May 26, 2017

The Shemitah, Four Blood Moons and the Most Important Preparation

The Shemitah, Four Blood Moons and the Most Important Preparation

I know I haven’t been posting regularly for some time, but I believe I would be doing a disservice to all of you for not commenting on a few things. Some of you may be aware of them. Others may be hearing it for the first time. I also want to comment on a few current news stories that I feel may tie in.

I’m talking about the Shemitah and the Four Blood Moons.
 
 
The Shemitah

I became aware of a book called The Harbinger, a book by Messianic Jew Jonathan Cahn, thanks to some of you a couple years ago, which I then read. The follow up book to it is called The Mystery of the Shemitah. While Trudee and I are still reading it, I have listened and watched enough from Jonathon Cahn to understand the core of it.

The Shemitah is a command God gave the Jews to let the land rest and lay fallow for one year. At the end of that year, all debts were forgiven. It is a way for the land to be renewed, and for the finances of each household to be renewed as well.

Mr. Cahn stipulates that the Shemitah is also prophesy. In his book The Harbinger, he draws a comparison between America and the 9/11 attacks to the destruction of Ancient Israel. If the links he draws are in fact true, they are very concerning. The Mystery of the Shemitah comes from a small part of his original book, but expounds on it. You see the 9/11 attacks came on the opening of the Shemitah in 2001, and 7 years later came the great recession. Now, 7 years later, we find ourselves in another Shemitah year that began on September 13th.

He says that the previous two Shemitah’s were acts of God trying to get America’s attention and wake us up. Mr. Cahn is careful not to date set or say that something will happen, but that if God wanted to continue in this vein, this Shemitah could be very eventful.
 
 
The Four Blood Moons

I found out about The Four Blood Moons from some of you as well. They have been popularized by the preaching of Pastor John Hagee in a movie call “The Four Blood Moons”, which, by the way, is available to stream on Netflix.

Only four times in the last 500 years have there been four blood moons appearing back to back, coinciding with Jewish high holy days.

1493
In 1493 Cristobal Colon, AKA Christopher Columbus, rescued Spanish Jews from the inquisition and brought them to America.

1949

On May 14th, 1948 Israel declared sovereignty. Less than 24 hours later Israel was attacked by Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. All were defeated by Israel. The armistice was signed on July 20 1949.

With the armistice signed, Jews from around the world begin to return to Israel. Many have likened this return to the Jews being called out of Egypt and being led to Israel.

1967

On June 7, 1967 Jews claimed victory in taking Jerusalem, in the Six Day War and blew the Shofar at the Western Wall. This was the first time in 2,000 years Jews had been in control of Jerusalem.

2015

For the first time in history, the Tetrad occured in a Shemitah year; the final Blood Moon occurs on Monday September 28, 2015. (Keep different time zones on different continents in mind here.)
 
 
Jubilee Year

The Jubilee Year was to provide for a double portion of rest every 50th year. Each 49th year would be a Sabbath Year, followed by a Jubilee Year in the 50th, so that for two consecutive years the people would restore the land, personal and economic freedom and to be dependent on God.

The Shemitah and the Jubilee year just started and will continue until September 2016.
 
 
My Take

My opinion of the Mystery of the Shemitah is that I think Jonathon Cahn sensationalizes things in his books a bit. There has been a time or two in both the Harbinger and the Shemitah that I rolled my eyes a little. That’s not to say there is not good information in them, but I’m not certain he isn’t stretching ancient prophecy to fit America.

There is no doubt it was a command for the Jews. Could it be a prophecy and one that is being given to modern day America? That I don’t know; but if it is not, it is quite a coincidence that out of the last six Shemitah’s, all of them had either a market crash or a recession occur during the Shemitah year.
 
 
2008 ~ Housing Bubble Burst and Ensuing Recession

S&P 500 loss: 56.4 percent
Duration: 17 months
 
 
2001 ~ Dot Com Bubble Burst, Recession and 9-11 Market Aftermath

Loss: 49.1 percent
Duration: 30 months
 
 
1994 ~ The Great Bond Market Massacre
Loses: The biggest bond market collapse in US history. Not only that, $1.5 trillion was lost worldwide.
 
