Until recently I wasn't sure what Americas harbinger decoded meant and if it had anything to do with anything. One thing was for sure, my understanding of the Old Testament and the history of ancient Israel led me to understand that there was a lot more to the scriptures than what you find at first glance.
Before we go any further I better explain what is a Harbinger . According to Dictionary.com, a Harbinger is defined as noun
verb (used with object)
For the purpose of this section I will be referring to the second noun option. So, we will be looking at the history of ancient Israel and how some of the Harbingers they experienced may very well be an ominous foreshadowing of events in America's future. I'm not sure if there's any merit to it but I believe that it's worth looking at.
I find this study particularly intriguing since I am a big fan of history. When I conduct my study of history I try to keep in mind that none of it unfolds without the knowledge of God. This, in my opinion, helps keep things in perspective.
For reasons we don't always understand many of the major events throughout history were impacted by God himself, particularly as it relates to Israel.
I am also a believer that throughout the entire history of America God's handiwork can be seen when you look a little deeper than the school history books. As you do you begin to get a feel for the importance of nations and their leaders during specific times in history.
For those of you who place no validity in the existence of a God or that God has no interest in the affairs of men all I ask is that you read this section with an open mind and do your own research to see if what I present has any validity. You may discover something worth mentioning as you go about your expedition. If you do I'd like to hear from you. Just use the "comment" section on any of the pages in this topic.
As you study the history of ancient Israel you will find that God had consistently come to the help of His chosen people, especially in times of self-absorption and national deception, by pronouncing warnings of the dangers that lay ahead if they continue to digress from the standard that God had required of them. These warnings always came through His prophets.
Prior to the nation's fall away from grace they enjoyed supernatural success and peace. No enemy could break through their defenses and their economy flourished. This was all due to the hedge of protection God had set up. As God's people with favored status it was one of the traits that would make them stand out from all the other nations.
Before their defenses could be penetrated there would have to be a breach, one that no one was aware of, except the enemy. What would be the source of this breach? Why would no one notice it and address it?
In Israel's case they were typically led astray by whoever was the current king. Some were labeled as "good" kings and others as "evil". Each time the throne was occupied by an evil king, without fail, it led to negative consequences for the nation. Typically, these evil kings had no regard for God or for his laws. They led the nation into idolatry and other acts that were typical of the pagan nations that surrounded them. As a result they were exposed to attacks from surrounding enemies.
In 732 B.C. Israel's enemies invade the land and bring about total chaos. This initial hit traumatizes the nation. However, this first wave of attack is on a very limited scale but had tremendous impact on the psyche of the nation.
The initial attack comes in the form of a "precision strike" followed by a quick withdrawal. However, it's serves as a sign of things to come, things much more severe in nature. It is a warning, a harbinger, of possible harm that if indeed comes to pass, from which the nation may never recover.
2 Chronicles 7:14
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
There is plenty of evidence that supports the claim that the original founders of America thought of the early settlements as a "New Israel", a nation dedicated to God and his purposes here on earth. They believed that if they honored God they would be a favored nation and a blessing to all other nations just like Israel. There intent was to accomplish what Israel had not.
Reaching the level of greatness that it has, economically and militarily, in such a short period of time seems to indicate that their beliefs were not unfounded. The destruction of the twin towers seems to parallel what happened to Israel in 732 B.C., it was a sign that the breach was broken. This was the first harbinger. It illustrated that the removal of the hedge had taken place.
“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.”
It isn't difficult to look at the American landscape and see that things are very different from 50 years ago. So many of the things we now consider acceptable and the new "normal" would never have been tolerated in times past.
After the attacks people were asking, "where was God?" How quickly they forgot. They drove God out of their schools, government, media, and culture. We drove him out of our national life. Still, he did not completely abandon us. He was there with those that lost loved ones and He was there to heal the broken and provide comfort.
Still, we now have over one million babies aborted each year, prayer is no longer allowed in the classroom, gay/lesbian marriages are constantly being debated in each state, Christians are being vilified as radicals and even terrorists. Reference to God or the ten commandments is considered an infringement on the rights of non-Christians and frowned upon all in the name of tolerance.
How is all this not similar to what was taking place in ancient Israel? Everything that God had ordained was tossed aside for what the rulers of the day wanted. How then can we not accept similar consequences? How can we not be on the lookout for Americas harbingers?
Shortly after the attack of September 11 the nation seemed to be in a somber mood. More people were attending church. As time passed, it actually appeared that things were returning to normal, to the detriment I believe, of the nation.
There seemed to be a new period of peace, as if the danger had passed, as if we had addressed the cause for this attack. Unfortunately, all these signs were a mere illusion. We never really addressed the root cause of the breach. This period of peace was actually a period of God's grace. A period for America to reflect and change it's course.
There was talk by many ministers that this was God's judgement, one of American Harbinger decoded, being passed on America for its sins. I personally don't agree that God's judgement is a bad thing. It's His nature. After all He is a holy god and must uphold His standard, his laws. I do believe that as in times past God is trying to get our attention by allowing his hedge of protection to be removed temporarily in the hope the nation will repent and turn back to God. What we should fear is his final judgement.
Like ancient Israel, America has been the most blessed nation on earth. These blessings were enjoyed only because of the supernatural hedge of national protection. If you take the time to do some research you'll find, as I did, that the founders, like Israels elders, believed and spoke of the blessings of prosperity and peace that would be present if the nation followed the ways of God.
The attacks of September 11, one American Harbinger decoded, was proof that the hedge of protection was removed and it's walls were breached. This was the first of American harbinger decoded.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, our leaders responded to the first American Harbinger decoded as if this was only an issue of beefing up it's security. A matter that would require nothing more than a higher sense of alert and more money spent on being proactive in our defense of the homeland.
Because of our leaders lack of reverence and trust in God no one has publicly addressed the possibility that there may be more to this attack. A much worse harbinger than the first American Harbinger decoded. They are looking at this as nothing more than a well organized attack by a bunch of terrorists. Some even think it was an inside job by our very own government. As was with ancient Israel an attack was allowed on American soil.
On the surface all that can be seen by the naked eye is that this first American Harbinger decoded was nothing more than an act carried out by evil men. What America has failed to discern is that such evil acts can be used for good by God. It has also failed to see God's mercy being demonstrated through this and other harbingers.
How might that be you ask?
An act such as this first Americas Harbinger decoded can serve as a wake up call to a sleeping nation. A nation whose leaders have steadily fallen asleep at the wheel and are not making any attempt to right the course of the nation and save it from judgement.
I realize that a lot of good people, innocent people, died in that attack on September 11. Just as in the case of Israel, both the righteous and the unrighteous were affected by the first American Harbinger decoded. The judgement of God had come upon the "nation". Keep in mind that prior to this period the blessings were upon the "nation" as well. God did not single out anyone and say "you're not entitled to share in the blessings.
So, the first American Harbinger decoded affected us on a personal as well as a national level. On the personal level it resulted in sorrow, on the national level it will involve the possibility of painful judgement. An issue that still remains to be seen... one I hope we will not have to experience.
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The Sixth Harbinger
The Seventh Harbinger
The Eighth Harbinger
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