5. Poking a finger in the eye of God
Repeatedly Scripture and commentaries record defiance as the highest insult against the Most High God. Senator John Kerry, in his statement before the United States Senate on Wednesday, September 12, 2001 remarked:
“…And I believe one of the first things we should commit to – with federal help that underscores our nation’s purpose – is to rebuild the towers of the World Trade Center and show the world we are not afraid – we are defiant.”
On the day the cornerstone was laid, New York Governor, George Pataki again insisted: “Today, we the heirs of that revolutionary spirit of defiance, lay this cornerstone.”
(NO MENTION OF GOD)
6. Rooted and grounded, Ground Zero in bronze
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn reveals the harbinger of the sycamore:
The sycamore tree, as recorded in the Bible, is a sign of judgment. The Bible even says in Egypt as a sign of judgement the sycamore tree came down. On September 11th, this freak event happened. In the devastation: a steel beam from the North Tower hurled from the sky. As the Tower fell, it went through the air and struck down an object: it was a tree.
The uprooted sycamore at St. Paul’s Chapel. Incidentally the chapel stood.
The next day the people returned to ground zero. They found a tree lying on the ground, pierced by the beam of a falling Tower. There, at Ground Zero was a sycamore tree – struck town…after the tree of Isaiah 9…a harbinger of judgment…’the sycamore has fallen’…
…and strange, eerily, the people made a display of it, not realizing what it was in the Bible… and put it on display, its roots exposed…not realizing, as if to draw more attention to the sign. A sculptor made a cast of it. He poured bronze into the cast of the Biblical metal of judgment and the image of the fallen sycamore would be displayed on Wall Street.
This bronze sycamore root sculpture is chilling and significant. In May, 1792, twenty-four stock brokers met underneath a buttonwood tree, along Wall Street in New York City. The Buttonwood Agreement birthed the golden calf of commerce, the bull of the New York Stock Exchange, but would be delivered, uprooted and cast in bronze.
The buttonwood tree is more familiar as the American sycamore. This memorial on Wall Street would come to represent the riches of a nation uprooted, overturned, judged and displayed in bronze: and yet another idol.
7. The Tree of Hope
Rabbi Cahn continues with this intriguing narrative:
At the same Ground Zero site, you had three [physical SIGNS] of the harbingers. But there’s one more. There is the cedar tree, which is the seventh harbinger, the arez tree….’the sycamores are fallen but we will put cedars in their place…’ (Is 9:10)
Two years after the September 11th attack Ground Zero saw a strange sight. There was a crane lowering a different object. The crane lowered the object to a place where there had been a hole in the ground, and it was being laid over the place where the fallen sycamore tree went down. It would have been natural to replace the sycamore tree with a sycamore tree, but the Scripture says ‘we will replace it with an arez [cedar] tree. The object lowered was an arez tree, a conifer tree, the same as the cedar of Lebanon.
The Rabbi pauses at this point and said the following:
Now that would be enough, but there’s actually more:
“In Hebrew parallelism, a verse is often matched with a verse that rhymes in thought and so it matches the fallen bricks and the fallen sycamore together and they were both found the day after 911 in the ruins.
There are two others, which are the cedar tree and the hewn stone. They are together because the cranes lowered both of them; and they both had a ceremony surrounding them. These icons were: one called the “Tree of Freedom,” the other was “The Tree of Hope.”
At the ceremony, there was a clergyman. As the tree was coming down to where the sycamore had been, he said:
“We are gathered here today on holy ground. Ground hallowed by its witness to the dust, and death and destruction of September 11th. The ground is sanctified by our presence here as we dedicate this Tree of Hope in witness the divine within each of us.”
“It replaces a sycamore tree destroyed on September 11th 2001 by the collapsing Towers. Our prayer is that this Ground Zero Tree of Hope will be a sign: a sign of the indomitable nature of human hope. As we walk this hallowed ground, may this Tree be an icon of hope, a symbol.”
The ceremonial planting of the cedar Tree of Hope took place on November 22, 2003. The inaugural lighting ceremony was held the following week.
Ground Zero’s Tree of Hope, at St. Paul’s Chapel
8. The Ultimate Harbinger Is The Vow
The words of the rulers in the wake of destruction.
Rabbi Cahn continues:
“At the end of November of 2003, the tree came down to replace the sycamore. Seven months later, the quarried stone came down on the ruins of Ground Zero two months after that was complete, there was a Presidential election and the Democratic candidate for Vice President was John Edwards.”
He was speaking in Washington DC at a gathering, it was September 11th, the third anniversary of the devastation. And since it was a prayer breakfast he chose a Scripture which he linked to the events of September 11th. These now are his words on September 11, 2004 in Washington DC.
“Good morning. Today on this day of remembrance and mourning, we have the Lord’s Word (Is 9:10)
• ‘The bricks have fallen, but we will build – with dressed stones:
• the sycamores were down, but we will put cedars in their place….’
Of all the thousands of Scriptures he could have chosen, he chose this one obscure verse from Isaiah, which even most Believers don’t know, not realizing what he was saying: it was a Scripture of judgment marking it and he linked it to September 11th. He said that it was the Lord’s Word to us and not knowing this, he then based the speech on this scripture. He goes on to say:
“Let me show you how we are building and putting cedars in those three hallowed places, the Towers, the Pentagon and the Field. Walk with me through this day and you will see that while those bricks fell and the sycamores cut down, our people are making those cedars rise.”
And he closed with,
“Each time that bell tolls it calls us to a greater purpose. To never forget: it calls us to always remember that when we walk together this day that the cedars will rise and the stones will go up.”
(NO MENTION OF GOD)
9. The President of the United States
When the President of the United States addressed a joint session of Congress with his State of the Union Address, January 2009, he said the following:
“But while our economy weakens and our confidence shaken; though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”
(NO MENTION OF GOD)