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Lord Jesus, thank You for our ancestors and forefathers who journeyed to this land hundreds of years ago. Their goal was to establish colonies that would prosper under Your guidance and providence. Help us to remember our roots so we can be the nation you intended.

On April 26, 1607, three small ships made their way to the Chesapeake Bay in present day Virginia, making landfall at a place they would later name Cape Henry. Having endured a long journey of over four months, these settlers were ready to step foot on dry land. They were accompanied by the Reverend Robert Hunt, an Anglican minister, whose main task was to oversee the spiritual needs of his fellow colonists and share the gospel with the inhabitants of the new land they would settle.

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The weary colonists explored the area for a few days, marveling at the “fair meadows, fresh waters and goodly tall trees.” However, on April 29, 1607, something wonderful took place that made an everlasting mark on the land that would one day become part of the United States of America. Reverend Hunt led the settlers in a prayer, giving thanks to God for his providence, blessing, and provision. Then, as the sounds of ocean waves echoed in the background, a wooden cross was erected on the sandy shores of this hallowed ground, foreshadowing the planting of the gospel throughout the New World.

By mid-May, this new colony was established and named Jamestown (after King James I of England), the first successful English colony in the New World. Thirteen colonies and one Revolutionary War later, a new nation was birthed, the United States of America. Interestingly enough, one hundred and eighty-two years and one day after the Cape Henry cross was planted on April 29, 1607, George Washington highlighted the importance of God’s blessings over the newly formed nation in New York City on April 30, 1789 during his first inaugural address as president. Washington’s words listed below are infused with wisdom, but also a warning.

“I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country can inspire: since there is no truth more thoroughly established than there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: and since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”

This speech was made in the presence of the newly formed government as they bore witness to Washington’s words. New York City was America’s first capital after the Constitution was ratified. George Washington referred to New York as the seat of the American empire which led to the nickname, “the Empire State.” Of course, today we know New York City as the financial capital of the nation as it’s home to the world’s largest stock exchange.

Thus, the Cape Henry cross symbolized the planting of gospel, while Washington’s words illustrated the blessings afforded to a nation that stays rooted in its powerful truths.

This summer I visited the Cape Henry cross, known to visitors as the “First Landing Site.” A granite cross stood in the spot where the colonists planted the original hundreds of years ago. I was quite overwhelmed as I gazed upon the simple, yet striking, white cross. So many thoughts passed through my mind as I prayed for the future of our nation in that historical location.

This wasn’t the first time I’d visited the area. Back in 2016 I visited Jamestown, as well as Williamsburg and Yorktown, during a homeschool field trip. During the entire visit, I felt the Lord reminding me that our nation was in great need of repentance. The 2016 elections were months away, with tension among party lines at an all-time high. As I visited one historical location after another, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me that America was in danger of being split in two like the Titanic. Viewing Yorktown Battlefield, the site of the last battle of the American Revolution, I envisioned the watertight compartments of the Titanic filling with water and eventually pulling the entire vessel to the bottom of the ocean. While I enjoyed the trip tremendously, I left feeling overwhelmed, yet emboldened to share the message of repentance and revival.

Years ago, I had a dream about New York City that solidified the urgency to pray for the future of our nation. In the dream I was walking along the streets of New York City, but every building lay in smoldering ruins. Tall skyscrapers were nothing more than a pile of rubble. As I made my way through the demolished city, I spied an unnerving sight–a gigantic ship was sitting on its stern and pointed straight in the air. Nestled in among numerous dilapidated skyscrapers, this huge boat appeared as a camouflaged building. As I looked closer, I realized it wasn’t a building–it was the Titanic. I could hear an eerie creaking sound, as if it were about to split in two. Suddenly I woke up, but I sensed the dream foreshadowed that America’s economy and future were in trouble.

On March 7, 2009, the late pastor, evangelist and Christian author David Wilkerson posted an urgent message on his personal blog which said: “For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to New York City. It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires–such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago. There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting–including Times Square, New York City.”

After I read David Wilkerson’s post, I immediately thought of George Washington’s inaugural address on April 30, 1789 in New York City, where he emphasized that a nation which disregards the “eternal rules of order and right” cannot be expected to receive the “smiles of heaven.” Unfortunately, at this time in history, many citizens of this great land are living in defiance of these eternal rules rather than repentance. In fact, some have created their own brick towers, mimicking the Tower of Babel described in Genesis 11.

