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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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SuperStorm Sandy Update

October 31, 2012

I want to begin this post by conveying my deepest sympathies to all those in the Northeast who have been negatively impacted by Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy. I grieve with you over the loss of life, and over the many people who have lost homes and property to this storm.

This was a sobering storm. Obviously, any storm that kills upward of fifty people is sobering. The sheer size that Sandy attained is amazing. It impacted tens of millions of people all across the eastern United States. The Northeast will be in recovery mode for a long time. I believe the news anchors and weather reporters have run out of superlatives in their attempts to let us know that Sandy was a record-breaking event. What can you really say about a storm that did what Sandy did to such a large portion of the United States?

I’m really not going to say much, except that the Lord had shown us that there would be cleansing storms this year. I believe the fact that Sandy hit Atlantic City virtually right on the nose is a likely indicator that this was a cleansing storm. Atlantic City is THE gambling Mecca of the Northeast.

Let me refresh your memory about what I wrote about cleansing storms earlier this season (see South Florida’s 2012 Hurricane Season):

As I wrote in my last post (see Tropical Storm Beryl), the Lord also showed us that we are in for a cleansing year. In fact, he gave some indication that we may see as many as three cleansing events, though I do not know if these events are all for South Florida. Cleansing storms are those that contain a call for repentance, and some level of  judgment on those areas that they hit. Don’t think of them as direct judgments from God (though they can be). Think of them rather as discipline as the Lord attempts to get our attention about inappropriate things in which we are involved. Inappropriate things are things that hurt people. The gambling industry, those areas that promote debauched lifestyles, and those who attempt to lure Spring Breakers with licentious promises, are all included in things that hurt people. If you live in a region that promotes things that hurt people, begin to cry out for mercy already.

I’m certainly not celebrating what Sandy did, just as I didn’t celebrate what Wilma did to my area back in 2005. I knew what Wilma was, and its purpose, but I sure didn’t like it. Of course, I’m not so certain the Lord was concerned about how I would feel about it. He is far more concerned with righteousness, and calling people back from the precipice of poor decisions that have the potential to unleash generations of pain and destruction on the people of an area. Cleansing storms, then, are his mercy in action. They have a tendency to remind us that we really don’t have the last say on things, and that we truly need him.

My heart goes out to everyone who lost loved ones in this storm. It was truly a killer storm even before it visited the United States. And while loss of property is not near as bad as losing a loved one, it still hurts. Our God is a God of comfort. I pray that the people who live in areas impacted by Sandy will find his comfort, and will turn toward him in all their ways.

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Tropical Storm Sandy

October 23, 2012

The weather has been wonderful for the past several days. Temperatures have hovered around the seventies, humidity has plummeted (by South Florida standards), and there has been a glorious breeze. All of this produces a siren-like influence that draws heat-and-humidity pummeled South Floridians out of doors to work and play. It feels like our glorious winter season has already slipped in the door. But just as we are beginning to plan our outdoor adventures, the National Hurricane Center delivers a dose of reality. Tropical Storm Sandy formed yesterday. Sigh.

The good news is that we are not yet in the cone of uncertainty. The bad news is that when a storm is this far away, it is a simple matter for the track to change in the next couple days to include us. Those of us who remember another late season storm named Wilma are not amused by this development. But we are not all that concerned either. We, and many others, have been manning the prayer walls.

If you have followed this blog for a while, you know that the Lord began to speak to me about an active hurricane season already back in December and January (2011/12). The Lord had warned of extreme weather this year, something that we have seen all year. Although the hurricane season has, thankfully, not caused major stress, Sandy is the eighteenth named storm. The 2012 hurricane season has now tied for the seventh most active hurricane season on record. As the graphic to the right shows, it has been busy. However, those manning the prayer walls have been busier, and very effective.

I’m certainly not beginning my post-hurricane season celebration yet. But I have been very pleased about what has transpired this season. Let me remind you of what I posted in early June about this hurricane season (You can read the whole post HERE):

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 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.

That second paragraph from my June post keeps me from celebrating the close of the hurricane season prematurely. A fast developing storm that has the ability to quickly change directions can really ruin your day. I don’t want to give Sandy a chance to be that storm.

