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The Weather Outside

SnowIn my last post, written almost a month ago, I wrote, “. . . we certainly are not done with the year. I expect that we will have some intense winter storms to finish things off.” As we close out the month of December, I think we can safely say that this was an accurate prophetic expectation.

Winter storm Draco slammed a large part of the United States just before Christmas. Then there was a large tornado outbreak on Christmas Day, and another large storm added to the air travel chaos yesterday and today. Far worse than the travel chaos is the death toll. According to news reports, the current storm has already killed nine people, and Draco killed several more. These are nasty storms.

The Lord has not added anything to what he had shown me last year about our weather patterns. I believe that means that we are still on the same path as last year (see Watch the Northwest and Are We Done Watching the Northwest Yet?). That means that we can expect more severe weather in the coming days, weeks, and months.

I’ll give you more as the Lord gives it. It would be worthwhile to continue to pray for our areas of influence. We are going to see more severe weather, but it does not have to be near us.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Extreme Weather: Sixth Worst Drought Since 1895

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a report that we are now in the sixth worst drought since records first began to be kept in 1895. Fifty-six percent of the continental United States is experiencing some form of drought. NOAA reports that fifty-five years have passed since the last time so much of the United States experienced this type of drought (since 1956). This year, NOAA predicts that the drought will only get worse through the end of July.

I haven’t posted on the weather lately because everything has appeared calm. Then I read this report and realized that the extreme weather about which the Lord spoke to us isn’t just about storms, it is also about the lack of rainfall. Drought is extreme weather. The drought is just another fulfillment of what the Lord has spoken.

As a reminder, I wrote this in a post on Tropical Storm Debby (see Tropical Storm Debby):

The Lord began to speak to me about the hurricane season back in December and January (see Watch the Northwest and Are We Done Watching the Northwest Yet?). He told us that we would see some very difficult weather systems throughout this year. Those of you who have followed this year’s weather patterns know that prophecy has been validated by the last five months of extreme weather.

We are going to continue to see extreme weather. For this reason we must continue to stand prayer watch over our nation. The part of the year with the most severe weather potential is still ahead of us. I’m sure we will still have plenty of opportunities to pray.

I was very encouraged over a conversation that my wife, Dawn, had with a relative from a drought-stricken area of the United States. The lack of rain has taken a major toll on their crops this summer, and people are very concerned. Dawn asked the relative, who attends a very traditional conservative church, whether the church has been praying for rain. Their church has been praying. That is great news. This particular denomination, though very focused on the Bible, isn’t known for its prayer meetings. But extreme weather brings out the prayer in us. That is certainly a God-pleasing result of this year’s extreme weather. It reminds us that there are things we cannot control with our own ingenuity, and that we must step toward the Kingdom of God.

Though we are experiencing a calm on the violent weather front, we can still pray and help those who are experiencing the drought. We can lean toward the Kingdom of God, and pray as he taught us, “on earth as it is in heaven.”
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Prophetic Fulfillments on the Uptick

Earlier this year, a long time member of New Dawn congregation had a dream. In that dream she was pregnant, and it was the end of October. She knew she was supposed to have the baby in November, so even though the baby wanted to come, she was trying to make it to November.

That is a pretty simple dream. As she reminded me of it this past Sunday, it was apparent to me that the dream had been about what God was intending to birth at New Dawn during the month of November. We wanted things come sooner, but the Lord’s plan was for November.

Tom and Mary Anne Hardiman helped us dedicate our new facility on the second weekend of November. We have been in the building since September, but we delayed the dedication until Tom and Mary Anne were able to make it to South Florida. Tom is the head of the MorningStar Fellowship of Churches, and Mary Anne is one of the elders of the MorningStar Fellowship of Ministries. As such, they are a significant part of our spiritual covering. The Lord clearly showed us that they needed to be involved in dedicating our new place of worship. We didn’t know all the Lord’s reasons, but it was apparent that they were here to help deliver the baby.

What is the baby? God is birthing things here that he has prophesied for years. We have seen prophecies fulfilled from 2002, 2004, and 2008 in just a week and a half. When you wait years to see a prophecy fulfilled, and then you see three significant ones fulfilled in a week and a half, you know God is up to something.

