Friday, February 5, 2016

TheHarbinger

I recently read The Harbinger by Jonathon Cahn (2011).  


This novel draws rather startling parallels between the calamities endured by the ancient nation of Israel as a result of its estrangement from God, and the United States of America in the 21st century.  JC crafts the story through the narrative of a modern "writer" who encounters a "prophet" which guides him through nine harbingers (i.e., warnings) given to both ancient Israel and the modern U.S.   The nine harbingers called upon those nations to turn from their evil bent and seek again the forgiveness, care, and blessings of God.  Refusal to do so was clearly forewarned to bring catastrophe to each nation.

JC skillfully ties scripture (specifically Isaiah 9:10) to the nine harbingers, and even more skillfully weaves them into both the founding history of the U.S. as well as the ruinous events of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the economic implosion of 2008.  

As with all great fiction, the readers finds him/herself in a constant state of ambiguity - wondering if the work is fiction written to mimic history, or non-fiction written to document history.  

A very interesting read.  Thanks for the recommendation, TC.    

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