It was August, 2005 and I had just arrived in Jerusalem to keep my one-year PRAYER WATCH over Israel. I remember stumbling into the big cement House of Prayer at the top of the Mount of Olives, lugging one suitcase and my portable electronic piano, wondering what awaited me in this adventure God had sent me on. Just before my arrival in Israel I had been on a mission trip in Kenya and on a Kenya TV program I had seen the news and pictures of the Jewish people being expelled from their homes in the Gaza. Now, with my feet on Israeli soil, I saw with my own tearful eyes great numbers of Jews walking the streets of Jerusalem with one small suitcase or back pack, searching for a place to stay. In those moments I knew that Almighty God had given to me a heavy burden of prayer for the Jewish people, and this up-close-and-personal tragedy caused my heart to break. I sensed that I was feeling Abba's heart for His beloved children and for Israel, His Land.
Because we had no TV in the House of Prayer, it was a long time before we heard about Hurricane Katrina, which had barreled into Louisiana on August 29, 2005; but the news did not surprise us. As intercessors from all over the globe, we understood immediately that there was a connection in the TIMING of that terrible hurricane. As author and Washington Correspondent Bill Koenig continues to watch and illustrate for us, America is judged according to how she is treating the Land and the people of Israel. His book Eye to Eye tracks the history of this powerful pattern.
And now - TODAY - August 29, 2021, SIXTEEN YEARS TO THE DAY AFTER KATRINA, Hurricane Ida is about to make landfall in the exact same place! Is this a coincidence? Is there a connection to Israel? Well, here is a brief explanation from The Times in Israel, dated August 28, 2021 (yesterday):
WASHINGTON — US President Joe Biden reaffirmed his plan to reopen the US consulate in Jerusalem [also known as the de facto mission for the Palestinians] and expressed his opposition to Israeli evictions of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood during a closed Oval Office meeting with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a senior White House aide in the room told American Jewish leaders in a subsequent phone call on Friday.
In researching the history of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, I found that since Israel seized East Jerusalem in the 1967 war, Israeli settler organizations have claimed ownership of the land in Sheikh Jarrah and have filed multiple successful lawsuits to evict Palestinians from the neighbourhood.Two settler groups filed lawsuits saying that Sephardic Jews owned the land in 1885, during Ottoman rule, which ended in 1917. I find it a bit amusing however that this evidence of Jewish ownership dates back to 1885; but GOD'S evidence of ownership dates back to His Covenant with Abraham! (See the Genesis scripture below).
Also from a Newsweek article dated May 16, 2021:
In a separate conversation with Abbas, Biden reiterated his "strong commitment" to negotiating a two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israelis.
I hope this is not lost on people! With all my heart I know that the Creator of the Universe is the One who controls the weather, and He speaks passionately when it affects His Covenant Land and His Inheritance! When the Jewish people are expelled from their own rightful land (as they were in 2005), or prohibited from inhabiting, settling and defending their own land, there is a great consequence; and the more our government leaders participate in a plan to DIVIDE THE LAND OF ISRAEL AND FORCE HER INTO INDEFENSIBLE BORDERS, the more our Righteous God and Judge is going to act! Pray earnestly for the people in the path of Hurricane Ida today, and pray for America's leaders to return to a solid position of support for Israel and the Jewish people. God made a Covenant regarding this Land - and God says it is everlasting!
Genesis 17:1-8 (CJB)
When Avram was 99 years old Adonai appeared to Avram and said to him, “I am El Shaddai [God Almighty]. Walk in my presence and be pure-hearted. 2 I will make my covenant between me and you, and I will increase your numbers greatly.” 3 Avram fell on his face, and God continued speaking with him: 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: you will be the father of many nations. 5 Your name will no longer be Avram [exalted father], but your name will be Avraham [father of many], because I have made you the father of many nations. 6 I will cause you to be very fruitful. I will make nations of you, kings will descend from you.
(vii) 7 “I am establishing my covenant between me and you, along with your descendants after you, generation after generation, as an everlasting covenant, to be God for you and for your descendants after you. 8 I will give you and your descendants after you the land in which you are now foreigners, all the land of Kena‘an, as a permanent possession; and I will be their God.”
