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We were about to enter what I call a new Prophetic Year, which begins each year a few weeks after the eighth day of Tabernacles. I knew nothing of the Prophetic Year in 1985, but having kept records, I was able later to see the patterns that proved this. The Prophetic Year always began with some significant event, and I noticed (later) that it started with two “cleansing” cycles of 76 days.
The original pattern, of course, was set from November 12, 1981 to January 27, 1982, and this pattern was repeated a year later in my resurrection cycle. In 1985 the Prophetic Year again began on November 12 and culminated 76 days later on January 27, 1986.
Three Disasters in 1985
In those days the Father showed us that there was a sequence of events leading to war. First there would be storms, then quakes and volcanos, and then war. A war was coming, and we were given three early warnings of what would happen if the Saul church refused to believe and to pray to stop these disasters.
The problem, I suppose, is that the church listens to its well-known prophets but remains suspicious of those who are not mainstream or well-known. Chuck was an unusual prophet, and the things he did and said did not seem to fit the mold of what the church was used to seeing. They largely ignored his calls to prayer, so the effectiveness of the NOP’s prayer campaigns was reduced by about 62 percent. Even as David could not be fully effective while Saul reigned, so also the overcomers (that is, those with a Tabernacles vision and anointing) could not be fully effective while the Pentecost church reigned.
I have already related the first disaster, which was the cyclone that hit Bangladesh on May 25, 1985, which the Net of Prayer prayed against in the Nail and Hammer prayer campaign on June 5, making it retroactive.
The discernment was that 100,000 people were in danger of being killed, and the NOP was called to lower the death toll. The cyclone could not be stopped entirely, because of “church decision” (its unbelief and its refusal to agree in prayer with us), but the prayer campaign reduced the death toll to 40,000.
Next, Chuck discerned that a devastating earthquake was going to strike on September 20, which was his birthday. We prayed again to reduce the death toll according to our level of authority. That quake struck Mexico City on the morning of September 20, killing an unknown number of people. Then it turned very cold, freezing many who had survived but were trapped in the rubble.
The third disaster was discerned to be a volcanic eruption that would endanger the lives of 85,000 people. Our level of authority, if fully successful, would allow us to reduce the death toll to about 25,000. Chuck’s discernment was that Mammoth Parks, CA was in danger of a volcanic eruption and that we were to divert it elsewhere. The Lord’s word to me was that a city to the south would be buried in mud.
Chuck was living in Washington state at the time, and the Father told him to take a trip to Mammoth Parks and pray there to divert the volcano and reduce the casualties. He was led to leave on November 7 and return by November 13. The Lord told him to travel on a minor highway rather than on an interstate.
A snowstorm then hit the northwest, and Chuck said that he complained to the Lord for having to go so slow—until he discovered that the minor highway was the only highway open to traffic. He finally arrived at his destination and did his prophetic work on November 12. He then immediately returned to Washington state so that he could be home by the evening of November 13 as instructed.
That night, a volcano erupted in Columbia. The Nevado del Ruiz (“Snow-capped Mountain”) heated up and melted 5 percent of its glaciers, causing a 30-meter lahar (mudslide) which buried the town of Armero.
“On Nov. 13, 1985, at a little after 9 p.m. local time, Nevado del Ruiz, a volcano about 130 kilometers from Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá, erupted, spewing a violent mix of hot ash and lava into the atmosphere. Less than three hours later, the earth rumbled as mudflows towering nearly 30 meters high swept through the countryside, several villages and eventually the town of Armero, where it killed 70 percent of the town’s residents. All-told, these mudflows, called lahars, killed more than 23,000 people.”
Most of the towns at the base of the volcano were not buried in the lahar. We heard that the total population of the towns was about 85,000. After this, Chuck was determined not to divert divine judgment to other countries. After all, if the church in America refused to believe the word and to pray to protect its own people, it was not right to make others pay for their unbelief. Most other countries had few—if any—intercessors who knew how to protect their own people. They were largely helpless, having little or no teaching in this regard.
