Friday, January 30, 2015

Jonathan Cahn on the Harbinger: More Controversies and Criticisms

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What are more criticisms surrounding Jonathan Cahn's controversial book The Harbinger?

To answer that question, were were blessed to have on our program Christ in Prophecy Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. Rabbi Cahn is the spiritual leader of the Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, New Jersey and best-selling author of the book The Harbinger and a new book titled The Mystery of the Shemitah. Both books have been best sellers and highly controversial in Christian circles.

The Bible teaches that God never pours out His wrath on a nation without first sending remedial judgments and prophetic voices to warn of God's impending judgment and to call the nation to repentance. Rabbi Cahn believes that when it comes to the United States, God already has been emphatically warning us, and since we haven't listened, is delivering us from judgment to destruction.

As always has been the case with anyone who historically speaks out in prophetic manner calling people for repentance, Jonathan has of course been severely attacked. So, in this series we are going to discuss the first of his two books — The Harbinger and the controversies that surround it.

[Note: The interview has been put into article format for ease of reading. For an unedited transcript, please click the PDF button above.]

Jonathan Cahn Author of The Harbinger


Criticism #4 – Masonic and Kabbalah Teachings

Jonathan Cahn: Detractors of The Harbinger throw out the accusation that I'm a Mason. I shared I was involved with Masonry once... I was in the Jackie Mason Show! That was it, but then I repented of it, so no more Jackie Mason.

Other accusations are that I'm involved in Free Masonry, Mormonism and Kabbalah. I mean, you name it, it's there.

Nathan Jones: I read the Kabbalah accusation a lot online.

Dr. Reagan: Respond to that accusation because that's a major argument against you. People say you're involved in the Kabbalah.

Nathan Jones: Please explain what Kabbalah is first before you answer that.

Jonathan Cahn: Yes, this is like Joseph McCarthy. Basically, Kabbalah is Jewish mystical writings. If anybody comes up to me asking if they should get involved in the Kabbalah, I say, "No, I wouldn't read it unless you are doing research or using it for apologetics." I actually gave a series once on what Rabbi Kaduri said about the Messiah at Beth Israel, and it was just classic apologetics. The rabbis actually in their writings say that the Messiah would die for our sins. That fact is great to use for bringing Jewish people to Jesus Christ.

Detractors claim that because I was teaching what those rabbis were saying about the Messiah that therefore I'm endorsing Kabbalah. Listen, I don't care what they say. After all, Paul went to Mars Hill. He used pagan hymns to Zeus on Mars Hill to speak to the pagans of the Gospel. If Paul was alive today and they accuses were there, too, Paul would be crucified for being a Jupiter or Zeus worshipper. I mean, crazy! All crazy. Their behavior has nothing to do with Christian harmony.


Criticism #5 – Prosperity Teaching

Nathan Jones: What about people who claim you are a Word of Faith prosperity preacher? They're those preachers who claim that if we repent then all the financial blessings will flow back into the United States again.

Dr. Reagan: I loved your response to that accusation when you said your photograph was made at Sears.

Jonathan Cahn: Sears budget photos. Also, most of my clothes were Salvation Army until my wife forced me to move up. We made a deal. I went to Sears and Wal-Mart instead. That accusation's crazy! I am against those false preachers. That's half a Gospel preached.

Dr. Reagan: It just shows you how desperate people are to attack.

Jonathan Cahn: Yes, and well a lot of ministries live on that. Another thing is that they project with whatever they are going against on whatever they are going to attack. Their beefs have nothing to do with The Harbinger. I hate prosperity teachings. The Harbinger says God is warning of judgment. Now that's real prosperity!

Nathan Jones: That is what really bothers me. It's when people question your heart. We get this at Lamb & Lion Ministries all of the time. People will accuse, "Well, you're all in ministry just to sell books." No, we're not. It's about sharing the message of Jesus Christ that changes people's lives.

Rabbi Cahn, you wrote your book to get the nation to repent, right?

Jonathan Cahn: Yes, The Harbinger is a call to repentance.


In the fourth and last part of our interview with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn on his book The Harbinger, we'll learn how he responds to his detractors.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Jonathan Cahn on the Harbinger: Controversies and Criticisms

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What are some of the criticisms surrounding Jonathan Cahn's controversial book The Harbinger?

To answer that question, were were blessed to have on our program Christ in Prophecy Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. Rabbi Cahn is the spiritual leader of the Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, New Jersey and best-selling author of the book The Harbinger and a new book titled The Mystery of the Shemitah. Both books have been best sellers and highly controversial in Christian circles.

The Bible teaches that God never pours out His wrath on a nation without first sending remedial judgments and prophetic voices to warn of God's impending judgment and to call the nation to repentance. Rabbi Cahn believes that when it comes to the United States, God already has been emphatically warning us, and since we haven't listened, is delivering us from judgment to destruction.

As always has been the case with anyone who historically speaks out in prophetic manner calling people for repentance, Jonathan has of course been severely attacked. So, in this series we are going to discuss the first of his two books — The Harbinger and the controversies that surround it.

[Note: The interview has been put into article format for ease of reading. For an unedited transcript, please click the PDF button above.]

Jonathan Cahn on Christ in Prophecy


Criticism #1 – A Prophecy About America

Dr. Reagan: You can correct me on this, but I would say the number one criticism of The Harbinger that I've heard is people saying that it was a prophecy that God gave to Israel and it has absolutely nothing to do with the United States of America. So, first of all, it's not a prophecy.

Jonathan Cahn: Yes, that's right. That's right. It is the prophetic word of what happened.

Dr. Reagan: If we can't apply verses to us, then forget all preaching. We might as well forget the Bible. The book of Colossians was written to the church at Colossae, so it doesn't apply to us? Philippians doesn't apply to us?

Jonathan Cahn: Nothing does. Yes. Nothing does unless it says America.

Dr. Reagan: This is a spiritual principle we are talking about here.

