Prophetic word for today
Tigers loose in New York
First posted: August 2, 2004
Word received: August 1, 2004
Received by: Shamah-Elim Bible Studies
On July 31st, 2004, a tiger named "Apollo" that belonged to the "Cole Bros."
traveling circus (stationed at Queens, New York at the time) escaped as he was being moved from one cage to another.
The 7 and a half year-old tiger then proceeded to run around the Forest Park
area while the circus people and police chased after him. Apollo ran right
through a family's birthday-celebration picnic as the family watched in
amazement, and even ran onto the Jackie Robinson Parkway, causing multiple car
accidents as drivers suddenly hit their brakes and swerved to avoid the tiger.
After about 30 minutes, the tiger was finally "convinced" back into
his cage with a piece of meat, without the need of tranquilizers. After
returning to his cage, Apollo seemed relatively calm, and even took an afternoon
nap to rest from his 30-minute "jog".
Circus owner John
Pugh was interviewed, and declared that the circus had been coming to Queens for
17 years, and that this was the first time that anything like this had ever happened.
The next day (August
1st, 2004), captain John Durkin, of the New York Emergency Services Unit, (who
was the leader of the team chasing after Apollo) was interviewed on NBC's
Today show, and declared the following:
"At about 1:04 PM, yesterday afternoon, we started receiving numerous 911 calls of a tiger in the vicinity of Forest Park in Queens"
During the interview,
captain John Durkin was asked about the fact that New York police had just dealt
with another grown tiger being kept illegally as a pet in a New York apartment,
to which captain Durkin replied,
"It's just, I guess, a quirk that in the last couple of months we've had two tigers"
This is the prophetic interpretation of these unusual events:
John Durkin mentioned the exact time when the police started receiving
calls reporting the loose tiger. It was 1:04. God made him give this exact time
to point to Psalm 104:
young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God" (Psalm
you study the entire psalm, it becomes evident that it is a prophetic word that
describes the glorious remnant Church of the latter-day revival. Lions in
Scripture are used as a figure of judgment, so Psalm 104:21 above is prophesying
that the latter-day Church will be full of believers acting as young lions,
executing God's spiritual judgments on all the fleshly carnality
that may try to enter the Church. Instead of the non-Christians throwing
Christians to the lions to be eaten by them, it will be Christian lions eating
up anything non-Christian that tries to enter the Church to contaminate it. It
will be a Church where the entire atmosphere will be full of God's spiritual
judgments (Psalm 105:7). The fact that Psalm 104:21 speaks of young lions points to the
fact that these judgments will not be executed only by "recognized"
full-time "ministers", but by believers in general, even those whose
spiritual authority is not humanly visible.
Lord spoke this word to a brother and I as we studied Psalm 104 on Monday, July
26, 2004, and He allowed us to visualize a Church with these hungry, young lions
of God roaming all over the place, so it was not surprising to me that God would
manifest this vision before the end of the week through Apollo, the young tiger
who roamed around the streets of New York for 30 minutes. The name
"Apollo" is related to the Greek word "Apollyon" which
appears in Revelation 9:11. Notice that the tiger caused people to call 911
starting at 1:04 PM, according to Captain John Durkin. What amazes me even more
is the fact that the Lord led the brother and me to study Psalm 104 because we
were studying Revelation 9:9, where it speaks of the locusts' wings making the
"sounds of chariots of many horses", which led us to Psalm 104:3,
where it speaks of the Lord who "makes the clouds His chariot, who walks
upon the wings of the wind". Contrary to popular belief, the locusts of
Revelation 9 are not evil beings, but rather the prophetic latter-day Church
that will be released from the spiritual prison in which it is currently trapped and will
unleash God's prophetic judgments in the latter days. Man has tried to
understand Revelation chapter 9 literally, thinking of literal animals, without
understanding the true prophetic figure in this passage.
fact that Apollo was roaming through "Queens, New York" means
that these young lions of God will roam through a Church ruled by the pastoral
matriarchy that we speak so much about in our articles. They will cause
havoc in a soul-oriented Church that emphasizes blessings and comfort over God's
judgments and prophetic purpose.
fact that Apollo ran through a family picnic refers to the current
condition of the Church as a social club where families gather to have a
"good, enjoyable time". God intended the Church to be a place where believers would
have one-to-one encounters with Him and would come together to strengthen each
other's spiritual gifts and callings. The young lions of God will roam through
the Church's picnics and interrupt the "soulish" communion that
plagues congregations all over.
