Prophetic word for today
Katrina is hard on Big Easy (Part 5)
First posted: October 4, 2005
Word received: August & September 2005
Received by: Shamah-Elim Bible Studies
This is a continuation of the words on hurricane Katrina posted earlier...
This is the prophetic interpretation of these events:
Katrina is also revealing a spiritual problem that has plagued the Bush presidency (and America as a whole). As we have said before, president Bush has constantly looked the other way when it comes to truly securing the border with Mexico. The "Minutemen", a small group of civilians who organized themselves to watch over the border, have proven that it is possible to stop the tide of illegal immigration if there is an open willingness to do so. Yet, despite small improvements in border security, Bush has not made a concerted effort to stem the immigration tide across the Mexico border.
Unlike other people in Washington, Bush's "aversion towards anti-immigration" is not motivated by political reasons. Being a "Texan", Bush really likes Hispanics, and he has a deep soul-affiliation towards the Hispanic culture. This Canaanite attachment, however, is unpleasant to God, because it is an attachment that impedes righteous judgments.
Latin American culture is eminently Canaanite in its nature. It is a culture that emphasizes "emotional ties" such as "friendships" and "family", without much regard for "law and judgment". The Latin American culture takes pride in its "Latin passion", meaning that it upholds the philosophy that something is "right" as long as you have strong feelings in favor of it. This overemphasis on emotions and the downplaying of judgment-making minds has led to a very chaotic and disorderly Latin American history. Of all the regions on Earth, Latin America is undoubtedly the one blessed with the greatest variety of natural and human resources. Yet, it has remained an underdeveloped region, even when countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, and Hong Kong have been able to grow and prosper despite their lack of natural resources. Western Europe was also able to rise from the ashes of World War 2 destruction through the help of the U.S.-financed "Marshall Plan". On the other hand, Latin America has not risen from its perennial underdevelopment, despite the billions of dollars that the U.S. and other developed nations have poured into Latin American economies over the years.
When "prosperity" has hit Latin America, it quickly goes into Hivite indulgence. Latin American pastors, for example, are people with very limited "spiritual" goals. They may believe in working hard for a time as they build up "their" church, but, once that is accomplished, they want to indulge in their success as they live out their "Hivite retirement". Latin American pastors enjoy hearing prophecies that have "Latin America" as a "light to the world", and they claim it as their "inevitable calling", but they rarely (if ever) exhibit a true selfless zeal for the nations of the Earth. They wouldn't mind God dropping "spiritual preeminence" on their fat laps, but they are not interested in paying a selfless price to see the nations bowing before God. If there is not an immediate, temporal retribution, believers in Latin America are slow to act "on behalf" of others. Obviously, this is a problem with pastors throughout the globe, but Latin America has shown such a radical and systemic manifestation of this Hivite tendency that God has cast it off as a region. In the latter days, as the rest of the world wakes up in a mighty latter-rain revival, most of Latin America (with the current exception of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay) shall be shown to the world as a spiritually worthless swamp. She shall be a "light to the world", but not for doing what was right; instead, she shall be a "light to the world" because she will be an example of what not to do.
Latin America also has strong Amorite tendencies. As you may know, Latin American history is riddled with dictatorships and ruthless tyrants. As we have said before, Amorites are "opportunists" by nature. Since they are "evangelists gone awry", they are quick to seize on any door of opportunity that brings personal benefit to them (evangelists are endowed by God with a seize-the-moment attitude because they are called to be conquerors unto God; Amorites, however, use this endowment to further their cursed little kingdoms). In some Latin American countries, people like to use the phrase "Hay que ser vivos", which literally means, "You must be 'alive'". However, the word "alive" here is used in the sense of "opportunism". In other words, to most Latin Americans, you prove that you are "alive" when you are quick to seize an opportunity that benefits you, even when that "opportunity" means breaking moral or legal codes. I have heard Latin American after Latin American use this phrase to justify their corrupt behavior. It is taken as one of the basic postulates of their culture. As you may know, a "postulate" is a truth that is accepted without question because of its "obviousness". Due to this "postulate" (cursed is Latin America because of it), Latin American history is plagued by "coup d'Ítats" carried out by Amorites who take advantage of the smallest door to gain power and wealth, even if that power and wealth is obtained illegally and immorally.
