Prophetic Signs, Words, Kingdom Culture, Destiny, 7 Mountains

Prophetic Signs and Events

Johnny Enlow: “Prophetic Signs: Justify Wins, Volcanoes Erupt & Israel Turns 70”
“Justify: The word means “vindicate” and it clearly speaks into the matter of Justice, which is God’s theme for the moment. The #metoo phenomenon, the Justice League movie, are evidences of a societal agreement.”

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Ekballo School Hawaii – Pahoa Volcanic Eruptions Kilauea, Prophetic Intercession

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

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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Homosexuality and the Groaning of Creation

 

Redding, California and Shasta County LGBTQ, Homosexual, Transgender firestorm are becoming quite the center of controversy with the recent public statement by Kris Vallotton and Bethel Church regarding “Conversion Therapy” bills in the California legislature.

Mankind created in the image of God was given dominion by God the Creator over the creation.  Dismantling natural human male-female gender roles, corrupting the proper use of dominion, disrupts to the core that which is under submission.   The trickle-down effect upon the animal kingdom is astonishing.  That which men have dominion over is itself suffering the carnage of #genderconfusion.

#genderdestruction is a symbol of mankind’s slavery to creation.

Romans 8: 19-23 “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.”

#brokengender #childrenofgod #bondagetodecay #creationgroaning

Within the McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens located over the Sundial Bridge across the Sacramento River from the Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a telling Earth Stone monolith representing the nature of creation worship.  The union of dual-rising phalluses adorned with colorful inset images of the creation commissioned to honor homosexual union.

Genesis 1:26-27 “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ 

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.”

Bethel’s Alabaster Prayer House, located high atop the City of Redding, and the prophetic intercessors within, lift prayers to the God of Heaven and Earth.  It could be said that the Prayer House and the Pagan McConnell Arboretum Earth Stone represent the dual paradigms of the current debate about the role, identity and dominion of men and women created in the image of God, not only in Shasta County but throughout the nation.

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Romans

1:20-23 “Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made.  So they are without excuse; for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools; and they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.”

Promiscuous monkeys discovered mating with other species for first time
‘Red-tails are mating with blues, blues are mating with red-tails, and hybrids are mating with everyone’

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New crayfish that doesn’t need males to mate becomes all-powerful
A mutant species of all-female crayfish taking over the world is not the latest science fiction film but a real-life environmental thriller.

24-25 “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”

Rare Intersex Shark the First of Its Kind
The shark, discovered in Taiwan, has a complete set of male and female sexual organs.

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Sex between snow monkeys and sika deer may be ‘new behavioural tradition’
“Future observations at this site will indicate whether this group-specific sexual oddity was a short-lived fad or the beginning of a culturally-maintained phenomenon”.

26-27 “For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another.  Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.”

Deputies watched dogs ‘eating rib cage’ of Virginia woman, 22, during mauling, sheriff says
Deputies found a Virginia woman in the woods and saw her two pit bull dogs “eating [her] rib cage,” the sheriff said on Monday about the “grisly” mauling of the 22-year-old who was found dead after taking her pets for a walk.

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5 young female porn stars dead in 3 months: What is behind recent spate of deaths?
“The way society looks at and treats porn stars makes us more depressed, it is hard to feel like we don’t belong or that we are second-class citizens”.

28 – 32 “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done.  They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice.  Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, foolish, faithless, heartless ruthless.  They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die – yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them.”

Earthstone,Turtle Bay’s New Outdoor Exhibit: A Massive Sculptural Art Piece
“Lawrence ‘Bud’ Dillon commissioned the sculpture to honor his late partner Don Oestreicher. Telling [Redding artist Colleen Barry] about his former partner of 18 years and how they’d both loved art, Dillon said he wanted to create something to honor Oestreicher, something the community would enjoy.”

Leviticus 18:22 “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”

John Hagee Homosexuality, Alternative or Abomination

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Ekballo School Hawaii – Pahoa Volcanic Eruptions Kilauea, Prophetic Intercession

Ekballo South Point School of Prayer, Naalehu, Hawaii

UPDATE: MAY 22, 2018 – Kilauea’s Wrath Threatens Power Plant — And Hawaii’s Most Powerful Industry
UPDATE: MAY 17, 2018 – Explosive eruption at Kilauea summit sends ash 5 miles into air
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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.

Many accept their fate at the hands of Pele

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.

New lava fissure opens as Hawaii awaits explosive eruption

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“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.

from Wikipedia – The Me Too movement (or “#MeToo“, with local alternatives in other languages) is an international movement against sexual harassment and assault.[1][2] #MeToo spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media to help demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.[3] It followed soon after the public revelations of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.[4]

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** 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.

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THE CALL / AZUSA NOW / BETHEL WORSHIP / JESUS IS ALIVE/ HOLY SPIRIT LET YOUR FIRE FALL / LOS ANGELES COLISEUM

The Call Azusa Now – Holy Spirit Let Your Fire Fall – Todd Whites

This Is Amazing Grace :: Bethel Music :: Azusa Now


Ever Be – Kalley Heiligenthal – Azusa Now ’16 – Bethel Music

Shine On Us / William Matthews / Bethel Music / Azusa Now

Lindy Conant Circuit Riders – Azusa Now

Kingdom Culture Salt and Light Conference - Bethel Redding

KINGDOM CULTURE | SALT AND LIGHT CONFERENCE | Bethel Redding

Bill Johnson

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– 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.

Brian Johnson

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– Founder of Bethel Music and WorshipU
TAKE AWAY: Foundation of the Word and the Presence of Jesus. That’s It!

Candace Johnson

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– 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”.

Eric Johnson

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– 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.”

Joaquin Evans

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– 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.

Banning Liebscher

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– 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.”

Danny Silk

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– 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)!!”

Abi Stumvoll

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– 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.

Kris Vallotton

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– 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
Courage
Risk
Perseverence

“…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.

3. PERSEVERENCE: Never Quit.

 

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SB-1424 Internet (Sen. Dem Richard Pan): social media: false information: strategic plan.

California Senator Democrat Richard Pan puts before the assembly SB-1424 Internet.

“This bill would require any person who operates a social media, as defined, Internet Web site with a physical presence in California to develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Web site. The bill would require the plan to include, among other things, a plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories, the utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories, providing outreach to social media users, and placing a warning on a news story containing false information.”

Without going into all the details at this point, mainly because there aren’t any; this bill, if it were to pass as is, will be left to the courts to figure out and decide what any of this means.

Obviously, the fact (no pun intended) that Mr. Pan actually thought this up and moved it forward is well totalitarian, Orwellian, northkoreanesque, unconstitutional and unbelievable.

Questions: “Internet Web site with a physical presence in California” – we would assume that means a California business with a physical address that also maintains a web presence. It raises unknown questions about all others like the rogue author sitting in a Starbucks in Los Angeles posting web content stories, news, opinion, social commentary from their smartphone.

And we could go down the list – strategic plan, news stories, “mitigate”, false information.
Certainly, this Gestapo-like thought-crime group called the “fact checkers”, the verification police, enter into the equation.

Links for your reading enjoyment below: Yep. The Golden State. The climate is good. And Redding is beautiful! #hometownvictory #reddingca #shastacounty

SB-1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan.

California Democrat Introduces Bill to Force Websites to Use ‘Fact-Checkers’

10 Questions For CA Lawmakers On Internet Censorship and SB-1424

CA Dem Sen. Richard Pan Introduces Bill to Force Websites to Use ‘Fact-Checkers’

Astonishing California bill would shut down free speech, require fact-checkers

Richard Pan Introduces SB-1424 To Stop Online Dissent

Hearing God Secrets - Amos, Nazarites, Prophets, Homeless, Poor, Needy and Justice

Hearing God Secrets – Amos, Nazarites, Prophets, Homeless, Poor, Needy and Justice

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.

The List

“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…”

The Earthquake

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.