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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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The Weather Outside

SnowIn my last post, written almost a month ago, I wrote, “. . . we certainly are not done with the year. I expect that we will have some intense winter storms to finish things off.” As we close out the month of December, I think we can safely say that this was an accurate prophetic expectation.

Winter storm Draco slammed a large part of the United States just before Christmas. Then there was a large tornado outbreak on Christmas Day, and another large storm added to the air travel chaos yesterday and today. Far worse than the travel chaos is the death toll. According to news reports, the current storm has already killed nine people, and Draco killed several more. These are nasty storms.

The Lord has not added anything to what he had shown me last year about our weather patterns. I believe that means that we are still on the same path as last year (see Watch the Northwest and Are We Done Watching the Northwest Yet?). That means that we can expect more severe weather in the coming days, weeks, and months.

I’ll give you more as the Lord gives it. It would be worthwhile to continue to pray for our areas of influence. We are going to see more severe weather, but it does not have to be near us.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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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.”
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*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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Don’t Be a Cowardly Spy

Once upon a time, God rescued his people in an amazing way. A bad king had made the people slaves. The people were very sad. God told the bad king to let the people go. When the bad king would not let the people go, God used supernatural power to force the bad king to let the people go. But the bad king was stubborn. God sent ten supernatural storms to shake the bad king’s land. Finally, the bad king let the people go.

But the bad king changed his mind. He was sad that he let the people go. So he chased them with his big army. When the people saw the big army, they were afraid. Once again God did supernatural things. He divided an entire sea so that the people could get away from the bad king by walking on the bottom of the sea (they could even pick up fish along the way for their evening fish fry). When the bad king tried to follow the people, he and his big army were covered by the water when God stopped doing the supernatural thing. The people rejoiced over what God had done for them.

Then God led the people and did more supernatural things. He even lived among them in a giant flame at night, and a giant smoke cloud during the day. God even let the people hear his voice. Finally, God led his people through a dry and dusty country to their new land.

When the people arrived at their new land, they saw that some bad giants already lived there. So the people sent twelve spies into their new land to see how many bad giants lived there. When the twelve spies returned, they were very excited because the new land was so nice. It was filled with green grass and wonderful fruit trees. The spies told the people about all the milk in the land, and how they were able to mix it with honey for a tasty drink like they had never tasted before. All the people got excited about their new land.

But then, ten of the spies forgot about the supernatural things of God. They forgot that God lived in the giant flame at night, and the giant smoke cloud during the day. They forgot about how God led them through the dry and dusty country. They forgot about walking on the bottom of the sea (and frying the fish at night). They forgot about the ten supernatural storms God sent to deliver the people. They thought about the giants. They became afraid.

The ten cowardly spies decided to tell the people how afraid they were. They told stories about the giants. They told the people how the giants would not leave the people’s new land. They told the people that the giants would not let the people live there. They told them how mean the giants would be. The ten cowardly spies forgot that God would help them.

Two of the spies were not afraid. They remembered the supernatural things of God. They remembered that God lived in the giant flame at night, and the giant smoke cloud during the day. They remembered about how God led them through the dry and dusty country. They remembered about walking on the bottom of the sea (and frying fish at night). They remembered about the ten supernatural storms God sent to deliver the people. They thought about God. They were not afraid.

The two brave spies were happy because they knew God would do supernatural things for them. They told stories about God. They told the people how God would not let the giants live in their new land. They told the people that God would not let the giants be mean. They told the people how big God is. The two brave spies remembered that God would help them.

But the people did not listen to the two brave spies. The people listened to the ten cowardly spies. The people forgot about the supernatural things of God. The people forgot that God lived in the giant flame at night, and the giant smoke cloud during the day. The people forgot about how God led them through the dry and dusty country. The people forgot about walking on the bottom of the sea (and frying the fish at night). The people forgot about the ten supernatural storms God sent to deliver them. The people thought about the giants. The people became afraid.

Then the people told God they didn’t want to live in their new land. God was very sad that the people did not trust him. He was sad that they listened to the ten cowardly spies. He was sad that they were afraid. But he told the people that they did not have to live in their new land. He told them they could live in the dry and dusty country for a long time. He told them that their children would be brave enough to live in the new land. The brave children would trust God and not be afraid.

God was happy with the two brave spies. God told them that they would live a long time. He told them that they would get to lead the brave children out of the dry and dusty country into their new land.

God was not happy with the ten cowardly spies. They had made the people afraid. God killed the ten cowardly spies who had discouraged his people. He did not want the ten cowardly spies to discourage his people any longer.

Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting
our hearts on evil things as they did. (1 Corinthians 10:6 NIV)

There may be giants in land (even in Washington D.C.), but God still leads his people.
Discourage the people at your peril.

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