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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Forty Jubilees... the Beginning of the End of the Exile?

God sets His seasons and today is one of those appointed times. It is the 7th day of Tabernacles, it's Hoshana Rabah and it's a big deal on God's calendar.

"Yeshua" declared an acceptable year of The Lord when He read from the scroll of Isaiah on a Sabbath day in Nazareth, where he had been brought up. (see the proof text in Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:18-19):
"The Spirit of The Lord [is] upon me; because The Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of The Lord".
Just what is the acceptable year of The Lord?

Yeshua's public reading and declaration was the word given Isaiah and it seems He focused on the declaration of a Jubilee, a "Yovel" Year... the acceptable year of The Lord to proclaim the favor of our God.

The acceptable Jubilee (Yovel) is ultimately about freedom for the slave (to sin) and it includes a return (repentance), because in the end, the garden planted by God will be restored by its creator and owner, who is The King!

This can be seen throughout the Bible and the whole storyline is summed up in the book of Revelation. It reveals a Jubilee message imprinted and woven in the vision of John.

Revelation interweaves the Shemittah cycle that is based on counts of sevens. The sevens are everywhere in John's vision. The storyline culminates with the promise of a return to Eden when slaves to sin are freed from the death penalty in resurrection, property is restored to its original owner in Jerusalem at the end of the 20 Jubilee timespan of the 1,000 year Messianic age of Messiah.

The Bible's original prophetic instruction of the Jubilee is outlined in Leviticus 25. The events leading up to the millennium Messianic age are described by Jesus much like the days of Noah. The the final Jubilee which begins on Yom Kippur is described in Revelation and shown like the days of Elijah and the prophets of Baal when fire rained down from the Almighty.

Just like the narrative of Revelation, Elijah also honors the 12 tribes with the 12 stones he used to build the altar of The Lord before the fire fell:
"Elijah took 12 stones — according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob".

"Then The Lord’s fire fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw it, they fell facedown and said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”"
Unlike the days of Elijah, in the end the fire from heaven will not be limited to the altar:
They went up over the breadth of the land, and surrounded the camp of the holy ones, and the beloved city. Fire came down out of heaven from God, and devoured them. Revelation 20:9
Our planet Earth will one day see the Jubilee restoration described in Leviticus and this promise is on full display in Revelation. Check it out for yourself, read Revelation 21 and Revelation 22. There you will find the mirror imagery of the prophetic themes of Leviticus:
· Blowing a shofar.
· A return.
· Freeing slaves.
· No reaping or sowing is needed.
· A harvest.
· Eat its fruit directly from the field vs sowing.
· A walled city, permanently transferred to its purchaser.
· The right of redemption and living securely.
· The clans (tribes/families), the redeemed Israelites.
· Restoring property... Jerusalem the Most Holy covered in gold.
· Blessing in God's statutes and ordinances.
· The seventh year - the millennium.
· The eighth year - eternity.
· My land - heaven on Earth, the possession of its purchaser.
· I am The Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.
· His children are to be released at a Jubilee.
Revelation describes the ancient Jewish tradition of blowing of the trumpet at the end of Yom Kippur when the Shofar is sounded to announce a Jubilee according to the instruction and teaching of Leviticus:
"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets." Revelation 10:7

"And the seventh angel sounded [his Yovel shofar]; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Messiah; and he shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15

"And the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done." Revelation 16:17
The mystery of God is Messiah, He will bring in the ultimate Jubilee. Yeshua is the High Priest of the greatest Yom Kippur to come when the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Messiah.

In Jewish traditional writings about Yom Kippur, two goats were brought before the High Priest, their purpose in the ceremony were determined by casting lots. Two gold lots were placed in a golden bowl and as the High Priest placed his hand on the head of each goat, the High Priest then reached into the bowl and pulled out one of the lots. That bowl of Yom Kippur is seen in the hand of the 7th angel...

Leviticus tells us that the goat chosen by lot at Yom Kippur is to be led outside the city...

Again, in Jewish tradition, we see that during the ceremony of Yom Kippur at the Temple two goats were brought before the High Priest. One was a goat “for the Lord” to be presented as a peace offering as commanded in Leviticus 16:7-10. The other was called “the scapegoat” because all the sins of each nation were placed upon its head, and it was led outside the city.

This scene is shown to us in the vision in Revelation 20:10 and 22:15. Read this for yourself.

The scapegoat was killed to remind the people that only the shedding of innocent blood could atone for their sins and to show us the final Yom Kippur message that unfolds in the book Revelation. The death of the goat set aside the sins of the people, it made an acceptable offering gave them peace with their Creator.

The book of Revelation 'unveils' the Biblical concept of
the final trumpet of the Yom Kippur Jubilee. 

It teaches us about restoration when liberty and justice will take on the eternal presence on Earth is as it is in Heaven. That is the Message of the Lord's Prayer.

When I decided to post this Jubilee commentary, I knew my attempt to explain my Scripture studies about the Jubilee would take some time and the truth is I was not the best student in English class. I tend to ramble across the page in repetition and with some disorganization, I even had trouble with the title to this commentary.

I thought about naming it "Seventy Jubilees". If you read through this, you will see why, but I decided on the number "forty" to honor the amazing synagogue reading of Yeshua recorded in Luke 4:20-21. Here's why:

The incredible gospel story that unfolded there in that synagogue tells us exactly what Yeshua (Jesus) did when He finished reading a short excerpt from Isaiah's scroll on that Sabbath day in Nazareth.

It was almost 40 Jubilees ago:
"And he closed the book, and he gave [it] again to the minister, and sat down.
And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
And he began to say unto them,
This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."
There is a whole lot more going on there than what meets the eye of the casual reader. Isaiah's words, ultimately Messiah's - - are based on a foundation to proclaim liberty that is found in the Kingdom instruction manual called the Torah:
“And you shall count seven Sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven Sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family.” Leviticus 25:8-10
At first glance, the message appears to be all about land and family thousands of years ago as if it is old and done away with. It is not old and it is certainly not done away with. The Jubilee restoration is the ultimate restoration of one new man, Jew and Gentile one in Messiah.

The division or exile of Jew and Gentile that began 40 Jubilees ago is now ending.

Yeshua - Jesus taught from the book of Leviticus all the time. One reason is because He is the 'One" that spoke from the mountain and Leviticus gives us the clues to the outline for His redemption and sanctification plan for the planet because Leviticus is eternal, never changing and prophetic. The instruction n the beginning will be fulfilled in the end.

So, before we move on let's look at another declaration given by Yeshua Ha-Mashiach. Many find it very difficult, so they skip right past it. He declared these words to His disciples:
"I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel" (see Matthew 15:24).
Jesus also said:
"I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd." (See John 10:16)
Jesus continues on about the "lost" sheep and His "other" sheep...
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one." (See John 10:25-30)
So, like a dear, close friend always asks me... when did the lost sheep, get lost?

There are dozens of resources for the historic information and the best is the Bible. The Biblical record points to the lost sheep of the ten tribes of northern Israel taken by the Assyrians. Here's a brief summary of what lines up with history and the Bible, but please, don't jump off the commentary here, history is critical to our future, prophecy is a cycle. So, please stay with this. After all, God declares the greatest of all cycles when He says: THE end from THE beginning (Isaiah 46:10).

The ancient northern Kingdom of Israel became "lost" when they were conquered by the Neo-Assyrian monarchs. It started thousands of years ago with Tiglath-Pileser III (also known as 'Pul' in the Bible) and Shalmaneser V as well as the Assyrian rulers Sargon II and his son and successor, Sennacherib. These Assyrian men were responsible for the demise of Israel's northern Kingdom, or so they thought. The process took about 20 years as the ten tribes of Northern Israel that were exiled by Assyria became known through history as the "Ten Lost Tribes".

Sennacherib also invaded some parts of the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Archaeological records beyond the Bible also show us that he captured forty-six fortified towns from Judah in the south, and presumably carried those people away into Assyria and beyond, into "the nations". Jerusalem was besieged, but the great city was never fully taken by Assyrian warriors. That ultimate siege was reserved at that time for another beast from the East.

The northern ten tribes are known collectively and referred to as "Ephraim" in Scripture after their banishment from northern Israel by God hand through the Assyrians. It all started around the year 740 BC when the tribes of Reuben, Gad and the eastern half-tribe of Manasseh were carried away in the initial Assyrian invasion. The Biblical account gives us at least two witnesses:
"And the Elohim (God) of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day." (See 1Chronicles 5:26)

"In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria." (see 2Kings 15:29)
It is believed by many scholars that the diaspora process concluded in 722 BC, and notably it is also reckoned that year was a Shemittah Year, a seventh Sabbatical year of "ceasing", letting go. The Shemittah comes to focus in Leviticus 25:3-4:
When you enter the land that I am giving you,
the land is to cease, a Sabbath-ceasing to YHWH.
For six years you are to sow your field,
for six years you are to prune your vineyard,
then you are to gather in its produce,
but in the seventh year
there shall be a Sabbath of Sabbath-ceasing for the land,
a Sabbath to YHWH.
This instruction is woven and connected to Exodus 20:8-11:
the Sabbath day, to hallow it.
For six days, you are to serve,
and are to make all your work,
but the seventh day
is Sabbath for YHWH your God:
... For in six days
YHWH made
the heavens and the earth,
the sea and all that is in it,
and he rested on the seventh day;
therefore YHWH gave the seventh day his blessing,
and he hallowed it.
The Shemittah of 722 BC arrived 18 years after the initial deportation of Ephraim (northern Israel's ten tribes) which began when Samaria, the ruling city of the Northern Kingdom was finally taken by Sargon II. The siege that was started by Shalmaneser V lasted three years and it ended in the defeat of Ephraim's defenders according the scroll of Kings:
"Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents. And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent messengers to So, king of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison. Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes." (see the record of 2Kings 17:3-6)

"And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes: because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded and would not hear them, nor do them." (also see 2Kings 18:11-12)
Historically, the Bible records that King Hezekiah witnessed the destruction of the northern Kingdom of Israel by Sargon's Assyrians in 720 BC and an Assyrian cuneiform backs up the Biblical account and provide another witness. It states that over 20,000 captives were taken from Samaria by the armies of Sargon II. That is the detailed record set literally in stone as Sargon inscribed his initial campaign on the walls of the royal palace of Dur-Sarraku (Khorsabad):
"In my first year of reign the people of Samaria to the number of 27,290... I carried away. Fifty chariots for my royal equipment I selected. The city I rebuilt. I made it greater than it was before. People of the lands I had conquered I settled therein. My official (Tartan) I placed over them as governor. (L.ii.4.) (Luckenbill, Daniel David. Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylon)".
But this is not just ancient history, prophecy and the Bible is not linear, it cycles. What goes around comes around.

There's a connection to the past today and it cycles into our future - so take note, the Assyrian's are still here. It's a nation by the modern name of Syria and its chaos of terror extends into Northern Iraq to the east and Turkey to the west.

Prophecy declares Messiah will fulfill the ultimate promise of the restoration of the Davidic kingdom so the terrorists there will ultimately fail when they try to wipe Israel off the map. No matter what they do, or what Iran, Hamas or Hezbollah attempt, the tent of David will be reunited and restored.

It will be so because God created the heavens and the earth and He made a covenant promise with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that the Promised Land we now know as modern Israel is not only that tiny area but it is the land inheritance of Abraham's faith whose promise extends from the Nile to the Euphrates. Today, those boundaries are coming into global prominence.

Since the days of Genesis until now, godless people have done everything in their power to divide the land and take it away from a people God calls Israel.

But a day is coming when our Lord and Savior is going use the fire of His glory to complete the job left undone by Joshua. He will restore "all" Israel within His Kingdom. Check out Isaiah 11:
Then it will happen on that day that the Lord
Will again recover the second time with His hand
The remnant of His people, who will remain,
From Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath,
And from the islands of the sea. Isaiah

And He will lift up a standard for the nations
And assemble the banished ones of Israel,
And will gather the dispersed of Judah
From the four corners of the earth.

Then the jealousy of Ephraim will depart,
And those who harass Judah will be cut off;
Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
And Judah will not harass Ephraim.
Isaiah 11:11-13
The disciples knew this promise of restoration of Ephraim and Judah. That's why they asked their rabbi Yeshua of Nazareth:
"Will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" Acts 1:6
Here they questioned the very heart of their hope. They were looking for kingdom restoration, yet many skip over their question, not realizing the hidden truth.

There may well be a Jubilee connection converging on their question today. The historic threads need to be studied and understood by watchmen and that is one purpose of this commentary. The narrative is extensive and it may not for everyone if you sit in a complacent niche of believing the future is not connected to the past despite God's word to the contrary.

The Biblical cycle of a prophetic Jubilee "restoration" is a core Torah teaching that needs to be understood and Jesus set it in motion.

Since this is a BIG DEAL IN THE BIBLE, it is relevant and it's VERY IMPORTANT despite the fact that the Jubilee has fallen off our daytimer, forgotten in time as the counting of the Jubilee years is not certain, but if you have found yourself "climbing the wall" as a watchman, let's get started and consider what is before us...

First, let's look further at the seven year Shemittah instruction, it is a foundation of the Yovel, the Jubilee because there is no Jubilee without the seven Shemittah countdown, so the risk of ignorance is huge!

The Shemittah 'rest' or Sabbath is the focus of the Torah's instruction about God's seven sevens or 49 year time cycle leading up to the grand 50th year, the Jubilee Year. The Jubilee instruction is given in Leviticus 25:8-19.

The thing to see there is that the Yovel is to take precedence, debts are to be cancelled during the entire year. It is the time that God provides a renewal, a fresh start, free of "debt" and He focuses everyone attention on the Promised Land.

Think about that for a minute. The implication is astounding for tomorrow.

It is pretty scary to realize we are now experiencing the greatest financial "debt" in world history as all of our global financial systems are based on debt. It's scary and troublesome to realize that the global economic debt vortex if you will, may be focused right here in the United States of America.

In fact, American debt will soon exceed our GDP as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Public Debt. This debt 'storm' germinated from Bretton Woods in 1945 at the end of World War II. Interestingly, its 70th year anniversary will arrive in the year 2015 and coincidentally the UN will hold its Jubilee General Session. Nonbelievers, like it or not will be drawn by the headlines to a focus on "Jubilee" despite the fact its by man's counting at 70 years. Ironically though, both years, 1945 and 2015 just happen to fall within a 7th Shemittah year, but 2015 is different because it moves from Shemittah into a Jubilee over a two year period of rest.

Let's consider these words from Psalm 9:9-11:
"The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings."
Although they ignore it now, the governments of the world need to learn to observe God's word and follow His instruction to let go of debt, but seeking their own way - they do not. Instead, those that govern increase debt in opposition to God. Today, in the U.S. alone, the face of our Federal debt clock spirals beyond comprehension with numbers so large that they have no real meaning. Our debt is an incomprehensible problem, and the trouble is so big that we can't grasp it's magnitude.

But it's not just about the money, perhaps Daniel 5:25 gives the world the handwriting on our wall:

“Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin”
Measure, Measure, Weigh, Divide

Daniel explains the meaning: "This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians."

Will this handwriting soon be seen across the planet with a link to Iran (Persia) in a potential 2015-2016 Jubilee year?

I'm not sure, but we must consider the facts.

This commentary is NOT about "setting" a date
but it is about "keeping watch."

Here in the U.S., we may one day be weighed in the balances, we have thrown prayer and the Bible out of our public arenas, we have legalized immorality, pornography and abortion. Legalizing same sex marriage may be next on the horizon as many U.S. states now grapple with the sin of Sodom. In fact, Vermont (September 1, 2009), New Hampshire (January 1, 2010) as well as Washington D.C. (March 3, 2010) have already legalized same sex marriage as have 10 other nations to date. For our country, the next step away from God may be as unavoidable as the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. We are living in dark times and the smell of sulfur is on the horizon as America embraces the root of deceptive dark sin.

Evil and the false god of money based on the worship of capital has caused many to wander from faith. I know -- I did this for many years.

Many have pierced ourselves with greed and tattooed the curse of grief and mourning on ourselves. I'm afraid God may number our kingdom too, weighing America in His balance and He will find us sick and wanting. Unless we repent now, God may very well divide our kingdom and give it to the Persians and Babylon, so we must repent. If we don't, we better watch because nations have been used as a winnowing fork by God Almighty in times past and He declares the end from the beginning.

The lesson from history is that we must prepare for times of trouble as every national sin puts each nation deeper in debt to God. We are all united in debt, but God's mercy and grace can forgive our debt to Him if we first seek Him and repent. Don't wait for a time of trouble to come, turn back now, before it's too late. Repent now and ask for the Almighty's mercy and grace.

You can do this personally, right now. Turn your life over to Messiah Yeshua, Jesus and He will take on your debt (sin).

This is a call for Judah as well. These are not my words. As a nation, Israel will one day call out in distress to Yeshua: 'LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success!" Psalm 118:25

Yeshua declares the same as He quotes from Psalm 118:26:
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'" Matthew 23:37-39 NIV
This is the burden of Jerusalem, and it is a burden in the west too as our societies are turning desolate and away from our Heavenly Father.

As we have all turned the wrong way, our governments and our interlinked international "black horse" banking systems have all become burdened with unimaginable debt. The obligations are sugar coated as "bonds". These bond instruments sound noble, but in the end, they are nothing but destructive tools of explosive debt.

A 'bond' sounds noble, it provides an interest rate (coupon) that will be paid until the loaned funds (principal) are returned. In the U.S., our Treasury Bonds represent nothing but grievous national debt and because of our debt-based economy, our nation and many other so called "free economies" are headed toward eventual bankruptcy because the bond principal that is owed is too large to ever be repaid by the Keynesian printing presses that churn every day.

There is a direct link to this debt and our dimming morals.
We are 'falling away' just as Europe has before us and as we do, the global economy is gradually crumbling one stone at a time before the world stage.

It seems we are a modern reflection of ancient Babylon's moral bankruptcy.

Our faith has faded here and abroad with each passing year since the possible Jubilee of 1967. In our generation, American entropy intensified when prayer was outlawed in our public schools during the 1960's and it accelerated the decay when abortion was legalized in the 1973 Shemittah, and get this, seven years later in 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Ten Commandments were banned for display in our public schools. Each of these years was part of a seven Shemittah countdown to a Jubilee.

This is no coincidence.

During this horrible period of our national moral "release", America’s share of the world’s GDP that had grown to about 50% of global output after World War II, fell down the economic cliff to 25% of global GDP in the 1970's. It has now fallen to 22% with the 0% interest rate policies implemented during the last Shemittah of 2008. To pump us up the Fed's presses on with quantitative easing, but in the end, our debt-ridden printing presses will never improve the long term economic death spiral. In the end, monetary injections will only delay the inevitable - until it ends.

We all know that economically our country's liabilities rose to the forefront of every news headline two years ago in 2008, just seven years after 9/11, now our debt now far exceeds any nation's ability to repay without a Jubilee miracle. And now, our moral crimes point toward the legalization of homosexual marriage, once again opposing God's Word and the Biblical teaching of marriage between a man and a woman that leads to life.

We are re-living the days of Egypt when the families of Israel lived in slavery and unjust rule before the "Exodus" when children were murdered by a Pharaoh's decree. Exodus 1:22 shows us the words of the Pharaoh. It was not unlike the so called "Supreme" ruling of Roe v. Wade. Both give the death, 'throw the children into the Nile'.

Step back and think about what is happening before your eyes... Same sex marriage can only lead to death. There is no conception, no procreation by homosexuality. We are trying to kill ourselves in a suicidal pattern called "gay rights".

Children are the first commandment because they give life to the planet:
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply..." Genesis 1:27-28
Marriage was defined by our Creator:
"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Genesis 2:24
To ignore God's word, much less His first instruction for man and woman to become one flesh is a grave sin that leads to death. It is a huge debt and this debt to our creator and ourselves will ultimately bring on a "black" event.

The Revelation prophecy of the "black horse" is that its rider will go through great duress before repentance. That stress is what in our moral decline, we may experience like a ticking time bomb...

A great revival must follow in an emergence of repentance arising from chaos for those that wake up and realize that God's way is the only way. Our Creator means what He says. His words recorded by Moses in Leviticus still stand from that mountain:
“You shall count seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the time of the seven weeks of years shall give you forty-nine years. Then you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land.

And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of itself nor gather the grapes from the undressed vines. For it is a Jubilee. It shall be holy to you.

You may eat the produce of the field. In this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his property. And if you make a sale to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one another." Leviticus 25:8-14
Pay attention to God's words. He gives us many clues. During the Jubilee, you will not wrong one another, but it's after the Jubilee that He declares: you shall pay, the years may be many and you shall fear your God, for I AM The Lord:
"You shall pay your neighbor according to the number of years after the jubilee, and he shall sell to you according to the number of years for crops. If the years are many, you shall increase the price, and if the years are few, you shall reduce the price, for it is the number of the crops that he is selling to you. You shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your God, for I am the LORD your God. "Therefore you shall do my statutes and keep my rules and perform them, and then you will dwell in the land securely." Leviticus 25:15-18
Will the end of forty Jubilees be an end to Jerusalem's exile or the beginning of final chaos?

Consider our maker's purpose in hard times:

It can shock and awe a person and a nation, it can humble hearts for repentance so that God's mercy can be poured out as He releases our debt from sin. Some will call this revival, but the unrepentant will only see the chaos. Some will say things are falling apart, others will say its all coming together.

The thing is this... God can forgive our grave debt, but we must first confess and petition our heavenly Father for forgiveness and we must act now. God knows many only do that out of tribulation. He tells Isaiah this, read chapter 66.

You may have not noticed it before now but the Jubilee instruction of God's Torah contains a hidden message from The Lord's Prayer:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one."
Forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors... lead us not into temptation, deliver us from the evil one.

Take note here, don't laugh this off: in Matthew 6:13, the Greek word for temptation is "peirasmos," it means adversity, affliction and trouble. It can also mean testing. In addition, debt is from the Greek word "opheilēma," it is defined as that which is justly or legally due... The Greek transliteration of "ponēros" is evil. Evil leads to labor and hardship, a time full of peril causing pain and trouble.

By this I pray you can see it's critical to look at the original meanings in all words found in the Scriptures, they can open our eyes and knock off the blinders to the truth if we will just look and listen.

Some 1,500 years after the Lord's Prayer was taught on a hillside in Galilee where Messiah Yeshua's fame spread up through Syria, the Protestant reformers in 1517 with Luther's "95 Theses" in hand followed in the path of Constantine and removed a large section of the Jewish teachings like this one that had been used for thousands of years. The Church of England led the way and insisted on taking the books of 1 and 2 Maccabees out of Biblcal publication in the 1800's as the "Apocrypha" was tossed out of our reformed memory.

