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9/11: Signs of God's
Impending Judgment on
The United States of America!
Foreshadowed by Ancient Israel!

By Missionary John Henry

March 6, 2012

"If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from
their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

TABLE  OCONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
AMERICA'S INCEPTION, INAUGURATION & DEDICATION TO GOD
SOLOMON'S COMPLETION OF THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD & THE APOSTASY THAT FOLLOWED
AMERICA IS FOLLOWING IN ANCIENT ISRAEL'S FOOTSTEPS
9/11: AMERICA'S WAKE UP CALL & THE PUBLIC PRONOUNCEMENTS OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS
THE INTERPRETATION & TIME LINE OF ISAIAH 9:8-13
THE AMAZING PROPHECY OF ISAIAH 9:9-10 POINTS TO FURTHER JUDGMENT UPON AMERICA
PROPHECIES & SIGNS CLUSTERING AROUND BIBLICAL FEAST DAYS POINTING TO THE TRIBULATION
THE COMING GREAT TRIBULATION!
CONCLUSION





INTRODUCTION:

There are only two nations in all history founded from their inception on God, His Word and His grace. They are Israel with the call of Abram in Genesis 12:1-3, and the United States of America founded by believers in the Lord Jesus Christ seeking freedom to worship the Almighty in spirit and truth. Now this is not to say that America replaces or was called in the say way as Israel, but only that America's foundation is based upon the Word of God.

God said to Abram:

"I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 12:2-3)

God has blessed all the families of the earth through Abraham in two major ways:

1. The 66 Books of the Word of God which contain the words of salvation and eternal life for all people were given and protected by the seed of Abraham.

2. Jesus Christ, "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world, came through the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

President George Washington secured the blessings of God for America early. In 1789 and 1790 he replied thusly to letters from Jewish congregations:

1. In reply to Moses Seixas' August 17, 1790 letter (Pictured at the right) on the behalf of Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island President Washington wrote:

"All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens. ... May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid." -- G. Washington, 1790

2. To the Hebrew Congregations of Philadelphia, New York, Charleston, and Richmond in these words:

"The power and goodness of the Almighty, so strongly manifested in the events of our late glorious revolution, and His kind interposition in our behalf, have been no less visible in the establishment of our present equal government. In war He directed the sword, and in peace He has ruled in our councils. My agency in both has been guided by the best intentions and a sense of duty I owe to my country. ... May the same temporal and eternal blessings which you implore for me, rest upon your congregations." -- G. Washington, late December, 1790

3. In office for less than a month President Washington blessed the children of Abraham when he answered a 6 May 1789 letter from the Hebrew Congregation of Savannah, Georgia:

"... I thank you with great sincerity for your congratulations on my appointment to the office which I have the honor to hold by the unanimous choice of my fellow citizens, and especially the expressions you are pleased to use in testifying the confidence that is reposed in me by your congregation ... I rejoice that a spirit of liberality and philanthropy is much more prevalent than it formerly was among the enlightened nations of the earth, and that your brethren will benefit thereby in proportion as it shall become still more extensive; happily the people of the United States have in many instances exhibited examples worthy of imitation, the salutary influence of which will doubtless extend much farther if gratefully enjoying those blessings of peace which (under the favor of heaven) have been attained by fortitude in war, they shall conduct themselves with reverence to the Deity and charity toward their fellow- creatures. May the same wonder-working Deity, who long since delivered the Hebrews from their Egyptian oppressors, planted them in a promised land, Whose providential agency has lately been conspicuous in establishing these United States as an independent nation, still continue to water them with the dews of heaven and make the inhabitants of every denomination participate in the temporal and spiritual blessings of that people whose God is Jehovah." -- G. Washington, late May 1789

America continued the tradition of blessing the seed of Abraham when on May 14, 1948 President Harry S. Truman was the first head of any nation to recognize the legitimate right of the Hebrew people's right to their ancient homeland of Israel (See the document to the right).

A second reason for God's great blessings upon America is the fact that the USA suspended the persecution of believers allowing the gospel to be sent throughout our Nation without regard to race (Jew, Indian, Asian, Black & White), and has also sent more Gospel missionaries into the world than any other nation in history. I believe the following passage of Scripture speaks primarily of all saved people of this Church Age, supernatural born citizens and heirs of the Kingdom of God (1 Pet. 1:23; Titus 3:5-7), especially saved the Lord's Scriptural Baptist churches, but secondarily, I see America in Isaiah 55:5 also. Here it is in some context:

"Behold, I [the Father] have given Him [the Son] for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 5 Behold, Thou [the Son] shalt call A NATION [the church / USA] that Thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee [the church / USA] because of the LORD thy [the church / USA] God, and for the Holy One of Israel [Jesus Christ]; for He [the Father] hath glorified Thee [the Son]. 6 Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:   7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:4-7; cf. 1 Pet. 2:7-10; Isa. 26:2, 15; Zeph. 2:1-2; 2 Cor. 5:17-21)

God has used the United States of America as a base to send forth the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world. More Gospel preaching missionaries have gone forth into all the world from America since it's beginning than all the time before that back to our Lord Jesus Christ.

For these two reasons God has blessed America above all nations of all history, 1) because America has been a blessing to the Israelites, and 2) because we have given God's Word to the world! But today America has abandoned her foundations of the Scriptures and the Saviour, Jesus Christ!!!

"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:3)



AMERICA'S INCEPTION, INAUGURATION & DEDICATION TO GOD:

Drawing from the ideals of the Mayflower and Portsmouth compacts the USA was conceived on the 4th of July, 1776 with the drafting and authorization of the Declaration of Independence and unanimously signed by delegates from all the thirteen States by the 2nd of August. However, this once Great Nation was not birthed until the Constitution was completed, the House, Senate and President were elected, and finally the inauguration of the first President. George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789 in New York City, the Nation's first Capitol.

In Washington's inaugural speech at Federal Hall (right) his demeanor was modest and grave almost to sadness. His voice trembled slightly and was so low as to call for close attention. He acknowledged the Almighty's guiding providence in the establishment of the Nation with these words:

"... it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own, nor those of my fellowcitizens at large less than either. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency; and in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their united government the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities from which the event has resulted can not be compared with the means by which most governments have been established without some return of pious gratitude, along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. ..."

After these thanksgivings to the Almighty, Washington rightly stated that America may not expect the continued blessings of the past if our Nation disregards the eternal truths and laws of righteousness ordained by God. He stated it in these words:

"... we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained; and since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered, perhaps, as deeply, as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people."

