01: Those Foolish, Foolish Television Preachers
Chapter 01: Would
God Help Me Again?
02: My First But Not Last Angelic Visitation
02: Sister Maria
Three Day Miracle
03: My First Visitation of Jesus as He Commissioned Me
03: Additional Divinely-Granted Visitations
04: Yet Another Divine Appointment
04: Something Went Off on the Inside of Me
05: Babies Live and Babies Learn
05: The Word of the Lord Came to Pass
06: The Voice of Authority Speaks Again
06: Driving Right Out of the Will of God
07: A Revelation of Accountability
07: This Was Entirely My Fault
08: The Voice of Almighty God and a Much-Deserved Rebuke
08: Dr. Lester Sumrall's Amazingly Similar
Experiences and Visitations
09: Supernatural, Biblical Confirmation of My Ezekiel Mandate
09: Words of Exhortation, Edification and
09: Gracious Words of Warning to Avoid Coming
09: Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin and a Multiplicity of
Prophetic Words of Warning
09: The High Cost of a Low Boil
Unprincipled, Opportunistic Lifestyle Brings an Additional Gracious Warning
09: Stubbornly Giving Up Everything for One
Chapter 09: Unfortunately
Fallen Ministers Can Be the Most Rebellious
10: Well-Known or Little-Known, We All Go Through the Same Program
Obediently and Respectfully Confronting
Deliberately Sinful Leadership
Chapter 10: A
Fall from the Prophet's Office. A Fall from the Sky
Chapter 10: God's
Guidance & the
Young Rebellious Kentucky Pastor
An Astonishingly Rebellious Turnaround
Chapter 10: The Extreme
Danger of Abiding in God's Permissive Will
Chapter 10: Our Just
Judge, Yes. But Still Our Loving Father
A Miraculous Sign in the Heavens. Another Personal Warning from God
The Fear of Man, Any Man, Is a Snare
11: The Disobedient Tulsa Pastor
Disobedience Blocks the Spout Where the
Healing Comes Out
Lord Said, "You Will Die Quickly Now Unless ..."
Chapter 11: Like
the Prophet Samuel, My Heart Broke
Putting the Needs of Christ's Body First
12: Knowing the Truth Will Set You Free
12: The Elephant in the Bread Box
12: Racism and More Scattered Sheep
12: Hyper-Prosperity, Extravagant Ministers and
Even More Confused, Scattered Sheep
12: Back to the Disobedient Tulsa Pastor
13: Better to Be Warned Than to Be Judged
13: The Prophet Frequently Brings God's
Gracious Word of Warning
14: Understanding the Ministry of a True New Testament Prophet
14: The Holy Spirit Alone Is Running the Church
14: A Target Rich Environment for Satan and
15: Back to the Fire Pit Dream in Albuquerque
15: Flying Right Back into the Will of God
16: Obedience Doesn't Cost, It Pays
16: A Scriptural Mandate to Walk in Love
17: All Dressed Up in Beautiful Testimonies
17: Beautiful Testimonies Intended to Help Many
18: A Closing Word of Caution Concerning Supernatural Guidance
18: Prayer of Commitment
1: Those Foolish, Foolish Television Preachers
Televangelists. Who needed them?
Certainly not me.
I didn't like them, and I didn't mind
saying so. "Bunch of fools as far as I'm concerned!"
I especially didn't like that one who was always raising big money for
one reason or another. To make matters worse, his wife had really big
hair. People in Boston didn't look
like that. She cried all the time, too, mascara running down her face
like Niagara Falls.
need all that money to keep her supplied with false eyelashes, mascara and
hairspray," I thought to myself.
I was spiritually dead and
ruled by selfish, human pride. Therefore, I had no need for either one of them.
Or anyone like them. That
is, until my former wife and I became far more involved with drugs and
alcohol than we had been previously. Pride, drugs and alcohol are a
deadly combination and not exactly the prescription for success.
We were about to discover the high cost of
traveling life’s low road.
started falling apart. My wife took the babies and left. I
was devastated and in a state of shock. My heart was completely broken. To make matters even worse, I then lost a business I had worked
so hard to build.
Five of my friends, including one of my suppliers,
had recently died, one right after another, using the same tainted drugs I was using. Why I didn’t
die, too, I couldn’t understand. I was scared. Frightened is
more like it. I knew I needed
the kind of help that only God could give. But would He help me, loser that
prior to this I had given God my word that I would serve Him in exchange
for His help during a crisis, but I did not do so. At
that time, my former wife was giving birth to our daughter and serious
complications developed. A nurse
came to me in the Fathers Waiting Room and said, “Mr. Hamel, I don’t know
whether you believe in God or not, but if you do, I would suggest that you
pray. There’s a great possibility
that you are going to lose both your wife and your baby tonight, and you’ll
want to be prepared for that.”
then very stoically turned away and walked out of the room leaving me standing there
alone. Fear hit me like a Tsunami
wave. I thought, "Did she just say what I think she said?"
heart pounding in my chest, I dropped to my
knees and cried out with my very best emergency prayer, “Oh,
God, if You’ll let them live, I’ll give you my life. I’ll do anything You want me to do. I’ll give you my life if only You’ll
Although I did not know
enough about the Bible at that time to
pray to God in Jesus’ Name,
He had great mercy on me that night. Shortly after that prayer of committal
from my heart, my newborn daughter, Kristin, was wheeled out to me in an
incubator. She was lying face down
on her belly. As I looked down upon
her, she pushed herself up with her arms, lifted her head and turned to look
up at me. Her eyes were wide open as
she looked directly into mine.
nurse exclaimed, “Oh, my G-d, in all my years of nursing I’ve never seen a
brand new baby do something like that.
She’s pushing herself up and looking right at you. Oh, my G-d!” It was rather astounding even to me. To this day I believe the Spirit of God
moved upon my newborn daughter supernaturally enabling her to do such a
thing. He was confirming to me that it was Him indeed Who had just intervened in response to
my emergency prayer of commitment, saving her life and her mother's life.
Although for the next three
years I kept
in mind what I had promised God, I was unable to
fulfill my promise to serve Him. I simply
did not know how one went about giving their life to God. In fear, frustration and anxiety we
continued using drugs and alcohol.
Now here we were once
again three years
later, addicted to drugs and desperately needing His help.
Would He help us again? Even after I did not keep my word to Him?
I remembered how my Dad had told me about a big prayer that God
answered for him years earlier. My Dad wasn’t exactly the personification of all that is patient, good
and kind. I mean, I loved
him in spite of himself, but he was one exceptionally hard and cruel
taskmaster. Although years later I
would lead him to salvation in Christ, I would rather have been raised by
Godzilla! At least Godzilla was kind
to and protective of Baby Godzilla! Yet,
God answered my Dad’s prayer. So, I
thought something like, “Maybe, just maybe, God will help me, too. I
guess it all depends on how angry He is with me.”
I realize now
that I was unfairly judging God by my earthly father’s anger and cruelty.
Plus, the Denomination I grew up in taught us about a God Who could get
pretty angry. I figured surely He must be pretty ticked off at me
because of the drugs and all. But I had to find out for sure.
It came to my remembrance how when I was 17 years old, standing alone in
front of the corner store, lighting a cigarette, I heard what appeared to be
an audible voice. A
voice that said, “I love you.” I always wondered if that was the
Voice of God. Certainly the words “I love you” didn’t go with what my
Denomination had taught me. But,
they were wrong.
God Help Me Again?
Now, in the spring of
1981, three years
after my hospital emergency prayer, my wife had taken the children and left.
We both desperately needed to be
free from drug and alcohol addiction. To whom could I turn to tell me what God was really
like? The money-raising Televangelist and his crying wife with the
mascara problem and the Texas-sized hairdo were the only ones who came to
mind. I felt like a hypocrite, but I decided to give them a try. Desperately
flipping channels, my blood system full of amphetamines, cocaine and
alcohol, I finally found
The Preacher’s face appeared on the television screen and he
immediately began speaking directly to me. I was shocked as he
answered the very reasoning of my heart. “If you’re a
drug addict or an alcoholic and you think God’s mad at you, YOU ARE WRONG,” he
declared. “God loves you. If you’ll ask Him, in the Name of
Jesus, He’ll set you free from your addiction.”
I fell to my
knees and began to sob. From the depths of my heart I prayed another
home-made emergency prayer. I cried out, “God, if that’s true and You’ll set
me free, I’ll serve You for the rest of my life. I give You my word. I’ll
serve You for the rest of my life, in the Name of Jesus! Please, Jesus.
Do you know what
happened after I prayed that sincere prayer from the very bottom of my very broken heart?
Nothing! Absolutely nothing at all.
Maybe the Televangelist didn’t
know what he was talking about after all.
Maybe God was just sick and tired of me, and really, I couldn’t blame
Him. He had already given me one
chance and I squandered it. I
didn’t deserve another. Maybe it was best to just die this way, like my
five unfortunate young friends.
poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of his
troubles." (Psalm 34:6)
2: My First, But Not Last, Angelic Visitation
praying that prayer, I lay down on the sofa, covering up with a blanket, so
discouraged and full of despair. The drugs and alcohol affected my
circulation so severely that my hands and feet were constantly cold.
I was an emaciated wreck. Approximately one hundred and twenty pounds
on a five foot eleven frame. My fingernails were bitten and
bloodied. I had been literally surviving on chocolate-covered
donuts and beer. I felt that I would die of rejection and
loneliness lying there all alone, pumped full of drugs and alcohol.
behind me, someone softly laid a hand upon my head. This wasn’t just
any hand. This was a giant hand that absolutely startled me.
a boy I would ride the train into Boston Garden to watch “Professional”
wrestling matches. I once saw Killer Kowalski take on Andre the Giant
in a “Death Match.” I thought Andre had the biggest hands in the
world, until this hand came upon my head. I turned to see who had
slipped into my securely locked home, coming up behind me. No one was there. I
jumped up and went through every room and every closet, looking to see who
was hiding and playing games with my mind. I frantically checked every
door and every window. They were all locked. I was alone.
I must have imagined it.
Lying back down on
the sofa that giant hand rested upon my head again ever so gently. I
jumped up, repeating the entire search process. Once again I was
convinced that I was indeed alone and that my tormented mind was simply
playing tricks on me. After all, drugs, alcohol and a steady diet of
chocolate-covered donuts can produce imaginary experiences.
For the third
time I lay on the sofa. As soon as I settled down, the giant hand was
placed gently on my head again. It was so large that it easily
reached both of my ears and my forehead. This time there was no getting
up. Something began to “pour” out of that hand. Some sort of
warm, liquid substance began to pour into me through my head. It felt
like hot honey was being poured into me. I was paralyzed but not with
fear. It was as if I was being paralyzed with love - hot liquid
love. Down into my cold fingers it flowed so peacefully.
Down into my cold, cold toes it slowly went. I was being overwhelmed
by some sort of hot, liquid love that poured into my body through a giant,
invisible hand on top of my head. I lay there basking in this love
that I had never experienced before when suddenly I lost consciousness.
next, I do not know. I didn’t wake up until NEARLY THREE FULL DAYS
LATER. I immediately realized that during that entire time I had not changed
positions. Neither had I dreamed. Of course, I did not eat or
drink. Every bodily function had
shut down entirely. Some may struggle with this, but I am convinced
that I was not even breathing during that three-day supernatural experience.
Woodworth-Etter's Similar Three Day Miracle
years after my own three day miracle, I
discovered how Sister Maria Woodworth-Etter had a
similar experience while preaching in St. Louis, Missouri early in the
twentieth century. She was preaching in a tent meeting when the power of
God came upon her even as it came upon me. She had her hand up and her mouth open as she was
preaching when suddenly she froze in place. She literally stayed in that
position for three full days and nights, neither moving nor uttering a
word. All of her bodily functions ceased as well, including
breathing. Grown men attempted to move her from her frozen position
and were unable to do so. She was literally locked in place as a
testimony to the Power of God. (Ezekiel 33:22; Acts 2:43)
that three-day period over 150,000
people filed by to witness this astounding sign, wonder and miracle of
God. At the end of three days and nights she began breathing and
moving, PICKING UP HER SERMON EXACTLY WHERE SHE HAD LEFT OFF. The St.
Louis newspapers covered the story. Miss Woodworth-Etter's life story can be found on
the Internet & Face Book by simply searching her name.
As I slowly
regained consciousness that third day, I became sharply aware of one
thing. I HAD BEEN SET FREE FROM ALL DESIRE FOR DRUGS AND ALCOHOL. The desire that was always there when I woke up each morning
was gone. I was free from
Anger and unforgiveness
were noticeably missing, as well. God had forgiven me and delivered
me. How could I not now forgive those who had hurt me? I felt
brand new on the inside. I remember showering after this supernatural
three day "slain in the Spirit" experience and thinking to myself, “I don’t know why I’m doing
this. I feel like I couldn’t possibly be any cleaner.” I soon
discovered that this was because the Bible said I had become a “New Creation in Christ”
when I called upon His Name.
I picked up an old beat-up Bible and
started reading it voraciously. Preaching and teaching it, too. I
still haven’t put it
down over thirty years later. (Ezekiel 2:8-3:4)
Televangelist and his wife were right, and I was wrong. God wasn't mad
at me, and I remain indebted to them eternally for my supernatural
deliverance which came through their Ministry, in
spite of the great problems and heartache they went on to encounter for
their own mistakes. We are all still learning
how to live with our humanity.
Now I knew it was the
Spirit of God Who said "I love you" that day
in front of the grocery store while I was lighting a cigarette.
It actually troubles some people that I would say
God told me He loved me while I was smoking a cigarette. They don’t understand the Bible says that
Jesus came because God so loved the world, smokers and non-smokers alike.
(John 3:16) Besides, nobody ever
went to Hell for smoking cigarettes. People go to Hell for rejecting
redemption in Christ.
I haven’t smoked
a cigarette for over thirty years, but God loved me as much when I smoked
cigarettes as He does now that I don’t.
As a result of
my spectacular conversion experience and uneducated zeal, most of my family and friends
said, "Man, Hamel's really lost it now." They were right,
too. I lost my old, weak, destructive life and found a brand new
powerful one in Jesus. When everyone else walked out on me,
He walked in. I was and still am
unashamed of Him. I love Him now more than ever.
Sadly, my former wife informed me that
she would have nothing to do with Jesus as I had come to know Him. Offering to come back if I would renounce
my new-found relationship with Jesus, I was forced to decline. “That was our problem to begin with,” I
explained. “Christ was never the
focal point of our relationship or our family. I could never go back to
doing things without Him again.” So,
she chose her way and I chose God’s way, hoping and praying that she would
change. She did not.
That’s what an encounter with the God of
Creation will do to human beings. It
will harden you or it will soften you, but one way or another, you’ll never
be the same.
on in my walk with the Lord
Satan tried to tempt me with drugs and
alcohol again. He just doesn't give up that easy. However, those old ways just had no lasting
attraction any more. No
either. They were counterfeits, substitutes for what I had been
looking for all my life - love. God’s Love. The Love that
poured into me that morning through the giant hand placed so gently upon my
head three times before I fell unconscious for nearly three full
I soon discovered my
"falling under the power," "slain in the Spirit" experience was
Biblical indeed. Many people in the Bible had similar
experiences when overwhelmed by the Spirit and presence of God or one of His angels. (Ezekiel 1:28; Ezekiel
Daniel 10:8-9; Matthew 17:1-6;
Matthew 28:1-4; John 18:1-8; Acts 9:6; Acts 26:14, etc.)
also came to learn that there is something quite supernatural about
"three day" experiences in the Bible. They represent renewed hope
in the midst of human despair and the resurrection of dead things unto newness
of life! (Genesis 22:4; Joshua 1:11; 2 Kings 20:5; Hosea 6:1-3; Matthew
12:40; Matthew 27:63)
multiple angelic visitations since that day, I have discovered to whom that
giant hand belonged. It belonged to God’s angel. My angel. One of the multiple
angels that was assigned to me
at birth. It has been reported that as many as thirty angels have been
seen standing behind me in a half-circle as I was in the pulpit preaching
the Gospel. (Matthew 18:10)
angels of God are giant creatures
indeed. The ones that have appeared to me multiple times over the past thirty
plus years stand on average ten to twelve feet tall.
Some even taller. Their hands are the
size of the hand that was placed on my head three times that day. It
was one of my angels' hand.
The tangible anointing
and love of God was supernaturally transferred to me that day by the laying on of the
I literally fell under the power of
God for nearly three full days.
Talk about falling in Love!
He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy
ways." (Psalm 91:11)
3: My First Visitation of Jesus as He Commissioned Me
24 hours of regaining consciousness from having been "slain in the
Spirit" for those three days, I received the first of what have been
visitations of the Lord Jesus Christ. (2
my eyes wide open, He came to me out of a
literal, cloud-like whirlwind which suddenly appeared, coming down from the
North, spinning before me as I
was on my knees. (Ezekiel 1:4)
there in my Woburn, Massachusetts living room two white-winged Angels, dressed in white,
appeared from out of that whirlwind cloud, pushing it wide open from
its spinning center point, like sliding, spinning doors. The Master, Jesus, clothed
in a white linen robe, came out of the whirlwind
appearing directly before me.
The entire scene was very similar to the whirlwind and Angels described in
Ezekiel's commissioning in Ezekiel chapters one through three, which I had
never read before this visitation. I did not even know the Book of Ezekiel existed. I
had never read the Bible before this visitation.
now stood before me and through an impartation from His right hand,
He personally commissioned and appointed me to the Ministry Offices to which I am called.
The very purpose of His appearing that day was to actually make me a
Minister of the Gospel. His hand
upon me for the very purpose of making me His Minister. (Ezekiel 1:3)
Apostle Paul was also commissioned personally by Jesus at the time of his
Damascus Road conversion experience. Jesus appeared to Paul that day
to make him a Minister of the Gospel. Years later when testifying of
this Divinely granted visitation to King Agrippa, Paul quoted Jesus as
having told him, "...for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to
make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast
seen and of those things in the which I will (again) appear unto thee."
Of course, it has taken decades
for me to develop into the Ministry Offices Jesus commissioned me to, even
as it did Paul. (Acts 13:1-4; Galatians 1:15-2:2) I will spend the rest of my life doing so. No one just starts out in the Offices to which they are
called, including me. It takes
years of tremendous discipline, endurance, faithfulness, sacrifice, prayer and study to properly develop in any of the
5-Fold Ministry Offices of Ephesians 4:8-11. Tremendous
persecution also accompanies some of those Offices,
However, Jesus Himself did personally commission
me to those Offices, making me His Minister through an impartation from His
outstretched right hand, at the time of this Divinely-granted
the Bible, whenever the Lord "stretches forth" His hand or His
arm, it is to judge/deliver, call someone to the Ministry or perform the miraculous. (Deuteronomy 5:15;
Psalm 136:11-12; Proverbs 1:24; Acts 4:29-31)
my case it was for all three purposes. He judged my sin and its
consequential addictions as having no further claim upon me. He miraculously
set me free from all addictions after three days being slain in the Spirit.
He personally called me & commissioned me to the Ministry.
are other things about that visitation that the Lord has not yet released
me to share. Things which I myself am waiting for Him to further clarify to
me. Nonetheless, Jesus did anoint me thru an impartation from His right
hand, commissioning me to my specific Ministry Offices.
done so, Jesus and the two Angels then
went back into the whirlwind from where they had come, Jesus first. The
Angels then closed the opening in the spinning cloud behind them, like
sliding doors, disappearing into it themselves and the whirlwind dissipated before my eyes. I was left kneeling
there, stunned and all alone.
I began to know things supernaturally
from that very day.
For a number of years I never shared these visitations with anyone. Early on,
as a very young Christian, I did try to explain some of my experiences to the young Pastor
of a Church I was attending. When he laughed and ridiculed me, walking away as if I had more
loose screws than a Studebaker, I was humiliated.
course, I later came to realize that young Pastor was also lacking knowledge
of such Biblical experiences himself. He simply did not have the answers I
needed. So, I forgave him. But, as a result of that embarrassing
encounter, I became very reluctant to share these experiences with anyone for a very long
time, especially Ministers of the Gospel. As was the
case with the
young, inexperienced Pastor, I was
concerned they might not believe or understand me, and I was unwilling to face
that kind of rejection again.
having grown in knowledge of God's Word and my Offices, as well as now
having had multiple visitations and revelations of Jesus Christ and
multiple visitations of angels over these past thirty plus years, I have
grown past that. (2 Corinthians 12:1)
Christ did indeed visit me that day and He personally commissioned me to help
people, not to fear what they might
think, say or do to me because of it. (Ezekiel 2:5-7; 3:8,9)
will also read later in this testimony how in 1984, three years after my first
visitation, Almighty God Himself, not
Ezekiel 3:18 to me, word for word, also from Ezekiel's commissioning. (I Samuel 3:10)
At that time I was in an Albuquerque, New Mexico hotel room when He rebuked
voice because I had not been fully yielding to
Christ's prior appearance and commissioning three years earlier.
later in 1984 while in Las Vegas, Nevada, I was caught up in a trance and found myself once again in
the presence of the Master, Jesus. I stood and spoke with Him as He gave me personal insight, correction and direction
concerning His will for my attending Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. You can read about that in abbreviated form in the article, "The Word of
Wisdom" at the JHM Online Bible Training Centre.
Las Vegas trance was not to be the last time I would find myself suddenly in the presence of
the Master. On the homepage of this web site you will find the article,
"Great Spiritual Awakening Comes to America." It is
the account of my February 28, 2004, 45-minute Divinely-granted visitation of both Jesus and
the Holy Spirit, revealing the coming Revival/Awakening to me in fascinating
wife, Barbara, and I
were in Vermont for ministry. We were in a hotel room praying in the Holy Spirit
together as we often do. Suddenly Jesus caught me up in the Spirit once
again. I found myself suspended in the heavenlies, standing right beside Him from a vantage point
just above the earth as a Great Spiritual Awakening began to unfold beneath us. (Ezekiel
8:3; 11:24,25; 37:1)
I watched in amazement as
this great Spiritual Awakening began in New England,
moving into the entire Northeast, spreading across
America and moving to the nations of the world! I stood there with Jesus and
the Holy Spirit witnessing multiple millions
of hurting, confused, penitent human beings coming to Him just in the Northeastern United States alone. This
great Spiritual Awakening is even now
unfolding on this planet!
it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit on all
flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall
dream dreams, your young men shall see visions." (Joel 2:28)
4: Yet Another Divine Appointment
Back to 1981. Approximately nine months had now passed since being so gently, yet so powerfully touched by
the Angel's giant hand and being called and personally
commissioned thru a Divinely-granted appearance of Jesus. Now another Divine appointment awaited
morning I was sitting in a very small, popular restaurant in Lexington,
Massachusetts. The wooden tables and chairs were positioned very close
the chair behind me banged abruptly up against mine. I heard a man's voice behind
me say with a strong southern accent, "I'm so sorry. Please forgive
turned and looked up, stunned to see who was addressing me. It was the
Reverend Dr. Billy Graham.
beside him was his Gospel troubadour friend, George Beverly Shea.
they stood there smiling at me, I pulled my chair in a little closer to my
table, assuring them both that there was "no problem". Thanking
me, they sat directly behind me, my chair touching back to back with Dr.
Graham's for the next thirty minutes or more.
was well aware of who these men were, having seen many of Dr. Graham's televised
crusades as a child and young adult when visiting my grandmother.
At this time they were in
the Boston area for an evangelistic crusade at Boston College.
can imagine my shock, having been recently visited by God's angel, slain in
the Spirit for three days, followed by a visitation and commissioning of
Jesus and now Dr. Billy Graham and George Beverly Shea were standing before
me, addressing me.
was enough to make one wonder, if only for a moment, if God had not sent
these two world renown Gospel Crusaders to personally conscript me for the
work of the Kingdom.
all, I had given God my word to serve Him a few years before and had not
done so. Was it possible He could be sending His two messengers to be sure I
did not not back out again?
alas, they were simply there for breakfast, even as I was.
this testimony makes for good reading, it is not the Divine appointment that
awaited me in the very same little restaurant one morning soon after.
I sat alone, discreetly reading my Bible, a young man wearing cowboy boots and holding a cowboy hat
approached me and said, “Hello, I see you’re reading the Bible.
Are you a Christian?” I told him that I was, indeed. He said
his name was Michael and that he was a “Charismatic Catholic.” We
talked for a few minutes and he
invited me to dinner at his girlfriend's house. A Godly
friendship quickly developed.
Michael’s girlfriend and soon-to-be wife, Barbara,
gave me my very first Christian book. It was
“The Ministry of A Prophet” by
Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin,
a book that has forever changed my life. It was through this book that I
discovered the ministry of Dr Hagin.
Michael later gave me a box of cassette tapes. They were by a
Minister whom I had been listening to on the radio. His name was Dr. Kenneth Copeland. Soon I was also to encounter
the Ministry of
Dr. Lester Sumrall,
who would become my Pastor for the remaining fifteen years of his amazing
Little did I realize then how the combined Ministries of these three
men of faith would impact me for the rest of my life.
They became “Spiritual Fathers” to me. Sadly, one has now fallen
but the other two remain mentors to me. They completed their courses proudly
before traveling on to Heaven.
Sometimes when telling the
story of how God has used these three men to bring me up in the Faith, I
refer to it as “Three Men and a Baby.”
Went Off on the Inside of Me
One night during one of my regular visits, Michael and
Barbara were playing their guitars and singing to the Lord. Michael
began to softly speak in a strange language. I stopped him and asked,
“What is that? What is that language you are speaking?” He
answered, “It’s Tongues. It’s a gift. Ask God and He’ll give it
to you.” “But what is it?” I insisted. Michael repeated, “It’s
Tongues. It’s a gift. Ask God and He’ll give it to you.”
He returned to playing his guitar and speaking in that strange
that moment something “went off” on the inside of me. I could no longer sit still. Whatever this “gift” was,
if it was of God, I was determined to have it. Jumping up and
grabbing my jacket, I headed out into the crisp winter night. All the
way home I repeated these words, “God, if that’s from You, I’ve got to have
it.” Over and over I repeated those words, hurrying home through the moonlit
snow. I had a special prayer place in the attic. I just knew
when I got there God would give His special “gift” to me.
Pushing the attic door open, a literal, soundless, explosion
of white light enveloped me as I stepped inside. The room was
literally filled with a brilliant white light, wall to wall, ceiling to
floor. It was a white that
was whiter than the whitest of all earthly whites. The Apostle Paul
referred to this explosion of white light as being “above the brightness
of the sun” when describing his Damascus road encounter with it. (Acts
26:13) How accurate! The light
of God’s Glory is above the brightness of ten thousand suns! I was
literally blinded by it.
with weakness, I was knocked to my knees, unable to remain standing in the
presence of this supernatural illumination. (Ezekiel 1:28; Ezekiel 3:23) Enveloped in this shining light
from Heaven, my face pressed to the floor, I began praying profusely in other tongues. It
seemed as if I had fallen into a Heavenly blast furnace.
How long I stayed enveloped in that
supernatural light, praying in other tongues, I do not know. My next
recollection was waking up the next morning in my bed not knowing how I got
I had received the “Baptism with the Holy
Spirit” as evidenced by the
speaking in other tongues in a very
dramatic way, even as I had been saved, delivered and commissioned in a very dramatic way
nine months earlier. (Acts 2:1-4; 19:6)
This was the “gift” that my
friend, Michael, was referring to. A gift that would prove
invaluable to me from that night on. To tell you the truth, I have been
praying in other tongues on a daily basis for over thirty years now -
extensively. It's a Hotline to Heaven and a powerful way to keep one's
spirit sensitive to the voice of God! (Jude 20)
thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:" (1 Corinthians
Chapter 5: Babies
Live and Babies Learn
I had been
Born Again when
I prayed with the
the bondage of drugs, alcohol and fear by an angel of God laying his hand
upon my head three times. As a result, I was slain in the Spirit for nearly three
full days and am convinced I was not breathing.
received a personal visitation of Jesus Christ and His two angels and was commissioned to
stand in specific Ministry Offices through an impartation from His right hand.
been supernaturally and dramatically enveloped in the Glory of God and baptized with the Holy Spirit in an experience
quite similar to the Apostle Paul's on the Road to Damascus. (Acts
However, I was still just
a baby Believer with practically no knowledge of God’s Word other than
what I was picking up during my reading times. I was in desperate need of
proper New Testament teaching. All I had was my one Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin
book on the Ministry of the
Prophet and a few Kenneth Copeland
knew nothing yet about how to be led by the Spirit of God. I was
to learn volumes on being led by the Spirit of God from Dr. Hagin later.
But at this time I was clueless.
That being the case, I wrongly took a job that was not
God’s perfect will for me. That job was driving semi-trucks for a
Hollywood Production company. I now found myself touring America with
popular Rock ’n’ Roll bands and Hollywood/Las Vegas-based
entertainers. I had no idea at that time how wrong this job was for
I would drive
between major American cities listening to my Kenneth Copeland teaching
tapes and praying in other
tongues. Upon arrival at each destination,
I’d back my semi-truck up to the staging area to be unloaded for the type
of entertainment that is definitely not pleasing to the Lord. I
simply did not know any better.
One evening I was in
Austin, Texas, working with a very popular Mo
Town entertainer. I was sitting in the special employee section in
front of the stage during the show. This man suddenly stopped singing and began
“preaching” as the music softly continued. As he stood there dressed in silk
pajamas, to my shock, he began to explain how performing certain sexual
acts while praying in the Name of Jesus could actually bring physical
healing to the sick. He was "preaching", but by the inspiration
The moment those shocking, demented words came
out of his mouth, I heard an
say to me, “He’ll be dead in two months because of the very words of his
Startled, I looked all around to see who had spoken that to
me. With the exception of another employee and his two guests a distance
down in front of me and to my left, there was no one else in this reserved
section. I knew that no one in that entire area could have possibly
spoken those words to me so clearly above the sound system. I thought
about what that authoritative voice said for a moment and then got up to
leave the auditorium. I was shocked that this entertainer, whose Dad
was a Christian Minister, believed
such a thing. I was further
shocked that he’d stand up and speak it in an auditorium seating
Word of the Lord Came to Pass
later, back home in Las Vegas, I walked up to a newspaper display and
looked at a headline. It read, “(Entertainer’s name) Shot Dead
By Father.” My mind raced immediately back to that night when I was
with him in Austin, Texas,
when that authoritative voice of the Holy Sprit said to me,
“He’ll be dead in two months because of the very words of his
mouth.” I was now shocked by the accuracy of those words.
Still, I didn’t realize how wrong it was for me to play a supportive role
in the entertainment industry. Neither did I understand that the authoritative
voice is one of the ways that God can speak to New Testament Believers.
(Acts 9:4; 10:13,15) However, I was about to learn in a very
spectacular and most convincing way.
the Spirit entered into me when He spoke to me and set me upon my feet, and
I heard Him speaking to me." (Ezekiel 2:2)
6: The Voice of Authority Speaks Again
Soon after this
I had my semi-truck parked out front just prior to another short tour with
a different entertainer. The forty-five foot drop-frame van trailer was loaded with lighting, staging,
costumes, instruments, sound system, etc. I was to drive from my base
of operation in Las Vegas to Albuquerque, New Mexico on behalf of "one
of the biggest names in the business.”
Before heading out I decided
to pray, asking the Lord to bless my trip. As I stood in the living
room praying, that authoritative voice spoke to me again, saying, “Don’t go.” I literally
jumped off the floor. I jumped with such force it actually hurt my neck! I looked around to see who had come in.
Of course, no one was there. I searched the entire house to see who
was tampering with my mind. No one was there. I was
alone. Certainly God wasn’t telling me to not go. He understood
that the truck was loaded, the entertainer was scheduled to appear and I had no choice.
praying. As soon as I began to speak, that voice spoke to me again,
audibly. At least to me it seemed audible. I know now that it
was coming out of my own Born Again human spirit. It repeated with
tremendous authority, “Don’t go.” I knew then it must be the Voice of
God warning me to not take this trip to Albuquerque.
I took an extra
moment to "explain" to God the situation I was in. I told Him for whom I
was working. I explained how the truck was loaded with hi-tech
equipment, costumes and hardware. I also explained how it was too
late for me to back out. There was no one else to take the truck to
Albuquerque in time for the scheduled show.
straightened that out with God, I proceeded to climb the steps up into the cab of my tractor-trailer and drive to Albuquerque. I was confident God
understood. Besides, it was quite possible that I had imagined that
voice that told me not to go. Both times.
Right Out of the Will of God
Every mile I
drove was another mile driven out of the revealed will of God. I
suddenly began to feel sick physically. Very sick. Nausea and dizziness
began to overtake me. The further I drove, the sicker I became.
Further and further I drove on heading for Albuquerque. Sicker and
sicker I became as I did so, vertigo trying to overtake me.
I discovered that by listening to my Kenneth
Copeland tapes through headphones, the nausea and dizziness would subside
to where I could continue to drive. The Anointing on the Word of God
would override the sickness as long as I kept the headphones on. When
I took them off at truck stops, etc., the dizziness and nausea would
literally overwhelm me. Although I couldn’t walk, I could actually
sit and drive my semi-truck as long as I kept God’s Word going into my spirit
through my ears. (Proverbs 4:20-22)
How foolish of me to forge
on, driving a truck of that size and weight, with that kind of sickness
trying to overwhelm me.
in Albuquerque, I half-climbed, half-fell out of the cab of my truck.
I staggered into the high-dollar hotel lobby looking like a drunken
man. I was so dizzy and so nauseous, now completely overcome with
vertigo, that I literally slid along the
hotel corridor walls in order to reach my room.
Stumbling into my
room and falling onto the bed with the room spinning all around me, I lost
consciousness and went immediately into the following dream.
a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, and
slumberings upon the bed; then He openeth the ears of men and sealeth their
instruction." (Job 33:15-16)
7: A Revelation of Accountability
In the dream I
was standing on the huge outdoor stage just prior to “the show” in
Albuquerque. I was looking out across the massive outdoor
arena. The crowd was beginning to filter in from the parking
areas. As I stood on that platform wearing my flashy navy blue silk roadie jacket, I was feeling rather proud of myself.
“After all,” I
thought, “this show couldn’t have come together without me. I brought
the lighting, the sound system, the instruments, the costumes, risers and
everything else necessary to make this possible today. If I hadn’t
brought all this high dollar equipment in my flashy high dollar semi-truck there would be no show. THIS
WOULDN’T BE HAPPENING IF IT WEREN’T FOR ME.”
As I stood on
that platform eight to ten feet above the crowd, I could hear voices.
Someone asked, “Who’s that standing on the stage? Is he with the
show?” Someone else asked, “I wonder if he knows (entertainer’s
name)?” My chest was swollen with pride. I was feeling
pretty heady knowing that I had “backstage access” to such a popular
In the dream I continued to
deliberately stand on the stage where I could be easily seen. I was
enjoying the attention knowing that people were looking at me, wondering
who I might be, not knowing I was just the lowly truck driver. The crowd began to swell and the sound of multitudes of
voices grew much louder. Soon there would be multiple thousands of people filling
the outdoor arena. I could clearly hear the laughter and the enthusiasm in
began to rush for the few remaining seats in front of the stage.
People began to frantically push and shove. The massive crowd pushing
from the rear was forcing the people in front even further forward. The sounds of
laughter and enthusiasm began to change to cries of fear and terror.
Soon they were screaming in absolute horror. The expanding number of people in
the back kept pushing, pushing for the remaining front seats. They
didn’t seem to realize that they were crushing and hurting the people in
front of them. It was similar to a human stampede at a European Soccer
Tournament. The screams of agony and terror intensified.
During all of
this I was more focused on the people who were pushing and shoving from
the rear. When I finally looked down at the crowd directly in front
of the stage, I was horrified by what I observed. The people in front of me, being shoved from behind, were helplessly falling.
Only they weren’t just falling to the ground as I had previously thought. They were falling into
a massive pit of fire that had somehow opened in front of the stage. The pit
was as long as the stage. It was also so wide that it was virtually
impossible for the people being pushed to jump across to save themselves.
They just kept falling and tumbling into the fire pit, one after another.
Up from the
black smoky pit came tremendous heat with flames of orange, red and
yellow. Innocent people continued falling and tumbling into it.
I looked into the faces of some of them as they went to their eternal doom. They just kept falling and falling into that massive fire pit as I stood there
Was Entirely My Fault
Then my own
prideful, ignorant words came back to me as I watched those precious souls
perishing, one after another. “THIS WOULDN’T BE HAPPENING IF IT
WEREN’T FOR ME.” “THIS WOULDN’T BE HAPPENING IF IT WEREN’T FOR
I was completely overcome with horror realizing this great human
destruction was all my fault.
people had come to the end of life's highway and were perishing for all of Eternity because I was cooperating with “the
lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.” (1 John
This was all
happening because I was disobeying Jesus'
1981 appearance and commission to preach
His Holy Word.
human tragedy was entirely my
fault and in the dream I stood on that platform knowing it.
terrified human beings of various ethnic backgrounds were being mercilessly
and irreversibly pushed into this pit of fire against their wills and I was to blame.
The thick black smoke, the
bright orange, red and yellow flames, the screams of human horror, the
precious human persons falling off the end of the Highway of Life and disappearing forever into that inferno sickened me.
My foolish, dull, selfish heart was breaking in pieces as I stood there in
my blue roadie jacket.
Suddenly I woke up.
Hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their
glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall
descend into it." (Isaiah 5:14)
8: The Voice of Almighty God and a Much Deserved Rebuke
I sat bolt
upright on my hotel room bed. I was in a literal cold sweat.
Before I could even begin to evaluate the horror of what I had just
witnessed or for how long I had been forced to look at it, I heard
that voice of authority once again.
It was the very same voice that had spoken
earlier, back in Las Vegas, demanding, “Don’t go.” “Don’t go.” This time it spoke
with even greater authority. Tremendous authority. It roared like a mighty waterfall.
That’s the only way I know to describe it. This
is the way Job, David, Ezekiel and others described it in the Bible. (Job
37:45; Psalm 29:3-11; Psalm 68:33; Ezekiel 1:24)
It was the Voice of the Most High God, and He seemed to be standing
right beside me. (1 Samuel 3:10) He literally roared the following exact words at me.
“When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest
him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked
from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his
iniquity; BUT HIS BLOOD WILL I REQUIRE AT THINE HAND.”
the roar of battlefield canon, those
words shook me to the very core of my being. It
seemed as if I could feel them penetrating the marrow of my
bones. My internal organs seemed to vibrate. The entire high-rise hotel complex appeared to be vibrating around me
as those words were being released from the mouth of the God of all
Creation. This was the voice of the God Who had created me. The God Who had
redeemed me. The God Who owned me and had the right to command me!
which He had spoken was a verse of Scripture from the Bible. A VERSE
I HAD NEVER READ OR EVEN HEARD BEFORE. I was
hearing it supernaturally for the very first time.
Some months after this
experience, I discovered this verse was in Ezekiel 3:18 while reading along
in my Bible during a Dr. Frederick K. C. Price television broadcast. As you
can imagine, I was astounded to realize that Almighty God had personally
spoken this very verse to me before I even knew it was written in the Bible.
As I sat there on that
bed in my Albuquerque hotel room,
that verse clearly ringing in my spirit like a bell on a cold winter's day, I realized that my life had just
been forever changed.
The Spirit of the Living God had both SHOWN and TOLD
me that He would hold me personally accountable for every human being who
ended up suffering tragedy, prematurely dying and even ending up in Hell,
because I was playing with the devil for a big paycheck instead of obeying
Jesus' personal commission to reach them.
He had just revealed to me that
He would hold me personally accountable for everyone whom I refused to speak
to on His behalf, individually or corporately, saved or unsaved, big names, little names or no names.
the dog house to the penthouse, when He tells me to warn someone, I now
know I must. I have no alternative.
From the outhouse to the White House, I will obey Him. Otherwise, their blood will be on my
hands if they end up being judged and I will be judged for that. I call this
"My Ezekiel Mandate."
Lester Sumrall's Amazingly Similar Experiences and Visitations
later discovered how my Pastor of fifteen years, Dr. Lester Sumrall, had
similar experiences and visitations. At seventeen years of age he was a rebel and dying of tuberculosis
when he had a dream.
that dream he saw a casket suspended in mid-air to one side of his
bed and a Bible suspended on the other side. The voice of the Most High God
commanded him to choose that very night which one he wanted. Young Lester Sumrall
the Bible and woke up the next morning supernaturally healed of every symptom of tuberculosis.
thereafter, the Almighty also showed Brother Sumrall a vision of the multitudes
from every world culture dropping off the end of the Highway of Life and
falling over the precipice into the Lake of Fire.
Sumrall saw their terror, even as I saw their terror in my near identical
vision, as they fell into eternal damnation.
that vision the Lord told
Dr. Sumrall, exactly as He later told me, "Their blood will be on your
also quoted Ezekiel 3:18 to Dr. Sumrall in his vision, word for word, exactly as He quoted it to
me at the time of my near identical vision.
I was astounded
to discover this about Dr. Sumrall a number of years after my own Ezekiel 3:18 mandate was
given to me in Albuquerque, New Mexico by the Almighty Himself.
the exact same way He had personally given Dr. Sumrall his Ezekiel mandate
decades earlier, Almighty God had now personally come and given me mine.
like Dr. Sumrall and many others who stood or stand in these same Offices, have experienced great rejection,
ridicule, false accusation, misunderstanding and
persecution as we have obeyed His mandates over the course of our lives. Particularly,
and sadly, mostly from believers in Christ who lack clear, Biblical knowledge of the Prophet's Office.
with the territory, so to speak. Better to be persecuted than to answer to Him for the fear of man, disobedience and rebellion when it
comes our time to stand before Him.
never again want to hear that voice speak to me in that way. Not here
in this world, and
certainly not when I finally stand before Him in the next world to give account for my
Ezekiel Mandate. I was absolutely frightened by it even as Israel was
frightened near to death when they heard it at Mount Sinai.
all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the
trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed
and stood afar off. And they said to Moses, Speak thou with us and we
will hear: but let not God speak with us lest we die." (Exodus
9: Supernatural, Biblical Confirmation of My Ezekiel Mandate
am going to share with you just some of the many supernatural confirmations of my
"Ezekiel Mandate." But in order to help you better
understand both my calling and my heart, I will first share the following.
fully understand that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the exhortation,
edification and comfort of the Body of Christ. (I Corinthians 14:3) God has not placed His Gifts
in the Church to pull the Church down. The Gifts are to lift the Church,
encourage the Church and to bring comfort and hope to the Church. The
Gifts of the Spirit are to profit the Church, not punish the Church. (1
sometimes Christians, yes, even Ministers, stubbornly choose disobedience
over obedience. When
that happens and they continually override conscience, override the Word of God and
override the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit to get back on track, the God of
Love can send a word of warning to awaken them from their stupor. This is
always to give them further encouragement to judge themselves before having
to be judged by the Laws of Sowing and Reaping. (Jeremiah 2:19; Galatians
6:6,7) Or, in their case, what I call, "The Laws of Sowing and
note as you continue to read on. In my life and Ministry, whenever God
has sent me to give someone a warning of coming judgment for their
rebellion, He has ALWAYS had me to tell them that judgment could easily be
avoided through simple repentance. God is not a God of condemnation. I do
not go around as a make-believe Old Testament Prophet of condemnation
bringing scathing words of damnation to individuals.
of Exhortation, Edification and Comfort
preached the Gospel multiple thousands of times over approximately thirty
have brought far more words of exhortation, edification and comfort to
people than I have brought words of
warning and pending judgment. I will share just one example of this with
was once praying about an upcoming five-day Miracle Healing Revival I had agreed to conduct
in Front Royal, Virginia. It was approximately three o'clock in the morning. The Holy
Spirit often awakens me at this time to pray
in the Spirit. Suddenly, I was caught up in the Spirit even as the
Apostle John was caught up in the Spirit on
the Lord's Day. (Revelation 1:10-11) I found myself in a trance like
Peter went into a trance (Acts 10:5-12) and like Paul went into a trance.
In the trance I realized I was standing in the sanctuary of the
in which I was to conduct the revival meetings. I had never been there
before. I was standing in the pulpit looking out over hundreds of
people in attendance. As I looked to my left, I
noticed an angled aisle. I looked up the burgundy-carpeted aisle and noticed a woman sitting in the aisle seat exactly two
rows from the back wall. She was in her late forties or early fifties.
She had brown hair with bangs. She was
wearing a red, ribbed-turtleneck sweater, a light jacket and either a denim skirt or jeans.
I looked at her sitting there, I heard the voice of the Lord speak from
behind me, even as John the Apostle heard the voice of the Lord speak from
behind him. The Lord said, "She is struggling and suffering terribly concerning
her finances. Tell her I said, 'It's over.'" I stood
staring at her, pondering what the Lord had just revealed to me. Just as suddenly
as I went into the Spirit, I
came out of the Spirit and was back in my place of prayer.
that morning I shared the details of the vision with my wife. I told her, "When we
arrive at the church she will be sitting where the Lord showed me she will
be sitting. She will be wearing what the Lord showed me she will be wearing.
I am going to call her out and tell her what the Lord told me to tell
her. He will take on my obedience and confirm it to her. Somehow she will
experience a miracle in her finances."
later we arrived at the Church in Virginia and it was exactly as I had seen in the trance,
right down to the angled aisle and the burgundy carpeting on the
floor. As the service was beginning my wife and I were standing in the
front row. I looked back and I saw the woman with the brown hair, red
ribbed-turtleneck, light jacket and denim skirt. She was seated on the angled aisle,
two rows from the back and in
the very seat which the Lord had shown me in the trance. I said,
"There she is Lord, just like You showed me. I am going to obey You. I
am going to call her out as You told me and You will confirm the
stepped into the pulpit I immediately called her out. I asked her if
she knew me. She answered, "No, not personally. Although I did
know you were coming." I asked if we had
ever spoken or even met before. She answered, "No." I then
asked if she had been struggling financially. She and her husband both
publicly confirmed that she had been so burdened by financial trouble that she was
actually physically sick. I told her, "The Lord showed you to me
in a vision. He told me to tell you that
your financial struggles are over. He said to tell you, 'It's over.'" Her husband burst into
tears and cried uncontrollably.
both later came to me individually asking if I knew how the Lord was going to bring
the word to pass. I told them that I did not know but that He would do
it in a way that would bring great glory to Himself. I reminded
them that they didn't have to try to figure anything out, even as Moses
didn't have to try to figure out how he was going to deliver Israel from
I said, "Moses didn't have to figure a thing out. If he
tried to do so Moses would have messed it all up. He
just had to trust God to take him through the Exodus supernaturally, one
step at a time. You
don't have to figure anything out either. If you try to do so you'll
mess it all up. Trust the Lord to take you
through this supernaturally, one step at a time. Somehow He is going to supernaturally
reverse your financial situation and glorify Himself in it. All I can tell
you is I know what I saw in a vision before coming here. Even as the
vision has proved out here today, the fulfillment of the vision will prove
out according to God's plan and purpose."
spoke to the woman's husband on the telephone about two months after I had
called her out during the service. He
called to relay the following. "At the time of you calling her
out, my wife was getting her house in order because she was planning her own
suicide. That is how bad things were concerning our finances. I want to thank you for obeying God,
standing up there and giving her that
word. I don't know what I would do without her had she taken her life. Once you gave
her that word, everything changed in our lives. Everything. Our marriage relationship
was under tremendous pressure but that has changed as well. We are
free to love one another again. We have
peace in our home again. Everything has changed for the good. We were able to believe God again and to just
trust Him as Moses trusted Him like you said."
