27 June 2012

The Harbinger: Fact, Fiction or Folly?

The Harbinger. It's the latest craze and yet, at the same time it seems to be flying under the radar. After listening to countless hours worth of radio and television interviews with the author, Jonathan Cahn, as well as reading numerous reviews both favorable and unfavorable, I have more than a few thoughts on the book. To voice all of those thoughts would take pages, however, and so I'll sum it up and advise Christians to avoid this book.

In an article entitled, "When Christians Engage in Blood Sport," on World Net Daily, Jan Markell, host of Understanding the Times Radio, stated:
Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew, is a 21st century John or Jeremiah but in the right sense! He is not some out-of-order “prophet.” He got stuck with unraveling a code given to him by God.1
If this is true, that "the Harbinger is a 2,500 year old mystery that lies behind everything"2 that is happening in America, and that the mystery has only now been revealed to Jonathan Cahn, who has decided to announce it in the form of a novel, then Christians have only one option. We must find a glue stick, open to the back of our Bibles, and paste in The Harbinger.Unless you are prepared to do this, you cannot promote this book. Personally, I'd like to leave my Bible as it is, with Revelation 22:21 as the final word.

With that, I want to point the reader to an article written by pastor-teacher Ken Silva at Apprising Ministries entitled, "The Harbinger: Prophetic Fact or Fickle Fiction?" Silva pinpoints one of the biggest problems lying behind The Harbinger phenomenon:
This brings me to the critical issue I spoke of earlier: Is Jonathan Cahn trying to have his cake and eat it too? In other words, is TH really prophecy or is it fiction? He cannot have it both ways, which it appears to me he is trying to do. Allowing himself to be portrayed a prophet but leaving an escape hatch open by also claiming fiction.4
Silva's article may be read in its entirety here.


1. Jan Markell, "When Christians Engage in Blood Sport," World Net Daily, 7 June 2012.
2. Jonathan Cahn makes this statement approximately 45 seconds in to his 26 June 2012 appearance on Glenn Beck TV.
3. At approximately the 18:35 mark of the 20 April 2012 Web Bonus episode of Understanding the Times, Cahn begins to describe the timeline of when he received a "second wave of revelation of these mysteries."
4. Ken Silva, "The Harbinger: Prophetic Fact or Fickle Fiction?" Apprising Ministries, 26 June 2012.

Additional Resources:
When God Abandons a Nation (sermon by John MacArthur)
The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction? (A review by David James of Prophecy Today)
Worldview Weekend, aired 22 June 2012
Worldview Weekend, aired 26 June 2012
The Harbinger (Gary Gilley)
The Harbinger: A Review and Commentary (Larry DeBruyn)


  1. You might want to look at this link regarding The Harbinger.


    Why do so many want to add or subtract from scripture. Just because a book is on the best seller list, aka The Shack does not mean it is biblically sound. Think people, THINK.!!.

  2. About a year ago, I read a piece online wherein Jan Markell snidely attacked reformed folks and flatly stated as fact that all reformed folks adhere only to "new covenant" theology and so completely reject all dispensational theology. This view apparently is an anchor-point for her open contempt for those who would disagree with her

    I wrote to her privately in email, and told her that using broad stereotypes and generalizations in this manner was unhelpful to everyone and helps only to propel false ideas and an unwillingness to respectfully discuss differences. I suggested that she might consider that when next she was tempted to unfairly claim that all believers of reformed theology were anti-dispensational.

    I received a short - very terse - reply that in essence said since John MacArthur is the only reformed preacher she herself can name who is dispensational, she is in the right for saying what she did.

    And yet, here we have an article on WND (footnote 1) wherein she castigates those who, in her opinion, didn't follow Matthew 18 with Cahn regarding this book.

    1. Interesting. I'd like to see that article if you have a link. A couple years ago I thought I heard some of those same broad generalizations on one of her shows. It caused my antenna to start going up.

      The problem with using Matthew 18 for Cahn's book is that this is a book, it is available to the public! It's also clear that critics such as Brannon Howse and Jimmy DeYoung did engage Cahn and dialogue with him publicly, contrary to the article's claim that no one bothered to take their concerns to him.

      This situation makes me sad because I have already seen people being led down this rabbit trail created by The Harbinger.

  3. Jan Markell has "outpunted her coverage" to coin a phrase. The danger with discernment ministries and discernment ministerettes is that soon they can easily fall prey to begin to believe their own press releases and begin to think "they" have got it all figured out.

    Its about that time that I am prompted to realize that on this side of eternity even watchwomen like "Jan Markell" can get sucked in and sound equally as error prone as some of her long list of "exposees".

  4. Just a note and reminder to all to stay on topic and discuss what the post is ultimately about, which is The Harbinger.

    1. The Harbinger as described by Jam Markell is written by a man who got " stuck " unraveling a code given to " him " by God.

      Translation: Tens of millions of Saints both dead and alive were never given the "Harbinger code" or even the means to begin unraveling a Harbinger code.

      My Bible tells me that I am complete in Christ and Gods Word is sufficient for me for now and through this apostasy. I have never sought a secret or hidden code and am so very very tired of those who seem to want to desire that God provide one. Shame on Jan for leading in this direction. Another one bites the dust.

  5. I've heard this tired old argument for nearly forty years. While I was a lost church member my "pastor" would preach that the judgment of God was coming on America. He went so far as to say that we would never make to 1976 much less any further---guess he was a false prophet, no? There is little difference with Cahn. And just what makes the USA God's primary target? Are we so narsisstic to believe that we are the only nation that is in for it from God? There is no argument that America deserves all the wrath of God, for we have had His Word preached and taught for a few hundred years plus. Yet we as a nation find new ways to blaspheme His Name on a daily basis, but what of England? and Germany? and all of Europe? China? and on and on? Just another money grab and I'm sure it sells well in the Charismatic realm with his special revelations from the mouth of God Himself---------NOT.

  6. "Left Behind" had its gullible "The Harbinger" will have his...

    What has been is what will be,
    and what has been done is what will be done,
    and there is nothing new under the sun.
    Is there a thing of which it is said,
    “See, this is new”?
    It has been already
    in the ages before us.
    There is no remembrance of former things,
    nor will there be any remembrance
    of later things yet to be
    among those who come after.

    (Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV)


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