Terry James – http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html
“Israel was unique among nations in that it was conceived and dedicated at its foundation for the purposes of God…But there was one other-a civilization also conceived and dedicated to the will of God from its conception, America.”
The above passage of dialogue from The Harbinger, the huge best seller by Jonathan Cahn, is at the heart of the criticism the author received for his book, unduly so, in my view.
The harsh words of condemnation flowed from some I respect. Nonetheless, the criticism was wrong, and I am quite disappointed in them and question their discernment in leveling the charges, because they should be much more aware of exactly what Cahn was saying than they demonstrated. The critics clearly had not read his book in its entirety. The author’s words, as well as his book in its entirety, pointed out that America was, like Israel, dedicated at its birth to godly principles.
Please understand the difference in the relationship the two nations have to the Almighty. Cahn was saying through his protagonist that America, like Israel, was “dedicated” to godly principles at its foundation-not that America was brought into a covenant relationship with God in the sense that Israel is in covenant with God.
While it is stated in The Harbinger that America’s founders considered the founding like a covenant, Cahn made it clear that the American republic was meant by Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, and most others involved in founding the country to be devoted to the high moral principles of life found in the Holy Bible. The Harbinger’s author did not mean in any sense that God -the only One Who can make such covenants-had covenanted with those founding fathers of America in the way He did with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
That is all preface to the points I hope to make with regard to America’s disposition at this late hour of human history. I say “late hour” because I am convinced the unfolding of events presents overwhelming evidence that we are at the very end of the age-at the terminus of the Age of Grace.
There should be little doubt in the minds of anyone who reads American history and honestly assesses all things from the time of America’s founding until today that God’s hand has been on this nation. Facts are legendary surrounding the war fought by a rag-tag army of civilians against, at the time, the most powerful nation on earth. The many times divine intervention appears to have occurred are on the historical record for all to see.
Despite the fact that many, particularly of the progressive mindset, would disagree, all indicators point to a very special relationship between the God of Heaven and the United States of America. Israel is the nation God chose to be the people on the planet through which to demonstrate His blueprint for how peoples everywhere-all nations- should live and interact. There should also be little doubt that God has purposed to form a very special relationship between Israel and the American republic.
America acted as midwife at the rebirth of Israel into modernity in 1948. This nation has stepped to the forefront many times since to stand behind modern Israel as that Jewish state faced threats -literally-to its very existence. And this returns my thinking to The Harbinger and brings into focus in my mind the storm that has so devastated America’s northeast.
Mr. Cahn’s book was intended to do one thing. I know, because I’ve personally corresponded with him on matters involved. His book was given him by the Holy Spirit, to call this most blessed nation to repentance. The book is, as its title indicates, a harbinger of judgment to come, if the people of America do not turn from our wicked ways to God, asking His forgiveness for our national sinfulness.
The author gave through his fictional account a nonetheless absolutely true picture of how God punished Israel for its wicked rebellion. He, again, through fictional narrative, but using absolute biblical truth, demonstrated precisely how America’s condemnation and judgment is building, in eerie similarity to how the Lord dealt with His chosen nation in history long past. Cahn used the city of New York in his novel to lay out the call to repentance.
Again, he used the facts, particularly about matters attendant to the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on New York City, to show where America might be on God’s timeline for judgment. An astonishing lineup in similar arrangement to judgments that brought Israel to its proverbial knees millennia ago fits the American landscape today. We are going down that same pathway to destruction.
Israel’s God-the only God-consistently and incrementally forewarned His people throughout their history. He brought increasingly intensive measures of punishment to forewarn them to turn from wickedness, rid themselves of their idols, and instead turn to Him in repentance. He brought “harbingers” of things to come if repentance was not forthcoming from the people He loved and had blessed so mightily with His great protection and material, as well as spiritual wealth.
We have covered many times in these Nearing Midnight and other commentaries and articles the Lord’s dealing with the world in forewarnings. We have indeed detailed the birth pangs we believe are happening, based upon Christ’s Olivet Discourse, and the prophets of the Old and New Testaments. Birth pangs are coming with greater frequency and intensity, we believe it is obvious. Hurricane Sandy and the super-storm into which it morphed is the latest of these end-times indicators that Christ’s return must be very near.
This latest harbinger of things to come means the birth of a new dispensation is even nearer than before Hurricane Sandy exploded upon this nation at the time of perhaps its most crucial presidential election. The millennial reign of the King of all kings is on the cusp of God’s restoration to fellowship of mankind with Himself.
First, however, there must develop the painful throes of Tribulation, much of which is delineated in the Olivet Discourse and the book of Revelation. Todd’s Nearing Midnight accounting of the convulsions leading to the birth of restoration details the frequency and intensity of the process of the Second Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ.
To avoid that coming apocalyptic storm, you must be born again. That is, you must accept God’s grace offer as given here: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).