"Less than two weeks after you called
her out from the pulpit and gave her that word from the Lord, someone who
knew nothing at all of our situation gave
her (a very substantial amount of money). Our whole lives have changed as of that word being
given. Thank you, Pastor, thank you. I don't know how I could have lived
without her." I reminded him that all the glory for what occurred
belonged to the Lord, not to me, although I did indeed understand his
hanging up he said, "Oh, yes, Pastor, by the way. My wife wanted
me to tell you that as she was preparing her clothes for the service the day
you gave her that word, she had a black turtleneck laid out to wear. At the
last minute she said to me, 'I think I need to wear my red turtleneck
sweater and not my black one today.' I thought you might find that
interesting. It really adds to the testimony, doesn't it?"
man and his wife were greatly exhorted, edified and comforted by both the
word which the Lord had given me for them, as well as the supernatural fulfillment
of the word.
share this testimony to glorify God, not myself. I cannot do such
things as an act of my free will. The Gifts of the Spirit operate according
to the will of God, not the will of man. (1 Corinthians 12:11) The Lord
Jesus Christ is running the Church, not man. But I also share it
so the reader might understand that the author understands the Gifts of the
Spirit are for the exhortation, edification and comfort of Christ's
Body. The majority of words the Lord has given me for others over
these years have been
positive words that do just that!
Words of Warning to Avoid Coming Judgment
However, there are times that God will send
His messenger with a specific word of warning to at least attempt to bring the deliberately
wayward back on course before judgment occurs. (Ezekiel 2:8-10)
Although words of warning may sound negative, even they are actually quite
positive. The Lord is saying not only is judgment coming but through
repentance one can avoid it. What could be more positive than
that? (Isaiah 38:1-6)
Sometimes people heed God's
gracious warning. Sadly, many times they do not. (Ezekiel 2:11;
now made it clear that I understand fully the Gifts of the Spirit are
to pull the Church up and never to pull the Church down, I will share the
following from my Spiritual Journal which I have been faithfully and
accurately keeping for over thirty years.
Thirty-six times, since
the day of God's visitation in my Albuquerque hotel room, He
has instructed me to privately warn individuals they were either going to face
tragedy or to
die prematurely, if they did not repent for open sin, secret sin or disobedience
concerning His call. Thirty-six times. Privately.
Only two additional times has this occurred in public
services. This is because ninety percent of the Prophet's Ministry
occurs not in public but in private, even as in the Bible. (2 Kings 5:21-27;
John 4:1-19, etc.) The Holy Spirit has great respect and consideration
for the dignity of human beings, never desiring to publicly humiliate
anyone, even when they are in blatant sin. After all, we are
created in His image and likeness. (Psalm 113:5,6)
is not to say that God will never rebuke someone publicly, because He will -
particularly the blatant hypocrite.
Paul told young Pastor Timothy to
publicly rebuke hypocrites that others may learn to not be hypocritical in
their walk with the Lord. (1 Timothy 5:20-21) Paul himself publicly rebuked
the Apostle Peter for blatant hypocrisy. (Galatians 2:11-14) Although the
Holy Spirit by far prefers to correct and warn privately, there are times
when He will correct and warn publicly.
Lord actually had me lay hands on one Pastor as I was preaching for him, an
abusive Pastor who was living in secret sin. As I did so these words came
out of my spirit for him, "This is an impartation of grace for that
which is about to befall you." In His great love and compassion
for this man whom the Lord knew was not going to repent for his secret sin,
He imparted to him, by the laying on of
hands, a measure of grace to carry
him through the judgment that lay immediately before him.
was not the One Who would judge this man. He would soon be judged by
the Laws of Sowing & Reaping. He would soon be judged by his own
sin. (Jeremiah 2:19; Proverbs 11:17) This man, through blatant hypocrisy, had
placed himself back under the curse of the Law of Sin and Death and was
racing towards judgment. God in His love was promising to see him through
Many of the
thirty-eight individuals I have been sent to are Ministers of the Gospel.
Sadly, they seem to be amongst the most prideful, stubborn and even fearful when it comes to repenting, particularly when
a certain type of sin
and evil spirits are involved.
of those thirty-eight have
now died prematurely and needlessly, some surprisingly quickly, just as the
Lord told me to tell them they would. Five of them died precisely within
an exact time-frame the Lord had
given me for them. Precisely.
Even I have been astounded and heartbroken by the accuracy of these warnings
time and again.
Any of these
eleven deaths could have been easily avoided through simple repentance.
Thirteen more have experienced heartbreaking, unnecessary tragedies,
exactly as the Lord told me to tell them, because in their pride they refused to repent.
their immediate family members have suffered terribly, even their children dying, because
in their pride and rebellion they left the door wide open for Satan to come
against their family. Others have lost their marriages, ministries, businesses,
even great wealth and influence, exactly as the Lord so graciously had me to
warn them - repeatedly.
Any of these
thirteen tragedies could have been easily avoided through
the remaining fourteen, only three
have wisely and quickly judged themselves and wholeheartedly repented, thus
avoiding having to be judged. (1 Corinthians 11:30-32).
whole idea behind this aspect of the Prophet's office. It is never intended
to condemn. It is always intended to help people and to
keep them from hurting themselves or their loved ones. It is intended to
encourage them to repent and get back under the Lord's umbrella of Covenant
protection. (Proverbs 28:13)
others are still stubbornly resisting the Lord's gracious warnings and are pending. Seven of
Word of Faith, Pentecostal Ministers. Based upon the supernatural accuracy of the
previous twenty-seven warnings, these will suffer unnecessarily, too, if they refuse to simply repent.
times, apart from the thirty-eight whom the Lord has spoken to me of, He has revealed to me individuals who were
going to die or suffer tragedies, even telling me why and sometimes exactly
when, but He did not
instruct me to warn them. Take for example the popular Mo Town
entertainer whom the Lord said would be "dead in two months." He
did not tell me to go to him. If He had done so I would have. I had clear access
This has even happened while I was
preaching or teaching from the pulpit. The Lord would show me a
particular person who was either going to die or suffer a tragedy, but He did
not tell me to speak to them. I was simply to pray that they and their families
would be prepared for what they would soon experience.
To date, not one of
these Divinely-granted revelations has been wrong. Not one! My heart grieves
at the supernatural accuracy of these revelations.
Kenneth E. Hagin and a Multiplicity of Prophetic Words of Warning
Kenneth E. Hagin said in every home he stayed for many years as an
itinerant minister, the Lord would give him a word of warning for each of
those families. ("Understanding the Anointing" chapter 9, page 85.
1983, Harrison House)
Imagine, "every home" he stayed in during
all those years of itinerant ministry. That is far, far more words of warning than the
thirty-eight the Lord has given me
for others during the past thirty plus years. As an act of great mercy, the Lord would tell him when someone was going to die or to
experience a tragedy for sin or error in their lives. Dr. Hagin said those words
were always given to encourage those individuals to judge themselves in order to avoid
having to be judged or to prepare them for what was coming. (1 Corinthians
Therefore, those who say, "Dr. Hagin always taught us to
never give prophetic words of warning or judgment to anyone. God will speak
directly to people Himself when they need correction." are wrong. Very
errant individuals should study his teachings on the Office of the Prophet more carefully.
This position completely contradicts Dr. Hagin's published teachings as well
as his personal experience with being moved upon by the Holy Spirit to bring
words of pending avoidable judgment to individuals who refuse to obey
the Word of God, listen to the Inner Witness of the Holy Spirit and simply
repent for sin and wrongdoing.
chapter two of his book, "The Ministry of A Prophet," Dr. Hagin
stated that several times as a younger Minister, the Lord told him to warn
certain other Ministers they were going to die and even told him the reasons
why. However, in each case Dr. Hagin failed to warn them. As a result, the
Lord allowed him to be judged for his disobedience. The Lord also told him
that from then on if he didn't warn someone when He told him to, judgment
would come directly on him again.
Prophets have a great responsibility to
warn people of coming tragedy and judgment when the Lord instructs them to
also told Dr. Hagin if a Pastor, Church or individual does not accept the
Ministry of a Prophet, the Prophet should go their way, shake the dust off
their feet against them and He would remove their candlestick. (Revelation
2:5) Jesus explained that this meant He would take away from them what
little power they had left. Jesus explained if a Pastor, Church or
individual would not accept the Ministry of a Prophet, then they are not
accepting His Word and He would be unable to help them.
When individuals ignore the written Word of God, the Inner Witness of the
Holy Spirit, the still small voice and all other primary forms of guidance
God can and oftentimes will send a Prophet, sometimes even a lay person, to encourage them to judge themselves before
they have to be judged by the Laws of Sowing and Reaping. This is not a
demonstration of condemnation. It is a demonstration of God's great mercy.
Hagin also said many times while preaching the Lord would even show him
people in the congregation who were going to die but he was not instructed
to say anything to them. He was to simply pray that they and their families
would be prepared. This has happened in my own Ministry occasionally, as
I do not rejoice as being "super
spiritual" because these Revelation Gifts operate in my own life and
Ministry, for I am not. They have nothing to do with
me. Like Ezekiel, I have often told the Lord
in anger and in tears, "I would prefer to not know these things, Sir.
Please. I do not ever again want to tell someone they are going to suffer
tragedy or die. I would
rather die myself than to suffer the things they do to me and my wife for
obeying You." (Ezekiel 3:14)
times I have complained to both God and my wife that all I want to do is to
be an Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher and keep my nose out of other people's
business. At times it is just awful, even tormenting, knowing things about others.
The persecution can also be overwhelming. I have been appalled at what
Christian Ministers will do to themselves, their congregations and to God's
Prophets just to avoid having to face five minutes of soul-cleansing shame.
many times I have wished I could just go back to big trucks, big business and big
it seems so unfair of the Lord to require this of me, but I know He is not
unfair. He is a just and a fair God. How often I have had to remind myself that it's not about me or what
would make my life easier. It's about protecting others and preventing
premature death, tragedy and unnecessary suffering wherever possible. It's
about a just and fair God giving ample opportunity to repent to those whom
have called to remembrance my divinely granted visitations, realizing that I am
going to spend Eternity based upon how accurately I obeyed His commissioning
while I was
down here. (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10) The closer I
walk with Him here, the closer I will walk with Him there.
I call to remembrance
how Jesus personally appeared and commissioned me to this type of Ministry.
(Acts 22:14,15) I remind myself that the Most High
God personally rebuked me and told me He would judge me if I continued to
walk in disobedience to His call. I have no choice in the matter.
disobey there is a casket waiting for me as well. One with a
label that reads, "Early Bird Special". (Ezekiel 3:18-21)
The Lord has made it clear to me, even as He did with Ezekiel. If I disobey
His command to speak when He tells me to speak, I will die prematurely.
of the individuals I have been sent to have slandered and/or
persecuted me mercilessly for my obedience to speak to them privately on God's
behalf. For example, one Minister to this day continues to attempt to destroy my
credibility amongst other ministry leaders and my mentors, locally and
nationally, for fear of my telling
them what the Lord showed me about an immoral relationship he continues to engage
in with another Pastor.
What he does not seem to realize is that he is lifting his hand against
the God Who sent me to him. Retribution will come from the "Revealer of
Secret Things," not from me. (Genesis 12:3; Daniel 2:29)
High Cost of a Low Boil
was once preparing for a week long series of meetings in a large city in
Alabama. Just prior to arriving I was finalizing arrangements with the
Pastor by telephone. During that phone conversation the subject turned
to the Pastor's Youth Minister.
As the Pastor spoke of him
the Holy Spirit revealed
to me that his Youth Minister had an unclean spirit, a "spirit of
The Holy Spirit spoke through me as I told the Pastor the
following. "Pastor Darrell, your Youth Minister has an unclean spirit, a spirit
of perversion. If you don't get that spirit out of that man or get that man
out of your church that demon spirit will walk itself out in both your church and
your family. This will bring great destruction to your family as well as
whatever his reasons Pastor Darrell became deeply offended with me and lost his
temper. His blood boiled as he set about to put me in my place for
thinking I was so spiritual that the Lord would speak to him through me in
such a straight forward manner.
Possibly he was ashamed that he so
lacked discernment he had to be told such a thing about the Youth Minister
whom he had so confidently appointed. Pastor Darrell did not realize the Holy
Spirit was simply trying to privately help him, not humiliate him.
Pastor immediately cancelled the meetings, our flight reservations, verbally
assailed my character and then hung the phone up on me. I did not hear from
year later my phone rang. I answered it and heard the sound of a man
It was the Alabama Pastor who had
angrily cancelled the meetings one year earlier.
He spoke the following words to me through his tears.
this is Pastor Darrell. I'm calling to say that I should have
listened to you a year ago when you warned me that my Youth Minister had a spirit of perversion. You were right when you said if I didn't
get it out of him or get him out of my Church that spirit would walk itself
out in my family and my Ministry.
after you spoke that word to me, my wife left me for a lesbian
relationship. She and her lesbian lover began coming to my services
and sitting in the front row together, showing open affection for one
another. My congregation complained to me. They wanted her and
her lesbian lover out of the Church. I tried to stop her but she would
not listen to me and I allowed it to continue. Finally some
congregation members contacted (Ministerial association name) and complained
Youth Minister also impregnated a 14-year-old girl in our youth group. You
were right about him, John.
sons and one of my daughters were having sexual intercourse with one another and she became
pregnant. The baby has since died.
Ministerial association) has come and taken my Church away from me,
appointing another Pastor over it. I have lost my Church affiliation
and my licensing and ordination with them because I did not handle the matter
Biblically or appropriately.
children have all turned against me and are now living with their mother and her
so sorry for not listening to you, John. I should have listened to
you. You were right."
was not the time for "I told you so, Pastor. You should have listened
to the Holy Spirit within me."
Rather, I offered him as much
exhortation, edification and comfort as is possible in the midst of such a
did, however, strongly encourage him to get those children out of that
highly immoral living situation with their backslidden mother.
The evil spirit which he had refused to address by
the power of Jesus' name did indeed "walk itself out" in his family and his
ministry even as the Holy Spirit had so graciously and lovingly forewarned.
Pastor Darrell's tragedy was not yet over. He had not yet learned the
importance of living a life of integrity, obedience, studying to show himself approved
of God and exercising mastery over Satan and evil spirits concerning
himself, his family and his Ministry.
long after calling to apologize for angrily rejecting the word the Lord had
given me for him, he called again.
This time it was to tell me that
his oldest son who had recently married and was the father of a newborn
child had procured a powerful handgun and deliberately taken his own
sweet young man
was so confused and distraught by what had happened to his
parents and siblings, as well as his Dad's Ministry, he did not believe he
could live with it any longer.
He left a note in his pocket that
said, "Sorry, Dad. I'll see you in Heaven."
then married for a second time, lost another Church because of his
lack of integrity and ultimately suffered the tragic, premature death of his
second wife while living in a backslidden condition for nearly a
has since remarried for a third time, superficially appearing to have
wholeheartedly returned to his Ministry
Unprincipled, Opportunistic Lifestyle Brings An Additional Gracious Warning
In 2012, the Holy Spirit instructed me to address Brother Darrell once again.
I was to
warn him that judgment was coming, even as it had concerning his
unwillingness to address his Youth
Minister's perversion. Only this time his judgment would be much more severe.
Holy Spirit instructed me to warn him that judgment was again at hand because he had been stealing the
copyrighted writings of another
Minister, putting his own name upon them, distributing them and, in some
cases, even publishing them on the Internet. He plagiarized the
materials to make himself appear to be more equipped than he actually was in
order to secure a position as the Dean of a Word of Faith Bible School in
I directly confronted him with his un-Christ-like, illegal, unprincipled,
opportunistic behavior, he refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing whatsoever,
in spite of all evidence presented.
Rather he stubbornly chose to deny what he did, lying about it
to his wife, his Ministry supporters,
other Pastors and those who oversee him in Ministry in both North and South
has even gone so far as to continually slander the Prophet God sent to once
again graciously steer him away from unnecessary, avoidable, oncoming
judgment. This only serves to further compound his already
extremely dangerous predicament.
the published plagiarism of another Minister's materials, Brother Darrell
was able to bluff his way into securing the position as the Dean of the Word
of Faith Bible School in Bolivia.
soon thereafter, the Holy Spirit moved upon me to tell him, "Brother
Darrell, you are going to lose your position as the Dean of that Bible
School if you refuse to repent for what you have done. The Holy Spirit is
going to take you out of there."
again Brother Darrell in his anger rejected the word of the Lord.
a very few short months and before they could complete even one full term,
to Brother Darrell and his wife's shock and dismay the Holy Spirit suddenly and
deliberately removed them from their Bible School positions in Bolivia and
made it impossible for them to remain in that country.
still, as of this 2015 update, this man stubbornly refuses to repent and make restitution for his
faithless connivance. In doing so he leaves himself wide open to
further, unnecessary, avoidable and severe judgment. (Matthew 25:23-26)
and wisdom don't always go together the way they should. Some people just
don't seem to learn no matter how often God, in His great mercy, sends the
hounds of Heaven out to pursue them.
Ministers seem to never learn reverence for the things of
God or for their fellow Ministers.
cases seem to insist on learning the hard way - if they ever learn at all.
This particular Minister,
without repentance, is
soon to face a form of judgment that will cause his former suffering for
compromise to pale in comparison. Even in His great love and mercy, God will not be mocked. (Galatians
I have continued to state throughout, words of pending yet avoidable
judgment such as these are not negative but rather they are positive.
like these are always given to encourage individuals to privately judge
themselves in order to avoid having to be publicly judged by the steel punch
of the Laws of
Sowing and Reaping. (Proverbs 28:13; Jeremiah 2:19; 1Corinthians
God of Love and Mercy always desires to lead His precious children away from
pending judgment, avoidable tragedy, great loss and even unnecessary
premature death. Yet sadly, many
pridefully refuse to listen.
their detriment, many who trust God as their Loving Benefactor and Father
seem to forget that He is also their Lawgiver and just Judge. (James 4:12)
should mention here the Minister whom Brother Darrell plagiarized was me. He
took a multiplicity of my writings, making absolutely no changes to them
whatsoever, apart from removing my name and replacing it with his own. Many
of these plagiarized works he published on the Internet. Others were
distributed at his and others hands.
does not take a Prophet to know how this is going to turn out for this
stubborn man without repentance.
people who hate discipline and only get more stubborn, there'll come a day
when life tumbles in and they break, but by then it will be too late to help
them." (Proverbs 29:1 Message Bible)
Giving Up Everything for One Thing
The Lord sent me to tell another Christian man, a highly successful businessman,
"You are about to give up everything for one thing, unless you repent
for the way you use and destroy people for the sake of material gain."
This man refused to walk in love towards his fellow man, he was a cruel
taskmaster and he had a reputation for extremely unethical business
practices. Although he was a churchgoer and a tithe payer, he had a serious
problem with rebellion. I reminded him of this often during my many visits
He had already lost one of two lucrative convenience store/gas stations, one
of two profitable motel operations and a restaurant franchise because of his
didn't appreciate the word of the Lord coming to him in the midst of his
financial distress. He did not realize the Lord was trying help him, not
hurt him. He took offense. He falsely accused both my wife and me to the
local police department, even hiring an attorney and suing us. Regardless,
the Lord had me go to him continually to ask him if he was ready to repent
and to remind him, "The Lord says you are about to give up everything
for one thing, unless you repent."
would sit behind his desk and arrogantly tell me, "I'm not doing any
such thing. You're the one who needs to repent. The Lord is not sending you
He continued to persecute me in every possible way, pursuing me with his high-dollar attorney and
false legal charges.
I continued to remind him of what the Lord said, "You are about to give
up everything for one thing unless you repent."
He stubbornly dug in his heels and refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing.
his formerly secure business ventures all began to "unexplainably" fail, one right after another.
lost possession of his remaining, once-profitable convenience store/gas
he lost his remaining motel operation - one that had historically brought
his family much money.
if to rub salt in his wounds, his long-time family friend and head
bookkeeper embezzled nearly $100,000 from him and got away with it.
Finally, he suddenly lost the jewel of his personal financial kingdom, a statewide
franchise for a popular nationwide car rental agency. The automobile rental
corporation revoked his contract because of unethical business
I last checked up on him, he was working in his own little carwash, the only
business he was able to hold on to with the help of a co-owner. The carwash
itself was also hurting financially and no longer profiting as it once had.
one goes from holding assets worth millions of dollars to working in a small
outdated carwash after God repeatedly warned it was coming, only to deny it
had anything to do with those warnings, well, something is wrong with that
rebellious Christian businessman ignored the Lord's gracious, repeated
warnings and gave up everything for one thing - rebellion!
Unfortunately Fallen Ministers Can Be the Most Rebellious
though, it is Ministers who can be the most rebellious when corrected by the
word of the Lord. So many of them seem to believe their only
option is to destroy the Prophet's credibility, in case the Prophet should tell others what the
Lord told the Prophet to tell only them. This is an extremely childish,
common, ignorant reaction and one
that always and only compounds their problem.
Killing His messenger is never
the solution when one is under the microscope of the Most High God. (2 Kings
1:1-17; Acts 13:1-12)
it is the hardest thing in the world knowing these things about others,
especially when they falsely accuse you in defense of themselves and will not listen.
Particularly when Jesus Himself has appeared to you and personally given
this commission. You know you are hearing clearly from Him, but the one you are sent to
is either so prideful, dull or disobedient, they blow it off and continue in
stubbornly race down the pike, headed straight for judgment through the
unfailing Laws of Sowing and Reaping. (Galatians 6:7,8) Or, in their
case, what I have already referred to as "The Unfailing Laws of Sowing &
over thirty years of growing and walking with the Lord and developing in this type of ministry, I find the most common mistake
made by people, Ministers and lay-persons, who are soon to be judged is this. They ALMOST ALWAYS
misinterpret much time given to repent as an unwillingness on God's part to allow
them to be judged. (Please, read that again.) They wrongly believe after much mercy
and patience are shown by the Lord, "If it hasn't happened by now, it
isn't going to happen."
I have witnessed this repeatedly. Particularly
with Ministers. Particularly highly successful or popular Ministers. And I have been sent to a few, as you are about
to read. In my personal experience, I have discovered the greater the level of success, the greater the level
of resistance to the Lord's gracious, respectful warnings! What an
indictment against God's anointed!
people who hate discipline and only get more stubborn, there'll come a day
when life tumbles in and they'll break. But by then it'll be too late to
help them." (Proverbs 29:1, Message Bible)
10: Well-Known or Little-Known, We All Go Through the Same Program
world-renown, Tulsa-based woman Evangelist died at precisely the time God told me she
would, "in five years," for lying about miracles in her and her husband's
Ministry and for
refusing to walk in love. It was impossible to get this woman, her immediate
family (some of them my in-laws), or
her Ministry associates to understand judgment was coming if she and her
husband refused to repent for lying about miracles in their popular publications as
well as in the pulpit.
