Though Cahn describes "The Harbinger" as a trumpet call, it may ring bells for somewho recall messages from David Wilkerson in the wake of 9/11. The famed New YorkCity pastor and author told how he believed that the strikes at the World Trade Centerand the Pentagon were a sign of God's judgment – referencing Isaiah 9. The Harbingerexpands on Wilkerson's early broad-brush alarm, with Cahn inheriting the now deceasedpastor'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 hadspoken about what he believed God was showing him at the Messianic congregationhe leads in New Jersey and some conferences. But Cahn turned down an invitationto talk more widely about the message on Roth's TV and radio broadcasts, sensingthat the time was not right.
After the economic collapse of 2008, Cahn realized that what was revealed andforeshadowed in the nine harbingers was affecting the entire American and globaleconomies. Cahn says: "A lot of believers have a sense regarding America – thissense 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 anduncanny biblical reality."
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While the book releases in print only this month, its message has already createdwaves through early interest in an e-book edition, made available in September, andCahn's two appearances on Sid Roth's "It's Supernatural" TV show in the fall. Thebroadcasts – "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 collegeprofessor, may be unfamiliar to many, Cahn is well known and respected withinthe Messianic movement. Since 1988 he has led Beth Israel Worship Center, one of thecountry's largest Messianic congregations. Members travel from four states to a formerfurniture department store in Wayne, N.J., where Jerusalem's Western Wall and the oldcity gates are being recreated as part of the fellowship's celebration of the Jewish rootsof their faith.
Located 20 minutes outside New York, the center is also home to Cahn's Hope ofthe World, an outreach ministry with radio broadcasts – including Cahn's weekday"The Nice Jewish Boy" – and compassion programs providing clean water and supportingorphanages overseas. Cahn has traveled to Cuba, Nigeria and India onministry and spoken at the United Nations. He often symbolically blows the shofar atgatherings, echoing its Old Testament call to worship.
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|Cahn leads Beth Israel Worship Center, a messianic congregation near New York City|
Cahn is known for unlocking Bible mysteries through the understanding bornfrom his Jewish background, and his heritage and personal history have preparedhim 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 intobattle 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 thesynagogue, people would say the prayers by rote," he recalls. "There was no sensethat 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 thingsstarted to change when he became a teenager. He began to question his atheism andthen 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.