America’s Role In Our Own Catastrophes and Natural Disasters
WHEN GOVERNMENT SNUBS THE LAND OF ISRAEL Most people don’t think much about what causes a natural disaster. When one thinks about floods, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes and the like, it is usually all summed up with
WHEN GOVERNMENT SNUBS THE LAND OF ISRAEL
Most people don’t think much about what causes a natural disaster. When one thinks about floods, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes and the like, it is usually all summed up with one phrase: Acts of God.
In reality, we are closer to the truth than we think we are. In fact, the way that God destroyed the earth the first time was by flood. When it was time to judge Sodom and Gomorrah, he did it by raining down fire and brimstone. And the Bible says, on more than one occasion, that God’s voice sounds like thunder and lightning.
The fact that God uses these “natural disasters” to exact judgment has long been overlooked, which could be a determining factor in these occurrences happening more often. It’s time we realize what these natural disasters line up with, and recognize that God is, indeed, still on the throne.
America’s Treatment of Israel
One of the things that seems to coincide the most with these natural occurrences is America’s treatment of Israel. When the government decides to treat Israel unfairly, there are always repercussions. Israel is God’s chosen land. There is no way around that fact when reading the Bible, and there should be no option for treating them with anything less than what God called for.
But still, the American government has, on more than one occasion, turned their backs or snubbed their nose at Israel. Let us take a look now at some of the repercussions of those actions.
The Perfect Storm
It was in the latter part of 1991, October 30, to be exact, that President George H. W. Bush opened the Madrid Conference in Spain. The idea was to consider Israel’s role in the idea of “land for peace. It was this same day that a storm rose in the North Atlantic Ocean that created that region’s largest waves ever to be recorded. Furthermore, instead of traveling in the normal pattern, west to east, the storm traveled more than a thousand miles, east to west, and crashed violently into the coast of New England. President Bush’s own home sat on the coast of Kennebunkport, where waves in excess of thirty-five feet came crashing down. The well-known movie, “The Perfect Storm” was based off this natural disaster.
On August 23 of 1992, that same Madrid Conference moved to American soil, to Washington DC, and the talks of peace continued. The same day, Hurricane Andrew crashed ashore leaving more than thirty billion dollars of damage and over 180,000 homeless people in the wake. It was the worst natural disaster ever to hit American soil.
The Northridge Earthquake
On January 16, 1994, Syrian President Hafez el-Assad met with American President Bill Clinton in the city of Geneva. They discussed an agreement for peace, which included Israel giving up the Golan Heights. In less than a day’s time, Southern California was rocked by an earthquake that registered 6.9 on the Richter scale. The center of the quake happened in North Ridge and it came to be the second worst natural disaster in American history.
Clinton and Lewinsky
The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, came to the White House on January 21, 1998 to meet with then-President Bill Clinton and was received in a very cold manner. Clinton, along with Madeleine Albright, who was Secretary of State at that time, refused to even have lunch with him. It was on the same day that the scandal concerning Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton broke to the mass media. This scandal fell hard on the Clinton family. While not a natural disaster, it is another example of how bad can befall those who turn against Israel in even the slightest way.
Secretary of State Albright, on September 28, 1998, worked to complete the final details of the peace agreement. If agreed to, Israel would relinquish as much as thirteen percent of Judah and Samaria. At the same time, Hurricane George slammed the Gulf Coast of the United States. 110 mile per hour winds turned into 175 mile per hour gusts, however, when the storm came in contact with the coast, it stalled. Clinton then met at the White House, with both Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu, to attempt to finalize the deal. Afterwards, Arafat addressed the UN to say that he would declare the independent state of Palestine by May of 1999, at which time, Hurricane George tore into the Gulf Coast, causing a staggering one billion dollars worth of damage. At the very time Arafat left the United States, Hurricane George began to dissipate, then disappeared.
Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu met up at the Wye River Plantation, Maryland, on the fifteenth of October 1998. They were scheduled to be in talks for five days, focusing on Israel turning over the thirteen percent of Judah and Samaria. On the seventeenth of October, Texas was battered with incredible amounts of rain, along with tornadoes, with the city of San Antonio being hit the hardest. Flooding and rains continued throughout the talks, until October 22, when they began to lessen in strength. Clinton had already declared the entire state an area of major disaster, as floods had ravaged about a fourth of the entire state. Another one billion dollars of damage was accrued in this time.
Yasser Arafat came again to Washington on November 30, 1998, with the purpose of raising funds for the Palestinian state, claiming Jerusalem as its capital city. Forty-two nations were represented in total in Washington that day. There was a unanimous agreement to donate a whopping three billion dollars in aid, with Clinton himself promising four hundred million dollars, and the nations of Europe pitching in another 1.7 billion dollars. This very day, the Dow Jones dropped an astounding 216 points, while on December 1, the European Market experienced the third worst day in its history.
