Well, so here we are on October 6, 2016, and another false prophecy, made by a false prophet, has fallen flat.
Jonathan Cahn’s wacky, mystical Shemitah scheme is a classic example of the logical fallacy known as the Texas Sharpshooter – a Texan claims to be a great marksman, and he takes 6 shots at the side of a barn. He then goes to the wall, takes out some chalk, and circles the six holes. “See?? I hit every single circle, right on the mark!” Cahn too is able to “prove” how his system predicts the future – but only AFTER the event.
I noted that he took down this prediction from YouTube a few days before Sept 27. That’s why this link will be “broken” if you click on it (here’s the LINK) .
He will go on now to set other dates. And sell more expensive books.
So, now here’s MY prediction, based on an informal study of false prophets: (1) Cahn will deny he ever made this prediction; or (2) he will claim he interceded for America, and God spared us because of his, Cahn’s, great faith; or (3) he will claim that the economy really did tank, but, you know, invisibly.
Or some combination of these three.
Like many false prophets, Cahn moves millions of dollars of merchandise. And yes, he is happy to accept US currency for his books and videos.
On this blog we follow the rule: Charity and mercy towards those who make honest mistakes, but no slack shall be cut for greedy false prophets.
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You need to be rebuking people who are against the Lord and leave Jonathan Cahn alone. Surely with all your supposed Divinity degrees you could write about The Lord. You are evil and an accuser of the brethren.
Hello, Dena, and thanks for writing in.
As I understand the Scriptures, one of the roles I have is warning God’s people against false prophets. This is what Jeremiah, among many others, did: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.” (Jer 23:16)
False prophets, both in Jeremiah’s time and ours, include plenty of people who prophesy falsehoods in the name of Jehovah; that is, they claim to be on God’s side, but prophesy things he did not commission, for their own private gain.
I believe Jonathan Cahn easily falls into that category (the Shemitah is not a biblical system; it clearly does not lead him to understand what God is going to do in the future; he’s selling a ton of merchandise to promote it), hence, he is fair game.
I wonder what you do with the main point of this post, which is that Cahn regularly predicts things which do not come to pass. Does this unsettle you, as it does me?
If you read the other articles on my blog you will see that I do write about the Lord.
While I don’t believe there was any major financial crisis, nor do I believe Cahn specifically said their would be, the fact is that 3 of the worst drops in the Dow Jones history happened during August and September 2015.
Hi David, thanks!
The quote from Cahn that I have is the following, I believe given at the Prophecy in the News meeting in March 2015 – “I will state a warning which I have stated before. Whether it comes in this time parameter of the Shemitah or the year following or not, I believe a great shaking is going to come to this land and to the world that will involve the collapsing of the American economy… and the removal of its blessings and prosperity.”
So, economic collapse in America in 2015 or 2016 was his prediction.
“Or not”, which, with all respect, is prophetese for – “and if it doesn’t come to pass, don’t blame me.”
While there were major Dow Jones drops in 2015, these were short-lived and self-correcting. See: http://media.ycharts.com/charts/250fbd9cc1ad6b454eab97a650d33ffc.png
And some economists predicted they might happen as a self-fulfillment of the Cahn prophecy, that is, his many followers may have sold their shares in advance of the day.
The fact that he immediately removed his prediction of the dollar’s collapse, immediately after its non-fulfillment, is also telling.
Fabulous exposé on Jonathan Con-Man!