If you don’t watch the news, you may not realize what a desperate state our world is in. And if you don’t follow my blog, you may not recognize that Jesus and the ancient prophets of the Lord God — that does not include the false gods and false prophets followed by many — foretold these troubled times.
When tragedy and trauma strike, we can respond in one of two ways.
Number One: We can blame God and react with anger or choose to languish in self-pity and fear.
Number Two: We can humble ourselves and seek God’s spiritual presence in the midst of adversity.
Below are links to a select few articles that, I believe, demonstrate THE point of Jonathan Cahn’s teachings about “harbingers” (http://superstore.wnd.com/products_by_author/Jonathan-Cahn) that have been manifesting in the United States, in Israel, and in various locations around the world….
This article was published on August 2nd and will give you an overview of Jonathan’s ministry regarding the prophecy that was revealed to him concerning harbingers:
‘Harbinger’ ancient curse uttered, again, in Israel
With forest fires raging, some seek to replace sycamores with cedars
August 2, 2016
“The sycamores have been cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.”
– Isaiah 9:10
More than 2,700 years ago, these prophetically significant words were uttered in ancient Israel – bringing upon the Northern Kingdom a curse of destruction.
And they are once again being uttered today in Israel by some who, apparently oblivious to the context of that verse, made famous in America by messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn in his bestselling book, “The Harbinger” and No. 1 bestselling faith movie, “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” cite it as an opportunity to raise money for the replacement of the Jewish state’s burned out forests.
Fires have been raging from north to south in Israel because of a heat wave, with several precious forested areas burned in Israel since April. The northern biblical cities of Megiddo, Mount Carmel and Tiberias, Haifa and Acre are among the victimized areas – including some of the very scenes of the destruction of 722 BC. The hot and dry conditions fueling these fires are not unusual, but the duration of this environment is surprising the Israeli Meteorological Service. The severity of the heat is also shocking experts – temperatures in April reached the highest levels recorded in 130 years.
The all but continuous infernos are causing chaos throughout the Jewish state – even the purity of the water in some communities has been jeopardized.
There is also a deep spiritual significance to the events, as many of the trees now aflame were planted by the Jewish people when they returned to their ancestral homeland. Rabbi Tuly Weisz, founder of the pro-Israel website Israel365.com, argued trees in the Holy Land represent nothing less than God’s prophecies being fulfilled. For that reason, the site is currently sponsoring a tree-planting campaign to replace the fallen trees, urging donors to fulfill “Ezekiel’s prophecy” as laid out in Ezekiel 36:35 – “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden.”
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn finds it remarkable – and ominous.
“Amazing that this verse should come now – and in Israel,” said Cahn. “Isaiah 9:10 is one of the most obscure verses in the Bible. Most Bible students had little idea it existed – or at least before ‘The Harbinger’ came out.”
Cahn said the significance of this relatively obscure verse being used in Israel cannot be overemphasized.
“It’s a verse concerning God’s judgment upon a nation,” he said. “It was the verse that Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle proclaimed from Capitol Hill, the day after 9/11. It was the verse that Sen. John Edwards, running for vice president, proclaimed on the anniversary of September 11 in 2004. And it’s the same verse that Barack Obama has proclaimed in one form or another throughout his presidency.”
In Cahn’s book and movie about America facing judgment in the aftermath of 9/11, U.S. leaders – from Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to Sen. John Edwards – were shown to have cited the verse from Isaiah, obviously not comprehending the context.
Likewise, that error was inexplicably repeated by American leaders in many forms after the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001, Cahn revealed.
“What’s particularly striking is that the verse in its original context has to do with the trees of Israel being struck down and then replanted,” said Cahn. “Now we have a report concerning the same land, the land of Isaiah 9:10 and concerning the same native trees of Isaiah 9:10 – and a proclamation to do the exact same thing in the same place where Isaiah 9:10 was first fulfilled. Of course those making the proclamation have no more idea as to the meaning of their proclamation than did Tom Daschle, John Edwards or Barack Obama. That makes it all the more striking.”
Joseph Farah, producer of “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” had this to add: “The words of Isaiah 9:10 are not words man should be attempting to fulfill. Isaiah 9:10 was a message of warning from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to repent of sin and turn back to Him. It was a mistake when those words were uttered by the leadership of ancient Israel – words that led to its judgment and destruction.”
Rabbi Cahn warned the resurfacing of this verse is an important development to both Americans and Israelis. Indeed, the messianic rabbi argued it could be a sign.
“Since ‘The Harbinger’ came out, America has followed in the same biblical template of judgment as did ancient Israel in its last days before destruction,” Cahn intoned. “If anything we have only accelerated our departure from God and our defiance in the midst of that departure.
