September 13, 2013
Morning!! When I opened up our last Coffee Break, I neglected to follow up on
the comment about some Amish brethren who were part of the praise and worship
gathering a couple weeks ago in an area just a short distance from Lewiston,
Idaho, and it is worth following up.
talking about the vivid display in the heavens with the extremely loud claps of
thunder that shook the whole place, followed by close lightning strikes,
followed by hail which fell as glass. The Amish leader who was part of this
gathering was a brother I know as Levi. As they gathered together with
believers who represented a cross-section of the Body of Christ, Levi stood up
and said the following:
want you all to know that we are NOT Amish. Neither are we Ex-Amish. We are
your brethren in the Body of Christ!"
THAT, folks is what
is happening in this hour. Barriers are coming down! As people are being drawn
into the immediate presence of the Lord, they are shedding their denominational
rags as well as their sectarian and doctrinal positions and putting on the
glory of the Lord.
The spirit of Jezebel
is notable in presenting itself as a prophet(ess) in
order to teach men and women and entice them into immorality -- whether
spiritual or physical or through mental fantasies (such as using pornography)
-- often justifying that immorality with the use of certain scripture verses
taken out of context. Adultery and fornication are often justified through
pornographic imagery by the spirit of Jezebel under the guise that "you
didn't engage in any physical sexual contact with anyone."
Let's see. How was it
that Jesus put it? (See Matthew 5:27-28) "Ye
have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt
not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh
on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his
Get it? Adultery or
fornication is not simply engaging in a physical act. It is the living out of
the sexual act with someone to whom you are not married in the midst of mental
and emotional fantasies. We'll talk about the spiritual side of adultery and
fornication in the days to come and the seduction associated with it that John
was driving at in the prophecy to the Ekklesia in
This is a pretty
heavy subject for a lot of people, and sometimes the real life aspects of how
the spirit of Jezebel operates can get lost in the details. That said, let's
get back to the event I was sharing with you in the previous Coffee Break that
took place some years back with my lifetime friend and brother in the Lord,
Got my good strong
cup of French Roasted Columbian blended with some Jamaican Blue Mountain
poured, and I’m on my second cup. Better grab yours before it's too late. A
quick note as well: we're going to run long again in today's Coffee Break.
Last week, I ran out
of time (and space) to complete a story on seeing firsthand the spirit of
Jezebel in operation. It never occurred to me at the time that this was what I
was seeing, and not for several years thereafter did I understand the demonic
nature of what transpired. Not until the Holy Spirit led me into the ministry
of deliverance did I begin to comprehend what had unfolded before me; and then
I watched as the Lord brought both judgment and vindication.
As I wrapped up part
one of this discussion last week, I said that as soon as I was gone from
Barrow, a fake trial was held before the church board. Dwain was found guilty
in absentia. He never had an opportunity to present evidence that would have
cleared him. Neither was I ever given an opportunity – as one who had
personally worked with him and been involved in the day-to-day ministry – to
present any evidence or testimony contrary to that of the conspirators.
Dwain was contacted
while in California and advised to get back to Barrow to
pack up his personal belongings, and told that he was through as a pastor in Alaska.
You can imagine his shock. He flew to Fairbanks to
meet with the District Superintendent (DS) to plead his case and was brushed
off without so much as an ounce of grace.
Anyone who knows me
knows that I’m about the last person on the face of this earth to believe in
conspiracies and I don’t abide conspiracy theories very well. Nevertheless, as
this situation unfolded, it became clear that certain preachers in
Alaska wanted titles and political
power within the Alaska Missions. Because of my father’s long history of
building and establishing churches and his pioneering ministry, they figured he
was in line to become the top leader within the denomination and its operations
Dad was about as
apolitical as any person you’ve ever met. He wasn’t the least bit interested in
titles or positions. He was there because God called and anointed him to lay
foundations, and build and establish the Kingdom of God
the arctic. He didn’t have time for church politics and adamantly criticized
those within the denomination for getting wrapped up in it. Nevertheless, he
was given a title (as General Presbyter – that’s an overseer and representative
of a group of churches) and a certain amount of authority within the statewide
operations of the denomination. What Dad knew was that his authority didn’t
come from the denomination; it came from the Lord who called him and sent him.
He used his position – not as a political power base, but as a means to extend
his reach in ministry.
One of the things
I’ve found to be true in a lifetime of ministry is that those who seek
political power and position generally tend to be afraid of it; and their
seeking after that power and position comes from a place of wanting the esteem
of men. Likewise, those who seek after power and political titles tend to
believe that everyone else also wants that power. It becomes a place of
competition, manipulation and control. Hence, it becomes a platform in their
lives for witchcraft to take hold and function in and through them.
Thus, those who
conspired to remove Dwain from the pastorate in Barrow did so because they felt
he was a “vote” for my father to have the general superintendence of the
denomination in Alaska. Hervel was a pawn – a
willing one, to be sure, but a pawn nevertheless. His greed and willingness to
subvert the Gospel for the sake of what he viewed as a powerful political
position (he became the pawn of a spirit of witchcraft) made him an easy target
for those who also had subverted the Gospel.
