Two “significant” events (read that, rather ordinary, foreseeable and cyclical events that are predictable by the Farmer’s Almanac) recently brought God’s judgment – as expected and promised – by America’s prophets. That God used these “signs” to judge was not surprising, but who God ultimately judged was surprising.
Jonathan Cahn, who calls himself a Messianic Rabbi (whose credentials are dubious), wrote a book detailing ten signs present before Israel’s collapse, comparing them to ten signs now present in America, called The Harbinger. With the success of that book, Cahn springboarded into a new divination, this time pulling from the Old Testament ceremonial law the command in Exodus 20:11 that the ground lay fallow every seven years, which was both agriculturally astute and required the Israelites to trust God for their provision. Debts were also to be canceled during that year as well, which was one of a number of safeguards against the holding of longterm debt in Israel’s economy. This year was called the Shemitah, meaning a “releasing” (referring to release from debt), which Cahn has interpreted more ominously as a “shaking.” Doing the math, Cahn reveals that September 25 2014 to September 13 2015 is the Shemitah Year (source link).
Nope. Didn’t happen.
Then, enter Four Blood Moons.
The original Four Blood Moons author was Mark Biltz (pastor of All Nations Church) – who is credited with “discovering the four blood moons phenomenon” – and published his book with Worldnet Daily’s Joseph Farah. Not long after, prominent televangelist John Hagee launched his own book on the topic, borrowing from Biltz to such a degree that accusations Hagee “stole the idea from him” seem not only plausible, but inarguable.
Biltz, who was blitzed by Hagee (see what I did, there?), said this about the Four Blood Moon and its judgment…
The four blood moons “is a sign for today’s Christians as judgment always begins in the house of God…”
Darn right. Biltz is a prophet, after all.
Hagee was a little more insistent than Biltz that this would bring specific judgment in a specific way…
“God is trying to communicate with us in a supernatural way…I believe that in the next two years [from 2014], we’re going to see something dramatic happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will change the course of history in the Middle East and impact the whole world.”
Well…no. That didn’t happen. And if God is “trying” to communicate with us in a supernatural way, America’s charismatic prophets have proven not to be conduit of that communication. In fact, it’s hard to imagine prophets with a less accurate prophetic history than the kind of charlatans and swindlers found on TBN and Charisma Mag.
Even he who is assumed to be the most level-headed in Charismania, Dr. Michael Brown, showed himself without a modicum of discernment on the topic of omen interpretation and astrology just six days ago, in a post entitled “Where I Stand on Blood Moons and Shemitah“. While not saying he fully bought into the omen-interpretation, Brown writes…
Without question, the Creator can speak through the astronomical phenomena – as my first two guests would affirm as well – and the unusual timing of these blood moons could have prophetic significance, with the last one coming in less than a week in the midst of the Festival of Tabernacles.
The question is: Has anything of significant prophetic impact happened during this time? If God is trying to get our attention, what is his message?
For me, the jury is still out, and we will watch and see what happens in the coming weeks.
Personally, I stand amazed that Brown asks the question, “Has anything of significant prophetic impact happened during this time” without a clear and definitive answer – no. Obviously not. Is it just me or is it pretty obvious nothing significant has happened? This is like the Charisma Mag article by Bob O’Dell, who alleged that the prophecies were fulfilled. They just happened to be through events so minor and commonplace we didn’t notice. Behold, the power of Shemitah.
After Shemitah turned out to be nothing, within a week of the fourth blood moon turning out to be bupkis and two years going by with no significant event whatsoever, Michael Brown says the jury is still out. The jury is not only out, the verdict has been declared, the jury dismissed, and the court closed down and lights turned off. It’s unbelievable to watch the charismatic delusion.
Here’s the irony – if even the slightest event had happened of any marginal significant in Israel, these prophets would be blowing their shofars in celebration. That the last several years in Israel’s body politic haven’t been notable is a statistical anomaly. As statistically improbable as the charismatic prophets have claimed four blood moons happening on Jewish holy days is (again, it’s not improbable – it’s predictable, expected and cyclical) and as statistically improbable as financially signifiant things happening in Shemitah years in seven year cycles (again – not improbable, but inevitable), it actually is unordinary, unpredictable and statistically bizarre that major events haven’t happened in Israel or America’s financial markets, since these events began to be predicted, given the frequency with which they normally occur.
The only conclusion to make is that God has, in his Providence, chosen to use these astrological omen interpretations to bring judgment against America’s charismatics for their embarrassing naivety, abominable discernment, and systemic false prophecy that abounds in the cesspool of their continuationism.
In O’Dell’s article at Charisma Mag, he writes…
Whatever happens in the days, weeks and months ahead will not result in a large scale mockery of God and the Shemitah cycle He invented. Furthermore, God will not put to shame the very people who have stuck their necks out saying “This Shemitah is from God.”
Well, again…no. God has brought to shame all those who have stuck their necks out, ignorant of the abrogation of the ceremonial law and ignoring prohibitions against this type of “prophecy” that is not Christianity, but witchcraft and superstition.
Shame on you, Charismania. Thus says the Shemitah.