5782/2022 -Shemitah Year!
What lies ahead…?
Shalom Partner and Friend of Israel,
In this teaching we want to focus upon what is going around the world at this time of history and as always everything needs to be tested with God’s Word – the Holy Bible and Prophecy… For many years we have been studying the "Feasts of the Lord" …as well as "the Signs" pointing to the Rapture of the Church and our Lord’s Second Coming …and many of our articles written over the years on these subjects are on our website www.pray4zion.org Everything we are witnessing today is the "birth pains" before the Rapture of the Church …and the Second Coming of our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). It’s NOT a speculation it’s a fact and ALL those whose eyes are open WILL see clearly and connect the dots too.
On the 7th September, 2021 on Rosh HaShanah 5782 - Israel began to observe the Shemitah (Shmita/Shemetah) or 7th-Year Sabbatical rest …BUT on the 27th September 2022 will begin a NEW 7-Year cycle. BUT, this coming 7-Year Cycle has Biblical significance! It will conclude exactly 2000-years since the beginning of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) Ministry, a period which began in 27/28 AD during a Shemitah year …and will conclude in 2027/28 a Shemitah year. Significantly, the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem on the 9th of Av, in 70 AD is understood to have occurred during the latter part of a Shemitah cycle. Even more amazing, using the decree of Artaxerxes in 457 BC to rebuild Jerusalem - a Sabbatical year as Daniels Prophetic start of the 70-weeks, we have exactly 69 Shemitah - (Sabbatical) Cycles bringing us to the Sabbatical Year of 27/28 AD …which was also the beginning of Christ’s Ministry on earth.
Yeshua (Jesus) ministered during some part of a Sabbatical year "of the release and cancelling of debt" which is a new layer of significance to His ministry in; Luke 4:17: "And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed;; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." Here He was proclaiming the "acceptable year of the Lord!" Yeshua entered His hometown Synagogue in Nazareth and opened the scroll of Isaiah to read words which applied specifically to the Sabbatical year of release and the Jubilee – the year of the Lord’s favour (Isaiah 61:2) …and focused on the rest, redemption, and release of the oppressed. The rest and release Yeshua declared fulfilled in their hearing was supernatural …whilst an earthly king could return ancestral lands and release debtors …only "One" sent from God could open the eyes of the blind and set spiritual captives free. Here our Messiah was declared the "acceptable year of the LORD!"
But Yeshua (Jesus) stopped short in His reading and did NOT include the vengeance of God that is also mentioned in Isaiah 62:2… Why? It was future (Last Days) for Daniel’s 70th week - the last 7-year Shemitah cycle …that will be marked by increasing tribulation – birth pains to the redemption. Daniel speaks of that final as one of "Tribulation" (a broken covenant) …and the "abomination of desolation" standing in the holy place – Jerusalem (Daniel 9:24-27). Our Lord, Yeshua in Matthew 24 …connected Daniel’s 70th-Week as a period of intense Tribulation before the Coming of the Son of Man. That final 7-Years WILL be marked by "false messiahs, deception and tribulation" …such as the world has never seen. Are we not experiencing terrible times since 2020? This is only a taste of things yet to come! Immediately following that Tribulation, the sun and moon will be darkened, and the heavens shaken and will conclude with the Second Coming of the Son of Man – the King Messiah!
The 7-Year Shemitah Cycle is indeed a beautiful Prophetic picture… But the following that is the 8th-Year and has been seen as a type of the King Messiah’s return and re-gathering of Israel. Immediately following the 7th Shemitah Sabbatical Year during The Feast of Tabernacles, ALL of Israel gathered before the King of Israel that he might teach them to fear the Lord – Yeshua their (and our) Messiah. So, if the Sabbatical year at the end of the Daniel’s 70th-Week corresponds to the final 7-Year’s Tribulation, then its conclusion will bring not only redemption, but a re-gathering, and return of the King. We are never date setting but things are certainly for the first time ever showing us "signs" that we are closer than we think!
