There Ought To Be A
Awake! Awake! Put on your strength,
put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city!
For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no longer come to you.
Shake yourself from the dust, arise;
sit down, O Jerusalem!
Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O
captive daughter of Zion! (Is 52:1-2, NKJV).
I hope you realise that God reveals things to prophets
in dreams (Num 12:6); and that He is warning the Church through
Prophets are integral to the five-fold ministry (Eph 4:11), but they are
the most downplayed component, usually rejected and reviled (compare 2
Few people accept true prophets, but if you do, you can benefit from
what God gives them. It’s for you.
What follows contains revelation from God. It is a cogent reminder of
what is vital to you at this late hour, shortly before Jesus’ coming.
hope you will take heed and ACT on it.
A Stern Dream From God
When I receive a revelation in a dream, I write it down.
hers down. We keep a diary of ‘our’ dreams. If we didn’t, we would
forget most of what God gives. He has given us hundreds, if not
thousands, of dreams over the years.
On the morning of
30th August 2007, God
gave me the following dream, and then added the title.
Obviously, He meant the dream to be more than recorded. He wanted it
elaborated upon, and so I shall attempt to do that in this article.
2007. M. A righteous revolt!
I was wanting to attend the church organisation’s FoT (Feast of
celebrations. (I was put in the position of a member of a church
I needed the
minister’s approval. The minister told me to take all my clothes
off, and he would come back later. He went off. I stripped naked, as
he commanded, but he didn’t come back. I felt vulnerable, but
fortunately there didn’t seem to be any other people around, so I
got used to it.
In this far from
ideal state I walked along the road. It went downhill, and then
gently up again. I walked to the end of the road. It didn’t go
anywhere, so I went back again. Still, the minister didn’t come.
A car came along
this road. The road was rough and there was a rock protruding about
nine inches above the surface. The car got snagged on this rock (it
would probably hit its sump, containing all the oil, which could be
All this time I
was waiting for the minister’s approval or okay. But he didn’t show
up. I realised then that he didn’t care about me. His command was
merely a test of loyalty to him, and to humiliate me, to make me
feel small and vulnerable compared with him, so that he had power
OVER me! It was a totally wrong approach.
A friend had
decided not to go to the organised church Feast. I was surprised,
but felt that he had made the right decision. “Good for him!” He was
making a stand; making a statement of faith and independent trust in
As I awoke, God
put this title in my mind: RIGHTEOUS REVOLT! There Ought To Be A
The dream is a parody of what takes place in most churches. The
minister in charge is no longer a caring overseer, watching over his
flock with true spiritual concern and loving service. He has become
a perverse overlord. Members are in bondage to him. He has enslaved
them, and they are expected to comply with his commands, no matter
In the dream I
was portrayed as a humble, obedient church member – willing to go
along with his unreasonable demands, because I didn’t know any
better. But as soon as I learned from the example of others, such as
the friend who was withdrawing from attending, I realised what was
right and that the minister’s expectation was wrong.
Members are not
members of churches, but members of the body of Christ. Jesus
is their Head, not any minister. Churches have lost the meaning of
what it means to be a minister. Minister = servant. Today minister =
overlord. It’s a disgrace, a sham, a Babylonian masquerade and
perversion of ministry.
Nimrod was the
first human despot to take advantage of his leadership position to
oppress people and bring them into subservience and worship of him.
And there are many little Nimrods today, especially in the black
churches where it seems to be a particular penchant of black
ministers to want to rule over others, to exert power and control.
Of course, it is
not unique to the black race. There are many white ministers who are
equally culpable. It is a trait of a false minister to want to
dominate, and to expect people to obey his commands.
In the dream,
his behaviour causes members to go naked. He doesn’t want them
spiritually clothed, because he would lose control over them. So he
keeps them helpless, like children, vulnerable and looking to him.
God means us to
be clothed with humility (1 Pet 5:5), and with spiritual virtues
that develop from that basis (2 Pet 1:5-8). He wants us to be
clothed with power from on High, so that we can be independently led
by His Spirit.
But in most
churches, especially the cults, members are denuded of this
spiritual help. Worse still, they have got used to being kept this
There needs to
be a righteous revolt!
That’s what I wrote at the time, but there is more to say.
