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SuperStorm Sandy Update

October 31, 2012

I want to begin this post by conveying my deepest sympathies to all those in the Northeast who have been negatively impacted by Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy. I grieve with you over the loss of life, and over the many people who have lost homes and property to this storm.

This was a sobering storm. Obviously, any storm that kills upward of fifty people is sobering. The sheer size that Sandy attained is amazing. It impacted tens of millions of people all across the eastern United States. The Northeast will be in recovery mode for a long time. I believe the news anchors and weather reporters have run out of superlatives in their attempts to let us know that Sandy was a record-breaking event. What can you really say about a storm that did what Sandy did to such a large portion of the United States?

I’m really not going to say much, except that the Lord had shown us that there would be cleansing storms this year. I believe the fact that Sandy hit Atlantic City virtually right on the nose is a likely indicator that this was a cleansing storm. Atlantic City is THE gambling Mecca of the Northeast.

Let me refresh your memory about what I wrote about cleansing storms earlier this season (see South Florida’s 2012 Hurricane Season):

As I wrote in my last post (see Tropical Storm Beryl), the Lord also showed us that we are in for a cleansing year. In fact, he gave some indication that we may see as many as three cleansing events, though I do not know if these events are all for South Florida. Cleansing storms are those that contain a call for repentance, and some level of  judgment on those areas that they hit. Don’t think of them as direct judgments from God (though they can be). Think of them rather as discipline as the Lord attempts to get our attention about inappropriate things in which we are involved. Inappropriate things are things that hurt people. The gambling industry, those areas that promote debauched lifestyles, and those who attempt to lure Spring Breakers with licentious promises, are all included in things that hurt people. If you live in a region that promotes things that hurt people, begin to cry out for mercy already.

I’m certainly not celebrating what Sandy did, just as I didn’t celebrate what Wilma did to my area back in 2005. I knew what Wilma was, and its purpose, but I sure didn’t like it. Of course, I’m not so certain the Lord was concerned about how I would feel about it. He is far more concerned with righteousness, and calling people back from the precipice of poor decisions that have the potential to unleash generations of pain and destruction on the people of an area. Cleansing storms, then, are his mercy in action. They have a tendency to remind us that we really don’t have the last say on things, and that we truly need him.

My heart goes out to everyone who lost loved ones in this storm. It was truly a killer storm even before it visited the United States. And while loss of property is not near as bad as losing a loved one, it still hurts. Our God is a God of comfort. I pray that the people who live in areas impacted by Sandy will find his comfort, and will turn toward him in all their ways.

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Tropical Storm Sandy

October 23, 2012

The weather has been wonderful for the past several days. Temperatures have hovered around the seventies, humidity has plummeted (by South Florida standards), and there has been a glorious breeze. All of this produces a siren-like influence that draws heat-and-humidity pummeled South Floridians out of doors to work and play. It feels like our glorious winter season has already slipped in the door. But just as we are beginning to plan our outdoor adventures, the National Hurricane Center delivers a dose of reality. Tropical Storm Sandy formed yesterday. Sigh.

The good news is that we are not yet in the cone of uncertainty. The bad news is that when a storm is this far away, it is a simple matter for the track to change in the next couple days to include us. Those of us who remember another late season storm named Wilma are not amused by this development. But we are not all that concerned either. We, and many others, have been manning the prayer walls.

If you have followed this blog for a while, you know that the Lord began to speak to me about an active hurricane season already back in December and January (2011/12). The Lord had warned of extreme weather this year, something that we have seen all year. Although the hurricane season has, thankfully, not caused major stress, Sandy is the eighteenth named storm. The 2012 hurricane season has now tied for the seventh most active hurricane season on record. As the graphic to the right shows, it has been busy. However, those manning the prayer walls have been busier, and very effective.

I’m certainly not beginning my post-hurricane season celebration yet. But I have been very pleased about what has transpired this season. Let me remind you of what I posted in early June about this hurricane season (You can read the whole post HERE):

The Lord has shown us that three significant storms will threaten South Florida this year. That does not mean that all three of these storms will hit South Florida. God has given his people authority over weather systems. Like Jesus, his people can take authority over storms (see Matthew 8:23-27). I believe that when God’s people pray, the storms can be turned away, or their strength diminished. So, first and foremost, this article is intended to stir prayer among those who live in South Florida. It is time to man the walls of intercession.

