11, 111 & 11-11

It’s been a while since I have written on the numbers 11, 111 & 11-11 and I feel now – with the date 11-11-11 approaching – is a good time to revisit these.

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God communicates in various ways and in diverse manners. One way that he catches the attention of some is through the repetition of numbers. Recently a young man who had just been saved came to me. Almost as soon as he was saved he started seeing a series of numbers over and over. He began to photograph these numbers when he saw them with his phone and showed me some of the photos. It was indeed remarkable to see some of the circumstances in which the series of numbers occurred. I was able to give him an interpretation which was a great encouragement to him and gave him some direction.

The numbers 111 and 11-11 have been occurring to a number of folks lately and I would like to look at the spiritual message behind these. The number 111 generally speaks to me of the word of the Lord coming – it usually is a substantiation that I have (1) heard something from the Lord and (2) He is now confirming that it indeed was Him that spoke. Jeremiah 1:11 says, “Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, …”. Jeremiah 11:1 says, “The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, …”

First a few things on the number 11 – there is a bit on the number 11 in my book also. To put this in context, the number 10 stands for ordinal perfection, and 12 stands for governmental perfection. 11 stands for transition and sometimes that can indicate disorder. It can also represent “approaching the end” or nearing completion – the “11th hour.” The prophetic voice crying in the wilderness was like this, “prepare the way of the Lord.” I’ll ask you to think “prophetically” for these next ones -

The first verse in the bible to use the word “prophet” is also the first verse in the bible to use the word “pray.” Gen 20:7, “Now therefore, restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live…” this shows us 1+1equals the prophetic. Genesis 41:32 says, “And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.” The word for established should more properly be “confirmed.” It happened twice and was confirmed, this is a prophetic attribute. (Acts 15:32 (KJV), “And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them”). “It will shortly come to pass” is often an attribute of both the number 11, and the prophetic.

When most people see the two dreams they see them as 1+1=2, but prophetically we can see them as 1+1=11, events in transition. The prophetic is a bridge between events, between administrations, between changes in our lives, etc. It is like a bridge in that it helps us “crossover.” When I have gotten the numbers 11-11, I look to Deut 11:11, “but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven.” Sort of a prophetic confirmation (11 twice). Also the prophetic usually points a direction, which this verse certainly does. The prophetic is generally edification, exhortation, and comfort as it helps us get moving in the direction of our destiny and calling. What is the Lord pointing them toward in their own life, and which direction is He pointing them to – the “land which drinks water from the rain of heaven.”

The knowing of the prophetic word alone can bring disorder (11), but the acting upon the prophetic word can bring life (Gen. 20:7), and bring us into a place of blessing, or destiny (Deut 11:11). I think of the old Three Dog Night (111?) song “One is the loneliest number”, the prophetic all alone is like loneliness doubled (remember Elijah “I alone am left”) – but the Lord said that was not the case and sent him to raise up others. He made the cross-over.

The prophetic needs a great deal of mentoring because alone it can bring disorder – but with ordinal wisdom, and governmental wisdom (represented through study and mentoring, numbers 10 & 12), the prophetic brings life. I think we can all recall people new to, or young in, the prophetic who were not well grounded in the Word or put a prophetic interpretation above the Word of God, and also those who will not come into, or seek out, mentoring. These were in that category of “disorderly” – this is the number 11, it is also the prophetic.

Over the years I have noticed that these types of inspirations go in seasons or cycles. People may not realize they are in a season that others are also going through, but someone like myself who communicates with many folks from around the globe can see these waves come and go, and come again. It is not limited to 111 or 11-11 or 444, 222 or other numerical revelations that have been written about, but never the less it is the same Lord communicating in various, and sometimes odd, ways to get our attention. People are surprised – and relieved – when they search for meaning and find that someone has written an explanation to these things. I know this because I get letters and e-mails telling me so. Because of this I sometimes have a confirmation of a pulse I am sensing in the spirit. I believe these number revelations are part of His unveiling of secret things, bigger than any of us could quite comprehend individually, yet it is needful that the Lord act in order to bring His will to pass. Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever…” The 11-11 has been showing up for a time, and more frequently with a number of people. The excitement that comes from an “unveiling” of communication from the Holy Spirit is a joy to behold. As the spirit unveils things often there are “layers” that are pulled back to reveal additional information.

