News Letter 5857-030
The 5th Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 26th year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 3rd day of the 8th month 5857 years after the creation of Adam
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence
1828 Days until the Two Witnesses
464 Days into the 2300 Days Started May 31st, 2020
September 11, 2021
Shabbat Zoom Meeting
There are many people in need of fellowship and who are sitting at home on the Sabbath with no one to talk to or debate with. I want to encourage all of you to join us on Shabbat, and to invite others to come and join us as well. If the time is not convenient then you can listen to the teaching and the midrash after on our youtube channel.
What are we doing and why do we teach this way?
We are going to discuss both sides of an issue and then let you choose. It is the work of the Ruach (Spirit) to direct and to teach you.
The medieval commentator Rashi wrote that the Hebrew word for wrestle (avek) implies that Jacob was “tied”, for the same word is used to describe knotted fringes in a Jewish prayer shawl, the tzitzityot. Rashi says, “thus is the manner of two people who struggle to overthrow each other, that one embraces the other and knots him with his arms”.
Our intellectual wrestling has been replaced by a different kind of struggle. We are Wrestling with Yehovah as we grapple with His Word. It is an intimate act, symbolizing a relationship in which Yehovah and I and you are bound together. My wrestling is a struggle to discover what Yehovah expects of us, and we are “tied” to the One who assists us in that struggle.
Today, many say Israel means “Champion of God”, or better — the “Wrestler of God”.
Our Torah sessions each Shabbat teach you and encouraged you to constantly challenge, question, argue against, as well as view alternative views and explanations of the Word. In other words, we are to “wrestle with the Word” to get to the truth. Jews worldwide believe that you need to wrestle with the Word and constantly challenge Dogma, Theology, and views or else you will never get to the Truth.
We are not like most churches where “The preacher talks and everyone listens.” We encourage everyone to participate, to question and to contribute what they know on the subject being discussed. We want you to be a champion wrestler of the Word of Yehovah. We want you to wear the title of Israel, knowing that you not only know but are capable to explain why you know the Torah to be true with logic and facts.
We have a few rules though. Let others talk and listen. There is no discussion about UFO’s Nephilim, Vaccines or conspiracy-type subjects. We have people from around the world with different world views. Not everyone cares who is the President of any particular country. Treat each other with respect as Fellow wrestlers of the word. Some of our subjects are hard to understand and require you to be mature and if you do not know, then listen to gain knowledge and understanding and hopefully wisdom. The very things you are commanded to ask Yehovah for and He gives to those who ask.
Jas 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and with no reproach, and it shall be given to him.
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Septennial Torah Portion
If you go to Torah Portion at our archived section, you can then go to the 5th year which is the 5th year of the Sabbatical Cycle, the one we are in now, as we state at the top of every News Letter. There you can scroll down to September 11, 2021, and see that this Shabbat we could very well be midrashing about
1 Kings 7
If you missed last week’s exciting discoveries as we studied that section you can go and watch past Shabbats on our media section.
8th New Moon
The New Moon to begin the 8th month was seen on Wednesday evening by multiple witnesses, making the 1st day Thursday. This Shabbat September 11, 2021, is the 3rd day of the 8th month. Photo courtesy of Becca Biderman.
They will not be able to Buy or Sell
I have two articles below to share with you. I am watching but I have not yet made up my mind as to what it means.
Rev 13:11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth. And it had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke like a dragon.
Rev 13:12 And it exercises all the authority of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and those dwelling in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Rev 13:13 And it does great wonders, so that it makes fire come down from the heaven onto the earth in the sight of men.
Rev 13:14 And it deceives those dwelling on the earth, because of the miracles which were given to it to do before the beast, saying to those dwelling on the earth that they should make an image to the beast who had the wound by a sword and lived.
Rev 13:15 And there was given to it to give a spirit to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might both speak, and might cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
Rev 13:16 And it causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or in their foreheads,
Rev 13:17 even that not any might buy or sell except those having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of its name.
Rev 13:18 Here is the wisdom. Let him having reason count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. And its number is six hundred and sixty-six.
Some of you are reading and listening to what I call conspiratorial websites. And you are swallowing hook line and sinker all the so-called information they put out. I have been warning you for years not to get involved in that crap, but a number of you are smarter than I am and indulge yourselves in it. And because I refuse to lower myself to that level of sewage information, those same people get furious with me.
