is a fictional account of what its author, Messianic Rabbi Jonathan
Cahn believes is a scenario that is on the verge of happening to
America, unless there is national repentance. This New York Times
bestseller, though written as a work of fiction, it is clear that
Cahn believes his nine harbingers are truly a pronouncement of
impending judgment against the United States. At the beginning of
the book it says, “What you are about to read is presented in the
form of a story, but what is contained within the story is real.”
If this was not clear from the book, it is made very clear when one
views any number of the one-hour presentations of this material by
Cahn on YouTube. There is even a two-hour DVD movie entitled: The
Isaiah 9:10 Judgment2 with Cahn. The question that
any Bible-believing Christian should ask about The Harbinger
is as follows: “Is this really a true message or revelation from
IS AMERICA A COVENANT NATION?
Rabbi Cahn begins his presentation by saying that there
are only two nations in the history of the world who are in covenant
relation with God. They are Israel and America. Israel is clearly
in a direct covenant relationship with God . . . but America? “But
there was one other—a civilization also conceived and dedicated to
the will of God from its conception . . . America.” Cahn continues,
“Those who laid America’s foundations saw it as a new Israel, an
Israel of the New World. And as with ancient Israel, they saw it as
in covenant with God.”3
Amazingly, the Jewish Christian Rabbi, Jonathan Cahn is
advocating a form of replacement theology by presenting America as
“a new Israel.” Israel and Israel alone is the Lord’s only covenant
nation. While there are a number of biblical passages that make it
clear that the twelve tribes of Israel are God’s lone covenant
nation (Ex. 20:2; 34:27; Deut. 4:1, 6–8, 13, 20, 34, 37, 44; 7:6–8;
1 Kings 8:9), Psalm 147:19–20 says, “He declares His words to Jacob,
His statutes and His ordinances to Israel. He has not dealt thus
with any nation; and as for His ordinances, they have not known
them. Praise the LORD!” Only once in history did God choose to
make a covenant with a nation and it was Israel.
If Cahn somehow thinks that America is a covenant nation
with God because the founders, primarily during the Colonial Period
were devout Christians, which they were, does not mean that God
recognizes such nations as being in a covenantal relationship like
Israel. Things like the Mayflower Compact were not made with God but
horizontally between the Pilgrims to honor God and do other things.
No doubt, the 167 years of Colonial America provided perhaps the
greatest Christian basis for any nation in history, but somehow
making our country a “covenant nation” like Israel simply could not
and did not happen.
Cahn compounds his error by citing 2 Chronicles 7:14 (one
of the most abused verses in the Bible) as God’s message to America
for today in one of the closing chapters. “And My people who are
called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and
turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will
forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Cahn applies this
passage to America, not Israel as in the biblical context when he
says: “It’s the call of God to a nation once dedicated to His
purposes but now falling away from His will. It’s the call of God
to return.”4 Only Israel is called by the Lord’s name.
In the surrounding context of this passage the phrase “Thy people
Israel” is used seven times in chapters six and seven in 2
Chronicles. The Lord declares, “but I have chosen Jerusalem that My
name might be there and I have chosen David to be over My people
Israel” (6:6). You don’t volunteer to be God’s chosen people,
He must choose you and He has only chosen the nation of Israel!
What bothers me the most about this book is that Cahn, who appears
to be a strongly committed Christian and zealous in his work for the
Lord, is not zealous to protect and rightly handle the Scriptures.
How can anyone take a passage that is clearly addressed to Israel
(Isa. 9:10) and one that has already been fulfilled in history for
Israel and say that it also applies in some way to America? There
is only a single meaning to any passage in the entire canon of
Scripture. Yet, Rabbi Cahn claims that Isaiah 9:10 also is a
prophecy about contemporary America. He admits that it was
fulfilled in the past in relation to the Northern Kingdom by the
invasion of the Assyrians.5 But it is also a prophecy
relating to contemporary America as a mystery that needs to be
uncovered. Cahn claims that when the mystery is unraveled, the same
pattern of judgment that happened two and a half thousand years ago
will be repeated upon America. “The Nine Harbingers that manifested
in ancient Israel in the nation’s last days,” explains Cahn, “Each
one was a sign. Each one was a warning of judgment . . . of their
end . . . the Nine Harbingers of judgment.”6
For Cahn, these nine harbingers are something he says is
revealed to be for America.7 Thus, he is under the
delusion that some kind of revelation from God to him has taken
place via the warnings of American judgment. Yet, it is somehow
linked with Isaiah 9:10 and a series of interesting events that have
taken place in conjunction with the attack on the Twin Towers in New
York City during 9/11 and various events and statements by important
people since that event. Since America was called to be “a vessel of
redemption, an instrument of God’s purposes, a light to the world,”8
and was no longer performing that role, God is giving her a warning
of impending judgment upon our nation in the form of the nine
harbingers of Isaiah 9:10.
The first is a breach in the wall, which means that at
9/11 America’s divine protection no longer was in place.9
Second, the terrorist represents America invading Iraq that was in
ancient times the location of Assyria that invaded Israel in the
eight century B.C.10 Third, the fallen bricks speak of
the nation not repenting, but becoming arrogant and saying they will
build the ruins back stronger and better than at the first.11
Fourth, the tower represents the leaders not repenting and desiring
to rebuild the towers even higher than before.12 Fifth,
the Gazit Stone tells of the foundations and the huge “Freedom
Stone” at Ground Zero.13 Sixth, the sycamore tree is
symbolic of the uprooting of the nation through judgment.14
Seventh, the Erez tree is a tree of hope and pictures a stubborn
nation’s failure to repent and turn to God.15 Eight, the
utterance of Page, bec60es actual judgment upon America.16
Ninth, the prophecy of judgment reiterated upon America, but she can
repent if she heeds the warning of 2 Chronicles 7:14.17
Many Christians are falling for the message found in The
Harbinger as if Isaiah himself had been resurrected and came to
America and spoke it himself. Many might say, “What could be wrong
with a message from any source telling America to repent?” Surely a
majority of Americans do need to repent, but if we believe it on the
basis of someone claiming to speak on an authority equal with the
Bible, then we have fallen for a false authority. Besides, Paul has
already told America and every human on the planet to repent in Acts
17:30–31. “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God
is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because
He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness
through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all
men by raising Him from the dead.” If we start giving heed to those
who claim to speak for the Lord, especially those who twist
Scripture in the process, more and more people will come out with
wacko books and mislead even more people.
Many are talking today about God judging America and He
surely could do that in a dramatic way, but the focus of Paul, even
two thousand years ago was on the fact that God has already fixed a
day on His calendar when He will judge the world for unbelief. Yes,
America is deserving of judgment but so is the entire world. Could
anyone name a nation in the world today that does not deserve God’s
judgment? I cannot and I doubt that you can name one either. Bible
prophecy appears to indicate that this world is moving toward global
judgment where America and all the Christ-rejecting nations will
join the Antichrist’s team in revolt against our Lord God Almighty,
whom Christ will destroy with the breath of His mouth at the second
coming when He will set up a righteous rule through His redeemed
people Israel. Maranatha!
Jonathan Cahn, The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds The
Secret of America’s Future (Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2011), 262
Jonathan Cahn, The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment: Is There an Ancient
Mystery that Foretells America’s Future? DVD. Directed by George
Escobar, 2012. 120 minutes.
Cahn, The Harbinger, p. 19.
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