In 732 BC, Northern Israel was invaded by the Assyrians. This invasion was on a limited scale on Israeli soil, through a strike followed by
The nation was traumatized, but the attack itself was a harbinger, a foreshadowing of something greater and more severe to come, in which the nation
would never recover.
Thus, the first harbinger was The Breach.
Israel had enjoyed a reign of blessing and security, but now its security was breached and their
illusion of invincibility was shattered.
The Assyrians were a militaristic nation notorious for their cruelty which terrified the nations within its grasp. You could say that the Assyrians
were the perfectors of terrorism, making it into a science by utilizing it as no other nation had ever done before.
The second harbinger, was The Terrorist.
The Assyrians struck Israel in such a way to traumatize the nation and to inflict shock and fear. So
ancient Israel was drawn into war with Assyria, which is modern day Iraq.
Reeling from the initial attack, the national spirit of ancient Israel was one of pride, defiance and arrogance. As relayed through the prophet
The bricks have fallen,
But we will rebuild with hewn stone;
The sycamores have been cut down,
But we will plant cedars in their place.
And these would be the words that set the nation's course and sealed their future.
Their enemies had breached their security and entered their land. Once the initial attack was done, the most visible signs of destruction were the
heaps of rubble and fallen brick from ruined and collapsed buildings.
The third harbinger, was the Fallen Bricks.
The nation was now confronted with its vulnerability by the image of their destruction. They
failed to see the deeper meaning of what the future held, which was the collapse of their kingdom, followed by the collapse of their entire
Since brick was a brittle and more flimsy medium of construction, they decided to rebuild with something better and stronger: gazit. Gazit is Hebrew
for hewn, quarried stone. Buildings made of stone would not only be more resistant to any future assault, but they also signified the nation's intent
to rise up from the attack stronger than they were before it.
Quarried stone and a spirit of defiance. Instead of rebuilding their nation by simply restoring the damaged brick, they boasted of totally replacing
it with something stronger and greater than before. In replacing their brick constructions with hewn stone, their reconstruction became a towering
statement of defiance.
The fourth harbinger, was The Tower and the fifth harbinger, was Gazit Stone.
As part of the initial invasion by Assyria, their destruction was not limited to just contructions of man. Along their wake, it was common practice
for invading armies to devastate the vegetation of their target land.
The sixth harbinger, was The Sycamore Tree.
The attack would have included the felling and uprooting of sycamore and any other trees in their
path. It would be a sign of their fall, the cutting down of a kingdom and uprooting of a nation.
The Middle Eastern sycamore was a fairly common tree, and of no particular significant value. The cedar tree was held in much greater esteem and more
highly prized. The sycamore could be likened to common brick, while the cedar to hewn stone.
The seventh harbinger, was The Cedar Tree.
This evergreen conifer would be planted in place of the felled sycamore. The cedar tree, "erez" in
Hebrew, would be a symbol of national resurgence and confidence. But like the hewn stone replacing the brick, replanting cedar for sycamore is also
indicative of ancient Israel's defiance and pride.
The last two harbingers are not like the previous seven, but yet about all of them. The words of the prophet Isaiah in their entirety.......
"The Lord sent a word to Jacob
and it has fallen on Israel
All the people know it,
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria---
but they say in pride,
in the arrogance of their hearts,
'The bricks have fallen,
but we will rebuild with cut stone;
the sycamore-fig trees have been chopped down,
but we will replace them with cedars.'
So the Lord has raised up Retzin's foes against him
and spurred on his enemies
the Syrians from the east, and the Philistines from the West;
and they devour Israel with an open mouth."
Samaria was the capital city of the ancient nation of Israel. The capital city of a nation is the seat of government. Leaders of the nation
represent the will and voice of their people and it is from here that the nation is led as a whole.
The eighth harbinger, is the Vow Utterance.
In the wake of the initial attack by the Assyrians upon ancient Israel, the response of the
nation's leaders is to make a public statement of defiance. From their capital city, they react by boasting of their powerful strength (hewn stone)
and making a vow of their defiant resolve (esteemed cedars).
In one realm, Isaiah 9 represents the voice of a nation proclaiming a defiant vow. But in the other realm, it's the voice of God, speaking through
the prophet Isaiah as a prophecy of judgment. A prophetic message of warning to the entire nation ("all the people know it"
) of ancient
The ninth harbinger, is the Prophecy Utterance.
The ancient nation's response to the attack in the form of a vow, set them up on a course of
continual defiance that would end in judgment.
On April 30th, 1789, the first president of the United States of America placed his right hand upon an Holy Bible and was sworn into office. After
taking his oath of office, first American President, George Washington, walked up Broadway in New York City to St. Paul's Chapel accompanied by a
procession that included the Vice President, the Speaker of the House, and both Houses of Congress. As they walked, the sound of bells filled the air
as a call to prayer for people to "go up to the house of God and in a solemn manner commit the new government, with its important train of
consequences, to the holy protection and blessing of the Most High."
On this day, the entire governmental body of representatives of the United States of America bowed their heads in prayer to consecrate the present and
future endeavors of this new nation into the hands of and under the holy protection of the Most High God. The United States of America and its future
was committed to Almighty God, and the grounds of its dedication was St. Paul's Chapel, at Ground Zero in New York City.
On this day, George Washington, as the first president of the United States of America proclaimed a prophetic utterance:
"...the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has
"Propitious smiles of Heaven"
-- God's blessing and favor
"Eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained"
-- God's unchanging standards of morality
Morality. Does that word offend you?
Eternal rules. Do you believe in such?
Have I taken a turn leading you outside of your comfort zone?
Have you already assumed a defensive rebuttal?
Are you ready to quit reading?
If not, then let's continue. For I have only just begun and have much more to share until we reach the conclusion of the matter.
OP continued below.....
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