When I warned about a new law in California, a lady commented, “the Church is awake and powerful in California.” A brother responded, “Then why is California going to hell in a handbasket?” Ouch.
What I am about to say is a cry—a loving cry for leaders in California to wake up and please consider what I say no matter how painful the facts may be. I know I am speaking out a deep love and burden for my home.
I survey the moral devastation and then hear someone boast that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church in California. I have to ask, if the gates of hell have not prevailed then what on earth is going on? If this isn’t prevailing, I’d hate to see what is. The answer is—as is so often the case—to read the verse again.
Matthew 16:18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
I am begging God for this message to get through to my fellow leaders. The first clue lies in the phrase, “I will build.” There are two construction projects going on simultaneously in the church. Men are in charge of one, and Christ is in charge of the other.
That these two branches coexist in the Body of Christ is clear in Jesus’ own words: John 15: 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
Both branches are connected to Him, but only one abides in Him. Both can grow side by side until the appointed time. It is easy to see the difference.
The churches men build don’t stand a chance against Satan, and Satan doesn’t stand a chance against the church Christ is building.
Man made churches avoid the front line. The one Jesus builds draws its life from engaging and defeating the powers of darkness.
The church man builds, refuses to offend. The church Christ builds refuses to be ashamed.
It totally breaks my heart to say this…California is littered with Christian projects built by man, and for man. This explains how immorality spread, even as churches got bigger. It explains why California government is working so hard to ban Christianity.
It makes me weep to have to say this but…Paul levels a stern warning to all who build “for God” by their own design. 1 Corinthians 3:10 “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Beloved, there is a terrifying outcome for those who build fake works. They will all stand before God and be judged for their works. 1 Corinthians 3:12 “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
Beloved, the autopsy on California leaves no room for another verdict!
Let everyone who reads this heed this warning! There are disastrous things about building Christian projects by human power that aren’t readily apparent.
For starters, they persecute the true church in a way that is worse than the world does. How? By making Bible preaching offensive—by giving believers an appetite for fast food—by discouraging true pastors who feel foolish for sticking to their convictions—by leaving them feeling betrayed, when you steal their people, and herd them into a faceless crowd, where they no longer have accountability.
I am praying right now that my cry will be understood by leaders. I am travailing for leaders to wake up while there is still time.
But there is an even more hideous fact: Satan may be actually helping you build. He’ll even give you the money. A hundred million dollars is chump change to Lucifer, if it gets him the prize he seeks: a center where thousands can be disarmed and neutralized.
My precious brothers and sisters, what could be a better trophy of hell that an artificial church? It has all the right features but no power. It is the perfect distraction. The devil can freely defile a culture in plain view of the church and she will be powerless, or oblivious to stop it.
If you insist on defending your empire, and you refuse to see how useless it was to stop the destruction of California, then it is already too late.
But I can’t accept that it is too late. I know there are true men and women of God in California. God wanted to give pastors in California something so much more than a big church—He wanted to give them a giant church filled with giants.
Let’s finish the verses about the branches: John 15: 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. That is the church we are talking about and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
God has called me to build an army out the forgotten souls in America’s inner cities. Up from graves in America’s forgotten communities, they will rise to become Satan’s worst nightmare. I can prove it!
Today’s victims will be tomorrow’s treasure. The people no church wants will become the people every church wants.
Today they stick needles in their arms—tomorrow, they will be filled with the Holy Ghost, and the hand of God extended. Today, they sell their bodies in grinding despair—tomorrow they will be shining temples of God. Today, they scavenge dumpsters for food—tomorrow they will walk in dignity, boldness and prosperity. Society’s rejects are about to become royalty.
They will turn the heart of many Americans back to God. Their testimony will expose the lie of secular progressivism. The leftist media will have no weapon against them.
The Lazarus Generation cannot be bought off, seduced away, or distracted from their appointed goal.
Yesterday, the powers of darkness panicked over news out of Reno Nevada. A plan that was hidden in the heart of God—a powerful weapon that was forged before the foundation of the earth—came into existence.
Because of this, you will now see awe-inspiring soul winning events. The poor are going to get food, shelter, clothing—and yes—jobs. Gang members, addicts and the homeless will be drawn in record numbers to atmospheres of open heaven right where they live.
