Understanding the Spiritual Side of September 11th
Upon determining to write this article, there was a choice to either reflect upon the physical happenings of that day (which was terrible indeed and this is also included), with great losses of American lives and the
destruction of the World Trade Center TwinTowers or to look behind the scenes at perhaps some of the spiritual underpinnings of perhaps why people choose to
commit heinous acts either upon themselves or others. Psychologists attempt to look at the realm of the mind, or the ἡ ψυχὴ which is the “soul.” But this
article will deal with the τὸ πνεῦμα, or the “spirit.” It is recognized that when a nation experiences profound tragic events, that individuals never forget the place they were in or the time that they experienced the events that were rocking the nation. This writer was in a seminary class, when footsteps were heard running down the hallway and other students were yelling that America was
under attack by terrorists. The entire seminary faculty and student body congregated in the seminary chapel and began praying for our nation and that as many lives as possible would be saved. We prayed for the salvation of those undergoing and caught in this crucible. After leaving the seminary, driving home on the highway everything seemed as normal as any other day, but when stopping for fuel at a Mobil gas station, they had the television sets on the pumps playing live coverage of these events. I could only stand there and cry over this tragedy. At home I remained riveted to the news pouring out of Ground Zero
in New York City, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania.
So, why September 11th? As far the spiritual aspect of this day…it is this writer’s belief that nothing done under the sun is without its spiritual component. I covered some of this in another article When was Christ born? (read the entire article).
With the advent of super computers,
the calendars have been ran backwards, and along with the known movements of the
stars in the galaxy, it was prophesied that the Star of Bethlehem was
excessively bright, perhaps a super nova and in conjunction with Regulus, a King
star and Jupiter, the King planet. An approximate date found would be that of 3
B.C. and most likely on September 11th for that year which would I have the
stars and planets at their brightest, which is what the Magi would have been
viewing. Also, most likely they would have first viewed this phenomenon at the
time of his birth and began to travel towards the apex.
So herein is posited that this was a spiritual attack upon our nation by those who oppose Christianity, whether or not they deliberately chose it or were moved spiritually by unseen forces. Even if those that chose to attack did not themselves comprehend the unseen demonic forces that were propelling them, nevertheless the spiritual impact was manifested in the worldly realm. Another component that should be examined are the numbers themselves: the number 9 in the biblical sense stands for the “end of things” and if you break down the number into its factor of 3, you have 3+3+3=9, which when taking the number 3, it individually stands for “completely, completely, complete,” because there are three sets of 3. This is exactly what the scene looked like on that horrific day, “complete destruction.” Further, if we look at the number of 11, its biblical meaning stands for “confusion,” which again, is exactly what was happening at ground zero. The number 11 only has a factor of itself and the number 1, but since there are two 1’s (as they are written out only), their biblical significance is correlated to the concept of GOD. However, there are two 1’s and the number 2 stands for “established.” Now we have the concept of “established by God,” which according to Muslim extremists would be their god, Allah. There is also the surface meaning of the numbers of 9-1-1, which of course is our emergency telephone number to summon First Responders, who, of course were called to the scene by thousands of witnesses that day.
Next, I would like to examine some Scriptures and to look at their viewpoints. Children raised within the Muslim religion are told from childhood that Islam has two enemies, and that these are Christians and Jews. America has a large population of both religious adherents. Further, their prophet expressed hatred for both religions during his lifetime.
Another aspect of the Islamic peoples, are that they believe and refer to the West as “the great whore.” This leads this writer to the Scripture in:
Revelation 17:1 and 19:2
1Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here,
I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.” 3And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. 4The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, 5and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER.”
3And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! HER SMOKE RISES UP FOREVER
This Scripture reference is being used because of the reference that Muslims have made regarding the West. Herein, we see that there are references to the “kings of the earth” and clearly New York City is a focal destination for those who are heads of State of the world powers and other ambassadors of foreign countries. Also, NYC certainly has its huge variety of “worldly delights,” my euphemism for “acts of immorality.” Next, there is a Scripture reference to “gold and precious stones and pearls,” which connotes a huge trading mechanism that attracts those who trade in the goods of
the world. Finally, in 19:2 reference is made to the “whore’s destruction” with the phrase, “her smoke rises up.”
So for the radical religious extremists, this perhaps is the verse that they have selected in obtaining their name for the West. Perhaps also, the reason for their selection of the World Trade Center, both for the physical fact that “world trading” was going on inside these buildings and for the Scriptural reference that God has “judged the great harlot…and the smoke rising up…”
Upon looking at some of the possible spiritual applications to the events of that tragic day and the days following it, these applications are not meant to detract from the solemn memorials that will be in evidence tomorrow, which will be the
10thanniversary of that never-to-be-forgotten-day in our history. It is also not to ameliorate the actions of the perpetrators by trying to explain away the “whys” of their actions.On that day, America lost thousands
of her brave citizens, not only in New York City, but at the Pentagon as well. Plus, tomorrow will bring a fresh resurgence of grief for the families of those that lost their loved ones on that day. Let us honor and remember those that lost their lives on that day.