I’ll take the prophecies in order. Back in 2002 Bob Jones (a prophetic mentor) prophesied about a particular healing angel that would be released to minister in our congregation. On Saturday of last week the Lord told me that the angel had arrived. Since I believe this angel is supposed to have immediate impact, I expected to have immediate confirmation as we prayed for people on Sunday that healing was being released on a higher level. We prayed for a lot of people on Sunday, but the prayer was for digestive and stomach issues. You can’t instantaneously verify healing of the digestive tract since many issues are intermittent and take time to see if healing has taken place. However, a couple of our folks went to pray for a friend with a blood clot in her leg on Sunday afternoon. When they prayed for her swollen foot and ankle, the foot and ankle returned to normal size in front of their eyes. As they told me about it, they described the “whooping and hollering” that started taking place because of the obvious supernatural touch from God. I had expected to see confirmation of the angel’s healing presence, and I wasn’t disappointed. I believe Bob’s prophecy is being fulfilled.

In 2004, the Lord spoke to me about Cuba. I have written about that in two different blog posts (you can read them HERE and HERE). What the Lord told me came to pass on November 10th. Check out those two articles for the details, but the point is, that long awaited prophecies are being fulfilled during this season.

The final one I will highlight (there is a lot more happening), is from 2008. This one is just a bit odd. Let me start by sharing what happened on Saturday afternoon. I came home from an event that I had been at, and as I drove in our driveway I saw that my wife, Dawn, was working around the house outside. It was a beautiful day, so I walked over by her just to enjoy the weather with her. As we talked, she told me that she had been stung by a bee.* The reason that she was telling me is that it did not have any effect on her arm. She showed me the spot she was stung, and it was only slightly red (and fading), and there was no swelling, though you could see the spot that the stinger had gone in. You can believe she was pretty happy about the lack of negative impact.

It was only later that she remembered that the Lord had spoken to her years ago about this event. He had told her that when she was stung by a bee, and it had no impact, that would be a sign that a particular word would be fulfilled. But she could not remember what it was all about. So we began our search of old journals to find out what this was all about. It took a couple hours, but we found the word from March, 2008. The Lord has told Dawn some things for our congregation that would be coming. When Dawn asked when, the Lord told her that it would happen when she was stung by a bee, but the sting would have no negative impact.

You just have to enjoy the Lord. His creative way of showing us things, and even the quirky stuff he chooses to communicate through, all highlight his personal attention to each individual. Dawn, like most people, absolutely loathes the idea of being stung by a bee or hornet. Her loathing has made her into a terror to the hornet population around our house. But the Lord was able to use this particular part of her personality to make an impression she would not forget when the event finally occurred.

So what had the Lord told Dawn that this event would signify? I can’t get into details, but I can say that what he told her fits perfectly well with the healing angel being released to us. So we had one more prophetic confirmation that the Lord is doing something in this arena.

There are other things happening that demonstrate the birthing that is occurring. I wanted to share these things as an encouragement. The writer to the Hebrews taught us that “through faith and patience” we inherit the promises of the Kingdom (Hebrews 6:12). We have been patiently waiting for these particular things to happen. Now, their fulfillment is upon us.

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*At first Dawn didn’t quite know what stung her, a hornet or a bee. She knew it was dark like a hornet, but it looked odd to her. We later saw that there were carpenter bees at the place she was stung. They are a darker colored bee.

Rina, Friend or Foe?

Earlier this week we celebrated (?) the sixth year anniversary of Hurricane Wilma’s visit to South Florida. Those of us who remember Wilma, have a strange sense of déjà vu as we watch Rina follow a similar late season track around the Caribbean. There are certainly differences between Rina and Wilma, not the least being that the Lord had spoken clearly through major prophetic ministries that 2005 was a season intended to get our eyes firmly on the Lord (a cleansing hurricane year). I have heard no such word this year.

What I have heard, is the Lake Okeechobee needs rain, and the Lord wants to help us with that.