As the number 11-11 is unveiled further there is an additional yet very important aspect as a part of the 11-11 occurrences, it is found in the first part of Isaiah 11:11 which says, “It shall come to pass in that day That the Lord shall set His hand again the second time To recover the remnant of His people who are left, …” What I believe the Lord is adding to the first portion of the message is that some people need to know that they have not been missed, and you have not missed out. No matter the circumstance, the Lord is encouraging you that He is offering another opportunity to cross over. A second chance to act upon the inspiration that He has given. The offer is still good, take hold of it and cross over into that new place and allow the blessings of God’s order to come into focus in your life. You will not be sorry you did. Transition is not always easy, but with the Lord, it will lead us into greater realms of glory, and He guides all the way. As I stated in the beginning, God communicates to us in various and sundry ways. He often will use the natural world around us, and the world that man has created, he communicates to us through the things we see and encounter in our daily lives and is able to edify, encourage and sustain us spiritually. Truly He never leaves us, but is always communicating his love towards us.

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A Tale of Two Revolutions

Both the American and the French revolutions had significant effect upon the history of mankind, but in very divergent ways. The American revolution was the first time in history that men created a government based upon the principles that God was sovereign over man and man was sovereign over government. The Declaration of Independence placed before mankind in language so simple that any could comprehend that all mankind was equal in the sight of God and therefore had a right to expect equal treatment from their government. It explained that rights were given by God and not by government and certain rights were inalienable including those foundational rights of life, liberty, and property.

The French revolution was based upon the cry of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity! Equality in this case meant something very different than in the American context. It did not mean equal in the sight of God or the equal distribution of legal justice; it instead attempted to equally distribute resources and hence became the first socialist revolution. While the American revolution was brought to a head over the theory of authority to tax, the French revolution was brought to a head over the cost of bread – people were hungry. Karl Marx looked to the French revolution as the example for a Marxist revolution, and in fact Vladimir Lenin took this view in promoting the Russian communist revolution.

The values of these two revolutions are being exposed before our eyes today. Many of the recent uprisings of the middle east have been compared to the American cry for liberty; but, in truth, these events have more in common with the French revolution’s cry for bread. In our own country we have two opposing movements – one promoting liberty and freedom, and the other for social “justice” and redistribution of property. We see these each being played out in the public sphere very nicely with the recent activities of the TEA Parties and the Occupy Wall Street gatherings.

The TEA Parties were spawned from a frustration felt by many Americans in regard to perceived abuses of government; overspending and unconstitutional moves into the private sector of society to “spread the wealth around.” The Acronym T.E.A. stands for Taxed Enough Already and provided a common vision and foundation for the gathering of ideas and expression of legitimate civil outcry and expression of complaint against a government out of control. The subtle reference is to the Boston Tea Party where the Sons of Liberty, as American Patriots, clearly drew the line as to the limits of the King’s authority over their liberties. This reference was more than subtle in the TEA parties’ continual reference to American history including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and the history of resisting tyranny. It is common to see people dressed as Betsy Ross, George Washington, Thomas Paine and others of the founding generation at TEA party gatherings.

Clearly this is a movement to rediscover our American roots and the foundations of our American Liberty and to call the federal government back to constitutional limits. It is a broad movement which has already had a great effect at the polls and in electing representatives who are being asked to turn things back toward the roots of the Republic. While the rallies have been widely criticized in the national press – when they were covered at all – they were usually covered in such a way to give the impression that this was a small group of extremist ideologues. Yet, in reality, these TEA Party gatherings have drawn hundreds of thousands of participants to rallies in hundreds of cities and regions across the nation and motivated thousands of people to vote their convictions to reign in the Federal Government.

More recently we have seen the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. There seems to be at least one common grievance that is the same between the two groups. Both groups seem to agree that mixing capitalism and socialism does not work well. However that may be the extent of the agreement. The TEA party tends to believe that capitalism should be consistent and no one is too big to fail when they have made poor business decisions and investments. The Occupy protestors do not have as big a problem with bailouts for the “big guys” as they do with the inconsistency that the social redistribution seems to be primarily one way. The TEA Party prefers capitalism and the free market all the time and the other leans toward increased socialism. The one repeated rallying cry of the “Occupy” folks is “We are the 99%”. This is one of the few discernable clear points that seems to be consistent with these protests is that “we” are the majority, and we have the right to take from a rich minority to enrich ourselves, and the government should do this for the majority. In his 1835 classic Democracy in America, French historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, called this the “Tyranny of the Majority.” Yet the “Occupy” events that now exist, in reality, are a representation of a small group of people – far from a majority. These events, beginning in New York City and spreading to about 20 or more cities, seem to be trying to make up with persistence and news coverage for the much fewer numbers of people participating. There are many well meaning people participating simply to show frustration with the way things currently are but they are far from representing the majority, and present a confused and in some cases a violent demonstration of their message. It makes sense that this would be the case, because the scripture says where there is confusion there is every evil work (James 3:16).