The history of the Maccabees may not be considered Scripture by some, but the lessons found in these manuscripts remains well worth heeding today:
"Since, therefore, we are about to celebrate the purification, we write to you. Will you therefore please keep the days? It is God who has saved all his people, and has returned the inheritance to all, and the kingship and priesthood and consecration, as he promised through the law. For we have hope in God that he will soon have mercy upon us and will gather us from everywhere under heaven into his holy place, for he has rescued us from great evils and has purified the place." 2 Maccabees 2:16-18
Some 100 years after Columbus sailed from Spain, Martin Luther declared: "These are books which are not held equal to the Sacred Scriptures and yet are useful and good for reading."

As noted, history is important.

Just look at the big picture of what happened to our nation after the great depression of the 1930's that hit the world following years of Wall Street greed. The world was deeply humbled by economic catastrophe, yet a moral, Bible reading America rose up from the ashes of 'The Great Depression' and became the world's "superpower" that helped end World War II and extinguish the fires of the Holocaust.

Incredibly, the pattern of great blessing following incredible hardship prevailed, but now we have turned again to self-destruction just 70 years later.

America's global economic leadership is now challenged by China bas they invest in our debt, so they will soon be weakened. This systemic weakening will be evidenced in many ways and it will resurface from greed within our debt-based financial systems. Now, the question looms... is there any possible way out of this horrific spiral?

There is only one way.

Amazingly, it is in found God’s Biblical instruction and wisdom. The Lord gave us His Torah, His teaching and instruction and it gives us His Heavenly plan of restoration. The Torah is His Kingdom constitution and the Jubilee instruction found in Leviticus 25 defines the only way out of the planet's debt debacle. God's simple financial solution is given in the Jubilee message of Leviticus 25, so read it and study it, it has NOT been done away with. Perhaps you might want to make that open to debate with your Creator, but the thing we must all know in the end is this:

God's way is the only way!

The Torah is God’s model for living on this planet and He gave it to all "Israel" to live out and to teach to the nations of the world.

Take note of what you see in Leviticus, a Jubilee also has the purpose to proclaim freedom:
“And you shall sanctify the fiftieth year, and proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live on it.”
The Jubilee is sanctified in the 50th year with freedom for all living under God's authority, not man's opinions. That release in freedom only occurs after the seventh - seven year Shemittah and it is tied by God's voice to the Jubilee. This Biblical pattern of sevens is very significant and it is one concept that this commentary considers because a Jubilee is coming right at us even if we do don't know it.

So, if you are willing, let's go deeper and take a look at the Biblical record as God declared northern Israel’s (Ephraim’s) judgment for sin, idolatry and debt to God. I may be on the wrong path but perhaps the days following the coming Jubilee may prove to be a marker in the beginning of the end regarding the exile of ignoring God's word. No, I do not the end of the world, not at all, and certainly not a 'rapture escape' as many might proclaim, but the end of ignoring the Torah.

A Jubilee is a family reunion. Ultimately it is a restoration from the division of the nations and Judah as described in Isaiah 11.

So, one day, it will be time to declare not the beginning of the end, but the conclusion, the end to wandering in the wilderness. It is about the end of Galut [exile] "outside" the Promised Land as the children of God are separated from freedom. One day, the end will also wipe away the dividing wall of separation between east and west and between brothers: the House of Joseph and Judah. Today, we know them as Jew and Gentile, but one day they WILL be "one" before Messiah as "one new man". We may not see this fully in 2017, but we will be aware and rest assured, we will see it one day. The prophets declare this truth.

Ezekiel writes of this miracle in these eight verses from Ezekiel 37:21-28:
"Thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, whither they are gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all; neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will save them out of all their dwelling-places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them; so shall they be My people, and I will be their God. And My servant David shall be king over them, and they all shall have one shepherd; they shall also walk in Mine ordinances, and observe My statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, they, and their children, and their children's children, for ever; and David My servant shall be their prince for ever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them--it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will establish them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for ever. My dwelling-place also shall be over them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And the nations shall know that I am the LORD that sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for ever."

To begin to understand this miracle and the exile mystery, we have to believe God when He says He declares the end from the beginning.

In the beginning, before the Exodus, Israel went through tribulation and slavery in Egypt before God called both native born and stranger out of the oppression of Egypt into the wilderness under the name "Israel." There He instructed them on how to walk near to Him into the Kingdom. But they did not listen, so that journey took 40 years and part of the mystery is found in the five scrolls of the Torah declared in the wilderness within a seven-year cycle of time declared by Almighty God.

To understand the fall of northern Israel, our Creator declared an initial period of judgment, a probation based on a penalty of 390 years. Just read Ezekiel 4:5-6 for yourself and you will see that initially, the timeline was noted as 390 years, but because the House of Joseph, “Ephraim” (northern Israel) did not repent when given the chance during the judgment period, God’s “Sabbath” multiplication of seven came into play. The Lord is patient but time ran out, so the 390 years were multiplied 7 times by the Torah judgment that stood against a 'harlot' people. This (7x) multiplier is plainly shown four times in God's teaching and instruction:
"And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins."

"And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins."

"Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins."

"Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins."
Leviticus 26:18, Leviticus 26:21, Leviticus 26:24, Leviticus 26:28
Israel was warned. God righteously multiplied the 390 years to a complete total period of judgment (7 x 390 = 2,730) due to the lack of repentance.

This factor of 7 is seen again in Revelation as "Seven Judgments" during the Tribulation timeline of what Jeremiah 30;7 calls "Jacob's trouble". God’s key number is 7 and as man was given life by God on the 6th day, man’s number is 6. Six always falls short of seven, always has, always will, just as “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

This 7x was also declared at a national level for the "captives" that Jesus (Yeshua) spoke of to be freed from sin while reading from the scroll of Isaiah in a Galilean synagogue. He spoke of sin, He spoke of exile due to sin but he made the "declaration" of liberty:
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound..." Isaiah 61:1
If we dig deeper, we can also know that in addition to ending spiritual captivity to sin, Messiah Yeshua is also speaking literally of the "captives". He spoke of the words of Ezekiel and the history of the scattered family of the nations of northern Israel that turned their back on God and were then exiled from the Promised Land some 750 years before His Sabbath reading from the scroll of Isaiah.

Keep in mind too, The Lord told the prophet Ezekiel to physically act out a judgment timeline to show everyone His plan. This is how God always works with Israel. They literally and physically lived what God will ultimately accomplish for Israel and all adopted strangers joined with them (all mankind) because He wants to save the world, not just a part of it, but He chose to use one family name to accomplish His goals.

This is a witness to all nations (gowry), all that consider themselves Gentiles today.

God instructed Ezekiel to lay on his right side for 390 days, one day each for the 390 years of iniquity by the northern tribes of Israel known in the Scriptures as the house of Ephraim who was the Joseph's son adopted by Jacob. That is why they are also called the house of Joseph.

The prophet literally lived out the judgment period on his side.

Paul wrote Timothy and told him… “we must know that all Scripture is written for correction and for reproof”. Here the rabbi Paul is teaching anyone that will listen, that God is unquestionably serious about His word as well as His correction and reproof, about judgment. And just like Israel in the wilderness, God required that Ezekiel live out the future and the timeframe of reproof for Israel so we could understand His plan and trust His words today.

I believe its possible the current generation, that's you and me, may be the final "generation" of Ezekiel's timeframe, after all the 2,720 years since the exile of Northern Israel by the Persians in 722BC have expired.

So, we need to remember that God repeats the importance of His (7x) judgment not just once, twice or three times but He repeats His warning of judgment four times (4x) in Leviticus! Let’s look again at His word for the proof text. It is clearly worth repeating:
"And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins."

"And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins."

"Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins."

"Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins."
Leviticus 26:18, Leviticus 26:21, Leviticus 26:24, Leviticus 26:28
The Torah of God teaches us something very important, the repetition is critical here. Four times we are told that judgment follows by a factor of seven. I'm not sure, but perhaps our Creator's use of 4 and 7 might point to us to another timeline.

Interestingly, "the Jewish sages" as they are called, taught that at the end of a seven year cycle the son of David will come to judge darkness. (It's not the Bible, but just look at Sanhedrin 97a) for yourself.

If you are still with me, you might want to pause and take a deep breath because we all need to know that due to our own national lack of repentance, by turning from God and by failing to return to God's Torah ways, America and the nations will see suffering as like a harlot we reject the walk of a holy God.

This is not my word, it is the way the Bible shows us all that God always warns His people because He is a loving Father and He wants ua to repent!

Listen to Him... REPENT NOW.

Hear and heed His warnings as we head toward the end of another Jubilee that follows a count of seven sevens. It's time to repent, to return to "the way" of Messiah and The Lord.

As we have already seen, history tells us the Assyrian conquest of the ten tribes of Northern Israel occurred sometime "around" 722 BC, so this national chastisement, this banishment "may have" ended sometime "around" the probable Jubilee Year 1967. To understand that, we just need to look at the Biblical or "creation" calendar vs. our western Gregorian solar calendar year of 365 days. Use of the term Biblical calendar considers the concept of "prophetic time" as measured on a Biblical calendar year of 360 days.

Think back to 1967, it was the year of the "Six Day War" and the year the Western Wall was restored and Jerusalem regained. Many people are familiar with this prophecy:
"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times." Daniel 9:24-25
Daniel declares that Messiah will make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. The timeline given was seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks (483) Biblical years after a decree to rebuild Jerusalem.

That timeline is equal to 476 Gregorian years and from Biblical and historical records there is a match. The decree of Artaxerxes to Nehemiah (Nehemiah 2:1-8), was issued in the year 445 B.C. This king's decree specifically addressed the rebuilding of the walls around Jerusalem. If we add 476 years to that date, we arrive at 32AD.

Prophecy cycles, so there's potentially much more to the wall building and troublous time storyline. In 1535, when Jerusalem was considered part of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Suleiman I ordered the city walls of Jerusalem to be rebuilt. The re-construction lasted from 1535–1538, and the Sultan's walls are the repairs we see today in Jerusalem t the Western Wall.

Amazingly, if we add 62 Biblical weeks of years to 1538, we arrive at the Shemittah year of 1966, the year that preceded the likely Jubilee of 1967 when the world witnessed Israel's victory during the Six-Day War as Jerusalem and the Western Wall came under Israeli control exactly 100 years after British archaeologist Charles Warren led a Biblical archaeology mission in Jerusalem and discovered the lost City of David just south of the Temple Mount where he conducted the first major excavations of Jerusalem and believe it or not, it was a Jubilee year. His most renown discovery was a water shaft leading to Hezekiah's underground water tunnel, today it is called Warren's Shaft. In 1876, he recorded his findings in the Holy Land in a report titled "Underground Jerusalem."

In it, Warren reports on the population of Jerusalem estimating the large majority (50%) as 10,000 Jews. He even counts all the merchant shops in Jerusalem by trade. He writes: "Of 62 tailors, 34 are Jews, 10 are Greek, 10 are Latin. Where do the Moslems get their clothes made?"

Fast forward 100 years as Yitzchak Rabin described the moment Israeli soldiers reached the Western Wall on Wednesday June 7th 1967:
"There was one moment in the Six-Day War which symbolized the great victory: that was the moment in which the first paratroopers — under Gur's command — reached the stones of the Western Wall, feeling the emotion of the place; there never was, and never will be, another moment like it. Nobody staged that moment. Nobody planned it in advance. Nobody prepared it and nobody was prepared for it; it was as if Providence had directed the whole thing: the paratroopers weeping — loudly and in pain — over their comrades who had fallen along the way, the words of the Kaddish prayer heard by Western Wall's stones after 19 years of silence, tears of mourning, shouts of joy, and the singing of "Hatikvah"."
What happened next has not been widely publicized, but after capturing the wall, the Israeli military, without government orders, proceeded to demolish the entire Moroccan Quarter that blocked direct access to the Wailing Wall. Bulldozers took down the structures quickly including the Sheikh Eid Mosque and one of Jerusalem's oldest Islamic schools. Both were knocked down to create today's plaza, and the street that remains today in front of the wall. If you are wondering why the IDF was inspired to move so quickly, Chaim Herzog, who later became Israel's 6th President described his thoughts:
"When we visited the Wailing Wall we found a toilet attached to it... we decided to remove it and from this we came to the conclusion that we could evacuate the entire area in front of the Wailing Wall... a historical opportunity that will never return ... We knew that the following Saturday, June 14, would be the Jewish festival of Shavuot and that many will want to come to pray... it all had to be completed by then."
Get this: At the same time that these momentous freedom events occurred at the walls of Jerusalem, millions of young people were being saved in America and around the world during the so-called “Jesus Movement”. During the genesis of the "Jesus Movement" many started calling themselves "Jesus freaks". These included many "hippies" turning away from the drug and sex culture of the day. They did this as a result of the "Jesus Movement" which by most accounts ironically (not really) began in 1967 with the opening of a small evangelical mission called the "Living Room" in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district.

Another event arose at this same time as the spread of house churches began to explode in countries such as China, Vietnam, India, Cuba, Brazil and Africa. "House churches" also began to increase in growing numbers in the Philippines and in Europe. The house church movement in China are known as "the local churches" which began with Watchman Nee. Now the movement has encompassed large parts of the Muslim world unseen due to all of the hostility and persecution.

Believe it or not Iran is a major geographic focal point in the global "house church" movement today. The reason, Muslims need Jesus too.

At the same time many Jewish people began to call on the name of Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah in Messianic house gatherings across the globe. Take note: the amazing thing is that it was none other than 2,720 years after the Assyrians took the "House of Israel" captive in 722 BC-740 BC using a Biblical calendar of 360 days!

The year 1967 was a fulcrum point in prophecy and world events. There is a connection with the spiritual revival in America and around the globe as the physical restoration occurred at the walls of Jerusalem. This is linked to the word of the Prophets about the restoration of the House of Israel including the messages seen in Ezekiel 36-37; Psalms 88:3, 115:12l Isaiah 63:7; Jeremiah 3:18, 18:6, 23:8 and Jeremiah 31:31-33.

And get this, most theologians believe 1967, like 1927 was a Jubilee Year.

If we just reconsider history and the Bible, we can see these events all tie to the mystery of Ezekiel's instruction by God to lie 390 days and bear their iniquity among the walls of Jerusalem:
"Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: [according] to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity."

"For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year. Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm [shall be] uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it. 8 And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege." Ezekiel 4:4-8

Incredibly, 14 years "after" the Jubilee events of 1967, the City of Jerusalem was finally restored as the Capital City of Israel  in 1980, by the Knesset's passing of the Basic Law: Jerusalem Capital of Israel. This law was declared by The Knesset (the assembly) on July 30th that year and consider this: since 1980, many scholars say that more Jewish people have come to know the "Jewish" Jesus as Messiah Yeshua both in Israel and around the world than over the past 2,000 years.

Is there a connection?

Absolutely. What a miracle!!

By this too, we can see the tie of the physical restoration of Jerusalem to the spiritual restoration of Jew and Gentile as the children of God. As we consider the monumental freedom events of 1967, we must look back one more Jubilee to the year 1917. It was the year of another declaration, the Balfour Declaration that set the foundation for the re-establishment of the state of Israel. Lord Balfour was like a modern day Cyrus.

So, what might we expect following the next Jubilee ??

Again, the Bible tells us a Jubilee begins after the counting of 49 years (7 Shemittah years) and it is the following 50th year (see Exodus 19:10-13). The counting to the next Jubilee is open for debate among many as to whether the Jubilee stands alone as a 50th year or if it is inclusive of the 1st year in the cycle of the next. Some say that the Jubilee is the first year of the next seven year cycle. Others disagree stating year 50 stands alone and the counting cycle should begin after the 50th year.

If you ask me, the Jubilee year does not stand alone and interrupt the Sabbath cycle which is a sequence of seven years and a multiple of seven years. Sir Isaac Newton studied the Scriptures endlessly and he was fluent in Hebrew. In his treatise on the book of Daniel he states: "... Daniel reckons by weeks of years, which is a way of reckoning peculiar to the Jewish years. For as their days ran by sevens, and the last day of every seven was a sabbath; so their years ran by sevens, and the last year of every seven was a sabbatical year, and seven such weeks of years made a Jubilee."

As to the correct counting, Newton sounds like a genius to me.

A Jubilee parallels the count up to 'Shavuot' (Pentecost). The Day of Pentecost (50) represents the feast of "Shavuot". This day, also called the Feast of Weeks, arrives at the end of 7 weeks or 49 days of counting after the first Sabbath following Passover, (not Easter by the way). Just like Shavuot, the Jubilee depends on the counting of seven consecutive Sabbaths. The Jubilee is time dependent upon the seventh "Sabbath" year. In this way, the Jubilee pattern uniquely aligns with Shavuot when the Spirit of God was poured out on the Jewish disciples of Mashiach Yeshua on the 50th day of the Omer Count.

That Shavuot day, the 50th day God's Spirit poured over Messiah's emissaries with the gifts of the Spirit to empower them to be a light to the world to spread the truth and declaration of their Jewish Messiah.

Believe it or not, the disciple that spoke before the crowd at Shavuot that day was actually not named Peter, both his name and his nickname are not English. "The rock" is pronounced as Chephas. Peter is a derivative of the Greek Πετρος (Petros) meaning "stone" in Aramaic, his name was Shim'on bar-Yonah and he was not known as a "Christian" preacher, he was a Jewish believer, a follower of Yeshua. His fellow disciple was not James, his name was Ya'aqov (Jacob). Other names of the disciples included: Yochanan (John), Mattithyahu (Matthew), Bar-Tolmay (Bartholomew), Yehuda (Judas), Tau'ma (Thomas) and Shim'on (Simon). These men were all Jewish, today we might call them "Messianics".

I mention this because if we want to understand the connection between the 49 days of the Omer Count up to Shavuot and the 49 years of couning up to a Jubilee, we have to think like a Jew. This is exacting what Sir Isaac Newton is pointing out. The (7 x 7) time frame is uniquely linked in the Bible by God, so we must pay attention to the details He gives.

So, if we think like a disciple, like a Jew about the events of 1967, perhaps we might come to recognize the possibility that something monumental, perhaps earth shaking may lie before us or soon after after the next Jubilee.

Here's the thing, the time frame from Wednesday June 7, 1967 to Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (Yom Kippur) is exactly 49 Biblical Years. "Biblical" year counts are prophetically based on 360 days. This is first shown in the timeline of the account of Noah's flood as it flooded five months (see Genesis 7:24). This timeline is seen again in Revelation 9:5.

On June 7, 1967, Israel regained the Temple Mount and it was day 43 of the Omer Count after Passover, exactly 7 days until Shavuot (Pentecost). According to there are exactly 17,640 days or 49 Biblical years from June 7, 1967 to September 23, 2015 or 2,520 weeks and the beginning of another potentially monumental Jubilee.

That timeframe is monumental, Israeli troops entered the Lions Gate on 6/7/67 during The Six Day War as Jerusalem once again became the capital of the nation born in a day on May 8, 1948.

Don't just look at your calendar, dig into the facts of history. Start with rabbi Shlomo Goren.

On June 7, 1967 Israeli troops from "A" Company entered Jerusalem's Lion’s Gate and moved across the Temple Mount to the steps above the Wailing Wall as it was called at that time. They made their way through the Moroccan Quarter that obstructed access to the wall. The access to the wall was only a few steps wide but Chief Military Rabbi Shlomo Goren led a prayer there clutching a Torah scroll in one hand and a shofar in the other hand. He then blew the shofar and the photos have become famous and a big part of Israel's modern history.

I do not think it was coincidental that Shlomo Goren was age 50 (born in non other than the Jubilee of 1917) when he blew a shofar and declared:
"We have taken the city of God. We are entering the Messianic era for the Jewish people, and I promise to the Christian world that what we are responsible for we will take care of."
Rabbi Shlomo Goren

With that shofar blast, the city of Jerusalem was reunified and the Israeli flag adorned by the Star of David flew above the Western Wall and the Old City as the the Messianic era remains a part of the prophetic Jubilee clock. Look again and take notice: rabbi Shlomo Goren blew the shofar and also declared this:

"We are entering the Messianic era..."

Israel's Chief Military Rabbi Shlomo (Solomon) Goren declared the beginning of the era of Melech HaMoshiach Messiah the King in 1967. Rabbi Shlomo Goren's shofar and words still reverberate but the sweet joy of that sound and the words were soon muffled by Moshe Dayan. Just 10 days after the sounding of the shofar at the Western Wall, the Israeli Defense Minister entered the Al-Aksa Mosque above the wall and sat down on the Muslim prayer carpet with five leaders of the Supreme Muslim Council seeking "peace and security".

In that brief moment, by most accounts, Moshe (Moses) Dayan took it upon himself to give control of the Temple Mount back to the Muslim Waqf of Jordan.

There is a Jubilee connection to Messiah and to Jerusalem. We know Yeshua suffered in Jerusalem and now Jerusalem suffers as the Jewish people are not able to utter a prayer atop the Temple Mount.

As noted earlier, the BC years of 587 BC, 536 BC, and 517 BC are all linked in time and place to 1897, 1917, 1947 and 1967 by a count of 2520 Biblical years. The end of the 'Six Day War' in 1967 is connected to 2016 and the Biblical Feast of Atonement by 49 years and in 2017 will be 50 years.

Not only that, the time frame from 1897 to 2017 is 120 years! God told Noah that He would strive with mankind 120 years and that is the likely number of Jubilees from that time until the Jubilee we may be approaching in 2017.

A Jubilee is celebrated every 50 years and 50 x 120 = 6,000 years. Is that time window from Noah to 2017?

Here are some of the critical times and connections to Israel:
• The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 587 BC (Av 9).
• The Temple repair was completed in 517 BC, 70 years after its destruction.
• Sir Charles Warren discovered the ruins of the ancient City of David in 1867.
• First Zionist Congress met on re-establishing Israel on August 29, 1897 (Rosh Chodesh Elul 1).
• The Balfour Declaration on November 2, 1917. It was Cheshvan 17. WWI ended 9 days later on Cheshvan 26.
• General Allenby took Jerusalem on December 11, 1917. It was Kislev 26, the 2nd day of Hannukkah (War).
• Israel was declared by UN Resolution 181 on November 29, 1947. It was Kislev 16, 8 days before Hannukkah.
• The Temple Mount and Old City were retaken on June 7, 1967. It was Iyar 28, day 46 of the Omer Count to Shavuot during the Six Day (War).
What does all this have to do with looking forward to Jerusalem's 50-year Jubilee from 1967 to 2017?

