So What Next

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Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sister on this the day the Lord has made.    Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or what ever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the word of God. And today’s slice comes from     Isaiah 9/11    Therefore the Lord will set up the adversaries of Resin against him, and spur his enemies.

For the last three Sundays I’ve spoken on the nine omens or harbingers or warnings from no other than our Lord. They were: The breach, the Terrorist, the Fallen Bricks, the Tower, the Gazit Stone, the Sycamore tree, The Erez tree, The utterance and The Prophecy. Today’s message is to discuss, as the title says, So What Next?

Well, just what is the purpose of the omen of Isaiah 9/11? To give a stern warning to His people who call themselves by His name.  So what happens if the warning goes unheeded; the alarm goes off and no one listen? Then what the omen declared will happen. But…. does it have to happen. Yes it does! An altered course becomes an altered action; but an unaltered course becomes an unaltered action. Then it has to happen, as it did happen to ancient Israel. So if America’s course remains unaltered, then what? Another 9/11? A different 9/11?  Could the next alarm be the shaking of America of which I have been preaching for the last two years; “God is going to shake America and He will begin with His church.”

The Pulpit Commentary, volume 10 said it very succinctly : “Divine anger being a remedial force, will not cease until its purposes are wrought out…Therefore, if…Israel resisted one expression of the anger, another must be found.”

The New American Commentary said it this way: “God’s first acts of judgment did not result in the transformation or repentance of the people of Israel. The purpose of God’s initial disciplinary punishment was to restore His people, but the people stubbornly released to turn to Him. Since the first act of discipline did not bring about a humble confession of sins, a second punishment was necessary.”

Another commentary said: “As the first stage of judgments has been followed by no true conversion to Jehovah, the Almighty Judge, then comes a second.”

Yes, my friends, a second warning, a second sound of the alarm, a second chastening, a second shaking. Bro. Dick, are you suggesting a financial or economic collapse? Have you been keeping up with the condition of our country for the last several years?   Do you think the experts, the economists, the think tanks and the intelligence agencies have a clue to this is all being orchestrated  by the Lord trying to get His people’s attention?

I ask you, what comes after Isaiah 9/10?  Why it’s today’s slice of the bread of life: “Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of resin against him and spur his enemies on.”

In other words, where Isaiah 9/10 was a vow of defiance, Isaiah 9/11 is a prophecy of future catastrophe. There you have it…. when the nation vows, from it’s capital, to defy the first catastrophe it escorts in the second.

Look at it like this. If you want to get rid of a weed in your lawn and your first attempt is to cut off its leaves the leaves will simply grow back. So your next attempt is the cut the stem to half it’s length, the stem will sprout back. Hey gardener….  you can’t deal with the symptom you must get to it’s cause…

the roots. America’s attempt to rebuild is likened to the foolish gardener. We best get on to the root system, and that is done by uprooting the roots which are our unwillingness humble ourselves and to repent. There are the choices in a nutshell; another catastrophe or repent. America, HELLO!

So, now, lets examine the second stage, which encompassed four mysteries.

The first is the effect of 9/11. The attempt of a nation to defy the course of its judgment apart from repentance, will, instead, set in motion a chain of events to bring about the very calamity it sought to avert. Wow! Now, that’s a mouthful of something to chew on.

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So What Next ?

Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sister on this the day the Lord has made.   Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or what ever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the word of God. And today’s slice comes from which comes after the Omen, or harbinger, Isaiah 9/10 that we have been studying:  Isaiah 9/11   Therefore the Lord will set up the adversaries of Resin against him, and spur his enemies.

For the last three Sundays I’ve spoken on the nine omens or harbingers or warnings from no other than our Lord. They were: The breach, the Terrorist, the Fallen Bricks, the Tower, the Gazit Stone, the Sycamore tree, The Erez tree, The utterance and The Prophecy. Today’s message is to discuss, as the title says, So What Next?

