As I watch the television weather reports I am amazed at how the weather forecasters can use the tools of modern technology to show us where the storms are and also predict where those storms are going and what they will do in the areas that they are going over.
Although modern technology can be great in showing us the storms in the physical world, they aren’t able to detect or predict the coming of storms that are happening in the spiritual world which could cause many problems in the physical world.
In my studies of how Bible prophecies are related to current world events I have detected the potential of a major spiritual storm happening on September 13, 2015 that is made up of 3 signs of a coming judgment from God which are: (1) The occurrence of the Biblical Feast of Trumpets; (2) The occurrence of The Shemitah; (3) The occurrence of a solar eclipse.
Although each of these 3 signs shows a different form of judgment coming from God, it is because they are happening on the same day that makes this storm significant and gives it the potential of causing great problems in both the spiritual and physical worlds.
The first sign of coming judgment is the occurrence of the Biblical Feast of Trumpets. This is a sign of judgment because according to the book: ‘The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols” the Jewish writings of “The Mishnah [in Rosh Hashana 1:2] claims that on Rosh Hashana [The Feast of Trumpets] the whole world is judged and every person’s deeds over the past year are weighed and each person’s fate is decided for the coming year . . . who shall live and who shall die.” (Ellen Frankel and Betsy Teutsch, The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols, p. 140, Jason Aronson Inc., Northvale, NJ, 1992)
At the beginning and during the celebration of this festival the trumpets and shofars are blown many times to warn people of the need for people to ask God for forgiveness for breaking His laws and develop an right relationship with God before they face His judgment during The observance of the festival of The Day of Atonement.
The second sign of judgment involves the occurrence of the Shemitah. This can be a sign of judgment when God’s commands of The Shemitah aren’t kept by His people.
Shemitah is a Hebrew word that means the remission, cancellation, or annulment of debts. This word is found in the command that God gave His people in Deuteronomy 15: 1-2 (NASB): “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a remission of debts. And this is the manner of remission: every creditor shall release what he has loaned to his neighbor; he shall not exact of his neighbor and his brother, because the LORD’S remission has been proclaimed.”
In those verses God is commanding His people to nullify all debts on the last day of the seven year cycle. Since it is the last day of the last month on the Hebrew calendar, Elul 29 became known as the Day of Nullification.
Another aspect of the Shemitah is described by Messianic Jewish Rabbi Jonathan Cahn in his book titled: “The Mystery of the Shemitah” where he states that the seventh year of God’s seven-year cycle is called The year of The Shemitah since it fulfills God’s command found in Exodus 23: 10-11: “You shall sow your land for six years and gather its yield, but on the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow . . . You are to do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.”
As God’s people followed those commands they received many blessings from God as stated in Deuteronomy 15: 4-6 and 28: 1-13. However, when God’s people turned away from following God’s commands and principles for living, they were given many forms of punishment ranging from the forms of punishment found in Deuteronomy 28: 15-68; to being conquered and led into captivity in a foreign land so that the land could make up for the many times that the Shemitah year rest were missed.
As far as the idea of the principle of the Shemitah being applied to this country, Rabbi Cahn points out on pages 57-61 of his book (paperback edition) that some of America’s founders saw America as the new promised land and used the pattern of ancient Israel in many areas of government and construction. America’s founders believed that as they followed God’s principles, God would send many blessings on this country. But, they also believed that if America ever turned away from following God’s principles of living, the same judgments that God gave ancient Israel would also be given to America.
For many years the people and leaders of this country followed God’s principles, but starting in the last century America’s people and leaders have gradually turned away from having God’s principles as the foundation for their beliefs and actions. The result of that apostasy is seen in the increase of stock market collapses on the occurrence of the Shemitah as detailed in Rabbi Cahn’s book.
Since there have been more governmental and judicial decisions that have shown a greater turning away from God’s principles during the current seven year cycle, there is a great potential for a form of God’s judgment occurring on the Shemitah that could shake up some areas of our country in order to get people’s attention of the need to return to following God’s principles of living found in the Bible.
The third sign of judgment happening on September 13th is the occurrence of a solar eclipse. This is a significant sign of judgment because “Pastor Mark Blitz, author of “Blood Moons; Decoding the Imminent Heavenly signs,” sees a heavenly warning for the eclipse . . . ‘In Jewish tradition, a total solar eclipse is a warning to the Gentiles and a sign of judgment on the nations . . . an event of this magnitude at the very beginning of the religious new year demands attention. As the Bible tells us, there will be signs in the heavens on feast days and this is a very significant sign on a crucial day.’” (Mark Blitz cited in the article “Coming Solar Eclipse Seen As ‘Judgment’” on the World Net Daily site, www.wnd.com 3/16/2015)
Having the heavenly sign of a solar eclipse happening on the same day as the other signs of judgment makes it sound like God is shouting from the heavens that His judgment is coming on all forms of rebellion against His principles of living found in the Bible.
God’s signs of coming judgments are God’s attempt to get people’s attention to turn away from their wicked ways of breaking God’s commands, ask God’s forgiveness for doing those things, and then start living according to God’s principles of living found in the Bible. When people pay attention to God’s warnings and start living according to His principles, then God will turn away from imposing His judgments on those people.
Therefore, as the spiritual storm of the 3 signs of a coming judgment from God on September 13th is getting closer, then the people and leaders of this country and other countries around the world have an important decision to make about whether to follow God’s principles found In the Bible and have a close relationship with God; or will they continue in their wicked rebellion against God’s principles and face His judgment both in this life and after they die and stand in front of Almighty God to give an account of their life.