The Shemitah: “A Significant Turning Point for Israel”

2015: A Significant Turning Point for Israel



Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland
Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland (Wikimedia Commons)

(Emphasis added …)  This year 2014-2015 represents a significant turning point, and as noted by many, a Shemitah year in the Jewish calendar. This week marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in southwest Poland, near Krakow. An estimated 1.1 million Jews between 1942 and 1945 were murdered by the Nazis there (including several of my grandfather’s family).

On Jan. 27, the Soviets entered Auschwitz and freed the 7,000 remaining prisoners, all starving and freezing. Not only was Auschwitz liberated but also World War II as a whole came to an end, including the fighting in the Middle East and in the Pacific Rim. This is the end of an important 70-year period for Japan and the surrounding countries there as well. Seventy years is described in the Scriptures as a period to fulfill historic prophecies and punishments (Jer. 25:11, Dan. 9:24). The 70-year period is related to the concept of “visiting the sins of the parents” (Ex. 20:5) and a 70-year life-span (Ps. 90:10).

Seventy years more or less completes the cycle of one generation giving birth to the next, and the first generation passing away. Today the last witnesses of the WWII period are dying off. The current generation has little emotional connection to what happened then. Since the end of WWII there has been a certain transfer of the “vision” to exterminate the Jews from the Nazis to what has become radical Islam today.

This year, 2014-2015 has seen the declaration of ISIS, an Islamic State. This is a major development in the Islamic worldview. All the terrorist groups, from Hamas to Hezbollah to Al-Qaida, were looking forward to the renewal of a Caliphate (worldwide Islamic empire), but did not see themselves as that empire. ISIS is declaring that the Caliphate nation has begun. Europe and the United Nations seem to have little understanding of the danger at hand.

At this time, 70 years after the Holocaust, it is only the nation of Israel that speaks clearly of the threat of Islamic Jihad in our generation, and only representatives from Israel who quote from the Bible in the General Assembly of the U.N. During the same period, we have seen major developments in the body of Christ.

The largest number of believing Christians is to be found in Asia today, not in the West. The rise of the church of Asia is a paradigm shift of dimensions not seen in almost 2,000 years. In addition, the Messianic remnant in the restored nation of Israel is slowly and surely developing and maturing. This spiritual restoration of Israel is also a paradigm shift of prophetic importance not seen since the first century.

Asher Intrater is the director of Revive Israel Ministries and pastor of the Ahavat Yeshua Congregation in Jerusalem. For the original article, visit

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“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. 

“On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.  

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  

For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.

(2 Corinthians 4:1-11, NIV)


“The Shaking to Come” by Jonathan Cahn (2015)


WND Exclusive: Jonathan Cahn explains key manifestations that have marked 2015   (Emphasis added)

September 24, 2015

By Rabbi Jonathan Cahn

I believe it important to give an update.

I have given warning concerning judgment. I have said that I believe America is rapidly advancing toward calamity – that we have crossed the line in our apostasy and defiance of God. I’ve warned that if America continues in its present course, if there’s no return to God, its crown as head of nations will be removed and that I believe a great shaking is coming to this nation and the world.

As for when these things are to take place, I have from the beginning always issued a strong caution, in spoken word and in writing, from “The Mystery of the Shemitah” itself onward – specifically that we cannot be dogmatic about timing, and that nothing has to take place on a particular date or season, or according to any set calendar, or even as God has done before.

I have ministered that it is wise to be aware of the signs and seasons of the times, and that though such things can take place on biblically relevant times or dates, but again, that nothing has to happen on any particular date, whether within the parameters of the Shemitah or in its wake, and that our focus must be not dates but God and getting right with Him.

At the same time, we remain in a dangerous period – and one of the reasons I’ve always cautioned regarding dates is that I never wanted such focus to obscure or minimize the larger picture: that regardless of what does or does not happen on a particular date, America is racing toward judgment.

In “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” I share of biblical patterns which, at times, have had stunningly precise manifestations. Each of the last two Shemitahs has climaxed with the greatest stock market point crashes in history on the same exact biblical day – a once in seven years day that happens to be appointed in the Bible for the effecting of financial remission and nullification. It remains a stunningly and eerily precise historical reality.

And precisely because it is so precise and because it happened in the last two of the Shemitah’s cycles, many saw it as an absolute that a massive stock market day crash had to take place on the next such day, Sept. 13. Thus we have cautioned repeatedly that this particular manifestation and any particular manifestation does not have to occur in every or any one of the Shemitah’s cycles.

At the same time, having said and having said again all these things, there are a number of very large and significant facts to be noted:

The Shemitah of 2015 has, in fact, followed the most predominant of the Shemitah’s templates.

What was missed by most in focusing on only one day, was that the largest and most prevalent of the Shemitah’s templates has, in fact, manifested. The Elul 29 day crash is only one of several manifestations, an exception and minority template. In each of the last seven of the Shemitahs there has been a collapse – but only two of those seven collapses have involved an Elul 29 day crash. The majority have taken place according to a much larger template.

The larger and, by far, the predominant of the Shemitah’s templates is that of a long-term collapse, a collapse taking place over the course of several months, or one in which a rising stock market comes to an end, peaks within the Shemitah year, reverses its momentum and begins a continuous descent. This descent may, at times, involve increasing volatility and dramatic day crashes, particularly in proximity to the Shemitah climax. And this is exactly what occurred in the Shemitah of 2015.

The 2015 Shemitah has followed this larger and predominant of the Shemitah’s templates, a template that appears repeatedly in the book.

Following the Shemitah’s pattern:

  • The Shemitah of 2015 ended a rising stock market on May 19, a market that then reversed its overall momentum and began a long-term descent for the rest of the Shemitah year.
  • As it approached its final phase, the stock market and its descent grew increasingly and dramatically volatile.
  • Nearing its conclusion in late August, the Shemitah produced some of the most dramatic days in stock market history – most notably what would be called “Black Monday” – and which would trigger the collapse of stock markets throughout the world.
  • The Shemitah of 2015 produced the greatest stock market intraday collapse in world history, a crash of over 1,000 points.
  • It would usher in the dramatic financial collapse of the world’s new economic engine – China.
  • The collapse of China’s financial realm alone constituted one of the greatest long-term stock market crashes in history and, by itself, would make 2015 one of the most significant of Shemitahs.
  • The amount wiped out from the Shanghai Exchange, in the space of just a few months, was over 40 percent.
  • The amount wiped out by the Shemitah of 2015, from the U.S. market, from its peak to Elul 29, would approach $2 trillion!
  • The amount wiped out from international markets in the same period would exceed $5 trillion!

In many of the Shemitah years, the turbulence and collapse continue and may intensify past Elul 29, into the period of the Shemitah’s wake. In others, they do not. But whatever happens from this point forward, the Shemitah has already and again powerfully manifested.

