By Rick Becker 17 April 2019
Jennifer Eivaz refers to herself as “The Praying Prophet.” Eivaz is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, and the founder of Harvest Ministries International and an Executive Pastor with Harvest Church in Turlock, California. Eivaz is a former Mormon, and was an “active member, immersed in Mormon beliefs and a participant in some of their temple rituals.” Unfortunately Eivaz is now immersed in the false teachings and practices of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) Eivaz has exchanged the Mormon “Prophets of the Restoration” and their angel Moroni, for the restored apostles and prophets in the NAR, and moulting angels. Like Mormonism and other cults, the NAR is driven by contemporary false prophets and apostles. Through new revelations and the twisting of scripture, they seduce gullible and biblically illiterate followers. Speaking of false apostles, the influence of Bill Johnson’s aberrant theology is visible throughout the book, and Johnson sums up the narcissistic NAR in his foreward: “Now, all of heaven has positioned itself to watch what YOU will accomplish in His name.”
Before I begin the review, I think it’s worthwhile to make the following observation. Bill Johnson and other NAR superstars are not the only source that have influenced Eivaz.
Reading the book, I could not help wonder what influences from her time in Mormonism still remain. My question was answered when I read an article on her website. Consider these alarming statements by Eivaz in her article The Key Differences Between Christians and Mormons (Latter-Day Saints) 20 April 2017, jennifereivaz.com
Eivaz: “As a Mormon, I learned about the importance of family, of tithing and being physically healthy. I was taught good character and modesty as a woman. I was also taught a framework for the existence of modern-day prophets, heavenly revelations, angelic visitations, the Holy Ghost and the idea that the gifts of the Holy Ghost were to be embraced. (I prefer to say Holy Spirit, but an LDS member will take care to say the Holy Ghost.)”
Eivaz: “An interesting paradox exists between LDS and Christian communities when it comes to beliefs about the supernatural. I have found the LDS framework to be more biblical than that held by many Christian denominations, especially the cessationist denominations, such as Southern Baptist, Church of Christ, Evangelical Free and reformed churches. For example, LDS members believe in apostles and prophets, the gifts of the Spirit as listed in first Corinthians 12:8–10, the activity of angels, the active voice of God through the prophets and personally, and the receiving of spiritual revelations. Although their application is misplaced, a biblical framework somehow emerged through Joseph Smith.“
This part: “the activity of angels, the active voice of God through the prophets and personally, and the receiving of spiritual revelations” may as well be a description of a seminar and “activation” at Bethel.
Eivaz: “When it comes to an LDS prophet, his words and decrees can supersede anything written in their holy texts and carries the most weight.”
Only God can decree and declare things into existence, now while the NAR folk probably don’t believe their decrees supersede scripture, they do nonetheless erroneously view them as causative. Eivaz gives an example of a decree on her Facebook page: “YOU’RE A KING, MAKE THE DECREE: We decree our peace, we decree our health, we decree salvation to our families, our destiny, favor, wisdom, financial abundance and stability, etc. If God said it in His Word, then it’s ours and it’s “decree-able.” (December 9, 2017)
Similarities between Mormonism and the New Apostolic Reformation:
• They are led by modern day apostles and prophets.
• Scripture is not sufficient, there is a need for new revelations.
• These leaders experience visions, manifestations, revelations and angelic encounters.
• Divination, Omens – Joseph Smith used “seer stones’ to translate the golden plates, and search for treasure. NAR prophets believe God speaks through egg yolks, odometer readings, and road runners.
• While Mormonism teaches that humans may eventually become gods, the NAR teach that believers can be “little gods,” and act like God (Jesus) on earth. (Example – claims of being sinless, decree and declare things into existence, and having the ability to perform greater signs and wonders than Christ)
• Followers accept the claims and revelations of their apostles and prophets without comparing them to the bible.
