The Bible has much to say about these
days and times in which we are living!
Written by: Skip Barland
November 22, 2012
“Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.” (Isaiah 42:9)
“Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure’.”
“Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He.”
The Bible foretells many signs that would culminate in the last days. Jesus indicated that these signs would arise together as His return drew near (Matthew 24:33-34).
Though many of these prophecies won’t climax until the tribulation period, our generation is the first to see every trend in place.
As the final seconds of this age tick away, these events will come into even clearer focus; and please keep in mind that these prophecies were penned 1900 to 3500 years ago!
How does all of this relate to you?
Well to begin with, we are definitely living in the last days, that time which has been foretold in the Bible; a time when Jesus warned His disciples to be on their guard, so as not to be caught off guard and unaware!
“Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Christ,” and will deceive many.
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
All these are the beginning of birth pains.” (Matthew 24:4-8)
I have long been aware that there is no such thing as coincidence, it is NOT a Kosher word; not when it comes to the things of God and the care which He takes to watch over His Word to perform it (see 2 Chron 16:9); and in the fulfillment of prophecy, in the management of this world’s affaris, and the detail and care which He devotes to caring for and watching over the lives of His covenant children.
Often as we are faced with our own travails and tribulations, which certainly today appear to be on the increase, and certainly in these times it is easy even for the Christian, the one who has placed his or her faith in God, to sometimes question whether God has forgotten us; but again, if we would but check with our Operations Manual (the Bible) we would find that this is a common pattern that has been experienced by God’s covenant children all down through history.
God has already told us, in His Word, that we are to live by Faith, and it even says in Hebrews 11:6 that without Faith, we can’t even please God… so it must be very important that we learn a few lessons on what faith is.
As committed Christians, when our vision and senses are impaired, the same as happens when a pilot of an airplane finds himself in a storm or fog bank, when we are in the dark and are having trouble finding our way, we are to fly by Instrument Flight Rules and not by our sight or feelings, or we will crash and burn.
So in these dark times that we find ourselves in today, let us take our guidance from God’s Word (which are in fact the instruments that we fly by) and let us not be swayed by our circumstances and feelings.
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
10 I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters,
about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground.
2 In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses. 3 All of them ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ.
5 Yet God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
6 These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, 7 or worship idols as some of them did.
As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.” 8 And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day.
9 Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites.
10 And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.
11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.
12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
What follows may surprise some of you, because as we read our news papers today, along side of our Bible, it’s almost as if we are experiencing déjà vu all over again; and it’s enough to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, as the author of the article below points out.
The following video is something, if you haven’t yet seen it, you need to watch, because it sets the stage for what is to follow, and by that I mean not only in our world and what’s happening in the United States, under this corrupt de facto corporate system we are living under, but I believe it also sets the stage for what is to follow in our individual lives as well.
Jesus forewarned us of these times; and told us that even as we can look at the skies above and predict the weather, likewise we should be able to look to biblical prophecy and tell when the time of His return to earth will be, because it has already been written and foretold.
The following article comes from World Net Daily, and points out an even more amazing detail that God has woven into these amazing prophecies, that He has given to show us that truly we are NOT alone, and that God has not forgotten us.
The same details that we see in Scripture that God takes to watch over His Word, He also takes to watch over His covenant children as well, and that applies to you if you are in covenant relationship with Him.
If you haven’t yet made that decision then I suggest you do soon, before we move any further down this road, that we can read about in the Bible, that we as a nation are presently on, here in the United States and also in the world, as the leadership of this corporate entity that rules our government and also many of the world governments through its banking systems, continue to thumb their noses and resist God, just as we read the pagan leadership in the nations of old did.
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I have talked much in my blogs of late about the state of our government, under this de facto UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CORPORATION; an entity that is first of all unconstitutional, and that our forefathers even warned us against.
In this past election many conservatives, even Christians, were putting their hope in a man who by his own past record, was not that different in his views from Obama; and certainly when it comes to establishing this ominous “New World Order,” both men by their own admission are on the same page.
