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36 stranded dolphins


On Friday, August 6, 2004, a pod of dolphins stranded themselves on a beach in Hutchinson Island, Florida, USA. Volunteers worked feverishly to save the stranded dolphins, and after much effort, were able to return all the dolphins to sea; they even rejoiced as one of the dolphins began to "leap" into the air. By 8:00 PM Friday night, however, the dolphins returned to the beach once again. This time, however, they were in such bad shape that, of the 36 stranded dolphins, 30 had to be euthanized. The other 6 were taken to the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute to be monitored at a critical care pool.


According to a report by Tim Malloy aired on TV station WNBC, the veterinarian who had to euthanize the dolphins said that he had worked as a marine mammal veterinarian for 20 years and had euthanized animals in the past. However, this was the first time that he had been forced to euthanize so many animals at once. Scientists and animal experts in the area also shared that, to their knowledge, this was the first time that such a stranding had ever taken place. They suspect that a huge passive sonar device installed by the U.S. government off the Bahamas might be responsible. This device has been known to affect the routes of whales.


According to a report published on The Palm Beach Post, Gregory Bossart, director of marine mammal research and conservation at Harbor Branch, suspects that the leader of the pod must have been sick and led the rest of the pod ashore.


The incident is considered very rare by scientists and veterinarians, since dolphins are very smart animals that prefer deep water and rarely swim close to shore.


On Sunday, August 8, 2004, another dolphin stranded itself on the beach, and, according to a report published on The Palm Beach Post, it is suspected to have been part of the pod that stranded itself on Friday. The dolphin appeared near the beach on Saturday, and swam ashore on Sunday. The dolphin was rescued and taken to Harbor Branch, where the other 6 were being kept, according to another report.


This is the prophetic interpretation of these events:


Dolphins are known to be smart animals, but they followed a sick leader who was apparently being misled by a man-made passive sonar. The sonar represents the promptings of spirits that many congregations are following as they fashion a gospel to their own liking, i.e.- a "man-made" gospel. Dolphins are very sociable animals, and the cohesion of their society is created by unconditional submission to the directions of the leader dolphin, even if that leader is taking them to their deaths. Just as the dolphins are smart creatures, God has endowed each believer with the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and the ability to have a direct relationship with Him (Hebrews 10:19). We have been endowed with the ability to recognize the voice of Jesus (John 10:27), which makes us capable of discerning when the leader is following a man-made sonar and when he or she is following the sonar of God. Yet, believers have preferred the cohesion of social unity at church and prefer to submit unconditionally to the "ministers", leading to their mighty callings in life being stranded near shallow waters, instead of abiding in a deep-water relationship with Almighty God where they will grow and become all that God created them to be.


36 dolphins got stranded on Friday; 36 is 6 times 6. Of those 36, 30 died, and 30 is 5 times 6. This means that exactly 5 out of every 6 dolphins died. The number "5" in Scripture is strongly related to the "grace to minister", since Ephesians 4:11 lists 5 ministries, and God has given us 5 fingers on each hand, and hands are designed to serve or minister to others. Ministers in the Church have exalted themselves over God's people and have called fellow believers to follow them without questioning their judgments. This is why God has declared judgments against ministers throughout the Body of Christ, and this is why God decreed the deaths of 5 out of every 6 dolphins.


The fact that the dolphins got stranded for good at 8:00 PM on Friday night also reaffirms the 5 out of 6 ratio. 8:00 PM is equivalent to 20:00; in other words, it is the 20th hour of the day. The day has 24 hours, and since 20=5*4 and 24=6*4, we can say that the dolphins got stranded 5 sixths of the way into the day, and the surviving 6 dolphins were saved during the remaining sixth of the day. God made this to be so to reinforce the fact that the pod got stranded because of their unconditional submission to the leader, i.e.- to their ministers, which, as we said above, points to the number 5.


