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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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The Hurricane Season Heats Up

August 20, 2012

We have now entered into the busy part of the hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center is tracking four different disturbances at this point; three of them have some potential to impact the United States. The next named storm will be Isaac, which tells us that we have already had quite a few named systems this year, though none have been of real concern for the mainland United States. But things will probably change as we move forward into the season.

At the beginning of the season, I mentioned that the Lord showed us three potential problems for South Florida this season. When he shows us things about the hurricane season, he also gives us authority to pray against those problems. We have alerted intercessors across South Florida to what the Lord has shown us, and are hopeful that the prayer coverage will make such a difference that we will only experience the beneficial effects the storms (appropriate rainfall and such).

The Lord did give us one more bit of information over this past weekend. He showed us some sort of spirit rising up out of the Atlantic off the coast of St. Augustine, and then moving over the city. Since the Lord speaks to us about storms, and a spirit coming up out of the water often refers to a storm, I believe that there is a very good chance that St. Augustine, Florida is under threat from a storm at this time. This is an alert for intercessors, and for those who live in that area, to stay on the prayer wall so that St. Augustine is not victimized by whatever this spirit represents. When the Lord shows us something, we have authority over it. We can pray and have a positive impact for that part of Florida.

I have no doubt I will be posting a bit more frequently in the days ahead. Summer is a nice time for rest and respite, even from blogging. But we have still been on the wall, and the Lord has been speaking to us of many things. I will be sharing some of them in the days ahead.
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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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