The Mystery of the Shemitah …

(Sources: The Mystery of the Shemitah by Jonathan Cahn, 2014;

There is a mysterious seven-year cycle that can be seen woven through world history, but it began with the Israelites who were given God’s laws after they were supernaturally rescued from bondage in Egypt in 1446 B.C., during the reign of Thutmoses III (

The Lord God commanded ancient Israel to rest on the seventh day of the week. But this was not just for the people. It was also for the well-being of livestock and farming land. Various leaders have taken this law to the extreme, adding in their own take on what God meant by “rest.” (You can find Jesus’ teaching on the Sabbath in Matthew 12:1-13.)

The Lord also commanded that ancient Israel allow the land to rest for one full year (on the Hebrew calendar). This was called the “Shemitah” and was scheduled to take place every seventh year from the time the law was instated by God through his servant Moses.

Every seventh year, God required that the fruit of ALL the land was to be shared by rich and poor alike. The land’s yield benefitted ALL of Israel’s descendants, whether rich or poor. And on the very last day of the seventh Hebrew year – the 29th day of the biblical month of Elul – ALL DEBTS WERE CANCELLED. The repercussions of wiping away (letting fall) all debt and credit in one day were felt in the realms of labor, employment, consumption, production and trade. Commerce stopped. Debt was obliterated. It was such a radical concept that rabbis looked for ways to get around it!

The Shemitah was meant to “shake things up.” It was to be a year away from the ordinary to relax, experience physical and spiritual release. It was an opportunity draw near to the Lord.

It was meant to be a blessing. But ancient Israel rebelled against God and abandoned both the Sabbath and the Shemitah. They chose to serve foreign “gods” who represented relentless pursuit of material gain. The pursuit of prosperity was the driving factor, which eventually drove them out of the land that God had given to them as a sacred trust.

When the ordinance of the Shemitah was given, God also foretold what would happen when the people’s hearts turned against him:

If you remain hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over, as your sins deserve. I will send wild animals against you, and they will rob you of your children, destroy your cattle and make you so few in number that your roads will be deserted.

 ‘If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction but continue to be hostile toward meI myself will be hostile toward you and will afflict you for your sins seven times over.  And I will bring the sword on you to avenge the breaking of the covenant [allow a breach in protection] 

 ‘If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me, then in my anger   I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over.…I myself will lay waste the land, so that your enemies who live there will be appalled. I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie  in ruins. Then the land will enjoy its sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths. All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the sabbaths you lived in it.     (Leviticus 26:21-35)

In 732 B.C. the northern kingdom of Israel was scattered among the nations — God’s warning (harbinger). But the southern kingdom of Judah, whose capitol city was Jerusalem, failed to heed the warning. So, in 586 B.C., “God’s dwelling place,” the First Temple, in Jerusalem (their capitol city) was destroyed and the armies of Nebuchadnezzar carried off the majority of its citizens to captivity in Babylon. They were held for 70 years – one year for every Shemitah year that they had ignored!

Interesting: People often wonder about God’s punishment rather than noticing his patience. He allowed 490 years of wickedness to go unpunished BEFORE fulfilling his vow to “correct” the Israelites’ behavior!

Consider this …

The Shemitah ordinance was not specifically given to any other nation but Israel. However, since America was tied to the God of Israel at its conception, that may explain some interesting statistics!

  • The 1901-1903 depression” was brought on by struggles to gain financial control of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The Shemitah year began in September 1902 and ended in September 1903. That’s a 100% overlap.


  • The “Crisis of 1916-1917” stock market crash took place during the First World War. The Shemitah year coincided with the economic collapse for 10 out of 12 months. An 80% overlap.


  • The Great Depression” constituted the worst economic crisis in modern history. It began in April 1931 and by its end in July 1932, 86% of the stock market was wiped out. The Shemitah year took place in 1930-1931 – 100% overlap.


  • The Recession of the Great Depression” produced the crash of 1937-1938. The Shemitah year commenced on September 6, 1937. The following day, Wall Street collapsed and the fallout overlapped the first half of the Shemitah year.


  • The “Dot-Com Crash” of 2000-2001 continued into 2002, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The first Shemitah of the new millennium fell between 2000 and 2001, an overlap of 100%.

Now let’s look at what happened during the Shemitah year of 2007-2008. The crash that took place during this time was given THREE names: “the Great Recession,” “the Global Financial Crisis,” and “the Second Great Depression.” Less than 30 days before the Shemitah year started, the stock market began to collapse. It reached its greatest intensity in September 2008. The month that the Shemitah ended. But that’s not the crazy amazing part!

Consider the mystery of the sevens …

  • The greatest stock market crash in history happen on the first day of the SEVENTH MONTH of the sacred Jewish calendar. (The first day after the Shemitah year came to a close.)
  • It was triggered by the failure of Congress to pass an emergency bill in response to the economic implosion of September 2008 in the amount of SEVEN hundred billion dollars.
  • SEVEN percent of Wall Street was wiped out. (SEVEN percent had also been lost in 2001!)
  • The actual number of points wiped out: 777

This mystery gets even more complex, but I will encourage you to buy the book and see for yourself!

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An Interesting article from 2012 …

Christ-centered phenomenon defying N.Y. Times

Book, new film show prophecy fulfilled before our eyes

Published: 06/16/20  By Terry James

A phenomenon has taken place in the book publishing world. The secular book market – headed by the New York Times’ Best-Sellers list – has let slip through its normally anti-Christian critics’ hands a book of profound significance. It is on the surface a work of fiction that is at the same time deeply ingrained truth from the only source of truth there is – the very Word of God.

Not since Hal Lindsey’s “Late, Great Planet Earth” and Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ “Left Behind” series has such a volume been allowed to reach such a mass audience by those who control that level of mega sales in the book publishing industry. First-time author Jonathan Cahn outlines the stunning fact about “The Harbinger” with the simple understatement from the opening page:  “What you are about to read is presented in the form of a story, but what is contained within the story is real.”

I’ve been studying Bible prophecy for more than 50 years and have been writing about eschatological matters in terms of prophecy’s progression through our daily lives for most of 40. In all that time, I haven’t seen a case for current issues and events as having prophetic relevance presented in a more evidence-based way than in this book.

To my way of thinking, this book defies the art of fiction writing because the template would have it that there be action that builds to a crescendo, always keeping readers on the edge of their seats, wanting to get past the present life-and-death cliffhanger and onto the building suspense of the next. “The Harbinger” is all narrative through dialogue between three people, basically.

It is, as the author says, a story, but one that is real. Unheard of! A Christ-centered story, with no real action, so massive in its appeal that it makes the big show – the N.Y. Times Best-Seller list?

Certainly it is not formulaic. “The Harbinger” is inspired.

There can be little doubt about it after reading it. Most everyone who reads the story will agree, I’m convinced. That is the secret of its appeal. That is the power behind its defying the odds to crash right through the critique barrier that the secular guardians of contemporary literature constantly put up against scribes who would mention the name of Jesus Christ in ways other than as invective.

It is obvious: The Lord of Heaven wanted this book written and disseminated widely. There’s no agent or publisher who can see that that is done in a more proficient or powerful way. There is no critic or system of critiquing that can change such a course as He determines. The question becomes, then: Why is this book so important that the Lord has forced it past those anointed defenders of literature who rarely let such works get past them?

“The Harbinger” itself gives the answer….


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By their fruit you will recognize them.

Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 

 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit”

— Jesus  (Matthew 7:16-17, NIV)