Sabbatical Years

“Jubilee years were counted by cycles of 49, years from Tishri the 10th, and not cycles of 50. The next year after the 49th year would be hallowed the 50th year, even though it was the first year of the next 49-year cycle; Leviticus 25: 8-10 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.”

How we should determine the Sabbatical or Jubilee years is based on the book of Ezekiel Chapter 1: 1, and 2 says: “Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity.” We know the fifth year of Jehoiachin’s captivity is based on the history of Nebuchadnezzar’s first year.

Nebuchadnezzar’s first year began in 605 B.C. 2 Kings 24: 12 says: “And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers: and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his reign.” We know this ‘eighth year’ is referring to Nebuchadnezzar because Jehoiachin only reigned 3 months. 597 B.C. would have been Nebuchadnezzar’s 8th year. The phrase “… in the thirtieth year…” is key for understanding Jubilee years. Ezekiel is saying thirty years have passed since a Jubilee year could have been observed (The Jews were negligent in their Jubilee observance.) Jehoiachin’s 5th year was in 592 B.C. So, in twenty more years, which would be 572 B.C, it would’ve been a Jubilee year. Ezek. 40: 1 says “In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the Lord was upon me and brought me thither.” The first year of their captivity was in 597 B.C. 597 minus 25 years equals 572 B.C. He also says it was 14 years after the city was smitten: 572 plus 14 years equals 586 B.C. the same year Jerusalem was destroyed.

The seventy weeks of Daniel began in the Sabbatical year of 537 B.C. Each week is seven prophetic years. So, the first seven weeks look like this: 7 X 7 = 49 years, which took place from the year 537/ 36 B.C. until 488 B.C. After these 49 years Nehemiah’s wall, the Temple, and the city would be rebuilt and dedicated. The 62 sevens or 434 years would begin in the year 404/ 03 B.C. until 29/30A.D. when Jesus, the Christ entered the temple to read Isaiah 61. Jesus was crucified in the middle of a Sabbatical week between 30 A.D. and 37 A.D. so that would be 33 A.D. So, immediately after Christ is crucified shouldn’t the 70th week begin? The 70th week doesn’t begin after 30 A.D. which was the ending of the 69th week, nor in 33 A.D. But it began in 65 A.D to 72 A.D. Luke 21: 20 says “… when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” Daniel makes it seem as though the destruction of the temple is before the 70th week of Daniel. But Luke places the destruction of the temple in the last 3 ½ years of the seven-year Sabbatical cycle of 68 A.D. to 72 A.D.

What Antiochus IV did was the Old Testament fulfilment of the abomination of desolation. Like what happened under Antiochus IV in 167 B.C. It happened in 70 A.D. ending the last days of Israel in a fiery judgment. The Israel of the Old Testament was natural, but now the church is the Israel of God, or Spiritual Israel. Some today are looking for a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem to be desecrated with the same defilement as that under Antiochus or Titus. But, if a Jewish Temple was built in this era, how could it be made desolate by taking away a sacrifice; when that sacrifice would be an abomination to God? Or why would the Antichrist stop a sacrifice that’s not pleasing to God? Jesus is and was the sacrifice! So, like the Jews had their temple desecrated, now the Gentile church would experience a desecration; an Abomination of desolation that would happen to the Christian Church. If the seventy weeks of Daniel were already fulfilled by the year 70 A.D. what else is further to come? In Daniel 9: 24, there is an awesome timeline of events that happen from the return of the Babylonian exile, until the glorious return of Christ.”

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