June 27, 2009

The power of the tongue

I don’t think there has been a time this year where controversy is raging so high about the direction of the economy and the stock market. One spokesman on CNBC last night called the end of the recession. Yet there are plenty of newsletters and website blogs by economists and traders who differ sharply in opinions. Some are bearish on the market, claiming the economy is far from exiting the recession and the worst may not be over. Some economists and traders believe the March lows in the stock market will not only be retested but the markets may decline further than the March lows. They believe what we have witnessed the past months is simply a suckers’ rally, a bear market rally. On the other hand, there are those who believe the worst of the global economic crisis is behind us and so it the worst of the stock market deterioration. That we might even be at the birth site of a baby bull market.

I was reading Proverbs today. The verses about what we say caught my attention.

The mouth of the righteous is a well of life
Prov 10:11 (NKJV)

There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.
Prov 12:18 (NKJV)

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
Prov 16:24 (NKJV)

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Prov 25:11 (NKJV)

And probably the one that has been most frequently quoted by those who have a desire to speak words of creative healing and improvement to a situation is:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Prov 18:21 (NKJV)

I am not a “name it and claim it” “word faith” advocate. I trust I’m not an ostrich hiding my head in the sand. But in the above verses I find a challenge to speak creative life and power from the Lord, since the tongues of believers do have great power, much as Jesus spoke life and power which effected healing to those who came to Him. Believers can effect change by prayer and speaking out the grace-filled intentions of the Lord… which actually might be plans for building up and restoring the US economy.

James warned of what the tongue could do if misused:
4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
James 3:4-12 (NKJV)

Of course, there is always a need for warnings when disaster is really approaching. Many warned over the last couple of years but few listened. Perhaps the warnings about a shock to the economy and market to take it down to 6,000 or even 5,000 are valid and I’m deaf right now. But even if more disaster is approaching, why not tell the storm to die down as Jesus did? Is it so crazy to use our tongues and faith to thwart the possibility of further bad things? I’m praising God that some of the corruption in both the financial systems as well as individuals (Madoff, Stanford, megabonuses to terribly performing execs) have been getting exposed. I think it’s fabulous! I want more exposures to happen even while the economy is landing and stabilizing like the airplane landing in the frigid Hudson with no casualties.

I was grateful to the Lord to provide some buying opportunities recently in some high dividend close-end funds - I personally invested in Alpine Total Dynamic Dividend Fund - AOD - with yield of 19% (7.59) and Eaton Vance Tax-Managed Global Diversified Equity Income Fund - EXG - with yield of 17.9% (10.63). I have invested in Hercules Technology Growth Capital - HTGC - since January 2009 and increased my position through the February and March declines. HTGC's current yield is 14.5% (8.20). AOD and EXG will pull back if the market pulls back (their NAVs loosely track the market). But they should also pay me in the double digits in the meantime so I can sleep without worrying about market fluctuations as various tongues, mine included, remain in controversy and prophesy various futures.

June 22, 2009

DOW broke through 8600 + High dividend funds

Well, the DOW held at 8600 from June 2 through June 12 but then it broke down through 8600. I did get stopped out of my long position on the DOW. Given this, I no longer believe I was accurate in saying the DOW will go to 9200 this month. The correction from 8600 is mild so far, only down about 3%.

Phil of philsgang.com has a wise phrase, "When the market opens I lose my opinion so I don't lose my money." Today I lost my opinion (faith in what I heard) so I didn't lose more of my money. I will continue to take some profits to free up some cash as I trust this pullback will be a correction rather than a retesting of the March lows. I will also be looking for a lower entry point to purchase some higher dividend yielding funds and stocks (such as ADVDX, AOD, EOS, EXG, FAX and HTGC).

June 15, 2009

DOW hovering at 8600

Last night I had the feeling the DOW would pull back sometime this week to 8600. Today the DOW is down about 200 points and is hovering at 8600, plus or minus a handful of points. The DOW, according to what I have heard in prayer, will stay above 8600, meaning it will not close below 8600. That is why I said below 8600 is the support. After prayer today I believe the DOW will close down less than 100 points, so the DOW will close near or above 8700.

Please know this blog is not that old. Although I have had wonderful success listening to the Lord in my life making solid investments prophetically, I have certainly made some mistakes as well. Please do not trade based on today's post. I am simply posting to go on record what I have heard today. I continue to hold a long position, despite literally everyone I'm listening to except one economist (who I just learned about late yesterday after I posted the DOW will go to 10,000, his name is Mark Skousen) saying the market will either correct or crash. This is not an especially fun time for me (understatement) as I'm going against an extremely strong current of many other prayerful or well-considered opinions.

