I Know Whom I Have Believed


For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. (Psalm 37:10)

These are exciting times in which we live. The world’s attention is focused to the time around mid-September.  End-times Bible prophets point to the Jewish Fall Feasts (more accurately, the Feasts of the Lord), and note that this year’s feasts are more significant than any others in the past. Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger, recently released his latest book, The Mystery of the Shamitah, where he meticulously points out that in recent US history, Shamitahs have resulted in economic collapse demonstrated by huge drops in the stock market.

The Shamitah is the seven-year cycle assigned by God (Leviticus 25:4) where the Jews were required to leave the land fallow for the entire year to give it a rest – a Sabbath for the land. The Jews failed to keep the Shamitahs for 490 years (7 years x 70 Shamitahs) resulting in their 70 year Babylonian captivity (2 Chronicles 36:21; Jeremiah 25:11-12), one year for each Shamitah they failed to keep. You will need to get Cahn’s book for specific details, but in short, he suggests that God’s laws have transferred to the US because of how our nation was founded – “One nation under God.” Our nation is now reaping the consequences for our rejection of God. Cahn observes that every great economic collapse that America has experienced has fallen at the conclusion of a Shamitah year.

This year (2015) the Shamitah concludes on September 13. If the cycle keeps true to the pattern, the United States will experience a great economic collapse on September 14. This is due to the fact that September 13 falls on a Sunday when the stock market is closed. I noticed this past week that the stock market took a huge hit dropping over 500 points and making Wall Street very nervous. This seven-year cycle has not escaped many economists; however they cannot explain why this happens.

Another interesting event in September is that of Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets), which signals the Jewish New Year. This event occurs on September 14. It also signals the beginning of the Jubilee year (Leviticus 25:8). After seven Shamitahs (7×7 or 49 years), the following year was special Shamitah called the Jubilee making a 50-year cycle. At this time all debts were cancelled, all properties were returned to the original owners and all accounts were zeroed. What is significant about this coming Jubilee is that it will be the 70th Jubilee since the law was given 3500 years ago. More could be said on this, but I recommend getting the book God’s Final Jubilee by Dan Goodwin.

These are significant events on God’s calendar (which, by the way, does not follow our solar calendar). But even in the secular world, this coming September seems to hold the promise of “something big” happening. As stated earlier, economists are aware of the 7-year cycle, and even though they do not understand it nor can they explain it, they predict an economic collapse this fall, sometime in September or October. The Pope plans to address Congress on September 24. This will be the first time a Pope has ever addressed the US Congress. This follows immediately after Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths) begins on Sunday just three days later.

What does this all mean? I do not know, but it is interesting that all these events are converging from the middle to the end of September. Perhaps this is the year that the Lord will call His bride home. That is my earnest hope at least, but I am not packing my bags and heading to the hills. Jesus gave us all our assignments before He left, and He said, “Occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13). Ever since the turn of the 21st century (perhaps even before that), every time this season rolls around, I start looking toward the eastern sky listening for the call of that last trumpet. So far, I have been disappointed, but not despondent. This is God’s plan, and He is in full control. I know that the call will not come until His time is right. Whenever that happens, I am ready!

One of my favorite hymns says:

     I know not why God’s wondrous grace

To me He hath made known,

Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love

Redeemed me for His own.

     I know not how this saving faith

To me He did impart,

Nor how believing in His Word

Wrought peace within my heart.

          I know not how the Spirit moves

Convicting men of sin,

Revealing Jesus thro’ the Word,

Creating faith in him.

     (I know not what of good or ill

May be reserved for me,

Of weary ways or golden days,

Before His face I see.)

     I know not when my Lord may come,

At night or noonday fair,

Nor if I walk the vale with Him,

Or meet Him in the air.


But “I know Whom I have believed,

And am persuaded that He is able

To keep that which I’ve committed

Unto Him against that day.” [1] (2 Timothy 1:12)

I look forward to September 2015 in anticipation of our Lord’s return. If it doesn’t happen, that just means that we have more work to do. There is also the possibility that I may die before He returns. Either way, I will be with Him. As the last verse of the hymn says, “I know not when my Lord may come, at night or noonday fair, nor if I walk the vale with Him, or meet Him in the air.” The point is, I know in whom I have believed, and I am fully trusting in His sovereign will. How about you? Are you ready for His return?


[1] Daniel W. Whittle, “I Know Whom I Have Believed,” Published 1883.


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6 responses to “I Know Whom I Have Believed

  1. I have not studied these things (Jewish dates) too much, but it is very interesting. I too am looking toward to the Lord’s coming and, in light of what is happening now, I think it will be very soon. Thanks for your work on this article.

    • James J. S. Johnson

      Echoing Stephen I await the Lord’s Return — whenever it the right timing, “even come, Lord Jesus!” Meanwhile, like that wonderful hymn says, above, “I know Whom I have believed…”

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  3. This reply is certainly not to be construed as anything negative towards you, Ernie. Your articles are solid and based on the Word of God. However, just a note concerning September. I find a lot of Cahn’s work (along with other’s like John Hagee and Perry Stone) is very intriguing, but that’s all. I view it as a Christian distraction ( i.e. bandwagon) to get everyone’s eye concentrated on natural events instead keeping their “focus” on the Lord. Most of the “signs” we’re experiencing right now (that even the world sees) can be classified) under Matthew 24, where Jesus warned the disciples:

    “All these things are the beginning of sorrows, but the end is not yet.”

    Blessings, Ernie … keep up your good work in the Lord and we’ll see you in October! 🙂

    • Thanks, Stephen. I appreciate your insight and you are certainly correct. As I attempted to point out, perhaps not so clearly, is that while I am “watching” expectantly for the return of our Lord, I am not neglecting my God-given responsibilities. As Jesus said, we need to occupy until He comes, and I encourage the same for every Christian. You are entirely correct that this can become a negative distraction, even an obsession, if it takes away from the service of our Lord, but at the same time, He encourages us to “watch.”

      I certainly do not agree with everything that Cahn says or many of the others. They are merely men after all. But some of their studies are intriguing to say the least. And even while they might not get everything exactly right, they do get many things right. Incumbent on the reader is Spirit-directed discernment. Cahn, for one, has a unique perspective on the Old Testament and the Mosaic Law, particularly concerning the Feasts of the Lord, because he is a Messianic Jewish Rabbi. (He pastors a Messianic congregation in New Jersey.) He is more in tune, generally speaking, to that aspect of the Bible than are most Evangelicals, so, with appropriate discernment, we should take what he has to say and weigh it carefully.

      As I said, I don’t know what is to come, and I really don’t think any Christian does with complete clarity (1 Corinthians 13:12). Yet, we are to watch and recognize the signs of the times. I am really looking for the Lord’s return with great anticipation, as I am sure you are. But until He returns, we have a lot of work to do.

      Thank you so much for your input and encouragement. I really do appreciate it. 🙂