Last week I continued our study of Isaiah with a sermon from Isaiah 9:8-10:4. Isaiah’s main point in these verses is simple. Our greatest need is to be delivered from the wrath of God.

Several people have asked for my perspective on a particular verse in this section, Isaiah 9:10, which reads, “The bricks have fallen, but we will build with dressed stones; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place.” A New York Times best seller written by Jonathan Cahn, The Harbingerclaims that this verse and the prophecies following it hold the secret to America’s future.

I haven’t been able to read Cahn’s book myself. But in case you already have or are considering reading it soon, you should read this insightful review by Tim Challies. I found his critique persuasive, especially the danger of presuming America is God’s chosen people.

Matthew Williams grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys, Ethan, Micah, and Tyler. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and is nearly finished with his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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