There are some who are also saying that the vaccine with the vaccine passport which prevents those not inoculated from going to restaurants or potentially on planes or from entering other countries, that the vaccine is the mark of the beast.
Some of the more insane theories people are claiming is that the vaccine is the mechanism by which they are inserting the microchip or the mark into your arms which they then say is the hand as Revelation says. And yet there are many new versions and twists and more to come.
It is my view, and I am allowed to have a view that might not agree with yours, is that a new currency is going to be controlled by the Beast. That Beast is Europe. We talked about an image a few weeks ago being that image in Revelation that speaks. This speaking image is the one that causes those who do not bow down to it to be killed.
I am still of the view that the mark on the hand or arm and on the forehead, (I have not heard anyone getting the vaccine in the forehead yet, but that could happen tomorrow) is the writing in Arabic on the scarfs worn on the right arm and the forehead of jihadist.
The Apostle John said in Revelation 13:18 the people would wear something depicting the number in greek 666 on their foreheads and right arms. The debate is what is this 666. We have people saying it was President Clinton, Bush, Obama, the Queen, Prince Philipp and the Pope. I do not agree with any of those conspiratorial views which is why I stay away from them. I have been hearing that sort of thing since Clinton was President.
It is believed John wrote in Greek. The numbers 666 are represented by Greek letters and like the Hebrew, they also have numerical values, specifically: Chi Xi Stigma or “Six-hundred, three-score and six.”
John is describing something that looked like “Chi Xi Stigma” being worn on the foreheads and right arms of those belonging to the Beast power and those who were part of that End time empire.
Are you aware that the Greek letters Chi Xi Stigma also spell a phrase in another language? I will let you go and read our article that might be far too sensitive to post today. It is about the Bismallah.
Please go and read it as I don’t think I would be allowed to post it today. then come back and read what I am sharing below. I see an economic crisis coming and I see it as precipitating the change from the US dollar that is used around the world to something controlled by the Beast Power. How could that happen?
I share two articles from this week that give me cause to wonder how this might happen.
The greatest paradox in foreign exchange markets today is the U.S. dollar (USD).
U.S. fiscal responsibility is in ruins. In the past two years, the U.S. has authorized $11.5 trillion of new deficit spending and increased its base money supply by over $4 trillion. The U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio now stands at 130%, comparable to Lebanon, Italy and Greece, among the most profligate countries in the world.
Meanwhile, U.S. growth is slowing rapidly.
The Atlanta Fed GDPNow forecasting tool showed projected annualized growth slowing from 13% in April to 11% in May to 7.5% in June. The actual GDP growth figure for the second quarter of 2021 was 6.5%.
Third-quarter growth is now projected at 5.1%.
Actual growth will come in even lower because those projections do not take into account the full extent of new lockdowns, mask mandates and vaccine mandates, which are damaging travel, entertainment, resorts, restaurants and retail sales. Consumer confidence just recorded the steepest one-month drop in the history of that data.
So the U.S. is experiencing soaring debt, reckless money printing, slowing growth and a new wave of COVID. That sounds like a recipe for full-scale flight from the U.S. dollar.
But that’s not happening.
The dollar has been getting progressively stronger. The U.S. dollar index (DXY) has rallied from 89.64 on May 25, 2021, to 93.57 as recently as Aug. 19. Other dollar indexes show comparable gains.
How does the dollar soar in the face of fiscal and monetary failure and slowing growth?
The Dollar Isn’t Just a National Currency
The answer is that the U.S. dollar is more than just a national currency. It is the global reserve currency. It is used worldwide for trade, investment and payments, and it is created outside the U.S. in the form of eurodollars by U.S. and foreign banks operating in London, Frankfurt and Tokyo, among other money centers.
The eurodollar market relies on dollar-denominated securities such as U.S. Treasury bills and notes for collateral in leveraged transactions.
In short, the dollar has a life of its own independent of the Federal Reserve, the White House and the U.S. Congress. It’s the lifeblood of the international monetary system regardless of whether U.S. policymakers are reckless in fiscal and monetary policy or not.
Banks need dollars to buy Treasury bills to pledge as collateral and keep the system afloat whether U.S. domestic policies are sound or not.
How will the paradox of profligate fiscal and monetary policy by the U.S. and increased demand for U.S. dollars by international banks be resolved?
In the short run, the paradox will not be resolved.