The first rumblings of this massive lightning storm, came in Modesto last week. Star of David Ministries hosted Mario Murillo Ministries and Frank Saldana of Inner City Action to do a tent meeting in the hood.
Pastor Frank & Kim Saldana
Since 1996, Pastor Frank And Kim Saldana have served on a full-time basis. Having began their ministry work in Manteca, CA, the impact of their love for people has touched thousands over the past 20 years of service in the community.
Pastor Frank & Kim have been married over 20 years. They founded Inner City Action Inc to meet the needs of those that are often, ignored, neglected and forgotten. They are passionate about bringing awareness, education and change. They are dedicated to reaching and restoring our struggling communities.
We all had the strange and wonderful sense that this was a rehearsal for something gigantic. The gifts of MMM and Inner City Action blended effortlessly. The gaping holes in our outreach were filled dramatically by their expertise. It was simply meant to be.
MMM received an amazing gift from Rick Wiles and TRUNEWS. Rick donated a brand-new tent and 1,000 luxury folding chairs—he even paid for 2 semi-trucks to haul it from Vero Beach to Reno.
Here we sat with a huge gift we did not know how to use. Frank and Inner-City Impact have a tent crew! The chairs were stuffed into a storage area that wiped out our storage. Frank has a 20,000-square foot warehouse! You can see where this is all heading.
So, we met in Reno to formalize the obvious. We needed to team up, combine forces and touch cities across America. We will provide a Living Proof Crusade. They will provide the mechanics of transporting the tent, set up and take down. We will recruit and train soul winners to join us in each city. They will bring trained workers to go door to door giving the poor food, and many other basic needs.
After we nailed down 8 Cities for the next 12 months, Frank and his crew loaded our new tent and chairs and took them to Stockton.
Never, and I mean never have I seen a vision whose inevitable outcome is revival—national revival.
Both ministries remain independent ministries with unique callings but for these tent invasions we will unite hearts, and pool our gifts, talents and resources to have an overwhelming impact on many cities.
I have no doubt that days of massive harvest, towering signs and wonders, and revival are just ahead. Stay tuned we are about to announce Merced, and Fresno California!
Yes, revival is now impossible. Everything thing the pessimistic Christians say is true. They are right about our national morals, division and the deadness of the church but they are forgetting one thing about revival…
Revival struck London through John Wesley when it was impossible. One out every seven houses in London was a house of prostitution. More people were attending seances than church. Nearly 100,000 children lived like animals. The London times had not mentioned Christmas for decades…not even once.
The Methodist revival under Wesley turned England into the world’s missionary leader.
Revival struck Kentucky when it was unthinkable. This was the most lawless state in the union. There was no police. Every criminal on the run headed for Kentucky. Murder, rape, and alcoholism were pandemic. Revival flipped Kentucky so violently that it became the most zealously Christian state in America.
The early twentieth century was a far more skeptical era than today. The blush of Darwinism and Marxism was so feverish that it was a foregone conclusion that Christianity would go away altogether. Scientists declared the age of reason and solemnly assured us that religion would be gone by the 1920s.
Imagine in that atmosphere, if you were to have said in 1906, “a one eyed black man is going to rent a dingy horse livery on Azusa Street in downtown Los Angeles and start a movement that will engulf nearly 600 million people worldwide.”
The point is that revivals are impossible…and when it looks totally impossible they happen.
You should also know what the church was preaching in those darkest moments before awakenings began. Pulpits were filled with pessimists who instead of rebuking the despair joined in the chorus. They declared the day of revival to be over! Even that did not stop God.
How is it that revival can strike without warning in the most unpromising times and grow in the hardest soil? The answer is that when darkness is intense we tend look at the wrong indicators. It’s not that there are no warnings of revival it is simply that we do not know them when we see them because fear is so loud.
Look at today. Do you see any signs of revival? Most would say absolutely not. They would say all of the same things that people have said before every outpouring of God. The times are too evil.
That is the argument today. We legalized gay marriage, drugs and we toy with Islam. Our leaders are loons that are finding the best ways to drive us into extinction. Churches are closing and 1,000 ministers are leaving the ministry every month. You know the rest because you have heard a hundred times.
Atheists are boasting that the whole world in general is becoming secular and anti-supernatural. The facts are just the opposite. It is a very religious world, far more religious than it was 50 years ago.
Consider these statistics from sociologist Rodney Stark:
— 81 percent claim to belong to an organized religious faith, and most of the rest report engaging in religious activities such as prayer or making offerings to the gods in various “folk religion” temples.
— 74 percent say religion is an important part of their daily lives.
— 50 percent report they have attended a place of worship or religious service in the past seven days.
-In very few nations do as many as five percent claim to be atheists, and only in China, Vietnam, and South Korea do they exceed 20 percent.
-Furthermore, in every nook and cranny left by organized faiths, all manner of unconventional spiritual and mystical practices are booming. There are more occult healers than medical doctors in Russia, 38 percent of the French believe in astrology, 35 percent of the Swiss agree that “some fortune tellers really can foresee the future,” and nearly everyone in Japan is careful to have their new car blessed by a Shinto priest.
To be sure, little of this is Christian but it is undeniable that the waters of supernatural hunger are being stirred worldwide.
Another sign is the evil of people itself. For example, Saul of Tarsus was at the peak of his terrorism when he was violently converted. What no one but God knew was the growing desperation inside of this soon to be Paul the Apostle. Societies are often at their worst right before revival.
What we do not want to do is miss revival when it hits!
Dark times can absorb our faith in the power of God. Many believers find themselves in a condition that is truly worse than they ever imagined. Pangs of fear grip men of God who were once lions in the pulpit. We invent doctrines that fit our disappointment. We build ministries based on our lowered expectations.
You need a healthy respect for the power of dark times to rob us of faith. It has happened to the best of us.
500 people saw Jesus Christ ascend into the clouds. Think about that. In the face of such absolute proof that Jesus was the Son of God, how could they ever doubt?
As He ascended he told them to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit. Surely they would wait…right? Astonishingly, only 120 were still waiting in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost. How is it possible in the face of so great an assurance that they would falter and abandon their posts?
Their world was filled with sudden terror from a wicked king, oppression from religious leaders, and tyranny from the Roman occupiers. Their daily grind absorbed their zeal for the promises of God.
Do not be like the 380 people who missed one of the greatest moments in history. Here are two things that you need to confess and say to your spirit so that you will not leave the upper room.
- Either it was always true or it was never true. Times do not alter truth. A lack of money does not change God’s word about prosperity. Sickness does not nullify the fact of God’s healing power. The evil of men does not overrule the supremacy of Christ. If God promised you something, these dark times cannot stop their fulfillment.
- This will be like one of them. 1 Samuel 17: 4 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”
It is easy to say that evil is more intense and sophisticated than ever before. Neither Saul, nor Israel had ever faced anything like Goliath before. David said that it did not matter; this new threat would have the same outcome as all of the old threats.
Jesus is telling us to wait for the power that is about to break out no matter what. Does revival look totally impossible to you? Don’t worry, they all look that way until they happen.
SEE WHY WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THIS ONE NIGHT IN TURLOCK FOR YEARS TO COME.
By Mario Murillo
We will be talking about this night in Turlock for years to come—not because I will be there—because someone else will be there…
How do I know we will be talking about this night for years? Because of the nights we have already had—all over California. People of all ages and backgrounds have packed out halls. They will flat out tell you sickness and addiction left their bodies. They will describe how the music and worship hit them…and how the message transformed them out of fear and confusion.
Most of all…they will say—they left knowing that the power of God is real and—they will never be the same.
If you are wondering how this is possible…it is possible because Jesus Christ does miracles every time He shows up. He will be there! That is why we will not forget this night in Turlock for years to come.
Why should we be surprised? Jesus said, “Wherever two or three are gathered in my Name, there I am in the midst of them.”- Matthew 18:20. These words started a movement—the only movement in history where the founder still attends every meeting.
But, you may say, “meetings like this are fake, boring and out of date.” No, actually this night will be completely different…and it could not be more “on time.” We are watching violence, addiction, sick ideas and hatred ripping our cities apart. Our leaders have run out of answers. We need a greater power source than human solutions.
Jesus proved He was the son of God by doing the things no one had done before. He also said His work would continue. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” – John 14:12
You don’t have to take my word for any of this. Why not come and see for yourself—better yet, bring someone you know who needs a miracle in their body or soul. Remember, it is only one night and it could change everything.
