Astonishing Parallels Between Evil Times
Remember that book, The Harbinger, by a rabbi-turned-Christian, Jonathan Cahn -- the book that spelled out the parallels between chastisements in ancient Israel and what occurred on September 11?
Brilliantly, and mesmerizingly, Cahn's book revealed how upon his inauguration President George Washington and the first Congress prayed to consecrate America and conducted this solemn act at the Chapel of St. Paul, which is close to where the World Trade Center was and at the time owned the land that would later become Ground Zero!
The first president stood at what later would be the site of America's greatest disaster, asking for God's protection. That was when it was a Christian nation.
The parallels between the terrorist attack and assaults on Israel, as spelled out in Isaiah 9:10, were astounding.
The Harbinger was a massive Christian bestseller (for good reason).
And now Cahn returns with a book that may be as powerful.
It is The Paradigm (we are offering free shipping) -- and once more, Cahn returns to the Old Testament and comes up with parallels no one else has discovered to do with the similarities between ancient times and ancient catastrophic events and what is occurring and will occur in America.
The subtitle says it best: "The Ancient Blueprint That Holds the Mystery of Our Times."
Perhaps it in fact does!
At any rate, Cahn makes a good case for it -- a very good case.
We'll survey the book in two installments.
Let's look here at the first example of what he calls an ancient template or "paradigm" that repeats through time.
There is sex: ancient Israel initially held the biblical worldview that the union between man and woman was sacred. It was to be contained only in the sacred vessel of marriage. But as the Jews turned to idols, especially the "god "Baal," marriage and sexuality lost their absolute value and sanctity. After that, after the worship of Baal (a demon-god), sex was debased and even conducted publicly.
Homosexuality came in. So did adultery and of course fornication.
Meanwhile, at the time of Baal worship, as Israel devolved, there was also the offering up of children as a blood sacrifice.
"It would go," writes Cahn, "from a forbidden pagan practice performed in the shadows to a right endorsed by the highest echelons of society and government."
In our time, of course, it's called abortion.
The details -- and parallels -- are, like those in The Harbinger, amazing. Materialism?
"When a culture or life gives itself to serve the spirit of increase, gain, materialism, prosperity, and self-interest above all things -- it has given itself to Baal," warns Cahn. "He is the zeitgeist, the spirit of the age, the god of increase and materialism, the spirit that inhabits and possesses modern civilization."
In other works, we are repeating Baal worship. We are back at the collective pagan altar -- often, literally.
Like ancient Israel, American and Western culture has grown increasingly crude, harsh, vulgar, and profane. This was the sign of ancient apostasy.
And astoundingly, as the sacrifice of children was a "sacred" act in the times of Baal worship, so now is there even a book (by a feminist named Ginette Paris) entitled, The Sacrament of Abortion!
"It is not immoral, to choose abortion; it is simply another kind of morality, a pagan one," says Paris, as quoted by Cahn. "Abortion is a sacrifice to Artemis. Abortion [is] a sacrament for the gift of life to remain pure."
A direct acknowledgement that abortion is tied to witchcraft.
And then there is the paradigm of the kings.
As Cahn so ably points out, there are remarkable parallels between kings of old and modern leaders, especially U.S. presidents.
Take the king Ahab. While the apostasy of ancient Israel took decades, it crystallized under this particular leader -- intensified. There was a cultural war. There was his wife, who served the god of the Phoenicians -- Baal. Ahab's wife was pagan while he was a man divided. Unlike his wife, he came from a culture that knew God. But he was apostate. As one Bible commentary put it, Ahab was:
"...morally weak, and concerned with luxuries of this world. Though he could display real bravery and at times even heeded God's Word, nevertheless he was basically a compromiser as far as the Will of God was concerned."
Ahab (850 B.C.) epitomized his nation's fall.
He was compromised, as was the nation. He was apostate -- as was the nation in ancient times. He was born into the apostasy but was the catalyst for its acceleration.
He was the first king of Israel to actually build a temple to Baal -- joining the state to a pagan religion and allying it to a new and foreign morality.
Under his rule, government would become an instrument to be used against the ways and people of God.
The modern parallel, the paradigm in this case?
Cahn points to the early 1990s as a very similar time for America, when its immorality and paganism crystallized blatantly -- came out of the shadows with crudity.
"Who came to power at that time?" Cahn asks.
"There is only one candidate: Bill Clinton. He will preside as 'king,' or ruler, over the start of this period, the era of deepening apostasy."
He doesn't judge Clinton personally but simply tells it as he see it and as he sees the paradigm.
In fact, points out Cahn, the term "culture war" was coined in 1991 -- the same year Clinton announced his presidential campaign.
"He stood on the side of change and specifically for the overturning of traditional and biblical morality," says Cahn.
"As it was in the reign of Ahab, it was in Clinton's time in office that the the state now became an active agent in the nation's apostasy."
In his first few days in office, points out Cahn -- in a celebratory ceremony in the Oval Office -- Clinton signed a series of executive orders wiping away protections for the unborn. He empowered abortion -- the sacrifice of children -- in America and around the world, and also seemed to celebrate, or certainly marshal in new waves of sexual impurity.
We all know about that.
But neither Ahab, nor William Jefferson Clinton, acted alone.
"In each case there was another," writes Cahn. "And the other is the next mystery of the paradigm: the queen."
[Next: the paradigm and Hillary Clinton]