Millions of investors concerned about the Shemitah cycle are watching stock markets and economies in these dark days of September.
Will the Dow crash, they wonder, like it did in the past two Shemitah years, 2001 and 2008, or will the dollar collapse and take the U.S. economy down with it?
Not Mark Biltz.
The founder and pastor of El Shaddai Ministries is watching for something much bigger.
The start of the Tribulation.
Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” is not predicting that the Tribulation will start with the beginning of a new seven-year cycle at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 13. But if it doesn’t start, then he says it likely won’t for at least another seven years.
That’s because God operates according to seasons that follow the biblical Old Testament feast days, he said.
“The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is trying to get the attention of the entire world, and His people in particular, of the need to get on His calendar cycle.
One of the ways He does that is through signs in the heavens, including lunar and solar eclipses, which of course have to do with calendars. A total lunar eclipse or “blood moon” occurs on Sept. 28, which is the Feast of Tabernacles. It’s the last of four blood moons, all falling on Jewish feast days, over the past 18 months, a rare “tetrad” of lunar eclipses.
And it’s not like one has to search very long for signs that the Tribulation could be about to commence. Read here how Christians are being slaughtered across the world while the historically Christian nations of Europe and America ignore their cries, jumping instead to take in Muslim migrants and thousands of potential jihadist enemies.
“The Muslims, Hindus, Chinese, Christians … all have created their own calendar system, but God is putting the world on notice that His is the one that really matters,” Biltz told Charisma magazine.
The religious leaders in Jesus’ day were rebuked for “not understanding the signs of the times,” Biltz said. “God is again using the signs in the heavens to get our attention that we need to get connected to the Shemitah cycle to properly understand prophecy.”
Biltz believes the prophet Daniel’s “70 weeks” prophecy was based on the Shemitah cycle.
The one remaining “week,” which is seven years according to Daniel’s prophecy, is that period Christians refer to as the Tribulation, and Biltz believes it will be a Shemitah week.
“Therefore the Tribulation week has to begin at the beginning of a Shemitah cycle. The seven-year Tribulation cannot begin just anywhere. It will not begin in just a random year on our pagan calendar,” Biltz said.
The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, which starts at sundown Sunday, Sept. 13, begins a new seven-year cycle.
“If the Tribulation does not start this fall, then it cannot start for (at least) seven more years,” Biltz said. “May the Lord give us at least one more Shemitah week or seven more years for the body of believers worldwide to come into this understanding of participating in the feasts that they may be ready.”
The Shemitah was introduced to Moses at Mount Sinai as described in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy. God prescribed an agricultural cycle that allowed the people work the land for six years, and then on the seventh year the land was to rest from all sowing and reaping, and all debts were to be forgiven at the end of the seventh year. The Shemitah was meant to be a blessing as grain would be stored up during the six years, allowing for provisions during the year of rest. But if the Israelites turned away from God the Shemitah would manifest as judgment.
Author Jonathan Cahn posited in his best-selling book, “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” that the seven-year pattern has produced major turning points in history. He connected the pattern to numerous stock-market crashes, the regathering of the Jewish people in Israel, the reclaiming of Jerusalem in 1967, and the rise and fall of empires.
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