The author of a New York Times-best-selling book about America’s future in a post-Christian society sees dark storm clouds closing in on America, citing “harbingers” that the country is blindly heading straight for an economic collapse. “Listening to the president’s State of the Union address, I was reminded of ancient Israel,” said Jonathan Cahn, author of “The Mystery of the Shemitah” and “The Harbinger,” which draws parallels between America’s falling away from God and a series of judgments that will come as a result. “The people of Israel convinced themselves that they were coming back stronger than before,” Cahn said. “And then it all collapsed, and the judgment came.”
Cahn sees warning signs of potential judgment coming to America as the current Shemitah year ensues, which comes once every seven years. The seven-year Shemitah cycle was meant as a blessing as long as the Israelites followed God’s laws, but it could manifest as judgment if the nation turned to its own ways and removed God from its culture and legal system. In biblical Israel the Shemitah brought a canceling of debts, a resting of the land from sowing and reaping, and a resetting of financial accounts. If they did not do this voluntarily, God forced it on them to make up for all the years they did not.
The specific avenues of potential judgment Cahn is watching are the economy and the rise of ISIS as a new terrorist threat to America. The last two Shemitah years — 2000-2001 and 2007-2008 — brought the 9/11 attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the historic stock market crash of September 2008. Cahn, speaking of the American age that began in 1871 when the U.S. surpassed Britain to become the strongest economic power on earth, states, “I’ve warned in ‘The Harbinger’ and as I’ve spoken across the country that if this nation doesn’t return to God, its crown as head of nations will be removed.” America has to fall for many of the end time events to take place. The New World Order cannot come to power until America looses its control over the world.
The American age that lasted 144 years, quietly came to an end two weeks into the Shemitah year, which began Sept. 25, 2014. Cahn said the first sign of America’s removal as the pinnacle of economic power was already apparent to those who were paying attention. According to a report by the International Monetary Fund, China’s economy had for the first time surpassed that of the US and now claims the distinction of being the world’s largest economy, according to an October report by Business Insider. The IMF measures both GDP in market-exchange terms and in terms of purchasing power. “On the purchasing-power basis, China is overtaking the US right about now and becoming the world’s biggest economy,” BI reported on Oct. 8, 2014. “By the end of 2014, China will make up 16.48 percent of the world’s purchasing-power adjusted GDP (or $17.632 trillion), and the U.S. will make up just 16.28 percent (or $17.416 trillion).” Cahn stated, “America’s crown as the strongest economic power on earth was removed. It passed to China…The word Shemitah can mean ‘the fall.’ That alone would constitute one of the greatest falls in modern history – the end of the American age.”
As for the economy, destabilization in the currency markets and disruptive oil markets are leading straight to the turbulent times ahead. Whether America’s economic judgment comes with a sudden, painful jolt or as a slow, grinding down until it becomes subservient to other nations, remains to be seen. But either way, the messianic Jewish rabbi believes America will be knocked off its perch atop the world order, especially economically, if widespread repentance does not occur. “There’s an eerie kind of unease,” he said. “The stock market has been hit by strange waves of volatility and violent swings. And it actually began the very first week of the Shemitah. “I believe we’re watching a house of cards. It could implode at any time.”
Cahn is not the only one who sees hard times ahead for America. Two “black swan events” have financial experts reassessing their forecasts. One is the falling price of crude oil and its corrosive effect on Russia’s economy. The other is Switzerland’s recent decision to untie the Swiss franc from the Euro, resulting in billions of dollars in losses for large banks and currency traders. The price of oil is driving economic indicators and propelling economies in directions not previously forecast by the experts. Apparently what is seeming good for the poor of this country, with the price of gasoline falling, is really bad for the oil producers and the American economy as a whole.
Also, Russia, for instance, is under extreme pressure, as is Iran and Venezuela. Saudi Arabia, who supports ISIS, stands to gain market share at the expense of Russia and the burgeoning U.S. shale-oil industry. The United States meanwhile continues to chug along with a bloated stock market ripe for a fall. Michael Snyder, who writes the Economic Collapse blog, put it this way in a recent article: “As I have written about previously, we are moving into a time of greatly increased financial volatility. And when we start to see tremendous ups and downs in the financial world, that is a sign that a great crash is coming. We witnessed this prior to the financial crisis of 2008, and now we are watching it happen again. And this is not just happening in the United States.”
