The 2016 presidential race seems to have brought out the worst in America, but it's more a symptom of a larger problem. Up is down, left is right and nothing appears to make sense or follow the laws of nature.
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger and President of Hope of the World ministries and Senior Pastor of the Beth Israel Jerusalem Center joined The Glenn Beck TV Program on Wednesday to share a message of hope.
"I think a lot of people are feeling like 'I don't see a happy way out here. I don't know if we deserve a miracle here anymore.' Because we've been passing up exits He's been providing for us. Can you leave us with any kind of happy -- should we just put up a cartoon?" Glenn asked.
Forget a happy thought, Cahn had the happy thought.
"A few things, what I would say is where there is God, there is hope because God is hope... America's hope is God," Cahn said.
These truly are the times that try men's souls, but according to Cahn -- that's what breeds greatness.
"These are biblical times. These are the times that Isaiah lived in, that Paul lived in, that Jeremiah lived in," Cahn said. "Where a whole nation was coming against God yet it didn't stop them from being a light, it didn't stop them, but it was their choice. It's a time that really tests, these can be the greatest of times, you can become great. When you look at testimonies of great people, it's when there's opposition, it's when this is happening."
You won't be popular, but Cahn says what's more important is God's approval.
"You're not going to get the applause of the society but you'll get the applause of God -- and that's what it's about. There's always hope, so people always ask 'is it going to be judgement or revival?' Sometimes I answer 'it can be both,'" Cahn said.
In what world does a former atheist who is now a rabbi accept Jesus Christ as his savior? It turns out, finding our way isn't always pleasant. Long ago, Cahn made a deal with the Lord that if he enjoyed a long life, he would accept Jesus on his death bed. God had other plans. When Cahn was hit by a train in his Ford Pinto, the car was obliterated but Cahn emerged without a scratch. Cahn realized his time to accept Jesus was at hand --- not on his terms, but on God's.
"Even revival can come through judgment. Most of us came to the Lord because he shook us in some way. Me, it was a train -- but everybody has their shaking. So we can't fear that -- we're not supposed to fear that. Make sure you're right with God and don't fear --- but be a light, be a light."
Cahn's book The Harbinger told the story of the same signs of judgement in the Old Testament appearing in America. It was written as a novel but according to Cahn, all the signs have actually appeared in our day. But the signs of judgement should not cause anyone to fear.
"I don't believe the point of a harbinger is to scare, I believe because there is hope," Cahn said. "And if America won't turn, we turn. The more we will live like the Book of Acts the more God will do it. The eyes of God search the entire earth looking for the one who's heart is completely his and He's going to show himself powerful."
Cahn not only left a message of hope, he empowered people to stand in the face of evil and stand for righteousness.
"You be that one, you be the one. Let your audience be the one. If we'll be the one, God will prove true, He never lies, He keeps His promise. We do win. The believer in God wins in the end. We have to be strong," Cahn said.
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