Friday, September 9, 2011
Reflections on 9 - 11 After 10 Years: Where Are We Headed?
Where were you when it happened? I was at work at the Tucson International Airport, getting ready to call it a night after working my shift. I was walking down the length of one of the concourses when I noticed a crowd of people huddled around one of the television sets in the restaraunt. They were so jam-packed together that I couldn't even see the TV.
"Probably watching the latest scores on some sporting event" I thought disinterestedly as I continued towards the ops area where I would clock out, grab my stuff and go home. I was carpooling that day with a co-worker who told me that there had been a plane crash in New York City. He was a Mexican gentleman and his English was a bit limited, so I didn't grasp the enormity of his words at all.
By the time I got home, put my lunch box and back pack away, grabbed a bowl of cereal and got online, there was already a squall of information storming across the Internet. I remember my jaw dropped open as I silently said to myself, "Whaaaat?!"
I bounded down the stairs and turned on the television in time to see a replay of the first plane striking one of the Twin Towers. It felt surreal, like I was watching a movie. Dumbly I just stared when they showed 'live' a second jetliner crashing into the other Tower.
America, and all the world watched this tragedy over and over again, hearing news anchors echoe the mantra of that day, "It's the worst tragedy since Pearl Harbor."
Three thousand souls lost their lives on that day. God knows those responsible for their murder. There is no such thing as eternal injustice - it won't ever exist outside of time; yet while here in this time/space continuum, we are witnesses to, and sometimes victims of terrible injustice.
Injustice comes about when truth is not rightly served (See The RED PILL Consortium article The Death of Truth and Justice), and there is a lot of deception and intrigue surrounding those events of 9 - 11. In any event, whether you believe that terrorists were the sole instigators of this heinous crime or that it was a domestic conspiracy, or perhaps some of both in an unholy alliance, that's the subject for an entirely different kind of article.
I remember that night, the pastor called for a special prayer meeting at the church which I and my friends readily attended. Somber faces, some tear streaked, all confounded and stunned assembled there in the sanctuary and poured out our hearts to the LORD.
The LORD put Matthew ch. 7 on my heart and I turned to that chapter then and there and read:
Matthew 7: 24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
The Twin Towers also known as the World Trade Center, was all about global trade (although its real purpose and intent went far, far deeper than merely this!). Superficially, it was a symbol of American ingenuity, prosperity, economic might and a source of pride for many in this nation. Such affinity and allegiance to these powers became tainted, as will all things touched by pride.
America in her prosperity became haughty, arrogant, proud, and entirely confident in her own ability to steer her course, to decide for herself what is right and what is wrong, regardless of what God says, expand her empire, and bring more and more nations under her sway. America began to go the way of too many other nations that were formerly blessed of God: she began to "forget God" in various arenas in life - in education, in the media, in our home life and in society in general, even in churches! The fruit of which is rivers of blood from aborted unborn children, concessions made fluently to the homosexual agenda of their propaganda machine in media and schools, rampant sexual practices and their associated diseases, and on and on it goes . . .
Woe to such nations that forget God, that forget where their blessings and prosperity comes from; those nations that are no longer thankful to their Creator Who is also their Provider; who forget Who is LORD, and who is not!
Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
While America heard and obeyed God's Word, she was a house founded on a rock - THE ROCK, the LORD Jesus Christ (Matt. 16:18) and while shaken by various storms in this world - the storms of wars, economic trial, weather eruptions, etc. she remained firmly established on that Rock.
Yet, increasingly America swayed from the Truth of God's Word until she no longer recognized it when she saw it, and even began to believe it never truly existed to begin with! Once this started to happen, she began that satanically inspired slide off of the Rock, and onto the uncertain, unstable, unreliable foundation of sand - shifting sand that knows no definitive parameters, but only an amorphous environment that feeds doubts and skepticism towards anything of an absolute nature: like truth itself.
America, like any nation that rejects the grace of God in the Person of the LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, will inevitably face this same Person, but as their Righteous Judge - and America is already beginning to come under this Judgment as is readily discernable by any who know the Truth of the Word and is observant of daily life here in this fallen nation, and this rebel planet.
It occured to me as I read that passage in the church sanctuary, particularly vs. 26 & 27 that the WTC was about commerce and trade, none of which occurs today without the EFT, bar codes, etc. which itself is dependent upon computers to conduct such financial transactions.
Computers, composed of components made of silicon - basically heat glazed sand. America replaced the LORD GOD, the ROCK of our salvation with another god - the U.S. dollar upon which is printed "In God We Trust" but that begs the question, which god are we trusting in today?
