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Chapters:Verses 9:11 in Relation to Sept. 11, 2001 Attack

Chapters 9 verse 11 from the scriptures -- Bible and Book of Mormon -- lend commentary on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

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Samples  Introduction A Note to the Skeptic  9:11 in the Book of Mormon 9:11 in the Old Testament 9:11 in the New Testament 9:11 in the Bible  9:11 in the Doctrine and Covenants Nostradamus 9:11 See also


bullet Samples

    "And because they did cast them all out, that there were none righteous among them, I did send down fire and destroy them, that their wickedness and abominations might be hid from before my face, that the blood of the prophets and the saints whom I sent among them might not cry unto me from the ground against them."

-- III Nephi 9:11

    "As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception."

-- Hosea 9:11

[3,700 abortions every day in the U.S.; nearly as many as adults killed on 9/11.  Where are our sensibilities?]


bullet Introduction

S.H. was the first (Sept. 16, 2001) to think of looking up chapters:verses 9:11 in their various locations in the scriptures with the September 11 Attack on America in mind.  Following are excerpts from her original post and reports additional finds of relevance.

Here is a comment of interest

While I was composing this page on chapters:verses 9:11, I received an email from Jeanette Skeem who thought of looking up the ninth book of the Book of Mormon, eleventh chapter.  It is posted at:


bullet A Note to the Skeptic

Whether or not these coincidences of meaning in chapters 9 and verse 11 are intended by God through some fantastic foresight and overseeing of things as miniscule as the numbering of the chapters and verses, no one will argue that the exercise of applying scriptures to a given circumstance can be fruitful.  At least, keeping that in mind, this can't be considered a waste of time.  I think you will see that the degree of specificity in the matches to the September 11 attack surpasses the probability of sheer chance and bespeaks divine design.



9:11 in the Book of Mormon

All instances of 9:11 in the Book of Mormon are listed below, though not in chronological sequence.  Some books do not have nine chapters; some chapters 9 do not have 11 verses.  My comments are [in Brackets]

    "And because they did cast them all out, that there were none righteous among them, I did send down fire and destroy them, that their wickedness and abominations might be hid from before my face, that the blood of the prophets and the saints whom I sent among them might not cry unto me from the ground against them."

-- III Nephi 9:11

    "...If it had not been for [God's] matchless power, and his mercy, and his long-suffering towards us, we should have unavoidably have been cut off from the face of the earth long before this period of time...."

-- Alma 9:11

[We've had this coming for a long time.  May we repent lest much worse come upon us.]

    "...After we had dwelt in the land for the space of twelve years . . . king Laman began to grow uneasy, lest by any means my people should wax strong in the land, and that they could not overpower them and bring them into bondage."

-- Mosiah 9:11

[Applications go both ways.]

    "Now the people of Akish were desirous for gain, even as Akish was desirous for power; wherefore, the sons of Akish did offer them money, by which means they drew away the more part of the people after them."

-- Ether 9:11

[World Trade Center; financial district of New York City -- capital of world socialism; American public lured by money rather than principles, allows a conspiracy to take over the reigns of government and media.]

    "O my beloved son, how can a people like this, that are without civilization --" [see continuation]

Moroni 9:11

Moroni 9 continued:
 12 (And only a few years have passed away, and they WERE a civil and a delightsome people
 13 But O my son, how can a people like this, whose delight is in so much abomination -- 
 14 How can we expect that God will say his hand in judgment against us?
 15 Behold, my heart cries: Wo unto this people.  Come out in judgment, O God, and hide their sins, and wickedness, and abominations from before thy face!

[U.S. views Islamic nations as being 'backwards' and 'uncivilized,' when in many regards, the opposite is true when it comes to upright living -- especially in New York.]

    "...were gathered together at the burial."

-- Helaman 9:11

    "...Because of the way of deliverance of our God, the Holy One of Israel, this death, of which I have spoken, which is the temporal, shall deliver up its dead; which death is the grave."

-- II Nephi 9:11

[Israel/Jacob = Descendant of Isaac.  Q. Why do the scriptures so often speak of 'our God' as being the 'Holy One of Israel.'  Is 'Their' God the 'Holy One of Ishmael'?  The root of our separateness is engrained even in our most holy scriptures, but must it be so?  We know God extended covenant blessings to Ishmael as well as to Isaac.]

    "...I will show unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are."

-- Mormon 9:11

[And the God of Ishmael . . . 'same God']

Sterling D. Allan
Sept. 18, 2001

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bullet 9:11 in the Old Testament

All chapters 9 verse 11 listed chronologically.  My comments [in brackets].

Sterling D. Allan
Sept. 18, 2001

    "I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth."

-- Genesis 9:11

[...but as for fire!  That's up to you!  Will it be a fire of destruction or a fire of the Holy Spirit to change the hearts of willing men and women -- or a little of both, depending on our choices?]

    "And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians."

-- Exodus 9:11

[Will be harden our hearts as Pharaoh to the signs and wonders?  Magicians = insiders who run the socialist New World Order, who were themselves impacted by this attack.  Egyptians = Americans.]

    "The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs."

-- Numbers 9:11

[Application not obvious.  Perhaps this reference to the keeping of the Passover suggests: that what happened, though bad, could have been much worse, but was mitigated to serve as a warning lest far worse come upon us.]

    "And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the Lord gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant."

-- Deuteronomy 9:11

[Let's return to the 10 commandments.  Return them to the walls of our schools and of our public buildings.]

    "Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your servants: therefore now make ye a league with us."

-- Joshua 9:11

[Hard-wired into American psyche is the concept that you do not make concessions with terrorist -- ever.  At first glance, this verse would appear to support that view, inasmuch as it is in reference to that time anciently when the Gibeonites by craft obtain a league with Israel against the express command of God.  The reason for this command was that the surrounding nations were steeped in wickedness, and their moral decadence would prove a downfall to Israel.  What about today?  Who is the wicked nation?  Based on the Ten Commandments, the nations of Islam are doing a far better job of adhering to the basic laws of civility set forth by Moses.  In the spirit of "the first shall be last, and the last shall be first," perhaps it is time for us to realize that we are indeed brothers (Ishmael and Isaac) and that we both need to be reconciled one with another in the Lord.] 

    "But the fig trees said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?"

-- Judges 9:11

[I don't see an application.  Perhaps someone else more familiar with the story can draw forth its meaning.]

1 Sam 9:11 -- application not apparent

2 Sam. 9:11 -- application not apparent. "...he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons," perhaps the idea of reconciliation.

1 Kings 9:11 -- application not apparent (verse 10 speaks of two houses [twin towers?] built -- one for Lord (church), one for king (state).  Two streets intersection WTC have similar names (church, state?).]

    "...Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to thee?  You know the man and his communication."

-- 2 Kings 9:11

[Despite rhetoric to the contrary, the U.S. Intelligence had numerous leads pointing to Sept. 11 attack.]

-- 1 Chronicles 9:11 -- application not apparent. "...the ruler of the house of God."

    "And the king made . . . terraces to the house of the Lord, and to the king's palace...; and there were none such seen before in the land...."

-- 2 Chronicles 9:11

[Sounds like the city of ancient Babylon.  Likewise does today's wealth rival Babylon the great -- which fell.  Because of the inequality of rich/poor.]

    "The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness."

-- Ezra 9:11

[How the Muslims view America.]

Nehemiah 9:11 -- application not apparent.  Speaks of the miracle of Moses leading the children of Israel through sea on dry land.

    "On that day the number of those that were slain in . . . the palace was brought before the king."

-- Esther 9:11

    "Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not."

-- Job 9:11

[Terrorist stealth, both in preparing and executing the attack.]

    "Sing praises to the Lord, which dwellest in Zion: declare among the people his doings."

-- Psalm 9:11

[One of the most famous Psalms; reminding the belligerent that God's hand in something even such as this.  There is a purpose for everything.  Do we fight it or yield and learn and grow?]

    "For by me they days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased."

Proverbs 9:11

[If we learn from this warning, then worse evil might be diminished if not turned away altogether.]

    "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."

-- Ecclesiastes 9:11

[Just the words a chaplain might read to console the bewildered under circumstances such as 911.  And yet to him that has eyes to see, all things have meaning and can turn for instruction, no matter how awful.  All things are pure to him that is pure.]

    "Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries . . . against him, and join his enemies together;"

-- Isaiah 9:11

[If the U.S. seeks "and eye for an eye" retribution against Osama bin Ladin and Afganistan, the allies of the Muslim world will side with them.  Verse 13 is especially important to bear in mind.  If such a scenario unfolds it will be because "the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the Lord of hosts." (Isa. 9:13.)]