Other key manifestations that have marked 2015 as an especially significant Shemitah year:

  • “The Mystery of the Shemitah” chronicles how the Shemitah has marked the shifting of world power. So it was again. The American Age began in 1871, when it became the strongest economic power on earth. Within the parameters of the Shemitah of 2015, that era has officially come to its end.
  • The Shemitah of 1973 became a milestone in America’s moral and spiritual collapse as the Supreme Court legalized the killing of the unborn. The Shemitah of 2015 was no less a milestone in this fall – as it was the year that the nation’s hedges protecting the biblical definition of marriage collapsed across the land, and were then, by the Supreme Court, conclusively struck down.

I have said that I believe it wisdom to be prepared and that regardless of what happens or not, it is always wise to have essentials on hand – and yet each needs to be led by the Lord in such things. For you who have done so, I believe you’ve been wise, and are prepared and better off than you would have been otherwise. Regardless of what the future holds, it is a wise insurance that can always be used. And of course the most important preparation one can do is to be right with God.

I have said and repeat now that we stand as a nation in danger of judgment. The Shemitah is one template by which judgment may be manifested. Whether or not what is yet to come will be joined to what has happened in the most recent Shemitah, I believe that this nation is in and approaches days both critical and perilous. I see ahead, apart from the hand of God, days of apostasy and persecution, and, by the hand of God, a great shaking.

At the same time, God’s heart is salvation. And the purpose of shaking is to bring to repentance, salvation and revival those who will come. At this point I believe it is only through shaking that a true and great revival can come.

For you who would seek safety, the word for safety in Hebrew is Yeshua. And Yeshua is the name of Jesus. Thus the only way to be safe is to be in Jesus, Yeshua. As for you who are in Yeshua, the safest place to be is the will of God. Make sure that’s where you are.

Know that in all things, God remains absolutely on the throne. And the one who lives in His will, lives and stands on the winning side. Now is not the time to be silent, fearful, or compromised, but to be all the more strong and all the more bold. When the night comes and the dark grows even darker, it is then time for the lights of God to shine even more brightly. Be strong and of good courage. Proclaim the good news of Messiah. And pray for revival but don’t only pray for revival – live in revival.

And as the apostasy progresses, as America races to judgment, as the biblical signs, principles and harbingers of judgment continue to manifest, and as the events of the last days continue to unfold, I will, and we must, continue to sound the trumpet and the alarm, to call to repentance those who will come, and to draw the lost to Messiah Jesus, Yeshua, who remains the same yesterday, today and forever and who is the only answer, the only way and the only hope America has and all have to be saved.

Jonathan Cahn is the author of “The Harbinger” and “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” the president of Hope of the World Ministries and leader of the Jerusalem Center in Wayne, New Jersey. To get in touch, receive prophetic dates and free gifts, go to or Jonathan Cahn Facebook.

Copyright 2015 WND


As I shared with family and friends the possibility of the Shemitah of 2015 manifesting on the last day of the seventh year of the cycle, I explained that I felt like Jonah. He was the prophet who was instructed to go into Ninevah and warn of God’s impending destruction of the city UNLESS the people chose to repent of their wicked behaviors and make changes according to God’s words of instruction.

After Jonah gave the required message to that rowdy bunch, he went up to a hilltop where he could watch the destruction that God had promised to bring upon the city. HOWEVER, the people did repent, led by their king! And God did not bring about the destruction that He had sent Jonah to warn about.

This article by the “Jonah” of our time, Jonathan Cahn, helps put into perspective what is happening now in America and the world. The residents of Ninevah eventually returned to their wicked ways, and God DID destroy the city as He had vowed to do.

May we who have been warned now stay on a steady course of repentance and obedience so that we will not be subject to the same fate as those who inhabited Ninevah.

Still watching,


Herod was a descendant of Esau!

I learned something this morning that I have always wondered about. It has to do with Esau, the twin brother of Jacob, who stole their father’s blessing, which was meant for the firstborn son — Esau.

If you don’t know the story of Jacob’s deception (encouraged by his mother), you can read the it in Genesis 27. 

Blessings were a very big deal in Bible times. They were a type of prophecy given by God through the aging father to his oldest son. In the twins’ case, Esau should have received Isaac’s blessing, but Jacob managed to fool their nearly blind father into blessing himself instead!

When Esau found out about what his younger brother had done, he begged their father to bless him as well. This is the prophecy given to Esau:

“You will live away from the richness of the earth, and away from the dew of heaven above. You will live by your sword, and you will serve your brother. But when you decide to break free, you will shake his yoke from your neck.” (Genesis 27:39-40)

Esau was the “father” of the Edomites. But, according to The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn, in the days of the Roman Empire, Esau’s descendants were renamed Idumeans. That’s where they became lost to those of us who are still looking for the Edomites!

The truly fascinating thing is this: King Herod, who slaughtered all the baby boys aged two and under (trying to kill the child Messiah who had been born in Bethlehem), was somehow made king of Israel. He was a false king, and Jesus was the true king

Herod fell under the influence of the “blessing” given to his ancestor Esau. He fulfilled prophecy when he “lived by his sword” and ultimately “served” the Messiah that he was trying to kill. Jesus was — IS — a direct descendant of Jacob (a.k.a. ISRAEL).

Fast forward to modern times. Though many of the individuals in the Middle East who oppose the nation of Israel’s existence don’t truly know their ancestry at this point in time, we can be sure that many of them have Esau at the root of their family tree. Their attacks on Israel fulfill prophecy that foretold enmity between the descendants of Esau and those of Jacob.

The rest of them are likely descendants of ISHMAEL, the firstborn son of Abram. But that’s a story for another time….

May God bless you today so that you can be a blessing to others!

NHIM, Paula



The Mystery of the Shemitah …

(Sources: The Mystery of the Shemitah by Jonathan Cahn, 2014;

There is a mysterious seven-year cycle that can be seen woven through world history, but it began with the Israelites who were given God’s laws after they were supernaturally rescued from bondage in Egypt in 1446 B.C., during the reign of Thutmoses III (

The Lord God commanded ancient Israel to rest on the seventh day of the week. But this was not just for the people. It was also for the well-being of livestock and farming land. Various leaders have taken this law to the extreme, adding in their own take on what God meant by “rest.” (You can find Jesus’ teaching on the Sabbath in Matthew 12:1-13.)

The Lord also commanded that ancient Israel allow the land to rest for one full year (on the Hebrew calendar). This was called the “Shemitah” and was scheduled to take place every seventh year from the time the law was instated by God through his servant Moses.

Every seventh year, God required that the fruit of ALL the land was to be shared by rich and poor alike. The land’s yield benefitted ALL of Israel’s descendants, whether rich or poor. And on the very last day of the seventh Hebrew year – the 29th day of the biblical month of Elul – ALL DEBTS WERE CANCELLED. The repercussions of wiping away (letting fall) all debt and credit in one day were felt in the realms of labor, employment, consumption, production and trade. Commerce stopped. Debt was obliterated. It was such a radical concept that rabbis looked for ways to get around it!

