Victoria Boyson: Awakening

The Latter Rain/Manifest Sons of God/Mike's Bickle's Overcomers movement is in a mess, as demonstrated in this Elijah List article written by Victoria Boyson. It is actually part of her latest book entitled "Awakening: The Deep Sleep". Is this book just another attempt to inject some new life into a movement which is slowly becoming a bit of a sorry joke?

Firstly, we should define what the many variations of the Latter Rain Movement is all about. The idea is simple enough. God is supposedly creating an army of super Christians who will fight the final battles for him. These super Christians will be exactly like Jesus in that they will demonstrate the power of the Holy Spirit in the same way as Jesus did, only even more so. Their activity will be such that billions of souls will be saved and this will be the final harvest before Jesus returns. This would be a noble accomplishment but it fails totally, simply because it is not scriptural. In order to arrive at their outlandish escatology hyper-charismatic leaders, Victoria Boyson included, have allegorized scriptures to fit their own end times scenario. The Latter Rain Movement uses the army of Joel chapter 2, believing it to be God's mighty and righteous army. At the same time they allegorise the early and latter rains which fall on Israel. For them the early rain was represented by the Day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2 and the subsequent spreading of the gospel as described in the rest of the Book of Acts. The latter rain allegorically represents a second pentecost when the Joel's Army will arise from the ranks of the charismatic movement. Thus from the nineteen eighties onwards a great end times harvest has been prophesied but has failed to materialise.

Allegorizing scripture and turning it into doctrine, which is what has happened, is a dangerous thing to do. It is a form of adding to scripture by making scripture say what you wish it to say rather than allowing scripture to illuminate scripture itself. The first is eisegesis (ie reading into scripture) and the second is exegesis (ie reading from scripture). The reason for the allegorization is that their prophets have prophesied and they must be right. Unfortunately, it can only to be found in scripture eisegetically. By adding to scripture something that plainly is not there, is to create another Jesus and another gospel (see 2Corinthians 11 v4). This wrong teaching is deceiving millions into thinking that suddenly they are going to be mightily empowered. Yet the sad fact is that none of this will ever be fulfilled because scripture reveals a totally different escatology.

Victoria Boyson in this article is trying to inject new life into this latter rain mythology. It is not the first time that Zedekiah List has pointed this out. It has to be said that the loyal adherents to the Elijah List are being led up the garden path. As their enthusiasm wanes because a prophecy or prophecies have not come to pass, so out comes a new prophecy to bolster it all up. When will people wake up to the fact that if this teaching has not produced the goods then it might just be that the teaching itself is at fault. One fact is this: It won't matter how many times something is prophesied or how many people prophesy it, it will never come to pass, if it does not agree with scripture.

In this Elijah List offering Victoria relates a dream that she has had: It was dusk when Beloved awoke and, standing in the middle of a vast sea of wildflowers, she saw purple and pink blossoms as far as her eyes could reach. Her mind was filled with confusion, making her unsure of where she was or why she was there. Hmm, God is not the author of disorder (confusion) but of peace 1 Corinthians 14 v33. So is this of God? Before her lay rolling fields of beautiful flowers, yet there was an ominous weightiness in the atmosphere that disturbed her. The remains of slumber tried its best to cloud her vision and pull her back to sleep, to overwhelm her with its lethargy. Beloved struggled to shrug off the drag of numbness she felt in her mind as she fought to comprehend the truth of her situation. This does not have the clarity that say John 's vision in Revelation chapter 1 had, but never mind Victoria ploughs on anyway. Remember Victoria has had many dreams and has met Jesus and has seen liquid glory, which the Bible never mentions. but there's more: As the reality of her condition set in, she realized she had been asleep. She didn't remember having fallen asleep but did recall a faint dream she'd had that had awoken her. It had been about a world in desperate need for her help - she knew she was needed, but by whom and for what purpose? So the world is in desperate need and Victoria is ready to step in. Does the world need Victoria or anybody else for that matter? The desperation of this world is caused by Man's sin and yes, it goes right back to Adam and Eve. Sin can only be dealt with by an individual receiving forgiveness before the Cross of Jesus, recognising Him as their Lord and Saviour and receiving the Holy Spirit. It is at this point that one becomes a member of God's Kingdom. This is the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ which the early apostles were ready to die for and most did die. It is at this point that the past is dealt with once and for all. There is no need afterwards for a Christian to receive deliverance ministry or have generational curses removed (even if they exist - which they don't).

Then Victoria met the Angels: Suddenly, Beloved's eyes were opened to the extraordinary assembly of angelic beings all around her, waiting as he had been. Now in sight were thousands of beautifully bright Elysian beings towering over her, radiating confident peace in spite of their concern for those asleep. What does the Bible say about Angels? But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned. Galatians 1 v8. Does scripture describe them as Elysian beings as Victoria does? No. Does scripture say that angels radiate confident peace? No.

Victoria finally pulls out her trump card: She could see in the spirit realm a relatively small but intensely powerful army of the King's seekers who were hidden in plain sight. They were concealed for their protection as well as for the significance of the battle they were to fight. Many of them were even unaware of the destiny that lay before them; they had no idea of their importance. The angel answered her thoughts, "Yes, Beloved. They are hidden. The Father has hidden them for the next great battle...the battle to awaken His Son's precious Bride. Seriously, is there a battle to awaken His Son's precious Bride? no, therefore Victoria has another Jesus.

Put very simply, many are trapped in a web of deceit by such words. There is no Joel's Army or Latter Rain period as conceived by these deceivers. There is no Manifest Sons of God as championed by the now deceased Bob Jones. The Bride of Christ does not need our preparation because Jesus is an all-conquering Lord. I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him which no-one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Revelation 19 vv11-14. Note that in this picture the only person whose garments are dipped in blood is Jesus. This speaks, not of blood from a battle but the blood he shed on the cross for our salvation.

Victoria Boyson should repent of her mysticism and false prophecies and get to grips with the one and only, true, eternal gospel of Jesus Christ. Then one day she would meet the real Jesus and not one from her own imagination.

28th November 2014

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