President Washington closed his inauguration speech with supplication to God for the new Nation of the United States saying:

"Having thus imparted to you my sentiments as they have been awakened by the occasion which brings us together, I shall take my present leave; but not without resorting once more to the benign Parent of the Human Race in humble supplication that, since He has been pleased to favor the American people with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquility, and dispositions for deciding with unparalleled unanimity on a form of government for the security of their union and the advancement of their happiness, so His divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend."

After President Washington's inaugural address, he led the House and Senate to nearby Saint Paul's Chapel (Right) for a 2 hour prayer meeting. Saint Paul's Chapel is the longest standing structure in New York City, perhaps symbolic of the ancient temple of the Lord in Jerusalem which stood until the people forsook the Almighty and they were taken into the 70 year Babylonian captivity, and again into the 1,878 year Roman Diaspora (70 AD to 1948). There is a plaque in Saint Paul's Chapel with this prayer of Washington reading:

"Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection, that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and specific temper of mind which were the characteristics of Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplications, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Washington was most definitely a born again, Bible believing Christian. He freely acknowledged and adored the great Saviour of "whosoever" (John 3:15-16; Rev. 22:17), and during the Revolutionary War, having been sprinkled as a baby, said to the fighting Baptist Chaplain, John Gano, "I have been investigating the Scriptures and I believe immersion to be the baptism taught by the Word of God ..." and asked Gano to immerse him. It was Pastor Gano that Washington chose to offer the prayer that officially closed the Revolutionary War.

Washington's faith is also seen in the prayer journal of his youth where he wrote:

"I humbly beseech thee to be merciful to me in the free pardon of my sins, for the sake of Thy dear Son, my only Saviour, Jesus Christ, who came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance; be pleased to renew my nature and write thy laws upon my heart, and help me to live, righteously, soberly, and godly in this evil world; make me humble, meek, patient and contented, and work in me the grace of thy Holy Spirit."

And again, "... give me grace to hear thee calling on me in thy word, that it may be wisdom, righteousness, reconciliation and peace to the saving of the soul in the day of the Lord Jesus. Grant that I may hear it with reverence, receive it with meekness, mingle it with faith, and that it may accomplish in me, Gracious God, the good work for which thou has sent it. Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be our God & guide this day and for ever for his sake, who lay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen."

So it can be seen that America was founded by a free people who overwhelmingly elected a Christian President who led their elected representatives to a prayer meeting on the very day of the establishment of the United States.

Fast forward 212 years, 5 months, and 11 days, from April 30, 1789 to September 11, 2001. America has changed greatly! The Bible and prayer has been banned from schools, and replaced with the absurd theory of evolution. Millions of innocents have not been allowed the most basic of unalienable rights, not only liberty, not only the pursuit of happiness, but defenseless babies by the millions in the womb are now denied life! Homosexuality, pornography, alcohol and drug abuse are now rampant. New Age and other false religions abound. Many have embraced the United Nations and the Global Governance of the New World Order. The overwhelming majority of our elected officials are corrupt and ignore the Constitution they are sworn to uphold. All this because we have abandoned the Almighty who's hand was mightily upon this Nation at it's founding!!!

The godly and prayerful beginning of America is reminiscent of Solomon and ancient Israel's dedication of the Temple and subsequent forsaking of God and fall into idolatry. They later rejected and crucified Jesus Christ and in 70 AD were taken into captivity by the Roman Empire and ceased from being a nation (cf. John 1:11; Matthew 27:22-25; Acts 2:22-23; Matthew 23:37-39).



SOLOMON'S COMPLETION OF THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD & THE APOSTASY THAT FOLLOWED:

Similarly to the founding of America and Washington's inauguration it is recorded in 1 Kings 9 and 2 Chronicles 7 that Solomon constituted the Temple of the Lord. These passages tell the story of God's promise of blessing if Solomon and his children would walk before the Lord in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, and cursing if he and his children will not follow the Lord and keep His statutes, but go and serve other gods, and worship them then the Lord would cut them off from the land which He had given them. Please carefully observe 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, 19-20:

13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people;
14 If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.   ...  
19 But if   ye   turn   away,   and   forsake   My   statutes   and   My commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;
20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of My land which I have given them; and this house [the Temple], which I have sanctified for My name, will I cast out of My sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations. (Read the full text of
2 Chronicles 7 here.)

Almighty Jehovah first gave Israel warnings of impending judgment and eventually removed all Israel from the Land in the 70 years of Babylonian Captivity. First was the strong warning of the 10 northern tribes being removed into the Assyrian captivity. Their removal from the Land occurred in 722 BC. The details are recorded in 2 Kings 17 where it says:

1 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years.
2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him.
3 Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents.
4 And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.
5 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.
6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods,
8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.

This is seen again in 1 Chronicles 5:

25 And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them.
26 And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day. (cf. 1 Chron. 5:6; 2 Chron. 30; Ezra 2; Ezek 37:15)



AMERICA IS FOLLOWING IN ANCIENT ISRAEL'S FOOTSTEPS:

As has already been alluded to America was founded on the last day of April, 1789 upon the Biblical principles of our first God fearing President, George Washington who was elected virtually unanimously by a predominantly principled if not Christian people.

As a young man Washington was well aware of the Christian Great Awakening in the Colonies of the 1730s and 40s. Preachers, not the least of whom was Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) shaped the hearts and minds of the people with the Scriptures, and thereby all but saved the colonies from going the way of anarchists France.

Edwards was also a reader of the works of theologian, educator and philosopher, John Locke (1632-1704). By the time of Locke's death his influence on the thinking of Americans had been firmly established. Locke directly influenced everything from the American idea of separation of powers to the Bill of Rights. But in spite of these facts modern universities make little to no mention of him. An example of the reason for this is his classic work, Two Treatises of Civil Government (1689), has over 1300 references to the Bible. His Biblical and libertarian views are opposed to the New World Order elite who control not only the schools, but also a large part of the media, politics, government, finance, big business, and religious organizations of today.

The American people today, as the ancient 12 tribes of Israel, have forgotten their heritage and Biblical foundation, and now stand at the precipice of God's judgment. And as the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, who heeded not warnings of impending judgment, nor humble themselves before God when the 10 tribes of Israel were taken away into captivity; in similar manner America was warned by God on September 11, 2001, and have not listened.

