from webpage editor,
Teri Lee Earl:
The following is a commentary from Andrew Strom,
who was moderator of his
revival list during 1998. The commentary reveals what his
contacts have told him: a theme of 'Pharoah' keeping the church captive
in the control spirit.
Subject: 'PHARAOH' DOMINATES THE CHURCH
Date: Friday, January 02, 1998
From: Andrew Strom
I continue to feel impressed in my spirit that this year (1998) is
to be one of great importance to God's kingdom. There are many
and visions to this effect, and I see significant and powerful themes
Obviously the 'street-church' concept, established
upon the foundation
of God's apostles and prophets for this hour, (the local church - the
without walls') is one thing God has been speaking about a
deal. He has also been speaking about the HINDRANCES that exist in
churches, preventing the Christians from coming into this vital form of
church life (which really is a very obvious one - but it does
fit in at all with today's system).
A local intercessor that I know was shown in the
last week of 1997 that
the spirit that dominates the church today is of the same essence as
which held sway over the children of Israel in Egypt. In other words,
is the spirit of 'Pharaoh' - corrupt authority, keeping the Christians
down, keeping the church divided, and ultimately keeping God's people
the devil's thumb. It is the spirit that wants to inflict a "covering"
doctrine on God's children, so that they are not allowed to minister or
to fellowship with other Christians without permission. (This
thing is so unscriptural. No Scriptural support whatsoever. It is
a 'control' mechanism, so modern pastors can keep their claws on the
in their fellowship. This is simply spiritual abuse, and it
immeasurable harm in the church).
It is only some churches that are into the
'covering' doctrine. But
another 'Pharaoh'-type practise is today's clergy / laity system.
this is in operation just about everywhere. What I mean by this is
only one or two people usually get to minister or preach in most
These are the "clergy", mostly Bible-college trained, with a degree or
diploma, etc. The rest of the church (the "laity") get to sit
and listen, or if they are really lucky, to shake people's hand at the
door or hand around the collection plate, etc.
In most churches, you can count the people who get
to really minister
to others on the fingers of one hand. The rest are all held down by
system of doing things. It is very rare to find places where the
are actively looking for people with giftings, so they can
opportunities to minister. What the pastor tends to do these days is
about everything, while creating a bottleneck of frustration for most
the gifted people in the congregation. And so giftings are wasted, and
slowly atrophy out of sheer dis-use. Oppression, control, frustration
discouragement are everywhere. I tell you, God is just going to blow
whole thing wide open. He will simply not stand for this. That's what
'street-church' is all about. (- House churches where everyone
and also huge open-air gatherings where the apostles and
minister). It is time we recognised that shepherds who are not causing
their sheep to grow in stature, in opportunities, in ability
experience - these are BAD shepherds. The authority these
excercise is corrupt if the sheep are being stunted. And I
God will no longer 'wink' at this. Surely judgement is
it will begin with the leaders.
Another Pharaoh practise is the 'divide and rule'
in today's system of separate fellowships and denominations.
said in a previous email, the church is divided mainly because of
kingdom-building rather than great theological differences.
of us believe very similar things, especially amongst the
Christians. And yet, a system of fellowships and clergy utterly divides
us, and we know very few Christian friends (mostly) outside our own
Pharaoh-type "divide-and-rule" strategy has worked
for the devil. For he knows that if he can control, repress and divide
the Christians, using their leaders' jealousies and
he has got the church whipped. All he has to do is keep the leaders
the party line, and he knows they will keep the church down. Sadly, it
is the leaders that are largely being used as tools, here.
Interestingly, just as this intercessor was given
this word about 'Pharaoh'
being the controlling spirit over the church, another
prophet from America was given the Scripture for 1998 about
plagues" that were inflicted upon Egypt, which forced Pharaoh
'let go' of the children of Israel. Could it be that this is
God is about to do? Send in His spiritual Moses's to release the
and send "plagues" upon the leadership if they do not let them go? It
is a very similar situation, in many ways. And no doubt, a
will result as people rush out of the churches and gather
outside in true freedom before God. (Another Scripture that this
was given for 1998 was Psalm 98. Read it - it's tremendous!)
Could it be that 1998 will see the
beginnings of the street-church
that we have all been waiting and praying for? At least we know
to pray against the 'Pharaoh' spirit over the church. For
surely a major hindrance holding everything back.
God bless you all.
Kindest regards in Christ,
- 'New Zealand Revival Bulletin':-
This Word was definitely a personal
word, but posted here
the fact that many Christians are being challenged in various ways to
off the 'covering' or other bondage that replaces Christ in their lives
with a human ruler/pastor/prophet/teacher.
Mar 1997 21:41:14 -0800
... I would like to share a word the Lord spoke on
Sept. 11, 1994, a
word which has become a Divine Standard in my life - by which I lay
side everything that would come into my life.. I question: how does it
measure up to the standard of total and complete dependence upon Jesus
Christ? Maybe others have received this instruction also?
The word as I received it on Sept. 11, 1994
Whatever steals your dependence upon ME is evil.
Anything that is raised up and places itself in MY place is
Anything that places itself in MY place is evil.
Anything that steals your dependence on ME is EVIL.
Anything that places itself as a necessary covering,
steals your dependence
upon Me and is a deception from the Evil One. My Yoke is
My Yoke is only this: Dependence Upon ME. Dependence upon Me
only yoke you need. All other yokes are bondage from the
Turn and repent from these yokes that you have
picked up. Turn
and repent from the Evil. Am I the Lord of your
life? AM I?
Not unless you have shed those yokes of bondage that you have been
I am revealing these Yokes of Bondage... for apart from Me all is
Take up My Yoke for it is easy. Have Faith that I am all that
God bless you all,
"but God has
chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has
the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and
the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen, the
that are not, that He might nullify the things that are, that no man
boast before God. And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with
superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of
God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ,
Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much
And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom,
but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your
should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. Yet we
speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this
age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;" (1 Corinth
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