Below, I have put the official transcript of Jonathan Cahn’s speech for all of you. You will find the video of him speaking at the Presidential Inaugural Breakfast on the post just before this one.
Members of the Presidential Inaugural Breakfast committee, and members of congress who have been here, Senators, Representatives, Ambassadors and delegates from other nations who are here, ministers and people of God and friends and media. We are gathered here in Washington DC, America’s capitol city, on January 21st, 2013 the morning of the Presidential Inauguration with one agenda and one purpose to come before the Lord and in His presence to seek His face and pray for His blessing His will and His purposes for its presidents, its government, this nation and its people. It is fitting that we do it this day which, more than any other, represents the future of America. We are here to inaugurate God’s own purposes. We have come here from every part of this land and from every background and persuasion to stand before the Almighty who transcends politics, movements, and men and before whom Kings and kingdoms rise and fall. Presidents change. Political parties come and go. Nations ascend and descend before Him who changes not. But He remains the same yesterday today and forever. We come before Him before whom men and women, kings and prophets, peoples and nations have come from ages past… come before Him to seek His face in troubled times. We come to pray for America.But, how do we do that? How do we pray for this nation? Do we pray for riches, for power, for the success of national agendas?
The Scriptures tell us that God hears the prayers of His people. But, we must pray according to His will. If a man has a terminal disease, we don’t pray for an increase of wealth, we pray for healing. If a city lies in danger of destruction, we don’t pray with flowery words, we sound the alarm. We pray for blessing. But, true blessing only comes in the will of God. So, the truth must be spoken, as well. We must pray according to the truth and we must not be afraid to speak the truth.We must give voice to what must be spoken. We must sound the alarm that must be sounded. We must address what must be addressed and so the message now will not be politically correct. Nor, will it be political. It will be biblical. It will be true. And, wherever it falls, let it fall. I will not hold back. And, if I offend you, I apologize that I cannot apologize for offending you. [Audience laughs] Without truth there is no love. On a day that so embodies the future course of this nation, it’s critical that we both pray and speak the truth.In Ancient times, there is a nation known as the kingdom of Israel. It had been founded on God’s word, dedicated to His will, consecrated to His purposes, and God blessed it with prosperity, power, security, peace, and a place at the head of nations.But, the people of Israel made a fatal mistake. In the midst of their blessings, they turned away from their God. They began to remove Him from their lives. Step by step, they ruled Him out of their culture, out of their government, out of their economy, out of the public square, out of the instruction and lives of their children. They ruled Him out of the kingdom. They would still at times invoke His name. But, increasingly, it rang hollow and meaningless. They had made themselves strangers to the God of their fathers and their foundation.And, as God was driven from their lives, they brought in foreign gods and idols to replace Him – gods of sensuality, materialism, violence; idols of wealth and carnality, sexual promiscuity. They abandoned the ways of God, the laws, the standards of God and… for immorality. As the prophets cried out to them, they now called evil good and good evil. What they once knew to be immoral, they now celebrated. What they once knew to be right, they now warred against. It was a culture turned in upon itself. It is a civilization at war against the very foundation on which it had been established. And, the righteous, who simply remained true to what they had always known to be true, were now vilified, mocked, marginalized, labeled as intolerant, increasingly banned from the public square, and ultimately, persecuted.The nation’s culture grew increasingly vulgar, godless, and, and darkened. They now ridiculed, mocked, and blasphemed the name of God. It is as if a spiritual amnesia had overtaken the kingdom, as if they had never known God or His ways. And, they descended into the darkest of sins of nations that surrounded them: they offered up their children as sacrifices to the gods on the altars and the fires of Ba’al and Molech, and they now stood under the shadow of judgment and in danger of destruction and God called out to them to return, come back, be saved from destruction. HE sent to them seers and prophets to wake them up, call them back, but they wouldn’t listen. They mocked the prophets. They persecuted them. And, they hardened their hearts and finally, something happened that brought them into the first stage of judgment.
