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THE WATCHMEN, 911 and THE HARBINGERSPosted: March 17, 20097:00 pm Eastern 2009 RaidersNewsNetworkAgain the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,Son of man, speak to the childrenof thy people, and say unto them,W hen I bring the sword upon a land, if the people ofthe land take a man of their coasts,and set him for their watchman:I f when he seeththe sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;Thenwhosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the swordcome,and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.He heard the soundof the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him.But he that takethwarning shall deliver his soul.But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow n otthe trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take [any] personfrom among them, he is taken away in his iniquity;but his blood will I require at thewatchman's hand.So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house ofIsrael;therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.Ezekiel 33:1-6by Sue BradleyMarch 2009For six weeks prior to the September 11th of 2001, events, PastorDavid Wilkerson's Times Square Church had been heavily burdenedfor prayer. As a result of this weight within the congregation, TimesSquare Church cancelled sermons and all activities during these sixweeks including mission programs, speakers and youth programs.As the events of September 11th unfolded in Manhattan, the watchmenand workers of Times Square Church began to realize the urgency of apersistent heaviness. What neither the congregation nor PastorWilkerson could have imagined was weight of the Glory which hadjust fallen in Manhattan.On October 11, 2001, Pastor Wilkerson gave a message to hiscongregation to address the World Trade Center attacks thepreceding month. Although the once mighty republic had for decadesbeen in spiritual descent, the weeks of the late summer in 2001carried disturbing urgency and Pastor Wilkerson chose a verse fromIsaiah 9 to examine the attack.The ninth chapter of Isaiah is familiar to all: “For unto us a child isborn, a Son is given,” but this was not what Pastor Wilkerson wascalled to address. Instead, he used the subsequent verses, frequently

applied to the pattern used in the judgment of two houses ofIsrael. Providentially and prophetically, Pastor Wilkerson read Isaiah9: 8–11:“And all the people shall know,even E phr a imand the inhabitants of Samaria,th at say in the pride andstoutness of heart, The br icks ar e fallen down, but wewill build with hewn stones:the sycamor es ar e cutdown,but we will change them into cedar s.The significance was clear: Israel had turned her back. Ezekiel citesthe conditions that preceded the departure of the Glory and thejudgment of the nation. He saw at the gate of the altar, looking to thenorth, the image of jealousy, perhaps Baal, but a strong enoughaffront to a jealous God who was Himself married to Israel. Ezekielwas promised a vision of greater desolations: at the door he saw“every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all theidols of the house of Israel portrayed on the wall,” the sins of the“ancients” of Israel, their self love, their dark deeds.As the sins of the nation are expanded and exposed, the women of theland are included: at the door of the gate of the northentrance, Ezekiel saw the women “weeping for Tammuz,” engaged incraft and cult, sorceries, castings and lewdness, participants in rites ofthe idol later called by the Greeks, Adonis.As his vision continued, Ezekiel saw men in contempt, their backs tothe altar, facing the sun. Here, in view of the brazen altar of burntofferings, they worshipped the sun, the god of the eastern idolaters:the worship of creature over Creator.The final abomination witnessed by Ezekiel was the violence in theland, the defiance of God and the celebration of Bacchus, to whomthey bent their bodies in the ritual ceremony of bundledbranches. For these offenses, after the warnings of the prophets,there would be no pity, no hearing of cries. Judgment was due, andjudgment was delivered. The nations are called, the nations choose:Ninevah saw brief repentance, but later departed once more.For Israel, the watchmen sounded: the warning unheeded, thenorthern house fell to the Syrians, the chosen rod of judgment, thepowers came, an initial attack. Rather than heeding the warning,there was defiance and arrogance of heart. Again in character and