There is no fee or registration required. See you there.
WHY DOESN’T GOD DO SOMETHING?
By Mario Murillo
The world is falling apart—why doesn’t God do something? We hear that a lot. But what if—in this dark and evil time—God is doing a lot more than we could imagine? What if He has planted miracles all over the world? What if solutions, strategies, inventions and talent are trapped inside of people because they are waiting?
Zacharias, John the Baptist’s dad yearned for the Messiah to come. Yet, when the miracle arrived—he choked. The Bible says, “And Zacharias said to the angel, ‘How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.’ And the angel answered and said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”-Luke 1:18-20.
He was waiting for the consolation of Israel but when it came—he wanted to keep waiting! Gabriel took away Zacharias’ voice to jolt him into action. I want to jolt you into action! Almost every hero in the Old Testament began by believing they were the wrong person, in the wrong place at the wrong time.
So now, I am asking you “WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?” Let’s kill the excuses that trap miracles inside of us. Let your soul be overtaken by these three convictions:
1. You—not someone else! 1 Samuel 14: 6 says, “Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.”
Jonathan had every right to cave into self-pity. His father—King Saul, was a runaway train that had driven Israel into unavoidable disaster. One million Philistines are marching toward them with murder in their eyes. Jonathan’s world was at an end.
Something supernatural grew in his heart: a confidence that betrayed his circumstances…a boldness that could not be explained. He knew that he was the man to do the job from the simple fact that there was no one else available.
It’s you—not someone else! Do you believe you can’t do it? Good! Henry T. Blackaby said, “Will God ever ask you to do something you are not able to do? The answer is yes–all the time! It must be that way, for God’s glory and kingdom. If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory; if we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory. He wants to reveal Himself to a watching world.”
Take inventory of yourself. When you do, the news may not be encouraging. Maybe you are sickly, old, poor, uneducated and alone. Maybe you have failed and bear a stain on your reputation. Are you done with your list? Good, now burn it! Offer up all of these limitations as a flaming sacrifice to the one who does not call the qualified but qualifies the called.
God puts His spirit on broken people who dwell in the obscurity of despised circumstances. He raises vessels out of the dust of despair. 1 Samuel 10: 6, 7 says, “Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.” It’s you—not someone else.
2.Here—not somewhere else! Now, more than ever, Americans feel trapped in dead jobs, bad neighborhoods, and abusive relationships. Millions live wishing they were someplace else.
Breathes there a young person who has not lamented—if only they could get away from their parents—they could do something great? Hasn’t every pastor fantasized how in another church their unsung greatness would blossom?
Elijah was a mighty prophet. King Ahab was a hen-pecked scoundrel. At no time were their opposite natures clearer than in their reaction to drought. Elijah was on his way to pray for rain. Ahab was looking for grass. One saw hope in God. The other put their trust in a place. 1 Kings 18: 5 “And Ahab had said to Obadiah, ‘Go into the land to all the springs of water and to all the brooks; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, so that we will not have to kill any livestock.”
You are either looking for grass or you are praying for rain. You are looking for grass when you race to a city that is having great meetings because you cannot believe for revival right where you are. You are looking for grass when you scout out the land for a hook up or a connection or the better deal. You have given up on God’s power to do something right where you are.
What is in your house? Who could write a more compelling story than the one about the widow whose godly husband died—she is cheated out of her inheritance and now her sons are being sold into slavery? She falls before the prophet begging for a miracle. He says that last thing she expected to hear: “what is in your house?”
What is in my house? Despair, futility and humiliation are in my house. How could there be anything in there? There is absolutely nothing in there. That is why I am here begging you for help!
Then she remembered that she had one jar of oil. Now she could receive the word of the Lord: “2 Kings 4: 3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. 4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. 6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased.7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”
What are you waiting for? All of the seeds of greatness are in your present circumstances.
3. Now—not someday! Here is a conversation that has never happened: God says, here’s what I want you to do. Let me know a good time to start.” Jesus said, “But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62.
