This and other crucial questions about the destiny of America were asked of Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn on our television program Christ in Prophecy. Jonathan is the author of the best-selling books The Harbinger and The Book of Mysteries. He is also the spiritual leader of Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, New Jersey. In one of our 2013 issues of the Lamplightermagazine, we featured Jonathan on the cover as one of the prophetic voices God has anointed to warn our nation of impending judgment.
[Note: Jonathan’s answer below has been edited slightly for grammar and clarity.]
Yes, He Can!
Jonathan Cahn: At the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast, I made the following speech (watch on YouTube).
President Obama, with all respect that is due, as you approach the last hour of the presidency, you are shocked by the outcome of the election. And now it appears that your legacy will largely will be undone.
You came to the presidency claiming as a Christian you could not support the ending of marriage as it had been known, and then you did everything in your power to end that very thing. And then you sought to force believers to take part in that very thing you said a believer could not take part in. If one believes that God is real, how can one do such things?
You came to the presidency speaking of tolerance, and yet you showed no tolerance for the lives of the unborn. You zealously fought to defend the carrying out of their murder and expanded it around the world. And, you went further, you sought to force God’s people to fund their killing.
President Obama, on the day when marriage as we know it — ordained by God — was with your help struck down in this land, you celebrated by lighting up the White House in the colors of the rainbow. Did you not know that the rainbow does not belong to man or to any movement? The rainbow belongs to God! It is the sacred sign of God’s covenant, and the sacred colors of His throne. If you believe that God is real, how could you use the sign of God to celebrate the striking down of the Word of God? If you overturn the edicts of God, should you be surprised that your own edicts will be overturned? And, if you strike down the precepts of God, will not your own precepts be struck down?
You launched accusations against the leader of Israel in a way you have never done to any leader of any enemy nation. You took part in isolating and condemning Israel before the world and advancing a resolution proclaiming Israel had no right to Jerusalem.
If one has ever read the Bible, how can one foster such a thing? Did you miss what the Word of God says concerning Jerusalem? There is only One who has authority over Jerusalem, and it is not the United Nations. It is not the European Union. It is not you! There is only One and His name is the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Holy One of Israel.
Long before there was a United Nations, or United States, or any of the nations that cast this vote, the Lord issued His own resolution concerning Jerusalem, and no law, no executive order, no UN vote will ever overturn it. And, concerning that UN resolution, the Almighty has issued His own response — He vetoes it!
Four thousand years ago God made a covenant with Abraham that states whatever you do to Israel shall be done to you. President Obama, you sought to intervene in an election held within the borders of a sovereign nation — Israel. Therefore, should you now be surprised if God intervenes in the election of your own nation? You sought through Israel’s elections to nullify the stance and legacy of its leader, Benjamin Netanyahu. So, should you now be surprised if God intervenes now to nullify your own legacy?
Despite how you treated the name of God, the Word of God, and the ways of God, the hand of God; this is the inconvenient truth: God is real, His Word is true, His ways are eternal, His hand is mighty, His kingdom is without end, and the darkness shall not overcome it.
Mr. President, I am here to report to you good news — the God of Israel is alive and well, and His arm is strong to the rising up and casting down of kings and kingdoms, and governments and administrations. If you don’t think He can, to paraphrase your own words, “Yes, He can!”
As powerful a summary that was of the Obama legacy, I can summarize America’s condition today as remaining critical and dangerous. And yet, this is of little surprise to us right now. We have watched in the last eight years an acceleration of America’s fall. It didn’t start with Obama, but it accelerated during his tenure.
One of the truths found in the Bible is that before judgment comes there is often an act of desecration. For example, like in Babylon when Belshazzar took the cups of the Temple and used them to celebrate the gods of Ba’al and of the other pagan nations, the handwriting was written on the wall. So, the act of judgment follows an act of desecration.
Likewise, in America not so long ago, we crossed the line. Our nation committed an act of desecration by striking down the divine order of God concerning marriage. Then President Obama does this, he lights up the White House like a rainbow. That act becomes another desecration. The rainbow stands as a sign of God. It doesn’t belong to man. It belongs to God. The White House turns God’s sign of peace into a sign of desecration. That was a major offense to God.
