WASHINGTON – As construction workers placed the capstone on the new World Trade Center in New York Friday, some words were uttered that will be hauntingly familiar to readers of "The Harbinger" by Jonathan Cahn or viewers of "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" – respectively the bestselling Christian book and movie of 2012 and 2013.
As the last piece of a 408-foot spire was placed atop what has become known as "The Tower," the head of the building project, Steven Plate, boasted pridefully that the beacon will be seen for miles around and "give a tremendous indication to people around the entire region, and the world, that we're back and we're better than ever."
To consumers of "The Harbinger" and "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment," those words are sure to remind them of the central theme of the book and movie, which suggest 9/11 and its aftermath bear striking parallels to the judgment of ancient Israel as recorded in Isaiah 9:10. In Isaiah 9:10, Israel is hit with a limited attack due to God's judgment, but instead of repenting for falling away from God, the leaders of Israel vow to rebuild bigger, better and stronger with their own power.
The book, and the companion “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment," a documentary film, explains that America similarly is being allowed to experience limited judgments, or attacks, and similarly is rejecting the idea of a return to God, promising instead to rebuild alone.
Even Barack Obama has played a role in the arguments made in the book and documentary.
When he visited the building site last summer, he signed a steel girder with a message of interest to the hundreds of thousands who have read "The Harbinger" or seen the video documentary "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment."
"“We remember," he wrote. "We rebuild. We come back stronger!"
His comments were among the many made by U.S. officials whose behavior constitutes one of the "harbingers" of coming judgment.
The book and film note that Obama used his first State of the Union message to recall a similar message.
The original vow, in Isaiah, begins with the words: "The bricks have fallen, but we will rebuild with hewn stone," explains Cahn. It also references a sycamore falling and being replaced by a cedar. "The vow declares Israel's defiance of God, in the face of a devastating strike on the land."
But the confluence of events is even more startling.
"When the ancient rabbis translated this verse into the Greek Septuagint," Cahn told WND, "something interesting happened. The verse became, 'The bricks have fallen. Come let us build for ourselves a tower.'
"The rabbis got that phrase from the Tower of Babel," Cahn said. "They were seeing a connection between what happened in Genesis 11, with Isaiah 9:10. In both cases, a tower that represented the pride, the arrogance and the defiance of man.
"The sign of Israel’s defiance of God was a national campaign of rebuilding that which had been destroyed. As rendered by the Septuagint, this rebuilding takes the form of a tower. The tower," Cahn said, "is the fourth harbinger.
Obama's message in 2009? "Tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild. And the United States of America will emerge stronger than before."
Last June, Cahn explained: "Two of the mysteries of 'The Harbinger,' foreshadowed in the book came true. Obama went to Ground Zero to see the still rising tower. He was given a beam which will constitute the tower's final and highest beam. On the beam, the president wrote eight words – which were, in effect, a summation of the ancient vow of judgment: 'We Remember, We Rebuild, We Come Back Stronger!'"
Cahn continued: "So now the tower will be crowned and finished with words paralleling Isaiah 9:10, the ancient vow of national judgment. The tower was begun with the laying down of a hewn stone, the very same object mentioned in Isaiah 9:10 which begins the rebuilding.
"Now the words and the tower have been joined together in reality – and the one who did it was the president of the United States," he told WND. "One subtle difference in the words is that the vow is spoken in the future tense. But now the words inscribed on the towers are in the present tense. In other words, they not only speak of the defiant vow, but of the fact that the vow is being fulfilled.
"This," says Cahn, "constitutes another ominous sign."
Obama is not the only one, nor was he the first, to lend his voice to the idea of rebuilding.
"In the aftermath of the attack, the nation was stunned," said Cahn. "Everyone was trying to make sense of what had happened – this unprecedented attack on America. The very next day, Sept. 12, then Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle presented America's response to the world. And what did he say?"
Daschle said: "America will emerge from this tragedy as we have emerged from all adversity – united and strong. Nothing … nothing can replace the losses of those who have 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 speaks to all of us at times like this."
He then went on to read Isaiah 9:10.