Because of its Canaanite and Amorite roots, Latin American culture has a hard time respecting "invisible barriers" that stand in the way of their personal benefit. Concepts such as "abiding by the law" are irrelevant unless they see a "policeman" standing there who is waiting to punish them if they break the "invisible" law. This is the reason why students in Latin America (at all levels of the social scale) are quick to cheat whenever they have the opportunity. This is also the reason why software piracy is so common and accepted throughout Latin America. Their excuse is, "Hey, Bill Gates has enough dough as it is, so why should I be giving him my money when I can copy his software for free!" (fellow believer, I am not making up these quotes; I have heard words such as these with my own two ears from countless Latin Americans). In most Latin American nations, the idea of respecting a simple thing such as a "zebra crossing" (a "striped pedestrian crossing") remains an oft-ignored concept. Why? Because respecting the "invisible barrier" delineated by the zebra crossing seems worthless and of no personal benefit to them. Why have your car or motorcycle stand behind the zebra line when you can simply take up that open space ahead of you? The space is there for the taking, isn't it? So, why not take it? "If a pedestrian comes along, he can walk around me by going behind me!! What is the purpose of respecting that stupid white line?" This is how Latin Americans (in general) are prone to thinking.
All of this explains why Latin Americans are so quick to cross America's southern border with Mexico. America is seen as the land of the "dollar", and it is there "for the taking". Who cares about the legal issues involved? If there is no "policeman" to enforce the invisible separation between Mexico and the U.S., the barrier is simply not there, so why worry? The only worry is not getting caught!!
America is a country founded on immigration. Latin American immigration, however, is very different from immigration from other regions. A great majority of the Europeans who migrated to America were motivated by their desire to flee religious, political, and even "cultural" persecution. They were after an atmosphere where they would be free to think and act as they saw fit, and where the culture would foster their personal growth rather than stifle it. To most of these immigrants, heading for America was, in a way, a rejection of the culture they were leaving behind. Obviously, many of these immigrants did not "hate" their past culture, but they were quick to admit the fallacies of the culture they were leaving behind. As they crossed the Atlantic Ocean, they became physically and emotionally distanced from their countries of origin. Many decades ago, communications were not as developed as they are today, so leaving your European country of origin usually meant that you would never see most of your relatives ever again. They saw this as a painful but necessary "break with the past". They were thinking about their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who would have the opportunity to live and grow in a free nation that would help them to be all they could be. They acted like Abraham, when God called him out from among his country and family:
"1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy fatherís house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 12:1-3)
[Notice the Lord's emphasis on the long-term, eternal benefits of Abraham's painful "break with the past". In other words, Abraham's descendants would be blessed on account of the long and difficult sacrifice he was about to embark upon. All "families of the earth" (v3) would be blessed as he broke from his own family. We are now known as "sons of Abraham" (Galatians 3:7) because of the break from Canaanite attachments that Abraham made.]
To a certain extent, the same things can be said about immigration from Asian countries such as China and Japan. Many of those who crossed the Pacific Ocean to reach America knew that they would face discrimination in a very distant and strange land. Yet, they made the trip because they recognized that their current environment would not foster their growth or the growth of their descendants. Just like the Europeans, most of the Asians who migrated to America lost contact with their relatives. Even so, they relished the chance of living in a free environment that had "opportunity" written all over it, and to them, the word "opportunity" meant more than making a few dollars. European and Asian immigrants were quick to embrace America as their "homeland", and they were grateful for the opportunity they had been given. They did their best to adapt to America's good ways rather than have America adapt to the stifling culture they had left behind. They reached America in order to be given an opportunity to contribute in ways they had been unable to in their countries of origin.
