Prolific author, teacher, and Messianic leader Johnathan Cahn has produced a 13-minute video titled A Prophetic Message to Joe Biden. His ministry distributed it on all of the many social media outlets in which they participate, and it was there that I first viewed it. I was mightily impressed and deeply moved.
Unfortunately, it seems that the video’s meteoric rise in popularity would soon be overtaken by its sudden disappearance. Here is what Cahn and his ministry wrote to us about it:
That’s when things got strange. It turned out that “Big Tech” was trying to suppress the video. The only places it remained were on the sites of those who had reposted it in the first 24 hours (most of those sites were small). The video no longer came up in searches. Readers had no way to get to it. It just disappeared and was as if it had never existed.
We have no way of knowing if President Biden has viewed this special message, but in my opinion all of those who call upon the name of God as Father and of Christ as Savior will find this video uplifting and inspiring. It comprises a message that is not only timely but also vital for our country.
So, in an effort to make Cahn’s message available in at least one more location, I have provided a link to the video, which may be watched right here in this essay. I have also transcribed the entirety of Cahn’s message, and you may read it here, as well. (See below.)
May God stay with our country, continue to bless it, and send a mighty wave of His Spirit throughout the land to turn the hearts of everyone — most especially our leaders, for whom we pray daily — back to Him.
With special thanks to Jonathan Cahn, whose call for Repentance and Return is one we all should heed, here is his message.
Jonathan Cahn (author of The Harbinger and The Harbinger II)
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Transcription by Grover B. Proctor, Jr. (1 February 2021)
This is Jonathan Cahn.
Two hundred and thirty-two years ago, in the first ever presidential inauguration, the nation’s first President addressed a jubilant multitude, in a nation that was united in shared values and a common hope in America’s future. In that first ever presidential address, George Washington gave the newborn nation a prophetic warning. He said this:
“The propitious smiles of heaven cannot be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right that heaven itself has ordained.”
In other words, if America followed the ways of God – His eternal rules of order, and right – the blessings of God would remain upon it. But if America should ever depart from the ways of God, then His blessings would be removed from the land.
And now, January 20th, 2021, another presidential inauguration takes place, and the nation’s capital city, named after that first president, has become a military zone. For the first time in American history, a presidential inauguration is devoid of people. Instead of a jubilant crowd, 25,000 American troops stand guard over the National Mall, in which flags stand in for the missing people, and barbed wire surrounds the halls of American government.
There is no war. There is no overt threat from beyond its borders.
Rather, the threat comes from within. Division infects the land, as does a plague that has kept its citizens masked and locked in their houses, as the nation’s functioning has been in large part, paralyzed. For months, America’s cities have seen protests and riots and doors and windows shuttered and buildings set on fire. And the nation’s most revered edifice of government, the Capitol building, taken over by an angry mob with the nation’s leaders fleeing for safety.
And so, the prophetic warning that was given on that day of that first inauguration, the smiles of heaven are being removed from the land. And so, the question must be asked: Have we then disregarded the eternal rules of order and right that heaven has ordained?
America, as did ancient Israel at the height of its prosperity, has turned away from God. We’ve driven Him out of our public squares, out of the schools of our children, out of our culture, out of our lives.
And as did ancient Israel, in place of His absence, we’ve let in other gods and serve them.
We’ve rejected His ways and embraced the ways of immorality. We’ve called evil good and good evil. And as did ancient Israel, we’ve lifted up the most innocent among us, our babies, and shed their blood. Israel sacrificed thousands of its children. We’ve sacrificed millions – 10s of millions – unborn children who are not here this day, this inaugural day, because we took their lives. And their silent screams ascend to heaven, and their blood is on our hands.
We’ve passed down rulings from Washington DC that war against the eternal laws of heaven, on human life, human nature, gender, marriage. We’ve indoctrinated our children against the ways of God. We have done as we were warned not to do, and then we wonder why the blessings of heaven are being removed from our land.
When judgment came to ancient Israel, it manifested in the form of an enemy attack, a strike on the land, a wake-up call. It came to America on September 11th, 2001. And it came to the very place where George Washington stood and prayed on the day of America’s first presidential inauguration.
