Dream of Migrant Worker Preachers – Bryan Hupperts

Taken from RevivalSchool.com mailing list.

I had a detailed dream where I was standing in a sea of people before the throne of God. I saw well known ministers, invisible ministers, people who had falsely accused me, people who had justly accused me, and many people I didn’t know. Weird, but everyone had a black spot on their chest. The numbers were too vast to count. I was standing pretty close to a televangelist known for $1,000 suits and for boasting of many healings. I had the distinct impression he was impatiently waiting for the Lord to finish speaking, to hand him a microphone!

We were all wearing name badges and (like military insignias) badges of rank. The Lord spoke to this vast group yet we each heard him as if he were only speaking to us individually, “Lay down your ministry, your vision, your promises. I have new assignments for each of you.” We all assumed a promotion. Then all went dead silent while the Holy Spirit ministered to each of us. To me he spoke, “I want you to become a field hand, a migrant worker. Go pick fruit.”

I was horrified. What is lower than a fruit picking migrant worker?

I burned with shame wondering what my family would think. How would we live? What about my hard won education? I have struggled with Lupus for years and cannot stand being in sunlight for long stretches of time. Such a call to work in the fields would surely kill me!

Finally, I bowed my head while weeping and said, “Thy will be done.” I stripped myself of my nice suit and donned the cheap clothing of a migrant worker. I told myself that if all I am capable of doing is harvesting fruit for the Lord, then I would do it with all my heart. I felt something inside of me begin to shake violently, burn, and finally die.

Though he slay me, yet will I serve Him, indeed! It occurred to me much later that migrant is just another way of saying “stranger and alien”.

Anyway, I looked up and saw a great separation take place. I realized that the Lord had whispered this exact same calling to everyone there. We were all being called to be migrant fruit pickers. This vast company were all ministers of the Gospel. The hard shock was that the great majority of those standing there heard this call to go be migrant laborers and had said, “No.”

I could hear the angry complaints: I built this church…I am too important…This ministry cannot survive without my leadership…If these fruit picking fools actually succeed, send the tithers to my church…and on and on. I could see sheep being culled from goats. It was like watching the birth of Gideon’s Army. Our ranks were greatly thinned and we were an unimpressive, motley lot. There was not a name tag, title, or rank insignia to be seen.

So there we were in our migrant worker clothes, like people you would glance at, and turn away from uncomfortably pretending that you did not see them. I noticed we all had a dark hole burned in our chests where the black spot had been and someone called out and asked about it. The Lord of the Harvest replied, “That thing that burned and died in each of you was your blinding pride.” And he breathed on us and the hole was filled with a kind of liquid light, His abiding presence and glory!

I thought, “Oh, you cannot fill that which is full. You can only fill a vessel that has been first emptied.” I looked back at the great company of ministers who had disqualified themselves from their true callings; and was suddenly glad to be in ragged clothes and holy company. The black marks on their chests were like a plague infection that suddenly began to ooze and spread. I thought, “They’re dead already and they don’t even know it.”

God is looking for those who will faithfully laborer for Him to bring in the great harvest of souls that the seed of His blood had spilled into the earth to bring forth. Faithful labor: There is no other qualification.

The Lord told us, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go forth. Be fruitful and multiply my kingdom!”

As our company marched off into the harvest field to be inglorious, nameless field hands, I could hear those left behind sneering in contempt, shouting out catcalls about what fools we all were. They seemed oblivious that the Lord of the Harvest was standing in their midst watching, listening, weighing their every word. And his eyes burned with holy fire.

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Aaron Brummitt Rebukes SOAPA Street Preachers For Profanity and Insulting Speech – John McGlone

Aaron is in the green shirt.

Disclaimer: There is a sound recording (23:48-25:06) of evil preachers using profanity.

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Pentecostal and Charismatic Leaders Who Preach About Hell – John Boruff

The following list is tallied by appearances website, Google, or YouTube searches.

1. Mike Bickle – 2 sermons on mikebickle.org; 121k hits on Google.

2. Patricia King – 5 sermons on extremeprophetic; 3 on xpmedia; 24m hits on Google.

3. Torben Sondergaard – 1 video on YouTube; 40k hits on Google.

4. David Wilkerson – 3 videos; 775k hits on Google.

5. Bill Wiese – 2 videos on Sid Roth. – 23 Minutes in Hell (New York Times Bestseller)

  • Charismatic ministries associated with Wiese:

    • The 700 Club (Pat Robertson)
    • TBN (surprisingly)
    • Charisma Magazine
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Dream and Vision Interpretation: A Bibliography – John Boruff

Alexander, Archibald. Thoughts on Religious Experience. Ch. 7. Banner of Truth.

Jackson, John Paul. The Biblical Model of Dream Interpretation (3 CDs).

