The Holy Spirit is leading me to summarize some of Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s important teachings concerning prophecies that he was given by God to share with the world … but particularly with America. These prophecies came to light beginning with the terrorist attacks on New York City in 2001.
The following selected information comes from Rabbi Cahn’s books, The Harbinger (2011) and The Harbinger Companion / Study Guide (2013).
“The mystery of The Harbinger begins over twenty-seven hundred years ago in the days of ancient Israel. In the last days of that kingdom [the kingdom of the northern 10 tribes; Judah and Benjamin were primary tribes in the southern kingdom], before its judgment, there manifested Nine Harbingers, or signs, of a nation headed to judgment. But the people of Israel disregarded the signs and continued on a path of defiance against God. A number of years were given to them to either turn back to God or enter into judgment. They refused to turn back. And in 722 BC they were destroyed.” [That historic event is often labeled by scholars as “the 10 lost tribes of Israel.” A majority of the population was taken captive by the Assyrians, then those descendants of Jacob were scattered throughout the world over time. This is called the first “Diaspora.”]
“What is stunning, eerie, and even downright scary is that those same Nine Harbingers of judgment that appeared in Israel’s last days are now reappearing — on American soil. Some have appeared in New York City. Some have appeared in Washington D.C. Some have appeared in the form of objects, others as events, even ceremonies. Some have involved the highest leaders in the land, even the president of the United States.
“This ancient mystery holds the key to everything from politics, economics, culture, the course of history, the future of America, the future of every American, and that of the world.”
Rabbi Cahn makes the point that there is a pattern of judgment. That pattern is revealed in Isaiah 9:10 and surrounding verses, which says in part:
“The Lord has sent a message against Jacob;
it will fall on Israel.
9 All the people will know it—
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria [the northern tribes]—
who say with pride
and arrogance of heart,
10 “The bricks have fallen down,
but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
but we will replace them with cedars.”
Rabbi Cahn quotes from a classic commentary:
1. First comes some serious departure from God or from his service on the part of the nation.
2. Then comes the Divine correction. … Then comes resentment and revolt of the human will against the Divine. Instead of hearkening, and repenting, the nation determines to act IN A SPIRIT OF DEFIANCE. In its own strength, it will rise above its present circumstances. It will turn its fallen bricks into massive stones that will not fail; it will exchange feeble sycamores that are cut down for strong cedars.
In other words, the ancient Israelites were warned by prophets of God to turn from their sin.
But they responded with arrogance, pride and defiance.
Their leaders vowed that they would rebuild by their own strength.
They would replace what had been torn down — dressed stone would be used instead of the hand-made bricks that had been destroyed.
They would replace the fig trees with stronger trees — cedars — which could not be uprooted so easily.
Jonathan Cahn asks the question: “Why should a biblical template of judgment that manifested in ancient Israel be manifesting again in 21st century America? …Why does it have to be America? It doesn’t. The signs could appear in any nation in danger of judgment because (1) God is consistent and acts in consistency with His Word, and (2) these are signs of national judgment.” …
“Beyond this, America is uniquely paralleled to ancient Israel in many ways. From its very conception it was built upon a biblical foundation and was dedicated [by George Washington and the first Congress] for God’s purposes, as was Israel. Now, as with ancient Israel, it is falling away from its foundation….
“There is a principle in the Bible that says this: to whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). Americans have been given much. We have been blessed more than the people of any other nation. If we now turn away from the God of our foundation, the God of our blessings, much will be required….
“God allowed the nation of Israel to be shaken, not for the purpose of destruction, but for redemption, TO WAKE UP THE NATION, to call her back to Himself, to avoid destruction. ISRAEL refused to wake up or to turn back and was destroyed.… AMERICA is now witnessing the same pattern of judgment, the same signs, the same progression. Will America turn back? Will there be judgment or redemption?”
In Part 2, we will be reminded of America’s forefathers who sought to honor the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (a.k.a. ISRAEL). And we’ll look at the similarities between the apostasy of Israel and America’s decline into its current state.
We’re just getting started….