When Does Yahweh Say the Jubilee Year Is?
In the process of having done this research on the Jubilee, it has never ceased to amaze me just how many of the churches, synagogues and other Sabbath-keeping groups seem to have no idea of when the Jubilee Year was, or when the next one is scheduled to occur. Why would Yahweh give us a commandment to keep the Jubilee Year and not tell us when it is? This could not possibly have been the case, but it seems as though no one has known when to keep it. But Scripture does tell us when to keep the Jubilee. Once when Joshua entered the Promised Land, and then again in II Kings 19:29. We will look at Joshua later, but now letâ€™s examine II Kings 19:29 and see when our last Jubilee Year was.
Our last Jubilee Year was 1996. We know 1996 was a Jubilee Year because of what we read in Kings:
29 This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year such as grows of itself, And in the second year what springs from the same; Also in the third year sow and reap, Plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them. (II Kings 19:29)
The only time you have two years back to back where you cannot plant a crop is the 49th and 50th year of a given Jubilee Cycle. We also know and have multiple historical proofs that Sennacharib came against Hezekiah in 701 BC. We know Hezekiah died in 686 BC. He was also told he would live another 15 years as part of the message Isaiah gave to Hezekiah. II Kings 20:1-6; Isaiah 38:1-6.
701 BC was the 49th year and 700 BC was the 50th year as well as year one in the next count. When we count this forward, we count like this:
701 BC – 49 years = 652 BC as the year 49 and 651 BC as the Jubilee Year.
These are all the 49th years. To get the 50th year, subtract one if it is a BC year, and add one more year if it is a CE year. So, when we continue it goes as follows:
701, 652, 603, 554, 505, 456, 407, 358, 309, 260, 211, 162, 113, 64, and 15. The above are all BC years. And they are all 49th year Land Rests. The next CE 49th year is 35 CE. Remember there is no year for â€˜0.â€™ Example: 3 BC, 2 BC, 1 BC, 1 CE, 2 CE, 3 CE. This is a total of six years and not seven.
Taking it further still, we arrive at the following CE years:
35, 84, 133, 182, 231, 280, 329, 378, 427, 476, 525, 574, 623, 672, 721, 770, 819, 869, 917, 966, 1015, 1064, 1113, 1162, 1211, 1260, 1309, 1358, 1407, 1456, 1505, 1554, 1603, 1652, 1701, 1750, 1799, 1848, 1897, 1946, and 1995.
1995 was the 49th year of the cycle, so the 50th year or the Jubilee Year was 1996. That year begins on Aviv and not Tishri 1 or Tishri on the Day of Atonement. The year begins on the month of Aviv.
Every year starts on Aviv, as this is a commandment from Yahweh.
1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 â€œThis month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.â€™â€ (Exodus 12:1-3)
This month of Aviv is when Passover is to be observed. This is the first of the month, not Tishri or the seventh month. The Jews use Tishri 1 as the New Year because they do not know what this day means. This was shocking to me, when I first read it. Let me quote Nehemia Gordon, a Karaite Jew, â€œUndoubtedly the Rabbis felt a need to associate Yom Teruah (the Feast of Trumpets) with New Years because they felt uncomfortable that the Bible does not give us a reason for celebrating this holiday as it does for all of the other biblical holidays (such as the Exodus for Hag Hamatzot and Harvest for Shavuot).â€
The reason they do not know what this day means is because it refers to that time when the Messiah was to come as He did in 3 BC and will again in the future.