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San Francisco: God Loves You, But…(Part 1)

When the vision ended, I sat there trying to make sense of what I had just seen.

That’s when the angel appeared.

He stared at me. “Let’s go.”

Shock hit me, my mouth hung open. “Huh?” I mumbled.

Without explanation, the angel reached over and grabbed my left hand. We took off at the speed of light. I looked down as Albert disappeared quickly into a black dot and heard a faint “wolf” fall out of his mouth.

The dome of the San Francisco City Hall appeared directly ahead of us. It looked like we would crash into it. But before I could scream, we passed through it and landed in the Supervisors’ meeting chamber on the second floor. A wooden bench somehow telescoped out of the wall, up near the ceiling, and we sat down.

Under us, I saw the eleven supervisors sitting in their leather swivel-chairs. Each had a laptop computer on the desk in front of them. They talked and carried on. It was the weekly San Francisco Supervisors’ meeting.

The angel turned toward me. His robe whispered softly as he pivoted around.

“Open your eyes and see,” he said with a quiet power filled with heavenly authority.

I looked down again. This time my spiritual eyes opened.

I saw a grotesque creature sitting on the right shoulder of each of the eleven supervisors. The chimpanzee-size beings had a mixture of what looked like reptile, dragon, and wolf-like body parts with stubby tails, talons for feet, scale-covered wings, web-like hands and misshapen faces which protruded into long snouts and were filled with sharp teeth. They resembled dingy, gray gargoyles.

Each creature held its right wing over their assigned supervisors’ eyes. Their right hands were curled into a megaphone shape so they could speak directly into the supervisors’ ears. Their left hands looped behind the supervisors’ heads and covered their left ears.

The creatures never rested. When they were not speaking into ears, they looked up, around and at each other, their heads constantly moved about, their eyes searching to and fro. They seemed to be driven by a deep dread, almost as if a cruel slave master’s power instilled a fear in them.

What is this? I thought. Why am I here?

“Today is show and tell day, preparing you for your first assignment next week,” said the angel.

“First assignment – next week?”

“Quiet! I’m the teacher. You’re the student. Understand?” he whispered a stinging rebuke at me.

His voice contained no anger. Love cushioned the blows, but yet, I felt the power behind the rebuke. I shuddered and nodded.

“Earlier today, you had a vision. In it, you saw yourself being used as a sword by the Lord Jesus against a brass gate. The brass gate you saw was a gate of Hell over this city. It must be attacked so the truth from heaven can be heard in San Francisco. You are His chosen weapon for the undertaking.”

He paused a beat before continuing.

“Your spiritual eyes have been dialed up two notches, but that’s more than enough for you to get an idea of what’s happening in the Supervisors’ meeting room,” he said. “As you can see, demons sit on the supervisors’ shoulders, blocking information that is contrary to Satan’s agenda. At the same time, evil ideas are constantly spoken into the supervisors’ ears.”

He pointed a finger at me. “Remember: our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the hordes of Satan.”

I nodded.

Then, he pointed at the supervisors. “Look again.”

This time I saw words streaming through the ceiling on what looked like hologram ticker tapes carried on laser beams. These words flowed to the ears of the creatures, the supervisors and everyone in the room.

I read them; they said, “Alternative life style.” “Pro-choice.” “Gay pride.” “Toleration.” “Christians are bigots.” “Abortion is a woman’s right.” “Separation of church and state.”  “San Francisco Pride.”

As each new message arrived, the creatures spoke into the ears of supervisors. A source from above orchestrated everything.

The angel pointed up. “Look.”

As I obeyed, the ceiling and roof over us opened and I saw into the second heaven. My eyes took a few moments adjusting to the spirit realm. But then, I saw a creature sitting on a large brass throne, blocking a portal coming out of the third heaven. Light rays attempted to flow through the portal, but only a few rays were able to pass by the large creature.