There’s a day on the Hebrew calendar called the 9th of Tammuz, and that day has historically been a day of judgment. That’s when the Babylonians breached the protective walls of Jerusalem, opening the nation to judgment. That day remains for the Jewish people a mourning day, lasting for more than 2,000 years. That is the day when the hedge of Israel’s protection was removed. Interestingly enough, the 9th of Tammuz fell on June 26, 2015, which is the very day that the Supreme Court struck down the hedge of marriage by legalizing same-sex marriage. And the 9th of Tammuz stands as the day of God removing the hedge of protection around America. This vulnerability is a most dangerous situation.
We have in this nation watched good be called evil and evil called good. Romans 1 teaches that when a nation sets its jaw against God and begins to rebel and shake its fist at God, God steps back and lowers the hedge of protection and allows evil to multiply, resulting in a sexual revolution to occur. If the nation refuses again, God steps back a second time, lowers the hedge, and sexual perversions such as homosexuality will run rampant. The third time the nation refuses to repent, God steps back yet again and He delivers the nation over to a depraved mind.
I think that is where we are today. It is crazy what we are seeing! We are seeing levels of immorality that we could never have ever imagined years before. Even children’s programming on Disney and other networks are pushing this agenda to destroy gender identity. And so, these are the signs of apostasy and also the last days.
Template of the Harbinger
The template of the harbinger demonstrates that in the last days Israel turned away from God. They went on to promote immorality and they worshiped Ba’al by offering up their children in human sacrifice. Well, America has also done all those things. We have driven God out of our public squares. We have called good evil and evil good. We have begun to persecute Christians. We have promoted immorality at the same time.
I’ll tell you something else, the sign of Ba’al worship has emerged again today. Do you know what Israel was worshiping when judgment came? They were worshiping the god Ba’al. Could the sign of Ba’al actually have reappeared in America? Well, it did. This last September, New York City erected the Arch of Ba’al. This is the arch that literally led the worshipers of Ba’al to the Temple of Ba’al. I was there and I witnessed it firsthand (watch on YouTube). There was this big unveiling and the event played Middle Eastern music. The Deputy Mayor of New York proclaimed the city was erecting the arch as an act of defiance, just like the harbingers.
Did you know that the harbingers have not stopped? So, here we have this sign of a nation that has known God, but now has turned away from God. We have been seeing this falling away from God rapidly happening. This is the template of the harbinger.
And now for the surprise — the results of the 2016 Presidential Election.
And what an election! It’s an amazing thing what has happened in this country. We’ve had the most ungodly presidency in the history of our nation this past eight years, and yet, President Obama left office with a 60% approval rating. His designated heir, Hillary Clinton, received some three million more votes than Donald Trump. The Millennials supported a socialist, and when he didn’t get the nomination, they supported Hillary overwhelmingly. The heart of the nation has shifted. We no longer have a Christian consensus in this country.
It’s not just the leader, though. The leader is representing the people. It’s the people who are as guilty as well. If there is no revival, then we are heading rapidly to national dissolution. One of the templates of the harbinger based on the last days of Israel is that the people didn’t realize God gave them reprieves. He provided His people with moments of grace so that they could come back to Him.
I believe President Trump is a reprieve. We have a short window of time available in order to repent as a nation. But, sadly, the overall progression has not stopped. We are not going to be saved by politics. Politics can open a window at best, but without revival, without the changing of hearts and minds back to Christ, then our future is not going to change. The harbingers have not stopped. That template has not stopped, but we have a window right now to repent as a nation.
The God-haters are entrenched. They will fight to the death. There is no toleration on their part. They only want Christians to surrender. If we don’t take full advantage of the temporary reprieve God has granted this nation, our national morality and rights will continue to disintegrate through decisions by the courts. That is exactly what is happening each and every day.
Remember, we cannot put our trust in man or in politics. God will grant us windows of opportunity to repent that we must as a nation seize, or we die.
We had such a reprieve under President Ronald Reagan. I remember during his first election believers in Christ had gathered in Washington. I myself was there. The rally was called “Washington for Jesus” and its theme was, “If my people who are called by My name…” And we prayed, “If my people… please, God, release the American hostages held by Iran and do just that.”
Well, what happened was that the Carter/Reagan election surprised everybody. At that time it was amazing! Reagan had changed the place where he held his inauguration. For over a century, Presidents were inaugurated in one location, but he moved it to the Western Terrace, which faces the same place where we were all praying. And so, we all put our hands toward that terrace praying, “God, put who you want in power.”
Well, Ronald Reagan came into power, and on that day the hostages were released, which was our first prayer. President-elect Reagan held his Bible in his hands and bookmarked the Scripture, “If my people who are called by My Name…”
God’s grace is bigger than all our sins!