We know this for certain... Jesus, in Hebrew "Yeshua", declared His ministry the acceptable year of YHVH when He read from the scroll of Isaiah. (see Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:18-19):
"The Spirit of YHVH GOD [is] upon me; because YHVH hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of YHVH" .
So, can we consider His public reading from Isaiah was actually a declaration of a "Yovel" Year, a Jubilee?
A year of liberty for the captives... to the penalty of sin.
Luke 4:20-21 tells us when He finished reading from Isaiah's scroll in the synagogue:
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 more here than what meets the eye to the casual reader. After all, we must consider another declaration given by Yeshua when He said:
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 shepherdSee John 10:16. And He says this of both the "lost" sheep and the "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 handAlso look at John 10:25-29. Yet, we must ask, when did the lost sheep get lost and when were they taken "captive"? There are thousands of resources for this information. Here's what lines up with the historical record:
The Northern Kingdom of Israel was conquered by the Neo-Assyrian monarchs, Tiglath-Pileser III (Pul) and Shalmaneser V. The later Assyrian rulers Sargon II and his son and successor, Sennacherib, were responsible for finishing the twenty year demise of Israel's northern ten tribe kingdom. Sennacherib also invaded some parts of the Southern Kingdom of Judah. He records forty-six fortified towns captured from Judah, and presumably carried away into Assyria. Jerusalem was besieged, but not taken. The tribes exiled by Assyria later became known as the Ten Lost Tribes.
The captivities began in approximately 740 BC, when the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and eastern half-tribe of Manasseh were carried away by one of the first successful Assyrian invasions.
And the Elohim 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)
In 722 BC, nearly twenty years after the initial deportations, the ruling city of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, Samaria, was finally taken by Sargon II after a three year siege started by Shalmaneser V.
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 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. (see 2Kings 18:11-12)
An Assyrian cuneiform mentions 27,290 captives were taken from Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, by the hand of Sargon II. That is a detailed record! Sargon records his first campaign on the walls of the royal palace at 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)".
This is a long study because the topic is not well understood, but let's get started and consider the Biblical record as God declared Israel’s (Ephraim’s) judgment for sin and idolatry and consider are Forty Jubilees the end of wandering in exile?
A judgment time frame was declared to the people tribes of northern Israel by God. He first described the "sentence" the judgment period to Ezekiel as 390 years (see Ezekiel 4:5-6). Initially, the penalty was 390 years, but because “Ephraim” did not repent at the end of the 390 years of punishment, then YHVH God’s (Shemittah) “Sabbatical” penalty (7x) which is given in His teaching and instruction, His Torah engaged to multiply the original 390 year judgment. The result was a 7 x 390 period of punishment or 2,730 years! This penalty was given on a corporate or national level for the "captives" that Yeshua spoke of from the scroll of Isaiah.
Might we consider that in addition to ending captivity to sin, Messiah Yeshua was also speaking at that time about the "captives", the scattered family of Northern Israel that were captured some 750 years earlier by the Assyrians?
Keep in mind, The Lord told the prophet Ezekiel to physically act out this time line to show everyone His plan. God instructed Ezekiel to lay on his right side for 390 days, a day each for the 390 years of iniquity and idolatry by the Northern House of Israel known as the adopted son Ephraim or the House of Joseph.
We cant' forget about the story that Ezekiel lived out. Paul wrote Timothy… “we must know that all Scripture is written for correction and for reproof”. This means God is unquestionably serious about this correction and reproof, about judgment time and penalty. God required that Ezekiel literally act out the time frame so we could understand it today. Further, God repeats the importance of His Sabbatical (7x) penalty not just once, twice nor three times but four times in Leviticus! Let’s look at His words:
And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. Leviticus 26:18So, the Torah teaches us that because of the lack of repentance and by failing to return to God's ways, Northern Israel’s punishment was ultimately given by God to be 390 years x 7 years or 2,730 years!!
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. Leviticus 26:21
Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. Leviticus 26:24
Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. Leviticus 26:28
History tells us the Assyrian conquest of the ten tribes of Northern Israel occurred around 722BC, so this national chastisement may have actually ended sometime around the year 1967 if we consider a "Biblical" vs. solar calendar. It is no coincidence that this is the time that Isreal won the Six Day War and recaptured the Temple Mount. This period awoke many “believers” around the world, began to return in repentance to study the Torah and give up dispensation theology as they sought God's teaching and instruction for the first time! Many also began to turn back and honor the seventh day Sabbath (Shabbat) for the first time and honor the 7 Appointed Feast Days of YHVH by celebrating them, and people like our family, have even began to follow God’s simple and healthy diet plan.
To understand the timing of this amazing phenomenon among believers around the globe, we should look closer.
