[Does the Bible Reference the Trade Center's Twin Towers?]
WHEN IS THE END OF THIS WORLD?
Over the years I have been asked many times whether or not I thought the end of this world was near and the coming of our Lord was at hand? This question is usually asked with reference to some recent happening in the world, such as a war or rumor of wars, bad weather, famine, a new potential disease epidemic, some huge earthquake, volcano, hurricane, or a tsunami. These events are general, and have been with us for thousands of years. So my answer was always pretty much the same: "No, I do not believe that the end of the world is near, but certainly " now our salvation is nearer than when we believed" (Rom.13:11). But that all changed on "September 11, 2001." This to me was not a "general" catastrophic happening as has been witnessed time and again, but this was a very specific catastrophe unlike anything before it.
Back in 2002 I gave a short lecture on 9-11. I now wish to make public to our readers the prophetic implications of this colossal disaster, as I believe is attested to in the Book of Isaiah.
Although numerous papers have been written about the Trade Towers and the reference to the Isaiah 30 prophecy, none seem to understand the time setting or the symbolism used. This prophecy does not fit the Babylonian captivity scenario to which most apply it, and I will show you from the Scriptures why this is so.
JUST HOW WEALTHY IS AMERICA?
Since it is God Who empowers nations to get wealth, just who did God empower the most? The wealthiest nation on earth must figure into this declaration of God.
God was speaking to Israel when He made this prophecy, therefore, other prophecies for the future that regard "Israel," must also be making reference to the wealthiest nation, as wealth is one of the most obvious blessings on that nation. Lets look at Americas wealth.
The GNP (Gross National Product) of the world is approximately $30 trillion dollars. Divide that among the 6 billion people of the world, and the average person would get $5000 a year. Americans earn an average of $38,000 a year.
The total wealth of the world is approximately $70 trillion dollars. Divide that among the 6 billion people of the world, and the average person would be worth $11,000. The average American is worth $60,000, and the average American household has a combined net worth of $182,000. Of the combined Gross National Product of the world ($30 trillion dollars), America gets $10 trillion dollars or thirty-three percent (one third)!
One more statistic based on religion. If we add the GNP of the next three wealthiest Christian countries (Germany, Britain, and France) to Americas GNP, it would be greater than all the other 190 countries of the world COMBINED! So trust me when I say that America figures more prominently in end time prophecy than any other nation on earth.
But this paper is not just about American prosperity, but also its responsibility toward God for that prosperity, as God also provided a disclaimer in the next verse showing the consequences should we turn from God:
"THE ISLAND AT THE CENTER OF THE
Israel was NEVER "...on high above all nations of the earth!" And why was that? Because Israel could not "hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord." Their greatest glory was under the rule of Solomon who turned into one of the worst idolaters in Israels history. Oh they meant well:
But before the ink was even dry on the paper of their promise, Moses told Israel this:
So, if ancient Israel, historic Israel, and today's State of Israel, was not and is not, "above all nations of the earth," then who is above all?
America is, and New York City is the "center" of this Nations great power and wealth. Manhattan Island truly is The Island At The Center Of The World, and here is how it started:
HOW MANHATTAN (NEW YORK CITY) CAME TO BE
I cant say, "New York City" without thinking of the ad in which a cowboy reads the label on a jar of salsa: "Made in New York City!" to which a sidekick remarks, "Get a ROPE!" Well, without New York City they probably wouldnt have ever had a rope or an open range in which to use it. As we will soon see, New York City once had its own cowboys, and the island was teaming with horses, sheep and cattle.
Back in the sixteenth century there were groups of Christians in Europe who were persecuted by both the Catholic Church and the State Churches. In England they were called Puritans, in France, Huguenots, and in French speaking Belgium and surrounding areas, they were called Walloons.
And lets not forget the Germans. Most Americans dont realize that German is now and always has been the largest ethnic group in the United States, at 15% following by the Irish at 10%.
Although most Americans have never even heard of the Walloons of Wallonia, maybe they figure into history more prominently than well ever know. This from the "EUPEDIA Forum:
There was great religious fervor in Western Europe in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. The Reformation started in Germany and spread westward to the British Isles, Netherlands, Belgium, and France. Many wanted deliverance from the iron hand of the Catholic and State sponsored Churches. They wanted freedom to worship God even if it meant moving into the wilderness among savage Indiansnot unlike Israel entering the promised land under Joshua.
In 1623, the two-year-old West Dutch Indies Company was eager to start trade with the American Indians, especially for their quality furs. They wanted permanent colonies to aid in this new opportunity. In 1623 a young 19 yr. old man from Valenciennes, France, by the name of Joris Jansen De Rapalje (pronounced Rap-el-YAY), and his 18 yr. old girlfriend, Catelyntje Jeronimus Trico from Paris, were promising prospects for this new venture. From the recently published book on Manhattan by Russell Shorto, The Island At The Center Of The World, we read that Joris and Catelyntje, " agreed to take part in the wildly hazardous enterprise on the condition that the company marry them in a hastier-than-normal ceremony, which took place four days before their ship [The Unity] left Amsterdam."
