Farah’s Convenient Book Review

Joseph Farah’s Saturday column was, like many of the articles on his site, little more than an advertisement for products he’s selling and profiting from. He pretends that it’s a review of a book that uses the Bible to determine the real date of Jesus’ birth. As luck would have it, the book claims it was on 9/11 in 3 BC. Farah blathers about that and then cuts right to the point:

Others have made that point. But what’s new in Dumond’s approach is the Sept. 11 date on the Julian calendar, possibly because until 12 years ago the date had no significance to Americans and Christians around the world.

I’m not sure God cares much about the pagan calendar used so widely in the world today. I do know He established His own calendar and still keeps His divine appointments with us according to what we call the Hebrew calendar.

Yet, I can’t shake the idea that Sept. 11 has some transcendent significance because God chose that day to issue a severe warning – or “Harbinger,” as best-selling author Jonathan Cahn calls it – to a nation that was once consecrated to Him, just as ancient Israel was.

It also reaffirms my idea that a National Day of Prayer and Repentance on 9/11 is the auspicious response we should have to what we have considered an inauspicious date.

Sept. 11, 2013, is right around the corner. Let me urge you to ready yourself for that date with the following resources…

And that’s followed by a bunch of links to books and videos he’s selling. The formula is simple at WND. Every article has to be written to have some tenuous tie to some product that they profit from. I’m waiting for the guy to try to sell me Amway.

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  • tsig

    To look out on this vast universe with it’s billions and billions of stars and then think that it’s all for the benefit of your special tribe is breathtaking arrogance.

  • garnetstar

    Because God wanted to commemorate the birth of Jesus, his greatest gift to the world, by having it on the same date as a horrific massacre.

    How appropriate.

  • Never mind the fact that in Israel, 2000 years ago as now, shepherds were in the field with their flock only in spring, after the winter rains had produced enough grass to graze. By the end of May, all of that grass is gone and sheep are returned to shelter until the following March.

    Not that facts have EVER meant anything to these nutters.

  • Matt G

    So god WAS responsible for 9/11! What fools were are for thinking it was Bin Laden exercising his god-given free will(tm).

  • loren

    Best line from that column:

    “For a period of only a few hours on Sept. 11, 3 B.C., Virgo could be seen near Leo…”

    Except the constellation of Virgo is ALWAYS near the constellation Leo. Constellations don’t exactly move around a whole lot. Especially not on an *hourly* basis.

    (To be fair, the Biblical astrologer that Farah’s citing didn’t quite say that. But Farah’s apparently too astronomically ignorant to realize how silly his own interpretation is.)

  • So I don’t have to say Merry Christmas in December and the whole War on Christmas was a big sham?

  • Randomfactor

    So God doesn’t like the Gregorian calendar. (Figures, since it was them Cathalicks who came up with it.) Which means 9/11 didn’t happen on September 11.

  • reasonbe

    Would it be undemocratic to make Belligerent Ignorance illegal?

  • birgerjohansson

    “because God chose that day to issue a severe warning”

    let me remind you that science fiction author Arthur C Clarke used 9/11 as the fictional date for a small asteroid impact that led to the establishment of the Spaceguard program, which in turn discovered the artificial object Rama.

    9/11 is thus obviously a harbinger for an alien spaceship hitting Earth.

  • dingojack


    1:6 “…There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judæa…”

    2:2 “… And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria….”


    2:1 “… Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king…

    The problem is the Herod died in 4 bce and Cyrenius’ census was probably around 6 or 7 ce. Looks like you guys can’t even read your own ‘holy’ texts.

    Cosmic reading comprehension fail!


  • If Clarke used that now familiar date in a story years before 2001, perhaps it’s proof Clarke was God.

  • John Pieret

    But September 11, 2001 in the Gregorian (pagan?) calendar would have been August 29, 2001 in the Julian. So the “transcendent” significance of those September 11 dates just don’t add up … unless god is as stupid as Farah and any old coincidence can have transcendent significance if you try hard enough.

  • hunter

    If Farah is actually referring to the Gregorian calendar as “pagan,” he’s missing more than one screw. From Wikipedia:

    “The Gregorian calendar, also called the Western calendar and the Christian calendar, is internationally the most widely accepted and used civil calendar.”

    Emphasis in original.

    The Julian calendar was the one used in pagan Rome. The Gregorian calendar was named after Pope Gregory XIII.

  • exdrone

    It must exasperate god that we can never figure out the intricate hidden symbolism that he uses to communicate vital information to us.

  • francesc

    @13 Yeah, I also found incredibly dishonest to refer to gregorian calendar as pagan. I guess it fits with the christian’s persecution idea. Either that, or he was thinking about Chinese calendar, of course.

  • oranje

    @5: That’s a bit like saying, “everything aligned just right and you could see both the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial from the Capitol.”

    Also, I love the separate deity calendar. Is that the one with Margasirsa or Hanamakas?

  • OptimalCynic

    @13 and @15: To Protestant fundamentalists, Catholics and pagans are all headed for the lake of brimstone.