Neither have blood washed believers in our Lord Jesus Christ turned from our wicked ways, and humbled ourselves, and sought the face of the Almighty in prayer that He might forgive our nation's great sins, and heal our land (2 Chron. 7:14). Most believers continue to live like the world (1 John 2:15-17), care not for God's holy Word (2 Tim. 2:15), have no concern for the lost to witness to them of the saving grace of Jesus Christ (Matt. 4:17; Jude 22-23; Prov. 11:30), and fail to attend the House of God faithfully (Heb. 10 23-25; 1 Tim. 3:15)! For those who have been born again, but are worldly and "dull of hearing," please repent and heed these verses of God's Word:

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils." (1 Timothy 4:1)    "Submit your selves therefore to God.   Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." (James 4:7-10)    "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10)

Oh God, forgive us for we have left our first love, Jesus; help us to see our need of repentance, and help us do the first works (Rev. 2:4-5)!



9/11: AMERICA'S WAKE UP CALL & THE PRONOUNCEMENTS OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS:

As the 10 northern tribes worshiped false gods and for it went into the Assyrian captivity first in 722 BC; so likewise the tribes of Judah and Benjamin who remained in the land did not take heed of God's warnings, but also rebelled against God and fell into the Babylonian captivity in 606 BC.

It is recorded in the Congressional Record, 107th Congress that on the day after 9/11 that Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle (D, South Dakota) in his Floor Statement on a 'Joint Resolution of Condemnation for the September 11, 2001 said:

"Mr. President, it is with pain, sorrow, anger, and resolve that I stand before this Senate, a symbol for 212 years of the strength of our democracy, and say that America will emerge from this tragedy, as we have emerged from all adversity, united and strong. ... The world should know that the Members of both parties in both Houses stand united. The full resources of our Government will be brought to bear in aiding the search and rescue and in hunting down those responsible and those who may have aided or harbored them. Nothing, nothing can replace the losses that have been 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 I think speaks to all of us at times such as this: 'The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.' That is what we will do. We will rebuild and we will recover. The people of America will stand strong together because the people of America have always stood together. And those of us privileged to serve this great Nation will stand with you.” (View the video below)


Senator Daschle said that it was with "... anger, and resolve that [he stood] before [the] Senate, a symbol for 212 years of the strength of our democracy ..." This takes us back 212 years from 2001 to 1789 to the first Constitutionally instituted assembly of the Senate on April 30, 1789 and the day of the swearing in of George Washington as the first president of the United States of America. Unlike the first spokesman of our Republic, not democracy, Daschle rather than calling for prayer to seek God's will, as Washington did at his inauguration, pronounced a curse on our country. It is for this reason that God commands His people (2 Chron. 7:14) on this wise:

"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

As Senator Daschle quoted Isaiah 9:10 from the corrupt New International Version little did he know that he used a verse which God used to pronounced a curse upon Israel for their sin of pride and idolatry. His verse comes just after the great prophetic passage concerning both the 1st and 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, the original Lord of the United States. Here is the verse in context with Isaiah 9:10 in bold from the pure English translation:

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
8 The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.
9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
11 Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;
12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts. (Isaiah 9:6-13, King James Bible)

Three years later on September 11, 2004, Democratic Candidate for Vice President John Edwards (D, North Carolina) spoke the same curse upon America using the same verse. Speaking at the prayer breakfast for the Congressional Black Caucus he said:

"Good morning. Today, on this day of remembrance and mourning, we have the Lord’s word to get us through. '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.' ... And let me show you how we are building and putting cedars in those three hallowed places - the footprints of the Towers, the Pentagon, and the field in Pennsylvania. ... Walk with me through this day. And you will see that while those bricks fell and the sycamores cut down, our people are making those cedars rise. ... Each time that bell tolls, it calls us to a greater purpose. It calls us to never forget. It calls us to do the Lord’s work here on earth. And it calls on us to always remember that when we walk through this day together - the cedars will rise, the stones will go up, and this season of hope will endure." (See the video below, and Remarks to the September 11, 2004 Congressional Black Caucus Prayer Breakfast).

Both Tom Daschle and John Edwards left office in disgrace amid scandals. Daschle was President Obama's nominee to serve as the Secretary of Health and Human Services, but he withdrew his name on February 3, 2009, amid a growing controversy over his failure to accurately report and pay income taxes. On June 3, 2011, Edwards was indicted by a North Carolina grand jury on six felony charges related to an extramarital affair he admitted to following his 2008 campaign.



THE INTERPRETATION & TIMELINE OF ISAIAH 9:8-13:

8 The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.
9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
11 Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;
12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.

From the prophetic message of peace and justice through Jesus Christ, "the Prince of peace" (Isaiah 9:6-7), the prophet turns and begins his pronouncement of judgment and doom upon Israel in verse 8.

The prophetic Word of judgment had "lighted upon Israel" because of her pride and arrogance (Isaiah 9:8).

Samaria, in Ephraim, was the capital of the 10 tribes of Israel where their king sat (Isaiah 7:9-10).

Israel had said, in "... 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." They had survived an initial attack by and a partial captivity of Gilead, Galilee, and all the land of Naphtali by the Assyrians (2 Kings 15:29), but determined "in the pride and stoutness of heart" that it would not happen again. They would use stronger building materials for their fortifications, "hewn stones" like those used by Solomon in the building of the Temple (1 Kings 5:17). They would replace the "sycomores" that were cut down by the Assyrians with strong "cedars."

Where it says, "... the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him" (Isaiah 9:11) it speaks of Assyria. Rezin, the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel had been allies (Isaiah 7:1-2), but when Assyria defeated Syria and her capitol, Damascus in 732 BC, then they too became Israel's adversary. So thus it is said, "the Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth." (Isaiah 9:12).

Time Line of the Captivity of Israel:

1. In 2 Kings 15:27-29 which dates about 758 B.C. we read of the initial captivity of Israel:

"In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty years. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin. In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria." (2 Kings 15:27-29)

2. Our Text, Isaiah 9:8-13, was pened about B.C. 740.

3. Around B.C. 740 Israel and Syria tried to take Jerusalem (2 Kings 16:5-6), but King Ahaz of Judah requested the help of King Tiglathpileser of Assyria against Israel and Syria and received his help and thus repelled them (2 Kings 16:7-9).

4. Syria and Damascus fall to Assyria in approximately B.C. 732.

5. In 2 Kings 17:1-6 which dates about 722 B.C. we read of the final captivity of Israel:

"In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him. Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents. And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison. Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes." (cf. 1 Chron. 5:26)

Reasoning behind the prophecy of Isaiah 9:8-13:

Again in verses 12 and 13 of our text in Isaiah 9 it says, "... For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. For the people turneth not unto Him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts." It was the Lord God Almighty who had smitten Israel, for their pride, idolatry and rebellion, but they refused to repent. Continuing from where we left off in 2 Kings 17 we continue from verse 7 to 12 to find the reason for God's fierce anger:

"For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing."

The above passage from 2 Kings 17:7-12 is similar to the place the United States of America finds herself today. Help us, O Almighty God!

The Lord's chastening rod for the punishment of Israel:

"O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few. ... Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood." (Isaiah 10:5-7, 15)

The end of this chastening rod of the Lord:

"Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction. And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him ... as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt." (Isaiah 10:24-26)

The remnant of Israel to return:

"And it shall come to pass in that day [the Tribulation], that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God." (Isaiah 10:20-21)

Here let us also examine what two great Bible expositors of yesteryear said about our passage:

John Gill (1697-1771) in his commentary on Isaiah 9:10 wrote:

The sycamores are cut down; which grew in the fields, and outer parts of the cities, and were but a mean sort of wood, and which the Assyrians cut down to serve several purposes in their siege; of this sort of trees, ... but we will change them into cedars; that is, will plant cedars in place of them; trees tall and large, very delightful to look at, of great worth and usefulness, and very durable; though this may regard not so much the planting of them as the use of them in building, and the sense be agreeable to the former clause; that as, instead of brick, they would build houses with hewn stone; so, instead of sycamore wood, which was not so substantial and durable, and fit for building, they would make use of cedar, which was both beautiful and lasting. ... [T]hey flattered themselves they should be gainers, and not losers, by the Assyrian invasion; thus deriding it, and despising the prophecy concerning it.”

Matthew Henry (1662-1714) in his commentary says this concerning the passage:

"They say, in the pride and stoutness of their heart, Let God himself do his worst; we will hold our own, and make our part good with him. If he ruin our houses, we will repair them, and make them stronger and finer than they were before. Our landlord shall not turn us out of doors, though we pay him no rent, but we will keep in possession. If the houses that were built of bricks be demolished in the war, we will rebuild them with hewn stones, that shall not so easily be thrown down. If the enemy cut down the sycamores, we will plant cedars in the room of them. We will make a hand of God's judgments, gain by them, and so outbrave them."



THE PROPHETIC JUDGMENT OF ISAIAH 9:9-10 UPON ISRAEL IS LIKEWISE PROPHETIC OF JUDGMENT UPON AMERICA:

Words full of Pride saying, Hewn Stones for Bricks and Cedars for Sycomores:

America as Israel of old has not heeded God's warnings, and as we will see there are amazing parallels between the events of 9/11 and Isaiah 9:9-10.

When Assyria first attacked Israel she cut down many of the the sycamore trees. Samaria representing the 10 tribes of Israel pridefully said, "The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars." (Isaiah 9:10)

Now note the following parallels between ancient Israel and New York City on 9/11 as they relate to Isaiah 9:9-10:

1. A sycomore was cut down:

A falling steel beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center struck down a sycamore tree at the northwest corner of the graveyard knocking it over and protecting Saint Paul's Chapel where George Washington had prayed on the day of the founding of America on April 30, 1789!

On September 14th Saint Paul’s was finally inspected for damage. Unlike the buildings on the same street, Church Street to the Northwest, across from the Twin Towers Saint Paul’s sustained no damage. The workers expected to find a pile of rubble, but not a bit of the walls or the roof had been damaged. There was only a cracked window, but the building’s structure was as sound as it had ever been.

Today all that remains of the fallen sycamore tree is it's stump which is displayed at the northeast corner of the graveyard behind Saint Paul's Chapel. (The sycamore's roots are just to the left of the man in the photo [above/left] near the edge of the picture.)

A bronze icon (idol) of the sycamore's root system was sculpted by Steve Tobin in 2005. It is displayed in the front plaza of near by Trinity Church.

2. The sycamore was changed:

On November 22, 2003 a 21 foot tall Norway Spruce, dubbed "the Tree of Hope," was lifted into the same place that the sycamore had stood at the northwest corner of the Saint Paul's property.

The Norway Spruce (of the Genus & Species: Picea abies) is the same kind of tree, a pine, as the "cedar" (Cedrus libani) spoken of in Isaiah 9:10. They are both in the same biological Kingdom (Plantae), Division (Pinophyta), Class (Pinopsida), Order (Pinales) and Family (Pinaceae).

During it's dedication ceremony as it was being lowered to the place where the sycamore once stood, a clergyman said: "We are gathered here today on holy ground. Ground hallowed by its witness to the dust, and death and destruction of September 11th. The ground is sanctified by our presence here as we dedicate this Tree of Hope in witness the divine within each of us." That phrase, "the divine within each of us" is not Christian, but is occult New Age language, and no ground is sanctified or made holy by the presence of men.

Furthermore, there is NO "divine within each of us," but only in those who are "born again" believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:5-16; 1 Pet 1:18-23; James 1:18, 21; Titus 3:5), and the witness to it is not a tree, but is God Himself! That is the only way people may become "partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4).

This pine tree was decorated and used as a pagan christmas tree. The Word of God tells us that we should not learn the way of pagans such as in setting up idolatrous trees:

"Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen. ... For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not." (Jeremiah 10:2-4)

3. In pride and stoutness of heart National, State and local leaders said, we will build:

We have already seen what Tom Daschle and John Edwards said, even using the very words that God used to curse Israel (Isaiah 9:10), but not understanding that they pronounced a curse on America, because the Country is sinful before the Lord. However, Senator John Kerry, the Governor of New York, and Mayor of New York City spoke "in pride and stoutness of heart" likewise:

In a speech on the Senate Floor of the United States on September 12, 2001, Skull and Bones member, Senator John Kerry said:

"I believe one of the first things we should commit to - with federal help that underscores our nation's purpose - is to rebuild the towers of the World Trade Center and show the world we are not afraid - we are defiant." (John Kerry Speech on 09/12/2001)

New York City Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani said on the day of the crisis:

"We will rebuild: We're going to come out of this stronger than before, politically stronger, economically stronger. The skyline will be made whole again." (Quoted in the article by Tess Taylor entitled: Should the Twin Towers be Rebuilt).

New York State Governor, George E. Pataki said the following on 4th of July 2004:

"Today we build the Freedom Tower. ... Let this great Freedom Tower show the world that what our enemies sought to destroy, our democracy, our freedom, our way of life -- stands taller than ever." (Governor Pataki's complete speech, Laying of the Cornerstone for Freedom Tower, is available here in pdf format.)

