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Hurricane Irma Postscript

IrmaIrma has whirled into history, and has impacted millions of people. My heart goes out to all those who faced Irma’s strong winds, and to all those whose homes and livelihoods have been severely disrupted. My prayers also go out to those who have lost loved ones to this storm. I pray that God’s peace that passes understanding rest on them. And of course, we are praying for the first responders, the incredible folks restoring the electric grids, and all those providing relief efforts wherever Irma hit. Their efforts are needed, and accomplishing amazing things.

As I write this post, please remember that I am writing from a southeast Florida, Broward County perspective. God puts each of us in a geographical location to defend and protect that location. When I use the Keys of the Kingdom (see my previous post on Irma HERE for a fuller explanation of this type of prayer), my greatest authority extends over my geographical area.

What that means practically, is that while I prayed with millions of people around the world that Irma would not impact the Lesser Antilles, the people with the most authority to pray were the ones who live on those islands. My prayers, and the prayers of those from afar supplement and enhance the prayers of those who live there. I also believe that our prayers have direct impact on preserving lives through these negative events. In this sense, we have tremendous authority, wherever we live, to pray for life, because humanity is one large family.

For us, that means that as we gathered for five evening prayer meetings last week (Tuesday through Saturday evening), we started by praying for the storm to turn north before it struck the islands. We knew the best scenario, and the one everyone was praying for, was that it would turn north and spin out into the northern Atlantic. However, once it slammed the Lesser Antilles with unimaginable force, we shifted our strategy. Once a storm coming across the Atlantic gets through the first islands, there is no place to send it that doesn’t impact people. At that point, we stopped praying that it would go in a certain direction, because there were no good choices, but that it would diminish. We also felt that the Lord had shown us that the islands close to us were at risk, so we prayed for the Bahamas at first, and then for the Florida Keys as it slid by the Bahamas.

But through all that, we never forgot our main calling: protect Broward County; pray for our primary area of geographical influence. This truth, that we are the ones with the most authority over our own geographic area, was hammered into me by a spiritual mentor, the late Bob Jones*, who would contact me during every hurricane season to remind me to do this job. Our trust is that other prayer warriors in their geographic areas were doing exactly the same thing. We also knew that many other congregations in South Florida were having prayer meetings, and that millions of people were praying for South Florida during the entire time.

We thank every one of you who prayed on our behalf. Those prayers were invaluable in strengthening all of us for the onslaught of fear released through the media, and through well-meaning folks who felt it necessary to remind us in the strongest terms that our lives were in danger and we should get out. Again, as I wrote in my first post on Irma referenced above, panic and fear had already set in by Tuesday. People didn’t have false bravado, but for most, evacuation north is just not an option. There are too many people with too many needs.

Ultimately, like Frances and Jeanne in 2004, Katrina in 2005, and Matthew in 2016, Irma skirted Broward County so that we only received a medium strong tropical storm. The Miami-Herald’s headline on Tuesday of this week was: “Irma, at least in Miami-Dade and Broward, wasn’t even a Hurricane.” To me, that means, our gates were shut to the hurricane. It wasn’t pleasant. It was so large that tropical storm winds continued for most of a day, and that accounted for the many trees that went down as the ground saturated with water. But the good news is, in a tropical storm, the tree limbs generally stay on the ground; in a hurricane, they can become missiles and battering rams.

I don’t have the time to get into what happened on Florida’s west coast, but one forecaster that I read stated that Irma’s path “threaded the needle” of the western population centers as it came ashore so that the impacts were less severe than they should have been. The dreaded storm surge, especially for the Tampa Bay area never materialized. Having said that, I can’t imagine the rebuilding process that will now need to take place for much of southwestern Florida and the Florida Keys (as well as Cuba and the other impacted islands). Your prayers, along with those who exercise the primary geographic authority, did much to protect life.

Thank you for all your prayers, your support, and your concern. Last week was intense, but I believe we did the job the Lord has called us to do. God is good. Storms like Irma are bad. And we are those who stand in the gap between the good and the bad.

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*Not the Bob Jones of Bob Jones University, but a prophetically gifted man who had major spiritual insight and vision.

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Earthquakes And Your Prayer List

seismicThe Lord recently spoke to us about earthquakes. He said, “This is a year that is ripe for earthquakes.” He then showed us that there is a soft spot along the New Madrid fault line.

Now, before we begin to get excited about that, remember that this is an intercessory blog. When the Lord speaks to us about something, he does so that we can alert intercessors to add earthquakes to their prayer lists. He lets us know where it would be good to focus our prayer attention so that people and property are preserved. That is his heart.

