Mike Bickle runs an international cult known as the International House of Prayer. As a result, this movement is renowned around the world as iHOP. Around the time of its inception, iHOP founded their ministry on this verse from the Book of Acts:
“After this I will return,
and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen;
I will rebuild its ruins,
and I will restore it,
that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord,
and all the Gentiles who are called by my name,
says the Lord, who makes these things known from of old.”
The reason why iHOP moved off this verse was because many of their critics noted that the church is to be built on Jesus Christ not on error. Critics pointed out that iHOP was part of the bigger international cult known as the New Apostolic Reformation, a cult that heavily pushes Dominionist and Restorationist heresies.
The error that critics picked up on was the fact that James was addressing how Peter witnessed “God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name” as a fulfillment of Amos’ prophetic Word in Amos 9:11,12.
Christ was the temple that was destroyed – and in three days rebuilt it. Christ and His church are now the Tabernacle of David. So the church global is not being restored thanks to Bickle the prophet. Christ restored to himself a people, the true House of David at his death and resurrection. We are baptized into his death and are raised with him at His resurrection as new creatures in Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit forever praising Him in our trials and tribulations.
However, Bickle attempted to cause a divide by promoting the idea that God called him, and his iHOP movement, to lead the church by suggesting that Bickle (the prophet), is restoring the true church on earth. To suggest that the church got it wrong for the last 2000 years is delusional at best, and cultish at worst.
On that note, we’ve noticed Bickle has completely removed his heretical restoration doctrine on the House of David. It looks as though he has no problem rewriting iHOP history. However, he is essentially still saying the same thing below but only through word games and twisted scripture.
HARP & BOWL HERESY & OTHER ERRORS
A few things that people need to be alerted to in the attached iHOP FAQ, are their practices of omens (which is forbidden in the scriptures) and their cult-like leadership paradigm and Harp & Bowl worship prayer structures.
Note that iHOP was started on this particular date: 1999/9/19 (” We have been going nonstop since September 19, 1999″…)
The New Apostolic Reformation has no issues dabbling in witchcraft in the field of omens – specifically in secret or special numeric codes. The date when events or movements like this start should concern followers.
Note that iHOP is arrogant enough to claim that they will be “going nonstop …. until the return of Christ Jesus to earth.” This is NAR eschatological heresy, the belief that their church will bring revival to usher in Christ’s return so they can rise up and judge with Him the nations of the earth in the days of the Latter Rain.
Note that iHOP believe “God works through anointed leadership that allows freedom in the Spirit”. The Christ means the “anointed”. It’s important to remember that Jesus warned us about false Christs. That’s false anointed ones. iHOP has dangerously elevated their leadership to Jesus’ status – which means that their leadership cannot be questioned.
To make matters worse, because iHOP leadership are the “anointed”, they open their followers to a dangerous brainwashing form of worship known as the ‘Harp and Bowl’ heresy. This is a practice that gets iHOP leaders to read and sing prophetically over their congregants in worship time. Because worship is all about engaging the heart and spirit of a person (not their mind), people are open to the power of suggestion and are easily manipulated to do, and believe, things they wouldn’t normally do.
Here is a quick video explaining the harp and bowl heresy:
In a nutshell we strongly advise people avoid such leaders who claim to be prophets and ‘anointed ones’ and pervert the word of God for their own selfish ends.
Where is the concept of the house of prayer found in the Bible?
The phrase house of prayer is from Isaiah 56:7, where it is used twice: “These [foreigners] I will bring to My holy mountain and give them joy in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
Jesus refers to this verse when casting the money changers from the temple, as recorded in Mark 11:17: “Then He taught, saying to them, ‘Is it not written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations”? But you have made it a den of thieves.’” (Transcribed also in Mt. 21:13 and Lk. 19:46.)
The heart of the house of prayer is perhaps best captured by David’s heart cry in Psalm 27:4: “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.”
King David established the tabernacle of David. Referred to in many parts of the Bible, this house of prayer is best described in 1 Chronicles 16:1–37:
So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it . . . And he [David] appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the LORD God of Israel . . . So he [David] left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister before the ark regularly, as every day’s work required. (1 Chr. 1, 4, 37)
The best picture of what the house of prayer strives for can be found in the book of Revelation, in the many descriptions of the redeemed gathered before the throne of God, such as:
The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” (Rev. 5:8–9)
Is a certain prayer format important?
It is important that the house of prayer be organized, so that there is no confusion for leaders and participants. We believe God works through anointed leadership that allows freedom in the Spirit. God is the Head, and He looks to partner with us here on the earth.
Individual houses of prayer in different cities function somewhat differently from each other, and usually takeon the “flavor” of the region for which they are contending. The format at IHOPKC is 24/7 prayer and worship. We have been going nonstop since September 19, 1999, and we have set our hearts to continue until the return of Christ Jesus to earth.
Why are the concepts of beauty and enjoyable prayer important for the house of prayer?
The highest expressions of beauty are the beauty of God (see Ps. 27:4) and the beauty He imparts to the Bride of Christ (see Eph. 5:27; cf. Ps. 149:4). These two realms of beauty provide a solid foundation and fuel for night-and-day prayer.
Fascination: The heart of man was designed to be fascinated with who God is and what He looks like—never to be dull and lifeless. Part of our journey is rediscovering how amazingly beautiful and fascinating He is.
Confidence: As we begin to understand how amazingly beautiful He is, we also begin to understand that He has passed His own beauty on to us. We stand confident in His love and grace, sustained in affection, not in shame or fleshly motivation.
Pleasure and joy are indispensable to the house of prayer. He assured us through the prophet Isaiah that He would give us joy in the place of prayer (see Isa. 56:7). The psalmist said, “At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11).
In the house of prayer, we are operating under a paradigm of a God who is beautiful, fascinating, and full of delightful pleasures. These qualities are inexhaustible on this side of eternity and are a worthy and wise pursuit for the human heart.
How do music and singing fit into a house of prayer?
We are in the midst of a global worship movement, focused on prayer and intimacy with God. It is vital that prayer becomes enjoyable for every believer; it releases a spirit of devotion and fills the heart with worship.
Many who have begun houses of prayer will attest to the “rock-pile” prayer meetings, where one feels as though he or she is simply chipping away little by little at the resistance around them, with very little anointing and power. Fortunately, through God’s sovereign design, when worship is combined with intercession, a spiritual stirring occurs through the corporate body of believers.
Music awakens the heart to beauty. Since God is a musical being and we have been created in His very image, we have been made with a musical spirit. Almost every person finds solace, comfort, or expression in music. Again, this is God’s design. In heaven, music and verbal expression (prayer) are never separated from one another. We base most of our prayer meetings in the house of prayer upon this concept and value.
When King David instituted the tabernacle, he knew that worship and devotion were major components of day-and-night intercession. He must have possessed deep revelation of how heaven hosts a prayer meeting. We are seeking to emulate this heavenly model, found in Revelation 5:8. We call this particular model “harp and bowl intercession.”
Source: FAQ, iHOPKC, http://www.ihopkc.org/about/faq/, Accessed 27/12/2016.