By Molly Noble Bull
America divides her years into units of ten, called decades, but the Hebrews of the Bible divided their units of time into seven-year-periods. The last year of each seven-year cycle is/was called the Sabbatical Year, and the year 2007 (Hebrew year of 5768) was a Sabbatical Year, ending a cycle on Rosh Hashanah--The Feast of Trumpets on September 29, 2008. On that same day, September 29, 2008, a new cycle began, and according the J. R. Church of Prophecy in the News magazine, it is widespread among the Jews that the coming Messiah will arrive in a Sabbatical year.
However, nobody knows when the last seven years on earth will begin or end. Nobody knows when the Messiah of Israel will arrive. But as Christians, we believe that Jesus (called Yeshua in Hebrew) is the Messiah and that he will return to earth very soon—not as second in command behind the 12th Imam but as Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The law of the Sabbatical Year was given to Moses in 1491 BC. (See the Book of Leviticus chapter 25 and verses 1 to 5.) The Hebrews (also called the Children of Israel) were told in Leviticus to plant and prune their crops during the six year period, but that the seventh year of each cycle was to be a Sabbath Rest for the land, and they were not to sow their fields or prune their vineyards during a Sabbatical Year. Perhaps this was God’s way of restoring nutrition to the soil and avoiding the use of fertilizers.
As mentioned above, the current Sabbatical Year began on the Feast of Trumpets on September 29, 2008, and Americans held a national election two months later. The next national election is scheduled for November 2012, and the current seven-year cycle will end on The Feast of Trumpets—September 13, 2015. According to J.R. Church, the Sabbatical Year of the current cycle begins on the Feast of Trumpets 2014 and ends on the Feast of Trumpets 2015. And a new cycle will begin on September 13, 2015.
J.R. Church also states that Pastor Mark Biltz was interested in the signs in heaven mentioned in the Bible that heralded the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and Biltz went on a US Government website to see if he could find any significant lunar or solar eclipses in the upcoming Sabbatical Year. Amazingly, he found four lunar eclipses and two solar eclipses in that one year. Not only that, each of those eclipses will arrive on one of the Feasts of Israel.
The four lunar eclipses will arrive on:
Passover, April 15, 2014
The Feast of Tabernacles, October 8, 2014
Passover, April 4, 2015
The Feast of Tabernacles, September 28, 2015
Two Solar eclipses:
Adar 29/Nisan 1, March 20, 2015
The Feast of Trumpets, September 13, 2015
I would love to hear what you think about this article. Please leave a comment and let your voice be heard.
The information found in this article came from the September 2007 and May 2008 issues of Prophecy in the News, a magazine published by Prophecy in the News ministry. www.prophecyinthenews.com To learn more about the Feasts of Israel, see the Book of Leviticus, chapter 23.