FORT WORTH, Texas — A well-known rabbi known for his books on “The Harbinger” and “The Mystery of the Shemitah” recently recorded a week-long series of broadcasts with controversial prosperity preacher Kenneth Copeland, which are airing this week on national television.
Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew, appeared on “The Believer’s Voice of Victory” to talk about the nine harbingers, or warning signs given to Israel before judgment, and to speak about how God is calling America back to its roots. Copeland expressed excitement about Cahn’s presence on the broadcast, stating that he had read his book “The Harbinger.”
“I’m so thrilled to have you here at this time,” he said on Tuesday’s program. “It’s marvelous.”
“My blessing,” Cahn replied. “And I’m still amazed that God can involve any of us. What an honor to be a part of this process.”
As previously reported, Copeland, who has long been criticized for his word of faith teaching and assertions that God wants Christians to be rich, likewise raised eyebrows earlier this month when he shared on his broadcast that he flies on a private jet to avoid being bothered by “demon” passengers.
“Oral [Roberts] used to fly airlines,” Copeland said. “But even back then it got to the place where it was agitating his spirit—people coming up to him, he had become famous, and they wanted him to pray for them and all that. You can’t manage that today [in] this dope-filled world, and get in a long tube with a bunch of demons. And it’s deadly.”
While he said that he didn’t want to fly with a “bunch of demons,” moments later, Copeland contended that he needed a private jet to help reach the lost.
“We’re in soul business here. We’ve got a dying world around us. We’ve got a dying nation around us,” Copeland proclaimed. “We can’t even get there on the airlines.”
Cahn has likewise been criticized for his teaching about the Shemitah, or patterns of the sabbath years relating to God’s judgment. He predicted that September 13, 2015—the Jewish New Year—would begin the seventh year in the Shemitah cycle and would be a year of judgment that may also bring about financial collapse.
Some called Cahn a false prophet as a result while others defended him.
“It is true that Cahn did focus on the month of September as a time to ‘be aware of’ due to the precision of the last major stock market day crashes of ’08 and ’01. And predictably, when a collapse didn’t materialize in the manner some had anticipated, many misrepresented Cahn’s teachings and he became the target of tremendous ridicule,” writes the site TruthLamp.
“He had always cautioned that the Shemitah was not a specific date, but rather a time period to be aware of, which even includes the months after its end (the Shemitah’s wake),” it stated.
Online commentators are now also questioning why Cahn—who was praised by Christians last year when he warned Congress about God’s judgment on rebellious nations during the national prayer breakfast—would team up with Kenneth Copeland, who many believe to be a false teacher.