Jonathan Cahn’s Paradigm

According to the writings of occult leaders, Kabbalah Initiation must occur worldwide before their “Moshiach”/messiah can return. That is Jonathan Cahn’s “assignment”:  to initiate Christians into Kabbalah…

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Best Selling author and head of the largest Messianic congregation in America, Jonathan Cahn is influencing the theology, eschatology and faith walk of countless believers. In his newest book, Cahn brings more “mysteries” and “revelations” that bear no resemblance to scripturally sound Bible teaching. (See here for a list of his message titles). The Bible warns us repeatedly that “teachers” like these will come.

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies…” 2 Pet 2:1 – more

That is why I am writing once again about Jonathan Cahn, warning Christians to stay away from his deceptive, esoteric teachings .

Imagery / Symbolism

Cahn’s latest book, “The Paradigm” sports a blue cover with the “Harbinger Lightbearer” shining through twin pillars. The same symbolism is in the beginning of David Jeremiah’s video series “Agents (Change Agents!) of the Apocalypse”:

Marketing professionals know how powerful color is in conveying a message to the subconscious mind (ie. we know that nothing sells if there’s no blue in it, and red is used to sell food, etc…). We could talk about the News and other media outlets that use the color blue (and red), which is a worthy discussion. But colors also have esoteric meaning in the occult.

Skywatch TV promoting Cahn’s books

Occultist Alice Bailey refers to a “Blue Lodge” as she writes of initiations within the Hierarchy in her book, “Initiation, Human and Solar”, in chapter VI – “The Lodge of the Masters”:

We have considered somewhat the highest offices in the ranks of the Hierarchy of our planet. Now we will deal with what we might call the two divisions into which the remaining members are divided. They form literally two Lodges within the greater body:—

a. The —— Lodge, comprised of initiates above the fifth initiation, and a group of devas or angels.
b. The Blue Lodge, comprised of all initiates of the third, fourth, and fifth initiations.”  (Initiation, Human and Solar, p. 50)

I will discuss these “initiates” more later.

The subtitle of Cahn’s book is “The Ancient Blueprint.”  The blue cover representing the blueprint of the “great architect” of Freemasonry.

“A Masonic trestle board is a design board for the Master Workman (Architect) to draw his plans and designs upon to give the workmen an outline of the work to be performed. In today’s terms, we might call it a blueprint.” – Dariusz Rokicki

Solomon’s Temple is of great importance in Freemasonry, every detail of the building holding important esoteric meaning. The Twin pillars serve as a “portal to the Mysteries” by standing on each side of the entrance to a sacred place. In Qabbalistic teachings, Jachin and Boaz represent the two pillars of Sepiroth; the Tree of Life.


I cover Cahn’s connection with Freemasonry here.


Another interesting image in Cahn’s book is the engraving found on the title page of Chapter one. This engraving appears in Kabbalistic literature, as well as Freemasonry.

Flammarion, the artist who created the engraving, was known to be involved in spiritualism and esotericism. And while I find no direct connection linking him to Freemasonry, his carving is widely used by Freemasons.

Flammarion’s etching on the cover of Freemason, Manly P Hall’s book “The Secret Teachings of All Ages”.

On the back cover of Jonathan Cahn’s book we find the words:


The Flammarion engraving is also popularly being used today to support the idea that early people once believed in a flat, stationary earth. But when we look at Flammarion’s writings, it’s clear that was not his intent, as Flammarion believed in reincarnation, planets with life on them, and that we would live on other worlds in other lives. 1

Why would Cahn put that particular image in his book? The first connection we might make is with it’s popular use in Freemasonry; making a further connection to esoteric thought, and, to be sure, it catches the eye of the many people who are finding out about NASA’s deceptions and the mysticism behind the Copernican globe. Interestingly, the Hebrew Roots/Sacred Name/modern Judaizing teachers are greatly supporting Flat Earth theory. Purely on those grounds, it might be tempting to dismiss flat earth theory as part of modern Judaizing or mysticism. On the other hand, upon discovering that the heliocentric model is a deception, we may be led to embrace the teachings of the Hebrew Roots Movement as we reject the globe model. But when we do a bit of research into the “scientists” who “discovered” heliocentricism, we find that they were all Kabbalists. (See here and here.) In other words, Kabbalah is the source of heliocentiricism, not flat earth theory…and Kabbalah is based in the mystical Zohar, which Cahn teaches….

