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WASHINGTON – The prophetic words delivered in 1789 by President George Washington in his first inaugural speech echoed loud and clear Wednesday evening in the chamber of the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall – this time in the voice of Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of the best-selling "The Harbinger."
The venue was a one-of-a-kind prayer meeting called "Washington: A Man of Prayer, 2014," commemorating the events of April 30, 1789, when, after being sworn in at Federal Hall, Washington, accompanied by Congress, proceeded to St. Paul's Chapel where, as one of his first official acts, he offered a prayer of dedication to God on America's behalf.
The hall was filled with government officials, members of Congress, justices and other invited guests. The event – hosted by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. and emceed by Mike Huckabee – was televised and live-streamed by WND.
Cahn wove his challenge to the attendees by referencing Washington's address and his warning that the new nation could not expect to prosper if it forgot God: "The propitious smile of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself hath ordained."
Cahn continued: "We stand tonight on Capitol Hill, in the city named after the one who gave that prophetic warning, to ask, can a nation drive out the name of God from its public square, and the Word of God from its schools and the ways of God from its culture and still expect the smiles of God to shine upon it?
"Can the blood of 50 million unborn children cry out to heaven from this land and the smiles of heaven still remain?
"Members of Congress, can a government call evil good and good evil and forge laws that war against the laws of the Almighty and the smiles of heaven still remain?
"Supreme Court justices, can you strike down the statutes of the Almighty and overturn the judgments of the Most High and still expect the smiles of heaven to remain?
"Mr. President, can you place your left hand on the Word of God to assume your office and with your right hand sign laws which break the very Word upon which you swore and still expect the smiles of heaven to remain?
"The voice of our first president cries out to us tonight and answers, no you cannot do so and still expect the smiles of heaven to remain on this land."
Christian leaders participating include the program director for the event, Dr. Jim Garlow, as well as Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., Dr. Robert Jeffress, Phyllis Schlafly, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Star Parker, Penny Nance, Dr. Peter Lillback, Bill Federer, Bishop Angel Nunez, Rosemary Schindler Garlow, Charmaine Yoest, Sergio De La Mora, Tony Perkins, Samuel Rodriguez and Rafael Cruz (father of Sen. Ted Cruz.)
Get "The Harbinger," or its video companion "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment," or other teaching series from Cahn, including the "Masada Mystery," "Sanhedrin Secret," "Hanukkah Endtime Mystery," or "Secret of the Eighth Day."
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