 
1987 ~ Black Monday, October 19th
Loss: 33.5 percent
Duration: 3 months
 
 
1980 ~ Increased interest rates of nearly 20% caused a recession.
S&P 500 loss: 27.8 percent
Duration: 21 months
 
 
1973 ~ Israel’s Yom Kippur War lead to an Arab oil embargo that sent energy prices soaring, leading to a recession.
Loss: 48.0 percent
Duration: 21 months

Yes we have had several stock market crashes and recessions throughout our history, but never in the pattern of every seven years, falling on the Shemitah year. When I discovered this, I wondered what may have happened in 1973 and did some research; Abortion was legalized. Now I am not saying it is related, and I’ll take this time to say that as believers, we need to be cautious of numerology, astrology and making links that are not necessarily connected. I think we, as watchmen, need to be aware of God’s word, His prophecies and current events.

I do believe God sends us signs. The Bible is full of them! Just use discernment.

I don’t think any Bible believing follower of Christ could say that America doesn’t deserve judgment. Like Billy Graham once said when asked if America deserve to be judged, “If not, then God owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology”.

In the last 40 years, our country has accelerated in sin. Once we legalized abortion, many other countries followed suit. We export sin to other countries in the form of pornography.

Since our current President has taken office, we have seen:
“Don’t ask, Don’t tell” abandoned and open homosexuality allowed in the military.
The Supreme Court making the decision that any ban of gay marriage is illegal.
The White House bathed in “Rainbow” colors in celebration of that decision.
Christian bakers and florists charged and fined for refusing to cater to homosexual clients.

These are to name just a few.
 
 
The World is a Powder Keg

A little known portion of the Iran deal states that if Israel attacks Iran, we will defend Iran. It rewards Iran for training and finding terrorists with billions of dollars in oil revenue. The attempts to limit their obtaining a nuclear bomb are laughable.

We’ve been shown that China has the power to destroy the world economy, as was seen on August 7, 2015.

Russia has its fighters and nuclear capable bombers fly just shy of several countries’ borders, including off the coast of Alaska and California. Russia has also recently sent fighter and other armaments to Syria to aid Assad.

The Violence in Syria has seen tens of thousands of refugee’s flee into Europe. Rape, child abuse and other acts of violence are being reported from some refugee camps. Some are concerned that members of ISIS are hiding among the refugee’s to sneak into Europe and America.

North Korea makes a new nuclear threat against the USA. They are also restarting uranium enrichment and attempts to launch a satellite, which is viewed as testing of an ICBM missile.

Oh yeah, this is all in the last two months!
 
 
So What Should We Do?

The Most Important Preparation!

First and foremost, get right with God. If you’ve not asked God to enter your life, don’t wait any longer. Tell Him you know you’re a sinner, repent, which means to confess your sins and do them no more; and ask Him to come into your life.

If you are saved, get rid of anything that could keep you from Him. I recently decided not to watch anything I would not feel comfortable watching with my mom. I came to this after spending a few days with her and discovering how many things on Netflix I might normally watch, but felt uncomfortable watching with her. I could say I won’t watch anything I wouldn’t watch with God, but I have watched things that were not spiritually healthy, knowing He would not approve, for years.

Men, you are the spiritual head (the Priest) of the home; be that example! I didn’t know how to be this, so I started with saying I wanted to pray before meals. I also started reading the Bible every morning, even if it meant getting up 10 minutes earlier. I started praying with Trudee before bed every night. Pray over your family, and bless them. As a part of being the example, and not being a hypocrite, be aware of sin you might be taking part in. Even if your family doesn’t know you’re sinning, both sides of the spiritual war do!

Women, our culture has, for lack of a better way to phrase this, “bred this out of modern men”; If your husband takes steps to be the spiritual head of the home, allow and encourage him! If he won’t, then the job falls to you!
 