Are you  confused yet?

This is classic disinformation / gatekeeping. The operational method of the occult is convolution and confusion; “order from chaos”, .

The Harbinger, the Zohar, the Talmud, Theosophy and the Scofield Bible

Here is Cahn teaching from the Zohar.

YouTube video

In an interview, Cahn defended his use of the Zohar:

I have in some special teachings shared quotes found in the rabbinic writings which unwittingly bear witness of the truth of the Gospel – things that most Jewish people have no idea of – such as Isaiah 53 being about the Messiah, or God being Three in One, Messiah dying for our sins or a connection made between the mercy of God and the word “Golgotha.”  These things can be used to share the Gospel.”2

This argument is absurd. Why not just use the passage in Isaiah? Why refer to occult, mystic Zohar/Kabbalah? Do we use Catholic, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Wiccan, or other cult and occult texts because they seem to contain some Christian thoughts? Of course not. We condemn them for what they are: heretical teachings. David James of Berean Call discusses Cahn and this video in his article “Kabbalah, Cahn and Hebrew Mysticism”. Beginning by quoting Cahn:

“…And now the very hill, the very place, here in, of all places, the rabbinical writings, the Zohar. . . . you want mercy, you go there. Listen to the rabbis on this point. . .”

How can a pastor instruct his congregation to “listen to the rabbis” who produced the Zohar and tell them these rabbis were inspired by God? The Zohar is not simply an innocuous source of information—it is an extrabiblical guide to “higher spirituality.” It is mystical. It is occultic.

“The Zohar cannot be understood and felt directly, but requires preconception of spirituality, before one approaches the book. The greatest Kabbalist of our time—Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam)—wrote introductions to The Zohar precisely to guide one’s approach to this profound book….

Such articles cultivate one’s spiritual qualities to perceive the Higher reality. Additionally, these texts provide knowledge of how to approach certain terms, phrases, and concepts in The Zohar, to maximize its use as a guide for spiritual attainment, avoiding being lost in materialized depictions that the human mind is prone to form.”

Cahn [has since] tried to justify his practice by noting that the Apostle Paul also referred to the teaching of pagan philosophers in his address to the Athenians (Acts:17:22-31). He went on to suggest that Paul would have been “crucified” by discernment ministries for using a hymn to Zeus, and because of his associations.

That is a red herring…. Paul’s approach is nothing like Cahn’s. Cahn refers to the mystical rabbinical writings positively, saying that because God had inspired them his church should “listen to the rabbis.” He presents the Zohar as something that can be studied and its depths plumbed for hidden mysteries like he has just revealed.

In stark contrast, Paul immediately tells his audience that what they have been taught by their poets about the unknown god…is completely wrong. He does not suggest that their sayings contain hidden mysteries that were inspired by God…. Paul never implies that the Athenians should listen to these men. Rather he refers to a single point of agreement (we all come from God) to denounce their idols. From Romans we understand that the knowledge of that truth is not a hidden mystery, but has rather been made plain to everyone through both the conscience and the Creation (Romans:1:18-2
:16).” 3 read more

H.P. Blavatsky called Lucifer “The Harbinger of Light”.

