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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 13:03:05 +1200
-given by Steven Dobbs (U.K.), 2005.

I received this from the Holy Spirit in early summer 2005. The
Lord showed me that there is going to be a flood of deception* 
infiltrating much of the U.S church in the near future, (the gift of
discernment of spirits is therefore going to become increasingly 
important). Why the Lord will allow these deceptions: I was 
extremely disheartened by this as the U.K receives a lot of help 
from some good U.S ministries and there are close links between 
these two nations. 

The Spirit then ministered to me again and showed me that God 
was sovereign and that this was His will. I saw that although this 
increase in deception will test the Christians in the U.S.A. It will 
also filter the global church from the less reliable U.S teaching 
ministries and reduce their influence in the global body of Christ. 

Many of the world's largest and best known teaching ministries 
come from the U.S.A. I was shown that many were propagating 
poor, badly emphasized or erroneous teachings. The Lord showed 
me that He could not allow them to continue influencing the 
worldwide church as they are at present. This is because we will 
soon be entering into the end times and this season will test the 
faith of all of us. God therefore wants His people to be prepared for 
this with good teachings that have the same emphasis as found in 
the New Testament. 

The filtering process: I was shown that the ministers that teach 
errors or a poor emphasis will also tend to have this reflected in 
their own walk with God. They will not therefore be rooted very 
deeply into the truth themselves even though many of them may 
be well known teachers or preachers. These people will therefore 
tend to be amongst those most open to this flood of deception. 
When exposed to such deception many of them will start to move 
in increased spiritual error and folly as a result. Many will get 
deceived as they fail to discern the difference between which 
spiritual phenomena are of the Lord and which are counterfeit and 
from the enemy. Their true spiritual maturity will then be revealed 
for all to see. 

Many other Christians from around the world, those who are able 
to discern these things better, will then start to question the 
maturity and teachings of such ministries. They will start to look 
more closely at these teachings and notice the errors and wrong 
emphases that already exist, errors that they had not noticed 
before. People will then start to turn away from the worst teachers 
and listen instead to those who are teaching the full council of God 
in line with the whole of scripture. The overall level of teaching in 
the global body of Christ will improve as a result of this. 

How this will realign ministries: The ministries which have the 
poorest levels of teaching will become less popular around the 
world as a result of this. Those teaching ministries that are the 
most mature and have the best quality teaching will become more
popular than before. The overall quality of teaching ministries in  
the global body of Christ will therefore improve as a result of this 
filtering effect. 

The "prosperity gospel": God showed me that one of the main 
teachings that He is concerned about is that which has become 
known as the "prosperity gospel". Although truths are taught within 
this I understood that errors and wrong emphases are taught as 
well. At present this teaching has a great deal of influence in the 
global body of Christ. This results in many believers around the 
world taking on board the errors and wrong emphases contained 
within it. I saw that the Lord does not want this situation to 
continue. We are heading into the end times in the near future and 
God wants us to be strong, built up with good, solid teachings that 
prepare us for the difficulties we are going to encounter and the 
sacrifices we may have to make to follow Christ. 

A realigning of national churches at a global level: The Lord wants 
those national churches that are submitting the most to Him to 
have the greatest proportion of well known ministries at a global 
level. The Spirit showed me that at present the U.S.A is over-
represented by such ministries. This filtering process will reduce 
the number of influential U.S ministries on the world stage. At the 
same time, other ministries from other nations will become more 
popular and will increase in influence as a result of this. The overall 
church of  the U.S.A will also therefore lose some of its influence 
within the global body of Christ because of this filtering. The 
churches of some other nations, (those that have been submitting 
the most to Christ), will, however, see an increase in their 
influence in the global church. 

This is God's will and the global body of Christ will be strengthened 
as a result. The Lord wants the body of Christ to be led by, and 
follow the example of, the best international ministries. He also 
wants the global church to be influenced the most by those 
national churches that are submitting the most to Jesus. 

The better ministries from the U.S.A: I was then shown a picture 
of a vessel of milk which had cream floating to the top of it. The 
interpretation was that as this filtering takes place, and the overall 
level of deception* increases in the U.S church, the better U.S 
ministries will then come to the forefront at a global level. I 
understood that many of these were presently only medium sized
ministries because their popularity was presently overshadowed 
by some larger but poorer quality U.S ministries. I saw that many
of these medium sized ministries already have a better walk with 
the Lord and that they would therefore be less likely to be 
influenced by the coming flood of deception. They will be seen to 
be mature as they discern and avoid these deceptions. In due 
course this will vindicate them and earn them respect from other 
believers from around the world. Their ministries will then become 
more popular and grow in influence because of this. I saw that 
some of them will then start to minister and preach at the highest
levels on the world stage within the body of Christ in the future.

*I understand "deception" to mean all sorts of counterfeits of the 
Holy Spirit. These will include counterfeit moves of God's power 
which will come from other spirits, from New Age/occult spirits, 
counterfeit healings and miracles even, false teachings, false 
prophecies, counterfeit visions from the enemy, counterfeit 
experiences of heaven, fake appearances of Jesus and, please 
note, many counterfeit appearances of angels which will really be 
fallen angels come to deceive any believers who are open to them. 
Of course Christians can have such experiences genuinely from 
the Lord but there is also going to be an increase in these 
counterfeits as we move towards the end-times, as the enemy 
attempts to "deceive if possible even the elect", (Matt 24;24). 

*Concerning the U.S church, this increase in deception will have 
its entitlement at a national/ corporate level. We should not 
therefore see any deception as a judgement on individuals 
themselves. At a personal level some believers will be more 
exposed to these deceptions than others for reasons that are not 
necessarily their fault, e.g. if they happen to be in a church where 
the enemy is moving in a lot of deception. I believe, though, that 
those whose hearts are set to follow Christ will eventually come 
through any serious deception if they persevere in following the 
Lord and keep on submitting to Him. 

At an international level, though, this wave of enemy deception will 
expose and reduce the global influence of the worst U.S ministries 
and will bring about the realignment of national churches and 
ministries that God desires. It will improve the quality of teaching 
and the quality of the most well known ministries at an 
international level. This is due to God's sovereignty, and will 
strengthen the global body of Christ and prepare God's people for 
the difficult years ahead.

-S. Dobbs, 30th Oct 2005.