The Shemitah was meant to “shake things up.” It was to be a year away from the ordinary to relax, experience physical and spiritual release. It was an opportunity draw near to the Lord.

It was meant to be a blessing. But ancient Israel rebelled against God and abandoned both the Sabbath and the Shemitah. They chose to serve foreign “gods” who represented relentless pursuit of material gain. The pursuit of prosperity was the driving factor, which eventually drove them out of the land that God had given to them as a sacred trust.

When the ordinance of the Shemitah was given, God also foretold what would happen when the people’s hearts turned against him:

If you remain hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over, as your sins deserve. I will send wild animals against you, and they will rob you of your children, destroy your cattle and make you so few in number that your roads will be deserted.

 ‘If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction but continue to be hostile toward meI myself will be hostile toward you and will afflict you for your sins seven times over.  And I will bring the sword on you to avenge the breaking of the covenant [allow a breach in protection] 

 ‘If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me, then in my anger   I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over.…I myself will lay waste the land, so that your enemies who live there will be appalled. I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie  in ruins. Then the land will enjoy its sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths. All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the sabbaths you lived in it.     (Leviticus 26:21-35)

In 732 B.C. the northern kingdom of Israel was scattered among the nations — God’s warning (harbinger). But the southern kingdom of Judah, whose capitol city was Jerusalem, failed to heed the warning. So, in 586 B.C., “God’s dwelling place,” the First Temple, in Jerusalem (their capitol city) was destroyed and the armies of Nebuchadnezzar carried off the majority of its citizens to captivity in Babylon. They were held for 70 years – one year for every Shemitah year that they had ignored!

Interesting: People often wonder about God’s punishment rather than noticing his patience. He allowed 490 years of wickedness to go unpunished BEFORE fulfilling his vow to “correct” the Israelites’ behavior!

Consider this …

The Shemitah ordinance was not specifically given to any other nation but Israel. However, since America was tied to the God of Israel at its conception, that may explain some interesting statistics!

  • The 1901-1903 depression” was brought on by struggles to gain financial control of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The Shemitah year began in September 1902 and ended in September 1903. That’s a 100% overlap.


  • The “Crisis of 1916-1917” stock market crash took place during the First World War. The Shemitah year coincided with the economic collapse for 10 out of 12 months. An 80% overlap.


  • The Great Depression” constituted the worst economic crisis in modern history. It began in April 1931 and by its end in July 1932, 86% of the stock market was wiped out. The Shemitah year took place in 1930-1931 – 100% overlap.


  • The Recession of the Great Depression” produced the crash of 1937-1938. The Shemitah year commenced on September 6, 1937. The following day, Wall Street collapsed and the fallout overlapped the first half of the Shemitah year.


  • The “Dot-Com Crash” of 2000-2001 continued into 2002, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The first Shemitah of the new millennium fell between 2000 and 2001, an overlap of 100%.

Now let’s look at what happened during the Shemitah year of 2007-2008. The crash that took place during this time was given THREE names: “the Great Recession,” “the Global Financial Crisis,” and “the Second Great Depression.” Less than 30 days before the Shemitah year started, the stock market began to collapse. It reached its greatest intensity in September 2008. The month that the Shemitah ended. But that’s not the crazy amazing part!

Consider the mystery of the sevens …

  • The greatest stock market crash in history happen on the first day of the SEVENTH MONTH of the sacred Jewish calendar. (The first day after the Shemitah year came to a close.)
  • It was triggered by the failure of Congress to pass an emergency bill in response to the economic implosion of September 2008 in the amount of SEVEN hundred billion dollars.
  • SEVEN percent of Wall Street was wiped out. (SEVEN percent had also been lost in 2001!)
  • The actual number of points wiped out: 777

This mystery gets even more complex, but I will encourage you to buy the book and see for yourself!

 Check out Jonathan Cahn’s Author Page on Amazon:


An Interesting article from 2012 …

Christ-centered phenomenon defying N.Y. Times

Book, new film show prophecy fulfilled before our eyes

Published: 06/16/20  By Terry James

A phenomenon has taken place in the book publishing world. The secular book market – headed by the New York Times’ Best-Sellers list – has let slip through its normally anti-Christian critics’ hands a book of profound significance. It is on the surface a work of fiction that is at the same time deeply ingrained truth from the only source of truth there is – the very Word of God.

Not since Hal Lindsey’s “Late, Great Planet Earth” and Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ “Left Behind” series has such a volume been allowed to reach such a mass audience by those who control that level of mega sales in the book publishing industry. First-time author Jonathan Cahn outlines the stunning fact about “The Harbinger” with the simple understatement from the opening page:  “What you are about to read is presented in the form of a story, but what is contained within the story is real.”

I’ve been studying Bible prophecy for more than 50 years and have been writing about eschatological matters in terms of prophecy’s progression through our daily lives for most of 40. In all that time, I haven’t seen a case for current issues and events as having prophetic relevance presented in a more evidence-based way than in this book.

To my way of thinking, this book defies the art of fiction writing because the template would have it that there be action that builds to a crescendo, always keeping readers on the edge of their seats, wanting to get past the present life-and-death cliffhanger and onto the building suspense of the next. “The Harbinger” is all narrative through dialogue between three people, basically.

It is, as the author says, a story, but one that is real. Unheard of! A Christ-centered story, with no real action, so massive in its appeal that it makes the big show – the N.Y. Times Best-Seller list?

Certainly it is not formulaic. “The Harbinger” is inspired.

There can be little doubt about it after reading it. Most everyone who reads the story will agree, I’m convinced. That is the secret of its appeal. That is the power behind its defying the odds to crash right through the critique barrier that the secular guardians of contemporary literature constantly put up against scribes who would mention the name of Jesus Christ in ways other than as invective.

It is obvious: The Lord of Heaven wanted this book written and disseminated widely. There’s no agent or publisher who can see that that is done in a more proficient or powerful way. There is no critic or system of critiquing that can change such a course as He determines. The question becomes, then: Why is this book so important that the Lord has forced it past those anointed defenders of literature who rarely let such works get past them?

“The Harbinger” itself gives the answer….


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By their fruit you will recognize them.

Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 

 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit”

— Jesus  (Matthew 7:16-17, NIV)

Part 4: The attack on 9/11 paralleled Assyria’s attack on ancient Israel!

“America is uniquely paralleled to ancient Israel in many ways. From its very conception it was built upon a biblical foundation and dedicated for God’s purposes, as was Israel…. Now, as with ancient Israel, it is falling away from that foundation.”
— Jonathan Cahn


The divine revelation and insight given to Jonathan Cahn and explained through his books, The Harbinger: The Mystery That Holds the Secret to America’s Future (2012) and The Harbinger Companion (2013) begins with ancient history. Amazingly, God’s relationship with direct descendants of a man named Abraham and his wife Sarah – known as the Israelites – is connected in amazing ways with modern-day America.

  • The nation of Israel was founded on principles that were given to them by the Lord God to keep them physically, mentally and spiritually safe from evil. The Hebrew Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible’s Old Testament) was written to remind the nation of those boundaries. In return for their adherence to those laws, God promised to provide a supernatural hedge of protection from their enemies.

When the Pilgrims and Puritans first came to America, they intended to establish a nation that would be governed by the principles given to the Israelites by the prophet, Moses, and recorded in the Bible. Later, when George Washington was inaugurated President of the United States of America in the first capitol city of New York, he led members of the first Congress to St. Paul’s Church and prayed for God’s hedge of protection around the fledgling nation.

  • God called the Israelites “a stiff-necked people” because they became DEFIANT and insisted on following their own desires rather than faithfully adhering to the basic principles that God had given them to keep them safe. The Lord God foretold through his prophets that the nation would choose to worship false gods that were revered by peoples who surrounded them geographically. They would fall away and resent the hedge of God’s supernatural protection.

For centuries, Americans (collectively) made a conscious effort to establish and adhere to laws of governance based on the principles given to the Israelites by their God. Their leaders looked to the Lord God for supernatural help during times of attack from surrounding nations who demonstrated aggression and DEFIANCE. And America was largely protected from the evil that threatened the nation as a whole. But eventually, individuals began falling away, resenting and abusing those laws.

In response to their DEFIANCE, the Lord God would allow terrorists from Assyria to breach the hedge of divine protection and attack the Israelites. In response to their DEFIANCE, the Lord God would allow terrorist descendants of the ancient Assyrians to breach the hedge of divine protection and attack Americans!

In 732 B.C., the northern kingdom of Israel was attacked by Assyrian terrorists. A majority of the direct descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were captured and dispersed throughout the known world. (These people are often referred to as “the lost tribes of Israel.”) The descendants of Jacob – primarily from the tribes of JUDAH and Benjamin, who remained could have humbled themselves returned to live within the hedge of God’s protection. Instead they were DEFIANT. The prophet Isaiah recorded their collective response:

They said “with pride and arrogance of heart”:

“The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed [gazit in Hebrew] stone; the fig trees [sycamores] have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars [erez in Hebrew].”   (Isaiah 9:10)

On September 11, 2001, descendants of ancient Assyrian terrorists – who spoke the ancient language of the Assyrians – attacked America and destroyed the World Trade Center, in New York City – symbol of America’s rise as a superpower. That plot of real estate became known as “Ground Zero.”

At one corner of “Ground Zero” sits a little, old chapelSt. Paul’s Church, where George Washington and members of the first American congress had prayed for God’s protection. As the bricks of the towers around it fell, St. Paul’s Church was protected BY AN ADJACENT SYCAMORE TREE!

On September 12, 2001, America’s Congress gathered in Washington D.C. (the capitol city after NYC) to issue a formal response to the devastating attack the day before that had so dramatically changed the lives of thousands of Americans. Tom Daschle spoke on behalf of the nation.

Here is a portion of his statement:

“This joint resolution we lay down today condemns yesterday’s attacks, expresses our sympathy for the victims, and our support for the President as Commander-in-Chief. The world should know that the members of both parties, in both houses, stand united in this: the full resources of our government will be brought to bear in aiding the search and rescue, and in hunting down those responsible, and those who may have aided or harbored them.

“Nothing can replace the losses that have been suffered. I know that there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation. But there is a passage in the Bible, from Isaiah, that I think speaks to all of us at times like this. ‘The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.
That is what we will do. ­We will rebuild and we will recover.

Tom Daschle was completely unaware of the pattern of judgment that had befallen ancient Israel AFTER they had defiantly vowed to rebuild what had been destroyed, using stronger materials (replacing bricks made of clay and straw with hewn stone), and to recover by replanting stronger trees (replacing sycamores with cedars). In the days, months and years following the 9/11 attacks, three words from Isaiah 9:10 were repeated again and again by American leaders – “We WILL rebuild.” According to Jonathan Cahn, “It was the reenactment of an ancient mystery – and bore the most grave of consequences.”

This is what happened next …

THE “GAZIT” STONE* : America’s first act of rebuilding after the 9/11 attacks was to cut a 20-ton rectangular block of garnet-flecked granite from the Adirondak mountainside in upstate New York. It was professionally hewn and ceremoniously placed at Ground Zero on July 4th, 2004 as a cornerstone for the “Freedom Towerthat would eventually rise in DEFIANCE of America’s enemies … and God’s protection.

*Striking down the brick buildings had been an act of divine judgment. Remember the Israelite’s vow to replace the fallen bricks with quarried “gazit” stone?

THE “EREZ” TREE* : The fallen sycamore tree – symbolic of God’s blessings — that had shielded St. Paul’s Church from destruction, was uprooted (just as the sycamores in Israel were uprooted by the Assyrians). A bronze statue of the sycamore’s root system was placed at the end of Wall Street – the symbol of financial and economic power. In 2003, a tree was lowered by crane into the precise spot where the fallen sycamore had stood. It was ceremoniously labeled, “The Tree of Hope.”

*The Isaiah prophecy reads: “The sycamores have been cut down, but we will plant cedars in their place.” The sycamore at Ground Zero was replaced with a tree that’s called “erez” in Hebrew. In English it is translated “cedar.”

Jonathan Cahn explains that “harbingers” such as these are warnings from God to return to him or face judgment. But there are few signs that America’s leaders (collectively) are moving in that direction.

Funny thingThe “gazit” that was supposed to act as the “cornerstone” for the Freedom Tower was quietly trucked to Long Island in 2006. It apparently didn’t fit the revamped architectural plans. And the “erez” tree – the tree of hope – withered and died just two years after it was replanted at Ground Zero.

It’s also interesting to note that Jonathan Cahn has labeled The Eighth Harbinger, The Utterance.” He explains: “Simply stated, following a calamity caused by God lifting His hedge of protection on a backslidden nation, a nation’s leaders respond with public DEFIANCE. They boast of their country’s resolve and power. They speak of a nation DEFIANT and determined to emerge stronger than ever. THE VOW GIVES VOICE TO A NATIONAL SPIRIT AND SEALS THE NATION’S COURSE.

Here are some of the “utterances” spoken by America’s leaders concerning the calamity of 9/11:

GEORGE W. BUSH (President of the United States in 2001): “The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. … These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people have been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”

RUDY GIULIANI (former Mayor of New York City): “People tonight should say a prayer for the people we’ve lost, and be grateful that we’re all here. Tomorrow, New York is going to be here, and we’re going to rebuild, and we’re going to be stronger than we were before.”

GEORGE PATAKIi: (New York Governor): “Today, we, the heirs of that revolutionary spirit of defiance, lay this cornerstone and unmistakably signal to the world the unwavering strength of this nation, and our resolve to fight for freedom.”

JOHN EDWARDS: (Senator and 2004 candidate for Vice President of the U.S.): “Good morning. Today, on this day of remembrance and mourning [the 3rd anniversary of 9/11], we have the Lord’s Word to get us through: “The bricks have fallen, but we will rebuild with dressed stones. The sycamores have been cut down but we will plant cedars in their place.

Senator Edwards had no clue that the words he had quoted were actually spoken by a DEFIANT, STIFF-NECKED PEOPLE – the Israelites!

In his first State of the Union address in 2009, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA arrived at the pinnacle of his speech: “But while our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken, though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, I want every American to know this: We will rebuild. We will recover. And the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.

President Obama’s comments were not only in response to what the country had endured following the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. They followed the close of a Shemitah year and the greatest stock market crash in U.S. history.

So what’s the Shemitah all about?

Sources: The Harbinger Companion and Bible Study and The Mystery of the Shemitah by Jonathan Cahn; Front Line / Charisma House Book Group; 2013); The NIV Study Bible; Zondervan;;;; Washington File; CBS News; Voice of America)

Coming Next: Do You Know About the Mystery of the Shemitah?


Part 3: America has been receiving judgment warnings from God!

“America is uniquely paralleled to ancient Israel in many ways. From its very conception it was built upon a biblical foundation and dedicated for God’s purposes, as was Israel…. Now, as with ancient Israel, it is falling away from that foundation.”

— Jonathan Cahn

America Uniquely Parallels Ancient Israel! (Part 3)


  •   There is an ancient pattern of judgment that God uses when a nation becomes deaf to his call for a sincere attitude of humility and repentance.

A nation that has been founded on the Word of God will receive a series of warnings (“harbingers”) before judgment finally falls upon that nation’s deaf ears. Because God does not want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9), he gives grace to the nation at first. Then a template begins to emerge, which becomes more severe in pattern and progression as the warnings are ignored. This pattern was demonstrated within the recorded family history of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants — the Hebrews (see Parts 1 and 2 of this series).

  • Instead of humbling themselves before their God, the ancient Hebrews became defiant, and after God sent the king of Babylon to destroy their temple in Jerusalem, they said “with pride and arrogance of heart”:

“The bricks have fallen down,
    but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
    but we will replace them with cedars.” (Isaiah 9:10)

So the remnant – those left behind after Assyria attacked the northern kingdom’s capital, Samaria – was defiant rather than humbled. They rebuilt with quarried stone and strong wood from cedar trees. But their kingdom was never restored. Instead of “Israel” the region became known as “Samaria” – a melting pot for immigrants.


  •  God has been issuing warnings of impending judgment on America, which parallel those issued to ancient Israel — through inspired messages spoken and written by a modern-day Jewish rabbi.

Jonathan Cahn, author of books and DVDs on this subject, is the son of immigrants — his father escaped the Holocaust in Germany and his mother escaped the Russian czar. Both of his parents were scientists.

Jonathan attended synagogue from an early age, but he questioned what he was being taught and became an atheist at the age of 8. When he was 13, he became disillusioned with atheism and started searching for answers to the questions that haunted his thoughts. He began reading books on religion, the supernatural, the occult, etc. until he came across The Late, Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey. That book led him to begin searching for truth in the Old Testament of the Bible. After a long search he came to the conclusion that ancient prophecies prove Yeshua, Jesus, is the only person who could be the Jewish Messiah.

Now Jonathan leads the Jerusalem Center / Beth Israel in Wayne, New Jersey, as well as Hope of the World ministries, an international outreach dedicated to spreading God’s word and love around the globe.

Shortly after 9/11/2001, Jonathan was led to read about the Assyrian strike on ancient Israel and to the key scripture that became the focus of his divinely inspired book, The Harbinger“The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.” (Isaiah 9:10). The Harbinger uses a fictional format to reveal spiritual truths to as many people as possible. Jonathan claims that the words would stream onto his computer whenever he sat down to write, as though they had already existed before he typed them.

The book was finished in four months of writing in his spare time. But then he had a problem. He had never written a book before and had no idea how to go about getting it published. But he had no doubt that The Harbinger was from God, so he committed the dilemma to the Lord.

Less than a week after Jonathan finished writing the book, he was  on his way to speak at a Christian gathering in Dallas, Texas. During a lay-over in Charlotte, North Carolina, he sat in the airport and bowed his head to pray that the hand of God would intercede for his purposes and glory alone. When he opened his eyes, a man sitting next to him started a conversation. All of a sudden the man’s demeanor changed, and he began saying that Jonathan was going to publish a book that was “of the Lord.” He foretold that everything in Jonathan’s life was about to change and that he would be known across the land.

The entire encounter paralleled a scene in The Harbinger, which Jonathan had just written, concerning a man who was told by a stranger that he would write a book warning of judgment falling upon America! Hubie Synn was the name of the man who gave that prophecy to Jonathan. He is the same man who spoke to David Tyree before the Super Bowl game in 2008 between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

The prophetic word given to David Tyree foretold that he would be given a platform to share the gospel. What followed was nothing less than miraculous. At a key turning point in the game, Tyree jumped into the air, grabbed the football thrown by Eli Manning, pinned it against his helmet and was tackled as he returned to the ground. The play became known as the greatest in Super Bowl history!

David Tyree later wrote a book, and in it he mentioned Hubie Synn, the man who gave him the prophecy. Because of that, Hubie Synn had a connection with the founder and CEO of Charisma Media, publisher of Frontline books, Steve Strang. Hubie sent word to Steve about his encounter in the Charlotte airport “with a Jewish man bearing a message for America.”  That  led to a meeting with Strang, who published The Harbinger in 2012, and within the first week of its release, it became a national bestseller.

Funny thing … Hubie Synn was not supposed to be in the Charlotte airport at the moment he sat down alongside the Jewish man whose head was bowed in prayer. But because of bad weather, his flight had been postponed several times, so he was at last placed on Jonathan’s flight and had felt moved to speak words to him from the Lord!

I feel it’s important to share this amazing testimony with my readers before we delve any deeper into the detailed information revealed within the pages of Jonathan Cahn’s books — The Harbinger, The Harbinger Companion and Bible Study, and The Mystery of the Shemitah — so that YOU will understand why I have felt such a sense of urgency to help Rabbi Jonathan Cahn spread the words that God obviously wants all Americans to hear.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit” is saying to America and to the world.

Sources: The Harbinger Companion and Bible Study by Jonathan Cahn; Front Line / Charisma House Book Group; 2013); The NIV Study Bible; Zondervan; 1984)

A Harbinger “rewind” …

FOCUS: “How is an ancient pattern and template of judgment and warning actually manifested on American soil?” — Rabbi Jonathan Cahn

The Pattern: Isaiah 9:9-10 lays out the pattern and progression of warnings that become more severe as a nation grows deaf to the voice of God:

“All the people will know it—
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
who say with pride
    and arrogance of heart,
The bricks have fallen down,
    but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
the sycamore [fig] trees have been felled,
    but we will replace them with cedars.”