The biblical template of national judgment then ordains a period of years in which the nation is given the chance to return to God, or else head to judgment. In the case of ancient Jerusalem, that period – from that first enemy strike to the year when the greater shakings began – was 19 years. From the strike on American soil in 2001 to the 19th year brings us to the year 2020, the year when the Great Shakings began.
The danger that this window of time is drawing to an end is now upon us. We stand in a most critical moment.
Mr President, President Biden, you have called for unity and peace. But how can a nation have unity and peace when it wars against the very foundation on which it stands? How could a nation have unity and peace when it has turned against the God who brought it into existence?
And it has turned. The nation that once led its schoolchildren in prayer and taught them of His word now declares such prayers and teachings to be forbidden, and now instructs its children against the ways of God.
How can that nation have unity and peace? How can we have unity and peace in America, if we have no unity and peace with God?
We are a house divided against itself, and a house divided against itself cannot stand.
► How can you place your left hand on the Bible – the word of God – and then with your right hand sign laws into existence that war against His word?
► How can you place one hand on the word that ordains human life as sacred, and in the image of God from conception, and then with the other hand sign laws into existence that will promulgate the killing of that human life, of those children?
► How can you invoke the name of God in your oath and lay your hand upon His word and then implement laws that will suppress the going forth of His word – that will censor His word and those who advance it?
► You plan to enact laws that will disregard the distinction between male and female, man and woman. Did not the warning of our first president involve that very thing – if we disregard the eternal rules of order, that heaven itself has ordained?
► You plan to enact laws that will specifically neutralize the protection of religious freedom.
► You plan to strike down the Hyde Amendment so that more children will be murdered and those Americans who recognize abortion as murder will be forced to support the act of murder with their taxes.
► And you plan to empower the act of killing unborn children, not only within the borders of America, but throughout the world, to the end that yet more rivers of blood will flow.
How does one do such things and name oneself as a believer in God and a follower of Jesus? How does one sign the sign of the cross and then sign decrees that rage against what God has so clearly set forth in His word concerning life and death, holiness and sin, righteousness and immorality, good and evil.
To you, Mr. President, and all who have joined you in this agenda – from the Vice President to the leaders of the Senate and the House and all who sit in halls of power and have embraced this agenda – heed this warning.
This day will pass. The applause of men will fade. This administration will inevitably be over. This world will pass away. But you will stand before God and give account. For it is written in His word that we will each stand before God and give account. And on that day, all the power you once wielded will be gone, and all of the world’s approval and praises will have faded away, and all the fame and glory you receive will amount to nothing.
In the day when the Book of History is closed and the Book of Life is opened, none of that will matter. It will be you and Him And you will be required to give account of what you have done. Did you follow the will and word of God, or did you not? If you pursue these things, then you did not, and the blood of children will be on your hands, and then will come eternal life or eternal judgment.
The voice of God calls out to you and to all to turn and follow Him with all your heart, Who gave all His heart and life that you might be saved.
As for America, the problem is not social or economic or cultural or political. The problem Is ultimately spiritual, and so must be the answer.
America has turned away from God. And its only hope is that it return to God. Choose true greatness and lead in that return, or continue in this departure from God to destruction and judgment.
As for those of you who love this nation and are burdened and fearful for its future, America’s only hope is revival, return. Without it, the nation is lost, and revival only comes through repentance and return.
It’s time to pray as never before that return and revival would come. But it’s time not only to pray for revival, but to choose revival, to choose to live in revival now.
And for that we must each commit to return to God – to put away from our lives that which must be put away – and take up that which must be taken up, and walk in His ways, and live in His spirit, as we have never done before.
“For the eyes of the Lord search to and fro, throughout the entire earth, looking for the one whose heart is completely His, to show Himself mighty on their behalf.” [2 CHRONICLES 16:9]
Let us be that people and revival will come.
And if the darkness must come, whether by persecution or disorder or disintegration or apostasy, do not fear. For God is still on the throne, and the darkness cannot overcome the light, but only magnify it. And if the darkness should grow darker, then it’s time for the lights of God to shine even brighter.
