The Purpose of Life
The Purpose of Life Website Ministry
By Gerry Watts
May 2012
Like so many others, I remember turning on my television on the afternoon of the 11th September 2001 to witness the awful events of that day, unfolding live, as the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York were hit by passenger planes and subsequently came crashing down. Even though I was watching this live on TV from my home in Bristol, England, it felt to me as though it could have been happening not too far away in my own city and country. I also have friends and family who live in North America and I myself have visited the USA many times, particularly during the 1990’s, so it so easily could've been someone I knew on those planes. And if this mass terrorist attack had occurred at some other point in time, it could have been me on one of those planes. I’m sure that millions of others felt the same way.

Since that day, I have become a little obsessed with the events of 9/11 and I have watched numerous documentaries on the subject, yet I can still be shocked and horrified to this day as I think about the deaths, and the pain and the suffering of the thousands of human souls who were caught up in this tragedy. I can’t begin to imagine what some of those people went through, particularly those who ended up jumping from the towers. These kind of things have haunted me for days, and I have prayed many times for those who have been scarred by these tragic events.
Be that as it may, the harsh reality is that millions of human beings have suffered awful things throughout history, and it still goes on today all over the world. The sad fact is that the majority of these ‘evils’ have been brought about by other humans. Moreover, to the modern mind the brutality that has pervaded the whole of human history is often hard to grasp; and yet there is still nothing new under the sun! And of course, this becomes a great challenge for those who believe in God. The only thing that gives me hope in light of all this suffering are the words of the apostle Paul in Romans 8:19-22, where the goal of God's plan for his creation is revealed – that of resurrection, transformation, restoration and liberation.
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
What I really find fascinating is the numerous conspiracy theories, and their related websites, that have sprung up in the years since 9/11, many of which are proposing some really far-fetched scenarios. I am aware that governments can be corrupt and all kinds of hidden agendas can be operating behind closed doors, nevertheless, I think in the case of 9/11 the worst case scenario is that there may have been some incompetence and a lack of preparation by those in high places who appeared to be completely taken by surprise, but I think that's as far as it goes. No one should make any judgments unless there is hard evidence (evidence, and not fancy speculation).

It always amazes me how divergent human opinions can be, even concerning how one views the same data. The BBC broadcast two documentaries, the first called
The Conspiracy Files: 9/11- The Third Tower (2008) and the second The Conspiracy Files: 9/11- Ten Years On (2011). These excellent documentaries analysed most of the leading conspiracy arguments. Some of these conspiracies appeared quite convincing at first, but then other details and footage was shown which exposed how absurd some of these theories actually are. It’s all about how we use the wonderful faculty of human reasoning, and even then many can get way off course! In fact, concerning what follows now, some may think that I'm suspending my human reasoning altogether; and in some respects, it does go beyond human reasoning into the realm of faith and the spiritual dimension.
(The following portion is based on an extract taken from the article Who Is Secret Babylon The Great? originally published in 2003).
The Judgment of 9/11

I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that the events that occurred on the eleventh of September 2001 can be viewed from a totally different angle – that of a spiritual, prophetic sign. That is to say, the world had a horrific preview of the fall of 'Babylon', when the World Trade Centre towers in New York were destroyed in one day. (To gain some understanding of this I would urge the reader to consider Revelation 18.) The whole world stood afar off watching in disbelief at the smoke of her destruction. This was clearly a sign of great magnitude, even though human hatred and religious fanaticism had caused it. This is the objective ‘big picture’ view. The Twin Towers represented the economic & financial aspect of the world system, while the Pentagon represented the militaristic aspect of the world system - and both were judged!

Over the years, I have heard many argue that this attack was deserved, due to the arrogance and double-minded hypocrisy of the USA in its dealings with the Middle East (though I fail to see how mass terrorism could ever be said to be deserved). Dare it be said, though, there is an element of truth here concerning America’s attitude at times, but this charge could also be laid at the door of many countries of the western world in recent history. Of course, it goes without saying that the US has a lot to answer for due to its position as the most powerful nation on the earth today, but then on the other hand, we need to remember that America has assisted many nations in aid and military protection, and just as some of the historic empires had some good points, such as the ‘beast’ of Rome, so does the USA.
Nevertheless, to use a biblical phrase from Daniel and Revelation, at it's heart, the ‘American Empire’ is a ‘beast,’ as are all worldly empires. And not too long ago, the British Empire received its just reward for all the atrocities it had caused over many centuries as its empire gradually disintegrated during the fire storm of World War II. In fact, the judgment upon Britain still continues as subsequent generations are paying for the atrocities and evils caused by the Empire – which included slavery, racism, drug trafficking, greed and theft (for further information, see the BBC documentary series Empire with Jeremy Paxton).