With Latin American immigration, however, things were very different. There is a strong "anti-American" resentment ingrained in the Latin American culture. Many, if not most Latin Americans, are resentful against America because of its success, which they are quick to blame on American "imperialism". Even though America did engage in many "imperialistic" sins in Latin America, it is safe to say that America has succeeded despite those "imperialistic" sins, not because of them. However, Latin Americans have used the few episodes of American imperialism as an umbrella to hide from their many failures. Despite having America as the official scapegoat for many of their failures, it is amazing how Latin Americans are quick to cross the border into America when they have a chance. This means that their migration is generally not motivated by a desire to escape from the Latin American culture but rather as an opportunity to "make money" that they can send home via "Western Union". They constantly complain of America as a "cold" and "materialistic" culture, since they miss the Canaanite "family communion" they enjoyed back home. In other words, when they cross the border into America, they are physically leaving their culture, but their heart remains with the culture they are leaving behind.
In many ways, the flight of Latin Americans into the U.S. is a spiritual manifestation of "Cain's flight west". As we have shared before, the black horse attacks regions in the "spiritual west" where Cain (turned into a wandering Balaam) flees to escape from God's laws (revealed through "pestilent" red-horse riders). Just like Cain, Latin Americans try to escape from the consequences of their corrupt culture without admitting to the ingrained flaws in that culture. Therefore, it is not a "coincidence" that the company most used by illegal immigrants to send money back to Latin America happens to be called "Western Union".
Latin America's geographical proximity has accentuated Latin Americans' attachment to their culture. Of all the immigrant groups throughout American history, Latin Americans are by far the ones who have maintained the closest and most constant contact with the relatives they left behind. Latin Americans have worked hard to preserve their language and traditions. This is why they have channels such as "Univision" and "Telemundo", and this is why they constantly demand the "right" to be spoken to in Spanish. As we briefly mentioned before, immigrants (most of them Hispanic) were protesting in front of hospitals in New York City a few months ago. Their protest was motivated by the fact that these hospitals did not have enough personnel that could speak to them in Spanish! They angrily declared that to be an act of "discrimination"! This is a prophetic figure of how illegal Latin American immigration has created a Canaanite influence over America that has delayed its revival. As we have said before, God has declared New York to be the starting point of that revival, which will turn the Church in America from a hospital that caters to the unrighteous into a military camp that enables those who seek after God's righteousness; this latter-day military camp will have a spiritual "hospital" that cares for those wounded in righteous spiritual battle. By demanding that New York hospitals cater to illegal immigrants (who didn't worry about learning English before migrating to an English-speaking country), Hispanics were, in a spiritual sense, demanding that America remain as a hospital for the unrighteous rather than a military camp that will spread God's righteousness across America and the world. The flow of Canaanite influence from Latin America through illegal immigration has been an essential component in satan's effort to delay America's restoration.
Hispanics have also organized other marches where they demand the U.S. government to respect the "rights" of illegal immigrants, such as the "right" to drive and the "right" to government-funded health care! It is interesting how Canaanites, who abhor and ignore "law and judgment", are quick to "remember" legal words such as "rights" and "fairness" when it is convenient to them. It is like a thief who "works hard" to break into a house to steal a TV set, and who then sues the house's owner because the TV set was not a "High Definition" set, claiming that the owner was denying him his "inalienable right" to watch HD TV! As we have said before, the Canaanite spirit leads to "spiritual lunacy". Canaanites' rejection of judgments leads to an automatic rejection of "mind processes" (since "mind processes" are judgments), which causes Canaanites to believe in the most absurd and self-contradictory ideas simply because these ideas appeal to their carnal emotions.
Of all the groups of people that have (willingly) migrated to America, Latin Americans are the most defensive about their culture. They get very edgy when anyone says anything "unpleasant" about Latin American culture. Even when you explain to them the facts that reveal the evils of their culture, they are quick to say, "I don't care what you say about my culture; I love it because it is mine, and that is that!!". In other words, they grudgingly admit that Latin America provides less opportunities to "make money" than the U.S., but they are unwilling to admit to the cultural roots that have provoked Latin America's lack of prosperity in the first place. A land where corruption is always rationalized will never prosper, spiritually or materially. Latin American nations are for the most part poor and underdeveloped because of their endemic corruption at all levels. Yet, Latin Americans are unwilling to accept the "You are corrupt" verdict. They hate the palpable fruit of their corruption seed, but they continue sowing that seed. To them, the problems in their societies can be blamed on "American imperialism" or on "the government", but never on their own cultural actions. God wanted to do great and mighty things with Latin America. Latin America was called to be the launching pad for the latter-rain revival, but she chose not to reject the sins in her culture. When it came to choosing between being an instrument of God and defending her culture, Latin America chose her culture. When the Lord saw this, He said to her,
"For you have loved your culture and your Canaanite ways more than Me, I will leave you to the deceit of your culture, and I will now use it to destroy you, for, even though you did not know it, your Canaanite culture was cursed unto destruction from before I came unto you, and now you are cursed along with it."
