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Messianic Rabbi Says All Financial Crises Are Judgment From God for Working During “Sabbath Year”

The 2008 financial crisis made more Americans than ever aware of the dirty (but still sometimes legal) dealings of Wall Street and the flawed nature of the boom-and-bust economy so favored by Alan Greenspan and those of his and subsequent generations. However, since then there have been any number of excuses about why the crash was not their fault, but the fault of the market or the people who trusted them with their money.

However, according to Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, that it’s “God’s fault” might be the most desperate attempt yet to justify what has happened when bankers cast lots with the World Economy. Cahn claims that the world operates on a seven-year cycle, which is why “the five great economic crashes of the last 40 years*…have all occurred during Shemitah years.” The Shemitah is a Sabbath year from that biblical bundle of laughs Leviticus that occurs in seven year cycles.

However the Shemitah is not just responsible for financial crashes. Cahn also wrote a book in which he connected “the 9/11 terrorist attack and an otherwise obscure biblical passage,” says that “something very much more than natural is indeed going on.”

While religious faith is a valued and treasured aspect of not just American culture, but human culture, blaming God or his judgment for problems in the world most certainly created by humans has been a way for crooks to get away with crimes for centuries.

Yet, while Rabbi Cahn refuses to predict which Shemitah years will be cataclysmic, he did proffer so special warnings about the “blood moons” which while ominous in name and appearance but are simply red for the same reasons as sunsets.

*God apparently had nothing to do with the Great Depression, which began in 1929, because the Shemitah that year was apparently 1927,  when Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic; Disney, the FCC, and the “talkies” all got their starts; Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs, and Henry Ford sold his 15 millionth Model T.

Photo by Esparta Palma via Flickr.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.