Chinese shares plunged about 8 percent Monday after the country’s securities regulator imposed margin trading curbs on several major brokerages, a sign that authorities are trying to rein in the market’s big gains, Snyder reported. It was China’s largest drop in six years. “Sadly, most Americans have absolutely no idea what is coming. They just trust that the ‘experts’ at the Federal Reserve have it all figured out. “So when the next great financial crisis does arrive, most people are going to be absolutely blindsided by it, even though anyone that is willing to look at the facts honestly should be able to see it steamrolling directly toward us.”
An unexplainable, lightning-swift fall in the price of crude oil over the past month has left Texas and other oil-producing states, which had been among the few growth spots and success stories in the U.S. economy in recent years, poised for a dramatic shift in fortunes. Hundreds of layoffs have already started, according to an article in the Washington Times. Henry Resources President Danny Campbell says the company will cut activity by up to 40 percent. “We’re not cutting back in one area, we’re cutting across the board,” he told the Midland Reporter-Telegram, adding that no one had expected prices to fall so low and so quickly. Snyder concluded that the relative stability experienced over the past couple of years is about to come to an unexpected halt. “I hope that you are getting ready for what comes next,” Snyder told his readers.
Snyder posted another article in which he postulates that the price of copper, which recently hit five-year lows, is a leading indicator for a stock market crash. China is the world’s biggest buyer of copper and it has cut back drastically on its consumption as its economy has slowed. This could push back a Fed rate hike and impact the U.S. economy, CNBC reported on Jan. 15.
As the year of the Shemitah grinds toward its climax on Sept. 13, 2015, Cahn is also watching the Supreme Court, noting, “The harbingers have continued to manifest and America’s apostasy from God has only accelerated. In April of this year, in the midst of the Shemitah, the Supreme Court will hear a case that will likely end marriage as we know it…The verdict will be released in June. That will mark a critical point in America’s fall from God.” What judgment will we face when that June verdict is handed down? America needs to repent before God before its too late.
Another one of the harbingers is that the terrorist have resurfaced in the form of ISIS, Cahn noted, saying, “The judgment and destruction of Israel was carried out by the Assyrians, the fathers of terrorism…The emergence of ISIS and its conflict with America is ominous.” Radical Islam or Islamic terrorism has recently taken center stage in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France and subsequent arrests of militants in France, Belgium and Germany. ISIS reign of terror has only just begun. They will likely attack on US soil once again and when they do, it will be much worse than the first time.
Though Saudi Arabia is currently benefiting from the recent Oil Crisis, it’s facing some possible political turmoil. Saudi Arabia’s Royal Court announced that the king has recently passed away and that his brother has taken the throne. In the past, every time the king’s health has deteriorated, news agencies speculated on what would become of the Saudi dynasty and its leadership after the king’s death. But some Shiite scholars believe that Abdullah’s death will mark the beginning of a chain of great events that will shock the world. Some Shiite scholars believe that the Saudi king’s death will signal the rise of the Mahdi (Biblical antichrist) and the beginning of the end-times. The Shiites believe that divine Imams are heirs to the political and religious Ummah, or Islamic nation. These 12 imams are successors to the Prophet Muhammad and to the head of the caliphate, with Mahdi being the final Imam who disappeared and is prophesied to return. Mahdi will be revealed only in the end-times, along with Jesus, to deliver peace to the world.
According to Shiite hadiths, after the death of a king named Abdullah in the Hijaz — a western region of present-day Saudi Arabia — no successor to the throne would be accepted, and disagreements would escalate and persist until the rise of Imam Mahdi. Abdullah, the 10th son of King Abdulaziz, was born Aug. 1, 1924. His mother, Fahda bint Asi Al Shuraim, was a member of the Al Rashid family, longtime rivals of the Al Saud family and a historic dynasty in the Arabian Peninsula that ruled the emirate of Jabal Shammar. Abdullah ascended to the throne in 2005 following the death of his half-brother King Fahd, though power was already in his hands.
