Hurricane Joaquin became the 2015 Atlantic season’s third hurricane Wednesday morning, and hurricane watches and warnings have been issued for the Bahamas while we nervously eye its potential to affect the U.S. East Coast. What makes this particular Hurricane interesting is the meaning of the name and the timing of it’s appearance, along with its projected landfall. The name Joaquin in Hebrew means “lifted by Yahweh”.    Jehoiakim was also in the bible, as he was the son of Josiah and Zebidah. At age 25, he was made king by Pharoah Neco in place of his brother Jehoahaz, who was exiled to Egypt. Jehoiakim reigned for eleven years (608-598 BC) but his reign was an evil one. During his reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked Jerusalem. Not only is that intriguing but this hurricane has formed during a historical event that took place on the East Coast in New York at the UN Headquarters!

The Palestinian Authority raised its flag at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the first time on Wednesday.    In this meeting PA Leader Abbas said that “the day for raising the flag on top of Jerusalem, capital of the Palestinian state, will be coming soon.” Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas also went on to announce announce that the PA is no longer committed to the 1994 Oslo Accords. In his UN General Assembly address Wednesday evening, Abbas wasted no time attacking Israel from the podium in New York. He began by repeating calls for a “two-state solution,” and condemning Israeli “settlements” in Judea and Samaria, as well as the blockade of Gaza. 

So what will come of this hurricane? will Yahweh “Lift his Hedge” from the East Coast as a result of the nations coming together to approve the “Division of Israel”? or will the Lord have mercy through the prayers and intercessions of the saints? Is this all just a bizarre coincidence or is it once again divine signs being manifested to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see?