In an August 12, 2018 article for Rapture Ready, Daymond Duck wrote “The future of Israel and Jerusalem are not at stake, but the well-being of America could quickly change before our very eyes.”
This is because what America does in relation to Israel will come back to us whether for blessing or judgment. The word of the God is very clear that those who bless Israel will be blessed, and those who curse Israel will be cursed (Genesis 12:3, Numbers 24:9).
Scripture is also clear that once Israel became a nation again, which it did in 1948, it would never again be put out of the land. “I will also plant them on their land, and they will not again be rooted out from their land, which I have given them, says the Lord your God” (Amos 9:15).
Thus, those who try to put Israel out of the whole of the covenant land God gave them, are coming against not just Israel, but Jehovah. No matter how immoral or far off from God’s intentions a nation wanders, the one absolute tipping point that inevitably brings disasters on a nation is an attempt to undermine His plan for Israel. While many disasters occur just as a result of nature playing out in a sinful world, some seem like more deliberate messages. But who is listening?
Is it a coincidence that one of the biggest fires in California right now is dubbed the “Holy Fire”? Is it a coincidence that certain notable earthquakes in the last 18 years have occurred on Christmas, on Resurrection Sunday, and in places like Christianburg and Christchurch? Interestingly, well-water levels changed in Christianburg, VA on more than one occasion from a “great” earthquake (8.0 or larger) on the other side of the continent and Pacific Rim, before having its own unusual quake.
In that earthquake concrete angels were toppled off the National Cathedral, and a news photo showed a bride running through the streets leaving the rest of the people behind. The symbolism could be seen as of God’s hand of protection being removed, and of the rapture when the Bride of Christ lifts off and unbelievers are left behind.
What America chooses to do regarding Israel will have a great effect on what we can expect in the future. And this is a specific warning. If we continue to advance the so-called “two-state solution” which would divide and deprive Israel of the covenant lands, we can expect that disaster will follow. Not just any routine disaster, but a massive one. We have been warned before, and each time the consequences have increased. Let’s look at just some of the seasons of disaster that may be associated with America’s decisions regarding Israel.
For example, on May 22, 1989, just months into the new administration of George H.W. Bush (#41), Secretary of State James Baker told an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (a pro-Israel lobby group) audience that Israel should abandon its “expansionist policies”. This was a major change of policy and tone from the Reagan administration years, previously thought to be among the most pro-Israel in U.S. history. But that attempt to dissuade Israel from settling the covenant lands granted to her by God, may have brought consequences.
Between that public statement of the Bush (#41) administration and the end of 1989, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made a then astonishing 19 national disaster declarations. The most notable were Hurricane Hugo on the east coast in September, which became the costliest hurricane in U.S. history at the time, and the 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake on the west coast on October 17.
“The coastlands have seen and are afraid, the ends of the earth tremble; … but you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend; you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you” ( Selected verses from Isaiah 41: 5-10).
The two biggest disasters that year hit both U.S. coasts! Furthermore, the above passage must refer to events after 1948 because it clearly references having taken the Jews away from the ends of the earth and calling them back to the land.
On September 13, 1993, U.S. President William Clinton hosted the signing of the Oslo accords in Washington, D.C., with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin witnessing the occasion. The agreement called for Israel to withdraw from Gaza and the West Bank.
Within the next four months: devastating fires broke out in Southern California, and an unusual earthquake in Oregon became the first of five Federal disaster declarations through January 17, 1994. There were more firestorms in California, followed by mud and landslides, and two more national disasters followed in Missouri and Virginia before the end of the year. Then, on January 17, 1994, the 6.7 Northridge, California earthquake struck at 4:31 in the morning, becoming the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history at that time. Later, in November 1995, Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated.
Although these things could also have been “coincidences”, the symbolic picture that emerges is not just of lives lost, structures and infrastructure damaged, and huge economic costs. Indeed, the symbolic picture might be seen as a warning that when humanity does not obey God, death by fire, death by shaking, and death by violence can affect both our journey on earth and our eternal habitation.
Early in 2000, U.S. President Bill Clinton convened a peace summit at Camp David between Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. The deal offered the Palestinian leader approximately 95% of the West Bank and the entire Gaza Strip. The plan continued to develop even with a change of administration. On August 29, 2001, the new Bush administration (#43) was working intensely with the Israelis and Saudis to prepare the clearest plan that had ever been developed by a U.S. President for dividing Israel’s covenant land.
