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Cleansing Hurricanes

In my last post I mentioned the cleansing hurricanes of 2005. I knew the topic of those cleansing hurricanes deserved a more complete review, however I did not take the time to do it then. I believe that it is important that we understand the process of godly discipline that we experienced in 2005, if for no other reason than we will see more of this in the days and years ahead.

Just to refresh our memories, 2005 saw a record number of tropical and sub-tropical storms throughout the hurricane season. The twenty-eight storms spawned a total of fifteen hurricanes with seven of them becoming major hurricanes. Of the seven major hurricanes, five of them reached category four strength, while four of them reached the highest category of storm, the dreaded Category 5. Katrina and Wilma became the costliest hurricanes in history during that season. However, they were not the only major storms to cause major pain. Dennis, Emily, and Rita added to the misery.

Those of us who lived in the hurricane zone during this time remember some pretty intense activity. I remember being with Rick Joyner in early August of 2005. He gave me a prophetic word telling me that there were going to be a lot more hurricanes coming, but that he saw them as washing machines, releasing cleansing to the areas that they hit. If you think that all personal prophetic words are warm and fuzzy, think again. I didn’t necessarily want that word, but it helped me understand the rest of the season when Rick’s spot-on prophecy began to come to pass.

Most people remember Katrina for what it did to the northern gulf coast and New Orleans. While I certainly remember it for the sheer destructive power of the storm, I also remember it because it first came knocking on our door. However, the door was closed to her.

Since 1998 the Lord has trained us in the art of anti-hurricane spiritual warfare. We have seen some spectacular responses to our intercession, which the Lord has used to increase our faith. In 2004, the Lord helped us when both Frances (track depicted in red) and Jeanne (track depicted in purple) attempted to slam Broward County with hurricane force winds. We had special prayer meetings in advance of those storms and forbade them from bringing hurricane force winds to our county. Both storms headed directly for us, and then stalled with hurricane force winds swirling just off shore. Then they slowly—really big emphasis on slowly for Frances—inched north until all of the hurricane force winds were north of the county line. At that point they resumed their march across Florida (See wind distribution graphics for both storms at bottom of article for a better understanding of the size of these storms).

A year later, when we held our prayer meeting as Tropical Storm Katrina headed toward Florida in 2005, we were bolstered by “the word of our testimony” about Francis and Jeanne (See Revelation 12:10f.). We again prayed for a wall of protection between Katrina and our county. As you can see from the graphic to the right, Katrina was headed west—left on the map—right into Fort Lauderdale (and my city, Coral Springs) until it matured from a tropical storm to a hurricane. At the point that it became a hurricane—at the fifth green marker on the upper right of the track—it turned sharply south, traveled down to the county line, and came across Florida. The northern side of Katrina was not yet developed at this point, so Broward County was spared anything but a relatively mild tropical storm. Miami-Dade County was in the news for a brief period of time because of the damage it sustained from the south side of Katrina, but their problems were quickly eclipsed in the news when Katrina made landfall on the northern gulf coast.

Katrina made landfall in South Florida on Thursday, August 25, 2005. Three days later, on the morning of Sunday, August 28, I had an encounter with the fallen being that was in charge of Katrina. In the dream/experience, I discovered this creature sitting on a washing machine (remember Rick Joyner’s word on cleansing). I was with another elder from our congregation as we apprehended him, bound him, and marched him out of our house. At one point the angel spoke to me and said, “I shot an arrow at you last week and just missed.” As we marched the angel out of our domain, I could feel its terror rising because it was convinced we were going to shoot it in the back of the head. Later I realized that he was afraid of our intercession as it headed away from us toward toward its rendezvous with the northern gulf the next day.

The fact that I discovered the angel/being in a washing machine, as well as a fact I didn’t mention—the being was dressed in a bath towel—highlight the cleansing discipline that the Lord intended to release through Katrina. New Orleans was ripe for cleansing judgment for many reasons, not the least of which was the southern decadence festival held in the city every year. Katrina disrupted that festival, and everything else, in 2005. In fact, the city still has not fully recovered its former status as the southern decadence Mecca. Cleansing is not very much fun.

After Katrina missed us, I began to wonder if that angel had a second arrow in his quiver to shoot at us. I was not deluded into thinking that our area of South Florida didn’t need or deserve cleansing judgment. So we prayed a lot about mercy during that season knowing that mercy triumphs over judgment (see James 2:13).

When Wilma appeared on the scene toward the end of October and began its rather long and winding journey, we also held prayer meetings about it. However, when it passed by us into the Gulf of Mexico, we didn’t think it was much of a threat to us. You can see from the graphic at the right that we should have paid more attention to it. We continued to pray about it at our Friday night and Sunday morning meetings, but we did not hold any more special prayer meetings. Meteorological reports made us believe that it would not become a threat after exhausting its energies on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

There was no doubt that Wilma was a cleansing hurricane. It become a major hurricane and sat on top of Cancun and Cozumel scrubbing them clean. Both locations had become key Spring Break sites. As a result, they have become a stumbling block to college students. I was really glad that Fort Lauderdale had repented of its Spring Break mindset several decades ago, especially as I watched Wilma slow to a crawl and vent its category four fury on Cancun and Cozumel for a full day.

