News of interest to homesteaders: The 163-year-old Borden Dairy Co., one of the nation’s oldest dairy producers, headquartered in Dallas, filed for bankruptcy protection. In November the nation’s largest milk producer, Dean Foods, did the same. According to reports, not only has declining milk consumption affected their business, but Borden specifically stated their debt, especially pensions, was more than they could handle. It sounds as if they will use this time to restructure and continue, but that isn’t a sure thing. Another sign of the times…
Our Lord commanded us to watch, be watchful, and not fear. We must keep informed of what is really going on in the world, which can be difficult with the waist-deep level of lies and deception these days. Please take the time to read these two articles linked below. I don’t know enough about either site to necessarily recommend them, but think these articles in particular have useful information. As with anything from the mouth of man, have discernment in what you read and listen to. I believe the remainder of 2015 will be very interesting, if not life changing. Many secular sources are predicting “something” happening in September or October as the Shemitah year concludes. Let’s remain obedient and keep watching!
Lots of news and opinion on the economic situation lately…
World Net Daily (WND) has an article about the future of America and Rabbi Cahn’s perspective that there are warnings from what was said in the state of the union speech. See here.
Many forecasters and economic gurus are predicting a horrible year for 2015. There are more than a dozen well-respected (in the worldly sense) experts who agree that the current economic house of cards will either fall or start to fall this year. If you remember the effects of the collapse in 2008, those speaking out say that 2015 will be MUCH WORSE!
For those who love Elohim, we should remember that this is also a Shemitah year, with the end of the Shemitah coming in September. On the traditional Jewish calendar, Elul 29, the final day of the Jewish civil year, falls on September 13-14, 2015. There are undeniable statistics that some past Shemitahs, and especially the final day of that Jewish calendar year, have involved financial collapses.
Both unbelievers and believers know that something is “in the air” and things don’t feel right. We don’t know exactly what the future holds, but we do know the One who holds the future. He has given us many clues in His Word, so we should not be ignorant. Do not place your hope in the stock market, gold, silver, a retirement account, real estate or a well-stocked pantry. Our only hope is in YHWH our Elohim and Yeshua HaMashiah!
As I’ve mentioned before, Jonathan Cahn is an exceptional speaker and author. I highly recommend his teachings and his books. “The Mystery of the Shemitah” should be on everyone’s reading list, in my opinion. On page 29 he gives a great summary of the topic:
The word shemitah is most often translated as “the release” or “the remission.” The English word remission is defined as “the cancellation or reduction of a debt or penalty.” The Shemitah of ancient Israel refers not only to the releasing of the land but also to the nullification of debt and credit ordained by God and performed on a massive nationwide scale.
Shemitah became the name of the last day of the Sabbath year, Elul 29, the Day of Remission. But it also became the name of the Sabbath year in its entirety. The seventh year would become known as the Year of the Shemitah, or simply, the Shemitah. The Year of the Shemitah would begin with the releasing of the land and end with the Day of Remission, when the people would themselves be released.
So the word shemitah covers both the seventh year and the last day of that year. There’s a reason for that. That last day of Elul 29 is the year’s crescendo, its peak and culmination – the remission of the Year of Remission. In a sense, everything about the Shemitah year builds up to that final day, when everything is released, remitted, and wiped away in one day – or, more specifically, to the eve of that day, to the final sunset.
Some pertinent Scriptures are:
Adonai spoke to Moshe (Moses) on Mount Sinai; he said, “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘When you enter the land I am giving you, the land itself is to observe a Shabbat rest for Adonai. Six years you will sow your field; six years you will prune your grapevines and gather their produce. But in the seventh year is to be a Shabbat of complete rest for the land, a Shabbat for Adonai; you will neither sow your field nor prune your grapevines.’” ~~ Leviticus 25:1-4
For six years, you are to sow your land with seed and gather in its harvest. But the seventh year, you are to let it rest and lie fallow, so that the poor among your people can eat; and what they leave, the wild animals in the countryside can eat. Do the same with your vineyard and olive grove. ~~ Exodus 23: 10-11
At the end of every seven years you are to have a sh’mittah. Here is how the sh’mittah is to be done: every creditor is to give up what he has loaned to his fellow member of the community – he is not to force his neighbor or relative to repay it, because Adonai’s time of remission has been proclaimed. ~~ Deuteronomy 15: 1-2
What was given as a blessing for both the land of Israel and the people, becomes a curse when the Shemitah is not followed. So, the release or wiping away can become financial collapse. Be sure to read this book!