Summary: Is it possible that an ancient Scripture holds a mystery that reveals America’s future? I believe the answer is “yes.” I believe that the mystery lies behind everything from 9/11, to the War on Terror, to the crash of Wall Street and the global economy,
The Final Countdown Has Began Series (Four Parts)
“Nine Alarms That Have Went Unheard” 1 of 4 Based upon Jonathan Cahn’s book & messages: “The Harbinger”
February 12, 2012 Chester First Baptist Church, Chester, Illinois Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A Is it possible that an ancient Scripture holds a mystery that reveals America’s future? I believe the answer is “yes.”
1 I believe that the mystery lies behind everything from 9/11, to the War on Terror, to the crash of Wall Street and the global economy, to the Great Recession and more.
a I believe that the mystery has even been confirmed in the words & actions of our nations leaders, including the president of the United States.
b I believe it is possible that this mystery contains a prophetic word/message/warning to America from God . . . a word of warning of national judgement.
2 Over the next four weeks I will be teaching a series of messages entitled, “The Final Countdown Has Began.”
a We’ll start today with “Nine Alarms That Have Went Unheard”, which will set up the next two Sundays messages; “Holy Ground Zero” and “The Reasons Why The Dollar Died.”
b On March 4, I’ll conclude this series with what promises to be one of the most controversial messages I have preached in my ministry, “Things To Look For in 2012 and Beyond.”
aa Show video (w/o sound) : “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLNtDqDpxzI&feature=related”
bb Read Revelation 6.7-8 during the video.
cc I believe the imminent return of the Lord’s Coming is nearer than it has ever been.
c On March 4, I will show you two unedited videos, that I and other students of bible prophecy believe, could actually be one of the major satanic players during the tribulation.
B The mystery is found in Isaiah 9.10.
1 The text describes a time in Ancient Israel’s history when that mighty nation, whose foundation had been set upon God, had distanced themselves from Him and the covenant that had been established between them and the Great I Am.
a In 731 B.C., Israel was in a state of deep apostasy.
aa They had grown complacent, then confused.
bb Gradually going from apathy, antipathy, then enmity—going against the God that they had once loved, worshiped, adored.
cc Eventually persecuting those who stayed with God and even forbidding the use of His name in public places.
b In 731/732 B.C., God lifted His hedge of protection that He had placed around Israel, allowing an attack from a foreign enemy.
aa The attack was brief, limited in scope, but something on this scale had not happened in Israel before.
bb Only the coasts of the land of Israel were touched (the heartland of Israel wasn’t touched) during these attacks and suddenly Israel lost its sense of security.
cc The attack was allowed in order to bring Israel back to God.
2 Instead of returning to God Israel became more defiant by declaring their intentions to rebuild & respond in defiance to the attack in Isaiah 9.10.
a “The bricks have fallen down, But we will rebuild with smooth stones; The sycamores have been cut down, But we will replace them cedars.”
b Israel beefed up their national security by building stronger, better walls, towers (LXX).
c For 10 years there were no more attacks in Israel from their foreign enemy but they were by no means out of danger.
aa God gave Israel a grace-period to return to Him and be restored or depart further from Him and know destruction. GOD WAS SPEAKING TO ISRAEL BUT THEY WERE NOT LISTENING!
bb In 721 B.C., God allows the same armies to attack again (Isa. 9.11-12) but this time the attacks have no limits and Israel falls.
C The birth of the United States of America prophetically mirrors that of Ancient Israel’s birth.
1 In 1607, the first permanent English colony was established at Jamestown, Virginia.
a The charter for Jamestown reads,
“We, greatly commending, and graciously accepting of, their Desires for the Furtherance of so noble a Work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of his Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God.”
b America was established to be a City on a Hill, a light to the nations, beacon of hope (much more on this next week).
2 America, like Ancient Israel, has wondered away from God, Word, Purpose, Precepts.
a Slowly and silently at first, then quickly and loudly rejecting God.
aa Taking up other gods/idols in His place.
bb Pride, power, money, greed, sexual perversions, . . . they are all gods/idols.
b On September 11, 2001, God lifted the hedge of protection on the most powerful, prosperous nation the world had ever known.