Jonathan Cahn, the Bible teacher and author who started warning nine years ago that America was facing the judgment of God if it did not reject secularism and return to its Judeo-Christian roots, says the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states marks the formal end to Christian America.
Barring a “miracle of God,” the die has been cast, said the author of “The Harbinger” and “The Mystery of the Shemitah.”
Cahn, speaking at the annual Messiah Conference at Messiah College in Pennsylvania on America’s Independence Day, said the U.S. and the world are undergoing “tectonic shifts” in terms of attitudes and beliefs.
Even those who consider themselves “Christian” will continue to stray from right doctrine, he said, choosing instead to blend in with the ways of Western culture.
He said the world has entered what the apostle Paul called the “falling away” or the apostasy. This period, which marks the beginning of the “end of the age” and the soon return of Jesus Christ, will be similar to the period at the beginning of the age, when pagan Rome viciously persecuted the followers of Jesus.
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But just as the early Church in the Book of Acts was marked by its “dynamic, revolutionary, counter-culture faith,” the last-days remnant that refuses to conform to the decaying moral structure of modern culture will also be marked by these same dynamic characteristics.
“At the beginning it was a revolutionary, radical, underground, counter-culture and Jewish faith. It was for all people but Jewish. As it moved away (from Jerusalem) the Jewish leadership vanished. And the more this faith became imbedded in Western culture, in world culture, the more this faith lost its identity,” he said.
After the apostles and the early Church fathers died and the Church got cut off from its Jewish roots, it lost something, said Cahn, who was speaking to about 1,000 Messianic Jewish and gentile believers at the annual conference of the Messianic Jewish Association of America. This year’s conference was also celebrating the 100th anniversary of organized Messianic Judaism, a movement of Jewish believers who came to faith in Jesus, or Yeshua, as their Messiah in 1915.
In the last days Christianity will continue to break into two, said Cahn. There will be the apostate false church and that which remains true to the Gospel and a biblical worldview. The true Church will boldly speak the truth on moral issues, as well as embrace Israel and support the Jewish people at a time when the rest of the world sees Israel as the enemy.
“At the beginning of the age you had an anti-Christian pagan culture that persecuted believers, well it’s coming back,” he explained. “We are at a pivotal point.”
This new period of total lawlessness and apostasy in which whole Christian denominations are falling in line with the world’s changing view of marriage, is only the latest symptom that the world and the Church are racing in different directions.
“We are watching changes of tectonic significance. Two years ago, speaking at this conference, I said the ground is shifting beneath our feet. Now I say it has shifted. If ever there was a moment that has marked America’s and much of the Western civilized world’s departure, of a post-Christian America, that definitive marker has come,” Cahn said. “It came just two days before this conference began. It happened on June 26, 2015, when the judgment of the nation’s highest court struck down the word of God concerning marriage.”
‘We have crossed that line’
Cahn said he was there, in Washington, D.C., on the day the court heard oral arguments in the same-sex marriage case.
“I witnessed a man in sackcloth on the steps of the Supreme Court, and a woman with a sign saying ‘Don’t cross this line,’” he said. “The next day I spoke on Capitol Hill to leaders and members of Congress.”
Cahn told those leaders that if a nation’s high court “should pass judgment on the Almighty, should you then be surprised if the Almighty should pass judgement on that court and that nation? We have crossed that line, the ground has shifted, and things are not going to be the same.
“And what happened was not just about marriage but a symptom of a civilization rejecting this Judeo-Christian faith that we brought to the world.”
Prepare for persecution
And the court’s decision will reverberate well beyond the marriage altar, Cahn said.
“The voice of the prophets, they cry out and say, ‘Woe to those that call good evil and evil good.’ Every step this culture takes to celebrate sin, is matched by an equal step to vilify and persecute those who are of God,” he said. “It’s no accident we are witnessing the beginnings of persecution.”
That warning was made even more significant because of who it came from, Cahn said.
“The warnings that believers will be persecuted didn’t come this time from students of biblical prophecy but from every single one of the dissenting Supreme Court justices,” he said. “They each sounded an alarm in that ruling — that believers will be persecuted. You don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. It’s no accident this event is being noted as a harbinger. The end of Christian America.”
He said this “end” will mark the “disestablishment of the Church,” and “what may be the removal of all tax exemption, the vilification of God’s people.”
Cahn recently spoke at the United Nations concerning the persecution of Christian people in the Middle East and warned that this persecution, if not stopped, will spread to the West.
