As my churches librarian, I have had many people in recent months asking about this book. I view books of this nature on a very skeptical level. I find it difficult when people claim they know what God is going to do.
When I first open this book, I found that on the page just before the table of contents, that the author states that what is in this book is real. This should be a red flag to anyone. My question is, that author is stating things within these pages as irrefutable facts, so why then is this book published as a fiction book? Fiction by definition is something made up. The second major problem I have is that, while history seems to be repeating itself, the author is attributing things and events that were assigned to Israel. While I do believe that God is giving America many, many different signs to return to Him, we are not a "second Israel".
This story itself was alright. Most of it was in conversation form so it is a fairly quick read. I personally would not recommend this book.
I read "The Harbinger" after listening to author Jonathan Cahn at the National Day of Prayer. This fictional book makes this statement, "What you are about to read is presented in the form of a story, but what is contained within the story is real." My first reaction was that the author is "fudging" and I don't like that. He is making a prophetical statement without taking responsibility for the statement. But recalling what Old Testament prophets like Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Hosea did to get people's attention and drive the prophecy home, the fictional presentation may be consistent with God's methods in the past. My next reaction was that the book does not make a very good read, it is just not well written, and that is certainly not in character with the prophetic books of the Bible. Even the prophetic books that are rough in style and message are still well written. However given that the author is documenting facts supporting his message within a fictional narrative, it is understandable that the book is an awkward read. My final reaction is that the message of "The Harbinger" is compelling. I remember that a number of nationally recognized preachers were fiercely condemned, and silenced, when they said that 9/11 was a warning (Harbinger) that God had removed his hedge of protection around America, and was calling us to national repentance to avert further judgment. "The Harbinger" makes the case Biblically and from current events that 9/11 was indeed God's warning that He will bring America into further severer judgment if we do not repent. He also makes the case that instead of repenting we, like ancient Israel responded defiantly by rebuilding America to make our national defense stronger. The result was the further warning of our financial collapse, and that if we do not repent stricter judgments will come. This is certainly consistent with the progressively severe judgments God brought upon defiant rebellious nations in the past. His desire is not to judge us but that we return to Him and experience His grace. Because Israel did not heed God's progressively severe warnings they reached a point of no return and fell. "The Harbinger's" message is that America is heading rapidly towards that same point if we do not soon repent, and repentance begins in the Church of Jesus Christ. I have not confirmed most of the author's citations of current events, but those that I have checked, like his citations and applications of Scripture, appear to be accurate. Some might say that the "The Harbinger's" message is not new as people have been saying this for decades, and calling us to act according to II Chronicles 7:14. The difference is that if "The Harbinger" is God's prophetic word to the United States of America then God's judgment has already begun, and further severer judgment is inevitable if we, His church, do not repent today.
The facts revealed in this book are frightening and enlightening. Perfect book to give to unbelieving friends and family. It will make them think, if nothing else. Based on fact, the book is written in story form to make it easier to read. It would have been much shorter had just the facts been given with some commentary, but admittedly somewhat harder to read perhaps-a basic comparison list of events happening 2000+ years apart based on prophecy in Isaiah 9:10. The story is not as believable as those facts, and may even make the facts less compelling (easier to dismiss as not true when you know the story that binds them is fiction), but if you constantly keep in mind that every fact mentioned is indeed true, it becomes very jarring and important information.
It is absolutely incredible how Isa. 9:8 - 12 now fits the United States as compared to Israel 2500 years ago. This is or should be required reading for anyone who is interested in endtime prophesies. It also gives you a good idea of where the United States is in the end time line-up.