The creature’s appearance alternated between looking like a beautiful angel dressed in white and that of a monster version of the dingy, gray gargoyles, sitting on the supervisors’ shoulders. Like the smaller demons, the creature never rested. It caused fear in the hierarchy of demons below it and seemed fearful of its own cruel masters above it.

The words I saw, streaming through the ceiling like hologram ticker tapes, emanated from this creature. I saw additional word streams coming out of the creature’s mouth, heading toward Sacramento, Hollywood, Washington, D. C., New York City, newspapers, television networks, movie studios, publishers, corporations and thousands of other places.

The angel interrupted my thoughts.

“What you are seeing is the spirit of depravity. It is a ruling principality over San Francisco and guards a gate of Hell over the city. So powerful is this spirit that its wickedness is spread throughout the nation.

“The reason the spirit switches back and forth between appearances is it is creating confusion by this maneuver in the minds of people, whereby good is called evil and evil good.”

He grabbed my left hand. “Hang on.”

We flew up over City Hall and stopped, suspended high above the dome’s peak. The angel waved his hand over the city.

“Next week, your assignment is to begin engaging the spirit of depravity in battle.”

He then spent a few minutes giving me instructions from the Lord God of Hosts.

The above scene is from my ebook novel, Jonah.

**This series is a rerun from July, 2011.**

(Continued in Part 2)

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Why California? Why San Francisco? Why Now? (Part 6)

When God sealed His covenant with Abram, He also spoke prophetic words to the patriarch, part of which are included in the following:

And you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. And in the fourth generation they [your descendants] shall come back here [to Canaan] again, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full and complete. (Genesis 15:15-16 AMP)

What did God mean by saying the Amorites’ iniquity was not yet full and complete?

If you can, picture God holding a cup in His hand for a nation or city in which all of the iniquities are being poured into. When the cup is full to the brim of iniquity, God is forced to act as a Judge against that nation or city.  In this case, God would act against the Amorites and give their lands to Israel.

Now, let’s skip forward fourteen hundred years to when King Hezekiah’s son, Manasseh, became king over Judah.

But he did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. (2 Chronicles 33:2)

Eventually, Manasseh repented of all the Amorite-like iniquities he committed and he reversed many of them, but a few could not be atoned for. These iniquities were referred to as the sins of Manasseh.  These specific iniquities caused Judah to be defeated by King Nebuchadnezzar and then carried off into exile in Babylonia.

What were these iniquities? Witchcraft, sorcery, divination, and worst of all:

and also because of the innocent blood that he [Manasseh] had shed; for he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, which the LORD would not pardon. (2 Kings 24:4)

The innocent blood refers to King Manasseh’s introduction of an initiation rite into the Temple for newborn babies. The babies were passed between the molten red-hot hands of the idol Molech (an Amorite god). This became a widespread practice in Judah and caused many children to be burned to death. In the Law, God specifically forbid this iniquity, with the penalty being death by stoning.

Let’s look at the gay rights’ movement of today.

What are the real motives behind all of the gay rights’ battles over the last forty or so years?

To remove discrimination of gays in the workplace and wherever? Yes of course. There is no doubt Americans, especially us Christians, have discriminated against the gay community and caused them terrible suffering in times past. Yet, with the new laws and changing times, gay discrimination is mostly a thing of the past.

If discrimination is taken care of, what are the other motives?

Same-sex marriages? By itself, not really a big deal as only a small percentage of gays are getting married in the states where same-sex marriages are legal.

Reversal of policies in the military? Also, by itself, not really a big deal.

Gay adoptions? Again, by itself, not really a big deal.

All of the other gay issues, except one, are by themselves no big deals to the gay rights’ movement.

Sheol [Grave] and Abaddon [Hell] are never satisfied, nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied. (Proverbs 27:20)

As I wrote in Part 1 of this series, our present world has been created to be in subjection to angels, or under an angelic form of government. Because of Adam’s fall, our world’s angelic government is headed by Satan and manned by his demon horde.

