Most people, even children, are familiar with the sinking of the Titanic, which occurred in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912 in the chilly North Atlantic. But did you know that the RMS Titanic was owned by an American? Yes, it was registered as a British ship and built in Belfast, Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, but it was owned by a man whose name is seen on many of the credit cards we own here in the United States. Who is it you ask?
It is none other than J.P. Morgan.
This financial extraordinaire created the first billion-dollar corporation known as U.S. Steel (which he bought from railroad tycoon Andrew Carnegie). He also owned General Electric, Western Union, the Pullman Car Company and 21 various railroads. Through the success of his business dealings, Morgan accumulated so much money he bailed out the U.S. government twice during the Panic of 1893 and 1907. His legend lives on today as the global financial powerhouse known as JP Morgan and Chase.
As of December 31, 2021 JP Morgan Chase is the largest bank in the United States and is the world’s largest bank by market capitalization. Additionally, it is the fifth largest bank in the world in terms of total assets. Interestingly enough, the predecessor to the JP Morgan Chase Bank is the Bank of Manhattan, which opened at 40 Wall Street on September 1, 1799. Why is that interesting? Because the wreck of the Titanic just happened to be discovered 185 years later by oceanographer Robert Ballard on September 1, 1985. And yes, I’m tying all of this to the sinking of the Titanic for a reason….
For many years I’ve had the “sinking feeling” that our nation is on the same path as the Titanic. When I began writing the book What are Chances in 2013 (published in 2015) I had a strong awareness that America was headed for a giant iceberg. That’s why I used so many Titanic references in the book. As time goes forward, I become even more aware that we’ve not only hit the iceberg, but we’ve already snapped into two large pieces. We are a nation divided both spiritually and politically. One piece of our ship is bobbing in the ocean, getting ready to dive into no man’s land, while the other is hanging on by a metal thread. There’s just a little nudge needed to send it all into oblivion.
I’m not going to discuss all the problems in our nation–particularly the shredding of the Constitution or the usurping of our medical system. The main idea I will deal with in this post is THE ECONOMY. This is the BIG elephant in the room, or should I say, the elephant standing on the edge of the ship–just one shift of his body weight and the ship will go down.
Let’s get back to JP Morgan. There’s a reason I told you he owned/financed the Titanic.
On June 1, 2022, an article was posted titled, CEO of Biggest US Bank Warns an Economic ‘Hurricane’ is Coming: ‘You Better Brace Yourself.’
CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, said “You know, I said there’s storm clouds but I’m going to change it … it’s a hurricane… you better brace yourself.” He also said that we don’t know if this economic hurricane is a minor one, or Superstorm Sandy.
He is not alone. The CEO of Wells Fargo said there is no question that the U.S. economy is headed for a downturn. Some economists are optimistic and believe we can work some sort of financial magic to get out of the dollar dumpster like we did back in 2008. But JP Morgan’s CEO doesn’t think so. He believes we may be out of options this time. Then again, when one realizes that JP Morgan and Chase is one of the partners for the World Economic Forum, it’s not a stretch to think that perhaps they, along with the rest of the globalists, are on board with letting the dollar sink like the Titanic. By the way, if you are interested in seeing just who attended the recent May 2022 World Economic Forum meeting, just click on this link. You’ll see lots of familiar companies, banks and Big Tech reps on that list. Get to know your enemy so you can understand the logistics of the plan.
THE SHEMITAH YEAR
If an economic hurricane does happen, it would be occurring at the time of the shemitah year- also known as the biblical year of rest. The shemitah year began on September 7, 2021 and will last until sundown on September 25, 2022. Immediately after the sun sets on September 25th, the biblical feast (appointment) known as the Feast of Trumpets will begin. On the Hebrew biblical calendar, the new year (which includes a shemitah year) begins at the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) and ends at sunset the following year just before it’s the Feast of Trumpets again. This means the biblical year doesn’t begin in January each year and end on December 31st like the Gregorian calendar. In contrast, the biblical year begins in the fall and ends in the fall. Also, the Hebrew years are not numbered the way we are used to such as: 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, etc. Actually, since September 7,2021 we have been in the Hebrew year 5782. The shemitah year of 5782 began as the Feast of Trumpets was ushered in on that date and it will end as the next Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) begins on September 25, 2022 at sundown– (which at this point it will be September 26th because a new day begins each time the sun goes down.)
