A Call to Return

Stunning read! I am not sure words can do justice to Jonathan Cahn’s book titled The Harbinger. Maybe it is because a few weeks ago I was led to the following verse and wondered why it resonated so deeply with me for America and the times in which we are living.

Ephesians 5:14 For everything made evident is light, and for this reason it says:
Awake, O sleeper!
Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you!”

The Harbinger, a book which is classified as fiction, yet the facts within it surrounding the warnings and fall of ancient Israel and surrounding the details of September 11, 2001 and the years following are very much true. The similarities between the warnings then and now are remarkable to me, most likely because the parallels are almost exact. Are the same events that lead to captivity and and destruction in ancient days repeating themselves in America? Was 9/11 a warning, a pulling away of God’s hand of protection, or possibly a call for America to return to God; the foundation upon which she was built and dedicated?

I love the gradual unfolding of the mysteries of the Harbingers and how each is both tied to ancient Israel yet also tied to our own county and it’s history, as well as more current events. Because of a love for history and for God’s Word I found The Harbinger captivating and definitely a wake up call for America but even more so for those of us who believe in and serve God. It definitely highlights legitimate reasons for God’s people to in the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14 “who belong to me, humble themselves, pray, seek to please me, and repudiate their sinful practices, then I will respond from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land”.
One might respond, “what do I need to be forgiven for that put our nation where it is?” The answer is simply if, as believers, we haven’t done all we can to be salt and light, even if there has been no committed sin; there has been sin of omission. It is our responsibility to seek revival and it must begin in us. 2Chronicles is the starting place!

This isn’t the normal lighthearted kind of book I would choose for a vacation read but I am quite glad I chose it. I found it fascinating and intriguing. I am betting I will refer back to it and perhaps read it again in the near future. It is a well written, informative and enjoyable read. The subject matter is stunning, warnings concerning, even quite serious but it is also message of hope.

We who are God’s people are here on a mission to show the world His love, faithfulness, mercy and grace. Too many times we have instead shown judgement and left those in our path feeling judged, condemned and hopeless. Other times we have kept to ourselves and those just like ourselves; this should not be. Each day I am more convinced my job is to do my best to be light, to show His love, and be a beacon of hope to those whose hope is diminished and to those who are hopeless. Changing people isn’t what He calls us to nor is to our responsibility; showing His love, faithfulness, mercy and grace is. He is the Savior, the life-giving and living water…we are His vessel should He choose to use us but it is crucial we handle it well. His way, His Word rather than our way, our opinion.

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