Diverting Christian Thinking
Once Rev. Hal Lindsey and countless other authors had successfully gotten Christians to start looking for a single Antichrist leader under every bush and tree, the real Spirits of Antichrist were free to do what Ancient Evil wanted to do all along. He created a group of "power pastors" to further centralize and divert Christian thinking. We saw the beginnings of this with the advent of Bishop Sheen, Billy Sunday, Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Rex Hubbard, Jack Coe, A.A. Allen, and William Branham. These men began to gain huge followings as they traveled the world preaching the gospel. These men were all controversial in one way or another. However, by the 1960s, the Spirits of Antichrist realized that his leaders needed to follow their program instead of teaching the Bible. Billy Sunday was already dead, Bishop Sheen was clearly in the Roman Catholic camp, and Billy Graham often cooperated with Roman Catholic and other mainline denominations when conducting his crusades. Even though Rex Humbard went through a lot of troubles in the 1970s, his ministry was effectively purchased by Trinity Broadcasting Network, and he appeared on TBN's flagship show: Praise the Lord multiple times.
Even though Jack Coe had problems with the Assembly of God Church, which ordained him, he maintained a biblical stance to his ministry, but died in 1958 of "polio." (Doctors call it Spinal Menigitus today) A.A. Allen died in his hotel room at the Jack Tar Hotel in San Francisco in 1969, allegedly of alcohol poisoning, though the county coroner's report said his blood alcohol level was at .36%? It also should be noted that he had several ambitious people working within his ministry, who desired to hi-jack the ministry once he died. Eventually, Don Stewart wrested the ministry from Allen's family and went on to form his own radio ministry. A.A. Allen's descendants have also formed their own ministry.
The most curious case of all is William Branham. Throughout most of his preaching career, he attacked the denominational churches for their deviations from the teaching of scripture. His only affiliation was with the Full-Gospel Businessmen, International, which sent him around the world to hold meetings. He also did meetings for individual pentecostal churches and other Christian organizations. He was also one of the first preachers to record a considerable number of his messages, which survive to this day. Even though he taught at a lot of his meetings, he also held a lot of healing services and had a success rate that far exceeded other ministers of his time. Many people though, took exception to some of his teachings and prophecies. He ran into trouble with the Internal Revenue Service in the 1950s, which caused his ministry to stumble for a time, but by the 1960s, his ministry was again doing pretty well. He was not inclined to build a mega-ministry like his now famous counterpart: Oral Roberts. He preferred to "remain poor, just like the people he ministered to." It seems that by 1965, the Spirits of Antichrist had him in his sights. Unlike most of the other evangelists of his time, Branham did not try to sell himself as a brand of Christianity and refused ademately, to form up another denomination. He also tried to dissuade people from being a part of the denominational church system, warning that they were nothing more than "harlot daughters of the Roman Catholic Church." He further warned that if Christians joined them, they would become "bastard children" and "not real Christians." Since the Antichrist System depended upon Christians falling into their vast denominational system, William Branham could no longer be tolerated. On December 17, 1965, while returning to Jeffersonville, Indiana from his home in Arizona, he station wagon was struck by a car driven by a intoxicated soldier on leave near Fiona, Texas, southwest of Amarillo, Texas. Severely injured, Branham and his family were taken by ambulance to the Parmer County Medical Center. When the doctors were able to stabilize him, he was transported to a hospital in Amarillo, Texas where he died on December 24, 1965. Numerous authorities on demonology have pointed out that when people are intoxicated, they become easy targets for demons seeking to enter and sometimes posses them. It seems, the Spirit of Antichrist had put a contract out on William Branham. Prior to leaving Arizona, he had told officials of the Branham Tabernacle in Jeffersonville, Indiana that he would be preaching a sermon to them titled, "On the Trail of the Serpent."
By 1970, the Spirit of Antichrist had either killed or compromsied almost every independent preacher. The only one that seemed to remain was Jimmy Swaggart, but he seemed inconsequential at the time. They were in the process of developing three mega-ministries in an effort to gain control of the conservative Christian world. The first of these was Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), founded by Yale Law School Graduate: Marion "Pat" Robertson around 1965. Working in that network was Jim and Tammy Bakker who would later leave to form PTL, and Paul and Jan Crouch, who would later leave to join PTL and then later form Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). While Rex Humbard, Oral Roberts, and Bishop Sheen had already created television shows and bought time on television stations to air their programs, CBN, PTL, and TBN began to form their radio and television networks. The Spirit of Antichrist trapped these ministries by contolling the financial inputs into them. These ministries were forced by financial expediency to hold telethons several times a year to maintain their financial standings. Even then, they were forced to incessantly ask for money throughout their broadcasts. In time, they became suspectible to the "Prosperity Gospel" teachings of itinerant preacher E.W. Kenyon. This gospel taught in its simple form teaches that if people gave certain preachers money, that "God" was somehow obliged to bless them financially for their giving.
What most people do not realize is that the "God" these preachers refer to is a Babylonian-Teutonic entity called "Gawd" which is an "elohim" of good luck and fortune. Pagan people wishing to engage in gambling, gaming, sports, and other activities requiring "luck" would call upon the "elohim" Gawd to give them the "luck" they desired. Part of calling upon Gawd was giving him a "sacrifice" to convince him to act in their interest. Mostly, he was a "small-time elohim" and NOT part of the bigger picture.
Gawd pulled off his biggest coup d' tat in the 14th century when English bibles were first translated. Most English translators translated the Tetragammon YHWH as "God" or "Lord." (Once in a while, they used Jehovah, but that was rare) Considering what most people prayed for back then and into modern times, people inadvertently invoked this false diety to help them out. When they gave money to a preacher who often inadvertently promoted this diety, they made their "sacrifice" and got their prayers answered. Of course, the bigger the offering, the better their chances were of getting their prayers answered. When Jesse Penn-Lewis suggested that the devil could answer prayer in her famous book: War on the Saints, much of the Christian world got very upset. Deliverance ministers immediately discerned that the anger was demonically driven.
The debate raged until someone retranslated Isaiah 65:11 from the Hebrew ignoring the Nikud markings on the letters. They realized that the Gimel-Daleth in that verse refered to the Babylonian diety: Gawd. The rest of the verse talks about the sacrifices and offerings people would make to this false elohim to get what they want. YHWH was bypassed in these proceedings. The Spirits of Antichrist have effectively turned much of the conservative Christian community over to the worship of Gawd and have turned most prayer into requests for things and favor.
The Bible makes it clear that you pray to the Father in Heaven, not to Gawd or any other elohim. Furthermore, your prayers are to advance the Kingdom of Our Heavenly Father. While we can pray for our needs, we can only do it consistent with the advancement of the Kingdom of Our Father. We need to choose whether we live to advance the Kingdom of YHWH, or advance the kingdom of Ancient Evil. Ancient Evil wants us to pray to his favored elohim to get what we think we want. The end of that reality is that Ancient Evil owns you and your destiny will be the Lake of Fire. When we give our lives to YHWH, we live to advance His Kingdom. We obey His Commandments and we do His Will, not for salvation, but because we love Him!