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Messianic rabbi and New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Cahn says he has been getting deluged with questions as the date discussed in his book The Mystery of the Shemitah approaches in a few weeks. Cahn made a video earlier this month in response, instructing people that the time to prepare is now.
“I believe a great shaking is coming and it is wise that we be aware,” he says. The rabbi argues that: “This summer, America crossed the line,” beyond any line ever crossed before, referring to the Supreme Court’s ruling in June redefining marriage.
“When the Supreme Court struck down the biblical definition of marriage, this was a tectonic event, a seismic change, with ramifications not just about marriage but about the future of the culture, of society, of religious freedom, of persecution, and, I believe, judgment,” Cahn says. It was an act of “desecration” of an institution God established from the beginning of humankind to be sacred.
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The Bible teacher wrote the runaway bestseller The Harbinger in 2012, arguing the very signs of impending judgment that presaged ancient Israel’s demise appear to now be in play in modern America.
One of the centerpieces he uses in making his case are the attacks of 9-11. He believes God allowed them as a wake-up call to a nation dedicated to the Almighty at its founding, but now far from Him.
As reported by Western Journalism, while speaking at an event at the U.S. Capitol before lawmakers in April, the rabbi recounted the history of America’s calling and vision as a “City on a Hill” committed to God (like ancient Israel), quoting George Washington at his Inauguration and the Founders in the Declaration of Independence. However, the killing of tens of millions of unborn children and the embrace of the homosexual agenda reflect a “nation at war against its own foundation.”
Cahn highlights not only 9-11 attacks, but the economic crash of Sept. 2008 seven years later (to the day on the Jewish calendar, Elul 29, “The Day of Remission”) as another indication that God is trying to warn the people of the United States that divine judgment will come if it continues down its current path.
In The Mystery of the Shemitah (2014), the author focuses on the timing of the divine wake-up calls that appear to be in play. He notes that on the Jewish calendar, the seven year cycle is very important, with the seventh year being known as the Shemitah–the “Year of Nullification”–during which debts were to be cancelled in ancient Israel. (Incidentally, the inscription on the Liberty Bell, “PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND UNTO ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF LEV. XXV X,” is a reference to the practice of the Shemitah and “the year of jubilee,” marking the end of seven cycles of them.)
The requirement to forgive one another’s debts and set free the captives was to be a blessing, but citizens of ancient Israel ignored the law and ignored their God, so it became a curse. Rather than heed the harbingers of impending judgement for breaking this law and many more, the people continued down their path, calling what was right, wrong and what was evil, good.
First, God allowed a breach in Israel’s defenses that was temporary and repulsed, but took the nation by surprise, much like 9-11. It caused damage to Jerusalem, but the people, rather than heed the warning and return to God, only pledged to rebuild and make the city stronger than before. (Cahn notes the Freedom Tower was just completed earlier this year on Ground Zero with a similar pledge during a Shemitah year, which he sees as a harbinger.)
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Other shakings followed in subsequent years as ancient Israel ignored the prophets and the signs God sent, until finally the Babylonians conquered the no longer divinely protected land. The Jews suffered a 70 year exile: one year for every one that it did not honor the Shemitah.
In The Mystery of the Shemitah, Cahn notes the incredible coincidence, which he believes is divine providence, that the greatest stock market crashes in American history took place on Elul 29 in 2001 (Sept. 17) and 2008 (Sept. 29), the last day of the year on the Jewish calendar ( the day of the Shemitah).
The largest drop to that date took place on Sept. 17, 2001, the first day the markets opened following 9-11, only to be superseded by an even steeper one which took place on September 29, 2008, heralding the beginning of the financial crisis and the Great Recession. To put an exclamation mark on the message, the amount the market fell that day was 777 points.
Now, another seven year cycle is about to be completed. Cahn notes in his 18 minute video (which he made on Elul 1 – Aug. 16) that Elul 29 (Sept. 13) this year is a Sunday, when the U.S. markets will be closed, but points out that world markets will be opened. He highlights that the last day American markets will be opened before the end of the Jewish calendar year is Sept. 11.
The rabbi explains that God obviously does not have to keep the pattern of judgement during the Shemitah year, but it is something of which to be aware. He adds that the Jewish new year that starts this September marks a year of jubilee for Israel. The last one that took place in 1966-67 saw war, but also the restoration of Jerusalem to the Jewish state. Fifty years before that came the announcement of the Balfour Declaration in 1917, meaning the Jews would officially have a homeland after nearly 2000 years in exile. Both of these events, Cahn believes, are of “end time prophetic” significance.
He also counsels to keep an eye on the United States dealings with Israel. “The relations between America and Israel are at its worst. This is a dangerous sign for America. America is now pressing for [the Iranian nuclear] deal that Israel says will put Israel in danger. That is also ominous,” Cahn says. “All these things: Israel, the harbingers, the apostasy, the Shemitah, all these things are converging, and we need to take heed now.”
Cahn’s advice: be prepared. As far as physical needs, he recommends having a supply of food on hand. He says at worst, you have some extra food; but it may be important if there is some sort of financial collapse. He also advises having cash on-hand in case the banking system experiences disruption (as was the case this summer in Greece.)
Spiritually, he exhorts this is no time to be lukewarm. He believes the gray middle ground is in fact disappearing. Everyone will have to choose a side. For example, governments have already started to persecute those who hold to God’s definition of marriage. Do not be deterred. Live by faith and share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ.
As the rabbi nears the close of his message, he states: “The fact is America is in danger. America is progressing on a dangerous course away from God. And we are in critical times. We are at a crossroads in every way. For the society, the culture, the civilization, the church, to be praying for this time. And to declare we will make up our minds we will not bow down to Baal, we will not compromise, we will not give in to political correctness. No matter what, we will not turn away from God, no matter what any power on earth says. We will follow the Lord, and His ways, only.”
He ends by quoting the prophet Isaiah: “Arise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples, but the Lord will rise upon you, and nations will come to your light…And kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isaiah 60: 1-3)
Posted by Western Journalism Video on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
h/t: World Net Daily