Sid Roth here. Welcome to my
world where it’s naturally supernatural. I
want to read a little to you from our most
recent newsletter. “Is it possible that
there exists an ancient mystery in which
is hidden the secret of America’s future?
Is it possible this mystery lies behind
everything, from 9/11 to the war in Iraq,
to the American housing bubble, and it’s
bursting to the crash of Wall Street and
the global economy, to the great
recession, and much more, even to the
President of the United States?” Now
there’s a Messianic Jewish rabbi who lives
right outside of New York City that went
to the grounds of 9/11 after that horrific
event occurred. And let me read you a
quote by him. “As I was standing at the
edge of Ground Zero, I came across the
first puzzle piece of an ancient biblical
mystery and a prophetic message known as
“The Harbinger” that concerns the future
of America.” I have Rabbi Jonathan
Cahn here. And Jonathan, you
use a word, and I want to understand what
you mean by it, “harbinger”. What do you
A harbinger is a sign, an omen, or a
foreshadow of something that is yet to
come. It can be a harbinger of something
good, usually a harbinger of something
that you take warning in, a harbinger of
judgment in this case. That’s exactly what
And the thing that is so stunning is that
point by point, the Holy Spirit revealed
to Jonathan that the pattern that happened
to Israel is happening to the United
States of America. And he found nine
harbingers, nine warning signs. Jonathan,
how important is this revelation at this
moment in history?
I think it couldn’t be more important
because God gives signs to a nation
warning it of judgment. And God is calling
America. America is in danger by these
harbingers. It’s a warning. It’s to save
the nation. But it’s a sign that we are in
a very dangerous period.
Briefly, tell me what happened to Israel
at the time of this prophecy? It’s Isaiah
Yes. That’s going to be the key, Isaiah
9:10 is the key of the harbingers. Ancient
Israel was founded by God. It was blessed
by God, but it turned away. It rebelled
against Him. It drove Him out of its life.
And what happened is God sent prophets to
them and he called them, warned them.
Finally, He did something to shake them up
as a wake-up call, and He withdrew their
hedge of national protection. He lifted it
up. It was temporary, but He lifted it up,
that an enemy struck the land and
inflicted damage, traumatized the nation.
But it was temporary. It was limited. They
withdrew and then there was normalcy. It
was to wake them up, a wake-up call. But
they did not wake up. They chose to keep
defying God. Instead of repenting, turning
back to God, they became even more defiant
and they made a vow, and that vow is
Isaiah 9:10. They said this: “The bricks
have fallen, but we will rebuild with hune
stone. The sycamores have been cut down,
but we will plant cedars in their place.”
And what that meant was we’re not going to
be humbled. We’re not going to turn back.
We’re going to continue away from God. In
fact, we’re going to come back even
stronger. We’re going to replace weaker
things with stronger things.
It’s like a defiant spirit.
Exactly. You said it. The commentaries on
this always use that same word. They say,
“They breathed the spirit of defiance.”
Okay. But that was ancient Israel. And
warning after warning, I can almost feel
God’s heart saying, “I do not want to see
you destroyed. You’re my first-born.
Please heed the warnings.” But Jonathan,
why did you feel that this was a warning,
a prototype, if you will, for the United
States of America?
Ancient Israel did not turn and they were
destroyed. So now, we have America.
America was also founded on God’s Word. It
was founded to fulfill His purpose.
America has also turned, been turning and
turning more and more rapidly away from
God and His ways. God in His mercy calls
out to a nation, and if it doesn’t
respond, the callings get more severe.
What happened now is the first harbinger,
or the first thing that happened was the
breach, was that lifting up of the
national security, allowing an enemy to
strike the land, a wake-up call.
You’re talking about 9/11.
Now, yes. That was for ancient Israel.
Now, God did it with America. That
happened exactly on September 11, 2001.
The national defense of America, the hedge
was lifted up. He allowed an enemy to
strike. Same way, limited scope, limited
time, traumatized the nation, a wake-up
call. 9/11 was an alarm seeking to save
America from the road it’s going on.
Okay. So the progressive judgments were
nine harbingers, nine warnings. Let’s talk
about one: the Gazette Stone.
Okay. This is what happened. And you look
at the key of Isaiah 9:10. It says, “The
bricks have fallen, but we will replace
them with hune stone In Hebrew it’s the
word “gazette”. Gazette means “cut,
quarried, taken out of mountain rock”.
It’s a strong thing. They made it into a
big rectangular mass of stone. What they
were saying is there was a destruction,
and it was clay bricks, but we’re going to
come back stronger as a nation. So we’re
going to take a stronger thing. We’re
going build higher and bigger, and better.
So what they did is they took these
gazette stones. They went to the quarries
in the mountains, cut it out, brought it
back to the ground of destruction where
the bricks had fallen, and there they
vowed, “With this, we’re going to rebuild
a nation;” a sign of defiance.
Okay. That’s Israel. What about America?
Well that’s the thing. This is what
happened. After 9/11, in New York, they
went to the mountains. They quarried out a
rock, a 20-ton rectangular block.
According to the harbinger, it has to be
brought back to the ground of destruction.
They bring it to New York City, bring it
to Ground Zero; place it on the pavement
of Ground Zero. They have a ceremony
around the stone. They have leaders there:
governor of New York, governor of New
Jersey, the mayor. They pronounce vows of
defiance over the stone. They say, “This
stone of America is going to come back
stronger than ever. We’re going to
rebuild.” In fact, you said it before, the
spirit of defiance. That’s what the
commentaries say about this. The governor
of New York actually says, “We are the
heirs of the spirit of defiance and we lay
And he used the word “defiant”?
Not just defiant. He used the words
“spirit of defiance.” We said, “We are the
spirit of defiance.” You see this over and
If there was just one parallel between
Israel, and what happened to them and
their eventual destruction and one
parallel with the United States, we might
say, so what. But there are nine
harbingers with progressive judgments.
This may be, no, this is the most
important prophetic show you will ever
see. We’ll be back right after this word.
scrambling to Bible to see
previously untold parallels with
December 21, 2011
7:40 pm Eastern
© 2011 WND
What do sycamore and cedar trees
have to do with biblical prophecy,
the tragic events of 9/11 and the
imminent future of the United
The roots of a sycamore
tree at Ground Zero felled
on Sept. 11, 2001, have been
preserved as a memorial to
the event in New York City.
A local messianic rabbi
believes it's a visible
fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy
about God's current judgment
Everything, according to a new
book which says an obscure text from
the Old Testamentprophet Isaiah
an urgent wake-up call for all
Americans in light of what happened
on that fateful day in 2001.
Cahn, a messianic rabbi from the
Jerusalem Center-Beth Israel
Congregation in Wayne, N.J.,
deciphers stunning connections
between what some may think is a
cryptic biblical prophecy to the
news events happening right now, in
our current time.
The key verse in question
, which states: "The
bricks are fallen down, but we will
build with hewn stones: the
sycomores are cut down, but we will
change them into cedars." (King James
These words were first uttered by
leaders in ancient Israel and in
response to a limited strike by
Assyria on the lands of Zebulun and
Naphtali – an attack the prophet
makes clear is actually part of a
limited judgment by God against
apostasy. It wasn't meant to destroy
the nation, but to awaken it,
according to most commentaries.
Historically speaking, the
northern kingdom of Israel did not
repent of its rebellion against
God's commandments, and were
eventually conquered and deported
from their property by the ancient
Assyrians. Eventually, the southern
kingdom of Judah was also overcome
by the Babylonians after the Jews
refused to repent as well.
But in "The
uncanny similarities between what's
stated in Isaiah 9:10 to the 21st
century events of 9/11 and the years
afterward, suggesting America is
currently under a time of focused
judgment by Almighty God.
