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The Nine Harbingers

God bent over backwards to warn ancient Israel of its impending doom if it did not repent. It did this through limited judgments, as precursors to the final judgment that was to come.

First God divided the kingdom in half. Thus Israel became a house divided consisting of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms. But the dividing of the kingdom was yet just a warning, a harbinger, a limited judgment. God was shaking His people trying to get their attention and return them to the covenant.

Then as we find in Chapter 9 in Isaiah, God used one of the severest of enemies of both Judah and Israel, the Assyrians, to strike the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali in the northern kingdom. This was another one of those limited judgments the Lord was using to turn the people away from their sin.

Did it work? The answer is "no."

And so we see Israel's answer to God in Isaiah 9:8 – and all the way through the end of chapter 9. The key part of this scripture and the key to understanding this message today is found in Isaiah 9:8-12: “The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

“And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant 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.

“Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin (king of Syria) against him, and join his enemies together;

“The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.”

But there was no repentance. The consequences of the children of Israel's rebellion against God were severe. First the Northern Kingdom was overcome by the Assyrians. Later Judah fell as well, but this time to the Babylonians.

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What do these scriptures mean for us today? The massive scale of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center made for startling images and a new frightening, sober reality for America. But through this devastation Rabbi Jonathan Cahn revealed an understanding of what this meant to America through Isaiah 9:10, and the uncanny parallel this attack had to events in 8th century Israel.

It is Rabbi Cahn's contention that, just as we have seen in ancient Israel, before God judges a nation, He sends warning. Like with Ancient Israel, the attacks of 9/11 were a warning, and also like Ancient Israel, if the nation ignores God’s warning there will be dire consequences. The term harbinger means “warning.” In his book, The Harbinger Rabbi Cahn told of the supernatural connection between ancient Israel and America.

There are nine harbingers (warnings) of what will happen after the first attack if the nation refuses to return to God. The judgments are progressive, with periods of normalcy in-between, but continue if there is no national repentance. The economic implosion and other national ills spring from this event. Israel and America are the only two nations that God sovereignly planted as a light to the nations. According the Rabbi Cahn, “Those who laid America’s foundations saw it as a new Israel, an Israel of the New World. And as with ancient Israel, they saw it as a covenant with God.” To whom much is given, much is required.

The tribes of Israel were struck by the Assyrians as a warning from God. Instead of repenting of their sins, they boldly and defiantly proclaimed in the pride and stoutness of heart: “The bricks have fallen, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will plant cedars in their place.” (Isa 9:10) They did not listen to the alarm, of turning back, and humbling themselves in repentance. Rather they boasted of their resolve, that they would rebuild stronger and better than before. They ignored the warning and rejected the call to return to the Lord. In fact, they defied it. And their defiance led to the nation’s total destruction years later.

This ancient prophecy forms the key to the nine harbingers of judgment, which are given to a nation in danger of judgment. It is Rabbi Cahn's contention that each of these harbingers or warnings have reappeared on American soil. These harbingers focus around the destruction of the World Trade Center. If true, this would mark America as a nation in danger of judgment.

Can this be true? We have already established that 911 was delivered to America from the hand of God on account of the nation's failure to obey Him. Now let's see how the Rabbi Cahn's 9 harbingers fit into this.

The First Harbinger: The Breach. In 732 B.C., the hedge of protection was removed and Israel’s enemies invaded the land and wreaked havoc. The calamity traumatized the Children of Israel but it took place on a limited scale, as with 9/11. The warning in this harbinger is the removal of the hedge. On September 11, 2001, America’s hedge of protection was removed. There was a breach of America’s security and the Twin Towers fell. This was a sign that God has lifted His protective hand.

The Second Harbinger: The Terrorist. The Assyrians were terrorists who ravaged and decimated their conquered. It was their intention to destroy those they overwhelmed. It was a dark shadow of Assyrian terror that loomed over the kingdom of Israel. It was a danger against which the prophets had warned. And when, years later, Israel’s final judgment came, the Assyrians would again be the means through which it would happen. So, too, the attack on America was carried out by terrorists. The Assyrians were a Semitic people, children of the Middle East. The terrorists of 9/11 were of the same race. In fact, as already noted, the response of America to 911 was to attack Iraq. Iraq once embodied the Assyrian Empire. Thus America in its War on Terror was facing the very same enemy that sought to annihilate Israel.

