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Hurricane Joaquin Prayer Thoughts

JoaquinJoaquin means Lifted by Yahweh. For that reason, I would be a bit nervous if I lived near Washington. That city has done enough in recent history to warrant a reminder that the Lord is the one who is in charge, no matter what the three branches of our government tend to think. Hurricane Joaquin would not be a subtle reminder.

When the Supreme Court made gay marriage a civil right, it defied millennia of social consensus, and more importantly, God’s intent for marriage. At that time, I pondered whether a good-sized hurricane might bring a measure of humility to the judicial branch of our government. Now that Washington is actually included in a hurricane’s track, I’ve pondered that thought again, and concluded that I really don’t want to find out what a severe hurricane impact might do for Washington’s spiritual atmosphere. For the sake of all those who live there, I would much rather see mercy released instead of judgment (See James 2:13). I suspect that the people who live in that region would agree with me.

As I have observed Joaquin’s stunning increase in strength, and the associated reports of potential damage to the east coast, I have found myself interceding. While I recognize that the areas that are threatened have been hit by hurricanes in the past, I also understand that those areas are not built to withstand such storms in the same way that we are in South Florida. Even with our strict hurricane codes, we do not appreciate hurricanes of any size. I can’t imagine what it is like in areas that do not have the same types of codes.

For that reason, I thought I would write about what I would do if I lived in areas that are under threat from Joaquin. This is what I would do if I lived anywhere on the East Coast of the United States north of South Carolina, and I had no other information from the Lord about this particular storm.

  • I would begin to watch the National Hurricane Center site for its frequent updates (I would not watch the television updates—they tend to exaggerate and impart fear to improve their ratings). I would most definitely read the discussions that go with each NHC update. Often those discussions reveal things that can be incorporated into prayer.
  • I would begin to pray against this storm personally, and at every regularly scheduled meeting of my congregation. I would encourage my congregation to pick up the Keys of authority and use them to turn this storm out to sea.
  • The Keys of Authority work best with agreement (see Matthew 18:18-19), if my area of geographic influence was included in the cone of uncertainty for the three day track, I would call a prayer meeting for the first available time that interested parties could participate. If my geographic area was included in the five day track of a hurricane, I might call a prayer meeting depending on the circumstance, but at a minimum, I would alert my congregation that we may be having a prayer meeting soon so that they can plan accordingly.
  • When we met for prayer, I would build faith by recounting the many storms that our prayers have turned in the past. If I did not have a personal testimony in this arena, I would use testimonies that other Christians have. I most definitely would show this video from an NBC affiliate in Florida to reinforce that storms can be impacted by prayer: Hurricane Irene 1999. You might also watch this hour-long message that recounts story after story of what my congregation has done with the Keys of Authority and weather patterns: Picking Up the Keys. If you take the time to watch it, you will have increased faith to take on any storm.
  • When we met for prayer, I would acknowledge before the Lord that my geographic area is an area filled with wickedness (so is yours). Then I would pray for mercy, and recognize the fact that the Lord is always looking for intercessors to stand in the gap for their geographic area. No matter how wicked my area is (in my opinion), I would remember that the Lord is the one who initiated Abraham’s intercession for Sodom by telling him about the approaching storm. The Lord is always offering us opportunities to stand in the gap.
  • When we met for prayer, I would ask, seek, and knock on behalf of my area. At the same time, I would realize that this is not using the Keys. This is simply approaching the throne of grace with confidence because Jesus has opened the way.
  • When we met for prayer, I would also use the Keys. I would address the storm by name, and lock the door to any damage or destruction it might cause. I would raise hedges of protection against hurricane force winds and storm surges. I would call in shearing winds, dry air, cooler ocean currents, and whatever else is available to degrade the storm. I would use information from the NHC discussions about hindrances to the storm to strengthen those hindrances. I would command the storm out to sea away from my coastline. I would send the storm to the UK where they can use the rain (Okay, I really wouldn’t do that last one—that was a joke for my readers from the UK who have made it this far in the article . . .).
  • When we met for prayer I would let those who understand our authority also pray, so that agreement might be built. I would encourage them to pray in faith, even repeating things that have already been prayed as a form of agreement.

