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The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America's Future (Thorndike Christian Mystery) Hardcover – Large Print, September 1, 2012

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New York Times best seller! Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy?

Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications for America's future and end-time prophecy.

The prophetic mysteries are factual but revealed through a riveting fictional narrative framework. The Harbinger opens with the appearance of a man burdened with a message he has received from a mysterious figure called The Prophet. The Prophet has given him nine seals, each containing a message about America's future. As he tells of his encounters with The Prophet, from a skyscraper in New York City, to a rural mountaintop, to Capitol Hill, to Ground Zero, the mystery behind each seal is revealed. As the story unfolds, each revelation becomes another piece in a larger and larger puzzle, the ramifications of which are, even now, altering the course of America and the world.

Audio version of the New York Times best seller

Presented in a unique narrative format, this book combines true

biblical prophecy with real historical fact that makes for a deeply

moving and intriguing read

Taps into the need to know more about prophecy and intersecting of

current events

Unveils biblical revelation that foretells coming end-time events and

the future of America

Has very strong potential for major cultural impact --This text refers to the CD-ROM edition.

About the Author

Jonathan Cahn leads Hope of the World ministries and the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel, a worship center made up of Jew and Gentile, people of all backgrounds, located in Wayne, New Jersey. His teachings are seen on television and radio throughout the nation and are known for their prophetic significance and their revealing of deep mysteries of God’s Word.
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Product Details

  • Series: Thorndike Christian Mystery
  • Hardcover: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point; Lrg Rep edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611735270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611735277
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8,424 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,747,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While this book has some decent reflections on OT prophesy and events and God's purposes behind both, it builds it's central message on a flawed, though apparently common, understanding of America. The author makes a comparison between the nation of Israel and the USA that has no basis biblically. The author says that there have been only two nations in the history of the world that have been established with a covenant between the nation and God. He then uses this reasoning to link an OT prophesy given to Israel with current day America. While the linking of the prophesies with current events is impressive, and surely we can learn something from these prophesies that applies to us today, there are some huge errors and dangerous implications if we make such a link between Israel and America.

First of all, Israel did not "choose" God. God chose Israel. So, any attempt to say that Israel and America are similar in that they both set out as nations that "chose" God falls flat. There is no evidence that God has a similar "choosing" of America. Sure, God has purposes for America in his overarching plan of redemption for the world, but America is not a "chosen" nation, whom God works with in elevated and special ways, different from other nations.

Secondly, such a comparison between pre-Christ Israel and current day America fails to rightly understand God's means of engaging and reaching the world. God chose Israel as his people, that he might reveal himself to them and reach the whole world through them. God chose to enter human history through a specific people at a specific time. He didn't only come for the Israelites but He came through them. Today, post-Christ, God's primary means of reaching and engaging the world is not through any nation or state.
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Please don't read this book and then get all freaked out like it's saying anything important other than to remind us that God is in charge and judgment day will come. It's in the fiction section for goodness sake. You can read the real Bible to get the message that God loves us so much that He sent His only son, who died on the cross for our salvation. I gave it one star because it wouldn't let me give it less.

There was so much hype about this book, I not only bought the book, but the study guide companion as well. DON'T waste your money unless you are ok with someone else manipulating and cherry picking Scripture to write a story. Remember… again… it's in the FICTION section of the book store… just like the Celestine Prophecy, The Shack and The DaVinci Code. Not real.

The use of George Washington to support America was founded on Christianity really ticked me off. George Washington wasn't just a run of the mill Mason… he was a MASTER MASON! Freemasonry has roots in Kabbalah. THere are so many dots to connect to show that Jonathan Cahn wrote a really nice story about a nation that could be better, but there is nothing biblical to support it. God did not make a covenant with America…. Cahn uses the Pilgrims to connect Isaiah 9 to a covenant with America, they chose God. Well, GOD Chose Israel! How about Pearl Harbor, dropping of the bomb, the 1928 crash, WWI and WWII… lots of other stuff in our history a little worse than 9/11.

OH and here's the worst part of what JC does (is that even his real name to get those initials? JC really?) HE MANIPULATES translations to fit his 'harbingers' Sometimes he uses what works best from or to English, Greek or Hebrew.
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The Harbinger is warning America that God's judgment is imminent unless the country repents and turns to the Lord and that very soon. The need for repentance and true dedication to Christ in our society is not doubted by most Christians. America, as a whole, has rejected the Lord, ignored His ways, and rebelled against His sovereign rule. That we ultimately reap what we sow is a biblical concept that is not going to be repealed for the United States and Cahn's basic theme is well worth considering. If the book is read merely as a novel warning our country to wake up spiritually it has value, but the author makes immediately clear that "what is contained within the story is real" (p. 7). In other words Cahn believes that God pronounced exacting judgment on America and that judgment is found in Scripture.

Isaiah 9:10-11 is the specific text of Scripture that frames The Harbinger. In context Isaiah 9:1-7 is one of the clearest prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the coming of the Messiah, both His first and second comings. This is followed by a warning of coming judgment on Israel because of its arrogance and rebelliousness (9:8-21). We know from subsequent revelation and from history that God's judgment did fall on Israel just as the prophecy promised.

So far so good. But then Cahn determines that Isaiah 9:10-11 contains a hidden second prophecy directed not to ancient Israel but to modern America. At this point the author massages Scripture and current events in an attempt to prove that God's judgment on the United States has been hiding in these verses from the day they were given by Isaiah, but have now been unlocked by the careful investigation of Cahn.
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