fact that Apollo also caused havoc at the Jackie Robinson Parkway refers
to the fact that God's prophetic remnant, with all its wonderful spiritual gifts
and callings, has been spiritually "banished" from churches by pastors who are more interested
in promoting their own ministries than in helping to manifest the God-potential
of the people around them, the same way that baseball owners kept the wonderful
talent of black baseball athletes out of the major leagues. As most of you may
know, Jackie Robinson was the first black baseball player to break this
color barrier in 1947, paving the way for the great number of
black athletes who have played in the major leagues since then. In the same way, the young
lions of God will spiritually roar into the Church and pave the way for the
manifestation of the talents and callings of God's people throughout the Body of
Christ. The year "1947" is also significant, since the
number "47" is related in Scripture to the manifestation of the River
of God (since Ezekiel chapter 47 is the one that speaks of it).
fact that Apollo is 7 and a half years-old points to the number of years
that David ruled in Hebron before ruling over all of Israel (2 Samuel 5:5).
Apollo's "escapade", therefore, refers to the "breakout"
of David's kingship over the entire Body of Christ. David is a figure of the
spiritual prophetic remnant that is about to be manifested (Ezekiel 34:23-24,
fact that Apollo ran through the Forest Park area is a reference to
the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful
field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest"
forest, therefore, refers to the latter-day revival when God's Mighty Spirit
will be poured upon the Church from on High. During these days, young lions will
roam through the forest (i.e.- the Church), making God's spiritual judgments
against all carnality that may try to enter the Church. These young lions will
not only roam inside the Church but will go out into the world to eat up more
and more carnality so that God's spiritual kingdom may grow and grow and grow.
fact that Apollo was relatively calm after the whole incident shows two
things. First, it shows that this incident was not motivated by an animal
"out of control", but was rather motivated by God as a powerful
prophetic figure -- it was God who prompted Apollo to run through Queens!!!
Second, it shows that the young lions who will execute God's judgments in the
latter days will not be believers "out of control", but rather
believers whose souls are meek and completely submissive to the will of the
Spirit. They will be spiritually violent against iniquity, and they will
cause great destruction (spiritual and literal) through their judgments,
but they will do so out of a heart that is completely surrendered to the will of
fact that the circus has been coming to Queens for 17 years is another
prophetic figure. Believe it or not, I have been convinced in the Spirit for
some years now that the number "17" in Scripture is related to the
manifestation of God's prophetic remnant (this can be inferred from Galatians
chapter 1, where Paul speaks of a 3-year period and a 14-year period before his apostolic
ministry was finally manifested). Apollo's manifestation on the streets of
Queens is a prophetic figure of the mighty remnant's manifestation in the latter
fact that the New York police has had to deal with 2 tigers in 2 months has
two meanings. First, it shows that this is more than a "coincidence".
John Durkin said "It's just, I guess, a quirk"; the fact that
he said "I guess" shows that he is not quite certain that it really is a
"quirk"; something inside of him might just be telling him that there
is more to this than meets the eye. Second, the two tigers represent the
prophetic and the apostolic anointing that the "spiritual Apollo" will
have when he is manifested in the Church. The first tiger was found prisoner
inside a New York apartment, which is a figure of how pastors have tried to
imprison the true prophetic anointing in a "spiritual Sheol" out of which
it will eventually break free, as is shown by the locusts of Revelation 9;
locusts in Scripture are a figure of "prophets"; this is why John the
Baptist used to eat locusts (Matthew 3:4) and why the prophet Joel speaks of
"locusts" (Joel 1:4, 2:25) before speaking of the prophetic anointing
being poured out over the Church (Joel 2:28-29). The second tiger, i.e. - Apollo,
represents the apostolic anointing of judgment that the latter-day remnant will
show. As you may know, there is an apostle in Scripture named "Apollos"
(1 Corinthians 3:4-6), which relates the name "Apollo" to the apostolic ministry.
The fact that lions are a figure of judgment also points to the apostolic
ministry, since apostles are endowed with wisdom, and wisdom is given by God to
execute judgments (1 Kings 3:9-12).
fact that this whole incident happened in New York is a prophetic figure
of what is to come over New York. I am not allowed by the Spirit to say more on
this, but those with ears to hear will understand the meaning of this.