The time patterns are written in the Bible and history. From 1897 to 1947, 50 years; from 1947 to 1997, 50 years, from 1917 to 1967 50 years and from 1967 to 2017 50 years. Not only that, if we look closely we can see the patterns and themes embedded within the Torah portion schedule. Regarding the Six Day War:
• On the Sabbath day before the Six Day War began the Torah portion was Bemidbar "In the Wilderness" Numbers 1:1-4:20. Here, the family census of the 12 tribes of Israel, the men age 20 years and up, "all those in Israel who are able to bear arms are counted.

• On the Sabbath day the Six Day War ended, the Torah portion was Naso "Lift Up" Numbers 4:21-7:89. Portions of Naso are also read during the 8 days of Hannukkah. In the Naso reading, God tells Moses to instruct the Israelites about the vows of a Nazirite and the Halftorah portion is Judges 13:2-35. It is the story of where Manoah's wife is promised to bear a son (Samson) that would save Israel from the Philistines. Manoah means "quiet rest".

"Don't doubt God's word or His providence

The Lord The Lord is the unchanging God of order and He declares the end from the beginning.

In just five years, Wednesday, September 23, 2015 will mark another Yom Kippur on God's appointment book, the day will be the Day of Atonement and it will be time to sound a shofar again. Many think this day of The Lord will start another Jubilee Year after the Temple Mount was rightfully retaken by Israel with a shofar blown by Rabbi Goren.

As we have seen, many think the Jubilee Year will end on October 2, 2016. The word Jubilee comes from the Hebrew word 'Yovel', it literally means to sound 'a shofar blast'. That is why the 50th year, the Jubilee that follows the seventh Shemittah, is announced with a great "yovel" shofar blast. The prelude shofar leading up to the Yovel is blown on the fall Feast Day that the Bible calls Yom Teruah this is Trumpets Day.

Jewish tradition has renamed it "Rosh Hashanah" which means the head of the year. Numbers 29:1 tells us what God wants us to do and what we are not to do, so mark your calendar and get your shofar ready for your day of shouting for The Lord. God willing, I will continue to blow the shofar with my family and friends just as God instructed:
"On the first day of the seventh month hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound the trumpets."
Take a quick look and you will see that a trumpet or shofar blast is described in Joshua 6:5 when the walls of Jericho, perhaps the oldest city in the world, collapsed after Israel marched with the Ark of the Covenant around the city for 7 days. The first 6 days, they marched around the city once each day and blew the shofar, but then on the 7th day they marched around the walls of the city 7 times and blew the shofar (trumpet) 7 times. The walls then fell.

In case you have not read them, this Scripture portion prophetically points us toward 7 trumpets described in the Book of Revelation.

The city of Jericho is located 5 miles west of the Jordan river's Allenby Bridge and it is 7 miles north of the Dead Sea. In reading Exodus 19, we can see that only when the trumpet, the shofar yovel was 'mashak' or "drawn out" could anyone go up to the mountain 'after' the third day. This is prophetic and it reminds me of Hosea 6:2:
"After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight."
Take a look at the Biblical theme and consider the words given to us in 2Peter 3:8 as the Apostle repeated the prophetic message of Psalms 90:4...
"Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing a day is a thousand years".
A "day" can be a thousand years on God's calendar.

By that, we must consider that in Biblical time, the planet is fast approaching the beginning of the "3rd day" since Messiah Yeshua walked on the Temple Mount and taught in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago, and to top it off, we at now approaching a period of 40, yes forty Jubilees since that the days Yeshua walked and taught the Torah's meaning throughout the land promised to Abraham and governed a day later (1,000 years) by king David after Samuel anointed Him by God's instruction and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.

We have to take notice of the time on God's clock, not ours. There is certainly no "thus saith The Lord" intended here, but to do that we must look at the historic patterns and explore the Word of God.

Like I've said, there is certainly no "thus saith The Lord" intended here, just observation with eyes wide open, but I believe much like the year of the 'Six Day War' in 1967 and the Balfour Declaration of 1917, we may soon be approaching another monumental Jubilee that could impact the world, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in 2017.

If so, perhaps the conclusion of the next Jubilee will involve challenges like those seen before: an increase in deadly violence, strife, terrorism and conflict focused on the "status quo" of the Temple Mount. I am giving no absolute predictions here, just looking back at history. It takes no rocket scientist to see that if we just look at the the U.N.'s long standing goal to divide the land for pease and security we need to consider that the Jewish rabbi Paul, warned about that in his letter:
"While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." 1 Thessalonians 5:3
The "status quo" of The Temple Mount is a big deal that has an impact on the planet. It is directly related to peace and security. Perhaps another Palestinian intifada could led to change in the "status quo" on the Temple Mount which is the longstanding policy that gives administrative control of the Temple Mount to Muslim religious authorities that include the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic trust) moderated by Jordan.

I believe the "status quo" upheld by Moshe Dayan in 1967 grieves Messiah more than the money changers (Matthew 21:12-13) because it allows unrestricted prayer to Allah atop the Mount to Muslims, while making Jewish and Christian prayer to the God of Israel subject to arrest, so Muslims need Jesus too..

Above all this, in the coming Jubilee I pray for a softening of the heart. The Jewish heart because a hardness in Israel defiantly continues to reject Isaiah 53 and some 365 other prophecies of Messiah Yeshua the Jewish Messiah. Like the Dead Sea near Jerusalem, many of my beloved brothers can't see the fountain of living water of eternal life and like a broken cistern in the land of promise the stubbornly ignore Mashiach's two part mission as Messiah ben Joseph and Messiah ben David.

The thing is Judah's blindness is in large part due to the ignorance of Christian men and women that have reject the Jewishness of Jesus as well as the Torah and The Lord's Sabbath and His appointed Feast Days while adopting a Santa Claus at Christmas and an Easter ham.

Jacob's Trouble will mean tribulation one day to wake many up from a two day (2,000 year) slumber.

It is clear from the Scriptures that Jerusalem is front and center from the words of Messiah Yeshua recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 as He summarizes the words of the prophets. It is during this tribulation that the Temple Mount will come to the world's focus as shown in Matthew 24:15-22.

Just as Jesus arose from death in glory on the third day, all of Israel will be awakened, and praise God this future time will bring salvation and redemption because Jesus will contend for those He loves and despite the prophecy of catastrophe, conflict and calamity before it, the awakening will be a great triumph, an unprecedented revival and restoration in the midst of a separation of good and evil before the arrival of King Messiah.

Revelation tells us of a scroll that is sealed within by seven seals and only Yeshua has the authority to open it as the lamb of God. Isaiah 12 tells us: "And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed."

Since the Jubilee is linked to a seven, might we ask, is a prophetic "seal" to be broken after the next Jubilee?
"Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer." Revelation 6:1-2
I can't answer this question about the seal scroll or its timing. A white horse of terror may be reserved for another time. Again, there is ABSOLUTELY no thus saith The Lord here, we cannot put our Creator or His calendar in a box, even one made of gold, He alone is the sovereign Almighty, Lord King of the Universe.

But, we must continue to have our eyes wide open as we consider Jerusalem. If we see terror attempting to conquer the city in the Jubilee, we may see it everywhere. There may be a Jubilee conflict coming and if there is, the uprising may well be centered on the Temple Mount and the division of Israel as a conflict for peace. The entire Middle East is a powder keg. Conflict may come on a broad scale as Islamic terrorists seeking Jihad flares up a conquering spirit 100 years after the demise of the Ottoman Empire.

Yet, we are not to become dismayed, the Bible promises restoration and healing. To consider the possibility of a broken "white horse" seal after the Jubilee, remember there is a historical pattern of restoration along the Jubilee timeline that we can look back to and look forward to.

We have seen it in 1917 when British General Allenby fought the "Battle of Jerusalem" and led the British Empire's "Jerusalem Operations" as the Ottoman Empire fell. Allenby secured Jerusalem and his heroics occurred 800 years (noteably 16 Jubilees) after the Mamlūks first occupied Jerusalem in the year 1250 AD. The Mamluks were eventually conquered in 1517 by the Ottoman Turks. The Ottomans occupied Jerusalem for 400 consecutive years (8 Jubilees) until Allenby's troops arrived triumphant in 1917.

We saw the pattern re-emerge after 1947 following the horrors of the holocaust. Six months after the vote of the U.N. that set the stage for the modern state of Israel, war broke out in May 1948 as five Arab nations sought the destruction of Israel, but the Arab war to destroy Israel failed big time. We saw restoration again in 1967 during the Six Day War when the same five Araba nations sought to destroy once again, but Israel was triumphant.

The year 2017 will mark 500 years (10 Jubilees) since the conquering Mamluks took control of Jerusalem. This may be important.

We need to remember too that when The Lord God brought Israel in victory into the wilderness of the Sinai with the companions and sojourners out of the slavery of Egypt, they had lived in conflict for years. They then entered the Promised Land after wandering 40 years. Some 500 years later, around 1000 BC, Israel marched, taking on an ancient Jebusite stronghold. That place was acquired by King David when he purchased Araunah's threshing floor and erected an altar to The Lord there atop Mt. Moriah where he Lord spoke to Abraham. It is the site of today's Temple Mount, the location of Isaac's binding, the place of Jacob's dream and Yeshua's teaching.

Today, it remains in the center of Jerusalem and it is a burdensome stone for the entire world. That burden will increase before it is broken.

The Bible tells us King David reigned 33 years in Jerusalem after a 7 year stay in Hebron. King David's reign lasted a total of 40 years (see 2Samuel 5:1-15). There's that number 40 again! Coincidentally, his reign started at the site of the modern day "Massacre of Hebron" in 1929. That riot and terror put an end to the ancient Jewish community at the burial site of the Patriarchs, but it too will be restored.

Bible prophecy exploded a few short years later in 1947, the Jewish people were promised a nation state by declaration of the United Nations on November 29, 1947. Twenty years later in 1967, the city of Jerusalem was restored to the land 'of promise' and the Temple Mount was once again front and center before the world as Muslim prayers atop Moriah stopped if just for a day.

Perhaps, the Temple Mount control did not last because... the presence of the ultimate King of Salem (Peace) Yeshua (Jesus) was missing from the scene and the "status quo" for the Temple Mount was not challenged by the 'One' that overturned the tables of the money changers there.

Do you see the prophetic pattern emerging?

The battle of division, a battle of good vs. evil, light vs. darkness, Esau vs. Jacob and Islam vs. non-Muslim continues as Jerusalem remains unrecognized internationally as the capital of Israel. In fact, the U.S. Embassy like many others, is not present in Jerusalem because the United States defiantly refuses to acknowledge Jerusalem or the King of the Universe as it should.

One thing is sure, we will continue see legal battles and many more religious and political struggles, but God has a plan of restoration and we must remember that promise in found in the Bible even if we do not understand it.

The Temple Mount, by Israeli government consent is managed by the 'status quo' of the Islamic Waqf. The Wapf has basically controlled the Temple Mount since the Muslim reconquest of Jerusalem in 1187 AD in one form or another. And we must take note of the year 1187, a full solar eclipse occurred September 4, 1187 over Jerusalem just days before the Muslim siege of the city. That siege lasted from September 20th to October 2, 1187 as the Old City eventually surrendered to Saladin when Balian of Ibelin handed over the keys of the Tower of David just as Moshe Dayan returned the Temple Mount to the Wapf.

And get this, since NASA gives attention to the details we might miss, we should also note that according to NASA, on Passover April 5, 1186 a total lunar eclipse occurred. It was followed by another total lunar eclipse on the first day of Tabernacles on September 30, 1186. Then again on March 26, 1187 AD a partial lunar eclipse occurred on Passover when Jerusalem finally surrendered. Another partial eclipse followed again on Tabernacles September 19, 1187 AD. It was the first Feast day of the holy week.

Should we consider that these "partial" lunar eclipses point to the "partial" time that Muslim prayer will rule at at the Temple Mount?

This is a time that will not last according to the Word of God, the time of the trespass will come to an end. One day, the walls of the Al Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock will "fall" just like the walls of Jericho when God's House will again become a true 'House of Prayer' to The Lord, not another. The name Allah has no right there.

On that future day, the stone blockade at the Golden Gate of Mercy in the middle of the present day eastern wall, will fall as well. It has been closed since the Ottoman Sultan 'Suleiman the Magnificent' sealed it up in stone in 1541 AD. Prophecy scholars tell us this will be the gate through which King Messiah Yeshua will enter on His return to Jerusalem. Suleiman knew that. The Golden Gate marks the outer boundary of the Old City. Perhaps the Ottomans knew of this Messianic promise, so they built a Muslim cemetery right in front of the gate to try block the way with death planted in the soil, but here's the thing, they forgot about the power of God in resurrection. Muslims need Jesus too.

For now, the Temple Mount remains a daily flash-point between the Jewish and the Muslim world as the Al Aqsa Mosque sits on the south side of the Temple Mount, facing east toward Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The Dome of the Rock rests nearby, next to the ancient location of The Temple. On the west side of the complex stands the Western Wall. It is a place of prayer at the foundation of God's House. Today, Jews and Christians are not allowed to pray on top of the Temple Mount, only below because Muslim prayer to Allah is reserved as the "status quo", and it remains desolate of prayer to The Lord like a Jebusite stronghold. But that desolation will not last because The Lord God El Elyon says this... "My house is a house of prayer".

We don't know the exact year of the Jubilee as a surety because the counting of the Jubilee is not known for certain.

But history repeats, prophecy is a cycle and as we have seen in the historic events of 1917 and 1967, the last two probable Jubilee years indicate the next will end with prophetic events once again.

One reason we don't know the exact year of the Jubilee is because Jerusalem was destroyed, and that included the records that counted history on God's calendar. Known history tells us Jerusalem was attacked and taken by the Babylonians, then the Romans, but in 1967, Israel won the "Six Day War" by God's hand and Israel regained the Temple Mount, but incredibly they did not hold it for The Lord. Yet, this prophetic period nearly 50 years ago, awoke many “believers” and "nonbelievers" around the world to God's ultimate promised Messiah for "all' Israel.

As we have seen, one great awakening was the 'Jesus Movement'. It started at the same time and not only that, a remnant of believing people began to return in repentance to honor the Torah and give up errant dispensational, replacement theologies as they sought God's teaching and instruction for perhaps the first time in 1,700 years. People saw prophetic promise in the headlines as God's Spirit moved into action across the globe. Because of that, many who had unwittingly separated themselves from the Jewish people (and the front of the Bible) began to turn back (repent). They began to show their love for the Jewish people and pray for Israel as they returned first to the 7th day Sabbath (Shabbat). Believers, some calling themselves 'Messianics' began to celebrate the appointed Feast Days of The Lord because they wanted to. Since then, people have even awakened to the fact that kosher isn't just Jewish, it's God’s wellness plan and He has not changed His mind about anything or done away with His instruction for living near to Him.

Halleluyah! As noted earlier, after the Temple Mount and a small portion of the wall was restored to Israel when Goren's shofar was blown, a small portion of Jewish people from around the world also began to hear the call of the Spirit as a remnant awakened and opened their eyes to Yeshua haMashiach (the anointed one) as the veil was torn so that they could see that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah King of the Universe. This is exactly as Rabbi Goren declared at the Western Wall of The Temple Mount in 1967:
"We are entering the Messianic era for the Jewish people..."
Many Jews around the world and in Israel have begun to know the suffering Messiah ben Joseph as the "One" Messiah promised in the Torah and the prophets that would return again as Melech HaMoshiach Messiah the King. A spiritual healing from blindness and deafness has begun after the shofar was blown on June 7, 1967!

Ever since that day, Jewish people across the planet have realized that Yeshua was, is and will be the annointed Messiah King. He will indeed return to Jerusalem as Messiah ben David, King and High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Many others are still looking for Messiah and some Jews now have turned to see Christians as their lost brothers despite their differences in the identity of Yeshua. This is based on a love of the land of Israel and the people there.

So too, many Muslim people have incredibly begun to follow Jesus (Isa) across the Middle East unnoticed. They have had no written word to teach them of Messiah because Bibles are illegal in most Muslim lands, so Yeshua has begun to show up engaging the prophecy of Joel 2:28 in visions and dreams. At a time throughout the Islamic world, when many Muslims are responding to the call to global jihad, others as a small remnant, because of horrific persecution and tribulation in the name of Islam, are seeing Jesus for who He really is. He's not Isa the son of Mary and only a prophet, He's the Son of the God of Israel.

Because of the likely difficulties and tribulation ahead, we must have faith that spiritual revival will continue and increase. Shalom will triumph in the end, and because of that, we may soon see the greatest revival and harvest of souls in all history that may soon begin as the Jewish people recognize that Believers like the sojourners, the "ger" of the mixed multitude (ereb rab עֵרֶב רַב) in the exodus journey. Today, we seek to honor the Torah lifestyle declared by The Lord in the wilderness because we have come to the light of Messiah's sinless Torah life. We seek to walk in His example and His teaching to live out the Torah... "sin no more" (see John 5:14 and John 8:11).

Many may ignore it, but Hebrews 10:26-29 tells us plainly of this truth to walk in Torah:
"For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?"
Again, as an assembly, a congregation we must have faith and that includes the walk declared:
For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you, a statute forever throughout your generations. You and the sojourner shall be alike before YHWH. One Torah and one rule shall be for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you.” Numbers 15:15-16
Faith is not just a belief, it is evidenced by a way of life, a Torah walk in the way of Yeshua because we love The Lord. Like Rahab said: "YHWH your Elohim, he is Elohim in the heavens above and on the earth beneath." That includes everyone.

Consider this important fact about the importance of a Torah walk... Yeshua gave the world a prophecy stating when He would return. Many may miss it, but its plain as day in the account of Matthew and the focus is on the Jewish people and on Jerusalem:
For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'" Matthew 23:39

'Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai.'
There is good reason for Yeshua's prophecy to mark His return. It involves recognition of the one that comes, it is a calling for the blessing for Messiah who comes in the name of The Lord. To come in His name means to follow Him in through the wilderness and in the Kingdom in the manner He instructs whether native or sojourner.

A second witness is given by Luke:
"Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, You shall not see me, until the time come when you shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." Luke 13:35

'Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai.'
So, get ready for your Jubilee assignment and walk toward the sinless, righteous path of Messiah.
"Nun - Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules." Psalm 119:105-106
He was sinless because He fulfilled this Psalm. Isaiah tells us of the great prophetic sign of our Messiah's eminent return will be an unparalleled outpouring of the Holy Spirit in repentance and revival to walk in the light of the Lord's Torah:
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Isaiah 60:1-3
A great end time pouring out of the Holy Spirit was also prophesied by the prophet Joel. He called the revival, the return to God's word by the Spirit of God as “the latter rain” in Joel 2:23 and you can participate in this prophecy or just sit in the stands.

Do it today, get out of the bleachers right now, seek out Messiah Yeshua in the Torah and seek someone to share the full gospel of the Kingdom. As you do, look for a divine appointment to help and heal someone in the authority of Messiah. Be a good Samaritan, be a part of this miracle of restoration. If you will take the first step, Yeshua will finish the journey with you along the road to Emmaus, but you must take that first step.

Your purpose is the greatest command in the Torah, it is the greatest instruction according to Yeshua (Jesus). It is to:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
Now, let's turn back again to the prophet Ezekiel, he can help us understand what is happening.

Ezekiel lived some 150 years after the northern Kingdom tribes were dispersed from the Promised Land by the Assyrians after they had rebelled against God and His instructions for kingdom living. Ephraim’s punishment had already begun when Ezekiel was given the 390 year judgment timeline and they (Ephraim, i.e. the divided north) were “no more a people” of "the" Kingdom because they had defiled the land of their heritage from God with self serving idol worship, child sacrifice and the rejection of the Feasts of The Lord declared in the Torah.

Does this sound familiar??

Let's take a look at the words of Hosea:
“then He said, “Call his name Lo-Ammi, for you are not My people, and I am not for you.” Hosea 1:9
This is an amazing part of the story of "all" Israel, because Hosea is now speaking to all "lost sheep" scattered in a future time and place!

We have seen that Ezekiel gave us the specifics of Israel’s (Ephraim's) judgment timeline, and God reveals that there are two parts to the duration of each punishment period for iniquity. YHWH God declared this timeframe in Ezekiel 4:4-6:
“And lie on your left side, and you shall put the crookedness of the house of Israel on it. As many days as you lie on it, you shall bear their crookedness. “For I Myself have laid on you the years of their crookedness, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days. And you shall bear the crookedness of the house of Israel.”
A “double punishment” came upon Ephraim when the northern 10 tribes would not repent of their idolatry and paganism. Sound familiar?

The Bible tells us that YHWH God is adamant, that He is "jealous" and that Israel is to have “no other elohims” [gods] before Him, so they received a double judgment from Elohim.

Note too, that the witness of Jeremiah says that a double punishment marks the beginning of Ephraim’s punishment. Jeremiah 16:17-18 declares:
"For My eyes are on all their ways; they have not been hidden from My face, nor has their crookedness been hidden from My eyes. And FIRST I shall repay DOUBLE for their crookedness and their sin, because they have defiled My land with the dead bodies of their disgusting matters, and have filled My inheritance with their abominations."
Using the Biblical base of 390 years of crookedness and doubling that number, we see that Ephraim was first repaid "double" with a punishment of 780 years. In mercy, this allowed a second chance, another time for parole if you will. The point in history that we can establish as the "beginning" of this phase of Ephraim’s judgment is about 734 BC or some 12 years before the more common date of the conclusion of the exile in 722 BC. This earlier timeframe is based on the historical period when the 'tribe' of Manasseh, as well as the 'tribes' of Gad and Reuben were banished from the Promised Land when they were carried off by the Assyrian Empire's hoard of armies.

If we look 780 years forward in history from 734 BC, the calendar brings the end of that double judgment period to the year 46 AD. Now, if we calculate 780 years from the final fall of Samaria in the year 722 BC, we come to the year 58 AD. Think about what was happening during the timeframe of 46 AD to 58 AD after Messiah Yeshua’s life, death and resurrection...

This was the timeframe that none other than the Apostle Paul was on his ministry journey preaching to the lost in Asia Minor in places like Syria, Cyprus, Galatia, Ephesus, Corinth, Thessalonica, Colossae, Philippi and even Rome!

So, by this I hope you can see that the end of the double parole judgment matches the timeframe of the beginning of the salvation of "the nations", the often misunderstood word “Gentiles”.