Demonic leaders over regions, cities, states, nations, and whatever are known as principalities. These demonic principalities strive to control events and the people on earth under their authorities.

For San Francisco, it is my belief the ruling principality over the city is the spirit of depravity.

So, when we look at the most important gay motive (after the removal of discrimination), we need to also keep in mind what the spirit of depravity has in mind.

(Continued in Part 7) 

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Not The Father, But A Good Dad Anyway

Joseph looked up to see his bride, Mary, walking toward him. He laid his chisel down and walked toward her. His heart raced to see her again after her three month visit with her cousin, Elizabeth.

They hugged.

“I’m sorry Mary,” whispered Joseph, “I’m all sweaty and dusty from my carpentry work.” He brushed some dust off her shoulder and then added, “I wasn’t sure when you would return.”

She smiled. “I wasn’t sure either,” she said,”but it feels good to be back in your arms again.”

He gently held her close, content to be near her again. His dark eyes looked into her happy eyes. “What’s new with you? You look more radiant than ever.”

“I’m pregnant.”

Joseph gasped. His eyes double-blinked. “You’re what?” he said, shaking his head.

“Yes, I’m pregnant,” she said, bursting with child-like faith. “The angel Gabriel appeared – ”

“An angel made love to you? Isn’t that sin?” Joseph interrupted as he removed his arm from around her shoulders.

Like a lightning bolt, a thought lit up Mary’s mind, this is going to be tougher than I thought it would be. Help me Lord.

She held a forefinger to her mouth to shush him. “Let me tell you everything, including what Elizabeth prophesied, okay?”

He nodded.

When Mary finished telling him about Gabriel and Elizabeth, he said nothing. “Joseph, you believe me, don’t you?” Mary whispered.

“I want to,” replied Joseph, “but I just can’t. It’s never happened before.”

Mary wept, her heart broken by Joseph’s words. “What will you do?” she whispered.

“Just give me a few days to think about this,” he said. Then, he returned to his work.

Obviously, this is a fictional story, but something close to this most likely happened.

It’s easy to understand how devastated both had to be after the admission by Mary of her pregnancy. She probably did not understand why Joseph didn’t believe her and he probably thought she was a liar and a possible wanton.

Soon afterward, Joseph made up his mind to divorce Mary. He would go to two or three elders and write a letter of divorcement. But not wanting to disgrace Mary, he would not mention her pregnancy.

Yet, before he could carry out his plan, an angel appeared to him in a dream and confirmed what Mary had told him, even telling him the Child was to be named Jesus.

Joseph obeyed the directions of the angel and married Mary.

From this time on, Joseph was the protector of Jesus. No longer did Mary have visitations from angels, but instead they appeared to Joseph, the head of the family.

It’s my belief that the Father loved His Son so much that He gave Jesus an earthly dad who resembled the Father in humility and love, a man named Joseph.

Happy Fathers’ Day to all.

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“Are You Guys Ready? Okay. Let’s Roll.” (Todd Beamer, 9/11/2001)

On September 11, 2001, thirty-two year old Todd Beamer boarded United Airlines Flight 93 at Newark International Airport, heading for San Francisco International Airport. An account representative for Oracle, Beamer had a scheduled meeting with a SONY representative in San Francisco.

Beamer and his wife, Lisa, had just returned from a week’s holiday in Rome the day before. So, maybe, he was shaking off the effects of jet lag and settling into his seat for a long nap after the plane departed forty-two minutes late (8:42 AM).

Yet, no matter what he was doing, forty-six minutes later (9:28 AM), Beamer and the rest of the passengers’ lives were forever changed.

Four Islamic Jihaddists, members of Al Qaeda, hijacked the plane. At least two people were killed and the rest of the passengers were herded to the back of the plane. One hijacker said he had a bomb and would blow up the plane if the passengers resisted in any way.

Several of the passengers called on their cell phones and learned about the two planes crashing into the World Trade Center Towers. Beamer contacted Lisa Jefferson, a GTE Airfone supervisor, and told her what was happening on Flight 93.

Beamer stayed connected on the phone with Jefferson as he and others plotted to storm the cockpit and retake the plane. A vote was taken and a plan was agreed upon.

But before Beamer and his group set off, Beamer prayed the Lord’s Prayer with Jefferson and also said, “If I don’t make it, please call my family and let them know how much I love them.”

Then, there were muffled sounds over the phone and Beamer’s voice could be heard saying, “Are you guys ready? Okay. Let’s roll.”

Minutes later the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, PA (10:02 AM). Of the four hijacked planes on September 11, 2001, it was the only one not to hit its assigned target.

Let’s look at the options Todd Beamer and the others in the group felt they had on that fateful day aboard Flight 93:

Option #1: Do nothing and die.

Option #2: Fight and die, with the hope that they might at least spoil the enemies’s plans.

In their minds, there was no third option because they thought one of the hijackers had a bomb strapped to his waist. So, when they stormed the cockpit on that day, they believed they would die. And they did.

When the plane crashed, it was just twenty minutes away from its expected target: either the White House or the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Okay, what about us? 

Like Flight 93, I believe America has been hijacked and is headed for a crash. Who the hijackers are (or were) no longer matters because there is more than enough guilt for all of us to share a piece of it. And it no longer really matters who takes over the cockpit – a Republican or Democrat or Whoever- because I truly believe America is going to crash.

As for our options, I believe we Americans have two similar ones to what Todd Beamer and his group had on September 11, 2001.

At that time the Lord, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, called you to weep and mourn. He told you to shave your heads in sorrow for your sins and to wear clothes of burlap to show your remorse. But instead, you dance and play; you slaughter cattle and kill sheep. You feast on meat and drink wine. You say, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” (Isaiah 22:12-13)

Just like Israel, we can either mourn our sins through fasting and prayer or we can party and enjoy ourselves right up to the end. The choice is up to each one of us.

Who knows? Maybe like Beamer and his group, we can mess up our enemies’ and Satan’s plan for America.

So, as for me, I intend on praying and fasting for our hijacked nation on each Tuesday in the future. If you can, join me.

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Compromise Stinks

The intimacy with God message first began in the late 1970’s with John Wimber’s teachings and the introduction of a new music genre.

Wimber’s teachings about how God desired times alone with us believers, not because we earned them, but because He genuinely loved us, were needed messages for us believers who had been chained to works based mentalities. The accompanying music, now called contemporary worship music, helped us express our intimate love to the Father.

But as with most revelations from heaven, this important love message has been polluted over the years. So that today, many Christians believe that because God loves us and desires to spend time with us, He will then overlook our iniquities.

[Love] does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6)

How could we end up straying so far away from the truth?

Seldom does error blow into the Church like a hurricane, uprooting all truth standing in its way. But instead,  deceitful winds of doctrine erode the biblical foundations, a few grains of truth at a time. Then, after a period of time, the foundations of the Church no longer sit on a solid rock of revelation from God, but on the shifting sands of men’s thinking.

And this is exactly what has happened to the American Church.

At approximately the same time Wimber founded his Anaheim Vineyard Church in the late 1970’s, the American Church opened its eyes and realized our nation was heading down the wrong path. Legalized abortions slaughtered babies at the rate of 1.5 million per year. What to do?

Rather than looking at its own bloody hands first and then repenting, the Church pointed its fingers at politicians. They were the evil culprits. Thus, Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority was birthed in 1979 with a noble agenda to overturn abortion and other issues by mobilizing Christians to elect moral politicians. On the surface, it seemed like a good idea, but was it?

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (Proverbs 14:12)

At times, God has anointed men and the Church to take on political systems to change a nation’s directions. William Wilberforce with the abolition of slavery in England (1807) and Martin Luther King with the civil rights movement are two such examples. Yet these are the exceptions, not the norms.

