, Seattle, WA, February 14-17, 1995.
(22) Hubbard, The Revelation, Hubbard comments on "The Theater For the Future," pp. 53-54.
(23) Vincent.
(24) Hubbard, The Revelation, "The Christ" comments on Rev. 7:9-17, p. 141.
(25) Quote from Rodney Howard-Browne, often heard during his meetings.
(26) Hubbard, The Revelation, Hubbard comments on "The Inner Voice Awakens," pp. 31-32.
(27) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on Rev. 7:1-4, p. 139.
(28) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on 1 Cor. 15:45, p. 164-165.
(29) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on Rev. 3:9, p. 104.
(30) Ibid., Hubbard comments on Rev. 4:6, p. 117-118.
(31) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on Rev. 20:4-5, p. 237-239.
(32) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on Rev. 20:1-3, p. 231.
(33) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on 1 Cor. 15:45, p. 165.
(34) Ibid., Hubbard comments on Rev. 12:3-4, p. 174.
(35) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on Rev. 10:8-11, p. 159.
(36) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on A New Order of the Future, p. 64.
(37) Ibid., Hubbard comments on Rev. 4:8, p. 118-119.
(38) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on Rev. 19:6-8, p. 218.
(39) Ibid., Hubbard comments on Rev. 20:1-3, pp. 235-236.
(40) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on Rev. 19:14-16, p. 226-227.
(41) Ibid., "The Christ" comments on Rev. 3:13, p. 106.
(42) Ibid., Hubbard comments on Rev. 8:7-9; 9:1-4, p. 145-146.
(43) Randles, pp. 58-59.
(44) Hubbard, The Revelation, "The Christ" comments on Rev. 20:1-3, pp. 236-237.

*Ed Tarkowski, "THE LAUGHING PHENOMENA: Its History and Possible Effects on the Church: Part 4: Laughing: Deeper Realities," The Christian Conscience, May 1995. Some minor formatting and textual changes were made for the purpose of blog posting. The article is also published online at For the other articles in this series by Ed Tarkowski, see,,,, and Ed Tarkowski has many articles published online that give very important history on the background, history and theology of what is now called the New Apostolic Reformation. Should the Lord permit, we will endeavor to scan in some of the original articles that ran in The Christian Conscience magazine, with sidebars and illustrations, and post them online at the Discernment Ministries website in the future. For more information about Barbara Marx Hubbard, see Warren B. Smith's book False Christ Coming at
**ANSWER: Barbara Marx Hubbard's "Christ", The Book of Co-Creation, pp. 290-291. Did you think it was one of the New Apostolic Reformation prophecies? Notice the similarities?! 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The "Selection Process"

New Age Eschatology

What is Oneness?
Oneness is more than a beautiful word.

Oneness is the energy of love that lies within and connects all of life, enabling us to recognize ourselves in everything. The universe is one being and we are all its cells, all essential and responsible for the well-being of the whole.

Mystics of all traditions have experienced and spoken of the concept of Oneness throughout the ages.

And, now, this idea of oneness is being reinforced by leading-edge science. Scientists now tell us that we are connected in remarkable ways, from the genes we inherit to the air we breathe to the consciousness we share. The worldview in which we are competing for survival is giving way to one in which we are collaborating to thrive....

When we see and celebrate our oneness with all of life, we are more likely to serve all of life. From this place, it becomes very difficult to harm another when you recognize that you are deeply connected with that “other.”

Whether it’s another person, an animal or a tree in a forest, when you recognize that we truly are ALL ONE, you act with love and compassion towards all your relations.
—2nd Annual Global Oneness Day, featuring Barbara Marx Hubbard & Neale Donald Walsch*

Humanity is facing unprecedented, evolutionary changes. It is amazing—out of the famous Mayan prophecy has come the indication that we are facing the end of this world as we know it and the beginning of the new world by 2012. This date corresponds to environmental and social predictions of breakdowns and breakthroughs now widely known. Let’s assume there is some validity in these prophecies. What vision of the future, of the new world, might we see so that we can place our attention upon this vision as a strange attractor to carry us through this critical transition?

