The Shemitah – Should We Be Concerned?


There is an uproar concerning the current Shemitah. For those who aren’t aware, a Shemitah is the year at the end of a seven-year cycle ordained by God to the Jews, outlined in Leviticus 25. It reads:

Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the Lord. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard.  What grows of its own accord of your harvest you shall not reap, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine, for it is a year of rest for the land.

Leviticus 25:3-5

In short, God said all Jewish people were to farm the land six years, and then cease the seventh year. This year was called the Shemitah year. The Lord calls it “a year of rest for the land.” The needs of the people would be supernaturally met during the Shemitah.

Originally, the Shemitah system was supposed to be a blessing to the Israelites. But God also warned them that it would become a curse; which, in fact, it did. In their quest for more, the Israelites eventually ignored the Shemitah law and began farming the land during the entire seven-year period. Eventually the people skipped a total of seventy Shemitahs. God ultimately determined the Israelites owed Him those years, so he allowed the Babylonians to invade Israel and take its citizens into exile for seventy years. During that time the land got the rest that it should have been getting every Shemitah year.

Over the last few years, some have noticed of a modern-day pattern concerning the Shemitah. Jonathan Cahn, author of the best-selling books The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah, noticed the past two Shemitahs have wreaked havoc on the stock market. For example, 2001 was a Shemitah year. During that year we witnessed the September 11th attacks, but also the stock market fell 7% on the last day of the Shemitah year, September 17th.  The following Shemitah year was 2008. The stock market fell in the biggest dip in history to date – 777.7 points – on the last day of the Shemitah year, September 29th. The Great Recession ensued.

Is there a pattern here? Some think so, others do not. It’s interesting that both Christians and non-Christians alike are watching the Shemitah pattern. In fact, several stock brokers on Wall Street have a different name for it – it’s generally referred to as the “Seven-Year Stock Market Cycle.” This is, apparently, a well-known, well-established pattern. One cannot ignore the amount of “sevens” associated with the stock market downtrend. Is it just a coincidence that the stock market fell 7% during 2001’s Shemitah, and then 777.7 points during 2008’s Shemitah?

We are currently approaching the end of the Shemitah year, which began in September 2014 and ends in September 2015.

What does this mean? Some believe a number of events could take place this month: a collapse of the stock market, an implementation of new world order, or a dire situation concerning Israel and its people. Fortunately, it won’t be long before we find out.

I believe we should be watching this September; however, I believe we should always be watching. It’s very counterproductive to put limitations on future events. They will likely unfold in a way that is different from our script; we likely won’t get a clear picture of the prophetic timeline until after it has occurred. If the Shemitah ends and nothing catastrophic has happened, we’ve been blessed with extra time to complete more fruitful labor for the Lord. If the Shemitah ends with a ground-shaking event, we know we are in His hands and will protect us if we belong to Him.

I still plan to watch world events unfold. Because, as Christ Himself said, “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.” Luke 12:37

What are you thoughts?

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