Let's consider these comments about the word “Gentile” from Richard C. Trench's 'Synonyms of the New Testament' that states this about the word Gentile or "Λαός: "a word of rarest use in Attic prose, but occurring between one and two thousand times in the Septuagint, is almost always there as a title reserved for the elect people, the Israel of God." (pg. 367)

Think about this too, the Strong's Lexicon gives us this description of the word "Gentile":
"a nation, people, 1) usually of non-Hebrew people, 2) of descendants of Abraham, 3) of Israel".
Did you see that? Mr. Strong's use of the words... "of Israel"? It matches with Mr. Trench.

So, just who is a goy, a Gentile?

In Exodus 19,6, God says that the Children of Israel will be "a kingdom of priests and a holy nation", that is, a goy kadosh.

Most Beleivers say Paul was sent to the “Gentiles”... if we consider the double witness of Mr. Strong and Mr. Trench, we can see Gentiles can also be defined as the elect of ancient scattered Israel while in exile among the nations. If you want to know where these two scholars came up with this concept, you don't have to do too much research really.

Just go to the Torah in Genesis. There you will find that Jacob (Ya’akov) is told by God that his descendants will become Gentiles (nations) in Genesis 35:11.

The Jewish rabbi Shaul (Paul) understood this, he became the apostle to the Gentiles. Paul, like the Jewish disciples, used the instruction of Yeshua to look for the lost sheep of the House of Israel, these include the people that the Bible refers to as "Ephraim" that was lost among the Gentiles after the division of Israel that followed Solomon's rule. Paul was under the same mandate that Yeshua described as His mission from God to the Samaritan woman at the well:
"I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Matthew 15:24.

Yes, I know it is. Especially for those that have not considered this or for those that mistakenly say "the church" is new and replaced Israel, but just take a look at Zechariah’s prophecy in light of Messiah Yeshua’s incredible declaration:
"Thus says the LORD of hosts: “In those days, ten men from the nations [Gentiles] of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew”, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’" Zechariah 8:10
Does Messiah’s "lost sheep" statement make more sense now?

Paul taught something critically important to the Gentiles:
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Messiah." Galatians 3:16

"For as many of you as have been baptized into Messiah have put on Messiah. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Messiah Yeshua. And if you be Messiah's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:27-29
Wait.. before you go on, let's re-read that.
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Messiah." Galatians 3:16

"For as many of you as have been baptized into Messiah have put on Messiah. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Messiah Yeshua. And if you be Messiah's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:27-29
The prophecy of Zechariah 8:10 is tied to the parable related to the ten men from among the nations, the ten lost tribes of Israel, the set apart "Gentiles" that found the Jewish Messiah Yeshua!

As you consider all this, keep in mind that God's word says that the people God calls "Israel" includes the "ger" גָּר the sojourners and the foreigners with them. This is because of grafting or adoption. Moses used the word by inspiration to name his firstborn son Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.”

Ezekiel gives God's word concerning the return and inheritance of the sojourners, the "Ger" to the promised land:
"You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the sojourners who reside among you and have had children among you. They shall be to you as native-born children of Israel. With you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe the sojourner resides, there you shall assign him his inheritance, declares the Lord GOD." Ezekiel 47:22-23
Isaiah confirms this:
"For the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob." Isaiah 14:1
So, hold onto your religious, theological hat, because a "Ger" wind is stirring toward Jerusalem. It's the Bible that declares Israel is not just a descendant of Jacob, not me. Perhaps the Knesset will recognize this soon and change the laws of Aliyah to align with this Torah.

Ezekiel and Isaiah's prophecy stands on the firm ground of Leviticus 17 and it is clear about this Torah truth just as is Joshua 8; 2Samuel 22 and many other Scriptures. The adopted "sojourners" out of Egypt walking side by side with the Hebrew family of Jacob included other nations that were there in Egypt along with the families of descendants of Jacob who followed the pillar of fire of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. After all, they were a first hand witness to the ten plagues and the power of the right hand of God.

Simply put, the Torah was given to all of the assembly of people(s) at Sinai, native born and sojourner, and they 'all' heard the Ten Commandments trumpeted to them by the voice of God Almighty. Because of this, they all became grafted and adopted as Ephraim and Manasseh into Israel as children in God's eyes. Joshua confirms this:
"And all Israel, sojourner as well as native born, with their elders and officers and their judges, stood on opposite sides of the ark before the Levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, half of them in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded at the first, to bless the people of Israel." Joshua 8:33
King Solomon even counted them when it was time to do the heavy lifting to build the Temple:
"Then Solomon counted all the resident aliens who were in the land of Israel, after the census of them that David his father had taken, and there were found 153,600." 2Chronicles 2:17
Paul teaches more about this status of adoption into 'all Israel' within Romans 9, Romans 10 and Romans 11 because there is no such thing as replacement theology, but there is inclusion, adoption if you seek to walk after and follow the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His Messiah.

Incredibly, the timing of the beginning of Paul’s ministry was some 780 years after Ephraim’s double punishment had begun. At this time, Messiah King Yeshua had established a new covenant of "personal" redemption, a time to write the Torah on men's hearts but we need to know that the redemptive work of Yeshua at the end of the double punishment - did not annul Ephraim’s "corporate" period of judgment. There was personal salvation but no national parole. But why is that? Simple:

God does not change, His word stands... forever!

To understand this, we have to read and believe the Scriptures, not add to or take away from them. The proper concept of change is that you and I are to change and return to "the faith which was once delivered". Let’s look even deeper at the words of Hosea, a prophet to none other than the northern Kingdom. Remember, we know that Ephraim did not repent when they had the chance to, so the real miracle of restoration will occur:
"From the power of the grave I ransom them, from death I redeem them. Where is your plague, O Death? Where is your destruction, O Grave? Repentance is hidden from My eyes." Hosea 13:14
Because there was no national repentance from the house and kingdom families of Ephraim, they were lost among the Λαός; the Gentiles, the ten tribes of northern Israel had cursed themselves and multiplied their own punishment seven times more under God's Torah principle. Just as we are doing today, Ephraim brought punishment on themselves as they evoked The Lord's rule of Leviticus which became another phase of their punishment. Let’s look at this again, it's not just confusing, it is important:
"And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I shall punish you seven times more for your sins. And if you walk contrary to Me, and refuse to obey Me, I shall bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins,... then I also shall walk contrary to you, and I Myself shall smite you seven times for your sins... then I shall walk contrary to you in wrath. And I Myself shall punish you seven times for your sins."
Look at Leviticus 26:18; 26:21; 26:24 as well.

However, Ephraim was given "a break". These two judgment periods ran concurrently with each other. Like a child who has been grounded, Ephraim was destined to be the recipient of judgment from the Heavenly Father. The good news is that on a national level, the 2,730 years of punishment that began around 722 BC have expired and the Temple Mount and the City of Jerusalem have been returned to Israel although there remain "strangers" there now, estranging themselves from The Lord and Yeshua.

When God The Lord declares a judgment, we can be sure it will come to pass to its full measure, even to the day that He declares. In other words, what we sow, we will reap... period. The Torah declares both blessings and curses. According to His voice, we bring curses on ourselves even if we are sorry for our deeds and repent just as Adam did. He was told he would die and he did.

God told Ephraim that He would put her away and give her a “bill of divorce”, this was Ephraim’s judgment… a "divorce" from God's face AND from His Promised Land as the hidden ones became... 'not a people' losing their identity as Gentiles. That is how many 'so called' Gentiles, not recognizing adoption, lost their identity in the family name 'Israel", but the blessing of Jacob is being restored to native born and stranger.
"And I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce”. And Israel, who is called Ephraim by God would be scattered among every nation of the globe." Jeremiah 3:8

"And I scattered them among the Gentiles, and they were dispersed throughout the lands. I have judged them according to their ways and their deeds." Ezekiel 36:19
And while they were wandering among the nations for the past few thousand years, many lost their identity. Ephraim became “Lo Ammi,” meaning “Not a People.”
"… for you are not My people, and I am not for you." Hosea 1:9
Now you have a message from the Bible that you may have never noticed before. This is because Ephraim [the hidden ones of Israel] have been divorced from the Promised Kingdom Land and they accepted the exile while rejecting the "Torah", calling it an Old Testament and a law done away with, “hung on the cross”.

But the good news is, the gospel of the restoration of the Kingdom is that the instruction of the whole Torah was not the law hung on the cross... oh a law was hung there all right, it is the judgment of the death penalty for deliberately and purposefully breaching God's instruction. Sin is infidelity.

The law of judgment for sin which is death began in Eden, yet as the prophets declared it was finished there at the Passover tree and in the First Fruits resurrection. By God's grace anyone, Jew or Gentile that repents and chooses Messiah Yeshua as Savior in faith as the Son of God can "eat of the tree of life" shown to us by the bread and wine of the Passover. With Messiah, you too can receive the gift of eternal life like Him because Jesus did hang the penalty of the wound of sin... death on the cross in His voluntary giving of His own life as a substitute offering for His bride so that the harlot could remarry in covenant relationship.

Almighty God's decree of death, the penalty for sin was annulled on the cross by Yeshua according to the promise given to Isaiah:
Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand… Isaiah 28:18
The path to the tree of life was restored to mankind at the cross of the tree and by that we are empowered to walk in His commandments and live for righteousness for all that believe and confess this truth to others. (see Revelation 22:14)

Kepha is Aramaic for 'rock', Peter (the rock) as modern Bible translators call him today, summarized it best:
"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." 1Peter 2:24-25 ESV
The humble, suffering servant Messiah ben Joseph foretold in Isaiah 53, Yeshua of Nazareth, fulfilled the first Torah curse and annulled its judgment that began in the garden for all that will look to Him as Savior and Messiah. This is graphically shown to us in the healing - blessing of tree of life described in Genesis 3:22 and Revelation 22.

Only God can do this. Only the Creator can restore life and relationship as it was intended from the beginning by a tree.

The decree of exile from Eden's garden shown to us in Genesis 3:23-24 will be annulled at King Messiah's Yeshua's return to Earth as the lion of the tribe of Judah, Messiah ben David. Yeshua is the Aleph and Tav, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Even so, Amen.

Messiah the Priest King will come with the glory cloud, the Shekinah of God and everyone will see Him, including all like me that pierced Him and nailed His heel and hands on the tree by our sin and all nations of will lament, mourn and cry our because of Him. When that happens, Halleluyah let the final Aliyah begin for "all" Israel native and grafted in.

The death penalty was given in the beginning for the adultery of deliberately and willfully opposing God’s teaching and instruction. Purposefully disobedience to God's instruction is shown by the Scriptures to be adultery and it is a very grave sin, carrying the death penalty. For someone to commit adultery, to seek their own pleasure is instead of following God's word brings the ultimate consequence for sin and the deceiver, the serpent haSatan, but there is grace for mankind that demands a choice.

Leviticus 20:10 as well as Deuteronomy 22:22 and Proverbs 6:32 like a parable give us the bottomline:
"If a man is found sleeping with another man's wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die."
But in His mercy as described by Jeremiah, this penalty for 'the bride' was annulled by Messiah the Son, God in the flesh of a man conceived by a woman by the miracle of the Spirit of God, He was born as a King in Bethlehem and He bore our iniquities against the Torah of God. Yeshua died and arose in resurrection in Jerusalem as the eternal living Torah, the word of God and the tree of life. We too can be restored to Zion. Jeremiah 3:1-15 tells us God says:

Look at verse 8: "And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery, I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. Now verse 14, "Turn, O backsliding children, saith Yahweh: for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion."

The Bible explicitly says that God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16), but nowhere does the word explicitly states that God hates remarriage. Restoration is good. God does not view the renewed marriage as invalid or adulterous. A marriage is a marriage. Marriage is forever, even after divorce.

Obviously, Israel, the children saved by God cannot return to full relationship unless she were spiritually re-married, otherwise Almighty God would be breaking His own law (Deuteronomy 24:3). Anyone can come to The Lord through Yeshua the Messiah. When you accept Yeshua as your savior, your covenant husband you are grated back into relationship and become a part of the commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians chapter 2). This is how Israel is able to remarry and return to The Lord. It's the only way. Yeshua is the door (John 10:9). No man comes to the Father except by Him. Yeshua is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:16).

Death, which is utter separation from our Creator God is the law of divorce from God's presence and it is the rule of Eden engaged by Adam and Eve as they broke God's instruction that only "One" in the flesh like Adam can annul through perfect obedience to the Torah of God making restitution of mankind's sin, it is the separation from God, the law that can be "finished," but only by the mercy and grace of 'The One' that declared it.

Resurrection is the great mystery, and this is ultimately why God gave us His instruction in the Torah about the adulterous wife.

As the 'husband" Yeshua has the authority to 'unwind' to wrong decision of the "bride" to afflict the soul.
"But if her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard them; then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the LORD shall forgive her. Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void." Numbers 30:1213
It is Abba Father's parable-like teaching in the Torah that says the woman (bride) found guilty of adultery may not marry another while her first husband he is "still alive". In Jewish teaching, For the purpose of permitting a bride to remarry written documents must exist that testify to the husband's death. The New Testament is this witness for Messiah.

A dilemma is raised in Jeremiah 5 and Messiah Yeshua suffered vengeance for mankind as Eden's promised solution shown in Genesis 3:15 through the appointed first "visit" when the authority, the head of the serpent, haSatan was bruised once and for all at the Spring Feast season 2,000 years ago:
"Shall I not visit for these [things]? saith The Lord: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?" Jeremiah 5:9
The prophecy of the timing of Messiah's "visit" according to the holy timeline given Daniel as the son of God is amazing and powerful, almost beyond belief as to it's accuracy and tie to the restoration of Jerusalem. Yeshua came so that the "harlot-like" lost sheep could be found by the Shepherd and re-married as "the bride of Messiah"! Yeshua died by the offering of His life and the unchanging word of life given to Moses. It is incredible to realize Almighty God promised to finish the penalty in the beginning by crushing the head, the authority of the deceiver, an authority over the world given to him by Adam which is physical death.

Here's the thing: God is life.

His word, His Torah is the "book of life" we are to live by in Covenant with our God, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. Messiah represents the "Tree of Life" for which we may freely eat and live eternal with God. This life principle of the Torah is the reason we can believe these words:
For I The Lord do not change, therefore you, O sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6
The sons of Jacob are not to be consumed. The Torah is not done away with by faith in Messiah, it is upheld in every way. In this, Jacob (Israel) is not consumed and the bride of Sinai will be fully restored. Torah remains and by the love of our Heavenly Father, we get to honor His Torah. That's the ultimate message from the Jewish teacher Paul in Romans 3, not me, read it all for yourself again and take notice of Paul's amazing conclusion.

Many miss these truth because they only listen to verse excerpts of the Scripture and Paul's letters. Verses shouted from a pulpit, but I encourage you to always read the complete message of the Bible in its full context and not accept any division of Scripture because it is all connected. God tells us to never add to or take away from His word so do it, tear that blank page out of your Bible if you divide it between a so-called Old and New Testament.

In summary Paul writes:
"Do we then overthrow the law [Torah] by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law [Torah]." Romans 3:31
The letter writer Paul and Torah commentator repeats this critical message about the law of sin and death with simplicity so all can understand in Romans 8:
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Messiah Yeshua. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Messiah Yeshua from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1
So you might ask, what does all this have to do with the Jubilee of 1967?

Ephraim received a 'just sentence' of 2,730 years that did not expire until 1967. And perhaps the most bizarre part of this penalty is that Ephraim would not recognize just "who" he is during the time period of dispersion and wandering away from God’s straight path. Ephraim's own self identity was lost among the Gentiles just as Hosea prophesied, he became Lo Ami. He lost his identity.

What am I encouraging you to consider about Paul's mission and teaching?

Simply, Paul expounds on the the Lo Ami concept in Romans 9, Romans 10 and Romans 11 as he teaches from the words of Hosea and Isaiah.

Many Believers simply label themselves as Gentiles not knowing their full identity in their adoption as The Lord’s children, a people that the God of Israel... calls "Israel". You are no longer Lo Ami.

Until the nation of Israel was born in a day and the judgment ended, perhaps Believers just could not believe as we read about Israel in the writings of the Torah and the prophets as well as Paul, that all the while we were reading about ourselves and our future too.

If you are tossing this understanding aside, stop now and go read Paul's teaching in Romans for yourself and then re-read the whole letter again slowly and methodically without any previous bias.

You may see one reason many Believers have not recognized their name and identity in Scripture is that we have followed Jesus in Spirit faith but not in Torah truth, but we must do both, it's God's teaching and instruction for life in His Kingdom.

If you haven't noticed by now, the Germanic Old Norse word 'law' doesn't quite fit the Hebrew concept of 'Torah'.

What do I mean by not following Jesus in Spirit faith [and] in Torah truth?

Well think about this... all Believers know, all believe Jesus is perfect. But perfect by what standard?

The Torah, plain and simple.

When we say He did not sin, we are acknowledging He did not break the Torah, no not once, instead He expounded on it in the spirit of truth. Yet, unlike Jesus, I think I am safe to say, most Believers have ignored God's weekly set apart day, His creation Sabbath, yet Jesus said He is Lord of the Sabbath. Instead, we re-arranged it on our own calendar as our own. We chose Sunday and then got away from God's ordained day of rest as we separated ourselves from Yeshua's Jewishness. We did the same thing with the annual Sabbaths, the Feast Days of The Lord. The "church" fathers mis-labeled them as "Jewish" and done away with as we mistakenly separated ourselves from all things Jewish including God's appointed days and heaven forbid, the ways of Jesus. We even made up our own holidays [holy days] as we moved away from God's ordained appointments with Yeshua.

Over the millennia, we've replaced or re-branded them and we even renamed the appointed days of The Lord aligning our worship with ancient, pagan, polytheistic religious beliefs of the Gentiles that originated in Babylon and morphed into Egyptian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Celtic and Druid traditions that pervade religious and denominational "church" traditions of Christmas, Lent, Easter and even Halloween front and center. But we were innocent in a way, we didn't know, but now there's no excuse.

We lost our identity as many Christians have innocently inherited mis-information from Constantine on God's convocations and appointed Holy Days.

But now, the judgment window has passed, its time to get back in sync with God’s ways, His calendar, His Sabbath and His appointed Feast times because the time for Ephraim has arrived to wake up, repent and return to God's word in your adoption and identity as the bride of Messiah.

God's instruction for living was not "hung on the cross," done away with and only for the Jews. Matthew 5 proves this, again read it fro yourself, no jot or tittle has been done away with. Whether intentional, or in ignorance, we must realize that the spiritual ramification of separating ourselves from the Jewish people is a tremendous sin. The same sin that Ephraim committed in northern Israel after David and Solomon died. And make no mistake, Biblical observance set God’s people apart from others, it gives us our ensign and our identity as a holy priesthood. That's one reason God called His Sabbath day "a sign".

We lost our identity, but we need to see the family name God gives us status as an adopted child. We can believe Paul. So just look in your Bible, it is the name "Israel" that is your heritage in adoption as well as the land ultimately. That is the very identity and heritage the "God of Israel" gives to all of His children. So, take the name back now and grab the hem of your Jewish brother.

Like the Feast Days that Gentiles have ignored or renamed, we have given ourselves our own identity in the labels of "Christians" or "the church," but what child names themselves at birth, certainly not a child of God? I am not saying these self-proclaimed identities are a bad thing in themselves, but they are simply not the namesake that the God of Israel proclaims in the Bible to His children whether native son or adopted-in His covenant.

As shown, this is what Paul actually teaches in Romans 9, again just read it, read it all - for yourself!
"...For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring." Romans 9:6-8
On the other hand, the southern Kingdom called Judah, have throughout all time faithfully maintained their identity in the name Israel and they have stayed connected to the Torah, the oracles of God. Paul teaches about this too:
"Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means!" Romans 3:1-4
Some Jewish people have turned away from the Torah too and millions have rejected Yeshua but at the same time, millions have returned to the Promised Land that was declared a nation in a "single day" by U.N. Resolution 181. Incredibly, a remnant are now coming to recognize Yeshua as Messiah because they are able to see that He is the living Torah - in the flesh. They can now see that not only is the Torah’s purpose to ensure a blessed life for those who walk in its statutes and judgments, but Yeshua gives eternal life to those who have purposefully broken Torah yet follow Him in faith! He is the humble Messiah in the Torah, the word made flesh and He kept the Torah perfectly because it is who He is, God in the flesh.

It was impossible for death to hold Yeshua. Instead, He used the tribulation of death to bring new life and resurrection to earth and He will return one day as Messiah ben David to resurrect the righteous whose sins He has covered in His blood.

As we consider this monumental truth, let's go back to the historic U.N. vote that was recorded on November 29, 1947. Its culmination came six months later on May 14, 1948 when David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel (it's time now to read Isaiah 66:8). Nineteen years fter the nation in a day was born as the metonic cycle concluded, Jerusalem and the holy Temple Mount was reunited with the land of Israel on June 7, 1967.

Judah has now been partially restored to Jerusalem, but (the Gentile nations) of the believing brothers of Judah, have not been fully re-united as Jew and Gentile, one new man - just yet, but Isaiah 66:12 promises this will happen:
"For thus says the LORD:
Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the glory of the nations [gowy גּוֹי "Gentiles"] like an overflowing stream".
In fact, this glory of the Gentiles, the "fullness of the Gentiles" that Paul wrote of still remains a mystery in plain sight of most of Christianity... it is a mystery to be uncovered, and it about the house of Joseph scattered among the nations that have turned to Messiah and are now returning to Torah.

Just as Joseph was hidden in the plain sight of his brothers in Egypt, the analogy is that Ephraim, the "fullness of the nations" if you will, is hidden from Judah, but God's promises in Isaiah as well as Amos 9:11 and Acts 15:16-19 proclaims that the Tabernacle of David will be restored. Praise God, that means all nations and the sojourners with them will be reunited in faith one day like an overflowing river. HalleluYah both "Jew and Joe" will be one in Messiah like a peaceful river flowing and comforted in Jerusalem!

As we have seen, the word "Gentile" does not mean "pagan" per se, even though many so-called Gentiles have innocently and unwittingly adopted pagan ways but that is now ending. The time of "eating pig’s flesh" is ending (see Isaiah 66:17). To better understand this mystery, just look at the words recorded in Hosea 8:8:
“Israel has been swallowed up. They have now become among the nations [gowy גּוֹי "Gentiles"] as a vessel in which is no pleasure.”

The good news is this: The Lord is seeing repentance as a remnant people across the globe and among the nation are awakening and returning to His teaching, His Torah principles, His Sabbath, His Feast Days that all point us to the Jewish Messiah from the tribe of Judah.

