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Use the Keys, Stop Bad Things

blueberriesThe avian influenza that ravaged the Midwest has been stopped in its tracks. No new cases have been detected since June 17. When I first warned of what the Lord has shown us about this epidemic back in April (see “A Turkey Shortage for Thanksgiving?“), just over one million birds had already died or been culled. I stated that if we did not pray, we would see far more birds die. According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)  information, the epidemic ended up claiming 48.1 million birds through mid-June. While the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, is not ready to declare that the outbreak is over, I believe that God’s people have turned the key in the lock.

In an update released on July 19, the USDA admitted that it still has not nailed down how the virus spread. The reason they are puzzled is that large bird farms have fairly good biosecurity procedures. But in spite of that security, this epidemic rampaged throughout the Midwest. Since the Lord told us back in February that this plague had spiritual roots, I’m not surprised that they are having difficulties nailing down the transmission vectors. Medical authorities are at a disadvantage when things have spiritual roots. That is why we need to use the keys of authority that the Lord has provided us (see Matthew 16 and Matthew 18).

I personally believe the turning point came on June 2. Up until June 2, the spread of the virus was continuing unchecked. If you check the USDA website, you can see that detections of newly infected flocks were continuing unabated at that time (see full chart).

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However, during the first week of June, hundreds of Kingdom warriors from around the United States came together at Heritage International Ministries in Fort Mill SC. We gathered for the MorningStar Fellowship of Ministries retreat. These are spiritual veterans who have ministries across the United States devoted to building the Kingdom of God. They have faith, and most have a growing understanding of the keys we have been given. Since they represented regions from around the United States and the world, the geographic authority represented in those meetings was massive.

On Tuesday afternoon, June 2, we held a prophetic panel. Dawn and I had been invited to be a part of the panel, and to share what God had been showing to us. By June 2, almost 45 million birds had died or been culled. I knew part of my job description on that panel was to explain what the Lord had revealed to us, and then to stand in intercessory authority with all those marvelous spiritual warriors so that we might crush this outbreak of avian influenza. We did just that.

I believe the tide turned that day. When you have flocks of a million birds, the detection procedure takes time. Flocks would have been infected days before the flu is detected, and perhaps even before that, especially when you are referencing a commercial flock of a million birds. When you factor that into the charts on the USDA website, you can see that my belief that June 2 was the turning point has merit.

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My belief has even more merit when you realize that all those Kingdom warriors returned to their homes and ministries across the United States and used the keys in their local settings for the next several weeks.

By June 5th, the back of this epidemic was broken. One backyard flock was diagnosed on June 9, but obviously a backyard flock could have been infected for quite some time before detection. Since the June 17 detection involved a flock of a million birds, we have no way of knowing when it was infected, only that it was the last flock in which avian influenza was detected.

The USDA is officially stating that they believe the summer heat has stopped the flu outbreak. However, they are certainly not a credible source on this topic, simply because they do not even know how it has spread. Human hubris is amazing sometimes. We don’t know how it spread, but we think we can tell you why it stopped. Remember that they are ill-equipped to deal with issues that have spiritual roots.

I believe that God’s Kingdom people have won a great victory. But we may not be done yet. Scientists at the USDA are nervously looking ahead to the fall migratory season with more than a little trepidation. They are concerned that droppings from infected migratory birds could once again spark an epidemic. I too am concerned, simply because the Lord showed us the spiritual roots of this epidemic before it even started. It is a result of lack of thankfulness in our nation. Until we deal with that spiritual issue, those with Kingdom authority must be prepared to use their keys as soon as they hear of reports that indicate another outbreak is underway. In fact, it would not hurt if we locked the door preemptively to any such scourge.

There is another reason that it may not come back in its current form; the Lord has already shown us what the enemy is seeking to attack next. The enemy of our souls (and of our food supplies) will always look for openings. When we have used our spiritual authority to shut one door, he goes looking somewhere else. The Lord showed us that he is exploring how to impact the cattle industry. So as you are praying for chickens, you might also use your keys to bring protection to the beef and dairy industry.

I believe we have experienced an incredible victory for the Kingdom of God, and for the people of this United States for whom we stand in the gap. As with all spiritual warfare, this doesn’t mean we can let down our guard. In fact, we can use our new found faith and authority, something we receive with every victory, to extend the Kingdom even further. The Kingdoms of this world are becoming the Kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ—and he has given us the privilege of accomplishing it in his name.
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President Obama’s Trip to Iran

turkeyNo, our president has not yet announced that he plans a trip to Iran. However, rumors of a planned visit to Tehran have been swirling for a year or more, and those rumors take on even more plausibility as Washington and Iran edge closer to a historic nuclear treaty.