THE BIGGEST SINGLE ABOMINATION IN THE CHURCH IS THE
DOMINATION OF MINISTRY OVER MEMBERSHIP!
“Not So With You!”
When you receive the Spirit of Christ, you are Christ’s, NOT
any church’s, NOT any pastor’s, NOT any denomination’s. You don’t belong
to anyone other than the One who paid with His life for you. HE is your
Head (Eph 1:22),
your Lord (2 Tim 1:2), your Master (Matt 23:8).
But, many ‘ministers’ behave as if they own you, or have a
right to rule over you. Jesus said it was not to be so amongst His
brethren. If you are so steeped in hand-me-down traditions from Roman
Catholicism that you think you are reading outrageous heresy – some
believers are that deceived! – read His words for yourself. Jesus said:
You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so
with you! Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must
be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave
A minister who expects you to obey him is not a slave to you.
He expects you to be his slave! And you are, if you obey
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to
obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey... (Rom
And if you are his slave, you are NOT Christ’s slave. Your
loyalty has become compromised. It’s a very subtle, unrecognised
Yet, in just about every church in the land, you come up
against this ABUSE of true authority! The terms ‘minister’ and
‘ministry’ have been turned on their heads.
“If any true ministers are that arrogant to assume authority
to rule over others, they have forgotten that they are only there
to serve (Luke
“Christ does not consider they should ever exercise authority
over the membership for any reasons of superiority or lordship. The
authority Christ has vested in the ministry is over demons, to cast them
out, to preach the gospel of the
Kingdom of God, to
uplift God’s people, and to heal the sick! (Luke 9:1.) That is the
authority which comes through the love of God. There is precious little
of THAT authority being exerted in some churches today!” (God’s
Church – Whose Authority? pp 44-45.)
What hits people between the eyes, when first confronted by
this truth, is summarised in these words of a friend: “Do you mean to
tell me that ALL these churches have got it wrong?! That what we see in
church structure throughout the world is not biblical?!”
Indeed, it does come as an almighty shock!
But ponder a bit more deeply Jesus’ words, and you shouldn’t
be so surprised. Whenever Jesus made a point of stating something, these
were not petty asides. They were fundamental truisms that He knew would
be overlooked, ignored, disobeyed, or rejected.
Like His statement to watch out for massive deception:
Take heed that no one deceives you, for MANY will come in My
name... and will deceive many (Matt 24:4,5).
It has come true, despite the warnings.
Deception is not a thing of the past only. Jesus gave
revelation that Satan deceives the whole world (Rev 12:9) – present
tense. It is an ongoing reality!
But Jesus doesn’t want you to be another casualty. When He
said “It shall not be so among you,” He had you in mind as well as the
Dead Wrong, And Now Dead!
In the article You Should DEFY, Not Deify, Church
Authority! written some years ago, it featured my warnings to a
particular minister. I did not reveal his name at the time, because I
had hoped for his repentance and change. I referred to him as ‘JR’. He
was Jim Rector.
I presented to him the truths about spiritual gifts and the
power of the Spirit, of which he was very ignorant. He was so cloned in
wrong thinking – that was based on pride – that he drew the conclusion
that the spiritual gifts seen in other Christians who didn’t share his
doctrinal ‘purity’ were bogus. He thought that all their tongues, their
prophesyings, their healings and other miracles, were all either fake or
of the devil – while he had no evident power, no equal
manifestations! His conclusion was symptomatic of the size of his pride
and feelings of pre-eminence.
Initially he appeared to welcome my input, but his
relationship with me soon turned sour when he realised that he was not
pre-eminent, because the truth I brought caused him to see his
deficiencies. With that he cut off contact, after vilifying me, accusing
me of finding fault with him when the truth was the reverse.
Some years passed without any communication between us. He
had cancer, and had attempted to find healing through natural means.
(People who are out of the will of God don’t have faith for God to heal,
and God’s miraculous power passes them by.) Although I wrote, hopeful
that by now he might be more receptive to the Spirit, he was not. Again
he rejected the input.
It was his second warning. God warns twice, then He acts. Not
long afterwards he died. He had had his chance for salvation, but didn’t
want to glorify Jesus in His life. He wanted to glorify himself. He was
There are many ministers in that category. They think they
are true Christians, but are mistaken.
