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Friday, September 23, 2005

G-d and Katrina

The last few weeks since hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and Louisiana has been a traumatic time for many—certainly the residents of the Big Easy.

The idea that G-d "did this" in immediate response to the forceful removal the Jews of Gush Katif was quickly fielded in intellectual and faith forums, than just as quickly condemned by many—including many who should know better. Unbelievers and those who sport a “religious” façade spouted their predictable self-righteous banality rooted in their narrow understanding and grasp of reality.

People who purport to be Christians and believers; those who should know well the Word of G-d; His protocols and the way He does things; should be more Biblically informed.

G-d didn’t create the record breaking hurricane Katrina—Satan did.

We see in the Book of Job a rare look into the realm of Heaven, specifically Job chapter one. “…Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.”

Of course the reader is familiar with the following discourse. Satan accuses Job to G-d, since He has put “a hedge” about him, and if that protection was gone, Job would curse Him to His face. With Divine permission and the hedge removed, Satan proceeds to generate at one point “…a great wind from the wilderness” which destroyed the eldest son’s house which contained all of Job’s children and killed them.

Likewise, in the New Testament, the Book of Mark, chapter four, the story of the storm in the Sea of Galilee as the Lord and the disciples sailed across. Jesus was asleep in the stern and the disciples, frightened and incredulous, demanded of Him, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?”

He rose, “…rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still,” and it stopped, revealing a supernatural source behind the storm, as in the story of Job.

Hurricane 'Katrina' making landfall at Louisiana.Thus, we can certainly deduce Katrina—a killer hurricane—was satanically generated, as the Lord providentially pulled His protection from America for a time to let Satan wreak his havoc. G-d can still permit a lot worse, as He deals with the Bush Administration and America.

Was this because of the Bush Administration pressuring Sharon to execute the expulsion and rip the Jews of Gush Katif from their homes? Or was it because New Orleans was an unbelievably corrupt sewer, modeled so well in the criminal incompetence of the Louisiana and New Orleans governmental bodies and their inept response to the incoming storm? As one of my clients stated, morally putrid New Orleans needed to be flushed a long time ago. The One Who rules in the affairs of men certainly finally did that.

Spiritually; theologically, I think it was a combination of a lot of things. It is between every individual, affected by these hurricanes or not, and Him, to work out. There are a hundred different national ministries deployed in the Louisiana area ministering to the victims to that end, challenging them to turn to Him in these terrible times.

Still, I stated many times the wails of the innocent Jews, who, following the earlier encouragement of Sharon—and Biblical mandate—to resettle the land that is rightfully theirs, being forcibly evicted certainly resonated through the Throne room of Heaven. The idea that there is a living G-d in Israel Who promised He would bring His chosen people back into their land and that they would not be uprooted again—and is dead serious about that—is dismissed as silly and superstitious by many.

So Sharon and Bush pushed through their delusional and short-sighted plan, and burned a bunch of Jews, who in the midst of that great travesty, cried out to the Holy One of Israel. And a few weeks later Katrina blows through the Gulf and demolishes 1900 square miles of U.S. land, breaking records in its ferocity, and we see video of recalcitrant New Orleans residents being forcibly removed from their homes as well by U.S. authorities, mirroring on a grander scale what happened with the Jews in Gush Katif.

Geeez, do you think He heard the settlers prayers?

All just a coincidence. But then, wisdom is known of her children.