A few moments after I typed the words above, the Lord led me to watch a commercial that was airing on TV station WNBC (New York's Channel 4). The commercial was about "Hispanic Heritage Month", and it featured a Hispanic chef who was talking about Hispanic cuisine. At the end of the commercial, he said, "We have very deep roots in our culture and heritage, and we just don't want to let go". This is prophetic confirmation of what we are sharing above!!!
Michael Chertoff, the current head of "Homeland Security", has followed Bush's policies by not dealing with the "southern border" issue. It is known around the world (including the Middle East) that entering the U.S. through the border with Mexico is relatively easy, yet the Department of Homeland Security has acted as if the terrorists will never take advantage of this. Why? Because accepting the threat would mean denying Latin Americans their "illegal right" to enter the U.S. While the Bush administration looks the other way, however, terrible Canaanite influences from Latin America are filtering through America's spiritual borders, and these influences have already worked to delay America's latter-rain revival. A few weeks ago, Fox News analyst Bill O'Reilly used the word "clueless" to describe Michael Chertoff. "Coincidentally", this is the same word which the Lord had impressed on our hearts regarding the Church's leadership. The black horse of the Apocalypse has come to expose the "cluelessness" of the leadership which indolent believers (and citizens) have placed their trust in.
From all that we shared at the beginning of this section, we can conclude that Latin America has terrible Canaanite, Hivite, and Amorite influences. As we shared before, New Orleans is dominated by precisely the same evil spirits. This means that Latin America (especially the Latin American "gospel") is gripped by the same "spirit of ease" that has ruled over "Big Easy". Therefore, it is not surprising that the Katrina destruction was caused by waters that overran Big Easy's levees, which correlates with how America is allowing herself to be overrun by illegal immigration from the southern border. This is the reason why the Lord used Katrina to embarrass the Bush administration. Even though the majority of the blame in the relief fiasco belongs to the corrupt mayor of New Orleans and the inept governor of Louisiana, the Lord made sure that the Bush administration would look bad as a result of Katrina. God sent Katrina to overrun Big Easy's borders while Bush was "taking it easy" during his vacation at Crawford, Texas. This is a spiritual figure of Bush "falling asleep at the switch" when it comes to border issues.
Bush's border negligence has also been manifested in the Iraq war. Immediately after Baghdad fell, the U.S. spoke in menacing terms against Syria, and the Syrian regime became fearful that it would be the next oppressive regime to fall in the Middle East. However, instead of sending troops towards the Syrian and Jordanian borders immediately after the fall of Baghdad, president Bush backed down from his menacing tone against Syria (at the behest of Tony Blair and Colin Powell), and he became oblivious to the tide of Arab terrorists that began flooding into Iraq through the Syrian and Jordanian borders to wreak havoc on the Iraqi people. This tide of terrorist "immigrants" has made Iraq's restoration much more difficult than it should have been, and it has delayed the rise of Iraq as a free nation, just like Latin America's Canaanite influence through the southern border has delayed America's revival as a nation spiritually free from the Old Covenant.
Interestingly enough, while the unrighteous are flooding in through unguarded borders, there are many righteous who are flooding out to escape unrighteous regions. As we have said before, the Lord has sent the red horse of the Apocalypse to "split" the Church and to cause the righteousness seekers to flee out of the matriarchal Church's spiritual borders. However, as these righteous have tried to enter into "cities of refuge", they have been denied at these cities' gates. While the unrighteous are allowed to flood in through the wide gate, the righteous who are trying to enter through the narrow gate are left outside, tripped up by an "institutional spirit" that imposes meaningless regulations at the narrow gate.
As we said before, U.S.'s FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) has been very "generous" with its help to cheating scoundrels while at the same time showing "stinginess" towards many people who truly need their help. Individuals not affected by disasters have been able to collect thousands of dollars from FEMA, while many others who were affected have been caught up in much bureaucratic red tape. In the same way, America is very "liberal" with its policy on illegal immigration across the southern border, while at the same time "tying up" those who want to enter the U.S. legally and who have much to contribute to America. There are many, including many Latin Americans, who deserve an opportunity to enter the U.S. but who get tied up in the immigration red tape. America needs to overhaul its immigration policy so that people of character and integrity may be allowed into the country (no matter where they are from). Those who want to migrate to America as they escape from oppressive environments should be allowed in. Those whose migration is not motivated by "money" but rather by virtuous, intangible values should be allowed in, while those who carry their "past culture" inside their luggage should be left out. Those who do not want to break with the unrighteousness of the culture that they are leaving behind should be held back at the border. This commandment from God applies to America as a country in a literal way and to the Church in a spiritual way.
Through Katrina, God created a tide of desperate "refugees" in need of "cities of refuge". God did this to portray the plight of His prophetic remnant in the spirit realm. The institutionalized Church in America has refused to act as a "city of refuge" for God's remnant. This is why He has flooded America's landscape with literal refugees to expose what the Church should have been doing in the spirit realm. The institutionalized Church is "good" at doing "literal" work in the natural realm, but she is overly inept when it comes to doing invisible work in the spirit realm. There was a remnant crying out for help, but she turned a deaf ear to her cry. Therefore, the Lord has cast off the institutional Church in America, and He will raise up a new Church that will operate under a completely different paradigm. This new Church will grow independently of the institutionalized Church. As the new Church grows, the institutionalized Church will fade away like "morning vapor", for she was given a chance to act on behalf of God's remnant but she passed it up without realizing what she missed out on. Because of her busy schedule of human activities, the institutionalized Church thinks that she will stay around until the fulfillment of all things, but she will disappear into the spiritual "nothingness" of the works she is currently performing:
"13Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." (James 4:13-17)
As you may know, Taco Bell is known for its slogan "Make a run for the border". This slogan applies to what is happening in the spirit realm. There are many Canaanite unrighteous who are making a run to enter through borders left unguarded by indolent gatekeepers, while, at the same time, there are many righteous who are making a run for the border to flee out of unrighteousness, but who are being denied access to enter into their assigned "cities of refuge". There is a great deal of "border running" going on in the spirit realm. President Bush has not realized this, and his inability to understand this has greatly hurt his presidency. As the Lord prompted us to say before Bush was reelected, his second term would be plagued by "many bitter failures" if he did not "shape up his spiritual act". Unfortunately, he still has not done so, and the Lord has made sure to fulfill His prophetic word against him. This is why so many bad things have come against America during Bush's second term.
When Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, son of Shapham, ruled at Mizpah, God drew Jeremiah and the dispersed remnant unto him and to the land of Israel. There was a lot of "running to the border" during those days:
"5Now while he was not yet gone back, he said, Go back also to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon hath made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people: or go wheresoever it seemeth convenient unto thee to go. So the captain of the guard gave him victuals and a reward, and let him go.6Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and dwelt with him among the people that were left in the land. 7Now when all the captains of the forces which were in the fields, even they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam governor in the land, and had committed unto him men, and women, and children, and of the poor of the land, of them that were not carried away captive to Babylon; 8Then they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jezaniah the son of a Maachathite, they and their men." (Jeremiah 40:5-8)
"12Even all the Jews returned out of all places whither they were driven, and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah, unto Mizpah, and gathered wine and summer fruits very much." (Jeremiah 40:12)
As we have shared before, president Bush and America as a nation have the "mantle of Gedaliah" on them. This is why God has established America as a spiritual "city of refuge" for the righteous remnant. Just like He did with Mizpah, God has turned America into a spiritual "magnet" that draws in the seekers of righteousness. The word "Mizpah" means "watchtower", which speaks of vigilant watchmen who are quick to open the gates to the righteous who approach; these vigilant watchmen must also be quick to shut the gates to the unrighteous who might want to filter through. The name "Ahikam" means "My brother has risen", which speaks of those who long to see their brethren "raised up" in the Spirit. The watchmen who want to lift up their brethren (the spiritual "Lazaruses") will be quick to open the gates to them (Luke 16:20). The watchmen who are only interested in lifting up the "rich man" will close the door to the spiritual Lazaruses, and they will let the unrighteous through.
In the run to the "Mizpah border" (Jeremiah 40:5-12), many righteous returned, but an unrighteous man filtered through: Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, who was the one who eventually betrayed and killed Gedaliah. After that, Ishmael killed many others at Mizpah. Interestingly enough, Ishmael "ran for the border" of the Ammonites when Johanan tried to punish him for killing Gedaliah (Jeremiah 41:15). Ishmael was able to hide among the Ammonites, which means that the land of Ammon became a "city of refuge" for him. All of this means that, when the spiritual gatekeepers don't do their job (i.e.- when their interest is not to lift up the remnant brethren -- Ahikam), the "cities of refuge" for the righteous (such as Mizpah) disappear and the "cities of refuge" for the unrighteous appear (such as the land of Ammon). The unrighteous are given protection, while the righteous are left to die by the wayside, without the enabling resources they need in order to serve the Lord.
Despite the warnings that God gave Gedaliah through Johanan (Jeremiah 40:15), Gedaliah ignored the danger of Ishmael and continued in Canaanite communion with him until Ishmael eventually killed him (Jeremiah 41:1-2). In the same way, despite the warnings that God has given Bush and America, they have ignored the danger of "Ishmael"; satan (cursed be he) is planning a terrorist attack through the southern border with Mexico, and that attack will include the help of Latin American people- and drug-smuggling gangs. If the southern border is not secured, Taco Bell Bush will have to regret his Canaanite-condoning indolence. Other tragedies will continue haunting the U.S. until America shapes up.
"Coincidentally", Katrina and Rita were hurricanes that hit the U.S. from the south through the Gulf of Mexico. The Lord is saying to Bush, "Watch the southern border with Mexico", and the Lord is saying to the Church in America, "Live up to your Mizpah calling; give refuge to My remnant and reject the Canaanite influence that is holding you back from My calling".
On August 28, 2005, the Sunday before Katrina hit, the family of a 76-year-old man named Gerard Williams fled New Orleans. Gerard chose to stay behind because he wanted to go to church that day. After church, he went back home and fell asleep, thinking that he still had "plenty of time" before Katrina hit. He slept through the entire day, and Katrina hit New Orleans in the early hours of the next day (August 29). Gerard was still in his house when it became flooded, and he was forced to take refuge in the attic. He took a gallon and a half of water up to the attic with him, and he was forced to stay in the attic for 18 days until he was rescued. Amazingly, he was still alive when they found him. As they drove him to a medical facility, they passed by a Taco Bell, which prompted him to say that he was hungry for Taco Bell. I was surprised to hear this story, since the Lord had already prompted us to write about Katrina and "Taco Bell". When Gerard Williams craved "Taco Bell", he was, in a spiritual sense, admitting to what he had denied earlier. Through His red-horse shout, God had called him to "run for the border", to get out of "church" and to have a direct relationship with him, but, instead, he chose to disregard the red horse and to attend church and "take it easy" on that Sunday morning; in other words, he chose to stay within the borders of religiosity. When he did this, he was forced to face the black horse in Katrina. After 18 days of black-horse scarcity, he finally understood that he was to make a "run for the border". This is why he wanted Taco Bell.
As we have said before, the Katrina disaster was a manifestation of God's black-horse attack against America, and it was the 5th major black-horse disaster that He unleashed around the world during August 2005, "Black Horse Month". Therefore, it is not surprising that Katrina has brought the issue of "Black America" to the spiritual surface (to be honest with you, I prefer the term "Black American" over "African American" because the continent of Africa includes countries such as Algeria, Libya, and Egypt, which are populated by non-black Arabic people).
The left-leaning Democratic Party is the party most supported by black Americans. A closer look at that party reveals that it is filled with "left-handed" people of a "prophetic" and "pastoral" ilk. Americans with a prophetic endowment (i.e.- who believe in "fighting for causes" and who believe in "challenging the powerful to defend the poor") have a natural attraction towards the Democratic Party. Americans with a pastoral endowment (i.e.- who believe in "soothing" and "nursing compassion") are also lured into the Democratic Party. However, the Democratic Party has glorified "left-handedness" and has abhorred "right-handedness", which has caused it to lack a strong "right-handed" apostolic influence of justice and judgments. Therefore, the Democratic Party is mostly filled with prophets who have gone "anti-judgment Canaanite", and it is a party plagued by Hittite chaos and disorganization.
A closer look at the "other" party, the Republican party, reveals that it is filled with "right-handed" people of a "teacher" and "apostolic" ilk. Americans with a teacher endowment (i.e.- who believe in following "methods and procedures" and who believe in "perfect organization") have a natural attraction towards the Republican Party. Americans with an apostolic endowment (i.e.- who believe in enforcing "law and order") are also attracted by the Republican Party. However, the Republican Party has lost the "first love" of its Lincoln-style founders, and it has become a party of legalistic Jebusites (i.e.- distorted apostles) and traditionalistic Girgashites (i.e.- distorted teachers). Because of its Girgashite influence, it is an "emotionally dry" party that is more concerned about "traditional values" than about people. Due to several spiritual reasons, right-handed people and nations have a natural tendency to become more economically prosperous than left-handed people and nations. Therefore, the right-handed Republican Party has a greater percentage of "economically powerful" people, which attracts a strong Amorite influence over it. That creates a streak of Amorite pride and "aloofness" within the Republican Party, a pride which the left-handed Hittite prophets in the Democratic Party are quick to point out and deceivingly exaggerate. The combination of Amorite and Girgashite influences in the Republican Party also produces an abundance of "rigid clods" who act as arrogant imposers of human traditions.
As opposed to the Democratic Party, the Republican Party is very "organized" and "disciplined" (because of its Girgashite, Jebusite, and Amorite influences). It strongly emphasizes the importance of "systems". This is why the believers of "economic laissez faire" are for the most part Republicans. They believe in the "capitalist system", and they believe that market forces should be allowed to operate freely, which, in their view, will cause all problems to automatically take care of themselves. Because of this inordinate faith in the "system", "fairness" is defined by the system. This morning, shortly before typing this paragraph, the Lord led me to listen to a believer in laissez-faire on television. He was asked about the "gouging" of gas and oil prices, and he replied by saying that all the talk about "gouging" was "socialist ranting" because those prices are determined by the "market". This reveals their unconditional faith in the "market" system. If the "market" says that the price is so and so, that must be the fair price. He was completely unconcerned about the question of whether that "market" is truly a free market. Issues such as the fact that OPEC artificially controls the supply of oil were irrelevant to him. As long as the price was set at the place where the demand curve and the supply curve met, he cared little about the moral motivations of the forces moving either of those curves. Moral questions that in any way question the validity of the "system" are simply ignored. When you are an inordinate believer in human "systems" (and in those who run the "system"), you become a "machine" with no feelings. This is what happens to Girgashite-Jebusite-Amorites, and this is what has happened to the Republican Party in general.
During the 1980s, Ronald Reagan, a Republican President, instituted an economic policy that emphasized low taxes and fewer government regulations. This led to a strong growth in the American economy, despite an ever-increasing budget deficit, which was caused by the political unwillingness to deal with the roots of unrighteous spending. When asked about the deficit, Republicans would argue that free-market prosperity would "eventually" take care of it, which again reveals their unquestioning faith in the "system".
During Reagan's administration, many in the Democratic party also criticized his economic policy because they saw it as a "blatant disregard for the poor". Republicans would counter this criticism by speaking of the "trickle-down theory", which claimed that prosperity for the rich would inevitably "trickle down" to all levels of society, including the lower classes. Even though there is a certain truth to this theory, it again reveals the Republicans' mechanical unawareness of the "human element". Ronald Reagan was a great speaker, a man with a prophetic anointing about him that inspired people with his sincere words of conviction and hope. However, he never used his oratory skills to inspire and offer hope to black Americans trapped in lower-class poverty. He surrounded himself with arrogant and aloof politicians who never cared about the poor, which added to the false impression that Reagan was insensitive towards certain groups of people (which he wasn't, for, in his private life, he showed himself to be a very caring man who recognized the value in all people). In the eyes of God, we are accountable for the people we surround ourselves with, which means that Ronald Reagan was held to account by God for the false impression that he gave others because of those around him.
