Though Cahn describes “The Harbinger” as a trumpet call, it may ring bells for some
who recall messages from David Wilkerson in the wake of 9/11. The famed New York
City pastor and author told how he believed that the strikes at the World Trade Center
and the Pentagon were a sign of God’s judgment – referencing Isaiah 9. The Harbinger
expands on Wilkerson’s early broad-brush alarm, with Cahn inheriting the now deceased
pastor’s prophetic mantle and “building on the shoulders of his revelation,” Roth says.
He became aware of the first stirrings of Cahn’s message several years ago. Cahn had
spoken about what he believed God was showing him at the Messianic congregation
he leads in New Jersey and some conferences. But Cahn turned down an invitation
to talk more widely about the message on Roth’s TV and radio broadcasts, sensing
that the time was not right.
After the economic collapse of 2008, Cahn realized that what was revealed and
foreshadowed in the nine harbingers was affecting the entire American and global
economies. Cahn says: “A lot of believers have a sense regarding America – this
sense that America is rapidly departing from God and that if it doesn’t return,
its future is bleak. The book is a revelation that behind this sense is a deep and
uncanny biblical reality.”
An atheist finds Yeshua
While the book releases in print only this month, its message has already created
waves through early interest in an e-book edition, made available in September, and
Cahn’s two appearances on Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural” TV show in the fall. The
broadcasts – “the most important prophetic show you will ever see,” Roth says – produced “a phenomenal response.”
Though the bearded 52-year-old, who might be mistaken for an amiable college
professor, may be unfamiliar to many, Cahn is well known and respected within
the Messianic movement. Since 1988 he has led Beth Israel Worship Center, one of the
country’s largest Messianic congregations. Members travel from four states to a former
furniture department store in Wayne, N.J., where Jerusalem’s Western Wall and the old
city gates are being recreated as part of the fellowship’s celebration of the Jewish roots
of their faith.
Located 20 minutes outside New York, the center is also home to Cahn’s Hope of
the World, an outreach ministry with radio broadcasts – including Cahn’s weekday
“The Nice Jewish Boy” – and compassion programs providing clean water and supporting
orphanages overseas. Cahn has traveled to Cuba, Nigeria and India on
ministry and spoken at the United Nations. He often symbolically blows the shofar at
gatherings, echoing its Old Testament call to worship.
Cahn leads Beth Israel Worship Center, a messianic congregation near New York City
Cahn is known for unlocking Bible mysteries through the understanding born
from his Jewish background, and his heritage and personal history have prepared
him to sound the trumpet in “The Harbinger.” Descended from the line of Aaron,
whose priestly role included calling the people to worship and leading Israel into
battle through the sounding of the shofar, he grew up in a reformed Jewish home,
the youngest of three children to scientist parents.
Though he attended synagogue services, he became an atheist at age 8. “In the
synagogue, people would say the prayers by rote,” he recalls. “There was no sense
that God was real in their lives. It made me question the whole thing.”
Cahn was dubbed “The Atheist” at school for his vigorous unbelief, but things
started to change when he became a teenager. He began to question his atheism and
then to embark on a quest for the truth through science, philosophy, the occult, even UFOs. He was surprised to find Jesus mentioned in many of the books.