Ezekiel lived approximately 135 to 150 years after the northern Kingdom - 10 Tribes of Israel were dispersed by the Assyrians. So Ephraim’s punishment had already begun when Ezekiel was given the 390 year timeframe and they (Ephraim) were “no more a people” of the Kingdom because they had defiled the land of heritage from God with idol worship and rejection of the Feast days and Torah. Let’s 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 Israel, Hosea is speaking also to all of us, the "lost sheep" of Israel in a future time!
Ezekiel gives the specifics of Israel’s judgment time window, but God reveals that there are two parts to the duration of each punishment period for their iniquity. YHWH God said this to 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 to Ephraim when the Northern ten tribes would not repent of their idolatry and paganism. And, YHWH God is adamant that He is a jealous Elohim and that Israel is to have “no other elohims” [gods] before Him, so they received a double judgment according to God's Torah. Note too, that Jeremiah says that the double punishment marks the beginning of Ephraim’s punishment.
Jeremiah 16:17-18 states:
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 repaid double with a punishment of 780 years. The point in history that we can establish as the very "beginning" of the Ephraim’s punishment is about 734 BC or some 12 years before the more common date of 722BC. This earlier timeframe is based on the historical period when the 'tribe' of Manasseh, as well as the 'tribes' of Gad and Rueben were banished from the Promised Land when they were carried off to the Assyrian Empire.
Calculating 780 years forward in history from 734 BC brings the historical timeline to the year 46 AD. History tells us it took a 12 year time frame to accomplish the complete fall and exile of Ephraim from the Land of Israel. So, if we calculate 780 years from the final fall of Samaria in the year 722 BC, we come to the year 58 AD. Now, think about what was happening in the Mideast right around the timeframe of 46 AD to 58 AD after Messiah’s life, death and resurrection?
This was the timeframe that the Apostle Paul was on the ministry journey preaching to the lost in Asia Minor and Europe in places like Syria, Cyprus, Galatia, Ephesus, Corinth, Thessalonica, Colossae, Philippi and Rome!
This was the timeframe of the beginning of the salvation of "the nations", the so-called “Gentiles”. But also consider Trench's comments about the often misunderstood word “Gentile”... Richard C. Trench's Synonyms of the New Testament states this about the word "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 it, the Strong 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 notice the words... "of Israel"?
So what is a Gentile?
Most say Paul was sent to the “Gentiles”... if we consider Mr. Strong and Mr. Tremp we can see they are the elect of scattered Israel and the strangers sojourning among them in exile. Paul, like Yeshua began to look for the lost sheep of the house of Israel, the people the Bible calls Ephraim! Paul was given the 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.Shocking?
Yes, for those that have not considered this or those that say the "church" replaced Israel, so let’s look at Zechariah’s prophecy in light of Messiah Yeshua’s declaration:
Thus says the LORD of hosts: “In those days ten men from the nations 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 8:10Does Messiah’s "lost sheep" statement make more sense now? This prophecy is like a parable related to ten men from the nations, the ten lost tribes of Israel, the Gentiles that will be found by Messiah!
The timing of the beginning of Paul’s ministry was some 780 years after Ephraim’s punishment had begun. At this time, Messiah King Yeshua established a way of "personal" redemption, but we must also consider that the redemptive work of Yeshua did not end or annul Ephraim’s corporate period of punishment from God. There was no national parole. Why? God does not change, His word stands... forever!
To understand this, we have to read and believe the Scriptures so the concept of change is you and I are to return to "the faith which was once delivered". Let’s consider more from Hosea, a prophet to the Northern Kingdom. Remember, we know that Ephraim did not repent when they had the chance:
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 13:14Because there was no repentance from the house and kingdom family of Ephraim (the Λαός Gentiles), the ten tribes of Northern Israel had cursed themselves for more punishment under God's Torah’s principle. Ephraim brought the punishment on themselves as they evoked YHVH's seven times rule of Leviticus which is the second part of their punishment time window. Let’s look at this again, 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.See Leviticus 26:18; 26:21; 26:24 as well.
But Ephraim was given "a break". These punishments ran concurrently with each other. Like a child who has been grounded, Ephraim was destined to be the recipient of two concurrently running judgment periods. The good news is that on a national level the 2,730 years of punishment have expired!!
When God YHVH declares a judgment, we can be sure it will come to pass to its full measure, even to the day that He declares it. What we sow, we will reap. Torah declares both blessings and curses. According to His voice we get punishment, even if we are sorry for our deeds and repent just as Adam did. He was told he would die and he did. God YHVH said to Ephraim that He would put her away and give her a “bill of divorce”, this was Ephraim’s judgment… "divorce" from God's face AND from His Promised Land as the hidden ones... not a people.
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 3:8And while we were in the nations, we would lose our identity. We would become, “Lo Ammi,” meaning “Not a People.”
