... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)


In the news: Drought, and blood in your coffee!

Periods of official drought in a country or the blood additive in your coffee, which one is worse? Either way, both has an impact at least on peoples health. The news in ...

Rainy days
... England one of the countries of the United Kingdom has been struck by severe drought the last two winters – starting in 2010 – causing water shortages through out south-east England that last until Christmas this year, while more areas of the UK may move into drought during this time. Several English counties have been declared official drought zones. Even though according to officials the public water supplies are not as yet being affected, these two unusually dry winters led to the water companies decision to impose restrictions by a hosepipe ban from April 2012, to prevent more problems in certain areas especially now that London is preparing to host the Olympic Games this summer and the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrated this year. The Environment Agency said the farmers and the environment are experiencing the damaging effects of this drought. After the last two dry winters some of England's ground waters are left depleted and there are rivers at an exceptionally lowest ever recorded level. The lack of rain is also having a huge impact on wild life. England isn't the only country experiencing a period of official drought. And then there is wet-drought,  a period with to much rain to handle - UK-floods in 2012 -  which may have a devastating effect on the environment of a country and to its economy.  

Israel has been coping with drought for eight consecutive years now. Drought, officially marked as such, that has caused an alarming drop in the water level of the Sea of Galilee, Lake Kinneret. This lake, which is Israel's only sweet water source, is being fed rain water through various streams in the Galilee and Golan Hights. In recent years the water level did reach below the red line, which is the recommended level not to draw water from the lake. The water level did also drop closely, but fortunately not below the black line, which is the level where it's dangerous to pump water from the lake. Because this could cause the water pressure on the salt reservoirs at the bottom of the lake to decrease, which in turn could cause the lake's water to become salty. The amount of rain that has been falling up to now hasn't been enough to make up for all the years of drought in Israel, but recently the water level of the Sea of Galilee has been rising again which is seen by some - those faithful to God the Father - as no less than a miracle.

Centuries ago God did make clear that he is the one that provides for the land of Israel as Deuteronomy 11 states,
... 10 The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. 11 But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. 12 It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.
13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul— 14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, ...

I remember our visit to Israel in February 2010, where we went first to Temple Mount and later to Bethlehem. After visiting the Milk Grotto in Bethlehem we had heavy rain. Our guide from Bethlehem told us that people have been praying for rain because of the drought, so I regarded the rain as God's blessing and I do expect more rainy days for Israel from Him. For biblical scripture does say that God gives rain to the earth - Job 5:10 - and we know Israel has experienced periods of drought before - 1 Kings 17 and 18 - after which God provided rain. But at that time, before he could give rain he did a miracle that led the Israelites including their leaders to let go of their idols and occult practices at that moment, because of them acknowledging the only one true God. In doing so, the spiritual occult grip on the Israeli people and the country of Israel was broken. And God the Almighty Father sent his purifying and nourishing rain down. I wonder what will be God's miracle for his people this time? I don't believe it will be the same type of miracle as in the days of Elijah, for the creative Almighty God has no need to repeat himself. An example of that is his words and covenant after the flood - Genesis 9:1-17 - which also brings us to the next subject: the consumption of blood.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: In the News