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The Last Enemy Falls

I don’t remember being concerned about my execution date. I just knew it was coming. The leaders had decided that it was best that I die. I knew I had not committed some noteworthy crime, but I also knew that this fact didn’t matter. They had planned the execution, and they intended to go through with it. Apart from the fact that they planned on killing me, everything else seemed normal. I wasn’t even confined, but I did have an appointment that I had to keep.

The day of the execution came. I kept my appointment and walked to the appointed place. The leader was there, and so were his executioners. However, things took a difficult turn for them when I looked at them and said, “This isn’t going to happen.” As I spoke these words, everyone in the room became painfully aware that I was far better armed, and far better trained than anyone else in the room. Everyone knew that they could not force me to submit to their plans. They could not even hinder me. I turned and walked away from them, knowing they had no authority over me.

That is the dream that I had last week Friday. It is about our authority over death.

Death has reigned on this earth since Adam and Eve fell into sin. Every person born in previous generations, with very few exceptions, has died. Those of us who are still alive are walking around under a death sentence. There is a date marked on a calendar that we cannot see. We walk around living our lives as if everything is normal, just like in my dream, even as the day of execution draws near. This is an appointment that few have been able to avoid.

However, that will change. In 1 Corinthians 15 the Apostle Paul states that Jesus must reign at the right hand of the Father until all of his enemies are put under his feet. Then Paul teaches us about Jesus’ last enemy: “The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26 NIV).

Before Jesus returns, death will be dethroned. Jesus must sit at the right hand of the Father until he puts all his enemies under his feet. As the head of the Church, Jesus is guiding and directing us to batter down the gates of hell. The kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ. The Church, at Jesus direction and using his authority and gifts, will put all Jesus’ enemies under his feet. Jesus will not return until every last one of his enemies is vanquished. At a certain point, death will be the only remaining enemy; then death, too, will fall.

My dream was about death’s fall. One day in the future, hopefully the not-so-distant future, a generation of Christians will wake up to find that they have more spiritual authority and more spiritual power than death. They will realize that Jesus has given them so many spiritual weapons, and has trained them so well, that they no longer have to submit to death. They will gladly and victoriously say to death, “This isn’t going to happen anymore!”

When will this happen? Before Jesus comes again. He will remain seated at the Father’s right hand reigning until the last enemy is defeated. I believe he gave me the dream to let me know that he has been training his Church so well, that even though they might not realize it, they are gaining the authority and equipment necessary to defeat death. One day they will be confronted with death, and realize that they do not have to put up with it anymore. On that day, death will fall, and the stage will be set for Jesus’ return.

The Lord gave me a dream to let me know this is on his agenda. I saw death fall. The day is scheduled on the Lord’s cosmic calendar. I am praying that day come quickly.

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Getting Russia’s Attention

Chelyabinsk Meteor Video StillLast Tuesday, February 12th, hours before President Obama’s state of the Union address, two Russian “Bear” bombers—purportedly armed with nuclear missiles—circled the United States territory of Guam in a calculated message to the United States. Russia, though diminished, still has the nuclear ability to destroy the United States, and it certainly did not want President Obama to forget that fact as he made final preparation for his State of the Union speech.

Then, last Friday, on the day that the entire world was watching for asteroid 2012 DA14 (see Asteroid Close Call for more information on that), the Lord sent Russia a message. An asteroid, estimated to be about a third of the size of 2012 DA14, exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in southern Russia. The small asteroid did amazing damage to the city. Videos of the strike proliferated on the web, mostly because almost every Russian car has a dash cam. Security cameras captured the concussive impact of the blast as windows exploded, doors were blown down, and some buildings were severely damaged. Over twelve hundred people were injured. Scientists have estimated the blast at over five hundred kilotons of energy, about thirty times the power of the atomic blast over Hiroshima. One headline reported, appropriately, that the asteroid struck with “Nuclear Intensity.

