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The Mystery of the Shemitah: The 3,000-Year-Old Mystery That Holds the Secret of America's Future, the World's Future, and Your Future!

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,158 ratings  ·  212 reviews
The book you can't afford NOT to read.
It is already affecting your life…
And it WILL affect your future!

Is it possible that there exists a three-thousand-year-old mystery that…
· Has been determining the course of your life without your knowing it?
· Foretells current events before they happen?
· Revealed the dates and the hours of the greatest crashes in Wall Street his
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Frontline
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Cristine No. That's why I had to wait awhile to read it. But it is very informative. If you want to know what is coming up, you will want to read this.

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Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Interesting thesis. I'm not 100% convinced, but it's not unbiblical.

So why the two stars?

1) Half the book seemed like a constant repeat of the same idea: financial catastrophe every 7 years. Cahn took 100 pages to say something that could've and should've taken 25 pages.

2) Too much of his theory is based only on financial collapse. What about drought, famine, war, etc, which is well within the biblical definition of the shemitah?

3) The quality of the writing is significantly decreased from "T
Charlene Mathe
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you are not already aware of the prophetic significance of shemitah and yovel/jubilee years, I recommend this book as a primer. A shemitah year will be observed in Israel beginning Yom Teruah (sundown 9/24/2014). Based on events of 1917-18 and 1966-67, I believe that the year following this shemitah will be a Jubilee year of major portent for Israel and the entire world. (Jubilee years are the 50th year following the 7th shemitah. From this our Founders took the Liberty Bell inscription, "Pr ...more
Lots of repeating and as an audiobook, the narrator was WAY too much like a movie trailer voice. It was too distracting. I quit after 2 CDs.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is amazing how things begin to make sense. I started reading Mr. Cahn with the Harbinger. As Ecclesiates 3:1 says, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven” (NLT) and Mr. Cahn clearly explains what has happened and what we need to do. Definitely he is a man sent by God for such a time as this. One part that touched me deeply in the book is where Mr. Cahn writes, “If the watchman sees the danger coming and doesn’t sound the trumpet to warn the people, when the ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Similar to The Harbinger, this book goes through a prophecy that might possibly determine some of the world's most influential and major events, from the bombing of the Twin Towers to huge stock market crashes. This was a very well-researched and interesting book, definitely worth checking out.
Ivie Isler
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, dnf
2.5 stars.

Overly repetitive and dramatic. So much so that is takes away from the message. I assume that Jonathan Cahn believes that the reader is stupid, so he has to repeat the same info five or six times with very slight variations or he wants to make sure that what he is saying is ingrained in the reader's mind. If the former, then that's just condescending and I don't want to read anything else from him. If the latter, then it just puts an average reader off of his work, and in my case, I di
Missy Graf
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book and it's so timely as we are currently in the Shemitah year. I gave out 4 stars as there was much repetition. There is a small synopsis of Harbinger, so you don't HAVE to read it first, but I'm glad I didn't skip it. As a Christian, I love learning more about how God instructed Israel, and especially how it applies today.
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religious
I have very little understanding of the Stock Market. But I do know that I don't trust the math/statistics that were stated in the book. There are some very compelling facts and interest points.
I preferred the previous book because it was more of a story telling of the Harbingers. I also found this book very, very repetitive with a fair bit of circular arguments.
Fred Kohn
Dec 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Wow! That was three hours or so of my life I'll never get back. To debunk this book completely would take a review that was several paragraphs so I will simly point out this simple fact. The reason we "know" that AM 5775 (the current Jewish year) is a Shmittah year is because it is divisible by 7. Yet the Jewish calendar is based on known errors, such as the fiction that the 1st temple was destroyed either in 423 BCE, 422, or 421. Rabbi Cahn clearly does not accept this (he says over and over in ...more
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

I would have given 5 stars except that he repeats himself so much I feel I could have had the pertinent information in 100 pages, not 273.
Deborah Perkins
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The idea of taking a Sabbath day off to rest is not a new one. Up until recent times, it was unthinkable to find stores open on Sundays or employers demanding that workers put in a 7-day workweek. But materialism and secular humanism have changed our culture dramatically, and what used to be unreasonable is now the norm.

What we sow, we reap, and a recent New York Times bestseller, The Mystery of the Shemitah, has paired this truth with an urgent warning. Author Jonathan Cahn skillfully links m
James Aaron Kirkpatrick
This one was better than The Harbinger mainly because of the basic content. In The Harbinger, the author says that book practically wrote itself very quickly--and one can tell. This book also appears to have been quickly written and not too well-edited because the same things are said over and over. If that was a convention for emphasis, it didn't work so well and was unnecessary because the content was intriguing enough to gain a foothold in my mind. All that aside, I liked seeing the "coincide ...more
Oct 08, 2014 added it
The Shemitah is the reminder to any nation or civilization that its blessings come from God. And without God those blessings cannot endure. It is a warning to a nation founded on the purposes of God and blessed by God's hand, but now increasingly warring against the God of its blessings. The Shemitah is a warning to America--America has grown so hardened to God's will and so deafened to His voice, that only something of great magnitude has any hope of breaking through. 2 Peter 3:9 says God does ...more
Hannah Corson
Sep 29, 2014 rated it did not like it

The concept of the year of Shemitah (rest every seven years) is great. I love seeing patterns and flow in nature and in faith. The concept that "something is coming", is likely, but not absolute. (Yes, I might be a closet prepper and slightly ashamed of it. I'm not ready to completely come out yet). The ultra dramatic way that these things are presented grates against my nerves in a way that I wish I never picked up the book.

I think this guy is a great speaker. Good message included, but not wo
Joshua Foote
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good quick read

almost seems like just a sequel to the harbinger and pulled lots of information from that book I understand the premise of the book but it almost seems like he cherry picks certain dates and 2001 and 2008 are the only ones that fit perfectly in his premise of the shemitah judgements
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Repeats the same concepts, multiple times per chapter. Statistics are flawed. Book is built off of the non-Biblical theory that America is the new Israel and is held to the original, Old Testament covenants. Was interesting to discuss, but a waste of time in the end. Sells a lot of books, but not well written.
May 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
For sure I don't "buy" into all this book is discussing...but it is something to think about. Our Creator God is a God of order and He can do things however He wants. And as the Mr. Cahn says many times...things can or can not happen this way....but "it is a worthy note."
Judy Baker
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I had to read this book at a slower pace and sometimes I had to go back and reread - there's so much in this interesting book that I was a little overwhelmed. Or maybe there was a little too much repeating. Yet the book was interesting. All in all, I think I enjoyed reading the Harbinger more.
Doug Beddie
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Now I have read both the "Harbinger", & "The mystery of the Shemitah" & I have enjoyed them both, Certainly makes you think about biblical ramifications of the "Shemitah",
Dec 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Two words: Not Good. Not convincing at all.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Horribly written. Great message.
D Nine
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Just didn't meet my expectations. Read like an infomercial.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Mystery of the Shemitah: The 3,000-Year-Old Mystery That Holds the Secret of America's Future, the World's Future, and Your Future by Jonathan Cahn is an extraordinary book which must be in the hands of every conscientious living person on the face of this earth. In order to understand its significance, one must first know what a Shemitah is.

When the Jews settled in the Promised Land, the observance of the seven-year cycles was started. Every cycle would culminate in a Sabbatical year, and t
Edward Ngugi
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first time I heard of Jonathan Cahn, it was on Sid Roth’s Supernatural. Since then I have come across his books and although I have never read his first The Harbinger, I felt drawn to read THE MYSTERY OF THE SHEMITAH after I saw my sister deeply engrossed while reading it.

The Mystery of the Shemitah by Jonathan Cahn is about the Biblical Sabbath and Jubilee cycles. In the book, he explains how the 7 year Sabbath cycle and the 50-year Jubilee cycle will and has affected history to date.

In the
Anne Hamilton
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would really have liked a comprehensive explanation very early as to the definition of "mystery". There were times when the prose seemed quite laboured because of the repetition of this word - and I was never quite sure that Cahn and I were on the same page as to its meaning. I felt he was often tantalisingly close to personifying the Shemitah and I wondered if this was intentional. On the one hand, the Shemitah seemed presented as an inexorable force of law and, on the other, almost as if it ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read this today, but find it somewhat puzzling. Not being knowledgeable in finance and economics, his many chapters on stock market crashes and impact on society are confusing to me. The overall gist is crystal clear: he sees a dramatic connection between the Shemitah (the Jewish OT provision of a Sabbatical Year of release/rest and both blessing (for those who obey God's will) and judgement (for those who turn away from His Will). Cahn wrote this to further explicate his previous work, The Harb ...more
Cyndi Beane-Henry
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well he's done it again! Rabi Cahn has taken us on another journey of such enlightenment that it is scary!

Using the knowledge of the Shemitah (the ancient Jewish Year of Jubilee), Cahn is able to show us how, like ripples in a pond, the ancient rituals have affected us throughout history, and will continue to do so in the future. Especially when a nation does not follow the mandates set forth by God. To stay faithful and serve Him alone. These affect not only America, but the world as a whole.

Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
This was an interesting read but I'm not sure what to make of it. It doesn't really comport with my Christian beliefs. And my scientific mind is suspicious that the author is finding correlations that may not really be cause and effect as he claims. Nevertheless, his assertions are fascinating to think about.

The Shemitah refers to the sabbath year every seven years observed by the people of Israel. "The Shemitah was a sign of the nation's covenant with God. Everything they had, the land and all
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Harbinger" left me watching the world scene and doing some reference work so when Jonathan Cahn came out with "The Mystery of the Shemitah..." I had to read it! It did not disappoint and even referred to some of the events that have occurred since his first book. Well done!
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the book and its message however, in trying to prove his points of how many of the historical events are connected, the author spends too much time and ink reiterating key points and repeating himself.
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Jonathan Cahn is known for bringing out the deep mysteries and rich revelations of God’s word, as well as restoring the originally biblically Jewish context and flavor of the New Testament. He leads Hope of the World, an outreach dedicated to spreading the word of God and the love of God to all who need, through television, radio, shortwave, and more, and through projects of compassion to the worl ...more
“The Shemitah bears witness that the land and, for that matter, the earth, belong to God. It is only entrusted to man as a steward. God is sovereign. His sovereignty extends also to the realms of money, finances, economies, and possessions. These are entrusted to man’s keeping but ultimately belong to God. The Shemitah declares that God is first and above all realms of life, and must therefore be put first and above every realm. During the Shemitah Israel was, in effect, compelled to turn away from these earthly or worldly realms and turn to the spiritual.” 2 likes
“What about America? The breach of America’s security manifested in 9/11. But if 9/11 was not just a calamity but a prophetic foreshadower, what is its warning? According to the ancient pattern, the warning would be this: Without God, there is no true security or safety for America. Without His hand of protection, no matter how many systems of defense the nation employs, they will fail just as they did on 9/11. America cannot defy the God of its keeping and expect that protection to continue. “Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Ps. 127:1). America, without God, is not safe. America, in defiance of God, is even less safe. If it continues down the present course, another calamity may come on the land as on 9/11, and yet on an even greater scale. The Oracle” 1 likes
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