I first came across Rebecca Brown’s book, Prepare for War, when I was 8 years old. My mother had a copy, so I would often sneak to where she kept it just to view the illustrations in its pages. Fast forward to 2006, I had read her first 5 books: He Came to Set the Captives Free (1986), Prepare for War (1987), Becoming a Vessel of Honor (1990), Unbroken Curses (1995) and Standing on the Rock (2002).
I had read transcripts of the Closet Witches tapes they made with Jack Chick and I frequently enjoyed reading the newsletters on their Harvest Warriors website. No doubt, Rebecca Brown’s teachings influenced my early Christian walk. I was a dedicated fan.
Their website describes Rebecca as a woman who “has a deep understanding of the tactics and weapons of Satan’s kingdom which only a few possess” and has “vast experience” which gives much credibility to her teaching. Daniel Yoder, her husband, is described as a “powerfully anointed” prophet and evangelist such that people who attend his meetings admit seeing “fire fall from heaven” during his ministry.
When I first read articles by some Christian ministers on the Internet, debunking Rebecca and Daniel’s claims as spurious and heretical, I dismissed them as ravings of Satanists posing as Christians – after all, that was how most people who digest Rebecca’s books would view them. But later, I started to have a rethink.
Her first two books for example, omit names of places and dates which makes it a bit difficult for one to follow the chronology of events, whereas the Christians who researched her books carefully documented her real name, dates, and locations. In her first book, she claims to have “had ten years experience as an R.N.” but investigations by these ministers showed she had a 7 years experience. She later re-casts this statement in her fifth book: “I also had years of experience as an R.N.”
Though Rebecca Brown brushed off the findings exposing her as “gossip” or “slander,” she couldn’t really refute them. I know God uses us in spite of our faults, but I thought, if these investigators were really Satanists, they were the ones who should be lying and re-casting their statements, not the other way round. After all, Rebecca herself wrote in Becoming a Vessel:
“[God] always demand honesty” (p 141). “The world of Satanism is also a world of lies. Satanists are accomplished liars and actors … Lying is ANY deliberate deception… ALL lies are sin.” (245, 295).
As I began to critically re-read the writings of this pair, I found more problems with their claims and teachings. Now, I am not going to impose my conclusions, but I want my readers to make up their own minds about this pair as I highlight my observations:
1. In Prepare for War, Rebecca wrote: “In His perfect will, the Lord allowed the satanists to be the instrument of my mother’s death … She died suddenly one Christmas” (p. 228). Investigations however revealed that her mother died of a heart attack (PFO Quarterly Journal, Oct-Dec. 1989).
In her book, Standing on the Rock, she gives a different account: “One night the Lord spoke to me and told me that Satan was petitioning Him for my mother’s life.” He then said “I will take her home in two weeks” (p. 102). So her mother’s death wasn’t “suddenly” as she had earlier claimed: “I dared not speak to my mother or anyone else of her impending death because the Lord had forbidden me to do so” (ibid).
2. She wrote: “The satanists swept in, and in one night, while Elaine and I were out of her house… destroyed everything we had. They axed everything in our home, even killing our precious pets. They also destroyed my office and everything we had. Elaine and I escaped with our lives and the clothes on our back” (Prepare, 229).
But investigations indicated that this scenario wasn’t true. She lost her practice when the Medical Board found out she was misdiagnosing patients, prescribing wrong doses, falsifying patient charts and abusing drugs (Demerol) and subsequently revoked her Medical license. This was why she and Elaine fled to another state.
At no point in her books did she inform her readers the truth of what really happened. She later wrote: “I was set up and framed and accused of all sorts of horrible things I had not done” (Standing, p. 52). Yet she provided no details of what the “frame-up” was about and hasn’t disproved the accusations since then.
3. She claimed to have brought “close to a thousand people out of hard-core Satanism” during her medical practice (Prepare, 228). This implies that between April 1982 to May 1984 when she was in practice, she was leading about 3 Satanists to the Lord per day. But when you examine the depth and quality of information in her first 2 books – if you are conversant with the occult – they don’t seem to reflect the works of someone who has led close to a thousand people out of hard-core Satanism.
