There are a few very interesting correlations to consider as we dive into August, the 8th month... with eight being the number for "new beginnings." This is particularly appropriate as children begin returning to their classrooms again for a new school year. Maybe this is a good opportunity for us adults to put on our thinking caps too...as we weigh the words of God's anointed messengers.
The Lord roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake (shake in KJV). But the Lord is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel. (Joel 3:16)
Noticing a correlation between the day of the month (Jan.16) and the Joel passage (vv 16) I sensed God wanted to show me something else. Immediately I recalled President Obama's revocation of Iran's nuclear sanctions that very same day, January 16th! If ever the Lord had cause to come "roaring from Zion," Obama's latest Executive Order would certainly be enough provocation.
Five days later, while vacationing in Florida I saw the first "shaking" begin to unfold. A blizzard was approaching the Ohio Valley and heading for New England. The menacing weather system's snowfall was expected to exceed annual averages and carry winds gusts over 50 mph.
Would it exceed Ohio's '78 blizzard that depleted my parent's fuel oil and forced our 8-person family through waist-deep snow to stay with the closest neighbor owning a fireplace? With snow driven by 100 mph winds a huge drift completely covered the garage end of our 1970's split-level house.
Thankfully, this time we were enjoying a tropical climate while the snow accumulated at 2-3 inches an hour much farther north. Although our Ohio home was spared, the white stuff covered DC with 21 inches and paralyzed NYC with more than two feet, resulting in a travel ban. West Virginia reported 40 inches in one place! North Carolina had over 100,000 residences without power from one-inch-thick ice downing power lines. Thousands of motorists were stranded on I-75 below Lexington, Kentucky and a portion of the Pennsylvania turnpike was closed. Over 11,000 flights were cancelled and even salt trucks and snow plows were stranded as evidenced by the "tweets" circling the globe.
It seemed the north east had come to a screeching halt, much to the chagrin of city and transportation officials. Although children and the young at heart were initially delighted, moods dampened with news of twenty people perishing. This storm system was deemed NYC's third worst in recorded history. Maybe the Empire State Building shouldn't have been the recent backdrop for the projected image of the Hindu godess, Kali - the spirit of death and destruction. Perhaps our representatives in DC shouldn't have remained silent while Iran blatantly violated UN nuclear restrictions.
While watching the online ABC news feed that fateful Friday night, I noticed a scrolling headline that said, "Blizzard shakes New York City," unequivocally substantiating Chuck Pierce's "shaking" prophecy. In December 2015 John Kilpatrick had also given a prophetic word for 2016 that mentioned "a shaking coming to the nations" and emphasized the "Winds of God changing." Even Fort Myers, Florida experienced 50 mph gusts that nearly knocked me off my rental bike the day after the storm. These winds which swept the entire eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida, caused coastal surges that produced worse damage than 2014's Hurricane Sandy!
If you aren't convinced that 2016's "snowmaggedon" was God's warning signal, the storm's official name, Jonas, should make you a believer. The Wikipedia definition for Jonas is, "dove." This word comes from the Greek word οιωνός, (pronounced: e-oh-nos) which means "sign" because ancient Greeks believed that the gods sent birds to people as a sign.
Clearly God was pronouncing a "shaking" for 2016. But the blizzard was just the beginning. A few days later, on the opposite coastline Alaska experienced a 7.1 earthquake (1/24/16) with subsequent tremors in the mid 4.5 range. There have been thousands of earthquakes just in Alaska this year but January's quake was USA's strongest 2016 temblor so far. We were being shaken from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Oklahoma is now experiencing unprecedented tremors outpacing even California.
Shakings have come in other arenas as well, with Trump rocking the RNC, Hillary defaming the DNC, Planned Parenthood losing funding in 24 states, racial unrest, police brutality and police being ambushed. With Orlando's nightclub shooting by an Islamic terrorist, who killed 49, we may be reaping the terrorism we've sown by facilitating a nuclear Iran which jeopardizes Israel's right to exist. God is definitely roaring out of Zion.
There are only three places in Scripture where the words shaken and wind are in the same verse. In two of the Gospels, Jesus asks what the religious leaders expected to see in John the Baptist, "...a reed shaken by the wind?" The third place is in Revelation where John talks about gross darkness, stars falling from heaven, blood moons, earthquakes and the Day of God's wrath.
Indeed many believers feel the Day of Wrath is imminent; but, amidst the chaos and confusion, I see a "wind shift," much like the one John Kilpatrick saw from his back deck. Only this shift is bringing a spiritual awakening of goodness and kindness. Police are serving up meals and ice cream cones instead of just traffic tickets, while young African American men are dispensing handshakes and hugs for police officers.
Despite Kali's spirit of death and destruction being unleashed over our nation back in August 2015, Yeshua's spirit of love and hope is a greater force! I can feel the cool breezes of heaven sweeping across our land as peace and harmony invade our hearts and homes. Go ahead and reach for the sky because unlike Revelation 6:16, where men run from God, Joel 3:16 declares that His children can run to him. Let's ALL make Him our refuge and stronghold today!
Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances
I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand? (Revelation 6:12-17)
Chuck Pierce, "Prophetic Word for the Nation..." Elijah List, January 13, 2016
http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html??ID=15581, August 3, 2016
John Kilpatrick, "20 Prophecies and Words for 2016..." Richard's Watch, January 16, 2016,
http://richards-watch.org/2016/01/16/john-kilpatrick, August 3, 2016
"Recent Earthquakes Near Southern Alaska," Earthquake Track, ND,
http://earthquaketrack.com/r/southern-alaska/recent, August 3, 2016
Joshua Berlinger, "7.1-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Alaska," CNN.com, January 24, 2016,
http://.cnn.com/2016/01/24/us/alaska-earthquake/, August 3, 2016
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_earthquakes_in_th_United_States, August 3, 2016
David Haggith, "Oklahoma Earthquakes Shake Up Scientists, Rattle Politicians," thegreatrecession.info, January 14, 2016,
http://thegreatrecession.info/blog/oklahoma-earthquakes/, August 3, 2016
"List of Islamic Terror: 2016," thereligionofpeace.com, ND,
http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/terror-2016.htm, August 3, 2016
Brendan O'Brien (Reuters), "Planned Parenthood Sues Kansas Over Plan to Cut Medicaid Funding," huffingtonpost.com, May 5, 2016
August 3, 2016