“So the fact that now a proclamation comes out of the land of Isaiah 9:10 saying, ‘Now is the time to fulfill the word of Isaiah 9:10. …’ is, in, itself most striking and potentially ominous. Could that in and of itself now be a sign to us?”
Interestingly, Cahn points out, a few verses later in Isaiah 9:18-19, there is an allusion to forest fires in Israel: “For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke. Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.”
Harbingers have been manifesting for many years — particularly since 9/11/2001. On August 19, 2013, CBS News reported that wild fires were burning in eleven Western U.S. states. In Idaho alone, over 100,000 acres burned. (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wildfires-burning-in-11-western-states/)
In July of 2014, The Huffington Post reported that fires in Northwest Canada were burning at levels “unprecedented in 10,000 years.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/17/northwest-territories-canada_n_5596932.html)
As I write this, fires are burning out of control in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and South Dakota. (http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=current+wildfires+in+u.s.&view=detailv2&&id=8625CA608C92A6E539778DF7CCCB3BF70E0C751F&selectedIndex=0&ccid=8JC76Gor&simid=608051629463307479&thid=OIP.Mf090bbe86a2b5bc56e872e0ce297df69o0&ajaxhist=0)
But that’s not all …
In Louisiana and neighboring states, within the past few days have experienced historic flooding. And in Texas, millions are under a flood watch. Funny how after years of drought and prayers for rain, residents of Texas have been witnessing the answer to their prayers!
Just today …
Powerful earthquakes have been reported in Myanmar. And in an area known for quaint, small town Italian tourism, the devastation is unimaginable. Death tolls are rising:
In Afghanistan …
BREAKING: American University of Afghanistan Under Attack
Posted: Aug 24, 2016 8:15 AM PDT
(CBSNews) KABUL, Afghanistan – The American University of Afghanistan is under attack, according to multiple accounts.
CBS News’ Ahmad Muktar reports from Afghanistan that several American professors are inside, along with possibly hundreds of students. Many appear to have escaped through emergency doors.
Witnesses say they heard gunshots, then a blast, and many believe it was the gate blown open, letting the attackers inside.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer Massoud Hossaini has been tweeting that he is trapped inside along with others….
In Europe …
Jeff Berwick, of The Dollar Vigilant, reports:
Europe is convulsed by Islamic immigration, Brexit and a brutal economic state-of-affairs that are making it difficult for the average European citizen to live anything like a normal life or plan for the future.
Germany is one place where this sort of fear is being aimed at the population on a daily basis. Angela Merkel’s government has just urged Germans to stockpile enough food and water for ten and five days, respectively “in case of an attack or catastrophe.” Germany is also mulling a return to a military draft.
On the surface, Merkel is simply trying to prepare Germans for every eventuality. She is, you see, a caring leader who wants the best for her people.
In fact, Merkel is simply a handmaiden for a much larger group of elites who are continually plotting “chaos” in order to lay the groundwork for a continued evolution of global governance….
Back in May, Barak Obama made this statement: “One of the things that we have learned over the course of the last seven and a half years is that government plays a vital role, but it is every citizen’s responsibility to be prepared for a disaster.” This is one of the few things that the president and I agree on. However, as many “preppers” have found, if your preparations are observed by the government, you could be receiving a visit from the CIA or the FBI.
On July 15th, “the House Homeland Security Committee unanimously approved highly controversial legislation that gives FEMA and DHS far more power to roundup Americans they deem as potentially violent extremists. It creates a new Office for Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE, within DHS under the pretense of preventing Americans from becoming radicalized by extremist groups…. We all know that the governement is quick to assert that Christians, Constitutionalists, patriots, conservatives, gun owners, etc. are extremists. The most benign activities can be considered warning signs that someone is becoming radicalized according to the feds. As Infowars points out in the video below, paying with cash, eating vegan or just drinking raw milk is considered ‘extreme.’” (Source: http://endingthefed.com/h-r-2899-the-fema-camp-roundup-legislation.html)
I could go on, but for the sake of those who don’t have time or inclination to read long posts: Yes, it is time to prepare for whatever is to come. But when I think about it, everything I’ve stored intending to support my family and to help others, in the event of an emergency situation, can easily be destroyed by some form of natural disaster. Anything that I own may be stolen by a thief or confiscated by local and federal authorities.
So I AM preparing.
Jesus said, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains…. See, I have told you ahead of time.” (Matthew 24:6-8, 25, NIV)
Jesus also said: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
Yes I am storing food, medical and survival items. But as harbingers continue to appear globally, I know my treasures are stored in heaven.
Keep watching, my friends …
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“Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.
I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you …
Be faithful, even to the point of death,
and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.”
— Jesus, to the church in Smyrna