The 70th Jubilee - July 2015 Yavoh Article
Imagine the following scenario: A family with a modest home with a mortgage, two cars with payments, two credit cards with balances, two kids in college with tuition payments, then the parents suddenly lose their source of income (they lose their jobs). In an effort to maintain their lifestyle and commitments, they take out a second mortgage, leveraging the equity in their house. They take cash advances on their remaining credit cards, using their credit limit to the maximum level. They trade their cars in and buy new cars with large payments. They take the money and host an elaborate party and go on a vacation with the rest. Now they are home and the payment due notices are coming in the mail, of which none can be paid. How would you explain to them that they are the brink of financial collapse and about to lose everything? The collapse would come in stages: first with calls from creditors, followed by repossessions, and then evictions. Somewhere in the process the idea of bankruptcy and losing everything would begin to sink in.
Can you imagine the trauma this family will experience?
I just described to you what the United States and other Western nations are doing right now. The party is about to be over. The bills are coming due and they simply cannot pay.
Here are a few facts: The United States and other nations are trying to live a nice life, but they have put themselves in so much debt that they have doomed themselves to economic collapse and bankruptcy. The national debt for the United States is now more than 18 trillion dollars. We are spending nearly 3 trillion dollars each year, with only half that amount in income. This causes the debt to increase even more. When President Obama took office, the national debt was 4 trillion dollars. This massive debt has accumulated in the last six years. There is a breaking point coming. Just like the homeowners I mentioned above, the moment will come when the payment exceeds all income. The country will default. This is what is happening in Europe and the economic struggle taking place with Greece this summer.
The disaster will be like a set of dominos and sinking of a ship. One falls and they all follow. Once the bow of the ship is underwater, the stern will follow. Some very influential economists think the process will begin this fall. First, the value of the dollar will falter because other currencies will be used instead of the dollar for oil and international trading. Everything will cost more—a lot more. Real estate values will fall dramatically. People will stop buying many of the products they regularly bought. Companies will be forced to make massive layoffs and many more people will suddenly have no incomes. Recession suddenly turns into depression and the entire world’s economy retracts. Entitlement programs will be drastically cut. The government may well seize everyone’s savings and retirement accounts. Anarchy and social unrest will break out in major cities due to shortages. It will become dangerous to live wherever large groups of people live, such as large cities. A state of emergency will ultimately be called and the government will move in to protect the citizens. At least, that is what they will say. The truth is that they will be taking steps to protect only the government and its leaders. The common citizen will be considered the enemy of the government.
How long will it take for the all the dominos to fall? How long will it take for the ship to sink? Some predict it will be a six-month to one-year process. Will it begin this fall? I don’t know. I do know that the Federal Government is preparing as though it is going to happen.
In recent years, the government has been purchasing storable food, ammunition, and stockpiling emergency shelters for their use. Every department of the government has been doing their part. Why does the United States Postal Service, the Social Security Administration, or the Department of Agriculture need to buy .40 caliber (hollow point) handgun ammunition or .223 rifle ammunition in quantities of millions? Why does the Social Security Administration need to train a SWAT type team to support other federal agents? Answer: it is a “distributed” method to develop a very large federal agent combat team for use in the United States. If Homeland Security did this all alone, it would be too obvious to the citizens that it is directed at them.
I hate to make the comparison, but the reality is with us today. A federalized police force with emphasis on SWAT and urban tactics separate from the military, the ATF, the FBI, and all state and local law enforcement agencies can be likened to the SS Division being developed for Hitler prior to WWII. The SS was Hitler’s own specialized military unit that answered only to him. They had the best equipment and were “above” other military units. The Homeland Federal Police Force being developed only answers to the President of the United States. The Department of Defense has no authority over them, nor does any State Governor or County Sheriff. Do I need to explain what will happen when a state of Emergency is declared and the President is the only person with ultimate authority granted by his own Executive Orders suspending the Constitution? Do you think that all of those military types and veterans who took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic will accept that situation? I don’t think so.
In plain English, I can tell you that the Department of Homeland Security considers their number one threat to be conservative, right wing, Bible-believing Christians who are veterans, who believe in the 2nd Amendment. DHS thinks that radical Muslim terrorists are a lesser threat! The Government has been classifying certain returning Vets “non eligible” to buy or own a gun here in this country. Look at where DHS is spending its resources to prepare. They are expecting the American public to reject the executive orders and power of the President when he suspends the Constitution. They are preparing for regions of the country to be rebellious.
