Wall Street and the Shemitah
Should we be worried about September 13, 2015?
By Jim Allen
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Will America repent by giving its heart to Christ? Is Rabbi Cahn right about the coming Shemitah; or is David James' rebuttal of the Shemitah the correct view? Are two past events always a prediction of a future event? Is this theory by Rabbi Cahn about the Shemitah year a misinterpretation of Scripture? Did the Rabbi get it wrong?
Who is right and what can we believe? Should we worry about Wall Street this September? For many, the potential for another financial collapse means nothing. To others, it means everything. To you and me it means we are living in a time when extraordinary events will become commonplace followed by unknown tomorrows.
Of the end time Jesus said, "For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be" (Matthew 24:37-39).
As Noah stood addressing the occasional troublemakers and scoffers, the ark loomed behind him as a mighty vessel. It was huge. The ark had room for many more. But these hecklers wanted nothing to do with Noah's message, his ark, or his God. They did not understand this coming strange event nor would they change their ways to avoid it if true.
For most people today, the story of Noah and the ark is a fairytale, totally unbelievable and bordering on lunacy. But then today, the story of Jesus and the Gospel are for many equally the same.
Some theologians speculate the door on the ark remained open for seven days for one very good reason: It was a symbol of God's grace. Anyone bold enough to step out from among the mocking crowd and venture up the ark's gangway would have heard the jeering crowd, but then warmly welcomed onboard.
Today as then, most people are sleeping away the day of grace. Wrapping themselves in the comfort of worldly pleasure while being fully vested in silver and gold and Wall Street securities, they sleep. Their American idol is serving them well in this life. They live like kings, unaware their silver bars and golden coins and investment portfolios are of no value in God's kingdom.
As we stand in defense of the Gospel, Jesus stands behind us as the great I AM. (John 1:1) He is the spiritual vessel of Immeasurableness (1 Chronicles 16:25; Isaiah 55:9). The world knows about him but they will not accept him. They heard about his message but chose to wallow in all manner of ungodliness (Romans 1).
After seven days, God shut the door. (Genesis 7:4) The closing thump of the heavy wooden door against the ark's massive hull echoed through the inner chambers. The fateful hour was upon them. Now, there was no escape. The sky darkened, a phenomenon never seen before then. The jeers of the mob turned to silence as empty, godless hearts filled with fear and dread. You know how the story ends.
Prophecy leaders like Hal Lindsey, Dr. David Reagan, and others believe the days of Noah are here and God is finished with America. Others strongly disagree and believe if we fast and pray, as a nation, God will restore America to its former glory and splendor. But, what are the odds of that happening?
If the 7-year cycle from 2008 until now is a time of grace, then are we like Noah "in wait" just before the flood? Can we know for sure we are in the season of the Lord's return? Dr. David Reagan writes:
Many people believe there is nothing that can be known about the timing of the Lord's return because Jesus said He would return like a "thief in the night" (Matthew 24:42-44).
But Paul makes it clear in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 that Jesus' statement does not apply to believers: "But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief...for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of the night or of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober."
Paul is referring, of course, to the light of the Holy Spirit who indwells all true believers and who can enlighten us through our study of Scripture to know the season of the Lord's return (1 John 2:27). (Source)
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