Friday, February 14, 2020

Dominionism!

A Book Review

Dominionism! available HERE



Reviewed by Sarah H. Leslie

Dominionism!
How Unbiblical Action Can Change The Churches

A book authored by Dr. Orrel Steinkamp and Sandy Simpson


Dominionism is the idea of building a paradise on earth. It is zealously espoused by both the political Right and the political Left, and each side agitates with a religious fervor for their versions of the cause. Dominionism claims to save the earth, not individual souls in need of redemption by Jesus Christ. In order to achieve its utopian goals, Dominionism believes that the ends justify the means. Dominionist leaders are intent on transforming political, social, religious and cultural institutions in order to foment their revolution. They champion new and old forms of totalitarianism to attain results. Their final solution is planetary transformation. Various Christian and New Age versions of Dominionism include the idea of mankind achieving godhood, thus perfecting the planet, and they've shown they are willing to work together, converging their politics. But in the process you will have to give up your rights and freedoms.

Given the significant increase in Dominionism as a religious force for transformation in society, the recent book Dominionism! published by Sandy Simpson at Deception in the Church is timely and needed.

Full disclosure: There are several chapters in this book Dominionism! that were authored by me. Also I was supposed to have assisted in the editing of this book; however family life circumstances the past few years kept me from being able to work on this project. Furthermore, Dr. Steinkamp and I originally intended to publish our six-part article series, either as 6 more chapters in this manuscript or as its own book(let). These six articles remain published as posts on Herescope and they supplement the information contained in the book Dominionism!:

Part 1: The PASSION of the PRESENCE & the Purpose of the Passion:  
Part 2: “Presence” Eschatology  
Part 3: Bridal Eschatology 
Part 4: The Perfectly Obedient Bride  
Part 5: The 2nd Coming of the “Presence” 
Part 6: The Battled Bride  

C. Peter Wagner letter, August 20, 2007

Dominionism! Described

The Preface of Dominionism! states that "the title and cover art of this work are a play off of the book by C. Peter Wagner," the chief "apostle" who set up the New Apostolic Reformation movement (NAR) several decades ago. In 2008 Wagner published his book with its audacious and aggressive dominion agenda for the Christian church aptly titled Dominion! How Kingdom Action Can Change the World. Wagner spelled out a radical political, religious and social transformation agenda. His landmark book set up the blueprint for a unique form of Church Dominionism he called "building the 7 Mountains" (see graphic above) that described the Church taking over "7 spheres" of culture. This agenda that would go on to shape the evangelical church world with its potent leaven for the next decade.

Incredibly, in retrospect we note that C. Peter Wagner got a free pass from the Christian media, the mainstream media, and so-called conservative church leaders in the evangelical world who all should have opposed him. Rather, by the time Wagner published his book Dominion! most of evangelicaldom was already being seduced by the doctrines and practices of Dominionism. Who wrote about C. Peter Wagner, warning about his agenda? A handful of Leftists who were concerned about his overt political agenda, and a handful of online discernment ministries such as DITC. That's it!

Wagner's book
The two authors of the book Dominionism! have been lifelong missionaries. They both served as key apologists in the discernment world: Sandy Simpson of Deception in the Church and Dr. Orrel Steinkamp of Plumbline Ministries. These two men monitored the rise of C. Peter Wagner and his cohort of "apostles and prophets" for the past three decades and issued many warnings about their findings. I first became acquainted with them in the 1990s when our mutual friend, the late researcher Ed Tarkowski, set up the first Internet discussion loop on discernment issues.

During that time we were all observing the formative years of the New Apostolic Reformation. C. Peter Wagner had just connected the "Kansas City Prophets" with John Wimber. Promise Keepers and the Toronto and Brownsville laughing phenomena were all taking off. These groups were coalescing and spinning new theologies. There was a flagrant exuberance as the old Pentecostals crossed over to become full-fledged adherents to the Charismatic movement, complete with its "signs and wonders" and claims of health and wealth. Ordinary evangelical church folks began succumbing to many of these teachings, especially via the indoctrination of the evangelical media and music industry. Calling this larger movement "the River," the stated goal of its leaders was to flood their heresies into every denomination and church group, thereby "breaking down the walls." Musical lyrics took on Dominionist themes and pretty soon young people were singing new doctrines. Bethel became a household word. This dissemination of corrupt theology is how the leaven of the New Apostolic Reformation infiltrated most of the church world. It was wildly successful.

The history of this movement is important. Dominionism! explains both the roots and the fruits of the modern-day Dominionism. As the book notes,

many churches have already been changed by accepting the false teachings that constitute Dominionism.... Dominionism is one of the "footholds" the enemy has in the churches today.... Churches need to be made aware that the precepts of Dominionism have made their way into every gateway left unguarded by Christian leaders. Those gateways include much worship music, many Bible study programs, a number of online sermon notes, many women's meeting study guides, some available youth programs, magazines put out by Word of Faith and New Apostolic sources, ecumenical prayer efforts, and of course "Christian" TV.
(Deception in the Church website)

To compile this book Sandy Simpson carefully selected key writings that he and Dr. Steinkamp authored during the time period that the dominion agenda unfolded. These articles have been turned into chapters for Dominionism! The chapters represent both describe the heresy and contrast it to biblical doctrine. Key concepts such as Kingdom Now, spiritual warfare, the Word-Faith connection, eschatology, and signs and wonders are explained and refuted.

Dominionism! serves as a handy overview. The concerned reader who really wants to get to the historical meat of the matter will want to use this book as a research tool to delve into the many Internet articles and posts that are cited. Unfortunately, the hyperlinks don't carry over, but it is possible to search out the referenced material and footnotes to find more reading. Most of these chapters have been previously published online which makes this process easier.

The Truth:
Sandy Simpson sums up the crux of the problem in his Conclusion:
The true work of world evangelism is basically over, having occurred from the mid 1850's through the mid 1950's. What has been happening since then is a apostatizing of Biblical truth accompanied by a shoveling in of all kinds of heresies to fill the void. When an organization takes the Gospel out of the equation, it will, as has been observed, try to fill that void with programs and ideas of saving the planet and taking over everything for Christ.

"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven,
having the everlasting Gospel
to preach unto them that dwell on the earth,
and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.
Saying with a loud voice,
'Fear God, and give glory to Him;
for the hour of His judgment is come:
and worship Him that made heaven, and earth,
and the sea, and the fountains of waters.'"

(Revelation 14:6-7)


The book Dominionism! can be acquired HERE.

For further reading see the key article "7 Mountain Politics and Theology" and follow the many article links.

Saturday, February 08, 2020

A Man and his Angel

A Book Review 



Read the book HERE


Reviewed by Sarah H. Leslie


A Man and His Angel -
A Biblical Examination of William Branham's Practices and Teachings:
A Compendium of the Prophet's Legac
y
 

A book authored by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries


It is time to shed light on the life and teachings of one of the past century's most notorious and influential heretics, William Branham, whose bad theological leaven has now permeated much of the church world. For many long decades the evangelical media establishment elite has ignored the writings of good discernment experts warning about this man. The evangelical media elite has systematically worked to avoid dealing with his key doctrinal heresies that have influenced generations of evangelical church-goers. Worse, they've lauded the leaders teaching his heresies with high profile accolades, provided them tons of positive press, even propelling them to stardom. Mega-buck$ were made by all.

The evangelical establishment publishing industry has unwaveringly declined to publish high quality discerning books or articles. Thus solid ministries like Mike Oppenheimer's Let Us Reason Ministries have resorted to publishing their own books. This highly esteemed evangelical class of elites frequently states that we only need to preach the truth. They base this on the claim that their preaching is enough, that people in their pews can "figure it out" about false teachers on their own. This flimsy, unbiblical excuse enables pastors to ignore their charge to warn precious sheep about hungry wolves roaming in the flock. Especially they fail to name the wolves by name.

In sum, the evangelical media establishment elite has not only promoted the false teachings that began with Branham but, worse, they have failed to provide a platform to those who would warn about him. This has been a recipe for disaster. False teachers like William Branham have gotten a free pass for so many generations that his bad leaven has now permeated much of the church world. Most people in the pews have never heard of William Branham, nor have they ever heard a warning about him. But it is likely that he affects their faith, their music, their popular Christian books and their favorite teachers on the conference circuits.

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The Poison of Branham's Leaven
It is a privilege to refer our readership to a book by longtime researcher, Mike Oppenheimer. We first became acquainted with Mike during the 1990s when the late Ed Tarkowski formed the first Internet discernment research and discussion loop. Mike's detailed book is a treasure trove documenting the complete history and beliefs of William Branham. It is a perfect book for those who want to do in-depth research on Branham. Once and for all Branham -- his crazy behavior, controversial history, strange personal life and aberrant beliefs -- has been nailed to the wall effectually and with great attention to accuracy. Here is a brief summary of the book's significance:

In the history of modern healing ministries one person stands out more than any other, William Branham. Over fifty years after his death there are few men that continue to influence the Church and today’s modern healing ministries. Branham’s influence is more extensive today than in his day when he was alive.
William Branham is the main influence for the Latter Rain movement in the late 1940’s that infected so many Pentecostals. He left us the legacy of the healing revivals and signs and wonders, he is also one of the primary sources of the “river” that is flowing today that is the resurgence of the Latter Rain movement....
What you will find in this book is that so many of the errors Branham taught and practiced have been adopted and have become the errors in the church today. Many have no idea that the Word Faith, Latter Rain Third Wave teachers are following in the footsteps of William Branham. This book makes it clear where their teachings and practices come from.

In reading through A Man and his Angel, the section on "The Many Healing Ways; The Operation of Occultism" is particularly devastating to Branham's image of being a Christian.

Branham taught a blend of Kabbalah, Theosophy, Rosicrucianism, Mysticism and Gnosticism. All of it was presented wrapped in Christian terminology to the people. Branham was a man deep into the occult arts. And they called him great, having the power of God, much as they did Simon [Magnus] in Acts 8:9-12.... (p. 280)
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Branham's Mysticism
The story of William Branham is intertwined with the earliest history of the Pentecostal movement. The reader goes back in time to the earliest decades of the Pentecostal movement when doctrines and practices were chaotic and unfiltered. Mike Oppenheimer has tackled the topic head-on with a definitive history on the life of Branham. His book is a formidable compilation of documentation on not only the life of Branham but all of the people, places and events that influenced his bizarre theology. Oppenheimer does a good job of contrasting truth with the error, so the reader is not just getting Branham’s heresies but also receiving good biblical teaching that refutes it.

