Jonathan Cahn

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Jonathan Cahn
Jonathan David Cahn

  • Messianic Pastor
  • Biblical Scholar
  • Author
  • Speaker
Years active1980's-present

Jonathan Cahn is a Messianic Jewish rabbi, biblical scholar, four time New York Times best-selling author who is best known for his novel The Harbinger, in which he compares the United States and the September 11 attacks to ancient Israel and the destruction of the Kingdom of Israel.[1] Cahn has followed up with 3 other books- The Mystery of the Shemitah The Book of Mysteries, and The Paradigm. His most recent work The Paradigm debuted at #5 on the New York Times best-seller list. In March 2019, The New York Times featured a multi-page story on[2] Cahn and his ministry. The New York Times story also announced the anticipated book release from Cahn- "The Oracle" which will debut Fall 2019.

Personal life[edit]

Born in New York State, Cahn was raised in a Jewish home, the son of a holocaust refugee, and attended the synagogue frequently. He became an atheist when he was eight years old but a few years later he began to question atheism. By the time he was 20 years old he had become a Messianic Jew, believing that Jesus was the Messiah after almost being killed in two separate accidents[3], the first being when he was driving on the road when he narrowly avoided a collision and the second at a railway crossing when he escaped from his car before it was crushed by an oncoming train.[4] He went to SUNY Purchase and studied history. In the mid 1980s he worked with a homeless outreach charity that provided food and counseling for people living on the streets of New York City.[5] In 1989, Cahn started "Hope of the World Ministries" (HOW), an outreach of the Gospel and compassion projects for the needy and currently is the president of the organization and further publishes Sapphires Magazine and ministers on radio, television, and internet. Jonathan Cahn is married to Renata Armingol Cahn, and has three sons, Eliel Cahn, Dael Cahn, and Mishael Cahn.

Beth Israel worship center[edit]

Cahn is the head of the Beth Israel worship center (a messianic congregation) whose "liturgy focuses on Jesus as savior." The group had been located in Garfield, New Jersey throughout the 1990s but moved to Wayne, New Jersey in 2008. Their arrival in Wayne was viewed with suspicion by local leaders of Judaism as "Messianism has been condemned by Jewish clergy and leaders as a cloak for Christian missionizing." With the arrival of Cahn's group the YM-YWHA of North Jersey held a counter-missionary event with a member of Jews for Judaism. Cahn told reporters that "the congregation has no intention of 'targeting' the Jewish community. However, anybody is welcome at the center."[6]

Books and videos[edit]


  • The Harbinger (2012)
  • The Harbinger Companion: With Study Guide (2013)
  • The Mystery of the Shemitah (2014)
  • The Book of Mysteries (2016)
  • The Paradigm (2017)
  • The Oracle (2019)


  • The Harbinger (2012)
  • The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment: Is There an Ancient Mystery that Foretells America's Future? (2012)
  • The Masada Mystery (2012)
  • The Sanhedrin Secret (2012)
  • The Harbinger Decoded (2013)
  • Jonathan Cahn's Biblical Teachings, Volume 1 (2013)
  • The Mystery of the Shemitah Unlocked (2015)


  1. ^ "Q&A with Jonathan Cahn". Ministry Today. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  2. ^ Kestenbaum, Sam; White, Andrew (2019-03-15). "#MAGA Church: The Doomsday Prophet Who Says the Bible Predicted Trump". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  3. ^ Kestenbaum, Sam; White, Andrew (2019-03-15). "#MAGA Church: The Doomsday Prophet Who Says the Bible Predicted Trump". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  4. ^ Jothen, Tiffany (July 17, 2013). "'The Harbinger': Is God Warning America? – Jonathan Cahn Relates America To Ancient Israel". Christian Post. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  5. ^ Scott Sladoff, Suffern, New York
  6. ^ Josh Lipowsky (May 9, 2008). "Messianic 'shul' opens". New Jersey Jewish Standard.