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The Great Awakenings

The Essence of Contemporary American Religion

Part Forty-Four


By Shlomo Phillips © 1989
(most recent update April 05, 2015)

The War OF Terror

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other"
    -- James Madison to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, October 11, 1798.

We still don't know evidentially who orchestrated the attacks of September 11, 2001 nor for what purpose they were carried out. It is obvious to most researchers that the official US version of the events is intentionally misleading if not directly false. The 9-11 report contains obvious false and misleading information and ignores a lot of important known facts. Whether or not 9-11 was an 'inside job' as maintained by people like Alex Jones or whether the US government is merely concealing sensitive information for national security purposes, what is certain is that with the onset of the so-called War on Terror (i.e. the American "crusade" declared by Dick Cheney and George W. Bush against the Ummah of Islam and the American public on September 12, 2001), the country culturally reverted to a Cold War mentality on that day. The previously unacknowledged feeling that "something" was wrong exploded, for a time, into all out paranoia. Later, as we will discuss below, many Americans came to side with the alleged attackers.

The creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the so-called Patriot Acts, the doing away with Habeas Corpus protections, the blatant federal and state government violations of the 2nd Amendment, the ongoing militarization of the local police departments, the placing of spy cameras through the nation, and so on ... the Bush (and subsequent) rulings following 9-11 effectively nullified the Bill of Rights and the pre-9-11 Constitutional government. If one defines the United States by its Constitution, that government no longer exists. The home of the free and the land of the brave is no more, in general terms.

While I agree with Sydney E. Ahlstrom's basic views on American religious history, I believe that as a result of 9-11 the 'Puritan epoch' was rekindled among the observant Christians of the nation. In the wake of the attacks what might be defined as neo-Puritanism took root, both in numbers and in short term political clout. In times of great stress and turmoil people tend to return to their spiritual roots for consolation even as a small child turns to the safety of parents when sensing real or imagined danger.

Following 9-11 many in the US decided the attack was a divine call to return to traditional religious observance. For many fundamentalist Christians the attacks foreshadowed the coming of the Anti-Christ and the End of Days. Among these Christians 'the End was nigh'. "Rabbi Google" shows numerous photos believed by some Christians to be Jesus or an angel/demon as the Twin Towers were falling. Some even proclaimed the destruction of the three Towers (including building seven) was the fulfillment of the Christian prophecy:

Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Likewise many Jews were becoming more observant. Many made aliyah (moved to Israel) for similar, although less publicly vocal, reasons. Jews, and through them Christians, began studying the prophecies concerning Mashiach ben Yosef, a great Jewish warrior who may come before Mashiach ben David (i.e. the Messiah).

For many others however 9-11 was the final evidence needed for the essential destructive nature of all religion. If such an attack would be done in the name a god then the time had come to rid the earth of all religion!

A generalized fear of 'other' permeates the nation today. There is also a lack of trust in the leaders of organized traditional religion. For many this has resulted in a return to a fundamentalist consciousness devoid of foundation and not necessarily to faith in God nor religion as traditionally expressed. We now have "liberal" or "progressive" people who are even more judgemental than any conservative or fundamentalist ever was! As mentioned above, the Peace Movement has largely devolved into Stalinist totalitarianism. A mis-spoken 'politically incorrect' word can have dire consequences in today's 'enlightened' circles. This situation has created a spiritual discontentment and hypocrisy that is almost tangible. This divisive diversity is ripe for religious and political charlatanism. Seeking to fill the spiritual void traditional religious communities including Jews, Christians and others are now commonly embracing the essential New Age Paradigm and redefining their religious beliefs and observances as de facto Universalists. Just as intended by the globalist social engineers.

As of now the United States remains locked in a schizophrenic battle of wills wherein it continues to wage war on religious freedom on behalf of its official religion, Secular Humanism. The US courts continue to outlaw public displays of religious faith and to discourage belief in any god in the name of secular science and reason. Yet at the same time, certain of America's leaders publicly beseech the Christian deity for divine protection and intervention on our behalf.

Recognizing the falsehoods of the government narrative, many in the progressive and secular movements are now endorsing Islam! It is illegal to teach Judaism or Christianity in public schools and yet school districts around the country are teaching Islam and even forcing students to recite the Shahada! Throughout the Muslim world Gays and Lesbians are publicly executed, women are treated like chattel, and yet it is often such terribly persecuted groups in the US that are on the forefront of BDS (i.e. the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) and other pro Islamic fronts! We are actually hearing American leaders like John Kerry using Muslim phrases like Insh'allah (If Allah wills). Others are beginning to refer to the Muslim god as 'Allah Subhanahu wa ta'alla' and are actively assisting the Ummah in establishing their planned global caliphate.