But, there was another nation or another civilization that was likewise founded on God’s word, dedicated to His will and consecrated to His purposes and from its very exception, America. Those who came to these shores centuries ago, to found a new civilization did so by dedicating it to God, committing it to His purposes and glory from the beginning. America was to be a city on a hill, a civilization to which others would look. It was to be a holy commonwealth and so they modeled it after Israel of the Bible. They brought forth its first government in the name of Jesus and for the glory of God. They established its first school system for the purpose and teaching of the word of God. They foretold that inasmuch as America would follow the ways of God, God would bless it, in fact that it would become the most powerful, most prosperous, the most blessed nation on earth – the head of nations. And, it would all come true.America would become the most blessed nation on earth, a refuge for the world’s exiles, a light for the world’s oppressed, a beacon against the dark forces of tyranny that threatened to engulf the world. America was blessed with prosperity, with peace, power, security and a place at the head of nations. America had been blessed as no nation in the history of this planet has ever been blessed. [applause, “amen”]BUT…Something happened to the city on the hill. As the people of ancient Israel, in the midst of their blessings, committed a fatal error, so have we. We too, as a nation, have turned from God. We too, as a nation have removed Him from our lives. Step by step, we too have ruled Him out of our culture, out of our government, out of our economy. We, too, have ruled Him out of the instruction and lives of our children. We, too, have made God a stranger. And though we still, at times, invoke His name as a nation, it becomes increasingly hollow and meaningless. We have made ourselves strangers to God. And, as we have driven God from our national life, we have brought in other gods and idols to replace Him – gods of sensuality, violence, wealth, carnality, sexual promiscuity. And, as did Israel, so too, we have abandoned the ways of God and the laws of God for the ways of immorality.
The nation that was established to bring the word and the light of God now fills the earth with pornography. We, too, now call evil good and good evil. And, what we once knew to be immoral, we now celebrate. And, what we once knew to be right, we now war against. American culture has also become a culture turned in upon itself, a civilization at war against its own foundations. And, those who simply remain true to what we have always known to be true are now vilified, mocked, labeled “intolerant”, increasingly banned from the public square, and ultimately, persecuted.We’ve now reached the point, this day, when a minister was driven out of the public square, banned from praying at the Inaugural for the simple reason that years ago he had preached a sermon simply saying that the Bible clearly has always said that is sin. It is a new America in which one can be banned from the public square simply for believing the Bible, where profanity is treated as holy and the holy is profane. A new America where the Bible is treated as contraband and nativity scenes are seen as dangerous.Our culture has grown increasingly godless, vulgar, darkened. We now, too ridicule, mock, and blaspheme the name of God. It wasn’t that long ago that American television closed its broadcasting day with sermons about the Lord. Now, our televisions and computer screens are filled with words and images once unimaginable and God and Jesus have now become objects of comedy and mockery.It’s as if a spiritual amnesia has overtaken America and the Lord asked Israel “can a nation forget its God?” And yet, Israel forgot and now we, too, have forgotten. America has forgotten her God. And, we too, as a nation, have partaken in the darkest of sins tomorrow is also a milestone of history. Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the day America legalized the killing of its unborn children. Forty years tomorrow.
Israel offered up thousands of its children. America has offered up millions. Fifty million souls are not here today. Fifty million will not be here watching or cheering at the Inauguration. They are silent. For, their lives were legislated out of existence. Even from this city. And, in order to hide the magnitude of our moral descent, we redefine words and change their meanings on this and other sins. And, yet, a thousand apostate ministers swearing on a thousand Bibles will not change a jot or tittle of the Word of God. Though silent, they cry out in bearing witness to the darkest of our sins and God hears them. And, as He spoke to the ancient prophets in Israel, so His words echo down to us: “When you lift up your hands to Me in prayer, I will not listen for your hands are covered in blood. The city on the hill has grown darkened. Its lamp has grown dim. Its glory is fading, for God is not mocked. No nation can war against the very source of its blessings and expect its blessings to remain. And, as it was with ancient Israel, the city on the hill now stands in the shadow of judgment. How does judgment come to a nation? After defying all of God’s calls and warnings, the nation of Israel would experience something unprecedented. It was the opening stage of national judgment. God removed one of Israel’s blessings. Years before its destruction he allowed it’s hedge of protection to be lifted up. He allowed an enemy to make a strike on the land. It was a wake up call. To avert national destruction, to wake them up. Nothing else would reach them. The strike was limited and temporary. The nation was now given a period of time to turn back to God or enter into judgment. The first opening Biblical sign of national judgment is this: the initial removal of the nation’s hedge of protection.So, it comes to pass that in America on September 11th, 2001, its hedge of protection was lifted. An enemy was allowed to make a strike on the land. It was temporary and contained. It was the wake up call – we all sensed it, even if we didn’t say it – and for a short time, it looked as if America would wake up, as if we were on the verge of a national revival. People flocked to churches and spoke of God. And then, a few weeks later, it was all over. There was no revival. There was no change of course because without repentance there is no revival. America continues down its spiritual descent. But now, it did so with even more fervor. Eleven years, now, after 9/11, the nation stands not closer to God, but much farther away.
As I saw the smoke rising from New York City on that day, and when I stood at the corner at Ground Zero, a revelation began coming to me. The revelation would take the form of a book called “The Harbinger”.The Harbinger was released last year. And, from the first week, it became a best-seller, spreading across the nation and now even it’s reaching into Capitol Hill. The revelation of The Harbinger is this: There exists and ancient mystery that lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the American economy, a mystery so precise that it actually reveals the actions of American leaders before they take them, the exact words of American leaders before they speak them, a mystery so exact that it gives the actual dates, even the hours of some of the most dramatic days in recent history.In the last days of ancient Israel before its destruction, 9 harbingers – 9 prophetic signs of national judgment – appeared in the land. Those same nine harbingers are now reappearing on American soil. Some have appeared in New York City. Some have appeared here in Washington, D.C. Some have involved the highest leaders of the land, even the President. They’ve touched every realm: political, economic, cultural, spiritual, affect every American and every American’s fiuture.The harbingers are revealed through an ancient scripture, the vow that Israel made after that first strike of warning. It appears in Isaiah 9:10. Instead of repentance, they responded to God’s warning with defiance. They said this: “The bricks are fallen down. But, we will rebuild with hewn stone. The sycamores have been cut down, but we will plant cedars in their place.” What they were saying was this: “God, you won’t humble us. You won’t cause us to return. We’re going to continue down our course. We will continue to abandon Your ways. We’ll defy you. And, even more than before, we will do so by our own efforts. We will rebuild and we will come back stronger than before. This vow of defiance would seal their fate, usher in their destruction. And, it’s the key to the 9 harbingers. We don’t even have the time here to begin to open up the mysteries of the harbingers, except to say that they are all manifesting to America. And, just to touch quickly on a few.The fifth harbinger is.. in the book… is “the stone of judgment”. For this to manifest, a particular kind of stone must be chiseled out of mountain rock and placed on the ground of destruction where the strike occurred. Three years after 9/11, this stone of judgment appeared and was lowered in the pavement… on the pavement of Ground Zero. A ceremony took place around it. American leaders proclaimed vows of defiance over the stone.
The sixth harbinger, the sign of the sycamore, a Biblical warning of national judgment. For this to manifest, a sycamore must be struck down in the ground of destruction. In the last moments of 9/11, the last tower came down, crashing down it sent a shock wave and a beam and it struck an object. The object was a tree. The tree was a sycamore. The biblical sign of national judgment, the sycamore, is fallen.The seventh harbinger in Hebrew is called the “erez”. The sign of judgment, this one appeared in the sky at the corner of Ground Zero two years after the calamity.The ninth harbinger is the vow of judgment. The vow of bricks and sycamores, Isaiah 9:10 the very… in the very utterance, its very utterance in the last days of Israel would lead to the nation’s destruction. For this harbinger to manifest, an American leader would have to proclaim the vow and from the capitol city, proclaim a vow of judgment, and it would be linked, it would have to be linked to 9/11. If you see this happen, know that it is stunningly clear that your nation is in danger of judgment. On the day after 9/11 the United States Congress gathered at Capitol Hill, not far from here, and they gathered there, the place where the Inauguration will happen today, to give America’s response to the calamity, just as ancient Israel had presented its response to the calamity in Isaiah 9.10.The man appointed to speak for the nation was the Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle. He makes his way to the podium and presents the nation’s response. At the end of his speech, the words of the ancient vow that bring national judgment came forth out of his mouth. He says this: “There is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that I think speaks to all of us at times like this.” He says “the bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone.” Then, he speaks of the tree that is struck down. He speaks it without even realizing there is an actual tree at Ground Zero that’s being discovered that day. He speaks of the stone of judgment that will go up. It will come to pass three years later.He has no idea what he is doing, but the vow of judgment is pronounced. Israel’s vow of judgment becomes America’s and is recorded in the annals of Congress. It is ominous. It will set the nation’s course. It will lead to the next national shaking that will not involve buildings, but will be the implosion of the American economy itself, the collapse of America’s economy that still affects everyone to this day. In “The Harbinger” it’s call “the second shaking”. And, behind this second shaking, this economic implosion, lies a stream of ancient Biblical mysteries. We don’t have time to speak of these now, except to mention one mind-boggling reality.
