Online Midweek June 17

The Seventh Jubilee

Remembering what the Law of the Jubilee entails for the land:

It must be relinquished to it’s original owner.

If it has passed through multiple owners in the time period it was out of the family:

Whoever is occupying it at the time of the Jubilee must release it.

The Jubilee undoes the latest transaction and all those that preceded it.

Looking at the occupation of the Holy Land

70 AD The armies of Rome destroy Jerusalem, drove the Jewish people out to Israel and they were scattered among the nations. This is known to the Jewish people at “The Diaspora” or “The Dispersion.” (See John 7:35 and James 1:1)

451 AD The Roman Empire and Church split into Eastern (Byzantine) and Western (Roman) factions. The Byzantine faction controlled Jerusalem until their defeat by the Muslim ruler Umar.

From the seventh century on,other than a brief retaking of at least parts of the Holy Land by the Crusader Kingdom (1099 – 1187) Israel remained under Muslim control and occupation.

During this time Muslim factions would war among themselves for control of territory, including the Holy Land.

The last Muslim acquisition occurred when Selim I (also known as Selim the Grim) defeated his father and brothers to become Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. He soon defeated the Persianshah Ismail, then turned his armies against the Mamaluk Sultante, a Muslim Empire centered in Cairo Egypt.

On January 22, 1517 at the Battle of Raydaniyah he defeated the Mamaluks and came into possession of all their lands, including Israel.

This was the last transfer of the land before the return of the Jewish people began.

To give a historical perspective: The Ottomans would occupy the land from shortly after the time of Columbus and retain control of it during the Reformation, the colonization of America, the American Revolution, our Civil War, the Industrial Revolution and into the 20th Century.

A Number in Scripture that signifies completion: The Number 7

From the last transaction by an occupier – 1517 until 1867 when the restoration would begin there would have been 7 Jubilees

The Seventh Jubilee would be the year of completion, the year of the beginning of the end. 1867 was the year of measuring, uncovering, relinquishing and release, and no one involved in it had any idea of what was happening.

Mark Twain was not aware of the role that he played; nor was the Ottoman Sultan who was desperately looking for a way to resolve his debt.

Not even Charles Warren (the man who uncovered the ancient city of Jerusalem and who of all involved was the most attuned to the Lord and who would later catch a glimpse of the larger picture) had any idea of the role they were playing at the time.

Understandably, none of them could fathom the ancient mystery that would touch not only their lives, but would change the courses of nations and empires and eventually touch the entire world.

The Seventh Jubilee would mark the end of one era and the beginning of another.

The Seventh Jubilee would be the First Jubilee of the Restoration; the Jubilee of Seeds, of Sowing and Planting and setting in motion Ancient Purposes. The seeds of this Jubilee would begin germinating and would come to fruition at their appointed times. Some would be revealed sooner and some later, each at their appointed time, and in time the entire world would see it.