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A Summary of the Isaiah 9:10 Harbinger - Part 2

Updated on December 14, 2013


In Part 1 of this series we briefly looked at the first three harbingers, or warnings that God has given to America. Jonathan Cahn, in his New York Times best seller goes into much more detail than we have gone into here. I highly recommend you read the book for a full understanding of America's fate.

If you have not read Part 1, please go back and read it first.

Harbinger #4 - Defiance

Isaiah 9:10 continues to list the harbingers or warnings that God has sent not only to Israel, but to America. Jonathan Cahn in his book, The Harbinger, says, “ . . . The problem wasn’t the rebuilding. The problem was the spirit and the motive behind the rebuilding. They [Israel] had just been given a critical warning. But they respond with defiance: ‘But we will rebuild’ is the first declaration of that defiance, from which will come their judgment . . . in the wake of their calamity, the leaders of ancient Israel proclaimed, ‘We will rebuild’ – the first sign of defiance . . . ."

This was and is the fourth harbinger. The same pattern continues for America just as it played out for Israel. These same words, “We will rebuild”, have unwittingly been spoken by then mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani; by then New York state’s senior senator, Charles Schumer; by then New York senator Hillary Clinton; by then US president George W. Bush, and many others. quotes John Kerry as saying, “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.” (from a speech delivered on the floor of the US Senate, September, 12, 2001)

The Hewn Cornerstone of the Freedom tower
The Hewn Cornerstone of the Freedom tower

Harbinger #5 - The Hewn Stone

So the prophetic signs to the nation continue to manifest. Isaiah continues in verse 10, “ . . . but we will build with hewn stones . . . .” That is, quarried stone. On July 4, 2004 a 20 ton, highly polished stone cut from the mountains of New York State became the focal point of a dedication ceremony. In their defiance, it is brought to Ground Zero and laid as the cornerstone of the new Freedom Tower – another symbol of national defiance.

But what about the stone? The stone was inscribed with the following: "TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, AND AS A TRIBUTE TO THE ENDURING SPIRIT OF FREEDOM. – JULY FOURTH 2004”.

The dedication was met with great pomp and ceremony. Leaders from New York state as well as other areas of the country were on hand at the dedication which marked the beginning of the rebuilding. Then-Governor George Pataki made the following statement: “Today, we, the heirs of that revolutionary spirit of defiance, lay this cornerstone and unmistakably signal to the world the unwavering strength of this nation and our resolve to fight for freedom. Today, we build the Freedom Tower."

Instead of turning to God – the only One who can help, America continues to act in defiance (see the above video), from the mouth of John Kerry to the mouth of George Pataki and so many in between. Rather than admitting our sin and repenting, America continues to shake our puny, collective fist in the face of Almighty God.

Jonathan Cahn puts it another way as he compares ancient Israel with what is taking place in modern day America. “The nation responds to the calamity with defiance in the form of a stone. The stone is cut out of their mountains and bedrock. They chisel it into a block. They bring it back to the ground of destruction. The stone becomes a symbol, the embodiment of their vow, their confidence, and their defiance.”

The breach was made. The terrorists invaded. The bricks fell. The nations vowed in defiance to rebuild. The cornerstone, a hewn stone, a quarried stone signaled the beginning of the rebellious rebuilding. History continues to repeat itself as America continues to fall.

The Fallen Sycamore of 9/11
The Fallen Sycamore of 9/11

Harbinger #6 - The Sycomores Are Cut Down

Scripture gives the sixth warning of Isaiah 9:10. “ . . . the sycomores are cut down . . . . “ Israel’s sycamores were cut down, were demolished by the Assyrian army – a sign of the uprooting of a nation. At the edge of the concrete landscape that is Ground Zero lays a small patch of land. As the North Tower came crashing to the ground, ash and concrete covered the ground and in the middle of the debris was a fallen tree – an English sycamore.

Perhaps if one or two of these events took place, it could be written off to chance. But when one after the other is fulfilled with stinging accuracy we must take note. There are three harbingers left.

