I have spoken extensively on the subject of the Feasts of the Lord and my belief that coming end-time events will be connected to the three fall feasts, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles. My reasoning is that the first of the seven feasts were fulfilled as a result of Jesus’ death and resurrection after more than 1,000 years of observance. I believe that the last three feasts will be fulfilled prophetically by His return. Needless to say that I get a little giddy around September when the fall feasts approach.
There has been a lot of talk for a year or two now, and millions of books sold, on the subject of the Shemitah. The Shemitah is simply the sabbath year observance. The Israelites would work their land for 6 years and the 7th year would be a sabbath unto the Lord, also called the Shemitah, where the land would rest and the people would not work. (This is a simplified understanding for brevity’s sake)
In the past there have been some interesting occurrences during the Shemitah years especially economically. For instance going back to the fall of 1987, a Shemitah year, the stock market crashed in October. The following Shemitah’s were 1994, 2001, 2008 and 2015. Well, I don’t remember what happened in 1994 except maybe some really bad music was released. However, in 2001 and 2008 there were economic collapses. In 2001 it was the result of the 9-11 attacks. In 2008 it was the sub-prime lending practices that brought the “great recession”. The jury is still out for 2015 but its safe to say that our economy has tremendous instability and if you are listening to the people selling books on the Shemitah they are predicting dire events.
Personally, I don’t believe the Shemitah is as significant to end-time events as the Feasts of the Lord, if at all, for a very simple reason. Jesus fulfilled the sabbath with his death and resurrection just the way He did the first four of the seven feasts. That is the weekly sabbath, the yearly sabbath and even the Jubilee year celebrated every 49 years for a year. Jesus is our rest, He is our sabbath rest and our rest is not a day or a year, it’s forever!
Now about the Russian troops and Iranian troops in Syria. I recently read an article reporting that Russia and Iran have deployed troops to Syria in an effort to bolster the al-Assad regime against ISIS. What is interesting to me is that we will essentially be working with Russia and Iran to eradicate ISIS while simultaneously establishing Russia’s legitimacy in the Middle East. Russia already has a naval base at the Port of Tartus on Syria’s Mediterranean coast. (In Ezekiel 38 we see Russia(Gog and Magog) come from the north, maybe it’s not as far north as we once thought. Maybe they will descend from Syria and not Russia itself.)
Why I believe Russia and Iran pouring troops into Syria is really provocative is because of a little known prophecy in Isaiah 17 concerning Damascus.
Isaiah 17:1; 14
1 The burden against Damascus.
“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.
14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble!
And before the morning, he is no more …
We know that this prophecy has never happened because Damascus is the longest continually inhabited city on earth. It has never been sacked or destroyed. The more focus this war on terror puts on Syria the more Damascus becomes a target for ISIS or Israel or even Turkey. I believe this event will precede much of the chaos in the middle east before the return of Jesus specifically Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38. I think the destruction of Damascus could be the catalyst for Psalm 83 which then could be the catalyst for Ezekiel 38-39.
At any rate I find the timing of all these circumstances very interesting as Sunday September 13th approaches which is when Trumpets begin. Sunset on the 13th to Sunset on the 15th.
I’m not saying the rapture of the Church will happen on Sunday or Monday or Tuesday of next week. But I am saying that I believe the return of Jesus will coincide with the fall feasts in whatever year it happens and that the World events keep moving to the rhythm of scripture.
The Bible is the Word of God and whether people know it or not or believe it or not, everything written in it has either already happened or is happening on the pages of every newspaper in the world.
No matter when Jesus returns, rest in His love and care for you and let your light shine. His grace is sufficient and His work of redemption is finished!