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Monday, May 20 2013
The Seven Sabbaths Of Years To The Jubilee
"When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a Sabbath unto the LORD"
The LORD (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God) commanded the ancient Israelites to observe a "Jubilee Year" every fifty years. The counting of the Jubilee was based upon the Sabbath-rest fallow year of the land (see also Leviticus: The Prophecies Of Christianity). Year one was "When ye come into the land which I give you."
"25:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying, 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. 25:3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; 25:4 But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. 25:5 That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land. 25:6 And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee, 25:7 And for thy cattle, and for the beast that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat." (Leviticus 25:1-7 KJV)
After each "seven sabbaths of years," which was "seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years," on the Day of Atonement (see The Day Of Atonement: It's All About Christianity) "shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year."
"25:8 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. 25:9 Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile 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. 25:10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. 25:11 A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. 25:12 For it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field." (Leviticus 25:8-12 KJV)
The primary purpose of the Jubilee year was to preserve the property rights of each family, in each tribe of Israel.
"25:13 In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.
How were the people to live when the land was fallow? If they obeyed His Command, "I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years." If they didn't obey His Command, and tried to grow crops during the year that the land was to rest, they would face crop failures and starvation.
"25:18 Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety. 25:19 And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety. 25:20 And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase: 25:21 Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years. 25:22 And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; until her fruits come in ye shall eat of the old store." (Leviticus 25:18-22 KJV)
Ancient Israel had no "welfare" system, but the poor and disadvantaged were provided with the opportunity to work for assistance if ever they needed it (i.e. see The Gleaner's Law). The same principle held throughout the fallow years.
"25:23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me. 25:24 And in all the land of your possession ye shall grant a redemption for the land.
Regardless of circumstances, everyone had the dignified opportunity to recover their lives and their property, by working for it (see also The Christian Work Days, The Christian Sabbath).
"25:35 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. 25:36 Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. 25:37 Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. 25:38 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.
Fact Finder: How is the correct method of counting Pentecost based upon the same principle as the Jubilee Year (i.e. the fiftieth year after seven sabbaths of years)?
This Day In History, May 20
325: The First Council of Nicea was held by the Roman Empire/Church (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
363: The Roman emperor Julian had given Jews permission to begin construction of another Temple; he even provided funds and building materials. The day before construction was to begin, a powerful earthquake struck Jerusalem and destroyed the preparations site (it wasn't yet time for the last Temple to be rebuilt - see A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad; also The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today).
526: An earthquake killed about 300,000 people in Antioch, Syria (see Earthquake!).
1217: The Second Battle of Lincoln was fought near Lincoln, England. It resulted in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.
1303: The Treaty of Paris restored Gascony to the British in the Hundred Years War.
1347: In Rome, Cola di Rienza took the title of Tribune and assumed dictatorial powers in his drive to revive the city as the capital of Italy.
1497: Italian explorer Zuan Chabotto (popularly known in English as John Cabot) set sail on his ship Matthew from Bristol, England looking for a route to the west. Like other Italian explorers, including Christopher Columbus, Cabot was commissioned by another country - in Cabot's case, under a commission from Henry VII of England.
1498: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrived at Calicut, India, after sailing from Europe.
1506: Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer, died in poverty at age 55. His four voyages of discovery led to European colonization of the "new world," but at the time of his death, he still believed that he had sailed to the coast of Asia (the reason that the native people of the continents of North and South America were erroneously called "Indians").
1536: King Henry VIII, 45, married Jane Seymour, 27.
1609: William Shakespeare's sonnets were first published, in London.
1674: John Sobieski became the first king of Poland.
1690: England passed the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II.
1798: Admiral Alexander Ball saved Lord Nelson's flagship from running ashore after being dismasted in a storm.
1802: Napoleon Bonaparte reinstated slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition during the French Revolution.
1813: The Battle of Bautzen during the Napoleonic Wars (while Britain was fighting the U.S. during the War of 1812, most of the British military was in Europe fighting Napoleon). French troops under Napoleon defeated a Russo-Prussian army in east Germany.
1874: Levi Strauss began marketing "blue jeans" with copper rivets. 120 years later, millions of them are still being sold.
1920: Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasted the first regularly-scheduled radio programming in North America.
1927: Britain signed the Treaty of Jeddah with King Ibn Saud, granting independence to Saudi Arabia (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1932: Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland, Canada to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot. She landed in Ireland the next day.
1939: Transatlantic airmail service began.
1941: First large-scale military paratrooper drop in history - Germans into Crete.
1956: The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped from the air was detonated by the U.S. over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
1980: A referendum by the people of Quebec rejected separation from Canada.
1983: The first published medical reports of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS.
1989: The Chinese government declared martial law during pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the stage for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
2002: The independence of East Timor was recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional United Nations administration.