For it is no longer the time of the candle in the day. It is now time for the candle in the night. We are now the candle in the night that shines against the darkness and lights up the night – the world – with its radiance.
We pray that the civilization that was established and consecrated to be a city on a Hill – America – would once again shine with the light that once illumined it. But whether or not it does, it is time that each of us shine with the light of His glory.
It is time to live unhindered, uncompromised, unbound, bold, and all out on fire, and mighty in the power of the living God.
For thus says the Lord, “Arise and shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Deep darkness shall cover the earth, but the glory of God shall rise upon you.” [ISAIAH 60:1-2]
In the name above every name that is named – the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach, Jesus the Messiah – the way, the truth and the life, the King above all Kings, the Lord of all, the hope of the ages, and the answer to every life, the star of Jacob, the Prince of Life, the glory of Israel, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the name that will remain above all names when all is passed away – Yeshua Jesus – the same yesterday, today and forever! Amen.
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‘Truly, before Abraham was…’
I have seen several Facebook memes similar to the one shown here, all with the identical Christian message. Maybe you’ve run across them, too. They display what are called the seven “I AM” statements of Jesus:
• I am the bread of life.
• I am the light of the world.
• I am the door (or gate).
• I am the good shepherd.
• I am the resurrection and the life.
• I am the way, the truth, and the life.
• I am the true vine.
Each of the seven “I AMs” may be found in the Gospel of John, and of course — inescapably and profoundly — Jesus is most certainly each and every one of them. That knowledge is vital in our attempts to more completely understand Him, His earthly Mission, and His plan for our salvation.
That greatest “I AM” is also found in the book of John. In Chapter 8, Jesus is responding to increasingly virulent verbal questioning and accusations from a group of Pharisees (or “the Jews,” as John refers to them). As the replies from Jesus hit closer and closer to home, the Pharisees finally (metaphorically) throw down on the table their ancestral trump card: “We are the descendants of Abraham!” they cried. The implication was clear: “We are Abraham’s offspring! As such we are God’s chosen — and therefore we cannot possibly be guilty of the accusations You are making against us!”
It all comes to a head when Christ tells them that they are far from acting like God’s Chosen People. You are instead, Jesus tells them, “of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.” Their response to this is the classic playground bully retort, used by those who have no rational, legal, or (in this case) spiritual arguments to fall back on — “Yeah, well if we’re bad, you’re worse!”
I truly believe a strong case can be made that, of all the things Christ is quoted as saying in the Bible, this one statement packs the biggest explosive power. The Pharisees understood perfectly well what He was telling them. They needed no sages, commentaries, or apologists to explain it. But just in case the full meaning is not yet completely clear today, 2000 years later, here is what two highly respected New Testament Commentaries say about Christ’s “I am” statement and its profound message:
[Holman Concise Bible Commentary]
The words rendered “was” and “am” are quite different. The one clause means, “Abraham was brought into being”; the other, “I exist.” The statement therefore is not that Christ came into existence before Abraham did, but that He never came into being at all, but existed before Abraham had a being; in other words, existed before creation, or eternally [John 1:1]. In that sense the Jews plainly understood Him, since “then took they up stones to cast at Him,” just as they had before done when they saw that He made Himself equal with God [John 5:18].
[Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible]
Now, don’t panic. I know you’re eyeing this chart with all the Greek writing in it with trepidation, bordering on fear and loathing. Don’t let your eyes (or your brain) glaze over. Breathe in; breathe out.
Understanding Greek is not in any way a prerequisite for continuing to read this article! I’ve only included this graphic because I want us to fully share and savor the meaning and import of every single word and phrase in Christ’s momentous declaration. Read through the English on the bottom line, and when you are finished, we’ll walk together on a journey through Christ’s amazing declaration.
On first reading, Jesus’ “I AM” statement (bottom line, in brownish-orange on the chart) might seem simple. But then you notice that, strictly speaking, it doesn’t make grammatical sense. (Past tense and present tense, in the same sentence?) By the time we’re finished, however, I hope you’ll agree that Jesus said it perfectly correctly and that it contains an infinitely powerful truth.