Whenever the Lord shows us threats, he is showing us threats as they exist before intercessory prayer is applied. He shows us the threats so that we will thwart the threats. Like Jonah, a prophetic voice calls people to do something to change the outcomes that would have occurred without the revelation. The revelation is intended to inspire prayer, repentance, or change in direction so that the disaster/problem is averted.

I’ll give a full update and recap of the hurricane season, and what the Lord has shown us through it, after it is officially over. I will be watching Sandy this week. I will be praying for those in harm’s way, and will continue to stand on the intercessory wall protecting my area of influence.

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Update: With the formation of Tropical Storm Tony on Wednesday, October 24, this hurricane season is now tied for the third busiest since records first began to be kept in 1851.

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That’s One Down

August 29, 2012

Well, I’m glad that is past. I’m sure that the residents of Louisiana and surrounding areas will be saying the same thing when Hurricane Isaac finally passes them by. Although Isaac was only a tropical storm while it was in our vicinity, and it never came close to our county, it was a large enough system to cause widespread flooding and minor wind related damage.

But that is not the story that could have been. All last week we were told that Isaac was going to increase in strength and become a hurricane by the time it hit the Florida mainland or the Florida Keys, but that didn’t happen. We were told repeatedly that Isaac was strengthening, or trying to strengthen, but something always prevented it from doing so. Even after it passed us, it did not strengthen as forecast. Without a doubt, the prayers of thousands of God’s people prevented Isaac from being a violent wind event.

That doesn’t mean that the people of Louisiana are enjoying themselves right now. Isaac has slowed down to a crawl. A category one hurricane is still no walk in the park. And if it is sitting right on top of you for an extended period of time, bad things can happen. We will find out just how bad when it moves inland from the gulf coast. The latest report from the National Hurricane Center is that Isaac has slowed to 6 mph as it buffets New Orleans and its environs. This is not a good thing.

We learn from every one of these storms. Most intercessors would have been praying to diminish the strength of the winds in the storm. I believe we accomplished that goal. However, in the future, we will probably want to pray that the storms do not spend a long time over any one area. If you are like me, I did not pray that over Isaac. I would suspect, since it is now sitting on top of Louisiana, that very few people did. I’m taking notes for the future.

Let me share an encouraging graphic from Sunday morning. I have noted the storms position at 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM on the graphic below. Please note that until 11:00 AM Tropical Storm Isaac was making a beeline northwest toward the Florida Keys. Right at the time that churches were meeting across South Florida praying against the storm, it veered west down the center of the Florida Straits and never made the expected landfall in the Keys. When the storm got past the Keys, it resumed its march northwestward. To me, that is ample testimony to the power of the praying Church.

Of course, folks have asked if I believe that this storm is one of the three that the Lord has shown to me for this year (see South Florida’s 2012 Hurricane Season). My answer is, yes, I do believe this is one of the storms that was on our plate this year. If I am correct, then we have two more to go. After seeing how effectively the prayers of God’s people covered South Florida, I am breathing easier about them.

Thanks for praying with us. Please keep it up.
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The Hurricane Season Heats Up

August 20, 2012

We have now entered into the busy part of the hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center is tracking four different disturbances at this point; three of them have some potential to impact the United States. The next named storm will be Isaac, which tells us that we have already had quite a few named systems this year, though none have been of real concern for the mainland United States. But things will probably change as we move forward into the season.

At the beginning of the season, I mentioned that the Lord showed us three potential problems for South Florida this season. When he shows us things about the hurricane season, he also gives us authority to pray against those problems. We have alerted intercessors across South Florida to what the Lord has shown us, and are hopeful that the prayer coverage will make such a difference that we will only experience the beneficial effects the storms (appropriate rainfall and such).

The Lord did give us one more bit of information over this past weekend. He showed us some sort of spirit rising up out of the Atlantic off the coast of St. Augustine, and then moving over the city. Since the Lord speaks to us about storms, and a spirit coming up out of the water often refers to a storm, I believe that there is a very good chance that St. Augustine, Florida is under threat from a storm at this time. This is an alert for intercessors, and for those who live in that area, to stay on the prayer wall so that St. Augustine is not victimized by whatever this spirit represents. When the Lord shows us something, we have authority over it. We can pray and have a positive impact for that part of Florida.

I have no doubt I will be posting a bit more frequently in the days ahead. Summer is a nice time for rest and respite, even from blogging. But we have still been on the wall, and the Lord has been speaking to us of many things. I will be sharing some of them in the days ahead.
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