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El Presagio

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  16,722 Ratings  ·  1,981 Reviews
Is it possible...

That there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America s future?
That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy?
That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America?
That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come?

Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancien
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Casa Creación (first published January 1st 2011)
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Pam Flora It was differently written of most books I've read. It was so informational though, that I couldn't put it down. There was a piece of information that…moreIt was differently written of most books I've read. It was so informational though, that I couldn't put it down. There was a piece of information that was never revealed that I wish had been. I also felt it wasn't finished. Although, there is a second book, and I hear that it does...finish. I would recommend reading it. I learned a lot about history that I did not know. Very Interesting.(less)
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Aaron
Dec 03, 2013 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, know this about me: I am simultaneously a man of intense faith and rigorous scientific/analytical background. I believe in God. I am also an computer engineer/scientist. My life is a constant journey toward understanding the harmony between spirituality and science.

Before deciding to read this book, I prayed. I asked God to give me guidance. If this was a deceptive work whose purpose was to entangle my mind in crazy, supernatural delusions (and their accompanying flights of fantasy),
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Carly
Feb 05, 2012 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a challenging review to write because The Harbinger is not your average, ordinary book. Yes, it is considered Suspense Fiction, but there really isn’t much fiction here. There was a time when I considered people who felt that 9/11 was God’s judgment on this country to be crazy, frankly. I still find that to be a very risky statement to make, but in The Harbinger, Johnathan Cahn has been given the vision and wisdom from God to see, from a biblical perspective, this concept as he draws the ...more
Eyehavenofilter
Get out yer Bibles folks and keep track, cause
the end is near according to Cahn. Personally,
I think we have turned into the most self absorbed,
self-centered, conpicuously consumptive nation on
earth and our acceptence of the profane and the
need for self pacification overwhelms the desire to
do anything for anyone else but us.
Yeah yeah I know but, hey read this book, I think
it COULD/ might/ may change something!
Hopefully how you think, perceive, and/or
want our country to proceed! ??????
Before yo
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Heidi Willis
I have a hard time rating this. The idea of this "story" is supposed to be shocking and eye-opening, and it's true that it is - mostly because it is purported to be based on facts. The author uses a verse in the Bible that warns Old Testament Israel about coming judgment if it doesn't repent against catastrophic happening in the U.S., specifically 9/11 and the collapse of the stock market.

There obviously is a tremendous amount of research that has gone into this book, and clearly the author's in
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Mandy Crider
May 25, 2016 Mandy Crider rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe this book was given to me for a reason and now I feel that reason is to pass it along to others who might feel the way I did and still do about this country. This book unlocks so many mysteries about America and the comparison between Israel. America was once a holy and spiritual ground blessed by our Lord that has since turned away from Him. This book delivers a message so striking and unbelievable that you have to read it to believe it. Only through prayer can we save this country. G ...more
Poiema
Mar 07, 2012 Poiema rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am giving this book 5 stars solely because the author manages to be very convincing about the urgency of the message. I found the back-and-forth dialogue a little wearying but still it was used effectively in driving home the point that America has been warned by God (on 9/11) and judgment hangs over us like the sword of Damocles. Cahn uses Isaiah 9:10 as the heart of his message, pertaining to the demise of ancient Israel's northern kingdom. The pattern of warning, defiance, destruction, and ...more
Gary Potratz
I don't feel it is right to quote a senator and what he says and then make the claim that America is defiant and take the temperature of the nation on one person's comment.

I also don't feel we should be compared to Israel....although there are similarities.
We are a nation that is self-centered and self-indulgent for the most part, but I don't compare myself with the country as a whole.
There are a ton of generous and compassionate Christians in the country who are praying diligently for this coun
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Rhonda
Jun 08, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chrissy
I'm really torn on giving 5 stars for this book. I will say the stars are solely based on the information in it--it is completely astounding. But the writing and storyline to convey this information is overly juvenile, extremely contrived, and just bad writing so much so that I found myself skimming most of the interaction dialogue between characters to get to the meat of the information. In other words, its a horrible book saved by the factual information and research in it that is so compellin ...more
Ben Zajdel
Dec 13, 2012 Ben Zajdel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the worst books I've ever read. The dialogue is cliche, it's hard to understand which character is speaking, and there is absolutely no character development. The prose is non-existent. There are often pages and pages of nothing but dialogue.

The author has chosen one obscure verse (Prayer of Jabez style) from Isaiah to base his entire book around (Isaiah 9:10). The mental, hermeneutical, and historical gymnastics that are needed to draw a parallel between ancient Israel and modern
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Ann
Jul 20, 2012 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book at the urging of my father-in-law, a 72-year-old Christian from the Silent Generation with a strong interest in Biblical prophecy. Since his normal reading fare is non-fiction, I was intrigued when he told me, “It’s written as a story, but it’s all true.” As a moderately conservative (or conservatively moderate) Christian from the Gen-X generation, I was immediately skeptical with the description on the book’s outside cover, “Though it sounds like the plot of a Hollywood thrille ...more
Kathryn Knight Harper
This book is listed in the fiction section for a reason. While touting that what it contains is true, the book uses far fetched ideas and a poorly constructed narrative to get the author's point across. Cahn wants America to turn back to God, that much is obvious, but he uses national tragedies to scare people into believing his story.

The first half of the book discusses nine harbingers (signs) that tell us America is doomed. I was actually on board with the first two harbingers, as they seemed
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Keiki Hendrix
Oct 03, 2012 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knowing the enormous impact this book has had on this nation and it's position on the New York Times Bestseller list since the day it went into print, if you ask me if all the facts included in this novel are accurate or if the references are correct, I'd have to repeat a phrase repeatedly mentioned in the book, "I have no idea."

All the Scripture references are indeed correct and the historical facts, well, there were far too many of them for me to research. This is novel, a work of fiction. Th
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Beth
Mar 18, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have a reading list, you might want to put this on the top! Or forget the list and just get started on this one!
Laura
Oct 01, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
The Harbinger, by author Jonathan Cahn, is in my opinion, a cross between The DaVinci Code and the script for National Treasure.

While the message is a good one (America needs to return to God because judgment is coming and it ain't going to be pretty), the way the book was written should not, in my opinion, been labelled as a novel, for it lacks all the elements that make a novel great.

For example, there is no character development. It simply starts with a conversation. There is very little desc
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Bob
Sep 24, 2014 Bob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"The Harbinger" was okay however I have a few problems, the author states that the Founding Fathers saw America as the new Israel, which they did, but America was not the new Israel. It may be true that the Founding Fathers believed we were in a covenant with God (like Israel) but we were not. When he states that our falling and/or rising would depend on our relationship with the Lord; that is actually true of any community and/or nation. America may have wanted to be a vessel of redemption, and ...more
Tessa in Mid-Michigan
Normally I skim books on prophecy and the "end of the world." Well, the nonfiction ones, anyway. I am pretty well-versed on these issues, and most nonfiction books are basic introductory knowledge and repetitive. This one isn't. Written as fiction, it is quite effective in the literary tool chosen. It immediately reminded me of Tolkien's The Hobbit, in which Gandalf needs to take all the dwarves and Bilbo to Beorn's house for help, but he knows that Beorn won't want them. So Gandalf cleverly go ...more
Gwendolyn Gage
It wasn't a non-fiction book as I had expected. Rabbi Cahn wrote it in the form of a story to make it an easier read for those who have a hard time making it through non-fiction. Don't pick this up expecting a great novel--there is no characterization, little scene movement, and the writing isn't brilliant. Most of the book is dialogue (much untagged), but then Rabbi Cahn isn't a novelist. He's a messenger with a very important message. Personally, I didn't have any problem getting through the b ...more
Ted
Jan 19, 2012 Ted rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book started out kind of rough, like the author was trying to present a concept by writing a fiction story around it and it didn't quite fit. It seemed like he was stretching things to make a point. I almost quit reading, but I am glad I stuck with it. The parallels between ancient Israel at the time of the Assyrian invasions and the US at the time of 9/11 are eerie. There couldn't possibly be that many random coincidences! I had a hard time believing some of the facts presented, but upon ch ...more
Beth
Oct 27, 2012 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dennis
Feb 03, 2012 Dennis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The American Dream is looking more and more like a national nightmare. Ten years since 9/11 and our nation spirals ever more downward each day with millions looking for an answer to our future. If you have been questioning currents events, The Harbinger provides the answers and a remedy.

The reader is taken on a journey that begins over two thousand years ago linking it with our nation today as Jonathan Cahn unlocks an ancient mystery linked to America and her future.

If you were sitting in a jury
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John Bascom
A disappointing book, the writing was sophomoric; the dialogue flat and unconvincing; and the plot, if one can call it that, predictable, dull and an insult to the intelligence. Extraordinarily repetitive, too. It was honestly painful to read.

