Category Archives: Prophetic Themes

Storming the Walls

The ferocious storms that tore through the Midwest on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning have left at least nine people dead in Kansas and southern Illinois. Six deaths have been reported in Harrisburg, Illinois, and another hundred people were reported injured by a suspected tornado. At least two hundred homes were damaged or destroyed. Towns in Missouri and Kansas were also hit hard.

The Lord has graciously given us warning of the type of weather that we can expect this year. We need to be storming the walls of heaven in prayer, even as the storms attempt to tear walls down on earth. If you have not read Watch the Northwest, and Are We Done Watching the Northwest Yet? it would be a good time to do so. These posts give the background information about how the Lord spoke to us about severe weather outbreaks this year, a bit about what we can expect as the year progresses, and the important role that our prayers must take as we ask for God’s protection for those in harm’s way.

We are entering into the busy season for spring storms. Please pray for your area, and for those in harms way as the season progresses.

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Where’s Perry?

Some people have been wondering who the third Republican Presidential contender is that the Lord spoke to me about (See “What About Mitt Romney?” and “What About Newt Gingrich?” to get the background details). The third candidate is Rick Perry. The Lord spoke to me about him just a couple days before he suspended his presidential campaign. While the Lord gave me face-to-face encounters with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich (in dreams), he did not do so with Rick Perry. The dreams about Mitt and Newt gave me a behind-the-scenes look at their passion or personality. The dream about Rick Perry included a bit about his circumstance, and maybe a little on his heart.

Rick Perry suspended his campaign on the Thursday before the South Carolina primary. On Monday night of that week I had asked the Lord for an outline of what was going on in the Republican primary. That same night I dreamed about Perry the Platypus. That wasn’t quite what I expected, but you work with what you get.

If you have been so culturally deprived that you have never seen a Phineas and Ferb episode (the show in which Perry appears), you should correct that deficiency. A whole generation is growing up with Perry as an iconic figure. “Where’s Perry?” is the question in every episode, just before we find undercover Perry the Platypus involved in some adventure to save the the people of his city. After he has accomplished his mission, he reappears to the exclamation, “Oh, there you are Perry!” If you Google Where’s Perry or Oh, there you are Perry, you will get all the Perry the Platypus information you ever wanted to know.

After I asked the Lord about the Republican primary, he gave me this dream about Perry the Platypus. Perry was high up on a bluff overlooking a sheer cliff that fronted the ocean. Water was surging through the rocks at the base of the cliff. A giant foot was coming down to crush Perry, but just at the last moment he dove off the cliff into the water at the base of the cliff. His dive carried him safely between the rocks. The rocks and the water sheltered Perry from the giant’s foot. Even though the giant attempted to crush Perry, the rocks held his foot up so that it could not come down on Perry.

You can imagine that I woke up from that dream a bit perplexed. Then I remembered that I had asked the Lord about the Republican primary field. I realized that this dream must be about Rick Perry. I didn’t really understand what it meant. I thought it might have meant that Rick was off to a rocky start, but that he was being protected from a crushing blow from his opponents (or the media) simply because he lacked front runner status. It wasn’t until that Thursday, when Rick Perry dove out of the spotlight by suspending his campaign, that I realized what the dream had been about. The Lord was trying to show me (unsuccessfully, I might add) that Perry was about to drop out of the race, and that this was a strategic move that would protect him from becoming road kill. The dream was clear that this move preserved him for future events.

I don’t know exactly where this bit of information leaves Rick Perry, but I’m not sure it means that he is finished yet. As I wrote above, at the end of virtually every episode of Phineas and Ferb, Perry the Platypus reappears and someone says, “Oh, there you are Perry!” Perry always makes an appearance at the end. I may be pushing the interpretation a bit too far, but perhaps this means that the door is still open for Rick Perry to play some future part in the Republican primary process.