As Reagan and the Republican Party remained "indifferent" to the issues of black America, buffoons such as the "Reverend" Jesse Jackson (cursed is he) and Louis Farrakhan (cursed is he) filled the void with rhetoric that fostered the "victim complex" in black America, blaming the sins of black America on the "white man" and on past discrimination. Black America was quick to believe the "Blame-it-on-the-Rain" doctrine, especially when they saw that the "white, yuppie Republicans" acted as if black America's problems were irrelevant. The Republican successor to Reagan, Bush-41, only made this problem worse by his total indifference and aloofness regarding "social" or "human" issues. This is part of the reason why a young and inexperienced opponent such as Bill Clinton was able to defeat him so easily in the 1992 elections with his "I-feel-your-pain" attitude.
Unfortunately, George W. Bush continued with a subdued version of this "Republican indifference" throughout his first term. Midway through his first term, the Lord impressed upon my heart that He wanted believers to pray for an awareness within the Republican party regarding the restoration of black America, and He began calling me to declare judgments against organizations such as the NAACP and against idiotic and/or misguided black leaders such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Charles Rangel, Kweisi Mfume, and Louis Farrakhan who are doing more harm than good to black America. Some time after that, the Lord exposed racially insensitive words spoken during a "private party" by Trent Lott, a Republican senator from Mississippi, which led to Trent Lott's demise as "Senate Majority Leader". The Lott scandal stirred a short debate on the Republican party's policy regarding black people. Unfortunately, the debate did not last very long. In the meantime, the Lord also exposed scandals within the NAACP, including their vitriolic and personal-attack speeches against George W. Bush and their illegal fundraising for Democratic candidates.
We were deeply saddened by the fact that the debate caused by the Trent Lott scandal was so short-lived, but we knew that God was already at work, for He had been the One who stirred our hearts to pray for Republican awareness of black America's plight. Immediately after Katrina, the Lord spoke to our hearts that part of Katrina's purpose was to awaken America from its indifference towards the spiritual problems in black America; through the Katrina aftermath, God was giving America a prophetic figure of the solution.
A European newspaper wrote that Katrina made America wake up to the "Third-world country" that is living inside its borders. While many Americans saw this comment as another example of European anti-Americanism, it is a spiritually accurate statement that exposes an unsolved spiritual problem inside America. While activist Democratic politicians want to throw more money at the problem without dealing with the unrighteous attitudes in black America, Republicans and the rest of America seem not to care about the problem at all. To most, the problems of black America seem to end at the line where the ghetto borders with the rest of the city, as if to say, "out of sight, out of mind". Even so, the Lord has had many of His remnant believers praying for a restoration of black America. The issue shall be hidden under the rug no more!!!
Because of this, we were not surprised by the "out-of-nowhere" speech by George W. Bush on September 15, 2005, where he spoke of the Katrina disaster in terms of a broader plan to fight poverty in America. Finally, president Bush, who is a very caring man in his private life, showed public concern for the need to develop a strategy to fully restore black America. This was the Lord's working. Shortly after his September 15 speech, Bush was criticized by many Republicans for sounding too much like Democrats FDR and Lyndon Johnson. Other Republicans (like Mississippi governor Haley Barbour and Fox News analyst Sean Hannity) revealed their close-mindedness by interpreting Bush's words in terms of "compassion for victims of a natural disaster". It has still not dawned on most Republicans that you shouldn't need a Category-4 hurricane to have compassion for the millions of souls wasting away in America's ghettos. Without going through a "natural disaster", these souls have already been suffering and wasting away for years. Those who do care (the Democrats) have the wrong answer (the "sin-condoning money catapult"), and those who could provide the righteous answer (the Republicans) simply don't care.
To understand the righteous answer for black America, we must first understand what Scripture says about the "poor":
Each of the Scriptural principles above correlates with each of the 4 "spiritual faces" we are called to move in:
Based on the 4 principles delineated by Scripture (listed above), we can establish 4 basic pillars for the restoration of black America:
In the next prophetic word, we will share on more specific details regarding the spiritual restoration of black America. There is still much more to say regarding Katrina...