Dwain didn’t waste
much time nursing any wounds over the conspiracy and his removal from Barrow.
He began ministering in a church in southern California as
new doors opened up to him. The conspiracy hadn’t ended, of course, but the
Lord was setting the stage for judgment for the would-be conspirators.
By now, of course, I
was in Nome, working at the bank and receiving
my training to take the management of the Kotzebue branch; and at the same time
helping our family friend and brother in the Lord, Paul Bills, in his pastorate
of the church in Nome where I’d grown up in
my early childhood. A general unrest began to develop in my spirit in the midst
of my bank management training, and I realized this was not the direction of
the Lord in my life. The job wasn’t paying a whole lot of money [unless
you are in senior management in banking, you don’t make any
money at all], and I was struggling to pay my bills.
Our young daughter,
Debbie, was fighting with one sickness after another, and money was spending
like water. A friend I’d known from my youth was working for the state of
Alaska as a civil engineer. He knew of
my engineering and math skills and offered me a high-paying job with the state
as a surveyor on a remote highway project. I decided it was time to get my
bills paid off and actually make a move towards permanent, full-time pastoral
ministry, resigned from the bank and took the surveyor’s job.
In the meantime, I
discovered that the denomination was looking for a missionary to take the
church in Nenana Alaska so
I submitted my name to the missions organization. As soon as my father heard
that I had put my name in consideration, he contacted the missions leadership
and put in his plug on my behalf. It never dawned on me – and certainly not on
my Dad – that this move would be regarded in exactly the same way they regarded
Dwain’s pastorate of the church in Barrow: namely, another vote for my father,
and a threat to those who sought political power and position. I waited, and
waited, and waited, and waited some more. It didn’t make sense that I wasn’t
receiving any response from the missions leadership. The need in Nenana was urgent and I was more than qualified.
Weeks turned into
months, and still no response was forthcoming. I asked Paul Bills to check on
it for me and see if he could rattle some doors on my behalf. The look in his
eye when I asked should have spoken volumes, but I was naïve enough to think
that he was fully supportive of my request. After some five months had passed
and still no answer was forthcoming from the denomination, a letter arrived in
the mail from Audrey Mieir, the songwriter, arranger
and singer whom I had known from my days in Bible College. She
asked me if I would pray about and consider taking over the youth ministry in
her brother-in-law’s church in Duarte, California:
Bethel Union Church. There was an immediate “YES” in my spirit. This was the
direction of the Lord, and it was clear.
I still didn’t
understand why I hadn’t heard anything from the denominational missions
leadership, but decided to let it pass. In the midst of the transition in
moving from Alaska to California,
I used my aunt and uncle’s home in Santa Clara,
a stopover and a staging place from which to make the final move. A letter from
the missions board that was sent to my Alaskan address caught up with me in Santa
To sum up that
letter, it read, “with your life so out of order and your bills unpaid, how
dare you apply for a place of ministry with us?” Since I had paid off my bills
before leaving Alaska with ample income I'd
received as a surveyor, the letter was puzzling to say the least. None of it
made any sense, and I simply threw the letter in the trash can. Besides, I
already had my direction from the Lord.
Now. Let’s fast
forward to the late fall of 1976. I’ve been ministering with Dwain McKenzie
Long Beach Christian Center for the
past five years. The events of a decade previous are long gone from our
memories. The past ten years have produced such change in me that I’m no longer
anything like what I was in 1966. There has been an unfolding of a series of
miracles and spectacular works of the Holy Spirit as I could scarcely have
imagined. Now I’ve accepted Scott Hessek’s offer to
take the ministry of CBN and the 700 Club to Alaska
Arriving in Anchorageand on my way to Saint
Paul Island where my folks are
ministering, I spend a few days reacquainting myself with people I’ve known
throughout much of my life. On Sunday, prior to my Monday departure for Saint
Paul Island, I decide to visit the
denominational church in Anchorage where many of my past
friends or acquaintances would likely be. The Sunday morning service gets under
way and the pastor makes a point of publicly acknowledging and recognizing my
presence. At the conclusion of the service, a hand taps me on the shoulder from
behind and a familiar voice says, “Regner, I’m so
glad to see you.” It was Paul Bills. I spun around, grabbed him and gave him a
big bear hug.
“Brother Bills, I
sure am glad to see you! What are you doing here?” I hadn’t kept track of him
or his movements, and was unaware that he had been gone from
Nome for some time. Tears came to his
eyes, and he began to weep. “Brother, I need to ask you for your forgiveness,”
he said. You could have pushed me over with a feather. “Why on earth do you
need my forgiveness,” I asked.
