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The Curve

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November 27, 2012

On September 30th of this year, the Lord told us that we were about to enter a sharp curve on the road ahead of us. He warned us that that the curve was so sharp that it would feel like a change of direction. However, he also indicated that we would still be on the same road to the same destination. When we pursued him on this rather startling bit of revelation, he added that the curve would help us avoid some time-wasting obstacles that otherwise would have appeared on the road ahead.

When he first gave us this word, I took it as a personal word. However, as time has gone by, I have realized that it is an important word for the Body of Christ in the United States. We are on a curve. We wanted the road to go in a different direction. For our own good, and so that we do not lose precious time in the days in which we live, the road curved away from our desired route. We are still headed to the same place. It is certainly a more scenic route, but we will not miss our destination.

On November 10th, the Lord spoke about this curve again. He showed us two more specific things about the curve. The first, is that it isn’t just a curve, it also goes uphill. The second is that it is a shortcut. Then, on November 12th, he told us we were already on the curve.

Because we had just come through the presidential election in the United States, I began to understand what the Lord was saying. By November 10th, the Body of Christ in the United States was reeling from the elections. We knew the direction that we needed to go in order to bring back moral sanity to our nation, but our nation did not go there. The path to our destination, a destination that includes renewal and revival, suddenly seemed very steep. It suddenly looked like we were on the wrong road. The elections certainly threw us a curve. But here is the key point: It is really a shortcut to our destination.

That shortcut part didn’t make much sense to me, but when we pursued the Lord asking how it could be a shortcut, he simply reminded us that our thoughts are not his thoughts; his physics are not our physics. He then spoke to us about a scene from The Great Mouse Detective. The Great Mouse Detective is an animated Disney movie from the eighties. At a certain point, the movie’s evil genius sets up a false leader over the people to control them. However, even as the evil genius attempts to do so, the hero of the movie exposes the charade, and the evil plan fails in a spectacular way. As a result, the entire populace is awakened to the danger, and begins to respond to the threat.

Those of us who have been praying for revival in America can easily recognize the themes. Even though I do not understand our Hero’s methods, I know I can trust him implicitly when he tells me we are still on the right road. I can trust him to expose Satan’s plans against America, and watch every false leader be exposed and/or revived. God’s righteous plan is still on track.

I already feel some of those who are reading this article protesting: “You are looking for a silver lining in this debacle. The prophets were wrong. The United States is under judgment. We are no longer on the right road.” All I can say to you is, “I understand your turmoil.” The Lord graciously began to speak to us about this curve back in September. We certainly did not understand it then, but as I began to understand what the Lord was saying, it has helped me stay out of turmoil and stay focused on the Lord’s supernatural physics. Let me try to help you, if I can.

Many people are disappointed that gifted and well-known prophets appeared to back the wrong horse in this election cycle, but I am not so certain that they did. Can I challenge us all to grow up a little in our walk with the Lord? Can we leave childish things behind for a moment?

I am asking serious questions of you. We need to grow in our understanding if we are going to grasp the Lord’s methods. We will start with another question: Was Jonah wrong when he prophesied that Nineveh would fall in forty days? The Lord told him what to prophesy, but then circumstances changed in Nineveh because the leaders and the people repented. As a result, God released mercy. Here is the point we need to grasp. The people of Jonah’s time did not have the book of Jonah. When Nineveh was not consumed, Jonah looked like he had been absolutely, completely wrong. But he was not. He had prophesied correctly.

What about Ezekiel? You may not know this more obscure story. But the Lord told Ezekiel to prophesy against Tyre because it had gloated at Jerusalem’s fall. This is what he told Ezekiel to prophesy:

“For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: From the north I am going to bring against Tyre Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, with horsemen and a great army. He will ravage your settlements on the mainland with the sword; he will set up siege works against you, build a ramp up to your walls and raise his shields against you. He will direct the blows of his battering rams against your walls and demolish your towers with his weapons. His horses will be so many that they will cover you with dust. Your walls will tremble at the noise of the war horses, wagons and chariots when he enters your gates as men enter a city whose walls have been broken through. The hoofs of his horses will trample all your streets; he will kill your people with the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground. They will plunder your wealth and loot your merchandise; they will break down your walls and demolish your fine houses and throw your stones, timber and rubble into the sea. I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music of your harps will be heard no more. I will make you a bare rock, and you will become a place to spread fishnets. You will never be rebuilt, for I the LORD have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD. (Ezekiel 26:7-14 NIV)

