I had intended to write about the biblical Jubilee, and how the Jewish year that began in the Autumn of 2022 and takes us into 2023 is reckoned by some to be a Jubilee year.
I found in my research that there was way too much information for a simple blog article here, and too many shades of opinion, so I did not want to appear as if I were making a stand one way or the other.
However, for your interest I am going to share one article I found that contains interesting information that I believe is worth your time to read. I came across this on the internet, do not know about the ministry, and am not promoting or even necessarily endorsing this couple. You must judge for yourselves.
The website says: “Pray4Zion is a South African Christian organization committed to encouraging and Standing with the Nation of Israel. We believe that God has called us for ‘a time such as this’ and as an instrument of the Lord we genenerously assist and support the underpriviledged in Israel”
The page from which I am quoting is found here: http://www.pray4zion.org/70thJUBILEE57832023.html
It says, in part, “We are now in the Biblical Year 5783 (2022-2023) and the beginning of the 1st year of the NEW Shemitah Cycle (of 7X7 years). Many Christians have asked… “are we really in a JUBILEE Year as well?” Yes!
“What’s the Jubilee (Yovel) all about if we look to the potential of this year? Let’s first see what the Bible says in the original command by God;
“You are to count seven Shabbats of years, seven times seven years, that is, forty-nine years. Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month, on (Day of Atonement) Yom Kippur, you are to sound a blast on the shofar; you are to the sound the shofar all through your land; and you are to consecrate the fiftieth year, proclaiming freedom throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It will be a jubilee (yovel) for you; you will return everyone to the land he owns, and everyone is to return to his family. That fiftieth year will be a jubilee (yovel) for you; in that year you are not to sow, harvest what grows by itself or gather the grapes of untended vines; because it is a jubilee (yovel). It will be holy for you; whatever the fields produce will be food for all of you. In this year of jubilee yovel), every one of you is to return to the land he owns.” – Leviticus 25:8-13.
The Final Jubilee
“So, are we living today in God’s “appointed time” of the Trumpet sound? Time will tell!
“However, the only unfulfilled Feasts of the Lord are:
- Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets)
- Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
- Sukkot (Tabernacles)
“The fundamental theme of the “Feast of Trumpets” is the sounding of trumpets (Leviticus 23:24). In the Bible, trumpet blasts are associated with:
- Resurrection; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18.
- The opening of a door to Heaven – Revelation 4:1.
- A gathering of the people; Isaiah 27:13.
- The coronation of a king; 1 Kings 1:39; Psalm. 47:5; 98:6.
- Approaching danger; Ezekiel 33:4; Jeremiah 4:19–21.
- A battle cry; Jeremiah 4:19–21.
- A time of wrath and judgment; Joel 2; Zephaniah. 1:14–16.
“All of these themes are denotive of “the Rapture” and “arrival of Judgment Day.”
“Now here’s where it gets interesting. The Shofar not only announces His Return/Coming …but also the JUBILEE! The Jubilee and the Messiah … and His return appear to be linked!
“The commission of the Messiah and fulfilment of Prophecy also includes the Year of Jubilee. Yeshua’s return will bring about the long-awaited Jubilee Restoration!
“Could this Jubilee Year 2022 or 2023, be it? We cannot say for sure! However, we need to always live in expectation of our Lord’s soon coming and be ready especially since we don’t know neither the day nor the hour!”
Visit the website and the much longer article for more information.
I can’t say I’ve studied the matter in depth, but I recognize the scholarship of Qadesh La Yaweh Press in their “The Sabbath and Jubilee Cycle” study…
[from page 359] “Based upon the strong evidence presented in this study, it is our recommendation that the three sabbath cycle systems popularly proposed today, which we have labeled systems “B,” “C,” and “D,” be set aside, and system “A” be formally adopted as the correct and proven sabbath cycle. Under this construction the next sabbath year, as of this writing, will begin in the spring (Abib) of 1995 C.E., and then a Jubilee year in the spring (Abib) of 1996 C.E. This oncoming Jubilee year is also the beginning of the seventieth complete Jubilee cycle since the entrance of the Israelites into the Promised Land under Yahushua (Joshua) the son of Nun. It will end with the Jubilee year of 2045/2046 C.E. (Abib reckoning).
…and Barry Setterfield’s analysis for the age of the earth, using the Alexandrian Septuagint genealogies and harmonizing with the data but not the theories of modern science, suggesting at a creation date around 7822 years ago: https://www.barrysetterfield.org/scriptchron.htm#neareast
Since I am currently of the opinion that Jesus preached in a Sabbath year but not a Jubilee year, and that God may still be counting according to that cycle, I would watch for prophetic events in relation to Sabbath years rather than Jubilee years.
Since I am currently of the opinion that the earth is well past 7000 years old already, I am skeptical of chronologies that would make a significant event out of the transition from 6000 years old to a sabbath millennium, as Michael Rood teaches.
I hadn’t realised it was a jubilee year, I’ve been following on God’s calendar for years, it’s how we are meant to live. New Year is a pagan time, not biblical. Only God’s year is special, each year the Lord deals with us in different ways as we walk.