Jonathan Cahn Reveals the Mystery of the Baalim
In 2018, Jonathan Cahn, author of such New York Times bestsellers as The Harbinger, The Mystery of the Shemitah, The Paradigm, The Oracle and The Harbinger II, wrote a book unlike all the others. It's called The Book of Mysteries.
In The Book of Mysteries Cahn brought us a treasure chest that contains some of the greatest mysteries of all time.
It opens up with a traveler and his encounter with a man known only as "the teacher." The teacher takes him on an odyssey through desert mountains, valleys, gardens and plains, encounters with nomadic tent dwellers, caverns and ancient ruins, chambers of scrolls and vessels and more.
The traveler keeps a journal, in which he writes down each of the mysteries given to him by the teacher in his one‐year odyssey—365 different mysteries—one for each day of the year. So in addition to supernatural revelation, The Book of Mysteries is written in a daily devotional format unlike any other.
The following is an excerpt from Day 179 in The Book of Mysteries, written in the voice of the traveler:
The Baalim (Day 179)
[The teacher] led me up a small mountain. When we reached its summit, we came across what looked like the remains of some sort of ancient gathering place. One could discern this by the arrangement of the stones, which had clearly not been produced by nature."
When Israel turned away from God," he said, "they turned to Baal. Baal was the god of their turning away, the god of their apostasy ... the gods of their apostasy. You see, there wasn't just one Baal, but many, many manifestations of the one. And the many were called the Baalim or the Baals. There was a Baal for everything, a Baal for every desire, every indulgence and every sin. For when you turn away from God, you end up worshipping the Baalim.
""But who today worships Baals or the Baalim?" I asked.
"Whatever you give the highest place in your life to, whatever you live for, if it's anything other than God, that's your Baal and you're worshipping it. And whenever one turns away from God, one turns, in one way or another, to Baal. But there's a mystery to Baal. It's in his name. Do you know what Baal means?"
"I have no idea."
"Baal means master. The Hebrews thought the Baals were there to serve them, but it was the other way around. Because of the Baalim, the people of Israel would end up losing everything they valued most. You see, whatever your Baal is, it will always end up mastering you ... it will always end up becoming your master. Some are mastered by the Baals of success, others by the Baals of power, others by the Baals of pleasure and carnality and lust, others by the Baals of money, others by the Baals of self. But all these are the Baalim ... the masters.
"He looked away from the gathering place and into the distant mountains.
"And do you know what else Baal means?" he asked.
"Baal means owner. And what does that reveal?"
"You become owned by the Baal you worship."
"You become possessed by your possession ... by the idol you serve."
"How different from God," I said.
"Yes," he said. "God is the true Master, the true owner . . . and yet the one who gives Himself to you to become your possession, so that by giving yourself freely to Him you will no longer be mastered or owned by anything ... but His love."
Daily Life Application
Each mystery contains a special mission for each day of the year, a mission that takes the revelation and applies it to reality for a life‐changing journey. The mission for Day 179 is: "Identify your Baal, that which has mastered you. Submit to the will of the Master and you'll have the power to break free from that Baal."
Then Cahn has included Scripture to back up each mystery—this day included 1 Kings 18:20–39, Hosea 2:16–23, 1 John 5:21 and Judges 2:11–13, which reads: "Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals; and they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the LORD to anger. They forsook the LORD and served Baal and the Ashtoreths."
Your Own Life-Changing Journey
With 365 mysteries, one for each day of the year, this book is a daily devotional like no other—with the most important keys of spiritual truth, end-time mysteries and secrets of life. As you read the daily insights from The Book of Mysteries, including Scriptures and missions, you can apply them to your reality and unlock the mysteries of your own life-changing journey.