I expect continued record deficits from the U.S. Congress and continued demand for dollars by highly leveraged international banks.
Still, that condition is non-sustainable. Possible remedies include a new dose of fiscal responsibility in Congress (unlikely before 2023 if ever), direct Treasury intervention in foreign exchange markets to weaken the dollar (unlikely until it’s too late) or a global financial crisis that leads to major reforms in the international monetary system, possibly including a new Bretton Woods-style agreement.
That kind of collapse followed by reform is the most likely outcome. It’ll happen because policymakers will have no other choice.
Long Overdue for a New Monetary System
My research has led me to one conclusion — we’re going to see the collapse of the international monetary system. When I say that, I specifically mean a collapse in confidence in paper currencies around the world. It’s not just the death of the dollar or the demise of the euro. It’s a collapse in confidence of all paper currencies.
Over the past century, monetary systems have changed about every 30–40 years on average. The existing monetary system is 50 years old, so the world is long overdue for a new monetary system.
When confidence is lost, central banks may have to revert to gold either as a benchmark or an actual gold standard to restore confidence. That wouldn’t be by choice. No central banker would ever willingly choose to go back on a gold standard.
But in a scenario where there’s a total loss of confidence, they’ll likely have to go back to some form of a gold standard.
Few remember that Nixon explicitly said that the suspension of gold convertibility by trading partners was being done “temporarily.”
I spoke to two members of the Nixon administration, Paul Volcker and Kenneth Dam, who were with the president at Camp David the weekend the suspension was announced. They both confirmed to me that the intention was for the suspension to be temporary.
The plan was to convene a new international monetary conference, devalue the dollar against gold and other currencies, primarily the Deutsche mark, Swiss franc and the Japanese yen and then return to the gold standard at the new exchange rates.
The first part did happen. There was an international monetary conference in Washington, D.C., in December 1971. The dollar was devalued against gold (from $35.00 per ounce to $42.22 per ounce in stages) and other major currencies by about 10–17%, depending on the currency.
Yet the second part never happened. There was never a return to a gold standard. While countries were negotiating the new official exchange rates, they also moved to floating exchange rates on international currency markets.
The cat was out of the bag.
Why Do Central Banks Cling to a “Barbarous Relic”?
We’ve been living with floating exchange rates ever since. The creation of the euro in 1999 was a way to end currency wars among the European nations, but the EUR/USD currency wars continue.
The temporary closing of the gold window by Nixon has become permanent, though it was only intended to be temporary…
Still, gold is always lurking in the background. I consider gold a form of money rather than a commodity.
Central banks and finance ministries around the world still hold 35,000 metric tonnes of gold in their vaults, about 17.5% of all the aboveground gold in the world.
Why would they hold onto all that gold if gold was just a barbarous relic?
Looking at the price of gold in any major currency tells you as much about the strength or weakness of that currency as any cross-rate. Gold still has a powerful role to play in the international monetary system with or without a gold standard.
The timing of any financial crisis is always uncertain, but the probability of an eventual crisis is high. New signs of liquidity stress are emerging every day.
No investor should be surprised if the crisis happens sooner rather than later.
Jim Rickards is an American lawyer, economist, and investment banker with 35 years of experience working in capital markets on Wall Street. He was the principal negotiator of the rescue of Long-Term Capital.
As we move closer and closer to a major financial crisis, imagine if the Euro becomes the currency of all the world banks and then it is used as a cryptocurrency.
By Merlin Delcid, CNN Business
Updated 12:54 PM ET, Tue September 7, 2021
El Salvador became the first country to adopt bitcoin as a national currency on Tuesday, kicking off a radical monetary experiment that could pose risks to the fragile economy.
President Nayib Bukele announced late Monday that his government purchased 200 bitcoins ahead of El Salvador’s formal adoption of the currency. He added another 150 on Tuesday, bringing the country’s total to 550 bitcoins.
Bitcoin is now legal tender in El Salvador alongside the US dollar. On Tuesday, the risks of the approach were highlighted when bitcoin prices dropped sharply on what Bukele has called “Bitcoin Day.”
Is The Shmitah Year 5782? Really?
Some are saying at Yom Teruah this year is the start of the Shmita Year. They say this because they can divide the Jewish year 5782 by 7 and end up with no remainder. They are also taking for granted the year begins with Yom Teruah. The year begins with Aviv. Exodus 12:2
Exo 12:2 This month shall be to you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year to you.
