Interview with Jonathan Cahn: New York Times Best Selling Author and Messianic Christian Rabbi
Ever heard of this book? The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn
Well, you will. It’s a best selling novel based on the Bible, and it’s on the New York Times best seller list and was ranked # 8 at Amazon. Today it is # 58.
So what is all the buzz about?
An ancient mystery found in the pages of the Holy Bible—Isaiah 9: 10-11 to be exact.
Nine-eleven. Where have I heard that date before?
It’s all a mystery, and Jonathan Cahn, the author of The Harbinger, is here to tell us all about it.
Welcome, Jonathan. It’s blessing to do the interview. We know you are an author and a Messianic Rabbi. But I sense there is a lot more about Jonathan Cahn that we don’t know. So, tell us your story.
Jonathan: I’m from the tribe of Levi and the house of Aaron.
Molly: Levi is the priestly tribe. So you are directly descended from Aaron, the High Priest, and the nephew of Moses—many generations removed. What a blessing. Please, tell us more.
Jonathan: My father came from Germany, fleeing from Hitler’s Third Reich when he was a teenager. My mother’s family came from Russia, escaping the pogroms of the Czar. They met while pursuing their Ph.D.s in chemistry.
My wife’s name is Renata. We have a two-year-old son named Eliel, and one more on the way.
Molly: Thanks, Jonathan. Now, what is a harbinger and what is its mystery? And how does The Harbinger or Harbingers relate to the United States today?
Jonathan: The Harbinger is the revelation of an ancient mystery that lies behind everything from 9/11 to the War on Terror to the Crash of Wall Street to the Great Recession. It’s a mystery so precise that it ordains the words and actions of American leaders before they say or perform them, an ancient biblical mystery that even reveals the dates and hours of the greatest stock market crashes in American history. It’s very much behind everything, and it affects everything, even the financial future of everyone reading this.
Jonathan: In the last days of ancient Israel, nine harbingers, signs or foreshadows of judgment, appeared in the land. Each one was a warning, a warning of danger, or a call for the nation to return to God and avoid destruction. The book reveals that those same harbingers are now appearing on American soil, identifying America as the nation now in danger of judgment. Some have appeared in New York City. Others have appeared in Washington, D.C. Some have even involved American leaders, even the highest leaders of the nation, even the president of the United States. Each harbinger contains a mystery and a warning concerning the future of America.
In the last days of ancient Israel, the event that begins the appearances of the harbingers is an enemy strike into the land, a temporary lifting of the nation’s hedge of protection followed by a period of grace in which the nation either returns to God or progresses to judgment. The same pattern was followed in the judgment and destruction of the southern kingdoms of Judah. With America, the attack came on September 11, 2001.
Molly: So what will this mean for our nation?
Jonathan: In the wake of that attack, America has been replaying the ancient judgment drama of Israel’s last days—and the harbingers have begun to reappear in eerily precise manifestations. The harbingers revealed in the book which have appeared in America include the Stone Judgment, the Sign of the Sycamore, the Tower, the Utterance, and the Prophecy, to name a few.
Molly: Have all of them been fulfilled? If not, when can we expect the next one?
Jonathan: On one hand, the nine harbingers have appeared. But on the other hand, they haven’t been fulfilled, in that the mystery or ramifications continue.
The book reveals that 9/11 was only the beginning. The harbingers are behind everything, even up to the present day. It may seem like something out of a movie.
Molly: It does.
Jonathan: But the mysteries of the harbinger touch everything from the rise and fall of the credit markets, the housing markets, unemployment, the actions of the U.S. Treasury, the triggering of the Great Recession, the collapse of Wall Street, the future of America as a superpower, the end of the age as we know it.
Molly: The end of the age as we know it. Wow!
This is frightening, yet so interesting. I’ve read your book and heard several of your TV interviews—first on Sid Roth and then on Prophecy in the News. I wrote to Prophecy in the News after your first interview and asked them to forward a message to you, requesting this interview. And here you are. What a blessing. Your life and Christian walk are amazing.