You will not usually see me post “doom and gloom” prophecies, simply because I understand the role intercessors are supposed to take. Since 1998, when the Lord first showed me 1999’s Hurricane Irene, he has been training me to view every potential disaster as an opportunity to manifest the power and love of the Kingdom. There are really two ways to manifest the love and power of the Kingdom. The most common way is to respond to a disaster. We see something really bad happen, and the love of Christ wells up in us so that we respond to the human suffering and need with generosity and life. I believe this is the way of Romans 8:28 where Paul taught us,

And we know that God works with those who love Him so that all things result in good; He works with those who are called according to His purpose. (My Translation)

Bad things happen in this fallen world. However, God has purposed to use his people to release as much life as possible through his people in order that when a bad thing happens, more life is released through his people than the death that the disaster and destruction brought.

Most of you who are reading this post probably see the flaw in this first way of manifesting the power and love of the Kingdom. The bad thing actually happens, people are injured or killed, and suffering is released. While it is absolutely important that we rush to respond to those needs, wouldn’t it be nicer if we could be like the comic book super heroes who actually prevent the disaster from happening? Wouldn’t it be great if God’s people got so good at hearing from him, and so good at wielding the Keys of Authority, that disasters were averted and human suffering was avoided?

The answer to that question is obvious. And this is where we leave the comic book scenarios behind. Instead we pick up the truth of what Jesus said about the authority he would give his Church:

Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. (Matthew 18:18-20 ESV)

The Church is becoming the Kingdom when it understands its authority, and uses that authority to protect those who live around them. Eventually the whole Church will understand this mandate (see Matthew 13:33). But for now, those with ears to hear must take up the Keys whenever the Lord focuses our attention in a particular direction.

At this time he has focused our attention on earthquakes. As an aside, we might ask, “Why hasn’t he focused our attention on the Zika virus?” In response I would write, “If we need the Lord to tell us to pray against a deadly virus that is spreading through the world at such an explosive rate that it threatens a generation, then we do not yet recognize our role.” One doesn’t wait on direction from the Lord when one sees an out-of-control truck hurtling down the street at an unsuspecting child. One acts quickly and reflexively to rescue the child. For intercessors, the Zika virus should have already gained a major part of our attention simply because it is such a horrific threat, and it should stay in major focus until it is vanquished.

The Lord may not need to speak to us about the Zika virus threat because it is so obvious, but he does focus our attention on such things as earthquakes because we are often unable to detect their imminent arrival by natural means. So the Lord helps us to focus on them through supernatural communications. He is always looking for those who will stand in the gap for an area that is under threat (see Ezekiel 22:30). That means that when he tells us that we are in a year that is ripe for earthquakes, he is giving us an invitation to stand against them on behalf of our geographic areas of influence. In truth, he is telling us that the Kingdom of God is now ripe for some incredible uses of the authority he has given us. When he tells us that the New Madrid fault has some weaknesses, those who live along that fault line, and those who support them from afar, have an opportunity to exercise our authority so that built up stresses are relieved through small and relatively inconsequential movements of the earth, rather than through one gigantic slip that releases death and destruction. While we can certainly manifest the Kingdom of God by responding to an earthquake with the love of Christ after it has happened, I would much rather use the Keys to prevent the death and destruction that one would bring. I know that those who are reading this article are with me on this.

So the year is ripe for earthquakes. I believe that by telling us this that the Lord is saying that the year is even more ripe for intercessors to use their authority and stop devastating earthquakes. That is how we need to read every prophetic headline, even the “gloom and doom” variety, written by people who often do not yet know their authority in the Kingdom. We live in a broken world. Those who understand Kingdom must do their best to fix it wherever they have opportunity.

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Update: I wrote this article on Friday during the mid-afternoon, and schedule it to be published on Monday morning because more people read the article on weekdays. However, in view of the fact that an earthquake in Taiwan of magnitude 6.4 has been reported, I am publishing immediately. Please pray for the people of Taiwan, and be prepared to demonstrate the Kingdom in other tangible ways as opportunities become available.

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A New Strain of Avian Influenza

turkeyJust when we thought it was safe to stop praying for turkeys (and chickens), Indiana suddenly reports that a new strain of avian influenza has appeared, and is threatening to once again decimate the industry. At this point, over 400,000 birds have been euthanized in DuBois County, Indiana.