Well, just what is the purpose of the omen of Isaiah 9/11? To give a stern warning to His people who call themselves by His name. So what happens if the warning goes unheeded; the alarm goes off and no one listen? Then what the omen declared will happen. But…. does it have to happen. Yes it does! An altered course becomes an altered action; but an unaltered course becomes an unaltered action. Then it has to happen, as it did happen to ancient Israel. So if America’s course remains unaltered, then what? Another 9/11? A different 9/11? Could the next alarm be the shaking of America of which I have been preaching for the last two years; “God is going to shake America and He will begin with His church.”

The Pulpit Commentary, volume 10 said it very succinctly : “Divine anger being a remedial force, will not cease until its purposes are wrought out…Therefore, if…Israel resisted one expression of the anger, another must be found.”

That meant that the purpose behind the first calamity, the invasion by the Assyrians was to wake up the inhabitants of the nation, who considered themselves God’s Chosen People, to change their course to redemption. If not heeded, the purpose will reveal itself in another configuration.

The New American Commentary said it this way: “God’s first acts of judgment did not result in the transformation or repentance of the people of Israel. The purpose of God’s initial disciplinary punishment was to restore His people, but the people stubbornly released to turn to Him. Since the first act of discipline did not bring about a humble confession of sins, a second punishment was necessary.”

Another commentary said: “As the first stage of judgments has been followed by no true conversion to Jehovah, the Almighty Judge, then comes a second.”  Yes, my friends, a second warning, a second sound of the alarm, a second chastening, a second shaking. Bro. Dick, are you suggesting a financial or economic collapse?

Have you been keeping up with the condition of our country for the last several years? In fact the entire world. You see the global large scale economy and the American economy are all linked together. Do you think the experts, the economists, the think tanks and the intelligence agencies have a clue to this is all being orchestrated by the Lord trying to get His people’s attention?

I ask you, what comes after Isaiah 9/10? Why it’s 9/11. True, but I don’t mean the verse address but it’s effect. Let’s read it again: “Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of resin against him and spur his enemies on.”

In other words, where Isaiah 9/10 was a vow of defiance, Isaiah 9/11 is a prophecy of future catastrophe. There you have it…. when the nation vows, from it’s capital, to defy the first catastrophe it escorts in the second.

Look at it like this. If you want to get rid of a weed in your lawn and your first attempt is to cut off its leaves the leaves will simply grow back. So your next attempt is the cut the stem to half it’s length, the stem will sprout back. Hey gardener…. you can’t deal with the symptom you must get to it’s cause… the roots. America’s attempt to rebuild is likened to the foolish gardener. We best get on to the root system, and that is done by uprooting the roots which are our unwillingness humble ourselves and to repent. There are the choices in a nutshell; another catastrophe or repent. America, HELLO!

So, now, lets examine the second stage, which encompassed four mysteries.

The first is the effect of 9/11. The attempt of a nation to defy the course of its judgment apart from repentance, will, instead, set in motion a chain of events to bring about the very calamity it sought to avert. Wow! Now, that’s a mouthful of something to chew on.

Recall that seven years after 9/11 the American economy collapsed. 2008. In fact its cave-in triggered a worldwide economic crumbling. All of this occurred due to 9/11 catastrophe brought on by the invasion conducted not really the terrorist, but by God’s directive hand’s involvement; brought on by turning our backs on the God that provided us this splendid nation. America was doing exactly what ancient Israel did to cause their demise. We were trying to reverse the consequences of the calamity on our own. Hey, God, we don’t need you, we can do it all by ourselves. But, Bro. Dick, was it wrong to try to help ourselves. Well, was it wrong for the gardener to cut leaves, cut stems, and not tend to the root?

Now, lets look at the effects of our campaign to strengthen our defenses and national security. It required enormous budget expenses. All by armed forces operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. These monies could have been spent bolstering our economy. Also, the war in Iraq created a large increase of our the gasoline needed for commerce in America. An additional malady was the dividing of our country. When we are fighting each other we are not attending to the business of the nation as we should have and could have.

Recall that in January of 2001 The Federal Reserve began reducing the target interest rate, lowering it to 3.5% by the summer of 2001. Now consider also the first economic influence was the closing down of the New York Stock Exchange the same day, and remained closed for six days. When it opened it would suffer the largest point crash in its history up to that time. So on the first Monday after 9/11 the Federal Reserve slashes it’s target interest rate still further. Over the next three months it would be slashed several more times until it hit 1.75% on December 11. Therefore it drove the interest rate below the rate of inflation. Then by June of 2003 it reached 1% and remained below 2% for several years.

America wake up! You’re acting like a child getting spanking after spanking because you are not willing to recognize your parents are boss and you will not say “I’m sorry.”

These extreme rates created another debacle, it opened a period of easy money, easy loans, easy borrowing, easier mortgages which then caused the housing market that was already rising, to hit the ceiling beyond economic fundamentals, creating a housing boom. This caused home owners to borrow money against rising value of homes, further creating a credit bubble. All this then generated massive inflow of capital from Asia, compounding the problems.

All of this, same as around the world, was in a sense the ongoing effect of 9/11. All the while God was calling to His people by allowing the shaking.

My friends these are not my thoughts or even my words. Remember, I am simply, as God named me; the Shofar, the Watchman on the Wall. As one prophet put it: “The attempt of a nation to defy the course of it’s judgment apart from repentance, will, instead, set in motion a chain of events to bring about the very calamity it sought to overt.”

All of our attempts have been hollow. They have built a house of cards. The America’s Foundation of Federal Stability expounded the following comment:

“The financial house of cards was slowly built following the 9/11 attacks. As the U.S. government tried to revive the economy by repeatly dropping the interest rates, families lunged at the opportunity to refinancetheir mortgages. Now , the collapse of the mortgage market is felt around the world.

My friends, I believe we are seeing Divine Anger. The omens, or harbingers, draw in everything to themselves, from the Federal Reserve to the global economy. They touch the whole earth, and no one seem to realize that it’s all a part of the ancient mystery.

Let me bring our minds back to the sycamore tree. I believe it has to do with this second shaking due for America; its populace as well as His church. You see, there two mysteries within the sycamore.

One goes back the last days of ancient Israel and the second has to do with the first days of America.

The Lord sent a word through the prophet Ezekiel: as found in 13:14 “So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untampered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that it’s foundation will be uncovered; it will fall and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.” What did He say?

it’s foundation will be uncovered.” A foundation is upon that which something rests or is constructed. So, a foundation is what a nation stands or is founded. Modern nations trust in their powers, their militaries, their resources, and their economies. The nations of the ancient world trusted in idols and gods. What Ezekiel 13:14 says is that in the days of judgment a nation’s foundation is laid bare, naked, or exposed.It’s control, or influence falls and it’s idols, or gods fail them.

In fact the Lord said to us through Jeremiah 5:4: “Behold, what I have built I will break down, and what I have planted I will pluck up. The Lord built Israel just as someone builds a house and He planted it as one might planted a tree. What we have here is two images of a national judgment, the breaking down and the up-routing. The two images of national judgement and in the same order.

The World Trade Center was the soaring representation of American financial power long time focal point of the country’s economic and financial strength. Since the seventeenth century the trading outpost for the Dutch was on the island of Manhattan. They built a wall of protection from the Indians and pirates, etc. The Dutch eventually lost the island to the British who tore down the wall but the road continued to be called Wall Street.

In 1792 a meeting took place at a Manhattan hotel involving twenty-four of the leading merchants, to bring order to the trading of stocks and bonds. Their second meeting was at 68 Wall Street to sign a document which would seal the goals set forth at the first meeting. It was the founding of what then became known as The New York Stock Exchange. The organization at first was known as the Buttonwood Association. Wanna know what the word “buttonwood” means. It is the name of a tree that grew on wall street where they had signed the agreement. What kind of tree is the Buttonwood tree? Hold on to your hat… it is a sycamore. How about that the document was signed under a sycamore tree. A stretch of the imagination says that the progenitor of the New York Stock Exchange is the Sycamore Association.

So the sycamore was not just a warning signal but also the foreshadowing of economic collapse. Bro. Dick do you mean the collapse of our nation? It’s what happened to ancient Israel… total collapse that began with an attack of their enemies.