    "And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant."

-- Jeremiah 9:11

[If you think what happened Tuesday Sept. 11 was horrible, magnify that innumerable times over, and you will have what will happen if we do not mend our ways as a civilization.]

    "When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went."

-- Ezekiel 9:11

[Four hijacked airlines.]

[Oops, that's Ezekiel 10:11.  I was looking at the header on the top of the page "Ezekiel 9" and went to verse 11 -- of chapter 10.]

    "And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me."

-- Ezekiel 9:11

[Osama bin Ladin; Terrorist of God.]

    "Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him."

-- Daniel 9:11

    "As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception."

-- Hosea 9:11

[3,700 abortions every day in the U.S.; nearly as many as adults killed on 9/11.  Where are our sensibilities?]

    "In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the reaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it a in the days of old."

-- Amos 9:11

[Amos 9 is the 888th chapter of the Bible.  This verse goes along with page 911 of the Bible (LDS), which contains Isaiah 42, which is the only chapter of Isaiah found in the JST appendix -- on page 801, which is the telephone area code of Wasatch Front Utah, including Salt Lake City.]

Verse 10 of Amos 9 reads:

    "All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us."

Verse 12 of Amos 9 reads:

    "That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this."

    "As for thee also, by the blood of they covenant I have sent forth they prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water."

-- Zechariah 9:11

[Promise of hope to those who inhabit the Baren deserts of the Arab world.  Verse 10 is extremely applicable:]

    "And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jeruslam, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth."

-- Zechariah 9:10

[Messianic prophecy of second advent.  The verse prior is the famous messianic prophecy regarding the first advent of Messiah.]

    "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass."

-- Zechariah 9:9

[That is two verses prior to 911.  Two verses after 911 reads:]

    "Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee."

[Strong hold = U.S.; Prisoners of hope = Muslims; double = twin towers of WTC]


bullet 9:11 in the New Testament

Chapters 9 verse 11 in the New Testament seem to be thematic along the lines of the spiritual ramifications of September 11, and focus on the spiritual remedies.  All occurrences of 9:11 are listed, but not in any particular sequence.  My comments are [in brackets].

Sterling D. Allan
Sept. 18, 2001

    "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon."

-- Revelation 9:11

[Abaddon means "destroyer."  A Greek name for the demon of the abyss.]

    "If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?"

-- I Corinthians 9:11

[The "spiritual things" sewn by the Western World to the Third World, including the Arab countries, has in too many cases been more along the lines of gluttony, pornography, etc.  The "carnal things" we have reaped as a result include the 911 attack.]

    "Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God."

-- II Corinthians 9:11

[The U.S. has been blessed above any other nation because of the foundations of freedom upon which she was built.  However, this prosperity has not been adequately shared either among our own or with other nations, creating a resentment on their part toward us.]


    "(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)"

-- Romans 9:11

[Referring to Isaac's twins, Jacob and Esau.  The next verse applies to the Ishmael (Arabs) vs. Isaac (Jews/Christian) situation as well:]

    "It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated."

[Do we really believe God hates anyone?  I certainly do not.  That wording had some purpose in mind, and it was not to perpetuate hatred of an entire people because of their lineage.]


    "And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?"

-- Matthew 9:11

[When I propose that our response to the atrocity of Sept. 11 should be to humble ourselves, realizing that we 'had it coming,' and seek reconciliation with our Muslim brothers, much of the response has been one of being appalled that anyone would even consider such a thing.]

    "And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,"

-- Acts 9:11

[This is a key verse in the story of the conversion of Saul/Paul.  Again we see the theme of the mixture or working together among those who hitherto were forbidden by religious custom from doing so.  In this case the primary protagonist Jewish persecutor of the Christians has had a transforming experience.  Could Saul in this case be a metaphor for a person like Osama bin Ladin?]

    "And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing."

-- Luke 9:11

[Does that sound like a doctrine of retaliation?]

    "He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight."

-- John 9:11

[O that we all could see.]

    "And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?"

-- Mark 9:11

[application not apparent; perhaps superbly profound, having to do with one who must come first before something wonderful follows.]

    "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;"

-- Hebrews 9:11

[Though the tabernacle of Christ was destroyed, yet was it raised again on the third day.  Though the United States may have experienced a major blow on 911, the city of God that will be established on this land once it is purified will be one made 'without hands' and all nations will flow unto it.]


bullet Excerpts from Sammy's original post

Perhaps the ones who were "cast out" by Sarah -- would be allowed back in Romans 9-11 and Romans 9:11. The Gentiles to be grafted in -- seems to be clear.