The time of Gentiles scattered and lost in exile in the pagan ways of the nations is ending. The work of the Spirit has already begun, "He will remove godlessness" just as God declared to Isaiah:
"I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, "Here I am, here I am," to a nation that was not called by my name. 2 I spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices" Isaiah 65:1-2
The prophet goes on to declare God's promise:
"For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory, and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations. And they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations as an offering to the LORD, on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem0ok, says the LORD, just as the Israelites bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD. And some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says the LORD. "For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the LORD, so shall your offspring and your name remain. From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the LORD." Isaiah 66:18-23
Ezekiel is a second witness to this promise. Once again, Paul taught of this when he wrote to the Romans:
"I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you will not be conceited: A hardening in part has come to Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove godlessness from Jacob.… Romans 11:25-26
Many innocently confuse the "fullness" of the Gentiles" thinking it only means a time of full measure or count of Gentiles coming into the knowledge and belief of Jesus as Savior. But that is just touching the surface of Paul's deeper message. The word "fullness" is "plērōma" and it means a fulfilling in meaning.

The fullness of the Gentiles refers to walking in the way, the Torah walk of the Jewish Messiah Jesus.

Paul was revealing an amazing prophecy of the time we are in today as Gentiles have not only come to know Messiah in great number but we are returning to an understanding of the Jewish roots of the faith because the job at hand is to make Judah jealous for Messiah even if we do not understand it:
“I ask instead: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says: "I will make you jealous by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation without understanding." Romans 10:19

“I ask then, did they stumble so as to lose their share? Absolutely not! However, because of their trespass, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous.” Romans 11:11

“I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, in the hope that I may provoke my own people to jealousy and save some of them.” Romans 11:13-14
This "partial hardening" against the Torah is one mystery of the fullness of the Gentiles, the multitudes that Paul wrote about coming from the blessing of Jacob on Joseph's adopted sons Ephraim and Manasseh. Again, remember the Hose of Joseph led by his sons were born in Egypt and they had an Egyptian mother. Their maternal grandfather was a pagan priest, but Ephraim and his brother Manasseh were grafted into Israel by their grandfather Jacob and jealously began with Joseph:
"And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind." Genesis 37:11
Paul writes:
"Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in." Romans 11:25:
Today, many hard, stony hearts around the world are being softened as God is writing His Torah there in the promise of a new covenant. And at the same time, Judah's hardened heart is softening around the globe as many Jews now see Messiah Yeshua as the eternal living messenger and purpose of the Torah. They are a powerful witness to the fullness of the Gentile believer.

The two sticks of God's olive tree are being rejoined in the root of Messiah and in the authority of the name of The Lord.

The Bible shows us this mystery if we just look.

In summary, Ephraim was given a punishment of 2,730 years (390 x 7). Thanks to the Cuneiform Text of Tiglath-Pileser 111, which chronicles his Gaza-Damascus Campaign in 734-722 BC we can see the beginning of the dispersion of northern Israel began in 734 BC with the exception of Samaria. Samaria fell in 722-723 BC. So, it took 12 years (734 to 722 BC) for the entire Northern Kingdom to fall. Ephraim's judgment began in 734 BC and concluded in 722 BC when the Northern Kingdom fell to the armies of Assyria.

Hosea knew this when he wrote:
"I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled." Hosea 5:3

"I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offense, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early." Hosea 5:15

"Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me." Hosea 7:13

"Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure. For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers." Hosea 8:8-9

"Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin. I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing." Hosea 8:11-12

"My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations." Hosea 9:17

"I handed her over to her lovers, the Assyrians, for whom she had lusted." Ezekiel 23:9

I am a rank amateur as an astronomy buff, (no, NOT astrology) and my interest in God's heavenly creation handiwork led me to a teaching on the upcoming Feast Day eclipse window of 2014-15 from Pastor Mark Biltz of Bonney Lake, Washington a couple of years ago when Jeff Morton, a member of the El Shaddai congregation shared the message with me. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that Pastor Blitz may be on to something that we may not realize about the timing of the coming tetrad.

I decided to finally place it here for you to consider. There's one key message that has already been duly noted:

"If you are Messiah's, then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to promise." Galatians 3:29

Those words are monumental. I hope to show you more about that as you read on and forgive me as I continue to repeat several key concepts already noted, but there are some things we need to unwind, so the repititon is worthwhile.

Smack in between the bookends of the coming tetrad of the four consecutive "Feast Day" full lunar eclipses that Pastor Biltz teaches about, the world will see a 'triple' series of six (6) full Moons with no partial lunar eclipse 'in between'.

It seems the timing of this sequence is related to the promise Paul describes as 'the end' time of Ephraim’s (Abraham's seed) exile as declared in the Bible including Ezekiel 4:1-6 and Leviticus 26:14-46.

A judgment period that many Christians may have missed by not believing the identity that Paul was sharing with the Romans. This concept is not designed to be sensational speculation to a gullible few and certainly not you, so hang in there for a while longer for the whole picture. It gets a bit complicated for me to explain, but I will do my best.

These coming four full lunar eclipses, like the four winds around the globe - will begin with 1) a Passover red moon eclipse visible directly over the U.S.A. and 1/4 of the planet will witness it on April 15, 2014. The first eclipse will not be visible across most of Europe, East Africa or Russia. The next eclipse 2) on the first day of Tabernacles moves west of the U.S. as it appears on October 8, 2014 directly over the Pacific ocean, again covering 1/4th of of Earth. It too will not be visible over any part of Europe, the Middle East or Africa but here in the western U.S., it will be visible at dawn on the west coast horizon. The third eclipse in the tetrad series will occur still further west over the Pacific on Passover April 4, 2015 as the pattern repeats and moves west around the four corners of the globe. It will be seen 3) in the far east Orient including Japan and large parts of China and eastern Russia. Finally, the fourth and final full lunar eclipse will appear 4) in the heavens on September 28, 2015 on the first day of Tabernacles centered directly above the mid-Atlantic ocean between Europe and North America.

This final eclipse will be visible in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and western Russia as the cycle of Feast Day tetrad sequentially encompasses the four corners of the globe.

If you would like to get a graphic view of the "four wind" locations of the tetrad eclipse series to be seen around the world just visit NASA's Eclipse page or if you want to see how our Solar System will beautifully align try another view at my page entitled: God's Timepiece.

Please keep in mind, there is nothing here in this commentary but simple observation and links to historical fact. There is no goal to strike fear into people or predict the future, but one thing many may have missed is the simple fact that each of the tetrad eclipse windows is locked into a pattern that has been built into the solar system since creation!

That fact is huge. There is nothing random. Yet these red blood moon Feast Days are not what we are to be ultimately looking for. What we are to seek is their Creator.

So does the pattern really mean anything?

I certainly do not know, perhaps everything is just coincidence, but I can tell you that heavenly events are significant if you have ever read the words of Revelation 13.

All in all, during the coming tetrad Feast Day series, there will be eight eclipses, four of them are solar and four lunar. Here is the schedule and take note, the Feast Day seasons will be intersected by a Shemittah Year:
1) April 15, 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Passover Nisan 15

2) April 29, 2014 Annular Solar Eclipse on Day 11 of the Omer Count

3) October 8, 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse on Feast of Tabernacles Tishrei 15 and the Shemittah Year begins 15 days earlier

4) October 23, 2014 Partial Solar Eclipse seven days after Shmini Atzeret

5) March 20, 2015 Total Solar Eclipse on Nisan 1 which begins the count to Passover

6) April 4, 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Passover Nisan 15

7) September 13, 2015 – Partial Solar Eclipse on Feast of Trumpets Tishrei 1 as the Shemittah Year ends

8) September 28, 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Tabernacles Tishrei 15
Six months (six 'moons') after the first total lunar eclipse of Passover, April 15, 2014 (Nisan 14), the Biblical Fall Feast calendar will start and notably, the Shemittah (Sabbatical) year will end on September 14, 2015 marked by another eclipse just before the Feast of Trumpets begins. Ten days later the Jubilee Year will begin with the sound of a shofar on Yom Kippur, so remember:
"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years" Genesis 1:14
Let them be for signs, and for seasons...

If we are to understand the times and season, we have to reconnect with the Bible's calendar to know the times and seasons, the moed, the appointments of our Creator. These are the Feasts of The Lord. The 4th and grand finale Feast Day full lunar eclipse will occur on the first day of the week long celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) in 2015. It will be a red Super Moon" because it will occur at lunar perigee. That's the orbital point when the Moon is at its closest point to Earth and it will appear 15% larger in the night sky. Another Super Moon will occur earlier during the North Pole's full solar eclipse of March 20, 2015 which may be the first eclipse of its kind during the Spring Equinox when the Earth’s axis will be perpendicular at direct right angles to the sun’s rays.

After the Equinox, the Earth's axis tilt gradually makes the days longer in the Spring during our planet's orbital rotation. March 20th that year will be the first day of Nisan (Aviv in the Bible). It is the month God declared as the first month in Exodus 12:2 when He ordered prophetic time to align to His Feast Days. It's also the day God instructed Moses to set up His Tabernacle in the midst of the congregation (Exodus 40:2) a year later and it also marks the time window that God declared the Passover is to be kept as a memorial (Numbers 9:1) forever.

Not only that, its the day King Hezekiah sanctified the House of the LORD (2 Chronicles 29:17) and the day Ezra left Babylon by the decree of king Artaxerxes to return to Jerusalem to prepare Hezekiah's heart to 1) seek the Torah of The LORD, 2) to do it, and 3) to teach it (Ezra 7:9-10).

It's also the day that lots or 'pur' were cast in Esther 3:7. Incredibly, the next verse (Esther 3:8) sounds a 'lot' like America:
"And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them."
These Biblical references may be important because Yeshua commanded "a watch" and He gave a warning with that instruction:
"If you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief.”
There is a thus saith The Lord, simple said we need to watch whether we understand what to watch for or not. It's time to follow the teaching of Jesus, it's time to watch and look for God’s calendar and His signs in the skies, after all they have been set in motion since creation.

A spectacular sight will be seen on the Tabernacles eclipse of 2015. It will be the only full lunar eclipse on this Feast Day tetrad that will be visible in Jerusalem and it will be a super moon. Is it just a coincidence that this super moon will signal in the coming Jubilee Year? I could be wrong but I don't think so. Something is up and it is linked to Jerusalem.

Will we see a prophetically historic time of triumph like the Jubilee of 1967, as a sign affecting the people God calls Israel? I don't know.

What can we expect? I DON'T KNOW, but I do know this:
"It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search them out." Proverbs 25:2
Since the Madrid Conference in 1991, "The Quartet" has pressed for Israel's division, a dividing for peace and security. No matter what is in store, today is the day for all nations and all people to search out the salvation of Yeshua and the sovereignty of Almighty. Israel is front and center in God's eyes and hold on to your hats because...

Jesus is Jewish

I am blowing my trumpet as loud as I can about this fact. He was born among the family line of Judah, He lived among the Jewish people, He was circumcised on the eighth day and all of His disciples were Jews. He observed the Law of Moses perfectly throughout His life. He taught from the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings in His ministry. He even showed up in Jerusalem at The Temple during Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication.

He taught about Himself from the water libation ceremony known in Hebrew as Nissuch Ha-Mayim. He did this during the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles as He stood and shouted to the crowds surrounding the altar:
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." John 7:37-38
Jesus died at the Feast of Passover not at Easter, a word that can't be found in any of the 5,600+ copies of Greek manuscripts of the New Testament existing today.

Messiah Yeshua came to cover the sins of the bride on Passover and He resurrected in life on First Fruits three days later. He walks in the authority of our Creator and He gave an assignment to His talmidim (disciples) just as Isaiah declares:
"I will also make You a light for the Gentiles, that You may bring My salvation to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6
If you consider yourself a Believer, celebrate the Passover Feast and the others because you get to. The Biblical truth is The Lord's own declaration for His appointments in Leviticus 23 are simple and straightforward. These Holy Days are "set apart" by The Lord and they apply to everyone that follows Him in covenant forever, for all generations whether Jew or Gentile.

They are set in time and marked by the moon as The Lord's appointments and they will occur on God's calendar marked by His creation in heaven. I thank our Father in Heaven that He appointed the Jewish people to bring forth the Messiah, carry the gospel message to the world, keep the Torah and the Feasts of The Lord!!

That's just the primer... now let's consider Forty Jubilees and the End of the Exile.

The Biblical purpose of a Jubilee Year is a time of "restoration". As I have said... there is certainly no "thus saith The Lord" intended by any of these observations, but if we just look at the structure of the tetrad patterns, we might understand the possibility that these heavenly events may be linked to Yeshua's declaration of an acceptable year to come.

Thousands of years ago, Ephraim separated himself from Judah. Does that sound familiar?

If you can pause for a minute, let that soak in...

Historically, without realizing it, many Christians have called things that honor God, Jewish in distain, but they are righteous and good. Most churches have rebranded or turned away from them, I know, I once did that too. This is not a condemnation, it's a fact, but its time for repentance, time to turn back. Turn back to the Torah and the ways of Yeshua.

If we understand the history of Ephraim who turned away from Judah and Jerusalem, perhaps we can look in the mirror and see these are associated with 'mighty' Ephraim.

The separation we've known away from all things Jewish is somehow linked to the ultimate penalty of the division that began when Northern Israel (Ephraim or the House of Joseph) was taken from the Promised Land by the Assyrians. To learn more about the prophecies of Ephraim, a nation of people that God calls Israel, you might want to look into another study that ties the Scriptures together entitled: The Lost Sheep Scriptures.

As we've seen, the Scripture that points toward the restoration of Jew and Gentile (Jew and Joe) is found in Ezekiel 37:15-28 and it gives us an amazing Jubilee promise that is a mystery to many people as it speaks of Ephraim and all associated with him. It is worth repeating again:
"The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, take a stick and write on it, ‘For Judah, and the people of Israel associated with him’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him.’ And join them one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand.

And when your people say to you, ‘Will you not tell us what you mean by these?’ say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him. And I will join with it the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, that they may be one in my hand. When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes, then say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD:

Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel.

And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms.

They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd.

They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever.

I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them.

And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Then the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”

Ezekiel shows us that we must dig into the concept of the "acceptable year", to do that let's take an even closer look at Luke's account of Yeshua's declaration.

Remember, it was during that Sabbath day reading at the Nazarene synagogue. In Jewish tradition, following the morning reading of the Torah portion, the haftarah is read by the maftir, a person that is called to arise up (the maftir aliyah) to read the haftarah after the weekly Torah portion:
"And Yeshua returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

"The Spirit of The Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of The Lord."

And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, 'Is not this Joseph’s son?'" Luke 4:14-22
No thus saith The Lord, but I think that is is reasonable to consider that Yeshua, "as was His custom", read from the scroll of Isaiah in the Nazareth synagogue on the Jewish TaNaK study cycle established at the time of Ezra that continues today. If so, he read the portion "Nitzavim" that ties directly to the haftarah reading for Isaiah 61, and He was there purposefully, knowing... that Sabbath was not random. The Spirit of God was poured out on the synagogue leader that day to ask Him to read from the prophet. Importantly, in that synagogue, it was just "a week" before the year he would begin to do the work of Messiah and heal the blind and declare liberty.

And not only that - - these words from the Torah portion "Nitzavim" which is Hebrew for "ones standing" which includes Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20 had likely just been read in that synagogue before the Isaiah scroll was unrolled:
You are standing today, all of you, before the Lord your God: the heads of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and the sojourner who is in your camp…”
Yeshua said He came for the captives. He also said He came for the lost sheep... it was by no coincidence Jesus taught in the Galilee, the ancient land of the lost tribes that included Dan, Naphtali, Manasseh, Gad, Issachar, Zebulon and Asher.

So, here is the kicker... is the 'acceptable year' in this text also declaring a future prophetic Jubilee for the people called Ephraim that were assigned the land in northern Israel as an inheritance?

Today, the Galilee area there is a contentious place, dominated by many that seek to divide the land and establish a Palestinian state.

So consider this... there is an old Jewish teaching, that says "scattered" Israel will one day be able to return (make aliyah) to the Promised Land during none other than a Jubilee Year. This teaching is found spelled out in Scripture, it is based on the words of Leviticus and it's stated in the Jewish "Gemara" which means "study" in Aramaic: (the Talmud - Mas. Arachnid 32b), comments that the law of Jubilee (Yovel) will apply in the Promised Land once again only when all the tribes of Israel are restored back to the Promised Land:
"And ye shall proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof, i.e., [only] at the time when all the inhabitants thereof dwell upon it, but not at the time when some of them are exiled".
Debate this all you want, but Scripture gives a prophecy in Leviticus. The ESV translation reads like this:
"And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan
." Leviticus 25:10
Here, 'clan' is the Hebrew word 'mishpachah'. This word mishpachah means: family, tribe, people or nation.

The fact is the words of Leviticus are true, so if we were to use modern vernacular we can simply call the clan, the 'family' of Israel, i.e. God's children.

And, if we dig into history, we can look back to Judah's return to Jerusalem following the Babylonian captivity as a historical time marker in God's Jubilee Year calendar. Like 1967 when Jerusalem was restored, the return from Babylon is thought by most Bible scholars to have occurred during a Jubilee year, sometime around 536 BC. If this Jubilee timeline is accurate, then we can look forward to another Jubilee year.

If so, could it mark a time in which the hearts of Ephraim join with the mishpachah clans of Judah in the land? A change of heart is needed, we must destroy the idols under the terebinth tree (Genesis 35:4). Christians must return to the heart of Torah, not reject it because as long as they do, the land will not be released.

Now, if we set aside the Palestinian conflict for a moment as the key obstacle, the simple fact is that most "non-Jewish" immigrants as defined by current Israeli law cannot obtain citizenship in Israel. This is because one must prove Jewish descent or provide a Judaism conversion certificate under the Israeli law of aliyah. There is a long-term possibility, that if one establishes a business that contributes to the Israeli economy over many years that this can yield a possible path to citizenship, but that is a very arduous and legally complicated process without guaranty as the Israeli laws of immigration are not welcoming for non-Jews even if you become eligible. So, the fact today is that most non-Jewish people that honor Torah cannot obtain citizenship in the land of Israel, just yet.

It's my prayer that the Knesset might one day open their arms and laws to recognize and welcome the "Ger" sojourners just as they did when Moses led the first exodus. The "Ger" had the same goal, to leave the oppression of Egypt and follow the God of Israel. They were on the same ultimate journey... to become a citizen in the Promised Land with the families (tribes) of Israel.

The "Ger" today in my view, are the same as the Ger of yesterday, they like me love Israel, the Jewish people and seek to honor the Torah to follow Messiah Yeshua. Perhaps one day, they might be considered an 'oleh' (immigrant to Israel).

After all, the end of the exile is about restoring the "whole" world, all humanity including Jew, Gentile and the Ger.

The restoration described by the prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 34-37) may not yet be declared by the approval of Israeli legislation at the end of Forty Jubilees, instead that may be reserved for the decree of the Messiah. That King is Messiah Yeshua and the prophecies of Ezekiel point to a time when all will serve 'the' descendant of David, the son of God as their King. The King's decree will end the division that began in 1Kings 12:31. This promise is seen in Jeremiah 3:18, 5:11, 11:10, 31:3; Zechariah 8:13, Isaiah 8:14 and Isaiah 11:12-13 as well as many others as promised in Deuteronomy 30:1-3.

Here's the thing, if we forget what we know for a moment, if we forget tradition and look in the truth shown in the Bible from the Torah scroll of Exodus, we can see that if one followed the God of Israel and observed His covenant instruction, they were all, whether native born or sojourner considered a part of the family of God's children, adopted in by faith. The same faith as Abraham.

Adoption is a big message in the Bible that many have long forgotten. Yet, we see adoption plainly at the end of Jacob's life in the Genesis account. Take note, his two grandsons were not the children of a Jewish mother. Look closely Knesset, Manasseh and Ephraim were the sons of a Egyptian mother. By Israeli rules today, they are not eligible for citizenship, so the rules will be changed by a King's decree.

Their mother was Asenath the daughter of Potipherah, the pagan Egyptian priest of On.

I know it's hard to think about this reality, but consider this: what if only those that crossed the Jordan were only direct descendants of Judah's clan? The sum of the men, from twenty years old and upward that would have had the right to leave the slavery of Egypt would have only been 76,500 men of age from the tribe of Judah, NOT 601,730.

Here's how we can know this and the words are straight from the Torah:
"These are the families of Judah according to those who were numbered of them, seventy-six thousand five hundred." Numbers 26:22

"These are those who were numbered of the children of Yisra'el, six hundred one thousand seven hundred thirty." Numbers 26:51
But we can also include the tribe of Benjamin, if we do that we can add in 45,600 to the 76,500 census for a total of 122,100 according to Exodus 26:41, and if you think we must also add in the tribe of Levi, there is a big problem, because the Torah says they were not listed in the first or second census, so we cannot count in the clan Levi. Here's the truth:
"All the male Levites a month old or more numbered 23,000. They were not counted along with the other Israelites because they received no inheritance among them." Numbers 26:62
The unchanging word of God is clearly still important today for the stranger (Ger) that by faith sojourns with Israel and celebrates the Passover (the first redemptive work of Messiah) has joined to Israel "like a native of the land". Just read in Exodus 12:48 for yourself:
"But if a stranger sojourns with you, and celebrates the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near to celebrate it; and he shall be like a native of the land..."
Remember too, the words of Moses tell us that once the Jubilee is announced by the Yom Kippur trumpet blast, the call of "all Israel" is engaged to return according to God's Kingdom constitution, the Torah. That includes not only Judah and Benjamin, but all the other tribes and as the Torah records, the sojourners and strangers (the Ger) of the nations with them choose to follow the God of Israel out of Egypt and out slavery.

That is why, when Jacob was very old, he called Joseph to his bedside and asked to bless his two sons, but little did Joseph know about the adoption. Jacob told Joseph that his grandsons, are like sons to him and... "Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine like Reuben and Simeon. Then another big surprise, Jacob deliberately switched the normal order of blessing of the first son. Instead, Jacob gave son, Ephraim, the "greater" blessing of the firstborn son. Not only that, Jacob prophecies that Ephraim's descendants would be among the nations. The Hebrew term he used was m'loh ha goyim, or "fullness of the gentiles."

This is the very same phrase Paul used in Romans 11:25, when speaking of the final redemption of when "all Israel will be saved". Paul is not speaking of "the gentiles" as we normally think of them (separate from Israel) when he uses this term m'loh ha goyim, as a Torah teacher he is referring to the return of the exile, just like the teaching of the prodigal son.

Like Joseph, the exiles want to return home. Gentile Believers, sojourners in the faith of Messiah if you will, are looking foreword to the second coming of King Messiah while most Jews are looking forward to His first coming, but He is the very same Messiah.

Yeshua first came as the humble servant Messiah ben Joseph and He will return as Messiah ben David, the King.

