“For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Their offspring shall be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed.” (Isaiah 61:8-9)
The year 2015 sees the 10 year anniversary of two major events that occurred in close proximity to one another: the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip and Hurricane Katrina. On a surface level, both events seem to have no relation to one another. However, deeper exploration reveals a startling divine connection.
Beginning on August 15, 2005, the Israeli government, led by then prime minister Ariel Sharon, launched a plan to dismantle all Jewish communities in Gaza and hand over the territory to the Palestinians. Over 10,000 Israelis were displaced due to political pressure from the US government. The unilateral disengagement was unaccompanied by any peace agreement. Since then, the Gaza Strip has turned into a hotbed of terrorist activity, with thousands of rockets threatening the Jewish state over the last 10 years.
Hurricane Katrina was undoubtedly one of the worst natural disasters that has ever struck the US. Eight days after the beginning of the Gush Katif pull-out, the category 5 hurricane hit the Gulf Coast on August 23, 2005, causing over $108 billion in damage and the deaths of 1,833 people. Approximately 1.3 million people were displaced by flooding and many areas, including parts of New Orleans, have still not not been restored to their pre-Katrina days.
Like those affected by the hurricane, most of the Gush Katif families that were expelled have not recovered emotionally or financially from the man-made catastrophe. Many still remain without permanent housing promised by the government and high rates of unemployment have left Gush Katif families living in poverty.
When looking at the man-made disaster in Israel and the natural disaster in the US, what can the two possibly have in common? Jerusalem Kabbalist Rabbi David Batzri sees a clear cause and effect relationship bridging the two events – one carried out by man and the other brought down by God’s judgement.
“Divine retribution is meted out according to the principle of ‘measure for measure,’ just as the Jews were forced out of their homes as a result of US pressure on Israel, so too were Americans forced out of their homes,” he told WND. For example, just as Israeli communities in coastal southern Israel were destroyed, America’s southern coastal region was left in ruins.
According to the Hebrew numerology system called gematria, which assigns each letter of the Hebrew alef-bet a number, the value of the name Katrina in Hebrew (קתרינה), which is 374, is the same value as two phrases found in the Bible with startling significance.
The first phrase, “רָעָה גְמָלוּךָ”, is found in Genesis 50:17 and translates as “They have done you evil.” The second Biblical phrase, “הַיָּם בַּיַּבָּשָׁה,” is found in Exodus 14:15 and means “the sea upon the land.” Both phrases have numerical values of 374. Coincidence?
Rabbi Mordechai Greenwald, leader of a Jerusalem synagogue, disagrees with this approach.
“No rabbi can tell you why such a disaster struck,” Greenwald told WND. “Doing so, making these statements, is dangerous and counterproductive. There have been debates the past 50 years for the reason of the Holocaust, and we still don’t know what it was about. Some things we are not meant to know.”
Accepting the idea of divine retribution, of the kind suggested by Katrina, could have a serious influence on the political decision-making process.
Former Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN), speaking on an End of Times broadcast, claimed that America is facing the wrath of God in the form of “natural disasters” because of their Mideast policy, in particular that being advanced by US President Barack Obama. Bachmann claimed that Obama had “in effect declared war in Israel” and is paving the way for divine “cursing of America.”
“If the United States turns its back on Israel, as our president is doing today, in my opinion, we cannot continue to indulge in the fantasy that the United States will be free from receiving the negative blowback, or curses, in Biblical parlance, that could come our way and be severe.”