Jonathan Cahn: You'd have to cut down all prophecy, yes. My book The Harbinger never says this was a prophecy about America. What it says is exactly what you said — this is a template. This is what God actually did to Israel. God is consistent. God is able. God when He acts He judges, He warns, and He will do so in a biblical way as only He does. Not only that, God is also able to use the Scripture, or use a template, to speak to a nation so that we can say, "Wow! This pattern is all there and we can use it to identify where we are right now as a nation."


Criticism #2 – America in Covenant with God

Dr. Reagan: Detractors also accused you of saying that America has a covenant with God?

Nathan Jones: That's the number one accusation people write in to our ministry about. They reject your book because they say you're claiming that America is under the same covenant relationship as Israel. But, that's just not true?

Jonathan Cahn: I never said that.

Nathan Jones: Your book never says that America is under the same covenant relationship as God had with Israel?

Jonathan Cahn: It never says that. God can judge any nation, but He uses His usual template.

What I bring up that's especially pertinent to America is that America was founded after the pattern of Israel. It's there historically documented. The Puritans covenanted with God. Sure, it doesn't mean we know what God did on his side, whether He honored the Puritans' covenant or not. Did He honor it? It seems to me like He did. But that's not the same as the covenant God made with Israel when God made it thousands of years ago. There is only one nation that has that covenant.

Still, there's something about America that's very special compared to all other countries, and that is that our founders dedicated our nation to God. So, there are historic principles that are in effect.

Nathan Jones: Yes, from my reading I never thought you said that the United States was in a covenant relationship with God like Israel's covenant.

Jonathan Cahn: No, indeed. And yet, God can honor prayers. But, even without knowing that, the fact is God's enacting the harbingers.


Criticism #3 – Replacement Theology

Dr. Reagan: What are some other major attacks on you concerning your book The Harbinger?

Jonathan Cahn: First let me just put it into context. Attacks generally only come from a small group of people, but they speak loud. Most have not. Most have taken my book seriously.

Dr. Reagan: I refer to them as the "Junkyard Dogs of Christianity." They're just snarling and growling and always looking for someone to attack.

Jonathan Cahn: Well, yeah, there I was and there they came. I came into the "junkyard" and I didn't realize the sign said "Beware of the Dogs."

Okay, another complaint about The Harbinger was the very first one I received. It was actually the accusation that my book was Replacement Theology. Some claimed I was preaching that God is finished with Israel, which is classic replacement. "He's replacing Israel with the Church!"

Dr. Reagan: Are you going to replace yourself?

Jonathan Cahn: Yes, I'm Jewish. I'm a Jew! How can I? I literally have to replace myself with myself because I'm saved. So, with the accusation of my book being Replacement Theology, I can't possibly do that. I'm totally pro-Israel. The name of my ministry is Beth Israel. I mean that accusation is crazy, right! By the way, most of these people didn't even read the book.


In the third part of our interview with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn on his book The Harbinger, we'll debunk more of the criticisms his detractors have thrown at him.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jonathan Cahn on the Harbinger: Thesis and Background

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What is the point of Jonathan Cahn's controversial book The Harbinger?

To answer that question, were were blessed to have on our program Christ in Prophecy Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. Rabbi Cahn is the spiritual leader of the Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, New Jersey and best-selling author of the book The Harbinger and a new book titled The Mystery of the Shemitah. Both books have been best sellers and highly controversial in Christian circles.

The Bible teaches that God never pours out His wrath on a nation without first sending remedial judgments and prophetic voices to warn of God's impending judgment and to call the nation to repentance. Rabbi Cahn believes that when it comes to the United States, God already has been emphatically warning us, and since we haven't listened, is delivering us from judgment to destruction.

As always has been the case with anyone who historically speaks out in prophetic manner calling people for repentance, Jonathan has of course been severely attacked. So, in this series we are going to discuss the first of his two books — The Harbinger and the controversies that surround it.

[Note: The interview has been put into article format for ease of reading. For an unedited transcript, please click the PDF button above.]

Jonathan Cahn Author of The Harbinger


Thesis of the Book

Nathan Jones: Jonathan, let's talk first about your first book The Harbinger. Maybe you could summarize the main point and then give us the number one criticism you get concerning it?

Jonathan Cahn: The Harbinger is an ancient mystery from the Bible. It is the template of judgment that God gave to ancient Israel. When the Northern Kingdom of Israel was in its last days, there were nine harbingers identified that appeared in the land. The Israelites reject them and then they are destroyed.

The eerie thing, or the stunning thing, or the scary thing, is that those same harbingers are now reappearing in America. Some of them have appeared in New York City. Some have appeared in Washington D.C. But, they are happening with precision. They are so precise that they actually give the words that American leaders are speaking before they even say them. It gives exact dates when things happen, and I mean, down to the seconds! So, the harbingers are happening and they are affecting all of us.

Since my book came out, these harbingers still have not stopped. It has continued. The harbingers have continued to manifest as America continues on its course of danger as it heads away from God. We are heading to judgment.

Nathan Jones: The whole book revolves around one particular verse — Isaiah 9:10 — which reads, "The bricks have fallen, but we will rebuild with cut stones. The sycamores have been cut down, but we will replace them with cedars." That verse actually expresses an attitude, right?

Jonathan Cahn: Yes. Isaiah records what the people of the Northern Kingdom of Israel said when they got their first warning strike, which the context was the Assyrians. Their armies kept coming in and attacking. God allowed those attacks for years before their final destruction as a warning for the other nation of Judah to wake up.

Instead of Israel saying, "We are going to return to God." They made another statement saying to the effect, "Even though the bricks fell, we are coming back stronger. Even though the trees have been cut down, we are going to bloom and blossom without God." They are giving defiance against God. Isaiah is recording this. Then God says because of this rebellious response, the next part of His warnings would be the destruction of the nation. Because they defied all the warnings, this destruction did indeed finally happen to them.

In Isaiah 9:10 are explicitly or implicitly the nine harbinger of judgment. The sycamore is one, the stone is another, and the utterance is another. Every single one of those harbingers has manifested in America.