Did the dream show my anything else about Rick Perry? If so, it was all positive. Perry the Platypus is humble, fearless, and willing to serve with no real reward except serving. Those are admirable characteristics in a cartoon hero. If they describe Rick Perry’s attitude and passion, that would be admirable, and exactly what we need in a president. In that case, we will probably hear from him again in the future. In the meantime, he is safely waiting out of the spotlight. While we may not hear it this election cycle, I have no doubt that we will hear it eventually, “Oh, there you are Perry!”

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What About Newt Gingrich?

As I wrote in my previous post (What About Mitt Romney?), I have asked the Lord for an outline of the Republican primary candidates. So far he has given me insight on three different candidates. Only two of them are still actively in the race, so I am sharing what the Lord gave me about those two first.

When I had the dream about Mitt Romney, he was instructing me in a way that gave me insight into his nature and character. The same thing happened with the dream I had about Newt Gingrich. I believe the Lord was giving me some insights into who Newt really is.

On the evening I had the dream about Newt, I had awakened knowing I had been dreaming about Newt, but I really couldn’t remember what it was about because it was so indistinct. I believe that is part of the message about Newt. We all think that we know him because he has been around for so long, but the passage of time, and the distortions of media and memory, have not helped us in our quest to understand this Republican candidate. Since I knew the Lord wanted to show me something beyond that, and help me understand Newt a bit more, I prayed and asked him to give me something I could remember. He graciously did.

In the second dream, Newt was showing me two different apartments. He first showed me the apartment of a man who was working for a living. The apartment was not fancy, but it wasn’t a hovel either. It was an adequate place to live. Then he took me to the apartment of someone whose housing was provided by the government. As we entered the apartment, I recognized the person who lived in this apartment because the person was a fairly well known Olympic athlete. I also noted that the apartment was a much, much nicer apartment than the one we had first seen. It was almost luxurious compared to the first apartment we had toured. It was obvious that Newt did not think that this was appropriate. He did not think that it was right that people who were working for a living were living in less luxurious apartments than those who were receiving their apartments as a part of the government’s welfare programs.

Of course, this dream reminded me of the welfare reform act that Bill Clinton signed into law in 1996. He and Newt Gingrich worked together to reform welfare in a way that empowered people. As Bill Clinton described it in an editorial in the New York Times,

“In my first State of the Union address, I promised to “end welfare as we know it,” to make welfare a second chance, not a way of life, exactly the change most welfare recipients wanted it to be.”

This reform passed with resounding bipartisan support, and had positive impact on the lives of many people. I believe that the main goal of this act, as outlined by President Clinton above, would be violated if we make not working more advantageous than working. That was the point of the dream. Newt wanted to show me the disparity between the working class apartment and the one provided by the government. I was seeing the Newt who is campaigning to help people help themselves.

When I was working out the interpretation of this dream, I also understood why an Olympian was living in the apartment. The United States government does not support our Olympic athletes. In fact, many of them eke out a living working at odd jobs while they train for the Olympics hoping to do well enough to achieve corporate sponsorships. They are often like the man living in the first apartment that Newt showed me. They work hard and live modestly as they pursue their goals. Even though they bring glory and honor to our nation when they win, we do not provide financially for them.

Unlike the United States, many governments support their Olympic athletes in some way. In fact, because they bring benefit and honor to their government and country when they are successful, some countries support their Olympians at quite a high standard.

I believe that this symbol reveals Newt’s heart a bit more. When we support people who are not producing or bringing tangible benefit to our nation in the same way that many governments support very fruitful members of their culture, we have strayed. When we support them at a higher level than truly productive members of our culture, something is fundamentally wrong. At that point we begin training people to be unproductive because it pays more.

Of course, I’m not saying that is the way things are in the United States at this moment. I do not know. What I do know is that Newt Gingrich does not want it to get that way. That, I believe, was the point of the dream.

While Newt comes with a fair amount of baggage because of his history, I know that the Tea Party would be comfortable with this core part of his belief system. Christians are all about forgiveness when someone repents over his past, as Newt has done, but that doesn’t automatically mean that we think such a person should be president. It also doesn’t mean that we believe they are disqualified because of their past. Our decision-making process is more complex than that. As the Lord gives us insights such as these dreams, he is helping us through the process.

