A guest on the popular radio show “Understanding the Times” with Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries recently said that, “Mr. Obama has been good for America.”

But Larry Spargimino of Southwest Radio Church, a regular on Southwest’s “Watchman on the Wall” broadcast, quickly qualified that by explaining that it’s good because people now are waking up to how far away from God the nation has moved.

“A lot of people have awakened, they have come alive, and they are asking questions. Where are we going? What’s happened to our country? I believe we have a great God. I believe that God wants the door to be opened, for souls to be saved,” he said.

He said author Jonathan Cahn’s message in “The Harbinger” book and “Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” video contain what Christians need to hear.

Markell’s radio program, heard weekly on more than 550 Christian radio stations, aims to provide a Biblical perspective to world events.

“The Middle East is exploding, and America is imploding,” said Markell on this week’s broadcast.

Also heard on the broadcast is Cahn, who will be a featured guest at a prophecy conference held in suburban Minneapolis, and hosted by Markell’s Olive Tree Ministries. The conference bears the same name as her radio show, “Understanding the Times.”

The theme of this years conference, “Is it too late for America,” also was discussed on Markell’s radio show.

Cahn told WND that there is time for a nation like America, which he believes is falling under the judgment of God for turning its back on Him, to repent and turn back.

“Otherwise, there would be no point to warn us,” Cahn said.

Cahn and the radio panel agreed that the current times are very difficult and dark, but that Christians should not be afraid to rise up.

“We need to remain a light in the darkness,” he said. “We don’t shine less, just because there’s darkness.”

He said that it seems like the nation is seeing a dramatic polarization in these current times.

“The dark seems to be getting darker, but the light shines brighter,” Cahn continued.

Another panelist on the program, Eric Barger, said of the call to national repentance, “If I were Satan, this would be the message I’d fight more than all the others.”

Cahn shared with the audience not just the phenomenal success of the book and DVD, but also that the salvation message is being received far and wide.

He also says that some of the nation’s leaders are beginning to read the book or watch the DVD and are awakening to the realities that Cahn points out from a 2,500 year-old prophecy from Isaiah.

He tells how a very “famous member of Congress” recently reached out to him, and arranged to escort him through the New York and Washington, D.C., area on a strategic prayer mission.

“We prayed together for our country in several strategic places,” Cahn said.

Places mentioned in the interview were the U.S. Supreme Court, the U. S. Capitol, Ground Zero, The Senate Chamber, the Pentagon, and more.

Cahn says that the success of the book and DVD come from the fact that the dots are connected in a way that most believers can understand.

He also tells WND that the “harbingers” continue to come true, and that news headlines, even recently, reveal further fulfillment of prophecy. He plans to identify those at this weekend’s “Understanding the Times” conference.

The events Cahn speaks of have all taken place since Sept. 11, 2001, and they all connect to Isaiah 9:10.

“The ancient vow begins with these words: ‘The bricks have fallen, but we will rebuild with hewn stone,'” explains Cahn. “The vow declares Israel’s defiance of God, in the face of a devastating strike on the land. The hewn stone, which begins the rebuilding, symbolizes the nation’s intention to come back stronger than before.

“The book then reveals the parallel to proclamations by Barack Obama in his first State of the Union message, then Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle the day after 9/11 to a joint session of Congress and former senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards on the third anniversary of 9/11.”

Cahn told WND that since “The Harbinger” was released, “What’s in it is still coming to pass. People are stunned when they see these things in the news.”

When asked what the final outcome of the Isaiah prophecy meant for Israel, and now in the view of many who see the parallels to modern America, Cahn told WND, “God’s judgment.”

“The end of the progression in the Biblical template is national judgment, and the fact that the signs are continuing, means that America has not turned back to God,” he said.

Cahn also wants people to know that “judgment is ultimately about hope.”

“If there were no hope, there would be no reason for God to give us signs. There would be no point in warning us, if we weren’t able to seek forgiveness,” he said.

The “Understanding the Times” conference is being held at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minn. It begins Friday at 7 p.m.

Other speakers include Mark Hitchcock, Erwin Lutzer, and Bill Koenig.

Markell’s radio show can be replayed at this link.

Here are some highlights of the 2011 conference:

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