Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
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June 3, 2012:                      "Nine Alarms that went Unheard!"

Sun AM Worship                     An end time warning on the direction of America!                  

Text: Isaiah  9-8-19 (King James Version)         

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                                       The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

Isaiah 9:8   The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

Isaiah 9:9   And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,

Isaiah 9:10   The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.

Isaiah 9:11   Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;

Isaiah 9:12   The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Isaiah 9:13   For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.

Isaiah 9:14   Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.

Isaiah 9:15   The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

Isaiah 9:16   For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

Isaiah 9:17   Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Isaiah 9:18   For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke.

Isaiah 9:19   Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.

 

Let's pray. Father,  Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.  

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice. Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

                                         The Final Countdown Has Begun.

 As I was praying before the Lord this week, I felt the Lord speak unto my spirit on the urgency of the hour by comparison of Ancient Israel to that of America.

Introduction: I believe God will show us through this Prophetic sermon that HE is indeed warning America .


1 Is it really 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, to the Great Recession and more.

I believe that the mystery has even been confirmed in the words & actions of our nations leaders, including the president of the United States.

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.

 "Nine Alarms That Have Went Unheard"

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Video that actually shows the pale horse walking through the croud of violence in Egypt. A MUST SEE!

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.

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.

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.

 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 and towers.

For 10 years there were no more attacks in Israel from their foreign enemy but they were by no means out of danger.
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 by God and For God to be a City on a Hill, a light to the nations, and abeacon of hope

2 America, like Ancient Israel, has wondered away from God, Word, Purpose, Precepts. 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.


aa Nineteen men acting on the orders of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda, armed with box cutters, operating under demonic power and 4 jumbo jets breached the most sophisticated and technologically advanced defense system in history, crippling our nation and sending her (and the world) into a tail spin that we still not came out of.


bb The hedge was lifted (Limited in scope, time, reach, intensity, heartland untouched)

3 Between the attack on Israel in 731/732 B.C. and her destruction in 721/720 B.C., there were 9 alarms sounded . . . but they didn't listen.


a These same 9 alarms have reappeared/manifested themselves on American soil . . . all of them linked to Isaiah 9.10.
b If we do not respond to the alarms I believe that America will mirror the end game/destruction if we do not turn back to God.


c Let's identify these 9 alarms that have been sounding since September 11, 2001.

I Alarm One: The Breach
A In 732 B.C. Israel's enemies invade the land and wreck havoc: traumatizing the nation.
1 The attack is brief, limited but is also a foreshadowing of something much greater/more severe that the nation would not recover.


a Had Israel been and remained in God's Will the attack never would have happened. (The walls would not have been breached, no kingdom/empire/power on earth could have touched Israel)

Outside His will, once the hedge was removed the nation was in danger (National security or invincibility was only an illusion).


2 After the attack on Israel they determined to build the walls that had been destroyed better, taller, stronger.
a Until Israel returned to God there was no wall strong enough to protect them.


Israel missed their wake-up call & went back to life as normal (respite of peace, but only calm before the storm of greater judgement).

B America was the most powerful, blessed nation in the world all because it had enjoyed God's favor & hedge of protection . . . but on 9/11 that hedge was removed and judgment came upon us as a nation.


God can cause that which is evil to work for good (Rom. 8.28) and the good in this case is awaken a sleeping nation, to change its course, to save it from destruction.

 

When calamity came to Israel both righteous/unrighteous were touched; both perished because the judgment was upon the nation. Same w/ 9/11!

Abraham Lincoln saw the Civil War (where hundreds of thousands perished) as the judgment of a righteous God-not on any one individual but on the nation as a whole.

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
bb The senate adopted this resolution on 3/3/1863, Lincoln signed it 3/30/1863 & the nation prayed & fasted on April 30. (God allowed 732 B.C. to happen, Civil War, 9/11 . . The question is was there a redemptive purpose?


2 On 9/11, people where asking "Where was God?" (We drove Him out of our schools, government, media, culture, town square, national life . . . then we have the audacity to ask, "Where is God?")
a He was there! In every firefighter, EMT, hero. Healing the broken, comforting those who mourn. Saving many who would have perished had he not been there.

3 Immediately after 9/11, there was a rush back to church that lasted about 3 weeks then life has went back to normal.

II Alarm Two: The Terrorists
A The nation that attacked Israel in 732 B.C. was Assyria (Is. 10.5).
1 God used a wicked & cruel people to awaken Israel from her spiritual rebellion.
a The Assyrians came from the mountains of Northern Mesopatina & lived in the shadows of greater, more powerful kingdoms/nations.


aa Around 1,000 B.C. they began to gain power, strength.
They began conquering surrounding lands (Babylon, Syria, Lebanon, Persia, Egypt).
The Assyrians were militaristic (developed the moving tower, and battering ram)

One of the most brutal people that walked the face of the earth. There Name was synonymous with TERROR!


