The opening sentence in chapter one of Jonathan Cahn’s book ‘The Harbinger’ states, “An ancient mystery that holds the secret of America’s future.” Cahn’s book goes on to tell of the Biblical parallels revealed from the events on 9/11. On September 11, 2001, terrorists flew two passenger jets into the Twin Towers in New York City. In the aftermath of that horrible tragedy, Cahn contends that Bible prophecy was being fulfilled before our eyes.
Cahn writes about nine seals, or harbingers that tie America’s falling from grace to that of Israel’s. Central to understanding the Harbinger, Cahn takes us a site that stood (and continues to stand) at the very entrance of Ground Zero. The site is St. Paul’s Chapel. The book is an interesting read, but be aware that it is written as a work of fiction based on fact, which he claims is supported by scripture. Read it and judge for yourself.
I am not writing this post to discuss the merits of The Harbinger. However, since I had read the book, I wanted to visit the St. John’s when I traveled to New York in 2012. I was not on a fact-finding mission, but a mission to paint the church.
My daughter, Tresell, had made plans to take my wife and me to see a play. Since the theater was located near Ground Zero, she agreed to leave early so we could visit St. Paul’s Chapel and I could paint. It was not a large church, but well preserved. We entered the gate facing the gigantic hole in the ground where once the Twin Towers once stood. Inside the gate were tomb stones, trees and a few benches. Just as we arrived, several people got up from one of the benches and we quickly sat down. I have done paintings standing up while holding my small watercolor kit in my hand, but I was glad to have a seat this time.
I completed the painting in about 20-30 minutes while my wife and Tresell waited patiently. Tresell then took us to see the the Broadway play War Horse, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Note: This is my second article on the Harbinger. Click here for the previous one.