Many religious leaders still oddly pray for God's blessings on a nation that opposes most everything the Bible stands for. Why would God bless such a rebellious nation and why would a religious leader request the He does so? The United States government has abandoned the God of the Bible. They have abandoned the foundation of the Republic:

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other"
    -- James Madison to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, October 11, 1798.
Politicians such as former president George W. Bush, an allegedly sincere Baptist, declared religious fatwas against what he called 'radical Islam' (which is normative Islam) using religious terminology. The Muslims he angered by these decrees are now fighting to defend their ways of life and their religion. They are resisting what they correctly see as the ever-encroaching American Empire. They fully intend to establish a global Sharia-based caliphate (government). Arguably the United States is assisting them in this goal. They certainly are not opposing it:

Most Muslims are just normal people looking to get by in a fast changing world. Most of them had no negative feelings against the US until Bush declared jihad against Islam on 9-12-01. George Bush and Dick Cheney turned the Muslim world against the United States and fanned its hatred of Israel by the way they handled 9-11, whoever perpetrated the attacks.

As Sheik Osama ben Laden frankly explained in an interview at the time:

Q: Al Qaeda is facing now a country that leads the world militarily, politically, technologically. Surely, the al Qaeda organization does not have the economic means that the United States has. How can al Qaeda defeat America militarily?

BIN LADEN: This battle is not between al Qaeda and the U.S. This is a battle of Muslims against the global crusaders. In the past when al Qaeda fought with the Mujahedeen, we were told, "Wow, can you defeat the Soviet Union?" The Soviet Union scared the whole world then. NATO used to tremble of fear of the Soviet Union. Where is that power now? We barely remember it. It broke down into many small states and Russia remained.

God, who provided us with his support and kept us steadfast until the Soviet Union was defeated, is able to provide us once more with his support to defeat America on the same land and with the same people. We believe that the defeat of America is possible, with the help of God, and is even easier for us, God permitting, than the defeat of the Soviet Union was before...

... Just as they're killing us, we have to kill them so that there will be a balance of terror. This is the first time the balance of terror has been close between the two parties, between Muslims and Americans, in the modern age. American politicians used to do whatever they wanted with us. The victim was forbidden to scream or to moan. [unintelligible] source
Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (born March 10, 1957 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) was allegedly murdered by US forces on May 2, 2011. No evidence of his execution was ever released and yet as with 9-11 most Americans accept the official story at face value. As with the attacks of 9-11 we have only the US government's word for what happened. His body was supposedly dumped into the sea. Those who accept the official 9-11 story were denied closure by his alleged death. One must wonder why, if he had actually been killed, his body was not presented before the world as evidence of American superiority.

My point here is not to evoke 'conspiracy theories' but to show the religious and social implications involved in America's transition from the 'New Zion' of the 17 and 1800's to the Secular Agnostic State it became. The United States is supposedly fighting a crusade or holy war against the Islamic Ummah (nation), a people for whom submission (islam) to the will of God is the supreme duty as it once was here. How can a nation as spiritually bankrupt and divided as the US possibly hope to win a religious war against a people so devout? Obama refuses to even name the enemy or acknowledge that we are in a holy war! Why would the God outlawed by the US come to its aid now against people who, according to their knowledge, serve Him so devotedly? The US government officially rejects the Judeo-Christian God of its founders while our enemies uphold their faith in their god at every turn. If there is a God, as some of us here still believe, why would He rescue this nation?

II Chronicles 7:14 If My people, upon whom My name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

With the election of Barry Soetoro (alias: Barack Hussein Obama) the US embraced al Qaeda and the Muslim Ummah and began abandoning Israel. Where this anti-God policy will end remains to be seen but Torah is clear:

I will bless them that bless thee [Israel], and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed -- Genesis 12:3.
We can assume however that all of this is working for the ultimate establishment of a global union under the leadership of a leader more fierce than Haman (in the Book of Esther):
Sanhedrin Folio 97a: ...Thus hath R. Johanan said: in the generation when the son of David [i.e., Messiah] will come, scholars will be few in number, and as for the rest, their eyes will fail through sorrow and grief. Multitudes of trouble and evil decrees will be promulgated anew, each new evil coming with haste before the other has ended.'

Sanhedrin 97b: ... Rab said: All the predestined dates [for the redemption] have passed, and the matter [now] depends only on repentance and good deeds...
R. Eliezer said: if Israel repent, they will be redeemed; if not, they will not be redeemed.
R. Joshua said to him, if they do not repent, will they not be redeemed! [i.e. not so] But the Holy One, blessed be He, will set up a king over them, whose decrees shall be as cruel as Haman's, whereby Israel shall engage in repentance, and he will thus bring them back to the right path.

For more on this see my study: Two Messiahs?
What does the future hold? Only HaShem knows. The human race has been granted free will to choose our course under the allowances of HaShem.

Judaism does not generally share the Christian notion of a coming Rex Mundi (i.e. the Anti-Christ) however as we have seen from the Talmud passage offered above (Sanhedrin Folio 97a and b) the idea that a powerful leader "like Haman" might someday arise and unify the world through religion and politics, and then set out to destroy the Jewish people as did Haman, seems feasible enough. That threat hangs always over the heads of the Covenant people. Desperate for peace our leaders have often throw reason out the window in exchange for baseless promises. We stand firmly with the government of Israel but our only Hope is in HaShem:

II Chronicles 7:14 If My people, upon whom My name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Pray that this will happen. Until then:
Joshua 24:15 If it displeases you to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell, but as for me and my household, we shall serve the Lord."

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