The Evolution of Consciousness
We notice that crisis precede transformation. Problems are evolutionary drivers. Intensifying pressure leads either to devolution and extinction or evolution and transformation. This is one reason that 2012 might be earthshaking and shocking to some. Furthermore, we see that evolution creates radical newness. Life out of prelife, human life out of animal life. Is it possible that from our species, a new human and a new humanity are now emerging? We can see the sequence from Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo Neanderthal, Homo sapiens, to Homo sapiens sapiens. Why should it stop with us? Is it possible that a new species has been gestating in the womb of self-consciousness through the great avatars, mystics, and visionaries for thousands of years, and that now, due the crisis, this new human is being born in millions of us? It has been predicted as Homo progressivus (Teilhard de Chardin), Gnostic Human (Sri Aurobindo), Homo sapiens, sapiens, sapiens (Peter Russell), Homo noeticus (John White), Homo universalist (my own favourite name). It is possible that the basic shift point in this prophecy is the emergence of the “universal human,” by whatever name it is called, as a “new norm.” Perhaps we will reach critical mass for this human by 2012.
—Barbara Marx Hubbard, "A Vision for Humanity."**

Barbara Marx Hubbard:
Her New Age Christ’s Selection Process

They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
—John 16:2

SELF-described “futurist” and “conscious evolutionist” Barbara Marx Hubbard writes that in 1966 she heard an “inner voice” that came in response to a question she had asked aloud and directed to God—“What is our story? What in our age is comparable to the birth of Christ?” After asking the question she said she fell into a dreamlike state and was given an intense vision of the future.[1]

In the vision, Hubbard saw the earth from a distance. She was made to understand that the earth was a living body and that she was a cell in its body. Feeling her “ oneness” with the earth, she experienced its pain and confusion. When her vision abruptly fast-forwarded into the future, she could see the earth and its people were now surrounded by a radiant light. She watched as the whole planet was “aligned” in “a magnetic field of love” and lifted up by the brilliant light. Widespread healings took place as individuals experienced the merging of their own “inner light” with the bright light that was surrounding them. A tremendous “ force” emanating from the light sent powerful currents of joyful energy “rippling” through the body of humanity. The world celebrated as all the earth was “born again.” The pain and confusion were gone. Love had prevailed. The “inner voice” told her to spread the message of the vision. It said:

Our story is a birth. It is the birth of humankind as one body. What Christ and all great beings came to Earth to reveal is true. We are one body, born into this universe. GO TELL THE STORY OF OUR BIRTH. . . Barbara![2]

In 1977 Hubbard began to hear this “inner voice” regularly. At one point she was told:

Have utter faith in my design. Achieve deep peace. Be prepared for a great force to enter your life to do this work. It cannot enter till you have achieved deep peace. Your reward for peace, which can only be achieved by faith, is contact with the great force and the other forces waiting in the wings.[3]

On Christmas Day in 1979, she had a revelation that the presence in her 1966 vision had been “Christ.”[4] Then in February of 1980, at an Episcopalian monastery in Santa Barbara, California, she describes how in the midst of “an electrifying presence of light” her higher self “voice” transformed into the “Christ voice.”[5] Over the coming months the “Christ voice” gave her more information and insight about the vision she had in 1966 and more first-hand detail about what will one day be taking place in the world. Hubbard understood that it was her mission to continue telling the story of humanity’s “birth.”

Since 1966, Hubbard has fulfilled her commission from “Christ” to tell his New Age/New Gospel story. From NASA to the former USSR to the United Nations, she has spoken to thousands of people and hundreds of groups and organizations about the “planetary birth experience” she had been shown in her vision. In the process, she has become a respected “world citizen,” known and loved by many for her insights about “God” and “Christ” and the future of humanity.

