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The West Coast continues to ‘rumble’–Night 53

west coast rumble screen captureToday will mark Night 53 of the “West Coast Rumble”–a revival that broke out at churches in Seattle and San Diego. Meetings are characterized by claims of miraculous healings and angelic visitations. The revival is connected to the Azusa Now rally held at the Los Angeles Coliseum on April 9–an event that drew over 56,000 participants.

Behind this rally and revival are leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation–a movement led by present-day “apostles” and “prophets” who claim they are part of a new church age. They say they’re receiving direct revelations from God that will usher in the largest revival in world history, when a billion souls will be brought into God’s kingdom through miraculous signs and wonders. Some prominent NAR apostles and prophets associated with this revival include Lou Engle, Bill Johnson, Che Ahn, and James Goll.

Last night, at Seattle Revival Center, Chad Dedmon–from Bethel Church in Redding, Calif.–was the featured speaker. Watch the meeting here, which, oddly, includes participants being urged to drink apple wine–I didn’t know there was such a thing! Apple wine has become a symbol of the revival in Seattle, following a prophetic word that God is “releasing the Apple Wine in Washington.” A large apple decoration sits on the stage, and the speakers make multiple drinking references, including encouraging members of their audience to find a “drinking buddy” and descriptions of experiencing “drunkenness” in the Holy Spirit.

Four weeks ago, I was contacted by a reporter who wrote an article for Religion News Service, titled “Pentecostal revival sweeps parts of West Coast.” During the interview, I aimed to put the revival in context for readers, by explaining its connection with the New Apostolic Reformation. See the article here.

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15 Responses to “The West Coast continues to ‘rumble’–Night 53”

  1. Diana Lesperance Says:

    Isn’t the apple a symbol of temptation (the forbidden fruit) and the Fall? Satan must be laughing gleefully. It reminds me of the woman who hissed like a snake while “anointing” Todd Bentley.

  2. Jeff Says:

    Diana Lesperance, I noticed that, too. The irony is getting thicker by the day with this movement. At the Azusa Now thing Engle did last month they had a “Christian” Native American music group dressed fully in the traditional animal costumes of their pagan heritage, perform on state. What was their name? Broken Walls! If these poor, deluded people would only crack their Bibles open once in a while they would find that’s an Old Testament reference to one’s defenses being down:

    Nehemiah 1
    3 And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”

    Psalms 80
    12 Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?

    Proverbs 24
    31 and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.

    Proverbs 25
    28 A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

  3. JNP Says:

    Man made, man driven, if they try hard enough, push long enough something will happen! I Watched the Asuza event when they blew on 120 shofars and beat 120 drums to open heaven. There was a sense of desparation as they increased their wailing and cries, waiting for something to happen. It was embarrassing to watch. The drum and shofar thing was based on a man made prophecy that when it was accomplished, heaven would open and and an outpouring would occur. 
    Nothing happened but they will never admit it. They will keep these meetings going for awhile claiming it all started at Asuza Now. It is scary that so many are deluded by this false move of God and are willing to follow blindly without question. Satan has prepared the church for this deception well. The most effective strategy was to get people to stop reading their bibles and look to man for direction and guidance. (Through false prophets and apostles)
    I miss the days when there were battles in the church over doctrine. I was too young to understand what was going on at the time but looking back I realize that many of those quarrels were the result of Christians who were studying God’s word and had differing opinions. We don’t have those quarrels as much today because many who occupy the pews today have never read the bible. They would not recognize errors taught from the pulpit and would follow the teachings with little resistance. We have settled into complacency and error in many of our churches. It is a sad day for Christianity but we were warned in scripture that this would happen.

  4. Riles Says:

    Back in the early 70s there was a brand of wine called Boones Farm Apple.  Have not seen it on a store shelf for ages.

  5. Karen Says:

    This is insanity.  Wrecked, impartation, blowing on people.  Wrecked is a secular term.  I’m not sure what they think they’re doing by calling on God to “wreck” someone.  This is just difficult to watch.  I did catch one short clip of drunkenness.  I had to fast forward through much of it since its disgusting and so hard to watch.  This guy is like a medium.  The bible is very clear on that sort of thing!  The apostasy is growing by leaps and bounds.  It’s very sad.  And scary.  It’s getting very difficult to tell people how and why this is NOT from God.

  6. Kathleen Douty Says:

    Thank you for putting this out there. I have traveled two times over to Seattle, and four times to San Diego to these meetings. My family and I also attended meetings that broke out at one of our local churches. Something was starting to feel wrong, so I have been praying for God to open up my eyes to the truth. A few weeks ago my 18-year-old daughter came home from church, and was about two hours late because she said that she had spent the entire church service laughing and crying on the floor. She was talking about what a wonderful time she had, but could not give ANY scriptures related to the church service.  She has been more anxious than ever and has had trouble reading the Bible.  I’m concerned for the people who are seeking after an experience, or seemingly wise words from a man when they should be seeking Jesus!!! 
     
    I would encourage anyone who has a doubts  to pray and root themselves  in the word of God.  Stop seeking communicated knowledge, and ask God for revelation knowledge that comes from scripture alone.
     
    I found  very disturbing YouTube videos that I would encourage anyone who has doubts about all of this to watch.  
     
    https://youtu.be/gA9lQCnmZ2A
     

  7. Kathleen Douty Says:

    I’m sorry for the double post.  I’m not sure if this link posted along with the other.  This video is SO important to watch.  Compare it to the kinds of things you are seeing in Seattle.

