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God’s Judgement?


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.

What are you doing to help?

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Comments on: "God’s Judgement?" (70)

  1. My mom loves god, i dont really have an opinion on the subject but i will give your site an A for dedication. Keep up the good work, have a nice day. jessy

  2. the message that i got from that, is that the Gulf Coast deserved what it got.if that\’s the case then that\’s one of the most ignorant things i\’ve heard in awhile. i would hope that somehow, you havn\’t seen images of these people, or heard of the things happening down there, because i can\’t understand how anyone could think that those people deserved that.side note: i am under the impression that the south is very religious. was this disaster supposed to make everyone even more religious, or something like that? how can you worship a God that would (supposedly) purposly do something like that to people?

  3. pattie_c I have seen the pictures and guess who the first ones reaching out were? Believers in Christ. My own city deserves judgement. The mysteries of God are hard to understand. God is good and even though He brings judgement He brings with it mercy. A lot of those people are going to be a lot better off than they ever were in New Orleans. A lot of those people wlived in fear for their lives everyday because of the evil that was in that city. Now they will have a chance to start over in places where they won\’t have to face the things tat were going on there.Are you prepared Patty? Judgement is coming to the entire world. Katrina and last years Tsunami are nothing compared to what is coming. But God has promised to keep His children from that time that is coming.

  4. Due to the little space on my friend\’s blog that leads me to recently updated blogs I stumbled upon this blog. And I have one question for you that I ask myself everyday. How can you be sure god exists. Or is it all just a leap of blind faith?

  5. Skittle-Of-Annihilation Blind faith is more what it is like not to believe. That requires a lot of faith. You can\’t see the wind but you know it exists don\’t you? Why? Because you can see it\’s effects. That\’s how we know there is a God. We can see the things He does and the miracles that come from His hand. The way He speaks to us and whipers our names. To believe in God is an easy exercise once you know where to look.

  6. Gerry, I agree that this is judgement upon the wicked, but this judgement is not completely the fault of the people of those places — the fault is squarely on the shoulders of the church. God will judge the church before He judges the world. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (1 Pet 4:17) Why have these placed become so evil as you\’ve described? The reason is because the church has not stood up and taken her place of offense and honor and war against the gates of Hell and kept Herself as a clean and spotless bride. The reason the enemy has been able to run so far in these places is because the righteous have prostituted themselves to the enemy, and have tried to drink from both cups, serving man instead of serving God. It\’s time for the church to rise in His Truth and His Power, and wake up out of our slumber and spiritual drunkeness and push the enemy back.Jeremiah 23:14-20 (NASB)14 “Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing: The committing of adultery and walking in falsehood; And they strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one has turned back from his wickedness. All of them have become to Me like Sodom,And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.15 “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets, ‘Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood And make them drink poisonous water, For from the prophets of Jerusalem Pollution has gone forth into all the land.’ ”16 Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the Lord.17 “They keep saying to those who despise Me, ‘The Lord has said, “You will have peace” ’; And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart,They say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’18 “But who has stood in the council of the Lord, That he should see and hear His word? Who has given heed to His word and listened?19 “Behold, the storm of the Lord has gone forth in wrath, Even a whirling tempest; It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.20 “The anger of the Lord will not turn back Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart; In the last days you will clearly understand it.* Note: this was not in regards the prophecy from Chuck. That word really witnessed to me.Thank you brother for taking a righteous stand on this issue.Jason

  7. JasonI agree with you and judgement has started in the house of God. This is a wake-up call for the church as well. Both prophecies this one by Chuck Pierce and the other that we heard Friday night speak of purification. But these are also warnings to the unrighteous that their time is short. I really believe that we are going to see a harvest of souls from this that the church down south has not experianced in years. The true challange will be is the church up to it?

  8. Amen brother. May we be transformed into what His will is for this day and hour.Jason

  9. No…I refuse to believe that my God is the type of God that smites people. It\’s very easy for you to say they deserved what they got, but I personally do not believe that they deserved to have every single thing they owned destroyed and under stangnat poisonous water, having to live with corpses, in terror from the police and the looters, waiting in sweltering heat for someone to come and rescue them. So the Japanese people in Hiroshima deserved the atomic bomb? So the Jews deserved the ghettos and concentration camps? So people in third world countries deserve starvation? No. My God is a God of love. Crap happens everywhere. People die every day, young and old, in pain, suddenly, through disease, whatever. Natural disastrs happen everywhere, and have been going on for a million years. It\’s all God\’s will, but I do not believe that God is one who smites.

  10. Umm…. Sodom and Gomorra? Hello?

  11. Question: I thought God poured His wrath out on Jesus for the sins of mankind? And that He no longer will punish the world until Judgement Day – and that when evil happens, it occurs because we have invited evil into our lives by sinning and rejecting God? And so why is this Gods will if such is the case? Why would Jesus have died if God was not satisfied wtih the sacrifice?

