The backdrop has been laid in my first two posts: Parallels: Israel and America. Let’s conclude.
The Harbingers mentioned involve the nine that happened to ancient Israel, and the manifestation of the same nine in modern-day America.
In the last days of ancient Israel, nine harbingers appeared in the land, warning of natural calamity and coming destruction. The same harbingers of warning, the same signs of a nation under judgment have now manifested on American soil. Some have appeared in New York City and Washington DC, and some have involved American leaders. They have all appeared, all 9 of them, in precise and eerie detail. Those involved in their reappearing had no idea of the mystery or their part in fulfilling it. Yet all replayed on American soil, warning of national calamity and judgment. Ref: J.Cahns’ book The Harbinger 2. PG .112
Harbinger #1– Israel in 732 BC, ( The breach ) Israel’s hedge of protection was lifted. It happened because a civilization had grown hardened and deafened to the call of God, and nothing else could get through to it. It was a warning and a recall to return.
What about America? The first harbinger, the “breach” manifested on American soil on September 11th, 2001, when America’s hedge of protection was lifted. The enemy was allowed to strike the land in the form of 19 high hackers. Everyone knows the disaster of this first harbinger. 9/11 was a warning to America, and the call to return.
Harbinger # 2– The terrorist. The strike on ancient Israel was carried out by the soldiers of the Assyrian Empire the Assyrians were the world’s first terrorists, the first to employ terror as a means to a political end. They were fierce, brutal, and merciless. The 2nd harbinger was the sign of the terrorist.
What about America? – The sign of the terrorist appeared on American soil on 9/11. The attack was masterminded and carried out not only by America’s enemies but specifically by terrorists. The Assyrians were the fathers of terrorism, those who carried out the attacks of 9/11 were their spiritual children. These terrorists originated in the same region of the world from which the Assyrians came, the Middle East. Study the links between the ancient language of Akkadian and modern Arabic.
After the Assyrian attacks, Israel was given a window of time to repent, but they never did. Greater shakings were to follow. They responded in defiance: “The bricks have fallen, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.” The bottom line is they would not repent. Sound familiar, are you seeing the parallels?
Harbinger#3– When the Assyrians invaded the land, they caused bricks to fall. The sign of falling bricks speak of destruction, the falling of walls, the fall of buildings, and the heaps of ruins that were left in the wake of the Assyrian destruction.
And America? – Obviously, the attack of 9/11 specifically involved the fall of walls and buildings. Ground Zero was the most iconic image in the wake of the calamity.
Harbinger #4 — “But we will rebuild.” The Israelites made a vow to replace the bricks of clay with hewn stone. This would allow them to build stronger buildings than before, bigger, higher, and greater. Their buildings would embody the nation’s pride. When Isaiah recorded their words, he wrote that they were being spoken in pride and arrogance. In Hebrew, the word he used for arrogance is linked to the word used for tower. The fourth harbinger is the rebuilding of what had fallen, the rise of the tower.
And America? After 9/11, American leaders vowed to rebuild the fallen towers, and not just rebuild them, but build them bigger, better, stronger, and higher than before. The rebuilding of ground Zero would focus on a single object, a tower. The plan was to build a tower at Ground Zero bigger, stronger, and higher than the towers that had fallen. It was to reach a height of 1,776 feet, the number that marked the nation’s birth. As in ancient Israel, their rebuilding was to become the focal point of the nation’s pride and defiance and the embodiment of the nation itself.
Harbinger # 5– “But we will rebuild with hewn stone.” The project of rebuilding began with the laying down of hewn stone. The Hebrew word behind the hewn stone is gazit. The word gazit refers to a stone quarried from mountain rock and used for constructing buildings of strength and magnitude. The gazit or quarried stone, became the start of the nation’s rebuilding, the embodiment of it’s vow, and the symbol of its defiance.
And America?– Nearly three years after 9/11, a massive object descended onto the floor of ground Zero. It was a gazit stone. It had been quarried out of the mountains of upstate New York, 20 tons of hewn stone. As in ancient times, it was brought to the ground of destruction where the buildings had fallen. On July 4th 2004, American leaders and spectators gathered around the stone in a ceremony that was to mark the beginning of the tower. The leaders pronounced vows over it. One of them, the governor of New York, proclaimed that they were performing the act in “the spirit of defiance. “As in ancient times, the gazit stone became the embodiment of the nation’s vow and the symbol of its defiance.”
Harbinger # 6 — The Sycamores are cut down. When the Assyrians invaded Israel, they brought destruction not only to the nation’s buildings but to its land. The fallen building spoke of the destruction in the cities. But the fallen Sycamore epitomized the destruction of the land.