 
Other Preparations

I never recommend going into debt to get prepared, but I will admit I did take a loan out on my 401k. I used the money to increase preps that I had on the back burner, but felt very compelled to get taken care of. The 401k loan is taken out of my paycheck, and I will pay myself back with interest.

Make sure you have a way to purify water, as much food stocked as you can afford, with alternate ways to cook, and a way to defend your loved ones. Once those major needs are taken care of, prayerfully consider investing in precious metals.

If your preps have holes, prayerfully consider filling them as soon as you can. I have covered every topic that deals with preparedness essentials, just use the search function. If you don’t see what you are looking for, send me an email Chris preparedchristian net and I will either write a reply to you, or write a post about it and share it with everyone.
 
 
Closing

I am not one given to hysteria, but I do feel like we’re on the verge of something big. I have felt this way before, and nothing came of it. Then again, there wasn’t this much tension in America, or the world for that matter, not to mention the significance of the blood moons and the Shemitah.

Monday September 28th is the last blood moon but we have almost a full year of the Jubilee left.

While God doesn’t have to do anything with any of this information, He sure left plenty of signs pointing to the possibility that He could if He wanted to!

Are you ready?
 
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Comments

  1. just 2day china announced that they are sending troops to syria. china has an aircraft carrier docked in a syrian port now too. france and russia are conducting air strikes as we speak and late 2day David Cameron says he will side with putin to combat isis. americans should all buy thick jackets for we are about to be left out in the cold.

  2. Grammyprepper says:

    There is so much going on in the world today, it’s hard not to believe that we are facing a ‘crash’ sometime soon. Afterall, the world’s ten largest countries financial markets are going haywire (stock markets crashing). I’ve just started the Mysteries of the Shemitah myself, so I can’t offer an opinion, but I admire that fact that Mr. Cahn goes out of his way to NOT set a date. I’ve watched a few of his videos. I completely agree, Chris, that if one is not right with G_d, there is no time like now to do so. Spiritual preparedness should be your priority, and then work on your physical preps. G_d Bless.

  3. Like always – you wrote it well.

    We are involved in something at the very least – different. Different than ever before in history. The debt, the state of tensions – economic, global-political, racial, religious…. you name it.

    A good summation. I too think Mr. Cahn, while perhaps sincere, is mostly in ‘it’ for the notoriety; thus, the money.

  4. Nice assessment, Chris. I liked Johnathan Cahn’s talk about this stuff that he gave at CBN recently; I think he makes some good points about the deep depravity of this nation, starting at the White House. It only makes sense that we as a nation are deserving of judgment. Pray God’s mercy holds it off long enough for us to repent as a country and turn things around, such as getting rid of Planned Parenthood and the murder of unborn children. It would be a great place to start!

  5. Very balanced review. I have not read Pastor Cahn’s books, but I have seen his videos. His study of the Shemitah principles made perfect sense to me. As you stated in your wrap up, I pray for mercy, my adult children are not on board yet. I haven’t got my water situation sorted out yet. My parents are 88 and 90 and need help etc. I’m the ant my husband is the grasshopper. God’s principles hold true, the rain falls on the innocent as well as the guilty. The American Church is in retreat and has conformed to the world, fat and comfy in her apostasy waiting for a rescue from any discomfort. The remnant is true with eyes open, as you are Chris. Thanks for the great post.

  6. I haven’t read the books, so I may be speaking in ignorance here, but why would the shemitah teaching mean trouble for America? America is not ancient Israel under the Messianic Law. The 7 year jubilee was an Old Covenant teaching. And in Christ we are not under that covenant. Christ is the fulfilment of the Law (Old Covenant). He is also the fulfilment of the Sabbath, in the sense that he is our rest– the end of our striving to meet the obligations of the Law to be saved from sin. The New Testament teaches that Christians are also the descendants of Abraham now by faith. (Romans 9:6-8, Gal 3:29). And this Israel is not under the Law. Paul warned people about following those old traditions of observing “special days and months and seasons and years” (Galatians 4:11). And in Colossians he warns his readers not to be swayed by those who teach that we should pay attention to the old teachings- “…with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality however, is found in Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17) I don’t argue that America is deserving of judgement, I just don’t buy into prohecies based on Old Testament teaching, unless they are confirmed in the New Testament somewhere, which I don’t see being the case for this.

