Good morning. Isaiah 9:8-10 says, “The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel. And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.”
Rabbi Johnathan Cohn has seen a parallel, in these verses, between Israel and the United States. On September 11, 2001, the bricks fell with the destruction of the World Trade Center. A 20-ton hewn stone was placed at Ground Zero. During the collapse of the tower, a beam fell and knocked down a Sycamore tree that was in the yard of a church. The roots were later removed and the tree replaced with an evergreen. Just as Israel was attacked by Syria, the United States was attacked by terrorists. Seven years later, we had our worst stock market crash. The market dropped 777 points. Seven is God’s number. And just like Israel, with a defiant spirit we said we will rebuild, we will make stronger. There were 3 different witnesses to this: Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Senator John Edwards, and President Barack Obama. They all said, basically, what Isaiah 9:10 says: we will rebuild, we will make stronger.
Revelations 16:1-21 says, “And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”
I often wondered how people could shake their fists at God who loved them so much that He gave His Only-Begotten Son to die on a cross, and shed His precious blood to pay for their sins.
Is Obama the anti-Christ? I don’t know (and I don’t think so). Is Mystery Babylon the United States? I don’t know. When they see the smoke rising, and the merchants weeping, because of all the buisiness deallings they had there; does that spell the end of New York? I don’t know. If there is another judgment, it will happen in 7 years: in 2015. But this I do know: God put another sign in this mess: the fallen Sycamore. Newspapers called it a miracle. The fallen tree protected the church from destruction when the buildings collapsed. No matter what happens the Lord will protect His church. Are you part of His church? Will you, or have you received Jesus as your Saviour? Or, will you shake your fist at God, and blame Him for all your problems? All you have to do is call on the precious name of Jesus to save you, and He will.
Peace. (Revelation 22:20-21).
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