Coincidence or Providence…A Presentation of Evidence


I believe that some in our generation are being offered a unique opportunity to witness the movement of our Sovereign Lord over our nation. As a Christian, I believe the true actors in this unfolding drama are God versus Satan. Good versus evil. Notwithstanding our knowledge that GOD is already victorious, to be a witness to this great battle is an absolute blessing. It is my prayer that those reading this article are blessed by God with eyes to see and ears to hear an unfolding drama of epic proportions.

As a Watchman on the Wall, I submit there has been much evidence of God’s Hand on our nation. Before I get started, a little history lesson is in order referencing George Washington, the founding of our nation, the World Trade Center (9/11), and GOD.

  • George Washington was a profound Christian, prayer warrior, and military commander who required his soldiers to attend Sunday worship, pray daily, abstain from sin, and abstain from profanity, cursing, gambling, drunkenness, adultery, etc. who led this nation, by example and with Godly principles to independence.
  • Washington was a prolific writer. It is said that he wrote on the Theology of God’s Sovereignty more than any theologian of the Reformation, more than the Catholic Church writers in 2000 years and more than all who wrote Holy Scriptures COMBINED. 
     
  • The Washington Monument was built in honor of George Washington.
  • George Washington has a unique connection to the property known as The World Trade Center and the World Trade Center has a unique connection to our history as a nation. Four blocks from the WTC site is located the historic Federal Hall. In 1789 the first President of the United States, George Washington, was inaugurated; the first United States Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States each assembled for the first time, and the United States Bill of Rights was drafted, all at Federal Hall on Wall Street. New York was the last capital of the U.S. under the Articles of Confederation and the first capital under the Constitution of the United States
     

  • A few yards from where WTC Building 5 collapsed sits St. Paul’s Church, the site of George Washington’s first act as president. It was to this church that Washington led the first Congress for worship after his inauguration. This building survived the 9/11 attack on the WTC. 
     
  • It was at the corner of Wall and Broad Streets in NYC that George Washington knelt down to dedicate the newborn United States to God. His prayer is recorded as follows:
    “Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United
    States in Thy holy protection
    ; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the
    citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government;
    and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their
    fellow citizens of the United states at large.” “And finally that Thou wilt
    most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy,
    and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of
    mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed
    religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we
    can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech
    Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
  • During his inauguration as our first president, George Washington gave a prophetic warning (http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/american_originals/inaugtxt.html) at Federal Hall in New York City , 700 yards from the future WTC. He declared that America’s prosperity and protection were dependent upon its adherence to the purposes and will of God with the following words:
…Since we ought to be no less persuaded that 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 ordained…”
His inaugural speech also referenced “the other foundation” of our national policy:
In these honorable qualifications, I behold the surest pledges, that as on one side, no local prejudices, or attachments; no seperate views, nor party animosities, will misdirect the comprehensive and equal eye which ought to watch over this great assemblage of communities and interests: so, on another, that the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; and the pre-eminence of a free Government, be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its Citizens, and command the respect of the world.”
  • Even as his first act as president was to gather with the First Congress at St. Paul’s Chapel, religious activities had been planned to precede the inauguration, with the people of New York City being called to a time of prayer. The papers in the Capital City reported on that scheduled activity:

“[O]n the morning of the day on which our illustrious President will be invested with his office, the bells will ring at nine o’clock, when the people may 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. An early hour is prudently fixed for this peculiar act of devotion and . . . is designed wholly for prayer.” (http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=19942#R26)

