[Dr. Reagan's note: Jonathan Cahn is the author of the best selling book, The Harbinger. This article contains a speech he made at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast on January 21, 2013. This presentation placed him on the cutting edge of prophetic voices that are warning America of its impending doom if it does not repent of its grievous sins. Jonathan Cahn is the spiritual leader of the Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, New Jersey. This fourth segment contains only a portion of Rabbi Cahn's presentation and is reprinted here in edited form by his permission.]
"The Mystery Ground"
One of the mysteries in The Harbinger, something called The Mystery Ground, actually involves this day, the inauguration, or rather the first inauguration of which this day is a continuation.
It was the day that America as we know it came into existence, April 30, 1789. It was the day the nation's first president was sworn into office, the inauguration of George Washington. Washington placed his hand on the Bible and then gave the first ever presidential address. And in that speech, on America's first day as a fully-formed nation, is embedded a prophetic warning. He said this:
The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.
What was he saying? He was saying this: America's blessings are based on its relationship with God. If America ever disregards or forgets or turns away from the eternal rules of order and right, the laws, the precepts, the standards, and the ways of God, if America ever departs from these, then the blessings of God will be withdrawn from the land.
This is the prophetic warning embedded in our national foundation. And it is coming true in our day. We are now witnessing America disregarding the eternal rules of order and right which God has ordained. And the warning is, that if we do so, then the smiles of Heaven, the blessings of God will be withdrawn.
When judgment came to Israel, the destruction returned to the same ground where the nation had been dedicated to God, the Temple Mount. The calamity returned to the nation's ground of consecration.
After Washington gave that prophetic warning, he and the nation's first Senate and House of Representatives, all proceeded on foot from Federal Hall, the place of the inauguration, to a site especially chosen for the nation's first government to pray and dedicate America's future to God.
And that's what they did on that first inauguration on America's first day as a formed nation — they prayed and committed the nation's future to God. That was the nation's consecration ground.
If we can find out where that ground is, we will have a mystery. Where did it take place? It happened in the nation's capital. But the capital then was not Washington, D.C. It was New York City. Where? The place where they dedicated America to God on its first day as a nation, America's consecration ground is Ground Zero. America was dedicated to God at Ground Zero...
The time is late. The hour is critical. A great nation proceeds in rapid spiritual descent. And the signs of warning and judgment are manifesting in the land. The shadow of judgment is upon us.
The Only Hope
And for those who would ask "How, in light of judgment, can one be saved, or safe?" We give this answer — the word in Hebrew for safety and salvation is Yeshua. Yeshua is the name which we know in English as "Jesus." Outside of Him there is no safety. But inside of Him there is no fear. It was for Him and in His name that this nation, this civilization, this "city on a hill," named America, came into existence. And it is only to Him and in His name that its problems can ultimately be answered. He remains the answer, the light in the darkness, and the hope when all other hopes are faded and gone. And to all who come, He will receive. And He calls out "Come."
For all you who dwell in darkness, it's time to come. And you will not be turned away.
And for all you who know Him, for you His people, it is time to put away any shade of darkness and compromise — and take up the mantle of your calling.
It's time to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world you were called to be, in truth, in power, and love. It is time to light up the darkness. It's time to be strong. It's time to be bold. It's time to be radical.
The watchmen are crying out, and the trumpets are sounding. And the voice of the Lord is calling to this nation, and saying "Return," and calling to His people and saying, "Return."
Let the word go forth. Let the power of God be seen in this land. And let revival burst forth like a mighty river...