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Why San Francisco? Why California? Why Now?

San Francisco and California seem to be on God's radar screen right now. Why?

Larry Nevenhoven

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Copyright © 2012 by Larry Nevenhoven

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Unless otherwise specified Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, copyright © 1960, 1062, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, by the Lockman Foundation.

Published by Larry Nevenhoven

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Author's Note
I first wrote Why San Francisco? Why California? Why Now? as a prophetic teaching series on my blog: www.larrywho.wordpress.com. Except for a few grammar changes, it is still the same. Larry Nevenhoven

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Chapter 1

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

Because of space-time continuum thinking, it's hard to wrap our minds around the simple truth that God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit never had a beginning. They always were and always will be. This simple truth is the foundation for all of our Christian faith and belief in God. It is one which cannot be partially accepted, but must be believed in whole, in order for us to have a vibrant faith in God. Anything less than 100% on this truth will create doubts which will limit the works of God in our lives. Okay, assuming we all accept this simple truth, how did God create the heavens and the earth?

Then God said, "Let there be light; and there was light." (Genesis 1:3)

For years, I figured God spoke His words, wiggled His nose, much like Samantha on the TV program, Bewitched, and then presto, light and all the rest of creation appeared on the scene. But there are other scriptures which give us a better glimpse of how God created the heavens and earth.

Bless the LORD, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word, obeying the voice of His word! (Psalm 103:20)

The English word angel is translated from the Hebrew word malak which actually means messenger, representative, or deputy. Therefore, God has deputy helpers who perform His words, including the creation of our world. The Bible gives names for three angels: Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer.

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Gabriel (strength of God or warrior of God) is an archangel who was sent as a messenger with important messages for humans, such as Daniel, Zacharias (John the Baptist's father), and Mary. Michael (who is like God) is a chief archangel, a protector of Israel, and the leader of God's heavenly angel army. Lucifer (light bearer or morning star) was also a chief archangel.1 In Jude 9, Michael still respected Lucifer's high level of authority, even though he had fallen and was now known as Satan. Okay, now let's do some digging.

For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. (Hebrews 2:5)

For whatever reasons, God set up our present world to be in subjection to angels or under an angelic form of governmental system. God created this system to be obedient to His words, but obviously, angels, like humans, have a free will. Sadly, the system was corrupted with Adam's fall in the Garden of Eden. Yet, God being true to His own system had the Law brought to man under the direction of angels.2 Now, the idea of creating man and man's home here on earth was always in God's heart. It was His highest priority as He longed to share His love and fellowship with other beings. And it's only natural to assume that His angels all knew about the importance of earth and how a being called man would eventually fit into God's plan for His kingdom on earth. So, who did God choose to be His chief angel over earth?

You [Satan] were in Eden, the garden of God... (Ezekiel 28:13) You [Satan] were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire. (Ezekiel 28:14)
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Ezekiel 28:14 Acts 7:53

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Eden, the garden of God, and the holy mountain of God were located here on earth, not in heaven. Thus, it is my belief that Lucifer (Satan) was chosen by God to be the head angel, or His chief ambassador, here on earth. If so, this means Satan was actually created to be a chief helper and a minister to us humans, not our accuser and destroyer. But Lucifer (Satan) was proud of his authority over earth and wanted to exalt his throne over all of all the other angels and also to be like the Most High God.3 Then because of Satan's iniquity, war broke out in heaven.4 Michael and the good angels drove Satan and his horde (a third of all the angels) out of heaven.5

And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (Revelation 12:9)

Who were Satan's angels? Most likely, Satan's angels were those he had authority over here on earth when he was God's amabassador. Later, Paul referred to a part of Satan's fallen angel horde as principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.6 Keep in mind: Satan is not a creator. He is a liar, a deceiver, and a usurper of God's creation and His plans. Thus, when Eve was deceived and Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, God's authority to rule on earth passed from man to the fallen angel, Satan.7 He became the god of this world.8 And because Satan had authority on earth and in the heavens surrounding earth, Satan's angels replaced God's angels in the spiritual governmental system reigning over earth. Satan's angels were already trained from their earlier experiences, but instead of obeying God, these fallen angels now obeyed the father of lies, Satan.9
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Isaiah 14:13 Revelation 12:7 5 Revelation 12:4 6 Ephesians 6:12 7 Genesis 1:26 8 2 Corinthians 4:4 9 John 8:44

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The bad news is that we are stuck with this corrupted angelic system until Jesus returns. But the good news is we have a new spiritual governmental system on earth, not subjected to angels. It is the Kingdom of God. Are you scratching your heads and wondering what this has to do with San Francisco and California?

