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It’s Called Seer Ease

Ceres300Have you noticed the sign in the heavens? The dwarf planet Ceres (pronounced seer-eez) has captivated scientists because of two bright lights shining from its surface. The NASA community, and those who watch the heavens, are abuzz over the lights and what they mean. The prophetic community should be just as intrigued.

The picture at left was taken by the Dawn spacecraft on February 25th. That spacecraft is just about to complete its 900 million mile, seven-and-a-half year journey to Ceres this week. It is scheduled to enter Ceres’ orbit this Friday, March 6th. You will notice the two bright lights that appear near the center of the photograph. Those lights are causing the stir. At present, no one knows what they are. There is much speculation at this point, but until the Dawn spacecraft gets close enough to take high resolution images, and to perform other scientific tests, all NASA is able to do is speculate as it waits impatiently for more data. At this point NASA is officially “puzzled.”

The fact that Ceres is causing a stir as the Dawn Mission nears its conclusion is rather appealing to our congregation. We have been watching the Dawn Mission since mid-2007. In fact, I launched this blog at that time, and linked the start of this blog to the Dawn Mission. I have preserved that short post from this blog’s pre-Wordpress days HERE. The Lord so directed our attention to the beginning of the Dawn Mission, that our media team even attended the launch of the spacecraft in 2007. Since then, I have followed its mission reports as it has provided scientists with much valued information about our solar system.

It was only recently, as I was looking up information on Ceres, that I came across the pronunciation guide that I have highlighted in the title. It is pronounced seer-eez. Of course, I knew how to pronounce Ceres from having heard it pronounced. But until I saw the pronunciation guide, it did not occur to me that is sounded like Seer Ease. That odd bit of information has drawn my attention even more closely to what the Lord might be saying.

According to 1 Samuel 9:9, a seer is a prophet. Our congregation, New Dawn Community Church, is a seer congregation. We are part of a ministry stream that majors in seer revelation. I believe this coincidence is actually a part of the message in the heavens. As the prophetic gifts have been restored to the Church, the Church has been ill-at-ease with them. Wouldn’t it be nice if Ceres was a heavenly sign that the prophetic gifts were about to attain wider acceptance in the Church? Or that the seers were about to hit the easy button (another way of pronouncing eez) and step into higher levels of revelation and grace for ministry? Stranger things have happened throughout Church history. God releases unexpected light in key places, and then the Church begins to understand his truth more fully.

Whether that is part of the meaning of this sign or not, I believe we are witnessing some sort of sign in the heavens. The Lord has placed the heavenly bodies in the sky to mark signs and seasons, days and years (see Genesis 1:14). That means that the Lord has placed Ceres, a dwarf planet that we did not even know about until one hundred fifty years ago, and could not see clearly until last week, as a sign for our time. When he created the world, he was well aware of the fact that the Dawn Mission would approach Ceres at this time in earth history. He also knew that the sign would be so unexpected, and so puzzling, that NASA would have no immediate answer for it. I suspect that as the Dawn spacecraft gets closer to Ceres, they will be able to figure out if the lights are a reflection from water or minerals, or ice volcanoes, or something even more spectacular. But in the meantime, I believe the Lord has gotten our attention. I believe that is his purpose in this process.

While we await the scientific explanation, I can offer a biblical meaning. Back in 2007, at the inception of the Dawn Mission, the Lord showed us that the mission was tied to Isaiah 60:1-3 (NIV):

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.

When you realize that there is no way we could have known about this strange light phenomenon seven years ago when the Lord linked this passage about God’s light and glory to the Dawn mission, you begin to understand that this sign in the heavens is most encouraging.

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Fifty Shades of Nausea

fiftyshadesThe newest demonic attempt to subjugate men and women by snaring them with perverse sexual hooks is breaking records across the United States as it aims for $500 million dollars worldwide. At the same time, since the Lord pays very close attention to such things, it is probably also sealing Hollywood’s fate. I was going to entitle this post Fifty Shades of Demonization, but I am so saddened by the fact that Satan has been able to use Hollywood to foist this video trojan horse on so many people, that I’m feeling a bit sick about it. The demonic influence, the hooks, that this movie will impart to those who are not already afflicted in this area, will cause them pain, confusion, and physical and mental heartache for years to come—and may accompany some to their death bed long after destroying the joys of their marriage bed.

Pornography, any pornography, is an attack against the marriage bed, and will bear bitter fruit decades beyond its experience (except for those who are delivered by God’s grace). It is a fruitless pit that has entrapped millions of men and women into a negative spiral that destroys relationships with both God and man. The fact that Hollywood has become so facile at packaging it in a form that is breaking records, only speaks to their culpability, and to their ultimate recompense.

Last night I had the pleasure of dining with a group of friends who lead other churches in my area. It is always an enjoyable time as we spend time growing together while sharing food. It was a great night in a lot of ways, except for one point that threatened my digestion. One of the pastors at the table brought up the fact that many of those who were helping make Fifty Shades of Depravity so successful, were Christians who attended our churches every weekend. I was, as the British are wont to say, gobsmacked. As several voices were raised in affirmation of his statement, I responded rather adamantly, “Not in my congregation.”