They Burned cities to the ground, mutilated their prisoners, flayed people alive and nailed their skins to the wall for public display, throw people off cliffs, cut the tongues out of the opposing armies soldiers.
They pioneered terrorism: The systemic application of terror, violence, & intimidation to achieve a specific end. (Terrorism is a science) and it is the Assyrians dark gift to the world.


a Anytime an act of terrorism is executed it is an echo from Assyria, the spiritual father of every terrorist.

b Nineviah (BTW, was the Capital of ancient Assyria),

 

Their language, which is now dead was Acadian, its sister language is Arabic: The language of the 9/11 hijackers.

Shortly after Israel was attacked by Assyria she became engaged in war with that nation.


1 After 9/11, America entered a war with Afghanistan and Iraq. Why Iraq?
a In northern Iraq, near Mosul, our soldiers had a base.
b Just outside Mosul is a historical and ancient site. It is the ancient remains of a city called Nineveh, the capital city of Assyrian Empire.

 

 (No doubt American soldiers passed by or fought descendants of those who warred with Ancient Israel: walking on the same soil as ancient Assyrians.)
2 The link between Ancient Israel and Modern America is found in Assyria, terrorists from Assyria.

III Alarm Three: The Bricks Have Fallen Down. (The bricks have fallen down . . . Is. 9.10)


A After Israel was attacked in 732 B.C. it assessed the damages and found that the bricks had fallen.
1 The bricks used in construction were made of sun dried bricks of mud that would have to be replaced often with . . . more sun dried bricks.
a The immediate image Ancient Israel saw after the Assyrians attacked would have been piles of bricks, ruble of fallen walls/buildings.


b The bricks were a sign of collapse of not only what did happen but what would happen;, the collapse of a kingdom, and then of a civilization.


2 After the smoked of 9/11 cleared we are quick to remember the mammoth piles of ruins that were once the World Trade Center. (Piles of steel, concrete, glass and . . . bricks.)
B The WTC was symbol of America's economic power, pride, majestic, towering . . . within hours it all came crashing down.

IV Alarm Four: The Tower (But we will rebuild with smooth stones . . . Is. 9.10)
" The bricks are fallen  down, but come, let us hew stones, . . . and let us build for ourselves a tower."

1 The leadership of Ancient Israel vows to rebuild bigger, better, higher, stronger.


a The attack that was to bring repentance, revival, restoration in relationship was meet with defiance.
b Instead of turning back to God they vow to come on stronger on their own!
2 They were going to use better materials, hewn stoned.

B After 9/11 the natural response is a call to rebuild but the words that came from our leaders is what is striking for they make the same vow as their counterparts in Ancient Israel did.


1 Mayor, Governor of New York, Senators Clinton & Shurmer all say "We will rebuild!"
a "Tomorrow New York is going to be here. And we're going to rebuild, and we're going to be stronger than we were before... I want the people of New York to be an example to the rest of the country, and the rest of the world, that terrorism can't stop us." - Giuliani:
 As a symbol of America's resolve, my administration will work with Congress, and these two leaders, to show the world that we will rebuild New York

 

The words were followed with action.
a After the rubble of the Twin Towers was removed a sign was erected on the site, "A new icon will soon arise above the Lower Manhattan skyline . . . the Freedom Tower."

b It is an icon of defiance!

Senator John Kerry (9/12/01) said this, "I believe one of the first things we should commit to -with federal help that underscores our nation's purpose-is to rebuild the towers of the World Trade Center and show the world we are not afraid-WE ARE DEFIANT!."


3 Donald Trump said this about the project: " . . .we should have the World Trade Center bigger and better...What I want to see built is the World Trade center stronger and maybe a story taller."


a Not about bigger, better, stronger as much as it is defiance.
b To replace bricks with bricks is restoration, replacing bricks with hewn stone is defiance: To rebuild what was destroyed is restoration, to boast of rebuilding stronger/greater than before is defiance.