  12. gabbers_squirrel Hiroshima and what happened to the Jews were done by the hand of man and not God. The bible is full of cities and entire nations that were destroyed because of unrighteousness. All those cities and nations were warned before hand of God\’s coming judgement. One city that listened to God\’s warnings was Nineveh. Jonah told them that unless they repented their entire city would be destroyed. They did and God relented. But others did not such as Sodom and Gomorrah, Tyre, Babylon and Jerusalem. It was Jesus prediction that Jerusalem would be destroyed because it rejected Him. He said in Luke 19:43-44; The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God\’s coming to you." Yes God is a God of love but He also is a God of justice and does use tough measures when called for. Don’t think so. Look at Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11; 1Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2With his wife\’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles\’ feet. 3Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4Didn\’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn\’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God." 5When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him. 7About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8Peter asked her, "Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?" "Yes," she said, "that is the price." 9Peter said to her, "How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also." 10At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.God wouldn’t do that you say, but He did it’s in His word. God is God and He can do whatever He chooses. But whenever He shows His wrath He always shows mercy and good always comes out of it.

  13. ♥-ρѓįŋçêśş-♥The wrath of God was poured out on Jesus because of our sins. He took our penalty. For those of us that have been saved and found Christ as Lord, we have escaped the wrath to come. Jesus paid the price for those who would become His children. But that doesn\’t mean that God doesn\’t punish us when we sin. If you have ever experienced His chastisement you know what I mean. Jesus Himself declared that judgement would come to Jerusalem because it had rejected Him. That prophecy was fulfilled in 70 AD after He died on the cross. What happened in New Orleans is that they did reject God and the righteous didn’t take their place.Romans 1:18-20 says; The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God\’s invisible qualities his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.Does God love the people of New Orleans? Absolutely! But he couldn’t let the unrighteousness in that city flourish any longer. What I put in my blog is just a mild version of what went on there. We are in the last days and you are going to see more and more of these things. It’s time to speak up and let people know that there is a hope. There is an escape from the great wrath to come. His name is Jesus. Pray for your nation and your city. Pray that they find the truth before it\’s too late.

  14. Hey, I\’m glad you posted this blog. it was an insight i hadn\’t had yet, and i thought that it was good that we could see the other side. od is amazing and his power is amazing. it\’s just cool to think that god gave even something as destructive as a huricane purpuse, and potential for good. i was just wondering if you would mind if i used your blog, crediting it to you, in my school. I think it would be neat to show that around to some people, and it could really inspire hope for people who can\’t understand why god would let something so terrible happen. if you have any time,you can just hit my inbox. i won\’t use it unless i have permission. thanks.

  15. judge not

  16. I must say, this was something that I struggled with since I heard about the devistation in New Orleans. But I had no doubt that it was in response to God\’s wrath that this had taken place. One of my teachers in high school always claimed that he would not see the end times but my generation would, and with what is going on in the world right now, it seems like that is the case.Thank you for putting into words what I could not, and expressing the truth without sugar coating it.Blessings,Bethany.

  17. Hello again Paster Gerry,,,,just popped by to catch up on your writings Hope all is well and life is treating you good.I must agree with your writings from yesterday. God is not an evil God,,, but He did clean house in the Garden of Eden,,, Noah\’s Day,,,Mose\’s Day,,,etc….Its time We all wake up and realize what we are doing and allowing!! Still loving your space,,,,love Shnev

  18. just curious… i may just be behind the times here, how can i get that lil media player on my own space?

  19. Michelle E. J. Knowles said:

    As for my thoughts, I honestly don\’t know if this was a judgement on New Orleans. It very well could\’ve been! However, then, what about cities like Las Vegas & Hollywood & many, many others where sin is openly obvious? Why haven\’t they been judged yet? Mind you, God\’s timing is everything & only He knows why & when, etc..Yes, maybe New Orleans was judged, but then us Christians must turn around & show compassion to all who\’re in need of it, no matter what their lifestyle, etc. It is up to us to show the love of God to all. Oh, I know, some people will ask if Christians have the monopoly on love. Well, not love as everyone knows it, & there are a lot of compassionate non-Christians out there. However, we are in tune with the Source of true Love, & it\’s up to us to show it here on earth. I know I don\’t show enough love to people! So I\’m writing this to myself as much as to anyone else.

  20. Hi Gerry, Thanks for the warning about JesusRocksMeAllNightLong. This guy really needs to get a life or a hobby. (Yes that was an insult, boo hoo hoo). Also thanks for your kind encouragement. Especially from you it means a lot. Blessed be the name of the Lord!Jason

  21. polarbearphoto,There is a lot more to judgement than what you think. Read the scriptures:1 Corinthians 2:6-16 [New King James Version]6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written: “ Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

  22. Yes i sense that God is waking many people for His coming soon by pour some from His wrath to revive people\’s ; to separate themselves from sinning , to be ready before Jesus comes. God cares too much for His people to go on sleeping…. bring some wrath to bring them to the realization ( wake up) and to repent that is preparin for His coming soon. Oh, we need to stay awake and watch…..be ready. Come to Jesus!

