Todd Bentley’s Seeing Angels Again

Todd Bentley released a letter that he entitled, “IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM TODD BENTLEY.”  When I saw the title, I knew it would be interesting.

What I get from reading Bentley’s missive is that he’s missing the glory days of the Lakeland revival and he’s itching for a repeat.  Building up to this logical climax in his message, Bentley begins by saying:

“Two weeks ago at the Greater Glory Gathering Virginia Beach, the Lord spoke to me about contending for a greater outpouring of his presence, signs, and wonders. During this prophetic experience I saw the Revival Healing Angel that had visited us in Lakeland, Florida.”

God spoke to him (supposedly), and it was signed, sealed, and delivered by the presence of the “Revival Healing Angel.”  Of course, he resisted calling the angel, “Emma,” but I think we can safely assume that’s who he’s talking about since Emma was the angel that presided over Lakeland.  Bentley also claims the Lord promised him there would be many healing pools in America like the one found in John 5 – the pool of Bethesda.  Just as a side note, if Bentley studied Scripture properly, he would realize that the lame man in John 5 who was laying at that pool wasn’t healed by the pool of Bethesda, he was healed by Jesus.  Just thought I’d point that out.  But, let’s not nit pick over Scriptural truth, right?

Bentley goes on to say that in order to have revival, it takes time.  So, they’ll need time for revival to manifest in Virginia - you can’t just fly in and out of a region and expect revival to hit, so he makes sure to mention that it was the Lord who challenged him to hold this extended meeting:

I felt the Lord challenge me to give at least 30 straight days to see His Glory come in Virginia Hampton Roads area. These meetings will be focused on the presence of God, ministry impartation, and healing. I am not saying that this is another revival but I am saying that the Lord has commissioned my team and I to make ourselves available for this outpouring.  In the past when we have been apart of revival, like Lakeland Florida, God has shown up sovereignly and stayed. This is the first time I have felt the Lord tell me to prepare for what was coming for a region. To make room for this fresh outpouring we have cleared our entire July schedule.

We’ve discussed on this blog how, when people put enough confidence in a false teacher, they will believe every word out of their mouth.  For instance, if a false teacher declares revival has just broken out, they’ll believe it.  After all, Todd Bentley (in their mind), is a man of God, and if the man of God says there’s a revival, then there’s a revival!  They’ll believe whatever they’re told to believe and won’t dare be gainsaid.  False teachers, on the other hand, rely on the devoted sheep to hang on their every word.  Once they get that loyalty and blind faith, they can trust their followers to be gullible enough to fall under their power of suggestion.

Remember in March of 2010 when Rick Joyner and Todd Bentley declared there was an outpouring at Morning Star?  It flopped.  Perhaps Bentley’s power of persuasion is losing its effect?  Let’s hope so.

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38 Responses to Todd Bentley’s Seeing Angels Again

  1. What many people seem to be awakening to is the fact that these wolves are trying to artificially create a “revival” by simply selling the idea as a “prophetic revelation.” It would seem that TB (whose initials also signify a destructive and crippling disease) has largely lost his “shine” in many ways for many people.

    Nevertheless, those who “endorsed” the guy as the originator of the “next big outpouring” are now trying to “jump start” him again in order to make their own proph-e-lies seem legitimate (i.e. Joyner & company). When that didn’t work, TB thought he might conjure back up that same demon that worked with him last time. Pity.

    Have any of you ever heard of ANY unsaved wolf who truly repented, and was born again and renounced their former ways? I have been thinking about it for a while…and I cannot think of any. Jim Bakker went back to the mud hole, so we can’t count him. Bob Tilton is doing the same thing he formerly did once again, down on local TV in Florida. Have you all heard of anybody? I would love to point to a work of genuine grace in order to find some encouragement that people like TB can be redeemed and possibly not follow the path of Judas Iscariot to the bitter end.

    However, St. Augustine said, “Pride is the mother of all heresies.” That would not only seem to be defensible biblically, but accurate historically. So that would explain why it is so hard to find a redeemed wolf of TB’s ilk. Oh, Lord have mercy and pull some of them out of Hell’s fire before their own pride takes them there forever!

