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The Harbinger II: The Return

Written by Jonathan Cahn

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Is America nearing judgment?

Are the recent shakings that have come upon this nation a sign that it’s approaching?

Has the biblical mystery of national judgment revealed in The Harbinger continued up to this moment?

Is the pandemic, the economic collapse and the breakdown of American society all part of this mystery?

Does the mystery reveal the future and what lies ahead for us, and is there hope?

If we are approaching calamity, how much time do we have?

And what are the most important things we need to know for the days ahead?

We have never experienced anything like what we’re experiencing now. It’s unprecedented. A deadly pandemic, an economic collapse that rivaled the Great Depression, social unrest that rivals the worst upheavals of the 1960s and a lockdown that has never been experienced before in world history have struck the nations—and specifically America—all at the same time!

Even the irreligious and unspiritual are seeking to understand what’s happening—if there’s a deeper reason behind it, if it’s a warning or a wake-up call, and where it will all lead.

Could it all be part of an ancient biblical mystery that not only reveals what is now happening, but pinpoints the time when it would all come upon the world and our nation—and where we are heading next?

The Beginning of the Mystery

When America was shaken on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I knew we were entering a new era with ominous implications for the nation’s future. I was standing on the corner of Ground Zero when I noticed the remains of a fallen tree. Something told me that there was something there I had to search out. It was a fallen sycamore tree. It turned out to be the first puzzle piece of an ancient mystery that kept getting bigger and bigger.

It became The Harbinger—the revelation that ancient harbingers of judgment that appeared in the last days of ancient Israel have now appeared on American soil. Some of the harbingers manifested in New York City. Some manifested in Washington, D.C. Some involved objects and ceremonies. Some involved American leaders—even the president of the United States. Each of them is a warning of coming calamity and judgment.

It was the first book I had ever written. By the grace of God, it became a bestseller, spread across America and the world and was read by millions. But The Harbingerwasn’t the end of the mystery—it was the beginning. It was the beginning of a prophetic template of judgment that unfolds step by step. It was the first shaking of future shakings, the first harbinger of future harbingers and the first warning of what was yet to come and what the future would see.

I always knew that the mystery was to continue, and I would one day write the sequel. I was often asked about it. But I had always held off. I always knew that it could not be written until the time was right. Beyond that, what I put in The Harbingerwas only one piece or dimension of the mystery. There was much I had to hold back from putting into a book because it wasn’t the time. At the same time, the mystery never stopped. It kept advancing. I watched as other biblical signs, harbingers and manifestations began appearing in America—revealing, calling, warning. But it still wasn’t the time.

From The Harbinger to Now: The Fall of America

In The Harbinger’s template of judgment, after having been shaken by a strike of terror that was actually a wake-up call from God to return to Him, the nation ignores the call and, instead of returning, hardens itself and turns even further away from God, warring against His ways. The signs continue to manifest and then come greater shakings and greater, until the nation either finally turns back or enters into its judgment.

After the shaking of 9/11, instead of repentance and return, America hardened itself all the more to the voice and calling of God and turned even further away from Him. We have watched as our nation’s culture has not only turned away from God but now brazenly wars against Him, His ways and His people. Now we are nearing the most dangerous time.

What has happened to America since that day was all laid out in the biblical template of judgment of which I wrote in The Harbinger.That leads up to where we are now.

The Harbinger II: The Return

In the biblical template, after the first shaking (9/11), the nation is given a window of time, a span of years in which to return in repentance and revival or to draw near to judgment. As the year 2020 approached, I began to feel an increasing sense of urgency—that the window of time America was given, or at least one of those windows, was coming to a close.

The end of The Harbinger actually speaks of what was to come—and what is now taking place before our eyes. It gives a specific time period from the biblical template that pinpointed the year 2020—that in that year, great shakings would come upon America.

At the end of 2019, I was praying to God as to what my next book would be. It was then that I received a very clear answer: After eight years of holding back, the time had come to write the sequel and reveal what I had been led to hold back until that moment. I knew the time was critical, and it had to be now. The new book would be called The Harbinger II: The Return.

In the first week of 2020, I did two things. I sat down with my publisher and told them that this was the year I was to write it. And I spoke to Beth Israel, the congregation I lead in Wayne, New Jersey, and told them of 2020 being a year of shakings, dark events and the Lord’s roaring, and that we were to prepare and pray for revival as never before—as it would be the only hope.

I began writing The Harbinger II in three parts. The first, The Unrevealed, is the revelation of what I held back when I wrote The Harbinger:the biblical signs and warnings that manifested in America that speak to what is happening in our midst.

