“And all the people of Ephraim, and they that dwelt in Samaria shall know, who say in their pride and lofty heart, The bricks are fallen down, but come, let us hew stones, and cut down sycamores and cedars, and let us build for ourselves a tower.” (Isaiah 9:10 BSV)
The ten tribes of ancient Israel had been separated from the remnant tribes of Judah and Benjamin because of their wickedness. They worshipped at Bethel, where the temple made by Jeroboam, king of the ten tribes, was erected. With a priesthood that was filled with fermented wine (“strong drink”), which caused them to not be able to discern between the holy law of God and the practices of the heathen. “But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.” (Isaiah 28:7)
In jealousy, to prevent the tribes from going to Jerusalem to keep the holy festivals, Jeroboam made two Egyptian calves, the pagan god Apis, and adopted the festival of Amun-Ra, the chief sun god of Egypt, on the eighth month of the year. One month after the festival of Tabernacles on the sabbatical (seventh) month, according to the Scripture.
Their disregard for the Sabbath, holy festivals, and the purity required from the law of God for their worship was cast behind their backs. The Most High raised up prophets to warn rebellious Israel to return to her Sabbaths, saying “This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” (Isaiah 28:12) As a result, judgment came upon the tribes. The warning had come to them not to adopt the practices and manner of the heathen, but these rebellious children would not hear the law of the Lord. To prevent the judgment which was fomenting against them, they united with the Egyptians for strength, and looked to Pharaoh for help against the king of Assyria. As a result, Assyria came and swept them away in two destructive measures, scattering the ten tribes of Israel throughout the world.
Upon the king of Assyria’s first heavy-handed judgment, Israel felt the destruction.
“And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them. And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.” (1 Chronicles 5:25-26)
But from the seat of the king of the ten tribes, this judgment was insufficient to produce a turning-away from wickedness. The kings of the ten tribes were from the tribe of Ephraim, which dwelt in the land of Samaria, the land-inheritance of Ephraim, the son of Joseph. The king made a proclamation in Isaiah’s day, for which Isaiah was given a prophecy of warning that this rebellion would lead to their destruction. “And all the people of Ephraim, and they that dwelt in Samaria shall know, who say in their pride and lofty heart, The bricks are fallen down, but come, let us hew stones, and cut down sycamores and cedars, and let us build for ourselves a tower.” (Isaiah 9:10 BSV)
The kings of Israel would unite to rebuild for themselves “the bricks” which had “fallen down”; making them stronger and firmer than before. This signifying that their rebellion was to be cemented further. They would not repent. Instead, they bound themselves to the ruler So, the Pharaoh of Egypt, entering into alliance with him to overcome the king of Assyria. This confederacy was symbolic of the rebuilding of Israel. They had taken the gods of the heathen, and now they aligned themselves with the heathen, to utilize their strength and power. The Bible likens this rebellion of Israel to the rebellion at the Tower of Babel, saying “Let us build for ourselves a tower”, when they came together:
“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth… And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” (Genesis 11:4-6)
At this rebellion, the Lord gave great warnings to Israel. “Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.” (Isaiah 30:1-3) When prophets were raised up to tell them of their destruction, they soothed themselves into believing they would be blessed and a great revival would be amongst them. Yet the Lord said through His prophets, that “this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits…” (Isaiah 30:9-10)
A prophecy in the book of 2 Esdras, gives a profound prophecy regarding the ten tribes of Israel: “Those are the ten tribes, which were carried away prisoners out of their own land in the time of Osea the king, whom Salmanasar the king of Assyria led away captive, and he carried them over the waters, and so came they into another land. But they took this counsel among themselves, that they would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country, where never mankind dwelt, That they might there keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land.” (2 Esdras 13:40-42)
Where did the ten tribes go? If we compare the legacy of the ten tribes and the legacy of the Protestant reformation, we find seven strong parallels that cannot be overlooked.
1) The tribes came out of Egypt- the land of oppression.
