BE ASTUTE AND NOTICE THE SIGNS

In the Bible in the Book of Genesis (Chapter 12, verse 3), it is said: “I (God) will bless those who bless you (Israel) and will curse those who curse you (Israel).” It doesn’t get much plainer than that. According to ahphanews.com, the Bible warns that the destiny of the world is inseparable from Israel and Jerusalem. The Bible says God would one day re-gather the children of Israel back into their land from among many nations around the world. The Bible also warns that God would then make Jerusalem a world trouble spot and that all nations of the world will turn against Israel. Furthermore, the Bible warns that Gaza will be forsaken.

On May 14, 1948, British forces pulled out of Palestine. That afternoon Jewish leaders assembled at the Tel Aviv Museum to sign the Israeli declaration of Independence and announce the creation of the first modern Jewish state. If you were 15 at the time and remember this, you would be 82 now. Thus, I doubt many of my readers would remember this prophetic day. From what I’ve heard, though, there was not much hoop-la from clergy and Christian leaders.

In the middle of August, 2005, Israeli troops began the forced evacuation of thousands of Jewish settlers from the Gaza strip after a deadline for them to leave had expired. Israeli Prime Minister at the time, Ariel Sharon, implemented the evacuation.

Does anyone know what happened a week later? Can you say Hurricane Katrina? That’s right, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf coast. In New Orleans, levies were breached causing major flooding and destruction. American citizens were suffering beyond belief. In fact, the aftermath of Katrina was referred to as a disaster of Biblical proportions by many journalists.

The Gaza withdrawal was backed by the U.S. government. According to World Net Daily, some Middle East analysts and senior Israeli politicians entirely attributed the evacuation plan to pressure from the American establishment.

I was a current events follower in 2005 and remember pursing my lips when watching TV news coverage of the Gaza evacuation. I was particularly distraught with the uprooting of bodies from the area’s Jewish cemeteries. And then along comes Katrina.

World Net Daily documented a number of events that one might say drew parallels between the evacuation of the Gaza strip and Hurricane Katrina. One parallel indicated that President Bush was from Texas and Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, was from Alabama. Both were vocal supporters of the Gaza evacuation. Katrina hit the states between Texas and Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. There was also damage done in Alabama, including a downed tree in my back yard.

Other parallels from World Net Daily include the following: Many residents of Jewish Gaza climbed to their rooftops to escape the threat of expulsion, while residents of the Gulf Coast climbed on their own rooftops to protect themselves from the rising waters. Jewish Gaza homes described as beautiful and charming were demolished this week by Israel’s military. Once beautiful homes in New Orleans now lie in ruins.

Some are going to say that this is coincidence. Others are going to say that I’m crazy and so is anybody who remotely thinks that Katrina wreaked havoc in the United States because the U.S. was pushing the Gaza evacuation.

The current administration is in negotiations with the Middle Eastern country of Iran regarding their nuclear enrichment program. Remember Iran has indicated that it wants to destroy Israel. The administration has also removed Iran plus Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood from the United States’ terrorist watch list.

And if that’s not enough, the current administration used tax payer dollars to support Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s left wing opponent, Isaac Herzog, in the recent election. Now that PM Netanyahu soundly defeated Mr. Herzog, the current President is suggesting that he’s going to lift U.S. sanctions on Iran and put them on Israel.

According to Major Garrett of CBS, speaking to radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, President Obama has ordered his top advisors to seek alternatives to direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians. The leading option for the White House, and one that would amount to a significant reversal of American policy, would be to allow the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution recognizing a Palestinian state. The White House has worked with Israel in the past to block such maneuvers, arguing it would unnecessarily inflame Israeli political passions and undermine a fragile peace process. Letting the United Nations Security Council proceed now appears to be a live option. Re-elected PM Netanyahu has said that the Palestinians would not get their state under current circumstances.

Are we turning our backs on Israel? Many other countries already have. The Bible says that all nations of the world will turn against Israel. The United States has definitely been Israel’s staunchest ally on the planet. Is that about to change? Are other Israeli allies going to follow the path of the United States?

I’m writing this as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and a believer that there are no coincidences where the Lord and his word are concerned. His word is immutable.

I’m not saying that the world is going to end tomorrow or anytime soon. Only God knows that day. But as Christians, we must be aware of the signs that are told to us in scripture, and the events of our days.

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