There was a day given in the Bible, called on the Hebrew calendar the 29th day of Elul. Once, every 7 years on that date, Elul 29, the nation’s financial accounts were wiped away. All accounts of credit and debt wiped away. It was originally meant to be a blessing, but as the nation had driven God out of its life and pursued idols and wealth, a sign.. it became a sign that was condemning the, their rejection of God and that struck the financial realm. The peak of the collapse of the American economy took place at the end of September, 2008. On that day, the stock market crashed 777 points, the greatest crash on Wall Street in America’s history. When did it happen? The greatest collapse in Wall Street history took place on the 29th day of Elul, the exact day given in the Bible to strike a nation’s financial realm that has driven God out of its life. And, the same exact day, the same exact hours.But, Elul 29 is part of a seven year mystery. What happens if we go back 7 years from the greatest crash in American history? It takes us to September, 2001, the month of 9/11. But, something else happened. That month. The other greatest stock market crash in American history to that date. When did that take place? The other greatest stock market crash in America took place on the exact same Biblical day appointed to strike a nation’s financial realm that is under judgment.The two greatest collapses in American history up to those dates both happen on the exact same Biblical day, at exactly seven years apart to the Biblical day and hour. And there’s a prophetic mystery here. Behind everything we’re seeing, God is alive. There is a prophetic warning in this and that is: if America does not return to God, it’s prosperity, and we will see the end of the prosperity and the end of the American Age as we know it.
Since The Harbinger was released, that which was foreshadowed in its pages is actually coming true. The harbingers and the mysteries haven’t stopped. C.. they’re continuing to manifest. In fact, one of them took place this year. It involved the President, who is about to be inaugurated, at Ground Zero, this year. And one of the mysteries of The Harbinger is called “the mystery ground”. It actually involves this day. The inauguration, or rather the first inauguration of which this day is the continuation. It was the day that America as we know it, it’s part of the mystery why we’re here. It was the day that America, as we know it, came into existence. April 30th, 1789. It was the day the first President was sworn into office, the Inauguration of George Washington. Washington placed his hand on the Bible, and then he gave the first ever Presidential address. And, in that speech, on America’s first day, as a fully born nation, Washington said this. He said “the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”What was he saying? He was saying “America’s blessings are based on its relationship with God. If America ever disregards or forgets or turns away from the eternal rules of order and rights, the laws, the precepts, the standards, the ways of God, if America ever departs from these, then the blessings of God will be withdrawn from the land.” This is the prophetic warning embedded in our national foundation. And, it is coming true in our day. We are now witnessing America increasingly disregarding the eternal rules of order and right which God has ordained. And, the warning is, that if we do so, the smiles of Heaven the blessings of God will be withdrawn.When judgment came to Israel, the destruction returned to the same ground where the nation had been dedicated to God, the temple mount. The calamity returns to the nation’s ground of consecration, dedication. After Washington gave that prophetic warning, he and the nation’s first Senate and House of Representatives all proceeded on foot from Federal Hall, the place of the Inauguration to a site especially chosen for the nation’s first government to pray and dedicate America’s future to God. And, that’s what they did on that first Inauguration on America’s first day as a formed nation. They prayed and committed the nation’s future to God. That was the nation’s consecration ground. If we can find out where that ground is, we will have a mystery.
Where did it take place? It happened in the nation’s capitol. But, the capitol then was not Washington, D.C., it was New York City. Where? The place where they dedicated America to God on its first day as a nation. America’s consecration ground is Ground Zero. America was dedicated to God at Ground Zero. The ancient mystery the calamity returns to the ground of the nation’s ground of consecration. And, it was on that ground that the harbingers appeared. It was in the soil of America’s consecration that that sycamore grew and was struck down. It was there that it all happened. And, on 9/11 a shock wave went forth from ground zero and struck and object. It struck Federal Hall, the very place where Washington was sworn in and where he gave that prophetic warning of what would happen if America ever turned away from God. And, it struck the foundation of America and put a crack in the very foundation of Federal Hall. But, all around Ground Zero, every building was ruined. They were destroyed. Except one. Which one? It was the little stone chapel in which they dedicated America’s future to God. And, why was it protected? It was protected because there was an object outside the chapel which absorbed the full force of the calamity. The object was the harbinger – the sycamore.You see, the purpose of the harbingers is not to consign a nation to judgment, but to waken it to redemption. It’s a message of return. The voice of God is calling this nation to return in prayer, in humility, in repentance, and in hope. And, here we stand today, on the 21st day of January, 2013 in the capitol city on this same day, the continuation of that first inaugural day, and on that first inaugural day, they gathered together in prayer and consecrated America’s future to God, and here we now are, who are of that future for which they prayed. And, we are now gathered together in the prayer gathering of that day, before the Almighty. And, we stand here, centuries later, in witness to God’s hand of faithfulness and blessing on this land. But, we stand here also, in witness to the fact that America has done exactly that of which the.. the we were warned that first day by Washington never to do. We bear witness that we have turned from His eternal ways and the order of right. We