Dr. Reagan: We had leaders in America after 9/11 who actually quoted Isaiah 9:10?

Jonathan Cahn: It's amazing, yes, because in actuality this verse is a verse pronouncing judgment on a nation. When this judgment started, the Lord led me right to that scripture. I didn't know that this verse had been quoted by certain leaders at that moment. Then one day I was on the computer and I'm typing in Isaiah 9:10 and found it in the Annals of Congress. I had no idea!

The very response after 9/11 was from Tom Daschle, the Senate Majority Leader. He's the one who gave America's response the day after 9/11. Out of his mouth he says, "But we have this word..." and out of his mouth he pronounces Isaiah 9:10, without even knowing what it means. It's an obscure passage. He's unwittingly talking about the harbingers while they are actually manifesting! He says it, but nobody knows. We have the entire government hearing this verse, but nobody knows what it means. And yet, the passage is going to come true. He said at the end that Isaiah 9:10 is what America will do, and in doing so, and harbingers have all manifested.


Harbinger Defined

Nathan Jones: If we could back up just a little bit. I was confused at first because the title The Harbinger. What is a harbinger?

Jonathan Cahn: I didn't realize that. A lot of people don't know. Well get to The Mystery of the Shemitah and nobody knows what that means!

Harbinger means "a foreshadow" or "a sign of something to come." It could be good, but it usually is an ominous warning of judgment.

Nathan Jones: And that foreshadowing or sign is what we're seeing through Israel as a model ow warning for any nation, including the United States?

Jonathan Cahn: It's got to. This Bible was written for our instruction. And, the eerie thing is, it's not like it's only a general principle. God is sovereign over history.

When we talk about how our leaders were quoting Isaiah 9:10, Daschle wasn't the only leader. Three years later John Edwards on the anniversary of 9/11 says the same thing. He builds his entire speech around Isaiah 9:10. So, the verse keeps coming up.

How does God warn a nation? He uses His Word.

Dr. Reagan: Isaiah 9:10 is a statement of arrogance and pride.

Jonathan Cahn: Defiance and all that rebelliousness, yes.

Dr. Reagan: It's defiant. It's like, "We don't care what you've done here. We are going to rebuild without you!"

Jonathan Cahn: That defiance is exactly what America showed and our leaders said at 9/11. In fact, one of them said, "We will rebuild with this stone." This stone is in Hebrew it is called the Gazit Stone. After 9/11 they our leaders did the same thing as Israel did. They take this stone and they put it at Ground Zero and they have a ceremony around the stone. The Governor of New York says, "We are doing this in the spirit of defiance." He literally says that!

The point is, if we were there on Capitol Hill and we saw this when it happened, I didn't realize it at the time. I didn't when Daschle made his statement. If we were there now, knowing what we now know, we would say, "Wait a minute! This is a bad thing you're saying. There's not going to be any real revival at this point." And, there wasn't. The weak spiritual response to 9/11 was kind of a foreshadowing that America would grow much further away from God.


How the Book Came to Be Written

Nathan Jones: Rabbi Cahn, how did you come to write The Harbinger?

Jonathan Cahn: I wasn't originally looking for this topic. I happen to live across the river from Ground Zero. As a matter of fact, my wife was supposed to be at the Twin Towers at the moment of the attacks. At the last moment her plans were changed.

So, I'm watching the Towers collapse and I'm praying. Then I started being led to reading Isaiah 9:10. Soon afterwards, I was standing at Ground Zero and to my amazement I saw a tree. Something in my heart said, "There's something there." So, I was led like one step to a harbinger, but I wasn't looking for it. I was led one step to the next, to the next, to the next, to the next and the story kept on getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger.

I wasn't originally going to write any book. I shared my experiences with the congregation and everyone was blown away. They all said that this story has got to go out to the nation. I didn't do anything on my own.

Finally, I was led to write a book, and this thing wrote itself. Writing happened rapid fire. Then it's been spreading around by itself. The book's distribution just goes and goes and goes. I don't take any credit for The Harbinger. If I tried to reproduce it now, I couldn't do it.

The point is, God's message has gone forth. God warns. He'll do it through enemies. He'll do it through a donkey. He'll do it through anyone. And, it has gone forth. So, that's exactly that — I believe God is warning America. That's what He does. He has a heart because He wants to save. We are in danger of judgment, and it's happening precisely like the Isaiah 9:10 model.


In the second part of our interview with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn on his book The Harbinger, we'll debunk some of the criticisms his detractors have thrown at him.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Confused Book About Revelation

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This is a book review that I did not want to write. The reason is simple. Carl Gallups, the author, is a dear and valued friend, but I must honestly report that his latest book is a disaster.

I first became aware of Carl in 2012 when his first book was published. It was titled, The Magic Man in the Sky, which is the term Atheists often use to refer to the Christian concept of God. The book presented a brilliant defense of the existence of God and a scathing refutation of the fantasy of Evolution.

As soon as I finished reading the book, I immediately contacted Carl and invited him to appear on our television program, which he did. (Watch the interview.) I discovered that he had been a police detective for 20 years before deciding to enter ministry full time. He became the pastor of a Baptist church in Milton, Florida, located in the panhandle of the state, near Destin. He has served that church since 1987.

Before writing his first book, Carl had become known nationally through his radio program and his Internet video programs that focus on providing a biblical perspective on national and international events. He had developed a reputation as an articulate, outspoken and fearless prophetic voice due to his insightful commentaries about the decay of American society and our impending destruction by God.

His first book established him as a serious apologetics author who understands how to defend God's Word. The book is "a must read" for any Christian.


Carl's Second Book

His second book was equally good, but very different. It was titled, The Rabbi Who Found Messiah. It is an investigative journalistic type of book that exposed to the world the remarkable story of one of Israel's most influential rabbis — Yitzhak Kaduri.

