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.