How does one not break into tears or get choked up when viewing the images of the aftermath of Newtown’s devastating loss? Indeed, the untimely death of so many precious little lives and the adults that cared for them is gripping to the core. Truly our nation mourns for these families that have suffered such loss.
In the midst of watching these events unfold via television newscasts I was struck by the word “inexplicable” that someone used while being interviewed about the horrendous tragedy that struck Sandy Hook Elementary School. That seemed like an appropriate word – how do you explain such carnage?
But ‘in the Lord’ it does not have to be “inexplicable” and there can be clarity. There is a prophetic dynamic in the Lord that is available for us to access in the midst of difficulty, confusion, heartache, and needed answers. He wants us to walk in wisdom, understanding, and discernment.
He brings light to dark situations. In fact the word says, “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”(Jn 1:5) Even in the natural before dawn can break forth it takes the dark night. If we look to the Lord in the darkness, light will surely come. Understanding will unfold even as the dawn will progress to the noonday sun and shadows will be no more. His Light will cause all shadows of fear, confusion, and doubt to flee.
The world’s way can only process at a lower level when trying to figure out great loss – looking for motive, for mental or emotional issues, for broken relationships, etc. to try and explain the inexplicable. These certainly play a part and might seem to be the root causes. But there is another hidden deeper root that is usually not spoken of because of complete ignorance or lack of understanding.
Without knowing this deeper dark root it is easy to just blame God. If He is so good and He is in charge, then how could He allow this? Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Again, if we do not go deeper in understanding we will walk this life angry, bitter, confused, and/or hindered. We will miss out on His fullness. He wants us full no matter the difficulty.
A television anchor came close to exposing this hidden dark root. He said, “Evil has visited Newtown.”
Evil is the operative word here and indeed evil visited Newtown. The demonic is very real. Satan and his demons are malicious and relentless. They work through man’s selfish and broken flesh to incite destruction, perversion, fear, and doubt, along with other negative effects. They hinder us from living abundant lives. They work to twist our understanding of who God really is. Most of the world and, even many Christians, fail to realize or grasp the cosmic warfare that is going on around us, let alone the demonic influence among us and for some, within.
Though these dark forces might look like they are in charge or winning, the good news is this is one of the very reasons Jesus came – “to destroy the works of the devil”. (1Jn 3:8) Further good news – He has empowered His people to deal with these dark forces.
As I waited on the Lord to look for prophetic signs in this tragedy several things became evident. The dark side was obviously at work, but the Lord was clear and present. These prophetic indications bring me great hope and confidence. He always trumps Satan.
The meanings of personal names, words, titles, functions, etc. can be significant. Symbolic meanings of numbers and colors can be also important. Processing these types of things help in trying to understand difficult or confusing circumstances, and are also of benefit in interpreting dreams. For my limited exposure to this tragic situation I found the following to bring some understanding and eternal perspective.
Prophetic things to consider:
- Sandy Hook Elementary – the meaning of the name Sandy is ‘defending men’. Much defending and protecting happened at this school on that fateful day.
- Adam, the killer – meaning of Adam is ‘to be red, earth’. Adam, the name of the first man, is symbolic of God’s marvelous creation of man and also, sadly, fallen man. The name Adam can symbolize the brokenness and depravity that resides in our flesh as a result of the fall. Yet One came to rescue ‘man’ from dark ways and broken relationship with Him. All because He so loved the world.
- Nancy, shot by her son Adam, – the meaning of Nancy is ‘grace’. Satan hates grace and would like to annihilate it. But he never will. “Of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.” (Jn 1:16) “Where ‘sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.” (Rom 5:20) Amazing grace is being poured out profusely in Newtown.
- 20 children were killed – the number 10 is scripturally symbolic of ‘trial or testing’. Here, the ten is doubled – hence, double the trial and testing. He can use this trial to increase faith and endurance, that His people may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (Ja 1:2-4)
- 8 boys were killed – the number eight is scripturally symbolic of ‘new beginnings, regeneration’. Also the sum of Jesus’ name in the Greek is ‘888’. In Jesus there is always new beginning and regeneration for ‘man’ (symbolized by the eight boys).
- 12 girls were killed – the number twelve is scripturally symbolic of ‘divine government, apostolic fullness, divine power, rule, anointing’. Those in Christ are known as His bride. She is called to rule and reign with power and authority. Satan hates the Bride of Christ. The loss of so many little girls is symbolic of the enemy’s hatred of the love of His life, His Bride. God told Satan in the garden after the fall – “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” (Gn 3:15) Jesus triumphed over the enemy and He will do it through His reigning Bride.
- 6 adults at the school were killed – the number six is scripturally symbolic of ‘man, the Beast, Satan, imperfection, sin, fallen human nature’. It is also scripturally symbolic of a ‘place of refuge’. Though the enemy manifest himself that day by destroying six adults and using the fallen flesh of a hurting young man, those six adults were a refuge to all those little ones in that school.
- The children were a picture of Jesus’ love for children – “Let the children alone, do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Mt 19:14 “Unless you are converted and become like children you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 18:3-4) The openness, dependency, simplicity, and abandoned love of children is dear to the Lord. Satan thought he could take a swipe at them but the word says these little ones angels in heaven continually see the face of Jesus’ Father who is in heaven. (Mt 18:10) God’s huge love and care were encircling these little ones even in the midst of horror and death. He will also be ministering to the surviving Sandy Hook Elementary children who were there on that horrendous day.
- The teachers were targeted. Teachers are so special in their ingrained desire to impart life lessons and knowledge to children. They have a genuine care for their students, their well being, and their success. They are passionate in wanting others to learn and grow. Jesus was also a Teacher who imparted eternal truths to His students. He deeply desires that His disciples mature and grow. The enemy hates life-giving teaching and the heart found in good teachers. Satan thought he could destroy some teachers but they rose up to the higher call to protect and comfort those in their charge. The heart of these teachers won, not Satan.
- Newtown – I found that name very prophetic. Newtown is picture of community, of family. God is our Heavenly Father who cares deeply about family. He loves community. His heart aches for their loss and pain. He will heal them. Newtown also speaks of ‘new’, and in light of this situation speaks of hope. He will do something new in Newtown. (Is 43:19)
No death or destruction instigated by demons or man’s flesh can match the resurrection power of God. He is good and He cares. He will redeem this awful tragedy. There will be many testimonies of His grace and goodness. The enemy thought he won, but God always trumps evil.
His grace, comfort, and love will prevail in Newtown.
- As His children, we do not have to be confused and overwhelmed by difficult or horrendous circumstances that happen at large or that directly impact our lives.
- He wants us to grow in prophetic understanding no matter what happens. When we look for and discover the prophetic in any situation we will find encouragement, edification, reassurance, comfort, insight, and rest. He really is at work in every situation. He wants us to see that. Ask Him to open your eyes to really ‘see’.
- We are not to be ignorant of or fearful of Satan, demons, or their schemes. (2Cor 2:11) Spiritual warfare is happening all the time. He has equipped us to fight. (Eph 6:11-12) We have been given authority and power over every dark force. We are called to defeat them and be more than overcomers. It is part of growing in God’s fullness.