The Agony of Deceit
Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. - Matthew 24:23-25
There are many so called prophets today that claim to be gifted by God to speak fresh revelation outside of Scripture... such as new authoritative words of prediction, teachings, rebukes, or encouragements. But in all actuality they are being empowered by the forces of evil for the sole purpose of misleading and disrupting Christ’s church. The Apostle John offered an urgent warning about these deceitful preachers during his days and said: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). Christians must “test the spirits” to determine if they originate with the Holy Spirit or with a demonic spirit. Later, John declared that God has spoken fully and finally in Scripture and offered the most solemn warning against anyone who claims to bring revelation equal or contrary to Scripture. “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19).
A great number of false prophets have appeared throughout the history of the church. As early as the second century, Montanus the founder of Montanism, a schismatic movement of Christianity in Asia Mino and his disciples claimed to speak on behalf of the Holy Spirit. In the nineteenth century, Joseph Smith claimed to receive The Book of Mormon from the angel Moroni. Today the airwaves are chock-full of people claiming to speak in the name of God through the power of the Spirit. Personal prophecies are just a phone call away. Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling and the top Christian bestseller of the decade, boldly claims that her book contains the very words of Jesus. Her book Jesus Calling only exists because Sarah Young had a deep desire to hear from God outside of the Bible.
Jonathan Cahn has made several predictions that did not transpire such as on the date of September 30th, 2016 neither did the US dollar or American Economic collapse took place. Cahn determines that Isaiah 9:10 contains a mysterious prophecy directed not to ancient Israel but to modern America. At this point the author manipulates Scripture, American history and current events in an attempt to prove that God’s judgment on the United States has been hiding in these verses but have now been unlocked by the careful investigation of Cahn. Once someone decides they can cherry-pick verses at will, change the meaning of these texts to fit his theories and use random hermeneutical methods… anything can be proven! However, very few people sitting in the pews will recognize what Cahn has done, and fewer still will do their homework of investigating his interpretations.
In Jonathan Cahn ‘s book The Mystery of the Shemitah, The Tribulation was to start this recent September 23, 2017 and end in 2024, as you can see September 23rd has come and gone with no Antichrist appearance or any other Biblical events substantiated by Scripture. This evidence demonstrates that Jonathan Cahn (Con) is more of a false prophet and a false teacher.
The Shemitah was an aspect of God’s ceremonial law for the nation of Israel. Unlike the binding perpetual Moral Law, the ceremonial law has been fulfilled in Christ and is no longer in force. The Shemitah, while still observed in Israel is not applied to any other nation. The idea of God applying Israel’s Old Testament ceremonial laws to gentile nations (either then or now) is pure fabrication of the truth in Scripture.
In Jonathan Cahn‘s books and predictions are based on a logical fallacy called "asserting the consequent." This fallacy is like saying that "all normal cats have four legs; Fido has four legs, so Fido must be a cat." There are other reasons for having four legs than being a cat.
The seven-year pattern that fuel's Cahn's book is a massive logical fallacy. It takes the idea of a seven-year cycle and uses it to make it appear that America is the new Israel and is under a law that Israel was under. Neither is the case and Jonathan Cahn‘s books will mislead anyone who believes it.
Just as the Jehovah's Witnesses when one of their predictions don’t come to pass like in 1914, 1915, 1918, 1925 and 1975 failed predictions of the end of the world, they immediately revised their publications and today Jonathan Cahn (Con) is busy updating his failed predictions.
Jonathan Cahn does not resemble a biblical prophet but resembles more a charlatan, a person who uses Christianity as a means of personal enrichment. The Apostle Paul charged Timothy to be on guard against them. “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing." 1 Timothy 6:3-4
Those who claim the office of a prophet of God today must consider the biblical consequences of their predictions. “But any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die.” Deuteronomy 18:20
As you can see… God has a pretty dim view on those who misuse His Word. I am not advocating the death penalty, but I admonish you to stop supporting these charlatans who mislead God’s people and line the pockets with your hard earned money. Some people accuse me of being too judgmental and say Judge not lest ye be judged and I always tell them… twist not Scripture lest ye be like Satan!
This is my prayer… that you do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Then you will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming , and never forget to speak the truth in love!