The pattern includes: the Breach, the Terrorist, the Bricks, the Tower, and the Gazit Stone. Let’s look at each one and compare the signs that appeared in ancient Israel with those that have manifested in America since 9/11/2001…


“God’s covenant with Israel included the promise of protection from threats to its safety, security, and existence. This hedge of protection, however, came with a condition — obedience to God’s will…. In response to the sins of the northern kingdom [Israel — 10 tribes], He sent prophets like Elijah, Elisha, Hosea, and Amos. Responding to the trespasses of Judah [the southern kingdom of Judah and Benjamin], He sent prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah with the same message of warning and repentance…. It was only when the words of both Moses and the prophets fell on deaf ears — when there was no other recourse — that God began to move against the nation’s hedge of protection…. In 732 BC God permitted … the king of Assyria to sack the northern kingdom of Israel. This was a warning, a wakeup call, a foreshadow of what would befall the nation years later if it did not turn back. The same pattern can be seen in the fall and destruction of the southern kingdom of Judah.” [Judah was invaded by the Babylonians in 605 BC, and a majority of its inhabitants were taken to Babylon for 70 years.]

“By the late twentieth century, with prayer removed from the nation’s public schools, expressions of faith increasingly banned from the public square, and revivals less frequent or powerful, America had sunk even further into moral and spiritual declineOn September 11, 2001, America’s hedge of protection was breached. Though many were afraid to say so, across the land many saw it as a wake-up call. There was even an instinctive response throughout the nation to flock to houses of worship…. Without repentance, without a change in course, there can be no revival of hope. And in the months and years after 9/11, America largely returned to business as usual.


Israel: The terrorists who breached the northern kingdom’s hedge of protection were from the nation of Assyria (had conquered much of the Middle East by 732 BC). They literally struck fear into the hearts of the people using calculated psychological warfare. Iraq was the very land of ancient Assyria.

America: The terrorists who breached America’s defenses on 9/11 (and currently continue to breach our defenses) were based in the territory that once made up ancient Assyria, including the cities of Mosul and Nineveh — the ancient capital of Assyria!


Israel: In response to the breach in their hedge of protection, ancient Israel vowed to rebuild with stronger materials and to plant heartier trees that could not be easily cut down. The nation defiantly insisted on continuing on course, without God’s help — and to become even stronger than before.

America: In response to the breach America’s security on 9/11, numerous “vows” of defiance were spoken by individuals in authority, from governors to mayors to the president of the United States!

  • Senate majority leader, Tom Daschle (the highest representative of the highest legislative body) was representing the entire nation when he unwittingly said, on September 12, 2001, I know that there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation, but there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that I think speaks to all of us at times like this …The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the sycamore [fig] trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.’ That is what we will do. (He didn’t realize he was reading words that expressed ancient Israel’s defiance!)

THE BRICKS (“The bricks have fallen down”):

Israel: After breaching Israel’s divine hedge of protection, Assyrian terrorists wrought serious physical damage, as evidenced by heaps of bricks from collapsed structures. Those who remained in the land vowed to replace the fallen bricks with hewn stonequarried, chiseled, and carved out of mountain rocka symbol of human strength and greatness.

America: After breaching America’s divine hedge of protection, Assyrian terrorists wrought serious physical damage, as evidenced by heaps of bricks from the collapsed Twin Towers! The first act of America’s rebuilding was to cut out of a mountain, in upper state New York, a massive rectangular block of stone and bring it to the ground where America’s bricks had fallen: “Ground Zero.”

  • Governor George Pataki: “Today, we, the heirs of that revolutionary spirit of defiance, lay this cornerstone.”

THE TOWER (“but we will rebuild”) :

Israel: “The bricks have fallen, but we will rebuild” … Any new construction would represent the embrace of a spirit of defiance to build bigger and stronger.

America: On September 11th, the Twin Towers fell. Following that event, numerous authority figures promised Americans that “we” would rebuild bigger and stronger!

THE SYCAMORE (“The sycamores have been felled”):

Israel: The uprooting of their sycamores was a sign to Israel of uprooting and death. It was a sign of national judgment. The Hebrew sycamore — fig-mulberry in the Greek — was endemic to Israel.

America: There is a western sycamore that is endemic to America. On 9/11, there was a tree growing at the corner of Ground Zero — a sycamore. A shock wave and a steel beam went forth from the falling north tower and struck down the tree. The sycamore had fallen! As Israel’s sycamore trees became a sign of national judgment, the sycamore that fell on 9/11 also became a symbol known as the “Sycamore of Ground Zero.”

NOTE: The tree and its roots were put on display in NYC! (

THE CEDAR (“but we will replace them with cedars”):

Israel: By replacing the weak, fallen trees with stronger cedar tree (a cone-bearing evergreen), the Israelites were expressing their spirit of defiance.

America: The felled sycamore tree at Ground Zero was removed. But two years later, a cone-bearing evergreen tree — the ancient tree of defiance — was lowered by crane into the exact spot where the “Sycamore of Ground Zero” had stood. The highly publicized, tree of defiance was named, “The Ground Zero Tree of Hope.”

NOTE: The new tree dithered and died in 2014! (

“We’ve seen how one scripture, Isaiah 9:10, explicitly contains the harbingers that tell ancient Israel’s story, revealing patterns of defiance to God’s will that are repeated in modern America.” Isaiah 9:8-10 include two more verses that confirm the nation being spoken about is the northern kingdom of Israel, who’s capital city was Samaria:

The Lord has sent a message against Jacob;
    it will fall on Israel.
All the people will know it
    Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
who say with pride
    and arrogance of heart,
10 “The bricks have fallen down,
    but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
    but we will replace them with cedars.”

Jonathan Cahn points out one more harbinger:

“Simply stated, following a calamity caused by God lifting His hedge of protection on a backslidden nation, a nation’s leaders respond with public defiance. They boast of their countries resolve and power…. They speak of a nation defiant and determined to emerge stronger than ever. The words become a vow. The vow gives voice to a national spirit and seals the nation’s course. It all takes place in its capital city.

“Has this harbinger, the Utterance, like the previous harbingers, been manifested in America? Yes.”

I’m going to paraphrase from her to shorten the post:

On September 11, 2004, during a presidential election campaign, America remembered the third anniversary of 9/11. John Edwards, the Republican vice president candidate and a senator, spoke at a gathering of a congressional caucus in Washington D.C.  He began by saying, “Good morning. Today, on this day of remembrance and mourning, we have the Lord’s Word to get us through.Then he proceeded to read Isaiah 9:10, uttering Israel’s ancient vow on behalf of America. Unwittingly, he was highlighting his nation’s defiance in response to calamity! In other words, “the utterance” by  a major American candidate for high office joined Israel’s defiant response — in the face of God’s judgment following Assyria’s attack — joined America’s post-9/11 defiance with that of ancient Israel!

John Edward’s entire speech was built around Isaiah 9:10. (He had no idea that he was being used by God to fulfill prophecy!) He had intended to deliver a speech that would inspire a hurting nation. Rather, he was pronouncing judgment on America.

