Jonathan Cahn defends ‘The Mystery of the Shemitah,’ whereas COGwriter denounces it


Jonathan Cahn posted the following today:

September 14, 2015

The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah have gone out to millions…

Did I believe that there would be a mass revival? No, not yet. Rather, before God brings judgment, He sends warning.

His books went out to millions, but contained incorrect information.  In the article I saw from him today, he failed to apologize for his errors related to his claimed Shemitah year–which ended yesterday.  God does have warnings, but Jonathan Cahn has misunderstood several of them.

Here is more related to Jonathan Cahn, who is author of the book The Mystery of the Shemitah:

‘Strange signs’ on Shemitah’s final days

One occurred at Ground Zero, another in Mecca …

Among those who have been studying and teaching on the seven-year Shemitah cycle, the expectations have varied wildly. The Hebrew word “Shemitah” can be interpreted as “release” or “collapse,” which has led to predictions of stock market collapses and economic doom, wars, natural disasters and the period of time Jesus referred to as the “beginning of sorrows.”

Jonathan Cahn, who lifted the Shemitah out of Old Testament obscurity (it is found in Leviticus 25:1-7 and Deuteronomy 15:1-3) with his New York Times-bestseller “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” said judgment, in the form of a “great shaking” is coming to America and the world. The last two Shemitah years, 2000-01 and 2007-08, brought record stock market collapses, similar to the collapses in the Shemitah years of 1973, 1980 and 1987.

He told WND that he noticed two signs in the final days of the current Shemitah – one involving the collapse of a structure in Saudi Arabia on Sept. 11 and the other a rainbow in New York City.

“Very strange. In the last days of the Shemitah, two striking signs. A storm causes destruction on Islam’s central mosque in Mecca (on Sept. 11). At the same time a rainbow appears (Sept. 10) over the tower at Ground Zero,” he said. “Many immediately took this as a good sign. Yet, it was not long ago that America desecrated the sign of the rainbow by using a vessel of God to celebrate the Supreme Court’s striking down the biblical definition of marriage.” …

“We are now witnessing what appears to be a perfect prophetic storm,” Cahn told Charisma magazine for its September issue. “The harbingers have all manifested, the national departure from God is accelerating almost exponentially, America’s relationship with Israel is at an all-time low, and now the striking down of the biblical definition of marriage, the very order of God, we have crossed a fateful line. It is all converging.”

Author Jonathan Cahn raised the idea of the shemitah’s connection to the global economy in his book, The Mystery of the Shemitah, which warns of trouble ahead for America.

“I believe a great shaking is coming to America and the world but America. I believe a shaking is coming that strikes the financial realm, economic realm and even be a shaking that’s greater than that,” Cahn said on The 700 Club this week.

He and others believe there’s a correlation between financial downturns in the United States and the end of the shemitah year.

“[In] 1980 you have recession and then the stock market collapses; you have ’87 stock market collapses and the shemitah of that, and you have ‘Black Monday’ the worst point percentage crash in history,” Cahn explained. “Shemitah of 1994, the bond market collapses, called the bond market massacre—greatest in history; 2001 you have the stock market collapsing, recession. You have the greatest point crash in world history and you have 9/11, which is the shaking. Shemitah also means shaking.”

While much is ‘converging’ as far as prophecy is concerned, the ‘Shemitah’ claims by Jonathan Cahn has made over the years hae proven to be false and hollow. Jonathan Cahn is a Messianic Jew  who is perhaps best known for his book The Harbinger.

Jesus said nothing about the ‘Shemitah’ being an important factor, when He laid out a variety of signs for the end (cf. Matthew 24:9-20). Furthermore, as regular readers of this page are aware, I was never convinced that this was that actual year based on earlier research I did (my conclusion was that the most recent Shemitah year ended September 24, 2014).  Some specifics on calculations related to the ‘Shemitah year’ are in the article The Day of Atonement–Its Christian Significance.

Jonathan Cahn made a pseudo-prediction related to something he thought might happen yesterday:

I can tell you now that if Almighty God continues His pattern of judgment on the USA, the financial collapse of the US dollar, will happen on Sunday, the 13th of September 2015.–Luck-7s-..

That was not the case.  There was nothing resembling the financial collapse of the USA yesterday.  While the USA will have a total collapse some day, and continues to take steps that will lead to that, Jonathan Cahn’s attempts to tie that in with his claimed Shemitah year have proven hollow.

As far as possible financial destruction to the USA stock market in the claimed Shemitah year, let me again state that the DOW Jones Industrial Average opening at the start of this claimed Shemitah year was 17,033.93 and the DOW Jones Industrial Average close today was 16,370.96. This is a reduction of around 4%. That is not devastation from the claimed Shemitah cycle.

This does not mean that we cannot see financial fluctuations this Fall, but that they are not directly related to some ‘mystery of the Shemitah.’

As I have mentioned before, a while back I saw an interview on CBN by Pat Robertson of Jonathan Cahn that was first broadcast 02/05/2013. The interview screen at one point showed something that resembled two Power Point slides, apparently from Jonathan Cahn or one of his books. The first slide had the following information:




So, the above was a prediction of a possible global collapse at the end of a year that I claim was NOT the Shemitah year. A global collapse did not happen yesterday.

The second slide with the Jonathan Cahn interview had the following information:




Now if by tribulation, Jonathan Cahn meant the Great Tribulation, then it is not at all possible to begin this month (the last of the four ‘blood moons’ of his tetrad is September 28, 2015) as I have gone over this before in various articles and videos, and I have directly debunked the ‘Blood Moon’ hypotheses of the Great Tribulation beginning in 2014 or 2015 (see Blood Moons and Prophecy and/or watch Blood Moons, Prophecy, 2014, and 2015).

Near the end of the interview Pat Robertson said:

God…has ordained this young man as His prophet…Jonathan…

Is Jonathan Cahn God’s prophet as Pat Robertson stated?

He does not meet the New Testament criteria, plus their misunderstanding of various matters disqualifies them (to learn more about prophets, please see the article How To Determine If Someone is a True Prophet of God and/or watch the video also titled How to determine if someone is a true prophet of God).

Blood moons were never a sign that the Great Tribulation could begin in 2014 or 2015. There are simply too many additional biblically-required signs that Jesus listed in Matthew 24 that cannot occur between now and then.  The ‘mystery of the Shemitah’ is that many were misled to believe it had importance that it did not have.

The 2014 and 2015 blood moons simply do NOT have massive biblical significance.  Also consider:

2 Thus says the Lord:

“Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;
Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven,
For the Gentiles are dismayed at them. (Jeremiah 10:2)

Although the Bible does tell of a prophetic time involving the moon turning to blood, it is not an event that possibly can occur for years.  Do not be dismayed as many are.

Also, in that interview with Pat Robertson, Jonathan Cahn also took Isaiah 9:10 in a step or two in the wrong direction.  He said that since the ancient Septuagint (a sometimes corrupted translation of the Hebrew scriptures into the Greek language) specifically suggests that a ‘tower’ would be rebuilt and that something related to Babel was found at the 9/11 site, that this suggests the new tower built at ‘ground zero’ had connections to the Tower of Babel of Genesis 11:4.  If he was hinting that the USA is the representative of the end time Mystery Babylon the Great of Revelation 17 (which he seemed to possibly hint at), he is in error on this as well.  The Bible shows that Revelation 17 has to do with a seven-hilled city in Europe and its relationship with a Roman/European power there–not the USA and certainly not a building in New York City. (Information related to Isaiah 9:10 is in the article Hillary Clinton in Prophecy.)

