If you’ve read Bill Koenig’s book, Eye to Eye, you know that he believes anytime a nation attempts to force Israel into peace talks and divide the land, interesting things happen. So, who is Bill Koenig and why does he believe such things?
Koenig is a White House correspondent with a deep and abiding interest in Middle Eastern affairs, and in particular, Israel, and how well-intentioned peace talks may impact America. His book is an astounding piece of research that captures the very controversial notion that intervention Israel’s affairs have direct consequences to the United States, and frankly any nation that meddles as such. A new edition is due out soon and it will include details from Harvey. I can’t wait.
As I was reading the original 2006 release, I kept thinking to myself that all of his data was mere consequence…but the more I delved into it, the more I became convinced that he was onto something.
In short, he correlates natural disaster statistics from hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, and other phenomena and aligns those data with news stories of attempts to force peace talks and divide Israel’s land. The research is so unique that it will challenge even the hardest skeptic. Further, he asks readers whether these events are linked to end-times prophecy and biblical events.
In my opinion, it is hard to refute his conclusions… that anytime a nation attempts to force Israel to the table, it will suffer consequences, huge consequences. Oh, and Israel’s leaders are not exempt from these consequences. Witness Ariel Sharon, Israel’s former prime minister.
Sharon planned and oversaw the forced expulsion of the last 8,000 Jewish residents from Gush Katif, a small but vibrant farming community in Gaza. This happened from July through August 2005. He was felled by a massive stroke the following January, from which he never regained consciousness. He lingered in an eight-year coma thereafter, dying in 2014. Coincidence?
Perhaps the most stunning example deals with the timing of Hurricane Katrina in 2006.
Just as Israel was completing its August withdrawal from Gaza and Northern Samaria, New Orleans and surrounding areas were slammed by the hurricane. This $80 Million disaster was immediately preceded by strong support and “encouragement” from President Bush and Condoleezza Rice, his Secretary of State.
Translation: the US pressured Israel into the Gaza withdrawal. In my opinion, God answered with the hurricane and then struck down Sharon with a stroke. For those who disagree, I cite an interesting example from the Bible about a well-intentioned man who was struck down by God.
In 2nd Samuel 6, a man named Uzzah is leading a team of oxen hooked to a cart which is carrying the Ark of the Covenant on its journey to Jerusalem. When the animals stumbled, the cart begins to wobble and is in danger of tipping over, thus putting the ark at peril. Uzzah, meaning well, reacts and reaches out to steady the ark, a well-intentioned act. But he is struck down, killed, by an angry God. The reader is reminded that only the Levite priests are commissioned to carry the ark. The ark remains in the possession of one of the priests, Obed Edom, until it is properly transported to Jerusalem. Good intentions, man interventions, are not always the right thing to do.
Koenig’s book chronicles disaster after disaster, each corresponding to forced intervention in Israel’s affairs. This brings me to Hurricane Harvey.
Most recently, in the past week, Hurricane Harvey brought a cataclysm so vast that it is virtually incomprehensible. Some experts say this hurricane was larger than Katrina and Sandy combined!! In fact, some experts believe it will be recorded as the biggest natural disaster in American history. Friends of mine asked, what did the US/Texas do to Israel this time to deserve this?
Few know that in mid-August, President Trump sent a delegation to Israel to restart peace talks. Here’s a synopsis of the Kushner-Greenblatt-Powell delegation timing, much gleaned from Arab language websites:
Sunday, August 20, Kushner-Greenblatt-Powell team begin the push, yet another visit to Israel to restart peace talks.
From the 21st to the 23rd of August, Kushner shuttled to several Middle East capitals to discuss peace terms. These nations included Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, and finally Israel, where he met with Prime Minister Netanyahu.
It is fascinating that American news sources spoke little about it. At the same time, Hurricane Harvey began its journey across the Atlantic.
From his website:
“Harvey ‘came back to life’ after three and a half days as a remnant – NHC
The remnant of Harvey was all that was left Saturday night, August 19 at 11:00 pm AST. Three and a half days later, on August 23 at 10:00 am CDT, Harvey reorganized into a tropical depression; this was at the same time Trump’s people were arriving in Jerusalem for peace talks. By Wednesday night at 11:00 pm AST, the storm had become Tropical Storm Harvey.
On Wednesday, August 24, by 12 noon CDT, Harvey had become a Category 1 Hurricane with wind speed of 80 mph and the National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening and devastating flooding expected near the Coast due to heavy rainfall and storm surge.
On Friday, August 25 by 1 am CDT, Harvey had become a Category 2 hurricane with wind speeds of 105 mph.
Harvey was one mph under a Category 3 with wind speeds of 110 mph by 6 am CDT Harvey became a 120 mph and a strong Category 3 hurricane by 2:00 pm CDT. Hurricane Harvey became a Category 4 hurricane with wind speeds at 130 mph by 6:00 pm CDT.
According to Accuweather, Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas, on Friday night August 25 at 10:00 pm CDT.
Hurricane-force winds before landfall had extended outward up to 35 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Harvey was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Texas since Carla arrived near Port O’Connor on Sept. 11, 1961. Wilma, in October 2005, was the last major hurricane to make landfall in the United States. Charley, in August of 2004 was the last Category 4 hurricane to hit the U.S. Both Wilma (Catastrophe #57) and Charley (Catastrophe #50) made landfall in Florida.”
From Weather.com let’s look at Harvey’s path. Note the dates.
So, feel free to laugh.
I know I sound a little crazy, but go ahead and ridicule us who believe the God of Israel is alive and well and that any attempt to divide His land, even with well-intentioned efforts to bring peace to the region, will be met with disaster. Could it be possible that well-meaning presidents, both past and present, bring these disasters on our nation by sheer ignorance of their implications biblically?