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What’s Up With Cuba? Part Two

Cuba is no longer a communist regime. It is still socialist and dictatorial, but it is no longer communist.

That is a strong statement, but I believe it is justified. The latest of Raul Castro’s economic reforms, a reform that becomes law in Cuba today (November 10, 2011), moves Cuba firmly away from its communist roots. Today, Cubans can buy and sell homes for the first time in fifty years. They not only can hold real estate, they can now buy and sell it.

One of the first planks of communism is the abolition of personal property rights. If you do a Google search of communism and personal property, you will find enough material to educate you quickly on the topic. The Communist Manifesto stated it clearly: “In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.” When property rights are restored, communism is no longer the dominant principle in the culture.

The Guardian summarizes this change here:

Shortly after the Cuban revolution brought Fidel Castro to power in 1959, all homes effectively became the property of the state. Cubans who remained on the island were given the right to live in the homes they occupied and pass them on to friends or relatives. They were also permitted to swap houses. However, selling or buying was prohibited.

All that changed last week, when the Cuban government announced – with significant understatement – an “amendment” to the existing property law. What it amounts to is the creation of a legal property market and the most significant loosening of the state’s dominance of Cubans’ lives since the revolution.

The LA Times summarizes the changes here:

Starting Thursday, Cubans will be able to buy and sell their homes, and even set their own prices, without government intervention. That’s a sea change in a country where, until recently, private ownership was strictly forbidden and the accumulation of wealth considered a sin against the revolution. Fidel Castro confiscated most land titles after the 1959 revolution. Since then, Cuba’s version of property rights has amounted to little more than allowing citizens to occupy or swap homes. Even bequeathing homes to relatives who did not live in them was prohibited.

Today, Cuba is a far freer country than yesterday. Many Cubans suddenly have a wealth of equity, where before they had none. This is an amazing day for Cuba.

The Lord spoke to me about this day seven years ago (November 10, 2004). I published an article in February of this year entitled, “What’s Up with Cuba?” (you can read it here). In that article I explained a revelation the Lord had given me about Cuba seven years ago. The Lord used economic terms to speak to me about Cuba opening up. Using the economic terms the Lord had used with me, I figured out that the Lord was telling me that Cuba would open up seven years (to-the-day) from when He spoke to me.

Of course, we only know in part and prophesy in part (1 Corinthians 13:9), so I wasn’t exactly certain how this “opening up” would take place. I wasn’t even certain it would be something that you could point to out in the open, or if it would be something “behind the scenes” that we would not know about. Last week, when I saw the Associated Press article about this new Cuban property law, and then saw that it was scheduled to be implemented today, I knew that this was the reason that the Lord pointed to this day. This law will change everything in Cuba. This is the day that Cubans have been waiting for.

This is an amazing day for Cuba, but it is only the beginning. New life and prosperity are on the horizon. I do not know exactly how it will unfold, but it will unfold. Cuba is opening up.

Want A Straw With That Shake?

“Is the shaking over yet?,” ask a myriad of voices across the globe. “Can we get back to normal?”

The answer, unfortunately, is, “No.” I don’t believe that things will ever get back to the normal we have experienced over the past several decades. I’m not saying that the United States and the world will not recover from the current mess in which we find ourselves. I am saying that when we do, we will be a wiser and more understanding people than when we started the shaking. As a result, we will never get back to the normals that marked the immediate past. But that is not a bad thing.

At the start of 2011, the Lord spoke to us in a variety of ways about the fact that he was about to shake things up.I wrote about something he shared with my wife, Dawn (you can read it HERE). He told her that he was about to shake things up, but that no harm would come near her tent. Those words from Psalm 91 are a key comfort for God’s people whenever things are shaking.