  23. what i read in the Bible is that judgemnt is on sin, and on the devil. and sadly on people who wont let go of it. they sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind. and that can affect people who didnt directly sow themselves. just like sowing to the Spirit brings a harvest of grace and favor and deliverence to those nearby can be. deserving isnt a real factor in the age of grace. or we\’d all be dead. judgement was passed when Jesus went to the cross, and will be executed in full at the end of the age when the books are opened. dont rely on your natural understanding to determine who is worthy of what. sowing and reaping brings on more than we realize.s.lizard

  24. Everytime you feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit, you are experiencing the judgement of Heaven downloaded directly into your spirit, it\’s minute, but we recognize the judgement on our sin, if we delay, the judgement gets much worse. When we die we will stand before the judgement throne. When a Man of God preaches a message by the power of the Holy Spirit, he is speaking the standard and judgements of God. Everytime you repent, you are responding to the judgement of God. Everytime you don\’t repent, you are also responding to the judgement of God. The very sowing and reaping principle you speak of can also be viewed as action vs consequence. Vindication, Justice, Destruction, JUDGEMENT are all fearsome attributes of our God. Our God even HATES sin, (some more than others). Much like Hurricane Katrina, we cannot understimate the power and sovereignty of our Lord. While salvation, mercy, forgiveness and love our all part of God\’s plan, we can\’t skip the fine print of His terrifying Might and Power. We truly must stand in full awe of our God.Jason

  25. Get over it, honestly if your child was gay what would you do?I bet even if they were gay, they wouldn\’t tell you because "god" doesn\’t accept it?whatever, I\’m not wasting my time with you and your beliefs.

  26. I would think that knowing God is a God who can smite and bring down wrath upon people would hurt my relationship with God, because I would be in fear. You can certainly respect someone you fear, but you cannot love them. I would be in fear because I, like every single other human being, am a sinner, and deserve wrath as much as those in New Orleans. I don\’t think ithey deserved it, the hurricane, the same way the people in Thailand and Sri Lanka didn\’t deserve a tzunami. Hey, my 52 year old uncle was a really great guy, he was active in his community, his wife sang for the church choir, and he unexpectedly died working on a house, talking to his wife and neighbour. He certainly didn\’t deserve it, neither did his wife, and close to 4000 people attended the funeral and visitation. I should know, i shook hands with all of them! That isn\’t wrath. I can\’t explain what happened, the same as I can\’t explain what happened in New Orleans. But with one shred of proof: In your September 1 blog, the nature of evil, that article you put on, said that you cannot always trace suffering back to sin. *shrugs* liThe things that happen to us in life are crappy enough: we don\’t need divine punishment, we bring our wrath on ourselves, and its not by natural disasters. I personally think God wanted to bring out the best…and worst out of us. and He certainly did.

  27. "I would think that knowing God is a God who can smite and bring down wrath upon people would hurt my relationship with God, because I would be in fear"And that my dear is the biggest problem with the church today. We must see Him as He is, not how we want to see Him. When we make God fit our parameters of acceptance, we are not worshipping Him, we are worshipping ourselves and calling it God. Either you want to see it, or you don\’t. Your choice.Proverbs 9:10 [Amplified]The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding."You can certainly respect someone you fear, but you cannot love them."My Dad used to scare the snot out of me, but it never changed my love for Him. God is like the ocean. You can enjoy it and love it and have fun in it. But if you do not understand or respect the ocean, it can quickly take your life. Is this to say the ocean is evil? No, this is to say it must be handled with respect, care and caution because it is a powerful force of nature.Listen to who God really is when He\’s been taken for granted for too long, keeping in mind He is speaking to His very own church:Jeremiah 14: 10-16 [Amplified]10[And the Lord replied to Jeremiah] Thus says the Lord to this people [Judah]: In the manner and to the degree already pointed out have they loved to wander; they have not restrained their feet. Therefore the Lord does not accept them; He will now [seriously] remember their iniquity and punish them for their sins. 11The Lord said to me, Do not pray for this people for their good. 12Though they fast, I will not hear their cry; and though they offer burnt offering and cereal offering [without heartfelt surrender to Me, or by offering it too late], I will not accept them. But I will consume them by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence. 13Then said I, Alas, Lord God! Behold, the [false] prophets say to them, You will not see the sword, nor will you have famine; but I [the Lord] will give you assured peace (peace that lasts, the peace of truth) in this place. 14Then the Lord said to me, The [false] prophets prophesy lies in My name. I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, nor have I spoken to them. They prophesy to you a false or pretended vision, a worthless divination [conjuring or practicing magic, trying to call forth the responses supposed to be given by idols], and the deceit of their own minds. 15Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the [false] prophets who prophesy in My name–although I did not send them–and who say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land: By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. 16And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword; and they shall have none to bury them–them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their wickedness upon them [and not on their false teachers only, for the people could not have been deceived except by their own consent].He is a mighty GodJason