Before the rabbi died in January of 2006, he announced to his followers that the Messiah had appeared to him and revealed His identity. He said he had written down the Messiah's name on a piece of paper and sealed it in an envelope that was to be opened one year after his death. That was done in January of 2007, and the name the envelope contained produced a profound shock among Orthodox Jews. It was Yeshua, the Hebrew name for Jesus! This revelation was dismissed as "dementia" and was quickly covered up by both the Orthodox and the Israeli press.

Carl's excellent book brought the revelation back to light, and the book is being used very effectively in Israel today to witness Jesus to Orthodox Jews, some of whom have accepted Yeshua as their Lord and Savior. (Watch the interview.)


Carl's Newest Book

This brings us to Carl's third book, just recently published. It is titled, Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation (WND Books, 2015, 234 pages). The book carries an endorsement by Joel Richardson, the proponent of the very unbiblical idea that the Antichrist is going to be a Muslim. He states: "If you have a passion to study the subject of the end times, then you will love this book! Gallups is an engaging writer who presents a unique perspective. Prepare to be challenged."

Carl Gallups

It is true that Carl is an "engaging writer, but it is not true that he presents "a unique perspective." It is an unusual perspective, and from my viewpoint, it is completely off-the-wall, but it is not unique. That's because it is an echo of the concepts of a very well known Bible prophecy teacher by the name of Irvin Baxter.

Basically, both of these men believe that we are currently living in the midst of the Trumpet Judgments of the book of Revelation! That's right. They do not see these judgments as something future that will occur during the Tribulation. No, they claim the judgments are happening now.


A Lonely Interpretation

Until the publication of Carl's book, I was not aware of anyone who agreed with Baxter's interpretation of Revelation. In fact, Baxter has no links to any other prophecy ministries on his website because no one else agrees with him — until now.

Lone Ranger interpretations of this nature should always be suspect because the Bible specifically states that "no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation" (2 Peter 1:20). Here's how Southern Baptist theologian Frank Stagg put it in his essay, "How to Understand the Bible" (1974): "God does not grant private disclosures that are withheld from other people."

When you think about how unusual the interpretation of Revelation is that these men have come up with, you can understand why I consider it remarkable that throughout Carl's new book, he repeatedly introduces each of his strange interpretations by proclaiming that "many" or "numerous" prophecy scholars agree with him!


The Third Trumpet

Carl begins his book by focusing on the third Trumpet Judgment because he says this was the first one that he realized had already been fulfilled in our day and time (chapter 15). It is the judgment recorded in Revelation 8:10-11. It reads as follows:

10) The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters.
11) The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.

Carl argues that this prophecy was fulfilled in the explosion of the Russian nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, Ukraine on April 26, 1986 (chapter 15). His basic reason for making the connection between this event and the prophecy is the fact that Chernobyl means wormwood in the Ukrainian language (chapter 16).

To make the rest of the prophecy fit the event, Carl engages in some fanciful spiritualizations of Scripture. He explains away the reference to a star falling from heaven as a First Century man's primitive explanation of a nuclear explosion (chapter 18).

To do this, Carl starts redefining words, a technique he uses throughout his book. So, according to Carl, the word, star, doesn't really mean star — it is just something that looked like a star (pp. 124ff). And heaven doesn't really mean heaven, it is just a reference to the sky. Also, the idea that a star falls from heaven is just a reference to debris from a nuclear explosion falling back to the ground (p. 126).

Further, Carl asserts that the statement that this event will result in one-third of the waters of the world being polluted must be interpreted as meaning simply "a calamity on a monumental scale" (pp. 116ff). That's a very convenient interpretation, but it is not what the prophecy says.

Now, having come to the conclusion that the Chernobyl explosion was a fulfillment of the third Trumpet Judgment, Carl concludes that the first and second Trumpet Judgments must also have already occurred and must have done so before 1986.


The Second Trumpet

The second Trumpet Judgment, found in Revelation 8:8-9, reads as follows:

8) The second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood,
9) and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed.

To give a contemporary interpretation to this prophecy, the first thing Carl does is to explain away the reference to the sea by saying, "Obviously, the sea in these verses is not a literal ocean of water but rather a vast expanse" (p. 129). "Obviously"? Really? Obvious to whom?

He then resorts to the redefinition of words, claiming that "thrown" should really be translated "arise" (p. 131).

Now, having changed the meaning of the prophecy, he proceeds to proclaim that it was fulfilled in 1945 with the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since Japan is an island nation, from a distance, the explosions must have looked like "a mountain of fire" rising from the sea (p. 131).

And, oh yes, the reference to one-third of the sea being affected is also explained away in a most peculiar way. It refers to either one-third of the population of Japan being killed in the explosions (including those who died over a five year period of time from radiation poisoning), or it refers to one-third of those involved in World War II being killed (pp. 132-133). But these particular verses do not speak of one-third of any group being killed. They talk about one-third of the sea becoming blood. And Carl never bothers to explain away the reference to the sea turning to blood.


The First Trumpet

This brings us to the first Trumpet Judgment. It is recorded in Revelation 8, verse 7:

The first [trumpet] sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

Carl proposes two possible modern day fulfillments of this prophecy. The first would be the "scorched earth" policy followed by the Russians in the defeat of the Nazi invasion of their nation during World War II (pp. 136ff). The second alternative, and the one Carl prefers, is that this verse is describing World War I (pp. 138ff).

Carl explains away the prophecy's statement that the judgment will affect one-third of the earth by, once again, redefining words. The problem, he says, is that we are "relying solely upon the English translation" (p. 136). He then explains: "In actuality, the Greek word for earth in this passage allows for something much more local in nature." So, as Carl puts it, the Apostle John, who wrote Revelation, "could easily have been speaking of a specific theater — that is, a specific region" (p. 136). Again, very convenient for Carl, but that is not what the text says.


The Fourth Trumpet

At this point in his book, Carl jumps to the fourth Trumpet Judgment in Revelation 8:12 which reads as follows:

The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.