Let’s see, on Tuesday Russia rattled its nuclear saber to remind the world that it has the power to destroy those who threaten them. Then on Friday a five hundred kiloton explosion takes place over an important city in southern Russia. It’s like the Lord was sending a message or something. The only way it could become more obvious is if the Lord had chosen to detonate this meteor over the city and province in Russia that is most known for its nuclear weapons development. Oh, wait, that is exactly what happened. Chelyabinsk and Chelyabinsk Oblast, the province in which Chelyabinsk is located, led the Soviet/Russian nuclear weapons program. It has the unfortunate reputation of being the most radioactively contaminated area on earth. In a July 2011 article, the UK Telegraph reported that the, “region is synonymous with the Soviet Union’s nuclear weapons programme and deadly pollution.” It added, “Formerly a production centre for weapons-grade plutonium, it now hosts a giant nuclear fuel reprocessing centre with a terrifying safety record.”

As I often write when the Lord does something like this, “You can’t make this stuff up.” This is more than an amazing coincidence. This is the Lord sending a clear message to Russia, a shot over the bow, if you will, that reminds them that he can rattle his saber, too. If I were to interpret the message, I believe it would read something like this: “Don’t threaten world peace with your nuclear arsenal. Your weapons look like popguns compared to what I have available.”

I hope someone in Russia is paying attention, and can understand the language of the Lord.

Special Thanks: Thanks to Tracy Schellhorn and Tricia Wilson, both members of the MorningStar Fellowship of Ministries, for their research and revelatory insight into this event.

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Asteroid Close Call On February 15

10311161_sOn Friday an asteroid capable of leveling an entire city will come closer to the earth than many of our country’s communication satellites. Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass about seventeen thousand miles from the planet on Friday (February 15, 2013). For a distance comparison, remember that the moon is about 250,000 miles away. This asteroid is about a hundred fifty feet across, which means that it would create quite a crater if it hit land. However, because of its relatively small size, it would only be a regional catastrophe instead of a worldwide one.

The reason you may not have heard much about 2012 DA14 is that astronomers have assured us that it will zoom quietly past us on Friday. The science behind such calculations is quite good, and astronomers can confidently state that there is no danger to the earth this go round. Of course, there are some conspiracy web sites that question whether any government would allow astronomers to release information guaranteed to panic a significant chunk of the population. Perhaps we can discuss such ethical conundrums in a future post. In this post, I do not want to discuss the “What ifs,” but rather our authority over the “What ifs.”

As I wrote back in September, the Lord has shown me an asteroid/meteor that strikes the earth. That wasn’t the main point of the September post, which was about God impacting earth with his presence, but it did rate a mention (You can read that post HERE). I didn’t flesh out the details of the asteroid in that post, but I will share in more detail here.

Back in December of 2011, I had an experience where I was standing outside watching an asteroid descend through the atmosphere to the southeast of Florida (an asteroid that encounters our atmosphere becomes a flaming meteor). When I write that it was an experience, I mean that I experienced it. My memory has recorded the event as if it really happened. Assuming that the details of the experience were true to life, I can tell you what a large meteor looks like when it plunges through the atmosphere to the southeast of Florida. It is pretty impressive.

I didn’t know how far away the meteor was from Florida’s shores, simply because I did not know its size. If it was a small meteor like 2012 DA14, then it would have been fairly close; if it was larger it would have been further away. It really didn’t matter that much to me. What mattered is that I knew that we had authority to deal with this thing. I turned to the people who were with me and told them that we needed to regroup back at the church in order to deal with this situation.

There were two things that I understood from that experience. First, that at some point in the future we will have to deal with an asteroid hitting off the southeast coast of Florida. Second, that we have intercessory authority to protect our area from its effects.

Again, astronomers are very clear that 2012 DA14 is not the asteroid that I saw. But that hasn’t stopped me from praying about it, and asteroids in general. In fact, I have been using this celestial flyby as an excuse to discuss this topic with my congregation, and to pray against any negative effects from this asteroid, or any future asteroids. In essence, I have been using 2012 DA14 as practice and preparation for a future event, whether expected or not.

This is pretty normal for us. God has trained us to be a praying congregation. We have learned the importance of intercessory prayer for our geographical area. Because we live in a hurricane zone, we normally pray that the Lord establish hedges around our area of influence to stop hurricane force winds from entering. That prayer, of course, is based upon the hedge of protection that the Lord established around Job (see Job 1:10). Job was protected against windstorms, among other things, until his hedge was removed. We want that same type of hedge to protect us from our windstorms and other threats.