My beloved friends in Messiah,
I feel led to share with you what I wrote in my journal last night - including the direct word from the Lord I received at about 3:10 this morning. Here is what I wrote:
I got into bed and the clock read 11:11 (p.m.). Since then I've tossed, turned, yawned, struggled, and finally turned on the light. The clock read 1:11 (a.m.) What does it mean? I think it means that the "midnight hour" of God's eternal plan is here. "At midnight the cry rings out, "The Bridegroom is here!" And that must become my TOTAL FOCUS.
Afghanistan falling apart, marines dying, the innocent suffering, terrorists reigning there and soon they will be attacking and "reigning" here in this country. Why? Because the devil has been given reign in the earth. America will NOT be "great again." Our cry must be, "Make God Great Again! The Holy One of Israel!" I must not be the only one hearing these exhortations from the Spirit. Todd from Sh'ma Israel Ministries just wrote, "We have been warned of the coming judgments and our job is to get out of the way, stay pure and undefiled, prepare, and keep oil in our lamps!" He added, "Patriotism can sometimes be in direct opposition to the Kingdom of Elohim and you need to determine where your true loyalties lie."
Those words struck a deep chord in me, and so after a night of mostly tossing and turning, and with my little night light now on, I took pen and paper in my hand and asked the Holy Spirit to please speak to me and give me understanding of these things. Here is what I heard in my spirit. I know these are my Father's words because He sought to correct me on some things and set my path straight!
'My child, you lack sleep because you worry too much. You are not counting on ME to provide for your needs. Don't you trust Me? I do not leave my children begging bread! You are resistant to go but if I tell you to go, you must be ready. And you must be willing to share that which you have stored up.
Let go of your patriotism. Your nation is poor, blind and naked. Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues. Her sins are piled up to heaven and God has remembered her crimes. (Rev. 18:4).
Now turn your eyes from these things in the News and stay close to Me in My Word. You WILL be separated from friends and family who remain in Babylon. Many have already made their decisions. Many are yet in the Valley of Decision. The message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the POWER OF GOD. (1 Cor 1:18). You will receive My power when it is time. For now, My Power is in My Word and My Word must be in you.
Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified (1 Cor. 1:22). There is wonder-working power in the Blood of the Lamb. Let this one simple, eternal Truth reign in you supremely."
This one "simple, eternal Truth." The Blood of the Lamb. God caused a second witness of this to be spoken to me at about 10:00 this morning as I was watching a teaching by Pastor Tony Scott. He said, "Revelation 12:11 reminds us of the key to our overcoming in these last, difficult days. They overcame him (Satan) by the BLOOD OF THE LAMB and the word of their testimony." THIS is how the battle will be won, friends. As the Lord said to me, "You worry too much. You are not counting on Me to provide for your needs." What will my needs be? Bread? He can rain manna down from the sky! Water? He can bring forth water from the Rock! What He has done before He will do again (see Ecclesiastes 3:15).
As a third witnesss of what our Lord is saying to us in this hour, I'm copying a paragraph out of a prophetic word issued today, August 27, 2021, by Glynda Lomax:
Keep Me in your hearts and minds and draw near to Me every hour. In this way, I will strengthen you and guide you through the maze you are now faced with. Do not fear lack for I alone am your protection and your provision. In this way, you get to know Me better. Learn from those who have walked these paths before you and strive to stay in My peace when the enemy tries to terrify you.
God has made us to be subjects of HIS Kingdom. The time has come for His sheep to hear His Voice and come out of the nations, preparing our hearts to enter the realm of the Kingdom of God! Pastor Scott said, "The people who are directed by God are the ones who listen to His direction! Eternal living is as important as eternal life." In other words, seek FIRST the Kingdom of God, and THEN all these things shall be added unto you! Stay pure, stay undefiled, prepare, and keep oil in your lamps! Turn your eyes from the things on the News. Then...
Turn your eyes on Yeshua, look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace
Kelly Ferrari Mills