The Third Harbinger: The Fallen Bricks. The most visible signs of the attack on ancient Israel were the fallen buildings and the ruin heaps of fallen bricks. Thus the third harbinger is the sign of the fallen bricks of the fallen buildings. On Sept 11, 2001, Americans were confronted with the same sign. As one looked around the aftermath of this destruction he witnessed the fallen bricks of the fallen buildings of the wreckage of Ground Zero. In the face of this overwhelming disaster, America was not turning back to God. When Congress stood as one to sing God Bless America, Christians held on to the anticipation that America had become aware of her sins and her need for God. But it was a short-lived spiritual revival that never came. America remained a house divided against God Himself.

The Fourth Harbinger: The Tower. Israel defiantly began rebuilding on the devastated ground, vowing to rebuild higher and stronger. They believed that the strength of their new buildings would withstand future attacks. So, too, in the wake of 9/11, American leaders vowed to rebuild at Ground Zero higher and stronger. And now a new strong tower, called the Freedom Tower, rises at Ground Zero. In addition, America erected towers of strength though the War on Terror that came in the form of military aggression and the Department of Homeland Security. Just like Ancient Israel, rather than looking to God, the country put its trust in its own strength. Thus Freedom Tower was translated into freedom from God.

The Fifth Harbinger: The Gazit Stone. We will rebuild with quarried stone- In order to make their building stronger than ever before the Israelites carved out quarried stone from mountain rock and brought it back to the ground of destruction where clay bricks once stood. Three years after 9/11, a stone was quarried out of the mountain rock of New York. This massive stone was brought back to Ground Zero. In ancient Israel this stone became a misplaced embodiment of the nation’s confidence in its own power. So too the massive stone at Ground Zero became the symbolic cornerstone of the rebuilding. Public ceremonies accompanied the stone placement.

On the day the cornerstone was laid, New York Governor, George Pataki assured the nation that the offering was an act of disobedience: “Today, we the heirs of that revolutionary spirit of defiance, lay this cornerstone.”

The Sixth Harbinger: The Sycamore. The Sycamores have been cut down- The attack on ancient Israel resulted in the striking down of a sycamore tree, a biblical sign of national judgment. The fallen sycamore is a sign of uprooting, a warning and, in ignoring the warning, it becomes a prophecy of judgment. On 9/11, as the North Tower fell it sent debris and wreckage which struck and uprooted a sycamore tree that was growing near St. Paul's Chapel. The tree was made into a symbol and named The Sycamore of Ground Zero. Ironically, St. Paul's Chapel, which once owned the land that the Twin Towers rose from, was the very location that George Washington and the nation's first Congress worshipped after his inauguration. It is where he prayed for the nation.

When the sycamore fell in ancient Israel it prophesied the nation’s downfall and the end of its kingdom. What happens to America depends on if the warning is heeded. The sycamore tree saved St. Paul's Chapel from destruction. But will is save America?

The Seventh Harbinger: The Erez Tree. Buy we will plant cedars in their place- In their defiance of God, the Israelites replaced the fallen sycamore with a cedar tree. The cedar was stronger than the sycamore. Thus it became a symbol of the nation’s arrogant hope that it would emerge from the crisis stronger than before. The English name for this tree is “Cedar,” but the Hebrew word is “Erez.” Erez stands not only for cedar but for a conifer tree of the panacea family. In November of 2003, a tree was lowered at the corner of Ground Zero into the soil where the fallen sycamore once stood. The tree was a conifer, a panacea tree, the biblical Erez. A ceremony was held around the tree and it, too, became a symbol – entitled The Tree of Hope. America had put it's faith in a tree.

The Eight Harbinger: The Utterance. The Eighth Harbinger was the public speaking of the ancient vow of defiance. For this harbinger to manifest, the vow would have to be spoken in the nation’s capital by a national leader, as it had been in ancient Israel. On Sept 11, 2004 every object mentioned in the prophecy of Isa 9:10 came to pass. The public utterance of the prophecy had to take place publicly, which happened on Sept 11, 2004 when VP candidate John Edwards, giving a speech in the capital city, quoted this exact scripture word for word in Wash., DC. Thus he declared, “The bricks have fallen, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will plant cedars in their place.” Edwards no doubt thought he was being profound in pronouncing this text in his speech. Instead, without realizing it, he was joining Ancient Israel and America together. Without realizing it, he was pronouncing judgment on America. It's probably best to know what a scripture means before billowing it out for all America and God Himself to hear.