While the “Occupy” group is not even a large group at this time it is interesting – in a historical context – that they call themselves the 99%. This is the same tactic that was used by Vladimir Lenin in the Russian revolution when he called his movement the “Bolsheviks” which means “the majority.” His revolution was successful in a similar violent fashion as the French Revolution. I find it interesting that just as the TEA party demonstrations call upon the ideals of the American revolution, many “Occupy” protestors continually refer to the French Revolution . Numerous calls for violence have been published from various “Occupy” locations and thousands of arrests have been made across the country. In NYC alone violent crime, including the murder rate, has soared during the time of the protesting (although this is not being widely covered by the media outlets). In a widely distributed speech, one protestor openly called for violence as with the French Revolution and called Mahatma Gandhi “a tumor” because he preached non-violent civil disobedience, which the speaker said created a nation full of poor people where wealth is distributed un-evenly. This of course ignores the fact that India actually has the largest middle class of any nation on earth and it is rapidly expanding.

It is interesting to make note of some of the groups and nations that have endorsed the “Occupy” protests. Iran and Communist China, the Communist party of the USA, the Nazi party of the USA, David Duke the KKK leader, George Sorros, SEIU, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), Key Democratic leaders, and our president, to name a few. If one can tell anything from the friends one keeps perhaps this should tell us something important about the “Occupy” protests. Because of the look and dress of many of the “Occupy” protestors some people have taken to calling them the Flea Party. The acronym for FLEA is “For Lawlessness en’ Anarchy”.

One thing is certain – each of these groups is promoting values and ideals of a different revolution. Ideas have power and have influence upon the thoughts and minds, and both groups seek to influence the minds of Americans toward their desired results. To be sure both cannot win in the end as they are not compatible with one another.

Beliefs bring about change and change can be revolutionary. To be sure, America is in a transition and that transition has not, and probably will not, be easy. But it can lead to a better nation in the end depending upon the decision the real majority takes. It has been the advancement of the socialist agenda that has caused the reawakening of American revolutionary ideals in the past couple of years, and there is no reason to believe that these trends will abate. In fact, it is quite probable that both sets of ideals will be promoted to the American people until one set of values or the other prevails in remaking the nation.

It was the ideals that were espoused in colonial America that lead up to the American Revolution and a birth of freedom and personal liberty that the world had never before experienced. It took the intervention of the French fleet to help bring an end to the British aggression at Yorktown, where America won the war. It is possible that the demonstration of the ideals of the French revolution before the American public will cause more to awaken to the true blessings of the American ideals and the resultant blessings that follow.

John Adams is known as the father of American Independence, and in a letter to Thomas Jefferson in 1815 he wrote, “What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760 – 1775, in the course of fifteen years, before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington.”

Through the expression of dissatisfaction people across the nation are entering into discourse over possible solutions like has not happened in generations. This can be healthy and can lead to healthy corrections to the way Government has been run in the past few generations. It appears that there are two courses being offered to the nation with the choice of values and ideals of the American Revolution and those ideals laid down in the French Revolution. While some will say they are the same, or at least similar, they are very different and the end results will be quite divergent from one another. One led to smaller government, accountable to the people, and otherwise allowing them alone to live their lives as they saw fit; the other led to tyrannical centralized government with control over the very lives of the people. Time will tell which will be embraced by this generation of Americans. But I believe the die has been cast for a move to the direction of a new birth of freedom, if we will but awaken and take action.

Galatians 5:1, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” NASU

Suspend the Elections – Blow the Trumpets

It was Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets, the day I first heard North Carolina Democratic Governor Bev Perdue suggest that constitutional elections should be suspended. The reason being floated for suspending the elections was so that politicians could concentrate on the seriousness of the national problems rather than putting effort into being reelected. Even to suggest such an idea is chilling and ought to be sobering. While it is not unexpected, considering the people who are currently in power, it is nonetheless disturbing.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”
~Governor Bev Perdue

This is nothing to joke about. In the first few months of the present administration, many conversations were already being held about the next election and the presidential election of 2012. I recall hearing one prophetic voice, whom I have a very high regard for, state: “We need to pray that there will be an election in 2012!” And so I have been and will continue to pray.

The trouble is that there are those who agree with the Governor. The President, for one, has in at least two public addressees suggested that he would like to suspend Congress and just run things by executive order (dictatorial decree). He has done exactly this in many cases already. Daniel Webster warned, “The contest, for ages, has been to rescue Liberty from the grasp of executive power.”

