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
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. In the
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)." -
Ché Ahn, the
son of Byung Kook
Ahn, prayed that
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
asked him out to lunch - a lunch during which Ché Ahn was certain
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
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
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 great success'."
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
man in the dream
instructed. They had been reading a book by Frank Bartleman, the reporter who
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
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
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.
drought" experience of the 1980s and early 1990s the
vision Ché Ahn and
Lou Engle for
revival is nurtured by
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'." -
1992 During a clergy gathering
Ché Ahn spot
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
Street still lives." -
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.
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
Just weeks after the
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:
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
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
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
1995 Ché Ahn asked
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 Toronto Airport
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" promises to bring "deliverance from your enemies."
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 forth.
"If you happened to see people jumping into a river (to use
their term) and then coming out
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 euphoria, then later brings paralysis or insanity." - Dan Van
around the extension of the Toronto Airport Vineyard revival that Rick Wright,
a Vineyard pastor from Glendale, California, joined Ché Ahn and Lou
"We knew our vision would fit right in." - Rick
Jones told us the revival would "start in the northeast in the
land of chickadee."
him, "What does that mean."
Bob Jones replied
that he did not 'know'. So when the
renewal started in
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
Vineyard was ousted from the Vineyard Association, the
fellowship reclaimed the original name of Harvest Rock. After experiencing the
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
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 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
"prophet" and, later, upgraded to "apostle".
Lou Engle is
branded as a
"prophetic revivalist" and a "prayer warrior."
Rick and Pam Wright are
"prophets" until 1999 when they are upgraded to "apostle".
"pastor" while Jim Johnson is
Harvest Rock's revival is "playful".
Outward displays of unusual "supernatural
manifestations" are explained as "the Father was playing
with His children."
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."
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.
"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. 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
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
appears that many "prophets" are filling
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 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
"In Into the
Fire Ché Ahn offers insight into
power, prophets and apostles, city taking, prayer,
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
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
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
"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 confused
and lonely into the tribe of Lost Boys residing on the small island of
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