Repeatedly Scripture and commentaries record defiance as the highest insult against the Most High God. Senator John Kerry's statement before the United States Senate on Wednesday, September 12, 2001 clarifies the heart behind John Edward's words. Therefore he declared: “. . . And I believe one of the first things we should commit to – with federal help that underscores our nation’s purpose – is to rebuild the towers of the World Trade Center and show the world we are not afraid – we are defiant.”

The Ninth Harbinger: The Prophecy. The Ninth Harbinger is the proclaiming of the ancient vow as prophecy, as a matter of public record, and spoken before the words come true. On Sept 12, 2001, the day after 9/11, America issued its official response to the attack. The one in charge of issuing the response was Tom Daschle, Senate Majority Leader. As he closed his speech he made a declaration: “The bricks have fallen, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will plant cedars in their place.” From the halls of Congress he proclaimed the ancient vow of defiance, word for word, to the entire world. By doing so he prophesied the nation’s future course, all of which came to pass.

The Second Shaking– According to Rabbi Cahn the mystery of the Harbinger continues – and lies behind everything from the Global War on Terror, the Collapse of the American economy, the crash of Wall Street, the Great Recession, and more.

Amazingly, events occurred through the action of an unseen hand, and people acted unwittingly in the unfolding of this prophecy. As a sign to the entire nation at Ground Zero, the ground of devastation became the ground of restoration. The church at St. Paul's was saved for a reason. It survived as a testimony to the nation that God was using these events to turn America back to Him. It is incredible to think that it was at the site of Ground Zero in the miracle church, St Paul’s Chapel, that this nation was dedicated to God by first president George Washington & other leaders at his inauguration in 1789. The nation’s first government was formed in New York City before DC was formed. God is calling the nation back to the very place that it began. God is calling America back to Himself.

But this would not be America's course of action. Therefore, when the Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress with his State of the Union Address, January 2009, he merely reasserted America's defiance. Thus he insisted: “But while our economy weakens and our confidence shaken; though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”


Obama was referencing the Great Recession, whose decimations can ultimately be traced right back to the disaster that occurred at Ground Zero. There are biblical parallels that help explain exactly how God is speaking to the nation through the frightening economic upheavals that have occurred ever since that fateful day.

Duet 15 tells us “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a remission of debt. This is the manner of remission: every creditor shall release what he has loaned to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother, because the LORD’S remission has been proclaimed."

According to the Wikipedia: "This sabbath year, in Hebrew is called shmita (Hebrew: ??????, literally "release"), also called the Sabbatical Year, is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel, and still observed in contemporary Judaism.

"During Shmita, the land is left to lie fallow and all agricultural activity (including plowing, planting, pruning and harvesting) is forbidden by Torah law. Other cultivation techniques (such as watering, fertilizing, weeding, spraying, trimming and mowing) may be performed as a preventative measure only, not to improve the growth of trees or plants. Additionally, any fruits which grow of their own accord are deemed hefker (ownerless) and may be picked by anyone. A variety of laws also apply to the sale, consumption and disposal of Shmita produce. A second aspect of Shmita concerns debts and loans. When the Shmita year ends, personal debts which are due during that year are considered nullified and forgiven. The Book of Leviticus promises bountiful harvests to those who observe the shmita and makes observance a test of religious faith."

Stock Market Crash after 911

After the destruction of the Twin Towers the stock market remained closed until September 17. It would turn out to be the longest that the market would remain closed since 1933 and the Great Depression. During its first day of trading after the attacks, the market lost over 680 points, the single biggest one day drop in the exchange's history. While the drop only accounted for a little over 7 percent, it was still considered a major event. By the end of that first week when the markets were back open, the Dow Jones had lost over 1360 points or 14 percent of its value. It would go down as the worst week in market history. The total money losses during that time were estimated to be around 1.2 trillion.