REVIEW – All quotes are from – Glory Carriers. Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Glowing reviews from people who should be marked and avoided appear at the beginning of the book, and the NAR slant is obvious:
“I’ve known her for over twenty years, and I can attest that she brings the glory on a consistent basis. This book will surely help you do the same thing in every context of society. Can you imagine the glory of God infiltrating factories, sports arenas, schools, government and media? This book will surely contribute to this process for the glory of God.” – Paul Marc Goulet, senior pastor, International Church of Las Vegas
“We are learning that a lifestyle of signs and wonders is a reflection of our relationship with the Holy Spirit, a relationship many of us have never considered that deeply. Jennifer asks us, ‘Do you have an intimate friendship with the Spirit of God?’ And then she invites you into the process of transforming in His presence.” – Banning Liebscher, founder and pastor, Jesus Culture
“Glory Carriers is a deep well of wisdom and encouragement that will draw you deeper in intimacy with Him and challenge you to receive His glory in whatever form and way He chooses to come! You will be awakened to greater revelation of who He is and how you reflect Him. You will be left with a sense of awe at the privilege that it is to carry His glory! Awaken Glory Carrier, it’s your time!” – Lana Vawser, prophetic voice, author and speaker, Lana Vawser Ministries
In her introduction, Eivaz wastes little time persuading the reader that her writing is anointed: “I felt as if I was writing straight out of a heavenly river.”
But this is perhaps the most self aggrandizing endorsement of her own writing: “I was casually perusing through my digital notes on my phone and discovered a mysterious statement had been typed in. It read, “You have received the mantle of the writing sword.” I am puzzled to this day as to how it got there and finally decided to just credit the Holy Spirit.” (p.15) Now that she has established herself as a writer that is basically on par with one of the authors of scripture, she baits the glory seekers: “This book that you are holding in your hand has been written to teach, train and dress you in new spiritual armaments. It will teach you about the glory of God and equip you to be a person who manifests His glory in signs and wonders.“ (p.16)
Chapter 1 – What Is Glory Carrier?
Eivaz: “A glory carrier is one who visibly and consistently demonstrates the glory of God through supernatural signs and wonders—the fruit of discovering deep reverence for and friendship with the Spirit of God.” (p.31)
Jennifer recounts her first women’s retreat. The speaker was Barbara Wentroble, and it was at this event where the “air seemed to part open.” Eivaz experienced “the raw firepower” of the Holy Spirit. Eivaz attended meetings where “glory carriers” like Bill Johnson ministered so that she could encounter “God or the miraculous in some way,” but soon discovered that her own ministry was a hit & miss when it came to God’s power being present. She discovered that the secret she was missing, was a friendship with the Holy Spirit, and that it is a mistake view the Holy Spirit as a power or means to miracles. Glory carriers apparently have a friendship with the Holy Spirit, and according to Eivaz the result is obvious : “Supernatural signs, wonders and miracles resulted from the demonstration of God’s glory.” (p.18)
If this is true, why was it necessary for Eivaz to attend meetings to experience God or the miraculous?
In her final year at Oral Roberts University, Eivaz heard the audible voice of the Spirit speaking to her “I am closer than you think.”
Embedded in the NAR and Charismania, is the idea that we need to feel God’s presence. Eivaz: “What I was really after was the continuous feeling of His presence in my life—whether I was in church or not.” (p.24) It is this teaching that has become the Trojan horse for all kinds of deception such as contemplative spirituality in the visible church. Eivaz believes we should be continually experiencing God’s presence, and then makes this dangerous statement: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14 NKJV). How can you be led by the Spirit of God before sensing His presence? Far too many people believe it is normal to not have any awareness of Him at all. Is this you?” (p.26)
You don’t need to “sense” the presence of God to be led by the Spirit. The text does not imply that sensing God’s presence will result in being led by the Spirit. In fact, the previous verse makes it clear what being led by the Spirit looks like: “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (vs 13) The Holy Spirit leads us into truth, not feelings, and the truth he leads us is found in scripture, not sensuous experiences or manifestations.