The first openly sodomite state governor in United States history, New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey, usurped God Almighty's words concerning the building of His second Temple at the return of the Jews from the 70 year Babylonian captivity. Governor McGreevey said this on the July 4, 2004 at the dedication of the Freedom Tower:

"The glory of this latter house shall exceed the former." (Book of Haggai 2:9. See New York Times story, Rebirth Marked by Cornerstone at Ground Zero by David W. Dunlap, July 5, 2004).

4. The bricks are fallen down:

The fallen bricks and most everything else that once stood at Ground Zero was reduced to dust and ashes, and piles of twisted and molten metal.

Richard Pyle in his January 4, 2002 Associated Press article makes it sound better than it actually was. Pyle wrote this concerning the World Trade Center site:

"For three months, the 16-acre site had the look of post-World War II Berlin with its buildings skeletonized and reduced to piles of bricks by Allied bombing raids." (Source: The Attack and Aftermath article: Changes continue at World Trade Center site as visitors get more of a glimpse into wreckage)

5. They say, we will build with hewn stones:

The symbol of Israel's rebuilding was the quarried stone. The first stone used in the construction of the Freedom Tower was the hewn stone from New York granite which was lowered by crane in a ceremony on July 4, 2004. Governor George Pataki said this at the ceremony:

"Today is indeed, a momentous day. Today we take 20 tons of Adirondack granite -- the bedrock of our state -- and place it as the foundation, the bedrock of a new symbol of American strength and confidence. Today, we lay the cornerstone for a new symbol of this city and this country and of our resolve in the face of terror. Today we build the Freedom Tower." (New York Lays Cornerstone For Freedom Tower, CNN).

Here we have seen 5 clear cut parallels from Isaiah 9:9-10 between the only two nations in history that were founded upon the truth of the one true God and His holy Word. Namely Israel and the United States. The have been fulfilled upon Israel to the letter, and are likewise being fulfilled upon America in our day. God gave warning before hand of more severe judgment if left unheeded.

Again the 5 prophetic signs seen both in ancient Israel and modern America were: 1) Sycomores were cut down by the enemy; 2) Bricks had been knocked down by the enemy; 3) In pride and defiance leaders said, we will rebuild; 4) The sycamores were replaced with pine trees; 5) They laid hewn stones in the place the fallen brick. The bottom line: Israel went into captivity; and now America has been warned!



PROPHECIES & SIGNS CLUSTERING AROUND BIBLICAL FEAST DAYS POINTING TO THE TRIBULATION:

The Shamittah which occurred just after 9/11 on the Feast of Trumpets and possibly the Jubilee that may have occurred a week after that:

Deuteronomy 15:1-2 says:

"At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release [shamittah], And this is the manner of the release [shamittah]: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release [shamat] it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD’S release [shamittah]."

The Hebrew "shamita" or "shamittah" (literally: "release") begins on the first day of the new Sabbatical Year or seven year cycle. Personal debts are considered forgiven as of the end of this 7th year. This day also ends the year long rest of the land which was mandated in the Law of Moses for the Land of Israel (Ex. 23:10-11; Lev. 25:1-7; Deut. 15:1-9, 31:10-11). The land rests during the seventh year, just as no work was to be done on the seventh day.

The Hebrew Calendar has two different New Years: One for the Biblical Feast Days which begins on the first of the seven feasts, Passover (during the March / April time frame; The Biblical month of Nisan, also called Abib). The other is the Civil Calendar that begins during the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah, which means "the head of the year") on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei (September / October time frame). The first of Tishrei is when the numbered year changes, and this date is most significant for determining the Shemittah (release) and
Yovel (Jubilee) years. Jubilee's come after 7 Shemittahs (49 years), at the beginning of the 50th year on the 10th of Tishrei which is the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).

Today the Jubilee is not observed, because all 12 tribes must be present in the land, but all of the 12 cannot be identified at this time. In my research I have not yet been able to pen down the lateset and next Jubilee. Some believe the last Jubilee was on September 27, 2001, and some believe it will be on September 23, 2015, just after the next Shemittah.

The Shemittah is still observed in contemporary Judaism. Since the reestablishment of Israel in 1948 the Shamittah years have been observed in 1950-1951 (The Hebrew calendar year of 5712), 1958-1959 (5719), 1965-1966 (5726), 1972-1973 (5733), 1979-1980 (5740), 1986-1987 (5747), 1993-1994 (5754), 2000-2001 (5761), 2007-2008 (5768), and the next Shamittah will be 2014-2015 (5775).

It is very interesting that when the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) reopened on Monday, September 17, 2001, just 6 days after 9/11, that the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed down 7%, having fallen 684 points by the end of trading. It was the biggest-ever one-day point decline up until that time. By the end of the week, the DJIA had fallen 1369.7 points (14.3%), its largest one-week point drop in history. It cannot be a coincidence that by the time the NYSE closed on September 17, 2001 it was Tishrei 1, 5762 in Israel on the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashana) which was also the Shemittah, the day of the release of debts. (See September 2001 Calendar with Biblical months, days and feast days)

But that's not all! Seven years later and on the next Shemittah on September 30, 2008, in Israel, the 29th in New York the same thing happened again. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 7% again, this time having dropped 777 points. Approximately $1.2 trillion of the market value was lost. (See September 2008 Calendar with Biblical months, days and feast days)

Here is a list of the top 10 largest one-day point declines of Dow Jones Industrial Average [DJIA] ever:

       DATE   CLOSE CHANGE PERCENT
    9/29/2008     10,365.45     -777.68     -6.98%  
  10/15/2008       8,577.91     -733.08     -7.87%  
     9/17/2001       8,920.70     -684.81     -7.13%  
     12/1/2008       8,149.09     -679.95     -7.70%  
     10/9/2008       8,579.19     -678.91     -7.33%  
       8/8/2011     10,809.85     -634.76     -5.55%  
     4/14/2000     10,305.77     -617.78     -5.66%  
   10/27/1997       7,161.14     -554.27     -7.18%  
   10/22/2008       8,519.21     -514.45     -5.69%  
       8/4/2011     11,383.68     -512.76     -4.31%  
SOURCE: WSJ Market Data Group

The top 3 losses in red on the above chart fell on 2 of the 7 Biblical feast days, Trumpets (a picture of the Rapture of the saved) and Tabernacles (a picture of the Millennial reign of Christ). Two other top loss days also in red fell on the Day of Atonement (a picture of the Tribulation), and on "the saddest day in Jewish history," the 9th of Av:

1. September 29, 2008 was the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashana) when the market lost 777 points.

