2012 Hurricane Season Recap

December 1, 2012

The hurricane season officially ended yesterday. However, this morning the National Hurricane Center has flagged a system in the Atlantic that has a forty percent chance of becoming a tropical storm. While the season is officially over, we may yet see some activity, but I can still say a few things about the season, and how the things that the Lord showed me appeared to have played out this season. If you have not done so, you may want to read South Florida’s 2012 Hurricane Season as a refresher.

The first thing that struck me this season, is how much more effect our prayers are having. When the Lord told us that Hurricane Irene was going to hit our area in 1999, he warned us over a year in advance. He called us to lead a prayer charge that started seven months before the event. He showed us that the storm would be a strong category four at minimum. We, and other area churches, prayed for seven months and the storm still hit us. Our prayers were effective; the storm was barely a hurricane when it hit. However, we prayed fervently for seven months (You can read an outline of how the Lord spoke to us about Irene, and even watch a video of a news report about our prayer effort that was made before Irene formed HERE). This year, few of the threats came close to our area of influence. That is a testament to our increased effectiveness.

Obviously, that doesn’t mean that there were not threats, or that all areas of the United States were unscathed. Hurricane Sandy is certainly one of the threats that the Lord began to speak about all the way back in January (see Watch the Northwest and Are We Done Watching the Northwest Yet?). He did not name Sandy, but warned that severe weather was coming to the United States. That, of course, has proved true throughout this year, and we certainly are not done with the year. I expect that we will have some intense winter storms to finish things off.

I did want to start this recap by admitting a mistake this season. When I published what the Lord had shown us, I should not have called it South Florida’s 2012 Hurricane Season. After I published it, and linked it to a variety of sources, I realized the title made it sound too regional in nature. It was certainly about far more than South Florida’s season. Hurricane Sandy, without a doubt, was the large storm that the Lord showed me. It threatened South Florida, but then did its real damage in the northeast. In the future, I will make certain that my article titles do not make it appear that South Florida is my only focus, or that the threats are only for South Florida (unless, of course, they are only for South Florida).

How did my predictions fare this year? I started out my 2012 report by writing,

South Florida has enjoyed a six year respite from significant hurricane threats. That respite is over. This year will see significant threats, not just to South Florida, but to many other areas along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

I think we can score this one as accurate. The 2012 Hurricane Season is currently the fifth (some say the third) busiest on record. We had nineteen named storms, and it may not be over yet. We saw many records broken by this storm season, and we saw many more threats than in the previous years.

The major part of what I said, though, was about three storms. This is what I wrote:

The Lord has shown us that three significant storms will threaten South Florida this year. That does not mean that all three of these storms will hit South Florida. God has given his people authority over weather systems. Like Jesus, his people can take authority over storms (see Matthew 8:23-27). I believe that when God’s people pray, the storms can be turned away, or their strength diminished. So, first and foremost, this article is intended to stir prayer among those who live in South Florida. It is time to man the walls of intercession.

Of the three storms that the Lord has spoken to us about, one of them will be larger than the other two.

I have great respect for the power of prayer when God’s people heed prophetic warnings. A prophetic warning is intended to stir prayer so that the thing that is prophesied is diminished in intensity or impact. In the case of a storm, they can even be turned away. As a result, when I write about storms, I will call for prayer so that they do not happen. That is the goal. However, I also know that the Lord knows how we are wired, and that we need encouragements about accuracy of prophecy and intercessory effectiveness. So, he will usually give us enough information to encourage us even when we have had spectacular success in prayer. This year was a spectacular success for South Florida. We have a lot of practice every year, so you would expect that practice would help us develop our intercessory prayer wall.

Before the season began, the Lord had shown me three whales that represented storms. One of them, which turned out to be Sandy, was huge. In the prophetic experience, all of them were a concern for South Florida in some way. At this point, I believe those three whales were Isaac, Patty, and Sandy. You may not have heard of Patty. She didn’t last long. But unless there is another event yet this season, she is certainly a candidate for one of the whales.

Isaac formed on August 21st and made a run for Florida. Isaac became known to us as the storm that thought it could, but could not. Virtually every forecast about Isaac indicated that it would strengthen significantly. All the conditions were ripe for it to strengthen, but it did not happen. I believe prayer impacted Isaac so significantly that it was held to a minor storm for most of its existence. Even when it became a hurricane, it remained a minor hurricane (though a destructive event) when it finally made landfall in Louisiana.

Patty formed on October 11th, and only had a short run. The only people that really knew about Patty were weather geeks and intercessors. Yet she was a threat to South Florida, but could not get past the wall of intercession. If you note the graphic for Patty, you can see that she was forecast to be a threat to South Florida, however, to the surprise of the Hurricane Center, she died before she could fulfill her threat. That is the way we like storms to behave.

I don’t need to say much about Sandy; she formed on October 22nd. As one forecaster put it, if Sandy had wobbled only slightly to the west as she passed South Florida, we would have gotten to know her way more than we wanted. South Florida experienced tropical storm force winds from Sandy, but again, the wall of intercession kept her about as far away as Patty.

In addition to the three storm threats for the South Florida area, I also mentioned that this would be a cleansing year. Both Isaac and Sandy fulfilled that aspect of the prediction. I am still saddened about the devastation and loss of life that Sandy brought to the northeast. Out of empathy for their continued struggle and pain, that is all I am going to say on this topic. For first time readers, you may want to read South Florida’s 2012 Hurricane Season, or SuperStorm Sandy for more information.

I had also mentioned that one storm had potential to accelerate in strength quickly.

I also believe that at least one of these storms will move from a minor storm to a major storm extremely quickly. In a dream, the Lord showed me a storm that was riding a motorcycle. While that could speak to a storm’s ability to turn quickly, in this case I believe that it emphasizes the ability for a storm to accelerate quickly.

Sandy went from a tropical disturbance to a hurricane in just two days and then slammed Jamaica. I believe she was the fast developing storm that the Lord showed me. However, Isaac had all sorts of potential to develop, but as previously mentioned, was smothered by prayer in such a way that it could not. In any case, I believe this prediction was also fulfilled.*

I believe these are the significant things that I prophesied about the hurricane season. I believe not only that the major thrust of the prophecy was fulfilled, but also that the individual parts were fulfilled. Even the warning against fear was necessary and important, as the hype surrounding the advance of SuperStorm Sandy became a breathtaking phenomenon in and of itself.

I am doing this recap because I believe in prophetic accountability. When I make prophetic predictions that are easily verifiable as time goes on, I believe it is important to weigh them. If Florida had experienced no threats, I would have still written this recap. While I would have still been encouraged by the amount of prayer that I stirred up by the predictions, I would have apologized that there was no evidence to offer that would encourage prayer for next year’s storm cycle. I would have owned the fact that I may have misinterpreted what the Lord had given me. Since that is obviously not the case this year, I am instead praising and thanking the Lord that he spoke so clearly about this season.

If there are further threats to note during this post-hurricane season, I will mention them in the future. However, at this point I am saying, “Thank you, Jesus” and “So long, 2012 Hurricane Season.”
*In the future I will also be more precise with terminology. The word “major” when applied to a hurricane implies a category three storm or above. While the context and examples I used in the prediction clearly indicated the meaning was “weak storm” and “strong storm,” I could not fault someone if they believe I was speaking of a Category Three hurricane or above. That doesn’t change the application much, since we were praying against such an event, and prayer may have stopped both Sandy and Isaac from gaining major hurricane status. But precision is certainly desired in these types of prophecies.

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