But then, after it was done with the new Spring Break locations, Wilma decided to come to the original Spring Break center in Fort Lauderdale. I don’t know how the divine scales of justice work, but I can imagine that it would not be just for Cancun and Cozumel to be so scrubbed, without Fort Lauderdale at least being reminded of its nefarious role in developing the original concept.

Wilma showed up on a Monday morning with surprising strength. It caused very little damage to the west coast of Florida when it made landfall, but boy did it wallop Fort Lauderdale (and all of Broward County). Contrary to meteorological predictions, Wilma maintained strength over Florida and did far more damage on the east coast than it did when it made landfall on the west coast. Electricity was out for weeks in some areas of our county. Wilma did about $20 Billion dollars in damage when it came to visit the U.S., and became the third costliest hurricane in United States history behind Katrina and Andrew. Cleansing judgment isn’t cheap.

Wilma hit our area on a Monday morning. Much of the rest of the week was spent in clean up and dealing with the fact that we had no electricity. On Saturday night I was asking the Lord how Wilma had done so much damage. I specifically asked whether it was the second arrow in the quiver of the angel from Katrina. As I researched the internet that night, thankful for the generator that made it possible, I came across the answer to that prayer in an article on a NBC news affiliate’s web site entitled The Mystery of the Eye. The copyrighted article—which means I can’t post it—points out an unbelievable phenomenon that occurred in Wilma’s eye just as it made landfall in Florida. A number 2 formed in its eye. The picture at the right is not retouched. It appears exactly the same way it looked when first broadcast on the NBC affiliate. The National Hurricane Center’s website posted a similar image with the number in the eye.

You can still find this image on the web if you google “Wilma” and “the mystery of the eye.” Be warned that you will end up on web sites that use this image to fuel their claims that hurricanes are man-made and the number two is evidence of this fact. In view of the prayer I had prayed, the number two in the eye of the hurricane as it made landfall in Florida demonstrated something quite different to me. This was arrow number two, and this one didn’t miss. It brought cleansing judgment to our area—and to Key West.

That is the point I made in the previous post. When Wilma’s cleansing judgment came to Key West it flooded about sixty percent of the island under four to five feet of water. Fantasy Fest, Key West’s week long version of the southern day of decadence was postponed by Wilma’s approach, and washed out by her visit. However, as I wrote in my previous post, Key West did not learn the lesson of the cleansing, but quickly returned to its excesses. That is why I fear for them. In my last  post I could not go into my reasons for that concern. Hopefully this post makes it much more clear. I am absolutely convinced that the angel that I encountered after Katrina, the evil angel that the Lord allows to bring hurricanes in judgment against areas in need of cleansing, I am convinced that angel has more arrows in his quiver. For this reason it is not safe to ignore the cleansing hand of God. It is not fun, and it can be very costly.

I do have hope for Key West. Fort Lauderdale was able to repent of wicked Spring Break activities and change. If it happened here, it can happen there. Hope springs eternal.

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Wind Fields of Frances and Jeanne (Hurricane force winds are in red):

Frances
(On Left)

Jeanne
(On Right)

Bonnie Pays a Visit

I spent a rather soggy morning playing parking lot attendant at the Coral Springs Aquatic center. Our swim club is hosting a Senior Championship meet through this weekend, and parents of swimmers are the volunteer workers that make the event possible. Tropical Storm Bonnie began its South Florida swing just after I took my post. I can tell you from up-close-and-personal experience, it has been very wet and rainy since then.

If you read my post from June 30th of this year, you were watching to see if Bonnie would come to South Florida (see post HERE). At that time I wrote:

Back in 2002 a friend of mine had a dream that Hurricane Irene’s sister was coming. Those of you who remember the Irene saga (read about it HERE), know that Irene’s sister is Bonnie. The dream did not give any time frames about Bonnie. But in the cycle of hurricane names, the last time the name Bonnie was used was in 2004. There was a tropical storm Bonnie that season, but it did not come anywhere near us. Now that Alex has been named, the next named storm will be Bonnie. Of course, we don’t know if this Bonnie is the one mentioned in the 2002 dream, but it at least piques our interest about this next storm, and keeps us on prayer alert. I’m letting you know about this dream so that you might be on prayer alert with me.

I think we can safely say that the dream was about this Bonnie. When I posted about this on June 30, I didn’t share the details of the dream. However, the dream didn’t call Bonnie a hurricane, only a storm. To me that meant that if it came to visit, it would only be a tropical storm rather than a hurricane. Anyone who lives in South Florida knows that our area can easily weather a tropical storm because of the hurricane building codes. We certainly respect tropical storms, but we don’t normally call special prayer meetings about them. When Bonnie formed yesterday we paid close attention to it, but it was obvious that it was only going to be a tropical event by the time it came calling here.

Current forecasts do not indicate that Bonnie will become the major storm that Bob Jones prophesied in the gulf for this year. However, my prophetic ears are piqued by the fact that the Lord drew our attention to this apparently minor storm. Perhaps it will need some focused prayer before it dissipates. I pray that the forecasters are correct, and that this storm will degenerate even further and become a non-event.

