I had never heard of Jonathan Cahn before, but somehow on my newsfeed, or through a friend—or maybe it was another one of those Amazon suggestions—I came across this intriguing title, The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America’s Future!
I was not disappointed, although it took a little while to get used to Cahn’s style of writing. It is very much dialogue, question-and-answer in the ancient style of a yeshiva school, an Orthodox Jewish college or seminary. But once I let myself relax into his rhythm, I found even the style itself swept me up into a cloud of mystery, and the book became a Sensurround experience.
Jonathan Cahn wrote a couple more books, continuing with the original theme in The Harbinger (which analyzes the events surrounding 9.11.01 and ensuing fallout), and then wrote a devotional I really enjoyed, The Book of the Mysteries, which explores hidden depths in many Bible passages.
But the book I really want to tell you about is a knock-your-socks-off retelling of Israel becoming a nation once again and what implications that may hold for the world’s future. The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled, is fascinating in its careful attention to detail.
Jonathan Cahn, in his inimical fashion, once again brings in a mysterious and timeless sage who helps a man with an emerging prophetic gift to understand the powerful visions God has been showing him. Each set of visions carries a revelation about how Israel came back into being in ways that weave scripture, documented events, individual people, the grand scope of western history, and seemingly random yet epically connected stories into one cohesive narrative.
Think of a time when you were in church and heard the scripture long since scheduled for that service, or were reading a daily devotional that you’d been keeping up with, or a Bible passage from a regular study you were doing. Suddenly, the hairs stood up all along your arms, because the passage took on new power and relevancy with an uncannily accurate connection to something happening in your life. Or even what you were thinking and feeling that no one else knew … except God.
That was the feeling I got over and over again as I read about the events Cahn chronicled, then revealed what the scripture reading for that particular day was in synagogues throughout the world. These scripture readings had been established centuries before, so the timing of events and scripture readings would have had to have been mastered by an architect who spanned millennia.
I know of only One.
The Lord God.
The book is laid out in a series of seven doors which themselves open up onto a series of visions. Two main characters, a sage and an emerging prophet, discuss these visions yeshiva style. Through their conversations the reader is brought into the compelling, intricately complex mystery of Israel’s rebirth, but also ultimately the beginning and rebirth of earth itself.
- Very unlikely real-life people were all part of this hidden story, such as Mark Twain, the famous archaeologist Charles Warren, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
- All throughout the book, the sage brings in scripture readings that—I kid you not—have hair-raising details about times and dates, places and people.
- Incredibly specific actions happen seemingly randomly but, when examined beside certain prophecies and Bible passages, take on an organized and planned shape.
- Even the most recent and unexpected U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital factors into the story Cahn writes about.
I’m going to Israel next week and will be there for about a month and a half. Four of those weeks will be spent in Haifa, examining ancient artifacts and imagining the stories they represent. At least a couple of those days will be in Jerusalem, and while there, I’ll have Cahn’s visions in mind, marveling at how powerfully God is at work—not just in our individual lives, but in the movement of history across earth.