“Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us.” (2 Thessalonians 2:2)
Concepts and theories will never replace the word of God. Yet once again, the church finds itself mesmerized by myths and fables under the guise of prophecy, and what’s worse, people are buying it hook, line and sinker. There are a great deal of fear-mongering going on right now by preachers, self proclaimed prophets who are supporting the view which says that come September, due to this being a Shemitah year, that God is going to judge America by bringing down the global economy, ushering in the final 7 year tribulation, ending the Presidency and ordering marshal law. The proof that these people have for their reasoning? The Shemitah.
People often ask, “What is the Shemitah anyway? And why does it have any bearing on the church?” The simple answer to the last part of that question is that it has absolutely nothing to do with the church, but Israel. So what is the Shemitah? The Shemitah, in simplest terms, is a Jewish Sabbath year which God implemented specifically and exclusively to the nation of Israel. The Shemitah, as some want to refer to, is a time of Jubilee. It is during this time that the ground rested, debts were forgiven, prisoners were set free, in other words, the Shemitah was a time of renewal, hope and blessing. Not one time was the Shemitah ever used as a time of judgement – ever. So why are people using an old Jewish period that God purposely designed only for the nation of Israel? The truth is worse than you might realize, and that truth is simple – for profit.
When God implemented the Shemitah, he did so to symbolically mirror the coming Christ. Everything in the Old Testament, the feasts days, the high holy days, the Sabbath – the Shemitah itself, were all types and shadows of the coming Savior, Jesus Christ. When Christ went to the cross, when Jesus said “It is finished” Jesus not only satisfied the sin debt, he ended the law, fulfilling it on the cross. Yet he went further, the cross ended the Sabbath, it ended the cycles God used to correct Israel or even bless the nation of Israel, including the Shemitah. In simple terms, God ended the way he measured his instruments of correction or blessing to the Jewish nation because of the cross. Actually, the Shemitah was to bless Israel:
“…for the Lord will greatly bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance—only if you carefully obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe with care all these commandments which I command you today. For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.” (Deuteronomy 15:4-6)
When Christ died, that death nullified everything from the past – including the Shemitah. Let me take it further, at no time in our world now (the church age) does God require any nation to observe the Shemitah, or even the Sabbath. Nor does God wield judgment from the Shemitah.
So why are many people advocating that economic destruction is coming in September? Because they have been deceived and are being deceived as well as deceiving others. There are no recorded facts which anyone who advocates that there is a economic judgment coming to America, or China, or the UK, or Britain based on the Shemitah – none. They can’t produce it, they can’t provide it, they can’t convince anyone with any significant scripture knowledge to believe such nonsense. Yet once again, the church is being duped by a few sorcerers for one purpose – financial gain. Peter said it like this, “And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” (2 Peter 2:3)
Friend, it is always about money, but not just money, it’s about distorting the body of Christ to remove the cross and instead, lead the believer into the practice of the law, this includes observing the Shemitah (which the church is not obligated to do). The cross ends this completely as the cross is the end of the law and the beginning of liberty (grace). So what about September?
The Lord spoke to me about this by referring to John 3:8 “The wind [Holy Spirit] blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” [emphasis mine]. The meaning is simple, the Holy Spirit comes and goes on this earth, there is nothing which happens that he is not aware of or permits, God continues to oversee the affairs of men, including corruption. But to suggest that September 13th is the date which God is going to judge the world is simply put – date setting. It is just shy of fortune telling. To be blunt, nothing is going to occur on September 13th, 2015.
To suggest that God will impose a Shemitah upon a nation other than Israel has no scripture backing whatsoever. To suggest that Jesus is returning on the Shemitah is myth and has no scripture backing. Once again it is fear-mongering to strike fear into people to control people. The fact is, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, of power and a sound mind. So while it is true that God has reserved a time in the future that he will indeed bring judgment upon not only America, but also the world, that is future and we clearly see when that time frame is by the word of God, “But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” (Romans 2:5) That day of wrath will be during the final Great Tribulation, when God will shake the world and those who have rejected his son, that is when grace has been terminated, when God’s delay of judgment will come to a close and all of humanity will see and understand that his wrath is not only good – but just.
Economic cycles where either great losses are endured, or great reward given, are simply based on the law of averages. Sooner or later great debt will reap great loss, great prosperity will reap great economic growth, it’s a cycle. People who advocate the Shemitah and the economy never state that Israel has never once, since 1948, has been observing the Shemitah cycles, but yet Jonathan Cahn and others are quick to point to America and not to Israel – why? The truth is, they can’t. But again, the Shemitah was fulfilled in Christ because of the cross. So why are they trying or attempting to cause fear and panic today? It goes back to money, they are selling books, DVD’s, conferences all in an attempt to reap a financial wind fall.
But therein lies the more sinister point to all of this, the proponents of the coming “disaster” set for this fall are attempting to make America the second Israel, they are trying to make the church a law keeping church and in the end, reject the cross. That is the ultimate betrayal. The word makes it very clear, that if a prophet declares something and it does not come to pass, that person is to be marked and ignored. (Deut. 13:1) Yet today there are no accountability for false prophets and their words. Yet I also believe that it goes to something bigger, that being God is testing his people to see if they will accept something which is rooted in falsehood and not Holy Spirit inspired. It is my belief that is what is occurring now, the church is being tested to see if they will listen to something which is false, or reject it. I fear they are eager to embrace anything which tickles their ear. Yet this is what is I believe part of the whole Shemitah teaching, it is not only seducing the church, it is conditioning them to accept something greater and far more worse – the antichrist.
If the church is able to embrace a proven false doctrine such as the Shemitah and what is supposed to come in September, then by that logic, the church can accept another gospel altogether, and one which will damn the hearer forever. That is the real issue at hand, are we going to accept something which is false, or will we stand faithfully on the written word and reject that which is contrary to the gospel? Come September we will know.