Cahn claims the part of the
prophecy noting "The bricks are
fallen down" refers directly to the
crumbling of the World Trade
in New York City, with the verse
connoting on an attitude of
defiance, a desire to rebuild with
stronger materials instead of
acknowledging the hand of God and
moving toward national repentance.
The verse mentions sycamore and
cedar trees, and it's here that
things start to get eerie with the
terrorist attack involving planes
that smashed into the Twin Towers,
leading to their eventual crumbling.
"After the cloud of dust began to
clear, police officers, rescue
workers and onlookers gazed at the
little plot of land at the edge of
Ground Zero," Cahn writes in "The
"There in the middle of the ash
and debris that covered the ground
was a fallen tree. It would soon
become a symbol of 9/11 and of
Ground Zero. And it was a
symbol ... but one much more ancient
than anyone there could have
realized, and one carrying a message
no one could have fathomed."
"The tree at Ground Zero that was
struck down on September 11 was a
Cahn notes that in Old Testament
times, the Assyrians who attacked
the ancient Israelites intended to
cut down the sycamore trees
belonging to God's people
But the intention was not present
with the hijackers of 2001.
"The terrorists had no idea of
Isaiah 9:10, no idea of the
Harbingers, no idea of the sycamore
tree growing at the corner of Ground
Zero, and no idea that their attack
would cause it to fall or that its
fall was connected to an ancient
prophecy. They had no idea ... but
it still happened."
The uprooted sycamore tree
from Ground Zero was
replaced by the "Tree of
Hope," a conifer tree which
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn says
fulfills the prophecy of
"The most natural thing to have
done would have been to replace one
sycamore with another," Cahn writes.
"But the prophecy required that the
fallen sycamore be replaced with a
tree of an entirely different
nature. So the tree that replaced
the sycamore of Ground Zero was
likewise not a
sycamore. According to the prophecy,
the sycamore must be replaced by the
biblical erez. So it
must be replaced by a conifer tree."
And that's what took place in
2003, as a conifer tree, the "Tree
of Hope" as it was called, was
planted in the spot where the
sycamore was slammed on 9/11.
"Think about it," says Cahn. "Who
could have put it all together? The
tower fell because of the
terrorists. It happened to fall
exactly as it did in order to strike
down that one particular tree. The
tree just happened to be a sycamore,
which just happened to be growing at
the corner of Ground Zero.
"The tree that would replace it
just happened to be given as a gift
from outsiders who had nothing to do
with anything else, but who just
happened to feel led to give it.
Their gift just happened to be the
fulfillment of the biblical Erez
Tree, which just happened to be the
same tree spoken of in the ancient
vow – the tree that must replace the
"They just happened to lower it
into the same soil in that the
fallen Sycamore had once stood –
exactly as in the Hebrew of the
ancient vow. And the man who led the
ceremony around the tree just
happened to bring it all together
without knowing that he was bringing
anything together. No one knew what
they were doing. It wasn't a matter
of intent. It was a manifestation of
"The parallels are truly
stunning," says Joseph Farah,
founder of WND, who is producing a
video documentary about Cahn's
findings. "They are too numerous and
too powerful to relate in news story
form. In fact, they are overwhelming
in their number and their
exactitude. I am persuaded God is
trying to tell America something and
Rabbi Cahn has found the key to
unlocking the message."
, two major
American political figures actually
voiced the Isaiah 9:10 prophecy in
public in the immediate wake of the
"In the aftermath of the attack,
the nation was stunned," said Cahn,
"Everyone was trying to make sense
of what had happened – this
unprecedented attack on America. The
very next day, September 12, then
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle
presented America's response to the
world. And what did he say?"
Daschle said: "America will
emerge from this tragedy as we have
emerged from all adversity – united
and strong. Nothing … nothing can
replace the losses of those who have
suffered. I know there is only the
smallest measure of inspiration that
can be taken from this devastation.
But there is a passage inthe Bible
Isaiah that speaks to all of us at
times like this."