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Shadows of Things to Come: A Prophetic Look at God's Unfolding Plan [Paperback]

By Rick Joyner (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 5.92" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.81 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 10, 2001
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785267840  
EAN  9780785267843  

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A fascinating look at Christ's relationship with His disciples and the activities of the early church so that we can better understand the present and predict the future. "One of the greatest sources of prophetic vision is found by better understanding our past," says Rick Joyner. "I studied Christ's interaction with the apostles as well as the life of the early church to be obedient to a heavenly vision in which I was told that I would not be able to accurately foresee the future until I understood the past." In this important book Joyner looks at the life and ministry of the apostles and of later generations so that Christians today can close the openings the enemy has used to gain entry and do his deadly work. He examines the successes and failures of Christians of the past so we can better understand how to be God's servants today.

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More About Rick Joyner

Rick Joyner Rick Joyner heads MorningStar Ministries (also known as MorningStar Publications and Ministries), which he cofounded with his wife Julie Joyner in 1985. He is also the founder, executive director, and senior pastor of MorningStar Fellowship Church based in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Biography

Rick Joyner converted to Christianity in the early 1970s, and his ministry began following a period of spiritual renewal in his life, during which he wrote a number of books based on his assertion of a three-day prophetic revelation and vision of the state of the church and impendingend-times events. A church he led during the late 1970s in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area broke up around 1980. Joyner resumed ministry later in the decade; some web sites say he resumed ministry around 1987.

He is closely associated with evangelist Todd Bentley, former leader of the Lakeland Outpouring. In March 2009, he announced his role guiding the rehabilitation of Bentley. He is married to Julie Joyner and has five children: Anna, Aaryn, Amber, Ben, and Sam.

MorningStar School

He also oversees MorningStar's University, Fellowship of Ministries, and Fellowship of Churches. He edits The MorningStar Journal and The MorningStar Prophetic Bulletin. The purpose of his ministry is the biblical mandate of Matthew 24:45–46 as well as a commitment to equip future leaders and work in relationship with current leaders to prepare and strengthen the church for the last days. This organization has several branches in North Carolina: Charlotte, Wilkesboro, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem.


Joyner is also a well-known author of more than thirty books, including his best-selling The Final Quest series published by MorningStar Publications. He is a highly sought-after speaker at international conferences. A number of his books are about the prophetic ministry in the modern church, including several books (The Harvest, The Final Quest) based on heavenly revelations he claims to have received himself, always stressing that no prophetic revelation can contradict scripture.

The Final Quest is the first book in a three book series written by Rick Joyner. First published in 1997, the book is written from the perspective of the author relating a series of open visions that he experienced. The book has been firmly accepted by some yet firmly rejected by others. This is due to the many characteristics that make it controversial among circles of conservative Evangelical Christians. Much these controversies stem from the fact that Joyner claims to have been transported to heaven and to have had extended conversations with Jesus as well as with past Saints. The book speaks of spiritual warfare and an impending 'civil war' within the church where the true and faithful Saints continue forward and those who are deadweight fall away. It also speaks of the 'throne room' where Joyner saw saints in different positions, some as 'foolish virgins' who resided far back from the throne, and others as 'overcomers' who were on thrones near the throne of Jesus. It became obvious to Joyner that many of those he considered great Christian leaders on earth were actually the least in the sight of God, and some who he considered to be 'nobodies' were actually the greatest kings in God's kingdom. Joyner saw a man who Joyner considered had 'gone off the rails' in his teaching, sitting on a great throne in the highest part of the throne room. This man is believed to be the late William Branham (although Joyner does not mention his name, his description of the man makes this obvious).

Some wish that Joyner had written the book as fiction so that the book could be marketed to a larger audience and avoid many of the controversies surrounding it, however others (including the author) say that the author can not lie about what happened to him. Joyner wrote that he is not totally sure that the conversations that he had with past Saints actually were real people, or if they were a representation of them.

Morningstar publishes a Prophetic Journal edited by Joyner quarterly, and his ministry is also known for their conferences and worship music.

Heritage USA

In 2004 MorningStar purchased part of the Heritage USA complex (originally established by Jim Bakker and PTL in Fort Mill, South Carolina), including the Heritage Grand Hotel, which is being refurbished as a conference center and ministry base. The complex has been renamedHeritage International Ministries or H.I.M. Joyner's organization often has been confused with Morning Star International, a denomination of churches led by founder Rice Broocks. Hence Broocks' organization recently changed its name to Every Nation.

Rick Joyner was born in 1953.

Rick Joyner has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Divine Destiny
  2. Final Quest
  3. Fire on the Mountain

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Shadows of Things to Come  Oct 17, 2007
An important book with clear insights into where we are, how we got here, and what's to come!
GREAT!! Finally something I can understand!!  May 28, 2003
I love this book, for people who aren't big history buffs, but want to get some background on the church with out reading a million boring books, this is the one.

And Oh my goodness! the last 2 reviews for this book couldn't be anymore general or jaded in their accusations! The last one sounds like he is mad because he's trying to figure out what God is doing in his life and wants to blame it on somebody, I guess Rick Joyner and the like will do huh? It's a book review not a review of the things you don't like in life. Come on people!

Excellent book  May 21, 2003
This is one of the best books on church history, and no, not all of it, it's not an encyclopedia. And in response to the other reviews, why would he talk about things that don't have anything to do with his main points? And besides those points, he gives the disclaimer at the beginning: "Though I have studied history for many years, I am not a historian or an academic. This book is not intended to be an academic or objective view of history, but a cursory examination of history for the sake of insight in our on times. Keep in mind that this is necessarily a superficial study of this great subject." So take that into consideration when reading the other reviews. I would HIGHLY recommend this book, to anyone who is interested in church history, simply the part about Constantine is worth reading if nothing else, it will explain a lot about how the church got so off course.
Disjointed Ideas  Feb 5, 2003
This is the second book by Joyner I've read and he really confuses me. On the one hand he seems sincere about his praise of God and seems to understand who Jesus was (is). On the other hand, Joyner continuously misapplies scripture to suit his purposes and he treats biblical narratives like they were just allegories. In "Shadow of Things to Come" he jumps around so much in his topics that he really doesn't say much. He claims to be well-read and well-studied in the history of the church, but he really isn't; he misses so much and emphasizes a very narrow understanding. My main complaint about this book is that he abuses the Word of God, he uses scripture inappropriately.
Why buy this book? Only the "shadow" knows.  Apr 22, 2001
Rick Joyner makes a major interpretive mistake early on in this book when he uses the non-canonical Epistle of Barnabas to construct a prophetic timeline using the six days of creation in Genesis to correspond to thousand-year periods. Yes, of course, 2nd Peter says that one day is as a thousand years to God, but he was speaking SYMBOLICALLY, not literally. For an example of this tortured allegorizing, here's a quote from the book: "One day five, God created the 'great sea monsters.' During this one-thousand-year period, the powerful and monstrous religions of the world were formed that were to rule the 'seas' or peoples, such as Islam, Hinduism, and some of the powerful and dominating institutions of Christianity that would devour so many." Is he giving God credit/blame for creating what he would surely regard as false religions? Joyner proceeds to map out a rather selective survey of Christian history to support his particular agenda.

To give Joyner a little credit, he feels it is important for Christians to know church history. I would agree. Charismatic Christians, especially, seem to have a profound disinterest in anything but the early church and 20th-century Pentecostalism, skipping everything in between. Unfortunately, Joyner seems to skip a lot in between, himself. He at least admits as much, and promises some follow-up volumes. A better suggestion than getting this book and waiting for the sequels would be to get a good, comprehensive history like "The Story of Christianity" by Justo Gonzalez.

Devotees of Joyner and his quarterly publication "The Morning Star Journal" will notice familiar themes emerging: re-establishment of the apostolic ministry, the great revival that is surely coming (in his opinion), and the like. He is particularly interested in the history of revivals, and the story of Sam Jones who evangelized Nashville in the late 1800's is an interesting, not-so-well-known story. Most of the other accounts I have read elsewhere. But Joyner occasionally throws in some real oddball opinions. Did you know that Satan named the planet Venus, for example? Hmmm.

I read this book because I used to be a regular reader of Joyner's "Morning Star Journal" and had read some of his other visionary works like "The Final Quest". I fellowshipped with a group of people who were really into the "prophetic", and even identified myself with those teachings for awhile. About a year ago, I walked away from all that because I felt there was excessive emphasis placed on dreams, visions, and "prophetic words" and not enough on the Word of God. I got tired of always looking for the "next big thing" and the coming "great revival" that never came. I bought this book because I wanted to see if there was still something in me that identified with that particular strain of teaching. Guess what? There wasn't. Now, this book is not without value, but I'm not even sure fans of Rick Joyner will be all that crazy about it, since it is bereft of his personal dreams and supernatuaral visions, and it is a little disjointed. But he certainly uses Christian history to support his own vision for the future, which may or may not come to pass.


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