Rick Wright is the pastor of a small Charismatic Pentecostal fellowship he
founded in Glendale.
"The Lord gave me a
'word' that we would see more
people saved than we had buildings for them. All I knew is that we were going
to have an incredible revival. That 'word' became a
passion, as my vision moved beyond
Glendale to expand to the greater Los Angeles area." - Rick Wright
Rick Wright's vision is fueled by prophecies given in
the mid to late 1980s by
City prophets Bob
Jones and Rick Joyner as they began
to speak of the visions they had received about
1982 " I am in
Maryland, and Ché Ahn is pastor of a fellowship. Ché Ahn has a
dream a black man is saying,
"Come to Los Angeles.
There is going to be a great revival. There is
going to be a great harvest."
Then Ché woke up - and the Holy
Spirit was upon him.
Ché Ahn began to seek confirmation and to
seek council from the leadership of People of Destiny International
(PDI)." - Lou Engle
Ché Ahn, the son of
Byung Kook Ahn, prayed that
Larry Tomczak, co-founder of PDI would ask him to plant a new fellowship in Los
Angeles as a confirmation of the dream.
Six months passed
before Larry Tomczak asked him out to lunch - a lunch during which Ché
Ahn was certain Larry Tomczak would ask him to establish a new fellowship.
Larry Tomczak preferred that the new fellowship to be closer to
Maryland than the site of Ché Ahn's
dream but elders of PDI were
open to Ché Ahn's request that the fellowship be established in
California, but they asked him to seek further confirmation.
of Destiny International changed it's
name to PDI Ministries
in 1998 and to Sovereign Grace Ministries in 2003.
While "seeking the Lord" Ché Ahn spends
a few days in a condominium in Ocean City, Maryland - a nice vacation
Ché Ahn has an "impression" to turn on
the television to see if Pat Robertson's "700 Club" is
on the air.
As Ché Ahn surfs the
channels up comes Pat Robertson's show just as Pat Robertson is giving a
"There is a pastor who is asking the Lord for a
confirmation about planting a fellowship. The Lord says this of him. 'And if
you go out in unity and harmony, the Lord will give
you great success'."
1984 Ché Ahn convinced the
pastors and elders that he has heard from the Lord. Twelve persons from PDI,
including Ché Ahn and Lou Engle leave for Los Angeles as the black man
in the dream
They had been reading a book by Frank Bartleman, the
reporter who made Pentecostal history with his first-hand account of the Azusa
Street revival, and felt "called" to settle in Pasadena to await a fresh move
of the Spirit in the
greater Los Angeles area.
A widespread "spiritual drought"
occurs in 1980s and the rapid growth the mega-churches experienced in the 1970s
due to the Jesus movement is fast
becoming a memory.
fasting and active
neoevangelism, there was no sign of the
Over the years Ché Ahn's
fellowship grew to about 500 people, but it was not the revival of Ché
Ché Ahn was able to attend Fuller
Theological Seminary at this time.
Ché Ahn studied psychology
earning a Master and Doctorate of Divinity.
During the "spiritual drought"
experience of the 1980s and early 1990s the vision Ché Ahn and Lou Engle for
revival is nurtured by dreams,
visions, and prophecies.
Lou Engle had a vision that
the mantle of Frank Bartleman would be his.
"Give me the mantle of Frank
Bartleman. I want to see revival - I want to see revival in Pasadena. The next
day a brother comes up to me - someone with whom I had covenanted (soul ties)
and with whom my heart is
knit. He said, "I had a dream
of you last night, and in the dream I saw a black book. On it I
read the word 'revival' on the cover. I turned to the inside and saw the image
of a guy's face, and it said 'Frank Bartleman'." - Lou Engle
1992 During a clergy gathering Ché Ahn spot a black man
who looks like the man in the dream a decade earlier said,
"Come to Los Angeles. There is going to be a great revival. There is going to
be a great harvest."
