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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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Is Your Kingdom Shaking Today?

The Supreme Court, much to the disappointment, angst, and general despair of all opponents of universal healthcare, let the individual mandate, and President Obama’s signature healthcare plan, stand. As someone who appreciates freedom of conscience and freedom of choice, I was hoping that the individual mandate would not stand. I was hoping that the government really doesn’t have the right to force us to purchase things. I desire to be a citizen, not a subject. I believe in limited government, and I don’t believe this decision furthers limited government.

I wanted to state what I believe right up front so that everyone understands my perspective. I don’t believe this decision is a good thing. However, honestly, I’m not too concerned about it. So the world is getting a little darker (at least it is if you read the many, many pundits who believed that the mandate must fall or the world must end). I have a simple question to ask my fellow Christians, “What do you expect?” Biblical prophecy clearly states that the world will get darker in the end times. This is not a defeatist attitude. We will always participate. We will always fight in the political and legal arena for that which we believe in. Even after this court decision, we will be energized to accomplish through the elections what could not be accomplished in the courts. We will pray mightily for our nation and for our world. But at the end of the day, I am going to sleep well. The Kingdoms of this world are still becoming the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ. I build on a Rock that cannot be shaken.

I wasn’t going to write about this Supreme Court decision today, no matter what happened. But I felt a nudge from the Lord to address the topic in order to release peace and rest. I wanted to remind people that we live in a Kingdom that has a supernatural economy. Jesus wasn’t joking when he said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33 NIV). This clearly means that no matter what happens, the people of God can stay in peace and rest. They will prosper no matter how dark the kingdoms of this world become. Jesus taught this truth clearly:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”(Matthew 7:24-27)

I felt a nudge from the Lord to convey this truth to God’s people today, so I logged in to my WordPress account to write this post, and found out that update 3.4.1 was waiting for me to install. For those of us who hang around MorningStar Ministries and the prophetic ministry of Bob Jones, this is almost hilarious. God has used the number 341 for years to encourage Bob and MorningStar about the prosperity and peace that God is releasing to his people. The Lord has used this number as a metaphor for prosperity for so long that we cannot see the number without seeing God’s promises of prosperity. It is that obvious to us.

When I logged in to my account, this message greeted me:

As I logged in to write this post, I realized that there were going to be people today whose faith needed to be updated. Well, the Lord used a transparent metaphor to remind me just where the update needs to take place. We need a faith update. The Lord is making certain that fear for our economy, personal liberty, or political ideology will not drag us down. We can live on Rock-solid faith. If you are shaken by the Supreme Court decision, you need to update to his Word 341. He plans to release prosperity to his people. If you build on the Rock you cannot be shaken.

If your kingdom is shaking today, you have an opportunity to see where you are building incorrectly. If you feel angst or fear, if you feel a lack of peace, you need a faith update. Update to 341. Those who do will realize that we live in exciting times.

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
        and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.

See, darkness covers the earth
        and thick darkness is over the peoples,
    but the LORD rises upon you
        and his glory appears over you.

Nations will come to your light,
        and kings to the brightness of your dawn. (Isaiah 60:1-3)

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South Florida’s 2012 Hurricane Season

South Florida has enjoyed a six year respite from significant hurricane threats. That respite is over. This year will see significant threats, not just to South Florida, but to many other areas along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

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. However, we are just entering the hurricane season. Hurricanes, by their very nature, bring definition to the term Extreme Weather.

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.

Many Texas and Louisiana residents will remember Hurricane Humberto from 2007. That storm went from a 35 mph tropical depression to a strong category one hurricane overnight. Texas residents fell asleep knowing that they might be in for a minor tropical disturbance, and found themselves battered by a hurricane just hours later. If the motorcycle represents such fast acceleration, we must watch every system carefully. We cannot assume that a low-level disturbance will stay a low-level disturbance.

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.

We are also going to have to face fear this year. The storm pictured at the start of this article is Hurricane Floyd. Floyd threatened Florida in 1999. Immediately after Floyd missed Florida, I sat down with one of our city’s emergency management officials to warn him that we were going to be hit by Hurricane Irene that year.* While I was pleased that he received this information graciously, I most remember his eyes as he described the fear in South Florida when Floyd threatened. I remember him asking, “Where do you hide when a storm that big is coming right at you?” He then described the fear that enveloped South Florida. That type of fear wants to make a comeback this year. We must not allow it. We must remain in rest, even when monstrous storms approach. We must have our feet firmly fitted with the good news that brings peace (see Ephesians 6:15). When we walk in peace, we can stand in victory, no matter what happens.

I will provide more updates on the season as the Lord gives us more information. This is all I feel I have the liberty to share at this point. This feels like it is going to be a whale of a season. However, if God’s people stand in the authority he has given, we may come out of it with a whale of a tale.

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* I also told him that it would be a surprise when it hit, but that the Lord had given us authority so that it would not be catastrophic. Please see www.hurricaneirene.com or New Dawn Community Church’s website for more information on this event.

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Tropical Storm Beryl

“The last time two tropical storms formed before the official June 1 start of hurricane season, Theodore Roosevelt was president and the year was 1908.” That quote from this morning’s (05/26/12) South Florida Sun-Sentinel just about says it all. The Lord showed us back in January that we would have some intense weather this year (see Are We Done Watching the Northwest Yet?). The hurricane season isn’t even here—it begins June 1—and we have already broken a record of over one hundred years.

Those of us who are praying for South Florida have a lot on our plate this year. I will update this more fully after the hurricane season begins, but what I will say now is that we will see some hurricane threats this year. The Lord has given us many encouraging words about our authority over the storms. However, hurricanes are going to be a threat, and as we turn them away from our area, our neighbors also need to provide hedges of protection for their areas. If they don’t, we will see repeats of 2004 and 2005.

Back in 2004 both Francis and Jeanne were on track to bring hurricane force winds into Broward County. In both cases, the hurricane force winds were stopped
at the eastern county line, and the storms could not proceed across Florida until the hurricane force winds were north of Broward County. The top picture on the right is of Hurricane Francis. Notice the significant jump to the north that the eye took at the last minute. That jump spared Broward hurricane force winds. The bottom picture on the right is of Hurricane Jeanne’s wind field. The red area represents the hurricane force winds. Notice how the wind field contracts on the southern edge of the wind field as it approaches landfall with Florida. That contraction on the southern edge of the wind field spared Broward County hurricane force winds.

In 2005 Katrina was headed right for Fort Lauderdale as a tropical storm (map on left). At the moment the National Hurricane Center declared it a hurricane, it took a sharp turn south and did not come across Florida until it reached the county line. The south side of Katrina brought damage to Miami-Dade county, but the north side of the storm had no strength and Broward was spared. The only storm that made it through was Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Without getting into all the details of why we could not turn that storm I will simply point out two things: 1. She came in the back door. We had been trained to think that any storm coming from the west and crossing Florida would not be a big deal for us (we’ve learned that lesson); and 2. Wilma was one of the cleansing storms of 2005 that could not be turned.*

The Lord has clearly shown us that the respite of the last six years is over. While we’ve never stopped manning the wall, it is time to be on the alert, to stay in spiritual rest, and listen for the Lord’s direction. We will man the walls for our area. Those of you who live in areas threatened by hurricanes must also man your walls.

The hurricane season has not yet officially started, and yet we have already broken a hundred year old record. It is time to be on the alert.

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*Cleansing Storms are those storms that contain a cleansing call to repentance. The Lord uses such storms to call us to evaluate our ways—Wilma sat on top of Cancun and Cozumel for twenty-four hours as a category five storm. The message to them, which has been ignored, was about repenting of the debauchery and excess of Spring Break. Fort Lauderdale, the location that originated and popularized this major stumbling block to college age youth, also came in for some judgment as a result.

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Choosing Not to Participate

The other night the Lord gave me a dream about the economy. He showed me some things that are currently happening, and what people fear might happen. He also showed me how we can prosper no matter what happens to the economy.

While I was preparing to turn in that evening, I had asked the Lord for some insights on behalf of some friends of mine. He responded to that request by giving me a series of dreams. One of those dreams not only spoke to my friend’s situation, but it also contained an important message for all of us. It was a dream about living in God’s supernatural economy.

