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Prophetic word for today
Hurricane Charley


On Thursday August 12 and Friday, August 13, 2004, western Florida, USA was struck almost simultaneously by two storms, tropical storm Bonnie and hurricane Charley. According to a Fox News Channel report, Ken Reeves, the senior meteorologist at AccuWeather indicated that this is the first time that two tropical storms have hit Florida at the same time since October 17, 1906. Since tropical storms that strike Florida usually hit the eastern half of the state, this double whammy on the western half surprised everyone. According to various reports, 25 counties were declared disaster areas, but the county that was hardest hit was Charlotte County, with the most concentrated damage being an area of 31 mobile-home parks in Punta Gorda.


According to reports, Hurricane Charley moved with a very narrow and concentrated front across the western part of Florida, packing winds of up to 145 miles per hour. As it roared through Punta Gorda, some houses were left intact or with very minor damages while the neighboring houses were completely leveled.


Charley was initially considered a category 2 storm, but suddenly turned into a category 4 storm right before reaching land. Most forecasters expected Charley to hit Tampa Bay, but Charley made an unexpected turn to the right and proceeded to attack the Punta Gorda area.


After slicing through Florida, Charley went out into the Atlantic Ocean, skipped the state of Georgia to the north and proceeded to attack the states of South and North Carolina.


The NFL preseason game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that was scheduled for Saturday August 14, 2004, had to be postponed and was played on Monday August 16, 2004. The Cincinnati Bengals arrived at Orlando on Thursday night and planned to wait out the hurricane there, thinking that Charley was going to hit Tampa Bay and skip Orlando. By going to Orlando, however, they ended up closer to Charley. The Bengals had to prolong their pre-game stay in Florida from 2 full days to 4 full days. The Bengals lost to the Buccaneers 20-6.


According to a report aired Monday evening (August 16, 2004) on Fox News Channel (narrated by Shepard Smith), a man in Punta Gorda was being praised as a hero for having convinced many of his neighbors to leave the area before Charley arrived. There was one neighbor who refused to heed the man's warnings, and they had to retrieve his dead body from the rubbles of his house on Monday.


This is the prophetic interpretation of these events:


{The meanings of names and last names were extracted from and}


Charley is a pet form of the name "Charles", and is derived from the German name "Karl", which means "man" or "male". Notice that Charley attacked Charlotte county and the Carolinas. Both "Charlotte" and "Carolina" are female versions of the name "Charles". As we have shared in our articles, "man" in Scripture is a figure of the "spirit", while "woman" is a figure of the "soul". God wants a Church ruled by the Spirit, but mankind has preferred a Church ruled by the soul. Pastors and other full-time ministers throughout the Body of Christ have lorded over their brethren, basing their "lordship" on the grounds that they are more "spiritual" than the average believer, whom they see as nothing more than a weakly and dependent soul that would die without their spiritual support. These ministers call themselves "spirits" when in fact they are acting like mere "souls"; in other words, they call themselves "men" when they are nothing but "women"; they call themselves "Charles", when they are really "Charlotte" and "Carolina". They have the name of strong "men", but they are really weak "women" in the eyes of God:


"9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. 10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. 11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. 12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. 13 The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people. 14 The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. 15 What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts." (Isaiah 3:9-15)


 This is why God is coming in His wrath against these weak "women" who call themselves strong, and He will show them a real strong "man".


Charley was preceded by Bonnie, in the same way that the Lord Jesus was preceded by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-3). John the Baptist came in weakness, and the Lord Jesus came in strength. This is the reason why Bonnie has a "female" name:


"Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he" (Matthew 11:11)


The name "Bonnie" is a name of Scottish origin that literally means "pretty", and is originally derived from the French word bon meaning "good". Contrary to popular belief, the word "good" in Scripture (towb in Hebrew and agathos in Greek) is more associated with the concepts of "righteousness" and "judgment" than it is with the concepts of "kindness" and "compassion", as the following passages (along with many others) illustrate:


"8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. 9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way." (Psalm 25:8-9)


"Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart." (Psalm 73:1)


"Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments" (Psalm 119:66)


"Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness" (Psalm 145:10)


