The Last Day's Prophet
Prophet Stephen Benton
Prophet Stephen Benton
Stephen Grady Benton was born on October 8th, 1951 in Mansfield, Ohio. He is a third generation minister of God’s word and he considered himself a teacher, not a prophet until the Lord revealed that to him after giving him the revelation of the “last trump” and the rapture. Steve has always had a brilliant mind, and he believed in doing life ‘his way,’ a characteristic that took him to great places. Stephen began his journey in the Word of God at the age of seven when he gave a flannel board presentation about the lost sheep in children’s church in Oberlin and was asked to give it again at the Council Meeting. He was called by the Lord shortly after he was saved at the age of 12 and was given the scripture in Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee...” He said that studying the Word when he was a teenager was right up there with riding his bike and baseball. Stephen served 4 years in the U.S. Navy, which is where he finally had time, in earnest, to study the Word of God. He was a navigator on a U.S. Navy ship, and he reports spending hours and hours alone in the control room. It was in those long hours of solitude that the Lord began to open up scripture to him and his love for the miracle of God’s Word deepened. It was rare to see Steve (as his family and friends called him) without a Bible in his hands or very nearby, and over the years his gift for hearing from God and receiving unparalleled prophecy began to take hold.
Stephen always like living on ‘the edge’. He liked to drive his bicycle fast and drive his cars fast, taking curves at speeds that made you ‘close your eyes and pray!’ This zest for life and people served him well in the ministry, as God knew he would be called to be bold and courageous as he proclaimed mysteries from His Word. It was at that time that God gave him another scripture from Ezekiel 3:9: “As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead; fear them not, neither be afraid of their looks though they be a rebellious house.” After serving under his father, Bishop G. G. Benton at The Home Assembly for 9 years, be broke with tradition and started a church in his home with family and a few close friends.
As a congregation of hearers gathered together to hear him teach the scriptures during the past 25 years, he finally accepted the calling of prophet from the Lord and he began to understand why his messages never followed his prepared notes. The Lord, “that Prophet, spoken of in Deut. 18:15, spoke through him as he preached. It was quite a revelation to him and made him totally dependent upon the Holy Ghost as he spoke. That experience perfected his trust in the Lord. He describes it in his messages as in Isaiah 28:13:
“Here a little, there a little, and line upon line and precept upon precept..” He describes the Word as a video game with different levels; the only difference being the levels in the Word are without end.
Pastor Steve is unique in that he never preaches himself as an example of “how to be saved” and is quick to tell you that as a pastor he is not into confessions or counseling. He believes that everything we need to know about our life situations are answered by the Lord over the pulpit as the Holy Ghost read the minds and hearts of his sheep. Prophet Stephen is famous for saying the Lord was preaching to him and just allows us to listen in. His humility as a saint of God and as God’s prophet is boundless.
With the revelation of the “last trump” and the rapture of the Church in 1994, came the disappointment of God taking that promise of 1997 off the shelf. Once the Lord revealed to him that He did it because of unbelief, he continued on in the Word as God unveiled more about the mystery of that event and details that had never before been given.
This prophet considered our assembly a school of the prophets and proceeded to teach the members as students of God’s Word. He leaves us with the scripture in Isaiah 7:9, “If you will not believe surely you shall not be established.” He told us last year that the Lord has revealed everything that we need to know about the Rapture and we are prepared. But it’s not what the traditional Church believes. His motto is John 8:31-32 “If you continue in my word ye shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.” (free from all deception) You cannot be deceived by the strong delusion that is coming to the Church. He tells us, “the delusion is not coming for the world, the world is already deceived.” It’s coming for a church that has not continued in God’s word but is preaching “another Jesus” and another gospel. His deep desire was that the Church would wake up and hear Jesus speaking today from heaven through his last days’ prophets and understand that Jesus is our high priest sitting on the mercy seat at the right hand of the Father but still busy making intercession for us if we will just hear his voice. Habakkuk 2:3 tells us: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” As you listen to this last days’ prophet, remember Jesus’ admonition: “he who has ears to hear, let him hear.” He tells the Church what the “strong delusion” will be and the specific events that will alert us to when the rapture will occur. Time is very short, I advise you to listen up!