Hurricane Katrina and the Disengagement | VOL. 52 * PROPHETIC BULLETIN NEWSLETTER * SEPT. 2005 |
Dear Friends of Israel and “Or Tzion”,
“Love is blind” is a popular expression describing that extreme love which “blinds” us to the truth of our beloved, often to our own detriment.
Yet the “love of king and country” can be equally blinding. Unquestioning “blind” patriotism hinders us from recognizing – and addressing – our nation’s sins and errors, often to the detriment of our beloved nation and ourselves.
G-d is the Creator, not a magician or “mother nature”! At His command His creation performs whatever He wills. Our earth could vanish with a mere blast of His nostrils! Yet the foolish and the proud men say in their heart, “There is no G-d! He will not call to account. We will do whatever we please, for He neither sees nor hears. Our tongue and our schemes shall prevail.”1
After 3 US States were devastated by Hurricane Katrina, President Bush, while claiming to have “found G-d and Jesus Christ”, ascribed this awesome power to ‘mother nature’, ending his speech with “G-d bless America!” I was dumbfounded!
George Bush’s “claim to faith” has blinded many Christians to his ever-increasing pride and arrogance, by which he imposes his will and “vision” on others, intolerant of any disagreement.
Like the kings of Judah who at first walked with G-d but ultimately became arrogant and boastful because of the might and glory of their kingdom, so has the power of the United States of America and the Presidency gone to George W. Bush’s head.
He demanded that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon expell the settlers from Gush Kativ and Shomron, destroy their livelihood and their settlements built over 30 years, and give the land to Israel’s enemies, the Palestinians/Philistines. By the command of President Bush, in defiance of G-d’s covenant, these fine people were rendered homeless, jobless refugees in their own Land2.
And the Palestinians to whom Israel ceded the covenanted land, have maliciously destroyed the synagogues, gleefully desecrating all remains – including the Israeli flag – while celebrating the victory of their terror over the “Zionist coward”.
What we sow is what we reap! G-d has judged America almost immediately, and has poured out upon her the same measure of loss and destruction as she imposed on Israel, relative to the two nations’ size in population… For Katrina’s “wrath” has taken many lives.
There is an aspect in these judgments, however, which has caught my attention: whenever America forces Israel to give up even more of her tiny land, G-d’s response is almost always IMMEDIATE. However, this is not so with the other nations and the Palestinians. As I wondered why, the following Scripture came to mind: “G-d disciplines those whom He loves, just as a father disciplines the son he loves.”3
G-d still LOVES America!!! He does not wish her destruction! He wants her to wake up! He wants her to walk humbly before Him and not pride herself in her power and wealth as though she had acquired it by her own wisdom and strength. Her abominable sins and deeds grieve Him, her oppressing Israel angers Him. Each punishment carries an unmistakable message:
“Whatsoever you do to my people Israel and to my land shall be done to you! You are not dealing with mere men but with Me, the Holy One of Israel! It is I whom you are challenging! It is I whom you are defying, and My covenant by an oath, and my promises! I will not let it go unpunished, but you shall reap the fruit of your actions and suffer the consequences of your defiance. Nevertheless, I have not as yet removed my love and blessings from you.”
But toward the Palestinians He is silent, as though He does not see. He knows their plots, and lets them fill up the cup of wrath until the day of their punishment, which He declared long ago by the mouth of His prophets.
1 Ps 14:1-4; 53:1-4; 94:8-11; 12:4, 8 3 Proverbs 3:11-12; Heb. 12:5-6
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Before G-d does anything He shows it to His servants the prophets.”4
In 1996, the Lord had me warn of His impending judgments on America (see the “The Unchangeable Calendar of G-d” under “Years of Impact”5). Just as G-d had warned, so has it come to pass. When G-d spoke of the “East wind” approaching, or blowing, against the shores of America, I thought this might refer to China planning an aerial attack against America. However, when planes piloted by men from the East rode upon the wings of the wind against America’s most vital shore – New York City – into the Twin Towers of world economy, this word of the “East wind” took on a different meaning.
The message of September 11th was unmistakable, as following upon the heels of America’s insistence of Israel implementing the Road Map. Although the pretense here was for a Palestinian state, the truth was that it was to bolster the West’s economy — foremost that of the United States, since much of the world’s industry and therefore economy depends on Arab oil.
Within minutes, the twin symbols of world economy were utterly laid waste, with the added judgment of thousands dead, because President Bush had condemned Israel’s act of self-defense and measured retaliation in response to a major terror attack which killed many innocent Israeli civilians, while, at the same time America pounded Afghanistan regardless of civilian casualties.
America prides herself of her military might as though by it she has become the world’s leading power, even if she has never won a war on her own, only in alliance with other nations. The strike at the Pentagon proved that the nation’s military is as nothing in the sight of G-d, as no king, no President wins a war by the strength of his military force6.
The third plane, Flight 93, crashed in a barren place in SHANKsville on LAMBerstville Road. As Pastor Brian Tunstall, of Cross of Christ Believer’s Fellowship, Ebensburg, PA, so rightly stated: “The Lamb (Jesus Christ) took the fullness of the destruction and appropriated to us the deliverance. The Lord is showing us that His mercy through His Son has stopped the full intent of the judgment and it has passed over us. His faithfulness is everlasting!”7
In all of these judgments G-d exercised mercy. The twin towers were daily visited by a great number of people and accomodated any given day 15,000 people or more. Yet on September 11, only a few thousands were in the buildings. Furthermore, the buildings collapsed within themselves rather than sideways, preventing yet more damage and death. G-d kept the death toll to a “minimum” in precise equivalence to the death toll by the Palestinian terror attack in Israel.
As the President demanded8 that Israel implement the Road Map and in the same breath condemned Israel for its retaliation upon terrorists while American bombs pounded Afghanistan, the “East wind” was released against the East coast of America.
Likewise at the Pentagon G-d’s mercy intervened to minimize the death toll, for thousands of employees had just been placed elsewhere because of renovation works, and newly installed, special windows kept thousands more safe.
Indeed, as believing Christians petitioned G-d to show mercy in judgment, so He did!
These days, the approaching “East wind”, blowing against the shores of America, has taken on yet another meaning. The tropical storms that develop into hurricanes, form in the “East” of the United States, off the African coast, and “approach” as well as “blow” against America’s East coast. A hurricane is a severe tropical storm that forms in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E. Hurricanes need warm tropical oceans, moisture and light winds above them. If the right conditions last long enough, a hurricane can produce violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains and floods9.
4 Amos 3:7 5“Years of Impact” 6 Ps 33:16-17; 44:5-6; 127:1: “Unless G-d builds the house the builder builds in vain… unless G-d watches over the city the watchman watches in vain…” 7 See footnote # 1 on Newsletter # 43, page 1 8 His exact words were: “I fully expect Israel to comply with the terms of the Road Map.” 9 National Hurricane Center
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Hurricane Katrina’s (the name meaning “Pure”10) force clearly concentrated on New Orleans, one of America’s most immoral cities of sexual depravity, with public display of homosexual acts, Mardy Gras, gambling houses, prostitution, witchcraft, vodoo, etc. G-d wiped off Sodom and Gomorrah from the face of the earth. New Orleans He “purged” of its moral filth by Katrina the “Pure”, flooding the city with waters. She now will literally be “cleaned up. Hence we see G-d having combined judgments on both America’s dividing up of G-d’s land as well as on her moral depravity such as represented by New Orleans*.
Another 3 storms are presently “approaching”: Ophelia11, Nate12, and Maria13. Hurricane watches for Ophelia are posted for the Carolinas while Ophelia sits stationary off the Southeast Coast14 in a “waiting position”, ready to either strike Florida (Cape Canaveral?) and the Carolinas at the Almighty’s command, or to dissipate.
The name Ophelia is given two very different meanings: one is “help”15, the other is “serpent”16. The name Nate17 (short form of NATHAN18 or NATHANAEL19 or JONATHAN20) means “Gift of G-d” or “Given by G-d”. The name “Maria” may mean “Star of the Sea”21, “Sea of bitterness”, or “rebelliousness”22.
All 3 names carry a message both for good as well as for evil. Which of the two will manifest toward the shores of America will largely depend upon the decisions of President Bush and Condoleezza Rice. The latter demanded, in a shouting match with Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, that Israel built a connection between Gaza and the Westbank (which will literally cut Israel in two) and declared that she will not accept “no” for an answer.
Who does she think she is? Israel is a sovereign nation, not America’s 51st state!
As the Lord has frequently warned before, disaster, punishment and judgment will progressively increase if the United States of America continues on this destructive path. Should G-d no longer warn us by His prophets nor send any immediate warning signals, then G-d will have turned His face away from America, and there with His mercy and grace.
10 KATHERINE: Gender: Feminine; Usage: English; Pronounced: KATH-u-rin, KATH-rin; From the Greek name (Aikaterine). The etymology is debated: it could derive from the earlier Greek name (Hekaterine), which came from (hekateros) “each of the two”; it could derive from the name of the goddess HECATE; it could be related to Greek (aikia) “torture”; or it could be from a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”. The Romans associated it with Greek (katharos) “pure” and changed their spelling from Katerina to Katharina to reflect this – “Behind the Name” – name = katherine
“123-Baby-Names” – Catherine: Catherine – Greek – Pure
Katherine, Kathy, Kathleen – Greek – Pure; Katrina **** Variant of Katherine
*List of storms in the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane season 11NOAA – National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration – National Hurricane Center; Ophelia; Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Names;
OPHELIA Animation – global: http://www.weather.com/maps/maptype/satelliteworld/pacificglobalsatellite_large_animated.html
12 Tropical storm “Nate” 13 Tropical storm “Maria” 14National Hurricane Center 15Behind the Name – Ophelia 16123-Baby Names/Ophelia 17123-Baby Names/Nate 18 Means “giver” in Hebrew. This name can also function as a short form of JONATHAN or NATHANAEL. See “Behind the Name” – Nate 19 From the Hebrew name Nethane’el which meant “God has given”. 20 From the Heb.name Yehonatan (contracted to Yonatan) meaning “YAHWEH has given”. 21 123-Baby Names: Mary – Latin (middle ages) – Star of the Sea; Miriam – Hebrew – Rebellious. 22“Behind the Name” – Mary; – Usual English form of Maria, which was the Latin form of the New Testament Greek names Mariam or Maria (the spellings are interchangeable), which were from the Hebrew name Miriam. The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories including “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness”, and “wished for child”. However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from my “beloved” or my “love”. This is the name of several New Testament characters, most importantly Mary the virgin mother of Yeshua, and Mary Magdalene. All the pictures are by and by Associated Press
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When hurricane Katrina struck I both saw and heard the Word of the Lord: each time I closed my eyes not wanting to see anymore destruction Katrina had wrought, I saw the San Andreas Fault erupting from an earth quake, altering the California coastline. The vision was so vivid I began to weep and cry to G-d to spare the innocent people, sparing them from the consequences of their leaders choices. I, too, love America and am an American citizen by choice. The vision of THIS disaster utterly horrified me.
G-d threatens to remove America’s crown and humble her in the sight of the whole world should she persist in challenging Him, His covenant and oath concerning the inheritance of the Land of Israel. This Land, ultimately, belongs to the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who shall sit upon the throne of David, as King of kings and L-RD of lords ruling the nations with an iron rod from Jerusalem.
Furthermore, if America insists on dividing up G-d’s land, then she herself will be divided up and her union destroyed. If she still disregards the signs and warnings and repents not of both her dealings with Israel and her gross sins, G-d says He will diminish her in size in proportion to how she diminishes Israel in size to accommodate a Palestinian state on the covenanted soil.
Moreover, if she continues to reward the Palestinian terrorism against Israel, G-d will remove the hedge that has curtailed even more disastrous acts of terror coming against the United States. As He has warned, so will it be — terror and lawlessness reigning in the streets of America, and the symbols of her union and pride will fall.
