Links: | CNN | AP | Times-Picayune | Surge Breach | WWL |August 31 (Day 243, Fulfillment): New Orleans, the Big Easy, has fallen. Most of the city is under water up to the roofs of houses. Hundreds of rescue boats and helicopters are ferrying people out of the city to safety. A convoy of buses is enroute to the Houston Astrodome with evacuees from the Superdome. Looters are wading through the streets pillaging stores with impunity. Most communication systems are down. Even the police are having communication difficulties due to flooded control centers.
Today, on Day 243, for fulfillment, President Bush, the 43rd President of the US, announced federal support for New Orleans. President Bush authorized support from the US Army, Navy, and Air Force. The USS Bataan, a helicopter assault ship, was near New Orleans today. It will be used as a command center. The Navy will also dispatch the USS Iwo Jima from Norfolk with three other ships. And the Navy hospital ship Comfort is coming from Baltimore.
Even though New Orleans survived Hurricane Katrina with minimal damage, water lapping over a floodwall eventually led to a breach in the floodwall. Water began to pour into the city from the breached floodwall by the 17th Street Canal. Pumps were soon submerged and unable to operate. The day after Katrina, August 30, 2005, Day 242, part of the city was under water. As the water continued to rise, the Governor ordered the evacuation of everyone today. The water level has now crested and is beginning to recede even though the Army Corps of Engineers has not yet sealed the breach in the floodwall.
The sight of New Orleans along the Mississippi River with its canals is like ancient Babylon with its canals along the Euphrates River. Louisiana is the region of Simeon criminality. Looters in the devastated city are reinforcing the symbolism. Tartarus, the dungeon of Hell, is under the Euphrates River beneath ancient Babylon. The fall of Babylon in the Tribulation will be proclaimed by angelic heralds:
And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, "Fallen! Fallen! Babylon the Great, who has made all the nations drink from the passionate wine of her prostitution." (Revelation 14:8)Today it could be said, Fallen! Fallen! is New Orleans, the Great City, the Big Easy. The city is flooded. The Noahic Flood was the worst disaster in history. President Bush has correctly surmised that the fall of New Orleans is a national tragedy. Jeremiah compared the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC to a flood.
Waters flowed over my head;The water in the streets of New Orleans is a sign of Judgment from the breakdown of Marriage Culture due to female promiscuity (influence of the Prostitute of Babylon). The oil crisis that resulted is a sign of the failure of the male (Evil King) in Marriage Culture. The destruction of Gulf Coast beach houses was the Judgment of pleasure seekers (James 4:1-4; 5:1-6).
I said, “I am cut off!” (Lamentations 3:54, NAS)
New Orleans fell from a breach in the floodwalls of two canals. As the water poured into the city, there was no leadership to plug the leak. While water poured into the city, government bureaucrats gave interviews on television and bewailed their fate. Such is the case with the Prostitute of Babylon.
Today, the people of New Orleans have their lives uprooted to symbolize the plight of a nation under the Cycles of Discipline. The lives of these people have been reduced to survival mode. Christians who know how to pray can intercede for them. Those in Florida should be able to understand their needs. In his lamentation after the devastation of Jerusalem, Jeremiah faced a similar scene by recalling Bible Doctrine in order to realign his X, Y, and Z axes.
20 Surely my soul remembers
And is humbled down within me.
21 This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope (Z-axis).
22 The unfailing Love of the LORD never ceases,
For His compassions never come to an end (Y-axis).
23 New every morning!
Great is Your faithfulness! (X-axis)
New Orleans did not fall from the howling winds of Hurricane Katrina, but from a breach in a floodwall of the 17th Street Canal. A breach in a floodwall like a breach in a city wall symbolizes a security breach. The sign of breached walls was associated with the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. Louisiana, the region of Simeon criminality, is directly south of Naphtali, the doe and symbol of peace. The peace process supported by the US has contributed to all this mess.
The security of the US was breached in the terrorist attack on New York City on September 11, 2001. The fall of New Orleans represents a large breach in the security of the US. The only way to plug the breach in the walls of the US is for Christians to stand in the gap. Christians must return to the teachings of the Bible and advance to Spiritual Maturity. The Spiritual solution is the only solution; the human solution is no solution.
Gaza Evacuation Analogy
Furthermore, the evacuation of New Orleans is analogous on a much more massive scale to the evacuation of Jewish settlements in Gaza. The Israeli government threw the settlers out of Gaza. The Louisiana government is sending the residents out of New Orleans and not allowing them back for months. Because the US failed to support Israel in the face of terrorist bombings, our troops are now being bombed by terrorists in Iraq. Because the US failed to support Israel's right to live in the Promised Land during the Gaza evacuations, New Orleans, the pattern of modern Babylon, is now being evacuated in Client Nation USA. Lawless Arabs roam the streets of the Middle East. Lawless Americans are now roaming the streets of New Orleans. The breach in the floodwall was on the 17th Street Canal, where 17 is the number for lawlessness. All this has happened in less than a week since the Destroyer angel of Katrina blew through New Orleans. This is the curse of Abraham (Genesis 12:3).
Fall of Babylon Analogy (Added 9-10-05)
The fall of New Orleans was due to the Judgment of God. The fall represented the fall of Babylon, which is symbolized by the Judgment of the Prostitute of Babylon (Revelation 14:8). The Prostitute of Babylon will be destroyed in the Tribulation by the Evil King (Dictator of the Revived Roman Empire).
And the ten horns which you saw and the Beast, these will hate the prostitute and make her desolate and stripped bare and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. (Revelation 17:16)This is analogous to rape. Finally, the great city of Babylon will be destroyed in the Tribulation by an earthquake, which will divide the city into three parts (Revelation 16:18-19). After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was divided into three power spheres:
For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her prostitution; and the kings of the earth have committed prostitution with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich from the power of her sensuality. (Revelation 18:3)There was great lamentation over the fall of New Orleans just as there will be over the fall of Babylon in the Tribulation (Revelation 18:9-19). There will be "woes" from three groups just as there has been in the fall of New Orleans:
Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana at 89W., for an authority counterattack. After the storm, much of New Orleans rapidly fell into lawlessness. There was looting in the streets. In the storm shelters, there were robberies, rapes, and murders. No one had authority over the city as it fell under the power of Cosmic, Political, and Ecumenical Babylon. According to Governor Blanco, the buses didn't arrive to evacuate the people because the bus drivers, many of the women, "got afraid to drive." So, they looked for authority figures to drive the buses. And what authority did they have to drive the buses in the first place? Hundreds of firefighters from across the nation were held up for days in Atlanta by FEMA until they completed training in community relations and sexual harassment. The new bureaucracy, the Department of Homeland Security, failed to live up to its billing of seamless authority as the Governor, mayor, and federal government all failed to recognize true authority. This is the fallout of a matriarchal society with women in government under the power of the Prostitute of Babylon.