That’s why you should DEFY their authority which they
exercise over you, because it is not of God. It is of the devil. You
should NOT DEIFY it!
It’s interesting that the only difference between the word
DEFY and DEIFY is one letter – the letter ‘I’. Isn’t the biggest problem
with a false minister just that – his ego? He puts himself first, just
as Satan did. He wants your worship, adoration, your obedience, and
power over you.
But you are called to defy his demands, and only submit to
God. Jesus showed us the way. If you ever need a reminder of that, just
read of how Jesus obeyed God to the point of (near) death in the desert,
in order to defy Satan (Matt 4:1-11).
He refused any compromise, declaring:
You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you
The majority of Christians do not serve only God, nor worship
Him only. They have divided loyalties. They think they have a loyalty to
God, but their loyalty is compromised. It’s not total like Jesus’ was.
They are also loyal to their church, or their pastor, or
their something else.
Very late in the first century, John the apostle warned:
Little children, keep yourselves from idols (1 Jn
It’s curious how that little statement concludes his letter,
warning against encroaching heresy (1 Jn
2:23; 3:7), apostasy
(2:3-11; 3:10), false believers (2:19) and antichrist (2:18,22; 4:3) ‘in
There are many false
believers, false ministers, false teachings and false ideas. John
adjured to test the spirits (1 Jn 4:1). Today few do!
Where Self Rules
When Richard Wurmbrand was a pastor in communist
Romania, he was the
only one who stood up for Christ in a public auditorium where Christian
leaders had convened. All the other ‘men of God’ feared for their lives,
and tried to appease the State authorities by saying Stalin was good,
worthy of praise, a Bible-believer, a friend of Christians, and that
they had no quarrel with Communism, etc., etc. The satanic rubbish that
came out of their mouths was darkness exemplified.
99% of church leaders were not prepared to pay the price
Christ required of them to uphold Him and deny atheistic State
Why? Because SELF was their god.
Where self is number one, Satan can take control.
If you think that was an isolated problem to those ministers
under an oppressive ruthless regime, you need to think again. The New
Testament is replete with warnings about falsity and false ministers.
They are here in every society. Only when confrontation arises does a
separation occur or appear. Until then they remain conveniently hidden.
A false minister looks OK on the surface. But what is in his
heart – in his inner motives – causes him to differ from the true
servant of God.
It is a major problem that revolves around self. Paul warned:
I have not shunned [avoided declaring] to you the whole
counsel of God. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the
flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers
[not overlords] to shepherd the
church of God which
He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my
departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the
flock. Also from among your- selves men will rise up, speaking
perverse things, to draw away disciples AFTER THEMSELVES. Therefore
watch... (Acts 20:27-31).
But people don’t watch. They don’t test the spirits. Most
tolerate falsity and false ministers. They don’t want to be
confrontational. They don’t want to rock the boat. They quietly appease
by tolerating evil, double standards, and playing a double game.
See how Jesus whipped such hypocrites in His day (Matt 23)
and you’ll get a little idea of how vehemently He hates this dreadful
But ‘the Church’ has pews full of hypocrites, and pulpits
full of them too: people who profess to be Jesus’ followers, while they
espouse all sorts of double standards for expedience’ sake. They are not
like Paul, or John, who stood up against the inroads of heresy and
apostasy. Paul did not shun declaring the whole will of God, but these
impostors do. They tell something of the truth, but they won’t accept it
all or tell all.
They are the ones Isaiah prophesied of as ‘uncircumcised’ and
‘unclean’ (Is 52:1). They are in it to get something for themselves.
Often it’s money or power, or both.
Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run
greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the
rebellion of Korah. These are spots in your love feasts, while they
feast with you without fear, serving only themselves... (Jude
Cain’s way was to do what came naturally, disobeying God. He
disregarded God’s commands and did what he wanted instead. Instead of
keeping sheep and livestock which returned fertility to the land, he
only grew quick-yielding crops that took from the ground. His approach
was as greedy as Balaam’s, who sought fiscal reward though he was a
prophet. Such a prophet ended up merely a false prophet.
