AN AWESOME SEPTEMBER?
This September could turn out to be a month to remember in a year to remember. The following are a few of the major “Spiritual” events that will take place. On the Jewish calendar equivalent, our September 13th marks the end of the Jewish year which is also the end of the seventh “SHEMITAH” year. September 14th marks the Jewish New Year, which is also the 50th year in the “SHEMITAH” cycle which is the Jewish year of Jubilee. Two weeks later on September 28th, the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles begins. Its beginning also coincides with a lunar eclipse, also known as a “BLOOD MOON!” And it’s not just any “BLOOD MOON,” it’s the fourth one in the last two years and they all four will have occurred on Jewish feast days! Is that simply an amazing coincidence? I don’t think so. What follows is some background and explanation of what this could all mean.
“SHEMITAH” – WHAT IS IT?
SHEMITAH is a Hebrew word that can mean either RELEASE or JUDGEMENT! It is related to a command of the Lord. It is a command that when Israel failed to carry it out; JUDGEMENT came and Israel was sent into exile for seventy years in the land of Babylon. Jeremiah prophesied that it would happen. You can read that prophecy in Jeremiah 25:1-12. Daniel read these words of Jeremiah while in exile in Babylon. At this point in time, (539 B.C. ) Daniel was an old man and the Kingdom of Babylon had been defeated by the Medes (King Darius) and the Persians (King Cyrus) just as Jeremiah prophesied, so Daniel knew that RELEASE was near and he began to intercede for Israel, Daniel 9:1-3: “In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.” I would encourage you to read Daniel’s prayer in verses 4-19.
In this same year (539 B.C. ) God moved on The King of Persia to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, Ezra 1:1-2: “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.” Is not God amazing? He had Cyrus provide all the materials to build the Temple and Cyrus also RELEASED all of the golden artifacts that had been taken from the Temple (verses 7-11) and he also RELEASED the Jewish people to return to Jerusalem (Ezra 2:1-70).
WHAT IS THIS “SHEMITAH” THAT ISRAEL VIOLATED?
What was the command that when Israel ignored it, brought about the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem and a seventy year captivity of Israel in Babylon? The command is found in Exodus 23: 10-11: “And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof: But the seventh year thou shalt let it REST (H8058) and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.” In Leviticus 25:1-7 God describes this seventh year as “…a Sabbath of rest unto the land.” “SHEMITAH” is further explained in Deuteronomy 15:1-2: “At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a RELEASE (H8059). And this is the manner of the RELEASE (H8059): Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall RELEASE (H8058) it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD’S RELEASE (H8059).” Notice it is “…the LORD’S RELEASE.” What God intended to be a blessing when obeyed, became a curse when disobeyed!
Here are the Strong’s Concordance definitions of the Hebrew words noted above:
H8058 – שׁמט- shâmaṭ – shaw-mat’
A primitive root; to fling down; incipiently to jostle; figuratively to let alone, desist, remit: – discontinue, overthrow, release, let rest, shake, stumble, throw down.
H8059 – שׁמטּה- shemittah – shem-it-taw’
From H8058; remission (of debt) or suspension (of labor): – release.
From these definitions, we can see that God intended for “SHEMITAH” to be a time of rest and release from debt, a blessing. When violated the negative side is manifested, a shaking, a throwing down, an overthrow, a curse.
THE YEAR OF JUBILEE
The YEAR OF JUBILEE occurs every fifty years. It follows a cycle of 7 SHEMITAH years. (7X7=49+1=50 or JUBILEE) In Leviticus 25:8-24 God establishes the “YEAR OF JUBILEE” as the year following seven Sabbath years or once every fifty years. During the “YEAR OF JUBILEE” all land is returned to its original owner.
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, while studying the “SHEMITAH” has documented some very interesting discoveries connected with “SHEMITAH” years and “YEARS OF JUBILEE.” 
For example, 1917 was a “YEAR OF JUBILEE” and on November 2nd of that year, Great Britain issued the Balfour Declaration which states: “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”  In other words, God returned the land of Israel to the Jewish people in a “YEAR OF JUBILEE!” As if that wasn’t amazing enough, fifty years later, between June 5th and 10th, 1967 in what has become known as “The Six Day War,” Israel regained control of East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan and the Golan Heights from Syria. More of the original “Promised Land” was returned to Israel in the “YEAR OF JUBILEE.”
DOES “SHEMITAH” ONLY APPLY TO ISRAEL?
