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WASHINGTON – A book that has rocked the Christian world over the last year for tying the judgment of Israel with God’s harbingers of warning to the U.S. was named the No. 1 bestselling fiction book by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.
“The Harbinger,” by messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn, was also recognized as the No. 3 Christian book of any kind.
The book also inspired the No. 1 faith movie of 2012 and early 2013, “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” produced by WND Films.
“While ‘The Harbinger’ is listed as fiction, because Cahn uses fictional characters to the tell the story, it is actually 100 percent true, which is why WND Films turned the story into a documentary,” explained Joseph Farah, founder of WND, WND Books and WND Films. “It’s a remarkable story of either inexplicable coincidences or a stunning story of God acting in the life of America today – the same way he worked in the like of ancient Israel.”
In the aftermath of 9/11, there were repeated calls by political leaders, businessmen and media personalities to respond to the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center by building taller and grander – following in the footsteps of ancient Israel as recorded in Isaiah 9:10, as bestselling author Jonathan Cahn wrote in “The Harbinger.”
Most notably, the very next day, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle delivered an address to a joint session of Congress in which he actually cited and quoted Isaiah 9:10 – explaining, “That is what we will do. We will rebuild.”
Later, in his first State of the Union Address, Barack Obama framed his speech around the theme: “We will rebuild. We will recover.”
It seems like a natural reaction of public officials.
But the point of the bestselling Christian book of 2012 and the bestselling faith movie is that America is re-enacting an ancient drama played out thousands of years ago when Israel’s leaders did not repent and turn back to God after a limited strike on the land. Instead, their words are recorded in Isaiah 9:10, proclaiming they would simply rebuild bigger and better. The result was eventually the destruction of the nation.
Cahn recalls the “We will rebuild” comments repeated “like a mantra after 9/11.”
“And the subsequent policies that embodied these words would end up leading to the second shaking, the economic collapse,” he added.
Both the book and the documentary present a series of remarkable parallels between the judgment of ancient Israel and events impacting America since 9/11.
“The fall of ancient Israel hung on an ancient vow made by its leaders in the wake of God’s first warning of national judgment which came in the form of an enemy strike,” explains Cahn.
“The vow, found in Isaiah 9:10, is the key to the nine harbingers of judgment that foreshadowed the nation’s destruction. ‘The Harbinger’ reveals how these same nine harbingers of a nation under judgment are now reappearing on American soil. Key in this reappearance is the phenomenon of leaders uttering the ancient vow in one form or another. Sometimes the vow occurs in an eerily precise form, as in Tom Daschle’s public declaration before the U.S. Congress on the day after 9/11, when he recited the judgment vow word for word. Other times it appears in summary form – a voicing of the vow’s central phrase ‘We will rebuild.’ In the days after 9/11, one finds American leaders voicing these three central words, again and again and again, almost as a mantra. One of those who uttered them was the president of the United States, George Bush.”
In January of last year, “The Harbinger” skyrocketed to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list and stayed there all year long by suggesting America is following in the defiant footsteps of ancient Israel as recorded in Isaiah 9:10 by insisting on rebuilding bigger and better without considering what God was trying to tell the country through the catastrophic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Isaiah records that Israel had known God and yet turned away from Him. Following a devastating attack by Assyria, rather than returning to God, the leaders declared “with pride and arrogance of heart” a defiant pledge: “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.” (Isaiah 9:10 KJV).
“The Harbinger” reveals the startling reality that beginning the day after 9/11, several American leaders began repeating that 2,500-year-old vow, word for word, in speeches in the Capitol. In the film, viewers get to see and hear the actual speeches.
“Having no idea what he was doing, the majority leader of the U.S. Senate [Tom Daschle] was declaring America as under the judgment of God,” Cahn gives as just one example. “It was the reenactment of an ancient mystery – and bore the most grave of consequences.”
In March, WND Films released “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” as a documentary follow-up to Cahn’s stunning research revealing the eerie parallels between the reaction of ancient Israel and the national leaders in the U.S. It quickly became the No. 1 faith video in America and has remained in that spot for an unprecedented 35 weeks. It is back in the No. 1 position in 2013.
Now there are multiple ways you can help spread the word about “The Harbinger” and “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” – both making an impact on changing hearts and minds in America:
- If you haven’t yet read the book and seen the movie, you can do so for one bargain combination price only at the WND Superstore – a $49.94 value for only $27.95.
- You can drive the movie even higher in the Amazon rankings where it has been the No. 1 faith movie or TV show since it came out in March by buying it there.
- Once you have the book and the video, consider introducing both to your Bible study or your pastor. WND offers a program that permits you to show the movie free in your church to help get the word out to millions more. (For more information about that program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- Make sure your local Christian or secular bookstores and video stores are carrying the movie. (Again, if they need information on procuring copies of “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” direct them to the producers at WND – email@example.com.)
- Feel free to show your copy of “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” to friends, family members and neighbors. They will find it inspiring and enlightening.
- Already have the book but not the movie? Get it from the folks who made it at WND for the best price.
- Already have the movie but not the book? Get it also from the WND Superstore at reduced price.
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