This morning I saw in the news that U.S. Secretary of State is finalizing his team for yet a new MidEast peace intervention.
France 24 International News reported, “In Amman on Friday — at the end of his sixth trip to the region — Kerry announced that Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed in principle to return to talks that have been frozen for three years.”
And so, America must once again brace for whatever God is going to do in response to yet another effort to divide His land.
In his book Eye To Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel (Copyright 2008, About Him Publishing), author William Koenig has documented an amazing number of facts that seem to confirm the “truth & consequences” nature of the Lord God’s relationship with Israel and the United States. Koenig details historical basis for Israel’s right to the land that is in contention, and strange parallels regarding land division agreements and disruptive patterns in nature.
For example, did you know that …
- In June 2001, during CIA Director Tenet’s negotiations, on behalf of President George W. Bush, with PM Sharon of Israel and PLO Chief Yasser Arafat, Tropical Storm Allison hit the southeast U.S. It was the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history up to that time.
- From August 25 to September 10, 2001, President Bush prepared the most comprehensive plan ever offered by a U.S. president for dividing Israel’s land. The plan was almost complete when, on September 11, 2001, Terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Nearly 3000 people died.
- On November 11, 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell reaffirmed President Bush’s two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians; Arafat asked the UN General Assembly for peace-keepers, evacuation of all Jewish settlers, and a Palestinian state with “Holy Jerusalem as its capital.” On November 12th, American Airlines jet, flight #587, crashed moments after take-off from Kennedy Airport in NYC — 255 people died.
- September 30, 2002: President Bush ignored the U.S. Congress and refused to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. On October 1, Hurricane Lili became the first hurricane ever to make landfall in the U.S. in the 21st century.
- September 16-18, 2003: U.S. threatened sanctions against Israel and refused to support the forced exile of Yasser Arafat; Jordan’s King Abdullah II arrived at Camp David for talks with Bush on the “Road Map.” From September 6-19, Hurricane Isabel (Cat. 5) hit N. Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. It came ashore as the President and the King were meeting at Camp David.
- October 28, 2003: Pred. Bush criticized Israel’s security fence and settlements, and he hosted the 3rd annual Ramadan dinner at the White House. From October 24 to November 5, 2003, unprecedented solar flares from the sun were recorded and the most expensive fire in California history (to that point in time) burned 740,000 acres and 3,600 homes. 22 dead.
- From August 1 to September 21, 2004, the Bush administration continued to pressure Israel to evacuate and dismantle settlements and remove security roadblocks. (And LGBT issues began coming to the forefront in American culture.) During that time, 4 major hurricanes — Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne — hit the southern and eastern United States. In just one season these hurricanes caused more destruction than any in the previous 100 years!
- On September 22 a major suicide bombing occurred in Jerusalem.
All that happened in just four years at the beginning of the 21st century!
I’ll be digging deeper into this as I have time. In the meantime, be assured that GOD IS IN CONTROL and offers eternal protection to those who will accept his gift of grace and salvation. Jesus died a horrible death to make that possible. And then he rose again to prove to all mankind that he cares deeply about the future of every man woman and child on the face of planet Earth!
“Grace and peace to you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:7)