Is Hurricane Harvey in the Bible?

Amir’s commentary on the Hurricane Harvey in light of Bible prophecy. 

NEWS

Hurricane Harveythe most powerful and devastating hurricane to hit the United States in over a decade, has been nothing short of a catastrophe. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced, homes and lives uprooted and 38 casualties from the storm.

While there is no doubt that Hurricane Harvey is a horrible natural disaster, we must remember that it’s part of a global phenomena of natural disasters and sadly many aren’t getting any media coverage at all. Floods in many parts of Asia, famines in large parts of Africa and Yemen and record number of earthquakes worldwide are hardly getting any attention anymore.

This morning, at least 7 were killed when a building collapsed in Mumbai due to heavy flooding. The coastal city of over 20 million has been the most recent affected by storms during the height of the monsoon season. The floods have killed over 1,200 in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, displacing thousands.

Such intensity of natural disasters is exactly what Romans 8:22-24 is talking about. These are clearly the birth pangs before the soon redemption of our body (the Rapture).

“…22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?…”

In my opinion, associating Harvey with the “peace process” in Israel (which is no longer a “big deal” to anyone in the region anymore) is stretching it to unwanted places.

The association of every devastating natural disaster in America to Israel not only isn’t accurate, but can indirectly promote a very wrong picture of God and His Word. As if Israel is more important to Him than the unborn etc. Think of the lay Christian who can’t bear anymore, the unrighteousness all around him, yet is being told that God acts in judgment only when the future of the land of Israel is at stake?

Being familiar with the negotiating process in the Middle East, Trump’s Administration is the friendliest we have ever had since Nixon. The two-state solution is an old idea offered by the UN in the 1940’s. Since 1967, Israel itself has been offering the Palestinians land for peace. Way before we had even one single settlement in Judea, Samaria, Gaza or the Golan Heights, the Arabs refused to any solution that would allow a vibrant Jewish state to remain standing.

As an insider, I can tell you that Prime Minister Netanyahu is getting what he wants from the current American team. The ideas being presented to the Palestinians today by Kushner are ideas that were promoted by Netanyahu himself. No one in Israel- or in the whole region- seriously believes that the Palestinians will ever accept those ideas anyway. As long as we don’t agree on Jerusalem, borders or refugees, nothing will ever move forward.

Last December, the UN Security Council adopted a landmark resolution demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement in “the occupied territories” after Barack Obama’s Administration refused to veto the resolution. The vote didn’t exclude Jerusalem’s Old City as part of the “occupied territories” thus suggesting that the Western Wall, the Jewish Quarter and the Temple Mount aren’t Israel’s legal territory. The vote that was no doubt Obama’s last revenge on Israel was far more “punishment worthy” than anything Trump has ever done.

So why does Hurricane Harvey happen now and not then?

If anything, I believe that America as a nation may one day be judged by God, but surely not for Jared Kushner’s visit to Israel. It’s about much more important things that America has been doing against God and His Word such as the heavy promotion of killing the unborn, sexual immorality, redefining marriage and family, divorce, idolatry, worship of mammon, allowing Satan worship, mocking Jesus while protecting Allah, etc.

Isaiah 5:20

“…Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!..”

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Q&A with Amir, August 26, 2017

Amir answers your questions on his updates and teachings in this Q&A. To join the Behold Israel Facebook group where you can submit your questions on Amir’s updates and teachings, visit here or search “Behold Israel Bible Studies and Current Events Updates”.

 

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Gog and Magog is a term used often to describe an end times war. The Bible indicates that there will be two different wars with the same name. Only one of those wars you want to see and live through! Which one? When? Where?

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Archeologists discover 1,500 year-old mosaic floor in Jerusalem

Inscription mentions builder of church and Emperor Flavius Justinian; Archeologists: It shows us how important Jerusalem was to the entire Christian world at the time.

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Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

 

 

Israel archeologists made yet another significant finding in Jerusalem, the discovery of a 1,500 year-old mosaic floor commemorating the erection of a church in Jerusalem.

The discovery was made near the Damascus Gate in Old City Jerusalem, the mosaic floor found a meter underground. The inscription mentions the well-known priest “Constantine” who erected a church, as well as Emperor Flavius Justinian and reads “The most pious Roman emperor Flavius Justinian and the most God-loving priest and abbot, Constantine, erected the building in which (this mosaic) sat during the 14th indiction.”

Justinian established the Nea Church in Jerusalem in 543 AD. The archeologists believe the inscription in the mosaic dates from around 550 AD.

Archeologists believe given the location that it was a floor of a hostel used to house pilgrims to Jerusalem.

Director of the archeological team from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, David Gellman, described the astonishment of the finding in such good condition, stating, “Its level of preservation is truly amazing considering that there was a lot of ground work and infrastructure nearby. The uniqueness of this description is it mentioned Justinian the Emperor of the Byzantine Era, almost 1,500 years ago, the most powerful man of his era- it shows us that he took personal interest in pilgrimage in Jerusalem. It shows us how important Jerusalem was to the entire Christian world at the time.”

He described that the discovery also allowed archeologists to understand that the “head of the most important church inside Jerusalem had jurisdiction over building hotels and hostels outside the walls also, for the use of pilgrims.”