When they reached the New World, they settled up river from Manhattan, at Fort Orange (Now Albany N.Y.). They lived on the ship until the fort was completed. The following year Catelyntje gave birth to their daughter Sara, who is officially acknowledged as being the first European born child in New York. Some historians have called Joris and Catelyntje, "The Adam and Eve of New Netherlands," and one source calls Catelyntje, "The Mother of New York."
Because of the Mohawk and Mohican Indian wars of 1625, however, it was decided for safetys sake, to move from Fort Orange down to Manhattan Island. By 1628 they had completed Fort Amsterdam which they hoped would help protect them from local Indian attacks. They also built a church. Ironically, today The National Museum of the American Indian sits on the exact original site of Fort Amsterdam, which is part of Battery Park.
Their first houses were little more than huts. It took five additional years of European immigration before Manhattan (New York City, mind you) had reached a permanent population of 300. Ships brought new immigrants to American and took discouraged colonists back to Europe. Life was hard, but not as futile as was Jamestown. They grew enough food and hunted enough game to survive, but little was left to profit the West Dutch Indies Company. Joris built two homes and lived in the one that became house #5 in Section G on Pearl Street right next to the wall of the Fort. Manhattan was simply a large farm. As the colony grew, streets were laid out and buildings constructed according to strict codes.
Lower Manhattan: After growing into a sizeable town.
In 1637 Joris bought 330 acres on Long Island from the Indians for what was reported to be "a lot of merchandise." Here he raised produce for guests of his hotel/tavern which he built on Pearl St. When Sara was grown she married Teunis Bogart (7th great grandfather of Humphrey Bogart), and helped run the family tavern. Catelyntjes second daughter, Marie, along with her husband, ran a tobacco plantation in what is now Greenwich Village. It all seems so surrealNew York City covered with fields, orchards, and cattle. The Rapaljes grew and prospered as did Manhattan. Joris was for a time one of the Council of Twelve to consult with Governor Kieft regarding unrest among the Indians. This was the beginning of representative government among the Dutch settlements in America.
And there was unrest among the Indians. Saras son, Jacob, was killed by the Indians while sitting on the front steps of their tavern. They needed better protection from the Indians. The fort was getting too small to hold all of the towns people, so in 1653 it was decided to build a palisade of solid planks tapered to a point with a 12 foot wide and 5 foot deep trench paralleled by a street. They called this palisade barricade, "The Wall," and it went all the way across lower Manhattan from the Hudson River to the East River.
How much protection was this "Wall?" Just two years later there was another Indian uprising when a farmer killed a squaw for stealing peaches from his orchard. This time 2000 Indians gathered on the Hudson of which 700 landed on Manhattan. These Indians killed 100, took 150 captives, and burned many homes leaving 300 homeless.
About this time Joris sold his business and property on Pearl Street, and moved to Long Island. He built the first home on Long Island on property partly covered today by the Brooklyn Naval Yards and Hospital. He served for years as a Magistrate of Brooklyn where he lived out his life. Near the end of Joris life, New York was under the control of the English. Joris and his family along with a few dozen other families had found religious freedom in America. Soon their number swelled to thousands, then hundreds of thousands, and now many millions.
They had big families. Joris and Catelyntje gave birth to eleven children for which we have baptismal records. The Rapalje family and their descendants lived in religious freedom for exactly one and a half centuries before America was even a nation.
But it was not their goodness that gave them freedom. Christians didnt build this nation. Our founding fathers did not build this nation. It was Gods time to build a city and a nation. The unseen hand of God built American, and God can take it away.
FAST FORWARD THREE AND ONE-HALF CENTURIES
In just a few short years it will be 2023, exactly FOUR HUNDRED YEARS since Joris and Catelyntje sailed to America to find freedom. Thats a long time.
How shocked would they be to find that "The Wall" that was supposed to protect them from their enemies is still here. Today we call it "WALL Street," the Financial Capital of the World. Its still there, right where it was 350 years ago.
And Americans still look to the power symbolized in this "Wall" to protect them from their enemies.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SYMBOLISM
Just off Wall Street is the World Trade Center, where the recent Twin Towers symbolized the power and might of America. The Towers were more than just office buildings; they were symbols of the grandest kind. They stood 110 stories each (1,368 ft.), thats over a quarter mile high. The Towers were seven years in the building, and boasted 10,000,000 sq. ft. (240 acres) of office space where 50,000 people worked. The tenants were diversified, but mostly it was a center for banks, trading companies, manufacturing headquarters, shipping fleets, securities, insurance, financial institutions, and did I mention banks?
The greatest center of financial power in the world is New York City. And the Symbol of Power for that "Great City" was the Twin Towers. Previously it was the Empire State Building: New York is the "Empire State."
When those Twin Tower Symbols fell, it was not just another disasterit was a symbol of disaster to come of "BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS!"
Lets see what Gods Word says about this monstrous event of September 11, 2001.
Isaiah was the first of the "Latter Prophets," (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the "Twelve Minor Prophets), and he had a public ministry of approximately 60 years.
Isaiah is considered the greatest of all Hebrew writers, and considered a man of refinement and culture, "a truly poetic soul," and a profound observer of creation and of human nature, a true statesman, and called by some, "the Evangelist of the Old Testament."
The Book of Isaiah is considered to be a bible within the bible. It consists of sixty-six chapters (66 books of the Bible). The first 39 chapters are likened to the 39 books of the Hebrew Scriptures with its judgments upon sinful humanity. And the last 27 chapters are likened to the 27 books of the Greek Scriptures which bring salvation through the Messiah. Isaiahs prophecies cover thousands of years. Isaiah 30 covers thousands of years:
The beginning of Israels captivity (northern 10 tribes) was taking place near the beginning of Isaiahs ministry. Israel had depended upon alliances with other nations to protect them from Assyria, but Assyria defeated Israels allies as well.
Now Judah is making overtures to Egypt for protection from Assyrias advances. But before Judah is attacked, Assyria is defeated by Babylon and now Judah has a new foe to fear. Judah's attempt to buy an ally fails for them as it did for Israel:
I realize the following may sound a little complicated (hence my bracket comments), but it is necessary to see from experts on Biblical History, that Israels and Judahs alliances on foreign powers had zero effect on saving both of their nations.
And so we have the historical fulfillment of this Isaiah 30. Or do we? It has been remarked many times that "prophecy is dual." Actually, I believe that many prophecies are multi-layered. That is, they are numerous fulfillment's usually beginning with the physical and literal, moving toward the figurative and spiritual. Example: In the very first book of the Bible, Genesis, we have mention of physical Sodom and Egypt (Genesis 13:10), but in the very last book of the Bible we have mentioned "spiritual" Sodom and Egypt (Rev. 11:8).
So, who is Egypt and Sodom TODAY? And who is Israel TODAY?
Is the Israel of all these major prophecies (foretold to happen before the coming of Gods government to this earth), the handful of racially mixed tenants of the State of Israel today? Give me a break.
Is the Jerusalem in prophecy inside today's Israel? Dont take my word for it
"And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified" (Rev. 11:8).
And where was our Lord crucified? In literal Sodom? NO. In literal Egypt? NO. He was crucified in Jerusalem, which is now for prophetic purposes, "SODOM & EGYPT!"
And when does Gods word tell us "Jerusalem" (which symbolizes all Judah and all Israel) will be restored?
This can only happen after " the day of the great slaughter when the towers fall" as Sodom is still in the grave. They have not been restored since their original slaughter and destruction.
WHEN GENTILES ARE JEWS AND JEWS ARE NOT JEWS
Now for one of the most profound scriptural truths you will ever learn; nowhere taught or believed in Christendom.
According to virtually all Christian teachers and scholars, when prophecy mentions Jerusalem, Judah, or Israel, it is speaking of literal Jerusalem, Judah, or Israel. For them, if "context, context, context" is the god of theological interpretation, then "literal, literal, literal," has got to be their vice-god. If this is true, then when it speaks of "Abrahams seed," it must mean "literal" bloodline descendants of Abraham, correct? No, NOT correct!
What was the most holy, righteous, sure sign that one was a descendant of Abraham and obedient to the One True God? Answer: Being circumcised the 8th day.
Now then, who are the "circumcised Jews" of end time prophecy? Are they the literal, physical, circumcised Jews who are the literal, physical Jews of the literal, physical racial line of Abraham? NO:
Notice that this Scripture is found in "Romans." Rome is a Gentile nation, not a nation of Israel. Paul is telling Gentile Romans that THEY can be the TRUE JEW INWARDLY OF THE HEART AND SPRIT. Wow! Romans can be "JEWS?" Who would have ever thought? Maybe that was just a slip of Pauls tongue. Surely he isnt telling us that under the New Covenant GENTILES ARE JEWS is he? Heres a second witness:
According to God, are those literal, physical Jews of the racial line of Abraham who are circumcised in the flesh, "Jews." NO, former pagan Gentiles are the TRUE JEWS according to Scripture.
But werent all the "promises" to Abraham for "HIS SEED? Yes, of course, but the question now is, "Who IS Abrahams seed?"
Yes, God intended from the beginning that the TRUE JEW, the SPIRITUAL JEW, the TRUE SEED of Abraham, the TRUE HEIR to the promises was to be the GENTILES!
Yes, it is the "new creature in Christ Jesus" which is now "the ISRAEL OF GOD," not the Christ forsaking Jews of modern day Palestine.
Can Christs Church also be a "nation?" It can and it is:
The Church of Christ has grown into a "Great House," with many children. Paul explains:
Just what is this "great house" of which Paul speaks? Let Paul answer:
The Apostle Peter tells us that this House of God definitely needs judging:
If the "House of God" needed judgment in the days of the Apostles, how much more judgment does it need today? And what did Paul prophesy would happen in this "GREAT House" in our day, "in the LATTER TIMES?" Lets read it from the source:
Some Christians naively believe Paul and all these prophecies are speaking of the whole world of mankind in general. Oh no He isn't:
It is not the atheistic heathen world which has "departed from the faith," who "blaspheme God," who have a "form of godliness," or who have "turned away from such."
Oh no. It is the HOUSE OF GOD which has done these things and continues to do them. It is the "CHURCH of the Living God." It is: "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS, AND THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" who commits spiritual fornication by going to the "Egypts" of this world and making alliances with the nations rather than trusting in God.
And lest we get puffed up in the realization that the Christian democracies of America and Europe are indeed the "ISRAEL OF GOD" in prophecy, let us not forget that Gods Church is made up of the "MANY called, but FEW chosen" (Matt. 22:14 & Matt. 7:21-23).
And so, although Isaiah 30 speaks of physical, literal Egypt and Judah, and both these nations fulfilled the prophecy of Isa. 30:10-7, this is not, however, the main fulfillment of Isaiah 30 at all. And how can I say that? Because Isaiah 30:8 dates this prophecy to a far distant future fulfillment. Therefore all these symbols were for a future yet unfulfilled event.
We know that Judah went down bearing gifts to Egypt for her to be an ally and protect her against the northern kingdoms, but the real fulfillment is for a larger symbolic Judah and Egypt.
ISAIAH 30:8 PUTS THIS PROPHECY WAY BEYOND HIS DAY
What, pray tell did the translators mean by "the time to come for ever and ever?"
How can a "time to come" be "for ever?" If this prophecy is "for" "a time to come for ever," then this prophecy could never be fulfilled, as the time of the event or for the event would never end? How pray tell can an event that lasts "for ever," ever be fulfilled?
Then to add insult to injury we are left to believe that this "for ever" will ALSO last "for ever." As it is to last "for ever and FOR EVER" AGAIN. Just how many "for EVERS" do these translators and theologians think there are?
Now then, who do I think I am that I can explain these words? Am I a Hebrew scholar? No. Do I even know Hebrew? No. But one doesnt always need to be a scholar to see the truth in a matter the translators failed to see. Were the Wright brothers aeronautical engineers? No. Then why would anyone in their right mind stand out on a windy hillside and watch their antics? Because THEY KNEW HOW TO FLY AIRPLANES, thats why.
The phrase translated "for the time to come for ever and ever" came from the following Hebrew words:
As Hebrew reads from right to left, lets reverse it to, left to right:
There is no repeat of the word "eon" so even erroneously translating "eon" into "for ever," still doesnt justify "for ever AND EVER" as in the King James. As it is a physiological impossibility for a sequence of prophetic events to ever be fulfilled if the fulfillment period is not only "for ever," but also for ANOTHER "for ever." Here are some responsible translations of this verse:
Now then, it is easily seen that the above three versions include all the words, in the proper sequence, and with the proper translations. Youngs translation of "lod" (future), into "a witness," is a little weak, but certainly far more accurate than the King James family of Bibles which is "for EVER."
Heres the simple truth of this phrase: This prophecy is principally for a "future day and time until or unto an age to come." This is speaking of a period of TRANSITION from one age to another age! What may appear to be a phrase that many would think to be hazy and ambiguous, is in reality quite precise.
The first half of this prophecy is gloom and doom at the end of THIS age, but it ushers in the time of Gods blessings in the NEXT age that follows even though the theme of that age is JUDGMENT. There is going to come peace and harmony out of Gods judgments:
THE UNITED STATES AND EGYPT IN PROPHECY
If the United States is the primary nation among those making up the "Great House" of symbolic Israel, then we must see evidence of her going to the nations rather than to God for defense from her enemies. But surely as great a nation as the United States would not be involved in so insignificant a nation as today's Egypt, would she? Does the United States...
The following chart shows the US foreign aid to Egypt:
That total at the bottom is SIXTY-THREE BILLION dollars, or sixty-three thousand million dollars, if you prefer. And for what purpose does such an ungodly amount of US tax-payers money go toward? Why, it buys protection for Israel. We pay Egypt to not attack Israel. We "buy" allies. In the same way we also "buy" Pakistan and others. Sixty-three billion dollars will load a lot of camel humps and donkey backs.
Until the Iraq war, the United States gave more dollars in foreign aid to Egypt than to any other nation on earth, except to guess who? Israel. Israel has received over $100,000,000,000 in US foreign aid, grants, and give-a-ways. Some would put that figure closer to $166 billion.
From: CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, (April 12, 2004).
And what did God say through Isaiah? What did God call Egypt?
Moffett translates it:
Washington policy makers wanted to reduce this ungodly excess in Egyptian foreign aid for the coming year, but Colin Powel forcefully persuaded them to continue, as he sees this as essential to the stability in the Middle East. "Stability in the Middle East"now theres an oxymoron if I ever heard one. Just kidding: what do I know.
From "The Middle East Forum Promoting American Interest:"
How true are Isaiahs words today:
You cant make this stuff upUS foreign policy, straight out of the Bible!
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
On that fateful autumn day, I turned the TV on some minutes after the first plane hit the North Tower. When I saw the second plane flying at extremely low altitude in the background, I shouted something like, "WHAT IN THE WORLD!" And within a few seconds the second plane disappeared into the South Tower followed by a giant fireball. As I watched in horror, I got on the phone and started calling people from PA to Oregon to tell them to turn on their televisions. This was big. Something huge was happening, and it was on live TV.
I dont think anyone watching this ever expected to see the Towers fall. What was so amazing was how fast they fell. The South Tower completely collapsed to the ground in 9 seconds. That is only one second slower than free fall. They fell as if there was no resistance whatsoever.
At the time the estimates were erratic, from ten to thirty thousand people were trapped in the towers, but for sure it was a lot of people. Plus all those firefighters. It was more than sobering.
WHY THE TOWERS COLLAPSED
All conspiracy theories aside, the final reason the Towers fell was because the vertical columns of steel could no longer hold the tremendous load above the impact area.
The World Trade Towers were unique in skyscrapers in that they had no internal steel framing as do traditional skyscrapers except for an inner core around the elevators. Totally unlike the Empire State Building, for example. The Towers were held up by two cones of light-weight, extremely strong vertical steel columns. One cone of columns encircled the elevator shafts while the outer ring of 244 vertical perimeter columns made up the exterior walls with the siding and windows attached.
This unique design allowed for many more thousands of square feet of interior office space. And it was a good system. These towers were so strong that they could have held several more times their own weight. But what caused the Towers to fall was the weakening and destruction of several stories of floor joists holding the outer walls perfectly vertical to the inner core. A combination of the plane impacts, explosions, and super-heating of the metals caused the floors to give way. With weakened interior floor joists, the outer walls began to buckle and bow outward, and when that happened the vertical strength became so weakened that the tremendous weight of the floors above started pan-caking on one another; floor after floor.
NO OTHER TOWER OR WALL COLLAPSE FITS ISAIAHS PROPHECY
Continuing Isaiahs prophecy:
Now a couple of things to consider:
Some might suggest that this is speaking of a high wall, or maybe a high wall of a tower, or a wall of some fortification, in which the foundation was "breached" or "broken" out, and hence the wall or fortification would fall.
Interestingly, when the Trade Center was bombed in the parking garage back in 1991, which blew a huge crater in the foundation, the tower did not fall; it did not collapse. Yet on 9/11 the breach was high in a high wall, and it did collapse.
I asked my wife what would happen in an ancient wall or stone tower in which some stones would brake out high up in the top of the wall? She said: "I guess the top of the wall or tower would fall off." Exactly! That wouldnt cause the entire wall to fall down, but only that portion above the breach or breaking out.
If the foundation of a stone wall breaks out or gives way, it doesnt "fall down," as it is already on the ground. The Hebrew suggests this fall of the wall starts with the "breach" falling, before the actual "wall" falls. Here is the word order from a Hebrew Interlinear:
Technically it is not "as a breach ready to fall." There is no word for "ready" in the text. Only "kphrtz & nphl" [as-breach one-falling]. So what is it that is actually falling that starts the collapse of this wall? It is the "breach" that is falling. The Concordant Literal Old Testament translates it "a falling breach."
But even if we stay with many translations which say that this is "a breach ready to fall," its still THE BREACH which is ready to fall, not the wall. It is the FALLING BREACH which causes the entire wall to collapse. And something cannot fall down unless it is first UP.
God is describing through Isaiah a great and high wall that will collapse because of a "FALLING BREACH" up on the wall. Now then, who has ever heard of a stone wall or tower falling down because some stones came loose or broke out higher UP on the wall. The breach would merely fall down and have virtually no effect on the wall beneath it. Yet with the World Trade Towers, in both cases, it was a breach high up on the walls that brought down the entire Towers. Just as Isaiah prophesied.
THE ULTIMATE WEAPON USED BY TERRORISTS
How could such a thing like this happen? We were not at war with Russia or China. So how could the Twin Towers be totally demolished in the greatest city on Earth, in the greatest country in the world?
Unfortunately our government had not prepared against a weapon of mass destruction such as was used to bring down the World Trade Center. Oh they were prepared for a foreign invasion. They could detect an incoming IBM. They could prevent a naval invasion. NORAD never sleeps. There can be no sneak attack on America. But there was one weapon of mass destruction our government never considered. The one which fooled our greatest minds and our greatest military intelligence. One which temporary brought a city and a nation to their knees. And what sophisticated weapon of technological superiority and unstoppable power could that be? Answer: A four-inch box cutter.
What was a simple toy as far as military armament goes, nonetheless, in the hands of religious monsters destroyed the World Trade Center in the greatest city, in the greatest nation on earth.
FALLING STONES VERSUS TOTAL DISINTEGRATION
Continuing Isaiahs prophecy:
One of the workers at ground zero was heard saying:
There were thousands of computers and telephones in the Twin Towers, yet not even one was found (let alone one the jet engines)!
God said through Isaiah that this collapse would be so disastrous that a vessel big enough to take coals from a hearth or water from a cistern, would not be found. How could such a thing be said of an ancient stone tower or wall falling?
Even in Jericho, the most notorious wall of the ancient world, they found many large jars filled with grain that survived under the collapsed stones. The remains of the Twin Towers consisted of little more than twisted steel and powdered concrete. No, Isaiah was not describing an ancient stone wall of his day when he stated: " and it shall come to be for the day hereafter, for the future, till the eon"
When a stone wall or tower falls, whatever is at the bottom gets covered with a layer of rock, and from there on it is merely stone upon stone upon stone. A hundred stones or a thousand stones, attributes very little damage to whatever is under the first layer or two of stones. Not so with the Twin Towers.
Each section of wall and flooring in the Twin Towers weighed approximately 4,545 tons. The first plane took out parts of the building and flooring between floors 93 and 99. So there were 17 floors above the lowest damaged floor. Eleven times 4,545 tons equals 50,000 tons of weight. However, not stationary weight, but moving weight. Fifty thousands tons falling down on the 93rd floor accelerating to a speed of roughly 124 miles per hour. By the time the falling debris reached the 12th floor above street level (the 110 story debris pile was roughly 12 stories high), the weight of the falling material would have been 445,000 tons crashing down at 124 miles per hour! Show me any wall or tower in the history of the world that can compare to such staggering proportions and utter pulverization of some of the strongest materials on earth? Yet Isaiah prophesied of just such a tower falling with such destructive force, IN AN INSTANT, wherein their could not be found a vessel large enough
And so we have a prophecy about Gods people, Judah/Israel (the Christian nations of Northwestern Europe, Australia, South America, Canada, and AMERICA) who look to their wealth and to the strength of foreign nations for protection from their enemies. Not that it ever entered into their minds that some of the nations they have alliances with to protect them, ARE THEIR ENEMIES.
And they reject the counsel of God. They go against Gods will in these matters. And so God tells us why our nations will fall:
We have all now seen the "prelude."
WHY JUDGMENT IS COMING ON AMERICA
Despise, oppression, perverseness, iniquity " Just words to most people who read this, but these words portend sinister consequences for all those guilty of them. Here are some definitions from Strongs Hebrew Dictionary:
God says that whoever it is that is represented as Judah/Israel in the prophets regarding end-time prophecy, they "DESPISE this word." Try and convince any professing Christian that he "despises" Gods word. You better be ready to run.
And, of course, every one of these definitions also have definitions, and so after a couple of generations of definitions, we have a mountain of evil, sick, greedy, perverse carnality. And that is why Isaiah starts off his prophetic book with these words:
AMERICAA CHRIST-LIKE NATION OR A "CHRISTIAN" NATION?
I could write a lengthy article on all the sins and abuses, crime and corruption in the United States, but that is not the emphasis of this paper, although it is a very important part of it. Let me make just one observation for you:
The United States is a "Christian" nation, but is not very "Christ-like." Of all Americans, 82% claim to be Christian; only 4 percent are atheists. Now then, the United States has 2,000,000 of her citizens in jail (thats one out of every 136 persons). Thats a higher per capita rate than Iraq!seven times that of Germany. The state of Maryland has more of her citizens in prison (not per capita, but more numbers of prisoners) than the entire country of Canada. In fact, the United States of America has a larger per capita prison population than ANY OTHER NATION ON EARTH, AND MOST ALL AMERICAN PRISONERS ARE CHRISTIANS. A total of 7,000,000 Americans are either in prison, on probation, or on parole.
Okay, just one more statistic: Seventy-two percent of Americans believe that Politicians are CORRUPT! Do we think that statistic is baseless? According to CBS News 58% of Americans think that corruption in government is "WIDESPREAD." Well, did Isaiah prophesy: " the whole HEAD is sick."
ENTER THE 21st CENTURY SEERS OF GOD
Now for maybe the most incredible part of all in this prophecy of Isaiah when:
Our day. The END of this eon and the ushering in of the next.
What saith our great United States seers and prophets concerning this destruction of the World Trade Center? Was the World Trade Center destruction accomplished by the ingenious thinking of a handful of Arab terrorists, or by the Hand of God?
Ill give you the Scriptures: youll have to decide for yourself. Amos 3:1-7:
Well that is what the Scriptures teach, but it is not what Christian theology teaches. They teach and believe that the answer to the first six propositions God presents, is "NO." But to the seventh, and final, and most important of all propositions, they answer "YES." YES, all evil in the cities happens independent of God.
God proposes six propositions, to which the answer is always "NO," so there will be NO doubt in anyones mind when He comes to the seventh proposition, there can be no question as to whether God is responsible for "evil in the city."
These Truths of Scripture are too high for any carnal mind to comprehend. How can "God" bring such evil to the cities? How could "God" destroy the World Trade Center? WHY would "God" destroy the World Trade Center? What saith the great seers of America? What advice do the prophets and seers of this great nation offer, when "a trumpet is blown in the city"When God gives America a final "WAKE-UP call?" Let us see:
What holy man of America would ever prophesy such a things? Prophesy LIES, SMOOTH things, DECEITS? Would America groom such a false prophet and have him address the entire Federal Government and all of her citizens and televise it to the entirety of the world, to have him tell them "All is well with American?" "God bless America?" "We are stronger than ever?" "God is not judging America?" "God did not bring this evil upon us?" "God is not the author of evil?" "Evil in the city is NOT OF THE LORD?"
Most Christians would no more know when a seer or prophet was speaking "lies, deceits and SMOOTH things" to them than they would recognize Satan if he were sitting across the table from them. Well let me give a 21st century example of a seer prophesying deceit, and smooth things.
BILLY GRAHAM AT THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Four days after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Billy Graham addressed an audience of distinguished members of the United States Government, the citizens of America, and the people of the world.
Now I dont mean to single out Mr. Graham above other celebrity preachers, but he just happens to be the man responsible for the following "smooth and deceitful" rhetoric against which Isaiah so forcefully warned:
"But how do we understand something like this? Why does God allow evil like this to take place? Perhaps that is what you are asking now. You may even be angry with God."