Chapter 2
San Francisco is the tail that wags California and most of America. Although only 46.9 square miles in area and 805,000 in population, San Francisco's power rumbles throughout our nation's political and economic corridors. California's three most powerful posts – governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general – are filled by politicians from the San Francisco Bay area. Both U.S. senators for California, until just recently, lived in San Francisco, and the U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader is also from the city. The nation's largest appellate court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, is based in San Francisco. This court has appellate jurisdiction over nine states and two territories. Silicon Valley, on the south edge of the San Francisco Bay area, has the highest concentration of millionaires and billionaires in America. Plus, if you add in the banks and financial institutions, San Francisco is one of the top producing cities in the world.

How did San Francisco ever achieve such a powerful status? The Spanish first built a fort and a mission on what is now San Francisco in 1776. A nearby settlement was named Yerba Buena. The biggest problems for the new settlement were the scarcity of three necessities: water, wood, and food. These had to be carted into the settlement. In 1821, after gaining its independence from Spain, the area came under the rule of Mexico. Twenty-six years later, Mexico then ceded the area to the United States at the end of the Mexican-American War. It was renamed San Francisco.

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At the time America took over San Francisco in 1847, it was a settlement of approximately five hundred people. Although the Bay was a strategic port and military base, the inhospitable geography and weather patterns of the area caused families to shy away from living there. Then, in 1848, the California Gold Rush hit. Ships from all over the world headed to San Francisco, loaded with men who had gold fever. At first, San Francisco was itself a ghost town as shop owners and military personnel fled to the gold fields. But soon, new merchants set up shop and prospered in the city. With the influx of people, the population of San Francisco jumped to 25,000 by the end of 1849. The male-female demographics were extremely lopsided, in that there were only 300 women in the city, and of these, two hundred were prostitutes. It was many years before San Francisco became a family friendly city. As with most boom to bust mining towns, the social climate in the city was chaotic. Committees of Vigilance took over the city in 1851 and 1856 because of crime and government corruption. Each time, after the city was cleaned up, power was relinquished back to the people. But one area that was not cleaned up was the Barbary Coast. This nine block area was famous for its prostitution, crime, opium dens, dance halls, and complete debauchery. Many lonely men, searching for love, ended up having bumps on their heads and their pockets picked. Or worse yet, they were shanghaied and woke up on ships heading overseas. The Barbary Coast was almost completely destroyed in the massive 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Yet, within months, the bars were rebuilt and business continued as usual. It wasn't until 1917, that the Barbary Coast was finally shut down.10 San Francisco has always prided itself on its wild frontier spirit and ribald character, but these traits have also proved to be the city's spiritual downfall, especially in the mid1900's.

Chapter 3

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Two wars in the 1900's transformed San Francisco into what it has become today. During World War II, San Francisco was the main port for the war in the Pacific. Supplies and hundreds of thousands of servicemen were loaded onto vessels heading overseas. Thousands of other men worked on the docks or in administration offices to keep the war machine well oiled and moving. Because of the time period, San Francisco was also the port where homosexuals were dishonorably discharged from the armed forces. More than 9,000 gay servicemen were processed out during 1941-1945. Most of these gays, and others not pinpointed by authorities, stayed in San Francisco after the war and quietly thrived in the city's liberal atmosphere.