  28. gabber_squirrel,If God didn\’t divinely punish us we would be spoiled little brats. Most of us are as it is. It is through His Divine Punishment that we can learn from our mistakes and do the right things. It is the same with any parent, if there isn\’t any punishment of any kind then the child will never learn what is not acceptable in adult life and they will fail as an adult. So God needs to have and show punishment on small scale as well as large scale. Katrina is large scale, so was the flood in Noahs time, only this time God didn\’t take out the whole earth just a small amount of it\’s population and maybe we will wake up and learn from our mistakes.Blessings,Bethany.

  29. Amen and Amen Gerry, God Bless you with truth, Hugs and Prayers, Verna

  30. Hey there gabbers_squirrel. I think you\’re missing the point about Christianity. It\’s not about who deserves what. We all deserve to die for our sins. It\’s not by what we do that we are saved but by the grace of God. A sin is a sin in God\’s eyes. We are all sinners. Just because the world sees one sin (such as murder) to be worse than another (such as a white lie) doesn\’t mean that this is the way God views sin. When we are saved through Jesus, God sees through our sin because our sins are covered by the blood that Jesus shed. So you can\’t say that nobody deserved to die, because we all deserve to die. I\’m not saying that I like what happened. I feel sad and sigusted by what happened. But who am I to question God? He created this world. It is His to destroy.

  31. Greensboro NC Christian said:

    Thanks for visiting my space. We can speculate all day as to God\’s sovereign purposes in this most terrible of events that has befallen the southern US, but that\’s all we\’re doing. But we do KNOW that we live in a fallen broken world where there still yet exists a curse on the ground and where creation still groans, and until "Thy Kingdom Come" these things will happen, in New Orleans, Montreal, or wherever. Read Psalm 90. Jesus death on the cross did not put an end to all human siffering as has been suggested in some posts, and even Jesus\’ own people will suffer both specifically due to being his followers and generally as a result on living in a world not yet fully redeemed. But the bottom line is (please forbear me) is that we cannot know the reasons hidden in the counsel of God\’s own mind, except that as regards his children, that he works all thingsfor good for those that love him and are called according to his purpose. Peace.

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  33. hey man, thanks for the heads up.good post.God Blesslove peace and chicken grease~Randy

  34. Sorry Gerry, I don\’t agree with you this time, I just can\’t believe God would do something like that to soooo many innocent people and children, this was nature, and the crappy levies they should have fixed a long time ago…and don\’t get me started on Pres. Bush and Iraq…..but my Loving God would\’nt do this after he sent His Son……don\’t buy it…

  35. The-Country-Cowboy said:

    Gerry, I think you have given everyone something to think about.

  36. Rob\’s Friend Paz… Free will does not work in the way you seem to think it does:"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9Oh yes, we make our own decisions but they are already accounted for before we make our choice. Our actions, whether rebellious or obedient, are already known and fit into a much bigger scheme. God turns all things to his glory. He longs to show his compassion to all.

  37. That was amazing to read. The word is all around us. We just have to listen. A great blog.

  38. I was not trying to insult you. I am sorry it came about like that.I am a little upset that Christians are going around saying that the God who saved me, a sinner, has decided to slaughter thousands of others, as if we are somehow special. It bothers me. If it is true, I will leave that to the only one who can understand the implications of such an action…Yeshua.By the way a prophet is never 100% correct, only God is. It is when we approach the word of God as though we are 100% correct that things get messy…You may delete this if you so wish.If I have offended you, forgive me. Know that I speak in defense of Love, and that is all. If I am wrong, I have never claimed to have it completely right.Peace be with you,Dan

  39. Every City is a Sin City.To truly expreience Gods Wishes for us is not found in the physical world! God is in everyone "Heart of Jesus". It\’s in you too.Not to be blunt but "The world Will end" Eventually. Take the log out of your eye. And Love your neibour as your self. Pain is pain Only God can change the world. If you think you are doing God\’s work, than so am I. My goal is to find peace. All thikng in this world will turn to dust. Don\’t fear it. Embrace it because Jesus will return through to us from within not in the external world. Your first comment suggesting that you would get flack for saying: "I know I am going to get a lot of flack for this, but it is burning in my heart." The reason is that you desired to share. "Desire" I desired to write the above.Looking deeper into your soul – You are trying to help the world. Help yourself first and truly love you neibough.My new rule is Love Everyone and Tell the truth.If you truly focus in silence on God you will help yourslef and help others. Inside our mind is the only way to connect to his lost sheep. He will gather us all in. Sinners and Non-sinners.The final judgement is now so rethink your life and focus on God.Peace and everlasting Love.Your friend Darren

