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
Wright's vision is fueled by prophecies given in the mid to late 1980s by
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.
In the dream a black man is saying, "Come to Los Angeles.
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
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
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.
non-profit 501c3 incorporations.
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 'Word of
"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 instructed.
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 expected revival.
Over the years Ché Ahn's fellowship grew
to about 500 people, but it was not the revival of Ché Ahn's dreams.
Ché Ahn was able to attend Fuller
Theological Seminary at this time.
Ché Ahn studied
psychology earning a Master and Doctorate of Divinity.
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
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."
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 Holy Laughter.
Ché Ahn was
in self-described "depression" from the events of 1993 but at the Healing
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 depression was
gone! I was excited about ministry again." - Ché Ahn
Ché 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
with "supernatural manifestations".
1995 Ché Ahn asked John Arnott, pastor of
the Toronto Airport Vineyard, if he would be willing to come to Pasadena
John Arnott accepts the invitation and comes to the rented
facilities at Mott Auditorium on January 2, 1995 where more than 2,000 people
This event launched Harvest Rock's debut on the Internet as a
revival "hot spot" - an extension of the Toronto Airport Vineyard
John 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
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,
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."
I asked him, "What does that
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
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.]
1996 Harvest Rock
births Harvest International Ministries, a network of churches that
aligned themselves with Ché Ahn's leadership.
In accord with the
Sons/ 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
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.
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
"prophet" until 1999 when they are upgraded to "apostle".
is branded "pastor" while Jim Johnson is
Harvest Rock's revival is "playful".
of unusual "supernatural
manifestations" are explained as "the Father was playing with His
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 children."
Pentecostal adherents suggest that "play" brings
a closer relationship to the
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
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 prophets and apostles.
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
"It 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 God's
compassion 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
prayer, reconciliation, 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, a non-profit 501c3
Dick Iverson also mentored Wendell Smith who holds
'Dragon Slayer New Generation' youth seminars.
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, a
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 revelation.
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
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
An email to a father from his son:
do not want to relate to you under the oppression of control; all it makes me
feel is that I have to love you.
love is no longer a
choice, it is no longer
real love. I won't be answering the phone when you call, listening to your
voice messages or reading and responding to your e-mails."
never had a "respect" problem with my son until he went to a "retreat" - "special indoctrination
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
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 confused and
the tribe of Lost Boys
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