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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.

Watching the Lightning

A few months ago the Lord repeated something that he has been speaking to us. He told us to watch the lightning activity this year. He spoke of a cleansing (natural and spiritual) that he would release through it. I posted two articles on it HERE and HERE.

I was reminded of this direction as Bill Perry and I drove into Hartsville, SC on Friday afternoon. Hartsville had an unusual weather event going on this past Friday. A thunder storm developed over it and sat on it for four hours or so. There was intense rain and lots of lightning. When we checked the weather radar, we noted the storm was circulating in an odd fashion that kept it stationary over Hartsville.

When we drove into town, we could not get through to our destination because lightning had struck an outbuilding at the site of a Hartsville landmark, and fire equipment was blocking the road. Complicating matters, the local high school’s graduation was scheduled, and traffic piled up on the streets of this normally quiet rural town so that you could not get there from here (“there” meaning: anywhere you really wanted to go).

Through it all, the lightning kept hitting loudly in close proximity. I can miss key prophetic indicators just like anyone else. But when an unusual weather event sits on top of your head for hours, and gets the whole town buzzing about it, it is pretty hard to miss the prophetic neon sign flashing, “Pay Attention! This is a Message!”

What is the message? That God is moving in this area. That cleansing is coming in new and fresh ways. I’ll leave the application up to Bill and the others who labor in the area, since they know the needs better than I do. However, I did see one headline about the weather that read, “Hartsville High postpones 2010 graduation.” In the article, the NBC affiliate from Myrtle Beach reported that the graduation was postponed until Saturday morning because of the inclement weather.

There could be a message in that for all of us. We all want desperately to graduate into the things of God’s Kingdom. We want to get our spiritual diplomas and get on with our callings. We certainly do not want any delays. However, God is thorough, and he will complete every last bit of his preparation so that the ground is completely prepared for our advance. From our perspective, it may delay things a bit, and it may look like inclement weather. But once the cleansing is past, we can move on with our callings, and graduate into the freshness of a rain-washed morning on a beautiful day in May in South Carolina.

From South Carolina: I’m watching the lightning.

Headline: Oil Stays Away from South Florida for Now

Since I am out of town, I missed this really good news in the Sun-Sentinel. The full headline reads:

Oil stays away from South Florida for now

Changes in loop current mean portion of Gulf slick no longer headed here

That is incredibly good news. When you read further into the article, you find this little tidbit:

An eddy at the top of the current has drawn away the portion of the slick that had been caught in the current. And at the south end, another eddy has pinched off the current entirely.

The loop current had two things occur to it. First, an eddy took the oil already trapped out of it. Second, the current itself has stopped (!).

So, intercessors, be encouraged and keep praying for Florida’s coastline. It is having impact.

This Hurricane Season

Well, the good news is that we have tremendous authority. The even better news is that we will have opportunity to exercise that authority this season!

Excited? Well, we should be. We are told that in the book of Daniel, that as we approach the difficulties that accompany the end of our age, “. . . the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits” (Daniel 11:32 NKJV). It looks like we will have an opportunity to do exploits this hurricane season.

I am at the MorningStar Fellowship of Ministries conference. I am enjoying renewing many relationships, but I am also paying close attention to what the Lord is saying in this setting. Bob Jones spoke this morning. He told us that years ago the Lord had shown him a demon in the gulf that would feed on oil. He believes that the oil spill that is out there now is a fulfillment of that revelation. He also mentioned that the Lord had shown him that another demon would rise up in a hurricane to the south of the oil spill, and would become a major threat in the area.

I also met with Bob briefly, and he concurred with my assessment when I said that the Lord was showing me we would have an active season.

This is probably a great time to remind everyone that we have set the first and third Friday nights of June to pray over the hurricane season. We have been given some targets. It is time for exploits.