mercy, a warning is given, a lull which would precede greaterjudgment if grace is rebuffed in defiance and arrogance of heart.Four times in Isaiah 9: 8-10, Israel was accused and four times thejudgments followed. There is consistent agreement amongcommentaries describing the patterns of the unleashing ofdestruction. Matthew Henry speaks of the consequences ofunrepentance, “The Lord warns before he wounds: He triesto call his people back but if they do not, there will comegreater judgment.” The Interpreter's Bible defines theconsequences: “What further horror of judgment is yet to fallon unrepentant man?”The nation's leaders spoke in defiance and arrogance of heart: “Wewill build, we will replace,” with the inference of larger andstronger. Devastation fell on the southern kingdom. The Diaspora ofthe nation had begun.Pastor Wilkerson had been given a glimpse of what would soonbecome, the most precise prophetic and relevant utterance in thehistory of the United States.Rabbi Jonathan Cahn of the Beth Israel Congregation in Lodi, NewJersey, was given the same understanding of Isaiah 9 two yearsearlier. In July of 2005, Rabbi Cahn delivered a message before theMessianic Congregation parts of which could only be understoodfrom the perspective of the near future events.The scale of the attack of the World Trade Center on September 11th,2001 was massive. Technology insured the continued visibility andrecollection of insistent images. Was this event in New York uniquein history? On the surface it would appear that it was not:catastrophic and unimaginable yes, but unique?Rabbi Cahn describes the “Eight Harbingers of Judgment”experienced by Israel and their uncanny parallels to the events ofSeptember 11, 2001: his insights are prodigious, overwhelming andforeboding. The consequences that would befall the nation thatwould not hear the Watchman after experiencing the prior warningwhich would be a shadow of the cataclysm to come.

1. THE FALLEN BRICKSThe ashes of bricksThe newspapaers rolled: “Acts of War,” “A Day of Infamy,”“Who did this?” “Terror’s Toll,” “Nightmare,” “FreedomUnder Siege,” “Under Attack,” “Second Pearl Harbor,” “ANation in Sorrow,” “Attacks Paralyze US,” “Devastation,”“Terror Hits Home,” “Evil Acts,” “Unthinkable,” “OurWorst Day,” “War at Home,” “Darkest Hour,” “Our NationSaw Evil,”“Oh my God!,” “Our Purpose as a Nation is Firm,” “Fromthe Ashes,”“The Day That Changed The World.”There has been no event that has touched the United States and theworld more indomitably than the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Asthe images of the smoke, dust and death gorged the airwaves, thedescriptions of devastation penetrated every media source. Fire,smoke, dust, ashes.Only sources with archives of the devastation of World War II hadcomparable images. Berlin,London, Nagasaki, Kassel, Hiroshima, Dresden, Rouen,Naples. Images of earlier holocausts. These cities today, a generationlater, reveal little of their broken past, their fallen bricks. But thebricks of Ground Zero in Manhattan were reduced to ash, with little

more than dust and metal to recover. Is there a different message inthese fallen bricks?2.WE WILL BUILDThe woe of the willsEmpowering the rulersOn Wednesday, September 12, 2001, as a transfixed nation and worldwaited and wondered. Expectation was high for answers and outrage:it came in through the airwaves in the Joint Response of the Nationon the Senate floor in Washington, DC. Representing the Congressand the nation and by authority as majority leader, Senator TomDaschle addressed the world.Recorded in the Federal Register, the words of Senator Daschle forthe Joint Resolution of Condemnation for the attacks the morning ofSeptember 12th, 2001 can be read as they had been spoken:“Mr. President, it is with pain, sorrow, anger, and resolve that Istand before this Senate, a symbol for 212 years of the strength ofour 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 bothHouses stand united. The full resources of our Government will bebrought to bear in aiding the search and rescue and in huntingdown those responsible and those who may have aided or harboredthem.Nothing, nothing can replace the losses that have been suffered. Iknow there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can betaken from this devastation. But there is a passage in the Bible,from Isaiah, that I think speaks to all of us at times such asthis:The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild withdressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we willreplace them with cedars.That is what we will do. We will rebuild and we will recover. Thepeople of America will stand strong together because the people of

