Watching the 9/11 attacks play out again in real time on American soil, tears spilled. For the past 19 years, I've watched, reflected, remembered, and revered those who willingly gave their lives to save others on that beautiful blue sky morning.
My mind is reeling, and my heart is racing as God not only continues to speak but continues to shake the pillars of our very foundation. Have we forgotten already?
Why does America continue to dismiss or ignore God's divine warnings and alarms, signifying that judgement is imminent if we do not return to Him and our spiritual roots?
Do we even care?
When the door to 2020 opened, I had no idea I would read all of Jonathan Cahn's books, but I believe God drew me to choose them for such a time as this to open my eyes to deeper things and to further examine His Word.
Throughout history, God has proven He's a covenant-keeping God. Throughout Scripture, He has displayed very vividly that He takes covenant making very seriously. He's revealed to me again and again that when a nation, who is called by His name, is defiant towards Him and rejects the truth, He will allow calamity to fall. Not out of hate, but out of extreme love, seeking to turn their hearts back to Him and avoid judgement.
God's heart is mercy, grace, love, and forgiveness, but His character is also righteous and just, and when it comes to a nation who has turned her back on Him, He doesn't mess around.
Through the Father's mercy and grace, His patience, and His ever-narrowing window of opportunity, America has arrived at a crossroads of vast significance. We have only two options:
1. We can choose life through repentance and restoration or...
2. We can choose death through judgement.
The choice is ours.
The spiritual blueprint of modern day America overlays the spiritual blueprint of ancient Israel in unprecedented ways. We're not an exact replica, but we do have impressive similarities. The Biblical warnings for Israel's return or God's promise of judgement are unveiled throughout the pages of Cahn's books. The re-playing of these warnings today in America are uncanny. From the first harbinger of this century (9/11) to the plague of 2020 (COVID-19) nineteen years later. As a nation, America has literally been playing with fire.
A breach in our defense, pounced on by the terrorists plotting to destroy us, marked God's first shaking of America in the 21st century. A wake-up call for a nation to return to where she began.
And where did America begin?
America was consecrated with a God-covenant much like Israel, set apart for God's purposes and glory, to live and follow in His ways. Just like Israel, we were placed on this earth to be a light - a city on a hill.
President Ronald Reagan spoke of America being a city on a hill, a representation of what Israel was set-apart to be. But Reagan also noted another who spoke of this metaphor, John Winthrop.
Winthrop was the first to speak out loud the God-covenant over a small band of settlers just arriving in America, landing on the island in Massachusetts's Bay (where Logan Airport now sits). The exact place where the first terrorist got on the first plane to destroy the first tower on 9/11/2001.
According to Cahn, and his tireless research of the ancient pattern and prophesies in the Scriptures, God's warnings of judgement begin in the place where a nation was consecrated to God. (The Harbinger II, The Return, chapter 33, The Island)
This is a portion of Winthrop's sermon/covenant proclaimed before God and everyone on the ship, the Arabella, as they landed on that island in Massachusetts's Bay.
I highly recommend Jonathan Cahn's books. I promise they are eye-popping, mind-boggling, and will bring you to your knees.