History lesson aside, what other evidence have I found that God’s hand is upon this nation and a great battle of the principalities is taking place right before our very eyes?
Starting with Scripture, Isiah chapter 9 describes God’s judgment on Israel. A messianic rabbi, Johathan Cahn “has found striking parallels between the fall of ancient Israel and what he suggests are God’s early judgments of America.” He has a compelling argument that events occurring after the 9/11 World Trade Center attack appears to reenact the fall of ancient Israel. The details of his argument can be accessed from many sources. I would suggest starting with his Youtube sermon (part one of five 10 minutes each) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-1Next79yY , or if you don’t have 50 minutes, try this World Net Daily article http://www.wnd.com/2011/12/375509/. Even better is a complete editorial with pictorial explanation at http://pepperhawkfarm.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/americas-destiny-9-harbingers-of-judgement-part-i-by-willibeaux-contributor/ (Part 1) and http://pepperhawkfarm.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/americas-destiny-9-harbingers-of-judgement-part-ii-by-willibeaux-contributor/ . (Part 2) The Rabbi’s sermon is a must hear and I highly recommend finding the 50 minutes needed to hear it. Rabbi Cahn has recently written a new book concerning this subject called “The Harbinger.”
Of particular note, Rabbi Cahn reminds us that of all the buildings on Ground Zero…only one survived unscathed. That building was St. Paul’s Chapel.
As if Rabbi Cahns argument is not enough, I found what I believe to be further evidence of God’s hand particularly in the aftermath of the earthquake that rocked DC on August 23, 2011. I have to admit that my first thoughts upon hearing of the DC earthquake was entirely subjective. They were along the line of “I wonder if Obama felt THAT.” In the aftermath, Federal authorities closed a number of government buildings pending further damage inspections. Among them were the White House (temporarily), buildings of the departments of agriculture, homeland security and interior. The Labor Department and Health and Human Services buildings were initially closed but later reopened. D.C. public schools were closed, as were schools in several districts in Virginia and Maryland.

Officials also shut the Washington Monument, the Washington National Cathedral and the Smithsonian Institution Building, known as the castle, because of earthquake damage.

When the media announced damage to the Washington Monument and our National Cathedral, something clicked in my mind as history and my sense of intrigue collided.

Is it coincidence that George Washington has a unique connection to the property known as The World Trade Center and the World Trade Center has a unique connection to our history as a nation and that GOD is central to this connection. Is it coincidence that the US has concertedly departed from God and Christian principles, up to and including the exclusion of God from our schools, courthouses, and culture and thus has lost that protection for which George Washington prayed. Is it symbolic that Ground Zero, where we were attacked, is the very place where our Nation was born and dedicated?

The Washington Monument on the National Mall is 555 feet high and on the top where it can only be seen from the air is the phrase “Praise be to God”. It is interesting the middle verses of the Bible are the 1555 1st and 1555 2nd both exclaiming — Psa 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. .
Is it coincidence that the height of the Washington Monument seems to correspond to the center verses of the Bible? Is it coincidence the nature/historic significance of the person for whom the monument was built to honor and that GOD is central to this connection?
Moving on to current events, a specific action was taken by the National Park Service in 2007 in regards to the Washington Monument. From a 2007 World Net Daily article comes the following: (http://www.wnd.com/2007/10/44214/)
“The National Park Service has banished God from a key display of America’s Christian heritage in Washington. The reference is an engraving of “LAUS DEO,” which is Latin for “Praise be to God,” and is on the east side of the 100-ounce aluminum cap of the Washington Monument. Since the actual inscription on the cap, which on the other three sides provides other information, is unviewable atop the 555-foot stone column, the National Park Service has created a replica, which is on display inside the white-colored obelisk of marble, granite and sandstone. In 2007 the cap replica was rearranged-has been straightened and moved close to the wall- so that visitors are unable to see the inscription.”
Not only was the exhibit re-arranged, according to witnesses, “There was no description of ‘Laus Deo’ on the front side of the replica stand. There was also no description of ‘Laus Deo’ on the large information display on the wall in back of the replica….no way for any visitor to ever know that the words, ‘Laus Deo,’ (‘Praise be to God’), were inscribed on the original cap!”
Also reported was a change in the exhibit description. It was edited to remove God. The 2000 description read:

APEX OF THE MONUMENT Reproduction The builders searched for an appropriate metal for the apex that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time, aluminum. The casting was inscribed with the phrase, Laus Deo, (Praise be to God).

The last sentence was edited out for the 2007 display which includes only:

CAP OF THE MONUMENT Reproduction The builders searched for appropriate metal for the cap that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time – aluminum.

Is it coincidence that of all the buildings in Washington DC, this particular monument was one of the three historic buildings damaged and closed for repairs after the Earthquake of 2012? Is there any coincidence to the earthquake damage of the monument and the National Park’s service exclusion of GOD from public display?

