Nine Signs of the Impending American Collapse
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I have never been partial to doomsday scenarios. End-of-the-world prophecies always seem to leave their proponents in the throes of revisionary confusion, manically adjusting their calculations and hoping to get it right the next time, and the time after that, ad vomitatum. Mark Biltz and John Hagee have belabored the blood moon event, but lunar tetrads of no overwhelming significance have occurred before. Population gurus promise mass starvation while the food supply defiantly increases. Flood experts inform us that the entire eastern seaboard will soon be under water but ocean levels remain insolently stable. Global warmists predict an atmospheric inferno while the temperature refuses to comply and the next Ice Age gradually but inexorably approaches. And so it goes.
Real threats to our wellbeing and even existence—a wayward asteroid, an EMP attack neutralizing the electrical grid, or the cultural debacle of unrestricted Islamic immigration—are exigencies that can be met, given the mental alertness and political will to prepare for and defuse them. Doomsday scripts and warnings are another matter, figments of the realm of theological speculation or pathological fantasy. Yet one must always allow for a possible exception to the general rule, if only to avoid the intellectual rigidity of epistemic and ideological dogmatism.
Recently I’ve been reading Jonathan Cahn’s two disturbing books -- The Harbinger (a novel) and The Mystery of the Shemitah (a non-fiction study) -- foretelling the imminent collapse of the United States. Cahn, who bills himself as a messianic rabbi and pastor, is a dreadful writer, repetitious to the point of reader catatonia, enamored of the trick of posing obvious rhetorical questions and then answering them as if he were pulling a rabbit—or a rabbi—out of a hat, and occasionally prone to assuming premises as axioms. To take just one example of the latter, the Christian site Lighthouse Trails explains that pluralistic America’s relation to God is very different from God’s relation to theocratic ancient Israel—the one initiated by man, the other by God—which Cahn wrongly presumes to be equivalent. And yet, for the most part, the evidence he marshals for the revelation he relentlessly advances is inarguably compelling. There is just too much specific and relevant data to discount. The books need to be closely studied if one is to get the full brunt of his thesis, but his argument can be stated in cameo form.
Shemitah is the Hebrew word for “release” or “remission,” referring to the Sabbath Year enjoined by the Lord in the Tanakh (the Hebrew canon) as an obligation upon the children of Israel. Every seventh year the nation is required to leave the land fallow and to cancel all debt and credit, a year of cessation from productive activity commemorating the seventh day of creation when the Lord rested from his labors. The shemitah is an acknowledgment that the land belongs not to the people but to God and that all blessings and prosperity flow ultimately from the Divine.
However, when it is ignored or forgotten, the blessing it entails upon the people of Israel morphs into a judgment of disaster. This judgment is foreshadowed by nine harbingers, adumbrated in strict sequence in the Book of Isaiah—recorded as the Breach, the Terrorist, the Fallen Bricks, the Tower, the Gazit Stone, the Sycamore, the Erez Tree, the Utterance and the Prophecy—intended to warn the people to change their ways and return to the terms of communion and observance. Every one of these omens, which Cahn elaborates in minute detail, has occurred from 9/11 to the present with serial exactitude. But should the auguries fall on deaf ears and blind eyes, calamity inevitably ensues.