In the context of prayer, Eivaz engaged with the Holy Spirit by “inviting His presence and requesting His friendship.” The result was that at times she would discern “his presence enter the room” and described it as “..the constant touch of a friend. For example, I can feel His hands on the back of my shoulders in a very comforting way at times,” (p.27)
Romanticizing our relationship with God has gained a foothold in many church circles thanks to the likes of Ann Voskamp and Beth Moore. In this instance, Eivaz creates the impression of an intimacy with the Holy Spirit that has evaded believers for the past two thousand years. Outlandish claims cement the perceived elevated spiritual status of the false prophets of the NAR, they ensure respect from their peers, and adoration from their naive followers.
Sensations play an integral role in the lives of those who have exchanged the truth for a feeling.
Eivaz: “Karen began speaking in tongues and described her behavior as somewhat hysterical because she had no idea what tongues were. Thankfully, Karen then felt the glory of God descend upon her as a peaceful but tingly sensation. This experience later helped her to identify the Holy Spirit in church services and in prayer groups that she attended. Eventually she could identify His presence in her own prayer times in the same manner, something that brought her much comfort.” (p.28)
Eivaz: “Just as we have to experience people in order to know them and feel connected, in the same manner we have to experience the Person of the Holy Spirit. Another name for Him in the Bible is the “Spirit of glory” (1 Peter 4:14), which obviously implies the supernatural and the miraculous.” (p.24)
Wrong! Eivaz should provide the context of the text. Peter is comparing the lives of those who live to gratify their “human passions” instead of “the will of God.” (1 Peter 4:2) As a result of believers not partaking in sensuality, they will be mocked: “With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you.” (vs 4) The result of the Spirit of glory resting upon believers is NOT signs and wonders, the text makes it obvious what the result is: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” 1 Peter 4:12-14.
Chapter 2 – Show Me Your Glory.
Eivaz begins this chapter by explaining that God’s glory can sometimes manifest as light. Apparently a manager at a restaurant told Eivaz and her husband that they had an “aura of light” around them. She gives another example: “At a recent conference, two pastors shared a similar testimony with me. They both said that before I made an altar call, my eyes became transparent, as if with purity and holiness, then began to glow.” (p.33)
We can take these accounts with a pinch of salt in the light of images Eivaz posted of herself glowing in glory:
Eivaz: “The Holy Spirit’s expressions of glory are multidimensional and multifaceted. Glory carriers, over time, begin to recognize the various manifestations of His presence, understanding the significance and unique message behind each one of them.” (p.46) – Chapter, verse?
Eivaz: “Resisting His glory, turning our faces and hiding our hearts, will remove us from the supernatural encounters we absolutely need to transform us.” (p.44)
There is no doubt that the Holy Spirit is working in and through believers, and that Christianity begins with a great supernatural event – being born again. But the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit does not include uncontrollable manifestations or the ability to glow like a LED light. NAR leaders create a false dichotomy between the mind, and the “things of the Spirit” or supernatural encounters, whereas scripture includes the use of the mind in the believers transformation: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers,by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2
Chapter 3 – The Shekinah Glory.
Eivaz: “One manifestation of the Shekinah glory can be seen in the form of a cloud. Unlike the atmospheric clouds above us, this cloud is a supernatural and physical manifestation of the presence of the Lord. Many attest that the manifestation of the Holy Spirit has not passed away with the New Testament.” (p.62)
In the old testament, the glory of God was a visible manifestation of God’s presence – one form was the cloud that led Israel. In the new testament, Jesus was the manifestation of God in the flesh. Why God would revert to an old testament manifestation? The many that attest to a “supernatural cloud” can be found in the NAR, and Bethel in particular:
Eivaz: “Michelle Morse, a social worker for very at-risk children in Central California, attended a conference at Bethel Church in Redding, California, where a glory cloud appeared in the church’s main sanctuary. She, and others, became surrounded by an actual cloud, then she noticed that her hands had flecks of gold on them. “The presence of God and His overwhelming love felt so strong in that moment that I could not stop crying,” she said. “The cloud definitely carried His tangible presence, and I sat there for several minutes just weeping in the midst of it.” (pp.54-55)
This upgraded cloud that supposedly included (untested) flecks of gold was nothing more than poor special effects – fog and glitter. If God really manifested his presence at Bethel, people would be prostrate before God repenting of their sin and lust for signs.
