In the days before radar and GPS navigation a ship’s captain depended on a good man with excellent vision in the crow’s nest to see what was coming just over the horizon. Depending on the mission he was looking for whales, ice bergs or perhaps the first glimpse of enemy vessels.
Regardless of mission– that man high in the rigging was always watching for changes in the weather. It was important to see signs, batten down the hatches and judge the building clouds of whatever was heading into their path. It was his job to sing out the warning to the crew below.
Then as now, we are sometimes called to sing out warnings. This blog is called Feverseason not only because I am slowly putting together a Civil War novel of the same name, but, because we live in that prophetic season where things are heating up and end time signs are coming so quickly that we can barely keep up with them all! Throughout recorded Biblical history the Lord has utilized various spiritually attuned folks to put out His timely words of warning, information or encouragement. Sometimes with actual Prophets such as Daniel, Samuel or Nathan. These big dog Prophets were used to influence Kings and nations. But all of us, as believers, are available and should have some level of expectation to be used by the Lord within our sphere of influence. I first wrote of my initial experience of this in my post last year called The Voice. Hearing a word of Knowledge or Word of Wisdom from the Lord has little to do with us ( other than, I suppose, a spiritual willingness to want more of the Lord) and everything to do with Him.
He takes these words, drops them in our heart or our ear or cloaks them in a dream or vision, and waits to see how we will steward or curate them. Will we dismiss them as an overactive imagination or just a spicy remnant of too much lasagna the night before? Or will we see it for what it really is …the still small voice of the Holy Spirit…or sometimes as I reported in The Voice an actual audible voice just behind me! Will we act on that? Will we give it the due diligence to research, to make sure it lines up with scripture? Will we record that dream He gave us in immediate detail before it fades? If you are told to share it will you do so no matter what the repercussions or what the cost? The Lord doesn’t change. If we see recorded in the Bible that he operated that way with Adam, Abraham, Noah and Moses, John, Peter, Stephen, Paul and Phillip then reliably we should expect that he still speaks to us today. As I wrote in my previous Footsteps in the Hall post : That’s what Dad’s do…they speak to their children. Our Father is forging a strong, spirit-led relationship if we will only listen.
I have shared before that I belong to a small worship group here in Lake City. We meet and soak to worship music. We have no mission during these times other than to praise the Lord and then follow with prayer for our town, our nation and any individuals on our hearts. Over the years, however, we have often seen during these precious times of Praise wonderful open visions and received potent Words. It is praise that bring us into the throne room. (Psalm 100:1-5)
On May 19th our group met and during that time of Praise and Worship one of our members received a powerful word. Robert Askew is a retired banker, and business owner. He is respected in our community and he and his wife Faye host our group in their home.
This is the Word as he received it: As we were worshiping a couple of weeks ago God spoke to me that a storm is coming. When I asked what kind of storm ( I was wondering if it was an economic storm, natural weather storm, earthquake, tsunami , volcano eruption, tornado, etc.) the answer was just not to worry since I was under His protection. I immediately thought of Psalms 61:4 and 91:4 where the Bible talks about taking refuge and being sheltered by His wings just a mother hen would gather together her brood and cover them with her wings. (In an act of editorial license,I added the emphasis)
There is a storm coming. We can see it. It is unfolding exactly as Jesus predicted for us in Matthew 24. It is our “Fear Not” response that is key. We must keep our wits about us in the storm, and be usable witnesses and servants. Our hearts must be focused on that paternal relationship–where we can hear those Footsteps in the Hall and trust that He will see us through any storm-large or small-personal or international.
Psalm 100:1-5 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all you lands. Serve the Lord with gladness :come before his presence with singing. Know you that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations!
Wars and Rumors of Wars:
The Jerusalem Post reported this morning that Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, is unlikely to drop its support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, even though it distrusts him and recognizes that his situation is not good, experts told The Jerusalem Post.
A Saudi-backed paper quoted unidentified sources in a report on Sunday that said that Russia is abandoning Assad’s regime and removing most officials and military experts.
Nikolay Kozhanov, a non-resident fellow at Carnegie Moscow Center and a visiting fellow at Chatham House London, told the Post on Sunday that, while Sunni media reports such as the one in Asharq Al-Awsat should be taken with a “grain of salt,” “Russia does not trust Assad 100 percent.”
Kozhanov attributes this to two main reasons: the first being that Assad had previously sought a rapprochement with the West and only after the civil war began did the Syrian president turn his attention to his second choice of an alliance with Russia. Secondly, Russia had asked Assad to get rid of Chechen fighters that had sought refuge in Syria, but he refused. There is even a rumor going around, noted Kozhanov, that these same Chechens are now fighting against the Syrian regime.
“Russia is not fighting for Assad as person, but for the regime” so that jihadists will not overwhelm the country, asserted Kozhanov. With the rise of Islamic State and the current state of the civil war, Russian-Syrian relations are going through a “stress test,” he continued, adding that he has heard some Russian officials and even Syrians voice their disappointment in Assad’s stubbornness.
Asked if at some point the Russian government could stop supporting the Syrian regime, Kozhanov responded that Putin’s government will not likely pull its support for Assad, but could at some point withdraw “personal support” if there would be an alternative that would guarantee the continuation of the secular regime. However, at this point, Russia sees Syria as a bulwark against the regional rise of Islamists.
Ethnic group will rise against ethnic group:
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Sunday that the Kingdom will not ‘stand still’ over Iran’s intervention in the region. The comments came during his visit to Egypt where he met with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.
