My opinion, The Harbinger not unlike other dangerous fictions such as The Shack, Left Behind series, and others such as This Present Darkness book reviews linked here. It appears if you publish a book in Christian circles, “poof!” you are now an expert in eschatology, or spiritual warfare or… you name it! I believe The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn is just another in the pile of dung being heaped on Christians making merchandise of them soothing those itching ears rather than adhering to the Word of God.
Cahn argues that the verses in Isaiah 9:10-11 set a pattern for what America is seeing today even if it is, it does not justify the publication of this book along with its study book and DVD. Like Peretti’s This Present Darkness, Cahn blends in enough truth (90% according to him) into his work and to show in essence this is what we are seeing in America today.
Cahn says this among other things,
“The Harbinger reveals that this is not just a feeling but a precise biblical phenomenon that lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the American economy, taking place literally before our eyes and holding the secret to our nation’s future.” (Cahn, p4 Harbinger Study Guide)
I must disagree in the strongest terms with Cahn what I see is his private interpretation supplanting and using scripture to sell his fiction or should we call it his ‘fictional nonfiction.’ This is part of why I see The Harbinger not only as dangerous but also heretical. There is much more to say but to any Bible believing Christian – beware! I do not recommend this book but I condemn it for the confusion it has caused and continues to cause. I also condemn the actions being taken legally against other Christians that have objectively sought to warn others of the dangerous teachings compared to the light of scriptures.
The Harbinger, going beyond what I see as badly twisting scriptures to make a buck off of believers, appears as just another tool of the kookier side of things promoting mysticism (blending dreams with reality). Seeing Cahn’s associations with Charisma Magazine (together with he is threatening the author David James with a lawsuit), his being welcomed by the TBN crowd including Benny Hinn, and others… you can tell a lot with the birds he is flying! Need more!?
If you want to know more details warning against the use of The Harbinger in matters of what the Bible teaches, I offer you several links below:
The Harbinger-A Matter of Critical Discernment http://www.thebereancall.org/content/harbinger-matter-critical-discernment
Is The Harbinger Fact or Fiction? http://apprising.org/2012/07/15/is-the-harbinger-fact-or-fiction/
The Harbinger A Review and Commentary http://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/06/harbinger.html
What’s Wrong with The Harbinger‘s “Ancient Mystery”? http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/2012/harbinger.htm
I hope this helps some of my readers and awakens others that because a book is popular does not mean it is good for a Christian!
John Beardsley – Truth With Snares
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
1Pe 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently: