The convergence of a supermoon “Blood Moon” and a proposed date for the end of the Shmitah (both in September) led many prophecy teachers to wrongly assume the beginning of the 70th Week of Daniel or other prophetic events would commence during the Fall Feasts of 2015. This interest intensified into a fever pitch in the weeks before Elul 29. “Shmitah” became one of the most googled terms world-wide that week. Elul 29 and the Fall Feasts passed without major prophetic events (although some claimed the Iran Nuclear Deal was an “event” even if it didn’t align with any biblical date). Now the Shmitah is over, what should we learn from this hysteria?
Those who have read my new book, Are We Ready For Jesus, already know I oppose date setting as dangerous. There are three possible results: 1) you set a date too early and everyone calls you a false prophet, 2) you set a date too late and everyone misses preparing for Christ who surprises them like a thief, or 3) you get it just right. What are the chances of number 3? Slim and none. We should avoid date setting.
When Jesus was asked about return, he was very specific about giving signs of his coming. He also was very specific about watching for those signs:
Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13: 35-37 NKJV)
(There are actually six watches in the above passage. Do you see them?) There are the two words “watch” and the four “watches” of the night! Just a little prophetic humor. (sorry, couldn’t resist).
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I have read Jonathan Cahn’s new book about the pattern of events he claims may align with Shmitah years. 2015 was one of those years. It is an interesting pattern and he may be correct. He may also be very wrong about God’s calendar. How we apply this knowledge as followers of Christ is key. Let us not use it for date setting. It is an interesting pattern, it is not a “thus saith the Lord” command of scripture. Rabbi Cahn was pretty clear about this in his book, but many others have taken it to extremes he never meant.
Many, many, many Pre-Trib. teachers on Facebook were predicting the Rapture during the Jewish Feasts last month. Just this morning , one of these teachers was calling for a new “Rapture Watch” after having led us astray about September. Look at the enormous damage this does to the Church. How many times can we as a Church cry “wolf” before people stop watching for the true signs that Jesus commanded?
This month a well-known “guru” also claimed that since the Rapture didn’t happen this September, the Church is “safe” for another seven years. This is wrong on so many levels.
- We don’t know God’s calendar. This may not necessarily been a Shmitah year. That theory is based on a pattern of events not the Bible.
- We don’t know the 70th Week will begin on a Shmitah year (even if we did know when it was.) I actually expect it NOT to start on a Shmitah year.
- The Rapture is not the next prophetic event; The Rapture occurs at the Seventh Seal, years after the beginning of the 70th Week.
- Many of the events prior to the Rapture will require endurance of the saints. We are only “safe” in Jesus.
What Should We Then Do?
First, we should not join in the hysteria. We must avoid the temptation to set a return date for Jesus’s return when only one of the verifiable signs he gave us (the recreation of the Nation of Israel) has taken place. We should mentally take note of those teachers who have date set in the past and avoid their teaching. And above all, we must not speculate ourselves and add to the frenzy.
Second, we should occupy our thoughts with “what not when.” Our Lord has a call on each of our lives. We need to be about our Master’s business, not worrying if we are “safe” physically. We are safe only in Christ. We need to be Revivalists not Survivalists. Our comfort and even our lives are not our top priority. The world is struggling with a Muslim and LGBT “problem.” What about committing yourself to outreach to one of these groups? If you are wondering what else you might do, consider joining the effort of many of the others on this site to awaken the Church (www.arewereadyforjesus.com). Speculation on prophecy is interesting, but Kingdom building is our responsibility.
Third, and most importantly, draw near to God. Strengthen your relationship to Jesus. Spend time with him. He loves us like no other. Get to know him, love him, and learn to trust him. It is my firm belief that prior to the true Rapture, the Lord will send dreams and visions (Joel 2:30) to those with whom he has a relationship. If you wish to know Rapture timing, draw near to the one who knows it.
Someday soon, the next real Biblical prophetic event will occur (Shmitah’s and blood moons weren’t Biblically foretold events. They may have been from God – who knows – but there is nothing in scripture showing these events on these specific dates). Most likely this next biblical event will be Iran’s invasion of the Middle East (Daniel 8). When that happens we will have the unique ability to use it for evangelism. We will be able to point to the event, show the world the scripture that foretold it, and then show them what comes next on the prophetic time line. I anticipate this will be a powerful move of God’s Spirit and many will come to the Lord this way.
We need to be about “what not when.” Understanding the full chronology of signs and using them to advance God’s Kingdom on earth is all of our “call.” We need to be about our Master’s business first, and Rapture timing second.