Of the three storms that the Lord has spoken to us about, one of them will be larger than the other two. I also believe that at least one of these storms will move from a minor storm to a major storm extremely quickly. In a dream, the Lord showed me a storm that was riding a motorcycle. While that could speak to a storm’s ability to turn quickly, in this case I believe that it emphasizes the ability for a storm to accelerate quickly.

That second paragraph from my June post keeps me from celebrating the close of the hurricane season prematurely. A fast developing storm that has the ability to quickly change directions can really ruin your day. I don’t want to give Sandy a chance to be that storm.

Whenever the Lord shows us threats, he is showing us threats as they exist before intercessory prayer is applied. He shows us the threats so that we will thwart the threats. Like Jonah, a prophetic voice calls people to do something to change the outcomes that would have occurred without the revelation. The revelation is intended to inspire prayer, repentance, or change in direction so that the disaster/problem is averted.

I’ll give a full update and recap of the hurricane season, and what the Lord has shown us through it, after it is officially over. I will be watching Sandy this week. I will be praying for those in harm’s way, and will continue to stand on the intercessory wall protecting my area of influence.

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Update: With the formation of Tropical Storm Tony on Wednesday, October 24, this hurricane season is now tied for the third busiest since records first began to be kept in 1851.

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Heaven and Earth are About to Collide

September 22, 2012

About a week ago, the Lord told us to watch the movie Deep Impact. Just so that no one gets too excited, he first called it Deep Fiction. I know he called it that so that we would not think that he was alerting us to a literal meteor strike on the earth. The Lord has shown me a meteor/asteroid striking the earth southeast of Florida at some point in the future, but it is not of the size or scope described in the movie—and in that experience with the Lord, he showed me that what I was seeing wasn’t such a big deal that the intercessory Church could not handle it. As the Lord spoke to us about watching this movie, he made certain I was not looking for information about a meteor strike. He had something else in mind.

The first thing I noted as I watched the movie is that one of the lead characters, played by Robert Duvall, was nicknamed Fish. The Lord has used fish imagery virtually since the inception of the Church. The Greek word ixthus means fish, but it is also a Greek language acronym for Jesus Christ God’s Son Savior. The Lord has been highlighting this acronym to Dawn and I over the past decade in many different ways.

When I saw that Robert Duvall, Fish, was destined to become the leader of a mission to save the earth on a vehicle named Messiah, I knew a bit about why the Lord wanted us to watch this movie. When I saw that the way the crew of Messiah saved earth by sacrificing their lives for it, I was impressed by this bit of thematic imagery. When I later found out that the Fish’s real name was Spurgeon, I was really impressed. Christians around the world know about Charles Spurgeon, the prince of preachers, who led many to the Lord in nineteenth century England.

So, a man whose nickname points directly to Jesus Christ, ends up leading a mission on a ship named Messiah. This man’s real name in the movie is the same as that of the prince of preachers who inspired revival in England in the nineteenth century. He leads his crew on a self-sacrificial mission to save the earth. Hmm. I wonder if metaphors can get more clear than that?

If those were the only themes I had picked up from the movie, I would have been well edified. But there was more. Over the past years, the Lord has been using another bit of imagery around my family, that imagery involves a whale’s tail rising out of the water. He has been using this as a symbol that he has been preparing a whale of a tale. So, when in the movie, Fish starts to read Moby Dick to an injured crew member of the Messiah, I felt a bit of metaphor overload. Fish was reading the most well-known whale story of our era. There is even a well-known musical version of Moby Dick entitled A Whale of a Tale. So I understood that the Lord was highlighting the fact that he was preparing a whale of a tale, and that back in 1998 he had hidden these prophetic themes in a movie entitled Deep Impact.

Honestly, by this time, I felt I had mined just about all the Lord wanted to show us when he told us to watch the movie. But I had not. When the Lord told us to watch the movie, Amazon was offering it as a free streaming movie to its prime members. So I had not paid attention to the movie’s packaging or art work because I streamed the movie to our television. When a member of our worship team showed me the movie tagline, quoted in the title to this post, I knew the Lord was tying everything together. Heaven and earth are about to collide.

