The City of Redding lost her Fire Chief. Gerry Gray would have been at the helm of Carr Fire containment operations. Other capable leaders, of course, took charge. The prophetic symbol of Gerry’s passing is significant.
…A fragment of charred scripture from the Carr Fire found by a Redding, CA couple from 1 Kings 20:13
1 Kings 20:13 “Then a certain prophet came up to King Ahab of Israel and said “Thus says the Lord, Have you seen all this great multitude? Look, I will give it into your hand today, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” Ahab said, “By whom?” He said, “Thus says the Lord, By the young men who serve the district governors.” Then he said, “Who shall begin the battle?” He answered “You.” (NRSV)
Shawn Bolz Prophesies Romans 8:28 Over California’s Detrimental Carr Fire
“Before the greatest modern outpouring for charismatic and Pentecostalism, there was a great earthquake in San Francisco. It devastated the city, and believers began to pray and act. Some interpreted it as the voice of God wanting to wake people up to conviction. Others felt it was the enemy releasing hell because he knew heaven was about to visit and bring in more salvations than the world had seen in this generation.”
“I believe what God will do in Redding shortly after this terrible week will be historic for the church at large and will help to bring about a window of evangelism and ingenuity to the church that will come across media, both Christian and secular: Breakthrough is imminent!”
211 Norcal: Shelters, Resources, Information Regarding Evacuations and Fire
Bethel Global Response: Updates and Information
Specific Prayer Points
Winds to die down
– Provision (fiscal and practical) covering for those who have lost much
– Peace, safety and wisdom for our firefighters and first responders, as well as our officials
– Joy and hope levels in our city to rise and in the relief centers
– For certainty and strategy to battle the fire and to know its movements
– For total containment
– For the smoke to lift for planes to be able to provide air coverage
– For no more loss of life
– No more damaged property
– Incredible breakthrough in this fire
– Incredible provision
For our city not just rebound, but to be able to fully recover the way God intended our city to.
The Carr Fire burning in Shasta County near Redding has nearly doubled in size overnight, growing to over 80,000 acres as of Saturday morning. The fire is threatening almost 5,000 structures, according to Cal Fire. It has also prompted new mandatory evacuations.
The air chokes with the smell of smoke and chemicals, smoldering what’s left of people’s lives. The so-called Carr Fire roared through Shasta County, so thoroughly eating up homes, that it’s difficult to tell how many once stood in the ruins.
Firefighters continue to battle the Carr Fire, which began burning along Hwy 299 near Whiskeytown, and has burned east into parts of Redding. The fire is at 80,906 acres, and is five percent contained. Two firefighters have been killed. Earlier reports indicated that some injuries had occurred, however, updated government sources are not reporting any additional injuries. Media reports indicate that three people are still missing in Redding. Approximately 500 structures have been destroyed, while an additional 75 have been damaged. Approximately 4,978 structures are being threatened. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Shasta County to free up additional resources, and the National Guard was called in for assistance. A vehicle breakdown is believed to be the source of the fire.
More than 37,000 people have been evacuated in Shasta County. Additional evacuations have been issued for the following areas in the community of Happy Valley:
-Cloverdale Rd from Clear Creek Rd east to Oak St
-Oak St from Cloverdale Rd to Palm Ave, to include Dale Ln, Panther Rd, and Heavenly Valley Ln
-Hawthorn Ave from Oak St to Happy Valley Rd
-China Gulch Dr from Oak St to Canyon Rd
– All residences north of Cloverdale Rd, Hawthorn Rd, and China Gulch Dr
Mandatory evacuations remain in place for the following areas:
-Community of French Gulch
-SR 299 west of Trinity Mountain Rd to the base of Buckhorn Summit
-Whiskey Creek Rd to include the boat launch/day use areas
-South along Swasey Dr from SR299 to Placer Rd
-West along Placer Rd from Swasey Dr to Prospect Dr
-North from Prospect Dr to encompass Middle Park Ranch Land Area
-West of Overhill Dr and North of SR 299
-North of SR 299 and West of Spinmaker Rd to the end of Harlan Dr
-Keswick Dam East to Counter Lane, North to quartz Hill Rd
-North of Sacramento River to Keswick Dam Rd, West of Market Street and Lake Blvd to Keswick Dam
-North at Lake Blvd and Oasis Rd to Pine Grove Ave and Walker Mine Rd west of Cascade Rd/ I-5
-Pine Grove Ave North on Lake Blvd to Shasta Dam incorporating Summit City, North Belt Line and Flannigan Rd
-Intersection of Placer Rd and Buenaventura Blvd west to Thompson Lane
-Buenaventura Blvd from Placer Rd to Westside Rd
-Westside Rd to Keyon Drive incorporating Country Heights and West Redding neighborhood
-Buenaventura Blvd to SR 299 to Placer Rd
-Placer Road from Buenaventura Blvd to Cloverdale Rd
-Cloverdale Rd from Placer Rd to Clear Creek Rd
-Clear Creek Rd West from Cloverdale Rd to Honey Bee Rd
-Shasta Dam Visitor Center
-All of Shasta Dam Blvd
-All of Shasta Lake City
-Placer Rd from the Clear Creek Bridge to Clear Creek Rd
-Placer Rd at Platina Rd to Buell Rd which includes South Fork Rd, Zogg Mine Road, Jenny Bird Lane, Horse Canyon Rd and all residents West of Platina Rd between Placer Rd and Buell Rd
-All areas on South Fork Road from Zogg Mine Rd to South Fork Road to include the areas of Bender Rd, Serenity Dr and Serenit Way
The impacted ZIP codes are 96047, 96019, 96079, 96089, 96003, 96033, 96095, 96087, 96007, and 96001. Shelters have been set up at Weaverville Elementary School, located at 31020 Hwy 3; Shasta College, located at 11555 Old Oregon Trail in Redding; and Cross Point Community Church, located at 2960 Hartnell Ave in Redding. A large animal and livestock evacuation center is now open at the Redding Rodeo Grounds. Smaller animals are to be taken to Haven Humnane on East Side Dr.
The following roads are closed:
-Ashby Road & Lake Blvd
-Beltline at Oasis
-Benton & Quartz Hill Road
-Buckhorn Summit at SR 299 (Eastbound)
-Buenaventura at Keswick
-Buenaventura & Hwy 299
-Caterpillar at Market
-Clear Creek Road & Cloverdale Lane Hwy 299 at Buckhorn Summit
-Elk Dr at Carnelian
-Eureka Way at Court Street
-Gas Point at Clear Creek Rd
-Iron Mountain Rd at SR 299
-Keswick Dam Boulevard at Keswick Dam Facility
-Keswick Dam Road & Quartz Hill Road
-Lake at Keswick
-Lake at Oasis
-Lake at Quartz Hill
-Lower Springs Rd at Swasey Drive
-Market at Lake
-North Market South of Lake
-North Point at Redwood
-Oasis Road & Lake Blvd
-Placer at Buenaventura
-Placer at Mule Town
-Planting Road & Gas Point Road
-Railroad at Buenaventura
-Ridge Lane at SR 299
-Riviera at Howard
-SR 299 from Buenaventura Boulevard to Buckhorn Summit SR-273 at Bonnyville
-SR-273 at Branstetter
-SR-273 at Clear Creek
-SR-273 at Kenyon
-SR-273 at Westside Rd
-Sway Drive & Placer Road
-Texas Springs at Placer
-Texas Springs Road & Honeybee Road
Winds in the area are blowing from the north at four miles per hour, and relative humidity is 36 percent.
(Featured Image: “The Resurgence of Joy” – Redding Prophetic – 2018)
Particularly in Redding, California and Shasta County the expression of Holy Spirit Prophetic Artistic Outpouring among the prophetic sojourners and creative worship intercessors at Bethel and throughout the North State Body of Christ. Expressions of worship and colorful representations of the move of God in the hearts and lives of individuals. God is moving and the dark poverty flats assessment of Redding is transforming, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, into a hotspot for the healing light of Jesus in Northern California.
As the Holy Spirit moves, joy, regeneration, healing, encouragement. God is always moving and working. Praise the name of Jesus, high and lifted up, in all these matter. New purpose. New hope. New opportunity. He opens the doors of healing restoration.
And that is what it is. God says, “I give you permission to create.” The work of the Cross of Jesus Christ. Regeneration through the Holy Spirit. The colorful life of the regenerated heart. Moving forward, laying out each step and God engineers circumstances. Years of darkness become years of new beginnings and new hope.
The Colorful Expression of Prophetic Art and Worship
Historical Perspective – Apostolic and Prophetic Hub in Northern California – Harvest Rock Pasadena, The Call, Morningstar Ministries, Kansas City IHOP, Redding Little Country Church and the Move of God in Shasta County.
Bethel Church in Redding California is a core component of North State (Shasta County specifically) dislodgement out of poverty, drugged-out confusion and progressive homosexual urban center cultural agendas also known as the spirit of the world. Bethel’s rise and emphasis on healing (Bethel Healing Rooms / SOZO Healing & Deliverance) and prophetic supernatural ministry in Redding ideally targets the flat-line lawless individualism of secularism. How? Because of an emphasis on healing and freedom in the Holy Spirit to develop, know and express the gifts and the call of God through the love of Jesus Christ in healing and prophetic community of saints and relationships within and “on earth as it is in heaven” signs and wonders to the desperate and dark dwellers on the earth without.
God is moving chess pieces around. Redding’s reputation as poverty-flats outpost on the way to Oregon and Idaho; super-heated in the Summer thermal layers of the Shasta Basin, attracting the criminals, drug-addicts, homeless “tweakers”, who frequent the areas of Churn Creek Ave. and the Dana Drive Redding Walmart property provides the perfect backdrop for the light to shine in the darkness. In fact, the “Redding Gold” Johnny Enlow spoke of in his recent prophetic word is the salvation, healing, and regenerative work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of people. California Culture / Kingdom Culture
3. People are also being moved OUT OF where they are not supposed to be. That is also a lesson learned by experiencing first-hand spiritual and geographical resettlement. Some people are simply removed by the hand of God because they are not supposed to be in a particular place at a particular time; i.e. prophetic predators, narcissistic jezebel ministry targeting, etc. It’s fascinating to watch.
Use hashtags #reddingvictory #hometownvictory #reddingprophetic
Redding is about to experience an amazing resurgence in the moral dignity of the community. Finally, Bethel’s Alabaster Prayer House is a largely unknown 24 / 7 prayer furnace altering the regional spiritual landscape.
There is literally so much Kingdom activity and displacement taking place that these times have to be considered among the most divinely orchestrated and destiny-charged ever. We are presently in a world extreme makeover reality that is unprecedented in its scope and scale. These are revolutionary days of wholesale transformation, and creation itself is uniquely stirred and responsive to all that is taking place. – Johnny Enlow
California Gold and the Redding of California
“…the unique call of Redding, California as a city and apostolic hub for the state. Some of it has to do with the definition of the word Redding. There is a verb: ‘to red or redd’ that means ‘to put in order; to tidy; to clear; to save; to deliver; to rescue.”
Azusa Now 2016: Convergence of the Ages and the Harvest Glory Angel
“I believe Harvey was initially activated in the Azusa Street Revival of 1906, is about 4 stories tall, has a golden-orange hue, and hoists a huge sickle that seems to function as an extension of who he is. He serves and works with the Holy Spirit in harvesting souls and nations.”
O Jerusalem, and Matters of Solomon
“From the nation born in 1776, comes the man in ’17 born 7667 days before the end of The Six Day War. The 6 Day War resulted in Israel reclaiming Jerusalem on 6/7/67 and ended 7667 days from Trump’s birth.”