The Church’s Great Commission is to disciple, baptize, teach, and preach the gospel, changing nations one person at a time. The Church is the bride of Christ, whose head is the Lord, and we are called to be a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, that we may proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkiness into His marvelous light.

When the Church lowered itself from its lofty calling and tossed away its holy mantle for prayer and fasting, and then clothed itself with earthly rags, placing its hope in political candidates, the Church stepped onto a slippery slope, greased with compromises. No longer were we friends of God, but instead, we became friends of the world.

So, here we are again, just months away from the 2012 elections. Will we the Church continue on our errant ways, hoping for change to come in our nation through our political system? Or will we repent? And then once again, pick up our mantles for fasting and prayer before the Most High God, the One who holds the destiny for our nation in His hands.

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Why California? Why San Francisco? Why Now? (Part 5)

There are many of us believers who look at the Old Testament and wrinkle our noses. We somehow feel we should just study and follow Jesus’ red letter words in the four Gospels, but the Apostle Paul did not agree with that thinking.

Now these things happened as examples for us… (1 Corinthians 10:6)

With Paul’s admonition in mind, let’s look at an Old Testament example to learn more about San Francisco’s plight.

Most of us know the story of Jonah and how the rebellious prophet decided to take a hike to Spain rather than obey the Lord. His sea trip was then cut short by a storm and eventually Jonah was dumped overboard by the sailors into the raging Mediterranean Sea. There a great fish swallowed him.

Okay, what was it like inside the great fish’s stomach?

The protein-digesting enzymes, the strong hydrochloric acids, the constant muscular contortions causing the stomach to churn digested food and Jonah toward a sphincter muscle which opened into the small intestine. The smell. The insufficient oxygen. His whole body constantly being burned by acids. The never-ending churning. It had to feel like a living Hell without end for him.

In fact, Jesus Himself later compared Jonah’s seventy-two hours in the great fish’s stomach to His time in the heart of the earth or Hell.

What did Jonah probably look like when he walked through Nineveh preaching his message?

I assume Jonah obeyed the Lord and went directly to Nineveh from the Mediterranean shore. It was a five hundred mile trek through rough country and across the Euphrates and Tigris rivers.

Thus, his skin, hair, and beard most likely still had yellow acid burns coloring them. And his clothing must have been tattered, stained, bleached, filled with acid holes, and smelly. He had to look and reek like Hell.

Jonah’s message, “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed,” would have gathered him a crowd in the Assyrian capital city, but even the heathen had babbling prophets in those days. So, why did the people listen and believe his prophetic words?

Jonah’s appearance and testimony about his three days and nights in the great fish had to be a powerful sign to the people of Nineveh of God’s mercy. Who could argue with him? The people quickly believed Jonah and his prophetic words, and then repented.

Jesus also referenced Jonah’s three days and nights inside the great fish as a sign to evil and adulterous generations. The message was loud and clear for all: “Repent at hearing the words of the Lord concerning judgments for sin or be destroyed.”

On April 18, 1906, at 5:12 AM,  a major earthquake struck San Francisco. A policeman who happened to be on duty said he heard a deep rumbling and looked up a hill. “The whole street was undulating. It was as if the waves of the ocean were coming toward me, and billowing as they came.” The earthquake lasted 65 t0 75 seconds.

Within seventeen minutes, fifty fires were reported in downtown San Francisco. Fire engines rushed to answer the calls, but the water mains were broken. The fires burned out of control.

Out of San Francisco’s population of 410,000, up to 75% were left homeless. Over 3,000 people died. 80% of the city was reduced to rubble by the earthquakes and fire.

At the time, San Francisco was the ninth largest city in America, and the largest city west of the Mississippi River. It’s port made it a banking, trading, and cultural center which gave it the title, “Gateway to the Pacific.”

The earthquake’s damage ended up diverting trade and population to Los Angeles which soon surpassed San Francisco as the most important and largest urban area on the West Coast.

Were there any prophetic warnings given ahead of time to San Francisco?