Eivaz: “We, too, can step into a new form of Shekinah glory because we have been made a temple of the Holy Spirit.” (p.59)
When Paul wrote to the Corinthians reminding them that they were temples of the Holy Spirit, he failed to mention a new form of Shekinah glory. The context was in fact sexual immorality, not manifestations of glory: “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.” 1 Corinthians 6:18-19
Bill Johnson teaches that Jesus came to model how believers should live, Eivaz echoes that idea: “Jesus then taught us by personal example how to authentically live as a glory carrier on the earth.” (p.57) They are both of course referring to more than a Christ-like life through the manifestation of the fruits of the Spirit. In the NAR the manifestation of signs and wonders are the highest prize. In fact, according to Eivaz they should be normal if you have reached glory carrier status through what she later describes as a “yielded union” : “Outward manifestations of glory in the form of signs and wonders are a reflection of your relationship with the Holy Spirit.” (p.63)
That’s not what scripture teaches: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh..If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Galatians 5:16, 25-26.
Eivaz describes the Holy Spirit as being “both gentle and fierce” and that we cannot manage or control him. Glory carriers are supposed to “be led by Him in the fullness of His expression.” (p.58)
She then quotes Romans 8:14 again, but from the Passion perversion of scripture: “We read that “the mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 8:14 TPT).” (p.58)
Paul believed that the gospel was “the power of God unto salvation” and that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but Eivaz believes signs and wonders will impress the lost: “The Spirit of glory wants to partner with you with signs and wonders—His signpost to a dying world that He has come to dwell with us.” (p.59)
The message of the gospel is God’s signpost to a dying world. Jesus knew the fickle nature on humans when it came to signs and wonders being the cause of belief:
“Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people” John 2:23-24
Eivaz makes the same mistake as the rich man in Hades by thinking that a miracle will persuade people of the truth. The rich man thought that his five brothers would repent if the resurrected beggar appeared to them and warned them. Abraham’s reply to the rich man’s request: “He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.” Luke 16:31
It goes without saying that Eivaz quotes John 14:12 where Jesus refers to the “greater works” believers would do. Reality alone should testify that this does not refer to signs and wonders. Jesus changed water into wine, walked on water, raised a stinking corpse, and raised himself from the dead. NAR miracle workers have yet to produce a single death certificate from someone they have raised from the dead.
But there’s more glory in store…
Chapter 4 – The Kabad Glory
Eivaz: “The kabad glory is weighty in nature and highly transforming, and it can turn you into a spiritual heavyweight.” (p.77)
This sounds like a good upgrade to seek, I mean who wants to be a lightweight?
Eivaz begins by telling how she was tormented by a demon for 3 months. At one point “something” actually picked her up and threw her against a wall. Eventually at her command the demon fled, and Eivaz gained a “newfound spiritual authority.” This experience helped her launch into “heavyweight deliverance.” Another incident that helped Eivaz was receiving a prayer of “impartation” from Carlos Annacondia, where Eivaz was slain in the Spirit under the “heavy glory of the Holy Spirit.”