Every 7-Years, at the conclusion of the Shemitah Sabbatical year - the leader (initially Joshua) - King of Israel gathered all the people, including the children to read to them the Word of the Lord, the Torah. This in effect was a 7-Year "dress rehearsal" for the conclusion of the FINAL 7-Year Shemitah cycle when King Messiah, the Son of David will gather ALL of Israel together to teach them God’s Law. Are We Entering Daniel’s 70th Week? As we saw, Yeshua began His ministry during a Shemitah year of 27/28 AD - exactly 69-Weeks of years (490 years) from the decree of Artaxerxes! And since Messiah’s appearing, "being cut off" as Daniel predicted, and resurrection, we have enjoyed almost 2000-Years of the "days of Messiah". For almost 2000-Years the "Good News" and "Acceptable Year of the Lord" have been proclaimed.
However, the coming Shemitah cycle of 7-Years could well conclude exactly 2000-Years since the beginning of Yeshua’s ministry; the year 27/28 – 2027/28. The time between Daniel’s 69th-Week, followed by Messiah "being cut off," and the 70th-Week have been paused since Yeshua spoke of the 70th week as a future event (Last Days) in Matthew 24:15. Pause again and think …will the next 7-Year cycle that WILL begin on the 27th September, 2022 actually begin Daniel’s 70th-Week? We cannot say for sure …but it will exactly conclude 2000-Years since Yeshua’s ministry!
Daniel and our Lord Yeshua both gave signs that we might know the beginning and middle point of that final 7-Year cycle... It will commence with “a Peace Agreement or Covenant” and in the middle of that 7-Years, the Antichrist “leader” (or prince) WILL violate the Sanctuary with an “abomination of desolation.” A Shemitah Year has a 7-Year Cycle and this is how God has always measured time and we can see that way back in Genesis 1 when the world was Created. Remember that the Jewish and early believers of Yeshua (Jesus) and even Christian tradition understood the 6-Days of Creation followed by a Sabbath rest …as a picture of “a great Shemitah cycle” of 6000-Years followed by a Millennial Sabbath. And, that there would be 2000-Years of the “Days of Messiah” …which will conclude the 6000-Years.
While the Jewish Rabbis and writers of this tradition perhaps did NOT accept Yeshua as Messiah …they never-the-less noted that He should have come during the time of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and just as he did 2,000 years ago! We are entering the final 7-Year Shemitah Cycle that will complete 2000-Years since the start of Yeshua’s ministry. Might we also be entering the most significant 7-Year cycle before the Rapture and return of the Son of Man? We will only know by the signs that both Daniel and Yeshua gave “the peace agreement” by the man of SIN and perdition and his breaking of that agreement in the middle of the 7-Years and by setting up an abomination of desolation in the Holy place! We must watch and be vigilant always!
So where are we TODAY on the Prophetic clock? Now let’s begin by looking back at what happened back firstly in 2014-2015. In 2014 on the 14th March and 08th October we had 2 “Blood moons!” In 2015 a “Solar Eclipse” on Nissan 1 which was on the 20th March …and then soon following on 04th April and 28th September another 2 “Blood moons” which gave us a total of 4 Bloodmoon Tetrads. In-between the 2 “Blood moons” 2015 we also witnessed “the Bethlehem Star” on the 30th June. Let’s look at the “signs in the Heavens” during 2017; on the 21st August another “Solar Eclipse” and “Revelation 12 Sign” in the skies on the 23rd September. Then in 2019 on the 20th January – “the Abortion Moon” appeared.
All these “Heavenly Signs” were simply leading us to “world shaking events” what would follow in 2020 – a Year of Chaos! We ALL watched in horror the American Election was stolen from Trump and given to Biden by the super-rich, Globalists New-World-Order, so-called godless elites and with the help of the lying corrupt Media. On the 14th December 2020 there was an “Election Eclipse.” Truly we are in a “transition period” right now between 2021- 2022 and this is ALL happening in a “Shemitah Year!”
Not many people understand the importance and significance of this Shemitah Year that we are in and only ending on the 27th September, 2022 on Rosh HaShanah (Feast of Trumpets) when the New Biblical Year 5783 will begin a new cycle of 7-Years! During this period and over the next months of 2022 it’s crucial that we the true Judeo-Christian believers MUST be on watch – keep our lamps burning – as we await the soon return of the “Bridegroom” for His Church. Once again, we are NOT date-setting as NOBODY knows the “the hour” of our Lord’s soon return …BUT we can know the “times and season.” Our Lord gave us the signs to look out for His Return in Matthew 24; Luke 21.