Scholars used to be unanimous in believing that Jesus spoke this sentence in the Aramaic language, but more recently (thanks in part to the finds in the Dead Sea Scrolls) some have come around to suggesting Hebrew was the language of dialogue and learning in first-century Judea. Either way, John’s translation of His statement into Greek comprises only 9 words. In order to understand the profundity inherent in the message of those few words, let’s take them word by word (or phrase by phrase) and see how Christ’s one-sentence reply to the Pharisees answered the one largest question about who Jesus was — and at the same time raised a huge number of other questions.
A Walk Through John 8:58. Each of the five large text blocks below tackles one word or phrase from Christ’s sentence. In a box in the upper left of each text block, I have mirrored the Interlinear graphic above, putting John’s actual Greek word(s) on the middle line, the English transliteration on the top line, and the English literal translation at the bottom in red type. *
My commentary, inside each larger text block, attempts to reflect the thoughts that might have rapidly gone through the mind of someone present at the time Jesus had this confrontation with the Pharisees. As such, the phrases and sentences are often fragmented and jump quickly to new considerations. They are also repetitive, as one might go back to a previous thought in order to add a new insight gained and see if total meaning is emerging.
Just read the following in a flow, and with luck and God’s guidance, we’ll trust that His meaning will become clear.
Did you know that every time Jesus began a sentence “Truly” or “Verily, verily,” He was using the Hebrew word “Amen”? It’s true. It means “Truth.” (The English equivalents most often given by NT Greek Lexicons for “amen” (pronounced “ahm-AIN”) include truly, verily, surely, certainly, of a truth, it is the truth, and so be it.) Using it to precede a statement of fact or an announcement was a common idiom at the time, indicating not only its veracity but also that it was of some significance. We do a similar thing in English when we start a sentence like this: “I’ll tell you the truth, that was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done!” or “In all honesty, I think his new haircut looks silly.” [We even have a way of doing that in the vernacular (slang) when we start a sentence with “Seriously.” “Seriously, dude, where’s my car?” However, I don’t think I would use it to translate a statement made by Jesus!] That Christ used the word “Amen” twice to begin this sentence signified major emphasis. He was calling attention to the fact that what He was about to say was not only true, but also important. When we get to the end of Christ’s sentence, that will seem like an understatement.
Time is important and will play a large role in the meaning of this sentence. We’ve already gotten the message that the sentence is true and important, and now this single simple word communicates both subject and verb — “I say” (or “I am saying”). We can read a clear subtext in this one word: We start with “Truth. Very important.” and we add “Now. In the present. At this moment. As I look at you and you look at me, I SAY this to you. We are locked together in this time of the now. This is not something you heard in the past, and no prophecy of the future has revealed it to you.” Also by this, Jesus takes full responsibility for the unbelievable magnitude of what He is about to tell them.
With the addition of this word, Christ’s hearers have been given this introduction: “Truth. Important. Present tense. I am saying… to you.” Still locked eyeball to eyeball, Jesus and the Pharisees have been engaged in a “knock-down, drag-out” verbal battle, and He has just heard the Pharisees play their ancestral “trump card” — “We are the descendants of Abraham! We are the spiritual Leaders of God’s Chosen People! And who are you? You are one of the hated, heretical Samaritans and are clearly demon-possessed!” The carpenter’s son from Nazareth — the Creator of the Universe — looks at them calmly and assures them that this “truth,” this “important truth,” is specifically for them. They will have to deal with its ramifications.
