After the author made the case for his novel, I finally understand why readers are drawn to Harbinger's prophecies. The story parallels Nostradamus quatrains, with ominous predictions set into motion by 9/11. Many of Kahn's "harbingers" are chillingly real, and it was hard not to get goosebumps as he. explained them. Burning towers. Uprooted sycamore trees. A Bible in the wreckage, with its page open to a frightening verse. But even more importantly, I also couldn't help but notice a larger fear within the story: the worldwide fear of change as the Earth continues to evolve into Michio Kaku's "Type One Civilization." Harbingers = our fear of human progress. And as much as I hate to say this, once we start colonizing space (and openly interacting with other worlds), a one-world government is inevitable - and I doubt that Washington will be its seat of power. In my opinion, the Denver airport is far more likely.
Almost every conspiracy theory sites a handful of folks who quietly control governments behind the scenes. Some say it's Masons, others claim big corporations...but all agree these shadow illuminati wield more power than Presidents. (I'm personally in favor of Disney calling the shots, by a man in a Mickey Mouse costume - in a room full of HD monitors within the highest spire of Cinderella's castle.) And you all know the claims: these shadow governments rig elections, start wars, repress technology, and chose when McDonalds brings back the McRib. I mention this because if Kahn's harbingers are correct, a brave new world is just around the corner - with America being only one of the players. Yes, America has led the free world for a century, but other countries are catching up to our technology & infrastructure...and they're demanding a greater voice in global discussions. Again, remember Kaku's Type One prediction. The moment we stop fighting each other and just look UP, everything changes. All those little lights in the sky that make controlled right-hand turns will suddenly make sense. We'll no longer seek change by watching for harbingers. And we'll stop dreading the day when we turn on the morning news - and find our local weatherman reading directly from the Bible.
SIGH. This is going to be one of those blogs with no grand final sentence, or tightly-written parting paragraph. And it's also not my intention to to discount Jonathan Cahn's novel; I understand the case it makes, but I respectfully disagree that harbingers should be feared. If it's any consolation, I also read, enjoy - but frequently disagree with - Joel Rosenberg's books as well.
Anyway, let's bring this in for a landing by remembering my all-time-favorite prophetic sci fi novelist: Here's to you, Mr. Asimov. Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you, woo woo woo...