By the way, shemitah years are always divisible by 7. Example: 2022 is the Hebrew year 5782– when divided by 7 it equals 826.
Keep in mind this shemitah year began Sept 7, 2021 and lasts up through Sept. 25, 2022.
Other examples of shemitah years :
2001 was the Hebrew year 5761– divided by 7 it equals 823.
2008 is the Hebrew year 5768–divided by 7 it equals 824.
2015 is the Hebrew year 5775–divided by 7 it equals 825
The seven-year cycle of years known as the shemitah is described in Leviticus 25:1-4.
“The Lord said to Moses at Mount Sinai, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the Lord. For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards.’”
The shemitah is known as the sabbath year, or the year of rest. In ancient Israel, every 7th year (shemitah year) was to be kept separate and distinct from the other six years that preceded it. During this seventh year, there was to be no working of the land–this meant no sowing, reaping, planting, gathering or harvesting was allowed.
Exodus 23:11 says, “but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.”
The effect of not working the land during the shemitah year was quite dramatic.
It required an enormous amount of trust. The farmer (land owner) had to put full faith in God for his provision during the shemitah year. He had to believe that God would bring an abundant harvest after the shemitah year concluded. In essence, the owner of the land had to realize that GOD OWNED THE LAND–in fact, everything he possessed belonged to God. In this way, the farmer (owner of the land) acknowledged God’s sovereignty over his finances, food and material possessions.
THE CONCEPT OF LETTING GO
Technically, the farmer (land owner) was letting go of all that he had.
He let go of materialism.
He let go of earthly possessions.
He opened his hands and let go of “things” while at the same time he kept his hands open to receive the spiritual things of God.
There’s a great quote by Corrie ten Boom that sums this up:
“Hold loosely to the things of this life, so that when God requires them of you, it will be easy to let them go.”
Another quote from her says:
“I have learned to hold all things loosely, so God will not have to pry them out of my hands.”
God used the shemitah year to remind his people that they must not put their hope and worth in material things–instead, they must put their hope and worth in HIM. Following the laws of the shemitah required humility because the land owner had to lay down his possessions so they would no longer possess or influence him.
On the last day of the shemitah year something interesting happened that really threw a wrench in the economic system. This day on the biblical calendar was known as Elul 29 and it occurred right before a new year began. This new year would usher in the next seven-year cycle.
As Deuteronomy 15:1-2 describes:
“At the end of every seven years, you shall grant a release of debts. And this is the form of the release: every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the Lord’s release.”
So, what did this mean exactly? It meant that anyone who owed a debt was released from that debt. Also, any creditor who was owed a debt had to let it go.
On the last day of the shemitah year–ELUL 29–ALL DEBT AND CREDIT WAS WIPED AWAY.
The nation’s accounts were wiped clean. This all happened at sunset on Elul 29. Everything that happened in the shemitah year led to this one final day of release–the climax of it all. (Elul 29 falls at different dates each year on the Gregorian calendar, but it will usually occur in September each year. This year (2022), Elul 29 begins at sunset on September 24, 2022 and ends at sunset on September 25–after sunset happens and the sky goes dark a new year will be ushered in as the Feast of Trumpets arrives. As trumpets are sounding in synagogues around the world, a new shemitah cycle will begin, starting back at year 1.
In essence, on Elul 29 every creditor had to “grant a release.” In Hebrew this means, “grant a shemitah.” As Deuteronomy 15 says, it’s “the Lord’s shemitah– or release.” By releasing all the debt and credit, the entire economy was transformed.
In ancient Israel, there was no Wall Street or banks, so the effects were different than what we would see in the world today. Back then, the shemitah would be a great blessing if followed properly. In fact, God would bless Israel with bigger and better harvests the year after the shemitah if they obeyed his laws and followed his ways. Of course, we know what happened when Israel stopped following God right? When they failed to follow him and even stopped obeying the laws of the shemitah, they were taken into captivity in Babylon for 70 years. Later on in history, they endured even harsher punishments such as the destruction the Second Temple and the loss of their homeland to the pagan Romans. Worldwide dispersal would follow and periods of heavy persecution.
