By Nathan Jones
Are there are any historic parallels between Israel and the United States?
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.]
Nathan Jones: Do you believe that when it comes to God's judgment on the nations, that Israel is the model for the world?
Jonathan Cahn: Yes.
Nathan Jones: So any nation would fall under the same judgments as Israel did if that nation rejects God?
Jonathan Cahn: Well, it can. Yes, the thing is that God is consistent, number one. God is the same God. He doesn't change. And number two, the Bible says what was written to Israel is for us. So, in other words, Israel is the one model we have for anything. God dealt with Israel. Israel is the center of God's purposes. Anytime you hear a message preached, it's generally something that's happened to Israel that applies to all of our lives. We see from the Bible that it's not only Israel God has also judged, but other nations back then as well. But, Israel is the template, of course.
Nathan Jones: There are just so many parallels between God's treatment of Israel and the United States according to your book.
Jonathan Cahn: It's amazing!
Dr. Reagan: You have pointed those out over and over, and I have over the years too in some of my books that I've written. We've pointed out that Israel had great spiritual leaders. I'm talking about Judah in particular. They had great spiritual leaders. They had prosperity. They had safety. God blessed them in so many ways, just as He has done with us. But, it ultimately led to pride and to rebellion, and that's exactly what's happening to us as a nation.
You know, Jonathan, there are people I run across — Christians — who actually think God sits on His throne wrapped in an America flag. They say, "Oh, God would never touch us. He would never touch us." What did the people say to Jeremiah? "God lives in our temple. He will never touch us." Let me tell you, if God will destroy Jerusalem and His very Temple, He will destroy the United States of America. People need to know that.
Jonathan Cahn: Yes, there's something special about the relationship. There are two extremes. One is to say that there's nothing special about America, but that's not true. On the other hand, to say that America is Israel or that the main thing is patriotism, that's not it either. The main thing is God. There is only one God. Even patriotism can become a god.
The point is that God says that there's no nation that's exempt from His judgment. Even Israel itself, which was built by God and had the Temple, was not exempt. The Lord said to Jeremiah to the effect, "You keep on saying, 'This Temple, this Temple,' but I'll destroy this Temple." He said to Ezekiel, "Your wife is going to die." God was saying that like a death Israel's sin was how much it was hurting him. This judgment then has to happen to Israel.
If judgment happened to Israel, then we here in the United States certainly cannot say we are exempt, rather in fact it's the opposite — we are in danger! To much that is given, much is required. The more we've been blessed, the more we are accountable and the more severe the judgment.
In the third segment of our interview with Jonathan Cahn on America, we'll go back into the history of the United States and look at the Puritan Covenant.