Isaiah 9:10 - The Harbinger Have you read this book or seen this movie? In “The Harbinger” and “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” the focal point of this vow of judgment is the tower rising up out of the ruins of Ground Zero.  There is no “utterance,” and therefore no “prophecy” of the sort Cahn talks about. The Eighth Harbinger was the public speaking of the ancient vow of defiance. Clearly, Cahn believes that the harbingers he sees in Isaiah 9:10 are genuine and constitute a crucial message for his nation. Now, Cahn mentioned the Great Depression, and this surfaces yet another problem with his case. Not only does The Harbinger fail to reveal a mystery in Isaiah 9:10, but in spite of the much-needed call to repentance, the book presents a danger to believers and unbelievers alike. But we will rebuild with hewn stones; Excerpted from The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction? "The Harbinger" novel proposes that God has sent America nine omens or warnings of judgment starting with the 9/11 attacks.  Sowell, Thomas. So if the LXX reading is accepted, then the claim that replacing the cut-down sycamores with cedars is the seventh harbinger must be discarded, since according to the LXX both sycamores and cedars are cut down. to them most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. The Erez Tree. The crucial difference, however, is this: If America’s founders did indeed proclaim a national covenant with God, it did not create an actual covenant, since such a covenant can only be instituted by God. The Sixth Harbinger: The Sycamore. the exact Biblical day specifically ordained to touch a nation’s financial accounts … the exact Biblical day that is a judgment to the nation that has driven God out of its life, the exact Biblical day specifically ordained to touch a nation’s financial accounts. Does it eerily echo the decline of the United States? In light of the fact, though, that the buildings destroyed in the 9/11 attack were towers, it is not hard to see why one might want to include the “tower” as a harbinger, even though one must appeal to the LXX to find it. Cahn avers that “The Shemitah was meant to be a blessing, but if the nation turned away from God, the Shemitah turns from a blessing to a judgment, to a sign,” though this goes beyond what the text says. Ironically, the only “harbinger” mentioned is a “breach” (in Jeremiah 39:2), but unlike Cahn’s harbinger, this is not an “initial strike on the land” that is limited in scope and temporary in duration, but is part of the final destruction of Judah. The average deficit during the first six years of the “war on terror” was $281 billion. Finally, Cahn’s attempt to draw the parallel between ancient Israel and America closer by averring that “U.S. America, like Israel, was founded for God’s purposes, and turned away from Him to idols. Isaiah 9:10 is a symbol of the nation of Israel’s defiance to the calamities that befell her and rather than repenting before God, Israelite leaders boasted that they would rebuild to … That are your thoughts? U.S. soldiers undoubtedly came into contact with actual descendants of the ancient Assyrians of Isaiah 9:10. It should be noted that Cahn rightly does not say that Isaiah 9:10 is a prophecy about America; it is clearly a pronouncement of doom against ancient Israel which came to pass in 721 BC. Then in September 2008 the effect comes to full force, and the economy, the American economy, crashes – the greatest economic disaster since the Great Depression. On Sept 11, 2004, every object mentioned in the prophecy of Isa 9:10 had manifested. founded on the Word of God and dedicated to His purposes. There are many proclamations of judgment by God against nations in the Old Testament – and, indeed, many different proclamations against Israel and Judah – all with different stated historical details. Here there seems to be a problem for Cahn, as this tree was a Norway spruce, not a cedar. The key to decoding the harbingers, he says, is found in understanding the seemingly innocuous words of Isaiah 9:10 (King James Version), what it meant to Israel and how the history seems to be repeating itself in America today. They were foretelling the nation’s course of defiance and judgment and it becomes part of the prophetic record of the Bible, because Isaiah quotes it as a comment on it from God’s judgment on the vow, so it also becomes a prophetic utterance in that respect. The Americans cut down the sycamores of British rule and rebuilt with the cedars of their Declaration of Independence and Constitution, bigger and better than before. The Assyrians are “the fathers of terrorism. So that is Cahn’s case for the nine harbingers that were manifested in ancient Israel according to Isaiah 9:10 and are now being manifested in America. And, in particular, it is Wall Street. Clearly, then, according to the Declaration of Independence the United States is not a nation “dedicated to God’s purposes” in its founding, as Cahn would have it.. Cahn’s purpose in writing this book was not to entertain, but to wake America up to the danger it faces: I wrote The Harbinger as a book of hope – a call to salvation, repentance and revival. (Isaiah 9:11-12a). Even if we ignore the preceding point and proceed to consider each supposed harbinger on its own merits, with its supposed parallel in today’s America, we see that, contra Cahn’s case, the parallels either do not exist or are so general as to be meaningless. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the … Isaiah 9:10 is a verse in which Israel’s national leaders utter a vow of defiance following an attack by Assyria. He continues. soldiers undoubtedly came into contact with actual descendants of the ancient Assyrians of Isaiah 9:10 when they went to war in Iraq” backfires royally. The Isaiah 9:10 effect: there’s gonna be a second shaking … that’s gonna touch America in its economic power, its financial foundation. It gets worse, however. The facts are abundantly clear; there is no Shemitah pattern to America’s stock market crash history, even if point drops are viewed. And, whereas when Assyria attacked Israel, the latter’s very existence was threatened, and large chunks of her territory were taken from her by the Assyrian conquerors, the polar opposite happened in 2003, when the American superpower easily overwhelmed Iraq in short order. Again, Isaiah 9 promises final destruction, not a financial shaking, in the absence of repentance. The Assyrian Empire were a Semitic people in the Middle East, just like the terrorists who planned and carried out 9/11. We have to ask whether this seven-year “Shemitah” pattern has held generally in relation to America’s financial downturns. The author says that The Harbinger is a fictional story which is nevertheless concerned with a real-life connection: a prophecy about ancient Israel that was eventually fulfilled in the eighth century BC when Israel was destroyed, and certain events and facts related to … Does it eerily echo the decline of the United States? It’s a foreshadowing and so it’s limited but it is a wake-up call. collapse of the American-led world order and prosperity. And, since this happened in lower Manhattan in New York City, Cahn identifies this site as America’s “consecration ground.”. The one leads into the other. So there is one other example we can look at: the southern kingdom of Judah. The Syrians before and the Philistines behind; Jonathan Cahn’s massive hit book has shocked nearly all readers who have anxiously flipped through its pages. At this point one is reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (“Test all things; hold fast what is good”) and one has to wonder at the widespread enthusiastic reception of Cahn’s case in light of the fact that it is so obviously without merit. Let us now look at Cahn’s explanation of each of these “harbingers.”. There is hidden or there is embedded a prophetic message, a warning, in the first address of America’s first President on the first day. The mystery of ancient Israel is now gonna replay in modern America. Isaiah 9:11 is a prophecy of future calamity. There remains still one more problem with Cahn’s case for the “ancient, ancient mystery of the Shemitah.” It is the most obvious problem, one that utterly destroys Cahn’s argument, even without any of the previous problems. “The bricks have fallen down, In this stunning new documentary The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment, Rabbi Cahn unravels the mystery behind this seemingly innocuous Biblical verse, and shows that ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America, just as they once did in Israel. So Cahn cannot have both his “fourth harbinger” and his “seventh harbinger.”. Bricks are not mentioned, fallen or otherwise. One has to ask, because, as bad as Cahn’s case has been so far, as we move on to “The Isaiah 9:10 Effect,” it becomes still worse. Prima facie, a Norway spruce is not a cedar. The Sixth Harbinger and Seventh Harbingers: THE SYCAMORE AND THE EREZ TREE, Cahn’s “Ancient, Ancient Mystery of the Shemitah“, http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/harbinger-a-christian-book-phenomenon/, https://truthinmydays.com/on-the-merits-of-the-septuagint-a-response-to-floyd-nolen-jones-the-chronology-of-the-old-testament/, http://www.theconcreteproducer.com/highstrength-concrete/freedom-tower–new-york-city.aspx, http://rew-online.com/1-wtc-rising-on-super-concrete/, http://gothamist.com/2006/04/27/freedom_tower_c.php, http://www.holybibleprophecy.org/2011/09/11/911-10th-anniversary-the-lords-word-in-september-11th-by-elliott-nesch/, http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/us_gdp_history, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_daily_changes_in_the_Dow_Jones_Industrial_Average, Isaiah 9:10 was a pronouncement of doom to Israel unless they repent, There are nine “harbingers” (signs that warn of coming judgment) in Isaiah 9:10, These harbingers have been repeated in the recent history of the United States as a “first shaking”, Since the U.S. has not turned back to God, they have been given a “second shaking”, If America does not repent, she will face God’s judgment, just as Israel did in ancient times. Discover the signs and manifestations that have appeared in America and the world up to this very moment--and what they reveal about the future. These nine harbingers had been manifested to ancient Israel, but they had ignored them and so had suffered destruction at the hands of the Assyrians. It was politically motivated government interference in the economy beginning in 1994 that caused the 2008 crash, and not 9/11. In fact, this Constitution seems to fit Cahn’s definition of defiance rather than dedication to God, as it based on the idea that success and liberty come first and last from people and their cleverness – God need not even be mentioned. Completely. It happened seven years after the first shaking. It comprises the fourth harbinger – and remains the one harbinger that is still under construction. New York: Basic Books, 2009. In the modern day, the twisted wreckage of 9/11 has the same significance. Cahn tells us, Buttonwood is another way of saying “the sycamore tree.”