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IS ERNIE KNOLLS A PROPHET?
Concerns about Ernie Knolls: March 25, 2008
Re: Ernie Knolls dreams
From: Steve Wohlberg
Because many are now asking White Horse Media about Ernie Knoll’s dreams, I have
decided to put my personal thoughts into one document. I became aware of Ernie’s dreams
about 5 months ago. Because Acts 2:16, 17 says that God will give dreams and visions, and
because I long for heaven, I first read Ernie’s dreams with great interest, with an open
mind, and with much prayer. Then I called the Knoll’s and spoke with them at length. After
talking with Ernie and Becky, I was very satisfied that they are sincere Adventists who
want nothing more than for Jesus to come soon. Because of this, I remained sympathetic,
but still cautious, for a number of months.
Yet everything changed when I read the Feb. 08 dream, particularly what “the Herald” said
about tithe. Page 4 says:
The Herald turns to me and says, "It is important that His people
understand while it is important that we are to return a tithe to God’s
storehouse, it is equally important that they understand what the funds are
being used for. If an individual is providing funds and they understand that
the funds are not being used according to His will, that person will be held
accountable. The Great Creator has said to pay a tribute to those who do
His bidding. The Herald explains that many tributes are used toward
Lucifer’s work of using spiritualism from within God’s church by those who
collect and place the funds in a storehouse. The Herald says, "That is not
God’s storehouse…”
Here the Herald says that if someone gives “tithe” and “they understand that the funds are
not being used according to His will, that person will be held accountable.” He also said
that because “many tributes [tithe]” are being used for “spiritualism within God’s church”
that therefore, “That is not God’s storehouse.”
After reading this, my mind was deeply troubled. Then I compared the Herald’s statements
with what Ellen White wrote. Then I wrote up my findings in a Word document. Then I
spoke with Ernie and Becky on the phone. After doing this, I sent my document to them.
Here it is:
From Steve Wohlberg:
Brethren, these are quotes, comparisons, and inquiries that have stirred
my mind after reading what the Herald said about “tithe.”
[in the dream] The Herald turns to me and says, "It is important that His
people understand while it is important that we are to return a tithe to
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God’s storehouse, it is equally important that they understand what the
funds are being used for. If an individual is providing funds and they
understand that the funds are not being used according to His will, that
person will be held accountable. The Great Creator has said to pay a
tribute to those who do His bidding. The Herald explains that many
tributes are used toward Lucifer’s work of using spiritualism from within
God’s church by those who collect and place the funds in a storehouse.
The Herald says, "That is not God’s storehouse.”
[The Bible] “Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people
put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then
one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So
He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to
you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have
given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she
out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood” (Mark
12:41-44).
Steve’s comment: The Jewish “treasury” at that time was corrupt, yet
Jesus commended the poor woman for putting her money there because
she loved God’s cause. Jesus did not hold her “accountable” for what was
occurring in that temple, or because of how her money might be misused.
Instead, He commended her unselfish act and inspired His gospel writers
to record this event to instruct His church to the end of time.  
[Ellen White] Some have been dissatisfied and have said: "I will not longer
pay my tithe; for I have no confidence in the way things are managed at
the heart of the work."
  But will you rob God because you think the
   
management of the work is not right?
   … do not withdraw from the work
   
of God, and prove unfaithful, because others are not doing right (9T 249)
Steve’s comment: If some are not doing right, even at “the heart of the
work,” we should still pay our tithe there, or we are robbing God.
[Ellen White] Cannot you see that it is not best under any
circumstances to withhold your tithes and offerings because you are
not in harmony with everything that your brethren do? The tithes and
offerings are not the property of any man, but are to be used in doing a
certain work for God. Unworthy ministers may receive some of the means
thus raised, but dare anyone, because of this, withhold from the treasury
and brave the curse of God?
  I dare not
   (2 Sermons and Talks, 74).
Steve’s comment: Some of our tithe may be misused and go to “unworthy
ministers,” but this is no reason not to pay our tithes into “the treasury.” It
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is “not best under any circumstances” to withhold our tithe; if we do, we
risk the curse of God.
[Ellen White] I was shown that the recording angel makes a faithful record
of every offering dedicated to God and put into the treasury, and also of
the final result of the means thus bestowed… Even though the means
thus consecrated be misapplied, so that it does not accomplish the
object which the donor had in view,--the glory of God and the salvation of
souls,--those who made the sacrifice in sincerity of soul, with an eye single
to the glory of God, will not lose their reward.  Those who have made a
wrong use of means dedicated to God will be required to give an account
of their stewardship (2T 518-519).
Steve’s comment: Even if the tithe is misapplied, the angels make a
faithful record of the giver’s contribution. They will not lose their reward.
[Ellen White] When persons declare that they will not pay their tithes
because the means is not used as they think it ought to be, will the
elder of the church or the minister sympathize with the sinners? Will he
aid the enemy in his work? Or will he, as a wise man endued with
knowledge, go to work to correct the evil and remove the
stumblingblocks? Let those who are dissatisfied state plainly their
grievances to the ones who they think have erred instead of talking the
matter over with others and thus fanning the flame of discontent (2
Sermons and Talks, 75).
Steve’s comment: Those who don’t pay their tithes because they think it is
being misused are unknowingly aiding the enemy in his work and “fanning
the flame of discontent.”
 
