Editor's Note: This prophetic word from Rabbi Jonathan Cahn was given on Jan. 25, 2021. You may watch the video here or at this link. The entire transcript of Cahn's remarks is given below.
This is Jonathan Cahn. Two hundred and thirty-two years ago, in the first-ever presidential inauguration, the nation's first president addressed a jubilant multitude and a nation that was united in shared values and a common hope in America's future. In that first-ever presidential address, George Washington gave the newborn nation a prophetic warning. He said this: "The propitious smiles of heaven cannot be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right that heaven itself has ordained."
In other words, if America followed the ways of God, His eternal rules of order and right, the blessings of God would remain upon it. But if America should ever depart from the ways of God, then His blessings would be removed from the land. And now Jan. 20, 2021, another presidential inauguration takes place, and the nation's capital city, named after that first president, has become a military zone.
For the first time in American history, a presidential inauguration is devoid of people. Instead of a jubilant crowd, 25,000 American troops stand guard over the National Mall in which flags stand in for the missing people, and barbed wire surrounds the halls of American government. There is no war; there is no overt threat from beyond its borders. Rather, the threat comes from within. Division infects the land, as does a plague that has kept its citizens masked and locked in their houses as the nation's functioning has been, in large part, paralyzed. For months, America's cities have seen protests and riots and doors and windows shuttered and buildings set on fire, and the nation's most revered edifice of government, the Capitol Building, taken over by an angry mob, with the nation's leaders fleeing for safety.
And so the prophetic warning that was given on that day of that first inauguration: The smiles of heaven are being removed from the land. And so the question must be asked: Have we then disregarded the eternal rules of order and right that heaven has ordained? America, as did ancient Israel at the height of its prosperity, has turned away from God. We've driven Him out of our public squares, out of the schools of our children, out of our culture, out of our lives, and as did ancient Israel, in place of His absence, we've let in other gods and served them. We've rejected His ways and embraced the ways of immorality. We've called evil, good, and good, evil. And as did ancient Israel, we've lifted up the most innocent among us, our babies, and shed their blood. Israel sacrificed thousands of its children. We've sacrificed millions, tens of millions: unborn children, who are not here this day, this inaugural day, because we took their lives.
And their silent screams ascend to heaven, and their blood is on our hands. We've passed down rulings from Washington, D.C., that war against the eternal laws of heaven on human life, human nature, gender, marriage. We've indoctrinated our children against the ways of God. We have done as we were warned not to do—and then we wonder why the blessings of heaven are being removed from our land.
When judgment came to ancient Israel, it manifested in the form of an enemy attack, a strike on the land, a wake-up call. It came to America on Sept. 11, 2001. And it came to the very place where George Washington stood and prayed on the day of America's first presidential inauguration. The biblical template of national judgment then ordains a period of years in which the nation is given the chance to return to God or else head to judgment. In the case of ancient Jerusalem, that period—from that first enemy strike to the year when the greater shakings began—was 19 years. From the strike on American soil in 2001 to the 19th year brings us to the year 2020: the year when the great shakings began.
The danger that this window of time is drawing to an end is now upon us. We stand in a most critical moment. Mr. President, President Biden, you have called for unity and peace. But how can a nation have unity and peace when it wars against the very foundation on which it stands? How can a nation have unity and peace when it has turned against the God who brought it into existence?
And it has turned. The nation that once led its schoolchildren in prayer and taught them of His Word now declares such prayers and teachings to be forbidden and now instructs its children against the ways of God. How can that nation have unity and peace? How can we have unity and peace in America if we have no unity and peace with God? We are a house divided against itself, and a house divided against itself cannot stand.
Mr. President, how can you place your left hand on the Bible, the Word of God, and then with your right hand sign laws into existence that war against His Word? How can you place one hand on the Word that ordains human life as sacred, and in the image of God from conception, and then with the other hand, sign laws into existence that will promulgate the killing of that human life, of those children? How can you invoke the name of God in your oath and lay your hand upon His Word and then implement laws that will suppress the going forth of his Word, that will censor His Word and those who advance it? You plan to enact laws that will disregard the distinction between male and female, men and women. Did not the warning of our first president involve that very thing if we disregard the eternal rules of order that heaven itself has ordained.
You plan to enact laws that will specifically neutralize the protection of religious freedom. You plan to strike down the Hyde Amendment so that more children will be murdered, and those Americans who recognize abortion as murder will be forced to support the act of murder with their taxes. And you plan to empower the act of killing unborn children not only within the borders of America but throughout the world, to the end that yet more rivers of blood will flow. How does one do such things and name oneself as a believer in God and a follower of Jesus? How does one sign the sign of the cross and then sign decrees that rage against what God has so clearly set forth in His Word concerning life and death, holiness and sin, righteousness and immorality, good and evil? To you, Mr. President, and all who have joined you in this agenda, from the vice president, to the leaders of the Senate and the House, and all who sit in halls of power and have embraced this agenda., heed this warning.
This day will pass. The applause of men will fade. This administration will inevitably be over. This world will pass away, but you will stand before God and give account. For it is written in His Word that we will each stand before God and give account. And on that day all the power you once wielded will be gone, and all of the world's approval and praises will have faded away, and all the fame and glory you received will amount to nothing. In the day when the book of history is closed, and the Book of Life is opened, none of that will matter. It will be you and Him. And you will be required to give account of what you have done. Did you follow the will and Word of God, or did you not? If you pursue these things, then you did not, and the blood of children will be on your hands. And then will come eternal life—or eternal judgment.
The voice of God calls out to you and to all to turn and follow Him with all your heart, who gave all His heart and life that you might be saved. As for America, the problem is not social or economic or cultural or political. The problem is ultimately spiritual, and so must be the answer. America has turned away from God. And its only hope is that it return to God. Choose true greatness and lead in that return or continue in this departure from God to destruction and judgment.
As for those of you who love this nation and are burdened and fearful for its future, America's only hope is revival. Return. Without it, the nation is lost. And revival only comes through repentance and return.
It's time to pray as never before that return and revival would come. But it's time not only to pray for revival, but to choose revival, to choose to live in revival now. And for that we must each commit to return to God, to put away from our lives that which must be put away and take up that which must be taken up and walk in His ways and live in his Spirit, as we have never done before. For the eyes of the Lord search to and fro throughout the entire earth, looking for the one whose heart is completely His to show Himself mighty on their behalf. Let us be that people, and revival will come.
And if the darkness must come, whether by persecution, or disorder, or disintegration or apostasy, do not fear, for God is still on the throne, and the darkness cannot overcome the light, but only magnify it. And if the darkness should grow darker, then it's time for the lights of God to shine even brighter, for it is no longer the time of the candle in the day. It is now time for the candle in the night. We are now the candle in the night that shines against the darkness and lights up the night, the world, with its radiance. We pray that the civilization that was established and consecrated to be a city on a hill, America, would once again shine with a light that once illumined it.
But whether or not it does, it is time that each of us shine with a light of His glory. It is time to live unhindered, uncompromised, unbound, bold and all-out on fire and mighty in the power of the living God. For thus says the Lord, "Arise and shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you."
Deep darkness shall cover the earth, but the glory of God shall rise upon you, in the name above every name that is named, the name of Yeshua Hamashiach, Jesus, the Messiah, the way, the truth and the life, the King above all kings, the Lord of all, the hope of the ages and the answer to every life, the star of Jacob, the prince of life, the glory of Israel, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the name that will remain above all names when all is passed away, Yeshua, Jesus, the same yesterday, today and forever, amen.
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