I was an "insignificant-no-name." They wrongly believed
that based on past worldwide miracle evangelistic crusades for the Lord
and hundreds of thousands of books, if not millions printed and sold, that judgment could never happen in their case. Like
so many other prideful Ministers, they misinterpreted much time given to repent as an unwillingness on God's part to allow
her or them to be judged.
they, too, ended up paying the
ultimate price for spiritual pride and disobedience to God's Word. Charismatic and
Pentecostal Christianity was shocked by this Healing Evangelist's tragic, premature death!
well-known woman Minister battled cancer for five years as a direct result of her
deception and disobedience. Over that five-year period I would hear her
testify on Christian TV programs that she was "healed" of her
cancer. Each time I
would hear that I would tell my wife, "She is not healed, and she will
not be healed, unless she repents for rejecting God's written instruction of truth-telling and obedience to walk in
love towards others. The Lord said she will be dead in five years."
the Spring of 1995, five
years and two months after the Lord told me, "(name withheld) will be
dead now in five years," she died a terrible death of cancer. Some
heralded her death as "a great home-going." But there was nothing
great about the way she went home at all. She died tragically and
prematurely for lying
about miracles to make herself look important. She died tragically and
refusing to walk in love towards her family, employees, fellow Ministers, friends and associates. Pride
had gripped her.
to this day, in spite of my continuing reminders, this woman's family and their Ministry staff
still refuse to believe that she died in this way by refusing to judge
herself for lying about
miracles and not walking in love towards her fellow man, not because
"God called her home gloriously." (1 Corinthians 11:30-32)
December, 2006 Charisma Magazine "Heroes of Faith" article
Dared to Touch the World," her
husband, daughter and staff members continued their sad history by
greatly exaggerating crowd sizes in their Ministry's past overseas crusades,
amongst many other things. In that interview crowds that once numbered in
the tens of thousands in their own earlier publications have suddenly swollen to
"one quarter to one half million in each crusade" for
not true, based upon their own previously published, readily available accounts.
I told certain family members who are directly responsible for the grossly
deceptive article, "Where you once counted only heads, you have now gone back and recounted,
and toes this time. You'll want to repent for that. Judge yourselves and you
won't have to be judged." (1 Corinthians 11:30-32)
in this new era of Super-Evangelism (Reinhard Bonnke, Benny Hinn, etc.), this
was another heart-breaking, competitive effort to brighten what they
refer to as their "family legacy." An exercise the
Apostle Paul also forbade in Scripture. (2 Corinthians 10:12)
is no small wonder that the great tragedies, multiple premature deaths and unnecessary
suffering endured for decades by this renown Gospel preaching family is
often referred to as "The (Family name) Curse." However, there is
no "(Family name) Curse." It is called "The Curse of the Law
of Sin and Death" in the Bible. (Romans 8:2)
If we insist on living
with unconfessed sin in our lives, we'll ultimately drink from a bitter cup, no matter
what our family name is, including "Hamel."
that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh
them shall have mercy." (Proverbs 28:13)
and Respectfully Confronting Deliberately Sinful Leadership
said, "Brother Hamel, you should just leave matters such as these with the Lord.
The Bible says to touch not Mine anointed and do My Prophets no harm."
No, we should not just leave matters such as these with the Lord,
particularly when the Lord instructs you and me both to do otherwise in the
running from and turning a blind eye to these types of problems in the name
of "touch not Mine anointed" is what allows them to fester and
worsen, weakening the Body from within and giving Satan a legal foothold.
a blind eye to sinful spiritual leadership in the name of "touch not
anointed" gives them "carte-blanche" or a free pass to live
any way they want, setting the poorest of examples and leading others
directly into sin.
needs to be much greater Biblical and moral clarity on this issue. In Psalm
105:15 where the Psalmist wrote, "Touch not Mine anointed and do My
Prophets no harm," the Holy Spirit was addressing Israel's enemies
doing physical harm to them. The Holy Spirit was not addressing the subject of correcting
sinful New Testament Church leadership.
Apostle Paul quickly, publicly, strongly and unapologetically rebuked the
Apostle Peter for his hypocrisy as a spiritual leader. Then the Holy Spirit
had it recorded in the Bible so the Body could read it, heed the warning and
obediently follow Paul's example. (Galatians 2:11-14)
never feared being black-balled or shunned for obeying God and rebuking
open sin in spiritual leadership and neither should we. Paul always obeyed God and did what was best for the Church,
not just what he thought was best for his Ministry.
Paul went so far as to
openly name those who had made shipwreck of their faith in order to prevent
others from following them into sin. (1 Timothy 1:18-20; 2 Timothy 4:14) He
also instructed the Body to publicly rebuke spiritual leaders who live in
sin setting a bad example for others.
Look here at 1
Timothy 5:17-21 in the Amplified Bible for greater clarity on confronting the dangerous
and damaging issue of spiritual leaders who defiantly live in spiritual
pride and sin, refusing
elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor,
especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For the Scripture
says, 'Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,' and 'The
worker deserves his wages.' Do not entertain an accusation against an
elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. Those (elders)
who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take
warning. I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the
elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do
nothing out of favoritism."
allow spiritual leadership to continue unchecked in blatant, open, even
published sin, for any reason including former good works for Christ, and to not rebuke them
publicly as commanded in the Bible is to show partiality and favoritism.
Paul charged us in the sight of God, Jesus and the angels, DO NOT DO THAT!
To do so puts one in a position of great disobedience to the Holy Spirit - a
position in which no one would ever want to find themselves.
That's one spiritual
equation of which I am determined to never find myself on the wrong side by
refusing to obey Paul's solemn charge to correct obviously sinful spiritual
A Fall from the Prophet's Office. A Fall from the Sky
I have lost some Ministry friends for standing on these and other commands of
Scripture. Both Jesus and Paul did. You will, too. It comes with the territory. (John
6:66-71; 2 Timothy 4:10)
former Pastor, himself a fellow Prophet, withdrew
fellowship because I took a strong stand and refused to show partiality or
favoritism to a mutual New England Pastor friend for whom he would often
preach. This prosperous Pastor
was unfaithful to his marriage covenant in many ways, one of which was a
secret homosexual relationship with
However, like the Prophet Moses, I would rather lose
the friendship of a man, any man, even a beloved man, even a Prophet, than to lose the friendship and anointing of God. (Exodus
my former Pastor and fellow Prophet later lost his life prematurely when his jet fell
from the sky as he traveled from one meeting to another.
tragic, premature death was celebrated as a glorious home-going, it was no
such thing. It was the allowed judgment of God on a fallen Prophet who had
difficulty obeying God, difficulty walking in love towards his fellowman and great difficulty repenting immediately when he
I, myself, was used of God to bring him words of correction in these
He had also developed a reputation amongst many of his fellow Ministers of
"money-minded." Many would no longer have him come to minister for
them because of their concern in this area.
further compound his problem with disobedience, this man also frequently
allowed his spouse to control his Prophet's Ministry. He would often
cooperate with her overriding his Holy Spirit directed decisions. Here there
was a serious submission problem. I speak experientially.
more than one occasion she personally overruled his Holy Spirit inspired
decisions concerning me. I once actually received a personal apology from
this Prophet's secretary. She was apologizing for the way his wife had
overruled a major decision he had made concerning me for which they had not
bothered to notify me. She was embarrassed and ashamed by what they had
caused her and me both by doing so.
secretary then explained to me that this was a frequent occurrence with the
Prophet and his wife.
secretary later left his employ, explaining to me that her decision to leave
was made in large part for the way the Prophet's wife would often overrule
his decisions in this manner. This behavior, she explained, caused confusion,
frustration and great disappointment in the lives of all those impacted by it.
Prophet's wife once told him that he was going to have to choose between her
and the man he felt the Lord was impressing upon him to hire to help with his
Bible School. She can be heard on live-stream boasting openly from the pulpit
of her ultimatum, "If you do that I will leave you. If you hire that man, I
will leave you." She then explained how when he insisted upon what he
was going to do regardless, she stormed out, got into her automobile and drove down the freeway
shouting to the Lord, "If he hires that man, Lord, I'm leaving
her own admission the Prophet's wife
had her way.
Lord's man for the Bible School was not hired.
of their disobedience God could not send the students who were to be trained
under the Prophet.
The Prophet is now
plan for raising up students under the Prophet's anointing through the Bible
School was not accomplished.
vision God had given him for the Bible School thirty-five years earlier was
Jesus Christ Himself sent an angel to tell Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin, concerning
those who would try to control his Prophet's Ministry, that He did not want
him to be controlled by anyone else. Jesus said He would speak to and
direct Prophet Hagin personally in his Ministry. He told Prophet Hagin
that he was to be the head of his own Ministry and not someone else,
regardless of who it may be. See the book "I Believe in Visions"
a Minister of the Gospel, particularly a Prophet, to allow anyone, including
a spouse, to override Holy Spirit inspired directives can prove to be quite
costly indeed. This is a blatant demonstration of fear, pride, rebellion and
disobedience. It is always unwise for any human being to ever attempt to
overrule the Holy Spirit.
Saul's pride and disobedience to the Holy Spirit's inspired directives for
his life cost him his anointing, his kingdom, the life of his sons and
ultimately his own life. (1 Samuel 15:22-23; 31:1-6)
the Spring of 2001, twelve
years before this Prophet tragically lost his life, I was given a
Divinely-granted revelation where I was allowed to see into the Spirit realm
and into the future. The Holy Spirit showed me at that time, without
repentance this Prophet was going to lose his life prematurely for all the
reasons addressed above, but for one of those reasons in particular.
the Fall of 2013, eighteen
days before he finally did lose his life prematurely and tragically, the Holy
Spirit visited me once again, this time in a dream
of warning and revelation, revealing that the time of this Prophet's
judgment was immediately at hand.
the tragic allowed judgment of the fallen Prophet, I have discussed this
issue with two other Prophets.
of them, a younger Minister, explained how on the night before this terrible
tragedy he wept and interceded off and on throughout the night for the fallen
Prophet, his wife and their children. Although he did not know what it was,
he was picking up in his spirit that something was about to happen. The Holy
Spirit was using him to intercede
in order that the fallen Prophet's family would be prepared for the
other Minister, an established and well respected national Prophet, further
explained to me how on the night before the fallen Prophet was judged, the
Lord had shown him that judgment would now occur. This respected Prophet, an
experienced pilot and aircraft owner, immediately determined in his heart to
locate the whereabouts of the fallen Prophet in order that he might fly out
to meet him and warn him of pending judgment. However, the Lord instructed
him to not do so.
fallen Prophet had reached the place where his allowed judgment was now
respected Prophet also explained to me how he and the fallen Prophet, along
with other Ministers of the Gospel, were gathered together with Dr. Kenneth
E. Hagin just a few short weeks before Dr. Hagin went to Heaven in 2003. Dr.
Hagin warned them all to be very careful, specifically concerning finances
and spiritual error.
fallen Prophet, again, just did not seem to get the message, not even from
his spiritual "father."
the next ten years he continued to deviate further and further off the path
of humility, truth, righteousness and true holiness. The respected Prophet
stated to me the fallen Prophet "seemed to believe he was
Although shocked and saddened when notified
that his private jet had fallen out of the sky over Kansas, I was not
He had fallen from his Prophet's Office and his candlestick
had been removed long before this.
Benevolent Father has a caring history of allowing judgment to finally come
upon unrepentant fallen Ministers who refuse to listen to His repeated
warnings. This is true with Prophets, in particular, once He determines they
are doing more harm than good to the Body. He will remove their candlestick,
stripping them of what power they had left. Depending on the severity of the
situation, such allowed judgment can sometimes include premature death. (1
explained this to Prophet Kenneth E. Hagin during a personal visitation
after Prophet Hagin himself had to be judged for disobedience. See the book
"I Believe in Visions" by Dr Kenneth E. Hagin, page 96.
as I have continued to emphasize in this book, too many Ministers of the
Gospel misinterpret much time, even years, given to repent as an
unwillingness on God's part to allow them to finally be judged.
This indeed was the case with this beloved Prophet of God. In his case he had
not only fallen away from the perfect will of God for his own life, but many
Pastors who followed him too closely also found themselves in the dangerous
position of being out of God's perfect will for their lives because of him.
know firsthand of situations where this Prophet would continue to preach for
Pastors who gave him generous offerings although he knew they were out
of the perfect will of God for their lives. He drew back from speaking to them
on behalf of the Holy Spirit, refusing to correct them because of what it might cost
him - including financially.
is one of the characteristics of the Prophet's Office. The Holy Spirit will
often have the Prophet confront someone for Him who is living in sin. I
speak experientially when I say this is possibly one of the most difficult
things a Prophet has to do as it almost always meets with resistance and
persecution. This tends towards the Prophet pulling away from the Lord's
commanded confrontation, which could result in the Lord having to judge the
I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not
warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his
life; The same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; But his blood will I
require at thine hand." (Ezekiel 3:18)
Kenneth E. Hagin stated, "The Prophet's Ministry isn't altogether
understood or appreciated.
One runs into such persecution it's very easy to draw back from it."
I understand experientially the great temptation to draw back from the
confrontation aspect of the Prophet's Ministry. We have experienced
tremendous hatred, rejection and persecution from many, particularly
Ministers, when addressing them on behalf of the Lord.
myself, once had to be judged for withdrawing from the Prophet's Office. I
did not want to be associated with false Prophets or the false Prophecy
Movement presently in the Earth. I did not want the persecution, the
rejection or the criticism from those who simply do not understand the
Office of the Prophet. I stopped putting my Prophet's Office first and
foremost, not only in my public Ministry but in my private life.
a result the Lord allowed everything to be taken away from us to get my
attention, including housing and transportation. Preaching
opportunities ceased. The money flow all but dried up. I became
a homeless, walking Prophet.
Lord allowed us to live in those dire circumstances in order that I might
reconsider my disobedience to what He was wanting from me.
morning, approximately five months into my judgment, I woke up to the stern,
yet loving, word of the Lord coming to me. He said, "I want you
to stand in the Office of a Prophet. I want you to see yourself as a Prophet
of God. I want you to think like a Prophet. I want you to behave like a
Prophet. I want you to believe and speak like a Prophet. I want you to carry
yourself like a Prophet. I want you to put your Prophet's Office first and
foremost above everything else in your life."
shook me to have Him speak to me in this way.
next morning I woke up to the stern, yet loving, word of the Lord coming to
me again. He said, "All My dealings with you are dealings with a
Prophet. In all My dealings with you I am dealing with a
Prophet. All My dealings with you are dealings with a
again I was shaken by His authoritative tone.
repented of my unwillingness to put the Office of the Prophet first and
foremost in my life. I gave Him my word I would not cause Him a
problem in this area again.
told Him I would not only obey Him in this matter, but I would do so
is not enough for a Prophet to obey God in bitterness of heart. A
Prophet, like all other Believers, must obey God with a willing heart.
Otherwise, God will reject his unwilling obedience which could also lead to
if ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: but if you
refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the
Lord hath spoken it." (Isaiah 1:19-20)
as a result of repentance, we began to come up and out of the problems I had
caused us through my disobedience.
I understand the great temptation to draw back from the Prophet's Office,
and I understand what it's like to be judged for doing so. I have also
experienced the great grace that comes through repentance.
must always trust God to give him grace and to anoint him not only for every
assignment, but for the rejection and persecution that commonly follows. The Prophet must never refuse to go to individuals,
Ministers or Churches and speak a confrontational word of correction when the Holy Spirit
tells him or her to do so.
Disobedience can result in judgment
for the Prophet, such as it did for me, as well as for my fellow fallen Prophet.
and a half years before he died I was interceding for this fallen
Prophet. The Holy Spirit said to me
concerning him, "He has stopped going to Pastors and Ministers,
including false Pastors, when I tell him to bring them a word of
will share just one account of this with you below, but not to condemn him or anyone
I do it by the leading of the Holy Spirit in order to give answers to those
who simply cannot understand why this Prophet, who for decades preached
divine protection and longevity, was judged so severely.
It is vitally important that people understand that God is not guilty concerning
this Prophet's shocking death.
is equally as vital that Prophets understand they must confront individuals,
Ministers and Churches when the Holy Spirit tells them to do so, or the
Prophet will, and even his family could, end up being judged.
God's Guidance & the Young Rebellious Kentucky Pastor
young untrained Pastor actually confessed to me that God personally told him
he was out of His will by assuming the oversight of the Paducah, Kentucky Church he was
leading. He shared with me how God had called him to go to Bible School,
not to Pastor that particular Church.
initially explained this to me because the Holy Spirit told me to go tell him what he
then confessed he already knew - that "he missed it when he took that
This is what the
New Testament Prophet does. The
Prophet confirms what someone
one is to be led by the Prophet's Ministry under the New Testament. There
may be a rare time when God gives guidance through a Prophet's Office to an
unusually spiritually dull individual or someone who is in a crisis.
As I stated though, that would be a rare exception.
under the Old Testament, New
Testament Believers have the Holy Spirit living within and they are to turn
directly to Him for guidance. Let's look at this from some verses in the New
as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God ... the
Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit..." (Romans 8:14,16)
could also read these verses this way, "The sons and daughters of God
are led by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit bears witness from within
their human spirits."
ye have an unction (anointing) from the Holy Spirit, and ye know all
things." (1 John 2:20)
Apostle John is not saying that the Believer "knows all things" as
in being all-knowing or omniscient as only God is. He is making
reference to the fact that the Holy Spirit dwells within every Believer and
they are fully capable of finding out directly from Him all things
concerning His plan and purpose for their lives. They do not need a Prophet
to do this for them.
the anointing which you have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not
that any man should teach you..." (1 John 2:27)
Apostle John is not saying that we do not need Teachers. Otherwise, God
would not have given the Office of the Teacher to us. (Ephesians 4:11)
The Apostle is saying that we have need of no one to teach us God's perfect
will for our lives, for the Holy Spirit Who dwells within us does that.
New Testament Believer is to be led by the Holy Spirit from within, not by
the Prophet's Ministry.
this occurs by an inward witness, a red
light or a green light, so to speak, or sometimes by His still
small voice. But New Testament Believers are not to look to the Prophet
the New Testament Prophet's Ministry is frequently used to confirm the
leading that someone already has, such as I did with the young Kentucky
for example the Prophet Agabus in the Book of Acts. Agabus confirmed to the
Apostle Paul that when he got to Jerusalem the Jews would bind him there.
But notice in the passage below that Agabus was not telling Paul whether or
not he should go to Jerusalem. He was simply confirming what Paul
already knew would happen to him upon his arrival in Jerusalem.
as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judea a certain Prophet
named Agabus. And when he was come unto us he took Paul's girdle and bound
his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the
Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver
him into the hands of the Gentiles." (Acts 21:10-11)
is clear that Agabus was not offering Paul guidance or direction as to what
Paul should do. Agabus was simply confirming what was awaiting Paul in
had already been directly told by the Holy Spirit within that
he was to go to Jerusalem and what was going to happen upon arrival.
was simply confirming to Paul what would happen upon his arrival in order to
already knew that he was to go to Jerusalem and what was going to happen to
him there. He said so earlier in Acts 20. Let's look at it.
now behold, I go bound in the spirit (meaning: he was led from within) unto
Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the
Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide
me." (Acts 20:22-23)
Prophet Agabus simply confirmed to the Apostle Paul what Paul already knew.
simply confirmed to the young Kentucky Pastor what he already knew. He
told me so.
young Pastor did not get any type of a leading or guidance through me or the
Prophet's Ministry. What he already knew in his own spirit was merely
confirmed, even as Agabus confirmed what Paul knew.
look at another New Testament example of the Prophet's Ministry merely
confirming what someone already knew.
there were in the Church that was at Antioch certain Prophets and Teachers;
as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene and
Manaen which had been brought up with Herod the Tetrarch, and Saul. As they
ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate Me Barnabas
and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them." (Acts 13:1-2)
in this passage that Barnabas and Saul were not called to their particular
Ministries that day. They had already received their calls inwardly. The
passage we just read says "...for the work whereunto I have called
and Saul already had their callings. Those callings were simply confirmed
that day by other Prophets in their midst. The Holy Spirit was confirming
what Barnabas and Saul already knew.
I clearly confirmed to the young Kentucky Pastor what he admitted to already
knowing, I further explained to him, from the Bible, that he would be judged
if he did not obey God and give up that pastorate to go to Bible School as
God had so clearly instructed. I also made it clear that if he would simply
judge himself and obey God, there would be no further judgment necessary.
if we would judge ourselves we should not be judged. But when we are judged,
we are chastened of the Lord that we should not be condemned with the
world." (1 Corinthians 11:31-32)
a result of my confirming what God had already told him, this
young Pastor repented before Almighty God. He gave Him his word that he
would give up the Church and go to Bible School as the Lord had initially instructed.
He also repented to me and
to his family, including his mother-in-law who had previously tried to
convince him that he was knowlingly going against the revealed will of God, for jeopardizing
them by taking the pastorate when he knew in his heart he was not to do
rejoiced in that the young untrained Pastor had acknowledged his mistake,
making it right with God and removing himself and his family from harm's
Astonishingly Rebellious Turnaround
and sadly, the young Pastor soon recanted his repentance. He and his wife
realized they would be giving up a
substantial paycheck plus perks to go to Bible School and for him to work a job.
Holy Spirit had me to warn him again that he knew he was out of God's will
and had said so.
I also reminded him that I had
confirmed what he said he already knew.
he chose to
disobey the inward witness and the still small voice of the Holy Spirit within,
as well as the confirmation
of the Prophet. He stubbornly dug in his heels, kept the Church and cast
aside going to Bible School.
a conscious act of his own God-given free will, he
deliberately overruled the Holy Spirit's guidance.
Holy Spirit then visited me in a dream, showing me exactly how
this young untrained Minister was going to be judged if he refused to follow
through with his repentance for having taken that Church. I obediently
him and his wife with what the Lord had shown me was coming. I
reminded them again that he admitted he was wrong and that he had now recanted his repentance.
response the young Pastor became exceptionally hateful, informing me in no uncertain terms
that I was to never address them again concerning his disobedience.
then vindictively set out on a quest to destroy my credibility, falsely
accusing me to my Ministerial Alumni Association as well as to other
reputable Ministers and Ministries. He seemed to believe that blowing my
candle out would make his burn brighter.
point he deceitfully reached out to the above-mentioned fallen Prophet and his wife for
support in his disobedience, luring them in with exceptionally generous offerings. The young
Pastor even boasted on his website concerning how much money he was giving
to his new mentor, the fallen Prophet, "If you knew the size of the
offerings we have been giving to him it would freak you out."
soon became obvious that the young Pastor was looking for another Prophet,
besides me, who would tell him he was indeed in the will of God, when in his heart he fully
realized he was not.
of concern for the young Pastor and his family, I
informed the fallen Prophet of my relationship with the disobedient young
man. I explained to him in even greater detail what I have just explained to you, the
hoped the Prophet would take a stand for the principles
of God's guidance outlined in Scripture, which he well
hoped the Prophet would take a stand for the sake of the young Pastor and
his family by confronting him and explaining to him that what the young
Pastor heard in
his spirit, long before I ever confirmed it to him, was the
voice of the Holy Spirit.
hoped the Prophet would tell him the Holy Spirit was telling him to give up the pastorate
and go to Bible School.
hoped the Prophet would tell him that God does not put novices, those who
are untrained and immature in spiritual things, in positions of
Bishop (Pastor) ... must not be a novice (untrained), lest being lifted up
with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil." (1 Timothy
hoped the Prophet would have heard clearly from the Holy Spirit himself,
serving to further confirm that the young untrained Pastor was clearly out
of God's will.
he did none of the above.
because of the generous offerings, the Prophet did ultimately help the untrained young Pastor, who was admittedly out of
God's will, to obtain an honorary doctorate - now making him the untrained
is the type of ridiculousness in Ministry that always ends in shame and
sorrow for leaders and congregations.
compromised Prophet and his wife continued to preach for him for nearly ten
years and to prophesy over the young Pastor and his wife that they were
indeed in the will of God and if they would stick it out, God would protect
them, provide for them and greatly increase them.
young Pastor actually went so far as to rename the Paducah Church he was
wrongly leading to the same name as the compromised Prophet's California
was determined to dig in his heels and to not release his death grip on
was all quite contrary to what the young Pastor confessed to me just a few years
Prophet and his wife did these things not by the leading of the Holy Spirit,
but because they were receiving generous offerings time after time, as the
young Pastor so proudly boasted.
is to dishonor and pervert the Prophet's Office.
is often referred to as "merchandising one's anointing."
is a real danger when Prophets do things like this in the flesh, because
Satan and demon powers also operate in the realm of the flesh. Any
Prophet who tries to fake or conjure up Spiritual Gifts when they are not in
operation will lead individuals down the road to deception. They will
eventually fall themselves because they are in error.
