Posted May 7, 2013
REVIEW OF "THE HARBINGER"
By Pastor Danny Isom
Jonathan Cahn’s The Harbinger is marketed as “Christian fiction”, but proceeds to present an immediate conflict in that while the format may adhere to a literary style proposed to be “fiction”, in the end the story is nonetheless supposed to be taken as not just being true, but a literal fulfillment of biblical prophecy. The essence of the book is to connect not just the events associated with 9/11 but the subsequent economic milestones in its wake with the fulfillment of specific prophecy in Scripture, asserting that the United States is in the process of losing its divine status as God’s most favored nation, and additionally in danger of completely losing the supernatural hedge of God’s protection provided since the nation’s inception as the only other nation in history with which entered into a covenant relationship with God. What might be normally delivered as a sermon or short work of non-fiction is therefore in actuality thinly disguised with this notion of being fiction, but in the end the reader is supposed take the information presented in the plot as being a real and true revelation of God’s prophetic Word for this present time. It does not take more than a minimum of logic to know that Cahn cannot have it both ways.
Especially when one takes into consideration all that the author has presented through various appearances and writings subsequent to the publishing of the book, it would appear that Cahn himself desires a hedge of protection against critics by claiming on the one hand the book is “only fiction”, while on the other somehow maintaining that the contents are to be seriously received as a new and literal revelation of the truth. This presents quite a conundrum when the absolute propositional truth of God’s Word is presented within a claimed framework of fiction. But what removes the dilemma of whether or not to treat this book as protected, subjective literary material as opposed to the claims of a modern-day prophet providing a new revelation from God’s Word is the résumé of its author, who cannot be characterized as a fiction writer who just happens to also be a Christian.
Jonathan Cahn is the President of Hope of the Word Ministries and ascribed the title of “Messianic Rabbi of the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel” in Wayne, New Jersey. According to the Beth Israel website, “His teachings are widely known for revealing the deep mysteries of God’s Word”. From the very outset we must negotiate past the conflict that The Harbinger is not authored by a noted fiction writer but a self-described “Rabbi” and head of a Christian ministry. This becomes even more complicated in that the content of the book, said to be rendered as “fiction”, is completely based on the interpretation of God’s inerrant Word and, in the end, encouraged to be accepted as anything but a mere work of fantasy. Once the absolute truth of God’s Word is introduced into the story’s plot, much less so prolifically referred to over and over again as the author’s proof of its validity in real life, it cannot be accepted as a mere script and there is simply no hiding behind the façade of “it’s only fiction”. Does Cahn really think he can assert a new, literal revelation from God’s Word and somehow avoid examination of his handling of Scripture simply by publishing it as a claimed work of fiction? This is but one of the many paradoxes presented to a biblically discerning reader.
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Posted May 1, 2013
Part 1: The Rise of Endtime Occultism
[God] hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Prophecy in the News magazine cover, April 2013
People often ask why we spend so much time in the discussion of bizarre topics, like UFOs and hybrid giants. They wonder why prophecy studies give any time at all to weird subjects like mystery lights in the sky, aerial trumpets and explosions, “alien implants” and “the nephilim.” They wonder why some opt for prophetic sensationalism, rather than focusing on the Gospel, or maturing the saints with the Word of God through traditional Bible study.
~Gary Stearman, "The Dark Side of Bible Prophecy"
Many evangelicals now believe that God sent Noah’s Flood to stop the Nephilim corruption of human DNA. From the plain truth of Scripture it is very evident that the “wickedness of man” was very great on the face of the earth before the Flood:
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…. The LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.
Noah’s Flood was God’s judgment for the sinful unrighteous behavior of mankind. This is taught in both the Old and New Testaments (e.g., Ezek. 14:20, Heb. 11:7). The Lord Jesus Christ warned us explicitly that before His Second Coming sin would be so extant, and people so preoccupied with daily life, that His return would be like a thief in the night (Matthew 24:36-44) and catch people unawares. (See also 1 Thess. 5:2-4.)
But evangelical postmodern prophecy teachers have been teaching that God judged Noah’s world because human DNA had gotten corrupted. They also teach that this corrupted DNA is why God will need to judge the world again. This concept is problematic at many levels, both biblically and scientifically. It ignores the problem of sin that leads to judgment (e.g., Heb. 10:26-27; 1 Pet. 4:17-18; 2 Pet. 2; Rev. 17:1; 20:4).
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same Word are kept in store,
The postmodern prophecy leaders teach that corrupted human DNA continued AFTER the Flood. No matter what one believes happened with the “sons of God” and “daughters of men” (Genesis 6) before the Flood—and there are many varying theological opinions—this teaching is aberrant. Various versions of the post-Flood story even claim that fallen angels and/or “Watchers” are extraterrestrial beings (i.e., space aliens) who have mated with human women. Their supposed offspring are said to have created branches of the human race whose DNA is tainted with alien and/or fallen angel blood. Some even talk about “another race of beings;” i.e. not human. This subhuman race is said to become an “antichrist” race that will give rise to the “beast” of Revelation.
Many are now teaching that pre-Flood Nephilim weren’t really destroyed, that they must have somehow left planet earth or become disembodied spirits, and that somehow they managed to come back to continue corrupting mankind’s bloodline after Noah's Flood. How these Nephilim have left and returned has been a subject of great speculation that reads like science fiction—everything from UFOs to hyperdimensional physics has been suggested. The ramifications of these false teachings are staggering—they profoundly alter not only the entirety of Scripture, but especially the message of Redemption found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His shed blood on the Cross for our sins. The Prophecy in the News magazine cover illustration at the top of this post, with the quote by Gary Stearman beneath, is indicative of the occult nature of the postmodern prophecy teachings. What follows is an in-depth analysis of just one controversial aspect of this emerging prophecy paradigm.
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Posted April 22, 2013
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables,
What does it mean to be an eyewitness? There were many eyewitnesses to Jesus and His miracles at the time that He lived, including especially the lowly fisherman Peter. There were eyewitnesses who saw Him die on the cross and His resurrection. Peter's method of transmitting the incredible events that he witnessed firsthand was to talk about them publicly (e.g. Acts 4:8-12) and put them down in writing, specifically 1 and 2 Peter in the New Testament.
The idea of being an eyewitness took on new meaning after the events of last week. With the recent terrorism incident at the Boston Marathon news commentators noted another type of explosion -- that of technology. In the intervening years since 9/11 there has been a revolution in digital technology, literally at everyone's fingertips. People at the scene of a crime can click and record events as they occur. They can text information and attach photos within seconds.
Very shortly after the tragedy, images were being posted on the Internet and on social media sites. The whole planet could see! Everyone with access to this technology could become a virtual eyewitness to these events! It was very difficult to view such terrible human suffering up close, and our hearts went out to the victims. The investigators asked the public to send in these images. Relying on surveillance camera shots and mountains of visual evidence, these officials quickly began piecing together the story of what happened in Boston.
While watching the news accounts last week, the 2 Peter verses suddenly seemed more significant. Peter's self-descriptive term "eyewitness" was very apt. Boston had so many on-site eyewitnesses, including all of us around the world who weren't there but who could still view the horror through the modern miracle of visual technology. Back in the days of Jesus, the events Peter observed on a daily basis were only occasionally witnessed by huge crowds of eyewitnesses. Yet these things that Jesus said and did were so earth-shattering that Peter and the other writers of the New Testament recorded their sightings of Christ's miracles for posterity. They also wrote His doctrine that He preached.
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