The second part is the revelation of what has actually happened since The Harbinger was released: the signs, manifestations and other harbingers that manifested in America of even greater, more urgent and more ominous warnings than before. These other harbingers have continued to manifest up to the present hour.

The third part is the revelation of what’s taking place right now and what is yet to come. This includes the biblical mystery that ordained the timing of the shaking that has now come upon us, the amazing and yet chilling mystery that lies behind the virus that has changed our lives, and still other signs that are all converging at the present hour and what they warn of concerning the future—and the keys and answer we need for the days ahead.

There are far too many things contained in the new book to even begin to touch upon in the space we have here. But I will seek to give you a taste of some of the revelations in the book.

The Unrevealed

The Harbinger IIbegins by uncovering those things that could not be revealed up until now—those which began on 9/11 but lie behind what has been happening to America, even to this day. To make the most of the space I have, I will only briefly mention some of them below:

The Watchmen: On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the ancient biblical sound of warning—the sound of the trumpets, the alarm of the watchmen—was heard throughout New York City, all over the city, before the attack even began. It was a biblical sign concerning a nation under judgment.

The Pentagon Mystery: On 9/11, the world witnessed the striking of the Pentagon, the foremost symbol of American military power. But what the world did not see was that behind the Pentagon and what happened on that day was an ancient biblical mystery that went back to the days of the prophet Ezekiel.

The Day of Isaiah: If you’ve read The Harbinger, youknow that the key Scripture is Isaiah 9:10—the word that concerns an enemy coming to the land to bring destruction, the collapse of buildings and the nine harbingers themselves (all linked to 9/11). But on the morning of 9/11, all over America, believers opened up their Bibles to Isaiah 9:10 to read about the enemy’s attack on the land before the attack began. And they had been doing so, connecting the enemy’s attack to the date of 9/11, every year since the mid-1980s.

The Other 9/11: Hidden in the mystery of America’s genesis was 9/11—but another 9/11, a 9/11 which began the nation’s rising. In that first 9/11 is found the mystery of what happened in 2001.

The Birds of Autumn: There is an ancient image concerning the beginning of a nation’s judgment. It is the image of a bird. On Sept. 11, 2001, the ancient image that went back to the time of Moses appeared in New York City at the World Trade Center and in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon.

The Mystery Ship: There is a ship whose origins go back several centuries that holds a mystery concerning why the calamity came to New York City on the exact day of September 11. On 9/11, that ship appeared in the water, passing by the ruins of the World Trade Center.

There is much more, but what is critical is the fact that the harbingers and their implications have not stopped appearing on American soil but have continued up to the present hour. They signify that America is progressing to judgment. Here’s a brief glimpse and taste of some of them:

The God of Death Appears Over New York City

In the last days of ancient Israel, the idols and images of the gods proliferated throughout the land. The appearance of the images of false gods in a land that once knew God is a sign that precedes national judgment.

After the release of The Harbinger,an image appeared in New York City. It was projected on one of the tallest buildings in the city. The image was that of a foreign god. It was perhaps the most colossal image of a false god in history—and it was being celebrated in New York City. The god’s tongue was sticking out of its mouth at the city’s skyline dripping blood. It was the god of darkness, the god of death and the god of destruction.

So the god of death and destruction towered and loomed over New York City. In ancient times, the appearance of such images was a harbinger of destruction, but that it was actually the god of destruction is all the more ominous.

The Broken Walls of Tammuz

Before Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C., an event took place that sealed its destruction. The armies of Babylon breached the defensive walls of the city. The removal of the hedge sealed the city’s destruction. The day that the walls were breached was the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz.

One of the most critical milestones in America’s fall from God was the Supreme Court’s striking down of the traditional and biblical definition of marriage. In Obergefell v. Hodges, the court ruled that marriage would now include the marriage of men with men and women with women. It was a massive change that overturned not only the biblical definition of marriage but marriage as it had been known since the beginning of history. It was yet another line crossed in the fall of America from God.

That ruling took place on June 26, 2015. But on the biblical calendar, it had another name: the ninth of Tammuz! Thus, it took place on the ancient biblical day when a civilization’s hedge was removed, its defenses neutralized and its protection gone. From that moment on, its judgment is only a matter of time.

The Judgment Tree

One of the nine original harbingers was the Erez Tree. It appears in Isaiah 9:10 as the cedar that ancient Israel vowed to plant as a sign of their intent to come back stronger in defiance of God.

Two years after 9/11, the Erez Tree manifested in America with the planting of what was called the “Tree of Hope” at the corner of Ground Zero. It was a symbol of America rising up stronger than before.