And finally, the last harbinger:


The last Harbinger is especially prophetic in foretelling what is yet to happen….

“In the wake of a calamity, the nation responds through a vow. The vow sets it on a rebellious course ending in judgment. The words of the vow become part of a prophetic revelation given to the whole nation, an indictment of it, a foretelling of its future, a warning of its judgment.”

Earlier, on the day following the terrorist attacks on America, Senator Tom Daschle had uttered Isaiah 9:10 in his speech on behalf of the nation. He had ended his speech with these defiant words of connection to the ancient prophecy: “That is what we will do.” In essence, he said — unwittingly — that America would follow in the footsteps of ancient Israel!

I’m going to close Part 3 with another Jonathan Cahn quote that I hope will speak to a question that, by now, you should be asking …

How can a man who is not a prophet speak prophetically? The Bible gives the answer. Men who are not prophets and who may not even know God or, in some cases, be against Him may speak prophetically and say things on two levels without even realizing what they’re saying. So the Gospels record that this very thing happened in the case of Caiaphas when he plotted to murder Yeshua, Jesus. Yet the very words of the plot had another meaning: that it was necessary for one man to die as a sacrifice so that the people would not perish.”

Coming Next: Did You Know? … The attack on 9/11 paralleled Assyria’s attack on ancient Israel!


Part 2: God warned ancient Israel before its destruction!

“America is uniquely paralleled to ancient Israel in many ways. From its very conception it was built upon a biblical foundation and dedicated for God’s purposes, as was Israel…. Now, as with ancient Israel, it is falling away from that foundation.”

— Jonathan Cahn

America Uniquely Parallels Ancient Israel! (Part 2)


  • God gives adequate warning before releasing judgment upon a nation.

There is an ancient pattern of judgment that God uses when a nation becomes deaf to his call for repentance. “Repentance” means to sincerely turn away from focus on self, which has taken control of the mind and heart, and to turn toward God with an attitude of humility.

A nation that has been founded on the Word of God will receive a series of warnings (“harbingers”) before judgment finally falls upon that nation’s deaf ears. Because God does not want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9), he gives grace to the nation at first. Then a template begins to emerge, which becomes more severe in pattern and progression as the warnings are ignored.

God’s promise of protection from threats to Israel’s security and existence is recorded in Leviticus 26:3-11, but it begins with a condition:

 “‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands … [THEN]  I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove wild beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you….  I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.  You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new.  I will put my dwelling place [the temple] among you, and I will not abhor you.’”

The Lord God reminds the Israelites of what he did for their ancestors:

Lev. 13 “‘ I AM the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.’”

Then he lays out the consequences of disobedience

14 “‘But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and sap your strength. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it. I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies …

18 “‘If after all this you will not listen to me I will break down your stubborn pride … your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of your land yield their fruit….

21 “‘If you remain hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over, as your sins deserve.

23 “‘If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction but continue to be hostile toward me, I myself will be hostile toward you …And I will bring the sword on you … I will send a plague among you, and you will be given into enemy hands. When I cut off your supply of bread … You will eat, but you will not be satisfied.

27 “‘If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me, then in my anger I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over….  I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies on the lifeless forms of your idols, and I will abhor you. I will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries, and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings.  I myself will lay waste the land, so that your enemies who live there will be appalled.’”

  •  God issued warnings of impending judgment to ancient Israel (the northern kingdom) by supernaturally “speaking” to the nation, collectively, through his chosen prophets.

 “‘If after all this you will not listen to me (Leviticus 26:33)  I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins.36As for those of you who are left, I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight…. you will not be able to stand before your enemies. 38 You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you. 39 Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their ancestors’ sins they will waste away.’”

Verse 39 speaks to “those who are left” — The Lord God has ALWAYS left a remnant of Jacob’s direct descendants in the promised land. But the majority of the 10 tribes who lived in the northern kingdom, after the promised land was divided in two (931 BC; read about it in 1 Kings 11-14), were carried off to Assyria in 732 BC and their descendants were scattered among the nations.

After the kingdom of Israel was destroyed, only the kingdom of JUDAH (the Jews) remained, along with the First Temple built by David’s fourth son, Solomon. And the prophets kept reminding the Jews of God’s promise about repentance:

Lev. 26:40 “‘But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors—their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward me, 41 which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies—then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, 42 I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.’”

However, the Jews DID NOT confess their sins and repent. THEREFORE, the Lord God brought King Nebuchadnezzar against them, and the majority of citizens who inhabited the southern kingdom were carried off into captivity in Babylon for 70 years (as foretold by the prophet Jeremiah). In addition to the destruction of their capital city, Jerusalem, King Solomon’s Temple was also destroyed.

In the aftermath of the temple’s destruction, the Lord God sent a prophetic message of hope through the prophet Isaiah to the Jews:

“‘Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali [the northern kingdom], but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations… 

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned….
6 For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given [JESUS CHRIST!],
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.’” (Isaiah 9:1-7)

 God promised that a Savior who would appear in Galilee to reign over David’s kingdom [his descendants] and restore justice and righteousness forever!

BUT THE JEWS (collectively) BECAME EVEN MORE DEFIANT! And they said “with pride and arrogance of heart:

“The bricks have fallen down,
    but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
    but we will replace them with cedars.” (Isaiah 9:10)

So they DID rebuild the temple — with quarried stone in place of bricks reinforced with straw, and with strong wood from cedars rather than from fig trees. Eventually King Herod took over the project and increased the Second Temple’s magnificence! … But in 70AD, that temple was also destroyed and once again, the Jews were scattered among the nations.

However,  they were regathered after World War II and returned to their homeland in 1948 — just as the prophet Ezekiel foretold! (Ezekiel 37)


  •  God has been issuing warnings of impending judgment on America through messages spoken and written by a modern-day Jewish rabbi.  (We’ll be meeting him in the next post.)

Sources: The Harbinger Companion and Bible Study by Jonathan Cahn; Front Line / Charisma House Book Group; 2013); The NIV Study Bible; Zondervan; 1984);;;

Coming Next: Did You Know? … America has been receiving judgment warnings from God!

Part 1: America Uniquely Parallels Ancient Israel!

“America is uniquely paralleled to ancient Israel in many ways. From its very conception it was built upon a biblical foundation and dedicated for God’s purposes, as was Israel…. Now, as with ancient Israel, it is falling away from that foundation.”

— Jonathan Cahn


America Uniquely Parallels Ancient Israel!

  • Ancient Israel was conceived through a promise.

The Lord God, creator of the universe and planet Earth, called a man named Abram (a.k.a. Abraham), nearly 4,000 years ago, to travel to a place called “Canaan.” That ancient land is currently hotly contested real estate in the Middle East.

Supernaturally, God vowed to make Abram’s descendants into a great nation, which was odd because he and his wife were well beyond child-bearing age. When God did not make good on his promise immediately, Abram’s wife Sarai brought her Egyptian handmaiden to him and convinced him to have intercourse with her. Sarai figured that her husband had “misunderstood the message” and that they should take matters into their own hands!