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
For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. Psalm 83:2-3
… for you are not My people, and I am not for you. Hosea 1:9Now you have some facts of the Bible that you may have never noticed. This is because Ephraim [the hidden ones of Israel] have been divorced from the Promised Kingdom Land and we have been exiled from the "Torah" rejecting it, calling it the Old Testament and a law “hung on the cross”. Ephraim received a just sentence of 2730 years, yet perhaps the saddest part is that Ephraim would not recognize just "who" he is in the mirror during his dispersion and wandering away from God’s straight path. For many, we do not know that we are YHVH’s children, a people that God calls "Israel". Until the judgment ended, we would not know that when we read of of Israel in the writings of the prophets that we were reading about ourselves.
One reason we did not recognize our identity is that we did not follow in Spirit and in Torah, God's teaching and instruction for life. For example, we ignored God's Sabbath. We re-arranged it on our calendar and got away from God's rest.
Many still think God's instruction for living was "hung on the cross", and not for us. But make no mistake, Torah observance in Spirit sets God’s people apart from others, it gives us our ensign and our identity. That's why God called His Sabbath day "a sign". We lost our identity and we are not known by the family name God gives us as an adopted son. But hust look in your Bible, it is name Israel that is the identity God gives His children. We want to call ourselves by our own identity, "Christians" or "the Church", but what child names themselves at birth? I am not saying these self proclaimed names are not a bad thing, but they are just not the namesake that our Creator God proclaims to give His children whether native son or adopted.
On the other hand, the Southern Kingdom of Judah [Jews] through time have maintained their identity as a part of Israel and many of them have now even returned to the Promised Land that was declared as a nation in a "single day" by U.N. Resolution 181, the vote recorded on November 29, 1947. Its culmination came six months later on May 14, 1948 when David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of a Jewish State (see Isaiah 66:7-8).
Nineteen years later, Jerusalem was reunited with the nation tribe of Judah on June 7, 1967 (please see Joel 3:1). Judah has been partially restored to Jerusalem, but the brothers of Judah, the people of Joseph called Ephraim have not been re-united as their identity is not yet "fully" known even to themselves. The "fullness of the Gentiles" still remains a mystery in plain sight to most of Christianity... the mystery house of Joseph.
Just look at the words recorded in Hosea 8:8: “Israel has been swallowed up. They have now become among the nations as a vessel in which is no pleasure.” But the good news is this: YHVH is seeing Israel’s repentance as a people as a remnant returns to His teaching, His Torah principles. This began to occur on a corporate level as the complete 2,730 years of judgment for the Gentiles scattered among every nation now concludes.
This is the mystery of the fullness of the multitudes, the Gentiles that Paul wrote about coming from the blessing of Jacob on Joseph's adopted son Ephraim of an Egyptian mother was grafted into Israel by his grandfather.
Romans 11:25: "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."Now many hard, stony hearts around the world are being softened as God is writing His Torah there. And at the same time, Judah's rejection of Messiah is also falling as many now see Messiah Yeshua, the living word in the Torah as the two sticks of God's olive tree are rejoined in the root of Messiah and in the authority of the name of YHVH. This video will graphically show you this amazing promise in YHVH's name in the ancient Proto Sinaitic Hebrew script that Moses used.
The mystery of the two witnesses has been hidden, EVEN in God's name.
Amazingly, the Bible shows us a mystery, that Ephraim was given a "full" punishment of 2,730 years (390 x 7) and we know from the Cuneiform Text of Tiglath-Pileser 111, which chronicles his Gaza-Damascus Campaign in 734-722 BC that the beginning of the dispersion of northern Israel began in 734 BC with the exception of Samaria. Samaria fell in 722 BC. So it took 12 years (734 to 722 BC) for the entire Northern Kingdom to fall. Ephraim's judgment began in 734 or in 722 BC when the Northern Kingdom fell to Assyria.
I handed her over to her lovers, the Assyrians, for whom she had lusted. Ezekiel 23:9Interestingly, if we calculate 2730 years from 734 BC using today's calendar system, we arrive at the Sabbatical year of 1995-1996!
I am an amateur astronomy buff and that interest led me to a teaching on the upcoming Feast Day eclipses of 2014-15 from Pastor Mark Biltz of Bonney Lake, Washington. The more I thought about it, perhaps Pastor Blitz may be on to something related to Ephraim’s time of judgment and a possible relationship to the blood red lunar eclipses NASA says we will all witness in a couple of years during the Biblical Feast Days. The eclipses will be reported worldwide and known by all as most of the world ignores God's holy days, believing the deception and thinking that God's teaching and instruction has been done away with.