This book is a fascinating history of Branham’s life which divulges obscure details. Branham arose to fame during the early decades in the last century where cults were abounding, replete with unusual doctrines and strange practices. Many claimed to be in contact with the spirit world, and some asserted that angels taught them new doctrines. One of the chief doctrines being altered was the concept of the Trinity, or Godhead. This gave rise to heresies such as Oneness, Jesus Only, Adoptionism, etc. Another doctrine was the idea that the church as Christ’s Bride was coming to maturity and could gain dominion over the earth; i.e., Dominionism. Since the 1980s these teachings have had a massive resurgence, adapting to the times and becoming widespread throughout the church world. Only a handful of discernment ministries warned about this onslaught, including Mike Oppenheimer at his Let Us Reason website.

By all accounts Branham was extremely erratic and eccentric. Branham retold his story multiple times throughout his life and this book exposes the extraordinary inconsistencies in his own testimony. One day he would state one thing, another day he would say something totally contradictory. He would exaggerate and inflate facts, often to absurd excess. Something was not right with the man – either he was intentionally lying or he had serious cognitive problems. He was indeed spiritually reprobate.

The historical records documented in A Man and his Angel quickly stack up to indicate that Branham told different stories depending on the group he was addressing. He put forth many wildly different account about how he became "spirit" filled, for example. He was prone to gross exaggeration, and frequently puffed up his spiritual experiential credentials, especially when describing his extrasensory  experiences with lights, tongues, angels, etc.

Many of Branham’s mystical beliefs seemed to come straight out of the occult, especially Theosophy. His views even paralleled certain aspects of Mormonism. He believed in an evolution that took trillions of years, not the biblical account in Genesis. Branham got the plain Bible account of the Creation all mixed up and obsessed on varying revisions of the Creation story throughout his life, often making wild claim about earth’s and man’s origins. He believed in a spiritual evolution where God created androgynous male and females.

In fact, Branham had a horrible view of women, that “every sin that ever was on the Earth was caused by a woman… the very lowest creature on the Earth.” (p. 249) It even gets downright creepy as he obsesses that women are sinfully beautiful because “Satan designed her.” “She is designed, alone, for filth and unclean living.” (p. 250)

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Branham's Dominionism
Other Branham beliefs were also peculiar:

“God wrote three Bibles: one, the Zodiac, one in the pyramids, one on paper.” (53-0509, The Pillar of Fire, Bible Hour Tabernacle, Jonesboro, AR). (p. 197)

He was also panentheistic:

“God is in nature. God is in His church. God is just all around.” (58-0302, Door To The Heart, Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, TN) (p. 198) 

Branham held to a curious belief that Jesus was dead in his mother’s womb until He was born, not unlike what was taught in ancient Gnosticism. In fact, he believed that all babies were spirits until born. Obviously such a belief would contribute to the modern-day abortion argument. Here is just one of many examples of Branham’s outrageous statements:

“that unborn children are not alive until they take their first breath. “You say, ‘Oh, it’s alive!’ No, it isn’t! That’s little nerves jerking, muscles.… The baby hasn’t received life till it’s born.” (Seven Church Ages, pp. 275-286.) (p. 204) 

Branham’s Gnostic teachings included the idea that men have pre-existent spirits, not unlike Karma in Hinduism, telling folks that a “little angel, little spirit… comes into the body” of a baby. (p. 216) and that “And then, first, man was made, he was a spiritman, in the image of God.”(p. 254) In fact, he egotistically proclaimed he himself was pre-existent “with Moses at the burning bush,” saw the Red Sea parted, and was with John the Baptist and Lazarus and in the Upper Room! (p. 229)

Branham also taught that “When God made man in His image, He made him a theophany. And He only placed him in flesh....”(p. 255) Mike Oppenheimer explains that theophany literally means God appearance, i.e., a god, which is taught by both the occult and cults:

To say Adam was made spirit, a theophany first and is God (before he was made from the earth) clearly is heresy. This where we find all the Word Faith teachings based on today.
According to Branham the soul and the spirit of man are the same and they are God. Adam was then God in the flesh.(p. 255) 

Worse, Branham, talking to Pentecostals, told them “each one of you is a creator,” “ye are gods,’” and “man himself is Deity.” Oppenheimer observes that “here Branham introduces the ‘manifest sons of God’ teaching that was incorporated in the Latter Rain movement, which in our generation has given rise to the New Apostolic Reformation. (p. 265) Branham’s taught that since God made man a god, “he gave him a dominion, and he had rulership” over the earth (p. 270). This is the seedbed of Branham’s dominionism. It is this view that has so totally permeated large segments of the evangelical church world today.

Branham said he had a supernatural birth replete with signs and wonders. He made the preposterous claim that he had seen visions in the womb, at eighteen months old, and at 3 years old, and then “tens of thousands of visions,” “hundreds of thousands of visions,” and “thousands times thousands of visions.” (p. 227-228) The fact that statements like this are bizarre on their face should have set off red flags. But to this day many in the church follow Branham's heretical precepts without any clue as to the occult origins of his heresies.

Oppenheimer points out that Branham’s beliefs were highly influential and notes how remarkable similiarities can be seen in the aberrant Word-Faith doctrines of Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and Kenneth Hagin. The reader of A Man and his Angel will find extraordinary parallels to modern-day teachings promulgated by huge segments of the evangelical church. It is a devastating fact that the evangelical elite has so nearly totally ignored this foundational issue within its own ranks. This book ought to be required reading in every seminary ministerial class!


Another Gospel
A Man and his Angel explains how William Branham taught another gospel, not the Gospel of salvation of Jesus Christ. The book summarized with the following warning to readers:
So we see that Branham taught man is a spirit in the form of man, pre-existed along with the angels (Which is when he said God made in his image and likeness Gen.1:26) before he made man out of the ground. Branham claims that man was made as a god. 

As we can see Branham often had a different interpretation than the Bible’s explanation on nearly everything that is called essential teaching. If one claims to be under the inspiration of God but says things contrary to God, denying his nature or person, then they are not anointed by God, they are NOT a prophet of God. And they should not be promoted as one but instead avoided for the spiritual safety and welfare of the church. Considering the acceptance of Branham’s doctrine through others we are in a dangerous point of church history because of his teachings spreading through those enamored with spiritual power. (p. 280)

"For there must be also heresies among you,
that they which are approved
may be made manifest among you."

(1 Corinthians 11:19)


To read A Man and his Angel go to http://www.letusreason.org/bookw.branham.htm. For those who are concerned with modern-day errors in the church, this book is a must-have for your library.

For further reading, see http://www.letusreason.org. Also see: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com. Our Herescope blog has written numerous articles covering the history and theology of William Branham, including:

Who Invented Dominionism?
The Serpent Seed & The Nephilim
A Second Pentecost?
Presence Eschatology
David's Tent DC
7 Mountain Politics and Theology


Saturday, February 01, 2020

And We’ve Got the Evangelicals…

Why Mark Galli Doesn't Speak For Me




“...to the intent that the living may know
that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men,
and giveth it to whomsoever He will,
and setteth up over it the basest of men.”

(Daniel 4:17b)


An editorial by Pastor Jim Jenkins

We have short memories. Those who make a living creating narratives bank on this fact. In following the current politically-charged impeachment drama, I have been struck by the fact that the co-opting of language and the bastardization of the meanings of words has the effect of bringing about harmful cognitive dissonance in those whose sensitivities are assaulted by the barrage.

It has become painfully clear that those attempting to impeach the President are using tactics which are spelled out in the book Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky. Alinsky’s methods key off the fact that most folks have a sense of fair play and at least a modicum of respect for one another. His tactics call for ruthless pragmatic ‘whatever works’ bullying. Facts be damned, the object is to throw the opponent into confusion and once they are on their heels — to use whatever means necessary to destroy. David Horowitz is spot on in this observation:


Stigmatizing one’s opponent is a classical radical tactic. It is the thirteenth rule of Saul Alinsky’s Rule for Radicals: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.” Attack your opponents personally and cut them off from any possibility of sympathy. That is why radicals paint their opponents as homophobes, xenophobes, and Islamophobes. They’re not just good-but-misguided people whose religious convictions have led them to a contrasting viewpoint. They are bad people possessed by irrational fears of “the others” because they are different.”[1]

Recently Mark Galli, the outgoing Editor in Chief of Christianity Today, published an opinion piece in which he called for the removal of Donald Trump. As happens with alarming frequency, this author used his platform to speak for ‘The Evangelicals’. He claims to have only run it by a few people before publishing what he knew would start a firestorm. He justifies his haste in an interview with The Atlantic’s Emma Green 

Green: Were there people at CT who knew you were going to write this editorial who cautioned you away from it? 

Galli: No, because really, only three people saw it before it went up. Ted Olsen is a longtime companion at CT. Anything important I make sure he goes over with a fine-toothed comb, and then of course my President — anything of such a sensitive nature that might affect the entire ministry I let him look at and comment on. I’m about to retire on January 3rd so I did not want to do something that would explode in such a way that would make his life and the life of the incoming editor in chief unnecessarily hard… so I showed it to him and said, If you have concerns, let’s talk and his only concerns were to add some additional paragraphs that made it a stronger editorial.[2] 

So much of the national conversation about ‘The Evangelicals’ is based, I feel, on a gross stigmatization of Christians who fit into the pigeon-hole category progressives have created. This mis-categorization is based on a construct fabricated by the same people who make a living creating political narratives. In other words, political operatives have co-opted the term evangelical and created a profile of this group as a bloc of voters that suits the progressive metanarratives — that in turn support positions and causes that many Bible believing conservative believers would never espouse. 