Our country and our individual liberties are in more danger and under more sinister attack than ever before in history. Those who helped to create the serious problems with which we are now faced are suggesting that they not have the added pressure of the possibility of being replaced so they can concentrate on “fixing” the situation. Politicians are a unique lot. They are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign as the answer to the problem. Albert Einstein famously said, “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.” If anything, floating the idea of early elections to vote the people out who have done so much damage to our Republic in such a short period of time might actually be a popular suggestion! That’s only a joke.

Necessity has been used by many tyrants throughout history to usurp the liberty and property of citizens. Hitler, Mussolini, and Lenin all centralized power this way. Now I want to be clear and on the record that I am not comparing Obama to Hitler. Hitler was wildly popular when he usurped power. Obama is not. Yet there are other means by which power can be usurped and concentrated—a declared state of emergency, civil unrest, and martial law are only a few of them.

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent . . . The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning, but without understanding.”

Famous British Prime Minister, William Pitt, put it this way, “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

In response to Governor Perdue’s comment, Canadian journalist Judi McLeod wrote, “Now, when we have a narcissistic Obama plunging in the polls, a Democrat governor in North Carolina is pushing the envelope for suspending elections and covering up a notion she dropped a bombshell by claiming she was only using hyperbole to make a point for a Rotary Club. If the election were held tomorrow, Obama would go down in a landslide strikingly more humiliating than the shellacking he and his party got—and never got over—in the midterms. But the 2012 election is more than a year away, and the man who made it all the way to the most powerful office on earth sans identity documents has all the booty, and the absolute power it brings, at his command. North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue was not joking when she spoke about suspending elections. Nor did she pick the idea out of thin air. Perdue was giving the suspend-congressional-elections idea its first oxygen for her hell-bent-for-leather boss. It is crucial to not let this day go down without remembering what Perdue said.”

I am encouraged that our neighbors to the north are waking up to the seriousness of our situation. I only pray that my neighbors down the street and across the country awake as well. While on the local radio program Talk Back, the day previous to Gov. Perdue’s “suggestion,” I put forth that while we need good men and women to be involved in the process now more than ever, our problems are already beyond human remedy alone. While the old patriot flag with the saying “Don’t Tread On Me” has become popular, there was another flag used by the Sons of Liberty that read “Appeal to Heaven.” Perhaps we should dust this one off as well, for we need Divine guidance and intervention now more than ever. Yet I am more convinced than ever that if we appeal to heaven, heaven will answer, and God will act on our behalf. But we must awake and appeal.

On the Feast of Trumpets I was thinking about Ezekiel’s warning, and perhaps it is just as meaningful today as it was when he wrote it.

“When he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand” (Ezekiel 33:3-6).

Crisis of Change and the Debt Ceiling

Earlier this year when the Chinese president visited the United States there was a lot of discussion in the media over whether or not he should have received a state dinner at the White House. What really stood out to me was his airplane.

I noticed that he arrived in an Air China commercial jet – just one. It seemed a bit austere when compared to our president’s trip to Asia a few months earlier. On that trip the US President’s entourage included forty planes incorporating cargo planes with numerous armored cars and other vehicles and hundreds of staff.

What stood out to me so blatantly was the contrast between the national leader of China, who represents a nation living within its means, and loaning money to a Government which is vastly out spending its ability to repay its debt with no willingness to reign in the decadent spending at all.

Recently Mark Steyn, a Canadian columnist and commentator, wrote, “The salient feature of America in the Age of Obama is a failed government class institutionally committed to living beyond its means, and a citizenry, too many of whom are content to string along.” But, lately, more and more of the citizenry seem to be unwilling to “string along.”

An increasing number of people are becoming aware of the gravity of irresponsible spending and lavish expenditures well beyond the means of sustaining such opulence. The current administration is spending four billion dollars a day. Far beyond any previous administration, and far beyond any rational means of sustaining. The old remark comes to mind “a billion here – a billion there – and pretty soon we’re talking about a lot of money.”

All sarcastic wit aside, our nation is in a struggle for financial sustainability and survival. If we will take this struggle seriously and make some much needed adjustments now, we can come out of this struggle in a much better place and in good position to prosper in the future – with a much smaller and more streamlined federal government, that is much closer to its constitutional limits and mandates, could be done. If not, we will be in for some unpleasant readjustments.

When the Chinese President was preparing for his visit he gave some sobering warnings to the President and the Federal Government about their wonton disregard for economic ethics and seemingly blind dismissal of all warnings. Recently, warnings have even been offered by some leaders of South American nations whose nations have suffered the cataclysmic failures of out of control government opulence and the hyper-inflation which followed.

