I’ve had Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s new release, The Mystery of the Shemitah, laying around for a couple months. It was on my ‘to read’ stack, but limited time and other volumes I was more interested in continually snowed it under. Well, at about 1:50 the other morning I found myself staring at the clock and decided to get up, brew some coffee and read something…. This is what I picked up.
Several years ago, I read Cahn’s The Harbinger and found it interesting and somewhat compelling, but the wordy style that seemed to drag on belaboring points was a put-off. Hence, The Shemitah was a slow uptake. The 288 pages were a very fast read because many sections I could skim and get the meat, slowing only on occasion for clarity on some finer points. All total, the book took maybe a couple hours to read.
Both of Cahn’s books begin with the premise that, unlike most nations, America was intentionally dedicated to be a light to the nations, a sort of ‘new’ Israel, founded on Judeo-Christian principles drawn directly from the Torah. As such, this nation, by invoking or accepting the mantle of being a light on a hill in the image of ancient Israel also invoked the blessings and curses of obedience and disobedience.
Cahn’s premises for both books, drawn from Isaiah, is to ask whether the odd sequences of events in out recent past cannot be traced directly to our national disobedience and deserved judgment. While The Harbinger focuses on 9/11 and a number of uncanny events that seem to directly tie to a prophecy in Isaiah 9:10-11, The Mystery of the Shemitah ties together a large number of socio-economic events, particularly on Wall Street that ‘mysteriously’ fall into a fairly predictable/precise pattern that fits rather well the Shemitah cycles of Leviticus 25.
The Shemitah (H8059), as Cahn explains, it the Hebrew word for ‘release’ or ‘suspension.’ As Leviticus 25 teaches, just as every week is to have a seventh day of rest, so there is to be a rest of years, where the land was to be given rest in the seventh year and all debts were to be cancelled, slaves released, etc. Further, every seventh seven would be followed by a year of Jubilee with additional releases and land being returned to its originally allotted owner.
In the wake of his research concerning the Isaiah 9/10 tie-ins with 9/11, Cahn began to see economic collapses and downturns that fit the shemitah pattern. In his book he reveals a long list of dates and events in the American economy that seem to very closely fit this pattern. In fact, on the surface, the odds of such a sequence matching so closely border on the astronomical.
Ultimately, Cahn concludes that he is not a prophet and does not speak prophetically, BUT there is a distinct pattern here that bears watching. His conclusion is that if the pattern is correctly understood, he believes that September 2014-September 2015 is a Shemita year that is very likely the last of a Jubilee series with the following year (Hebrew civil calendar beginning with Yom Teruah) being the Year of Jubilee. I.e., late 2015-late 2016. Further, he believes that there is high probability for major related prophetic events, possibly cataclysmic, both economically and otherwise, in both America and perhaps globally.
What strikes me as particularly interesting is that this current Shemitah falls right in the middle of the blood moons that we have talked about on several occasions. In fact, the central solar eclipse in this series of feast aligned blood moons falls almost exactly in the middle of the Shemitah year. Echoing Cahn, ‘This bears close watching!!’
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|A personal aside that struck me as interesting convergence… Take it for what it is worth. (Not much.)I was born in 1967 and from about the age of 10 have believed strongly that my generation would see the culmination of all things and the coming of the Messiah.
Further, for the last 20+ years I have considered 2017 as the time frame of choice, reasoning that if Jerusalem was captured in a Jubilee year (Cahn says 2016, I think 2017), then at the 50 year mark it would have to be redeemed, or returned. A look at some of the last few centuries seems to indicate the Jubilees falling on the 17s and 67s. Allegedly, Rabbi Judah ben Samuel prophesied many parts of this in the early 1200s.
Well, those pieces of knowledge/information floating in my head, and having just read Cahn’s Shemitah, I was sorting through boxes of stuff as we finished unpacking from our recent move and I stumbled on a piece of paper from a couple years ago. The mangled page had my birth date and Torah portion as well as my wife’s. (For those not familiar, it is supposed in some circles that names as well as the Torah portion the week of one’s birth can be prophetic. I place limited stock, but find it interesting information.) Anyway, long story short, with my fascination for prophecy and my interest, going back decades for 2017ish time frame and the probable Jubilee, what do you suppose my reaction was when I realized the connection to my Torah Portion: Behar. (Leviticus 25 … the chapter concerning the sevenths and the Jubilee!!)
Yep, I had to stop and sit down as I was a bit slack jawed. How had I not noticed that connection before?
So, while I find Cahn’s Shemitah to be wordy, I do find the connections and possible prophetic significance to be interesting and worthy of some attention, though it certainly is NOT a ‘thus sayeth the Lord.’ Regardless, it is always a good time to repent and seek the face of the King.
Judging from the Amazon reviews, it has been well received, but will its call to repentance be acted on? Time will tell. Buckle up for a potentially bumpy ride in 2015.