In his desperation to find a modern day fulfillment for this prophecy, Carl resorts to a 2004 article in the New York Times which reported that due to pollution, there was drop in the amount of sunshine reaching the earth by as much as 10 percent from the late 1950s to the early 1990s — or about 2 percent per decade (p. 141).

Carl calls this "global dimming," and he jumps on the fact that in one place, Hong Kong, the loss of daylight amounted to 37 percent. Well, the prophecy does not speak of one place — it speaks of the impact on the whole world, and it also speaks of an immediate impact, not a gradual one over 40 years.


The Fifth Trumpet

The fifth Trumpet Judgment is a long one recorded in Revelation 9:1-11. To summarize it, the prophecy says that "a star from heaven" [identified as an angel] falls to earth with "the key to the abyss" [some translations read "bottomless pit"]. This is a reference to the place where rebellious angels are held (2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6). The angel opens the abyss and smoke comes out, together with a swarm of demons shaped like locusts who can sting like scorpions. They are allowed to torment all mankind for 5 months, except for those who have "the seal of God on their foreheads." The locusts have a "king over them" who is described as an "angel of the abyss" whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon — both names meaning, "Destroyer."

Incredibly, Carl tries to find the fulfillment of this prophecy in the Gulf War of 1990-1991 (chapter 22). The five months of torment is interpreted to refer to the five months that Iraq tormented the people of Kuwait before the United States launched its invasion. The abyss is redefined to mean a hole in the ground like a pit or a well, and thus Carl says the prophecy is really talking about the oil wells of Iraq! The smoke from the abyss is the burning of the oil wells. The locusts are helicopters. And the king called Abbadon or Apollyon is Saddam Hussein because his nick-name was "Destroyer."

This whole interpretation was just beyond belief to me because the prophecy makes it clear that it is talking about a demonic invasion. And the idea that Saddam Hussein might be the Destroyer spoken about in the prophecy was particularly mystifying because the prophecy clearly states that the Destroyer is a demon who is released from the abyss.


The Sixth Trumpet

That brings us to the sixth Trumpet Judgment, and mercifully, Carl does not try to explain it away by linking it to some modern day event. Rather, he says its fulfillment is yet future (chapter 21). This is the judgment that says armies consisting of 200 million soldiers will be released who will proceed to kill "a third of mankind" (Revelation 9:13-19).

In speculating how this prophecy might be fulfilled, Carl states, "I am certainly not going to insist upon a rigorous interpretation of this sixth trumpet prophecy" (p. 169). Really? Why not?

He then proceeds to explain away the prophecy's meaning by stating that it is most likely going to be fulfilled by a limited war in the Middle East in which one-third of the participants will be killed.


Unusual Interpretations

There are many other strange interpretations contained in Carl's book. For example:

  • The Seal Judgments (which precede the Trumpet Judgments) are not really judgments. They are just a general overview of what is going to happen — they are warnings, like those contained in Jesus' Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24. The actual judgments do not start happening until the Trumpet Judgments which are all contained in the seventh Seal Judgment (pp. 77-79).
  • The Two Witnesses (Revelation 11) who will prophesy in Jerusalem for three and a half years and then be killed by the Antichrist are identified as symbols of Messianic Jews and the Church (even though Messianic Jews are part of the Church). In other words, Carl denies the witnesses will be two men (chapter 13).
  • The Rapture of the Church will take place when the Two Witnesses (all Jewish and Gentile believers) are caught up to Heaven (Revelation 11:11-12). This will happen before the pouring out of God's wrath in the Bowl Judgments (Revelation 16). So, the Rapture will most likely take place in the middle of the Tribulation, following the blowing of the seventh trumpet in the series of Trumpet Judgments (chapter 29).
  • The "abomination of desolation" (Daniel 9:27 and Matthew 24:15) which will be erected "in the holy place" is the current Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount (chapter 27) — despite the fact that the Bible clearly states that this abomination will be erected by the Antichrist.


The Basic Problem

There is a fundamental problem with Carl's analysis that he never addresses, and it is the death knell to all that he proclaims. It is the fact that the book of Revelation pictures all its series of judgments — Seals, Trumpets and Bowls — as occurring within a 7 year period of time. This time period is precisely defined as 2,520 days (Revelation 11:3 and 12:6), or 7 years when considering that a prophetic year is 360 days.

The prophet Daniel says this 7 year period of time will begin when the Antichrist makes a treaty with Israel — most likely one that will allow the Jews to rebuild their temple (Daniel 9:27).

These 7 years are the final week of years of Daniel's prophecy of the 70 weeks of years (Daniel 9:24). This period of 490 years is the time during which God will accomplish all His purposes among the Jewish people (Daniel 9:24).

The first 483 years of this prophecy ended with the Crucifixion, at which time the Church was established and the Jews were set aside under discipline. We are now in the Church Age which represents a gap in Daniel's prophecy. When the Church is taken out in the Rapture, God will once again focus on Israel as the centerpiece of His purposes. He will use the last 7 years of Daniel's prophecy to bring the Jews to the end of themselves through the Tribulation judgments, at the end of which, the Jewish remnant will repent and receive Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10).


Conclusion

The Tribulation judgments — all of them — are pictured in the book of Revelation as occurring within Daniel's 70th Week — a 7-year period of time. They do not begin before that time.

The judgments portrayed by the book of Revelation are all future. They will take place during the 7 years of the Tribulation. And they will happen as they are described. No one will have to redefine them or spiritualize them or explain them away. They mean what they say!

In conclusion, Carl's latest book is an exercise in imagination that is going to confuse many people. Even worse, it is going to convince many that Bible prophecy does not mean what it says.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Next Year in Jerusalem!

by Tim Moore, Assistant Evangelist

(Editor's note: Tim Moore is the new Assistant Evangelist for Lamb & Lion. He is a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve and makes his living as a commercial pilot. He teaches and preaches Bible prophecy for Lamb & Lion on the weekends. He also leads pilgrimages to Israel for the ministry.)

