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The United States’ Glory

I had a dream the other night that speaks about the path the United States is charting at this moment. It was encouraging, but it also was firmly steeped in the reality of our current situation.

In the dream I was watching the space shuttle as it was lifting off. As usual it was an impressive sight. However, as it got further up into the higher atmosphere, it began to fly erratically. Then it eventually took a downward turn and descended on a flight path toward a crash landing. At that point in the dream, an elderly intercessor I know was called on to go in and pick up the pieces.

Encouraged yet? First, be aware that I do not believe this is about an actual shuttle launch. We have had some tragedies with our shuttles, and we certainly do not want another. However, the space shuttle has been one of those premier evidences of the preeminent glory of the United States in the world. When I have a space shuttle dream, it is usually about what is going on in the United States.

The shuttle’s launch represents the founding of our nation. That makes perfect sense when you realize that the shuttle’s launch requires an amazing amount of energy, a lot of shaking, and a slow build up of momentum. You could use that same description to refer to the founding of our nation.The picture still works for the subsequent history of our nation when you recognize that as the shuttle picks up momentum, the ride smooths out a bit, and great distances are covered in little time. You could easily build a time-line of the United States that reflects such shaking, followed by major advances in short periods of time.

At this point, you might be focused on the crash. Don’t be. All nations eventually crash. They plant the seeds of their own destruction or dissolution through unwise policies adopted while they are attempting to achieve orbit. Nations do reap what they sow. Since most nations eventually turn away from the wisdom of biblical moral and economic principles, they will eventually harvest decay and even destruction. So, of course the United States is going to end its “glory tenure” at some point in the future. Our prayers (as U.S. citizens praying for the good of our nation) are that it is later rather than sooner. However, even when that day comes, there is hope for the United States. The elderly intercessor in the dream represents Godly wisdom “picking up the pieces” of the United States’ standing and position in the world, and building anew.

At this point in our history, I believe that we are on the erratic part of the path. In that part of the dream, the shuttle’s flight path began to become wildly erratic. During that time it was still ascending for quite a long time. However, it certainly didn’t look very pretty.

I believe that this dream is a message that the United States isn’t about to lose its preeminent position among the nations just yet. From administration to administration, and decade to decade, we may have challenging policy shifts that could cause whiplash to those who are not properly “belted in.” But for those who are part of God’s intercessory Kingdom that cannot be shaken (the “belted in” ones), we will always be around to pick up the pieces after man’s wisdom runs out.

I am encouraged by this dream. It recognizes the fickle nature of our current policies, and indicates that not even this will stop the United States’ continued climb in the near term. However, inevitably, we will eventually reap what we have sown, and lose that status. It won’t be a swift fall as we follow a descending path, but it will be steady. After that, intercessors will undergird the next phase of our nation’s history.

So what is the application of the dream? I believe that the Lord is helping us understand that substantial swings in our country’s political and economic climate are going to be a normal part of our future. If we take our stand on the rock, we will not become disoriented or distracted. Since his Kingdom cannot be shaken, the sudden course changes will only unsettle us if we allow them to do so. If we stay in peace, we can thrive and prosper through the continued, erratic ascent of our nation.

A Whale Watches Over Israel

A friend sent me a link to this article the other day. The article is entitled, “Scientists stunned as grey whale sighted off Israel.” This doesn’t appear to be earthshaking news, except that the Lord has been speaking to us about whales for the last year or so. In the imagery of the prophetic, at least as the Lord has been speaking to us, he and his purposes have been represented by a whale.

So the article is certainly intriguing. It starts out by saying, “The appearance of a grey whale off the coast of Israel has stunned scientists, in what was thought to be the first time the giant mammal has been seen outside the Pacific in several hundred years.”

This certainly is interesting timing, especially when you factor in recent reports that Israel is under threat of imminent attack by its enemies (See this nine minute video for an explanation of the threat). Those of us who recognize that God wants to communicate with his people using whatever means is at hand, certainly are alert to such juxtapositions of content. One report tells us that Israel is under threat, the next report is that a gray whale, not seen outside of the Pacific Ocean for several hundred years, just happens to show up off the coast of Israel. Add the fact that God has been using the whale to speak of his provision and protection, and you have a prophetic picture to share.

We live in times where tensions can flare up at any moment. Isn’t it good to know that the Lord is on the job?

Welcome To My New Blog Site

This is not just a new look, but an entirely different site. The Apple blog site was a great start, but a little bit limited. So I will be playing around with this WordPress site, growing in my blogging acumen.

Check back soon for new content. No new content at this point, because I have been trying to get the thumbnails to work (timthumb.php pains). The thumbnails may not show up on the home page, but more articles will most certainly appear.

Hombre

One of my friends was running in the Republican Primary for an Ohio congressional seat in the United States House of Representatives. The primary was held this past Tuesday.

His name is Hombre, just like the movie. You might want to ask him about that some day.

When he announced his bid, I had a chance to speak with him and encourage him. I really felt that the Lord was directing him to do this, but I also cautioned that just because the Lord was telling him to do this, didn’t mean that he would get the primary win, or even if he did, that he would win the general election. My friend is mature enough in the Lord so that he immediately agreed with me and told me that he already understood this.

I was impressed by that maturity as he took on this difficult task. Many times we assume that if the Lord tells us to do something, that we will be met with automatic success. That just isn’t the case.

I am reminded of a story written in the book of Judges. It is an ugly episode in Israel’s history about rape and murder in the tribe of Benjamin. When Benjamin refused to punish the evil doers, all of Israel came together to confront the tribe. When the rest of Israel inquired of the Lord, he directed them to attack Benjamin, and yet they were still defeated. This happened two days in a row. On the third day they were able to hear the correct strategy from the Lord and overwhelmingly defeated the tribe of Benjamin (see Judges 20). Each day they approached battle after a defeat, they needed to overcome their losses and their discouragement, and continue to pursue the Lord for the correct strategy until they found it. That is what overcomers do.

I believe that one of our problems is that when we meet our first set-back on a path the Lord has set us upon, we often give up and assume we have not really heard from the Lord. That is a mistake. Often the Lord is using events to train us for the future victories that will come when we have assimilated the lessons we have learned along the way.

In Hombre’s case, his run gave him opportunities to debate publicly, and to build a dedicated following and network of important relationships. It also began to give him the vital name recognition that every politician needs. I’m sure there were many more benefits.

I donated what I could to Hombre’s campaign, and communicated as I could to others so that they would know about him. I believed his run was from the Lord, no matter the outcome.

As I have already written, the primary was held this past Tuesday. Unfortunately, Hombre did not win the nomination. However, he did win respect and honor from many people who now see him as a viable candidate for the future. I am looking forward to his next bid for public office. I will be a proud supporter at that time, also.

Finding the Ark?

I have received a lot of contacts about the news reports on Tuesday that Noah’s ark has been found. A team of Chinese and Turkish Evangelicals has claimed that they are 99.9% certain that they have found the ark. I hope they are correct, but we will not know for sure until further research and exploration is done.

The Lord showed us back in 2007 that the ark would be found soon. I wrote about it on this blog (You can read it HERE). In fact, I wrote an opinion piece for the Sun-Sentinel about the ark at that time because of what the Lord showed us. You can still read that opinion piece on the Sun-Sentinel’s site HERE. If that site is ever unavailable, I did reprint the article HERE.

Has the ark been found? Only time will tell. However, when the Lord spoke to Rick Joyner about the ark, he told him that its discovery would have the impact of twenty-thousand anointed evangelists. So, I hope they have found it. If this isn’t it, someone is going to find it soon. The Lord has promised.