The events that took place on September 11, 2001, sent shock waves across the globe, and they hit especially hard in my hometown of Shanksville, PA because of the crash of Flight 93. Even now, 12 years later, many people struggle to understand why such an event occurred. The Harbinger, written by Jonathan Cahn, explains the mysteries behind 9/11 and connects the dots between the terrorist attacks that happened over a decade ago, the global economic recession, and the future of the United States of America.
Cahn has claimed that the book explores the possibility of “an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America’s future,” and “how God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come.”
The novel is presented in the form of a story, but Cahn claims the events that transpire within the pages actually happened. The book alternates between two different perspectives: Nouriel (the main character) and his discussions with a prophet sent to help him understand the similarities between the fall of Israel and the fall of America, and Nouriel relaying what the prophet told him to journalist Ana Goren.
Throughout the book, the prophet explains nine harbingers, prophetic omens of warning that ancient Israel experienced before its destruction, and how those same nine harbingers are manifesting themselves in present-day America. He backs up his statements with mind-boggling facts that even world-renowned historians and scholars fail to counter.
For example, he explains how the exact day of the economic collapse in 2008 lines up with the ancient Jewish ritual of “Shemitah.” Also, how the key Bible verse used in the novel, Isaiah 9:10, was quoted or referenced to in nearly every dignitary’s speech made about 9/11 in the years following the attacks. Without going into great detail, by citing that exact verse, the speakers were inadvertently fulfilling a prophecy that dates back to before the time of the Messiah.
The Harbinger has been a New York Times Best Seller since its release on Jan 3. 2013. At 272 pages long with numerous detailed descriptions of historical events and complicated dialogue, it is not the easiest read, but it is well worth the time. Cahn has accomplished what many churches fail to do: alert the American public to the consequences of going against the Word of God. He does it in a non-confrontational, educational manner, which appeals to varying age ranges.
I give The Harbinger a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a thought-provoking, educational read.