Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the best-selling author of “the Harbinger: the Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America’s Future,” recently took time from his busy schedule to answer a series of questions from Examiner.com. Rabbi Cahn, who will be the keynote speaker at today’s Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
“The Harbinger” is a work of fiction, but Cahn uses the fictional story of a writer’s meetings with a mysterious prophet to tell the real story of nine harbingers that preceded the destruction of ancient Israel. Cahn believes that the same harbingers are warning modern America of God’s impending judgment. “The Harbinger” has recently passed a major publishing milestone with a 1 million copies sold.
David W. Thornton: How was The Harbinger prophecy revealed to you? Was it similar to the fictional account in the novel or was it purely through prayer and study?
Jonathan Cahn: After 9/11, I was praying and was led to a particular section of Scripture in Isaiah concerning the first warning of judgment given to Israel. I found out later that David Wilkerson in Time Square Church told his congregation that the Lord was giving a word to America and it was the same section of Scripture. In fact, he even spoke the specific “decoder” verse of “The Harbinger” [Isaiah 9:10]. And he did say it because he saw the harbingers manifest. Most would only come later. But it was simply from the Lord.
Later I was standing at the corner of Ground Zero and my attention was drawn to an object. Something said “seek it out.” I began searching the Scriptures and the mystery began to unfold. It was the first puzzle piece of the ancient mystery which kept getting bigger and bigger, deeper and deeper until I was completely blown away. It was an ancient mystery that lay behind everything from 9/11 to everything that happened after. It was [so] specific that it even foretold the precise actions and words of American leaders. It was mind boggling.
When I shared it at my congregation, the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel, the people were likewise blown away. Everyone felt it was a word from the Lord that had to go forth to the nation. As I began to write the book, an entire second stream of mysteries began to unfold, ancient mysteries which lay behind the collapse of the American [nation], mysteries so specific that they pinpointed events down to the days and hours.
When I began to write the book in the form in which it now exists, of a prophet revealing the mystery through a series of seals, the words just flowed out as it the book were already written before I wrote it.
DWT: Since major cataclysmic events occurred in the financial world on Elul 29 in the last two Shimitah years, do you believe that some act of judgment will occur on the next Shimitah Elul 29 which is September 13, 2015? If so, do you have any idea what?
JC: The next Shimitah will take place from September 2014 to September 2015, culminating on the 29th day of Elul, September 13, 2015, that’s correct. I haven’t been led to be dogmatic concerning what may or may not happen, but I think it’s wise to keep our eyes open.
DWT: Much has been written about the reinstatement of Israel as a prophetic super sign. Is there a relationship between modern-day Israel and American judgment that leads to Biblical end-time events such as the War of Magog and the tribulation of the Revelation?
JC: There is a connection between the macro pictures of end-time prophecy and the specificity of The Harbinger. We know that there is no clear reference to America in end-time prophecy and yet America is now still the head of nations. Thus, to go from where we are now to the scenario of end-time prophecy, somehow America must fall as the world’s leading superpower; it must lose its crown as head of nations. “The Harbinger” fills in the gap with specific detail as to how it would proceed to that end.
DWT: Do you believe that recent cataclysmic events such as Hurricane Sandy and the Newton massacre are related to the removal of God’s protective hedge?
JC: We must be careful in our discerning what every calamity means. “The Harbinger” rests on a precise, unique, eerie, and exact outworking of an ancient template of judgment in all its specificity and detail. Thus there is a clear Biblical frame of reference. With most other calamities, this is not the case. Nevertheless there are general principles of Scripture concerning national judgment.
In the case of Hurricane Sandy, it was striking for such a storm to develop when and where it did – and then to specifically strike New York City. It was also of note that the storm struck Ground Zero, flooding it over. The governor of New York then went down to Ground Zero and from there made declarations that the city would rebuild and come back better than ever. Anyone who read “The Harbinger” would know the significance of such words.
DWT: Have you had any other revelations since writing the book?
JC: Yes. The mystery of “The Harbinger” has not stopped. It’s continuing. Since the book was released, the harbingers are continuing to manifest. And what was foreshadowed in the book is coming true. Some of it has been so amazing that it has left those who read the book literally gasping. When my wife informed me of one of them I didn’t even believe her. It was too far out (and I wrote the book)! It involved the president of the United States and a[n] ancient Hebrew mystery.
DWT: Do you have any idea how much time is left for America to repent or what the result of the final judgment will be?
JC: We all live in the face of judgment. And the time to repent, to be saved, and to get right with God . . . is now.
For more information on “The Harbinger” and to receive a CD and other gifts from Rabbi Cahn, visit Jonathan Cahn’s website: http://www.theharbinger-jonathancahn.com/
This interview was conducted via email. Rabbi Cahn’s responses are presented in their entirety except for minor editing and the addition of hyperlinks.