We watched that 'House of Economic Power' collapse, and it became a symbol of another kind then - the symbol of the failing of the American god of wealth, prosperity and the dollar. The very god that Americans worshipped had failed them, and was unable to sustain them through this storm that has led us to so many others . . .
fighting two wars lasting about a decade now; more and more manufacturing jobs being relocated off our shores and onto those of foreign nations, further depleting our economic security and resulting in unemployment and underemployment rates that shows no letting up; bail outs that have worsened our financial and manufacturing institutions and corporations rather than help them; it has led the development of an entirely new branch of our Federal Government, the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration where Americans like gray haired gramma's and freckled face young boys are scrutinized while people of the Islamic faith are handled with delicate care lest such Federal agencies be accused of profiling (this is not a criticism of the individual employees that have done their level best to secure our land in safety and ensure us in freedom from harm, but of those at the top who are the policy makers, who feel somehow obligated to be politically correct at the expense of the American people). And we are spoon fed the lie that "Islam is peace" while engaged in wars with some of these same, and watch as England, France, other European nations, and even places here in America like Dearborn, Michigan, sucuumb to the demands of these Muslims who are sworn to undermine America and demolish Israel.
Today the US dollar stands (but barely) and is on the brink of a total collapse as the world's Reserve Currency. The other currencies of the world aren't faring much better either! Its the assertion of some (and I am readily in accord with their conclusions) that the global bankers who are 'running the show' as it were, intend on dismantling the sovereignty of all nations by destroying their economies, and thereby giving them little choice but to accept a global currency, which these 'Goblins' themselves will manage, thereby assuming an enormous amount of power over the various nations across our globe and marching us relentlessly towards a one world government in which no American will be protected by their Constitutional rights (something of a unique and successful experiment for the majority of our 200 year plus history, but which itself is likewise being dismantled as our freedoms are frittered away by U.N. Treaty, but as yet is only represented by and large by paper and ink - s0 far!).
We have endured storms of all kinds, some of them at the furious power of nature herself - witness the awesome devestation of the earthquakes in Japan and elsewhere.
Other 'storms' of various kinds, in the way of global disasters have rocked our world and with seemingly no end in sight . . .
Interesting that in Matthew 24: 7, when it talks about "earthquakes in diverse places" the word for "earthquakes" in the Greek is seismos, obviously from which we get the study of earthquakes, seismology; but in the Greek it not only means the shaking of the earth, but it can also refer to "tempests" that is, meteorlogical storms, be they hurricanes, tornados, or other aerial phenomena. We have seen plenty of these as well.
Then there is a lot of talk about astronomical, heavenly bodies such as this Elenin which has the potentiality of either striking the Earth or remnants breaking off of it, hitting us, some of which would contain gases lethal to human existence. We will wait and see what happens, holding our breath somewhat... but only somewhat and unafraid because one way or another, we are going HOME! And if my ticket gets punched by a heavenly object falling on my head, so be it!
Needless to say, that these are uncertain times, perplexing times where we find ourselves in situations whose solutions are not readily apparent, if indeed there are any viable solutions. This is what the Bible indicates would happen in the last days . . .
2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
The word for "perilous" here is chalepos, meaning, "reducing the strength; difficult, dangerous, furious, fierce; this word means 'hard to deal with'."
Sounds a lot like today doesn't it? And yet, getting back to Matthew 24, we know that these things are only going to get more intense and frequent (see vs. 8). This reminds me of the prophecy that Haggai made:
Haggai 2:6-7 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts (see also vs. 21; Isaiah 13:13; Joel 3:16).
If ever there was need for a stable and steadfast ROCK of SURE FOUNDATIONS, it's now, and this is what "desire of all nations" refers to: our beloved LORD Jesus Christ, Who is coming!
For those who will hear the Word of the LORD and obey Him, we are assured that though heaven and earth may pass away, His Word will never pass away, and neither will those who hear and obey it. They will stand securely on the ROCK and REFUGE, the LORD and Savior Jesus Christ!
Referring back to Psalm 9 . . .
Psalm 9:7 - 10 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.
And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Indeed, the LORD is a Refuge; and A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD for those who will trust in HIM! Let us therefore trust Him, and place no confidence in the 'help' of mere humanity:
Jeremiah 17: 5-6 ¶ Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
And compare this with the next two verses:
Jeremiah 17: 7-8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
So who do you trust? Life is uncertain, JESUS is not! He is the TRUTH and can be wholly relied upon, believed in, and loved and adored by any who will humbly come to Him with a repentant, surrendered, confessing heart that is willing to accept eternal life by His sacrifice on the cross for the sins of humanity, including yours and mine!
We don't know what our immediate future holds, but we know Who holds our eternal future in His nail-scarred hands! That eternal home is where I am headed, thanks to the grace of Almighty God - where are you headed?