Masked gunman terrorizes Oregon mall, killing two, then himself.

Masked gunman terrorizes Oregon mall, killing two, then himself

Tonight in the Clackamas Town Mall near Portland we saw yet another mass killing by a suicidal gunman.  He wore camouflage, a white mask and body armor.  First read the news and then let me open my heart to you about this particular shooting.

A gunman who witnesses say was wearing camouflage and a white plastic mask opened fire in a shopping mall near Portland, Ore., killing two and wounding one other before killing himself, police said.

Authorities said in a press conference late Tuesday they have tentatively identified the gunman but would not release his name or give any information on a possible motive. Officials said a woman was also shot and was in serious condition at a Portland hospital.

“We have a young lady in the hospital fighting for her life right now,” Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said.

Clackamas County sheriff’s Lt. James Rhodes says law enforcement who flooded the Clackamas Town Center in response to the afternoon shooting didn’t fire any shots.

The mall released a statement after the shooting, saying it would be closed on Wednesday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was in the mall at the time of this unfortunate incident,” the Clackamas Town Center said on its Facebook page. “We are grateful to have the stellar support of all the law enforcement agencies and rescue personnel in the area, who immediately took action and continue to ensure the safety of everyone remaining on property.”

Witnesses described a harrowing scene, as the gunman appeared to be dressed in body armor while firing off an estimated 60 shots from a semi-automatic rifle. One witness told KPTV that the gunman ran past her and her boyfriend and “had the look of death in his eyes.”

Another witness, Kira Rowland, told KGW-TV that she was shopping at Macy’s with her infant when the shots started.

“All of a sudden you hear two shots, which sounded like balloons popping,” Rowland told the station. “Everybody got on the ground. I grabbed the baby from the stroller and got on the ground.”

Rowland said she heard people screaming and crying.

“I put the baby back in the stroller and ran like hell,” Rowland said. “It was awful. It was shots after shots after shots like a massacre.

“It was just awful.”

Before I say anything to you about this mall massacre let me first say that we should be praying for the families that lost loved ones last night!

This is not just another news story for me.  It is deeply disturbing because I have stayed right next to that Mall each time that I have come to preach in Portland in recent years.  I cannot imagine a safer place.  It is eerie now because I vividly remember thinking how safe that area seemed.  Satan is saying something here: NOWHERE IS SAFE IN AMERICA.

Something horrendous has happened to America not just that violence can now breakout anywhere but that we have gotten used to it and we do not want to face the cause.  Why is our national sanity is unraveling.

Our permissive society boasts of being open minded but the source of our violence is one subject we refuse to discuss.   We talk around it but we will not talk to it.   It is the brontosaurus in the room.  We have taken God out out of everything and that dissolved the decency and the power in people to resist perverse desires.

Atheistic overkill is not just silly but bizarre.  We are now the nation that orders six year old girls to take the word God out of their poems.  I do not even think  Stalin did that.

.  Nativity Scenes are banned in major cities.  For the first time in our history, the White House changes the name of the National Christmas Tree to “Holiday Tree.

More states legalized gay marriage and marijuana.   However, the final straw may come soon in an attack that holds the potential to destroy far more than the Japanese destroyed in Hawaii.  The Supreme Court announced today that it will rule on gay marriage.   If marriage is redefined, you say goodbye to the America we all knew and loved. 

What is going on and what can we do?  The Church was once a firewall against immorality and political tyranny now we don’t even seem to be a speed bump.  

The real force behind all of this is “OUR ANCIENT FOE” as Martin Luther called him.  Satan hates American Exceptionalism because of our unmatched record of sending the Gospel to the world and for protecting Israel.  

Satan’s agenda for the world requires the removal of the American firewall.  No matter how you wish to spin it, this “New America” will not preach the Gospel to the World and she is already abandoning Israel. For Lucifer it is Mission accomplished.

The point is that we have suffered far more than a political loss; we have suffered a supernatural attack.  Since it was a supernatural attack, it means God must bring us a supernatural counter attack.

