Jonathan CahnFrontline / 2012 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$9.495 out of 5 stars for The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America's Future. View reviews of this product. 696 Reviews
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null1 Stars Out Of 5Extremely Wrong Theology and Misleading False ProphecyJanuary 30, 2023nullQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I was given this book for Christmas and promised $50 if I read it, which is the only way I could've made it through this convoluted excuse for a book. There are so many major issues with the premise. The entire book is based on this idea that 9-11 is a sign of America's imminent destruction, claiming it parallels what happened when ancient Israel was taken into exile by the Assyrians. The idea is based on Isaiah 9:10, which is a small part of a prophecy given to Israel after their final warning before God judged them as a nation. The book claims that this prophecy doesn't just apply to Israel, but to America as well.
But hold on, you say. That doesn't make any sense. Israel was judged because they broke the covenant they had with God. To which I'd say: You're absolutely right, and that issue is at the core of my problems with this book. Cahn claims that America is now in a covenantal relationship with God (don't worry, he only waits until the last 20 percent of the book to explain what that means). While this is objectively false from a historical sense, the deeper issue is a spiritual one, because it seems that Cahn completely misunderstands the nature of the gospel.
Under the old covenant, only the Hebrews were able to have a relationship with God. They were given the Law, which they were supposed to follow perfectly. Of course, God knew they wouldn't be able to do that, so He instituted the sacrifices at the Tabernacle and later the Temple to atone for the people's sins. What He asked of His people was to follow Him and Him only, to be sure not to turn away and follow the idols of the peoples around them. Of course, the Old Testament shows us a cycle of the Israelites turning away from God, God sending judgment on them, and them turning back to him in repentance, when He would show mercy. This happened over and over until eventually the people were sent into exile, basically cutting them off from God, since His presence was linked with the Temple.
When Christ came, He fulfilled the old covenant, the one no one could ever keep, by living a perfect life and dying in our place. He rose again three days later to show that God had accepted this sacrifice in place of our deaths for our sins, and in doing this He established a new covenant. No longer would God's people be defined by ethnicity, location, or temple rituals: God would come and live within us through the Holy Spirit, and His kingdom would be made up of people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. God no longer has a chosen nation that He calls His people, because His people are living all over the world as foreigners, citizens of Heaven who are waiting to enter their eternal home.
Because we are under the new covenant now, we are made right with God through faith and repentance. This happens on an individual level, not a national level. We are forever saved from fear of God's judgment, because our sins have been wiped clean. We are forever blessed with blessings that aren't of the physical world but the spiritual one, and these can never be taken away.
And here arises the issue. If God created a new covenant, and He's raising up a people from all corners of the world, why would He have made a covenant with America that is basically the old covenant with Israel repackaged? That old covenant was not enough to save us. Jesus came so that the new covenant could give people life, but Cahn is arguing that the old covenant is in effect in America. Honestly, this tramples on everything Christ did on the cross. It picks it up and throws it in the garbage. It says, "I don't need Christ, because I can do this on my own," or, at least, my country can do this on its own. And to me, that fundamental misunderstanding of the gospel--that's unforgivable. I find no redeeming qualities in this book because if you get such a basic tenet of the gospel wrong, how can anything else you say stand? This is one of the foundational pieces of Cahn's ideas, and we should all realize that if your foundation is cracked, the rest of the building is in constant danger of falling.
While I have many other issues with this book, from historical inaccuracies to inconsistency when applying Scripture to poorly written characters and prose, this is first and foremost in my mind. I wouldn't inflict this book on my worst enemy, and I pray you see this warning and listen to what I'm saying. Don't let Cahn's convoluted mysticism fool you into thinking he's right. He doesn't understand the gospel, and that should be our foundation in everything.
Bo5 Stars Out Of 5The HarbingerJanuary 25, 2023BoIt's happening now. Jesus is coming soon.
Amanda5 Stars Out Of 5Great ReadOctober 8, 2022AmandaOne of my first Jonathan Cahn books to read. I have a collection of all his books including the latest Return Of The Gods. Love them all.
Becky1 Stars Out Of 5The Harbinger / Harbinger IISeptember 16, 2022BeckyThe writing style is hard to follow. The characters repeat every question and answer back to each other throughout the whole book . the flow of thought is stunted, and boring.
TAKBIRD5 Stars Out Of 5LOVE IT!February 23, 2022TAKBIRDI totally loved this book!! I couldn't put it down. Great suspense and very faith building. Would recommend to everyone!
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