Hubbard is a co-founding board member of the World Future Society.6 In 1976 she seriously contemplated a run for the U.S. presidency.[7] In 1984, her name was placed in nomination for Vice-President at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.[8] Her speech, based on her “ Campaign for a Positive Future,” was carried live on C-Span.[9] Today she is on a first name basis with many world leaders and proudly describes herself as part of the “New Order of the Future.”[10] At least three of her books were funded by her benefactor, the late Laurance S. Rockefeller, through his Fund for the Enhancement of the Human Spirit. She thanks Rockefeller in her books for his generous support over the years. And she specifically thanks him for his “intuition about the ‘Christ of the 21st Century.’”[11]


THROUGH the years Hubbard has received voluminous information from her “Christ.” In her 1993 book, The Revelation: Our Crisis Is a Birth (later renamed The Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium), Hubbard and “Christ” “rewrite” the Bible’s Book of Revelation. In The Revelation,  Hubbard’s “Christ” provides specific instructions on how a united humanity, purposefully partnering with God, can literally re-create the future. This “Christ” teaches that the “violent” Armageddon script described in the Bible does not have to happen, that it is only a “possible” future, emphasizing that a more “positive” future can and will manifest when humanity—without exception—openly declares its “ oneness” with him and all creation. This positive scenario and the means to attaining it is called “the alternative to Armageddon.”[12]

Hubbard’s “Christ” describes how planet earth is at an evolutionary crossroads. He states that the world is about to make an evolutionary leap that will take all creation to a new level. Those who awaken to their own divinity, by aligning themselves as one with God and one with each other, will evolve. Those who continue to believe in “ fear” and “ separation,” rather than in “love” and “ oneness,” will not evolve. Hubbard’s “Christ” claims that with his help most of mankind will choose to evolve, calling this evolutionary leap “the Planetary Birth Experience.”[13] He refers to it as the coming time of “ Planetary Pentecost.”[14] The “birth experience” is a shared event in the future, an “ Instant of Co-operation,”[15] when everyone on the planet will be mysteriously changed in “the twinkling of an eye,” as humanity is collectively born again into a new creation. Those who evolve will actually become a new species as Homo sapiens is collectively transformed into Homo universalis, or the “ Universal Humanity.”[16] The “ Universal Humanity” will live together as a community of “natural Christs” in the “New Heaven” on the “ New Earth” that is the “ New Jerusalem.”[17]


BUT  Hubbard’s “Christ,” while describing the “birth experience” and professing his love for all mankind, nevertheless warns that there will be no place in the “ New Jerusalem” for those who refuse to see themselves and others as a part of God. He describes, therefore, the necessity of a “ selection process” that will select out resistant individuals who “choose” not to evolve. This “ selection process” is a “purification” that will be accomplished through “the shock of a fire.”[18]

“Christ” states that those who see themselves as “separate” and not “divine” hinder humanity’s ability to spiritually evolve. Those who deny their own “divinity” are like “cancer cells” in the body of God.[19] “Christ” warns that a healthy body must have no cancer cells. Cancer cells must be healed or completely removed from the body. He describes the means of removal as the “ selection process.” The “selection process” results in the deaths of those who refuse to see themselves as a part of God.

After the “ selection process,” the spirit bodies of the departed individuals will continue to be “purified” in the spirit realm. Hubbard’s “Christ” emphasizes that they will not be given another physical body and they will not be able to rejoin humanity until they rid themselves of all “ self-centeredness.” He defines “ self-centeredness” as “the illusion” that one is “separate” from God. The self-centered temptation to see oneself as “separate,” and not as a part of God, is “ evil” and must be “overcome.” He also refers to self-centeredness, or this illusion of separateness, as “ Satan.”

In this future described by Hubbard’s “Christ,” anyone who refuses to see themselves and others as “God” and “Christ” will be removed by the “ selection process.” Those professing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour would be subject to this process, as would traditional Jews, Muslims, and all others who refuse to see themselves as a part of God.


BARBARA Marx Hubbard, politically well-connected and extremely influential, is a major figure in the emerging field of New Age/New Gospel/New Spirituality politics. Her “ Campaign for a Positive Future” is still going strong. And her formal involvement with Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch, and other New Age/New Gospel leaders in The Global Renaissance Alliance represents a new kind of spiritual activism that is rapidly developing into a social and political movement. In 2005, The Global Renaissance Alliance transitioned into The Peace Alliance. Hubbard’s continued political interests are revealed in an article she wrote in a 2000 book titled Imagine: What  America Could Be in the 21st Century. In the article, a woman very close to her own description becomes President of the United States after a successful campaign for a “positive future.” Her character’s campaign embraces the slogan “Resolve to Evolve—The Only Solution is Our Evolution.” This president is unique in that she is the lead person in a first time ever team presidency.[20]

Hubbard, through her writings and lifelong spiritual and political lobbying, continues to implement the teachings and principles she received from her “Christ.” She is presently dedicated to the process of incorporating these New Age/New Gospel teachings into her own local community of Santa Barbara, California. With high hopes that her Santa Barbara “seed group”[21] will become a working model for other communities around the world, Hubbard will no doubt be looking for opportunities to showcase her project.

The fact that Oprah Winfrey has a home in the Santa Barbara area should definitely increase Hubbard’s chances of getting some exposure. In a New Age world that says “there are no coincidences,” it is interesting to note that Marianne Williamson, Oprah Winfrey, and Barbara Marx Hubbard all have houses just minutes from each other in the Santa Barbara area. If Oprah does for Hubbard what she did for Williamson, we will all be hearing a lot more about Barbara Marx Hubbard, her Santa Barbara “seed group,” and the New Age Gospel plans her “Christ” has for this world.
1. Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium (Novato, CA: Nataraj Publishing, 1995), pp. 40–43; Hubbard, The Hunger of Eve: One Woman’s Odyssey Toward the Future (Eastsound, WA: Island Pacific NW, 1989),
pp. 66–68
2. Hubbard, The Revelation, op. cit., p. 42.
3. Ibid., p. 55.
4. Ibid., p. 59.
5. Ibid., p. 64.
6. Barbara Marx Hubbard, Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential (Novato, CA: New World Library, 1998), p. 279.
7. Hubbard, The Hunger of Eve, op. cit., p. 150.
8. Ibid., p. 196.
9. Hubbard, Conscious Evolution, op. cit., p. 116.
10. Hubbard, The Revelation, op. cit., pp. 67–69.
11. Ibid., p. 350.
12. Ibid., pp. 264–265.
13. Ibid., p. 298.
14. Ibid., p. 157.
15. Ibid., pp. 243–245.
16. Ibid., pp. 44 and 78–79.
17. Ibid., p. 258.
18. Ibid., pp. 240 and 267.
19. Ibid., p. 255.
20. Marianne Williamson, ed., Imagine: What America Could Be in the 21st Century (U.S.A.: Rodale, Inc., 2000), pp. 381–391.
21. Barbara Marx Hubbard, Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads, 2001), pp. 118–121.

*See:, sponsored by The Shift Network in partnership with Humanity's Team, including New Age leadersw Neale Donald Walsch and Barbara Marx Hubbard as speakers. 

**Barbara Marx Hubbard, "A Vision for Humanity," published along with a notification of "Barbara Marx Hubbard Joins Faculty of 2012, Tipping Point Prophets Conference, Vancouver," at and Italics in the terms was added. To catch the significance of this New Age reference to the year 2012, see the following series of posts on Herescope: and and

*** This article is a chapter in a book by Warren Smith. It is being posted as part of the ongoing series on aberrant eschatologies. Excerpted with permission from False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care?, pp. 25-30. Retitled and slightly reformatted for blog posting. Original posted at Warren Smith's new website:, go to 

To connect some fascinating dots, read related articles on this topic, see:

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Disturbance in the Force



Heavenly Directive #1

From: Ouranos (Heaven)
To: Ge (Earth)


We regret to inform the peoples of the Earth that there has been a disturbance in the Force. Events unforeseen have occurred which have caused immediate and irrevocable damage to the Almighty. The Ad Hoc Throne Committee has completed an initial survey of the disaster and reports that God’s attributes have sustained significant injury to His Being.

On the positive side, we report the following attributes of God appear to be intact: Eternal, Righteousness, Faithfulness, Goodness, Mercy, Justice, Love, Holiness and Incomprehensibility. On the negative side, we have located a power failure in the following Almighty attribute grids: Omnipotence, Immutability, Omniscience, and Omnipresence. Truth and Grace are in the workshop in an attempt to salvage some aspects of these attributes.

