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Use the Keys, Stop Bad Things

blueberriesThe avian influenza epidemic 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).

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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.

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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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Satan’s Counterfeit Flood

blueberriesThe flood is coming. It is intended to wipe away truth. It will overwhelm those who are not prepared. It must not succeed in overwhelming us.

Last November, the Lord began to direct our attention to this flood. He did it by telling Dawn and I that it was important to watch the season of the blueberry festivals. We did not quite understand his purpose, but when the Lord speaks, we listen. We checked when Florida’s blueberry festivals were held, and learned that April was an important month for blueberries in Florida. While we didn’t commit a lot of time to our investigation, April came and went without any real insight.

However, last week we had the opportunity to connect with a friend of ours at the annual conference for our ministry stream, the MorningStar Fellowship of Ministries. Our friend is a blueberry grower, so we knew he would provide insight into why the Lord may have spoken this to us. When we asked him about the blueberry festivals, he pointed out that the festivals are marketing events timed around the harvest. He then pointed out something about this year that helped us understand why the Lord had directed our attention to this year’s harvest.

This year, the blueberry crop in Florida was incredibly good. The crop was abundant, had a pleasing appearance, and was tasty. It looked to be a good year for Florida’s blueberry farmers. But then, just before Florida’s blueberry growers sent their fruit to market, the country of Chile flooded the United States’ market with lower quality blueberries. In a move that damaged U.S. growers, Chilean exporters held their blueberries in special storage—a move that greatly decreases the fruit’s flavor—waiting for just the right moment to gain market share in the United States. This Chilean intervention in the U.S. market harmed Florida’s growers, even though Chile’s blueberries were inferior to those produced by Florida’s growers.

While I listened to my friend’s explanation of this year’s harvest, the Lord showed me why he had drawn our attention to the plight of Florida’s blueberry growers. It parallels a battle that will be fought in the Kingdom.

Things are looking up in the Body of Christ. There is abundant evidence that it has been maturing. The Holy Spirit has been working diligently to prepare us. The yeast of the Kingdom of God has begun to permeate the Church in earnest. The Kingdom mustard seed is even growing to provide shade for the inhabitants of the world (see Matthew 13:31-33). We are approaching a time when the Lord’s Kingdom agents are going to release amazing fruit. It will be abundant, have a pleasing appearance, and be very appealing. We are looking to the harvest season with expectation.

But Satan has a plan to gain market share in spite of what God has planned. He plans to flood the market at harvest time with his inferior counterfeits in order to harm as many people as possible. Fortunately, the Lord is revealing Satan’s plans to us in advance so that we can sound the warning. When we are adequately prepared, Satan’s false fruit is easily distinguished from the good fruit. The writer to the Hebrews stated that those who have been ingesting solid food “have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (see Hebrews 5:14 ESV). Satan’s counterfeits may look good to the unpracticed, but they will always be apparent to those who have grown in righteousness.

The only people in danger of being taken in by Satan’s plans are those who have not been ingesting the solid food of the Word. This means that this is a time to hunger for the Word as never before. It is our protection from Satan’s deceptions. The apostle Paul wrote of Satan’s end times plan in 2 Thessalonians 2.

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10)

When we ingest God’s Word, we are demonstrating a love for the truth that will see us through the flood of deception that is about to be released. The only ones who will be fully and completely deceived are those who refuse to love the truth.

I learned something else as we spoke with my friend. He shared how he was responding to Chile’s attempts to seize advantage in the Florida market. He has been crossbreeding different varieties of blueberry bushes in order to produce larger blueberries that are sweet and flavorful.

The spiritual parallels to his plans are clear. In order to counter Satan’s plan, we must press into the Lord for even better fruit than we are producing now. We must be willing to cross our denominational streams (crossbreeding) to combine key truths in ways that produce even more fruit. When the true fruit of the Kingdom is then produced at an even higher level, the counterfeits become obvious.

