By Joshua Ely and Joshua Noble
WASHINGTON – Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Harbinger”, has sounded a battle cry at Celebrate America in Washington, urging the nation to repent of its sins and calling for “whatever it takes” to bring about revival.
Hundreds of those attending the Celebrate America event, which is filling an unprecedented 14 nights spread over July 1-19 in Washington, joined him.
The stirring finale came on Harbinger Night at Celebrate America, just after Cahn delivered a message he called politically incorrect: that America is God’s chosen nation, just like ancient Israel.
Cahn led up to this reminder with compelling revelation about recent harbingers that had come to America.
President of Hope of the World Ministries, Cahn is a messianic rabbi of the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel in Wayne, New Jersey.
He has preached throughout the world and is known for revealing mysteries from Scripture.
Cahn dedicates himself to restoring a new covenant message to its originally biblical Jewish richness and power.
Celebrate America began on July 1 and is hosted by Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne, along with Revival Ministries International. It follows in the legacy of 1999’s Good News New York event, and seeks to spark a great spiritual awakening.
The event serves as a time to commemorate the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Cahn’s message Thursday night referenced the “shaking events” described in “The Harbinger,” such as the 9/11 terror attacks and the economic collapse of 2008.
Similarly traumatic events, he explained, once occurred in Israel just prior to its fall, and now are being echoed in America. However, Cahn did not let his book’s grim message dim hopes.
Imbued with the belief that America must turn back to God, Cahn is rallying for a great reawakening.
“Let us pray that whatever it takes, on this land, God will bring revival,” Cahn said.
“We can come back!” he declared. “Inside of Him there is no fear.”
Cahn went on to say that the only answer for America was Jesus, the Messiah. Believing that America is at a crossroads, he is calling for people to get engaged once again with God.
“Today is the time,” he attested. “If you ever thought of getting your life right, don’t say tomorrow…get it right now!”
Cahn says his message is not to condemn America to judgment, but is to wake up America. He quoted verse II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Asking the worshipers to raise their arms and face toward the White House, Cahn began a final call to action: a prayer for revival.
Donning a tallit, Cahn finished by sounding the shofar horn, something he referenced as a “symbol of God’s power.”
Cahn’s book “The Harbinger” and companion movie “Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” chronicle the parallels between the U.S. and ancient Israel, shining light on the future of the U.S.
Following a series of events which have taken place since Sept. 11, 2001, Cahn believes this all connects to Isaiah 9:10.
“The ancient vow begins with these words: ‘The bricks have fallen, but we will rebuild with hewn stone,'” explains Cahn. “The vow declares Israel’s defiance of God, in the face of a devastating strike on the land. The hewn stone, which begins the rebuilding, symbolizes the nation’s intention to come back stronger than before.”
The book then reveals the parallel to proclamations by Barack Obama in his first State of the Union message, then Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle the day after 9/11 to a joint session of Congress and former senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards on the third anniversary of 9/11.
Cahn told WND that since “The Harbinger” was released, “What’s in it is still coming to pass. People are stunned when they see these things in the news.”
When asked what the final outcome of the Isaiah prophecy meant for Israel, and now in the view of many who see the parallels to modern America, Cahn told WND, “God’s judgment.”
“The end of the progression in the biblical template is national judgment, and the fact that the signs are continuing, means that America has not turned back to God,” he said.
Cahn also wants people to know that “judgment is ultimately about hope.”
“If there were no hope, there would be no reason for God to give us signs. There would be no point in warning us, if we weren’t able to seek forgiveness,” he said.
Joshua Ely and Joshua Noble are interns for WND
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