πρὶν Ἀβραὰμ γενέσθαι
Before Abraham was [born]
Jesus now makes time move within a single sentence. He started with the present tense: “Truth. Important. I am saying this now to you.” But He immediately reverses gear and casts them back to the ancient past: “What I am saying to you, the message I have for you, carries implications about and derives its authority from — the past.” In telling the Pharisees just before this that “Your father Abraham was overjoyed that he would see My day; he saw it and rejoiced,” He was giving one huge hint of what He was going to tell them. But as we’ll see, the Pharisees never saw it coming. Jesus had picked this day, this time, this “now” to reveal His own “trump card” — His identity. And the Pharisees took the offered bait and ran with it. One can imagine the sneers on their faces and the revulsion in their hearts as they snapped back at Him: “You aren’t 50 years old yet, and You’ve seen Abraham?” They knew that Abraham’s day was estimated as much as 1800 years (!!) before this conversation. Preposterous, they were thinking! He’s mad and he has a demon! But now, the end of the sentence is almost here. Christ tells them “The important truth that I am saying to you now requires you to cast your mind back to the time ‘before Abraham was born’… ”
Wait, what did He say?
It hits our modern ears as incorrect, because He has switched back to the present tense. Or has He?
tick… tick… tick…
2, maybe 3 seconds of complete silence, as the universe-sized import and unbelievable meaning of what Jesus of Nazareth just said hits each of the Pharisees. There would have been no one present in the Temple that day who did not understand the clear reference just made to “I AM.”
Boom! Explosion. “Kill him! Stone him!! He is claiming to be God!” Actually, that last sentence may well have been the truest thing the Pharisees said the whole day.
I AM. The burning bush. “I am that I am.” “I am the one Who said, ‘Let there be light!'” “I am Yehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” And then, the climactic truth becomes clear…
Jesus of Nazareth, staring at the Pharisees,
has delivered to the Pharisees an unmistakable message, which hangs in the air…
“I AM your God“
So now, with all of the above, the following three quotes have merged into one major, astounding, earth- and human-changing TRUTH: The eternal God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — the Creator of the Universe — emptied Himself into a human form for the benefit of each individual one of us, and He told us His Name as a sign, a token, and an unalterable proof of that fact.
— Exodus 3:13–15 (HCSB)
“Abraham was overjoyed that he would see My day; he saw it and rejoiced.”
The Jews replied, “You aren’t 50 years old yet, and You’ve seen Abraham?”
Jesus said to them, “I assure you: Before Abraham was, I am.”
— John 8:56-58 (HCSB)
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
That sleeping child you’re holding is the great I AM !
— Mark Lowry
Describing the facts he has uncovered as “cool” and “amazing,” Cahn makes the strong point that the study of God’s name is not just some dry, boring historical or theological stuff. Rather, he says, this has “everything to do with your life. The name of God actually applies to your life! In an amazing way, this can change your life.”
Below, you will find a video (audio only) of a message he delivered titled YHVH: The I AM Mysteries, and I strongly urge you to set aside 33 minutes of quiet time to listen to it. Once you get to the 8-minute mark, put your mental roller skates on, because he’ll be taking you for a wind-in-your-hair, joyful, inspiring, and amazing ride!
To whet your appetite, but without spoilers, here are some of the truths Cahn talks about in the video. (Yes, including Moses’s socks.) I predict you’ll find it fascinating and uplifting.
Jonathan Cahn — YHVH: The I AM Mysteries (39:34)
Extra question for those who listened to Jonathan Cahn’s message:
In honor of my mentor and dear friend Dr. Leonard Kaplan (1935-2013).
Λ = L, ό = o, γ = g, ο = o, ς = s and that gives us the English transliteration of Λόγος, which is Logos.
It can even be done with languages that have no alphabet, such as Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese). The Chinese call this transliteration pinyin (pronounced peen-yeen). Since there is no Chinese alphabet, the transliteration is done just using the sound of each word. The capital of China is pronounced BAY-JING (with the “j” sounding like the j in “jingle,” not the sound of “prime rib au jus” or “Zsa Zsa Gabor”). So the people who created the transliteration pinyin for Mandarin used the Western alphabet letters “Beijing” to create that word’s pinyin.
(THE SEVEN “I AMs”) CatholicLink Library of Resosurces
(JOHN 8:58 GREEK) BibleHub.com
(“I AM”) Woodland Baptist Church, Columbus, MS
(JONATHAN CAHN DVDs, VOL. 4) WND.com
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Posted by Dr. Grover B. Proctor, Jr. on August 27, 2018 in Bible Study, Biblical Education, Biblical History, Jonathan Cahn
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