However, our nation has the heritage that not only made our nation great, but also has the potential to bring it out of the current crisis greater than ever before. We have the ability to triumph and succeed as part of our legacy, yet many, especially in the current administration, seem blind to it. Perhaps it can best be communicated to those of us in America by considering the words of one of the leaders from China, one of our greatest competitors.

When Jiang Zemin, the former leader of Communist China, was asked by author David Aikman what he would most like for his country, he replied, “I would like for my country to become a Christian nation.” Such a response from a communist leader was astonishing to Aikman.

Zemin continued, “One of the things we were asked to do was look into what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West over all the world. We studied everything we could from the historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective. At first, we thought it was because of a more powerful military. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic systems. But in the past 20 years we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. This is why the West is powerful. The Christian moral foundation of the social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics. We don’t have any doubt about this.” (From Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Changing the Global Balance of Power, by David Aikman.)

During times of national judgment leaders are often provided who have little or no maturity to identify or deal with the problems of national significance. Often they are even blind to the problem and therefore cannot comprehend workable solutions. Unfortunately we are experiencing this in our nation currently.

With the current debate raging over the federal deficient spending and the question of raising the national debt limit once again President Obama’s own words from a short time ago hold much value and insight for the current situation:

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” Barack Obama (March 20, 2006, prior to voting against a debt ceiling increase as Senator).

Currently he is unable or unwilling to take his own advice or follow his own example. This could be a sign of the confusion and judgment that is currently upon his administration.

Yet for those who are willing to open their eyes and seek divine influence – both individually and corporately -we have the possibility to have our eyes opened and receive change for the better.

Isa 55:6 – 7: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.”

Change is inevitable and change for the better is possible. We can choose to change for the better. We should look to the roots of our society which is in Christ and seek personal and corporate direction and renewal and we will find that the path to greatness and prosperity is still available. But we should do this while there is still time.

Rom 13:11 -12: “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”

Lloyd

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Air Traffic Control

When Jesus said to his disciples “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” it was because he found them sleeping when he had asked them to pray with him. He wanted them to watch and pray so that they could avoid temptation. This was at a time when he was going through pressure that made his temptation in the wilderness seem simple in comparison. The pressure was so great that he was sorrowful even unto death even before anyone laid a hand on him. He was sweating blood – literally – even before a thorn touched his brow or a rod his back.

I find it interesting that with all the pressure he was under he wanted the disciples to watch and pray with him so that they would not enter into temptation. He knew what was coming and knew that time in prayer would strengthen the spirit.

Lately there has been a lot of news coverage of air traffic controllers sleeping on the job. They are paid well to be modern-day watchmen. They work from special towers and with their equipment see into the distance and into the darkness and know what is coming long before it arrives. This is symbolic of the spiritual watchers who are called to be alert both night and day praying and listening for instructions from the Lord.

Before Jesus was crucified he had many instructions and warnings for the believers concerning the days ahead of them. He instructed them to watch and pray so that they might escape all the things that he was warning them about. A number of his warnings were concerning the destruction of Jerusalem and what signs would precede this. Historical reports from those days indicate that the Christian inhabitants of Jerusalem listened and watched and all were able to withdraw before the Roman legions sealed off all escape.

I have been praying about the air traffic controllers. Not only in light of safety for the many planes and people traveling by air, but in a spiritual sense. I have been wondering if there might be a warning in this for those of us who are called to be watchmen and women in a spiritual sense. Have any grown weary in well doing? The air traffic controllers who were found to be sleeping have been terminated. Situations could have been worse however. In a theater of war sentries are posted at night to watch for danger when others are resting. If a watchmen is found sleeping in a theater of war the punishment can be quite severe, because the consequences are so far reaching. In biblical times the punishment for sleeping on watch could be death.

Spiritually speaking those who are called to watch and pray can expect the singular blessing of hearing the voice of the Lord. There are numerous prophets in scripture who were spoken to by the Lord while they fulfilled their time as a watchman on the wall for their city. Both Habakkuk and Ezekiel have great examples of wonderful revelation that came to them while they were on watch. Habakkuk even seemed to expect the Lord to speak to him while he was on his post.