(Exodus 1:14, 5:5)
A) The Protestant Reformation came out of Europe- a land of oppression.
2) The tribes came into a new land- the promised land of milk and honey- “the glory of all lands”.
B) The Reformers came into a new land- a land “where never mankind dwelt”- a land of great prosperity.
3) The tribes were not to oppress the stranger and heathen in the land of their inheritance, because they knew what oppression was like while dwelling in Egypt.
C) The United States enshrined in the Constitution a plan to keep their shores free of religious oppression, because they knew what oppression was like while dwelling in Europe.
4) The ten tribes had an eighth month sun worship festival, a month after the sabbatical seventh month.
(1 Kings 12:32-33)
D) The Protestant churches have a first day of the week (an eighth day in a seven-day week), a day after the Sabbath, the seventh day.
5) The ten tribes violated the seventh-day Sabbath rest.
E) The Protestant churches are violating the seventh-day Sabbath rest.
6) The land of Israel was filled with altars to Moloch, where babies were sacrificed.
F) The land of America is filled with abortion hospitals.
7) The Ten tribes riches became a source of idolatry.
G) America’s economic prosperity has become a source of idolatry.
After ancient Israel said they would rebuild, and that they would make the bricks that were thrown down stronger, then they declared they would make the tower for themselves, symbolizing their rebellion. But when the second judgment was manifested from God to Israel, to scatter the ten tribes, it was called by Isaiah the prophet, “the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.” (Isaiah 30:25) Yet where ancient Israel had sinned, and defiled their land, the Protestant churches have sinned, along with the inhabitants thereof, and America is defiled through sin.
It should come as no surprise that ancient Israel was cast into another land via their children who have done after their works, the churches that came out from Papal Europe in the Protest. Like Jeroboam who made an eighth month feast, one month after the sabbatical seventh month, the Papacy declared the pagan day of the sun to be sacred, as the eighth day of the week: “Sunday is not only the first day, it is also “the eighth day”, set within the sevenfold succession of days…In celebrating Sunday, both the “first” and the “eighth” day, the Christian is led towards the goal of eternal life…Wise pastoral intuition suggested to the Church the christianization of the notion of Sunday as “the day of the sun”, which was the Roman name for the day and which is retained in some modern languages.” (Deis Domini, Pope John Paul II, Section 26-27)
As the remaining nine tribes had observed the feast of the eighth month which Jeroboam ordained from sun-worshipping paganism, so the Protestant churches have maintained and observe the day of sun worship which the Pope ordained from sun-worshipping paganism.
On September 11, 2001, a sweeping judgment came across the land; a swift sword against America’s idolatry in their pride and prosperity. The World Trade Centers were not a business or an organization, but many businesses involved in international trade from around the world for over 100 countries. A sign not only of America’s economic prosperity, but also affecting the entire world; from America will come great judgments upon all the earth.
The judgment came in forgetting God, who also trampled His Sabbaths underfoot, to acquire temporal gain, turning His blessing into a curse. This day shook America, and changed the trajectory of the nation prophetically. Once identified as “lamblike”, it would now begin to speak as a dragon. One news commentator wailed during the event, “Just think of it, our two symbols of prosperity and power have been smitten in one hour!” Little did he know he was quoting a prophecy of the fall of prophetic Babylon: “And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come…” (Revelation 18:9-10)
Why Babylon and not Israel? Because she is guilty of the same crimes as Babylon. Yet like ancient Israel when the towers fell, their response was the same. In the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. the Senate Majority leader, Tom Daschle, responded to the judgment in the words of rebellion and defiance. “I know that there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation. But there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that I think speaks to us all at times like this. ‘The bricks have fallen down but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled but we will replace them with cedars.’ That is what we will do. We will rebuild and we will recover…” The very words of Isaiah 9:10 in hopes to rebuild after the calamity of the World Trade Centers.
Daschle’s words in the Senate were of a very different nature than the Senate Address in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln, at a time when the faith of many of the churches had grown cold, and their zeal languid. ““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!”
