NEW YORK — Is it a coincidence that 2020 has ushered in a devastating pandemic, division, civil disorder, a paralyzing lockdown, and an economic collapse rivaling the Great Depression — all at the same time?

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The stunning answer to that question is at last revealed in New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Cahn’s book “The Harbinger II: The Return.” Far from mere coincidence, the downward spiral of the United States and of much of the Western world was prophesied long ago in ancient biblical texts now made clear.

Every effect has a cause — sometimes an ancient cause with divine authorship. Now the convergence of world-changing events has caused Cahn to reveal what could not be revealed until now in “The Harbinger II: The Return.”

“The Harbinger” left off saying great shakings would come — civil disorder, the breakdown of infrastructure, economic collapse, natural disasters and more. Knowing from ancient writings that these shakings would resume and come to a head, Cahn began writing “The Harbinger II: The Return” right away — in preparation for exactly the right moment. In fact, the biblical template revealed in “The Harbinger” pinpointed the year 2020 as a year of shakings. Knowing what the template pointed to and believing that 2020 would witness great turbulence, Cahn decided in autumn of 2019 to write the sequel to his first book — something he had held back on doing for eight years.

He began writing “The Harbinger II: The Return” in January 2020. In March came the national lockdowns over COVID-19. At the end of May and start of June came the civil unrest, demonstrations and riots that swept much of the nation. And Cahn has stated that he doesn’t believe the shakings are finished — that there are more to come.

That perfectly timed moment for the release of “The Harbinger II: The Return,” by Frontline, an imprint of Charisma House, is September 1, 2020.

The stakes of understanding today’s catastrophes as consequences long foretold by the ancients inspired by the one true God have never been greater. Diseases, locusts, famine — these prophesied disasters are besieging the safety and security not only of every nation in the world but also of every human soul alive in 2020.

“The Harbinger II: The Return” will stun, shock, and reshape how Americans interpret current events, the Bible and the place of the United States in the past, present and future.

Cahn was named, along with Billy Graham and Keith Greene, one of the top 40 spiritual leaders of the past 40 years to have radically impacted the world. Called the prophetic voice of this generation, Cahn is a much-sought-after speaker and has been highlighted in the “New York Times” as well as in many national and international media. He has spoken on Capitol Hill, at the United Nations and to millions of people around the world. Cahn is known for opening the deep mysteries of Scripture and bringing forth messages of prophetic import.

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He leads Hope of the World ministry, an international outreach of teaching, and evangelism and compassion projects for the world’s most needy. He also leads the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel, a worship center made up of Jews and Gentiles, people of all backgrounds, just outside New York City in Wayne, New Jersey. His ministry can be contacted at HopeoftheWorld.org and on Facebook.

By visiting TheHarbingerReturns.com before Sept. 1, readers have the opportunity not only to preorder The Harbinger II but also to receive more than $100 worth of Jonathan Cahn’s books free. Along with The Harbinger II, they will receive “The Oracle,” “The Paradigm,” “The Book of Mysteries,” “The Harbinger Companion,” as well as study guide e-books and a link to stream “The Harbinger Decoded. “Readers will also be entered into a giveaway of all of Cahn’s published books and DVDs worth over $160 in retail.

BELTSVILLE, Md. – Following the unjust death of George Floyd and a week of protests and violence, Vice President Mike Pence and Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Scott Turner on June 5 joined Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., and author of the forthcoming book “A Manifesto: Christian America’s Contract with Minorities,” for a listening session with a

Bishop Harry Jackson and Vice President Mike Pence

Bishop Harry Jackson, left, and Vice President Mike Pence

select group of Black and minority leaders representing churches, businesses, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.

Pence’s main goal is to ‘listen and learn’
The Vice President addressed attendees with brief opening remarks, noting his main goal during the event was to listen and learn.

“I couldn’t help but feel that as our nation reels from the tragic death of George Floyd, that a place to start a conversation is a place of worship. It’s the wellspring of our nation’s strength. It’s been the wellspring of our national unity and our steady march toward a more perfect union,” Pence said.

