The Shemitah Holds My Future?

Apparently the hearts of many Christians are all astir again these days over Jonathan Cahn’s exciting new book, The Mystery of the Shemitah. The blurb on the book’s  cover calls it, “The 3,000-Year-Old Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future, the World’s Future, and Your Future!”

Wow.  I better get a copy.  But fast; its sellers warn that it’s “flying off the shelves.”

Cahn’s previous book The Harbinger was a “runaway bestseller” on the New York Times Christian books list.  Looks like this one is on the way to joining it.

What is the shemitah? It’s the sabbath year as laid out in Leviticus.

When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD.
Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather the fruit thereof;
But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field or prune thy vineyard (Lev. 25:2-4).

Failure to keep this and other things set forth in the Law would bring judgment (Lev. 26:34, 1 Chr. 36:21).

And so Cahn propounds that it is failure to observe the shemitah (pronounced shmeeta) that has caused cyclical devastation every seven years in the earth.  I have not read the book but saw it advertised on Charisma News along with an interview Sid Roth (It’s Supernatural) had with Jonathan Cahn.  So I watched the interview.  Cahn proclaimed to a very excited Roth that it is failure to keep the shemitahs that has brought down judgments upon the world in seven-year cycles going a long way back.  He listed several.  It included the world wars.  The Great Depression.  9/11 in 2001.  The last one was the financial crisis of 2008.  Apparently the next shemitah is from September 25, 2014 to September 13, 2015, which could bring down on us… who knows what.

There is only one little problem with this teaching.  It is entirely false.  It is derived from a covenant—the old covenant— that is no longer in effect.  Don’t take my word for it; get it straight from the writers of the New Testament:

 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness (Heb. 7:18 NKJV).

In that He says, “A New Covenant,” He has made the first obsolete (Heb. 8:13 NKJV).

If we dare to believe our New Testament, then, the only covenant now extant with God is the New Covenant.  The covenant God made with the fathers (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) is not a covenant independent of Christ; it is fulfilled in Christ and His New covenant (Acts 13:32-34, Gal. 4:16).  And (according to the verses quoted above) the covenant God made with Israel under the shadow of Mount Sinai is obsolete.  It is null and void.  It is no longer in effect.  According to an online site on legal definitions I checked out, “a void contract imposes no legal rights or obligations upon the parties and is not enforceable by a court. It is, in effect, no contract at all.”  And so the Sinai covenant, the old covenant, because it is void, because it has been annulled, cannot be enforced.  That would be tantamount to trying to enforce a business partnership that has been legally disbanded, or a marriage contract that has been nullified, or trying on the basis of an old title deed to lay claim to land that has been sold to someone else.

God has brought in a BETTER covenant now (Heb. 7:22, 8:6)—better not only for Gentiles, but for Jews (with whom, actually, it was first made).  As a result, the old contract is no longer in effect.

But even if the Old Covenant were still in effect there is not the slightest suggestion anywhere in the Bible that the shemitah was in force for any nation other than Israel.  In fact the Old Covenant was a covenant God made with Israel alone.  How then could the shemitah be something that “holds the secret of America’s future, the world’s future, and your future?”

I find it very distressing, even frightening, that so many Christians are being duped by this kind of teaching.

Distressing… because it is evidence of how grievously lacking they are in their understanding of the basic difference between the Old Covenant and the New; there is such a blindness, it seems, as to the astonishing terms of the New Covenant.  And many believe God still holds out the Old Covenant for Jews that don’t believe in Jesus, and they can still come to Yahweh on the basis of that covenant. It is a teaching that does despite to the blood of Christ.

Frightening… because (and I know I am generalizing) this present generation of charismatic/evangelical Christians has strayed far, far from the truth– God’s controversy is with their teachers– and as a result they are abysmally ill prepared for the hour that is at hand. I tell you, there is trouble at the door.  Great trouble.   And it is going to result in the great and frightening collapse of a realm of Christianity that ought to have prepared its people for that hour, but did not.

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  1. Amen Allan!!! I am currently sharing with our group here on this very topic along with “Who Exactly IS Israel?”. Deep darkness is over the whole “earth” because the light has been placed under a bushel. Praise God for His remnant who have been given eyes to see. If any man turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

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    • Hi Tim, good to hear from you! I found Cahn’s first book The Harbinger a very troubling read. Looks like this one is following suit. It’s being widely received because there is so much misunderstanding with regard to Israel and the church these days. Truly a veil is over many hearts, as you said.

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  2. Hi Allan.

    This morning I was reading an article on Biblical eschatology, which led me to this Jonathan Cahn fellow, which led me to your excellent essay. I too find it distressing that so many professing Christians are being sidetracked by these books, authors, speakers and side issues. Studying/preaching the New Testament seems logical enough to understand God, yet so may preachers are derided for doing just that. Sadly, people love having their ears tickled….Lucifer NEVER misses Sunday service!

    It is not up to me to question JC’s sincerity for the Gospel and love for Christ but his website does have a bit of a “Demtel” look about it. Maybe it’s his way of funding his ministerial projects, etc-who knows. Maybe Messianic Jews have a tendency to cling to the OT?

    Ultimately, the ONLY book of any importance to our eternal soul is the Holy Bible (I too use the NKJV, along with the KJV). We can read it 1000 times and still make new discoveries. Many times I have re read a passage or verse that previously didn’t “speak” to me, only to discover the mystery of His revelations have His impeccable timing, if you understand what I’m trying to say.

    Glad to see you’re still firing on all cylinders, Allan. Keep up the good work. God bless.

    Kind regards,

    Ray

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    • Thanks, Ray. I wasn’t sure I understood what you meant by “Demtel,” but after quickly googling it, I think I have the idea that it’s all about sales.

      I agree with you about making new discoveries in our reading of the Bible. With regard to certain passages that have perplexed me (there are many) I have found that the answers come by reading that passage again, and some time later, again, and later on again, and again… and suddenly one day the light comes on!

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  3. WOE IS ME IF I PREACH NOT THE GOSPEL!! For I am not ashamed of the GOSPEL OF CHRIST – For it is the POWER of GOD unto salvation – to everyone that believeth–TO THE JEW FIRST- and also to the Greek- for therein is the righteousness of GOD revealed from faith to faith–This is the only Hope for America, the World, and Your future– the demonstration of GOD’S righteousness through REDEEMING GRACE… THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST IS ENOUGH for Jew and Gentile and the whole planet– Woe to the shepherds that have caused God’s sheep to ERR from the RUDIMENTS of CHRIST– HIS BLOOD-PURCHASED INHERITANCE— This is the birthplace of everything wonderful- true- wholesome- and pleasing to God.

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    • Amen and Amen, Robert. It grieves me, and frightens me, that so many Christians these days have become enamoured of the types and shadows of the Old Covenant. The New Covenant has become, for so many, the forgotten covenant.

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