COMMENT: You would think Mr. Graham never read the Bible. "WHY does God allow evil like this to take place? Unbelievable! WHY? Here's why:
But what seer or prophet of America would ever do that? That would not be "politically correct" in front of such a distinguished audience! They dont want to hear the truth. They want to hear "deceit" and "SMOOTH things." They dont want to hear that it was God Himself Who has brought this evil on America:
No, dont tell us God had anything to do with this evil in our city. We dont want to hear WHY God does such evil things to such a sinful nation. Mr. Graham:
"But what are some of the lessons we can learn? First, we are reminded of the mystery and reality of evil. Ive been asked hundreds of times in my life why God allows tragedy and suffering. I have to confess that I REALLY DO NOT KNOW the answer totally, even to my own satisfaction The Bible says that GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF EVIL." (CAPS are mine)
COMMENT: Mr. Graham doesnt know why God allows tragedy and suffering, but he does know that: "The Bible says that God is not the author of evil." Oh really? And does he have chapter and verse on that bit of unscriptural heresy? No, no he doesnt. And if he read the Bible as much as he claims, he should surely know that what he has stated is total unscriptural DECEIT.
No, America doesnt want to hear the truth of Gods word; they want to hear "deceit and SMOOTH things."
Heres some more smooth things. Mr. Graham:
"A tragedy like this could have torn our country apart. But instead it has united us, and weve become a family. So those perpetrators who took this on to tear us apart, it has worked the other way its back-lashed. Its backfired. We are more united than ever before. I think this was exemplified in a very moving way when the member of our Congress stood shoulder to shoulder the other day and sang God Bless America Theres hope for the present, because I believe the stage has already been set for a new spirit in our nation"
God Almighty slaps America across their face with this horrendous destruction of property and life in New York City, and what do we do? Do we beseech God to forgive us for all of our crimes, evils, sins, and corruption? No, we join "shoulder to shoulder" and sing "God Bless American" without repenting of any of our sins. We havent sinned: only the terrorists sinned.
"Here in this majestic National Cathedral we see all around us symbols of the cross. For the Christian Im speaking for the Christian now the cross tells us that God understands our sin "
COMMENT: Yes, of course, God "understands our sin," but lets not use a phrase like that to turn the cross of Jesus into license to sin without repentance.
"Understanding" is not synonymous with "condoning." Do we think the nearly 3000 people who fell with the Twin Towers were sinners above all men that dwell in New York City?
One final quote from Mr. Graham:
"We all watched in horror as planes crashed into the steel and glass of the World Trade Center. Those majestic towers, built on solid foundations, were examples of the prosperity and creativity of America. When damaged, those buildings eventually plummeted to the ground, imploding in upon themselves. Yet underneath the debris is a foundation that was not destroyed. Therein lies the truth of that old hymn that Andrew Young quoted: How firm a foundation."
COMMENT: What a crock! Billy Graham had a huge captive audience that few people have had in the history of the world: The entire United States government! All the citizens of America! Hundreds, maybe thousands of millions of people around the world. And what does Billy Graham have to say? What does this greatest of American seers and prophets have to tell us? What word does he have FROM THE LORD? He has no word from the Lord. He sells out for a "politically correct" speech that will tickle the ears of his listeners. Hell make no waves today, nor ever. Hell ruffle no feather in Washington or anywhere else in American Christendom. It was politically perfect! It was Scripturally, a shame and an utter disgrace!
Mr. Graham could have said: "Those majestic Towers, built on solid physical foundations, were examples of GODS undeserved prosperity gift to America. But because we did not consider God to be the SPIRITUAL foundation of our success and prosperity, GOD BROUGHT DOWN THOSE TOWERS, just as He will BRING DOWN THIS NATION, if we do not "ALL LIKEWISE REPENT."
But no. Dont ever expect that kind of "politically incorrect" rebuke from any of the modern seers and prophets among Gods prophetic Israel.
As we speak (December, 2006), China holds ONE TRILLION American dollars. Hours ago Iran announced that the Iranian Central Bank is converting the state's foreign dollar assets into Euros, and it will be using the Euro for foreign transactions (what are the consequences for America if oil becomes pegged worldwide to the Euro? Russia is also talking about disconnecting oil sales from the US dollar). The war in Iraq is costing American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. Americans have reached record personal debts backed up with negative savings. Our government (and North Korea) are printing hundred-dollar-bills as fast as the presses can crank them out. We have a giant national debt. We have no energy policy, and we get over half of our oil from other nations, etc.
Not only do our Christian seers and prophets preach "deceits and smooth THINGS," but our news media does likewise. Not only is the news toothless, but when it comes to what is really happening in the world, most Americans are clueless.
Ironically, the South Tower collapsed in just 56 minutes after being impacted. Is God sending us a message?
TWIN TOWERS JUST A PRELUDE?
If America doesnt return to God and repent of her national and individual sins, America is going down, and nothing is going to stop it. Nero fiddled while Rome burned, and our great seers fiddle their messages of "deceit and SMOOTH things," while America is ready to go down in flames. Me thinks Washington will also fiddle while America burns.
Yah, like somebody's going to listen to this "trite" warning, for: "Who has believed our report?"
But surely God Himself would not use such utterly wicked monsters as those Arabs who flew those planes into the Twin Towers, would He?