Galli, in a previous article, expressed his dismay that people he identifies as evangelicals could ever vote for Trump:

...most evangelical Christians like me exclaimed, ‘who are these people?’ I know hardly anyone let alone any evangelical Christian who voted for Trump. I describe evangelicals like me as ‘elite’ evangelicals…and this class of evangelicals has discovered that we have family members so different that seem like aliens in our midst. These other evangelicals often haven’t finished college, and if they have jobs (and apparently a lot of them don’t) they are blue collar jobs or entry level work. They don’t write books or give speeches and they don’t attend conferences of evangelicals or social justice or evangelicals for immigration reform. They are deeply suspicious of mainstream media. A lot of them voted for Donald Trump.[3] 

Perhaps you remember the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. Southern border during the Obama administration. Heart wrenching film footage showed children from Central America who braved the rapists the coyotes and the rigors of a dangerous trek and showed up at the border. However, in ginning up support for basically ignoring current immigration law, the President gave an informal ‘presser’ at the White House He didn’t hide his contempt for anyone who opposed his bypassing the law and using executive orders to accomplish his agenda. 

“I don’t know what the problem is… law enforcement is onboard with this… The military is onboard… then he wet his lips, paused for effect and concluded AND WE’VE GOT THE EVANGELICALS…” 

Something about the way he said “We’ve got the evangelicals” struck me as significant. I did some research and what I found troubled me. Obama's White House had ‘reached out’ years before to select, self-described evangelical leaders and organizations which came to be known as The Evangelical Immigration Table

Screen shot  from page posted 6/22/13*

One of the Founders was Jim Wallis a former card carrying communist and fellow community organizer from Obama’s Chicago days. (Think Jeremiah Wright, Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers.) The group Wallis founded is called Sojourners. The Evangelical Immigration Table is an impressive group with members like World Vision, Catholic Charities, The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (Russell Moore) and Leith Anderson, the retiring president of the National Association of Evangelicals… to name a few.**

They were organizing years before the crisis at the border to facilitate the illegal dismantling of immigration laws — all under the banner of Christian social justice. A powerful complicit media ignored troubling evidence of the dangerous side of what was occurring at the border. A 45-minute documentary titled The Stranger was commissioned by the Evangelical Immigration Table and released in 2014. In 2016 Trump ran in large part to address the crisis at the border, and the move to de-legitimize his presidency began before it started. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNGiMMhO-88


I have asked numerous Christian leaders over the past 6 years if they ever heard of the Evangelical Immigration Table. No one responded in the affirmative and they were surprised when I pointed out the number of influential national and international entities which had signed on to the progressive agenda proffered by this organization… all in the name of The Christian Response… and ‘The Evangelicals’.

Has there ever been an accounting of where those children who got into the country went? The short answer is that they were relocated and dispersed around the country by groups that received grant money from the federal government and funding from… ready for it?… George Soros! Originally Wallis lied and denied any funding from Soros found its way to Sojourners. Later he ‘walked it back’ and acknowledged that yes, Soros was involved. 

Baptist Press rigorously denied any Soros involvement. 

Baptist Press published a demonstrably false report today claiming that George Soros did not fund The Evangelical Immigration Table. However, the likes of Eric Metaxas, The National Review, The Institute of Religion and Democracy and a host of other conservatives report the truth—that Soros funded The National Immigration Forum and the and the National Immigration Forum funded the Evangelical Immigration Table.[4] 

Claiming to speak for ‘The Evangelicals’ is at once a credential to ensure national media coverage, and a get out of jail free card…  depending who makes the claim. I was struck by the absence of coverage of Franklin Graham’s denunciation of the Christianity Today hit piece.***

That politicians trot out the Bible and their religious affiliation when it suits them is not new. Nancy Pelosi is a devout Catholic when impeaching a duly elected president but, curiously, her faith religion doesn’t come up when infanticide is normalized by her Planned Parenthood allies. 

That powerful leaders seek out and sometimes manipulate so called Spiritual Counselors is well known. What is not inevitable however is that Bible believing conservative Christians must acquiesce to this pigeon-holing. I wonder how the average Christian in the pew would feel if they knew their tithes were being bundled with Soros’ money to bring down the United States as we know it. 

Christianity Today does not speak for me.**** The National Association of Evangelicals does not speak for me. Jim Wallis and George Soros do not speak for me. I have a Bible. I believe that the Holy Spirit can guide me in my thinking on the thorny issues of our times. 

I am not a ‘deplorable,’ but I am a sinner. 

I am not ‘clinging to my guns and my religion’. I am clinging to my Savior Who is the same… yesterday, today… and forever. 

They may indeed have ‘got’ ‘The Evangelicals’… but they haven’t ‘got’ me.


“Be watchful,
and strengthen the things which remain,
that are ready to die:
for I have not found thy works perfect
before God.

(Revelation 3:2)


Endnotes:
1. Horowitz, David, Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America (Humanix Books, West Palm Beach Florida, 2018),  p.164. Citing Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals (New York: Vintage, 1989), p. 130. Bold added.
2. Emma Green, "How Trump Lost an Evangelical Stalwart," The Atlantic, December 19, 2019, https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/12/christianity-today-trump-removal/603952/
3. This statement is quoted in an article titled "Trump, Franklin Graham, 8 other evangelicals react to Christianity Today's call to remove president," Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post, January 29, 2019. https://www.christianpost.com /news/trump-franklin-graham-8-other-evangelicals-react-to-christianity-todays-call-to-remove-president.html Note that this is a very offensive mis-characterization. 
4. Capstone Report Commentary on Politics and Religion, January 9, 2020, Red in original.
https://capstonereport.com/2020/01/09/baptist-press-lies-and-denies-george-soros-connection-to-evangelical-immigration-table/33713/. Red in original. 

Editor's Notes: There is a disturbing increase in the polarization of American evangelicals within the context of these political and media-driven narratives of current events. The message that gets lost is the Gospel. It is a sad fact that for decades leading evangelicals have been working both sides of the political spectrum for both profit and power. It is also a sad fact that most evangelicals in America do not know what their leaders are up to -- and one big reason why is because the mainstream evangelical publications like Christianity Today have ignored reporting on serious concerns and failed to delve into unsavory facts. In this blog's history we have written hundreds of articles detailing both the political Right and political Left agenda for Dominionism. Pastor Jim Jenkins' post is an indication of the extent to which this polarization in leadership, and who is funding whom and for what motive, is now affecting the church itself. In our ongoing article series, "Anti-Semitism and the Rise of Techno-Media Imperialism" we document the rise of "Big Media Narratives" and their harm not only to Christians but also to Jews and other ethnic and religious minorities. https://herescope.blogspot.com/2019/06/ethnos-vs-ethnos.html  See "Civic Church Anti-Semitism": https://herescope.blogspot.com/2019/07/civic-church-anti-semitism.html 
*See "The Evangelical Immigration Table Exposed As Another Soros Front," June 5, 2013, https://juicyecumenism.com/2013/06/05/the-evangelical-immigration-table-exposed-as-another-soros-front/.
**See Michelle Horstman, "The Faux Conservative Evangelicals Fighting for Immigration Reform," PJ Media, 4/23/14, https://pjmedia.com/blog/the-faux-conservative-evangelicals-fighting-for-immigration-reform. Note that one of the top New Apostolic Reformation "apostles" Samuel Rodriguez is prominently pictured in this article. His role has always been to merge Left and Right Dominionism. We've published many articles about him on Herescope.
***See an article published in The New Yorker, which talks about Franklin Graham's public reaction. The article is by Michael Luo titled "What It Would Take for Evangelicals to Turn on President Trump," Dec. 23, 2019 (Source). This article offensively mischaracterizes all evangelicals as white racists! 
****See the excellent article describing what Christianity Today actually believes, published by Lighthouse Trails Research and titled "Christianity Today: 'We are theologically conservative... committed to the glory of God."--CT History Shows Differently," 1/7/20, https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=31240. Note that many of the articles warning about these trends were published by good fact-based discernment ministries over the years. But we were all totally ignored by "mainstream" elitist evangelical publications such as CT. See especially the late Pastor Ken Silva's excellent research website Apprising Ministries where many of the personnel and issues discussed in this post are highly documented: http://apprising.org.

Dr. Jim Jenkins is the author of Fatal Drift: Is the Church Losing Its Anchor? (Deep River Books, 2014). For related reading see: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/02/fatal-drift.html and also read http://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/03/mind-numbing-narratives.html.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

The Forever WORD

The grass withereth,
the flower fadeth:
but the Word of our God
shall stand for ever.

(Isaiah 40:8) 


This is one of the most comforting verses of Scripture. There are many other similar verses, including:

For ever, O LORD,
Thy Word
is settled in heaven.

(Psalm 119:89)

Concerning Thy Testimonies,
I have known of old that
Thou hast founded them for ever.

(Psalm 119:152) 


Jesus admonished His disciples :

For verily I say unto you,
Till heaven and earth pass,
one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law,
till all be fulfilled.

(Matthew 5:18) 

Heaven and earth shall pass away,
but My Words shall not pass away.

(Matthew 24:35)

In our turbulent times, when it feels like everyone has pressed the "mass insanity" button, we can be encouraged by the timelessness of God's Word. Indeed, this past year it feels as if a switch was flipped and suddenly God has given many over to full-fledged reprobate minds. Everywhere in the media and social media there is rampant lying and brazen deceiving, cruel mockings and brutal bullyings, gratuitous vulgarities and indecent lewdness, and malicious threats of violence. It comes as no surprise that real violence is escalating across the land.

We took a step back from publishing for the past few months, aghast at what was unfolding before our very eyes. We were reluctant to write about current events, wishing to avoid the extreme polarization of political winds, and dismayed what can only be described as a "great falling away" within evangelicaldom (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

As God gives grace and wisdom we will resume writing. But in the meantime, while rummaging through some old computer archives, we discovered today's set of verses in a devotional dating back to 2002. These Scriptures seemed so current, and so encouraging, that we are sharing them with our readers. May you be blessed as you forge ahead, obediently following the Lord in 2020.


