And AFTER That, The Judgment
Vol: 115 Issue: 30 Saturday, April 30, 2011
Last night, on NBC’s Nightly News report of the sheer numbers of tornadoes that have devastated the country over the month of April, anchor Brian Williams suggested to the Weather Channel’s Greg Forbes that maybe it was caused by “something we’ve done?”
“People ask the same question: What’s going on here? Is this something we have done? What has happened to the climate because it seems so much of what we cover is relentless weather-related tragedy?”
The thought struck me that only a few decades ago, network anchors would have been blaming weather-related tragedies on God as “acts of God” instead of the acts of men.
In 1991 the government of Spain hosted the first of what became a series of international conferences aimed at forcing the start of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians by demanding that Israel trade land for peace.
As early as on May 22, 1989, Secretary of State Baker had told an AIPAC audience, that Israel should abandon its expansionist policies. The comment was intended as a signal that the pro-Israel Reagan years were over.
Flush with victory after the Gulf War, on March 6, 1991, President G. H. W. Bush addressed Congress with his vision of achieving an Arab-Israeli treaty based on the territory-for-peace principle and “the fulfillment of Palestinian rights.”
As a first step President Bush announced his intention to convene the international peace conference in Madrid. During the Madrid meeting, a hurricane — traveling in an unusual northeast-to-southwest direction — destroyed Bush’s home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Dubbed “The Perfect Storm,” it brought waves as high as 100 feet crashing in as it made landfall at Bush’s front door. Evidently, President Bush didn’t get the message.
The following year, he reconvened the Madrid Peace Conference in Washington DC. The day the conference opened, Hurricane Andrew slammed into the Florida coast as a Category Five becoming, (at that time) the most expensive natural disaster in US history.
In January, 1994 as President Clinton met with Syrian President Hafez al Assad in Geneva to discuss ways to force Israel to give up the Golan Heights, the Northridge Earthquake hit Los Angeles, earning the title of the second worst natural disaster (after Hurricane Andrew.)
In March 1997 as Yasser Arafat arrived in America as an official White House guest, tornadoes devastated Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee.
While he was here, the Dakotas suffered what was dubbed (back then) as a “five hundred year flood.”
The storms didn’t end until after Arafat left the country.
Relations deteriorated between the Clinton administration and Israel’s Netanyahu government after that.
A January 21, 1998 meeting in Washington went so poorly that Clinton and Secretary of State Madeline Albright refused to have lunch with him.
Later that same day, Matt Drudge broke the Monica Lewinsky Scandal.
In September, Secretary Albright unveiled the details of an agreement forcing Israel to give up 13 percent of Yesha. That was the day Hurricane Georges slammed into the Gulf Coast where it stalls after making landfall.
The next day, while Arafat threatened at the United Nations to unilaterally declare Palestinian statehood, Hurricane Georges continued to pound the coast, ultimately causing more than $1 billion in damages.
At the exact time Arafat left the country, Hurricane Georges began to collapse.
In October, Arafat, Clinton and Netanyahu met at the Wye River Plantation in Maryland for five days of talks. The day they arrived in Maryland, it started to rain in Texas. Five days later, the rains stopped as Arafat headed for home.
After five days of flooding, Texas suffered more than $1 billion in damage, prompting Clinton to declare it a federal disaster area.
On May 3rd, 1999 as Arafat was scheduled to declare Palestinian statehood, the most powerful tornado system to ever hit the United States (to that time) swept parts of Oklahoma and Kansas with winds of 316 mph.
In August, 2005 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ordered the forced evacuation of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip to satisfy US-backed territorial demands. One week after the evacuation of Gaza, Hurricane Katrina struck the US Gulf Coast.
In January 2009, American special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell threatened Israel with withdrawal of all US financial aid if Israel didn’t “take steps” to advance the administration’s ‘two-state solution’ policy.
Five hours later, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit Eureka, California.
In June, 2009 only hours after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton battled publicly with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liebermann in which she called Jewish settlements in Jerusalem “illegal” she showed up at a joint press conference with her arm in a sling.
She suffered a serious fracture to her elbow requiring surgery after an inexplicable fall while on her way to the White House.
On April 3rd the White House tore a strip off Israeli president Shimon Peres during his visit aimed at improving relations between Israel and the Obama administration.
On April 28, 2008 Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor blamed the Obama administration for the ongoing massacre of civilians rising up against Syria’s Assad regime.
Speaking on a popular Israel Channel 10 news talk show, Meridor accused Obama of giving Syrian dictator Bashar Assad “carte blanche to slaughter his people.”
Meridor was referring to Obama’s comparatively mild response to the pro-democracy revolution in Syria after he publicly backed the toppling of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and ordered NATO air strikes against the regime of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.
Obama’s failure to demand Assad also step down, and the lack of any substantive response to the Syrian regime’s heavy-handed tactics against the demonstrators has only encouraged Assad to do whatever it takes to remain in power.
A typical April sees a nationwide average of about 100 tornadoes. The most ever recorded for the month of April was 267 in 1974. As of Friday morning, there have been nine hundred and twenty one.
The worst year for tornadoes ever was 2004 with a total for the entire year of 1,817.
So far this year there have been 1,113.
There are a lot of folks that are saying that America is undergoing Divine judgment for its treatment of Israel. Not exactly. Judgment is not imposed until after a conviction. What America is experiencing is correction.
This isn’t judgment – it is chastisement. There is a difference.
“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him: For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” (Hebrews 12:5-8)
Chastisement indicates the need for corrective action – judgment is what follows when chastisement doesn’t work.
“Turn you at My reproof: behold, I will pour out My spirit unto you, I will make known My words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out My hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of My reproof. . . “ (Proverbs 1:23-25)
As I’ve noted, I am a fatalist in that I believe that we are in the last days as prophesied by Scripture and consequently we are travelling down a pre-ordained path to Tribulation. As such, I am a witness, but not an advocate.
My job is to point out the similarities between current events and Bible prophecy to demonstrate that the time for chastisement is fast approaching its conclusion.
America is undergoing what I believe is a final period of chastisement – one last opportunity to repent and change her ways — which of course, she won’t.
But God is just and He will use every possible opportunity, including through chastisement, to bring everyone to repentance that will repent.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
The twenty-first century has so far been one long list of natural disasters and catastrophes unlike anything seen in living memory.
They began when the effort to divide the land for gain collapsed in 2000 and have accelerated with every concession forced from Israel since. The Prophet Zechariah warned that all those that burdened themselves with Jerusalem will be cut into pieces.
America is reeling from multiple blows; 9/11 and its aftermath, three wars, economic collapse, looming food and energy shortages, natural disasters on a scale not seen in its history – and all of it directly linked to America’s relationship with Israel.
I believe the chastisement now ongoing is a direct result of the America’s decision to back away from its support of Israeli sovereignty and its effort to take Jerusalem away from the Jews and hand it over to the Arabs.
But be encouraged! What is ongoing now is merely confirmation that the Lord remains in charge. As scary as it all seems, He says, “Trust Me.”
Eventually, with the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit and the vessels He indwells, the chastisement will come to an end.
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
And after that, the judgment.