What are more criticisms surrounding Jonathan Cahn’s controversial book The Harbinger?
To answer that question, were were blessed to have on our program Christ in Prophecy Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. Rabbi Cahn is the spiritual leader of the Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, New Jersey and best-selling author of the book The Harbinger and a new book titled The Mystery of the Shemitah. Both books have been best sellers and highly controversial in Christian circles.
The Bible teaches that God never pours out His wrath on a nation without first sending remedial judgments and prophetic voices to warn of God’s impending judgment and to call the nation to repentance. Rabbi Cahn believes that when it comes to the United States, God already has been emphatically warning us, and since we haven’t listened, is delivering us from judgment to destruction.
As always has been the case with anyone who historically speaks out in prophetic manner calling people for repentance, Jonathan has of course been severely attacked. So, in this series we are going to discuss the first of his two books — The Harbinger and the controversies that surround it.
[Note: The interview has been put into article format for ease of reading. For an unedited transcript, please click the PDF button above.]
Criticism #4 – Masonic and Kabbalah Teachings
Jonathan Cahn: Detractors of The Harbinger throw out the accusation that I’m a Mason. I shared I was involved with Masonry once… I was in the Jackie Mason Show! That was it, but then I repented of it, so no more Jackie Mason.
Other accusations are that I’m involved in Free Masonry, Mormonism and Kabbalah. I mean, you name it, it’s there.
Nathan Jones: I read the Kabbalah accusation a lot online.
Dr. Reagan: Respond to that accusation because that’s a major argument against you. People say you’re involved in the Kabbalah.
Nathan Jones: Please explain what Kabbalah is first before you answer that.
Jonathan Cahn: Yes, this is like Joseph McCarthy. Basically, Kabbalah is Jewish mystical writings. If anybody comes up to me asking if they should get involved in the Kabbalah, I say, “No, I wouldn’t read it unless you are doing research or using it for apologetics.” I actually gave a series once on what Rabbi Kaduri said about the Messiah at Beth Israel, and it was just classic apologetics. The rabbis actually in their writings say that the Messiah would die for our sins. That fact is great to use for bringing Jewish people to Jesus Christ.
Detractors claim that because I was teaching what those rabbis were saying about the Messiah that therefore I’m endorsing Kabbalah. Listen, I don’t care what they say. After all, Paul went to Mars Hill. He used pagan hymns to Zeus on Mars Hill to speak to the pagans of the Gospel. If Paul was alive today and they accuses were there, too, Paul would be crucified for being a Jupiter or Zeus worshipper. I mean, crazy! All crazy. Their behavior has nothing to do with Christian harmony.
Criticism #5 – Prosperity Teaching
Nathan Jones: What about people who claim you are a Word of Faith prosperity preacher? They’re those preachers who claim that if we repent then all the financial blessings will flow back into the United States again.
Dr. Reagan: I loved your response to that accusation when you said your photograph was made at Sears.
Jonathan Cahn: Sears budget photos. Also, most of my clothes were Salvation Army until my wife forced me to move up. We made a deal. I went to Sears and Wal-Mart instead. That accusation’s crazy! I am against those false preachers. That’s half a Gospel preached.
Dr. Reagan: It just shows you how desperate people are to attack.
Jonathan Cahn: Yes, and well a lot of ministries live on that. Another thing is that they project with whatever they are going against on whatever they are going to attack. Their beefs have nothing to do with The Harbinger. I hate prosperity teachings. The Harbinger says God is warning of judgment. Now that’s real prosperity!
Nathan Jones: That is what really bothers me. It’s when people question your heart. We get this at Lamb & Lion Ministries all of the time. People will accuse, “Well, you’re all in ministry just to sell books.” No, we’re not. It’s about sharing the message of Jesus Christ that changes people’s lives.
Rabbi Cahn, you wrote your book to get the nation to repent, right?
Jonathan Cahn: Yes, The Harbinger is a call to repentance.
In the fourth and last part of our interview with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn on his book The Harbinger, we’ll learn how he responds to his detractors.