As a result of this crash a recession that George W Bush inherited was deepened even as debts bankruptcies abounded. In accordance to the ancient Hebrew principle of Shimta, a multitude of debts were forgiven were forgiven. It is interesting that the sock market drop was 7; the exact number of years required for the observance of Shmita.

Stock Market Crash 2008

Then, exactly 7 years later, the exact number of years required in the ancient Shmita, a huge bankruptcy occurred that drove America into the Great Recession. Untold bankruptcies came out of this recession that was the worst since the Great Depression.

Therefore, it was on Sept 15, 2008 that Lehman Brothers folded and the Stock Market Crashed. According to the Wikipedia: "On September 15, 2008, the firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following the massive exodus of most of its clients, drastic losses in its stock, and devaluation of its assets by credit rating agencies. Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy filing is the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, and is thought to have played a major role in the unfolding of the late-2000s global financial crisis.

". . . On September 11, 2001, Lehman occupied three floors of One World Trade Center where one of its employees was killed in the terrorist attacks of that day. . . The bank recovered quickly and rebuilt its presence." But in light of America's failure to turn to God after 911, the fate of Lehman Brothers would be a different story.

"And then, on September 29, 2008, came the biggest Stock Market crash in US history. Again this crash was filled with the number 7 and thus dubbed as the Dow Jones Stock Market 777 Point 7% Crash.

"According to CNN: "Stocks skidded Monday, with the Dow slumping nearly 778 points, in the biggest single-day point loss ever, after the House rejected the government's $700 billion bank bailout plan.

"The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) lost 777.68, surpassing the 684.81 loss on Sept. 17, 2001 - the first trading day after the September 11 attacks. However the 7% decline does not rank among the top 10 percentage declines.

". . . Stocks tumbled ahead of the vote and the selling accelerated on fears that Congress would not be able come up with a fix for nearly frozen credit markets. The frozen markets mean banks are hoarding cash, making it difficult for businesses and individuals to get much-needed loans.

"'The stock market was definitely taken by surprise,' said Drew Kanaly, chairman and CEO of Kanaly Trust Company, referring to the House vote. 'If you watched the news stream over the weekend, it seemed like it was a done deal. But the money is being held hostage to the political process.'

"Stocks had fallen from the get-go Monday morning. In addition to expectations for the bailout, there was also news that troubled Wachovia had to sell its banking assets to Citigroup. A number of European banks also collapsed.

"But the possibility that the House won't pass the bailout plan caused stock losses to accelerate.

"'It's a huge disappointment,' said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank.

"Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve and other central banks around the world announced steps Monday to make billions available to troubled banks."

"This crisis is clearly deeper than anybody had imagined only a short time ago," Peter Stein, an associate editor at The Wall Street Journal in Asia, told CNN.

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Indeed, the Crash was worse than anyone expected as the Great Recession took everyone by surprise. It was a Crash of biblical proportions. Both the crash of 2001 and the crash of 2008, that created a multitude of bankruptcies and forgiveness of debt, occurred on the exact year that Israelis were symbolically celebrating the Shimta. Indeed, the two economic catastrophes occurred in the very years that God had ordained the Shmita to occur among the Ancient Israelis.

Precursor of NY Stock Exchange

The New York Stock Exchange stands just blocks away from Ground zero. The Stock Exchange was originally called the Board of Brokers which started in 1792 to 1865. According to the New York Times, "The Original Meeting (was) at the Foot of the Wall Street Butternut." Therefore we see the economy of America born under a butternut tree was born on Wall Street right by Ground Zero. And what kind of tree was the butternut? You guessed it. The butternut tree was a sycamore.

A New Tower of Babel

It is interesting that it was the Twin Towers that the Muslim terrorists decided to attack, because since the tower of Babel where man made a humanistic tribute to himself, tower building has been the norm when it comes to the pride of man. The talk of "We will rebuild" the tower after 911 was reminiscent of ancient Babel.

"And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Come, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.

And they said, Come, let us build us a city, and a tower, whose top [may reach] unto heaven, and let us make us a name; lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

And Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And Jehovah said, Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is what they begin to do: and now nothing will be withholden from them, which they purpose to do. Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another`s speech. So Jehovah scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off building the city.