John Brokaw labeled the Americans who fought in World War II as the "Greatest Generation" because of their patriotism and determination to do what was right for our nation. This generation then returned from war and built America into a Superpower nation. Yet, the following generation was handed the Vietnam War. Unlike World War II, this conflict spawned anti-war groups and political activism, of which San Francisco and it's sister city across the bay, Berkeley, ended up at the forefront. One of the anti-war hippie slogans of the era – "Make Love Not War" – caused two events to take place in San Francisco. The Human Be-In was held on January 14, 1967, at Golden Gate Park. Thirty thousand hippies, counterculture and drug advocates, anti-war, and political activists gathered together for the first time on that day. Before then, each group thought little of the other groups and each believed its views were the most important ones at the time. But as they listened to Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, The Quicksilver Messenger Service, and numerous speakers, such as Timothy Leary, Dick Gregory, and Jerry Rubin, the groups melted together as one. This successful one day gathering gave rise to the phenomenon which is now called the Summer of Love (1967) where one hundred thousand young people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. These high school and college kids almost instantly changed the dynamics of the city with their attitudes on sexual freedom, creative expressions, and their political activism. Among the hundred thousand young people were thousands of gays and lesbians who were radical activists. These were not willing to "go along to get along" as the World War

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II gays had done before them. Instead, these young people wanted to change America's social system and had learned how to do this from their anti-Vietnam War activism. At first, these young gays lived in Haight-Asbury, but drugs and violence caused them to move into the Castro District of San Francisco. There they fixed up homes and opened businesses. The Castro District, also called the Gay Mecca, has the highest per capita gay population in the world and is the center for the city's gay politics. One of the events birthed by the Castro District is San Francisco Pride, a two day celebration for gays and their culture. The 2012 event was held on June 23-24, with over a million people in attendance. San Francisco's gay, lesbian, and transsexual population is estimated at 15% of the city's total, but its influence on politics is many times more than that. In fact, nothing really happens in California politics, and also in much of America, without San Francisco's gay community's endorsement. So, what's the big deal about San Francisco's evolutionary change toward a tolerance of gay life styles? Who really cares?

Chapter 4
Do you think there were any babies and young children in Sodom and Gomorrah when God rained brimstone and fire on the cities?11 Yikes! This is the type of question that skeptics ask us Christians which causes us to stutter and stammer. We may even end up second-guessing God and His motives. After all, did God's anger push Him over the edge so that He became a baby murderer?

Okay, take a deep breath and let's study sin. "Sin is sin," proclaim many people who think all types of sin are equal in God's eyes, but is that really true?

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Genesis 19:24

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Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:7)

The Bible separates sin into three specific types: sin, transgression, and iniquity. Although the word sin can be used as a generic catchall word for all three types, its biblical definition really means "missing the mark," as an archer's arrow misses its target.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

Basic sin is disobedience to God's commands and His word, but without willful intent. Examples of sin: losing your temper with your spouse; getting caught up in gossip with your neighbor; exaggerating your importance at work to a new employee; and so forth. All basic sins can easily be taken care of by asking forgiveness of the Lord and the person involved. The word transgression means revolt or rebellion and is willful disobedience of God's commands.

And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. (1Timothy 2:14)

Eve knew that God had commanded them not to eat the fruit of the tree of good and evil, but she rebelled and did it anyway.12 As with all acts of rebellion, Eve suffered consequences for her transgression. Truthfully, we all have transgressed at different times in our Christian journeys and can probably give interesting testimonies about the consequences we suffered. But as with sin, transgression simply requires us to ask forgiveness of the Lord and anybody involved. Then, we need to change our ways and not continue in the same transgression.

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Genesis 2:17

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Yet, continuing in a transgression without repentance eventually leads to iniquity. The word iniquity means depravity (evil perverseness or moral corruption) and always carries within it the hatred of God and His ways. Iniquity is not a voluntary or involuntary disobedience to the commands of God, like sin and transgression are, but instead, it is a second nature sin. It is a demonic stronghold within the individual which may have been passed on through one's ancestors or the result of continued willful transgressions or the surrender of oneself to an evil principality over a region.

The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. (Proverbs 5:22 ESV)

Ridding oneself of iniquity is not as easy as it is for sins or transgressions. Because it is intertwined with the individual's personality and attitudes, it requires acceptance of truth, God's mercy, and the fear of the Lord to set an individual free.13 This totally depends on a deliverance move by the Spirit of God upon the people.

