THE WATCHMEN, 911 and The Harbingers
Part One, excerpt, complete pdf:
The Smoke Passes Through The Gates
For six weeks prior to the September 11th of 2001, events, Pastor David Wilkerson’s Times Square Church had been heavily burdened for prayer. As a result of this weight within the congregation, Times Square Church cancelled sermons and all activities during these six weeks including mission programs, speakers and youth programs.
As the events of September 11th unfolded in Manhattan, the watchmen and workers of Times Square Church began to realize the urgency of a persistent heaviness. What neither the congregation nor Pastor Wilkerson could have imagined was weight of the Glory which had just fallen in Manhattan.
On October 11, 2001, Pastor Wilkerson gave a message to his congregation to address the World Trade Center attacks the preceding month. Although the once mighty republic had for decades been in spiritual descent, the weeks of the late summer in 2001 carried disturbing urgency and Pastor Wilkerson chose a verse from Isaiah 9 to examine the attack.
The ninth chapter of Isaiah is familiar to all: “For unto us a child is born, a Son is given,” but this was not what Pastor Wilkerson was called to address. Instead, he used the subsequent verses, frequently applied to the pattern used in the judgment of two houses of Israel. Providentially and prophetically, Pastor Wilkerson read Isaiah 9: 8–11:
And all the people shall know,
even Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,
that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
The bricks are fallen down,
but we will build with hewn stones:
the sycamores are cut down,
but we will change them into cedars.
The significance was clear: Israel had turned her back. Ezekiel cites the conditions that preceded the departure of the Glory and the judgment of the nation. He saw at the gate of the altar, looking to the north, the image of jealousy, perhaps Baal, but a strong enough affront to a jealous God who was Himself married to Israel. Ezekiel was promised a vision of greater desolations: at the door he saw “every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel portrayed on the wall,” the sins of the “ancients” of Israel, their self love, their dark deeds.
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