Again, whether Newt is the best candidate or not, I do not know. I have had three dreams of this type. None of the dreams were an endorsement of a candidate, but highlighted the candidate’s heart or circumstance. I believe that will help us as we make our decisions.

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What About Mitt Romney?

I haven’t spent much time writing about the current election cycle. That doesn’t mean that I’m not watching it with interest, it just means that I didn’t have much from the Lord to share. However, after one of the debates, I asked the Lord for an outline of the Republican Primary contest. Since then, he has given me dreams about three of the candidates or former candidates. This article is about one of those dreams, and provides a bit of insight on Mitt Romney.

In the dream, I was having a conversation with Mitt Romney. We were discussing the fact that he was giving a donation to an institution of some type; it felt like a college or university. The institution was going to use the money to put up a statue. They wanted to put the statue on one end of the campus away from the main road. Mitt told me that it was a terrible location because it didn’t have enough visibility. He thought that there was a far better location near the main road completely on the other side of the campus. Then he told me that you had to help people to whom you were giving money, so he tied the donation to the fact that the statue had to be placed in the location he knew to be best.

Honestly, I awoke from this dream/encounter feeling very good about Mitt Romney as a person. One of the accusations against him is that he appears insincere or artificial. While I was speaking with him I was struck by how genuine he was, and how much he really wanted to help people. In fact, I was aware that he would be pleased to put someone like me in charge of his charitable giving arm so that it would run even more effectively.

All in all, this was a very positive dream, except for that one point about tying the donation to a particular location. Those who do not like big government recognize the tactic. Federal funds always come with strings attached. Mitt truly desired to help people, in fact he told me that when you gave people money you were obligated to help them make the right choices. The strings he attached to his donation were designed to motivate the people to make the right choices.

All this really means, is that the Tea Party would not necessarily think that Mitt was their candidate. But many other Republicans will not have an issue with this. The federal government, under both Republican and Democratic administrations, has always used funds this way. Those who are trying to shrink the government will not be excited about this, but it doesn’t make Mitt a bad person, it just makes him a part of the Republican mainstream. The fact that he wanted to put someone like me in charge of his charitable giving arm puts him in the same league with our most recent President Bush, who wanted the Church involved in meeting people’s needs through his Faith Based Giving Initiative.

Whether he is the best candidate or not, I do not know. As I wrote above, I have had three dreams of this type. None of the dreams were an endorsement of a candidate, but highlighted the candidate’s heart or circumstance. I believe that will help us as we make our decisions.

I share the dream about Newt next.

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Are We Done Watching the Northwest Yet?

Many of you who read my previous post on the Northwest (Watch the Northwest) have contacted me to ask if I believed that the storm that hit the Pacific Northwest this week was the storm that the Lord had warned us about. Those of you who were watching the Northwest recognized that something was up when forecasters began to use superlatives to describe the approaching storm earlier in the week. Then, when the storm hit and pummeled the region and we began to understand the ferocity of it, it looked more and more like this was the event that the Lord had spoken to us about. Was it?

Well, we should first understand how this storm impacted the area? I’ll quote the Toronto Sun:

SEATTLE – A historic snow and ice storm paralyzed Seattle on Thursday, shutting the airport and schools, causing car crashes, downing trees and cutting power to at least 90,000 households as blown-out transformers lit up the skies.

The National Weather Service declared an ice storm warning early on Thursday through noon local time for eight western Washington counties.

Record-setting daily snowfall of 6.8 inches was measured early Thursday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, shattering the previous record of 2.9 inches in 1954, said meteorologist Dan DePodwin on Accuweather.com.

As a result of the storm which arrived on Tuesday evening and was nicknamed “Snowmageddon,” the airport remained closed with its three runways and ramps coated with ice.

Weather.com added this insight:

Parts of two states are under states of emergency after a powerful, deadly storm brought heavy snow and ice to western Washington and torrential rain to parts of Oregon.

Since Wednesday, portions of Washington State have been hammered by winter weather. First came the snow, then the freezing rain, which left cities, including Seattle, slick and dangerous. The governor declared the hardest-hit areas under the emergency declaration around mid-day.

Puget Sound Energy company says 200,000 customers had lost power as of Thursday night. According to a statement on the utility’s website, Puget Sound Energy “Can’t make full estimate of how long the restoration effort could take … we think it will be three to four days, maybe longer.”

Yes, I would say that this is definitely part of what the Lord showed us for the Pacific Northwest. He showed us that a storm was coming and that it would be a major storm. When I wrote about it on December 30, I left the door open for something other than a weather event, though indications were that it would be a weather event. We also knew that it would happen fairly soon. I don’t know if what has happened so far is the totality of what the Lord was showing Dawn and I in our first two dreams and experiences (please reread Watch the Northwest to understand what I am referring to), but I do believe it fulfills the most obvious parts of what I saw and wrote about in the final dream.

One of the reasons that I wrote my previous post was to stir up intercession for the Northwest. I know that intercessors from the Seattle and Tacoma areas responded to the call. I also know that intercessors across the region and nation added their prayers. The Watch the Northwest article has been the most read article I have had on my blog. Thousands and thousands of people read the article, and many let me know they were praying. I wrote the article to stir up prayer for the Northwest, and I am gratified that so many people responded.

Since I know that prayers have authority, I can tell you that the storm was not as severe as it could have been. When I alerted the friends whom I had dreamed about in Washington state, they shared that they were already praying against negative weather patterns. They then took the alert I issued to heart and prayed with more focus. As a result, I was not surprised that the Seattle-Tacoma area (where they live) was not hit as hard as had been forecast. At the last minute one of the Low pressure areas dropped a bit further south than expected, and forced the worst weather just to the south of their area. I don’t believe that was an accident. I believe that was a sign of their intercessory authority.

Because of this shift to the south, the worst winds also shifted south. The Seattle Times reported that “Winds gusting as high as 110 mph hammered parts of the Oregon coast Wednesday, knocking down trees, causing power outages and disrupting traffic.” When the Lord spoke to me about this storm, he showed me that it would be a major storm. He used the image of a category three hurricane to convey that to me. I really didn’t expect to see sustained wind speeds of a category three hurricane, since I believed he was emphasizing that it was a major winter storm, not a tropical wind storm. However, the wind certainly played a part in this storm, and caused disruptions along the Oregon coast. Again, the intercessors and intercession was important. When the Lord first spoke to us about 1999’s Hurricane Irene, he showed us that it would be a high category four/low category five hurricane. As intercessors throughout our county prayed, the Lord let us know that our prayers were having an impact on the wind speeds. When the storm did hit us, as he showed us that it would for over a year, it was a low level category one storm (You can read about it HERE). I have no doubt that prayer also did a lot to protect the Pacific Northwest from the winds of this storm.

So, I’m going to continue to “watch” the Northwest, because I believe I have some more things to learn from this watching. The Lord has showed us a lot about what is coming for the rest of us through this event. I will be writing more about that in the future. For now, be aware that we can all expect to see record breaking weather this year. That is the import of the first dream I had about waiting to get on the highway. My friends in the Northwest were going to experience something before the rest of us did, but we are all heading in the same direction. They have just experienced a record breaking weather event that is continuing to have negative impact. The rest of us can expect to see some pretty bad weather throughout 2012.

But we can also expect our prayers to have an impact if we will pray. The intercession did not stop the storm, but it did diminish the impact, especially in the area that my friends live. They got the shutters of prayer up and were able to protect their immediate area of influence.

So, while the bad news is that we may not be able to stop all the bad weather, the good news is that we can raise a hedge around our areas of influence. We are overcomers. We are not victims. Even when the Lord is the one releasing a particular shaking, he has given us authority to cover our areas of influence with mercy. That is really good news.

Are we done watching the Northwest? Stay tuned. God is still speaking.

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