The Jade Helm 15 military training exercise this summer is to train special operations forces to work with Homeland Security forces. It is called interoperability training. Some citizens argue that States who cooperate in this exercise are allowing the federalizing of their state troops and law enforcement, essentially giving up their state sovereignty. They are trying to complete this training prior to this fall. They are preparing for something coming that will be catastrophic to the country. The United States is not the only country doing this type of training this summer. There are many right wing elements that are up in arms (excuse the pun) about this training and its implications.
That’s the bad news. Let me share some good news with you.
The fall Biblical holidays are fast approaching for 2015. Besides the normal excitement of the “turn of the year” at Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), there will be the heralding of another event with a trumpet blast at the conclusion of Yom Kippur. It only happens once in most people’s lives. Many believe that it will be the beginning of the Yovel (the year of Jubilee).
Before I go further, let me say that the determination of the seven sabbatical years with the 50th year of Jubilee is a subject of some debate. A sabbatical year is a year of rest, usually the seventh year. Ancient Israel did not faithfully keep the sabbatical years (allowing the land to rest every seven years). As a result, the counting of the seven sabbatical years followed by the Jubilee year is also suspect. We don’t know for certain when the exact year is in our modern day with a clear historic record to substantiate it. Trying to determine today which year is the sabbatical year and a resulting Jubilee (the year after seven sabbatical years) is a matter of judgment.
Having said that, the consensus in Israel is that the fall of 2014 to the fall of 2015 is not only a sabbatical year, it is the seventh in the count resulting in this Yom Kippur 2015 heralding the Yovel (year of Jubilee). Just like a sabbatical year, the fall of 2015 to the fall of 2016 is “the year of release” or the “year of return.”
While it is not exacting in the counts, let me share briefly why many are suggesting this fall is the beginning of the Jubilee. Approximately, fifty years ago in 1967 was the Six-Day War. All of Jerusalem was captured by Israel, including the temple mount. In Israel, the joy of this event cannot be understated. Some fifty years before that the Balfour Declaration was signed to establish a Jewish state in 1917. These elements are connected to gaining parts of the Holy Land by the Jewish People. But remember, the Jubilee year follows a seventh sabbatical year, not a thematic set of 50 years.
As you are probably aware, Jews are not permitted at the present time to pray on the temple mount. But the calls for Jewish access and an altar on the temple mount with prayer are increasing (dramatically in the last 7-10 years). There is great anticipation that the year leading to 2017 will be as dramatic at 1917 and 1967 were (manifesting the themes of Jubilee). Could this be the year Israel gets a piece of the temple mount for prayer and an altar?
If the coming year is truly the Jubilee, the prophetic implications are profound. Like the weekly Sabbath, the sabbatical year pictures the coming Messianic kingdom (a 1,000 year last day); however, the Jubilee pictures the start of the Messianic kingdom. Could the trumpet blast on Yom Kippur of this year be the beginning of the 1,000 year Messianic Age with the Great Tribulation (the conquest of the land) be the first elements?
To answer that question, let’s examine why this Jubilee is particularly noteworthy to us in these days. According to Bible chronologists (those who count the years of the Bible), this next Jubilee (whenever it is) is the 70th in the entire of history of Israel, dating back to when the children of Israel entered the land after receiving the Torah. Even more coincidental, it is the 120th Jubilee since the creation.
The 70th Jubilee is nothing short of spectacular in understanding God’s plan for Israel. It started with 70 souls who went to Egypt to grow them into a nation. Daniel’s end-time prophecy uses the same number to prophesy the end of the ages leading to the Messianic age. The number 70 is a thematic number in Scripture and is part of the understanding for the final generation.
The number 120 is also prophetically significant. When God directed Noah to construct an ark to save him and his family from the flood, the Lord made a specific statement about mankind.
Then the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." Genesis 6:3
Many students of the Bible mistake this statement to be about God’s judgment of the flood, that Noah had 120 years to prepare the ark. This is not correct. The Bible explains that Noah was 500 years old at the start of the ark construction and that the flood began when he was 600 years old. That is only 100 years. So what is this statement about tolerating man for 120 years? I believe God was making a broad statement for the ages and He gave man 120 Jubilee years. The completion of 120 Jubilees (6,000 years) signals the final judgment of mankind (the coming Day of the Lord) and the beginning of the Messianic age of 1,000 years (the last day).