In the Bible, God uses trees as symbols of nations and kingdoms—but also to speak of judgment. The withering of a tree, the cutting of its branches and its striking down—especially the striking down of the Erez Tree—are clear biblical signs and harbingers of the judgment and fall of a nation.

What happened to the tree that was planted at Ground Zero? The Tree of Hope began to wither away. No matter what they did to save it, it kept withering away—the symbol of America withering away. And finally it was struck down. It fell on a Hebrew holy day, Passover, at the time that the moon turned blood red.

Thus the harbinger was struck down and the Erez Tree had fallen—the biblical sign of the judgment and fall of a nation.

The 19-Year Mystery

Near the end of The Harbingeris the chapter “Things to Come.” It is because of what is revealed in that chapter that I had a sense early on that 2020 was going to be a year of shaking. It reveals the biblical template that ordains that there will be greater shakings to come upon America, from natural disasters to manmade disasters to civil disorder and the breakdown of society.

But there is a specific mystery in the template given in The Harbinger: the span of years between the nation’s first shaking, the enemy’s strike on the land and the next great shakings to come. That span of time is 19 years—19 years from the first shaking to the shaking to come. The first shaking struck America on September 11, 2001. Nineteen years later pinpoints the year of shakings as 2020. And so it has been.

The same chapter connects the coming shakings to “the crown.” The word crown comes from a Latin root: “Corona.” Thus, the number of judgment (19) and the crown (corona) combine into “Corona-19.” Thus, The Harbinger II uncovers the mystery behind what has now come upon America and where it is all heading.

The Plague

In view of the fact that we are experiencing what we have never experienced before, is there anything in the Bible to give us revelation concerning what has now altered each one of our lives? The answer is yes.

The Word of God speaks of the prophetic significance of plagues and pestilence. But the mystery goes deeper and is eerily specific. It begins two and half thousand years ago. It not only lies behind the pandemic that has altered America and the world but has determined its details, the places it has struck and even its timing.

There is so much to it that in the new book, it takes a 30-page chapter to reveal it. It is one of the most explosive revelations in a book of many explosive revelations. In the space we have here, I can just say that it is linked to judgment and to some very specific and precise events—and its prophetic significance is linked to the prophet Jeremiah.

The Year of the Locusts, the Return and the Hope

In the last part of The Harbinger II, the revelation turns to the answer and the keys we need for the days ahead of us. It reveals the secret story behind America and how the nation’s course and world history itself was changed by those believers who took God at His word.

Can it happen again? Is America too far gone and judgment too near? Time will tell. Without repentance, there can be no revival. And without revival, America has no hope.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, it is written: “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

That is the key if America is going to be saved. But what’s fascinating is the verse that leads into it. 2 Chronicles 7:13 speaks of a time when a pestilence or disease has come upon the land, along with drought or famine and a plague of locusts. That year is now—and it’s the same year that has seen famine and drought, a global pestilence and—on top of that—the worst plague of locusts to come on the world in generations. So if there ever was a moment that God’s people needed to turn to Him according to 2 Chronicles 7:14, it is now. (If you don’t already know about The Return, the National Day of Prayer and Repentance, on Sept. 26 and want to be part, go to

God can do the impossible, but according to the Scripture, it rests as well upon God’s people—and the word “if.”

The Day of the Watchman and the Feast of Trumpets

At the very end of The Harbinger II, I was led to reveal something that I’ve held back from revealing for years. It was a prophetic event that took place on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, two years before 9/11. I can bear witness to it, as I was there.

That event revealed everything that was going to take place: a terrorist attack on the shores of New York; the object of that attack, the Twin Towers; the specific spot on the North Tower where it was going to begin; how it would happen through airplanes; and even the date on which it would take place. (It even formed a prophetic image pinpointing where 9/11 was to begin—which we decided to actually place at the end of the new book.)

It was on that pedestal that I sounded the ram’s horn to the Twin Towers. That day was also the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets warns of judgment to come and calls those who hear the sound of the trumpet to get right with God before it does.

It is now the time of the trumpets. We are standing at a most critical and dangerous hour. Will it bring calamity or redemption—or both? Time will tell. But we must all pray as never before for repentance, return and revival. The future depends on it. Until then, the trumpet must sound. The Harbinger II is the sounding of the trumpet.

Let the one who has ears hear—and prepare.

Jonathan Cahn caused a national stir with the release of the New York Times bestsellers The Harbinger, The Mystery of the Shemitah, The Book of Mysteries, The Paradigm and The Oracle. He has addressed members of Congress and spoken at the United Nations. He is known as a prophetic voice in this generation and for the opening up of the deep mysteries of God. He leads Hope of the World—bringing God’s Word to the nations and help to the world’s most needy—and the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel in Wayne, New Jersey.

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