So, the shemitah could be a blessing or a judgment.
How does this apply to America and what does this mean for the American economy? After all, we aren’t ancient Israel.
Well, no we are not ancient Israel, but we were formed in a similar way. Our nation was founded on the principles of God’s Word and we were a nation set apart because of our divinely inspired Constitution, laws and ideals. But like ancient Israel, we have gone astray. We have thrown God’s laws and ideals out the window by aborting babies and pushing God out of our schools, as well as our government. We have forgotten the difference between a man and a woman, and we celebrate same sex unions. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Interestingly enough, 1973 was a shemitah year and this is when our nation began allowing legalized abortions. Murdering the most innocent of all lives–the unborn–put our nation on a moral downward spiral. The ramifications hit our economy in the fall of 1973 when an oil crisis slammed our nation like a giant hammer, causing gas prices to soar. Sound familiar? All this happened right after the shemitah year concluded. In addition, the U.S. suffered a terrible defeat in the Vietnam War, which occurred very close to the end of the shemitah.
This trend of shemitah year financial crises continued in other shemitah years such as 1980, 1987, 2001 and 2008. Likely, the years 2001 and 2008 stand out to you because you remember the tragedy of 9-11 which occurred in 2001, and the dramatic economic plunge the U.S. economy took in 2008.
Let’s get back to ELUL 29– this is the last day of the shemitah year, when all credit/debt is wiped away. It’s known as the climax of the shemitah.
In 2001, Elul 29 fell on September 17. This just happened to be the date when the greatest one-day stock market collapse occurred up to that point in history. That collapse record held until September 29, 2008. And guess why this date was important? It was also Elul 29 on the biblical calendar- the day of release–the last day of the shemitah year. So, both stock market drops happened on the last day of a shemitah year, also known as Elul 29.
In 2001 the stock market actually shut down for a week after the 9-11 attacks, which was the longest shutdown since the Great Depression. Ironically, the attack happened in the financial capital of the United States–the World Trade Center in New York City. The two tall towers fell to the ground and with them much of the nation’s power and money. But there were shakings that happened before this. When the shemitah year began, a recession was already in full swing. Things only got worse as the shemitah year came to a close that year. The ramifications of the shemitah’s judgment extended into the rest of 2001 and even into 2002.
Seven years after 9-11, the 2008 collapse occurred on the very day all accounts were wiped away in ancient Israel–Elul 29. Not only this, the opening bell at the stock market didn’t ring on this day. Just before sunset, stocks took a 777-point drop. It’s hard not to notice all those sevens, which remind us of God’s number of completeness, as well as the shemitah itself.
What about 2015?
You are probably asking- what happened in the next shemitah year, which was 2015? Well, an economic plunge doesn’t always have to occur in a shemitah year. In the case of 2015, there are no major crashes that produced widespread economic turmoil. However, you don’t always see an economic plunge in a shemitah year.
Instead, a rise or fall in world powers manifests.
Interestingly enough, the 2015 shemitah year began on September 25 in 2014 on the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) and ended at sundown on September 13, 2015. Donald Trump announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015 (a few months before the end of the shemitah year). He did this from the financial capital of America–New York City. Of course, it was all history from there. The rise of a new leader began that would literally shake up the entire world. In fact, the very idea of him becoming president sent the globalists into a frenzy.
As you can see, many aspects of the shemitah affect the entire world, not just Israel.
World War 1 and the shemitah
History bears other examples of the rise and fall of leaders/empires in the shemitah year. Such was the case during World War 1. The shemitah year had begun on September 28, 1916 and ended on September 16, 1917. America actually entered the war on April 6, 1917 in the midst of the shemitah year. America’s entrance was pivotal and turned the tide against the Central Powers. Following the shemitah year of WW1, four world powers collapsed while only one rose to great prominence. The German, Austrian, Russian and Ottoman empires collapsed, while the American empire stood tall.
