Where I Stand on IHOP’s View of End Times..and Where I Don’t

A central part of my spiritual DNA can be contributed to what the Spirit is doing in and through IHOP in Kansas City, MO. They are known to focus on 1) move of prayer and intercession 2) intimacy with Jesus 3) eschatology. When I got totally rocked at a conference in 2005, I remembering receiving a bit of all of those.

The first two have developed still to this day and my passions for prayer, intercession, and intimacy with Jesus are greater today than before. However, understanding and taking in IHOP’s view of the end times has been a constant struggle. And to this day, I think I can safely say that I don’t prescribe to IHOP’s views on eschatology (…but who knows when this position will change?)

My sentiments were solidified by a loose spiritual inspiration over my life, Jimmy Seibert. This video explains a lot of how I feel (the whole video is great, but start at around 2:00 to catch what I’m saying)

His and mine basic sentiment are that a concern about the way in which the End Times will pan out are not of great concern to me. To be short, I don’t disagree with the positions that IHOP has taken (post-tribulation, pre-millenial), I just disagree with the place End TImes has in the local church.

Here are some thoughts:

  • I have some hesitancy to base a large part of my ministry’s focus to be on fulfilling the details of prophesy. Of primal concern in regards to the end times, I agree that the way that we can be most ready to meet Jesus is to be ready now to meet Jesus. Getting people’s hearts to love Jesus passionately now is a great way to do that. But building farms in response to an expectation of the Anti-Christ’s economic system within the next few decades is a bit ludicrous (I gather this information from hearsay, not an official/publicized IHOP activity)
  • I want to see Jesus come back for sure, but I feel more Biblical convicted about doing and accomplishing the Great Commission (a clear textual exhortation) than I am about having day and night prayer in prayer rooms (a not-so-clear textual exhortation).
  • I question the applicability of IHOP’s view of the “Intercessory Missionary”. While I strongly believe that prayer and intercession are undoubtedly essential parts of Christian and mission,  I have a hard time finding the idea of an “Intercessory Missionary” as a prime example of the way mission (and ultimately through what process Jesus returns) is done in the New Testament. Anna is an oft-cited example from Luke, but she is not the primal example of what people are doing in the Book of Acts.

So those are my thoughts about where I stand on IHOP’s view of End Times. I’m not condemning IHOP, I love IHOP and what the Spirit is doing there, but these are just some critical thoughts as I grow into maturity of what missions and end times should look like.

 

Posted by Phillip Chan

Phil has been writing in the Black Box for 10 years. His passion is to grow in his love for Jesus to obey his purposes in our generation.

4 comments

  1. Simon

    Hmm. You seem a bit uninformed about IHOP's views and actions. Give me a call sometime and I'll fill you in.

    1. phillipchan1

      okay buddy.

  2. t4jes

    i concur… mostly… the eschatological views of IHOP and narrow interpretation of certain scriptural passages are the parts of that ministry i struggle to embrace the most.

    however, i have two thoughts:

    1) i do believe the Spirit speaks to IHOP and the leaders there. i don't want to concern myself with the details to speculate of what is going to happen in the end times, but be faithful with what God's commanded to his disciples today. but i also say, if things begin to happen at an accelerated rate, i'm going to look to IHOP and explore what they felt the Lord has been saying and discern. God could very well be giving them insight…

    2) i don't discredit that what they are doing is important to the Great Commission… I definitely don't think that prayer rooms and intercessory missionaries are is the primary way in how the Lord wants to reach the ends of the Earth (and I will leave room to the Spirit to correct me and the Church at large), but they play a role. I believe most of those called to be intercessory missionaries there have been called by the Lord… But I also believe that most people are not called to be "Annas" and IHOP would agree with that. But some indeed are.

    1. phillipchan1

      1) yes i think you're right in that i have a high respect for prophetic insight that IHOP has.

      2) yes good point of clarification in regard to majority expectation of the anna callling.

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