The name "Bonnie", therefore, refers to how the manifestation of God's Powerful and Earth-shattering Presence will be preceded by a John the Baptist spirit, an Elijah spirit, that will preach a message of "goodness", i.e.- of justice and judgment. The fact that two storms had not hit Florida simultaneously since October 17, 1906 illustrates two things. First, it points to the fact that this is an unusual event that God intended not to be explained away as a "random" act. Second, it points to the year when the famous Azusa revival broke out in Los Angeles, California, USA. According to chapter 3 of the book "Azusa Street" written by Frank Bartleman in 1925, the Holy Spirit fell mightily upon that congregation on April 9, 1906, while they still congregated at a little house on Bonnie Brae street (by the way, the last name "Brae" apparently means "hill"). Nine days later, on April 18, 1906, judgment came against the wicked city of San Francisco in the form of a devastating earthquake that killed over 10,000 people. Around those days, the congregation had moved from Bonnie Brae street to 312 Azusa street, where the Pentecostal movement took momentum. Notice how the initial breakthrough came at Bonnie Brae street but then became a powerful movement that transformed the world when it moved to Azusa street, in the same way that Bonnie served as an initial breakthrough, with Charley coming behind her to shake things up mightily. Hurricane Charley is one of many mighty prophetic signs that the Lord is making to tell His people that a glorious move of His Spirit is about to hit the Church, but that move will come with terrible judgments against all those, especially those in leadership position, who oppose Him.


Why did God send Bonnie and Charley against the western half of Florida? Because the western side represents the left side of Florida in a map, if you view the map with the north pointing up. As we have shared in various articles, the left side speaks of "grace" and "life", and refers to a Church that has molded the "gospel" so that it only focuses on "grace", "blessings", and "prosperity", forgetting that God is a God of justice and judgment, even in the New Testament! God is coming as a Charley, as Spirit, against this left-handed "gospel" that has been erected by men, and He will establish a prophetic Church that will execute His Gospel of justice and judgments on Earth, thereby breaking in the greatest revival of power and Glory that mankind has ever seen. When man stops seeking after ephemeral blessings, the true eternal blessings will come, but a foundation of justice and judgment must be established first. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and He continues to be a God of Consuming Fire, contrary to popular belief.


Why were 25 counties hit so hard? Because 25 = 5 * 5. As we have shared before, the number "5" refers to the "grace to minister", whereas the number "6" is a number of "human weakness". Ministers have tried to multiply their power and influence, instead of showing themselves as vulnerable men before the rest of their brethren. Ministers try to portray an image of spiritual superiority that silently teaches their brethren that, to be used by God, being a "weak but yielded human being" is not enough. The Lord Jesus performed His entire ministry wrapped in weakness (Hebrews 5:7-8), and the power and Glory of His works were derived from His obedience to God, not from being some sort of entity "superior" to the common man. This is why the Scriptures do not hesitate to show Jesus as a weak man fighting to stay in the Father's will at the Garden of Gethsemane, instead of trying to portray Him as some sort of "Superman" that was not vulnerable to any kryptonite. God came against 25 counties to show the weakness of those who constantly label themselves as strong, but are really weak, because their strength is based on human credentials, i.e.- it is strength of flesh.


Why did God come against Punta Gorda in particular? The name "Punta Gorda" is Spanish for "Fat Tip", and refers to the ministers who have placed themselves at the tip of a religious hierarchy that they themselves invented. They see themselves as the spiritual "crème de la crème", as spiritual kings who have established their own little kingdoms on Earth (i.e.- "their" congregations), where they have supreme authority and where no one must dare to question their judgments. They are like kings who say, "I made it to the top; now it is time to live the good life", and they have gotten spiritually "fat" off of the people of God, by eating away their spiritual callings and reducing them to mere ants that work to strengthen and enlarge their little kingdoms:


"1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. 4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. 5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. 6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them." (Ezekiel 34:1-6)

[As we have said before, the words "shepherd" and "pastor" are synonyms]


Why did God come against mobile-homes in a retirement area? Because they represent the earthly kingdoms that pastors work so hard to establish on Earth. They think that their kingdoms are eternal, but God is about to show them how temporal they are. They think that their kingdoms have been built on solid foundations of truth,

But the tempest shall come, says the Lord, and I will make evident who has been edifying on the solid Rock of Truth and Judgment and who has been edifying on the Sand of Pandering and Toleration of Willful Sin


Once they establish a Church, pastors think they can set their ministries on "cruise control", and just glide on into eternity. They think that they can spiritual retire, live off of the spiritual callings of others, and that a crown of glory is awaiting them at the end of their ministry to reward them for their long years of service. Though they always apply the passage to others, Matthew 7:21-27 refers to them. They are the workers of iniquity who are doing "good works" and think that they are pleasing God, without realizing that their works are an abomination to a God of justice and judgment Whom they do not know. This is why the Lord says to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity" (v23).