[Ellen White] God's reserved resources are to be used in no such
haphazard way. The tithe is the Lord's, and those who meddle with it will
be punished with the loss of their heavenly treasure unless they repent.
Let the work no longer be hedged up because the tithe has been diverted
into various channels other than the one to which the Lord has said it
should go (9T 249).
Steve’s comment: The tithe issue is a life and death matter. Those who
“meddle” with it will be “punished” with the “loss of their heavenly
treasure.” The tithe is not to be diverted into other channels, or paid in a
“haphazard way,” for this would hinder God’s work.
Summary comments: Ellen White’s position is clear. Even if some of the
tithe is misused, we are still to pay it, or we are robbing God. Those held
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accountable are not those who pay tithe (as “the Herald” said), but those
use misuse it. Those who don’t pay their tithe because they think it is not
being used right, aid the enemy. Under no circumstances are we to
withhold our tithe from “the treasury.” Thus, in this instance, it seems that
“the Heralds” counsel and Ellen White’s counsel are not in agreement with
each other here. “The Herald” contradicts her counsel, yet he says that it
“important” for God’s people to understand what he says.  
[Significant EGW quotes about the dreams and visions of Anna Rice
Phillips] All along our pathway to the heavenly Canaan we see many souls
that have made shipwreck of faith, and in their false movements have led
others astray through the supposition that they were led of God in special
revelations. I have had to write many, many pages to correct these errors.
I have been burdened and oppressed night after night, unable to sleep
because of the agony of my soul for God's heritage, His people, who are
in danger of being misled. Many things in these visions and dreams seem
to be all straight, a repetition of that which has been in the field for many
years; but soon they introduce a jot here, a tittle of error there, just a little
seed which takes root and flourishes, and many are defiled therewith (2
SM 86).
The greatest care should be exercised concerning those who claim to
receive revelations from God. There needs to be much close watching and
much praying. Those who are acting a part in the great work for these last
days need to counsel together in regard to every new thing that shall be
introduced, for no one man's mind is to be left to judge of, or to place
before the public, important matters which have a relation to the cause of
God (2 SM 91).
[Satan mixes truth with error] It was by deception that Satan seduced
angels; thus he has in all ages carried forward his work among men, and
he will continue this policy to the last. Should he openly profess to be
warring against God and His law, men would beware; but he disguises
himself, and mixes truth with error. The most dangerous falsehoods are
those that are mingled with truth. It is thus that errors are received that
captivate and ruin the soul. By this means Satan carries the world with
him. But a day is coming when his triumph will be forever ended (PP 338).
Question: If “the Herald” is a fallen angel disguising himself as one of
God’s angels, and if the long-term purpose of his communications is to
deceive God’s people, then how can we explain the great “good” that have
definitely come through the dreams so far, hearts being renewed, lives
being changed, etc.
Possible answer: The Holy Spirit still works through “truth,” even when it is
quoted by the devil.
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The leaven of truth works a change in the whole man, making the coarse
refined, the rough gentle, the selfish generous (COL, 102).
It is by the Spirit of truth, working through the word of God, that Christ
subdues His chosen people to Himself (DA 671).
Error is never harmless. It never sanctifies,
but always brings confusion and dissension
(5T 291, 292)
After this, I began to look even more critically at the dreams. For the next few weeks, I
thought a lot about this, and continued to pray. Then during the weekend of March 21-23
my family went to a church retreat with many of our friends from the Templeton Hills
Church where I used to pastor. Ernie had visited the church earlier and met with the elders.
Many of the church members were aware of the dreams. The response was mixed.
Throughout the weekend, many of us discussed this in more detail. Upon arriving home, I
had trouble sleeping that night. The next day I sent this letter to Ernie and his board:
March 24, 2008
Dear Ernie, Becky, Steve H., and the 4HisPeople board,
Please pray before you read this.
Last night [March 23] at about 2:00 am, I couldn’t sleep. Many thoughts
were going through my head. Bible verses. SOP quotes. Every spiritual
bone in my body tells me that the Holy Spirit was earnestly instructing me.
I sensed His presence strongly. For over an hour I tossed and turned
thinking about the danger that you are in. I write this as a strong friend, not
as an enemy.
These are some of the thoughts that came to me.
1. Throughout her ministry, Ellen White was instructed by one she
referred to as “my accompanying angel,” but that angel never
identified himself by any specific name. Angels often instructed
people in Bible times too, but they never gave themselves names,
except one, “Gabriel,” whose name appears only in Daniel 8/9 (in
connection with the 70 week/2300 day prophecy) and Luke 1 (in
connection with the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ).
Because these events were so important, it seems that God felt
“Gabriel” should mention his name. But no other angel sent from
God has ever done this.
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2. Holy angels never flatter men. EGW wrote: “The Holy Spirit flatters
no man” (Signs, Sept. 27, 1899). “We cannot praise and flatter any
man without doing him a great wrong” (5T, 75). “A man that
flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet” (Prov. 29:5). It
seems to me that “the Herald’s” comments about Ernie as “the bold
one” could easily be part of a well-thought out “flattery” strategy to
gain Ernie’s confidence to “spread a net for his feet.”  
3. In the ABC dream an angel “keeps smiling all the time while the
machine is smashing and chomping [music] CDs and DVDs.”
Compare this with this. Once EGW saw young people playing bad
music. Then she wrote: “…such songs were poured forth as made
the watching angels weep” (Adventist Home, 514). Thus God’s
angels “weep” over bad music. This is nothing to “smile” about.
4. In the “If You Love Me” dream, three evil angels were allowed to
talk to Ernie. This is most unusual. In no other heavenly dream that
I am aware of are evil angels portrayed as talking directly to the
receiver of the dream. This is not God’s method of communication.
In EGW’s dreams, God often exposed Satan, but He never allowed
Satan to talk directly to his servant in a dream.
I have other concerns too, but this is enough for now.
Someone recently told me about Roger Morneau’s book, Beware of
Angels: Deceptions in the Last Days, published by the Review and Herald.
I plan on reading this book soon. From what I now know of it, it is about a
group of very conservative Adventists who started receiving visitations
from “angels” telling them that they had been sent by God to prepare them
for the time of trouble and the return of Jesus Christ. These visitations
continued for a number of years. Everything the “angels” taught seemed
correct and without error, for a long, long time. But then, once the “net was
spread for their feet,” the deceptions began. Here is what one reviewer
wrote:
“This book is a true account of a prayer group that was deceived by
demons. They were true sincere Christians that were visited by
angels that told them they were chosen of God, and all sorts of
other things that stroked their egos. They figured that because
these beings were beautiful and said they were from God, that they
MUST be from God. Long story short, the demons little by little
snuck in a little error mixed in a world of truth, kind of like giving a
thirsty person a big glass of water with a little drop of cyanide until
the person dies.”
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This is exactly what EGW warned about concerning the “visions and
dreams” of Anna Rice Phillips. “Many things in these visions and dreams
seem to be all straight, a repetition of that which has been in the field for
many years; but soon they introduce a jot here, a tittle of error there, just a
little seed which takes root and flourishes, and many are defiled therewith”
(2 SM 86).
The “Beware of Angels” story ends in murder!
I am very concerned that this is exactly what is happening through the
dreams and communications of “the Herald.” Last night, the Holy Spirit
warned me strongly about this. Today I am doing my duty to write this out
for you.
Many are reading the dreams. As EGW warned, much is “all straight.” But
once “the Herald” gains people’s confidence, we don’t know where this will
go. Someone might say, “Yes, that’s why we keep testing everything by
the Bible and SOP, for the Herald himself said to do this.” Well, two
dreams ago the Herald made comments about tithe that were clearly
wrong (see my earlier document sent to Steve H.). He introduced “a jot
here, a tittle of error there.” His words have now alerted many, many
people, that the Herald is a deceiver. Just this past weekend I was at a
church retreat with many of my friends from the Templeton Hills church,
where I used to pastor. Ernie had previously spoken to some of the
leaders of that church. Since that time, some had been reading the
dreams, watching this develop. But when the Herald spoke about tithe,
that was it. They knew he was wrong, and this changed everything. It was
one of the elders of that church that mentioned Roger Morneau’s book to
me. In the last dream “the Herald” said, “Many did not understand the
things you were shown in the last dream either.” Well, the problem for the
Herald is that some of us do understand, all too well, exactly what he said,
and now we know that he is a demon, not a true angel of God. We will
give no credence to any future “explanations,” for we are “not ignorant of
his devices” (2 Cor. 2:11). Paul warned about those who “by good words
and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple” (Romans 16:18).
Think about it. What if God did speak to me last night? What if this letter is
true? If so, then what is happening is truly frightening, and you are in great
danger. Then those that are reading the dreams, and who trust them, are
also being baited. Once confidence is gained, then Satan has direct
access to many precious souls. And if some of us see through his devices,
and blow the whistle, then he can just give another dream and say that we
just “don’t understand” what he is saying. Satan is smarter than we are.
How can he reach solid Adventists anyway? The answer is obvious – by
pretending to be one himself, and by teaching the truth, for a long time,
until the net is laid. Then he will spring the trap.
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It is highly possible that in another dream “the Herald” might even mention
me. If he does, don’t believe him.
Ernie and Becky (and Steve), I hope we can talk again soon. I am praying
for you everyday. What the Herald said about tithe is enough. Now we
know who he is. His words don’t line up with “the law and the testimony.”
In light of all of this, and the great danger involved to so many souls, my
earnest counsel to you is this: Remove the website. Tell Jesus you don’t
want these dreams anymore. Ernie, if you get another dream, don’t talk to
the Herald at all. Don’t even listen to him. Remember, this is how Eve fell.
She talked to the devil and was deceived. Read 2 Cor. 11:3. Quote
Scripture only, like Jesus did in the wilderness. If the Herald is a demon,
you can’t reason with him. He’s too smart. Don’t take a chance. Read
“Beware of Angels.”
Again, I hope to talk to you soon.
Your brother in Jesus Christ,
Steve Wohlberg
Shortly after this letter was sent I discovered that my friend Ed Reid, the Stewardship
Director of the North American Division, had also written a piece on Ernie’s dreams called
“False Prophet of Tithing” which focused on the same statement of the Herald that
bothered me, and that used the exact same quotes from EGW’s writings that God led me to.
To me, God’s providence was plainly evident.  
For information’s sake, here is an email I recently received about the same issue.
Hi Pastor Steve: I have a quick question. I am wondering what your
thoughts are on the dreams that Mr. Ernie Knoll has been having? I had
thought they were perhaps true.... biblically. However he had a dream in
Feb that has me questioning whether God is leading in these dreams. It
was regarding the tithing issue. It stated that if someone is aware that their
tithe money isn't being used correctly....or there is corruption where their
money is going....then you are to put your tithe money elsewhere where
God can use it. That isn't biblical.....and I am very perplexed by this
dream.
Not that I need dreams to tell me what is right, but I guess because I know
the bible doesn't say what he said in his dream....and we are to judge
people with their last day dreams....by the Bible....then he can't be legit to
me.
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What are your thoughts. I would value your opinion in this matter.
Sincerely,
xxxxx
Clackamas, Oregon
All of this shows that Ed Reid, myself, and the person in Oregon were all alerted to the
exact same problem independently of each other. Here’s another email from a friend:
The result of this advice [the Herald’s statement about tithe] will be for
those who read these dreams to withhold their tithes, thus crippling the
church.  Satan would be well-pleased with this.  I have found that Sister
White wrote directly contrary to this.  It does not, however, mean that the
things which are talked about in the dream otherwise are not soon to take
place, but I cannot read the dreams anymore.  I believe that Jesus is
coming very soon, and that I can get clearly from the Bible and the Spirit
of Prophecy as revealed in the writings of Sister White.  
Xxxx [Loma Linda, CA]
Here is a portion of one more significant email I just received from an SDA pastor:
While it's fresh on my mind.
On the last part of your "Herald and Tithe" doc you ask:
 
