A Dead Tree is a Bad Biblical Sign

Jonathan Cahn, the messianic rabbi so loved by Joseph Farah, has found a new sign of…well, something very bad. The wingnut rabbi who finds “harbingers” everywhere — signs from God that we better do what he says or he’ll destroy us — says one of the signs he discovered is now gone.

A tree that was placed at the site of the 9/11 Muslim terror attack in New York City has died, has been removed, and destroyed.

“Harbinger” author Jonathan Cahn says it’s because of his book that the tree will not be replaced.

His work examines the nine harbingers, or warnings, recorded in the Bible that were delivered to Israel before the nation disintegrated. He contends God is giving the same nine warnings now to America to urge the nation to repent.

One of the harbingers was a sycamore tree at Ground Zero, which after the destruction of the Twin Towers was replaced by an evergreen, a move Cahn believes follows the Isaiah prophecy.

Now the replacement tree is gone, he said.

“The ancient sign of nearing national judgment has been manifested. The erez tree has fallen. The seventh harbinger now speaks of impending judgment. The Tree of Hope, the symbol of America’s resurgence … is dead,” he explained.

“The keepers of the Tree of Hope did everything they could to save the withering tree. They even changed the soil in which it grew. But no matter what they did, the tree continued to wither away and die,” said Cahn.

“Finally, in the spring of this year, the tree planted in the place of the fallen sycamore of Ground Zero, the symbol of a rising America, was uprooted. … The seventh harbinger is no more.”

He had written in his book a prophetic word concerning America’s Erez Tree, the Tree of Hope, saying, “…but when a nation such as this places its hope in its own powers to save itself, then its hope is false. Its true hope is found only in returning to God. Without that, the Tree of Hope is a harbinger of the day when its strong cedars come crashing down to the earth.”

The depressing thing is that there are people who take this bullshit seriously. The even more depressing thing is that those people have the right to vote.

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  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    But WILL NO ONE THINK OF THE TREES!!!!1!!2^0!!

  • sh3baproject

    its a tree. trees die everyday. granted it was symbolic but that doesnt mean your sky froend is waring america.

  • Mr Ed

    I guess I should buy his book to get the complete story. Lucky for me WND had it for sale in the margin. What are the chances of that.

  • Trebuchet

    Is the book printed on paper? You know, dead trees and all that?

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    But the “erez tree” he refers to is supposed to be a cedar—as in “cedars of Lebanon.” The tree that died and was removed was a Norwegian spruce. Since when are spruce trees and cedars the same?

    As usual, Biblical prophecy is astonishingly accurate as long as all details are ignored.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Just yesterday my cat covered his poop by dragging one of my old socks into the litter tray. If that’s not a harbinger I don’t know what is.

  • Artor

    Zeno, as long as were using Biblical terminology, cedars & spruces are the same “kind.”

  • D. C. Sessions

    By any chance did recent storms load the soil there up with salt?

  • Larry

    If a tree falls in the forest, does god go into a psychotic killing spree?

  • anubisprime

    These ‘eccentric’ folk have always lived on the fringes of society…usually scrounging scraps of food by menaces and living in the caves by the beach or some dilapidated tumbledown hovel in the swamp.

    They have to concoct tales of monsters and omens and dire consequences for the way ‘modern’ society conducts itself, they just have to…why?… no one either knows or really cares!

    They love to claim how they are prophets of doom and calamity is coming (when is it never) and everyone is pissing off the gods with their attitude and they will be sorry!

    ‘Woe… woe… and thrice woe’….indeed…ringing a dinky little bell and dressed in rags…unruly beard and questionable personal hygiene, and total inadequacy in all things rational, traditionally they are the unpaid street entertainment for the rest of us except after over two thousand years their material is a little stale and smelly by degrees, they are flogging a dead donkey in their performance these days…sometimes it is kinder to just walk away, laughing is optional!

  • dingojack

    “… a sycamore tree at Ground Zero… ”

    From FoAW:

    Species of trees known as sycamore:

    * Ficus sycomorus, the sycamore (or sycomore) of the Bible; a species of fig, also called the sycamore fig or fig-mulberry, native to the Middle East and eastern Africa

    * Acer pseudoplatanus, a species of maple native to Central Europe and Southwestern Asia

    * Some North American members of the genus Platanus, including:

    ….Platanus occidentalis, the American Sycamore

    ….Platanus racemosa, the California Sycamore or Western Sycamore

    ….Platanus wrightii, the Arizona Sycamore”

    as opposed to (again FoAW):