No wonder organised churches do not accept true prophets! The
false variety pander better to their desires. True prophets have a
rather abrasive message (Is 58:1). They tread on toes, and feelings get
hurt. Pride protects self, and has plenty of excuses!
Remember in the dream that the false minister told me to take
all my clothes off? The rather graphic imagery portrays what actually
occurs when you submit to a false minister. Without realising what has
happened, instead of helping you to get properly dressed and ready for
Jesus’ coming, his influence undermines that process of preparation.
Clothes depict righteousness, especially righteous conduct
(Rev 19:8). While Jesus imputes His righteousness to us where we would
otherwise be unable to attain it (2 Cor
5:21), that does not
absolve us of duties in obedience to all God’s commands (Matt 19:17).
Jesus’ new spiritual creation in us (2 Cor
5:17) is ongoing. You
are not “once-saved-always-saved.” It requires our continuing obedience
and submission to Him. Without an aspiration for holiness, and actively
pursuing it, you won’t see Him (Heb
That’s why false ministers don’t see Him. They are blind.
They have some truth, but don’t see the more important aspects of
obedience that God requires of them.
Everyone is tested. Satan comes to steal away what you have.
If you let him, you’re a fool. You have to stand your ground. It isn’t
easy. It’s as difficult as it was for Jesus in the wilderness, battling
with Satan’s temptations in His mind.
The church that could have been represented in the dream is
the Worldwide Church of God, which used to uphold the biblical teaching
on God’s festivals, one of which is the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths).
They were tested wholesale when a false minister, Joseph Tkach, took the
main leadership role in that church and dismissed the biblical basis for
these observances, embracing instead traditional orthodoxy of Sunday
observance, keeping Christmas and Easter, etc. It’s one thing being
ignorant on such issues, and being genuinely deceived – God ‘winks at’
such ignorance. But it’s entirely another to dismiss truth for the sake
of seeking human approbation and wider approval. Falsity is always more
appealing than pure truth, and a false minister sees any number of
reasons why it is ‘right’ to accept error. He can justify it all the way
However, it is not difficult to show from the New Testament
why these days should be kept, as I have demonstrated in The Early
Church Observed Israel’s Commanded Assemblies. Anyone wanting the
truth can find it with some honest Bible study.
Seekers are finders, losers are weepers. There will be much
“weeping and gnashing of teeth” for those who followed Tkach down his
road to hell. He told them to take their clothes off, so they (I
portrayed them in the dream) dutifully obeyed.
Are you a dutiful church member? If you are, you need to take
a closer look at why you do what you do, why you believe what you
believe, and make sure that all you do and believe is biblical and true.
Of course, the dream
does not only apply to that church. It is but one illustration. Since my
wife and I have had firsthand dealings with it, we know how deceitful
and cunning ministers can be! They would lie against you, and about you,
to consolidate their position of control. Truth and obedience to God was
not top of their priority list. Self was.
That’s why the church fell apart after we witnessed to it
more than twice! They had so many warnings you wouldn’t believe it! The
history of what occurred, and why, is covered in these three
1. God Speaks to the WCG,
2. Dreams From God About The WCG, And Churches of God,
3. A Message To
It’s a final witness against them. Never underestimate what
any prophet says. He doesn’t just speak for himself. God has
That is why I am writing all this here for the few who will
Going Higher With God
God-fearing people are willing followers. They want to obey.
They want to please. They want to do good. And since they are first
called by God through Christ into some part of what they perceive to be
His Church, they don’t want to go against that structure or personnel.
The problem is, however, that it’s not all God’s Church. Some
are sheep, some are goats. Some are good, some are evil, though you
cannot tell the difference in the natural. You need spiritual
discernment – which comes when God’s Spirit indwells you more fully –
and you need to listen to true prophets who bring fresh revelation that
takes you higher with God.
To go higher with Him, you have to do some more coming out.
You have already come out of the world (to some extent) to get where you
are now. You also need to come out of the Babylonian customs that are
syncretised into church worship and practice. These are outlined in:
1. Wielding The Divine Axe,
2. The Faith Once Delivered To The Saints,
3. Meetings With Jesus.
It might shock you to know that most of the major church
customs that most Christians take for granted are not Christian at all,
but are part of the old Babylonian Mystery Religion, and have been
cleverly adopted by the Catholic Church and passed on down to daughter
churches. Hence the admonition to come out of her influences in
Revelation 18:4, and the castigation of her abominations in Revelation
17 and 18!