Psalm 39 is a gut-wrenching psalm. It seems to focus on the danger of wasting a life. After some agonizing experiences the writer comes to a magnificent realization in verse 7: “What do I wait for? My hope is in God.” What would happen if you became utterly convinced that the inner miracle that God has stored in you needs to come out no matter what? What if you completely believed that it is you, not someone else—it is here not somewhere else—it is now and not someday?
The question is not “why doesn’t God do something.” The question is “WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?”
I think that Henry T. Blackaby answered that best: “If Christians around the world were to suddenly renounce their personal agendas, their life goals and their aspirations, and begin responding in radical obedience to everything God showed them. The world would be turned upside down. How do we know? Because that’s what first century Christians did, and the world is still talking about it.”
SOMETHING HAS CHANGED
By Mario Murillo
Last night in Yuba City we saw great miracles and a great harvest but something else happened…a change, a big change and it is taking place in many parts of America.
Something has changed in America—it is a massive change. Before I tell you what it is, I must take you back to one night 600 years before Christ was born. That was when this exact same change happened before. That was the night that Nebuchadnezzar was scared out of his wits.
No one could imagine anything that could scare Nebuchadnezzar. He was not only the most powerful man on earth but one of the most powerful in all of history. Yet, on this night he had a dream that terrified him so completely—he lost his power to sleep, eat and even think.
His personal panic spread to all of Babylon. The every magician, seer and mystic was summoned. Read the following verses and see if you can find the colossal change.
Daniel 2: 4 Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic, “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will give the interpretation.” 5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “My decision is firm: if you do not make known the dream to me, and its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made an ash heap.6 However, if you tell the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts, rewards, and great honor. Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation.”
Do you see it? Do you see the rule change? These spiritual advisors had long enjoyed the King’s favor. The King had enriched them for their flattering prophecies. Now the king needed a real answer. Fear had altered the royal landscape.
The mystics were stunned and made a revealing comment in verse 10: “The Chaldeans answered the king, and said, “There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter; therefore no king, lord, or ruler has ever asked such things of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean.” This had never happened before. Demanding that they tell him (the King) what he dreamed totally blew their cover and they knew it. They were now irrelevant. They had no real power.
Now Daniel steps into the vacuum displaying courage as great as his night in the lion’s den: Verse 16 So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation. 17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18 that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
Daniel was moved to the front of the line. He stood before the baffled and anxious king with great power. A politically incorrect religion rose from the ashes. He told the king the dream and its interpretation.
The death of Prince the musician is a terrible tragedy. He might be alive if there was a Daniel in his life. Prince enjoyed vast adulation. He had great power, wealth and honor. None of that stopped fear from gripping him. He suffered major stage fright and used drugs to face his audiences. When he suffered severe pain from years of dancing he combined drugs for pain and anxiety. No one was there to interpret his nightmare.
What happened to Prince is happening to millions of Americans in different ways. The national nightmare is so great that heroin addiction has increased 51% in just 24 months. The anger you see
Not long ago witnessing was a hate crime. You could talk about mysticism, Islam and even Satanism but the Gospel was hate speech. The social justice warriors saw to it that any and every reference to the Bible and Jesus Christ would be censured as homophobic, sexist, transphobic and racist.
However, the nightmare is changing the rules again! Hollywood stars like Sylvester Stallone, Tim Allen and others openly admit that they have cried out to Christ and received life and do not care who knows it or what it would do to their career.
It will soon get so real that ministers who hold back the powerful themes of the Gospel will look ridiculous. Society is saying ENOUGH! ENOUGH, they say, “of telling us not to pray, not to believe and not to accept the deity of Jesus.”
The masses are demanding a potent—direct, unapologetic Gospel. Like Daniel in the Bible—just when it seemed that truth was banned the heart of the culture—an earthquake has come to open the prison doors and given a platform for anyone who will preach the truth wholeheartedly in the love and power of the Holy Spirit.
Tonight we will go to greater and unknown heights of the Glory of God! Tonight and all three nights, Chris Burns will ignite worship and set the stage for signs and wonders.
Why you should come if you are a Christian who yearns for revival in Northern California. The impact of these nights does not end with just healing miracles. An army of love and light is forming from many churches in the area who are seeking an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It is our deepest wish and expectation that the power of these nights will flow out to the entire Northern California area.
It all adds up to a simple conclusion: These are nights you do not want to miss.