    • Mr. Cahn isn’t saying we’re under the law. He is saying that there was a Shemitah under the law, and a Shemitah that is a prophecy as well. At first I thought it was a bit of a stretch, but it is hard to argue with the evidence he has put forward.

      Do I buy into everything he is saying? No, as I said he sensationalizes things, and draws some conclusions I don’t think are there. But when I look at some of the evidence he lined up, the state of our nation and of the world, well I can’t help but think that there could be something to it.

      • schieftain says:

        What I meant was that the Shemitah was something that was part of the Old Testament law, that was for ancient Israel. It wasn’t meant for America or the world at large, and I don’t think it was ever meant to be a prophetic tool. There are several authors who have debunked Mr. Cahn’s tying the Shemitah to the various stock market crashes, etc. he has. And as Christians, I think we need to be very wary of anyone claiming they have found some hidden formula, or secret code in the Bible that points to an end times scenario. I know Mr. Cahn hasn’t predicted a specific date for anything, but he’s establishing a predictive principal… and people take these things very literally and often end up following the messenger.

        I agree that the state of our nation and the world is in turmoil, and we need modern-day prophets to warn our nation that we are headed towards disaster and need to turn to Jesus Christ. If that’s all Mr. Cahn is doing, then power to him!

        Hope I don’t sound argumentative. I’ve just seen a lot of people get wrapped up in stuff like this that did nothing for their faith and trust as in Christ.

  7. I no longer pay attention to these kinds of prophecies b/c there have been 100s just in my lifetime that turned out to be wrong. I prep for disasters of various kinds, but Biblical based prophecy is frought with all kinds of misinterpretations & dangers. Not the best reason to prep.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Red I have said is several posts that we should have a general approach to preparedness. But that doesn’t mean we should dismiss various “signs of the times”. If it was just these two prophecies, I wouldn’t have upped my preps. There were several reasons why I did, these were just additional.

  8. Carl Rooker says:

    We do need to prepare by being aware of false teachers and false prophets, which Jesus and the Apostles warned us about, many times.

    I say this in connection to the “Blood Moons” that some have made much ado about. While they quote the whole prophecies (3 of them), they only pay attention to the “moon turning to blood” part. The rest of the prophecies state that the Sun will become dark as well, and this has not happened.

    I agree that America is deserving of Judgment if that is God’s will. The whole world is subject to the coming Judgements of God. Not just us.

    While I refuse to set dates, I find Russia’s move into Syria with Iran very interesting. The rest of the coalition is not yet set, so the Gog/Magog war will probably take some time to come about. But, I can’t help but seeing this move as “staging” for the main event.

    I recommend two books;

    “Thunder of Heaven” by Tim Lahaye and Greg Parchin (SP?)
    and

    “The Ezekeil Option” by Joel Rosenberg.

    While these books are fiction based upon Prophecy, they give a very clear idea of what can be expected in the (possibly) near future.

    • Chris Ray says:

      So the author I linked is a false prophet, and Joel Rosenberg is not? I think we need to be wary of anyone making prophecies, but keep an open mind that they could be right.

  9. Excellent assessment Chris. I read both books and like you also rolled my eyes a bit. You can always fit something like this into any narrative.

    With that said, all you have to do is open your eyes and see what is going on around the world to come to a conclusion that things just aren’t right. Something is seriously wrong.

    Will the markets collapse? Will there be war? I don’t know, but what I do know from basic common sense is that you can’t print paper into unlimited amounts of money and expect things to be ok.

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