World War 2 and the shemitah
The World War 2 era also bore the marks of the shemitah with regards to a rising and falling of world powers. The shemitah year began in the fall of 1944 and ended in the fall of 1945. The war would officially end on September 2, 1945, just five days before Elul 29 (the last day of the shemitah year). A world power would rise to the very top at this time– who was it?
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
But here’s even more to think about. On the exact day of Elul 29 in 1945 something amazing happened! A victory parade was held and attended by all four allied armies.
General George S. Patton represented the United States
Marshal Georgy Zhukov represented the Soviet Union
General Brian Robertson represented the United Kingdom
General Marie-Pierre Koenig represented France.
It took place in the capital city of the nation that fell so dramatically in World War 2–Berlin, Germany! This happened on the day of release and it signified a release from war, as well as the rise and fall of world powers. It was September 7, 1945 (Elul 29 on the biblical calendar).
Tying this all to today’s world, here we are in the shemitah year which began on September 7, 2021 (Ah ha! September 7, 1945 was also the date the victory parade was held that publicly signified the end of World War 2 and was attended by the four world powers). Unfortunately, since the shemitah year began on September 7, 2021 we haven’t seen a victory, but rather unprecedented inflation that isn’t slowing down. Fuel prices are soaring and food shortages are being reported around the world. Likely more of these shortages will hit our nation very soon–possibly near the end of the shemitah year (September 25, 2022 at sundown). Additionally, we have watched the war in Ukraine explode on the world scene during the shemtiah year. If that wasn’t enough, world powers around the globe are behaving like dictators. From Justin Trudeau to Joe Biden, we have seen leaders whose heads are exploding with unhinged power! Global agencies such as the WHO (World Health Organization) and the World Economic Forum have met to undermine the world’s health system. Even more alarming is the rise of a new digital currency being pushed by world leaders known as CBDCs (central bank digital currencies).
I wonder if this new money will be catapulted forward as the end of the shemitah year approaches in September 2022.
Keep in mind that the ramifications of the shemitah year often extend into the next year (also known as year one) of the next shemitah cycle as well. The month of Tishri begins after the month of Elul ends–Elul 29 is the very last day of the shemitah year. After Elul 29 ends, the Feast of Trumpets begins on the first day of Tishri on the biblical calendar. The shemitah’s wake and consequences are felt in great ways during this sacred month.
It’s curious to note that World War Two actually began on September 1, 1939 when Germany declared war on Poland. Hmm, do you remember earlier when I told you that JP Morgan Chase Bank had its beginnings on September 1, 1799? Also, Robert Ballard found the wreck of the Titanic on September 1, 1985.
This is my point: As we get closer to the end of this shemitah year cycle, it is very possible we will see even greater economic shakings. I cannot say for sure what will happen– I am simply looking at historical patterns. The planned Covid crisis, as well as the war in Ukraine are being used as a means to tank the world’s economies.
About a year ago (in May 2021) I went to the bank to make a cash withdrawal. After getting my envelope of money I headed back home– but I didn’t really look at the bills I had received. After getting the cash back that day, I began thinking about what would happen if the economy collapsed. (At that time, it was four months before the shemitah year would begin on September 7, 2021.) I also thought about how long it would be before cash would disappear and a new digital currency would take over. I found myself worrying about all of this throughout the day. Later on, I took my son to youth group and as I was waiting in the car for him to return, I was still feeling upset. Suddenly, a little thought popped into my mind regarding the money I had received from the bank earlier that day. I opened the envelope that was still in my purse. What I saw made me lose my breath. See the picture below.
A twenty-dollar bill had the words JESUS CHRIST IS LORD in red ink printed on it.
I couldn’t believe it. I knew right away the Lord was telling me not to worry. I knew he was reminding me of his sovereignty. Just like the ancient Israelites, who followed the laws of the shemitah, I would have to trust God for all that I would need in the future. If an economic collapse happened, he would be with me in the midst of it and he would provide.