Therefore was the name of it called Babel; because Jehovah did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did Jehovah scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. (Gen 11:1-9)

God confused the languages after men built that defiant tower. But man continued to rebel against God and persisted in building towers. The ancient Babylonians called them ziggurats. Thus practice of tower building is a part of all pagan faiths. You can see these towers as the pyramids in Egypt and South America, pagan Monasteries built on high mountains and the high places as denoted in the scriptures.

In addition, empire building from the beginning was a humanistic/pagan attempt to deify men and bring the scattered people of the world back together under the authority of a tyrant. Nimrod was the first of these apostate rebels. Of these were the isles of the nations divided in their lands, every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. . . And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before Jehovah: wherefore it is said, Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before Jehovah. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Out of that land he went forth into Assyria, and builded Nineveh, and Rehoboth-ir, and Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and Calah (the same is the great city). And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, and Pathrusim, and Casluhim (whence went forth the Philistines), and Caphtorim. (Gen 10:5; 8-14)

Nimrod was a hunter of men. In defiance to God's work at Babel he built mighty cities with towers erected to human pride. As depicted in pagan writings, he and his wife Semiramis were deified as gods and worshipped. As the first emperor of the Assyrian Empire he bought the people who had been scattered by God under his royal helm and none could stand against him. It was his goal to bring the entire world under his governance.

Throughout the world we see men of like nature bringing people together in cities to rule over them. Throughout the world we see high towers built in these cities for the sake of human pride. All of this empire building remains as the efforts of modern Babylonians caught in the act of rebelling against the Most High.

And so, we see that that the rebuilding of a tower at Ground Zero was an act of the defiance of Babylon. Additionally, the one world efforts of the government of the United States was the same act of empire building that entranced the ancient civilizations from the Assyrians to the Romans.

It can be said that God indeed was warning America of impending judgment lest she repent. Yet modern Babylon did not turn from her sins. She chose instead to remain a house divided. Religious apostasy was in her midst. Sin and depravity in the name of rebellion lay in the hearts of Americans. Judgment was on the horizon. Economic collapse was on the horizon. An oppressive Babylonian government under the helm of a tyrant was waiting in the wings. It was the world brought to us by William Jefferson Clinton.


The Reign of Bush

President Bush did much to pave the way towards the reign of totalitarian judgment that was to come. First of all, in response to 911 he set up the Department of Homeland Security to not only protect America from the threat from without, but the threat from within. According to Wikipedia, "The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States federal government, created in response to the September 11 attacks, and with the primary responsibilities of protecting the United States of America and U.S. Territories (including Protectorates) from and responding to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters. Where the Department of Defense is charged with military actions abroad, the Department of Homeland Security works in the civilian sphere to protect the United States within, at, and outside its borders."

In other words, in the name of peace and security, the arm of the Federal government was now to be used for the purpose of controlling American citizens. And so, we entered the era of overly-aggressive searches of grandma when she tried to get on an airplane. Obviously airline safety could have easily been taken care by "profiling" Muslims, but suspiciously the administration chose to impose their intrusive searches on every American. It was the intention of the Bush Administration to advance the myth that Muslims are our friends, and just a few of them want to harm us. And so, because the true historical enemy was not properly identified, all America had to suffer and wonder.

Then President Bush accomplished what President Clinton failed to do. He ramrodded the very tough Patriot Act through Congress and signed it on October 26, 2001. The purpose of this invasive anti terrorist bill was to enable the surveillance of Americans as never before. The Patriot Act would give the government unprecedented abilities regarding wiretaps and subpoenas. And it was to be used on Americans. So already in the Bush administration we saw the judgment of God begin to jell in America through the loss of personal freedom and privacy.

Then President Bush showed his socialists, big government stripes when he got together with Edward Kennedy. Again accomplishing what President Clinton failed to do with his Goals 2000 program Bush got the No Child Left Behind Act passed. It was co-authored by Edward Kennedy. This was a huge step towards nationalized education. According to the Wikipedia, "NCLB is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which included Title I, the government's flagship aid program for disadvantaged students. NCLB supports standards-based education reform based on the premise that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education. The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills. States must give these assessments to all students at select grade levels in order to receive federal school funding. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state." But because the law opened the door to standards-based education reform, no doubt national standards would eventually evolve out of this huge expansion of the powers of Washington's Department of Education.

Then President Bush once again got together with Edward Kennedy to produce a massive expansion of Medicare. "The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (also called the Medicare Modernization Act or MMA)," according to Wikipedia, "is a federal law of the United States, enacted in 2003. It produced the largest overhaul of Medicare in the public health program's 38-year history.

"The MMA was signed by President George W. Bush on December 8, 2003, after passing in Congress by a close margin.

"Its most touted change is the introduction of an entitlement benefit for prescription drugs, through tax breaks and subsidies."

The expense incurred to support this huge expansion of the federal government would be high. According to the Washington Post, on 2-9-09 "The White House released budget figures yesterday indicating that the new Medicare prescription drug benefit will cost more than $1.2 trillion in the coming decade, a much higher price tag than President Bush suggested when he narrowly won passage of the law in late 2003."

Again and again the Republican congress caved in to the will of President Bush to pass these intrusive laws that expanded the size of government in unprecedented way and were in direct opposition to their platform. And so, during the Bush Administration the Senate earned the reputation for caving into everything the president wanted. Even the democratic Senate could not push against his iron will. Following are a few examples:

In a May 25, 2007 article written by Pat Buchanan entitled Why Congress Caved to Bush it was detailed, "The antiwar Democrats are crying betrayal – and justifiably so.

"For a Democratic Congress is now voting to fully fund the war in Iraq, as demanded by President Bush, and without any timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal. Bush got his $100 billion, then magnanimously agreed to let Democrats keep the $20 billion in pork they stuffed into the bill – to soothe the pain of their sellout of the party base."

According to Shakesville on August 4, 2007, "The Senate bowed to White House pressure last night and passed a Republican plan for overhauling the federal government's terrorist surveillance laws, approving changes that would temporarily give U.S. spy agencies expanded power to eavesdrop on foreign suspects without a court order."

In June 20, 2008 in the article Congress Caves -- Telecom Companies Will Get Immunity For Role in Bush's Illegal Wiretapping Program, it was reported, "After months of wrangling, Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress struck a deal on Thursday to overhaul the rules on the government's wiretapping powers and provide what amounts to legal immunity to the phone companies that took part in President Bush's warrantless eavesdropping program after the Sept. 11 attacks."

According to Campaign for Liberty on 2-8-11; "Under George W. Bush congressional Republicans became far too subservient to the president. With President Barack Obama in office, the GOP has an opportunity to return to the historic role of an opposition which actually opposes. Republicans seem set to take on the administration over spending. They need to stand up for civil liberties as well. The Constitution demands no less."

Yet it was obvious, just like in ancient Rome, that our modern Augustus had managed to make the US Senate impotent in the face of his big authoritative government demands. Thus Senators voted for the very programs that their platforms had come against. Legislators who stood for the abolition of the Department of Education voted to expand it as never before. Legislators who stood against entitlements voted for one of the largest expansions of entitlement in the nation's history. Legislators who were opposed to the Government's intrusiveness in individual lives voted to assure that Washington would become even more intrusive.

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As I sit here in 2012 reflecting on the aftermath of the events detailed in the book I am awestruck by the world that I now live in that is a direct result of these dreadful years in American history.

I see a world where the government has become so large that it controls just about everything in my life now. It seeks to tell me what to eat and what kind of light to illuminate my house with. It is a government gone bankrupt, so far in dept that there is little hope for prosperity in the future. I see gas prices that have soared as height as $5 per gallon. I see major retail corporations such as Borders and Mervyns go bankrupt even as small business are falling like flies. I see friends and relatives who have lost their jobs, homes and retirement savings who are too old to start over again. What are they going to do?

I see in Barack Obama a Communist "share the wealth" President of the United States who refused to salute the flag or wear a flag pin. His wife Michelle even admitted that she was not proud of America until it recognized her husband, a black man. As reported by Fox News on 2-19-08, "Speaking in Milwaukee, Wis., on Monday, she said, 'People in this country are ready for change and hungry for a different kind of politics and.. . . for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.'”

Even though Hillary Clinton was the presumptive Democrat nominee, Obama, a relative unknown, knocked her right out of the race and ended the Clintons' reign as the head of the Democrat Party. Obama then played the race card and cheated, using voter fraud through Acorn, in order to get elected to the presidency.

