ISRAEL-PRELUDE TO GOD LIFTING HIS PROTECTIVE COVER OVER AMERICA-ISAIAH 9:10
As ancient Israel turns it back on God the prophet Ezekiel has visions of what will lead to the nation’s demise. He sees all kind of abominations that are unpleasing to God. Self love and dark deeds. Women “weeping for Tammuz” and engaged in sorceresses, lewdness, and participating in rites of an idol later identified as Adonis.
Ezekiel saw men worshiping the sun which was the god of eastern idolaters and worst of all worship of the creature over God’s creation.
Ezekiel then witnessed the final affront to God. Violence in the land, defiance of God and the celebration of Bacchus. The Israelite had been constantly warned by the prophets that God would not have pity on them or hear their cries. Judgment was due and it was delivered.
The watchmen on the wall sounded the warning, but it went unheeded. The northern kingdom consisting of 10 tribes; Reuben; Simeon; Zebulon; Issachar; Dan; Asher; Gad; Naphtali; Ephraim and Manasseh, became captives of the Syrians who were chosen as the rod of judgment. Instead of heeding the warning, they were defiant and arrogant of heart.
Four times in Isaiah 9:8-10, Israel was accused, and four times they received the judgments for not heeding the warnings.
The Israelite’ leaders continued to speak in defiance and arrogance of heart: “We will build and we will replace” inferring that they would be larger and stronger. (No mention of turning to God). As a result devastation fell upon the southern kingdom consisting of Judah and Benjamin and the scattering of the nation began.
Isaiah 9:10 “The bricks have fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.”
As we saw in our prelude the consequences of Israel’s disobedience and rebellion were severe, God lifted his protective covering over their nation. America is heading down the same path.
In July of 2005, a Messianic Jewish Rabbi, Jonathan Cahn was given an understanding of what Isaiah the prophet was trying to convey in Chapter 9. His message before his Messianic Congregation contained parts which could only be understood from the prospective of the near future events.
Tuesday, September 11, 2001’s attack on the Twin Towers was surreal made worse by the medium of television. Who can ever forget seeing the people jumping from the buildings?
Rabbi Cahn describes the 9 harbingers of judgment that America is experiencing and how they are comparable to Israel’s demise. His insights are scary to say the least and should serve as a warning to our nation.
The news media had a field day with every descriptive adjective available trying to portray the extent of the tragedy.
Fire, smoke, dust, ashes and the smell of death permeated the area of mass destruction. This event surpassed the death toll of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.
All of the cities destroyed in WWII reveal little of the devastation inflicted upon them, their fallen bricks. The bricks of Ground Zero were reduced to ash and there was little more than dust and metal to recover. Is there a hidden message for America in these fallen bricks?
2. The Woe of the Wills
One day after September 11,2001, the nation waited for a response from out leadership. Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle, delivered the following:
“Recorded in the Federal Register, the words of Senator Daschle for the Joint Resolution of Condemnation for the attacks the morning of September 12th, 2001 can be read as they had been spoken:
“Mr. President, it is with pain, sorrow, anger, and resolve that I stand before this Senate, a symbol for 212 years of the strength of our democracy, and say that America will emerge from this tragedy, as we have emerged from all adversity, united and strong…
…The world should know that the Members of both parties in both Houses stand united. The full resources of our Government will be brought to bear in aiding the search and rescue and in hunting down those responsible and those who may have aided or harbored them.
Nothing, nothing can replace the losses that were suffered. I know there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation. But there is a passage in the Bible, from Isaiah, that I think speaks to all of us at times such as this:
The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.
That is what we will do. We will rebuild and we will recover. The people of America will stand strong together because the people of America have always stood together. And those of us privileged to serve this great Nation will stand with you.”
(No mention of God)
3. The Arrogance of Defiance
Mayor of NYC, Rudy Giuliani stated “We will rebuild: We’re going to come out of this stronger than before. The whole skyline will be whole again.”
(No mention of God)
The Freedom Tower
“Rising from its square base — which will be constructed of impermeable concrete and steel — the redesigned Freedom Tower will taper into eight tall isosceles triangles, forming a perfect octagon at its center. An observation deck will be located 1,362 feet above ground and there will be a square glass parapet at 1,368 feet, the heights of the original Twin Towers. From these, an illuminated spire containing a television antenna will rise to a last height of 1,776 feet.”
The first stone to be used in the construction of the 1,176 ft. Freedom Tower was hew from New York granite and lowered by crane in a ceremony on July 4, 2004. Governor George Pataki of New York presided:
“Today is indeed, a momentous day. Today we take 20 tons of Adirondack granite – the bedrock of our State – and place it as the foundation, the bedrock of a new symbol of American strength and confidence. Today, we lay the cornerstone for a new symbol of this city and this country and of our resolve in the face of terror. Today we build the Freedom Tower.”
The stone was going to be used for the cornerstone, but was removed on June 23, 2006 purportedly for design defects. It’s sitting on a lot on Long Island.
…To be continued with Part II