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Tuesday, February 12 2019

A Bible Journey, 115: The Year Of The Jubilee

"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 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. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof"

The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) commanded the early people of Israel to observe the "Jubilee Year" every fifty years. The counting of the Jubilee was based upon the land's Sabbath-rest fallow year (see the Fact Finder question below to understand how that also applied directly to Pentecost).

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)

Wheat Field

Immediately following 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 (to understand the always Christian purpose of the Day of Atonement, see The Day Of Atonement: Deliverance Of The Passover Blood) "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 Jubilee year was to maintain 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.

25:14 And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not oppress one another: 25:15 According to the number of years after the jubile thou shalt buy of thy neighbour, and according unto the number of years of the fruits he shall sell unto thee: 25:16 According to the multitude of years thou shalt increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of years thou shalt diminish the price of it: for according to the number of the years of the fruits doth he sell unto thee. 25:17 Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 25:13-17 KJV)

But then, how were the people to survive for a year when the land was left 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)

Israel had no "welfare" system, but the poor and disadvantaged were provided with the dignity of 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. It was like an insurance policy for income.

Ruth

"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.

25:25 If thy brother be waxen poor, and hath sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold. 25:26 And if the man have none to redeem it, and himself be able to redeem it; 25:27 Then let him count the years of the sale thereof, and restore the overplus unto the man to whom he sold it; that he may return unto his possession. 25:28 But if he be not able to restore it to him, then that which is sold shall remain in the hand of him that hath bought it until the year of jubile: and in the jubile it shall go out, and he shall return unto his possession.

25:29 And if a man sell a dwelling house in a walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it is sold; within a full year may he redeem it. 25:30 And if it be not redeemed within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city shall be established for ever to him that bought it throughout his generations: it shall not go out in the jubile. 25:31 But the houses of the villages which have no wall round about them shall be counted as the fields of the country: they may be redeemed, and they shall go out in the jubile.

25:32 Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, and the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time. 25:33 And if a man purchase of the Levites, then the house that was sold, and the city of his possession, shall go out in the year of jubile: for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the children of Israel. 25:34 But the field of the suburbs of their cities may not be sold; for it is their perpetual possession." (Leviticus 25:23-34 KJV)

Regardless of circumstances, everyone had the respectful 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.

25:39 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: 25:40 But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubile: 25:41 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. 25:42 For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen. 25:43 Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God.

25:44 Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. 25:45 Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. 25:46 And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour.

25:47 And if a sojourner or stranger wax rich by thee, and thy brother that dwelleth by him wax poor, and sell himself unto the stranger or sojourner by thee, or to the stock of the stranger's family: 25:48 After that he is sold he may be redeemed again; one of his brethren may redeem him: 25:49 Either his uncle, or his uncle's son, may redeem him, or any that is nigh of kin unto him of his family may redeem him; or if he be able, he may redeem himself. 25:50 And he shall reckon with him that bought him from the year that he was sold to him unto the year of jubile: and the price of his sale shall be according unto the number of years, according to the time of an hired servant shall it be with him. 25:51 If there be yet many years behind, according unto them he shall give again the price of his redemption out of the money that he was bought for. 25:52 And if there remain but few years unto the year of jubile, then he shall count with him, and according unto his years shall he give him again the price of his redemption. 25:53 And as a yearly hired servant shall he be with him: and the other shall not rule with rigour over him in thy sight.

25:54 And if he be not redeemed in these years, then he shall go out in the year of jubile, both he, and his children with him. 25:55 For unto me the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 25:35-55 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why is the correct method of determining Pentecost based upon the same principle as the Jubilee Year (i.e. the fiftieth year after seven sabbaths of years)?
See The Day After The Seventh Sabbath, Or Sivan 6?


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This Day In History, February 12

881: Pope John VIII crowned German King Charles (known as "Charles the Fat") as king of Italy and Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

German Empire

1294: Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan, the "conqueror of Asia," died at age 80 (see also The Origin Of Gog And Magog and End-Time Gog And Magog; also The First Chinese American War).

Kublai Khan

Mongol Empire

1429: French forces were defeated by the English at the Battle of Herrings (or Rouvray).

1502: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama set sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage of exploration to India.

1541: Santiago, Chile was founded by Pedro de Valdivia.

1554: Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for 13 days, was beheaded on Tower Hill at the age of 17.

1586: Augustus I died at age 60. As elector of Saxony and the leader of Protestant Germany, he reconciled his fellow Lutherans with the Roman Catholic Habsburg Holy Roman emperors (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), thereby helping to bring the initial hostility of the Reformation in Germany to an end.

1733: English Army General and Member of Parliament James Edward Oglethorpe arrived with the first colonists at (what was later known as) Savannah, Georgia. The state was named after King George II of Great Britain.

1818: Chile became independent from Spain.

1851: Edward Hargraves discovered gold at Summerhill Creek in New South Wales, triggering the Australian gold rush.

1895: China surrendered at the Battle of Weihaiwei, ending the Sino-Japanese War.

1912: The Manchu dynasty under Pu Yi abdicated in China and a provisional republic was established under Sun Yat-sen.

1924: King Tutankhamen's sarcophagus was opened to reveal his coffin, 15 months after the tomb was first discovered in Egypt.

Tutankhamen

1935: The Macon, the last U.S. Navy dirigible, crashed off the coast of California, killing 2 people.

1947: The Sikhote-Alin asteroid strike in eastern Siberia. An iron-nickel asteroid with a mass estimated at 100 tons streaked through the sky as a multicolored bolide brighter than the sun itself (one witness said that it looked like a piece of the sun had broken off). The asteroid shattered while still in the air and scattered meteorites over a wide area. Investigators located 106 craters and pits, the largest recovered meteorite weighed 3,845 pounds / 1,745 kilograms (see also When Space Rocks Collide With Earth and The Blood Moon Prophecy).

Stamp

1953: The Soviet Union broke off diplomatic relations with Israel after a bomb exploded at the Soviet Legation in Tel Aviv.

1955: U.S. President Eisenhower sent the first of the U.S. Empire's "advisors" to become involved in the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the colonial French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam).

Vietnam

Bomber

1986: The Channel Tunnel treaty between Britain and France was signed.

1994: More than 100 people walked the English Channel Tunnel in a sponsored walk for charity. They became the first humans to walk from France to Britain since the Ice Age.

1999: The U.S. Senate failed to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives (See also The Impeachment Of The President).

2004: The city of San Francisco, California began issuing "marriage" licenses to same-sex "couples."


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