As I was praying and preparing for our radio show on January 26, 2016, I was moved to ask God to have mercy on America in the midst of the judgment He has shown me is coming. The Holy Spirit gave me a tremendous burden to pray as the prophet Habakkuk did after God told him that He was sending the Babylonians to destroy Israel because of their continual wickedness and sin. Habakkuk prayed, “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” It was during this time of Spirit-led intercession that The Lord spoke something to me very clearly.
Before I share what God said, I want to let it be known that this prophetic word does not come from self righteousness. We have all sinned and contributed to the defiling of our land and the inevitable judgment of God. I did not always follow Jesus and even since being a Christian, I have not been perfect in my walk with God. I know the only thing that makes me right with God and forgiven of my sin is my faith in the atoning blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross and His bodily resurrection from the dead. And that faith causes me to repent and not habitually practice any sins that the Bible says will lead me to eternal damnation in hell. As I have stated many times, born again Christians cannot say that they never sin, but sin should be the exception and not the rule in the life of a Christian.
Also, there are those in the church that believe the New Testament gift of prophecy should only be for “edification” or encouragement. They believe that New Testament prophetic words should never be negative, expose sin, or contain warnings about future judgment (although they welcome words about future blessings). The problem with this idea is that they take one verse in 1 Corinthians 14 out of context, totally ignoring the definition of the word “prophecy” in New Testament Greek which means “to speak by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and to foretell events.” In addition, they ignore the many examples of the gift of prophecy working through God’s people in the New Testament. For instance, the prophet Agabus foretold a famine before it hit so they could prepare (Acts 11:28-30). Later, Agabus also warned the Apostle Paul that Jews in Jerusalem would bind him and deliver him to the Gentiles (Acts 21:10-11). In Acts 5, the Apostle Peter discerned by the Holy Spirit that Ananias told a lie about the price of the land he and his wife sold. And later when Sapphira walked in and told the same lie, Peter foretold her death just moments before she dropped dead. I wouldn’t say that prophetic words to Ananias and Sapphira were very “edifying” but they were certainly from God.
Furthermore, Jesus gave prophetic warnings to several cities. In Matthew 11, Jesus foretold specific judgments on Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum because they had not repented of their sins. “Then began he (Jesus) to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee” (Matthew 11:20-24).
In this passage in Matthew, Jesus alludes to Old Testament judgments on the cities of Tyre or Tyrus, Sidon, and Sodom and Gomorrah. In Ezekiel 26, the Lord had the prophet tell the city of Tyrus that He would bring Nebuchadnezzar upon the city with a mighty army and that the city would be destroyed. And of course there is the well-known account of Sodom and Gomorrah along with three other cities in Genesis 18-19. The five cities of the plain were destroyed by fire for their terrible wickedness of rampant, militant sexual immorality including homosexuality and pedophilia. Some will say that the Bible doesn’t specifically mention pedophilia in that passage but take a closer look:
“And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD” (Genesis 18:17-22).
We know from Genesis that the homosexual men of Sodom wanted to rape the angels that they believed were men. However, description of their sins being “very grievous” and there being a “cry” that reached heaven reveals much more. In Hebrew, the words “very grievous” means very severe and the word “cry” means to shriek or crying. I believe that these wicked perverts in Sodom and the other cities around them had raped others before and even children. That would explain the “crying” coming from these wicked cities. If it was just homosexuals having consensual sex why would there be “crying”? It would also explain why God’s patience finally came to an end for these cities.
At this point, it is important for me to stress that God Almighty our Creator is loving and patient. He does not want anyone to die in sin and go to hell (and that includes homosexuals). God became a human man to die on the cross for our sins. He provided a way for us to escape His ultimate justice and judgment on sin and stubborn sinners. To be forgiven by the Creator and escape His wrath and eternal punishment, we must believe and accept what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins. We must believe that Jesus (God Almighty in the flesh) rose from the dead and we must do our best to turn from our sins and become obedient to His commands in the Bible. We must humbly admit that we deserve His judgment for our sins and surrender to Jesus Christ as our only Lord and Savior.
Unbelievably, most people do not want to accept these conditions for God’s forgiveness because they want to continue to indulge their sinful passions. They want to continue to be a habitual drunkard, fornicator, homosexual, witch, sorcerer, drug user, pedophile, rapist, murderer, liar, thief, racist, idolater, or lukewarm Christian. But the Holy Spirit had the Apostles warn us:
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do (practice habitually) such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21).
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (*catamite), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (sodomite), Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
*Note that the term catamite is defined in the 2003 Oxford Dictionary as “a boy as the passive or receiving partner in anal intercourse with a man.” According to Wikipedia, in ancient times a catamite was “…a pubescent boy who was an intimate companion of a young man in Greece or Rome, usually in a pederastic relationship.” And the phrase “abusers of themselves with mankind” is defined by the Strong’s Greek Dictionary as a “sodomite” which means someone who practices anal sex. The term usually refers to male to male anal sex.
“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:7-8).
Now that I have made these things clear, I can get back to what the Lord spoke to me on Tuesday January 26th. As I was praying, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart these words, “San Francisco will be destroyed like Sodom and Gomorrah. Their sins have reached to heaven and the time is at hand for judgment to begin.” As I heard those words, I saw a nuclear missile headed toward San Francisco. It was flying very close to the surface of the ocean. It was then that the Lord reminded me of a prophetic dream that He gave me back in June 2013. In the dream, I was alone in our black SUV, driving west on Interstate 85 toward Montgomery, Alabama. As I was driving, I spoke out loud and said, "I bet I will see a mushroom cloud of in the distance in a moment." It was not 5 seconds later that I saw a huge nuclear explosion and mushroom cloud way off in the distance. As cars were coming to a stop on the interstate, I slowed down and stopped. I hurriedly pulled my phone out of my pocket and took a picture of cloud as it went up into the sky. In the dream, I realized that my "knowing ahead of time” was the Holy Spirit stirring the gift of prophecy that God gave me many years ago. It was at that moment that I said, “It has begun.” Then I started looking to turn around to go back the other way. I was not afraid or worried, but I knew that I needed to get back home.
As I was praying about all of this on Thursday January 28th, I heard the Lord speak to me again. He said, “I will destroy San Francisco as I did before and revival will follow as it did before.” I was immediately reminded of the great San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires that destroyed 80% of the city in 1906. It was in that same month that the great Pentecostal awaking began with the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, CA. All of that was fresh in my memory because the Lord had shown me about a year ago that the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and the beginning of the Azusa Street Revival were revealed in Revelation 8:2-6 (see the article The 7 Trumpets of Revelation at www.deanodle.org/Seven-Trumpets.html).
As I continued to pray about all of this, I asked the Lord for more confirmation. Then, on Saturday night January 30th as I prepared for the next morning’s message on the destruction of San Francisco and revival, I did a search on the internet for prophecies about San Francisco being destroyed. Needless to say, my mind was blown when I found a prophecy by a Pentecostal evangelist who had attended the Azusa Street revival for years as a child. I had never heard of this man named A.C. Valdez. While he was preaching in Canada in 1929 God gave him and open vision of San Francisco being destroyed by a nuclear missile. In the vision, he saw people weeping after this attack and what sounds like a revival. Here is his account of what God showed him: