With regards to yesterday’s Muse, please understand, I am not making judgment calls here. I am making observations about simultaneous and parallel events, in light of biblical promises, covenants and prophecies. When you believe in a sovereign God, you can’t believe in coincidences. When you know that we serve a God Who has numbered the “hairs on your head,” you must believe that He will discipline, rebuke, correct, train and protect His children. You must also believe that God deals with nations, as well as individuals.
Israel is God’s covenant people. God told Abraham, “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God” (Gen. 17:7,8).
It’s one thing to slide into moral decay. We’ve become very good at that. But it’s another thing to actively come against God’s people, whether it be the Church, or the nation of Israel.
Evangelist John McTernan continues: “On November 11 Yasser Arafat died. Mahamoud Abbas was elected to replace Arafat in Jan. 2005. President Bush invited Abbas to the White House. Abbas continued the call for the destruction of the State of Israel. On December 30, he was hoisted on the shoulders of Zakaria Zbeida, a notorious terrorist who Israel was trying to locate and arrest. On Dec. 31 he called for Israel to withdraw to the 1949 border and said he wanted Jerusalem as the capital, and declared the right of Palestinian return to the land of Israel, which would destroy the nation.
During this same time, fierce storms were striking the western section of the U.S. According to William Patzert, NASA climatologist, the western U.S. was experiencing its worst weather in 119 years.
Heavy rains in California were triggering killer mudslides. There was snow fall in Nevada of up to 19 feet. On the front page of the January 11, 2005 USA Today the following headlines were prominent and ironic: “California Rocked By Storm” and “Bush Offers to Meet Abbas.””
Two weeks ago the actual evacuation of Jews occurred in the Gaza Strip.
Bulldozers plowed down settlement homes. 7500 Jews were displaced (“relocated” according to Sharon), and sent to government shelters. Meanwhile, 10 days ago, Hurricane Katrina was making its way up the Gulf coast of America. Bourbon Street in New Orleans partied hard when they learned that Katrina was moving Northeast and had been downgraded to a category 3 hurricane. But suddenly, it did the most unlikely thing – it changed course to the Southwest and smashed into New Orleans, LA and Biloxi, MS, killing an untold number of Americans. Experts say this was our nation’s worst weather catastrophe, ever.
One last ironic twist. “Katrina” means “purity” or “one who purifies.”
You decide whether or not our nation is bringing judgment upon itself from a “pure and holy God.” President Bush authorized $1 billion in assistance to relocate Jews out of Gaza. And just two days ago, he authorized $40 billion to assist in our own recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Perhaps we could have saved $41 billion, countless lives, and unprecedented damage, if we returned to blessing Israel … and their Promised Land. We must pray for our President and the decisions that affect this country.
Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Tomorrow, I’ll wrap up my comments on these shocking events. Believe me, I wish I could just talk about loving, happy stories … but this must be told. In these last days, Christians must humble themselves, repent, and pray for God’s wisdom … until He comes.
(For parts 1 & 3, see below.)
Reprinted with permission.
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