The basic treetop premise of Jonathan Cahn’s book The Harbinger, is that America is following in the exact footprint of ancient Israel as prophesized in Isaiah 9:10. Just as the kingdom of ancient Israel grew and prospered as a direct consequence of God’s blessings and consecration, her destruction came as her people grew to reject God…replacing Godliness, morality and virtue with self-interest, vice and corruption.
I am in the middle of the book now, which I was inspired to run out and get after watching Pastor-Rabbi Cahn’s 35 minute speech at the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast (linked below), so I can’t tell you how it ends. What I will tell you is that we were once protected by the “Hedge” of our consecration just as Israel was…until we turned away from God just as Israel did. Our “Hedge” was breached on 9/11! There is much, much more…you will have to get the book! In the meantime you can learn more about Rabbi Cahn’s ministry here www.hopeoftheworld.org
Responding to it…handling it is another matter. I would like to share my experiences with you because I believe that “how” we respond to it is everything! My regular readers know that I am a middle-aged baby boomer financial advisor for 19 years, singer-songwriter and Conservative blogger who converted to Catholicism after reading Ann Barnhardt’s amazing message on the connection to Jesus Christ through the sanctity of the Eucharist…regardless of the imperfection and noise around it. The tumblers of the universe clicked into place for me in that moment. But how did I arrive at a place where I was primed and ready to receive this light with every fiber of my being?
Something had occurred to me the other day after my wife and I had a minor scuffle and disagreement concerning her 15 year old daughter, my step-daughter. I said to her that she and I had something in common. We were both blessed with a unique power of seeing. Her seeing manifested in her ability to capture time and space through her photography. My seeing, ironically, allowed me into the unseen realm of spirit. I believe this gift was initiated in me through a five minute conversation I had sitting on the front steps of our home in Canton, Ct. with my mother when I was only six years old. That is when she, for whatever reason, taught me the word intuition. I have been tending the garden of spirit ever since.
So imagine this. It’s a hot summer’s day and you are sitting on your back steps looking out across the yard to see your neighbor sitting on his back steps smiling from ear to ear because he is enjoying the most perfectly grown and ripened strawberries ever picked! You can just about taste the sweet deliciousness as you gaze wantonly…but you can’t. And the real reason that you can’t is because you didn’t take the time to clear the land, to turn the soil, to plant the seed, to water, nurture and weed a garden with the very same tender loving care your neighbor did.
One of my co-workers asked me to sit down with him recently. He was concerned because he has noticed a change in me and wasn’t seeing me in the office quite as much. The conversation that ensued was fascinating because it was just as revealing to me as it was to him. He too is a Christian, though he was born in India and came to the United States back in the 70’s or 80’s I think. I had sent him the Cahn speech video which he of course had not bothered to watch. I realized in the course of our conversation that he was a Christian in the way that some of us are Republican or Democrat…or in the same way that many of us belong to the gym we never use.
This is what most religion has become in America. I said to a friend who had invited me to a Latin Mass a few weeks ago that it was like getting milk straight from the cow! When my wife sends me to the supermarket to get milk, I begrudgingly pick up the 1% milk knowing this is what she wants. To me, it is so far removed from the cow it may as well be white water. We do not go to church to celebrate God anymore in America! If we even go at all, we go to celebrate ourselves and be with each other…while God is mocked in our culture and betrayed by our President and the New York Archbishop while our pastors, priests and rabbi’s jockey for their piece of the action! At the Latin Mass I heard the word of God on the Holiness of Family from a man who I knew in my heart would die for God.
And in fairness, I have also been blessed to find a Reverend not of the Catholic faith but every bit as committed to the Truth, in Bill Banuchi of the New York Faith & Freedom Coalition http://www.nyffcoalition.com/ . Without realizing it, he referred me to the very spot in the Gospel of John that brought me to the very same spot, Bethesda in Samaria, in the very same moment Rabbi Cahn had brought me to the exact same reference point in The Harbinger! This is how God comes into the room we welcome him into! We need to do this as a nation. We must!
My point is that it is not about a “Leap” of Faith, any more than it isn’t about eating the perfect strawberry out of thin air. Its about turning…its about realizing that what you are seeing, hearing and tasting in this world just doesn’t add up, make sense or taste right any more. So how do we respond? Do we keep on looking, listening and feeling in the same way…or do we decide its time to plot a new course? If your choice is to choose the latter, then here are some suggestions to consider.
- Find a Church or Synagogue that hasn’t watered down or perverted the liturgy and word of God.
- Sign up for a meditation class with your spouse or friend…or just yourself.
- Fast and Pray through Lent. (I’m fasting today and every Weds I can through the 40 day period)
- Join the NY Faith & Freedom Coalition if you live in NY. If you don’t, join anyway! We need all the help we can get!!
- If you believe that life is God’s greatest gift, then seek out a prayer vigil taking place at an abortion clinic near you and go to help and pray for those who cannot help and pray for themselves!
These are but a few ideas to put into action as a very real means of preparing the soil and clearing the way for the most blessed and truthful moment of your life and the reason you are here at all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr2H9fniQTY Or we could simply wait for the Republicans to find God! 😉