The prophet Joel tells us:
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. Joel 2:30-31Joel says this will happen BEFORE the Day of The Lord. When we think about that, there is something incredible and amazing about the 2,730 year time frame of Ephraim/Joseph's judgment period and division from his brotherhood with Judah. It seems more than ever that the end of this judgment period is tied to the Biblical purpose of a Jubilee Year.
There is certainly no "thus saith The Lord" intended by any of these comments or observations, but perhaps one can begin to relate this time window to the allotment of time for a “return” to Torah by Ephraim/Joseph’s repentance and tie it to the year of Yeshua's declaration. If we just look at Luke's detailed account of the event we can see:
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 YHVH 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 YHVH." 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 4:14-22So, here is the kicker, the Biblical punch line… Is the acceptable Jubilee year also tied into a parable teaching? A teaching that may reveal that perhaps "scattered" Israel may be able to return (make Aliyah) into the Promised Land? Scripture mentions this return in the Jubilee teaching:
Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan. Leviticus 25:10If we understand the times, and history, perhaps we can look back to Judah's return to Jerusalem following the Babylonian captivity as a key historical time marker in God's Jubilee Years. The return from Babylon was during a Jubilee year around 538 BC. If this Jubilee assumption is accurate, then with some Bible math we can determine that the Biblical calendar year 2016-2017 just might mark a Jubilee of the Biblical calendar. This may very well put us on the threshold of the beginning of another great Jubilee. Every Bible student knows Daniel describes 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 calendar years to that date, don't we arrive at 2016?
And to top it off, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) On September 14, 2015 will be 2,520 weeks or 49 Biblical years following the 1967 reunification of Jerusalem after Israeli paratroopers entered the gates of the Old City and reclaimed the Temple Mount bringing the city under Jewish control for the first time in nearly 2,000 years.
Five days after the 2015 Feast, we will see the last of the four lunar eclipse of this Tetrad on the first day of Sukkot/Tabernacles 2015. The next calendar year, 2016 will mark a Jubilee, or 50 year's of 360 Biblical days since Jerusalem was retaken during the Six-Day-War on June 7, 1967, 7 days before the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost).
The midpoint or fulcrum, if you will, between the Tetrad of the four consecutive full lunar eclipses beginning on April 24, 2014 and ending on September 15, 2015 will be January 4, 2015. Forty two months (3 & 1/2 years) later on July 27, 2018 the second of a triad of three consecutive full lunar eclipse events will occur on TuB'Av which according to the Talmud, this day marked the beginning of the grape harvest while Yom Kippur marks the end of the grape harvest.
The three eclipse dates are: January 31, 2018, July 27, 2018 and January 21, 2019.
Both January 31, 2018 and January 21, 2019 mark Tu B'Shevat, the new year for trees: "the boundary, for trees, between one year and another, since most of the rains of the previous year, in the Land of Israel, have already fallen. A certain percentage of the fruit has reached the stage of “begun to ripen.”". The day marks the cut-off date in the Hebrew calendar for eating the fruit of a fruit-bearing tree that is at least three years old (see Leviticus 19:23).
The book of Revelation provides two witnesses of forty two months:
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. Revelation 11:2Revelation refers to events in Jerusalem and the Temple, and interestingly, the state of Israel was declared in 1948 and the year 2018 will mark 1948 years from the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70AD.
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. Revelation 13:5
The blessings of the Jubilee Year are “return” and “restoration” - to the proper place - in God's land - according to God’s allotment and family heritage. Sounds strange? Yes... but let’s look at God’s words about 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 trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth [day] of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout [all] the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. Leviticus 25:8-10Most scholars agree that Luke’s account of Yeshua’s Sabbath reading of Isaiah in the Nazarene synagogue was declared by our Savior around the year 30AD:
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 4:16-19So with some Biblical mathematics, we can compute that 40 Jubilees from that day of reading in the synagogue on the Sabbath day may be within the 2015-2016 Feast Day time period... on the tenth day of the seventh month, the day of Atonement - Yom Kippur.
That year... 2015, will also mark 70 Jubilees (49 year counts) from the first Jubilee in the Promised Land around 1367 BC. This could be is VERY significant as the book of Daniel may be referencing 70 Feast of Weeks celebrations during the Jubilee years. In addition, with just seven years to go from today, we are also on the verge of completing 70 Feast of Weeks celebrations since the U.N. declared the Jewish State by U.N. Resolution #181 on November 29, 1947. (See Daniel 9:22–27).
The time of judgment that is measured for Judah (Jews) is declared 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."
Could it be that Messiah Yeshua's declaration was made for the 40th Jubilee “Day” from Abraham’s entry into the Promised Land? That is a powerful thought to consider.
Look at the Biblical math: 2015AD – 30AD = 1985 Gregorian years or 725,001 days.