Prophet who continues to say "Thus saith the Lord" when the Lord
is not speaking, can also open himself up to what the Bible calls
"familiar spirits." These are evil spirits that are familiar
with human beings. They can tell a backslidden Minister things about an
individual supernaturally and it will appear to be the Spirit of God
speaking when it is not. (Leviticus 19:31; Isaiah 8:19)
is another way King Saul got himself into terrible trouble. He inquired of the Lord
and the Lord did not speak to him because of his pride and rebellion.
So Saul told his servants to go and find a woman at Endor who had familiar
spirits. Saul rebelliously consulted her, the devil talked to him and to
make a long story short, he ended up dead - him and his sons. (1 Samuel
type of "Thus saith the Lord" manipulation, particularly money-minded manipulation, by
the Prophet and his wife directly contributed to this Prophet's allowed judgment.
young disobedient Pastor, in spite of witnessing the fallen Prophet's
horrific judgment, continues to make the same mistake the Prophet made. He
continues to misinterpret much time given to repent as an unwillingness on
God's part to allow him to be judged as well.
patience, mercy and continual warnings seem only to embolden some
individuals to harden their hearts even further. Such was the case with
Pharaoh. (Exodus 5:1-12:31) However, sooner or later, those who continue to
refuse to cry out in repentance shall surely face the fire of God's
sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart
of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." (Ecclesiastes
unfortunate that every decision this young Pastor continues to make
concerning the Church he admitted God had not called him to, continues to be
made out of the perfect will of God.
as unfortunate is the fact that every individual who comes to support him,
in what they do not realize is his secret disobedience, does so
contrary to the perfect will of God for their lives.
after the fallen Prophet's 2013 judgment, I experienced yet another
Divinely-granted vision. Once again the Lord allowed me to see in the Spirit
realm exactly what was going to happen to this rebellious young Pastor if he
continued to refuse to obey God and give up that pastorate. Per the Lord's
instruction, I shared with him what the Lord had supernaturally shown me
The jury is still out on
the rebellious Pastor's judgment. But if he continues to stay in place, digging in his
heels even as the fallen Prophet often dug
in his heels, he, too, will be judged - severely, even as the Lord had me to
tell him no less than four times now.
therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity;
but towards thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou
also shalt be cut off." (Romans 11:22)
The Extreme Danger of Abiding in God's Permissive Will
another of Prophet Kenneth E. Hagin's visitations of Jesus, Jesus explained
to him one reason for many Ministers dying prematurely is because they are
living only in His permissive will and outside of His perfect will. This is
a very dangerous place to live indeed. See his book "I Believe in
Visions" page 47.
because Jesus referred to it as His "permissive" will does not
mean He approves of one living there. He permits it only because the
individual permits it. Jesus will violate no man's free will, forcing him to
return to His perfect will. However, He will judge those who do not make the
decision to live in His perfect will at all costs.
time when the Lord was dealing with Dr. Hagin concerning the Ministry of the
Prophet, He told him if an individual, a Pastor or a Church would not accept
the Prophet's Ministry, then the Prophet should shake the dust off his feet
against them and go their way. If the Church and/or its Pastor would not
accept the Holy Spirit speaking to them through the Prophet's Ministry,
judgment would then come upon them. Jesus said He would remove their
candlestick, referring to their anointing, and would take away from them
what little power they had left. See his book "The Ministry of A
Prophet" page 19.
as the Lord showed me twelve years earlier the Prophet would be judged
through premature death unless he repented for abiding in God's permissive will, He showed me soon thereafter the young Pastor would also
be judged for doing the same. He also showed me how the young Pastor would be
I explained this to the Pastor and his wife, as you have read. I
knew they would reject me, but still a Prophet must obey God when He gives
instruction to address someone. Otherwise, the Prophet will be judged for disobedience.
they, whether they will hear or whether they will forebear, (for they are a
rebellious house) yet they shall know that there hath been a Prophet among
them." (Ezekiel 2:5)
Lord once said to Dr. Hagin in a vision that if He gave him a message for an
individual, Church or Pastor and they did not accept it, that he would not
be responsible. He said the message rejecter would be responsible.
Jesus even told Dr. Hagin that there would be Ministers who would not accept
words from the Prophet's Office and they would fall dead, some in the
pulpit, as a result. See the book "I Believe in Visions"
what deception the young disobedient Pastor and the fallen Prophet stepped
into hand in hand.
and Prophets must never hook up together for carnal, selfish, ungodly reasons.
Believers must never be fooled even when the true Gifts of the Spirit
continue to operate through a backslidden Prophet. God will sometimes allow a
backslidden Prophet's Spiritual Gifts to continue to operate for a period of
time for the sake of those to whom the Prophet is to minister.
A study of the life of
Solomon clearly reveals that one's Spiritual Gifts can continue to operate
even when they are backslidden. But
a backslidden Prophet's Gifts continuing to temporarily operate is not God's stamp of
approval on that Prophet's compromised lifestyle.
account of the disobedient young Pastor and the fallen Prophet is just one of many. However, it
perfectly portrays the trouble the Prophet can get himself and others into
when that Prophet steps out of the perfect will of God and into the
permissive will of God, becoming insensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit,
becoming money-minded and no longer always honoring God with his calling.
the fallen Prophet's judgment we continue to receive confirming reports from
around America of the fallen Prophet's money-mindedness and his and his
wife's prideful abuse of Christ's Body.
the three to four years prior to his tragic death, we were also aware of many
Pastors, who once loyally supported him, pulling away from the fallen
Prophet in his error. This was particularly true after he and his wife
performed an immoral wedding
ceremony between an older Pastor and his young daughter-in-law.
another of his many visitations of the Lord Jesus Christ, Dr. Kenneth E.
Hagin was taken before the Throne of God where he received further direction
for his life and Ministry. Just before the vision ended and as he walked
away from the Throne of God, Jesus warned him to give all the praise, honor
and glory to Him for all that would be done in His Name. He also
warned Dr. Hagin to be very careful about the role money would play in his
Ministry. Jesus warned him that many of His servants whom He had
anointed for the Prophet's Ministry had become money-minded. The end result
was the loss of their anointing and the loss of the Ministry Jesus had given
to them. See Dr. Hagin's book, "I Believe in Visions" page
this fallen Prophet lost not only his anointing and Ministry as Jesus
he lost his life.
only did he lose his life prematurely and in an horrific manner, but his
life ended in an unusually dramatic and highly visible tragedy that God intends
for His Shepherds and sheep, Prophets in particular, to see, up close and personal, and to learn from
a Minister of the Gospel the permissive will of God is an extremely
dangerous place to live and it requires immediate
another vision which occurred in February 1949, Jesus told Dr. Hagin that
some of the Ministers He has called to the Ministry actually live and die
without ever even entering into the first phase of His perfect plan and
purpose for their lives. Jesus said this is one of the primary reasons
Ministers die prematurely - they live their lives outside of His perfect
will, abiding only in His permissive will. See his book "I
Believe in Vision" page 49.
God as to whether or not you are in His perfect will. If He shows you that
you are not, move immediately to make the adjustment. To refuse to make the
adjustment, and return to the perfect will of God, always results in the
judgment of God.
Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver ..." (Isaiah 33:22)
Our Just Judge, Yes. But Still Our Loving Father
a more hopeful, comforting note I share the following. I do believe it is
a valid point and definitely something to be considered.
I first heard of the fallen Prophet's horrible tragedy of judgment, I cried out to the Lord,
"Oh, Lord, please tell me those men did not ride that plane back down
to the Earth in such fashion."
I thought upon it, I realized that although I believed God was allowing the
Prophet to be judged for his compromises, He was not trying to frighten him
or to horrify either man by allowing them to consciously fall from the
believe the Prophet's removal from the Earth was indeed his judgment,
because he had come to the place where he was doing more harm than good. But
I also believe God could have allowed this to be performed as a result of
His angels escorting his spirit from his body and bringing him safely
home to Heaven well before his jet crashed into the Earth minutes later.
the narrative of Lazarus and the rich man there is something we should
was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared
sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which
was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs
which fell from the rich man's table: Moreover the dogs came and licked his
sores. And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the
angels into Abraham's Bosom ..." (Luke 16:19-22)
how at the end of Lazarus' life on Earth his angels escorted him to a place
called Abraham's Bosom. "Abraham's Bosom" is how the Hebrews
referred to Paradise. Today we call Paradise "Heaven."
it comes time for a Believer in Jesus Christ to leave the Earth, the Bible
clearly reveals that their spirits are escorted by angels out of their
bodies and into Heaven.
I do believe both the pilot's and the Prophet's
spirits were escorted by their angels out of their bodies and into Heaven in
a split second of time. I do believe that God in His love allowed nothing
unnecessarily horrifying, or cruel, to occur in order that His will be
accomplished in their returning home to Heaven.
Although God is indeed our just Judge, He
is also our loving benevolent Father.
believe in His love He ordained that this allowed judgment would occur
quickly and mercifully.
months after this tragedy, I was talking with a young Prophet who was raised
up under the fallen Prophet's Ministry. He had a question concerning
the day the Prophet was judged. He explained to me that he had recently had
In that vision he saw the Prophet and his pilot flying in the jet
moments before the tragic event occurred. But
he saw someone else flying along in the jet with them. He said it was
an angel of God.
question to me was, "Why would an angel be present with them like that
and not protect them from what happened?"
explained to him what I just explained to you, the reader. I told him,
"I don't believe the angel was there to protect them. I believe the angel was there to
escort them out of their bodies and into Heaven. Although you saw only one
angel in your vision, the Bible also reveals there were multiple angels
present with those men that day, all working towards the same merciful
heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that
in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father which is in
Heaven." (Matthew 18:10)
Believers have multiple angels
that stay with them all through their lifetime. At the end of life on Earth
those angels escort the spirits of the Believers back to Heaven. Their
bodies return to the dust of the Earth for safe keeping until the
Resurrection of Life. (John 5:28-29)
young Prophet's vision and the written Word of God are proof enough, to me at least, that both the pilot and the Prophet
were escorted by their angels into Heaven well before the jet came crashing
back down to Earth.
will ask, "Well if it was the Prophet who was being judged, why did the
pilot have to go home to Heaven, too?"
do not personally know anything about the pilot other than I've heard from multiple
individuals that he's a wonderful man of God.
another Minister of the Gospel, himself a respected Prophet of God who had
firsthand information into this tragedy told me the following. The fallen
Prophet's pilot did indeed have an inward
leading of the Holy Spirit to not fly the plane that day. Earlier that
morning the pilot actually informed his wife of this. However, possibly
because he felt the pressure to be obedient to the Prophet, he chose to
override that inward leading. Many
wonderful Christians have made guidance mistakes like this. Some have been
more costly than others.
also do not know if the pilot was fully aware of the type of trouble the Prophet
found himself in during recent years. Possibly, like so many Pastors,
the pilot was trusting too much in God guiding the fallen Prophet, not
realizing the Prophet himself had lost his way.
it is my opinion that the fallen Prophet and his pilot were in Heaven above
well before their stricken aircraft hit the Earth below.
is my personal belief that God in His love ordained His angels to escort
their spirits out of their bodies, out of the Earth's atmosphere and into
Heaven. Because there was no longer someone to pilot the aircraft, it simply
fell to the Earth.
their earthly tabernacles fell to the Earth with the aircraft, their spirits
ordained angels had already escorted them both to Heaven.
must always keep
in mind God is not
responsible when tragedies such as this occur. This type of judgment
is a direct result of His Ministers, Prophets in particular, overriding His
guidance, dangerously abiding in His permissive
will, living with compromise and
Ministers do this to themselves through the unfailing Laws of Sowing and
not deceived; God is not mocked: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he
also reap. For he that soweth to the flesh shall of the flesh reap
corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life
everlasting." (Galatians 6:7-8)
simply allows what compromised Ministers allow. (Job 37:23; Proverbs 26:2; Jeremiah
This is why the Most High commands, not only Prophets, but all of His
children to learn the written Word of God, learn how to be led by His Spirit
and learn how to make Bible-based decisions that lead to long life, not premature death.
call Heaven and Earth to record this day against you, that I have set before
you life and death, blessing and cursing: Therefore choose life, that both
thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that
thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is
thy life and the length of thy days..." (Deuteronomy
A Miraculous Sign in the Heavens. Another Personal Warning from God
eight days after the fallen Prophet's jet fell from the sky, my wife and I
experienced the following Divinely-granted revelation. It came through an open
vision during a time of fasting and prayer concerning this horrific
tragedy of judgment.
we often do, we headed out on a prayer walk in the small Tennessee town
where we were living. It was a clear, calm, beautiful October day. The
sun shone brightly, the sky was a robin's egg blue and absolutely cloudless in every
direction. There was no wind whatsoever. Not even a
approximately forty-five minutes of walking together and praying in the Holy Spirit, there suddenly appeared a
great cloud formation just ahead of us two or three miles above the horizon.
We stopped, in utter fascination, to witness its appearing.
This cloud had
formed in the cloudless, windless, beautiful October sky out of absolutely nowhere.
appearing in this fashion was similar to the way the cloud appeared the day Jesus
manifested Himself to me in the Spring of 1981, after I had been slain in the Spirit
for three days.
amazement we watched as the giant cloud formation transformed itself into
the shape of a Cessna Jet.
By the hand of the Most High God using the sky as
a palette and the clouds as a medium, the nose, cockpit, fuselage, wings and
tail were formed into the resemblance of the Cessna Jet which took the life
of the fallen Prophet.
was no "let's make believe what the clouds look like today"
game. This was the literal, supernatural formation of a near-identical
replica of the Prophet's jet aircraft. It was being formed, in near
precise detail, by the hand of Almighty God right before our eyes against an
otherwise cloudless sky.
cloud-built aircraft was in a nose-down attitude as if it were falling from
the sky. There was an additional cloud formation coming from the rear of the aircraft
that looked identical to a trail of smoke.
was no loose "use your imagination" formation. This was a
supernatural cloud formation that was near identical in shape and form to
the Prophet's aircraft in most every way.
at least the next thirty minutes we watched in fascination as the
cloud-built, stricken aircraft and its smoke trail began to fall very slowly
from the sky. Only, unlike natural cloud formations that dissipate or gently
fall from the sky, it did not change in shape or form whatsoever. It
completely maintained its integrity and structure - a near exact replica of
the Prophet's stricken Cessna Jet diving helplessly towards the Earth.
one mile above the nose of the falling aircraft cloud there was another
aspect to this open vision
that only I was allowed to see.
additional cloud formation appeared before my eyes. It was the shape of a
dove when it hovers prior to landing. Its wings were slowly flapping back
and forth to either side of its head as it looked down upon the aircraft. It
was in a head up, tail down attitude as it hovered above the cloud
jet. As its wings would move forward they would cover its body.
As its wings would move back again I could clearly see the face, head and
body of the dove.
smaller, living cloud formation also maintained its shape and integrity for
the entire duration of the open vision, symbolizing the hovering presence of
the Holy Spirit.
stared in fascination at what I knew was the hand of the Most High God
giving actual life and animation to this dove-shaped cloud formation.
behind the white hovering cloud dove, about a mile away, another cloud
formation also miraculously appeared out of the blue, cloudless, windless sky. This one was observed by
my wife as well.
was far simpler in construction than either the jet or the dove. It
was in the shape of a delta, or a triangle.
The triangle symbol is often
used in Christianity to represent the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son
and God the Holy Spirit.
immediately realized the delta cloud clearly symbolized that not only was
God the Holy Spirit present at the time of this Prophet's judgment, but God
the Father and God the Son were present that October day as well.
This triangular-shaped cloud formation was
and like the rest of the multi-faceted open vision, did not vary in shape or
form one iota during the entirety of this open vision.
stated, we stood awe-stricken, watching for no less than thirty minutes this miraculous sign in the Heavens.
the hovering dove and delta clouds remained in place, the cloud-built Cessna
Jet continued to fall ever so slowly, in a
nose down, crash-like attitude towards the Earth and beyond the horizon.
our thirty plus minutes of intense observation, my wife and I continued to
confirm with one another that we were indeed both seeing this same
astounding open vision, in every detail, as it unfolded before us.
one can imagine, this Divinely-granted experience remained a topic of
conversation for many days as we continued to confirm with one another that
we had both seen this vision with the same detail and clarity.
we went to the Lord and asked Him why He had so supernaturally demonstrated this graphic
cloud rendition of what had happened to the fallen
Prophet just eight days earlier.
answering, He also instructed me to include this open vision here in my
personal testimony, "The Albuquerque Fire Pit" which you are
reading. I was reluctant to do so, until He commanded me.
following is what the Lord said
to me about the supernatural appearing in
the otherwise cloudless sky of the
detailed Cessna Jet, living dove and delta cloud formations.
have placed this before you as a sign, a wonder and an ensign in the
Heavens. It is to confirm to you that I have indeed allowed My Prophet to be
judged in this manner. He stopped putting his Prophet's Ministry first. He failed to always honor the Prophet's Office I gave
to him. He did not always and only use it to honor Me.
stopped listening to me when it came to correcting and warning other
Ministers, so he could no longer hear Me when I tried to warn him and
protect him. He became
money-minded and I removed his candlestick. (Rev.2:5)
"I have shown
this to you to warn you, even as I warned him. If you do not keep your
Prophet's Ministry as your life's priority, I will allow you to be judged as
well. I do this as a sign for you to never forget how this happened to him,
and to remember that you must never allow this to happen to you."
course, the Lord also allowed my wife to see this open vision with me, as a sign
to her to never interfere with or attempt to overrule in any way the Holy
Spirit's decisions and directives as given to me His Prophet. For her
to attempt to do so could ultimately result in her being judged as
my wife is not that type of woman. She cooperates fully and willingly with
my Prophet's calling, endeavoring to live her life in submission to God's
revealed will for us. She has the utmost respect for all Five-fold Ministry
Almighty God determined that she, too, would see the vision that day, at
least in great part, and not
have to simply take my word for it, as with most all of my other
supernatural Divinely-granted visitations and revelations.
sobering experience this has been for the both of us. I share it here not to
hurt, embarrass or offend anyone.
I share it to obey the Almighty in hopes
of helping someone to better understand what happened to God's fallen
The Fear of Man, Any Man, Is a Snare
We must all come to understand the importance of obeying the
leading of the Holy Spirit.
Almighty God says to do or not to do something He means it. He will not turn a blind
eye when we ignore Him for the sake of family, money, places to preach, pride, fear, partiality or favoritism.
is not to say we do not walk in love towards the wayward - leaders or lay
persons. But neither do we turn a blind eye to their open sin.
rebuke them, publicly if necessary. (Luke 17:3,4; Galatians 2:11-14; 1
Confront them with witnesses and Church leaders. (Matthew 18:15-17)
If they refuse to repent, withdraw fellowship from them. (1 Corinthians 5:11-13)
Do it in love
and if they repent, restore them. (2 Corinthians 2:1-8)
I am appalled
at the number of Believers and Ministers I have encountered over
approximately thirty years of Ministry who are simply
afraid to obey the Master Jesus and do this.
Christian author who has contact with many Word of Faith and Charismatic
Ministers, shared with me how many of them have actually told him they have
seen first-hand the sin and compromise some national Word of Faith and
Charismatic leaders live in.
each time a Minister has reported this to him, they have also basically all
said the same thing, "I see it, but I am not going to be the one to say
anything about it in my pulpit. Neither am I going to be the one to confront
them privately or directly concerning it."
makes those Ministers guilty of blatant lawlessness and rebellion
the fallen Prophet with the young rebellious Pastor, they wrongly believe
they have "too much to lose" through such Biblically-required
confrontation. They do not seem to realize they have much more to lose
by not obediently confronting other Ministers who live in obvious sin and
rebellion - including their very lives and in some cases even the lives of
Apostle Paul gave a solemn charge to publicly rebuke, not
cooperate with nor cower from spiritual leaders, any spiritual leaders, who have fallen into obvious compromise and sin.
who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take
warning. I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the
elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do
nothing out of favoritism." (1 Timothy 5:21)
fallen Prophet, who ultimately lost his life, was often heard to say that
only certain individuals had the right to correct him if he was wrong in any
way. He often said, "Equal or greater anointings - unless you
have an anointing equal to or greater than mine, you do not have the right
to correct me."
will not find any such "equal or greater anointings" teaching in
the New Testament. This is certainly not the standard set by the Apostle
Paul for dealing with sinful spiritual leaders. Paul said to rebuke
sinful leadership, any sinful leadership, publicly and to do it without
partiality or favoritism. He said nothing whatsoever about "equal
or greater anointings."
Apostle Paul himself, who was not one of Jesus' twelve Apostles of the Lamb,
boldly and publicly corrected the Apostle Peter, who was one of Jesus'
twelve Apostles of the Lamb, for blatant hypocrisy. (Galatians
Most High God used the child, Samuel, to bring a word of correction to the
elderly Prophet Eli for not raising his family to serve the Lord properly.
(1 Samuel 3:1-21)
Lord actually used a donkey, causing it to speak supernaturally a word of
correction to the backslidden Prophet Balaam. (Numbers 22:1-35)
to elevate oneself above correction coming from anyone other than someone
with "an anointing equal to or greater than mine" is purely unbiblical.
more Word of Faith and Charismatic Ministers had obeyed the Apostle Paul's
admonition to correct him and had been less intimidated by his
"anointing equal to or greater than mine" mantra, perhaps the
fallen Prophet would be alive today.
is why the Bible says, "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso
putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe." (Proverbs
Christian men and women should learn to fear God only and to never fear any
we must greatly respect our spiritual leaders for they are God-given.
(Romans 11:13; Ephesians 4:11; Hebrews 13:17) But we must never fear
correcting them when it is obvious they are living sinfully.
is no neutral ground on the matter of confronting deliberately sinful leadership. No
one has the right to try and create neutral ground, either. To do so puts one in
the same sinking boat as the sinful leadership! (Romans 1:32)
refuse to correct obviously sinful leadership is to allow them to run
headlong into judgment.
fearfully and selfishly allow that to happen to your Ministry leaders or
your fellow Ministers,
their blood will be on your hands.
do not think for a "New York minute" that you will not answer to
the Most High God for it - here, or there, for surely you will.
a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I
lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given
him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath
done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine
hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteousness man, that the
righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is
warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul." (Ezekiel 3:20-21)
11: The Disobedient Tulsa Pastor
widely-known Minister the Lord instructed me to address multiple times over
a 20-year period, and who was very
closely connected in life and Ministry to the previously-mentioned woman
Evangelist and her family,
even conducting her funeral, died prematurely in the fall of 2009. He pastored a church of 17,000 people in
In 1990 when I initially spoke to him a word of avoidable, yet pending judgment
concerning a certain compromised situation he was directly in the midst of, he
aloud and told me, "God isn't going to judge anyone for
anything." He then very rudely dismissed me from his office, but
not before throwing an angry fit and assailing my credibility because I had dared to
privately, confidently, obediently, yet very respectfully confront
him as the Lord had instructed me.
he stood holding the door for me I
calmly left the Pastor's office at his insistence, my heart broken by his
pride, shameful lack of love and insensitivity to the Spirit of God. (James
respectfully informed him that his behavior was unacceptable. He retorted
with another disrespectful comment, closing the door behind me.