Update as of June 15, 2009 1:15pm: The DOW did close above the support at 8600, at 8612. However, it closed down 187 points, not less than 100 points as I had said above. So I was incorrect and apologize for that. Tomorrow will be an interesting day as will the rest of this month.

June 13, 2009

DOW to 9200, a correction to about 8800, then on to 10,000

The Lord spoke in my spirit and I subsequently prayed a few separate times deeply and carefully over the correctness of this communication, making sure each word carried the clarity of His will. Please know direct communication with words and sentences is the main way I communicate with Him and I hope you see the accuracy of the previous words He has given, especially recently the DOW going to above 8600 and staying there. The DOW resting above 8600 is support (not according to fundamentals, but according to His word) so I would personally not be shorting the DOW or S&P 500 now. If you don’t believe this, then perhaps consider just staying in cash and buying on a future correction. There will be one, although not the 10% correction many traders would love to see, at least not before this September.

“Because my children have wanted a correction, I will give them one. After the DOW goes to 9200 this June, it will go down 100, 200, yes, 300 points. Even 400 points. 8800 is the signal to buy during the correction. Take heed that DOG, the short of the DOW, is GOD backwards. This prophet heard another say yesterday the DOG is GOD backwards. That is true. I can repair with mystery, I can repair with air. Yes, the DOW is up with air, air, air! Watch my wind blow. Watch me, 10,000 in September 2009. A present to my children and those not yet my children. A birthday present because Catherine has asked for one, a birthday party where everyone receives presents. I will repair with air, with that which you cannot see. Rejoice because I will inflate your portfolios! Rest in My words, I am doing things you cannot see. You see air, but I will inflate, I will inflate your smile!”

After I finished praying yet again over this word, I had a vision of Jesus sitting next to me here on my swing. He handed me a gift-wrapped box, square, about eight inches on each side. I’m not to open until by birthday in September but I believe this gift has to do with the market. Now He is no longer sitting next to me, but the gift-wrapped box is in my spirit. I believe whatever this gift is, it will be multiplied to many, whoever wants it and believes for it, too.

I need to add one more comment. I laid down to rest after praying (after all the above was written) and saw what I had seen yesterday. So this vision has now appeared twice with this same intensity as my February 19 vision. I saw the DOW chart when it had reached 11,000 and the chart was all in pitch black. No up and down colored candlesticks, just all in ashen black. Additional black candlesticks, like swords, of short-sellers appeared chaotically just above the DOW chart, similar to the February 19 vision. Except in that vision, there were the normal colors of the candlestick chart. On this DOW at 11,000 vision, the chart and the additional candlestick “swords” above the chart are all in black. This is a chaotic feel, a stormy feel, with a great deal of turbulence. I will keep praying about this and post further revelation. So this makes me all the more committed to enjoying the Lord’s inflating the DOW to 9200, correcting it back to 8800 for another entry point, and inflating it again to 10,000 which is the party with presents for all. After that I may be exiting until and after the black period of the DOW at 11,000 occurs. I’m sure He will give more direction in the future, I wanted to share this at the time because the vision has been vivid and intense twice in two successive days during or just after prayer when resting in Him. Carpe diem, timing is everything, and the Lord is telling us what He is going to do so we prosper wisely for the sake of building His kingdom in these end times.

Note: I have edited a few previous posts where I prophesied the DOW to 12,000 in mid September. Where 12,000 appears it should be replaced with the number 10,000 as of today. The reason for the correction is I have believed with conviction all the numbers of the DOW from the Lord: 7200, 7500, 7800, 8200, 8600 , and 9200, and the time frames of 8200 in April and 9200 in June and the DOW staying above 8600. But I have not had the same conviction about 12,000 by mid September. Originally the number I had heard was 10,000 but I had such great faith I also heard and thus expected 12,000. Whether I was right or wrong in my initial post, the Lord can change His mind on His actions as shown by many, many accounts in the Bible. As of this writing, the correct number from the Lord is the DOW above 10,000 on September 16, 2009. By the way my birthday is in September and I asked the Lord for this birthday present, that by His word coming true many would be blessed. Please see also the post today above that there will be a modest correction after the DOW goes to 9200 but before it goes to 10,000.

Update as of July 30, 2009 at 7:00 am: The DOW broke up through 9200 today, only one month later than when I prophesied on April 28, 2009 that it would happen by or in June 2009. Why the one month delay to July 2009? I either heard wrong or God changed His mind on timing. Also, given we had a correction from about 8800 to 8200 (600 points) during the end of June and beginning of July, I have been asking the Lord if He switched the timing and whether the correction which He mentioned happened before the DOW touched 9200 rather than after. I honestly don't have clarity.

Update as of September 16, 2009: Please see the words of the Lord to me on April 28, 2009, again on May 18 & 19, 2009, and on June 13, 2009 where He said, "Watch me, 10,000 in September 2009. A present to my children and those not yet my children. A birthday present because Catherine has asked for one, a birthday party where everyone receives presents. I will repair with air, with that which you cannot see. Rejoice because I will inflate your portfolios! Rest in My words, I am doing things you cannot see. You see air, but I will inflate, I will inflate your smile!" I incorrectly assumed the DOW would go to 10,000 by my birthday on September 16, which is mid September. But the Lord simply stated in September. I am the one who added "mid September" and "by September 16". Please accept my apologies as these additions were not in the original word from the Lord. On September 16, 2009 the DOW closed at 9791, a stone's throw of only 209 points or a mere 2.1% increase to 10,000.

June 7, 2009

Obama & Bull Market Has Begun - An unusual word from the Lord

I went for my regular prayer walk with the Lord. The following word I heard very clearly in my spirit, knowing the voice of the Lord. This revelation is quite unusual for me as I did not vote for Obama and although I have prayed often for him, I must be honest I have done my fair share of criticizing his administration's policies. Given this word from the Lord I have repented. My heart is greatly softened towards Obama in prayerful support of His leadership, prayer for wisdom for him, and the Lord's manifestation through events in these troubled times.

Here are the clear and brief words the Lord spoke to me which I am heeding:

“I am upset my children are attacking my man, Obama. Do they not remember their own dark places and I healed them? Do they not remember their own false thoughts and I showed them My truth?

“Do not criticize Obama, but pray.

“The bull market has begun. The cow market is no longer. The bear market is no longer. Watch what I do.

“My grace is deep, my love is deep for the world. Yes, even Muslims I love as only I can draw them. As Obama, who loves my son, does love Muslims. I will draw them.

“Watch what I do in the markets. Watch what I do in your hearts if you will yield to my goodness! My ways are not your ways although you may know Me. If your prayer has no love what is your prayer? You cannot begin to see what I will do to right wrongs. You are blind. My prophets have hidden themselves in caves and see calamity. They see the black widows on the walls. I will right wrongs. I will resurrect. My prophets eyes will hurt in the light, but they will see vast spaces. I will bring them out of hiding in caves. Because my lovingkindness exceeds the dark depths of the seas and the black depths of the night skies. Because I love - because I alone love - will I do these things. I am Jesus, yes, the Father, and yes, the One Who walks amongst you, so My ways may be known on this earth. Watch how you pray, do you love?”

Update as of June 8, 2009 6:15pm: I temporarily removed this post this morning when the market was down 120 points and re-posted it this evening. Why? It went against my personal opinions. My personal opinions had been critical of Obama's administration and that this market is still a cow market and not the beginning of a bull market (witness the DOW going down today 120 points before rising at end of day to close about even, not very bull-like, although I believed the May 19 word that market would not break below 8600). God gently required me to re-post, irrespective of my personal opinions. So I am humbled even more to go on a limb and pray for Obama, knowing the light of the Lord will shine greatly and in unusual ways in these times.

Update as of July 30, 2009 at 7:00 am: The DOW broke up through 9200 today, only one month later than when I prophesied on April 28, 2009 that it would happen by or in June 2009. Why the one month delay to July 2009? I either heard wrong or God changed His mind on timing. Either way, I have been fully invested in my portfolio knowing God said the market would go to 9200 and then 10,000. Also, on May 19, 2009 He said there would be a “jump” in the market after the “hop” and “skip” were completed (it looks like the “jump” is happening this July 2009 and might take us to all the way to 10,000). More commentators and economists are saying we have turned the corner on the bear market and are in the beginning of a bull market as I heard from the Lord on June 7, 2009.

I continue to pray for President Obama and congress although his administration's policies and ideologies do distress me. Throughout the Bible, political leaders - whether good or evil or misled - were used for God's purpose to get the attention of His people. I am still greatly hopeful the voice of America’s people will be raised against the leadership powers that seek to restrict and socialize the American dreams of hard-working Americans, de-incentivize businesses that provide employment and GDP growth, and further increase tax burdens for generations to come. All Americans dream and hope for a better life. America is the most generous nation in the world in terms of charitable giving. Taking from those who have worked hard to get where they are (and have typically blessed many others through employment opportunities and/or charitable giving) and giving to those still on their journey for the American dream is wrong. We are not a socialist or communist nation. We are a nation of creative and hard-working people who should be allowed to reap the fruit of their creativity and labors. In business, when a cup overflows, it almost always flows out to bless others. Dry up the incentives for businesses, and the American dream will become a memory and not a future.

Update as of October 29, 2011:
The DOW closed just under 10,000 on the date of this prophecy. It rose fairly steadily with normal corrections to 11,200 on April 26, 2010.