Shemitah: Those Crazy Charismatics and their False Gloom and Doom Prophecies

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Michael Snyder recently wrote an article for CHARISMA titled 10 Things That Are Going to Happen Within 15 Days of the End of the Shemitah.  Snyder thinks that bad times are coming soon:

Is a great shaking coming to America? An amazing convergence of events is going to take place during the last several weeks of September 2015.

Many are suggesting that this could indicate that something really big is about to happen. In fact, some vendors of emergency food are reporting shortages because so many people are stocking up on food and supplies in anticipation of what is coming…

…It all starts with the end of the Shemitah year on Sept. 13. During the last two cycles, we witnessed historic stock market crashes on the very last day of the Shemitah year (Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar)…

…On Sept. 29, 2008 (which was also Elul 29 on the biblical calendar), the Dow plummeted 777 points, which still today remains the greatest one-day stock market crash of all time in the United States.

Now we are in another Shemitah year. It began in the fall 2014, and it ends on Sept. 13, 2015.

So will we see a stock market crash in the United States on Sept. 13, 2015?

No we will not, because that day is a Sunday. So I can guarantee there will not be a stock market crash in the U.S. on that day. But as author Jonathan Cahn has pointed out in his book on the Shemitah, we have witnessed major stock market crashes happen just before the end of the Shemitah year and we have also witnessed major stock market crashes happen within just a few weeks after the end of the Shemitah year. So we are not necessarily looking at one particular date.

And this time around, a whole bunch of critical events just happen to fall in the period of time immediately following the end of the Shemitah year.

The following are 10 things that are going to happen within 15 days of the end of the Shemitah:

Sept. 14: Rosh Hashanah

Sept. 15: The Jade Helm military exercises are scheduled to end.

Sept. 15: The 70th session of the U.N. General Assembly begins on this date. It has been widely reported that France plans to introduce a resolution that will give formal U.N. Security Council recognition to a Palestinian state shortly after the new session begins…

Sept. 20 to Sept. 26: The “World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel” sponsored by the World Council of Churches.

Sept. 21: The U.N. International Day Of Peace. Could this be the day when the U.N. Security Council resolution establishing a Palestinian state is actually adopted?

Sept. 23: Yom Kippur

Sept. 23: Pope Francis arrives at the White House to meet with Barack Obama….Francis is the 266th pope, and he will be meeting with President Obama on the 266th day of the year, leading one Internet preacher to wonder if “something is being birthed” on that day, since 266 days is the typical human gestation period from conception to birth.

Sept. 24: The Pope addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

Sept. 25 to Sept. 27: The United Nations is going to launch a brand-new sustainable development agenda called “The 2030 Agenda.” …

…”Unlike Agenda 21, which primarily focused on the environment, the 2030 Agenda is truly a template for governing the entire planet. In addition to addressing climate change, it also sets ambitious goals for areas such as economics, health, energy, education, agriculture, gender equality and a whole host of other issues. As you will see below, this global initiative is being billed as a ‘new universal Agenda’ for humanity. If you are anything like me, alarm bells are going off in your head right about now.”

Sept. 28: This is the date when the Feast of Tabernacles begins. It is also the date for the last of the four blood moons that fall on biblical festival dates during 2014 and 2015…

…Many have also suggested that the Large Hadron Collider “is scheduled to perform a controversial experiment in September,” but so far I have been unable to find any solid confirmation of this.

Just recently, author Jonathan Cahn released a new video in which he expressed his belief that a “great shaking is coming to America and the world.” He points to the biblical pattern of desecration preceding judgment, and he is convinced that we recently witnessed a historic act of desecration here in the United States…

Snyder makes sure he covers his prophetical ass by saying:

I am fully convinced that the months ahead are going to dramatically change life in America, but whether it happens right now or not, I am 100-percent convinced that a great shaking is coming to this nation at some point.

Snyder operates The Economic Collapse website, a site with dozens of affiliate and advertising links. While Snyder dispenses all sorts of financial advice, the real purpose of his site is to make money for Michael Snyder. While the world collapses into to chaos, Snyder wants to make sure that he has a pile of gold and silver so he can continue to live the good life. Wait a minute, I thought the rapture was imminent? No worries, Jesus is delaying his return so people like Snyder, John Hagee, Jim Bakker, and the numerous charismatic TV preachers can gather up enough wealth to make them quite comfortable in God’s new heaven and earth. Either that or these preachers of doom and gloom are the descendants of Elmer Gantry, out to fleece the flock. My money is on the latter.

Thewhoopass charismatic landscape is littered with false prophecies, yet spirit-inspired prophets continue to utter prophecies, hoping that the gullible will forget the past, fear the future and keep sending them money. Driven by fear of the unknown, well-meaning Christians buy into the what people like Snyder are selling. Sadly, for many Christians, they’ve spent their whole life fearing things that never happen.  Could the U.S. stock market collapse? Sure. Could the U.S. economy collapse resulting in massive unemployment, inflation, and poverty? Sure.  But, if these things happen, is it because of God?