“That persecution is not going to be an issue just for them. Except for the hand of God and revival it’s coming,” he said. “Two things converged here now. We’re celebrating the 100 milestone year of an end-time phenomenon, the beginning of the Jewish people returning to their Messiah, and it’s also July 4th and we’re witnessing the apostasy, the falling of the church. And for you in other nations it will affect you just as well.”
If anyone needed confirmation that history has arrived at “Post-Christian America,” they got it from President Obama and the White House immediately following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling.
“Just a few days ago the highest house in the land representing the American government was bathed in colors not of the American flag but of another flag representing the celebration of what the Bible calls evil,” Cahn said. “A war that used the rainbow, the very sign of God’s covenant and mercy in the face of judgment, to desecrate His name, a sign of desecration covering the White House.”
‘God is not mocked’
Cahn said he warned for several years that American Christians were watching a civilization approaching judgment.
“In ‘The Harbinger‘ I warned of the nine harbingers of judgment that appeared in Israel’s last days that are appearing now,” he said. “The signs have not stopped since the book came out. They’ve continued. One year ago one of those nine signs of America was destroyed on a Jewish holy day (of Passover), and on the night of its destruction the moon turned red.”
He was referring to the “Tree of Hope,” a cedar tree that was planted near Ground Zero of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers, in place of a sycamore that had been destroyed by the falling debris. The cedar withered and died, and was removed on Passover of 2014. The cedar is a symbol of a nation’s strength in Old Testament Bible prophesy.
“Another of the nine harbingers, the president went down to ground zero (in 2012) and ascribed words on its highest beam that described words of judgment that led to the destruction of ancient northern Israel,” Cahn said.
Without knowing that he was repeating the prideful vow of ancient Israel as recorded by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 9:10, Obama wrote on the steel girder of the rebuilt tower: “We remember. We rebuild. We come back stronger.”
“This past weekend, the top of that tower right above those words (of the president) was also bathed in rainbow. A Tower of defiance,” Cahn said. “God is long-suffering and merciful, but God is not mocked.”
Cahn’s second book, “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” which came out in 2014, discusses the seven-year biblical cycle God gave to Moses in Deuteronomy in which the nation was to observe a Sabbath year once over seven years, letting the land rest, refraining from sowing and reaping, and canceling the debts on the last day of the Sabbath year.
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For a nation that has turned its back on its godly heritage, the seven-year cycle can manifest as judgment. Cahn traced every major recession since 1973 to the seven-year Shemitah cycle.
The Shemitah years of 2001 and 2008 brought the 9/11 attacks and record stock-market crashes. The current Shemitah year of 2015 winds up on Sept. 13, or Elul 29 on the Hebrew calendar. It was on Elul 29, the last day of the year on the Hebrew calendar, that the last two record stock market crashes occurred. This time Elul 29 falls on Sept. 13, which is a Sunday, and the stock markets will be closed.
“This is the mystery that has marked the rise and fall of economies, stock markets, nations, empires,” Cahn said. “Two cautions. God doesn’t have to do anything at the climax of the Shemitah.
“We cannot put God in a box. If we do He gets out. It could be very uneventful. I don’t want people focusing on dates but on being right with God.”
But the second caution is just as strong, it could happen at this time. But either way no matter the timing. Whether with the Shemitah or beyond, whether sooner or later I believe a great shaking is coming to this nation and this world. It will involve a shaking of the great financial, economic realm, and yet it will be bigger than that, and when the dust clears we are to stand. The signs are all converging. We are witnessing the acceleration of the apostasy deepening, A growing hatred and mocking of God. At the same time the worst deterioration of America’s relationship with Israel. The administration has threatened to reassess its relationship with Israel, and maybe abandon it at the U.N. but the ancient covenant that God made with Abraham says if you reassess your relationship with Israel He will reassess his relationship with you. If you abandon Israel you will be abandoned. If you place Israel in danger what will happen to you?”
“Whether something happens nearer or later, do I believe it’s wise to prepare? Yes. Physically and more import spiritually. For you who are not born again, in Hebrew the name for safety is Yeshua.
“For you who are in Messiah there’s a place you can go that’s the safest place on Earth. It’s called the will of God. Get into that and do not fear. We are now closer to that day.
This is a seismic changes going on call for a return to the radical, counter-culture faith of the early Christians, Cahn said.
“This is our Esther moment. We were destined for such a time as this, we have to rise to it. The time for wavering is over, the time for playing with sin is over,” he said. “Whatever is in your life that is preventing you from your high calling given to you the time is now to get it out. There is no choice for us, for we in our house, we will follow god. Whatever it is then bring it on. We will follow Yeshua we will not bow down our knees to Baal. We will only bow to the God if Israel, Isaac, Jacob, Yeshua.”
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