First, let me say that I am very sorry about not writing more often and updating the Sabbatical Year Template. I have uncovered a lot of information, especially more headstones from Zoar. I want to say a huge “Thank You” to Charles Reed and Rick Hebron in Washington State for doing the translations of the Hebrew texts. I would also like to thank Yiannis E. Meimaris and Kalliopi I. Kritikakou-Nikolaropoulou from National Hellenistic Research Foundation for making their invaluable research available free of charge. The overall scope of their work is “AWESOME”. Thank you.
Secondly, I want to say “Thank You” to Pastor Cahn, who has a much larger forum than I do, but you guys are smarter, for making millions of people aware of the Sabbatical or Shemitah, years. It is not my goal to denigrate Pastor Cahn’s book, “The Mystery of the Shemitah Year.” I simply want to emphasize the nature of the “true” sabbatical years and also our seven (7) responsibilities we must do, during a sabbatical year.
Rather than regurgitate what I have already covered I will refer you back to the following articles:
If you have not done so, please go to Part iii – The Timeline and download the Sabbatical Year Template. This is crucial in order to under the TRUE sabbatical cycle and to see the quantity of historical proofs that I have included and I have many, many more to add as soon as I get the time. (A precious commodity in even shorter supply than gold.)
First, Pastor Cahn says that the Hebrew New Year begins on the first day of the seventh month. This is incorrect. YHWH’s New Year always, always begins on 1 Abib. (Lev. 23:5, see also Ex. 13:4, 23:15, 34:18; Deut. 16:1). It was not until the children of Israel came out of Israel @533 B.C., that they instituted the “civil New Year” something learned in Babylon and perpetuated in Judah. The idea of the civil new year is similar to talking about our fiscal new year or beginning of the school year. It is an arbitrary manmade tradition. (Lev. 18:3-4; Matt 15:3-9, Mark 7:3-13; Colossians 2:8, 22; Titus 1:14). We should never let a manmade tradition overrule a Commandment, law or statute from YHWH.
Second, Pastor Cahn uses an arbitrary date, i.e. 586 B.C. as a sabbatical year. We know that this is not true. We know that 586 B.C. is the third year of the third Sabbatical Cycle in Shavua 67. (Please refer to the sabbatical year template.) But, if we look to 2 Kings 19:29 we see a sabbatical year back to back with another sabbatical year which can only indicate a Jubilee year. We now know that this Jubilee year is the 64th Jubilee and also the First Year of Shavua 65. Why Pastor Cahn overlooked this date I do not know since it is very well established as 701 B.C. (Sabbatical year seven of the 64th Shavua) and 700 B.C. (Jubilee Year of the 65th Shavua.)
We also know that after Alexander the Great conquered the world that he went back through Jerusalem and observed the Sabbatical year being practiced. He asked about the custom and was told its origin and so he exempted Judah from taxation in 330 B.C. This was a sabbatical year. We see that in 1 Maccabees 6:49 that there was a sabbatical year and this was in 162 B.C. (The same thing is written about by Josephus in his Antiquities 12:9:5). Also, we see that 1 Maccabees 16:14, Josephus Antiquities 13:8:1 and also Josephus Jewish Wars 1:2:3 mention another sabbatical year that was 134 B.C. If you consult the timeline you will find many more proofs of sabbatical and Jubilee years.
Thirdly, Pastor Cahn is only intepreting the financial or economic aspect of the Shemitah and wrongly grasps the 6.93 financial cycle, spoken of in https://codgerville.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/blood-moons-eclipses-and-cycles/
by Rick Wiles and Dr. Steve Puetz, as the Shemitah year.
Fourthly, Pastor Cahn fails to educate the reader about their responsibilities during a sabbatical year. This is what I will endeavor to do at this time.
- (Lev. 25:4) You should not plow, plant your land nor prune or reap (harvest) your crops.
