Ancient Trees Foretell Looming Judgment in 9/11 Mystery Unlocked by ‘The Harbinger II: The Return’

New York Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Cahn: America’s ‘Tree of Hope’ Became ‘the Fall of Hope’ as an Act of Defiance Against God

NEW YORK — As hot dust settled after the Twin Towers collapsed on 9/11, a sycamore tree in a nearby cemetery bore the blast of the debris and died, clearing the way for yet another harbinger, or sign, of looming divine judgment prophesied long ago in passages of the Bible now made clear in “The Harbinger II: The Return.” When the book hits shelves on September 1, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Cahn will reveal how and why God used the ground where that sycamore tree stood to reveal more judgment to come.

In his bestseller “The Harbinger” (2012), Cahn unlocked mysterious Old Testament imagery of a collapsed sycamore tree to identify the attacks of September 11, 2001, as a sign of God’s impending judgment. New York City later replaced the sycamore by planting a conifer tree on the same spot, referred to as the “Tree of Hope.” It was the same act performed in ancient Israel before its destruction and was identified as a sign of judgment in Isaiah 9:10. The stronger tree was to be a sign of the nation’s defiance, resilience, and resurgence — without God.  

Cahn, by contrast, recognized the new tree as a sign of idolatry and defiance against God.

“When a nation such as this places its hope in its own powers to save itself, then its hope is false,” Cahn writes. “Its true hope is found only in returning to God. Without that, its Tree of Hope is a harbinger of the day when its strong cedars come crashing down to the earth.”

Cahn’s words appeared to be vindicated a few years later, as the “Tree of Hope” was ripped from the soil and discarded after it failed to take root. The imagery of a destroyed conifer is not lost on Cahn, who shows readers in “The Harbinger II”that a collapsed cedar tree (a conifer) appears in the Bible as a sign of judgment from God — a judgment harsher than that which befell the sycamore tree in Scripture.

“The Harbinger II”unlocks mysteries that could not be revealed until this critical moment in America’s history, including that the conifer, America’s  “Tree of Hope,” was destroyed — another biblical sign, specifically of national judgment — the fall of a nation. 

What specifically did this harbinger of the collapsed cedar, meant to replace a previous harbinger, mean for America? Cahn looks to the prophets of the Old Testament to show that it means a judgment more severe than 9/11 would come to America.

Could this collapsed cedar have been the harbinger warning America of the forthcoming collapse of its economy, the collapse of its health care system during a pandemic, or the collapse of its moral fortitude as one crisis compounds another? Cahn’s “The Harbinger II”helps its readers see that this collapsed cedar at ground zero, along with many other indications, foretells of a stronger, swifter judgment yet to come.

Cahn was named, along with Billy Graham and Keith Greene, one of the top 40 spiritual leaders of the past 40 years to have radically impacted the world. Called the prophetic voice of this generation, Cahn is a much-sought-after speaker and has been highlighted in the New York Times as well as in many national and international media. He has spoken on Capitol Hill, at the United Nations and to millions of people around the world. Cahn is known for opening the deep mysteries of Scripture and bringing forth messages of prophetic import. He leads Hope of the World ministry, an international outreach of teaching, evangelism and compassion projects for the world’s most needy. He also leads the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel, a worship center made up of Jews and Gentiles, people of all backgrounds, just outside New York City in Wayne, New Jersey. His ministry can be contacted at and Jonathan Cahn Facebook.

Visit TheHarbingerReturns.comThe Harbinger II: The Return is published by Frontline, an imprint of Charisma House.


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