In 2000 CE, what is called “The Shmittah Year Prophecy” became the talk in Israel, especially within Orthodox Jewish circles. Before long, Messianic believers were also studying it. The Orthodox religious say that a Scriptural cycle was found 400 years ago in their Scriptures by their sages. This cycle is calculated from the time that Joshua and the Hebrews entered the Land. In calculating the seven year cycle, set in motion by Yahuweh Himself, the sages said that the Rosh ha Shanah—head of the year—(Yom Teruah—Feast of Trumpets) of September 11, 1999 CE, would be the “year that everything changes and the beginning of the judgment of the nations”. The “head of the year” is calculated from creation. Day one of the Hebrew month of Tishre thus began the year 2000 on September 11, 1999 (Roman calendar). The Jews call it the year 5760, from an uncorrected calendar rendering after the “Babylonian captivity”.
According to the prophecy, the following Rosh ha Shanah would begin a “Shmittah Year”. On this day, which was September 29, 2000 CE (Roman calendar) they said that a war cycle would start that would not end until Messiah ben David (Messiah, the Son of David) came to deliver them. They considered it the beginning of “Jacob’s troubles”.
The “Shmittah Year” is the seventh year of each seven-year cycle, set by Yahuweh, our Father, in which He commands the Land to rest—from Leviticus 25:1-7, Deuteronomy 15:1-4. The word “shmittah” (sh-meet-ah) comes from the Hebrew root “shamot”, which means “to abandon, to leave, to let lie fallow”, and refers to the land being left alone for a year, in order to revitalize it for better harvests. But, it also symbolizes the weekly Shabbat—day of rest--in which humans and animals and all life forms can rest--and the seven-thousandth year of Messiah’s Kingdom, which brings us into eternal rest.
Obeying His instructions for the smittah year is so important that Yahuweh sent the house of Judah into captivity in Babylon for seventy years for punishment for not keeping the smittah year for 490 years. (II Chronicles 36:20-21)
The “Shmittah Year” will again occur on Rosh ha Shanah, Yom Teruah, of 2007 CE (sunset September 12th-sunset September 13th)--Roman calendar--beginning the seventh year of the seven-year cycle we are in now.
This date on the creation calendar begins the year 2008. The new seven-year cycle will begin on Rosh ha Shanah of 2008 CE (Roman calendar) or 2009, Tishre 1, Hebrew calendar.
In the meantime, Jews are still looking for Messiah ben Yoseph (the suffering servant). To their great joy, both will come as the same Person, to catch them up on what they’ve been missing for the last 1,970 years, and to bring them a Kingdom on earth, in which the Torah will be the rule of the Law of Heaven over the earth. Messiah ben Yoseph/Messiah ben David (same Person) will open the fountain of cleansing for the House of David, and forgive their sins, and restore them to right-standing with Yahuweh, put His Word in their hearts, join them with the House of Israel, and together they will be one stick in His hand
forever—HalleluYAH! (Zechariah 12-14 and Ezekiel 36 and 37)
We join in spirit with the Orthodox Jews in their great expectation for the coming of Messiah. We pray for the remnant of the children of Jacob (all the tribes) who will receive Him with joy, as “they look upon Him whom they pierced and mourn for Him”. Their mourning will turn to joy as they receive their Savior, Redeemer, Messiah, High Priest and King. Oh the joys of fulfilled prophecy!
We remember that Rosh ha Shanah, September 29, 2000 was the day after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon came up on the Temple Mount with some friends, and a major Intafada (Arab uprising) began. He went up on the Temple Mount and read Ezekiel 37—the chapter that so powerfully tells of the restoration of the whole house of Jacob—all the twelve tribes. On the day Sharon went onto the Temple Mount, the stored rocks were already there for the purpose of the Arabs to throw at Sharon and his friends, for the Intafada to begin, leading to Jihad (Holy War) had been planned to start that day. It was NO coincidence! This “war cycle” did indeed begin that day, and it has not stopped, nor will it stop, until Messiah ben David--son of David--comes.
Father’s plans move in various set cycles. Some cycles are seven years, forty years, fifty years, three and one half years, 390 years, 483 years, or 490 years. Leviticus 25 gives us the cycles of Jubilee, with its seven seven-year cycles, ending in the 50th year of Jubilee.