Israeli farmers have quit working their land for the entire year, all for God.
After 2,000 years, God has miraculously returned His People to the Land of Israel.
And now, after years of being exiled from the Land of Israel, Israeli farmers can finally keep the sacred commandment of the Sabbatical (Shmita) year:
But in the seventh year the land shall have a Shabbat of complete rest, a Shabbat of Hashem: you shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard. (Leviticus 25:4)This means that farmers will not be planting, sowing, or selling any produce grown in the Land of Israel.
For one full year, these faithful farmers will be declaring their fields ownerless and dedicating all of their fruits, vegetables, crops, and even wines to God.
And despite the fact that Israeli farmers will not be making any money from their fields…they’re still following the Shmita year. All in honor of God’s will.
The truth is, truly understanding Shmita is not easy, and with the Shmita year beginning in just a few days, I want to make sure you fully understand what Shmita really is.
I want you to understand how it works and how YOU, Delana Forsyth, can take part in this once-in-seven-year Biblical opportunity for all of us, from anywhere in the world, to connect to God through the Land of Israel.
I recently did a webinar with Pastor Mario from Cooper City, Florida, where we learned all about the Shmita year. We discussed why people in Israel are keeping it, why it’s so important, and how we can all take part in the Year of the Land and the Year of the Lord.
It’s under twenty minutes and contains a wealth of information.
As always, if you have any questions about the Shmita year and the Land of Israel, please feel free to respond to this email, and I will do my best to answer your questions 🙂
Is Global Warming One BIG Hoax?
New Book from Top Climate Scientists Reveals Fact From Fiction
If you ever suspect that you (and everyone else) have been lied to about the causes of “global warming” — then I’m here to say…
You may be right.
As a freedom-loving family man, scientist, and life-long investor… it makes me sick to my stomach to know just how much hard-working American taxpayers have been lied to over the past several decades.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Three essential truths about God —- truths we must believe if we are to trust Him in adversity. They are:
God is completely sovereign
God is infinite wisdom
God is perfect in love
These three truths as they relate to us in this way: ‘God in His love always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about.’
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. It is only through divine wisdom that we can ever understand truly what it means to be loved by God. Our brains cannot wrap around it. Perhaps that is why it is so incredibly difficult for some people to believe it is true. There is no human equivalent to the love of God. The love of a parent for a child is the only possible comparison, but even that pales when compared to the enormous capacity of God’s love. All we can do is to pray for the fullness of God to make us understand. Sometimes God will allow us to catch a glimpse of what this scripture really means. For just a moment, it is as if He unveils the true power of His love and we are struck blind by it. Then it’s gone. Our flesh is incapable of handling the fullness of God for any length of time, so we go from glory to glory and that sustains us until the day that everything is finally and fully revealed.
I love you very much my darling wife Delana. I miss you very much. I’ll be home with you very soon.
In the Old Testament, the first fruits (literally, the first fruits of any harvest whether it be fruit, grain, or animals) were offered as sacrifice. It was the required sacrifice. Anything else was considered disrespectful to God. That is the reason that God became angry with Cain in Genesis. Cain offered fruit from the ground, which meant it was basically what had fallen off the tree–the leftovers. Although the law wasn’t technically in place, Cain still dishonored God with this pitiful sacrifice. In this passage, Christ is referred to as the “first fruit.” He was the perfect sacrifice and the first of those who would be raised from the dead. Christ was first raised from the dead. This is as much a historical fact as the assassination of Julius Caesar. Therefore, if Christ was raised from the dead (and history testifies that He was), and He was the “first” of those who sleep (implying that more will follow), then we who “sleep” or will “sleep” can take comfort in knowing that we, too, will be raised from the dead.
God’s Law is a demanding Law. God is nothing if not just and His law demands that a price must be paid for sin. His Law is perfect. But people are not. There is no possible way that human beings (the flesh) can maintain a holy law without eventually failing. We are too weak. We can’t stand the strain. Just ask the Israelites who took 40 years to make an eleven-day journey. We get in our way. We stumble over our own feet. Nonetheless, God’s Law must be honored. There was a debt to be paid, but we were bankrupt. Obviously we couldn’t fulfill our part of the bargain, so Christ had to step in. In His perfection, He took the penalty we were supposed to pay upon Himself. He paid the price that we couldn’t pay, so that the requirements of the Law would be met. When we couldn’t, He did. He still does.