The Erez Tree of Hope near Ground Zero
The Erez Tree of Hope near Ground Zero

Harbinger #7 - We Will Change Them into Cedars

Verse 10 of Isaiah 9 continues, “ . . . but we will change them into cedars.” The ancient Jewish people vowed to not restore the sycamore, but to replace it with a much stronger, more substantial tree. The same idea was behind the cedars as was behind the quarried stone – the idea of rebellion and defiance.

They said in effect, “We will strengthen ourselves against the enemy. We will fortify our land. We will survive and thrive - without God. It was the same act of defiance on a different level; a symbol of hope, a chance to start over, but yet without repentance and a turning to God. Continued rejections of the warnings sets Israel ripe for judgment.

So what about America? What about the sycamore of 9/11? For the seventh time a message has been sent to America, yet she responds the same as Israel of old. The Biblical word for cedar in the Hebrew language is erez. It includes not only the cedar, but generally refers to conifer trees. In November of 2003, an erez tree replaced the sycamore at Ground Zero. This became another act of replacement.

Our nation was founded on Biblical principles. Presidents and countrymen alike looked to the Creator for leadership and strength. But the 21st century has changed all that. Just as our spiritual focus has been replaced, so has the sycamore. The tree was replaced, not restored.

Just as in the replacement of the quarried stone, the replacement of the sycamore took place as a public event; the event that worshipped man rather than turn the nation to repentance. In the face of warning after warning America has proudly said in her heart, “No, God. We don’t want or need You. Thank You very much.”

From God's own Word, He confronts our rebellious nation. God stares America in the face and says, “ . . . The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity. . . ” (Psalm 14:1); “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts (Psalm 10:4); “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened (Romans 1:21); “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind,to do those things which are not convenient (Romans 1:28); “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee:then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” (Luke 12:20).

We will look at the last two warnings next time. Are you starting to see where this great country is headed?


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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Good morning Tammy,

      The simple truth is, it goes without notice because we Americans have our collective heads buried in the sand, and refuse to look at the truth. We'll go to our graves this way unless we start to look around and see what's happening. By the way, when we look at the Truth, we'll be looking at Jesus, the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life. Thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by and comment.

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      Tamarajo 4 years ago

      Wow! right before our very youngest went on mission trip to Lindenhurst New York to help in the cleanup of "Sandy" the group took a day trip into the city. My son had read the book and so he was even more moved to see these items you mention from it.

      I find it so very interesting as well that the "Freedom Tower" is now known as the "One World Trade Center" I'm not sure how much more obvious this can get as far as Biblical accounting goes and marvel how it continues on without notice.

      Great information!

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      You're welcome MsDora. I'm glad the point has been made, and yet there are still two more harbingers to go. Time is so short. We must do all we can while we can.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for these sermons in which have made the scriptures you use, come alive. Their relevance can no longer escape us. Thank you.

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Good Morning PandN,

      Thanks for the added Scripture. There's much that could be said and for the sake of time and space much was left out. We certainly are in the last of the last days - no doubt about it. I think I could put it in even a smaller nutshell, one word - REPENT!

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      PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      Jeremiah chapters 5, 6 and 7 also seem so relevant as it is a mirror image of what our nations have turned into.

      Thanks for putting it all in a nutshell. It is an important message.

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Jackie,

      We're living in times when good is evil and evil is good; times that are mentioned in the book of Judges - ". . . every man did that which was right in his own eyes. " One day very soon I believe, all the wrongs will be righted as King Jesus sets up His throne. Thanks for making the trip, Sister.

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Glad you could stop by LS. There's one video I need to share yet and that's Jonathan Cahn at the Inaugural‎ prayer breakfast.That's one of the best videos I've seen in 2013. Thanks for sharing it with me earlier.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Drives it home were my exact thoughts. So close. It sure does not seem at all like America is repenting or even trying to stand together as a country founded on Jesus Christ. Christian today can mean many things besides what it should and we have Christian leaders trying to remove crosses and Christ from the church. It is a really scary time. We should all be writing about it. You have done so very well and that does sound like an important book to read. Up and sharing.

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Glad you are sharing this message. Having the images and videos really drives it home. Nice job.