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False Teacher of the Day #58: Jonathan Cahn

by | Apr 17, 2024 | Apostasy, Cult, False Teacher of the Day, heresy, Opinion, Religion, The Church

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It is appropriate that we continue to warn Christians about the dangerous teachings of Jonathan Cahn, who positions himself as a modern-day prophet and decoder of biblical mysteries. Despite numerous bold predictions about economic collapses and national disasters, Cahn has yet to provide a prophecy that has come true, demonstrating the falsehood of his claims.

Cahn predicted that the Shemitah year of 2015 would bring a significant financial “great shaking,” which did not occur. His books, filled with supposed “harbingers” and ominous forecasts following events like 9/11, have also failed to materialize any true prophetic insight. His frequent appearances on Jim Bakker’s show, known for doomsday predictions and survival product sales, further underscore the baselessness of his prophetic claims.

Adding to the evidence of his false teachings, Cahn’s prophetic claims have even reached the ranks of New York Times Best-Sellers, widely disseminating his dubious predictions. Up until the very last minute of the most recent Shemitah cycle, Cahn maintained that a global “shaking” was imminent. This prediction, like his others, proved false when the Shemitah ended without incident, demonstrating his lack of credibility and revealing his prophecies as nothing more than sensationalism.

Fans of Cahn might argue that he is not a prophet but merely an “interpreter” of biblical prophecy. However, Cahn has taken non-prophetic scriptures and misapplied them to current events, claiming divine insights that simply do not hold up under scrutiny.

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In his book, The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Revealed, Cahn suggests that he alone possesses the knowledge to unlock ancient secrets supposedly pointing to modern figures and events, including insinuations that Donald Trump is mentioned in the Bible.

His book pitch includes:

“Could an ancient prophecy and a mysterious ordinance given in a Middle Eastern desert over 3,000 years ago be determining the events of our day?”

  • Could some of the most famous people of modern history and current events be secretly linked to this mystery—even a modern president of the United States?
  • Could this ancient revelation pinpoint the events of our times down to the year, month and day of their occurring?
  • Could a mysterious phenomenon be manifesting on the world stage on an exact timetable determined from ancient times?
  • Could these manifestations have altered—and now be altering—the course of world events?

The Bible is clear about false prophets: “when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him” (Deuteronomy 18:22). Jonathan Cahn’s consistent inaccuracies and sensationalism are not just errors; they are indicative of a deeper disregard for the true prophetic spirit of the Scriptures.

In defending his failed prophecies, Cahn has even issued legal threats against critics, such as a laughable cease and desist letter, showcasing his unwillingness to face legitimate scrutiny and claiming that he is being falsely accused of being a false prophet. His actions contradict the humble and open-hearted approach that characterizes genuine biblical leadership.

Jonathan Cahn’s teachings, particularly his flawed interpretations and failed prophecies, should serve as a red flag for anyone considering listening to him. They reflect a broader issue within certain circles of Christianity that elevates sensationalism over sound doctrine. Christians are urged to rely on the full counsel of God’s Word, rather than the speculative and sensational interpretations offered by false teachers like Cahn.

Jonathan Cahn has demonstrated a consistent pattern of misleading his audience with predictions that fail to materialize, coupled with a defensive posture against criticism. It is vital for believers to remain vigilant and discerning, grounding themselves in Scripture and rejecting those who distort its truths for personal gain or sensationalism.

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