Let me tell you of something I’ve just learned, but not seen. At the end of Wall Street and into the court yard of an old church, where there rested a strange-looking structure of bronze It was among the first of permanent memorials to commemorate the 9/11 catastrophe. It was unveiled on September 11th of 2005. It’s creator wanted to memorialize one small detail of the tragedy as a measure of inspiration. What does it look like. A root system. In fact the root system of the Sycamore Tree of Ground Zero. He intended it to be a symbol of hope. I believe it is a symbol of judgment.

Friends, if the living sycamore suggests the rise of America as the world’s foremost financial power, what then does an uprooted sycamore suggest? Would you consider…. its fall ?

Do you remember the seventh omen or harbinger, the Erez tree. It has to do with the second shaking.
The second shaking. Oh, yes. Remember the title of today’s message…. So What’s Next?

I want you to think about the number 7. It is divided in 6 and 1. Just like the days of the week, made up of 6 week days and then 1 day the Lord called the Sabbath. There was another pattern of seven, that is six and one. I preached on it a couple months ago. It is called the Shemitah. It comes to us through Leviticus 25:1-4 While Moses was on Mount Sinai, the LORD said to him, 2   “Give these instructions to the Israelites: When you have entered the land I am giving you as an inheritance, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the LORD every seventh year.  3 For six years you may plant your fields and prune your vineyards and harvest your crops, 4 but during the seventh year the land will enjoy a Sabbath year of rest to the LORD. Do not plant your crops or prune your vineyards during that entire year.

This seventh year was given the name Schemitah. It is spelled S-c-h-e-m-i-t-a-h and is pronounced she-meet-ah. And it meant “to-let-rest.” All laboring of the land was to come to a rest, no plowing, no sowing, no pruning, no reaping, no harvesting. So, you ask, then how did they live without harvest. They would eat whatever grew of itself. The Lord would see to their provisions. It was His promise.  Wow, and we think we live our lives trusting the Lord!!’

Better yet, each Schemitah year the farmer was required to open up his land to those in need. The poor would share equally in the fruit of the rich. Did you hear that, required. But, the Shemitah touched not only the fields but the people. the last cutback took place in an entirely other sphere. Deuteronomy tells it all in:

Deuteronomy 15:1& 2  “At the end of every seventh year you must cancel your debts.  2 This is how it must be done. Creditors must cancel the loans they have made to their fellow Israelites. They must not demand payment from their neighbors or relatives, for the LORD’s time of release has arrived.

God’s purpose?? This was to touch the economic realm and transform it. Everyone who made a loan had to annul it. Every seventh year all debts were cancelled. Everything owed was forgiven.

But, Bro. Dick, the Sabbath was supposed to be a blessing. Yes, and it was.

There were no millionaires and billionaires to control the government as we have today. What a blessing. Furthermore the Schemitah would have been a blessing to Israel should they have observed it. The sign of the breaking away from the Schemitah was in indication of a nation that had ruled God out of their fields and its government, its homes, its lives. They were now serving their idols, their gods, money, riches, superiority due to gain, a caste system of wealth. The breaking away caused the Shemitah to turn a blessing into a curse.

Does the Bible connect the Schemitah to judgment? Let’s ask it. Let’s go to Leviticus 26:33 I will scatter you among the nations and attack you with my own weapons. Your land will become desolate, and your cities will lie in ruins. 34 Then at last the land will make up for its missed Sabbath years as it lies desolate during your years of exile in the land of your enemies. Then the land will finally rest and enjoy its Sabbaths. 35 As the land lies in ruins, it will take the rest you never allowed it to take every seventh year while you lived in it.

The people remained in exile for seventy years when Babylon invaded and ravaged the land So now the land rested for seventy years.

But, what does this have to do with America; it never had a Sabbath year. Correct, it was only commanded for one nation. The issue is not the literal observance of the Shemitah. The sign is its effect. It is for a nation that has driven God out of its existence. I’m not going to go through the litany of the sins of America against God. I have become hoarse repeating them Sunday after Sunday. You are aware of the catalogue of our offenses as well as I.