But in those days we were still learning to use authority wisely. The three disasters in 1985 made us realize that although we did indeed have the authority to divert disasters, it was not just and fair for us to do this. Our responsibility was first to our own country, but the “America first” policy needed some modification.
The New Prophetic Year
Chuck’s prophetic declaration on November 12, 1985 in Mammoth Parks, CA was the event that jump-started the new Prophetic Year ending in October 1986. His decree, however, was not made in a vacuum. It was supported by a cluster of prophetic events from November 10-13.
On Sunday, November 10, the Golden Rule shut down for the day so that a group of us could visit another church about 50 miles south of us. One of our friends was acquainted with the pastor of that Charismatic church, and he wanted us to experience the atmosphere of a Charismatic church. I myself had been familiar with Charismatic church, but some of the group knew little or nothing about them.
The church met in a school, where they had rented a room. Pastor “Joe Mac” was considered to be an apostle in Arkansas. I liked him and appreciated the atmosphere—which was Spirit-filled, but not “wild” in its use of spiritual gifts.
Our group sat in the back row, which was not far from the front. There may have been 50 people in attendance. The sermon was good, but I only remember one part of it. He told of his teenage years when he was somewhat rebellious. He had been arrested for disturbing the peace, and his parents had to bail him out of jail. On the way home, they hit and killed a child who had run in front of the car in pursuit of a ball.
Joe Mac told how this had made a great impression on him, because he believed that he was responsible for the child’s death. If he had not been arrested, the incident would not have occurred. When he said this, the Lord spoke to me very distinctly, saying, “By his hand I will raise the dead.”
“Yes, that is excellent,” I responded. “Thank-you Father.”
After a short pause, I heard, “You must anoint him with that gift.”
“What!” I said silently. “Why me? I’m just a visitor. Must I make a fool of myself so soon?”
I asked for confirming Scripture, and He gave me three, all having to do with raising the dead. So I knew that I had no choice in the matter. After the meeting ended, and they began to pack up the audio equipment, I thought I would be able to slip unnoticed to the front and have this job done before anyone noticed.
I introduced myself to Joe Mac and as I began to tell him what the Lord had said, I suddenly became aware of a dozen people who had gathered around to hear what I was saying. So much for private conversations! Joe Mac agreed, and I anointed him with oil, saying, “In Jesus’ name, by your hands, He will raise the dead.”
Totally embarrassed, I left the church as quickly as possible. I did not care how or when the word would be fulfilled. But God had a wonderful plan. This prophetic word to Joe Mac was to be fulfilled at the end of the 76-day cycle, January 27, 1986.
A Prophetic Wedding
Bobbie and James were engaged on September 20, the day that Mexico City was struck by the 7.8 Richter earthquake. They were married on November 13, just before the Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted. Fortunately, their marriage was not a disaster! I anointed them at their wedding, and we then formed a “threefold cord” (Ecclesiastes 4:12 KJV) that could not easily be broken.
When they returned from their honeymoon, they told how they had encountered a tornado that was moving toward the hotel where they were staying. I had first rebuked a tornado in March of 1984 as it was coming toward the office where I worked. It had immediately turned sharply to the right before continuing on its trajectory, missing Batesville altogether. So Bobbie and James were familiar with such things but had never done so themselves.
When the tornado threatened them, however, they knew what to do, and the tornado literally bounced over the hotel where they were staying. No damage was done, and no one was harmed. It was a good lesson on the proper use of spiritual authority, and this proved that they did indeed have that authority. Later, my brother David joined our inner core group, as we learned to exercise spiritual authority in many different situations. The proper use of spiritual authority is something that has to be proven by experience. It is one thing to know that others have that authority, and quite another thing for authority to be tested by personal experience.
These days taught us many valuable lessons as we matured spiritually.