2. October 15, 2008 was on the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) when the market lost 733 points.

3. September 17, 2001 was the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashana) when the market lost 684 points.

4. October 9, 2008 was on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) when the market lost 678 points (the 5th greatest one day loss ever).

5. August 8, 2011 saw a loss of 634 points. It was the day of fasting and mourning the destruction of both Temples first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C on the 9th of Av, and again in 70 AD by the Romans again on the 9th of Av.

A very interesting sidenote at this point is that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) can be traced back to the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement on May 17th, 1792, just 3 years after the founding of the United States. The Buttonwood Agreement was struck by a group of 24 stockbrokers, bankers and merchants at 68 Wall Street, under a buttonwood tree. The first company to be listed was the Bank of New York. The most interesting thing for our purpose is the fact that a buttonwood tree is just another name for a sycamore tree. The Buttonwood Agreement was signed just 2 or 3 blocks from where a bronze sculpture of the root system of the Sycamore Tree that was struck down during the 9/11 attack stands. This is the tree that protected St. Paul's Chapel where President Washington, the House and Senate went to pray after Washington's inauguration which is also just a few blocks from the NYSE.

It appears that the LORD is using the New York Stock Exchange as a point of reference in His warning the people of the United States of America of His coming Judgement!

The Shemittah of 2015 will Coincide with Signs in the Heavens:

On the 4th day of Creation "... God said, LET THERE BE LIGHTS IN THE FIRMAMENT OF THE HEAVEN to divide the day from the night; and LET THEM BE FOR SIGNS, and for seasons, and for days, and years." (Genesis 1:14)

Again in the New Testament, the Lord Jesus said, "And there shall be SIGNS IN THE SUN, AND IN THE MOON, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Menís hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH." (Luke 21:25-28)

There have been 7 special Lunar Tetrads since the Lord Jesus Christ walked the earth, and there is an 8th coming up in the 2014 / 2015 time frame. The word tetrad is synonymous with the words quadruplet and four. It is defined as "a group or arrangement of four." So a Lunar Tetrad is an arranged grouping of four total lunar eclipses. The arrangement of tetrads we are referring to is as follows: Total eclipses during 2 consecutive years on the first and last of the 7 "feasts of the LORD" (Leveticus 23:4). The first and last of the 7 feasts are Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. A total eclipse is also called a "Blood Moon" (See the time accelerated animation of a Blood Moon to the right). The Blood Moon is mentioned in both the Old and New testaments (cf. Joel 2:31, Acts 2:20, Rev. 6:12).

The 2 most recent Blood Moon Tetrads were clearly associated with historical events surrounding the Jewish people and Israel. The 4 most ancient Tetrads since the time of Christ occurred in the following years: 1) 162 / 163 AD,   2) 795 / 796 AD,   3) 842 / 843 AD and 4) 860 / 861 AD. The year before the Tetrad of 162 / 163 AD, Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD) became Emperor of the Roman Empire in 161 AD. During the Parthian War (161-165 AD) his general, Avidius Cassius, proclaimed himself emperor in Syria and was supported by the Jews. As a result Emperor Aurelius "crushed them by means of his ... legates [generals]" (Marcellinus). Roman defeated Parthia and gained upper Mesopotamia to the east of the Euphrates River. However, the returning troops brought with them a plague which ravaged the whole empire and caused widespread depopulation. It is difficult to pin down historical connections for the 3 tetrads during the eighth and ninth centuries, but there were significant Jewish persecutions during that time after the rise of Islam in 610 AD.

Another very interesting fact is that Israel's birthday can be seen in these 3 tetrad sets (795 / 796 AD, 842 / 843 AD & 860 / 861 AD). By subtracting 795 from 843 (the last of the 2nd set from the first of the 1st set) you get 48, and by subtracting 842 from 861 (the last of the 3rd set & the first of the 2nd set) you get 19 (843 - 795 = 48 and 861 - 843 = 19). Likewise, buy using the 3 tetrad sets below (1949 / 1950, 1967 / 1968 & 2014 / 2015): By subtracting 1949 from 1968 (the last of the 2nd set from the first of the 1st set) you get 19, and by subtracting 1967 from 2015 (the last of the 3rd set from the first of the 2nd set) you get 48 (1968 - 1949 = 19 and 2015 - 1967 = 48). The year of Israel's re-establishment as a nation was 1948. Looking forward from the past to Israel's reestablishment we get 48 and 19, but looking back to the event we get 19 and 48.

LAST
 ECLIPSE 
 MINUS  -
FIRST
 ECLIPSE 
 EQUALS 
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 TOTAL 
LEFT
       
843 
795 
48 
861 
842 
19 
         
1968 
1949 
19 
2015 
1967 
48 
     ALSO 66     
861 
795 
66 
2015 
1949 
66 

The 2 most recent, and 1 future tetrad are listed below. There will be no more Blood Moon Tetrads after the 4 blood moons of 2014 and 2015 for 567 years (one beginning in 2582 and another in 2600) which will surely be deep into the Millennial Reign of Christ.

Here is the 1 future and 2 most recent Blood Moon Tetrads with some detail:

The Tetrad of 1949 & 1950 is tied to the rebirth of Israel after 1,878 years on May 14, 1948:
April 13, 1949  Passover (Pesach)  Total Lunar Eclipse  (Blood Moon)
October 7, 1949  Feast Of Tabernacles (Sukkot)   Total Lunar Eclipse  (Blood Moon)
April 2, 1950  Passover (Pesach)  Total Lunar Eclipse  (Blood Moon)
September 26, 1950  Feast Of Tabernacles (Sukkot)   Total Lunar Eclipse  (Blood Moon)
[NOTE: There was also a partial lunar eclipse on Passover, 23 April 1948, just 21 days (7 + 7 + 7 = 21) before Israel declared independence. The Israeli War for Independence was then waged from 15 May 1948 to 10 March 1949. As repeatedly prophesied in the Bible, Israel returned to her ancestral homeland. After declaring her independence on May 14, 1948 Israel was attacked by 6 Islamic nations which possesses 187 times more land than tiny Israel. Ill equipped Israel defeated the combined forces of Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, and gained territory. This was nothing less than miraculous. Since then Israel was attacked in 1956, 1967, 1973 gaining land after each attack.]

The Tetrad of 1967 & 1968 is tied to the Israeli retaking of Jerusalem after 1,897 years on June 7, 1967:
April 24 1967  Passover (Pesach)  Total Lunar Eclipse  (Blood Moon)
October 18, 1967  Feast Of Tabernacles (Sukkot)   Total Lunar Eclipse  (Blood Moon)
April 13, 1968  Passover (Pesach)  Total Lunar Eclipse  (Blood Moon)
October 6, 1968  Feast Of Tabernacles (Sukkot)   Total Lunar Eclipse  (Blood Moon)
[NOTE: Between Israelís War of Independence (15 May 1948 - 10 March 1949) and the Six Day War (June 5 - 10, 1967), the Syrians constantly fired artillery shells from positions in the Golan Heights upon Israeli communities. Fatah began raids into Israeli territory in early 1965, with active support from Syria entering via Lebanon or Jordan. In April 1967, after Syria heavily shelled Israeli villages from the Golan Heights, and Israel shot down six Syrian MiG fighter planes and warned Syria against future attacks. Egypt began massing troops in the Sinai Peninsula on Israel's border on May 16, 1967 and expelled UN forces from Gaza and Sinai on May 19, 1967, and took up the UN's positions at the Straits of Tiran on May 19, 1967. Israel reiterated declarations made in 1957 that any closure of the Straits would be considered an act of war, but Egypt closed the Straits to Israeli shipping on May 23, 1967. On June 5, 1967 Israel launched a large-scale surprise air strike that opened the Six-Day War. On the eve of the war, Egypt had massed about 100,000 troops in the Sinai, including 7 divisions (4 infantry, 2 armored and 1 mechanized), 4 independent infantry brigades and 4 independent armored brigades with 950 tanks, 1,100 APCs and over 1,000 artillery pieces. Syria's army had a total strength of 75,000 amassed along the Syrian border. Jordan's army had 55,000 troops and 300 tanks along it's border. In addition to Syria, Egypt and Jordan there were an additional assortment of weapons and men from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Kuwait, Tunisia, Sudan, and the PLO. It was Israel's 50,000 troops, 214,000 reserves, 300 combat aircraft and 800 tanks against the Arab's 547,000 troops, 957 combat aircraft, and 2,500 tanks. Israel captured the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, and the West Bank and Jerusalem from Jordan in just 6 days.]

It cannot be denied that the Tetrads of 1949 & 1950, and 1967 & 1968 were clearly associated with major historical events in the history of God's chosen earthly people, namely the re-establishment of Israel as a nation; and the re-capture of Jerusalem. The 1949 & 1950 Tetrad began on the first Passover after the historical event, and the 1967 & 1968 Tetrad occurred during the historical event! Another important fact is that there were also lunar eclipses on Passover & Tabernacles during 1948, but they were not total.

The Tetrad of 2014 & 2015 falls on a Sabbatical year:
April 14, 2014  Passover (Pesach)  Total Lunar Eclipse  (Blood Moon)
October 8, 2014  Feast Of Tabernacles (Sukkot)   Total Lunar Eclipse  (Blood Moon)
April 3, 2015  Passover (Pesach)  Total Lunar Eclipse  (Blood Moon)
September 27, 2015  Feast Of Tabernacles (Sukkot)   Total Lunar Eclipse  (Blood Moon)

Two additional Solar eclipses will occur in 2015, one on 29 Adar, the day before the Religious New Year of 1 Nissan, and the other on 29 Elul, the day before the Civil New Year (Tishri 1) which is the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashana) and the day of release (Shemittah):

March 20, 2015   (Adar 29, 5775) This is the day before the New Year for the Feast Days (Nissan 1, 5775)  Total Solar Eclipse 
September 13, 2015   (Elul 29, 5775) The day before the Hebrew Civil New Year (Tishri 1, 5776, the Shemittah)   Partial Solar Eclipse 

The illustration above shows the blood moons and solar eclipses before, during and after the the Sabbatical year of 5775, the 7th year of rest, when the land rests in Israel. It runs from the Feast of Trumpets in 2014 (9/25/14) to the day before the Feast of Trumpets in 2015. Then the Feast of Trumpets of 5776 (9/13/15) is the Shemittah (the day of release when debts are to be forgiven). It was on the the Shemittah of September 29, 2008 that the NYSE lost 777 points, and 7 years before that on September 17, 2001 when the market lost 684 points, both time setting record one day point losses, but this time the Shemittah is right in the middle of Tetrads that historically accompany great events for Israel or the Jewish people. God truly seems to be pointing to this general time period! I believe the Lord is telling us to repent!



THE COMING GREAT TRIBULATION!

Acts 2:17-21: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Romans 10:9-13: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

There is a very terrible time that is about to burst forth upon this world, a time of God's judgment on the unbelieving of the World. The Old Testament prophet and the Lord Jesus spoke of this horrible time on this wise:

"Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacobís trouble; but he shall be saved out of it." (Jeremiah 30:7)   "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book." (Daniel 12:1) "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." (Matthew 24:21)

The Prophet Daniel gives us the duration of this Great Tribulation and breaks it down into two equal segments and the Apostle John verifies the fact in these words:

"And he [the Antichrist] shall confirm the covenant [allowing the re-establish Temple sacrifice] with many for one week [7 years]: and in the midst [middle] of the week [of 7 years] he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease [renege on confirmed covenant], and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate [the abomination of desolation], even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Daniel 9:27; cf. Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:14-17)   "And there was given me [John] a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city [Jerusalem] shall they tread under foot forty and two months. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. ... And there was given unto him [Antichrist] a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months." (Revelation 11:1-3, 13:5, cf. 12:6, 14; Daniel 7:25, 12:7)


It will be at the mid-point of the Tribulation that the Antichrist will sit himself on a throne in the new Temple pretending to be God. But before that Christ will come for all Church Age believers to remove them before He pours out His wrath on the World. The Apostle Paul gives us some details:

"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him [Christ's Rapture of Church Age believers]." (2 Thessalonians 2:1)   "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. ... For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 5:9-10)   "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [the Tribulation] shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition [Antichrist]; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. ... And now ye know what withholdeth [believers in whom the Holy Spirit dwells] that he [Antichrist] might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He [the Holy Spirit] who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked [Antichrist] be revealed, whom the Lord [Jesus Christ] shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: Even him [Antichrist], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth [Christ & His Word], that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians 2:3-10; cf. John 14:6, 17:17)

Second Thessalonians 2:3 says that there will be "a falling away first" and after that "the son of perdition" or Antichrist will be revealed. That phrase "falling away" means "apostasy" or abandonment of Truth. For the most part God's chosen earthly people, Israel, have remained in apostasy since the time of Christ; likewise the United States of America has abandoned God and His Truth. The USA is well into her "falling away" from the Lord and her godly foundational principals. This is likely the "falling away" spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:3.

