Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Shemitah -- She WHAT?

The Shemitah, known in English as the land sabbath occurs every seven years. What has that got to do with the world today? More than I ever thought possible. Can a little known law given to ancient Israel affect world events now? Let's look at Shemitah years of the last century to see that the Shemitah is still in effect.

But first, some explanation of the Shemitah. It is a year when the land was fallow, no sowing or harvesting. What grew voluntarily could be picked for consumption. All debts were cancelled. And all slaves set free. Quite a year. We can't imagine a world or a country operating that way. Read the Wikipedia article on the Shemitah [1] for lots more detail. [2]

Shemitah means release or falling. When ancient Israel would not observe the Shemitah voluntarily, they were taken captive until the land had its sabbaths. There is a powerful element of judgment in the Shemitah.

2 Chr 36:21 This fulfilled the word of the LORD through Jeremiah and the land enjoyed its Sabbath rest all the days of the desolation until 70 years were fulfilled

Everyone Knows Something Bad Is Coming

It's not just me saying it. Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of "The Harbinger" [3] and "The Mystery of the Shemitah" [4] is the one who brought this to America's attention, but now Christian, governmental, and even secular sources are predicting calamity in the fall of 2015. Here are some links to other sources.

The Shemitah: Four Months Until Financial Ruin? [5] --

When Shemitah, Blood Moons and the Messiah Meet [6] --


Events of the Blood Moons and This Shemitah [8] --

Ron Paul's Message to America [9] --

Signs That The Elite Are Feverishly Preparing For Something BIG [11] --

Many people just have the sense that something is wrong with the world. Here is what vlogger Lisa Haven ([12] says about it:
Have you ever had a gut feeling that something big and possible (sic) bad is right around the corner? If you have, you’re not the only one! The feeling seems to be in the air. We know it, the elite know it, the pentagon knows it, and even our military knows it.
I believe a great evil is about to befall not only our nation, by (sic) the entire world. Something major is unfolding and everyone knows it. The economy is unstable, the world is on the brink of war, the elite are running to their bunkers, and governments are planning for mass civil breakdown. Far too many things are on the forefront and one must ask themselves, “What the heck is going on?”

Too Many Coincidences

Look at this list of major events in the history of Israel and America over the last century and ask yourself if this could possibly be coincidence.  Originally from Cahn's book, I found this summary at [13].

Shemitah Year Events of the Twentieth Century:  The rising up and the falling of empires. 

1917- America rises to power ending World War I.  The rising of the Communist State of the Soviet Union.
1917- The defeat of Germany. The fall of the Czar of Russia.  The fall the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.  The fall of the Turkish-Ottoman Empire.
1938- German Nazis attack Jewish businesses and burn Jewish Synagogues on Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass.)
1945- Nazi Germany is defeated.  The Atomic bomb is dropped on Japan thus ending World War II.  Japan signs peace treaty the same week of the end of the Shemitah year.
1945- The United States becomes a military super power. The U.S. dollar becomes the world standard currency. The United States is the richest country in the world, and the world's largest lender nation.
1973- The United States Supreme Court declares that America's can kill their unborn babies.
1973- The World Trade Center is completed which is a symbol of Americas economic strength.
1973- America loses its first war to Vietnam.  Nixon takes America off the Gold standard.  This sets in motion the decline of the U.S. dollar.
1980- The U.S. Supreme Court bans the posting of the Ten Commandments in Public Schools.  Thus God is now completely banned from our public schools in America.
2001- The World Trade Center buildings (the symbols of Americas economic strength) are destroyed by an Islamic terrorist attack.  One week later Wall Street has one of its greatest collapses on the last day of the Jewish Shemitah Year.
2008- Exactly seven years later, Wall Street suffers its largest decline.  America is now the world's largest debtor nation.
2014-2015-  In Sept of 2014 we start a new Shemitah Year.  This happens in connection with a Tetrad of 4 Blood Moons which all occur on Jewish feast days.  As the United States has turn away from God and endorsed many sins, it is very possible that God's judgment will fall on America during this year of the Shemitah.
*Above list from Rabbi Jonathan Cahn's book The Mystery of the Shemitah.

Why America?

Some will argue the Shemitah applies only to Jews, or only to the nation of Israel. But this list shows major events in America and Jewish history happen according to the year of the Shemitah, and often to the day of the Shemitah when debts are released. The largest economic collapses in America occured in 2001 and 2008, exactly on the day of the Shemitah. God is quite in charge and has left his handprint on world affairs.

