A new "revival" has been brewing in recent weeks. Signs, wonders and especially healings have been reported. It should be noted that a female angel is mentioned in the context of this new wave.
One of the mainstays of the "Kansas City Prophets", Bob Jones, talked about the revival. Todd Bentley is the key person involved in this newest wave coming from Lakeland, Florida. Hear his own description of the meeting with Emma:
“Now let me talk about an angelic experience with Emma. Twice Bob Jones asked me about this angel that was in Kansas City in 1980: “Todd, have you ever seen the angel by the name of Emma?” He asked me as if he expected that this angel was appearing to me. Surprised, I said, “Bob, who is Emma?” He told me that Emma was the angel that helped birth and start the whole prophetic movement in Kansas City in the 1980s. She was a mothering-type angel that helped nurture the prophetic as it broke out. Within a few weeks of Bob asking me about Emma, I was in a service in Beulah, North Dakota. In the middle of the service I was in conversation with Ivan and another person when in walks Emma. As I stared at the angel with open eyes, the Lord said, “Here’s Emma.” I’m not kidding. She floated a couple of inches off the floor. It was almost like Kathryn Khulman in those old videos when she wore a white dress and looked like she was gliding across the platform. Emma appeared beautiful and young-about 22 years old-but she was old at the same time. She seemed to carry the wisdom, virtue and grace of Proverbs 31 on her life.
She glided into the room, emitting brilliant light and colors. Emma carried these bags and began pulling gold out of them. Then, as she walked up and down the aisles of the church, she began putting gold dust on people. “God, what is happening?” I asked. The Lord answered: “She is releasing the gold, which is both the revelation and the financial breakthrough that I am bringing into this church. I want you to prophecy that Emma showed up in this service-the same angel that appeared in Kansas city-as a sign that I am endorsing and releasing a prophetic spirit in the church.” See, when angels come, they always come for a reason; we need to actually ask God what the purpose is…
During this visitation the pastor’s wife (it was an AOG church) got totally whacked by the Holy Ghost - she began running around barking like a dog or squawking like a chicken as a powerful prophetic spirit came on her. Also, as this prophetic anointing came on her, she started getting phone numbers of complete strangers and calling them up on the telephone and prophesying over them. She would tell them that God gave her their telephone number and then would give them words of knowledge. Complete strangers. Then angels started showing up in the church.
I believe Emma released a financial and prophetic anointing in that place. That was the first angel that I have ever seen in the form of a woman. Some angels I’ve seen seemed like they were neither male nor female. However, Emma appeared as a woman who was like a Deborah, like a mother in Zion. When she came, she began to mentor, nurture and opened up a prophetic well. The people in the church began having trances and visions and the pastor began getting words of knowledge and moving in healing. That congregation also saw more financial breakthrough than they had ever seen before.
…We need to pray for the Father to give us financial angels for our lives, our church and region. With this angelic assistance, we will prevail and overcome the warfare trying to hold back our financial breakthrough. Some of you don’t know how to use the angels in intercession like this. You don’t even know whether it’s OK or not….”
Benny Hinn also boasts about his experiences with angels. This outpouring of the "Spirit" in Florida was peculiarly prophesied by Paul Cain, a man claimed by John Wimber to be a prophet who has never erred. Paul Cain later admitted that he is an alcoholic and is homosexual. Together with the Kansas City Prophets he also prophesied, similar like Jack Deere, about the supposedly unconquerable and immortal great appearing of “Joel’s army” at the end of the age. “The purpose of this army is twofold. …and secondly, according to Dr Deere, it will pave the way for a great signs and wonders revival” (Clifford Hill , Prophecy Today, Joel’s Army – Is it in the Bible?, Volume 7, 1991, p. 12).
Others, like Mike Bickle, the church's pastor of the Kansas City Fellowship, John Paul Jackson, David Pytches and Rick Joyner, belong to to this movement of prophets or are associated with it.
Clifford Hill, himself a charismatic, points out: “According to John Wimber, this is a type of ‘Joel’s army’ who will overcome all opposition to the gospel and eventually subdue the nations. This teaching is part of what is known as ‘dominion theology’ … It should be obvious even to those with no knowledge of biblical exegesis that this an an army of destruction… (Prophecy Today, Which Army? Volume 7, Jan./Febr. 91, p. 11).
We should not overlook the claim that this angel Emma is supposedly co-responsible for these three waves. What is meant by "three waves" are the "Toronto Blessing", the "Pensacola Revival" and now the events in Lakeland, Florida, called the "Lakeland Healing Revival."
However, the Bible never mentions angels as female which is yet typical of New Age and occult movements. Since such enthusiasts often cannot think in terms of salvation history, they frequently support their claims that the prophecy of Joel (Acts 2:17-20) is being fulfilled today. But the Bible states that the beginning of the last days was initiated with the First Advent of the Messiah (Heb. 1:1-2; I Peter 1:20; I John 2:18 etc.). What we now observe is more the fulfillment of the prophecy of Jesus about a movement of false prophets (Matt. 24:11). This exemplifies the intensifying spread of great delusions typical of the last days of which the Bible reports (II Thess. 2:11). Apart from the fact that falling backwards is a classic phenomenon of the occult and a characteristic of false prophets (Isa. 28:13b). The opposite of 1 Cor. 14:25. Also the loss of self-control and being carried away (“slain in the spirit”) is known in the Bible as a criterion of counterfeit gifts (1 Cor. 12:2; 14:32).
We may well conclude that the maid with the spirit of divination (Acts 16:16) would be welcome in just about any mainline denomination and independent church today as a great "prophetess." But this is not just a hypothetical possibility when considering such “prophetesses” like Cindy Jacobs or Patricia King and many others like them. We have these prophetesses and prophets already long among us thanks to the “Charismatic renewal” in our days (Matth. 7:22).
It is not without foundation to label the Charismatic Movement as the "white sister" of the New Age. Even in Evangelical churches such "Spirit-gifted" brethren crop up everywhere to tell us how important it is that we allow the prophetic gift to blossom afresh.