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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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Whatever You Bind on Earth

IreneCoverLast week Wednesday was the fifteenth anniversary of the day Hurricane Irene devastated South Florida with a surprise strike as a category four hurricane—oh wait, that is what was supposed to happen. Instead, because the Lord spoke to a group of his people, we knew about it a year in advance, so it wasn’t a surprise to us. In addition, we also knew the storm’s name, where it was going to hit, that the National Hurricane Center would drop the ball and not issue hurricane warnings for our area, and we knew it would be a category four storm unless God’s people in our county picked up the invitation to oppose it in united prayer. Because God spoke to his people, and because we responded, we were able to set an ambush for Satan. Hurricane Irene was barely a hurricane when it hit South Florida. It hit by surprise, as the Lord had shown us, but instead of thousands dying in an unexpected monster storm, God’s Kingdom authority was validated. Since then, many have taken up the mantle of faith and authority over the elements. This is an anniversary worth celebrating.

Often, when I would speak with the late Bob Jones, one of my prophetic mentors, he would tell me that we needed to get the word out about what God has done to build faith for Kingdom authority in South Florida. I finally listened. Just on time for the fifteenth anniversary of Irene, I have published the story that started us on the path to understanding (and to calmer hurricane seasons). It is called Whatever You Bind On Earth: Authority to Stop Hurricanes. It is, first and foremost, an invitation to use the Keys of Kingdom Authority. It is also a historical record of how God warned about Hurricane Irene, and it is incontrovertible evidence that God still speaks today. The first copies of the book actually arrived on October 15th, the exact day of the fifteenth anniversary of Hurricane Irene’s visit to South Florida.

Here is what the back cover of the book says:

On October 1, 1999, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, aired an interview with a pastor who claimed God had spoken to his congregation about Hurricane Irene, a storm that had not yet formed. The pastor explained where the storm would hit, that it would hit by surprise, and that God had invited his people to pray so that it would not devastate South Florida. You can still see that interview at HurricaneIrene.com. Hurricane Irene hit South Florida by surprise two weeks after the interview ran. It hit where the pastor said it would hit. This book recounts how God prepared a people to stand in the gap for South Florida, and invites you to take your place using the keys of authority that Jesus granted to his Church. You will learn how to stand in the gap for your community, and you will be inspired to seek the Lord and his voice at an even higher level.

Here is what I wrote in the preface of the book:

On October 1, 1999, WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, aired a report on a church in Coral Springs, Florida, which had predicted that a hurricane named Irene would strike southeast Florida by surprise.

That interview, broadcast twelve days before the storm that would become Hurricane Irene had even formed, has become eloquent testimony for the veracity of everything contained in this book.

You can read this book without watching the interview, available at the link below. However, if you watch the video, you will want to continue reading this book.

The video is evidence that God still speaks.

Here is the video:

The book is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle ebook format: Amazon Link

If you decide to read the book, please post a review at the Amazon site. We need to get the word about our authority out. This book is also great for unbelievers as a witness to the living God, and for those who do not believe God still speaks, since it demonstrates that he does.

If you are interested in bulk purchases for your church, group, or bookstore, contact me through the “Contact Me” menu above.

Thank you for your support.

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A Royal Crown for Wales

RCLogoI enjoy it when the Lord backs up a prophetic word with a sign in the heavens. This happened for me in Wales back in 1999. That Spring, I was meeting with a group of pastors at Cornerstone Church in Swansea, and gave them a word about God’s 11:11 time for them. I spoke about God’s plans and purposes for his people in Wales. It involved double blessing and more. Sometime after we left Wales, someone sent me a newspaper headline about the solar eclipse of August 11 that year. It announced that the eclipse would take place exactly at 11:11 AM in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Many saw the eclipse as a sign in the heavens that confirmed the word I had given.

I love it when God backs you up.

Now it has happened again.