Until Tuesday morning I had given zero thought about a presidential trip to Iran. That changed because of a detailed dream I had on Tuesday morning about just such a trip and its awful result. I dream often, and I can tell when a dream is personal, or when it describes events that are beyond my personal spheres of experience. This was a dream that stretched far beyond my personal experience to touch on world affairs.

Without getting into all the details of the dream, Iran is not a safe place for our president. I do not believe that we can trust the leaders of Iran, especially in view of their overt antipathy to the United States. Iran is a dangerous place to put the president of the Great Satan, the term Iran’s leaders use to describe the United States of America. When you have indoctrinated an entire population for almost a generation in the belief that a country is the Great Satan, it is certainly not circumspect for the man who is the face of that country to attempt a cozy visit.

That was clearly the message of the dream. In it, our president visited Iran, but things took a disastrous turn during the visit. As a result, the United States was forced to take critical action, including unleashing an intense military response. During the course of this dream, I was first an observer of the president’s trip, then a participant in the planning session about how to respond to Iran’s actions, and finally an Iranian citizen watching as the United State’s response unfolded in Iran. The fact that I played so many different roles, and saw so many details, made this dream even more disturbing. It had the marks of a visionary experience rather than a dream.

Do I believe that our president is planning a visit to Iran? I would not be surprised to discover that he is, especially since he has been working toward what many perceive as a significant nuclear agreement with Iran. Do I believe that such a trip would expose him and the people of both countries to grave dangers? That certainly is what the dream was about. But if the dream truly represents a future reality, why would Iran risk doing something that would provoke a destructive military response?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his speech to the United Nations on September 29, 2014, has helped us with the answer to this question. In his speech, available at the C-SPAN website, he shares insights about the type of militant Islam that Iran represents. Iran is seeking to restore a worldwide Islamic Caliphate that it would lead. At its root, this militant strain of Islam is anti-American and anti-Israel. This fact alone is sufficient answer to the question.

However, there is even more cause for concern. Many militant Islamists look to the return of the Mahdi, a messianic warrior, who will lead Islam to victory around the world. Many from militant Islam believe this messianic figure will be revealed, as Prime Minister Netanyahu stated at the UN, when the militants trigger the Mahdi’s apocalyptic return through their violent actions. Many strains of Islam, some present among the highest ranks of Iranian leadership, look for the return of Mahdi during a time of apocalyptic war, and perhaps even nuclear exchange.

The beliefs espoused by militant Islam, and held by many in Iran, certainly are cause for concern. They provide a theological basis for something that would be entirely incomprehensible to the western mind. It would simply never enter our minds that someone might see a state visit as the perfect opportunity to release the apocalyptic events that are said to precede the Mahdi’s return. People who are rooted in western Christian culture, and even the now prevalent western humanistic culture, simply do not think in those terms. But Iran is not western.

If this dream was from the Lord, he gave it so that his people would reverse the real Satan’s plans in this arena. We have been given the keys of authority by Jesus (see Matthew 16:18-19 and Matthew 18:18-19). While Satan would love to stir up hatred and death, Christians can release peace and life. Where Satan would love to release irrational action and confusion, we can pray for wisdom and clarity.

President Obama has slightly over a year and a half left of his term. I do not know if a trip to Iran is in his plans. However, at this point, if such a trip is announced, I know how I will pray. I will pray that every one of Satan’s plans against him, our country, and Iran’s people will fall to the ground without being accomplished. I will pray that those who have a fevered vision for chaos are absolutely disappointed by what does transpire. I will pray for peace.
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A Turkey Shortage for Thanksgiving?

turkeyOn February 10th, the Lord told us something a bit puzzling. He told us that there would be a turkey shortage for Thanksgiving. Sometimes I just scratch my head over the stuff that the Lord shows us. The Middle East seems headed toward nuclear armageddon. Virulent strains of Islam are killing Christians in horrific atrocities. Gay rights activists and progressive media outlets are launching public attacks intended to shame into silence all those who support the idea that marriage is for one man and one woman. The Supreme Court will soon issue a ruling which will either continue to allow states to decide the issue of gay marriage, or they will follow the path of Roe V. Wade and make something up out of whole cloth. These are days of incredible consequence on so many fronts, and yet the Lord is speaking to us about turkeys for Thanksgiving.

It actually is not as odd as it sounds, when you get right down to it. Even as the Lord told us about the turkeys, he said it is a result of a war that is going on for the hearts of people. He told us that people do not have thankful hearts. Isn’t it funny that we celebrate Thanksgiving, yet each year it becomes more evident that people really are not all that thankful? Even among those who are grateful for what they have, many no longer know whom to thank. This lack of thankfulness comes at a cost. Thanksgiving has become a holiday for hypocrites who gather to give thanks, and yet do not. This hypocrisy has left an opening for Satan’s minions to launch an attack.

