This is my fourth attempt to finish this article. I originally started this article in the fall of 2014; at that time I thought it was the start of the Shemitah year. In fact, the State of Israel has been keeping Shemitah from the fall of 2014 to the fall of 2015. In doing research, however, I discovered that there was significant controversy regarding the year of Shemitah – that it could be a year later. At the same time I have been preparing an article on the Jubilee Year and found that the Shemitah should start in September, 2015, and end in the fall of 2016, heralding in the Jubilee Year of 2016-2017.
Warning. We – and I mean all of us – may be out of synchronization with God’s calendar. Nevertheless, there are patterns and symbols to be gleaned. My personal belief is that September 14, 2015, (Tishrei 1, 5776 on the Hebrew calendar, aka “Rosh Hashanah”) is the first day of the Shemitah Year and October 12, 2016, (Tishrei 10, 5777, which is the “Day of Atonement”) is the first day of the Jubilee Year. The Jubilee article will be posted shortly. Most of us from a Christian background have probably not given a lot of thought to the meanings and symbols of the Shemitah and Jubilee years. Now is as good a time as ever to learn – the knowledge won’t hurt you and may make you wise.
And the Lord spoke:
“And the LORD spoke unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the produce thereof. But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath unto the LORD; thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. That which groweth of itself of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, and the grapes of thy undressed vine thou shalt not gather; it shall be a year of solemn rest for the land. And the sabbath-produce of the land shall be for food for you: for thee, and for thy servant and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant and for the settler by thy side that sojourn with thee; and for thy cattle, and for the beasts that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be for food.” (Leviticus 25:1-7)
Israel’s government is helping farmers keeping the Sabbatical Year. (Photo: Wiki Commons)
The next Shemitah year in the seven-year cycle begins on Rosh Hashanah on 1 Tishrei 5776. (14 September, 2015), and ends 29 Elul 5776 (2 October, 2016).
The month of Tishrei 5776 will start with a partial solar eclipse, and on the 15th of Tishrei there will be the last of the Tetrad Moons. See my article on the four blood moons. During the last 100 years, all the occurrences of four consecutive blood moons coincide with God’s holy days of Passover and the autumn’s Feast of Tabernacles (also called Sukkot) in 1949 and 1950, then in 1967 and 1968, and again in 2014 and 2015. On May 14, 1948 Israel declared her Independence and on June 5, 1967 was the six day war when Israel gained control of the Temple Mount.
This coming Shemitah may be the only occurrence that a Shemitah happens in conjunction with a blood moon. It is also interesting to note that the First and the Second Temple, according to the Talmud, were destroyed on the 9th of Av in a Shemitah year”.
The Shemitah represents freedom to the oppressed, food for the poor in the community, rest for the land and work animals, and rest for the farmers. This is a year of sabbatical where one can study what is in ones heart. It is a year to come closer to God.
The Shemitah and Jubilee year are similar, except that during a Jubilee year the land is returned to its original owner. Messiah will free us and rule over us in rightness for a thousand years in His kingdom. There are two great sources one can read to better understand the Shemitah. The first is a book by Jonathan Cahn “The Mystery of the Shemitah”. I have not yet read this book, but have listened to his presentations and they are, I believe, accurate. The second is an article written by Daniel R. Gregg entitled“ Super cycle.” This article deals with our present day Super cycles and the practical side of the Shemitah and Jubilee years.
For not letting the land have her sabbaths rest, Judah was put into captivity in Babylon for 490 years (seventy Shemitah years). There is a great price to pay for disobeying God. If the Shemitah years are not followed than one might expect curses in place of blessings.
What is also interesting to see is how most of our world markets have fallen during a Shemitah year and the majority have fallen in the first month of Tishrei.
As always, I try and keep articles short and to the point. I encourage you to read the two articles mentioned above. I also have available Shemitah years transposed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average that I will email you on request.
I will soon put an article on the 2016 (5777) Jubilee Year.