(The links are provided for those who like to fact check stuff.)
In my technology/business class, each student is creating their own fake company (I’m doing a bookstore, no surprise there), which means that a lot of the time, the teacher doesn’t actually teach. She gives us space to work on whatever project we’re doing (this Tuesday, we’re starting our floor plan in Photoshop) and provides help whenever we need it (which is a lot).
However, last Tuesday’s class was a bit out of the ordinary. The teacher paused class and said she had something to talk to us about. We turned off our monitors, and she launched a Powerpoint. The first slide was of a Bible verse- Isaiah 9:10. (Oh right, I should probably mention that I go to a private school. Otherwise, this would have never happened.) It says, “The bricks have fallen, but we will build with dressed stones; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place.”
What she had to say next was pretty crazy.
First, the teacher gave us some context. By itself, Isaiah 9:10 sounds like a statement made by person who has gone through hard times but is looking towards the future with hope. It sounds strong, resilient, and good.
Until, that is, you look at Isaiah 9:9. It says, “All the people will know it- Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria- who say with pride and arrogance of heart.” When you put the two verses together, Isaiah 9:10 looks completely different. It’s not said with spirit and grit but”with pride and arrogance of heart.”
Tom Daschle, the U.S. Senate majority leader, probably didn’t realize that when he quoted Isaiah 9:10 in his speech (3:20) after 9/11. This is where things start to get strange.
“The bricks have fallen, but we will rebuild with dressed stone.”
On July 4, 2004, at the place where the Twin Towers used to be, a huge Gazit stone (AKA dressed stone) from the mountains of New York was placed as the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower (that’s the rebuilt World Trade Center). But, after two years of delay, plans for the Freedom Tower changed, and the stone became a problem. It was moved.
“The sycamores have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place.”
After 9/11, the shock waves from the crash destroyed buildings all around the World Trade Center, but a church across the street named St. Paul’s survived. (More facts about St. Paul’s: 1. It survived the Great Fire of New York during the. Revolutionary War. 2. After his inauguration, George Washington walked over to this church and maybe prayed- some people said he did, but one source I read disagreed.)
My teacher said that the church survived because an old sycamore tree nearby absorbed the impact. Another source says it stopped a giant beam from smashing the building. No matter what, it is said that the sycamore saved the church. As for the tree itself, it was uprooted. It’s roots were even made into a sculpture.
In its place, a new tree- a cedar tree, was planted. It was called the Tree of Hope. But, after a while, it started to become sick. Scientists were called in to heal it (you can’t have your symbol of hope withering away), but they were unable to. Then, not only did the cedar die, but it also infected the plants around it.
It doesn’t end there.
Among the many read the Bible in one year guides, there’s a book called the One Year Bible where you read different verses a day, and by the end of the year, you’ll have read one of them. One of the passages for September 11 is Isaiah 8:1-9:21.
Crazy, I know.
As I was doing research to try and get as close to the truth as possible, I found out that I am definitely not the first to write about this. People have written multiple blog posts about Isaiah 9:10 and 9/11. Most of them also mentioned a man named Rabbi Jonathan Cahn and this book he wrote called The Harbringer, which is a fictional story based on the parallels between the prophecies and 9/11.
I don’t really know what’s going on there, but finding out could turn into a very deep rabbit hole. If falling down internet tunnels is enjoyable for you, please be careful with this one. Actually, I think it’s a good idea in general to take doomsday predictions with an entire shaker’s worth of salt, whether the interpretations are based on the-Bible/the Mayan-calendar/the-formations-cereal-makes-in-your-bowl-of-milk/you-get-the-point. Besides Revelation, ideas about the end of the world are a shot in the dark.
Wow. This post is pretty different from what I usually write, but I’m thinking about doing more of them. When I say that, I DO NOT MEAN MORE POSTS ABOUT DOOMSDAY. No way. I will be staying away from that topic for a good while.
What I do mean is research posts about weird topics, like the origin of white chocolate Macadamia nut cookies. It might seem like I made that up on the spot, but I’ve actually already looked into it a little bit. Dude, I’m telling you, there’s a suspiciously small amount of information on the whole thing. There’s barely anything even on the invention of white chocolate! So: would that be interesting? Also, if you have any random questions or stories you would like me to look into, I would love to know