The Berean Call
SETTING ASIDE the “ancient mystery” of the nine harbingers (depicted as pictographic clay seals in Jonathan Cahn’s fictional story), there is another “secret” message that flows in the subtext of Cahn’s New York Times bestseller, The Harbinger ( TH ). Evaluating this hidden stream requires some historic “archaeology” but will reveal that Cahn’s nine harbingers are built not on Scripture but on sinking sand.
Cahn’s fictional Prophet recounts the “consecration” of America by George Washington (GW) in a manner which stirs reverential awe among many Christian Patriots. But early in the book, Cahn acknowledges that “those who laid America’s foundations” came “ long before the Founding Fathers” (p.19). This can only refer to the Pilgrims and Puritans. However, the central premise of TH —that the attack and subsequent destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11 at “Ground Zero” was prophetic—is based on Cahn’s repeated assertion that divine judgment must strike “the nation’s most sacred ground, the ground of its consecration” (p.198). Cahn’s fictional Prophet reiterates this as ade facto spiritual law: “This, Nouriel, is a critical principle. Take note of it” (p.198).
Given this declaration, the terrorists of 9/11—guided by this “ancient mystery”—should have targeted a site commemorating the first Pilgrim landing and “consecration to God” under the Mayflower Compact in Plymouth, MA. After all, the language of this historic document is farmore “sacred” and intrinsically Christian than either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. But instead, Cahn maintains that the “grounds of consecration” are adjacent to “Ground Zero” in New York. According to TH , therefore, the fate of the Twin Towers (and the free-fall collapse of 47-story Building 7, which Cahn neglects to mention) was mysteriously sealed on April 30, 1789—212 years prior to 9/11 (pp.199-205). The entire foundation of Cahn’s nine harbingers, therefore, is built on the presumed spiritual significance and efficacy of our first president’s inauguration on that historic day (pp.207,208,210,211,212).
(It would seem significant to note, however, that these three demolished towers were not public buildings; they were not federal ; they werenot religious . They were, in fact, private office complexes. Why would God appoint, or allow, these structures to be targeted as a direct signof some “ancient mystery” that allegedly “holds the secret of America’s future”? This unsupportable claim is, quite simply, preposterous!)
Throughout TH , Cahn insists that the mere utterance of Isaiah:9:10 by an elected official—either “unwittingly” (pp.63,105) or “unknowingly” (pp.111, 117)—in conjunction with 9/11, constitutes the echoing of an ancient vow (pp. 93,117)—which TH asserts are binding words of cosmological consequence for the entire United States. As “proof” that the ungodly can (and do) prophesy over a nation in accordance with God’s Word, Cahn gives the example of Caiaphas in John:11:49-53
. However, he stretches this principle beyond Israel, and beyond the office of High Priest, to include any ceremonial words spoken by a common U.S. politician that might happen to include Scripture. (pp.118-19) If that is the case, then how many thousands of times have elected officials misappropriated Scripture in the past? And what forces and curses have been “unwittingly” and “unknowingly” unleashed upon our land by their rash words and vows? Words do have meaning. But TH clearly advances the occult Word-Faith doctrine that words have intrinsic power and spiritual effect, “whether we know it or not.” As Dave Hunt andTBC have long exposed, this is witchcraft !
Readers who are drawn into this mystical mindset of TH are quickly mesmerized by Cahn’s droning repetition of words like “ancient…mystery…vow…sacred…ground…secret…key” and other terms synonymous with neo-gnostic religion. Indeed, such concepts are the very essence of Masonic pomp and circumstance, as well as an integral part of the occultic “strategic spiritual warfare” practices of the NAR/Latter Rain movement. (This correlation simply proves that professing Christians are susceptible to the same ancient deceptions, resulting in aberrant and unbiblical practices, that are manifested in every era; see Ecc:1:9).
Given this fact, it is nonetheless cause for dismay—and shock, to many—to discover that contrary to the romantic view most of us grew up with, the United States was “consecrated” and “dedicated” not to the God of Scripture but to the god of Freemasonry.
The reader should understand that we are not defaming George Washington or calling his personal salvation into question through “guilt by association.” No one can ultimately determine the condition of our first president’s heart during the period of his admirable and sacrificial service to our country. However, we can most certainly ascertain whether GW’s willing participation in Ancient York Rite Freemasonry was in accordance with Scripture—and whether the Lodge’s direct oversight of the very act of “consecrating” the United States was a pleasing aroma to God—or whether it was an abomination of “strange fire.” (Even today, many patriots and professing Christians continue to be deceived by and through their “innocent” or “ignorant” membership in Freemasonry.)
But curiously, for an author who has taken great pains to present the appearance of a factual, historical account that claims precision in the smallest detail (pp. 3,94,106,216, etc.); Cahn fails to mention anywhere in TH that our first president was himself a Freemason , sworn into office with his hand upon a Masonic Bible, with the oath given by the “ Most Worshipful Grand Master ” of New York Freemasonry, Robert Livingston (first Chancellor of New York City) http://www.stjohns1.org/portal/gwib.
Compounding this mysterious “oversight,” Cahn deflects attempts at discernment, and redirects inquiry into GW’s Masonic connections: “I would suggest something else: That this rather serves to illustrate the broad-brush attacks of judgment which has [ sic ] become typical of many ‘discernment ministries’” http://thethings2come.org/?p=506.
“Whatever Washington’s other involvements may or may not have been,” Cahn parries, “what does that have to do with the fact that he was part of a prayer gathering for America’s future held within a church…? And how would that in any way nullify [ The Harbinger ]?” (Ibid.)
Seriously? Cahn discounts the political importance and spiritual significance of our first president’s affiliation with, and participation in, a neo-gnostic mystery school? A demonstrably pagan, universalist cult which has permeated the United States government from Day One and has been intimately involved in its political and spiritual direction (and deception) ever since? To date, 1/3 of all Presidents, and 1/3 of all Supreme Court Justices are known Freemasons. (Can you imagine the outrage if this percentage had been Mormons instead of “Christians”?) In fact, this antichrist cult (which encompasses all faiths who believe in a Supreme Deity) has not only monopolized the halls of power in government but also in banking, business, and religious/philanthropic institutions. So, to answer Cahn’s question, the fact of Freemasonry’s undergirding and overarching influence in our nation’s founding and “dedication” means everything .
As in the time of George Washington, Freemasons of all faiths still assemble in virtually every city and town in America. Like Glenn Beck and David Barton, they deem each other “brothers” and participate in “prayer gatherings within churches” (Cahn’s sole criteria for judging GW). Should it not concern readers of TH that the god of Masonry invoked at GW’s inauguration is not the God of Scripture? Or that its ancient, secret, binding vows supersede every other oath of office and trump biblical authority? Should it not disturb “discerners” that Masonry is quite literally a cornerstone of Mystery Babylon, whose doctrines of demons pave the way for a New Spiritual Order—one in which professingChristians , having their “eyes opened,” become “wise,” and bow to an Impostor (Mt 7:21-23, Jn:5:43)?
Therefore, regardless of whether or not George Washington realized the occult symbolism of “ancient secrets” in The Craft in which he participated, The Harbinger is hung by its own tongue when it declares the efficacy of ancient mysteries and spoken “vows.” Because if America’s consecration was performed by Masons to the Supreme Being they call “Providence,” the “Almighty,” the “Great Architect of the Universe,” then our Lord does indeed have great cause to judge the United States. Not because our nation has abandoned the Masonic precepts conferred to and imparted by George Washington 223 years ago at “Ground Zero,” but because it has almost universally embraced them.
Part 2 of this article is located here.