I walked across the parking lot to my vehicle the voice
of the Lord rose up from within my spirit, "He is being harassed by a
Suddenly I realized why he was so convicted, angered
and even intimidated by my visit. He was being confronted by the Spirit of
God in a way that even I myself was unaware of as I sat in his office just
Disobedience Blocks the
Spout Where the Healing Comes Out
He then embarked upon a
sad journey of twenty years of cancer bouts coming and going against his body.
left the door to his life wide open. He had refused to receive the word of
the Lord, and to further compound his problem, he refused to repent for his rebellious, hypocritical behavior that day and simply do as the Lord had instructed me to tell him.
As a result he never could seem to get the victory over those cancer bouts
because obedience, and obedience alone, sets the stage for miraculous
Over those twenty years,
always and only at the Lord's leading, I would
respectfully continue to remind him
of his need to repent in those two areas. (Ezekiel 3:25-27) Always to no avail.
even reminded him and his wife, quoting to them from their own teaching on repentance, "We must always
remain open to whomever God might choose to speak to us through. God can
speak to us through anyone He chooses. We must never be so prideful that we
do not listen because we think that person is less then we are. God can
speak to us through anyone."
Lord Said, "You Will Die Quickly Now Unless ..."
the Fall of 2009, nearly
twenty years after my initial confrontation with him that day in his Tulsa office, this Pastor was
now diagnosed with an extremely deadly form of cancer.
Once again I moved immediately and respectfully, per the Lord's instruction, reminding him again of his need to judge himself in two
very specific areas, as well as repenting for his rebellious, disrespectful behavior that
day in 1990 when he ejected me from his office. I assured him, from the written Word of God and by inspiration of the
Holy Spirit, he would live and not die if only he would put down
human pride and the fear of man and simply repent in the areas the Lord had
me to address with him.
told him, by
the Spirit of the Lord, that he would "die quickly now" if he chose to
stubbornly continue to drag his feet refusing to repent and take care of his
business with God "immediately."
reminded him of my love and respect for him and his ministry, in spite of
his fear based rebellion. This was
nothing personal. God had told me in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that if I
refused to warn someone that they were going to die in their sin their
blood would be on my hands when I faced Him in Judgment. I was not and am not willing to have
that happen for anyone. I will chose being rejected by man, any man, over being rejected by God any
day of the week.
This was to
be the Pastor's final warning, at least from me.
again I was rejected and dismissed as a "False
Prophet" even as I was that day in his office twenty years
I did then discover this Pastor and/or his wife
doing some extensive reading on my web site from their Tulsa ministry headquarters
web site. They did the same from the Texas hospital in which he died, during the last
week of his
life. They were reading this very book which you are reading, minus this soon to
come testimony of his premature death, of course. Apparently they were reconsidering their stubborn position,
considering repentance and checking on my track record as a Prophet of God,
as I had implored them to do. Unfortunately, in spite
of the proven accuracy of this ministry, the
Pastor still stubbornly refused to repent.
As I stated, this kind of stiff-hearted rejection comes with the
territory, particularly when confronting foolish human pride on behalf of
God. (Ezekiel 2:1-7) Especially when you are "a nobody" in man's
teams were activated literally on a global scale for this Pastor. I, myself, was
contacted and asked to
pray for his healing by some who did not know my private, long term "behind the
scenes" involvement in his life. Of course I did so. Only I did not
pray for his healing. I continued to pray that he would recognize the severity of his situation now
and repent like Hezekiah. (Isaiah 38:1-6) Then healing would simply come.
within seven short weeks of
his diagnosis and the Holy Spirit's gracious final reminder of his need to
"take care of your business with God immediately," this much-loved
man of God went to Heaven suddenly, tragically and prematurely. No amount of prayer by
any number of people can ever serve as a substitute for repentance - for
anyone - big or small!
the Prophet Samuel, My Heart Broke
the Prophet Samuel whose heart broke over the rebellion of King Saul, my
heart broke that this beloved Pastor disqualified himself from receiving
God's promise of healing and longevity through stubborn pride. (1 Samuel
15:11) I loved him even as others loved him. I'm so sorry that
he refused to recognize that God gave me a job to do concerning him in spite
of the fact that his Ministry was much, much bigger than mine. Had I disobeyed
God, I, too, would have paid a severe penalty for my own rebellion.
His blood would be on my hands and I, too, would have died prematurely. God, Himself, had personally assured me of
this when He spoke to me by His authoritative
voice in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Pastor wrongfully refused to believe his
illness was connected to the pride, unconfessed sin, disobedience and lack
of accountability in his life.
His great mercy, God gave the Pastor twenty years of warnings to repent,
plus an additional, loving, final warning. For twenty years this Pastor continued to ignore me as God's messenger,
dug in his heels and squandered every merciful warning.
so many others God has sent me and other messengers to, this Pastor continued to misinterpret much time given to repent as an unwillingness on God's part to allow
him to be judged for his disobedience.
whatever his reasons were, he refused to acknowledge
any wrongdoing whatsoever and died in the prime of his life and Ministry.
was a man who once preached the Doctrines of Divine Healing and longevity all around the Globe
with great results, even as his friend, the above-mentioned woman
Evangelist, once did!
has now left his loved ones, congregation and worldwide Ministry friends
shocked, confused and questioning the Word, the goodness and the integrity of a
merciful God Who is not guilty.
when compromised leadership passes from this life without correcting their
sinful lack of accountability, the problem does not pass away with them. The
door remains open to the same problem continuing with the next generation of
leadership in their family or organization.
influence, environment and association with the compromised leader, the
problem is passed down to those under them and continues in compounded
continued compromise could also result in leadership being influenced by evil
can easily result in even further suffering, loss and tragedy. Not only to
the next generation of disobedient leadership but to those who sincerely
trust in and submit to them.
Sumrall once stated that he was amazed
by what some people would put themselves and others through just to avoid
five minutes of soul-cleansing shame through repentance.
has no favorite children. He loves us all equally and we all go through the
same required program of faithfulness and obedience. Even the Man Jesus was
required to obey His Father. (Hebrews 5:8)
the Needs of Christ's Body First
Sarah Utterbach is the Pastor of Redeeming Love Christian Center, a Word of
Faith church in Nanuet, New York, with very close ties to the Ministry of
Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin. She has been very outspoken concerning the April 16,
2007 premature death of her own husband, Pastor Clinton Utterbach. She
openly speaks, frankly and without reservation, of her husband's
disobedience to a simple command of the Lord over a four-year period which
ultimately cost him his life.
can read this candid account at www.redeeminglovecc.org.
Click on "Devotional." Click on "It is Written." Click on
and read, "I'm Going the Distance."
Sarah's transparency and honesty has relieved the Body of Christ from a
great burden of fear, confusion and anxiety over her husband's needless
death. She is to be commended for putting the needs of Christ's Body first
and her own needs and concerns second. She would not allow the Body to
question God's faithfulness or His Word by remaining silent concerning her
beloved husband's living with unconfessed sin and disobedience in his life.
to the revealed will of God always blocks the spout where the healing,
provision and protection of God comes out. Why? Because all disobedience is
sin, plain and simple.
to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is
sin." (James 4:17 NAS)
still, there are many spiritual leaders, subscribers to Dr. Hagin's
teachings and his Prophetic office, teachers of the Word of Faith themselves, who are turning a blind
eye and a deaf ear to what happened to their friend the Tulsa Pastor and
Pastor Utterbach as well.
Some even try to cover up for these
disobedient Pastors with outlandish unscriptural reasons for God
"calling them home early" when He did no such thing.
of carnal reasoning and cover-ups both of these highly successful Pastors, and many others, have lost and
lose their lives
because of disobedience.
will continue until compromising leaders in the House of God learn to humble
themselves, practice what they preach and wholeheartedly repent when they
is why the Apostle James said Spiritual
leaders incur a stricter form of judgment.
be in any rush to become a teacher, my friends. Teaching is highly
responsible work. Teachers are held to the strictest standards." (James
3:1, Message Bible)
12: Knowing the Truth Will Set You Free
after the Tulsa Pastor's traveling on to Heaven, I spoke with a friend who
trusted greatly in his Ministry and who was severely disillusioned. He had
opened a Boston newspaper and read of this sad event. He was now
why this could happen
to someone who strongly preached that it's always God's will to heal.
His faith in God's Word was severely shaken. His faith in God Himself was
greatly wavering. He
simply could not understand why God did not heal this Pastor whom he had
loved, trusted and supported.
Once I was able to explain to him what I am
sharing in this testimony, he began to settle down and regain his composure.
I explained how I was personally and privately used of the Lord for twenty
years in an
attempt to bring this Minister to repentance, although unsuccessfully, this
man's confidence in God and His Word was immediately restored. As I shared
some of the details of my reaching out to the Pastor, he saw that God was
not guilty at all in the matter of the Pastor's premature death.
He said to me, "It really blesses me to hear this.
As saddened as I am by the Minister's passing, I am thankful to hear that God
reached out to him and tried to help him over such a long period of
time. I am so glad to hear that God is not at fault here. I am
glad to hear that it is God's will to heal and to prosper. I am glad to know
that I can still continue to trust God's Word for my own needs to be met."
I thought on my friend's confusion and near loss of faith in God's Word, I was strengthened in my resolve to
share with others how God is not guilty in the premature death of this well-known Pastor. I became even more determined to share with everyone
whose faith in God's Word was shaken by his death how God personally used me
to reach out to him in multiple ways that only he, my wife and I know.
I explained to the Pastor in my final communication with him just weeks
before his passing that if he chose to die in place of repenting, I would
take every opportunity to share with all affected persons how he chose
disobedience over obedience, even at the expense of those who completely
trusted in his ministry. I put this question before him, "Why should people question God's
faithfulness and goodness because of your rebellion?"
I have kept my encounters with this Pastor private for twenty years, I am no
longer silent. People deserve to know that God is faithful and His Word is
I am responding honestly to the questions of so very many all around America
and in other nations concerning the
premature death of this Word of Faith Pastor.
from all across America and from approximately fifty nations of the world come to this
web site routinely, reading this online book and finding answers to their
confusion and fear. They are having their hope in the God of Faith and the Word of Faith message restored.
I am glad to be able to help them to keep walking with the God of Faith and
to keep releasing expectation for their own healings and miracles.
I am telling them all the same
thing - God is not guilty in the death of the Tulsa Pastor. Although I loved him,
behind the scenes this Word of Faith Pastor was guilty of spiritual pride, stubbornness and
God is never guilty when His
promises go unfulfilled. Never!
I have preached to people for decades,
"If you hear of a tragedy happening to John Hamel, question John Hamel,
not God and not His Word!"
would be wrong and cowardly for me to sit back while the faith of so very many is literally destroyed
out of fear that some would persecute me, ridicule or shun me for my truthfulness and
obedience to Jesus' personal commission.
Anyone with even limited discernment can see that I am not trying to
destroy the reputation of the beloved Pastor. I tried to warn him and protect him,
privately and discreetly, for twenty years and that was no easy task! I am now serving to restore the faith of the
multiple thousands, such as my Boston friend, who have been negatively impacted and turned back from the Word of Faith message by the stubborn
is literally no telling how many have now turned their backs on the Word of
Faith message saying, "The message of faith is not true. If
it were true the Tulsa Pastor would have been healed."
people need to be sought out and restored, not further deceived or ignored.
My heart breaks over the
irresponsible, even dishonest, excuses I have personally heard from
internationally known Word of Faith leadership concerning the Pastor's
unfortunate, premature death.
a popular Christian television program one well-known leader, who has also always taught the doctrine of healing and
longevity for all of God's obedient children, simply shrugged her shoulders
when the subject of the Tulsa Pastor came up and said, "People die."
However, in this case, we are dealing with the death of an
extremely popular, internationally known Word
of Faith leader who died prematurely contrary to everything he had
personally taught the Body of Christ over decades of worldwide Ministry.
same well-known Minister who so flippantly and callously stated "People
die," also stated on Christian radio things such as, "God needed (the Tulsa Pastor) to be in Heaven with Oral Roberts." and
told me He allows some to live long while others are destined by Him to die early."
cringed in shame when I heard those religious, man-made doctrines spoken with
Scripture given to prove their validity.
a matter of fact, those statements completely contradicted everything this
Minister herself had taught concerning Divine healing and longevity for
Jesus said we worship Him in vain when we worship Him through man-made,
man-inspired, not God-inspired doctrines. (Matthew 15:9)
around the globe have been negatively impacted by the Pastor's premature
death. They need and deserve honest answers directly from the Bible not callous, careless excuses,
religious reasoning or least of all dishonesty.
Elephant in the Bread Box
established Word of Faith Minister, a long time, personal friend of Dr. Kenneth E.
Hagin, shared with me that he has noticed "interest in the Word of Faith
message to be waning in recent years." Attendance in his
own church had dropped dramatically resulting in his Ministry incurring
increasing debt. He could not seem to understand why this was occurring.
Yet this very same Minister was
not open to hearing how the Lord had used me to personally confront the Tulsa
Pastor for two decades before he died needlessly.
flat out rejected this written testimony and told me so.
He was not open to hearing
how the Tulsa Pastor's death adversely reverberated like a
shockwave through the
entire Charismatic, Pentecostal, Word of Faith world resulting in the
"waning interest in the Word of Faith message" of which he was
simply did not want to believe that the internationally known Faith
Preacher's premature death and the way it has been sorely mishandled by Word
of Faith leadership, including himself, was related to his problem.
did not want to believe it has directly resulted in the dispersing of
multiple tens of thousands of believers, even more, in America alone -
including his own church.
wanted to believe it was something else such as a simple "lack of
is another classic example of looking for the needle in the haystack when
one should be looking at the elephant in the breadbox.
Pastor of a large church in Virginia for whom I was preaching actually told me
to my face he did not believe I was telling the truth about my
Holy Spirit directed confrontations with the Tulsa Pastor as they are
recorded in this written testimony. He absolutely
refused to believe the Tulsa Pastor was capable of anything that would even
remotely result in his own premature death.
refused to accept the fact that the Tulsa Pastor was a human being, just
like all other human beings, and a man who had to protect himself from the
imposters called "pride and fear" just like the rest of us.
How do you deal with someone, a
Minister no less, who looks you straight in the eye, calls you a liar and chooses to live in
the Land of Tra-La-Lee?
the while allowing me to hold extended meetings for him, no less!
Pastor allows someone they believe to be a liar to preach to their people
from their pulpit?
one who accepts lying in himself.
it turned out, I ended up having terrible problems with this Pastor because
of his inability to keep his word when he gave it and because of his
propensity for lying.
one has difficulty with this testimony, the solution is at hand. It is a
solution that is often overlooked by far too many, especially Ministers, yet it is still readily
available. It is called "prayer."
go to the Father and say, "Father, if there is any truth at all to what
Brother Hamel is saying concerning his ministry to the Tulsa Pastor, I need
to know it. If he is lying, I need to know that as well. Please give me
peace if he is telling the truth. Give me unrest if he is not. In Jesus'
simply follow God's inner guidance system.
It is simple enough for a child to understand.
is not "interest in the Word of Faith message" alone that is
waning. Confidence in some Word of Faith leadership is also waning because some
leaders have chosen to deal with the Pastor's death unbiblically,
dishonestly or even not at all.
People are smart.
For the most part they know when they are not
being dealt with honestly by leadership. Especially when they are accustomed
to being led by the Holy
Spirit's guidance from within.
Attendance is down in many places in Word of Faith circles because
many alarmed sheep scattered when they received news of the Tulsa Pastor's
premature death. Many, like my Boston friend, said, "If God didn't bless and heal him, how can I
expect God to bless and heal me?"
of the influential leaders did not stand up and simply say, "I don't
know what the Tulsa Pastor was doing wrong but I do know this. God is not
guilty. We must never question God's faithfulness or the truth of His Word.
Somebody was apparently doing something wrong here and you can be sure it
wasn't God. Hold steady. Stay the course. The Word will still work for
we heard contradictory statements, by television and radio, from previously
trusted Word of Faith leadership such as, "People die," and
"God destined (the Tulsa Pastor) to die young so he could be with Oral
Roberts in Heaven."
So back into the world of sin or the world of
religion many people ran in total fear and absolute confusion.
Others remain in Word of Faith churches, but they
are confused, their
faith is weakened and their doubts now silently plague and hinder them. Sadly,
because of the shrugging off and mishandling of the Tulsa Pastor's death,
their faith will most likely not work for them when they need it to.
This in itself is another needless, inexcusable tragedy.
When Word of Faith leaders stop
ignoring or making excuses for
the Tulsa Pastor, attempting to sweep his premature death under the carpet, and start telling
the Body what the Word of God
says about it, the
spooked sheep will return to the barns again for both protection and
and More Scattered Sheep
about scattered sheep and dwindling attendance - please allow me to run a
bit of a rabbit trail. It will help someone.
Add to the
"sweeping under the carpet" the Tulsa Pastor's premature death,
the prior horrific racist statements publicly
made, and to date unrepented of, by one prominent Caucasian Faith leader, and it's no small wonder
church attendance is down in Faith circles. Particularly where Caucasian
Pastors are heading up multi-cultural congregations and have refused to
openly oppose and Biblically address this Minister's racist statements to
their own detriment.
Because of this many of their people, people of
all ethnic groups, scattered and never returned believing their Pastor
agreed with the prominent leader's racist statements. This also
continues to hinder new people from coming in because bad news travels fast.
many cases Pastors cannot seem to understand why they suddenly, or even gradually,
lost so many
people. But like one well-respected Word of Faith Minister always said, "Got trouble?
for the obvious." I have always said it this way, "Don't
look for the needle in the haystack when things go wrong. Look for the elephant in the
If you as a Word of Faith Pastor did not stand before
your congregation and boldly tell them, "I do not agree with the
prominent Faith leader's unbiblical, insensitive racist statements. I love
him but I disagree with him."
you have left them to assume that you do agree with his racist statements.
have not publicly opposed those statements, doing so now could well cause most of your scattered
sheep to return to you as their trusted Shepherd. It's not too late. But one
day it will be too late.
Ministers have also distanced themselves and their Ministries from the
actual Word of Faith movement entirely because of this prominent leader's refusal to repent
wholeheartedly, in the same public
forum in which he made such bold, overtly racist statements.
Like the people
they lead, they do not accept the Minister's words, "I am sorry if I
hurt you with what I said."
That is not to repent for racism.
can be sorry they hurt someone with what they said, yet continue to believe
they were right for saying it.
is needed is, "I am sorry for my unfounded, clearly racist statements.
I have now changed my position to line up with the Bible. There is only one
race - the Human Race. There is one blood and one flesh for all human
beings. (Acts 17:26; 1 Corinthians 15:39) Adam is our Father. (Romans 5:17)
Eve is our Mother. (Genesis 3:20) Black people and white people, people of
all colors, are equal in God's eyes and are free to socialize and even marry
and have children if they so choose. There are no varying degrees of
humanity based upon the color of one's skin. I was wrong. Please forgive
That is accountability.
That is true,
damage has been done to individuals and local Churches as too many Ministers
deal with the Word of Faith Pastor's death and the prominent Word of Faith
Minister's unbiblical racist teachings by not dealing with these issues at
Twenty years after the overtly racist statements were made by the prominent Caucasian Faith
leader, I spoke with an African American Pastor who sat in the sanctuary
with his wife the
morning the statements were made.
said to me, "That day is forever indelibly etched in my memory. I
remember the very seat I was sitting in. I sat there stunned and unable to
believe what I was hearing. I do not believe I will ever get over the things
he said that day, nor do I believe he will ever properly repent for having said
heart broke for my African American Word of Faith Pastor friend and his
faithful wife. I cannot imagine the long term insult they have suffered, as
well as the rejection, as a result of those fear-based inhumane words.
heart breaks for the multiple thousands of faithful Christians and Ministers
just like them all around the world whose lives were literally rocked and
forever changed by the words of a man they had once looked to for Biblical
man who still refuses to repent in the same public forum in which he made
the ungodly statements.
I also personally checked with a Pastor who still submits to the man who
made the racist statements. This Pastor, also a former employee of the man,
assured me he had still
not yet offered a proper and a direct public apology to the ones he had so deeply
offended and scattered.
he does so, this problem will continue to fester and so many who could be
brought back and restored will be left to question both his leadership,
those who continue to submit to him or who support him in any way - as well
as the entire Word of Faith movement.
early 2014, on two separate occasions, I communicated with the Pastor who
made the racist statements. I
implored him with the love of Jesus to please re-examine the damage he has
done to so many people of different cultures. I reminded him that what he
did was "the shot heard round the world" and that still today
untold thousands are reeling under the impact of that blast. I besought him
humbly to please do all he could through his media outreaches to reach out
to those who ran from God, from Christianity and from Ministry as a result
of such hateful, hurtful, untrue statements. I reminded him that he has
swept this under the carpet for twenty years without any sign of remorse or
sorrow for the harm he has done to untold thousands of precious human
reminded him that there are not many "races" as he insists.
I took him back to the Word of God and showed him that there is only one
Human Race. I put before him Scripture which reveals that we all are
the offspring of one father, Adam. (Romans 5:17-21) We all have one mother,
Eve. (Genesis 3:20) We all share one blood.
(Acts 17:26) We all share one flesh. (1 Corinthians 15:39) I reminded him
that there is no such thing as "the watering down of the races"
through "inter-racial" marriages or "inter-racial"
also warned him that he was now in his seventies and pushing the longevity
envelope by refusing to repent and do what love would do, in the same public
forum in which he made his horrendous mistake. I also warned him that he
could readily have his candlestick removed, if it had not already been.
times I met with stubbornness, pride and rejection. I was simply
brushed off. And to think this man is the administrator of the world's
most popular Word of Faith Bible Training College.
this day, he continues to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, only not with
anywhere near the anointing he had over two decades ago before he made the
world-impacting mistake for which he refuses to apologize.
believe that problems of this magnitude will simply just go away and not
compound over time is gross human ignorance.
is why I personally chose to no longer carry Ministerial papers with the prominent
leader's ministerial association. I would not want my multi-cultural friends
to take my submitting to him in Ministry as my stamp of approval upon what he spoke
is such a stupid sin.
then again, are there any intelligent sins?
you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly
remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave
immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only than,
come back and work things out with God." (Matthew 5:23,24 MSG)
Extravagant Ministers and Even More Confused, Scattered Sheep
to these two major problems the fact that some very prominent Word of Faith
Ministers insist on living ostentatious, extravagant, luxurious lifestyles
contrary to Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin's direct, personal, Biblical admonition to
no longer do so and the confidence problem is even further compounded.
1999 Dr. Hagin called a meeting with many of the most well-known prosperity
teachers who came up under his ministry. In that meeting he pointed out the
errors of what I refer to as "The Hyper-Prosperity Movement." He
encouraged each of them to re-examine the errors of their teachings and gave
each one a copy of his new book "The Midas Touch. A Balanced Approach
To Biblical Prosperity."
that book Dr. Hagin made a clear case of the fact that it is God's will for
His children to prosper financially.
he also made it clear that Ministers, above all people, must choose to live
moderate lifestyles no matter how wealthy God has made them.
many of his own Ministers continue to ignore this admonition from the man
they refer to as their spiritual "Dad."
book, "The Midas Touch," continues to be ignored right along with
his personal admonition.
would be hard pressed to find "The Midas Touch" in most Word of
Faith bookstores today because much of what is written in it directly
opposes what is being taught in most Word of Faith sanctuaries.
