George Washington dedicated the United States of America to God on April 30, 1789. He dedicated this land both in his inaugural address at the Federal Hall and then in prayer, at St Paul’s Chapel located on the corner of a place now known as “ground zero”. Washington stated in an address at Federal Hall that the nation would prosper and be protected as long as it remained committed to the will and purposes of God.
In recent years, especially following 9/11, America has been turning away from God.
Indeed, following the events of 9/11, our national leaders – not once but three times – quoted the words of an ancient prophecy with pride and arrogance of heart in defiance of God. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle from the floor of the U.S. Senate the day after 9-11; Senator John Edwards from Washington D.C. on the anniversary of 9-11 in 2004 during his campaign for the Vice-Presidency and President Barack Obama in his first speech to Congress. Daschle and Edwards read the verse verbatim – word for word. Edwards entire speech was built around the scripture passage. Obama stated that “we will rebuild” in his speech. All three spoke words from Isaiah 9:10 –
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. (Isaiah 9:10).
Indeed the bricks fell down on 9/11. Sadly, our leaders and our people mistook the words of Isaiah and did not take it or see it as a warning, and the proud and arrogant are now rebuilding their World Trade Center “Freedom Tower”.
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. So the Lord will cut off from Israel both head and tail, both palm branch and reed in a single day; the elders and dignitaries are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail. Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray. Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men, nor will he pity the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly and wicked, every mouth speaks folly. (Isa. 9:11-17)
“Before God judges a nation, He sends warning,” explains Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future. “He sent warning to ancient Israel. He even allowed its enemies to breach its borders in a devastating strike that would traumatize the nation. It was a wake-up call, the call to return to God. But the nation responded with defiance. God then gave nine harbingers of judgment, nine prophetic signs, alarms and foreshadows of what was to come. Now America is the nation in rapid departure from God’s will. And God likewise allowed an enemy to breach its borders in a devastating strike – the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It was, likewise, a wake-up call. But America, like Israel, has not responded with repentance, but with defiance. And now the nine harbingers of judgment have reappeared and have done so on American soil.” [WND, Isaiah 9:10 linked to 9/11 – again!]