Stay in the Word
Technology is now the biggest lure to keep our eyes focused on devices, and not the simplicity of the Word of God. Our addicted brains are addled by incessant stimulations of the senses, and we are losing our sweet contact with the Lord. Profound temptations entice us to leave our "first love" and drunkenly immerse ourselves in media, social media and techno-media (Revelation 2:4). Truly we are in need of the "eyesalve" of Revelation 3:18!

A Christian cannot grow nor flourish without the constant sustenance of God's Word (Psalm 1:2-3). In his first letter the apostle Peter gives a description of the importance of being born again by God's Word, preaching the Gospel by God's Word, and staying in God's Word:

1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 
25 But the Word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the Word which by the Gospel is preached unto you. 

Peter further describes the importance of God's Word to sustaining our daily walk of faith:

2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby: 
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 
4 To Whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 
7 Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light: 
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

The Kept Word
In the letter to the church at Philadelphia the apostle John heard the Lord state that this church had "kept My Word and has not denied My name" (Revelation 3:8). But, as was the case with the other seven churches mentioned in Revelation, Satan was ever on the prowl, "seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). Therefore the Lord told John regarding this church, that

Because thou hast kept the Word of my patience,
I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation,
which shall come upon all the world,
to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Behold, I come quickly:
hold fast which thou hast,
that no man take thy crown.
(Revelation 3:10-11)


Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Oracle of Cahn

THE MYSTICAL NUMBERS OF RABBI CAHN 
A Review of The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled

“And the burden [oracle] of the LORD
shall ye mention no more:
for every man's word shall be his burden
[oracle];
for ye have perverted the words of the living God,
of the LORD of hosts our God.”

(Jer. 23:36)[1]

What you are about to read is presented in the form of a narrative, but what is contained in the story, all that the Oracle reveals, is absolutely real.
~Jonathan Cahn – Author of The Oracle[2]

Exhibit: Number mysticism[3]


oracle 
1 in ancient Greece 
a: a person (such as a priestess) through whom a god was believed to speak; consulting an oracle 
b: the place (such as a shrine) where people went to ask questions of an oracle 
c: an answer or message given by an oracle[4]



An ancient mystery that determines the course of world history. I never would have thought that anything like that could be possible… 

but it’s real… 

and it touches everything from kings, to presidents, empires, superpowers, down to the most minute details… And everything happens to happen in the exact way, at the exact place, and at the exact time. And no one’s orchestrating it, no one on earth. And those who play a part in one Jubilee are gone in the next… 

but the mystery keeps moving forward… “Yes,” said the Oracle. “One Jubilee prepares the way, sets the stage and leads to the next.
~ Jonathan Cahn, The Oracle, opening pages.
A dialogue between an unnamed man and the Oracle[5][Bold added]

By Gaylene Goodroad 

AN IMAGINARY TALE STEEPED IN MYSTERY 
Jonathan Cahn’s current number one best-selling book,[6] The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled, begins with a chapter entitled “The Mystery.” Indeed, the word mystery or mysteries is a key repeated word in this book, perhaps only second to the word “vision.” The author speaks of many ancient and modern “mysteries” surrounding the Jewish nation and the land of Israel—that purportedly are all mystically linked to the “Jubilean mystery” (mentioned in the subtitle of the book)—which Cahn “unveils” through The Oracle as he connects all of these so-called mysteries together with world history, Hebraic gematria, cherry-picked Scriptures, imaginary visions, and fantasy storytelling.

The book is written in a fictional format, giving the author great license to conjure up fake visions with made-up interpretations, and then connect them to carefully selected and isolated Bible verses, in order to make it all appear valid and truthful to the unsuspecting reader. This pattern becomes a troubling mixture that will soon become apparent. The following Scripture comes to mind immediately:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves
teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth,
and shall be turned unto fables.”

(2 Tim. 4:3-4) 

The narrative opens with a dialogue between an unnamed man (who has had previous encounters with the Oracle) and an unnamed traveler who have a chance meeting on a desert mountain.

[Ed. Note: At times the dialogue becomes confusing to follow, because the two characters who converse with each other at the beginning and ending of the book are unnamed, and because the story is told by the one unnamed man in a prolonged flashback detailing his spiritual journey with the Oracle. For clarity, the unnamed storyteller will be referred to as ‘the seeker’ in this review.]

The first paragraph of TheOracle opens provocatively with a loaded question from the seeker to the unnamed traveler:

What if I told you of a mystery so vast that it spans the world and the ages, from ancient times to this very moment… 

a mystery that moves behind and through all human events, directs and turns the paths of leaders, determines the future of nations and empires… 

and of the world itself… to bring all things to their appointed end?[7]

Instead of running for his spiritual life, the unnamed traveler gets sucked into the seeker’s intriguing mystical web and the indoctrination begins anew.

Question: What kind of a ‘mystery’ could be so “vast” that it
  • ‘moves behind and through human events’ 
  • ‘directs and turns the path of world leaders’ 
  • ‘and determines the future of nations and empires—to bring all things to their appointed end?’
Answer: A false mystery; a blasphemous lie. All of these things belong to the Lord God almighty, Whose Word is recorded in Scripture, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” (Isa. 46:10). It is the Lord who writes history in advance (genuine prophecy), not some nebulous impersonal force, nor law that connects the past with the future, which is occult mysticism.

When the unnamed traveler responds in disbelief, the seeker replies that he wouldn’t have believed it either if, “I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes.”[8] But contrary to his supposed visible proofs of authenticity (experiential) the Bible says, “for we walk by faith, not by sight” (2. Cor. 5:7). And “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1).

Jonathan Cahn

THE ORACLE SAGE 
Unfortunately, Cahn draws his readers through a murky, fictitious mixture that relegates God’s Word to nothing more than a deceptive prop to help shore up his own seductive mysteries and false visions. Instead of searching through the Scriptures, the seeker (who reveals what he learned about these so-called mysteries to the unnamed traveler), says that truth was supernaturally revealed to him through a series of visions that the Oracle, a mysterious mountaintop dweller, interprets for him with extrabiblical revelation and knowledge.

In the early chapters of the book, the unnamed traveler and the seeker consider the meaning of an oracle. In one exchange, the seeker informs his companion that the ancient world was filled with pagan oracles who “claimed the powers of revelation and prophecy, each claiming to speak from God or the gods.”[9] (See the dictionary definition of “oracle” featured at the top of this post.)

The seeker then contrasts the pagan oracles with the biblical oracles. He begins with the oracle at Delphi, where “seekers would journey to the Temple of Apollo to receive the oracle’s revelations,” then pivots to God’s “oracles,” the “prophets, seers, priests, messengers of God, those chosen vessels of divine revelation.”

He gives two examples from the Scripture; one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. The first, “It is written that the counsel given by a man named Ahithophel ‘was as if one had inquired at the oracle of God.’” The partial verse quoted here is footnoted, requiring the reader to search for the Bible reference in the back of the book. The reference is from 2 Samuel 16:23, but the context of the verse is put into proper perspective by reading chapters 15-17 of 2 Samuel. The truth about Ahithophel is not a positive one. He had been one of King David’s closest advisors, but then switched his allegiance to Absalom—whom he counseled to kill his own father. David was God’s chosen one. In the end, Ahithophel’s advice was not taken and he hanged himself in disgrace (2 Sam. 17:23). The unnamed traveler should have ‘been a Berean’ “in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).

The seeker cites Romans 3:2 in the New Testament example of God’s oracles, “So the apostle Paul wrote that the nation of Israel was entrusted with the ‘oracles of God.’” Again, the verse is footnoted. What Paul is actually saying in this verse, is that God had entrusted the Jewish people with the “very words”[10] of God—His Word—the Scriptures. The ‘oracles of God’ are ‘God-breathed’ words (2 Tim. 3:16). They are not the mystical hocus pocus Cahn’s ‘Oracle’ reveals. Rather, this enigmatic man operates like the ancient pagan Oracle at Delphi.

“Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in My name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.”
(Jer. 14:14)

Exhibit: Depiction of the Oracle at Delphi[11]

SEARCHING FOR TRUTH IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES 
The saga begins in the seeker’s living room when he experiences a troubling vision at three separate times. The vision directs the seeker to find someone named “the Oracle.” Unbelievably, the seeker then begins his search on the Internet! Undeterred, he also scours libraries, history books, periodicals, and religious books, ultimately finding a reference to the Oracle in an obscure article preserved on microfilm. Then begins his long and arduous journey to a faraway desert mountain. Note that the seeker doesn't start by searching the Scriptures (Acts 17:10-11).

Reading about the seeker’s pilgrimage to locate the elusive Oracle immediately reminded me of the young Jedi, Luke Skywalker, seeking out the murky planet Dagobah (from the Star Wars universe) in order to find the enlightened grandmaster Yoda, so that he could begin his training in the Force. The seeker, like Skywalker, was on a spiritual quest to find a guru of ancient mysteries that was revealed to him in a vision (in Luke’s case, it was the ghost of Obi Wan).

Before each encounter with the Oracle (and there were several), the seeker would have to find him first, guided each time by an unnamed, shadowy little boy who appeared at all the right moments and always seemed to know the seeker’s whereabouts, as well as the Oracle’s. Between visits, the Oracle instructed the seeker to wait in his tent until the specified number of visions manifested, which the Oracle would later decipher. The seeker was given the umbrella ‘vision of seven doors’, which consisted of multiple visions behind each successive ‘door’ that required a special ‘key’ from the Oracle to open. If I counted accurately, there were a total of 42 imaginary visions unveiled in the Oracle (not including the one the seeker had in his living room)—each one creatively devised by Rabbi Cahn.

The seeker should have instead sought out the true Door, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:9).

GOD’S PROPHET DANIEL 
Prophets in the Bible who had prophetic visions didn’t have to make holy expeditions into the wilderness in order to receive a vision from God. Every single prophet was directed by God Himself, and many like Daniel, received a visit from His angelic messengers. Each vision had a distinct purpose, time, and chosen human vessel—and each one was recorded in God’s Word as He alone directed. The Lord orchestrated every move.