    Always in Jesus,

    -Rich

  2. Beraca says:

    His bank account must be running low. Time for another fleecing…er… revival…

  3. ali says:

    ‘ For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.’ 1Corinthians 3:11

    I am not shocked to be commenting on yet another Todd Bentley – %$@@!!**@, but I am deeply saddened.
    Whatever he has chosen to call this ‘movement’ it is not God ordained, Biblically based, nor theologically sound.
    This man is a heretic and those who will once again swallow and follow have learned nothing in the time Bentley has been ‘reorganizing’ his ministry – and indeed it is his ministry, for most assuredly it is not HIS ministry. Wonder if Todd knows Harold Camping or Rob Bell:

    ‘For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.’ 2 Corinthians 11

  4. David says:

    So why does anyone pay attention to this guy? Are his followers Biblically ignorant or just plain stupid? Sorry to use the word stupid but why wlse would anyone pay attention to such an obvious fraud?

  5. Javanut says:

    Sigh… not again. I think we can predict where this will go.

  6. Rev's Kate & Rich M. says:

    I vividly remember (as I cringe thinking about it) the Lakeland fiasco from summer 2008–a disastrous flop here in Long Island, NY!

    If this bunch of chumps would just allow God into their church on His perfect terms, not their supposed idea as to what God is or wants–wow! What a truly great accomplishment that would be.

    Unfortunately, their circus mentality cannot fathom the depths and heights of God’s great provision– our Lord wants to reveal to them His perfect plan, His perfect peace and obedience to His perfect will!

    I don’t find a problem with that. It’s as easy as pie. K

  7. Ruitje says:

    The sad thing is that many gullible people will again believe this nonsense from this crazy false prophet. And people are short of memory… In 2008 Bentley was shown to be a liar with his false revival, but three years later many don’t remember and the young generation will follow this man again… A generation seeking for signs and wonders, seeking a thrill and good feelings.

  8. Annunk says:

    A close friend was the pianist/praise & worship leader at my church and had a very unique ability to lead. Sadly she made the decision to divorce her husband. I think we were all very shocked that she had decided to go through the divorce but I’ll give her credit for one thing at least – she made the decision to step down from doing the music. Some people said she should have stuck with it, but I commend her in that she refused to be “a bad witness for the Lord” in divorcing and yet staying IN the music. IF ONLY TODD WOULD USE THAT SAME MINDSET…..

  9. Brian says:

    UHHHHHH? I am from Virginia Beach area. Apparently, it wasn’t advertised or I missed the outpouring.

  10. Ruitje says:

    Bentley writes: “Carlos Anaconda, an Argentinean Revivalist, would only come to a region if the hosting church would allow him at least two weeks up to 3 months nightly to see regional revival. I believe the Lord may even be giving me a new model of ministry in America.”

    Bentley needs that time to brainwash the people and build the right atmosphere. It is all so pagan. Just like pagans have to go on doing rituals untill the gods show up. This has nothing to do with our Lord and the Holy Spirit.

  11. Grant says:

    Gee he cleared his schedule to be in VA Beach for July

  12. Mike A says:

    I saw this last night and thought, “whatever – it will fizzle again”. Wrong answer Mike….you should have stopped and began to pray that God would squash this “revival”.

    Three years later, we still have people who not only bought into the Lakeland demonic-plague, but who also saw the rise and subsequent fall of Todd Bentley and yet they still will hold onto TB’s supposed “mantle”. How can they be so blind to the truth except that a strong delusion truly has been cast over their eyes? I believe the following scripture explains clearly how this has happened:

    John 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with [their] eyes, nor understand with [their] heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. (KJV)

    They are simply unable to turn away – they have been so far away for so long that they cannot see, they cannot hear, they cannot walk away. They have placed their faith in a man as opposed to God and this is the result. This frightens me greatly. Those people are lost and without hope. I pray the LORD open their eyes, opens their ears, softens their hearts, and sends a messenger to these lost souls. It is not too late to reap a harvest even among these.

