In the over 162 years worth of data pertaining to known
storms, only nine have reached tropical storm status within 100 miles of Erin's current location during the entire month of
August. Of these nine storms, only one reached the US mainland.
The 1893 Sea Island hurricane, just as Tropical Storm Erin of 2013, formed on August 15, just east
of the Cape Verde islands. As the hurricane trekked through the Atlantic it eventually made landfall on August 27, near Savannah,
Georgia. The Sea Island hurricane killed an estimated 2,000 people, similar in number to the lives lost during Hurricane Katrina
in 2005, which also made landfall at the end of August. So, if history is any indication, Tropical Storm Erin of 2013 has
a very low probability of ever becoming any threat to the US.
That being said, Erin is still abnormal and I couldn't help but wonder if she is an indication of an even
larger issue, one far greater than any major hurricane impact on the US mainland.
This isn't the first time a Tropical Storm that formed on August 15, has been named Erin. Keeping
in mind the abnormality of such a storm forming near the Cape Verde islands during the month of August, I find it all the
more interesting that of all storms to form here, on August 15, it would be named Erin.
On August 15, 2007, a persistent area of convection in the Gulf of Mexico attained Tropical Storm
status and was named Erin. The following day, Erin made landfall near Lamar, Texas. The storm took 16 lives and dumped almost
a foot of rain in various parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Damage estimates rose past 65 million dollars from the severe
storms and major flooding she produced as she crept across the land.
On the very day that Erin was impacting land in the US, a memorandum of understanding was being signed
by Israel and the US at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem. The MOU outlined defense aid the US would provide to Israel, $30
billion over the next 10 years.
Fisher, who was Governor of the Bank of Israel from 2005 till January of 2013, began the opening statements, he immediately
drew attention to the central focus of the MOU.
is an extraordinarily important agreement for Israel - important in the first instance for what it says about the Israeli
and American relationship. The Memorandum... includes a sentence, which starts: ‘Reflecting the unshakable commitment
of the United States to Israel's security, the United States supports increased level of foreign military financing grant
assistance to Israel in future years, to help Israel with the needed security requirements.' The aid itself is of critical
importance; its reflection of the United State's unswerving support is no less important. It expresses a great deal of confidence
in Israel to continue its very important defense and economic policies, in a very difficult environment."
Could Tropical Storm Erin of 2007 be drawing attention to a future
period in time when the US is not as supportive of Israel's security?
Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers of mine heritage, because ye are grown
fat as the heifer at grass, and bellow as bulls... I (YHVH) have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon,
and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD. The LORD hath opened
his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation...Jeremiah 50:11,24-25
Fast forward to 2013, currently, the US is once again attempting to shoehorn a Palestinian State
into the midst of sovereign Israeli borders. This latest round of talks resumed yesterday in Jerusalem, just one day after
the release of 26 Palestinian terrorists, a "goodwill gesture" forcefully put upon the Israeli government at the
hands of the Obama administration. These far-reaching hands of the Obama administration now drip with the same Israeli blood
shed by the Palestinian terrorists the administration pressured Israel into releasing. Regardless of how this latest round
of talks proceeds, these talks will be forever stained with the blood of Israelis, spilled by terrorists revered by the Palestinians
As Obama fiddles, the unshakable
commitment for Israel's security he so often touts is all but burning.
Today, Bayit Yehudi MK Ayelet Shaked, a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu's governing coalition
put the recent "goodwill gesture" into a starkly coherent perspective as she put her unflinching assessment of reality
together in an open letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry, Obama's point man for the latest round of peace negotiations.
"By forcing Israel to capitulate to
terrorism by releasing murdering terrorists with so much blood on their hands that the US would never dream of releasing if
it was their own citizens murdered - you are not only being extremely hypocritical, but are actually dabbling in experimentation
and gambling, by putting me and my children's lives at risk."
"You forcing us to release terrorists with blood on their hands is made all the more absurd,
cynical and vicious by the fact that your country refuses to this day to release Jonathan Pollard from jail, despite the unprecedented
term he has served thusfar."
Secretary: the price of releasing over a hundred convicted murders will be borne by my family & my people, not by you.
How will you carry the burden of the terrible price towards which you are leading us?"
All of what she has said is true, yet it is the last statement that troubles me. "How
will you carry the burden of the terrible price towards which you are leading us?" Considering the LORD has already
spoken, "all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces."
So, as Tropical Storm Erin forms in a region host to only nine other named storms during the month
of August, on a day that another Erin formed on 2007, a day before impacting the US mainland on the same day the US and Israel
signed the MOU promising an unshakable bond between the US and Israel, a bond centering around security, we are slapped in
the face with the reality of a much different picture 6-years later.
Some say Erin means peace, though I cannot say for sure. Others say it is a Gaelic name for Ireland;
to me, the meaning of the name in this instance is not what is important, at least not as much as the memory this latest occurrence
of the name Erin invokes.
Erin reminds me of
a memorandum of understanding made between two nations, one once powerful and the other a mere speck of Promise, one with
no future, the other ingrained in a Covenant far greater than any man or nation could ever make.
As the latest form of Erin stirs above the swells of the sea, I can't help but wonder if she had
a voice today in Ayalet Shaked, a record of sorts, another witness before the prosecution rests and the Judge hands out HIS
I am reminded that YHVH
is in control of the wind and the seas, the earth and the sun, the moon and its gravitational pull upon our world, yet men
and women from the world around us continue to remain willfully blind to the undying danger inherently found within the wickedness
of sin -the certainty of death.
Let us continue
to pray for the Peace of Jerusalem to come, Yeshua HaMashiach.
God Bless, daniel
now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have
no pleasure in them; 2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after
the rain: 3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders
cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets,
when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall
be brought low; 5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree
shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the
mourners go about the streets: 6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken
at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall
return unto God who gave it. Ecclesiastes 12:1-7