Hurricane Harvey and Catastrophic Flooding in Texas, USA

Hurricane Harvey is currently an active tropical cyclone that is causing unprecedented and catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas. It is the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year period with no major hurricanes making landfall in the United States. Harvey is also the first hurricane to hit the state of Texas since Ike in 2008, and the strongest to hit the state since carla in 1961. In addition, it is the strongest hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico since Hurricane Rita and Katrina in 2005 and the strongest to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Charley in 2004. It joined 2016's Matthew as one of only two U.S. hurricanes to cause an extreme wind warning to be issued, indicating "tornado-like winds" within the storm including isolated tornadoes. Harvey is also the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the United States, surpassing a record set by Tropical Storm Ameila in 1978.

The hurricane made landfall on August 24 near Rockport, Texas as a Categorie 4 with winds of 130 mph, and the experience for the people of Texas was like it was during the days of Noah in the area now called Iraq.

The times have never changed since the days of Noah as people remain unrepented and continue to ignore God's message.

The following is an excerpt from the article “Who is God and who is Satan?'

“Did anyone ever wonder if the flood during the days of Noah engulfed the whole world? A few minutes of studying the history of this event and when it took place, would quickly reveal that immediately after the events of Noah, the rest of the world, besides the area Noah lived, was still populated. 

A study of the genealogies of the Patriarchs from Adam to Noah confirms that the flood took place approximately 2349 BC, at a time when people lived on all continents throughout the world. The purpose of the flood was to remove Adam's offspring up to the time of Noah in the area where they lived (Genesis - chapter 6).

It is interesting to note that as late as 1830 AD the Tigris overflowed its banks, swept through Baghdad (where Noah lived from 2944 - 1994 BC), and drowned 15,000 people in one night.”

While spending our winters in the Southern USA a number of years ago, we used to inform Diane Cowen of the Houston Chronicle, the largest daily newspaper in Houston, of additions and publications of new articles to our website. She is a feature writer on 'Religion' for the paper and is currently the Editor of its 'Belief and Flavor Section'. We also used used to copy Jeff Cohen, who is currently the Editor-in-Chief.

We started writing this entry to our website on August 28th after we wrote The Houston Chronicle to remind them of our earlier communication, and to show them once again how the paper deceives the people through false and misleading information with their religious doctrines, their false gods and false Christs and prophets; insomuch that, if it were possible, they would deceive the very elect (Matthew 24:24).

The Flood in Texas was God's doing, as it was during the days of Noah. For all the gods of the people are idols; but the Lord made the heavens (1 Chr. 16:26; Lev. 19:4; Ps. 115:4-8; Isa. 45:20; Jer. 10:3; 1 Cor. 8:4; Gal. 4:8). God blesses all those that put their hope in Him and who trust in His ways (Psalm 2:12; 34:8; 40:4; 84:12; 112:1; Jeremiah 17:7). Furthermore, God protects all those that hear and obey His voice (Psalm 119:2; Matthew 13:6; Luke 11:28; James 1:25; Rev. 1:3; 22:7,14).

The following is a copy of our communication to The Houston Chronicle and The International Business Times/Newsweek Group in response to their articles on Joel Osteen and his actions during the Flood in Houston. Joel Osteen is the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Osteen's televised sermons are seen by over 7 million viewers weekly and over 20 million monthly in over 100 countries and he resides in his $10.5 million dollar River Oaks Mansion in Houston, Texas.

From: Andy G. van den Berg
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 9:55 AM
To: Jeff Cohen ; Diane Cowen – The Houston Chronicle


Subject: Fw: Joel Osteen - False Teacher and Blind Guide

Jeff & Diane,

We used to send you regular updates to our website but it was obvious that you preferred to follow the deceptions of this world. Now that Joel Osteen has clearly shown his true colors and revealed the spirit he serves we thought we remind you of our earlier message to show you that it was indeed according to the spirit of truth (John 14:17). Please find below a copy of a recent email that is self-explanatory.

Notwithstanding we do hope that you will take the courage to show the people of Houston how they have been deceived, rather than being trapped in your own deceptions.

We welcome your questions.

In His Service.

Andy & Dianne van den Berg –


From: Andy G. van den Berg
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:57 AM
To: Maria Vultaggio & Andrew White – International Business Times/ Newsweek Group  
Subject: Joel Osteen - False Teacher and Blind Guide


For a better understanding of the spirit Joel Osteen serves we invite you to read the articles ‘False Apostles and False Christs’ and ‘The True Christ vs False Christs’ listed on our website

The following is an excerpt.

“Most articles that were used for the book 'A World Deceived' were written fifteen to twenty years ago, and since those days many other false prophets have sprung up. Most of them have built themselves multi-million dollar empires of the riches of this world, while they prey on the people of this world through their philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of this world and not after Christ (Col. 2:8).

Some of them are: Kenneth Copeland, Jack Van Impe, Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, Jonathan Falwell, Pat Robertson, etc., etc. and in the future there will be others, even more deceptive than the ones previously mentioned, for this is what the people of this world desire as they refuse to believe in the true and living God.”

Joel Osteen follows after an image of a false God and a false Christ and he deceives all his followers. When you follow these natural brute beasts (2 Peter 2:12; Jer. 12:3; Jude 10), please do know that they all will eventually perish in their own corruption. You will find an entry on the Current Events page of our website on Megachurches. You will locate it as the 22nd entry from the bottom in the Listing. The following is a Link:

We launched our website in 2005 to compliment our book 'A World Deceived'. It has been the number one Listing on Google out of millions of results along with a number of our articles. The website is visited monthly by people from over 110 countries. We have ministered to the people of this world for more than thirty two years and there are those that will attest that our message of Repentance is according to the Spirit of truth (John 14:17); whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him (John 14:17).

The Gospel we preach is the same Gospel as it was preached by Christ and the Apostles and our mission is to build up the House of God (the Body of Christ). As the successors of the Apostles, we are the sure and authentic amanuensis (relating to) of the Holy Spirit; and therefore our writings are to be regarded as the oracles of God (Psalm 28:2; Romans 3:2).

The Word of God records in Revelation 12:9 that this whole world has been deceived, and the content of our website is to show how and by whom the people have been deceived, and what mankind must do to be reunited with the only true and living God.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13,14).

All we can do is stand at the door and knock but it is up to every individual to open the door (Rev. 3:20).

We welcome your questions and would be pleased to share our telephone number with you for ease of communication. Also, feel free to share this email with anyone and fell free to distribute anything we publish.

Seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).

In His Service. Andy & Dianne van den Berg –

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