In “The Mystery of the Shemitah” by Jonathan Cahn the possibility is raised that the Shemitah can affect the course of nations. The Schemitah year is the last year of a 7 year cycle. It ends on the last day of the Jewish civil calender of the month Elul. See my June 10, 2015 blog post for a more complete definition of a Shemitah. Let’s consider the following.
In 1917 Europe was at war, but due to it’s isolationist attitude the U. S. stayed neutral. “The Shemitah year had begun on September 28, 1916 and concluded September 16, 1017. The U. S. entered the war on April 6, 1917 during the Shemitah year.” Page 195
After fighting a 2 front war against Germany and Japan, on September 2, 1945 WW II officially ended as Japan formally surrendered on the USS Missouri. September 7, 1945 was the end of the month Elul and the end of the Shemitah. So the first 28 year cycle of Shemitah’s ended. From reluctant isolationist power in 1917 to 1945 the U. S. became the most powerful nation and wealthiest nation in the world.
Almost immediately the Cold War began. Then in the 1960’s came change. Jonathan Cahn said in part:
“Beginning in the early 1960s America banned prayer and the reading of Scripture from its public schools. The rulings were symptomatic of a larger removal of God from American culture. What followed was a decade of tumult and chaos. The nation was moving—slowly at first, and then with increasing speed—away from God and the ways of God.
The Blood of the Innocent
But 1973 would be a watershed in America’s spiritual and moral descent. It was at the beginning of that year that the nation’s highest court legalized abortion.
The Long Decline
The Shemitah had begun in September 1972 and would continue until September 1973. The Supreme Court decision was issued in the midst of the Shemitah on January 22, 1973. The Shemitah can be linked to a nation’s rise—or to its fall. The first 28 years of Shemitahs of this cycle—that of 1917 and 1945—were turning points concerning America’s rising. But the 2nd 28 years of Shemitahs ending in 1973 was a turning point concerning its fall.” Page 208-209
The 3rd cycle of 28 year Shemitahs ended on September 17, 2001 after the terrorists attacks on New York City on September 11, 2001. This 28 year cycle of Shemitah’s ended with the first ever attack by a foreign power on the continental United States.
I believe it would be fair to say that the U. S. in the intervening 7 years has continued to decline economically, in recognition as a world leader and morally. The current Shemitah ends September 13, 2015. (In the tags below click on “Jonathan Cahn” and my other posts on this subject be shown)
“The Last Shemitah
Even in the form of judgment, the Shemitah is ultimately a manifestation of mercy in that it reminds, calls back and warns—in view of a greater Shemitah yet to come. This greater Shemitah concerns not so much nations, but every individual, every life. It is the last Shemitah.
The last Shemitah declares that all things—our lives, our beings, our breath—come as gifts from God. Of ourselves we have nothing. All our notions of ownership are an illusion; all our pride a deception. We are not sovereign but completely dependent. Everything we have—our possessions, our money, our riches, every moment of our lives—everything has been given to us.
The final Shemitah declares that everything and every moment we had on the earth was a gift from God. Everything we “owned” was only entrusted. It all belonged to Him, even our days. The last Shemitah calls us away from the material realm to the spiritual.
The Final Question
The Bible says, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself” (Prov. 27:12).
The fact is we will all see the Day of Judgment. Scripture declares we will each stand before God on that day. In the end it comes down to two destinies—heaven or hell. According to God’s Word, what stands between the two eternities is not how religious we were, not how good or bad we were, or anything else but one thing: Were we born again? This fact could not be more clearly stated in Scripture: “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
In the days of a nation’s judgment, and on the day of the final judgment, outside of Jesus, there is no safety or salvation. But inside of Him there is no fear. The key is to get one’s life, every part of one’s life, inside of Him who is salvation. As it is written:
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. —John 3:16
The Bible records that the greatest love ever manifested in this world was the love of God in Messiah, dying on an execution stake in our place, for our sins, to bear our judgment, and then rising from that death to life, that we could be saved. How does one become born again? In the Bible it is also declared that anyone who truly receives Him, truly believes in Him, truly makes Him the Lord and Savior of their lives, and who truly follows Him as His disciple, that is the one who is born again—saved. It can begin with a decision, a prayer, a committing of one’s heart, the answering of a call—the beginning of a new life.” (Condensed from pages 248-252)
I hope you will read pages 248-252, or read my August 19, 2013 post on “What to do with our sin?” and make the most important decision of your life. Then find someone to disciple you using the material in this blog and especially linked to below. Email me at mail@lukevision with any questions you may have.
Henry Luke June 13, 2015
“What to do with our sin?” https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/what-to-do-with-our-sins/ The links in this post may not be mobile phone friendly.
The quotations are all from “The Mystery of the Shemitah” by Jonathan Cahn and all page numbers are from this book. I encourage reading the entire book. Available below:
http://www.fbcjax.com/files/uploads/One2Won-Crosstaining-Book1forMen.pdf for men
http://www.fbcjax.com/files/uploads/One2Won-Book1forWomen.pdf for women