In America? “On 9/11, in the last moments of destruction, the North tower of the world trade center began to collapse. As it plummeted to the ground, it sent forth a metal beam into the air. The beam struck an object, a tree growing in the soil at the corner of Ground Zero. The tree was a Sycamore as in the prophecy. It would be put on display and memorialized and known as the Sycamore of Ground Zero. the sixth harbinger of the vow.” FRIENDS, THIS CANNOT BE MADE UP!
Harbinger#7– ‘But we will replace them with cedars.’ The word cedar in the translation stands for the Hebrew word ‘erez’. The seventh harbinger is the erez tree. The word erez speaks of a strong tree, particularly a conifer and, more specifically, a tree of the Pinaceae family. The people of Israel would plant the erez tree in place of the fallen sycamore. As the erez tree was stronger than the Sycamore, it was another symbolic act of defiance; the nation would rise up stronger than before.
Manifestation in America? — In 2003, at the end of November, a tree appeared in the sky at the corner of Ground Zero. It was being lowered into place where the Sycamore of Ground Zero had once stood, and was struck down. People gathered around the tree and held a ceremony. They noted the symbolic meaning behind the planting of the new tree where the old had once stood. They gave the tree a name, they called it the Tree of Hope and heralded it as a sign of the indomitable nature of human hope. The tree wasn’t a Sycamore. It was a conifer tree. It was of the Pinaceae family. As in the prophecy it was an erez tree. So they replaced the fallen Sycamore with an erez tree. The ancient sign of defiance and judgment, the erez tree, that had manifested in ancient Israel now had manifested in New York City at the corner of Ground Zero.
And America? On September 12th 2001, the very day after the calamity, the American Congress gathered on Capitol Hill to issue its response to 9/11. Senator Tom Daschle presented the response. “There is a passage in The Bible from Isaiah that I think speaks to all of us at times like this… The bricks have fallen down, but we were rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been fell, but we will replace them with cedars.
Harbinger #8 — The vow itself. The 8th harbinger is the vow itself, the utterance of the vow. For the vow to have meaning, it had to represent the nation’s course. And so its leaders had to give it a voice. And sense leaders ruled from the city of Samaria, it would have been declared in the nation’s capital. The leaders uttered the words of the vow.
And in America? On September 11th, 2004, the third anniversary of the calamity, the Democratic candidate for the vice presidency, Senator John Edwards gave a speech in the capital city. He opened the speech with the words. The bricks have fallen but we will build with dressed stones; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place. The ancient vow was uttered by an American leader in the nation’s capital city. And it wasn’t only those words, the entire speech was an exposition on that one verse, Isaiah 9:10. It was the utterance of the ancient vow. He had no idea what the words meant or he never would have uttered them. He spoke of the striking down of the sycamore without realizing an actual sycamore had been struck down on 9/11. He spoke of the gazit stone without realizing an actual gazit stone have been laid on Ground Zero to begin the rebuilding. He spoke of the planting of the erez tree where the sycamore had been struck down without realizing that this had taken place. And he connected it all to 9/11– He proclaimed a verse that spoke of the warning strike of a nation in the form of a terrorist attack and connected it to 9/11 — the verse that identified a nation undergoing the first stage of judgment.
Harbinger # 9 — The Prophecy. The vow was not only a declaration but a prophecy of things you have to come. And by appearing in Isaiah 9, it became a part of a prophecy of national judgment as well as a matter of national record. So the vow was spoken not only by a national leader and in the capital city but as a prophecy of what was still to come and as a matter of national record.
So on the day after 911, the nation’s response was exactly the same as the response of ancient Israel in the wake of the ancient calamity, the first strike of judgment. Daschle spoke of the fallen tree without knowing that they’re actually existed a tree struck down at the corner of Ground Zero that answered to the tree in the vow. He spoke of the rebuilding with the gazit stone which would be fulfilled 3 years after he spoke it. And he spoke of the planting of the erez tree, an act that would manifest two years after he proclaimed it.
From Capitol hill and before the United States Congress, the nation, and the world, the Senate majority leader uttered the same words on the day after 9/11 that the leaders of ancient Israel had uttered in the days after their calamity — word-for-word. And without having any idea what he was doing, he connected the calamity of 9/11 with the calamity of ancient Israel, the opening moment in the judgment of a fallen nation. And so on the day after 9/11 and from Capitol Hill, the leader of the United States Senate unwittingly pronounced judgment on America.
Comments: God is in control. He is active in the affairs of his creation. To me the hand of God is obvious. I will leave it to all who study this and can make their own decisions.
Note: I wrote part one and part two of this study… Parallels, Israel, And America in their entirety. Part three is from J. Cahn’s “Harbinger” books. I highly recommend everything written by this great scholar, Jonathan Cahn. Frankie The Earthman.