Strangely then, in a mysterious way, we are "one" in Messiah, but we don't realize it, just yet. Just as the sons of Jacob did not recognize Joseph in Egypt, they came to know who he was. The same will be true for the Jewish people that do not yet recognize Yeshua, they will come to know who he is.

Not only that, the Torah shows us that the name "Israel" did not began by ancestry from the tribe of Judah or Benjamin, it came from Jacob and Judah was his 4th son and his first wife, Leah. Benjamin was his 12th son by Rachel. Yet, Israel’s family journey actually began with Abraham who crossed over from Ur of the Chaldees. Yes, Abram was from Ur, and get this, it was a Gentile nation. Still, he was called out by God, so he left and crossed over. He 'became' the first Hebrew by his faith and action.

Jacob is his grandson and he received the name Israel as a blessing from God 'in the flesh' after an all night struggle, he came out of that wrestling match (Genesis 32:24-28).

Jacob was a changed man and even his walk was changed by this struggle. Jacob never let go and seventy of his family went with him down to Egypt due to famine in the land of Canaan, and his family that journeyed out of Egypt some 3,500 years ago included all who were saved by the blood of the Passover lamb, both native born and stranger. That exodus included those in Egypt who chose to follow the word of God and walk with the twelve tribes, Jacob's descendants plus Jacob's adopted families of Manasseh and Ephraim as his children in the wilderness adoption, the ingrafting by the Word of The Lord.

Can you just imagine what would happen if today's nation state of Israel truly defined Israel the way God does and the Torah's Jubilee principle of return?

The land would be open to all that walked in Abraham's covenant given by El Shaddai God. So let us “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up (make Aliyah)" Genesis 35:2-3

If you do not believe this summary of Biblical history and prophetic promise, then read the words according to the record of Moses in Exodus 12:48-49 and Numbers 15:15-16 for yourself and if that is not enough, read the prophets including Isaiah 56:3-8 and Ezekiel 47:22... Bottomline, "all of Israel" including the adopted sojourners and strangers with them will hear the final Jubilee trumpet and participate as a free man, one new man.

The Bible's Jubilee teaching will one day put the world on the threshold of the beginning of the greatest exodus in the history of mankind.

Now let's shift gears a bit, because we don't want to forget to look at the words found in Daniel 9:24:
"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy."
This is tied to 70 Shemittahs.

Daniel was one of the survivors of Nebuchadnezzar's attack on Judea and Jerusalem. He was a Jew. He knew all about the meaning of "weeks", of sevens and the great importance of the Shemittah week. He knew all about the failure of the Jewish people to honor the Shemittah year of rest for the land because he knew this was a core reason for the 70 year exile to Babylon, and he studied the words God gave to Jeremiah.

Speaking of 70 years, let's reconsider the 70 “sevens” shown to Daniel.

The Shemittah culminates a seven year cycle as does the Jubilee which begins at the end of seven sevens, so the sevens may have multiple fulfillment. First, take note that the 70 “sevens” add to 490 years pointing to the first coming of Messiah as a humble Savior. Look at the number 490, do you see the pattern? It's the Shemittah (7 x 7) countdown multiplied by ten.

The account of Luke describes three objectives read by Yeshua, the humble Messiah who came:
1) to bring in everlasting righteousness,
2) to seal up the vision and prophecy, and
3) to anoint the most Holy.
There's nothing to be seen here about re-establishing the Kingdom of David because that was not Messiah's first duty as the humble servant and lamb of God.

The Jubilee countdown to Messiah is about righteousness and anointing. Its timeframe may be tied to The Almighty's decree in Haggai 1:1-2 decree to return to the Promised Land and rebuild the Temple.

Daniel's “sevens” point toward a Shemittah and a long Jubilee cycle. They also "hint" toward the end of Ephraim's judgment and banishment from the Promised Land for their choice of iniquity. The first of 70 Jubilees according to a Biblical counting of 360 days in a year started when God’s children first crossed the Jordan River and entered Canaan.

As noted earlier, it's been 40 Jubilees from Messiah's reading of the first half of Isaiah's prophecy. For that reason, the title of this commentary was chosen.

Try the math for yourself.

Every serious Bible student knows the book of Daniel zeroes in on a period of 69 weeks of years. Interestingly, the nation of Israel was declared by the UN on November 29, 1947. Although not weeks of years, if we add 69 years that each contain one "Feast of Weeks" (Shavuot-Pentecost) to that date, we again arrive at the potential Jubilee of 2016.

Coincidence? Maybe, but there's more...

As we have shown, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) on September 14, 2015 will occur 2,520 weeks or 49 Biblical years following the 1967 reunification of Jerusalem after Israeli paratroopers entered the gates of the Old City and General Shlomo Goren reclaimed the Temple Mount with his shofar. His troops brought the city under Israel's control for the first time in nearly 2,000 years on June 7th, a period that ties 70 AD to 1948. That monumental day in 1967-68, also marked the first time that the Temple Mount was not under the authority of a Gentile power since 70AD. Even in Jesus' day, the Romans ruled the land except for the Temple Mount that was under the domain of Judah:
"The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people." Genesis 49:10
Daniel and his country men were taken to Babylon after great distress but there's something about Nebuchadnezzar's attack against Jerusalem in 586 BC that Bible scholars don't point out. It was not only the year Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the Temple that Solomon built, but if my math is right, some 666 "Biblical" years later, in 70 AD, the Roman Legions of Titus destroyed the Temple that Ezra rebuilt and Herod restored. That number 666 might stick out like a sore thumb if you have read the book of Revelation.

Just as Daniel was told to prophesy, the Temple was destroyed 'after' the Messiah had come.

The timing points to the very year after Artaxerxes issued a decree to Nehemiah to rebuild the Temple and restore the holy city of Jerusalem as seen in Nehemiah 2:1-8. The witness of Daniel records these words:
"Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined." Daniel 9:25-26
So, let's take another look into the prophetic book of Daniel, this time at the writing on the wall:
“Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. Again, this is the writing that was inscribed:

Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin.

This is the interpretation of the matter:

Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end;
Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting;
Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

That very night, Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed." Daniel 5:45-30
That was the 16th of Tishrei, the second day of the weeklong Tabernacles festival. It is a part of Chol HaMoed, a Hebrew phrase meaning "weekdays of the festival" and in 2015 this same day just happens to perfectly match with the day after the 4th Blood Moon eclipse of September 28, 2015.

A Jubilee arrives 'after' 49 years or seven consecutive sets of Shemittah years of seven. Although there is some debate, I believe as perhaps many do, that the the year following the 49th year, or the 50th year, is a Jubilee and it is also the beginning of the 49 year count to the next Jubilee as well as the the beginning of the next Shemittah 7 year count.

As noted earlier, just 5 days after the 2015 Yom Kippur Feast Day (Atonement Day) the world will view the last of the four lunar eclipses of this tetrad series on the first day of Sukkot (Tabernacles) and it is worth repeating that Jerusalem will see a red supermoon eclipse that Feast Day. Interestingly, the next supermoon lunar eclipse won't happen there again until 2033. That's an interesting number because it will have been right at 2,000 years since the Passover of Yeshua.

As I have said, I do not know how the coming Shemittah or the Jubilee will play out, but we can know that it will be on God's calendar and Jerusalem will likely be front and center.

Many may look for the construction of the 3rd Temple as prophesied by Isaiah 2:1-5 and Micah 4:1-4. Personally I do not expect this. I could be wrong as I am often, but I think that is a work to be supervised by Messiah.

Ezekiel 45 ties to a coming Messianic Jubilee in which the land is allotted according to the inheritance:
“When you allot the land as an inheritance, you are to present to the LORD a portion of the land as a sacred district, 25,000 cubits long and 20,000 cubits wide; the entire area will be holy. Of this, a section 500 cubits square is to be for the sanctuary, with 50 cubits around it for open land. In the sacred district, measure off a section 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits wide. In it will be the sanctuary, the Most Holy Place." Ezekiel 45:1-3
Once Nisan 1 arrives in 2016, the time table will have been 40 Jubilees since the time of the Passover cross. So, it's time to be a watchman on the wall, praying for the peace of Jerusalem no matter what! The Psalmist exhorts us:
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." Psalm 122:6
We tend to spend post more time on Facebook or Twitter than we do exploring God's word. If this is you, changes your ways, we all need to dig into the voice of our Creator, there we can find some big clues on a "Greater Exodus" described in Isaiah 27:13...
"So it shall be in that day: the great trumpet will be blown; they will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria, and they who are outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem."
After Judah and the House of Joseph have endured Jacob's Trouble, Ephraim will join brother Judah near or at the time of the return of Messiah Yeshua, but Scripture shows us that all of Jacob must go through trouble and correction, but God will be there, to save:
"For it shall come to pass in that day," says the Lord of hosts, "that I will break his yoke from your neck, and will burst your bonds; foreigners shall no more enslave them. But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob," says the Lord, "Nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet, and no one shall make him afraid. For I am with you," says the Lord, "to save you; though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether unpunished." Jeremiah 30:8-11
Once again, there is certainly no thus saith the Lord here by my word as to what may be on the horizon. I am just looking at the prophetic patterns and themes of Scripture and you can see the words of God there for yourself: "But I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether unpunished."

If you consider yourself "of all nations", a Gentile - let that soak in.

Consider the Pesach-Sukkot or Spring-Fall Feast Day tetrad cycle of 2014-2015 because just after them there are three interesting lunar eclipse dates headed our way. Let's look at them as shown by NASA:

1) January 31, 2018
2) July 27, 2018
3) January 21, 2019

It it is fascinating that both January 31, 2018 and January 21, 2019 both connect to old Jewish traditiona, mark Tu B'Shevat, the new year for trees. The day of Tu B'Shevat marks the cut-off date in the Biblical calendar for eating the fruit of a tree that is at least three years old (see Leviticus 19:23).

Sound weird?

Well according to the Talmud, this day, Tu B'Shevat marked the beginning of the "grape harvest" while Yom Kippurim marks the end of the "grape harvest". And before we forget, Revelation 14:19 mentions none other than a "grape harvest" during the latter day time of God's judgment.

Here's another interesting thing, Revelation refers to key events in Jerusalem and at the Temple Mount. Jerusalem is the focal point of the Bible.

It has to be noted that the modern state of Israel became an 'official' state in the year 1948 and some simple math shows us that the year 2018, will mark 1948 years from the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70AD.

I'm not sure about you, I'm exhausted, but let's go on.

As we've seen, the blessings of the Jubilee Year include the theme of “return” and “restoration” - to the proper place - in God's land according to God’s allotment and His promise to Abraham. If we believe the words of the Bible, God's Jubilee centers its focus on the 'Promised Land'.

Let’s look once again to God’s Word on this:
"And thou shall 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 shall thou cause the trump 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." Leviticus 25:8-10

One of the primary themes of the 'yovel' Jubilee year is the emphasis on liberty and as the land owner, God determines its heritage and when it will change hands, not the U.N., not the EU and not the U.S. Secretary of State and certainly not The Quartet.

If we look deeper in Leviticus 25:23-55 we can see that the Torah emphasizes that the Promised Land and God's people both belong to Him.

His people, all of them, are a people He calls Israel.

They do not belong to an earthly Pharaoh, they belong to The Lord God, the King of the Universe! The land is not to be divided by men because is not belong to them, it does not belong to the Palestinians, it belongs to the God of Israel, and He gives it only to a people He calls Israel. Elohim God even sets the price for the use of His land in Leviticus 27:16-24 according to the silver shekel of His sanctuary.

Consider this too. Most scholars agree that Luke’s account of Yeshua’s Sabbath reading of Isaiah in the Nazarene synagogue was declared by Yeshua sometime around the year 30 AD. Let's look at the record once again:
"And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of The Lord." Luke 4:16-19
Again, count the years from that pronouncement, the timeline is Forty Jubilees... Are we near the latter end of the recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised?

Using simple Biblical math, we know now are now approaching the 40th Jubilee from that Saturday Sabbath in the synagogue around the 2016 Jubilee time period... Only God knows, but if you ask me, the next Jubilee may have a tie to the day Jesus read from Isaiah nearly 40 Jubilees ago.

I love this old clip that I first saw in my high school days that depicts that great declaration in Nazareth recorded by Luke. It's only 3 and 1/2 minutes and it is well worth your time to watch and listen:


Leviticus gives us something to think about:
"Even if someone is not redeemed in any of these ways, they and their children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee, for the Israelites belong to me as servants. They are my servants..." Leviticus 25:54-55
As we have seen in Deuteronomy 15:1, the Hebrew word שְׁמִטָּה shĕmittah means release. So, we must ask: what did Jesus mean? "He has sent me to proclaim a Jubilee for the captives." Now, in Jewish tradition, let's ask some question about the timing...

Could 40 days in exile be tied to a 40 Jubilee count since Messiah's reading?

I ask because we know God told the prophet Ezekiel to lay on his side, "a day for each year," according to the time Israel spent in the wilderness. Not only that, the coming Jubilee year... possibly falling in the Biblical timeframe of 2015-2016, may also mark 70 Jubilees from the first Jubilee celebrated within the Promised Land 49 years after all Israel entered the land by 'crossing over' the Jordan River. This timeframe could be VERY significant as the book of Daniel may well be referencing 70 'Feast of Weeks' (Shavuot) celebrations during these 70 Jubilee years.

And, looking just seven years beyond today, we will be right on the verge of completing the 70th 'Feast of Weeks' (Shavuot) celebration since the U.N. declared the Jewish State a nation by U.N. Resolution #181 on November 29, 1947 (again see Daniel 9:22–27).

Looking back to the Bible, we can see that a timeline of judgment was measured for Judah. It was declared by God in Ezekiel 4:6:
"And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year."
We know that forty (40) is always a key Biblical time period on God's prophetic clock. How do we know? It began at Sinai!

There, Moses spent three [separate] forty day periods at the top Mount Sinai with God. During the first 40 days he received the first set of tablets with the 10 instructions of covenant written by the finger of God, which Moses broke upon seeing the sin of the golden calf idolatry. During the second 40 days, Moses pleaded with God to forgive the people of Israel for their idolatry. At the end of the next 40 days, God told Moses to go down and cut a second set of tablets by his hand. Moses did this and then returned for the third and final set of 40 days with the empty stones prepared for God's own hand. On the 40th day of the third period atop the mountain, God pardoned Israel. Moses then descended down the mountain again with the Ten Commandments that had been broken. Once again the covenant was inscribed once on two stones.

So, we must consider the 40 Biblical Jubilee Years since Yeshua walked the shores of the Galilee and read from Isaiah. Could this mark a time that the larger House of Judah would begin to see Yeshua and the anointed Messiah?

It can be no coincidence that 40 Jubilees equals two prophetic ‘days’ or 2,000 Biblical years. For more on this, just read 2Peter 3:8, and don't forget, we have the promise of revival before a 'Greater Exodus' as well as Yeshua's return from the words of Hosea's prophecy:
"Come, and let us return unto The Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him. Then shall we know, [if] we follow on to know The Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain unto the earth.

O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness [is] as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. Therefore have I hewed [them] by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments [are as] the light [that] goeth forth." Hosea 6:1-5
Let me say this once again to anyone reading this... I am not declaring any absolutes here, many ancient prophetic times are mysteries not yet known, Daniel's scroll was sealed. Yet, I feel led to describe some things to be considered from history and the words of the Bible. Each must be carefully weighed, not accepted as gospel. Everything must be tested by the word of God, not me. I am ALWAYS open to correction and reproof as that is one purpose of Scripture. I'm just a student, not the teacher.

But, Biblical logic may point us to possible events arising during the coming Jubilee Year in 2015-2016. Once again, there is no known forecast, no thus saith The Lord here, just a diligent evaluation of God's ultimate purpose in the Jubilee and the acceptable year of The Lord.

God's word points us to look for restoration in a Jubilee. Perhaps it's about "one new man" and it's about Paul's admonitions to the Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua" and in Colossians 3:11 "Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Messiah is all, and is in all." Galatians 3:28

The restoration to come is to be 'One' in Messiah, both Jew and Gentile under the King.

One day this will involve "THE" King's decree to 'release' the law of aliyah engaging His call to citizenship for all Believers, righteous Gentiles if you will, to come and join "Judah" as one new man, Jew and Gentile in the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth...

Perhaps not in my lifetime, but that prophetic blessed time shows us we must consider God’s own Jubilee (Yovel) definition given to Moses for the final Jubilee (the great trumpet year), the ultimate “year of return.” This is shown to us in Leviticus 25:13.
‘In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return…’
Everyone who is called will come... to the King's land, the place of His name, Israel.

The Lord says:
"I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times..." Isaiah 46:8-9

"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." 2Peter 3:8
Considering those words, might we consider a couple of 'third day' prophetic parables?
“Then Yehoshua commanded the officers of the people, Pass through the host and command the people saying:

‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to possess the land that YHWH your Elohim is giving you to possess.’” Joshua 1:11
The current Law of Return (Aliyah) was established by men on July 5, 1950, in the Knesset and the decree will be 70 years old in 2020.
"And a proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the returned exiles that they should assemble at Jerusalem, and that if anyone did not come within three days, by order of the officials and the elders all his property should be forfeited, and he himself banned from the congregation of the exiles. Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin assembled at Jerusalem within the three days." Ezra 10:7-9

“Say to all the people of the land and the priests, When you fasted and mourned in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that you fasted?" Zechariah 7:5

"In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years." Daniel 9:2

If you ask me, one day a radical, earthshaking change will arrive as a call of aliyah for the Ger, the "Gentiles" who walk in the ways of Torah and in the faith of Yeshua. I think these are the patient ones described in the prophecy of Revelation 14:12:
"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."
Will the laws of citizenship change soon?

Probably not, but if the grave persecution of Christians across the middle east continues and intensifies as it has for the past 50 years, who knows, perhaps the government of Israel may consider opening their citizenship door a bit wider. After all, the Jewish people have huge hearts and they are leaders. They always have been.

Here's proof of the heart of the Israeli people... despite rocket fire from the Gaza, the Jewish people of Israel, like the good Samaritan, freely open their hospitals to treat injured Palestinians.

If a change in the law of return is coming in my lifetime, I believe it will begin as a spiritual awakening as Christian and Jewish people awake and hear God's call to come together as brothers and sisters. This has already begun, and we have to realize much greater things will happen.

Some of it will be a dark time, great tribulation if you will that will awaken people to call on God for salvation.

Isaiah 10 may point to the events in the Middle East we see building before us today laying the groundwork for the appearance of "the Assyrian" who will come against the land and the remnant of Judah as declared by the Prophet. But The Lord in the flesh will personally judge "the Assyrian" as shown by Isaiah. Then, The Lord will gather and bring back the redeemed remnant of all Jacob (Isaiah 10:20 – Isaiah 12), which will also include the repentant remnant of Judah that take refuge on the coasts of Israel as prophesied by Zephaniah 2:7.
"And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for The Lord their Elohim shall visit them, and turn away their captivity." Zephaniah 2:7
One thing is sure, Zephaniah shows the world that ONLY the power of God will bring restoration to everyone who believes, He will do it, even if we cannot see how it is possible.

To bring His redemption forth today, God is already engaging a great awakening, a spiritual revival around the globe as "Jew" and "Joe" have begun to help each other, support each other in love. God is calling a remnant of Believers around the world to the roots of the faith of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and He is calling forth others be a faithful witness to the Jewish people about their Jewish Messiah as many "Believers" in Yeshu ha-Notzeri (Yeshua of Nazareth) are beginning to understand the words of the Torah and the prophets as well as the words of Paul:
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile." Romans 1:16
It is encouraging to consider the End of the Exile because one day, the mystery of a "greater" Exodus promised in Isaiah and will occur. This is what Paul teaches. The family name Israel includes adoption and ingrafting, it is really about faith in God and walking in the ways of truth. That faith and action includes the strangers 'from Egypt'. This will only be fulfilled when the outcasts of Israel join Judah when God sets forth His hand to accomplish it...
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them." Isaiah 11:11-14
Today, the nation state of Israel declares itself a "Jewish" State and its strongest global support is from none other than the United States and a global "Believing" community.

Are they the outcasts?

At the same time, many nations are turning against this tiny democracy, this may have a tie to a wind from the East as it did before the Exodus from Egypt.

The Bible tells us the east wind came 'before' the seven years of famine in Egypt. It was linked to Joseph's prophetic interpretation of Pharaoh's dream:
"And the seven thin and ill favored kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine." Genesis 41:27
As we consider this, we should keep in mind that prophecies like the Feast Days, repeat. After all, God says that the end is declared from the beginning. The Bible shows us a cycle in the end, not a linear straight line.

That east wind seems important, what land is east of Egypt today?

None other than Sunni Saudi Arabia, it is the land of Islam's Mecca, the headquarters of the Kaaba Stone. It is also home to the world's richest oil reserves. Oil controls the Middle East and the world's economy, so we must consider: could an event, an "east wind" if you will, cause the world to see global chaos and plague once again?

This we do know: the Bible shows us that exodus (aliyah) to the Promised land is set in stone for "all of faith" and it will requires a king's decree, a calling. When that happens, things will change in a monumental way.

Man's way is full of obstacles, but that may be a part of God's plan because Yeshua's focus is on Jerusalem, yours should be too! Jerusalem is to be the praise of the Earth. The Savior of the World, God in the flesh who will be King there and He cried about this city:
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem! She who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, yet you were not willing!

See, your house is left to you desolate.

For I tell you, you will never see Me again until you say, ‘He who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One’!”" Matthew 23:37-39
Jerusalem, Jerusalem! Your house is left to you desolate. The holy mountain, the Temple Mount has been claimed by Allah that blasphemes the God of heaven, trampled by those of Edom who kneel down facing Mecca, the city of the beast kingdom making it an object of slander. No Christian or Jew can legally pray there. It is a mountain desolate of prayer to The Lord.

Christian or Jew, if you attempt to move your lips and pray atop the mount today, you will be sent away, perhaps attacked or even jailed. If you don't believe that, book your flight today and go there and try it for yourself!

When Jesus spoke of Jerusalem, he repeated the words of Isaiah 64:11-12:
"But you who abandon The Lord,
who forget My holy mountain,
who prepare a table for Fortune
and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,

I will destine you for the sword,
and all of you will kneel down to be slaughtered,
because I called and you did not answer,
I spoke and you did not hear;
you did what was evil in My sight
and chose what I did not delight in."
It is God's plan to have the Jewish people in Israel, it took great tribulation, a holocaust to get them there. Yet, the fact today is that in 1993, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that Jews who adhere to 'Christian' beliefs are regarded by Israeli law as "members of a different faith". (The Jewish Rabbi Paul (Sha’ul) declared the opposite in Ephesians 2.)

