Sundays are for worshipping the Lord. This blog will give honor and glory to my Father in Heaven.
"The bricks have fallen down,
"The bricks have fallen down,
but we will rebuild with hewn stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
but we will replace them with cedars."
This Scripture from the Book of Isaiah is at the center of a new book called The Harbinger. Written by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the book explores a 3000-year-old prophecy that was given to the people of Israel by the prophet Isaiah, and that we see manifested in America today.
Ancient Israel was warned of coming destruction because they had turned from God's ways and abandoned their relationship with the Lord; they rejected His principles, upon which their nation was founded.
They ignored the warnings of such prophets as Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah and Isaiah, and branded them and anyone who called them to repentance as troublemakers; dangerous; enemies of the state. The nation of Israel grew deaf to those trying to save them from judgment. Sound familiar?
They began wandering away from their covenant with God in small, subtle ways. It took hundreds of years, but it started by merging their faith with the faith of other gods; promiscuity and sexual perversion were tried and then accepted as commonplace; profanity and greed became a part of the nation's culture; they even offered their children as sacrifices to other gods.
So God removed the hedge of protection that He had placed around them. Once that protection was removed, enemies could penetrate their boundaries, breach the land, and enter the gates. The book contends, and I agree, that until we understand what happened to the ancient Israelites, we won't understand what's happening to the United States of America.
God removed His hedge of protection and the ancient kingdom of Israel (the 10 northern tribes) was attacked by the Assyrians. They were forced to relocate to the far parts of the Assyrian empire. They were assimilated and lost their identity. (The southern kingdom of Judah became the ancestors of modern Jews, and therefore the state of modern Israel).
Instead of turning back to God and repenting of their sins, the few remaining ancient Israelites declared, in arrogance and defiance, the recorded verse in Isaiah 9:10. They vowed to rebuild on their own, without including God. Rabbi Cahn asserts that this is exactly what we did after 9/11.
Like ancient Israel, we have slowly, then brazenly, driven God out of our national life. We took Him out of our schools; out of our courthouse squares; adopted promiscuity and same-sex marriage; the "F" word is habitual and a standard part of our vocabulary; Greed, with a capital "G" is worshipped as a false idol; we have merged our faith with other faiths (Chrislam?); and we may not literally lay our children down on altars of sacrifice, but a safe guess of the number of abortions since Roe v. Wade in 1973 is over 54,000,000. And Christians are increasingly labeled "intolerant" and dangerous to the culture?
Rabbi Cahn shows that our own hedge of protection was removed on the morning of September 11, 2001. The enemy was able to easily penetrate our boundaries, breached our safeguards, and entered our gates without a problem.
And like the leaders of ancient Israel, on the very next day, September 12th, our national leaders boldly, and defiantly, quoted this exact verse from the floor of the Senate! Through the remainder of the book, Cahn shows us how the nine harbingers (or warnings) that were given to ancient Israel have been manifested in America. The book reads like a novel, but the warnings are real.....and true!
Our God is the same God that yearned for the Israelites to return to Him. He yearns for us, too. Will we heed the warnings? Will we turn back to Him? Or will we find ourselves as "lost" as the 10 tribes of ancient Israel? I pray we answer these warnings with repentance and remorse, and ask God to once more bless this nation..... before it is too late!