Much later, another panic attack awakened me. Someone moved in my cell. What did he want?
“De Luz, stand up. Let’s go.”
Rolling over, I saw the same two guards again. The big one had his hand on his gun and the smaller one held leg irons and handcuffs in his hands.
I yawned and stood up.
I held my hands out as he put the handcuffs on. He stooped down and tightened the leg irons around my ankles.
“Okay, let’s go.”
“Where?” I said.
“Down the hallway toward the visitors’ room. And shut up. No talking.”
One of the gang-bangers woke up as we walked past his cell.
“Hey man, where you taking him at 1 a.m. in the morning?”
The big guard looked at him, his eyes seething.
“Shut up, if you don’t want to end up in lockdown.”
The gang-banger mumbled something and then pulled the blanket back over his head.
Just before we reached the visitors’ room, the big guard grabbed my shoulder.
He opened a door with a key and held it open for me. I duck-walked past him into an interrogation room with a white iron table bolted to the floor. There were two metal chairs, one on each side of the table. Three walls were painted pale green and the fourth wall had a large one-way mirror. I supposed people watched me through the mirror.
As I did, Mayor Streyer walked into the room, carrying two cups of coffee. He wore jeans, a blue chambray work shirt, and a pair of Italian loafers. His famous million-dollar smile perched itself under his nose. He sat down opposite me.
“Remove his handcuffs, Jeremiah’s not going anywhere. Then, leave us alone. I’ll call you when we’re done. Thanks,” he said in rapid fire staccato.
The small guard took the handcuffs off. The two left.
The mayor handed me a cup.
“Starbucks,” he whispered. “Your favorite, right?”
I smiled and sipped some coffee. It tasted great.
“Wondering why you’re here?”
I nodded, but did not say a word.
“My wife, Dina, is worried sick by your prophecies. She can’t sleep. Can’t eat. Wants our two children to stay in Phoenix with her parents until this blows over,” he said, sipping coffee.
“Tonight, she begged me to talk with you,” he went on. “She hopes I can persuade you to ask God not to destroy San Francisco.”
I looked at him as if he came from another planet.
“Let me get this straight, okay?” I said in a measured tone. “She believes I’m a prophet?”
The question embarrassed him. His eyes dropped to his coffee cup.
“Yeah,” he whispered under his breath.
“What about you?”
He shrugged and showed off his million-dollar smile.
“I’m a politician with a capital P. If a pollster can prove believing you’re a prophet will add fifty thousand votes to my tally, then I’ll believe you’re a prophet. But I don’t see that happening. You’ve alienated the gay community, which is twenty-five percent of the voters in San Francisco. That’s a tough nut to crack.”
“What about people? Don’t you care what happens to them?”
His blue eyes opened wide.
“Well, it’s obvious I care about Dina and my two children. I’m here, aren’t I?” he said, leaning back in his chair. “But the people, whether they’re gays, feminists, peaceniks, liberals, straights, conservatives, fall into specific voting blocks. I just need the blocks to add up to fifty-one percent at the end of every battle on my side of the ledger. Sounds easy, right? Let me tell you, it’s not. You have to kiss butts and gargle Lewis Lye to make it work.”
I stared at him and shook my head.
“Shocked at my candor?” he said with a grin. “Don’t be. I’m just laying my cards on the table. If you think church leaders are any different, you’re wrong. They’re just as pragmatic as politicians and maybe even worse!”
A strange look flashed across his eyes. I got the sense there was a lot under the surface he was not saying about church leaders.
“The Freedom Riders had a favorite Gandhi quote, describing politicians and leaders like you,” I said. “There goes my people, I must run and catch up with them, for I am their leader.”
“Great quote. It sums up the art of politics in one sentence.”
We both took a break and drank coffee.
He leaned forward with his eyes staring full bore into mine.
“So what’s your answer?”
“San Francisco must repent.”
He slapped the table and stood up.
“That’s probably not happening, but who knows? Maybe I’m wrong. If I am, I’ll make a quick change and run to the front of the group. After all,” he said with eyebrows raised, “I’m their leader.”
He pivoted around and left the room.
Two minutes later, the two guards escorted me back to the cell.
The mayor’s words aggravated me when I was alone again. I paced back and forth from one wall to another. My spirit was stirred up. I was upset. Tears and sweat rolled down my cheeks. Politicians care about one thing: power. I thought. How can politicians be our answers?…What hope do we have?
(Excerpt from Jonah by Larry Nevenhoven, © 2012, Amazon eBook)
It may be hard to believe now, but in the 1970s, the scientific community was concerned about the earth sliding into a new ice age. Studies show that 65% of the scientific papers written in that time period supported this global cooling theory.
The Smithsonian Museum even had one entire wall charting the cooling of the earth over the last sixty million years. The chart on the twenty feet of plastered fresco showed no significant warming periods in its downward arc.
Hansen’s words propelled America and other nations to jump onto the global warming bandwagon. The UN then created the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to provide a scientific view on climate change and its political and economic impacts.
The IPCC predicted severe heat waves, droughts, powerful hurricanes, the melting of massive glaciers at both poles, causing sea levels to rise between 11 and 38 inches, enough to swamp many of the cities along the American coasts.
These dire predictions moved forty-one nations and the European Union to adopt the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. President Clinton signed the protocol, but President Bush backed away from the agreement when he became president in 2001.
All of the global warming talk would have died out except for Al Gore appearing on the scene with his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006. The former Vice President’s documentary won two Oscars, made him a multimillionaire and pushed Gore to the forefront as the spokesman for global warming.
Oh yeah! What happened to the wall in the Smithsonian Museum?
It was painted over with a new chart, supporting global warming as a truth.
What does the Bible say about global warming?
What always encourages me when I look at today’s issues is what God said to the prophet Isaiah –
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times thingsthat are not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10 NKJV)
Therefore, if we agree with the Bible, we then must believe that the Creator of heaven and earth saw all of today’s fuss and worry about global warming before He created the world and mankind, right? Yet, even so, He still went ahead with His creation, confidant that His counsel (plans and purposes) would be more than enough to withstand every problem in the future.
What were/are God’s plans?
Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26 AMP)
Notice that God gave authority to mankind over all the animals on the earth, but not over the weather, the various climates throughout the earth or over the solar system. This means He kept all of these in His own hands, right?
If we have any doubts about who is in charge of weather, these should all be erased with the mentioning of one incident –
When Noah was 600 years old, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the underground waters erupted from the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky. The rain continued to fall for forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7:11-12 NLT)
A thousand years after the Great Flood, God made His covenant with Israel. He promised to give rain to the nation in its proper seasons so that Israel’s land would produce crops and its trees would bear fruit. These promises were predicated on Israel following God and obeying His law.
But if Israel failed to follow Him or obey His law, God promised to withhold the rain from from falling on Israel.
Have you ever wondered why the Arabs and other nations didn’t take over the land of Israel before the Jews returned in significant numbers to it in the Twentieth Century?
Rabbi Kohen points out the land suffered an unprecedented, severe and inexplicable (by anything other than supernatural explanations) drought that lasted from the first century until the 20th – a period of 1,800 years coinciding with the forced dispersion of the Jews…
For 1,800 years, it hardly ever rained in Israel. This was the barren land discovered by Mark Twain. So-called “Palestine” was a wasteland – nobody lived there. There was no indigenous Arab population to speak of. It only came after the Jews came back…(Joseph Farah, WND, 11/21/2007)
Nobody wanted the land of Israel until the Jews came back because it was a wasteland. God then allowed rain to fall on Israel.
Okay? God is in charge of weather and climates. Period.
But what about Satan? Can he influence weather?
Adam and Eve represented all of humanity when they lived in the Garden of Eden. Thus, when Adam and Eve sinned, their actions constituted a 100% rebellion by humanity against God.
Yet, even though Satan and a third of the angels replaced God and His holy angels in the spiritual governmental positions over the earth, this evil horde had limitations placed upon them by God. They were still His created beingsand trembled before Him.
And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that Job has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. (Job 1:12)
So the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, Job is in your hand, but spare his life.”(Job 2:6)
And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” (Luke 22:31-32)
The Book of Job provides us great examples of the limits God places on Satan, but it also provides two Satan-created weather examples –
While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “The fire of God has fallen from heaven [lightning] and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”(Job 1:12)
While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, “and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!” (Job 1:18-19)
And also the Book of Revelation shows another demonic-created weather example –
He [false prophet] performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven [lightning] on the earth in the sight of men. (Revelation 13:13)
So, can Satan cause weather related problems? Yes, but within the limits God places upon him.
And just so you know, we can expect more Satan induced weather problems in the days ahead because false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, hoping to deceive mankind, even us believers.
What about man? Can he affect the weather?