So is that really how you determine the Sabbatical Year? Is that all you have to do? Do you really want to know how to prove when the Shmitah years are and thereby know when the 7th Millennium begins? Then watch our free video.
2 Kings 19:29 tells you quite plainly when two Sabbatical years are. It is describing the 49th year when you cannot plant and another sabbatical year, which is the Jubilee year when you cannot plant.
2Ki 19:29 And this shall be a sign to you: you shall eat this year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springs up of the same. And in the third year, sow and reap and plant vineyards and eat the fruits of them.
It is the only place in the entire bible where Yehovah plainly states a Jubilee year.
This date that 2 kings 19:29 is speaking about is the most undisputed date in history.
2 Kings goes on to say what happened at this time.
2Ki 19:35 And it happened that night, the Angel of Jehovah went out and struck a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians. And they arose early in the morning, and behold, they were all dead bodies.
2Ki 19:36 And Sennacherib king of Assyria departed. And he went and returned and lived at Nineveh.
There are two dates in history which we have, that record an interaction with the Nation of Israel and another nation with a known chronology. If it were not for those two interactions we would not know when the Kings of Israel ever existed. One of those dates is the battle of Qarqar 853 BC and the other when Sennacherib comes against Hezekiah.
The Assyrian Chronology can be traced from around 900 BC down to our time now as it is combined with the Babylonian, and then Greecian and Roman histories.
Sennacherib’s Annals are the annals of the Assyrian king Sennacherib. They are found inscribed on a number of artifacts, and the final versions were found in three clay prisms inscribed with the same text: the Taylor Prism is in the British Museum, the Oriental Institute Prism in the Oriental Institute of Chicago, and the Jerusalem Prism is in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
The Taylor Prism is one of the earliest cuneiform artifacts analysed in modern Assyriology, having been found a few years before the modern deciphering of cuneiform.
The annals themselves are notable for describing Sennacherib’s siege of Jerusalem during the reign of king Hezekiah. This event is recorded in several books contained in the Bible including Isaiah chapters 36 and 37; 2 Kings 18:17; 2 Chronicles 32:9.
The three known complete examples of this inscription are nearly identical, with only minor variants, although the dates on the prisms show that they were written sixteen months apart (the Taylor and Jerusalem Prisms in 691 BC and the Oriental Institute prism in 689 BC). There are also at least eight other fragmentary prisms preserving parts of this text, all in the British Museum, and most of them containing just a few lines.
The Chicago text was translated by Daniel David Luckenbill and the Akkadian text, along with a translation into English, is available in his book The Annals of Sennacherib (University of Chicago Press, 1924).
It is one of three accounts discovered so far which have been left by Sennacherib of his campaign against the Kingdom of Israel and Kingdom of Judah, giving a different perspective on these events from that of the Book of Kings in the Bible.
Some passages in the Hebrew Bible (2 Kings 18–19) agree with at least a few of the claims made on the prism. The Bible recounts a successful Assyrian attack on Samaria, as a result of which the population was deported, and later recounts that an attack on Lachish was ended by Hezekiah suing for peace, with Sennacherib demanding 300 talents of silver and 30 talents of gold, and Hezekiah giving him all the silver from his palace and from the Temple in Jerusalem, and the gold from doors and doorposts of the temple. Compared to this, the Taylor Prism proclaims that 46 walled cities and innumerable smaller settlements were conquered by the Assyrians, with 200,150 people, and livestock, being deported, and the conquered territory being dispersed among the three kings of the Philistines instead of being given back. Additionally, the Prism says that Sennacherib’s siege resulted in Hezekiah being shut up in Jerusalem “like a caged bird”, Hezekiah’s mercenaries and ‘Arabs’ deserting him, and Hezekiah eventually buying off Sennacherib, having to give him antimony, jewels, ivory-inlaid furniture, his own daughters, harem, and musicians. It states that Hezekiah became a tributary ruler.
On Sennacherib’s prism, he says this of Hezekiah: “As for the king of Judah, Hezekiah, who had not submitted to my authority, I besieged and captured forty-six of his fortified cities, along with many smaller towns, taken in battle with my battering rams. … I took as plunder 200,150 people, both small and great, male and female, along with a great number of animals including horses, mules, donkeys, camels, oxen, and sheep. As for Hezekiah, I shut him up like a caged bird in his royal city of Jerusalem. I then constructed a series of fortresses around him, and I did not allow anyone to come out of the city gates. His towns which I captured I gave to the kings of Ashod, Ekron, and Gaza.”
The tribute given by Hezekiah is then mentioned but in this account, nothing is said of Sennacherib capturing the city of Jerusalem.
Read what the world history encyclopedia says about this event and take note of the year this event takes place.
Merodach-Baladan had fled to Elam but did not remain idle there. He encouraged others to revolt against Assyrian rule. Among these was King Hezekiah of Judah who was told that, if he stood against Assyria, aid would come from Egypt. Shortly after Sennacherib took Babylon, the cities of Tyre and Sidon on the Mediterranean Sea revolted at the same time as the Philistine cities of Ekron and Lachish in Canaan. In 701 BCE Sennacherib marched his armies into the region to put down the revolts. The Assyrian-appointed king of Ekron, meanwhile, had been taken to Jerusalem in chains and handed over to Hezekiah who imprisoned him. Sennacherib was busy with the siege of the city of Lachish, and so he sent his envoys to Jerusalem to demand the release of the imprisoned king and the city’s surrender. Bauer notes that “they were not just any envoys but Sennacherib’s own general, chief officer, and field commander; and they arrived at the head of a large army” (385). While these officers dealt with the Jerusalem problem, Sennacherib concentrated on reducing Lachish by siege. The historian Simon Anglim describes the Assyrian assault:
At Lachish, the city was first surrounded to prevent escape. Next, archers were brought forward; under the cover of giant shields, they cleared the battlements. The king then used the tried-and-tested Assyrian method of building an earthen ramp close to the enemy wall, covering it with flat stone and wheeling forward a machine that combined a siege-tower with a battering ram. The Assyrians then staged a two-pronged assault. The tower was wheeled up the ramp and the ram was brought to bear against the mid-section of the enemy wall. Archers in the tower cleared the battlements while bowmen on the ground pushed up close to the wall to cover an infantry assault with scaling ladders. The fighting appears to have been intense, and the assault probably took several days, yet eventually the Assyrians entered the city (190).
Lachish was taken and the population slaughtered. Those who were spared were deported to regions in Assyria. While the siege was underway, the envoys outside the gates of Jerusalem were in negotiations with Hezekiah’s representatives. Referring to Egypt as “a splintered reed” which could be of no help to the city, the Assyrian general addressed Hezekiah’s men loudly in Hebrew, rather than Aramaic, so that the people lining the city’s walls could understand him. When Hezekiah’s representatives asked him to speak in Aramaic so that the people would not panic, the general refused, saying, “The message is for them too. Like you, they will have to eat their own dung and drink their own urine” (Bauer, 386). Hezekiah released the King of Ekron and sent eleven tons of silver and a ton of gold to Sennacherib at Lachish. The Assyrian army withdrew from Jerusalem to fight the Egyptians at Eltekeh. They defeated the Egyptian forces and then marched back to the region of the Levant and put down the rebellions at Ekron, Tyre, and Sidon.
The Siege of Jerusalem
With order now restored and rebellious populations decimated and deported, Sennacherib turned his attention again to Jerusalem. Although Hezekiah had paid him a handsome tribute, Sennacherib was not one to forgive and forget. He marched on the city and, according to his inscriptions, took it by siege:
As to Hezekiah, the Jew, he did not submit to my yoke, I laid siege to his strong cities, walled forts, and countless small villages, and conquered them by means of well-stamped earth-ramps and battering-rams brought near the walls with an attack by foot soldiers, using mines, breeches as well as trenches. I drove out 200,150 people, young and old, male and female, horses, mules, donkeys, camels, big and small cattle beyond counting, and considered them slaves. Himself I made a prisoner in Jerusalem, his royal residence, like a bird in a cage. I surrounded him with earthwork in order to molest those who were his city’s gate. Thus I reduced his country, but I still increased the tribute and the presents to me as overlord which I imposed upon him beyond the former tribute, to be delivered annually. Hezekiah himself, did send me, later, to Nineveh, my lordly city, together with 30 talents of gold, 800 talents of silver, precious stones, antimony, large cuts of red stone, couches inlaid with ivory, nimedu-chairs inlaid with ivory, elephant-hides, ebony-wood, boxwood and all kinds of valuable treasures, his own daughters and concubines.