44th Presidential Term

For many years the Lord has spoken to us—and many other Christians—using the number 44. In essence, he helped our congregation understand that the number represents dying-to-self in order to release the power of God. He showed us that self-sacrificial action (the epitome of true agape love) would release the promise and power of his kingdom.

He also showed us that if you do not voluntarily fall on the rock in order to be broken (dying-to-self), that rock will fall on you and you will be crushed to pieces (see Luke 20:17-18). The number 44 then, is a powerful symbol of God’s people releasing his Kingdom while they sacrificially serve him. It is also a powerful symbol of what happens when we choose not to do it God’s way.

The Lord has reiterated this message to us through the number 44 repeatedly. For that reason, even before our current president was elected, I was looking toward the term of our forty-fourth president with interest and concern. On the one hand, with the correct president—meaning one who was willing to fall on the rock—I believe there would have been great opportunity for advancement in our nation. On the other hand, with a president who would not fall on the rock, I believed our nation would go through some difficult times as rocks of humbling began to do their work of drawing our attention back to God.

I think most who are reading this blog understand which direction we have gone.

All of the above is a precursor and explanation for what I am about to write. Many prophetic people and atmospheric prognosticators have declared that we are in for a difficult hurricane season. I have been feeling the same thing. I think that Hurricane Alex has put the exclamation point on that feeling. The following is part of a report I read this evening on the Weather Underground site:*

Hurricane Alex, the strongest June hurricane in 44 years, is now Tropical Storm Alex,
thanks to passage over the rugged terrain of Mexico. Alex made landfall at 9pm CDT last
night, 110 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, as a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph
winds. Alex was the strongest June hurricane since Hurricane Alma of 1966,
which had 125 mph winds as it skirted the west coast of Florida.

Hurricane Alex was the strongest June hurricane in 44 years. So the first hurricane of this season is the strongest in forty-four years. Hmm. I say, “Hmm,” because hurricanes make some mighty big rocks.

Keep praying for mercy and grace during this season. Even if our nation must have some rocks fall on it, members of God’s Kingdom—those who have fallen on the rock—will experience something far different as we intercede for our nation. We will see his Kingdom come.

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*As you read the report from Weather Underground, it is obvious that it was written on Thursday morning, July 1. I didn’t see it until this evening, and the interesting thing is, I should not have seen it today. I selected Dr. Jeff Master’s current (July 2) report. Somehow I got to the July 1 report instead, which starts out with the words above. I have not been able to reproduce the error that lead me to the July 1 report. I believe the Lord wanted me to see it because of the message it contains. He wants his people praying to turn these storms away from our areas of authority. A humbling may be coming through these storms, but that humbling does not have to happen in our areas of influence. This calls for dying-to-self and praying ardently for the safety of our coastal areas. The very message of 44.

Hurricane Alex/The Rest of the Season

As I write this, Hurricane Alex is just coming ashore along the Mexican coast about 110 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. Alex is a category two hurricane with sustained winds of 100 mph. While it can’t be pleasant on the Mexican coast, and we will know tomorrow whether this barely-category-two storm does any serious damage, we can certainly thank the Lord for his mercy. If Alex had gone up through the oil mess in the northern gulf, things would be even worse than they are.

It certainly is too soon to celebrate, especially since the Lord showed Bob Jones a major hurricane in the gulf for this year. Since these things are not normally foreordained, bur rather warnings for the purpose of prayer, we can certainly continue to pray for mercy, joining with like-minded people of faith to establish a hedge of protection in the northern gulf. We also can already start praying against any hurricane attaining major hurricane status in the gulf this season.

The Lord hasn’t spoken to me personally about hurricanes this year that I am aware. However, he did tell Bob Jones about one that we must be concerned about. While Bob has never told me the name of a hurricane that is coming our way, he has accurately predicted seasons that we were in harms way. So I respect Bob’s prophetic warning, and as in the past, expect to be able to turn any storms away from our immediate area of responsibility through focused prayer. Intercessors to the north and south of our area should already be praying to deflect this storm from their shores. It is always encouraging to see a storm turn from our coast, but it is never fun to see it make landfall further up the coast. Please pray that the Lord raise up intercessors all along the coast of Florida (and beyond) to turn any storms away.

Back in 2002 a friend of mine had a dream that Hurricane Irene’s sister was coming. Those of you who remember the Irene saga (read about it HERE), know that Irene’s sister is Bonnie. The dream did not give any time frames about Bonnie. But in the cycle of hurricane names, the last time the name Bonnie was used was in 2004. There was a tropical storm Bonnie that season, but it did not come anywhere near us. Now that Alex has been named, the next named storm will be Bonnie. Of course, we don’t know if this Bonnie is the one mentioned in the 2002 dream, but it at least piques our interest about this next storm, and keeps us on prayer alert. I’m letting you know about this dream so that you might be on prayer alert with me.

I’ll share more about this season as it develops. In the meantime, keep praying for mercy and grace.