  8. Diana Lesperance Says:

    I noticed that they didn’t say anything about your concerns about the NAR in that RNS article (which was also picked up by Charisma News (http://www.charismanews.com/us/56603-report-unusual-miracles-mark-west-coast-rumble-revival-in-seattle?showall=&start=1). 

    Those videos are shocking. I showed them to my husband and he watched them over and over. It seems like an entire section of the church has been infected with a virus. How can they be healed and set free?

  9. Austin Hellier Says:

    “And you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free…” said Jesus Christ – that’s how some people will get free of the deceptions and various bondages that come with them.

    I saw all the NAR false prophets and ‘apostles’ here in Brisbane some years ago, and the young people were trying to create “revival” with their growlings and animal noises, but fortunately, nothing much happened at the time, in terms of unduly influencing outsiders. 

    The ‘church’ that hosted those events (the Glory Gathering) has not grown in numbers, or the knowledge of the Lord, as its own false apostle, Katherine Rounala, walked away from whatever Bible truth she had known some ten years ago, and joined up with Bill Johnson’s Bethel church at Redding and has openly embraced the error of the NAR movement since that time.

    Bill Hammon, Patricia ing, Todd Bentely – they were all there, as were people from the Elijah List…

    This is just another false ‘revival’, designed to capture the gullible and emotional so that they will financially support these false ministries, none of whom could gain a position in any credible church or missionary organisation, based on their faulty theology and existential experience based events.

    Austin Hellier classical Pentecostal

  10. Kathleen Says:

    I follow them on Instagram, and the other night they were thinking it was amusing to place corkscrews on people’s heads to release the “apple wine” annointing. When they “popped” the cork the people would shake, squirm, and giggle.  I’ve listened a lot and have never once heard any solid biblical teaching of any kind.

  11. Austin Hellier Says:

    Well Kathleen, I agree with you – you won’t hear any sound doctrine from these so called “revivals” I’ve just finished reading several books and small articles on genuine revivals which commenced back in the late 1800’s in north America. Although many of those camp meetings and city based gatherings attested to’ strange happenings’, there were tens of thousands of people who came into the kingdom of God at that time – genuine conversions with fruit that remained – the best test of all.

    Seemingly ‘dead’ churches opened their doors and came to life again and there were hundreds of testimonies each month in each place as to the faithfulness and grace of God. Many of the towns and city’s worst sinners were converted and many also testified to divine healings taking place.

    That’s all well and good, but the main point of those revivals was that the name of Jesus be lifted up, the church encouraged, sinners coming into salvation and a concrete testimony being established before a lost and dying world. If these main points, accompanied by sound Bible teaching, do not become a part of the revival in question, then who is being glorified? God or man? Whose kingdom is being built, God’s or man’s?

    False ministries should be exposed for the protection of the sheep and as a warning to the world, that ‘tares amongst the wheat’ do exist, and must be avoided at al costs…

    Austin Hellier

  12. B A Blumenthal Says:

    I agree with the comments I’ve read… it is sad.. I do pray, and I will speak the truth whenever I am faced with lies… but I am also comforted that God IS in control and that it is NOT possible for his elect to be deceived. How many will be shocked when they end up in hell, because they never clearly comprehended the way of true, biblical salvation.

  13. Joseph Says:

    Really enjoyed your comments Austin Hellier and I believe you I have the same background in the Assemblies of God (I have a smattering of Church of God in Christ with Baptist exegetical study) and what you say about sound doctrine and its lack is probably the root cause of the problem.

    The scriptures say:  My people perish for a lack of knowledge and Paul and Jude warned about false teachers (Among many NT writers) so my prayer is that they would study the scriptures for themselves.

    Also, having grown up reading about Charles Finney, D.L. Moody and ALL of the great revivals, they are just as you described, the conviction of sin, conversion of the lost and edifying of the saints with fruit that remains.

  14. Austin Says:

    Hi Joseph and all,
    I don’t subscribe to these modern “revivals” – they are mostly about existential experiences, money and the promotion of patently obvious false prophets. Back in the days of the great awakenings and later revivals (such as the Welsh revival and the early Pentecostal/Holiness movements) people would come from far flung places, humbly seeking God, and would find Him, being convicted of their sinful state. 

    They would find the Savior on their knees, with great joy, but there were no fleshly manifestations in those meetings. The Lord met people where they were at, and lead them onto the safe ground of salvation. by faith, through grace – not of works, lest any man should boast.

    Nowadays we have hypocrites and heretics populating the platforms of these so called ‘revivals’, but no word of God is taught, no cautions as to the possible intent of Satan in deceiving people through false doctrine and experiences, and no lifting up of the name of Jesus – just a lot of tomfoolery, supposedly in the name of the Lord…

    Truly the tares are beginning to manifest themselves among the wheat…

    Austin Hellier
    Downunder

  15. Hilarious Says:

    Careful; you all sound an awful lot like the pharisees and saducees — pretty much the only people Jesus couldn’t stand being around.  Find me one leader that doesn’t have something wrong in his theology.  You think Greg Laurie is perfect?  Rick Warren?  Why don’t you start picking them apart?

    Maybe these are the end times and maybe there are increasing signs and wonders; who am I say to say?  My main point is that you all are pperhaps a little too myopic in your stance at best, and bordering dangerously close to the religiousness that Jesus doesn’t care for at worst.

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