  40. Not to sound angry, but I\’d like to as ka few questions about this…..If you consider Hurricane Katrina as an act of God\’s judgement, seeing as it is a natural disaster, then would the tsunami in Thailand be an act of God\’s wrath as well? Would not every natural disaster be God\’s wrath? So maybe New Orleans has been prone to crime and other sinful acts, but doesn\’t every major city have their share of hate crimes, pornography, prosititution, murder, etc. I just find it hard, and (almost) inconsiderate to blame the city of New Orleans when they are in this time of trouble and mourning.I don\’t know, but the city of Vancouver is full of it and we have not suffered "God\’s wrath" to the extent of Him sending us a natural disaster besides our own hateful natural responses. Maybe it\’s coming. Maybe God is trying to rid the world of sin by sending these disasters. I don\’t know, and we\’ll never know.

  41. I think that it is Gods way of outwardly teling us that we are all vulnerable. The good and the bad.. Now isn;t that the central problem here. We have knowledge of Good and evil. So shouldn\’t we be trying to forget about Good and Evil?That little spat between God and Adam is mostly irrelavant now. Unless time does not exists in the larger plan. We are stuck in this place where everything will eventually fall apart.I don\’t know where this is going but I wanted to throw it out there for comments.Anyway..Have a great weekend.Darren

  42. Hy Gerry, can i take your blog story into my blog? it d help my other people to read and also few comments … let me know if its ok.. i will say its your name. ok smile God bless you

  43. I think your absolutly right about New Orleans,this was a city filled with unimaginable filth and sin.As for people who say a loving God would not do this to them because there were innocent people there,does the Bible not say that "it rains on the just and the unjust".And yes I believe too that the tsunami was a judgment to Thailand too,all the wicked religions there like Islam and Buddists.If you ask me they got what they had coming to them.God will only be patient for so long.

  44. "I think that it is Gods way of outwardly teling us that we are all vulnerable."That my friend — is a righteous observation.As for the others questioning if this is the judgement of God or not, the truth is, nothing in this world can happen unless God allows it. (Yes even in the case of Job). When calamity happens, it\’s usually one of two things: a test or a judgement. Through this one singular event, God may have tested many, and may have judged many. He\’s even testing us right now in our speculations of the event. Whatever the reason this happened, Hurricane Katrina was given permission to go out only by God.I encourage those of you who are believers to bring this case before God and hear from Him. A single word from our God confirms much more than millions from man.Jason

  45. I can imaging that alot of people had the ability to relocate. (NOT)How did thery end up in New Orleans? How did any of us endup where we are? Does it really matter in the big picture. Do we sit back and watch the suffering not only in New Orleans but look at the suffering on your downtown streets? It\’s everywhere. The person next to me is suffering. All I can do is support them as best as I can and know in my heart that they are doing what God wants them to do for this world. If it is to open your eyes to the potential of Heavan on Earth than great. But, to judge a complete city based on the actions of a few party goers who are lost and stuck in the anti-materializm of North America then technically we should all be wiped out. We are here to see and feel and learn from our mistakes.. We are all perfect we just make mistakes sometimes.Form one point of view the big 10 is a tool for judging. We have no right to judge.. That is Gods domain. Love the people in your life and they will love others.SincerlyDarren

  46. It\’s no more rightous than a blanket judgemet on the part of some scripture. Reinforcing your thoughts, as it is ok to drown a witch. We are the same folks that did that. We are a miserable people. Judging all the time.As for Job, God can be nasty. Because we are his play things in the best means of me communicatig them.Can\’t you see our are your eyes covered by an idea?God brings stuff into our life because he wants us to learn to love not to judge.My heart went out to the people in New Orleans. I cryed for them because I was sad. I cryed because God wanted me to . I had no control over it. I would cry for you if you were floating in your attic?What can I say. It is the ignoring of suffering and justifying it with a little mind game.CheersDarren

  47. SkiesofsilverBut the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. Deuteronomy 18:20-22A prophet of God is 100% accurate 100% of the time. This biblical way of judging a true prophet of God has not changed.