The above is a basic outline for our practices, developed over more than fifteen years of praying with effect about hurricanes and other weather patterns. I would like nothing better than to have intercessory voices up and down the east coast using this, or whatever outline the Lord has given them, to bring protection to their regions. As God’s people step into their authority, storms like Joaquin lose their ferocity, and mercy is extended to entire geographical regions. In that way, mercy can triumph over judgment.

UPDATE (10/02/15): When I wrote this yesterday, I assumed, incorrectly, that the storm was only going to brush the Bahamas. It has become a category four and is pounding the Bahamas. I know many have been praying for the Bahamas as they have watched what the storm is doing. I simply wanted to acknowledge that fact, and encourage continued prayer for the people of the Bahamas.

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Tropical Storm Erika

blueberriesTropical Storm Erika has the attention of most of Florida. A tropical storm, especially one projected to become a hurricane, will grab your attention when its potential path covers most of our state. However, as forecasters point out, there are still major uncertainties about Erika’s future. One of the biggest variables that forecasters have is us. Will we stand in our authority, or won’t we?

We have had a problem the last several years. We haven’t had enough storms to pray against. I didn’t say it was a painful problem, just that it was a problem. When you don’t exercise your authority in a particular area in a specific way, you can begin to wonder if you have some rust around the edges of your prayer.

So earlier this week, even though Hurricane Danny was never projected to be a real threat to our area, we practiced a bit on Danny. On Sunday morning, the 11:00 AM report predicted that Danny would hit Cuba before becoming extra-tropical on Thursday (see graphic at right). However, I invited the congregation to step into intercessory authoritySundayAM with me and “mess with” Danny (and the National Hurricane Center) by commanding Danny to disintegrate. We then picked up the keys, and commanded Danny to disintegrate. We didn’t pray long, but we prayed with faith. From that point on the Hurricane Center’s forecast reflected a disintegrating Danny until it ceased to exist on Monday morning, days earlier than the forecast had stated when we prayed on Sunday morning.

You can imagine that I felt pretty good about our effectiveness when I saw the impact of our prayer. However, the Lord soon spoke to us about our real work. He let us know it would be Erika. He told us Erika was going to try to take a bite out of us. That let me know that while Danny was a normal storm, Erika has been sent with an evil agenda.

As a result, we have been praying and watching Erika since then. We held our first congregational prayer meeting on Thursday evening. A group of us gathered together to take up the keys of authority that Jesus promised his church would wield (see Matthew 18:18-19). We stood in the promises of Jesus, and commanded Erika to leave us alone. We did not pray out of desperation, we prayed from victory. Jesus won the victory, and has given authority to his Church. When we pick up the keys, we are praying from his victory. We are releasing the results of his victory into the world (on earth as it is in heaven).

I’m writing this shortly after Thursday’s prayer meeting. I am looking forward to see the result. In the meantime, especially if you live in Florida, I invite you to pick up the keys with us. Jesus paid an awful price to give us authority. Let us honor him by using it.

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Four Years of Increase

blueberriesAlmost everywhere I turn recently, I have found secular observers and prophetic sources stating their concern over what is going to happen this fall. I know that many Christians have spoken about what is coming, and the news has gone out through books, Christian television, and pulpits around the western world. When people have asked me about it, I have only been able to respond, “The Lord hasn’t shown me those things.” That statement was not a rejection of what other people were saying could be on the horizon. It was just a clear statement that the Lord had not given me the ability to affirm what other people were saying. However, I can no longer state that the Lord has not spoken to me about these things. He spoke to me in a dream last week about the next four years.

The Lord often speaks to me in dreams about specific things. He has given me dreams, and at the same time he often gives me the ability to interpret them. In the past, through a series of dreams that I have been able to interpret, the Lord has given us the name of a hurricane that was going to hit our area, the exact location of its most intense impact, the year it would hit, how strong it would be, and that it would hit without hurricane warnings being posted. He also invited us to pray so that it would not be the devastating storm that it would have been without our prayers and the prayers of churches throughout our county. All of those things happened just as he had shown to us in dreams.