As we are now well into the final Shemitah Year (07th October 2021 - 27th September, 2022) these dates are important to remember and that’s why we are repeating them! We are in the 7th Year Shemitah Year” which historically encompasses world shaking events that have steered the direction of mankind over and over again! And, last year 2021 just like 2020 has certainly proven that! So as look at the current world events and as the “forces of darkness” heavily pushing Satan’s New World Order/One-World-Globalist Government with its One-World-Religion we can know that the times that we are living (privileged generation) are now the Last Days or End-times that our Lord Yeshua and the Prophets of thousands of years ago warned us about!
This 7-Year Shemitah Year ending on the 27th September, 2022 …will also end the 10th cycle! We then enter into a new cycle of 7-Years …and we believe this could very well begin the 7-Year PEACE Agreement as spoken of in Daniel 9:27. This new beginning of the 11th Cycle of 7-Years (2022-2029) could well start the 7-Year Tribulation as judgement for an un-repented world which will bring with it only dis-order and chaos. The good news is that when this next 7-Year Tribulation ends then we enter a 12th Cycle of 7-Years (2029-2036) of “the Millennial Reign” of GOD’s Rule and GOD’s Government! Exciting, isn’t it? Yes, times are getting very difficult for Israel and the Church …and truly it may even get far worse but we have this blessed hope and this is what we are trying to encourage everyone in this teaching. Be not afraid – Only Believe! Once again, we are NOT date setting, we are looking at the “signs!”
Let’s look again… We read in Daniel 9:27 of an “Agreement by the Antichrist” which will be the most logical time when a “7-Year Peace Agreement” signed at the beginning of a 11-Year Shemitah Cycle – calculating Shemitah cycles since the year that Israel became a Nation in 1948. We are currently in the 10th Cycle (7X10) until the end of this Shemitah Year ending the 7th Year of the 10th Shemitah Cycle on the 27th September, 2022. So, could it just be that on this year’s Rosh HaShanah the 7-Year Tribulation could begin when an “Agreement” is signed by Antichrist concerning Jerusalem? Time will tell!
Much is yet to happen in the remaining months of this “Shemitah Year” as we move forward, however, so many things have literally escalated over just the past few months! We are at a defining moment in history and Biblical Prophecy is now being “unveiled” as never before …since 1948 when Israel was re-born as a Nation after 2,000 years! You may say; “but we don’t know who Antichrist is?” Yes, it’s true! Nothing in our world today is based upon the Bible and everything that is happening is Antichrist …and we believe that this “man of sin” is from the European Union (EU) and his false Prophet from the “revised holy Roman Empire” will also soon be revealed!
The number 11 which is the number of the next 7-Year “Shemitah Cycle” (2022-2029) means; Chaos, Dis-order, Judgement - for unrepentance! In Genesis 11 mankind rebelled against God and built the “Tower of Babel” and so He confused them and changed their language. Today we witnessing great rebellion in the world against Almighty God and His Word the “Holy Bible! Don’t you think this is an outstanding logical prediction of when the 7-Year Tribulation could begin on the 28th September 2022?
Now here’s something very interesting …when Israel became a Nation in 1948 it was already into a Shemitah and so the 1st Shemitah 7-Year Cycle countdown could only have begun on Rosh HaShanah in 1952-1959 …and then the following Shemitah 7-Years began; as follows: 2nd 1952-1966 ; 03rd 1966-1973; 4th 1973-1980; 5th 1980-1987; 6th 1987-1994; 7th 1994-2001; 8th 2001-2008; 9th 2008-2015; 10th 2015-2022 (current) …and so we continue until next year on Rosh HaShanah (Feast of Trumpets) the 11th 2022-2029 (possible Tribulation begins) and 12th 2029-2036 (Millennial Reign of GOD’s Rule and GOD’s Government). Could the Rapture occur before 11th Cycle begins with Tribulation? Only TIME will tell!
We are standing on the edge of God’s movement in End-times. To help explain why we believe this let’s look further! More Heavenly “Celestial signs” took place; on the 18-19th November, 2021 with a “Bloodmoon” that covered much of Europe, Asia, North and South Americas, Australia, West Africa, the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Oceans and the Antarctic. This is interesting as it covered nearly ALL the Western Nations. Coincidence? No! It sure looks like something is coming! Could it be a warning that we are on the brink of a massive world event – even perhaps war in the Middle East with Iran, WW3 or the Rapture?