Is America subject to the law of SHEMITAH? Good question. Here is Jeanie’s response. “The point of this is not that we would suffer judgement because we didn’t obey every little point of the law. Just as it would have seemed harsh for God to send Israel into judgement because they kept planting their land and never let it ‘rest’ the seventh year or that they didn’t forgive every debt at the end of seven years. It is all a broader principle in the spirit of the law. People were not caring about the poor – not caring for their neighbors – they were keeping people in debt and otherwise simply not ‘loving one another’ and trusting and honoring God. God’s Word had not been obeyed – Israel had basically turned its back on God.
That is what is happening in America right now. There are devout believers here, but immoral laws have been allowed to be passed – the whole nation falls under those laws. Crime continues to increase and more heinous crimes come to light. Evil flaunts itself in our faces daily. That is what makes it said that our ‘nation’ has turned its back on God.
The seasons, feasts and festivals are known as appointments with God. We don’t necessarily have to celebrate the Jewish feasts or Holy days, but we all, individually, have appointments with God. If we continue to forsake our appointments with Him, we cannot know how to honor Him. We turn our backs on Him as a nation and WE usher in the calamities that come! Even so, as believers, individually we can put our trust in God that if we honor Him we will have His protection and our needs met.”
SHEMITAH IN AMERICA’S HISTORY!
Here is where it really gets interesting and a little bit scary. In light of the definition of the negative side of “SHEMITAH,” as “…a shaking, a throwing down, an overthrow, a curse,” Rabbi Kahn discovered that the September 11th, 2001 attacks that resulted in the collapse of the twin World Trade Towers, (literally, “a throwing down”) occurred during a “SHEMITAH” year. 
“In his book and movie works, Cahn, reveals that the two greatest financial calamities in American history occurred on successive Shemitah years following the 9/11 Islamist terror attacks on the U.S.
September 17, 2001, six days after the 9/11 attacks, the stock market re-opened and suffered the greatest point loss in its history, to that date. The market dropped 700 points, or 7 percent in one day. In response, the Federal Reserve slashed the nation’s interest rates, ushering in a period of economic devastation for the U.S. Sept. 17, 2001, was the end of the Shemitah year – Elul 29.
Seven years later, September 29, 2008, would prove to be even worse! The days leading up to that date saw the government bailout of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the two largest mortgage companies in the U.S., in a bid to prevent the collapse of the two. Shortly thereafter, Lehmann Brothers once considered the pinnacle of financial firms, reported losses of 45 percent and filed bankruptcy rather than accept a government bailout. The stock market dropped 777.7 points or 7 percent, wiping out all gains of the past seven years. Thus making it the largest ever one-day drop in the U.S. stock market history. Sept. 29, 2008, fell on Elul 29, marking the end of the Shemitah year in Israel.
What followed was an implosion of the U.S. and world economies.” 
Are these simply coincidences or are they warnings from God because America has been consistently turning its back on God more and more each year since 1973 when Roe vs. Wade was passed legalizing abortion, incidentally, also in a “SHEMITAH” year? What does the future hold for America?
THE FOURTH BLOOD MOON!
What is a BLOOD MOON? Why is it important? Read on and you will find out! God declared in Genesis 1:14 that He created the sun and the moon “…for signs and for seasons…” He repeats that thought in Psalm 104:19a: “He appointed the moon for seasons…” We read the word seasons and have a tendency to think of the four seasons, spring summer, fall and winter. But that is not what God is talking about! The Hebrew word translated seasons in both verses is Strong’s H4150: mô‛êd mô‛êd mô‛âdâh – From H3259; properly an appointment, that is, a fixed time or season; specifically a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand): – appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn (-ity), synagogue, (set) time (appointed). (emphasis mine)
Notice that first of all it is an appointment with God. And those appointments are God’s feast days. Leviticus 23:2 says: “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.” Both times the word feasts is used in this verse it is the same Hebrew word, H4150, used in both Genesis 1:14 and Psalm104:19!
According to NASA there are four total lunar eclipses that will occur in 2014 and 2015. Three have already occurred. Here is the amazing part! Two have occurred on the Jewish Feast of Passover on April 15, 2014, and April 4, 2015. The third occurred on the Feast of Tabernacles on Oct. 8, 2014. The fourth will occur this month on Sept. 28, 2015 on the Feast of Tabernacles. Is this just a coincidence or is God trying to tell us something? Remember, the moon is for signs on feast days, of which Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles are major feast days.
Joel 2:31 states: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” This is quoted by Peter in Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost, another of God’s Feast days. Here, God talks about the moon and the sun. So when does the sun go dark in 2014 or 2015? Pastor Mark Biltz talked with WND about the issue:
“Not only are there four blood moons on 4/15/14, 10/8/14, 4/4/15, and 9/28/15, but the added significance is that the total solar eclipse on 3/20/15 is on the biblical calendar of Nisan 1. Nisan 1 begins the religious New Year according to the scriptures,” Biltz explained. “This date was the grand opening of Moses tabernacle in the wilderness. This is the day a great sign came and fire fell to light the burnt offering. So here we have a total solar eclipse beginning the religious year followed two weeks later by a total lunar eclipse/blood moon on Passover followed by the next solar eclipse (partial) on Sept 13th which just so happens to be Rosh Hashanah!” 
Pastor Mark Blitz discovered the connection of all these dates when he compared NASA’s information with the Jewish calendar. “Biltz’s message centers on the fact that the messianic prophecies that Jesus fulfilled 2,000 years ago, when He came the first time, happened to the very day. Biltz explains how His second coming events will also happen to the very day of the Fall Feasts. Yeshua died for our sins on Passover, Biltz says, was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, was resurrected from death on First Fruits, and then sent the Holy Spirit to indwell believers on the Jewish Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot). If He fulfilled the Spring Feasts to the very day on His first coming, Biltz argues, He will fulfill the Fall Feasts to the very day on His second coming.” 
That sounds like a reasonable argument to me. Not to say that we can pinpoint exact dates, because Jesus specifically said in Mark 13:32: “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels who are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” That is amazing! Jesus Himself doesn’t know! (I guess He chooses not to know!) Why doesn’t Jesus know? Because if He knew the date He would certainly tell us (see John 17: 7&8).
AN AMAZING SEPTEMBER!
Rosh Hashanah, on September 25, 2014 marked the beginning of the new “SHEMITAH” year. This “SHEMITAH” year will end on September13, 2015. Remember, the last two “SHEMITAH” years ended with financial disaster for the U.S. Stock Market! The Stock Market is already showing signs of a coming dramatic downturn! It started August 1, 2015 at 17,690 and fell over 2000 points to 15,666 on August 24, 2015. It recovered almost 1000 points to close August 31, 2015 at 16,528. Is this just the beginning? What is going to happen in the next two weeks? We can only wait and see!
Since this will be the seventh “SHEMITAH” since the last “YEAR OF JUBILEE” that means September 14, 2015 will mark the beginning of the next “YEAR OF JUBILEE!” Couple that with the fourth “BLOOD MOON” occurring on September 28, 2015, which begins the Feast of Tabernacles. It will be a busy month in the spirit realm you can be sure! Not to mention that there was also a total solar eclipse on March 20, 2015 which is Nisan 1 on the Biblical calendar. Nisan 1 begins the religious New Year as opposed to the civil New Year which is Rosh Hashanah. Consider what Jesus said in Luke 21:25-28 quoted below.
WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
I believe it means we are living in the most exciting times that have ever occurred! Jesus is coming soon and He is going to fully establish the Kingdom of God on this earth. Luke 21:25-28: “And there shall be SIGNS IN THE SUN, AND IN THE MOON, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH.”
Hebrews 12: 26b-29: “Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, LET US HAVE GRACE, WHEREBY WE MAY SERVE GOD ACCEPTABLY WITH REVERENCE AND GODLY FEAR: FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE.”
WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
Repent of any personal sin and repent on behalf of our nation according to II Chronicles 7:14 and ask God to heal our land. Pray for a great awakening in America. Pray for The Kingdom of God to come on earth even as it is in heaven according to Matthew 6:9-15. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, according to Psalms 122:6. THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH.”
Blessings, Tom and Jeanie
 Dates from THE REESE CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE, Bethany Fellowship, 1980
 Link to article: http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/israel-rediscovers-shemitah-in-time-for-blood-moons/
 Link to video, “America’s Rise and Fall” – Jonathan Cahn http://youtu.be/CmGDJ3kJqU0
 Wikipedia article: “Balfour Declaration”
 Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/blood-moons-expert-watch-2014-and-2015/#mlwyaz7hQz8cT1KH.99
 Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/blood-moons-christians-on-wrong-calendar/#8YE7Zlr6HUQ93iis.99
Hebrew calendar for 2008, link: http://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/?year=2008;v=1;month=x;yt=G;nh=on;nx=on;vis=on;c=off
(For an explanation of the Jewish calendar go to: