The smell in the air, the stench, if you want to call it that, whatever it was, it burned the inside of your nostrils as you breathed it. I had been to New York City once before, and I saw the twin towers standing. I saw Freedom Tower standing, and now it had been just ten days since they fell. My oldest son and I made a trip to that area to have a chance to get quiet before God and ask…”What is going on?” And perhaps, “What is coming?” We did a 3 day water only fast leading up to it. We broke the fast when we entered NYC. We came in the middle of the night, found a parking spot, slept in our cargo minivan, and the next day we hopped on 2 bicycles and started peddling towards the rubble to get as close as we could. (I must say riding a bicycle in NYC is a real adventure! I believe they made a movie about it.)
You could only get so close. We saw cars covered in ash and dust. We saw the smoke rising from the pile of devastation that lay a little ways from us. Others were straining to see, too. Every so often the wind would change a little affording a shift in the rising smoke and you could catch a better glimpse of the wreckage.
Just a little ways off was a very small park with a few benches to sit on. My son and I separated to different benches, to get alone, to get quiet, to pray, and hear God. My son had a dream on the way to NYC. The dream has proven to be very meaningful, and if there is enough interest I will tell the dream in the next article.
However, this article is about what I heard and what God has shown me. I am a faithful journaler. I have been for about twenty years. So, of course, I happened to write what I felt in my gut that day, as I sat on a park bench with sunshine all around me, a stench in the air, and I started to pray, seek, and question.
I will try to take a photo of the journal entry for the next article. That is the best I can do as a way to offer some proof of what I am about to say. I have shown it to others and it is absolute proof of what I am sharing. I have the date down as 9/21/01 (Friday), 4:15 pm. Now remember, at this time our country had no financial crises that I am aware of. Due to a certain balance of powers, whoever gets credit for it politically, we came out of the Clinton years in pretty good financial condition. At this time, also, President Bush had not declared war on Iraq and charged it on a credit card! (That did not start till March 16, 2003). The housing bubble was still a long ways from bursting, too, and there was no President Obama who would take the debt football and continue to run with it! I say all this just to clarify that what I heard came from God and not some news event. After praying and listening, I penned these words in my journal…
“I think the Twin Towers was just the bait, and we are taking the bait. I think the devil wants to break America’s money. Get us over extended. Cause the world to hate us even more, then destroy us.”
As impossible as any of that may sound, fast forward eleven years and we are 16 Trillion dollars in debt and still climbing! Also, I believe there is evidence that the drone attacks have killed many innocents. This very impersonal way of killing by robot is not earning us any friends in the middle east, and likely causing what will be a huge wave of revenge someday.
I see radical Islam as a real threat not only to the Jew, but to Christians, and also to what America used to be as a Christian nation. Notice I am being politically correct here, by saying “radical Islam”, but the question is as to what percent of Islam is radical? Since it is honorable to lie for the cause of Allah, whose to say who is really peaceful, and who is not? Even their greatest Prophet, Muhammad, set an example when he entered into a 10 year peace treaty with (I forget who), but was building up the entire time he was with them, and then 2 years into the 10 year treaty he broke it and easily conquered them!
I don’t have time to do a teaching on the two son’s of Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac, but this holy war goes all the way back to then! Consider these two scriptures!
“And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.” (Genesis 21:8-9)
In this scripture we are given the details that Ishmael was seen “mocking” Isaac, but…we have another detail given to us in Galatians 4: 28-29.
“Now we, brethern, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.”
Notice it says “persecuted”! And I checked the Greek word and that is exactly what it means! The persecution started between Ishmael and Isaac and continues even unto this day! As a born again child of God we have entered into Abraham’s family and have become children after the promise also! And let me tell you plainly, Ishmael is still pursuing Isaac! Of which we are! This is personal! And those who do not take it personal will have a very rude awakening someday.
So a mosque at Ground Zero? I guess our leaders really are that godless to have so little understanding to know what is happening. Obviously I’m not as smart as they are, or I wouldn’t be blaming this on Ishmael, but had they known of what I heard from God on that day, and wrote it down, perhaps we could have avoided a 16 Trillion dollar debt! I can hear Ishmael mocking even now.
So a couple of weeks ago I decided to go for a bike ride. It just happened to be on the same bicycle I rode that day in NYC. I came to a road crossing and I got stopped by a vehicle approaching pulling a trailer and some flags flying. I had noticed a military helicopter circling overhead and was beginning to wonder what was going on?
I believe that when we walk in the Spirit, God orders our steps. I just happened to be at just the right spot at just the right time, on the same bicycle, to see a trailer passing by with a huge American flag drapped over it. To me it reminded me of a military funeral. The object underneath was shaped kind of like a large casket. It was then I remembered there was supposed to be a piece of the I-beam from the fallen towers in Indianapolis that week! Evidently it was being transported under that huge flag! And that is when I said to myself, “Freedom Tower is dead, and what is rising up from its ashes, in its place, is a monument to a One World order.”
Now I am just an average person who is trying to understand this religion that claims to want peace with us, and to have a place of so-called interfaith. (Even though the child of the bondservant will have no part with the child of promise.) The polls show that at least 70% of Americans were against that facility being so close to Ground Zero. As just an average person I have a hard time trying to understand this olive branch of peace being offered by a religion that has so little respect for the feelings of those they are trying to reach. I’m not interested in interfaith with Islam, but if you want me to treat you with respect, back off my holy ground!
Ahh, but wiser ones than I are calling the shots. I hear Ishmael mocking!
Here are a few pictures of my bike ride and the bike I rode in NYC.