There are 18,000 days in a full Jubilee period which is 49 years plus the year of Jubilee. The math works like this: (360 x 50 = 18,000 days). This allow us to compute the number of Jubilees from AD 30 to 2015 to be 40. This is also the number of years for wandering Israel. Here’s the math: (2015 - 30 = 1985) and (1985 x 365.24 = 725,001). To covert these days to Jubilees the formula is (725,001 / 18,000 = 40.28). There it is, the 40 Jubilee years from Yeshua’s declaration in the synagogue at Nazareth to 2015.
We know that 40 years is a key Biblical time period on God's clock. In addition, 40 Jubilees (40 x 50 = 2,000) is by no coincidence two ‘days’ (2 days = 2,000 years. See 2 Peter 3:8) and let's not forget this, we have the promise of return given to Israel as well as His return from the words of Hosea's prophecy:
Come, and let us return unto YHVH: 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 YHVH: 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 6:1-5Let me say this to anyone reading this right now that I am not declaring any absolutes here, rather I am merely describing something that needs to be considered, and carefully weighed in the scales of truth. It needs to be tested. And I am ALWAYS open to correction and reproof as that is one purpose of Scripture.
We must consider that 2014-2015 may very well tie with a Jubilee and an end to Ephraim's punishment period. Perhaps that will require a decree and a change in the laws of Aliyah that comes from a leader who could issue the call for Ephraim to come home...
The legal status within the Promised Land could very well engage linking the potential of coming events to the Biblical Jubilee of the 1967 Six Day War, one Jubilee, 50 years ago.
We should also consider that this is declared by God’s own Jubilee definition given to Moses for the Jubilee Year (the trumpet year), the "year of return" as seen in Leviticus 25:13:
"In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to his own property."And Leviticus 27:24 also come into play:
"In the Year of Jubilee the field will revert to the person from whom he bought it, the one whose land it was."Do these 40 Jubilee years since Messiah's ministry mark a 40 Jubilee year period that God's people are to ‘eat manna’, (meaning study and learn Torah) while scattered in the Diaspora and the wilderness of planet earth after he departed?
Forty Jubilees are very important on God's big picture calendar.
Abraham arrived 40 Jubilees after Adam. Jesus or Yeshua arrived 40 Jubilees after Abraham. At the end of the forty years, Israel crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land. And now the 40th Jubilee after Messiah is right before us. That means we are on the ledge of time - overlooking the 120th Jubilee year as well. A time that God told Noah would be the time marker that 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 6:3These are Jubilee "years"... and strive is the Hebrew word "diyn". It means "to judge, contend, plead".
Exodus 16:35 teaches that 40 is a judgment period: "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 these verses of "forty" and the questions they raise about this theme:
Messiah came for the lost sheep.
Is there a connection to our own temptations that have come from Satan while scattered in the nations?
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.Is the flood of Ephraim across the earth to last forty Jubilees after the rain of Messiah's words?
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 Ephraim’s time in Diaspora a metaphor for the embalmed man Israel?
Genesis 50:3 And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.Is Messiah's journey at the right hand forty Jubilees in length?
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.These forty days of being up in the mountain for Moses gives us a shadow picture of the forty Jubilees that Messiah has been up 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 covenant contract 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 now know his commandments or not?
Deuteronomy 8:2 And thou shall remember all the way which YHVH 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 us (dispersed Israel) 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 YHVH: unto whom YHVH sware that he would not shew them the land, which YHVH sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey. Also, Judges 13:1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of YHVH; and YHVH delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.Did Ephraim not know God’s Torah way and path these forty 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:Like a foreshadowing is there a tie to coming events that we will witness 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 YHVH 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 worship and idolatry?
"I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept [them]: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith YHVH, whose name [is] The God of hosts." Amos 5:21-27The bottom line question... Are we in the “latter days” of Ephraim’s judgment and the forty Jubilee years of separation from Messiah’s presence are now expiring? Consider these words from Acts:
And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai an angel of YHVH in a flame of fire in a bush. Acts 7:30So... lets fast forward to 2015-2016...
Might we see the present government in the land of Israel change their law of Aliyah in a few short years? Could the world see a change in the Israeli laws of return that were established for the people "Judah" in 1950? Could Ephraim be invited back around the time frame following the Feasts of 2014-15?
