Rick Joyner’s Book "The Final Quest" or "The Ultimate Lie"
Editor’s Note: Please also read the companion articles about Rick Joyner and Morning Star Ministries, The Knights of Malta and Rick Joyner and Rick Joyner and the New World Order
The Ultimate Lie
The book by Rick Joyner, entitled The Final Quest, should be labeled "The Final Lie." It is absolutely the biggest pack of "ultimate lies" from demons and devils that I have ever reviewed. This book can deceive no one unless they have first been mesmerized by these last day deceptions. The content is so ridiculous and far-fetched that believing it reveals an altered state of religious deception. Remember, that to be "mesmerized" simply means "an altered state of consciousness." The final religion of the Antichrist is sorcery and witchcraft and the spirit of this darkness has already taken deep root in the church world.
Rick Joyner is an ultimate false prophet. He is so taken with himself that he believes his own lies and elevates himself with a dark sense of his own importance. Let’s look at his descent into necromancy (communication with the dead) that he freely expresses in this book. Mr. Joyner supposedly goes to heaven and meets all the greats of Biblical revelation. Listen as he, according to his book, meets the Apostle Paul.
"I then felt compelled to look at those who were sitting on the thrones we were passing. As I did, my gaze fell upon a man whom I knew was the apostle Paul. As I looked back at the Lord, He motioned for me to speak to him.
"’I have so looked forward to this’ I said, feeling awkward but excited by this meeting. ‘I know that you are aware of just how much your letters have guided the church, and they are probably still accomplishing more than all the rest of us put together. You are still one of the greatest lights on the earth.’
"’Thank you,’ he said graciously. ‘But you do not understand just how much we have looked forward to meeting you. You are a soldier in the last battle; you are the ones whom everyone here is waiting to meet. We only saw these days dimly through our limited prophetic vision, but you have been chosen to live in them. You are a soldier preparing for the last battle. You are the ones for whom we are all waiting.’
"Still feeling awkward, I continued, ‘But there is no way that I can convey the appreciation that we feel for you, and all who helped to set our course with their lives and their writings. I also know that we will have an eternity for exchanging our appreciation, so please, while I am here, let me ask, ‘What would you say to my generation that will help us in this battle?’
"’I can only say to you now what I have already said to you through my writings. I would have you to understand them better by knowing that I fell short of all that I was called to do,’ Paul stated, looking me resolutely in the eyes.
"’But you are here, in one of the greatest thrones. You are still reaping more fruit for eternal life than any of us could ever hope to reap,’ I protested.
"’By the grace of God I was able to finish my course, but I still did not walk in all that I was called to. I fell short of the highest purposes that I could have walked in. Everyone has. I know that some think that is blasphemy to think of me as anything less than the greatest example of Christian ministry, but I was being honest when I wrote near the end of my life that I was the greatest of sinners. I was not saying that I have been the greatest of sinners, but that I was the greatest of sinners then. I had been given so much to understand, and I walked in so little of it.’" (The Final Quest, Rick Joyner, Morning Star Publications, 1996, pp. 131-132.)
It is easy to see that the spirit Rick Joyner was talking with in his act of necromancy was a deceiving, lying spirit from the devil. Everything about this conversation is deceptive and false. Mr. Joyner sees himself in such an exalted position that the Apostle Paul is treated condescendingly. To belittle the Words of God given to the Apostle Paul serves only to elevate himself and his colleagues as being much more obedient and in touch with God than the men who wrote the Word of God. It is so blatant and false as to be laughable if he were not serious.
He quoted the Apostle Paul as saying, "But you do not understand just how much we have looked forward to meeting you." Anybody who believes in the conversations out of necromancy has a serious problem, but those that believe Apostle Paul said this about an apostate like Rick Joyner, need their heads examined.
Let’s weigh the testimony of Apostle Paul to one of the statements quoted above. Mr. Joyner quotes this voice he heard that he called the apostle as stating, "By the grace of God I was able to finish my course, but I still did not walk in all that I was called to. I fell short of the highest purposes that I could have walked in. Everyone has. I know that some think that is blasphemy to think of me as anything less than the greatest example of Christian ministry, but I was being honest when I wrote near the end of my life that I was the greatest of sinners. I was not saying that I have been the greatest of sinners, but that I was the greatest of sinners then. I had been given so much to understand, and I walked in so little of it." (Ibid, p. 132.)
What Mr. Joyner stated and what the Apostle Paul said is totally different. Here are the Words of God spoken by the Holy Ghost. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." (II Timothy 4:7-8).
When Apostle Paul spoke of his having been the chiefest of sinners, he was speaking of the past, not his state of sinfulness when he penned those words. Again, Mr. Joyner seems to see himself as a revisionist of Holy Scripture, making it fit his false revelations.
The Occultic Trance
Mr. Joyner confesses that this book is basically a result of trances that he experienced. A Biblical trance experienced by people in the Bible is totally different from occultic trances, which are nothing but the devil’s imitations. A Biblical trance was a place of great inspiration where the person, in full control of himself, received beautiful revelations from the Lord. An occultic trance is an altered state of consciousness when foreign spirits take control. Let’s allow Mr. Joyner to speak from his book about this matter.
"The visions contained in this book all began with a dream. Some of it came under a very intense sense of the presence of the Lord, but the overwhelming majority was received in some level of a trance. Most of it came on the level where I was still conscious of my surroundings, and could even interact with them, such as answering the phone. When they were interrupted, or when things got so intense that I would have to get up and walk around, when I sat back down I would immediately be right back where I had left off. Once the experience became so intense that I actually got up and left the mountain cabin where I go to seek the Lord, and drove home. Over a week later I returned and almost immediately I was right back where I left off." (Ibid, p. 11.)
Mr. Joyner gives absolutely no Bible support for any of these trances. In fact, it is clear that the whole book would fit in a New Age bookstore or in a wizard’s library perfectly. Connected to these trances, Joyner gives five levels of the prophetic revelation or trances again with no genuine support from the Word of God. Here are his five levels, as stated in The Final Quest.
FIRST LEVEL: "There are many levels of prophetic revelation. The beginning levels include prophetic ‘impressions.’ These are genuine revelations. They can be extraordinarily specific and accurate when interpreted by those who are experienced and sensitive to them." (Ibid, p. 9.)
SECOND LEVEL: "Visions can come on the impression level, also. They are gentle and must be seen with ‘the eyes of our heart.’ These, too, can be very specific and accurate, especially when received and/or interpreted by those who are experienced." (Ibid, p. 10.)
THIRD LEVEL: "The next level of revelation is a conscious sense of the presence of the Lord, or the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which gives special illumination to our minds. This often comes when I am writing, or speaking, and it gives me much greater confidence in the importance or accuracy of what I am saying. I believe that this was probably experienced by the apostles as they wrote the New Testament epistles." (Ibid, p. 10.)
FOURTH LEVEL: "’Open visions’ occur on a higher level then impressions; they tend to give us more clarity than we may have even when we feel the conscious presence of the Lord, or the anointing. Open visions are external, and are viewed with the clarity of a movie screen. Because they cannot be controlled by us I believe that there is far less possibility of mixture in revelations that come this way. (Ibid, p. 10.)
FIFTH LEVEL: "Another higher level prophetic experience is a trance, such as Peter had when he was first instructed to go the house of Cornelius and preach the gospel to the Gentiles for the first time, and such as Paul had when he prayed in the temple in Acts 22. Trances were a common experience of the biblical prophets. Trances are like dreaming where you are awake. Instead of just seeing a ‘screen’ like in an open vision, you feel like you are in the movie, that you are actually there in a strange way." (Ibid, p. 11.)
Rick Joyner Attacks Bible Believers
Joyner’s chief purpose in this book is to attack anyone that discerns or believes the Bible to be infallible and who is willing to defend truth to the end. Part One is entitled "The Hordes of Hell Are Marching." His total description of this company, which he names as "the hordes of hell," cannot be anyone other than those refusing to believe the "new revelations" he is proclaiming. If you believe that the Scripture should judge his visions and prophecies, then his description of you is quite vivid.
First, here are his opening remarks. "The demonic army was so large that it stretched as far as I could see. It was separated into divisions, with each carrying a different banner. The foremost divisions marched under the banners of Pride, Self-righteousness, Respectability, Selfish-Ambition, Unrighteous Judgment, and Jealousy. There were many more of these evil divisions beyond my scope of vision, but those in the vanguard of this terrible horde from hell seemed to be the most powerful. The leader of this army was the Accuser of the Brethren himself." (Ibid, p. 16.)
Then, he gave his opinion of this army and what their resistance was meant to accomplish. "This army was marching specifically against the church, but it was attacking everyone that it could. I knew that it was seeking to pre-empt a coming move of God which was destined to sweep masses of people into the church." (Ibid, p. 17.)
Mr. Joyner goes further to describe how the people he was fighting with were filthy and slime-ridden by some imaginary vultures that were riding his enemies. He even calls the true anointing of the Holy Ghost on these Bible-believing Christians "slime." Notice his words. "Even worse than the vomit from the vultures was a repulsive slime that these demons were urinating and defecating upon the Christians they rode. This slime was the pride, selfish ambition, etc., that was the nature of their division. However, this slime made the Christians feel so much better than the condemnation that they easily believed that the demons were messengers of God, and they actually thought this slime was the anointing of the Holy Spirit." (Ibid, p. 21.)
The one and only answer to this false book is the Word of God and the true anointing of the Holy Ghost. You will always find Satan fighting against that which he fears. Many years ago the Lord inspired my heart to understand that the only antidote to error is truth and the only power that darkness cannot tolerate is light. This is why the book attacks the final words of the Holy Bible and the true anointing of the Holy Ghost.
The Beautiful Realm Of Darkness
The third section of this book takes the reader into the realm of the false beauty of occultism. It is entitled, "The Return of the Eagles." The wild fantasy of this episode is probably fascinating to anyone that has become caught up into the mysterious world of "New Wave" Charismatics. Giant eagles appear and Joyner tells how exciting it was to interact with these intelligent creatures. He asked one question that shows something of their character. "’Where did you come from?’ I asked." (Ibid, p. 59.)
Here’s the answer he received. "’We eat snakes,’ the eagle replied. ‘The enemy is bread for us. Our sustenance comes from doing the Father’s will, which is to destroy the works of the devil. Every snake that we eat helps to increase our vision. Every stronghold of the enemy that we tear down strengthens us so we can soar higher and stay in the air longer. We have just come from a feast, devouring the serpents of Shame who have bound many of your brothers and sisters. They will be here soon. They are coming with the eagles we left behind to help them find the way, and to protect them from the enemy’s counterattacks.’" (Ibid, pp. 59-60.)
Can you imagine a creature of God that increases its wisdom by eating snakes? This clearly reveals that the nature of these eagles was the nature of a demon. Now, the eagle reveals to Joyner that he was a man whom he had formerly known, but had been changed to their present expression. The eagle shows him a door that was a shortcut to some great level of spiritual attainment. Joyner now enters that door.
Here are his words. "The glory that I behold was so stunning that I immediately fell to my knees. The gold, silver and precious stones were far more beautiful than can be described. They actually rivaled the glory of the Tree of Life. The room was so large that it seemed to be without end. The floor was silver, the pillars, gold, and the ceiling was a single pure diamond that reflected every color I had ever known and many that I had not known. Angels without number were all around, dressed in different robes and uniforms that were of no earthly origin.
"As I began to walk through the room, the angels all bowed in salute. One stepped forward and welcomed my by name. He explained that I could go anywhere and see anything that I wanted in the room. Nothing was withheld from those who came through the door. I was so overwhelmed by the beauty that I could not even speak. I finally remarked that this was even more beautiful than the Garden had been. Surprised, the angel responded, ‘This is the Garden! This is one of the rooms in your Father’s house. We are your servants.’
"As I walked, a great company of angels followed me." (Ibid, p. 67-68.)
Within this room, Joyner describes what he calls beautiful stones and jewels. Here is a description of one of those stones as described by him. "Then my eyes fell on a beautiful green stone. ‘What does that one have in it?’ I asked the angel standing nearby.
"’All of these stones are the treasures of salvation. You are now touching the heavenly realm, and that one is the restoration of life,’ he continued.
"As I touched the green stone I began to see the earth in rich and spectacular colors. They grew in richness the longer I had my hand on the stone, and my love for all that I saw also grew. Then I began to see a harmony between all living things on a level that I had never seen before. Then I began to see the glory of the Lord in the creation. It began to grow until again I had to step away because of the intensity." (Ibid, p. 68-69.)
Ezekiel gives a picture of Satan and his created fascination with jewels and beautiful things. "Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire." (Ezekiel 28:13-14). Certainly, Satan has not lost his paranormal powers to lure men with his beauty and with promises of religious glory.
I would like to believe that no professing believer could be taken by such wild speculation. One of Satan’s tools to lure men has always been a fanciful attachment to the imagination. While a pure imagination is certainly wonderful, one that has left the sure guide of Biblical truth and wisdom is equally dangerous. The occultic world of Dungeons & Dragons is not much different than this book, The Final Quest. It fixes the mythology of ancient paganism perfectly and has all the elements of Satan’s lying wonders.
Persons already intrigued by Rick Joyner are not likely to do less than heap scorn on me and on this article. It is really written to warn anyone that will listen to stay clear of anything that is not flooded with Biblical truth. The Bible has never been more important. It has all the truth that you need to steer a pure course to the joy of salvation and to the eternal city of God.