  48. While I am on a roll with this.Does the death of an individual in a hospital surrounded by friends and family have greater signifigance biblically that 10,000 who happende to be in the path of a storm or a tsunami?God would treat every individual the same, would he not? Or to go bomb 10,000 poeple in the name of God. Evil can be overcome. The evil is our ego. All of us are spirits. We are the eyes and ears of God. It\’s an interesting way of lookig at it. When you know the truth intimatly you will understand.The hardest part is starting and opening up to the truth of your existance.Darren

  49. Darren00007, It\’s true that it\’s easy to ignore the tragedy and persist in glorifying our own ideas. But the truth is, no matter what happens in this world, we cannot take our eyes off of Him and conversely take our eyes off of ourselves. If we do not strive to know the mind of Christ, then we will be no different that the Pharisee and Saduccees of times past, who as the scriptures were unfolding before their very eyes, were so caught up in themselves and their own ideas, they crucified Christ. The true believer seeks to know the thoughts, intents and purposes of God. The true believer acknowledges the fulfillment of scripture.Consider when they came to arrest Jesus after Judas\’s betrayal. Luke 22:49-51 [Amplified] 49And when those who were around Him saw what was about to happen, they said, Lord, shall we strike with the sword? 50And one of them struck the bond servant of the high priest and cut off his ear, the right one. 51But Jesus said, Permit them to go so far [as to seize Me]. And He touched the little (insignificant) ear and healed him.The one who struck the bond servant was acting out of love for Jesus. It truly was justice to protect the innocent. But Jesus was focused on being obedient to God to the resurrection. The one who cut the priest\’s servant\’s ear did not understand the fulfillment of the scriptures and acted in misguided love.We must love. We must help the people in this tragedy. But we must have our eyes totally focused on Him to understand what He is and is about to do.Again… Peter acting in misguided love:Matthew 16:21-23 [Amplified] 21From that time forth Jesus began [clearly] to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders and the high priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised from death. 22Then Peter took Him aside to speak to Him privately and began to reprove and charge Him sharply, saying, God forbid, Lord! This must never happen to You! 23But Jesus turned away from Peter and said to him, Get behind Me, Satan! You are in My way [an offense and a hindrance and a snare to Me]; for you are minding what partakes not of the nature and quality of God, but of men.We must focus on His purposes otherwise we\’re just operating in our flesh. Jason

  50. I love your zest for this stuff.Agred… It was Jesus\’s Plan to Suffer on the cross.And we all will have to suffer, eventually. In spirit – I am continously with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. I love it. The longer I am able to stay in that state. It is concidental that I understand these things. I am not perfect for this world but I am perfect for God. Because God is perfect for me. Since God Sacrificed his some for me and you. There is only one conclusion There is life after death. And to me whaterver Jesus Said staus with me. Most of the other\’s just don\’t resonate witin me they are pre Jesus and have no weight only insanity. Well not all of them. Some have value but what Jesus said superseeds all other words. Because Those are the words of God.Have to GoHave a great weekend.. Drop me a blog.Darren

  51. Okay. I have an intelligent question here. No more bashing and being stupid, I promise. Here is the question I put to you: Would any of you sanction the killing of people in a country who seriously threatened your religion? Like if doing God\’s work involved annhilating another religion, would you do it? Many people in here seem to agree that Hurricane Katrina was God\’s punishment to the liberal people of New Orleans. So I put the question to you: if it meant the survival of Christianity, would you kill others in God\’s name?Love Paz

  52. PazYou have heard that it was said, \’Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.\’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:43-45Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God\’s wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:19-21God is well able to ensure the survival of Christianity. As a matter of fact it is during times of persecution that the church grows the most. One reason I never attack Rob is because it\’s up to God to defend me. I pray for Rob in hopes that he and people like yourself, that your eyes would be open to the truth. But ultimately it comes down to that the choice is yours and yours alone. God will never force you to come to Him and neither will true believers. We can tell you the Good News and we can warn you about sin, but we can\’t force you to follow God\’s way. I disagree with those who would force anybody to convert to a belief or a religion. That\’s not God\’s way.

  53. "I disagree with those who would force anybody to convert to a belief or a religion. That\’s not God\’s way. "Instaed, the God what\’s described here would wipe out an entrie coastline, innocents included to vindicate petty criminals and homosexuals. Oh ya, and he loooooves you. By saving people then, aren\’t we fighting with God?

  54. HydrovitaeGod is God. And He is Holy and righteous. Sin had become so bad in New Orleans that if He didn\’t judge that city then He would have to apolagize to Sodom. If your child was misbehaving, would you not have to punish them in some way? Or would simply let them misbehave and let them have their way?But God has shown us His mercy through Jesus Christ. He is the only hope this world has. I pray that your eyes would be opened and you find the great love that He has for you.

  55. I agree with you There is not enough emphasis on God\’s righteousness. As a result people think that they get away with anything.

  56. TorrentPhades said:

    you\’ve been blinded by faith.

  57. ºbcº It is too bad that you can\’t see that you are the one who is blind. I once was blind like you, but it was God that gave my heart new vision.