- (Lev. 25:5-7) You will eat of what grows of itself, voluntary growth.Not only that, but you must allow your animals into the fields and or gardens so that they too can eat of the voluntary growth. This includes, I have to bite my tongue here, the wild animals, like deer and rabbits and the mean plotting terrorists known affectionately, but wrongly, as squirrels.
- (Lev. 25:5) Do not harvest. This means that you can pick enough food that volunteers that year to eat that day but you cannot harvest all and then can, dehydrate, freeze, pickle, ferment, brine or salt for use at a future time. This is what is meant by reaping or harvesting. The gathering of a crop all at once and storing it.
- (Lev. 25:21-22) Stock up on food, in the sixth year, until the next harvest, in the eighth year.
- (Deut. 15:1-12) Forgive the debts of your brethren, follow believers not non-brethren/believers.
- (Deut. 15:12-18) Free those who become your slaves. The idea in Scripture is that if you work for another person you are that person’s slave. Yes, all countries used slavery at this time and there were even bond servants. Bond servants and any Hebrew slaves were supposed to be freed at this time. In this country, until 1914, you could only borrow for a home loan for a maximum of 7 years. After the Federal Reserve was created the mortgage laws changed, little by little.
- (Deut. 31:9-13; Neh. 8:1-18) You must publicly read the Torah during the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot, during the Sabbatical years.
So, are myself and my family planning to do these things? Absolutely! We have already begun making plans and preparations to increase our canning, drying and dehydrating next year. We put up several hundreds of jars of food this year in anticipation of Abib 2016. As many of you know, we harvest wild produce all spring, summer and fall and we have already planned to double this.
Now, here is why I think Pastor Cahn is correct about his analysis of what might happen in the fall of 2015. Most economic collapses, not all, but most happen in the fall. Go back and read the article on the Blood Moons and re-listen to the interview on Trunews. This could be the key.
Now here is a clue. What would be the most difficult time for you to keep the sabbatical year? How about when you, your children or grandchildren are starving to death. Why would they be starving you ask? Because the financial system has collapsed Sep-Oct. 2015) Am I predicting that it will happen at this time? NO! I am saying to be very wary and to beginning preparing for the true sabbatical year beginning in spring of 2016 NOW!
If you would, read Matthew 24:16-22. Actually, you should read the entire chapter several times and compare it to what is prophesied in Leviticus 26 that is coming to this land and compare them. But, right now I want to concentrate on Matt. 24:20. If you read this verse of scripture you will find that it does not say “on the sabbath” but what it does say is “on a sabbath.” Notice the difference? It changes the meaning from the weekly sabbath, Saturday on the Gregorian calendar to any sabbath day commanded by YHWH, which includes a sabbatical year. Now, do you see why the scripture says to “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on A sabbath.”? If you have to flee on a sabbatical year there would have been not crops to glean on your way to the mountains. You cannot plant or harvest, so you would not have enough food to survive the entire year if you did not prepare.
If you have not read The Mystery of the Shemitah and you have a Kindle and can get it for 8 bucks that is fine. I would not pay $25.00 for the hard copy. It is written in Pastor Cahn’s usual easy to read and energetic style. Please do your own research and verify both his and my teaching so that you can be prepared for 2016.
Remember 2017 is the beginning of the Cycle of the Sword (War Cycle) according to Leviticus 26:24-26. And, then after that is the Cycle of Slavery and it is much worse than the sword.
I do not say any of this because I want to scare you. I say this because I am worried about you and your families. These teachings, Leviticus 25 & 26, are very real and very serious. If you think that since you are a New Testament Christian and this is that Old Testament then I leave you with a couple of thoughts: John 14:15, Matt 5:18, Luke 16:17, 1 John 2:3-4, 3:22-245:2-6, Rev 12:17, 14:12, 22:14.
May: YHWH bless you and guard you; YHWH make His face to shine upon you, to show favor to you; YHWH lift up His face upon you, and give you peace, Thus they shall put My Name (YHWH) on the children of Israel, and I myself shall bless them. (Numbers 6:24-27 Scriptures version 2009 Edition.