The Scriptures claim that God raises and lowers nations. He does so for many reasons: their treatment of the poor, weak, and the innocent. Many examples exist: Edom, Babylonia, Assyria, Egypt to name a few.
He is sovereign over nations,
He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, Acts 17:26
He also blesses nations based upon their treatment of Israel.
“I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you and in you all the nations of the earth will be blessed” (Gen. 12:3).
“…for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye…” Zechariah 2:9
This does not mean that God punishes individuals for how nations relate to Israel. PLEASE don’t hear that in what is being said. People who lost loved ones were not singled out by God. THEY EXPERIENCED NATURAL DISASTERS. But God is still in control over natural disasters. Nature has been subject to futility and is waiting for deliverance from the Lord too (Rom. 8:19-22). What we see is that God uses restraining grace over the forces of nature partly to reveal Himself to mankind. Paul tells us one of the reasons why:
“so that they should seek the Lord,” Acts 17:27
Natural disasters are part of how God raises and lowers nations so that people would look to Him.
Especially, as it relates to Israel, God speaks to nations. Our nation in particular, has been moving away from supporting Israel. Even the most liberal Jewish voters are starting to see the truth in it all. We are constantly trying to force Israel into giving away land for peace. Recently, our president was very discourteous to Netanyahu, demanding that Israel return to the 1967 boarders. “Bibi” returned to America and in a “face to face meeting with our president explained why it simply was not going to happen”. I immediately spoke to those around me to watch out for more natural disasters. In less than 2 days Joplin was in ruins. I am not a prophet. I simply believe Scripture. Could there be any connection between natural disasters in the USA and its treatment of God’s chosen people? Does the evidence lean in that direction?
So here are some examples:
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there have been 10 major disasters in the United States this year. On average, usually there are only about 3 major disasters a year. At this point, disasters are happening inside the United States so frequently that there seems to be no gap between them. We just seem to go from one major disaster to the next. Last year, FEMA declared an all-time record of 81 disasters inside the United States. This year, we are on pace for well over 100. (from the Guardian UK).
Major “Acts Of God” That Coincided With The Timing of US Pressure On Israel To Give Up Land
October 30, 1991: President George Bush opens the Madrid Conference with an initiative for a Middle East peace plan involving Israel’s land.
On the same day, an extremely rare storm forms off the coast of Nova Scotia. (It was eventually tagged “The Perfect Storm,” and a book and movie were made about it.)
Record-setting 100-foot waves form at sea and pound the New England Coast, even causing heavy damage to President Bush’s home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
August 23, 1992: The Madrid Conference moves to Washington D.C. and the peace talks resume, lasting four days. On that same day, Hurricane Andrew — the worst natural disaster ever to hit America — produces an estimated $30 billion in damage and leaves 180,000 homeless in Florida.
January 16, 1994: President Clinton meets with Syria’s President Hafez el-Assad in Geneva. They talk about a peace agreement with Israel that includes giving up the Golan Heights.
Less than 24 hours later, a powerful 6.9 earthquake rocks Southern California.
This quake, centered in Northridge, is the second most destructive natural disaster to hit the United States, behind Hurricane Andrew.
March 1 to April 1997: The combination of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat touring America, and Clinton rebuking Israel for not giving away her land for peace, coincide with some of the worst tornadoes and flooding in US history.
On the very day Arafat lands in America, powerful tornadoes devastate huge sections of the nation, ripping across Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Arafat’s American tour also coincides with the storms in the Dakotas, which result in the worst flooding of this century, in addition to weeks of major storms throughout the Midwest.
September 27-28, 1998: Clinton meets with Arafat and Netanyahu at the White House to finalize the land deal in which Israel will give up 13 percent of Yesha. . Later, Arafat addresses the United Nations about declaring an independent Palestinian state by May 1999, while Hurricane Georges 110 mph winds and gusts up to 175. pounds the Gulf Coast causing $1 billion in damage.
At the exact time Arafat departs the US the storm begins to dissipate.
October 15-22, 1998: On October 15, 1998, Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Maryland, to continue the talks begun in September.
The talks are scheduled to last five days with the focus on Israel giving up 13 percent of Yesha (Judah and Samaria). The talks are extended and conclude on October 23.
On October 17, awesome rains and tornadoes hit southern Texas. The San Antonio area is deluged with 20 inches of rain in one day. The rains and floods in Texas continue until October 22 and then subside.
The floods ravage 25 percent of Texas and leave over one billion dollars in damage. On October 21, Clinton declares this section of Texas a major disaster area.
May 3, 1999: This is the same day in Israel that Yasser Arafat is scheduled to declare a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital.
The declaration is postponed to December 1999 at the request of President Clinton, whose letter to Arafat encourages him for his “aspirations for his own land.” He also writes that the Palestinians have a right to “determine their own future on their own land,” and that they deserve to “live free, today, tomorrow and forever.”
That same day, starting at 4:47 pm CDT, the most powerful tornado storm system ever to hit the United States sweeps across Oklahoma and Kansas. The winds are clocked at 316 mph the fastest wind speed ever recorded.
August 29, 2005: Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon completed the forcible eviction of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip. President Bush supported Sharon’s evacuation from Gaza. He said: “I strongly support his courageous initiative to disengage from Gaza and part of the West Bank,” Exactly one week later, hurricane Katrina struck the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. 80% of the entire city of New Orleans was left under water. Many weather experts called this the worse hurricane and natural disaster that has ever hit the country.
May 20, 2011, (Friday) President Obama demands that Israel return to 1967 boarders, The Joplin tornadoes strike by Sunday, May 22.
By Tuesday, the death toll in Joplin had reached 124, making it the single deadliest tornado since the National Weather Service began keeping such records 61 years ago.
The tornado in Joplin brought the number of people who have died in U.S. tornadoes to 489 so far this year. The figure could escalate as rescue workers continue digging through rubble from Sunday’s tornado in Joplin, Missouri.
The deadliest tornado year on record is 1925, which had 794 deaths, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The number of fatalities so far this year is more than 8 1/2 times the average number for an entire year — 56, according to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.
• Hurricane Irene, August 20-29. Over $7bn and around 50 deaths.
• Upper Midwest flooding. The Missouri and Souris rivers overflowed in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Damages: $2bn.
• Mississippi river flooding, spring and summer. Damages neared $4bn.
• Drought and heatwave in Texas, Oklahoma. Over $5bn.
• Tornadoes in midwest and south-east in May kill 177 and cost more than $7bn in losses.
• Tornadoes in the Ohio Valley, south-east and midwest on April devastate the city of Tuscaloosa, kill 32 and cause more than $9bn in damages.
• Tornadoes hit from Oklahoma to Pennsylvania 14–16 April. Toll: $2bn in damages.
• 59 tornadoes in midwest and north-east April 8-11. Damages: $2.2bn.
• 46 tornadoes in central and southern states 4 and 5 April. Toll: $2.3bn in damages.
• Blizzard late January paralyse cities from Chicago to the north-east. Toll: 36 deaths and more than $2bn in damages.
Perhaps God is serious about Israel!