The prophet Daniel was taken into captivity by the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar in 605 B.C., in the first siege of Judah.[12] God would prepare and use Daniel to record the most incredible prophecies given by God beginning from his time all the way to the end times—all relating to the Jewish people. The Book of Revelation would pick up where Daniel ended, but this time the prophecies would be recorded by the Apostle John on the isle of Patmos during his exile (Rev. 1:1,9). Both of God’s servants, separated by centuries, obeyed the Lord’s call and recorded what they saw.

Following Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the statue in Daniel Chapter 2, only Daniel was given the correct interpretation—by the Lord. Note how Daniel acknowledged God for revealing the king’s dream:

"Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said, blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His

"And He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: 

"He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him. I thank Thee, and praise Thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of Thee: for Thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter."
(Dan. 2:19-22)


Exhibit: A depiction of the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream[13]

In Chapter 22 of The Oracle, titled “The Number of the End,” Cahn relies on a single verse in Daniel’s prophetic book as a proof text to support his strange teaching that “1,335 is the number signifying the end of the occupation of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount” (pg. 86). The verse was taken from Dan. 12:12:

“Blessed is the one who waits, and comes to the
one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.” 

The problem is that Cahn fails to put this verse in its proper context. In addition, the reader is forced again to search for the Bible reference cited in the chapter notes at the back of the book. Here are verses 11 and 12 together:

“And from the time the daily sacrifice is abolished
and the abomination of desolation set up
,
there will be 1,290 days.
Blessed is he who waits and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.”

(Dan. 12:11-12)

Prophetically, the timing of these verses take place AFTER the Antichrist desecrates the Jewish temple in Jerusalem (when “the abomination of desolation is set up”)! The timing of this terrible event is during the Tribulation—Daniel’s 70th Week (a 7-year time period). Dan. 11:36 through Dan. 12:12 puts everything into context. These verses take place during the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” (Jer. 30:7), an unparalleled time of distress and persecution for the Jewish people (Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:21-22). Antichrist will already be on the scene, and the end-time Jewish temple will already be standing in the Holy City.

“From the time of the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation set up (see Dan. 9:27; 12:1; 2 Thess. 2:3-4; Matt. 24:15-22), there will be 1,290 days” (7 years, plus 30 days). “Blessed is he who awaits and reaches the end of the 1,335 days” (7 years, plus 75 days). Verse 13 closes Daniel’s prophetic book, “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” 

Daniel would be with the Lord before these prophecies would take place, but these verses serve to warn and encourage his people, the Jews, who would live through the most difficult time the world has ever seen, a distinct period in history that God revealed to him and He recorded.

Sadly, none of these truths are mentioned in The Oracle. This is a curious omission considering how much Jewish history is covered in the book. Instead, Cahn devotes a chapter of his book, using Dan. 12:12, to prove that the number 1,335 is a magic number—'a biblical template’ “given to the Jewish people to speak of the end of foreigners occupying the land, inhabiting the holy places, the end of the obstruction of God’s purposes (pg. 87).” Here are a few so-called signs that Cahn cites in this chapter to bolster his teaching focusing on a single number:
  • The number 1,335 began manifesting on Egyptian coins at the end of the Ottoman occupation of Jerusalem in 1917—a Jubilee year (pg. 87) 
  • The Islamic calendar year in 1917 was 1,335 
  • It would be 8 Jubilees (periods of 50 years) from the rise of Mohammad in 1,335 until the end of the Ottoman Empire with the Balfour Declaration in 1917 (pg. 88) 

Rabbi Cahn dedicated a lot ink in his book to elevate this particular mystical number—at the expense of the astounding truths that God had already communicated to Daniel. To make his mystical case Cahn goes back, not to the covenant God made with Abraham, but rather to the Mosaic covenant concept of the year of Jubilee.

THE LAW OF JUBILEES 
According to the Law of Moses, the Jubilee was seven sabbaths of years. The last year of the seven-year cycle was called a Shemitah, or “releasing.”[14] The 50th year, the Jubilee, was consecrated to the Lord. Debts were forgiven, slaves were freed, and property was returned to its original owner. The ordinance is recorded in Leviticus:

"And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. 

"And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. For it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. 

In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession. And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not oppress one another: According to the number of years after the jubile thou shalt buy of thy neighbour, and according unto the number of years of the fruits he shall sell unto thee: According to the multitude of years thou shalt increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of years thou shalt diminish the price of it: for according to the number of the years of the fruits doth he sell unto thee. Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God."
(Lev. 25:8-17)

The Jubilee becomes central to Cahn’s teaching in The Oracle. He links a series of 50-year cycles to the return of the Jews to their land which he refers to as, “the Jubilean mysteries.”[15] Yet Scripture is plain on its face that the promises of the land to the Jewish people hearken back to the covenant God made with Abraham.

So the first question that arises is how could this law of Moses still be in effect after the birth, death, and resurrection of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ? Cahn never explains it. Neither does he explain how he can precisely pinpoint each so-called Jubilean mystery when the Jewish rabbis say that the modern Hebrew calendar and the one established in Moses day are out of synch. Dave James, in an article review of Cahn’s 2014 book, The Mystery of the Shemitah, outlines the difficulties with accurately dating not only the Shemitah, but the Jubilean cycles:

Even less certain [than the timing of Shemitah] is the timing of the Jubilee year, which was a special Shemitah year that occurred after seven of the seven-year Sabbath cycles, i.e., in the 50th year. Furthermore, there is no consensus among the rabbis as to whether the Jubilee year was concurrent with the 49th year or whether it was after the 49th year and concurrent with the first year of the next seven-year cycle. 

To complicate things further, some have suggested that the Jubilee was an intercalary year (a year that is inserted into the calendar), such that the Jubilee cycles were 50 years each. If this is true, which the Jewish Encyclopedia indicates is the majority view among the rabbis, then the seven-year cycle would move later by one year for every 50 years. And besides all this, there are questions concerning exactly when the Jubilee year was suspended (as it is no longer observed). 

Taken together, this means that it is virtually impossible to know for certain if the Shemitah years are being reckoned according to God’s calendar. Yet, despite all of these difficulties which should be known by a Jewish rabbi, and after acknowledging that no one knows when the Jubilee years are on the Hebrew calendar, Cahn apparently brushes these problems aside and begins discussing the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and the Six-Day War in 1967, claiming that these amount to Jubilee years for the nation of Israel, whether or not they are legitimate Jubilee years in the eyes of God.[16][bold added] 

In The Oracle, Cahn again mystically links ‘the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and the Six-Day War in 1967’—among a litany of other important Jewish dates and figures—regardless of “whether or not they are legitimate Jubilee years in the eyes of God.” Yet these dates… and other specific numbers become the foundation of the entire book.

Cahn's 2014 book cover

‘THE MATRIX OF YEARS’
The best synopsis of Cahn’s Jubilean mysteries is found in chapter 55, “The Matrix of Years,” but it does not cover all of them. The other ‘mysteries’ of dates, numbers, events, and important figures are tricky to ferret out due to the manifold visions and subsequent dialogue the reader must slog through to understand the next revealed ‘mystery’. The significance, from Cahn’s perspective, of repeating dates and numbers in the Jubilean years from this chapter are bulleted below, along with added quotes and insights gathered from elsewhere in the book:

AD 67 AND THE NUMBER 17 

  • “So with the exception of the political Jubilee, which began in the fiftieth year of Zionism, every Jubilean event manifests in a year ending with the number 17 or the number 67: 1867, 1917, 1967, and 2017… the timing of each one determined by the [Roman] invasion of AD 67, the year in which the destruction began.” (pg. 240) [bold added] 
  • It begins in Galilee - the first Israeli ancestral possession to be lost beginning in AD 67 by Roman General Vespasian.
    - This “loss determined everything that followed.”
    - “It was that event in AD 67 that would determine the timing of everything else.” (pg. 239) [bold added] 
  • The Jubilee (50 years) after AD 67 = 117.
    - “…The timing of the Roman invasion plus the fifty-year cycle of the Jubilean mystery will determine that the years of restoration will end in then number 17.” [bold added]
    - The land of Israel transferred for the last time before the restoration to the Ottoman Empire in 1517— “a year ending in the number 17—the twenty-ninth Jubilee from the year of Vespasian’s invasion.” (pg. 240) 
  • General Allenby drove the Ottoman Empire out of the land and liberated Jerusalem in 1917.
    - “Another year ending in 17—the thirty-seventh Jubilee from the year of the invasion.” (pg. 240)
    - The Balfour Declaration established a homeland for the Jewish people following WWI in 1917. (pp. 70-74) 
  • America recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol in 2017.
    - “Another year ending in 17—the thirty-ninth Jubilee from the ancient invasion.” (pg. 240) 

The Jewish Virtual Library states that the Roman siege which culminated in the destruction of the Jewish Temple took place from “66-70 CE.” It appears that Cahn selectively chose 67AD because this number fits his mysterious template. Secondly, how on earth could the timing of this event determine each of the other dates in Jewish history ending in the numbers 17 or 67? This is absurd. If this so-called foundational date is wrong (or fudged), then all the dates that follow it fail as well.

Also note that none of this numerology is essential to understanding the basic biblical prophetical significance of the Jewish return to their homeland after millennia in exile.

AD 67, THE NUMBER 67

  • “In 1867 the release of the land began. In 1917 the release came to its fulfillment. In the first Jubilee the land was measured. In the second it was transferred.” (pg. 73) 
  • Mark Twain—the prophesied ‘stranger’ of Deut. 29:22-23—came to the Holy Land in 1867.
    - “the words of Moses from the mouth of Mark Twain in the form of prophecy…” (pg. 38)
    - “A year ending in 67—the thirty-sixth Jubilee from the first loss of the ancestral land.” (pg. 240) 
  • British Military officer Charles Warren was commissioned to survey and map out the Holy Land in 1867. (pp. 40-42)
    - He excavated Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, discovering an ancient shaft that year which foreshadowed the restoration of Jerusalem. (pp. 47-49) 
  • The Ottoman Empire began releasing the land of Israel in 1867 following the Crimean War foreshadowing the Jubilee of Israel’s return to the land. (pp. 50-53)
    - “… the mystery applies to the entire world, to believer and unbeliever alike. The mystery causes all things, all events even the rise and fall of kingdoms, to move in the course that will fulfill the appointed purpose…” (pg. 50) [bold added]
    - “… in the Jubilee, those who occupy the land must release it…they must relinquish it. The land must return to its original owner. And so it would all happen as it was prophesied…the prophecy could not be stopped. The release of the land would continue nonetheless and would prepare the way for the return of the exiles…” (pg. 51) 
  • Jewish soldiers entered in through the gates of Jerusalem in 1967 during the 6-Day War.
    - “Another year ending in 67—the thirty-eighth Jubilee from when it all began.” (pg. 240) 
  • There would be 7 Jubilees from the transference of the Holy Land to the Ottomans in 1517 to the release in 1967. (pp. 54-56) 

Equally disturbing to the magical number game, Cahn’s erroneous contention that “the mystery causes all things, all events even the rise and fall of kingdoms, to move in the course that will fulfill the appointed purpose…” usurps the sovereignty of the Lord! “The mystery” is not a person, so it must be an impersonal, mystical force (think Star Wars).  This is a New Age belief that is completely opposed to Christianity. As above, so below.

