A BIBLE verse may have predicted the 9/11 attacks.
Tuesday will be the 17th anniversary of the September 11 atrocity which killed 2,997 people and injured more than 6,000.
The suicide missions saw hijacked passenger planes flown into the Pentagon and the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center.
Another hijacked civilian airliner crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
The worst domestic attack the US had ever experienced, it directly led to then-President George Bush launching the “War on Terror”, which continues to have ramifications today.
But the monstrosity may have been foretold in a biblical verse.
The extract is found in the 18th chapter of Revelation.
For decades, Bible scholars have held the belief that this chapter predicted disaster befalling the economic system of the world because it was run on financial principles founded by ancient Babylon.
These principles were that profit was to be made at any price.
It didn’t matter if the poor were oppressed or treated unfairly so long as a profit was made.
God could not bless or protect an economic system run on such principles any more than he will now.
The city that St John described was a symbolic economic Babylon because by the time of the vision’s fulfilment it would have become the main centre of global world trade.
The chapter reads: “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”
And some believe the fact that fallen is mentioned twice is a reference to the fact that there were Two Towers making up the World Trade Center.
Not only that, three times in the chapter, St John describes the desolation as happening in one hour.
In verse 10 he writes “Alas alas that great city, for in one hour your judgement has come.”
“Alas alas that great city, for in one hour your judgement has come”
Book of Revelation
Verse 17 reads “For in one hour such great riches come to nothing”.
And in verse 19 “in one hour she has become desolate.”
It was a clear, sunny Tuesday morning when al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four passenger planes, with the first striking the north tower of the World Trade Center just before 9am.
As news cameras and stations broke into the events unfolding in lower Manhattan, a second plane flew into the south tower just minutes later, at 9.03am before an audience of horrified viewers.
Then-president George W Bush was visiting a second grade class at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, that morning when he was informed of the events in New York by adviser Andy Card.
At 9.30am Bush addressed the nation from the school.
“Terrorism against our nation will not stand,” he defiantly said in his speech.
Not long after his remarks, a third hijacked airliner flew into the Pentagon in Washington, DC, prompting the evacuation of all government buildings in the area.
At 9.59am, as the world was still processing what was happening in Washington and New York City, the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed live on TV.
A half hour later, the North Tower followed, changing New York City’s iconic skyline forever.
A short time later, passengers on a fourth aircraft fought back against the terrorists who had taken the plane. A struggle in the cockpit led the plane to crash into a field in Shanksville killing everyone on board.
That plane’s intended target was said to have been the Capitol Building in DC.
Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in Manhattan, the nation’s capital and in Shanksville.
Each year, families of the victims of September 11 gather at the site of the World Trade Center to honour the lives lost on that fateful day by reading the names of the office workers and first responders who perished.