By Patrick Hawthorne
This post is a break from my usual. However, this has been echoing around my noodle for a couple of days. On September 13, 2015 we will see the end of the 2014/2015 Shemitah (sh-meet-ah) cycle.
For those who are not up on current events as it relates to Bible Prophecy, the Shemitah has become a hot topic of discussion. Shemitah, which comes from the Hebrew root “shamot,” basically means to release or to leave alone. It refers to letting the land rest for one year every seven years. Simply put, it is a Sabbath to God for the land (Leviticus 25.)
Shemitah was created by God to be a time of reflection and trust. During this year of letting the land rest, the farmers had to trust that God would take care of their individual needs. Furthermore, it was a time to reflect, or to sensitize the observer to the needs of others. Ultimately, it was a time for humbleness.
The reason I’m writing this post is because I have read both sides of the debate as to whether the Shemitah applies to the United States. There has been much hype for and much negativity against. Who is right and who is wrong?
Several months ago, I set out to determine if the Shemitah really did apply to the United States. The process was simple enough. All I had to do was to count backwards by seven and do a search of major events that occurred within each Shemitah cycle. If nothing major was found, problem solved. However, if there was evidence to support the Shemitah, I would be foolish to dismiss it on the notion that it was an Old Testament principle that only applied to Israel. Thus began my search. What I found was quite chilling.
Starting with the 2007/2008 Shemitah cycle, I worked my way back seven years looking for major events that impacted this Nation negatively. The most revealing years was actually between the periods of 1972/1973 to present. That is not to say that non-important events did not occur before then, but things seemed to blow up following 1973. As you will see, 1973 was the year of the very controversial Roe versus Wade decision in which abortion became legal.
Furthermore, with the major events came major financial burdens. Also, during these Shemitah cycles, some major astronomical events have been observed.
1972-1973: Roe Vs. Wade; Watergate; The 1973 oil crisis where gas prices quadrupled over a three month period
1979-1980: Three Mile Island catastrophe; Eruption of Mt St. Helens; Iran Hostage crisis;
1986-1987: Space Shuttle Challenger disaster; Black Monday Stock Market crash
1993-1994: 21 fragments of Shoemaker Levy hit Jupiter; Waco siege; World Trade Center bombing; Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; North Ridge earthquake (most costly in U.S. history)
2000-2001: USS Cole bombing; Twin Towers destroyed; anthrax attacks
2007-2008: Recession begins; VA Tech Massacre; Super Tuesday Tornado (1 Billion dollars in damages); Hurricane Ike; Oil Prices hit record $147.00 a barrel; Stock Market Crash
2014-2015: Michael Brown and many other riots; ISIS movement; Blood Moon Tetrad (1st since 1967 when Israel won back Jerusalem); Stock Market is becoming very unstable again. September 13, the Shemitah will end with a solar eclipse.
What will happen next? I have no idea. However I do know this… Jesus is coming back soon. How soon? I have no clue; but His return is closer today than it was yesterday.
This post is not meant to frighten or to discourage. It is simply to remind you the reader that we need to keep our eyes focused on Jesus and not ourselves. Remember, we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). Be blessed