A woman named Ellen White may have had a vision ahead of time, but she did not publish or announce her vision until after the earthquake struck the city.

Frank Bartleman, an author and evangelist, was involved with the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles at the time the earthquake struck San Francisco. Soon after, he noticed how most preachers announced that God had nothing to do with the earthquake. Even school teachers taught their students that God was not involved in the San Francisco Earthquake.

Barthleman sought the Lord in prayer and ended up writing an Earthquake tract. In it, he explained how God was grieved with the wickedness of San Francisco and that the earthquake was a judgment for the city’s sins. The tract specifically answered the question, “Did God do that?”

Thousands of tracts were distributed to Los Angles and San Francisco. Many people repented and others were upset by them.

So, how does this all play out for today’s San Francisco?

(Continued in Part 6) 

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Why California? Why San Francisco? Why Now? (Part 4)

Do you think there were any babies and young children in Sodom and Gomorrah when God rained brimstone and fire on the cities?

Yikes! This is the type of question that skeptics ask us Christians which causes us to stutter and stammer. We may even end up second-guessing God and His motives. After all, did God’s anger push Him over the edge so that He became a baby murderer?

Okay, take a deep breath and let’s study sin.

“Sin is sin,” proclaim many people who think all types of sin are equal in God’s eyes, but is that really true?

Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:7)

The Bible separates sin into three specific types: sin, transgression, and iniquity.

Although the word sin can be used as a generic catchall word for all three types, its biblical definition really means “missing the mark,” as an archer’s arrow misses its target.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

Basic sin is disobedience to God’s commands and His word, but without willful intent. Examples of sin: losing your temper with your spouse; getting caught up in gossip with your neighbor; exaggerating your importance at work to a new employee; and so forth.

All basic sins can easily be taken care of by asking forgiveness of the Lord and the person involved.

The word transgression means revolt or rebellion and is willful disobedience of God’s commands.

And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. (1 Timothy 2:14)

Eve knew that God had commanded them not to eat the fruit of the tree of good and evil, but she rebelled and did it anyway. As with all acts of rebellion, Eve suffered consequences for her transgression.

Truthfully, we all have transgressed at different times in our Christian journeys and can probably give interesting testimonies about the consequences we suffered. But as with sin, transgression simply requires us to ask forgiveness of the Lord and anybody involved. Then, we need to change our ways and not continue in the same transgression.

Yet, continuing in a transgression without repentance eventually leads to iniquity. The word iniquity means depravity (evil perverseness or moral corruption) and always carries within it the hatred of God and His ways.

Iniquity is not a voluntary or involuntary disobedience to the commands of God, like sin and transgression are, but instead, it is a second nature sin. It is a demonic stronghold within the individual which may have been passed on through one’s ancestors or the result of continued willful transgressions or the surrender of oneself to an evil principality over a region.

The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. (Proverbs 5:22 ESV)

Ridding oneself of iniquity is not as easy as it is for sins or transgressions. Because it is intertwined with the individual’s personality and attitudes, it requires acceptance of truth, God’s mercy, and the fear of the Lord to set an individual free. This totally depends on a deliverance move by the Spirit of God upon the people.

…For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting [punishing] the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me (Deuteronomy 5:9)

Iniquities are not committed in spiritual vacuums. They are committed before the throne of God and cry out to the Judge to be avenged.

So, when God acted against Sodom and Gomorrah, the people’s iniquity had reached completion. In fact, there were not ten people in the cities who were not filled with this horrible sin. This included young children which the parents had defiled by passing iniquity on to them through the bloodlines. It was then a part of the young children’s second nature and attitudes.

Now, I believe the Father foresaw the iniquity that would be committed by the babies and the young children. And because of His love, He removed the young people of Sodom and Gomorrah before they were accountable for their iniquities. By doing this, the children died in their innocence and not in full-bloomed iniquity.

Our God is a good Father who views eternity as more important for His creation than the present.

So, why San Francisco now?

(Continued in Part 5)

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