Lord, I thank you for paying the price for me. There was no way that I could ever be made just by my own doing. Only You could do for me. I thank You for stepping up and taking the burden of my sin on Your own body. I honor Your sacrifice with my life. Amen.
O Head of the Church, which is your body, use each one of us, we pray, to edify one another. You would have us love one another; and if we truly love you, we know we will also you our brothers and sisters in Christ. Give us wisdom to know how to help each other to live more consistently for you. Amen.
O Comforter of our souls, you are he who will wipe away all tears from our eyes. We may weep here for lost loved ones, but we will meet them again if they died in Christ. We may weep now for pain and misery that come upon us, but it will all pass away. We may feel sorrow for a host of things on earth, but in Heaven, we will find only joy. O prepare us for that place and let our eternal hope make present troubles easier to bear. Amen.
When I read about Lot and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, I tend to think about Lot’s wife and her turning back just when salvation was in her grasp. The angels had brought the whole family to safety; all they had to do was follow God’s instruction not to turn back. It sounds so easy. I wonder what was so important to Lot’s wife that she turned back? I’m sure that Lot was grateful to God and to the angels for rescuing him and his family and also saddened by the loss of his wife. We, too, have been rescued. We have been rescued from the fear of death, from the effects of our sinfulness and from eternal damnation. We have chosen to follow our deliverer, our Savior, Jesus Christ. What is there in our lives that is so important to us that we risk losing it all? Because we do turn back, just as Lot’s wife. We often return to old habits, old companions that lead us into sinful situations, old temptations that we think won’t entrap us. We choose to ignore what has been done for us. Hopefully, we will have the sense to return to Christ, ask forgiveness, and work at moving toward a new way of living instead of returning to the past.
This weekend we celebrated the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, two men who were called by Christ to go out and bring the Good News to the world. Two very different men, called in different ways.
Peter was once a disciple of John the Baptist who was directed by John to follow Jesus. Paul was against this man Jesus who was, in his mind, turning people away from God. Yet we have benefitted from the preaching and teaching of them both. Peter is the “Rock” upon whom Jesus built his church and Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles, the non-Jews, who might never have heard about Jesus as their Savior. They each had different stories of conversion – Paul’s considerably more dramatic! They had different styles, different communities of believers, but they had one purpose – to preach Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
Jesus, the Messiah and Lord sent to save the world from death due to sin and to open the gates of heaven to all who would believe. Just before his ascension, Jesus tells his followers to go out into the world making disciples of all nations. Peter and Paul, as well as the other apostles and his other disciples did just that.
We, too, have been called by virtue of our baptism to go out and make disciples. We have different stories of conversion – and some of us may not even know we have a story because we have always believed. Some of us may have a dramatic story of realizing that Jesus is Lord in our lives. The question is, “How do we let people know the Good News?”
Are our lives a witness to our beliefs? Are we embarrassed to admit we are believers? Would any of us be identified and then cast into prison because our faith is so apparent to others, as was the faith of Peter and Paul? My hope is that at the end of my life I can say with St. Paul, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.”
Jesus, what an incredible promise You have given me — that You will meet ALL of my needs through Your riches. When fear and doubt creep into my mind, make me like the man in the Gospel who cried, ‘I believe, but please help my unbelief.” Help me to turn my eyes my needs to Your mercy and Your riches in grace. Amen
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
Here Paul shares a “mystery” with the church at Corinth. He tells them that they will not all sleep but they will be “changed.” He reveals the plan. In the “twinkling of an eye” the dead will be raised and the living will be “changed”. He is talking about what Christians commonly refer to as “The Rapture.” Though the word “rapture” itself is not found in the Bible, the references to this “lifting up” are many. Paul seeks to give hope to his listeners as he explains how believers will be transformed when Christ returns to claim us. We will be transported instantly, those who are living. Those who have died in Christ and are “sleeping” will be raised from the dead in that “twinkling.” Paul calls this a “mystery.” It is a special secret that he shares only with God’s people, intending to excite them and arouse their curiosity. He shares with them to emphasize their importance to the Christ they have chosen to serve.
Lord, this great mystery is exciting for me. It gives me hope. In my mind’s eye, I see Your coming. I see the saints who have died being given new bodies. I see those alive being instantly transformed. I pray for those who don’t believe. I ask that You will exhaust every resource You have so that all will be a part of this glorious event and that none will be left behind on that day. Amen.