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The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America's Future
Review by Sterling D. Allan

Best selling book describes events associated with 9/11 that tie in to Isaiah 9:10,11, as a harbinger of national destruction of we don't turn away from our defiance and turn to God.

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Jonathan Cahn's Message To America || Isaiah 9:10 || Maranatha Chapel -- July 29, 2015


I would imagine by now that most of you have already heard of the #1 NYT bestselling book, "The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America's Future" by Jonathan Cahn.

It's a definite must-read, showing a very strong prophetic warning for America to humble itself and return to God, or suffer the same fate as the Israelites anciently when they defied God upon receiving a chastising blow from the Assyrians, boasting:

"The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stone; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.”

The entire book does a masterful job showing that a singular verse, Isaiah 9:10 ties in to the events of Sept. 11, 2012, making that ancient statement now apply to our situation, along with the warning that comes in Isaiah 9:11. The author weaves a fictional story into the telling about these harbingers, which has the kind of page-turning appeal of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

For those of you who know how much I enjoy word and number associations, you will no doubt see why I would be particularly honed in to the correlation of Isaiah 9:11 relating to the events of 9/11.

Back on September 18, 2001, I did a compilation of the various instances of 9:11 in the scriptures, including not just chapter:verse numbers, but even page numbers, including Isaiah 9:11. You can see archive versions of that page via

"Before God judges a nation, He sends warning," explains Cahn, and that is what the poignantly obvious Isaiah 9:10,11 tie-in is all about. And gratefully the book and associated video are doing very well in their distribution, spreading this message. Could we wake up in time and effect a deep enough change of heart in the nation to merit a turning away of judgment?

Some of the things The Harbinger points out:

Isaiah 9:10 was quoted by three national leaders at key junctures as applying to the US (in the egotistical "we will rebuild" boast sense instead of going to introspection), not realizing they were pronouncing the associated judgment on America in so doing.
Essentially the only building that went unscathed that surrounded the collapsed World Trade Center buildings 1, 2, and 7, was St. Paul's chapel that happened to have originally owned the land prior to the towers, and was called "ground zero." It was where George Washington took the first congress to pray, to dedication the nation to God, the day the nation was founded -- long before DC was established. On that day, President Washington declared that America's prosperity and protection were dependent upon its adherence to God.
That chapel was shielded from destruction from the falling towers due to a sycamore tree that was in front of it and was cut down, taking the blow for the church.
In the sycamore's place was transplanted a mature "cedar".
On the anniversary three years later, a "hewn stone" from a nearby quarry, was placed as a cornerstone of the new structure that was to be erected, and again, Isaiah 9:10 was cited as being relevant.
The economic crisis that unfolded seven years after 9/11, happened right on the day of the Jewish calendar relating to judgment from God if the forgiving of debt is not evoked as Biblically required every seven years.

Cahn doesn't get into the questions and issues related to 9/11 being an inside job; but that doesn't change the overall message regarding the relevance of Isaiah 9:10,11 to today. Will we persist in a stature of defiance, and ignore the call to return to God, or will we invite destruction of the nation by our defiance? We get the government we deserve, and as long as we are wicked, we will deserve conspirators to run our nation to destruction, eradicating its role as a bastion of freedom.

-- Sterling D. Allan, July 1, 2012


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"The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" – a new two-hour documentary about the parallels between ancient Israel's fall and America since 9/11 – is the No. 1 movie at Amazon in the category of "faith and spirituality" a week after its official debut on DVD.

It is also the No. 8 most popular documentary of any kind and the 247th most popular video for sale.

Producer Joseph Farah said he is immensely pleased with the performance of the video, which is a documentary treatment of the message found in the best-selling book "The Harbinger" by Jonathan Cahn, which has been on the top-10 New York Times list every week since the New Year.

"We put our money into the production of what we saw as a very worthwhile movie and couldn't budget any more for marketing – but this video is apparently marketing itself," he said.

In January, "The Harbinger," by Cahn, a messianic rabbi from New Jersey, exploded onto the publishing scene, immediately becoming a surprise New York Times bestseller, already read by hundreds of thousands nationwide.

A video documentary exploring the central message of Cahn's thesis – that ancient Israel's experience described in Isaiah 9:10 is being relived by the United States today – was released nationwide by WND Films.

Watch the trailer for Isaiah 9:10 here:

"A number of years ago, as I was standing at the edge of Ground Zero in New York City, I came across the first puzzle piece of an ancient biblical mystery and a prophetic message known as 'The Harbinger' that concerns the future of America," explains Cahn, who helped write the two-hour documentary "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment."