  58. another prophesy was by John Mark Pool: "This morning I heard the abundance of a mighty earthquake having just occurred in the heavenlies. A major shift is taking place in God’s realm of the spiritual and the supernatural. Yet again, I was overwhelmed that I felt He impressed during this time that our country will experience soon what I saw in the spiritual—major earthquakes and extreme flooding. Flooding was seen in the central and the Southern United States. I saw New Orleans literally 20 feet underwater across the main downtown area. At this time of flooding in New Orleans, I saw it as a sewer full of debris and every form of garbage floating around and swirling in the flood. The French Quarter will be wiped out in the flood. Bourbon Street will be abandoned. Alligators will be swimming where dens of iniquity once abounded."(http://www.wordtotheworldministries.org/new_page_1.htm)

  59. wow..i was just surfing msn spaces when i found this..im a christian myself, and would just like to say goodjob on this site of yours. It\’s truly amazing! Praise GOD FOREVER!Moses

  60. www.weddingsbydl.com said:

    I was hit directly by the eye of the storm here in south mississippi. Many of us here feel the same way that you do, that God was cleaning up an area that has needed it for quite some time. Not only the very sin filled New Orleans, but our biloxi/gulfport casino\’s. The more I see, the more I realize that most of the damage fell upon areas or people who need some major adjustments made. Here in Hattiesburg my husband made note that two of the major drug dealers had trees in the middle of their homes. They were the only two ho mes in their little community with such damage. It amazed me to see all the trees that fell, yet if they had fallen any other way they would have crushed homes. Even businesses felt the wrath. The only business that had nothing wrong was sears, a company known for being good to its employees and customers. Walmart as well. However, Dillards was destroyed (known for being terrible to its employees) .. JCPENNEY and MCRaes had damage, but not as much as dillards, but they are neither great nor terrible to others. This storm was a blessing and a curse, but isnt that the way God works?

  61. Oh dear. This partocular post is burning in my heart. With respect, I feel that your post is in real bad taste considering all those who have suffered.You are using a catastrophe to further your own goals by matching Biblical events with this terrible disaster and manipulating crime statistics. This is what savvy politicians do. Sin cities – Las Vegas, LA could be painted in a similar light.This whole hurricane area is a deprived area with many people below the poverty line. There is a significant afro-american population who still feel discriminated from the rest of the USA. Why can you not lobby the politicians instead to "clean up" the area and the corrupt politicians. Less finger pointing and more positive action.I must say, as much as I appreciate you space, you \’fail\’ to point out the real underlying "social problems" that contribute to the drug problems, gambling problems, murders, muggings etc. you mention. Gerry, why do people turn to crime? It is such a shame you cannot open your eyes and realise that a section of this part of society are scraping the bottom of the barrel of society. They are very poor and extremely vulnerable.And instead of recognising their "real life" grievances, you so easily blanket the whole area saying it is a den of inequity. I wish and pray to God that he makes you see why these people do the things that they do. Of course it is wrong. Yes, we all have choices, but it is much harder for some who are much less fortunate than us privileged bloggers with access to computers, technology, broadband etc.Actually, let\’s just forget all their day-to-day sufferings and pray to God that another Hurriane wipes the whole area out so we do not have to trouble ourselves and deal with all these social injustices and we can continue on with our fortunate lives.Regards DCKC

  62. go dosnt exsist you would have to be stupid to belive a book thats been rewrighten by so many people with political power

  63. DCKC A lot of those people that you say are suffering are getting more help now then they have ever gotten in their lives. They lived in immense poverty and now they a second chance. The only goal I have is to see people come to Christ. I don’t care about recognition or whether people laugh at me or call me a fool. It’s not you I have to answer to it is Him. Those statistics about crime I put in the blog were from an online news service. Those comments are not mine.If you noticed in the prophecy, the ones who are most going to benefit from this is Afro-Americans. God is going to do a great work amongst them.People turn to crime because we are sinful people. We all have that potential to turn sin. Poverty is a factor but it is not the cause. When a person comes to Christ at judgement the fact that they lived in poverty is not going to excuse them from the fact that they are a sinner and without salvation, they are just as lost as anybody else. The same goes for the rich or middle income. When it comes to sin, it’s a level playing field. Without Christ we are lost. Judgement is coming to the entire earth, but God has provided a way out and that is trough Jesus. Things are only going to get worse. I suggest you look into who Jesus is and what He has to say.

  64. Wolfie570Oh but God does exist. How certain am I? 100% You got to have a lot of faith not to believe.Let me see the bible was written by let\’s see; a tax collecter, a doctor, an ex pharisee, and a bunch of uneducated fishermen. Yep real powerful people.