As I have been praying against the effects of an asteroid strike, I wondered how you raise a hedge against an asteroid? When I picture hedges, I imagine them to our north, south, east, and west blocking negative things. That picture works well against some effects of an asteroid strike. If the asteroid hits in the ocean, the hedge will block a tsunami, and even the windstorm created by the concussive force of a strike, but what about a direct hit from above?

As I thought about this, I realized Job’s hedge had also protected him from above. After the hedge was removed, fire fell from heaven and burned up and consumed his flocks and servants (see Job 1:16 NASB). Lightning doesn’t normally burn AND consume what it hits, especially when we are discussing a large number of animals and people. However, a meteor exploding in the air above those people and animals would consume them. I suspect that a meteor destroyed Job’s sheep and servants. When I saw this, I realized that Job’s hedge even protected him from negative celestial events.

We have added this understanding to our prayers. As we have prayed about an asteroid strike, we not only have asked that our hedge would protect us from all horizontal risks, but also that our hedge would protect us from all things above us. And, even though we are not in a recognized earthquake zone, I have even prayed that our hedge would protect us from things below us. In doing this, we are seeking the Lord while he may be found. When the day of disaster comes, we do not want to be caught flatfooted.

These are important prayers. Psalm 116:15 tells us: “The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man.” That simply means that we need to exercise our authority on this earth. Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth (see Matthew 28:18). He has chosen to give those keys to his Church to use on this earth (see Matthew 16:19). As the head of the Church, he directs us how to use the keys he has given us.

Back in December of 2011, the Head of the Church pushed me in a particular direction. He showed me something, and then made certain I understood we have the authority to deal with it. He has given us keys that even protect against negative celestial events. I have chosen to use those keys. I also invite you to use Friday’s celestial event as an excuse to strengthen the hedges around you. You have the authority.

Update: The news stations are reporting this Friday morning that a meteor hit Russia about 9:20 AM local time on February 15th (today). The resulting concussive blast (sonic boom) sent over 500 people to the hospitals at last report. Initial reports indicate that the Russian military found a hole 20 feet in diameter where part of it hit.

Yes, this is bizarre. On the day that the world is looking at 2012 DA14 to skim by, one so significant that hundreds are injured hits. I don’t have anything from the Lord on it, but it is bizarre.

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The Pope Steps Down

PopeBenedict1Last April the Lord told us that Pope Benedict was in the last days of his tenure as pope (See Watch the Pope from April 9, 2012). Today the Pope surprised the Church and the world by his surprise resignation. In his written statement, he states that he will step down on February 28th because his health is no longer up to the rigors of the papal schedule. His move is shocking because he is the first pope to resign in almost six hundred years.

I certainly applaud his deep humility, and his obvious concern that the sheep in his flock get the best possible care. This, perhaps, is why the Lord told us to watch for this event. It is a great example of a shepherd more concerned for the sheep than for himself.

When the Lord told us to watch the pope, he also told us to watch the stands that the pope would take. He has been a fierce advocate of the family, while also opposing gay marriage, abortion, and euthanasia. I look forward with interest to Pope Benedict’s remaining several weeks in office. I will be watching this pope, and listening carefully to what he says.

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Another Attack on the Prophetic

AttackLast week I had a disturbing dream and a disturbing experience. The dream involved a Lena Dunham look-alike starring in an advertisement mocking the prophetic. Lena Dunham is the creator and star of the HBO series Girls. I would not have known who she is, except that she did a rather sleazy commercial before the November election comparing voting for Barack Obama with losing your virginity with that “special guy.” It was a morally outrageous commercial aimed at a morally bankrupt subculture. You can imagine that I did not enjoy having someone who looked and acted like her show up in a dream that attacked the prophetic.

The advertisement in the dream mirrored the setting of Miss Dunham’s election commercial. The ad purposed to mock the prophetic by appealing to American independence and self-reliance. The Lena look-alike asked, “Who is more qualified to determine your calling and purpose, you, or someone you don’t know?” While the actress asked the question, the camera cut from her to some rather nondescript, and even slightly disreputable, looking people who represented those who walk in the prophetic. The clear inference of the advertisement is that those who walk in the prophetic attempt to control you, and they aren’t to be trusted.

Of course, there are wicked and evil people who try to control others through revelatory prophecies. That is the stock and trade of mediums and spiritists. However, this is not a picture of biblical prophecy. Biblical prophecy is for strengthening, comfort, and encouragement (see 1 Corinthians 14:3). While this type of prophecy certainly could encourage someone in their calling and purpose, it never attempts to violate a person’s will, nor does it attempt to replace a person’s ability to hear from God for himself or herself. In fact, that is one of the primary purposes of the prophetic, to help people connect with God for themselves.

You can understand why this dream disturbed me. It used a false question to paint the prophetic in a slanderous way, and it did so in a very slick fashion. The dream disturbed me so much that I woke up and could not get back to sleep right away. I meditated a bit on its meaning, and then just when I began to relax back into sleep, I had the disturbing experience. I saw a reddish colored mocking spirit. It was almost in the shape of a ball of fire. It spoke with absolute contempt in its voice as it summed up its feeling for the prophetic, “The prophetic, ha!”

These two things left me with the conviction that we are about to see a renewed attack upon the prophetic. I believe Satan’s kingdom is about to launch targeted strikes against the prophetic. His objective is to neutralize faith in the revelatory, and mock it in such a way that some of God’s people shy away from it. Satan does not want people to hear from God.

After I shared this revelation with my congregation last Friday night, one young man told me about a conference he heard being advertised on a national Christian radio network. The conference will not be held until October, but they are already advertising it today. That is an amazing amount of lead time to advertise a conference, and it reveals how important the conference leaders believe the topic is. When I investigated, I found that several nationally known evangelical ministries are joining together to host this conference. The purpose of the conference is to expose the charismatic movement as a theologically aberrant movement. As part of its advertising it states, “For the last hundred years, the charismatic movement has been offering a strange fire of sorts to the third Person of the Godhead . . . the conference will expose the dangers of offering strange fire—and what the church can do about it.”

As a member of the charismatic movement, I think that description of the conference sounds rather ominous. While the broad sweep of this conference reaches far beyond the prophetic movement, it certainly illustrates and informs the dream and vision that I had last week. Satan is going on the offensive once again, attempting to turn the Church against itself in a civil war.

I can only hope that the organizers of the conference are more moderate in their presentations than they are in their advertising—for their sake. We must remember that the only time that Jesus warned anyone about the sin against the Holy Spirit was when the religious leaders of the day began to describe the works of the Holy Spirit as strange fire (ascribing the Spirit’s work to Satan). This was among the harshest warnings that Jesus gave to the religious teachers and leaders of his day. I personally would be extremely nervous about participating in a conference that purports to look at an entire movement in the Church, and describes its activities as strange fire. If the Holy Spirit is the force behind the movement, or parts of that movement, then those who lead this conference are in an extremely tenuous position before the Lord. I trust that they will not make this grievous mistake.

Of course, conferences such as this are only a small part of Satan’s plan. He has also been specifically attacking the prophetic because so many prophetic voices appeared to prophesy incorrectly about last November’s election results. While we must acknowledge that even our most respected prophets could have been incorrect, we also must leave room for other explanations of this phenomena (see my post entitled The Curve). In the aftermath of the elections, many voices were raised against the prophetic movement in the United States. Satan’s plan is to press his momentary advantage in an attempt to deal the prophetic movement a setback from which it will be difficult to recover.

Fortunately for us (and thus, not so fortunately for Satan’s plans), God has no intention of allowing this to happen. Many of you who read these posts are intercessors. Your prayers will have an impact on Satan’s plans and strategies. While we may not be able to avert the actual campaign against the prophetic, we can provide the prayer support necessary for it to survive and flourish. We can also pray that those who walk in the prophetic, and all those in the charismatic movement, respond to the attacks that Satan is orchestrating with grace and compassion. When the attack comes from within the Church, we can certainly recognize that our brothers and sisters do not know what they are doing. Like Jesus we can forgive, and respond with grace to correct and bless those who curse us.

If we can do this, Satan’s plans will fail, God’s people will mature, and we will all begin to hear on even higher levels.

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