About 15 years ago, the late youth pastor John Francis had the amazing spiritual experience of seeing whirlwinds at our church on Ocean Avenue. When he first told me of his vision, it sounded so violent, I thought it was a warning of destruction coming. As the years progressed, more and more people saw a similar visions of whirlwinds. None of them were destructive, and the people who had the prophetic visions were never harmed by them. At this point, we began to realize the whirlwinds were a move of God. The vision continued so consistently in its message, that eventually the church’s logo became the whirlwind. As a pastor, I wanted to honor God and the message that he was sending to us. But now, I giggle at how hard the Lord must have laughed at my efforts to make something so phenomenal happen.
A few weeks ago, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Okay Richard, the whirlwind is here. Don’t put your hands into it, because it will cut your hands off.” A vision took me the inside of a spinning whirlwind; sharp blades protruded from out of the spinning funnel that indeed threatened to cut off anything close. I became even more excited as I realized I was beholding the inner move of God, and how dangerous that position would be. I reminded myself, “Don’t touch it, don’t touch anything.”
At this point I believe that San Francisco is being realigned by the Holy Spirit. Just as in major open heart surgery, only the surgeon’s hand should be allowed to touch anything. Jesus Christ must direct your path; only the Lord can perform the task at hand. I have been reminded again to let go of my personal will; every little, tiny speck of self-will will completely be burned in the fire of God. It’s His holy whirlwind of fire.