I know I am going to get a lot of flack for this, but it is burning in my heart.
Was what happened to New Orleans God’s wrath. Since the disaster I have been asking God as to whether it was or not. Consider this. It is a general acknowledgement that New Orleans, the epicentre of the disaster, was a "sin city" which harboured few rivals. The New Orleans "southern decadence" festival which was to take place Labour Day weekend, is described by a French Quarter tourism site as "sort of like a gayer version of Mardi Gras" which is "most famous (or infamous) for homosexual displays of naked flesh which characterize the event," with "public displays of sexuality . . . pretty much everywhere you look."
The city is also renowned for occult practices, particularly voodoo. Voodoo is also common in violence and crime saturated Haiti.
The American Spectator reports that "New Orleans has one of the highest murder rates in the country. By mid-August of this year, 192 murders had been committed in New Orleans, ‘nearly 10 times the national average,’ …New Orleans was ripe for collapse. Its dangerous geography, combined with a dangerous culture, made it susceptible to an unfolding catastrophe. Currents of chaos and lawlessness were running through the city long before last week, and they were bound to come to the surface under the pressure of natural disaster and explode in a scene of looting and mayhem".
The Sept. 4 New York Daily News reported "Louisiana and New Orleans have a long, well-known reputation for corruption… Adjusted for population size, the state ranks third in the number of elected officials convicted of crimes (Mississippi is No. 1). Recent scandals include the conviction of 14 state judges and an FBI raid on the business and personal files of a Louisiana congressman." One former governor from the 1990’s recently completed a prison term for tax fraud and the one that followed him, reports the Daily New, "is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for taking bribes from casino owners".
The Daily News goes on to note that in the 1990s the New Orleans Police Department "had the dubious distinction of being the nation’s most corrupt police force and the least effective: the city had the highest murder rate in America. More than 50 officers were eventually convicted of crimes including murder, rape and robbery; two are currently on Death Row."
The Lord gave me the following verses out of Amos;
When the war trumpet blares, shouldn’t the people be alarmed? When disaster comes to a city, isn’t it because the LORD planned it?
"But always, first of all, I warn you through my servants the prophets. I, the Sovereign LORD, have now done this."
The lion has roared–tremble in fear! The Sovereign LORD has spoken–I dare not refuse to proclaim his message! Amos 3:6-8 (NLT)
Was it spoken by prophets? I came across the following prophecy given by Chuck Pierce of Christian International.
August 29, 2004
After Chuck discussed traveling from Wisconsin directly to Louisiana, he prophesied:
"From the North to the South I am ready to awaken two winds that will awake the nation. There are resisting forces in both states that will cause our nation to not move forward. Go up and down and decree the wind of God will awaken in both places. The states will shift in a new way or the nation will not shift and will go backwards."
Later when addressing the Saul structure in Baton Rouge, Chuck prophesied:
"How the Saul structure collapses will bring Baton Rouge again to national attention. That alignment within it will collapse. A new demonstration with a new blueprint will be seen. This will be known as a meeting house. This will be known as a place where the Ark of the Covenant has dwelt. This will be known as a refuge place. The WIND and WATER will rise in the midst of New Orleans. Many from the south will come north for refuge. Prepare. Prepare now for winds and water that will surprise you. I will renew the pattern not fully seen before. Worship will be here, and birthed in a new way from here. Prepare! Prepare! Prepare! Shift! Saul will be no more. David will arise from this day forward. The wind from the south will begin to blow. Watch for the effects. This will purify the land and bring great change."
Then in Alexandria that night Chuck shared from Song of Solomon 4:16 (Awake the north wind; come, o south wind. Blow upon the garden of this nation). He led the people to pray for the south wind to come. This south wind would be a purifying wind, cause corruption to be blown on and cause corruption to shake and initiate a righteous move starting with the children, then moving to the youth. We were to watch the government and the Catholic Church shake, and watch New Orleans change.
Then Chuck prophesied, "I will put a mantle on African Americans in this land. That which was brought in through parts of this state and held people captive will let go. I will send the wind up the Mississippi River and this wind will shake Missouri. You will see the land shake in Missouri because of the wind from Louisiana. Get ready. Don’t brace yourself. Throw yourself up. Get ready for the new is coming. Every place I blow on will shake. The wind is coming on Louisiana and it will shake the entire state. I will fill churches. The south purifying wind of My holiness will sweep across Louisiana. People will be on their faces in malls and shopping centres. Boldness will come upon My people in Louisiana. There is a worship call. Get ready – the wind is about to blow. The river is changing courses. You will be one of the first that changes."
This prophecy was not the only one as another was shared with our Prayer meeting last Friday night.
God has and does judge unrighteous cities and nations and it is clear that New Orleans cup was full. The interesting thing that the press is not telling you is that even before the government responded to the crisis, the Church was the first to act. In this hour believers are shining and the gospel is going forth.
Our Pastor Paul’s sister who lives in Louisiana is an example. The day after the storm her husband who is a pilot volunteered to fly an aircraft into the area to get people out. She volunteered as a nurse and is currently taking care of 850 people. They have also opened their home to those who need a place to stay.
Local churches across the U.S. quietly are emerging as heroes of hurricane relief as the needs of an estimated 3 million people left hungry, homeless and jobless by Hurricane Katrina strain government resources as never before.
Though the many already hard at work seem to have needed no prodding, evangelist Franklin Graham, who heads the evangelical relief agency Samaritan’s Purse, is calling on church leaders to adopt 10 refugee families and offer not only shelter but complete assistance, including job opportunities and help in relocation.
There is good news. Whenever God shows His wrath afterwards comes His mercy. Job 5:18 says; For He wounds, but He also binds up; He injures, but His hands also heal. There is a purification that is taking place in the south. Watch and see what will be coming out of this.
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