So, how did a nice Jewish boy become a Messianic Christian Rabbi? How and when did the Lord touch your heart?
Jonathan: I was raised in a Reform Jewish home. When I was 8 years old, I questioned it all and became an atheist.
When I was 12, I began questioning my atheism. That began a search for truth involving my reading everything from science to religion to the occult to UFO books.
Molly: Our paths to finding the Lord are so similar. I also read books on the occult and on Unidentified Flying Objects before I found the Lord. Was there a book that you read that finally turned you toward the Lord?
Jonathan: It turned out to be The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey—about biblical prophecy coming true in our day. It was enough to turn my course.
From there I began to search the Scriptures, seeing that the Messiah of the Hebrews Scriptures had to be born in Bethlehem, die for sin, become the light of the Gentiles. Though I believed intellectually, I was still not ready to follow the Lord. But when I was 19 years old, I was hit by a locomotive-train.
Molly: Praise the Lord. You clearly survived.
Jonathan: That was enough to convince me to get right with God. And so I did. I gave my life to the Lord on my 20th birthday.
The Lord soon called me into ministry. I lead the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel in Wayne, New Jersey near New York City and also Hope of the World Ministries, an international outreach ministry of the Gospel and projects of compassion to the world’s needy.
Molly: Many of our readers are published authors or trying hard to get published for the first time. Yet you said in your interviews that you never intended to become a writer—that the Lord told you to write The Harbinger. Later, you prayed and still more amazing things took place with regard to the sale of the book. Please tell us all about those amazing events.
Jonathan: The Harbinger just flowed out and was finished in a few months time. The week I finished it, I was scheduled to speak at Promise Keepers in Dallas. My flight took me to Charlotte, North Carolina. There I prayed, “Lord, The Harbinger is your message. I don’t want it to go forth by the ways of man. It’s yours. You get out the word Your way.”
I opened my eyes. There was a man sitting next to me. He begins to speak to me. Then he begins to prophesy over me.
He tells me I will publish a book, and more than one—that God is about to do something big, and it will change my life. It turns out that before we met, the man was just brought together with the president of Charisma Media, Steve Strang. He sends word to him.
A little while later, I received contact from Steve Strang, telling me he heard what happened at the airport. He heard about The Harbinger, and he’s interested.
That’s how The Harbinger became published—not by the plans or hand of men, but totally supernaturally. In fact, that whole scene at the airport was as a recreation of a scene in the book where a man meets “a prophet.”
Molly: Your story is amazing. So what do you think the future holds for the United States with regard to the harbingers? Is it too late for our country to be saved? And what new insights have you gained since writing the book as to coming events for America and the world?
Jonathan: The Harbinger is not only a revelation of a multitude of biblical mysteries, and a prophetic warning, but it’s also a book of hope. It gives the one answer if America is to avert calamity or destruction. It gives an answer for the believer, the unbeliever, and the church, for repentance, salvation, and revival. We are all being called to return to God. It is written: If My people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sins, and I will heal their land.”
The key is “If.”
Molly: Thanks, Jonathan. Let us pray that the church in America repents.
Please come back and tells us about the other book or books the prophecy said you were to write, and don’t forget to give us your contact information.
Jonathan: Thanks. People can find the Harbinger almost everywhere from Amazon.com to barnesandnoble.com to cbd.com to Walmart to Target, Sams Club, wherever books are sold.
To get the teachings and full revelation behind the mysteries of The Harbinger, we have a 7 disk album on dvd or cd, including images of the harbingers that they can get by going to TheHarbingerWebsite.com.
World Net Daily produced a powerful documentary on the harbingers called The Isaiah 9: 10 Judgment which has become the number 1 faith video in the country and is available at Amazon.com. And if they want to get in touch with the ministry, they can go to HopeOfTheWorld.org.
Molly: Thanks again for taking the time to come here. Please come back again soon.
Jonathan: It was my blessing.
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NOTE: If you haven’t read my book review of The Harbinger, click below.