September 2015

Many people are saying that a number of notable events will eventuate in September 2015. Is this true? Are people just guessing or do they know something for sure? The predictions and expectations range from one extreme to another, from nothing happening at all through to the world ending.

So I felt that it was important to address this in a very brief manner for those that are not aware and for those who are all too well aware of the topic.

WILL THE WORLD END?

Will the world end in September 2015? Well the short answer (and the long answer) is no.

The reason we know this is from the Bible itself. When the Bible talks about the "end times" or "last days" it talks about periods of time that must occur before the earth is replaced with a new one. These periods are shown in chronological order below...

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We are currently in the first period of time (i.e. beginning of sorrows ~ Matthew 24:8), so there is quite some time before the world as such would end. However we do know that the first and second periods of time (i.e. beginning of sorrows and the tribulation period) will be trialing times for the earth and mankind.

GOD's CALENDAR

Most of the world, in our current day, uses the Gregorian calendar (sometimes called the Western calendar). The Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and days start and finish at midnight. But it is not God's calendar.

God's calendar is different. It is detailed in the Old Testament of the Bible. Days start and finish at sunset. It is a lunar calendar and includes holy ("set apart") days. It is the Hebrew calendar (also called the Jewish calendar).

Why does this matter? Simply because God keeps to His calendar and events will unfold on His calendar and in His timing. The Gregorian calendar is not God's calendar and hence will not help us understand the significance of God's timing.

So what does September 2015 look like on God's calendar... (the highlighted dates are those that people are talking about)

SEPTEMBER 2015
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17th of Elul, 5775

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18th of Elul, 5775

3

19th of Elul, 5775

4

20th of Elul, 5775

5

21st of Elul, 5775

6

22nd of Elul, 5775

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23rd of Elul, 5775

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24th of Elul, 5775

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25th of Elul, 5775

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26th of Elul, 5775

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27th of Elul, 5775

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28th of Elul, 5775

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29th of Elul, 5775

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1st of Tishrei, 5776

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2nd of Tishrei, 5776

16

3rd of Tishrei, 5776

17

4th of Tishrei, 5776

18

5th of Tishrei, 5776

19

6th of Tishrei, 5776

20

7th of Tishrei, 5776

21

8th of Tishrei, 5776

22

9th of Tishrei, 5776

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10th of Tishrei, 5776

24

11th of Tishrei, 5776

25

12th of Tishrei, 5776

26

13th of Tishrei, 5776

27

14th of Tishrei, 5776

28

15th of Tishrei, 5776

29

16th of Tishrei, 5776

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17th of Tishrei, 5776
     

WHAT IS BEING SAID?

There are 3 main dates that people are talking about as follows...

September 13 - Harbinger/Shemitah

The Shemitah (sabbath year) occurs every 7 years, with Elul 29 (Hebrew calendar ~ Leviticus 25) being the critical day. The US appears to have experienced financial market drops, recessions and crashes on Elul 29 of previous Shemitah years (1966, 1973, 1980, 1987, 1994, 2001, 2008) . 13 September 2015 will be the next time that the Elul 29 on a Shemitah year occurs (bearing in mind that it will begin at sundown on 13 September till sundown on 14 September). It is thought that these 7 yearly occurrences have served as warnings to the US to turn back to God.

September 24 - Climate Chaos

On 13 May 2014, the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said alongside US Secretary of State John Kerry that "we have 500 days to avoid climate chaos". 500 days ends up on 24 September 2015 (depending on how its interpreted). It is very close to the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year for the Jews. A number of interpretations and conspiracy theories are being talked about as to what he meant, but there is no related biblical reference.

September 28 - Final Blood Red Moon

A lunar tetrad of 4 blood red moons (lunar eclipses) over 2014 and 2015 has been occurring on Jewish holy days along with a solar eclipse. The Bible states that this will occur before the Lord returns (Acts 2:20). The last of these blood red moons will be a super moon and visible in Jerusalem on 28 September 2015 (Sukkot - Feast of Tabernacles). Significant events occurred for the Jews on the previous lunar tetrads in 1967 (Six day way, followed be reclaiming Jerusalem as prophesied) and 1948/49 (after the holocaust, Israel becomes a nation again as prophesied).

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Regardless of any dates the best place to be is in God's will. Regarding the last days, Jesus told us to be alert, be on guard, be awake and keep watch, and above all do not let anyone deceive you (Matthew 24, Mark 13). He also told us that "when we see" all these things "you will know" (Matthew 24:33). He did not tell us to predict or guess when or what would happen, but rather to be awake so that we will see and then we will know that Jesus' return is imminent.

Do not live your life in fear or chase after conspiracies (these will lead to confusion), but rather...

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. And... Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these."  ~ Mark 12:30-31

and remember

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind"  ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

 

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