It is also a sad fact that ‘American’ Christianity, with its fanaticism, sensationalism, commercialism and money grabbing TV evangelists, is very easy to condemn, but then so is the religion of Islam with its violent and oppressive doctrines and regimes. Yet America is very open to spiritual things and has been one of the leaders in promoting the truth of the Scriptures. There are also many Muslims who are good people seeking to live out a righteous life under 'Allah's' law. The arguments for and against both sides could go on and on. When all is said and done, terrorism cannot be justified.
But one thing is for sure, 9/11 was a wake up call for many in the West to understand something of the suffering and intense anger of others elsewhere in the world. The democratic nations of the West are still full of wickedness and hypocrisy; it's just that it’s generally well hidden and more deceptive than elsewhere in the world. Be that as it may, this terrorist attack was a frightening and horrific event, and of course this kind of devastation is not usual in the West. Yet, strange as it may seem, I have heard that many lives have been changed for the better due to this shake up, and there have been many stories of heroism and self-sacrifice. Good can come out of suffering and evil - that's part of its ultimate paradoxical purpose.

This historical event, as awesome as it was horrific, was amazingly captured on film for the entire world to witness. It is simply entitled '9/11' and it was originally broadcast on the BBC in 2002. This film was not a coincidence! God's hand was all over it! Two French brothers, Jules and Gedeon Naudet, who are documentary filmmakers, were making a film about a rookie fireman stationed at Engine 7 Ladder 1, one of the oldest firehouses in New York. They had been following this group for months and they were still waiting for 'the Big Fire' for them to film. On the morning of September 11th, they 'happened' to be called out to a routine gas check on the streets, and while Gedeon (I think) was filming this, the first plane struck the first tower. They were in the ideal location to witness this incredible and fearful sight - though they could have been anywhere else, and maybe not even filming.
Amazingly, later his brother 'happened' to be filming the unfolding events on the streets, not far from the firehouse, when he witnessed the second plane hit the second tower. On top of this, Gedeon accompanied Engine 7 to the first tower to assist in the rescue operation, and while he was still filming, while they were still in the lobby, the tower collapsed! Miraculously, he survived and continued filming! At this time, the fire service chaplain died. His name was Father Michael Judge, and he became the first recorded death on that day. The collapse of the second tower was also witnessed on film, as well as the aftermath and confusion on the streets. Of course, by this time, many TV networks were catching these things on film.

Now take note of the spiritual signs here, which will incorporate some biblical numerology. The
World Trade Centre represents Babylon (in the sense of Babylon being a metaphor for the world system in rebellion against God), and the Towers represent the Tower of Babel (meaning confusion). The fact that they were called the Twin Towers speaks of the double witness (it's no coincidence either that the second movie of The Lord of The Rings, The Two Towers, was released just over a year later. Many movies are prophetic of these last days). The fire company being filmed was Engine 7 Ladder 1. This speaks of the fullness and completion of God's operations (in the Engine and the number 7) and the way of the One God of Heaven (in the ladder and the number one). God is the ultimate way of rescue from judgment.
The first recorded death is of great significance. Father Michael Judge speaks of God as Father, the One Who is God and is like no other (the meaning of Michael is 'who is like God?') and He is the ultimate Judge of this world system. Even the fact that he was a Christian, a representative of the Roman Church, speaks of judgment beginning from the House of God.

The destruction hit suddenly, without warning, while everyone was going about their usual day-to-day business, and it came as fire from the heavens. This is a common motif for the ultimate Day of the Lord, the Day of Judgment, which is often portrayed as occurring suddenly, like a thief in the night, in a time of peace and safety, with the world being oblivious of what's coming (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4). These prophecies initially had their fulfillment in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. There is so much more that could be added, such as the total collapse of the towers and the smoke of her burning, not to mention the significance of certain numbers, and the inclusion of the Pentagon, but this should be sufficient (again, read Revelation 18 and Isaiah 30:25-30).

But some may be asking "Does this mean that those who were killed on that day were greater 'sinners' than anyone else?" ABSOLUTELY NOT! These words of Jesus speak the truth in matters like these.
Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."

(Luke 13:2-5 NIV)
Be that as it may, it still shakes me up when I think about the events of that day (and other such tragedies) as my sensitive spirit is greatly affected by such horrific suffering, even though I wasn't actually there. It's a matter of entering into another's pain through a spirit of intercession. This event was a sign of huge magnitude for those who have the eyes to see. It may not be a pleasant subject, but we cannot shy away from it - it is reality. But as tragic as this event was, as is the case with all suffering and death, some believe that the world is nevertheless heading for something on a far greater scale.

This may be the case, for I believe it is inevitable that some kind of judgment is coming because this world isn't owned by humanity, as many like to think, and due to man's filthy corruption and bloodshed, this earth needs to be cleansed and made new – both physically and spiritually. What form this will take is anybody’s guess, but while there is wickedness, immorality, hatred and injustice in the world, divine judgment will not be far behind. I can only pray that more will follow the light than will follow darkness, for only the royal presence of the world’s true king – Jesus the Messiah - will bring an end to the darkness.
Copyright © Gerry Watts May 2012