At the time of this writing it is the date according to the Hebrew calendar called the 29th of Elul. This is the date that is getting a lot of attention because of some recent books that are revealing of one of God's OT laws concerning the end of a seven year cycle where God had declared a release of debts and where He commanded that the land should rest from work.
" 3 Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; 4 but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the Lord. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard."
Whether this is something that is relevant for us in the New Testament is up for debate but with a little study is definitely more than interesting. Just as interesting is the comparison between Israel and America and how this nation was founded as a "new Israel" by those that fled what they called "Egypt" to worship freely in this new untamed land.
Could America be experiencing a "shaking" that is directly connected to this seven year cycle called "the Shemitah" or "release"? It is more than probable. To connect the dots to specific years especially that last forty shows some stark truths about this incredible phenomenon. At the time of this writing, which is the last day of the Hebrew calendar (Elul 29) begins the seventh year in this cycle that culminates at the next Elul 29 in 2015. If past patterns hold true we as a nation may be in for a rough ride.
That being said there is another side to this that I want to present. "The Shemitah" or release was meant to be a blessing not a curse. God had promised that when Israel did as He asked they would be so blessed that they could come to a place where there were not any poor among them anymore.
?1 "At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts. 2 And this is the form of the release: Every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the Lord's release. 3 Of a foreigner you may require it; but you shall give up your claim to what is owed by your brother, 4 except when there may be no poor among you; for the Lord will greatly bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance- 5 only if you carefully obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe with care all these commandments which I command you today. 6 For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you."
We know from later text that this did not mean that there would not be any poor in the land but rather there would be no poor among the children of Israel. What a tremendous blessing for the people of God!
In my own life I have found a pattern related to the "Shemitah". I was born in a Shemitah year (1966). I found my way into church and was filled with the Spirit in a "Shemitah" year. During the "Shemitah" year in 1994 my daughter was born, we bought our first home and entered into full time ministry as pastors. 2001 was within the next "Shemitah" year and while a terrible year for many It was a year of transition for us to relocate to the Ark-La-Tex and buy our second home. It was a great promotion for us. 2008 was the next "Shemitah". The Lord had spoken to me in June 2007 about a famine that would come to America in the next year that turned out to be the "Great Recession" that even affected the global market. But for us it was a time of shaking that lead to blessings. During that time many of our leaders began to make decisions to leave. While hurtful it was in part, I believe, due to the "year of release" effect. The other side of the coin was that we encountered a 22 week revival that changed our church forever. Many were saved and multiple miracles were witnessed. The church finances increased by a third and blessings abounded in every way.
I am saying this to show that we do not have to fear what is coming to a back- slidden nation. When we have honored the Lord and have given Him our lives in full obedience the "Shemitah" is our release into greater blessings not a curse. Yes, we may see its effect in a negative way in the lives of those who will not hear in obedience but for the faithful we can and should expect a promotion! This is what I expect. At the time of this writing they just broke ground on our new home that is being built. I did not realize at first that it was the beginning date of the "Shemitah" year! How cool is that!
In your own life look for God's release. It may come in the form of opportunities to change, like repentance. God goes to the root of things first. Align yourself with heaven. Give yourself to the Lord completely. If you "delight yourself" in the Lord, He will give you (download into you) the desires of your heart. This is the year of release!