Things To Come: The Shemitah’s Harbingers & What Lies Ahead ~ Jonathan Cahn
Jonathan Cahn has a gripping conviction about the sin of our nation and about the need for national repentance. God is not looking at the White House, He is looking at the church house. II Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Jonathan Cahn wrote the Harbinger, and now focuses on the Mystery of the Shemitah. Cahn claims this 3,000 year old mystery holds the secret of America’s future, the world’s future and your future. His third book is The Harbinger Decoded, and reveals all of these things fulfilled prophetically.
The Shemitah begins where the Harbinger leaves off. George Washington placed his hand on the Bible and warned our nation that a disobedient nation could never expect favor from God. America has rebelled against God, and we are witnessing the removal of His blessing. A national prayer was given by Washington in what we know today to be ground zero from 9/11/01. The calamity returned to the same place where the nation was dedicated to God. Cahn points out the Sycamore tree that was struck down, as well as all of the other buildings during 9/11, EXCEPT the little stone chapel where America was dedicated to God. This was a miracle. The Sycamore tree actually saved the chapel. God was attempting to wake up America, and seeking for America to repent and return to the Lord.
Cahn is speaking on things to come. Things related to the Harbinger and to the Shemitah. What has happened since 9/11? Our nation’s apostasy has accelerated. The harbingers have not stopped but have progressed. We will face revival or total judgment. The second harbinger in the book is the sign of the terrorists. The Assyrians attacked Israel in 722 B.C. Isis is now attacking the world and America. They are the offspring of Al Qaeda. The Assyrians and Isis both come from Syria and Iraq. Both are cruel nations, having the same capitol site of Nineveh. They both mutilate and decapitate their victims, and place them on display. A Biblical sign of judgment is a tree withering away with broken branches. America is spiritually withering away. Cahn mentioned a tree dying and the moon turning blood red a couple of years ago, coupled with this second harbinger of judgment. The third harbinger was our determination to rebuild, and make the Twin Towers bigger, stronger and greater. This was done in pride and arrogance. It is indicative of the spirit of the Tower of Babel. The rising and falling of towers is related to the rising and falling of nations. The new tower has Isaiah 9:10 at its’ base, the verse that alludes to a nation building a tower in defiance of God.
Isaiah 9:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
Our leaders thought this was an appropriate verse for the occasion, but actually it infers God’s judgment on nations who build towers rather than turn to Him! We think we will come back with our own power, and not that of God. President Bush spoke on this and said: “…we will rebuild and we will come back stronger.” -conspicuously absent was any mention of God.
The Seven Year Mystery. The Mystery Of Sevens.
Cahn expounded on the Shemitah, and how the land was suppose to rest for one year out of every seven in Israel. When God judged Israel, all seventy years for which they disobeyed the Lord were collected together when they were taken captive by the Babylonians. He attempts to show that the same thing could be happening to us as well. In the last forty years, there have been five times our finances have been shaken- 1973, 1980, 1987, 2000, and 2007. There are seven years between them all. Cahn compares previous economic collapses in American history to the Shemitah. Cahn contends that the Bible ordains most economic crashes in world history to happen in September and October. 9/11 happened during Shemitah.
If America does not turn back to God, then the age of America as we know it will end.
Cahn claims the Shemitah marks the shaping of great world events like World Wars I and II. It marks the rise and collapses of empires. The Tribulation Period is likewise seven years.
Every seven Shemitahs in Israel is fulfilled by the Year of Jubilee. Everything, your land and possessions are restored. Cahn went into several examples of the Lord fulfilling His will after seven Shemitahs. There is a significant Shemitah coming up on September 2015 through September 2016. This is the year of the Jubilee. Cahn believes this last year represents judgment, and the beginning of the end of the American age, as Russia just passed us as the greatest nuclear power, and China surpassed us as the greatest economic power. We have also observed the end of the Biblical definition of marriage during this time. Christians in America are being persecuted now to a large degree. Cahn brought up the Pharaoh’s dream in the Bible of the seven years of plenty and the seven lean years. God warned Egypt of what was coming. This was the first recorded Shemitah in the Bible. Could the Lord be warning America the same way? Cahn showed the audience pictures of two cows that each had the number seven on their heads. They were born at the opening of the Shemitah.
The Shemitah is related to death. The darkening of the sun can be a sign of judgment. There are two eclipses scheduled for 2015. The harbingers are converging with the Shemitahs. Cahn thinks the single tower replacing the Twin Towers will be a sign, and seals God’s judgment upon America. We are no longer speculating about prophecy, we are now living in prophecy. We are observing a great shaking of the global order, involving the collapse of the American economy, the removal of blessing and prosperity, and it may come with famine and the cutting off of our infrastructure. Unbelievers and those outside of His will should fear. Jesus is our only refuge and Savior. If there is going to be a revival, then a great shaking must precede it. After 9/11 there was no revival because there was no repentance. Come what may, we will serve the Lord. Christians have a wonderful opportunity to shine at this time.
Note: Jonathan Cahn has a great zeal about repentance, judgment, apostasy, blessings and the last days. He rightly encourages our sin sick nation to repent. I love his fervor for his God. He is very unique, however, when he applies God’s plan for Israel to the United States of America and all other nations. He considers events that happen during the “Shemitah” years, trees falling, and occurrences happening in the order of seven years as harbingers of judgment, yet I am not sure he is correct in doing so. We all feel God’s hand of judgment on America, yet I do not believe that we can apply all the same theology and precepts to our nation, as when the Lord worked with Israel. Actually, when he displayed pictures of two cows with the number seven on their heads, I felt very uncomfortable. We must ALWAYS ask ourselves “Does this Bible study go right along with the truths that are found in the word of God?”
Blessings, Pastor Steve