According to the biblical record of the event, however, the siege was lifted through divine intervention. The Book of II Kings 18-19, the Book of II Chronicles 32, and the Book of Isaiah 37 all claim that Sennacherib laid siege to Jerusalem, but the prophet Isaiah told Hezekiah he had nothing to fear because God would defend the city.
Therefore this is what the Lord says concerning the king of Assyria:
“He will not enter this city
or shoot an arrow here.
He will not come before it with shield
or build a siege ramp against it.
By the way that he came he will return;
he will not enter this city,
declares the Lord.
I will defend this city and save it,
for my sake and for the sake of David my servant.”
That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there (II Kings 19: 31-36).
It is this event which inspired Lord Byron’s 1815 CE poem, “The Destruction of Sennacherib”, which made the king’s name a household word because schoolchildren would be required to memorize and recite it regularly. By dint of repetition, even those not acquainted with the story in II Kings came to understand that the Assyrian king was defeated by the god of the Hebrews. Long before Byron wrote his poem, however, Assyrian chroniclers would reference Sennacherib’s failure to take Jerusalem. While the Bible does record the 46 cities of Judah which fell to the Assyrians (as recorded by Sennacherib), it maintains that Jerusalem was not one of them. Further, although Sennacherib’s palace at Nineveh was decorated with reliefs depicting his campaigns and victories including many detailing the siege of Lachish, Jerusalem never appears among them.
Scholars have cited Herodotus’ account of the Assyrian’s misfortune in battle against Egypt at the city of Pelusium in regards to their siege of Jerusalem. Herodotus writes that the Egyptian leader Sethos prayed to his god for help in defeating the massive Assyrian force, and the god sent into the Assyrian camp “a swarm of field mice [who] gnawed through their quivers and their bows, and the handles of their shields as well, so that the next day, weaponless, all they could do was flee, and their losses were heavy” (II.141). It is thought that both stories refer to a plague which struck the Assyrian camp and devastated the army on two separate occasions. Whatever happened outside of Jerusalem, whether God’s intervention, a plague, or God’s intervention in the form of the plague, the city remained intact and Sennacherib returned to Nineveh.
History records the year as 701 BC when this historic event takes place. All you have to do is count by 7 to land on every Shmita year from that date alone.
We also have a total now of 89 Sabbatical and Jubilee cycles that all agree and validate this fact. 89!!! Not just a few, not someone’s opinion. Not my opinion. 89 Sabbatical and Jubilee years from history, the Bible, and artifacts that all agree as to when the Sabbatical years are.
Let me show you how those years or that 7-year count takes place when you reach year zero. There is no year zero. When you count from 701 BC by 7’s you will end up at 1 BC represented by the -1 on the chart below. Because there is no year zero you go from -1 BC to 7 CE in your count.
This then brings you down to our time now with the next Sabbatical year from Aviv 2023 to Aviv 2024.
One of the great interviews I did was with Nehemia Gordon and he pulled out one of the Sabbatical years he knew about as a potential effort to trip me up. Please do listen to the interview and hear it for yourself.
Rambam even confirms our findings as to when the Sabbatical Years should be kept. In our interview above Nehemia quotes Rambam as saying the Sabbatical year was by tradition 1107 since the destruction of the temple, but that the actual year was the year before or 1106 since the destruction. So all we have to do is add 70 years to this to get the proper CE date of 1176 CE which does line up with the Sabbatical and Jubilee years of which we continue to stand behind.
Let me now share with you exactly what Nehemia is going to read in the video above from the 11-minute mark to the 13-minute mark. Shemita Chapter 10, sections 5 and 6.
5Nevertheless, all of the Geonim have said that they have received a tradition, transferred from teacher to student that in the seventy years between the destruction of the First Temple and the building of the Second Temple, they counted only Sabbatical years, not the Jubilee year. Similarly, after the destruction of the Second Temple, they did not count the fiftieth year. Instead, they counted only sets of seven from the beginning of the year of the destruction. [This interpretation] is also apparent from the Talmud in Avodah Zarah.19 This reckoning is a received tradition.