You can only go higher with God by going deeper first. Things
that die are to be buried, not left lying around. So, repentance means
digging a hole and burying what you once partook of, never to partake of
When you were baptized, you took a vow before God to come up
out of that grave and leave all the old dead stuff behind. It’s the
Spirit that counts now in your life, and all that is of the Spirit,
including truth of the Spirit that many deceived ‘spiritual’ folks
wrongly call ‘legalism’ – things like keeping the Sabbath holy,
honouring God on His true festival (holy) days, not this world’s
holidays. The fallacy of Sunday-keeping is exploded in Why Keep
Sunday? If you don’t know, read it and:
1. Our Sabbath Rest,
2. The Festivals of God,
3. The Controversy Concerning Law and Grace.
4. Sunday Versus Sabbath: The Final World Crisis.
Or if you have come from that old dead Worldwide Church of
God or another
background that never experienced the power of the Spirit, move ahead
1. An Introduction To The Spiritual Gifts,
2. Listening To God,
3. Faith And Healing.
Regardless of which side of the ‘fence’ you have come from,
these further truths will enlighten you. Both sectors need to know
1. The Ten Virgins
(the parable explained),
2. Testing The Spirits,
3. Apostasy In God’s Church!
4. God’s Church – Whose Authority?
God is restoring His pure truth at this final hour, shortly
and America fall in the Great Tribulation, and persecution against
Christians reaches another zenith. You haven’t got much time to prepare.
The time is NOW!
What God Says You Should Do
There is much more to the dream than I can explain here in
this short article. If you are discerning you will be able to see the
remarkable parallels and meaning of specific aspects of the imagery. For
Walking along the road = our spiritual journey in life.
Not going anywhere = churches don’t give you all you really need.
Car = ministry.
Snagged on a rock = obstacles need to be removed by Jesus. His prophets
warn of them (Is 40:3,4). Nine = the number of judgement.
Waiting for the minister’s approval = the way members are expected to
look to, and rely upon, the ministry as spiritual overlords.
Accepting nakedness = complacency in spiritual destitution.
Two of the churches of Revelation are told about the presence
of the Synagogue of Satan
(Rev 2:9; 3:9). When God first showed me this truth many years ago, I
was astonished. He pointed out to me that this represented the presence
of false ministers in churches, who rule over God’s chosen ones. The
problem is so extensive that it is fair to say they are the dominating
influence. They overpower and overshadow true ministers, rendering them
powerless to take the Church higher with Him.
The word synagogue is deliberately chosen. It means ‘together
led’. The concept embodies a church, a group of people, who are aware of
their need to fellowship. But, who is leading them? Satan’s
ministers! (2 Cor
20:27-31.) No wonder Paul exhorted:
So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the Word of His
grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance
among all those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32).
Reliance upon men and half-truth must be replaced by reliance
upon God and the full purity of His Word. You should not stay in halfway
houses. Tainted churches, with false ministers in controlling positions,
are doing Jezebel’s work today (Rev
2:20). Do you think it’s OK for you to have fellowship with demons as
well as with the Spirit of Truth?
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers
[or with those
who profess belief, but whose works deny their profession – see Matt
7:15-20]. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?
And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has
Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
And what agreement has the
temple of God with
idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
‘I will dwell in them, and walk among them. I will be their
God, and they shall be My people.’ Therefore COME OUT FROM AMONG
THEM AND BE SEPARATE, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean,
and I will receive you (2 Cor
Shake yourself from the dust
spiritual filth], arise... Loose yourself from the bonds of your
neck (Is 52:2).
Will you? Or will you continue to obey their illicit
‘Lie down, that we
may walk over you.’ And you have laid your body like the ground, and
as the street, for those who walk over you (Is 51:23).
AWAKE! AWAKE! Stand up, O Jerusalem [Jerusalem is a figure
for the Church, God’s people] ... [But] There is no one to guide
her among all the sons [leaders] she
has brought forth (51:17,18).
Malcolm B Heap