Yet, until then, G-d will STILL not have forsaken America! He will have punished her severely but will still not have rejected her. But if she still does not repent of her sins as listed in Revelation 17:15-18:1-23, and in Jeremiah 5023 and 51, then her punishment will come in the Day of G-d’s great wrath, as He sweeps away great portions of America by means of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean24. All this as a result of her pride and oppression of His people Israel – the Jews
The Lord had me give these warnings contained in Jer. 50 and 51, and in Rev. 18 years ago in my newsletters, but rather than heed, people became indignant with me as though America could never stumble and fall. For “though Babylon should mount up to heaven [with her skyscrapers and space programs – Ophelia wiping out Cape Canaveral?], and though she should fortify her strong height [building more resistant skyscrapers] yet destroyers would come FROM ME upon her, says the L-RD.”25
“Babylon must fall for the SLAIN OF ISRAEL, as for Babylon have fallen the slain of all the earth… for the L-RD is a G-d of recompense.”26 G-d, Who is the portion of Jacob, is not like the gods and idols of the nations, for He is the One Who formed all things, and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance27.
Beloved, in order to save America from these disasters, do NOT pray against them, but pray that the President (whether the present or future one) and his State Department will have a change of heart for good toward Israel, and the nation turn back to G-d. It is the multi-denominational division among Christians, their religious bigotry and intolerance toward one another, that has opened the door for atheists and for every possible perversion.The disregard of our Lord’s prayer, “Father, that they may be one as You and I are one,” and of His commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you,” has brought this about.
Yes, dearly beloved, be pierced in your heart rather than offended. The guilt is not with the sinners but with the Body of Messiah not heeding His prayer and commandment. The Lord said it before and He says it again, “Be one in Me and with one another, for you are all members of one another. Let your love be genuine, from the heart, and be doers of My Word. For it those who obey my commandment [it is not an option] and do my Word who belong to Me and shall enter my Kingdom.”
G-d hardened Pharaoh’s heart and Egypt was destroyed. No one prayed for Pharaoh and petitioned G-d on his behalf. President Bush’s heart has also been hardened by pride and the glory of power. But there is a multitude of true believers who can petition G-d to take away the hardness of heart toward G-d’s people and turn him into a true and faithful ally of Israel. This is what the intercessors and all prayer warriors and believers should focus on with fasting and petitioning, lest America will be destroyed like Egypt.
Yes, America was founded by the pilgrims (not the greedy Spaniards) on faith in G-d, devoted as “a nation under G-d.” However, if the once righteous nation continues to forsake righteousness and pursue wickedness, G-d will not remember her righteous deeds anymore but repay her for her wickedness28. Likewise, if the righteous inside the sinful nation plead with G-d as Abraham did with the Lord on behalf of his nephew Lot and family, that for their sake He would spare Sodom and Gomorrah, then G-d may hear their petition and spare America29.
Pray according to the principles and laws of the Kingdom of G-d. Neither a dot nor a tittle from all of the Word of G-d has passed away, nor has the Old Testament passed away. His Word is living and active, full of creative power, and will perform more than once what is written. The Word concerning ancient Babylon applies also to modern-day Babylon and will accomplish what is written.
May our prayers prevail before the Almighty, our Father in heaven, for the safety, peace, blessings and prosperity of our two beloved nations – America and Israel. Like sisters they are in many ways alike, although one is tiny in size and her origin is from ancient times, while the other is still a youth and huge in size. Being “daughters of the Most High” from their inception, may they support and bless one another and not, like Jacob and Esau, becoming adversaries over divided interests. Let us walk in the obedience of faith, our love in Messiah genuine in unwavering hope and steadfastness.
Yours in Him,
23 See especially vs 24, 29-30 24 Jeremiah 51:64 25 Jer. 51:53 26 Jer. 51:49, 56 27 Jer. 51:19 28 Ezek.3:20-21 29 Gen. 18:22-32 San Andreas Fault;