by Melissa Nordell
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations. (Is 61:1-4 NIV)
California has more major fires throughout the State than can be manned with firefighters, from north to south with major devastation and several deaths. But I hear God saying that California is going to rise out of the ashes in amazing ways, as only Jesus can rectify. As in Isaiah 61, it is HE that does the restoration, it is HE that does the work. And it is HE that bestows the crown of beauty in place of ashes even when it looks impossible.
California is home to the mighty Redwoods, including the Giant Sequoias, in several National Parks which have forest fires at present. Just as all the ancient Redwood trees have large seed pods that can only sprout when there are the high temperatures brought about only by forest fires, God’s seeds of revival are sprouting in California out of devastation and loss, bringing large and fruitful “trees” of salvation and Reformation.
I hear the Lord say, “Do not look at the natural, but look at the spiritual. Is anything too hard for Me? Yes, many in California have seemed to turn from Me; but there are so many of my righteous, faithful ones who have warred, prayed, interceded, repented and worshiped Me in the Spirit of Holiness, cried out and honored Me. I have heard their cry and I send them My Grace, love, and heartfelt concern, bringing an outpouring out of devastation.”
It does not matter what it looks like in the media, in politics, in Hollywood, in the justice system in a State with such utter sexual sin, human trafficking, drugs, lawlessness, abortion and ungodly laws that have been enacted. Don’t look to the natural but just watch what the One True God can do.
As I was hearing this from the Lord, I had a vision of a horribly hot fire, billowing up with tornadic wind and heavy smoke; a huge “firenado.” However, out of the very center of the fire rose a huge and mighty gold archangel. It made me think of the enemy’s counterfeit Phoenix that rose out of ashes in myths – but this was God’s angel to bring Restoration, Revival, Reformation, and Restitution: God’s “4 R’s.”
As this golden angel arose, it was a symbol of God’s golden Shekinah Glory returning to California. Many worldwide revivals started here and the State of California began with the Gold Rush of 1849, hence it is called “The Golden State.” But God says that this will be His Gold, His Shekinah Glory returning in a new and mighty way to The Golden State.
“And you will be called priests of the LORD,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.
Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours. (Isa 61: 6-7 NIV)
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