Before I explain the dream, I want to remind us about something from 2009. On April 23, 2009 Christian financial counselor Dave Ramsey held a Town Hall for Hope in order to, as he put it, “get real answers about the economy and turn back the tide of fear . . .” The event was streamed to over six thousand host locations—many of them churches—where over a million people watched the event live. During the event, Dave Ramsey made a memorable statement. He said that he was choosing not to participate in the recession. That statement sparked much discussion about whether it is even possible to make such a choice. My dream addresses that very issue.

Now, on to the dream: I was a passenger on a large commercial aircraft. I was sitting toward the front of the plane, and learned that the pilot was going to perform a particular maneuver as we approached the city to which we were headed. He planned to make his approach to the airport over water at a low altitude, and to dip his right wing twice on the approach. I didn’t know why he wanted to do this, but I didn’t like the idea at all because it felt too risky. Fortunately for me, the plane had a stopover at another city before we got to our final destination. I took advantage of that opportunity and exited the plane. Then, as things often happen in dreams, the scene changed and I was at the destination airport explaining to some people what the pilot of that aircraft planned to do. The people to whom I was speaking were very concerned about the possibility of a crash. That was the end of the dream.

As I prayed about the dream, I realized that the pilot planned a “double dip.” Since the news is filled with concern about a double dip recession hitting by the end of 2012, I don’t think the interpretation is too difficult. I believe the airplane represents the United States (or world) economy. People are riding that economy to what they hope is a positive destination. Even though we have been riding a recession for the last couple years, we are hoping to soon get the end of this recessionary dip. While double dip ice cream is usually a good thing, double dip recessions are not so good, especially since people often begin to fear an economic crash.

First, let’s look at the bad news included in the dream. We are going to experience that second dip. Actually, those of you who follow financials more closely realize that many sectors of the economic world have already been experiencing a double dip cycle, but the dream indicates that it will probably get worse. As we look at current headlines, we have to agree. Greece and France are making moves that are threatening the Euro. As a result, financial markets around the world are a bit shaky. These financial tremors will continue to fuel negative speculation about a potential crash—though please note that the dream does not include a crash, only fear about one (in other words, a crash is not a certainty).

Now, let’s look at the good news. This dream makes it clear that Dave Ramsey was right, we don’t have to participate in any of this. In the dream, I chose to get off the plane before it performed the dips. That means it is possible to avoid riding the economic turmoil of our world or country. The question, of course, is, “How?” The answer is faith.

A recession begins when faith in the economy begins to collapse. When the Lord speaks to me in dreams, the right side often represents faith. That is why, in the dream, the pilot dips the right side of the plane. The double dip recession involves a loss of faith, not only in the economy, but in God’s ability to bless us through the economy. That is why we must refuse to participate.

The Lord has challenged my congregation not to participate in the natural economy, but to intentionally live in the Father’s supernatural economy. His supernatural economy doesn’t divorce us from the current economic system, but it does separate us from the negative cycles of that system. The Father’s supernatural economy is about giving and generosity. It is about giving firstfruits and sowing seed. It believes Jesus when he teaches us that the Father in heaven cares for our financial needs (see Matthew 6:25-33). It refuses to give place to fear and works to cultivate a generous spirit. It recognizes that there is a supernatural economy that works far better than the natural one.

When Dave Ramsey did his financial Town Hall back in 2009, he taught a bit on God’s supernatural economy, though he did not call it that. He explained that people who had stopped giving needed to start giving again. Dave said, “We can’t win if we can’t give.” He reminded his viewers that if they wanted to win with money and change the nation, they needed to learn to give again.

This is sound advice. When we do this, we will learn that the supernatural economy will actually take us to our economic destination far faster than the natural economy. This was a major point in the dream, though you might miss it. In the dream, I actually made it to the destination ahead of the plane I was on, even though I had chosen to get off of the plane early. This part of the dream communicates the exact same thing that Jesus did in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” When we choose to participate in God’s economy, the Father responds by giving us all the things that the world chases after in its economy, but with a major difference. Their economy is slower, less stable, and fraught with striving and worry. The Father’s economy is faster, rock solid, and filled with peace and joy.

When we begin to understand this, why would we choose to stay on the world’s economic airplane? If we have not yet done so, we need to take the steps necessary to get off of it, and live in faith again.

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