Years ago, a friend told me about a dream that she felt signified an economic collapse. In the dream, the President of the United States was flying a giant Boeing 777 airplane (she couldn’t see the President’s face, but sensed it was President Trump). In the dream, the President tried to keep the plane in the air, but he was working against violent turbulence. No matter what he did, the plane kept getting pummeled by large gusts of wind and air. He tried his best to keep the plane from going down, but inevitably it crashed into the water. The passengers survived, but the plane was demolished. The President said, “I tried to save it, but it’s ruined.” My friend said that in the dream she knew the plane represented the U.S. economy.
Of course, we know President Trump did his best to keep the economy in good shape, but he faced severe opposition (turbulence) during his term in office. Ultimately, a rigged election kept him from becoming President again. Biden stole that position and since then, he has really wrecked the economy. Well, he can’t take all the credit. The global elitists around the world were part of the detailed, deceptive process to take the plane down. Not long after my friend’s dream, I found a silver airplane charm at the store. Recently, I put the silver airplane charm on top of the 20-dollar bill and then placed it in a prominent spot to remind me that Jesus is sovereign over the economy and everything that happens in our world.
Did you know that JP Morgan almost went down with the Titanic in 1912? He had a ticket to leave Europe on April 10, 1912, but he never got on the doomed luxury liner. He cancelled his booking and even pulled a collection of fine art from the ship’s cargo before it left for its maiden, infamous voyage. Two days after the sinking, JP Morgan would celebrate his 75th birthday, but it would be his last one. He would die the following year, less than a month shy of the one-year anniversary of Titanic’s sinking. Ultimately, Mr. Morgan couldn’t take his money and power with him when he died.
Speaking of JP Morgan, when I was in the midst of writing What are the Chances back in 2014, something odd happened. I received a credit card from JP Morgan Chase Bank and its number sequence began with 414. Since I was writing a book centered around the Titanic, I recognized the date right away. Titanic hit the iceberg on 4-14 or April 14. After hitting the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, the ship sank in the early morning hours of April 15. When I saw the number listed on my credit card, I could hear the still soft voice of the Holy Spirit reminding me that I could never put my trust in money or material wealth. Those things will sink like the Titanic. I also realized there were 16 numbers on the credit card (many credit cards have 16 numbers). I thought of the 16 watertight compartments on the Titanic–these 16 compartments were supposed to make the ship unsinkable. On that fateful April 14th (414) night, however, the “unsinkable” ship sideswiped a gigantic iceberg, damaging 300 feet of the hull. This collision flooded six of the sixteen watertight compartments. This was just enough to take the entire ship down. Oddly enough, in 2018 I received another credit card in the mail from JP Morgan Chase. Even though this was a completely different credit card, it had the same number on it- 414– I now had two cards with the “Titanic” number sequence.
The sinking of our economy can be tied to lots of things. Yes, our nation has participated in serious national sins and that is why we find ourselves in this precarious position. But there are also many globalists pulling the strings. Like JP Morgan, their goal is power and wealth. But, also like JP Morgan, their time will come. Jesus will put an end to the corruption, deceit and evil that has run rampant on this earth. Just study the Bible and you’ll see this is true.
According to Titanic’s builders, even if the worst possible accident happened at sea, the ship would stay afloat for at least two or three days. This would provide more than enough time for nearby ships to help.
But that’s not what happened. In the end, the watertight compartments failed and the ship sank in under three hours. There weren’t enough lifeboats to save everyone and over two thousand perished in the icy waters.
This is what it will be like when Jesus comes back for his Bride. Many will be left behind–perhaps thinking a ship is going to rescue them. Unfortunately, that ship is not their Savior–it’s the Antichrist government.
The only sure way to secure a rescue is through Jesus Christ.
HE IS THE LIFEBOAT.
And unlike the watertight compartments that failed on the Titanic, HE WILL NOT FAIL. After all, he is the Living Water who brings the gift of eternal life.
As this world continues on its course toward an ocean full of icebergs, don’t put your trust in JP Morgan, or any other man-made system. Put your trust in JESUS- the unsinkable one.
At the same time, as we await the return of our Savior, do not fill your life with worries. As Corrie ten Boom said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Until we hear that trumpet sound, let’s stay focused and strong!
Resources: The Mystery of the Shemitah by Jonathan Cahn