"Daschle has no idea what he is doing here," explains Cahn. "He thinks he's offering comforting words to a grief-stricken people, but he is actually embracing the spiritually defiant and arrogant words of the children of Israel, proclaiming the ancient and ominous vow of the leaders of that nation. He doesn't realize it, but he is actually inviting more judgment on the nation."
It might be of some significance that Daschle, one of the most powerful men in the nation when he spoke those words, later fell into disgrace – to the point where he couldn't even serve in Obama's Cabinet.
On the third anniversary of the attack, Sept. 11, 2004, another powerful U.S. senator running for vice president that year and who would famously run for the presidency four years later, gave a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus.
This time, John Edwards' entire speech was built on a foundation of Isaiah 9:10:
"Today, on this day of remembrance and mourning, we have the Lord's Word to get us through," he said. He then read Isaiah 9:10. He went on to talk about how America was doing just that – rebuilding with hewn stone and planting cedars.
In "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment," viewers get to see these remarkable, largely forgotten or overlooked speeches, which directly link the events of 9/11 and the events referred to in Isaiah 9:10.
"Like Daschle, Edwards thinks he's invoking inspirational and comforting words from the Bible, but he's actually inviting judgment on America," says Cahn. "He's repeating the vow that provoked God to bring calamity on ancient Israel."
There are numerous other "coincidences" cited by Cahn.
There was actually a very famous sycamore tree felled in the attack on the World Trade Center. It was replaced by trees in the same genus as the cedar. A "hewn stone" was actually quarried out of the Adirondack Mountains in New York and brought to Ground Zero as a cornerstone.
"The parallels are truly stunning," said Joseph Farah, founder of WND, who produced the documentary for WND Films. "In fact, they are overwhelming in their number and their exactitude. I am persuaded God is trying to tell America something and Rabbi Cahn has found the key to unlocking the message."
Cahn explains the impetus for the message.
"A number of years ago, as I was standing at the edge of Ground Zero in New York City, I came across the first puzzle piece of an ancient biblical mystery and a prophetic message known as 'The Harbinger' that concerns the future of America," explains Cahn, who helped write the two-hour documentary "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment."
Cahn say he has since found nine harbingers that tie the problems America has experienced beginning Sept. 11, 2001, with parallels that led to the destruction of ancient Israel.
"Before God judges a nation, He sends warning," explains Cahn. "He sent warning to ancient Israel. He even allowed its enemies to breach its borders in a devastating strike that would traumatize the nation. It was a wake-up call, the call to return to God. But the nation responded with defiance. God then gave nine harbingers of judgment, nine prophetic signs, alarms and foreshadows of what was to come. Now America is the nation in rapid departure from God's will. And God likewise allowed an enemy to breach its borders in a devastating strike – the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It was, likewise, a wake-up call. But America, like Israel, has not responded with repentance, but with defiance. And now the nine harbingers of judgment have reappeared and have done so on American soil."
Isaiah 9:10 is a verse in which Israel's national leaders utter a vow of defiance following an attack by Assyria. It declared that the nation would not repent before God, but would defy Him instead. Cahn reveals in "The Harbinger" – and in even more dramatic fashion in the video – that beginning the day after Sept. 11, 2001, American leaders began repeating that 2,500-year-old vow, word for word.
He continued: "According to the ancient mystery revealed in the Book of Isaiah, if after that first calamity and warning, the nation doesn't return to God but responds in defiance, it will end up triggering a second calamity. It was because of this ancient key, that, seven years after 9/11, the American economy collapsed. In the days after 9/11, the Federal Reserve slashed the base interest rate in an attempt to defy the consequences of the attacks. That action put us on the path leading to the collapse of the American economy seven years later. In 2008, the government made a second fatal mistake, another ill-fated financial decision, that would trigger the collapse of the American economy. Amazingly, it took place on the seventh anniversary of the uttering of the ancient vow on Capitol Hill."
Cahn also reveals in "The Harbinger" and "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" something that readers and viewers universally find astonishing – that New York's Ground Zero actually represents more than the former financial center of the country. It represents the exact place at which America was first consecrated to God in prayer by the country's new leaders.
