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By Jan Markell
Most people know that birth pangs intensify and become more frequent as the baby is about to be born.  Some translations call this "the beginning of sorrows."  And that is exactly what is happening around the world.  News' stories suggest Hurricane Katrina was "a once in a lifetime" event. How many times in the last five years have we heard that something, usually a disaster, was "of Biblical proportions?  Check out my "Signs in Nature" category to verify this, at the Web site.
There are three "watchmen" I highly respect.  Bill Koenig (, John McTernan, ( and Avner Boskey (  Let me touch on some highlights, or are they lowlights?
Hurricane Katrina is <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />America's tsunami though you might not know that unless you're watching Fox News.  What you won't hear anywhere is that this week New Orleans was to observe "Southern Decadence Day with 100,000 homosexuals gathering there to commit unspeakable acts in public. Previous events were photographed and sent to the mayor and police officials but they did not care. They had their own lust: The $100,000,000 the event brings in.
Gambling casinos took a hit on the coast as this is where the eye of the storm hit.
And as America forced Israelis out of parts of their land, hurricane Katrina was building in the Atlantic. A Fox reporter said, "It must be an emotional experience (for Americans) to walk away from their homes and not ever live in them again." Same with those forced out in Israel.  Israeli homes are being demolished as Gulf Coast homes are demolished.
This was America's greatest "evacuation."  Now we have "refugees".  Israelis were evacuated and many are refugees living in tents and refugee centers, thanks to America.  The Israeli uprooting will affect their entire economy in that some of their finest produce which was exported is now left behind.  America's economy could face a steep recession as oil processing refineries were damaged. Plan to see price increases within days.  Will this bring our economy down?  Major industries will be affected from food delivery, jet fuel, travel, insurance, and so much more with the "ripple effect" of skyrocketing gas prices.
Luke 21 talks about "the sea and the waves roaring" and "men's hearts failing them for fear." We must not stop there.  It goes on to say, "When these things begin to happen, look up and know your redemption draws nigh.  As Hal Lindsey and I shared the same platform in 2004, we both said, "He is at the door."  The "birth pangs" can't get much more intense.
If you're in the area, please consider attending the conference with Hal Lindsey, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1.  All details are under "CONFERENCES" at   We'll talk about how prophecy signs have escalated in recent years.  The Saturday afternoon program considers current deception in the church with other guests.
Everyone has a mantra today. Mine is this: You cannot understand world events without the proper interpretation of Bible prophecy.  It's as simple as that.
Let us continue to pray for the "homeless" both in America and Israel.  Millions have had their lives torn apart and our greatest contribution to them, other than physical needs, is prayer.
(Jan is founder/director of Olive Tree Ministries. To get her e-alerts, free newsletter, or more information, visit her Web site,

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