On September 11, 2001, many things changed - many people changed. Some got sad, some got angry, some repented, some even converted to Islam. And for some, the God of the universe spoke and a great truth was revealed. To many of them, it was still not clear, but true nonetheless. That a watershed moment had occurred, and God was trying to tell us something. That He was removing a hedge of protection around America that had stood for generations? Perhaps. Or that this was the start of World War 3? Maybe. But as 16 anniversaries of that day now have come, what is becoming more and more clear is that the Antichrist religion called Islam is not going away. Nay, it is a prime player in the crescendo of history we call the End Times.
Word of warning: If you are one of those who thinks 9-11 was “an inside job” by the US Government or a plot by “the Zionist Jews”: 1. I will pray for you. 2. Don’t bother commenting.
I only know my story and those that men of God have told me. The common thread of that day sent many things in motion that opened up understanding of the Holy Scriptures that in some cases had been sealed in obscurity for some 2,500 years. I took ME about 12 years to hear and implement what the Lord was saying that day - at first deceived into thinking politics or elections or military policy was the answer and was worth fighting for. To be clear, IT’S NOT.
Where was I that morning? Asleep in my Idaho bedroom a little before 6am Pacific time when the phone rang. It was my mother in law from New Jersey in a panic because there was a huge fire at the Twin Towers and my sister in law worked there and couldn't be reached. We immediately turned on the TV and watched with horror as everyone else did. I immediately know it was Osama bin Laden’s network because I had been following Islamic terror attacks since the first WTC attack in 1993 and Al Qaeda closely since the bombing of the African embassies - after the USS Cole less than a year earlier, it was obvious. I prayed but I mostly remember thinking about how I will know what it will be like to be in Wartime. Then a split second later a realization that I HATED to feel and tried to deny, but knew deep down was true: unity would last only for a moment, then division would come back into our land - we would learn very little. Churches would be full for a few weeks, then dwindle back down again. And so it was.
To this day Congress has never declared war on anyone. Instead the immediate reflexive talking point was to say “Islam is peace” and the terrorists “didn’t speak for any religion”. The long, painful road was paved. The hard truth was laid out for all with eyes to see to behold: The Church at large (all denominations) was asleep and not willing or able to fight the lies of Satan. We abrogated truth telling to the political parties and gave up fighting in the spirit to making half-hearted war in the flesh. The revelation was this: The return of Jesus is intricately and intimately linked to the rise of Islam - the bringers of the Great Tribulation will be the sons of Ishmael and their false god Allah.
Only a year before I was convinced of a one-world government led by pan-religious antichrist who would make people flee to the American wilderness. But even then, mired in error, God spoke to me clearly about the centrality of Jerusalem, and to WATCH both the Sunni groups like Al Qaeda AND Syria and see the future Iran-Syria-Lebanon Hezbollah axis. Granted, I could not justify hardly any of that with Scripture. So as the Enemy weighed me down with things I had gotten wrong, the seeds of Jesus-glorifying Ministry were planted. By the time of 9/11/2012 and Benghazi brought me almost all the way out of the well-meaning but just as wrong political side - election night that year sealed the deal.
9/11 was used to awaken me. Also Mark Davidson, Nelson Walters and it helped launch Joel Richardson to international recognition. These are the few examples that I can attest to. God is calling you on this 9/11, friend. How will you answer? The great drama is drawing near…