America have always stood together. And those of us privileged toserve this great Nation will stand with you.”If there are any acceptable uses for a misapplication of Scripture, it isclear from the text that Isaiah 9 is not one. The heart of the messagespeaks specifically to the consequences of an improper response to afirst judicial incursion. The illustration is a rebuke for lace ofcontrition and pompousness of will. It will be demonstrated byexamination of the 8th Harbinger that this very action is the mostoffensive of all.Of over 31,000 verses in Scripture, the Isaiah 9:10 verse wouldbecome, for those in governmental authority, the flagship verse of theNation and be specifically spoken by four other prominent politicians[that are in public record and related to this event].The more esoterically inclined might find the use of five “We Will’s”as an echo and progression of the five, “I Will’s” of Isaiah 14 butthis context is at the fall of Lucifer, before the creation of Adam, andbefore the enmity of the seeds of Genesis 3:14.In the years following the 2001 event, each of the five leaders in theline of Presidential Succession for the former and currentadministrations would follow the resolve of the majority leader’sprecedent with a pledge to rebuild from this event, apparentlyunaware of Isaiah 5.A haunting undertone is found in the 1851 English Translation of theGreek Septuagint by Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton translates Isaiah 9:10: The bricks are fallen down, but come, let us hew stones, and cut down sycamores and cedars, and let us build for ourselves a tower.To date, at the sites of the totally destroyed buildings, one new towerhas been completed, World Trade Center Tower 7.3. BIGGER AND BETTER

The arrogance of defianceOn the day of the 911 tragedy, Rudy Guiliani, the mayor ofNew York City punctuated the resolve of the city. "We willrebuild: We're going to come out of this stronger thanbefore, politically stronger, economically stronger. Theskyline will be made whole again."Seton Hall University Professor A.D. Amar described the devastationas, “A scene that no movie has captured,” correctly determining that,“America will rise out of it. We will build new Towers, largerthan the ones we lost to these cowards.”The Freedom TowerIn a 2005 interview with MSNBC, real estate developer, DonaldTrump weighs in:“What I want to see built is the World Trade Centers stronger andmaybe a story taller. And that's what everybody wants.‘The New York Post’ came out today strongly. ‘The Wall StreetJournal’ yesterday in their editorial came out strongly for that.”Lower Manhattan Info reveals details of the construction project,initially scheduled for completion in 2011:Rising from its square base -- which will be constructed of

impermeable concrete and steel -- the redesigned FreedomTower will taper into eight tall isosceles triangles, forminga perfect octagon at its center. An observation deck will belocated 1,362 feet above ground and there will be a square glassparapet at 1,368 feet, the heights of the original Twin Towers. Fromthese, an illuminated spire containing a television antennawill rise to a final height of 1,776 feet.3. THE HEWN STONEQuaried, not brickThe Freedom StoneThe first stone to be used in the construction of the 1,176 ft. FreedomTower was hewn from New York granite and lowered by crane in aceremony on July 4, 2004. Governor George Pataki of New Yorkpresided:"Today is indeed, a momentous day. Today we take 20 tons ofAdirondack granite - the bedrock of our State - and place it as thefoundation, the bedrock of a new symbol of American strength andconfidence. Today, we lay the cornerstone for a new symbolof this city and this country and of our resolve in the faceof terror. Today we build the Freedom Tower.”The Freedom StoneThe polished and inscribed garnet flecked stone was lowered by acrane into a 5 story, 70 foot deep cavity to rest above the earlierfoundation. Rich in historic and ceremonial significance,cornerstones are often associated with unspoken dualistic motives,

but reminiscent of a similar event at Babel, “The Freedom Stone” wasremoved on June 23, 2006, purportedly for design conflicts. A morespecific explanation was given in July, 2008. Detailing thecircumstances, Michael Daly of NY Daily News wrote:“ What ensued was senseless squabbling, near-criminalincompetence and bald-faced lies, all of which constituted a betrayalof the murdered innocents the stone purported to honor Wearrive at this Fourth of July with that 20 tons of disgracesitting in the Long Island lot.”The unity and selflessness so abundant two years earlier, was onceagain deteriorating. Things were back on