Denis Hart (23 May 2011)
"Mocking - A Sign of Judgment"

Mocking - A Sign of Judgment

And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked (H)him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! (Matthew 27:29)

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

Here in Australia there was extensive coverage of Harold Camping’s rapture alert for 24 May 2011, and the mocking that followed.  Worse still I am sure that many Christians joined in the mocking - I am not one of those!  We could easily be among those who mocked Jonah - Wikipedia says of Nineveh today:   This whole extensive space is now one immense area of ruins overlaid in parts by new suburbs of the city of Mosul” - or even those who mocked Jesus!.  But a much deeper mocking has been evident - a world (and some in the church) mocking that the 2nd coming will ever happen, and more particularly that there will be no Rapture.  Those in the United States should learn from history, especially the Asuza Street outpouring  in Los Angeles.  Consider the following (link below):

The first secular news reports of the revival appeared, on April 18, 1906 - on the very day of the San Francisco earthquake. The Los Angeles Daily Times sent a reporter to an evening uservice on April 17, and he filed reports that were highly critical of the meetings as well as of the people who attended them. The introductory headlines to the article were ‘weird babel of tongues,’ ‘new sect of fanatics is breaking loose,’ ‘wild scene last night on Azusa Street,’ ‘gurgle of wordless talk by a sister,’ all carefully calculated to give the appearance of religious mania or madness.

Two people spoke in tongues on 9 April 1906, and the earthquake occurred on 18 April.  The earthquake in San Francisco had the effect of shifting development to Los Angeles, where the outpouring commenced.  Although there were earlier outpourings/lead-ups (Wales, Kansas and Texas) the Asuza Street outpouring is seen as the start of the spread of Pentecostalism across the world.  The outpouring came before the earthquake, but in the restoration (óf all things’) an earthquake may presage what some of us consider is imminent - the final outpouring as prophesied by Joel.  There is some more information below that may be of interest to some doves:

(John: Australia on the map - the Australian news today included that 24 May 2011 is the 200th anniversary of the release of the first map of Australia - another footnote for 24 May!)

Asuza Street Outpouring and the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

April 18, 1906                           :

1906 - The Los Angeles Times runs a front-page story on the Azusa Street Revival, launching Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement.  1906 - An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.8, destroys much of San Francisco, California. (See 1906 San Francisco earthquake)

Azusa Street Revival:

 “What the Los Angeles Times Wrote in April, 1906 - The Happenings at Azusa Street...

 ....Wild Scene Last Night on Azusa Street.... Breathing strange utterances and mouthing a creed which it would seem no sane mortal could understand, the newest religious sect has started in Los Angeles. Meetings are held in a tumble-down shack on Azusa Street, near San Pedro Street, and devotees of the weird doctrine practice the most fanatical rites, preach the wildest theories and work themselves into a state of mad excitement in their peculiar zeal. Colored people and a sprinkling of whites compose the congregation.....

.....Among the "believers" is a man who claims to be a Jewish [sic] rabbi. He says his name is Gold, and claims to have held positions in some of the largest synagogues in the United States. He told the motley company last night that he is well known to the Jewish people of Los Angeles and San Francisco, and referred to prominent local citizens by name. Gold claims to have been miraculously healed and is a convert of the new sect.....

Another speaker had a vision in which he saw the people of Los Angeles flocking in a mighty stream to perdition. He prophesied awful destruction to this city unless its citizens are brought to a belief in the tenets of the new faith.”

San Francisco Earthquake:

 “...The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was a major earthquake at San Francisco, California, estimated to be approximately 7.8 on the Richter Scale on the early morning of Wednesday, April 18, 1906. Foreshocks and the main quake occurred at about 5:12am along the San Andreas Fault, with an epicenter close to the city. Its violent shocks were felt from Oregon to Los Angeles, and inland as far as central Nevada. The earthquake and fire would go down as one of the worst natural disasters to hit a major city in United States history...”

The earthquake and fire would leave a long-standing and significant impression on the development of California. At the time of the disaster, San Francisco had been the ninth-largest city in the United States and the largest on the West Coast, with a population of about 410,000.  Over a period of 60 years, the city had become the financial, trade and cultural center of the West; operated the busiest port on the West Coast; and was the "gateway to the Pacific", through which growing US economic and military power was projected into the Pacific and Asia. Over 80 per cent of the city was destroyed by the earthquake and fire. Though San Francisco would rebuild quickly, the disaster would divert trade, industry and population growth south to Los Angeles, which during the 20th century would become the largest and most important urban area in the West. However, the 1908 Lawson Report, a study of the 1906 quake, showed that the very same San Andreas Fault which had caused the disaster in San Francisco ran close to Los Angeles as well.

Denis Hart