Also, here are some other interesting 9:11 verses regarding Israel judgment and restoration:

YHWH's anger against Israel: Isaiah 9:11 But YHWH has strengthened Rezin's foes agasint them and has spurred their enemies on.

Rev. 9:11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.

Hosea 9:11 Ephraim's glory will fly away like a bird - no birth, no pregnancy, no conception.

Idolators killed: Ezekiel 9:11 Then the man in linen with the writing kit at his side brought back word, saying I have done as you commaneded.

About Judah Jeremiah 9:11 I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals; and I will lay waste the towns of Judah so no one can live there.

12 What man is wise enough to understand this? who has been instructed by the Lord and can explain it? Why has the land been ruined and laid waste like a desert that no one can cross? 13 The Lord said, "It is because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them; they have not obeyed me or followed my law. 14 Instead they have followed the stubbornness of their hearts; they have followed the Baals, as their fathers taught them.

Amos 9:11 In that day I will restore David's fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be

911 does have "an emergency situation" definition in the U.S.

Maybe Daniel 9:11 also applies:

"All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you. "Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the law of Moses , the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you."

I can't help but think of the North and South Twin towers representing Ephraim and Judah (Ephraim scattered to North, Judah scattered to South). One of the towers had an antenna on it, not sure which one that was.

Anyways, I'm wondering if this is somewhat of a sign that we are in the period of tribulation or are in birth pangs. I think all of these are signs and YHWH speaks to us creatively in a language we understand.

Perhaps Romans 9-11 is applicable, but especially the verse about the TWINS. Romans 9:11 (HRV): Before her sons were born and they had done neither good nor evil, the choice of Eloah was already made known that [it] should remain not by works but by the hand of him who called.




9:11 in the Doctrine and Covenants

    "Behold, it was expedient when you commenced; but you feared, and the time is past, and it is not expedient now;"

-- Doctrine and Covenant 9:11

At first, when I read this verse, I thought it was an example of a non-application.  However, as I look at it again, phrase by phrase, it is highly applicable.

Phrase-by-phrase Commentary

"It was expedient"
The Country was in a state of wickedness, and deserved the long-overdue punishment.

"when you commenced"
At the time the attack took place.
Even from the beginning, this country has not been free from turning from the ways of uprightness, though she has been blessed and prospered of God.

"you feared"
Terrorist (fear) attack Sept. 11, 2001
2. Trusting in arm of flesh rather than God.

"the time is past"
This was long overdue.
2. It's behind you now.  What are you going to do about it?  Will you repent or will you persist in the ways of wickedness and bring even worse calamities upon you.

"it is not expedient now"
Further destructions are no longer necessary at this time.  Enough people have been awakened by this event and are humbling themselves before the Lord and are seeking for a lasting peace through coming to a reconciliation with their Muslim brothers, seeking to address the core issues and overcome the obstacles to mutual understanding.

Sterling D. Allan
Sept. 18, 2001


bullet Nostradamus 9:11

----- Original Message -----
From: <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2001 7:27 PM
Subject: [888] Nostradamus Chap 9 verse 11:

9.11  Le iuste mort tort mort l'on viendra mettre
Publiquement du lieu esteint:
Si grande peste en ce lieu viendra naistre,
Que les iugeans fuyr seront contraints.


Wrongly will they come to put the just one to death,
In public and in the middle extinguished:
So great a pestilence will come to arise in this place,
That the judges will be forced to flee.

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bullet See also

Words 9 and 11 in the OT Lexicon [PDF] - verbatim correlation to Rev. 9:11 "abbadon" (by Robert McCoy)

* 911 > Prophecy > Book of Mormon Commentary on September 11 Attack on America
Index of BofM-based prophetic insights regarding the attack and its subsequent war.

911 > Prophecy > Book of Mormon > My Experience Passing Out Fliers During LDS General Conference, Oct. 7, 2001
What an interesting day I had passing out 1700 fliers titled, "Book of Mormon Commentary on Sept. 11 Attack on America." 

(Jeanette Skeem): Book 9 Chapter 11 in the Book of Mormon (Alma 11) - Commentary and polemic on the financial elements Sept. 11 Attack.


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