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled Messianics are not eligible for citizenship because Israel only grants citizenship to "Jewish people". According to the Jewish Virtual Library... "In its summary of the ruling, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the belief that Jesus is the Messiah "cannot be reconciled with Judaism" and "marks the clear separation between Judaism and Christianity."

But one day, this wall of division will come crashing down like Jericho.

The 1993 Israeli court ruling did not address those people that profess they are "Jewish" yet hold secular, agnostic or even atheistic views that oppose Judaism.

So, consider the possibility of the days ahead. They may be much further in our future but looking back to June 1967 when Jerusalem was restored to Israel, if we count a Jubilee of 50 we arrive at 2017.

As stated over and again, I don't know anything about coming events or what might begin, but I believe we must consider what is declared in God’s "Jubilee" instruction. As we have seen, God's word was given to Moses for the Jubilee Year (the yovel or trumpet year), the teaching is that it is the "year of return". Again, this is shown plainly in Leviticus 25:13:
"In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to his own property."
Not only is something stirring in the Jubilee instruction about the land, there is a step toward the promise of the restoration of one new man, Jew and Gentile, one on Messiah.

Forty (40) is always very important on God's big picture creation calendar.

When Abraham arrived on the planet, it just so happens that he showed up 40 Jubilees after Adam. Not only that, the Messiah was born through his family line and Messiah Yeshua arrived 40 Jubilees after Abraham. We are now approaching 40 Jubilees from the first coming of Messiah and a total of 120 Jubilees "years" since Adam. God had something to say about that to Noah: "And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." Genesis 6:3

Not only that, during the exodus from Egypt, at the end of 40 years, all the families of Israel and the sojourners with them in the wilderness crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land.

One way or another, the Jubilee of Jubilees is headed our way!

Don't forget, Abraham journeyed into Canaan at God's instruction. It wasn't his idea to leave Ur and believe it or not he was not Jewish. Abraham was from Ur of Chaldees. He was born and raised in the far south-eastern corner of Gentile Mesopotamia - far from Israel.

During David and Solomon's days, the children of God were simply called Israel, but divided in conflict after Solomon's death, the Bible calls them Judah and Ephraim as well as Judah and Joseph.

We are approaching the ledge of the end time for Israel's division. That ledge may be overlooking a 120th Jubilee Year, the time that God told Noah would be when He would no longer "strive" with mankind:
"And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." Genesis 6:3
The thing is, the 'olde' English King James translators used the word "strive" but the Hebrew words is דִּין diyn and more literally it can mean "plead" or "judge". Noah's 120 years are not the length of a man's life. No one lives that long. These are Jubilee "years"... and "judgment" is from the root of the Hebrew word "diyn". As duly noted, God has now judged Ephraim, the timeline of banishment for the son of a Gentile mother is over, we are near the end of the exile.

One hundred twenty is key. Deuteronomy tells us:
"So Moses continued to speak these words to all Israel. And he said to them, “I am 120 years old today. I am no longer able to go out and come in. The LORD has said to me, ‘You shall not go over this Jordan.’ The LORD your God himself will go over before you..." Deuteronomy 31:1-3
The Lord went before Moses in the form of His Shekinah glory and this glory Spirit in the form of the man Yeshua, The LORD God went before Moses even to the Jordan and like Joshua (Yehoshua) will as The Lord of Hosts destroy the nations that oppose the Almighty God of Israel just as The Lord has spoken.
"He will destroy these nations before you, so that you shall dispossess them, and Joshua will go over at your head, as the LORD has spoken." Deuteronomy 31:3

"For I will cast out nations before you and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land, when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year." Exodus 34:24

"Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations." Isaiah 42:1
Forty is also important.

The number 40 is a Scriptural pointer. It is seen about 146 times in Scripture and it addresses a period of trial, correction, warning and testing. The first time we see forty, the rain fell on the earth for 40 days and 40 nights while Noah was kept safely in the Ark. We also see that Moses spent 40 years in Egypt, 40 years in Midian and then 40 years talking to The Lord in the Wilderness. Likewise Saul, David, and Solomon each ruled for 40 years. The 10 spies spent 40 days investigating the Promised Land. Jonah warned Nineveh for 40 days that they had to repent or suffer judgment. Ezekiel laid on his right side for 40 days to warn Judah of their sin. Elijah, like Moses fasted for 40 days at Horeb and Yeshua (Jesus) fasted for 40 days and nights before his ministry began.

Exodus 16:35 reveals 40 marks the end of the "wilderness wandering" period for the people of Israel:
"And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan."
Consider the words of other verses of "forty" and the questions they might raise about the 120th Jubilee theme:

Is there a '40' connection to our own temptations while scattered among the nations outside Israel?
Mark 1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
In prophecy, the 'seas' represent people, the nations. Is the 'flood' of Ephraim across the earth to last forty Jubilees 'after' the rain of Yeshua's reading of Isaiah?
Genesis 7:17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
Is Messiah's time at the right hand of God to be forty Jubilees in length like Moses?
Exodus 24:18 And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.
While on the wilderness mountain, Moses fasted for 40 days. Messiah Yeshua did the same:
And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. Matthew 4:2
Perhaps these forty days up in the mountain shows us Moses lived out a shadow picture of the forty Jubilees that Messiah has been at the Father's right hand in Heaven.
Numbers 13:25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days. Numbers 14:33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcasses be wasted in the wilderness.
Does the breach of promise penalty expire after fortieth Jubilee from Messiah's declaration?
Numbers 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, [even] forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, [even] forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
Does Ephraim know God's commandments or not?
Deuteronomy 8:2 And thou shall remember all the way which The Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness to humble thee, [and] to prove thee, to know what [was] in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
Are these forty Jubilees those that He would not allow dispersed Ephraim to join Judah in the land?
Joshua 5:6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people [that were] men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of The Lord: unto whom The Lord sware that he would not shew them the land, which The Lord sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
Also, see Judges 13:1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of The Lord; and The Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
Why did "traditional" Christianity not follow God’s Torah way and path during these 40 Jubilees?
Psalms 95:10 Forty years long was I grieved with [this] generation, and said, It [is] a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
They have not known my ways. Like a foreshadowing, can we ask, is there a tie to an upheaval that we will witness while outcast in Egypt?
Ezekiel 29:12-13   And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries [that are] desolate, and her cities among the cities [that are] laid waste shall be desolate forty years: and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries. Yet thus saith The Lord GOD; At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered:
Does Amos also speak of forty Jubilees of physical separation from Messiah for improper traditional religious worship on days like Santa's Christmas?
"I hate, I despise your feast days..." Amos 5:20
The bottom line... Are we now past the “latter days” of Ephraim’s judgment?

Consider these words from the account of the Acts of the Apostles:
And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai an angel of The Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. Acts 7:30
So, let's fast forward to another question...

One day will we will see Israel change the laws of aliyah that were established exclusively for the people "Judah" in 1950?

If so, what could possibly cause this tectonic change?

The emerging nuclear power threat of Shiite Iran has been engineered by Russia since the Islamic revolution in 1979. The relationship between Iran and Russia began in the late 1500's. Yes, you read that right. Iran and Russia are long term strategic allies and today that alliance is in convergence with China as well. Russia is tactically coaching Iran in the construction of their nuclear technologies despite the voice of the international community and China enjoys the oil from both nations.

Meanwhile, subversively Iran exports and funds their terrorist ideologies with Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group and other factions opposing Israel as the Shi'a Ayatollah's seek nuclear capabilities with the ultimate goal to bring forth their Mahdi, the 12th Imam through global chaos, so Muslims need Jesus too.

Iran's Generals say they want to wipe Israel off the map.

There is a bizarre tie to Iran's "supreme leaders", the Ayatollah's who believe the so-called Mahdi, their Muslim messiah will only come forth after “cataclysmic events” that prepare the way of the Mahdi.

This apocalyptic worldview, a red war horse if you will, is threatened from the ongoing rants and shouts of militant, religious Islamic leaders against Israel. The biggest stage for the lip poison began with Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who coined the threat "wipe Israel off the map" but the real threat may be from even more radical groups like al-Qaeda. Yet, we are not to hate or fear Muslims. Muslims need Jesus too, especially Khomeini.

In addition to this grave red horse threat, we can't turn a blind eye to the potential for a black horse failure of the planet's fiat debt-based financial system. Most rational people now realize and fear that an economic debt bomb disaster is focused darkly on the western horizon like an eclipse. There is nothing new under the Sun and many are concerned of another meltdown, a black swan.

To consider the state of just the American debt, just look at our Federal Reserve. It was designed to be a debt facility spewing out fiat currency. Since 2008, the Fed has maintained zero interest rates and a mandatory easy money policy that cannot last. And in a cycle of years past, Fed policies have historically led to self destructive economic conditions that resulted in our own stock market crash of 1929 and the housing bubble just two years ago as well as the DotCom bubble burst seven years earlier, but the problems were not localized here.

It is so crazy how the seven year pattern works, if we look back we have seen 6 seven year שְׁמִטָּה shĕmittah since Jerusalem was "released" in the probable Jubilee year of 1967 following the conclusion of the Six Day War. It did not occur before.

In the Shemittah year of 1966, the S&P dropped over 20%. Our 1966 market free fall came 21 years (3 sevens) after World War II. After hitting new highs in March that year, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropped about 22% over eight months. Seven years later in 1973, after the death sentence declaration of "Roe vs. Wade" was declared by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Middle East oil markets crashed. Again, by this we can see the problems are not just in the West. I remember my senior year in high school waiting at the pumps in East Texas to fill up my old '67 Impala. I found a report that: "Between January 11, 1973 and December 6, 1974, the New York Stock Exchange's Dow Jones Industrial Average benchmark lost over 45% of its value, making it the seventh-worst bear market in the history of the index." This drop was twice that of 1966, perhaps that was due to the fact that interest rates doubled during the recession.

Again, seven years later, the FSLIC cratered as hundreds of S&Ls became insolvent. I found another report that said between 1980 and 1983, 118 S&Ls failed. In comparison, only 143 S&Ls had failed in the previous 45 years. The FSLIC pushed mergers to avoid insolvency. From 1980 to 1982, there were 493 voluntary mergers and 259 forced mergers of savings and loans overseen by the agency. Despite these failures and mergers, there were still 415 S&Ls at the end of 1982 that were insolvent and the financial institution that my dad had worked for through all the years ultimately fell victim. Fortunately, after a brief stint with the FSLIC, he found a spot with the FDIC.

Once again seven years later, after the slump began in 1980, the stock market crashed during the 3rd Shemittah. I remember that crash on Black Monday on October 19, 1987 like it was yesterday. I had been a novice mutual fund investor for five years and the event came completely out of left field for me. At that time, it was the worst one-day market drop since 1929.

And seven years later in 1994, the bond markets crashed in the bond massacre when yields on 30-year Treasuries jumped some 200 basis points in the first three quarters. If you were an investor then you might remember all the junk bond headlines, the Mexico peso crisis and the bankruptcy of Orange County?

We all remember that horrific day seven years later in 2001, it was 9/11. The post 9/11 markets crashed six days later on September 17, 2001.

Then again, seven years after that disaster, the subprime housing collapse led to the 2008 debacle. This was to be the 6th Shemittah (7 year) market crash and the Dow lost 7% of its value as it fell 777% that day. Congress immediately implemented a $700 billion bailout known called the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

The next Jubilee will soon begin 49 years after the cycle that we have seen since it began in 1967. Perhaps it is the 40th Jubilee since Messiah and the 70th Jubilee since Jericho. It may even be the 120th Jubilee since the flood. No one knows.

No one knows, but all nations must listen to Leviticus 26:21:
"And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins."
The thing all "Believers" must know is that there is a promise that God gives about the provision of blessing to the faithful who follow His instruction and there is a curse for ignoring God's Word. Abba Father promises He will provide if we hear and obey. With the 7th Sabbatical in heart and deed, God says in the 6th year He will make the crop harvest greater than the fruit of three years, but we must rest, so set your money aside.

This commentary is ultimately about the gospel, there is only one that can redeem us and we have to get the message out.

The Lord's eyes are keenly focused on Jerusalem and ours prayers should be for the land of Israel, because it is:
"A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year." Deuteronomy 11:12
There's a lot to consider here, and there are words from Ezekiel to read and learn from:
"In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after the fall of the city on that very day the hand of the LORD was on me and he took me there. In visions of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city. He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze; he was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod in his hand. The man said to me, “Son of man, look carefully and listen closely and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the people of Israel everything you see. I saw a wall completely surrounding the temple area..." Ezekiel 40:1-5
This should point us all to the need to look up so that we MIGHT KNOW what time it is on God's calendar because the appointed Feasts of The Lord are all set to the Creator's clock, not ours. Since the beginning, the Feasts Days have been a sign post and banner on His appointment book.

Because of that simple truth, Believers must not remain in ignorance. The Word of God says the wise will discern. Paul the Apostle even says that we are called to 1) watch, 2) be sober and 3) to pray because we can in fact can understand the times and seasons of the Lord if we just turn to the Bible and look carefully, listen closely and pay attention to everything.

If you love The LORD, you do not have to remain asleep in darkness when it comes to God's plan, you do not need to lose hope and be fearful either. A final great Jubilee is coming whether now or later. We must watch for it and patiently honor The Lord's 'moed' seasons and Feasts in faith because at some future time the Fall Feasts of The Lord WILL mark the season of Messiah Yeshua's return as King. We should know them like the back of our hands. There should be no need for this commentary, no need to write. Like Paul says:
"But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.

For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. [And] be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men]. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men]. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing." 1Thessalonians 5:1-17
Once again, there is no prophecy or thus saith The Lord here in this commentary...

Yet, based on what we have seen, the days ahead may very well mark a time of global chaos. I pray this is not so. Tribulation and the red horse of terror and conflict as well the black horse of economic calamity both loom in the dark recesses of our planet. It seem both of these appear to be on the horizon like a seal in Revelation's scroll.

No doubt, we will continue to see Mid East conflict and as always, the world will somehow blame everything on the failure of the so-called Mid East peace talks to divide the land in 'peace and security' to appease the Esau nation that formed the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964. The world headlines will also continue to declare conflict from Hamas and Hezbollah as rockets fall from the sky on the Promised Land. I pray that the "Iron Dome" will do its job if called upon.

None of this is new, just read the headlines for yourself, but there is something that is not front and center. It is the tribulation we could soon see based on the deep divisions of radical Sunni factions and governing Shiite minorities that oppose Israel's existence and seek a Caliphate.

Oh yes, you read that correctly, the PLO was formed in 1964, by a group of predominant Sunni Muslim Arabs. The PLO never existed before that time! And if you are wondering why the Palestinians have never been welcome in nearby Syria or Lebanon, it is because both lands to the North are large Shiite communities. The Sunni are minorities there. Al Qaeda and its many offshoots are also Sunni and they regard Shiites, much like Jews and Christians as heretics, and the Sunni profoundly distrust Shiite groups like the Hezbollah of Lebanon and the Alawite President of Syria.

Sunni and Shiite are like iron and clay, they do not mix. Saudi Arabia and Iran oppose each other's ideals as they compete for influence and Islamic supremacy. Both nations are Muslim and both govern by Koranic verse, but they are hostile toward each other due to the confrontation of their interpretations of faith. Further complicating the tension is the fact that Saudi Arabia's kings have maintained close ties with the U.S. and the U.K. while Iran's leadership is founded in an anti-Western revolution. Yet both maintain aspirations for the ultimate leadership of Islam so Muslims need Jesus too.

Conflict has been building and brewing for years in the Middle East region surrounding tiny Israel as the world seeks to divide the land and Jerusalem under the so-called peace plan that is pushed by The Quartet of nations.

If you have not studied Psalms 83, you should now...

In the NIV translation, there are at least 18 verses that point to a prophetic description of a war by nations that want to cut off the Jewish people from being a nation; no more in remembrance. These verses point to destabilization in Syria and Iraq as well as the radical Ayatollah leadership of Iran. We see that today as these nations remind me of the three beasts of Revelation 13:1-5 and Daniel 7: Syria the leopard, Iraq the lion and Iran the bear.

These three as well as other nations that surround Israel, have a long history of opposing the existence of the Jewish state and its people. They also oppose the 'hidden ones', who may represent the Messianic Jewish Believers within the family of God that the radical terrorists of Islam also seek to destroy in the fashion of 9/11. In the end, it seems Psalms 83 may point to the desolation of Damascus described in Isaiah 17:1 and the future engagement of a massive East-West war like the goat vs. ram battles described in Daniel 8.

The world focuses in on the hype, smoke and mirrors of a division of Israel for peace and the internationalization of Jerusalem that was proposed in 1947 as the Corpus Separatum. Just take a look at the names on the map below.

The division that has been in headlines for forty years includes Judaea and Samaria... none other than the ancient land of mighty Ephraim. Today, we call it the West Bank. But 'The West Bank' is a new name, devised by Transjordanian and British diplomats following World War II. It hides the truth of Judea and Samaria from the world declaring the global lie of "occupation".

Yet, God's sovereign word, the Bible tells us about this calamity from the witness of three prophets:
"For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city." Zechariah 14:2

The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel. And all the people shall know, [even] Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change [them into] cedars.

Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together; The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand [is] stretched out still. For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts. Isaiah 9:8-13

In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. They cast lots for my people... Joel 3:1-4

Because of this, events in Damascus, Syria and the surrounding nations including Gaza today are critically tied to a horrific, yet future division followed by conflict in the Middle East that will affect the world's nations that seek to divide the Promised Land.

We must consider the possible timing of the outbreak of greater conflict along the themes of 1917, 1967 and potentially 2017 as noted above - these may very well link to the timelines already establish during the Omer Count to Shavout as it was in 1967 or around Hannukkah as it was in 1917.

Perhaps the prophetic storyline of Esther and the Jewish remembrance on Purim each year, a month before Passover, a time when the plagues began in Egypt before the Exodus will be engaged. Only The Lord knows, but the fact is, Esther's story occurred in Susa, Persia - - today we call it Iran. So, it appears that modern Israel's darkest enemy - - Iran may well be involved directly or covertly in the gathering of nations against Israel and Jerusalem.

As noted, part of the land of Judea and Samaria that is proposed to be ceded to the PA we know as the West Bank is actually the land of Ephraim, the area of Israel just north of Jerusalem as seen on the ancient maps of the Promised Land.

Ezekiel was told by Almighty God that one day He will defer any longer:
Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he sees is for many days to come, and he prophesies of times that are far off.

Therefore tell them, Thus says the Lord GOD: There shall none of my words be deferred any more, but the word which I shall speak shall be performed, says the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 12:26-28
Irrespective of the 2014-2015 eclipse cycle, God's word will be performed. Yet, if we step back and look at history, we can see the pattern of the four Feast Day "blood moons" has been historically tied Judah and don't forget, Joseph saved his brothers in a time of great distress in the Promised Land.

The end days are about the restoration of the Tabernacle of David and the end of exile, not the end of the world.

The "end" will mark the "beginning" of the Jubilee when the whole people that God calls by the royal family name "Israel", will one day unite together as one new man in the Kingdom. The end is a time that God told not only Jeremiah and Ezekiel about, but many other prophets including Moses, Zechariah and Malachi as to what would occur in the 'latter days'.

Let's look at the promised return shown in Zechariah 1:3 and Malachi 3:6-7:
Therefore say to them, Thus declares the LORD of hosts: Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. Zechariah 1:3

“For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ Malachi 3:6-7
The 'end of the exile' includes the sign of the return to Torah among the nations. Here's why we can know this:
"The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this Torah. And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call [them] to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. If [any] of thine be driven out unto the outmost [parts] of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers." Deuteronomy 29:29; Deuteronomy 30:1-5
And the end will one day include a return to the Land. After all, Messiah is returning to Jerusalem.
"Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land." Jeremiah 23:7-8

"Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made [them] afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I [am] the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there." Ezekiel 39:25-28

"At that time will I bring you [again], even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD." Zephaniah 3:20
You may be a naysayer regarding this commentary on a 40th Jubilee and the coming eclipse Feast season saying that the timing and past events are irrelevant, but consider these important facts:

The modern legal declaration for Judah (Jews) to enter "the land" occurred about a year before the world witnessed four consecutive Feast Day eclipses of the Moon. Check this for yourself. Many tie the them to the timing of the legal birth of the nation, but I think we should look closer as they and are more closely tied in time to another event.

The Israeli law of aliyah was established on July 5, 1950 by the Knesset, Israel's Parliament when they enacted "The Law of Return" 5710-1950 for Jewish people. It passed at the Knesset on July 5, 1950. In part it says:
"For the purposes of this Law, "Jew" means a person who was born of a Jewish mother or has become converted to Judaism and who is not a member of another religion."
But the adoption of Jacob cannot be forgotten.

The first two in the 1949-1950 tetrad eclipse series occurred a year 'after' the nation of Israel was formed in May 1948.

The second set wrapped up right around
the date of the "The Law of Return"

● 1949 April 13 Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Passover
● 1949 October 7 Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Tabernacles
● 1950 April 2 Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Passover
● 1950 September 25 Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Tabernacles
Again, in 1967 just before the Six Day War which was fought between June 5th and 10th, when Israel took control of Jerusalem the eclipse sequence repeated as it began again with Passover. Take a look:
● 1967 April 24 Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Passover
● 1967 October 18 Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Tabernacles
● 1968 April 13 Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Passover
● 1968 October 6 Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Tabernacles
Preceding these two tetrads (1949/50 and 1967/68) of Passover-Tabernacles Feast Days there were five others since Jesus walked the earth:
● 1493/94
● 860/861
● 842/843
● 795/796
● 162/163
That totals seven Feast eclipse tetrads since Messiah leading up the next 2014/15 series. Interestingly, if we consider the modern connection between Israel and the United States and the fact that Christopher Columbus came to America in 1492 there may be another Israel-American connection coming.

We are headed toward a Biblical "Jubilee" whether you know that or not, it may begin just as the 2014/15 tetrad eclipse series cends. If so, this coming tetrad, the 8th in the last 2,000 years, might point us to a very critical time window for Israel and Jerusalem.

What, if anything will happen following the future Jubilee in Israel?

The Bible tells us, read this law [Torah]:
And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release in the feast of Tabernacles, When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law [Torah] before all Israel in their hearing. Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law [Torah]: Deuteronomy 31:10-12
NASA shows us the next tetrad or four consecutive total blood Moon Feast Day eclipses will occur on the following appointed and ordained Holy Days of The Lord:
● 2014 April 14th Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Passover
● 2014 October 8th Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Tabernacles
● 2015 April 4th Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Passover
● 2015 September 28th Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of Tabernacles
Put these Feast dates on your calendar, they are on God's and take advantage of the vacation days God declares too. He gives them to you as a free time to worship and consider His sovereignty. If you haven't taken notice of these times before now, do so NOW... hear and fear the LORD your God.

