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It’s a Wrap!

I’ll write more on this later, but I just wanted to note that the 2010 hurricane season has officially ended.

Thanks for all the prayers and intercession you prayed. It helped make this the fifth season in a row that a major hurricane has not visited the United States. Time to do a victory dance.

Where Did Paula Go?

I like it when hurricanes get shredded. Paula experienced such negative shearing that it dissipated incredibly quickly and is now only a remnant low. That is pretty good for a storm that had, at one time, a forecast a track that extended out until Sunday.

Meteorologist Jeff Masters, of the Weather Underground site (see HERE), wrote this about Paula, “Considering that most Category 2 hurricanes that pass through the Yucatan Channel end up getting their names retired, we got very fortunate with Paula.” What that means is that most Category 2 hurricanes that take Paula’s path in this part of the season become a major hurricane and cause much damage. That is the reason that their names are retired. Paula had great potential to become something really wicked. I believe it did not because the prayer walls held.

I called a prayer meeting on Wednesday evening because we had discovered that God had indeed given us something on Paula. In essence, we were told that Paula would try to gain access to our area of influence, but that we had authority to stop her. We wield our authority through prayer and intercession, so we had a meeting where we firmly locked the door in Paula’s face. We have been praying throughout this season that no hurricane force winds would breach our boundaries. Wednesday night’s prayer meeting was simply to plug any holes and strengthen that wall even more.

When I called the meeting for Wednesday night, South Florida was still in the Paula’s 5 day tracking cone. By the time we met the forecast track had shifted a bit more south, with only the Florida keys in that cone. Shortly after our prayer meeting the track shifted drastically south, contrary winds increased, and Paula was stopped in her tracks and ripped to shreds.

I would call that a successful prayer meeting.

You Know You’re Having a Bad Week When . . .

You know you’re having a bad week when the National Hurricane Center doesn’t quite know where a hurricane in your neighborhood is going, and your wife remembers she had a dream in July that someone named Paula tried to walk uninvited into our house.

Actually, that probably means you are having a good week, because the Lord brought the information forward while there is still plenty of time to have a prayer meeting or two.

Prayer meeting at New Dawn tonight (Wednesday night) at 7:30 PM.

Hurricane Paula (Sigh)

When a late season hurricane makes an appearance, those of us on the hurricane intercession wall feel like the guy in the doughnut commercial wearily slogging off to work muttering, “Time to make the doughnuts.” When Paula turned into a category two storm, I could hear intercessors in the spirit wearily muttering all over the gulf area, “Time to make the hurricane prayers.”

As I wrote in my last post, the weather is too nice to think about hurricanes. However, better to think about them (and pray) now, than have them visit later.

It appears that we will have plenty of time to contemplate Paula. According to the five day forecast, this thing could meander around south of Cuba for the next five days before deciding where it is going to go. So, intercessors, it’s time to make the . . .

A Benign Hurricane Season

I usually set Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, aside in order to tune in to any messages that the Lord is releasing to me. I often spend the day as quietly as possible, writing out any dreams and interpreting them, and hearing from the Lord on different levels. Bob Jones, who often writes an annual Shepherd’s Rod of revelation he has received on the Yom Kippur, also encourages those who walk in the prophetic to pay attention on that day.

However, I wasn’t able to set the day aside like normal this year. It began on Friday evening, September 17. That was the first day of meetings at New Life Church in Cardigan, Wales. I went to Cardigan to celebrate the congregation’s twentieth anniversary with my good friends, Doug and Janice Bell and their team. I have no doubt that the Lord orchestrated the timing and the events of the trip, so I wasn’t too concerned about changing my normal pattern for that day. I knew the Lord could still release significant revelation, even if I was busy.

I did have several dreams on the Day of Atonement. One of them was about the hurricane season. In the dream, I was telling someone about the benign nature of the hurricane season. I actually used the word benign to describe it. The person to whom I was speaking took issue with me over this description of the season. He or she took a couple of steps over to Florida—we were standing above the mid-Atlantic and we were very large—and pointed to the hedge of protection that went up the coast. Then the person firmly informed me that our prayers had stopped some vicious storms from causing much death and destruction.

I wrote the dream down on Yom Kippur, but promptly forgot it because of the busy nature of the weekend and the ministry that was going on. I didn’t remember it until last night in our Friday night School of the Spirit. I was speaking about the hurricane season, and I mentioned an article that a friend had sent me about the hurricane season. As I quoted the article, I remembered the dream. The part of the article I quoted said this: “Despite dire forecasts, season has been benign for U.S” (see article HERE).

I love those prophetic moments when the Lord suddenly opens your mind to his revelation. I instantly knew that the Lord had given me a dream on Yom Kippur that had used the word benign to describe the hurricane season. I also instantly realized that back on Yom Kippur, during the height of the season, the Lord was setting the record straight. The only reason the season has seemed benign for the United States is because God’s people established the hedges of protection that were necessary.

Early this year, Bob Jones had warned me that South Florida had a storm aimed right at it this year. Bob was more than accurate. We had two. But neither of the systems, Bonnie or Nicole, packed any punch—and Nicole was torn apart before she could even make landfall. Neither storm was able to reach hurricane strength and remained low level nuisance storms as they impacted us. If one of these storms was what Bob saw, that means our prayer hedge prevented development.

Of course, we are still in the hurricane season. Those of us who remember Wilma or Irene remember that they hit in mid to late October. However, we also remember that we were still in the hot, humid summer weather pattern when those storms hit. This year, we have already entered into our winter weather pattern and the dry season in South Florida. As I write this on Saturday morning, the temperature is hovering at seventy degrees as it has all week at this time of day. It sure feels like the hurricane season is over. That doesn’t mean that it is, but it is almost too nice to think about hurricanes.

However, no matter how nice it is, we will stay on the wall doing our job. We will watch. We will pray. And we will continue to prophesy a benign close to the hurricane season.

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The picture above comes from the Weather Underground website (http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/at2010.asp).