Question: If “the Herald” is a fallen angel disguising himself as one of
God’s angels, and if the long-term purpose of his communications is to
deceive God’s people, then how can we explain the great “good” that have
definitely come through the dreams so far, hearts being renewed, lives
being changed, etc.
 
Possible answer: The Holy Spirit still works through “truth,” even when it is
quoted by the devil.
 
Another good statement I found the other day is this one:
 
"Why," asked a man who had been and still was practicing wickedness,
"are souls converted to the truth through my influence?" I answered,
"Christ is constantly drawing souls to Himself, and flashing His own light in
their path. The seeker after salvation is not permitted to read the character
of him who teaches him. If he himself is sincere, if he draws nigh to God,
believing in Him, confessing his sins, he will be accepted.--Letter 12,
1890.  {Ev 682.2}
 
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In other words; God will use the elements of truth spoken even through
unconverted or unsanctified channels to draw souls to himself.
Example: It was a violent Hollywood horror movie called the 'Omen' that
inspired me 10 years later to pick up a bible and begin reading it towards
conversion. Did God inspire the movie, not likely. But, he allowed the
element of truth spoken in it to lead me to His word.
 
Just a thought.
 
Have a Christ centered day.
 
xxxxx
This is where everything stands as of today, March 25, 2008. Because Ernie’s dreams are
public, on his website, and because many minds are now seeking information about these
important matters, I have no reason to consider as “private” the communications included
in this letter. These are my thoughts and concerns. May Jesus lead us all, protect us from
Satan’s subtle snares, and prepare us for heaven.  
In Him,
Steve Wohlberg
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