Ché Ahn approached the black man and asked
him if he had been praying for revival. The black man replied that he had begun
praying for revival in Los Angeles in 1982 when we heard a Paul Yonggi Cho
speak about how he had prayed for revival in Korea. This encounter provided a
fresh encouragement for both Ché Ahn and Lou Engle.
this was a sign that Azusa Street still lives." - Lou Engle
1993 Problems between the fellowship in Pasadena and the
parent People of Destiny International are brewing during the years of
drought and come to a head.
Cindy Jacobs calls
Ché Ahn and tells him this will be the hardest year of his life and that
he would be leaving the fellowship he founded, "but not until 1994."
Just weeks after the Toronto Airport Vineyard experienced its first
touch of "revival" on January 23, 1994, the
Anaheim Vineyard fellowship
held a Healing
Conference where Ché Ahn had his first taste of
Ché Ahn was in
self-described "depression" from the
events of 1993 but at the
Conference he experienced an unexpected refreshing:
"My friend Lou poked me with
his elbow and excitedly yelled, "It's coming towards us! It's coming towards
us!" I remember saying, "Well, I'm not going to laugh." But when the
ḦṍḸẙ ṦṕḯṝḭṰ hit our section, I
felt myself getting inebriated. I could not stop laughing. It lasted at least
twenty minutes. Everything was funny - even though no one was saying anything
funny. It was a wonderful, refreshing experience that seemed to
invigorate every part of my
being. I didn't even notice until later that my
gone! I was excited about ministry again." - Ché Ahn
Ahn and Lou Engle invited fifteen people to join them for a prayer meeting that
results in the founding of Harvest Rock, breaking with PDI. Harvest Rock is
founded as a non-profit 501c3.
Ahn and Lou Engle made
their first trip to the Toronto Airport Vineyard
for the first "Catch the Fire
Conference" in October. They both received what Lou Engle described as
"another explosion," an
experience of empowerment together
1995 Ché Ahn asked John Arnott, pastor of the Toronto
Airport Vineyard, if he would be willing to come to Pasadena to speak.
John Arnott accepts the invitation and comes to the rented facilities at Mott
Auditorium on January 2, 1995 where more than 2,000 people show up.
This event launched Harvest Rock's debut on the Internet as a revival
"hot spot" - an extension of the Toronto Airport Vineyard revival.
Arnott introduces a "new anointing" he calls the "Sword of the Lord." With this
"anointing" comes a "new boldness, a new power."
John Arnott also
called it the "Warrior Anointing." "Warrior Anointing" promises to bring
"deliverance from your enemies."
The visible effects of receiving this
"anointing" include roaring, shouting
and grasping the hands above the head, then swinging them up and down as if one
was actually holding a sword and attacking an enemy.
600+ people line up to receive this "new anointing" from John
Arnott as he grabbs upraised hands and says, "Receive the sword."
Anointed people fall on the floor and began moving their arms back and
"If you happened to see people jumping into a
river (to use their term) and then coming out jerking,
roaring, shaking, bowing, barking,
blowing, looking drunk and disoriented, acting like they are attacking an
unseen enemy, you would want to know what is in the water that causes them to
act in such a manner. It could be a toxic chemical that at first causes
hysteria, then later
brings paralysis or
insanity." - Dan Van
It was around the extension of the Toronto Airport Vineyard revival
that Rick Wright, a Vineyard pastor from Glendale, California, joined
Ché Ahn and Lou Engle.
"We knew our vision would fit right
in." - Rick Wright
"Bob Jones told us the
revival would "start in the northeast in the land of chickadee."
asked him, "What does that mean."
Bob Jones replied
that he did not 'know'. So when the renewal started in Toronto, I called and
asked the secretary, "Do you know what a 'chickadee' is?"