“It is but natural – even from the dead letter standpoint – to view Satan, the Serpent of Genesis, as the real creator and benefactor, the Father of Spiritual mankind. For it is he who was the “Harbinger of Light,” bright radiant Lucifer, who opened the eyes of the automaton created by Jehovah, as alleged; and he who was the first to whisper: “in the day ye eat thereof ye shall be as Elohim, knowing good and evil” – can only be regarded in the light of a Saviour.” 4 (emph mine)

Bearer of Light
The Harbinger light coming through the universe

The word “Harbinger” orginates in the Talmud and Kabbalah in reference to the coming of “Elijah” the Prophet as the harbinger of redemption. Chapter 30 of “The Paradigm” is titled “The Elijah Paradigm”. In it we read,

“We have uncovered the template of Elijah. It is time now that we become part of it. It is time we become the Elijah of the paradigm. Or, in other words, if these are the days of Elijah—it is time that we become the Elijahs of the day” 5

But according to Jesus, Elijah has already came. He was John the Baptist who fulfilled the prophecies of Malachi (Mk 9:13).  The teaching that Elijah is coming in the future as the “Harbinger of Redemption” comes from the Babylonian Talmud and Kabbalah and has been put into Christian theology through the Scofield Bible. (source)15  This is the ultimate purpose of Cahn’s books, to prepare (indoctrinate) Christians into the esoteric schools so they will receive the false prophet, who will call down fire from heaven.  (it’s not the Pope.)


More “Mysteries”

As we’ve covered, the cover of the book raises red flags to the discerning observer. Now, let’s look at what Cahn’s website says about his new book “The Paradigm”. Not surprisingly, we find a continuation of his focus on “mysteries”, which I covered in my analysis of Cahn’s “Book of Mysteries”.

“Is it possible that this ancient paradigm has determined and is determining not only the American presidency but also the timing of current events, in some cases even down to the exact dates?

Could a mystery from the ancient Middle East have foretold the course of current events more accurately than any poll or pundit?

Could the ancient paradigm have pinpointed the exact date of the 9/11 attacks before anyone had any idea? Could the paradigm have determined the exact years of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Osama bin Laden, Donald Trump, and others?

And what does the ancient paradigm say about what is yet to come—our future? Could the paradigm even contain a warning critical for this hour and crucial for all to hear?

Be prepared to never see the world in the same way again. The Paradigm contains a revelation that will challenge your very understanding of the issues we face today.”6

Cahn is being heralded by media as well as the church as a “prophet and “expert on ancient mysteries

“… historian and expert in ancient mysteries, Jonathan Cahn, presented his latest work which proposes that a master blueprint or paradigm from ancient times reveals the events and specific leaders of recent times in America. …The entire paradigm, he added, is a warning to a nation that is heading into judgment.” – George Nory7

The Bible speaks of a mystery:

“The mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY!” Col 1:26-27

“This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” – Eph 5:2

“This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” – Eph 3:6

Esoteric Christianity

Cahn puts more emphasis on mysteries than on the Son of God and the Gospel message. Whereas Paul the apostle said that:

“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Cor 2:1-2

In his article “The Future of Esoteric Christianity” Theosophist Richard Smoley discusses esotericism’s plans for Christianity. (Theosophy is an occult philosophy elevating Lucifer to the position of liberator of humanity.) Smoley reveals the perspective from which occult teaching presents Christianity, seeing it as merely another “death and resurrection myth”; an “exoteric” teaching, which covers a deeper, secret, “esoteric” truth. This is important for Christians to understand as they entertain new, unfamiliar teachings about “mysteries”.

“…The exoteric level was a story given out to everyone; most people believed it naively. But when someone suspected that there was more to this myth than met the eye, he or she was taken aside and initiated into its real meaning.” (emph mine)

Of Christianity, the Smoley states that,

“Its (Christianity’s) only real difference and its major selling point was its claim that the death and resurrection of Jesus was not a myth but an actual event …”

But the esotericists’ want us to look for a deeper, esoteric meaning in Christianity:

What, then, were the esoteric teachings of ancient Christianity? If you were to ask most conventional theologians today, they would answer that what was the esoteric meaning in antiquity, is for us today, the exoteric meaning: that Christ came down from heaven, died for our sins, was raised from the dead, and so on. However, the problem with this answer is that these teachings were never esoteric; they were common knowledge even in antiquity.” (emph mine)8

Annie Besant quotes third-century Origen:

“Moreover, since he [Celsus] frequently calls the Christian doctrine a secret system, we must confute him on this point also, since almost the entire world is better acquainted with what Christians preach than with the favorite opinions of philosophers. For who is ignorant of the statement that Jesus was born of a virgin, and that He was crucified, and that His resurrection is an article of faith among many, and that a general judgment is announced to come, in which the wicked are to be punished according to their deserts, and the righteous to be truly rewarded? And yet the Mystery of the resurrection, not being understood, is made a subject of ridicule among unbelievers. In these circumstances, to speak of the Christian doctrine as a secret system, is altogether absurd.9

In other words: Christ coming down from heaven, dying for our sins and being raised from the dead; the very Cornerstone of our most precious faith and hope, is considered to be too shallow; too “exoteric” for these prideful teachers.

The goal of the esoteric schools is to indoctrinate Christians precisely into this view

Kabbalah, Freemasonry and Theosophy all have the same root, depicted by the Kabbalah Sefirot tree, which is the reason the Kabbalists who’ve kept these things secret and have “seen” them through their encounters with the fallen angel of light, are now “releasing” them. According to their writings, Kabbalah Initiation must occur worldwide before their “Moshiach”/messiah can returnThat is Cahn’s “assignment”: to initiate Christians into Kabbalah, just as Alice Bailey said :

“Very definitely may the assurance be given here that, prior to the coming of the Christ, adjustments will be made so that at the head of all great organizations will be found either a Master, or an initiate who has taken the third initiation.  At the head of certain of the great occult groups, of the Freemasons of the world, and of the various great divisions of the church…will be found initiates or Masters.” (Initiation, Human and Solar, pp. 61-62)

“Initiation, or the process of undergoing an expansion of consciousness, is part of the normal process of evolutionary development…Before many centuries pass the old mysteries will be restored…an inner body will exist in the Church” and “the taking of the first initiation will, before so very long, be the most sacred ceremony of the Church.” (Initiation, Human and Solar, pp. 9, 12)

“The Christian church in its many branches can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness, and as a nucleus through which world illumination may be accomplished.”   (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Lucis Pub., 1957, p. 510)

The teaching on the releasing of Kabbalah can be found on

“…in our generation we are close to the completion of the last period of the world. Therefore, we have been permitted to reveal the teachings of the Ari and those of the Zohar in a most significant measure to the world. From our generation onwards, the words of the Zohar will begin to be revealed more and more until their whole measure is revealed according to the will of G‑d.” 10

Kabbalistic, Gnostic as well as all occult teaching are both focused on mysteries that are only to be interpreted by the “initiates”. This is the ear mark of occultism. In the Christian Research Article “What is Kabbalah?” Elliot Miller writes:

“… In my years of research in comparative religions I have become persuaded that essentially there are only two metaphysical interpretations of reality available to us: the Biblical and the occultic. In seeking to support the inspiration of Scripture, the Jewish Kabbalists applied to it a method of interpretation foreign to Scripture, but familiar to the occult, and thus these Jews slipped over from a Biblical understanding of reality to an occultic one.”11



In Alice Bailey and Helena Blavatsky’s writings, as well as those of noted New Age leaders, PARADIGM is the key word, as their plan for globalism requires a “paradigm” shift, toward being “global citizens”, united under one spiritual view.

“The basic belief of Theosophy is that nature does not operate by chance, and every event, past or present, happens because of laws which are part of a universal paradigm” 12

They all speak of a new paradigm that is coming.  Again; this is all initiating Christians into the Mysteries.

The basic belief of Theosophy is that nature does not operate by chance, and every event, past or present, happens because of laws which are part of a universal PARADIGM. Talking about his booklet, “To Deception – How New Age Infiltration is Destroying the Church”, Author Gregory Reid writes:

“The church has opened the door to the New Age. What started out as just a crack has now become a wide open door. In just a few short decades, the walls of biblical discernment have been so completely torn down that not only do the majority of church goers seem completely oblivious to the deception that has entered, many of the church’s leaders are actually promoting the various avenues through which the New Age/New Spirituality has come in. This is exactly what Theosophist leader Alice Bailey predicted would be part of the New Age infiltration into the church:

“The Christian church in its many branches can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness, and as a nucleus through which world illumination [New Age thought] may be accomplished.”