As a reminder: let’s look once again at what God said to the prophet Isaiah –
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times thingsthat are not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10 NKJV)
Thus, if God was able to look into the future when He set the foundations of the earth, do you really think He would have given humans enough power – good or bad – to destroy the earth? Is the One who fixed the stars, sun and moon in the heavens and also created the earth and all of its organisms so naive to overlook any important point like this?
Of course not!
From the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation, only Joshua, Elijah and Jesus have affected climate conditions so far.
Joshua asked God to have the sun and moon stand still so he could finish his nation’s battle with the Amorites.
And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the LORDheeded the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel. (Joshua 10:14)
Elijah walked into King Ahab’s court and said, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, there shall be no rain or dew in Israel for the next few years unless I give it the word.”
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain…And he prayed again and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. (James 5:17-18)
Jesus and His disciples sailed in a fishing boat across the Sea of Galilee to the opposite side. Jesus fell asleep. A massive tempest arose, causing large waves to wash over the boat. The disciples feared for their lives and awakened Him. Jesus stood up and rebuked the wind and waves. The storm immediately ceased and the sea was calm.
Jesus looked at them and said, “Where is your faith?”
And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:41)
Now, in the end-times, the two witnesses who will prophesy for one thousand two hundred and sixty days just before Jesus returns will be able to control some climate conditions.
The two witnesses have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy… (Revelation
Yes, mankind’s sins have caused droughts and climate problems over a single nation, but it has not been a global phenomenon since the great flood nor will it be again until God cleanses the earth with fire.
So, what’s the real problem with global warming?
Two years after his An Inconvenient Truth documentary hit the movie theaters in 2006, former Vice President Al Gore spoke at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta. “Global warming is not a political issue,” Gore told a crowd of approximately 2,500 paying attendees. “It is a moral issue. It is an ethical issue. It is a spiritual issue.”
Gore repeated his views that increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere was causing a global climate crisis. He used four Bible verses to justify his spiritual issue assertion:
Then He also said to the multitudes, “Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’; and so it is.55 And when you see the south wind blow, you say, ‘There will be hot weather’; and there is.56 Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time? 57 “Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right? (Luke 12:54-57)
“The evidence is there,” Gore said. “The signal is on the mountain. The trumpet has blown. The scientists are screaming from the rooftops. The ice is melting. The land is parched. The seas are rising. The storms are getting stronger. Why do we not judge what is right?”
Jesus said that we should judge prophets by their fruit. So let’s do that, okay?
First, if Al Gore is a true prophet, the truths he proclaimed in his ground-breaking documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, should be accurate. Are they?
Not really. Almost all of his predictions have failed so far. A judge in England went so far as to demand that nine untruths in the documentary be changed or a syllabus provided for the teachers, in order for the documentary to be shown in the nation’s school classrooms. Gore and his group caved in and provided a syllabus. Others have suggested even more errors than just nine.
Second, money, and lots of it.
Gore earns between $100,000 and $150,000 per speech. His wealth is estimated at almost $300 million dollars. Although his royalty earnings from his books and film projects are pledged to his nonprofit, Climate Reality Project, he has successfully leveraged himself as a climate activist and received invitations to be involved in numerous lucrative deals over the years.
Third, scriptural justification.
Gore’s use of Luke 12:54-57 to justify his spiritual issue assertion has nothing to do with his theories on global warming. He could just as well have used, “Balaam rose up in the morning and saddled his ass” because it’s just as meaningless to his cause as the verses in Luke.
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, Elisha and other prophets of God, not only preached what Israel needed to do to avoid calamitous judgments, they also lived in the righteous ways they expected others to follow.
But a critic of Gore said, “Al’s a limousine liberal, a tiresome pedant and climate alarmist who lives a jet-setting, carbon-profligate lifestyle while preaching asceticism for everyone else.” He lives in an oceanfront six-bedroom, $8.9-million villa — the exact place where he predicted the water would rise twenty feet when the ice in Antartica melts.
Okay, is Al Gore a prophet?
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. (Matthew 24:11)
I believe Gore’s fruit shows that he is a false prophet on global warming. And if he is the point man who is at the forefront of the global warming movement throughout the world, what can we say about the others who are following him? At the least, I believe they are deceived and at the worst they are also false prophets and maybe even greedy hucksters.
It’s my opinion that God is still in control of the weather and that the global warming movement is an anti-God money scam.
You, of course, need to make up your own mind.