Hab 2:1 “I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me…”

A number of years ago I was awakened by the Holy Spirit with an unction to pray. My normal inclination when such a instruction would come would be to sit up in bed and begin to pray quietly for whatever came into my spirit. But not this time – I was very tired and didn’t feel like praying! I said “Lord I’m tired and I don’t want to pray, I want to sleep.” Again I heard “I want you to pray.” and again I protested. Then I heard “Alright then if you don’t want to pray, than turn on the light and read”. I groaned within myself a bit because I knew I could pray in the dark, and now I had to turn on the light. But with concern that things might get worse for me if I didn’t obey at this point I turned on the light and without looking reached for a book on my night stand. There are always books and magazines on my night stand and the one I happened to grab was one I had been reading previously. I opened the book to the place where the book mark had been placed weeks before and read the words “Those who sleep not bless Thee: they stand before Thy glory and bless and praise and extol … And here my eyes saw all those who sleep not: they stand before Him and bless and say: Blessed be Thou, and blessed be the name of the Lord forever and ever. And my face was changed.” I have to admit that at that point I closed the book and I prayed.

We are in unique times, potentially perilous, often opportune. We must be listening to the Lord and following His lead if we are going to escape peril and enter opportunity as it is presented. Those who will watch and listen can enter promises of great blessing for themselves and for others. In our day the word of the Lord is precious in and of its self, and is a great value to be treasured. Often what happens in the natural precedes what happens in the spiritual (1 Cor 15:46). We can learn something from the air traffic watchers – that those of us who are called to watch and pray are found at our post awake and alert when the Lord finds us.

Ezek 33:7 “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.”

Demonstrations and Turbulence

There certainly is a lot of unrest in the news these days! From Tunisia to Bahrain, from Greece to Ireland, there have been people in the streets demonstrating and sometimes rioting! What was recently in the middle east has now moved to the mid-west with demonstrators taking over the capital building in Madison, Wisconsin, and demonstrations brewing in a number of other states.

However, the differences between the demonstrations in a number of these countries is really striking. While the press has been portraying the rioting and demonstrations in the middle east as revolt against tyrannical governments this may not be the whole story. Tunisia was the first of the “Muslim nations” to begin the domino effect and, of all these nations, it may have been the most free. In Tunisia women could vote, have a drivers license, drive, do business without a male escort, and many other things that women are forbidden to do in most of the Islamic middle-east. In fact, the part that the women have had in bringing change to the region has been woefully under reported. Tunisia seemed to have the most free of the middle-eastern Islamic societies and yet they revolted. It’s anyone’s guess what type of society they will end up with – we do all pray it will be one that allows liberty for all through law.

The events are still changing rapidly in Libya, Egypt, and Bahrain, and are volatile in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran and other middle eastern nations, not to mention those surrounding Israel. But what has not been reported much as a major factor in all of these nations is the price of flour.

That’s right, for the citizens in most of these nations the most important factor in their daily expenditures is the price of corn, wheat, flour, rice and, thereby, the price of bread – which has been continually rising and shortages have been felt in some places. Recall the French Revolution was not so much about liberty as it was about the price of bread. A United Nations report listed its food price index at the highest level ever recorded. Surging prices have contributed to the political and social unrest from Tunisia to Iran, there have been riots in Algeria, Morocco, and Pakistan over food prices.

But it’s very different situation in the west. The riots and demonstrations in Europe are not directly related to the price of food, but to the reigning in of spending due to the huge amount of government debt which has caused cut-backs in social programs and benefit payments of various kinds.

Last spring I wrote about a prophetic experience I had in which the spirit impressed upon me not to allow the events of the enemy to “sneak up behind me” but to “look into the mirror to see what’s coming.” I also related the thought my wife had about the message on the rear view mirror which says “the objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.” [click here for article]

In my search for deeper meaning of this prophetic message I related how the events in Greece were a signal of what is behind us – our history – because of the democratic states which originated in Greece. Currently we are seeing the out-working, in part, of this prophetic word. The events in the mid-west are more closely related to the events which have occurred in Greece and other European nations than they are to the events unfolding in the middle east. Whereas the demonstrations in the middle east have to do with food and liberty, the demonstrations in Europe and currently in the USA, have more to do with government benefits being cut, and union workers demonstrating over limitations on benefits and not about food – at least not yet.

After I had that prophetic experience last spring I had the opportunity to share it with a highly respected economist who happens to be Greek. I asked him if he thought it was accurate and my interpretations were accurate? Upon hearing about this word, he immediately said he agreed with the conclusion and gave me a verse to back it up. He said he had received Zechariah 9:13 which says that the sons of Zion defeat the sons of Greece.

“For I have bent Judah, My bow, Fitted the bow with Ephraim, And raised up your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Greece, And made you like the sword of a mighty man.”

He said he was wounded in his Greek pride to know that the Greeks had lost a battle to the Israelites. But in checking history he found that there was no record of these two nations ever having fought. Upon more reflection he realized that this verse was speaking of the sons of faith defeating the sons of intellect. And so it is with looking to the Lord to understand what is coming. It is those who will prepare their hearts to act in faith, not through human intellect, who will understand what is going on and be prepared for things to come and have victory over them.

