The study of Astrology is a pseudoscience which asserts that there is a direct correlation between planetary bodies and human behavior. Astrologists divide time into units called ages which correspond to the signs of the zodiac. They maintain that each age lasts from 2000 to 2400 years and that it is precisely this progression that outlines the evolution of the both the universe and mankind. Accordingly, man is now moving from the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius. The New Age teaches that as we pass from the church age (the Piscean Age) into the Age of Aquarius (the Enlightenment Age) we will experience a quantum evolutionary leap into corporate godhood and usher in the New Kingdom.
New Age adherents believe the Piscean Age revealed the essential duality of body and soul symbolized by the sign of Pisces itself, the interlocking of two fish. In their view, Jesus was not the Christ but was merely a “pattern son” who showed us the way to fuse our lower nature with our soul to produce the incarnate “Christ-in-all”.
The goal of the New Age Movement along with most Gnostic-based religions has consistently been to usher in this so-called New Kingdom where all will recognize “The god within”. Most Christians would immediately be able to discern that this New Age Christ is not the Christ of the Bible. So why then are these doctrines being accepted and openly preached from our pulpits?
The New Age heresy has taken root and multiplied, choking everything in its path! I liken it to Kudzu. If you plant a small root of Kudzu on your land and watch it for a few years, it will astound you in its ability to overtake and kill everything in its path. We the church have planted that kudzu in the form of predatory teachings that are now multiplying and seeking to overtake and destroy the True Gospel.
These teachings, as I am about to show you, are identical to what is being taught and propagated by Latter Rain theology, the New Apostolic Reformation, the Prophetic Movement, and an astounding host of other movements and worldwide ministries. Like the New Age, these Latter Rain teachings propagate the belief that Christians are being trained in readiness for a “New Order” where they will be united as one and shall overtake governments putting all things under their feet. They are no longer looking for the return of Christ, nor are they praying for the coming of Christ’s Kingdom. They don’t need to; they ARE the Kingdom, they ARE the Christ. They are manifesting themselves to the world as God Himself. When our church teachings start lining up with New Age and other mystery religions, we have a serious problem.
The goal of the New Age Movement has always been to bring in the mystical Age of Aquarius. New Age prophetess Alice Bailey claimed that the process would begin with the “regeneration of the churches”. She literally envisioned a time when the Christian churches would openly embrace the New Age concepts of illumination and self-realization. In fact, she envisioned the church as a womb to birth this change! Does it not alarm you to think that this woman taught that it would be the Christian church that would actually bring in the New Age?
“The Christian church in its many branches can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness, and as a nucleus through which world illumination may be accomplished.” Alice Bailey
“The New Age plan to bring in world peace cannot fully establish the Golden Age of Aquarius until Biblical Christianity is outlawed or destroyed.”— Richard Bennett, Can Mysticism Lead to God
The plan has always been to use our churches as a womb to birth this New Order. They envisioned using our own pulpits against us, to teach through veiled reference, a planetary leap in evolution where we would collectively realize that we ARE god.
Obviously the “new order” can not fully come to pass until the “old order” is done away with. Would it surprise you to know that the so-called “old order” consists of Christians who hold tight to Biblical Christianity? So, how do these so-called enlightened ones plan on getting rid of those of us who refuse to accept their one world religion? Alice Bailey explains that the destructive “Shamballa force” will eject unbelievers from the earth.
“The decision to release the Shamballa force during this century into direct contact with the human kingdom is one of the final and most compelling acts of preparation for the New Age. The Shamballa force is destructive and ejective … inspiring new understanding of The Plan….It is this force … which will bring about that tremendous crisis, the initiation of the race into the mysteries of the ages. (Alice Bailey, The Externalizing the Mysteries, pt.1 p.171)
This is essentially no different from the Joel’s Army teaching, a teaching by the way which also believes that those who do not submit to the governance of the New Order must die.
“Jesus will come back to earth and be given the Kingdom that has been won for Him by this “man-child company. (Joel’s army) “The Manifested Sons of God doctrine teaches that these sons will be equal to Jesus Christ: immortal, sinless, perfected sons who have partaken of the divine nature. They will have every right to be called gods and will be called gods.” (Prophets and the Prophetic Movement Bill Hamon).
Bob Jones (of the Kansas City Prophets) describes in no uncertain terms who Joel’s Army really is.
