Rabbi Jonathan Cahn: Make Sure You're Right With God and You Be the Light

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.

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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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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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