Prov 3:5-6 & Eph 6:12 combined -

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. … For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

The Egyptian Revolution

By now almost everyone is aware of the story of that ancient middle eastern nation – a cradle of civilization – which was ruled by a strict dictator. Although the dictator was western leaning, and supported in large part by the US government as a stabilizing force in the region, the people, over the years, grew weary of the heavy handed policies of their leader and longed for freedom. After decades under the oppressive rule the people rose up and, on Feb 11th , they forced the removal of their leader and celebrated a new day – for democracy they hoped. By the end of March they had a new constitution and in short order another leader. Of course, we are all aware of the fall of the Shah of Iran on Feb 11, 1979, and the ascendency of the Caliphate of Ayatollah Khomeini shortly thereafter. The dreams of democracy and freedom for the Iranian people were postponed even until this very day.

Almost the same scenario could be written for the ancient middle eastern nation of Egypt – a cradle of civilization – which was ruled by a strict dictator. Although the dictator was western leaning and supported in large part by the US government as a stabilizing force in the region – over the years the people grew weary of the heavy handed policies of their leader and longed for freedom. After decades under the oppressive rule the people rose up and on Feb 11th they forced the removal of their leader and celebrated an new day – for democracy they hope! And we all hope and pray with them.

Not much has been carried in the media about the travesties being committed against the Coptic Christians (Egyptian Orthodox Church) under the cover of the demonstrations. Christians were beaten, murdered and Christian churches were bombed. The Christian minorities were (and are) being targeted by Islamist extremists in Egypt. Does this mean that freedom in Egypt is only for Muslims?

Is it merely coincidence that both the dictator of Iran and the dictator of Egypt were deposed on the exact same date 32 years apart? Certainly both peoples desired freedom – but desire and obtaining are not one in the same.

It has been said that history belongs to the intercessors. If that is true than I don’t think we should ignore this opportunity to pray that something better is attained for the people of Egypt – all the people of Egypt. To be sure there are forces at work in the country to bring about the same result that happened in Iran, only under the Sunni form of Islam, whereas Iran is Shia. Still there is room for hope that something better can come out of this and that the Egyptians themselves can take a page from Iranian history and not allow the extremists into power. But one thing is sure – the power vacuum will be filled – either by good or by evil leadership. Currently the military has seized the power – not a good sign for democratic rule, but also not as bad as a Caliphate. There is time to join with those freedom loving souls in Egypt and pray for safety and freedom for all. Certainly an Egypt which protects every citizens right to life and freedom to worship would be a stabilizing force in the region. It is possible, but not historically probable. We have a chance to change history by joining in prayer with all those who are truly crying out for liberty in Egypt. Ben Franklin once said, “Where liberty dwells, there is my country” – may it be so in Egypt.

2 Cor 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

Prayer and the Tradegy in Tucson

Last Monday a number of praying citizens converged upon our State Capital building and proceeded to pray for the incoming representatives before they took their oath of office and began the legislative session. We began and ended in the rotunda and in between prayed throughout the Capital building. Every seat in the legislative hall was prayed over and anointed. One of the things I emphasized as we closed, before sharing in refreshments with the many people present, was 1 Tim 2:1-3:

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

This is something I try to carry out daily in my own personal life. I pray for the president and his family and their health and safety. I pray for other elected officials from local school boards to the governor. I pray for lots of other people who are in authority who are not elected, like our military and fist responders, our church leaders, and our business leaders.

On one day last week I turned on the Television while I sat down for a late lunch. I listened to an interview with a congresswoman from Arizona and I liked some of the things she was proposing to save money – like giving congress a pay cut. She had voted for the liberal Health Care Law, but seemed to be trying to move a bit to the right in light of the changes in the makeup of congress since the election. I can’t say when it was, but sometime after that I had a thought about Leo Ryan who was the only member of congress ever to be killed while in office. He was killed while investigating the Jim Jones cult in Guyana, South America. While few other jobs can come close to being as safe as a member of congress is, with only one casualty while in the line of duty in almost two hundred and a quarter years, I added this to my prayers because the bible says the Spirit of God helps us to pray when we don’t know the details on how to pray (Rom 8:26).

Like all of America I was horrified to hear of the horrific shooting which had just taken place in Tucson, AZ, on Saturday. I was familiar with the congresswomen who it seems was the object of the assassin’s activities because she was the same one I had seen interviewed only a day before. I prayed fervently for her and the other wounded individuals and the families of those who had died, including a conservative Federal judge who had stopped by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ event to say hello.