If you are unfamiliar with the details of that last paragraph, I invite you to click over to Amazon and purchase my book on the topic (click HERE). Alternately, you can do a search of the name Irene on this blog, and read the posts that mention the history of 1999’s Hurricane Irene.

More recently, back on November 10, 2004, the Lord spoke to me in a dream about economic reforms that were coming to Cuba. He made it clear in that dream that those reforms would begin seven years from the time of the dream. Seven years later to the day, on November 10, 2011, Cuba’s laws on the possession of personal property were changed so that Cubans can now own land and other property. You can read about that HERE and HERE.

Of course, there are far more recent dreams I could reference, but the two situations mentioned above are the most documented of our dreams. You can easily verify that I wrote articles about the dreams, and my interpretation of them, before the events predicted in the dreams came to pass. In that sense, I have a positive track record.

I am rehearsing all of this for a reason. What I am about to write is counter to the current tsunami of articles and opinions about what is going to happen this fall. Last week Thursday, the Lord gave me a dream that has given me some insights that do not necessarily fit the current narrative. What caught my attention, is that the dream felt much like the economic dream he had given me about Cuba. That dream proved spectacularly prescient. That leads me to believe that this one is also.

There really wasn’t much to the dream. I was told that house prices would continue to rise for another four years. At the end of the four years they would go down, and anyone that sold at that time would reap a windfall if they positioned themselves appropriately.

Obviously, there is good news and bad news in this dream. The good news is that the U.S. economy would have to remain fairly consistent over the next four years in order for house prices to continue their upward march. The real estate market is based on a functioning banking system. I cannot see how a banking crisis of any type could occur this fall, or any time in the next four years, without negatively impacting the housing market. Therefore I conclude that we have at least four years before a significant crisis hits.

That, of course, is where the bad news comes in. As far as I understand, the only way that a homeowner reaps a windfall from selling during a housing downturn, is when the housing downturn is significant. We went through such a downturn in 2008, and most would agree that it was not fun. It shook our economy. But even then there were people who sold properties just before the housing crash that year, and they will testify that they made a windfall as a result.

There are other implications of this dream that those who major in economics would see far more clearly than I do. I am neither an economist nor a financial advisor. I simply had a dream that I believe was from the Lord, and have drawn a few basic interpretive conclusions from it.

Those of you who have been anxious about this fall might not be convinced that things will not shake. I’m not certain that I would disagree with you. There is so much in flux at this time, that certainly some things will shake. However, the dream encourages me to believe that it will not be such a severe shaking that real estate prices would stop increasing. For me, that is a significant bit of supernatural information.

So what about all of the contrary predictions that are out there? I certainly cannot answer for them. Based upon what I have now received, I’m not certain that they are correct. However, we only know in part, and we will soon see how things shake out. If we do indeed avoid a major economic shaking this fall, then my faith in how I have understood this dream will be strengthened, and I will turn my eyes with expectation toward a specific point in time four years hence. Of one thing I am certain in all of this: Deus gubernat navem.

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Use the Keys, Stop Bad Things

blueberriesThe avian influenza that ravaged the Midwest has been stopped in its tracks. No new cases have been detected since June 17. When I first warned of what the Lord has shown us about this epidemic back in April (see “A Turkey Shortage for Thanksgiving?“), just over one million birds had already died or been culled. I stated that if we did not pray, we would see far more birds die. According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)  information, the epidemic ended up claiming 48.1 million birds through mid-June. While the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, is not ready to declare that the outbreak is over, I believe that God’s people have turned the key in the lock.

In an update released on July 19, the USDA admitted that it still has not nailed down how the virus spread. The reason they are puzzled is that large bird farms have fairly good biosecurity procedures. But in spite of that security, this epidemic rampaged throughout the Midwest. Since the Lord told us back in February that this plague had spiritual roots, I’m not surprised that they are having difficulties nailing down the transmission vectors. Medical authorities are at a disadvantage when things have spiritual roots. That is why we need to use the keys of authority that the Lord has provided us (see Matthew 16 and Matthew 18).