...For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting [punishing] the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me (Deuteronomy 5:9)

Iniquities are not committed in spiritual vacuums. They are committed before the throne of God and cry out to the Judge to be avenged. So, when God acted against Sodom and Gomorrah, the people's iniquity had reached completion. In fact, there were not ten people in the cities who were not filled with iniquity.14 This included young children which the parents had defiled by passing iniquity on to them through their bloodlines. It was then a part of the young children's second nature and attitudes. Now, I believe the Father foresaw the iniquity that would be committed by the babies and the young children. And because of His love, He removed the young people of Sodom and Gomorrah before they were accountable for their iniquities. By doing this, the children died in their innocence and not in full-bloomed iniquity.
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Proverbs 16:6 Genesis 18:32

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Our God is a good Father who views eternity as more important for His creation than the present. So, why San Francisco now?

Chapter 5
There are many believers who look down their noses at the Old Testament. They feel we should just study and follow Jesus' red letter words in the four Gospels, but the Apostle Paul did not agree with that thinking.

Now these things happened as examples for us... (1 Corinthians 10:6)

With Paul's admonition in mind, let's look at an Old Testament example to learn more about San Francisco's plight.

Most of us know the story of Jonah and how the rebellious prophet decided to take a trip to Spain rather than obey the Lord.15 His sea trip was then cut short by a storm and eventually Jonah was dumped overboard by the sailors into the raging Mediterranean Sea. There a great fish swallowed him.16 Okay, what was it like inside the great fish's stomach? The fish's stomach was filled with protein-digesting enzymes and strong hydrochloric acids. Along with that, add in the constant muscular contortions causing the stomach to churn digested food toward a sphincter muscle, opening into the small intestine. Then there was the smell and insufficient oxygen. It had to be a living Hell without end for him. In fact, Jesus Himself later compared Jonah's seventy-two hours in the great fish's stomach to His time in the heart of the earth or Hell.17

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Jonah 1:3 jonah 1:17 17 Matthew 12:39

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What did Jonah probably look like when he finally walked through Nineveh preaching his message? We assume Jonah obeyed the Lord and went directly to Nineveh from the Mediterranean shore. If so, it was a five hundred mile trek through rough country and across the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. Thus, his skin, hair, and beard most likely still had yellow acid burns coloring them and his clothing probably was tattered, stained, bleached, filled with acid holes, and smelly. He had to look and reek like Hell. Jonah's message, "Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed," would have gathered him a crowd in the Assyrian capital city, but even the heathen had babbling prophets in those days.18 So, why did the people listen and believe his prophetic words? Jonah's appearance and testimony about his three days and nights in the great fish had to be a powerful sign to the people of Nineveh of God's mercy. Who could argue with him? The people quickly believed Jonah and his prophetic words, and then repented. Jesus also referenced Jonah's three days and nights inside the great fish as a sign to evil and adulterous generations.19 The message was loud and clear for all: "Repent at hearing the words of the Lord concerning judgments for sin or be destroyed."20

On April 18, 1906, at 5:12 AM, a major earthquake struck San Francisco. A policeman who happened to be on duty said he heard a deep rumbling and looked up a hill. "The whole street was undulating. It was as if the waves of the ocean were coming toward me, and billowing as they came." 21 The earthquake lasted about 70 seconds. Within minutes, fifty fires were reported in downtown San Francisco. Fire engines rushed to answer the calls, but the water mains were broken. The fires burned out of control. Out of San Francisco's population of 410,000, up to 75% were left homeless. Over 3,000 people died. 80% of the city was reduced to rubble by the earthquakes and fire.

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Jonah 3:4 Matthew 12:39 20 Matthew 12:41 21 http://is.gd/hoTALk

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At the time, San Francisco was the ninth largest city in America, and the largest city west of the Mississippi River. Its port made it a banking, trading, and cultural center which gave it the title, "Gateway to the Pacific." The earthquake's damage ended up diverting trade and population to Los Angeles which soon surpassed San Francisco as the most important and largest urban area on the West Coast.