I walked away from my discussion with my blueberry-growing friend with a two-pronged strategy. The first is to encourage all of God’s people to dive into the Word even more persistently. It is time for us to leave behind the sin and distractions that so easily entangle us, and to demonstrate a love for the truth. That will protect us from the deceptions of our spiritual enemy.

The second part of the strategy involves pressing in to the Lord for even more obvious and attractive displays of fruitfulness. It involves learning from each other as we each share what the Lord has taught us so that we might together produce even greater fruit.

We are approaching days in which Satan’s false works will flood the spiritual market. But we can withstand this flood. When we consistently step into the character and power of God, the imitations will appear faded and pale by comparison. More than that, we can expose this flood for what it is, a last desperate attempt by the forces of darkness to counter the growing spiritual fruit being produced by the Kingdom of God. This attempt will most certainly fail.

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President Obama’s Trip to Iran

turkeyNo, our president has not yet announced that he plans a trip to Iran. However, rumors of a planned visit to Tehran have been swirling for a year or more, and those rumors take on even more plausibility as Washington and Iran edge closer to a historic nuclear treaty.

Until Tuesday morning I had given zero thought about a presidential trip to Iran. That changed because of a detailed dream I had on Tuesday morning about just such a trip and its awful result. I dream often, and I can tell when a dream is personal, or when it describes events that are beyond my personal spheres of experience. This was a dream that stretched far beyond my personal experience to touch on world affairs.

Without getting into all the details of the dream, Iran is not a safe place for our president. I do not believe that we can trust the leaders of Iran, especially in view of their overt antipathy to the United States. Iran is a dangerous place to put the president of the Great Satan, the term Iran’s leaders use to describe the United States of America. When you have indoctrinated an entire population for almost a generation in the belief that a country is the Great Satan, it is certainly not circumspect for the man who is the face of that country to attempt a cozy visit.

That was clearly the message of the dream. In it, our president visited Iran, but things took a disastrous turn during the visit. As a result, the United States was forced to take critical action, including unleashing an intense military response. During the course of this dream, I was first an observer of the president’s trip, then a participant in the planning session about how to respond to Iran’s actions, and finally an Iranian citizen watching as the United State’s response unfolded in Iran. The fact that I played so many different roles, and saw so many details, made this dream even more disturbing. It had the marks of a visionary experience rather than a dream.

Do I believe that our president is planning a visit to Iran? I would not be surprised to discover that he is, especially since he has been working toward what many perceive as a significant nuclear agreement with Iran. Do I believe that such a trip would expose him and the people of both countries to grave dangers? That certainly is what the dream was about. But if the dream truly represents a future reality, why would Iran risk doing something that would provoke a destructive military response?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his speech to the United Nations on September 29, 2014, has helped us with the answer to this question. In his speech, available at the C-SPAN website, he shares insights about the type of militant Islam that Iran represents. Iran is seeking to restore a worldwide Islamic Caliphate that it would lead. At its root, this militant strain of Islam is anti-American and anti-Israel. This fact alone is sufficient answer to the question.

However, there is even more cause for concern. Many militant Islamists look to the return of the Mahdi, a messianic warrior, who will lead Islam to victory around the world. Many from militant Islam believe this messianic figure will be revealed, as Prime Minister Netanyahu stated at the UN, when the militants trigger the Mahdi’s apocalyptic return through their violent actions. Many strains of Islam, some present among the highest ranks of Iranian leadership, look for the return of Mahdi during a time of apocalyptic war, and perhaps even nuclear exchange.

The beliefs espoused by militant Islam, and held by many in Iran, certainly are cause for concern. They provide a theological basis for something that would be entirely incomprehensible to the western mind. It would simply never enter our minds that someone might see a state visit as the perfect opportunity to release the apocalyptic events that are said to precede the Mahdi’s return. People who are rooted in western Christian culture, and even the now prevalent western humanistic culture, simply do not think in those terms. But Iran is not western.

If this dream was from the Lord, he gave it so that his people would reverse the real Satan’s plans in this arena. We have been given the keys of authority by Jesus (see Matthew 16:18-19 and Matthew 18:18-19). While Satan would love to stir up hatred and death, Christians can release peace and life. Where Satan would love to release irrational action and confusion, we can pray for wisdom and clarity.