Then this morning I saw that pastor and revivalist Frank Gresham of Daytona Beach had posted this to Facebook on Thursday (hat tip: Tracy Schellhorn of Manifest Ministries):

Last night an angel stood over my bed and held a screen… in it I saw the following…..
Heaven and earth were getting closer…. like growing towards each other….. on earth it was like rays of sunshine coming from Heaven hitting earth … but the rays were not hitting the planet.. but people on the planet… everywhere they went, the rays followed them….

This, of course, is more than coincidence. The Lord is confirming what he spoke to us through Frank, and he is confirming what he spoke to Frank through us. Heaven and earth are about to collide in a very good way, and it is going to have a deep impact on everything. It is going to be a whale of a tale.

Fasten your seat belts, Messiah is launching.
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Ready to Join the Parade?

September 4, 2012

I had a short dream the other night. It was very encouraging. In the dream I saw a large field which was serving as the staging grounds for a parade. The various groups and components of the parade were coming together. Some of the marching groups were going through last minute practice sessions while they waited for the last unit to arrive so that they could begin.

Suddenly, the groups on the field noticed that the last group was arriving at the staging grounds. Everyone on the field began to run to their positions so that they would be ready to march in the parade as soon as the last group took its position. Everyone knew that the parade was about to begin.

The Lord has been speaking to many of his people about some important things on his agenda as we move into the final months of 2012. Many Christians have been waiting eagerly for the Lord to initiate his agenda. They haven’t waited with idle hands. They have been practicing and preparing, all the while being attentive to the Lord’s direction. The waiting is nearing an end. All the preparation is about to pay off.

God is about to put his glory on display through his people. The parade is about to begin.
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That’s One Down

August 29, 2012

Well, I’m glad that is past. I’m sure that the residents of Louisiana and surrounding areas will be saying the same thing when Hurricane Isaac finally passes them by. Although Isaac was only a tropical storm while it was in our vicinity, and it never came close to our county, it was a large enough system to cause widespread flooding and minor wind related damage.

But that is not the story that could have been. All last week we were told that Isaac was going to increase in strength and become a hurricane by the time it hit the Florida mainland or the Florida Keys, but that didn’t happen. We were told repeatedly that Isaac was strengthening, or trying to strengthen, but something always prevented it from doing so. Even after it passed us, it did not strengthen as forecast. Without a doubt, the prayers of thousands of God’s people prevented Isaac from being a violent wind event.

That doesn’t mean that the people of Louisiana are enjoying themselves right now. Isaac has slowed down to a crawl. A category one hurricane is still no walk in the park. And if it is sitting right on top of you for an extended period of time, bad things can happen. We will find out just how bad when it moves inland from the gulf coast. The latest report from the National Hurricane Center is that Isaac has slowed to 6 mph as it buffets New Orleans and its environs. This is not a good thing.

We learn from every one of these storms. Most intercessors would have been praying to diminish the strength of the winds in the storm. I believe we accomplished that goal. However, in the future, we will probably want to pray that the storms do not spend a long time over any one area. If you are like me, I did not pray that over Isaac. I would suspect, since it is now sitting on top of Louisiana, that very few people did. I’m taking notes for the future.

Let me share an encouraging graphic from Sunday morning. I have noted the storms position at 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM on the graphic below. Please note that until 11:00 AM Tropical Storm Isaac was making a beeline northwest toward the Florida Keys. Right at the time that churches were meeting across South Florida praying against the storm, it veered west down the center of the Florida Straits and never made the expected landfall in the Keys. When the storm got past the Keys, it resumed its march northwestward. To me, that is ample testimony to the power of the praying Church.

Of course, folks have asked if I believe that this storm is one of the three that the Lord has shown to me for this year (see South Florida’s 2012 Hurricane Season). My answer is, yes, I do believe this is one of the storms that was on our plate this year. If I am correct, then we have two more to go. After seeing how effectively the prayers of God’s people covered South Florida, I am breathing easier about them.

Thanks for praying with us. Please keep it up.
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