According to the book “250 Signs Until the Appearance of Imam Mahdi,” Prophet Muhammad said: “On doomsday, a man who is carrying the name of an animal ascends to the throne, after which a man named Abdullah comes to the power. Whoever informs me of his death, I will inform him of the rise [of Mahdi]. After Abdullah passes away, for several days and months, the government will appear.” A seminary teacher based in Qom told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “The animal-named man can be King Fahd because one meaning of Fahd’s [name] is rapacious animal and cheetah, which matches what Prophet Muhammad said.” The Bahar al-Anvar, a book of hadiths, quotes the sixth Shiite Imam Sadegh as saying: “When Abdullah dies, people will agree on no one, and this issue will be kept alive till the rise of Imam [Mahdi]. An age of a hundred-year reign comes to an end, and an age of a [kingdom lasting] a few days and months arrives.”
The Shiite scholar in Qom said, “Currently, there is a possibility of a power struggle in Saudi Arabia, as King Abdullah has tried to make up the new post of deputy crown prince. Actually, with regard to [this], if Prince Salman is the king and Muqrin bin Abdulaziz is named the crown prince, the next deputy crown prince will be Mutaib bin Abdullah, so we can expect tensions between King Abdullah’s sons and Salman’s brothers to escalate…” In 2012, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was named crown prince, and two years later, Muqrin bin Abdulaziz was introduced as deputy crown prince. According to Al-Akhbar newspaper, past tradition dictated that the interior minister would be the most likely candidate for second deputy prime minister, and after that, the post of crown prince. But after upgrading the status of the National Guard, which is chaired by Mutaib bin Abdullah, and turning it into a ministry on par with the ministries of defense and interior, King Abdullah’s wing in the royal family is well-positioned to be a strong contender for the throne.
Some believe that the rise of terrorist groups in the Middle East, along with their black flags, is another sign of Mahdi’s rise. The Nahj al-Balagh, a collection of the first Shiite Imam Ali’s sayings, quotes the imam as saying: “When you witness black flags, don’t move, because their calls are void and null and you shouldn’t help them. Their heart is like iron fillings, and they don’t honor their promise. Their names and monikers are taken from the names of cities.” The Qom-based scholar explained the quotation, “Black flags can suggest the Islamic State, which is killing hundreds of innocent people in the region with brutality, and [regarding people named after cities], I can mention Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi or Omar al-Chechen.” He added, “Many in the seminary of Qom believe that the rise of Imam Mahdi is imminent. Even important figures in the seminary have expressed their hope for this event to happen and has called for our readiness to help him…What’s happening in the region is very similar to what our Imams have predicted about preconditions for the rise of Imam Mahdi, so the moment of truth may have come.”
Historian Muhammad Hossein Rajabi Davani told an Iranian newspaper: “With respect to promises in Shiite hadiths, we are certainly experiencing doomsday, but doomsday has no time frame and it’s not known when it begins and ends.” Yet, certain Shiite narratives and hadiths contradict the aforementioned narratives, suggesting different signs for the rise of Imam Mahdi. Today, however, many are speculating about the events that will follow the Saudi king’s death, as well as its impact on global developments. With the death of King Abdullah, according to some analyses, stability in Riyadh may come to an end, setting off a chain of prophecies and the subsequent rise of the Mahdi.
Another interesting prophetic event is that the nations of the world are turning against Israel in accordance with ancient biblical prophecy, according to documentary filmmaker and New York Times bestselling author Joel Richardson, who recently stated, “Satan is using men like puppets to effect his purposes, to thwart the plans of God…And so it’s not just in the radical Islamic community; it’s throughout Europe. The nations are turning against Israel. They said it would never happen again. The Bible said it would happen again before the return of Jesus.”
Richardson went on the radio show “Point of View” recently to discuss his blockbuster new documentary, “End Times Eyewitness,” produced by WND Films. His work shows how ancient biblical prophecies signaling the return of the Messiah are being fulfilled as we speak. Richardson is the bestselling author of “The Islamic Antichrist” and the author of the soon-to-be-published “When a Jew Rules the World.” One such prophecy Richardson discussed says that the nations will turn against Israel. Richardson told “Point of View” host Kerby Anderson it is clearly happening today, and the devil himself is behind it.
