I feel deja
vu. After having just witnessed the Gaza
pullout and commenting on how sad it is to see people lose their homes and have
to evacuate to live somewhere else, here I am again having to consider the
exact same event replayed with one of our own important American cities. The
parallel is obvious, as Avner Bosky observes below:
and Gaza Parallels
* Recent comments
over the past hours on the FOX NEWS Channel eerily parallel what has just
happened in Gaza.
One commentator referred to the inhabitants of New
Orleans and said, "It must be an
emotional experience to walk away from their houses and not know if they will
be able to live in them again." That is exactly what has transpired here
this past week for Gaza's
commentator said that most of all the wooden structures in New
Orleans will be destroyed. Nearly all of
the structures in Gaza's
Jewish communities and farms have been destroyed.
* Ivor Van
Heeden, deputy director of LouisianaStateUniversity's
recently said on FOX that there is a high probability that the hurricane will
loosen many of the coffins in New
Orleans and that corpses will be loosened
and moved from their resting places. One of the three top items on Israel's
news tonight was the forced removal of Jewish graves from the Gaza Strip and
the transportation of the corpses for reburial in other parts of Israel.
* Whereas Gaza
was placed under a state of emergency as its 8,000 residents were evacuated,
now New Orleans
has been given orders for a mandatory evacuation of nearly 500,000 people.
many Israeli Jews from Gaza
are in temporary refugee camps and tent cities, there is talk of up to one
million refugees needing to be settled in temporary camps in the Louisiana
New Orleans-Gaza Connection: No Coincidence; God-incidence
But it's no
accident that these parallel events happened back to back as they did. The
connection was apparently a fulfillment of a promise God made concerning his
first chosen nation (who would need special protection considering Satan would
want to eradicate it):
Genesis 12:3 (KJV) — 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. Joel 3:2 (KJV) — I will also gather all nations, and will 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.
explains that the timing of Hurricane Katrina coincided with the end of the Gaza
pullout, undeniably connecting the two:
August 22, the last Jewish settlement in Gaza was evacuated — wrapping up
Israel's historic pullout from the coastal strip after settlers held a farewell
march behind Torah scrolls and a massive menorah, then boarded armored buses
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas spoke by
telephone and expressed their commitment to peace -- the first conversation
between the two since the pullout started, a senior Palestinian negotiator
spoke for about five minutes, with Mr. Abbas telling Mr. Sharon, “We are your
partners for peace,” according to negotiator Saeb Erekat.
day, August 23, the day after the completion of the Gaza
evacuation, the government of the Bahamas
issued a tropical storm warning for central and northwestern Bahamas.
(Putting this storm into perspective, many of the tropical storms and
hurricanes begin off the western coast of Africa
and typically take ten days to two weeks before affecting the Bahamas,
the Caribbean and/or the U.S.
coastline. Not Katrina.)
Wednesday, August 24 at ,
the newly formed tropical depression was upgraded to Tropical Storm Katrina;
and by Thursday, August 25 at , Katrina becomes a hurricane. In a period of only 72
hours, tropical depression 11 developed and hit southeast Florida
(the only area untouched by the past six hurricanes) as a hurricane.
Katrina is now expected to be the costliest weather related disaster in U.S.
history. It was devastating in intensity and size. If it hadn’t been for a last
minute break in the eye-wall it would have very likely destroyed the city of New
Orleans and cost hundreds of billions of
Why New Orleans,
Instead of Another City?
commented in my Gaza Pullout article, America is
responsible for Sharon
having to make the unilateral move he did because of the Oslo Peace Accords
they sponsored over 10 years earlier. Oslo
armed the Palestinian terrorists, enabling them to make it too costly for Israel
to defend the 10000 settlers in Gaza.
But this only explains why America
would have to pay. The natural question then is, why New
Orleans instead of some other city? Here's
an answer from a man who saw this disaster coming and predicted it:
is also renowned for occult practices, particularly voodoo.