Recently, the Lord spoke again on this topic. He shared the fact that there was going to be a lot more shaking, but then he said he was going to provide a lot of straws. That sounds a bit odd, until you realize that straws are needed in order to enjoy a good shake. The Lord often communicates with his people in the same way that he communicated to the Old Testament prophets. He used puns and word plays then, and he still does today. When he tells us that everything is going to shake, but he also wants to remind us that he will provide a prosperous path for his people to navigate the shaking, what better way than to flip the picture into something we all understand?

Many of us have ordered a chocolate shake at the drive through of a fast food restaurant, and discovered as we drove away, that the attendant had forgotten to provide straws. While we can still consume the shake, it is inconvenient and messy. The straws limit the mess, and enhance the experience in a good way.

I think that many of us have begun to grimace at the idea of the shaking which is upon us. We trust God to watch over his people and to protect us from harm, but we also don’t like the idea of the inconvenience and mess that such shaking will release around us (and on us). This promise of a straw changes the picture radically. It reminds us that God is able to make a way, not only for us to survive, but actually to benefit from the shaking because of the grace and wisdom that he will provide.

This is an incredible picture of prosperity in the midst of shaking. I don’t believe the Lord wants us merely to survive, but he wants us to grow strong in him and prosper so that we are able to help those who are in need. When he showed us this picture, he showed us many, many straws so that we would understand that there will be lots of grace for this no matter how much the world shakes.

I love when the Lord uses word pictures. It paints a picture that we understand and appreciate. From now on, whenever shaking happens, I’m going to be looking for the straws of opportunity that the Lord is releasing in the midst of the shaking. I hope you do too.

Extreme Weather Grace

If you follow what the prophets have been saying, you know about the extreme weather predictions. If you haven’t been following them, let me explain for you. The Lord has been showing them (and us) that we will see even more extreme weather patterns in the days ahead. Last week I was speaking to a prophetic friend, and he spoke of a particular prophecy that predicted there would be a hundred tornadoes on the ground at the same time as another, much worse, natural disaster occurs. Prophecies like that boggle my mind. Not only because I can’t imagine too many things worse than a hundred tornadoes on the ground at the same time, but also because I can’t imagine how weather patterns can continue to worsen.

And then events on the ground last weekend helped my imagination.

This is the headline on Dr. Jeff Master’s WunderBlog: Historic 3-Day Tornado Outbreak Kills At Least 40. Here is the first sentence of his article, “In a stunning display of violence, close to 200 tornadoes rampaged across the Midwestern and Southeast U.S. April 14 – 16 in one of the largest tornado outbreaks in history.” (You can read the whole thing HERE).

Just when my mind was getting boggled by prophetic implications, we had a weekend demonstration of the veracity of the words that predict increased extreme weather. This was an incredible display of weather out of control. The general grace that the world needs to limit extreme weather events is lifting. God gives grace to the humble (those who acknowledge their need of him). Since most of our world no longer acknowledges our need of him, the grace the world needs is no longer as available. As a result, we have opportunity to experience how the world does on its own. To put it mildly, it is not doing well.

So, what do we do about it? We learn to be intercessors who release grace in our areas of influence.

I live in Florida. That means that every year we experience a six month season known as the hurricane season. The Lord has trained us to recognize the authority he has entrusted his Church with, and to use that grace to tame our hurricane seasons. The entire church in the United States must now begin to walk in this same grace. As common grace lifts and the darkness comes, we must shine brighter with the specific grace he has entrusted to us.

In our years of praying specifically against hurricanes, we have learned a few things that can help others understand the benefits and challenges of rallying people to release specific grace in intercessory prayer.

This is an exciting topic because it always comes with specific stories of supernatural power, but let’s deal with an obvious challenge first. I have learned that it is easy to get people together to pray when a hurricane is threatening. We usually have plenty of time to call a prayer meeting as hurricanes make their leisurely way across the Atlantic, Caribbean, or the Gulf of Mexico. We also have focus and intensity because the threat is real and imminent. It is amazing what that type of focus does for an intercessory prayer meeting.

