Category Archives: Prophetic Themes

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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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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Aging is Indeed a Disease

timelineAs I have chewed on the concept of time, I have considered how something that was intended to bless us has become a harbinger of disease and death. In Eden, before the Fall, time would have passed without negative impact on Adam or Eve. Ten thousand years might have passed, and Adam and Eve would have looked and felt as they had on day one. Time, as it was created, did no harm to human beings. While the passage of time would have brought the young to maturity and robust adult life, the maturation process would have stopped there.

Of course, that is not the case since Adam and Eve fell. The passage of time now can wreak havoc on the human body. Although the elderly only made up 13% of the population of the United States in 2010, their medical care was 34% of the overall health care expenditures that year. As people age, it is normal in this fallen world that their health fails.

If you look up the word disease in the dictionary, you will find a definition like this one from Merriam-Webster online: a condition that prevents the body or mind from working normally. If normal is the state of being that we attain at full maturity, it is obvious that aging is most certainly a disease. As we age, our bodies no longer do the same things that they were capable of doing at the age of twenty-five when, for the most part, our bodies worked normally. The aging process often prevents the body or mind from working normally.

We must understand and embrace this concept if we ever want to overcome it. We have little power over the things we accept as normal in our lives. If we believe increasing limitation is normal for a Christian, we will never strive to overcome it. We will counsel the elderly to accept their lot, taking Solomon’s description of the aging process as normative, quoting the words of wisdom from Ecclesiastes about how to adjust to our “under the sun” existence (see Ecclesiastes 12:1-7).

And while we may think it is wise to accept our condition, we live in a far different covenant than Solomon did. We live in the Kingdom, and it advances as forceful people take hold of it. Jesus once called his disciples and “gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness” (Matthew 10:1 NASB). Jesus’ disciples were given authority to heal every kind of disease and sickness. Old age is a disease. Many of the maladies that the disciples healed, without any doubt, were maladies brought on by old age. In the same way that Jesus freed a woman who had been bound by a demonically imposed arthritic disease for eighteen years (see Luke 13:10-14), they also would have freed the elderly from the diseases that bound them.

Since our King doesn’t change, and since we carry his authority (see Matthew 16:19 and Matthew 18:18f.), he stills sends his disciples to take on this scourge. When he stated that signs would follow those who believed, he included sickness and disease. That means that he has given us authority over old age.

But here is the important point: We will not pray against aging unless we recognize it as the disease that it truly is.

Aging is a manifestation of death in our lives. It is our enemy. The Lord had warned Adam that in the day he rebelled, there would be consequences. “For in the day you eat, dying you will die” (Genesis 2:17b My Translation). Most translations render the infinitive absolute as, “you will surely die.” That is certainly an appropriate way to translate an infinite absolute. However, it is also legitimate to translate it as I have. The Hebrew literally states, “Dying, you will die.” The Lord was warning Adam of death in all of its implications, including the aging process. When Adam disobeyed, death began to reign, and humanity began to age. However, the second Adam has defeated death. We are now in the process of overcoming it. Every healing, every resurrection, every prayer for good health is applying Christ’s victory against our enemy, death.

The apostle Paul wrote of Jesus, “For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:25-26 NIV). While Christ has defeated death already, we are in the process of applying his victory to our world. We, as his Body, are putting all his enemies under his feet. We will have reached maturity, and Christ will return, after we have placed death under his feet. It is the last enemy to be overcome.

If Moses, who lived under a covenant of death (see 2 Corinthians 3:7-11), overcame aging, how much more should we, who live under the covenant of life, strive to overcome it? The mandate to overcome death in all its forms is not a part of the covenant Moses initiated. But that mandate is most certainly is in our covenant.

How can we overcome it, if we aren’t even trying?

If Dylan Thomas had been a theologian, and understood that the Kingdom advances as forceful people push forward, he might have phrased his famous verse this way:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and flame at close of day;
Pray, pray against the dying of the light.

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