Al-Jubeir said that the improvement of relations depends on whether Iran will “stop supporting terrorism ” and stops “taking procedures that harm the region’s interest”.
“We refuse Iran’s actions, the instigating actions that Iran is taking, the negative actions and it’s support of terrorism. We are looking forward for the day when we can build strong relations with Iran. However, this depends on Iran’s behavior and whether it stops intervening in the region’s affairs, stops supporting terrorism, stops taking procedures that harm the region’s interest and the people’s interest. So this is in Iran’s hands. The improvement and fortification of the relationship with Iran is up to Iran however we will not be silent and stand still over Iran’s intervention in the region,” said Al-Jubeir.
Western-allied Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab campaign against Yemen’s Houthis, who follow a sect of Shi’ite Islam and are allied to Tehran. Analysts say the conflict is a tussle for influence between Sunni Muslim kingdom and Shi’ite power Iran. The kingdom is also a leading supporter of Sunni Muslim rebels trying to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Moscow, which is trying to raise its diplomatic and economic influence in the Middle East, has been a major provider of conventional weapons to Syria, giving Assad crucial support during the three-year civil war and blocking wider Western attempts to punish him with sanctions for the use of force against civilians.
During an Arab summit in March, Saudi Arabia accused Russia of hypocrisy, saying that it should not express support for the Middle East while fueling instability by supporting Assad. Al-Jubeir said however that Saudi Arabia is trying to convince Russia to abandon their support of the Syrian leader. “Our contact with Russia coincides with Egypt’s contact with Russia and it is to convince Russia to abandon Bashar Al Assad, or use it’s influence to pressure him to give up his power in the shortest time possible,” said Al-Jubeir.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that Arab nations have the ability to protect national security against forces that are trying to unsettle stability. “At no stage have the Arab nations intervened in the affairs of others or affected the nations outside this region. We expect that this is the rhetoric. If we cooperate we have the ability to protect our national security and work extensively to achieve the Arab interest without infiltration by any party which may unsettle stability and enforcing interests that may not correspond with the Arab people’s interest.” Al-Jubeir is expected to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi later Sunday.
Meanwhile negotiations resumed in Geneva this weekend between John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Zarif to try to reach a deal in the nuclear negotiations before the next deadline at the end of June. Negotiations were unexpectedly brought to a halt when Secretary of State Kerry was involved in a bicycle wreck and broke his leg. He has returned to Boston on a military transport plane intended for 100 people for further medical treatment.
And still more!
The Los Angeles Times reporter David Cloud reported yesterday that US Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for China to halt its rapid island building in the South China Sea warning that these reclamation projects on rocky shoals and reefs were causing instability in the Asia Pacific region. “The US is deeply concerned about the pace and scope of land reclamation in the South China Sea” Carter said in a speech to the annual security policy forum in Singapore that included defense officials from over 30 countries including China. He cited “the potential for these activities to increase the risk of miscalculation or conflict.” He stated that the US was seeking peaceful resolution of the territorial disputes in the resource rich waters. But, his characterization of the islands as “massive outposts” and his warnings against “militarization” of the South China Sea were the bluntest warnings thus far to Beijing by a senior US official. Under international law these islands are not considered to be in Chinese waters. China has created about 2000 acres of new land since last year in the Spratly Archipelago, Carter said.
US military photos have revealed large gun installations. Earlier this month the Pentagon released video showing China personnel giving radio warnings to a US Navy P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft flying near these islands. Also, a Navy littoral combat ship passed close to the Spratly Islands and was shadowed by Chinese warships.
Senator John McCain R-AZ and chairman of the Armed Services Committee called for the US to take steps. Reuters reported that McCain commented on the situation at a recent news conference in Vietnam stating “It is a disturbing, escalatory development, one which heightens our need to make the Chinese understand that their actions are in violation of international law and their actions are going to be condemned by everyone in the world.”
In addition to China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan claim portions of sea in a dispute that has simmered for decades.
***Keep your eye on this one. China hold nearly all the US debt and are thus pretty much emasculated when it comes to telling them anything these days!
Disease and Pestilence:
Reuters reported Tuesday that South Korea is reporting two deaths have occurred from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS outbreak that has sickened at least 25 people in the last few weeks. MERS CoV was first identified in Saudi Arabia in September 2012. The infection appears to be the result of the virus spreading from camels to humans resulting in a limited person-to-person contagion. It is a flu-like illness followed by atypical pneumonia, fever, a dry cough and severe shortness of breath. The mortality rates for MERS is about 50%. Thus far the news reports are not showing camel connections with the South Koreans who contracted this disease.
Quaking and Shaking!
There is a lot going on in this category. There was a 5.2 Magnitude quake near the North Pole near an undersea volcano. Hope Santa and the Elves are not too shaken up!
This week alone we saw a large unexpected blast from Shindake Volcano off the Coast of Japan which has sparked evacuations and warnings of a “Big One” quake to come. There was also a large unexpected blast from Wolf Volcano in the Galapagos. An 8.5 revised 7.8 which struck at a very deep level. There was a 6.8 earthquake in Alaska, and two large quakes off the coast of Oregon one a 5.8 and the other a 5.5. There was movement along the New Madrid fault and multiple dormant volcanoes showed earthquake activity in the US.
A reader wrote to me and said that there was some sort of problem with the Dutchsinse.com forecast video that I posted yesterday so I am re posting. Of course, you should all check that website on your own or like it on FaceBook to keep up with all those goings on. This is a big deal and you need to be keeping up with this especially if traveling.
That’s all I have for today’s Prophecy Watch. See you next time!