Today is Sept. 11, 2013.
It is exactly one year since Muslim Brotherhood terrorists attacked the U.S. mission at Benghazi and murdered, in most gruesome fashion, Ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans.
It is exactly 12 years since nearly 3,000 Americans were murdered by Islamic terrorists in the worst attack on U.S. soil in our nation’s history.
It is the day when American Muslims have crudely but thoughtfully chosen to hold a rally in Washington against “fear” and a make-believe malady called “Islamophobia.”
And it is the day I suggested many months ago for a “National Day of Prayer and Repentance” for American believers who recognize our country is on a slippery slope toward judgment because we have turned our collective backs on the One True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Since making that heartfelt cry, I have been surprised by the number of American believers who have questioned whether my citation of 2 Chronicles 7:14 as the inspiration for this day is truly for our time and for our nation.
For those of you not familiar with the verse, it reflects God’s warning to Solomon following the dedication of the Temple and says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Some have claimed this promise from God was exclusively meant for the nation of Israel. But they are clearly not reading the verse in context.
Yes, it is true that God made special covenantal promises to the nation of Israel, and this is clearly one of them. But there’s more to this promise than that.
Just go forward a few chapters to 2 Chronicles 16:9 and see what it says: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.”
As it says in 2 Timothy 3:16: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
When those words were written, the only scriptures that existed were what believers call “the Old Testament.” Yet they were enough indeed to lead people all over the known world to repentance and salvation in the risen Messiah.
While 2 Chronicles 7:14 had special meaning to Israel, they are the words of the Creator of the universe – words that are meaningful and hopeful for all people in all nations for all time.
They are words that give us hope and comfort for a time such as this and a place such as America on Sept. 11, 2013.
As I have said, I believe if we take the message of 2 Chronicles 7:14 seriously today in America, it’s a promise we can count on that God will hear us, forgive our sins and heal our land.
Do we want to continue down the road of judgment that began, as Rabbi Jonathan Cahn has shown in “The Harbinger” and “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” 12 years ago on this day?
Do we want to let nature take its course or rely on the wisdom of men to pull American out of the moral and spiritual gutter into which it has descended?
Or do we want to follow God’s prescription for renewal?
No amount of politicking could ever have more impact.
No amount of witty argumentation could ever have more impact.
No amount of hand-wringing could ever have more impact.
Today is that day.
It’s a promise specifically for all believers – “His people.”
It’s a promise for all times.
It’s a promise for all nations.
And it’s a promise for American believers today.