The Circus

Bob Neumann


Archived prophetic words and bible teachings from the Mercy Seat Fellowship

This page was last updated on Thursday, July 31, 2008 11:15:30 AM


Now it all began at IGNITED CHURCH on April 2nd and is packing them for both Matinee and Evening performances 7 days a week.They have moved it several times for larger seating capacity. Then they crossed over onto “GOD-TV” and UTUBE. Now if you listen to the HYPE that people like Stephen Strader and others are throwing out, you could easily “believe” that this is “THE GREAT AWAKENING”.or any other label they can slap on it. According to their spin masters it is FRONT PAGE if you GOOGLE GOD-TV. If you think begging for people to “donate” $70/minute to pay for the air time “GOD-TV” is using is how GOD moves.

That is what happens if you just type in single “words” on GOOGLE. Now if you are real energetic go to UTUBE and see what “LAKELAND” pops up. After being grossly under whelmed I went for THE BIG ENCHALADA..punched in “TODD BENTLY” to see the millions of HITS on his UPLOADS, the video of accounts of what is actually happening. What I actually found is distressing. Not because of what I watched, because I did not waste time watching the show. What distressed me was the lack of hits that have been made.


  The HYPE is that people are flocking to LAKELAND to PARTAKE of this GREAT MOVE. Then they make claim that millions stare at GOD-TV daily, and getting “into the flow”, at least vicariously. That UTUBE is being inundated with hits to see “IT” over and over.  Now in spite of the HYPE, Todd Bently stuff has not hit the “Featured Videos” status. According to UTUBE, one of Todd’s hottest pieces has had 87,885 “hits”. It lasts all of 1 minute and 14 seconds. Now it has sat on UTUBE a year and has had all of 274 “comments”. Another hottie is a video entitled “ENCOUNTERS WITH ANGELS” and has had 80,549 hits. It lasts a whole 9+ minutes.


Now it has only been on UTUBE for 10 months.  You may have noticed I have made no attempt to comment on the actual content of any of these videos. It is hard to get beyond the “lies less noticed”. Even looking at the “comments” and “prophetic words” that have been made over the past few weeks it is difficult to get beyond the “EMOTIONS” that “AGENDAS”.

Who really needs TRUTH if you have an AX TO GRIND, or a VESTED INTEREST? What I keep running into everywhere I turn, are the numerous defenders of the LAKELAND CIRCUS, no matter what happens. Now those who have made it their “duty” to expose the REVIVAL as THE CIRCUS it truly is have no more credibility then THE DEFENDERS. All I really see is a growing ”separation” between two groups leading their troops into battle carrying THE CROSS. This was first done by EMPEROR CONSTINTINE. So both sides see their actions supported by this one historic event.

Let me start with THE DEFENDERS. Foremost and loudest is of course Stephen Strader. THE CIRCUS is really a family business. Now I was ”sent” to see a performance when the Strader Family was at their peak. It was October 31st, 1995. I was told by THE MOST HOLY SPIRIT less than 24 hours before THE BIG SHOW to be there. So on a rainy, gloomy night almost 13 years ago I was directed to one CARPENTER’S HOME CHURCH in Lakeland. The main liner was RODNEY HOWARD BROWN. I caught the act, from beginning to end. What I heard and saw in the natural had two overwhelming aspects. It was “slick” and it was ”unscriptural”. In the realm of THE MOST HOLY SPIRIT I had just one emotional awareness that I have never forgotten. I was scared.

For years I have DISCERNED the voice of GOD. During that time I learned to discern Other spirits. Lying spirits, foul spirits and spirits of infirmity and other foot soldiers in THE ARMY OF DARKNESS. In time the CAPTAIN OF THE HOSTS OF HEAVEN taught me how to see and evaluate the midlevel management behind these “individual spirits”. So when I went to LAKELAND to ATTEND THE CIRCUS I had been familiar with both principalities and powers.

After Rodney and Troops had done their “THING”, I was sent into the night to travel throughout Central Florida. In those short hours I was shown the powers and principalities that ruled. I was also “introduced” to the PRINCE over the entire South East United States, the Caribbean Sea, and The Gulf of Mexico. He is in LAKELAND. Just call it a very intense learning opportunity. So I filed it away until THE APPOINTED TIME CAME AROUND. IT HAS.

Now this all started with Stephen Strader and IGNITE CHURCH that is in LAKELAND, housed in a refurbished SCOTTIE’S LUMBER building. Now Stephen is not new to the BIG SHOW. His father and family ran 8,000 seat CARPENTER’S HOME CHURCH. They “introduced” Rodney Howard-Browne to central Florida and “Christian TV”. Now Rodney arrives in AMERICA in ORLANDO in 1989. Supposedly with $300 to his name, claims his autobiography.

In 1995 he was finishing his TRIUMPHANT return to LAKELAND. In January 1994 one of his adherents, Randy Clark was invited by John Arnott, senior pastor of the Airport Vineyard Church because of his ties to Rodney Howard-Browne. Low and behold THE TORANTO BLESSING began.. A year later the Brownsville Outpouring began when Steve Hill was invited by Pastor John Kilpatrick to speak at Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida on Father’s Day.

All of this that we see today began only 15-16 years ago. LAKELAND is the culmination. Todd Bently is all of 32 years of age and claims to have been saved at age 18. That places it @14 hears ago. Shortly after his “salvation” he finds himself interacting with the PROPHETIC ACTIVITY in Kansas City.

If you try to just GOOGLE info on “THE KANSAS CITY PROPHETS” the info is very sketchy. Recent events by these same people just confuses the issue. But the beginning seems to be in one Mike BICKEL who in 1982 on a trip to Egypt recounts hearing a VOICE telling him to “raise up a work that will touch the ends of the earth”. Now when I first read this I too heard a VOICE say “DEJAH VU ALL OVER AGAIN!”. At least I recognized THE VOICE OF THE LAMB OF GOD”. So I kept looking. Beginning in 1982 an interesting string of events began, intertwining and which now culminate in THE LAKELAND SHOW. Involved are numerous ministries and organizations which dominate the charismatic, pentacostal, prophetic and apostolic activities in AMERIKA and much of the “FREE WORLD”. Strangely, they have ties that go back and back and back. The most obvious are Todd’s friendly angelic supporters, who had earlier been involved with one Bob JONES. I remember when Rick Joyner “PUT” Bob under wraps because of certain sins that people noticed. Which seems to be about the time these angels jumped BOB’S ship and landed with Todd.

Now Bob Jones said “his angels” were earlier with William Brahnam. Where they were before old William is just too far back for GOOGLE and WIKOPEDIA to have the information.

So today it is TODD BENTLY and THE FRESH FIRE MINISTRIES performing at “LAKELAND LINDER REGIONAL AIRPORT”.May 26-INDEFINATELY! Only Until June 18-21 when they are advertising their ”HEALING SIGNS AND WONDERS” show in CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA.

Now if THE NUMBERS and THE MONEY are as good as they HYPE, maybe Concord and North Carolina may be spared. Maybe their CIRCUS will just keep going on and on and on and their “DOG AND PONY SHOW” will stay there and not move on.

Many people may be concerned with this statement. Basically I am taking the position that of those 20,000 who are going to service after service is an inflated number. Also is the fact that many of those who do attend do so at every service. People addicted to “feelings” and “holy ghost goose bumps”. They are the main camp followers for the TODD BENTLEY CIRCUS.

So there are FOUR camps out there




Second is that of the DEMON HUNTERS who say all the hype and hoopla are empowered by DEMONIC POWERS. Maybe 90% of those actually interested in what is happening fall into one or other camps.

Now the Third camp is the largest. It may be comprised of 75% of the UNITED STATES who could not care less. Included in this group are the LIBERAL HUMANIST CHURCH who at best see it as a COSMIC JOKE. Along side them is the average EVANGELICAL FUNDAMENTALIST CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS who look at CAMPS 1 and 2 and grumble, HERE THEY GO AGAIN.

Then there is that Fourth group who sees GOD separating group after group. Threshing and winnowing in ways very few discern in THE MOST HOLY SPIRIT. I am one of these. Many who are in this last group KNEW something was happening far and beyond What most were saying. They just did not have a template to see how things fit. THE LAKELAND WHATEVER is just a CIRCUS. THE MOST HIGH GOD told us it was coming, and what HE WAS GOING TO DO ABOUT IT.

Some will argue all I have said. But I have two scriptures that bear witness.

Eze 33:30 ¶ Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. Eze 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee [as] my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, [but] their heart goeth after their covetousness. Eze 33:32 And, lo, thou [art] unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.


I can not say that people are not being entertained by THIS CIRCUS. But that does not help with the reality we are in.

 Isa 30:8 ¶ Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: Isa 30:9 That this [is] a rebellious people, lying children, children [that] will not hear the law of the LORD: Isa 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Isa 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. Isa 30:12 ¶ Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: Isa 30:13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.