What’s interesting also is that there were 15 days between these two “signs” - “Bloodmoon” that took place on 19th November …and the “Solar Eclipse” that took place on 04th December 2021 that covered; South Africa, Israel, South Australia, South America, Arctica and the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Oceans. Why is this significant? The number 15 represents “Rest” and could very well represent the “rest” that the Church will get after the Rapture in the near future. Isn’t it just amazing that Hanukkah just so happened to be in its 6th night when this “Solar Eclipse” took place on the 04th December, 2021? Hanukkah took place during the 400-Year “silence” of the Prophets until our Lord’s 1st Coming and presents a preview of these events and the “spirit” that will envelop the world in End-times …and the strategies for Christian endurance more than any other Biblical holiday.
Hanukkah foreshadows the coming Antichrist and the “abomination that causes desolation,” the calling of “evil – good” and “good - evil,” the removing of God from the public square, the banning of God’s Word – the Bible, sexual immorality …and the persecution of God’s people! It also reveals the strategy that believers need to know that might overcome all these things …since we are fast approaching a day when believers can be thrown in jail and the majority will applaud it! “It is all the more crucial that we be prepared, vigilant, wise and prepared …that we might live victoriously “for such a time as this!” Remember that the Maccabees cleansed the Temple of God…and this was done before our Lord’s First Coming! So too, are we to cleanse our temples where the Spirit of God dwells! Yeshua (Jesus) celebrated Hanukkah as described in John 10:22-23, when He “walked in the 2nd -Temple in Solomon’s Porch” during the “Feast of Dedication.” The number 15 comes after the number 14 which means “deliverance.” The 15th Day of the 1st Hebrew month - Nissan is also the 1st day of the Feast of “Unleavened Bread” (Pesach – Passover) and is a day of “rest” for Israel and Christians too. The 15th Day of the 7th Hebrew Month – begins the “Feast of Tabernacles” which is also a day of “rest.” The Rapture begins a 7-Year Sabbath Rest in Heaven for us while there is a 7-Year Tribulation happening on earth!
God told Abraham in a vision (Genesis 15:12-16) just as the sun was setting to begin Nissan 15 …and that his descendants would end up in a foreign country as “slaves” in Egypt for 400 years. However, they would eventually be set “free” when God delivered them miraculously from the “death angel” just as Passover began to set which was Nissan 14 and that’s when all the bad things were taking place. Then just as the sun was setting to begin Nissan 15 the children of Israel began to leave Egypt in the “great” Exodus (Exodus 12:40:41). What happens in the Rapture? A “great” Exodus will take place …and it will be the biggest Exodus that the world has ever seen when the Body of Christ is removed at the Rapture! Exciting times we living in!
And, yet another “Blood moon” that WILL take place 15-16th May, 2022 and this one will excite you and in fact blow your mind. This coming “Blood moon” will be over ISRAEL, Africa, Asia, North and South America, Europe, Pacific – Atlantic and Indian Oceans and Antarctica will be covered! What can this “Blood moon” be pointing at? The anniversary of the State of Israel is on the 14th May and then this “Bloodmoon” shows up just a day later on the 15th! That is so significant! It has everything to do with the completion “of the Covenant of many” in Daniel 9:27 going forward into September 2022! Could there be a major up-tick with all that is happening in Israel? Could the Prophesied wars yet to come for the Nation of Israel now be in the making and begin taking place after this “Passover Sheni“ (2nd Passover) which is on the 15th May? Remember Passover in 2022 is on the 15th April until the 22nd …and here we have another number 15 mentioned. Coincidence? Nothing is coincidence with Almighty God! This “Blood moon” could mark the acceleration of time and just as Yeshua (Jesus) warned us – “a time of war in the Middle East and things unthinkable just 2-years ago now happening ALL over the world!” Time will tell!
As of Last year - November 2021 until September 2022 we have entered into a possible “Rapture Zone” as the Shemitah coincides with what is happening around the world. Reminder that these are “Blood moons and Solar Eclipses” during a Shemitah Year! And, if this happens all the dust will be settled and the Antichrist has an easy path as we move from the Biblical Year 5782 to 5783 on the 27th September 2022 into the 1st Year of the new 7-year cycle and launching of 11th Shemitah Cycle since Israel became a Nation on Rosh HaShanah and thus initiating the 7-Year Tribulation (2022–2029) the Daniel 9:27; 7-Year Peace agreement and Covenant of many …just as we mentioned the number 11 means; judgement, unrepentance, disorder and chaos. When this terrible time of Tribulation on earth ends in 2029 then the 12th Shemitah Cycle will bring forth what we all have been waiting for – the Second Coming of Yeshua (Jesus) and His Millennial Reign – God’s PERFECT Rule and God’s PERFECT Government!
