Jonathan Cahn

Jonathan Cahn   It is dark. It was just after a snowstorm and I am heading to a train track. Then I see a light to my left, it was coming head-on. The train comes, it plows, smashes into the Ford Pinto, and I did not get a scratch. I was raised in a reform Jewish home. My father grew up in Germany under Hitler, and then came Kristallnacht, the night of broken glasses. He can remember his father taking him through the rubble and seeing all this and his father said, "We have to get you out." Something came to pass called the Kindertransport. They put them on trains ultimately going to England.

His father, when he was saying goodbye to his mother, his mother is crying, "You may not-- you may never see her again, and you may never see us again," and he never did. His father ultimately stayed behind getting other Jews out, and then he escaped miraculously. A Jewish family sponsored him to get him out and even to go to college, and he studied Chemistry and then to get his Ph.D. he came down to America where my mother was also studying for her Ph.D. in Chemistry. They fell in love and they decided to get married. 

   My house was not religious. It was a secular kind of normal American Jewish home. I remember being in Hebrew school and watching the film strips of David, and Isaiah, and Elijah and the reality of God. God was so real in what they told us of the Bible. He spoke to people. He moved on their lives whether it was Moses and the burning bush or Abraham being called by God. There was a big gap between what I saw of the living breathing God of Israel, the God of the Bible, and what I saw in the synagogue. In the synagogue, I never saw anybody saying, "Wow, God, He changed my life." It never happened. The rabbi never said, "Hey, the Lord just led me today and I--" it never happened. It was more liturgy and more rituals. It was kind of like the echoes of what once was. That there once was a glory, but the glory was not there, the presence was not there. It was more a cultural thing. People went to synagogue because they were Jewish. This is what we do because of tradition. We went to Yom Kippur and at the end of it, people did not come out saying, "Wow, my sins are cleansed," there was none of that. There was no sense of the reality of God or the assurance of God or the presence of God or the life-changing power that is in the Bible. Therefore, I am questioning the whole thing. How do I know there is a God? I do not see the evidence. How do I know he exists? How do I know we were the first ones to find there was one God which is what we were taught? Tradition is in God. It may be nice, but that is not God, and what people have told me is not God either, and even if they are religious and that is not it either. I have to find God for myself. I have to find the truth for itself.

   I started seeking to get books on anything I could, on every subject on science, on religion, on UFOs, on the occult, on every religion, every ideology, everything I could. One day, I picked up a book and it was, The Late, Great Planet Earth, that from ancient times, the prophecies of Israel that the Jewish people are going to be scattered to the ends of the Earth and they were, and then that in the end times they would be gathered back to the land of Israel, and they were, and that the world would focus on the controversy of Israel and the Middle East and Jerusalem and I never heard anything like that. It just blew me away. I had no idea the Bible said that, that it was there. As someone who was of a scientific outlook, I could not argue against it. There is no way I could disprove it because I knew that even with all our computers and supercomputers we could not foretell history. Then as I am doing that, I started reading the prophecy of the Jewish Messiah and Micah, it says he will be born in Bethlehem, and I am thinking, "Bethlehem? That is Catholic. How did that get into our Bible?" And then, I am reading about the Messiah in Zechariah that he is going to come to Jerusalem riding a donkey. I said, "Well, I heard about that, something like Palm Sunday, but what is that doing here?" It said that he would be a light to the Gentiles and he will even be rejected by my own people for a time, and then I read in Isaiah 53 that it said that the Messiah, our Messiah, is going to die for our sins, and I always thought of something like, "That is Catholic. That is not Jewish," but it was there, clearly, and I am trying not to connect it but it is connecting, I did not want to accept it, but I could not argue against it. If I am seeing this one, this Yeshua in the Hebrew Scriptures, I will have to see something Jewish in the New Testament or New Covenant scriptures.

   So finally, I get to the point where I am going to open up what I know is the New Testament and this is a forbidden book. I am expecting something Catholic. I am expecting something so far in. Nevertheless, I open it up and I read the genealogy of Yeshua, Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of David, the son of Abraham, and then it goes down all these Hebrew names and all the Jewish names, and then as I am reading it He is quoting from the Hebrew scriptures again, that is just what I would expect the Messiah to do and it clearly upholds Israel. It says in the New Testament you have to bless the Jewish people, love the Jewish people. That is what I found, I was surprised. I knew, ultimately, listen, it is not enough to be telling people about the prophecies. Ultimately, it is me and God, but I am not following God and I did not want to follow God because I thought if I follow God I have to join a monastery and become a monk. I thought you have to give up everything good or everything you would enjoy to follow God, and so I fought God on this and I knew I had to do something. So finally, I made a deal with God, and the deal I made with Him was, listen, I said, "I know I should follow You, but I do not want to, so here is the deal, I will accept You when I am on my deathbed."

   I am driving in this Pinto, this Ford Pinto, at night and I am heading to a train track. It is dark. It was just after a snowstorm. It came at an angle. The road was bumpy, you did not know where you were, and I see a light to my left, but the other cars are crossing and I was on the track. It was coming head-on. The train comes, it plows, smashes into the Ford Pinto. The car goes up like aluminum foil and the only thing I could do at that point was call out to God. The car was destroyed and it made headlines, and I did not get a scratch. I said, "Lord--" I said, "That was so close." I realized that my life was so close within inches of eternity. I said I got to get right with God and I did not know how to do it. I remember from Hebrew school that Moses met God on a mountain, and Elijah met God on a mountain, I said, "So let me find a mountain." So here, it was night, and I drove my car up this mountain. I have never been there before, and there I found a rock, I kneeled down on the rock and I said, "Lord, I am yours in the name of Jesus, the Messiah." I know He is the Messiah. "Come into my life, cleanse me, forgive me, make me new, and lead me on. From this moment, I am going to follow You as your disciple." I remember that first week I felt something different. It was very gentle, but it was real. I was working, going to college and I was working as a security guard, and this cleaning man at this factory looks at me and he says, "What happened to you?" He says, "You got that glow. You are glowing," and I was glowing. I was born again. When you follow Him, the Messiah, your life becomes what it was meant to be from the beginning.

   Because my parents were raised traditionally in many ways that whatever you do, you cannot believe in Jesus and be Jewish, and so one day I spoke to them and I said, "Here, I am going to read to you these scriptures." So I read, I read the Messiah being born in Bethlehem. So that is obviously Jesus. It is the New Testament. I am sure of it. Dying for our sins, that is the New Testament. Light to the Gentiles, New Testament. Riding on a donkey, New Testament. I said everything I read to you was from the Hebrew Scriptures. It was simply speaking of the Messiah to come, and there was dead silence. Then my father kind of said, "Well, that does not mean anything." What you are reading about in the New Testament is a rabbi. A rabbi can say this is Kosher and this is not Kosher, but the Mega Rabbi, the Grand Rabbi is the one who can make those who were not Kosher become Kosher. He can take those who are born of the nations and make them spiritually children of Israel. He can even take us in our uncleanness and in our sins and make us clean.

   So what is the ultimate hope of Israel? The ultimate hope of the Tanakh, the Hebrew Scriptures, is that God and man will become joined together forever. It is about the covenant. That is what Israel is about. The Covenant, God and man. Well, what is the ultimate of that? The ultimate is that the Lord God comes and becomes one with us. That he can know our sorrows, know our pain, know our sins, and still be one with us. That is what the Messiah is. He is the joining of God and man. It is not just that Jesus and believing in Him, Messiah, Yeshua is Jewish, but it is the most Jewish thing that you could ever do whether you are Jewish or not. It is the most Jewish thing and it is the best thing. Listen, I am the least likely person in the world to be telling you what I have been telling you. Seek for yourself. I was raised with a scientific outlook, to research and see whether something is true or not. It is not about religion. It is not about tradition. It is not about what people told you. In the end, it is only going to be about you and God. Seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened, ask and it will be given. God is there to show Himself to you. Seek Him and you will find.

Jonathan's Hearing His Voice Testimony

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