“It will not be enough for us just to heal our economy. We have to heal that which divides by breaking down the barriers to opportunity for African Americans and any American that’s been left behind, so I’m anxious to gain your insights.”

Jackson sees unity as a momentum builder
Jackson, who through The Reconciled Church movement has been actively engaged for many years in leading conversations and working with faith leaders to heal racial divides, equated the current climate following Floyd’s death to the events surrounding the 1955 death of Emmett Till, which led to the start of the civil rights movement.

“His death was almost prophetic and symbolic of a time and season that change had to come. Black and Whites came together to address the civil rights movement, and we found momentum. I think we will similarly find momentum during this time,” said Jackson.

Jackson noted that as a diverse nation, it is vital that every American feel loved and accepted. He stated this is not solely the role of government but requires all three sectors of our country – government, business, and church – uniting together.

“Minorities need to hear that they are valued and that the lives of people really matter,” Jackson said. “It’s not just George Floyd’s death alone. His death is representative of the nearly 400-year history of challenges we’ve had … This administration didn’t create this problem, but it has the opportunity to help us heal.

Reflection of voices; Pence’s reassurance

Following opening remarks, a select group offered personal reflections of their own experiences as minority leaders, fathers, educators, business owners and citizens as well as insight into a way forward. The representative voices provided input regarding numerous issues, including:

  • Ensuring Black youth feel heard and acknowledged;
  • Encouraging leaders of faith to use their platforms to address race;
  • Increasing funding and resources for Historically Black Colleges and Universities;
  • Tackling criminal justice reform; and
  • Providing more practical, hands-on training, evaluation, and accountability for police officers.

Pence assured those present the Administration is working with a commitment for equality in our nation, while mourning with those who mourn and grieving with those who grieve. He also expressed support for the right to peaceful protest, explaining that is why forces were mobilized to make space for peaceful demonstrations so voices can be heard.

“My prayer is that we as a nation have ears to hear, to listen to one another, with open hearts,” said Pence.

ATLANTA – A global livestream memorial service will honor the life of Christian evangelist and apologist Ravi Zacharias, who died on May 19, at age 74, after a brief battle with cancer.

The celebration of Zacharias’s life and legacy will be streamed live at RZIM.org/RaviMemorial on May 29 at 11 a.m. ET.

Zacharias spent the past 48 years traveling the world to commend the Christian faith and address life’s greatest existential questions of origin, meaning, morality and destiny with eloquence and grace for a variety of audiences. Through his founding and leadership of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), Zacharias launched a global team of nearly 100 Christian scholars and authors who continue to speak, resource, train and address the questions of millions around the world.

“The story of the gospel is the story of eternal life. My life is unique and will endure eternally in God’s presence. I will never be ‘no more.’ I will never be lost because I will be with the One who saves me,” wrote Zacharias in Seeing Jesus from the East (Zondervan, 2020).

Tributes to Zacharias will include homages from family and friends, including RZIM President Michael Ramsden, athlete and author Tim Tebow, Brooklyn Tabernacle Senior Pastor Jim Cymbala, and Passion Movement Founder Louie Giglio. Musical artists Matt Redman and Lecrae will perform

Following the initial livestream, the video will be available for replay in perpetuity.

The Zacharias family has asked that in lieu of flowers gifts be made to the ongoing work of RZIM.

Peter Wooding
Assist News Service

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (ANS) – Evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and the grandson of Billy Graham – Will Graham – will co-host a national observance broadcast with America’s National Day of Prayer Task Force president, Kathy william graham is an evangelist with the billy graham evangelistic associationBranzell on May 7.

The US National Day of Prayer is an annual national observance established in public law in 1952 and observed publicly on the First Thursday in May, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).

A BGEA press release said regardless of the unprecedented challenges that America faces today due to the corona crisis and resulting economic shutdown, it will not be canceled nor postponed – but will look very different from years past.

Each year, people gather across the nation, in over 60,000 local community events to pray together for America. While the number of people gathering may be different this year, prayers will be multiplied and amplified through new and creative approaches, combined with unprecedented access to digital platforms. In homes, neighborhoods, communities, cities, states, nation and the world, observing recommended “social distancing” measures, their NDP coordinators are planning to mobilize millions in unified, public prayer for America.