President Obama has slightly over a year and a half left of his term. I do not know if a trip to Iran is in his plans. However, at this point, if such a trip is announced, I know how I will pray. I will pray that every one of Satan’s plans against him, our country, and Iran’s people will fall to the ground without being accomplished. I will pray that those who have a fevered vision for chaos are absolutely disappointed by what does transpire. I will pray for peace.
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Plagues Are Coming

turkeyWe are about to see plagues released on a biblical scale. They will be obvious. They will be unpleasant. And for Christians, they will be unnecessary.

Over the last several years, the Lord has shown us that such obvious plagues will once again be unleashed on the earth. Most recently, he spoke to us about a series of plagues that will remind us of those that struck Egypt.

The Lord again highlighted the plagues to me in a dream this morning. In that dream I was watching the effect of certain plagues on a neighbor’s household. I also knew that I had a small, empty sarcophagus in my own home. When I was informed of the impact of the plagues on my neighbor, I made the decision that I wanted no part of the sarcophagus that was in my home. I not only determined to get rid of it, I went to my home and removed the sarcophagus from it. As I woke from this dream I heard, “Pharaoh won the Kentucky Derby.”

I knew the dream was about the coming plagues. As I said, the Lord has been speaking about these plagues to Dawn and I for the past several years. He has begun to give us far more detail recently. That fact has led me to believe that we are close to the start of the plagues. I believe this morning’s dream indicates that the plagues are close, but also that Christians do not have to allow them in their house.

I believe the small sarcophagus represents the climactic plague that struck Egypt during the first Passover. While many of the firstborn who died were obviously adults, many of the victims were children who would have fit into a smaller size sarcophagus. That was a part of the soul-wrenching impact of the plague; it affected children. All of the other plagues fade into the background compared to the terror of that final plague. In a very real way, such a sarcophagus encapsulates the idea of plague with all of its horrors.

I also believe that the dream is about a Christian’s authority over plague. We do not have to allow it in our house. What this means is that Christians can live in Goshen, separate from the impact of the plagues. However, many Christians do not yet understand their authority, so like the Israelites in Goshen, they will be subject to the first rounds of plague. However, some Christians already understand a great deal about how to use the Keys of the Kingdom, and they will not be bothered at all by these plagues. The plagues will not come near their area of geographic influence—their home. There will be a clear distinction between those who use the Keys of authority, and those who do not. This distinction will be obvious and notable. Many will wonder why certain geographic areas have been spared. Some will take note immediately that those areas have strong ministries that move in Kingdom authority. They will seek to learn about Kingdom authority, and they will also implement that authority in their regions. Thus when the next plague comes, fewer geographic areas will be impacted as God’s people begin to learn their true strength. After that, even more Christians will notice the distinction, and the Church as a whole will begin to step into Goshen. This, of course, will change absolutely everything. The Body of Christ will begin to function in her true authority.

So while plagues are certainly judgments, they are judgments with a purpose. They will shake Egypt out of the Church. They will begin to move her into her rightful place. They will result in victory and blessing, not only for God’s people, but also for all those in their geographic areas who receive the protection and benefit that God’s people will bring to their areas of influence.

Of course, the dream ended with a bit more information than just a reminder of our authority over plagues. I was also told as I awoke that Pharaoh won the Kentucky Derby this past Saturday. Of course, like most of us, I knew that a horse named American Pharoah* (sic) had won the Derby. However, I did not ascribe any prophetic significance to that fact until I awoke from this dream encounter. I suddenly understood that this was a signpost along the way.

When Christians hear the name Pharaoh, we can’t help but think of the ten plagues. God sent the ten plagues to free Israel from Pharaoh’s tyranny, his power, and his influence. In much the same way, the coming plagues will free the Church in America from the pharaohs that have been celebrating victory over it.