The book was essentially the pulpit for a sermon on the author's own view that America has lost its moral compass and is being warned (punished?) by God through events such as Nine-Eleven and the recent financial/economic meltdown. Of course he fails to add
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Jonathan Seger
Jan 02, 2015 Jonathan Seger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I have two major issues with this book. First, the entire premise of the book - that the US is reliving what Israel went thru in biblical times - is a complete misunderstanding of the Old Testament. The Old Testament was not written to show a pattern of how to live & not to live. It was written to show us that all people & nations live wrong, but God is sending a redeemer, His Son Jesus.

And second, the narrative is very poorly written & redundant, which makes it hard to read. I was
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Marsha
Jun 16, 2012 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The harbinger is fiction that challenged my faith to see God at work in my life and in the life of our country. It is a wake-up call for all Americans to see how important it is to keep God in our leadership and our laws.
Michael L Gowens
A compelling read with questionable hermeneutics (the science of biblical interpretation). The author's basic premise, i.e. that America, like the northern kingdom of Israel in the 8th Century BC, is in a cultural and moral free-fall and consequently, headed for a similar judgment as other nations and cities before it, is legitimate. The author's insistence on interpreting the historical prophecy in Isaiah 9:10 as a hidden message to America, however, is unconventional and inconsistent with the ...more
Franklin Atherton
The Harbinger is a solid piece of work about a guy to whom a secret is revealed which is so shocking it changes the purpose of his life. A prophet appears mysteriously for a series of meetings with our guy. He commences to teach him (and us) an ancient mystery involving the Jewish civilization turning its back on God and it's resulting destruction, and how history is on the cusp of repeating itself for the precise same reasons here in the U.S.

Jonathan Cahn presents a ton of information in this b
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Scott
Aug 07, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Great are the words of Isaiah."

Cahn's quality of composition and use of language are relatively simple and of themselves are not particularly striking. This book isn't about the quality of the prose. The fictional setting really plays almost no part in the book at all. It's all about the message. For me, it opens up a whole new level to the phrase, "Great are the words of Isaiah." (http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-...)

Genre? Well, how about biblical hermeneutical fiction? Through a fictiona
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Anne
Feb 08, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A MUST READ!!!!!!
THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK FOR OUR TIME!!!!!!!!!!!
Jim
Feb 08, 2014 Jim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow. The ego of a book like this. Of course, America is the "new holy land".

Basically, the founders of the good old U.S.A. made a covenant with God that God would make us the most wealthy, blessed, and powerful country if we helped the poor and gave hope to the oppressed. And it happened - just as the founders prophesied. (Hmmmm...tell the slaves that.)

But, now we are turning from God by taking prayers out of our schools, and making the very mention of the names of God and Jesus taboo.

Oh, and
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Mike (the Paladin)
I'm choosing not to put this on any of my shelves other than the "read" shelf. It doesn't truly fit any of the others (well possibly one of the fantasy shelves) but aspires to be political and religious. I noted another review here (which was a 2 star) that started with "full disclosure, I'm an atheist". Well, full disclosure, I'm a Christian.

This book is okay on the political and religious level in some ways but walks the line so awkwardly that it sort of stumbles on both counts. I don't blame
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Jonathan Cahn is known for bringing out the deep mysteries and rich revelations of God’s word, as well as restoring the originally biblically Jewish context and flavor of the New Testament. He leads Hope of the World, an outreach dedicated to spreading the word of God and the love of God to all who need, through television, radio, shortwave, and more, and through projects of compassion to the worl ...more
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“America was founded on prayer. Therefore, the removal of prayer from its public life was a central part of its fall from God. A nation that turns away from prayer will ultimately find itself in desperate need of it.” 34 likes
“Some would call it tolerance, I said. Yes he replied, the same tolerance that overtook ancient Israel..a tolerance for everything opposed to God, a growing tolerance for immorality and a growing intolerance for the pure-a tolerance that mocked, marginalized and condemned those who ramined faithful to the values now being discarded. Innocence was ridiculed and virtue was vilified. Children were taught of sexual immorality in public schools while the Word of God was banned. It was a tolerance that put the profane on public display and removed nativity scenes from public sight..contraband, as if somehow they had become a threat-a strangely intolerant tolerance. "But still, I countered, how does all that compare to what happened in ancient Israel? America does'nt offer its children on altars of sacrifice? "Does it not? he said. Ten years after removing prayer and Scripture from its public schools, the nation legalized the illing of its unborn.” 16 likes
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