I couldn’t imagine. I just could not imagine. I know God’s people can be a mess as they grow up in him, but I also know how passionately the folks that I pastor are pursuing the Lord. They understand that they are to be in the world, but not of the world (see John 17:13-19). They understand that in the day we are living that the Lord has called us to waist deep commitment in him (see Ezekiel 47:3-6); that waist deep commitment involves sanctifying our sexual lives. They understand that if they want to be anything more than Satan’s plaything, someone he can torment at will, they will wear the breastplate of righteousness and thus, guard their hearts (see Ephesians 6:10-18). How could anyone who is pursuing the Lord with any level of energy put Fifty Shades of Deviance into their ear and eye gate? I still cannot imagine.

Don’t misunderstand, I can imagine how people who are playing church can do such things. I can imagine how those who are still infants, tossed back and forth by every wind of deceitful teaching can do such things. I can imagine how someone who hasn’t been taught about true grace and righteousness might do such things—or even those who are fighting demonic strongholds. I just cannot imagine how a Christian who is being sanctified by the Lord Jesus Christ through his Holy Spirit could easily do such things. The war, the anguish, the ripping away of peace, the groaning as our spiritual strength wastes away, these things that accompany rebellion make it all but impossible for a Christian to lightly step into something like this movie. I can imagine that there are Christians who are deceived into seeing Fifty Shades of Degeneracy because of their lack of spiritual growth and discernment, I just can’t imagine that there would be many, nor that it would be all that enjoyable an experience. If they have not totally seared their conscience, they would feel the cords of bondage wrapping around them as they partake of the putrid leavings of a degenerate director.

Obviously, I expect that most people who read this blog are not among those so deceived. However, if you have been thus deceived, there is forgiveness and deliverance available, it is as close as calling out to Jesus for his help. He truly has come to set us free from such bondage (see John 8:34-36). However, it always starts by recognizing our great error, and then focusing on his great grace. He cannot forgive excuses. He most heartily forgives repentance as he strengthens us for future victory.

As I wrote above, Fifty Shades of Debauchery may also be one final nail in Hollywood’s coffin. The Lord is so merciful, that when he was forced to send judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah because the outcry against them had reached heaven, he also put their sin on display so that those who could not hear the outcry would be able to see that his judgment was just. In much the same way, Fifty Shades of Degradation has now showcased how adept Hollywood has become at packaging the most depraved material for a mass audience. It has become a master at causing many to stumble. As a result, I can hear echoes of Jesus’ words reverberating through the atmosphere:

But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
(Matthew 18:6)

If those pastors who voiced their opinion that many Christians are stumbling into this movie are right, I would expect to see a divine response ere long. My hope is that they are absolutely wrong.

Kyrie eleison!

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Super Bowl Visions and Dreams

footballSo, a guy that had a dream encounter with Jesus at the age of fourteen, throws an interception to a guy who had a vision that he was going to make a big play. If this type of thing happens in future Super Bowl games, we will eventually be calling it the Super Vision Bowl rather than the Super Bowl.

Even though I would have preferred that another Christian quarterback would have been facing the Patriots this evening (you know, the discount double-check guy), I was happy that another Christian gentleman was getting a chance to increase his stature, and thus increase his influence. Who knew that a lowly butler was going to intervene and turn it all upside down? Oh, it wasn’t a butler, it was Malcolm Butler. And in a post game interview he stated that he had a vision that showed him he would make a big play. He said he was blessed, He pointed to heaven to give glory to God. And he told his interviewer that he could not explain it.

When such revelatory themes are in play, I like to sit back and check if God might be saying something. When I do that in this case, I like the fact that the Patriots won for thematic reasons. If God is sending a message through the outcome of a game, I want the Patriots to win. Period. I believe it is time for spiritual patriots to win. I believe God has communicated that in other forms, and the Super Bowl would be an obvious emphasis of that message.

However, I don’t assume there is a message in every Super Bowl. But when dreams of Jesus that lead to young man’s salvation, and visions of big plays are openly on display, I have to think about it. Might there be a message?

If I was looking for a message, I would remember the most well-known biblical butler. That is the one that Joseph met in prison. That butler had a revelatory encounter also. Joseph told him that Pharaoh would lift up his head in three days. That is exactly what happened (see Genesis 40). The butler’s position was restored, and he returned to his position at Pharaoh’s side.

Perhaps there is a message, and perhaps it is as obvious as that. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the heads of the true spiritual patriots lifted up in three days? It is time for resurrection power to come forth after three long days in the tomb. It is just about time for those who have been seeking to bring this country back to truth to see God move on their behalf. It is just about time for God’s people to step out of the darkness of defeat into the light of revival fire.

I, honestly, was not excited about a Patriot’s win, until I heard Malcolm Butler’s words. Then I sensed that God was up to something. I don’t pretend this short post contains the fullness of the intended meaning. But perhaps it is time to lift up our heads, for our redemption is drawing near.
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The Cuban Deep Freeze Thaws

19449596_sThe Lord plans that Cuba be open. He plans that it prospers economically. Most importantly, he plans that an amazing revival sweep across that island nation and beyond to the world. When we understand this, we can easily see that President Barack Obama’s moves yesterday to normalize relationship with Cuba fit into the Lord’s plans.