If you have been following the news in recent weeks, you have seen the beginning of the attack. You know that the bird flu has made sudden inroads in the midwest, in of all places, turkey farms. I just read an Associated Press article that states,

A bird flu outbreak that has puzzled scientists spread to three more Midwest turkey farms, bringing the number of farms infected to 23 and raising the death toll to more than 1.2 million birds killed by the disease or by authorities scrambling to contain it. (See full article HERE).

What seemed very odd on February 10th now comes into clear focus. A bird flu outbreak on turkey farms, an outbreak that is puzzling scientists, is decimating flocks in the midwest and has already cost the lives of over a million birds. While at this point I would suspect that this isn’t enough dead turkeys to threaten our Thanksgiving turkey supply, it is a significant start to something that could become epidemic among turkey farms. If that happens, there will no doubt be a turkey shortage for Thanksgiving.

I’m certainly not writing this so that readers in the United States begin to horde turkeys, or rush out to the store to get their Butterball brand birds before the November holiday draws near. I am writing this as an intercessory alert. When the Lord shows us a problem, he usually shows us a solution. That solution is his intercessory people.

The enemies of light intend to spread their darkness by taking advantage of a gap that now exists between our land and the grace and protection we need over our food supply. Those enemies, the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places, have released a disease intended to ravage turkey flocks across the United States, and to spread economic ruin and fear among those who make their living providing turkeys to the United States populace. The shift in spiritual climate in the United States, in this case the lack of truly thankful hearts even on a holiday dedicated to thankfulness, has created an opening—a gap through which the wicked ones can inject their evil designs. That is the reason this outbreak is puzzling scientists. It has spiritual roots. They will not be able to handle it unless they get our assistance.

The wicked ones will succeed with their evil intent unless there are intercessors who are willing to step into the gap, who are willing to grab the censers of intercessory authority and petition, and then stand between the plague and the rest of the turkey farms to prevent the spread of disease and destruction. That is the reason the Lord spoke to us on February 10th. He was preparing this intercessory call in order to foil Satan’s evil intent.

But we can’t just pray for turkeys. They are only a symptom of the problem. Our true problem is spiritual. Our nation is being infected by a deadly disease: the lack of thankfulness. As we lift up prayers on behalf of the birds, let’s also ask the Lord for the spiritual reformation we so desperately need as a nation. Perhaps if we do, we will not only have enough turkeys for thanksgiving, but those who are eating those turkeys might do so with truly thankful hearts.

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Hold On To Your Plates

platesIn a visionary experience recently, the Lord showed Dawn a large number of plates. Some were breaking. Some were colliding. Some were melting. Some were rotating a little. Some were not doing anything. Then she heard, “There is going to be a major shift in some plates. Hold on to your plate really tight. Don’t let it move.”

After this, she saw many, many plates that no one was holding. She also saw one plate on to which someone was holding tightly.

Of course, you know that this vision isn’t about dinnerware. This vision is about plate tectonics and our intercessory responsibility to bring protection to the tectonic plate each of us inhabits. While this might sound like a tall order, it is well within the realms of authority that Jesus has given to his Church. He has given us the keys of Kingdom authority. Whatever we bind on earth is also bound in heaven. That means that heaven backs up our intercessory decree with its power. Earthquakes are a part of the “whatever” that Jesus spoke about. We have authority to bind them.

There is some disagreement among the various schools of science, but most recognize fifteen basic tectonic plates divided into two categories (major and minor). Some scientists believe their are seven major plates and eight minor, while others see eight major and seven minor. There are also tertiary plates, sometimes called micro plates, that are still being discovered. Depending on your source, you will find that they have discovered somewhere between forty and sixty of those. That adds up to a lot of plates, and helps us understand that our particular plate, our particular area of intercessory responsibility, might not be as large as we might first think.

In any case, this vision contains a challenge. Many of us don’t think that we live in earthquake zones, so we don’t think about interceding against earthquakes. Those of you who do live in earthquake zones often pray diligently, and must continue to pray in order to hold down your plate. In view of the fact that Dawn was told about a major shift in the plates, it is probably important that we all spend some time exercising intercessory authority over the plates under our own feet, as well as adding our prayers to those who live in earthquake prone areas.

Even in seismologically stable South Florida, we have learned to pray against earthquakes. As long time readers of this blog know, our congregation holds special prayer meetings at the beginning of every hurricane season to pray against destructive winds. Of course, since we are already establishing hedges against storms, and since we are flatlanders, we also make certain that those hedges protect us against storm surge and tsunamis. One year the Lord spoke to us about asteroids/meteors, and so we added threats from above to our intercession. Then it didn’t seem right to be covering every direction but below our feet, so we started to cover everything below, including sinkholes and earthquakes. In order to avoid mission creep and dilute our intercession, we haven’t spent a lot of time on earthquakes or sinkholes at our hurricane prayer meetings. However, commensurate to the risk, we are probably spending just about the right amount of time.