V Alarm Five: The Gazit Stone " . . . But we will rebuild with smooth stones . . ." Hewn (KJV), Cut (NCT), Finished (NLT), Dressed (NIV)
A After the bricks had fallen in Ancient Israel they replaced them with a very particular type of stone: quarried. (Carved from a mountain, shaped, smoothed...called a Gazit Stone.)
1 These stones are not made out of clay but cut or quarried out of the mountains.
a Same kind of stone used to build the Temple (1 Kings 5.17) & the walls of Jerusalem.
b Very expensive (Stronger, better, bigger, etc.)
2 How does this tie into to 9/11 & Ground Zero?

B The first stone used in the construction of Freedom Tower was a hewn stone from New York granite and lowered in by a crane in a ceremony on July 4, 2004.

1 Gov. George Pataki said, "Today is indeed a momentous day. Today we take 20 tons of Adirondack granite - the bedrock of our state - and place it as the foundation, the bedrock of a new symbol of American strength and confidence. Today, we lay the cornerstone for a new symbol of this city and this country and our resolve in the face of terror. Today we build the Freedom Tower."


b This block of quarried granite was the hewn or cut stone in rebuilding the nation.
2 He went on to say, "Today we the heirs of that revolutionary spirt of defiance, lay the cornerstone. . . ".

VI Alarm Six: The Sycamore ( . . . The sycamores have been cut down . . .) Is. 9.10
A When the Assyrians came into Israel they didn't just lay low the buildings, but also the land ...especially the sycamore tree.


1 The uprooting of the sycamore tree is a biblical symbol of judgment
a The bricks falling in Israel was foreshadowing of the nations collapse: The sycamore being cut down is a foreshadowing of the uprooting of kingdom.


b The sycamore tree commonly grows in the Mid East and Africa, Hebrew shakam.
aa Also known as a fig mulberry . . . how do we get sycamore from fig mulberry.

The Greek word for fig is sukos and mulberry is moros. Sukamoros or "Sycamore"

The Mid Eastern sycamore doesn't grow in the North East United States but a variety of that tree does, called the English sycamore.
The Assyrians would have been interested cutting down the sycamore, but the terrorists of 9/11 didn't care about cutting down trees. . . but they did.

B On 9/11 more than 2 billion pounds of steel came crashing to the ground (Registered on the Richter Scale).
1 When the North Tower fell, a steel beam was hurled through the sky and struck down a Sycamore tree on a little plot of land at the border of Ground Zero.
a This sycamore tree became a focal point of interest in the days after 9/11.
aa Police, firefighters and volunteers would go this tree to pray and find hope.
bb Became known as the Sycamore of Ground Zero and within it's uprooted root system was . . . a brick.


b It was not a Fig Mulberry, but an English Sycamore; the alarm is translated into the context of the nation which it appears and the people it is directed to.
2 If a tree falls and no one hears it, does it make a sound.
a For those who do hear it, it calls them to repentance, warning, and a call to redemption.
b For those who do not hear it, it is the sound of judgement.

VII Alarm Seven: The Erez Tree " The sycamores have been cut down, But we will replace them with cedar
s." Is. 9.10.


A Israel doesn't replace the sycamore with a sycamore, but a cedar (defiance)
1 The sycamore is a knotty, spongy, not particulary strong tree.
a Kinda of the clay bricks of trees.
aa The sycamore is a common tree, grew on the lower lands, got about 50 ft. tall.
bb Cedar is an exotic tree, grew tall & straight (100 ft. plus) in the mountains. DEFIANCE!


b Cedar is an English world: the original word is "Erez."
aa It's an evergreen (cones, leaves are needle-like)

2 The Erez becomes a symbol of a nations defience.
a In the spot the sycamore was uprooted an Erez (evergreen) would  be planted.

It was supposed to send a message of national hope, strength, confidence, resurgence . . . actually a message of defiance.
B After 9/11, the sycamore was removed from the place it fell (even the roots system) and another tree was planted in that exact same spot.


1 In November 2003, a tree was planted in the sycamores spot; an evergreen (Erez tree)
a Just as bricks had been replaced with quarried stones, the sycamore is replaced with a cedar (a sister tree of the cedar of Lebanon.)


b The evergreen was lowered by a crane, with great ceremony, exalting the human experience.
aa "The Tree of Hope is planted in the very spot where a sixty-year-old sycamore stood the morning of September 11, 2001. . . This Ground Zero Tree of Hope will be a sign of the indomitable nature of human hope . . . "


bb Sign of the meaning unconquerable.
2 The Ground Zero Tree of Hope was a sign, but not of the hope it proclaimed. (Sign of the nation's defiant rejection of God's call to return, repentance, renewal.)
a America was following the ancient footsteps of Ancient Israel.
b It is an omen, warning for the future.