Why is God so concerned with America? Isn't this law really for the nation of Israel? The law was given to the ancient nation of Israel, which consisted of 13 tribes. Judah, father of the Jews, was only one son of Jacob, aka Israel.  The northern tribes of Israel dominated by Ephraim became known as Israel, while the southern tribes became known as Judah.  First, Israel was taken captive, then Judah.  Judah returned to the land, but the ten tribes of Israel were apparently lost to history.

But they aren't lost. The tribes of Ephraim and Mannaseh became Great Britain and the United States, while the other tribes settled in Europe.  The current country of Israel could not be the sole focus of so many prophecies.  When Israel, Jacob, or Ephraim are mentioned in prophecy, those prophecies apply to America and Great Britain. Read more at The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy [14] or Two Nations That Changed the World – America & Britain [15]. Most Americans, especially the nation's founders, are the direct descendants of Israel, and if that weren't enough, our founding fathers dedicated this nation to God, even thinking of the country as new Israel The New England Soul [16], Ha Eretz [17].

Signs In the Heavens and on Earth

Signs in the Heavens [18]

So the signs keep piling up on the Shemitah year of 2014-2015. As it says in Luke 21:25 "There will be signs in sun and moon and stars". Four back to back lunar eclipses, also called Blood Moons, all four known as a Tetrad, occur in 2014-2015, three of them during the Shemitah year, all of them on Biblical holy days. The removal of the dead Ground Zero Tree of Hope happened on the first Blood Moon of the Tetrad, Passover 2014. A blood moon is considered a sign to Israel. March 20, 2015 saw a total solar eclipse, the middle of the Shemitah year. Solar eclipses are considered a sign to the world.

And the completion of the new World Trade Center.

And the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of gay marriage.

And the first death from Ebola on American soil.

And China surpassed America as the largest economy in the world.

Calves "Benjamin" and "Shemitah" born in Shemitah year

And the birth of the two cows with the number 7 on their foreheads, born at the beginning of the Shemitah year, The "7" Cows [19]. Could this hearken back to Pharoah's dream of seven fat cows swallowed up by seven skinny cows?

How to Prepare for the Shemitah

The Shemitah day, the last day of the Shemitah year when debts are cancelled, is Sept 13, 2015 according to the Hebrew calendar.  I am not a prophet, and I don't play one on TV, and God is not bound by anything I write, but so many signs point to that day as a day of judgment on America that one can't ignore it.

What should be our reaction to all this? How should we observe the Shemitah? Not plant or harvest your crops? Forgive all personal debts owed to you? Tear up your mortgage? Let your slaves go free? In a world that doesn't keep the Shemitah, it's kind of late in the cycle to do anything to prepare for this Shemitah which ends in less than two months. The sixth year was meant to prepare for the seventh, and I can imagine stockpiling produce to survive the seventh and part of the eighth year. In a developed world, stockpiling might be done on a large scale so there is produce for sale in the seventh year. It's also late to plan on forgiving debts, but not impossible. The world runs too much on credit, and everyone would make different decisions if they knew debts would be erased in the seventh year. No, you can't tear up your mortgage. Yes, you have to let your slaves go free. I don't really know how an individual or a family, much less a community or a country would begin keeping the Shemitah, but I would welcome discussion on it. We do have the example of Israel - "According to the laws of shmita, land owned by Jews in the Land of Israel is left unfarmed. The law does not apply to land in the Diaspora." Wikipedia (Shmita) [20] Personally, I think the law does apply to America as Israel's descendants.

How should we prepare for the judgment of the Shemitah? First and foremost, as Jonathan Cahn says "get right with God". Another way to say it "turn away from evil". Or simply "repent". Sadly, America is increasingly Bible illiterate, and people don't know good from evil, or what to repent of. It may be too late now, but there are verses that say God is willing to forgive upon repentance.
Jer 18:7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed,and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.
2 Chr 7:14 If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Again, I don't know if anything will happen or when, but  "a prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself" (Pr 27:12). But how? That would depend on the kind of calamity, be it a currency crisis, a stock market crash, or crop failure, or epidemic, or war, or drought, or famine, or terrorism, or hurricanes, or earthquakes, or more than one. Do your best to prepare, but hide in the Lord.