Jonathan Cahn's bestselling book, "The Harbinger," has been criticized for suggesting that God would judge America, beginning Sept. 11, 2001, without first providing a warning – as He did before judging Israel in Isaiah 9:10.
But a new book, promoted by the publisher as a "prequel" to "The Harbinger," the bestselling Christian title of 2012 and 2013, and "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment," the No. 1 faith movie of the last two years, makes the case that, indeed, there was a warning.
That shocking warning is documented in the coming "The 9/11 Prophecy" by James F. Fitzgerald, the creator of "The Watchword Bible," the first word-for-word video production of the entire New Testament.
"I knew for a fact 9/11 was a divine judgment, because the Lord had sent us to New York City with His deliberate warning in 2000, 14 months before it ever happened," says Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald led a team of moviemakers to a film festival at Madison Square Garden, where "The Book of Revelation," the final book of "The WatchWORD Bible," was unveiled in New York City. It was there that Fitzgerald believes he heard from God that New York was a type of Babylon and would soon face judgment.
In "The Harbinger" and "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment," the key verse, Isaiah 9:10, talks about a limited incursion against the nation of Israel by the Assyrians. But instead of returning to God, the nation proclaimed it would rebuild, better than before, using its own power, without God.
The premise of the book, and documentary, is that the 9/11 terror attacks were a limited incursion against the United States and following events have reflected the pattern of Isaiah 9:10. Instead of returning to God, American leaders, including Senate President Tom Daschle, starting the next day proclaimed that they would rebuild America, bigger and better than before.
But the Old Testament provides for a warning, says Fitzgerald.
There, in the King Kames Version, Amos says: "Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."
"I was blown away," Fitzgerald wrote about the criticism of the "Harbinger." "What the critique called for is exactly what my book claims did happen. God did provide prior warning. In His mercy He sent a specific deliberate warning to New York City 14 months before 9/11, through His own Word – just as Isaiah 9:8 says, and did so in full public view at Madison Square Garden."
He points out that Isaiah 9:8 also confirms, "The Lord sent a word against Jacob, and it has fallen upon Israel.
"I had also wondered why the Lord would use that one particular verse – Isaiah 9:10 – as a pattern for the post-9/11 events in America out of all the many other verses in the Bible and other countries in the world and throughout history. Why this particular verse now, and why for America? But once I looked carefully and saw its context, I was amazed. Here, in context with the 9:10 passage, there was not only prior warning, but the promise of the coming of Messiah as a way to give the Jewish believers hope in the midst of judgment."
He explains: "In terms of proving 9/11 to be a definite divine judgment on America, Cahn and I have come at it in two different ways. In his book (and in "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" documentary), he shows how the pattern of Isaiah 9:10 has providently reappeared in convincing detail after 9/11 as a harbinger of further judgment if we don't repent. In my book, I show how the Lord led us to New York City with His warning before it happened – as convincing proof of judgment and to know 9/11 was a sign pointing to the endtimes."
The book recounts how God sent the author to Madison Square Garden to release history's first complete production of "The Book of Revelation" at a secular film festival in July 2000 as a warning to the city. And, incredible as it sounds, his wife's ancestors possessed the World Trade Center property – Ground Zero – for almost a century at the founding of New York by the Dutch.
"As "The 9/11 Prophecy" shows with undeniable evidence from Scripture, history and current events, America is destined to fall in this generation," says the author, "and our loss of power is precisely what will pave the way for an Islamic Antichrist to reign. Though the church generally fails to recognize where we are in the biblical timeline, and those who do may lack the facts to prove it, I aim to prove beyond a doubt that the final end-time countdown began with God's prophetic judgment on Sept. 11, 2001."
Fitzgerald, trustee and CEO of WatchWORD Productions, is a former writer, director and vice president for development at Cornerstone Television in Pittsburgh.