Sarai’s maid, Hagar, conceived and gave birth to Abram’s firstborn son, Ishmael. (You can read about that in the family record book, which we know today as The Torah, or “the Old Testament” in The Bible — Genesis 12-16.) Ishmael’s descendants are modern-day Arabs, who for millennia have conjoined with other ethnic peoples from around the world.

After Ishmael was born, the Lord appeared to Abram again with a disturbing message. The Lord changed Abram’s name to Abraham, and he promised that ABRAHAM would be “a father of many nations.” Then the Lord God made a covenant with ABRAHAM and gave to him and his “descendants after him” the “whole land of Canaan as an everlasting possession.”

The Lord changed Sarai’s name to Sarah and said, “I will surely give you a son by her … she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her” (Gen. 17:16). God told ABRAHAM and SARAH to name their son Isaac. Then he promised: “I will establish my covenant with him [ISAAC] as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.” As for ISHMAEL, “He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. BUT my covenant I will establish with ISAAC” (Gen. 17:20-21).

A meticulous record was kept of Isaac’s family tree — not so for Ishmael. The Torah bears witness to Isaac’s direct descendants who were promised the whole land of Canaan — the promised land — as an everlasting possession. Genesis 24 document’s Isaac’s supernatural connection with  and marriage to an extended family member named Rebekah, who bore twin sons named Esau (the firstborn) and Jacob — who would be given the promised birthright to the land of Canaan and the Abrahamic covenant. Later in the family history, there was bad blood between the descendants of Esau (a.k.a Edom)  and the descendants of Jacob (renamed ISRAEL), which can still be observed within the makeup of the current Middle East.

  • Ancient Israel agreed to a covenant with the Lord God after he rescued them from bondage in Egypt.

The twelve sons on Jacob (Israel) — known as the 12 tribes of Israel — were held as slaves in Egypt after Joseph died. (Read his story in Gen. 37 through 50.) The Israelites (also called Hebrews) were led out of Egypt by another direct descendant of Jacob, named Moses. (Read that documented account in Exodus 1 through 14.)

BECAUSE OF DISOBEDIENCE ISSUES, the Hebrews, were sentenced to 40 years of complete dependence on the God who had brought them out of bondage. Then, before they were allowed to enter the promised land, the Lord God laid down laws for their security and protection.

He foretold BLESSINGS if they obeyed the set laws and CURSES if they refused to obey the laws. (Read the entire covenant in Deuteronomy 28.)

The blessings included:

  1. People, livestock and crops will multiply.
  2. Bountiful rain and plenty of good food.
  3. Enemies will be defeated.
  4. Prosperity in the promised land.
  5. “You will lend to many nations but borrow from none.”
  6. “The Lord will establish you as his holy [set apart] people.”
  7. You will be a godly example to other nations.

The curses included:

  1. Confusion and rebuke in response to every action.
  2. Scorching heat, drought, blight and wasting disease.
  3. Dust and powder from the skies instead of rain.
  4. Attacks from birds of the air and beasts of the earth.
  5. “You will be unsuccessful in everything that you do.”
  6. “All the nations will ask: ‘Why has the Lord done this to the land?'”
  7. Scattering of the previously blessed population into other nations. (Happened 3 times — (1) 10 of the 12 tribes were scattered among the nations and did not return after Assyria destroyed the northern kingdom of Israel and its capitol Samaria on the 9th of Av, 722 BC; (2) The First Temple was destroyed and “Jews” (mostly from Judah and Benjamin) were taken into bondage in Babylon for 70 years on the 9th of Av, 586 BC; (3) The Second Temple — rebuilt after the Jews were allowed to return to their capitol Jerusalem — was destroyed and the Jews scattered among the nations in 70 AD. The Jews returned to part of their promised land in 1948, but their temple has not yet been rebuilt.)
  • The Jews were dispersed throughout the nations following the destruction of Jerusalem and their Second Temple UNTIL 1948, when a small percentage of them were supernaturally re-gathered and Israel was declared a nation once again!


The Pilgrims and Puritans left Europe to establish a new world where they could practice their biblical faith freely. They worked hard to build a civilization founded on biblical principles and dedicated to God’s purposes. They identified with the people of the Bible and the covenant given to the ancient Hebrews.

  • The Pilgrim’s celebration of Thanksgiving was modeled after the Old Testament Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot, in Hebrew).
  • Their first laws, established to legislate the New England colonies, were influenced by the Hebrew scriptures, and America’s first universities were established to train ministers to spread God’s Word.
  • More than one hundred years later, the first official seal of the United States was proposed, which depicted the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. It read, “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” The motto acknowledged the Lord God of the Jews as America’s ultimate king. The argument against tyranny was followed by the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War and a brand new republic, which expected to reap the blessings of liberty “for all.”
  • American founders referenced the Bible more than all Enlightened authors combined.
  • As America has sought to fulfill the vision that A NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD WILL BE BLESSED (Psalm 33:12), America has been blessed more than any other nation in the world!
  • “Historians have traditionally divided American Jewish immigration into three periods: Sephardic, German, and Eastern European…. The first group of Sephardic settlers arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654 from Brazil…. While the Ashkenazim outnumbered the Sephardim by 1730, the character of the American Jewish community remained Sephardic through the American Revolution. Colonial American synagogues adhered to Sephardic ritual customs and administered all aspects of Jewish religious life…. Synagogues established rules of order so that services and meetings proceeded with the proper amount of deference and decorum….German Jews began to come to America in significant numbers in the 1840s. Jews left Germany because of persecution, restrictive laws, economic hardship, and the failure of movements–widely supported by German Jews –advocating revolution and reform there. They looked to America as an antidote to these ills–a place of economic and social opportunity. Some 250,000 German-speaking Jews came to America by the outbreak of World War I…. in 1924, over 2 million Jews from Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Romania came to America. Once again, the character of American Jewry was transformed, as the Eastern Europeans became the majority…. Eastern Europeans brought with them unprecedented support for Jewish nationalism…. Large-scale Jewish immigration to the United States ended in 1924. Still, the contemporary American Jewish community remains very much a product of these founding groups.” (Source: My Jewish Learning —

“… in the face of increasing legal repression and physical violence, many Jews fled Germany. Until October 1941, German policy officially encouraged Jewish emigration. Gradually, however, the Nazis sought to deprive Jews fleeing Germany of their property by levying an increasingly heavy emigration tax and by restricting the amount of money that could be transferred abroad from German banks. In January 1933 there were some 523,000 Jews in Germany.” (Source: Holocaust Encyclopedia —

  • In the 20th century, the United States became the world’s most powerful nation, both militarily and economically.

Sources: The Harbinger Companion and Bible Study by Jonathan Cahn; Front Line / Charisma House Book Group; 2013); The NIV STudy Bible; Zondervan; 1984)


Coming Next: Did You Know? … Ancient Israel was given  numerous supernatural warnings before God’s judgment fell!