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Promises to 'rebuild' may defy God's will
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I have written a number of times concerning the lifting of God’s protection on the nation due to its increasing sin and its withdrawing of support from the nation of Israel.  This year a documentary called “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment”  was produced by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew. I was able to watch this recently. It further substantiated this position.  
Since copies of this documentary are being sent to every member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, I thought it would be helpful to take a look at what that documentary has to say.
Isaiah 9:8-11 states:
“The Lord has sent a message against Jacob; it will fall on Israel. All the people will know it — Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria — who say with pride and arrogance of heart, ‘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.’ 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.” (NIV)
Verse 10 taken out of context appears to be a statement of resolve in the face of trial. However, taken in context, especially if you read all the way through the end of chapter 10, that verse is clearly a statement of defiance and rebellion against God.
Rabbi Cahn starts by comparing the founding of Israel with the founding of America. He notes that, though the circumstances are different, both started with a covenant with God. America has for some time been in violation of that covenant. It has officially banned the Bible and prayer from its educational system since 1963 and is moving towards a ban of both in general public life. The sin state of America is widely recognized and obvious to even the most casual observer. In addition, America has officially established its opposition of Israel and promotion of her enemies.
As a result of these positions, Rabbi Cahn contends that God has removed his protection from America. This causes a series of judgments to fall on America with time in between, because God desires that the nation repent and return to God as it had at its beginning.
Rabbi Cahn does not deal with any judgment actions before 9/11, but instead starts with that event as it relates to the Isaiah 9:10 passage. He sees this as key to informing us concerning God’s judgment pattern as established in Scripture. He further gives three witnesses that this passage is essential.  
The first witness occurred on Sept. 12, 2001, the day after 9/11. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle quotes this passage as a “small word of encouragement.” The second witness occurs on Sept. 11, 2004, when Vice-Presidential candidate, Senator John Edwards, quotes it again in a speech he gave at the Black Caucus Prayer Breakfast.  The third witness occurs in Feb. 24, 2009, when President Obama quotes to a joint session of Congress during the 2008-2009 economic free fall, “We will rebuild. We will recover.”  This was from Tom Daschle’s speech of Sept. 12, 2001.  
In the future, I hope to say a little more on this.  In the meantime, I strongly suggest obtaining a copy of that documentary. You might argue with one or another of the points he makes in it, but the principle of God’s action towards America is clear. The video is available from a number of sources, including Christian book stores and online.

Frank Clark, author of the column “Frankly Speaking,” is a retired Christian school teacher and principal. He has been married for 44 years and is the father of four grown children and 12 grandchildren. His e-mail address is