If you recall, the Lord gave us advance warning last year about a strain of avian influenza that took out almost fifty million birds (see post HERE). It was finally stopped in June when intercessors took the keys of authority and used them to cut off that strain (see post HERE on that use of authority). At that time, health officials warned that it could come back in the fall, but it did not.

However, a new strain has made an appearance, and that means we have to get back to work. However, it should not be that difficult to stop this strain. Whenever we have won a victory in the realms of the spirit as we did last June, that gift, calling, or authority becomes ours. In the same way that Elijah gained authority over the fire on Mt. Carmel, and was then able to call that fire down in other circumstances (see 1 Kings 18 and 2 Kings 1), so when we experience spiritual victory, we also gain authority for the future. That simply means that if we will take authority over this scourge and command it to stop, this strain of influenza should soon disappear. I do not want to miss the fact that regional authority is important, so intercessors in Indiana should certainly lead the way, but each of us, no matter our geographical location can add our authority, and also forbid it from making an appearance in our regions.

One last thing, when the Lord spoke to us last February, he told us that there was an opening against turkeys because of a lack of thankfulness. Remember to repent of your own lack of thankfulness, and for that of your region as you pray. Perhaps the Lord will release a renewal of thankfulness in our regions if we do.

I believe we can make quick work of this current outbreak using our authority. We only have to actually use the authority we have been given.

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The Kingdom is Smashing Records

KingdomThe Kingdom of God is forcefully advancing, and it’s smashing records along the way. On November 30th, the Kingdom demolished another barrier that should clearly demonstrate that something significant has changed. Florida has gone ten years without being struck by a hurricane. Since records began being kept in 1851, Florida has been struck by a hurricane, on average, every two years. There was one stretch where Florida was not struck by hurricane force winds for five years. There was another of four years. But those stretches are so rare that the average still stands at one hurricane strike every two years for the 165 years since records started being kept.

The current ten-year stretch is unprecedented, but it has not been unheralded. Since 1998, when the Lord first began to speak to our congregation about the authority he has given us over hurricanes and other weather systems, we, along with many others, have picked up the mantle of authority and diligently applied it to the Atlantic hurricane season. For a brief history on this, please read these posts on this site HERE and HERE (or simply put “hurricane” in the search field on this website to read much more). For a much fuller perspective, click over to Amazon (HERE) and spend $2.99 on the Kindle version of a book* I authored—or order the hard copy— that presents irrefutable evidence that God has called us to advance the Kingdom by taking on hurricanes, other weather patterns, and much more. I have repeatedly stated, in print, video, and by other means that if we use the keys of authority that God has given us, we will be able to impact hurricane patterns. I have travelled to many different countries with this message since 1999, and have written a book about it (and I am currently writing another). The Kingdom of God is forcefully advancing, and this is just one obvious sign of it.

The current ten-year hurricane drought is either a stunning coincidence, an unparalleled stretch of serendipity that just happened to begin as we began training people throughout Florida to take authority over weather patterns, or the Kingdom is advancing. If you realize that our emphasis on this authority was initiated by the Lord in 1998, and that it began with an accurate prediction of the location of hurricane strike, the hurricane’s name, and the fact that it would hit by surprise, facts that were so disseminated throughout South Florida in the six months before the storm hit that a local NBC affiliate broadcast an interview about it two weeks before the storm even formed (thus providing absolute historical proof of everything I am writing about it), one would have to be willfully ignorant to ignore God’s hand in all of this. His Kingdom is advancing. This ten-year stretch is one of the signs of it.

So I am celebrating the ten-year hurricane drought, while at the same time planning to do everything that I can to extend it to eleven years next year. Since I know that so many other Kingdom-minded people are doing the same throughout Florida, I know that we have a very good chance of continuing the record. Ten years from now, I would love to be writing about the twenty year hurricane drought, but that will only happen if God’s people continue to use the Keys of the Kingdom that they have been given.

I am confident that they will not only continue to use those Keys to exercise authority over weather patterns, but also to impact every other area that God’s Kingdom must come. Those who violently fight their own unbelief, their own inertia, and their own lack of Kingdom vision will continue to see the Kingdom advance against all obstacles. His Kingdom will come, on earth as it is in heaven.
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* I feel it is important to mention that neither my congregation nor I make any money from the sale of this book. The Lord has clearly shown us that Hurricane Irene was a Jericho event for us. In the same way that all proceeds from the conquest of Jericho were devoted to God, so also the proceeds of any sales are devoted to God. Any profits from sales enable us to give even more copies away.
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The Winnowing Has Begun

TrainsThe Body of Christ is currently being separated into two groups. One group will be used in amazing ways in the days ahead. They will unleash the power of the Kingdom of Heaven with such love and grace that the world will stand in awe that such things are being done by mere humans. Those in this group will become God’s end time agents who will help turn Satan’s kingdom upside down, and will initiate the restoration of all things (see Acts 3:19-21). The other group will find themselves on the outside of God’s purposes, looking with longing and regret on what could have been.