    Cedrus or cedar, a genus of coniferous trees in the plant family Pinaceae

    * Lebanon Cedar, Cedrus libani, a cedar native to Lebanon, western Syria and south central Turkey

    * Atlas Cedar, Cedrus atlantica, a cedar native to the Atlas Mountains of Algeria (Tell Atlas) and Morocco

    * Deodar Cedar, Cedrus deodara, a cedar native to the western Himalayas

    * Cyprus Cedar, Cedrus brevifolia, mostly classified as being distinct to the Cedar of Lebanon, found in the island’s Cedar Valley in the Troodos Mountains

    * Siberian pine (Pinus sibirica), occasionally erroneously referred to as Siberian cedar”

    [Emphasis in both mine]

    Well they’re both in the plant kingdom…


  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    Artor: Zeno, as long as were using Biblical terminology, cedars & spruces are the same “kind.”

    Where “kind” means “conifer,” of course. Artor makes a good point: Bible prophecy is like a one-size-fits-all leotard. Stretchy.

  • dingojack

    Figs don’t have cones (and neither do maples).



    See 1 Kings 10:27 = 2 Chronicles 1:15 = 2 Chronicles 9:27, & Isaiah 9:10 for the antithesis between ‘Sycamore’ and Cedar.

  • Phillip IV

    “Harbinger” author Jonathan Cahn says it’s because of his book that the tree will not be replaced.

    Because they cut down the intended replacement for paper?

  • hunter

    We have dead trees all over Chicago, of all kinds. It’s called a really bad winter.

  • noe1951

    Don’t read the book – seriously. I have, and it’s 3 hours I’ll never get back.

  • Vicki, duly vaccinated tool of the feminist conspiracy

    Given the location, that was probably a plane tree, and quite likely the hybrid “London plane” that is frequently planted in parks and along city streets.

    The average lifetime of a street tree in New York City is seven years. That doesn’t mean lots of trees dying at age 14; it does mean a lot don’t make it through the first few years. The “will not be replaced” suggests the city still has the same contract with the people planting those trees: if the tree dies for any reason in the first (I think) two years, the nursery replaces it free of charge. If the replacement also dies, that’s not covered, and the city would have to pay to plant another new tree. The clause is broad enough to include drought, disease, and being hit by cars–and the wind and salt water damage from Hurricane Sandy. But once per tree/location.

  • dingojack

    Woo-hoo! Vicki has managed to hit on a Genus commonly called ‘Sycamore’. (Note it’s an angiosperm not a conifer).



  • freehand

    Lots of trees dying out here in the US West, also. Drought, heat waves, bark beetles, and tropospheric ozone all weaken and contribute to tree death. It’s a sign that humans avoid confronting reality and instead indulge in wishful thinking, tribalistic mythologies, Hollywood gossip, and shopping sprees. It should be seen as a warning, although nobody intended for it to be one.

  • Thorne

    Obviously this is a sign that Jesus has returned!

    He came to the site to pray, and laugh at the “cross”, and cursed the tree when he couldn’t get any figs from it.

  • starskeptic

    grumpyoldfart @ #6:

    Not only does that qualify as a harbinger – I’m certain it means you’re

    at ground zero for whatever that’s a harbinger for…

  • bahrfeldt

    There are neither palm nor maple, cedar nor redwood, bush nor shrub, sycamore nor oak. We are all the same in the eyes of the beaver. Well, maybe not the shrub.

  • jnorris

    The evergreen tree dies because the Druids didn’t sacrifice to it, so The AllFather cursed it.

  • tubi

    The even more depressing thing is that those people have the right to vote.

    Hell, some of them go out and campaign for and receive votes. From the other morons.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Dead trees still provide habitat and should not be removed but allowed to decay naturally.

    I gather this is ecological wisdom.

    Symbolically. Nine warnings? Ain’t that the same number as cats lives? (Please do not test this with any pet domesticus felis or is that felis domesticus?)

    So .. if America .. has the same number of lives as a cat …

    @1. richardelguru : Yep. I will. Love trees.

  • dingojack

    Stevo – … and the same number of rings given to men….

    Coincidence? I think not.

    :) Dingo

  • marcus

    Zeno @ 5 “But the “erez tree” he refers to is supposed to be a cedar—as in “cedars of Lebanon.” The tree that died and was removed was a Norwegian spruce.”

    It’s not dead! It’s merely pining for the fjords.

  • dingojack

    Marcus – with what part of ‘sycamore’ are you having difficulty?


  • marcus

    @ 28 None. Never could pass up a “Dead Parrot sketch” reference.

    Norwegian spruce “pining” for the fjords. Haw, haw!