You need to understand that none of these things that are happening today is by happenstance, but rather they have been foretold long ago, so that we who are believers, may be prepared in these last days to resist Satan’s efforts; and to lead others in the world to salvation, while there is still time; for as we can see that the days are getting darker, certainly we can see also that the time of our Lord’s return is near, and that He is even standing at the door!
I want to make one thing very clear, and that is as the Bible says, we are NOT fighting against flesh and blood here, but we are fighting against principalities and wickedness in high places, who are under Satan’s controlled.
We need to understand that our neighbors and those in the world, even those that are heading up this corrupt de facto system we are living under, these people are NOT our enemies; and we who are born-again need to understand that except for the grace of God in our own lives, and the fact that we were once impacted by the Savior of the world ourselves, then we would probably be right there with them.
These people don’t know what they don’t know, having never had an encounter with Jesus and not knowing Him they are just lost, and it is part of our mission to pray for them; but as our Lord also says in His Word, “That we are to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
Consider for a moment that our nation was started and founded upon biblical principals, by men and women of faith; and it was we, the Christians, who abdicated the positions of authority in government, and gave the reigns of power over to unbelievers… and so what did we expect would happen?
We desperately need a Spiritual Awakening to happen within the churches of America; and we also need Revival in our land, if our nation is to survive as a free people!
Just know that there is always hope, and however bad things may get, God is still on His throne and He won’t ever abandon His kids.
All we need to do is repent, which means to change the way we think.
As you study your Bible allow the Holy Spirit to be your teacher and guide; let Him rewrite the code of your thinking, the programming of this world that has been so ingrained in our thinking; and let us put on the mind of Christ.
The road back home for all of us starts with our first step.
As a Christian myself, as one who at least has some understanding of God’s Word, I have to add also that our destiny as a nation will NOT depend on what these men and women do, who don’t know the Lord, who aren’t Christian; but rather it will depend on what God’s people do, of those who are called by His name; that just as the Bible instructs us in 2 Chronicles 7: 14, that if we (who are believers) would humble ourselves and pray; turn from our wicked ways and seek God’s face; that God would hear from heaven and heal our land.
Our ONLY hope today is in Jesus Christ!!!
ISAIAH 9:10 LINKED TO 9/11 – AGAIN!
Find out where prophetic verse affecting America falls in ‘One-Year Bible’
WASHINGTON – The No. 1 bestselling Christian book and the No. 1 faith movie of 2012 both deal with the striking parallels between events leading the destruction of ancient Israel and events taking place in America since 9/11.
But the author of “The Harbinger” and the narrator of “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” documentary based on the book has discovered yet another striking link between 9/11 and the key verse upon which his teaching rests.
In 1985, the “One-Year Bible” was published in many translations around the world – from the Living Bible to the Catholic Bible to the New King James version to the New American Standard and the English Standard Bible.
Those Bible translations provide verses to read each day of the year – from both the New and Old Testaments.
Jonathan Cahn, the messianic rabbi who wrote “The Harbinger” and offers his teaching in “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” movie, recently discovered that every one of those “One-Year Bible” versions place Isaiah 9:10 on Sept. 11.
“This has been the case since 1985,” said Cahn on a recent Jim Bakker TV show. “It’s been there for years. Millions of Americans have been reading this verse on Sept. 11 for 16 years before 2001.”
It’s just the latest example of dozens of links between the attack of 9/11 in America and the attack on ancient Israel described in Isaiah 9:10, revealed in both the book and the movie. Cahn says the harbingers for America – messages he believes are from God – continue to mount.
On the series of TV shows that aired just after the November election, Cahn said the vote itself has significance in the context of his teaching, which has swept through America and the world in the form of “The Harbinger” and “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment.”
“The leader of a nation can make a big difference,” said Cahn. “When you look at Israel, when you had an immoral king, it led the nation into immorality. When you had a righteous king, it led the nation into revival. It’s not dependent just on the leader. But what the president does, what the Congress does – the laws affect everyone. It affects the preaching of the Gospel, the teaching of the young and the next generation – all of this. What just happened is significant. America made a choice. It was a sign of a turn against the ways of God.”
Cahn also mentioned the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the New York area – particularly on Ground Zero.
He cited the words of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, appearing at the site of destruction and telling a television interviewer: “This is the Ground Zero site. This is a monument to human capacity and human endurance. And, this is New Yorkers’ way of saying we’re not going to give up. We’re going to come back and we will. This city will rebuild and the state will rebuild, and I believe will be the better for it.”
For those who have read “The Harbinger” or seen “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” those words have special meaning.
It was a message all-too-familiar from U.S., state and city leaders in the wake of the 9/11 attack: “We will rebuild. We will come back stronger.”
The words mimicked – sometimes with precision – those of ancient Israel in Isaiah 9:10: “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.”
And that’s the pattern that has been revealed in Cahn’s bestseller and the movie that has been the No. 1 faith film in America for the last 35 weeks.
It continued in the words of some officials in the wake of Sandy’s flooding of New York and New Jersey – including by the governor of New York speaking on network television from Ground Zero.
Cuomo may blame catastrophic man-made climate change. But Cahn doesn’t.
“A number of years ago, as I was standing at the edge of Ground Zero in New York City, I came across the first puzzle piece of an ancient biblical mystery and a prophetic message known as ‘The Harbinger’ that concerns the future of America,” explains Cahn, who helped write and narrate the two-hour documentary “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment.”
Cahn says he has since found nine harbingers that tie the problems America has experienced beginning Sept. 11, 2001, with parallels that led to the destruction of ancient Israel.
“Before God judges a nation, He sends warning,” explains Cahn. “He sent warning to ancient Israel. He even allowed its enemies to breach its borders in a devastating strike that would traumatize the nation. It was a wake-up call, the call to return to God. But the nation responded with defiance. God then gave nine harbingers of judgment, nine prophetic signs, alarms and foreshadows of what was to come. Now America is the nation in rapid departure from God’s will. And God likewise allowed an enemy to breach its borders in a devastating strike – the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It was, likewise, a wake-up call. But America, like Israel, has not responded with repentance, but with defiance. And now the nine harbingers of judgment have reappeared and have done so on American soil.”
Isaiah 9:10 is a verse in which Israel’s national leaders utter a vow of defiance following an attack by Assyria. It declared that the nation would not repent before God, but would defy Him instead. Cahn reveals in “The Harbinger” – and in even more dramatic fashion in the video – that beginning the day after Sept. 11, 2001, American leaders began repeating that 2,500-year-old vow, word for word.
“Having no idea what he was doing, the majority leader of the U.S. Senate (Tom Daschle) was declaring America as under the judgment of God,” Cahn says. “It was the reenactment of an ancient mystery – and bore the most grave of consequences.”
He continues: “According to the ancient mystery revealed in the Book of Isaiah, if after that first calamity and warning, the nation doesn’t return to God but responds in defiance, it will end up triggering a second calamity. It was because of this ancient key, that, seven years after 9/11, the American economy collapsed. In the days after 9/11, the Federal Reserve slashed the base interest rate in an attempt to defy the consequences of the attacks. That action put us on the path leading to the collapse of the American economy seven years later. In 2008, the government made a second fatal mistake, another ill-fated financial decision, that would trigger the collapse of the American economy. Amazingly, it took place on the seventh anniversary of the uttering of the ancient vow on Capitol Hill.”
Cahn also reveals in “The Harbinger” and “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” something that readers and viewers universally find astonishing – that New York’s Ground Zero actually represents more than the former financial center of the country. It represents the exact place at which America was first consecrated to God in prayer by the country’s new leaders.
“When judgment came to Israel, the calamity returned the people’s attention to the place where the nation had been consecrated to God – the Temple Mount,” says Cahn. “God was calling the nation back to Himself. What about 9/11? Could there be, in the American calamity, as well, a mystery of return? Could there be a prophetic message hidden in the place where it happened? There is a place where America was consecrated to God in prayer. It is also a place linked to a prophetic warning given on that same day – uttered by the nation’s first president – now coming to pass.”
In 1789, newly inaugurated President George Washington gave a prophetic warning at Federal Hall in New York City. He declared that America’s prosperity and protection were dependent upon its adherence to God. Later, the political leaders of the young nation gathered at St. Paul’s Chapel to commit the nation’s future to God’s purposes. That chapel is located at Ground Zero and miraculously survived 9/11 virtually unscathed.