–Now let’s turn our attention to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. By September both were hovering on the edge of a breakdown, same as the mortgage and housing markets. The Federal Government confiscated control of both, ordering them into conservatorship. This caused global alarm and even more economically calamitous crumbling was about to happen. The fall of Lehman Brothers. At the start of the 21st. century they stood at the summit of the financial firms. So, when the news spread that the deal of rescuing them had fallen, its shares plummeted. Lehman Brothers declared a loss of almost four billion dollars. That’s four billion, with a “b.” Lehman Brothers filed bankruptcy.

But, Bro. Dick, what does this have to do with the mystery of the Shemitah? There is something in the timing of the collapse that is noteworthy. It was the second collapse. This second alarm was sounded as the CEO of AIG informed the Federal Reserve that his firm was in serious danger of collapsing.

This second warning that the nation received that could wreck the economy of this country.

This happenstance and the 9/11 catastrophe were seven years apart. WOW! Seven years between the two shakings. Remember, at the end of seven years comes the remission or decrease. What did the Shemita say of such? At the end of every seven years, you will have a release, a remission, a canceling of debts.” Yes, a remission of credits and debts. The collapse of Lehman Brothers and Freddie Mac & Fannie Mac all concerned the issue of credit and debt. The Federal Government intervened with a bailout. These two were relieved of their debts of over five million dollars. What did the Schemitah call it? a remission, a canceling of debts.” The fall of these two financial giants triggered many financial collapses from Wall Street to Asia, and many fortunes were dis-integrated overnight. Whether by bankruptcy, aid or vanishing account, their burdens were released, becoming a form of Shemitah.

The twenty-ninth day of Elul., the end of every seven years, the Shemitah’s final and climatic day, when all remaining loans, credits and debts had to be nullified. So, does the 29th. day of Elul have a part in our mystery? Lets see. The U.S. Congress worked frantically to come up with a plan to reverse the implosion. A bill was proposed. On the morning of September 29th. the New York Stock Exchange began its session with what could be considered an omen of its own…. the opening bell would not sound. Then when the word got out that the bill had not passed, Wall Street collapsed. In one day it plunged 777 points. Wow, three sevens! Now, why did it happen just when it did? You mean the greatest single in one day in which the stock market crashed? Well, it happened on…. you guessed it.

It was on the twenty ninth day of Elul, according the calendar the Lord gave to the Hebrew people. Yes, the uttermost critical day of the Hebrew Shemitah. Just how much did the crash amount to?…. seven hundred billion dollars. Another point, that which was wiped out was seven percent of the market. Oh, how many points did it fall? Seven hundred and seventy seven points on the final day of the seventieth year.

Who could have orchestrated that? Only God Almighty could have done it.

Now, here is another interesting bit of history to add to the list….  The years leading up to the Shemitah were fat and prosperous. But the first conclusive sign was what happened in Britain, as a repercussion of the failing American housing market and credit market. On September 13th 2007, Northern Rock, Britain’s fifth largest mortgage lender collapsed. It was the first British institution to suffer a ban run in over a century. In the end, Northern Rock was had to be nationalized. Oh, another remission of debt. September 13th. according to the Hebrew calendar, given to them by God, was the first day of the month of Tishri, which is the day that begins the Shemitah.

Now get this. The day of Northern Rock’s fall to the day of the greatest stock market history marks the beginning and the end of the Biblical Shemitah. “The remission of credit and debt.” I didn’t say that, God did.

Oooops, sorry I’ve run out of time for today.  Next Sunday I do plan to honor mothers with a Mother’s Day message. But the following Sunday I will get to the final message on the subject of the Omens or Harbingers and Shemitah.

Until next Sunday   same time   same station, remember, we’ve all got our jobs to do to get America back to being the Godly nation it once was. Pray for the leaders of our land and pray for the Lord to give you directions on using the skills He has blessed you with and the position he has put you in. Then begin at your place of employment or place of entertainment. We’ve got work to do!

Don’t be bashful. And…. remember: America, forget God and God will punish America

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America Bless God     and     God will Bless America

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