Did Jonathan Cahn ever predict a cataclysmic event would take place on Sept. 13?
But just as a new movie about Cahn’s life, “The Harbinger Man,” is about to be released, a blogger from the Norman Lear-founded People for the American Way, a George Soros-funded organization, accused him of doing just that.
“Of course, Cahn declared that this potential disaster would occur on an exact date,” writes Brian Tashman.
Cahn has never made any such prediction or prophecy concerning dates or time periods but rather wrote about historic patterns of the seven-year cycle in his book “The Mystery of the Shemitah.”
All references to this pattern have been accompanied with a word of caution that God “didn’t have to do anything on Sept. 13,” or any other specific date, nor does God have to comply with anyone’s calendar or expectation.
“You can’t put God in a box,” Cahn said last August when he started promoting his book, a mantra he continued to repeat in virtually every interview since. This word of caution was also in the book itself.
Beyond this, he has said that God doesn’t have to do anything in any time parameter including that of the Shemitah, its autumn wake, or the following 12-month period linked to the biblical year of Jubilee.
Reached for comment, Cahn told WND that what happened to him was typical of the tactics of such websites, which specialize in twisting the words of Christians to make them appear in the most extreme or absurd light possible.
“It’s a bit ironic,” he said, “since the central template revealed in the book has come true. The Shemitah’s predominant pattern, that of a long-term collapse of the financial realm, the peaking of the stock market, the reversing of its momentum, and a descent that takes place over a period of months – has all come to pass – and has already wiped out 40 percent of the Chinese market, nearly 2 trillion dollars from the American market, and over 11 trillion dollars from the world’s markets.”
Called to account
“Such attack sites have a right to their opinions but when they engage in the brazen twisting of truth, they ultimately damage their own reputations and cause,” Cahn told WND. “Indeed, after looking on the web, it didn’t take long to see that Brian Tashman has already been cited in the past for a lack of truthfulness, the posting of what has been deemed to be slander, and for publishing a continual stream of vicious attacks on Christians. This can’t be good for his cause or reputation.”
Some of those who have been branded by the website with labels such as “extremist” or worse include such GOP staples as Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush and Michele Bachmann along with Christian leaders like Franklin Graham and Tony Perkins.
Renew America’s Gina Miller has publicly taken Tashman to task in the past for using street-level tactics against those who don’t toe the line of political correctness. In an article titled “Right Wing Liar, Brian Tashman” Miller accused Tashman of making blatantly false statements against the family of slain American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by an Islamic State operative.
“It was a detestable assault on those people who have just had their son slaughtered in the most horrific way, and this dark-minded, utterly deceived, obsessive young man decided to fling across the Internet one more wound they surely don’t need.”
Attacking everyone but Democrats
A look at Tashman’s Twitter account shows some of his favorite targets. Just in the last week he lampooned pro-life activist Troy Newman, pro-life company Hobby Lobby, pro-traditional marriage clerk Kim Davis, pro-American and pro-Israel security analyst Frank Gaffney, GOP candidates Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz. He lavished praise upon Hillary Clinton and defends Barack Obama against GOP attacks.
In one series of tweets he lampoons conservative news site Breitbart for its coverage of the mass shooting at an Oregon community college and in another he mocks a story from WND giving coverage of the United Nations 2030 Agenda to transform the world through sustainable development. On Oct. 1 he tweeted a “Yay” to Hillary Clinton’s statement that she would “do everything I can to rally people against the pernicious, corrupting influence of the NRA.” On Sept. 28 he retweeted a tweet by a liberal blogger saying “The latest campaign against Planned Parenthood ‘has not withstood honest scrutiny.'”
People for the American Way, the main sponsor of Tashman’s work, was founded by Lear to oppose the influence of conservative Christians in the public square. It was largely responsible for having the Christian Benham brothers removed from television for upholding biblical views about marriage.
It’s another example of the left’s “intolerant tolerance” for anything overtly Christian, Cahn said, “It is a most strange tolerance that seeks to stamp out all resistance and dissenting opinion and nullify every voice that opposes its agenda by all means possible.”
Cahn said he first became aware of these organized attack strategies when he gave the keynote address at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
“It was no coincidence,” he said. “Their apparent aim is to seek to marginalize, intimidate, and silence any voice that rises up to speak on behalf of biblical values and against a left-wing agenda.”
Cahn has continued to sound the same warning that began with the 2012 release of “The Harbinger” – that America is rapidly descending into apostasy and progressing to judgment. He continues to warn that Christians should be “aware and ready,” and the “most important way for one to be ready is to be saved and in the will of God.”