One of the original Kansas City Prophets, Bob Jones (not affiliated with Bob Jones University) claims his first supernatural experience occurred at the age of nine when an angel appeared to him and announced that the Lord had placed a call on his life.
According to Jones, this “call” was reaffirmed at the age of 13 and again at 15 although there is no mention of any born again experience during any of this time.
At the age of 39, Jones, by his own admission had a mental breakdown. He sought the assistance of a psychiatrist who prescribed psychiatric drugs and ultimately admitted him into a V. A. hospital. During his hospital stay, Jones claims he came under the care of a doctor who was a Christian and who took him off the drugs.
On his website, Jones relates what happen during his hospital stay:
Early in the morning on his ninth day in the hospital, the devil began to speak. "Everyone has mistreated you all your life, no wonder you are like you are. You deserve to get even with them. There is a list of 12 people that are responsible for your being here. Why don't you run away tonight and go kill them, then come back? They've got you in the crazy ward anyway and you're going to be here the rest of your life. They won't do anything to you."
Bob immediately cried out to the Lord of help. He had enough background in the Baptist church during his boyhood years to know to cry out to Jesus for help. "A voice spoke to me and said, 'I can't help you, Bob, until you forgive them," Bob said. Bob got on his knees and started to forgive people. He started with the 12 the devil had mentioned. Then he began with others, going as far back as he could remember. Bob repented of his sin and cried to Jesus for forgiveness.
Some time after this, Jones says he began to have dreams and visions;
Bob began to have visions and words spoken to him by the Lord. They came in a variety of ways: through open visions, trances, audible voices, dreams, angelic appearances and demonic confrontations. These words and visions often foretold future events in both church and national affairs. These experiences never contradicted the word of God.
So, Jones visions never contradicted the word of God? Let’s decide for ourselves.
In a vision on August 8 1975, Jones claims to have had an encounter with an evil spirit who caused him to experience a ruptured artery culminating in his physical death.
As he left his body he was escorted through a tunnel of light by an angelic being. He saw three other people ahead of him moving toward the light. As he approached, he realized the light was Jesus.
The first person ahead of him was an eleven year old girl who had died from some terminal disease. As she stood at the gates of heaven Jesus asked her "Did you learn to love?” The girl answered yes and she was allowed to enter heaven.
Next was a woman who Jones was told had been an evangelist on earth. Jesus reportedly asked her the same question and upon her positive answer she too was allowed to enter heaven.
Next was a 93 year old woman who appeared to have been crippled with arthritis. Jones somehow knew that because of her life of hardship, she had allowed a root of bitterness to enter in and defile her. When the Lord asked her the magic question – “did you learn to love” the woman said that she loved Him but that was all. She had not learned to love others. She entered but with no fruit to present to Him.
So according to Jones, our entrance to heaven is predicated on our correct answer to the question “did you learn to love”. Now remember Jones claimed that his visions never contradicted the word of God. If he can cite chapter and verse for this revelation, I’d love to see it.
In fairness I should say that Jones reported seeing a great many people descending straight into hell so perhaps Jesus only asks the question to those who already know the answer. But lets’ look a little closer at the last example he gave. Can we really enter heaven with bitterness on our hearts and no fruit.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
Uh Oh! It seems the 93 year old woman was on pretty shaky ground there doesn’t it. According to the scripture, this woman was a liar and we know that all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire (Rev 21:8)
Can we truly enter heaven without bearing any fruit?
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away:
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Well, it seems Jones missed it with this one doesn’t it. As with all the false prophets, this would prove to be only one of many prophetic “mistakes”. Another more recent example was Jones’s support of Kim Clements March 11 prophecy in which Clement claimed that Osama Bin Laden would be captured. Clement later revised his prophecy, changed the date and ultimately tried to explain away his obvious failure.
According to Steve Shultz, publisher of the Elijah list, Bob Jones told him;
He told me (paraphrased), "I don't think Kim Clement knew exactly what he was prophesying, but the moment I was asked about it, I knew what it meant. 27 years ago to the day, March 11, 1977, God told me the Glory left the Church. I've even said this publicly. And on March 11, 2004, the Glory began to return to the Church."
I’d have to agree with the first part. Clement didn’t know what he was talking about! As for the rest of Jones’s statement, what a load of manure. Clements prophecy didn’t have anything to do with the “glory” leaving or returning to the church.
Are Christians really this gullible? Apparently Jones and Shultz think we are.
Bob told me on that same phone call that he felt I should support Kim fully on this prophecy of March 11. In prophetic ministry, as many are learning, many of these dates or time periods are not provable by an objective standard. We would love it if all prophecies were.
Yes Steve it would be nice if there were an objective standard. But wait! There is an objective standard. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s called Gods word.
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Keeping in mind this track record of failure I offer a more recent Bob Jones prophecy that applies to the upcoming election.
According to another so called prophet, Lou Engle, Jones told him in a recent meeting that a vision he had in 1999 foretold the election of George W. Bush to the presidency.
In this vision, the Lord showed Bob if George W. Bush got elected to a second term, he would end abortion!!
Bob also confirmed to me what we have concluded from the facts: given the age of the judges on the Supreme Court, three new justices would be appointed during the next presidential term, setting the course of the Courts for decades to come!
The Lord also showed Bob that in his second term, George Bush would open the door to a godly successor who would be in office for two terms and would usher in full-blown, historic revival! America would thus be blessed by sixteen years of mercy and grace. Should this not occur, our nation will surely face the judgments of God in increasing measure for our sins. Bob made the severity of this word very, very clear to me.
So apparently it’s all up to us. We can end abortion, reorder the Supreme Court and usher in an era of peace, safety and revival. If only we elect the right man to office. God is waiting on us.
Once again, my bible says something a little different
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
Cursed is the man who trusts in man…even when that man’s name is George W. Bush.
Please don’t misunderstand. This is not an endorsement of any political candidate. I’m simply saying that the church has placed too much trust in men, too much trust in the political process.
Led by false prophets like Bob Jones, we have great confidence in the flesh and no confidence at all in God.
I say let God be true and every man a liar.
This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.
Sources for this article include http://www.elijahlist.comand http://www.bobjones.org/
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Steve Lumbley 2004
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