1958 Western: A Man Named Trump Promises to Build a Wall in Texas
“You can say everything is coming together perfectly, or everything is falling apart right on schedule.” He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. Daniel 2:21
“A man named Trump appears in an episode of the 1950s Western called Trackdown. Trump in this episode is a con man who comes into town declaring the end of the world at midnight. According to Trump he is the only one who can save them by building a wall. Town officials try to figure out ways to stop this “snake oil salesman”. The episode is called The End of the World.”
Transcript – I’m here down in the southernmost part of the United States. Naalehu Southpoint Hawaii. There is a house of prayer here; a community of radical young believers being fathered by my best friend the Halls. Rod and Mirian Hall have been with us for about 12 years. The best fathers and mothers I’ve ever seen. They disciple young men and women and raise them into wholeness so they can fulfill their destiny.
Years ago Rod had a vision and God spoke to him about hundreds of thousands of people being saved in the mission field. Little did he know that I was calling for the same thing at the same time. God has brought us together here, for the last seven years, at the Ekballo House of Prayer where we have been praying laborers into the harvest field and out of it is a movement coming that we believe stating Christianiy, eighty-million souls being saved. The word “Ekballo” comes from the scripture in Luke 10:2 “The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few; therefore [ekballo] ask [pray] the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
I believe here in the southernmost part of the United States a lighthouse of prayer that affects the whole nation. We want you invite you to be a part of a prayer fire team that can change history with friends, brothers and sisters that dare to believe that the future belongs to Jesus. Come join us at the Ekballo House of Prayer.
Naʻālehu means “the volcanic ashes” in Hawaiian. A pioneering band of prophetic intecessors on the southern tip of the big island of Hawaii engage in spiritual battle – praying and worshiping to the name above every name – The Lord Jesus Christ that His will be done “On Earth As It Is In Heaven.”
In the Hawaiian language, the word ‘pāhoa’ means dagger or knife.
Ekballo, in New Testament Greek, means “to eject (literally or figuratively):–bring forth, cast (forth, out), drive (out), expel, leave, pluck (pull, take, thrust) out, put forth (out), send away (forth, out).
The Hawaiian name Kilauea means “spewing” or “much spreading”. It refers to the constant flow of lava. Kilauea lies on the curve of volcanoes on the island of Hawaii that includes Mauna Loa and Kohala. The volcano of Kilauea is one of the youngest and also is said to be the home of an ancient volcano goddess Pele. Hawaiian mythology believes that Kīlauea is the body of the deity Pele, goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes – the fire-eating woman.
Lou Engle, on the prayer page of Ekballo’s site wrote a very interesting and we believe “prophetic” statement reflecting upon the current volcanic fissures opening at the knife or dagger edge or belly of this world fire eating goddess named Pele reflecting upon larger issues(see below**). Upon the volcanic ashes emanating from a small and as yet unknown group of prophetic battle intercessors at the southern gate.
“Prayer has always precipitated the greatest moves of God throughout history. We find that at the darkest moments in time God has raised up communities of believers who are emboldened with hope to stand in spiritual defiance to their present reality. They call upon God until His government is established in the earth. Without question, He is doing it again in this generation.
“There are moments in history when a door for massive change opens and great revolutions for good or evil spring up in the vacuum created by these openings. In these divine moments, key men and women and even entire generations risk everything to become the hinge of history, the pivotal point that determines which way the door will swing.” –Lou Engle
“The Ekballo South Point house of prayer is strategically located at the most southern gate of the nation. We take seriously the scriptural mandate to, first of all, pray for those in governmental authority (1 Ti 2:1–4). We are also praying for laborers to be thrust into His harvest (Matt. 9:38), another student volunteer missions movement, 100,000 ‘sent ones’ who are equipped to priest before the Lord and rule in the heavenly realms.”
You can put together the symbols. The possibility of massive Hawaiian eruption along with the West Coast “ring of fire”, especially located in and around Redding, CA, Mt. Shasta and Lassen Volcanic Park. Don’t underestimate Bethel’s prophetic intercessory community in these matters. The Northern California shifting. The shifting on the Southern borders. Little Ekballo at Naalehu “on the volcanic ashes” shifting…in the heavenlies the dagger in the belly of the fire goddess Pele, the spirit of this world.
What if a great gathering of godly women united to lift their voices to heaven?
Women will bend heaven’s ear with a sacrifice of love, high praise and prevailing prayer.
Another Lou Engle event on October 9, 2017 The Call – Rise Up set in motion a massive spiritual eruption. What happened immediately after? The moral authority of Eve – Debroahs and Esthers, Godly women praying for this nation, began to crumble, at the highest levels of the media mountain, like dominoes, like volcanic fissures,
It is no coincidence that early October 2017 prayers go up to heaven by a gathering of women and in the same month the following begins to erupt.
** This is more than an invitation, it is a summons, a divine subpoena to bring the unique witness and moral authority of Eve to bear on the clamor and deceptions at the governmental heart of our nation.
Creation groans, the earth is shaking. The prophetic intercessors of the little outpost called Ekballo pour out prayers, worship and intercessions to heaven. The time is now.
– Senior Leader of Bethel Church TAKE AWAY: Bill opened with the comment, “The Holy Spirit is in every believer but not resting on every believer”. This could certainly be open to scriptural interpretation. His point is getting at a “Presence based Culture”. Hosting the presence of the Holy Spirit.
“THE BROKEN” -Primarily focused on the segment of scripture from the last verse of Isaiah 59 all the way through Isaiah chapter 64. Apostolic Assignment – change culture, culture of Heaven, His values, His Presence, the structures of Heaven in how we do life, His will be done in our Nations.
Isaiah 61:4 – broken ones, “broken unto something”, essentially the commission here is the rebuilding and restructuring of life in communities.
1 Corinthians 2 – “things inherited” – the weight of the assignment.
Isaiah 60:18 – touching world leaders
Praise, Areas of Breakthrough for Someone Else. Amos – Tabernacle of David – 24/7 worship. Isaiah 60:11 – GATES OPEN – PRAISE, Nations, All Flesh, Matthew 5 – “City on a Hill”. In following Jesus they discovered who He was.
– Founder of Bethel Music and WorshipU TAKE AWAY: Foundation of the Word and the Presence of Jesus. That’s It!
– Co-Leads with her husband, Eric, in pastoring Bethel Redding TAKE AWAY: “Relationships / I Felt..”, “Invitation”, “Come Closer”, “I Feel”, “Come in That Close”, “Aware of His Presence”, “Come In..Come In”, “God asking..Candace How Are You?…”Actually God I’m really sad or mad..” “Honest and Real Before Him”.
– Serves with his wife, Candace, on the Senior Leadership Team for Bethel. TAKE AWAY: Ephesians 2:1-10 “Workmanship and Masterpiece” Kingdom Perspective.
Exodus 32..Idol. “After serving and knowing the signs and wonders of the Lord, how do you build an idol?” Eric answers that question. “Because of the silence and waiting. Because the leadership disappeared.”
– Developed and directed the Bethel Healing Rooms. TAKE AWAY: “Keeping the Momentum with God”, “Testimony” ..continues to unfold. Bethel is a healing and training center to serve the Body of Christ. Bethel is not a church planting organization. However, once in a while, Bethel will start a church, most recently a new plant in Austin, TX.
“Recognize that transformation started in God’s heart.” “Laydown and stop my agenda.” On Earth as it is in Heaven. Something that needs to change. Make Adjustments. Redefine what success looks likeaway from words and approval into a loving and nuturing God.
God doesn’t miss the mark. Key here is Matthew 7. God moves according to His gifts not according to my list of needs. Reconcile all things. “Nothing off Limits”
John 8:29 – Perspective Shift. “God what is going to bring you pleasure today?” Invitation to Join God in His Work.
– Director of Jesus Culture Sacramento TAKE AWAY: Essentialy Banning’s point is that the Church, the Body of Christ, is a family and not a business. Thus the core is “Healthy Relationships” based on the three pillars of “Connection”, “Communication”, and “Committment.” All of which leads to MATURITY. Ephesians 2:19 “The Household of God”
The Family thing..serving and maturing.
In a seperate breakout session Banning talked about “How God uses process to grow our lives.” Growth.
The Key question is “How am I doing in that process?” The GOAL is THRIVING (Getting Really Good at what is in Front of Me in the Present Moment) in every stage of the process…in the midst of Anguish. The process brings Authority. John 15:16. Bear Fruit that Remains. Philippians 4:11-13 content with whatever state I am in.
The Word, the Vision, the Seed…developing in secret over time. Laying down roots. Seasons – plant, harvest, grow. TRUST THE PROCESS – God will do it and get me where I need to go.”
– Serves on the Senior Leadership Team of Bethel Church in Redding, California and Jesus Culture in Sacramento, California. TAKE AWAY: It took me a few minutes to actually figure out what Danny was talking about. Essentially he is going through the layers and integration into “Bethel Culture”. The center point or inner circle he calls “THE HOT LAVA CORE OF POWER, INFLUENCE and CONTROL”. This core is able to “spend money”, “do the business”, and “create things”.
The inner core essentially at Bethel is “closed” to outsiders except to the few over time and experiece have built TRUST in RELATIONSHIPS through PARTICIPATION in the VISION. Fascinating stuff.
1. The Welcome Level. Making Adjustments
2. The Investing in Relationships Level…getting plugged in. Willingness to Participate.
3. My People / My Tribe – through extreme trust, feedback, participation and humility.
Danny talked about “Joe Amazing”, unknown people who are self proclaimed prophetic superstars who show up on Bethel’s doorstep and want an immediate inroad to the top eschelon of leadership. Who show up at the church office in Redding and ask for a meeting with Bill Johnson. Who have a word from God. “That isn’t going to happen”, Danny says, “Bill’s a busy guy.”
THE POINT is that the journey into the culture is BEING KNOWN. PSALM 139 “Know Me God”. An outside appraisal to tell me. “Can I grow?” “Can I learn?” Self Appraisal is not as easy as we think. Lose Favor, Be Punished, Be Disempowered.
PSALM 139: Adjustments, torn apart, open before God, show me if there is any path of pain I am walking on.
Danny’s other point here is in building CONFIDENCE plus HUMILITY plus FEEDBACK equals FAVOR and TRUST
GREAT HUMILITY: Accurately appraising my effect on those around me and willing to make personal adjustments (self-awareness)
Confidence plus Low Humility equals Arrogance.
Confidence plus No Feedback equals Missed Favor
Much of this has to do with influencing the culture in Redding, California. The culture of Narcissists.
Finally – Turning feedback into personal growth. “Building Trust is the highest form of success I can achieve in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Very interesting session with Danny Silk. CONFIDENCE: Wholeheartedly believing that I can do what God has called me to do. Quote from Danny “We need you to have confidence (fill in your name)!!”
– A regular speaker at Bethel School of Ministry. TAKE AWAY: Spoke primarily on God’s tremendous Love. That is about it. She is very sanguine and as a little girl wanted a brother. Well..Mother had a miscarriage and Abi was right there and it broke her heart to lose her brother. Her message was on healing the broken heart.
– Co-Founder and overseer of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM. He is also the Senior Associate Leader at Bethel Church, Founder and President of Moral Revolution. TAKE AWAY: Kris is intense. I would describe him as the “meat and potatoes” behind Bethel Culture. He is the best speaker and writer. Actually Banning is the best speaker. Kris by far is the best writer when it comes to actual usable content.
City Culture, Apostolic People, Transforming Cities.
Favorite Quote “Dogs of Doom Stand at the Doors of Destiny”. He repeated this several times.
What would I do if I were 10 times bolder? Fear has reduced destiny. Destroying Fear.
Four Attributes of Apostolic People
1. We are Covenant People – Belong to a Family (this is all in the book “Heavy Rain”).
2. Why are you actually here? The mission, the purpose. Agenda? Fear of abandonment to get what I want – the concubine spirit (intimacy without covenant). Why we are here is for intimacy.