There are several voices starting to sound the topic of the Jubilee and its possible arrival this fall. But there is also disagreement on the recurring count of the Jubilees and how to anticipate the next one. To understand the counting of sabbatical years and the Jubilees, let us go back to the Torah where the instruction is first given.
First, we must count the sabbatical years (every seventh year).
Speak to the sons of Israel, and say to them, “When you come into the land which I shall give you, then the land shall have a sabbath to the Lord. Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its crop, but during the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord; you shall not sow your field nor prune your vineyard.” Leviticus 25:2-4
This is a clear commandment which Israel did not keep. In fact, it is the reason why the house of Judah went into 70 years of Babylonian captivity. Jeremiah prophesied to Judah that the length of their captivity in Babylon would match the number of years that Israel failed to give the land its rest. They had been in the land for 490 years, therefore their captivity would be 70 years.
…to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its sabbaths. All the days of its desolation it kept sabbath until seventy years were complete. 2 Chronicles 36:21
For thus says the Lord, “When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.” Jeremiah 29:10
Moses had warned Israel of this future punishment when the Torah was given. Jeremiah simply repeated what Moses had taught.
Then the land will enjoy its sabbaths all the days of the desolation, while you are in your enemies' land; then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths. All the days of its desolation it will observe the rest which it did not observe on your sabbaths, while you were living on it. Leviticus 26:34-35
Even after the Babylonian captivity and return, Israel did not obey the Lord in keeping the weekly Sabbath or the seven year Sabbath (Shemitah).
Now, let us look at the commandment for the Yovel (Jubilee) 50th year.
You are also to count off seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years, so that you have the time of the seven sabbaths of years, namely, forty-nine years. You shall then sound a ram's horn abroad on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement you shall sound a horn all through your land. 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. You shall have the fiftieth year as a jubilee; you shall not sow, nor reap its aftergrowth, nor gather in from its untrimmed vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you. You shall eat its crops out of the field. On this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his own property. Leviticus 25:8-13
The commandment states that the counting of seven Sabbatical years is critical to determining the Jubilee year. One question that must be asked at this stage concerns the counting of the following set of seven years after the Jubilee. Is the first year of the next set of seven concurrent with the Jubilee year or is the Jubilee year completely separate and once completed, the first year of the next seven years then begun? I favor the idea that the Jubilee year is completely separate from any following counts. Here is why I say that.
The Jubilee year is just like a Sabbatical year, which means there is no harvesting and we are to eat what remains. This is just like the seven Sabbaths we count leading to the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) the 50th day each year. The first year of the seven-year count toward a sabbatical year is a year to cultivate and harvest. You cannot satisfy these elements correctly if the Jubilee year is also the first year of the new seven-year count. They cannot be concurrent, yet there are many teachers who dispute this conclusion.
Regardless of that issue, we need to examine an incredible paradox as to when the Jubilee is proclaimed in the land. It comes with a trumpet blast on Yom Kippur.
If you will recall, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is not a day of celebration, it is a day of being somber and afflicting our souls. We fast and have no “feast of joy.” It is a day that prophetically pictures the “Day of the Lord.” We do not celebrate when the Lord must judge His enemies. However, on this very day we sound a shofar. It usually means that God has made His decision as to who will live and who will die in the coming year. It is traditionally called the “last trumpet.” But following the seventh sabbatical year this same trumpet is a moment of great joy! This signals to the remnant of Israel that the land is being returned to the rightful heirs. It signifies the “year of release.” The year of release is consistent with the “end of exile” and the “greater exodus.” It is also necessary to establish the thousand-year Messianic Age.
The contrast here of judgment and the return of the land (first somber, then joy) may at first seem contradictory but it matches God’s plan for the end of the ages.
There has always been a lingering question of how the year of Jubilee fits into the end-time scenario. Do we have 6,000 years with the Great Tribulation being the last years of the 6,000? Or, does the first year of the Messianic Age (the year 6,000) begin with a Jubilee and then the first years of the Messianic include the Great Tribulation?