The Lord has given this vision as an encouragement for all of us to take authority over the plate under our feet. He has also given it as a warning that we should expect a major shift. Our job is to make certain that any shift does not bring destruction to our area of influence.

Even if earthquakes are not a major concern in our geographical area, it is important that we recognize the times in which we live, and begin to take authority over the unforeseen. I do not believe that it needs to become a major focus in our intercession, simply because most of us have more presenting issues upon which to focus. But I do believe that we need to nail our plates down like never before. In higher risk areas, this will become a much more major area of focus. In lower risk areas, it will not take up as much intercessory time. But no matter our risk, I believe we have been given a directive. I suspect that we would be wise to heed it.
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Have a blessed, happy, and unshakeable Christmas!
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Another Historic Hurricane Season

RecordBreakerFor the ninth year in a row, Florida has not been struck by a hurricane. This is the longest stretch that Florida has not been hit by a hurricane—by four years—since records were first reliably kept in 1851. Florida is not the only state with good fortune. The United States is enjoying the longest stretch of time since the Civil War without a major hurricane making landfall.

While the hurricane season is not officially over until November 30th, it feels like it is time for God’s praying people to take a victory lap.

If you have followed this blog for long, and have read the posts on intercessory authority, you know that God’s people have incredible authority when they wield the keys of the Kingdom. We only need to pick up those keys and use them. This hurricane season, and the records that continue to be broken by such peaceful seasons, is further evidence that God’s people are beginning to understand their intercessory authority.

If it were up to me, and very often it really is up to us, Florida would never be hit by another hurricane. To that end, we have our prayer warriors and our protecting hedges in place throughout the hurricane season. We have been reinforcing those hedges through intercessory prayer every year since 1999. It is no coincidence that just as we, and many other intercessors, have begun to understand and apply our authority over the hurricane season, that the seasons began to diminish in intensity. Each and every year we gain more understanding and authority, and each year for the last nine, the storms keep turning away. This is either an amazing coincidence, or it is incredible evidence of the authority the Lord has granted his Church. I believe, without any doubt, it is because of the authority his Church is learning to wield.

Ken Kaye, a weather reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, summarized the record breaking 2014 hurricane season in an article he wrote on November 21 (read the full article HERE). Here are some quotes from Ken’s article:

Because the state on average is struck by a hurricane once every five years, it’s “astounding that Florida has gone so long without a hit,” said Dan Kottlowski, lead hurricane forecaster for AccuWeather.com.

Since 2005, 61 hurricanes have bypassed Florida, the last being this year’s Hurricane Gonzalo, said Jim Lushine, a retired forecaster and tropical expert. “That’s the third-longest streak of missed hurricane strikes in the past 100 years,” he said.

In addition, the season presented some mysteries . . . the Atlantic basin is supposedly entrenched in a period where hurricanes form frequently and more intensely, yet this year’s overall tropical energy was about two-thirds normal . . .

El Niño, initially predicted to emerge by the heart of the season, was a no-show. Yet the wind shear over the Atlantic basin was remarkably strong and eerily similar to El Niño conditions.

Still, he said, the atmosphere is complex and “we just don’t fully understand what’s going on out there in the tropics.”

That last quote is my favorite. One almost has to feel sorry for those trying to understand what is happening when they are unable to factor in the supernatural. How can a scientist factor prayer into any equation? It is a difficult proposition for them.

My goal is to become so good at praying against hurricanes, that we confound the scientists even more fully. Almost by definition, that is what we are saying anytime we call forth supernatural response into this natural realm. The supernatural will always confound those who focus only on the natural world.

I’m already watching next season closely. Several years ago the Lord spoke to me in a way that made me believe that we may have to counter a specific threat in the 2015 hurricane season. As a result, I will be even more alert for next season, and praying that at its end, we will have extended the number of years since Florida’s last hurricane strike to ten.

I believe we have an incredible authority to stop almost any storm when we are engaged in the intercessory authority of God. However, I do have one caveat: I also know about cleansing judgments. The Lord sometimes uses storms as discipline when we stray from his purposes. You can read more about this topic in my post entitled Cleansing Hurricanes (see that post HERE). The Lord hasn’t spoken to me, as far as I know, about the next cycle of cleansing storms. I personally hope there isn’t another cycle of such storms, but I know how rebellious we can be, and I also know that cleansing hurricanes are an important tool in the hands of a loving Father who wishes to call his children to repentance.

We can speak more about such things in future years. For now, we can celebrate. The year of our Lord, two thousand and fourteen, has been a record breaking year for God’s people. That fact is worth a bit of joyous celebration.
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