Why were there 31 mobile-home parks in Punta Gorda? Because "31" is the number of kings that Joshua and the people of Israel had to fight against to take the promised land, i.e.- their inheritance (Joshua 11:23, 12:1, 12:24). The "fat ministers" at the top of their self-invented Church hierarchy have been taking up the spiritual inheritance that belongs to the people of God, and God is coming against them to remove them, so that His people may take their spiritual inheritance in the air, allowing for the greatest revival ever to be poured out over the Earth.


Why did God send hurricane Charley with 145 mph winds? Because 145 = 29 * 5, and the number "29" refers to the voice of God that roars and makes the cedars of Lebanon fall, as Psalm 29 shows:


"1 Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. 2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. 3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters. 4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. 5 The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. 7 The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. 8 The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. 10 The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. 11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace." (Psalm 29)


As Zechariah 11 points out, the tall "cedars of Lebanon" referred to in Psalm 29 are the "pastors" in the Church, who have exalted themselves over their brethren:


"1 Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. 2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down. 3 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled." (Zechariah 11:1-3)


Therefore, the fact that Charley's winds roared at 145 (=29*5) mph means that God is roaring ("29") in true ministerial grace ("5") to give strength to His people, as Psalm 29:11 declares, so that believers throughout the Church may be all that God called them to be, instead of being the weakly souls they have been taught to be by cedars of Lebanon who have always wanted to be their lords and rulers. In Hebrew and Greek, the word for spirit and wind are the same (ruach in Hebrew, and pneuma in Greek). Charley's winds are a manifestation of God's strong Spirit nature roaring against the weakly, "soulish" nature of carnal men.


The reason why God suddenly turned Charley from a category 2 to a category 4 storm right before reaching land is to illustrate that Charley's strength cannot be attributed to "random chance". Storms are supposed to weaken as they reach land, not gain strength, but God "doubled" the power of Charley just before it touched land to show that it was He who was guiding and giving strength to the storm, not random chance or "mother nature", as some are so bent on saying.


Why did Charley have a narrow and concentrated front, and why did God allow for certain houses to be left intact while the next-door houses would be devastated? Because God is a God of selective judgment. Unlike man, God does not destroy the good with the bad. He always pinpoints iniquity and destroys it.


The fact that God sent the Cincinnati Bengals to Florida during Charley's passage also has prophetic meaning. Cincinnati, in its early days, was a pig-raising town; as we studied in a previous article, pigs are a figure of Girgashite spirits of earthliness. The name "Bengals" refers to the "young lions" that will be roaring in Zechariah 11:3 (quoted above), i.e.- the pastors who have roared as lion-kings over the Body of Christ for centuries, but who will now roar out of lamentation. The name "Cincinnati Bengals", therefore, refers to the pastors who have ruled the Church and have tried to establish earthly kingdoms through earthly rules, methods, and doctrines that are not of the Spirit. When the Cincinnati Bengals tried to avoid Charley by going to Orlando, they acted as a prophetic figure of those pastors who think that, by making a few "spiritual adjustments", they can escape God's judgment, without having to make a true inner transformation in repentance:


"7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:7-12)

[In verses 11 and 12, "Bonnie", i.e.- John the Baptist, warns of the coming of "Charley", i.e.- the Lord Jesus Christ]


The fact that Cincinnati lost 20-6 to the Buccaneers also has prophetic significance. As we have said before, "6" is the number of "human weakness", and the number "20" is the number of "young warriors", since 20 was the age when the Israelites were old enough to fight (Numbers 1:3). The name "Buccaneer" refers to a person who does not abide by human rules, and is a spiritual reference to the "true prophets of God", who are perceived by earthly pastors as "roguish pirates who are out of line". These "roguish pirates", however, are young warriors who will fight in the Spirit, as declared in Joel 2:1-17, and will show that those who have exalted themselves over their brethren, and have roared over them, are nothing but mortal men.


The fact that Charley struck Florida exactly one week after the 36 dolphins stranded themselves in a Florida beach adds to the spiritual significance of this event. As you may remember from a previous prophetic word, 36 dolphins stranded themselves in a Florida beach on August 6, 2004.


The fact that, in the midst of this story, there was a man warning his neighbors to leave the area before Charley struck (as reported by Fox News Channel) is a prophetic figure of Noah, who by building the ark warned his neighbors of the judgment to come. Those who listened were saved, and those who didn't perished, just like the neighbor who refused to listen to this modern-day Noah and stayed put, only to be killed and buried by his own house:


"37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come" (Matthew 24:37-42)


Contrary to popular belief, the reference to "the Lord's coming" in verse 42 above refers to more than Jesus' "literal coming". It really refers to the manifestation of the Lord's Glory in His latter-day Church. He will come to judge His Church and to set the House in order, and, to do so, He will have to devastate a few "houses of men" first.