Were there any prophetic warnings given ahead of time to San Francisco? A woman named Ellen White may have had a vision ahead of time, but she did not publish or announce her vision until after the earthquake struck the city.22 Frank Bartleman, an author and evangelist, was involved with the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles at the time the earthquake struck San Francisco. Soon after, he noticed how most preachers announced that God had nothing to do with the earthquake. Even school teachers taught their students that God was not involved in the San Francisco Earthquake.23 Barthleman sought the Lord in prayer and ended up writing Earthquake Tract. In it, he explained how God was grieved with the wickedness of San Francisco and that the earthquake was a judgment for the city's sins. The tract specifically answered the question, "Did God do that?" Thousands of tracts were distributed to Los Angles and San Francisco. Many people repented and others were upset by them. So, how does this all play out for today's San Francisco?

Chapter 6

When God sealed His covenant with Abram, He also spoke prophetic words to the patriarch, part of which are included in the following:24

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http://is.gd/K92m8Q http://is.gd/tKt6OE 24 Genesis 15:1

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And you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. And in the fourth generation they [your descendants] shall come back here [to Canaan] again, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full and complete. (Genesis 15:15-16 AMP)

What did God mean by saying the Amorites' iniquity was not yet full and complete? If you can, picture God holding a cup in His hand, in which all of the iniquities for a city or nation are being poured into it.25 When the cup is filled to the brim and ready to run over, God is then forced to act as a Judge against that nation or city. In the Amorites' case, God would act against them when their cup of iniquity was filled and then give their land to Israel.

Now, let's skip forward fourteen hundred years to when King Hezekiah's son, Manasseh, became king over Judah.

But he did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. (2 Chronicles 33:2)

Eventually, Manasseh repented of all the Amorite-like iniquities he committed and he reversed many of them, but a few could not be atoned for.26 These iniquities were referred to as the sins of Manasseh and eventually caused Judah to be carried off into exile in Babylonia.27 What were these iniquities? Witchcraft, sorcery, divination, and worst of all:

and also because of the innocent blood that he [Manasseh] had shed; for he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, which the LORD would not pardon. (2 Kings 24:4)
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Jeremiah 51:7 2 Chronicles 33:12 27 2 Kings 24:3

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The innocent blood refers to King Manasseh's introduction of an initiation rite into the Temple for newborn babies. The babies were passed between the molten red-hot hands of the idol Molech (an Amorite god). This became a widespread practice in Judah and caused many children to be burned to death. In the Law, God specifically forbid this iniquity, with the penalty being death by stoning.28

Let's look at the gay rights' movement of today. What are the real motives behind all of the gay rights' battles over the last forty or so years? To remove discrimination of gays in the workplace and wherever? Yes of course. There is no doubt Americans, especially us Christians, have discriminated against the gay community and caused them terrible suffering in times past. Yet, with the new laws and changing times, gay discrimination is mostly a thing of the past. If discrimination is taken care of, what are the other motives? Same-sex marriages? By itself, not really a big deal as only a small percentage of gays are getting married in the states where same-sex marriages are legal. Reversal of policies in the military? Also, by itself, not really a big deal. Gay adoptions? Again, by itself, not really a big deal. All of the other gay issues, except one, are by themselves no big deals to the gay rights' movement.

Sheol [Grave] and Abaddon [Hell] are never satisfied, nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied. (Proverbs 27:20)

As I wrote in Part 1, our present world has been created to be in subjection to angels, or under an angelic form of government. Because of Adam's fall, our world's angelic government is headed by Satan and manned by his demon horde.
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Leviticus 20:2

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Demonic leaders over regions, cities, states, nations, and whatever are known as principalities.29 These demonic principalities strive to control events and the people on earth under their authorities. For San Francisco, it is my belief the ruling principality over the city is the spirit of depravity. So, when we look at the most important gay motive – after the removal of discrimination – we need to also keep in mind what the spirit of depravity wants.

