Category Archives: Prophetic Themes

Headline: Oil Stays Away from South Florida for Now

Since I am out of town, I missed this really good news in the Sun-Sentinel. The full headline reads:

Oil stays away from South Florida for now

Changes in loop current mean portion of Gulf slick no longer headed here

That is incredibly good news. When you read further into the article, you find this little tidbit:

An eddy at the top of the current has drawn away the portion of the slick that had been caught in the current. And at the south end, another eddy has pinched off the current entirely.

The loop current had two things occur to it. First, an eddy took the oil already trapped out of it. Second, the current itself has stopped (!).

So, intercessors, be encouraged and keep praying for Florida’s coastline. It is having impact.

This Hurricane Season

Well, the good news is that we have tremendous authority. The even better news is that we will have opportunity to exercise that authority this season!

Excited? Well, we should be. We are told that in the book of Daniel, that as we approach the difficulties that accompany the end of our age, “. . . the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits” (Daniel 11:32 NKJV). It looks like we will have an opportunity to do exploits this hurricane season.

I am at the MorningStar Fellowship of Ministries conference. I am enjoying renewing many relationships, but I am also paying close attention to what the Lord is saying in this setting. Bob Jones spoke this morning. He told us that years ago the Lord had shown him a demon in the gulf that would feed on oil. He believes that the oil spill that is out there now is a fulfillment of that revelation. He also mentioned that the Lord had shown him that another demon would rise up in a hurricane to the south of the oil spill, and would become a major threat in the area.

I also met with Bob briefly, and he concurred with my assessment when I said that the Lord was showing me we would have an active season.

This is probably a great time to remind everyone that we have set the first and third Friday nights of June to pray over the hurricane season. We have been given some targets. It is time for exploits.

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?

Sowing and Reaping

Last Sunday I spoke on the topic of sowing and reaping as a part of a mini-teaching during the offering (teaching available HERE). As the Lord has been renewing my confidence in the grace he has been extending to this nation (see post on this topic HERE), he has also been increasing my confidence in the specific grace that he is extending to his people. This grace is being released in many different ways, but I believe he especially wants to steady the economic ship of his people. Many of his people have experienced economic tremors along with our nation. I believe he is releasing grace to counter this problem so that we can become hilarious givers again.

He is using the principle of sowing and reaping to release this grace. Seedtime and harvest is a creation principle that is specifically restated to Noah after the flood:

“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat, summer and winter,
day and night will never cease.”
(Genesis 8:22)

Paul, the apostle, makes certain that we understand that this principle also applies to our finances:

So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:5-8)

In this section of 2 Corinthians, Paul was speaking about a special offering he was taking for the saints in Jerusalem. As he explained the benefit of giving into such offerings, he invoked the principle of sowing and reaping. He wanted the Corinthians to understand the benefits of sowing into such offerings. The money we give is like seed that we sow. When the farmer sows a small amount of seed, he will not reap as much as if he had sown a larger quantity of seed, even if he has a spectacular return on each seed planted. That is a basic principle of our over-and-above giving (as opposed to our tithes/firstfruits giving, which has a whole different creation principle associated with it).

As Paul teaches on this principle, he adds that God loves a cheerful (more graphically: hilarious) giver. When you factor in what Paul says a little bit later about God’s plan for this type of giving, you understand why we can be cheerful. He adds this eye-opening point:

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11)

Paul clearly teaches that God supplies the seed for us to sow. In fact he states that God will supply seed to sow, and will increase the amount that we have, so that we can generously sow even more and receive an even greater return.

But here is the key that trips most Christians up: When God supplies seed to sow, we often mistake it for bread for food and eat it, thus stopping the increase of our seed.
So, our critical need is discernment. If God is going to steady his people’s economic ship using the principle of sowing and reaping, we need to be able to tell what is seed and what is bread.

Our normal paycheck is most often our bread for food (though if we make an abundant amount more than we need to live on, a large portion of that may also be seed). We give firstfruit offerings (tithe) on our normal paychecks and the protective blessings recorded in Malachi are released:

Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty. (Malachi 3:10-11).
That is an incredible promise. I love it when my car doesn’t break down, when my clothes don’t wear out, and our appliances are not acting up. Tithing is like an extended warranty service on our lives.

However, when we want to see increase, the principle of sowing and reaping gives us the key to our strategy. We need to identify our seed and sow it in faith that God will honor his promises. His promise is that he will increase our seed for sowing and will enlarge our harvest on every righteous level.

So here is our strategy to live above the economy in our country no matter what it is doing: Generous giving. But some of you who are reading this have been shaken by the economy and don’t think you have any seed to sow. The answer is simple; ask God for some. He will give you seed. You will sow it. You will see a return. You will sow even more. You will see a return. You will cheerfully sow even more as your faith grows incredibly.

In this fashion, hilarious giving is just around the corner. And so is economic stability.

Might I be so bold as to suggest that if you do not have good ground into which to sow, you will find good ground at New Dawn Community Church. You can make online donations at the bottom of our “Contact Us” page located HERE. However, if you have a church in which you are a member, make certain to find special funds that they have running, or simply give over-and-above into their regular offering. You, and they, will be blessed.