5 Understandable Words for Today

"...the people have not returned..." Isaiah 9:13

This weekend I, like so many, will remember with sadness the events of September 11, 2001. I was living in Scottsdale, Arizona at the time. Every Tuesday morning my friend, Brett Schomaker, and I would meet at Coco's Restaurant at Paradise Valley Mall for Bible study and prayer. I happened to arrive early and took my seat at a booth in the back of the restaurant. As I was reviewing my thoughts from my quiet time during the week, Brett arrived with the news that a plane had flown into one of the world trade centers. I reacted with doubt, describing how a small twin engine war-plane had hit the empire state building in 1945, without any major damage to the building. Brett's reply alarmed me as he described a passenger jet, filled with jet fuel, passengers and crew,  crashing into one of the World Trade Centers in New York City.

It wasn't a moment later when a collective gasp was heard coming from the breakfast bar area. I excused myself and made a B-line to the activity. A television was mounted on the wall. I asked some of the patrons what had just happened and was told a second jetliner had struck the second tower. I couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing as the news replayed the two events and the newscasters reported a national emergency and of a nation under attack.

In 2012, a Jewish rabbi published what became a best selling book, "The Harbinger". Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew, intimated the attack was described in Biblical prophesy and was actually a divine warning to our nation. The book was actually the fruition of Cahn's own biblical research which he had been sharing as early as 2006. He describes how certain leader's speeches after the horrible event were omens against the United States; showing how their words were filled with pride and arrogance, not humility and mourning.

The scripture Rabbi Cahn specifically denotes is found in Isaiah 9, and I have included it in this week's blog:

"The Lord has sent a message against Jacob;    it will fall on Israel. All the people will know it—
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—who say with pride and arrogance of heart, '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.' But the Lord has strengthened Rezin’s foes against them
and has spurred their enemies on. Arameans from the east and Philistines from the west   have devoured Israel with open mouth. Yet for all this, His anger is not turned away, His hand is still upraised. But the people have not returned to Him who struck them,  nor have they sought the Lord Almighty."
(Isaiah 9:8-13)

Surprisingly, this passage follows one of the most well know and quoted passages in all of scripture: "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end." (Isaiah 9:6-7a)

It seemed at first that a national revival was about to happen as the churches were filled to capacity the first few weeks following the tragedy. However, the revival never came; our nation never humbled herself and sought God's face with earnestness and a broken heart. Whatever you feel about Rabbi Cahn's book, the point I am simply making is the dire need of our nation for revival. I hope you are praying for such. My book, "Freedom's Foundation", may provide you some initial assistance as it takes the reader through forty days of prayer for our nation, revealing a biblical precept for freedom for each day. There are other prayer aids available that guide prayer warriors. Here is a link from one church that is pursuing one hundred days of prayer for America: 

http://files.caryfbc.org/documents/events/100%20Days%20of%20Corporate%20Prayer.pdf

There are others available through a simple Google search. Of course, I hope there will be a national revival, a great awakening in our time, when many hearts will be turned to God, which will result in a wave of renewed integrity, excellence, and compassion across all sectors of our national culture.

O that our country would return to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy... and move among us... begin with me...

steve (John 3:30)