By Lou T DeMaria
What was the tree of hope?
The tree of hope was a tree that was planted in front of St. Paul’s chapel near ground zero after the events of the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster. All the buildings that surrounded the twin towers except that church was destroyed. There was a sycamore tree the protected the St. Paul’s chapel. This sycamore tree took the brunt of the trauma when the towers collapsed. In effect, the tree was dead after the destruction. But St. Paul’s chapel remained standing and the only damage it suffered was a cracked window. After these events, Pastor Jonathan Cahn, the Messianic leader for Beth Israel congregation in Wayne, NJ was lead by the holy spirit to write about this event and the name of his book is “The Harbinger” which greatly details why this happened. I highly recommend getting this book and also searching online regarding this book. I will only lightly touch on what his book states, but if you want the whole picture of what is going on with the judgement of the United States, you need to read his book.
The tree of hope was a replacement tree that was ceremoniously planted on November 22, 2003 and it was meant to signify the unified strength against the the terrorist who came into this country and took down a symbol of our financial strength. Three of hope was supposed to be a symbol of unity for Americans; and on the surface it appears to be a spirit of unity. But in truth… If you dig a little deeper though; you will realize that it not a spirit of unity, but rather a spirit of defiance. This is actually a spirit of defiance against G-d. You see, America has been a blessed nation since it’s founding. But as the years went on, we slowly turned our hearts away from G-d and his goodness. As a result, our society has degenerated into a sorry state that we see it in now. One only has to read the news to see how far we have fallen. Let me ask you a question, over the last couple of years have you asked yourself, what is going on? Why does it seem that in our society most things that was deemed good is now considered bad and what was considered bad is now considered good? It is almost as if you rolled out of bed one morning and everything that you knew was turned upside down. My friend, you are not alone in your thoughts. The world has indeed become topsy turvy. Many things that were once evil are now considered good and many things that were considered righteous is now considered evil in the world. Nowadays when we have an opinion opposing something that we believe is wrong, we are mocked and ridiculed and told to keep our mouths shut and accept the ways of the world. This is the spirit of defiance that we see manifesting itself in the world today.
Why did the tree of hope die?
Despite the best efforts to provide nutrients and maintenance to the tree of hope, the tree would not take root in the soil at ground zero. This tree of hope was a ceder tree. In the bible, ceder is a symbol of strength and purity: 49. “To cleanse the house then, he shall take two birds and cedar wood and a scarlet string and hyssop, (Leviticus 14:49). The ceder tree is a rugged tree, it tends to be easy to care for and is robust even in drought conditions. They require low maintenance once they are established they tend to do fine without much intervention. But, even with all this going for it, the Tree of hope did not prosper and eventually withered away. The tipping point came on day of the passover of the blood moon (April 15, 2014) when the tree was unceremoniously uprooted and destroyed. This symbol of purity could not take root in poor soil! Why did this tree of hope die? I believe that G-d is trying to send us a message to the world literally, prophetically, and spiritually. That message is that even though this was a “tree of hope”, there is no hope without Christ: 12. remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world . (Ephesians 2:12). In addition, since the United States is in dire straights and has turned away from G-d, the purity of cedar cannot take root in poor soil. G-d’s blessings will NOT take root in a people that shun him: 5 Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6 “For he will be like a bush in the desert And will not see when prosperity comes, But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, A land of salt without inhabitant. (Jeremiah 17:5-6 ). Remember the tree that Jesus cursed? Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. (Matthew 21:19). If we as a nation do not produce good fruit, we will be cursed.
Are we past the tipping point, is the United States and the world in trouble?
I do not know. But we have been forewarned by the bible and by our pastors for a long time regarding judgement and it appears that we are not listening. In the times of the great flood, G-d warned the people to take heed and repent, but they did not listen. They mocked Noah and his family and considered evil things good and good things evil. They did not take heed until the rains came and the ark was sealed. By then it was too late, judgment was poured out on the Earth: 11. Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. 13. Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. (Genesis 6:11 & 13). What did Jesus say about the about the last days? 36. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37. “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38. “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39. and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. (Matthew 24:37-39).
So, all is hopeless?
No, not all. Those who believe in G-d and that Jesus was sent to die for our sins have the promise a new life: 16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16). G-d loves us and truly desires to fellowship with us and for you to be one of his children. He offers the gift of salvation.
What must I do to be saved?
The bible instructs us on how to be saved.
30. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31. They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” (Acts 16:30-31)
Are you ready to accept Jesus as your savior? If so, pray the following prayer:
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
Pray faithfully, study the Bible, and with guidance from the holy spirit seek a church to congregate with.