Advancing from Besiegement to Jubilee in 2016
A “Super Shemitah” Year
By Gale Sheehan
2016 is a very strategic year in God’s timetable. This year, actually beginning September 23 of last year, two things happened of great significance for me. First, it was my birthday and secondly, more importantly, it was Yom Kippur of the Jewish year 5776, which is a historical Hebrew “Day of Atonement.” This past Yom Kippur, however, was a very special one because it also launched the first day of a once-every-50-year “Jubilee” year. The current “Jubilee” year lasts from September 23, 2015 until October 12, 2016. These “Jubilee” years happen only once every 50 years after a 49 year Hebrew cycle of resting the land one year for each six years of agricultural production. The year the land rested would be called a “Shemitah” year. After a cycle of 7×7 “Shemitahs,” there would be a “Jubilee” year. There is also a parallel between the natural agricultural cycled events and God-given spiritual seasons of blessing or of judgement. God caused many great things to happen during these “Shemitah” years, but He also brought major judgements during others. These “Shemitah” times have proven to be tipping point times into the future of either experiencing God’s blessing or experiencing His judgement.
It has been documented that very significant things happened in both Israel and the United States during these “Shemitah” years. These have included great victories in wars but have also included stock market crashes, terrorist attacks, and international affair incidents. While 2016 is not technically a “Shemitah” year because the most recent one ended in 2015, it is a special time that can be viewed as a “Super Shemitah” year, when even greater things happen than during “Shemitah” years. This is true because 2016 is a “Jubilee” year in the Lord. There are many similarities between “Shemitah” and “Jubilee” years but whereas “Shemitahs” happen every 7 years, “Jubilees” happen only once every 50 years. Only a very few people will ever experience more than 2 “Jubilee” years during their lifetime, at leaste in this age before Jesus returns again. The Lord says for the United States of America during this “Jubilee” year, “Mercy will triumph over Judgement.” However, what happens after this “Jubilee” year in the United States of America will be determined by what we do as a nation. If we, as a nation, repent and return to seek the Lord, we will experience God’s Blessing, but if we continue to exclude Him or defy Him as a nation, we will experience His Judgement. This “Jubilee” year will be a tipping point balance for the future. Moreover, as individual believers, we can advance this year from times of besiegement to times of “Jubilee” as we individually seek His Face for His direction.
Have you felt Besieged?
The definition of besiege and besiegement is as follows.
- To surround with hostile forces Ex. The soldiers besieged the walled city.
- To crowd around, hem in Ex. The wolves besieged the animal quickly.
- To harass or overwhelm Ex. The violent crowd besieged the embassy.
Besiegement: A prolonged surrounding of an object by hostile forces
Many believers have experienced the prolonged attack of the enemy over these past two to three years. These attacks have come in physical health attacks, financial attacks, family attacks, ministry attacks, and emotional and spiritual attacks. We have had to establish a strong defensive barrier to prepare for a time to advance. Take heed; the season to advance is here. “The gates of hell will not prevail” against the Church in this upcoming year.
Are you ready to move into “Jubilee”?
The definition of Jubilee is as follows:
“Jubilee”- “A trumpet sound” from the Hebrew “Yobel”
What happens in a “Jubilee” Year?
– Captives are Set Free.
– Families are Reunited..
– Debts are Cancelled.
– Lands are Restored.
– Liberty is Proclaimed.
– Oppression and Depression are Broken.
– Bondages are Broken.
Leviticus 25:10 states, “You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family.”
2 Chronicles 32: 1-35 tells of when the Assyrians (Modern Day ISIS), led by King Sennacherib, terrorized and besieged the Israelites, led by King Hezekiah. The techniques used in the war were almost identical to what ISIS is attempting to do today in modern day Syria. Sennacherib tried to instill fear, terror, and hopelessness through his horror tactics. He even made verbal and written decrees against Hezekiah and the true God the Israelites served. Hezekiah, along with Isaiah the Prophet, withstood this besiegement lasting almost three years and never gave up on God’s faithfulness. When the “suddenly” time of the Lord happened, God sent an angel who destroyed every mighty warrior, commander, and officer in the camp of the King of Assyria. Sennacherib went home in shame to his own land where his own children killed him. Talk about moving from “Besiegement to Jubilee” in one day—all it takes is one angel sent on a mission from God! In this “Jubilee” year, we can expect to experience “Suddenlies” of the Lord with angelic intervention. These “Suddenlies” will end long-standing battles taking us from “Besiegement to Jubilee.”
Jesus is our True Jubilee
Jesus is our True “Jubilee.” Even though there are special seasons where God has ordained special victories, we would not have any “Jubilee” or victories if it were not for Jesus. He makes all “Jubilees” possible. It is very interesting that Luke 3:23 states that Jesus began his ministry when he was about 30 years old. This happened following the time He was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. Then in Luke 4: 14-21 the Bible tells about one of Jesus’s first official ministry acts:
And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit; and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all. And He came to Nazareth where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He anointed me to:
Preach the Gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are downtrodden,
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord”.
And He closed the book and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4: 14-21)
Here Jesus states that He was anointed to decree “Jubilee” to everyone who would hear and believe His voice. Today as we enter into a “Jubilee” appointed time, we can remember that it is Jesus Who makes this possible. Knowing that, “If God be for us who can be against us?”
Numbers of Victory
The Lord has always spoken to me with numbers, especially the number 7, since the time I was Born Again. He revealed Himself to me supernaturally through Matthew 7:7 causing me to be Born Again when I was all alone. At that time, He spoke to me as an unbeliever to get a bible and then it supernaturally opened to Matthew 7:7, where I read, “Ask and You shall receive, Seek and you shall find, Knock and the door will be opened.” This revelation was something that I had just asked the Lord about minutes before. I was also born in the natural at the time of 7:07 AM. I married my wife, Shelly, whose birthday is 7/7. My daughter got married on 7/7/7. And finally, my first grandchild came into the world strategically on 6/7. Therefore, when I think of the 7×7 year cycles of the “Shemitah” years, I can relate to the number 7’s opening supernatural doors.
2016 will be a year where we can advance from “Besiegement” into “Jubilee.” The cycles of the previous 7×7 “Shemitahs” have set this time period up to be a “Jubilee” year. These two positions, “Besiegement” or “Jubilee,” are total opposites. Many believers have felt the besiegement of the enemy these past two and three years; however, God has a strategy for us to break free. This strategy will break the power of “Besiegement” and advance us to “Jubilee” during 2016. This year represents a divine timing on God’s timetable for a “Jubilee” year. Many occurrences including “Blood Moon” visions, a 50-year “Super Shemitah” timed “Jubilee,” along with prophetic revelations are proclaiming this year with signs and wonders. These occurrences substantiate that we are entering into an appointed time for planet Earth and God’s end-day strategies. We are positioned as the Body of Christ to advance and see an end-day revival appointed for such a time as this. This year, where “Mercy” will triumph over “Judgement”, will be a strategic one for every believer and also for our nation, the United States of America. May we be those that seek His Face and find His direction for 2016 and beyond.