Is it possible that it has taken us 11 years to understand there was more to 9/11, the single most devastating attack on the American mainland, than met the eye?
I am convinced that it was intended by God as a wake-up call to a nation founded on biblical principles – a warning eerily similar to those ignored by ancient Israel before the judgment and, ultimately, the destruction of the nation.
Only now are millions of Americans becoming aware of those parallels.
The best-selling Christian book of 2012, and one of the best-selling books of any kind, “The Harbinger,” by Jonathan Cahn, makes the case persuasively. It has stood near or atop the New York Times best-sellers list since its debut in January.
The best-selling faith movie of 2012, and one of the top documentaries of any kind, “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” based on the same teachings of Jonathan Cahn, makes the same point.
The book and the movie are stirring renewed interest in national repentance and revival.
But since they came out earlier this year, events have continued to occur that make the case even stronger that God is trying to get our attention – just as He tried to get the attention of ancient Israel before it proved too late.
The story of ancient Israel’s refusal to heed the warnings by returning to God are told in Isaiah 9 – and forcefully in Isaiah 9:10, when the nation responds by telling God that, despite a limited attack by the Assyrians that destroyed buildings and part of the land, Israel was going it alone. The people and the leaders would rebuild bigger and stronger and recover from the attack by their own power – not His.
When American leaders – three of them specifically – began reciting Isaiah 9:10 immediately following the 9/11 attack, they were, knowingly or unknowingly, invoking harsher judgment on America.
And just last week, something even more bizarre occurred. Tornadoes, not known to hit Washington and New York – especially at the same time – did just that. And they did so on Saturday, just three days before the anniversary of the 9/11 attack.
Today, we will all remember the tragic circumstances of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Some of us will get angry all over, again. Some of us will mourn lost loved ones. Some of us will explore military and political courses to avoid such an attack in the future. Some will no doubt marvel at the magnificence of the new World Trade Center – and the way we, using our own power, have rebuilt stronger and higher.