As a result, when I see Rina, I see an opportunity. Obviously, that opportunity is also mixed with a hurricane threat, though forecasters are stating that Rina could lose much of her strength by the time she draws near Florida. Since I remember what they had said about Wilma, and that it would not be as severe as it was, I take forecasts with a grain of salt. To be fair to hurricane forecasters, they always tell you to take intensity forecasts with a grain of salt. They are still developing their science. They do very well, but there are too many variables, and in all reality, too many opportunities for supernatural interaction from both sides, for forecasters to nail it down.

So, since I want Rina’s rain without Rina’s hurricane force winds, I know how to pray. I will pray that Rina has no hurricane force winds as it approaches Florida, and I will also pray against negative flooding rains. But I will ask that it be a beneficial event for South Florida (especially the Lake Okeechobee watershed), a part of the United States that depends on tropical systems such as this to keep its lakes and aquifers healthy.

And I will plan on a wet weekend.

Filling Lake Okeechobee

On the evening of August 7, the evening that starts Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), the Lord told Dawn that we were going to hit a number of home runs at our meeting that night. When Dawn shared this with me, I knew that one of the home runs needed to be our prayer that Lake Okeechobee would fill up.

Lake Okeechobee is an important part of South Florida’s water supply. We have been having problems with the lake’s water levels, because the South Florida Water Management District and the Army Corp of Engineers will not let the lake fill to its normal level of eighteen feet above sea level. The Dikes and Levees surrounding the lake are so compromised and in need of repair (currently being done), that they will not allow the lake to get over fifteen feet above sea level. While this is an important safety measure, it creates a problem for South Florida’s water supply.

Sometimes the dry seasons in South Florida are so dry, that Lake Okeechobee can drop four or five feet before the summer rains fall. When the lake drops below ten feet, we are in trouble. When it drops below nine feet, we are in big trouble, and water restrictions become draconian.

You will understand our need, then, when I report that as of October 1, Lake Okeechobee was at eleven feet above sea level. To make matters worse, our winter dry season has started weeks earlier than normal. Things were looking very bad.

In view of the negative outlook, I knew we must use our authority and pray that Lake Okeechobee would receive abundant amounts of rain quickly. The weather forecasters had stated that there was some sort of tropical disturbance over the Bahamas that would impact Florida on some level over Yom Kippur, so we decided to call it over Lake Okeechobee’s watershed. I really wanted a home run. What would a home run look like? I didn’t really know, but I was hoping we could get close to the twelve foot mark.

In retrospect, that would have only been a double. Yom Kippur turned out to be very wet as the tropical disturbance over the Bahamas did move over South Florida. We didn’t realize how wet things were until the Sun-Sentinel published an article on Saturday calling the weather on October 8, Yom Kippur, a hundred year rain event.

Here are the important quotes from the article in the Sun-Sentinel:

The lake, South Florida’s primary backup water supply, is expected to rise as much as 2 feet because of water draining in from storms in Central Florida . . . . Oct. 8 turned into the wettest day in nearly 100 years for areas near the Kissimmee River, which drains into Lake Okeechobee. Rainfall averaged about 6 inches across 3,000 square miles, with some areas getting as much as 14 inches.

I am already prepared to call this a home run, but I’m really not certain that is the only impact that our prayer has had. We are having a very wet and soggy day in South Florida because of another tropical disturbance some distance to our southwest. I saw the system developing near Mexico on Saturday, and made a mental note to call it in over Lake Okeechobee on Sunday. So, yesterday, we again prayed for rain over Lake Okeechobee and called this system to head toward our area. Today, for the first time, I saw the computer models for this system. As you can see from the graphic, things could get a lot wetter before this system disappears. That can only help the lake’s water levels. Most of the models put the system right over Lake Okeechobee’s watershed on its way over Florida (Lake Okeechobee is marked in blue on the graphic). That would certainly help the lake’s water levels and alleviate a lot of our concern about the dry season.

When you are playing baseball, home runs are beneficial and fun. When you are praying for rain which will help the people and economy of an area, a home run is a powerful reminder of God’s mercy and the authority he has given his people in prayer. We’ve just hit one of those. Let’s keep going after more.