It was the financial disaster of 2008 that paved the way for Obama's ascension to the presidency. Before that happened, it looked like his Republican adversary, John McCain, just might win. But then came the September 15, 2008 fall of Lehman Brothers. It was in the wake of this that the September 29 (777 7%) loss occurred in the Stock Market occurred. It was the largest stock market drop in American history. Obama rode the wave of America's fear on the back of "hope" and "change" to gain the presidency. And what did hope and change do for America? The fact that his so-called economic recovery programs caused an unfathomable debt demonstrated that "change" meant he was bent on the destruction of the economy and the end of the American Dream.

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Don Wigton is a graduate of the prestigious music department at CSULB where he studied under Frank Pooler, lyricist of Merry Christmas Darling, and sang in Pooler’s world renown University Choir alongside Karen and Richard Carpenter. During this time Don was also the lead composer of the band, Clovis Putney, that won the celebrated Hollywood Battle of the Bands. After giving his life to God, Don began attending Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa to study under some of the most prominent early Maranatha! musicians. Subsequently he toured the Western United States with Jedidiah in association with Myrrh Records.

Eventually Don served as a pastor at Calvary Chapel Bakersfield to witness thousands of salvations through that ministry. As the music/concert director, Don worked for seven years with most major Christian artist of that time while producing evangelical concerts attended by thousands of young people seeking after God. Don’s Calvary Chapel Praise Choir released the album Let All Who Hath Breath Praise the Lord on the Maranatha! label.

The next years of Don’s life were spent as the praise leader of First Baptist Church in Bakersfield during a time of unprecedented church renewal. Don teamed with the leadership to successfully meld the old with the new through a period of tremendous church growth. During this exciting time, Don’s praise team, Selah, produced the CD Stop and Think About It.

Today Don is the leading force behind Wigtune Company. This webbased project located at www.praisesong.net has provided several million downloads of Don’s music and hymn arrangements to tens of thousands of Christian organizations throughout the world. More music can be found at Don's Southern Cross Band website at www.socrossband.com.

The book Holy Wars represents Don’s most recent effort to bless the church with biblical instruction and direction in praise and worship. This heartfelt volume is an offering not only to God’s people, but also to God Himself.


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This second of five books looks into a pivotal moment in American history that corrupted her soul. It was a time when the United States was coming off an era of prosperity created by the sound economic policies, patriotism and faith of Ronald Reagan. However, during the '90s a president without scruples took the reigns of a house united and tore it asunder. As a result we live in a divided America on the brink of judgment.

Click Here to purchase the E-book edition for only 99 cents!





The gospel band Southern Cross features worship, praise chorus and ministry songs in contemporary rock, country rock and even classic genres. Click here to go to their page to listen to our mp3 music and find out how to have them come to your area!

All For Freedom!

Thanks to the men and women who give their all for our freedom.


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A nation in apostacy


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There are many lying voices out in the world calling us to sin and despair.


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Jesus said "Let your yes be yes and your no's be no's." When we break our word people get hurt.



Wigtune Company

An offering of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs for the worship edification of the Body of Christ.
Colossians 3:15-17

Praise and Worship Songs to bless God. . .

Free Praise Music, Charts Song and Hymn Stories  

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Free On-Line Praise and Worship Studybook  

Listen to Wigtune Worshim Music on live Internet radio

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Vision Statement

Wigtune Story 

Copyright Restrictions

Contact Us

Spread the Word!

Bible Study Helps, a Multitude of Christian Links and Other Goodies

Where's Wiggy? - List and Links to Christian Organizations

Statement of Faith

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Holy_Wars_cover_small.jpg (51492 bytes)Holy Wars. . .a powerful and dynamic "must have" for every Christian who is seeking to worship God in the midst of the tempest of our modern world.

CLICK HERE or call Author House @ 888.280.7715 to purchase a hard or soft cover copy of Don Wigton's book "Holy Wars" upon which this blog is based.

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Wigtune Company: Praise music and worship study resource.  Free Christian praise songs and hymns, chord charts for the contemporary chorus and traditonal hymn and gospel music, plus and on-line worship Bible study.

Click here for the Wigtune worship, praise and hymns Facebook page.

Millions of
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Pastors, worship music ministers, small group leaders, praise bands and members of over
3337 ministries from 94 countries world-wide including all 50 states in the United States
are now using Wigtune praise and worship resources.