This can all be pretty mind blowing but as noted, the 2014/2015 tetrad will be the eighth lunar tetrad (four) found on a Holy Day eclipse pattern in the last 2,000 years. The eighth. There have been many more tetrads, in fact there have been over 1,300 from NASA's counting of year 1 to 2001 but only 8 of them coincide exactly with four consecutive 'Feast Days' since the time Jesus of Nazareth taught in Jerusalem.

Biblically, the number eight (8) stands for the beginning of restoration, it points the purpose of the Jubilee.

When I consider the forty Jubilees, I asked questions... Will the end of 40th Jubilee be marked by a timetable of Earth shattering news or will it be conflict and chaos? I also wondered, will we see 'a release' within the Aliyah immigration laws of Israel potentially for Christians?

I DON'T KNOW, perhaps the time is not right, but I DO KNOW we can rest assured in the sovereignty of Almighty God and be prepared as He moves.

All I am doing here, is putting a few bits and pieces together, but many are missing because God's timing and action is His own. He alone is the Almighty sovereign God of Israel, and whether you believe it or not the planet is His and world events are on His schedule.

If you are wondering why I have been thinking about the Aliyah immigration laws of Israel, there is a reason.

The Biblical record is clear there will be a Jubilee return some day for the scattered remnant of "all" Israel from the north, south, east and west, from all nations. Judah will not be alone.

Many people call this promise the 'Greater Exodus'. Ezekiel and Jeremiah both speak of it. Perhaps, just as many Jewish people have answered the call of aliyah and returned to the land, Ephraim will do the same:
"Therefore behold, the days are coming," declares the Lord, "when they will no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil." Jeremiah 23:7-8

"When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall be sanctified through them in the sight of the many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer. Ezekiel 39:27-28
As we look at the eclipse pattern, I believe our Creator is up to something, so like a Watchman, I will be looking up while praying for the peace of Jerusalem. Some may say it's rapture bus time, but I can't agree at all with that. For more on that you may want to read: Is the Pre-Trib Rapture... a Golden Calf?

How about you... will you honor these upcoming Feast Days, and rest in the Shemittah and the Jubilee?

If you consider yourself a child of God and a disciple of Messiah, you need to know Romans 9 teaches that you are an adopted part of the family of the God of Israel and the Bible tells us that Israel are to remember His Feasts forever, so you might just want to set aside those equities and bond investments before the Shemittah and the Jubilee just to honor God's Word if nothing else. Rest in The Lord as you forgive the debts of others too.

Why are we to consider and do these things? So that we may be ready, prepared and lined up on God's path. We may be headed toward a time of grievous conflict or catastrophic economic upheaval, and because of that we may be headed toward a time of great revival and restoration.

The Son of God, Messiah Yeshua gave this prophecy... "there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars". So, we must be humble and study God's words as they guide us to the end of the exile.

God's signs are given to help His disciples know He is real so that we can draw closer to Him.

Still a mystery to most, Jerusalem is not considered home today by the multitude of scattered people God calls “Ephraim” that ignored His Torah. Jerusalem, like the Torah, has simply been tread upon. But the fullness of the Gentiles is upon us today. The time to ignore the Torah teaching of our Jewish Jesus is ending.

So, we might consider the possibility of the significance to the celestial events that are soon coming in the Feasts Days before the next Jubilee.

The most recent signs in the skies surrounding the appointed Feast Days last occurred 'after' 1948. It was 1949 when the Armistice Agreement was signed and 1950 when the Tripartite Declaration was inked. These legal events, these declarations of law may be critical to understanding a part of what be coming our way because the past eclipses tie to the legal declaration of return (aliyah) for Judah. They track to time windows of the celestial events very closely.

We must consider that these agreements preceded and enabled the official and legal call of Judah back to the land from around the globe with The Law of Return (ha-shvt - Item 5710-1950) enacted by Israeli parliamentary legislation on July 5, 1950 by the Knesset which has resulted in the immigration of some 3,400,000 into Israel.

In Scripture and in ancient and near history, whenever the Jewish people were called back to the Promised Land it has always required a "king's decree". This began with the entreatments of Aaron and Moses to the Egyptian Pharaoh who ordered the end of the first exile.

Other king's decrees for Judah's return to the Promised Land included those of Cyrus the Great, Darius the Great, Artaxerxes Longimanus as well as Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.

The Cyrus Cylinder has a witness to the world of an archaeological artifact that independently confirms the Bible. This has given Cyrus a very good name in history. Many Jews considered him a messiah-like figure that saved the Jewish people, restored them to the Promised Land and allowed the rebuilding of the Temple.

Perhaps the decree of Cyrus gives a pattern.

If so, it would likely be a prophetic change that may occur near a Jubilee year. From my perspective, the big change would be a change in the Israeli laws of aliyah by a man's decree. But it is only a hope for now, no where near a near reality.

When the "release" does occur, the legal return of those lost among the Gentiles who were once divorced from The Lord as declared in Jeremiah 3:8 will fall in line with God's purpose as shown by Isaiah's words:
Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose. Isaiah 46:10
I do pray that I might live to see the day when many in the "God's" family will know the spiritual identity Paul writes about in Romans 11 and their heritage with Judah in the Promised Land to be a part of the people to be united in the "whole" house that God calls "Israel."

This reality of the Kingdom of Elohim was promised by Jesus as He preached the good news of The Kingdom. It will be a time when followers of the Nazarene are able to unite with their brother Judah as one in Jerusalem, united as one stick, one people, Jew and Joe restored together in the hand of Messiah and living in the land. Then all nations will know The Lord is the name above all names.

Looking forward to this last trumpet day, we might remember the Jubilee trumpet is blown only on Yom Kippur and I pray that hearts will continue to be turned from brother to brother, Jew and Gentile united by Messiah.

Ezekiel was given the promise this will happen:
Therefore say, Thus says the Lord GOD: I will gather you from the peoples, and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. They shall come there, and they shall take away all the detestable things of it and all the abominations of it from there. I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh; that they may walk in my statutes, and keep my ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. Ezekiel 11:17-20
As we wrap up, history shows us a lot has happened in and around Jerusalem and the Temple Mount is the focus.

The Muslim Al Aksa Mosque was built on the Temple Mount in 1035 AD. In 1099, the First Crusade captured Jerusalem and took away the Temple Mount from Islam's control. But after battling King "Richard the Lionheart" the Muslim Sultan Saladin took it back in an agreement with the Treaty of Ramla in 1192, it was agreed Jerusalem would remain in Muslim hands but open to Christian pilgrimages. So, it is significant that the Passover-Tabernacles lunar eclipse pattern was occurring in 1186 AD.

Today, it sounds like Saladin's treaty is still in effect on the Temple Mount, but that is not good enough because...
"On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: "To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates..."
Following the Feast Day lunar eclipses that will be seen on consecutive Passover and Tabernacles holy days ending in 2015, North America will also witness an amazing coast to coast full solar eclipse that will pass darkness from the Northwest corner to the Southeast corner of the United States on August 21, 2017.

Interestingly, this will be seen forty months after the first of the tetrad of blood moon lunar eclipses that will be be begin on Passover April 15, 2014.

To top it off, the 2017 summer timeframe will mark 70 years from the UN declaration for the formation of the nation state of the Jewish people in 1947. Amazingly, 2017 will also mark 50 years from the liberation of Jerusalem in 1967 following the Six Day War and incredibly it will also mark 1947 years from the destruction of the Temple in 70AD. Oddly, matching that number, the UN General Assembly issued Resolution 181 in 1947 recommending the creation of the independent Jewish State. Six months later, Israel was born in a day (see Isaiah 66:8 for the prophecy).

Seven years after the 2017 solar eclipse stretches across the breadbasket of America, another full solar eclipse will arrive, this one will move on a solar north/south path on April 8, 2024. Its solar path will create a cross-like pattern over the continent with the earlier 2017 eclipse.

There may be something else to note about that new moon Solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. It will mark the beginning of the 6th Biblical month, the month of Elul, the month before the arrival of Trumpets Day and the Fall Feasts.

The Bible has a term for each new moon, it's 'Rosh Kodesh' the head of the month and it's the only day that a solar eclipse can occur on Earth. Rosh Kodesh is also the day that a trumpet or shofar blast is to be sounded according to Numbers 10:10 and Psalm 81:3...

Rosh Chodesh is an appointed time for a reason. It has special instructions from our heavenly Father that we are to honor just like all the other teaching The Almighty gives to mankind. In the Book of Numbers, God speaks of the celebration of the new moon to Moses as a day of gladness because the day reminds us that the Lord is God:
"On the day of your gladness also, and at your appointed feasts and at the beginnings of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings. They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I am the LORD your God.”"
Elul is the sixth month. Notice too that a trumpet is to be blown on the new moon of each month. The beginning of Elul marks the sixth trumpet in the seven (7) trumpet countdown to Trumpets day from Nisan, the month of Passover. By the way, if you have read or studied Revelation, does that remind you of the seven trumpets blowing in chapters 8-9?

They don't occur randomly, trumpets are to be blown on Rosh Kodesh (the new moon) and it so happens the Lord's Fall Feasts begin on Trumpets Day on the 'new moon' of the 7th month... Not only that, the "Day of Trumpets" is the one Feast called "a day no man knows." Jesus referred to this Feast Day in this way in Matthew 24:36.

The Lord's Fall Feasts begin on the "day no man knows" but we do because it is Trumpets Day. These Feasts in 2017 may have nothing to do with the dark days mentioned in Joel and in Revelation, but the thing is this, you need to be able to recognize Biblical patterns. To help your watch, you must search the Scriptures. Start today by looking for verses that contain the word "trumpet" or "trumpets."

I like to use the website Blue Letter Bible because it so fast and easy and a great online resource due to it's built-in interlinear tools. It also offers several translations and it shows a key verse in the Torah that relates to Yom Teruah is found in Numbers 29:1:
"And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have an holy convocation; you shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you."
Now, take another look at Numbers 10:10:
"Also in the day of your [gladness], and in your [solemn] days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God."
If you search for the word "solemn" you will find that it ties to the "assemblies" on the Feast Days.

If you search for the word "gladness," you will see it relates to celebrating the Lord's Feast "Days".

After all, they are the set apart, holy days (see 2Chronicles 30:21-23).

This rare total solar eclipse sweeps the nation from Oregon to South Carolina as it darkens the heart of the nation at midday. The maximum point of the eclipse will take place in the center of the country near Hopkinsville, Kentucky at at 1:25 PM CST. For many Americans, the 2 minute and 40 second total eclipse will darken the sky.

Depending on your location and viewing angle, the Sun may look "like" a sickle in the clouds as the moon begins to cover the Sun, the first dark path crossing the entire good 'ol USA since World War I when a full solar eclipse that occurred on June 8, 1918 was visible from coast to coast. In case you are wondering what happened at that day in 1918, the WWI Battle of Belleau Wood began. It lasted for three weeks as valiant Americans fought the relentless Germans. That year, America experienced our first significant battlefield casualties of the first war when 5,000 of our 2nd Infantry Division were killed in battle.

Let's shift gears for a minute and consider another day, the Second Passover.

It helps us understand God's patience and His standing offer for a second chance to everyone, the Bible gives us this big clue, but it is easy to miss what God has granted to mankind in the 9th chapter of the book of Numbers. Every story of the Bible has a divine purpose. This one has been hidden in plain sight, perhaps for a future purpose by Messiah Yeshua.

The Second Passover is known as "Pesach Sheni".

Pesach Sheni is literally translated as Second Passover and since the Exodus, it has occurred every year on the 14th day of Iyar, 30 days after the 14th of Nisan which was the day prescribed by God for bringing the Paschal lamb. In the Bible, before the exile to Babylon, the month is called Ziv (see 1 Kings 6:1, 6:37). Ziv in Hebrew means "light". Iyar means "blossom".

God's instruction for Pesach Sheni, the Second Passover is found in Numbers 9:1-14. The word of God came a year after the Israelites left Egypt as they were readying for the Passover. One reason for the 2nd Passover was to allow for those that had been on a "distant journey" to participate.

Do you see the themes of the second Passover?

"Second chance"... "distant journey". God tells us He gave us signs for His appointed times and places with mankind, I may be putting myself out on a proverbial limb but perhaps, if we consider the theme of Pesach Sheni, the Second Passover might point us to a major event. Many scholars and historians believe that Yeshua was crucified and arose in resurrection between 30-33 AD.

If we don't see a potential change in halachic requirements of the Israeli law of return in a few years, we will see it down the road. That law of return will change one day, whether it is changed by the Knesset, Israel's parliament or declared by Messiah Himself, the law of return for all that follow the God and King of Israel will change the world in spirit and truth. All people are called together to worship in spirit and truth, even the Samaritan woman knew that:
"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Messiah); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us." Yeshua said to her, "I who speak to you am He." John 4:24-26
And, according to NASA's timetables, the next set of four consecutive full lunar eclipses "after" the supermoon that's wraps up the tetrad of 2014-2015 will be seen 18 years later but the next time the series will be intersected by a full solar eclipse on March 30, 2033, two weeks before Passover:
1) April 25, 2032 (one month after Passover - Pesach Sheni)
2) October 18, 2032 (one month after Sukkot)

Solar eclipse March 30, 2033

3) April 14, 2033 (Passover)
4) October 8, 2033 (Supermoon eclipse on Tabernacles)
One month after Sukkot when Noah was carried away by the wind [Ruach] to a high mountain where he waited as “the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.”

In Isaiah we see “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.'” Isaiah 46:10 NIV

Check out Revelation 21:10:
“And he carried me away in the Spirit [Ruach] to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.”
So there you have it, a potential Pesach Sheni mystery. Once again, there's no thus saith The Lord, but April 25, 2032 will mark a Second Passover of Pesach Sheni. It falls on the 14th day of Iyar, and on top of that, the Biblical year 2032-33 is yet another Shemittah. A Sabbath year that connects two days (2,000 years or 40 Jubilees) since the Passover of Yeshua.

It is well worth repeating, Pesach Sheni is the “second” Passover given to Jew and sojourner alike in Numbers 9. Our Father gives a second chance, the implication of the second Passover is mind bending when we read the reason for the 2nd Passover was to allow for those that had touched death and were unclean OR had been on a "distant journey" to participate.
“If any of the people now or in future generations are ceremonially unclean at Passover time because of touching a dead body, or if they are on a journey and cannot be present at the ceremony, they may still celebrate the Lord’s Passover. They must offer the Passover sacrifice one month later, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the second month.”
And once again, an solar eclipse will fall between the Spring and Fall Feast days on May 9, 2032. It just so happens by strange coincidence, this particular annular eclipse will occur on "Jerusalem Day" or Yom Yerushalayim. It is a national holiday in Israel commemorating the 'reunification' of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Temple Mount in the aftermath of none other than the June 1967 Six-Day War!

Is there a future mercy connection?

The eclipse patterns we will see beginning on the first Feast Day of 2014 will conclude 19 years later in 2033, and that timeline ends 2,000 years (2 days) after Messiah's resurrection.

By the way, it took many contributors to NASA's algorithims to confirm the eclipse cycles, yet the computation of the cycle is very ancient and built into the Antikythera mechanism.

The two lunar eclipses in 2032 do not align on the first Biblical feast month of Nisan, there is a month delay so I may be blowing in a straw but is it possible that the timing is related to God’s word in Numbers 9:9-12 regarding the one month delay for Pesach Sheni?
"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or [be] in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto the LORD. The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, [and] eat it with unleavened bread and bitter [herbs]. They shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break any bone of it: according to all the ordinances of the Passover they shall keep it."
If so, we must consider what Hosea 6:2 proclaims:
“After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”
As noted, most scholars agree that Yeshua died and resurrected ‘between’ 30 and 33 AD. The most widely accepted dates in scholarship are thought to be April 7, 30 AD or April 3, 33 AD. So, if we look closely, perhaps the lunar eclipse that will occur a month after Tabernacles in 2032 might also fit the Torah's theme of a second Passover (shown in Numbers 8) and point us toward the second coming prophecies shown in the books of Daniel and Revelation.

Here's more food for thought:

Revelation 13:5 describes forty and two months. This is the same time period shown in Revelation 12:6 as a thousand two hundred and threescore days and in Revelation 12:14 as a time, and times, and half a time or 1,260 days. This is preceded in Daniel 7:25 as a time and times and the dividing of time and in Daniel 12:7 as a time, times, and an half.

Many modern Bible scholars believe that these 1,260 days mark half of the great tribulation period. I do not know if that is correct, but I do know.

Daniel 12:11 points to another time period that is 30 days longer: 1,290 days at the time of the end.

Does Daniel's 1,290 days tie to Pesach Sheni?

Perhaps, I do not know, but if any of the timelines are related to God's ordained Second Passover of 2032, we ought to take notice as Daniel 12:12 describes another prophetic timeline of 45 more days (1,290 + 45 = 1,335). Could this speak of the new moon (Rosh Chodesh) which will be the 1st day of Tammuz (June 9th) 2032 that falls 45 days later after the 2nd Passover (Pesach Sheni) that year? You can check this at

The timeframes are:
1,260 days - Daniel 12:7
1,290 days - Daniel 12:11
1,335 days - Daniel 12:12
If the timeframes seen in Daniel and Revelation appear to be are somehow related to a coming Pesach Sheni, then it is interesting to me that the Torah portion for the first Biblical month of Nisan includes these words from the prophet Ezekiel 45:16-17:
"All the people of the land shall give this oblation for the prince in Israel.

And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel:

He shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.”
Could this extra 30 days play a role in the 2032 Pesach Sheni eclipse? As I have said, I certainly do not know, but I just can't help but be reminded of Isaiah 46:10 as we consider the end of the exile: "I make known the end from the beginning".

The Feast Day eclipses of 2014-2015 may be important in the timeline of Israel - but it seems that the tetrad eclipse series may not stand alone, cycles not only repeat, they coincide.

Pesach Sheni may play a future role
as it did in the beginning.

Could it be that God ordained Pesach Sheni in the 'Greater Exodus' as shown in Jeremiah 16 just as He did in the beginning of the 'First Exodus'.

If we do not see an aliyah for Christians in the wilderness outside the Promised Land, perhaps the pattern of the Second Passover "fits the bill". After all, Ephraim remains scattered, separated from brother Judah "on a journey far off" in the wilderness outside the Promised Land just as seen in the instruction of Numbers 9:10.

The book of Mark is one witness of the prophecy of Yeshua-Jesus. The gospel account tells what we can expect after "the moon shall not give her light" on the four corners of the globe. Before we read those words, let's go ahead and repeat what we have already shown above regarding the "four wind" locations of the Feast Day eclipse series around the globe.
These four full lunar eclipses, like four winds moving around the globe will begin with (1) a Passover red moon eclipse visible directly over the U.S.A. and 1/4 of the planet on April 15, 2014. The first eclipse will not be visible across most of Europe, East Africa or Russia. The next eclipse (2) on the first day of Tabernacles moves west of the U.S. as it appears on October 8, 2014 directly over the Pacific ocean, again covering 1/4th of of Earth. It too will not be visible over any part of Europe, the Middle East or Africa but here in the western U.S., it will be visible at dawn on the west coast horizon. The third eclipse in the tetrad series will occur still further west over the Pacific on Passover April 4, 2015 as the pattern repeats and moves west around the four corners of the globe. It will be seen (3) in the far east Orient including Japan and large parts of China and eastern Russia. Finally, the fourth and final full lunar eclipse will appear (4) in the heavens on September 28, 2015 on the first day of Tabernacles centered directly above the mid-Atlantic ocean between Europe and North America. This eclipse will be visible to all of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and western Russia as the cycle of Feast Day eclipses sequentially encompasses the four corners of the globe.
The tetrad may not be the final sign of the four winds, it may be a rehearsal but the words of Messiah Yeshua must be heeded as He warns us to be on the watch. Here, Jesus gives reference to the word he later gave to John at Pathmos (Revelation 7:1) about the four winds also seen in Ezekiel 37:9; Daniel 7:2 and Zechariah 2:6.
"But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, [even] at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. [For the Son of man is] as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." Mark 13:23-37
The question I am hopefully considering here is a 2,000 year old question. It's the same question the disciples asked Yeshua just before He ascended to heaven:
“Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” Acts 1:6
When the disciples spoke of this restoration, they understood it in the context of the many prophecies of the reunited nations of Israel under the Kingship of Messiah. One clear prophecy is found in Ezekiel 37. This scroll describes Ezekiel’s vision of a valley of dry bones. God asks Ezekiel, “Son of man, can these bones live?” to which the prophet replies, “O Lord God, You know” Ezekiel 37:3.

Here, Ezekiel recognizes God's sovereignty and authority. God then tells Ezekiel to speak the word of the LORD to the bones and in this vision a shaking takes place. We are shown the hope of a resurrection, the gift of the Holy Spirit and a restored nation in Israel.
Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Ezekiel 37:11-12
God's plans are His plans. That's the answer Jesus gave His disciples:
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. Acts 1:7
So, in the end, there may be no decree by man as I have prayed for in my lifetime to open aliyah and the law of return for two nations, Jew and Gentile that both follow the God of Israel. This declaration may be reserved for another time and Messiah alone. Even so, I know God's promise of one new man and restoration in the land is secure:
And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all... Ezekiel 37:22
In conclusion, I pray you will keep the words of Psalms 19:1-6 in your heart:
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. [There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun a bridegroom coming out of his chamber as a strong man to run a race. His going forth [is] from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
My final note.

As I have stated over and again, this commentary is not about setting dates or predictions,it is about looking up toward a future day and it's important to remember it is the blast of the "last" shofar on Yom Kippur, the final trumpet blast that will signal the great Jubilee Year of Messiah. So, watch, look up.

Are you ready?

Are you ready to meet Messiah? If not, it is time to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment.

God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation through Yeshua. You can accept His gift of life. Believe on Yeshua.

Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and confess your sin, ask God's forgiveness and others you have wronged. Accept His gift of love and grace through Messiah Yeshua - Jesus Christ and tell others about it.

Paul writes: "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” (Isaiah 28:16) For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 10:9-13

Do it now!
If you are Messiah's, then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to promise. Galatians 3:29
If not, it is time to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment.

God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation through Yeshua. You can accept His gift of life. Believe on Yeshua.

Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and confess your sin, ask God's forgiveness and others you have wronged. Accept His gift of love and grace through Messiah Yeshua - Jesus Christ. Do it now!