4. In her second book, she quotes Jesus saying to her: “You see, I Jesus, know how you feel because I have experienced weakness. Father has never experienced weakness, so He usually gets angry when His people are weak” (Prepare, 230).
This heresy was pointed out by her critics, now in her fifth book, she re-tells the story and alters the words of Jesus: “You see, I know what it is like to be weak, I myself learned obedience through suffering” (Standing, 54). In a post (April 19, 2016) on her Facebook page, she still insists that God doesn’t understand human weakness.
5. In her second book, she said God entered into a covenant with her: “I was to move to California… I was also to understand that I would eventually lay down my life out here for the Lord” (p. 35). Probably this is why she wrote in the Introduction: “Our race is almost run, we know that the Lord will be calling us home soon” (p. 10).
But in her third book, the covenant changed: “He [God] told Rebecca she would have many battles and some ‘close calls’ but in the end, their lives would be saved” (p 15).
6. In her fifth book, she tells of meeting a “beautifully dressed lady” at a grocery store whom Daniel exposed as “Madena … one of the top international assassins” who had men working with her (p 92). This supposedly happened in November 1989, some weeks before Daniel married Rebecca.
But in her third book she said that “one of Satan’s top assassins, and her associates” wanted to kill her and Elaine in December 1988 – before she ever met Daniel at all! (p 16) While in her fifth book, they all escaped to Arizona because Madena was so powerful (p 97), in her third book, they all stayed at home to watch how God would fight for them (p 17). Either the first or second account was fabricated.
6. Some parts of Rebecca’s third book sound to me like she brought a fictitious character (or alter ego) into her story to say things that would corroborate her claims. For example, the conversations she had with “Joyce” in Chapter 3 (covering 20 pages) sound like mini-apology responses to the criticisms levied at her around that time.
It’s very unlikely that a person would remember word-for-word, a conversation which they had “a little more than two years” ago – unless the discussion was recorded. I bring this up because in her second book, which was written close to the time she talked with “Joyce,” Rebecca admits: “Because of a recent physical illness, my brain just doesn’t function as well as it used to be. I have great difficulty remembering things” (p. 93).
7. In Unbroken Curses, Daniel narrated an experience he had at age 6: “When the rabbis found him, they locked him into the chamber, removed the lid from the top, and dumped thousands of spiders down on top of him, many of them poisonous.” (p 153)
If this is not an embellished story, it’s a fiction. It is an established fact that spiders are solitary creatures that tend to kill or chase off one another. Where did these rabbis get thousands of spiders and how were they kept? How did a 6 year old locked in a small, dark room count the spiders up to a thousand? The story says “a brilliant shaft of light” with “two arms reaching out of the light” took Daniel and cradled him to sleep.
It’s very unlikely that a 6 year old locked in a dark room of spiders would cuddle up to two unknown arms from a light (Please ask any 6 year old you know). No matter how sensational a legend is, it always flies in the face of facts.
8. The account of Daniel’s first wife’s murder as narrated in Unbroken Curses (pp. 159-160) and Standing on the Rock (p. 73) also leaves much to be desired. A comparison of both accounts shows the latter is laced with details not present in the former:
Not only was Kai killed, but their baby was cut out and killed as well. Probably the only thing that kept Daniel from totally losing his mind, was that the Lord permitted him to see angels come to lift Kai’s spiritual body out of her mangled physical body. She had their baby son in her arms and they escorted her into heaven.
Ostensibly, between the time frame of their fourth and fifth book, Daniel and Rebecca had graduated to telling stories of visits to God’s throne, flying with angels in the air, seeing the dead at Jesus’ arm in heaven and visions similar to those of Rick Joyner. So, as they re-tell their old stories, they read back these supernatural details into them.
It wasn’t a surprise when the pair later offered their unflinching support to Rick Joyner (who is a member of the Order of the Knights of Malta), Norman Vincent Peale (who was a 33 degree Mason), the Pensacola revival and other questionable figures (Official Rebecca Brown Facebook page, 17-12-13).
10. The “testimony” in their April 2002 newsletter is another example of a poorly crafted fiction:
“One sister worked on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center buildings. This was the floor the jet crashed into. When the jet hit, she was thrown out of her seat across the room behind a door … Jesus appeared to her and instructed her to follow Him out of the building. He led her all the way down 105 stories to safety. She got out of the building unhurt.”
This story contradicts established facts and details of the September 11 attack. The first hijacked jet crashed into the North Tower, between the 93th and 98th floor instantly killing scores of people on those floors and the plane. The impact of the aircraft ignited a fire which engulfed the stairwell exits and the 930 people above the North Tower were trapped and couldn’t get out of the building.
The second jet hit the South Tower between the 78th and 84th floors destroying 2 out of 3 stairways. Out of the 500 people trapped above the impact zone, only 18 people could escape through the stairwell exit. That a person would fabricate a testimony about a well-documented incident reveals an abdication of integrity.
11. In that newsletter, Daniel complains about the Christians who exposed their wild claims and calls on “Christians everywhere to pray regularly asking our God to deal with these people and put them out of business.” I can’t find a Biblical warrant for such prayers. Rebecca herself hinted in her second book that this is a form of satanic attack (p. 51). Her views must have changed over the years.
It seems the pair have had their invitations to some churches cancelled due to the Internet articles on them, thus, Daniel wrote a book, Talebearers: God’s Answer to Investigative Reporting. While God’s answer to discernment has not changed – because of false teachers deceiving people with false teachings and stories – let no one try to conflate “investigation” with “tale bearing.” They are miles apart. God hates “a lying tongue” and a person who loves and practices falsehood will not be in heaven (Pro. 6:17).
12. This was posted on their Facebook page (Sept. 16, 2013):
Daniel had a vision from the Lord of a special bridge between earth and heaven called the Rainbow Bridge. The Lord told Daniel that every person entering into heaven would first meet his/her pets, especially if they had no family members who had been saved. These beloved animals comforted and ministered to the people, once again, especially those who did not have any saved family members to meet them.
This is precisely the reason why Christians need to be discerning. Animals do not have spirits like humans do (Eccl. 3:21) and the “rainbow bridge” idea is a New Age code for the bridge linking the physical with the spiritual plane. In February 26, 2016, Rebecca told her Facebook fans that her cat, Chico, curled around Jesus and worshipped Him. How an animal is capable of doing this was not explained.
13. Rebecca posted a photo of a beautiful forest in their Facebook group (December, 14, 2013) with a post saying:
This picture was taken by Daniel this fall on our land. We live in a valley with mountains on three sides. This picture was taken across the valley as the sun was setting, of the mountain on the opposite side. You can see our driveway at the bottom of the picture. God has greatly blessed us by allowing us to live in such a beautiful place
But this picture has been in the public domain such as Wikipedia Commons since 2011, and wasn’t obviously taken by her husband as she claimed. How can one take a picture from the Internet and lie that it’s a picture of one’s residence? Such a person doesn’t seem to have much going for him/her in the truth department. If Rebecca and her husband cannot be trusted on such a trivial matter, why should they be trusted with the high visions and stories they narrate?
14. When a Christian website owner pointed out this lie to Rebecca on her page, she replied the next day:
YES!!!! I see we have had some of SATAN’S DISCIPLES RELIGIOUS BULLIES on here posting. They love to sow discord, gossip, backbiting, slander. They are called tale-bearers in the Bible. The Bible says God despises them. They have a father but its not God and they don’t serve Jesus…BE careful you don’t fall into their snare and become a gossip monger, backbiting Satanist.
This sounds familiar. This was the same response she gave to those investigating her books in the late 80’s. Rather than admit her lies and repent of misleading her followers, she resorts to attacking and labelling those exposing her as “Satanists.” Has she forgotten that God always demands honesty and that all lies are sin?
These are not issues that should be swept under the rug. I’m not that bothered if a person is feeding his flock with fabricated stories and heresies. If the listeners refuse to search the Scriptures and use their God-given discernment to eat the hay and leave the sticks, that’s their choice. But when people put their lies and errors in a book or the media, they are poisoning the public and they have to be publicly exposed. Once a warrior’s belt of truth is absent, his breastplate of righteousness also falls off and his “battle” becomes a big joke to the adversary.