Exodus 32:1-4 (ASV)
1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.
2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden rings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.
3 And all the people brake off the golden rings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.
4 And he received it at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, and made it a molten calf: and they said, These are thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
In Lakeland, where there is an "outpouring," going on, it is led by a man called Todd Bentley. His ministry is called "Fresh fire." I am going to agree with many and say that there is a fire going on in Lakeland. I am not sure if it is fresh, but there is certainly a fire going on. Many people have called Todd Bentley a Prophet, indeed he calls himself that(almost all people who pronounce themselves to be Prophets these days are almost always not). There are just as many people who call him a false prophet. I am not really concerned with that. In fact, the piece that I posted below really only addresses the fact that he claims that he, as a born-again , Spirit filled believer was demon possessed. Also he claimed that if you came forward for "ministry," you would receive ten years worth of sanctification. Both claims are preposterous and are anti-Biblical.
In Exodus 32 we see one of the saddest episodes of the Israelites in the desert. Moses has been gone, not too long, up into the mountains. Yet even although it has been a relatively short time(all told he would be gone 40 days) the people start to get restless. Can I suggest to you that the rain of the Holy Spirit has been withheld from the church in America.
1Ki 8:35 When the heavens are restrained, and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, if they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin when You afflict them,
then hear in Heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants, and of Your people Israel, for You shall teach them the good way in which they should walk, and give rain on Your land which You have given to Your people for an inheritance.
You can read the whole word the Lord gave to me in regard to the holding back of the rain here.......http://scottishwarriors.wordpress.com/2008/03/11/revival-is-at-the-doorcan-you-see-the-cloud/
Now, since the rain is being held back, since the corporate presence of the Lord has been withheld for a time and a purpose, how should we react? Should we examine ourselves and see why the rain was withheld in the first place? Should we look to our worldliness , our prosperity, our lack of dependence upon God , our materialism? Should we look to the fact that we received the desires of our hearts but also received leanness in our souls? Should we, who are called by His name not gather together and humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways. Should we indeed not gather together , as they are in Lakeland, but cry tears of brokenness and repentance. Would Christians flock to that kind of gathering? Would they come from all over the States to weep and cry over the dire state of Christianity? Would they fly in from all over the world to repent? Would they come together and throw their own worldliness into a fire that produced humility and weeping and gnashing of teeth? No, sadly, as of yet, they would not.
They will gather together and throw in their gold and rise up and play, or in this case, fall down and play. You see the people are without leadership, and the Lord has with-held His rain. So the people have demanded gods to go before them, listen to what they said to Aaron..."make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him. "
First of all, Moses did not bring them out of Egypt, God did. And as He brought them out, did He not enrich them with the gold of the Egyptians? Now that very gold was taken up, and thrown into the fire. And all this at the instructions of Aaron, Moses brother. So you see, it really does not matter if Todd Bentley is a prophet or a false prophet, if he is indeed a Christian or a false professor, a man of God or a peddler of the Gospel. What we do know is that he is leading men and woman, who willingly, and gladly , throw their treasures into the "fresh fires." Aaron molded and crafted a golden calf. He would later deny this, lie, and say that is just came out that way. And he molded it out of gold melted in a fire of their own making. The results of the this? The people rose up and played. Most theologians agree that this involved dancing and debauchery.
So, in the very days that we should be on our faces, waiting patiently in humility and repentance, with tears of agony at the state we have allowed the Church to fall into, we see a portion of the church "dancing in the desert." Even after Moses and Joshua returned, Godly men and leaders, many still ignored them. Moses makes a stand. "Whoever is on the Lord's side, come to me.And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him."(Ex 32:26) Brothers and sisters, its the priests that came forward to the call from the man of God. And the priests exercised the judgment of the Lord and three thousand was slain. Can I just encourage all Royal priests to step forward and stand by the Word of God. The rain is coming, it is coming to those who wait upon the Lord. We know that the Scriptures teach us ...Mat 24:24 For false Christ's and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders; so much so that, if it were possible, they would deceive even the elect.
So stand firm and exercise patience brothers and sisters. There is a purpose in the with-holding of the rain. Do not be distracted by the Lakeland events and get all self-righteous. All of us brought about the cessation of the rain, and we must look to ourselves and compare ourselves to the Word of God if we are to see an end to the drought and be drenched by His rain once again. It is to easy to compare ourselves to those who are dancing in the desert, compared to that, most of us would look pretty good. Yet this is still a tiny fraction of Christendom.........................Lord, may the Royal Priesthood stand firm in the midst of chaos. May we keep our eyes upon you oh Lord. May we join with the true Prophet of God and cry " Woe unto us, for we are men and woman undone, and have unclean lips and dwell amongst a people of unclean lips." Then oh Lord, a true fire from heaven, live coals from the heavenly alter, will consume us and create true, genuine "Fresh Fire."