Exactly 223 years after Washington made his April 30th speech, a new tower rose in New York City on April 30, 2012. Known as One World Trade Center, it became the tallest tower in New York City, standing near the place where Washington prayed. In 2012, the tower was not yet complete, but it was on its way to reaching the height of 1776 feet, symbolizing the year the Declaration of Independence was written. Just over a month later, Barak Obama arrived to visit the building site. He and his wife signed one of the final beams that would be added to the historic tower. The 35-foot long, 11,000 pound beam was signed with a red marker conveying this message: “We remember. We rebuild. We come back stronger.” This signing happened on June 14, 2012, which was also future President Donald Trump’s 66th birthday. 

To some, the message of remembering, rebuilding, and coming back stronger seemed inspiring and hopeful. After all, the two towers that fell on September 11, 2001 were now rebuilt and a new tower made of 20,000 tons of steel had risen from the ashes. But the message on the beam did not mention repentance. In fact, the words written upon it bear a striking resemblance to the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better Framework, as well as the World Economic Forum’s plans for the climate, economy, health industry and global trade.

Jamestown began with 104 settlers led by a humble preacher who planted a simple cross. Could they have ever envisioned One World Trade Center–a tower with 104 floors and a mast at the very top which bears a resemblance to those seen on modern-day ships? Certainly, this was not part of their plans. The idea to build the Titanic was conceived over dinner on April 30, 1907, exactly 118 years after George Washington gave his inaugural speech and exactly 105 years before One World Trade Center became the tallest tower in New York City. The intent of Titanic’s builders was to construct the largest, most luxurious ship in the world. In contrast, the passengers headed for Jamestown, on board the Susan Constant, the Discovery and the Godspeed were not thinking of luxury, but rather starting a new life under God’s providence.

In truth, if the towers we build are created with the hands of man, we are destined to collapse into rubble. Jesus must be our firm foundation. Our Declaration of Dependence must be on Him, or our Declaration of Independence will not stand. The biblical month of repentance, known as Elul, is fast approaching and will begin on August 28, 2022, lasting until sundown on September 25. In synagogues around the world, trumpets will be blasted throughout the entire month, reminding all those who hear their piercing sounds to turn back to God.

Near the Cape Henry cross there are two lighthouses, one of which was the first construction project financed by the newly formed United States government and authorized by George Washington. Built with the same Aquia sandstone as much of Washington D.C., the original Cape Henry lighthouse stood as a beacon for ships that needed safe passage through the Chesapeake Bay.

As our nation continues traveling through dark waters, let us pray that we will always keep our eyes focused on the lighthouse that is Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the World. Nations are not unsinkable, but He is. Treacherous storms and mammoth icebergs are no match for our Savior.

Prayer Point: Lord Jesus, we are so thankful that you planted a Christian nation over 415 years ago through colonies like Jamestown. We will not forget the cross or the gospel that you have entrusted us to share all these years later. Yes Lord, we are Americans, but truly we are not citizens of this world. We are royal servants in your kingdom and we ask for the boldness needed to share the hope we always have in you, no matter what comes our way. Godspeed our nation.

How does the founding of Jamestown and the planting of the Cape Henry Cross inspire you to share the gospel and stand for biblical truth?

Angela Rodriguez is an author, blogger and homeschooling Mom who studies the historical and biblical connections between Israel and the United States. You can visit her blogs at 67owls.com and 100trumpets.com. Her latest book, Psalm 91: Under the Wings of Jesus, was released in June 2021. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Becky
August 24, 2022

AMEN! Well said, all of it! I knew some of the history shared. But the Cross, thank you for sharing about it, especially the picture. America is a bit of a mess just now, but may this part of our history be planted deep in every heart, cherished, nourished as we trust and obey Jesus daily, each person, til He brings to pass all HE has purposed for and in and through the USA. Maranatha Lord. May we all be ready!

RitaAnne C Tripp
August 4, 2022

What you wrote reminded me of a book The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn. He talks about Israel and America. It’s fascinating and related to what you wrote.Ri

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elaine
August 3, 2022

thank you for this wonderful insight and history of our nation. May we always be humbled by the founders and their heart for righteousness to begin a new nation under God and honor him May he be glorified as we turn in repentence and seek him until his return

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Zoe Ella
August 2, 2022

We need always remember the need to repent and return to God. We also need to remember our debt to the originial settlers of this land, the Native Americans, whose help was accepted when offered, but whom were pushed aside as the wave of European settlers washed over the land. First, God. Then, acknowledging our debt.

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    Angela Rodriguez
    August 3, 2022

    Zoe, thanks so much for reading and responding. You are right- we should also remember the Native Americans and what happened with their land. I join you in praying for our nation about all these issues concerning repentance. May God bless you and your family.