This paradigm shift has been underway for some time.”13

Cahn’s “revelations” are rooted in esoteric thought, the teachings of Kabbalah


What is being promoted by Jonathan Cahn is not biblical Christianity and it is irresponsible of church leaders to endorse his false teachings by inviting him to speak and spread his heresies. Cahn is promoting esoteric thought, Freemasonic and Kabbalist imagery.

In his excellent article “Esoteric Christianity”, Carl Teichrib writes,

“Romans 11:34 rhetorically asks, “Who has known the mind of the Lord?” In this day and age, many men and women are now claiming that they know the mind of the Lord, the secrets of God, and the hidden thoughts of the Almighty. They come equipped with new prophecies, teachings, and doctrines; often validated by fantastic experiences, signs and wonders, and great proclamations of “thus saith the Lord.”

Dear reader, be aware! Be aware of wolves in sheep’s clothing, be aware of experienced-based teachings which counter or twist God’s Holy Word, be aware of those who proclaim an “esoteric” version of Christianity – rightfully teaching that Jesus was divine, but adding to it the message of an internalized “Jesus spirit” and/or self-deification. Jesus said in Matthew 24,

“Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.”” 14

The Bible does not teach us to pursue secret esoteric mysteries, we’re told to EXPOSE the works of darkness.

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper,
    and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.” ” Eph 5:11-14

People are emotionally invested in false teachers like Cahn and are turning a deaf ear to sound biblical reason about his teachings. Jesus talked about this in Matthew 24. And the apostle Paul writes,

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,” 2 Tim 4:3

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” 1 Tim 4:1.

These times are upon us. I pray every day that, by His grace, God would protect me from being deceived by the many lies circulating today.

NOT ONE OF US is exempt from having to diligently guard against the lies of this age, both inside and outside of the church.

Pray for Jonathan Cahn, that God would save him from the destructive path he’s on. Pray for those who are believing these lies. May God deal with professing Christian leaders who care more about book sales and profits than the truth and the care and protection of God’s people. And pray that God’s people turn from pursuing “mysteries”, seeking a false wisdom that puffs up, to reverential fear of God and the TRUE WISDOM found only in his word.

“…“knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up” 1 Cor 8:1b

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” Rom 1:22

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.” Psalms 111:10

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7


1. na. Flammarion Engraving. Wikipedia. nd.

2. Spreeman, Amy. Harbinger Author Jonathan Cahn Answers Questions. Stand Up For Truth. Jun 30.2012.

3.James, David. “KABBALAH, CAHN, AND HEBREW MYSTICISM“. Berean Call. Apr 1.2013.

4. Blavatsky, H. ” Lucifer the Lightbringer”.

5. Cahn, Jonathan. “The Paradigm”. Charisma, Florida. 2017. p233.

6. ibid

7. Nory, George.Prophecy & Ancient Paradigm/ NDE Transformation. Coast to Coast. Sept 9, 2017.

8. Smoley, Richard. “The Future of Esoteric Christianity”. Theosophical . org. Jul-Aug 2008.

9. Besant, Annie. Esoteric Christianity. Wheaton, IL: Quest, 2006.

10. Ashlag, Rabbi Yehudah Lieb. “The Time Has Come”. Chabad. nd.

11. Miller, Elliot. “What is Kabbalah”. CRI, nd.

12. na. “What is Witchcraft? Related Beliefs – Theosophy”.  Witchcraft and nd.

13. Lighthouse Trails Author. “NEW BOOKLET: Progression to Deception: How New Age Influence is Destroying the Church—One Step After the Next”.

14. Teichrib, Carl. “Esoteric Christianity”. 8.2004.

15. Bernal, Jose. “The Truth about The Harbinger: Addressing the Controversy and Discovering the Facts About This Prophetic Message”. Charisma. Florida. 2013.




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