"The Midas Touch" was
Dr. Hagin's most passionate yet most ignored book. The prosperity errors
addressed in that book continue in greatly compounded ways today since it
was first released well over a decade ago.
it or not, when most Christian and non-Christian people see Christian
Ministers living like Randolph Hearst or the Shah of Iran in magnificent
mansions or polo-field estates, it does indeed cause them to automatically
assume the worst of those Ministers. All hope of those Ministers
reaching those they so strongly offend is now utterly lost. All because the
Ministers stubbornly refuse to live more moderate lifestyles irregardless of
how much money they have.
is why Dr. Hagin said, "Ministers should not live in extravagant homes
or drive extravagant automobiles. It offends and injures many."
gives great wealth for great service, not for great status!
gives it to operate the Kingdom, not to offend humanity.
a Minister loses sight of this their ability to fulfill the Great Commission
of Mark 16:15-20 is greatly hindered. Yet in many cases some Ministers seem
completely numbed to this heartbreaking fact.
Word of Faith Ministers with whom I have spoken directly simply choose to ignore the severely
damaging problems of the Tulsa Pastor's premature death, racism and
One of them, a Bible School
Director whom I have known for decades, actually told me
concerning those who are hurt and offended by incendiary racist remarks and Ministers
living extravagant lifestyles, "They just need to get over it."
about dwindling attendance! With that type of prevailing attitude from so
much of the Word of Faith leadership, it's no small wonder that even the
Holy Spirit has chosen to no longer attend their services.
Unless, and until, these
three vital issues are dealt with, the integrity of many Word of Faith Ministers will continue to be questioned
and the infections will
just continue to fester and worsen.
will further serve to weaken the Body from within, causing both confidence
and attendance to dwindle as intelligent people run from the sadly
misrepresented Word of Faith message and movement.
once these issues are finally faced head-on, Biblically, fearlessly, boldly and
honestly, by nationally known Word of Faith Ministers and local Church Pastors, people will begin to heal and dwindling
attendance and finances will once again be on the increase. Confidence in
the Word of Faith leadership and message will be restored and God will be
glorified once again.
to the Disobedient Tulsa Pastor
it be known to the reader, again, that God did not take the Pastor's life, no matter
who says, "God allows some to live long while others are destined of God
to die early." Where is that in the Bible? Where are the two or
three confirming Biblical witnesses, in context, required by Moses, Jesus
and Paul to propagate and enforce something like that? (Deuteronomy
17:6;19:15; Matthew 18:16; John 8:17,18; 2 Corinthians 13:1;1 Timothy 5:19,
etc.) Here again man-inspired teaching with no Biblical witnesses is being used as a substitute
for God-inspired teaching.
Written Word, the only source of truth, promises long life
for ALL who set their love upon Him, obey Him and believe Him for it. (Psalm 91:16;
Proverbs 3:3,16; 4:10; 9:11; 10:27, etc.) God does not afflict.
(Job 37:23) God is the Blesser, not
the Curser! (John 10:10) He tried to keep the Pastor from this tragedy by
having me address him a number of times over a twenty-year period. Who knows who else was sent to him?
Knowing the great mercy of God, there were others sent to him as well.
(Psalm 145:9, Ephesians 2:10)
simply permitted this Pastor's death not because "it was
predestined," but because the Pastor permitted it through simple disobedience.
People have God-given free will. God did not commit this tragedy through
"predestination." But God did permit this tragedy because the
Pastor permitted this tragedy by refusing to simply repent in the areas the
Lord had me to repeatedly address with him.
course, this is not to say that all believers who die prematurely do so
because they have sin and rebellion in their lives. That is simply not
true. There are many reasons
why good, God-fearing people die prematurely when it was not God's will for
them to do so. According to the Word of God, being out of God's
perfect will, unbelief, envy, strife, unforgiveness - including self-unforgiveness,
lack of Biblical knowledge, negative speech, fear, overriding the voice of
conscience, ignoring the inner promptings and guidance of the Holy Spirit, poor diet and lack of rest are all
things that also readily facilitate premature death.
are also those believers in Christ whose lives outwardly appeared to be
dedicated to doing God's will in every way who died prematurely and it is
simply no one's business why it happened that way. It's between them
secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are
revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the
words of this law." (Deuteronomy 29:29)
is why the Apostle Paul said, "Do you see what this means—all these
pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It
means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and
never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes
on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he
did it." (Hebrews 12:1, Message Bible)
know a man who dedicated his very life to holy living and preaching the
Gospel around the world. In his late thirties he suddenly and
unexpectedly died. I went to the Lord and asked Him why this faithful
man had died so young. The Holy Spirit spoke back clearly from within my
spirit, "He became so busy taking care of others he neglected to take
care of himself." Believers have a great responsibility to
cooperate with and facilitate longevity. It does not just happen.
If it did,
everyone would live long and strong!
it is clear from the Bible that dying prematurely does not always mean that one is
evil or even sinful. It does not mean that the one who traveled on did
not go to Heaven, either. Nor does it mean that they were stubborn,
willful or disobedient like the Tulsa Pastor. Premature death can
happen for many reasons. But when it does, no one has the authority to
create doctrines that are not taught in Scripture to make excuses or to cover
for the one who died prematurely.
encountered many who did not benefit from the promises of God through His
ministry. However, He never tried to change the Word of God to suit
their unfortunate circumstances, make excuses or cover for them. He
simply continued to move about preaching and teaching, destroying fear,
unbelief, ignorance and disobedience in the lives of those who did want to
meet God's conditions. (Mark 6:1-6)
It is wrong to teach
God's will for some to die young while it is His will that others enjoy long
life" without presenting substantial scriptural evidence that such is
is an individual to take a bold stand for long life if they do not know
whether or not God has "destined" them to do so?
God is not the Author of confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:33) We
must stick with God's Word.
Long life is
indeed a Bible promise from God for all who meet His conditions by obeying the
written Word of God and using wisdom in natural things. The natural
and the supernatural combined work together enabling one to live a long life
and a strong life.
long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation." (Psalm
son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: for length
of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee." (Proverbs
13: Better to Be Warned Than to Be Judged
James Robison went to Rev. Jim Bakker multiple times, in private, before
Brother Bakker's fall from grace in 1985. He said he would tell Brother
"I don't know what it is, but the Lord keeps telling me there is something you need
to repent of before you have to be judged." Brother Bakker continued to
lie, denying any wrong doing. After over a year of these private warnings, Brother
Bakker's sins of hypocrisy finally found him out - publicly. (Galatians
2:4-11; 1 Timothy 5:20)
Rev. Robison was hearing
clearly from the Lord all the time! The Lord, in His great love and mercy, was trying to
save Rev. Bakker tremendous loss, shame and humiliation. He was also trying
to spare the
Body of Christ great heartache and confusion by warning Rev. Bakker of
impending judgment and danger if he refused to repent. What a good God!
Bakker later said, "I never fell out of love with Jesus. I just stopped
Brother Bakker, the Tulsa Pastor brought condemnation to himself by tampering with the Laws of Sowing and Reaping and
disobediently resisting the Lord's
warnings over a twenty-year period! Although not an evil man, a man with an obvious call of
God and a man whom
I love and once greatly respected, even attending his church until he
rebelled that day in his office, he rejected the Lord's warnings refusing to judge himself according to the
God and found himself
being judged by the Word of God. (Proverbs 26:2;
Isaiah 26:9; Jeremiah 2:19; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; Galatians 6:7,8)
sad that a Word of Faith Pastor in his position would look me in the eye and
so openly express to
lack of willingness to believe that Jesus would allow someone to be judged in
their sin. How sad that such a well-known leader who taught repentance
rejected Jesus' teaching on repentance as it applied to him. Equally as sad is the fact
that this Pastor rejected the Holy Spirit's sending me to him because I am
not a "big name" or a "known" Minister. Now, in the
prime of his earthly life, he has arrived in Heaven prematurely, his work
here on earth incomplete. How much more he would have achieved had he chosen
to repent and remain in the harvest field!
the Tulsa Pastor, many Word of Faith Ministers need to repent in the areas
of pride and disobedience. Many Word of Faith Ministers reject words of pending judgment
because they say it is not "positive" and therefore does not
"fit" with the message of "faith." However, I
cannot think of anything more "positive" than God giving someone
another chance to live when they are headed for premature death because of
Many Word of Faith leaders have become prideful and try to tell
God through whom He can and cannot talk to them. Others, like Judas, have
hardened their hearts to Jesus' teaching as it applies to them, opening themselves up to
demonic deception and control. (Luke 22:3) They refuse to believe that
Jesus would ever allow them to be judged because of their success and "importance."
they are unaware that thirty-one times, in Matthew, Mark and Luke alone, the
Prophet Jesus used the word "woe" in pronouncing judgment on the
Pharisees, on the Scribes, upon cities and upon men in general for their
sinfulness. Not to mention Peter's and Paul's extensive teachings on Godly
discipline and judgment
in their Epistles.
It appears that far too many Ministers do not know, or do not care, that
Christ is the Lord of Justice and Judgment as much as He is the Lord
of Love and Mercy. Possibly they would do well to study the way the
Laws of Sowing and Reaping worked against Cain (Genesis 4:1-15), King Saul
(1 Samuel chapter 15; 1 Chronicles 10:13), Hamaan (Esther 5:1-7:10), Judas
(Matthew 26:24, 25; Acts 1:15-25) and so many others.
might be reading this and thinking, "Hamel, you make mistakes, too. Who
are you to go to these people and correct them?" Very good
question and one I asked the Lord myself. His response to me? "I needed
someone who ALWAYS repents when they are wrong to go to some who NEVER
repent when they are wrong."
tell people who sneer at and ridicule this New Testament form of Ministry, "I would
rather obey God imperfectly than to disobey Him flawlessly."
Prophet Frequently Brings God's Gracious Word of Warning
I have continued to state, it
is not uncommon for God to reveal to a Prophet something that is going to
occur so the Prophet can warn those involved. In the days of the Voice of
Healing, the Holy Spirit told Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin to warn popular
Evangelist Jack Coe that he was not going to live much longer if he didn't
judge himself in three areas. Those three areas were the unethical way
Rev. Coe handled his finances, his refusal to walk in love towards other
Ministers and his lack of self-control in his eating habits.
in his youthfulness and inexperience, did not warn Rev. Coe. Three and
a half years later, Evangelist Jack Coe died prematurely at thirty-five
years of age even as the Lord
said he would. Obviously, to me at least, Brother Hagin regretted his
disobedience in not warning Brother Coe for the rest of his life.
January of 1964 the Holy Spirit gave Brother Hagin another Word
of Wisdom. This time it was a warning concerning Rev. William Branham.
The Lord said, "At the end of '65, he who now stands in the forefront
of the Healing Ministry as a Prophet will be taken out of the way.
He'll make a false step and Satan shall destroy his life, but his spirit
will be saved, and his works will follow him. Ere '66 shall come, he shall
Rev. Gordon Lindsay tried to warn Rev. Branham, according to
Brother Hagin's word, that he was going to die if he did not repent and get
back into the perfect will of God for his life. Brother Branham
ignored the repeated warnings. Just days before 1965 ended and 1966
began, Brother Branham died tragically even as the Lord had shown Brother
Hagin. The Lord later told Brother Hagin, "I had to permit him to be
removed because of the damage he was causing the Body of
Hagin, as stated in chapter nine, has said that during many years of itinerate ministry
staying with host families the Lord would reveal to him that tragedy or even death was coming to
someone in that family.
his book "Understanding The Anointing," pg. 85, he stated
"I've never stayed in anybody's home yet without God's warning me about
any impending tragedy. If there were going to be a death in the family
within the next two years He'd tell me. Sometimes you can change it and
sometimes you can't; He just gets you ready for it."
had this happen many times while traveling about in life and Ministry.
will recall I told you earlier, in Chapter Three: "My First
Visitation of Jesus as He Commissioned Me", that Jesus Himself personally appeared to
me in the spring of 1981 commissioning me to this Ministry through an
impartation from His right hand. From that point
on I began to occasionally see into the
spirit realm, as well as knowing things about others supernaturally, as the
Holy Spirit willed.
However, these manifestations increased
dramatically in my life and
the Word of Wisdom, as a direct result of Dr.
Kenneth E. Hagin laying hands upon me one evening in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1994.
There was a supernatural impartation through that experience to increase in my Offices that actually began
to manifest that very night. (Numbers 27:18-23; Acts 6:1-8; 13:1-3, etc.)
I began to know things, particularly about others,
supernaturally, like never before. I also began to see into the spirit
realm, concerning people, places, things and events, like never
am not saying I know everything about everybody all of the time. I do not.
No Prophet does. But from the very night when Dr. Hagin laid his hand on my
head, there was a stepping up in the realm of the Spirit and I began to know
specific things about specific individuals, in a more specific way than
previously - but only as the Holy Spirit wills it. It has nothing to
me. I cannot turn these operations on and off. My job is to stay in the
Word, maintain a prayer life, preach and teach and mind my own business. I
have been doing this faithfully for over 25 years since answering the call
to Ministry. When He wants me to know something, He tells me. I have no
control over any of it. He is the Transmitter. I am the receiver, so to
speak. My job is to simply stay turned on.
are lesser and greater degrees of the Prophet's anointing. I stand in
that Office to a far, far lesser degree than Dr. Hagin did and some others
who stand in this Office today. Ninety-five percent of all I have learned
about the Prophet's Office I have learned from Dr. Hagin. I have stayed
faithfully connected with him ever since that Fall day in 1981, soon
after Jesus appeared to me for the first time, when I was handed my very
first Christian book, "The Ministry of a Prophet" by Dr. Hagin.
Although he has been in Heaven for many years now, I still submit to
his teachings and anointing. I will continue to do so while in the
once said to me concerning my great respect for Dr. Hagin, "You are
worshipping a man." I replied, "No, I am magnifying the Offices
Jesus died for and esteeming the man God has sent into my life to help me
with my callings. There is no one in the earth better equipped to teach me
what I need to know. When God told me to hook up with Prophet Hagin, He never
intended for me to disconnect from him. We are to submit to someone who
stands in the same Offices to which we are called, someone who has already
been down the road we are still traveling. It's called 'wisdom.'"
Holy Spirit does indeed foretell coming events through the Word of Wisdom
the Prophet's Office to privately warn when someone is going to die or
experience tragedy because of disobedience. Occasionally this can even
happen publicly. Either way, judgment can always be avoided through
when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth: for
He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He
speak: and He will shew you things to come." (John 16:13)
14: Understanding the Ministry of a True New Testament Prophet
course, giving individuals prophetic words of warning is not the primary job
of the Prophet. It's only a small part of his ministry. This is where many
self-proclaimed, unlearned Prophets get into trouble. They seem to think
that all a Prophet does is to go around prophesying blessing, cursing or
people. Usually this is because they do not understand the difference
between the Old Testament Prophet's ministry and the New Testament Prophet's
the "trying to fit a square peg into a round hole" adage, there is
simply no place for an Old Testament Prophet in the New Testament Church.
He/she doesn't fit.
job of the New Testament Prophet is NOT to give people guidance and to tell
them God's will for their lives. That happens rarely, if ever. The Old
Testament Prophet would often do that only because the people did not have
the permanent indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, they could
not discern from within what the will of God was. They were spiritually
dead. They needed the help of someone who had the presence of the Holy
Spirit abiding permanently upon them - the Old Testament Prophet.
the New Testament, all Believers can have the indwelling presence of the
Holy Spirit. Therefore, the individual Believer is required to look within
their own Born Again human spirit to discern the will of God for themselves.
(Romans 8:14,16; 1 John 2:20,27, etc.)
is not Biblical for the New Testament Believer to seek guidance through the
Office of the Prophet. It is not Biblical for a New Testament Prophet to go
around offering guidance to individuals. To do so almost always leads to
shame and disaster.
first and foremost a
God's Word. A Prophet is both a Teacher and a Reformer. A Prophet also often teaches and preaches by inspiration of the
moment, by the leading of the Holy
Spirit, not solely from prepared notes. (Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 14:3)
Any "Prophet" who is not an apt Teacher or Preacher is not a Prophet. All
Prophets in the New Testament were excellent Teachers or Preachers. Although
the Apostle Paul was both an Apostle and a Prophet, he always put his
preaching and teaching first. (1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:11) Always.
Prophets do not even bother to prepare themselves as Teachers or Preachers.
They simply step to the podium and the "show" begins. They may use
a verse or two from the Bible to appear to be Scripturally based, but from
that point on it's usually "a dog and pony show," "smoke and
mirrors" and yielding to evil spirits who know things about people. In
the Bible these are called "familiar spirits." (Leviticus 19:31;
20:6; 1 Samuel 28:7-9 ) Almost always the subject is soon turned to money
and material possessions as the false Prophet attempts to fill his or her
coffers at the expense of God's uneducated children.
I said, a
Prophet rarely, if ever, gives guidance or
the New Testament Believer because, unlike the people of the Old Testament,
the New Testament Believer has the Holy Spirit living within to guide
them directly. (Romans 8:14,16; 1John
a "Seer" who sees into
the spirit realm as God wills, through the Gift of Discerning
of Spirits. He/she has insight into both God's Word and even people's
lives as God wills. The Prophet also has foresight concerning future events,
such as my 2004 vision of coming Spiritual Awakening. This would not be
generalized foresight as is the case with many false Prophets who
"predict" things that anyone can see are coming. The
true New Testament Prophet has specific, often detailed, foresight
concerning future events that would not have been known otherwise. (Acts 11:27-30; 21:10-14)
look back at Ezekiel for a moment. God told him that He was making him a "watchman" who would
give people warnings directly from the Most High God. (Ezekiel 3:17; Ezekiel
33:7) A watchman is one who looks out from a height with the view to warning
of impending danger or to pass on any information, good or bad. (Isaiah
21:6-12; Jeremiah 6:17, etc.) Prophets are watchmen/seers. They are equipped of God to see things coming in the distance that others
cannot see. Part of their job is to wait and watch for what God reveals,
commands and gives in warning.
true new Testament Prophet
operates consistently in the three Revelation
Gifts of the Holy Spirit plus the simple
Gift of Prophecy. Lay people may operate occasionally and sporadically
in the Revelation Gifts but Prophets operate consistently in them.
Sometimes daily, if not weekly, all depending on the level or degree of grace and
anointing on the Prophet's life. (Romans 12:6)
has been my personal experience that visions and revelations of the Lord
sometimes come in clusters, or one right after another. We see this in the
lives of the Prophets Joseph, Daniel, Ezekiel and others in the Bible.
response to his critics and enemies at Corinth who said he was not a
Prophet, Paul advised them he was indeed a Prophet of God and had proof
positive - consistent manifestations and demonstrations of the Revelation
Gifts. Although not one to boast normally, in defense of his
Prophet's anointing he pointed to that proof when he said, "It is not
expedient [profitable] for me doubtless to glory [boast]. [But] I will come
to [do experience] visions and revelations of the Lord." (2 Corinthians
12:1) The Greek word Paul used here for "revelations"
actually means, "An unveiling of things not known before and which God
alone could make known."
who calls themselves a Prophet who doesn't experience consistent visions and
revelations of the Lord, through the Revelation Gifts of the Spirit, should
re-examine themselves because Paul not only said he experienced them, he
said he experienced an "abundance" of them.
lest I should be exalted above measure through the ABUNDANCE of the
revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of
Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure." (2
Greek word Paul used here for "abundance" means, "Beyond all
others in both number and excellency."
is clear that Paul is not referring to occasional, "pipe dream"
visions and generalized "revelations" that anyone could easily
guess at, as so many false Prophets do. One false Prophet recently declared,
"The Lord has revealed to me that there will be many deaths of
Hollywood actors this year." I thought, "Well, that wasn't a
specific revelation from the Lord. There will be many deaths amongst all
people this year. As a matter of fact, one hundred and fifty thousand people
die every day!" Anyone can spew forth generalized predictions.
Paul is referring to an unveiling of things not known before and which God
alone could make known. Again, as stated above, often on a daily basis. If
not daily, then weekly on average.
these visions and revelations will always line up with the written Word of
God, unlike the dreams, visions and revelations of many popular, modern day
false Prophets who flood the airwaves, internet and bookstores.
"Prophet" who does not have the above Scriptural confirmations is not
a Prophet at all. He would be a false Prophet. This does not
always mean he is evil. It simply means he is not a true, New Testament
Holy Spirit Alone Is Running the Church
I am simply sharing some of my
experiences with prophetic words of warning that confirm my 1981 personal commissioning
by Jesus and my 1984 Albuquerque hotel room
visitation, to help the reader better understand this one aspect of the Prophet's
Ministry. Don't be fooled by self-proclaimed "Prophets" who wrongly go around
just prophesying blessing, cursing or
guidance over people, yet have none of the above confirmations in consistent
when they are singling themselves out as special or unique or looking for money, "registration fees",
material goods or favors (sexual or otherwise) in order to prophesy over individuals or
false Prophets actually advertise that they will be prophesying
over the Body during their services. This, too, is dangerous because the
Gifts of the Spirit operate only as God wills, not as man wills or
advertises. (1 Corinthians 12:11) Man is not the Head of the Church,
Jesus is. (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; 5:23; Colossians 1:18) Man isn't running things in the Church, the Holy Spirit is.
What if it is not the will of the Holy Spirit for His Gifts to operate in
those meetings, and the people come expecting the "Prophet" to
perform? This is when false Prophets begin yielding to familiar and wrong spirits, fabricating and conjuring things up, getting people into deep
as I said earlier, in the Bible ninety percent of
the Prophet's ministry to individuals occurs in private, not in public
services. (2 Kings 5:21-27;
John 4:1-19) It is wrong for "Prophets" to advertise
and promise that supernatural things will be occurring. The Church of Jesus
Christ is not a circus. The Church is to bring Glory to God, not fame and
fortune to man. I believe in the message of Biblical prosperity, but
never at the expense of God's Word or His Glory.
"Prophetic" group based out of a large mid-western city is notorious for all of the
above mistakes, wreaking havoc upon the Body. This same group has had
serious sexual problems within their top leadership, their founding leader
confessing to prophesying over women in the privacy of his office but only if they
would first "disrobe before the Lord." Many women have
acknowledged having done so. Another of their key "Prophets" has a
confessed, forty-year history of sodomy with teenagers. By submitting themselves to these
false, or backslidden, Prophets, many believers have opened themselves up to
demon powers. Whatever trickles intravenously into the life of the
false Prophet trickles into the lives of all who plug into them.
are to build up and edify the Body, not tear down, destroy, take advantage,
humiliate or put on a show.
has given me a word of warning for someone, He has always told me to assure them they could escape judgment by repenting for their sin. (Isaiah 38:1-6;
11:30-32) This is exactly how He would lead Ezekiel to speak on His behalf.
God would always have Ezekiel tell the people to meet the conditions of
grace and they would live. If they refused, they would die and it would be
their own fault, not God's. (Ezekiel 3:18-21) God is a good God.
whenever I have received a vision, dream or prophetic word for someone, I
was never seeking them. I was either seeking the Lord or going about my
daily affairs and minding my own business. The Gifts of the Spirit occur spontaneously only as
the Spirit wills. It is unscriptural and dangerous to seek any kind of
spiritual experiences or manifestations. People in the Bible did not do that
so we shouldn't do that. The one who does so will be accommodated by Satan. (2
Target Rich Environment for Satan and Demon Powers
is highly unadvisable for anyone to attempt to stand in the Office of the Prophet
if not anointed to do so by the Lord Jesus Christ. There would be no
supernatural grace or anointing to endure the persecution, false accusation, misunderstanding and rejection
that accompanies this Office. (Ezekiel 3:8,9) The Office of the Prophet
is a target rich environment for Satan and demon powers operating through
rebellious human beings.
told Ezekiel that He would give him a forehead "as an adamant harder
than flint." (Ezekiel 3:8,9) This was because he was going to
have to stand up and give the Lord's warnings of pending judgment to some of
the most rebellious, self-willed, hard-headed people in the history of
humanity. It takes an even harder-headed Prophet to stand up to a hard-headed rebel.
God is faithful to give this same hard-headed attitude
to His Prophets today. The Prophet is confrontational and needs a hard head
to do his or her job obediently, diligently and effectively. Without
this special grace, one would buckle under the horrendous persecution and
rejection that frequently follows the Office of the New Testament Prophet.
there are no less than four individuals, three of them Pastors, who watch my
itinerary to determine where I will be next. All four of these individuals I
have confronted in the past for either sexual sin, misappropriation of
Ministry funds or for not walking in love and abusing their fellow man. Once
one of them locates me they begin the process of calling local Pastors where
I will be ministering and fabricating stories in an attempt to destroy my
credibility with those Pastors in order to destroy my Ministry.
most Pastors are mature enough to not fall for this type of ungodly
behavior, realizing the greater the demonstration of the Holy Spirit in
one's Ministry, the greater the persecution. Still, to have something like
this type of punitive behavior thrust upon you year in and year out is
difficult indeed. Without the help of the Holy Spirit it would be
overwhelming and unbearable.
Prophet's Office is also confrontational but not adversarial.
the early 1990's the founder and President of the world's largest Christian
television network was using deceptive, illegal tactics for raising finances
for his television ministry. One of my own family members was robbed of a
significant sum by his tactics. She had sent a certain amount of money to
one of the ministries that produced programs for airing on that network, a
leading Prophecy teacher, author and Minister. The money was sent to the
Minister in care of the television Ministry, to the address that appears at
the bottom of the television screen. In exchange she was to receive two
books and a receipt for her tax deductible donation.
the check cleared the bank and the books and receipt did not arrive after
many weeks, she contacted the noted Prophecy teacher. He responded to us as
apologize that you did not receive your books or receipt as promised by my
Ministry. Sadly, I never did receive your check or your book order. When
monetary offerings or even product orders are sent to the television
network's address in our names, we, the program producers and Ministers,
never even see them. The product orders are discarded - thrown away. If you
paid by check, (the President) turns the check over and stamps, "Pay to
the order of (name withheld) Broadcasting Network" and deposits the
money into his ministry account. This is illegal but has been his practice
for years. I personally have confronted him on many occasions concerning
this, but he refuses to change this practice. Enclosed please find, at no
further expense to you, the books you ordered. In the future please send all
orders and donations directly to our Ministry address and not to the
television network. That is the only way of assuring they will arrive
patiently took this matter to the Lord in prayer. I wanted to be sure I did
not react in the flesh to such ungodly thievery. I wanted to be
absolutely sure I was being led by the Holy Spirit when I responded to the
television network President. I myself had recently preached on this
television network with tremendous response and had been invited to
was well aware that I was facing the potential for not being invited back by
confronting the President of the network in any way.
three months of waiting on the Lord He spoke into my spirit, "Address
him thru his attorney."
did as the Lord instructed and informed the network President's attorney of
what he was doing. I explained to him what I have shared with you, the
reader. I went into even greater detail concerning what the noted Prophecy
author had revealed to us concerning the President's illegal money-raising
practices. The attorney assured me he would address the matter with the President,
which he did.
the President stopped the illegal money-raising practices and moved to a
different money-raising formula.
then received a letter from the television network informing me that I would
no longer be ministering the Gospel on their television stations.
I said above, it
is highly unadvisable for anyone to attempt to stand in the Office of the Prophet
if not anointed to do so by the Lord Jesus Christ. There would be no
supernatural grace or anointing to endure the persecution, false accusation, misunderstanding and rejection
that accompanies this Office.
Ministry of the Prophet is confrontational at times and does indeed create a
target rich environment for Satan and demon powers operating through
rebellious human beings.
the book by Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin, "He Gave Gifts Unto Men. A Biblical
Perspective of Apostles, Prophets and Pastors," for a greater understanding
of the Office of the Prophet. It is quite possibly the most informative
book ever written for those who seek clarity concerning the Office of the
New Testament Prophet.
I will go so far as to say if you are called to the
Prophet's Office and do not study that book, you will forfeit standing in
your Office with excellence. Since it was first published in 1992, I have
carried my copy with me everywhere I have gone in life and ministry,
studying it over and over again.
or not they listen, at least they'll know a Prophet's been here. But don't
be afraid of them, son of man, and don't be afraid of anything they
say. Don't be afraid when living among them is like stepping on thorns
or finding scorpions in your bed. Don't be afraid of their mean words
or their hard looks. They're a bunch of rebels. Your job is to
speak to them. Whether they listen is not your concern. They're
hardened rebels." (Ezekiel 2:5-7, Message Bible)
15: Back to the Fire Pit Dream in Albuquerque
let's go all the way back
to my waking up from the Fire Pit dream in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1984. I knew that very moment, sitting on that bed, I was all through with the way
the world does things. I gave God my word that I would never again
tamper with precious, eternal human lives for pride or money. Never
again would I let pride or fear keep me from obeying Him when it came to
someone’s eternal destiny. From then
on when I stood on a stage or a platform it would be in humility, to boldly
preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. From then on when He
sent me to speak to someone, one on one, or to rooms full of people, I would not fear
rejection, what they
could do to me through persecution or what they might think of me. I would go with their best interest in
mind, not my own, no matter how big or small they might be!
I got on the telephone immediately from my high-dollar hotel
room. I informed the tour manager that he was going to have to find
someone else to bring that semi-truck back to Las Vegas. I was unwilling
to ever drive that truck again. I got on an airplane that day and flew
back to Las Vegas. I was going to find a Pastor and a Church where I
could learn everything possible about teaching and preaching the Gospel.
Right Back into the Will of God
During the flight home I became increasingly better
physically. The symptoms of nausea, dizziness and sickness steadily
subsided. It seemed that every mile I flew was another mile flown
back into the will of God. I just kept getting better and better
physically. By the time that plane landed at McCarran Int’l Airport
in Las Vegas, I had been completely and supernaturally
healed of all sickness. Absolutely every physical
symptom of sickness was gone and I was completely restored. What a
relief it was to be back in the revealed will of God.
disobedience had been supernaturally reversed. Finally, I had gotten
the message. NO MORE FEAR. NO MORE COMPROMISE!
He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He
suffered." (Hebrews 5:8)
Chapter 16: Obedience Doesn't Cost, It Pays!
my return home from Albuquerque, I received a phone call from the
entertainer’s manager for whom I had been working. He was placing the
call on behalf of the entertainer who wanted me to come back to work.
Only this time he didn’t want me to just drive his semi-trucks. He
wanted me to manage that aspect of his operation. No more driving for
me. All I had to do was to make sure that the trucks and
drivers were where they had to be, when they had to be there. I
expressed my appreciation for their confidence in me. However,
in obedience to the revealed will of God, I respectfully declined his
Turning the pressure up a bit, his Manager said, in essence,
“John, I don’t think you realize what you’re refusing. Money is no
problem here. We will supply you with everything you need to keep
this equipment available to us. (Entertainer’s name) is
offering to set you up with a trucking business to facilitate him.
Once you’re in with him, other contracts will
become available to you as well. This can turn into other things for
you. We’re talking about a lot of money for you, John. I don't think
you know what you're doing refusing this offer.”
Again, I expressed my appreciation; only this time I told
him why I would not be able to accept his generous offer. I told him
how the Lord had dealt with me strongly and that I was
obediently going in another
direction. I told him that I was now focusing on a Bible education to
prepare me for Ministry. Although bowled over by my non-acceptance of
such a lucrative “once-in-a-lifetime” offer, he reluctantly accepted my
I soon received excellent training for the Ministry directly
under Dr. Hagin at his Bible Training Center in
Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Lord then set me in the Office of the
Pastor for over two decades. This
was to help me to understand firsthand the challenges and difficulties
Pastors endure on behalf of their congregations. Certainly this has
prepared me to be more sensitive to other Pastors as I serve them through the
Ministry Offices in which I also now stand.
I have nothing but appreciation and compassion for sincere Pastors who are
truly called of God and who are not in it for the money or to put on a show.
Pastoring is not only the most important job in the earth, it is the most
thirty years after having refused my former employer’s
“once-in-a-lifetime” offer, I am still faithfully walking out my
decision. I will obey the Almighty, preaching and teaching His Word
until He calls me
home to be with Him. The high-dollar trucking business I refused will come back to me in the form of
trucks for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ
if that is the will of God. Either way, no act of obedience to the Most High God ever goes un-rewarded.
always sets the stage for the miraculous!
laying on of the angel's hand three times, falling under the power of God
for nearly three full days, supernatural deliverance from drug and alcohol
addiction, Jesus Christ personally appearing with two
majestic, powerful angels and commissioning me to the work of the Ministry,
a dramatic, supernatural Holy Spirit Baptism, the Albuquerque Fire Pit
revelation, the authoritative voice of God that accompanied it and
additional visitations of Jesus to guide me personally and to reveal future,
coming events concerning His Church have indeed changed my life forever.
still, some "people of faith" simply do not believe my
Divinely-granted visitations and experiences and many Christians, including
Ministers, have actually made a point of going out of their way to tell me
Scriptural Mandate to Walk in Love
the Fall of 2011,
after relocating this Ministry to Nashville, Tennessee, one well known Word of Faith Pastor called me to say he had
about my being slain in the Spirit for three days, my multiple visitations
of Jesus, my Ministry calling, my confrontations with the Tulsa Pastor and
others, as well as my overall supernatural testimony.
very offended, surprisingly disrespectful and even demanded that I not show
up in his church services.
actually ridiculed and mocked both my testimony and calling to the point where I respectfully
declined to answer any more of his fear filled, insulting questions.
many Word of Faith Ministers, this Pastor apparently overlooked the fact
that his mentor and mine, Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin, did not produce such
excellent teachings on the Ministry of the Prophet to simply magnify his own
calling as a Prophet.
produced his teachings in order
that the younger Prophets would learn from his knowledge, his experiences
and from the many times Jesus Christ appeared to him, personally teaching
him about the Office of the Prophet.
Dr. Hagin produced his teachings on the Office
of the Prophet for the express purpose of training the younger Prophets to
stand in their Offices with excellence.
in spite of the fact that Dr. Hagin spent the last decades of his life
diligently writing books to instruct younger Prophets, many fearful Word of Faith Ministers
and believers will receive no other Prophet than Dr. Hagin himself, and perhaps
one other individual whom Dr. Hagin personally endorsed as a Prophet.
For the most part this is because they have not personally studied Dr.
Hagin's teachings on the Office of the Prophet and are therefore unable to
properly recognize the Prophet's Office.
have they not carefully studied the Office of the Prophet? Because they
have neither the characteristics, the qualifications nor the calling to that
Office themselves. So, being called as Pastors, Teachers and/or Evangelists, they
have limited themselves to studying Dr. Hagin's teachings on the
subject of faith alone. This has left them without knowledge of the
Prophet's Office and at a severe disadvantage.
One thing must be kept in mind at all times. Even if
we question or do not understand someone's calling, we still have a Scriptural mandate to remain dignified,
to be respectful and to walk in love toward that individual. As Believers we
don't get to pick and choose who we're going to walk in love towards.
Part-time obedience is fulltime disobedience. Jesus said we are to
walk in love fulltime. Part-time love walkers don't qualify for fulltime
give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have
loved you, so you, too, should love one another. By this shall all men know
that you are My disciples, if you love one another, if you keep on showing
love among yourselves." (John 13:34-35)
to walk in love will cause one's faith to promptly shut down. (Galatians 5:6)
It is not possible to have mountain-moving faith by refusing to walk in
mountain-moving love. (Mark 11:25) One could easily end up on a
collision course with the Holy Spirit by refusing to walk in love towards
anyone for any reason, but especially towards God's chosen Prophets. (Psalm
105:15; 1 Corinthians 11:31-32)
the Book of Acts when
the High Priest, the Captain of the Temple and the Chief Priests took
counsel to destroy the Apostles for publicly declaring their position on
Scripture, a man stood in their defense. He was a Pharisee, a Doctor
of God's Law who was honored by everyone. His name was Gamaliel.
He had personally tutored the Apostle Paul in the Scriptures from Paul's
childhood. (Acts 22:3)
Rabbi Gamaliel gave the following inspired
counsel. Counsel which is quite applicable today for those who,
through fear, spiritual pride or lack of knowledge, resist and show contempt
for the one God Himself has chosen to stand in the Office of the Prophet.
I'm telling you: Hands off these men! Let them alone. If this program
or work is merely human, it will fall apart. But if it is of God,
there is nothing you can do about it - and you better not be found fighting
against God." (Acts 5:38-39, Message Bible)
17: All Dressed Up in Beautiful Testimonies
man who heard me give my testimony on television confronted me in the
television studio to tell me none of these
things actually occurred to me. He told me I was lying.
man, a Pastor, rebuked me for sharing one of my visitations of Jesus with a
large group of Pastors. He referred to my miraculous testimony as "your self-promoting
notable, highly-recognized Word of Faith Pastor from Nashville, Tennessee, a
personal friend of Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin of all things, actually called me to say I was
no longer welcome in his Church because he did not believe my miraculous,
Last Day's testimony which you are reading here on our John Hamel Ministries website.
same Nashville Pastor sells books by Maria Woodworth-Etter in his Church
bookstore. Maria Woodworth-Etter was also miraculously
overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit and frozen in place for a
three-day period, even as I was. Yet, somehow, this dear, modern day
unbelieving Pastor cannot seem to believe that Jesus Christ Who is the same
yesterday, today and forever could have performed the very same miracle for
me. (Hebrews 13:8)
Brother in the Lord became quite agitated with me for sharing some of the
miraculous ways the Lord has intervened in my life these past decades. He
told me I was out of order for doing so. He accused me of trying to draw
attention to myself. He freely expressed his belief that I was doing
so to make myself look good.
He could not have been more wrong. He
assumed the worst and completely misread my heart as to why I share these miracle
April 15, 2009 the Master, Jesus, came into my Harwich, Massachusetts study
while I was preparing for a Wednesday evening service. Although
He did not actually appear to me as He has done on many other occasions,
Christ's Glory filled my study and I became overwhelmingly aware of His
over 30 years of these Divinely granted visitations and supernatural
experiences I have become well acquainted with the presence of the
I sat there overcome by His presence, I clearly heard his voice within my
spirit say, "I want you to get your testimonies together and I want you
to give them to the people. After you have given your testimonies I want you
to pray for the people."
gave Him my word that day that I would follow His instructions and began to
more openly share some of my supernatural testimonies with His Church.
God did not give me
any of these miraculous experiences to make me look good. Nor
do I share them to try and make myself look good.
I share them to
obey Jesus, first and foremost. Secondly, I share them to encourage the
people to faith and to help them to believe. By no means would I ever share
them to make myself look good!
looks good about being so bound up in drugs, alcohol, demon spirits,
compulsive human behavior and basic human stupidity that God had to
send an angel to set me free?
What looks so good about having Jesus and two
angels actually appear to me, commissioning me to the work of the Ministry only
to have Almighty God have to personally rebuke me for not cooperating with
that supernatural visitation and commission?
How does that make me look good?
Personally, I think the Lord having to visit me so supernaturally makes me look like a bit of a blockhead.
If I were
going to make up a story to make myself look good, I would do a much better
job than that.
everyone else, God chose me because He loved me, yes, but also because I am
foolish, weak, base and despised, not because I am special. (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)
there was anything special about me that captured God's attention it was my
God did not give
me these supernatural testimonies to make me look good.
He gave them to me
to make Himself look good and to help people to believe.
No one has any right to glory in the way God uses them.
does anyone have any right to criticize who God chooses to use or how He
chooses to use them.
Testimonies Intended to Help Many People
raised up Joseph from a terrible, terrible predicament and gave him
supernatural favor with Pharaoh by revealing the future to him through
Joseph. But it wasn't to make Joseph look good. God had a plan. Look what the Bible says Pharaoh did for Joseph in
turn for his supernatural assistance.
Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'You're the man for us. God has given you the inside
story - no one is as qualified as you in experience and wisdom. From now on,
you're in charge of my affairs; all my people will report to you. Only as
King will I be over you.' So Pharaoh commissioned Joseph: 'I'm putting
you in charge of the entire country of Egypt.' Then Pharaoh removed
his signet ring from his finger and slipped it on Joseph's hand. He
outfitted him in robes of the best linen and put a gold chain around his
neck. He put the second-in-command chariot at his disposal, and as he
rode people shouted 'Bravo!' Joseph was in charge of the entire
country of Egypt. Pharaoh told Joseph, 'I am Pharaoh, but no one in
Egypt will make a single move without your stamp of approval.'"
(Genesis 41:39-44, Message Bible)
ring Pharaoh gave to Joseph had a seal with the King's name on it.
With it Joseph could write his own ticket, transacting business as if he
were Pharaoh himself.
"linen" robes he gave to Joseph were actually made of silk. These
were garments worn only by the King Himself. No one but Joseph was allowed
to wear these robes because it made one equal to the King.
gold chain given to Joseph by Pharaoh was a symbol of great dignity and
honor. It was worn only by Pharaoh's official appointees and individuals of
the highest rank and esteem.
with the exception of Pharaoh, no one in the world had more power than
Joseph. No one!
did God supernaturally put Joseph in position to where Pharaoh would give
him that ring, those robes, that chain and that kind of unlimited authority?
Why did God dress Joseph in that powerful testimony? To make him look good? So he could
self-promote himself? So he could draw attention to himself?
answered those questions himself when his brothers, who had hatefully sold
him into Egyptian slavery eighteen years earlier, discovered he was now the
second most powerful man in the world.
the brothers went in person to him, threw themselves on the ground before
him and said, 'We'll be your slaves.' Joseph replied, 'Don't be
afraid. Do I act for God? Don't you see, you planned evil against me
but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right
now - life for many people. Easy now, you have nothing to
fear.'" (Genesis 50:20, Message Bible)
Joseph reveals to his brothers exactly why God Himself dressed him up so handsomely, not only with
high-dollar clothes and jewelry, but with one of the most
powerful testimonies ever recorded in the history of humanity.
It wasn't to
make Joseph look good. It was for the sake of "life for many
people", even as Joseph said.
actually used Joseph's horrible circumstances to bring him before Pharaoh
for a supernatural promotion which would result in saving the nation of Israel
from yet another satanic attempt at genocide.
Had Satan been able to kill
Israel off through that worldwide drought, there would be no chance of
sending God's promised Redeemer through them. (Genesis 3:15) The world would
be up a creek without a paddle! You wouldn't be reading this today.
dressed Joseph up in that powerful testimony for the same reason He dresses people
up in powerful testimonies today -to help many people. Period. God did not
dress me or anyone else in a powerful testimony to make some man look good.
God dresses his children up in powerful testimonies to draw attention to
Himself and His desire to help many people. End of story. (Revelation 12:11)
have shared just some of the awe-inspiring, heart breaking and even wonderful testimonies God has clothed me in to
help you to see that God always prefers to bless His children, leading them
away from unnecessary suffering, tragedy and even premature death.
may read many more of my supernatural testimonies at the JHM Online
Bible Training Centre on this web site.
some will not listen when God sends a word of supernatural warning through His
messengers. However, on a much happier note, there are those who are humble
and will listen when the Holy Spirit warns of coming tragedy for unconfessed
sin, disobedience and compromise.
encourage you, reader. Pay the price of obedience and walk confidently with
the Lord. Live a long life. Live a strong life.
As my highly esteemed
mentor and Teacher, Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin always said, "Obedience
doesn't cost. It pays!"
Spiritual Awakening is on the horizon.
Also like the Prophet Ezekiel, Jesus Christ caught me up between Heaven and
Earth for forty-five minutes in 2004 and showed it to me. (Ezekiel 8:3;
11:24,25; 37:1) He
soon. Every hour
for saving souls and conforming to the revealed will of God for our personal
lives is crucial. There’s just no time for looking back,
compromising or disobeying.
"No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back is fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Luke
you doing your own thing or are you doing God's thing? You are going to
spend Eternity based upon how effectively you did God's thing while you were
here in this earth for your brief probationary period.
you'll stand before Him in judgment and have rewards given or rewards taken
away, all based upon how obedient you were while living on planet earth. (1
Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
the Lord build the house they labor in vain who build it." (Psalm
18: A Closing Word of Caution Concerning Supernatural Guidance
this testimony I referred to the
authoritative voice of
God, dreams, visions,
trances, etc. Although these are ways that God can guide Believers today,
they are not the primary way. God
guides Believers today primarily through the written Word of God and through the
of the Holy
Spirit. Even Prophets are to be primarily led by the Inner Witness of the
Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
However, there are times when the
written Word of God does not address a
specific situation. For example, if you needed to know whether or not
it was God’s will for you to relocate to another city, you simply will not
find Scripture telling you whether or not to do so. Therefore, you
should make your decision and tell the Lord about it. Then give Him a
few days to let you know whether you have made the right decision or
If you have “peace” about the relocation down in your spirit
and it’s for legal and moral purposes, God is telling you “Yes.” If
you have “unrest” about the relocation, then God is telling you “No.”
A simpler way to say this is, “If your gut is telling you YES, God is
telling you YES. If your gut instinct is telling you NO, God is
telling you NO.” God’s peace is His “Yes.” Unrest is His
“No.” Going against this form of guidance will result in
disappointment or tragedy every time.
This is the primary way that God guides ALL Believers when there is
no Scripture telling them what to do. This can be seen in the
following verses of Scripture.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the
sons of God." (Romans 8:14)
This verse of Scripture could also read just as easily, “The
sons and the daughters of God are led by the Spirit of God.” It does
not say, “The sons and the daughters of God are led by the Authoritative
Voice of God.” Although the Authoritative Voice is one way God can guide,
IT IS NOT THE PRIMARY WAY. Here’s a verse from the Amplified Bible
that will help you.
“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ
rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with
finality all questions that arise in your minds] ...” (Colossians
3:15, Amplified Bible)
Here the Apostle Paul teaches that Believers are to let
“peace” act as an “umpire” concerning all questions that they have.
Everyone knows what an umpire does. An umpire lets the players know whether
they are “safe” or “out.” The Holy Spirit is the Inner Umpire if one
is Born Again. The Believer makes a decision as to what to do.
Then they give the Inner Umpire enough time to let them know whether they
are “safe” or “out.” He’ll do this through “peace” or “unrest” deep
down inside. Some call this “intuition” or “gut instinct.”
Although I have been led at times by
Angels, these are not the primary ways
He guides me daily. Primarily, I am led by the “peace” or “unrest” of
the Inner Umpire. This is the primary way He guides all Believers. No
one in the Bible was ever praying to hear a voice, to see a vision or to be
visited by an Angel when it happened to them. God alone determines when these types of
guidance are necessary. I encourage those who have read this
testimony to not insist on voices, visions or Angels. I never have. I never will. If you do,
Satan just might accommodate
Stay safe with the Inner Umpire’s “peace” or “unrest.”
If you need anything more than that, you can
Heavenly Father to get it to you!
Don’t miss His SUPERNATURAL inward “peace” or “unrest” by
insisting upon more SPECTACULAR forms of New Testament guidance. Guidance doesn’t have to be spectacular
for it to be supernatural.
For much more detailed teaching on the subject of
Supernatural Biblical Guidance, visit our John Hamel Ministries
Online Bible Training Centre. Once there, click on
"Father show me
any area of my life where I am in disobedience,
rebellion, selfishness, pride or ignorance. I want to know if I have
deceived myself in any way. If I have been pursuing Your plan but have been
doing so for my own selfish purposes, I want to know that as well. I want to
know Your perfect will for my life and I want to be sure I am pursuing it
for Your purposes, not my own.
me, enlighten me, warn me of any area where I am off track and with Your
help I will begin to fix it immediately. I would rather be warned than to be
judged. Thank you for what I have learned in this Bible-based book. I commit
to make application of it beginning this very moment, in Jesus' Strong Name."
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