The world changed, never again to be the same the day of September 11, 2001. My wife, Stephanie and I had just entered the Friendship Christian Academy located on our church campus.We were doing what we did by ritual each day, drop our children off at the daycare and begin our work at the church. One of our staff members immediately approached us with the news that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Towers in New York City. I thought she meant a single engine plane with one or a few people at most on board had mistakenly crashed into one of the towers. We quickly moved to the television and watched in horror as a large commercial airliner disappeared into the South Tower.
This weekend, especially today, we remember the lives lost, the tragedy endured and the power of evil unleashed in the world. We also gladly remember the heroes, the first responders and the courage of a nation to move ahead in the face of such corporate trauma. As we look back over the last decade and a half we can thank God for His grace and mercy. There has not been another terrorist attack of that scale. We continue to pray for peace and protection over our nation.
There is an understanding we must all have of the evil that happened that day. This was not arbitrary evil. This was planned, coordinated, funded, and implemented with precision, practice and preparation. There were demonic powers that pressed and pushed for the attack of 9/11. This was not just an attack on the Western culture. This was an an attack against a nation that is the number one exporter of the Gospel to the world. The spirit of Islam working in radicals and reprobates lead this infamy. Who said Islam was a peaceful religion?
The day was chosen for the attack for spiritual reasons. In bibilcal numerology the number nine (9) is the number of fruitfulness and manifestation. The number 11 is the number of confusion and disorder. 9/11 is then the day when the fruit of confusion and the manifestation of disorder was revealed. This was one of the signs of satan. The enemy of our souls wants to drive us, this nation, into confusion and disorder.
The attack of the end-times is an attack against peace and order. The 9/11 attacks manifested before the whole world what the next decade has revealed – we are in a world that hates order and will attack it. It is true about the governments of the world, and even truer of the kingdom of God. We are facing and fighting spiritual terrorists and kingdom anarchists. The Church is enduring the spiritual version of 9/11. We are under attack by those who hate the ways of God and will destroy any semblance of spiritual structure. We must “be sober, be vigilant for the devil as a roaring lion seeks whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8).
To understand 9/11 we must understand the spirit realm. It was not just about Bin Laden and radical Islam. it’s about terror and creating panic in people. The devil is the author of destruction because he is the keeper of confusion. What we saw on 9/11 is a picture of a greater spiritual reality. There is evil in this world, an evil that can only be conquered by sober and vigilant believers who refuse to be bound by the “spirit of fear”.