She said yes
-- "they are the little birds that fly around up here." I thought, "Praise the
Lord! This is it!" - Rick Wright
When John Arnott came to Pasadena
several months later Rick Wright received another
'word' from the Lord: "On the
morning of the 4th (of January), the Lord gave me a mini-vision and said, "I am
opening the heavens over
Los Angeles; go tell Ché Ahn to pray for strategy." (strategy =
Rick Wright's Glendale fellowship joined with Harvest Rock
in hosting protracted revival meetings that were being held five nights a week.
In response to Rick Wright's request, the board of elders of the Glendale
Vineyard then gave their approval to a merger with Harvest Rock. The two
fellowships combined in March, 1995, to be known for the first nine months of
their existence as the Vineyard Christian fellowship of Greater Pasadena, a
After the Toronto Airport Vineyard was ousted
from the Vineyard Association,
the fellowship reclaimed the original name of Harvest Rock. After experiencing
the Toronto Airport Vineyard revival Ché Ahn realized that what was
needed at Harvest Rock was more theatrics to bring in new adherents. Ché
Ahn also realized that the theatrics would not be effective on middle age
people so he concentrated on pliable young minds that
were more likely to accept his dogma based on a combination of Latter
Rain/Manifest Sons/Word of Faith dogma
with Korean mythology.
Under the leadership of Ché Ahn, Jim
Johnson brought in Cornerstone Christian fellowship and Karl Malouf's brought
in Community Bible fellowship to Harvest Rock.
Harvest Rock membership
grew to approximately 1000 people.
[Pasadena's population was over
134,000 in 2000. Glendale's population was over 201,000 in 2000. If all of the
1000 that attend Harvest Rock came exclusively from Pasadena and Glendale then
Harvest Rock drew around 1 out of every 335 of the local population which does
not seem to be much of a revival.]
Rock births Harvest International Ministries, a network of churches that
aligned themselves with Ché Ahn's leadership. In accord with the Latter
Word of Faith dogma with Korean
mythology that has influenced Harvest Rock, this new structure is not regarded
as a denomination but rather a loose network of fellowships, many of which are
located in African and Asian countries. The functions of this association of
fellowships includes fellowship planting, "apostolic equipping" of existing
fellowships, training missionaries, resource sharing, and operating the
Harvest International School of Ministry.
1998 Ché Ahn is
branded "prophet" and,
later, upgraded to "apostle".
Lou Engle is
branded as a "prophetic
revivalist" and a "prayer warrior."
Rick and Pam Wright are
branded as "prophets" until 1999
when they are upgraded to "apostle".
Karl Malouff is
branded "pastor" while Jim
Johnson is branded
Harvest Rock's revival is "playful".
Outward displays of unusual "supernatural
manifestations" are explained as "the Father was playing with His
Hysterical Holy Laughter,
being "drunk in the spirit," uncontrolled jerking, jumping up and down like
Pogo, and even barking and howling is "the Father was playing with His
adherents suggest that "play" brings
a closer relationship
to the supernatural.
Prophecy is "playfully" intertwined
with biblical stories and connected to the Harvest Rock experience to justify
Harvest Rock's existence.
"The church is founded on apostles and prophets,
we welcome and honor the
prophetic ministry. We are called to be a prophetic people and are
committed to do only what we see our Father say and do." - Philosophy of
Ministry of Harvest Rock
"As sociologists have long known
relgious experiences are
institutionally dangerous, and institutions quickly develop
mechanisms to protect themselves from potential sudden upheavals.
similarly are well aware of the importance of routine in individual lives. Most
people seem to desire a stable social reality (or at least the perception of
stability) that protects them from having to "live on the edge." - Margaret M.
Although prophecy is woven into the very fabric of Harvest Rock,
there is evidence of a subtle shift under way from prophecy as a dynamic
process to prophecy as a status or position.
There appear to be two positions that are eclipsing "playful" prophecy
at Harvest Rock, namely those of
Ché Ahn reported in a personal interview that he
believes the last of the five-fold biblical offices is being restored during
this decade and that he, Ché Ahn, is an apostle.