We need to look ahead to see what is coming now as whatever happened previous to 2022 is now behind us…. Going forward what we believe is that we are in a “transition period” leading up to the 7-Year Tribulation and 2022 will surely tell whether this is in fact happening. All the Heavenly signs above fall into this Shemitah Year which is also a “transitional” year! Blood moons are normally warnings to Israel. Solar Eclipses are warnings to the Gentile Nations. With all that is happening in these days that Israel is back in their land – could it just be that things have changed because we are in a period or Age of Grace even though Israel is still in blindness? As crazy as things are happening in the world Is God about to do something so amazing during this Shemitah Year – so big that it takes precedence over everything else? Honestly if it’s not the Rapture …then could it be something heading our way so huge or bad that we are not looking forward to?
What is happening in Israel since 2020 is certainly mind-blowing it’s a serious time with the Global lockdown and once again “medical experiments” are taking place not since WW11.
So much is unfolding in Israel right now and is a convergence of the spiritual and the natural. What is taking place in God’s Land was just unthinkable only 2 years ago. We have been watching closely and we must think of these things as supernatural since the degree and intensity is immense. The Israeli’s are struggling and many are literally not able to comprehend - why? What happens in Israel WILL affect the world! On the 01st December during Hanukkah celebration we certainly were reminded of the time of Judas Maccabee and when the 2nd Temple was cleansed since it is a “type and shadow” of the coming 3rd Temple and the Antichrist as the Israeli Defence Minister announced that Israel was preparing for WAR with IRAN. Israel is always on “red-alert” since 1948 …but this was no small thing since we MUST look at the general picture in this “Shemitah Year!” War treats in the Middle East and movement of IDF and IAF suddenly on the up rise!
The Lord is preparing His Church at the same time! A new season is coming and we MUST watch and pray in this NEW Season. Seven is the number of completion and we are in the 7th Year of the Shemitah. The pieces of the puzzle of the past 2 years are going to be revealed in this new year 2022. The Lord is in control and where He has placed us all RIGHT NOW is the safest place to be. He has us positioned in the right place and right country. We must NOT move until God says go or stay and unless we have PEACE in our hearts! Trust your ‘gut” feeling as God has His provision where you are! NEVER EVER stop supporting God’s people in prayer of financially as we at Pray4Zion are the hands of blessing to the needy in these difficult times! The attack may be strong but we are NOT moved by what we see. It’s an honour to serve the people of Israel in this hour of trial and of perilous times that we are living in. Truly, we are blessed to be alive now …and to be part of the generation prophesied about thousands of years ago!
God’s Word is true! He IS watching to see how the nations are treating His people – Israel. God will have mercy on Israel through Gentile believers acting as mediators towards them! This is one of the most amazing revelations ever given to the Church – an opportunity to do something that carries the highest priority in the heart of God. Yet, sadly, so few have seen the potential and the rewards of serving God in this manner - as agents of mercy to Israel and the Jewish people! Israel was and still is despised today and a despised nation continually turning away from God BUT nothing ever altered the purpose of God for that nation. The despised element is always a noticeable element in the purpose of God. When the Saviour of the world came, He came of that despised nation; like Israel… He Himself was; “despised and rejected by men,” …and there is that despised element; “…things that are despised God has chosen,” 1 Corinthians 1:28. Now, more than at any time is the time to support Israel and the Jewish people - the Lord’s Brethren! We are witnessing the nations and people turning their backs on Israel. Thank you for your prayers and generous financial support especially during these very difficult times. With “lockdown” and difficult “recovery” still lying ahead we ARE reminded that the Wuhan Corona Virus has caused many dire needs and continue to increase here in Israel upon the already most vulnerable! Once again – Thank you!
We hope that you enjoy and become more informed by our work. We serve an awesome God and we are humbled by this opportunity to bring you this information. With Shalom to you and your family always,
Alf & Julie Saunders
01st January, 2022
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