I believe that we must consider these questions and if this is the case, it may be tied to a terrible conflict, a war... and great tribulation in the region. A war around and against Israel, against Jerusalem involving destabilization in Syria, Egypt and Iran as well as other nations like Egypt and Syria that surround and oppose Israel. I also believe we will see the desolation of Damascus described in Isaiah 17:1 and the war of the goat and the ram (that is another study on Daniel 8). As the world focuses in on a division of Jerusalem and the West Bank, the land of none other than the mighty Ephraim, God's word tells us that nations will come against Jerusalem:
"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
We must take note that Rezin was the king of Damascus during the reigns of kings Jotham and Ahaz of Judah. Because of this, I believe that events in Damascus, in Syria will be critical in this conflict. I also believe that we must consider the possible timing of an outbreak - this probable war may be tied to the prophetic story of Esther and its remembrance on Purim. After all, Esther's story occurred in Susa, Persia - - today we call it Iran. So it seems - - Iran is also involved in the war.
We need to know this - - the land that is proposed to be ceded to the PLO is the land of Ephraim, the area of mountains of Northern Israel as seen on the ancient maps of the Promised Land. Ezekiel was told this by Almighty God:
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
So what might we see around the Feast Days of the 2014-2015 eclipse period?
It looks to be tied to the timing of the end, the latter days of Ephraim's dispersion and exile from brother Judah and the Promised Land. That's what the "end days" are!
The end days are not the end of the world, but the end, the latter days of the separation, division and captivity. The "end" marks the "beginning" of the greater Exodus of the whole people that God calls by the family name Israel, a time that God told the prophets including Moses and Zephaniah would occur in the latter days:
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 30:1-5
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
(For more on Israel's restoration, see this study: The Lost Sheep Scriptures and Don't Be a Victim of Identity Theft.)
Consider this important fact, the official, legal declaration for Judah (Jews) to enter the land occurred the last two times we saw four consecutive Feast Day eclipses of the moon. Check this for yourself. The 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 the Jews. The eclipses occurred 'after' the nation of Israel was formed in May 1948:
1949 April 13 Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of PassoverAgain, after the Six Day War, Israel took control of Jerusalem in 1967 and the eclipses repeated:
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
1967 April 24 Total Lunar Eclipse Feast of PassoverThe Biblical year 2014-2015 will be a "Sabbatical year" and the total blood moon total lunar eclipses break down as follows:
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
Passover April 15, 2014And two solar eclipses are also connected with God’s Holy Days in 2014-2015, they are:
This lunar eclipse occurs in the constellation Virgo.
Feast of Tabernacles October 8, 2014.
This lunar eclipse occurs in the constellation of the "two" fish of Pisces.
Passover April 4, 2015
This lunar eclipse again occurs as a witness to the constellation Virgo.
Feast of Tabernacles September 28, 2015.
This eclipse also occurs in the constellation of Pisces like a second witness to the constellation.
1) March 20, 2015 just before Passover.Finally, this 4th Feast Day solar eclipse will occur right "between" the constellations of Virgo, the virgin and Leo the lion king. Leo is the stellar sign of the coming King.
And as the third witness, a total solar eclipse will again occur in the "two" fish of Pisces.
2) Feast of Trumpets September 13, 2015.
The 2014-2015 lunar eclipses on consecutive Passover and Tabernacles holy days will be only the eighth such Tetrad in more than 2,000 years. The eighth. Biblically, the number eight stands for the start, the beginning of a new era. Eight represents restoration.
If we do see the tribulation of war surround Jerusalem, there could be a key relationship to the middle-east conflict that that has been brewing that could engage a significant change.
Perhaps we might consider that it could be a legal change, a change in the Israeli law of Aliyah which was established in none other than 1950 just before Tabernacles and the 4th consecutive Feast Day eclipse of that awesome time period in the modern history of the Promised Land. Might we see a legal change in the restoration of Judah and Ephraim? Perhaps. Or is the time window tied to the start of the GREAT tribulation or the abomination of desolation. No one knows just yet... we'll have to wait and see.
Granted a new Aliyah law may not occur, but the Biblical pattern is there. Consider the importance that God places on the time of Moses' life span. He lived 120 years and at the end of that 120 years the Bible tells us the story of the arrival of God's chosen people in the promised land. The pattern is there and as you may have guessed by now, there is a constellation correlation, a "sign" (Genesis 1:4) in the sky as the Passover lunar eclipse of 1949 and 1950 appeared in the constellation Virgo.
The Tabernacles Day lunar eclipse of 1949 and 1950 occurred in the "two" fish of Pisces. This repeating blood red moon eclipse will be intersected by a full eclipse of the Sun. The location of the Lunar eclipses above and the same constellation sequence also occurred in 1967-1968 and in 1493-1494 during the Spanish Inquisition and the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus.
This very same pattern will repeat for the 4th time in the last 2,000 years again during the Holy Days, the Feast of the Lord in 2014-2015! This will begin with Passover 2014 and repeat through Tabernacles 2015.
Now, if you are thinking... well perhaps every lunar eclipse occurs in these two constellations. Think again. They do not. The 2011 total lunar eclipses will occur in Ophiuchus and Taurus.