3. Believe in the Impossible thus count on miracles to happen in us and through us. Believe not what is in the cup but what was SAID ABOUT THE CUP.
Dream, Hope, Do not quit, Fire, Urgency, Passion, Faith, Perseverence. Mark 11:24
4. Commissioned to Disciple Nations. Apostle: Sent to transform culture. The wrong eschatology is for the church to do better and the world to do worse. Believers engaged in social change.
Shasta County, Redding, California…Doing something.
Believing in a glorious, victorious church, fantastic future and 100 year vision. Isaiah 2:2 “In the last days…”
I believe God is about to do something.
“How about Now?”
“How about Here?”
“How about on my Shift?”
Kris Vallotton has a very interesting way of speaking. Well developed public speaking skills. His method is a model for improvement in itself.
“I’d like to suggest…”
“I’d like to propose…”
Purpose: Who are you supposed to be with in your network?
Prophetic ThinkTank Brainstorming Session
“…but how many understand?”
“..not only that..
Low self esteem and false humility. The void of God’s people leading. To apologize for being alive is not humility…it’s stupid. False Humility.
Three core values of history makers
1. COURAGE: 10 times bolder, things to do…write down one thing on paper that FEAR has taken out.
“The Dogs of Doom Stand at the Doors of Destiny”
What do I love? What would I do for free? What am I afraid of?
“What I’m getting at is this…”
“My point is this…”
FEAR..The Stories I Make UP. Step out of the crowd and define movements.
“I’d suggest to you…”
Crime in Redding. Ownership, Prayer, Change Redding. Moses was raised a prince to free slaves so that he would think like a king.
“How many understand?”
A spiritual leader has personal victory to provide corporate blessing. Culture of Honor. Raising the bar of professionalism.
2. RISK: Move into the unknown, the impossible in God. Learn how to fail successfully. REGRET will keep me from my destiny.
AMOS – The Wormwood of Justice and the Famine of Hearing from God
During the long and peaceful reign of Jeroboam II (746 – 786 B.C.) Israel attained a height of territorial expansion and national prosperity never again reached. The military security and economic affluence which characterized this age were taken by many Israelites as signs of the Lord’s special favor that they felt they deserved because of their extravagant support of the official shrines.
Into this scene stepped the prophet Amos, probably sometime during the decade 760-750 B.C. A native of the small Judean village of Tekoa, Amos was called by God from a shepherd’s task (7.14-15) to the difficult mission of preaching harsh words in a smooth season. He denounced Israel, as well as its neighbours, for reliance upon military might, and for grave injustice in social dealings, abhorrent immorality, and shallow, meaningless piety. Amos’s forceful, uncompromising preaching brought him into conflict with the religious authorities of his day. His personal confrontation with the priest Amaziah (7.10-17) remains one of the unforgettable scenes in Hebrew prophecy.
Expelled from the royal sanctuary at Bethel and commanded not to prophesy there again, Amos perhaps returned to Judah and wrote down the essence of his public preaching in substantially its present form. The book falls into three parts: chs 1-2, oracles against Israel’s neighbours; chs 3-6, indictment of Israel itself for sin and injustice; and chs 7-9, visions of Israel’s coming doom. Amos became the first in a brilliant succession of prophets whose words, now preserved in written form, have left their indelible stamp on later thought about God and human history. (NRSV, Bruce Metzger, 1991, Oxford University Press)
Introduction 1:1-2 The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of King Uzziah of Judah and in the days of King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
“I will not revoke the punishment”
Damascus – threshed Giliad with threshing sleds of iron…
send a fire, devour strongholds, break the gate bars, cut off inhabitants and the scepter, into exile.
Gaza – carried into exile entire communities…
send a fire on the wall of Gaza, devour strongholds, cut off inhabitants and the ruler, the remnant of
Philistines shall perish.
Tyre – delivered entire communities to Edom and did not remember the covenant of kinship…
send fire on the wall, devour strongholds.
Edom – pursued his brother with the sword (Israel), cast off all pity, his anger tore perpetually, kept his wrath forever…
send fire, devour strongholds.
Ammonites – ripped open pregnant women in Gilead to enlarge territory…
kindle a fire against the wall of Rabbah, devour strongholds, with…shouting on the day of battle and storm
on the day of whirlwind, king and officials into exile.
Moab – burned to lime the bones of the king of Edom…
send a fire on Moab, devour strongholds, Moab shall die amid uproar, amid shouting and the sound of the
trumpet, cut off the ruler and kill all officials.
2 Kings 3:27 – “Then he (the king of Moab) took his firstborn son who was to succeed him, and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. And great wrath came upon Israel, so they withdrew from him…”. Prior to that event, Israel was winning the battle.
Judah – rejected the law of the Lord, not kept statutes, led astray by lies of their ancestors…
send fire, devour strongholds of Jerusalem. ISRAEL – sell the righteous for silver, the needy for a pair of
sandles, trampel the head of the poor into the dust of the earth. Push the afflicted out of the way, father
and son go into the same girl, my holy name is profaned, lay down on garments taken in pledge, in the house of
their God they drink wine bought with fines they imposed.
Psalm 10:17 – “Oh Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek; you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed, so that those from earth may strike terror no more.”
Amos 2:9-11 – Yet….I destroyed the Amorite, brought you up out of Egypt, raised up your children and youths to be Prophets and Nazarites.
Amos 2:12 – But you….made the Nazarites drink wine and commanded the prophets saying, “You shall not prophesy.” Amos 2:13 – So I will… press you down in your place… swift, strong, mighty..flee away naked.
Amos 7:10–17 – “Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel..Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel, the land is not able to bear all his words. Amos has said, “Jeroboam shall die by the sword and Israel must go into exile away from his land.” Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there, but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the King’s Sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.” “Amos answered Amaziah, I am not prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I am a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore trees and the Lord took me from following the flock and the Lord said to me, “Go prophesy to my people Israel.”
Gen 28:18-22 – “So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and pour oil on the top of it. He called that place Bethel (House of God). Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my fathers’s house in peace, the the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s House; and of all that you give me I will surely give one tenth to you.” Gen 31:13 – “I am the God of Bethel where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me.”
The Greatest Judgement
Famine of Hearing from God Amos 8:11-12 – “The time is surely coming says the Lord God when I will send a famine on the land: not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it.”
Plumbline – Removal of God’s Presence Amos 7:7-9 – “This is what He showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumbline in his hand. And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see? A plum line. The Lord said, “See, I am setting a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will never again pass by them..”
Basket of Summer Fruit – The End – Silence Amos 8:1-4 – “The end has come upon my people Israel, I will never again pass them by…the songs of the temple (palace) shall become wailings in that day….dead bodies…be silent” “Hear this you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land.”
Isaiah 30:8-14 “..rebellious people…who will not hear the instruction of the Lord; who say to the seers, “Do not see”, and to the prophets, “Do not prophecy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel:…this iniquity shall become for you like a break in a high wall, bulging out, and about to collapse, whose crash comes suddenly, in an instant; it’s breaking is like that of a potter’s vessel that is smashed so ruthlessly that among it’s fragments not a sherd is found…”
Amos 3:7 – “Surely the Lord God does nothing, without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared: who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?”
Amos 2:13 – So I will… press you down in your place… swift, strong, mighty..flee away naked.
Amos 6:11 – “See, the Lord commands, and the great house shall be shattered to bits, and the little house to pieces.”
Amos 8:7-8 – “The Lord has sworn by the Pride of Jacob:….shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone morn who lives in it and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?”
The Poor / Justice / Wormwood
Amos 5:7 – “Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, and bring righteousness to the ground.” Amos 5:11-13 – “Therefore because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain…..you who afflice the righteous, who take a bribe and push aside the needy in the gate…Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an evil time.” Amos 5:24 – “But let Justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everlasting stream.” Amos 6:12 – “But you have turned Justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood…” Revelation 8:10 – “The third angel blew his Trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many died from the water, because it was made bitter.