I have also learned that when I have a prayer meeting for the hurricane season when there is no specific threat, we will not have as many people show up for the prayer meeting. That is human nature. We are busy people with much to do. In addition to the fact of fewer people, I have also noticed that these meetings are also not nearly as focused or as intense because there is no imminent threat. But here is the good news, I have also learned that determined intercessors, who fight through the hindrances, arrive at our meetings with a lot of authority.

This is important for those who want to pray against other types of extreme weather. You have to call your prayer meetings before the severe weather is a threat. The very nature of storm fronts in other parts of the United States limits your ability to call people together because of the short notice. That means that you must pray before any threat of extreme weather materializes. That also means that you can expect that it will be difficult to call people together to pray about future possibilities when they are already caught up in their current liabilities. But if you do this, the pay-off can protect your community from devastation.

Every year New Dawn Community Church has special prayer meetings about the hurricane season. We have special meetings on the calendar for June even though the real threat usually doesn’t show up until late August. I know the importance of storing up intercessory snow on the mountain tops so that when the heat increases, the waters of grace are released in the land (see Job 38:22-23).

This past year (2010), did not offer many opportunities for South Floridians to engage the Lord in specific, focused prayer over any hurricane threats. We just didn’t have anything come that near us. Hear is a summary map of last year’s activity (courtesy of Stormpulse.com):

If you study the trends, you will note that nothing with any intensity got anywhere near South Florida. We did pray against one storm by name, though. Years ago the Lord spoke to us about a Hurricane Lisa, and so when that name shows up on the cycle of names, we usually give it special attention. If you look at last year’s summary map, you will note that every hurricane did the normal thing last year, but one. Hurricanes that form in the Atlantic head west across the ocean toward the United States. As they come across the Atlantic, they run into steering currents that move them around. We like it when they curve north and then back east as they hit northern latitudes and lose their intensity. All last year’s Atlantic hurricanes followed this normal pattern but Lisa. Here is Lisa’s track graphic:

The only hurricane we prayed against by name last year, and that prayer came even before it formed, was Lisa. Now some might think that the fact that it never moved west like a normal hurricane is just a coincidence. I don’t believe in such coincidences. I believe the Lord once again affirmed the grace that he has given his people to effect the course and intensity of weather phenomena. There is extreme grace available for extreme weather.

So, what should intercessors do about other types of extreme weather? If I lived in areas that were susceptible to tornadoes, I would schedule several intercessory prayer meetings before the Spring storm season begins each year, and then schedule other meetings as I felt appropriate. I would pray in a hedge of protection that no tornado could penetrate. I would pray that no tornado could pierce the roof of protection over my area of influence. I would pray in faith, and learn from every year’s successes and failures so that we become better intercessors. I would determine in my heart that my area of immediate influence must never be devastated by tornadoes, and I would impart that vision to other intercessors. And I would ask the Lord to give me and those who pray with me specific encouragement every year—like he did for us with Lisa last year—so that we know beyond any doubt that our intercession is accomplishing its goal, and so that our faith increases.

Extreme weather patterns are going to increase. That is a true prophetic word. But they don’t necessarily have to impact your area of influence. We have extreme grace for extreme weather. All we need to do is use it.

Expect More Shaking!

I’ve posted twice on this theme already this year, but when you hit the theme for the year on the head, you might as well run with it.

On January 7, I wrote an article (see it HERE) about the fact that the Lord had told us he was about to shake things up. At that time I wrote:

“When I hear about God shaking something up, I wonder just what type of shaking we are discussing. Some shake ups are political, some are economic, some are literal shakings in the earth (earthquakes).”

We have had severe economic shaking (with more to come). We have had major earthquakes in New Zealand and now in Japan. We have also had political shake ups going on even to this day. Things are certainly being shaken  up. Expect more.

Bob Jones saw the Japanese earthquake over twenty years ago. At that time he saw the nuclear issues surrounding it (Bob spoke of a mushroom cloud connected with Japan). I think we can safely say that this event is the one Bob saw.

When the Lord showed Bob the Japanese earthquake, he also showed him that it would initiate further financial shaking. He also saw that it would precede some severe earthquakes in the United States. As a result of Bob’s prophecy, which Rick has known about for years, Rick has called on Christians to begin praying for California and the northwest United States. We must intercede because of the times in which we live. The times that we knew were coming, are here. When God speaks of shaking, things really do shake.

When I wrote the post on shaking, I also added God’s promise. He said, “The shaking will not come near your tent.”

I think we need to grab on to that promise whenever things are shaking. We also need to listen closely to the Lord so that we are prepared when things shake. Pay attention. He wants his people to survive and thrive during these times.

What’s Up With Cuba

Cuba has been isolated from the United States for over fifty years since Fidel Castro and his regime took over the Cuban government. Since Castro’s earliest years, Cuban Americans have longed for the day when his dictatorial regime fades into history. Over the years they have done what they could do to shorten Castro’s days, with no real success.

To this day, Cuban Americans look with longing for the day when Cuba will be free. Many Cuban Christians have prayed for the day when Cuba once again opens its doors, not only to freedom, but also to the free proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That day may soon be upon us.

In November of 2004, the Lord spoke to me about Cuba. He did it through a dream in which I was listening to a conversation about Cuba and savings bonds. The gist of the dream was that Cuban savings bonds were worth nothing in the United States. However, if you invested eight dollars in a U.S. savings bond, you would get ten dollars back. When I woke up from the dream, I recorded it on a memo recorder, and added that I understood that the Lord was showing me that Cuba would open up in seven years.

When I awoke that morning and played back the voice memo, I wondered about my confident assertion that Cuba would be open in seven years. I was not aware of any movement in this arena, and apart from Fidel Castro’s death, I didn’t see how Cuba could be free. But because I was familiar with how the Lord speaks to me in dreams, I pursued the Lord about this dream.

Part of the pursuit involved looking up U.S. Savings Bonds. I wanted to determine how long it would take for an eight-dollar investment to become ten dollars at the current interest rate. As I investigated, I found that the interest rate on that day, the 10th of November 2004, was 3.25%. I’m certainly not an investment counselor, but I know enough to be able to figure simple interest by hand. I also used a software program to double-check my accounting acumen. The software program agreed with my rudimentary calculations. At 3.25% interest, eight dollars would be worth exactly ten dollars in November 2011; exactly seven years from the time I had the dream.

So, I understand what the Lord did. He allowed me to tap into a bizarre discussion about Cuba in a dream one night. As I was waking up he spoke into my spirit that this discussion meant that Cuba would be open in seven years. Then he confirmed it all by using simple math from numbers given in the dream.

Right now, in South Florida, many from the Cuban Christian community are asking the Lord for a word on Cuba. They have increased expectation that Cuba will soon be open. What did not look possible back in 2004 is beginning to look possible and perhaps even probable. It is an exciting time.

I have been looking forward to this year ever since I had a bizarre dream encounter back in November 2004. Over the years I have shared my expectation that Cuba would open by November 2011. Now that year is upon us, I am looking forward eagerly to what is going on in Cuba.

The Bible is clear that we only know in part (see 1 Corinthians 13:9). So I do not believe that I have the definitive or final word on Cuba. I am also eager to hear what God has been giving to his prophetic people. MorningStar Ministries is hosting a prophetic roundtable the second week of March at my congregation. Rick Joyner will be with us as we seek the Lord about Cuba and many other things. I hope it will add much clarity to what I already know as the prophets come together.

Will you join with me and pray that Cuba opens up this year? Can we confidently call upon the Lord of all nations to fulfill the confident expectations of his people this year? I believe we can.

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Conference and Prophtic Roundtable Information at www.newdawn.org