At this time, there is much ink being spilled, both pro and con, over our president’s actions. I cannot begin to assess the benefit or detriments that his moves will have on the United States. I can say that his actions fit firmly into what the Lord has shown us about Cuba. Whether his actions flow in accord with the permissive will of God, or whether they are the Lord’s express intention for this time, remain to be seen. However, since the Lord works out all things according to his will, this move on our president’s part will help Cuba even further on the path toward its revival destiny.

For more information about what the Lord has shown us about Cuba, you can read my previous posts HERE, HERE, and HERE. If you read those posts, it will help you tune out the howls of outrage directed at our president’s action, as well as also muting the cheers of admiration from his supporters. We want to understand what the Lord is doing when such major shifts in history occur. The pundits and the rest of the press will usually grind their specific political ax over such events. I would rather discern what the Lord is saying.

To that end, I will keep my ear to the ground, and also observe what the Lord is showing to other proven prophetic voices. If he shows me more, I will let you know. In the meantime, we can all respond to the tremors that are shaking history by seeking the Lord for understanding of them.
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Another Historic Hurricane Season

RecordBreakerFor the ninth year in a row, Florida has not been struck by a hurricane. This is the longest stretch that Florida has not been hit by a hurricane—by four years—since records were first reliably kept in 1851. Florida is not the only state with good fortune. The United States is enjoying the longest stretch of time since the Civil War without a major hurricane making landfall.

While the hurricane season is not officially over until November 30th, it feels like it is time for God’s praying people to take a victory lap.

If you have followed this blog for long, and have read the posts on intercessory authority, you know that God’s people have incredible authority when they wield the keys of the Kingdom. We only need to pick up those keys and use them. This hurricane season, and the records that continue to be broken by such peaceful seasons, is further evidence that God’s people are beginning to understand their intercessory authority.

If it were up to me, and very often it really is up to us, Florida would never be hit by another hurricane. To that end, we have our prayer warriors and our protecting hedges in place throughout the hurricane season. We have been reinforcing those hedges through intercessory prayer every year since 1999. It is no coincidence that just as we, and many other intercessors, have begun to understand and apply our authority over the hurricane season, that the seasons began to diminish in intensity. Each and every year we gain more understanding and authority, and each year for the last nine, the storms keep turning away. This is either an amazing coincidence, or it is incredible evidence of the authority the Lord has granted his Church. I believe, without any doubt, it is because of the authority his Church is learning to wield.

Ken Kaye, a weather reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, summarized the record breaking 2014 hurricane season in an article he wrote on November 21 (read the full article HERE). Here are some quotes from Ken’s article:

Because the state on average is struck by a hurricane once every five years, it’s “astounding that Florida has gone so long without a hit,” said Dan Kottlowski, lead hurricane forecaster for AccuWeather.com.

Since 2005, 61 hurricanes have bypassed Florida, the last being this year’s Hurricane Gonzalo, said Jim Lushine, a retired forecaster and tropical expert. “That’s the third-longest streak of missed hurricane strikes in the past 100 years,” he said.

In addition, the season presented some mysteries . . . the Atlantic basin is supposedly entrenched in a period where hurricanes form frequently and more intensely, yet this year’s overall tropical energy was about two-thirds normal . . .

El Niño, initially predicted to emerge by the heart of the season, was a no-show. Yet the wind shear over the Atlantic basin was remarkably strong and eerily similar to El Niño conditions.

Still, he said, the atmosphere is complex and “we just don’t fully understand what’s going on out there in the tropics.”

That last quote is my favorite. One almost has to feel sorry for those trying to understand what is happening when they are unable to factor in the supernatural. How can a scientist factor prayer into any equation? It is a difficult proposition for them.

My goal is to become so good at praying against hurricanes, that we confound the scientists even more fully. Almost by definition, that is what we are saying anytime we call forth supernatural response into this natural realm. The supernatural will always confound those who focus only on the natural world.

I’m already watching next season closely. Several years ago the Lord spoke to me in a way that made me believe that we may have to counter a specific threat in the 2015 hurricane season. As a result, I will be even more alert for next season, and praying that at its end, we will have extended the number of years since Florida’s last hurricane strike to ten.

I believe we have an incredible authority to stop almost any storm when we are engaged in the intercessory authority of God. However, I do have one caveat: I also know about cleansing judgments. The Lord sometimes uses storms as discipline when we stray from his purposes. You can read more about this topic in my post entitled Cleansing Hurricanes (see that post HERE). The Lord hasn’t spoken to me, as far as I know, about the next cycle of cleansing storms. I personally hope there isn’t another cycle of such storms, but I know how rebellious we can be, and I also know that cleansing hurricanes are an important tool in the hands of a loving Father who wishes to call his children to repentance.

We can speak more about such things in future years. For now, we can celebrate. The year of our Lord, two thousand and fourteen, has been a record breaking year for God’s people. That fact is worth a bit of joyous celebration.
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