Also damaged during the earthquake was our National Cathedral. Dedicated as America’s National House of Prayer, the National Cathedral has always been symbol of America’s power and our Christian origins. After the quake, a spokesman for the National Cathedral said three of the four pinnacles on the central tower fell off and the central tower appeared to be leaning. On the top of these pinnacles were crosses.

Does the notion of three pinnacles having fallen from the top of this church have any meaning? (Calvary for instance) Is this “damage” coincidental? Let’s look at some additional current events.

Prior to the earthquake, on Sunday January 26, 2011, an interfaith event took place at the National Cathedral, organized by the Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First organization. Lead by several religious leaders from the DC area, including an Imam, a Rabbi, and a Priest, both the Torah and Quran were read from the pulpit. On this day, the Bible was pushed aside for “inclusive” religious purposes. Similar services also took place in more than 70 other churches, in 32 different states and D.C.

Also subsequent to the August 23rd earthquake, on Wednesday September 7, 2011 The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., hosted “A Call to Compassion” interfaith prayer vigil on Sept. 11 — however not a single protestant or evangelical was invited to participate.

Who was invited? A Roman Catholic bishop, a Jewish rabbi, Buddhist nun, a Hindu priest, the president of the Islamic Society of North America and a Muslim musician.

“Notably excluded are 16.6 million Southern Baptists, America’s largest protestant denomination. Completely left off the program was anybody represented by the National Association of Evangelicals: No Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Congregationalists, Wesleyans or Mennonites. Nobody from the Church of Christ or the Assemblies of God.”

Interestingly, their plans were abruptly changed (the hand of God?) on 7 September when a 500-ton crane removing rubble from the earthquake damaged cathedral fell over damaging three cars and two buildings. After this freak accident, the ceremony was moved to Washington’s Kennedy Center.

The National Cathedral is under the control of the Episcopal church. Their leadership is well known as supportive of Planned Parenthood and is featured among the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice’s list of pro-choice church bodies.

The National Cathedral has long been a symbol of our great nation. It has exemplified those well known words in the Pledge of Allegiance “one nation under God.” Now, there’s cracks in it…the result of a 5.9 quake, the largest on the east coast since WWII. Is this coincidence or providential evidence of God’s movement throughout our land.

Before I move on, Does anyone recall the news that the archbishop of Canterbury (New Zealand) was near (within 100 yards) the One World Trade Center on 9/11 and he barely escaped with his life? Does the name Christchurch ring a bell? Christchurch is a city (not a church) in the Canterbury province of New Zealand, For a city, it has a very unique name. The city was hit by a totally unexpected earthquake over 100 km from the nearest known major fault. The quake’s damage and aftershocks literally destroyed billions of dollars worth of property, homes, heritage buildings and infrastructure throughout the region and although there was no loss of life, it was New Zealand’s worst natural disaster to date. Again, is it mere coincidence the archbishop of Canterbury, religious leader in Christchurch, was near the One World Trade Center on 9-11 and he barely escaped with his life.

Okay, back to my original discourse.

Interestingly enough, not only was the White house, the Washington Monument, and the National Cathedral rocked by the earthquake, so was George Washington’s home place Mount Vernon. Even as a 5.9 earthquake that sent tremors from Virginia to New York City shook Mount Vernon on that fateful Tuesday, George Washington’s mansion stood sturdy as a rock. The Mansion and other buildings throughout the estate shook and creaked, but the only damage noted by by a team of collection specialists and historians was a nickle-sized piece of green plaster that fell from the large dining room ceiling. Well. Just wow. Is this coincidence or evidence of the hand of God? I can’t help but recall the words “’On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.”

My final point of evidence occurred the day after the earthquake. On August 24, 2011, an aftershock rocked St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oldtown-Alexandria Virginia. Strangely enough, a brick (Isaiah 9:10 “The bricks have fallen”) fell through the stained glass skylight over the main altar, damaging it and the crucifix adorning the sanctuary. The crucifix was not knocked from above the alter but the brick sheared off Christ’s right outstretched arm.