I personally believe the turning point came on June 2. Up until June 2, the spread of the virus was continuing unchecked. If you check the USDA website, you can see that detections of newly infected flocks were continuing unabated at that time (see full chart).


However, during the first week of June, hundreds of Kingdom warriors from around the United States came together at Heritage International Ministries in Fort Mill SC. We gathered for the MorningStar Fellowship of Ministries retreat. These are spiritual veterans who have ministries across the United States devoted to building the Kingdom of God. They have faith, and most have a growing understanding of the keys we have been given. Since they represented regions from around the United States and the world, the geographic authority represented in those meetings was massive.

On Tuesday afternoon, June 2, we held a prophetic panel. Dawn and I had been invited to be a part of the panel, and to share what God had been showing to us. By June 2, almost 45 million birds had died or been culled. I knew part of my job description on that panel was to explain what the Lord had revealed to us, and then to stand in intercessory authority with all those marvelous spiritual warriors so that we might crush this outbreak of avian influenza. We did just that.

I believe the tide turned that day. When you have flocks of a million birds, the detection procedure takes time. Flocks would have been infected days before the flu is detected, and perhaps even before that, especially when you are referencing a commercial flock of a million birds. When you factor that into the charts on the USDA website, you can see that my belief that June 2 was the turning point has merit.


My belief has even more merit when you realize that all those Kingdom warriors returned to their homes and ministries across the United States and used the keys in their local settings for the next several weeks.

By June 5th, the back of this epidemic was broken. One backyard flock was diagnosed on June 9, but obviously a backyard flock could have been infected for quite some time before detection. Since the June 17 detection involved a flock of a million birds, we have no way of knowing when it was infected, only that it was the last flock in which avian influenza was detected.

The USDA is officially stating that they believe the summer heat has stopped the flu outbreak. However, they are certainly not a credible source on this topic, simply because they do not even know how it has spread. Human hubris is amazing sometimes. We don’t know how it spread, but we think we can tell you why it stopped. Remember that they are ill-equipped to deal with issues that have spiritual roots.

I believe that God’s Kingdom people have won a great victory. But we may not be done yet. Scientists at the USDA are nervously looking ahead to the fall migratory season with more than a little trepidation. They are concerned that droppings from infected migratory birds could once again spark an epidemic. I too am concerned, simply because the Lord showed us the spiritual roots of this epidemic before it even started. It is a result of lack of thankfulness in our nation. Until we deal with that spiritual issue, those with Kingdom authority must be prepared to use their keys as soon as they hear of reports that indicate another outbreak is underway. In fact, it would not hurt if we locked the door preemptively to any such scourge.

There is another reason that it may not come back in its current form; the Lord has already shown us what the enemy is seeking to attack next. The enemy of our souls (and of our food supplies) will always look for openings. When we have used our spiritual authority to shut one door, he goes looking somewhere else. The Lord showed us that he is exploring how to impact the cattle industry. So as you are praying for chickens, you might also use your keys to bring protection to the beef and dairy industry.

I believe we have experienced an incredible victory for the Kingdom of God, and for the people of this United States for whom we stand in the gap. As with all spiritual warfare, this doesn’t mean we can let down our guard. In fact, we can use our new found faith and authority, something we receive with every victory, to extend the Kingdom even further. The Kingdoms of this world are becoming the Kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ—and he has given us the privilege of accomplishing it in his name.

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The Enthroned One is Laughing

blueberriesWhy do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain? (1)
The kings of the earth take their stand
and the rulers gather together against the LORD
and against his Anointed One. (2)
“Let us break their chains,” they say,
“and throw off their fetters.” (3)

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them. (4)
Then he rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, (5)
“I have installed my King
on Zion, my holy hill.” (6)

I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
He said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have become your Father. (7)

Ask of me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession. (8)

You will rule them with an iron scepter;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” (9)

Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth. (10)

Serve the LORD with fear
and rejoice with trembling. (11)

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
and you be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (12)
Psalm 2 NIV (1984)

If we take our cue from the Lord, we will remain in peace today, and every day. We might even be able to enjoy him and this amazing world with which he has blessed us.

The mustard seed is still growing (see Matthew 13:31-32).



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