In short, the Almighty God the Father has sustained irreversible damage during a critical phase on Earth known as the Latter Days. The Alpha and the Omega has been abridged to lower-level functioning as Alpha and the Omicron. Due to this emergency, a Strategic Planning Committee has been set up to conduct trouble-shooting, engage in long-range planning, and launch a transformational initiative upon planet Earth to ensure the Almighty’s Plan for the Last Days is fulfilled according to His timetable. We acknowledge that this timetable has been kept a secret, and that given the damage done to Omniscience we are collaborating with the heavenly angels, the 4 beasts, and the 24 elders who are before the throne in an attempt to piece together this chronology. We ask your forbearance as we engage in this phase of sustained reconstruction.

Due to the severe nature of this unprecedented attack, we have moved the Son and the Holy Spirit to an undisclosed location. Although Omnipotence was quite damaged, we have managed to pull together some pivotal experiences for key Christian leaders which should accomplish the fulfillment of the Great Commission. (Pay no attention to that man behind the screen.)

To meet the needs of the body of Christ on Earth, particularly regarding the missing attribute Omnipresence, we have instituted production quotas via a computer simulation which will assist the organizational development of transformative innovation. Change can be difficult. Special forces and enhanced capabilities will ensure that coalition strength is maintained throughout this difficult transition. Collaboration is key to the success of this effort.

Should you need further assistance with the fulfillment of your prayer requests and petitions, we refer you to the World Prayer Collection Archive where each and every prayer request is databanked pending the Almighty’s future recovery.


Heavenly Directive #2

For Immediate Release
From: The Throne Committee
To: Coalition Members

Our most recent records indicate that there has been a corresponding disturbance in the Force which has profoundly damaged the Church on planet Earth. We request immediate corrective steps be taken to compensate. Beware: traditional methods of operation have been highly counterproductive to the achievement of future goals. Changes must be implemented immediately. Souls are being lost!

Our surveys have found a disturbing depletion of the following “fruits of the Spirit”: peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness and temperance. The Committee has been working overtime and has now discovered a method of manufacturing fruits. Orders will be filled shortly.

Love, joy, goodness and faith appear to be slightly altered, but primarily intact. In the meantime, we have issued ration tickets for these fruits pending a comprehensive assessment of their effectiveness.

Finally, it is requested by our Strategic Planning Committee that all references to the “works of the flesh” be immediately omitted from future sermons, as these are apparently creating some cosmic disturbances. Additional instructions will be forthcoming.


Heavenly Directive #3

From: The Strategic Planning Committee
To: Earth Leadership

We have completed our damage assessment.

Effective immediately new standards have been issued for personal living. These standards have been significantly revised for the sake of clarity and uniformity. Old standards can be discarded, as they are considered obsolete. Due to concerns about potential local disruptions, the Revised Standards for Personal Living comes in the same packaging as the old, which should ensure that the replacement process will go more smoothly. Your personal copy of this document will be issued shortly.

As an additional precaution, we have located several facets of the missing attributes of Vengeance and Judgment and will immediately make them available to maintain the civic order while these standards are being instituted. Each allotment of these attributes will be doled out to Earth Leadership who fit the following criteria: 1) successful completion of the accredited leadership training course through the Global Shepherds Network, or 2) special anointing as Apostle or Prophet. There appear to be some slight irregularities with Mercy, but we believe that compensatory steps can be taken to overcome this lack.

Also, on a related note, we have received numerous complaints about the unreliability of the old system of communications, so a new and better replacement has been invented. Each morning a personally edifying ourascope (heavenly report) will be issued through instant text-messaging to Earth Leadership. No more uncertainties and vagaries about heavenly intentions! No more difficulties divining the heavenly Will.

Prophets, please make sure that your group receptors are set on “high.” Thank you for your cooperation.


Heavenly Directive #4

From: Throne Room Damage Assessment Committee
To: Ad Hoc Earth Management Committee

A glitch in our mainframe hard drive indicates that at some point in the history of mankind a worm virus entered the operating system. Both the Old and New Covenants appear to have been compromised. The source for this infection is still being investigated.

Given the on-going, unresolved difficulties in the Omniscience power grid, we have rushed to establish a temporary covenant collection site. A special archive for signatures has been set up at Various menu options are available to accommodate denominational preferences.


Heavenly Directive #5

From: Heavenly Leadership Forum
To: Mission World Coalition

Effective immediately there is an “open heaven” of response to fervent, united prayers of the people, a keen sense of divine favor. Due to these providential circumstances, we now have a working definition of “transformation,” and a conviction about the new ecclesiology of the “city church.”