As reports came in I felt nothing but disdain for the acts of such a coward as Jared Loughner, the shooter. My shock and disdain escalated though at the behavior exhibited by many of the politically liberal individuals who were interviewed in light of the shooting. I was astounded at how quickly blame was being flung against conservatives and the military. The shooter was described as a possible member of the Tea Party, as a returning veteran of the Afghan war, all without any evidence, and all turned out to be false. If you will recall this is the same thing that happened when the car bomb was discovered in Times Square, when, without any evidence, the Mayor said he was sure it was placed by some conservative who was upset about the Health Care legislation. I don’t recall any apology when the Islamic Terrorist who set the bomb was captured while trying to flee to the middle east.

In fact, Jared Loughner was described by a former classmate “as I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy.” Don’t hold your breath waiting for a retraction from those who have blamed conservatives or veterans because it’s doubtful you will hear of one.

Rather than apologize for their vitriol these folks now seem to be repeating a mantra that the discourse has gotten too course in this country and we need to tone it down. This they say even as they point fingers and try to affix blame on their political opponents. It seems they want everyone to “tone it down” except their own selves. Wasn’t it the president that called his opponents “enemies”, wasn’t it his chief of staff that said “never waste a crisis” but use every crisis to grab more power and push the liberal agenda further? Wasn’t it the president’s Homeland Security director who released the report warning that the likely terrorists would come from conservatives and returning veterans? It’s no wonder that the folks who digest these things without considering the facts jump to conclusions and false accusations so quickly.

It’s really a shame – but these folks are shameless. Most folks want to reflect and pray for the families who have been so deeply affected by these horrific events. However, in the present climate, one is wise not to let down his guard, as the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

Habakkuk, the Old Testament prophet was a watchman, and he wrote that as he stood on the wall guarding the city that he expected God to speak to him while he was on duty. It was during this time on the wall that he received what was to become one of the most re-written quotes in the bible “the just shall live by his faith.”

My heart was both broken and encouraged as I listened to the words of the mother who lost her darling little nine year old to the lunatic’s rampage on Saturday as she expressed her loss but also expressed her faith and how her faith was sufficient to see her through. May we all remember that example as we continue to pray for those effected by such a tragedy, but remain as watchmen in faith.

The Baby, The Light of the World

Recently some good friends who are part of the FLInt Net family traveled from their home in New Delhi India to the city of Bangalore, in the “Silicon Valley” of India. Their mission was to plant a new church there. They told of many wonderful acts of God while they were there, and miracles and deliverance for people abounded. There is one story I would like to relate to you here.

There was a Muslim, I’ll call him Yosef, who had received a dream which was perplexing him. He took it to various people for an interpretation but could find no one to help him. Finally it was recommended that he take his dream for interpretation to Pastor James and his family who were down from New Delhi.

In his dream the man was traveling down a road until he came to a crossroad. At the crossroad was a holy man who spoke to him saying “if you want your life to continue on as it has been continue on this road, but if you want to change and receive all that you desire than turn here and follow this road.” So Yosef made the turn and began to ask himself “what is it that I desire above all else?” He concluded that what he desired more than anything else was children, he loved children. As he traveled and as he made this decision he met a woman and the woman had a baby boy. She said to him that she knew that he wanted children and he could have this one and she handed him to Yosef. He went away rejoicing with the baby and began to show him to people that he met along the way. But some people came after him and began to tell Yosef that he could not keep this baby and that the woman surly did not intend for him to take the baby but only hold it. So Yosef went to find the woman to ask if she had really given the baby to him? When he located the woman he asked her “did you give this baby for me to keep or only to hold, is this baby mine or yours?” She answered that she had given him the baby for him to keep, but that it was not only a gift for him, but for the whole world. At this moment the woman lifted the baby up in her arms and he began to glow and glowed brighter and brighter until he became a great light and filled the earth.

Once Pr. James heard this story he said “it seems like God is trying to tell you about the Lord Jesus, because he is the child that was given to the whole world and he is the light of the world and was sent to show us salvation and the path to God.

Yosef said “is this the same Jesus whom the Koran says was a prophet and ascended into heaven and will return to judge the whole earth?” “Yes” answered James, “and it seems He is interested in your life.” Yosef accepted the interpretation and stated that it must be near to His coming to judge the earth if He is calling to people in such a way. Yosef has joined himself to the church and has been attending ever since.

And so it is at this time of year that we celebrate the coming of Jesus to the world in Bethlehem as a baby placed in a manger. He said He was the Way the Truth and the Life and the Light of the world. It is with His words in mind that I wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and the most prosperous of New Years.

John 8:12, “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”