The BGEA reports that while focusing on using these digital platforms, this year’s ‘virtual’ observances have the potential to become the largest prayer ‘gathering’ in U.S. history – with millions praying together, individually.

In addition to virtual events being held in communities across the nation, The National Day of Prayer National Observance Broadcast will take place on May 7 from 8:00 -10:00 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast, streamed, and posted in many ways including, the Billy Graham website, live on their Facebook page and cross-posted by many of their ministry partners. It will be televised on GodTV, Daystar, NLC, and BrioTV, with more stations to come, and on radio through Moody and Bott Radio Networks.

This year’s theme, “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth”, is based on Habakkuk 2:14, and reminds us that this promise, “for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” is for us today.

“Unprecedented times call for unprecedented prayer! This year’s ‘virtual’ National Day of Prayer Observance may have more prayer – and more ‘pray-ers’ than ever before!” Branzell said.

By Michael Youssef
ASSIST News Service

Atlanta, USA (ANS) – We are living in unprecedented days. At such a time as this, I have found myself asking, “Lord, in the middle of this global panic, what are You saying to Your people?” There’Michael Youssef pastor shares view on God and COVID-19s only one place to go to find an answer, and that is the infallible Word of God.

The prophet Joel spoke to God’s people, Israel, during a time of economic crisis. A tiny army of locusts was devouring the land, destroying everything in their path. Today, we are living during the modern-day equivalent of this crisis. COVID-19 is a tiny virus. You can’t see it with your eyes, yet it is sweeping across the globe and destroying everything in its path. In this context, the words of the prophet Joel serve as a warning: The crisis we are facing pales in comparison to the coming Day of Judgment.

I believe that this crisis is God’s loving wake-up call to our nation and world. It is God’s loving warning. It is God’s gracious invitation. For if we are not prepared to deal with a virus, what will we do when we face the Day of Judgment?

Read how God pleads with His people in Joel 2:12-13 — how He pleads with us today:

“Even now,” declares the Lord,

“return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

Rend your heart and not your garments.

Return to the Lord your God,

for he is gracious and compassionate,

slow to anger and abounding in love.”

Praise God, Joel’s prophetic words tell us what to do during times like these. Through this passage, Joel is saying to us, “Don’t waste this crisis. Don’t waste this dress rehearsal. Let this be a reminder of the coming Day of Judgment when God will shake everything that can be shaken.”

Through this crisis, God is calling us to do things:

  1. Tear away the idols from our hearts

Ultimately, it is our hearts that need radical change, not our circumstances. It is our hearts that need transformation, not the economy. Have we placed our hope in money, possessions, or safety rather than in God? Is prayer something we only do when we are in trouble? Is worship something we only do when it is convenient? Our greatest need today is to “rend our hearts” — to confess the idols we are clinging to instead of Christ.

God wants us to be serious about acknowledging our personal idols and tearing them out of our hearts through repentance. Doing so will allow us to face any crisis, whether COVID-19 or the Day of Judgment, with confidence. Why? Because we are ready. We are prepared. This crisis is an opportunity for us all to turn to God and prepare our hearts to stand before Him — before it’s too late.

  1. Lead others to worship and bow down to the living God

Now is the time to sound the alarm to every person who will listen. We must remind both the lukewarm and the lost about the shortness of our earthly lives and the endlessness of eternity. Smooth-talking or positive thinking will never adequately prepare people for the day when they will stand before God and “give an account . . . for every empty word they have spoken” (Matthew 12:36).

I encourage believers everywhere to take this time to call your family around you for a time of prayer and repentance. Rededicate yourselves as a family to serving God. I know that as we so humble ourselves before Him, our Lord will respond and bring revival to our land. He longs to show mercy, and He responds to the genuine cries of His children. Let us never forget that.

May God bless us, keep us, and draw us closer to Himself during this time of great shaking in our nation and world.

About Michael Youssef

Michael Youssef is an American pastor and televangelist. He is the senior pastor of the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia, and the executive president of Leading the Way.

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