Transformation – the measurable supernatural impact of the presence and power of God on human society, sacred and secular. In the church, this is characterized by increased holiness of life, accelerated conversion growth, reconciliation in relationships, mobilization of gifts and callings, and an increased relevance to and participation in greater society. In the culture, this may be characterized by pervasive awareness of the reality of God, a radical correction of social ills, a commensurate decrease in crime rates (evidence of authentic biblical justice, as described in Isaiah 58), supernatural blessing on local commerce, healing of the brokenhearted (the alienated and disenfranchised), and an exporting of kingdom righteousness. To this end, a catalytic core of saints typically embrace a lifestyle of persistent repentance, humility, prayer and sacrificial servanthood that attracts the favor and presence of God, and breaks the predominating influences of the ruling power structures of human flesh and the devil.

Emergence of the “City Church” – Clearly, the Holy Spirit is initiating an historic restoration of the geographic integrity and responsibility of the one Body of Christ in a city or region, calling leaders to walk together in the spirit of the Great Commandment, and work together to more effectively fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission. God is calling leaders to embrace a shared and sustainable vision to faithfully shepherd and disciple the collective souls of a city.

This restoration requires a holy dissatisfaction with the status quo, a hunger to see Jesus’ prayer of John 17:21-23 fulfilled, and leaders who are bold enough to begin to “paint outside the box” of existing ecclesiologies.[2]


Heavenly Directive #6

For Immediate Release
From: The Throne Committee
To: Coalition Members

Post-crisis teams have been working on an innovative model to re-create the presence of the Lamb before the Throne. The results have been quite spectacular.

We hereby formally announce the presence of a new Lamb in Heaven which matches the description of the Lamb in Revelations chapter 5. After full consideration of the meaning of these verses, our crisis team determined that it was important to illuminate the qualities of the Lion as described in verse 5. Every effort was taken to achieve the full effect of the Lion in Lamb’s garb, including the snowy white wool coat. Because we are rapidly approaching the Latter Days, the crisis team has chosen to emphasize the distinctive leonine attribute of roaring.

A corresponding emphasis on the positive attributes of Sheep will be upheld in the Body to ensure future compatibility for the Lamb’s upcoming marriage. Because the Holy Spirit is currently inaccessible, we have engaged special task forces on Earth who will begin to perfect the Bride. Special criteria to designate what is clean, white and wooly have been developed and will be globally enforced.


Heavenly Directive #7

From: The Latter Days Preparation Committee
To: First Earth Battalion

Our angels are presently sharpening their sickles for the final Harvest.

Due to unforeseen mechanical difficulties with the transporters, our angels are unable to wield their sickles upon Earth at this time. In order to fulfill the quotas for the final Harvest, Prophets and Apostles are to begin whetting their swords and sharpening their sickles.

Ongoing data transmission errors have obliterated the criteria for determining the difference between wheat and tares. Immediate preparations must be taken to devise valid sorting instruments on Earth. Prophets and Apostles are requested to begin assessing grain at once.


1. Text copyright 2004. This satire is published with permission as part of our ongoing series on variant eschatologies. Slightly modified for blog use, including the addition of several links. Original satire was included in the monograph The Pied Pipers of Purpose: Part 1: Human Capital Systems and Church Performance by Lynn D. Leslie, Sarah H. Leslie and Susan J. Conway (Conscience Press, 2004), pp. 6, 11, 17, 22, 30, 37, 44. Read the whole monograph at:
2. Satirical use, only slightly modified for publication, of “A Synopsis of the Advanced Practitioner’s Sub-Track of Building Effective City Coalitions,” National Leadership Forum of the Mission America Coalition, Oct. 5-8, 2003, “Track 19 Level 2 Advanced City Reaching.” Wacky though this may be, it is representative of the pervasiveness of the new doctrines and experiences propelling church transformation forward. This eschatology is found in a mainstream mission group, not just the New Apostolic Reformation. See "Dominionism and the Rise of Christian Imperialism" posted at

*A special thanks to Pastor Ken Silva of for his assistance with the graphic art in this post.