Tim Moore at the Western Wall

That fervent aspiration, "Next year in Jerusalem!" has echoed from the lips of every Jew for over 19 centuries as the hopeful declaration and the closing prayer of every Passover meal. Over the last 100 years, more and more Jews have taken advantage of modern transportation to return to their Promised Homeland in increasing numbers – both as permanent immigrants and as glad-hearted guests.

For many years, most Christians had little inclination and limited opportunity to journey to the Promised Land. But as more and more Christians have become serious students of Scripture, they realize that God has not forgotten His promises to His Chosen People or the Promised Land. And, they are drawn to the ancient land that God calls the "Holy Land" (Zechariah 2:12).

So, why should a 21st century disciple of Jesus Christ consider a pilgrimage to modern-day Israel? I can think of several reasons. First, there is no substitute for first-hand experience – literally "walking where Jesus walked." Visiting the places where Jesus ministered offers insight and understanding of the geography and terrain as well as the sweep of God's revelation in a chosen place to a chosen people. History – or His story – becomes clearer when you see how ancient promises were fulfilled in the Promised Land. And, the continuing faithfulness of God among the Jewish people bears testimony to God's goodness and fulfillment of prophecy before our very eyes. Also, our Lamb & Lion pilgrimages emphasize the connection between ancient history from Scripture, fulfilled prophecy in modern times, and the culmination of history and prophecy in the soon return of Jesus Christ.

In summary, a Christian visiting modern Israel receives:

1) Illumination and understanding. While there, you will –

  • Stand on Mount Carmel and hear the words of Elijah before he kills the prophets of Baal: "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God follow Him; but if Baal is God follow him" (1 Kings 18:21).
  • Walk among the rubble of the cities of Capernaum and Korazin and hear Jesus say "Woe to you" because they did not repent (Matthew 11:20-21).
  • Experience the scorching heat of the Ein Gedi oasis at the Dead Sea and truly understand why David wrote, "As a deer pants for the streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God" (Psalm 42:1).
  • Stand atop the fortress of Megiddo and look over the Valley of Jezreel (Armageddon) where the armies will gather in the end times to come against the Lord and will be destroyed (Joel 3:14).
  • Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus asked the Father "If you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but your will be done" (Luke 22:42).
  • Walk the very streets where Jesus carried the cross on His way to fulfill the Father's will (John 19:17).
  • Stand before the Hill of the Skull and then enter into the empty tomb where many believe the body of Jesus was buried (John 19:17 and Matthew 28:5-6).

Can you see it? Can you hear it?

2) Motivation to dig even deeper in their personal study of the Word. If you are a student of Scripture but have never visited the Promised Land where Jesus lived and ministered, I can promise that your faith will be strengthened, your joy will be heightened, and your anticipation of the Lord's soon return will be set aflame.

3) Connectivity with other like-minded believers who share the experience and provide mutual encouragement. Nothing can compare to the joy and peace and understanding one receives when walking with, talking with, and worshiping with brothers and sisters in Christ in the place where the Word of God was, is being, and will be fulfilled.

4) A greater love for the Jewish people – not because of their inherent worth or merit (any more than any other people), but because God is obviously honoring His promise to regather and bless His Chosen People in these "end days."

5) The ability and desire to come back home and share your experiences, insights and renewed passion with your church, family and friends. The return on your investment will overflow into the lives of people all around you.

6) A heightened sense of Jesus' soon return. You will peer intently up into the sky on the Mount of Olives imagining the sight the disciples saw when Jesus was taken up before them and then hear the words of two men say, "Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." Then, you will look down on the Eastern Gate of the city where Jesus will soon enter to reign as King of kings (Acts 1:10-11 and Psalm 24:7-10).


Key Questions

Some folks express a degree of reluctance or concern about visiting the Holy Land because of a perception that Israel is "dangerous." So, is it safe to visit Israel? Having been to Israel several times, and traveled throughout the United States and much of the world (including some very dangerous places), I can tell you that I feel safer in Israel than most American cities. Even the most hesitant pilgrims quickly learn that their fears were overwrought. Furthermore, we do not go into the areas of unrest, like the Gaza Strip or the West Bank.

Is it worth the expense and investment of time? While not inexpensive, the cost is all-inclusive and is very reasonable for a pilgrimage of this quality. For this "once in a lifetime" experience, it is truly a bargain. No one who has gone to Israel with Lamb & Lion has regretted this investment in their increased understanding of and appreciation for what they have read in Scripture for years.

I can assure that you will be blessed and that you will return home praising the Lord for impressing on your heart to go. I can also promise that you will come back excited about His Second Coming and crying, "Maranatha, Come quickly, Lord Jesus!"


An Invitation

Our next pilgrimage is planned for early June. Come with us. Make Aliyah (Hebrew for "going up") to Israel. Gaze upon the hills and valleys and rivers and streams that Jesus saw. See with your eyes and hear with your heart the wonders of the great "I AM"! Stand where He will set His foot once again when He steps out of heaven to reign from Mount Zion in Jerusalem. Lay claim to the prophecy of Isaiah when he said:

...And many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths..." (Isaiah 2:3).

So, instead of praying, "Next year in Jerusalem," join us this year. You'll be glad you did!


Join Our Next Pilgrimage!

Our next pilgrimage is scheduled for June 6-17, 2015. The air carrier will be Lufthansa, which means we will spend the night in Frankfurt on our return journey to the States. In Israel, we will spend two nights in Tel Aviv, two nights in Tiberias (on the Sea of Galilee), and five nights in Jerusalem.

The hosts will be Tim Moore and George Collich. George is our senior staff member. Both have been to Israel many times, and both have been trained by Dr. Reagan to serve as pilgrimage hosts. Every aspect of the pilgrimage has been planned by Dr. Reagan. If you are interested in this pilgrimage, contact us and we will send you a detailed brochure, or register online.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jonathan Cahn on America: The Mystery Ground

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What has been the United States' "Mystery Ground"?

