Areas of Refuge
As the "Event" is looming closer and the reality of it unfolding becoming ever greater, I've sensed the Lord desiring to provide areas of "refuge". In fact, for the last two years Cindy (my wife) and I have wanted to build on a lot that we own in North Carolina. I especially have felt that it was to be a place of "refuge". This was not only for the purposes of hurricane evacuation, but more so for the potential for catastrophic events that are envisioned and have already been prophesied (read chapter 9 on "Prophetic Voices" in my book, Signs of the Coming Messiah in This Generation). However, we have been constrained from doing so. This constraining sense could point to the reason that we may not even be in this country, whether it be for the sake of refuge or ministry.
However, I am convinced that the Lord desires to establish areas of refuge, not only because of the "Event" but also for the future safety of His people when we enter into either pre -tribulation (which personally I believe we are in) or even the Tribulation itself.
Based on what I believe will happen if the "Event" occurs, then a new paradigm will take place in the economic and geo-political realm as never before. You can obtain a greater understanding of this by reading the link below titled "How to Prepare and What to Expect" Suffice it to say, that if the "Event" does take place, things will not be the same. In fact, they will be dramatically different. For that reason, as I said before, I believe the Lord is placing upon my heart locations of refuge. And I truly believe that such areas will be established both locally, regionally and globally. However Godspeed is seriously needed for this to be effected within the timeframe needed.
One area which He has already spoken to a number of people is the area of Manatee County, Florida. In fact, a number of individuals who are a part of the One OMC (Original Manatee County) have sensed not only this, but also are involved with disaster relief. It has been determined that if a call for major evacuation was made in the Miami area, for example, then an average of 110,000 people per day could be seen passing through and/or coming into original Manatee county. Incredbily, the population of Florida is approaching 19 million and has already surpassed New York state, the most populated state in the east.
Morever, I had the privilege of discovering that a gentlemen who lives in Highlands County, located in the middle of Florida, has been told to prepare for the area to become a refuge as well. He's been given specific directives on what to develop and put into place.
The second gentlemen that I had an opportunity to share the "Event" with (he's the former Mennonite pastor I mentioned in the "Confirmations" section) had spoken with a man in Ohio who knows without a shadow of a doubt that a rather large area outside the Akron/Canton Ohio area is to be a refuge area. In fact, it was this information that helped confirm to me what I was sensing, but on a global level.
At this time, I'm not at liberty to share the locations that I believe the Lord desires to establish as refuge on a global basis (Note: this is no longer true, and in the next section below you can read about those areas I believe the Lord desires to develop as refuge areas). My sense is that these areas will be provided for not only those who desire to expatriate, but also for the establishment of safe havens for wealth preservation.
Lastly, just within the last couple of weeks (last two weeks of March 2012), Cindy had to write a research paper for a class she is taking. Each classmate had to choose a country and discuss what the redeeming qualities of that country should be in the eyes of the Lord. In other words, if the country were to fulfill the Lord's mandate and purpose, what would those characteristics be. She choose the Netherlands, the country I was born in. Just the other night she asked me if I knew what the main redemptive characteristic(s) of Holland were. I told her I didn't know. She shared that it was a nation of refuge as shown by Holland taking in the persecuted religious groups such as the Puritans from England, the Hugonauts from Germany, and protecting the Jews during World War II. Lately, Holland has been a haven to the persecuted Christian Iranians as well as other such diverse Arabic groups.
As she shared this information, it dawned on me why the Lord would have me involved in helping to develop areas of refuge. It is a generational and ethnic calling (recall, the word ethnic also means peoples group and can refer to a nation). Truly amazing!
Again, stay posted for the refuge countries the Lord is speaking forth.