האֲבָל כָּל הַגְּאוֹנִים אָמְרוּ שֶׁמָּסֹרֶת הִיא בִּידֵיהֶם אִישׁ מִפִּי אִישׁ שֶׁלֹּא מָנוּ בְּאוֹתָן הַשִּׁבְעִים שָׁנָה שֶׁבֵּין חֻרְבַּן בַּיִת רִאשׁוֹן וּבִנְיַן בַּיִת שֵׁנִי אֶלָּא שְׁמִטּוֹת בִּלְבַד בְּלֹא יוֹבֵל. וְכֵן מִשֶּׁחָרַב בָּאַחֲרוֹנָה לֹא מָנוּ שְׁנַת הַחֲמִשִּׁים אֶלָּא שֶׁבַע שֶׁבַע בִּלְבַד מִתְּחִלַּת שְׁנַת הַחֻרְבָּן. וְכֵן עוֹלֶה בַּגְּמָרָא עֲבוֹדָה זָרָה חֶשְׁבּוֹן זֶה שֶׁהוּא קַבָּלָה:
6[The reckoning of] the Sabbatical year is well-known and renowned among the Geonim and the people of Eretz Yisrael. None of them make any reckoning except according to the years of the destruction.20According to this reckoning, this year which is the 1107th year after the destruction is the year following the Sabbatical year.21
We rely on this tradition and we rule according to it22 with regard to the tithes,23the Sabbatical year, and the nullification of debts, for the received tradition and deed24 are great pillars in establishing [Halachic] rulings and it is appropriate to rely on them.
ווּשְׁנַת הַשְּׁמִטָּה יְדוּעָה הִיא וּמְפֻרְסֶמֶת אֵצֶל הַגְּאוֹנִים וְאַנְשֵׁי אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל. וְכֻלָּן לֹא מָנוּ אֶלָּא לִשְׁנֵי חֻרְבָּן מַשְׁלִיכִין אוֹתָן שֶׁבַע שֶׁבַע. וּלְפִי חֶשְׁבּוֹן זֶה תְּהִי שָׁנָה זוֹ שֶׁהִיא שְׁנַת שֶׁבַע וּמֵאָה וְאֶלֶף לַחֻרְבָּן מוֹצָאֵי שְׁבִיעִית. וְעַל זֶה אָנוּ סוֹמְכִין. וּכְפִי הַחֶשְׁבּוֹן זֶה אָנוּ מוֹרִין לְעִנְיַן מַעַשְׂרוֹת וּשְׁבִיעִית וְהַשְׁמָטַת כְּסָפִים שֶׁהַקַּבָּלָה וְהַמַּעֲשֶׂה עַמּוּדִים גְּדוֹלִים בְּהוֹרָאָה וּבָהֶן רָאוּי לְהִתָּלוֹת:
And you can see from our chart below the year 1176 to which Rambam was saying was a Sabbatical year and it is indeed on our chart a Sabbatical year.
The Great thing about this interview was that I had not heard this information before Nehemia brought it up. And yet Nehemia just confirmed or Rambam confirmed our Sabbatical cycles are accurate and completely match up with all historical references.
To dismiss when the Sabbatical years are, you must dismiss the accuracy of the Assyrian records which Nehemia does. You also must dismiss all historical records of when the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE., which the Rabbis do in favour of when Rabbi Yose vaguely says the Temple was destroyed in either 68 or 69 CE.
So now let us use someone who was at the Temple in the year it was destroyed and see what he has to say. Josephus is about to tell you that in the years 68 and 69 they were growing crops. Something they would not do if it was a Sabbatical year.
Josephus and the Destruction of the Temple
The Bar Kochba Contracts
We have now shared with you the 2 kings 19:29 scripture with which you can now discover all Sabbatical years going forward and backwards. We then had a surprise discovery which Nehemia sprung on me in our interview in 2018 in Jerusalem, which confirmed our information using Rambam himself to support our efforts.
But Nehemia and most Jewish historians waffle over when the Temple is destroyed. We then went to Josephus and let him show us that in the years 68 and 69 they had crops in the field which Simon ben Gioras ravaged and destroyed. The Idumeans were in every way Jewish and could not be told apart. They were keeping the Sabbatical year laws and had planted in the year 68, and 69, leading up to the Sabbatical year of 70 CE.
To further confirm that 70 CE was a Sabbatical year we are now going to go to the Bar Kochbah Revolt in 133 CE to prove when it took place. Once you do this then you can count back from this time to the 70th year to determine whether or not it was in fact a Shmita Year.
The amazing thing about what you are about to read is that they counted the Jubilee year as a Shmita year or one in which you could not plant. They were only going to pay for the 5 growing seasons. Year 2 through 6 of this 82nd Jubilee Cycle. When you get to the tombstones of Zoar, they started to count year two as year 1 of the first sabbatical cycle. Or year one of the five years you can plant.