The next place Eivaz sought after something, was the “International Church of Las Vegas,” where senior leaders Paul and Denise Goulet would call up fellow ministers to the stage, and lay hands on them. On these occasions Eivaz says she experienced the Kabad, or heavy glory of God. This happened about four times, and each time Eivaz would be out for the count and “glued to the ground” in front of the whole audience. Eivaz describes herself as a “back-row” person, and so she felt embarrassed that the Holy Spirit left her in this state of “heavy glory” in front of everyone, but the Holy Spirit explained his actions to Eivaz: “He was saying to me, I didn’t call you to be in the back or to be invisible. I called you to the front, and you will be seen by the masses.” (p.72)
You can also access the Kabad/heavy glory according to Eivaz. She offers three suggestions: cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit; ask for it; and be in close proximity to those who have it. Naturally, Eivaz carries this heavy glory, she uses herself and another man to mark and avoid (Jeff Jansen) as examples of glory carriers who see people consistently “slain in the Spirit, among other things” when they minister. This is the same Jeff Jansen that practices grave soaking, and received an “impartation” from the deceased occultist William Branham.
Chapter 5 – No Guts, no Glory.
Eivaz: “Glory carriers do become unusual risk takers, but why they do this is often misunderstood. It is not religious fervency, but a deep love for God from the heart that motivates them.” (p.96)
The NAR risk takers are not “misunderstood,” any discerning believer who can rightly divide the word of God will understand that the “unusual” refers to unbiblical practices.
Eivaz shares her struggle with a mysterious illness prior to her trip to Perth, Australia. She suspected a spiritual connection for her physical attack. After some research, she realized that the chief deity over Perth, is “a kind of python spirit known as a Wagyl.” Despite it being an Aboriginal myth, Eivaz believes “myths are actually spiritual strongholds in the land that ultimately need our intercession.” (p.82)
Eivaz compares this to the account in Acts 16, where the slave girl with a spirit of divination troubled Paul: “As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.”And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour” Acts 16:16-18
Unlike Eivaz, Paul did not suffer from a mysterious illness as a result, instead he was annoyed, or grieved, and chased the spirit out the girl, not the city. Eivaz believes this spirit of divination is a “Python spirit” and that one of the symptoms of an attack from this spirit is breathing problems.
The good new for Australians is that Eivaz released this prophetic word for Australia in 2017: “God is turning everything around for good! You are being loosed from demonic constrictions, confinements, and restrictions. Everything this serpent has bound will be turned into praise to Almighty God. Your lungs will expand with His praise! With very loud and beautiful praise! Your song will go around the world. Your testimony will encourage the earth. The voice of the apostles and prophets, the voice of the Church, will be loud, beautiful, and resonating.
Your prophets are being surfaced now, and coming out of hiding to be revealed for the gifts that they really are. The Church will be made strong, being built up by the power of the Holy Spirit. I hear the sound of prayer throughout the territory. Intercessors are rising up out of the dust. It’s time for the Church to prophesy to literally everything!
Prophesy to the people, the land, the air, the sea, and all the creatures. Prophesy to everything that looks dead. Prophesy to the next generations. See in the Spirit your next 100 years and call it forth. Dream as big as you can and then exaggerate it even further. He will reveal His glory to you and the deep pleasure of His countenance.”
Those outside of Australia need not worry either, Eivaz has “commanded” your deliverance.
When Eivaz ministered in Perth, she experienced “an unusually high level of spiritual warfare connected with this territory, and I could fill a book with all the stories.”
One story she does tell, is when the Holy Spirit visited her in the night, and “picked me up from my bed and brought me to His chest in a brief, but life-changing holy embrace. Upon contact, I felt something from Him drop into my heart, and I was completely undone by it.” (p.83)
Another fanciful story with no biblical precedent, which of course is never required in the NAR.
Eivaz commends the call to take risks, and that we should “partner with the Spirit to produce jaw-dropping signs and wonders.” and “step out into the grisly dark world to achieve the miraculous just like our spiritual heroes.” (p.94)
Chapter 6 – I Will Not Go Without Your Presence.
