Stop looking for love in all the wrong places—California is not where it’s at!
In fact, there’s a strange vibration across this land as people hurry to exit their land of promise that turned out to be a paradise lost, a dud. Why? Because judgment falling on the wicked cities is brewing a migration along the West Coast, separating the wheat and leaving the chaff.
Going and almost gone are the prudent, the rational, and all the hang-in-there conservatives who are tired of being disappointed by songs of California dreamin’. Also on the move are families who have been displaced by disastrous weather upheavals and wearied by constant reports of earthquakes that are waiting to happen.
So who, in fact, is to blame for the droughts, the ruinous storms, floods, mud slides and raging wildfires that have been plaguing the western shores? Leave it to the Almighty to get their attention!
But does God really send judgment on sinful cities, even in this day and age?
Recall the book of Isaiah where he called down woes on the cities of the Philistines, Moab, Assyria, and Babylon. Those dire prophecies have already been fulfilled—all but one. This was a grievance against Damascus, dooming it to a future collapse that many biblical scholars and prophets believe will happen soon.
“See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down with no one to make them afraid. The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus.” Isaiah 17:1-3
Just this week, the Steve Quayle site featured a Reuters article about Russia’s Putin pledging a military response to any US plans to strike Damascus. His warning puts the world one step closer to the fulfillment of this prophecy!
We can already see signs of God’s judgment on America as this year’s wild weather patterns devastated the West Coast, accompanied by frequent earth tremors and tsunami warnings. But weather calamities are not the only reason Californians are bailing out--a crisis of homelessness fraught with squalid living conditions is also to blame.
The Dallas Morning News recently published an article that blamed skyrocketing home prices and fierce job competition for the exodus from California that has created an economic and housing boom in Texas.
“Our state was the top destination for low-income residents leaving California between 2005 and 2015,” writer Julieta Chiquillo reported, citing a data analysis published by the Sacramento Bee.
The analysis noted that during the last decade, about 293,000 impoverished people left California for Texas, prompting the News’ headline: California’s Poor Flock to Texas As West Coast Homes and Jobs Fall Out of Reach.
After Texas, the nearby states of Arizona, Nevada and Oregon were named as the largest recipients of California’s low-income migration.
Lack of affordable housing has accelerated the crisis in California, especially in Los Angeles where homelessness abounds. On the coastal stretch from San Diego to LA, tent cities abound, with miles of makeshift shacks and tarp shanties lined along the road.
In fact, Steve Lopez, a writer for the Los Angeles Times, described a walk he took recently down the city’s “skid row,” now populated by the mentally ill, drug addicts and the economically disadvantaged. Many of the impoverished, he noted, were forced to guard their life belongings in a backpack or shopping cart.
A little further south along the Santa Ana River Trail, city officials recently took action and used public works crews in Orange County to clean up a homeless encampment that was an eyesore to local residents.
According to an article in the Orange County Register, work crews collected 404 tons of debris, 13,950 needles, and thousands of pounds of human waste during the massive overhaul. The goals of future overhauls are a refurbished bike trail and restoration of the River Trail’s former natural beauty.
Such problems with ever-present rubbish and squalor are a far cry from the mecca of love and peace that America’s flower children had in mind when they headed west in the Sixties and Seventies. An article in The Atlantic called The Death of the Hippies pointed out the reality that negated their quest: “Hordes of kids had been lured to California by utopian ideals but then settled into a life of sex, drugs, and lethargy.”
The magazine noted as a point of interest that “these hippies weren’t among the disenfranchised and the disaffected, but they were middle-class American children to the bone.”
“They were kids from the right side of the economy,” the writer observed. “After regular educations--if only they’d want them--they could commute to fine jobs from the suburbs and own nice houses with bathrooms, where they could shave and wash up.”
Half a century later, the flower children have grown up and grown old, many now in retirement from respectable jobs, proof they have outlived their long-haired youth. Some former hippies were able to conform and even prosper in halls of power and success, eventually joining the ranks of staunch conservatives in the state.
But conservatives are leaving California in droves, having become disgusted with the state’s liberal shift from earlier days when towns were safe and family-friendly with schools that not only nurtured children but provided a bona fide education.
Recently Fox News interviewed Paul Chabot, a native Californian who has moved his family to Texas. As a Republican, he started a business called Conservative Move, formed to help other conservatives living in blue states find homes “more aligned with their conservative ethos.”
“Leaving California is like leaving a bad relationship,” Chabot said. “When you’re gone, you can see all the problems much more clearly.”
So the strange stirring across this nation--do you feel it even now? The exodus is setting families in motion as God calls his people out of the sinful cities, away from all the quasi-Babylons with their self-fashioned idols and computer-generated images of false gods.
In an interview on the Quayle site, prayer walker Henry Gruver once shared his vision of God gathering the wicked in cities marked for destruction, after the righteous have been drawn away.
“By his Spirit he will draw the wicked into massive conferences and conventions,” Gruver said, ‘leading them as he drew the animals into the ark.
“As they are in the cities, God will send destruction. But he will provide places of refuge for the righteous; they will be spared by God’s divine intervention.”
“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: "'Come out of her, my people,' so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.” Revelation 18:4,5
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