Strange, mysterious? Yes, but that is how God works... in mystery, yet in full sight of everyone from was made at creation. Our Creator God puts things right before our eyes so that we will engage and seek Him as we watch for His promises. It's the teaching Paul gave us:
“For since the Creation of the World, GOD’s invisible qualities, His Eternal Power & Divine Nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20Do you see the storyline, the signs? The constellation, the 'sign' in the sky we know as Virgo speaks of birth, the coming of Messiah and this is clearly described by John in Revelation 12:1-7. Pisces tells us of the two families of Israel, Ephraim and Judah. They are those that will overcome the deceiver by "the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony". Revelation tells us: "Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them".
Why are we allowed to consider these signs now?
So that we are ready, prepared.
Prepared for what?
From Luke 21:24-28 we can read the future:
"And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles [the nations] be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars" Yeshua gave us this prophecy that "there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars".So, we must now consider and study God's words as they apply to the end of the exile that He declared.
Still a mystery to most, Jerusalem is not considered home today by the scattered people God calls by the name “Ephraim”. It has simply been tread upon by them as a place to visit. But the fullness of the Gentiles is upon us today. We must consider the possibility of the significance to the celestial events that are soon coming in the Feasts Days in the next Sabbatical Year (2014-2015).
The events of the occurrences of these signs in the skies surrounding the Feast Days last occurred 'after' 1948. It was 1949 when the Armistice Agreements and the Tripartite Declaration of 1950 were signed. These legal events, these declarations of law are critical to understanding what may be coming because they tie the eclipses 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.
There is a strong possibility that 2014-2015 is the end of the great exile, the Biblical latter day time frame for Ephraim to begin to be legally restored in the land with Judah.
Interesting, in Scripture and as we have seen in ancient and near history, whenever Judah, the Jewish people were called back to the promised land it has always required a King's decree as we have seen by the entreatments of Aaron and Moses to the Egyptian Pharaoh who ordered the end of the first exile, Cyrus the Great, Darius the Great, Artaxerxes Longimanus and finally Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.
The bottom line question... could we see a change in the Israeli laws of Aliyah following the time frame of 2014-15 by a King's decree?
If so, it would be a prophetic change that will occur by no coincidence during the 'time of release', the Sabbatical year (shmita Hebrew: שמיטה, literally "release"). Most believe the Sabbatical year began on Rosh Chodesh Tishri 1 in September 2008, the next will begin on the Day of Trumpets Tishri 1 or September 14, 2014. If that "release" does occur, the legal return of the lost sheep of the ten tribes will be directly tied to the expiration of the 2,730 year punishment and expulsion from the Promised Kingdom Land declared by Ezekiel for the people the Bible calls Ephraim.
A time when many in the Christian family will know their spiritual identify as Ephraim, as a part of the chosen people 'Israel' when they become legally united with their brothers Judah. United as one stick, one people in the hand of YHVH.
Pray that the hearts of the children be turned to their fathers and from brother to brother, united by Messiah.
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
There is another possible Scriptural clue.
This timeline of the Feast Day eclipses align with the generations that were counted to Messiah's first coming and a prophetic count of 70 generations. Consider Paul's words to the Galatians:
If you are Messiah's, then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to promise. Galatians 3:29
Most scholars agree Abraham was born around 1992 BC or some 4,000 years ago, some 70 generations to Messiah's return. How is that you say? Well, let's just look at the clue given in the book we call Matthew:
So all the generations from Abraham to David [are] fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon [are] fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ [are] fourteen generations. Matthew 1:17This word tells us the "generation" count to the first coming of our humble Messiah was three sets of 14 generations. Matthew's verse give us a timeline of 42 generations or 14+14+14 = 42.
Since that first coming some 2,000 years ago I believe we might consider that we have had two more sets of 14 generations (28) for a total of 70 generations from Abraham. Here's the simple math: 42+14+14 = 70.
So, much like the five books of Torah, we can see there may be five sets of 14 generations from Abraham to the fulfillment of the promise God gave to him. Does that mean that the promise giver will walk again with His nations? If so, we may soon see the return of the giver of the strength of the Covenant, the King of Israel heralded by the red moon and black sun to be seen on the appointed Feast Days within the next couple of years.
In Scripture, seventy (70) also represents all nations of God's people.
We might also consider that the 70 weeks of Daniel represent a hidden message of the 70 generations from Abraham to the King's return to the 70 nations.
Scripture establishes that seventy is very important:
Jacob was mourned for 70 days.
Shouldn't we consider it prophetic for Abraham's seed by his 'faith' that at the end of the mourning period since Messiah's visit 2,000 years ago, the 'whole' family of Jacob will again prepare to go back into the land to meet their King?
Other Biblical seventies include a shadow picture of "all nations".
Just look at Revelation's "all" nations:
Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest Revelation 15:4Scriptural seventies include thematic references to the future of 'all nations' of Israel described in Revelation including the fall of Babylon which is, the demise of idolatry. Consider these:
Exodus 1:5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt [already].
Daniel 9:2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
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.
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Luke 10:1Revelation speaks of Babylon many times and tells us of the fall of the deceiver. Doesn't Jeremiah allude to that?
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. Luke 10:17
And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Genesis 11:26
And this whole land shall be a desolation, [and] an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Jeremiah 25:11
And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, [that] I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations. Jeremiah 25:12Might we then consider that after seventy generations Ephraim might legally return to the land?
Just study these verses and their prophetic theme:
For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. Jeremiah 29:10Could Jerusalem see Ephraim again at the count of 70 generations from Abraham?
And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off. Exodus 24:1
Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel Exodus 24:9
And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee. Numbers 11:16
And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle. Numbers 11:24
And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that [was] upon him, and gave [it] unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, [that], when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. Numbers 11:25
We need to watch and pray as we look at the signs He gives us in His creation. Sings of His seasons, His appointments with mankind.
There is a reason for the sevens of Scripture. A reason for the seven day week, the seven appointed festivals of YHVH, the seven days of Passover, the seven days of Tabernacles and good reason for considering a count of seventy generations from Abraham that may soon conclude on the 120th Jubilee of mankind and the 40th Jubilee of Messiah's Passover at His first coming.
To understand the time that is coming upon us, perhaps The Bible gives us a clue. Could it be related to the "second" Passover that God granted as described in the 9th chapter of the book of Numbers. Every word, every story of the Bible has a divine purpose but this one may have been hidden in plain sight as to a future purpose especially as it might relate to Messiah Yeshua.
The second Passover is known as "Pesach Sheni". It is literally translated as Second Passover. 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.
God's instruction for the second Passover in Numbers 9:1-14 came a year after the Israelites were readying for the Feast after leaving Egypt. One reason for the second Passover was to allow for those that had been on a "distant journey" to participate.
Do you see the theme of the second Passover? Second chance... distant journey. God tells us He gave us signs for His appointed times and places with mankind.
According to NASA timetables, the next Tetrad of four consecutive full lunar eclipses will occur on:
1) April 25, 2032By now you may have guessed it. April 25, 2032 is the Second Passover, Pesach Sheni, the 14th day Iyar, and to top it 2032 is a Shimita Year, a Sabbath Year.
2) October 18, 2032
3) April 14, 2033
4) October 8, 2033
1) April 25, 2032 - 30 days after Passover. This is Pesach Sheni.It seems that the pattern seen before is repeating but this time the timeframe is 'after' two days, 2,000 years after Messiah's resurrection and an extra 30 days are added. I am reminded that Hosea 6:2 tells us: After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
2) October 18, 2032 - 30 days after Tabernacles.
3) April 14, 2033 - Passover.
4) October 8, 2033 - Tabernacles.
Most scholars agree that Yeshua died and resurrected between 30 and 33 AD. The most widely accepted dates are thought to be April 7, 30 AD, and April 3, 33 AD.
In addition, an annular solar eclipse will fall between these days on May 9, 2032. It just so happens to be the day we now call "Jerusalem Day" or Yom Yerushalayim.
And if we look closely, perhaps the 30 day timing of the lunar eclipses following Passover and Tabernacles of 2032 might remind us of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation.
Revelation 13:5 describes 1,260 days as forty and two months. This is the same time period that we also see in Revelation 12:6 and Revelation 12:14. This is also seen in Daniel 7:25 and Daniel 12:7. Many modern Bible scholars believe 1,260 days marks half of the GREAT tribulation period. Yet Daniel 12:11 points to a 30 day longer period, 1,290 days at the time of the end. If related to Pesach Sheni of 2032, interestingly Daniel 12:12 notes 45 more days (1,335). Does this speak of Rosh Chodesh, the first day of Tammuz 2032?
If this timeframe is somehow related to Pesach Sheni, then it is interesting that the Parshat of Rosh Chodesh of Nisan 2032 begins:
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. Ezekiel 45:16-17Perhaps this extra 30 days is related to Pesach Sheni, I do not know, but I can't help but be reminded of Isaiah 46:10 "I make known the end from the beginning".
The coming Feast Day eclipses of 2014-2015 must be very important - but they may not stand alone. Pesach Sheni may play a future role as it did in the beginning.
The Book of Mark tells us what we might expect from the words of Messiah Yeshua:
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
In conclusion, let's consider the words of Psalms 19:1-6:
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.
Again, this commentary is not about setting a date but it is about looking up. So, Look up - redemption is drawing near. Are you ready?