Eivaz: “Glory carriers will refuse to go anywhere He is not leading them to go, adopting the impassioned heart cry of Moses: “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here” (Exodus 33:15). (p.113)
You can probably imagine where this is going – a journey into the subjective world of feelings. To live in unbroken fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and go from glory to glory, Eivaz says you have to “learn how to follow him” and “You have to learn connection, what it feels like and what breaks it.”
If someone lives in unbroken fellowship with the Holy Spirit, why would they need to be led by omens:
Eivaz writes that when the Holy Spirit is grieved, resisted, or quenched, the following will happen: “His presence will lift from such individuals, and He will leave in grief from their gatherings. Consequently, they do not experience His freeing, life-giving signs and wonders. They do not encounter His glory.”(p. 104)
Eivaz creates the false impression that experiencing signs and wonders are part of the normal contemporary Christian life. Furthermore, what she considers an encounter with God’s glory is simply a special effect, exaggeration or demonic manifestation.
Under the heading “Leaving Our Need to Understand,” Eivaz writes:
“All too often our financial needs, our reasonings and our intellect interfere with our ability to fully follow where His presence is leading, especially when His leading does not make sense. Bill Johnson, senior leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California, said this: “An intellectual gospel is always in danger of creating a God that looks a lot like us—one that is our size. The quest for answers sometimes leads to a rejection of mystery. As a result, mystery is often treated as something intolerable, instead of a real treasure.” (p.109)
The quote is from chapter one of Johnson’s book “Dreaming With God.” To see where Bill Johnson was going with his statement, I read the whole chapter and came across increasing error in his word salad: “When I filter everything through my mind and remove what isn’t immediately logical, I extract much of what I really need. Only what goes beyond my understanding is positioned to renew my mind. If we can learn more about the actual voice and presence of the Lord, we will stop being so paranoid about being deceived by the things we can’t explain.“
Chapter 7 – Immersed In Glory Fire
Eivaz: “The Holy Spirit will manifest His glory to us like fire. We read in the Bible how fire was often a symbol for the presence of God and can also represent His jealous nature toward us. When His glory fire comes, it comes to consume whatever stands in the way of your wholehearted devotion toward Him.” (p.125)
Fire is highly symbolic in scripture, it can represent God’s presence (Exodus 3:2), God’s glory (Numbers (:15-16), but also God’s judgement.(Numbers 16:35; 2 Peter 3:10)
But Eivaz, like many in the NAR, have become obsessed with fire. Like Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10:1-2), they may discover that their “strange fire” will result in judgement.
Eivaz: “Prophesying about Jesus, John the Baptist said, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I. . . . He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11)…After Jesus’ ascension, the Holy Spirit fell upon the one hundred twenty believers in the Upper Room (see Acts 1:13–15) as “cloven tongues like as of fire” (2:3 KJV), igniting the early Church. Being baptized with fire, then, means to be fully immersed in, saturated with and consumed by His fire.” (p.119)
Some commentators don’t interpret the baptism of fire as a positive thing. The text infers 3 baptisms – water, the Holy Spirit, and fire. They believe the “fire” is not referring to the day of Pentecost, but the day of judgement. The context leads them to this conclusion. John the Baptist was not speaking to the twelve, who had yet to be called by Jesus, but to a mixed audience including the Pharisees and Sadducees:
“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:7-12.
The cloven tongues that rested on the disciples on the day of Pentecost was “like fire,” and that particular manifestation was never repeated. The disciples were baptized in the Holy Spirit not fire: “for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” Acts 1:5
Those who believe the baptism of fire referred to Pentecost, as well as those who believe the baptism of fire refers to a refining process, will nevertheless take umbrage at the manifestations Eivaz considers to be “glory fire.”
Feeling the heat?
Eivaz: “For some, a physical sensation of fire is how they identify the presence of the Holy Spirit.” (p.119)
There is no biblical record of any believer experiencing this phenomena. This is however experienced by those who have a Kundalini, or Chakra awakening:
According to Wikipedia, these are some of the symptoms:
• Energy rushes or feelings of electricity circulating the body. This tingly feeling at first might be mistaken for a “shiver.”
• Involuntary jerks, tremors, shaking, itching, and crawling sensations especially in the arms and legs.
• Intense heat (sweating) or cold, especially as energy is experienced passing through the chakras.
• Visions or sounds at times associated with a particular chakra”
• Trance- like and altered states of consciousness.”
(I’ve included a few other symptoms just to show the similarity between the demonic manifestations of occultic practices and what transpires in your average hyper charismatic or New Apostolic Reformation meeting.)
Eivaz seems to think that this is an actual photograph of believers immersed in fire:
I searched for the story behind this photograph, and discovered that it was taken in 2005 during a mission trip in Mozambique. The leader of the trip was none other than false NAR prophet James Goll, who had this to say about the photograph:
Chapter 8 – Encounters With The Glory World.
Eivaz: “We have to remain open and unoffended at the Holy Spirit when He does something outside of our grid of understanding. He is infinite in His expression and going from glory to glory means He will by His very nature manifest a new thing in our midst (see Isaiah 43:19).” (p. 142).
Eivaz lists some “Compelling Demonstrations Of Glory”
1. Holy Laughter.
Eivaz: “One of the most offensive manifestations of the Spirit of glory is a phenomenon described as holy laughter, in which people begin to laugh hysterically as if they were drunk, but for no apparent reason.” (p.131)
It’s offensive because it’s not “holy.” Scripture reveals that a fruit of the Spirit is self control (Galatians 5:23) and that being full of the Spirit is the opposite of drunkenness:
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:15-20
Eivaz: “I welcome this encounter in my life as it seems to cleanse me of deep sadness, which reflects the proverb, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22 KJV). I can see the controversy, though, because holy laughter appears very disorderly and as having no overt purpose.” (p.131)
No overt purpose is correct: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.” Proverbs 14:12-13
Disorderly is the opposite of scripture: “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace… But all things should be done decently and in order.”
1 cor 14:33;40
2. Angel Feathers.
Eivaz: “..glory carriers often do see, hear, or feel the presence of these angels. Angels exist in this realm, and as we press into the Spirit of glory, we will encounter His angels as well. Or, we might just encounter their feathers.” (pp.132-133)
According to scripture, the Cherubim and Seraphim have wings, but there is no account of angels with wings appearing to humans, or feathers being a sign of their presence. Those who find what they believe to be “angel feathers” could quite easily submit them for DNA testing and prove conclusively that there is no fowl DNA present and that the feathers must be other worldly. How does Eivaz justify this “compelling demonstration of glory” from the scriptures? According to Eivaz it’s a concept found in scripture : “For example, the appearance of angel feathers is more conceptual, but many psalms reference dwelling in the “shadow” of His wings (see Psalms 17:8; 36:7; 57:1).” (p.141)
Eivaz tells the story of seeing angel feathers at a Shaun Bolz meeting. A cluster of feathers appeared at her feet, and apparently this was a sign that Bolz would be ministering to someone in her vicinity: “I could tell by the location of the feathers that angels were nearby, and I discerned they were most likely directing the flow of ministry toward us. Within moments, Shawn began ministering to a married couple sitting right behind us through the word of knowledge and the gift of prophecy.” (p.133)
Believers are connected to Christ, but it seems as if “glory carriers” have an extra connection:
“Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.” Colossians 2:18-19
Well, according to NAR philosophy, it seems as if I’m doing something right with this review. While busy with the draft, I momentarily left my desk, upon my return I encountered a feather in the middle of the floor. Now I could wax lyrical about this “documented miracle” (I have witnesses) or I could consider the source (fowl) and how it got there.
3. Gold Dust and Oil.
Eivaz: “Typically, gold flakes mysteriously appear on the body of a person, oil begins to flow from that person’s body or hands, or both happen at the same time.” (p.134)
Eivaz: “SHE READ GLORY CARRIERS AND THIS!” – does this point to Christ alone?