The number "6" in Scripture is the "number of man", since man was created on the 6th day (Genesis 1:26-31), and is also associated with the concept of "human weakness", since man in his natural condition is weak before God. The Church has molded itself according to patterns established by man, not by God. This is why there were 36 dolphins in the pod, which is 6 times 6. God will therefore strike down the strength and pride of the Church, its "ministers", showing it that human strength is weakness before God. The Church has multiplied itself through human means; they have tried to turn their weakly "6" into "6 times 6", instead of turning their weakly, human "6" into a strong, spiritual "7" by resting in the Lord. God has called man to work 6 days and to rest on the 7th day (this is a spiritual command, not a literal one), meaning that we are to sow in weakness for 6 days and then rest on the 7th day to wait for God's supernatural response. In a spiritual sense, the Church operates on 6-day weeks; they work and work and work, and never rest in the Spirit so that God may manifest His supernatural power and glory. The Church believes that it can multiply itself through human methods and efforts, when the true spiritual growth can only be given by God:


"5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase." (1 Corinthians 3:5-7)

[The word "increase" at the end of verse 7 comes from the Greek word auxano, which literally means "growth"]


Notice that the dolphins got stranded on August 6, and that the "extra" dolphin appeared near shore on Saturday, August 7, and swam ashore on August 8. God separated this dolphin from the rest of the pod to illustrate a point. He will cut down the pride of human multiplication, cutting the Church from 36 to 6, and once the Church recognizes Her weakness, He will add what only He can add to make her perfect in Him. When the "extra" dolphin arrived, the number of surviving dolphins was completed, changing from 6 to 7. As many of you may know, the number "7" is associated in Scripture with the concept of "perfection" or "completion", since the Lord completed the work of regenerating the Earth in 7 days.


The fact that the "extra" dolphin stranded itself on the 8th speaks of "regeneration", since the number "8" is associated in Scripture with the concept of tearing down bad structures to start anew; there were 8 people in Noah's ark, when God wiped out the corrupt human race and started from scratch through Noah. God is about to bring a process of deep regeneration into the Church, but He will first have to wipe out the 30 dolphins that have been preventing Him from completing His work. 30 is 5 times 6, and refers to the ministers ("5") who have led the Church through human means and strength ("6"), and who have ordered their brothers and sisters to submit to them unconditionally, thereby denying that the anointing of Christ is not exclusive to them.


The fact that the 36 dolphins got stranded on Hutchinson Island also has prophetic meaning. I searched on the Internet for a possible meaning of the last name "Hutchinson", and found in two different places that a possible meaning is "son of the hutch dweller". The word "hutch" refers to a coop or pen where animals are kept, so it speaks of animals who are being cared for by humans at the price of their freedom. Believers all over the Body of Christ have resigned themselves to receive a comfortable provision of "soul food" by making themselves prisoners of human structures that teach them that those who care over them are somehow made of a "superior" spiritual material, in the same way that humans are similar but superior to the animals they care for. A good human parent does place his or her child in a cradle while the child is a baby, but he or she would never turn the cradle into a prison. A good parent wants his or her child to grow and to be able to leave the cradle, and never considers him or herself to be inherently superior to the child. On the contrary, any good human parent believes in the potential of his or her child and wants the child to accomplish greater things than he or she accomplished.


The fact that this whole incident occurred near the Palm Beach area also provides a prophetic message for the United States. It was around this area where the famous "hanging chads" controversy took place during the November 2000 Presidential elections. Florida became the battleground that was to decide the spiritual future of the United States. If Florida had voted for the other candidate, the United States' spiritual calling would have been taken away from it, and it would have entered into a state of spiritual decline out of which it would have never recovered. However, Florida voted for the candidate who is currently President, which was a vote in the eyes of God for "spiritual regeneration". During the 2000 elections, America had to decide between a leader whose government would do everything for them and a leader who believes in a government that would work to empower people to be all that they can be. The November 2000 elections were, in a prophetic sense, a spiritual poll on the type of leadership the country would want, and the country chose a vulnerable man whose natural presence does not instill a sense of visible "regal" authority; this is why he is so strongly criticized and hated by many. However, despite his human frailties (and spiritual flaws), he represents a man of conviction and principle who believes in the potential of other people. He considers "little people" to be so important that, even when it was being whispered to his ear that airplanes had been used as missiles against the Twin Towers, he continued sharing with the little kids in that now-famous classroom. He did not consider little kids to be so irrelevant that he had to simply excuse himself and leave them stranded while he went to deal with more important issues. He remained in that classroom with a look of awe and shock, but he never belittled his tiny hosts by telling them that he had more "important" things to do.


Let him who has ears hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.


Stop following the voice of man, for you are My sheep, not theirs, and I am your God, says the Lord. I shall come down against My Church and judge it, and purge it from the ministers who have lorded themselves over her. I will chastise My Church for following man, and I will regenerate it, for only I can complete what needs to be completed on the 7th day.