The Shemitah & the Four Blood Moons

Blood Moons & the Shemitah? I'm not impressed, but I've been wrong before.
Blood Moons & the Shemitah? I’m not impressed, but I’ve been wrong before.

A few days ago my mom asked me what I thought of all the talk about the Shemitah and the blood moons. Because I know that many other people are very concerned about these things, here’s what I told her:

Although I don’t believe the Shemitah is commanded outside the Land of Israel, I think keeping it is probably good business and good land management. Shemitah and Jubilee are likely designed to work in conjunction with natural boom-bust cycles. Ignoring them causes “bubbles” and unhealthy accumulations of wealth in fewer and fewer hands until something breaks, like the Great Depression and World War 2.

The blood moons aren’t a totally unique event. Passover and Sukkot are always, by definition, on a full moon, and they’ll land on lunar eclipses in the same pattern every so often. I’m not aware of any world-shattering events that they signified in the past, though I admit I haven’t looked into it too deeply. Signs in the heavens mean things, just not always the spectacular things we expect. On the other hand, sometimes they mean really spectacular things, but they’re on a time delay, like the birth of Yeshua. There was this big, bright star and all kinds of astrological shenanigans going on, but nobody noticed anything significant on earth for another 30 years.

My usual approach to all things eschatological is this: Understand the patterns laid out in Scripture and history and you’ll be better prepared when you see those same patterns unfolding around you. Live to honor God today and you won’t need to scramble to fix all your messes at the first note of the Trumpet, whatever that Trumpet signifies.

I’ve been wrong before, but the Fall Feasts are just days away. I guess we’ll see, won’t we?

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