Summary: In ancient times, God warned people & nations of impending judgment before He lowered the boom.
The Final Countdown: Preparing for What’s Next
(Based up Jonathan Cahn’s book, The Mystery of the Shemitah)
First Things First: 5 Keys to Understanding the Sabbatical Year (1 of 5)
November 2, 2014 CFBC, Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A In ancient times, God warned people & nations of impending judgment before He lowered the boom.
1 He sent warnings (harbingers) by various methods.
a Visions, dreams, audible voices, signs, prophetic utterances, natural events.
b Malachi 3:6 (NASB) 6 "For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
Hebrews 13:8 (NASB) 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
aa God doesn’t change.
bb Not only can God send a prophetic warning into the modern world, I believe He will send a warning that is consistent with what He did in biblical times.
2 Three years ago I preached a series entitled, “The Final Countdown” that gave secrets to an ancient mystery that unlocked much of what happened in Ancient Israel and Modern America (9/11, Wall Street collapse, Global economy tanking)
c I’m going to give you several things over the next month that points to a coming time of judgement for the nations (and of America.)
aa I’m not putting God in a box . . . He doesn’t have to do anything before judgement, 2015 may come & go and none of what I teach you comes to pass next fall, God is still God and He can do whatever He wants.
bb Nothing has to happen . . . but on the other hand–it could and we should be altogether ready.
B Nine alarms Israel heard in 732 B.C. & we heard after Sept. 11, 2001.
1 The Breach (Lifting/Raising of a national hedge of protection)
a In A.I. it occurred in 732 B.C when Assyria attacked/breached their walls after the nation had refused God.
b In America, it occurred on 9/11 when the enemy breached out protective hedge.
2 The Terrorist (The breach wasn’t just a miliary action, but also an action of terrorism)
a In A.I., the attach was masterminded by the Assyrians - ancient father of all terrorists.
b In America, the attackers where spiritual children of Assyria, used the sister language of the terrorists who attacked A.I.
c The attack of 9/11 even put U.S. soldiers on the soil of Ancient Assyria, modern day Iraq.
d After the attacks, there was a vow of defiance.
aa Isaiah 9:10 (NASB) 10 "The bricks have fallen down, But we will rebuild with smooth stones; The sycamores have been cut down, But we will replace them with cedars."
(You will not humble us; We will not repent)
bb We’ll rebuild, replant - The vow becomes the key to the 9 alarms.
cc In place of repentance was pride; humility was arrogance.
3 Fallen Brick “The bricks have fallen down.”
a A.I. the alarm looked like the run heaps of the buildings the Assyrians destroyed.
b America, the World Trade Center & the ruin heaps that stood in their place.
4 The Tower “But we will rebuild...”
a A.I. will rebuild stronger, bigger, and better than before.
b America, we have seen the rebuilding of the One World Trade Center aka Freedom Tower.
5 The Gazit Stone “... we will rebuild with hewn stone.”
a After the attack in 732 B.C., Israel carves out a huge rectangular stone from a mountain & put it as a foundation in their new, bigger, better, stronger building.
b July 4, 2004, A stone from the mountains in NY is brought to NY city & lowered into the floor of ground zero at a ceremony where our leaders made vows of defiance.
6 The Sycamore “The sycamores have been cut down...”
a The sycamore is a sign of national judgement, in 732 BC the Assyrians took down the trees during their attack in Ancient Israel.
b When the WTC fell, a tree that had stood about 100years from the site was struck down... a sycamore.
7 The Erez Tree “But we will plant cedars in their place.”
a The English cedar stands for Hebrew erez tree. (Conifer, evergreen) which A.I. planted in the place of the sycamores.
b Two years after the Sycamore fell at Ground Zero, another tress was planted in it’s place, in the same soil... Hebrews erez tree.
8 The Utterance (9.10)
a In A.I this utterance was spoken by a national leader over the nation - only a national leader speaks for and sets a course for a nation.
b Senator John Edwards at Congressional Caucus. (9/11/04)
9 The Prophecy: Spoken into the atmosphere put the nations of A.I. and American on a course to judgement.
a 09/12/01 Senate/Congress @ Capitol Hill
b “I know that there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation, but there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that I think speaks to all of us at times like this. ‘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.’That is what we will do. We will rebuild and we will recover.” – Tom Daschle