V RaptureChrist Newsletter
August 15, 2002

Flooding in Central Europe

Flooded Dresden, Germany - August 2002Torrential rains and flooding during this month of August is forcing people to evacuate  their homes in many towns in central Europe.  The catastrophe, of a magnitude unheard of in the last five hundred years,  will cost billions of dollars.  Not only it affects agricultural areas, but it is menacing to destroy architectural relics and works of art.

Some of the hard hit areas are cities such as Prague, in the Check Republic, Dresden in Germany, and Salzburg in Austria.  Houses are flooded, roads are collapsing, and people are evacuating the cities. 

While people are forced to leave their possessions and look for shelter, I wonder how many of them are turning to God for help.  

The news media reports that the evacuation is reminescent of WWII.  We must not forget that WWII was initiated by Germany under the leadership of Hitler.  It was during that time that many Jews were persecuted.  They were forced out of their homes and led into concentration camps in which they were made to labor under inhumane conditions and finally put to death.  The gas chambers of the  Dachau  and Auschwitz concentration camps are gruesome relics of what Central Europeans did to the Jews.

The hate that Germans have for Jews has not been put aside.  A new wave of antisemitism is spreading again from the same roots.  The European Union voices its allegiance to the Palestinians and its hatred for the nation of Israel.

They are not moved by the acts of terrorism that the Palestinians perpetrate against innocent civilians in the land of Israel.  They do not care about maimed Israeli children or how savagely the Palestinian terrorists attack and kill defenseless Israeli families.

Maybe the only way they could understand what it is to suffer is by suffering themselves.

Israel's Blessing 

Because Abraham was so loyal to the true God JHVH, he was given a blessing.  This blessing would be bestowed in Abraham's descendants, but only through one son, Isaac.  When Isaac was old and blind, he wanted to continue the blessing through one of his two sons.  The blessing went to his son Jacob, which later on God renamed Israel.

Israel, Abraham's grandson, was the recepient of this blessing, which he passed on to his descendants -- the nation of Israel.

The blessing is not only for the nation of Israel, but also for those that love Israel.

This is how Isaac blessed Jacob (Israel):

Genesis 27:29
Let peoples serve you, nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, Let your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, Blessed be everyone who blesses you."

As we can see, the blessing would also fall on those who love Israel.

Several generations after Isaac blessed Jacob, when the Israelites were living in Egypt, they began to be exterminated by an evil Pharaoh.  At that time God raised Moses, from the tribe of Levi (one of the 12 sons of Israel). 

In order to rescue His people Israel, God had to bring plagues upon Egypt.  With the last plague, the death of every first born of the Egyptians, Pharaoh was finally convinced to allow the nation of Israel to leave Egypt.

When the nation of Israel came to possess the land of Canaan that was given to them by God, this is the blessing by which the prophet Balaam blessed Israel.

Numbers 24:9
He couched, he lay down as a lion, And as a lioness; who shall rouse him up? Blessed be every one that blesses you, and cursed be every one that curses you.

Again we can see that God loves those that love Israel, and will curse those that hate it.

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