If you will recall, the children of Israel crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land and engaged in a series of battles led by Joshua that resulted in the conquest of the land. Does God’s plan for the Messianic Age and the real Promised Land (the whole Earth) follow that pattern?
If that is correct, then it would follow that we would sound a shofar and proclaim the year of Jubilee for the land of Israel prior to the beginning of the Great Tribulation. If the fall of 2015 to the fall of 2016 is a Jubilee, then it would be the 70th in the history of Israel and the 120th of the world.
I find it fascinating that the United States and France, along with the UN Security Council, are considering a UNSC resolution to divide the land of Israel this fall (near Yom Kippur). The Prophet Joel says that is the reason for the Great Tribulation and Day of the Lord. The final judgment and conquest of the land is directly connected to the nations dividing God’s land.
For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations, and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land. Joel 3:1-2
Given the world we are presently in, we should come to a complete stop and consider the implications of the UNSC action in the light of the Prophet Joel’s word. What could we be facing for the remainder of this year and going into 2016?
Let’s lay out a scenario beginning with this fall and the fall holidays for 2015.
1. The world is rapidly moving to a worldwide economic collapse that cannot be stopped.
2. Financial collapse begins first in Europe and third world countries. Many of the nations go completely bankrupt.
3. The UNSC passes a resolution demanding Israel to give up the West Bank based on 1967 borders with an 18 month implementation period to complete before sanctions are levied against Israel.
4. Yom Kippur is observed and there are shofars sounded around the world. The proclamation of the Jubilee is made.
5. Israel refuses to comply with the UNSC resolution and asserts its sovereignty over the temple mount and the land of Israel.
6. Civil unrest breaks out in many nations. War breaks out in the Middle East with Israel.
7. The Stock Market crashes. The US economy takes a dive with increased unemployment and a real estate crash. Banks fail and companies go out of business.
8. The United States balances on the edge of declaring a national emergency with all of those dictorial Presidential directives.
9. The government seizes everyone’s savings and retirement accounts to fund the government.
10. The Great Tribulation begins in the winter of 2016.
11. We flee at Passover 2016 and begin the Greater Exodus.
12. The Lord pours out judgments upon His enemies and returns at the Fall Holidays of 2020.
Is this a prediction? No, we are being diligent. The first four steps of this scenario are scheduled to occur by this fall of 2015.
What if it is the Jubilee this fall? What can we anticipate?
1. A battle in the Middle East between Israel and its northern neighbors. The God of Israel shows up for this battle and the world witnesses a great victory.
2. The Lord pours out His Holy Spirit upon all believers around the world. The “end time scenario” becomes clear to everyone.
3. An altar is built in Jerusalem and the daily sacrifices (the morning and evening lambs) are offered up to the Lord. The altar testifies to the Lord’s ownership of Israel and the whole world.
4. All eyes will focus on Jerusalem, the altar, and the sign of the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
5. Those who are preparing to escape, survive, and endure will make their final preparation plans to escape at the next Passover.
There are many voices today speaking of the trauma that the world is about to endure. At the same time, there are prophetic teachers trying to glean every detail to forewarn the brethren of the Messiah’s return. Let us conclude this discussion with words from the Apostles Paul and Peter about the approaching end of days.
Here is the Apostle Paul.
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; avoid such men as these. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:13
It is not difficult to see ready examples in the world today described by Paul. Here is what Peter had to say.
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8
Peter is quoting from Psalm 90:4. It equates the pattern of a week’s worth of days to week’s worth of millennia. Essentially, it is a warning to watch for the end of the sixth day (the first six thousand years) and the beginning of the seventh day (the millennial kingdom of 1,000 years). The Jubilees are the signal of the transition to the final 1,000 years (the last day).
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:9-13
While the world and its sinners will be devastated, our future is bright and only beginning.
Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 2PE 3:14-16
Peter’s conclusions also align with the Apostle Paul’s. Let us not be concerned with the ominous signs of our world and what will happen to our country. Those things must happen. But instead, let us wait on the Lord and be steadfast.
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Yeshua the Messiah. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 2 Peter 3:17-18
I’m looking forward to this fall and the appointed times of the Lord. We know the plans the Lord has for Israel and us! It is good. Be encouraged my friends; do not be afraid. The Lord is with us and He knows how to lead His remnant to the Promised Land.