"I pray for
Ché Ahn today - that you would make him an apostlic man for this city -
even as you have granted him favor, like Nehemiah. I ask you, Lord, that you
would make him a uniter of many parts of the
Body of Christ - even through
"Compassion L.A." - that you would use him to unite the church in Los
Angeles." - Lou Engle
"I long to see the
Signs and Wonders accompany the
apostlic - to see the dead raised
and watch whole cities get saved. That's what I want to see. It is my cry and
my prayer. "Lord, restore apostlic ministry,
apostolic purity, apostlic
anointing." In some groups the prophetic has been pretty much restored, but we
don't yet understand the apostole role." - Rick Wright
appears that many "prophets" are filling
conference halls, proclaiming new "hot spots," writing triumphalist books,
proclaiming the number of "people saved" on billboards, and most recently
meeting to "take cities" away from the "principalities and powers" that reside
in the heavenlies. With the original message of
lost in the Babel of supernatural spiritual technologies and
self-promotion, the future of
the renewal seems dim." - Margaret M. Poloma
"Lou then shared with me
that for the past 6 months the Lord has been laying strong on his heart a new
movement called "The Cause" that
would mobilize all of
America, specifically young adults from college campuses to vote an
specifically young adults from college campuses to vote and pray for the coming
November elections. I left my job on faith and within one week the Lord put
it on the heart of a special person to finance my first 6-12 months of ministry
without me even asking or telling this person about what I was doing. I knew it
was the Lord's confirmation for me to join Lou to serve him and mobilize the
young radicals on every college campus." - Jaeson Ma
"In Into the
Fire Ché Ahn offers insight into
personal revival and more.
Ché Ahn provides reproducible steps
and practical guidelines that will help you fan the flames of revival within
your church and help you prepare for the Lord's mighty harvest." -
Ché Ahn was mentored by
Word of Faith adherent
Dick Iverson, founding pastor of Bible Temple,
non-profit 501c3 incorporation.
Dick Iverson also mentored Wendell
Smith who holds 'Dragon Slayer New Generation' youth seminars.
Smith belongs to the Church of the Nazarene as does
James C. Dobson and his wife,
James C. Dobson, a pediatric
psychologist, is descended
from three generations of Nazarene ministers.
James C. Dobson's
Focus on the Family,
neoevangelical non-profit 501c3 incorporation, consists of more than 74
different programs in eight languages operating in 78 countries worldwide,
employing more than 1,300 in its modern three-building Colorado Springs
For fiscal year 1999, Focus on the Family had an
annual operating budget of more than $120 million.
In the second
chapter of James C. Dobson's book, Straight Talk to Men and Their Wives,
James C. Dobson discusses the source of much of his ministry - not from
Scriptures, but from direct
of the main purposes of "The
Call" is to "turn the hearts of the fathers to their
children and turn the hearts
of the children to their fathers."
I personally hosted "the
Loft" at my home, broke bread with Ché Ahn sheep and now my son must
perform an incantation to ward off the "principalities of darkness" before he
can talk to me.
An email to a father from his son:
"I do not want to relate to you under the
oppression of control; all it makes me
feel is that I have to compassion you. When
compassion is no
longer a choice, it is no
longer real compassion. I won't be answering the phone when you call, listening
to your voice messages or reading and responding to your
I never had a "respect" problem
with my son until he went to a "retreat" - "special indoctrination
session." After this "special training session" he
told me he lost all respect for me when he was 9 years old because I lost my
temper and yelled at his friend who had reformated the hard drive of my
business computer as a "joke.".
Let all be forewarned: Ché Ahn
and Harvest Rock supports and approves of
a group of
homosexual predators that work within the fellowship to bring the
lonely into the
tribe of Lost Boys residing on the small island of Neverland.
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