The Bible also speaks of an Antichrist who will rise up in the last days. Richardson said he believes the Antichrist will be a Muslim. I believe he may be a Muslim Jew. In fact, the biblical description of the Antichrist closely resembles the description of the Islamic Mahdi, who Muslims believe will come to rule the world before the Day of Judgment. “When you look at the Islamic traditions concerning the Mahdi, he has many striking similarities to the biblical Antichrist,” Richardson said. “They actually teach that he will rule the world specifically from the Temple Mount, exactly as the Bible says the Antichrist will set up his seat, in the seat of God on the Temple Mount, proclaiming himself as God.”
Richardson interviewed global Christian leaders, pastors, theologians and missionaries for “End Times Eyewitness.” He also featured testimonies from some of the most prominent Islamic scholars in the world and leading Jewish thinkers, including: Rabbi Yehuda Glick, the Temple activist shot in an assassination attempt; Adnan Oktar, the bestselling author in the Muslim world and host of a big TV show in Turkey, who is promoting the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. He states the Muslim messianic “Mahdi” figure is alive and well on planet Earth and that he is in communication with (fallen) angels about his imminent appearance to the world; Sheik Ekrima Said Sabri, the son of the late and notorious grand mufti of Jerusalem, who explains the Islamic eschatological belief that Jesus will return to lead a caliphate and require Christians to convert to Islam.
Richardson said there are strong signs that the Antichrist will arise out of Turkey. He sees the current nationalistic frenzy in Turkey as evidence that the country may be living under the Antichrist already. “I can’t even convey to Americans the level of nationalism and nationalistic fervor that is emerging out of Turkey,” Richardson said. “This desire to revive the glory days of the Ottoman Empire, and it’s mingled with Islamism.” Muslims not only await the Mahdi but also believe Jesus Christ will return at the end of time. However, they believe he will come back as a Muslim who will tell Christians they’ve been following the wrong faith all along. “And so in many ways, the Jesus of Islamic eschatology has many similarities to the biblical false prophet that’s referenced in Revelation 13,” Richardson said.
Richardson said Muslims take their prophecies very seriously. “If we are simply tracking what’s going on in the world, especially the Islamic world, which is supremely relevant to the nation of Israel, then we need to recognize how much the Islamic world is being guided by these prophecies and really how apocalyptic the Muslim world has become,” he said. According to Richardson, ISIS is fighting so passionately because it believes it is fulfilling Islamic end-times prophecy. “ISIS is a thoroughly apocalyptically driven movement, and they believe these prophecies are guiding them,” Richardson said. “They believe they’re in the last days, and that’s often why they have such a make-it-or-break-it fervor. This is the final game to them.”
Richardson wants people to know that biblical prophecy is not all about misery. The Bible speaks of revivals in Egypt and Assyria, and Richardson said those may already be taking place. Assyria is roughly the region that ISIS now controls. Richardson said the displaced peoples of that region are turning toward Christianity. “From what I hear, there’s revivals breaking out in the refugee camps, because they’ve seen the true face of Islam,” he said. “And so despite all that ISIS is doing – and despite all that Satan is doing – the Lord raises up a standard as well.” Richardson said he also saw the Lord beginning to move the people of Egypt. “When I was there with the Egyptian church, they were just ecstatic despite the difficulties, despite the persecution, at the things that the Lord was doing,” he said. “Everybody, universally – I mean, they were happening that day that I was there. They said, ‘We have never seen Muslims coming to faith like we have the past month.’ And this was a year ago.”
Richardson made clear that prophecy is not just about the end times and the destruction of the earth as we know it. It can also help Christians share the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. “We need to recognize that biblical prophecy is not all doom and gloom,” he said. “There’s strategic information that we can gain from it as we are trying to fulfill our primary mandate, which is proclamation of the gospel of the kingdom.” When Christ returns to earth He will reign 1000 years and all His saints with him. We are not looking for the destruction of the earth but the renewal of the earth to its former glory with Jesus Christ as its final ruler.
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