For those who follow the Jewish biblical calendar, we have now entered a Jubilee Year. The year began on September 23, which is Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23). According to the Bible, Jubilee occurs every 50 years and is announced by the blowing of trumpets or shouts of joy:
In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven sets of seven years, adding up to forty-nine years in all. Then on the Day of Atonement in the fiftieth year, blow the ram’s horn loud and long throughout the land. Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan. – Leviticus 25: 8-10During Jubilee, the land was allowed to rest (Leviticus 25:11), family-owned property or possessions that were lost were restored to the original owners (vs. 23-31), and slaves were liberated (vs. 35-55). This was a way of abolishing poverty and slavery in society and provide a new life for freed slaves and for landowners.
So, what does this ancient biblical observance mean to us today? As Believers in Jesus Christ, we can apply the principles of Jubilee to our lives this year and see changes like never before! From now until October 2, 2016, we can expect to experience:
• Restoration. What we have lost in the past, be it our physical health, mental health, finances, inheritance, relationships, our joy or God’s peace, will be restored. God has a way of doing the impossible! All that we thought would be lost forever, God can return in ways that we can never imagine.
• Freedom. What has overcome us in the past, such as addictions, illnesses, depression, debt, or fear, will no longer hold us back from living the life that God has for us! We will finally be delivered from all that once enslaved us.
• New beginnings. We can ask God to release us from the old and familiar and open new doors of opportunity for us. God will release us into the plans and purposes that He has ordained for us to follow.
It is also believed that Jesus began His ministry in a Jubilee Year based on the Scripture that He read in the synagogue:
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18, NIV).
As we are blessed this year, let us not forget that there are others who will need the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Let us ask the Holy Spirit how we can provide individuals in need with the same “good news” of freedom of which Jesus spoke; for true liberation and freedom can only be found in Jesus Christ.
While we do not know exactly what will transpire during this Jubilee year, there is One who knows, and all we have to do is put our trust and faith in Him and ask for His guidance. God’s ultimate reason for establishing a Jubilee Year was to let everyone know that He is in control of everything. Only God can take a world full of chaos and inequity, and bring in a new order, balance and control.
There is much more to the Year of Jubilee that can be explained in this post. If you would like more information on calculation of Jubilee Years and what to expect this year, we recommend that you view The Mystery of The Jubilee Year video featuring Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah.
God’s ultimate reason for establishing a Jubilee Year was to let His people – as well as the world – know that He is in control of everything and will bring into line all that is out of control.