Jennings, Daniel, ed. The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley. Ch. 9. 

Milligan, Ira. Understanding the Dreams You Dream. Destiny Image. Riffel (not bad).

Sandford, John. The Elijah Task. Chs. 12-13. Charisma House. Classic from 1977.

—. Elijah Among Us. Ch. 12. Chosen Books. (Baker)


BEWARE OF MORTON KELSEY:
JUNGIAN “EGO” VIEWS OF DREAMS

Kelsey DreamsJungian and New Age views have crept into a lot of charismatic books on dreams and visions through the writings of Morton Kelsey. This is mainly because he was very academic and thorough in his approach; and his word was taken to be unquestionable on the subject of dream interpretation. His influence can be found in John Sanford (Dreams: God’s Forgotten Language, not to be confused with John Loren Sandford, author of The Elijah Task), Herman Riffel (Dream Interpretation: A Biblical Understanding), and John Opmeer (Those Controversial Gifts, ch. 3). Kelsey’s greatest contribution to this area of study was his research on dreams and visions in the writings of the church fathers (God, Dreams, and Revelation, chs 5-6 and Appendix A from Tertullian’s A Treatise on the Soul, chs. 44-49, Appendix D from Augustine’s Letter 9, and Appendix E from Augustine’s Letter 159). What should be ignored, but whom Kelsey unfortunately regarded as orthodox church fathers, are the appendices from Origen and Gregory of Nyssa: both were universalists; Synesius of Cyrene should be brushed aside as well as a heretic, because he rejected the soul, resurrection, and the end of the world, and kept Neoplatonist influences; and Benedict Pererius is out of the question, since he was a Catholic priest from the 1500s. 

A WORD ABOUT JACK DEERE:
UNBIBLICAL “BAPTIST” BELIEF ABOUT SUICIDE

Surprised by the Voice of GodJack Deere’s Surprised by the Power of the Spirit is one of the best charismatic books ever written. I believe it will outlast his life, probably for the next 50 years, as a powerful argument against cessationism. His other books are good as well: Surprised by the Voice of God and The Beginner’s Guide to the Gift of Prophecy. But his book Surprised by the Voice of God, which presents great historical information on visions among the Covenanters (ch. 5), and a great Biblically based chapter on dreams and visions (ch. 15), regrettably has a tendency to validate Paul Cain, a prophetic minister who had a horrific fall, and on pages 176-177, prophesied to Deere that he saw a vision of his father in Heaven, even though he had committed suicide. Without Biblical support for the vision, Deere bought into it. He should have rejected that vision based on the testimony of Scripture (Matthew 4:5-7; 27:3-5; John 17:12; Acts 16:27-28). Sadly, it was because of his Baptist “once saved, always saved” view, combined with Cain’s false vision, that led him to believe his once-Christian dad, ended up in Heaven even though he shot himself. Deere’s son later followed suit with suicide, probably misguided by Deere’s false belief. Much to my surprise, this “Christian suicide” belief seems to be floating around Baptist circles, and is supported by the Baptistic site GotQuestions.org; and even Ravi Zacharias suspends his judgment about it, although he has a negative view.

I think Judas Iscariot is the clearest Biblical example of someone who committed a major sin in betraying Jesus, and in a confused state retracted his condemnation of Christ, but then killed himself due to the guilt of it: and Jesus still said he was doomed to Hell (Matthew 27:3-5; John 17:12). No amount of one-time faith in Christ, can protect you from hellfire, if you kill yourself. If Jesus didn’t treat Judas with grace, then why should He show grace to anyone that commits suicide? A heroic act of self-sacrifice, like stepping in front of traffic to save someone else, or a soldier sacrificing his life for 10 other soldiers, is totally different. But suicide for the sake of suicide, is nothing more than self-murder and is against the sixth commandment: “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13). The Catholic Encyclopedia says, “That suicide is unlawful is the teaching of Holy Scripture and of the Church, which condemns the act as a most atrocious crime and, in hatred of the sin and to arouse the horror of its children, denies the suicide Christian burial.” At one point, the Catholic Church refused to conduct Christian funerals for people who committed suicide, lest they give off the false impression that such souls are well and in Heaven.


Book Idea: “Biblical Dream Interpretation”

Part 1: Dreams Through Christian History

1. The Old Testament
2. The New Testament
3. The Early Church
4. The Catholic Saints
5. Reformers and Revivalists

Part 2: Prophetic Ministry

6. Rules for Judging Dreams
7. Biblical Dream Symbolism
8. Prophesying Dreams
9. Dreams Just for You
10. A Warning Against Pride

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Hell – John Gerstner

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Rock of Ages – Augustus Toplady

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.

Not the labour of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die!

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

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Judging Can Be Rude, But Non-Judging Doesn’t Let You Ask Questions – John Boruff

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