We pray that these materials have provided all of you with untold blessings!

"I might not be a religious man myself but I know good music when I hear it, and this is very good! . . . I don’t think that I have ever given such high ratings to so many songs before. But the fact is that they are well deserved because the music is amazing. Simply wonderful religious ballads and they really get to your heart. . .everytime."
Fredrik Cole: Trax In Space



Winsome International was founded by Dr. John Lavender of First Baptist Church, Bakersfield. Don Wigton of Wigtune Company was the worship and praise leader there during a great growth expansion. Click here to hear the teaching that inspired so many.




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Wigtune Company offers free mp3 Jesus based praise music and song along with traditional Christian hymns performed in a contemporary fashion in order to encourage the body of Christ to blend the old with the new in a scriptural fashion.  An on-line Bible study is offered that goes into the biblical and historical foundation of worship for music ministries, the music minister, praise leader, pastor and serious Bible student.  The study is presented in outline form with relevant scripture references and questions.  Download this helpful work for free! was formed as a service to the body of Christ to encourage scriptural worship. To accomplish this goal Wigtune Company offers free contemporary Christian praise and worship music, contemporary Christian rock and hymn mp3 and chart material along with a free on-line worship study book for personal devotions, Bible study groups, Sunday schools, pastors, music ministers and ministry training.  In order to bridge the gap between the old and the new the worship study book gives solid theological and historical support to the use of traditional Christian hymn-singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing.

Click on one of the links below for praise and worship, praise tabs, worship chords, praise chorus mp3, hymn stories, pro tools studio, worship leader materials to enter into the area of the Wigtune site that interests you !

Wigtune Company believes that the current contention among Christian generations over church music is unnesessary.  One does not have to chose between the classic traditional hymn and the contemporary praise chorus and song.  Solomon declared that there is a place for everything under the sun. The worship musical material and the worship Bible study book offered at the Wigtune website support this theme. Vision Statement    Don and Vanessa Wigton share the vision of Wigtune Company.  Going to this page will inform the WEB surfer the circumstances that lead to the Wigtune offering of praise song and hymn along with the worship Bible study book that lends theology and history based support to the use of traditional Christian hymn singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing.   Wigtune Story    The Wigtune Company free on-line worship Bible study book is a manual for the use of the pastor, teacher, music minister, Bible study group, sunday school and any situation where a theological and historical lesson regarding worship is desired.  The Bible study is presented in outline form with questions that require thoughtful answers to the biblical and history based information that is presented.   Free On-Line Worship Studybook   

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.  Free Praise and Worship Music Mp3s and Charts   Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use. Wiggy's Top Ten Praise MP3s Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use. Radio: Listen to Wigtune Worship Music on Live Internet Radio

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.    Wigtune Praise Worship and Hymn CD's

 What are they saying about Wigtune praise and worship contemporary and hymn music   Testimonials: What they are saying about Wigtune Music

Please help Wigtune Company by observing the copyright restrictions listed on this page.  The praise and worship materials (praise songs and hymns) have been offered up for free with love!  Copyright Restrictions    

What do you think of Wigtune's offering of praise music and worship study materials?  Let us know by e-mailing us?   Contact Us    If you have been blessed by the free praise music (praise choruses and traditional hymns) and the worship study book, don't keep it to yourself.  Click here to see how you can spread the word!   Spread the Word!

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Click here to find out what organization are utilizing Wigtune contemporary Christian and traditional praise and worship music, chord charts, and online worship Bible study.  Where's Wiggy? - List and Links to Christian Organizations

  Click here to view the Wigtune statement of faith based upon orthodox Christian beliefs.  It is upon this profession that proclaims the doctrines of historical Christianity that the Wigtune praise and worship music and Bible study have been formulated.  Statement of Faith

Click here to view the Wigtune statement of faith based upon orthodox Christian beliefs.  It is upon this profession that proclaims the doctrines of historical Christianity that the Wigtune praise and worship music and Bible study have been formulated.   Special Report: Christianity in Russia - Has Anything Changed?

 The Wigtune Home Page: Free mp3 praise music and hymns sung in a contemporary fashion.  On-line worship study book for Bible students, music ministers, song leaders and pastors is also available!

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