Brown, creator of the immensely popular SpiritDaily.com website - popularly
known as the Catholic Drudge Report, has said that Katrina was
"definitely" a purification for New
Orleans. Brown points out that the name
Katrina itself means "pure". And that, Brown told LifeSiteNews.com,
is not a coincidence. "I don't believe in coincidences," said Brown,
adding that God has everything in His control and "I think that everything
contacted Brown due to his startlingly accurate prediction of the events in New
Orleans in 2001, when he issued what is now
being seen as a warning to New
Orleans. In 2001 Brown wrote a piece about
what he felt was upcoming disaster for New
"There are few cities with so many good as New
Orleans and also few cities where there is
such a stark coexistence with the bad. It is this city, the Big Easy, that is
home to kind and generous and Christian people . . . and yet also this city
that has allowed evil to flourish in a way that has become truly
dangerous." Noting the occult practices and the sexual immorality, Brown
warned, "When you invoke dark spirits, you get a storm. The very word
hurricane comes from the Indian hurukan for evil spirit."
no hearing of inner voices, but said in his warning to the city, "When I
visited the National Hurricane Center, they told me there was no place that
gave them the meteorological willies like your city." Describing what
would befall the city if a major hurricane were to strike, Brown said, "On
Bourbon Street -- which has turned into a stretch of porn shops, strip joints,
and hooter bars -- there would be water to the second story."
told me that in the best of circumstances 100,000 would be stranded . . . If a
category-five made landfall between your city and Baton Rouge . . . it would be
'the most catastrophic hurricane in the history of the United States.'"
director Michael Marcavage agrees:
ACT OF GOD DESTROYS NEW ORLEANS DAYS BEFORE "SOUTHERN DECADENCE" 31/8/05
- Just days before "Southern Decadence", an annual homosexual
celebration attracting tens of thousands of people to the French Quarters
section of New Orleans,
an act of God destroys the city.
Decadence" has a history of filling the French Quarters section of the
city with drunken homosexuals engaging in sex acts in the public streets and
bars. Last year, a local pastor sent video footage of sex acts being performed
in front of police to the mayor, city council, and the media. City officials
simply ignored the footage and continued to welcome and praise the weeklong
celebration as being an "exciting event". However, Hurricane Katrina
has put an end to the annual celebration of sin.
On the official
"Southern Decadence" website (www.SouthernDecadence.com), it states
that the annual event brought in "125,000 revelers" to New Orleans
last year, increasing by thousands each year, and up from "over 50,000
revelers" in 1997. This year’s 34th annual "Southern Decadence"
was set for Wednesday,
August 31, 2005 through Monday, September 5, 2005,
but due to massive flooding and the damage left by the hurricane, Louisiana
Governor Kathleen Blanco has ordered everyone to evacuate the city.
three mayors of New Orleans,
including Sidney Barthelomew, Marc H. Morial, and C. Ray Nagin, issued official
proclamations welcoming visitors to "Southern Decadence".
Additionally, New Orleans City Council made other proclamations recognizing the
annual homosexual celebration.
the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked
city," stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage. "From ‘Girls
Gone Wild’ to ‘Southern Decadence’, New
Orleans was a city that had its doors wide
open to the public celebration of sin. May it never be the same," he
Orleans is also known for its Mardi Gras
parties where thousands of drunken men revel in the streets to exchange plastic
jewelry for drunken women to expose their breasts. This annual event sparked
the creation of the "Girls Gone Wild" video series.
pray for those ravaged by this disaster. However, we must not forget that the
citizens of New Orleans
tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long," Marcavage
said. "May this act of God cause us all to think about what we tolerate in
our city limits, and bring us trembling before the throne of Almighty
God," Marcavage concluded.
sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matthew 5:45)
Now let me hasten to add that this is not the full answer for why New
Orleans instead of
another city was hit. I do not pretend to fully
understand all the criteria and the methods by which God decides things. This
is not to say that New
Orleans was the most wicked city and that's
why it happened. We know from Jesus' clear statements that that is not how it
Luke 13:4-5 — 4 Or those eighteen, upon
whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners
above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but,
except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Instead, I think that above points are merely possible explanations
for why God withdrew his hand of protection from New
Orleans when a naturally occurringhurricane was headed for this city so unwisely constructed below sea
level next to the ocean, a lake and a river.
A Judgment From God? What About the Innocent?
