Where were you twenty years ago today at 8:46 a.m. EDT?
If you are over the age of 30 you probably know the answer to that question.
I was working as a telephone installer for AT&T in the Dallas, Texas area. Preparing my truck for the day’s work ahead, just like I have done every other day, I hear the excited voice of a coworker as he sticks his head out of the break room door, “Hey! A plane just flew into a building in New York City. Thinking it was probably a small single-engine plane, I went inside with the other guys to see what he was talking about. The television was tuned to the national morning newscast as we all watched in disbelief as our world changed before our eyes.
I didn’t wake up this morning thinking I was going to write a 9/11 blog today. In fact at 7:30 a.m. I hadn’t even thought about the 9/11 anniversary yet. I was getting into my morning devotional reading of the OT passage prescribed for me today in my “One-year Bible reading plan”, Isaiah 8:1-9:21.
As I read verse 10 of chapter 9, I stopped in my tracks.
“The bricks have fallen down, But we will rebuild with hewn stones;
The sycamores are cut down, But we will replace them with cedars.”- NKJV
I couldn’t believe what I was reading! I couldn’t believe this was my assigned passage for September 11 of all days, let alone on the twentieth anniversary of the attack. How was that possible. Now this passage may not seem like a major thing to a lot of you, but for me, it was stuck in my memory. I remember it from the 2011 book The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn. The subtitle is The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America’s future. This book is an excellent read if you haven’t read it yet. Jonathan Cahn is a messianic Jew who has a church in Wayne, New Jersey. He wrote this book about the amazing connections between old testament Bible prophecies and, not only 9/11 but the 2008 crash of Wall Street as well. The research he did and the similarities he draws are mind-blowing. The one that stands out to me the most is none other than this passage in Isaiah.
Tom Daschle, the U.S. Senate majority leader at the time used this passage, unfortunately, in his September 12th speech in response to the 9/11 attacks. I say unfortunately because he uses this passage as something we should draw hope from. He said, “It speaks to us at times like this”, not realizing that if he would have read just one verse before this passage he would have seen that this is not at all a “feel-good passage” to draw hope from but actually Isaiah prophesying against Judah and Israel for their pride and arrogance.
“All the people will know—Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria—Who say in pride and arrogance of heart…” Isaiah 9:9-NKJV
Then follows the passage of what they said in pride and arrogance that Tom Daschle quoted, in his pride and arrogance (Or should I say ignorance).
This was pointed out so well in the book that it has stuck with me all these years and I couldn’t believe I was reading it on September 11.
After reading my devotional I just had to do a little Googling and found this great interview by Texas pastor Jimmy Evans of the Trinity Fellowship Church with Jonathan Cahn about his book. It’s really worth checking out.
I was so moved by reading this passage this day that I felt I just had to share it with someone. In fact, as I was trying to tell my wife, Lily about it I struggled, to no avail, to hold back tears.
Is God trying to tell us something! Was this a prophetic warning to wake us up and turn us back to God? I don’t know. But I believe it was not just a coincidence that I had it in my reading for today. I remember after the 9/11 attacks how churches were flooded with people looking for answers. Wouldn’t it have been nice if that trend stuck around longer than just a few weeks?
Wake Up America! We need God. In our lives and in our hearts. Wake up world! Look at what’s going on all around us. The craziness in 2021 is unbearable. Please, if you have not done so already, open your heart, begin reading the Bible, accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, it’s not too late. Don’t let this be a wasted opportunity.
One last thing I wanted to share with you is this song I remember by Alan Jackson. It’s his tribute to the tragic events of 9/11 and I think it’s worth watching.
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As always, thanks for reading.
And to God be the glory!