Part 3 is the most intriguing. Shows how history and prophecy fit hand in glove. Even VERY recent history.
While the YEAR OF JUBILEE is linked to the End Times, it remains an unknown quantity. Jesus said, "no man knows the day or the hour
" of His return. (Mark 13:32 & Matthew 24:36) It is unwise to make such attempts, yet self-proclaimed prophet$ continue to do so. The issue is not that it shouldn't be done, but that it can't be done.
Here's why it can't be done....Why does no man know the day or the hour?
Jesus spoke to His fellow Jews when He said this and everyone knew what He was talking about. Gentiles generally don't.
When God gave the LAW to Moses, He specified that one day in seven was to be a day of rest. Called shabbat in Hebrew, the day is translated to sabbath in English. The last day of the week was to be observed as a day of non-work. The sabbath was to extend from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. This is the day
and the hour
of the weekly sabbath. But the LAW of rest didn't end there.....
God also said that one YEAR in seven was to be observed as a year of sabbath rest for the land. In this LAW a year held the same significance as a day. Instead of a period of six days of work followed by a day of rest, the land was to be given a year of rest following six years of work. The land was not to be worked on the sabbath or seventh year. The total was a week of years.
Finally a YEAR of JUBILEE
was to be held every seven weeks of years
. Following forty-nine years of work, the fiftieth year was to be a year of financial and social reset or rest. All debts were to be forgiven. All indentured servants/slaves were to be given the option of freedom/free agent status or permanent service. All land, whether leased or sold, was to revert to its original owner family. There were numerous other specific items required to take place during the Year of Jubilee as well.The problem
is that Moses died before the first Year of Jubilee was observed. Joshua became the leader of the Hebrew nation, but never required the Year of Jubilee to be held. In time, the actual calendar date for the beginning of the years of sabbath was lost and forgotten. We remember the season, but not the actual date. The giving of the LAW is celebrated in Judaism as Shavout
or the 'Feast of Weeks' and by gentiles on the same day as 'Pentacost'
. It's rather interesting to observe that God's LAW and Holy Spirit were given to mankind on the same day
- relatively speaking.
As the centuries progressed, it was admitted by all Jews that the actual date of the beginning of the calculations for the years of sabbath had been forgotten. By the time the Chaldeans captured the remnants of Judah and took them captive to Babylon, the Year of Jubilee was ancient history. Some suggest the captivity was God's punishment of the Jews for not observing the Year of Jubilee. Personally I think the fact that Judah had become totally paganized had something to do with it. Outright SIN had more to do with it than failure to observe an ancient rite. Jeremiah and Ezekiel bemoaned the fall of God's people into sin and rebellion. I base my opinion on what they wrote about it.
By Jesus' time everyone knew the Year of Jubilee was an unknown factor. No one knew what day the Year of Jubilee was to be observed - specifically. Most, but not all, Jewish observances begin at sundown. Some begin at noon or at other hours of the day. Hence Jesus' admonition that no man knows the HOUR of His return or the day - with regard to the Year of Jubilee.
Therefore, the second coming of Christ cannot be predicted because its a simple matter of mathematic calculations - LOST CALCULATIONS. It has nothing to do with mysterious spiritual knowledge and has everything to do with simple addition and subtraction of days on the calendar.Confused?
Consider also that until October 1582, when the European Gregorian calendar was adopted, ALL calendars were based upon the orbit of the moon around the earth. They were lunar calendars. The Gregorian calendar is based upon the earth's orbit of the sun - a solar calendar which we use today. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar to this day. If you aren't confused enough, consider also that modern Jewish calendars are BOTH solar and lunar. Ask any rabbi for a Jewish calendar and you'll see.
If calculations of the Year of Jubilee weren't bad enough, one is now faced with the question of which calendar to use for figuring the date (and the hour).
Therefore anyone who thinks they've got a handle on the situation is speaking pure bovine excrement. They have no idea what they're talking about, but they expect us to buy their rubbish.
that's me, hollering from the choir loft...