St. Paul’s Chapel, located in the lower Manhattan district of New York, plays a central roll in Jonathan Cahn’s book, ‘The Harbinger’. The Chapel is the oldest public building in continuous use. One of its most famous worshipers was George Washington. The Chapel regained acclaim once again in 2001 during the attack of the World Trade Center.
It was widely noted that St. Paul’s Chapel went relatively unscathed following the collapse of the twin towers compared to other structures in the area. It was also a refuge, for it served as a recovery center where rescue workers could receive round-the-clock care.
There is a lesser known part St. Paul’s Chapel played in the 9/11 scenario. However is could be of possible greater significance. That is its alleged role role in the prophetic fulfillment in Biblical scripture. According to Jonathan Cann, a Messianic Jew and author of ‘The Harbinger’, St Paul’s was a central cast member in forewarning of pending judgement as found in Isaiah 9:10. “The bricks have fallen down, But we will rebuild with hewn stones; The sycamores are cut down, But we will replace them with cedars.” (NKJV)
Painting At St. Paul’s Chapel
I visited St. Paul’s Chapel on October 27, 2012 to paint it en plein air. I was not able to verify the landmarks that have been erected as a result of the Ground Zero attack, for I was there only long enough to paint this quick watercolor.
However, according to Cahn, a beam was hurled from one of the falling towers and struck a sycamore tree in the Chapel yard. Later, New York City officials decided (apart from the knowledge of scripture) to replace the damaged sycamore with a cedar tree.
Cahn’s book, The Harbinger, goes into much more detail on why he believes the 9/11 attack was a harbinger, a forerunner of judgement on the United States just as the nation of Israel was warned when the prophet Isaiah foretold of his nation’s judgement for falling away from God centuries ago.
The Harbinger: A Work of Fiction
I can not give a wholehearted endorsement of Cahn’s book, The Harbinger. In his review of The Harbinger, Dr. Gary E. Gilley wisely points out that the book is, after all, a work of fiction, not of Biblical prophecy.
I believe that there is a falling away from Biblical truth among some people who consider themselves to be Christians. This is merely my observation, not a judgement. Whatever your position is on the health and well-being of the Christian community, you might want to investigate ‘The Harbinger’ for yourself. If nothing else, it might lead you, as it did me, to listen more closely for God’s voice and leading as the world increasingly seems to be spinning wildly through space toward destruction.