I was in Clackamas just a few weeks ago.  I was at Destiny Christian Fellowship  with Joel & Robbin Hjertstedt .   I wrote a blog about the revival I sense in the very area where this shooting occurred.  Not only this but Joel just posted a testimony yesterday about a dramatic cancer healing that has now been confirmed from the meeting in November.

Jesus ordered us to see with spiritual eyes.  I see that that battle lines are drawn and Satan is rampaging in the very places where revival is imminent.   It is my prayer that you will be awakened to the war and take your position in the heavenlies now.  There are no spectators.  It is my prayer that the army of God in Portland will redouble their resolve to contend for revival.

Portland Oregon: The grand prize for the anti-Christian movement or for a revival.

Portland Oregon: The grand prize for the anti-Christian movement or revival.

You know that there is an invisible war in America.  It is raging with great intensity.  On the one side is the Body of Christ pressing into neglected truth, forgotten power and seeking to restore America to one nation under God.

On the other side is a strange confederation of atheists, socialists, secular progressives and Islam (85% of Muslims voted for Obama), hell bent on removing all things Christian. How a group that wants gay marriage, legalized drugs and no God found common ground with a religion that subjugates women and executes gays is strange.

Have you noticed how tedious the atheists are right now?  I have reported to you about their legal actions against Manger scenes, Charlie Brown and even Mother Teresa. (See our blogs)  But this is just a tiny fraction of the thousands of legal actions they are pursuing in their giddy frenzy.

However, the really big prize continues to elude the Pro Gay Obama Anti-Christian/Israel movement in America.  They still cannot seem to look normal and normal is the trophy.  The love the term “New Normal”

Try as they will to be MAINSTREAM, Atheists still come off like the annoying kid in the back of the classroom.  Islam still looks like…well; Islam… and parents are still queasy when two men drop off their “child” at school.  Most Americans still see the new normal as nothing but the old abnormal.

San Francisco was thought to be the prize, a city that could be a winsome community of radicals.  This backfired of course.  San Francisco became nothing but activism. San Francisco does not inspire, it polarizes.

Enter Portland Oregon.   Ah, here lies the treasure. Portland: a place where radical can look nice. Here at last is a place with the potential to neatly package radicalism as normal.

There is a small problem however.  Deep under the soil of Portland are wells of revival.  That God has a troubling habit of falling on this city, is a very inconvenient truth for atheists.

-The Spirit fell upon rugged, fiercely independent pioneers in the early logging camps throughout the 1800s. This pattern has been repeated with several movements of God  

-In the early 1900s, businesses shut down in Portland from noon till 2PM so the people could go to the churches and pray. 

Of course many dismiss this as a simpler time when people were more religious and conservative.  Not true.  Darwinism was in full flower and Marxism was a global fascination.  A great skepticism swept the world and scientists were more outspoken against the Bible then than now.

Mario Murillo Ministries also has a stake in the spiritual landscape of Portland. We have watched towering miracles come in our outreaches there since the early 1980s.

But on Tuesday Night November 20th it all came flooding back to me.  You would think that I would be used to it by now.  After all that we had seen in Clearlake, Santa Rosa, and Chanute Kansas, it would almost be impossible for me to use terms like “the greatest fire yet.”  However, that is precisely what this was.

These photos demonstrate how deeply God hit the people.  Entire sections came under an irresistible blanket of healing.  The people did not have a selfish agenda.  They want to take the revival to the city.  Many pastors were present to drink deeply of the living water and be ignited.

I felt a great earthquake under my feet.   The people got lost in the firestorm of revival.   Something truly amazing is unfolding in this City.   God has done a very singular work in the hearts of Senior Pastors Joel & Robbin Hjertstedt here at Destiny to lead this movement of the Holy Spirit.

What happens now?  We are all in a wonderful state of helplessness.  We wait on God for what to do next.  One thing is for God knows the plans of the anti-Christian forces and He has plans of His own.  More soon.    Click here to learn more about  Destiny Christian Fellowship