Unfortunately this motto of the forefathers has been largely forgotten today.
Isaiah 9:8-12 The Lord has sent forth His Word against Jacob and it will fall upon Israel. All the people of Ephraim1 and those in Samaria2 will know of it, though in their pride and arrogance they say: The bricks have fallen, but we will rebuild in stone and the sycamores are cut down , but we will grow cedars in their place.
The Lord had roused their enemies3 against them and they have swallowed Israel completely. For all this, His anger has not abated, His hand still threatens.
1/ Ephraim – The leader of the Northern ten tribes; the House of Israel, swallowed and lost to history, now scattered among the nations, but predominantly the Western peoples.
2/ Samaria – The ancient capital city of the House of Israel in the holy Land.
3/ Assyria – They conquered and exiled Israel in 722-717 BC. Isaiah 10:5-6
So this prophecy has been fulfilled. To say that Isaiah 9:10 applies to the U.S.A. after 9/11, is pretentious and is false teaching.
Isaiah 9:13-17 Yet the people did not come back to Him who struck them, nor seek guidance from their Maker. So therefore, on one Day,4 the Lord will cut off head and tail, palm frond and reed. The head is the elders and leaders, the tail is the false teachers and prophets. Those who guide this people have led them astray and those who follow their wrong leadings are lost to the truth. That is why the Lord shows no mercy to that nation of godless evildoers, every one of them speaking impurity. So in His anger He will smite them, His hand will chastise them. Jeremiah 8:14-17
4/ The great Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath, a single day of worldwide disaster.
This prophecy refers to our time, atheism and apostasy are rife, people follow false teachers.
Ezekiel 22:26-29, Jeremiah 8:7-9, 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Isaiah 9:18-21 Wicked people will burn in a fire5, a fire as hot as one fed with thorn bushes, they will be engulfed in a pall of smoke. The land will be burnt and devastated6 by the wrath of God Almighty and the people are as fuel for the fire. Isaiah 6:11-12
Now, people are fed that which does not satisfy, their children and kinsmen are not respected or honoured. So the Lord’s anger will fall upon them, His hand will exact punishment. Deuteronomy 7:10, Proverbs 16:4-5, Romans 1:18, Zephaniah 1:14-18
5/ The next prophesied event is a terrible judgement by fire, instigated by the Lord, but He will not be seen at that time. Psalms 18:11 We are informed by Isaiah 30:26 exactly what it is that the Lord will use to carry out this worldwide punishment, it will be a Coronal Mass Ejection of unprecedented magnitude. Malachi 4:1, Isaiah 66:15-16, Zeph. 3:8
6/ The holy Land, that is: all of that area given to Abraham, will be the most affected. Ezekiel 20:46-48, Ezekiel 30:1-5, Jer. 4:7, Jer. 11:15-16, Jer. 22:6-7, Zephaniah 1:18, Hosea 4:3. It will be completely cleared and cleansed, but then the Lord promises regeneration for the Land, Ezekiel 36:8, Isaiah 30:23-24, Jeremiah 33:6-9. Faithful Christian Israelites will go and live there in peace and security. Ezekiel 34:11-31, Isaiah 35:1-10, Romans 9:26
Now, in the very near future, the Lord who ‘has restrained Himself so long’ – Isaiah 42:14, will take action against His enemies. We, His servants, must heed Isaiah 30:15…In calm detachment lies your safety, your strength in quiet trust. Psalms 37:3-13, John 14:1