Pat Robertson, however, is not the only one to put Jonathan Cahn in a prophetic role. World News Daily’s Joseph Farah called Jonathan Cahn a watchman:

August 18, 2015


A watchman among us
Exclusive: Joseph Farah offers readers preview of film about Rabbi Jonathan Cahn

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. …” Joel 2:28

Up until 2012, when Jonathan Cahn’s New York Times best-selling book “The Harbinger” came out, most people thought of me as a political guy. That’s what I wrote about in what may be the world’s only column written six days a week. Politics dominated my commentary.

Something changed dramatically in 2012…

The change in my direction was the direct result of my close encounter with Jonathan Cahn, an anointed teacher, rabbi, preacher, counselor and watchman. …

“The Mystery of the Shemitah,” was more than just a best-selling second book. What Jonathan Cahn delivered to America was a completely new way of thinking about the direction of our country and how our problems were related to the nation’s turn from God.

But as a ‘watchman,’ Jonathan Cahn has failed as his prophetic warnings are seriously flawed (information on a watchman can be found in the short video Go, Set a Watchman).

Notice also the following, that came out several months ago, related to a temple and Jonathan Cahn:

March 14, 2015

The Institute, based in the Old City of Jerusalem, announced it has finished building an altar that is essentially “ready for use” in sacrificial services.

The altar is the most ambitious project to date toward the goal of rebuilding the Jewish Temple. The massive outdoor altar, which took several years to build, can be operational at little more than a moment’s notice, reported the Israeli magazine Matzav Haruach.

The altar is the last major component needed for the long-obstructed sacrifices to resume in a future Jewish temple. …

Jonathan Cahn, author of “The Harbinger” and “The Mystery of the Shemitah” also sees the announcement as significant.

“We know that end-time prophecy cannot be fulfilled without the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem,” Cahn, a Messianic Jewish rabbi in New Jersey, told WND.

Jonathan Cahn is in error. His contentions about a temple must be rebuilt in this age are also biblically wrong (see Why is a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem Not Required?).

Religious leaders like Jonathan Cahn who pushed non-biblical blood moons and a claimed Shemitah ending yesterday have been misleading people.  I first warned about some of Jonathan Cahn’s wrong prophetic beliefs in 2013 (see Billy Graham (and others) suggesting Jesus about to return, but what does the Bible say?).

That being said, Bible prophecy is true and those who will truly believe what the BIBLE teaches can be assured.

It is from the Bible that we in the Continuing Church of God can “have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed” (2 Peter 1:19, KJV).

Some items of related interest may include:

The ‘Harbinger’ and September 2015 Are you aware of many events that are to happen in 2015? These expected events include the end of military operation Jade Helm, a claimed end to a Shemitah year, Pope Francis speaking before US Congress, Pope Francis speaking before the United Nations, a planned UN proposal to recognize the State of Palestine, and the fourth of four ‘blood moons’ of 2014 &2015. This is a video.
Jade Helm, Captivity, and Prophecy Jade Helm 15 is scheduled by the US Army Special Operations Command to be held from July 15 – September 15, 2015. Some are concerned that this is a prelude to martial law and imprisonment of American political dissidents by the Obama Administration. Is there anything to this? Will the USA be one day taken captive? If so, by whom? What does the Bible teach about conspiracies like Jade Helm?
Messianic Judaism Beliefs Differ from the Continuing Church of God Both groups keep the seventh-day Sabbath, but have important differences in doctrines and practices. Here is a link to a related sermon: Messianic Jewish Beliefs.
Hillary Clinton in Prophecy  Prophecy, Hillary Clinton? Are there prophecies that Hillary Clinton may fulfill?  Are there any prophecies that she has already helped fulfill?  Could Hillary Clinton be apocalyptic?  Could Hillary Clinton be the final Antichrist? A video of related interest is titled Hillary Clinton and Bible Prophecy.
The Day of Atonement–Its Christian Significance The Jews call it Yom Kippur, Christians “The Day of Atonement.” Does it have any relevance for Christians today? What is the Jubilee? Is fasting healthy?
Why is a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem Not Required? Although people like Timothy LaHaye teach a third Jewish temple is required, who is ‘the temple of God” in the New Testament? Does the Bible require a rebuilt Jewish Temple? Here is a related item in the Spanish language ¿Por qué no se requiere un templo judío en Jerusalén? Here is a link to a sermon titled The Temple, Prophecy, and the Work.
The Red Heifer, Jewish Beliefs, and the End of the World The Temple Institute is watching a ‘red heifer.’ Why might this be important in the sequence of end time events? Here is a related link in the Spanish language Novilla roja descubierta en EE.UU. e Instituto del Templo está interesado en ella. Here is a related video in English The Red Heifer and the End of the World.
When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2015, 2016, or 2017? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000? Here is a version of the article in the Spanish language: ¿Puede comenzar la Gran Tribulación en 2014 o 2015? ¿Es el Tiempo de los Gentiles? You can also see the English language sermon video: The Great Tribulation from the Mount of Olives.
Gaza and the Palestinians in Bible Prophecy What does the Bible teach about Gaza and the fate of the Palestinians? Here is a link to a related video: Gaza and Palestine in Prophecy.
Satan’s Plan Does Satan have a plan? What is it? Has it already been successful? Will it be successful in the future? Here are links to a two-part sermon series: What are Some of the Parts of Satan’s Plan? and Satan’s Plan is More Dramatic than Many Realize.
The ‘Peace Deal’ of Daniel 9:27 This prophecy could give up to 3 1/2 years advance notice of the coming Great Tribulation. Will most ignore or misunderstand its fulfillment? Here is a link to a related sermon video Daniel 9:27 and the Start of the Great Tribulation.
United Nations: Humankind’s Last Hope or New World Order? Is the UN the last hope for humanity? Or might its goals end up with sinister results? A related video would be United Nations and Vatican Are Planning the New World Order.
Will the Interfaith Movement Lead to Peace or Sudden Destruction? Is the interfaith movement going to lead to lasting peace or is it warned against? A video of related interest could be Do You Know That Babylon is Forming?
The Bible, Christians, and the Environment How should Christians view the environment? Does the Bible give any clues? What are some of the effects of air, water, and land pollution? Is environmental pollution a factor in autism and death? Do pollutants seem to double the autism risk? What will Jesus do? A YouTube video is available titled Air Pollution, Autism, and Prophecy.
Some Doctrines of Antichrist Are there any doctrines taught outside the Churches of God which can be considered as doctrines of antichrist? This article suggests at least three. It also provides information on 666 and the identity of “the false prophet.” Plus it shows that several Catholic writers seem to warn about an ecumenical antipope that will support heresy. You can also watch a video titled What Does the Bible teach about the Antichrist?
The Malachy Prophecies and “Peter the Roman” An Irish bishop allegedly predicted something about 112 popes in the 12th century. Pope Benedict XVI was number 111. Francis would seem to be number 112–if he is that one–and if so, he is to reign until Rome is destroyed. May he be an antipope/final Antichrist?
Will You Be Deceived by Antichrist? 1964 article by David Jon Hill, originally published in the old Good News magazine.
Could Pope Francis be the Last Pope and Antichrist? According to some interpretations of the prophecies of the popes by the Catholic saint and Bishop Malachy, Pope Francis I is in the position of “Peter the Roman,” the pontiff who reigns during tribulations until around the time of the destruction of Rome. Do biblical prophecies warn of someone that sounds like Peter the Roman? Could Francis I be the heretical antipope of Catholic private prophecies and the final Antichrist of Bible prophecy? This is a YouTube video.
Blood Moons and Prophecy There are four ‘blood moons’ expected in 2014 and 2015. Do they signal the Day of the Lord or the return of Jesus Christ? A related YouTube video is also available: Blood Moons, Prophecy, 2014, and 2015.
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How To Determine If Someone is a True Prophet of God There are many false prophets. How can Christians determine who is a true prophet? There is also a sermon-length video titled How to determine if someone is a true prophet of God. Here is a related link in Spanish/español: ¿Cómo determinar si alguien es un verdadero profeta de Dios?

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