Have you noticed Cahn’s fascination with so-called prophetic numbers and dates—that are correlated to Israel’s history? The Oracle betrays Cahn’s substantial reliance on gematriaJewish mysticism—to connect these so-called ‘Jubilean mysteries’ together. Gematria is explained below by a Jewish website:

Gematria is a numerological system by which Hebrew letters correspond to numbers. This system, developed by practitioners of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), derived from Greek influence and became a tool for interpreting biblical texts

In gematria, each Hebrew letter is represented by a number (for example, aleph = 1, bet = 2, etc.). One can then calculate the numerical value of a word by adding together the values of each letter in it. In the realm of biblical interpretation, commentators base an argument on numerological equivalence of words. If a word’s numerical value equals that of another word, a commentator might draw a connection between these two words and the verses in which they appear and use this to prove larger conceptual conclusions.[17][bold added] 

Gematria is the mystical glue that holds everything together in The Oracle. Below is an overt example of this taken from a chapter called, “The Jubilean Code.” It is a narrative taking place between the Oracle and the seeker. The Oracle is interpreting the seeker’s vision of “the four jeweled keys”:

[The Oracle]: Now we can open up the mystery. In the Jubilean ordinance in Leviticus 25 it is written: “You shall return, each one to his own family”. Three verses later it is written, “you shall return, each one to his possession, his ancestral land.” The words you shall return are the translation of just one Hebrew word: tashuvu

The verse the Oracle quoted, “you shall return, each one to his possession, his ancestral land,” was taken from Lev. 25:13. I looked at 28 Bible translations[18] of that verse; 13 of them translated the verse, “… each to his possession," omitting the phrase “his ancestral land.” 11 of them translated it, “… to its original owner,” again omitting the phrase, “his ancestral land.” One translated it, “his own land that he has inherited,” again omitting the phrase, “his ancestral land.” There was only ONE of the 28 Bible translations that translated the verse, “the land that belonged to your ancestors”—the New Living Translation. When I checked which Bible Cahn used in the footnotes it read: “author’s translation.” How convenient. The fact is that a search of the term “the land” in the written Word reveals that God plainly and openly (not secretly) spoke to the Jewish people about the significance of their land ancestrally, economically and prophetically (Genesis 13:15; 13:17; 17:8, etc.). 

Tashuvu is the Jubilean command contained in one word. Hidden in that one word is a secret that spans the ages, a mystery of four Hebrew letters. 

[The seeker]: Four Hebrew letters… [t]hey were the four keys, the four symbols in my vision. The four keys were the letters of tashuvu[bold added]

The Jubilee passage cited in Leviticus (v. 8-17) is 10 verses long. How is it that Rabbi Cahn chose the single word “return” from dozens of other words in that section? Did he have special knowledge… or did he arbitrarily select it as he did his Bible translation?

[The Oracle]: The four Hebrew letters of tashuvu are the letter tav, the letter shin, the letter beit, and the letter vav. And remember, each letter is also a number. Tav is the Hebrew number for 400. Shin is the Hebrew number 300. Beit is the Hebrew number 2. And vav is the Hebrew number 6. 400, 300, 2, and 6. What number does the word tashuvu come out to? 

Since we know that Kabbalists came up with these esoteric numerical values for the Hebrew alphabet, why would we trust such occult methods over a proper hermeneutic of the plain words of Scriptures?

[The seeker]: 708. 

[The Oracle]: 708. That’s correct. Now tell me… what year do those Hebrew letters and that word pinpoint on the Western calendar? 

[The seeker]: If the Hebrew letter for 660 stands for 1900… then 708 is… 48 years later. So the Hebrew letters stand for… the year… 1948! 

[The Oracle]: Yes… the word tashuvu pinpoints the year 1948. 

[The seeker]: 1948! The year Israel came back into the world. 

[The Oracle]: The year of the return. 

[The seeker]: Amazing! And so the Hebrew word that means you shall return contains the secret of the time when the nation of Israel would return! The ancient Jubilean ordinance actually identifies the year of Israel’s return![19][bold added] 

Cahn’s entire “secret of time” scenario is based entirely on a boatload of arbitrary and cherry-picked data that he fed into his gematria calculator with the desired outcome established beforehand. Each of his newly ‘revealed secrets’ moves the reader farther and farther from the truth and away from sound Bible exegesis.

NUMBER MYSTICISM
It is apparent that the source of the Oracle’s knowledge (and Cahn’s) is not based upon the actual written Word of God, using the plain meaning of the language, rational thought, and the Holy Spirit to understand what the Lord is communicating. But rather, this is a form of occult mysticism born out of the Kabbalah. Note this familiar theme denoted by a sampling of chapters from The Oracle listed below. These occult-sounding chapter titles do not honor Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and the simplicity of His Gospel of salvation:
  • The Mystery 
  • The Vision 
  • The Sultan’s Code 
  • The Number of the End 
  • The Jubilean Code 
  • The Babylonian Code 
  • The Masada Algorithm 
  • The Seven-Year Mystery 
  • The Matrix of Year 
  • The Final Mystery 

Cahn relies heavily on gematria, which is a form of divination related to numerology. In 2012, we published an article called, “The Enigma Bible,” which was the third part of an article series exposing the mysticism of the Postmodern Prophecy Paradigm (PPP) teachers, including the late Chuck Missler, titled “Cosms, Codes, and Cryptologies.” Note the similarity of numerology to gematria:

The Book of Divination names one of these scientific methods “numerology,” or “number mysticism.” It was discovered by the 6th century Greek mathematician Pythagoras, who believed that “[t]he numeral relations among things was… the motive force of the universe.” Numerology is a form of divination used widely in the occult world. It is often connected with astrology (birth dates, e.g.) and it is used “to discover the secret passageways that connect all things,” i.e., to divine esoteric knowledge by mystical means using numbers.[20][bold added] 

In that same article, it was noted that there is a legitimate place for examining numbers and patterns found in Scripture, but not as Cahn does:

Although numerology is clearly a form of occult divination, there is a legitimate study of numbers as it relates to the Bible. John Weldon informs us that: 

"The Bible clearly uses numbers in a conventional and rhetorical sense, and as far as these are concerned, the study of biblical numerology is legitimate. We also occasionally find numbers used symbolically—such as the number 7 in Revelation 3:185—but we never find numbers used mystically—that is, with hidden meanings that can illuminate the text or reveal the future." [bold added] 

In a legitimate study of numbers in the Bible “we never find numbers used mystically—that is, with hidden meanings that can illuminate the text or reveal the future.” But this is exactly what Cahn does. His book premise falls apart without it.

“That saith of Cyrus, He is My shepherd,
and shall perform all My pleasure:
even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built;
and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid”

(Isa. 44:28)


Exhibit: A depiction of King Cyrus[21]

THE RETURN OF THE PERSIAN—
THE ‘TEMPLATE OF CYRUS’

Over a century before he was born, Isaiah prophesied that Cyrus, God’s “shepherd” would rebuild Jerusalem and God’s temple (Isa. 44:28). Daniel the prophet would not only see the kingdom the Medes and the Persians conquer the Babylonian empire through the dream of the statute, (“his breast and his arms of silver,” Dan. 2:31, 39) and the dream of the four beasts, the second (“like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side,” Dan. 7:5), he would be alive when King Cyrus came to power. “So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian (Dan. 6:28).

Ezra records that Cyrus had been chosen by God to rebuild His temple in Jerusalem:

Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the Word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, 
'Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and He hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.'”
(Ezra 1:1-2; 2 Chron. 36:22-23)

Note that God ordained each of these details—and much more “… that the Word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled….” God “stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia.” The Lord had called another prophet named Jeremiah to record key prophecies related to Judah’s seventy years of Babylonian captivity and the promise that the nation would return to their land (Jer. 25:12; 27:22: 29:10). To understand these prophecies, their fulfillment, and purpose, we did not have to resort to number mysticism, seek out visions, or consult a spiritual guru. The Lord has told us what He wants us to know from Genesis to Revelation. We dare not venture beyond the Scriptures.

New Apostolic Reformation founder C. Peter Wagner's citation
of the so-called "Cyrus anointing" in his 2008 book Dominion!*


Unfortunately for his readers, Cahn has drifted well away from the Word of God into the forbidden mystical (occult) realm. He appears to be following in the footsteps of other leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) with whom he has associated over recent years. Cahn devoted five entire chapters of his book to prove that “the Jubilean mysteries determined” the election of two modern U.S. presidents— “in the template of Cyrus.” Bulleted below are selected tenets and quotes from chapters 29, and 48-51:
  • “[President] Truman, the one who would follow the template of Cyrus, had to become president at the exact time, at the moment of Israel’s resurrection, at the Cyrus moment. So the Jubilean mysteries determined who would become president of the United States.” (pg. 122) [bold, underscore added]
Again, Cahn parallels “the Jubilean mysteries” as an unseen force that has the uncanny ability to “determine” American presidents. As we saw in Dan. 2:21, “… [God] removeth kings, and setteth up kings…,” not Cahn’s Jubilean force. 
  • Cyrus’ time in government spanned thirty years, and so did Truman’s. “Most scholars place Cyrus’ birth between 600 and 599 BC. That would mean that when he ascended to the pinnacle of world power, he would have been around sixty years of age. The seminal moment in Truman’s rise to world power came in the spring of 1945 when he assumed the office of the presidency… [w]hen he came to that position of world power, he was… sixty years old…” (pp. 118-119) 

Cahn admits here to fudging the facts about Cyrus’ age when he rose to power. He says “Most scholars place Cyrus’ birth between 600 and 599 BC… he would have been around sixty years of age…” This is hardly a “template” if he isn’t even sure the exact year of Cyrus’ birth. Cahn then devolves into the following mystical sequence:
  • Thus all of world history there are two leaders associated with a declaration of universal human rights and specifically the right to return to one’s homeland: King Cyrus and President Truman.” Cyrus gave his ancient declaration in 539 BC; Truman in 1948. 
  • Truman urged the British to release one hundred thousand Jewish Holocaust refugees and allow them to return to Palestine. Truman’s “pressure of the return of the Jewish exiles to the land would ultimately lead the British Empire to end its occupation of the land which would in turn lead to the nation’s rebirth. Cyrus had bought about the end of a seventy-year exile; Truman would ultimately bring about the end of a two-thousand-year-old exile…” (pp. 120-121) 
  • President Donald Trump would become “a second American Cyrus, one who would replay the mystery and who would begin where the first had left off.” (pp. 205-206) 
  • President Trump issued a statement from the White House in 2017 that quoted King Cyrus. “It was not only that the president had issued a public statement in which he spoke of Cyrus but that he spoke words attributed to the ancient king. In other words, he wasn’t only speaking of Cyrus; he was now speaking as Cyrus. The president and the king were joined together. (pg. 206) [bold added] 
  • “So Trump was appointed Cyrus for America.” (pg. 207) [bold added] 
(Source)**

“Trump was appointed Cyrus for America,” but it was by Rabbi Cahn and his NAR cohorts, not by God. The ludicrous idea that by merely quoting King Cyrus, President Trump would not only be speaking of Cyrus, but also “be speaking as Cyrus” is utterly foolish and illogical. The president simply quoted him. Cahn continues with his mystical sequence:
  • Jeremiah said that the Babylonian captivity would end when seventy years was completed—then Cyrus would rule. “The key is seventy years… Cyrus is connected to and interval of seventy years… [Trump] ascended to world power after seventy years and that rise began… in the start of his seventieth year.” (pg. 208) 
  • Going back seventy years from Trump’s proclamation concerning Cyrus leads to “1947. The year that Israel was voted into existence at the United Nations. So the seventy years began with Israel’s conception. In the ancient case it was at the end of a critical seventy-year period in Israel’s history that Cyrus ascended to world power. So the template would reveal that after a critical seventy-year period in Israel’s history we would see the rise of a world leader who would issue a proclamation concerning Israel. So the modern seventy-year period ended in the year 2017, the very year that a new Cyrus, Donald Trump, rose to world power…” (pg. 209) [bold, underscore added] 
  • “The two presidents [Truman and Trump] who walk in the template of Cyrus are connected not only to a critical seventy-year period in Israel’s history but a seventy-year period with regard to each other. The two presidencies take place seventy years apart from the other. Trump leads America seventy years after Truman led America. And as the reign of Cyrus framed the seventy-year period, so each of the two American presidents frame the modern seventy-year period… And the seventy-year period they frame has to do with Israel’s restoration.” (pg. 209) [bold, underscore added] 
Exhibit: Cyrus anointing and Trump****

Cahn has ravaged the significance of the seventy-year time frame from Scripture in order to promulgate his “template of Cyrus” mystery. In truth, Daniel learned from reading Jeremiah that the desolation of Jerusalem was going to last seventy years (Dan. 9:2; Jer. 25:8-10). Chronicles 36:21 records that God judged Judah for disobeying the Sabbath rest of the land for seventy years (Lev. 25:4).
  • “So the central figure in the Jubilee of 2017 was Trump, which means he who sounds the trumpet… Trump means trumpet.” (pg. 212) 
  • In 2017, a Jubilee year, President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem at the capitol of Israel and placed the U.S. embassy there—the first time in modern history. (pp. 201-204) 
  • “As in the proclamation of the ancient king, the president’s declaration ultimately focused on a house. An embassy is not a temple, but it is nevertheless a house, a building. And likewise the president specifically directed that the house would stand in Jerusalem. The house that Cyrus decreed was specifically linked to the return of the Jewish people to the city—so too would be the house that the president decreed….” (pg. 221) 

Cahn exhausts the reader with such endless dubious linkages—all based upon his unbiblical number mysticism. The bulleted portion above is a wee sampling of these templates and patterns permeating the pages of The Oracle.

Did you catch the inconsistencies in that last bullet point? They may have been missed in the mystical weeds of repeating dates and numbers swirling about the text in an ever-turning kaleidoscope of new-found revelation. Isaiah and Ezra both record that God charged King Cyrus to rebuild Jerusalem—and His temple (house) within the Holy City. Neither President Truman nor President Trump did anything like that. While Truman was beneficent to the Jewish people, he never ordered the construction of a Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Neither has Trump. While he has also been a friend of Israel and to its current prime minister, President Trump did not commission the building of a Jewish temple in 2017—the supposed Jubilee year. There has been no Jewish temple in the Holy City since AD 70 when it was sacked by the Romans. Cahn may do gymnastics with the word “house,” passing it off as “an American embassy” in a crafty sleight of hand, but the trickery fails after examining Isaiah 44:38 and Ezra 1:1-2. Truman nor Trump remotely compare to what Cyrus did—by the Lord’s instruction. There is no “template of Cyrus.” Yet Rabbi Cahn is just one of many PPP leaders peddling this deception concerning Cyrus.[22]
 
One origination of the Cyrus anointing heresy in the NAR***

Here is the plain scriptural truth of the matter:

“And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by His messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because He had compassion on His people, and on His dwelling place: But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised His words, and misused His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy. 

Therefore He brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: He gave them all into his hand. And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon

And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: To fulfil the Word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years. 

Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the Word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, 'Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and He hath charged me to build Him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all His people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.'”
(2 Chron. 36:15-23)
 
Dave James 2015 book

THE TRUTH: 

“For we are not as many, which corrupt the Word of God:
but as of sincerity, but as of God,
in the sight of God speak we in Christ.”

(2 Cor. 2:17)

In the fall of 2015, we published a review of David James’ 2015 e-book, Biblical Guide to the Shemitah and the Blood Moons, which critiqued Rabbi Cahn’s book as well as his teachings (and a few of his contemporaries) on the Blood Moon prophecies. Here is an excerpt of that review:

The book, The Mystery of The Shemitah, by Jonathan Cahn—a runaway sequel to his bestselling book, The Harbinger—has nearly rivaled the success of its predecessor—and has proponents of these ancient mysteries eagerly anticipating the economic destruction of the United States this September (when the “Shemitah” cycles end), in fulfillment of the apocalyptic and calamitous judgments, predicted in the so-called hidden end-time Jewish prophecies, Sabbaths (Shemitahs, pronounced sh’mee’-tah), and current Blood Moon Tetrad (aligned with Jewish feast days), detailed in Cahn’s books. 

There is extraordinary publicity ramping up over the dire events that are predicted to happen the last few weeks in September this year, 2015. Charisma, for example, just ran an article titled “10 Things That Are Going to Happen Within 15 Days of the End of the Shemitah,” which attempts to prophetically connect the Jade Helm military exercises, selected United Nations conferences, and even the Pope's upcoming visit to America events [due] to the Blood Moons prophecies that have been popularized by men such as Jonathan Cahn, Mark Biltz and John Hagee.[23]

The reader may recall the media bombardment of that time, a veritable cacophony of so-called religious experts, Christian pundits, and news outlets broadcasting the looming dire consequences of the “Shemitah” judgments on America and the ominous synchronization of the Blood Moon Tetrad. Rabbi Jonathan Cahn was the main prophecy monger of the hour. Do you remember what happened? Absolutely nothing! Not one of Cahn’s predictions came true.[24] But his book was a runaway best seller. Knowing these things, how is it then that his latest sensation, The Oracle: the Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled, is now also a number one best seller? The Apostle Paul warned of this time when he said,  

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,
having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth,
and shall be turned unto fables.”

(2 Tim. 4:3-4)

ERROR + TRUTH = ERROR

In the final chapters of The Oracle, on pages 274-277, Cahn finally mentions salvation in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah through the narrative between the Oracle and the seeker. Here is part of what is spoken on these pages:

“So it was foretold in the Hebrew prophecies that Messiah, through his death, would make atonement for our sins and cleanse us from iniquity. If you make and end of sin, then you end the separation… then the exile is over… then our exile is over.” 

“There was only one day in the Hebrew year on which the Jubilee could come—on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. That was the day that the sacrifice was offered up to atone for sin, to end the separation between man and God. It’s the sacrifice that… ushers in the Jubilee. Messiah is the sacrifice. So from him comes the Jubilee and the power of restoration.” 

“All restoration… Resurrection… is the ultimate restoration.” 

“… salvation is also a Jubilean mystery.” 

Note that last sentence. Is he seriously teaching this?! During the dialogue, the seeker asks the Oracle how one “returns to God.” He responds:

“It’s all in the mystery… In Hebrew to return is to repent, and to repent is to return. So how do you return? You repent. You turn to God. You come back. You open your heart to His love and His forgiveness, and you come home… It can begin with a simple prayer. You ask for mercy, for cleansing and forgiveness, for redemption and restoration. And you find it in the love, the hope, the sacrifice, and the name of Messiah… Messiah is the Jubilee.” Then the Oracle shares the mystery of the “final Jubilee”, a “return to Paradise,” concluding that Heaven is “the ultimate land of the Jubilee” and that Jerusalem is a “shadow of Heaven.” 

While Jesus is mentioned here, this is troubling at many levels. The main problem is his confession of SIN. Simply praying to the Lord ‘forgive me’ doesn’t cut it. We must acknowledge what we did, what we said, or even things we thought about that ‘missed the mark’ in God’s eyes. Naming the sin and having true remorse for it are all part of confessing sin. Jesus Christ went to the Cross because of our sin. The Apostle John exhorts believers saying, that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn. 1:9). Confession of sin is the beginning of repentance and cleansing.

