TSUNAMI – Mother Nature or The Finger of God? VOL. 49 NEWSLETTER JAN./FEB. 2005
Dear Friends of Israel and Or Tzion,
May the peace of G-d which passes all understanding be a garrison about your heart and mind in Messiah Yeshua our Lord every moment of every day in this New Year 2005. May the Lord be the stability of your life and the solid Rock upon which you stand in a heaving sea of evil. May He be your Refuge and your Defense. May you trust in Him implicitly. May you be comforted by His promise that although the troubles and trials of the righteous may be many He will deliver him out of them all1.
The enormous tragedy that has just struck the coastlines of Asia and Africa has people still numbed with shock. New Year’s Eve came and went without the customary boisterous folly. Their minds filled with the awful images of a Noahic catastrophe, people are gripped by fear of the possible aftermath — widespread epidemics! World experts are sought for advise.
While the world begs for understanding, no one seeks the Word of G-d or the Almighty for counsel. The prophets’ voices – their wisdom and warning – are drowned out by the noise of the world’s media.
Why would G-d allow such terrible disaster? Has G-d anything to do with this?
G-d and His Word are much misunderstood. For while He is kind, merciful and benevolent, He is nevertheless awesome and terrible in His might and judgment, and greatly to be feared. All His promises are true – those for good and those for evil, those for a blessing and those for a curse, those for reward and those for vengeance. Therefore it is most unwise to challenge the Almighty and defy the G-d of all the earth, thinking “there is no G-d; He neither sees nor hears and will not call to account.”2
Here are some reasons G-d gives for disasters striking the earth:
“… The earth lies polluted… its inhabitants.. have transgressed the laws, disregarded and violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt… the gladness of the earth is banished. Desolation is left in the city… For thus it shall be in the midst of the earth among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, as at the gleaning when the vintage is done.”3
It is not G-d Who is to blame nor “mother nature”, but we ourselves who have abused the earth. Great, irreparable damage has been done with multiple underwater, underground and above ground atomic explosions, which affect the earth’s interior. Although we don’t yet know the full extent of the damage, scientists have observed heightened activity of plate-tectonics and an increase in volcanic action and in movement of the continental plates4.
In the Book of Revelation 11:16-18 the 24 elders who sit on their thrones before G-d worship and thank Him “for destroying the destroyers and corrupters of the earth.”
ATTENTION: Just placed newsletter #7, written in February 1989, on the “Archives” web site. It contains very much important and challenging information about the true intentions of the Palestinian leadership and people, and natural catastrophes used by G-d in the Great Day of the Lord. It relates much to this latest newsletter.
1 Ph’pp 4:7; Isa. 33:6; Mt 7:24-25; Ps 18:2; 31:3; 9:9; 46:1; 32:7; 119:114; 34:19 2 Isaiah 54:5; Psalm 10:4, 6, 11, 13; 14:1-6; 53:1-5; 94:9; 3 Isaiah 24:5-6, 11-13; Genesis 9:1-17 4 Quote from Annelore’s book, “Blood Enmity”, pp. 1, 1994-2000
Nations in Perplexity over the TsunamiPage 2
All are perplexed4, and every survior of the tsunami said, “It came so unexpectedly… in a second! One moment blue sky and laughter, then, suddenly – pandemonium! The waves just kept coming and swept everything away with them!”
Does this not sound like the warnings our Lord gave about His Return?
“As were the days of Noah, so will be the Coming of the Son of man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will the Coming of the Son of man… if the householder had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have let his house be broken into… Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming!”5
In the same chapter, Yeshua declares to the disciples that His Coming is imminent when they see signs of His Coming. They should not ignore but recognize them as the signal of His Return.
For us to realize that His Coming will indeed be very sudden and totally unexpected, the Lord has allowed tragedies which, by their very nature, are loud and clear trumpet signs announcing our Lord’s imminent Return.
The sky was clear and sunny with people going about their daily business. Suddenly, without warning, a plane hit the tower. People saw it — but could not believe it! Dumbstruck with disbelief, people slowly awoke to the realization that something terrible was happening when again out of the blue a second plane crashed into the other tower. Why had no one warned them? What was happening?
But — would they have believed the warning? Would they not have scorned the messenger and spurned his warning as preposterous?
People trusted in those towers. Surely they were indestructible! Until the impossible happened — those towers collapsed! Man’s pride and glory – now bits and pieces of dust and rubble – became the graveyard for thousands of unsuspecting victims6.
September 11th, 20017 was the FIRST trumpet call!
Judgement descended upon the temples of the goddess “Economy”, and upon America’s symbol of military might – the Pentagon!
Two years later, people were back to eating and drinking and sinning. But now, not only were they breaking every taboo and defying G-d’s laws, but they were also courting G-d’s enemy that would destroy His Jewish people and the nation Israel. They were [and still are] courting the entity of Esau and Islam that would bring the Jewish state to another Holocaust.