Thirteen days later, the United States was hit with a coordinated series of terrorism attacks on September 11, 2001. It was the worst international terrorism attack in recorded history. Now it seems, the connections – or the birth pangs – were growing more noticeable.
Although the U.S. then was “distracted” for a time by the recovery from these attacks and the wars that followed, it continued to press Israel to give up the Gaza Strip. As a result, starting August 16, 2005, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon controversially expelled 9,480 Jewish settlers from 21 settlements in Gaza and four settlements in the northern West Bank. The “evacuations” took weeks. The evacuations were forcible and took place amid violence, riots, protests, and distress.
The evictions were still underway when Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, and continued even as the levies failed too, and disaster imploded on disaster with suffering that continues to affect many Americans to this very day. But the prophetic picture got much clearer when this happened.
Even as 9,480 Jewish settlers were displaced in Israel, 1,800 Americans were killed in Katrina, and over one million evacuated, in the largest Diaspora in U.S. history. As compared with the relatively small geographical areas impacted in Israel, itself one of the smallest countries in the world, FEMA reports that over 96,000 square miles of the Gulf Coast were completely devastated. Think about it. That’s a square mile of devastation for about every ten Jewish settlers that were displaced!
Katrina was followed closely behind by Hurricane Rita, causing some of Katrina’s evacuees to evacuate yet again from their prior areas of refuge. Rita was a category 5 storm, and at least three million more people were evacuated from Galveston and Houston, Texas. Ultimately almost 422 Americans were displaced for every Jewish settler that was forcibly removed from Gaza.
Furthermore, it’s not just what happens in and to the United States. Israeli leaders who go against God’s plan for Israel are by no means immune from potential consequences. In addition to the “coincidence” of the Rabin assassination, consider that Ariel Sharon was the prime minister overseeing the Gaza evictions. Israeli media had already referred to Sharon as taking a “massive blow” for political unpopularity. Take a moment to notice the word “massive”. It wasn’t even six months when on January 4, 2006, he suffered a “massive” stroke. He remained comatose until his death in 2014.
So where are we now? While it is not known at this time for sure what the current administration’s upcoming policy announcements will be, it has still had the “two-state solution” very much in the language and conversation in a search for “peace”. But when the Bible instructs us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem”, it is more likely talking about the only true peace – peace with God and of God through Jesus Christ (Psalm 122:6).
If the U.S. continues to pursue the “two-state solution” and in particular, a divided Jerusalem, we can expect consequences. Those consequences may be a “natural” disaster that will exceed in scale anything we’ve ever experienced before in modern history.
It’s now time to consider the three most logical earthquake disasters, based on current science and other factors, that could occur.
Two of the candidates include the San Andreas Fault in California or the New Madrid Seismic Zone, originating in Missouri. Both are likely to hit at or near the “great” quake category (8.0 or larger). Both the northern and southern sections of the San Andreas are more than ripe, and there have also been striking statements made recently by well-respected seismologists that it might rip “wall-to-wall” or the entire state instead of just one of the two sections. Less is known scientifically about how close an event on the New Madrid may be at this time. However, we do know, based on the historic record and current conditions, that when it does come it will essentially bring most of the eastern U.S. to its knees.
But neither of those two quake scenarios quite fits Isaiah 41:5 (“The coastlands have seen and are afraid, the ends of the earth tremble…”). Neither will create a massive tsunami on either coast, and neither is projected to be as large as the coming event on the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) which runs about 900 miles from Canada through Northern CA. An event on the CSZ could be at 9.0 or perhaps even larger, as a massive hunk of undersea land dives below the North American plate.
Then, after such severe and long duration shaking, entire west coast communities will be literally wiped off the map in a tsunami – a tsunami so large and powerful that it will also arrive once again on the other side of the Pacific in Japan as it has done in the past. At 9.0 the entire world will not only tremble with fear, but the earth itself will literally, physically tremble and wobble on its axis, and speed up its rotation enough to shorten our days.
“For the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:22).
In conclusion, a passage from Hebrews 12:25-29:
“See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven’.
“This phrase, ‘Yet once more’ indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe; For our God is a consuming fire.”
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