Romans says “that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom.10:9-10). And in Acts, “And they said, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31).

Believers also confess that Jesus is Lord… and that He is raised from the dead. He is not simply the familiar “Jesus,” but the Lord Jesus Christ. The Greek word for “Lord” used in both verses above is kuros, or “supreme in authority,” “Master.“[25] There is a heart-ward submission to His sovereignty over all things—especially our lives. But Rabbi Cahn does not refer to the Lord Jesus this way in The Oracle. He is called Messiah (Christ) or Yeshua (Jesus), but He is never called Lord.

But in The Oracle, Jesus is simply a means to an end. Yeshua’s Jewish-Christian reputation was needed to stamp the ‘Jubilean Mysteries’ with a divine imprimatur.

Finally, it should be noted that there are major historical events surrounding God’s blessings toward the Jewish people that are celebrated in The Oracle. But even the bits of truth that are found in it are hopelessly overwhelmed by Cahn’s captivating visions, spell-binding mysteries, beguiling number mysticism… and other seductive teachings not clearly found in Scripture. A mixture of truth and error is error. Readers shelling out $20 to buy Cahn’s book don’t seem to want to be convicted of sin, brought to repentance, nor told that the Lord Jesus Christ reigns over their lives. Rather, they are choosing bewitchment. They apparently prefer the latest untold secret, unlocked mystery, or revealed hidden prophecy. Many are flocking to religious hucksters—supposed experts with the hidden knowledge—whom they believe have the special Gnostic keys to reveal ancient mysteries and to unlock prophetic doors. Such thrill seekers will only drift away from the “King of kings and Lord of lords“ (Rev. 19:6)—the Word (Jn. 1:1) and—the Truth (Jn. 14:6).

“And I fell at his feet to worship him [an angel].
And he said unto me, see thou do it not:
I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren
that have the testimony of Jesus:
worship God:
for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

(Rev. 19:10)

(Jeremiah 23:26 NASB)


Endnotes:
1. the oracle, הַמַּשָּׂ֗א (ham·maś·śā) Article, Noun - masculine singular, Strong's Hebrew 4853: A burden, tribute, porterage, an utterance, chiefly a, doom, singing, mental, desire Bible lexicon; Biblehub.com: https://biblehub.com/jeremiah/23-36.htm
2. Jonathan Cahn, The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled, FrontLine Charisma Media/Charisma House, Lake Mary, FL, 2019, beginning pages. 
3. Graphic exhibit from an astrology website; astrocentro.com: https://www.astrocentro.com.br/blog/numerologia/numerologia-dos-orixas/attachment/numerologia-dos-orixas/
4. Merriam Webster Learners Dictionary online; http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/oracle
5. The Oracle, pg. 225. 
6. Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15 in Books (See Top 100 in Books): #1 in Christian Prophecies; #1 in Christian Literature & Fiction; #1 in Christian Prophecy (Books) https://www.amazon.com/Oracle-Jubilean-Mysteries-Unveiled/dp/1629996297/ref=sr_1_1?hvadid=77859277641274&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&keywords=the+oracle+by+jonathan+cahn&qid=1568863086&sr=8-1. Accessed from the Amazon website Sept. 18, 2019. 
7. The Oracle, pg. 3. 
8. The Oracle, pg. 3. 
9. The Oracle, pg. 7. 
10. very words λόγια (logia), Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural, Strong's Greek 3051: Plur: oracles, divine responses or utterances (it can include the entire Old Testament). Neuter of logios; an utterance. [bold added] Bible lexicon, Biblehub.com: https://biblehub.com/romans/3-2.htm
11. Graphic exhibit from the Ancient-Origins website: https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/pythia-oracle-delphi-001641
12. See: Dan. 1:1; “History of the World from a Biblical Perspective, BibleWorldHistory.com: http://bibleworldhistory.com/70Years.htm
13. Graphic exhibit from Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/557250153866616682/
14. David Mescheloff, Ph.D. mathematics, Ph.D. Talmud, Orthodox community rabbi and organizer of rabbis, “What is ‘Shemitah’”, Quora website: https://www.quora.com/What-is-Shemitah
15. The Oracle, pg. 33-34, pp. 24-28. 
16. David James, “The Mystery of the Shemitah: Is it real?”; The Alliance of Biblical Integrity website: https://www.biblicalintegrity.org/2014/09/19/mystery-of-the-shemitah/. See Pastor Larry DeBruyn's review of Jonathan Cahn's book The Harbinger, Herescope, June 10, 2012, https://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/06/harbinger.html
17. Hila Ratzabi, “What Is Gematria? Hebrew numerology, and the secrets of the Torah”; MyJewishLearning.com: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/gematria/. See Gaylene Goodroad, Quantum Geomancy and Cryptic Mystic Mat: COSMS, CODES, AND CRYPTOLOGIES, Part 6," Herescope, may 26, 2012, https://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/05/quantum-geomancy-and-cryptic-mystic.html
18. See Biblehub.com: https://biblehub.com/leviticus/25-13.htm
19. The Oracle, pp. 134-135. 
20. Gaylene Goodroad, “The Emerging ENIGMA Bible: COSMS, CODES, AND CRYPTOLOGIES, Part 3,” Herescope, May 17, 2012; http://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/05/emerging-enigma-bible.html
21. Graphic exhibit from the Iran Territory blog: https://iranterritory.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/happy-cyrus-day-the-king-of-persia/
22. This is a small listing of ministries and websites promoting the Trump-Cyrus myth; Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Trump-Prophecies-Astonishing-Tomorrow-EXPANDED-ebook/dp/B07PP4JVZ9/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Trump+Prophecies+Astonishing+Tomorrow&qid=1569116926&s=digital-text&sr=1-1; the Jim Bakker Show: https://store.jimbakkershow.com/product/cyrus-trump-bundle-new/; Tom Horn’s Sky Watch TV: https://www.skywatchtv.com/tag/cyrus/; and Charisma News: https://www.charismanews.com/politics/primaries/56703-donald-trump-is-a-central-figure-in-this-prophecy. It was eventually the New Apostolic Reformation, via its late leader C. Peter Wagner, who first popularized this in Wagner's book Dominion! (Chosen, 2008) on page 193 (see graphic exhibit). See the Herescope article 7 Mountain Politics and Theology," February 24, 2016, https://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/02/7-mountain-politics-and-theology.html. For additional study, also the following links which contains articles both pro and con about this purported Trump Cyrus anointing: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/donald-trump-s-amen-corner-prosperity-preachers-and-dominionists; http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/seven-mountains-advocate-declares-god-has-given-donald-trump-anointing-mantle-government; https://m.facebook.com/logged_out/watch/?video_id=10153729859919936&refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2Fstory.php&_rdr; http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/c-peter-wagner-dominion-means-ruling-kings; and http://elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=17003.
23. Gaylene Goodroad, “Blood Moons: Demystifying the Popular Prophecies About Jewish Sabbaths and Blood Moons—A book review of Dave James' book, Biblical Guide to the Shemitah and the Blood Moons: Discerning Popular ‘Prophecies’ in the Light of God’s Word,” August 27, 2015, Herescope: https://herescope.blogspot.com/2015/08/blood-moons.html
24. Listed are a few of the articles we’ve published examining false date setting derived from false prophecies and various unbiblical divining methods: Gaylene Goodroad, “DOOMSDAY DATESETTERS 2012, June 10, 2011, Herescope: https://herescope.blogspot.com/2011/06/doomsday-datesetters-2012.html, Gaylene Goodroad, “Quantum Prophecy: COSMS, CODES, AND CRYPTOLOGIES, Part 7; May 30, 2012, Herescope: https://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/05,“The Rise of Apocalyptic Paganism in the Church: Bible Prophecy in Crisis,” March 07, 2013; Herescope: https://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-rise-of-apocalyptic-paganism-in.html, “12-12-12: NAR DATE SETTING,” November 19, 2012; Herescope: https://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/11/12-12-12.html.
25. [is] Lord,” Κύριον (Kyrion), Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular, Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master. Bible Lexicon; BibleHub.com: https://biblehub.com/romans/10-9.htm

Additional Exhibits:
*The Cyrus anointing idea pre-dates Trump. It is a clear mixture of Church with State, concocting a "prophecy" for a "king" for a "kingdom" that Dominionists have been attempting to build on earth. See footnote 22. This exhibit from the the late New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) leader, C. Peter Wagner, who first popularized this idea in his book significantly titled Dominion! (Chosen, 2008) on page 193. See the Herescope article 7 Mountain Politics and Theology," February 24, 2016, https://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/02/7-mountain-politics-and-theology.html.  
**Exhibit from the Hormoz Shariat website, "Is Trump the Next Cyrus," March 30, 2018, https://hormozshariat.com/2018/03/30/trump-the-next-cyrus/ 
***Archived  August 11, 2011 (again, pre-dating Trump) this exhibit is a screenshot of a website "Cyrus Books and Ministries," Dr. Randall and Rev. Kathryn Sprague, http://cyrusbooksministries.com/default.aspx. Red highlighting added.  
****This exhibit was depicted in a New York Times article titled "Why Trump Reigns as King Cyrus," about a film titled The Trump Prophecy. The article was by Katherine Stewart, Dec. 31, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/opinion/trump-evangelicals-cyrus-king.html. She wrote: "As Lance Wallnau, an evangelical author and speaker who appears in the film, once said, 'I believe the 45th president is meant to be an Isaiah 45 Cyrus,'who will 'restore the crumbling walls that separate us from cultural collapse.'” There are numerous articles on the Herescope blog over the years describing Lance Wallnau and his virulent form of Dominionism. See a compilation of articles cited here: https://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/02/7-mountain-politics-and-theology.html

Ed. Note: The Discernment Research Group has written exhaustively on the topic of the Postmodern Prophecy Paradigm (PPP) teachers. Unfortunately Cahn has fit comfortably within their ranks. Readers can request a compendium of these articles from herescope@gmail.com.