Cahn, the pastor of the Jerusalem Center-Beth Israel Congregation in Wayne, N.J., says America is uncannily re-enacting ancient Israel’s behavior prior to its judgment and eventual fall. He found a sympathetic ear for his message in WND founder Farah, who produced “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” as a follow-up to “The Harbinger.”
The key to decoding the harbingers, Cahn says, is found in understanding the seemingly innocuous words of Isaiah 9:10, what it meant to Israel and how the history seems to be repeating itself in America today.
These words were first uttered by leaders in Israel and in response to a limited strike by Assyria on the lands of Zebulun and Naphtali – an attack the prophet makes clear is actually part of a limited judgment by God against apostasy. It wasn’t meant to destroy the nation, but to awaken it, according to most commentaries.
But, says Cahn, Israel didn’t take the cue. Instead, the response from the people in Isaiah 9:10 is one of defiance. The brick buildings were toppled, but they vowed to build bigger and better. The little sycamore trees may have been uprooted, but they vowed to plant bigger and better cedars in their place.
God, speaking through Isaiah explains what will happen as a result of their pride and arrogance and failure to heed the harbinger: Bigger and more potent attacks will follow. Because neither the northern kingdom of Israel nor the southern kingdom of Judah truly repents, the first is eventually swept away by Assyrian invaders and the latter is carried off into captivity by the Babylonians for 70 years.
But what does this have to do with the United States of America – particularly what the U.S. experienced on 9/11 and since? Cahn has found some eerie parallels.
“In the aftermath of the attack, the nation was stunned,” said Cahn. “Everyone was trying to make sense of what had happened – this unprecedented attack on America. The very next day, Sept. 12, then Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle presented America’s response to the world. And what did he say?”
Daschle said: “America will emerge from this tragedy as we have emerged from all adversity – united and strong. Nothing … nothing can replace the losses of those who have suffered. I know there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation. But there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that speaks to all of us at times like this.”
He then went on to read Isaiah 9:10.
“Daschle has no idea what he is doing here,” explains Cahn. “He thinks he’s offering comforting words to a grief-stricken people, but he is actually embracing the spiritually defiant and arrogant words of the children of Israel, proclaiming the ancient and ominous vow of the leaders of that nation. He doesn’t realize it, but he is actually inviting more judgment on the nation.”
It might be of some significance that Daschle, one of the most powerful men in the nation when he spoke those words, later fell into disgrace – to the point where he couldn’t even serve in Barack Obama’s Cabinet.
That might have been the end of the story – if no other top leader in the nation uttered those strange and obscure words after 9/11. But that’s not the case.
On the third anniversary of the attack, Sept. 11, 2004, another powerful U.S. senator running for vice president that year and who would famously run for the presidency four years later, gave a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus.
This time, John Edwards’ entire speech was built on a foundation of Isaiah 9:10:
“Today, on this day of remembrance and mourning, we have the Lord’s Word to get us through,” he said. He then read Isaiah 9:10. He went on to talk about how America was doing just that – rebuilding with hewn stone and planting cedars.
Later, in his first State of the Union Address in 2009, Barack Obama hearkens back to the same theme. And now Cuomo – right back at the site of the original attack.
In “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” viewers get to see these remarkable, largely forgotten or overlooked speeches, which directly link the events of 9/11 and the events referred to in Isaiah 9:10.
But aside from such statements, which could be chalked up to political talk and coincidences, is there anything else linking Isaiah 9:10 to 9/11 and the shockwaves that followed, including two economic crashes?
The video documentary, like the book, is full of shocking parallels. There was actually a very famous sycamore tree felled in the attack on the World Trade Center. It was replaced by trees in the same genus as the cedar. There have been many plans made to rebuild the twin towers bigger and better and a large “hewn stone” was actually quarried out of the Adirondack Mountains in New York and brought to Ground Zero as a cornerstone.
“The parallels are truly stunning,” says Farah, founder of WND, who produced the documentary for WND Videos. “In fact, they are overwhelming in their number and their exactitude. I am persuaded God is trying to tell America something and Rabbi Cahn has found the key to unlocking the message.”