THE YEAR OF JUBILEE

“And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.”

Leviticus 25:10 KJV

On July 8th, 1776, the bell rang out summoning the people to hear the reading of America’s Declaration of Independence. Unfortunately, the United States has not obeyed the Law of Jubilee. It is widely believed the bell cracked in 1835 A.D. while being rung. The crack, which occurred roughly fifty years after America’s War of Independence ended in 1783, was severe enough to cause the bell never to be rung again. Periodic economic depressions have occurred in the United States about every fifty years (The Digest of Divine Law, pages 109-110). The most unusual observance that God commanded the Israelites through Moses was the keeping of the year of jubilee. For most people this celebration occurred only once in their life time, and for many not even that, as it occurred only once every 50 years. At this year of jubilee all Israelites who had sold themselves into slavery were set free, and all land that had been sold reverted to its original owner. This meant that no Israelite could ever be in permanent slavery; nor could any Israelite permanently lose his inheritance. The English word Jubilee comes from the Hebrew word yobel meaning a trumpet or horn. These horns were blown on the Day of Atonement to announce the start of the year of jubilee. The word jubilee should not be confused with the word jubilation which comes from a Latin word meaning to rejoice. The year of jubilee was no doubt a time of great jubilation, but the similarities of the two words are (at least humanly speaking) a coincidence. Leviticus 25 describes the fiftieth, or Jubilee, year. “Jubilee” means “liberty.” The Jubilee year is proclaimed with the sound of a trumpet on the Day of Atonement, so that all know the holy year has begun. God owns the land, and in the Jubilee, He wants the return of every man to his possession. Men, who have worked as a servant to pay off their debt, must be freed and allowed to return to their own land and to their families. The bible says, “And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: For it is the jubilee; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. In the year of this jubilee ye shall return every man unto his possession. And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbor, or buyest ought of thy neighbor’s hand, ye shall not oppress one another: And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God. And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant: But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubilee. And then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return.” Leviticus 25:8-14,35-41 KJV  We have seen that in Exodus was a birth and a beginning, the jubilee of Solomon was a climax. Moses led an undisciplined rabble of slaves out of Egypt.  500 years later they were a powerful people with a country, a capital and a king. In the center of it was the newly built temple of God, and the glory of God descended to fill it. This occasion was far more glorious than the Exodus, but it owed everything to it. Without Moses there would have been no land of Israel, no Jerusalem and no temple. In the same way this consummation jubilee will be far more glorious than the New Testament jubilee, but it will be wholly founded on the life and death and resurrection of Jesus. Without Jesus there would be nothing. Without Pentecost and Peter and Paul and the scriptures they wrote there would be nothing. What they all did was the foundation, this will be the completed building. Its glory will exceed everything that has gone before. Concluding, the year of Jubilee commanded in the Old Testament sees its greatest fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus Christ who brought in release and rest wherever He went. So why not put your Trust and Faith in Jesus Christ to fulfill and complete your life by opening your heart up to Him because He alone was the one that died on the cross to pay for your penalty for your sins so that you could have the free gift of eternal life. Amen
By: Jeff Ellinger

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