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The Crows

If you have lived within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent long enough, and specifically Chatham, you are well aware of a darkness that goes out of the city in the morning, and comes in to the city to roost at night. Thousands, of crows that have blessed us with their presence during the fall/winter months and leave during the spring/summer months.

An article dated March 7, 2017, titled “Inside Chatham-Kent’s Never-Ending Crow Battle” states, and quote: “Chatham-Kent has had a crow infestation for more than a century.” I encourage you to read the article here.

It gives an overview of the history associated with the epidemic within our community.

In a previous post I noted, that the Church is to watch Israel, according to what is transpiring their naturally, the same is taking place within the Church spiritually, and that we can look to what is transpiring naturally within our Municipality to see what is taking place spiritually as well.

The characteristics of the crows can give us insight to what is transpiring spiritually. Taken from article “Facts About Crows” dated May 2, 2017, written by Alina Bradford. You can read the article here.

  1. Extremely Intelligent.

  2. Known for Problem Solving Skills

  3. Amazing Communication Skills.

  4. Often forage in groups, most stay in large groups. (Congregations)

  5. A group of crows is called a “murder.” (We murder with our tongue)

  6. A murder of crows will band together and chase predators in a behavior called “mobbing” (Surround and Attack)

  7. Omnivores, which means they will eat nearly anything. (False Doctrines)

  8. They also eat insects, seeds, grains, nuts, fruit, non-insect arthropods, mollusks, worms, and even other birds.

The habits of the crows that are noted within the city of Chatham include:

  1. Migrate in fall/winter and leave during spring/summer seasons. Note it is only in the city of Chatham that crows migrate to.

  2. The number of crows is increasing, numbering in the thousands.

  3. They roost in treetops located near the Thames River (River Road) and on roof tops located on Richmond Street.

  4. Leaving the city in early morning to forage in nearby farmers fields and returning late afternoon to roost. Note they travel east of the city in the morning.

  5. They are scavengers going through garbage.

  6. Their “Caw” makes distinct sounds to communicate.

  7. Local business’s, especially car dealerships are constantly cleaning crow droppings off vehicles.

What is the interpretation spiritually of the presence of crows?

We should consider that the presence of crows is due to the condition of the church.

  1. The crows represent the people, and the tree tops they roost in represent leaders.

  2. They also roost on roof tops that represents Business’s.

  3. The voice, the “CAW” of the crow represents the voice of the people. Roosting in the tree tops, and tops of buildings, is the negative, criticism, faultfinding, voice of the people against leadership, the community in general, and one another, whether it be government, the marketplace or the church. (Bitter waters, springing forth from within)

       Note the name Chatham has the word CHAT in it.

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

       Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Galatians 6:7

  1. Richmond Street – Name Meaning: “Rich” = wealthy and “Hill” = Mountain, old powerful, protector.

  2. Richmond Street is associated with Industry.

        Industry is synonymous with wealth, prosperity, and abundance, reflecting the city’s thriving economy and rich culture.             (Experiencing for years the prosperity and growth of manufacturing, then to experience the decline, to nonexistent,                   affecting the wealth and prosperity of our community)

Have we reaped what we have sown?

  1. Note the lack of fervor during the spring/summer months of the church. The shutting down of bible studies, and meetings during these times every year, that coincides with the leave of the crows.

  2. Forage, in search for food. Many individuals who bounce from one church community to another in search of spiritual food. (There are many wells without water. 2 Peter Chapter 2)

  3. A car/automobile represents one’s person, and/or their ministry or job. The droppings of the crows over the vehicles represents the corruption of the people and their ministry or job. (Reaping what you sow)

  4. This has been a long-standing issue. “A Century” Thousands and growing, grace the sky over our wonderful community. Obviously, the spiritual cause has not been dealt with.

This is a Spiritual Stronghold


There will be no deliverance without repentance, individually and corporately. This needs to be dealt with, much is at stake in order to move forward.

  • Ask the Lord, “Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my anxieties, and see if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

  • Repent of the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness. Isaiah 58:9b

  • Repent of criticism, faultfinding, all negative words, and speaking evil.

  • Ask for the precious blood of Jesus to cover your sins.

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