The other amazing thing about these contracts is that they give us a third concrete year as to when the Jubilee years were. We have Lev 25:2 which requires a bit of chronological work to determine that year but again that year of 2500 does not easily figure into our modern chronology of this Common Era.
We then had 2 Kings 19:29 which gave us a 49th-year Shmita of 701 BC., and the Jubilee year of 700 BC. These two years we can use with our modern chronology of Common Era years.
But to confirm if the 50th year Jubilee was the same as the first year, we did not have another proof example until we got to the Bar Kochba revolt years.
These 12 different contracts also confirm that the year begins at Aviv and not Tishri.
Simon ben Kosevah, or Cosibah, known to posterity as Bar Kokhba was thought by some of the rabbinic scholars to be the long-expected Messiah. During the revolt, the Jewish sage Rabbi Akiva regarded Simon as the Jewish messiah, and gave him the name “Bar Kokhba” meaning “Son of the Star” in Aramaic, from the Star Prophecy verse from Numbers 24:17: “There shall come a star out of Jacob”.
Num 24:17 I shall see him, but not now. I shall behold him, but not near. There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall strike the corners of Moab, and destroy all the sons of tumult.
Num 24:18 And Edom shall be a possession. Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies. And Israel shall do valiantly.
In the Jubilee year of 134 CE, the uprising gained support, because the Messiah is expected to come in a Jubilee year and the timing led to the enthusiastic uprising.
I know this is already long for many of you, but I have never created any of my Newsletters with goldfish mentalities in mind. We have always presented all the facts for you to have and then you could make a well-searched decision as to what is the truth.
So let me now share two more sections about this time period we have shared today. How did the year begin with the 7th month? Why does the Sabbatical or Jubilee start with the 7th month? It does not but too many think it does. We have many proofs to show Sabbatical years always began with Aviv. But we are not showing all of those years in this one teaching.
Last but certainly not least is this next section about Rabbi Yose who wrote the Seder Olam from about the mid to late second century. After this work was completed the Sages Geonim took his work at face value.
You have the following classes of Sages.
Amoraim (Aramaic: plural אמוראים ʔamoraˈʔim or ʔamorajim, singular Amora אמורא ʔamoˈʁa or Amoray; “those who say” or “those who speak over the people”, or “spokesmen”) refers to Jewish scholars of the period from about 200 to 500 CE, who “said” or “told over” the teachings of the Oral Torah. They were primarily located in Babylonia and the Land of Israel. Their legal discussions and debates were eventually codified in the Gemara. The Amoraim followed the Tannaim in the sequence of ancient Jewish scholars. The Tannaim were direct transmitters of uncodified oral tradition; the Amoraim expounded upon and clarified the oral law after its initial codification.
A Savora (Hebrew: [savoˈʁa]; Aramaic: סבורא, “a reasoner”, plural Savora’im, Sabora’im [savoʁaˈ(ʔ)im], סבוראים) is a term used in Jewish law and history to signify one among the leading rabbis living from the end of period of the Amoraim (around 500 CE) to the beginning of the Geonim (around 600 CE). As a group they are also referred to as the Rabbeinu Sevorai or Rabanan Saborai, and may have played a large role in giving the Talmud its current structure.
Geonim (Hebrew: גאונים; Hebrew: [ɡe(ʔ)oˈnim]; also transliterated Gaonim, singular Gaon) were the presidents of the two great Babylonian Talmudic Academies of Sura and Pumbedita, in the Abbasid Caliphate, and were the generally accepted spiritual leaders of the Jewish community worldwide in the early medieval era, in contrast to the Resh Galuta (exilarch) who wielded secular authority over the Jews in Islamic lands.
Geonim is the plural of גאון (Gaon’) [ɡaˈ(ʔ)on], which means “pride” or “splendor” in Biblical Hebrew and since the 19th century “genius” as in modern Hebrew. As a title of a Babylonian college president it meant something like “His Excellency”.
The Geonim played a prominent and decisive role in the transmission and teaching of Torah and Jewish law. They taught Talmud and decided on issues on which no ruling had been rendered during the period of the Talmud. The Geonim were also spiritual leaders of the Jewish community of their time.
With that introduction let me now share with you about Rabbi Yose who has passed down to us some of this confussion.