On the same day that Clinton lands in an area of Israel that is under Palestinian control, to further discuss the “land for peace” deal, four articles of impeachment are passed against him by the House of Representatives.
Remember when Yasser Arafat stated that he would declare a Palestinian state by May of 1999? He was scheduled to do just that on May 3 of that year. At the same time, the United States was hit with the most powerful storm system in its history, as tornadoes swept through Oklahoma and Kansas. The fastest winds ever recorded were clocked during this storm, where they reached 316 miles per hour. President Clinton then wrote a letter to Arafat, asking him to postpone the declaration until December of 1999, but continued to encourage him for his own aspirations for his own land. In the letter, he also stated that Palestinians have the right to “determine their own future on their own land” and they fully deserved to “live free, today, tomorrow, and forever”.
Over the week of October 11, 1999, Jewish settlers were evicted from the covenant-given land in Israel, and were forced from fifteen different West Bank settlements. October 15 saw the Dow lose 266 points, experiencing one of their worst weeks, as a hurricane tore into North Carolina’s coast. The morning of October 16 brought a 7.1 magnitude earthquake to the Southwest United States, which went on record as the fifth most powerful earthquake of the twentieth century.
American President Honors Ramadan
President George Bush hosted a dinner on November 7, 2002 at the White House. The event was to honor Ramadan, which is a Muslim religious holiday. President Bush gave a speech that evening, where he said, “…this season commemorates the revelation of God’s word in the holy Koran to the prophet Muhammad. Today this word inspires faithful Muslims to lea lives of honestly and integrity and compassion…We see in Islam a religion that traces its origins back to God’s call on Abraham…”
It was only two short days later that Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio were hit by 88 tornadoes.
More Peace for the Middle East
Daniel Jurtzer, US Ambassador, met on April 30, 2003 with Israel’s Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. He presented to him, a “Road Map” plan for peace to him, which had been formulated by the coalition known as “the Quartet”. The countries that made up the Quartet were the European Union, the UN, the United States and Russia. The Road Map demanded that Israel give up Gaza, including Judea and Samaria, which they claimed belongs to Palestine. Secretary of State Colin Powell joined them in the Middle East on May 3rd to help implement this plan, and on May 4th, he met with Hafez Assad who was a terrorist leader in Syria. He committed that the Golan Heights would be surrendered to them as a part of the peace plans they had drawn up.
On that same day, May 4, tornadoes began tearing the Central United States apart. Over the course of that next week, seven days in total, there were 412 tornadoes. This was the largest cluster of tornadoes that had ever been seen by the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) since it began keeping records in 1950.
Blessings and Cursing
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” – Genesis 12:3
On March 14, 2010, the United States sent the Vice President as well as the Secretary of State to enforce the Israeli split, ensuring the contiguous state of Palestine, whereby Israel was basically cut in half. All over the United States, there was talk of the California earthquake, as well as the Madrid fault line. If an earthquake happened along the Madrid, then the United States itself would be cut in half, since it runs from Missouri through Mississippi. People are beginning to fear that if America continued to usurp authority over God’s Holy Land, that we too will receive more backlashes as a result of his judgment.
May 2010 saw President Obama continuing to enforce Jerusalem’s division and the destruction of Israel. The nation constantly speaks out against it, while all the while being powerless, outside of their prayers, to do anything to stop the government’s movements.
“Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north. By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened. Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.” – Job 37:9-13
Around this same time, we experienced the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, easily taking the spot as America’s worst natural disaster. Billions of dollars of damage along with unprecedented ecological damages were reported that would take decades to overcome, if we can overcome it at all.
Also during this time, Europe and England declared the Temple Mount along with the Western Wall did not belong to Israel, but rather were seated in Arab territory. You do not have to be a prophet to know that continued treachery towards Israel will continue to reap the correction of a sovereign God.
Continued War Against Jerusalem
President Obama declared to Israel, on the 19th of May 2011, that their borders had to return to those pre-1967, encouraging also, the division of Jerusalem. This would leave Israel absolutely indefensible to her enemies, and God has warned against it, time and again.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” – Zechariah 12:2-3
“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” – Joel 3:1-2
After Obama’s declaration against Jerusalem, the next few days were strewn with seventy tornadoes hitting seven US states. While this isn’t necessarily out of the norm for the Midwest states at this time of year, there’s more. That following Sunday, a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, the likes of which had not been seen in sixty years, with an ef4-5 rating. Joplin was literally divided in half, as a fulfillment of Zechariah 12:2-3 in which God said He would divide any land that attempted to divide Jerusalem.
That same tornado destroyed almost a third of city and more than 8,000 buildings and other structures. It also tore apart Joplin’s Saint John’s hospitals, where every window was knocked out and people were pulled through the windows as they were breaking. ABC declared the tornado to be half a mile wide, with 134 people dead as of June 1, 2011.
Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name be the glory
Because of Your love and your faithfulness!