The Lord began to speak to me about Wales and a royal crown in April of this year. He began to show this to me by emphasizing Randy Clark’s initials (RC). I knew that Randy was ministering at the New Wine Cymru Leadership conference in Swansea toward the end of May. Obviously, I was even more intrigued because Randy and I share the same initials. The Lord then showed me it was about a royal crown by showing me the Royal Crown Cola logo. I know that this type of communication might sound a bit odd to some, but if God often uses you prophetically, you will understand this is normal communication from the Lord. Just look at Jeremiah’s almond tree, and you will see the Lord’s love of puns and images (see Jeremiah 1:11f).

I didn’t do anything with this word at that time, because I knew that the Lord will often confirm something he has shown me by also speaking to my wife, Dawn. I didn’t tell Dawn about what the Lord was showing me, but waited patiently trusting that the Lord would confirm the word if it was important. I did not wait in vain.

On May 13th of this year, just a few days before I was scheduled to travel to Wales, she told me that the Lord had said that he was intending to restore the royal crown to Wales. Because the Lord had not only confirmed the word, but had also given me more insight, I knew this was an important word. I knew it was a promise for the country, but I did not understand the fullness of what it meant. I knew that since I was an American, the concept of royalty and crowns would speak more to those who lived in their culture than it did to me. So as I have travelled in Wales this year, starting at the New Wine Cymru Leadership conference in May, I have asked the leaders with whom I have connected what they thought this word might mean. I have received answers ranging from apostolic authority to national sovereignty, from playing a key role in preparing the Bride for the King of Kings to full scale revival.

I still haven’t locked down on the fullness of what the Lord means at this time, but I do know he has affirmed that this topic is important. As I wrote above, he has done it again; he has once again confirmed a prophetic word that I have given in Wales with a sign in the heavens.

On August 31 of this year, a new asteroid was discovered named 2014 RC. On September 7, it flew by earth at a distance of about 25,000 miles (a tenth of the distance to the moon). It was a stunning reminder of how many uncharted asteroids there are, and how close they can come to the earth. It was also a sign in the heavens. Its name, 2014 RC, was a confirming sign of the word that the Lord had given to me. If you are tempted to believe that it is just a quirky coincidence that the asteroid also shared the initials RC, you really do not understand the ways of the Lord. This is a sign for those who do understand, and who believe that the Lord still communicates to his people today.

In May and June I spoke to Welsh leaders about the Royal Crown for Wales. On September 7, the Lord sent a sign to confirm this message for the people and leaders of Wales. I am writing this message, explaining the word in far more detail, so that those with ears to hear will be able to hear what the Lord is saying to us.

If I get more on its meaning, I will post more on this topic. For now we know that God’s move in Wales is an important part of his current agenda. I invite you to pray for that country, and that his people there would step into the fullness of their destiny. I also ask that you invite the Lord to speak to you about the meaning of this sign for his people.
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It is Time to Reap Now

HarvestWhich would you rather do? Would you rather sow, or would you rather reap? I do not believe this question is difficult. I suspect the majority of us prefer the harvest. It’s not that we hate sowing, it’s just that there is so much uncertainty about it. Will the seed take? Will the weeds choke out the fruitfulness? What about the bugs, and the predators that eat the immature fruit? It’s even more interesting when we leave the realms of physical farming and venture into the realms of the spirit. When we venture there, we aren’t even certain that we will be the ones harvesting the crop. It can feel like all we ever do is sow, and that we rarely see the harvest on a major scale.

I can’t begin to remember the amount of spiritual seed I have sown, nor can I remember every piece of ground into which I have sown it. I have been immensely gratified, even moved to tears of joy, when I see that seed taking root and beginning to produce fruit in the lives of God’s children. However, like many of you who are reading this, I have sown far more into my geographical area, and into the ministry I am privileged to serve, than I have harvested. It has definitely been a time to sow; it has been a time to patiently plant good spiritual seed into whatever ground the Lord has given us, without worrying about whether we would ever see the fullness of the harvest. Faithful servants die to their own ambitions and follow the path that their master has laid out for them—I know I am preaching to the choir; you understand this. For the most part, those who are laboring for the Kingdom have been sowing for future harvest without thought of immediate return. But now it is time to reap.

The Lord spoke those words to us quite recently. He gave them to us in a way that emphasized that the the focus is moving from planting to reaping. Where until now, our major energy has been released in planting, it will now shift to the equally labor intensive job of reaping. We are still going to be working, but we will note that our focus has changed in response to the need.

That doesn’t mean that we are done with the whole seedtime and harvest thing. There is a creation principle which governs how things work in our physical world so that sowing and reaping will continue. There are also spiritual principles which govern how things work in the spiritual world, so we will continue to sow all sorts of seeds, looking toward even more harvest. That is what we do; God’s people sow into his Kingdom and his people. However, the main point that he is emphasizing now is that the harvest will soon be greater than any seeds we have sown could possibly produce. We are going to begin receiving the harvest, not just of what we have sown, but of what others have sown before us. It is time for supernatural results to spring forth from all that seed that countless generations have sown. It is time for the great cloud of witnesses to enjoy watching all their seed spring forth in fruitful harvest. It is also, most definitely, time for Jesus to receive the reward of his sacrifice.

When will this begin? We heard, “It is time for reaping.” That sounds like now, doesn’t it?
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A Fountain of Hope

HopeSchools out, literally. I have posted very few things since January because I was teaching a first year New Testament Greek class. As any teacher knows, that first time through takes more time than you can imagine as you prepare and plan the lessons for the first time. Some of you may have wondered if the amount of revelation has dropped off. Actually, it has increased, but time constraints being what they are, those revelations did not make it to this blog during the past three or four months. Hopefully, that will change now that school is out.

Notice that word “hopefully” in the previous sentence. The Lord is beginning to teach us about hope. He has stated quite clearly that he is beginning to release fountains of hope in various geographic locations around the world. He actually told us the number he was releasing. I was a bit taken aback by the apparent paucity of hope fountains. This is a very big world with billions upon billions of people populating it, and I couldn’t imagine a limited number of these fountains. However, the Lord also indicated that this was only the beginning.

He also highlighted several other things about hope. It really doesn’t take much hope to make a major change in a person’s life. He has designed us so that hope has a major impact on our lives, and even on our bodies. He went so far as to show us that many heart attacks are caused by a lack of hope. I don’t know about you, but when I hear something like that, my head swims with all the implications. At the very least it implies that when we step into hope, the chemistry in our bodies change to the point that it can impact our arteries, our blood flow, and our hearts. I’ll let the biology majors sort all those details, however, the medical sciences have long known that a patient with hope has a much greater chance than those without it. That is why many doctors strive to leave room for hope.

Hope also has a spiritual impact on us. It is the doorway through which love enters a room. When we hope, our love grows. When we hope that even the most messed up, miserable people can be touched by God and his possibilities, our love for them blossoms because we can imagine the incredible potential God has locked inside everyone of his people. As a result we are willing to sacrifice for them in an effort to unlock that potential (the true essence of love is sacrifice, not warm fuzzy feelings). Thus hope can change how we relate to one another.

Hope is vitally important for the world in which we live. Satan plans to steal our hope, but God will thwart Satan’s plan. He always does. He is releasing fountains of hope for just this purpose. Satan’s kingdom will be shaken by these hope fountains.

The Lord did show us one specific geographic location that, honestly, was breathtaking in its significance. It is a place that is often in the news for the terrorism and bloodshed that constantly occurs there. It is a place where the world has given up hope. As one looks at it, it is in an utterly hopeless mess. But the Lord intends to establish a fountain there. And in so doing, he will demonstrate to the world that his fountains are capable of overcoming utter hopelessness.

I will be watching with anticipation.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)

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