Reinhard Bonnke Allegedly States That Jesus Christ
Is Going To Appear Physically During His Crusade Series
reported by Sandy Simpson, 9/5/06
I received this email from a friend in Australia. We have written to the station to solicit either a transcript or the radio broadcast where Bonnke was talking about his upcoming "Full Flame" film series.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006 12:51 AMI was also sent this review of the Full Flame DVD and here is what Bonnke is quoted as saying in that review:
A few weeks ago on my local radio station Rhema FM 96.3 (Melbourne Australia) Reinhard was interviewed and talking about his 8 video series (taped from a crusade in Africa I think) that at the end of the 8th video Jesus would physically walk through the screen. Have you heard of this one at all.
As I understand the next time our Lord appears will be in at His second coming to save Israel etc.
Have just started to explore your site. Got it from Jan Markel at Olivetreeviews.org.
“Everytime these films are shown, Jesus in the end will step out and make personal contact,” Bonnke says. (http://www.sightmagazine.com.au/stories/Features/bonnke21.7.06.php)Jesus Christ is obviously not going to walk through a TV screen. Now it would be one thing for Bonnke to state that spiritually Jesus Christ would come through to people watching the program because the Gospel is preached. Of course I have yet to hear Bonnke present the whole Gospel message, and he then adds Word-Faith heresies, false claims of healings, false prophecies, and claims of being able to transfer the Holy Spirit to people on to that message. But to state that Jesus Christ will physically appear is unbiblical heresy. It is unclear what Bonnke was saying about this series, but then he has made fantastic unbiblical claims before. The Bible is clear on the issue of the next bodily appearance of Christ:
Matt. 24:23-27 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect— if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. "So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.Bonnke is a false teacher and a false prophet. This is a documented fact. The reason I tend to believe that he made this statement on the radio program with the idea that somehow Jesus Christ was going to "show up" is that Bonnke may have predicted that Jesus Christ would appear physically before. From all accounts Bonnke said that Jesus Christ was going to show up in his crusade in Nigeria.
Reinhard Bonnke – The "grandfather" of the Revival Movement. A missionary in Kenya, in 1988 he publically prophesied that people would experience Jesus in two days and many miracles would occur. According to the Kenyan Times, two days later on June 11th, 1988, a white robed man suddenly appeared among the crowd at a Christian healing and prayer service in a village near Nairobi. Christians and Moslems alike recognized him as Jesus and many miracles were reported. On the web site of Benjamin Creme, the new age prophet, we are told this was Lord Matraiya, "Christ returned, the fifth Buddha, the Messiah, the Kalki Avatar, the World Teacher" who will usher in the New Age (www.shareintl.org/job). Bonnke's disciples have tried to disassociate him from this prophesy. However, it has hardly dampened the enthusiasm of Pentecostals for Bonnke's anointing. (http://www.ewtn.com/library/SPIRIT/TORONTO.HTM)To see the pictures taken at the Mary Akatsa event, go here: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/maitreyapics.html
These types of false prophetic boasts are all too typical for people like Bonnke and Benny Hinn (regarding Hinn, see this article) whose egos have been blown all out of proportion by the large crowds they invite and permit at their crusades. I saw Bonnke on TBN the other night and the close to a million people in one of his Africa crusades. The people were literally trampling each other to get to the stage for promised "healings". Many have died at Bonnke crusades in the rush (see this article). He was banned from Nigeria for a long time because of this unscrupulous behavior. But he and others like him just continue. All these large crowds do is feed the egos of these people. False doctrines are taught alongside some truth, and the people are led astray and fleeced of what meager funds they have. The Bible is clear that in the end times we would see many false prophets go forth.
Matt. 24:10-13 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.Stand firm in what? Sound doctrine. Bonnke is not leading people into sound doctrine, but into winds of doctrines that blow every which way.
Matthew 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect— if that were possible.Even if a true miracle happened at a Bonnke crusade (which has yet to be objectively demonstrated), or if someone was really raised from the dead because they happened to be brought into the proximity of the "anointing" of Bonnke, we are to mark and avoid false prophets because they can perform "great" lying signs and wonders in order to deceive people. Those who claim Jesus Christ will appear physically are speaking empty words.
Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.