To answer that question, were were blessed to have on our program Christ in Prophecy Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. Rabbi Cahn is the spiritual leader of the Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, New Jersey and best-selling author of the book The Harbinger and a new book titled The Mystery of the Shemitah. Both books have been best sellers and highly controversial in Christian circles.

The Bible teaches that God never pours out His wrath on a nation without first sending remedial judgments and prophetic voices to warn of God's impending judgment and to call the nation to repentance. Rabbi Cahn believes that when it comes to the United States, God already has been emphatically warning us, and since we haven't listened, is delivering us from judgment to destruction. And, as always has been the case with anyone who historically speaks out in prophetic manner calling people for repentance, Jonathan has of course been severely attacked.

In this series we are going to discuss his basic message concerning God's warnings to America and also ask him about some of the accusations that have been hurled against him.

[Note: The interview has been put into article format for ease of reading. For an unedited transcript, please click the PDF button above.]

Jonathan Cahn on Christ in Prophecy


Message to the Leaders

Dr. Reagan: Jonathan, I've been amazed at how God has opened special doors for you to proclaim this message of warning, like for example to the Congress via the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast held in January of 2013. Tell us about the prayer you made there (YouTube).

Jonathan Cahn: Someone was watching me talk about my book The Harbinger and they said, "We have to do something. We have to get something." The doors opened up to them on Capitol Hill to have just such an event. It happened because of The Harbinger. That event led me to proclaiming the Gospel in the Capital to members of Congress.

Originally the service was held once a year in the Capital Building. Members of Congress would attend. So, Christian leaders and members of Congress asked me to speak along with other various speakers. And, basically in total, it was kind of like the Presidential Inaugural in that I got four to ten minutes. The thing is, this breakfast has been held every year, but then they told me they haven't held it in over 100 years. They used to actually have services in the Capital. This has now become a weekly service for the members of Congress.

Dr. Reagan: Oh, that's wonderful!

Jonathan Cahn: So, I was there and they asked me to open the breakfast up. And, the Lord keeps calling me back to Washington. I think the reason is in the Bible. When there's a prophetic warnings the Lord wants, it to go to the throne. God wants His messages to go the leaders.


The Mystery Ground

Dr. Reagan: Tel us the remarkable story about George Washington from your book The Harbinger.

Nathan Jones: You blew my mind with chapter 19. People need to read chapter 19. The "Mystery Ground" you called it.

Jonathan Cahn: The Harbinger has nine harbingers. Then it leads up to these mysteries.

The "Mystery Ground" is this. When judgment came to Israel in 586 BC, the destruction returned to the same ground where the nation was dedicated to God, which is the Temple Mount. This is where Solomon dedicated the future of his nation. The Temple Mount is where they prayed and put the whole nation into God's hand. When the Temple was destroyed centuries later, God was saying they'd broken the covenant and to return to where they'd fallen.

Now, here's the principle, the judgment returns to the ground of consecration. What about America? America began as a nation as we know it not in 1776, that was our independence, but it was formed in 1789. That was the first time we had a president and the Constitution over the government.

In 1789 was George Washington's inauguration. He places his hands on the Bible and gives a prophetic warning in that first speech, which says basically paraphrased though fully quoted in The Harbinger — "If America ever turns away from God, the blessings will be removed."

Then Washington and the entire first government go to a place to consecrate America to God. Can we find out where that is, that consecration ground from the first day dedicated to God? Well, it was the nation's capital. The nation's capital was not Washington D.C. at the time. The nation's capital was New York City. It was in lower Manhattan. Where was America's consecration ground where they dedicated America to God?

America's consecration ground was Ground Zero, the very same place hit by the 9/11 attacks.

The judgment, the destruction, returns to the same ground. That's the ancient mystery.

When 9/11 happened, a shock wave comes down from Ground Zero, strikes Federal Hall where Washington gave the warning of what would happen if we ever turned away from God, and puts a crack in there. All around Ground Zero, all the buildings are destroyed except one is spared. That's the little stone chapel where Washington dedicated America to God. And, the reason why it was spared they say is because there was an object that shielded it from 9/11. The object was the Sixth Harbinger — the sycamore. The harbinger saved the church.

The message of The Harbinger is not to condemn America to judgment, but it is to wake it up. God is saying, "Return, return, return!" The media was focused on our consecration ground and we didn't even know it. God is saying "Return!" to America and even to His people the Church.

Nathan Jones: And this is historically documented?

Jonathan Cahn: You can go there to Ground Zero. People have gone from all over the world to go there and you'll see all the places I mentioned.

Dr. Reagan: Well, I stopped believing in coincidence many years ago. I believe now only in God-incidences, and I tell you that was a God-incidence.

Jonathan Cahn: Total, yes, yes. God's fingerprints are all there.

Dr. Reagan: Talking about God's fingerprints, when we had the great collapse of the economy in 2008 I picked up the newspaper. This was on the eve of Rosh Hashanah if I remember right. Here was our stock market crash, and the paper said the market fell 777 points. I thought God had signed it.

Jonathan Cahn: We won't delve into the mystery of the Shemitah, but the point is that the timing had to do with a biblical mystery of 7's that's in the Bible. It's so exact. It's so precise. God is in charge of everything.

People ask, "What do I do?" I say, "Listen and be at peace." Being at peace will tell you if you are in God's will. He has everything firmly in His hands. Just make sure you are in God's will.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jonathan Cahn on America: Hope of Revival

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As the United States descends into evil, is there's hope for a revival?

To answer that question, were were blessed to have on our program Christ in Prophecy Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. Rabbi Cahn is the spiritual leader of the Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, New Jersey and best-selling author of the book The Harbinger and a new book titled The Mystery of the Shemitah. Both books have been best sellers and highly controversial in Christian circles.

The Bible teaches that God never pours out His wrath on a nation without first sending remedial judgments and prophetic voices to warn of God's impending judgment and to call the nation to repentance. Rabbi Cahn believes that when it comes to the United States, God already has been emphatically warning us, and since we haven't listened, is delivering us from judgment to destruction. And, as always has been the case with anyone who historically speaks out in prophetic manner calling people for repentance, Jonathan has of course been severely attacked.