Of course He would:
But when oh when will they ever believe our report? "For WHO has believed our report?" (Isa. 53:1)
Yes, there will be salvation for the human race, but it will happen only after a great slaughter of humanity to the point that no flesh would remain alive except for God shortening that period of carnage. Are we told elsewhere of such a great slaughter of humanity? Yes we are, back to Isaiah 30:
Throughout the entire Bible God tells us what will happen to us if we are good and then what will happen to us if we are bad. After telling us how quickly and completely our destruction will come in verse 14 of Isaiah 30, God tells us this in verse 15:
Verses 17 thru 25a show how God will save our people, but only after a great slaughter in verse 25b. Next notice verse 26:
But once more God shows us that this will not come until great Judgment upon Israel (Verses 27 thru 32).
Then in verse 33 we read something very strange. Yet it is the key to Judgment, to Christs reign on this earth, to the Sermon on the mount, the mysterious enigma of Isaiah 66 where the worms dont die and the fire isnt quenched, and many other sections of Scripture. Here is the last verse of Isa. 30 and it ties the whole chapter together under a particular symbolic judgment:
WHY TOPHET IS ORDAINED OF OLD FOR THE KING
In II Kings 23:10 we read:
Since King Josiah destroyed Tophet and the altars of
GeHinnom (just a few years before Babylon captured Judah and took them into captivity),
why does Isaiah talk like it is coming back again? For what purpose? It is a
symbol for judgment. GaHinnom (Gk: GeHenna) is a symbol for judgment.
Dont get on Gods froward side. For if we insist on doing abominable things, God will turn those abominations back on us.
Israel sacrificed their children in the fire to Molech. Are we not spiritually sacrificing our children in America as well?
Young people's entertainment like MTV is polluting our children's minds with blatant sexual simulations in dance and music lyrics. Our children's role models kiss and fondle members of the same sex live on TV for all to see. Rebecca Hagelin reported:
Our public school system is a sham. Up to 40% of school teachers in Washington D.C. send their own children to private schools. Children are forced in public schools to learn alternative life styles, in other words, they are taught to accept sexual perversion as natural and normal.
Even the example-setting pastors of huge mega churches are often money-motivated, money-crazed, money-worshipping clowns or worse: thieves, liars, murderers, and practicing homosexuals.
While it is true that ancient Israel sacrificed children in the fire to Molech, it may have been relatively few--dozens, perhaps hundreds. But America's abortion clinics have killed an estimated 40 million unborn babies. That's more killings than were committed by Saddam Hussein, Adolph Hitler, and Mao Zetong, COMBINED!
We are poisoning our childrens minds, their souls, their bodies, and their very spirits. We are killing them by the millions before they draw even their first breath. Do you think that we shall go unpunished for these unspeakable abominations?
God is going to bring back Tophet of old, only this time deeper and larger with fire and much wood and kindled with brimstone. Not literally, but figurativelyTophet is the symbolic setting of Isaiahs prophecy when the TOWERS FALL.
To theologians and ministers, context is the god of interpretation. Something is true ONLY in the context in which it is found. To them there are no universal truths, only contextual truths. "GOD IS LOVE" they say, but ONLY in the context of I John 4:8 in which this statement is found. How foolish.
Yes, many times Scriptures speak of local history, in local surrounding, and with limited application, but not always, and even in those "limited" events there are many things that can be applied for our understanding today. For example, Jeremiah like Isaiah speaks of local wars and the local downfall of nations and city states:
All local stuff. All things that happened in the past. Nothing here for us, right?
All local stuff. All smaller nations of the Middle East. Nothing to concern us. What did Jeremiah and Isaiah and Ezekiel know of our day? CONTEXT THIS
Just local skirmishes in an ancient by-gone time? Hardlythis is just around the corner. Theologians want everything in "context"God will put them in context and God will punish and destroy them IN CONTEXT.
Yes, " for the days of your SLAUGHTER and dispersions are accomplished " Jeremiah warns. We are nearing "The day of the GREAT SLAUGHTER when the towers fall" (Isa. 30:25), when God will once again "ordain Tophet of old."
Remember that Tophet is in the Valley of the son of Hinnom. Is God going to ordain this Valley of Hinnom also? For what purpose? Will it once again be used to worship Molech the god of the Canaanites? No, it will serve another purpose in prophecy:
Make no mistake about it: There will be hell to pay in the years ahead. Our sins have reached to high heaven, and our leaders fiddle while our great spiritual leaders "speak unto us SMOOTH things and prophesy DECEIT" in our darkest hours and in our greatest need to repent and turn to God. I dont apologize for how that sounds to many of you, but not to all, I hope.
Have you ever wanted to just take charge of some evil, some oppression, some inequality, some rotten situation in our nation, but just lacked the opportunity and power to do anything about it? Well God is offering some the grand and glorious opportunity to reign and serve with HIM in HIS glory, wisdom, and power.
As we have seen in Jeremiah, God will punish ALL NATIONS, but the Christian Nations will be the first to fall. First God punishes His people, and then He punishes those He used as a club in His hand to punish His people. Few will take this warning seriouslywhat about YOU?
ARTIST'S CONCEPTION OF THE NEW WORLD TRADE CENTER
"Unless the Lord Guards the City, the
Guard Keeps Watch in Vain"