To me, this marker means that the time of the plagues has drawn near. As a result, it is time for this alert to go out. It is not a call intended to stir anxiety or panic. It is intended to alert the maturing Bride of Christ to what is on the horizon so that when it is happening, the Bride knows how to respond. Goshen is not just a geographical name; it is our growing spiritual reality.
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*While the owners of the horse wanted to name it Pharaoh, they misspelled the name as Pharoah.
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A Turkey Shortage for Thanksgiving?

turkeyOn February 10th, the Lord told us something a bit puzzling. He told us that there would be a turkey shortage for Thanksgiving. Sometimes I just scratch my head over the stuff that the Lord shows us. The Middle East seems headed toward nuclear armageddon. Virulent strains of Islam are killing Christians in horrific atrocities. Gay rights activists and progressive media outlets are launching public attacks intended to shame into silence all those who support the idea that marriage is for one man and one woman. The Supreme Court will soon issue a ruling which will either continue to allow states to decide the issue of gay marriage, or they will follow the path of Roe V. Wade and make something up out of whole cloth. These are days of incredible consequence on so many fronts, and yet the Lord is speaking to us about turkeys for Thanksgiving.

It actually is not as odd as it sounds, when you get right down to it. Even as the Lord told us about the turkeys, he said it is a result of a war that is going on for the hearts of people. He told us that people do not have thankful hearts. Isn’t it funny that we celebrate Thanksgiving, yet each year it becomes more evident that people really are not all that thankful? Even among those who are grateful for what they have, many no longer know whom to thank. This lack of thankfulness comes at a cost. Thanksgiving has become a holiday for hypocrites who gather to give thanks, and yet do not. This hypocrisy has left an opening for Satan’s minions to launch an attack.

If you have been following the news in recent weeks, you have seen the beginning of the attack. You know that the bird flu has made sudden inroads in the midwest, in of all places, turkey farms. I just read an Associated Press article that states,

A bird flu outbreak that has puzzled scientists spread to three more Midwest turkey farms, bringing the number of farms infected to 23 and raising the death toll to more than 1.2 million birds killed by the disease or by authorities scrambling to contain it. (See full article HERE).

What seemed very odd on February 10th now comes into clear focus. A bird flu outbreak on turkey farms, an outbreak that is puzzling scientists, is decimating flocks in the midwest and has already cost the lives of over a million birds. While at this point I would suspect that this isn’t enough dead turkeys to threaten our Thanksgiving turkey supply, it is a significant start to something that could become epidemic among turkey farms. If that happens, there will no doubt be a turkey shortage for Thanksgiving.

I’m certainly not writing this so that readers in the United States begin to horde turkeys, or rush out to the store to get their Butterball brand birds before the November holiday draws near. I am writing this as an intercessory alert. When the Lord shows us a problem, he usually shows us a solution. That solution is his intercessory people.

The enemies of light intend to spread their darkness by taking advantage of a gap that now exists between our land and the grace and protection we need over our food supply. Those enemies, the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places, have released a disease intended to ravage turkey flocks across the United States, and to spread economic ruin and fear among those who make their living providing turkeys to the United States populace. The shift in spiritual climate in the United States, in this case the lack of truly thankful hearts even on a holiday dedicated to thankfulness, has created an opening—a gap through which the wicked ones can inject their evil designs. That is the reason this outbreak is puzzling scientists. It has spiritual roots. They will not be able to handle it unless they get our assistance.

The wicked ones will succeed with their evil intent unless there are intercessors who are willing to step into the gap, who are willing to grab the censers of intercessory authority and petition, and then stand between the plague and the rest of the turkey farms to prevent the spread of disease and destruction. That is the reason the Lord spoke to us on February 10th. He was preparing this intercessory call in order to foil Satan’s evil intent.

But we can’t just pray for turkeys. They are only a symptom of the problem. Our true problem is spiritual. Our nation is being infected by a deadly disease: the lack of thankfulness. As we lift up prayers on behalf of the birds, let’s also ask the Lord for the spiritual reformation we so desperately need as a nation. Perhaps if we do, we will not only have enough turkeys for thanksgiving, but those who are eating those turkeys might do so with truly thankful hearts.

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