One of the newest prosperity preachers to hit the big-time is the well-tattooed biker, Todd Bentley. His website, as the leader of the “Lakeland Revival”, claims that God has released an increase of the healing anointing into Todd’s life to the point where the blind see, the deaf hear, and growths dissolve as Jesus still heals every sickness and disease.,/p>
Bentley says that two months after being saved the heavens opened like a bright flash and a white dove materialized out of thin air and flew across the lake to a nearby tree. “Although it was a single dove it sounded like the flapping wings of ten thousand doves. The noise filled the sky and rumbled in my spirit. The sound of ripping, rushing. The mighty wind filled my ears. As a result I received not only tongues, but also an imbuement of power from on high for miracles and for signs and for wonders.”
Well, the power residing in Todd Bentley is so potent that “when people visited me at my home they’d get zapped by an invisible electric force field in whatever room I was in, and then they’d bounce back.” One day as he was merely walking in to his kitchen a visiting friend cried out “Your face is glowing.” I guess he was kind of like Moses on the Mount. Predictably, his friend suddenly went down under the power. Like his friend, Bentley does what is called “marinating and pickling in the Holy Spirit.” That has led to some amazing encounters with the netherworld. Not only did the tree of life once appear in his living room, but Bentley says “angels also started to appear during my ‘soaking times.’ They’d come into my bedroom as pillars of shimmering light moving to and fro.”
Once he had a twenty foot tall angel in his apartment. On another occasion the presence of an angel knocked him out of his body and he had to wonder “How am I going to get back in my body?” Then he later discovered that he had his own angel. God Himself said “This is your angel, the angel from John 5. Everywhere you go the angel goes. I want you to be part of taking healing revival to the nations. I don’t want you to be just having this gift of healing. I want you to be part of what has been prophesied in breaking through and seeing the fulfillment of the ultimate healing revival.”
Bentley now says that even warlocks approach him in different services and describe his angel, and people say “Todd, there’s an angel that follows you and I believe it’s the angel and anointing that was with William Branham.” I think that’s pretty hilarious on the one hand while it’s sad because, unfortunately, William Branham was a false teacher and Todd Bentley claims that the anointing and the mantle and the angel of William Branham are now his! Incredible! This in full view of the fact that William Branham denied the Trinity, fancied himself as the end time angel to the church of Laodicea, and prophesied that by 1977 all denominations would be consumed by the World Council of Churches under the control of the Roman Catholics, the rapture would take place, and the world would be destroyed. Supposedly this is all done now, but mystically he has the angel, the mantle and the anointing of William Branham.
He also claims the anointing of many other counterfeit revivalists. Che Ahn, for example, said “I must decrease so that you can increase.”
Todd, I’m just so humbled because of what you went through, all of us have gone through. When I think of John Arnott being rejected by his brothers in 1995. I remember I was kicked out of two movements. But it was all part of the preparation, the breaking for the anointing….and He’s prepared you for such a time as this. There’s a Branham anointing on you. There’s a double portion of it. The Lord is raising you up. I feel like I want to just say that I must decrease, you must increase.
I was watching a YouTube in which I saw Bentley kick a man in the gut with his knee in order to heal him of stage 4 colon cancer. When the man bent over in obvious pain from the assault, Bentley said “I had to be obedient to the Lord, sir, but I believe that colon cancer is coming right out of your body now. Now you’re probably feeling a little more pain” – of course he was. He just got kicked in the gut, a guy with cancer – “but we’re dealing with cancer. Sometimes it’s a spirit and we’re going to draw that out.”
Like a host of Faith teachers before him, Bentley claims all kinds of resurrections from the dead and yet gives no details whatsoever. For Bentley the devil is in the details, and he has none.
You can hear him saying not only that angels appear to him, but Jesus Christ appears to him. He is an absolute false prophet, but unfortunately the world is falling for his ruse. If people want to know how to distinguish between counterfeit and genuine revival they need to get my book Counterfeit Revival. They’ll discover that, unfortunately today people are looking for God in all the wrong places. They’re going to hear in Lakeland all kinds of things, from people being resurrected from the dead – not true, no details, no descriptions – to supposedly people being pickled and marinated in the Spirit, which is the new vib. In fact, they’re going to hear about vibrating in the Spirit now. This guy is an absolute phony. Unfortunately people are falling for his ruse.
Author: Hank Hanegraaff
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