In other words, this was not a
judgment from God himself, like on Sodom
(or prophesied for America
in Revelation 18) where it's clearly supernatural or just about everyone dies
and the city never rises again. Instead it was exactly what we read earlier in
Genesis 12:3: a curse against America
for cursing or mistreating Israel
by forcing the "parting of her land." New
Orleans will rise again.
But what about the innocent lives
that were lost or poor innocent people who were made homeless by this event?
Surely it was not God's will that they suffer from this? Would not this be
unfair of God even to "curse" a city in this way?
At the risk of sounding
uncompassionate, God does not hold off judgment for the merely humanistically
"innocent". None are innocent by God's standards unless they have
grace and you do not receive grace unless you are diligently seeking God and to
do his will (no matter what level of understanding of that you may have). If
you do this, it is "accounted to you as righteousness" (Gen 15:6) and
God promises blessings and protection to those in this category, but not to the
merely lukewarm innocent. Abraham's pleading for the righteous, not the
innocent, of Sodom
when God planned to judge the city demonstrates this. Abraham did not pray for
innocent or the entire city.
Genesis 18:23-26 (NIV) — 23 Then Abraham approached him
and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty
righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the
place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do
such a thing--to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and
the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do
right?" 26 The LORD said, "If
I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole
place for their sake."
So what about the righteous in New
Orleans, what hope did they have? I'm sure
stories of miraculous or highly unlikely deliverances from Katrina will surface
soon. And we must not forget that there was a warning of this from men (quoted
above) and also nature. Just the year before, when Hurricane Ivan obligingly
curved to the east as it came ashore, barely grazing a grateful city, this
issue of the possible sinking of New
Orleans was raised in the public awareness.
If I was one of the righteous living in New
Orleans, the near miss would have caught my
attention and caused me to ask God in my prayer closet: "Are you trying to
tell us something? Is it time to move?" But even if this does not occur to
someone to ask, God will find a way to motivate the righteous to move out of
harm's way (sometimes by using a "blessing in disguise" like lose of
their job forcing a relocation, etc.)
Katrina: A Message to the Wicked Nation or the Lukewarm
In closing, I do not believe this
was a judgment on America
or New Orleans
to warn the wicked nation to repent. When God wants to do that, we see in the
Bible that he sends a prophet like he did to Nineveh
with that message spoken clearly. Rather, I see this event as a message only to
those whom God is calling, which is a minority, not the masses. What do I mean?
Well, think about it. Only the righteous have eyes to see and ears to hear to
discern what probably was going on with Katrina in New
Orleans. Jesus taught in parables to hide
God's truth from those who were not called yet so that only the called ones who
had their minds opened to spiritual understanding could understand these
mysteries. And we have a problem with the called out ones today as we can read
in the prophetic message to the called out ones of Laodicea
Revelation 3:14-18 (NIV) — 14 "To the angel of
the church in Laodicea write: These are the
words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. 15 I know your deeds, that
you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are
lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, 'I am rich; I
have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you
are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy
from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to
wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes,
so you can see.
Jesus is saying we need to wake up
and do what we've been called to do. I have observed that starting with Y2K,
the scares of the 21st century (9-11, Sumatra,
and now Katrina) have served to get the attention of those whom God has called
but who are unfortunately distracted by the cares of the world and stuck in a
backslidden state. It's all too common and too easy to end up this way (and I
was this way myself before Y2K predictions in 1998 began to scare me straight).
Others I have spoken to said 9-11 woke them up. I'm sure that I will meet
people soon who will tell me that Katrina got their attention and made them
realize that it was time to get serious about the calling they know they have
from God to live a set apart life according to the teaching of the Bible.
And it's ok if you start out doing
God's will from fear and desiring protection in this increasingly unsafe world.
God meets us where we are at using what motivates each of us. He knows that as
we practice what we understand of his ways, even for less than ideal reasons,
that we will eventually see that they are best and desire to do them all the
time for the right reasons, for love and gratitude towards him our
Creator and Father.
Just make no mistake: Katrina is not
an isolated event. There will be more wake up calls coming more frequently to
prepare the righteous remnant for a global catastrophe prophesied in the
Bible that will make every place on earth look like New Orleans—and that's no