The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction?

If you would like to have David James speak at your church or conference concerning his book which analyzes and critique of the best-selling Christian book of 2012, The Harbinger, please feel free to give him a call at (812) 535-3233 or email him at He also teaches and preaches on many other subjects, including many apologetics and discernment issues. He has recently developed a seminar based on the process he used to research The Harbinger, which outlines practical steps for the average person to actually begin implementing the principles of biblical discernment on a daily basis.


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The Controversy Surrounding The Harbinger Continues . . .

In The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction?  author David James exhaustively documents and responds to the serious flaws found throughout the New York Times best-seller from Charisma Media, The Harbinger . Messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn believes he has discovered an “ancient mystery” in Isaiah:9:10 that “explains everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy.” As Cahn states at the beginning of his book “What you are about to read is presented in the form of a story, but what is contained within the story is real.” Many have accepted Cahn’s message as being genuinely from God. However, David James has clearly demonstrated that  The Harbinger falls far short of meeting the biblical requirements for such a message from God, being based on the mishandling of Scripture, faulty theology, misleading statements, the selective use of historical facts, and unsupported speculation.

Although released the first week of January 2012, the popularity of The Harbinger continues to grow and even shows signs of going mainstream because of interviews by well-known talk-show hosts like Glenn Beck, Dani Johnson and Gov. Mike Huckabee. This has been further reinforced by Jonathan Cahn’s message at the inaugural prayer breakfast in Washington D.C. – as well as recent meetings with members of Congress and high-level Washington insiders like Newt Gingrich.

Unfortunately, there’s no other way to describe what is happening except to say that the deception continues and is now being accepted in the highest levels of the U.S. government, which means that it has the potential of affecting U.S. national and international policy.

Well-known prophecy teacher, founder and president of Lamb and Lion Ministries, David Reagan, declares on the cover of his most recent magazine, along with the now well-known publicity picture of Jonathan Cahn, “An End Time Prophet to America.” With hundreds of interviews how under his belt, including numerous appearances on some of the most well-known and influential television programs such as The Jim Bakker Show, the 700 Club and Prophecy in the News, as well as numerous conference engagements with radical sensationalist promoters of Nephilim and UFO Eschatology Thomas Horn and L.A. Marzulli, Jonathan Cahn has quickly become a superstar of almost unprecedented proportions and has for many seems to have become “America’s Rabbi.”

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A Threatened Lawsuit from Charisma Media, Publisher of The Harbinger

Shortly after The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction? was released in early August of 2012, we began receiving letters threatening legal action against me personally (which would of course have also involved my publisher, The Berean Call. The letters clearly stated that these letters were from a lawyer with a firm which “serves as litigation counsel for Charisma Media, publisher of The Harbinger by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn and published by Charisma Media.”

After we brought this to the public’s attention in later January of this year, we have received no further direct communication from either Charisma Media or Jonathan Cahn. We do not know what this means, but surmize that they realize this clear attempt to intimidate me to withdraw my book from the market place with an obviously frivolous lawsuit had no chance of even receiving a hearing. Our very experienced copyright lawyer strongly and convincingly argued that we were both legally and ethically well within the bounds of fair use doctrine and had not violated any copyright laws whatsoever.

In a very interesting series of events, however, both Jonathan Cahn and Charisma Media each made public statements disavowing any connection or knowledge that Jonathan Cahn had of this threat of litigation by Charisma Media. This could well be true and I am taking them a their word. The obvious questions that needs to be answered, however, is if this is true, how is it that the one who would be named the plaintiff in such a case in a court of law, the copyright holder, Jonathan Cahn, could possibly have a lawyer threaten legal actual exclusively involving copyright issues with no knowledge of the situation whatsoever. And furthermore, it remains to be explained why, after becoming aware of a threatened lawsuit against a brother in Christ, who had clearly not violated any laws, the copyright holder would not call upon the lawyers to seek a formal withdrawal of this threat along with a public apology – neither of which have been forthcoming.

Therefore, we are asking that concerned believers everywhere make this a matter of prayer—that the Lord would graciously give us wisdom and that He would protect us in the midst of this challenge. We also believe it is important to bring this matter to the attention of the Body of Christ and would encourage you to share this article with others given the millions of people who have now been influenced by The Harbinger and its author.


Official Endorsements of  The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction?

President & Founder, Prophecy Today

“David James has done an excellent job in this book, a review of the book, The Harbinger, being very careful not to bring personality into focus but instead to take a critical look at the biblical aspects of the book. Having read the book a number of times, David studied the hermeneutic used in the book to examine the use of a single passage of scripture taken out of context to understand what the author had done to develop a fictional book while the same time telling the reader that everything in the book was real.

“I believe that David did the research required to give a fair look at Jonathan Cahn’s work and, at the same time, apply the age-old truths of Bible interpretation to help any potential reader of The Harbinger to be aware of the problems in this work. I know that David spent much time in prayer and consultation before he approached the writing of his review, and his only desire is to hold up the truth that we don’t get doctrine, or our understanding of Bible prophecy, from a fictional novel but from the Word of God, the Bible.”


President & Founder, Worldview Weekend

“All across America hundreds of thousands of people have purchased Jonathan Cahn’s book, The Harbinger. By far, the majority have given it rave reviews as well as promoted it, defended it, and recommended it to everyone they know. Unfortunately, this represents a pervasive lack of biblical knowledge and discernment in the church and is why many of us have written and broadcast our deep concerns about the book. I believe David James has used true discernment, extensive research, and biblical hermeneutics to reveal the dangerous message of The Harbinger. James’s research also defends the authority of Scripture against the increasing trend of experience, extra-biblical revelation and mysticism.”


Teaching Pastor, Faith Bible Church
Vineland, New Jersey

“Whether or not you’ve read The Harbinger, you must read David James thorough and thoughtful response in The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction? The popularity of Cahn’s book has many Christians wondering if the Bible contains a secret message for America enveloped in the details of the 9/11terrorist attacks. I recognized a dangerous hermeneutic at work in Jonathan Cahn’s fast-paced novel but was daunted by the challenge of providing a response for my congregation. David James provides such a response. This book gives the reader a detailed, point-by-point analysis challenging Cahn’s barrage of data and “connect the dot” attempts. David James does this with clear biblical methodology while avoiding personal attacks against Cahn. This book is an example of the way that Christian dialogue should be conducted.”


Senior Professor Emeritus of Bible Exposition
Editor, Bibliotheca Sacra
Dallas Theological Seminary

“Jonathan Cahn’s book The Harbinger has been a bestseller for many months. A messianic Jew, Cahn is the senior pastor of the Jerusalem/Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, New Jersey. The Harbinger presents the view that Isaiah 9:10-11 refers to the United States, and in particular to the catastrophe of 9/11 and the States’ subsequent economic problems. James masterfully demolishes Cahn’s efforts to relate this passage to the States, pointing up numerous hermeneutical and interpretive fallacies in Cahn’s approach. Anyone interested in The Harbinger needs to note the numerous errors in Cahn’s thinking, as presented in James’s excellent analysis.”


Senior Pastor, Southern View Chapel, Springfield, Illinois
Director, Think on These Things Ministries

“Jonathan Cahn’s, The Harbinger, is a warning to America that God’s judgment is imminent unless the country repents and turns to the Lord, and that very soon. If the book is read merely as a novel warning our country to wake up spiritually, it has value, but the author makes immediately clear that “what is contained within the story is real” (p. 7). In other words, Cahn believes that God pronounced exacting judgment on America, and that judgment is found in Scripture, specifically Isaiah 9:10-11.

“Cahn determines that this text in Isaiah contains a mysterious prophecy directed not to ancient Israel but to modern America. At this point the author massages Scripture, American history, and current events in an attempt to prove that God’s judgment on the United States has been hiding in these verses but have now been unlocked by the careful investigation of Cahn. Once someone decides they can cherry-pick verses at will, change the meaning of these texts to fit his theories, and use random hermeneutical methods, anything can be “proven.” However, very few people will recognize what Cahn has done, and fewer still will do the hard work of investigating his interpretations.

“Here is where David James has greatly benefited the body of Christ. He has carefully, graciously and thoroughly analyzed the claims found in The Harbinger and found many of them lacking biblical support and historical accuracy. James has written this book not merely to expose error but to keep God’s people from being led astray by false teachings and improper hermeneutical approaches to Scripture. I believe he has accomplished these goals in The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction?”


Executive Director, Pre-Trib Research Center
Pastor/Teacher and Church Planter, Community Bible Church, Omaha, Nebraska

“Just because something is popular within today’s evangelical community does not mean that it is biblical. The Harbinger is a popular book for many within evangelicalism that claims to provide a message from God, but it is not built upon a true biblical foundation. Dave James provides a fair biblical analysis for anyone wanting scrutiny of The Harbinger. I commend James’s book, The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction?, for those seeking the truth rather than popularity.”


Guarding His Flock Ministries

“In a fair and balanced way, Dave James exposes the eccentric biblical interpretations upon which The Harbinger is premised. He demonstrates biblical and theological inaccuracies contained in the story created by Jonathan Cahn, one which the author claims to be partially real. James connects the dots between multiple biblical, historical, and factual problems, which gives the reader the sense that The Harbinger has undertones of Anglo-Israelism and Christian Dominionism. Though perhaps not intended by the author, these concepts form an underlying philosophical framework upon which the theoretical “secret” of America’s future appears to be based. For readers possessing a heart to discern truth from error, The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction? frames fundamental issues related to an accurate understanding of Bible prophecy in our modern world. Highly recommended.”

Associate Professor of Bible Exposition
Dallas Theological Seminary

“One of the most asked questions in biblical prophecy today is, “Where does the United States fit into eschatology?” Jonathan Cahn’s The Harbinger tries to answer that question—however, he attempts to do so with many unfounded hermeneutical “jumps” that cannot be sustained. Dave James goes to great lengths to debunk Cahn’s theories and offers a balanced look at end-time prophecy and the USA. Where Scripture is silent, it is best not to impose one’s own presumptions on the text. For those interested in this subject, James offers extensive objections to Cahn’s presumptions.”


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