WASHINGTON – It’s been a year since WND Films released “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” a documentary adaptation of Jonathan Cahn’s bestselling “The Harbinger.”
And it’s been 48 weeks that the movie has been the No. 1 faith film in America – outselling any other on DVD and surpassing nearly every other documentary, including Dinesh D’Souza’s widely hailed “2016.”
“It’s a remarkable story that few have told,” said producer Joseph Farah. “This is the proverbial little film that could. It has created its own distribution network and is now found in most bookstores, most video stores and even outlets like Walmart. It’s a national sensation.”
“The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” makes the case that the devastating attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, represented the same kind of limited judgment by God experienced by ancient Israel as reflected in the Book of Isaiah. Even more remarkable – and documented in the movie – were the similarities of response by American leaders to those of ancient Israel in Isaiah 9:10.
Most notably, the very next day, Sept. 12, 2001, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle delivered an address to a joint session of Congress in which he actually cited and quoted Isaiah 9:10 – explaining, “That is what we will do. We will rebuild.”
On the fourth anniversary of 9/11, Sen. John Edwards, a candidate for vice president at the time, delivered a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus, framing his entire address around Isaiah 9:10.
Later, in his first State of the Union Address, Barack Obama framed his speech around the theme: “We will rebuild. We will recover.”
All of the American leaders think they are bringing words of comfort to the people, but they are in fact reciting an ancient curse of judgment as uttered by Israel’s leaders in their defiance against God.
It seemed like a natural reaction of public officials.
But the point of the bestselling Christian book of 2012 and the bestselling faith movie is that America is re-enacting an ancient drama played out thousands of years ago when Israel’s leaders did not repent and turn back to God after a limited strike on the land. Instead, their words are recorded in Isaiah 9:10, proclaiming they would simply rebuild bigger and better. The result was eventually the destruction of the nation.
Cahn recalls the “We will rebuild” comments repeated “like a mantra after 9/11.”
“And the subsequent policies that embodied these words would end up leading to the second shaking, the economic collapse,” he added.
Both the book and the documentary present a series of remarkable parallels between the judgment of ancient Israel and events impacting America since 9/11.
“The fall of ancient Israel hung on an ancient vow made by its leaders in the wake of God’s first warning of national judgment which came in the form of an enemy strike,” explains Cahn.
“The vow, found in Isaiah 9:10, is the key to the nine harbingers of judgment that foreshadowed the nation’s destruction. ‘The Harbinger’ reveals how these same nine harbingers of a nation under judgment are now reappearing on American soil. Key in this reappearance is the phenomenon of leaders uttering the ancient vow in one form or another. Sometimes the vow occurs in an eerily precise form, as in Tom Daschle’s public declaration before the U.S. Congress on the day after 9/11, when he recited the judgment vow word for word. Other times it appears in summary form – a voicing of the vow’s central phrase ‘We will rebuild.’ In the days after 9/11, one finds American leaders voicing these three central words, again and again and again, almost as a mantra. One of those who uttered them was the president of the United States, George Bush.”
In January of last year, “The Harbinger” skyrocketed to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list and stayed there all year long and through 2013 by suggesting America is following in the defiant footsteps of ancient Israel as recorded in Isaiah 9:10 by insisting on rebuilding bigger and better without considering what God was trying to tell the country through the catastrophic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Isaiah records that Israel had known God and yet turned away from Him. Following a devastating attack by Assyria, rather than returning to God, the leaders declared “with pride and arrogance of heart” a defiant pledge: “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.” (Isaiah 9:10 KJV).
“The Harbinger” reveals the startling reality that beginning the day after 9/11, several American leaders began repeating that 2,500-year-old vow, word for word, in speeches in the Capitol. In the film, viewers get to see and hear the actual speeches.
“Having no idea what he was doing, the majority leader of the U.S. Senate [Tom Daschle] was declaring America as under the judgment of God,” Cahn gives as just one example. “It was the reenactment of an ancient mystery – and bore the most grave of consequences.”
In March, WND Films released “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” as a documentary follow-up to Cahn’s stunning research, revealing the eerie parallels between the reaction of ancient Israel and the national leaders in the U.S. It quickly became the No. 1 faith video in America and has remained in that spot for an unprecedented 48 weeks. It has been back in the No. 1 position in 2013 every week.
“Christians throughout America are using ‘The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,’ as the centerpiece of Bible studies and the movie is being screened in churches by the hundreds,” says Farah.
As a result of the success of “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” WND Films currently has four new movie projects in development.
See the trailer for “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment:
And watch an in-depth interview with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn: