Rick Wright is the pastor of a small Charismatic Pentacostal 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
Rick 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 Los Angeles.
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. 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)." -
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
Tomczak asked him out to lunch - a lunch during which Ché Ahn was
certain Larry Tomczak would ask him to establish a new fellowship.
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. People of
Destiny International changed it's name to PDI Ministries in 1998 and
to Sovereign Grace Ministries in 2003. All non-profit
While "seeking the Lord" Ché Ahn spends a few
days in a condominium in Ocean City, Maryland - a nice vacation destination.
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 Knowledge': "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
1984Ché 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
history with his first-hand account of the
revival, and felt "called" to settle in
Pasadena to await a fresh move of the Spirit in the greater Los Angeles
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. Despite prayer, fasting and
active neoevangelism, there was
no sign of the expected
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
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."
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
"We felt this was a sign that
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 that 1993 would 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
Conference where Ché Ahn had his first taste of
Ché Ahn was in
self-described "depression" from the events of
1993 but at the Healing Conference
he experienced an unexpected refreshing:
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
Holy Spirit 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
1994 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
Ahn and Lou Engle made their first trip to the
Airport Vineyard for the first "Catch the Fire
Conference" in October. They both received what Lou Engle described as
"another explosion," an experience
together with "supernatural
1995 Ché Ahn asked
John Arnott, pastor
of the Toronto
Airport Vineyard, if he would be willing to come to Pasadena to speak.
accepts the invitation and comes to the rented facilities at Mott Auditorium on
January 2, 1995 where more than 2,000 people show up.
launched Harvest Rock's debut on the Internet as a revival "hot spot" - an
extension of the
Airport Vineyard revival.
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 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
600+ people line up to receive
anointing" from John Arnott as he grabbs upraised
hands and says, "Receive the sword."
fall on the floor and began moving their arms back and forth.
you happened to see people jumping into a river (to use their term) and then coming out
jerking, falling down,
barking, blowing, looking
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
euphoria, then later brings paralysis or insanity." - Dan Van Hoy
around the extension of the
Airport Vineyard revival
that Rick Wright, a Vineyard pastor from
Glendale, California, joined Ché Ahn and Lou Engle.
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 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?"
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 = psychology)
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 non-profit corporation.
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
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 and Dominion
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.
Rock membership grew to approximately 1000 people.
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
1996 Harvest Rock births Harvest International
Ministries, a network of churches that aligned themselves with Ché
Ahn's leadership. In accord with the Latter Rain /
Manifest Sons /
Word of Faith
dogma and Dominion
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
1998 Ché Ahn is
branded "neoevangelist prophet" and
upgraded to "apostle".
Lou Engle is branded as a "prophetic revivalist" and a
Rick and Pam Wright are
branded as "prophets" until 1998 when
they are upgraded to "apostle".
Karl Malouff is
branded "pastor" while Jim Johnson is
branded "pastoral teacher."
Harvest Rock's revival is "playful".
Outward displays of
manifestations" are explained as "the Father was playing with His
laughter, being "drunk in the spirit," uncontrolled jerking, jumping up and
down like Pogo, and even barking and howling is "the Father playing with His
Charismatic Pentacostal 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.
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
"As sociologists have long known
relgious experiences are institutionally dangerous, and institutions quickly
develop mechanisms to protect themselves from potential sudden upheavals.
Social psychologists 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. Poloma
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
Ché Ahn reported
in a personal interview that he believes the last of the
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
"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
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
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
heart a new
movement called "The
Cause" that would mobilize all of America, 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
Into the Fire
Ché Ahn offers insight into supernatural power, prophets and apostles,
city taking, 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. Wendell 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, a neoevangelical
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 facility. 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
One 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
I hosted "the Loft" at my home, broke bread with
your sheep and now my son must
perform an incantation to ward off the "principalities of darkness" before he
can talk to me.
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter
times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and
doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy,
having their conscience seared with a
hot iron, forbidding to
marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created
to be received with thanksgiving
by those who believe and know the truth. For
every creature of God is good,
and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving." - 1
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." My son has been taught by you that any emotional
problems he has are due to me not being the father that I am supposed to be
according to your judgement.
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 e-mails."
son has told me, according to the way he has been taught by you, that I am
trying to control him. But my son is exhibiting the behavior of someone who has
been "brainwashed" into a cult.
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 lonely into the tribe of
Lost Boys residing on the small island of Neverland. Once they reach the Land
of Play they follow in Pinocchio's footsteps becoming donkeys which are then
trained to perform all kinds of tricks. This group of Lost Boys, frolicking in
the Land of Play, indoctrinate new sycophants into the wonders of
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