Chapter 7
The movie, Milk (2008), was nominated for eight Academy Award nominations and ended up winning two: Best Actor (Sean Penn) and Best Original Screenplay (Dustin Lance Black). Milk tells the story of the struggles Harvey Milk endured in the last eight years of his life as a gay rights activist and politician in San Francisco. The high point of the film shows Milk (Sean Penn) being elected to a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, which made him the first openly gay person elected to public office in California. But sadly, the movie ends with Milk and Mayor George Moscone being assassinated by Dan White on November 27, 1978. Rotten Tomatoes rated the movie at 94%.30 And even though R rated, most Christian reviewers stated the movie was well acted and well done. The film's release was tied to the 2008 California voter referendum on gay marriage, Proposition 8, as its premiere was held in San Francisco two weeks before Election Day, November 4, 2008.31 Although always considered an icon by the San Francisco gay community, the movie catapulted Harvey Milk into martyrdom status. President Obama posthumously awarded Milk a Presidential Medal of Freedom (August, 2009). And Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 572 on October 11, 2009. This bill designated May 22 as Harvey Milk Day and encouraged California public schools, K-12, to commemorate the life and values of Milk.
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Ephesians 6:12 http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/milk/ 31 http://is.gd/oEYkiw

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Was Harvey Milk a martyr, someone to be admired by school children? If you only watch the movie and listen to politicians and gay rights activists, the answer is "yes." But if you do a little research, a different side of Harvey Milk can be seen. The script for the movie, Milk, was adapted from Randy Shilts' biography of Harvey Milk, The Mayor of Castro Street.32 Shilts wrote the book while struggling to find full-time employment as an openly gay reporter. Later, Randy Shilt's explained why he chose to write on Milk's life:

At the time, for those of us who lived in San Francisco, it felt like it was life changing, that all the eyes of the world were upon us, but in fact most of the world outside of San Francisco had no idea. It was just a really brief, provincial, localized current events story that the mayor and a city council member in San Francisco were killed. It didn't have much reverberation." (Quartini, Joelle (June 20, 2008). "Harvey Milk Returns", The New York Blade, 12 (25), p. 18.)

Here's some quotes from Randy Shilt's book, not portrayed in the movie, Milk:

"...sixteen-year-old McKinley was looking for some kind of father figure...At 33, Milk was launching a new life, though he could hardly have imagined the unlikely direction toward which his new lover would pull him." (pages 30-31) "It would be to boyish-looking men in their late teens and early 20's that Milk would be attracted for the rest of his life." (page 24) "Harvey always had a penchant for young waifs with substance abuse problems." (page 180) "As homosexuals, we can't depend on the heterosexual model...We grow up with the heterosexual model, but we don't have to follow it. We should be developing our own life-style. There's no reason why you can't love more than one person at a time. You don't have to love them all the same. You love some less, love some more... and always be honest with everybody about where you're at. They in turn can do the same thing and it can open up a bigger sphere." (pages 237-238)
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The Mayor of Castro Street by Randy Shilts, St. Martins Press, 1982.

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Why in the world would politicians and educators hang their reputations on Harvey Milk?

Chapter 8
If I were a photographer, an apartment owner, or just an ordinary businessman, and two gays wanted to do business with me, I'd say, "Okay, will that be cash or credit card?" I believe sound business sense dictates that my services or products should be available to as many people as possible without ever attempting to exclude any particular groups. This is how I believe the marketplace works best. My personal responsibility as a businessman is to walk in integrity and offer good values to customers for fair prices. This means that each customer, no matter who he is, must receive equal treatment and service.33 Period. Now, if two gays lived next door to me, I'd obey scripture by loving them as I love myself.34 I'd be their friends. I'd help them. I'd defend them. I'd pray for them. I'd drink coffee and eat with them. Most likely, unless they asked me, they would never know how I actually felt about homosexuality. This is how I normally live the gospel of the kingdom of God in the world around me.

But there is another side of me, which is filled with red-hot anger. The anger is a result of being sick and tired of seeing Satan lie and deceive a small percentage of Americans into thinking a gay life style is acceptable before God and man. It is not! This lifestyle was created by Satan and his kingdom of darkness to mock the Creator and destroy men and women.

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Proverbs 11:1 Mark 12:33

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So God created man in His [own] image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (Genesis 1:27-28)

God created man in His own image. But what does that mean? First, because God is Spirit, He created Adam and Eve to have a God-like spirit within them which was alive to God.35 Both communicated and fellowshipped in their spirits with Him without any problems. Secondly, man's spirit was wrapped in a physical body. But wait, how can flesh and blood possibly be created in God's image? The answer lies in four words: "Be fruitful and multiply." You see, the Creator designed man to be a creator. Sperm from a man joined with an egg from a woman creates life – another human being. This creation process is to be carried out within a marriage between a husband and a wife through sexual activity.36 Satan eventually threw a wrench into God's plans by deceiving Eve and causing Adam to sin with a boldface lie.

Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:4-5)

Adam and Eve were already created in the likeness of God! Yet, Satan's cunning words somehow caused the two to disbelieve the One who created them and instead believe Satan. After all, the forbidden fruit looked pleasant to the eyes and was desirable.37 The rebellion by Adam and Eve caused sin to enter the world and man spiritually died and was separated from God.38 Satan then became the god of this world.39
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John 4:24 Genesis 2:24 37 Genesis 3:6 38 Romans 5:12 39 2 Corinthians 4:4

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Yet, the father of lies, Satan, was not satisfied with just a spiritual separation between God and the apple of His eye – man.40 His ultimate goal was to mock God and destroy men. And what better way to accomplish this task than to get mankind to rebel against God's first command to men:

Be fruitful and multiply... (Genesis 1: 28)

The Bible refers to sexual activity orchestrated by Satan between two men or two women as the unfruitful deeds of darkness.41 Unfruitful? No life can ever be created from this activity. It mocks the Creator's plan for men and women. Okay, who killed Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978? The obvious answer is Dan White. But who helped push White into committing the murder? The spirit of depravity.

Chapter 9
In 863 BC, a stranger showed up at the gates of Samaria. He mentioned that he was from Tisbeh, a city forty miles east of Israel's capital and on the opposite side of the Jordan River.42 Somehow, the stranger wangled an audience with King Ahab. The stranger's dress, coarse camel's haircloth with a rough leather belt, showed him to be a nomad of the desert, not a man suitable for the king's court.43 But still, he approached the king. King Ahab most likely wondered what the country bumpkin wanted when he saw him. He probably gave an impatient sigh and uttered, "So, Elijah, what do you have for me?"
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Psalm 17:8 Ephesians 5:11 42 1 Kings 17:1 43 2 Kings 1:8

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Elijah spoke one of the shortest and most powerful messages in the Bible, just twentyfour words:

"As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word." (1 Kings 17:1)

The Bible does not give us an inkling of Ahab's immediate reaction to Elijah's short message. But, most likely, it caused a big enough ruckus so that Elijah was able to slip away without being stopped or followed.44 Okay, was the drought which Elijah warned King Ahab and Israel about an example of God's love toward the Jews? You have to remember the drought lasted forty-two months.45 No rain meant no crops, which in turn meant starvation for animals and people. Babies and the elderly would have been the hardest hit, but also prophets of God were slain.46 As a guess, let's say 1/2% of Israel's population died. That would translate into 2025,000 deaths resulting from the drought. Now, what's your thoughts on whether or not the drought was an example of God's love?

Eventually, Elijah showed up and challenged four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal to a fire contest on Mount Carmel.47 Why fire? Because Baal was the god of fire. Why Mt. Carmel? That was where the pagan prophets sacrificed to Baal. "Eureka!" The prophets of Baal probably thought to themselves. "Elijah has stepped in it this time. He'll be toast!" But in the end, the Lord God of Israel sent fire and consumed the sacrifice on the altar made by Elijah.48 Then, Elijah slaughtered the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal in front of Israel and prayed for rain to fall on the nation.49

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Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!" (1 Kings 18:39)

Once again, what's your thoughts on whether or not the drought was an example of God's love? Tough question, right? Although the people repented, thousands of people died or were slaughtered. For me, I have no doubt it was God love: First, God is love.50 His character never changes and there are no variations in His perfect love at any time.51 And even when He judges a nation in His godly anger, He is 100% love. It is who He is. Period.

while the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn whom the LORD had struck down among them. The LORD had also executed judgments on their gods. (Numbers 33:4)

Secondly, God knows how to set people free who are imprisoned by their second nature sins, also known as iniquities. He is willing to take on the gods of the people's iniquities, or ruling principalities, in a face to face battle, not on neutral ground, but in the ruling principalities' strongholds. You see, God is not afraid of a fight. He is not a bit fearful of how entrenched or how fortified the enemy is in its own stronghold. He just needs a man who is willing to be His vessel, like Moses was in Egypt, Elijah at Mt. Carmel, or Jesus on earth. The man just has to believe:

No man [champion, servant, or whosoever] will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. (Joshua 1:5)

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Yes, there may be casualties in setting the people free, but these are due to our rebellion and not to a lack of love on His part. We must trust that God knows what He is doing. So, why San Francisco? Why California? Why now?