The good news is that the group you join is your choice. The bad news is that many are currently choosing the path to disaster.

The Lord recently gave us a picture of the choice that we now face. The picture was that of two trains that run on parallel tracks side by side. The trains look almost the same. They appear to be going to the same destination. For all practical purposes they will run in the same direction at the same speed for quite some distance. But in the end, only one of the trains will get to its destination. The other will suffer loss.

The Lord then said that the two trains are the Encouragement Train and the Discouragement Train.

The Lord has warned us that there is a wave of discouragement coming. He issued a strong warning that it will be such an intense wave of discouragement that many will begin to waver. Even as he gave us this advance warning, he mentioned the Discouragement Train and said, “Don’t get on that train!”

I know this warning is necessary. I have been surprised at the amount of discouraging hype that has recently been released in the body of Christ. Relatively prominent teachers have released predictions about the times in which we live. I do not know their intent, or the full extent of their teaching, but I have seen the results. I have seen an onslaught of fear and self-focus among God’s people. Fear and self-focus are not a fruit of the spirit. Instead, they are evidence that we have boarded the Discouragement Train. If you have given in to fear and self-focus, get off that train right now!

Do not misinterpret what I am saying. I believe that there are certainly difficult times ahead. But one thing I know, we do not get through those difficult times by endlessly parroting what this moon or that seven year cycle portends for the future. Difficult times are upon us. Get over it. The world is under judgment. Get over it. We overcome all of it by focusing on the Kingdom authority we have been granted in Jesus Christ. We overcome it by focusing on our mission and purpose in a lost world as we lay down or lives for those around us. We overcome it as we have always overcome every obstacle in this new covenant era—by the blood of the lamb, the word of our testimony, and not loving our lives so much that we shrink back from laying them down if necessary.

Jesus told his disciples, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19). He said that before his victory on the cross. Now that he has crushed Satan’s head, we have even more authority, and more power to overcome. We are overcomers. There is nothing that Satan can unleash against the Body of Christ that is able to overcome it. The gates of hell, all the evil that Satan is capable of marshaling against the Church, will not be able to stand against the power of God’s overcomers. Rather than focusing on the judgment and the evil, why don’t we focus on our job description? Why don’t we extend the Kingdom of God and the shelter it provides (see Matthew 13:31-32) wherever we go?

The Lord showed us another picture recently. He showed us that he was setting out nets to trap those who were releasing fear among his people. When he told us this, I knew that some of the very things that have recently released so much fear in the Body of Christ were part of the trap. As the Lord showed us the trap, he said, “It is a huge challenge when you hang around chickens. Chickens have a tendency to make you doubt and second guess yourself. They are not encouraging at all. They’re always skeptical, and they are always chickens.”

The Lord is beginning to draw the chickens away to the Discouragement Train so that the chickens do not hinder the people of God. Then his people will board the Encouragement Train and can encourage each other once the chickens have been separated in the current winnowing.

There is a time soon coming, and even now upon us, where the righteous will shine forth as the sun exercising the authority of the Kingdom of Heaven. However, before that can happen, the winnowing must take place. Those who claim to be a part of God’s Kingdom will board the one train or the other. Those who preach fear and discouragement will be removed, just like the ten spies who discouraged Israel (see Numbers 14:36-38). It is a time like that which Jesus prophesied in Matthew 13 when he said,

“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. (Matthew 13:41-43 NASB)

If you are on the wrong train, I don’t believe it is too late to jump off, but now is the time. Get on the right train.

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Shameless Plug for Drinking Water in Kenya:

A friend of mine, Pat Selvey, is living in Kenya digging wells to save the lives of children there. He asked if I would advertise an opportunity to purchase a drilling rig. The ministry has already raised most of what is needed for the drilling rig. Here is what Pat wrote, and a few excerpts from the website:

There is a water crisis in Africa. In many areas waterborne disease is the biggest killer of children under the age of 5. Water born disease is preventable. Clean drinking water for 150,000 school children requires that Hydrating Humanity purchase a deep-hole drill rig. We have been able to raise over $265,000 so far. Our goal is to raise $300,000 as quickly as possible to get this drill rig purchased and deployed into the Kuria School District in Southwest Kenya.

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