04 November 2015

What Is the Significance of the First Hurricane to Hit Yemen?

22 Marcheshvan 5776

Tropical cyclone dumping years' worth of rain on war-torn Yemen in one day

Ravaged by months of war, Yemen has now been battered by the first tropical storm on record to make landfall in the impoverished Arab country.

Tropical Cyclone Chapala slammed into Yemen's central coast early Tuesday, lashing the area with maximum sustained winds of around 140 kph (85 mph).

But the major concern is the extraordinary volume of rain the storm system is expected to dump on the country's dry, rugged terrain, bringing a severe threat of mudslides.

Yemen typically gets around 100 millimeters (4 inches) of rain per year. Chapala was forecast to unleash two to three times that amount in the space of just one day.

The video says this storm is a hint to Zechariah 9 which also talks about the coming of Mashiach: "And the Lord shall appear over them, and his arrows shall go forth like lightning. And the Lord God shall sound the shofar, and He shall go with the Teiman [Yemen] storms." And prior to that was written: "Be exceedingly happy, O daughter of Zion; Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold! Your king shall come to you. He is just and victorious; humble, and riding a donkey...."

They point out the strange lightning and "arrows like lightning" were specifially mentioned by the prophet. The news articles say that Judaism and Jews are in danger in Yemen; that the government itself said Jews must become Muslims or leave. They say that just like the angels brought the destruction to Sodom and Amorrah, angels brought this storm destruction to Yemen because of the prayers of the Jews there. This occurred during Parshat Vayera, the parsha when we read about Sodom and Amorrah and the words "storms from Teiman [Yemen]" appear in code within Parshat Vayera.

They say also the Zohar on Parshat Balak mentions it and they give a final word: "There's still a little more time to clean ourselves up...." before Mashiach's arrival.