Nobody loves a good natural disaster like a fundamentalist Christian. It’s always presented as an example of their god demonstrating his wrath for something people didn’t do what his worshipers say he wanted them to do.
New Orleans went the way of Sodom and Gomorrah (though their god seems to have lost his touch since the city is still there and prospering) and now it will be California’s turn – unless that state does what they say. Not what God says – we have only their word for that, after all.
Lemme see if I can lay this out for you:
Well, “god” just sent a fax. Er, that is, not exactly God, but Chuck Pierce. Chuck is a prophet, a for-profit prophet actually – of Glory of Zion International Ministries (I assume he gets paid). Well, okay, not even really Chuck but a couple of people Chuck knows, despite Chuck’s “prophet” status (God works in mysterious ways).
According to Chuck, God was so pissed about all this talk about repealing Proposition 8 that he went down there to Santa Ynez on January 4th and said to this “intercessor”:
“Intercessor, you do something about this! Warn those folks that this is a foundational covenant issue and I am not to be messed about with!”
Or something similar to that. Add “thee’s” and “thous” if you feel King James when you think divine comedy…er, wrath. Let’s not let the details bother us, because contrary tow hat you might think, details are not a strong point of any fundamentalist.
It isn’t clear how this is a covenant issue since he had previously by the pre-arranged death of his son negated the first covenant (where all the wrathy anti-gay stuff is) and made a new one that wasn’t all wrathy anti-gay but full of love and forgiveness but hey, that wrathy stuff is far too convenient to fundamentalists to leave laying around, unused. So when they’re really upset about something they set the New Testament aside and whip out that Old Testament.
So anyway, back to our story. What does Chuck do? Chuck issues a “prayer alert” (gotta wonder if one of those would have saved Sodom and Gomorrah). He tells Mike Jacobs and Cindy Jacobs and they tell the rest of us. So on January 5th, this went out:
Just yesterday, we received an urgent prayer alert from our good friend Chuck Pierce concerning California.
Please read the prayer alert below, along with two pieces of feedback received from leaders within the USRPN. Please partner with us in fervent intercession for the state of California and the Nation.
Warring for the soul of the nation,
Mike and Cindy Jacobs
Reformation Prayer Network
That’s certainly enough to make me jump out of my seat! Of course, I was laughing at the time.
Yesterday, January 4th, I was called by a key intercessor in Santa Ynez. (Please note as you proceed, yesterday was the same day prop 8 was sent to the California Supreme Court) She reported two visions from separate individuals in the area:
A pastor of a large Nazarene Church had a dream of a very large earthquake on the central coast. He shared this at the Christmas gathering for all the Santa Maria Pastors and 5 cities area. Because of the destruction and intensity of the quake he thought he should tell the Pastors so they could pray into it.
Another intercessor in the area had a dream and saw a map of California. She noticed on the map how Pt. Conception juts out into the water. As she looked she saw an 8 with a circle beside it in the waters off Pt Conception.
A point jutting out into the water? An earthquake in California? Surely you jest! What in heaven is He thinking?
Let’s consider for a moment that earthquakes are pretty common in California. It’s a pretty safe prediction to make, isn’t it? I mean, how are you going to tell an angry god earthquake from a garden variety tectonic plate earthquake? Is there going to be an accompany really mean god-voice saying, ‘Take that!” as the earth shakes?
Keep in mind that as of the writing of this article, according to earthquake.usgs.gov, there was a 4.2 earthquake in the Gulf of California just 21 hours ago. And it’s just one of many.
I know California gets more tornadoes than those of us in the Midwest imagine, but most of them are fairly weak (F-0 or F-1). If God is really pissed at California, why not do something totally unexpected and unless some really nasty Tornado Alley-style F-5s? That would serve divine-wrath purposes as well as an earthquake, wouldn’t it? (think “Day After Tomorrow.”
Personally I think it’s a bluff: Demonstrably, prayer has accomplished nothing. After all, he didn’t finish the job in New Orleans, so maybe he’s losing his touch, and he didn’t lower our gas prices. Is there a complaint box I can use?
All I’m trying to say is that God threatening to destroy California with an earthquake is like threatening to destroy Oklahoma with a tornado. The “big one” like the Parousia has been predicted for a long time now and given the history of the past 2,000 years, the “big one” is the more likely of the two.
They say God won’t put up with all this (Mike and Cindy say this, that is – we have only their word – and Chuck’s I guess – that God feels this way). “God will not contend this any longer, judgment is coming” and only “our prayers and actions now” can keep California from splitting in three and sliding into the ocean.
They even manage to bring Dante’s Divine Comedy into play because of the “8” inside a circle – relying on Wikipedia (God works in mysterious ways!). I guess I don’t know all the ins and outs of fundamentalist prophecy. However did God get by before Dante and Wikipedia?
Of course, California public safety officials, who say predicting earthquakes is impossible:
Neither the USGS nor Caltech nor any other scientists have ever predicted a major earthquake. They do not know how, and they do not expect to know how any time in the foreseeable future. However based on scientific data, probabilities can be calculated for potential future earthquakes. For example, scientists estimate that over the next 30 years the probability of a major EQ occurring in the San Francisco Bay area is 67% and 60% in Southern California.
‘Nuff said. I won’t even get into the use by a so-called Christian prophet of “pagan” mythology to reinforce the “credibility” of his predictions. Well, maybe one word: Shame!