On November 14, 2013, Caribbean News Now
published one of my letters, the title in question was: A Prophet’s warning to the people of St Vincent
. In that letter, I compared the attitudes and behaviours of people in St Vincent today to its God fearing inhabitants of yesterday. In that piece I sent out a call to all Vincentians, especially the leaders, asking them to lead the people back to the path of the past; a path where honesty, integrity, morality, a love for one’s fellowmen and love for the Creator of heaven, earth, sea and skies dominated our hearts and mind and were evident in our actions.
I also reminded the people that “Yahweh is God and his judgment is sure and swift.” I brought to their attention, and I quote: “St Vincent and the Grenadines, Yahweh wants you to return to Jesus and give your hearts to him. It is time to forget about the demonic promises of grandeurs made by those who hate righteousness; promises that have seen our physical, social, financial, economical and spiritual condition grow worst by the day. It is time we ignore the promises of large airports, connecting tunnels, new cities and hopes of prosperity.
“These are the same power dreams for which we have turned our backs on Yahweh, the same wasted promises that cause us to forsake our morals, disregard our principles; abandon professional ethics, traded our integrity and sold our honesty. Let us not forget that Yahweh is our protector and our provider he is our God and we must love, respect, honor and treat him as such.”
Exactly 40 days from the date of that piece’s publication, on the 23rd day of December 2013, the rain began to fall; of course, there was nothing unusual about this and, a day later, on Christmas Eve day the rain continued to pour in moderate showers, nothing that was not expected, even the people who were directly affected thought nothing of the pre-Christmas Day showers; for to all, it was nothing but a minor Christmas inconvenience.
Like many others, I to listened to the guys on Hot FM, as they gave casual accounts of the flood; a mere after work nuisance that kept them from going to their cars, so they waited, hoping the water would recede before they took their journey home. We all know of the devastation these minor non-threatening showers caused.
Some people thought I was playing politics with the message on November 14, but I was not. That article was truly a warning from the Great God and Creator of heaven and the earth to a people (his favoured people) who have turned their backs upon him. I will assure you that this flood was not the judgment but merely a warning of greater, even more devastation to come, if we (Vincentians) don’t return to the Lord.
As we all try to come to grips with the devastation of this mild rain spell (for there was no torrential downpour) even the authorities are left spell bound by the events that led to the loss of 17 lives and millions of dollars of infrastructural and domestic damages. They are without answer as they look for something, anything to justify that which they are unable to explain. We all search but there are no answers that can lend rationality to the events that happened.
It is unfortunate that the Almighty God Yahweh had to partially remove the hedge of protection he surrounded St Vincent and the Grenadines with; such action was designed to get the attention of a rebellious people. It is also unfortunate that it took such humanly drastic but spiritually minor course of action to get our attention, which resulted in the loss of so many lives.
It is highly important that we understand that God is not mad with Vincentians, but he is calling us back to him; please pay attention to the below text: Hebrews 12: 6, “because the Lord disciplines the one he loves and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son." Proverbs 3:12, For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights; and Revelation 3: 19, those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
My brothers and sisters and other members of the Vincentian community, I beseech you once again, in the name of the almighty and benevolent Creator and God Yahweh and his son the Christ, whose given name was Jesus. Let it be known that the God who possesses ultimate wisdom and power loves Vincentians dearly. We cannot afford to be like Pharaoh of Egypt and cause the chastisement which is meant to bring us back in harmony with his perfect will for us, to be the very thing that pushes us further away from his love, his provision and his protection.
Yahweh have been using subtle means to get our attention; however, we refused to heed his call, Our economic hardship (zero economic growth for many years), high unemployment, etc., the pest infested crops (black sigakota, leaf spot, etc.), the escalating crime rate; all these are in keeping with Duet: 28: 19 Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. 20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou set your hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me. 21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto you, until they have consumed thee from off the land that possessed.
If a simple warning that was designed to get our attention could generate such hurt and devastate us so badly, you will not like to get a small fraction of Yahweh’s judgment.
St Vincent and the Grenadines, your leaders have led you away from the path of right living, love for your fellow men and love for the almighty God; the same God who has kept us safe from the many hurricanes, and other storms in whose path we hopelessly lie. They (political and other leaders) went seeking after familiar spirits; they have put their trust and have been serving strange Gods. We can repent and enjoy the grace of a loving and forgiving God or we can continue and on the current curse, reject Yahweh’s provision and protection, without which; we will receive the full force of the Devil’s wrath.
Finally, to the Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves and anyone else who think by virtue of their office and their extra-occupational dealing they are all powerful, I ask you to please remember that spiritual wickedness in high places is no match for spiritual goodness in heavenly places.
Allan (Yahweh's Servant) Palmer