“Ten years ago, I did
you a terrible wrong. When you applied for missionary status with the missions
board and requested appointment to Nenana, I sent
accusatory letters against you in order to block your appointment.” He went on
to relate the conspiracy that had taken place between him, the then-District
Superintendent, and others in ministry in Alaska to
block people from being in a position where they could become supporting votes
for my father to have the general superintendency.
“Brother, you didn’t have to do that! Dad couldn’t have cared less for the
title or the position. He was too focused on accomplishing what the Lord
anointed and commissioned him to do. Becoming the General Superintendent was
the last thing on his mind!”
Paul Bills nodded his
head. “I know that, now, but I was too caught up in wanting the position
myself. I was wrong, Brother, and the Lord has taken me to task for it. I am
suffering His judgment because of my actions. He has instructed me to put my
house in order and prepare to die. I have Lou Gehrig’s disease, and have less
than two years to live. I did you wrong, among others, in the midst of my greed
and manipulation to have political power, and I’m asking you to forgive me.”
I was so overcome
with emotion it was hard to speak. “Brother Bills,” I said brokenly, “Whatever
you meant for evil, the Lord has meant for good. I wouldn’t trade the past ten
years of seeing and experiencing all that the Lord has done in and through me
for the whole world! Consider yourself more than forgiven.” I only saw Paul
Bills a couple of times after that. His health deteriorated rapidly and in less
than two years, he was gone. Inquiries into the whereabouts of the previous
District Superintendent, as well as the would-be pastor in Barrow (Hervel) who had aided in the conspiracy to remove Dwain
yielded the following, and I realized that the Lord was executing judgment.
The previous DS had
also been stricken with a nerve disorder that eventually caused his death. The
church board in Barrow soon realized after Dwain’s dismissal that he was not guilty
of the accusations leveled against him, and that in fact, Hervel
had trumped up charges of criminal activity of which he was personally guilty.
The church asked for his removal and he was gone shortly thereafter, dismissed
from the denomination. He moved to
Nome where he became its
City Manager. It didn’t take long for Hervel to
resume his financial fraud. An investigation by federal agents brought about an
indictment for embezzlement. His wife divorced him, and he wound up in prison.
See what the spirit
of Jezebel does to people? See what happens when folks become contaminated by
the sin of witchcraft? Remember the quote I shared with you from Revelation 2,“And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and
she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit
adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I
am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I
will give unto every one of you according to your works.”
That’s EXACTLY what
happened to all those who committed adultery with the spirit of Jezebel in this
case. In case you haven’t seen it yet, this WAS the spirit of Jezebel hard at
work to usurp the power, the authority, and the anointing of God’s anointed and
appointed. Those who committed adultery with the spirit of Jezebel were “cast
into great tribulation” because they never repented of their deeds – at least
not until it was too late. Paul Bills publicly repented for his part in the
ongoing conspiracies, and his public repentance exposed sin and corruption that
had plagued the missions organization in Alaska for years.
In our last Coffee
Break, I said that I would show you how the Lord vindicated Dwain after all of
the false charges and accusations.
Let’s fast forward
one more time – this time to 1988. By this time, Della and I are
in Anchorage Dwain calls me on the phone needing a place to stay for
a day or two ON THE WAY BACK TO BARROW!! That’s right.
Think the Lord doesn’t remember the afflictions of the righteous? Think the
Lord doesn’t make good when His anointed and His appointed are falsely accused
and conspired against? Think the Lord doesn’t have the last word in these
Think again! After
all the water that had gone under the bridge during a span of more than 21
years, Dwain was asked to consider taking the church again in Barrow.
Understand that he hadn’t been with the denomination during most of that span
of time. Nevertheless, there were people in Barrow who had kept in touch with
Dwain, and when the opportunity presented itself they asked him to consider
coming back. Like me, Dwain had an adopted daughter of Eskimo heritage along
with an adopted son as well, and the ties meant ongoing contact.
It probably isn’t
necessary to go into all of the details that unfolded other than to say that
Dwain resumed the pastorate of the church in Barrow, remaining there for 14
more years, and taking the church to new dimensions spiritually. That didn’t
mean he didn’t have a battle royal on his hands when he returned to Barrow. He
did indeed. Some of those folks who had participated in the original conspiracy
in 1966 thought he ought not to be back in Barrow and they once again raised
their hands in judgment against him.
This time, the Lord
demonstrated His judgment, and just about every single person who lifted up
their voice or their hand in judgment against Dwain suffered a similar fate as
those who initially led the conspiracy. Some died painful deaths in the midst
of diseases that wouldn't heal. A couple wound up in prison. God’s tolerance
with Christians who submit continually to witchcraft and the spirit of Jezebel
has grown shorter and shorter and shorter as the age has been drawing to an
end. When people continue to commit spiritual adultery with those wicked
spirits, refusing to repent of their sins, the judgment of God has a finality
about it that displays little tolerance.
I still want to take
you in greater depth into the eight characteristics that depict the nature and
character of this spirit, and that’s where we will go with it next week.
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