  65. "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?"If this is something you truly believe, that all disasters that befall a city are because the Lord plans it (based on the scripture you quote but don\’t provide explicit citations for) and this plan is because of the city\’s wickedness (you own personal other statements…I would like for you to identify the wickedness within Moore, OK. Since October of 1998, three rounds of tornadoes have plagued the almost same basic route right through this suburb of Oklahoma City (October 1998, May 1999, and May 2003). Do you know the primary location where each of these tornadoes were heading? They were EACH on path to wipe out the First Babtist Church in Moore but took a drastic turn just before wiping out the building–surrounding homes where not always spared. Now the people of that church would contend that God protected them from an act of the forces of nature. But you contend that all disaster which befalls a place is do to their sin. You must know something about the sin of the leadership, the congregation, and/or the people of FBC. I want to know what it is.Now, while I have known of problems that church has experienced over the past 15 or so years (including at least one significant split) and while I do not agree with their theology or their stauch control/influence within the community and the surrounding public school systems, I would never contend that they are practicing evil or have rejected the will of God. But sir, that is EXACTLY what you have contended.I would like clarification, posted here on YOUR site for all to see. Either you must contend that not all disaster comes directly from the hand of God or you must contend something about the evil spirit within the First Baptist Church of Moore, OK.Respectfully~Cajun Lover

  66. CajunLover180Storms, floods, and earthquakes are indeed a part of the present world. We sometimes call them "natural disasters," but they are not a surprise to God. Yes, God certainly can control the weather and send deadly storms.Some have concluded that suffering occurs because it is beyond God\’s control. This is incorrect. God has indeed established certain laws and principles that govern nature, but he remains sovereign over these laws. Psalm 148:8 declares that storms "obey him." Concerning Jonah, it was the Lord who "sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea" (Jonah 1:4 KJV). Old Testament writers did not hesitate to attribute the forces of nature to God: "thy waterspouts … thy waves … thy billows" (Psalm 42:7 KJV). Today, God\’s creation is too often depersonalized. He is in control, and has His reasons for all kinds of weather, both fair and stormy.One biblical example is the story of Job. Severe weather had killed Job\’s sheep, his servants, and all ten of his children. As Job suffered further physical affliction, he asked, "Why is there evil in the world?" His friends were not of great help in answering the question. Finally, after much dialogue, God spoke directly to Job out of a whirlwind (Job 38-41). The Lord made clear that His control over nature and His ultimate purposes are to be trusted.Job 37:13 declares that God sometimes brings storms to punish people. This brings to mind the experiences of both Noah and Jonah; storms played a major part in their lives.Again I\’ll say that I know 100% what happened to New Orleans was God ordained. One miracle is that the distruction is mainly material and the loss of life minimal. Material things can always be replaced but not so with life. Right now thousands are turning to Christ and finding hope in their live\’s where as before they lived in poverty and despair.Thank-you for your question.

  67. There never was any man called Jesus who was crucified and rose on the third day. He simply did not exist. The word Jesus is like every other racial slur as it demonstrates our personal contempt for the personage of Yeshua who was crucified and shed his blood for the forgiveness of many. Then on the third day Yeshua rose again to sit on the right hand of God the Father. He is our Lord, our redeemer, and yet we cannot even call him by his proper native name. We show others our respect when we address them by their proper native name. We also demonstrate our utter contempt for someone else when we address them by a FALSE name or by some word other than their right or proper native name. When I address or talk about my Asian Friends I use their proper native name like Kin Sun or Nuigen I do not refer to them by some racial slur. Likewise when I talk to my Latino friends I use their proper native name. However when I want to demonstrate my personal disgust with some one I might refer to them as a redneck meaning a person with extremely low intelligence.The word Jesus is a racial slur that was made up to hide the fact that Yeshua was a Hebrew. As long as we use the word Jesus we are able to hold the Hebrews in total contempt as if somehow they are less than human. The Jews (another racial slur) murdered the Christ. The only problem with that line of thinking is we all had something to do with Yeshua being crucified. If it were not for our sin Yeshua would never have had to go on the cross. We put Yeshua on the cross not the Jews.We call him Lord yet we disrespect him by calling him by a racial slur. Our actions demonstrate our contempt for everything he is every time we use the racial slurs Jews and Jesus. If therefore, we show our respect for our fellow man by using their proper native name. How much more should we use the Lord’s proper Hebrew name when we address him or talk about him? After all doesn’t the Lord Yeshua disserve our respect above everybody else?

  68. James_the_Prophet You are a false prophet. The Lord has many names and when a heart cries out to Him for salvation, He doesn\’t save them based upon what that person called them. He is not a man that He takes offense at me calling Him by the English pronunciation of His name.He is the Christ, the King of kings, Lord of lords, Lover of my soul, Lilly of the valley, the Fairest of ten thousand, the Alpha and Omega, and the Beginning and the End. He is my Best Friend, the Friend that sticks closer than a brother, Almighty God, Emmanuel, God with us, Messiah, Saviour, Heaven\’s Glory, My Shepherd and Jesus.It is funny how demons flee and people are set free when you use the name of Jesus. They have no trouble understanding who you are talikng about and in who\’s power you are coming in.

  69. what right do you think you have to pass judgement on these people who are suffering indescribably??? who do you think you are??? this makes me ill…

  70. Starved_AngelIt is not I that judge but the word of God. There is no innocent people, we are all born with a sin nature and therefore under the wrath of God. When one and a half children are murdered every year in the United States alone, God is not going to turn a blind eye.

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