King David was restless that early spring night as he walked out onto the palace’s roof. He looked over the waist high wall at the roof’s edge, taking in the sights and sounds of Jerusalem. His eyes stopped scanning about when he glanced down into his neighbor’s courtyard.
There below him was a beautiful woman bathing herself. He noticed every luscious curve on her body. Even when she finished her bath and he returned to his bedroom, he couldn’t think about anything else but that woman.
“Oh, I think her name is Bathsheba,” the man replied. “She’s the daughter of one of your mightiest men of valor – Eliam, the granddaughter of your wisest chief counselor – Ahithophel and married to a captain in your army – Uriah.”
Each of these men were important to David, but he ignored them, thinking only of his sexual desire for Bathsheba. Sadly, the one thought that did cross his mind was that Uriah was off fighting the Ammonites. Bathsheba was home alone.
He sent messengers to her with a special dinner invitation at his palace.
Bathsheba showed up at the appointed hour. They ended up committing adultery and she returned to her house.
A few weeks later, Bathsheba sent a short note to King David, saying, “I am with child.”
King David was a student of the Torah. So, he knew the Law required the death penalty for the sin of adultery for both participants. Then King David set in place a scheme to hide their sin, but it didn’t work. Finally, he ended up having her husband, Uriah, murdered in a battle with the Ammonites.
But what if?
What if there had been a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Jerusalem at the time? Don’t you think he might have sent Bathsheba to it for an abortion? Wouldn’t it have been easier to murder one baby than to have a trusted captain and husband killed in battle?
It’s my belief that King David would have quickly used abortion as an answer to his dilemma. And no doubt, Bathsheba would have agreed to it, too.
Today, abortion is the answer to one of society’s oldest problems: unwanted pregnancies.
“Abortion teaches a woman to kill in order to handle her problem.” (Mother Teresa)
Christians look back at Roe versus Wade and see the main villains as Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood), Planned Parenthood itself, Jane Roe’s lawyers Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, and the seven activist judges on the Supreme Court who voted in favor of Roe.
All of these certainly are culpable for their parts in legalizing abortion, but they are not the main guilty party. That belongs to the blood-bought Church of Jesus Christ.
Surely the Lord God does nothing without revealing His secret plan [of the judgment to come] to His servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7 AMP)
The Lord sees the end from the beginning. So, He had to see that 60 million babies would be murdered if Roe versus Wade was passed, but what did God do with His foreknowledge?
In my mind, there’s no doubt that God attempted to speak to the church ahead of time about abortion, but I believe the prophetic ears of the Church were not tuned into heaven. I believe they were tuned into something else.
And it’s not like Planned Parenthood began embracing abortion in a closet. The organization began openly advocating for therapeutic abortions (protecting mothers’ lives) in 1955. They continued to increasingly voice their support for more liberal abortion laws during the 1960s until in 1969, Planned Parenthood called for the repeal all all anti-abortion laws.
What were the ears of the Church tuned into?
During the 1960s, America was embroiled in the Vietnam War. It began with 800 military advisers under President Eisenhower, increased to 9000 troops during President Kennedy’s years and finally to over 500,000 combatants while President Johnson was in the White House.
The Vietnam War divided our nation and the Church. The bloody images came into our living rooms each night through the newscasts on CBS, ABC and NBC. Every believer had an opinion on the war and prayed it would soon end.
And guess what?
Roe versus Wade was first argued before the Supreme Court on December, 13, 1971, before only seven justices. Two justices, William Rehnquist and Lewis Powell, joined the court in January 1972. Because of this, Roe versus Wade was reargued in front of the full Supreme Court on October 11, 1972.
What else was going on during October 1972? The Paris Peace Negotiations to end the Vietnam War.
On October 8, 1972, a major breakthrough came in secret negotiations between Dr. Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho. North Vietnam modified their demands. Ten days later, a final draft was drawn up and Dr. Kissinger announced, “Peace is at hand.”
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued its Roe versus Wade decision. The landmark decision overturned almost every federal and state law restricting abortion in our nation. From that day forward, the war against babies began with a vengeance.
On the following day, Dr. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho signed off on the Viet Nam peace treaty, which was almost identical to the final draft agreed to in October 1972. Then, on January 27, 1973, the leaders of the formal delegations signed the agreement at the Majestic Hotel in Paris.
It wasn’t until 1976 when Reverend Jerry Falwell began preaching against abortion that the Church began to wake up.
(Continued in Part 9)