Chapter 10

Sins are never committed in a veiled vacuum, out of eyesight because God sees everything. But even more than that, all sins are committed openly in the spiritual atmosphere which envelopes the earth. This is the realm where the prince of the power of the atmosphere reigns and influences.52 Our sins do more than cause a separation between God and us. They empower the prince of the power of the atmosphere – Satan – to gain a greater foothold on earth. I believe this empowerment works according to the same spiritual principle stated in Matthew 18:19-20, because our sins agree with the father of lies.53 Then, if the sins are committed with the consent of a second person or more, the sins invite more of the presence of the kingdom of darkness into a territory (a city, region, state, or nation). So, when people say, "Our sins do not affect anyone but us," they are not quite accurate. At the least, the sins lessen the amount of righteousness in that particular territory on earth, which then affects everyone who lives there. Spiritual warfare may be defined as the constant, never-ending war between the forces of God and the forces of Satan to displace wickedness with righteousness, or vice versa, here on earth, territory by territory. If righteousness displaces a measure of wickedness in a territory on earth, that area will then have a higher level of godliness. But if wickedness displaces a portion of righteousness in an area, then that territory will have a higher level of depravity. Unlike physical warfare, spiritual battles are not fought with swords or guns, but rather with our acts (of love or sin) and our words.
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The acts should be self-explanatory, but if you have any doubts, check Galatians 5:16-26 to study the acts of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit.

And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell... But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. (James 3: 6, 8-9)

Our spoken words have the power of life and death in them.54 If our words are spoken in love, backed by faith, and filled with the truth of God's words, then we will impart life and advance righteousness in a territory. These God-filled words may be spoken in prayers or through other communications. Sadly, the opposite is also true. If our spoken words agree with the iniquities committed in a territory and do not agree with God's words, then our words bestow death and advance wickedness in that territory. Now, even though God has set up the world to be in subjection to angels, He is still the CEO of the universe. If the cry of wickedness in a territory becomes too great and the iniquity too severe, God will act. He may even remove that city, region, state, or nation (a territory) from His sight. That is exactly what He did with Sodom and Gomorrah in 2067 BC and Jerusalem in 70 AD. Remember: God has not changed so we need to pay attention to His voice before it's too late.

So, why San Francisco? Why California? Why now? The answer I believe can be summed up in one word: children. As most realize, God is patient with mankind because He wants everyone to repent and none to perish in an eternal Hell.55 This is the Father's heart filled with love for His creation.

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Yet, when the ruling principality over San Francisco, the spirit of depravity, recently gained enough power to compel politicians in the state of California, to vote in laws requiring innocent children (K-12) to be exposed and lied to about iniquity, God must act.56 The three branches of government, which are supposed to protect innocent children, have been totally deceived by the spirit of depravity. Since these three branches refuse to act for the children's sake, the Lord God of Hosts will rise up and act. Because of the many saints who have labored in fasts and prayers over the years for San Francisco and California, God will first act in mercy. The calamities, which will soon hit California, will look anything but merciful because of the damage and death toll involved. But yet, like Elijah's prophetic warning about a forty-two month drought, it is the mercy of God, calling people to repentance. Yet, if California ignores the earthquake calamities and continues to follow and bow before the spirit of depravity, God will bring such heavy calamities on California that the whole world will mourn and weep over its demise. California, choose for yourself this day whom you will serve.57

About the Author
Larry Nevenhoven is a businessman, an author, and a former real estate agent, living with his wife, Carol, in Temecula, California. They are the parents of four children and the grandparents of six grandchildren. Two ferocious cats round out their immediate family. Connect with Larry at his author's website: www.larrywho.com Or his blogs: www.larrywho.wordpress.com www.temeculavalleysurvival.wordpress.com Or Facebook: Larry Nevenhoven Or by email:
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