    Pray people – please pray.

  13. Well like Rich says above a lot of wolves who endorsed the guy as the next big thing have an interest in him getting back into the spotlight. If he does and screws up again ( which he most certainly will!) Then all those false NAR boys and girls who lied about him in the Lord’s name will seem to be justified in their deceit. They will most likely spin that God gave Todd the anointing as ‘they predicted’ but sadly Todd was too immature to handle it but at least they , the New Apostolic Reformation were accurate in their prophesy. Getting Todd up there again even for his 15 minutes will perform a lot of damage control that they have come under in the past 2 years since endorsing Him at Toronto.

    We need to be fully convinced that the N. A. R. gang and their associates are not deceived brothers but really, at the top, a New World Order type organisation hell bent on destroying the protestant church and bringing it ultimately under the antichrist’s control via unity with Rome. ( research the 7 mountains doctrine! ) The sooner we start to see things as they really are the better we shall be in countering their evil.

    Oh and by the way Rich as to anyone really escaping the madness, well I did but it was totally the mercy and grace of God and he almost killed me in order to get my attention. Our Lord works in mysterious ways.

  14. turtletruth says:

    Wow…Glad you saw this Crystal! I have tried and tried to warn folks of the falseness of TB to no avail….Truely as the others have said folks are under strong delusion. It sickens me to see/hear him speak and it sickens me that folks listen to him at all. What a sham!

  15. Doug says:

    Thank you to Rich Vermillion for the St. Augustine quote:”Pride is the mother of all heresies.” I hadn’t heard it before. How many of the troubles we endure in this world would evaporate if we followed “Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord.”?

  16. Darrel says:

    @ Rich
    We can look for a “saved/former wolf ” til we are blue in the face and will never find one. According to II Peter 2:1-22 the fate of such men (women) has already been determined. This most certainly includes Bentley and his gang, Warren and his co-hearts, and all others who deny the Lordship of Jesus Christ. These men are not errant “brothers in Christ” for whom prayers should be offered, rather they are men infested with demons who will share the same fate as their father. People are indeed saved out of these cults, but not the leaders. I speak specifically of Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus and Paul.

  17. Julie says:

    People follow these wolves because they appeal to their flesh. As a whole, generally people are not content to wait on the Lord. We want everything right now! It all started back in the garden. The Israelites were not content to wait on God, they wanted their flesh satisfied, hence the golden calf. This is what we have today in alot of churches, ears being tickled and flesh being satisfied. If they are not engaging their flesh they do not feel satisfied with worship. We miss the fact that we need at times to be still and know He is God. There are times to let go and worship, ask David, but we need to be in tune with God and His desire for us. True revival will be painful as people realize their sinfulness and repent, really repent.

  18. Kiwi_Dave says:

    The scriptures regarding false prophets have all been quoted before, but tis new “revival” of Todd Bentley reminds me of what Gamaliel told the the Pharisees in the Book of Acts:

    “Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed” Acts 5:34 – 37 KJV

  19. Frank says:

    You are 100% correct Julie. These people appeal to the flesh. The same is also true of the rock bands in church. Bringing the world into the church is never a good idea.

  20. He is seeing the same angels Joseph Smith saw. 2 Cor. 11:14-15

  21. @iftruthtobeknown It would not suprise me that the NAR and their associates are a branch of the Illuminate. This satanic elite group of people have only one goal, establish a new world order under the command of a strong and charismatic leader. This person will be the anti-christ and is totally anti-God of Israel. So, there will be some hard times coming for Jews and real and just Christians. People like Rick Joyner (Malta Knight lover) and Morning Star and other hypercharismatic organisations will never emphasize on denying yourself, picking up your cross and following Him. It is always carnal and hedonistic. God have mercy on us and them.

    @turtletruth What also sickens me is that people will defend Todd as if it was their own family member. This man and other people of the NAR environment are treated like idols. If you want to have an open and honest discussion with them, they often start to get very agressive and narrow minded to the people who are questioning him. They can’t give you any sincere and good founded answer from the Word. They act very childish. It is just the same if you have an opinion about Justin Bieber. Their fans reacts like ferocious dogs if you say anything negative about their idol. And it is just the same with TB. At least JB acts like a real teen. TB acts like a rebellious and spoiled teen while he should have been a mature man of God who is accountable for his own actions.

  22. jude newman says:

    I agree about the wolves not repenting. TB has been rebuked, and so many others have warned him that he is a false teacher in need of repentance. Really who in their right mind would want to go there night after night while Todd talks about Todd, people have convulsions, forced laughter, fake miracles that they call revival. What a cheap, pitiful satanic imitation that they call God’s glory. It is so pathetic as I can’t see anything in it that anyone would desire. Gods way involves dying to self and that is not something they are willing to do. I pray for the deceived, I would also love to shake them out of their stupor

  23. David Green says:

    I don’t see this man as a part of the strong delusion. At a push he is part of a worldwide warm-up act that incorporates many players of differing flavours. Bentley deals more in common trickery than in the kinds of works witnessed in Pharaoh’s court, though I have no doubt that he is aware of what spirit he is and would covet such supernatural power with a passion. My former church were not taken in by him until the far more dangerous Johnson and Joyner gave their much heralded endorsement of him as Lakeland got into full swing.

    Watch those two hang Bentley out to dry when this next project fails miserably. They will wash their hands of him when he embarrasses both himself and them in front of a dwindling crowd. His time as a front man is about to end for good.

  24. Kiwi Dave says:

    @ wateenzooitje, when you mentioned Morning Star ministries, all thta came to mind was this scripture:

    “”How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!” Isaiah 14:2 NASV

  25. Mike A says:

    I have been mulling over this article and its implications for the last few days. I have come to a few conclusions that I would like to share.

    1. There will always be antichrists (1 John 2:18) and false prophets (Matthew 7:15). We must deal with this by contending for the faith (Jude 1:3) and encouraging all who will stand for truth.

    2. Even “good” churches are inviting the secular ideals of the world into the church (particularly through music and events) in an effort to seem “hip, cool or normal” to the masses. No further words from me are needed on this point, but if I must sum it up in one word, that word would be, “NO!”.

  26. I agree with David Green, The NAR will want to put Todd out there simply to trumpet the inevitable fall. They will squeal that their hands are washed clean of the bafoon! Todd in a sense is a litmus test as to how much the charismatic church will swallow. My perspective on its current condition is that it will swallow almost anything. This will lead to puppet masters from the NAR attempting to implement their dastardly scheme under a more educated and sinister plot.

    I’ll say it again please stop thinking of NAR boys as Christian.
    The have a different Jesus. ( one who wrings his hands in frustration from heaven longing for his people to take action as he is unable!)
    A different Gospel, ( a so called gospel of the kingdom, Not the gospel of salvation… really its dominionism repackaged )
    To our horror a very different eschatology! ( They will take over all of the world, force men to submit to their religious system or die and govern the earth with or without their impotent jesus depending upon which NAR boy you speak to.)

    Finally, for those of us who sound the trumpet for the body of Christ, our primary enemy is coming to a unified head. It saves us trying to put out fires in thousands of different locations when we can trace to whole satanic move back to a centralised government.

    Have faith guys as Luther once penned
    A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
    our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevaling.
    For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
    his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate,
    on earth is not his equal.
    Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing,
    were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing.
    Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he; Lord Sabaoth, his name,
    from age to age the same, and he must win the battle.
    And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
    we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us.
    The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
    his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure;
    one little word shall fell him.
    That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
    the Spirit and the gifts are ours, thru him who with us sideth.
    Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
    the body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still;
    his kingdom is forever.

    When the dawn arises we shall win!

  27. William says:

    I see Todd Bentley almost every week at the gym I currently go to. I feel moved to pray each time I see him that all those who may have been led astray or hurt by his “ministry” be fully recovered, reconciled and healed. I also pray for Bentley himself, that if he is unrepentant and continues to willfully do harm, that God would meet him as he met Saul of Tarsus, and even then, strip him of his ability to do any more harm and bring him into true repentance and salvation. Warfare prayer if you will. Pray that the plans, foundations, and works of the enemy moving through people like Bentley be smashed and destroyed ( 1 John 3:8 ) .. Bind the strongman, bind jezebel, bind the kundalini spirits and whatever else may be operational there in Jesus name ..

    I think it’s also important to note here that Russ Dizdar has called Bentley a “multiple”, meaning he has demonized sub-personalites, most likely programmed in through ritual or sexual abuse. For anyone not familiar with Russ and his teachings on this issue, I would encourage everyone to listen to him here: http://www.shatterthedarkness.net/radioarchives2011/ .. he has been dealing with this sort of deliverance and engagement with the enemy for years and years. This is heavy, deep stuff .. but maybe in a more positive light .. it is “meat” as opposed to “milk”.

    Thanks for this site Chrystal. Great to have in a time when discernment seems to be lacking amongst believers.

  28. Ron says:

    Not again!
    The moolah must be running low….GFC and all that, y’know….

  29. turtletruth says:

    Interesting how Morningstar Ministries has the entire month of July as a Sabbatical for staff etc…Wonder if they will all go to VA and support ol’Todd..hmmmm

  30. Barry says:

    Someone might say Bently is at it again,I don’t beleive he has ever stopped.In regards 2 revival he’s got it all wrong,it doesn’t take time,it takes God’s people humbly seeking God in a spirit of repentance and brokeness for their own sins and the sins of the nation,this bufoon is deep in deception and continuing to go deeper and lead those who hang on his every word with him.I dont know how much bigger his head can get?If he keeps on seein angels over and over it just might explode.

  31. William,
    Sorry for the delayed response but I have been out of town except for brief intervals and haven’t done my reading!

    I want to suggest that you review you teaching about “warfare prayer and all that “binding,” and compare it with Scripture. I submit that you will find it is aberrational and false teaching from those who teach Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare and “Deliverance” ministries. The site you link to is full of aberrational spiritual warfare teachings.

  32. David says:

    If you guys go to the website of the church where Pastor Todd will be ministering,you will find that the Prophet Bob Jones was there Dec 30.He told those folks that there were people with religous spirits there .Of course He explained that meant finding fault..Today I got an E mail from Pastor Todd that said a big part of this move will be repentance.I guess that means He is going to have his marrage to Jessa annuled and He will be showing up with Shonnah and the kids.

  33. Mandy Mom says:

    Have you seen these comics? I think they would illustrate this post quite nicely!

    http://www.codystromberg.com/deliverance_cartoons.html

  34. JG says:

    Yawn. When does the Martial Fidelity Angel make an appearance? Funny how that one never appeared in Lakeland, where it was greatly needed.

  35. ian vincent says:

    Revival is the bottom falling out, not the roof blowing off.

    In a real revival the real men of God would physically eject people like Bentley, Joyner and Jones out of the building. The fear of God is so palpable in a real revival.

    http://ianvincent.wordpress.com/

  36. Grant says:

    No doubt this is going to be a fabricated “revival” with more buzz words you can shake a stick at-it’ll have religious hippies and groupies that will flock to this and be like a grateful dead concert

    pastor doctor revivalist prophet Todd bentley is back in the saddle again

  37. Rev's Kate & Rich M. says:

    Hey JG!

    Very funny post, I am laughing. The reason I say this is for two points, besides the angel joke:

    1) The spelling of Marital is instead spelled as M-A-R-T-I-A-L.

    This leads me to a conclusion to my final point:

    2) Maybe “Martial Law” should be declared in that wackadoodle, out-of-control congregation!

    Brilliant!
    K:)

  38. JG says:

    Hello Kate,

    Sometimes my mind moves faster than my fingers type. The result of being decidedly middle-aged. Thanks for your comments.

    As to your suggestion that martial law be declared, instead of armed soldiers or police or security staff coming to enforce it, I’d rather that we’d invite the folks in white coats to bring their supply of body restraints and straitjackets to the ‘revival’. Might be a need for em’… : )

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