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How 9/11 attack marked end times' last generation
Posted By James F. Fitzgerald On 09/10/2013 @ 7:49 pm In Opinion | No Comments
In his runaway best-seller, “The Harbinger,” Jonathan Cahn makes amazing application of the Isaiah 9:10 prophecy to the pattern of events in America that have followed the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. In writing about its companion documentary, Joseph Farah describes “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” as presenting “the phenomenal teaching of messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn about America following ancient Israel in the footsteps of judgment.” Now WND has published my book, seven years in writing, “The 9/11 Prophecy: Startling Evidence the Endtimes Have Begun.” In the introduction, I explain its remarkable connections to “The Harbinger” that further confirm Cahn’s message about Isaiah 9:10. Here I want to say more about them both.
By way of background about Isaiah 9:10 and its context in the Old Testament, the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had long divided themselves into two different kingdoms. The larger northern kingdom of Israel had slipped into idolatry, rejecting the God who delivered them from bondage in Egypt some 700 years earlier. The people of Judah in the southern kingdom were more faithful, though far from being what they were called to be. This kingdom is where the religious capital city of Jerusalem was located. It was also where the Messiah would come humbly “riding on a donkey” more than 750 years later. Eventually, Jesus would die in this city. He would also be resurrected there and upon His ascension promise to return there in the same way He left.
I give this background about Isaiah 9:10 because it is supremely relevant to our situation and to the end times, as I will show. In the case of Israel, Isaiah had given prior warning of God’s impending judgment (Isaiah 9:8). They didn’t listen, but responded with pride and arrogance that they would rebuild bigger and better than ever (Isaiah 9:10). The consequence of their lack of repentance before God was that the northern kingdom was soon conquered and entirely broken by the Assyrian army. It ended the northern kingdom in history. As Cahn has pointed out, America has been following their pattern to the letter.
The more faithful southern kingdom of Judah, however, managed to hang on despite various depredations by the kings of Assyria. Finally, some 34-39 years after Isaiah’s initial prophecy of warning to the northern kingdom, it looked like even Judah in the south would succumb to the Assyrians. In 701 B.C., King Sennacherib came knocking on the doors of Jerusalem with threats and a huge army. But King Hezekiah of Judah prayed and Isaiah prophesied and the Assyrians were utterly wiped out in one of the Bible’s most significant miracles. In a single night, the destroying angel of God wiped out 185,000 of their finest warriors in a stroke!
The point of all this background is that this incredible deliverance of Jerusalem in 701 from King Sennacherib is also meant to foreshadow the deliverance of the Jews in Jerusalem at the glorious Second Coming of Christ. Scripture teaches that Jesus will deliver the Jews from the threat of Antichrist and his vast armies during the battle of Armageddon in the same miraculous way the angel delivered Jerusalem from the Assyrians. For this reason, the Isaiah 9:10 passage in its larger context has a deliberate, implicit connection to the end times that is totally relevant to us, and especially when you consider that all the events there – from the Assyrians’ first incursion into the northern kingdom to the future destruction of the Assyrian army – took place within the span of a single generation, from start to finish. As the Bible says, this was written for our instruction.
In strikingly similar fashion, when Jesus answered the disciples’ question on Mt. Olivet about the end times, He taught that the generation living when the end time events first began would not pass away until all that was to happen did happen in the span of one generation (Matthew 24:34). Typically, a biblical generation is considered to be 40 years. This was the length of time the Israelites wandered in the wilderness after fleeing Egypt. During that time, the old generation died out and a new generation rose to conquer the Promised Land. Likewise, from the time that Jesus taught on Olivet until the prophesied destruction of Jerusalem occurred, it was also just less than forty years, the time of a single generation.
In my book, “The 9/11 Prophecy,” I give evidence that the attack on 9/11 was the literal beginning of the final generation that Jesus foretold would come before His return. This is not mere idle speculation. Jesus specifically taught that his followers would be able to recognize this period once it began. I also believe that is why the Lord has drawn such extraordinary attention at this time to the Isaiah 9:10 passage through the teaching of Jonathan Cahn. In its broad context (Chapters 6-39), Isaiah 9:10 has an undoubted connection to the end times. God would have us heed this fact and deeply consider its implications.
If 9/11 was a purposeful prophetic judgment on America as both Cahn and I write; and if the attack reflected the pattern of Isaiah 9:10 and the events of Revelation 18 (as “The 9/11 Prophecy” shows it did), which are both prophetically connected to the end times; and 9/11 also set in motion two of the Bible’s most critical end-time prophecies (as I give evidence in my book), then the prophetic implications of this historic attack call for far more study by the Church than it has seriously given. In “The 9/11 Prophecy,” I make the case that we have seen the beginning of the final generation foretold in Matthew 24:34. It began 12 years ago with the shattering attack on Sept. 11, 2001. This is not a prediction; it is a simple recognition. And if true, it also means America’s days are numbered, just as they were for the northern kingdom that refused to repent. As I teach in my book, however, this is exactly what Scripture says must take place in terms of the United States to pave the way for an Islamic Antichrist to arise in this generation. I give mountains of evidence from Scripture, history and current events.
Yet, despite these sober things, there is “good news” meant to be seen even in the providential symbolism of the attack at Ground Zero on 9/11. As Cahn so brilliantly explains in his book and documentary, when the great towers fell that day, little St. Paul’s Chapel remained standing because it had been protected from destruction by one sycamore tree that intercepted a massive flying girder that would have wrecked the small chapel. While the two towers standing proud sentinel on our coast both fell, along with their architect’s intentional symbol of America’s economic power, that lowly little church was saved by a sycamore that took the blow. This picture paints a great reality. While the United States that I love so much has begun to pass away before our eyes under judgment, along with the whole world in the end times, the only thing left standing in the end will be the Church – saved from certain destruction by a tree that stood in the way (Galatians 3:13). Jesus died on a tree to save His Church, and what we saw on 9/11 was a perfect picture of this truth portrayed in the terrible events of the attack at Ground Zero in New York City, America’s first capital.
The United States will fall, an Islamic Antichrist will rise, but Jesus is coming back to save His bride! That is why we must work and pray for a great awakening to sweep many into His Kingdom in the time before us. It is our blessed hope!
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