Meet Rick Joyner
Shortly after becoming a Christian in 1972, Rick Joyner began having "prophetic experiences" that he felt compelled to share with others. These visions have had a tremendous spiritual impact on thousands of people, and now many within contemporary renewal and revival movements consider him a modern-day prophet.
As Rick explains in his introduction to The Final Quest, "In early 1995, the Lord gave me a dream, which was the first of a number of prophetic experiences tied together. I published a condensed version of the first dream in The Morning Star Prophetic Bulletin and The Morning Star Journal, under the title ‘The Hordes of Hell Are Marching.’ As I continued to seek the Lord about this great spiritual battle that I had seen, I had a series of visions and prophetic experiences that were related to it." Deluged with requests to publish all three parts together, Rick expanded the original versions into a book, The Final Quest. Just before it was printed, Rick had another prophetic vision, and this never-before-published material was also included. His allegorical dream includes an encounter with Jesus in Heaven and a detailed account of the last battle between light and darkness.
Recent releases from Joyner include The Vision--a 2-in-1 volume featuring The Call and The Final Quest; Shadows of Things to Come--a reminder of what God has done through the church and mistakes we can learn from; Breaking the Power of Evil--an exposé on the insidious cruelty of jealousy, fear, racism, poverty, and religious spirits; and Overcoming Evil in the Last Days in which he exposes today's evils of racism, witchcraft, and religious spirits; and charges the church to stand fast. The Harvest, Prophetic Ministry, and There Were Two Trees in the Garden have all been released in audio book format; The Final Quest has been translated into Spanish.
Rick’s continued prophecies—particularly those stressing his viewpoints on the rapture, the return of Christ, and other end-times events—as well as his predictions that the church will be divided by a coming "spiritual civil war" and his ties to the teachings of Bob Jones, the "Kansas City Prophets," and charismatic movements like the Toronto Blessing, have made him a controversial figure with some Christians. But Rick, who rarely refers to himself as a prophet, remains steadfast in his ministry. In a live Internet interview on www.hispraise.com, he said, "I think the most important thing we can do for the skeptics is just believe ourselves and walk in faith ourselves. I think when they see the fruit, that more than anything else will turn the heart of the skeptics." And in The Final Quest, he rejects suggestions by some that his visions supercede the authority of God’s Word. "I must state emphatically that I do not believe that any kind of prophetic revelation is for the purpose of establishing doctrine. We have the Scriptures for that...At times I have questioned my own memory for certain details in this vision, and I think that you should therefore have the liberty to do the same...Only the Scriptures deserve to be considered infallible."
Despite criticism, Rick’s visions have brought many to tears of repentance, and his Morning Star Ministries continue to ignite fires of revival. A former commercial pilot who now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and two children, Rick is currently pastor of Morning Star Fellowship Church and executive director of Morning Star Publications. He’s the author of numerous books, including The Call, The Harvest, There Were Two Trees in the Garden, The Journey Begins, and Prophetic Vision for the 21st Century.