In this series we are going to discuss his basic message concerning God's warnings to America and also ask him about some of the accusations that have been hurled against him.

[Note: The interview has been put into article format for ease of reading. For an unedited transcript, please click the PDF button above.]

Jonathan Cahn Author of The Harbinger


The Descent Into Evil

Nathan Jones: Rabbi Cahn, do you believe that since the United States has removed God out of our school systems and out of our government and everything else basically, that if we actually are following the pattern of Israel, then are we now here at Romans 1:24 where it says, "Therefore God delivered them over to the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worship something created instead of the Creator who is praised forever. Amen." Then Romans goes on to say how worse and worse and worse the people will get.

Jonathan Cahn: Yes, the principle is already in effect. It begins with the people turning away from God. They are not worshiping God but they are going after the Creation instead of the Creator. Then Romans says God gives them over to sexual immorality. We are there now in society.

The pattern of ancient Israel is that when the people were blessed, they then sought the blessings only instead of the Blesser. In that driving God out of their culture, well we've done that. It's already been happening since the '60's the '70's. We're continuing to drive God out. Then the people start calling what is evil "good" and what is good "evil." They go right together. The more a nation calls what is evil "good," it will call what is good like believers and God "evil."

The next state is to start promoting sexual immorality. We are there now as well. And, people have also started lifting up their children as sacrifices, just as Israel did to Baal and Molech. People say, "How can you compare that to America?" America has not lifted up thousands of children, no, it has lifted up millions of children on the altar or convenience. We have killed over 50 million of our own children in this country alone! God says, "You have blood on your hands, how then can I hear you?" So if that's not judgment, if that doesn't cry out for judgment, then nothing does. We have blasphemed God!


Hope of Revival

Dr. Reagan: People are always asking me, "Do you think there is any hope for revival? Can we have revival?" I say of course there is hope for revival. In fact, there's even an example of it in the history of Judah. Manasseh was the worst king that they had, but they had a tremendous revival right after his reign with King Josiah. But, the moment Josiah died, it had become so ingrain in the fabric of the nation that they immediately turned back to their paganism. God then had to take care of the nation.

Jonathan Cahn: Yes, we have different templates. We have that which the judgment was forestalled because of Josiah and a turning. Nineveh was totally saved in Jonah's time, for awhile that is.

We have other templates. With Sodom there was nothing. It just wasn't there anymore by the time God was done eradicating them. So, if I look at the culture and if I look at my own understanding, I just don't see any hope. How do you turn this sin craze around? But, there's God, and God is always greater than what we think is possible.

Do I believe what is going to happen to this nation is judgment? From this template, and God's following it, I do believe we are going to have a great shaking of this nation. I believe there's going to be a gigantic shaking. I believe that it will effect out economy and it will collapse. I believe there will be a financial collapse, and I believe that there will be more than that because the pattern is that judgment escalates just as apostasy escalates. We have 9/11, I believe that was just a foreshadowing of things to come.

Nathan Jones: Money is our real god, right?

Jonathan Cahn: That is part of our apostasy, yes.

People ask me if there's a shaking, how then is there hope? I believe that it is the opposite. Only if there's a shaking can there be hope. Remember that most of us came to the Lord because of a shaking in our lives. Same with the nations. Will it be judgment or revival? I believe it can be both. I believe it could be judgment, and yet out of that there will be people turning to the Lord — a remnant. Those who turn, they are the revival. That to me is at this point our only hope.

I believe that a greater shaking is going to happen. I believe that God's will is that through the shaking there will be revival and salvation among those who turn. But, it's going to take that shaking. We have grown so deaf that God has to shout to us.


From Majority to Marginalized

Dr. Reagan: One of the things that concerns me is the way in which Christians have now been marginalized in our society. The core of our Christian belief was the core of Christianity just 25-30 years ago. Now we're considered to be fanatics on the margin because we believe in the literal meaning of the Bible.

Jonathan Cahn: Yes, that's exactly what happened to Israel with their faithful prophets, and that's what's happening here. We had people who were in times past would have been the heroes. Then, all of the sudden, they become the marginalized people. They become those who are persecuted. When the people lifted up the prophets of Baal, they then became the centerpiece of their culture. Baalism had been on the extreme, they had been on the fringe, they had been in the dark, but now they were lifted up. The opposite is then the culture will seek to put believers in the dark. They started persecuting the prophets, like persecuting Elijah. King Ahab goes to Elijah and says, "You troubler of Israel!" But Elijah refuses to be redefined by Ahab. He replies, "No, you are the troubler of Israel! I'm following God. You departed from Him." It's very important that we don't let the culture redefine us.

The point is that scenario is exactly the case to the exact degree that the nation or culture enshrines darkness and calls it "light." An evil society will call the light "darkness." Every time darkness or immorality is accepted, righteousness is persecuted.

Dr. Reagan: The thing that is so disturbing about all of this is the number of Christian leaders who get right in bed with those who promote evil because they want the approval of society.

Jonathan Cahn: Yes, that's right, because now the cost is greater. If someone says something in support of God's moral law, then their neck is stuck out, and few want to do that. Then they get persecuted. But, if nobody speaks up, then the moral point is lost, especially if nobody stands up.

There are a lot of another level of pastors and leaders — those who just don't want to talk about it. They will say they can't say anything anymore. You see this happen frequently. We are in trouble as followers of Christ if we do not stand up for what is right.

Dr. Reagan: The same thing happened historically in Hitler's Germany.

Jonathan Cahn: Yes, exactly, and there were very few who stood up for what was right. They were the radical ones.

When you look back at history, God judges these bold believers as the great ones. We've got to be great. We cannot be afraid. This is not the time. When the dark gets darker, the lights have to shine brighter.


In the fifth and last segment of our interview with Jonathan Cahn on America, we'll travel back to the founding of the United States and be amazed at the miracle of the "Mystery Ground."