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Judy Cook
August 2, 2022

Angela, thank you for this beautiful, historical article. I would like to recommend to you and all IFA readers to read Healing America’s Soul: Lessons from Jamestown, by Rev. Bob Fox of Virginia Beach.
Rev. Fox calls for identificational confession and intercession for the many sins that took root in Jamestown. The story is so grievous since Rev. Hunt’s confession of faith and prayers for thanksgiving were such a wonderful first step to this new land.

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    Angela Rodriguez
    August 3, 2022

    Judy thank you so much for sharing this with me. I will look into Healing America’s Soul as you mentioned. I really appreciate the extra insight. May God bless you!

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Ann
August 2, 2022

What a great message, Angela. Isaiah 9:10–the warning to the Israelites and to America.

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Denise Wynn
August 2, 2022

Thank you for this article, Angela! Great insight!
For thirteen years I lived across the street from the beach where that cross and the lighthouses stand. (I wish it was not within the confines of a military base!) Thank you for acknowledging it – as so few people know about it compared to the Jamestown settlement an hour north of it. I am humbled to live in the place that our very first settlers came to and dedicated to the Lord. I continue to try each day to seek His agenda and not mine and ask Him to lead me as to how I can effect my community right here where it all began in Virginia Beach – may HIS kingdom come and HIS will be done all across this land!

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    Angela Rodriguez
    August 3, 2022

    Denise, thank you so much for sharing about when you lived in the area where the cross and lighthouses stand. What an amazing place to live–right where so much history took place. May the Lord bless you and guide you as you continue praying for our nation.

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Sherry Lyn
August 2, 2022

How to pray End Time prayers?
Agree with the Holy Spirit & all that has been written concerning Father’s plans for the USA.
The power of agreement with the synergy of the ages shall not miss!!!

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Sherry Lyn
August 2, 2022

Remembering, Rebuilding, & Coming Back Stronger sounds like a Genesis Hovering of the Holy Spirit… May this be so over the USA & all we Re-present

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Kate
August 2, 2022

What much needed reminder and inspirational messages of this great nation’s founding on Christian ideals…

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hugh salter
August 2, 2022

THA NKSW FOR CAP:E HENRY IT IS USUALLY IGNORED IN FACE OF HOWEVER CAPE HENRY WAS FIRST

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D
August 2, 2022

My prayer has long been that our children will learn of our rich history. When I was young (70 y.o.) I loved to hear stories of my family history. Now it’s my turn to relate that history to the younger generation and remind them how God was always faithful not only in our ancestors struggles but also our own. On holidays I also remind them (usually by text ) the story behind the special day we are celebrating.

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Michael Arra
August 2, 2022

Very much the same words share by Rabbi Jonathan Kann in his book the Harbinger. I frankly don’t know how to pray for this nation. It would seem that we are in end times and some things cannot be stopped. However, I pray for revival to pluck people out the coming fire.

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Adrian Lee Steininger
August 2, 2022

Dear God: In my 81 years I have seen our nation go from You to worshipping power, evil, material things. It saddens my spirit, heart and soul to see where our nation has sunk into an abyss of evil. Please God raise up Godly men to return us to Your truth. I pray for the evil leaders we have today to repent and change from their evil ways and turn back to You as Saul turned into Paul, a God fearing man and martyr. We need to pray not only for our nation but for others as well. I pray 🙏 this in the previous name of Jesus. Nothing is impossible for You! Amen.

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Luanne
August 2, 2022

Oh Lord, it grieves me to hear of the enemies plan of the One World Trade Center and all it represents. Just like the proud owners of the Titanic declared even God himself could not sink this ship. These evil ones have made themselves god. Have mercy LORD. Tear down the ideology behind this building. Break every plan and scheme of the evil one for America. It is not by chance this beam was signed on Donald Trump‘s 66th birthday. You give us hope. Not hope in a man, but hope knowing YOU are working! Strengthen us your people and draw each one of us nearer to you. Forgive us for seeking the things of this world instead of you. We repent and turn from our wicked ways. Heal are land, Abba. Protect us as this Tower of Babel has been erected in our midst. We tear down our ownidols and run to you. You are our only hope. Join us to this time of fasting and prayer come August 28. Bring word of this to your people who are called by your name. We give you all honor and glory. In Jesus name, Amen.

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    Roxanne Rice
    August 2, 2022

    I have put the Elul dates on my calendar, to remind me of this time of repentance and return to the Lord.

    Lord, remind us of our nation’s rich heritage of faith, and bring us back to You.

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      Becky
      August 24, 2022

      Me too Roxanne! No doubt this will be a wonderful, memorable season! There is an old worship song going through my head since I started reading this article tonight…
      🎶People get ready🎶

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