Chapter-5.3   Nine Signs We Are Under Judgment

5.3   The Arrival of The Sword

On December 7, 1941, the American Naval Fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese — The SWORD (the Biblical term for WAR) came to us as a Nation, but by God’s grace, the war was fought in other places. We have not had the ‘sword of war’ on American soil since 1865 (the end of the American Civil War). However, on 9/11/2001, when the World Trade Center towers were struck by hijacked aircraft and came crashing to the ground, the ‘sword of war’ returned with a vengeance. We have been at war ever since (both at home and abroad).

Ezekiel 14:13a & 17,18 (NIV – Bible Gateway):

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it….Or if I bring a sword against that country and say, ‘Let the sword pass throughout the land,’ and I kill its people and their animals, as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, even if these three men [Noah, Daniel and Job] were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters [by their righteousness]. They alone would be saved.”. *1*

So what does this passage say to you, America?

According to CNN *2*, since the Twin Towers were attacked, (including that 9/11 dreadful day), there have been 7 successful terrorist attacks against America. These are listed below:

“September 11, 2001 – Nineteen al Qaeda members hijack four US passenger airliners. Two are flown into the Twin Towers in New York, one crashes into the Pentagon and another crashes into the Pennsylvania countryside…” *2*

“April 15, 2013 – Twin bomb blasts explode near the finish line of the Boston Marathon,” *2*

“July 16, 2015 – Mohammad Abdulazeez opens fire on a military recruiting center and a Navy reserve facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing four US Marines and a Navy sailor…” *2*

“December 2, 2015 – Married couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik open fire on a holiday party taking place at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people…” *2*

“June 12, 2016 – Omar Mateen, an American-born man who’d pledged allegiance to ISIS, kills 49 people and wounds others in a shooting spree at a gay nightclub in Orlando…” *2*

“August 12, 2017 – One person is killed and 19 are injured when a speeding car slams into a throng of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia…” *2*

“October 31, 2017 – Eight people are killed and almost a dozen injured when a 29-year-old man in a rented pickup truck drives down a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center in New York…” *2*

In their report, “60 Terrorist Plots Since 9/11”, the Heritage Foundation identifies and provides details for 60 Terrorist ATTEMPTS against the United States since 9/11 (until the publication date, July, 2013). Most were thwarted by law enforcement agencies. Some of these could have been costly in lives and highly disruptive had they been successful. *3*

Certainly where this goes from here, only the Lord knows for sure. I suspect the factors that will determine if the sword grows in intensity or subsides, ironically are more in our control, than we care to admit.

So America, does this shoe fit? Are you willing to admit we are already wearing it?

America, where are you? And why?




*1* Ezekiel 14:12-21 (NIV – Bible Gateway) –

*2* CNN / US Terrorist Attacks Fast Facts / By CNN Library /Updated 2:03 PM EDT, Wed September 12, 2018 /

*3*. The Heritage Foundation / 60 Terrorist Plots Since 9-11 / July 22, 2013 / by Steven Bucci, James Carafano and Jessica Zuckerman /



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