. Is this not making the Bible fit events, rather than seeing whether events fit what the Bible says? The Shemitah was meant to be a blessing, but if a nation turned away from God, the Shemitah turns from a blessing to a judgment, to a sign of judgment. Cahn clearly believes that this is true in reality, not just in fiction. In the absence of a clear word in Scripture about this matter, how can we know whether Isaiah 9:10 is programmatic or not? In fact, there seems to be no objective, independent basis for the claim that Isaiah 9:10 is programmatic; this assertion seems to be based on nothing more than the fact that Cahn thinks he has identified a number of parallels between the historical details in Isaiah 9:10 and what is happening in modern-day America. PUBLISHING UPDATE: The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction? “A sycamore must be struck down and must be connected with the [9/11] attack,” he avers. And spur his enemies on, Isaiah 9:10 is programmatic of how God deals with rebellious nations. Cahn asserts that September 29, 2008 was an end of a seven-year cycle so there should be another event seven years before that began in the financial realm. Cahn now turns his attention to what he calls “the mystery, the ancient, ancient mystery of the Shemitah.” The Shemitah, he explains, is “the seventh year or the Sabbath year command.” (This is based on the commands to Israel in Exodus 23:10-11, Leviticus 25:1-4, and Deuteronomy 15:1-2): “Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce, but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave, the beasts of the field may eat. THE NEXT major idea that Cahn introduces in connection with the “Second Shaking” is termed the Isaiah:9:10 Effect.Just as the theory of the nine harbingers was developed to demonstrate the connection between Isaiah:9:10 and America, the Isaiah:9:10 Effect is crucial to understanding God’s second round of warning to America. In the case of America, the “initial strike” was the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center that killed brought down the twin towers and killed almost 3,000 people. The Harbinger’s prophecy relates to and grows out of what the author calls “The Isaiah 9:10 Effect.” ( TH , 131-144) In this biblical text describing the divine judgment that befell ancient Israel, Isaiah states: “The bricks have fallen down” (Isaiah 9:10a, NASB). But we will replace them with cedars.” (Isaiah 9:10b). America chose defiance rather than repentance, says Cahn, and “without repentence [sic] there comes a second shaking.” Cahn calls this “The Isaiah 9:10 Effect,” which he defines thus: The attempt of a nation to defy the course of its judgment apart from repentance will instead set in motion a chain of events that will bring about the very calamity it seeks to avert. God gave a command to Israel called the Shemitah or the Seventh Year or the Sabbath Year command. Was it the Isaiah 9:10 effect? As part of the devastation, “the sycamores are cut down” by the invading enemy (Isaiah 9;10). And many agree. Cahn states that “In Israel’s history, the people would be driven from the land, and the land would rest, and God said, ‘Now the land is gonna keep its Sabbaths, or Shemitahs,” though in point of fact this happened only once, when the people of Judah were exiled to Babylon; it was not a pattern or a principle. There is obviously no “dedication to God’s purposes” here. How is “becom[ing] part of the national record” equivalent to “speaking prophetically”? The only possible conclusion here is that Cahn has utterly failed to make his tendentious claim. NOT. The Freedom Tower was built of poured concrete, steel, and glass, not “hewn stones.” Even if there were one cornerstone made of hewn granite, it would not constitute rebuilding with hewn stones (plural). Cahn’s comments on this are as follows: Next, Cahn cites Ezekiel 13:14, which reads, “So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground so its foundation will be uncovered …” (Ezekiel 13:14a). He asserts that: The backdrop is that of an ancient nation, founded on the Word of God and dedicated to His purposes. Who say in pride and arrogance of heart: He says. It happened because it had to happen. New Yorkers come to see the sycamore without realizing that it is an ancient harbinger of judgment. The framing device consists of a lengthy conversation between the protagonist, one Baruch Nouriel Kaplan, and a media personage, Ana Goren. corrective, which can only be brought out by repentance] are brought out,” it follows that “divine anger” must always result in repentance, and that is patently not so. The plot, then, is very thin, but the book is not about the plot. There is nothing special or unique about it, so that “the bricks” cannot be considered a harbinger of anything. I am really pleased to say it is an interesting post to read. Here the nation vowed the vow to emerge stronger than before. (Or can we appeal to the “ancient mystery” of Matthew 20:16 – “So the last will be first, and the first last” – to get around this problem?). Or, to put it another way, if Kong defeats this girl in a fight, could we conclude that there was a “hedge of protection” around him, or simply realize that he won the battle because he is much bigger and stronger than the girl? Choice! in the days of judgment, the calamity or the destruction touches the nation’s ground of consecration, AN IMPOSSIBLE ENTITY: A Refutation of “The Thinking Atheist’s” Unthinking Attack on Creationism. The Harbinger gives the distinct impression that although Isaiah 9:10 is specifically to Israel, it is not exclusively to Israel and is also connected to America in some way. corrective, which can only be brought out by repentance] are brought out. In “The Harbinger” and “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” the focal point of this vow of judgment is the tower rising up out of the ruins of Ground Zero. According to Cahn, “For the eighth harbinger to manifest in America, what has to happen is that an American leader, or prominent American leader, would have to proclaim these words of defiance in a public setting in the capital city,” and that, he said, was manifested on September 11, 2004, when Senator John Edwards quoted Isaiah 9:10 in an address to the Congressional Black Caucus prayer breakfast. Isaiah 9:10. In the Book of Isaiah, an obscure passage describes the demise of ancient Israel. THE NEXT major idea that Cahn introduces in connection with the “Second Shaking” is termed the Isaiah:9:10 Effect.Just as the theory of the nine harbingers was developed to demonstrate the connection between Isaiah:9:10 and America, the Isaiah:9:10 Effect is crucial to understanding God’s second round of warning to America. (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers,), p. 9,  Cahn, Jonathan. 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