Concerning the revealing of "the son of perdition," we know from Revelation 6:1-2 that when the Lord Jesus opens the first seal of the seven sealed Scroll it will release the Antichrist, and in turn from Daniel 9:27 we know that he "shall confirm the covenant with many for one week." In this way will "that man of sin be revealed," and his revealing will begin the seven year Tribulation.

But before the Tribulation begins the Word of God teaches that the Lord will remove all believers of this Church Age. In Revelation 1:19 Jesus told the Apostle John, "Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter." The things which John had "seen" was the glorified Christ in the midst of the 7 Churches of Asia (Revelation 1); "the things which are" are the 7 churches which signify the Church Age (Revelation 2 & 3); "the things which shall be "hereafter" is everything recorded after Revelation 4:1 which says: " After this I [John] looked, and, behold, a door [The Door is a type of Jesus] was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet [The trumpet pictures the Rapture] talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter." The "things which must be hereafter" include the scene in Heaven directly after the Rapture (Revelation 4 & 5), the 7 year Tribulation (Revelation 6 to 19), the Millennial Reign of Christ and punishment of Satan (Revelation 20:1-10), the Great White Throne Judgment of all the lost (Revelation 20:11-15), the creation of the new heaven and new earth and eternity future (Revelation 21 & 22).

The Lord Jesus Christ in His Olivet Discourse spoke of the "beginning of sorrows" (Matthew 24:4-8) which are pre-Tribulation birth pain sorrows (consisting of the increase of false christs, wars, famines, pestilences & earthquakes which are in the process of fulfillment now), and other events that proceed on into the 7 year Tribulation. Then the Lord speaking of the re-establishment of Israel using "the fig tree" as a type of the Chosen People (cf. Hosea 9:10; Joel 1:6-7, 2:21-23) spoke on this wise:

"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." (Matthew 24:32-34)

But just after giving this "parable of the fig tree," the Lord Jesus said:

"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." (Matthew 24:36)

Here the Lord told us that we cannot know the "day and hour," however during "this generation" we have seen: 1) the beginning of birth pain sorrows (Matthew 24:4-8; cf. Genesis 3:16), 2) the persecution of Christians (Matthew 24:9), 3) great betrayals are underway, even by government officials toward the people (Matthew 24:10), 4) deceitful false prophets abound (Matthew 24:11; 1 Timothy 4:1), 5) the love of many has waxed cold, because of iniquity (Matthew 24:12; cf. 2 Timothy 3:1-5), 6) the gospel continues to be preached throughout the world (Matthew 24:14), 7) computer, internet, satellite, and chip technology required to institute "the abomination of desolation" is in place (Matthew 24:15; cf Daniel 12:4; Revelation 13:15-17), and 8) Israel is in the Land (Matthew 24:12).

So we cannot know the "day and hour" or even "the times or the seasons" (Acts 1:7) for sure for that matter. However, we can know the "generation." We have already seen that Israel began to put forth her leaves on May 14, 1948, and all the signs that the Lord spoke of in Matthew 24 are well under way, so it can be safely said that the "generation" born at that time will be the generation that will see the return of Christ. But how long is a generation? A Biblical generation is generally considered to be about 70 to 80 years (Psalms 90:10), but occasionally people live to 120 years (Genesis 6:3). So it is safe to say that the Lord Jesus Christ will return sometime between now and 2068. However, It is possible that the general time period of the next tetrad on Jewish feast days (2013 / 2014) is a likely time for the Tribulation to begin given the fact that Israel returned in conjunction with a tetrad (1948 / 1949), and they also regained their Capitol, Jerusalem, in conjunction with the 1967 / 1968 Tetrad.

Luke put it like this:

"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Menís hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:25-28)

Even though we in this Church Age do not know the time of the Rapture and Tribulation it is exciting to watch the signs, and anticipate meeting the Lord Jesus in the flesh, glorified flesh, that is. However, once the Antichrist is revealed those who receive the Lord during the Tribulation can know the exact day that He will return to Earth. It will be exactly 84 months of 30 days each, or 2520 days after the Antichrist confirms the covenant for 7 years (Daniel 9:27).

Jesus Christ might come in the 2014 / 2015 time frame, but in any case that time frame will almost surely have something important to do with Israel.



CONCLUSION:

Because of the faith of Abraham, God Almighty made him a blessing to the world and gave much to Israel, the LORD has likewise given very much to America, because of the faith of George Washington, John Gano, John Hart and Patrick Henry, and those who came to America a hundred years before them, men like John Clarke, Roger Williams and the Pilgrims. However, along with the blessings of God comes the Biblical principal, responsibility, which the Lord Jesus defined well when He said: "... unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required ..." (Luke 12:48). Nationally, Israel of old and in our day, America have failed to live up to this Biblical principal! Although there has always been a small remnant of the faithful within both.

The one true LORD (Jehovah), "the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost" (1 John 5:7), who gave us the only way of salvation through Jesus Christ (John 8:24, 14:6; et. al.) has also given us individual, Church and National responsibilities. For the major part we are failing miserably.

As we have seen the USA was fully established on April 30, 1789 in New York City, the Nation's first Capitol, when George Washington, immediately after his inauguration led the House and Senate to near by St. Paul's Chapel, the oldest building in New York City only a block from Ground Zero, for the dedication of the Nation to the God of the Bible.

God miraculously spared St. Paul's Chapel as a sign to the people of the USA to remind us of the godly and glorious beginning of our Nation. That sign led to another sign 7 years later in 2008, and another is coming up in 2014 / 2015 with a Tetrad that will fall on Passover and Tabernacles in those years with added solar eclipses on the religious and civil new years of Israel. All three sets of signs coming at 7 year intervals. And there have been other prophetic signs occurring in addition to these also.

The signs are pointing us to repentance. God's impending judgment is hanging over America and the world. The Tribulation is close at hand.

The time is short! Are you ready? If not, please, please prepare yourself NOW! Receive the Lord Jesus Christ today! You have no promise of tomorrow, but God says:

"... I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured [helped] thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:2)   "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty ... I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." (Revelation 1:8, 18)   "... Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." (John 8:23-24)   "... The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." (Mark 1:15)

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil." (Proverbs 3:5-7)

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." (Romans 3:23-26)

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3:5-7)

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."   (Ephesians 2:8-9)   "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

"Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." (James 1:21)

Receive God's gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ!

Finally, I remind all believers and my own self, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." (Hebrews 10:23-25)   "And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." (Jude 22-23)

"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." (1 Timothy 2:1-6)


Updated: August 18, 2012








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