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Jan 18

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No Rain in CA: Judgment from God?

2013 marked California’s worst year for rainfall in recorded history. 2013 also marked the 40th year of abortion being legalized, and the year same-sex marriage was fully legalized in California. Are these major, historic events just a coincidence? Or are they a sign of judgment.

Drought

Although rarely heard today, in America’s recent past, both leaders in the church and civil government regularly called people to examine their ways and repent after tragedies like drought, disease, war, and other catastrophe’s once known as “Acts of God”, but today called “natural disasters”.

A remnant of this forgotten perspective can still be seen today if one looks through our legal codes and observes the term “Act of God” still mentioned. Law dictionaries define this term as “a legal term for events outside human control, such as sudden floods or other natural disasters, for which no one can be held responsible.”

This legal term originates from the past understanding that God is in control of nature – including droughts, as Amos 4:7 says, “I have withholden the rain from you… and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.”

Summarizing early America’s view of the Bible’s teaching on the source of droughts and other calamities, Pastor Jacob Cushing preached in a 1788 sermon, “And it may be noted, in general, that when public calamities were inflicted upon them, whether by the more immediate hand of heaven, as drought, pestilence, famine, and the like… it was always as a just punishment for their national iniquities; their idolatry, irreligion and abounding wickedness. And upon their repentance and reformation, these calamities were removed, and their prosperity restored.” (1)

Another example is found in Pastor Whiteford Smith’s response to an 1849 deadly disease outbreak in South Carolina, who called on people to “humble ourselves in the dust, to repent, to fast, and to pray, if peradventure God may turn away his anger from us, and in wrath remember mercy.” (2)

In the Bible — and many of these older sermons — we often see a focus on personal repentance, but we also see that when Daniel was told by God of an impending 70 year judgment, Daniel responded by confessing the sins of his whole nation, saying: “We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments” (Daniel 9:5).

Although we must exercise caution in presuming to know God’s specific purpose in a calamity, perhaps it is best to see it as an opportunity to examine ourselves, confess our known personal and national sins, and enquire of the Lord as David did in 2 Samuel 21:1, “Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD.”

end notes:

1. Sermon: “Divine Judgment Upon Tyrants”, Jacob Cushing, 1798.
2. Sermon: “National sins: A call to repentance”, Whitefoord Smith, 1849.

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  • Emerson Gloc

    Sad that the only public responses to the drought have been from the Roman Catholics and Muslims – who obviously missed the mark. This is the only article I’ve seen that addresses this issue biblically.
    Thanks for posting it. Will definitely share.

  • Robert

    I thought this might be why. Also just like the prophet praying for no rain. And I was thinking for not giving the farmers water because of a fish, and for non-straight marriage but the 40 years of being in the desert with abortion makes sense. It funny that pastors are praying for rain without repenting for our sins. Thanks for sharing.

    • Robert

      The are saying it is not a drought but that it is Govt made? Politician Devin Nunes is saying.

      • randal johnny

        Yes,God do it because great wickedness of the people of California.The whole nation must repent otherwise California will perish…….Repent…..repent..repent…..fasting and Prayer will help…….Repent…

  • DJ

    So true. But such a rare message! Noone is preaching this!

    • noindoctrination

      That’s because more than a few evangelicals have bought into the “God is love” mentality. I mean, a loving God wouldn’t make us suffer….. would he?

      • Huskystar

        Do they love and follow God’s laws?

        • randal johnny

          They ignore God law.hence people ignore it today like California.Will the state of California deserve God Punishment..the answer is yes. Sodom and Gomorrah is an example.God destroy it because of wickedness. Will it happen today…..the answer is yes.In God nothing is impossible.The only solution the whole nation must repent

      • randal johnny

        Yes,God is love who do good but if people or nations is sinning God justice will be applied too. Jesus is very clear and honest saying repent otherwise you too will perish.That repentance is valid today because of great wickedness in California Citizen alike

  • Char

    Definitely a judgement from God. But other states have allowed gay marriage but they are not suffering a drought. So I think this is a warning of what is coming to the whole United States. We ain’t seen nothing yet.

    • Josef

      California is the largest agricultural producer of all fifty states by far, it is also more sexually libertine than any other state with the possible exception of New York.

    • Elijah Joseph

      Amen, I am praying for no rain in California, until they, and I mean all of them repent!

    • randal johnny

      You are right…..God judgement more to come unless they repent…….repent or perish like Sodom and Gomorrah.Remember the Great leader of this said,This nation will decline only when our moral and fear of God is gone.That prophetic words of our great leader is now reality…….

  • Char

    Gee do you think god is trying to get our attention? And who said god is not in control?

  • Elijah Joseph

    God’s Law is in force, Californians so libertine, I am praying that the drought continues until the Godless Liberals bow down before God and beg Him for life sustaining rain.

  • Beum

    I am a Christian and there are many born again believers including pregnant women, kids, families in California. When a country disobeys God will reap the consequences just as when a country honours and obeys Him will reap the blessings. The US including California has turned its back on the LORD. Including all sins is divorce, which God calls adultery yet in the churches pastors don’t tell their members for fear of losing them and so called “chistians” divorce and remarry. As in the days of Noah will be like today “marrying and giving themselves in marriage” not God but people. an adulterous generation.
    In Noah’s day only 8 people including him were saved from the flood.
    So will be in these days. A lot of people think they are doing fine but no, Jesus was very explicit. Many will say in that day Lord Lord and He will answer I don’t know you. We have to walk humbly before Him, always loving and sharing the Good News, He is coming soon and He will sustain us. The bible says the love of many will wax cold and many will fall away before He comes. Stay in the tried and true course you only have this one chance…hold on to Jesus, pray, fast study the Word don’t just read it like a horoscope, worship Him, stay holy before Him…don’t believe the watered down gospel and vain philosophy…

  • randal johnny

    The simple answer is No God no water. God is the only answer…….Sin is the main reasons why California has no rain…….If there will no rain…more fire and wild fire….Repent to God the sin of California…..Be humble otherwise..More to come like earthquakes ……….Solution seek God……Jesus Christ is the answer….Repent now…..

  • randal johnny

    Such preaching will be apply today because of great sin and rebellion against God himself like abortion law,Guy and Lesbian law marriage,fornication,adultery,violence ungreatful and disrespect of our children to parents, crimes,drugs and wines.California look likes to me now like Sodom and Gomorrah.They must repent now and ask God to forgive them and heal the land before it is too late.America became so great because of God of their ancestor who come from Europe the Puritan who fear God..this day they ignore it, especially the leaders and law makers of California who instituted Gay and Lesbian marriage.Today Calamity is God Warning of More severe calamity to come.I call all Pastor to preac it once again like it for the nation sake.

  • Stung

    Did anyone else hear the Fifth trumpet of God Almighty sound during “Operation Desert Storm”?

    Did anyone else hear the Fifth trumpet of God Almighty sound when oil wells were lit ablaze during “Operation Desert Storm”?

    During the Gulf War when all the oil wells were lit ablaze I was
    attacked by a demon on three separate occasions all at night. This is
    what happened. While I slept this demon would fly through the window and
    attack me. The spirit inside me fought this demon briefly until I
    awoke. Then it made me take over. I leaped out of bed trying to defend
    myself. This demon was horrid and spun circles around me thrashing
    through my soul with his hands. then it left as fast as it came. The
    demon radiated from the pains associated with the abyss. He was like a
    coal pulled from the fire, with the pains of the abyss Rev 9, 3. This
    attack happened on three separate occasions as I have stated. The third
    time however was different from the rest. As before the demon attacked
    me, but this time I had enough since to command it to leave in the name
    of Jesus Christ. What happened next is even more amazing. After
    commanding this demon to leave in the name of Jesus, the Holy Spirit
    delivered me outside my room into the hallway. The demon followed. We
    were brought into the presence of the Lord. The Demon stood to my left
    and grabbing my hand with his, it placed its tail on top of my left
    hand. It was the sting of the scorpion and it went like this. It sent
    waves of fire through my soul Rev 9, 10. The pain was so sever that I
    couldn’t scream. Unconditionally, I looked straight up and said “father
    please help me”. The demon then left.

    This all happened after being seduced into trying transcendental
    meditation and falling into spiritual bondage to witchcraft / demonic
    forces Rev 13,10. Or the spiritual bondage may have occurred after
    playing a Ouija board as a young boy. I’m not quite sure. What I am sure
    is that prior to being attacked by this demon, I was forced to go
    through the N.W.O’s. “secret” ceremony performed through transcendental
    meditation assisted with witchcraft / demonic forces. Why I say demonic
    forces is that I believe all witchcraft to be the powers of demons / the
    Devil. I was forced with witchcraft, through methods of torture, to go
    through said ceremony. The methods of witchcraft included mind control /
    manipulation, heart palpitations, witchcraft dreams causing sleep
    depravation, powerful visions, and many other forms. In said ceremony I
    was instructed to except the worship of one of their many “demonic
    gods”. They informed me that in excepting one of there gods I accepted
    them all. One of there Gods was the Devil, another they named Jesus, but
    they had a demon for every occasion. What better way to join all
    religions of the world together under one banner of 666?

    To the best of my knowledge this is the method Satan’s Secret Society
    uses to distribute the “spiritual mark of the beast”, and cause
    spiritual captivity Revelation 13, 10. Have you received your spiritual
    mark yet? This may sound hard to believe for those who don’t know what
    I’m talking about but it is a true story. Hear are a few scriptures
    giving in sight. Revelation 13, 10, If anyone is to go into captivity,
    into captivity they will go . This is spiritual captivity to witchcraft /
    demonic forces. Naham 3, 4, who enslaved nations by her witchcraft.
    Revelation 18, 23, By your magic spell all nations were led astray.

    There is a way out, but it is difficult. Revelation 12, 11, those who
    overcame, overcame by the blood of the lamb and the “word” of their
    testimony. They didn’t love their own lives so much as to shrink from
    death. Hebrews 2, 15, by their fear of death they are held in spiritual
    captivity. Satan’s Secret Society has many names; a few are the Mafia /
    Illuminate Masons 666! Have they been using drug dealers to terrorize
    your neighbor hood? Christians are their many “Free” Masons and
    Shriner’s in your Christian church? I’m sure they are in all walks of
    life and the cancer is spreading through out society.

    Here is the rest of the story. Three to four nights later the demon
    returned in the early am @ about 3am. He wasn’t alone, Satan / Apollyon
    and the demon’s twin brother was with him. They hovered in the air above
    the ground, before the olive tree in the back yard. I could see them as
    the spirit in me manifested them to me! Satan hovered in the middle
    while the demons were on either side of him. The demon on his left had
    been thrown into the lake of fire for what he did to me. He radiated
    like a coal pulled from the fire what seemed to be 15′x15′. He was lit
    up like a Christmas tree! Graciously yours baptized by fire the witness!
    Who will believe this testimony? God will be my witness!

  • rhzszm

    California has some major problems. The way some of the Churches speak of Jesus, they want you to mistake Him for a homosexual and a communist. They have stopped reading the Bible, they do not know God’s Law, and as a result they follow a false prophet of their own making, not Jesus.