have turned and are rapidly turning as a nation away from His face. We all know it.And, that is why it is so crucial that we have gathered here today in this place and on this day. For, very shortly, the President will place his hand on an object. He will place his hand on the Bible and we say, and we appeal, and we say “Mr. President we come here to pray for America, for its government, for you, its leader and for its future. We pray for your blessing and your prosperity in the will of God, because only in the will of God can we know true blessing. The answer is not found in the agendas of man or political parties, but the answer is found in upon that object upon which your hand will rest, upon the Word of God. For, everything else will pass away, but the Word of God will abide forever. So, it must be asked in respect, can you lay your left hand upon his Word, the Word of God and then with your right hand enact any law that would go against it? Can you invoke the name of God to assume the presidency and then in any way endorse anything which clearly wars against the ways of God, that you invoke. Can you stand in the city named after our first President and perform the act that he first performed on that first day and ignore the warning he gave that day to this nation? Can you do all that and disregard the eternal rules and order of right which heaven itself has ordained? Can you utter the words ‘so help me, God’ if you should in any way take part in leading a nation farther from God that you invoke to help? We pray for your blessing in the will of God. For, if a nation that once knew the Almighty is called to return to Him, then so too, must the one who leads it. You will hold in your hand the Bible of Abraham Lincoln. But, do you not know what Lincoln said and did in the midst of the darkness that engulfed this land once before, the darkness he saw as the righteous judgment of God?Lincoln issued a call to the nation. He said this: “It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence on the overruling power of God. To confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow with the assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations are only blessed whose God is the Lord. And, insomuch as we know that by His divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that this awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but punishment inflicted upon it, upon us, for our own presumptuous sins to [unintelligible] the land of national reformation as a whole people? We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand that preserved us in peace and multiplied it and enriched and strengthened us. It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended power. To confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
So, Lincoln set forth this call to America to repent, to turn to God, to seek His mercy and soon after that call went forth, the tide of war began to turn that would ultimately lead to national healing. The words of Abraham Lincoln ring out to us today that those nations only are blessed whose god is the Lord. Has this nation grown so far from God that we cannot even imagine a president doing so today? Mr. President, if you seek, if you look to Lincoln as your model, then dare to follow him in his actions.[applause]For, all the politics and all the parties and all the inaugural balls and all the voices of political correctness and all the, all the sounds of applause will grow silent and still and we will be left, each of us, all of us, to stand before the Almighty. And it will not matter then how many votes we won or how much praise we garnered. Only the we were faithful to Him and to His word. The voice of Lincoln now cries out to us and pleads with us let us humble ourselves confess our national sins and pray for forgiveness. As it is written in the Word of God – “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from Heaven, I will forgive their sins and I will heal their land.[applause]We have come here on the 21st day of January, 2013 to the capitol city on the day of the Presidential Inauguration for that purpose, to humble ourselves and pray and to seek his face and to turn from our evil ways. The time is late, the hour is critical. A great nation proceeds in rapid spiritual descent and these, the signs of warnings and judgment are manifesting in this land. The shadow of judgment is upon us and for those who would ask, “How, in light of judgment, can one be saved or safe?” we give the answer: The word in Hebrew for safety and salvation is Yeshua. Yeshua is the name, which we know in English as “Jesus”. Outside of Him there is no safety. But, inside of Him there is no fear. It was for Him. And in His name that this nation, this civilization, this city on the hill, named America came into existence. And it’s only in Him and in His name that its problems can ultimately be answered. He remains the answer, the light, in the darkness, the hope when all other hopes are faded and gone.
And, to all who will come He will receive and He calls out “Come, for all you who hear this message and you dwell in darkness, it’s time to come and you will not be turned away.” And for all you who know Him, you, His people. It’s time to put away any shade of darkness and compromise and take up the mantle of your calling. It’s time to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world you were called to be in truth, in power, in love. It’s time to light up the darkness. It’s time to be strong. It’s time to be bold. It’s time to be radical. The watchman is crying out. The trumpets are sounding. The voice of the Lord is calling to this nation, saying “Return! Return!” Let the world go forth, let the power of God be seen in this land! Let revival burst forth like a mighty river! The voice is calling – prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His path, let every mountain and hill be cast down, and every valley be lifted up and let the crooked way become straight, let the rough way become smooth, the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken “Qum e ore iki va oret.” Arise and shine, for the light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen on you in the name above every name Yeshua Hamashiach, Jesus the Messiah, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Light of the world, the Hope of America, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and the glory o His people, Israel, Amen and amen and amen, to Him be the glory.END TRANSCRIPT