Then, sixteen years later, the Lord told Ezekiel that Tyre had not fallen. He told him to prophesy this:

In the twenty-seventh year, in the first month on the first day, the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon drove his army in a hard campaign against Tyre; every head was rubbed bare and every shoulder made raw. Yet he and his army got no reward from the campaign he led against Tyre. Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to give Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will carry off its wealth. He will loot and plunder the land as pay for his army. I have given him Egypt as a reward for his efforts because he and his army did it for me, declares the Sovereign LORD. (Ezekiel 29:17-20)

I am certainly not attempting to shake your faith in prophecy today, but I am asking you to leave childish things behind. The Lord is sovereign, of that there is no doubt. But in his sovereignty, he has given the earth to man (see Psalm 115:16). When Nineveh repented, God adjusted his plan to fit the change in human hearts. Prophecy is a conversation between God and man. God announces to man what he intends to do. Man then continues on his path, or responds in a way that changes how God accomplishes his plan. If we can grasp this aspect of prophecy, we will have matured a bit more in our faith.*

Israel prayed that Nineveh’s scourge would be lifted from her back. God sent Jonah to lift the scourge. When Nineveh responded to the prophetic conversation with humility, God did not overthrow Nineveh. However, Israel’s prayers were still answered since Nineveh’s new-found humility and repentance lifted the scourge from Israel for a generation. Mercy triumphs over judgment (see James 2:13).

In the same way, the Remnant of Israel prayed that Tyre would experience justice for its wickedness in gloating over Jerusalem’s demise. Through Ezekiel, God announced that Nebuchadnezzar would release his justice by destroying Tyre. However, by the time Nebuchadnezzar arrived at Tyre sixteen years later, something on the ground had changed. Perhaps God had raised up intercessors who responded to Ezekiel’s prophecy by praying for mercy. Perhaps the leaders of Tyre read Ezekiel’s prophecy and repented. They still received a cleansing judgment—Nebuchadnezzar did ravage and destroy the settlements on the mainland and subjected Tyre to a ruinous siege—but again, mercy triumphed over judgment. Tyre did not receive the total judgment that Ezekiel had prophesied. Yet Ezekiel prophesied correctly.

Is it possible that this is what has happened in the United States? God’s people were praying that the moral scourge released in our current administration would be lifted from our nation. Did God announce the lifting of this scourge through his prophets, so that his people could pray and mobilize? Is it possible that his people humbled themselves so ardently, that they fasted and prayed so fervently, that they moved the heart of God? Is it possible that God has now moved to speed up the timetable for revival, that he has changed our direction so that we get to our destination more quickly? Has he honored the word of the prophets and answered our prayers according to his divine physics in a way that we do not yet understand?

We may not be able to answer all of these questions yet, but I do know that God’s people truly listened to his Spirit and prayed for this election like never before. Please don’t confuse the visible church with the people of whom I speak. The visible church is a mixed bag of non-Christians, lukewarm Christians, and on-fire Christians. I am discussing the on-fire Christians. I watched them pray ardently, fast fervently, and move the hand of him who rules this world. I know they did their job. In fact, they might have done it so well that we are now on a curve which is a shortcut to our destination. It may not look like one, but it is.

We are not children. We do not need simplistic answers. We are the growing and maturing Bride of Christ. We are leaving childish things behind and growing into perfection. This curve is one of the tools the Lord is using to get us there.

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*There is always a prophetic tension as a result of this “prophetic conversation.” The prophets are truly dependent upon the Lord to sustain them, because on occasion their prophecies will appear incorrect as events on the ground change, and God releases mercy into the mix. This does not justify a prophet’s refusal to be corrected, or to blindly hold on to a prophecy that appears to have been incorrect. However, it does help us to release mercy when established prophets (such as Jonah and Ezekiel) appear to miss on a prophetic word.
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The City on a Hill Shines

The Kingdom of God grew and matured yesterday. It was good to see it. I watched Christians by the millions vote on Christian principle. They voted for Kingdom issues rather than selfish self-interest. They voted with passion, not for a man or against a man, but for what they believed Jesus Christ desired. They prayed fervently, and participated diligently and kindly. Throughout this election season we watched an amazing display of the maturing Church in action.

Oh, I know, those who are concerned about biblical principles did not see a lot of encouragement from the raw vote totals yesterday. But you have to mine the exit polls, you have to uncover how and why people were voting to see the light shining in the darkness. Remember, the angels are praising around the throne right this instant because the whole earth is full of his glory (see Isaiah 6:1-3). If you are having a hard time seeing that glory today, you must not be looking in the right places. Let’s look into some of those places.

When you check the exit polling data, you can look for the negatives, or you can look for the glory. I choose to look for the glory. As I check the 2008 election demographics, and compare them to yesterday, I am encouraged. The Roman Catholic vote and the White Evangelical/Born Again vote both shifted 4% toward the party with the more biblical platform. Among the Black population, that same shift is happening, though not quite as fast. In 2008, the Democratic party received 95% of the Black vote. This year the party, which has taken an even more active stand against biblical morality than in 2008, only received 93% of that vote. I’m certain that Black evangelicals drove that shift.

These may not sound like huge numbers, but they are. Each percentage point represents hundreds of thousands of souls who have begun to think Kingdom at a higher level.* We must see this. You can either focus on the negatives, or you can focus on the glory of what is happening. Millions of people’s hearts are being changed.

Jesus taught that the Kingdom grows in increments, and often without much observation. Jesus said:

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.”
He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.” (Matthew 13:31-33 NIV)

However, because our two-party system has now morphed into a national referendum on biblical principles, we have the privilege of measuring some of the growth of the Kingdom. Every four years, the Lord gives us a national test that gives us the ability to measure, at least at some levels, how the mustard seed is doing. Election polling data provides us a snapshot of where we stand. I am encouraged that we are doing better than four years ago. You may wish the trends were moving more quickly, but the truth is that mustard seeds don’t grow all that quickly. The truth is that it takes a bit of time for the yeast to work through the dough.

Jesus called his Church a City on a Hill. He said that you can’t hide such a city. This means, that as the mustard seed grows, as the Kingdom grows and matures, you should be able to see the light shining forth in some quantifiable ways. I believe our nation as a whole failed some fairly significant biblical tests yesterday. But, at the same time, it is evident that the Church is understanding the Kingdom at a higher level. That light will continue to grow. It will continue to provide light to a popular culture steeped in ever-increasing darkness. It will continue to make a difference, and will do so with ever-increasing influence.

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* To be more specific: Approximately 1.2 million Catholics, 1.2 million evangelicals, and over 300,000 Black voters shifted allegiance toward the more biblical position. That is almost three million people who began to shine more brightly this presidential election cycle over the last one.

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Mitt Makes It To the Second Floor

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September 15th, 2012

I thought I would dust off a relatively old dream this morning. It dates way back to January 6th of this year, which in political terms, is the dinosaur days of the current presidential race. This was right after the Iowa caucuses, but before the first Republican primaries began in earnest. At that time, we did not know who the Republican nominee would be. Here is the dream:

Mitt Romney was at an event, trying to get to the second floor, but needed to figure out how to get up the secret elevator. He finally did, but it was cobwebby and dark. He got to the top and went to meet in a room with some small business people.

First, a disclaimer, I didn’t really care much for Mitt Romney during the primaries. I certainly believed he was a good businessman with some wonderful virtues, but I was more focused on the Christian candidates. So I really didn’t appreciate this dream back on January 6th. Whatever else it meant, I knew that it included the fact that Mitt was going to be the Republican nominee. I didn’t embrace this; in fact I did my best to forget it all through the primary season as I looked at one candidate, and then another. But finally, inexorably, Mitt found the secret elevator. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t glamorous, but he won the nomination and is now the Republican presidential nominee.

I’ve been thinking about this dream lately. I’m wondering if it refers to more than winning the Republican nomination. Back in January I was focused on the Republican primaries. Along with the rest of the nation, I wanted to find out who would step forward from the Republican field to win the nomination and run for president. Because of this, I could not see beyond the primaries in my interpretation. However, it could indicate that Mitt Romney will win in November.

The thing I’ve been chewing on lately is what it means for Mitt to make it to the second floor. I have assumed that the second floor was the party’s nomination, however, I have begun to question that interpretation. Mitt Romney was the governor of Massachusetts. He was the chief executive of one of our fifty states. I don’t think that winning a party’s nomination is reaching the second floor when one has been the chief executive of one of our fifty states. All that winning a nomination does, is allow you to campaign for the presidency. It is grueling and difficult (cobwebby and dark). I don’t believe just winning the nomination is making it to the second floor when one has been a governor. The next step, the next floor for any governor, is that of being chief executive of the United States.

So while I am not prophesying that Mitt Romney will win in November, I am intrigued by this dream. I believe, if I am understanding it correctly, that it may indicate that he will. If he does, it will be because small business has rallied around him (the job makers in our economy). It will also be because the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.
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Always Winter, Never Christmas

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The Lord used Narnia to speak to us the other day. Those of you who have read C. S. Lewis’ delightful tale, The Chronicles of Narnia, know that there is a lot in those books that the Lord can use to highlight current events and his plans. Lewis had the wonderful knack of building deep Christian themes into his fantasies. If you only know Narnia from the movies, do yourself a favor and buy the books. The inane drama and silly plot devices of the most recent movies have deprived viewers of Lewis’ overall vision and purpose. Lewis built his series like a caramel apple. He used the sweet covering of his story to flavor the nutritious fruit of his theme underneath. While the first movie was fairly faithful to the original tale, the producers of the second and third movies injected artificial flavoring into the caramel of the story covering, and pretty much did away with the apple. The third movie was so bad, my kids, who have loved the Narnia books, decided that it would take a lot for them to go see another one of the movies.

So what did the Lord say to us through Narnia’s images? He told us that the long winter is just about over for the United States. He showed us that the plans of those who have prolonged this winter are no longer going to succeed. If you remember from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, the white witch wanted to keep Narnia frozen in winter. Narnians despaired of the weather because it was always winter, but never Christmas. But as the Great Lion, Aslan, began to move, the witch’s plans were thwarted and Father Christmas, with spring right on his heels, came to Narnia for the first time in one hundred years. From that point on, the witch’s hold on Narnia was broken. While the struggle wasn’t over, the Great Lion was now in control and was able to direct events so that the witch was defeated, and her hold was broken forever.

Of course, those who have read the Narnia stories know that the Great Lion represents Jesus in these stories. While Lewis theology wasn’t always orthodox—this is most evident in his display of universalism in The Last Battle—he had a firm grip on King Jesus. So when the Lord told us that the long winter is ending for the United States, he was also telling us that King Jesus is on the move. He is working behind the scenes even now to rally his people and break winter’s grip over the United States.

There are a lot of ways that the United States has been held in winter’s grip, but the Lord made certain we knew exactly what he was showing us. He told us that the policies and control emanating from Washington D.C., currently personified in President Obama’s administration, represented the reign of the white witch. Before we get all caught up in politics, let’s remember that the power of the white witch held Narnia under the spell of winter for one hundred years. So winter began its long reign in the United States long before our current administration.

In order to fully understand what the Lord is saying, we need to understand a tiny bit about the book of Revelation. In Revelation 13 we are introduced to the beast from the sea. Without going in to great detail,* suffice it to say that the beast from the sea represents governments that attempt to replace or displace the authority and priority of the Kingdom of Christ in the world. Beast governments attempt to step into the place of the true Church by attempting to meet the needs of the governed in ways that only Christ truly can. Along the way these beast governments supplant and often persecute the true Church—while the false prophet church openly supports beast governments, fulfilling their role as the beast from the land.

Of course, you can see the hoof prints of the beast government in the current contraception/abortifacient drug mandates aimed against the Catholic Church. In this debate you see the mature beast government boldly attempting to displace and replace a Christian institution by these wicked mandates. You can also easily see the false prophet church in action supporting and defending these wicked mandates. It doesn’t get much more obvious than this.

So, if the winter represents the rise and maturing of the beast government revealed in Revelation, we would expect to see it begin its rise one hundred years ago—the length of time winter reigned in Narnia. What happened one hundred years ago? Well, among other things, Woodrow Wilson was elected for his first term as president of the United States. Again, without getting into a lot of historical detail, Woodrow Wilson is the president whose vision initiated and gave impetus to the government programs and mandates that have finally begun to mature in our current administration. We are currently reaping what Wilson sowed. His beast government policies, which moved government from its rightful role as defender and protector of the people, to the beast role of nurturer and provider for the people, began their long ascent throughout the United States political system. Since his time, the government of the United States has moved steadily toward the fullness of beast government policy that we see today.

But that winter is ending. The Lord still has plans for the United States. He still plans for the people of the United States to be a vital and free people. Beast governments and true freedom, especially religious freedom, cannot coexist.

In his 2012 Shepherd’s Rod, Bob Jones prophesied that President Obama’s purpose and plans would be exposed this year, and as a result they would fail. I believe that process is already beginning. Roman Catholics are experiencing the negative results of our beast government policies. They recognize that their very survival as a charitable institution in the United States is at stake. They are currently the most visible victims of these policies, but untold victims have been trodden under this beast’s feet for the past one hundred years. Religious organizations that were once vital and active transformative agents in our culture have been turned to stone as government policies, procedures, and restrictions have undermined their ability to complete their mission over the past one hundred years. That is about to change. Once again, the Church is going to take up the mantles that government has taken away. Once again, the Lamb is going to lead his people to the fullness of their calling and purpose.

Spring is coming.

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Where’s Perry?

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Some people have been wondering who the third Republican Presidential contender is that the Lord spoke to me about (See “What About Mitt Romney?” and “What About Newt Gingrich?” to get the background details). The third candidate is Rick Perry. The Lord spoke to me about him just a couple days before he suspended his presidential campaign. While the Lord gave me face-to-face encounters with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich (in dreams), he did not do so with Rick Perry. The dreams about Mitt and Newt gave me a behind-the-scenes look at their passion or personality. The dream about Rick Perry included a bit about his circumstance, and maybe a little on his heart.

Rick Perry suspended his campaign on the Thursday before the South Carolina primary. On Monday night of that week I had asked the Lord for an outline of what was going on in the Republican primary. That same night I dreamed about Perry the Platypus. That wasn’t quite what I expected, but you work with what you get.

If you have been so culturally deprived that you have never seen a Phineas and Ferb episode (the show in which Perry appears), you should correct that deficiency. A whole generation is growing up with Perry as an iconic figure. “Where’s Perry?” is the question in every episode, just before we find undercover Perry the Platypus involved in some adventure to save the the people of his city. After he has accomplished his mission, he reappears to the exclamation, “Oh, there you are Perry!” If you Google Where’s Perry or Oh, there you are Perry, you will get all the Perry the Platypus information you ever wanted to know.

After I asked the Lord about the Republican primary, he gave me this dream about Perry the Platypus. Perry was high up on a bluff overlooking a sheer cliff that fronted the ocean. Water was surging through the rocks at the base of the cliff. A giant foot was coming down to crush Perry, but just at the last moment he dove off the cliff into the water at the base of the cliff. His dive carried him safely between the rocks. The rocks and the water sheltered Perry from the giant’s foot. Even though the giant attempted to crush Perry, the rocks held his foot up so that it could not come down on Perry.

You can imagine that I woke up from that dream a bit perplexed. Then I remembered that I had asked the Lord about the Republican primary field. I realized that this dream must be about Rick Perry. I didn’t really understand what it meant. I thought it might have meant that Rick was off to a rocky start, but that he was being protected from a crushing blow from his opponents (or the media) simply because he lacked front runner status. It wasn’t until that Thursday, when Rick Perry dove out of the spotlight by suspending his campaign, that I realized what the dream had been about. The Lord was trying to show me (unsuccessfully, I might add) that Perry was about to drop out of the race, and that this was a strategic move that would protect him from becoming road kill. The dream was clear that this move preserved him for future events.

I don’t know exactly where this bit of information leaves Rick Perry, but I’m not sure it means that he is finished yet. As I wrote above, at the end of virtually every episode of Phineas and Ferb, Perry the Platypus reappears and someone says, “Oh, there you are Perry!” Perry always makes an appearance at the end. I may be pushing the interpretation a bit too far, but perhaps this means that the door is still open for Rick Perry to play some future part in the Republican primary process.

Did the dream show my anything else about Rick Perry? If so, it was all positive. Perry the Platypus is humble, fearless, and willing to serve with no real reward except serving. Those are admirable characteristics in a cartoon hero. If they describe Rick Perry’s attitude and passion, that would be admirable, and exactly what we need in a president. In that case, we will probably hear from him again in the future. In the meantime, he is safely waiting out of the spotlight. While we may not hear it this election cycle, I have no doubt that we will hear it eventually, “Oh, there you are Perry!”

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