Plan after plan was developed – with the United States of America in the lead – how to divide up G-d’s own Land8, such as:
Camp David Accords9; Madrid Peace Conference 10; Oslo I + II Accords 11;
The Why River Memorandum 12; The Tenet Plan 13; Mitchell Report 14; The Road Map (an 8-Step plan forwarded by Saudi Prince Abdullah, which is the same as suggested by Saudi King Fahd in 1981) 15; and U.N. Resolution 1397 16: although not a peace plan as such, the Security Council resolution calls for both an immediate ceasefire and the development of two states in the area. The resolution is the first such two-state plan to be sponsored by the United States.
A SECOND trumpet call was heard on Feb. 1, 2003. This was the disintegration of the NASA shuttle COLUMBIA. Its crew was composed of male/female, black/white, Jew/Gentile and multiple nationalities such as an Indian native and an Israeli.
Once again on a clear, sunny day, people were utterly unprepared for what would occur before their very eyes. Excited at the Columbia Shuttle’s re-entry, people watched in anticipation as they suddenly and unexpectedly, witnessed the shuttle and its crew burn up in space!17
This SECOND trumpet blast was another divine warning against the division of G-d’s OWN Land, Israel! Yet there is STILL TIME to avert disaster IF the warnings are heeded !
For the Scriptures declare, “Surely the Lord G-D does nothing, without revealing His secret to His servants, the prophets. The lion has ROARED: who will not fear? The Lord G-D has spoken: who can but prophesy?”18
No nation, regardless of her status and power, has the right to divide up the Land G-d calls His OWN.
Tampering with G-d’s Covenant, defying His oath and challenging the Holy One of Israel results in fearsome, very bitter and grievous consequences!
Still, the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001 and Feb. 2, 2003 brought neither our leaders nor the nations to their senses, much less to their knees.
What will it take to grab our attention, and have us heed G-d’s warnings? 19
4 Luke 21:255 Matt. 24:33-34, 36-39, 42-44 6 See and read the whole letter:
7 This is a site devoted to 9/11/2001
18Amos 3:7-8 19 I asked on page 3 of the Columbia Shuttle Report written immediately following the Space Shuttle tragedy: http://www.ortzion.org/images/Columbia3_trgdy.html
The Tsunami Killer Waves of IndonesiaPage 3
Time has a way of taking the sting out of memory. Absorbed with the cares and pleasures of life people were still unaware of any connection between these disasters and their defiance of G-d’s laws and covenants. The “snare” was set on Sunday, December 26, 2004, at 00:58:53 (UTC) by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the West coast of Northern Sumatra, one of the islands of Indonesia20. Indonesia has the largest percentage of Moslems who, in recent years, have become violently anti-Israel and anti-Christian, killing Christians and burning down homes and churches.
No less than 79,900 people were killed by the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Tsunamis killed at least 41,000 people in Sri Lanka, 10,000 in India, 4,000 in Thailand, 120 in Somalia, 90 in Myanmar, 66 in Malaysia, 46 in Maldives, 10 in Tanzania, 2 in Bangladesh, 1 in Seychelles and 1 in Kenya. Thousands are still missing, many more wounded, and over 1 million uprooted and made homeless.
While many Christian tourists choose “safe” travel to countries other than Israel and Israelis travel abroad for relief from the “Matzav” (stressful “situation”), in one horrifying instant both Christians and Jews learned that the “terror” and “pressure” in Israel they hoped to escape is miniscule compared to the terror unleashed by the earthquake and tsunami of the force of 100 atomic bombs.
The Son of man, Yeshua HaMashiach, is near, even at the door. His Coming will be in an instant, as sudden and unexpected as the events of Sept. 11, 2001; Feb. 2, 2003; and Dec. 26, 2004. Only those whose hearts and minds are fixed on Him, who are walking in the works the Father prepared in advance for them, and who are occupied with seeking His Kingdom first and His righteousness, will not be taken by surprise.
Salvation void of knowledge and active faith is not enough, as the parable of the 10 virgins makes amply clear. Saints will yet perish because of lack of knowledge.
20http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/usslav.htm – a fantastic site provided by IRIS – http://www.iris.edu
The Children and Myth of PalestinePage 4
These pictures speak for themselves: Summer camps train children to kill Jews, teaching them that the murder of Jews is an occasion for celebration. Their “daily bread” consists of lies and songs of killing, blood and murder. Their leaders invent their identity, their history, and have enticed the whole earth to believe them. This Palestinian entity, formerly known as PLO and now titled PA, is the asp who poisons the earth with her lies and hatred; who has hatched terror and whose nests of terror are spread across the whole earth by now. Consequently, many will be purged, purified and refined [by great trials and persecutions]. However, the wicked shall continue to act wickedly; and NONE of the wicked [the ungodly] will understand; only those who are wise will understand, who have insight, who are teachers and learners, and those who are willing to learn will know what it means21.
Once more, ignorance and the lack of knowledge will cause many of G-d’s people to perish. But blessed are the people who receive and love the Truth and welcome G-d’s servants, His [true] prophets with their warnings, instruction, and prophecies. For those who refuse to love the truth, G-d will send them lies so they may be justly judged for embracing falsehood and taking pleasure in unrighteousness22/ [a] .
May those who are wise understand these images of the tsunami and the Palestinian children, and the connection between them.
This is a sure Word that the L-RD of hosts, the G-d of all the earth, will not be mocked. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the Living G-d! For all who have “proudly and haughtily defied the L-RD, the Holy One of Israel” and challenged His covenant and oaths, He will judge them according to their deeds, and do to them as they have done23.
“Then the kings of the earth, and world leaders and rich men, and high-ranking military officers, and all men great and small, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and rocks of the mountains, and cried to the mountains to crush them. “Fall on us,” they pleaded, “and hide us from the face of the One sitting on the throne, and from the anger of the Lamb, because the great day of their wrath [vengeance, retribution, indignation] has come, and who is able to stand and survive it?”24
‘“These words [statements] are trustworthy, reliable – worthy of confidence – and genuine [true]. And the Lord, the G-d of the spirits of the prophets, has sent His messenger [angel] to make known, exhibit and show his [bond]servants what must soon take place. “
“And behold, I am coming soon, quickly and speedily. Blessed is he/her who observes and lays to heart, heeds and keeps the truths of the prophecy – the predictions, consolations and warnings – contained in this little book.”25
I wish you a blessed, prosperous and peaceful year 2005, the Lord granting you success in all your godly endeavors and the righteous desires of your soul, supplying all your needs. May the Lord keep terror far from you, let no evil come near you and no harm befall you. May the Lord be your Alpha and Omega Who answers all your prayers as you seek His Kingdom and righteousness first.
Yours in Him,
P.S. Don’t forget to check out archive newsletter #7! Contains very much important and challenging information about the true intentions of the Palestinian leadership and people, and natural catastrophes used by G-d in the Great Day of the Lord. 21 An amplified translation of Daniel 12:10, combined from the Living Bible, Modern Language and NAS, in accordance with the meaning of the Hebrew text. 22 2 Thess. 2:10-12, amplified from KJV, Modern Language, LB 23 Gal. 6:7; Heb. 10:31; Jer. 50:29 24 Revelation 6:15-16, LB, KJV 25 Revelation 22:6, Amplified
Energy of Deceit/A System of ErrorPage 5
ENDNOTESa From Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible: 26
2Th 2:11 –
And for this cause – Because they choose error, or their hearts love that more than they do truth. The original reason then of their embracing and adhering to the system was not an arbitrary decree on the part of God, but that they did not love the truth. Hence, he gave them up to this system of error. If a man strongly prefers error to truth, and sin to holiness, it is not wrong to allow him freely to evince his own preference.
God shall send them strong delusion – Greek: “energy of deceit;” a Hebraism, meaning strong deceit, The agency of God is here distinctly recognised, in accordance with the uniform statements of the Scriptures, respecting evil; compare Exo_7:13; Exo_9:12; Exo_10:1, Exo_10:20, Exo_10:27; Exo_11:10; Exo_14:8. Isa_45:7. On the nature of this agency, see the notes on Joh_12:40. It is not necessary here to suppose that there was any positive influence on the part of God in causing this delusion to come upon them, but all the force of the language will be met, as well as the reasoning of the apostle, by supposing that God withdrew all restraint, and suffered men simply to show that they did not love the truth. God often places people in circumstances to develop their own nature, and it cannot be shown to be wrong that He should do so. If people have no love of the truth, and no desire to be saved, it is not improper that they should be allowed to manifest this. How it happened that they had no “love of the truth,” is a different question, to which the remarks of the apostle do not appertain; compare Rom_9:17-18, note; Rom_1:24, note.
That they should believe a lie – This does not affirm that God wished them to believe a lie; nor that He would not have preferred that they should believe the truth; nor that He exerted any direct agency to cause them to believe a lie. It means merely that He left them, because they did not love the truth, to believe what was false, and what would end in their destruction. Can anyone doubt that this constantly occurs in the world? People are left to believe impostors; to trust to false guides; to rely on unfounded information; to credit those who live to delude and betray the innocent; and to follow those who lead them to ruin. God does not interpose by direct power to preserve them. Can anyone doubt this? Yet this is not especially the doctrine of revelation. The fact pertains just as much to the infidel as it does to the believer in Christianity, and he is just as much bound to explain it as the Christian is. It belongs to our world – to us all – and it should not be charged on Christianity as a doctrine pertaining especially to that system.
26 Taken from “e-Sword” by Rick Meyers: http://www.e-sword.net