Cahn say he has since found nine harbingers that tie the problems America has experienced beginning Sept. 11, 2001, with parallels that led to the destruction of ancient Israel.

"Before God judges a nation, He sends warning," explains Cahn. "He sent warning to ancient Israel. He even allowed its enemies to breach its borders in a devastating strike that would traumatize the nation. It was a wake-up call, the call to return to God. But the nation responded with defiance. God then gave nine harbingers of judgment, nine prophetic signs, alarms and foreshadows of what was to come. Now America is the nation in rapid departure from God’s will. And God likewise allowed an enemy to breach its borders in a devastating strike – the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It was, likewise, a wake-up call. But America, like Israel, has not responded with repentance, but with defiance. And now the nine harbingers of judgment have reappeared and have done so on American soil."

The WND Superstore offers an exclusive bundle that includes "The Harbinger" and "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" at one low price.

Isaiah 9:10 is a verse in which Israel's national leaders utter a vow of defiance following an attack by Assyria. It declared that the nation would not repent before God, but would defy Him instead. Cahn reveals in "The Harbinger" – and in even more dramatic fashion in the video – that beginning the day after Sept. 11, 2001, American leaders began repeating that 2,500-year-old vow, word for word.

"Having no idea what he was doing, the majority leader of the U.S. Senate (Tom Daschle) was declaring America as under the judgment of God," Cahn says. "It was the reenactment of an ancient mystery – and bore the most grave of consequences."

He continues: "According to the ancient mystery revealed in the Book of Isaiah, if after that first calamity and warning, the nation doesn't return to God but responds in defiance, it will end up triggering a second calamity. It was because of this ancient key, that, seven years after 9/11, the American economy collapsed. In the days after 9/11, the Federal Reserve slashed the base interest rate in an attempt to defy the consequences of the attacks. That action put us on the path leading to the collapse of the American economy seven years later. In 2008, the government made a second fatal mistake, another ill-fated financial decision, that would trigger the collapse of the American economy. Amazingly, it took place on the seventh anniversary of the uttering of the ancient vow on Capitol Hill."

Cahn also reveals in "The Harbinger" and "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" something that readers and viewers universally find astonishing – that New York's Ground Zero actually represents more than the former financial center of the country. It represents the exact place at which America was first consecrated to God in prayer by the country's new leaders.

"When judgment came to Israel, the calamity returned the people's attention to the place where the nation had been consecrated to God – the Temple Mount," says Cahn. "God was calling the nation back to Himself. What about 9/11? Could there be, in the American calamity, as well, a mystery of return? Could there be a prophetic message hidden in the place where it happened? There is a place where America was consecrated to God in prayer. It is also a place linked to a prophetic warning given on that same day – uttered by the nation's first president – now coming to pass."

In 1789, newly inaugurated President George Washington gave a prophetic warning at Federal Hall in New York City. He declared that America's prosperity and protection were dependent upon its adherence to God. Later, the political leaders of the young nation gathered at St. Paul's Chapel to commit the nation's future to God's purposes. That chapel is located at Ground Zero and miraculously survived 9/11 virtually unscathed.

Cahn, the pastor of the Jerusalem Center-Beth Israel Congregation in Wayne, N.J., says America is uncannily re-enacting ancient Israel's behavior prior to its judgment and eventual fall. He found a sympathetic ear for his message in WND founder Farah, who produced "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment," as a follow-up to "The Harbinger." 

"I had a chance to hear Jonathan Cahn's message last fall," said Farah. "Then I had an opportunity to read an early manuscript of 'The Harbinger' before it was released in January. I was determined to produce this video documentary, 'The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,' because I believe its message is the most important one for Americans at this moment in history. In fact, I believe this project may be the most important one of my life. That's how strongly I feel about it."

The video is directed by award-winning filmmaker George Escobar.

"I can't say enough about George Escobar's work,” said Farah. "He was working on a very short timeline, but has delivered a masterpiece."

The key to decoding the harbingers, Cahn says, is found in understanding the seemingly innocuous words of Isaiah 9:10 (King James Version) what it meant to Israel and how the history seems to be repeating itself in America today: "The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: The sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars."

These words were first uttered by leaders in Israel and in response to a limited strike by Assyria on the lands of Zebulon and Naphtali – an attack the prophet makes clear is actually part of a limited judgment by God against apostasy. It wasn't meant to destroy the nation, but to awaken it, according to most commentaries.

But, says Cahn, Israel didn't take the cue. Instead, the response from the people in Isaiah 9:10 is one of defiance. The brick buildings were toppled, but they vowed to build bigger and better. The little sycamore trees may have been uprooted, but they vowed to plant bigger and better cedars in their place.

God, speaking through Isaiah, explains what will happen as a result of their pride and arrogance and failure to heed the harbinger: Bigger and more potent attacks will follow. Because neither the northern kingdom of Israel nor the southern kingdom of Judah truly repents, the first is eventually swept away by Assyrian invaders and the latter is carried off into captivity by the Babylonians for 70 years.

But what does this have to do with the United States of America – particularly what the U.S. experienced on 9/11 and since? Cahn has found some eerie parallels.

"In the aftermath of the attack, the nation was stunned," said Cahn. "Everyone was trying to make sense of what had happened – this unprecedented attack on America. The very next day, Sept. 12, then Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle presented America's response to the world. And what did he say?"

Daschle said: "America will emerge from this tragedy as we have emerged from all adversity – united and strong. Nothing … nothing can replace the losses of those who have suffered. I know there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation. But there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that speaks to all of us at times like this."

He then went on to read Isaiah 9:10.

"Daschle has no idea what he is doing here," explains Cahn. "He thinks he's offering comforting words to a grief-stricken people, but he is actually embracing the spiritually defiant and arrogant words of the children of Israel, proclaiming the ancient and ominous vow of the leaders of that nation. He doesn't realize it, but he is actually inviting more judgment on the nation."

It might be of some significance that Daschle, one of the most powerful men in the nation when he spoke those words, later fell into disgrace – to the point where he couldn't even serve in Barack Obama's Cabinet.

That might have been the end of the story – if no other top leader in the nation uttered those strange and obscure words after 9/11. But that's not the case.

On the third anniversary of the attack, Sept. 11, 2004, another powerful U.S. senator running for vice president that year and who would famously run for the presidency four years later, gave a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus.

This time, John Edwards' entire speech was built on a foundation of Isaiah 9:10: "Today, on this day of remembrance and mourning, we have the Lord's Word to get us through," he said. He then read Isaiah 9:10. He went on to talk about how America was doing just that – rebuilding with hewn stone and planting cedars.

In "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment," viewers get to see these remarkable, largely forgotten or overlooked speeches, which directly link the events of 9/11 and the events referred to in Isaiah 9:10.

"Like Daschle, Edwards thinks he's invoking inspirational and comforting words from the Bible, but he's actually inviting judgment on America," says Cahn. "He's repeating the vow that provoked God to bring calamity on ancient Israel."

Even more astonishing, Daschle and Edwards were not alone among U.S. leaders in making similar statements, as "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" shows.

But aside from such statements, which could be chalked up to political talk and coincidences, is there anything else linking Isaiah 9:10 to 9/11?

The video documentary, like the book, is full of shocking parallels. There was actually a very famous sycamore tree felled in the attack on the World Trade Center. It was replaced by trees in the same genus as the cedar. There have been many plans made to rebuild the twin towers bigger and better and a large "hewn stone" was actually quarried out of the Adirondack Mountains in New York and brought to Ground Zero as a cornerstone.

"The parallels are truly stunning," says Farah, founder of WND, who produced the documentary for WND Films. "In fact, they are overwhelming in their number and their exactitude. I am persuaded God is trying to tell America something and Rabbi Cahn has found the key to unlocking the message."

Haven’t yet read the best-selling "The Harbinger" by Jonathan Cahn? Get the book and the video documentary at one low price only in the WND Superstore.

Farah says events continue to unfold that seem to link directly to the message of Isaiah 9:10 right here in the United States.

In "The Harbinger" and "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment," Cahn reveals some sensational answers to the following questions:

Does a relatively obscure verse of Scripture hold the secret to the pain and suffering America has been experiencing in increasing doses since 9/11?
Are America's key leaders unknowingly fulfilling a prophetic destiny of national judgment by uttering words from the Bible they don't comprehend?
Is the United States following in the footsteps of ancient Israel with a spirit of defiance against God leading to increasingly severe judgments?
Is America in danger of impending judgment? And is this judgment revealed in an ancient mystery that foretells current events down to the exact dates?
What can Americans learn that can prevent their nation from falling like ancient Israel did when it failed to heed God’s warnings?

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