"When judgment came to Israel, the calamity returned the people's attention to the place where the nation had been consecrated to God – the Temple Mount," says Cahn. "God was calling the nation back to Himself. What about 9/11? Could there be, in the American calamity, as well, a mystery of return? Could there be a prophetic message hidden in the place where it happened? There is a place where America was consecrated to God in prayer. It is also a place linked to a prophetic warning given on that same day – uttered by the nation's first president – now coming to pass."
In 1789, newly inaugurated President George Washington gave a prophetic warning at Federal Hall in New York City. He declared that America's prosperity and protection were dependent upon its adherence to God. Later, the political leaders of the young nation gathered at St. Paul's Chapel to commit the nation's future to God's purposes. That chapel is located at Ground Zero and miraculously survived 9/11 virtually unscathed.
Cahn, the pastor of the Jerusalem Center-Beth Israel Congregation in Wayne, N.J., says America is uncannily re-enacting ancient Israel's behavior prior to its judgment and eventual fall.
He found a sympathetic ear for his message in Farah, who produced "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment," as a follow-up to "The Harbinger."
Windy conditions prevented an April 29 "topping out" of the spire atop One World Trade Center, the building being erected to replace the Twin Towers brought down in the Islamic jihad attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The last two steel pieces of a 408-foot spire on top of the building were delivered and to be installed then, but wind gusts delayed installation of the pieces that made it the tallest in the Western Hemisphere at 1,776 feet.
One year earlier, April 30, 2012, the building became the tallest in New York when it reached 1,271 feet, at that point 21 feet higher than the Empire State Building.
But the author of a book that cited the tower itself as a harbinger of America's rejection of God says the date was significant, and some may read more into the delay than the New York weather.
"April 30 is the date of the founding of America as a nation-state – and its inaugural prayer, dedicating that founding," Cahn told WND. "April 30 is also the date of Lincoln's national call to prayer and repentance.
"But April 29 is just as significant and in the same realm," he continued. "It was on April 29, 1789, that the Dedication of America was ordained. It also ordained the specific gathering of prayer of America's first leaders would take place St. Paul's Chapel [which is at Ground Zero in New York].
"So the fact that they attempted to complete the tower – on the same ground – on that day is also significant," he said.
"But April 29 is also significant for the foundation and dedication of America – going back even further. April 29 was the day that American civilization as we know it began – as the Godspeed, the Discovery, and the Susan Constant landed at Chesapeake Bay – to found what would ultimately be Jamestown.
"And just as important – it was on April 29, when they came to the shore, that they erected the first edifice, the first structure, and symbol of the new civilization – a cross, planted into the sands of Cape Henry – and around which they dedicated America/ American civilization to God."
He continued: "So now on the same day that America was founded – and American civilization committed to God – and the first edifice – the beam of the cross erected in the sand – America attempted to erect the final beam of a different structure, a different symbol, of a different America rising in pride without God.
"And the winds beat down and prevented the beam, the spire from going up," he said. "The mere fact of the winds beating down to stop the spire from going up that day is quite significant in and of itself.
"On Friday, May 10, the spire was raised to the top, and the tower reached its full height, becoming the tallest structure in America and the Western Hemisphere," Cahn told WND. "On its top floor were the words the inscription of President Obama, the words that matched the ancient vow that brought destruction to ancient Israel. The ancient words would be linked to the tower from its inception. And now in its completion, its construction head Steven Plate would again echo the vow.
"So now the fourth harbinger, the most colossal of the nine harbingers, has reached its final and defiant height," Cahn said. "What will come next?"
Interestingly, as Cahn notes, the day the spire was raised and the tower attained its final height was significant on the biblical calendar. It was Sivan 1 - the same day that Israel reached Mt. Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments and the Law by which the nation would later be brought into judgment.
"It is also the day in the Hebrew calendar that the earth opened up and Korah and all those who rebelled against God’s lordship were brought into judgment," Cahn noted.
"The Harbinger" has been on the New York Times bestsellers list ever since it was released the first week of January 2012. "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" has been the bestselling Christian movie in America on DVD for 54 weeks since it was released last spring.
See the trailer for "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" below: