September 29th Kim Johnson
I have been asked to comment on the Shemitah situation, and I believe the article posted by Brian Dodge in Apostolic’s United for Israel reflects a good position on the book, video and written material produced by Jonathan Cahn.
As for Myself, as well as other ministers I have conferred with, we have not had the same sense of urgency surrounding the Shemitah–but do believe we are in a season of events that are leading toward difficult times, judgment and possible war–and our place is to hide ourselves in the LORD according to Zephaniah 2:3.
As for a word during this Shemitah season, the Lord led me to the Deuteronomy 15:1-9, which speaks of the end of the Shemitah being the “season of release.”
“At the end of seven years you shall make a release. And this is the manner of the release: every creditor that lends to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbor, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD’s release. Of a foreigner (someone not of the household of faith) you may require the debt: but any debt that you hold with your brother you shall release it.”
Deut. 15:9, gives a word of caution admonishing us to not have an evil eye and hold onto the debt – lest your brother cry unto the LORD against thee, and it become a sin unto thee.
Deut. 31:10, gives us an even more precise time of the release and that is during the Feast of Tabernacles. Why the feast? The feast of Tabernacles is a memorial of the time when Israel dwelt in tents (Sukkot, Tabernacles) in the wilderness. For forty years they lived completely by faith and the LORD provided for all their needs. This leveled the playing field for every believer–poor and rich alike. So much so, that God put in place the laws of release. His laws would release blessing and bring every believer to the same place of being debt free every seven years. And for those who acted upon His word and released anyone from a debt owed them–a three to ten fold blessing would be imputed upon them.
Righteousness is imputed upon us because we believe the LORD and if we believe His word we will act on it. On the other hand, if we do not release a debt at the end of Shemitah year, it will become a sin to us and we will lose our blessing.
I have personally released every debt owed to me — it is my sincere belief that this word is how God wants us to handle our debts toward one another, thus producing unity, practicing the principle of forgiveness and restoration, and in turn, allowing the LORD to release unprecedented blessing and restoration upon us. Consider the following in Esther 2:18.
“Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even Esther’s feast: and he made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king.”
We are now in the Feast of Tabernacles during a Shemitah year and with the signing of the Iranian Nuclear Deal, could it be that the body of Messiah is being positioned for such a time as this? and that our King is making a release and giving gifts to the citizens of His kingdom?