“I have called the best of every blood line in earth unto this generation…I have elected to bring them forth in this generation…THE ELECT GENERATION…even the bloodline of Paul…of David…of Peter, James and John…They will even be superior to them in heart, stature and love for me…Your children will possess the spirit without measure…They will move into things of the supernatural that no one has ever moved in before…coming into the DIVINE NATURE of Jesus Christ…a Church that has reached the full maturity of the GODMAN! This generation…is going to see the beginning of this WORLD WIDE NEW ORDER.”(3)
According to Paul Cain, “God’s raising up a new standard, a new banner, if you will, that’s going to radically change the expression, the understanding of Christianity in our generation…God has invited us to have a role in establishing a new order of Christianity…God is offering to this generation something He has never offered to any other generation…beware lest old order brethren rob you and steal this hope from you.” (Paul Cain, “You Can Become the Word!” 1989, Vineyard Prophetic Conference) (Discernment Newsletter)
Paul Cain makes it very clear that he believes we will become Christ. “The Lord has well planted this seed and the New Bride and the New Breed…He’s about to open the womb and He’s about to give birth to this New Thing…When the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us we beheld the glories of the only begotten of the Father and when you begin to become that Word I want you to know. The world will behold the glory of the Father and that’s what we’re waiting to see…I want you to know that we’re going to have some channeling one of these days, but it’s going to be channeled right out of the throne room of Heaven.” (Paul Cain, “You Can Become the Word!”, 1989, Vineyard Prophetic Conference)
I hate to be the one to inform Cain, but the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us. The Word was and is Jesus and thus it is impossible for us to become “The Word”. Also, please tell me when in scripture you find a precedent for spiritual things being channeled from the throne room. Channeling belongs to the New Agers, Gnostics, Mystics and Occultists and is strictly forbidden by God as an abomination!
In case we had any doubts about who is doing the work in the church to get it ready for its evolution into Christ Consciousness, David Spangler one of the founding figures of the New Age movement puts in all into perspective for us.
“Christ is the same force as Lucifer… Lucifer prepares man for the experience of Christhood. (He is) the great initiator…. Lucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness, and as we move into a New Age … each of us in some way is brought to that point which I term the Luciferic Initiation … for it is an invitation into the New Age. (David Spangler Reflections on the Christ p.44-45)
Let’s look at what New Age prophetess Alice Bailey has to say about the role of the church in this.
“…The church movement, like all else, is but a temporary expedient and serves but a transient resting place for the evolving life. Eventually, there will appear the Church Universal, and its definite outlines will appear towards the close of this century… This Church will be nurtured into activity by the Christ and His disciples when the outpouring of the Christ principle, the TRUE second Coming has been accomplished…the Christian church in its many branches can serve as a nucleus through which world illumination may be accomplished… the church as a teaching factor should take the great basic doctrines and (shattering the old forms in which they are expressed and held) show their true and inner spiritual significance. The prime work of the church is to teach, and teach ceaselessly, preserving the outer appearance in order to reach the many who are accustomed to church usages. Teachers must be trained; Bible knowledge must be spread; the sacraments must be mystically interpreted, and the power of the church to heal must be demonstrated.” Alice Bailey, The Externalization of the Hierarchy, 1957.
Did you catch that? The New Agers plan to use THE CHURCH to bring about their New Order! World illumination will be accomplished THROUGH THE CHURCH. What kind of illumination are they talking about? Do they mean acceptance of the Biblical Christ? Do they mean repentance and acceptance of His shed blood as the sacrifice for our sins and the ONLY way to eternal life? No, certainly not, it is Lucifer preparing man for the experience of Christhood. And just in case we are really dense she goes on to tell us that they NEED the church to preserve its outer appearance to reach those who are accustomed to its usages.
To see how prominent this is even in mainstream Christendom consider the following.
Alice Bailey clearly stated the outline of this super-church would appear towards the close of this century. I am sure it must just be a coincident that in 1995, Pat Robertson had predicted that hundreds of millions of converts to Christ would form an army of God to bring judgment on the ungodly in the year 2000.
“In my thinking, the ministry of CBN was an end-times ministry,” he wrote. “Like John the Baptist, we had been called to proclaim the end of the old age to prepare the people for the coming of Jesus Christ and the new age.”
In order to prepare for the imminent Second Coming—which Robertson believes will occur on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem according to biblical prophecy—he acquired METV (Middle East Television), a station then based in southern Lebanon that could broadcast into Israel. Straub, (the then producer of the 700 Club) was given marching orders to be ready to televise Christ’s return. CBN executives drew up a detailed plan to broadcast the event to every nation and in all languages. Straub wrote:
“We even discussed how Jesus’ radiance might be too bright for the cameras and how we would have to make adjustments for that problem. Can you imagine telling Jesus, ‘Hey, Lord, please tone down your luminosity; we’re having a problem with contrast. You’re causing the picture to flare.”
Does this sound much different from the Planetary Pentecost preached by Barbara Marx Hubbard?
“It will be a time when ‘the divisions of the religions would be over…We would each know that God is within us…If all who feel we are connected to each other, to nature and to God join in a planetary Pentecost, we shall be transformed in this lifetime. I believe in the peaceful second Coming.” Barbara Max Hubbard
I ask that you prayerfully consider these things in the light of scripture. Ask the one true God to reveal any areas in your life that you have been deceived by these, or any other teachings. He alone can lead you to the Truth. I was heavily involved in the prophetic movement and had my eyes opened only to re-involve myself with a church teaching a more benign form of the same aberrant doctrine. It was only after praying a simple prayer and asking God to reveal any areas of deception in my life, that my eyes were opened. It was difficult for me to accept the truly occultic nature of the teaching I had been subjected to. I pray that if you are involved in any of the movements disseminating these occult doctrines that you will use this brief article as a springboard to your own detailed research.
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! (Gal 1:8)