Hebrew Voices #71 – When is Shemitah (Sabbatical Year)

Hebrew Voices - When is Shemitah (Sabbatical Year) with Nehemia GordonIn this episode of Hebrew Voices, When is Shemitah (Sabbatical Year), Nehemia Gordon discusses why we don’t know when the Shemitah and Yovel (Jubilee) years are today, whether Shemitah should be observed outside of Israel, and the problem with the Rabbinical observance of Shemitah in modern Israel.

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For a different perspective, see 45 Sabbatical Year Proofs with documentation by Joseph Dumond.

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7 thoughts on “Hebrew Voices #71 – When is Shemitah (Sabbatical Year)

  1. Josephus writes in the “Antiquties of the Jews” in Book 14 , Chapter 16:2 that when Herod conquered Jerusalem with Roman help in the autumn ( third month “kislev” ) in the year that Marcus Agrippa and Caninus Gallus were Roman consuls in the 185:olympiad, , which was year -37. That this was a sabbatical year. So that is one reference point.

  2. On September 11 2001 the World Trade Centre was destroyed causing a stock market crash. Seven years later in 2008 the sub-prime mortgage market caused another stock market crash. In 2015 the Oil prices dropped and another crash causing many oil producing countries to become insolvent. Is this gust a coincidence or should we consider this to be the Shemitah.

    Our biggest problem is we are not using God’s calendar starting the year in the spring with the first month 14 days before the Passover. So why is the effect of the Shemitah in the middle of the year instead of the beginning or end of it? To understand the reason one has to know the true chronology of the Bible and therefore the real history of the world.

    According to the chronological research I have done Yeshua (Jesus) was crucified in 27AD, a Shemitah year and the same year the millennium changed from the forth to the fifth, making the end of the sixth in 2027. 2027 also is the sixtieths anniversary of the six day war that saw the Jews regain Jerusalem. Noah’s Flood occurred in the year 1656 counting the year of creation as year 1. Now do the math Passover 27AD would be the creation year 4001 – 1656 = 2345 / 7 = 335. The year of the Flood was a Shemitah year when God eliminated everyone’s debts and All the Land (Earth) rested. As the Flood occurred in the middle of the millennium the Day of Release would be in the middle of the year.

    The next Shemitah will be in 2022, 4.5 years before the Passover in 2027.

  3. Thanks for this information. I like the way you put it that we just “work things out in fear and trembling” as best we can – based on how we understand things. I also agree with the idea that the Shemitah is for “when you come in to the Land”. Unfortunately, I’ve known several people who look at the whole Torah as only applying “in the Land”. They use verses which imply that, but I/we try to keep the Torah as best as we can (even though we are outside the land). That’s not an argument for keeping the Shemitah, but like the feast days, it would be good to observe it – if possible where you live.

    Now, a few years ago, I kept the Shemitah year with my backyard garden. It was the year that Jonathan Cahn was calling the Shemitah – Sept. 2014 thru Sept. 2015. By then I had been observing the Biblical Calendar based on the Aviv barley and the sighted new moon. I considered Sept. 2014 as the time to “announce” that the Shemitah would begin with the 1st month in the Spring. I did not plant, and did not reap – just doing nothing to the garden and watching. I continued until the 1st month of 2016 (Aviv).

    Call it an experiment, but it was interesting to do, and fun in a way. I saw that things still grew in the garden without any work from me. Potatoes and other vegetables that I had not harvested, either re-seeded themselves, or sprouted on their own in the Spring. I learned some interesting things. It also helped me to see in a small way, how YHVH could cause crops to grow in year with no planting. Of course, I know now that was NOT the Shemitah year, but I had a taste of what it might be like in the Lord’s kingdom. It was actually kind of nice not having to do anything with the garden for the whole year!

    Just thought I’d share that tidbit. Shalom.

  4. Thanks Nehemia for the information concerning 2 Chronicles 15. Unfortunately, my beloved “exact” German translation of the Masoretic Text (by Leopold Zunz) also uses the past tense, not the present. Of course, this leaves me wondering as to what extent I can “trust” this translation since the meaning is heavily altered in this case.

    Do you have any idea why this passage often was translated in the past tense? Like is there any “scribal tradition” to it or so?

    Thanks again for this great pearl 🙂

    Greetings

  5. Nehemia, could you tell us about the manner of prophesying? What did the prophets and high priest(s) use to do this?

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