Among the faithful class of ministers only days later, after the towers fell, Christ commanded a message to be given to the heirs of the ancient Israelite apostasy. Heard from the Protestant Evangelical churches all throughout in America, they proclaimed the same warnings that Isaiah gave to impenitent Israel of old. “The Lord sent a word against Jacob, and it has fallen on Israel. And all the people of Ephraim, and they that dwelt in Samaria shall know, who say in their pride and lofty heart, The bricks are fallen down, but come, let us hew stones, and cut down sycamores and cedars, and let us build for ourselves a tower.” (Isaiah 9:9-10 BSV)
LET US BUILD FOR OURSELVES A TOWER
What was next? As ancient Israel defiantly rebuilt, so America would defiantly rebuild. This defiance was likened to Babylon’s Tower of Babel. So America’s defiance is likewise likened with Babel. Ancient Babylon built the tower of Babel in a confederacy of ecumenical rebellion. Likewise, ancient Israel became confederate with Syria to persecute and take Judah captive, and became confederate with Egypt to make war against the Assyrian king who judged ancient Israel the first time their bricks were overthrown. “Let us build for ourselves a tower” is not merely a statement of rebellion, but also of unlawful alliances.
Now America has built the One World Trade Center even taller than the Twin Pillars that stood before it and finished it in 2014. At the beginning of that year, January 2014, Pope Francis sent envoy Tony Palmer to announce the Protestant Reformation was over before a Charismatic Leadership Conference delegation; then proclaiming they were all Catholic again. The separation which led to the establishment of the United States with it’s Constitution was denounced. The Pope there appealed for the separation to end, and compared himself to Joseph in the land of Egypt, sold by his brothers. The churches praised him and accepted his offer, but they forget: going to meet Joseph in Egypt led ancient Israel into Egyptian bondage; and they bowed themselves to Joseph, who was in the place of king.
The unlawful alliance with the Papacy was established; the very one who enshrined the very tenets of Babylon; the modern-day Jeroboam, son of Ephraim, son of Joseph. In November of 2014, the tower symbolizing the churches of prophetic Babel rebellion were finished.
Seven years after the Trade Center attacks, in 2008, the Pope came to the site of Ground Zero and uttered a prayer. From this, the House Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, bowed before him to kiss his ring. Then seven years later, fourteen years after the judgment of September 11th, Pope Francis speaks on the Day of Atonement, called the day of judgment according to Scripture, to the House of Representatives (another sign that America is passing under the rod of judgment).
The next day, the Pope does something that recalls the mind to Babylon. He leads an interfaith prayer service for peace with representing many different world religions. With a remaining foundational wall of the Twin Towers as his backdrop, the Pope addressed approximately 500 religious leaders from different traditions, and called for people of all faiths to work together to ensure a future of peace. “It is a source of great hope that in this place of sorrow and remembrance I can join with leaders representing the many religious traditions which enrich the life of this great city,” he said. “I trust that our presence together will be a powerful sign of our shared desire to be a force for reconciliation, peace and justice.” Then appealed to the assembled interfaith leaders to “be prophets not of tearing down but of building up, prophets of reconciliation, prophets of peace.”
Since that time, we’ve witnessed the Evangelical Protestant churches renouncing the Protest officially. Since that time, we’ve seen the Evangelical Protestants uniting themselves together to seek for the power of the state, like ancient Israel grasped for the power of Pharaoh, to aid in their fight against the instrument of judgment. For Israel, this was Assyria. For Evangelical Protestants, this is Islam. Yet they have not renounced the breaking of the Sabbath, and the honoring of the sun-worship festival of the modern-Jeroboam. In fact, they are more closely bound to that rebellion than ever before. The history of ancient Israel is being repeated by Protestant America, who has given honor and allegiance to the Papal power. And as ancient Israel fell after they thought to rebuild and unite in unlawful confederacies, so the churches symbolizing Babylon shall fall again, witnessing a far greater judgment than witnessed in the great sign of September 11th, 2001.