The shemitah year (year of release): What it means and how it is sewn into the fabric of our times

I apologize for my tardiness in posting, but I feel now at last I have the leading for a new posting. I have previously posted about the four blood moons which will appear on Passover and Feast of  Tabernacles during 2014 and 2015; but this information would be incomplete without talking about the shemitah year. Many of you may be unfamiliar with the shemitah, but we can read about it here:

The Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land that I give you, the land shall keep a Sabbath to the Lord. For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its fruits, but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the Lord. You shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard.”

Lev 25:1-4 (ESV)

One way to understand a shemitah year is to think of it as a Sabbath year. In the same way that every week had a Sabbath, or day of rest, every seventh year the land enjoyed a rest. There is more to the shemitah year than this however, because the seventh year also included a release of debts:

At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the Lord’s release has been proclaimed.

Deut 15:1-2 (ESV)

Many people may say, why should we be concerned about this seven year cycle? Isn’t this in the Old Testament, and if we are in the New Testament and under grace, then this seven year cycle in the Law doesn’t apply to us today. That would be a serious error worthy of the foolish virgins who didn’t properly prepare for the Bridegroom’s arrival. The shemitah cycle can be shown to be woven into the fabric of historical events in world history and American history. There is much more that can be written about this, but I will refer all readers to listen to a presentation from Rabbi Jonathan Cahn at this link:


Please take the time to listen to this presentation. Rabbi Jonathan Cahn is the author of The Harbinger and the recently released The Mystery of the Shemitah, and he also produced the Isaiah 9:10 Judgment and The Harbinger Decoded DVDs. Rabbi Jonathan Cahn will discuss the shemitah year in much more detail, how it has intersected with events in our history, and contemporary concerns such as ISIS, terrorism, the future of the stock market, the future of American leadership in the world, and how to be prepared for the shaking that is going to happen to this country. Wise virgins don’t despise prophecy, but they examine all things and hold fast to what is good (1 Thess 5: 20-21), while the foolish go about their business and don’t properly prepare for the Bridegroom. Let’s learn a lesson from the ruins of Samaria, and not repeat their mistakes. My beloved, be prepared for  what is coming.

The Mystery of the Shemitah


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