Uncounted Evangelical prognosticators are certain that God is going to judge the United States because of abortion, homosexuality, the legalization of same-sex marriage, or any of a number of Sodom and Gomorrah like sins. But, here’s what I don’t understand. If God judges wicked, vile, sinful America, won’t his judgment fall on devout, sincere Christians, the very people who are watchman on the wall and standing in the gap, two of the popular descriptions for those who love what God loves and hate what God hates?  What kind of God punishes people for doing what he commanded them to do? Shouldn’t God open a can of whoopass on people like me and give the faith the keys to a Mercedes? Why punish Team Jesus?

The U.S. stock market could collapse and the global economy could slide into a worldwide recession or depression, but the reasons for this will be greed, consumption, and market manipulation. No God needed. Humanity is quite capable of plunging the world into financial chaos all on its own.

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7 Comments

  1. Geoff

    If the last few days are anything to go by, yesterday especially, and looking at China, it seems some of it is already happening!

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  2. howitis

    I grew up with Charismatic grandparents (back when they called themselves “Pentecostals”) and normally I don’t buy the shit they’re selling. But after the massive dump that Wall Street’s taken on my 401k the last few days, I don’t know what to believe anymore…..

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  3. Michael Mock

    That much pareidolia makes my head hurt.

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  4. Jada

    I’ve been hearing this same ol’, same ol’ for 45 years now. I wasted a great many of those years living in fear and ‘staying in line and not straying from the line..’ Which was, of course, the only point in the first place.

    Now I see these things as nature doing what it does, societies changing just as they always have, technology making the landscape of our world look different than it ever has, people who never should have been ‘in the closet’ in the first place coming out and declaring “I’m here! And the one I love is here with me!’

    The only thing that’s ending is the way fundagelicals believe things ‘should’ look, and expecting everyone else to fall in line with them without question to lend any sparse amount of status quo they can manage scrape up.

    Your (unearned) days of privilege are coming to the end. Yes, that sort of thing is always frightening and uncomfortable, but it only has to be as painful as you wish it to be. Read a book or two or three, visit some other countries, learn a language, learn something about other cultures, befriend people you might not normally befriend and get to know them as ‘people whose worth is equal to yours’ instead of ‘souls to be won for a deity they already know has nothing superior to offer than what they already have.’

    Your life can be as full of things NOT to fear as they are things TO fear. Only you can leave this sort of thing behind and really embrace a life worth living. I’d encourage you to do just that. I knew that I wasn’t ‘living’ before. My life now is more than I could ever have hoped for, and blood moons are just another example of nature doing its thing. Forty-five years of fear over ‘blood moons,’ and then . . . . nothing. High time to move on, to transcend, and blood moons won’t help you with any of that.

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  5. Melody

    It was a quite a coincidence when I saw this post, because only a few hours before I’d read the following quote on superstition by Robert Ingersoll:

    “For many centuries it was believed that eclipses of the sun
    and moon were prophetic of pestilence or famine, and that comets
    foretold the death of kings, or the destruction of nations, the
    coming of war or plague. All strange appearances in the heavens —
    the Northern Lights, circles about the moon, sun dogs, falling
    stars — filled our intelligent ancestors with terror. They fell
    upon their knees — did their best with sacrifice and prayer to
    avoid the threatened disaster.”

    He goes on to say that we no longer need such superstitions and that our knowledge of the universe has dispelled these ideas.

    I’ve heard about these omens so often and nothing ever happened… Revelation mentions signs in the heavens, Joshua and the sun standing still, complete darkness when Jesus dies… They now make me think of a blogpost I read a while ago which I found very insighfull.

    The writer says: “God is a character in a story you tell yourself.”

    Read more: http://freethoughtblogs.com/alethianworldview/2014/05/04/everything-we-need-to-know-about-god/#ixzz3jvnx2QWO

    It’s such a simple explanation that accounts for so many differences in the portrayal of god by individuals. It also explains why god didn’t have better morals than the people writing the stories, i.e. they, and therefore god, wasn’t against slavery etc. It means god can be exactly as you want him to be (doesn’t even have to be a him) performing all sorts of miracles, but only in the story, mind 🙂

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  6. Troy

    While everyone can have irrational thoughts and bouts of irrationality, Fundamentalist Christianity is especially fertile ground for it. Yes all this is because of the last “blood” moon of the tetrad. This doesn’t mention the impending asteroid strike on Sept 28th, but it doesn’t have too it is cut from the same cloth.
    No doubt such fears will be validated in some sort of way. Since bad things happen all the time just pick something. Another good one is earthquakes. This is a daily occurance just like rain, so if one is looking to see how a prediction is fufilled, just find that day’s earthquake. Here’s a link that shows you just how common quakes are: http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/

    Melody, I like your link. It also shows the advantage of monotheism over polytheism. Polytheism requires a lot more thought, since you have to make sure the relevent god/goddess would behave with his or her personality attributes and in their respective sphere of influence. With the one god no such thought or craftiness is required, your own internal voice becomes god, no wonder Pat Robertson can hear God, and he says exactly what a Bible thumping Virginian would say! (And also why “God” is sometimes or usually wrong!)

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    1. Melody

      It does work best for monotheism. All you have to do is imagine a story where God does A, B, or C and then you have to believe in it. The believer gets to shape the story entirely to their preferences usually making God the hero and themselves the protagonist 🙂

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