4. Supernatural Weight Loss.
Eivaz: “One of the strangest miracles of glory that I have ever come across is the miracle of supernatural weight loss. It seems almost too good to be true, but we cannot be offended at the new things He chooses to do. Supernatural weight loss is an incredible manifestation of His presence that displays His extreme goodness.” (p.136)
According to Eivaz : “Recently, the Holy Spirit moved upon me … to lay hold of a specific manifestation of His glory.”
Eivaz gave a live teaching on supernatural weight loss, and shared one testimony: “Immediately, the interactive thread filled up with comments like, I feel electricity. I feel heat and cold on my body. I am shaking right now. I am crying uncontrollably! ” (pp.137-138)
Eivaz: “Even the manifestation of supernatural weight loss is found conceptually in the Bible, reflecting His extreme goodness. He gives us a new “garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Isaiah 61:3), and His yoke is easy and His burden light (see Matthew 11:30)” (p.141)
Extra bonus –
Eivaz: “Another unusual and powerful manifestation of God’s glory is the supernatural appearance of manna.” (p.138)
Eivaz tells the story of somone who has experienced this miracle on several occasions – Dr. Theresa Phillips, founder of Global Prophetic Voice in St. Charles, Illinois. Phillips always sees an angel when the manna appears.
Eivaz: “She explained that it tastes like a cracker, sometimes salty, at other times oily like a potato chip and other times sweet. “We make sure to give the manna to those who are sick in our meetings,” she added. “If there is enough, we freely distribute it to everyone.” (p.139)
Sure….. how can you take someone seriously who claims to have been visited by an angel who gave her “glory oil” during the course of three visits in 2009? What was the purpose of this “deposit” of “glory oil” the angel brought Phillips? Could “teaching for shameful gain” be a motive?
Eivaz does warn that we should “test the spirits” and lists 3 tests that will help us discern.
Eivaz: “With the instruction to not be offended at the new thing He might do, perhaps you are concerned about becoming deceived at false miracles. Your concern is valid, and the Bible does warn us to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1) and to “test all things” (1 Thessalonians 5:20–21 NKJV). Here are a few foolproof tests to help you do that:”
1. Does the miracle point people to Jesus?
2. Do they use the miracle to solicit money?
3. Is the miracle biblical? Does it reflect the heart of our heavenly Father?” (p.140)
Lets apply these three tests to Eivaz
1. Does the miracle point people to Jesus?
Eivaz: “The reason I was embarrassed was that I was consistently and conspicuously glued to the ground in front of their entire audience, and even once on their platform. The Holy Spirit finally explained this to me. You see, I was a back-row kind of person all my life. I did not like to be seen and preferred to remain out of view, especially in front of a group or a crowd. Yet He left me in His heavy glory quite visibly and up front at these church services for a purpose. He was saying to me, I didn’t call you to be in the back or to be invisible. I called you to the front, and you will be seen by the masses.” (p.72)
2. Do they use the miracle to solicit money?
3. Is the miracle biblical? Does it reflect the heart of our heavenly Father?”
Angels losing feathers, Kundalini manifestations, overexposed images,oily hands, gold dust, fog, manna appearing, aura’s, glowing in the dark, supernatural weight loss and hair growth – not biblical. The desire to share God’s glory is indicative of a narcissistic soul, and I say “share” purposefully, because it’s clear that a “carrier” as defined by this book is someone who craves attention. It reflects a wicked heart.
Eivaz has stepped out into the dark grisly world of deception. This book will not lead you into a partnership with the Holy Spirit to produce jaw-dropping signs and wonders, it will lead you into a partnership with your carnal nature and deceiving spirits. By abandoning scripture and reason, Eivaz has taken a road that will lead to ruin unless she repents.
“These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.” Jude: 12-13