Does God Observe Jubilees?
– By Daymond Duck –
Christians know that the Bible is more than a collection of stories, allegories and illustrations. We know and truly believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and it is profitable for doctrine” (I Tim. 3:16), etc.
Christians know that the things that happened to the Jews (blessings, curses, etc.) are examples or lessons for us. Paul said, “they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world (end of the ages) are come (I Cor. 10:11).
Christians know that “whatsoever things were written aforetime (in the Old Testament) were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Rom. 15:4).
“Whatsoever things were written” includes the stories, the history, the poetry, the Feasts of the Lord, the Jubilees, all of it. The whole Bible was written to give God’s people hope.
Christians know that the things that Moses made in the wilderness (tabernacle, Ark of the Covenant, Table of Showbread, Golden Lampstand, etc.) were made “according to the pattern” that God showed him at Mt. Sinai (Heb. 8:5; Ex. 25:40).
The service of the priests and the things that were made were a copy or a shadow of what is in heaven (Heb. 8:5). That is why God warned Moses to follow the pattern carefully. God didn’t want the earthly things to distort the picture of the real things that exist in heaven.
This brings us to the question, “Does God Observe Jubilees?” To be clear, I am not suggesting that people are slaves or that they own land or owe money in heaven.
But it is a fact that Jesus was crucified when He was because it was 9 a.m. in the morning, it was the Feast of Passover and it was 483 years after the command to restore and build Jerusalem (Dan. 9:25).
Jesus was in the grave when He was because it was the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And He was raised from the dead when He was because it was the Feast of First Fruits.
Even though God is in heaven He does things on earth because it is a set time. This can be said of the birth of Isaac (Gen. 17:21), the appearance of Jesus (Gal. 4:4), the time to restore Israel and Jerusalem (Psa. 102:13), and many other things.
Many Christians will agree that the Antichrist will stop the animal sacrifices at the future Temple at the middle of the Tribulation Period (Dan. 9:27) and that the Second Coming of Jesus will be 1260 days later (Rev. 12:6). These are set times and God will do things on earth according to these set times.
The thing that triggered this article is an e-mail with an attachment that I received from someone named Wuilmer Garcia. The attachment correctly states that every fiftieth year is a Jubilee year (Lev. 25:8-10) and that God instructed the Jews to return land to its original owner every fiftieth year.
For various reasons, Jews could mortgage their land, but the land went back to its original owner or the original owner’s descendants on the first day of the next Jubilee year.
In the attachment to Mr. Garcia’s e-mail, it is suggested that God used the British and the Balfour Declaration in 1917 to return the Promised Land to Israel because 1917 was a Jubilee year.
It is also suggested that 50 years later in 1967, God returned more of the Promised Land, including East Jerusalem, to Israel because 1967 was a Jubilee year.
If 1917 and 1967 were Jubilee years, that establishes 2017 as a Jubilee year and it has major implications for the return of additional land to Israel.
The idea is that God returned land to Israel to reveal to those on earth that these are Jubilee years. It is a very interesting possibility or likelihood.
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