For a list of over 60 Bible verses referencing the “outstretched arm” of GOD, go to http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/index.php?search=arm&searchtype=any&wholewordsonly=yes&version1=50&spanbegin=1&spanend=73&startnumber=26&startnumber=51&startnumber=1

What has Old St. Mary’s Church have to do with George Washington, God’s hand on our nation, and my search for evidence. Let’s look at the history of Old St. Mary’s. On July 4, 1779, the church was the site of the first public religious commemoration of the Declaration of Independence. The Continental Congress met here officially four times from 1777 to 1781. With a cemetery dating back to 1759, St. Mary’s became the first Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Diocese of Philadelphia (1810-38).

George Washington worshiped here on at least two occasions. At the webpage http://www.saintmaryparish.net/about.htm, it states:

“St. Mary’s was established in 1795, and is the oldest Catholic parish in the Commonwealth of Virginia. To fund the church, Colonel John Fitzgerald, friend of George Washington and an early mayor of Alexandria, took up a collection. According to local tradition, Washington himself made the first donation. A chapel was built at the south end of the city, on land still used today as St. Mary’s Cemetery.”

Is it coincidence that once again, the August 23 earthquake damaged a historic site with historic connections to GOD, George Washington, and Congress. Is it coincidence that the right arm of Jesus was sheared off by the fallen brick? Is this a warning to America? Does not coincidence after coincidence intertwined with more coincidence indicate evidence of God’s hand on our country?

I have one concluding thought. In Amos 6-8 are the verses “When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it? 7 Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. 8 The lion has roared—who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken—who can but prophesy?”

The Bible teaches that God is not only sovereign in controlling all things at all times, but is actually programming and guiding events in accordance with His eternal purposes. Ephesians 1:11 says that “He works all things after the counsel of His will.” (See also Psalm 33:11 and Isaiah 43:13.) Nothing happens by pure chance or accident, and what appears to be merely fortunate or unfortunate circumstance is really the outworking of God’s plans. On the other hand, coincidence is defined as “an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental.”

In light of the events and history outlined and referenced in this paper…

Do YOU believe in coincidence– or Providence?

Update:  It is a little known fact that George Washington converted from the Episcopal church (National Cathedra/St. Paul’sl is Episcopal)  to Catholicism (St. Mary’s) on his deathbed.  See http://catholicism.org/washington-slaves.html and for more detail, see http://www.cathinfo.com/index.php/George-Washington-became-Catholic. Not to forget Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church has national significance to our early history and boasts Washington as a famous visitor to their church as well as a financial contributor.  As it is my premise that we are witnessing a great battle of the principalities and that God is revealing himself to our generation in overt ways, an interesting current Catholic event deserves mention.  This event seems to be a continuation of the thread that connects the founding of our nation, our first President and founding father, God’s churches (National Cathedral, St. Paul’s, St. Mary’s), and the decline of moral Christian foundation in both our society, in our political leadership, and a government that increasingly rejects God. This event is a direct result of the election of Obama as President and his passage of ObamaCare with the assistance of a rogue Congress.  Not only where they intent on taking over the Healthcare Industry against the wishes of the American people, they were determined to publicly finance and promote eugenics through this proported healthcare program .   A new ObamaCare regulation passed January 20, 2011 mandates that all health-care plans in the United States cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions.   Catholic hospitals, universities and charitable institutions would not be exempt from the regulation, nor would Catholic individuals, business owners, or insurers.  Since this is antithetical to Catholicism,  this regulation would force Catholics to act against the teachings of their faith and against their consciences.  For the first time, the Catholic Church is rising against this assault on God and human life.  Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who leads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Military Services, has taken a stand from Catholic pulpits around the world stating “We cannot-we will not-comply with this unjust law.”  Obama appointee, the Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains bit back and attempted to silence Catholic Army chaplains from protesting ObamaCare regulations during Mass…an effort rejected and resisted by Archbishop Broglio. (http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=44681)  In this epic battle of the principalities, is God using the Catholic Church in the present day just as he used old St. Mary’s Catholic Church in our early history?  With more than 50% of Catholics voting for Obama in 2008 is this evidence they are humbling themselves to God’s sovereignty as they rise in defiance of an ungodly government policy.  Is this common thread between our past and our present coincidence–or providence?


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