Examining “The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn

This morning (6/17/12) the Lord God reminded me that my ways are not higher than His ways, nor are my thoughts higher than His thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9)!

Yesterday I posted the comment that I do not recommend Jonathan Cahn’s book The Harbinger because of the fictional style that he chose to use in writing it. If you had a chance to link to the lecture and interviews that I shared to hear Rabbi Cahn tell about the “harbingers” or “warnings” that God has given to America through him, you will understand why this is so important. This morning I noticed an article that reports on the impact the book is making — it is actually on the New York Times best seller list! And it occurred to me that the the book is actually written in the form that God intended. Like Jesus’ parables, there is a supernatural layer of meaning within the way the story is told that has been designed by God Himself to distribute truth to the multitude, just as Jesus did!

Here is the text of the article:

Christ-centered phenomenon defying N.Y. Times

Book, new film show prophecy fulfilled before our eyes

By Terry Jones

A phenomenon has taken place in the book publishing world. The secular book market – headed by the New York Times’ Best-Sellers list – has let slip through its normally anti-Christian critics’ hands a book of profound significance. It is on the surface a work of fiction that is at the same time deeply ingrained truth from the only source of truth there is – the very Word of God.

Not since Hal Lindsey’s “Late, Great Planet Earth” and Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ “Left Behind” series has such a volume been allowed to reach such a mass audience by those who control that level of mega sales in the book publishing industry. First-time author Jonathan Cahn outlines the stunning fact about The Harbinger with the simple understatement from the opening page:  “What you are about to read is presented in the form of a story, but what is contained within the story is real.”

I’ve been studying Bible prophecy for more than fifty years and have been writing about eschatological matters in terms of prophecy’s progression through our daily lives for most of forty. In all that time, I haven’t seen a case for current issues and events as having prophetic relevance presented in a more evidence-based way than in this book.

To my way of thinking, this book defies the art of fiction writing because the template would have it that there be action that builds to a crescendo, always keeping readers on the edge of their seats, wanting to get past the present life-and-death cliffhanger and onto the building suspense of the next. The Harbingeris all narrative through dialogue between three people, basically. It is, as the author says, a story, but one that is real. Unheard of! A Christ-centered story, with no real action, so massive in its appeal that it makes the big show – the N.Y. Times Best-Seller list?

Certainly it is not formulaic. The Harbinger is inspired.

There can be little doubt about it after reading it. Most everyone who reads the story will agree, I’m convinced. That is the secret of its appeal. That is the power behind its defying the odds to crash right through the critique barrier that the secular guardians of contemporary literature constantly put up against scribes who would mention the name of Jesus Christ in ways other than as invective.

It is obvious: The Lord of Heaven wanted this book written and disseminated widely. There’s no agent or publisher who can see that that is done in a more proficient or powerful way. There is no critic or system of critiquing that can change such a course as He determines. The question becomes, then: Why is this book so important that the Lord has forced it past those anointed defenders of literature who rarely let such works get past them?

The Harbinger itself gives the answer.

The protagonist, Nouriel Kaplan, sits in a publisher’s office high above the streets of central Manhattan. He is there to propose a book idea based upon his strange experience. The woman executive, with a reputation for being straight to the point and known to rarely entertain a face-to-face meeting with a prospective author, impatiently asks what the book is about that could possibly be so mysterious.

Nouriel gives her the answer. “An ancient mystery … that holds the secret of America’s future … and on which its future hangs. And it’s not fiction – it’s real.”

The story then begins to unfold, as I’ve said, through an unconventional (for successful fiction) narrative – dialogue that basically involves only three characters. But, wow! What dialogue!

The Harbinger’s phenomenal success isn’t about the scintillating way the three converse with each other, however. The “wow” is in the subject matter discussed and the astonishing details unveiled as the story progresses. America’s past, present, and future are at the heart of the experience that Nouriel Kaplan – by way of ancient biblical seals mysteriously provided him – unveils throughout the book. His telling gets to the heart of what I and many other students of Bible prophecy sensed following the horrors of September 11, 2001. …

FIND THE ENTIRE ARTICLE @ http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/christ-centered-phenomenon-defying-n-y-times/

So … I’m going to pick up the book AGAIN and read the whole thing as the parable that it is. No doubt I will be blessed if I can just get my critical self out of the way and soak up the message that the Lord has specifically in mind for me. I urge you to do the same!

UPDATE 11/12/13 …

I’m not sure that any book I’ve ever read has fulfilled a need in me like The Harbinger. The PROOF that the Lord God of Jacob is actively moving in our world TODAY lies in Jonathan Cahn’s direct communication with the Almighty — God bless him!

Here are some links that I encourage my readers to enjoy:

ISAIAH 9:10, AMERICA, AND BIBLE PROPHECY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GyZZmhE66k

THE HARBINGER BY JONATHAN CAHN: http://www.amazon.com/The-Harbinger-Ancient-Mystery-Americas/dp/161638610X

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