Shemitah – Only for the land?

Beware of teachers who tell you that the Sabbatical year (Shemitah) is only for in the land. This is not true. Can we eat pork, and offer our daughters as prostitutes because we “are not in the land?” NO!! This is absurd. Sadly MANY people are following these modern day Balaams. These Balaams are telling you that those who are shouting from the rooftops are bringing in fear. They say things like, “YHWH doesn’t give a spirit of fear.” Remember, the enemy used scripture to tempt Yeshua in the wilderness, much like he is using scripture now, to tempt US IN THE WILDERNESS to not obey! WAKE UP!

Can we do all these things in the following passage since we are not in the land??

9“WHEN YOU ENTER THE LAND which Yehovah your Elohim gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. 10“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12“For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things Yehovah your Elohim will drive them out before you. 13“You shall be blameless before Yehovah your Elohim. 14“For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, Yehovah your Elohim has not allowed you to do so. (Deuteronomy 18:9-14)

What about First Fruits? Should we do it as a PERPETUAL STATUTE, or only when we are in the land?

10“Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. 11‘He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12‘Now on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb one year old without defect for a burnt offering to the LORD. 13‘Its grain offering shall then be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering by fire to the LORD for a soothing aroma, with its drink offering, a fourth of a hin of wine. 14‘Until this same day, until you have brought in the offering of your Elohim, you shall eat neither bread nor roasted grain nor new growth. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. (Leviticus 23:10-14)

What about prostituting your daughters, eating clean, observing the sabbath? These were all commands given to them before they entered the land. They are all commands for, “When you enter the land.”

1“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other mighty ones (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ 3you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for Yehovah your Elohim is testing you to find out if you love Yehovah you Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul. 4“YOU SHALL FOLLOW YEHOVAH YOUR ELOHIM AND FEAR HIM, AND YOU SHALL KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. 5“But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against Yehovah your Elohim who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which Yehovah your Elohim commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you. (Deuteronomy 13:1-5)

The fear of Yehovah is the beginning of wisdom. We should be afraid if we are not willing to observe all that is commanded in the Torah. The enemy made a similar statement as these modern day Balaam’s, in the garden. “Did Elohim really say you would die? That just sounds like fear. You don’t have to fear. Eat the fruit. It will be ok.” If Adam would have continued in his fear for Yehovah, he would have been wise, but instead, he listened to the enemy’s version of “do not fear” and was unwise. We are NOT to fear the world, but if we think we can leave out, even the littlest instruction of Yehovah because we are “not in the land”, we better fear whats coming. Torah is not all about life. It is about death too. If you don’t obey you die. This is Torah. Don’t listen to ANYONE who claims that we don’t have to observe something because “we are not in the land.” Torah gives us instruction on what to do, and what not to do. Man justifies his life according to his own desires…

May we follow Yehovah without man’s confusion.

Shalom.